For Use In A Map Database System Patents (Class 701/409)
  • 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: 10222219
    Abstract: Technologies for sharing route navigation data in a community cloud include a mobile navigation device of a vehicle and a remote mobile navigation device of a remote vehicle. The mobile navigation device generates sensor data associated with a current route of the vehicle and determines whether a reference traffic event occurs within a segment of the current route of the vehicle. In response to a determination that a reference traffic event occurs, the mobile navigation devices transmits route update data to the remote mobile navigation device. Based on the route update data, the remote mobile navigation device updates a current route of the remote vehicle to avoid the reference traffic event within a corresponding segment of the current route of the remote vehicle. The mobile navigation device may also transmit the sensor data to a community compute device, which may transmit route update data to the remote mobile navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Sunil K. Cheruvu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10203031
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically changing vehicle driving modes. An automatic shift control system includes a transmission configured to provide engine output for movement of the vehicle and a navigation unit configured to obtain navigational information including a current location of the vehicle. The automatic shift control system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the navigation unit. The ECU is configured to determine a current route having multiple segments based on the current location and a destination location and determine a shift schedule based on a driver behavior pattern. The ECU is configured to control the transmission to cause shifts of the transmission based on the shift schedule and the current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Gauthier
  • Patent number: 10186150
    Abstract: A scene determination device includes a determination configured to, when determining a driving action of a subject vehicle traveling on a route, determine a scene which the subject vehicle encounters. The determination processor extracts a plurality of events which the subject vehicle traveling on a first route encounters, on the basis of relationships between the first route on which the subject vehicle travels and second routes having points of intersections with the first route and determines the scene using a relationship between each of the extracted events and the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Hikaru Nishira, Tomoko Kurotobi, Susumu Fujita
  • Patent number: 10140867
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system comprises: a following vehicle data acquiring unit that acquires following vehicle data indicating the relative position and relative speed of a following vehicle traveling behind the host vehicle; a travel data acquiring unit that obtains travel data indicating travel conditions for the host vehicle; a specific state extraction unit that extracts specific travel data indicating specific travel conditions for the host vehicle under which the possibility of a collision between the host vehicle and the following vehicle is high; a database unit storing a plurality of pieces of specific travel data; a determination unit that determines whether or not there is the possibility of a collision between the host vehicle and the following vehicle; and a warning data output unit that outputs warning data to the following vehicle if the determination unit determines that there is the possibility of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10102429
    Abstract: The present teachings provide an autonomous mobile robot that includes a drive configured to maneuver the robot over a ground surface within an operating environment; a camera mounted on the robot having a field of view including the floor adjacent the mobile robot in the drive direction of the mobile robot; a frame buffer that stores image frames obtained by the camera while the mobile robot is driving; and a memory device configured to store a learned data set of a plurality of descriptors corresponding to pixel patches in image frames corresponding to portions of the operating environment and determined by mobile robot sensor events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Mark S. Schnittman
  • Patent number: 10099576
    Abstract: Vehicle seat adjustment systems including cameras are disclosed. The vehicle seat adjustment system includes a camera configured to capture a seat arrangement of a front seat of a vehicle and one or more seats behind the front seat, a screen, communicatively coupled to the camera, configured to display the seat arrangement captured by the camera, an input device configured to receive an input from a user for adjusting positions of the one or more seats, an actuator communicatively coupled to the input device and configured to adjust positions of the one or more seats, and a controller communicatively coupled to the camera, the screen, the input device and the actuator. The controller receives the input from the input device and instruct the actuator to adjust the positions of the one or more seats based on the input from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Charan S. Lota
  • Patent number: 10088316
    Abstract: Navigation systems and vehicles for predicting routes are provided. A navigation system includes one or more processors, a satellite antenna, one or more memory modules, which stores one or more previous location, a segment list, and machine readable instructions. The satellite antenna receives a first signal from one or more global positioning system satellites. When executed by the one or more processors, the machine readable instructions cause the navigation system to transform the first signal into a first location of the navigation system, access the one or more previous locations stored in the one or more memory modules, automatically determine that a turn has occurred based on the first location and the one or more previous locations, store a segment in the segment list after it is determined that the turn has occurred, and predict a route based on the segment list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad Effendi Dufford, Hiro Yamaguchi, Takehito Yokoo
