For Use In A Map Database System Patents (Class 701/409)
  • Patent number: 10990245
    Abstract: A process management tool for paving operations is disclosed. The process management tool includes a communication device configured to receive data messages associated with a worksite, a display device, and an input device configured to receive user inputs. The process management tool also includes a processor in communication with the communication device, the display device, and the input device. The processor is configured to generate an interactive map of the worksite on the display device, the map including a plurality of map sections selectable via the input device, each map section being associated with respective paving process data. The controller is also configured to receive, via the input device, a user input indicative of a selected map section and display, via the display device, paving process data associated with the selected map section in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: John Lee Marsolek
  • Patent number: 10984653
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of controlling traffic lights in a V2X environment includes the operations of receiving, at a cloud server, status information of a number of vehicles; and filtering out one or more vehicles that are not to encounter a traffic light on their routes in a predetermined distance ahead of the vehicles. The method further includes obtaining a punctuality status of each remaining vehicle according to a schedule table; and optimizing each traffic light in the V2X environment based on the punctuality status of the vehicle to obtain a traffic light optimization result. The cloud server can send the traffic light optimization result to a vehicle closest to each traffic light. The vehicle that receives the traffic light optimization result can relay the result to the traffic light that is closest to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10945096
    Abstract: Mobility observations may be analyzed to create so-called mobility genes, which may be intermediate data forms from which various analyses may be performed. The mobility genes may include a trajectory gene, which may describe a trajectory through which a user may have travelled. The trajectory gene may be analyzed from raw location observations and processed into a form that may be more easily managed. The trajectory genes may be made available to third parties for analysis, and may represent a large number of location observations that may have been condensed, smoothed, and anonymized. By analyzing only trajectories, a third party may forego having to analyze huge numbers of individual observations, and may have valuable data from which to make decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DataSpark, Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying Li, The Anh Dang
  • Patent number: 10935670
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing self-contained guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) functions for a vehicle moving through an environment on or near the ground, in the air or in space without externally provided information are disclosed. More particularly, one embodiment of the present invention includes a Heading Sensor (36), an Absolute Location Sensor (38), a timer (40), a Range Doppler Processor (42), a Navigation Reference Sensor (44), an Area Range and a Velocity Sensor (46) which provide enhanced navigation information about a universal reference frame (22) and one or more targets (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Psionic, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Parker Sandford, Diego Fernando Pierrottet
  • Patent number: 10930009
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for determining the geographical location of a user based on the characteristics of intersecting features, such as a road intersection. Specifically, the geometry of each intersection in a geographical area is used to derive a unique fingerprint for each individual intersection, the fingerprint comprising information relating to the geometry, the geographical location of the intersection, and other characteristics. These fingerprints can then be stored locally to a device, for example, a mobile phone, a tablet, a wearable computing device, an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system and the like. To determine the geographical location of the device, the geometry of a nearby intersection may be analysed by some means and compared to the stored set of unique fingerprints to identify the intersection and its associated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ordnance Survey Limited
    Inventors: Timothy James Manners, James Anthony O'reilly
  • Patent number: 10921137
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a data generation method for generating and updating at least one room in at least one building in the surroundings of a vehicle, by at least one vehicle, in which an assessment of characteristic motion is corrected without GPS reception by means of subsequently available GPS data, and used for at least one topological map for at least one room of at least one building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Florian Haubner
  • Patent number: 10885714
    Abstract: An augmented reality system generates computer-mediated reality on a client device. The client device has sensors including a camera configured to capture image data of an environment and a location sensor to capture location data describing a geolocation of the client device. The client device creates a three-dimensional (3-D) map with the image data and the location data for use in generating virtual objects to augment reality. The client device transmits the created 3-D map to an external server that may utilize the 3-D map to update a world map stored on the external server. The external server sends a local portion of the world map to the client device. The client device determines a distance between the client device and a mapping point to generate a computer-mediated reality image at the mapping point to be displayed on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Niantic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Edward Finman, Si ying Diana Hu
