Artificial Intelligence (e.g., Fuzzy Logic) Patents (Class 701/27)
  • Patent number: 10299205
    Abstract: Apparatus, device, methods and system relating to a vehicular telemetry environment for the for identifying in real time unpredictable network communication faults based upon pre-processed raw telematics big data logs that may include GPS data and an indication of vehicle status data, and supplemental data that may further include location data and network data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Daniel Michael Dodgson, Yi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10276043
    Abstract: A method includes approaching, with a vehicle, first stretch of road having a reference target. Next, data is obtained regarding the first stretch of road from both an onboard vehicle sensor and an infrastructure signal provided about the reference target. The information from the vehicle sensor is compared to the information from the infrastructure signal. Finally, the vehicle sensor is calibrated based on the infrastructure signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Vijaya Kumar, Hariharan Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10254759
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for implementing an interactive autonomous vehicle agent. One of the methods includes receiving a request to generate an experience tuple for a vehicle in a particular driving context. A predicted environment observation representing a predicted environment of the autonomous vehicle after the candidate action is taken by the autonomous vehicle in an initial environment is generated, including providing an initial environment observation and the candidate action as input to a vehicle behavior model neural network trained to generate predicted environment observations. An immediate quality value is generated from a context-specific quality model that generates immediate quality values that are specific to the particular driving context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandra Faust, Matthieu Devin, Yu-hsin Joyce Chen, Franklin Morley, Vadim Furman, Carlos Alberto Fuertes Pascual
  • Patent number: 10136392
    Abstract: Apparatus, device, methods and system relating to a vehicular telemetry environment for identifying in real time unpredictable network communication faults based upon pre-processed raw telematics big data logs that may include GPS data and an indication of vehicle status data, and supplemental data that may further include location data and network data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Daniel Michael Dodgson, Yi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10127096
    Abstract: Apparatus, device, methods and system relating to a vehicular telemetry environment for identifying in real time unpredictable network communication faults based upon pre-processed raw telematics big data logs that may include GPS data and an indication of vehicle status data, and supplemental data that may further include location data and network data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Daniel Michael Dodgson, Yi Zhao
  • Patent number: 9862379
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus includes a parking switch for instructing an execution or a release of a parking assist function, a sensor for searching a parking slot, and a controller for searching the parking slot using the sensor when the parking switch is turned on, entering a vehicle speed control mode to check an interface operation by a driver, controlling vehicle speed according to the interface operation, and performing a parking assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Chan Hee Jung, Wan Seok Yang
  • Patent number: 9719801
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for calibrating sensors using road map data are provided. An autonomous vehicle may use various vehicle sensors to assist in navigation. Within examples, the autonomous vehicle may calibrate vehicle sensors through performing a comparison or analysis between information about the environment received by sensors with similar information provided by map data (e.g., a road map). The autonomous vehicle may compare object locations as provided by the sensors and as shown by map data. Based on the comparison, the autonomous vehicle may adjust various sensors to accurately reflect the information as provided by the road map. In some instances, the autonomous vehicle may adjust the position, height, orientation, direction-of-focus, scaling, or other parameters of a sensor based on the information provided by a road map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Dave Ferguson, Dorel Ionut Iordache
  • Patent number: 9557737
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes a processing system that receives input values that indicate attributes of an object within a threshold distance of the autonomous vehicle and variance values indicating uncertainty associated with the input values. The processing system also provides a plurality of outcomes that are associated with combinations of split decisions. A given split decision indicates whether a particular input value is above or below a threshold value associated with the given split decision. The processing system further determines (i) a probability that the particular input value is above a threshold value and (ii) a probability that the particular input is below the threshold value for a given split decision. Additionally, the processing system determines one or more likelihoods associated with a given outcome. Further, the processing system provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Abhijit Ogale
  • Patent number: 9418558
    Abstract: An Autonomous Collision Avoidance Navigation System comprising navigating a route between a first location and a second location using a route tracking algorithm, detecting an obstacle and the obstacle's bearing, speed, distance, and direction of travel with respect to ownship, determining whether a collision between the ownship and the obstacle is probable, reducing ownship speed when a collision distance is less than a predetermined distance, determining a new heading using fuzzy logic and MCAD, and changing ownship course to the new heading, and to resume the route tracking algorithm when the obstacle is cleared from probably collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Miroslav Stamenkovich, Robert Alexander Greer
