Relative Location Patents (Class 701/300)
  • Patent number: 10311732
    Abstract: A method for checking for errors of a sensor system, within a vehicle, for detecting an occupancy state of a parking space. The method includes providing a reference data set for a parking space ascertained independently of the sensor system to be checked, the reference data set including a reference occupancy state of the parking space which is assigned a first detection point in time; receiving an occupancy state of the parking space detected with the aid of the sensor system via a communication network which is assigned a second detection point in time; a time difference between the first and second detection points in time is compared to a threshold value, and when the ascertained time difference is less than or less than/equal to the threshold value, the detected occupancy state of the parking space is compared to the reference occupancy state to check the sensor system for errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10303435
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device with which a user can visually recognize a virtual image includes an image display section configured to cause the user to visually recognize the virtual image, an image acquiring section configured to acquire an outside scene image in a visual field direction of the user in a state in which the head-mounted display device is mounted, and a guiding section configured to guide, with sound, the user to an object of attention, which is at least one real object present in the real world and included in the acquired outside scene image and is a real object to which the user is urged to pay attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Sendai, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 10290377
    Abstract: A method, a processing device, and a computer program product are provided. In various embodiments, one or more processing devices retrieves one or more network communications. The one or more network communications are analyzed, by the at least one processing device, and identifies objects referred to in the network communications having frequent physical contact with different entities. A resulting health risk is produced by aggregating the health risk for each identified object. Based on the resulting health risk, a modified course of action for an entity is advised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 10288744
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) is provided and includes a processing system that is in communication with a network and memory. The memory has executable instructions stored thereon, which, when executed, cause the processing system to control the network to coarsely identify a region currently occupied by a tracked device and determine an accurate location of the tracked device responsive to a predefined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuk L. Chan, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Deepti M. Naphade
  • Patent number: 10285152
    Abstract: A technique for sensor network, Machine to Machine (M2M), Machine Type Communication (MTC), and Internet of Things (IoT) is provided. A method for operating an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes receiving data for distance measurement between devices, wherein the electronic device is a first device among the devices, and determining positions of the devices using distances between the devices determined based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Hee Park, Heesu Kim, Kwanghoon Han, Myounghwan Lee, Sungmin Jo, Chilyoul Yang
  • Patent number: 10266115
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at an outside rearview mirror assembly and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control includes an electronic control unit having an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 10266182
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for incorporating preferences of a human occupant into an autonomous driving experience. The method may include a computer system autonomously controlling speed and steering of a vehicle. While it is controlling the vehicle, the computer system may interpret a speech command received from a human occupant of the vehicle. The computer system may determine whether changing at least one of the speed and steering in accordance with the speech command would be safe and legal. If it would be safe and legal, the computer system may change the at least one of the speed and steering in accordance with the speech command. If it would not be safe and legal, the computer system may leave the at least one of the speed and steering unchanged in contravention of the speech command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshmi Krishnan, Francois Charette
  • Patent number: 10262478
    Abstract: A vehicle-data recorder records vehicle data into a storage when a recording condition is satisfied. The recording condition includes a condition that a steering-related value representing a state of a steering operation performed by a driver or a vehicle behavior caused by the steering operation is greater than or equal to a threshold value. The vehicle-data recorder includes: an object-information obtainer that obtains object information relating to an object in an area; and a threshold-value changer that changes the threshold value to a smaller value when a relative positional relationship between an own vehicle and the object located in the area and identified based on the obtained object information is a specific relationship in which it is estimated that a steering operation is to be performed in a direction in which the own vehicle avoids the object, than when the relative positional relationship is not the specific relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Shintaro Iwa-Asa, Hiroshi Nakada, Tomoki Nagao, Takashi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10255816
