Automatic Route Guidance Vehicle Patents (Class 701/23)
  • Patent number: 10726745
    Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for performing autonomous multi-pass data acquisition using unmanned aerial vehicle. For instance, in one example, a method includes obtaining a first set of sensor data collected by a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles comprising at least one unmanned aerial vehicle, wherein the first set of sensor data depicts a target area at a first granularity, constructing a three-dimensional map of hierarchical unit representations of the first set of sensor data, sending a signal to the fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles to obtain a second set of sensor data at a second granularity that is finer than the first granularity, based at least in part on an examination of the three-dimensional map, and aggregating the second set of sensor data to form a high-resolution composite of the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Paul Triantafyllou
  • Patent number: 10726335
    Abstract: Machine learning based models, for example, neural network models employ large numbers of parameters, from a few million to hundreds of millions or more. A machine learning based model is trained using fewer parameters than specified. An initial parameter vector is initialized, for example, using random number generation based on a seed. During training phase, the parameter vectors are modified in a subspace around the initial vector. The trained model can be stored or transmitted using seed values and the trained parameter vector in the subspace. The neural network model can be uncompressed using the seed values and the trained parameter vector in the subspace. The compressed representation of neural networks may be used for various applications such as generating maps, object recognition in images, processing of sensor data, natural language processing, and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Yosinski, Chunyuan Li, Ruoqian Liu
  • Patent number: 10726638
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing autonomous vehicle assistance are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed comprising detecting a service condition in response to a fault occurring at an autonomous vehicle at a first location; coordinating service with a nearby service provider, the service provider providing a time window and a second location; predicting that the autonomous vehicle will be free to fulfill the service; driving the autonomous vehicle to the second location of the service provider during the time window; and returning the autonomous vehicle to the first location after the service is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 10726379
    Abstract: A launch vehicle can include a mobility system, a launch system, and a computing system. The mobility system can be configured to travel to a general target location. The launch system can be configured to house a plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles assigned for transporting one or more deliverable items from the general target location to respective specific target delivery locations. The computing system can be configured to control launch of the plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles from the launch vehicle at a respective plurality of predetermined launch positions, each predetermined launch position associated with a corresponding launch time, and each autonomous delivery vehicle configured to travel from a launch position of the respective plurality of predetermined launch positions to a specific target delivery location of the respective specific target delivery locations and from the specific target delivery location to one or more predetermined landing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, James Lee Epifano, Jacob William Fischer, Christopher Matthew D'Eramo, David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10725796
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a task management method for a robot, a robot using the same, and a computer readable storage medium. The method includes: obtaining a current task of the robot, in response to receiving a request for executing a new task of the robot; querying the preset state table according to the new task and the current task to determine whether to switch the robot from the current task to the new task: and switching the robot from the current task to the new task, in response to determining to switch. In this way, the stability of the operation of the robot can be improved, and the efficiency of the robot to execute tasks can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Ruiqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 10723362
    Abstract: A system for a host vehicle and includes a memory and a vehicle control module. The memory stores autonomous status bits for each local vehicle. The autonomous status bits indicate whether the corresponding local vehicle is operating in a non-autonomous, semi-autonomous, or fully autonomous mode. The vehicle control module: generates autonomous status bits indicative of an autonomous status level of the host vehicle and transmits the autonomous status bits in a message to first vehicle communication devices; determines that local vehicles are in a local environment of the host vehicle; receives messages including the autonomous status bits of the local vehicles from second vehicle communication devices; and unless operating in a fully autonomous mode, generates a request for a driver of the host vehicle to take control of the host vehicle based on the autonomous status bits of the host vehicle and the local vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dotzler, Jason Graves
  • Patent number: 10725476
