Storage Or Planning Of Route Information Patents (Class 701/25)
  • Patent number: 11521154
    Abstract: Disclosed are a package placement method and apparatus, the method comprising: obtaining an obstacle distribution of placement areas adjacent to a target placement area, each placement area being correspondingly provided with a package storage apparatus; according to the obstacle distribution, determining a movement direction for a conveying platform to enter the target placement area, the conveying platform being used for placing a package in the package storage apparatus; according to the movement direction for the conveying platform, determining a package placement means; according to the determined package placement means, placing the package in the package storage apparatus corresponding to the target placement area. The package placement means is determined according to the obstacle distribution, and the conveying platform is controlled to move and place the package, thereby saving placement time, eliminating conveying platform stopping and restarting time, and increasing placement efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI QUICKTRON INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Leilei Xing, Run Huang, Wei Huang, Fei Ni
  • Patent number: 11522836
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating autonomous vehicle devices in a network according to a network configuration are discussed. The network can include a plurality of pods configured to run on the one or more host computing devices. The network can include one or more containers encapsulated by each of the plurality of pods. The network can include one or more communication links configured to provide communications among the plurality of network devices. For instance, the one or more communication links can include one or more intranetwork links configured to provide communication between the plurality of pods. The network can include a firewall comprising one or more firewall rules. The one or more firewall rules can be configured to allow communications along the one or more communication links and block communications along some or all connections other than the one or more communication links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Glenn Paul Stroz
  • Patent number: 11519733
    Abstract: A method for autonomous mower navigation includes performing a training operation for an area including identifying a GPS signal associated with a training apparatus, iteratively recording data associated geolocations of the training apparatus as the training apparatus moves along a trajectory through the area, smoothing the geolocation data associated with the trajectory, and storing the smoothed geolocation data. The method can include subsequent to the training operation, performing a greens association process including establishing a link between the autonomous mower and an RTK-GPS base, receiving by the autonomous mower correction data from the RTK-GPS base, and determining an approach angle to a work area, wherein the path the autonomous mower travels to the work zone is defined by the approach angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Her-Jye Chang
  • Patent number: 11516440
    Abstract: A method for modal analysis of bridge structures based on surveillance videos is provided. A plurality of continuous cameras are utilized for realizing high-precision surveillance for the structure of the bridge. Firstly, a plurality of regions are selected in the viewing angle of each of the cameras, and a conversion relation between images of the regions and actual displacements is calculated; next, displacements on the images shot by the cameras are converted into actual displacements of targets, so as to obtain displacements of the targets relative to the cameras; displacements of the adjacent cameras are sequentially passed according to a difference value from the ground of an abutment, so as to obtain displacements of all camera bodies; and finally, the displacements of all the targets relative to the ground of the abutment are calculated, and the structural mode of the bridge is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiaowei Ye, Zhexun Li, Tao Jin
  • Patent number: 11513520
    Abstract: A method for training control software to reinforce safety constraints using visual inputs includes performing template matching for each object in an image of a reinforcement learning (RL) agent's action space using a visual template for each object wherein each object in the RL agent's action space is detected, mapping each detected object to a set of planar coordinates for each object in the RL agent's action space, determining a set of safe actions for the RL agent by applying a safety specification for the RL agent's action space to the set of variables for coordinates for each object in the RL agent's action space, outputting the set of safe actions to the RL agent for a current state of a RL procedure, and preventing the RL agent from executing an action that is unsafe, before the RL agent takes an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Subhro Das, Nathan Fulton, Nathan Hunt, Trong Nghia Hoang
  • Patent number: 11511736
    Abstract: Methods and systems autonomously parking and retrieving vehicles are disclosed. Available parking spaces or parking facilities may be identified, and the vehicle may be navigated to an available space from a drop-off location without passengers. Special-purpose sensors, GPS data, or wireless signal triangulation may be used to identify vehicles and available parking spots. Upon a user request or a prediction of upcoming user demand, the vehicle may be retrieved autonomously from a parking space. Other vehicles may be autonomously moved to facilitate parking or retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake S. Konrardy, Gregory L. Hayward, Scott Farris, Scott T. Christensen
  • Patent number: 11498568
    Abstract: A method of controlling inertial driving of a vehicle is provided. The method includes, when in an inertial driving guidance mode, obtaining information related to at least one event in consideration of a vehicle ahead situation, wherein the at least one event is a stop event, a deceleration event, or a re-acceleration event, determining a target shift stage corresponding to the at least one event based on the information related to the at least one event, and performing a shift control to the target shift stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jeewook Huh