    Abstract: A system can accommodate riders of a transportation arrangement service that have certain physical impairments, such as visual, hearing, or movement impairments. In certain aspects, a transportation facilitation system can create rider profiles that specify a particular impairment, and vehicle profiles indicating accommodation features. The transport facilitation system can receive a pick-up request, utilize the rider profile and vehicle profiles of vehicle proximate to a pick-up location, select a vehicle to service the pick-up request, and generate a configuration set to configure the selected vehicle to accommodate the impaired user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Emily Bartel
  • Patent number: 10250701
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to determining an actual point-of-interest (POI). For example, using at least one computing device, a first set of probable POIs corresponding to a first geographical location and first POI category information may be determined. The at least one computing device may also be used to determine a second set of probable POIs corresponding to a second geographical location and determine second POI category information. By analyzing the first and second POI category information, the actual POI from the first and second set of probable POIs may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alvin Chin, Kasthuri Rengan Nallappa Soundararajan, Clint Woker, Jilei Tian, Michael Karg
  • Patent number: 10249054
    Abstract: The method comprising: acquiring, by a two-dimensional camera (7), in a scene, a two dimensional image of at least one object (200); identifying the object (200) within the acquired two dimensional image; calculating, by a first means, the size of a pixel of the object (200) in the acquired and segmented two dimensional image taking into account the distance between the object (200) and the two-dimensional camera (7); and calculating, by a second means, several parameters including at least the size, dimensions, body part dimensions, body features, weight and/or volume of the object (200) by using said calculated size of the pixel and an a priori model of the object (200), wherein said a priori model includes information linking different parts, contours or shapes representative of several objects (200), previously acquired with a two-dimensional camera, with several parameters said several objects (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EXPERT YMAGING, SL.
    Inventors: Ivan Amat Roldan, Iker Bilbao Aresté, David Verde López
  • Patent number: 10244357
    Abstract: PROXIMITY ALERT MOBILE APPLICATION SOFTWARE. is disclosed. The Proximity Alert Mobile Application relies on existing mobile devices and system technologies common to most people. Additionally, the Proximity Alert Mobile Application alerts all users of the application when proximity violations occur so all effected parties can take action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Patrick Freeland
  • Patent number: 10229596
    Abstract: A lidar system can be provided for measuring a clearance of overhead infrastructure, such as a bridge or overpass. The lidar system can alert a vehicle driver or automatically brake the vehicle if the available clearance is smaller than a height of the vehicle. The lidar system can emit rays of light over a range of angles towards a target region where the rays of light can have a vertical span. The lidar system can then receive rays of light reflected or scattered from the target region and can determine a distance traveled by the rays of light by determining a round trip travel time of the rays. A clearance of the overhead infrastructure can then be determined using geometric relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Weinberg
  • Patent number: 10222215
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to map generation and alignment. For instance, a computing system may receive and use sensor data indicative of positions of multiple markers positioned relative to a sensor within an environment to determine a pose of the sensor and also create a map that indicates the markers positions. The computing system may also receive and use subsequent sensor data indicative of distances from the sensor to surfaces in the environment and the determined pose of the sensor to determine an occupancy grid map that represents the surfaces within the environment. The computing system may then determine a transformation between the map of the markers and a design model of the environment that relates occupied cells in the occupancy grid map to sampled points from the design model, and provide the transformation between the map of the plurality of markers and the design model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Dirk Holz
  • Patent number: 10210403
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to estimate the accuracy of feature prediction in an image. Methods may include: receiving a binary ground truth map of pixels and a prediction map of pixels where pixels corresponding to features of an environment are assigned a 1 or a 0, and pixels not corresponding to features of the environment are assigned the other of a 1 or a 0; determining at least one feature within each of the ground truth map and the prediction map based on pixels including the at least one feature; computing the overlap of pixels of the at least one feature from the ground truth map with the pixels of the at least one feature from the prediction map; matching the at least one feature from the ground truth map with the at least one feature from the prediction map in response to the overlap of pixels satisfying a predetermined value; and establishing a precision of the prediction map based on the overlap of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Anish Mittal, Richard Kwant
