Automatic Route Guidance Vehicle Patents (Class 701/23)
  • Patent number: 10289121
    Abstract: Embodiments include devices and methods for vehicle collision avoidance. A processor of the vehicle may receive sensor data comprising one or more points. The processor may determine a distance and a direction from the vehicle to the one or more points. The processor may determine a velocity constraint for each of the one or more points based on the determined distance and direction from the vehicle to the one or more points. Based on a navigation instruction, the processor may determine one or more velocity solutions that satisfy the one or more velocity constraints. The processor may select a velocity solution from the determined one or more velocity solutions based on the navigation instruction, and may adjust a vehicle velocity based on the selected velocity solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Hyatt Turpin, Stephen Marc Chaves
  • Patent number: 10279734
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for generating warning signals for an autonomous vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving sensor data associated with an environment of the vehicle; determining, by a processor, an encroaching object based on the sensor data; determining, by the processor, an impending event based on the encroaching object; selecting, by the processor, at least one warning device coupled to the vehicle from a plurality of warning devices based on the impending event, wherein the at least one warning device generates warning signals that are perceived outside of the vehicle; and generating, by the processor, an activation signal to the at least one warning device to generate the warning signals based on the impending event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Bertollini, Joseph F. Szczerba
  • Patent number: 10276045
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a data stream, the data stream including one or more driving factors. The computer-implemented method further includes comparing the one or more driving factors to one or more known driving factors to identify a driving scenario. The computer-implemented method further includes monitoring the driving scenario for a risk. Monitoring the driving scenario for a risk further includes detecting the risk. The computer-implemented method further includes generating an intervention, wherein the intervention is generated based on detecting the risk for the driving scenario. A corresponding computer system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ci-Wei Lan, Wen Zhu Liu, Dong Ni, Yiping Qu, Yu Wei Sun, Li Yue, Jie Xu, Ting Ting Zhang
  • Patent number: 10274961
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for path finding for autonomous driving systems. The systems and methods receive a set of way points defining path segments between adjacent way points, formulate a b-spline function as a function of the path segments, and determine path data based on the formulated b-spline function. Autonomous driving systems use the output path data for controlling a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jin-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10272947
    Abstract: A system for generating a path when a travel lane of a driver's vehicle is changed, may include a detector configured to recognize line information on a front side of the driver's vehicle, an input device configured to input a lane changing command of the driver's vehicle, and a controller configured to generate a lane changing path using vehicle behavior information generated based on the lane changing command and the line information and target behavior information, and to compare a time period until the driver's vehicle overlaps a line when the driver's vehicle changes the line and a time period which is set to maintain a current travel lane to control the lane changing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chan Il Park, Beom Jun Kim, Kyoung Jun Lee, Doo Jin Um, Dong Gu Lee, Dong Eon Oh, Hyun Jae Yoo, Min Chul Kang, Dae Young Kim, Young Min Han, Seung Geon Moon, Sung Woo Choi, Sung Yoon Yeo, Jee Young Kim, Hoi Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10272783
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide an automated driving system and a method for providing an indication of a driver's responsibilities in a vehicle having an automated driving system. The system includes a display device for displaying information to a driver of the vehicle, and a controller configured to display, at the display device, a driver and vehicle responsibility matrix (DVR matrix). The DVR matrix includes a first set of indicators each indicating a driving responsibility of the driver, a second set of indicators each indicating a driving responsibility of the automated driving system. In one example, the controller is configured to display the DVR matrix corresponding to an automation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: John-Michael McNew
  • Patent number: 10268195
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a vehicle controller determines a predicted driving performance level of a vehicle driving control entity (VDCE) while the vehicle is controlled by a different VDCE. Driving control is transitioned to the VDCE, after which an actual driving performance level of the VDCE is monitored. The vehicle controller determines whether to transition driving control away from the VDCE based on the actual driving performance level. In another embodiment, after transition driving control to a VDCE, a period of heightened scrutiny used to evaluate the actual driving performance level of the VDCE specifically after the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Somdeb Majumdar, Mainak Biswas, William Henry Von Novak, Muhammed Sezan
