Storage Or Planning Of Route Information Patents (Class 701/25)
  • Patent number: 10838428
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for autonomous vehicle drop-off and pick-up of an individual (e.g., valet type operation) are disclosed herein. An autonomous vehicle may receive global positioning system (GPS) location data including a drop-off location, a parking location, a pick-up location, a pick-up time, and timing factor information associated with an estimated arrival of the individual at the pick-up location, determine an adjusted pick-up time associated with the pick-up of the individual based on the timing factor, determine a departure time for autonomous pick-up of the individual based on the adjusted pick-up time, autonomously park the autonomous vehicle, by travelling from the drop-off location to the parking location after drop-off of the individual, and autonomously pick-up the individual, by departing, at the departure time, from the parking location and travelling to the pick-up location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xue Bai, Ehsan Moradi-Pari, Samer Rajab
  • Patent number: 10836404
    Abstract: A driver assistance device configured to be mounted on a first vehicle is provided. The device receives first positions and first speeds of the first vehicle, and receives second positions, second speeds, and events of a second vehicle. Each of the first positions, the first speeds, the second positions, the second speeds, and the events is on a timeline. A first approach time is derived based on a first current position of the first vehicle, a first current speed of the first vehicle, a second current position of the second vehicle, and a second current speed of the second vehicle. A second approach time is derived based on the first current position, the first current speed, and a past position of the second vehicle. Information is output to a driver of the first vehicle based on at least the first and second approach times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teppei Shibata
  • Patent number: 10838417
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. The system includes a plurality of sensors configured to generate sensor data. The system also includes a first computing system configured to generate trajectories using the sensor data and send the generated trajectories to a second computing system. The second computing system is configured to cause the vehicle to follow a receive trajectory. The system also includes a third computing system configured to, when there is a failure of the first computer system, generate and send trajectories to the second computing system based on whether a vehicle is located on a highway or a surface street.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Emily Chi, Ryan Joseph Andrade, Michael James, Ioan-Alexandru Sucan, Christopher Kennedy Ludwick, Joshua Seth Herbach, Misha Balakhno, Andrew Barton-Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10829356
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle comprises an operator compartment, a load handling feature to carry a load, a power unit, a controller, and an inward facing output module, an outward facing output module, or both. In operation, the controller receives information from a remote server and/or electronics of the materials handling vehicle via a materials handling vehicle network bus, where the received information is in regard to a task being performed by the materials handling vehicle. Also, the controller, responsive to detecting the task being performed, operates the output module to provide situational awareness information with regard to the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Philip W. Swift
  • Patent number: 10829117
    Abstract: Disclosed subject matter relates to field of telematics that performs a method of correcting velocity of autonomous vehicle to navigate along a planned navigation path. A velocity correcting system may receive a velocity for navigating the autonomous vehicle for a selected segment along the planned navigation path and may identify plurality of values corresponding to current vehicle condition while the autonomous vehicle is navigating along the planned navigation path and may determine a counter angular velocity corresponding to current vehicle condition by comparing the plurality of values with pre-stored values. Finally, velocity is corrected by correlating the velocity with counter angular velocity and provided to navigation module for applying the correction velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Balaji Sunil Kumar, Manas Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10823575
    Abstract: A first reference line representing a routing line from a first location to a second location associated with an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is received. The first reference line is segmented into a number of reference line segments. For each of the reference line segments, a quintic polynomial function is defined to represent the reference line segment. An objective function is determined based on the quintic polynomial functions of the reference line segments. An optimization is performed on coefficients of the quintic polynomial functions in view of a set of constraints associated with the reference line segments, such that an output of the objective function reaches minimum while the constraints are satisfied. A second reference line is then generated based on the optimized parameters or coefficients of the quintic polynomial functions of the objective function. The second reference line is then utilized to plan and control the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Yajia Zhang
  • Patent number: 10820574
    Abstract: Techniques for drone device control are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method comprises establishing, by a plurality of drone devices respectively operatively coupled to processors and coordinating with one other, a defined region of a defined coordinate space of a geographic area, wherein the defined region is associated with an animal. The computer-implemented method also comprises monitoring, by the plurality of drone devices, a physical relationship between the animal and the defined region. The computer-implemented method can also comprise, in response to identifying that the physical relationship between the animal and the defined region fails to meet a criterion, performing, by the plurality of drone devices, a pattern of operations selected to alter the physical relationship between the animal and the defined region to satisfy the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10821605