  • Patent number: 10210411
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to estimate the accuracy of feature prediction in an image. Methods may include: receiving a binary ground truth map of pixels and a binary prediction map of pixels, where pixels corresponding to features of an environment are assigned a 1 or a 0, and pixels not corresponding to features of the environment are assigned the other of a 1 or a 0; computing a distance transform at each pixel of the binary ground truth map representing a distance to a closest pixel representing a feature; computing a distance transform at each pixel of the prediction map representing a distance to a closest pixel corresponding to a feature; and establishing accuracy of the prediction map of pixels using the error map of the distance transform for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Anish Mittal, Richard Kwant
  • Patent number: 10192442
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining whether a driving environment has changed relative to previously stored information about the driving environment. The apparatus may include an autonomous driving computer system configured to detect one or more vehicles in the driving environment, and determine corresponding trajectories for those detected vehicles. The autonomous driving computer system may then compare the determined trajectories to an expected trajectory of a hypothetical vehicle in the driving environment. Based on the comparison, the autonomous driving computer system may determine whether the driving environment has changed and/or a probability that the driving environment has changed, relative to the previously stored information about the driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10185973
    Abstract: A method for inferring venue visits using semantic information includes receiving sensor data from sensors. An indication of a location is received that is associated with a user and determined based on the sensor data. A set of candidate venues associated with the location is determined based on the indication of the location. Sets of semantic information associated with the set of candidate venues are determined based on the sensor data. Candidate venues of the set are ranked by confidence that a given candidate venue corresponds to a visited venue of a venue visit based on the set of semantic information associated with the given candidate venue and additional semantic information associated with the user. A highest ranked candidate venue is selected as the visited venue and an indication is provided to a service causing content to be presented to the user based on the selected visited venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ido Priness, Haim Somech, Adi L. Miller, Michael Sterenberg, Oded Vainas
  • Patent number: 10176718
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a method for determining the location of a device. The current disclosure presents a technique for identifying the location of the device using a secondary device. In one embodiment, the secondary device retrieves the location of a parked vehicle. Using the location of the parked vehicle in conjunction with its own location, the secondary device is able to determine a route to the parked vehicle. Sensors are used to parametric data. Wireless networks are also used to obtain localization information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Clarisse Mazuir, Matthew E. Last
  • Patent number: 10165414
    Abstract: A location sharing system and related processes across computer networks are provided that efficiently utilize resources by adjusting location determination techniques at client devices. A rule-based architecture including user-based heuristics facilitates location determination that is accurate while optimizing resource consumption. Current interest in or other behavior associated with a target user or requesting user can be used in selecting a location determination protocol at the client device. An accurate portrayal of a user's location can be provided efficiently by correlating interest to utilize more accurate but larger resource-intensive components when interest is higher and to utilize less accurate but lower resource-intensive components when interest is lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Laws
  • Patent number: 10158978
    Abstract: In some examples, a system receives, over a network, position data acquired by a position sensor of a device, and sensor data acquired by a further sensor of the device while the position sensor of the device is inactive, the sensor data from the further sensor indicating a direction of travel of the device. The system determines, using the sensor data acquired by the further sensor of the device, a heading and movement of the device relative to a position indicated by the position data, and updates a position of the device according to the determined heading and movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Wayne Jantzi, Mahendra Fuleshwar Prasad, Scott Leonard Dill, Jesse William Bennett, Alexander John Ogle
  • Patent number: 10144425
