For Use In A Map Database System Patents (Class 701/409)
  • Patent number: 11347237
    Abstract: Provided are a method of performing cloud simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), and a robot and a cloud server for performing the same, and a robot for performing cloud SLAM in real time includes a first sensor configured to acquire sensor data necessary to perform the SLAM, a map storage unit configured to store a map synchronized with a cloud server, a communication unit configured to transmit the sensor data, a feature, or a last frame to the cloud server and receive a local map patch or a global pose from the cloud server, and a control unit configured to generate the sensor data, the feature extracted from the sensor data, or the last frame and control movement of the robot using the local map patch or the global pose received from the cloud server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Gyuho Eoh, Jungsik Kim, Hyoungrock Kim, Moonsik Nam, Sookhyun Yang, Donghak Lee
  • Patent number: 11340080
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe techniques for automatic annotation of environmental features in a map during navigation of a vehicle. The techniques include receiving, by the vehicle located within an environment, a map of the environment. Sensors of the vehicle receive sensor data and semantic data. The sensor data includes a plurality of features of the environment. A geometric model of a feature of the plurality of features is generated. The feature is associated with a drivable area within the environment. A drivable segment is extracted from the drivable area. The drivable segment is segregated into a plurality of geometric blocks, wherein each geometric block corresponds to a characteristic of the drivable area and the geometric model of the feature includes the plurality of geometric blocks. The geometric model is annotated using the semantic data. The annotated geometric model is embedded within the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventor: Paul Stephen Rempola Averilla
  • Patent number: 11332067
    Abstract: A management system for a work vehicle, includes: a traveling condition data generation unit configured to generate traveling condition data of a work vehicle having a notification device configured to notify a moving direction; a notification data generation unit configured to generate notification data for controlling the notification device such that, based on the traveling condition data, the notification device operates in a first state at a time of moving forward of the work vehicle, and the notification device operates in a second state different from the first state at a time of moving backward of the work vehicle; and an output unit configured to output the notification data, to the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Takeda, Akiharu Nishijima
  • Patent number: 11310628
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to secure a relative relationship when positions are displayed by use of position information transmitted from a plurality of wireless communication devices. Each of the wireless communication devices of the present invention includes a position information acquisition unit and a transmission unit. The position information acquisition unit acquires the position information of the wireless communication devices by the GPS, for example. At that time, the position information acquisition unit also acquires time information when the position information is acquired. The transmission unit transmits transmission data including the position information and the time information when the position information is acquired in a predetermined transmission slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Kobayashi, Shinichi Kitazono, Toshihiro Fujiki
  • Patent number: 11287799
    Abstract: A method for coordinating and monitoring objects in a predefined spatial area that includes multiple subareas that are each associated with a respective subarea computing system includes position and movement information of objects in the particular subarea being ascertained by the particular subarea computing system using sensor units. A particular instantaneous surroundings map of the particular subarea is created by the particular subarea computing system using a particular surroundings map of the particular subarea and the position and movement information. The particular instantaneous surroundings maps are transmitted to a shared higher-order computing system which creates an instantaneous surroundings map of the predefined spatial area and, based on the map, coordinates movements of automated mobile objects in the spatial area with ascertainment of movement specifications that are transmitted to the subarea computing systems and from there to the automated mobile objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Albrecht, Keerthana Govindaraj, Volker Henrichs
  • Patent number: 11287267
    Abstract: An apparatus is onboard a vehicle and in communication with sensors onboard the vehicle. The apparatus receives a maplet request identifying a request region; and, responsive to determining that the vehicle is within the request region, processes sensor data captured by sensors to generate a multi-sensor data stream corresponding to a road network segment. The apparatus identifies an observation corresponding to a construction marker within the multi-sensor data stream; and generates a maplet based on the observation and the maplet request. Generating the maplet comprises using a predetermined data model and a predetermined data format corresponding to a construction marker observation class to encode road data corresponding to the observation corresponding to the construction marker. The apparatus provides the maplet such that a network apparatus receives the maplet. The network apparatus is configured to validate/update map data of a digital map representing the road network based on the maplet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Dietmar Rabel, Robert Ledner, Carolyn Johnston, Jan Van Sickle, Timm Kayser, Eric Dieckman
  • Patent number: 11257351
