Modification Or Correction Of Route Information Patents (Class 701/26)
  • Patent number: 10845209
    Abstract: An on-board computing system for a vehicle is configured to generate and selectively present a set of autonomous-switching directions within a navigation user interface for the operator of the vehicle. The autonomous-switching directions can inform the operator regarding changes to the vehicle's mode of autonomous operation. The on-board computing system can generate the set of autonomy-switching directions based on the vehicle's route and other information associated with the route, such as autonomous operation permissions (AOPs) for route segments that comprise the route. The on-board computing device can selectively present the autonomy-switching directions based on locations associated with anticipated changes in autonomous operations determined for the route of the vehicle, the vehicle's location, and the vehicle's speed. In addition, the on-board computing device is further configured to present audio alerts associated with the autonomy-switching directions to the operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Logan Rockmore, Molly Nix
  • Patent number: 10820494
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating a three-dimensional geographical map of a lawn using a mower equipped with sensors for monitoring geographic location, pitch and roll, comprising the steps of: periodically acquiring position, pitch and roll data as the lawn is mowed; transmitting the geographic location, pitch and roll data to a computer processor; and processing the geographic location, pitch and roll data to generate the map. The method is useful for enhancing mowing efficiency and managing the activities of a fleet of mower units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alyn G. Brown, David H. Dunten
  • Patent number: 10816982
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for a vehicle includes: a communication unit configured to receive vehicle-to-everything (V2X) information, the V2X information including position data; and a control unit configured to generate a control signal associated with driving of the vehicle based on the V2X information. The control unit generates the control signal associated with driving of the vehicle by: determining an expected driving route of the vehicle; based on the determination of the expected driving route of the vehicle, determining a region of interest; and based on the determination of the region of interest, selectively receiving first V2X information associated with the region of interest by: transmitting, through the communication unit, a request for transmission of the first V2X information associated with the region of interest to communication-enabled devices; and receiving, through the communication unit, the first V2X information transmitted by the communication-enabled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hansung Lee, Jaesaek Oh, Junyoung Yu
  • Patent number: 10814872
    Abstract: A trajectory of a motor vehicle relative to a vehicle-external reference system is determined during a movement of the motor vehicle along a track of the motor vehicle. The determined trajectory of the motor vehicle is transmitted to a vehicle-external central track information collection device, and track information is determined based on the transmitted trajectory by the track information collection device and provided to at least one additional motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Nikoletta Sofra, Artur Burczyk, Simon Rührschneck
  • Patent number: 10759599
    Abstract: An example system includes a robotic device deployed in a warehouse environment including a plurality of inventory items. The system also includes a camera coupled to the robotic device, configured to capture image data. The system also includes a computing system configured to receive the captured image data. The computing system is configured to, based on the received image data, generate a navigation instruction for navigation of the robotic device. The computing system is also configured to analyze the received image data to detect one or more on-item visual identifiers corresponding to one or more inventory items. The computing system is further configured to, for each detected visual identifier, (i) determine a warehouse location of the corresponding inventory item, (ii) compare the determined warehouse location to an expected location, and (iii) initiate an action based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hance, Daniel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10732627
    Abstract: In a network of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, an alert may be triggered when one of the vehicles switches from autonomous to manual mode. The alert may be communicated to nearby autonomous vehicles so that drivers of those vehicles may become aware of a potentially unpredictable manual driver nearby. Drivers of autonomous vehicles who may have become disengaged (e.g., sleeping, reading, talking, etc.) during autonomous driving may become re-engaged upon noticing the alert. A re-engaged driver may choose to switch his/her own vehicle from autonomous to manual mode in order to appropriately react to an unpredictable nearby manual driver. In additional or alternative embodiments, the alert may be triggered or intensified when indications of impairment of a nearby driver or malfunction of a nearby vehicle are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Steve Roberson, Brian Mark Fields
  • Patent number: 10724872
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a vehicle navigation projection system and a method thereof. In an embodiment, a projection device disposed on the top of vehicle interior receives and analyzes a current image in front of a driver's seat of vehicle, to obtain a contour of a street in the current image, generate an indication icon based on the contour of the street and a navigation signal, and project the indication icon on a projection glass served as windshield of the vehicle. The indication icon is superimposed on the street position in the current image and transparency of the projection glass can be adjusted according to light intensity of environment. Thus, the vehicle navigation projection system enables the different drivers to see the indication icon with the navigation function in any lighting environment, and achieves effect of providing the driver with the indication icon having the sense of augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chaucer Chiu