    Abstract: An unmanned operation vehicle includes a housing, a wheel provided in the housing, and an operation unit provided under the housing. The housing includes a plurality of cameras configured to capture an image of an outside of the unmanned operation vehicle. The plurality of cameras are arranged substantially at a center of an upper surface of the housing in a plan view. The housing may include a single camera unit including the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamanaka, Yoshihisa Hirose
  • Patent number: 10723367
    Abstract: An information presentation device, mounted on a vehicle for which automatic evacuation control functions when it is difficult for a driver to continue driving the vehicle, and presenting information to an occupant of the vehicle except the driver by a display in a display area that is visually recognizable by the occupant, includes: an operation information acquisition unit that acquires operation information of the automatic evacuation control; and a display generation unit that generates an occupant notification display that is displayed in the display area to notify information relating to the automatic evacuation control when the automatic evacuation control is in operation. The occupant notification display includes: an explanatory image that shows an explanation of a process executed currently; and a progress image that indicates a degree of progress in the automatic evacuation control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuo Tamagaki, Ifushi Shimonomoto, Hiroaki Tanaka, Takuya Mori, Yuki Fujisawa, Akira Kamiya, Takuya Kume
  • Patent number: 10717437
    Abstract: With conventional automatic drive control, no consideration is given to whether the driver is in a condition to be able to drive the vehicle properly when automatic driving is cancelled. Accordingly, an automatic drive control device is switchable between a manual driving mode in which driving operation by the driver of the vehicle is required, and an automatic driving mode in which driving operation by the driver of the vehicle is not required. The device is equipped with: a surrounding conditions recognition unit for recognizing surrounding conditions of the vehicle; an information notification unit for notifying the driver of the vehicle; and an automatic drive control unit for carrying out control of the vehicle in automatic driving mode, and controlling the information notification unit in such a way as to alert the driver of the vehicle on the basis of the surrounding conditions recognized by the surrounding conditions recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Naokazu Uchida
  • Patent number: 10717189
    Abstract: A control system, method and computer program product cooperate to assist control for an autonomous robot. An interface receives recognition information from an autonomous robot, said recognition information including candidate target objects to interact with the autonomous robot. A display control unit causes a display image to be displayed on as display of candidate target objects, wherein at least two of the candidate target objects are displayed with an associated indication of a target object score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Yoshiaki Iwai, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10717435
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods, devices, and robotic vehicle processing devices implementing such methods for automatically adjusting the minimum distance that a robotic vehicle is permitted to approach an object by a collision avoidance system based upon a classification or type of object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Franco Taveira, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III
  • Patent number: 10717448
    Abstract: Provided herein are system, method and/or computer program product embodiments for the automated transfer of control in autonomous vehicles. An embodiment operates by retrieving configuration information specifying one or more vehicle control transfer events associated with a vehicle and determining, based on at least one of sensor data or a communications network message, that a vehicle control transfer event has occurred. The system then determines that a vehicle operator is available to manually operate the vehicle and if so transfers control of the vehicle from an autonomous driving system to a manual vehicle operation interface or a remote vehicle operation interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Youngwoo Seo
  • Patent number: 10719705
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods, devices, and robotic vehicle processing devices implementing such methods for automatically adjusting the minimum distance that a robotic vehicle is permitted to approach an object by a collision avoidance system (the “proximity threshold”) to compensate for unpredictability in environmental or other conditions that may compromise control or navigation of the robotic vehicle, and/or to accommodate movement unpredictability of the object. Some embodiments enable dynamic adjustments to the proximity threshold to compensate for changes in environmental and other conditions. Some embodiments include path planning that takes into account unpredictability in environmental or other conditions plus movement unpredictability of objects in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Franco Taveira, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III
  • Patent number: 10710594
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a seat bottom, a seat back, and a sensory system. The seat bottom is coupled to a floor of the vehicle. The seat back extends upwardly away from the seat bottom. The sensor system is configured to monitor for fatigue of an occupant of the occupant support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Ying (Carolyn) Zhao, John M. Perraut, Brian R. Dexter, James T. Hotary, Matthew K. Benson
  • Patent number: 10703364