  • Patent number: 11499293
    Abstract: In embodiments, a work vehicle magnetorheological fluid (MRF) joystick system includes a joystick device, an MRF joystick resistance mechanism, a controller architecture, and an implement tracking data source configured to track movement of the implement during operation of the work vehicle. The joystick device includes, in turn, a base housing, a joystick, and a joystick position sensor. The MRF joystick resistance mechanism is controllable to vary an MRF resistance force impeding joystick movement relative to the base housing. The controller architecture is configured to: (i) track movement of the implement relative to a virtual boundary utilizing data provided by the implement tracking data source; and (ii) command the MRF joystick resistance mechanism to vary the MRF resistance force based, at least in part, on implement movement relative to the virtual boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd F. Velde, Benjamin P. Koestler
  • Patent number: 11492012
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for autonomously parking a current vehicle (40) along a trained trajectory (18), comprising the steps of driving a training vehicle (12) along the trajectory (18) and determining environment information along the trajectory (18), determining trajectory information based on the environment information for parking the current vehicle (40) along the trajectory (18), storing the trajectory information from the training vehicle (12) in a personal storage (34) associated to a driver, transferring the trajectory information from the personal storage (34) to the current vehicle (40), and parking the current vehicle (40) along the trained trajectory (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Deardriu Lally, Olivia Donnellan
  • Patent number: 11493351
    Abstract: Systems including one or more sensors, coupled to a vehicle, may detect sensor information and provide the sensor information to another computing device for processing. A system includes one or more sensors, coupled to a vehicle and configured to detect sensor information, and a computing device configured to communicate with one or more mobile sensors to receive the mobile sensor information, communicate with the one or more sensors to receive the sensor information, and analyze the sensor information and the mobile sensor information to identify one or more risk factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Sunil Chintakindi, Tim Gibson
  • Patent number: 11495030
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods to utilize an objective function of an aerial vehicle in constructing and/or updating an occupancy map. The described systems and methods can determine whether to include, add, and/or remove an object from an occupancy map based on one or more confidence score(s) that can be determined for the presence (or absence) of an object at a given location. The confidence score for an object at a given location can be determined, for example, based on various sources of information, which can each be provided different weights, parameters, thresholds, etc. based on the objective function of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Amir Navot
  • Patent number: 11485516
    Abstract: Disclosed are a precise landing method using a multi-pattern in an unmanned aerial control system and an apparatus therefor. In an aspect of the present invention, a precise landing method using a multi-pattern of an unmanned aerial robot in an unmanned aerial control system includes receiving an image value from an outside and recognizing a multi-pattern in which control information for precise landing control has been coded based on the image value, obtaining control information when an ID value included in the control information indicates a landing point, moving to the landing point based on the control information, and performing landing at the landing point, and recognizing the multi-pattern again if the landing is not completed. A landing area for the landing of the unmanned aerial robot may include the landing point and the multi-pattern. The multi-pattern may include a first multi-pattern and a second multi-pattern. The first multi-pattern may have a greater size than the second multi-pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokhee Yi, Nakyeong Kim, Kwangho An
  • Patent number: 11485378
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a travel control unit configured to switch a driving mode of a vehicle; a traveling state detecting unit configured to detect a traveling state of the vehicle; a generating unit configured to generate at least one turning line; an external environment recognizing device configured to detect a state of an external environment of the vehicle; a setting unit configured to set a traveling area in front of the vehicle in a traveling direction thereof; and a determining unit configured to determine whether the turning line is located in the traveling area. In a case where the determining unit determines that the turning line is not located in the traveling area while a manual driving mode is selected, the travel control unit switches the driving mode of the vehicle from the manual driving mode to an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Takeda, Takashi Yanagi, Takeyuki Suzuki, Ryo Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11480963
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for generating vehicle intent predictions using a neural network. One of the methods includes obtaining an input characterizing one or more vehicles in an environment; generating, from the input, features of each of the vehicles; and for each of the vehicles: processing the features of the vehicle using each of a plurality of intent-specific neural networks, wherein each of the intent-specific neural networks corresponds to a respective intent from a set of intents, and wherein each intent-specific neural network is configured to process the features of the vehicle to generate an output for the corresponding intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiyang Gao, Junhua Mao, Yi Shen, Congcong Li, Chen Sun
