Having Accuracy Improvement Of Position Or Location Patents (Class 701/469)
  • Patent number: 11106218
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide map data for autonomous vehicles. In particular, a method may include accessing subsets of multiple types of sensor data, aligning subsets of sensor data relative to a global coordinate system based on the multiple types of sensor data to form aligned sensor data, and generating datasets of three-dimensional map data. The method further includes detecting a change in data relative to at least two datasets of the three-dimensional map data and applying the change in data to form updated three-dimensional map data. The change in data may be representative of a state change of an environment at which the sensor data is sensed. The state change of the environment may be related to the presence or absences of an object located therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Gabriel Thurston Sibley
  • Patent number: 11107150
    Abstract: The Ad Hoc Item Geo Temporal Location and Allocation Apparatuses, Methods and Systems (“GeoTemp”) transforms user requested area (202), user layout request (1102), user request for product items (1402), layout, section, unit/item position, zone, user item selection inputs via GeoTemp components into location map (230), layout position (1135), booking (1026), goods services dispatch (1326, 1430), item reservation, item directions, inventory request, inventory delivery outputs. The GeoTemp includes an ad hoc geographical and temporal mapping and item allocation apparatus, comprising: a memory and a component collection in the memory. The GeoTemp further includes a processor disposed in communication with the memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions from the component collection stored in the memory, wherein the processor issues instructions from the component collection, stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Beachy Co.
    Inventors: Matthew Stephen Houston, David Michael Stange, Joshua Paul Aronson
  • Patent number: 11087616
    Abstract: An approach is provided for recommending services based on map-based dynamic location sampling. The approach, for instance, involves determining a predicted location of a vehicle on a road segment based on an estimated time of arrival at an end node of the road segment. The approach also involves calculating a difference between the predicted location and an actual location sensed by a location of the vehicle. The approach further involves recommending a service for installation on or near the road segment based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Ofri Rom, Ron Begleiter, Marina Ousov Fridin, Daniel Schmidt, Yelena Shnaider, Inna Branevich, Alexander Maryanovsky, Marcelo Savignano
  • Patent number: 11081001
    Abstract: A system for capturing and transmitting data related to traffic and environmental conditions is provided. The system includes a processor that identifies location information of the traffic cone in real time, an image sensor that captures one or more images of an area external to the traffic cone, a communication module that transmits, in real time, the location information and the one or more images as a broadcast signal, and memory utilized to store the location information and the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Alex T. Pham
  • Patent number: 11068627
    Abstract: Procedural generation of simulated environments is described herein. In an example, a computing device can access road network data associated with a real environment. Further, the computing device can generate, based on the sensor data, a road mesh associated with the real environment. The computing device can associate the road network data with the road mesh to generate a simulated environment and can procedurally render at least one object into the simulated environment based at least in part on at least one rule. The computing device can output the simulated environment for at least one of testing, validating, or training an algorithm used by an autonomous vehicle for at least one of navigating, planning, or decision making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: James Graham Dolan, Douglas Raymond Brooks
  • Patent number: 11064827
    Abstract: A pillow is provided herein which includes a cover having opposing first and second panels. A gusset perimetrically bounds, and joins, the first and second panels. The gusset is formed of an open cell construction. Compliant fill material is disposed within the cover. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a pillow is provided allowing for lateral ventilation between opposing panels. This permits a cooling effect while a user is resting or sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BEDGEAR, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11062600
    Abstract: The network system triggers registration of the start of a transport journey in response to a communication of a transport user device and a transport provider device with each other, performs a continuous coordinated proximity monitoring to verify the identity of a transport user and a transport provider vehicle, and triggers registration of the end of the transport journey through communication of the transport user device and the transport provider device with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Carma Technology Limited
    Inventor: Sean O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11055582
    Abstract: Provided is an object recognition device capable of preventing a change of fusion data from a previous value to a current value that exceeds a tolerable range. The object recognition device is configured to execute specialized tracking processing when a change of the fusion data from the previous value to the current value exceeds a tolerable range, and generate tracking data that is equivalent to prediction data in the specialized tracking processing by setting an adjustment physical quantity for solving a fusion data discontinuity state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Tateiwa, Koji Iida, Takayuki Moritani
