Collision Avoidance Patents (Class 701/301)
  • Patent number: 10317513
    Abstract: An information display device (100) is provided, which includes a distance setting module (20) configured to set a distance, a closest approach position estimating module (32) configured to estimate a closest approach position (Psa, Psb) of a first ship (S) and a closest approach position (Pa, Pb) of a second ship (Ea, Eb) at a time point when the first and second ships (S, Ea, Eb) approach each other the closest, based on navigational information of the ships (S, Ea, Eb), and a display controlling module (35) configured to cause a display screen to display the estimated closest approach position (Pa, Pb) of the second ship (Ea, Eb), a risk area (Aa, Ab), and current positions of the ships (S, Ea, Eb), the risk area (Aa, Ab) formed into a circle based on the set distance, centering on the estimated closest approach position (Psa, Psb) of the first ship (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Nakahama, Takatsugu Kubo
  • Patent number: 10313356
    Abstract: A ToF SPAD based range detecting module is configurable for operation in a first mode to make a distance determination relative to an object within a field of view. The ToF SPAD based range detecting module is further configurable for operation in a second mode to engage in bi-directional data communication with another apparatus within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Research & Development) Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Raynor
  • Patent number: 10302759
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) architecture and process, in which priority aircraft and ADS-B IN and radar traffic information are included in the transmission of data through the telemetry communications to a remote ground control station. The present invention further proposes methods for displaying general aviation traffic information in three and/or four dimension trajectories using an industry standard Earth browser for increased situation awareness and enhanced visual acquisition of traffic for conflict detection. The present invention enable the applications of enhanced visual acquisition of traffic, traffic alerts, and en-route and terminal surveillance used to augment pilot situational awareness through ADS-B IN display and information in three or four dimensions for self-separation awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Ricardo A Arteaga
  • Patent number: 10300875
    Abstract: A method is provided for preventing a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. The method uses a camera and a processor mountable in the motor vehicle. A candidate image is detected. Based on a change of scale of the candidate image, it may be determined that the motor vehicle and the pedestrian are expected to collide, thereby producing a potential collision warning. Further information from the image frames may be used to validate the potential collision warning. The validation may include an analysis of the optical flow of the candidate image, that lane markings prediction of a straight road, a calculation of the lateral motion of the pedestrian, if the pedestrian is crossing a lane mark or curb and/or if the vehicle is changing lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Rosenbaum, Amiad Gurman, Yonatan Samet, Gideon P. Stein, David Aloni
  • Patent number: 10296010
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating an autonomous vehicle. In one implementation, a system for navigating a vehicle includes at least one processing device programmed to receive, from an image capture device, a plurality of images associated with an environment of the vehicle, analyze at least one of the plurality of images to identify a navigable region in the environment of the vehicle, identify, based on the at least one of the plurality of images, at least one barrier associated with an edge of the navigable region, and determine a type of the at least one barrier. The at least one processing device is also programmed to determine a navigational path of the vehicle based on the determined type of the at least one barrier, and cause the vehicle to travel on at least a portion of the determined navigational path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Barak Cohen
  • Patent number: 10286900
    Abstract: An intelligent driving system with an embedded driver model. The system includes a driver model module that adjusts vehicle performances according to driving characteristics of a driver and road environment. A driver's visual and tactile information may be taken into account when driving a vehicle, so as to tune vehicle performances to allow the vehicle to adapt itself to the individual driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Junqiang Xi, Wenshuo Wang
  • Patent number: 10289935
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for driving assistance. The system includes an image capture device configured to capture an actual image relative to an outward view from a motor vehicle and depicting an object. The system further includes a processor configured to render, based on a set of 3D CAD models, synthetic images with corresponding intermediate shape concept labels. The processor is further configured to form a multi-layer CNN which jointly models multiple intermediate shape concepts, based on the rendered synthetic images. The processor is also configured to perform an intra-class appearance variation-aware and occlusion-aware 3D object parsing on the actual image by applying the CNN to the actual image to output an image pair including a 2D and 3D geometric structure of the object. The processor is additionally configured to perform an action to mitigate a likelihood of harm involving the motor vehicle, based on the image pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Muhammad Zeeshan Zia, Quoc-Huy Tran, Xiang Yu, Manmohan Chandraker, Chi Li