  • Patent number: 10717442
    Abstract: A method for determining a presently existing driving situation in which a vehicle finds itself at the moment. The method includes receiving of driving-environment data based on a sensed vehicle driving environment, extracting of features from the driving-environment data with the aid of pattern recognition, classifying the presently existing driving situation based exclusively on the features extracted by the pattern recognition, and providing a result of the classification. A corresponding apparatus, a corresponding system as well as a computer program, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Schroeder, Oliver Pink
  • Patent number: 10698410
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing information about a vehicle dispatched to pick up the user. In one example, a request for the vehicle to stop at a particular location is sent. In response, information identifying a current location of the vehicle is received. A map is generated. The map includes a first marker identifying the received location of the vehicle, a second marker identifying the particular location, and a shape defining an area around the second marker at which the vehicle may stop. The shape has an edge at least a minimum distance greater than zero from the second area. A route is displayed on the map between the first marker and the shape such that the route ends at the shape and does not reach the second marker. Progress of the vehicle towards the area along the route is displayed based on received updated location information for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer Arden, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Min Li Chan, Renaud-Roland Hubert
  • Patent number: 10698106
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an obstacle detecting method and apparatus, a device and a storage medium, wherein the method comprises: obtaining a 3D point cloud collected by a driverless vehicle during travel; determining a set of vertexes and a set of edges respectively according to the obtained 3D point cloud; clustering vertexes in the set of vertexes according to the set of edges to obtain a smallest generated tree as an obstacle detection result. The solutions of the present disclosure can be applied to reduce workload and improve the accuracy of detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongming Chen, He Yan, Hao Wang, Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 10688991
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In various embodiments, a method of path planning for a vehicle includes receiving sensor data relating to an environment associated with the vehicle; defining a region of interest for the vehicle, based on the sensor data; defining a graph comprising a plurality of nodes, each of the plurality of nodes comprising a state of the vehicle and an associated cost, based on a cost function as applied to the state of the vehicle, at one of a plurality of points in time; and performing, via a processor, a search of the graph, based on the associated costs of each node of the graph, to determine a selected path for the vehicle through the region of interest that minimizes a total cost via the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric Lujan, Benjamin Weinstein-Raun, Drew Gross
  • Patent number: 10688994
    Abstract: In a vehicle control apparatus, a preceding vehicle ahead of an own vehicle is detected. A movement trajectory of a target preceding vehicle is acquired. Based on the movement trajectory of the target preceding vehicle, a target route on which the own vehicle is to travel is set. Travelling control of the own vehicle is performed so as to follow the target preceding vehicle on the target route. An obstacle ahead of the own vehicle is detected. The target route is changed so as to extend a separation distance between the detected obstacle and a parallel portion of the target route that is parallel to the obstacle, based on a separation distance between the obstacle and a parallel portion of the movement trajectory of the target preceding vehicle that is parallel to the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Habu
  • Patent number: 10691130
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides autonomous vehicle systems and methods that include or otherwise leverage a motion planning system that solves gridlock as part of determining a motion plan for an autonomous vehicle (AV). In particular, a scenario generator within a motion planning system can determine one or more keep clear areas associated with the lane sequence, each keep clear area indicative of a region along the nominal path in which gridlock prevention is desired. A gridlock constraint can be generated for each of the one or more keep clear areas, each constraint being defined as a constraint area in a multi-dimensional space. A low-cost trajectory path can be determined through a portion of the multi-dimensional space that minimizes exposure to the constraint areas and that is consistent with all constraints generated for the one or more objects of interest and the one or more keep clear areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lee Phillips, Somchaya Liemhetcharat
  • Patent number: 10678264