  • Patent number: 11480974
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for generating a topological map for navigation of a robot. The method for generating a topological map for navigation of a robot, performed by the apparatus for building the topological map for the navigation of the robot, includes calculating the physical size of a single pixel on a metric map of a space in which a mobile robot is to navigate, extracting the physical coordinates of the pixel on the metric map, building node data and edge data for the navigation of the mobile robot using the physical coordinates, and generating a topological map for the navigation of the mobile robot based on the built node data and the built edge data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Cheol Lee, Won-Pil Yu, Song Li
  • Patent number: 11480978
    Abstract: A method and device for operating an automated vehicle. The method includes a step of receiving a position of the automated vehicle, a step of providing a map, as a function of the position, a step of receiving environment data values, which represent an environment of the automated vehicle, as a function of the position, a step of producing an environment model, as a function of the environment, on the basis of the map, and a step of operating the automated vehicle, as a function of the environment model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Voelz, Matthias Haug, Matthias Maier, Michael Gabb, Ruediger-Walter Henn
  • Patent number: 11482109
    Abstract: In an example, a method captures, at a first connected vehicle situated in a travel path segment, first sensor data describing an environment proximate to the first connected vehicle. The environment includes a first unconnected vehicle. The method wirelessly receives, via a communication network at the first connected vehicle from a second connected vehicle situated in the travel path segment, second sensor data describing one or more operating characteristics of the first unconnected vehicle. The method estimates, using the first sensor data and the second sensor data, a vehicle action of the first unconnected vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENG & MFG NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Hao Yang, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 11465616
    Abstract: A rearwardly directed movement of a first vehicle that has a driving assistance system that can be controlled, the driving assistance system having at least one sensor and a control device, in which threshold values for triggering a warning intervention and/or braking intervention in respect of the interval in relation to at least one further road user are set, and additionally being connected to or having a camera, by which activated travel-direction indicators of a further road user are recognized, which travel-direction indicators are included in the calculation of a probable trajectory of the further road user, and a probability of a collision is calculated, according to which the threshold values are lowered or raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ronny Hause, Franziskus Bauer, Dragosch Konstantin, Christian Marquardt
  • Patent number: 11466429
    Abstract: A hydraulic tool with a protective box assembly including a control circuit and hydraulic pressure sensors is used to operate a prime mover. The control circuit and the hydraulic pressure sensors are used to monitor performance of the hydraulic tool. Systems and methods implemented in a cloud monitor the performance of the hydraulic tool. The systems and methods utilize data collected by the hydraulic pressure sensors, processed by the control circuit, and transmitted via an antenna from the hydraulic tool to the cloud. A first set of systems and methods detect and predict a jam condition in blades associated with the hydraulic tool using statistical analysis of the data. A second set of systems and methods detect faults associated with the hydraulic tool including hydraulic leakage, mechanical wear, and friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Reuben D. Ness, Andrew Weisbeck, Aaron J. Brown, Matthew Mecklin
  • Patent number: 11465282
    Abstract: A method and computing system comprising identifying a plurality of robot configurations for each inspection point of a plurality of inspection points of a problem. A graph may be generated with each feasible robot configuration as a node on the graph. A distance may be calculated between a pair of feasible robot configurations. A shortest complete path connecting each node on the graph may be obtained based upon, at least in part, the distance between the pair of feasible robot configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventor: Chalongrath Pholsiri
  • Patent number: 11468396
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling a plurality items by using a sorter to receive items and obtain item information and delivery destinations from the items. A run manifest is generated having an item identifier and a destination for each of the plurality of items. The run manifest data is used in a routing module to generate dynamic routes for delivering the plurality of items, and generating a sequence identifier for each of the plurality of items according to the dynamically generated routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Stephen M. Dearing, C. Scot Atkins, James DeForrest Wilson, Scott R. Bombaugh, Carla F. Sherry
  • Patent number: 11458628
    Abstract: A method for a robot to autonomously plan a navigational route and work duties in an environment of the robot including accessing historical sensor data stored from prior work cycles, determining the navigational route and work duties of the robot by processing probabilities based on the historical sensor data, enacting the navigational route and work duties by the robot, capturing new sensor data while the robot enacts the navigational route and work duties, processing the new sensor data, and altering the navigational route and work duties based on the new sensor data processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11460842
    Abstract: Among other things, a vehicle having autonomous driving capabilities is operated in a mixed driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Emilio Frazzoli, Harshavardhan Ravichandran, Eric Wolff, Hsun-Hsien Chang