  • Patent number: 10286907
    Abstract: In a vehicle or a lane change timing determination method, when a distance from a vehicle to a nearby vehicle is outside of a first distance threshold value, lane changing is determined to be permitted. When the distance is within the first distance threshold value, lane changing is determined not to be permitted. After determining lane changing to be not permitted, lane changing not being permitted is switched to lane change being permitted when the nearby vehicle decelerates or accelerates to move further away from the vehicle than a second distance threshold value, even if the distance is still within the first distance threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Nishiguchi, Satoshi Fujii, Ryohsaku Arakawa, Daisuke Kubota, Kei Oshida
  • Patent number: 10282998
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a vehicle size sensor mounted in a subject vehicle, the vehicle size sensor configured to detect whether a leading vehicle in front of the subject vehicle is oversized, and a processor coupled to the subject vehicle and the vehicle size sensor. The subject vehicle is configured to perform an assisted passing of the leading vehicle based on a passing parameter that defines a characteristic of the assisted passing, and the processor is programmed to, during the assisted passing: communicate with the vehicle size sensor to determined whether the leading vehicle is oversized, and modify the passing parameter when the leading vehicle is determined to be oversized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Te-Ping Kang
  • Patent number: 10272946
    Abstract: A method of assisting a driver of a vehicle, the method includes obtaining a location of a road boundary relative to the vehicle using a sensor, selecting, via a controller, a parameter to assist a driver of the vehicle when approaching the location of the road boundary based on a condition, determining, via the controller, based on the location of the road boundary whether the vehicle will be a predetermined distance from the road boundary, and providing a feedback operation to assist the driver in avoiding the road boundary based on the selected parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiro Takamatsu, Yuji Takada, Yoshinori Kusayanagi, Norimasa Kishi
  • Patent number: 10275668
    Abstract: Described is a system for collision detection and avoidance estimation using sub-region based optical flow. During operation, the system estimates time-to-contact (TTC) values for an obstacle in multiple regions-of-interest (ROI) in successive image frames as obtained from a monocular camera. Based on the TTC values, the system detects if there is an imminent obstacle. If there is an imminent obstacle, a path for avoiding the obstacle is determined based on the TTC values in the multiple ROI. Finally, a mobile platform is caused to move in the path as determined to avoid the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Nuernberger, Deepak Khosla, Kyungnam Kim, Yang Chen, Fredy Monterroza
  • Patent number: 10271261
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for prioritized transmission of different data types, including VHF airband radio communication data (e.g., being transmitted or received from a control tower) over bonded communication modules at a remotely operated aerial vehicle. Embodiments of the invention include portable (and potentially mobile and/or remotely operated) vehicles for wirelessly transmitting and receiving various data types over a bonded mobile network and a control device (which can be fixed or portable) capable of receiving data transmitted from the mobile node and transmitting data to it. Different data types can be assigned different priorities, facilitating selective transmission of higher-priority data, such as, for example, VHF airband radio communication data, when quality degrades on a network link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sqwaq, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Lindsley, Michael B. Dodd
  • Patent number: 10262217
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating an autonomous vehicle. In one implementation, a system for navigating a host vehicle based on detecting a door opening event may include at least one processing device. The processing device may be programmed to receive at least one image associated with the environment of the host vehicle, analyze the at least one image to identify a side of a parked vehicle, identify a first structural feature of the parked vehicle and a second structural feature of the parked vehicle, identify a door edge of the parked vehicle in a vicinity of the first and second structural features, determine a change of an image characteristic of the door edge of the parked vehicle, and alter a navigational path of the host vehicle based at least in part on the change of the image characteristic of the door edge of the parked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Barak Cohen, Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10255930
    Abstract: A universal device controller is configured to operate as a proxy mechanism for interacting with a plurality of different devices wirelessly coupled to the universal device controller. When a user of the universal device controller verbally expresses a command from a universal command language understood by the device, the universal device controller analyzes the verbal expression of the user and identifies a wireless device capable of executing the associated command. The universal device controller then identifies an API for interacting with the identified device and translates the verbal expression into a device command that the identified device is capable of executing. The universal device controller then issues the device command to the identified device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 10255811
