Remote Control System Patents (Class 701/2)
  • Patent number: 11513521
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autonomous vehicle recharging or refueling are disclosed. Autonomous vehicles may be automatically refueled by routing the vehicles to available fueling stations when not in operation, according to methods described herein. A fuel level within a tank of an autonomous vehicle may be monitored until it reaches a refueling threshold, at which point an on-board computer may generate a predicted use profile for the vehicle. Based upon the predicted use profile, a time and location for the vehicle to refuel the vehicle may be determined. In some embodiments, the vehicle may be controlled to automatically travel to a fueling station, refill a fuel tank, and return to its starting location in order to refuel when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COPMANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 11513534
    Abstract: A traveling vehicle controller includes a command assignment controller to detect a first-to-arrive traveling vehicle that is able to reach a destination point first among traveling vehicles, based on travel route candidates on which the traveling vehicles travel along a travel path from respective positions to reach the destination point, and assign the command to the first-to-arrive traveling vehicle. During detection of the first-to-arrive traveling vehicle, when a traveling vehicle traveling toward a branch point on the travel path is located within a range of a branch-switching impossible distance from the branch point and is scheduled to proceed toward a main way at the branch point, the command assignment controller performs pseudo-shift processing by which this traveling vehicle is determined to be located in a position downstream of the branch point and on a side of the main way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazumi Harasaki
  • Patent number: 11513515
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a mobile hub device, communications including location-specific risk data and a task assignment. The method also includes generating an output indicating dispatch coordinates. The dispatch coordinates identifying a dispatch location from which to dispatch, from the mobile hub device, one or more unmanned vehicles to perform a task of the task assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SPARKCOGNITION, INC.
    Inventors: Sridhar Sudarsan, Syed Mohammad Ali
  • Patent number: 11513512
    Abstract: A remote driving service processing device includes: a general user terminal by which a requester applies for a remote driving service for moving a vehicle to a destination; a remote control terminal by which a remote driver remotely control the vehicle and sends a remote driving service termination permission request for terminating the remote driving service when the vehicle is having difficulty reaching the destination; and a server that sends a termination approval to the remote control terminal and terminates the remote driving service when (i) transferring the remote driving service termination permission request received from the remote control terminal to the general user terminal, and (ii) receiving a remote driving service termination consent, which is a response to the remote driving service termination permission request, from the general user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Toshiki Kindo, Shunsuke Tanimori
  • Patent number: 11511774
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling an autonomous driving vehicle are provided. The method includes: receiving environment information sent by an autonomous driving vehicle, the environment information including vehicle exterior environment information; determining whether the autonomous driving vehicle is in an abnormal operation status, based on the vehicle exterior environment information and operation information of an operation executed by the autonomous driving vehicle; and sending a braking control instruction and a data acquisition instruction to the autonomous driving vehicle, in response to determining that the autonomous driving vehicle is in the abnormal operation status, the braking control instruction being used for controlling braking of the autonomous driving vehicle, and the data acquisition instruction being used for acquiring data of a driving recorder in the autonomous driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yue Wang, Zelin Wu, Jingjing Xue, Yingnan Liu, Wenlong Rao, Zijie Wang, Wei Gong
  • Patent number: 11513498
    Abstract: A controller may configure the machine to operate in a plurality of modes including a manned control mode, a remote control mode, and an autonomous control mode. The controller may receive a request to cause the machine to perform an action; and determine a requested mode of operation of the machine associated with the request. The requested mode of operation may be one of the plurality of modes. The controller may selectively deny the request or enable the machine to perform the action based on a priority assigned to a current mode of operation of the machine and a priority assigned to the requested mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Jason McGee, Craig L. Koehrsen, Paul D. Lenzen, Clarence Matthew Glover, Kyle Hendricks, Joshua Struble, Justin Peters, Sangameshwar Sonth
  • Patent number: 11505202
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) maintenance system engages a user of an AV to assist in maintenance tasks. A sensor interface receives data captured by a sensor of the AV. An issue detector processes the sensor data to detect an issue in the AV. A user interface module instructs a user to perform a maintenance task addressing the detected issue. A verification module verifies that the user successfully completed the maintenance task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Yifei Zhang, Jeffrey Shaw, Alexander Willem Gerrese, Jeremy Stephen Juel