    Abstract: A vehicle control system that executes path-following control includes a controller. The vehicle control system is configured to determine whether or not the path-following control is to be continued based on whether or not a coordinate point with current lateral deviation speed and lateral deviation as an X coordinate and a Y coordinate, respectively, falls within an ellipse to be specified on an X-Y plane with a time as a parameter, a value of a cosine function to be obtained by time-differentiating a function of an allowable limit sine wave on an X axis, and a value of the function of the allowable limit sine wave on a Y axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Irie, Masateru Amano, Hisaya Akatsuka
  • Patent number: 10705523
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for transitioning vehicle control between autonomous operation and manual operation. The system includes sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle and its operation. During autonomous vehicle operation, the system gauges the level of responsiveness of a vehicle operator through challenges and corresponding responses. The system determines when to present a challenge to the vehicle operator based on internal and external factors. If necessary, the system will transition from an autonomous operation mode to a manual operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, David Forney, Slaven Sljivar, Alekh Vaidya, Jeffrey Griswold
  • Patent number: 10705521
    Abstract: The aspects of the present disclosure provide an autonomous vehicle interface for a vehicle and a method of enabling and employing an autonomous vehicle interface for a vehicle. The autonomous vehicle interface may be configured to seamlessly transition driving modes or the vehicle's mode of operation from user controlled to an autonomous controlled driving without the user physically activating the autonomous controlled driving. The autonomous vehicle interface may also be configured to consider active components and environmental conditions employed by the user in activating the autonomous control. The autonomous vehicle interface may further be configured to consider the user's operational state and/or the user's attentiveness to activate the autonomous vehicle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shadi Mere, Theodore Charles Wingrove, Michael Eichbrecht, Kyle Entsminger
  • Patent number: 10703410
    Abstract: A driver assistance system that can reduce time delays in acquiring the traveling state of a vehicle and can stably control the vehicle. In the driver assistance system, a vehicle-mounted camera acquires an image including the boundary of a driving lane on which a vehicle travels. A target path generator generates a target path that is a path, on which the vehicle has to travel on the driving lane, based on the image. A traveling state acquirer acquires the traveling state of the vehicle on the driving lane based on the image. A controller performs steering control for causing the vehicle to travel along the target path based on the target path and the traveling state. A compensator compensates a time delay when the traveling state acquirer acquires the traveling state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Okawa
  • Patent number: 10703362
    Abstract: Autonomous driving assistance systems, methods, and programs acquire a planned travel route along which a host vehicle plans to travel and acquire map information including lane information about a road that is included in the planned travel route. The systems, methods, and programs acquire, from outside the host vehicle, obstacle information that includes a location of an obstacle on the road and that has been acquired by another vehicle that travels along the planned travel route ahead of the host vehicle, and generate, as assistance information that is used to perform autonomous driving assistance in the host vehicle that travels along the planned travel route, a travel trajectory candidate for the host vehicle based on the obstacle information and the lane information about the planned travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Maura
  • Patent number: 10703382
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for operating autonomous vehicles. In one example embodiment, the method includes receiving an instruction for an autonomous vehicle to autonomously travel in an autonomous mode from a first location to a second location. When operating in the autonomous mode, the autonomous vehicle is restricted to operating within a limited operating envelope. The method includes receiving data indicative of a request by a human operator to operate the autonomous vehicle. In response to receiving the data indicative of the request by the human operator to operate the autonomous vehicle, the method includes authorizing the autonomous vehicle for operation by a human operator in a non-autonomous mode outside of the limited operating envelope. The limited operating envelope limits at least one operating capability of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on an operating limit associated with an autonomous system for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Anthony Levandowski
  • Patent number: 10699580
    Abstract: An improved distributed information sharing system (DISS) and methods for an autonomous vehicle, the DISS programmed and configured to receive information from a plurality of distributed sensors; determine the existence of an incident, vehicles, passengers, pedestrians, animals and objects involved in the incident, a nature of the injuries and damages from the incident; determine if the autonomous vehicle can be safely moved autonomously from a location where the incident occurred to a second location; contact an emergency responder when the vehicle cannot be safely moved autonomously; receive a request to transfer control of the vehicle from an emergency responder user device; and in response, transfer control of the automated vehicle to a trusted emergency responder without requiring approval from an owner of the vehicle using encryption and handshake techniques; and notify an owner or interested party of the vehicle of the incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Guident Ltd.