    Abstract: A control device detects a first vehicle traveling in front of an own vehicle using a front looking radar device, and detects a second vehicle which is predicted to cut in between the own vehicle and the first vehicle using the front looking radar device and/or front-side looking radar devices. The control device calculates a first target acceleration required for the own vehicle to maintain an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and the first vehicle at a first set inter-vehicle distance; and calculates a second target acceleration required for the own vehicle to maintain an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and the second vehicle at a second set inter-vehicle distance. The control device selects either the first target acceleration or the second target acceleration and controls the own vehicle in such a manner that an actual acceleration of the own vehicle becomes closer to the mediated target acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ito
  • Patent number: 10144427
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for predicting the braking or acceleration of a vehicle. The pedal change prediction system includes a braking sensor for providing braking data or an acceleration sensor pedal for providing acceleration data. The pedal change prediction system includes an electronic control unit that is configured to determine a rate of depression of the brake pedal or the acceleration pedal that is associated with a first braking force or a first acceleration force. The electronic control unit is configured to predict a triggering event that is either a braking event or an acceleration event. The electronic control unit predicts the triggering event based on the rate of depression of the brake pedal or the acceleration pedal and causes the vehicle to apply a second braking force or a second acceleration force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan C. Westover
  • Patent number: 10144130
    Abstract: Robot 1 includes an upper base body 10, and a control section 13 provided inside the upper base body 10. The control section 13 causes measurement section 205c to rotate in a left-right direction around yaw axis, by driving each drive section 205b of two LRFs 205. When passage width necessary for the robot 1 to pass through is W, the control section 13 causes each measurement section 205c to rotate in a range (W/2), by driving each drive section 205b of the two LRFs 205. LRF scanning speed/range calculation section 71 calculates rotation angle ?swing and a rotation speed Vswing of the measurement section 205c. The control section 13 drives the drive sections 205b so as to cause the measurement section 205c to rotate at the rotation angle ?swing and the rotation speed Vswing calculated by the LRF scanning speed/range calculation section 71.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chiaki Tanaka, Takahiro Kuroki
  • Patent number: 10136275
    Abstract: A framework for use in developing proximity-based social interactions (PSIs) shows energy efficiency, topology robustness, and a lessened load for group participants. Implementations of the framework may include PSI-specific application hints to aggregate and schedule pending transmissions and match delivery requirement, topology structure and maintenance schemes that provide robustness and improve efficiency, and load-distributing group dissemination protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Chieh-Jan Mike Liang, Feng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10136106
    Abstract: A system for tracking train assets is disclosed. The tracking system may include an image capture device configured to collect an image data set of a train asset and an area surrounding the train asset. Furthermore, the image data set may be associated with a time stamp and in one non-limiting example, the time stamp provides a collection time of the image data set. In some embodiments, a controller may be configured to receive the image data set and to perform an analysis of the image data set and the analysis provides a track location of the train asset and an identification of the train asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shubs, Jr., David M Roenspies
  • Patent number: 10118612
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a sensor system outputting one or more signals and an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the sensor system. The electronic control unit may be configured to detect a target vehicle external to the vehicle based on the one or more signals output by the sensor system, identify the detected target vehicle, determine rating information for at least one of the target vehicle and a driver of the target vehicle, predict at least one action of the target vehicle based on the rating information, and effect one or more changes to the vehicle based on the predicted at least one action of the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan C. Westover, Geoffrey D. Gaither, Justin J. Chow
  • Patent number: 10119986
    Abstract: A system for counting steps comprising a 3-D accelerometer is disclosed. The system also includes a pre-processor module coupled to the 3-D accelerometer and a dominant component computation unit coupled to the pre-processor module. The dominant component computation unit is configured to identify a dominant component in an output of the 3-D accelerometer. The system further includes a step counter for counting a number of steps using the output of the dominant component computation unit. The step counter includes a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) module and a direct current (DC) remover module to remove a static component from the output of the FFT module. The step counter also includes a derivative filter and a zero crossing detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Vasanth Gaddam, Yifeng Zhang, Jie Zhang, Yuanwei Wu, Guanqing Wang
  • Patent number: 10114618