  • Patent number: 9318018
    Abstract: A user interface method for a terminal for a vehicle is provided. The terminal obtains position information to detect a point of a road. A road image of a driving direction is obtained, a lanes of the road represented on the obtained road image is recognized, and a point of a road and lane in which the vehicle having the terminal arranged therein is detected. A virtual road image regarding the recognized lanes is generated, and the generated virtual lanes are added to the road image of the driving direction of the vehicle, and displayed. Traffic information for each lane and surrounding information (i.e. lane closure, construction, accident, etc.,) at the detected point of the relevant road are obtained, and the obtained information is displayed for each virtual lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-Kil Park, Chang-Soo Kim, Jun-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 9177481
    Abstract: A method for determining a suitable landing area for an aircraft includes receiving signals indicative of Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) information for a terrain via a LIDAR perception system; receiving signals indicative of image information for the terrain via a camera perception system; evaluating, with the processor, the LIDAR information and generating information indicative of a LIDAR landing zone candidate region; co-registering in a coordinate system, with the processor, the LIDAR landing zone candidate region and the image information; segmenting, with the processor, the co-registered image and the LIDAR landing zone candidate region to generate segmented regions; classifying, with the processor, the segmented regions into semantic classes; determining, with the processor, contextual information in the semantic classes; and ranking and prioritizing the contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hongcheng Wang, Ziyou Xiong, Jason C. Derenick, Christopher Stathis, Igor Cherepinsky
  • Patent number: 9063211
    Abstract: A navigation system and associate methods are described that include a plurality of fixed terrestrial based reference devices that calibrate the system by tracking positional error between the fixed terrestrial based reference devices. A navigation system and associated methods are also described that include a laser positioning system. A navigation system and associated methods are described that include an RF positioning system. In one example, the laser positioning system, and the RF positioning system cross check one another to ensure reliability and accuracy of a position measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Autonomous Tractor Corporation
    Inventors: Terry Anderson, Robert S. Cornelius, Frank Artner
  • Patent number: 9037336
    Abstract: A robot system includes a planar sign, a robot, a distance direction sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to control the robot and includes a map data memory and a progress direction determining device. The map data memory is configured to store map data of a predetermined running path including a position of the planar sign. The progress direction determining device is configured to compare a detection result of the distance direction sensor and the stored map data so as to determine a progress direction of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Dai Kouno, Tamio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9014903
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle configured to determine the heading of an object-of-interest based on a point cloud. An example computer-implemented method involves: (a) receiving spatial-point data indicating a set of spatial points, each spatial point representing a point in three dimensions, where the set of spatial points corresponds to an object-of-interest; (b) determining, for each spatial point, an associated projected point, each projected point representing a point in two dimensions; (c) determining a set of line segments based on the determined projected points, where each respective line segment connects at least two determined projected points; (d) determining an orientation of at least one determined line segment from the set of line segments; and (e) determining a heading of the object-of-interest based on at least the determined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Nathaniel Fairfield
  • Patent number: 9002535
    Abstract: An operator control unit has a user interface that allows a user to identify a mode of display and interaction that narrows the user's options for his next interaction with the user interface. The user interface utilizes portals to transition between environments such as indoors to outdoors, outdoors to indoors, different rooms of a building, and different floors of a building, the portals representing one or more of stairways and doors, and being used in remote vehicle path planning as waypoints that may require execution of predetermined behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Powers, Justin Kearns, Robert Todd Pack, Orjeta Taka, Eben Rauhut, Marshall Vale
  • Patent number: 8989945
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for evaluating capabilities of a system (e.g. an autonomous vehicle) with respect to the performance of a task, the method including: providing a first model corresponding to the task; providing a further model corresponding to the system; providing a plurality of mappings from one model to another model; determining whether there exists a transformation trace either (i) from the first model to the further model, or (ii) from the further model to the first model, wherein each transformation trace includes one or more of the specified mappings; and evaluating the capabilities of the system with respect to the task dependent upon the existence of the transformation trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bae Systems PLC
    Inventor: Glenn Michael Callow
  • Patent number: 8983679