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a robot motion path planning method, apparatus, and terminal device. The method includes planning a planned path for a robot in a current scene using an open motion planning library (OMPL) database, setting a shortest ideal path as an initial ideal path, calculating a new path between the planned path and the initial ideal path using a dichotomy method, determining whether the new path meets an obstacle avoidance requirement and a structural constraint of the robot in the current scene, making the new path as the new planned path if yes, otherwise determining the new path as a new ideal path, optimizing the planned path using the dichotomy method iteratively until an error between the planned path and the ideal path is within a preset range, and determining the planned path as a motion path of the robot, thereby improving the motion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Jinghua Tang
  • Patent number: 10821973
    Abstract: A navigation system includes: a control unit configured to: receive a parking facility request for an autonomous vehicle operation of a user vehicle in a vehicle parking facility; retrieve a parking facility map for the vehicle parking facility, including facility information, for the vehicle parking facility, wherein the facility information includes intersection nodes; and generate a facility traversal route for the autonomous vehicle operation of the user vehicle through the vehicle parking facility based on the intersection nodes and the parking facility request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander G. Glebov, Manuj Shinkar, Ninad Pradeep Lanke, Sarvesh Bansilal Devi, Kok Wei Koh, Po-Wen Chen, HaiPing Jin, Yi-Chung Chao
  • Patent number: 10816356
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for autonomous feature optimization. In some embodiments, a method includes generating one or more candidate navigation routes for a driver of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the method includes determining a set of autonomous features to be provided by the vehicle for each of the one or more candidate navigation routes. In some embodiments, the method includes determining that the set of autonomous features includes an unsafe autonomous feature that is not safe to use during any part between the start point and the end point of the one or more candidate navigation routes. In some embodiments, the method includes displaying a user interface that includes the one or more candidate navigation routes and corresponding autonomous features that are available for each of the one or more candidate navigation routes, wherein the user interface excludes the unsafe autonomous feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Shum, BaekGyu Kim, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10810533
    Abstract: In one embodiment a plurality of transportation requests received from a plurality of subscribers to the transportation service are accessed, wherein a group of a plurality of drivers of the transportation receive one or more of the plurality of transportation requests. At least one performance score over a time period is generated for each driver of the group of drivers of the transportation service based at least in part on the transportation requests. A distribution of a compensation pool associated with the time period among the drivers of the group is determined according to the at least one performance score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Ziv Haparnas, Talmon Marco
  • Patent number: 10809078
    Abstract: A method of dynamic path generation in a navigational controller includes: generating (i) a plurality of paths extending from a starting location to a goal location, and (ii) a cost for each of the paths; selecting, based on the costs, an optimal path for execution from the plurality of paths; storing a subset of the costs in a cost history queue; responsive to detecting an obstacle during execution of the optimal path, retrieving one of the costs from the cost history queue; determining an initial re-planning search space based on the cost retrieved from the cost history queue; and initiating generation of a re-planned path within the initial re-planning search space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sadegh Tajeddin, Zichen Huang, Harsoveet Singh
  • Patent number: 10803307
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle control apparatus that controls automated driving of a vehicle. The apparatus includes an extraction unit configured to extract an object existing around the vehicle from a scene image representing a peripheral status of the vehicle, and a control unit configured to calculate a moving locus of the object and a moving locus of the vehicle for a predetermined time from time when the scene image is acquired, and generate a moving locus by correcting the moving locus of the object based on the moving locus of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yosuke Sakamoto, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Kazuma Ohara
  • Patent number: 10798874
    Abstract: A method of mowing multiple areas includes training a robotic mower to mow at least two areas separated by a space, including moving the robotic mower about the areas while storing data indicative of location of boundaries of each area relative to boundary markers, training the robotic mower to move across the space separating the areas, and initiating a mowing operation. Training the robotic mower to move across the space separating the areas includes moving the robotic mower to a traversal launch point of a first of the areas and moving the robotic mower to a traversal landing point of a second of the areas. The mowing operation causes the robotic mower to move to the traversal launch point, move from the traversal launch point across the space to the traversal landing point, and then mow the second of the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Paul C. Balutis, Andrew Beaulieu, Brian Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10795367