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the disclosure, autonomous mobile sensor movement path simulation with an integrated developer environment (IDE) is shown and described. In one embodiment, a computer operates an Internet of Things (IoT) IDE having a virtualized map view illustrating a locational relationship between objects of an IoT application within a represented physical space, where a mobile sensor is virtually represented within the IoT IDE and is configured with navigation control logic affected by external influences and controlled according to the IoT application. Virtualized external influences may be modelled within the IoT IDE that represent physical external influences within the physical space, and the navigation control logic of the mobile sensor may be operated within the IoT IDE according to the IoT application, the virtually represented mobile sensor configured to navigate within the virtual space based on the navigation control logic reacting to the virtual external influences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Susie Wee, Aikepaer Abuduweili, Wael Kamel, Ashutosh A. Malegaonkar, Yajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10106167
    Abstract: Control system, which is adapted for application in a vehicle and intended to recognize vehicles driving in front on the basis of environmental data which are obtained from at least one environmental sensor (110) disposed on the vehicle. The at least one environmental sensor (110) is adapted to provide an electronic controller (200) of the control system with the environmental data which reflect the area (115) in front of the vehicle. The control system is at least adapted and intended to detect another vehicle (alter) participating in traffic in front of the own vehicle (ego) with the at least one environmental sensor (110) during a predetermined time period or continuously and to recognize a position change of the other vehicle (alter). If a position change of the other vehicle (alter) is recognized, a signal (255) is output, which is suitable to warn a driver of the own vehicle (ego) of an irregularity in the road surface and/or to adjust a speed and/or a vehicle setting of the own vehicle (ego).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Manoj Peer Mohamed
  • Patent number: 10102751
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle equipped with a surroundings sensor system is provided. In the method, at least one preceding and/or oncoming two-wheeler is detected at least as a function of data of the surroundings sensor system. In addition, an angle of inclination of the two-wheeler is ascertained at least as a function of data of the surroundings sensor system and a movement path of the two-wheeler is predicted based on the ascertained angle of inclination. The operation of the vehicle takes place in this case based on the predicted movement path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Philipp Lehner
  • Patent number: 10089653
    Abstract: A method performed by one or more computer systems coupled to a packet-based network to determine the location of a mobile device comprises receiving a set of input signals associated with the mobile device from the packet-based network. The set of input signals include a plurality of location components and context information. The method further comprises determining whether the set of input signals include a pair of latitude/longitude coordinates, and determining whether the pair of latitude/longitude coordinates are valid using a set of criteria. The method further comprises defining at least some of the set of criteria using historical data associated with a plurality of mobile devices communicating with the packet-based network. The method further comprises deriving the location of the mobile device using one or more other location components of the plurality of location components and the context information, in response to the pair of latitude/longitude coordinates being marked as invalid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Prakash Muttineni, Nishant Khatri, Srihari Venkatesan, Chi-Chao Chang, Huitao Luo, Mauricio Mediano, Dipanshu Sharma
  • Patent number: 10075873
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for channel state information sounding and feedback are provided. In an aspects, a first message is transmitted to one or more wireless communication devices requesting channel state information. In accordance with this aspects, the first message comprises a header and a payload, the header comprising a plurality of fields of a first field type which are useable to determine the channel state information, and the payload comprising parameters for estimating the channel state information. In certain aspects, the channel state information parameters are also provided in the header of the first message. In various aspects a second message comprising the channel state information is received from the one or more wireless communication devices. In one aspect, the first message is a physical layer convergence protocol data unit (PPDU), and the first field type is a long training field (LTF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Simone Merlin, Youhan Kim, Bin Tian, George Cherian, Sameer Vermani, Alfred Asterjadhi
  • Patent number: 10055694
    Abstract: Provided are: a use-assisting tool for an autonomous mobile device that enhances convenience for a user of the autonomous mobile device; an operation management center; an operation system; and an autonomous mobile device. The use-assisting tool for an autonomous mobile device provides assistance for using the autonomous mobile device, which travels autonomously along a route to a destination, and is characterized by: being provided with a communication means that communicates with an operation management center, an input means, and a display means; a destination to be visited using the autonomous mobile device being input by means of the input means; and the display means displaying cooperation information established at the destination that is transmitted from the operation management center. The cooperation information established at the destination includes information regarding securing a mobility means at the destination and establishing a reservation at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoko Ichinose, Takashi Sato, Ai Masuda, Kenjiro Yamamoto, Yukihiko Ono, Akira Oshima