    Inventor: Clifford M Gross
  • Patent number: 10698082
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes a vehicle receiving data from an external computing device indicative of at least one other vehicle in an environment of the vehicle. The vehicle may include a sensor configured to detect the environment of the vehicle. The at least one other vehicle may include at least one sensor. The method also includes determining a likelihood of interference between the at least one sensor of the at least one other vehicle the sensor of the vehicle. The method also includes initiating an adjustment of the sensor to reduce the likelihood of interference between the sensor of the vehicle and the at least one sensor of the at least one other vehicle responsive to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Edward Daniel McCloskey, Russell Leigh Smith
  • Patent number: 10688992
    Abstract: A lane departure prevention apparatus (17) has: a departure preventing device (172) for preventing a vehicle (1) from departing from a driving lane by controlling at least one of a steering apparatus (142) and a braking apparatus (13) selected on the basis of a state of the vehicle, when it is determined that the vehicle may depart from the driving lane; and a determining device for determining whether or not an abnormality condition that it is difficult for a person to normally drive the vehicle is satisfied, the departure preventing device prevents the vehicle from departing from the driving lane by controlling the braking apparatus even if the state of the vehicle is not a predetermined state in which the departure preventing device should prevent the vehicle from departing from the driving lane by controlling the braking apparatus, when it is determined that the abnormality condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Ikeda, Ryo Inomata, Akira Nagae, Hironori Ito
  • Patent number: 10692377
    Abstract: A method for operating a fleet of vehicles may include determining a first set of parameters for operating a first vehicle as it travels to a destination, and determining a second set of parameters for operating a second vehicle. Consumption of the first set of parameters by the first vehicle may cause the first vehicle to accelerate, alter shocks and/or suspensions, and/or move into a free lane. Consumption of the second set of parameters by the second vehicle may cause the second vehicle to remain outside of a drive envelope of the first vehicle, between the first vehicle and the particular destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10692371
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining operation of an autonomous vehicle based on user profiles. In one example, a computer-implemented method of applying user profiles for autonomous vehicle operation is provided. The method includes receiving, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a trip request from a user; retrieving, by the computing system, a user profile associated with the user; determining, by the computing system, one or more trip attribute settings based at least in part on the user profile; and providing, by the computing system, the determined one or more trip attribute settings to a vehicle computing system for determining autonomous vehicle operation during a trip associated with the trip request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Dennis Zhao, Emily Cairns Duff Bartel
  • Patent number: 10683005
    Abstract: A method for automated parking of a vehicle. The vehicle comprises a plurality of proximity sensors configured to detect the proximity of an object in the vicinity of the vehicle. The method comprises, in the vehicle: receiving a command to perform a parking maneuver; determining an expected parking area for the vehicle; determining a movement direction of the vehicle for reaching the expected parking area; determining a maneuver zone in the vicinity of the vehicle in the direction of the expected parking area; determining that only one object is located in the maneuver zone; determining that the object located in the maneuver zone is an authorized user of the vehicle; verifying that the authorized user moves out of the maneuver zone, thereby establishing that the maneuver zone is clear; and performing the parking maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Bonander
  • Patent number: 10685672
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a linearity detecting method and apparatus for a servo position sensor, and a robot with the same. The method includes: collecting and saving an output angle of the servo under test; analyzing the output angle to obtain a relationship curve of angle and time of the servo under test to rotate for one turn; extracting angle information of a starting point to an ending point of the output angle corresponding to the position sensor in the servo under test based on the relationship curve of angle and time to obtain valid angle data; and determining whether the output angle corresponding to the position sensor is linear based on the valid angle data. The present disclosure can solve the problem that an external sensor and a fixture are required when detecting the linearity of the sensor which causes complicated operation, high detection cost, and low detection efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Lifu Zhang, Wenhua Fan, Malin Wang
  • Patent number: 10684134