  • Patent number: 10268194
    Abstract: A method for the assisted emergency braking of a vehicle, in which the lateral and/or the longitudinal guidance of the vehicle are/is influenced in such a way that the vehicle is guided in the direction of a safety zone, and when the safety zone has been reached, a parking position, in particular within the safety zone, is ascertained for the vehicle, the vehicle being guided in such a way that the vehicle comes to a standstill in the parking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Noessner, Heiko Freienstein, Joerg Moennich
  • Patent number: 10268200
    Abstract: A surrounding environment of an autonomous vehicle is perceived to identify one or more vehicles nearby. For each of the identified vehicles, based on a current location of the identified vehicle, vehicle-independent information is obtained to determine context surrounding the identified vehicle, where the vehicle-independent information includes vehicle surrounding information that defines physical constraints imposed on the identified vehicle. For each of the identified vehicles, one or more trajectories for the identified vehicle are predicted based at least in part on the vehicle-independent information associated with the identified vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is controlled based on the one or more predicted trajectories of the one or more identified vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Shiyuan Fang, I-Hsuan Yang, Jinghao Miao, Liyun Li, Liangliang Zhang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10269257
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for vehicle guidance. Stereo images may be obtained at different times using a stereo image sensor. A depth image may be determined based on an earlier obtained pair of stereo images. The depth image may be refined based on predictions of an earlier stereo image and a later obtained stereo image. Depth information for an environment around a vehicle may be obtained. The depth information may characterize distances between the vehicle and the environment around the vehicle. A spherical depth map may be generated from the depth information. Maneuver controls for the vehicle may be provided based on the spherical depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pascal Gohl, Sammy Omari
  • Patent number: 10271021
    Abstract: A vehicle has a camera system that captures video while the vehicle moves. The vehicle records the captured video and/or wirelessly transmits the captured video to a remote user device for playback. When the vehicle is moving, a coarse waypoint is identified and a trajectory is determined from the current location of the vehicle to the coarse waypoint that reduces (e.g., minimizes) sudden changes in direction of movement of the vehicle, reduces (e.g., minimizes) sudden changes in speed of the vehicle, and/or reduces (e.g., minimizes) sudden changes in acceleration of the vehicle by reducing (e.g., minimizing) jerk or snap of the vehicle trajectory. One or more fine waypoints along the trajectory are selected and the vehicle moves to the coarse waypoint along the trajectory by passing through those fine waypoints, resulting in smooth movement of the device that reduces or eliminates motion sickness for users viewing the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai Smolyanskiy, Zhengyou Zhang, Vikram R. Dendi
  • Patent number: 10259471
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an autonomous driving device that executes autonomous drive control; a track generation section that generates a travel track of the vehicle based on an estimation result by a self-position estimation section and a recognition result by an object recognition section; an actuator that moves the vehicle so that the vehicle travels along the travel track; a trigger input pedal disposed at a left side from an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal 102, seen from a driver; and an autonomous drive control start determination section that starts the autonomous drive control when an autonomous drive control start trigger is inputted via the trigger input pedal and it is determined that start of the autonomous drive control is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kunihito Sato, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa, Maiko Hirano, Bunyo Okumura
  • Patent number: 10254755
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing drones by one or more processors are described. Information about each of a plurality of drones is received. Each of the plurality of drones is associated with a respective one of a plurality of users. A request to transport an item from an origination point to a destination is received. Based on the information about the plurality of drones, the origination point, and the destination, a first of the plurality of drones is selected to transport the item from the origination point to an intermediate region. Based on the information about the plurality of drones, the origination point, and the destination, a second of the plurality of drones is selected to transport the item from the intermediate region to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Chow, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar, Richard J. Newhook, Erich D. Walls
  • Patent number: 10248121