  • Patent number: 11498441
    Abstract: A method for positioning a vehicle, having an inductive charging coil, at a stationary inductive charging station. The method includes: recognizing an operating state of the vehicle, and/or a state of the environment of the vehicle, based on an acquired first camera image; ascertaining a suitable illumination signal for at least one illumination device of a reference element of the inductive charging station based on the recognized operating state or environmental state; emitting a control signal to the inductive charging station based on the ascertained suitable illumination signal; recognizing the reference element based on an acquired second camera image and of the ascertained suitable illumination signal; determining a relative position and/or an orientation of the vehicle based on the recognized reference element in the second camera image; and controlling the vehicle based on the determined relative position and/or of the orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Schaller, Christopher Bulla, Paul Mercea, Petko Faber, Tobias Kress
  • Patent number: 11498387
    Abstract: A server includes a processor, programmed to receive a vehicle location from a vehicle, receive a weather condition of the vehicle location from a cloud server, responsive to receiving a calendar of a user including an event, calculate a departure time based on the vehicle location and a location of the event, responsive to receiving a desired cabin temperature of the user from a mobile device, calculate a minimum time for the vehicle to reach the desired cabin temperature based on the weather condition, calculate a vehicle start time using the departure time and the minimum time, and send an instruction to the vehicle to start at the vehicle start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Lerner, Taylor Hawley, Jae Hyung Lim, Jason Joseph Woo, Xiangrui Zeng
  • Patent number: 11499665
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an amphibious submersible vehicle for use in non-destructive testing of pipe interiors and walls are disclosed herein. In one aspect, the vehicle is operable for amphibious submersible operation such that pipes of various diameters can be inspected under full, partially full, and dry conditions. In another aspect, the vehicle is equipped with a plurality of propellers for travel when fully or partially submerged in water and a plurality of wheels for traveling when in contact with a pipe wall or for traveling over debris. In some embodiments, the vehicle is equipped with a plurality of sensors configured for imaging and navigation which enable the vehicle for pipe inspection and identification of problem areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Hamidreza Marvi, Borhan Beigzadeh, Hosain Bagheri, Tae-woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11494973
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using computing devices to perform automated operations for analyzing video (or other image sequences) acquired in a defined area, as part of generating mapping information of the defined area for subsequent use (e.g., for controlling navigation of devices, for display on client devices in corresponding GUIs, etc.). The defined area may include an interior of a multi-room building, and the generated information may include a floor map of the building, such as from an analysis of some or all image frames of the video (e.g., 360° image frames from 360° video) using structure-from-motion techniques to identify objects with associated plane and normal orthogonal information, and then clustering detected planes and/or normals from multiple analyzed images to determine likely wall locations. The generating may be further performed without using acquired depth information about distances from the video capture locations to objects in the surrounding building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Zillow, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivaylo Boyadzhiev, Pierre Moulon
  • Patent number: 11492110
    Abstract: A station recognition and a landing method are disclosed. More specifically, an unmanned aerial robot includes a camera sensor configured to capture a first pattern that is marked on a station cover and is used for a station identification and a second pattern that is marked inside a station and is used for a precision landing; a transceiver configured to transmit and receive a radio signal; and a processor functionally connected to the camera sensor and the transceiver, wherein the processor is configured to determine a landing station for landing based on the first pattern captured by the camera sensor, control the transceiver to transmit a radio signal that indicates the landing station to open the station cover, and perform the precision landing at the landing station based on the second pattern of the landing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokhee Yi, Nakyeong Kim, Jeongkyo Seo, Kwangho An, Beomseok Chae
  • Patent number: 11491891
    Abstract: A presentation device includes an acquirer configured to acquire a usage status of a secondary battery which is the usage status of a secondary battery with which a plurality of vehicles including a target vehicle are equipped and includes one or more items, a deriver configured to derive representative values of items of the secondary battery in a vehicle in a predetermined area, and a presenter configured to present a relationship of items of the usage status of a secondary battery with which the target vehicle is equipped with respect to the representative values derived by the deriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisuke Tsurutani, Taisuke Kurachi
  • Patent number: 11492115