    Abstract: A movement trajectory generator 1 that generates a movement trajectory of a vehicle is provided, which includes traveling environment recognition means 10, 11, and 21 for recognizing a traveling environment, movement strategy generation means 22 for generating movement strategies for positioning in a road area according to the traveling environment that is recognized by the traveling environment recognition means, presenting means 12, 23, and 27 for presenting a passenger setting information of the movement strategies, setting means 12 and 28 for receiving an operation for the passenger to set the movement strategies based on the setting information of the movement strategies presented by the presenting means, and movement trajectory generation means 29 for generating the movement trajectory based on the movement strategies set by the setting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Kitahama, Shinya Kawamata, Toshiyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8948956
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile body is configured to flexibly avoid obstacles. The mobile body has a movement mechanism configured to translate in a horizontal plane and rotate around a vertical axis, and the distance to an obstacle is derived for each directional angle using an obstacle sensor. A translational potential of the mobile body and a rotational potential of the mobile body for avoiding interference with the obstacle are generated, based on the distance from the autonomous mobile body to the obstacle at each directional angle. An amount of control relating to a translational direction and a translational velocity of the mobile body and an amount of control relating to a rotational direction and an angular velocity of the mobile body are generated based on the generated potentials, and the movement mechanism is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Takafumi Suzuki, Toshiki Moriguchi
  • Patent number: 8924218
    Abstract: An automated personal assistance system employing artificial intelligence technology that includes speech recognition and synthesis, situational awareness, pattern and behavioral recognition, and the ability to learn from the environment. Embodiments of the system include environmental and occupant sensors and environmental actuators interfaced to an assistance controller having the artificial intelligence technology incorporated therein to control the environment of the system. An embodiment of the invention is implemented as a vehicle which reacts to voice command for movement and operation of the vehicle and detects objects, obstructions, and distances. This invention provides the ability to monitor for the safety of operation and modify dangerous maneuvers as well as to learn locations in the environment and to automatically find its way to them. The system may also incorporate communication capability to convey patterns of environmental and occupant parameters and to a monitoring center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Greg L. Corpier, Katie J. Boyer
  • Patent number: 8924069
    Abstract: A method and system for control of a first aircraft relative to a second aircraft. A desired location and desired orientation are estimated for the first aircraft, relative to the second aircraft, at a subsequent time, t=t2, subsequent to the present time, t=t1, where the second aircraft continues its present velocity during a subsequent time interval, t1?t?t2, or takes evasive action. Action command sequences are examined, and an optimal sequence is chosen to bring the first aircraft to the desired location and desired orientation relative to the second aircraft at time t=t2. The method applies to control of combat aircraft and/or of aircraft in a congested airspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    Inventors: John T. Kaneshige, Kalmanje S. Krishnakumar
  • Patent number: 8924150
    Abstract: A method to navigate a vehicle utilizing a graphic projection display, includes monitoring a navigation status graphic representing a navigation intent displayed upon the graphic projection display, monitoring a user input indicated to a portion of the graphic projection display, initiating a user-defined navigation command based on the monitored navigation status graphic and the monitored user input, and operating the vehicle in accordance with the user-defined navigation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Omer Tsimhoni, Joseph F. Szczerba, Thomas A. Seder, Dehua Cui
  • Patent number: 8891816
    Abstract: A parse module calibrates an interior space by parsing objects and words out of an image of the scene and comparing each parsed object with a plurality of stored objects. The parse module further selects a parsed object that is differentiated from the stored objects as the first object and stores the first object with a location description. A search module can detect the same objects from the scene and use them to determine the location of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Billingham, Helen Bowyer, Kevin Brown, Edward Jellard, Graham White
  • Patent number: 8880296
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20140316636
    Abstract: A moving robot configured to generate a map of an environment of a territory and allow a user to set a structure of the territory and information on the map used for a location-based service and to use a more intuitively intelligent service is provided. The moving robot includes an operation performer configured to move around a territory and perform a certain operation, a detector configured to collect map building information of the territory, and a controller configured to control the moving robot to move to a set particular area within the territory by referring to the map information of the territory generated based on the collected map building information and control the operation performer to perform the operation with respect to the particular area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon-hyuk HONG, Jung-wook KIM, Nikolay Burlutskiy, Seung-young SHIN
  • Publication number: 20140297093
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes: a first sensor which obtains environmental information on surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle; and a control unit which controls a drive unit based on a self position. The control unit includes: a first estimation unit which calculates a first estimate value indicating an estimated self position, by estimation using a probabilistic method based on the environmental information; and a second estimation unit which calculates a second estimate value indicating an estimated self position, by estimation using a matching method based on the environmental information, and the control unit changes, according to the first estimate value, a second estimate range for the calculating of the second estimate value by the second estimation unit, and controls the drive unit using the second estimate value as the self position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke MURAI, Tatsuo SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20140277901