  • Patent number: 11054274
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and storage medium for controlling a navigation map. The method includes: acquiring navigation key points contained in a navigation route between a current position of a vehicle and a next maneuver point, upon detecting a scale display event; calculating an optimal scale of the navigation map, according to the navigation key points and a pixel size of a terminal screen; and navigating the navigation route according to the optimal scale. The method, apparatus and storage medium for controlling a navigation map provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure improve the guidance of the navigation map and reduce the risk of missing an intersection during driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Deng, Quankun Chen, Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 11054262
    Abstract: A method for improving the accuracy of an inertial navigation system (INS) by performing a synchronization procedure to align the INS to a compass-derived initial heading comprises the steps of determining a heading of minimal error for the compass and defining that heading as the initial heading; orienting the INS to align with the so-defined initial heading; synchronizing the internal navigation system to that heading; and proceeding with navigation by use of the INS. The INS may be vehicle mounted or be contained in a portable navigation unit for swimmers or other users. The heading of minimal error may be determined by placing the compass within a multi-axis Helmholz coil system and monitoring compass readings and deviation errors as a function of actual compass positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: STIDD Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Perry
  • Patent number: 11048899
    Abstract: An interactive graphic wall includes a vertical wall that is formed with a plurality of graphical images. Selected graphical images represent activities that are geographically near to a location in which the interactive graphic wall is disposed. A plurality of placards are mounted on the vertical wall, and each one of the placards corresponds to a respective one of the selected graphical images. A machine-readable code is formed on each placard and corresponds to one of the selected graphical images. The code is capable of being read by an imaging device contained in a portable device that is connected to the Internet. When the machine-readable code is read by the imaging device, data in the machine-readable code directs a browser or a software application stored on the portable device to a web site containing information about the activity represented by the respective selected graphical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael Eric Dauberman, Seth Barnett Klugherz, Annelie Rode, Brooke Ellen Talbot, Diana Lee Pun, Brenton Gentry Eveleth
  • Patent number: 11047965
    Abstract: A portable communication device implements a position indication method to determine and convey the relative locations of other portable communication devices in a group. In one embodiment, the portable communication devices are equipped with a GPS sensor and the position indication method determines relative locations of devices using GPS location data. In another embodiment, the portable communication devices determine relative locations of devices using the strength of the received signal as a proxy for distance. In some embodiments, the relative location information is conveyed to each portable communication device by modifying the audio signal playback. For example, a 3D audio playback may be used to convey the relative location information. In other embodiments, other non-audible location indication may be provided on each portable communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Loose Cannon Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Celinski, Aiden Riley Eller, George Bulatov, Evan Stuart
  • Patent number: 11049069
    Abstract: A method and a device for tracking an item using a tracking device associated with the item are described. The method, executed in a processor of the tracking device, comprises identifying a location state of the tracking device as one of an indoor location and an outdoor location relative to an indoor facility, based on at least one of satellite based data and connectivity to an access point in the indoor facility. Upon identifying the location state as the indoor location, a wireless transceiver and one or more sensor devices may be activated. The sensor devices may include at least one of a wireless signal strength sensor, a wireless signal connectivity sensor, an inertial sensor, a magnetic field sensor, a barometric sensor, and an ambient light sensor. Further, indoor localization data gathered by the sensor devices may be provided for localization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Paramvir Singh Nagpal
  • Patent number: 11042155
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to method, system, medium, and implementation of a global model update center. At least one model is established at the model update center for detecting objects surrounding each of autonomous driving vehicles of a fleet. A plurality of labeled data items are received, from the fleet of autonomous driving vehicles, where each of the labeled data items is detected, based on the at least one model, from sensor data characterizing surroundings of the autonomous driving vehicles. The labeled data items are generated automatically on-the-fly by the autonomous driving vehicles. Based on the received labeled data items, at least some of the models are updated and model update information is accordingly generated. Such generated model update information is then distributed to the fleet of autonomous driving vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: PLUSAI LIMITED