    Abstract: On a basis of a relative position of an obstacle 401, a size of the obstacle in an own vehicle 12 width direction and a width of the own vehicle 12, a maximum amount Dt of movement of the own vehicle 12 in the vehicle width direction as required to avoid the obstacle 401 is calculated. A point displaced over the maximum amount of movement toward a side of the adjacent lane from the relative position of the obstacle 401 is determined as an avoiding point 250. If a distance d between the avoiding point 250 and the adjacent lane is greater than the width Wm of the own vehicle 12, an avoiding path is generated for allowing the own vehicle 12 to pass the avoiding point 250.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Naka, Masaki Kanai, Takayuki Satou
  • Patent number: 10255812
    Abstract: Disclosed are collision preventing apparatuses and methods for a vehicle. The collision preventing apparatus estimate whether objects located in a vicinity of the vehicle may collide with each other based on data collected from a sensor in the vehicle, determine a trajectory of each of the objects, verify whether the estimated trajectories intersect, determine that the objects may collide with each other in response to the estimated trajectories overlapping, inform each of the objects of a collision risk when the objects may collide with each other, and differently perform an operation of informing the objects of the collision risk based on a collision level of each of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dongwook Lee
  • Patent number: 10250821
    Abstract: Generating a three-dimensional model of an industrial plant using an unmanned aerial vehicle is described herein. One method includes capturing, using an unmanned aerial vehicle, a number of visual images of an industrial plant, capturing, using the unmanned aerial vehicle, a number of infrared images of the industrial plant, and forming a three-dimensional model of the industrial plant by combining the number of visual images and the number of infrared images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Uday K. Pulleti, Patrick Gonia, Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan
  • Patent number: 10249196
    Abstract: A flow corridor detection system for use on a vehicle is provided. The system includes one or more sensors configured to measure available space in front of the vehicle; a data module include vehicle trajectory data that predicts trajectories of other vehicles, a memory defining vehicle dimension data, a dynamic memory having driver behavior and skill data, a processor configured to combine sensor measurements with data from the data module, memory and dynamic memory in order to detect a corridor through which the vehicle can proceed, and to quantify the risk level associated with the corridor. A display is configured to represent the location and risk level of the corridor to the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Filip Krnja, Vincent Leslie Shaw, David Woodhouse
  • Patent number: 10248129
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining, by a controller onboard the vehicle, a lateral plan for the operating vehicle along a route; obtaining, by the controller, pitch data pertaining to the lateral plan; and determining, by the controller, a longitudinal plan for operating the vehicle along the route based on the pitch data and the lateral plan, wherein the pitch data influences a planned rate of longitudinal movement of the vehicle at one or more points along the lateral plan. In this regard, the planned vehicle velocity or acceleration at a point in the future may be constrained by pitch data corresponding to the expected vehicle location at that point in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Brooks Reed
  • Patent number: 10248872
    Abstract: A method for estimating time to collision (TTC) of a detected object in a computer vision system is provided that includes determining a three dimensional (3D) position of a camera in the computer vision system, determining a 3D position of the detected object based on a 2D position of the detected object in an image captured by the camera and an estimated ground plane corresponding to the image, computing a relative 3D position of the camera, a velocity of the relative 3D position, and an acceleration of the relative 3D position based on the 3D position of the camera and the 3D position of the detected object, wherein the relative 3D position of the camera is relative to the 3D position of the detected object, and computing the TTC of the detected object based on the relative 3D position, the velocity, and the acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath, Deepak Kumar Poddar, Soyed Nagori, Manu Mathew
  • Patent number: 10239523
    Abstract: Disclosed is a route evaluation device that enables traveling along a route in consideration of an operation of the driver of another vehicle, and can realize a safer traffic environment. A route evaluation device includes a route candidate generation section that generates route candidates of a host-vehicle, a route prediction section that predicts routes of another vehicle, a classification section that classifies the interference states of the route candidates of the host-vehicle and the predicted routes of another vehicle into a plurality of interference forms, and a route evaluation section that evaluates the routes of the host-vehicle on the basis of the interference forms classified by the classification section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakai, Hiromitsu Urano, Kazuaki Aso, Masahiro Harada, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 10235577