  • Patent number: 10043388
    Abstract: A method of managing a parking system comprising receiving a request for a parking location from a user of a mobile device, selecting an available spot, and guiding the user to the available spot. The method in on embodiment further comprises marking the parking location. In one embodiment, the user may also be given guidance back to the marked parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, David Vogel, Mark Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 10025304
    Abstract: Robotic units may operate in a workspace that is shared with human workers. In order to safeguard the workers, operation of a robotic unit may be inhibited when a worker is near the robotic unit. In order to determine the position of the worker and thereby determine the proximity of the worker and the robotic unit, a time-of-flight measurement is performed to determine the distance of the worker from each of multiple reference locations within or about the workspace. A circular bounding area is defined around each reference location based on the determined distances. A bounded position area is identified as the intersection of the circular bounding areas. The worker is then indicated as being within the bounded position area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Stubbs, Jonathan Evan Cohn
  • Patent number: 10013876
    Abstract: In a method for operating a vehicle which is moving on a roadway, a traffic flow of other vehicles in the surroundings of the vehicle is detected and, if the detected traffic flow corresponds to a traffic jam, a transverse guidance of the vehicle is regulated in order to reduce a lateral distance between the vehicle and one of the other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Hillenbrand
  • Patent number: 10001916
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a directional streaming mechanism that causes digital content to be streamed to one or more nearby devices based on a gesture on the touch screen of the mobile device, such as the swipe of a finger. The mobile device and nearby devices each include a position mechanism that allows each device to know the position of other devices within a given range. When a user is streaming digital content to the mobile device, the user can swipe a finger on a touch screen display in the direction of one of the streaming devices in range of the mobile device, which results in the mobile device streaming the digital content to the streaming device in the direction of the finger swipe. The streaming device in the direction of the finger swipe can then play the digital content received from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9996551
    Abstract: An asset information management system is provided for obtaining and storing information on assets disposed within a structural environment. The system comprises at least one mobile interface device for capturing information about a target object in the structural environment. An information management operating system operates on a central processor in communication with the mobile interface device and a local positioning system. The domain coordinate management system comprises one or more computers configured for establishing spatial addresses for spaces and points within the structural environment. The asset log comprises one or more data storage modules configured for storing information associated with objects disposed within the structural environment. The spatial indexing engine is configured for assigning a spatial address to the target object and for storing information associated with the target object in the asset log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Huntington Ingalls, Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Bare, Jonathan Martin, Paul Sells, Patrick Ryan
  • Patent number: 9990242
    Abstract: A system and method for synchronizing information from an information handling system is disclosed. The method includes identifying a device within a pre-determined range of a docking station, the device operable to communicate with the docking station. The method also includes pairing with the device, determining a user of the device, and predicting, based upon past activity by the user at another docking station, content to be launched on the device. The method further include presenting the content for launching on the device, receiving a selection of the content; and launching the content on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Claude Lano Cox, Liam B. Quinn, Mark W. Welker, Rocco Ancona
  • Patent number: 9983008
    Abstract: A navigation system as described herein comprises a processing resource configured to receive destination data representative of a destination, to determine an expected travel time to the destination, and to determine a departure time in dependence upon the expected travel time to the destination, and an output device for providing the departure time to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventors: Rob Schuurbiers, Bob Arnold Soeters
  • Patent number: 9975558
    Abstract: The present invention describes a control system, which is adapted and determined to identify motor vehicles driving in front. The control system is at least adapted and determined to detect another motor vehicle participating in the traffic with the at least one environmental sensor. The control system is at least adapted and determined to determine positions of the other motor vehicle for a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Lucas Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Altendorfer, Bjoem Oska