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for monitoring on route transportations. The method includes obtaining a driving route of a target vehicle; obtaining a reference position on the driving route away from a first current position of the target vehicle; determining a second current position of the target vehicle after a reference time; determining a distance between the second current position and the reference position is greater than a preset distance; and sending a signal to a target terminal indicating that the target vehicle is off-route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Beibei Zhang, Xu He, Chao Tang, Zhaoxue Wu
  • Patent number: 11238605
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application disclose a method, a computer device, and a storage medium for simultaneous localization and mapping, applied to the field of information processing technologies. In the simultaneous localization and mapping method in the embodiments, edge information of a current frame image captured by an image capturing apparatus is obtained, and the edge information is divided into structural features of a plurality of first components, where each first component may correspond to a partial structure of one object in the current frame image, or correspond to at least one object. Then, a correspondence between first components in the current frame image and second components in a reference frame image may be obtained by matching the structural features of the first components with structural features of the second components in the reference frame image. Finally, the image capturing apparatus may be simultaneously localized according to the correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 11230286
    Abstract: A system for inspecting vehicle lane keeping performance includes: an on-board diagnostic device (OBD) connected to a controller of a vehicle via controller area network communication to receive driving information; and an inspection terminal installed in the vehicle, connecting short-range wireless communication with the OBD, measuring position information of the vehicle on a road using a precision global positioning system, receiving the driving information to determine whether lane following assist function (LFA) function operates normally when the vehicle crosses over a line of a lane beyond a centerline of the lane and to determine whether a lane keeping assist function (LKA) function operates normally when the vehicle departs from the lane, and controlling the vehicle to move into the lane by applying a steering signal to the vehicle when at least one of the LFA function or LKA function does not operate normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Cheol Jeong, TaeJong Kim
  • Patent number: 11221223
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe techniques for automatic annotation of environmental features in a map during navigation of a vehicle. The techniques include receiving, by the vehicle located within an environment, a map of the environment. Sensors of the vehicle receive sensor data and semantic data. The sensor data includes a plurality of features of the environment. A geometric model of a feature of the plurality of features is generated. The feature is associated with a drivable area within the environment. A drivable segment is extracted from the drivable area. The drivable segment is segregated into a plurality of geometric blocks, wherein each geometric block corresponds to a characteristic of the drivable area and the geometric model of the feature includes the plurality of geometric blocks. The geometric model is annotated using the semantic data. The annotated geometric model is embedded within the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventor: Paul Stephen Rempola Averilla
  • Patent number: 11195033
    Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more cameras that capture a plurality of two-dimensional images of a three-dimensional object. A light detector and/or a semantic classifier search within those images for lights of the three-dimensional object. A vehicle signal detection module fuses information from the light detector and/or the semantic classifier to produce a semantic meaning for the lights. The vehicle can be controlled based on the semantic meaning. Further, the vehicle can include a depth sensor and an object projector. The object projector can determine regions of interest within the two-dimensional images, based on the depth sensor. The light detector and/or the semantic classifier can use these regions of interest to efficiently perform the search for the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Clement Creusot, Divya Thuremella, Na Yu, Jia Pu
  • Patent number: 11193788
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can provide a map application providing a representation of a physical structure of venues (e.g., shopping centers, airports) identified by the application. In addition, the application can provide a unique venue directory, providing an easy and visual mechanism to search for categories of points of interest (e.g., clothes, food, restrooms) or specific items within the venue. Search results can be presented on a map of a floor within the venue as well as a listing providing all search results located within the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Shelby, Megan M. Frost, YunJae Kim, Sean P. O'Brien, Brett L. Lareau, Ryan W. Apuy, Jae Woo Chang
  • Patent number: 11189167
    Abstract: A system and connected user mobile device interface for tracking one or more shuttle buses and providing a visual display thereof along with estimated times of arrival at the connected user's location or at the shuttle bus stop closest to the connected user. The tracking system is a learning-based model that tracks vehicle movement to estimate arrival time at pre-determined geo-fence locations based on historical behavior for similar time periods and conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL, LLC
    Inventor: John Turato
  • Patent number: 11188575
    Abstract: A road furniture item or another type of road object is detected by at least one sensor. An associated geographic position associated with the road furniture item or road object is determined. After a predetermined time is reached, the geographic position is compared to a local database. A remote database is updated after the predetermined time is reached and according to the comparison with the local database. In some examples, the data indicative of the road furniture item or the road object is deleted based on a confidence level in the local database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Gavril Giurgiu, Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 11182612