    Abstract: Provided are a display control system, a display control device, and a display control method, which are capable of appropriately controlling a display state of an image photographed by a camera included in an unmanned aerial vehicle. A sensing data acquisition module acquires an aerial vehicle photographing image photographed by the camera included in the unmanned aerial vehicle in flight. A determiner determines whether an operator of the unmanned aerial vehicle is viewing the unmanned aerial vehicle with his or her eyes based on sensing data on at least one of the unmanned aerial vehicle or the operator. A display controller controls a display state of the aerial vehicle photographing image on a display depending on whether determination that the operator is not viewing the unmanned aerial vehicle with his or her eyes is continued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: RAKUTEN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Nakazawa, Hiroaki Iwase
  • Patent number: 11495132
    Abstract: An apparatus may receive first data, in a first data format, from one or more unmanned aircraft system service suppliers comprising first positions of one or more unmanned aircraft systems, receive second data, in a second data format, from one or more communications systems comprising second positions of one or more manned aircraft, transmit third data, in a third data format, comprising the first positions of the one or more unmanned aircraft systems and the second positions of the one or more manned aircraft, receive a first control signal comprising a control command associated with one or more of the unmanned aircraft systems or one or more of the manned aircraft, and transmit a second control signal comprising the control command to one or more of the unmanned aircraft system service suppliers or to one or more of the communications systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Szabolcs A. Borgyos, Edward Andrew Lester
  • Patent number: 11495135
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial system and a method are disclosed. An unmanned aerial system may include: a telematics service server; an unmanned aerial apparatus; and a vehicle. In particular, the telematics service server obtains a destination of the unmanned aerial apparatus, a movement path of the vehicle, a current location of the unmanned aerial apparatus, and a current location of the vehicle, and also searches for the vehicle with which the unmanned aerial apparatus is able to move in collaboration. The telematics service server controls a collaborative movement between the unmanned aerial apparatus and the vehicle, and the unmanned aerial apparatus transmits and receives information for the collaborative movement from the telematics service server. In addition, the vehicle carries the unmanned aerial apparatus according to a request from the telematics service server, and moves together with the unmanned aerial apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyunmok Kim, Chang Woo Chun
  • Patent number: 11485303
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods that uses a window as a keypad entry system that functions as a replacement for a keyless entry keypad in a vehicle. The system includes a vehicle window functional as a keypad using piezoelectric transducers that capture resonance from the vehicle window when pressure waves (e.g., generated by voice commands or taps) impact the glass. A transducer controller amplifies the vibrations from the vehicle window user tap or spoken commands and triangulates the signal to localize a position of the origination point of the tap, which may be mapped to a respective numeric or cardinal input value. The system may include a low power mode that receives input while the vehicle is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Joshua Wheeler, Scott Amman, Nicholas Colella
  • Patent number: 11487281
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to remotely-controlled automated vehicle parking operations. A driver of a vehicle stands on a curb and launches a software application on a handheld device. The software application uses a camera of the handheld device to capture images of the vehicle that can be observed by the driver. The software application then attempts to obtain a visual lock between the camera and the vehicle. In some cases, obtaining the visual lock may be hampered due to adverse lighting conditions. Light may be transmitted from the handheld device to illuminate the vehicle for better image capture. Alternatively, a command can be transmitted from the handheld device to a controller in the vehicle for turning on a light in the vehicle. After obtaining visual lock, various techniques such as vehicle path prediction and interpolation, can be used for effectively tracking the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Lawrence Chikeziri Amadi, Hemanth Yadav Aradhyula, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11487350
    Abstract: In accordance with certain implementations of the present approach, a reduced, element-by-element, data set is transmitted between a robot having a sensor suite and a control system remote from the robot that is configured to display a representation of the environment local to the robot. Such a scheme may be useful in allowing a human operator remote from the robot to perform an inspection using the robot while the robot is on-site with an asset and the operator is off-site. In accordance with the present approach, an accurate representation of the environment in which the robot is situated is provided for the operator to interact with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Romano Patrick, John Hoare, Justin Foehner, Steven Gray, Shiraj Sen, Huan Tan
  • Patent number: 11479251