    Inventors: Hao Zheng, David Wanqian Liu, Timothy Patrick Daly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11037449
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a button programmed to output an alert signal, a communication interface programmed to wirelessly transmit an alert message, and a processor programmed to command the communication interface to transmit the alert message to an emergency service provider in response to the button outputting the alert signal. The alert message identifies a future vehicle stop and a time of arrival at the future vehicle stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Perez Barrera, Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11039044
    Abstract: A system for providing a geographical location for a detected moving object is presented. The system comprises a camera configured to capture a first image of a field of view at a first time, and a second image of a field of view at a second time. The field of view includes a moving object. The system also comprises a processor configured to receive the first and second images of the field of view, index the first and second images based on an associated timestamp, and provide the first and second images to a nonvolatile storage medium. The system also comprises a change detection module configured to compare the first and second images and detect the moving object. The system also comprises a position identification module configured to calculate and provide the geographical location for the detected moving object, based on a known location of the camera, and a calibration of the field of view. The system also comprises a display, configured to receive an updated display feed from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc.
    Inventors: Stacy Kniffen, Robert Mingee, Blake Levy, Daniel Gibbs, Michael Martin
  • Patent number: 11039270
    Abstract: Systems, and methods for predicting that a user is located at a labeled place corresponding to a point of interest. A server computer accesses historical data comprising location data, and wireless network data collected from a plurality of client devices of a plurality of users over a period of time. For one or more labeled places, the data points corresponding to one of the users being located at the labeled place are identified. A labeled dataset is generated by tagging the identified data points with a label corresponding to the corresponding labeled place. A machine learning model is trained on the labeled dataset, so that when current location data are receiving from a client device of a user, it is possible to determine, using the trained machine learning model, whether the user is located at one of the one or more labeled places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: David Bouba, Eric Guillaume, Xabier Jaureguiberry
  • Patent number: 10977941
    Abstract: Locating passenger transit vehicles by detecting interactions. Each interaction is between a transit terminal and a geolocation-enabled user device, and is characterized by data indicative of the interacting terminal, the interacting user device, and the time of interaction. For each detected interaction, a geolocation of the corresponding user device at the time of the interaction is requested; and in response to the requesting, the geolocation of the corresponding user device, the time of the geolocation, and the data indicative of the interacting terminal is received. A particular passenger transit vehicle associated with at least one interacting terminal is identified based on the user device geolocations. The location of the passenger transit vehicle is transmitted for display on user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Reuben Kan, Cayden Meyer
  • Patent number: 10963449
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a processing circuit includes: a data acquisition circuit configured to acquire process data and measurement data of a processing arrangement, the process data including a plurality of process event data in accordance with a plurality of process events and the measurement data including a plurality of measurement event data in accordance with a plurality of measurement events; a data merging circuit configured to provide state information, the state information representing a status of the processing arrangement, and accuracy information representing an accuracy of the state information; wherein the data merging circuit is further configured to update the state information based on the acquired process event data, wherein the accuracy of the state information is decreased, and, independently from updating the state information, to downdate the state information based on the acquired measurement event data, wherein the accuracy of the state information is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Ulf Seidel
  • Patent number: 10929552
    Abstract: A system for checking consent includes an input interface and a processor. The input interface is to receive a start indication of a driver shift start. The processor is to determine a driver for the driver shift; determine whether a consent is stored for the driver; and in the event a consent is stored for the driver, store a transfer indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Lambert
  • Patent number: 10919528
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driver assistance apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus including: a camera configured to acquire a front field-of-view image of the vehicle; an output unit; and a processor configured to detect at least one traffic sign based on the front field-of-view image of the vehicle, determine whether the traffic sign fits travel information of the vehicle, and, when the traffic sign fits the vehicle travel information, perform control to output the traffic sign through the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeonju Bae, Geunsoo Son
  • Patent number: 10921463