  • Patent number: 10860017
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining a lane assignment for an autonomous vehicle along a road segment. In one implementation, at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle is received from a camera. The at least one image may be analyzed to identify at least one recognized landmark, and an indicator of a lateral offset distance between the vehicle and the at least one recognized landmark may be determined. Moreover, a lane assignment of the vehicle along the road segment may be determined based on the indicator of the lateral offset distance between the vehicle and the at least one recognized landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Taieb, Daniel Braunstein
  • Patent number: 10852145
    Abstract: A location and mapping service is described that creates a global database of indoor navigation maps through crowd-sourcing and data fusion technologies. The navigation maps consist of a database of geo-referenced, uniquely described features in the multi-dimensional sensor space (e.g., including structural, RF, magnetic, image, acoustic, or other data) that are collected automatically as a tracked mobile device is moved through a building (e.g. a person with a mobile phone or a robot). The feature information can be used to create building models as one or more tracked devices traverse a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Travis Young, Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Carole Teolis
  • Patent number: 10841379
    Abstract: Systems and methods for environmental management in a network of moving things. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide systems and methods for integrating sensors, mobile access points, and/or the network of moving things with municipal waste management systems, pollution control systems, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Joao Azevedo, Andre Cardote
  • Patent number: 10827669
    Abstract: A computer system and computer-implemented techniques for determining and presenting improved seeding rate recommendations for sowing hybrid seeds in a field is provided. In an embodiment, determining and presenting seeding rate recommendations for a field may be accomplished using a server computer system that receives over a digital communication network, electronic digital data representing hybrid seed properties, including hybrid seed type, and sowing row width. Using digitally programmed seeding query logic, within the server computer system, receiving digital data representing planting parameters including hybrid seed type information and sowing row width. The seeding query logic then retrieves a set of one or more seeding models from an electronic digital seeding data repository based upon the planting parameters. Each of the seeding model retrieved contain a regression model for the hybrid seed type modeling a relationship between plant yield and seeding rate on a specific field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lijuan Xu, Sanjay Lamsal
  • Patent number: 10827303
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed in the present specification relate to a method and an apparatus for providing proximity-based information. An electronic apparatus for providing proximity-based information according to various embodiments of the present invention comprises: a communication interface; a memory; and a processor electrically connected to the communication interface and the memory, wherein the processor may be set to obtain first context information from one or more programs running on the electronic apparatus, identify first location information corresponding to the first context information, transmit, to a server, first data including at least one of the first context information and the first location information, through the communication interface, receive, from the server, first event information on a point of interest corresponding to the transmitted first data, and store, in the memory, the received first event information on the point of interest. Other various embodiments are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Ho Kang, Song-Yean Cho, Yeun-Woong Kyung, Chai-Man Lim
  • Patent number: 10824904
    Abstract: Provided are methods, including computer-implemented methods, devices, and computer-program products applying systems and methods for pallet identification. According to some embodiments of the invention, a pallet may be visually identified through photographs without attaching physical labels. Thus, the status of pallets may be monitored (e.g., their location and structural integrity) as they move through the supply chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BXB DIGITAL PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Souder, Daniel Bricarello, Juan Castillo, Prasad Srinivasamurthy
  • Patent number: 10823580
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a navigation aid, the method comprising: receiving navigation data relating to the navigation aid from a plurality of vehicles; statistically analyzing the received navigation data; determining the accuracy of the navigation aid based on the statistically analyzed navigation data; and calibrating the navigational aid based on the determined accuracy of the navigation aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Ahlbrecht, Rod Stangeland, Jeffrey E. Love
  • Patent number: 10810890
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a drone device to use a dynamic multi-dimensional spatial representation of an indoor property environment to improve autonomous navigation. In some implementations, an instruction to perform an action at a particular location of a property is received by a drone device. A spatial representation of the property that identifies a dynamic object is obtained by the drone device. The status of the dynamic object impacts an ability of the drone device to navigate near the dynamic object. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of a monitoring system of the property and that indicates a present status of the dynamic object is obtained by the drone device. A path to the particular location is determined by the drone device. The path to the particular location is finally navigated by the drone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Babak Rezvani, Ahmad Seyfi