    Abstract: A virtualized environment corresponding to a physical environment currently surrounding a robot is displayed. The virtualized environment is updated in accordance with streaming environment data received from sensors collocated with the robot. A first user input inserting a first virtual object at a first location in the virtualized environment is detected. The virtualized environment is modified in accordance with the insertion of the first virtual object at the first location. The first virtual object at the first location causes the robot to execute a first navigation path in the physical environment. A second user input is detected that moves the first virtual object along a movement path to a second location in the virtualized environment. The movement path is constrained by simulated surfaces in the virtualized environment, and the first virtual object at the second location causes the robot to execute a modified navigation path in the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuan Tian, Suresh Mani
  • Patent number: 10671874
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to generating a model for an object encountered by a robot in its environment, where the object is one that the robot is unable to recognize utilizing existing models associated with the robot. The model is generated based on vision sensor data that captures the object from multiple vantages and that is captured by a vision sensor associated with the robot, such as a vision sensor coupled to the robot. The model may be provided for use by the robot in detecting the object and/or for use in estimating the pose of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Konolige, Nareshkumar Rajkumar, Stefan Hinterstoisser
  • Patent number: 10671095
    Abstract: A method of migrating unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations between geographic survey areas, including: uploading a first plurality of flight missions into a first UAV pod; deploying the UAV pod; autonomously launching the UAV from the UAV pod a plurality of times to perform the first plurality of flight missions; providing first survey data from the UAV to the UAV pod; autonomously migrating the UAV from the first UAV pod to a second UAV pod; receiving a second plurality of flight missions in a second UAV pod; providing the UAV with one of the second plurality of flight missions from the second UAV pod; autonomously launching the UAV from the second UAV pod a plurality of times to perform the second plurality of flight missions; and providing a second survey data from the UAV to the second UAV pod; where the autonomous migrating of the UAV to accomplish the first and second survey data happens autonomously and without active human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Eugene Fisher, Jason Sidharthadev Mukherjee, William Arden Lott, Eric James Aagaard
  • Patent number: 10663963
    Abstract: An approach is provided for visualizing future events to a passenger of a vehicle. The approach involves collecting sensor data, contextual data, or a combination thereof during an operation of a vehicle. The approach also involves processing the sensor data, the contextual data, or a combination thereof to predict a future event that is expected to occur proximate to the vehicle. The approach further involves generating a simulation of the future event. The approach further involves presenting the simulation in a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Marko Tuukkanen, Jerome Beaurepaire
  • Patent number: 10640943
    Abstract: A method includes receiving first information indicative of a location of a perimeter of a worksite surface, and receiving second information indicative of compaction requirements specific to the worksite surface. The method also includes generating a compaction plan based at least partly on the first and second information. Such a compaction plan includes a travel path for a compaction machine. In such a method, the travel path is substantially within the perimeter of the worksite surface. The method also includes causing at least part of the travel path to be displayed via a control interface of the compaction machine. The method further includes receiving an input indicative of approval of the travel path, and controlling operation of the compaction machine on the worksite surface, in accordance with the compaction plan, based at least partly on receiving the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Marsolek, Jacob J. McAlpine, Robert J. McGee, Timothy M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10620626
    Abstract: A method for human-arbitrated conflict resolution within autonomous vehicle control system is provided herein. Autonomous operation and capabilities of an unmanned vehicle, such as an urban delivery vehicle, are improved by incorporating an onboard programmable decision unit that operates in an essentially autonomous fashion under normal operating conditions. When dynamic, changing, or unexpected conditions are encountered within the vehicle's environment, an on-board decision making unit decides how to best overcome any problems should they arise. A human operator may interact with the vehicle to resolve a conflict if an intervention delta is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Nova Dynamics, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10585436
    Abstract: Disclosed subject matter relates to a field of telematics that performs a method for generating reference navigation path in real-time for safe navigation of vehicle. A path generation system associated with the vehicle may receive a pre-generated navigation path, between source point and destination point. Further, the path generation system may identify a plurality of values corresponding to current condition of the vehicle, for a selected segment while the vehicle is navigating along the pre-generated navigation path. Further, an angular shift of the vehicle is determined based on the current condition of the vehicle and a reference navigation path is generated for the selected segment based on the angular shift. The present disclosure eliminates need for continuous monitoring and steering angle adjustment to align the vehicle with the pre-generated navigation path, thereby reducing power consumption by the vehicle and also minimizing jerks experienced by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Balaji Sunil Kumar, Manas Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10576986
