Including Route Searching Or Determining Patents (Class 701/533)
  • Patent number: 10691131
    Abstract: A route for a trip to a destination is generated using map information. A set of no-go roadway segments, where the vehicle is not able to drive in an autonomous mode, relevant to the route from the plurality of no-go roadway segments is identified from the map information. A local region around a current location of the vehicle is determined. A local map region including roadway segments of the map information that correspond to locations within the local region is determined. The set of the plurality of no-go roadway segments is filtered from the roadway segments of the local map region. A cost value is assigned to each roadway segment of the filtered roadway segments of the local map region. Any assigned cost values are used to determining a plan for maneuvering the vehicle for a predetermined period into the future. The vehicle is maneuvered according to the plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Fairfield, Joshua Seth Herbach
  • Patent number: 10679080
    Abstract: A digital signage control device includes a display controller that displays information on a digital signage installed in the vicinity of a predetermined road, a target vehicle detector that detects a target vehicle located in a predetermined range on the road in which an occupant visually recognizes the digital signage, and a visual recognition frequency information acquisition unit that acquires visual recognition frequency information on a frequency at which the occupant of the target vehicle visually recognizes the information on the digital signage. The display controller changes content of information to be displayed on the digital signage according to the visual recognition frequency information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Nomura, Masato Endo, Naoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 10670414
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for load balancing for map application route selection and output. A user may utilize a device application to map or route between two or more endpoints, such as geo-locations entered or detected by the device. During calculation of a travel route between the endpoints, real-time data, user preferences, and requesting entities may provide criteria data that may cause determination of a particular travel route, where the travel route may be longer than a most efficient route but within a pre-defined variable time or distance allotment and match the criteria data. Use of the route may accrue a form of compensation for the user. The user may view an application interface displaying the route, which may further include one or more executable processes to cause recalculation of the route. Recalculation of the route may require the user to provide credits or compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Todasco, Gautam Madaan, Timothy Resudek, Braden Christopher Ericson, Cheng Tian, JIri Medlen
  • Patent number: 10670413
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for determining at least one recommended vehicular travel route, the method including collecting a plurality of travel route inputs from a plurality of sources, relative to a travel route comprising a starting point and an ending point; determining at least one travel route recommendation by (i) assessing the collected plurality of travel route inputs and (ii) taking in to consideration vehicle emission impact parameters; and tracking vehicle adherence. Other variants and embodiments are broadly contemplated herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas George, Rashmi Mittal, Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan, Yogish Sabharwal, Vaibhav Saxena
  • Patent number: 10667000
    Abstract: If another communication apparatus is reproducing a content stored in an external apparatus, a reproduction instruction for causing a communication apparatus to reproduce a content stored in the external apparatus is transmitted from the another communication apparatus to the communication apparatus. The communication apparatus performs reproduction preparation for the content based on the reproduction instruction, and then transmits a wireless signal to the another communication apparatus. The another communication apparatus obtains a reproduction start position of the content, based on reception of the wireless signal, and transmits the obtained reproduction start position to the communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10663310
    Abstract: A system for managing a geo-fence of a vehicle may include a terminal equipped in the vehicle, the terminal configured to determine whether a current position of the vehicle or an input destination is located outside of a previously established geo-fence stored in the terminal, the geo-fence defining an area in which traveling of the vehicle is approved, to generate an alarm indicating that the vehicle has left the geo-fence when the vehicle leaves the geo-fence, to request approval for designating a destination outside of the geo-fence as an exceptional destination, and when the designation of the destination is approved, to prevent the generation of the alarm when the vehicle leaves the geo-fence while traveling to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Young-Tak Jeon
  • Patent number: 10660255
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus for a work vehicle includes a display and circuitry. The display is to display a position of the work vehicle. The circuitry is configured to display in the display a guide index via which the work vehicle is manually guided to an automatic-travel permitted area in which the work vehicle is configured to automatically travel, and to determine whether or not the work vehicle is located in the automatic-travel permitted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Shinkai, Kazuo Sakaguchi, Izuru Shimamoto, Kenji Tamatani, Megumi Suzukawa
  • Patent number: 10652692
    Abstract: A method for selectively transmitting data from a transmitter to a receiver in a non-railbound land vehicle comprises, at the receiver end, selecting at least one geographical region. In this case, a geographical region corresponds to a limited area on a map. After the at least one region has been selected, a request is transmitted to the transmitter to transmit data relating to the at least one selected geographical region, and finally a data transmission initiated by the transmitter in response to the request is received. The data relating to the at least one selected geographical region contain, in particular, information relating to a traffic route infrastructure in the geographical region, which information is valid for a limited period or for a longer time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Griesbeck, Daniel Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10648830