  • Patent number: 10809899
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing marine information is provided including a user interface, a processor, and a memory including computer program code. The memory and the computer program code configured to, with the processor, cause the apparatus to establish data communication with a remote computing device, receive user interface display data from the remote computing device, determine a display mode for the user interface, generate a mirror user interface display based on the user interface display data and the display mode, and cause the mirror user interface display to be displayed on the user interface in a predetermined orientation based on the display mode to maximize utilization of space allocated to the mirror user interface display on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Andrew Corbett, Phillip King Gaynor
  • Patent number: 10782135
    Abstract: A magnetic beacon and inertial sensor system for precise indoor localization is provided using active magnetic beacons, magnetometers and inertial measurement units. The system is designed to work in environments that are not conducive to radio frequency (RF) (such as GPS, cell, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth) or optical techniques (CCTV, IR), such as inside heavy industrial plant settings, underground or underwater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Mark B. Moldwin, Lauro V. Ojeda
  • Patent number: 10776983
    Abstract: Various types of systems or technologies can be used to collect data in a 3D space. For example, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and RADAR (radio detection and ranging) systems are commonly used to generate point cloud data for 3D space around vehicles, for such functions as localization, mapping, and tracking. This disclosure provides improvements for processing the point cloud data that has been collected. The processing improvements include analyzing point cloud data using trajectory equations, depth maps, and texture maps. The processing improvements also include representing the point cloud data by a two dimensional depth map or a texture map and using the depth map or texture map to provide object motion, obstacle detection, freespace detection, and landmark detection for an area surrounding a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Ishwar Kulkarni, Ibrahim Eden, Michael Kroepfl, David Nister
  • Patent number: 10766616
    Abstract: Provided is an environment map automatic creation device using a flying object. The environment map automatic creation device includes a travelable area extraction unit that extracts a travelable area where a vehicle can travel in a certain area based on three-dimensional shape information of an area for creating an environmental map, which is acquired by a sensor in a flying object, an area category determination unit that determines a category of the travelable area, a complementary portion determination unit that determines whether or not to measure a complementary portion which complements the travelable area based on the travelable area and the category, and a complementary measurement portion presentation unit that presents the complementary measurement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hieida, Takuya Naka
  • Patent number: 10755435
    Abstract: A method for determining a pose of an at least semi-autonomously driving vehicle with the aid of landmarks, the vehicle including detectors, with which the landmarks are detected, and a back-end server being provided, with which the landmark data of the landmarks are transmitted from a map to a vehicle control system of the vehicle, the method including at least the following steps: —communicating detection reports relating to detected landmarks from the vehicle control system to the back-end server, —sending data relating to environmental influences from an information service to the back-end server, which environmental influences have an effect on the detection of landmarks with the aid of the detectors of the vehicle, —statistically evaluating environmental influences on specific types of landmarks and —selecting landmarks as a function of the statistical evaluation and of instantaneous environmental influences and —transmitting the selection of landmarks from the back-end server to the vehicle control sys
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Mielenz, Jan Rohde
  • Patent number: 10743127
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method are provided for updating spatial audio content in augmented reality based on a real-world speed and/or location of a consumer of the content. A moving spatial audio location may change location with time during a predetermining running time of the content. The spatial audio content is perceived as originating from a spatial audio location. Depending on the movement of the consumer, and a predicted alignment-time with of a point-of-interest and corresponding spatial audio content, a spatial audio location may be moved such that the spatial audio content aligns the point-of-interest based on an updated location of the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Miikka Vilermo, Lasse Laaksonen, Arto Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 10708708
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving geographic coordinates for a location, generating a plurality of candidate places located within a predetermined distance from the location based on the geographic coordinates of the location, and extracting a plurality of features from each candidate place of the plurality of candidate places. The systems and methods are further provided for generating a place score for each candidate place of the plurality of candidate places using the plurality of features for each candidate place of the plurality of candidate places, determining the best candidate place based on the place score for each candidate place of the plurality of candidate places, and providing a place name associated with the best candidate place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Fonti, Juthika Kiran Dabholkar, Jeremy Hintz, Kapil Gupta