    Abstract: A method for receiving autonomous vehicle (AV) driving path data associated with a driving path in a roadway of a geographic location. The driving path data associated with a trajectory for an AV in a roadway and trajectory points in a trajectory of the driving path in the roadway for determining at least one feature of the roadway positioned a lateral distance from a first trajectory of the one or more trajectories of the driving path of an AV based on the map data. The method includes receiving map data associated with a map of a geographic location, determining a driving path for an AV in a roadway, generating driving path information based on a trajectory point in a trajectory of the driving path, and providing driving path data associated with the driving path to an AV for controlling the AV on the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Henry Polk Milstein, Donald Jason Burnette, Lisa Christine Weitekamp, Bryan John Nagy, Eric Michael Perko
  • Patent number: 10789835
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) software management system can collect historical data of harmful events of human-driven vehicles (HDVs) within an autonomy grid on which AVs operate. For each path segment of the autonomy grid, the system can determine a fractional risk value for HDVs. The system may also receive AV data from a fleet of AVs operating throughout the autonomy grid, and for each path segment of the autonomy grid, the system can evaluate AV performance against the fractional risk values for HDVs based on the received AV data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Dima Kislovskiy, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10775806
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes a computing system receiving information from an autonomous vehicle (AV). Based on the received information, the system may identify a target objective, with an associated target destination, for the AV and determine that the AV is able to transport passengers while furthering the target objective. The system may receive multiple ride requests from ride requestors, respectively. Each of the ride requests is associated with an origination location and a destination location. The system may match the AV with one of the ride requests based on a location of the AV, the target destination of the target objective, and the origination location and destination location associated with the ride request. The system may instruct the AV to perform a transportation task from the origination location to the destination location associated with the ride request, and drive to the target destination after completing the transportation task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Farzad Cyrus Foroughi Abari, Aaron Jacob Levine Friedman, John Houston, Adam Hart Reis, Alexander Thomas Starns
  • Patent number: 10775797
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for a mobile robot to move in proximity to an obstacle. In the method, the mobile robot moves at a preset speed in a preset direction when it is detected that a distance between the mobile robot and the obstacle reaches a preset distance; a robot predicted moving space of the mobile robot in a next moving cycle is calculated based on the preset speed and the preset direction; and an adjusted speed and an adjusted direction of the mobile robot are determined based on the robot predicted moving space, so as to make the mobile robot move in proximity to the obstacle at the adjusted speed in the adjusted direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai SLAMTEC Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonghua Zhao, Jing Bai, Yuxiang Li
  • Patent number: 10766486
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to testing predictions of an autonomous vehicle relating to another vehicle or object in a roadway. For instance, one or more processors may plan to maneuver the autonomous vehicle to complete an action and predict that the other vehicle will take a responsive action. The autonomous vehicle is then maneuvered towards completing the action in a way that would allow the autonomous vehicle to cancel completing the action without causing a collision between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, and in order to indicate to the second vehicle or a driver of the second vehicle that the first vehicle is attempting to complete the action. Thereafter, when the first vehicle is determined to be able to take the action, the action is completed by controlling the first vehicle autonomously using the determination of whether the second vehicle begins to take the particular responsive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Fairfield, Vadim Furman
  • Patent number: 10766485
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a detection unit detecting an object around the vehicle, a storage unit storing static object information acquired in advance and reliability of the static object information in association with each other, an acquisition unit acquiring calculation load information of the vehicle control device, a decision unit deciding a reliability threshold to be small with respect to an increase in a calculation load based on the calculation load information, a selection unit selecting the static object information associated with reliability equal to or greater than the reliability threshold from the static object information, a target decision unit deciding a tracking target by comparing a detection result and the static object information selected by the selection unit to each other, a tracking unit tracking the tracking target, and a control unit performing the traveling control based on a tracking result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10768636
    Abstract: An automatic vehicle dispatching system includes automatic vehicles, and a server device that performs communication with the automatic vehicles. The server device includes: a storage that stores: area information that includes path points in a predetermined area that indicate a drive route, each of the path points including driving attributes that represent an automatic vehicle movement state on the drive route; and vehicle information indicating a vehicle attribute of each of the automatic vehicles; and a route searcher that generates, for each of the automatic vehicles, first route information that includes path points selected from among the path points of the area information according to the vehicle information that corresponds to the automatic vehicle, the first route information indicating a first drive route for the automatic vehicle. Each of the automatic vehicles is controlled to drive based on the first route information generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Yamaguchi, Takumaru Nagai, Eiji Fukumiya, Masahiro Anezaki