    Abstract: Embodiments include apparatuses, methods, and systems for computer assisted or autonomous driving (CA/AD). An apparatus for CA/AD may include a sensor interface, a communication interface, and a driving strategy unit. The sensor interface may receive sensor data indicative of friction between a road surface of a current location of a CA/AD vehicle and one or more surfaces of one or more tires of the CA/AD vehicle. The communication interface may receive, from an external road surface condition data source, data indicative of friction for a surface of a road section ahead of the current location of the CA/AD vehicle. The driving strategy unit may determine, based at least in part on the sensor data and the data received from the external road surface condition data source, a driving strategy for the CA/AD vehicle beyond the current location of the CA/AD vehicle. Other embodiments may also be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Nishi, David Pidwerbecki, David Browning, Mark Angus MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10578443
    Abstract: A method for manually or semi-manually re-mapping an urban environment during delivery operations by an autonomous vehicle is provided herein. In an embodiment of the invention, an autonomous delivery vehicle performs delivery operations within an urban environment. The urban environment can comprise a city or a portion of a city such as a neighborhood. The autonomous vehicle traverses along a previously mapped and scanned route that has been determined to be safe and traversable for the delivery vehicle. As it traverses the route, the delivery vehicle scans the route again using the same sensors that were used to scan the route initially. If a sensor delta is exceeded, the vehicle may execute any one or combination of notifying an operator, deciding, choosing a different route, continuing, or executing a contingency plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Nova Dynamics, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10569788
    Abstract: An automatic driving control apparatus includes a controller. Upon execution of automatic driving control, the controller determines, on the basis of positioning and map information, presence of a tollgate within a predetermined distance from a vehicle. The controller makes a transition to a tollgate passing mode, on a condition that the presence of the tollgate is determined within the predetermined distance and an increase in width of the road is recognized on the basis of the recognition of the outside environment. The controller causes the vehicle to approach the tollgate, on the basis of one or both of the map information and position information of an object recognized on the basis of the recognition of the outside environment, in a first period of time during which the tollgate passing mode is set and a position of the tollgate is unrecognizable on the basis of the recognition of the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiyuki Abe, Masatoshi Hoshina, Yasuhiro Sekijima, Keisuke Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 10518770
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can implement a primary motion planner to continuously determine an first motion plan for the AV, and a secondary motion planner to continuously determine a backup motion plan for the AV. The secondary motion planner can comprise one or more cost metrics that act to diverge the backup motion plan from the first motion plan. A control system of the AV may then analyze a live sensor view generated by a sensor suite of the AV to operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the AV along sequential route trajectories selected between the first motion plan and the backup motion plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Kroop, Matthew Way, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10518973
    Abstract: An example system includes a robotic device deployed in a warehouse environment including a plurality of inventory items. The system also includes a camera coupled to the robotic device, configured to capture image data. The system also includes a computing system configured to receive the captured image data. The computing system is configured to, based on the received image data, generate a navigation instruction for navigation of the robotic device. The computing system is also configured to analyze the received image data to detect one or more on-item visual identifiers corresponding to one or more inventory items. The computing system is further configured to, for each detected visual identifier, (i) determine a warehouse location of the corresponding inventory item, (ii) compare the determined warehouse location to an expected location, and (iii) initiate an action based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Hance, Daniel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10520942
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle control system. The system includes a first autonomous vehicle control center at a first location, and a second autonomous vehicle control center at a second location. The system also includes a controller configured to receive a first data input from the first autonomous vehicle control center and indicative of a first characteristic of the first autonomous vehicle control center, to receive a second data input from the second autonomous vehicle control center and indicative of a second characteristic of the second autonomous vehicle control center, and to receive a third data input indicative of an autonomous vehicle transport request or an autonomous vehicle storage request. The controller is also configured to select the first autonomous vehicle control center or the second autonomous vehicle control center based at least in part on the first data input, the second data input, and the third data input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory A. Matheson
  • Patent number: 10509400
