Remote Control System Patents (Class 701/2)
  • Patent number: 10773712
    Abstract: An engine operation control method of a hybrid vehicle for minimizing non-driving fuel consumption upon stopping includes steps of receiving traffic information including signal information of a front traffic signal lamp, determining whether a proceeding-signal change condition is satisfied based on the received signal information upon stopping, setting any one of different engine operation conditions according to the result of determination, and comparing the set engine operation condition with a current vehicle state to determine whether an engine operates or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Joon Young Park
  • Patent number: 10776631
    Abstract: A method comprising: recognizing a first two-handed gesture and a second two-handed gesture in a monitored scene space to at least partially define a shape and position of a computer-implemented virtual boundary in a corresponding monitoring space, wherein the first two-handed gesture in the monitored scene space specifies a first two points in the monitoring space and the second two-handed gesture in the monitored scene space specifies a second two points in the monitoring space; causing implementation of the computer-implemented virtual boundary in the monitoring space corresponding to the monitored scene space, wherein a shape and position of the computer-implemented virtual boundary is at least partially defined by the first two points in the monitoring space and the second two points in the monitoring space; and processing received data to generate a response event when there is a change in a portion of the monitored scene space relative to the computer-implemented virtual boundary in the corresponding m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Francesco Cricri, Jukka Saarinen
  • Patent number: 10773801
    Abstract: Using a trick flight control process, a pilot may fly an aircraft while having control over two axes of orientation while the aircraft may be rotating automatically about a third axis of orientation. The pilot may continue to fly the aircraft during an automated trick rather than relinquishing control completely to the aircraft's electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Wesley Ronald Erhart, Thomas Michael Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10774575
    Abstract: A control system for a motor-displaceable cargo compartment device of a motor vehicle, wherein the cargo compartment device comprises a motor-displaceable closure element, wherein an operator occurrence sensor is provided, wherein a control arrangement monitors the operator occurrence sensor to determine whether a predetermined operator occurrence exists and, upon detection of such a predetermined operator occurrence, displaces the cargo compartment device with the aid of a motor, wherein the control arrangement displaces the closure element in the opening direction with the aid of a motor upon detection of a primary operator occurrence via the operator occurrence sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Martin Spangler, Sandra Kieser, Wolfgang Uebel
  • Patent number: 10775786
    Abstract: A method for emulating control signals for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The method comprises using an integrated circuit installed on the UAV and communicatively coupled to a flight control processor and a companion processor for receiving flight control parameters from the companion processor, the flight control parameters are based data from a plurality of sensors communicatively coupled to the companion processor and mounted on the UAV, wirelessly receiving remote control signals from a remote control unit, modulating the flight control parameters to create emulated signals emulating a signals generated by a remote control designated to wirelessly control the UAV, the emulated signals encode instructions to maneuver the UAV, and switching between the remote control signals and the emulated signals during a flight time of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Percepto Robotics Ltd
    Inventors: Dor Abuhasira, Sagi Blonder, Raviv Raz
  • Patent number: 10762615
    Abstract: A method for servicing an object via a mobile platform includes maintaining a distance between the mobile platform and the object and performing a task for the object while maintaining the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuwei Wu, Mingxi Wang, Qi Zhou, Di Wu
  • Patent number: 10763953
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus pertaining to positioning an aerial mobile communication vehicle over one of a plurality of sectors of a job site. A control center is associated with the job site. The aerial mobile communication vehicle is able to communicate with a communication device in the one sector. Data is communicated between the control center and the communication device via the aerial mobile communication vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Cen Liu, Aman Verma
  • Patent number: 10761695
    Abstract: Techniques are described that facilitate remotely interfacing with a vehicle touchscreen. According to an embodiment, a method is provided comprising determining touch controls included in a GUI configured for displaying on a touchscreen of the vehicle, wherein the touch controls provide for controlling functions of the vehicle based on first interaction with the touch controls as displayed on the touchscreen. The method further comprises generating a representation of the GUI for display via an auxiliary display of the auxiliary device, the representation comprising one or more graphical controls corresponding to one or more touch controls of the touch controls, and enabling remote control of one or more functions of the functions of the vehicle by the auxiliary device based on second interaction with the one or more graphical controls as displayed via the auxiliary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mats Strandberg