  • Patent number: 11458993
    Abstract: A lead autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sensor configured to observe a field of view in front of the lead AV. Following AVs are on the same road behind the lead AV. A processor of the lead AV is configured to detect a road closure. The processor overrides driving instructions of the lead AV, such that the lead AV is stopped at first location coordinates. The processor sends a first message to an operation server, indicating that the road closure is detected. The operation server update the first portion of the map data, reflecting the road closure. The operation server determines whether re-routing is possible for each AV. If re-routing is possible is possible for that AV, the operation server sends re-routing instructions to the AV. If re-routing is not possible is possible for that AV, the operation server sends pulling over instructions to the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Patrick Brown, Scott Douglas Foster, Joyce Tam
  • Patent number: 11462115
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) receives location information describing geographic boundaries of a polygonal no-fly zone (“NFZ”), the NFZ having a plurality of virtual walls each associated with a geographic line segment. The UAV identifies a closest and a second closest virtual wall of the plurality of virtual walls of the NFZ to a geographic location of the UAV. The UAV determines a first distance from the location of the UAV to a portion of the closest virtual wall nearest to the location of the UAV and a second distance from the location of the UAV to a portion of the second closest virtual wall nearest to the location of the UAV. In response to the first and/or second determined distances being less than a threshold distance, the UAV modifies a velocity and/or a trajectory of the UAV such that the UAV does not cross the virtual walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Andreas Jager
  • Patent number: 11456696
    Abstract: A photovoltaic-module cleaning robot, an obstacle-surmounting method and device thereof are provided according to the present application. If the photovoltaic-module cleaning robot gets stuck during obstacle-surmounting, a lower end motor of the photovoltaic-module cleaning robot is controlled to operate reversely, so that the lower driving wheels thereof rotate reversely; an upper end motor of thereof is controlled to stop operating, so that the upper driving wheels thereof have no drive; and then, the photovoltaic-module cleaning robot is gradually restored to a horizontal state, and if it is determined that the photovoltaic-module cleaning robot meets a forward moving condition, the upper end motor and the lower end motor of the photovoltaic-module cleaning robot are controlled to simultaneously rotate forward to realize moving forward, thereby solving the problem of easily getting stuck at a drop height between adjacent modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Lichun Zhu, Jiapeng Zhu, Wei Li, Zhisheng Jin, Yaobang Wang
  • Patent number: 11454981
    Abstract: Provided is a robotic device, including: a chassis; a set of wheels; one or more motors to drive the set of wheels; a suspension system; a controller in communication with the one or more motors; at least one sensor; a camera; one or more processors; a tangible, non-transitory, machine readable medium storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors effectuate operations including: capturing, with the camera, spatial data of surroundings; generating, with the one or more processors, a spatial model of the surroundings based on the spatial data; generating, with the one or more processors, a movement path based on the spatial model of the surroundings; inferring, with the one or more processors, a location of the robotic device; and updating, with the one or more processors, the movement path to exclude locations of the movement path that the robotic device has previously been located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Lukas Fath, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11454980
    Abstract: A management system for a work vehicle, includes: a traveling condition data generation unit configured to set traveling condition data including a first traveling route for making a work vehicle travel with forward movement and a second traveling route for making the work vehicle travel with backward movement, in a conveying path leading to a workplace where an operation of the work vehicle is performed; a specific area data acquisition unit configured to acquire specific area data indicating a specific area where the work vehicle is able to switch back in the conveying path; and a switchback command unit configured to output a command signal for switching back the work vehicle traveling on one of the first traveling route and the second traveling route at the specific area, and making the work vehicle travel on the other of the first traveling route and the second traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Komatsu LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Takeda, Akiharu Nishijima
  • Patent number: 11447245
    Abstract: A container includes a transportation section and a drone section. The drone section has a drone place holder and a door. The drone place holder is accessible when the door is in an open position. The container includes a processor that is programmed to actuate the door to the open position, actuate a drone, fittable in the drone place holder, to fly out of the container, and actuate the drone to transport the container to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia M. Neubecker, Somak Datta Gupta, Brad Alan Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 11449053