  • Patent number: 10768623
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for drone path planning are described herein. A system for drone path planning for a drone, the system to perform the operations: storing a current location of the drone as a current waypoint in a set of waypoints, the set of waypoints to include the current waypoint and a previous waypoint; detecting a current set of frontiers from the current location; storing the current set of frontiers in a list of active goals, the current set of frontiers associated with the current location; determining whether a target is discovered in the current set of frontiers; exploring the current set of frontiers to attempt to find the target; and exploring a previous set of frontiers from the list of active goals, when exploring the current set of frontiers does not, discover the target, the previous set of frontiers associated with the previous waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rodrigo Aldana Lopez, Leobardo Campos Macias, David Gomez Gutierrez, Jose Parra Vilchis, Rafael De La Guardia Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10759426
    Abstract: A first wireless device is mountable in a vehicle. An acquiring unit acquires position information on the vehicle in which the first wireless device is mounted. A calculating unit calculates a difference between the position information acquired by the acquiring unit and an ideal route for the vehicle. A communication unit transmits a packet signal that contains the difference calculated by the calculating unit and the position information acquired by the acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLETUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Tomishima, Junji Soumon, Yasunobu Akaoka
  • Patent number: 10762787
    Abstract: Provided is a communication apparatus installed in a vehicle, the communication apparatus including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire, via a network installed in the vehicle, a plurality of types of status information each indicating a status of the vehicle; an information creation unit configured to create, on the basis of each piece of the status information acquired by the acquisition unit, feature information having a data amount smaller than a total of data amounts of the respective pieces of the status information, the feature information including a feature amount of a traveling status of the vehicle; and a transmission unit configured to transmit vehicle information based on the feature information created by the information creation unit, to another communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hayakawa, Akira Suwa, Susumu Takeshima
  • Patent number: 10753462
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission control apparatus including a manual shift instructing portion outputting a manual shift instruction for upshifting or downshifting a transmission, and an electric control unit including a microprocessor and a memory to control a shift operation. The microprocessor controls the shift operation in accordance with a first shift chart stored in the memory based on vehicle information before the manual shift instruction is output, controls the shift operation in accordance with the manual shift instruction when the manual shift instruction is output, and controls the shift operation in accordance with a second shift chart stored in the memory based on the vehicle information when a predetermined mode switch condition is established after the manual shift instruction is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kishi, Yoshiaki Konishi, Akira Kito, Toshiyuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10755576
    Abstract: A passive infra-red guidance system and method for augmenting operation of an autonomous vehicle on a roadway includes at least one forward-looking infra-red imaging sensor mounted on the vehicle in operative communication with an image processor tied into the vehicle's operational system. The system determines the left and right edges of the roadway using thermal imaging, and then determines the centerline of the travel lane in which the vehicle is travelling based on the determined left and right edges of the roadway. The system then compares the determined centerline of the travel lane with the actual position of the vehicle and identifies any adjustment needed for the vehicle's position based on the comparison. The left and right edge determination may comprise identifying a difference between a thermal signature representative of the roadway and a thermal signature representative of a non-roadway portion that is located proximate to the roadway portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Arnold Chase
  • Patent number: 10747218
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for mobile device tethering for remote parking assist. An example vehicle includes ultra-wide angle cameras and a processor coupled to memory. The processor generates an interface based on a location of the mobile device including an overhead representation of the vehicle generated using images from the cameras and representations of a position of a mobile device and a boundary around the vehicle. The processor also sends the interface to the mobile device, and when the mobile device is not within the boundary, prevents autonomous parking of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Alyssa Chatten, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Hamid M. Golgiri
  • Patent number: 10745011
    Abstract: Detection of merge scenarios by an autonomous vehicle (AV) is disclosed. A system includes a memory and a processor. The memory includes instructions executable by the processor to, in response to detecting a merge scenario, identify an interacting object pair including a merging object and a crossing object, where the AV is the merging object; generate a yield hypothesis and a no-yield hypothesis; compute a yield reference path corresponding to the yield hypothesis and a no-yield reference path corresponding to the no-yield hypothesis; determine a yield likelihood of the yield hypothesis and a no-yield likelihood of the no-yield hypothesis; and operate the AV to merge or to wait until the merge scenario is no longer detected based on the yield likelihood and the no-yield likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Yue Zhao, Christopher Ostafew