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed toward determining a vehicle orientation based on sensor information. Sensors are positioned along a vehicle body that may be evaluated to determine corresponding values between matching sensor types. When a threshold of sensors having corresponding values is met, the information from those sensors is combined with additional sensor information to determine a vehicle orientation. As a result, faulty sensor information may be disregarded without eliminating information from operational sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Davis Williams
  • Patent number: 10907971
    Abstract: A vision-aided inertial navigation system comprises an image source to produce image data for poses of reference frames along a trajectory, a motion sensor configured to provide motion data of the reference frames, and a hardware-based processor configured to compute estimates for a position and orientation of the reference frames for the poses. The processor executes a square-root inverse Schmidt-Kalman Filter (SR-ISF)-based estimator to compute, for features observed from poses along the trajectory, constraints that geometrically relate the poses from which the respective feature was observed. The estimator determines, in accordance with the motion data and the computed constraints, state estimates for position and orientation of reference frames for poses along the trajectory and computes positions of the features that were each observed within the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Stergios I. Roumeliotis, Kejian J. Wu, Tong Ke
  • Patent number: 10900801
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for displaying augmented reality directions utilizing physical markers. Systems and methods described herein may allow a device to scan to provide augmented reality directions using one or more physical markers as reference points. One or more physical markers may be left along a path, and directions may be provided from one physical marker to the next. A device, such as a mobile device, may be used to scan the physical markers and/or display the augmented reality directions on a display overlaid over a depiction of the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover, Micah Price, Avid Ghamsari, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 10890450
    Abstract: A method and system of infrastructure re-purposed magnetic signatures for mobile device indoor navigation and positioning. The method comprises determining a common spatial region in accordance with a first spatial region partially superimposed upon an at least a second spatial region, the first and at least a second spatial regions associated with a first and an at least a second magnetic signatures respectively; and generating, based at least in part on the first and at least a second magnetic signatures, a re-purposed magnetic signature associated with the common spatial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Joshua Karon, Sean Huberman, Henry L. Ohab
  • Patent number: 10881357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the health of vehicle passengers using images of the passengers taken by onboard imaging devices (e.g., digital cameras), determining health data (e.g., vital signs) on-board the passenger vehicle using the images, and communicating (in one or more instances) with a remote telemedical monitoring system to determine medical information regarding the passengers and/or enable communication with a medical caregiver for diagnosis and treatment. The system may be especially useful in larger passenger vehicles, such as commercial aircraft, to monitor the health of all or most of the passengers but may also be used in other passenger vehicles including passenger trains, buses, ships, boats and automobiles. In one or more instances, the systems and methods primarily utilize images to determine health data (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10884428
    Abstract: Techniques for decimating portions of a map of an environment are discussed herein. The environment can be represented by a three-dimensional (3D) map including a plurality of polygons and semantic information associated with the polygons. In some cases, decimation operations may be based on semantic information associated with the environment. Differing decimation operations and/or levels may be applied to polygons of different semantic classifications or differing contribution levels. Boundaries between regions having different semantic information can be preserved. Meshes can be decimated using different decimation operators or decimation levels and an accuracy of localizing can be compared using the various decimated meshes. An optimal mesh can be selected and sent to vehicles for localizing the vehicles in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Brice Rebsamen, Elena Stumm, Nitesh Shroff, Derek Adams
  • Patent number: 10872523
    Abstract: In automatic driving or the like, it is necessary to prevent an attacker from performing message transmission by impersonating a vehicle. If it is determined that a history of acquired behavioral information of own vehicle does not match vehicle behavior, a message indicating that communication between the own vehicle and a surrounding vehicle is stopped is transmitted to the surrounding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Maeda, Takayoshi Takehara
  • Patent number: 10846545
    Abstract: The content and installation site of road signs are verified by detecting a road sign in one or more images from at least one camera. Image analysis is used to determine the content of the road sign portrayed in the image that is visually recognisable for a human being. Moreover, the installation site of the road sign is determined, and data that are not interpretable for a human being are obtained that are provided by the road sign and that represent the content and the installation site of the road sign. If the determined data and the data obtained from the road sign are concordant then the content of the road sign is displayed or announced to a driver of the vehicle for information. If there is no concordance then a further automatic plausibility check can be performed or a question or information can be sent to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Helge Zinner, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10838074