    Abstract: A vehicle control method is provided such that when a host vehicle is stopped at a front of a vehicle line of vehicles in accordance with a stop signal of a traffic light at an intersection, the engine is stopped by using an idle stop control. When either a left-turn or a right-turn will be made after the traffic light changes to a go signal, a presence or an absence of a traveling body, which is stopped on a side of or behind the host vehicle in a direction from which the host vehicle is turning, is detected during the stop signal. Upon determining the traveling body is stopped on the side of host vehicle, restarting of the engine is placed on standby even when the traffic light turns to the go signal, and the engine is restarted in accordance with a behavior of the traveling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuki Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 11480960
    Abstract: The disclosure describes systems and methods including for monitoring and remotely controlling a fleet of autonomous vehicles. The remote vehicle control system determines a control input to control a vehicle based on an action performed on or with a controller bot. The controller bot is configured for use on a horizontal display that displays a map and a vehicle graphic at a location on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, John Vincent, Yifan Chen
  • Patent number: 11482117
    Abstract: Data associated with a flight, including a flight plan, a vehicle, and/or a pilot is processed via a risk assessment platform to obtain one of more numerical risk values, for example a ground risk value and an air risk value. Based on the processed data, a matrix of risk assessment decisions is generated containing risk related information (such as risk remediation information). Accordingly, based on a consistent set of risk relation information, a predictable and repeatable flight decision (such as a decision whether to fly, or an adjustment to a flight route) can be made. In some instances, the data to be processed is quantitative data collected from one or more third party systems, such as sensor data or geospatial data. The risk assessment platform includes toolkits or services to be used in the processing and transformation of this data to reach a risk assessment decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: A^3 by Airbus
    Inventors: Peter Sachs, Richard Golding, Joseph Polastre, Karthik Balakrishnan, Ryan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11479284
    Abstract: A system and method for automated return of shopping carts includes a motorized, remotely controllable push cart affixed to a back end of a row of nested shopping carts. An intelligent navigational lead cart is placed at a front end of the shopping carts. The lead cart enables operation of the push cart and steers the nested shopping carts to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Huu Lam, Jeffrey Wong
  • Patent number: 11475682
    Abstract: A method for controlling a movable object includes detecting a live object within a proximity of the movable object, determining an operation mode to operate the movable object with the live object detected within the proximity of the movable object, and applying a control scheme associated with the operation mode to control an operation of the movable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You Zhou, Shaojie Shen, Jiexi Du, Guyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 11475724
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to unlock the locker when the user device is in the vicinity of the locker. The locker may include a beacon for detecting and pairing with the user devices. Pairing the user device and the locker may include entering a locker identifier into the user device to ensure that the intended user device is paired with the intended locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Richard Chapman Bates, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 11474484
    Abstract: A method for training a locomotion controller of a robotic animal comprising obtaining a motion data of a reference animal, an environmental parameter, and a disturbance parameter; generating a plurality of primitive distributions and a first primitive influence according to the motion data by a policy network; selecting a current state of the reference animal from the motion data and set an adapting state of the reference animal; generating a second primitive influence, by the policy network, according to the current state, the adapting state, and the plurality of primitive distributions at least; and training the policy network according to a result determined by a discriminator according to the first primitive influence and the second primitive influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying-Sheng Luo, Jonathan Hans Soeseno, Trista Pei-Chun Chen, Wei-Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 11473270
    Abstract: A system for assisting remote operation of a work machine may include a work machine and remote operations equipment arranged on the work machine. The remote operations equipment may be configured to capture information about the environment of the work machine and transmit the information to a remote control station. The system may also include a remote control station configured to display images of the environment of the work machine. The system may also include an operator assist module configured for augmenting the information with a feature delineator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Shaun D. Currier
  • Patent number: 11475551
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of automatic detection of structure integrity threats. A threat detection engine detects integrity threats in structures, such as underwater structures, and segments the structures in an image using convolutional neural networks (“CNN”). The threat detection engine may include a dataset module, a CNN training module, a segmentation map module, a semi-supervision module, and an efficiency module. The threat detection engine may train a deep learning model to detect anomalies in videos. To do so, a dataset module with videos may be used where the dataset module includes annotations detailing at what timestamps one or more anomalies are visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ABYSSAL S.A.