    Abstract: Methods and devices for using uncertainty regarding observations of traffic intersections to modify behavior of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, an example method includes determining a state of a traffic intersection using information from one or more sensors of a vehicle. The vehicle may be configured to operate in an autonomous mode. The method may also include determining an uncertainty associated with the determined state of the traffic intersection. The method may further include controlling the vehicle in the autonomous mode based on the determined state of the traffic intersection and the determined uncertainty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Nathaniel Fairfield
  • Patent number: 8825391
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to generating elevation maps. More specifically, data points may be collected by a laser moving along a roadway and used to generate an elevation map of the roadway. The collected data points may be projected onto a two dimensional or “2D” grid. The grid may include a plurality of cells, each cell of the grid representing a geolocated second of the roadway. The data points of each cell may be evaluated to identify an elevation for the particular cell. For example, the data points in a particular cell may be filtered in various ways including occlusion, interpolation from neighboring cells, etc. The minimum value of the remaining data points within each cell may then be used as the elevation for the particular cell, and the elevation of a plurality of cells may be used to generate an elevation map of the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Urmson, Andrew Chatham, Hendrik Dahlkamp, Michael Steven Montemerlo, Jiajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8793046
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode can obtain sensor data from one or more sensors observing one or more aspects of an environment of the vehicle. At least one aspect of the environment of the vehicle that is not observed by the one or more sensors could be inferred based on the sensor data. The vehicle could be controlled in the autonomous mode based on the at least one inferred aspect of the environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lombrozo, Eric Teller, Bradley Templeton
  • Publication number: 20140174770
    Abstract: A system for determining a cut location at a work surface includes a position sensor and a controller. The controller stores a final design plane of the work surface and determines an actual profile of the work surface. A plurality of target profiles extending along a path are determined, each corresponding to a cut location. The target profiles are based at least in part upon the cut location, a loading profile, slot parameters, and the actual profile of the work surface. The controller is further configured to determine a lowest cost target profile and the lowest cost target profile defines an optimized cut location. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Mo Wei, Michael Taylor, Thandava K. Edara, Timothy Felty, Matthew Tinker
  • Publication number: 20140129075
    Abstract: A system for controlling a group of vehicles as a whole in which each individual member of the group receives telemetry from other members of the group or from the group as a whole, and makes decisions regarding the setting and/or changing of local operating parameters based on the received telemetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis M. Carleton
  • Patent number: 8682522
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for triaging a plurality of targets with robotic vehicle while the robotic vehicle remains at a first location. The robotic vehicle is in operable communication with a remote command station and includes a processor that is coupled to a first imager. The first imager generates separate images of each one of the plurality of targets while the robotic vehicle remains at the first location. The processor receives target data identifying the plurality of targets from the remote command station, acquires an image of each one of the plurality of targets with the first imager while the robotic vehicle remains at the first location, and transmits each generated image to the remote command station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: Raytheon Company, Planetary Science Institute
    Inventors: Eric M. Palmer, James N. Head, Robin Aileen Yingst, Aladin A. Sayed
  • Patent number: 8682511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of increasing track capacity in an automated vehicle system, the automated vehicle system comprising a network of tracks along which vehicles are adapted to travel, the network comprising at least one merge point at which at least two up stream tracks merge to form a downstream track, at least one diverge point at which one upstream track diverges to form at least two down-stream tracks and a plurality of stations at which passengers may board and/or disembark from the vehicles; wherein the method comprises controlling vehicles so as to cause empty vehicles to travel as at least one sequence of vehicles defined as a platoon; and controlling the empty vehicles of the at least one sequence to travel with a first safety distance between each other, the first safety distance being shorter than a second safety distance between vehicles being at least partially loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventor: Ingmar Andreasson
  • Publication number: 20140081506
    Abstract: A method of commanding a remote vehicle includes executing a command on a controller of the remote vehicle based on a kinodynamic fixed depth motion planning algorithm to use incremental feedback from evaluators to select a best feasible action. The method also includes determining servo commands corresponding to the best feasible action for one or more actuators of a drive system or a manipulation system of the remote vehicle and commanding the one or more actuators of the remote vehicle based on the servo commands. The best feasible action includes actions within a fixed time horizon of several seconds from a current time each time a feasible action is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Todd Pack, Orjeta Taka