    Abstract: Various aspects of a systems and method for place recognition based on a 3D point cloud are disclosed herein. A computer-implemented method for place recognition based on a 3D point cloud, comprising: capturing a 3D point cloud of an area in which the mobile agent is traveling; extracting local features of each point in the captured 3D point cloud; generating a global descriptor of each point of the 3D point cloud using a deep neural network, based on the extracted local features; constructing a place descriptor map of the area based on the generated global descriptors; and recognizing the area by using the generated place descriptor map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Yunhui Liu, Shunbo Zhou, Zhe Liu, Hongchao Zhao, Wen Chen, Chuanzhe Suo
  • Patent number: 11151394
    Abstract: Operations may comprise obtaining a first point cloud from a map representing a region. The operations may also include obtaining a second point cloud from one or more sensors of a vehicle traveling through the region. In addition, the operations may include identifying one or more subsets of clusters of second points of the second point cloud. The operations may also include determining correspondences between first points of the first point cloud and cluster points of the one or more subsets of clusters of the second point cloud. Moreover, the operations may include identifying at least a cluster of the one or more subsets of clusters, the identified cluster having, with respect to first points of the first point cloud, a correspondence percentage that is less than a threshold value. The operations may also include adjusting the second point cloud based on the identified cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Derik Schroeter
  • Patent number: 11113555
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus is provided with a discriminator applier and a candidate area calculator. The discriminator applier applies a discriminator which detects an object to images acquired in past and calculates object detection information including at least location information of the object detected by the discriminator, in a learning phase. The candidate area calculator performs a machine-learning by use of the object detection information and calculates object candidate area information including at least information specifying a candidate area in which the object may appear in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Asari
  • Patent number: 11076589
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an apparatus, methods, systems and computer program products described herein are directed to an agricultural observation and treatment system and method of operation. The agricultural treatment system may determine a first real-world geo-spatial location of the treatment system. The system can receive captured images depicting real-world agricultural objects of a geographic scene. The system can associate captured images with the determined geo-spatial location of the treatment system. The treatment system can identify, from a group of mapped and indexed images, images having a second real-word geo-spatial location that is proximate with the first real-world geo-spatial location. The treatment system can compare at least a portion of the identified images with at least a portion of the captured images. The treatment system can determine a target object and emit a fluid projectile at the target object using a treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Verdant Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Lorenzo Ibarria, Curtis Dale Garner, Patrick Christopher Leger, Andre Robert Daniel Michelin, John Phillip Hurliman, II, Wisit Jirattigalochote, Hasan Tafish
  • Patent number: 11079755
    Abstract: A system for autonomous or semi-autonomous operation of a vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a machine automation portal (MAP) application configured to enable a computing device to (a) display a map of a work site and (b) provide a graphical user interface that enables a user to (i) define a boundary of an autonomous operating zone on the map and (ii) define a boundary of one or more exclusion zones. The system also includes a robotics processing unit configured to (a) receive the boundary of the autonomous operating zone and the boundary of each exclusion zone from the computing device, (b) generate a planned command path that the vehicle will travel to perform a task within the autonomous operating zone while avoiding each exclusion zone, and (c) control operation of the vehicle so that the vehicle travels the planned command path to perform the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: EQUIPMENTSHARE.COM INC.
    Inventors: William J. Schlacks, IV, Brian Adams, James Dianics, Ian Graves, Rob Martin, Scott Pfursich
  • Patent number: 11030802
    Abstract: A dynamic map update device includes a processor configured to: acquire a captured image from a plurality of vehicles, each of the plurality of vehicles having a camera configured to capture surroundings, the captured image being captured by the camera; update a dynamic map of a predetermined area based on the captured image; vary an update frequency of the dynamic map depending on a position among a plurality of positions in the predetermined area; and acquire the captured image from the plurality of vehicles according to the update frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Saeko Miyaoka, Koji Taguchi, Masato Endo
  • Patent number: 11010916
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method of configuring a camera position suitable for localization and a robot implementing the same, and the robot according to an embodiment, which configures a camera position suitable for localization, calculates a first SLAM index with respect to an image captured by a first camera sensor on a mounting unit, and calculates a second SLAM index by changing a position of the first camera sensor along the mounting unit, or selects any one of the first SLAM index and the second SLAM index by calculating the second SLAM index with respect to an image captured by a second camera sensor disposed in the mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Gyuho Eoh, Jungsik Kim
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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