    Inventors: Pedro Miguel Vendas Da Costa, Manuel Alberto Parente Da Silva
  • Patent number: 11475723
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a fault in an electronic controller. The system includes a first electronic controller, a second electronic controller, and a remote electronic controller. The second electronic controller executes a diagnostic service routine configured to access a restricted section of a memory associated with the first electronic controller, receives a failure code from the restricted section of the memory associated with the first electronic controller, generates a logging file including the failure code, and sends the logging file to the remote electronic controller. The remote electronic controller determines a fault in the first electronic controller based upon the logging file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ankit R. Shah, Anthony Judge, Sivaraja Velusamy, Anthony J. Farrell, Evangelin C. Vijitha, Ragavi Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 11465535
    Abstract: A vehicle control method is disclosed which is a method for adjusting a seat inside a vehicle. The vehicle control method includes: monitoring the surroundings of a passenger sitting in the seat through a camera installed inside the vehicle; sensing an object around the passenger through the monitoring; sending information on the sensed object to a server; receiving a preset seat setting value corresponding to the object information from the server; and adjusting the position of the seat according to the seat setting value. One or more of an autonomous vehicle according to the present invention, a user terminal, and a server may be associated with artificial intelligence, a robot, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoungha Lee, Inyoung Hwang, Kangmin Kim, Sungil Cho
  • Patent number: 11465740
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer programmed to identify a connected location of a vehicle at which a user device is connected to a first network and a disconnected location of the vehicle at which the user device is disconnected from the first network. Upon further determining that the user device has not connected to a second network within a first predetermined time, the computer is further programmed to activate an aerial drone container to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Perez Barrera, Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11466431
    Abstract: A correction value for matching an operation characteristic of a slave operating device with an operation characteristic of a master operating device is registered in advance in a correction table for each combination of type information of a construction machine and type information of the slave operating device. A controller acquires, from correction information, a correction value corresponding to a combination of the type information of the construction machine and the type information of the slave operating device received by a communication unit, corrects an amount of operation accepted by an operating lever based on the acquired correction value, and transmits the corrected amount of operation to the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sasaki, Seiji Saiki, Yoichiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11467769
    Abstract: The disclosure relates in some aspects to managing the fetching and execution of commands stored in submission queues. For example, execution of a command may be blocked at a data storage apparatus due to an internal blocking condition (e.g., a large number of commands of a particular type are pending for execution at the data storage device). As another example, execution of a command may be blocked at a data storage apparatus due to an external blocking condition (e.g., a host device may specify that certain commands are to be executed immediately one after another). The disclosure relates in some aspects to controlling how commands are fetched and executed so that commands that cannot be executed by the data storage apparatus in the near future do not prevent other commands (that are not subject to the same blocking condition) from being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Shay Benisty
  • Patent number: 11467572
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new system that allows an easier operation of a moving object. The present invention provides a moving object operation system including: a moving object; and an operation signal transmitter. The moving object includes a signal receipt unit that receives an operation signal. The transmitter includes: an auxiliary tool; a storage unit that contains conversion information; a movement information acquisition unit that acquires auxiliary tool movement information; a conversion unit that converts the acquired movement information into the operation signal based on the conversion information; and a signal transmission unit that transmits the operation signal. The conversion information includes auxiliary tool movement information and operation signal information for instructing the moving object in how to move, and those are associated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NEC Solution Innovations, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yanagisawa, Koji Morishita, Hisashi Noda
  • Patent number: 11465649
    Abstract: A vehicle control system comprising a vehicle control device, and a remote operation terminal. The vehicle control device controls a host vehicle capable of traveling in each of an autonomous self-driving mode, a remote self-driving mode, and a manual driving mode. The remote operation terminal remotely operate the host vehicle. The vehicle control device acquires a nearby-vehicle driving mode representing a driving mode of a nearby vehicle that is a vehicle near the host vehicle. In a case in which the nearby-vehicle driving mode of the nearby vehicle is a remote self-driving mode and a driving mode of the host vehicle is the autonomous self-driving mode, the vehicle control device controls travel of the host vehicle in the autonomous self-driving mode so that a distance between the nearby vehicle and the host vehicle becomes equal to or greater than a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Ito, Tsukasa Nakanishi, Yuta Morikawa, Naoki Yamamuro, Yuki Tatsumoto
  • Patent number: 11463757
    Abstract: A sender transmits media streams at receiver-enabled resolutions. The sender, a media server that has multiple resolutions of media available to stream, is made aware of the capability of the receiver to process lower resolution media streams, including a super-resolution capability to enhance the lower resolution media stream using temporal and/or spatial information contained in the lower resolution media stream. The media server sends lower resolution streams to the receiver, thereby freeing up bandwidth on the communication channel for other uses. The receiver can notify the sender of events that affect the status of the super-resolution capability on the receiver, and the sender can adjust the resolution and bitrate of the media stream accordingly to optimize use of the communication channels and resources by encoding and transmitting high resolution video frames only when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gang Shen, Jun Tian
  • Patent number: 11460848