  • Patent number: 10755356
    Abstract: A method and system may provide customers with rates from multiple insurance providers for purchasing trip-based passenger insurance in autonomous vehicles. A server device may receive vehicle identification information for an autonomous vehicle that is providing transportation services for a user on a vehicle trip. Based on the vehicle identification information, the server device may obtain trip-based passenger insurance premiums from multiple insurance providers and transmit the trip-based passenger insurance premiums and indications of the corresponding insurance providers to the user. When the user selects one of the trip-based passenger insurance premiums, the server device may provide a passenger insurance policy for the vehicle trip to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Edward LaBarre, Timothy Joel Davis
  • Patent number: 10752208
    Abstract: An information system that manages use of a cargo compartment of a vehicle by a plurality of users, the information system including a server configured to: acquire, from a provider of the vehicle, target range information regarding designation of a range of users who use the cargo compartment of the vehicle; receive user registration information including attributes of a user who desires use of the cargo compartment of the vehicle; and determine, based on the target range information and the user registration information, whether the use of the cargo compartment of the vehicle by the user is permitted or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakurada, Koichi Ando, Mutsumi Matsuura, Masato Endo, Koki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10744636
    Abstract: The robot cleaner includes a case, a suction device provided in the case, a suction nozzle for sucking dust from a floor by driving of the suction device, a dust collection device for collecting foreign substances contained in the air sucked via the suction nozzle, a wheel unit to allow movement, a main controller for controlling the driving of the suction device and the wheel unit, a Wi-Fi module provided in the case to provide Access Point (AP), and a NFC module provided in the case to provide an external terminal with AP information for accessing to the AP through NFC communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bongju Kim, Seongeun Cho, Sangmok Kim
  • Patent number: 10744937
    Abstract: A vehicle includes onboard controller(s) that initiate an automated feedback mode responsive to software updates to vehicle controller(s), and which generate a trigger signal upon detecting update status inquiry conditions and feedback concluded conditions. The trigger signal causes communication of a feedback update status identifying success or failure of the software update, and terminates the feedback mode upon detecting feedback concluded conditions. The update status inquiry conditions include, for example, one or more of a vehicle door handle actuation, receiving a wireless remote keyfob signal, receiving a wireless software update status inquiry, detecting an instrument cluster switch actuation, and other update status inquiry conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Naum Vangelov, Brunilda Bleta Caushi, Jason Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10745126
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial system (UAS) that displays an image, video or other effect is described. The UAS may include a camera that captures the image for display. The UAS may be used in connection with a water display, and multiple UASs may operate together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: WET
    Inventors: Dezso Molnar, John Canavan
  • Patent number: 10750094
    Abstract: An HMD includes an image display section configured to display an image to enable visual recognition of an outside scene by transmitting external light, a mobile-body-position acquiring section configured to acquire a position of a mobile machine, an operation detecting section configured to detect operation, and a display control section configured to cause the image display section to display the image. The display control section executes visibility control processing for controlling, on the basis of the position of the mobile machine acquired by the mobile-body-position acquiring section and the operation detected by the operation detecting section, visibility of the image displayed by the image display section with respect to the external light transmitted through the image display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emi Ozawa, Shinichi Kobayashi, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 10736271
    Abstract: A method of collecting material with a harvester when a storage vehicle is spaced from the harvester includes moving material from the field into the basket, actuating the conveyor for a first time period when the sensed parameter is above the set amount, transporting a first portion of the material a first distance with the actuated conveyor, after the first time period has elapsed, stopping the conveyor to store the first portion of the material on the conveyor, after the first time period has elapsed, if the conveyor can store more material, actuating the conveyor for a second time period, transporting a second portion of the material a second distance with the actuated conveyor and transporting the first portion of the material a third distance with the actuated conveyor, and if the conveyor cannot store more material, alerting an operator that the conveyor is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter A. Johnson, Bryan E. Dugas, John A. Dighton, Rahul Gunda
  • Patent number: 10730621
    Abstract: The current invention concerns an improved system for cargo delivery through (unmanned) aerial vehicles (preferably UAVs or drones) to specifically designed home stations. Additionally, a method is described according to which the system of the invention functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DRONE-FUTURE BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Jean Marie Goovaerts, Ivan Jos Christine Peeters, Kris Rottiers
