Transportation Facility Access (e.g., Fare, Toll, Parking) Patents (Class 705/13)
  • Patent number: 10353387
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program products are provided for grouping a plurality of vehicles together into a platoon and using navigation and other available data to optimize the efficiencies of operating the vehicles together as a platoon. Methods may include receiving a first trip request including a first vehicle identification, trip destination, and associated preferences; receiving a second trip request including a second vehicle identification, trip destination, and associated preferences; and generating a platooning plan including assignment of platoon leader to the first vehicle identification and a joining location where a vehicle of the first vehicle identification is to form a platoon with a vehicle of the second identification. Methods may include joining the first vehicle and the second vehicle in a secure vehicle-to-vehicle communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Stenneth, Gavril Giurgiu, Alex Averbuch, Vladimir Boroditsky, Eric Linder, Dongwook Jang, Anton Anastassov
  • Patent number: 10354220
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with rule based source sequencing for allocation are described. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an item request from an entity. The example method may also include executing rules of an allocation sequence rule set upon attributes of warehouses until a target warehouse capable of satisfying the item request is identified. The rules are executed in a sequential order based upon priorities assigned to the rules. The example method may also include generating a set of control instructions within a data structure identifying the target warehouse and the item request. The example method may also include sending the data structure to a remote computer, associated with the target warehouse, for causing the item request to be processed from the target warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Somsuvro Chandra, Amy Jane Selby
  • Patent number: 10347134
    Abstract: In one embodiment, passenger demand for transportation by a driver associated with a transportation service is estimated for a first plurality of locations within a geographical region. A wait time parameter is determined for the geographical region, wherein the wait time parameter is based on one or more expected wait times associated with one or more locations of the geographical region, wherein an expected wait time is an estimate of the time that would elapse from a submission of a transportation request from the associated location until a driver of the transportation service will arrive at the associated location. A plurality of drivers are directed to a second plurality of locations within the geographical region based on the estimated passenger demand and the wait time parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventors: Sunny Marueli, Ofer Samocha
  • Patent number: 10339518
    Abstract: A method for processing a transaction, comprising: receiving, by an aggregator from a merchant, a transaction data signal electronically transmitted via a communication network; transmitting, by the aggregator to a mobile network operator (MNO), an authorization message; receiving, by the aggregator from the MNO, an approval transaction data signal; transmitting, by the aggregator to a payment network, a request message configured to indicate a virtual card number (VCN) request associated with the MNO's transaction account for the transaction amount; receiving, by the aggregator from the payment network, a VCN transaction data signal; and transmitting, to the payment network, a VCN message indicating the VCN initiation of a payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kimberly Lewis Peyton, Pablo Fourez
  • Patent number: 10313826
    Abstract: A system for exchanging GPS or other position data between wireless devices for purposes of group activities, child location monitoring, work group coordination, dispatching of employees etc. Cell phones and other wireless devices with GPS receivers have loaded therein a Buddy Watch application and a TalkControl application. The Buddy Watch application communicates with the GPS receiver and other wireless devices operated by buddies registered in the users phone as part of buddy groups or individually. GPS position data and historical GPS position data can be exchanged between cell phones of buddies and instant buddies such as tow truck drivers via a buddy watch server. Emergency monitoring services can be set up with notifications to programmable individuals in case an individual does not respond. Positions and tracks can be displayed. TalkControl simplifies and automates the process of joining talk groups for walkie talkie services such as that provided by Nextel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: X One, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Haney
  • Patent number: 10303183
    Abstract: A method includes receiving location information for each of a plurality of autonomous vehicles in a zone, wherein the location information indicates locations of the autonomous vehicles in the zone, determining a mapping of locations of each of the autonomous vehicles in the zone based on the location information, and computing a set of coordinated movements for one or more of the autonomous vehicles based on the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10282919
    Abstract: A method is provided of paying a fare of a mobile vehicle by using a first terminal and a second terminal. The method may include receiving, by the second terminal, fare data of the mobile vehicle, obtained from a meter based on fare calculation data that includes at least one of moving distance data and moving time data of the mobile vehicle, and transmitting the received fare data to the first terminal. The method may also include transmitting, by the first terminal, the fare data to the second terminal, and receiving, by the second terminal, card information of a passenger from a card reader, transmitting the card information to a card server connected to the second terminal through a predetermined communication network, and receiving a payment authorization of a fare of the mobile vehicle from the card server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG CNS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaeho Joo, Sean Kim, Rhea Kim, Tae Ho Youm