    Abstract: The technology relates to adjusting a trajectory of an autonomous vehicle. In one example, one or more processors are configured to determine a current trajectory and an alternate trajectory of the autonomous vehicle. The one or more processors select a segment of the current trajectory and a segment of the alternate trajectory and determine, for each of the segments, a total expected value of an estimated length of time to traverse the respective segment. The one or more processors may then select one of the segments having the lowest expected value and maneuver the autonomous vehicle along at least a portion of the selected segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jared Stephen Russell, Guillaume Dupre
  • Patent number: 11460310
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method, and software for operating a taxi and delivery service using a fleet of autonomously driven vehicles amassed from a plurality of unassociated individuals and providing a graphical user interface for interested parties to register their vehicles for use and for customers to schedule services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Patrick Brian Kelly, Olvin Brett Lewis
  • Patent number: 11461717
    Abstract: A device, system, and method determines a prioritized location for an automated vehicle to move. The method performed at a contact center includes performing a transaction between an electronic device and the contact center, the transaction including at least one correspondence. The method includes determining location data corresponding to the electronic device, the location data being a location of the electronic device. The method includes determining prioritized location data based upon the location data and further related data, the further related data being at least one of an analysis of the at least one correspondence, internal information of the contact center, and external information available to the contact center. The method includes transmitting the prioritized location data to an unmanned, automated vehicle (UAV), the UAV configured to automatically move to a predetermined location based upon the prioritized location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Avaya, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony McCormack, John H. Yoakum, Joe Smyth
  • Patent number: 11457459
    Abstract: A communication mode selection method includes transmitting, in a first communication mode, a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) service between a leading vehicle and a following vehicle that are in a vehicle platoon, obtaining, signal quality of the first communication mode, when the signal quality of the first communication mode meets a first preset condition, sending, a configuration instruction to the following vehicle, where the configuration instruction is used to instruct the following vehicle to communicate with the leading vehicle in a second communication mode, where the second communication mode is a communication mode in which a network device performs forwarding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI CLOUD COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoguang Chen
  • Patent number: 11454990
    Abstract: A system for scaling lag based on flight phase of an electric aircraft is presented. The system include a sensor connected to an electric aircraft configured to detect measured aircraft data, identify a flight phase of the electric aircraft, and generate a flight datum. The system further comprises a computing device communicatively connected to the sensor, wherein the computing device is configured to receive the flight datum and the flight phase, identify an input latency as a function of the flight datum, select a lag frame as a function of the input latency, wherein the lag frame further comprises a lag threshold, and transmit the flight datum to a user device as a function of the lag frame. The system further includes a remotely located user device configured to receive the flight datum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Hoekje List, Vincent Moeykens
  • Patent number: 11453489
    Abstract: A vertical takeoff and landing aerial vehicle, including a plurality of lift propellers. A rotating shaft of each lift propeller from among the multiple lift propellers outwards forms an angle of 5 degrees to 15 degrees relative to a vertical plane of the aerial vehicle perpendicular to a horizontal plane of the aerial vehicle. The aerial vehicle of the present disclosure improves the heading axis control capacity of the aerial vehicle and reduces the restriction to the design size of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Yu Tian
  • Patent number: 11453494
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media for an unmanned aerial vehicle aerial survey. One of the methods includes receiving information specifying a location to be inspected by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the inspection including the UAV capturing images of the location. Information describing a boundary of the location to be inspected is obtained. Inspections to be assigned to the location are determined, with the inspection legs being parallel and separated by a particular width. A flight pattern is determined based on a minimum turning radius of the UAV, with the flight pattern specifying an order each inspection leg is to be navigated along, and a direction of the navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Michael Bouffard, Bernard J. Michini
  • Patent number: 11455162
    Abstract: A software rewriting device, configured to rewrite software of a moving body, includes: a required time acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding a required time for rewriting the software; a scheduled stop time acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding a scheduled stop time at a predetermined position of the moving body; and a rewriting processing unit configured to execute a rewriting process of rewriting the software. When the required time is shorter than the scheduled stop time based on the information regarding the required time and the information regarding the scheduled stop time, the rewriting processing unit executes the rewriting process at the predetermined position, and when the required time is longer than the scheduled stop time based on the information regarding the required time and the information regarding the scheduled stop time, the rewriting processing unit does not execute the rewriting process at the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Gaku Shimamoto, Yuta Takada, Ryoma Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11450207
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a network communication system onboard a vehicle comprises a network interface and control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to obtain location data indicating geographic locations of a plurality of vehicles within a geographic area, generate a first interface comprising a first portion and a second portion, and generate first graphical interface data within the first portion of the first interface. The first graphical interface data represents a map of the geographic area and a plurality of vehicle icons. Each of the plurality of vehicle icons is selectable via user input and at a position on the map corresponding to a respective geographic location of one of the plurality of vehicles. The control circuitry is further configured to generate second graphical interface data within the second portion of the first interface. The second graphical interface data represents vehicle identifiers for the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: VIASAT, INC.