    Abstract: A route is selected for travel by an autonomous vehicle based on at least a level of difficulty of traversing the driving environment along that route. Vehicle signals, provided by one or more autonomous vehicles, indicating a difficulty associated with traveling a portion of a route are collected and used to predict a most favorable driving route for a given time. The signals may indicate a probability of disengaging from autonomous driving mode, a probability of being stuck for an unduly long time, traffic density, etc. A difficulty score may be computed for each road segment of a route, and then the scores of all of the road segments of the route are added together. The scores are based on number of previous disengagements, previous requests for remote assistance, unprotected left or right turns, whether parts of the driving area are occluded, etc. The difficulty score is used to compute a cost for a particular route, which may be compared to costs computed for other possible routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Dietmar Ebner, Joshua Seth Herbach, Michael Steven Montemerlo
  • Patent number: 10682270
    Abstract: A seat, a motion control method thereof and a motion control system thereof. The motion control method for the seat includes: acquiring images of around the seat, and tracking a current caregiver via image recognition; determining a relative position between the current caregiver and the seat; and controlling a motion of the seat based on the relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao Zhang, Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 10678245
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving sensor data sensed from an environment associated with the vehicle; processing, by a processor, the sensor data to determine observation data, the observation data including differential features associated with an agent in the environment; determining, by the processor, a context associated with the agent based on the observation; selecting, by the processor, a first probability model associated with the context; processing, by the processor, the observation data with the selected first probability model to determine a set of predictions; processing, by the processor, the set of predictions with a second probability model to determine a final prediction of interaction behavior associated with the agent; and selectively controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the final prediction of interaction behavior associated with the agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aruna Jammalamadaka, Rajan Bhattacharyya, Michael J Daily
  • Patent number: 10671069
    Abstract: A driving system for a vehicle includes: an input unit configured to receive user input from a user; an interface configured to acquire vehicle driving information and to acquire information from one or more devices provided in the vehicle; at least one processor; and a computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations including: acquiring information from the one or more devices; determining that the vehicle is to be autonomously driven in absence of a set destination; determining at least one of a first time period or a first distance based on the acquired information; identifying a first area based on at least one of the first time period or the first distance; and providing a control signal configured to autonomously drive the vehicle within the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minji Son, Eunkyung Noh, Jinhua Piao
  • Patent number: 10663977
    Abstract: One variation of a method for dynamically querying a remote operator for assistance includes, at an autonomous vehicle: autonomously navigating along a roadway; at locations along the roadway, testing performance of a set of wireless networks; in response to degradation of the set of wireless networks, decreasing a sensitivity threshold for triggering remote operator events at the autonomous vehicle; in response to a condition at the autonomous vehicle exceeding the sensitivity threshold at a particular location along the roadway, triggering a remote operator event; during the remote operator event, transmitting sensor data to a remote computer system via a subset of wireless networks, in the set of wireless networks, based on performance of the set of wireless networks proximal the particular location; and executing a navigational command received from a remote operator via a wireless network in the set of wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Tim Cheng, Kah Seng Tay
  • Patent number: 10663965
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an autonomous mode controller and a processor. The autonomous mode controller is programmed to control a host vehicle in a partially autonomous mode. The processor is programmed to identify a driver, determine whether the driver is authorized to operate the host vehicle in the partially autonomous mode, and disable the partially autonomous mode if the driver is not authorized to operate the host vehicle in the partially autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sarra Awad Yako, Levasseur Tellis
  • Patent number: 10654520
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a vehicle control system includes a memory including computer-readable instructions stored therein and a processor. The processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions to receive information corresponding to, a yaw rate of a vehicle, a lateral position of the vehicle and a heading angle of the vehicle, determine a stability indicator indicating an estimate of a stability of the vehicle based on the received information, and adjust one or more gains of a steering system of the vehicle based on the determined stability indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Alex Nykamp
  • Patent number: 10654472
    Abstract: Described herein is a vehicle system configured to identify and mitigate inappropriate driving behavior. In some embodiments, the vehicle system may receive input information from one or more input sensors. The vehicle system may identify driving behaviors related to a vehicle from the received input. The vehicle system may determine whether the driving behaviors are inappropriate in light of one or more conditions affecting the vehicle. Upon identifying inappropriate behavior, the vehicle system may generate a set of corrective actions capable of being executed to mitigate the inappropriate driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Dai