    Abstract: A method and system for restoring a GPS signal is provided. The method including the steps of receiving a target location, receiving location of visible satellites, calculating a transmit delay, calculating a Doppler offset, calculating a chipping offset, computing navigating data and PRN codes, formulating signals using the transmit delay, Doppler offset, chipping offset, navigation data and PRN codes, and transmitting the formulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SRC, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Zuber
  • Patent number: 10832575
    Abstract: Methods and systems for alerting a driver of a vehicle of parking conditions within a predetermined distance of a destination. The system includes a transceiver of the vehicle configured to receive, from one or more other vehicles, parking condition data including one or more indicators of parking conditions within the predetermined distance of the destination. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle connected to the transceiver. The ECU is configured to determine a parking congestion level based on the parking condition data. The ECU is also configured to determine whether the parking congestion level exceeds a threshold parking congestion level. The ECU is also configured to instruct an output device to alert the driver of parking congestion near the destination when the parking congestion level exceeds the threshold parking congestion level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Wilson-Boon Siang Khoo, Devang Parekh
  • Patent number: 10830917
    Abstract: A method for detecting an anomaly, associated with a magnetic locating device including a first magnetic element and a second magnetic element that are associated with a first object and with a second object, respectively. The first object includes a first movement sensor configured to determine a first datum dependent on inclination of the first object in a basic reference frame, or the terrestrial reference frame. The method includes: determining the first datum from the first movement sensor; determining a second datum dependent on inclination of the second object in the basic reference frame; determining at least one orientation parameter with the magnetic locating device using the first and second magnetic elements; using the at least one orientation parameter and the first and second data to generate an indicator of presence of the anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, MINMAXMEDICAL
    Inventors: Saifeddine Aloui, Francois Bertrand, Mickael Chave, Stephane Lavallee
  • Patent number: 10809387
    Abstract: A method for selecting localization algorithms in a vehicle, wherein the localization algorithms, in particular for satellite navigation or vehicle dynamics sensors, are selected on the basis of driving states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Zalewski, Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10798538
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a floor map indicating a layout of a location, displaying at least a portion of the floor map, capturing signal strength data representing a signal field for at least one position on the floor map, identifying an asset within the layout of the location, determining at least one property that identifies the asset using one of a discovery process using a wireless protocol and an image processing application programming interface (API) configured to classify an image and detect individual within the image, updating the floor map with the asset and the at least one property, and communicating the asset and the at least one property to the remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BMC Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Priyanka Jain, Sameer Mardhekar, Anand Bhagwat
  • Patent number: 10789844
    Abstract: A parking availability system and method are provided. The system includes a vehicle information module that may be cloud-based to store characteristics of the vehicle and/or the driver/occupant(s). A parking module that may be cloud-based receives a selected destination and receives the characteristics of the vehicle and/or driver/occupant(s) from the vehicle information module. An infrastructure communication module receives the selected destination from the parking module and communicates with the selected destination to request parking availability information. The parking module determines, based on the parking availability information and the characteristics, whether there is parking available for the vehicle at the selected destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John William Whikehart
  • Patent number: 10783460
    Abstract: A community driven framework for travel planning is described. A service provider may determine an intended travel destination associated with a user and may access, from a database, candidate itineraries that are associated with the intended travel destination. The service provider may determine a suitability score associated with a candidate itinerary of the candidate itineraries, the suitability score indicating a likelihood that the candidate itinerary is of interest to the user. The service provider may select the candidate itinerary as an itinerary to recommend to the user and may cause the itinerary to be presented to the user via a device corresponding to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Shawn Davis, Damien Renaud Leake, Anshu Kumar Mishra, Gregory Forrest Wright
  • Patent number: 10762365