    Abstract: A navigation system provides lane guidance for a navigation route. The navigation route specifies actions for a user to navigate a route from an originating point to a destination along a set of road segments. The lane guidance at a position along the navigation route scores the lanes and provides the lane scoring for the user. To score the lanes, the navigation system determines a lane distance for each lane indicating how far along the navigation route a user may continue to use this lane, without shifting to another lane. The lane distance may be measured up to a look-ahead distance. The lane distance includes distance along subsequent road segments of the route, such that when a lane turns onto a lane on another road segment according to the navigation route, the distance along the other road may be included in the lane distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Alan Woolley
  • Patent number: 10650922
    Abstract: A method to integrate location signals received from indoor positioning systems in order to generate an interactive dataset-based map is disclosed. The method comprises receiving an identifier and location information from a consumer device. The method comprises determining a current location for the consumer device based on the signal strength received from a beacon. The method comprises determining whether the identifier and the current location are associated with the consumer device in a database. The method comprises generating a set of meal datasets within a predetermined proximity to the consumer device. The method comprises generating a first graphical user interface to display the set of meals on the consumer device and receiving a selection of meals from the consumer device. The method comprises generating a second graphical user interface configured to display instructions to reach physical locations of the selected meal datasets in relation to the consumer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John
  • Patent number: 10650918
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining routes includes receiving a user's location and health measures, for a plurality of users, analyzing the plurality of users and their corresponding locations to determine health behaviors at a given location and time, receiving a request from a user for a route, developing a route to the user's destination from a current location to obtain a target health behavior within a given threshold or constraint based on the plurality of user's healthy behaviors, and presenting the a route on a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Isabell Filiz Kiral-Kornek, Dwarikanath Mahapatra, Susmita Saha, Arun Vishwanath, Stefan Von Cavallar
  • Patent number: 10640117
    Abstract: A method, medium, and apparatus for educating and reducing risk to inexperienced drivers using vehicles with autonomous navigation systems. Data regarding a driver's past experience with vehicles and operating environments may be used to proactively warn the driver about a potential danger detected or predicted by the vehicle. An autonomous vehicle may prevent the driver from operating the vehicle under unfamiliar circumstances or from causing a collision. Data regarding a driver's past experience with vehicles and the safety features thereof may be used to mitigate risk of injury or property damage by selectively activating safety features in a new vehicle which the driver has not previously driven. Data regarding a driver's past experience with vehicles and safety features thereof may be used to determine a decreased or increased rental rate for a particular vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: William Polisson, Regina Madigan, Timothy W. Gibson, Surender Kumar, Mark Slusar
  • Patent number: 10643387
    Abstract: A three-dimensional data display device includes an identification unit which is configured to identify a point of interest which is a point on three-dimensional data, a viewpoint control unit which is configured to move a viewpoint along an annular movement route surrounding the point of interest with a sight line directed toward the point of interest, and a rendering unit which is configured to obtain two-dimensional data by rendering the three-dimensional data on the basis of a viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenshi Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Matsuoka, Keigo Fujiwara, Minoru Nakanishi, Masashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10645519
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a storage, a sensor, a controller, and a sound output unit. The storage is capable of storing a plurality of sound information items associated with respective positions. The sensor is capable of detecting a displacement of one of the information processing apparatus and a user of the information processing apparatus. The controller is capable of extracting at least one sound information satisfying a predetermined condition out of the plurality of stored sound information items and generating, based on the detected displacement, multichannel sound information obtained by localizing the extracted sound information at the associated position. The sound output unit is capable of converting the generated multichannel sound information into stereo sound information and outputting it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Koga
  • Patent number: 10633026
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a road sensor mounted in a subject vehicle, the road sensor configured to detect a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane of a road on which the subject vehicle is traveling, and a processor coupled to the road sensor. The processor is programmed to receive a lane change request for the subject vehicle to enter or exit the HOV lane, determine, using the road sensor, whether an entrance or exit for the HOV lane is present, and upon determining that no entrance or exit for the HOV lane is present, suppress the lane change request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10621794