  • Patent number: 10671905
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and tangible non-transitory carrier media encoded with one or more computer programs that can determine the path or route most likely navigated by a mobile target are described. In accordance with particular embodiments, the most likely path or route is determined based on path-based scoring of position estimates obtained from different types of complementary locationing signal sources. Instead of fusing the position data derived from the different types of signal sources, these particular embodiments determine the most likely path navigated by the mobile target based on an independent aggregation of the position estimates derived from complementary signals of different source types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Trackonomy Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 10671089
    Abstract: A management system of a mining machine includes a vehicle, a first antenna, in the vehicle, receiving radio waves from GPS satellites, a portable second antenna, in a releasable manner in the vehicle, receiving radio waves from the GPS satellites, a first detector, in the vehicle, detecting a position of the first antenna based on a signal from the first antenna, a second detector, in the vehicle, detecting a position of the second antenna based on a signal from the second antenna, and a processer setting a prohibited area where an entry of a mining machine is prohibited based on detection results of the first and second detectors, such that the prohibited area includes the positions of the first and second antennae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Tojima, Mitsuhiro Ryuman
  • Patent number: 10663955
    Abstract: The invention relates to controlling and/or managing recycling and/or waste management work machines. According to an embodiment a method for managing work machines comprises receiving a first message at a receiving work machine from a sending work machine. Said first message comprising message fields, wherein at least one message field comprises information on machines already joined in the job. The method comprises forming at least one modified message field to include information of the receiving machine and its placement in relation to other machines already joined in the job. The method comprises transmitting said at least one modified message field from said receiving work machine to said sending work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Tana Oy
    Inventor: Petri Kuikka
  • Patent number: 10627523
    Abstract: A control device is provided with: a position acquisition section for acquiring a current location; an information acquisition section for acquiring, from a specific device, device position information including a device position indicating the position of the specific device; a storage control section for storing the current position of the control device into a nonvolatile storage device; and a control execution section for executing driving assist control based on a current-time position of the control device and the device position information. The control execution section is provided with: a distance calculation section for calculating a distance between the device position and the stored position; and a distance determination section for determining whether or not the device-to-device distance is smaller than a distance threshold which is a prescribed distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru Okada
  • Patent number: 10628690
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for automated detection of trailer properties. An example vehicle includes an inter-vehicle communication module and an infotainment head unit. The infotainment head unit is configured to detect presence of an attached trailer. The infotainment head unit is also configured to, in response to a determination that the attached trailer is an unrecognized trailer broadcast a request for images via the inter-vehicle communication module, perform semantic segmentation on the images, generate a three dimensional point cloud using the segmented images, and estimate a property of the attached trailer based on the three dimensional point cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, David A. Herman, Stephen Jay Orris, Jr., Nunzio DeCia, David Joseph Orris, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler
  • Patent number: 10613546
    Abstract: A method for defining a sensor model includes determining a probability of obtaining a measurement from multiple potential causes in a field of view of a sensor modeled based on a stochastic map. The stochastic map includes a mean occupancy level for each voxel in the stochastic map and a variance of the mean occupancy level for each pixel. The method also includes determining a probability of obtaining an image based on the determined probability of obtaining the measurement. The method further includes planning an action for a robot, comprising the sensor, based on the probability of obtaining the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Aliakbar Aghamohammadi, Saurav Agarwal, Shayegan Omidshafiei, Kiran SomaSundaram, Christopher Lott, Bardia Fallah Behabadi, Sarah Paige Gibson, Casimir Matthew Wierzynski, Gerhard Reitmayr, Serafin Diaz Spindola
  • Patent number: 10600296
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, for defining and monitoring an event for a physical entity and the performance of an action in response to the occurrence of the event. A method includes receiving data indicating an event for a physical entity, the event specified in part by a physical environment feature for which the occurrence of the event is to be monitored by the data processing apparatus; receiving data indicating an action associated with the event and to be taken in response to the occurrence of the event; monitoring for the occurrence of the event for the physical entity; and in response to the occurrence of the event, causing the action associated with the event to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Fergus Gerard Hurley, Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 10578742