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing autonomous vehicles to address traffic anomalies are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes detecting, by one or more computing devices, an existence of a traffic anomaly within a geographic area. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, at least one autonomous vehicle to address the traffic anomaly within the geographic area. The method includes providing, by the one or more computing devices, a communication to the at least one autonomous vehicle instructing the autonomous vehicle to enter into a traffic reduction operation mode to address the traffic anomaly. The traffic reduction operation mode is based at least in part on a profile associated with the traffic reduction operation mode. The profile associated with the traffic reduction operation mode is stored onboard the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is configured to operate in the traffic reduction operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dirk John VandenBerg, III
  • Patent number: 10246086
    Abstract: Upon determining that one of a driver condition and a subsystem fault preventing continued operation has occurred, certain actions are taken by an autonomously operating vehicle. An appropriate road-side location for parking is identified. The vehicle is maneuvered to the appropriate road side location. The vehicle is oriented to a specified acute angle to an adjacent traffic lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Louis Tijerina, John Shutko
  • Patent number: 10246091
    Abstract: An system and method of operating an adaptive cruise control system for a vehicle. In one example, the system includes a rearward facing sensor, a speed control, and a controller. The controller receives at least one parameter indicative of a road condition or a traffic condition. The controller then activates a coasting mode based on the at least one parameter. The controller receives a signal from the rearward facing sensor indicative of a presence of a target vehicle positioned behind the host vehicle and restricts the coasting mode when the signal from the rearward facing sensor detects the target vehicle is positioned behind the host vehicle. The controller performs coasting via the speed control when the signal from the rearward facing sensor does not detect the target vehicle positioned behind the host vehicle and when the coasting mode is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Victor La
  • Patent number: 10249110
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and vehicles for taking a vehicle out-of-service are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, data indicative of one or more parameters associated with the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is configured to provide a vehicle service to one or more users of the vehicle service. The method includes determining, by the computing devices, an existence of a fault associated with the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the one or more parameters associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, by the computing devices, one or more actions to be performed by the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the existence of the fault. The method includes performing, by the computing devices, one or more of the actions to take the autonomous vehicle out-of-service based at least in part on the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Sean J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10244211
    Abstract: In embodiments of immersive interactive telepresence, a system includes a vehicle that captures an experience of an environment in which the vehicle travels, and the experience includes audio and video of the environment. User interactive devices receive the audio and the video of the environment, and each of the user interactive devices represent the experience for one or more users who are remote from the environment. A trajectory planner is implemented to route the vehicle based on obstacle avoidance and user travel intent as the vehicle travels in the environment. The trajectory planner can route the vehicle to achieve a location objective in the environment without explicit direction input from a vehicle operator or from the users of the user interactive devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai Smolyanskiy, Zhengyou Zhang, Vikram R. Dendi, Michael Hall
  • Patent number: 10241510
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for controlling a vehicle. The vehicle is controlled to operate in an autonomous driving mode in which the vehicle is driven without a manipulation by an operator of the vehicle. A request to switch to a manual driving mode, in which the vehicle is driven with the manipulation by the operator, is received. A range of the manipulation regarding a function of the vehicle is determined according to a driving situation of the vehicle in response to the request. The vehicle is controlled to operate in the manual driving mode in which the manipulation by the operator is limited according to the range of the manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Woo-jin Jung, Myung-sik Kim, Je-woong Ryu, Seung-beom Han, Chang-soo Park, Aron Baik, Jung-gap Kuk, Jung-hoon Park, Jin-woo Yoo, Mid-eum Choi
  • Patent number: 10232861