  • Patent number: 10271035
    Abstract: The present invention provides a glasses type terminal, which can perform a wireless communication with a digital signage providing preconfigured information, the glasses type terminal comprising a wireless communication unit performing wireless communication and a control unit, wherein the control unit executes a control method comprising the steps of: transmitting unique information of the glasses type terminal to the digital signage in a proximity area of a preconfigured digital signage; receiving data on the basis of the unique information; and controlling an output unit of the glasses type terminal to output the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sanghwa Yu, Inho Roh
  • Patent number: 10260897
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for dynamic travel coordination is provided. A common destination is designated for a group of travelers for arrival at a common time. A mode of travel and a set of travel criteria are designated for each traveler. The travel criteria are determined for at least one of the travelers by receiving travel criteria for the at least one traveler from another traveler and receiving from the at least one traveler modifications to the received travel criteria. An initial route to the common destination at the common arrival time is created for each of the travelers based on the travel mode and travel criteria for that traveler. The initial route of one or more of the travelers is revised based on at least one of that traveler's designated travel criteria, a progress of one or more of the travelers, and travel conditions of the initial route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Simon Tucker
  • Patent number: 10264436
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for reversing the conventional roles of central and peripheral devices in a BLE network. Doing so includes implementing an end node (EN) to be operable with a cellular backhaul and as the receiver of messaging generated by components within the network for the downstream cellular transfer of proximity and other types of information collected by the EN. The EN is configured to collect GPS and WiFi positional information determinative of a location of the EN, and transmit such positional information directly from the EN over an available backhaul so as to enable a determination of a relative location thereof based only on that positional information. In these ways, location and other types of information associated with the EN may become known with increased reliability and certainty in the face of obstacles such as structural barriers and distance that ordinarily limit BLE performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LINK LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Wohler, Mark Bloechl, Ricardo Luna, Jr., Patrick Li, Brian Emery Ray
  • Patent number: 10244094
    Abstract: In general, an indication is received through a user interface of an intention of a potential rider to use an autonomous vehicle. In response to the receipt of the indication, a hailing request is sent by a signaling mode to at least one autonomous vehicle that can receive the hailing request directly in accordance with the signaling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: nuTonomy Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Iagnemma, Philipp Robbel
  • Patent number: 10242573
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for offering merchant and shopper-friendly parking reservations through tourist privileges is provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces located in a tourist area of an urban environment are managed through a server. Smart parking devices and vehicle occupancy sensors are each proximate to at least one of the parking spaces. Tourist parking identification cards are issued to an agency authorized to provide tourist parking privileges, which are then provided to the visitors. The parking identification cards are activated by pairing each identification card with a digital ticket issued to the agency. The parking spaces are managed by sensing occupancy of one of the parking spaces by a motor vehicle through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor and by determining an identity of the driver of the motor vehicle through the nearest smart parking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Alan G. Bell, Craig Eldershaw, Lance E. Good, Daniel H. Greene, Francisco Eduardo Torres, Serdar Uckun, David Preston Cummins
  • Patent number: 10212543
    Abstract: An in-vehicle access application may have different modes of operation. The different modes of operation may allow the in-vehicle access application to interact with different access devices, or interact differently with an access device. When a vehicle is determined to be in a stopped position, a first mode of operation of the in-vehicle access application can be activated. When a vehicle is determined to be moving, a second mode of operation of the in-vehicle access application can be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Martin Enriquez, Kelvan Howard
  • Patent number: 10205720
    Abstract: A method and system for deterring attacks at potential breach points between servers and an account and login server for creating and subsequent verification of accounts. Various cryptographic primitives are used to manipulate passwords to generate verifiers. The verifiers are used with external hardware security modules (HSMs) to eliminate HSMs and intermediate steps between the HSM and login servers as potential breach points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Airbnb, Inc.