    Abstract: A method is described for checking the plausibility of a recognition of a traffic sign for an autonomously driving vehicle. The method includes a step of reading in, in which an information signal and a position signal are read in via an interface to a vehicle device of the vehicle, the information signal representing a piece of information concerning a traffic sign in road traffic that is recognized using an optical sensor of the vehicle, and the position signal representing an instantaneous position of the vehicle. In addition, the method includes a step of comparing, in which the recognized traffic sign is compared to a sign that is noted on a stored map at the instantaneous position of the vehicle, using the information signal and the position signal. Lastly, the method includes a step of providing a confirmation signal at an interface to the vehicle device when the step of comparing results in a match of the recognized traffic sign with the sign that is noted at the relevant position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marlon Ramon Ewert
  • Patent number: 10743280
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extending communication capabilities of a vehicle are described herein. The systems and methods enable a user equipment to facilitate communication between a vehicle and a central system, adding the vehicle as a node in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaviphat Lekutai
  • Patent number: 10718628
    Abstract: Provided is a host vehicle position estimation device capable of accurately estimating the position of a host vehicle on a map even if there is no landmark that can be referred to on an image photographed using a camera. A host vehicle position is estimated on the basis of intermediate information about a landmark name and landmark distance for an intermediate object extracted from a photographed image of the surroundings of a host vehicle, distance information about the distance to the intermediate object, and landmark information stored beforehand about the landmark name and position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuhi Shiina, Hideaki Kido, Takeshi Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10710804
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system including a storage structure with storage racks having a seating surface configured to support case units where a position of each case unit is non-deterministic for each storage location on the storage racks, each case unit has a predetermined storage position and a controller is configured to determine the predetermined storage position, a picking aisle configured to provide access to the case units within the storage structure, and a seismic disturbance restorative system including seismic disturbance motions sensors disposed on the storage racks, a seismic disturbance control module in communication with the seismic disturbance sensors and configured to identify a seismic disturbance, and an automated case mapper configured to traverse the picking aisle, the automated case mapper being in communication with and initialized by the seismic disturbance control module to identify a seated position of at least one case unit within the storage structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sullivan, Stephen C. Toebes
  • Patent number: 10712163
    Abstract: Data indicating current driving characteristics of a driver driving a vehicle can be received in real time. A driving profile for the driver can be determined based on the data. The driving profile can be categorized into a driving pattern category. A plurality of candidate travel routes for the driver to reach an intended destination can be identified and, for each of the candidate travel routes, a plurality of route segments can be identified. Based on the driving pattern category, a probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause a traffic accident can be determined for each of the plurality of route segments. Route segments for which the probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause the traffic accident exceeds a threshold value can be determined. A notification can be communicated to the driver or vehicle indicating such probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franz Friedrich Liebinger Portela, Roxana Monge Nunez, Juan Gabriel Rodriguez Arguedas, Edgar Adolfo Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 10674311
    Abstract: Systems, and methods for predicting that a user is located at a labeled place corresponding to a point of interest. A server computer accesses historical data comprising location data, and wireless network data collected from a plurality of client devices of a plurality of users over a period of time. For one or more labeled places, the data points corresponding to one of the users being located at the labeled place are identified. A labeled dataset is generated by tagging the identified data points with a label corresponding to the corresponding labeled place. A machine learning model is trained on the labeled dataset, so that when current location data are receiving from a client device of a user, it is possible to determine, using the trained machine learning model, whether the user is located at one of the one or more labeled places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: David Bouba, Eric Guillaume, Xabier Jaureguiberry
  • Patent number: 10635111
    Abstract: A system dynamically controls position of a mobile offshore drilling unit relative to a subsea operation, an offshore location, or the like. The system has navigation units, acoustic units, and inertial units. The navigation units obtain position from one or more satellite navigation systems, and the acoustic units obtains position from one or more acoustic positioning reference systems. The inertial units obtains position of the unit from one or more inertial navigation systems, and this inertial position for each unit is based at least in part on the positions obtained from respective ones of the navigation and acoustic units. A control unit in operable communication with the inertial units determines dynamic positioning information from the inertial position of at least one of the inertial units. In turn, the control unit then operates equipment on the drilling unit to control its position dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rowan Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Hopkins