    Abstract: A control system for an autonomous driving vehicle is provided with a notification device 10 for giving notification to a driver and an electronic control unit 20. Autonomous driving is performed and an autonomous driving reliability value expressing a degree of reliability of autonomous driving is calculated during autonomous driving. If the autonomous driving reliability value is equal to or smaller than a predetermined preparation request value, the notification device is controlled to notify a request for preparing for manual driving to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Sato, Yuma Kawamori, Keiko Tosaki
  • Patent number: 10479377
    Abstract: A drive assistance system includes an onboard device that is mounted on a vehicle performing automatic driving based on sensing information detected by a sensor of the vehicle, and a center that communicates with the onboard device. The onboard device includes a sensing information acquisition portion that acquires the sensing information. Either the onboard device or the center includes an evaluation portion that evaluates a detection performance of the sensor based on the sensing information. The center includes a region specification portion that specifies a decrease region where the detection performance of the sensor decreases, the decrease region specified by the detection performance, based on the sensing information, and the decrease region specified by a position at which the sensing information has been detected. The onboard device stops the automatic driving when the vehicle is located in the decrease region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kentarou Nishida
  • Patent number: 10476963
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tandem parking are provided. A vehicle includes a camera that obtains an image of a second vehicle parked in tandem with the first vehicle. The vehicle also includes a processor that extracts a vehicle identifier of the second vehicle from the image. The vehicle further includes a wireless modem that sends, from the vehicle, a notification request for the second vehicle including the vehicle identifier. A method of notification includes scanning, by the camera mounted in the first vehicle, a vehicle identifier from a second vehicle parked in tandem with the first vehicle. The method further includes transmitting, by the wireless modem operably connected to the camera, a notification request for the second vehicle including the vehicle identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Alvin T Yuan
  • Patent number: 10474144
    Abstract: An adaptive situational awareness, decision support, and automated response system operable to receive sensor data or situational awareness data for a region of interest along or in advance of a path of travel of a vehicle obtained from at least a mobile reconnaissance sensor platform and select/execute one or more response programming or plans to operate one or more vehicle equipment items, e.g., a remote interaction, control or jamming system, from a stored database, manual inputs, or a distributive network based on matching of plans/programs with at least one of the sensor outputs or situational awareness data is provided. Apparatus and methods are also provided that enable an exemplary system to obtain data associated with an area surrounding the vehicle and provide this data to other system, subsystems, and personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Garry Wieneke
  • Patent number: 10459440
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for remotely assisting an autonomous vehicle. The method includes: aggregating sensor data from the autonomous vehicle; identifying an assistance-desired scenario; generating an assistance request based on the sensor data; transmitting the assistance request to a remote assistance interface; and receiving and processing a response to the assistance request. The remote assistance interface includes a remote assistance interface that is used in generating the response to the assistance request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ian Rust, Kyle Vogt, Solomon Bier, Drew Allyn Gross
  • Patent number: 10460181
    Abstract: In order to process sensor data for a driver assistance system oriented towards the driver's comfort, sensor data that is sensed by a sensor device and describes objects is preprocessed such that a distinction is made between a driving zone and a non-driving zone, where the driving zone is designated as an object driving zone. The object driving zone is delimited by a boundary line. Since the sensor data is processed for a comfort-oriented driver assistance system, it does not have to describe the entire theoretical driving zone. Rather, the boundary line is used to delimit the driving zone within which the vehicle can normally be expected to drive. Based thereon, it is easy to determine an appropriate boundary line and significantly reduce the volume of data to be transmitted from the sensor device to a central control device of the comfort-oriented driver assistance system in order to describe the sensed objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christoph Mayser
  • Patent number: 10459453
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles are capable of executing missions that abide by on-street rules or regulations, while also being able to seamlessly transition to and from “zones,” including off-street zones, with their our set(s) of rules or regulations. An on-board memory stores roadgraph information. An on-board computer is operative to execute commanded driving missions using the roadgraph information, including missions with one or more zones, each zone being defined by a sub-roadgraph with its own set of zone-specific driving rules and parameters. A mission may be coordinated with one or more payload operations, including zone with “free drive paths” as in a warehouse facility with loading and unloading zones to pick up payloads and place them down, or zone staging or entry points to one or more points of payload acquisition or placement. The vehicle may be a warehousing vehicle such as a forklift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe
  • Patent number: 10435021