  • Patent number: 8676425
    Abstract: A system is provided for processing container-grown plants positioned in a given area. The system includes a processing station positioned in the area for processing the container-grown plants. It also includes one or more autonomous mobile container handling robots configured to: (i) travel to a source location in the area and pick up a container-grown plant, (ii) transport the container-grown plant to the processing station where a process is performed on the container-grown plant, (iii) transport the container-grown plant from the processing station to a destination location in the area, (iv) deposit the container-grown plant at the destination location, and (v) repeat (i) through (iv) for a set of container-grown plants in the source location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Harvest Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Jones, Clara Vu, Paul E. Sandin, Charles M. Grinnell
  • Publication number: 20140032033
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a profound user-mower interaction, which enables the user to teach a robotic lawn mower for improving its visual obstacle detection. The main idea of the invention is that the user can show some typical obstacles from his garden to the mower. This will increases the performance of the visual obstacle detection. In the simplest scenario the user just places the mower in front of an obstacle, and activates the learning mechanism of the classification means (module) of the mower. The increasing use of smart devices such as smart phones or tablets enables also more elaborated learning. For example, the mower can send the input image to the smart device, and the user can provide a detailed annotation of the image. This will drastically improve the learning, because the mower is provided with ground truth information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Nils EINECKE, Mathias FRANZIUS, Heiko WERSING
  • Patent number: 8626395
    Abstract: A method is provided for processing data in an influencing device, whereby the influencing device is connectable to a vehicle control unit and to a data processing unit. If the influencing device receives a first trigger or a second trigger, the first trigger is checked for a valid assignment to a function implemented in the hardware or software. If there is a valid assignment, the assigned function is started. A first address and/or a second address and/or the value are checked for a valid assignment to a first sub-function or a second sub-function. Depending on the called sub-function, the value is checked and/or manipulated and depending on the result of the check, the checked value and/or the manipulated value are sent by the influencing device to the vehicle control unit and/or to the data processing unit and/or stored in the memory of the influencing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: dSPACE GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Dressler
  • Patent number: 8612085
    Abstract: An automated method for autonomous navigation of a maneuverable platform is disclosed. The method includes providing an autonomous navigation system that includes a situation awareness module to receive data from one or more sensors on one or more identifying parameters selected from the group of identifying parameters that includes position, course and speed, relating to the platform and obstacles in the vicinity of the platform. The platform also includes a decision module to choose course and speed for the platform based on the identifying parameters of the obstacles in the vicinity of the platform and the data on the position of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Elbit Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Myriam Flohr, Gilad Steiner, Inon Ben Zur
  • Patent number: 8583329
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8577534
    Abstract: A method and a device are described for scanning the surrounding environment of a vehicle. When the vehicle falls below a first boundary speed a timer is triggered whose state is incremented until the vehicle exceeds a boundary speed, a check of the unobstructed view of the scanning device being carried out upon expiration of the time period recorded by the state of the timer and in which the state of the counter is incremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Dorenkamp, Volker Brichzin, Ulrich Schirm, Maria-Eugenia Garcia Bordes
  • Patent number: 8571745
    Abstract: A method of generating a command for a remote vehicle controller by taking in goals and constraints compiled from behavior inputs and action models, and controlling resources by producing low-level actuator commands that realize goals expressed by the behaviors. The method comprises: executing a command based on a kinodynamic fixed depth motion planning (KFDMP) algorithm to plan paths with longer time horizons and to use incremental feedback from evaluators to select a best feasible course of action; and feeding the selected best feasible course of action as servo commands to a drive system or a manipulation system of the remote vehicle controller. The selected best feasible course of action comprises goal-achieving actions within a fixed time horizon of several seconds from the current time each time a course of action is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Todd Pack, Orjeta Taka
  • Patent number: 8571744
    Abstract: An automated method and system includes an automatic guidance system (AGS) and swath pattern. The AGS steers a vehicle towing a rotary baler in an “S”, or oscillatory pattern around a predetermined approximate centerline of the swath path. The oscillatory pattern may be user defined. By steering the vehicle in an oscillatory pattern referenced to the A-B line, a windrow of crop material may be distributed into an even and optimal bale size and density by the baler. Bale chamber sensors detect an imbalance of crop density and in response, AGS adjusts an interval or amplitude of oscillatory pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Brubaker, Phillip A. Cobb
  • Patent number: 8510034