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus that is configured to receive a first user detection signal comprising information usable for determining a user situation awareness level. The apparatus also includes a processing module configured to determine a currently necessary situation awareness level by selecting one predefined situation awareness level from a plurality of predefined situation awareness levels based on driving information. The processing module is configured to determine a current user situation awareness level based on the information usable for determining the user situation awareness level. The processing module is configured to generate a control signal to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the currently necessary situation awareness level and the current user situation awareness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Guangbin Huang, Olga Sourina, Yan Yang, Alexander Koenig, Josef Schumann, Ralf Decke, Cornelia Denk, Philipp Kerschbaum
  • Patent number: 10227073
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a driving operation information acquisition unit acquiring an operation amount of a driver's driving operation, a driving state switching unit switching a driving state of a vehicle between a first driving state and a second driving state based on a relationship between the operation amount and a first threshold, the first driving state including at least one of an autonomous driving state and a cooperative driving state, and the second driving state allowing the driver's driving operation to be reflected in the traveling of the vehicle, and a notification unit notifying a driver of a relationship between the first threshold and a state of the operation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 10227087
    Abstract: A steering control device that can set and cancel an automatic driving mode includes a steering control unit, a cancellation instruction detection unit, a stop detection unit, and a steering angle reduction unit. The steering control unit controls a steering angle in the automatic driving mode so that a vehicle travels along an intended route. The cancellation instruction detection unit detects a cancellation instruction to cancel the automatic driving mode. The stop detection unit detects a stop of the vehicle. The steering angle reduction unit reduces the steering angle set by the steering control unit, if the cancellation instruction detection unit detects the cancellation instruction and the stop detection unit detects the stop of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Fujino, Hirotaka Tokoro
  • Patent number: 10222799
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for directing movements of an autonomous vehicle. A vehicle operator exiting a vehicle is detected. A plurality of metadata is received wherein the plurality of metadata includes at least location data of a user and a timestamp. A pickup time and pickup location is identified based on received metadata. A route to the pickup location is generated based on at least a default location of the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is directed to travel to the identified location such that the autonomous vehicle is arriving at the identified pickup time. Updates to the pickup location and pickup time are determined by dynamically monitoring received metadata. A modified route is generated, in response determining updates in one or more of the pickup location and pickup time and the autonomous vehicle is redirected to the updated pickup location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Harry R. McGregor, Christopher B. Moore, Jose R. Mosqueda Mejia
  • Patent number: 10214223
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining the location of a vehicle. According to one aspect the method and apparatus the movements of motor rotors in a vehicle are monitored and used to determine speed, travel distance and/or travel path of a vehicle may be determined. Using various navigation techniques, the distance and travel path may then be used to determine the vehicle's location. Furthermore, movements of the motor rotors may also be used to report the positions of the steering and drive systems for the purpose of informing the vehicle controller as a method of feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Craig Lombrozo, Carsten Jensen, Andrew Barton-Sweeney, Russell Smith, Daniel Lynn Larner
  • Patent number: 10214180
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring the productivity of a portable machine are provided. The method includes receiving motion data for at least one component of the portable machine from a multi-axis accelerometer, receiving position data for the at least one component from a process parameter sensor communicatively coupled to the at least one component, and determining, based on the received motion data and the received position data that the at least one component is oriented in a predetermined position for productive operation. The method also includes determining an area of productive operation using at least one physical dimension of the at least one component and the received motion data when the at least one component is oriented in the predetermined position for productive operation and incrementing a total area counter based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Jason E. Hill, Thomas E. Fogarty, David R. Lathrop
  • Patent number: 10210583
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for an integrated automated bill and budget reconciliation, cash flow allocation, and payment software system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Elena A. Colquitt
  • Patent number: 10210763
    Abstract: A system for guiding a driver of a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a light sensor configured to detect light; and a processor configured to determine a position of vehicle on a roadway based on a characteristic of the detected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDINGB.V.