  • Patent number: 10631127
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for defining zones used in location-based services. A mobile device with administrative privileges is moved in a path within a venue. The path is recorded and the interior of the path forms a zone. Additionally, embodiments provide for modification of existing zones based on a recorded path from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10620009
    Abstract: A tracking server receives GPS data from a location tracking device located in a vehicle. The GPS data describes a path that is representative of a pathway of the vehicle used to complete a trip from a starting location to a destination location. The tracking server identifies noisy GPS data included in the received GPS data and revises a portion of path corresponding to the noisy GPS data. The tracking server may update a map database to include one or more road segments associated with the revised portion of the path. Furthermore, the tracking server may calculate a fare for the trip based on the revised path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sophia Cui, Thi Duong Nguyen, Theodore Russell Sumers, Miao Yu, Xingwen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10623921
    Abstract: A communications system for V2X communication, which can be installed in a motor vehicle at an installation location, includes a receiver for receiving communications data and a processor configured to capture a characteristic of the received communications data. The processor also configured to check the arrangement of the communications system at the installation location on the basis of a comparison of the captured characteristic with a reference characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Marc Menzel, Walter Fehrmann
  • Patent number: 10616727
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location information on a social network, including: receiving, from a client device, a request for one or more social media posts, where the request includes screen attribute information about a display of the client device, geographic location information, and an identification of a requesting account of the social network; identifying a set of temporally recent social media posts based on the screen attribute information and the geographic location information; applying, by a computer processor, grouping criteria to the set of social media posts to generate a suggested group, where: the suggested group is a subset of the set of social media posts, and applying the grouping criteria includes: ranking each social media post of the set of social media posts according to a customized score for each social media post, where the customized score is based on a set of preference factors, corresponding to the requesting account, applied to a general score of each social media post,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Constantinides
  • Patent number: 10602402
    Abstract: A method for adjusting packet length is disclosed. A first dynamic reference point currently closest to the mobile device is calculated. A current position of a mobile device is compared with GPS data of the first dynamic reference point to calculate brief GPS data. It is determined whether a second dynamic reference point has been uploaded to the server. It is determined whether the first dynamic reference point is identical to the second dynamic reference point if the second dynamic reference point has been uploaded to the server. The first dynamic reference point is uploaded to the server if the first dynamic reference point is not identical to the second dynamic reference point. The first dynamic reference point is uploaded to the server if the second dynamic reference point has not been uploaded to the server, and the brief GPS data is uploaded to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventors: Pei-Lun Wu, Han-Tiet Goh
  • Patent number: 10585162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a position determination apparatus for the position determination of at least one RFID tag, comprising an RFID reader and a control device, wherein the control device is configured to transmit a radio signal by means of the RFID reader, said radio signal exciting an RFID tag to transmit a response signal. The position determination apparatus is movable to different locations from an original position and the control device is configured to transmit a respective radio signal at at least two different locations and to receive the respective response signal or the respective response signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Patric Beinschob, Christian Rapp
  • Patent number: 10572888
    Abstract: A social networking system provides relevant content objects at the request of social networking system users. Relevance scores are determined for content objects by matching user location, user interests, and other social information to the content, location, and timing associated with content objects. A ranked list of content objects can be provided to the user, where the content objects are relevant to them based on their interests, location, and other social information. The system provides a user interface that displays a map containing pins, where each pin represents a content object in actionable proximity to a user. The content objects selected to be presented as pins to the user are those content objects with sufficiently high relevance scores. Multiple pins for a nearby area can be clustered. The user can switch between zoom levels for the map, thereby showing pins at varying distances from the user's current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Matthew Cahill