    Inventors: Ismail Cem Paya, Kevin Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10145694
    Abstract: Technologies for providing information to a user while traveling include a mobile computing device to determine network condition information associated with a route segment. The route segment may be one of a number of route segments defining at least one route from a starting location to a destination. The mobile computing device may determine a route from the starting location to the destination based on the network condition information. The mobile computing device may upload the network condition information to a crowdsourcing server. A mobile computing device may predict a future location of the device based on device context, determine a safety level for the predicted location, and notify the user if the safety level is below a threshold safety level. The device context may include location, time of day, and other data. The safety level may be determined based on predefined crime data. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ren Wang, Zhonghong Ou, Arvind Kumar, Kristoffer Fleming, Tsung-Yuan C. Tai, Timothy J. Gresham, John C. Weast, Corey Kukis
  • Patent number: 10147084
    Abstract: Pursuant to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus, and means for conducting payment transactions using mobile devices are provided in which a mobile device is presented at a point of sale for use in a payment transaction. A selection of a primary account is received from a user of the mobile device, and the mobile device automatically identifies a product type of the primary payment account. The mobile device selects and transmits a proxy payment account identifier having a product type equivalent to the product type of the primary payment account to the point of sale for use in the payment transaction. The point of sale causes a first payment authorization request message to be routed to an issuer of the proxy payment account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Parento, Ron Hynes
  • Patent number: 10134033
    Abstract: A payment system utilizes an IC identification card to identify a user, finds and verifies a bank account of the user. The payment system uses an IC identification card reader to read user identity information which includes a user identification card number. The system encrypts user identity information using a first encryption key and encrypts the user-entered bank account password using a bank encryption key corresponding to a participating bank, and sends the encrypted information to an intermediary platform, which sends a bank transaction request including user identity information, bank account password and transaction amount to the participating bank subsystem. The participating bank subsystem conducts the requested bank transaction with a user bank account, which is determined according to the user identification card number either by the intermediary platform or by the participating bank subsystem based on a mapping relationship between the user identity information and bank accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Leiming Yuan
  • Patent number: 10135814
    Abstract: A self-authenticating chip includes first and second memory regions storing, respectively, first and second authentication codes. The second memory region is adapted to be unreadable and unmodifiable by the chip or a chip reader. The chip also includes a comparator for providing an indicator of whether given input matches the second authentication code. The chip also includes an authentication circuit that is operable to read the first authentication code from the first memory region, present the first authentication code to the comparator, and in response to receiving an indicator from the comparator indicating that the first and second authentication codes match, unlock at least one of (i) a communication interface of the chip to allow data to be transmitted therethrough to a chip reader and (ii) a third memory region of the chip to allow data to be read therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CARDEX SYSTEMS INC
    Inventors: Dennis Bernard Van Kerrebroeck, Craig Michael Horn, Bernard Marie-Andre Van Kerrebroeck
  • Patent number: 10121172
    Abstract: A parking lot management system and method may include capturing image data and time of entry of a vehicle entering the parking lot and transmitting the image data and time data to a remote networked computer system. A vehicle identification is determined from the image data. Time and image data of the vehicle exiting the parking lot is determined and transmitting the remote networked computer system. A parking violation is determined due to a parking time period expiring without the vehicle exiting the lot prior the parking period expiring. A violation notice is communicated to the person associated with the vehicle identified to be in violation. A parking kiosk adjacent the parking lot can be provided. The kiosk is coupled to the remote networked computer system and is configured to set parking time, calculate payment and receive payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hudson, Joseph M. Caldwell, Richard C. Gage, Nataliia Danko
  • Patent number: 10108901
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method leverages the capabilities present in common mobile communications devices—RF transceivers, Internet connectivity, payment system, geolocation system, notification system, and user interface—to simplify and reduce overhead from the parking experience. Furthermore, this method utilizes distributed authentication and authorization and multi-path queued message delivery to provide this experience when cellular or WiFi Internet connectivity is absent in the parking facility, simplifying and reducing the cost of deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Jay Curtis Beavers, Helene Marie Julie Martineaud