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system includes: a Human Machine Interface; and a control device configured to control autonomous driving of a vehicle, present a first operation instruction to a driver of the vehicle during the autonomous driving, the first operation instruction requesting the driver to perform a first response operation performed in response to a first request or a first proposal by presenting the first request or the first proposal to the driver via the Human Machine Interface, and prohibit presenting a second operation instruction different from the first operation instruction until the first response operation is completed or until a timing at which the first response operation is predicted to be completed, the second operation instruction requesting the driver to perform a second response operation performed in response to a second request or a second proposal by presenting the second request or the second proposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryuta Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11446820
    Abstract: To generate a more appropriate path, provided is a robot path generation device including circuitry configured to: hold a track planning module learning data set, in which a plurality of pieces of path data generated based on a motion constraint condition of a robot, and evaluation value data, which corresponds to each of the plurality of pieces path data and is a measure under a predetermined evaluation criterion, are associated with each other; and generate, based on a result of a machine learning process that is based on the track planning module learning data set, a path of the robot between a set start point and a set end point, which are freely set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKA WA DENKI
    Inventors: Koji Sokabe, Masaru Adachi
  • Patent number: 11449060
    Abstract: A control apparatus for performing travel control of a vehicle comprises a sensor configured to detect a state around the vehicle, and a travel controller configured to perform travel control for automated driving based on a detection result of the sensor. The travel controller is configured to, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied, select a target stop position located in a latitudinal direction with respect to a direction in which the vehicle moves, according to selection criteria, and to stop the vehicle at the target stop position. The selection criteria include a comparison between a speed of the vehicle and a threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadahiko Kanoh, Hiroaki Horii
  • Patent number: 11440540
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method for preventing a vehicle collision. The apparatus includes a communication unit wirelessly communicating with a surrounding vehicle, a sensing unit detecting the surrounding vehicle and a lane, a traveling control module configured to control steering or braking of an ego vehicle, and a controller configured to determine whether the ego vehicle can perform steering avoidance driving toward a neighboring lane, through the sensing unit, based on information on a driving mode of a vehicle ahead received through the communication unit, if it is checked through the communication unit that a vehicle ahead of the vehicle ahead is in a stop state and to control the ego vehicle to perform the steering avoidance driving toward the neighboring lane or to urgently brake through the traveling control module, based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyung Myung Lee
  • Patent number: 11433315
    Abstract: An amusement vehicle, retrofittable hardware gamification attachment, and method for simulating power-ups in-game virtual vehicle enhancements and virtual weaponry for improved racing experience are disclosed. Amusement vehicle comprises sensor-specific transmitters/receivers for communicating with other amusement vehicles moving in amusement environment. Amusement vehicle comprises a processor simulating power-ups in-game virtual vehicle enhancements and virtual weaponry based on sensor-specific signals transmitted to or received from other amusement vehicles. Power-ups and virtual weaponry are simulated by increasing/decreasing speed, causing damage, providing temporary protection from damage, freezing weaponry, and deactivating weaponry the amusement vehicle for pre-defined time corresponding to sensor-specific signals transmitted to or received from other amusement vehicles in gaming event of amusement environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: EMOTIONAL IDEAS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Jermaine Nelson, Joseph M. Giannuzzi, Quintus William McKeel
  • Patent number: 11438807
    Abstract: A network operator apparatus, a teleoperation application (TOApplication) apparatus, and an apparatus for a teleoperable vehicle are provided. The network operator apparatus creates a network slice for teleoperating the teleoperable vehicle along at least one route, receives a slice configuration request comprising QoS for the at least one route from the TOApplication apparatus, and configures the network slice to support the QoS. The TOApplication apparatus communicates towards the network operator apparatus, a request for creating the network slice, receives a teleoperation service request comprising a set of teleoperation configurations from the teleoperable vehicle, maps each teleoperation configuration to a respective QoS and sends the slice configuration request comprising the QoS to the network operator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sandip Gangakhedkar, Hanwen Cao, Josef Eichinger, Ishan Vaishnavi
  • Patent number: 11433911
    Abstract: When a diagnostic period of a specific failure arrives, a management center transmits, to a vehicle, an instruction to order execution of a failure diagnosis of the specific failure. When an ECU of the vehicle receives the instruction to order execution of the failure diagnosis from the management center, the ECU of the vehicle determines whether or not the failure diagnosis can be executed. When the failure diagnosis cannot be executed, the ECU causes the vehicle to continue traveling without executing the failure diagnosis, and ends a process. In this case, the ECU postpones the failure diagnosis in the current diagnostic period, and executes the failure diagnosis when a next diagnostic period arrives. When the ECU determines that the failure diagnosis can be executed, the ECU executes the failure diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Ogura, Masahiro Kagami, Yoshiaki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11435456