    Abstract: Vehicular movement detection systems and methods are disclosed. One or more computing devices are configured to monitor location data associated with a first user device. It is determined that a first user device enters a geographic area based on the location data. In response to determining that first user device has entered or departed a geographic area, a message is prompted on the first user device using a first software application. The message includes executable instructions that launch a second application the first user device, and cause the first user device to transmit a search request for a listing location with one or more search request parameters automatically generated in response to the executable instructions. A confirmation identifier is received by the first user device, the confirmation identifier being useable for unlocking a secured area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Gianni Rosas-Maxemin, Robert Mazzola, Francisco Sandoval, Callam Poynter
  • Patent number: 10622023
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for receiving, at a computing device, a plurality of video sources related to an event. For each video source of the plurality of video sources, the systems and methods further provide for analyzing, by the computing device, the video source of the plurality of video sources to determine a device orientation to associate with the video source, associating, by the computing device, the device orientation with the video source, and storing, by the computing device, the video source and the associated device orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Li, Nathan Litke, Jose Jesus (Joseph) Paredes, Rahul Bhupendra Sheth, Daniel Szeto, Ning Xu, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10623907
    Abstract: Embodiments for establishing configurations for a location sharing session are described. A location sharing session can include a sharing device gathering location data and providing it to a recipient device, e.g. via a server system. Configurations for a sharing session can include, for example: a duration that the sharing device provides the location data or that the sever system permits access to location data by the recipient device; preferences for how to manually or automatically set the duration for the sharing session; options to automatically end the sharing session; etc. A sharing session duration can be automatically set based on, e.g. an estimated time of arrival, a specified mode of transport, etc., and can include a specified amount of buffer time. The automatic share duration can last until a particular event occurs, e.g. the sharing device arriving at a particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Glympse, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Miller, Christopher Park, Stephen Rakonza
  • Patent number: 10613187
    Abstract: In a server device, an acquisition unit acquires positional information on a communication terminal. An extraction unit extracts route information including a start point and an end point from the positional information. An identification unit identifies a type of a means of movement of the communication terminal based on the positional information. A masking unit masks a segment of the route information including the start point and a segment including the end point to generate output route information. The masking unit masks a totality of segments defined in accordance with the type of the means of movement when the means of movement is changed in a masked segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Osumi
  • Patent number: 10616758
    Abstract: In a server device, an acquisition unit acquires positional information on a communication terminal. An extraction unit extracts route information including a start point and an end point from the positional information. An identification unit identifies a type of a means of movement of the communication terminal based on the positional information. A masking unit masks a segment of the route information including the start point and a segment including the end point to generate output route information. The masking unit defines a masked segment of the route information in accordance with a type of the means of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Osumi
  • Patent number: 10607480
    Abstract: A method is described for performing a real time analysis of traffic flow control device related data using a plurality of vehicles connected in at least one vehicle cell network. The method compares position data from vehicles defining a traffic flow with received data for a traffic flow control device and geometry and topology data concerning a transport engineering construction related to the traffic flow control device to evaluate if a discrepancy can be detected between the geometry and topology data concerning the transport engineering construction and the traffic flow defined by the vehicles positions. The method may be used for updating and/or finding errors in the geometry and topology data concerning the transport engineering construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Erik Israelsson
  • Patent number: 10606263
    Abstract: A handover notification arrangement is configured to provide a handover notification in a driver environment of a vehicle having autonomous driving capabilities. The handover notification arrangement includes a road information arrangement configured to acquire road information representative of an upcoming road section at which the autonomous driving is likely to become at least partially disabled. The handover notification arrangement further includes a processing unit configured to calculate an estimated time available for autonomous driving and configured to calculate an uncertainty estimate of the estimated time available for autonomous driving. The handover notification arrangement is configured to cause the output unit to provide the handover notification such that the handover notification is provided earlier in cases of high uncertainty estimates than in cases of low uncertainty estimates. The present disclosure also describes a vehicle and a method of providing a handover notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Harda, Per Jessen, Joakim Christoffersson
  • Patent number: 10600326
    Abstract: A method for guiding an emergency vehicle to an emergency site includes receiving an emergency dispatch message including a location of an emergency. Present location information is received for an emergency vehicle. A route between the received present location and the received location of the emergency is calculated using area map data. Navigation guidance is provided to the emergency vehicle based on the calculated route. The calculated route and the present location information for the emergency vehicle are transmitted to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV is automatically piloted ahead of the emergency vehicle, along the calculated route, using the calculated route and present location transmitted thereto. A traffic alert is transmitted from the UAV to influence traffic flow ahead of the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minkyong Kim, Clifford A. Pickover, Valentina Salapura, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10598501
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor and memory Including computer program code, the memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, enable the apparatus at least to: for a defined road Journey through a road network from a start location lo an end location, assign respective sub-portions of the defined road journey to each of a group of mobile devices associated with one or more travellers for the road journey according to at least one predefined assignment criterion, wherein each of the group of mobile devices is configured For provision of live mapping data for live navigation of the respective sub-portion of the road journey, and wherein the at least one predefined assignment criterion comprises a discontinuity criterion configured to assign two or more consecutive sub-portions of the road journey to be discontinuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Debmalya Biswas, Julian Nolan, Matthew John Lawrenson
  • Patent number: 10601840
    Abstract: A method and system for determining user security is provided. The method includes registering a first user associated with a service provider system by retrieving identification information for the first user and a first user communication device. In response, Internet of things (IOT) devices belonging to the first user are detected. A second user associated with the service provider system is registered by retrieving identification information for the second user and a second user communication device. In response, IOT devices belonging to the second user are detected. A request for a service provided by the service provider system is received from the first user via the first user communication device belonging to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Itzhack Goldberg, Neil Sondhi, Aviad Zlotnick
  • Patent number: 10598503
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for determining an optimal path and/or route to a destination for a vehicle. Embodiments of the systems and methods disclosed herein facilitate intelligent route planning to a desired destination by a vehicle. In certain embodiments, a path and/or route to a desired destination is determined that accounts for vehicle charging and/or refueling requirements. Disclosed systems and methods may further generate and distribute reservation information ensuring availability of vehicle charging and/or refueling stations along a selected route. Further embodiments disclosed herein may implement information targeting services in connection with intelligent route planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gary F. Ellison, Mark Kokes
  • Patent number: 10584973
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer program products that provide a user with alternative options to incident induced traffic by presenting the user with an alternate route to perform other tasks on a task list when travel is delayed by the incident. The method includes receiving a current location, a navigation route, an expected delay due to an incident, and a list of tasks from the user. Each task in the list may include a value and expected duration. The method further includes computing an incentive for each task in the list based on the received information and a probability that the user will re-route to stop at a facility for fulfilling the task, comparing the incentive and probability to determine which task has a minimal incentive and a greater probability that the user will re-route than not re-route to the facility, and presenting the minimal incentive to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Blandin, Laura Wynter
  • Patent number: 10585954
    Abstract: Techniques are presented for ranking and presenting information to a user. In one example, a portable computing device may collect a first set of data from one or more sensors, rank a second set of data (e.g., advertisements, news, etc.) by correlating the first set of data with a third set of data of interest to a user, and present the ranked information to the user. In another example, the portable computing device may transmit the collected information to a server for processing, and receive the ranked information from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Pacific Wave Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell Brown, Evan Tann
  • Patent number: 10579065
    Abstract: Location of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is determined with respect to a high definition map. On-boards sensors of the ADV obtain a 3D point cloud of objects surrounding the ADV. The 3D point cloud is organized into an ADV feature space of cells. Each cell has a median intensity value and a variance in elevation. To determine the ADV location, a coarse search of a subset of cells in the ADV feature space performed with respect to the high definition map, using a similarity metric that is based on the median intensity and variance in elevation of the candidate cell. When similarity of the first candidate cell is determined, a lookup table of similarity scores is generated and used for determining the similarity score for subsequent candidate cells. Then a fine search is performed on a small subset of candidate cells surrounding the highest similarity score cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Quan Wang, Jing Zhai
  • Patent number: 10571282
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a processor and a memory. The processor executes a program stored in the memory to perform operations including: acquiring position information of a user; specifying a movement state of the user; and determining appropriateness/inappropriateness of the acquired position information using a determination program according to the movement state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiichi Imamura
  • Patent number: 10564000
    Abstract: An information display device includes a display unit that displays a point guidance image in which information relevant to event points included in a route to a destination is arranged in an order from a current position to the destination, and a display control unit that reduces information relevant to the event points when automatic driving for automatically controlling at least one of acceleration and deceleration, and steering of the vehicle is executed, as compared with a case in which the automatic driving is not executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10551206
    Abstract: A navigation server includes a network interface controller through which identification information and movement line information of a mobile terminal are received from the mobile terminal, the movement line information including location information and a timestamp, a storage device in which movement line data of the mobile terminal and location data of different places are stored, and a processor configured to extract the movement line data from the movement line information and record the extracted movement line data in the storage device. The processor, in response to a search criteria received from the mobile terminal through the network interface controller, generates using the movement line data and the location data of the different places, a navigation map that shows a place that is located along a route defined by the movement line data and meets the search criteria, and transmits the navigation map to the mobile terminal for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akitoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10551839
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device and navigation method thereof. An electronic device of the present disclosure includes a communication module, a camera module, a sensor module, a driving module, a memory, and a processor that is functionally connected to the communication module, the camera module, the sensor module, the driving module, and the memory, the processor determining at least one service and a goal location of the electronic device for providing the at least one service, planning a path towards the goal location, and controlling the electronic device to move along the path. However, other embodiments are possible as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinhong Jeong, Jamin Goo, Hyungwoo Kim, Jihyun Park, Seungwoo Shin, Seunghyuk Yu, Dongkyu Lee, Kyunghee Lee, Juyeong Lee
  • Patent number: 10545023
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing pickup or drop off locations for transport services. In one example relating to a pickup location, a preferred location is identified. A plurality of possible locations is determined based on the preferred location and a set of heuristics including identifying at least one point on an opposite side of a roadway as the preferred location. For each given possible location of the plurality of possible locations, a route between a current location of a vehicle and that given possible location is determined. For each given possible location of the plurality of possible locations a cost value for the determined route of that given possible location is determined. A possible location is selected based on the determined cost values and provided as a pickup or drop off location for a passenger or cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Seth Herbach, Nathaniel Fairfield
  • Patent number: 10546490
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining probe data generated by a device travelling on a road segment is for pedestrian travel. A lane matching platform determines a speed of a probe point. The lane matching platform also determines a spatial distance of the probe point from a center line vector of a road segment. The lane matching platform also determines an allowed transport mode for the road segment. The lane matching platform further identifies the transport mode of the probe point based on the speed, the location of the probe point with respect to the center line, and the allowed transport mode. The transport mode, the allowed transport mode, or a combination thereof includes a car transport mode or a pedestrian transport mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Filippo Pellolio
  • Patent number: 10543676
    Abstract: An image recording method includes a first intermediate image forming step of applying an ink onto an intermediate transfer member to form a first intermediate image, a second intermediate image forming step of applying a transfer assisting liquid containing thermoplastic resin particles and rosin-based resin particles to the first intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer member to form a second intermediate image, and a transfer step of bringing the second intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer member into contact with a recording medium, peeling off the second intermediate image from the intermediate transfer member while the contact state with the recording medium is maintained, and transferring the second intermediate image to the recording medium. In the transfer step, the second intermediate image brought into contact with the recording medium has a temperature not less than the glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic resin particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Sakurada, Shota Tanaka, Takashi Imai
  • Patent number: 10541751
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for providing geolocation services in a mobile-based crowdsourcing platform. More specifically, the system of the present invention includes a plurality of remote mobile devices and a visible light communication (VLC) enabled lighting system configured to communicate and exchange data with a cloud-based service, such as a crowdsourcing platform. The crowdsourcing platform generally provides a geolocation service based on the crowdsourcing, or polling, of users of the mobile devices, in addition to VLC data captured by the VLC-enabled lighting system, so as to determine location and movement of the users within a specific environment. The system is further configured to automatically render a floor plan or layout of a location based on the user data and VLC data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CROWDCOMFORT, INC.
    Inventors: Abdullah Daoud, B. Eric Graham
  • Patent number: 10540054
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for automated selection of navigation points for navigating through a computer-generated virtual environment such as, for example, a virtual reality (VR) environment. Specifically, an input set of connected navigation points in a virtual environment is automatically pruned to a connected subset thereof, according to one or more selection factors where at least one of the selection factors is whether the subset will continue to be “connected” after pruning a navigation point from the input set. In addition to whether the pruning of a navigation point will allow the remaining navigation points to remain connected, techniques for pruning based on one or more additional selection factors are also disclosed. According to one additional selection factor, navigation point pruning is based on the degree to which coverage of an input set of navigation points would be reduced by pruning any given navigation point from the input set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Matterport, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunnar Hovden, David V. Buchhofer, Jr., Matthew Bell
  • Patent number: 10525985
    Abstract: An information output apparatus for a straddle vehicle is configured to provide output information to a driver, and includes a receiving unit configured to receive input information input by the driver, a learning unit configured to learn an input tendency that is a tendency of the input information by the driver based on the input information received by the receiving unit, a generating unit configured to generate the output information according to a learned content learned by the learning unit, and an output unit configured to cause a sound device to output the output information generated by the generating unit in a form of a voice in natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanori Kinuhata, Masayuki Enomoto, Hiroshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 10527446
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for determining a final location associated with a service requester. The method includes obtaining, by at least one computer server of an online transportation service platform, an initial location associated with a service requester; comparing, by the at least one computer server, the initial location with a plurality of candidate locations in a database to generate at least one match result; and determining, by the at least one computer server, a final location based on the at least one match result, wherein the final location is associated with the initial location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingyu Zhang, Chong Shen, Zexiang Huang, Shengwei Li, Chao Guo
  • Patent number: 10521913
    Abstract: A relative atlas graph is generated to store mapping data used by an autonomous vehicle. The relative atlas graph may be generated for a geographical area based on observations collected from the geographical area, and may include element nodes corresponding to elements detected from the observations along with edges that connect pairs of element nodes and define relative poses between the elements for connected pairs of element nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Eade, Michael Bode
  • Patent number: 10502578
    Abstract: Optimal routes and speeds for a heavy-duty truck traversing a network of roads can be automatically determined so as to minimize fuel costs (and optionally other operating costs) while still making on-time delivery of freight to a destination. Route and speed optimization can be based on a network model in which edges correspond to road segments and each edge has an associated cost function that reflects fuel consumption for a truck traversing the corresponding road segment. Given a starting location, destination location, delivery deadline, and truck information, an efficient search algorithm can be executed by a computer to determine an optimal path and speed through the network model, subject to the constraint of arriving at the destination by the delivery deadline. A truck operator can follow the route to the destination, driving at the optimal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Minghua Chen, Lei Deng, Mohammad Hassan Hajiesmail
  • Patent number: 10503760
    Abstract: A relative atlas may be used to lay out elements in a digital map used in the control of an autonomous vehicle. A vehicle pose for the autonomous vehicle within a geographical area may be determined, and the relative atlas may be accessed to identify elements in the geographical area and to determine relative poses between those elements. The elements may then be laid out within the digital map using the determined relative poses, e.g., for use in planning vehicle trajectories, for estimating the states of traffic controls, or for tracking and/or identifying dynamic objects, among other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Eade, Michael Bode, James Andrew Bagnell
  • Patent number: 10488214