  • Patent number: 10744965
    Abstract: A transport facilitation system can receive a pick-up request from a computing device of a user of a transportation arrangement service, the pick-up request comprising a unique identifier and a pick-up location. Using the unique identifier, the system can perform a lookup in a database for a profile indicating vehicle setup preferences for the user, and select a service vehicle to service the pick-up request. The system can further determine a seat assignment within the service vehicle for the user, and based on the vehicle setup preferences indicated in the profile, the system transmit a set of configuration instructions to the service vehicle, the set of configuration instructions to configure one or more adjustable components of the service vehicle for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 10737689
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes a display unit configured to display an image of an area around a vehicle; a sensor unit configured to detect at least one object around the vehicle; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to perform an automatic parking function that moves the vehicle to a target parking position by: calculating a congestion level for the automatic parking function based on information about the at least one object around the vehicle detected by the sensor unit; and executing the automatic parking function according to the calculated congestion level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Cheolmun Kim, Kwangjin Jang
  • Patent number: 10737782
    Abstract: Systems and methods may include a lift drone and a carrier drone to convey a payload. The lift drone may vertically lift the payload, alone or with the carrier drone, to a transfer location. The carrier drone may receive control of the payload at the transfer location, such as by receiving physical transfer of the payload, taking over conveyance of the payload from the lift drone, or the like. The lift drone may remain coupled with the payload or the carrier drone or may decouple after transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Willem M. Beltman, Bradley Alan Jackson, David Gomez Gutierrez, Jose Parra Vilchis, Rafael De La Guardia Gonzalez, Joshua Triska
  • Patent number: 10726368
    Abstract: A method includes: a) producing initial scheduling plans based on requests related to tasks to be performed within a time period by a remote sensing satellite; wherein each initial scheduling plan schedules respective tasks, which do not conflict with each other in time and in using satellite resources; and each task is scheduled in at least one of the initial scheduling plans; b) applying a genetic-algorithm-based processing to the initial scheduling plans to produce a genetic-algorithm-based scheduling plan which is for mission objectives, and complies with constraints related to the satellite resources, to the tasks, and to the time period; and c) applying a simulated-annealing-based processing to the genetic-algorithm-based scheduling plan to produce a simulated-annealing-based scheduling plan that fits the mission objectives, complies with the constraints, and in which a larger number of tasks is scheduled than in the genetic-algorithm-based scheduling plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TELESPAZIO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Federico Bunkheila, Christian Circi
  • Patent number: 10710602
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to monitoring the status of a vehicle controller or other autonomy system during operation of an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a system includes one or more processors; and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations. The operations include obtaining a message from a vehicle controller. The operations further include, based at least partly on the message, determining whether a failure mode exists. The operations further include providing, in response to determining the failure mode exists, one or more commands to implement a safety measure response for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua David Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10710607
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor and storage accessible to the processor. The storage includes instructions executable by the processor to access data associated with at least one road and, based on the data, identify a first route to a destination as involving less manual driving by a human driver than a second route to the destination. The instructions are also executable by the processor to output directions for an autonomous vehicle to follow the first route to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Russell Speight VanBlon, John Carl Mese
  • Patent number: 10696299
    Abstract: In a given computing node comprising at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory and implemented in a given vehicle, the method comprises obtaining at the given computing node data from at least one of: (i) one or more sensors on the given vehicle; (ii) one or more computing nodes associated with one or more other vehicles via at least one vehicle-to-vehicle communication protocol; and (iii) one or more data sources along the path of the given vehicle. The given computing node utilizes at least a portion of the obtained data to compute a risk assessment for the given vehicle with respect to an operational safety level of a proposed vehicle action. The given computing node initiates or prevents the proposed vehicle action for the given vehicle based on the computed risk assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Komminist Weldemariam, Clifford A. Pickover, Aisha Walcott, Reginald Eugene Bryant
  • Patent number: 10699142
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for analyzing traffic signal lights in order to control an autonomous vehicle. A method includes receiving an image from a camera regarding at least one traffic signal light and receiving data related to the traffic signal light. Neural networks determine location and characteristics of the traffic signal light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthias Wisniowski, Stuart Glaser, Gautier Minster