    Abstract: A LIDAR-based mapping method, device and system are provided. The method includes: acquiring two initial data frames corresponding to adjacent scanning periods respectively; extracting point, line and surface features from the two initial data frames respectively according to a first preset algorithm, calculating, based on the features extracted from the two initial data frames, a first transformation matrix according to a second preset algorithm and performing registration between the two initial data frames; extracting point, line and surface features from the two intermediate data frames respectively according to the first preset algorithm and performing a second registration; and transforming a local coordinate data frame in a local coordinate system obtained via the second registration as a frame in a global coordinate system and updating the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Green Valley Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yanming Guo
  • Patent number: 10571276
    Abstract: An apparatus determines, based on a geometrical criterion and at least one map object of plurality of map objects, whether a map element of a first map element type or a second map element type shall be created. Elements of the first map element type are intended to be usable for applying a constraint to a user position and elements of the second map element type are intended to be less usable for applying a constraint to a user position compared to the elements of the first map element type. The apparatus also creates a map element according to the determined map element type. The created map element is associated with the at least one map object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Muhammad Irshan Khan, Jari Syrjärinne, Lauri Wirola, Pavel Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10569651
    Abstract: When generating a control command of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV), a pitch status and/or a roll status of the road is determined. The control command is adjusted based on the pitch status and the roll status. For example, when an ADV is driving on an uphill or downhill road, a pitch status of the road is determined and a speed control command will be generated based on the pitch status of the road, such that the ADV have a similar acceleration rate as of driving on a flat road. Similarly, when the ADV is driving on a road that is tilted or rolled left or right, a roll status of the road is determined and a steering control command will be generated in view of the roll status of the road, such that the ADV have a similar heading direction as of driving on a flat road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong, Qi Luo, Xiang Yu, Sen Hu, Li Zhuang, Liangliang Zhang, Weicheng Zhu, Haoyang Fan, Yajia Zhang, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10529076
    Abstract: A normal-line information generation block 30 generates normal-line information for a frame subject to detection. A data storage block 50 stores normal-line information and the like of a key frame. A motion amount detection block 40 detects a motion amount of an imaging position of the frame subject to detection relative to an imaging position of the key frame on the basis of the normal-line information of the key frame stored in the data storage block 50 and the normal-line information of the frame subject to detection generated by the normal-line information generation block 30. Even if a positional difference of a same point is small or a luminance difference occurs between a taken image of the key frame and a taken image of a current frame, a motion amount of the imaging position of the frame subject to detection relative to the imaging position of the key frame can be accurately detected on the basis of normal-line information. Therefore, an observation position can be accurately detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying Lu, Yasutaka Hirasawa, Yuhi Kondo, Ayaka Nakatani, Akihiko Kaino
  • Patent number: 10515547
    Abstract: A sign recognition and display device (1) includes: a camera (2); a sign recognition unit (10) configured to recognize a road sign included in an image taken with the camera; a speed limit information obtaining unit (12) configured to repeatedly obtain speed limit information; and a display control unit (14) configured to, if a speed limit sign is recognized, and the speed limit information is obtained, show, on a display device (8), information on a speed limit indicated by the speed limit sign. If, while information on the speed limit indicated by the speed limit sign is displayed, the speed limit information is obtained, and the speed limit determined by the obtained speed limit information is different from the speed limit determined by the previously obtained speed limit information, the display control unit shows information on the speed limit determined by the presently obtained speed limit information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanichi Koyama, Tetsuhiro Yamashita, Takashi Goto
  • Patent number: 10499754
    Abstract: A sensing device is paired with a shopping cart for assisting an operator of the shopping cart, and comprises a sensor unit that receives and processes telemetry data received from a context source; a processor that reads the telemetry data from the sensor unit; and a transmitter that wirelessly transmits the read telemetry data directly from the sensing device to a mobile computing device. The read telemetry data is processed by the mobile computing device to perform a navigation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Howell
  • Patent number: 10474338