  • Patent number: 10096173
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device (e.g., a smartphone) is utilized to determine whether a user has paid for parking. The mobile device collects sensor data that describes actions of a mobile device or actions of an automobile or of a driver of the automobile. The sensor data includes one or more of location data, acceleration data, rotational data, or audio data. Either the mobile device or a centralized server performs an analysis of the sensor data to determine data indicative of a pay status of the parking spot. The pay status indicates whether the user has likely paid for parking. The mobile device or the centralized server is configured to generate a message based on the data indicative of the pay status of the parking spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10068386
    Abstract: The methods describe the use of Handset Apps in garages currently using paper tickets or ID tokens in ways that minimize disruption to the existing infrastructure. The techniques include automatic recognition of garage/gate ID, automatic identification of paper ticket ID without optical scanning, and direct payment in manually operated garages, including those using valet parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TRANSPARENT WIRELESS SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Santanu Dutta, Nils Rydbeck, Partha Chakravartti
  • Patent number: 10032228
    Abstract: A mobile computerized apparatus or method configured to coordinate towing facilities and roadside assistance providers and their available capacity to tow and provide roadside assistance and match users with those towing facilities and roadside assistance providers is disclosed. The apparatus or method may be configured to consider the following factors in matching the towing facilities/roadside assistance providers and users: (a) availability of nearby towing facilities; (b) telematics information from the vehicle to assist with the diagnosis/repairs; (c) preset preferences of the user; (d) insurance information (such as the type of the vehicle the user has and the user's home address); and (e) the capabilities of the towing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Robert Wasserman, Tara Cavallaro Kozlowski, Ryan M. Briggs, Imran Iqbal
  • Patent number: 10031582
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine an ESF-based haptic effect and transmit a haptic signal associated with the ESF-based haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes an ESF controller in communication with the processor, the ESF controller configured to receive the haptic signal, determine an ESF signal based at least in part on the haptic signal, and transmit the ESF signal. Further, the illustrative system includes an inducing electrode configured to receive the ESF signal and induce an electric charge on an induced electrode, wherein the inducing electrode does not contact the induced electrode, and wherein the induced electrode is configured to output the ESF-based haptic effect to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10015631
    Abstract: A location-based service, and in particular location-based services involving mobile devices. With the disclosed method it is possible to provide individual information at a certain location to individual users, wherein the information may be based on a location profile that may be updated depending on inputs of the user itself or other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Martin Cudzilo
  • Patent number: 10005429
    Abstract: A key fob device, in one embodiment, includes a transceiver that receives and sends signals, a memory that stores a public key and a certificate of authenticity associated with the key fob device, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and memory. The processor is configured to execute instructions causing the key fob device to transmit the public key and the certificate of authenticity, execute a public key agreement protocol to generate a common secret encryption key, and receive an operation key encrypted with the common secret encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric Peeters, Jin-Meng Ho
  • Patent number: 9996844
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the invention are directed to generating marketing-based age range products based at least on inferred data regarding the age of various network users. The age range products may be used for age-targeted online marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Shu-Yao Chien, Linda S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9996997
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling access to or exit from a controlled area, implemented in a system comprising at least one database comprising: a first data set, comprising biometric data of persons linked with identifiers of means of transport or travel; and a second data set including at least one piece of data such as marital status and/or identity document and at least one piece of personal biometric data, the method being characterized by implementing steps that comprise: for each vehicle, acquiring an identifier of the means of transport or travel, and biometric data of at least one passenger in the vehicle; for each passenger for which biometric data has been acquired, determining whether said passenger is recorded in the first data set linked with the vehicle; if a passenger is not recorded in the first data set linked with the vehicle, verifying that the passenger is recorded in said set linked with another vehicle or, failing that, that said passenger is recorded in the second data