  • Patent number: 10690504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for navigating an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) that utilizes an-onboard computer and/or one or more ADV control system nodes in an ADV network platform. The on-board computer receives physiological and ADV occupant identification sensor data concerning one or more occupants occupying an ADV, sensor data concerning the items being transported within the ADV, and information concerning the ADV itself to aid border security agencies in protecting their respective borders and territories (e.g., international borders, security zone borders, geographical borders, etc.). The relevant border agency can receive certain information over a network concerning one or more ADVs and make a determination if a heightened security screening should be requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Zoltan Szubbocsev
  • Patent number: 10686815
    Abstract: A system for in-vehicle network intrusion detection includes a microcontroller having first and second cores and memory. The first core may be configured to obtain one or more network messages from one or more communication buses of a vehicle describing one or more events associated with the vehicle. The memory may be configured to store the one or more network messages obtained by the first core. The second core may be configured to: (i) read the one or more network messages from the memory; (ii) detect whether at least some of the one or more events constitute an anomaly based on predefined rules; (iii) generate one or more resident incident logs including metadata associated with one or more detected anomalous events based on the detected anomaly event data; and (iv) generate one or more transmitted incident logs based on the one or more resident incident logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph E. Ploucha, Samuel B. Kupfer
  • Patent number: 10683014
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: an automated driving control part that performs automated driving in which at least one of acceleration/deceleration and steering of a vehicle is automatically controlled; a driving operation element that receives an operation of an occupant with respect to acceleration/deceleration and steering of the vehicle; an operation element state change part that makes the driving operation element disabled when the automated driving by the automated driving control part is performed; and an alternative operation reception part that receives an operation which is different from the operation with respect to the driving operation element by the occupant when the driving operation element is disabled by the operation element state change part, wherein the automated driving control part controls at least one of acceleration/deceleration and steering of the vehicle based on the operation by the alternative operation reception part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Akaba, Osamu Ito, Masakuni Murakami
  • Patent number: 10679172
    Abstract: An inspection drone exclusively paired to a delivery vehicle identifies targeted inspection points corresponding to respective parts of the vehicle. A sensor on the drone detects inspection information relative to targeted inspection points once the drone has aerially moved proximate to each targeted inspection point. The drone automatically identifies a potential adverse inspection condition for a targeted inspection point based upon the inspection information. The drone responsively transmits an interactive intervention request to a display-enabled transceiver, where the request identifies the potential adverse inspection condition, indicates a need for a verified inspection of that targeted inspection point, and requests feedback regarding that targeted inspection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: 10678261
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to controlling an autonomous vehicle in a variety of unique circumstances. These include adapting control strategies of the vehicle based on discrepancies between map data and sensor data obtained by the vehicle. These further include adapting position and routing strategies for the vehicle based on changes in the environment and traffic conditions. Other aspects of the disclosure relate to using vehicular sensor data to update hazard information on a centralized map database. Other aspects of the disclosure relate to using sensors independent of the vehicle to compensate for blind spots in the field of view of the vehicular sensors. Other aspects of the disclosure involve communication with other vehicles to indicate that the autonomous vehicle is not under human control, or to give signals to other vehicles about the intended behavior of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Craig A. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10676098
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for guidance, control, and testing of autonomous vehicle features and a driver's response thereto. The system may activate a plurality of autonomous driving features of an autonomous vehicle. In response to a determination to initiate a driving test, the system may generate an indication to a driver of the autonomous vehicle of the initiation of the driving test and may deactivate or adjust parameters of one or more of the plurality of autonomous driving features. The system may receive, from one or more sensors of the autonomous vehicle or one or more sensors of a mobile computing device within the autonomous vehicle, driving data associated with the autonomous vehicle. Based on the driving data associated with the autonomous vehicle, the system may determine the driver's response time and actions taken by the driver during the driving test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Soren K. Lundsgaard
  • Patent number: 10671064