    Inventors: Hongqiang Zhai, Jianfeng Wang, Kiran Srinivas Challapali, Dave Alberto Tavares Cavalcanti
  • Patent number: 10210161
    Abstract: A method and a device for inquiring a map are provided. The method includes receiving a query statement inputted by a user; performing a word segmentation on the query statement received to obtain a result of the word segmentation; extracting specific information related to a demand of the user from the result of the word segmentation; inquiring a route and/or a point of interest related to the specific information extracted in a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Yin
  • Patent number: 10203409
    Abstract: A method and a device for locating a vehicle from a fixed reference map in which objects are assigned one or more positions in the reference map. At successive points of a vehicle trajectory, in each case a radar impulse is emitted and subsequently, angle-resolved and time-resolved measurements of the radar impulse response are performed. Object positions are identified in the environment surrounding the vehicle from the radar impulse response, the current identified object positions forming an environment map. The vehicle position is identified in the reference map by comparing the environment map to the reference map, the reference map being created from the identified positions and is continuously updated. An object classification for the identified object positions in the current environment map and/or reference map is performed and the identification of the vehicle position is performed while taking the object classification into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Torsten Bueschenfeld, Stephan Max, Alexander Urban, Stefan Brosig
  • Patent number: 10204516
    Abstract: Provided is a system whereby the self-driving capability or each vehicle can be improved by using not only an experience of own vehicle but also an experience of another vehicle. For example, suppose own vehicle (V1) has no experience of having traveled on a root (R). On the other hand, another vehicle (V2) has experienced traveling on the root (R). The another vehicle (V2) acquires various data pertaining to driving when traveling on the route (R), and stores the various data in an onboard storage device. The another vehicle (V2) provides information including the various data stored in the storage device to the own vehicle (V1) as experience information. The own vehicle (V1) can achieve self-driving capability at the same level as the another vehicle (V2) by performing self-driving control on the basis of the experience information of the another vehicle (V2), which has experience of having traveled on the root (R).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Kenji Sato
  • Patent number: 10202133
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing two or more vehicles operating on an electric transportation line to optimize energy consumption. A controller is provided having a computer memory component storing a set of computer-executable instructions, a list of braking intervals, and a list of acceleration intervals for the vehicles. The controller also has a processing component configured to execute the set of computer-executable instructions to operate on the list of braking intervals and the list of acceleration intervals to minimize an energy consumption of the electric transportation line over a determined period of time by shifting acceleration intervals to synchronize with braking intervals. A dedicated heuristic greedy algorithm and an energy model are implemented in the controller as part of the computer-executable instructions to achieve the improved energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: David Fournier, Denis Mulard
  • Patent number: 10198010
    Abstract: If turning motion of an auxiliary moving work vehicle is complete, a control device (30) for an autonomous moving work vehicle (1) can communicate with a remote control device (112) provided in an auxiliary moving work vehicle (100) so that the autonomous moving work vehicle can restart work. Pivot turning, running for a set distance, and pausing are carried out. If a restart signal for a turning completion confirmation switch (114) provided in the auxiliary moving work vehicle (100) is received via the remote control device (112) or if a detected value for a steering sensor (120) provided in the auxiliary moving work vehicle (100) is sent to the control device (30) in the autonomous moving work vehicle (1) via the remote control device (112) and the auxiliary moving work vehicle (100) turning and pivot turning is confirmed to be completed, work restarts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Hiramatsu, Wataru Nakagawa, Hideaki Aoki
  • Patent number: 10183679
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for controlling operation of a vehicle. Driver assistance system (DAS) data may be used for controlling one or more function of the vehicle via a driver assistance system. Driver profile data (DPD) is generated and/or received that includes training data from sensor monitoring of a driver's usage characteristics for at least one feature of a vehicle type during a driver-controlled mode of vehicle driving. The DPD is processed with the DAS data to determine if the DPD conform to one or more safety metrics. A driver profile data file may be created by weighing the portions of the DAS data with the DPD that do not conform with the safety metrics. One or more functions on the vehicle may be controlled via the driver profile data file using the driver assistance system during one of a semi-autonomous and fully autonomous mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, AUDI AG
    Inventor: Markus B. Huber
  • Patent number: 10186004
    Abstract: A system for evaluating a target profile for moving material with a work implement along a path includes a position sensor and a controller. The controller is configured to utilize a planning system to determine the target profile, receive position signals from the position sensor, and determine from the position signals an actual profile indicative of the work surface after the work implement is moved along the path to move a volume of material. The controller is further configured to compare the target profile to the actual profile, determine at least two performance factor scores based upon a difference between the target profile and the actual profile, and generate a quantitative evaluation of the target profile based upon the at least two performance factor scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mo Wei, Michael Taylor, Thandava K. Edara