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MORPHO
    Inventors: Laurent Lambert, Olivier Touret, Pierre Chastel
  • Patent number: 9984222
    Abstract: A control system including a detection device and a control host is provided. The detection device is configured to detect a biometric characteristic to accordingly identify a user ID, and output an ID signal according to the user ID. The control host is configured to receive the ID signal to accordingly perform an individualized control associated with the user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Chuang, Cheng-Nan Tsai, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 9971998
    Abstract: A method for making a location-based automatic payment includes receiving an automatic payment instruction that designates a payee account. The automatic payment instruction is associated with a payer account in a database. A payment location is received and associated with the automatic payment request in the database. A payer device that is associated with the payer account is determined to be in the payment location and, in response, a payment request is sent over a network to make a payment from the payer account to the payee account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Anthony Nuzzi
  • Patent number: 9965902
    Abstract: As part of the process for controlling entry and exit in parking garages and parking facilities, the entrance or exit, in front of which a vehicle stands, is determined on the basis of a location determination of the vehicle, where the location information shall be transmitted by means of the mobile device via a wireless or mobile phone standard to a server, which is capable of controlling the parking barriers of entrances and exits after locating the vehicle, where in the case that the owner of the mobile device is already registered on the server, the user ID is also sent to the server and in the case that the owner of the mobile device is not registered on the server, the registration is done by means of the mobile device via the connection to the server and a user ID is assigned after registration, where the entrance or exit, in front of which the vehicle stands, is determined on basis of the data of location determination in the server, where a ticket in electronic form linked with the user ID is sent to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SKIDATA AG
    Inventor: Christian Wenninger
  • Patent number: 9959760
    Abstract: A method for finding a parking space for a first motor vehicle includes determining a required minimum length of the parking space on which the first motor vehicle is parkable, scanning a length of the adjacent parking space through the second motor vehicle, and driving the first motor vehicle to the adjacent parking space bounded by the second motor vehicle when the length of the adjacent parking space corresponds to at least the minimum length. Related transmission devices and control systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Detlef Baasch
  • Patent number: 9953097
    Abstract: A method and system receives at a server a search request and processes the search request to determine a context of the search request, then determines, based on the context, a network route to an application server having the closest geographic proximity, with respect to the server, to the most relevant database associated with the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dan L. Pritchett, Ian Flint, Connie Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9939280
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for dynamic travel coordination is provided. A common destination is designated for a group of travelers for arrival at a common time. A mode of travel and a set of travel criteria are designated for each traveler. The travel criteria are determined for at least one of the travelers by receiving travel criteria for the at least one traveler from another traveler and receiving from the at least one traveler modifications to the received travel criteria. An initial route to the common destination at the common arrival time is created for each of the travelers based on the travel mode and travel criteria for that traveler. The initial route of one or more of the travelers is revised based on at least one of that traveler's designated travel criteria, a progress of one or more of the travelers, and travel conditions of the initial route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Incorporated
    Inventor: Simon Tucker
  • Patent number: 9934691
    Abstract: The present application provides a system and method for enabling a driver to locate a passenger. In one or more implementations, a graphical user interface is provided that is operable to send and receive information associated with passengers and vehicles. A location of a first vehicle, a location of a first passenger and a location of a second passenger are received. Information associated with the locations of the first and second passenger is transmitted and a representation of at least one of the first passenger and the second passenger and the respective location thereof is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FLATIRON APPS LLC
    Inventor: Ben Millspaugh
  • Patent number: 9919611
    Abstract: A vehicle charge assistance device and a vehicle including the same are disclosed. The vehicle charge assistance device includes at least one camera mounted on a vehicle, an antenna to detect a magnetic field from a charging device, and a processor to control movement of the vehicle. The processor may generate a vehicle movement direction signal based on an object associated with the charging device in an image from the at least one camera and generate a guide signal to adjust a position of the vehicle based on the magnetic field after movement of the vehicle according to the vehicle movement direction signal. Consequently, it is possible to easily and conveniently move the vehicle to the charge system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Jaesung Lee, Jonghun Song, Younsun Kim
  • Patent number: 9922297
    Abstract: Queue techniques which use a beacon to detect customers. An example queue method includes receiving a message containing an identifier and contact information from a mobile communication device carried by a customer within communication range of a beacon, establishing a position of the customer in a queue, and sending a reply message to the mobile communication device at the contact information containing queue information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Rafael Yepez
  • Patent number: 9911245
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing vehicle license tag numbers allows subscribers of a toll service to avoid additional charges normally associated with processing photographs of vehicle license tags by toll agencies to collect tolls. A subscriber can upload one or more license tag numbers to be associated with the subscriber's account with the toll service. The toll service provides a list of license tag numbers to the toll agency. If, for a given toll event, the toll agency does not receive a response to a wireless toll tag reader signal, the toll agency compares a license tag number obtained by processing a photo of the vehicle's license tag with the list provided by the toll service to find a match and process the toll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GeoToll, Inc.
    Inventors: Wyatt Drake Geist, Jaime Andres Borras
  • Patent number: 9889761
    Abstract: A server of a network-controlled charging system for electric vehicles receives a request for charge transfer for an electric vehicle at a network-controlled charge transfer device, determines whether to enable charge transfer, and responsive to determining to enable charge transfer, transmits a communication to the network-controlled charge transfer device that indicates to the network-controlled charge transfer device to enable charge transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Lowenthal, Dave Baxter, Harjinder Bhade, Praveen Mandal
  • Patent number: 9870648
    Abstract: A central computing system is configured to monitor quotas for multiple different classifications of vehicles that park in a parking facility. License plate reading (LPR) cameras read the license information of each vehicle entering and exiting a parking facility. The vehicle images or identifications are communicated to the central computing system which updates its database and monitors each virtual lot in the parking facility according to quotas, prices and other parameters for each corresponding class of vehicles. Control gates can be provided at entrances and exits to the parking facility. A parking kiosk can be provided to the parking facility that is networked with the central computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Moran, Richard. W. Kelley, II, Marcus N. Schmidt, David E. Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9818245
    Abstract: A control system including a detection device and a control host is provided. The detection device is configured to detect a biometric characteristic to accordingly identify a user ID, and output an ID signal according to the user ID. The control host is configured to receive the ID signal to accordingly perform an individualized control associated with the user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Chuang, Cheng-Nan Tsai, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 9792818
    Abstract: The present invention describes the system of centralized parking payment and monitoring, which uses geo-location enabled devices such as iPhone, android, RIM devices, mobile phones, pagers and wireless mobile computers. Using such system person can get a parking receipt; do payment of parking in the paid parking area directly from his geo-location enabled devices without any intervention of any attendant. Simultaneously, police or parking manager can also check the virtual parking receipt of the vehicle in the centralized parking system using Geo-location enable mobile device. The big differences between this new solution is compared to existing solution are (1) [004] All the current solutions are identifying a particular parking spot instead of looking at holistic view of parking on a whole street or an unmanned parking area. Geo-location devices have 5-25 meters inaccuracy in identifying a position i.e. 1-5 parking spots inaccuracy. As a result, geo-location device cannot locate a particular parking spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Sunil Goel
  • Patent number: 9774591
    Abstract: A method and system for deterring attacks at potential breach points between servers and an account and login server for creating and subsequent verification of accounts. Various cryptographic primitives are used to manipulate passwords to generate verifiers. The verifiers are used with external hardware security modules (HSMs) to eliminate HSMs and intermediate steps between the HSM and login servers as potential breach points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Airbnb, Inc.