    Abstract: A method to estimate range to a moving rigid body from a moving platform using a monocular camera. The method does not require the camera platform to maneuver in order to estimate range. The method relies on identification and tracking of certain principal features of the object. The method extracts a silhouette of an object from an obtained image and identifies two principal linear components of the silhouette. A normalized distance between the point of intersection of the two linear components and a centroid of the silhouette is computed, compared to a data set and used to determine a direction of movement of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: UtopiaCompression Corporation
    Inventors: Sharath Avadhanam, Sameer Sheorey, He Bai, Joseph Yadegar
  • Patent number: 10229590
    Abstract: A system and method is taught for collaborative vehicle to all (V2X) communications to improve autonomous driving vehicle performance in a heterogeneous capability environment by sharing capabilities among different vehicles. In particular, the system and method are operative to facilitate path planning contention resolution among a plurality of road uses within a road segment by facilitating the election and transition of a segment leader to arbitrate conflicts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jiang Du, Fan Bai, Donald K. Grimm, Wende Zhang, Xi Ju
  • Patent number: 10229594
    Abstract: The present invention suppresses movement of the line of sight of a user, reports the degree of potential risk, and contributes to the safe operation of a vehicle. A vicinity-monitoring unit detects a specific object in the vicinity of the vehicle. A display unit displays a mark image, which is visible to the user and is disposed continuously or intermittently on a trajectory, in a manner so as to surround the specific object at least partially. A control unit calculates the risk potential in relation to the specific object and alters, in accordance with the calculated risk potential, the line density of the mark image disposed on the trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10227003
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving vehicular safety are provided. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may receive and analyze image data depicting an individual located within a vehicle. The electronic device may also access certain data related to a condition of the individual, and may accordingly determine whether the individual is fit to operate the vehicle. If the individual is unfit to operate the vehicle, the electronic device may generate and display a notification that warns of the dangers of operating the vehicle and encourages the individual to not operate the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10228698
    Abstract: One object is to enable a preparation period for switching between modes in automated driving to be provided for a vehicle occupant. A vehicle control system includes an automated driving control unit that automatically controls at least one of acceleration/deceleration and steering of a host vehicle, the automated driving control unit performing automated driving control in any one of a plurality of modes having different degrees of automated driving, a detection unit that detects a state of an occupant in the host vehicle, an output unit that outputs notification information on the automated driving control, and a notification condition changing unit that changes a notification condition for outputting the notification information according to the state of the occupant detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mimura, Kohei Okimoto, Naotaka Kumakiri
  • Patent number: 10227017
    Abstract: A vehicle control system capable of moving a vehicle to a target location is disclosed. According to a preferred embodiment, a camera captures one or more images of a known object corresponding to the target location. An on-board computer having stored thereon information about the known object can process the one or more images to determine vehicle location with respect to the known object. The system can use the vehicle's determined location and a feedback controller to move the vehicle to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Hong S. Bae, Paul Alan Theodosis
  • Patent number: 10220873
    Abstract: A control system and method of operating a vehicle having an active driver assistance system includes receiving, from a steering wheel torque sensor, a measured torque applied to a steering wheel of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle, obtaining a steering torque request for an active steering feature of the active driver assistance system, determining a steering torque request limit for the active steering feature based on the measured steering wheel torque, wherein an increase in the steering wheel torque corresponds to a decrease in the steering torque request limit and vice-versa, limiting the steering torque request based on the steering torque request limit, wherein the limited steering torque request is greater than zero, and commanding a steering actuator as part of the active steering feature based on the limited steering torque request, the steering actuator being configured to control steering of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Scott L Radabaugh
  • Patent number: 10220846
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, including the following: detection of a vehicle environment; detection of a steering angle for a vehicle wheel that is defined by a steering device; ascertainment of a collision probability for the vehicle based on the detected vehicle environment and the detected steering angle in the case of an unchanged steering angle; correction of the steering angle if the ascertained collision probability is greater than or equal to a predetermined collision probability threshold in order to prevent a collision. Also described is a device for operating a vehicle and a computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Bjoern Kupka