    Abstract: A control system for coordinating a plurality of machines for performing a paving operation is disclosed. The control system may include a communication device configured to exchange data messages with the plurality of machines and a material production plant and a controller. The controller may be configured to generate a first graphical user interface on a display device, the first graphical user interface having a plurality of first graphical objects, each being indicative of one of the plurality of machines or the material production plant, wherein each of the plurality of first graphical objects is selectable via an input device. The controller may also be configured to determine a status score of each of the plurality machines and the material production plant wherein each of the first graphical objects is further indicative of the status score of the indicated one of the machines or the material production plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: John Lee Marsolek
  • Patent number: 10448555
    Abstract: A system includes a scouting vehicle. The scouting vehicle includes a spatial location system configured to derive a geographic position of the scouting vehicle. The scouting vehicle further includes a computing device communicatively coupled to the spatial location system and to a communication system, the computing device comprising a processor configured to create a shape on a map based on a drive of the scouting vehicle. The scouting vehicle also includes the communication system configured to transmit the geographic position, a recording of the drive, the shape, or a combination thereof, to a base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, John H. Posselius, Bret Todd Turpin, Daniel John Morwood, Michael G. Hornberger, Erik E. Veikle
  • Patent number: 10436595
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a self-aware self-evolved self-contained localization map system for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is disclosed. The localization map system collects ADV localization data and real-time poses for analysis in view of a first localization map of the ADV. The analysis determines confidence scores based on rankings of similarities scores of candidate poses, consistency of the real-time pose, and spatial or temporal completeness of a map feature space surrounding the ADV. The subset of the collected localization data is aligned with the first localization map based on a highest ranked candidate pose and is applied onto the first localization map based on the determined confidence scores to generate a second localization map to subsequently determine a location of the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Baidu USA LLC
    Inventors: Quan Wang, Xianqiao Tong, Houchang Lu
  • Patent number: 10436598
    Abstract: Whether route guidance information output from a navigation device to which an external device is connectable is provided by a navigation function of the external device or by that of the navigation device is able to be identified. A navigation device (100) that outputs route guidance information to HMI devices (104) to (110) and an external device (102) having a navigation function connected to the navigation device are included. The navigation device includes an external device detection means (322) that detects an input from the external device and an output control means (324) that controls output of route guidance information to the HMI devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Fuchiwaki, Nobuaki Asahara, Atsuyuki Suzuki, Yusuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10431094
    Abstract: An object detection method includes: acquiring three-dimensional data on an area around a host vehicle by use of a distance measurement sensor; based on map data on an area around a current position of the host vehicle, setting a planned travel area where the host vehicle is going to travel in the future; estimating crossing object existence areas where there currently exist objects which are likely to cross the host vehicle in the future in the set planned travel area; and detecting the object by use of the three dimensional data on insides of the estimated crossing object existence areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Noda, Fang Fang
  • Patent number: 10424092
    Abstract: A system or computer usable program product for representing a piece of a road as a first ordered series of line segments connected in an end-to-end fashion; representing the piece of the road as a second ordered series of line segments connected in an end-to-end fashion; for each given pair of two consecutive points of the second ordered series of points, determining a corresponding plurality of in-between points from the first ordered series of points; for each given line segment of the second ordered series of line segments, determining a first traffic characteristic value corresponding to the given line segment and a portion of the piece of the road which the given line segment represents; and presenting a visual representation of the piece of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Liam J. Murphy, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Shane O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10415991
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquires position information indicating a position of a vehicle, sensor performance information indicating the performance of a sensor mounted on the vehicle, and weather information corresponding to the position of the vehicle; and a database creation unit configured to creates correlation data indicating a correlation between the weather information and the sensor performance information on the basis of the information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuro Masuda, Takamichi Shimada
  • Patent number: 10377379
    Abstract: A method and system that utilizes the energy storage provided by a vehicle's mass in the form of potential and kinetic energy to optimize the fuel consumption. The system of the present invention is composed of an elevation database, a localization mechanism, and a speed optimization mechanism/engine. The optimization engine receives a desired speed range from the operator such as a max speed and min speed input, and a route or elevation profile form the elevation database. Then, utilizing the elevation database, the localization mechanism and a weight estimate the system and method optimizes the current speed to minimize fuel consumption by way of setting and adjusting the cruise control speed. The route and the weight estimate may be provided or predicted by the optimization engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robotic Research, LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Daniel Lacaze, Karl Nicholas Murphy, Joseph Satoru Putney