  • Patent number: 10176715
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: identifying a first-device location for representing a smart vehicle; identifying a unintelligent-vehicle location associated with the first-device location, the unintelligent-vehicle location for representing an unintelligent vehicle; determining a smart vehicle data for representing the smart vehicle data from an environmental sensors of the smart vehicle; and generating with a vehicle control circuit, an area profile for the unintelligent-vehicle location, based on the smart vehicle data for representing geographic relationship between the unintelligent vehicle and the smart vehicle, a further vehicle, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Karl C. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10168707
    Abstract: An information processing device includes circuitry configured to: acquire, from vehicles each of which has a driving assist function, a use information of the driving assist function of each of the vehicles that are traveling; calculate an information indicating a use possibility of the driving assist function on the basis of the use information; and transmit the information indicating the use possibility to a given vehicle having the driving assist function in a manner that the given vehicle uses the information indicating the use possibility to conduct a route search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Torii
  • Patent number: 10162361
    Abstract: A steering control unit performs lane keeping control to cause a steering system to operate to reduce a distance between a width-direction center position of a lane and a position where the vehicle is traveling in the lane on the basis of a recognized state of the lane obtained by a lane recognizing unit. A road condition determining unit determines whether the road on which the vehicle is traveling is a straight road. A lane keeping responsivity setting unit sets, when it is determined by the road condition determining unit that the road on which the vehicle is traveling is a straight road, responsivity of the lane keeping control to the distance to be lower than responsivity set when it is determined that the road on which the vehicle is traveling is not a straight road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Koibuchi, Daisuke Kondo, Yuki Nakada, Yoshifumi Banno, Yuki Kizumi
  • Patent number: 10160436
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing an autonomous or remote control drive-by-wire controller with a vehicle's control modules. Vehicle functions including steering, braking, starting, etc. are controllable by wire via a control network. A CAN architecture is used as an interface between the remote/autonomous controller and the vehicle's control modules. A CAN module interface provides communication between a vehicle control system and a supervisory, remote, autonomous, or drive-by-wire controller. The interface permits the supervisory control to control vehicle operation within pre-determined bounds and using control algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Amber P. Malone, David J. Koenig, Kevin P. Blair, Patrick D. Weldon, Cole A. Sytsma
  • Patent number: 10157546
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing flight of one or more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in no-fly zones include receiving one or more no-fly zones each defined as geo-fences with associated coordinates; preventing one or more UAVs from entering the one or more no-fly zones by one or more of: transmitting the geo-fences to the one or more UAVs, transmitting avoidance commands to the one or more UAVs from an avoidance device located at a no-fly zone, and disrupting radio communication to the one or more UAVs from the avoidance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Godwin, Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 10156847
    Abstract: An autonomous moving device includes a database that stores information on which objects are necessary to avoid and which are not necessary to avoid. When the autonomous object travels, an object detection unit detects an object on the road by using a sensor; a collation unit collates the detected object on a road surface with an object stored in the database; a determination input unit receives an input of an operator regarding whether or not to avoid the object where there is no data which is the same as or similar to the object in the database as a result of collation which is performed by the collation unit; and an operation generation unit commands the next operation of the moving object, based on the result of collation which is performed by the collation unit and the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Taiki Iimura, Kenjiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10150448
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a sensor programmed to output an occupant or object detection signal indicating a presence of an unauthorized occupant or unauthorized object in a host vehicle. An autonomous mode controller is programmed to determine, from the occupant or object detection signal, whether to operate the host vehicle in an autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES. LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Huennekens, Samuel Ellis, Greg Foletta
  • Patent number: 10150475
    Abstract: A traveling control apparatus includes a generation section generating traveling paths from a history of positions of vehicles present ahead of an own vehicle, a first control section defining one vehicle, which runs in a driving lane of the own vehicle, as a target, and making a lateral position of the own vehicle follow a lateral position which is a position of the target in a width direction of the own vehicle, a determination section determining, when follow-up control is performed, whether or not, in the driving lane, one of the vehicles cuts in a space between the own vehicle and the target, and a first selection section selecting, when cutting in is determined to occur, the current target or the cut-in vehicle as the target, based on a result of comparison between the lateral positions on the traveling paths respectively generated for the current target and the cut-in vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiya Habu, Takahisa Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10152058