    Abstract: A steering control method including the steps of obtaining a heading error, obtaining a velocity value, obtaining a distance error, applying the heading error and defuzzifying an output from a steering rule base. The velocity value and the distance error are applied along with the heading error to fuzzy logic membership functions to produce an output that is applied to a steering rule base. An output from the steering rule base is defuzzified to produce a steering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: William R. Norris, Bernard E. Romig, John F. Reid
  • Publication number: 20130131910
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile body is configured to flexibly avoid obstacles. The mobile body has a movement mechanism configured to translate in a horizontal plane and rotate around a vertical axis, and the distance to an obstacle is derived for each directional angle using an obstacle sensor. A translational potential of the mobile body and a rotational potential of the mobile body for avoiding interference with the obstacle are generated, based on the distance from the autonomous mobile body to the obstacle at each directional angle. An amount of control relating to a translational direction and a translational velocity of the mobile body and an amount of control relating to a rotational direction and an angular velocity of the mobile body are generated based on the generated potentials, and the movement mechanism is driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicants: KEIO UNIVERSITY, MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Takafumi Suzuki, Toshiki Moriguchi
  • Patent number: 8346425
    Abstract: A modular surface inspecting device is provided. A modular surface inspecting device comprises a computing layer having a processing unit in which a modular service-oriented software is installed; a detecting layer having a plurality of sensors obtaining a plurality of surrounding information; and a dynamic layer carrying the computing layer and the detecting layer and controlled by a controlling command generated by the computing layer according to the plurality of surrounding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Kai-Yuan Ku, Shih-Chung Kang, Shang-Hsien Hsieh, Jia-Ruey Chang, Peter Liu
  • Patent number: 8306727
    Abstract: A control system controls a pair of vehicles in coordination to traverse a respective pair of trajectories. The control system is configured to specify a plurality of successive waypoints, a safe stopping interval and an intermediate interval greater than the safe stopping interval, and exchange waypoints between vehicles. The system controls each vehicle in coordination with the other, senses a rate of exchange of waypoint data between the vehicles, and determines the safe stopping interval. The control system updates positions with additional waypoints as the respective vehicles pass by waypoints of the forecasted trajectory, determines the length of the forecasted trajectory remaining and compares it with the intermediate interval and the safe stopping interval. The system generates a warning signal if distance is less than the intermediate interval, and if the distance is less than the safe stopping interval, stops within the safe stopping interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Riccardo Morselli, John Posselius
  • Patent number: 8275498
    Abstract: A system and method for assessing the risk of conjunction of a rocket body with orbiting and non-orbiting platforms. Two-body orbital dynamics are used to initially determine the kinematic access for a ballistic vehicle. The access may be represented in two ways: as a volume relative to its launcher and also as a geographical footprint relative to a target position that encompasses all possible launcher locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Analytical Graphics Inc.
    Inventor: Salvatore Alfano
  • Patent number: 8239084
    Abstract: A moving device (70) determines an obstacle virtual existence region (72) of a simple graphic approximating a detected obstacle (71) to detect the obstacle (71) in a real time and determine a smooth avoidance path by calculation, thereby performing collision prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenjiro Yamamoto, Saku Egawa, Takashi Tsubouchi, Jae Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8234037
    Abstract: A method and device for detecting oscillatory faults relating to an aircraft airfoil slaving chain. The device includes units that count the number of overshoots of a threshold value by the current value of a quantity related to the positional slaving of an airfoil. Oscillatory fault is detected based on the number of overshoots of the threshold value being greater than the current value by a predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Philippe Goupil, Jean-Jacques Aubert
  • Patent number: 8234033
    Abstract: An automated method and system includes an automatic guidance system (AGS) and swath pattern. The AGS steers a vehicle towing a rotary baler in an “S”, or oscillatory pattern around a predetermined approximate centerline of the swath path. The oscillatory pattern may be user defined. By steering the vehicle in an oscillatory pattern referenced to the A-B line, a windrow of crop material may be distributed into an even and optimal bale size and density by the baler. Bale chamber sensors detect an imbalance of crop density and in response, AGS adjusts an interval or amplitude of oscillatory pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Brubaker, Philip A. Cobb
  • Patent number: 8234068
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, module, and method for constructing a flight path used by an avionics system are disclosed. A processor receives flight plan data and object data associated with terrain and obstacles. Free cells are extracted above the objects using a recursive space decomposition technique, and a reference path is formed through traversable free space determined from the availability of free cells. In an additional embodiment, threat data associated with hostile military weaponry and significant meteorological conditions could affect the availability of free cells. A genetic algorithm applying genetic operators which include mutators is employed with aircraft kinematic constraints to refine the reference path used to form a population of best path candidates. When a best path is reached after cycling through a re-generation process of path candidates, flight path data representative of the best path is generated and provided to at least one avionics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Yih Young, Kristen M. Jerome