  • Patent number: 10365111
    Abstract: A method and system of updating a crowd-sourced data repository. The method is executed in a processor of a server computing device 108 and comprises storing a fingerprint map of an indoor facility in the crowd-sourced data repository, the fingerprint map having positioning fingerprint data that includes barometric fingerprint data, receiving, at the crowd-sourced data repository, at least one of mobile device signal data and mobile device sensor data correlated with a sequence of positions describing a movement of a mobile device along a trajectory relative to the indoor facility, the sensor data including mobile device barometric pressure measurements for at least a pair of contiguous positions in the sequence of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Naiyu Chen, Sean Huberman
  • Patent number: 10342174
    Abstract: A computer system and computer-implemented techniques for determining and presenting improved seeding rate recommendations for sowing hybrid seeds in a field is provided. In an embodiment, determining and presenting seeding rate recommendations for a field may be accomplished using a server computer system that receives over a digital communication network, electronic digital data representing hybrid seed properties, including hybrid seed type, and sowing row width. Using digitally programmed seeding query logic, within the server computer system, receiving digital data representing planting parameters including hybrid seed type information and sowing row width. The seeding query logic then retrieves a set of one or more seeding models from an electronic digital seeding data repository based upon the planting parameters. Each of the seeding model retrieved contain a regression model for the hybrid seed type modeling a relationship between plant yield and seeding rate on a specific field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Lijuan Xu, Sanjay Lamsal
  • Patent number: 10345452
    Abstract: A method and system for localizing a mobile device having a processor and a memory. The method comprises, using the processor, localizing the mobile device during navigation of a sequence of positions along an indoor area based on a data fusion of fingerprint data, detecting, using the processor, a boundary of a trusted-global positioning system (trusted-GPS) positioning region within the indoor area, and upon navigating to the boundary, localizing the mobile device based on GPS position data acquired at the memory of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Eros Gulo
  • Patent number: 10338230
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, techniques and systems for multipath error correction are provided herein. A global positioning system (GPS) component or unit determines a position of a vehicle at different times. When the vehicle enters a tunnel, for example, the GPS unit may not provide accurate readings. In this scenario, an image capture component or lane keeping assist system can monitor for a change of lane associated with the vehicle. An error correction component can calculate an updated position for the vehicle by using the change of lane information to confirm or correct the GPS position of the vehicle, such as when the vehicle is exiting the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jumpei Ichinokawa
  • Patent number: 10264431
    Abstract: A short range peer-to-peer communications system includes a first perception sensor and a first peer-to-peer communications system on a first machine and a second perception sensor and a second peer-to-peer communications system on a second machine. A first controller generates a first electronic map of a first perceived work environment associated with the first machine and transmits first data associated with first electronic map to the second machine through the first peer-to-peer communications system. A second controller generates a second electronic map of the second perceived work environment associated with the second machine based upon the plurality of second raw data points, receives the first data from the first machine through the second peer-to-peer communications system, and supplements the second electronic map based upon the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Vandapel, Michael Happold
  • Patent number: 10234296
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a computer implemented method, a computer program product, and a computer system for verifying the road network of map. An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for verifying a road network of a map. The method comprises: determining, based on locations of a set of points in the map, a trajectory distance of a trajectory between a start point and an end point in the set of points on the map; determining a route distance between the start point and the end point in the road network of the map; and verifying the road network by comparing the trajectory distance and the route distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Peng Gao, Baohua Wang, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10222217
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a computer program product for verifying the road network of map. An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for verifying a road network of a map. The method comprises: determining, based on locations of a set of points in the map, a trajectory distance of a trajectory between a start point and an end point in the set of points on the map; determining a route distance between the start point and the end point in the road network of the map; and verifying the road network by comparing the trajectory distance and the route distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Peng Gao, Baohua Wang, Xin Zhang