  • Patent number: 9969329
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle configured to retrieve sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits configured to communicate to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagesh B. T. Shenoy, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9964958
    Abstract: A vehicle control system determines a travel priority of a vehicle based on a travel condition of the vehicle. In response to detection of an oncoming vehicle ahead of the vehicle along a single guide path, the system compares between the travel priority of the vehicle, and a travel priority of the oncoming vehicle, and selects one of the vehicle and the oncoming vehicle as a vehicle to change a traveling route, to allow the unselected vehicle to continue traveling along the single guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohta Morimoto, Kentaroh Kurosu, Miyo Taniguchi, Yoshiaki Kawai, Takashi Enami, Akira Murakata, Manabu Kodama, Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9963068
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle proximity condition detection and haptic notification system is provided. The computing device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to operate, upon detection of a vehicle proximity condition, at least one portion of the vehicle as a haptic device in a user-selected manner directed to informing a vehicle occupant of the vehicle proximity condition, and directed to suggesting to the occupant a vehicle control command that is responsive to the proximity condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Hada, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 9952881
    Abstract: A virtual assistant system includes a mobile device to receive an input command corresponding to a function to be performed at one or more external services, to translate the input command into a semantic atom representing the command, and to transmit the semantic atom, and an assistant server configured to receive the transmitted semantic atom, the assistant server including a plurality of plugins, each plugin corresponding to a respective one of the external services and configured to generate a proprietary language command corresponding to the received semantic atom for each external service in which the function is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Sharma, Elhum Amjadi
  • Patent number: 9934688
    Abstract: A system includes a computer programmed to identify, from a first vehicle, one or more second vehicles within a specified distance to the first vehicle. The computer is further programmed to receive data about operations of each of the second vehicles, including trajectory data. Based on the data, the computer is programmed to identify, for each of the second vehicles, a distribution of probabilities of each of a set of potential planned trajectories. The computer is further programmed to determine a planned trajectory for the first vehicle, based on the respective distributions of probabilities of each of the set of potential planned trajectories for each of the second vehicles. The computer is further programmed to provide an instruction to at least one controller associated with the first vehicle based on the determined planned trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Edwin Olson, Enric Galceran, Alexander G. Cunningham, Ryan M. Eustice, James Robert McBride
  • Patent number: 9934386
    Abstract: An approach for managing the privacy and disclosure of location information associated with a computer system. For one aspect, a request is received from a requestor for a location property associated with a location of a computer system. It is then determined whether a privacy preference associated with the requestor has been specified. If not, a user may be prompted to supply privacy preferences associated with the requestor. The privacy preferences are then applied to determine whether or not to provide the requested information. A user setting, such as a basic input-output system memory location setting, may also be implemented to enable and/or disable location-aware computing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Trethewey, Dhananjay V. Keskar, Matthew E. Hoekstra, Uma M. Gadamsetty, Manoj B. Agnihotri
  • Patent number: 9919647
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an intuitive haptic alert system that: (1) Identifies a second vehicle; projects a series of virtual waves emanating from the second vehicle at a source frequency, estimates observed frequencies of the virtual waves at the first vehicle according to the Doppler Effect, and generates a sequence of commands for a haptic motor based on the estimated observed frequencies. (2) Projects rumble zone(s) over road; identifies when the vehicle occupies the zone(s); generates a sequence of commands for a haptic motor based on: an identified occupation and received vehicle velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yifan Chen, Pietro Buttolo, James Peng
  • Patent number: 9891055
    Abstract: Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image, or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. The geographic location of interest can be displayed on a map using an indicator. A touch selection of the indicator provides access to the data through an interface displayed on the touch-sensitive display. One or more locations of interest can be displayed and grouped together by an attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri