Plural Object Location Determination (e.g., Fleet, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/482)
  • Patent number: 11024169
    Abstract: Embodiments for utilizing vehicles to investigate events are provided. Spatiotemporal information is received from each of a plurality of vehicles. Each of the plurality of vehicles includes an onboard sensor. Information associated with an event is received. At least some of the plurality of vehicles are selected based on the information associated with the event and the spatiotemporal information from each of a plurality of vehicles. A request is caused to be transmitted to each of the selected at least some of the plurality of vehicles for data detected by the respective onboard sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yassine Lassoued, Julien Monteil, Martin Mevissen
  • Patent number: 10956953
    Abstract: A method including: receiving information from which it follows that a position of a shipment relative to a predetermined station at which the shipment respectively arrives during a delivery process for the shipment has changed, wherein the shipment contains a good to be paid for; and initiating a process in which a person is provided with the opportunity to make a payment for the good, in response to the receipt of the information. Also a method including: generating information from which it follows that a position of a shipment relative to a predetermined station at which the shipment respectively arrives during a delivery process for the shipment has changed, wherein the shipment contains a good to be paid for; and outputting the information to an apparatus that is configured to initiate a process in which a person is provided with the opportunity to make a payment for the good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventor: Ralph Wiechers
  • Patent number: 10937327
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomous dynamic air traffic management. The method includes sensing a current location of a flying platform using at least one of a plurality of positioning sensors onboard the flying platform, transmitting location transmissions and receiving location transmissions from other flying platforms, determining from the received location transmissions and the sensed current location whether the flying platform and another flying platform are flying in a mutually intentional flight pattern or in a mutually unintentional flight pattern, based on one or more indications; refraining from alerting when the flying platform and the other flying platform fly close to each other within a predetermined range when flying in a mutually intentional flight pattern; detecting a risk of collision between the flying platform and said another of said one or a plurality of flying platforms; and generating an evading action instruction for the flying platform to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CICONIA LTD.
    Inventor: Moshe Cohen
  • Patent number: 10809069
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a content instance from a first device, wherein the content instance is associated with a geographic location and a period of time; determining that a second device is associated with the geographic location and the period of time associated with the content instance, wherein the determination is based on the second device being within a predefined proximity of the geographic location associated with the content instance during the period of time associated with the content instance; and enabling, in response to determining that the second device is associated with the geographic location and the period of time associated with the content instance, the content instance to be accessible by the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10778788
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing, by one or more computing devices of a content-aggregation-and-distribution system, one or more content postings. Each content posting is associated on creation with one or more geographic locations related to accessing the content posting. The method includes selectively providing, by one or more computing devices of the content-aggregation-and-distribution system, one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a geographic location associated with the access device. For each content posting selectively provided for display, the geographic location associated with the access device being within a predefined proximity of a geographic location of the one or more geographic locations related to accessing the content posting is requisite to the content posting being selectively provided for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10631140
    Abstract: To provide a server, a client, and a system capable of easily sharing conditions of members or mobile bodies which may affect a plan of the group. A server control device 31 communicates with a first client 10 via a server communication device 35 to recognize information concerning a first user or concerning a first mobile body 1. The server control device 31, in a case where the information is information indicating that a condition of the first user or first mobile body 1 is under a specific condition (FIG. 4/STEP 320—YES or FIG. 4/STEP 330—YES), transmits a notification that the condition of the first user or first mobile body 1 is under the specific condition to the second client 20 via the server communication device 35 (FIG. 4/STEP 324 or FIG. 3/STEP 332).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hamano, Masahiro Washizu, Masaharu Senno, Takeshi Konno, Shuichi Kato
  • Patent number: 10511678
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a content posting from a device associated with a first user, the content posting including data representative of a content instance and a geographic location associated with the content instance; determining that a second user is associated with the geographic location associated with the content instance, wherein the determination is based on a first client device associated with the second user being or having been within a predefined proximity of the geographic location associated with the content instance; and authorizing, based on the second user being associated with the geographic location associated with the content instance, a second client device associated with the second user to submit an annotation to the content instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10334061
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with one or more geographic locations corresponding to accessing of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user, and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, one or more of the geographic locations associated with the accessing of the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10189568
    Abstract: A method and system utilizing one or more agricultural drones in combination with agricultural equipment, e.g., an agricultural boom sprayer, to evaluate the crops being farmed, and to improve the real-time delivery and dispensing of liquid from the sprayer including monitoring and verifying that the liquid is being dispensed correctly and/or in accordance with a desired distribution pattern or level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond M. O'Connor, Ivan Giovanni Di Federico
  • Patent number: 10187480
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with one or more geographic locations corresponding to accessing of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user, and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, one or more of the geographic locations associated with the accessing of the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10152053
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet management system includes a communications interface, one or more processors, and a memory that stores instructions that cause the processors to receive, a request for a ride using an AV from a wireless communication device of a user. The request may include a pick-up location of the user. The instructions also cause the processors to identify demographic information related to the user, determine a vulnerability score and a priority of the user based at least in part on the demographic information, and receive location information from a plurality of AVs in a fleet of AVs. The instructions further cause the processors to identify a particular AV from the fleet of AVs based at least in part on the vulnerability score, the priority, the pick-up location of the user, and the location of the particular AV and cause the particular AV to pick-up the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin Smith, Steffen Reymann
  • Patent number: 10078700
    Abstract: There are provided systems and method for a web address determination based on a geo-position of a user. A user may utilize a communication device at a location of an entity to be redirected to an online contact address of the entity. A server may receive a request from the communication device including a request for an online contact address for an entity at the location of the user. The server may then access the location of the user by either receiving the location of the user from the communication device or determining the location of the user by the server. Once the location of the user is accessed, the server may determine the online contact address for the entity at the location of the user. The online contact address may be transmitted to the user for display by the communication device, including display of a website for the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Sathish Vaidyanathan
  • Patent number: 10079899
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a content posting from a device associated with a first user, the content posting including data representative of a content instance and a geographic location associated with the content instance; determining that a second user is associated with the geographic location associated with the content instance, wherein the determination is based on a first client device associated with the second user being or having been within a predefined proximity of the geographic location associated with the content instance; and authorizing, based on the second user being associated with the geographic location associated with the content instance, a second client device associated with the second user to submit an annotation to the content instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 10027772
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with a geographic location corresponding to a content creation event of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, the geographic location associated with the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9900354
    Abstract: A system comprising a first computing device operated by a first driver, a second computing device operated by a second driver, and a server is disclosed. The server may determine one or more characteristics of the first driver based on at least one of listening preferences or telematics data of the first driver. Based on the one or more characteristics of the first driver, the server may assign the first driver to a conference. The server may receive a request from the second computing device for the second driver to participate in conferencing. The server may determine that the second driver has at least one characteristic that matches one of the one or more characteristics of the first driver and may assign the second driver to the conference with the first driver. The server may bridge the first driver and the second driver in the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Lindsey Jo Thome, Tara Cavallaro Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 9882996
    Abstract: A computing system is described that determines a location of a first computing device at a particular time. Responsive to determining that a second computing device is located within a threshold distance of the location of the first computing device at the particular time, the computing system identifies, based on contextual information associated with a user of the first computing device and contextual information associated with a user of the second computing device, at least one data file that the user of the first computing device is likely to access at the particular time. The computing system then outputs, for transmission to the first computing device, an indication of the at least one data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Gabriel Aaron Cohen
  • Patent number: 9786102
    Abstract: A fleet management system providing a manager with a tailored user interface based on the enabled features recognized in a vehicle. The fleet management system may monitor two or more vehicles, wherein each vehicle may have one or more processors. The one or more processors may receive an initialization signal from the fleet management system. The one or more processors may perform a query of one or more vehicle modules for enabled features in response to the initialization signal received from the fleet management system. The query of enabled vehicle features may be based on one or more criteria. The system may transmit to a server a signal indicating the enabled vehicle features installed in the vehicle. The system may output the enabled vehicle features to a user while tailoring the user screen data based on the enabled features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Bullister, David Chronowski, Thomas Woloszyn
  • Patent number: 9781216
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a content posting from a device associated with a first user, the content posting including data representative of a content instance and an associated geographic location; determining that a second user is associated with the geographic location; and enabling communications associated with the content instance between a client device associated with the first user and a client device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9747595
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention involves a method for readying client financial data. The method comprises receiving a proximity distance; identifying a location of a mobile device of a financial professional (FP); identifying a location of a first client of the FP within the proximity distance from the location of the mobile device; downloading, by the mobile device and in response to identifying the first client, a first financial data item corresponding to the first client; and displaying, to the FP by the mobile device, the first financial data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Kyle Tublin, Jeffrey M. Wolfe, Eddie James Lucero, Phillip J. Ohme, Fielding B. Wilson, Robert Milo Keathley
  • Patent number: 9729647
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device associated with a second user based on a past or present geographic location of another access device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9671229
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed towards a network controller for controlling a telecommunications network (70) comprising a plurality of vehicles (250, 280, 330) each including a telecommunications device. The network controller comprises a network configuration database (20), containing data representing the configuration of the network (70); an assets database (30), containing for each vehicle (250, 280, 330) (i) data representing planned movements of the vehicle (250, 280, 330) and (ii) data representing parameters for acceptable variation in said route (260, 290, 350); and an information exchange requirement (IER) database (40), containing data representing expected future network loading. An optimization engine (50) is configured to calculate a set of routes (260, 310, 350) for the vehicles (250, 280, 330) that optimizes the availability of the telecommunications network (70) in the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space Limited
    Inventor: Brian Charles Hargrave Turton
  • Patent number: 9622062
    Abstract: A navigating device and a vehicle are disclosed. A V2X communication circuit electrically connected with the navigating unit may be additionally provided in the navigating device; thereby a communication connection with nearby vehicles may be established via V2X communication. Since V2X is a kind of short-range communication, it is possible to perform interactions with nearby vehicle by establishing communication connection with nearby vehicles via V2X communication, and may address the technical problems that the navigating device in the related art have unitary functions and thus cannot perform interaction with nearby vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Leauto Intelligent Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Lin, Yu Zou, Yong Xu, WenRui Li, KunSheng Chen, Dan Li, Peng Liu, XiaoFei Gou
  • Patent number: 9591449
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian Frederick Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9563880
    Abstract: A personal scheduler is proposed. The scheduler is used to define tasks, each one consisting of an activity to be performed by a defined deadline at a specific location, and appointments, each one consisting of an activity to be performed at a precise time at a specific location. The scheduler warns the user whenever s/he passes close to the location of each task. Moreover, at the morning the scheduler reminds all the tasks that might be performed during the day, according to an expected traveling path of the user based on the appointments to be attended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Roberto Longobardi
  • Patent number: 9536234
    Abstract: A road toll system comprises a vehicle-mounted unit having a satellite navigation receiver. A first data processing means determines a route taken 5 based on satellite navigation data provided from the receiver, and the satellite navigation data is associated with a variable identity. A road toll level is derived. A second data processing means receives the road toll level provided by the first data processing means, and the satellite navigation obtains the determined road toll level from the second data processing means using the 10 variable identity. This provides a thin client scenario (the receiver does not implement the map calculations), but with data security corresponding to a thick client solution. Thus, the map matching and trip cost computation steps are delegated by the on-board unit to an external unit, but this delegation is performed anonymously, so that no data sent for external processing 15 compromises the privacy of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Telit Automotive Solutions NV
    Inventors: Frank C. H. Daems, Michael M. P. Peeters
  • Patent number: 9406222
    Abstract: Systems and methods for location reporting of detected events during vehicle operation in accordance embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, an event reporting telematics unit configured to report the location of events includes a first sensor configured to determine sensor information, a storage device configured to store sensor information and an event reporting application, and a processor, wherein the event reporting application configures the processor to receive a first sensor information using the first sensor, calculate a first sensor information timestamp, where the first sensor information timestamp is associated with the first sensor information, determine the occurrence of a vehicle event, complete the determination of the vehicle event, correlate the first sensor information with the determined event using the first sensor information timestamp, and determine the time corresponding to the beginning of the determined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Hergesheimer, Alexandre Dlagnekov
  • Patent number: 9338123
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a content hub subsystem receiving a content posting from an access device connected to a wireless network and associated with a first user. The content posting includes data representative of a content instance and a geographic location associated with the content instance. The exemplary method further includes the content hub subsystem storing the content posting and selectively distributing the content instance to at least one other access device connected to the wireless network based on the geographic location, the at least one other access device associated with a second user. A past or present physical location of the at least one other access device within a predefined proximity of the geographic location is requisite to the distribution of the content instance to the at least one other access device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9332394
    Abstract: A method and system is described where a plurality of position reference devices use short-range wireless communication protocols to transmit positioning assistance data to nearby mobile devices, and the mobile devices use the assistance data to re-calibrate their positioning systems. In some embodiments, mobile device includes an accelerometer and the accelerometer measurements are used to calculate an updated velocity of the mobile device and an updated position of the mobile device based on the accelerometer measurements and previous velocity and position of the mobile device. The short-range communication methods include NFC, RFID, Bluetooth®, short-range 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, and high frequency focused beams such as 60 GHz. The position reference devices are passive or active NFC tags, passive or active RFID tags, other devices that include such tags as their components, Bluetooth®-enabled devices, 60 GHz-enabled devices, and 802.11 access points that can lower their transmit power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GOLBA LLC
    Inventor: Mehran Moshfeghi
  • Patent number: 9299065
    Abstract: A method of downloading data to a mobile device, the method comprising receiving a message at the mobile device, the message including an indication that there is an attachment to the message that is available for downloading to the mobile device, determining if the attachment relates to a calendar event, determining if a user of the mobile device requires the attachment for participating in the calendar event, and automatically downloading the attachment to the mobile device in response to the mobile device determining that the attachment is required for participation in the calendar event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: James Allen Hymel, William Donald Santo
  • Patent number: 9294431
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9243910
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for generating a route image presentable on a display unit is disclosed, where a route may be presented to draw a viewer's attention to one or more objects located along or below the route. An image generator (“IG”) may be configured to receive navigation data; receive object data; construct one or more raised ground track profiles as a function of the first elevations and one or more object clearance distances; identify, if any, one or more penetrated segments of one or more raised ground track profiles; and generate an image data set representative of an image of a divisible route configured to present a plurality of route section highlighters comprised of one or more first route section highlighters corresponding to non-penetrated segment(s) and at least one second or subsequent route section highlighters corresponding to first or subsequent penetrated segment(s), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Esno, Keith J. Feldkamp, Charles F. Steffen, Brent J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9037391
    Abstract: An unmanned aircraft, unmanned aviation system and method for collision avoidance during the flight operation of an unmanned aircraft are provided. The unmanned aircraft includes a lift and propulsion system and a flight control system having a flight control unit, a navigation system and an actuator system. The flight control unit has an autopilot unit. The flight control unit calculates control commands using data from the navigation system and/or the autopilot unit, which can be conveyed to the actuator system for actuating the lift and propulsion system. A collision warning system is connected with the flight control system, the collision warning system detects a collision situation and makes collision avoidance data available. A connection between the collision warning system and the autopilot unit is provided, in order to initiate an obstacle avoidance maneuver by the autopilot unit with the help of the collision avoidance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Meyer, Matthis Goettken, Christoph Vernaleken, Simon Schaerer
  • Patent number: 9037406
    Abstract: Vehicle management systems and associated processes can incorporate calculations for categorizing locations on a map as within one or more territories based on proximity of the location to predetermined points with in the territories. The systems and processes can also incorporate techniques for estimating total distance required to traverse a route reaching all of a set of predetermined stops, without using a routing algorithm that would provide a usable route for a vehicle, but is less computationally demanding. The systems and processes can also include techniques for incorporating legs of a route that extend through a temporary exclusion zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TELOGIS, INC.
    Inventors: Ralph James Mason, Ray Hidayat, Arthur Newth Morris, Jeremy Beavon, Michael Russell, Mark Dunlop
  • Patent number: 9008962
    Abstract: A system and method for locating, tracking, and/or monitoring the status of personnel and/or assets (collectively “trackees”), both indoors and outdoors, is provided. Tracking data obtained from any number of sources utilizing any number of tracking methods may be provided as input to a mapping application. The mapping application generates position estimates for trackees using a suite of mapping tools to make corrections to the tracking data. The mapping application further uses information from building data, when available, to enhance position estimates. Indoor tracking methods including sensor fusion methods, map matching methods, and map building methods may be implemented compute a more accurate tracking estimate for trackees. Outdoor tracking methods may be implemented to enhance outdoor tracking data by combining tracking estimates such as inertial tracks with magnetic and/or compass data if and when available, and with GPS, if and when available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Amrit Bandyopadhyay, Daniel Hakim, Benjamin E. Funk, Eric Asher Kohn, Carole A. Teolis, Gilmer Blankenship
  • Patent number: 9002633
    Abstract: A method for determining vehicle priority settings (30) at an intersection (26) is provided comprising accumulating probe data (24) from a plurality of individual navigation units (20). An intersection within a digital map (14) is selected, and a plurality of probe traces (32) are selected. The probe traces (32) are processed in a method characterized by selecting a pair of probe traces (32) that enter the intersection (26) at the same time on different trajectories (34). It is determined which of the probe traces (32) proceeds through the intersection first and an intersection priority matrix (36) is updated accordingly. This intersection priority matrix (36) is utilized to formulate at least one derived intersection priority setting (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom Belgium N.V.
    Inventor: Bert Igodt
  • Publication number: 20150066557
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking mobile resources that displays tracking data in a graphical display. The system receives tracking data and characteristic tag data about a mobile resource from a tracking device, which is stored in a server or sent directly to a reporting device. The reporting device creates a graphical display indicating, e.g., how long a resource has been at various locations and displays this information on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Tim Lichti
  • Patent number: 8959893
    Abstract: A guidance output device, which outputs guidance for improving fuel economy when an energy wasting operation is detected in a construction machine that is provided with an exhaust gas purifying device for an internal combustion engine, includes a regeneration process determining unit that determines whether a regeneration process is in progress in the exhaust gas purifying device. It also includes a guidance output restriction unit that restricts an output of the guidance for energy saving by the guidance output unit when the regeneration process determining unit determines that the regeneration process is in progress in the exhaust gas purifying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentarou Tajima, Seiji Kamada, Koichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8965688
    Abstract: A system and method for locating, tracking, and/or monitoring the status of personnel and/or assets (collectively “trackees”), both indoors and outdoors, is provided. Tracking data obtained from any number of sources utilizing any number of tracking methods may be provided as input to a mapping application. The mapping application generates position estimates for trackees using a suite of mapping tools to make corrections to the tracking data. The mapping application further uses information from building data, when available, to enhance position estimates. Indoor tracking methods including sensor fusion methods, map matching methods, and map building methods may be implemented compute a more accurate tracking estimate for trackees. Outdoor tracking methods may be implemented to enhance outdoor tracking data by combining tracking estimates such as inertial tracks with magnetic and/or compass data if and when available, and with GPS, if and when available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Amrit Bandyopadhyay, Daniel Hakim, Benjamin E. Funk, Eric Asher Kohn, Carole A. Teolis, Gilmer Blankenship
  • Patent number: 8958931
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for the collection, filtering, and transmission of aviation information is disclosed. A plurality of flight information is received over a digital network at various remote locations, and the data is filtered prior to transmission to a central database for presentation and use. The database includes aviation information. The method of filtration is dynamically updated as to information concerning a specific flight based on one characteristic of the flight. As to aircraft being tracked, a determination is made as to which receiver should relay collected data, and that determination is periodically revised, such as to minimize transmission costs and maximize signal quality as aircraft positions change. Once the information is located in the central database, it is suitable for use in responding to user requests for flight tracking information is association with at least one identified flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: FlightAware, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Baker, David Cameron McNett, Karl Lehenbauer, Mark L. Duell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8948995
    Abstract: A platoon model allows improved prediction of preceding vehicle future state. In this context, the preceding vehicle is a vehicle immediately ahead of the host vehicle, and the dynamic state of the preceding vehicle was predicted based on data received from one or more vehicles in the platoon. The intelligent driver model (IDM) was extended to model car-following dynamics within a platoon. A parameter estimation approach may be used to estimate the model parameters, for example to adapt to different driver types. An integrated approach including both state prediction and parameter estimation was highly effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Pandita, Derek Stanley Caveney
  • Patent number: 8949026
    Abstract: A navigation server (100) evaluates a transition cost ?k from a reference line to each kth (k=1˜n) link via one node on the basis of a deviation of a first movement cost c1k per unit length of the kth link from the minimum value of the first movement cost c1k per unit length of all kth links. Furthermore, a second movement cost c2k corresponding to a net movement cost in each link can be evaluated on the basis of the first movement cost c1k in each link and the transition cost from the reference link to each link. When an evaluation result or a road traffic information based on the evaluation result is provided, a navigation apparatus can be make to guide a vehicle (2) according to a proper navigation route in view of real road traffic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Aiko Sugawara
  • Patent number: 8942897
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a location of an unloaded unit of agricultural product and locating a desired unit of agricultural product or identifying a candidate unit of agricultural product as a function of sensing system information indicating contact of the unit with the ground or other surface onto which the unit is unloaded, global positioning system or other location system information identifying the contact or related location, and heading information, which information can then be used to discern the unit from others at the location for desired loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, Justin R. Ringwald
  • Patent number: 8930059
    Abstract: Each respective vehicle of a plurality of vehicles transports a vehicle navigation system. A position determining system determines a position and a velocity of the respective vehicle and an information acquisition system is operable to determine a displacement and velocity between the respective vehicle and a vehicle adjacent to the respective vehicle. An information communication system of a respective vehicle is operable to transmit first information (that vehicle's velocity and position) to other vehicles and to receive information from other vehicles regarding their velocities and positions. A vehicle routing system can determine a target routing and target velocity for moving the respective vehicle over a path including the roadway. Based on the received or determined information, the velocity of the respective vehicle can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan A. Neff
  • Patent number: 8924150
    Abstract: A method to navigate a vehicle utilizing a graphic projection display, includes monitoring a navigation status graphic representing a navigation intent displayed upon the graphic projection display, monitoring a user input indicated to a portion of the graphic projection display, initiating a user-defined navigation command based on the monitored navigation status graphic and the monitored user input, and operating the vehicle in accordance with the user-defined navigation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Omer Tsimhoni, Joseph F. Szczerba, Thomas A. Seder, Dehua Cui
  • Patent number: 8892357
    Abstract: A methods, apparatus and system are provided for a vehicle with a ground navigational display. The system may include a display, a navigation system determining a location of the vehicle, a database storing a map including locations of buildings on the map and a processor. The processor may be configured to display the map on the display based upon the location of the vehicle, assign a fixed height to all of the buildings displayed on the display, and render the buildings displayed on the display in three-dimensions and having the assigned fixed height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Troy Nichols, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 8886453
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods that find the quickest route between two locations on a graph with multi-edge constraints in a time and space efficient manner. In some embodiments, Dijkstra's algorithm is split into separate universes when a) a multiple-edge constraint is reached, and b) along each edge of a multi-edge constraint. In some embodiments, the split is performed for the purpose of finding the quickest (i.e. lowest weighted) route to the intersect ion(s) at the end of the constraints. These universes, in some embodiments, are merged or discarded when the intersection at the end of the constraint is found. Using these systems and methods, in some embodiments, the shortest path between two locations of a multi-edge constrained road network can be efficiently determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Telogis, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl David James Cerecke, David John Mitchell, Ralph James Mason, Jason Koch, Howard Jelinek
  • Patent number: 8886390
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing and prioritizing for action fleets of mobile robots deployed at various locations. The system/method includes a plurality of homebase servers, each corresponding to a different location, with each of the homebase servers receiving operational parameter data (representing operational and navigational issues experienced by the mobile robot) from a plurality of mobile robots operating at the particular location where the homebase server is deployed. A central server receives the operational parameter data from the plurality of homebase servers. The central server included a data analysis module for processing the operational parameter data and prioritizing the mobile robots operating at the various locations for action by support staff. A list is generated ranking the mobile robots in order of importance for action by support staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Aethon, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Wolfe, George F. Lucas, Mark Swaney
  • Patent number: 8874360
    Abstract: A non-transitory processor-readable medium storing code causes a processor at a first vehicle (e.g., a first autonomous vehicle) to generate a first planned path based on a current position of the first vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle. A first planned path associated with a second vehicle (e.g., a second autonomous vehicle), which is based on a current position of the second vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the second vehicle, is received at the first vehicle. After the first planned path associated with the second vehicle is received, a second planned path is generated based on the first planned path associated with the second vehicle and at least one of the mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle or the first planned path of the first vehicle. The second planned path of the first vehicle is transmitted to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Proxy Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Solomon Klinger, Robert F. Davis
  • Patent number: 8874361
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed that provide for creating an accurate representation of a roadway network, such as for planning vehicle travel routes. Positioning data is obtained, such as GPS data points from a plurality of vehicles, which mark traces of vehicular travel. A location of a trace is clarified using adjustment forces that are related to the traces, for example, to form coherent groups of traces. From these groups of clarified traces, a graph line is created by merging the traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Krumm, Lili Cao
  • Patent number: 8868341
    Abstract: Systems and methods for locating users or equipment on an offshore oil rig or other hazardous location or during transit include user devices, each having a locatable element, at least one motion sensor, and data storage having identifying information relating to a user or item of equipment. Locator devices positioned at discrete locations detect the locatable elements and generate a record that includes the discrete location, the identifying information, and the speed or orientation of the user device. A central device can receive the record from each locator device, generate a log of the records, compare the log to expected parameters, receive expected deviations from the parameters, and generate alerts if a deviation is not expected. Additional locatable devices not associated with users can be provided for emergent access in escape vessels, emergency equipment, or similar locations, by users separated from a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: James Roy, Jr., Carrol Raymond, Jr., Dwayne Lalande