    Abstract: A method is provided for gathering probe data and using the gathered data to establish traffic speeds for various paths through an intersection. Methods may include receiving probe data from a plurality of probes approaching an intersection along a common road segment; receiving probe data from the plurality of probes exiting the intersection along two or more different road segments; determining traffic speed for each path through the intersection from the common road segment based on the received probe data from the plurality of probes approaching the intersection along the common road segment and the received probe data from the plurality of probes exiting the intersection along two or more different road segments; and generating an indication of the traffic speed for each path through the intersection to be provided for display on a graphical representation of the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Michael Limber
  • Patent number: 10488211
    Abstract: To facilitate determination of start of an operation of a new transportation that can cope with the travel demand in an area where multiple transportations and travel routes are present. A transportation demand and supply matching system 10 includes a storage device 2011 that stores information on travel demand and transportation supply capability in a predetermined area, and an arithmetic device 2041 that estimates a congested transportation and a congested route in the area based on the information on the travel demand and the transportation supply capability, estimates an avoidance route for avoiding the congested route, and a provisional transportation which is not operated but has to be operated on the avoidance route in the area by a predetermined algorithm, and outputs information on each of the avoidance route and the provisional transportation to a predetermined device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kojin Yano
  • Patent number: 10488219
    Abstract: A route information transmission system, method and medium that acquire information for transferring a first travel route, on which a terminal device provides guidance, to an in-vehicle device as a second travel route on the basis of information pertaining to the first travel route, and transmit the acquired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanizaki, Kenta Onishi, Motohiro Nakamura, Kazunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10492163
    Abstract: Systems and methods for leveraging micro-location devices for improved travel awareness are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for performing a location-based action in a network of micro-location devices may include a plurality of micro-location devices, each micro-location devices associated with a unique identifier and a location, each of the plurality of micro-location devices transmitting a signal comprising its associated unique identifier; a backend in communication with a database, the database storing the unique identifier and location associated with each of the micro-location devices; and a mobile device that receives a signal comprising a unique identifier from one of the plurality of micro-location devices and communicates the unique identifier to the backend. The backend may determine a mobile device location based on the unique identifier received from the mobile device and may perform an action based on the mobile device location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Brian S. Gantert, Joseph P. Arnone, Richard W. McMillen
  • Patent number: 10482564
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for improving GPU processing during visualization operations. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a data frame at a central processing unit (CPU), the data frame including a plurality of pieces of associated data; identifying, by the CPU, feature information corresponding to the plurality of pieces of associated data; generating, by the CPU, overall feature information by combining at least a portion of the feature information; and sending, by the CPU, the overall feature information to a graphics processing unit (GPU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Ningyi Zhou, Xiao Wen, Ruixian Ma, Ye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10475143
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system that may facilitate communications between drivers who share a route. The system may allow communications to be sent from one driver to another driver and allow drivers to post queries to other drivers sharing a route. Computing devices in the vehicle may collect route data for the system to evaluate and to use in identifying drivers sharing a route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Moises Norena, Robert H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10467656
    Abstract: A system for merchant advertising can be utilized to enable merchants to dynamically advertise products and services to consumers based on the consumers' location, time, and/or intent and through the consumer's mobile or non-mobile computing device. Consumers can submit queries for products, services, and/or merchants via various search engine(s), search engine application(s), and/or merchant portal application(s) to indicate intent. An offer module can determine if a consumer's location is within a predetermined offer radius for merchant offers and if so, display the relevant merchants and merchant offers to the consumer. The offer module may display merchant offers that are currently active. Consumers wishing to redeem an offer may approach the merchant to complete the transaction. An analytics engine can track consumers' views, transactions, and other activity with respect to the merchants and offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ali Taslimi, Fazel Taslimi