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: motor(s), local sensors, processor(s) configured to: generate a virtual map based on the local sensors; receive a plurality of reports from a plurality of external entities, statistically compare the plurality of reports, and identify an outlying report based on the statistical comparison; instruct the external entity responsible for the outlying report to mark future reports; ignore marked reports; generate the virtual map based on unmarked reports; reallocate virtual map processing resources based on unmarked reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bennie, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Brad Ignaczak, Adil Nizam Siddiqui, Jonathan Diedrich, Somak Datta Gupta
  • Patent number: 10148917
    Abstract: In order to recognize hazard areas and/or construction areas on a roadway, an environment sensor produces detected environment data regarding objects indicating the hazard areas and/or construction areas. A traffic light system is detected in the environment data, position data of the traffic light system is determined, an environment scenario is determined from the environment data and is compared with a reference model of the environment scenario. If the reference model does not indicate the presence of a traffic light system, or indicates a traffic light system having position data differing from the position data of the detected traffic light system, then it is concluded that the detected traffic light system is a traffic light system identifying a hazard and/or construction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Conti Temic microelectronics GmbH, Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Stefan Hegemann, Matthias Komar, Stefan Lueke
  • Patent number: 10146224
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving vehicle and object environment data. A search graph is generated based upon the received data. The search graph contains a grid of points for locating objects and is used to determine a desired trajectory for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sayyed Rouhollah Jafari Tafti, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 10144289
    Abstract: A vehicle display apparatus and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The display apparatus includes a display and a controller configured to monitor a manipulation variable of a driving manipulation device provided to a vehicle, to select any one driving mode corresponding to the manipulation variable of the driving manipulation device from among a plurality of predetermined driving modes, and to control the display to display different information according to the plurality of driving modes. When a driving mode corresponding to a relatively small manipulation variable is selected, the controller decreases driving information displayed on the display and increases convenience information displayed on the display, as compared to when a driving mode corresponding to a relatively large manipulation variable is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byungju Lee, Daihyung Ryu, Junghoon Son
  • Patent number: 10147324
    Abstract: Providing user assistance in a vehicle includes evaluating information about an environment surrounding the vehicle, including identifying an object in the environment surrounding the vehicle, and predicting, based on the evaluation of the information about the environment surrounding the vehicle, the future maneuvering of the object. The user assistance further includes receiving a traffic behavior model that describes a predominating traffic behavior of a like population of reference objects. The prediction includes switching from extrapolating the predominating traffic behavior of the like population of reference objects, to, in response to identifying a traffic behavior of the object, extrapolating the traffic behavior of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Kuffner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10139818
    Abstract: Described is a system that provides the ability for an autonomous driving vehicle to visually communicate with other traffic entities such as other autonomous driving vehicles, non-autonomous driving vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and the like. To provide such an ability, the system allows autonomous driving vehicles to communicate using a lighting mechanism. For example, the lighting mechanism may include one or more specialized lights that are provided in addition to any mandated lighting systems required for a vehicle (e.g. brake lights, headlights, turn signals, etc.). Accordingly, the autonomous driving vehicle may communicate with traffic entities to provide additional cues such as intended driving maneuvers, and to provide a mechanism for two-way communication with other autonomous driving vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jiaming Tao, Jiangtao Hu, Yifei Jiang, Dong Li, Liyun Li, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10139833
    Abstract: A six-dimensional point cloud system for a vehicle is provide which may, for example calculate, for each point in a point cloud, a three-dimensional velocity of the respective point in the point cloud, segment each point in the point cloud into one or more clusters of points, compute a kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points, determine an object type associated with each of the one or more cluster, and determine a threat level and a response command based upon the determined object type and the kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, Igal Bilik
  • Patent number: 10139824
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle has an automatic driving mode in which autonomous traveling is carried out, the automatic driving vehicle including: behavior setup receiving means configured to receive a setup for a behavior after getting out from the automatic driving vehicle, the setup being to be inputted when a driver or passenger gets out from the automatic driving vehicle; and control means configured to control conduct of the behavior on the basis of the setup. A program is provided for the automatic driving vehicle which includes a computer, the program causing the computer to function as: behavior setup receiving means configured to receive a setup for a behavior after getting out from the automatic driving vehicle, the setup being inputted by a driver or passenger who gets out from the automatic driving vehicle; and control means configured to control conduct of the behavior on the basis of the setup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MICO LATTA INC.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masahiro Suzuki