    Inventor: Richard G Walsh
  • Patent number: 11449059
    Abstract: Obstacle detection for a mobile automation apparatus is provided. The mobile automation apparatus includes a structured light camera positioned on a support structure to detect at least a top of a shopping cart in a region adjacent to the mobile automation apparatus. The mobile automation apparatus can include other structured light cameras. Furthermore, one or more ultrasound arrays are used as secondary obstacle detector such that when the one or more ultrasound arrays detect an object, and at least one structured light camera simultaneously does not detect the object, an obstacle avoidance protocol is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Arandorenko, Kevin C. Jen, Chengzhi W. Liu, Thomas D. Kingsford
  • Patent number: 11440502
    Abstract: A method for transmitting in a passive activation system in a motor vehicle. Between each use-case module and a protocol driver an intermediate management layer is inserted that receives requests from the modules and stores them in a list according to oldness and priority ranking, selects a main request with the highest priority ranking, selects requests compatible with the main request, sends at least one grouped signal corresponding to the main and compatible requests to a portable activation device, receives back from the activation device at least one signal transmitted to the intermediate layer allowing the activation device to be located and then the location thereof to be sent to the case modules that sent the main request or a compatible request, and deletes the main and compatible requests from the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Alex Fournié, Christophe Grisey, Cédric Boudet, Xavier Bressan
  • Patent number: 11443640
    Abstract: An unmanned helicopter platform includes a fuselage, a tail coupled with the fuselage, a payload rail coupled with and extending along the fuselage and a main rotor assembly coupled with the fuselage. The tail includes a tail rotor and a tail rotor motor. The main rotor assembly includes a main rotor having an axis of rotation and a main rotor motor. The payload rail allows mechanical connection of payloads to the fuselage and positioning of the payloads such that a center of gravity of the payloads is alignable with the axis of rotation. A system for controlling the unmanned helicopter includes a processor and a memory for providing instructions to the processor. The processor can receive a task, dynamically determine a route for the task and autonomously perform the task including flying along at least part of the route. The route is based on the task, geography and terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Anduril Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Palmer F. Luckey, Julian Hammerstein, Joseph Chen
  • Patent number: 11440421
    Abstract: A method includes plugging a plug into a socket, wherein the plugging includes pushing the plug into the socket at least up to a point that a latch clicks into the plug and locks the plug in place. Pressing down on a lever that rotates around an axis causes the lever to be pushed down. This results in the latch moving away from the plug and unlocking the plug from the socket, to thereby allow the plug to be separated from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Raikh
  • Patent number: 11445152
    Abstract: A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and security systems, or individuals. In response to the detected violations, the robot can perform one or more security operations. The robot can include a removable fabric panel, enabling sensors within the robot body to capture signals that propagate through the fabric. In addition, the robot can scan RFID tags of objects within an area, for instance coupled to store inventory. Likewise, the robot can generate or update one or more semantic maps for use by the robot in navigating an area and for measuring compliance with security policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Cobalt Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Deyle, Erik Schluntz, Peregrine Badger, Sarvagya Vaish, Michael J. O'Kelly