  • Patent number: 10647330
    Abstract: If an automated drive release request to release the automated drive mode and switch to the manual drive mode is made while the vehicle is travelling in an automated drive mode, a traveling control unit performs control that gradually shifts a vehicle driving force from the vehicle driving force in the automated mode to the vehicle driving force requested by the driver in the manual drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Arai, Masayuki Sadakiyo, Hisashi Ishikawa, Takashi Adachi, Tomoyuki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10649462
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating an autonomous vehicle using reinforcement learning techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Shaked Shammah, Amnon Shashua, Yoav Taieb, Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10646089
    Abstract: A touch sensing device of a robot, comprising an inner housing and an outer housing continuously surrounds the inner housing at least at the side face of the inner housing. At least one resilient member used for maintaining an even moving gap between the outer housing and the inner housing and at least one sensing switch used for detecting relative displacement between the outer housing and the inner housing are disposed between the outer housing and the inner housing. The disclosure further provides a robot for mounting the touch sensing device. Since the outer housing surrounds the inner housing, no matter what portion of the robot is colliding with the obstacle, relative displacement occurs between the inner housing and the outer housing, and the robot can detect the collision. Thus the outer housing can provide buffering function from 360° perspective around the robot and detect the touched obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Silver Start Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wenhai Teng
  • Patent number: 10642278
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device includes a map recording a content having different type for each position while one or a plurality of contents and positions are associated with each other, an acquisition unit acquiring the content corresponding to a first position on the map, a specification storage unit storing a plurality of autonomous driving modes of the vehicle and the type of content necessary for the execution of the modes in association with each other, a selection unit selecting an executable autonomous driving mode based on the type of content acquired by the acquisition unit and the type of content stored in the specification storage unit, and a control unit controlling the vehicle at the first position in the selected autonomous driving mode, the selection unit determines one autonomous driving mode based on an order of priority set in advance when there is a plurality of executable autonomous driving modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsui, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 10640121
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method embodiment of the present invention, a self-driving vehicle (SDV) is steered onto a particular tire path on a roadway based on past taken tire paths. One or more processors determine a pattern of tire path usage by vehicles on a roadway. Based on this previous tire path usage, the processor(s) direct an SDV on-board computer on an SDV to pick at least one second tire path for the SDV to drive thereon based on the pattern of tire path usage by the vehicles on the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Brew, Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10642276
    Abstract: Methods are introduced for customizing and legalizing a self-driving motor vehicle by personalizing and/or disciplining before and during a self-driving motor vehicle is practically used, with human knowledge, preferences and experiences, to provide a more personal service and overcome some hurdles in legalization of self-driving motor vehicles, serving as a bridge in the transition from a human driving world to a personized autonomous freeway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Real Imaging Technology Co., ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoning Huai
  • Patent number: 10643475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lane departure warning device or the like that limits a lane departure warning in a special road environment, in a case where it is confirmed that a driver has a lane departure intention, and so on. It is possible to secure the reliability of a lane departure warning system and to provide a driver's convenience by limiting the lane departure warning in the case where the vehicle enters into a special road region, such as a road junction/branch region by comprehensively considering information captured by a camera of the vehicle, navigation map information, and so on while using a general lane departure warning, and also limiting the lane departure warning even in the case where the driver's lane departure intention is confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Kyun Sim
  • Patent number: 10627810
    Abstract: Among other things, a determination is made that intervention in an operation of one or more autonomous driving capabilities of a vehicle is appropriate. Based on the determination, a person is enabled to provide information for an intervention. The intervention is caused in the operation of the one or more autonomous driving capabilities of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: nuTonomy Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Yuan Liu, Harshavardhan Ravichandran, Karl Iagnemma, Hsun-Hsien Chang
  • Patent number: 10627236