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a lane determining unit which, in the event there is a branching path or a merging path in a planned travel route of a host vehicle, is adapted to determine whether or not a lane in which the host vehicle is traveling differs from a lane in which the branching path or the merging path exists, and a lane change instructing unit which, in the event it is determined by the lane determining unit that the lane in which the host vehicle is traveling differs from the lane in which the branching path or the merging path exists, is adapted to set a route so that the host vehicle automatically performs a lane change into the lane in which the branching path or the merging path exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ibuka, Jun Tanaka, Takuyuki Mukai, Shigehiro Honda, Riho Harada
  • Patent number: 10437250
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, whereby the vehicle, parked at a parking position in a parking facility, is guided autonomously from the parking position to a loading station and parked autonomously at the loading station, so that the vehicle can be loaded at the loading station. Also described is a related vehicle and computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Mielenz, Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10427676
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving vehicle state data, high-definition map data, and vehicle object environment data, generating a trajectory path that is optimal with respect to the received data, determining whether to update the trajectory path using Bézier curves based on the received data, performing an assessment of the trajectory using properties of Bézier curves, and generating an updated trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sayyed Rouhollah Jafari Tafti, Syed B. Mehdi, Praveen Palanisamy
  • Patent number: 10425576
    Abstract: A drone including a flying unit configured to generate a lift force for flying; a communication unit configured to receive sensing data obtained in a mobile terminal from the mobile terminal; a camera configured to capture a specific object; and a controller configured to recognize at least one of a movement change of the specific object and a status change of the specific object based on the received sensing data, change a capturing composition of the specific object based on the recognized at least one of the movement change and the status change, and capture the specific object via the camera based on the changed capturing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minjae Kim, Hokyun Kang
  • Patent number: 10409287
    Abstract: A display module and method are disclosed to show the positional relationship of both the direction and distance of a vehicle relative to a desired approach course leading to a loading point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu America Corp.
    Inventor: David J. Scott
  • Patent number: 10409292
    Abstract: A method for controlling the movement of an autonomous mobile robot includes acquiring information regarding a person present around the autonomous mobile robot, calculating a visible range in which the autonomous mobile robot is visible to the eyes of the person on the basis of the acquired information regarding the person, and determining a movement range in which the autonomous mobile robot is movable on the basis of the calculated visible range, and causing the autonomous mobile robot to move within the determined movement range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryota Fujimura, Kazuki Funase, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10394244
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safe path planning method including a process of using a grid map and a congestion map, and a process of planning a path of a mobile robot using a cost function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jae Bok Song, Min Kuk Jung
  • Patent number: 10384684
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a storage unit; and a control unit configured to acquire the locations of the plurality of autonomous driving vehicles on the map and the difficulty state information from the vehicles through communication, totalize the number of reports on the difficulty state information for each of levels of difficulty in each of traveling sections based on the vehicles locations and difficulty state information stored in the storage unit, determine whether the totalized number is equal to or more than a threshold value for each of the levels of difficulty and determine a traveling section, where at least one of the numbers of reports is equal to or more than the threshold value, as an autonomous driving difficult section, distribute to the vehicles the autonomous driving difficult section, and determine the autonomous driving difficult section with a smaller threshold value as the level of difficulty is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyohiro Sogen
  • Patent number: 10387823
    Abstract: Method and system are provided for automated partitioning of transportation routing problems. The method includes: determining a threshold number of shipments per partition; selecting a geographic center; mapping delivery and/or pickup sites at geographic locations; scanning radially around the geographic center to determine the sparsest or densest region of sites and selecting a starting point in this region; and progressing from the starting point radially around the geographic center aggregating sites into partitions with a maximum of the threshold number of shipments in a partition. The method may include: solving each partitioned instance of a problem to generate one or more optimized routes; and creating a union of all the instances solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amelie Hocquette, Viu-Long Kong, Stephane Michel
  • Patent number: 10372132
    Abstract: Signals usable to determine a path of a vehicle towards a particular stopping point in a vicinity of a destination are detected from an individual authorized to provide guidance with respect to movements of the vehicle. Based at least in part on the signals and a data set pertaining to the external environment of the vehicle, one or more vehicular movements to be implemented to proceed along the path are identified. A directive is transmitted to a motion control subsystem of the vehicle to initiate one of the vehicular movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Herz, Sawyer I. Cohen, Samuel B. Gooch, Wolf Kienzle, Karlin Y. Bark, Jack J. Wanderman