  • Patent number: 10088847
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for the automatic stopping of a vehicle in a target area. A method aspect of the disclosure comprises providing map data in which potential target areas for stopping of vehicles are defined by at least one attribute of map elements detecting an event that necessitates an automatic stopping of the vehicle determining a target area on the basis of the current position of the vehicle and the potential target areas defined in the map data, and triggering, on detection of the event, an automatic stopping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Reichel, Stefan Pruisken
  • Patent number: 10074220
    Abstract: Apparatus, device, methods and system relating to a vehicular telemetry environment for the real time generation and transformation of raw telematics big data into analytical telematics big data that includes raw telematics big data and supplemental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Yi Zhao, Daniel Michael Dodgson
  • Patent number: 10069703
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include monitoring one or more properties of a device configured to carry out one or more services, determining one or more services that require access to a particular portion of the device, said determining at least partly based on the monitored one or more properties of the device, and facilitating presentation, to the device, of the determined one or more services that require access to the particular portion of the device, and are configured to be carried out by the device, wherein the one or more services are presented along with a request for access to the particular portion of the device. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud
  • Patent number: 10018472
    Abstract: A computer system operates to determine a traction value for each of a plurality of regions of the road network. A region of the road network for which the traction value is unknown is identified. A vehicle is directed to operate over the region of the road network to obtain additional data that is indicative of a current traction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Rander, David McAllister Bradley, Matthew Wood
  • Patent number: 9974226
    Abstract: A method begins by agriculture equipment collecting current on-site gathered agriculture data regarding an agriculture region and sending at least a representation of the current on-site gathered agriculture data to a host device. The method continues with the host device processing one or more of the at least a representation of the current on-site gathered agriculture data, current off-site gathered agriculture data, historical on-site gathered agriculture data, historical off-site gathered agriculture data, and historical analysis of agriculture predictions regarding the agriculture region to produce a current agriculture prediction for the agriculture region. The method continues with the host device generating an agriculture prescription regarding at least a portion of the agriculture region based on the current agriculture prediction and sending the agriculture prescription to one or more of the agriculture equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Eugene Rupp, A. Corbett S. Kull, Steve Richard Pitstick, Patrick Lee Dumstorff
  • Patent number: 9976853
    Abstract: A movable device is provided. When the movable device is at a specific position, a range finder detects reflected light in a first field of view to generate first previous data. When the movable device returns to the vicinity of the specific position, the range finder detects reflected light in the first field of view to generate second previous data. The range finder detects reflected light in a second field of view to generate compensation data. The processor unit performs a SLAM operation on the first and second previous data to generate first and second previous maps, respectively. When a probability that the second previous map does not conform to the first previous map is greater than a threshold value, the processor unit performs the SLAM operation on specific data and the compensation data to control the moving path of the movable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MSI COMPUTER (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shih-Che Hung, Hoa-Yu Chan, Chia-Jui Kuo
  • Patent number: 9940142
    Abstract: Managing vehicle resources by a network device in lieu of a designated vehicle control device is disclosed. A connected car resource manager of a carrier core network can receive vehicle information intended for the designated vehicle control device. The connected car resource manager can determine a response command that can be substituted for a command from the designated vehicle control device update a parameter of the vehicle. The response command can be based on the vehicle information, supplementary information, etc. Moreover, the response command can be adapted based on a second tier of supplementary information by another carrier core network device. In some embodiments, the connected car resource manager can share management of response commands with the designated vehicle control device vehicle. The connected car resource manager can employ information about other vehicles connected to a network that is not available to the designated vehicle control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9915548
    Abstract: An approach is provided for presenting a contextual menu in a map display. A contextual menu platform determines an input for a delineation of at least one route, at least one geographical area, or a combination thereof in at least one map user interface of at least one device. The contextual menu platform determines contextual information associated with the at least one route, the at least one geographical area, the at least one map user interface, the at least one device, at least one user associated with the at least one device, or a combination thereof. The contextual menu platform also determines one or more contextual menu options based, at least in part, on the contextual information. The contextual menu platform further causes, at least in part, a presentation of at least one contextual menu to present the one or more contextual menu options in the at least one map user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Skillman, Kevin Coffey, Nicola Plaisant