  • Patent number: 10217028
    Abstract: A system for distributive training and weight distribution in a neural network. The system includes a training facility having a training neural network that detects and classifies objects in training images so as to train weights of nodes in the training neural network, and a plurality of object detection and classification units each including an image source that provides image frames, and at least one classification and prediction neural network that identifies, classifies and indicates relative velocity of objects in the image frames. Each unit transmits its image frames to the training facility so that the training neural network further trains the weights of the nodes in the training neural network, and the trained neural network weights are transmitted from the training facility to each of the object detection and classification units so as to train weights of nodes in the at least one classification and prediction neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Y. Wang, Kevin A. Calcote
  • Patent number: 10209712
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting and responding to cut in vehicles, and for navigating while taking into consideration an altruistic behavior parameter. In one implementation, a navigation system for a host vehicle may include a data interface and at least one processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10198001
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for self-aware adaptive navigation. In one implementation, a navigation system for a vehicle may include at least one processor. The at least one processor may be programmed to determine a navigational maneuver for the vehicle based, at least in part, on a comparison of a motion of the vehicle with respect to a predetermined model representative of a road segment. The at least one processor may be further programmed to receive, from a camera, at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle. The at least one processor may be further programmed to determine, based on analysis of the at least one image, an existence in the environment of the vehicle of an navigational adjustment condition, cause the vehicle to adjust the navigational maneuver based on the existence of the navigational adjustment condition, and store information relating to the navigational adjustment condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Amnon Shashua, Yoram Gdalyahu, Ofer Springer, Aran Reisman, Daniel Braunstein
  • Patent number: 10192453
    Abstract: Disclosed is an autopilot-coupled traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (AP TCAS). The AP TCAS includes a an AP/automatic flight control system (AFCS) that is configured to receive a vertical speed setting after the issuance of a preventive resolution advisory, wherein the aircraft vertical speed setting exceeds the maximum vertical speed allowed by the resolution advisory, the AP/AFCS being further configured to: (1) modify the aircraft vertical speed setting so as to be less than the maximum vertical speed, and relay the modified second aircraft vertical speed to an autopilot system of the aircraft to automatically cause the aircraft to fly at a vertical speed in accordance with the modified second vertical speed setting; and (2) relay a command to the autopilot system to initiate an automatic, corrective flight maneuver if a current vertical speed of the aircraft is within a predetermined amount of the maximum vertical speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ratan Khatwa, William Peter Cleveland, Bob D Crouse
  • Patent number: 10194302
    Abstract: A method of tracking at least one emergency service provider is disclosed. An electronic history is compiled that includes at least one identifier of a service provider, at least one identifier of an event to which the service provider responded, and GPS data identifying the geographic location of the service provider at each time interval within the duration of the event. A user interface within which is displayed a first identifier of a first event is generated to a display device. A selection of the event identifier is received from a user. In response to the selection of the identifier, an aerial view of a geographic region within which the first event took place is generated. At least one icon is displayed in the aerial view representing the service provider at the geographic location corresponding to at least one time interval during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH EAST KING COUNTY REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY (NORCOM)
    Inventor: Nathan Way
  • Patent number: 10192431
    Abstract: A sensor device (4) is designed to detect road users along a stretch of a roadway and comprises a transmission and/or reception unit for emitting and/or receiving a transmission radiation. Said sensor device (4) is characterized in that the same includes at least one ascertainment unit for ascertaining an actual position and/or an actual orientation of the sensor device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: S.M.S SMART MICROWAVE SENSORS GMBH
    Inventor: Ralph Mende
  • Patent number: 10194301
    Abstract: A method of tracking at least one emergency service provider is disclosed. An electronic history is compiled that includes at least one identifier of a service provider, at least one identifier of an event to which the service provider responded, and GPS data identifying the geographic location of the service provider at each time interval within the duration of the event. A user interface within which is displayed a first identifier of a first event is generated to a display device. A selection of the event identifier is received from a user. In response to the selection of the identifier, an aerial view of a geographic region within which the first event took place is generated. At least one icon is displayed in the aerial view representing the service provider at the geographic location corresponding to at least one time interval during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH EAST KING COUNTY REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY (NORCOM)