  • Patent number: 10730517
    Abstract: A driving system for a vehicle includes: a communication device; at least one processor; and a computer-readable medium coupled to the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations including: acquiring, through the communication device, driving control data from a first autonomous driving vehicle; determining a driving speed based on the acquired driving control data; and based on the driving speed, generating a control signal configured to track the first autonomous driving vehicle within a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yongsoo Park, Kwangsik Kong
  • Patent number: 10732622
    Abstract: Vehicle systems include features for performing remote park assist (RePA) operations. One system include a feature where a user provides a continuous input via a touchscreen on a mobile device. The mobile device transmits a message and a vehicle autonomously traverses a calculated parking path while the message is being received by the vehicle. Another system include a feature where the vehicle autonomously move to a parking space based on data received from the mobile device. The mobile device receives user inputs on a display showing representations of the vehicle and its surrounding areas to generate the data. Another system include a feature where the mobile device determines whether the user is a first time user of a RePA application. The mobile device operates in a certain training mode based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy C. Bettger, Urs Christen, Ahmed Benmimoun, Nadja Wysietzki
  • Patent number: 10733420
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for identifying free space between objects. The method includes retrieving, by a processor, a voxel grid around the vehicle wherein the voxel grid has a plurality of columns. The method further includes tracing, by the processor, lidar beams from a lidar system on the vehicle through the voxel grid, identifying, by the processor, a max subarray for each column in the voxel grid, classifying, by the processor, each column with a free space level, and outputting, by the processor, the classified columns as an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Mark Liu
  • Patent number: 10732625
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes: one or more onboard sensing devices, one or more onboard actuators, and a controller that, by a processor, obtains sensor data from the one or more sensing devices, identifies an assistance event based at least in part on the sensor data, determines an automated response to the assistance event based at least in part on the sensor data and an autonomous assistance policy, and autonomously operates the one or more actuators onboard the vehicle in accordance with the automated response. In exemplary embodiments, the autonomous assistance policy is determined using inverse reinforcement learning to optimize a reward function and mimic a remote human assistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Weinstein-Raun
  • Patent number: 10730624
    Abstract: An aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and stationary flight includes a distributed airframe coupled to a modular fuselage. The modular fuselage has a longitudinal axis substantially parallel to a rotational axis of three or more propellers. The modular fuselage includes a rear module substantially disposed within a perimeter of the distributed airframe, a front module removably connected to the rear module and substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis. One or more engines or motors are disposed within or attached to the distributed airframe or fuselage. The three or more propellers are proximate to a leading edge of the distributed airframe, distributed along the distributed airframe, and operably connected to the one or more engines or motors to provide lift whenever the aircraft is in vertical takeoff and landing and stationary flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Carlos Alexander Fenny, Rohn Lee Olson, Andrew James Zahasky
  • Patent number: 10724505
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for inspection management in a movable object environment. An inspection application can receive data from an inspection application and use this data to generate one or more inspection missions. When a user selects an inspection mission in the inspection application, the inspection application can instruct a movable object to perform the selected inspection mission. The movable object can follow one or more dynamically generated paths around a target object and capture a plurality of images. The images can be viewed in a viewing application to perform an inspection of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DJI Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Thiercelin, Robert Schlub, Akshat Patel
  • Patent number: 10727685
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for drone-based recharging of a VR/AR wearable assembly. A system is disclosed comprising a wireless charging device; a wearable assembly; a light field capture VR/AR device comprising a first charging surface and a second connective surface, the first charging surface configured to be positioned on the wireless charging device, the second connective surface configured to be communicatively coupled to the wearable assembly; and a drone device including a network interface, the drone device configured to: receive notifications from the light field capture VR/AR device, the notification indicating that the light field capture VR/AR device is fully charged, remove the light field capture VR/AR device from the charging device, and attach the light field capture VR/AR device to the wearable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OTOY, INC.