  • Patent number: 9874878
    Abstract: A system and method of adaptive multi-scale perception of a target for an aircraft, includes receiving sensor signals indicative of aircraft information with respect to the target; selecting one or more sensor devices in response to the receiving of the aircraft information; receiving sensor information from the one or more sensor devices indicative of the target; dynamically selecting sensor processing parameters for the one or more sensor devices; and analyzing the sensor information from the selected sensor devices and using the selected sensor processing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hongcheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9858487
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to convert a representation of a road geometry in the form of an analytical curve to a clothoid road geometry. In the context of a method, a plurality of break-point locations are determined along an analytical curve that represents a portion of the road network. The method determines the plurality of break-points locations by determining the plurality of break-point locations depending upon a curvature profile of the analytical curve so as to define one more sections of the analytical curve based upon the break-point locations. The method also converts one of more sections of the analytical curve to respective clothoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Ole Henry Dorum
  • Patent number: 9836653
    Abstract: The present teachings provide an autonomous mobile robot that includes a drive configured to maneuver the robot over a ground surface within an operating environment; a camera mounted on the robot having a field of view including the floor adjacent the mobile robot in the drive direction of the mobile robot; a frame buffer that stores image frames obtained by the camera while the mobile robot is driving; and a memory device configured to store a learned data set of a plurality of descriptors corresponding to pixel patches in image frames corresponding to portions of the operating environment and determined by mobile robot sensor events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Mark S. Schnittman
  • Patent number: 9811840
    Abstract: A consumer interface device (“CID”) implemented in a retail store provides an interactive in-store shopping experience. In particular, the CID may provide in-store navigation to a desired product. The CID may receive input from a user specifying the desired product, or the CID may suggest a product and provide navigation to the desired and/or suggested product. The CID may be mounted on a shelf in a retail store and may include a microprocessor, a touchscreen, a digital storage medium, and a networking device. The CID may track the success of particular in-store advertisements with regard to particular consumers or types of consumers; provide in-store navigation to products; enable purchases via a network; and target an individual consumer or group of consumers with product content specifically directed to the respective consumers or groups of consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: THE SINCLAIR GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Craig M. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 9678851
    Abstract: A set of entry blocks is allocated. An entry block is configured with a set of monitoring attributes to store monitoring data corresponding to a monitoring request. The entry block is updated with an identifier supplied in the monitoring request. The entry block is used to store the monitoring data responsive to the monitoring request. The monitoring data comprises a continuous record of data changes at a requested location in memory from a beginning to an end a of an event corresponding to the monitoring request. A size of the monitoring data is distinct from another size of another monitoring data stored in another entry block in the set of entry blocks responsive to another monitoring request. An operation specified in the monitoring request is performed on a part of the monitoring data accessible from a monitoring attribute in the set of monitoring attributes of the entry block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Omar Cardona, Michael Paul Vageline
  • Patent number: 9674671
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer-readable medium for wireless communication are provided. The apparatus may be a mobile device. The apparatus receives signals from one or more satellites. The apparatus determines an indoor/outdoor classification attribute of the apparatus among a plurality of indoor/outdoor classification attributes based on a number of satellites from which the apparatus receives the signals. The apparatus receives a message. The apparatus determines whether to forward the message based on the indoor/outdoor classification attribute and a type of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Karl Georg Hampel, Junyi Li, Vincent Douglas Park
  • Patent number: 9636971
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle includes receiving a radio frequency signal and determining that the radio frequency signal has at least one characteristic indicative of the vehicle entering a tunnel. A setting of a vehicle system is automatically modified in response to the determining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shree Jaisimha, Mohammed Reza Kanji, Tatsuya Fujisawa, Roopa Chandrashekar
  • Patent number: 9638531
    Abstract: A mobile device associated with a road vehicle or the like, has a mapping or navigation functionality configured to determining whether the vehicle is in a forwards or backwards driving mode. When a change of driving mode is detected, the mapping functionality effectively resets so that the transition between driving modes is rendered smoothly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom Navigation B.V.