  • Patent number: 10365110
    Abstract: A method for determining a path of an object for moving from a starting node representing a starting state to an end state includes a) determining a plurality of child nodes to a parent node, b) checking whether transitions from the parent node to each of the child nodes are free of obstacles and excluding partial paths that are not free of obstacles, c) computing a cost value for each of the non-excluded partial paths, d) adding the computed cost value to a cost value from the starting node to the parent node, e) adding an estimated or expected cost value for a partial path from each of the child nodes to an end node representing an end state, f) determining a lowest overall cost value and selecting a new parent node, and g) repeatedly performing steps a)-f) until at least one termination condition is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Francesco Alesiani
  • Patent number: 10363960
    Abstract: A maneuvering process of a motor vehicle is assisted in at least partially automated fashion from a present position into a target position. A multiplicity of possible trajectories from the present position into the target position are determined. One of said trajectories is defined as the trajectory to be followed by the vehicle during the maneuvering process on the basis of a predefined criterion. The definition is performed repeatedly during the execution of the maneuvering process, with the trajectory to be followed being updated in each case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10351139
    Abstract: A system and method for planning activities for a driver of a vehicle, where a scheduled route is planned for the vehicle, include an assignment unit configured for assigning a pilot assisted driving mode to a first part of the scheduled route and assigning an autonomous driving mode a second part of the scheduled route, the assignment of the driving mode determined based on a first parameter. An interface is configured for indicating the first and second parts of the scheduled route to the driver, and a proposal unit is configured for, upon execution of the assigned driving mode in the vehicle, proposing a first activity to the driver for the first part of the scheduled route and a second activity for the second part of the scheduled route, the proposal of an activity determined based a second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Claus Christensen, Christian Hedegaard, Thomas Bove
  • Patent number: 10351147
    Abstract: A system includes a controller in a vehicle in communication with sensors supported on pedals of the vehicle. The controller includes instructions for determining a user intention based on a detected movement of a foot of the user. Upon determination that the user intention is to take over control the vehicle, the controller sets a control mode of the vehicle to a manual control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10332396
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modification of autonomous vehicle operation in association with emergency events are disclosed. According to aspects, a computing device may detect the occurrence of an emergency event and may determine a current operation of an autonomous vehicle as well as a planned operation of an emergency vehicle. The computing device may determine a modification to the operation of the autonomous vehicle, where the modification may direct the autonomous vehicle to operate in a way that enables the emergency vehicle to more effectively or efficiently address or handle the emergency event. The computing device may generate a set of instructions for the autonomous vehicle to execute to cause the autonomous vehicle to undertake the operation modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott T. Christensen, Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10324636
    Abstract: A fail-operational control system includes a migrating controller having a non-volatile memory, a RAM, and a CPU. The migrating controller includes software code stored in the non-volatile memory of the migrating controller. The software code stored in the non-volatile memory of the migrating controller executed by the CPU of the migrating controller is dedicated to a respective system. The respective system is not under the control of a primary controller from another system. In response to an enablement of a system operation of the primary controller of another system that requires a backup controller during execution of the system operation, fail-operational software code stored in the non-volatile memory of the primary controller of the other system is transferred to the RAM of the migrating controller. The migrating controller temporarily functions as a backup controller during the execution of the system operation in the primary controller of the other system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventor: Soheil Samii
  • Patent number: 10309935
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving, among other things, the commission and maintenance checks of material handling equipment are described. In an example, sensor data may be generated based on movement of test equipment by a material handling equipment along a path between locations of a facility. The path may be associated with movement of an item by the material handling equipment. The sensor data may be associated with different conditions along the path. The test may include a plurality of sensors configured to generate the sensor data. Based on the sensor data, an indication of a location along the path and a condition may be provided. The condition may be associated with the location along the path and may affect movement of the item at the location. The indication may be provided to a user equipment that is remote from the test equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raashid Mohammed, Kevin Keck, David Bruce McCalib, Jr.