    Abstract: In a position measurement apparatus, to maintain accuracy of a trajectory even when the frequency of acquisition of absolute position information is reduced, a movement information generation unit generates movement information including a movement distance and a movement direction of a device of interest based on a sensor value, and a reliability generation unit generates reliability information indicating a reliability value of the movement information. An amount of distance correction and an amount of angle correction to be made every predetermined number of steps are determined based on the reliability information and the movement information, and the distance and the angle are corrected every predetermined number of steps starting from the latest already-corrected position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hajime Kubota, Yoshihisa Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10629080
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides autonomous vehicles that include a vehicle intention system that provides intention signals indicative of an intention of the autonomous vehicle. In particular, in one example, the vehicle intention system can obtain one or more operational messages from various systems or components of an autonomous vehicle that operate to control the autonomous vehicle. The operational messages can include operational data regarding the control or operation of the autonomous vehicle. The vehicle intention system can determine an intention of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the one or more operational messages. The vehicle intention system can output one or more intention signals that indicate the determined intention of the autonomous vehicle. For example, the vehicle intention system can publish intention messages that indicate the determined intention to one or more components or systems that consume the intention messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: UATC LLC
    Inventors: Moslem Kazemi, Nicholas Fermin Andrey Sterner, Eric Michael Perko
  • Patent number: 10627831
    Abstract: A system including a processor and memory may provide for automatically activating or deactivating a feature of a fleet vehicle. For example, one or more fleet vehicles may include one or more of a global-positioning system, a speed governor, electronically-controlled brakes, an electronically-controlled accelerator, a speed limiter, or an on-board computer with a processor and memory. One or more features may be activated by a local or remote computing device or system. For example, a system may determine one or more recommended routes between two or more locations. The system may track a fleet vehicle's progress along a route, and activate a feature of the fleet vehicle based on the fleet vehicle following or not following the recommended route. For example, the system may cause activation of a speed limiter on the fleet vehicle, disable the fleet vehicle, and/or activate or deactivate autonomous features of the fleet vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Surender Kumar
  • Patent number: 10611023
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, that includes a machine vision system comprising a camera that captures images of the operating environment using a machine vision system; detects the presence of an occlusion obstructing a portion of the field of view of a camera based on the captured images, and generate a notification when an occlusion obstructing the portion of the field of view of the camera is detected, and maintain occlusion detection data describing occluded and unobstructed portions of images being used by the SLAM application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Fong, Jason Meltzer, Marc Barnada Rius
  • Patent number: 10611028
    Abstract: A robot, a map building method and a storage medium are provided. The map building method includes building an initial map according to a scene image captured by a robot in real time when the robot traverses a work area. The initial map includes a first map including a mapping of the work area and a map coordinate system, and a second map including a scene feature extracted based on the scene image, a geometric quantity of the scene feature and the scene image, which are stored in association with the pose of the robot in a scene database when capturing the scene image, the pose including a coordinate and an orientation of the robot, and the scene feature including a feature of a feature object in the scene and/or a feature of the scene image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NEXTVPU (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Zhou, Xinpeng Feng
  • Patent number: 10613547
    Abstract: A system and method is taught for collaborative vehicle to all (V2X) communications to improve driving vehicle performance in a heterogeneous capability environment by sharing capabilities among different vehicles in both autonomous and non autonomous vehicles. In particular, the system and method are operative to locate proximate road users and to share the location, velocity and direction of the proximate road user with other road users via V2X communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eilon Riess, Tal Philosof, Yohay Buchbut
  • Patent number: 10613543
    Abstract: A robot cleaner (or autonomous cleaner) charging system includes a first light emitting device to output an optical signal for inducing a docking of the robot cleaner, a second light emitting device and a third light emitting device to output an optical signal for inducing a homing of the robot cleaner, and provided at left and right of the first light emitting device, respectively, and a light emitting device fixing member to set position and direction of the first, second and third light emitting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woonghui Won, Anna Kim, Inbo Shim, Byungdoo Yim