    Inventor: Alexandru Serbanescu
  • Patent number: 9633472
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for providing a master model for data about a spatial region. An example method includes identifying a master model associated with a spatial region, the master model including a plurality of pixels, each pixel corresponding to a particular portion of the spatial region and including a length and a width for the particular portion of the spatial region; identifying a data set including values of a physical property of at least a portion of the spatial region for a particular time; determining, based at least in part on the data set, a set of values of the physical property including a value for each pixel in the master model; and storing the set of values of the physical property as a value for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Mark Ivan Thomas, Matthew James Easlea
  • Patent number: 9552372
    Abstract: A system or computer usable program product for mapping infrastructure layout between non-corresponding datasets including accessing from a memory a set of long links with points that trace the curvature of a set of linestrings, accessing from the memory a set of short links that are short enough for analytical purposes wherein each short link represents a straight line, and from the set of long links and the set of short links, using a processor to create a set of hybrid links for storage in the memory, each hybrid link corresponding to one short link for analytic purposes, a plurality of the hybrid links including at least one of the points for tracing the curvature of the set of linestrings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Liam J. Murphy, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Shane O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9527211
    Abstract: A multiple robot control architecture including a plurality of robotic agricultural machines including a first and second robotic agricultural machine. Each robotic agricultural machine including at least one controller configured to implement a plurality of finite state machines within an individual robot control architecture (IRCA) and a global information module (GIM) communicatively coupled to the IRCA. The GIMs of the first and second robotic agricultural machines being configured to cooperate to cause said first robotic agricultural machine and said second agricultural machine to perform at least one agricultural task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John H. Posselius, Christopher A. Foster, Santosh K. Pitla, Scott A. Shearer, Joe D. Luck, Michael P. Sama, Rodrigo S. Zandonadi
  • Patent number: 9488985
    Abstract: A method for constructing air-observed terrain data by using a rotary wing structure includes setting flight information including a photographing starting location and a photographing ending location on the basis of a flight route and a photographing location of the rotary wing structure; transmitting, to the rotary wing structure, the flight information so as to store the flight information in a flight control unit; capturing a ground image by a photographing unit of the rotary wing structure and storing the ground image in a storage unit when the rotary wing structure arrives at the photographing location; ending photographing and returning to the ground when the rotary wing structure arrives at the photographing ending location while repeatedly capturing a ground image; and constructing, by a computer in the control center, terrain data by using ground images stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Duretek Inc.
    Inventors: Hyungse Kim, Jaemin Song, Junkyu Kim, Jihwan An
  • Patent number: 9489644
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a route collection module that collects drive history data describing a plurality of routes traveled by the vehicle and associated departure and arrival times for each of the routes, and a vehicle computing system that sends the drive history data and, in response, receives contact information for at least one driver of at least one other vehicle based on a similarity between the collected drive history data and drive history data associated with the at least one other vehicle. The vehicle further includes an interface that displays or plays the contact information to facilitate ride sharing between a driver of the vehicle and the at least one driver of the at least one other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn Daniel Brozovich
  • Patent number: 9481977
    Abstract: A system for controlling a machine during an autonomous material moving operation includes a terrain sensing system, a position sensing system, and a ground engaging work implement. A controller is configured to determine the topography of the work surface, generate a first target profile, generate signals to autonomously operate the machine along a work surface, receive a plurality of signals associated with a plurality of necessary input conditions, and generate a pause command based upon an absence of one of the plurality of necessary input conditions to define a pause condition. The controller may determine the position of the machine, determine an estimate of an amount of material being moved, generate a second target profile, and generate signals to re-start autonomous operation of the machine based upon the second target profile after elimination of the pause condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Clar, Daniel Stanek, Kyle Edwards, Michael Taylor, Robert J. McGee
  • Patent number: 9464894
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for localizing a vehicle along a route. The method comprises initially surveying the route to be traversed by the vehicle by creating a plurality of orthographic images of the route, at a plurality of locations along the route and subsequently passing the vehicle along the route while obtaining a current view of the route. The method further comprises resolving a pose of the vehicle relative to a survey trajectory by maximizing a relation between the orthographic images and the current view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Ashley Alan Napier, Paul Michael Newman
  • Patent number: 9453738