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes one or more sources of propulsion coupled to provide propulsion to the UAV, and a power source coupled to power the one or more sources of propulsion. A communication system is coupled to communicate with an external device, and a controller is coupled to the communication system, the power source, and the one or more sources of propulsion. The controller includes logic that when executed by the controller causes the UAV to perform operations, including: measuring a status of the UAV; sending the status of the UAV to the external device; receiving movement instructions from the external device; and engaging the one or more sources of propulsion to move the UAV from a first location to a second location within a storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: James Schmalzried, André Prager
  • Patent number: 10668924
    Abstract: A method to control a velocity of a vehicle includes: extracting an end point of a road region from an input image; measuring a visibility distance between an end point location corresponding to the end point and a location of a vehicle; and controlling the velocity of the vehicle based on the measured visibility distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaewoo Lee, Dongwook Lee
  • Patent number: 10667455
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, computer program product, and a computer system for automated deployment of autonomous devices performing localized environment altering actions. A processor detects a set of weather conditions for a region, wherein the set of weather conditions includes at least temperature. A processor predicts whether the temperature will influence bodily functions of at least one organism of a plurality of organisms in the region. A processor dispatches one or more autonomous devices in response to predicting that the temperature will influence the bodily functions of the at least one organism of the plurality of organisms in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10653057
    Abstract: A lawn mowing robot includes a body, a driving unit driven such that the body moves within an operation region, and a controller setting first information related to at least one reference line using coordinate information corresponding to vertices included in a polygon forming an operation region and setting second information related to a plurality of regions such that the operation region is divided into the plurality of regions using the first information, wherein the controller controls the driving unit such that the body moves according to a preset movement pattern by the plurality of divided regions using the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyuchun Choi, Jaehoon Lee, Jieun Choi
  • Patent number: 10656639
    Abstract: In a driving support device, an image output unit outputs image information including a vehicle object representing a vehicle and a sign object representing a sign, to a display unit. An operation signal input unit receives an operation signal of a user for moving, in the image displayed on the display unit, the vehicle object to the position of the sign object or for moving the sign object to the position of the vehicle object. A command output unit outputs a command corresponding to the display content in the sign object when the operation signal is received, to an automatic driving control unit that controls automatic driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushige Yamada, Osamu Yamaji, Azusa Gojyo, Satoshi Kajita, Toshiaki Mori, Makoto Okada
  • Patent number: 10648820
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assessing coordinate data are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a processor to receive coordinate data relating to a desired path and task of a vehicle. The processor of the example apparatus to determine if the coordinate data satisfies a threshold. The processor of the example apparatus to determine if the coordinate data is compatible with a positioning system of the vehicle. The processor of the example apparatus to authorize operation of the vehicle to traverse the desired path based on the coordinate data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10636295
    Abstract: A method for creating a traffic scenario in a virtual driving environment is provided. The method includes steps of: a traffic scenario-generating device, (a) on condition that driving data have been acquired which are created using previous traffic data corresponding to discrete traffic data extracted by a vision-based ADAS from a past driving video and detailed traffic data corresponding to sequential traffic data from sensors of data-collecting vehicles in a real driving environment, inputting the driving data into a scene analyzer to extract driving environment information and into a vehicle information extractor to extract vehicle status information on an ego vehicle, and generating sequential traffic logs according to a driving sequence; and (b) inputting the sequential traffic logs into a scenario augmentation network to augment the sequential traffic logs using critical events, and generate the traffic scenario, verifying the traffic scenario, and mapping the traffic scenario onto a traffic simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Stradvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, SukHoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Dongsoo Shin, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Myeong-Chun Lee, Hyungsoo Lee, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10634513
    Abstract: The method for displaying a starting point (1) and several destination locations (3) on a screen comprises the following steps: selecting a starting point (1) on a location-based representation, and representing the starting point as such on the screen; selecting several destination locations (3) and representing them as destination symbols in the location-based representation on the screen, setting a selection criterion for reaching the destination locations (3) starting from the starting point (1), calculating the position of the destination locations (3) in a time-based representation in accordance with the distance from the starting point and taking into account the selection criterion, displaying the destination locations (3) on the screen as destination symbols in the time-based representation, wherein the location-based representation still remains visible on the screen, the time-based representation being centered around the starting symbol, and the distance of the destination symbols in the time-b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Usadel GmbH
    Inventor: Jan Usadel