    Inventor: Nathan Way
  • Patent number: 10183668
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus comprises a first detector configured to detect an obstacle around a subject vehicle traveling in a first lane and a second detector configured to detect a second lane adjacent to the first lane. The travel control apparatus sets a first range at a target position for lane change in the second lane. The travel control apparatus detects a range in the second lane as a second range located at a side of the subject vehicle, and the obstacle is absent in the range in the second lane. The apparatus permits the subject vehicle to change lanes when the second range includes the first range. A method estimates whether another vehicle traveling in the second lane comes away from the subject vehicle and corrects to reduce the first range or increase the second range when the other vehicle is estimated to come away from the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Takae
  • Patent number: 10179590
    Abstract: A method, including: detecting a distance between a vehicle and an object. The method also includes determining, based on the distance between the vehicle and the object, that a path of travel of the vehicle presents a risk of collision between the vehicle and the object. The method also includes causing at least one of a wheel angle, a vehicle drivetrain, and vehicle braking to be changed to reduce the risk of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10176720
    Abstract: An auto driving control system includes: a situation determining unit which recognizes a situation around the vehicle and determines whether automatic traveling is possible; a drive control unit which performs traveling control when the automatic traveling is possible; a state determining unit which determines whether an occupant is able to drive; and an estimation drive control unit configured such that when the automatic traveling is difficult and it is difficult for the occupant to take over the driving, and when it is determined that execution of a function of the automatic traveling is difficult due to a first sensor, the estimation drive control unit executes the function by using information of a second sensor, and performs traveling control of the vehicle, wherein the automatic traveling is continued based on a control instruction of the estimation drive control unit until the occupant becomes able to take over the driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ushiba, Mariko Okude, Takehisa Nishida
  • Patent number: 10176724
    Abstract: An obstacle avoidance system is provided to assist a pilot in avoiding obstacles. The obstacle avoidance system includes a set of proximity sensors and a pilot interface device. The set of proximity sensors detects nearby obstacles by emitting a signal and receiving a reflected signal from an obstacle. A processor receives an obstacle indication from the set of proximity sensors and detects the obstacle that is in proximity to the aircraft based at least in part on the reflected signal. The processor acquires a distance and a direction to the obstacle and calculates a threat level posed by the obstacle. The pilot interface device is operable to display the following: an ownship icon indicative of the aircraft, a velocity vector icon indicative of a velocity vector of the aircraft, and an obstacle graphic indicative of the distance, direction, and threat level of the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anup A. Gadgil, Joseph L. Komer
  • Patent number: 10169848
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining original image data and obtaining de-noised image data, wherein the de-noised image data is the original image data after de-noising the original image data. The method further includes determining a noise pattern for the original image data. The method further includes estimating underlying local structure from the original image data based on the noise pattern. The method further includes restoring low contrast structure that is lost during the de-noising of the original image data to the de-noised image data based on the estimated underlying local structure by adding the estimated underlying local structure to the de-noise imaged data, generating low contrast structure enhanced de-noised image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Liran Goshen, Asher Gringauz
  • Patent number: 10160461
    Abstract: A drive assist system that includes circuitry that obtains information including at least one of acceleration/deceleration information and direction-of-travel information from a memory that stores at least one of the acceleration/deceleration information provided in relation to at least one of a set of a plurality of sections of a road and the direction-of-travel information provided in relation to at least one of the set of the plurality of sections of the road; obtains location information of a vehicle; and performs at least one of a acceleration/deceleration drive assist with regard to acceleration and/or deceleration of the vehicle based on the location information and the acceleration/deceleration information, and a direction drive assist with regard to a direction of travel of the vehicle based on the location information and the direction-of-travel information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Zenrin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ohara, Takanori Masuoka, Nobusuke Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10158420