    Abstract: Driving directions are presented where a maneuver in the driving directions includes a road symbol and an action symbol. A road symbol identifies the road involved in the particular maneuver, and an action symbol identifies an action to be performed to execute the particular maneuver. In one example, a road symbol, an action symbol and narrative text may be presented in displayed or printed driving directions. In another example, a road symbol and an action symbol may be used to describe a maneuver presented by an on-board or mobile navigation system when the vehicle in which the navigation system is present approaches the point at which the maneuver is to be taken. The road symbol and the action symbol may be presented with, or without, narrative driving directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: MapQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall B. Matthews, G. Duane Gearhart, Michael David Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9442565
    Abstract: System and method for analyzing multiple participants' eye-movements over a visual display to determine which features on the display universally attract the most attention, or are the most distracting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Maura C Lohrenz, Marlin L Gendron, Melissa R. Beck, Megin Murphy, Linda Burns
  • Patent number: 9417777
    Abstract: A map data server may provide metadata about available indoor map data that accompanies map data for drawing a base map. For example, map data may include vector data for drawing a footprint of a building, and the metadata may include information about the physical properties of the building (e.g., an indication of how many floors the building has and if detailed map data is available for the indicated floors, etc.). A mapping application running on the client can use this metadata to display an interface that allows a user to select floors or otherwise interact with the floor data. Further, the metadata accompanying map data can include a bounding box, or a bounding polygon, for one or more floors. The mapping application can use these bounding shapes to properly reposition the viewport as map data for a new floor is being loaded, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Seth Jacob Pensack-Rinehart, Gavin Reaney, Yatin Chawathe, Nicholas Lee, Sascha Benjamin Brawer, Paul Messmer
  • Patent number: 9391891
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for accessing internet via a vehicle network. Vehicle terminal equipment can access OBU by means of the wireless AP on OBU, and realize the mutual communication with internet with the help of VANET network composed by OBU and RSU. Not only the normal communication between the OBU and RSU is guaranteed, but also the communication between vehicle terminal equipment and internet can be realized. Moreover, the present invention has the characteristics of anti-interference, convenience and real-time performance, and can adapt to the demand of the current network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Dan Liao, Gang Sun, Du Xu, Hongfang Yu, Bing Qiu, Peng Zhao
  • Patent number: 9248796
    Abstract: A visually-distracted-driving detection device that can detect visually distracted driving with high accuracy. The visually-distracted-driving detection device includes a visually-distracted-driving determination unit that determines that a driver is visually distracted if the direction in which the driver is looking is greater than or equal to a predetermined angle with respect to the front of the driver; and a prohibition unit that, if it is specified that the present position of the vehicle as specified by a present-position specifying unit is within a first predetermined distance from an intersection, prohibits a process that is performed in cases where it is determined that the driver is visually distracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akio Takahashi, Shinsuke Ueda
  • Patent number: 9234765
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for determining routes. Starting and destination points, and any user constraints, are identified for travel. Initial routes are determined between the starting and destination points. Each initial route is segmented into segments. Attribute oriented routes are determined using the segments. Entities associated with each segment are determined. Attributes are identified for each entity and are aggregated and ranked along all the determined initial routes, and emerging attributes are determined. Attribute oriented routes are determined based on the emerging attributes including: identifying a theme for an attribute oriented route, identifying a set of entities from the determined entities that are associated with the emerging attributes, and creating the attribute oriented route that passes through a region that includes the entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Amir Padovitz, Akshay N. Java
  • Patent number: 9229106
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for computing hybrid range measurements wherein range measurements of a target are obtained along with at least two images of the target and the location and the orientation of the images. Hybrid range measurements are computed based on the range measurements and the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Ryan Dotson
  • Patent number: 9212927
    Abstract: One or more systems, devices, and/or methods for providing navigation-related functions, such as map display, are disclosed. For example, a method may include receiving input corresponding to a location. Photo image data associated with the location are retrieved. The photo image data are based on at least one image captured by a video camera or a photo camera. The photo image data are provided to display at least a portion of a photo image view representing at least a portion of the location. Map data corresponding to the location are retrieved. The map data are provided to display at least a portion of a digital map in the portion of the photo image view, and the digital map is integrated within the photo image view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Matei Stroila
  • Patent number: 9202318
    Abstract: A ground fleet operations quality management system for use with one or more vehicles which includes a gateway module mounted on each vehicle, a centralized data server to collect, store and pre-process data from multiple vehicles, and a web application designed to provide access to and analysis of the conditions of the entire fleet of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Appareo Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Batcheller, Robert V. Weinmann, Barry D. Batcheller, Jacob A. Halvorson, Jeffrey L. Johnson, Nicholas L. Butts, Jonathan L. Tolstedt
  • Patent number: 9183512