    Inventors: Ismail Cem Paya, Kevin Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9761139
    Abstract: A method to provide an active parking system includes receiving, at a portable computerized device, parking preferences of a user for a parking facility of a retail store, determining, within a parking space index server, an availability status of each of a plurality of parking spaces of the parking facility, identifying, within a computerized device, a preferred parking location for the user based upon the parking preferences and the availability statuses, and displaying, at a computerized display, directions for the user to navigate to the preferred parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Richard Neil Cancro, Douglas James Pedley
  • Patent number: 9741064
    Abstract: An internet-based system and method allows customers to remotely check-in to a wait list for a no-appointment first listed-first served business. A location associated with a customer is received and an interactive map displays multiple icons with each icon corresponding to a location of the business. A dynamically updated estimated wait time for the wait list at each business location is displayed. A customer selection of a location at which to receive a service from the business is received by a selection of the icon representing the business and the customer is added to the wait list at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Peter M. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 9734462
    Abstract: A method, using a mobile device, of initiating the processing of a transaction for a parking session between a parking system and a payment provider on behalf of a user, the method comprising storing a user identifier in memory on the mobile device, receiving a parking identifier and transmitting the user identifier and the parking identifier to a network server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AVIGILON PATENT HOLDING 1 CORPORATION
    Inventor: Edward D. Ioli
  • Patent number: 9727862
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for using a payment processing network as an authorization engine to access secure physical areas, such as college dormitories, office buildings. A keycard with a cryptogram generator is presented by a user to an access device, and the access device or associated computer sends an access request message formatted like a payment authentication request message to an aggregator/acquirer and payment processing network. The payment processing network validates the cryptogram and returns an access response message, again formatted like a payment authorization response message, indicating that the keycard is authentic. The gate, door, turnstile, or other barrier is then temporarily unlocked to let the user through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Craig O'Connell, Kevin E. Wong, Nancy Hilgers, Mark Nelsen
  • Patent number: 9709988
    Abstract: A vehicle may require an electric recharge. A request may be sent to obtain identification of charge locations along a route. Along with the request, data may be sent identifying vehicle location, route, and desired safety rating. A response may be obtained from a remote server, and the results may be displayed, which include the user rating of the charge station. The desired user rating may be adjusted based on the battery's state of charge (SOC). The desired user rating may be decreased as the battery state of charge decreases. The user may further set the desired user rating. The desired user rating may further depend on other ratings of the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Jimmy Kapadia
  • Patent number: 9696155
    Abstract: Method and system for automatically detecting and checking the use of parking places of a parking arrangement, which is provided with a parking network and a central computer, the parking places being each provided with an electronic parking sensor module, which has an identification code and a vehicle sensor for detecting vehicles in the respective parking places, wherein use is made of electronic license devices, carried along with the vehicles and each having a unique identification number and motion sensor means, which can determine at what time a vehicle comes to a standstill, and wherein information about said time together with the identification number is transmitted to the central computer, which can compare said time with times at which the parking places become occupied, to determine in which parking place the vehicle is parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: N.V. NEDERLANDSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK NEDAP
    Inventor: Gerhard Johan Tannemaat
  • Patent number: 9672742
    Abstract: A detecting device is mounted in a parking lot including parking regions, and can communicate with a cloud server and one mobile terminal entering the parking lot. The cloud server stores an electronic map of the parking lot. The detecting device includes a distance sensor and a positioning device. The distance sensor detects occupied information of each parking space of each parking region and transmits the occupied information to the cloud server. The positioning device detects an original location of one mobile terminal entering the parking lot and transmits the original location to the cloud server, so that the cloud server can update the electronic map to indicate the occupied information and the original location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jen-Tsorng Chang