    Abstract: A dynamic satellite map updating system measures geographic position and travel information of in-flight aircraft in a fleet of aircraft equipped to establish in-flight connectivity services from a plurality of satellite beams. The in-flight aircraft include an on-board satellite map program with satellite map parameters to indicate which satellite beam of a group of available satellite beams is the most desirable based on the in-flight aircraft's geographic location. The system selects in-flight aircraft, determines updated satellite map parameters for the selected aircraft, and transmits the updated satellite map parameters to the aircraft to assemble new satellite map programs to relieve wireless data outage conditions on one or more of the satellite beams. The dynamic satellite updating system may transmit the updated satellite map parameters over an existing satellite data connection to make up-to-date adjustments to the communications load among the group of available satellite beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventors: David J. Montsma, Erhard G. Trudrung, Paul J. Powers, Marc A. Nesheim
  • Patent number: 10150477
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle includes: an inter-vehicle distance detector that detects a presence or an absence of a preceding vehicle, and an inter-vehicle distance between the vehicle and the preceding vehicle; an effectiveness ratio setting module that sets an effectiveness ratio indicating a proportion of an accelerator operation amount of a driver to be reflected in a drive control, on the basis of the inter-vehicle distance when the inter-vehicle distance is less than a predetermined standard value; and a drive controller that performs the drive control on the vehicle on the basis of the effectiveness ratio. When the preceding vehicle goes away in a state in which the effectiveness ratio is lowered, the effectiveness ratio setting module gradually increases the effectiveness ratio for a period for which an accelerator is on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taichi Kishida
  • Patent number: 10145688
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium stores therein a program that causes a computer to execute a process. The process includes calculating, for each of a plurality of grids through which a track of a specific vessel passes, an angle of approach and an angle of exit of the track, respectively; extracting a grid for which the angle of approach and the angle of exit conform to a determining condition set for each of the grids based on the determining condition; and determining whether the specific vessel has taken an avoidance behavior based on a relative distance from another vessel corresponding to a position of the specific vessel in a track in the extracted grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Takahiro Saito
  • Patent number: 10147193
    Abstract: A system and method for semantic segmentation using hybrid dilated convolution (HDC) are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving an input image; producing a feature map from the input image; performing a convolution operation on the feature map and producing multiple convolution layers; grouping the multiple convolution layers into a plurality of groups; applying different dilation rates for different convolution layers in a single group of the plurality of groups; and applying a same dilation rate setting across all groups of the plurality of groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TuSimple
    Inventors: Zehua Huang, Pengfei Chen, Panqu Wang
  • Patent number: 10145702
    Abstract: A method for predicting a destination of a vehicle includes receiving vehicle data from a plurality of sensors, the vehicle data including at least a current location and a current time, determining a plurality of usage scenarios based on the vehicle data, accessing historical vehicle data and user data from a database, assigning, based on the vehicle data, a likelihood value to each of the plurality of usage scenarios, and predicting a set of destinations and routes for each of the plurality of usage scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Audi AG
    Inventor: Simon Gerlach
  • Patent number: 10145696
    Abstract: A method for classifying a target using path history data during vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication of a V2V communication system includes receiving the path history data from a relative vehicle, calculating a longitudinal distance from a self vehicle to the relative vehicle in relation to a heading direction of the self vehicle using the path history data, and classifying a target position of the relative vehicle using the path history data depending on the calculated longitudinal distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Dae Sung Hwang, Dong Gyu Noh, Cho Rong Ryu, Jong Rok Park, Hahk Rel Noh, Su Lyun Sung
  • Patent number: 10144620
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and system for positioning an engineering machinery work object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: XUZHOU HEAVY MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zenghai Shan, Changjian Zhu, Zhongxiang Zhao, Quan Li, Maofeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10145953
    Abstract: A computing device in a vehicle can be programmed to determine a virtual steerable path polynomial including a lane change maneuver, update the virtual steerable path polynomial by controlling a vehicle trajectory, and, pilot the vehicle based on the virtual steerable path polynomial. The computer further programmed to determine the virtual steerable path polynomial based on the vehicle trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Talamonti, Steven Joseph Szwabowski