    Inventors: Julian Michael Urbach, Clayton C. Sparks, Charles Wallace
  • Patent number: 10725469
    Abstract: Many different types of systems are utilized or tasks are performed in a marine environment. The present invention provides various configurations of unmanned vehicles, or drones, that can be operated and/or controlled for such systems or tasks. One or more unmanned vehicles can be integrated with a dedicated marine electronic device of a marine vessel for autonomous control and operation. Additionally or alternatively, the unmanned vehicle can be manually remote operated during use in the marine environment. Such unmanned vehicles can be utilized in many different marine environment systems or tasks, including, for example, navigation, sonar, radar, search and rescue, video streaming, alert functionality, among many others. However, as contemplated by the present invention, the marine environment provides many unique challenges that may be accounted for with operation and control of an unmanned vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Mark N. Harnett, Geoffrey Morrish, Paul Butterworth, Alan Peter Davis, Thomas E. H. Isaacson, Jake Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10719086
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically updated vehicle navigation planning for a second UV based on navigation feedback of a first UV. The first UV navigates based on a first navigation plan and the second UV navigates based on a second navigation plan. The system includes: a processing circuitry; and a memory, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processing circuitry, configure the system to: receive the navigation feedback of the first UV, wherein the navigation feedback of the first UV includes telemetry data indicating at least a divergence event and a location of the divergence event, wherein the divergence event is a divergence of the first UV from the first navigation plan; and dynamically update the second navigation plan based on the navigation feedback of the first UV when the second navigation plan includes the location of the divergence event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Flytrex Aviation Ltd.
    Inventors: Yariv Bash, Amit Regev
  • Patent number: 10716958
    Abstract: A method for operating a medical robot, a medical robot, and a medical work station. The invention relates to a method for operating a medical robot (2). The robot (2) includes a robot arm (5) having a plurality of members (7), drives (15) provided for moving the members (7), and an attaching device (9). The robot (2) also has a control device (6) for activating the drives (15), and a sound generating device (3) attached to the attaching device (9), which is provided to apply sound to a living organism (10), in particular a high-intensity focused ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Neff
  • Patent number: 10717363
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a battery which can include a power supply and power supply circuit, the power supply circuit connected to the power supply. The power supply can discharge through the power supply circuit. An electronic switch can control the power-on or off of the power supply, thereby avoiding the generation of sparks during the power on process and allowing for the normal use of the battery and the safety of the aircraft. The disclosure also provides an aircraft having the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 10710621
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle moving along a track of a transport network has an acquisition phase wherein an image is acquired by a video input on board the vehicle. The image represents a portion of the track of the transport network around the vehicle and information displayed by a display onboard the vehicle. The information represent at least part of a parameter relating to the vehicle and/or the transport network. During a processing phase, the displayed information are processed on the basis of the image by a processor, thereby allowing to control the vehicle on the basis of the parameter and/or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI RAIL STS FRANCE
    Inventors: Alexandre Betis, Sébastien Couturier, Jian Sun
  • Patent number: 10705520
    Abstract: A self-moving apparatus that provides a service by moving to a destination and includes a detection unit and a reporting unit. A reception unit receives a user instruction for causing the self-moving apparatus to move to a predetermined destination if the self-moving apparatus is in a predetermined state relating to maintenance or printing or if the self-moving apparatus is changed to be in the predetermined state. A detection unit detects a state of the self-moving apparatus. A moving unit that moves to the predetermined destination if the self-moving apparatus is in the predetermined state or if the self-moving apparatus is changed to be in the predetermined state on the basis of a detection result obtained by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mariko Miyazaki, Hideki Fujimoto, Hajime Kajiyama, Naoya Ogata, Akira Ichikawa, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Kunitoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10698492
    Abstract: A wearable Haptic Human Machine Interface (HHMI) receives electrical activity from muscles and nerves of a user. An electrical signal is determined having characteristics based on the received electrical activity. The electrical signal is generated and applied to an object to cause an action dependent on the received electrical activity. The object can be a biological component of the user, such as a muscle, another user, or a remotely located machine such as a drone. Exemplary uses include mitigating tremor, accelerated learning, cognitive therapy, remote robotic, drone and probe control and sensing, virtual and augmented reality, stroke, brain and spinal cord rehabilitation, gaming, education, pain relief, entertainment, remote surgery, remote participation in and/or observation of an event such as a sporting event, biofeedback and remotality. Remotality is the perception of a reality occurring remote from the user. The reality may be remote in time, location and/or physical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: John James Daniels
  • Patent number: 10699891
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mass spectrometer with laser-desorption ion source, particularly for MALDI. A laser system with optical laser spot control is proposed in which the laser spot shift brought about by means of a temporally variable angular deflection at a mirror system is performed on the laser beam before or during the energy multiplication. The laser beam, which is deflected through a small angle by the mirror system, is converted by a suitable flat-field optical system into a parallel-shifted laser beam, which then passes through a multiplier crystal. After exiting the multiplier crystal system, the parallel-shifted beam is converted back into a slightly angled beam by a flat-field optical system, this latter beam then bringing about the spot shift on the sample. The multiplier crystal is conserved by the continuously temporally changed parallel shift of the laser beam in the multiplier crystal, thus prolonging its service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Andreas Haase
  • Patent number: 10698116
    Abstract: A method for determining a desired trajectory for a first road user for a route section. A process involves at least one trajectory that the at least one second road user has used to cover the route section being ascertained by one or more sensors. Then, a further process involves a piece of information about the at least one trajectory covered being transmitted to a computation unit. A process involves a desired trajectory for the first road user for covering the route section being ascertained, based on the at least one piece of information about the trajectory covered by the at least one second road user with the computation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Christian Jördens, David Perdomo Lopez, Sven Chlosta
  • Patent number: 10699585
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides various technical solutions to technical problems facing UAV detection and mitigation. Information received from UAV detection sensors may be analyzed or matched against known UAV characteristics. The analysis or matching may be used to identify the UAV, analyze the UAV characteristics or navigational behavior, and classify the UAV behavior and the UAV itself. The UAV may be classified as either compliant, ignorant (e.g., unintentional) and noncompliant, or purposeful (e.g., intentional) and noncompliant. The UAV classification may be improved by using UAV characteristic analysis performed by an artificial neural network (ANN) algorithm using specific UAV classifiers. A UAV mitigation command or mitigation response may be generated based on the UAV characteristic analysis combined with a UAV safety risk assessment. The mitigation command may cause nondestructive interference, destruction, capture, or another UAV mitigation response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: University of North Dakota
    Inventor: Joseph James Vacek
  • Patent number: 10699497
    Abstract: A telematics configuration platform receives telematics device data that specifies hardware and software features associated with a telematics device, and identifies a first set of values for a first set of telematics device parameters. The telematics configuration platform receives user input identifying a particular vehicle type, and identifies a second set of values for a second set of device parameters. The telematics configuration platform generates a telematics device configuration that includes a third set of device parameters including a first parameter from the first set of telematics device parameters and a second parameter from the second set of telematics device parameters, and a third set of values for the third set of device parameters, each corresponding to either a first value in the first set of values or a second value in the second set of values. The telematics configuration platform performs an action based on the telematics device configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph J. Maier, Toshiyuki Hishida, Joshua Praul, Paul Casey, John Thomas Morris
  • Patent number: 10688963
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes in-vehicle controller(s) coupled to an external network transceiver, and configured to register a key fob and/or a mobile device configured as a key fob. The transceiver is configured to communicate autonomously with remote servers to respond to a key fob signal received from the server, which includes an authentication code and a remote control command generated by the key fob and/or mobile device configured as the key fob. In further variations, the key fob is also configured to be paired and/or registered by an external mobile device, by the authentication code, and to generate the remote control command via the mobile device. In response to the key fob signal, the controller(s) autonomously adjust vehicle systems, such as locking or unlocking, arming and disarming a security system, adjusting cabin and/or seat temperature and configuration preferences, as well as other driver vehicle preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Hatton, David Marvin Gersabeck, Thomas Nelson, Michael Andrew Simons, Ziad Alhihi, Ryan Conroy
  • Patent number: 10688662