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for detecting an anomaly in crowd behavior. The method includes receiving sensor data representing a crowd, and partitioning the sensor data into local areas forming neighborhoods. The method further includes, for each local area, characterizing motion in the local area to determine real-time estimates of motion of sub-populations based on the sensor data, providing a crowd model for each local area, representing continuous functions describing expected motion near each local area, and determining parametric values of the crowd model based on the real-time estimates of the motion of the sub-populations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Oliver Lehmann, Gilead Tadmor
  • Patent number: 9170111
    Abstract: A mapping or navigation device comprises or is connectable to position determining apparatus, the position determining apparatus being operable to determine one or more locations of the mapping or navigation device, the one or more determined locations forming at least one route, wherein the mapping or navigation device is configured to determine at least one portion of the at least one route, where the at least one portion is determined according to at least one property associated with at least one location comprised in the portion, and the mapping or navigation device is configured to form at least one anonymized route from the at least one determined route, wherein the at least one anonymized route does not include the at least one portion of the at least one route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Breght Boschker, Theo Kamalski
  • Patent number: 9152295
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (GUI) of a triage tool for triaging reported problems is described. The GUI includes a first set of UI items for viewing reported problems of maps. The GUI includes a second set of UI items for viewing map data related to the reported problems. The GUI includes a third set of UI items for sending triaged problems to a set of sources of the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: I Wei Lai, John A. Leslie, Ethan C. Sorrelgreen
  • Patent number: 9147226
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method comprises extracting a set of image features from a first image and a corresponding set of image features from a second image. A first transformation matrix and a second transformation matrix are computed between the first image and the second image based on a matching of the set of image features in the first image with the corresponding set of image features in the second image. A first set of feature points is determined based on the first transformation matrix, and a second set of feature points based on the second transformation matrix. A transformation matrix is estimated between the first set of feature points and the second set of feature points. The second image is aligned with the first image based on the transformation matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Basavaraja S V, Veldandi Muninder
  • Patent number: 9140776
    Abstract: A position determining unit has an assistance data processing and relaying module (software client) (1318) that obtains localized assistance data, such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) assistance data and/or non-GNSS (such as Wireless Positioning System) assistance data, from an assisting peer position determining unit and relays the localized assistance data to an assisted peer position determining unit. The relaying may be done via an assistance server. In a relaying GNSS position determining unit, such as a GPS receiver, the chip (1310) architecture has multi-frequency GNSS baseband (1311), GSM or UMTS baseband (1312) for long range communication and short range baseband (1313) such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or UWB. The assistance data generating module (1316) generates localized assistance data at the relaying GNSS unit from the GNSS R.F. front end and/or GNSS baseband and/or microcontroller running the GNSS solutions software portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SENSEWHERE LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Lennox Higgison, Nitin Chaudhary, Zankar Upendrakumar Sevak, Tughrul Sati Arslan
  • Patent number: 9140564
    Abstract: An apparatus for establishing lane information using driving information of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus comprises a map information storing unit storing digital map information and a driving information collecting unit collecting driving information from a plurality of vehicles. An accumulating and compiling statistics unit accumulates the driving information of each vehicle collected by the driving collecting unit and then compiles statistics on the accumulated driving information. A controlling unit generates lane information based on a statistics result of the accumulating and compiling statistics unit and the digital map information. A lane information database stores the lane information generated by the controlling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sung Yun Kim, Suk Young Rho, Jung Hoon Oh, Hyo Geun Kwak, Min Wook Seo
  • Patent number: 9134137
    Abstract: A method includes receiving one or more search terms at a mobile computing device while the mobile computing device is located at a particular location. A search query that includes the one or more search terms and a location history of the mobile computing device is transmitted to a server. The method also includes receiving one or more search results in response to the search query, where the one or more search results include content identified based on a predicted destination of the mobile computing device. An interface identifying the one or more search results is displayed at the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alice Jane Bernheim Brush, John Charles Krumm, Shahriyar Amini, Amy Karlson, Jaime Teevan, Nissanka Arachchige Bodhi Priyantha
  • Patent number: 9114961
    Abstract: A method for relative positioning of land vehicles under a crane in order to load and unload a load, such as a container, onto and from the vehicles, includes guiding a first vehicle relative to the crane and guiding other vehicles relative to the first vehicle that is already positioned or is still being guided under the crane, so that the second vehicle following the first vehicle is correctly placed behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Envision Vehicle Engineering Novasio Technology Event
    Inventors: Stéphane Hecky, Pascal Balon