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a facility for calibrating sensors of an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a camera calibration target configured to be measured by and used for calibrating an optical camera of the AV; a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) calibration target configured to be measured by and used for calibrating a LiDAR transceiver of the AV; and a platform configured to allow the AV to drive onto and park on the platform. The camera calibration target and the LiDAR calibration target are positioned to be detectable by the optical camera and the LiDAR transceiver while the AV is parked on the platform. The platform is further configured to modify a lateral position, height, or orientation of the optical camera and the LiDAR transceiver relative to the camera calibration target and the LiDAR calibration target while the AV is parked on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Farzad Cyrus Foroughi Abari, Forrest Samuel Briggs, Alexander Thomas Starns
  • Patent number: 11430339
    Abstract: A computing system may obtain, for each vehicle of a plurality of vehicles located within a location area, navigation data that indicates a travel route for the vehicle. Based on the navigation data for the plurality of vehicles, the computing system determines a subset of the plurality of vehicles that are within a threshold distance of each other and have respective travel routes that at least partially overlap. The computing system selects, based on a set of selection parameters, two or more vehicles among the subset of vehicles to form a platoon of vehicles that travel in a coordinated arrangement in proximity to each other during at least a portion of the respective travel routes of the selected vehicles. The computing system can direct the selected vehicles to form the platoon of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Johan Ulrich Lewin Jessen, Martin Friedrich Schubert
  • Patent number: 11422558
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to context aware stopping of a vehicle without a driver. As an example, after a passenger has entered the vehicle, the vehicle is maneuvered by one or more processors in an autonomous driving mode towards a destination location along a route. The route is divided into two or more stages. A signal is received by the one or more processors. The signal indicates that the passenger is requesting that the vehicle stop or pull over. In response to the signal, the one or more processors determine a current stage of the route based on a current distance of the vehicle from a pickup location where the passenger entered the vehicle or a current distance of the vehicle from the destination location. The one or more processors then stop the vehicle in accordance with the determined current stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: John Wesley Dyer, Luis Torres, Michael Epstein, Guillaume Dupre, Joshua Seth Herbach
  • Patent number: 11425146
    Abstract: A method and system for secure and efficient provision of at least one at least partly automated driving mode of a vehicle. The method includes creating a request by the vehicle to retrieve an authorization of a performance of the at least one at least partly automated driving mode; receiving the request at a server; checking the authorization of the performance of the at least one at least partly autonomous driving mode; creating authorization data corresponding to the check; creating a response including the authorization data and further useful data; and receiving and evaluating the response in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reinhard Jurk
  • Patent number: 11422000
    Abstract: The present invention provides specific systems, methods and algorithms based on artificial intelligence expert system technology for determination of preferred routes of travel for electric vehicles (EVs). The systems, methods and algorithms provide such route guidance for battery-operated EVs in-route to a desired destination, but lacking sufficient battery energy to reach the destination from the current location of the EV. The systems and methods of the present invention disclose use of one or more specifically programmed computer machines with artificial intelligence expert system battery energy management and navigation route control. Such specifically programmed computer machines may be located in the EV and/or cloud-based or remote computer/data processing systems for the determination of preferred routes of travel, including intermediate stops at designated battery charging or replenishing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 11414096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes the operation of segmenting a raw reference line into a plurality of reference line segments, including a first reference line segment, a second reference segment, and a third reference line segment in a sequential order, in response to receiving the raw reference line representing a route from a first location to a second location associated with an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV). The method further includes the operations of smoothing the first reference line segment and the third reference line segment using a Quadratic programming (QP) spline smoother; and smoothing the second reference line segment using a spiral smoother. Smoothed reference line segments from the plurality of reference line segments are connected to generate a smoothed reference line, which is to be used as a reference line of the route to control the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: BAIDU USA LLC, BAIDU.COM TIMES TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Lin Ma, Xin Xu
  • Patent number: 11414002
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed for high-traffic density air transportation. An example system includes a land vehicle having a first location and a transit carrier having a movement system, first stacking couplers, a first and second magnetic coupler, and a transit pod having second stacking couplers configured to couple to the first stacking couplers, a UAV having UAV couplers and a second location, and a controller to, in response to obtaining a request to direct the land vehicle to move from the first location to a third location, invoke the UAV to move to the third location, and in response to the land vehicle and the UAV arriving at the third location, invoke the UAV to couple to the transit pod to facilitate transport of the transit pod from the third location to a fourth location by coupling the UAV couplers to the second stacking couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Kenneth H. Griess, Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter
  • Patent number: 11415992
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing sensor data associated with an environment of the vehicle; identifying agents in the environment based on the sensor data; determining a probability distribution indicative of whether a preliminary trajectory of each of the agents intersects a potential travel space of the vehicle; generating a prioritization of the agents based on the probability distribution; allocating an amount of computing resources of the vehicle for analyzing each of one or more of the agents based on the prioritization and characteristics of the respective one or more agents; and predicting a trajectory of one or more of the agents according to the allocated computing resources. An accuracy of the prediction is proportional to the amount of allocated computing resources. The method also includes determining, based on the analysis of the agents, one or more operations for the vehicle to perform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Woven Planet North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy Omari, Ana Sofia Rufino Ferreira
  • Patent number: 11405786
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that include systems and methods performed by vehicle-to-everything (V2X) system participant to determine whether a misbehavior condition may have occurred based on the generation and/or receipt of a V2X message. The detection of a misbehavior condition may occur if the V2X message is generated and/or received too frequently or not frequently enough. In addition, a misbehavior condition may be detected if the generated and/or received V2X message does include the appropriate security credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Monteuuis, Jonathan Petit, William Whyte, Mohammad Raashid Ansari, Cong Chen
  • Patent number: 11403590
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems of route planning for package pickup and delivery includes: receiving predetermined locations in a geographic region and data representing a predetermined route connecting the predetermined locations; determining unit areas in the geographic region based on sequential nearness of the predetermined locations along the predetermined route, the unit areas including a first unit area and a second unit area, and the unit areas being configured such that all locations in the first unit area are to be visited before visiting locations of the second unit area; generating delivery patterns for determining a route connecting at least one of the unit areas, each delivery pattern including at least one of the unit areas associated with a visiting sequence; when receiving task data including target locations to visit, determining a target route using the delivery patterns and the target data; and sending the target route to a mobile apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Coupang Corp.
    Inventors: Wenting Mo, Yuanyuan Cen
  • Patent number: 11402834
    Abstract: Provided are a method for drawing a map of a specific area, a robot and an electronic device that implement such a method. According to the present disclosure, the method, the robot, and the electronic device improve quality of the drawn map by moving the robot so that loop closing is performed many times when the map is drawn. To this end, an accumulated moving distance from a first position and a second position of the robot moving in the specific area is measured, and when the loop closing is not performed at the second position, whether the loop closing is required at the second position is determined based on the measured accumulated moving distance and information on matching of feature points at the second position, and a movement of the robot is controlled based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sookhyun Yang, Gyuho Eoh, Joongtae Park, Jungsik Kim, Dong Ki Noh
  • Patent number: 11397440
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to a vehicle control system, an external electronic control unit, a vehicle control method, and an application, and more particularly, to a vehicle communication system installed in a vehicle and an external electronic control unit capable of performing vehicle control by transmitting, to the vehicle communication system, a vehicle control signal for controlling behavior of the vehicle on the basis of vehicle information received from the vehicle communication system. According to exemplary embodiments, it is possible to easily add or update a vehicle control function, to perform precise vehicle control, and also to perform autonomous traveling control with a user's terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Mando Mobility Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Soon Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 11398001
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system for transporting products that includes at least one picking robot including at least one robot processor, and at least one order-processing device including at least one order-processing processor in data communication with the at least one robot processor. At least one of the order-processing processor and the robot processor is configured to receive at least one order including at least one product to be picked, generate at least one picking itinerary based upon the at least one order and warehouse information, generate at least one travel path for the at least one robot based upon the picking itinerary, and direct the robot along the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Tulip.IO Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Asaria, Jeffery Woods
  • Patent number: 11392120
    Abstract: Among other things, planning a motion of a machine having moving capabilities is based on strategic guidelines derived from various basic principles, such as laws, ethics, preferences, driving experiences, and road environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Andrea Censi, Emilio Frazzoli, Hsun-Hsien Chang, Kostyantyn Slutskyy, Scott D. Pendleton