    Abstract: A system for improving navigation of robots in a space with a plurality of pedestrians or other movable objects or obstacles. The system includes a traffic analysis assembly that has a traffic sensor(s) sensing movement of the obstacles in the space. The traffic analysis assembly further includes a processor running a flow module that processes (such as the Gunnar-Farneback optical flow algorithm) output from the traffic sensor to generate traffic analysis results, which include density values for the obstacles in the space and motion information for the obstacles in the space (e.g., speed and direction). The system includes a robot with a controller running a navigation module selecting a navigation route between a current location of the robot and a target location in the space using the traffic analysis result. The workspace is configured such that the obstacles such as pedestrians have unregulated flow patterns in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph George Hager, IV, Michael R. Honeck, Jeremy Andrew Mika
  • Patent number: 10690454
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single system that can simultaneously protects a plurality of assets, such as soldiers, vehicles and structures in a given perimeter. The assets are, for example, vehicles and structures that could not otherwise be protected due to tactical and mechanical limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: David Cohen
  • Patent number: 10691142
    Abstract: An example method involves determining an expected demand level for a first type of a plurality of types of transport tasks for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the first type of transport tasks associated with a first payload type. Each of the UAVs is physically reconfigurable between at least a first and a second configuration corresponding to the first payload type and a second payload type, respectively. The method also involves determining based on the expected demand level for the first type of transport tasks, (i) a first number of UAVs having the first configuration and (ii) a second number of UAVs having the second configuration. The method further involves, at or near a time corresponding to the expected demand level, providing one or more UAVs to perform the transport tasks, including at least the first number of UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, James Schmalzried, Scott Velez, Andre Prager, Eric Teller, Matthew Nubbe
  • Patent number: 10692126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selling and servicing cars using a network of existing owners of the car and a network of existing independent car service centers and a distributed linked computer communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: William Li, Chris Ricci
  • Patent number: 10694316
    Abstract: A wireless transmission system logs and communicates a location of an object. The wireless transmission system includes a wireless antenna configured to transmit a first beacon signal and a second advertising beacon signal. The system also includes a processor and a memory that stores instructions executable by the processor. The instructions cause the wireless antenna to repeatedly transmit the first beacon signal through a first number of transmission repetitions spaced at a first repeat interval. After completing the first number of transmission repetitions, the wireless antenna withholds transmission during a transition interval. After the transition interval, the wireless antenna repeatedly transmits the second advertising beacon signal through a second number of transmission repetitions at a second repeat interval. The wireless antenna, memory, and processor may be integrated in to a mountable housing and attached to an object or integrated with the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Burtrom L. Stampfl, Kevin W. Stueber, Tauhira Hoossainy, Steven Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10691126
    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 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory L. Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10687050
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are provided for processing image data captured by a first device for display on a second device. For example, a range of predicted orientations of the second device can be determined. A predicted field-of-view of the second device can then be determined. The predicted field-of-view corresponds to the range of predicted orientations of the second device. The predicted field-of-view can be transmitted to the first device. Cropped image data may then be received from the first device, which includes image data cropped to include the predicted field-of-view. An updated orientation of the second device can be determined, and an updated field-of-view within the cropped image data can be determined that corresponds to the updated orientation of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan Hildreth
  • Patent number: 10685558
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for monitoring a property using drone beacons. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a drone, a drone beacon, a component, a processor, and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining drone beacon data generated by the drone beacon, determining a location of the drone beacon based on the drone beacon data, after determining the location of the drone beacon, transmitting, to the drone, a first instruction to navigate towards the location of the drone beacon, after deploying the drone, obtaining component data generated by the component, and after obtaining the component data, transmitting, to the drone, a second instruction to navigate towards a different location than the location of the drone beacon based on the component data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Roberts, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10677603
    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: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Patrick Brian Kelly, Olvin Brett Lewis
  • Patent number: 10676088
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for operating a powertrain control system. The method includes receiving data measured from a plurality of sensors, the measured data relating to distance dependent speed values, and receiving information from one or more vehicle modules, the vehicle module information relating to distance independent speed values. The method further includes building a speed trajectory profile for a horizon window that includes a plurality of speed change regions represented by at least some distance dependent speed values or at least some distance independent speed values, and creating a synthesized speed profile for the horizon window by processing the speed trajectory profile. The synthesized speed profile optimizes efficiency of the powertrain control system at each of the plurality of speed change regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yiran Hu, Junfeng Zhao, Steven E. Muldoon, Chen-Fang Chang
  • Patent number: 10676082
    Abstract: A parking assistance method including: setting a target parking position of a vehicle on the basis of a circumferential situation of the vehicle detected by a circumferential situation detection sensor; determining a communication situation between an operation device configured to receive an operation by an operator outside the vehicle and transmit an instruction signal corresponding to the operation and a communication device mounted on the vehicle and configured to receive the instruction signal; limiting the operation for manually adjusting the target parking position in the operation device depending on the communication situation; transmitting, when the target parking position is adjusted, the instruction signal for moving the target parking position to the communication device; and parking the vehicle by the automatic driving in the target parking position moved depending on the instruction signal received at the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Taniguchi, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Ichiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10676066
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method for authorizing a virtual key, a server, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium. The method, implemented in a server, includes: receiving an authorization command sent from a first mobile terminal; after the identity information of the first mobile terminal passes verification, integrating the plurality of authorization function codes to generate a code set, and sending the code set to a second mobile terminal of a user to be authorized through the first mobile terminal; receiving identity information of the second mobile terminal and the code set sent from the second mobile terminal; and after the identity information of the second mobile terminal passes verification, generating virtual keys of the plurality of functions of the vehicle corresponding to the plurality of authorization function codes, and sending the virtual keys to the second mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GREAT WALL MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Qi Li, Yansong Guo, Jixuan Li
  • Patent number: 10678247
    Abstract: An autonomic vehicle control system includes a perception module of a spatial monitoring system that is disposed to monitor a spatial environment proximal to the autonomous vehicle. A method for evaluating vehicle dynamics operation includes determining a desired trajectory for the autonomous vehicle, wherein the desired trajectory includes desired vehicle positions including an x-position, a y-position and a heading. Vehicle control commands are determined based upon the desired trajectory, and include a commanded steering angle, an acceleration command and a braking command. Actual vehicle states responsive to the vehicle control commands are determined. An estimated trajectory is determined based upon the actual vehicle states, and a trajectory error is determined based upon a difference between the desired trajectory and the estimated trajectory. The trajectory error is monitored over a time horizon, and a first state of health (SOH) is determined based upon the trajectory error over the time horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shengbing Jiang, Mutasim A. Salman, Yilu Zhang, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 10671080
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a data processing method and a robot with the same. The robot includes: an electromagnetic wave receiver configured to receive at least two electromagnetic wave signals transmitted by at least two electromagnetic wave transmitters on a charging device within a preset time range; a demodulator configured to demodulate the at least two electromagnetic wave signals received by the electromagnetic wave receiver to obtain at least two corresponding electromagnetic wave demodulation data; a processor configured to determine electromagnetic wave demodulation control data based on the at least two obtained electromagnetic wave demodulation data and preset electromagnetic wave demodulation data; and a controller configured to move the robot according to the electromagnetic wave demodulation control data until the robot is docked at the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Jiawen Hu, Gaobo Huang, Caixia Li
  • Patent number: 10674062
    Abstract: A multimedia synchronization method is performed by an aircraft that is wirelessly connected to a plurality of mobile terminals. After receiving a first authorized-user identifier sent by a first mobile terminal, the aircraft receives an aircraft operation command and a photographing command sent by the first mobile terminal. The aircraft performs aircraft flight control according to the aircraft operation command and collects multimedia data in a target photographing region according to the photographing command. Finally, the aircraft stores the multimedia data for which the first authorized-user identifier is used as an index identifier. The aircraft synchronizes the multimedia data to the first mobile terminal and a second mobile terminal that accesses the multimedia data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Jialun Li, Kaifeng Li, Jing Ning