Transportation Facility Access (e.g., Fare, Toll, Parking) Patents (Class 705/13)
  • Patent number: 11181390
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 11175673
    Abstract: A drive assist apparatus includes an electronic control unit configured to: acquire space availability information that indicates whether each of a plurality of parking spaces in a parking lot is an occupied space or a vacant space; and set at least one of a speed of a vehicle that moves in the parking lot and a moving route of the vehicle based on the space availability information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Eshima
  • Patent number: 11151489
    Abstract: A computing system can monitor, in real-time, a location of each respective computing device of the plurality of computing devices based on location data received from a location sensor of the respective computing device, and determine whether to subject a respective driver using the respective computing device to either a default set of rules or an alternative set of rules associated with a geofenced area, based on the location of the respective computing device relative to the geofenced area. For the geofenced area, the computing system can implement a queue selection process for drivers. Outside the geofenced area, the computing system can perform a default selection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Truong, Iain Proctor
  • Patent number: 11144975
    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: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Peter M. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 11144855
    Abstract: A system and method for managing coverage of parking enforcement for a neighborhood with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Robert T. Krivacic
  • Patent number: 11145140
    Abstract: This monitoring plan evaluation system includes a vehicle monitoring information acquisition unit which acquires vehicle monitoring information indicating a result of monitoring of a vehicle, the vehicle monitoring information including monitoring execution condition information indicating at least one of a monitoring place and a monitoring time of the vehicle and information of the vehicle that has been subjected to monitoring at the monitoring place or the monitoring time, a movement information acquisition unit which acquires vehicle movement information regarding movement of each of a plurality of vehicles, and a passage extent information generator which generates passage extent information, which indicates an extent of passage of a vehicle that is to be monitored in a condition indicated by a candidate monitoring execution condition including at least one of a place and a time where and when to monitor vehicles, on the basis of the vehicle movement information and the vehicle monitoring information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryota Hiura, Takeshi Fukase, Takuma Okazaki, Tetsuya Adachi
  • Patent number: 11138457
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for reading a license plate from a poor image captured in various environments. To this end, the present invention provides a license plate reading apparatus and method using deep learning technology and provides a license plate learning apparatus and method for generating and providing a restoration neural network and a recognition neural network by using the license plate reading apparatus and method, thereby implementing a circular recognition network generating and using system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Su Wan Park, Bum Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 11127236
    Abstract: The NACC method and system will increase security by centralizing vetting, authorization and providing authoritative biometrics for matching either at the NACC or at a requestor's facility. Automatic biometric matching will save manpower and increase security. Access authorizations for personnel are determined by the requestor's facility and communicated to the NACC. The NACC provides authoritative biometrics, templates, or authorizations as selected by the requestor's facility. The NACC will enhance personnel access to multiple facilities at stationary access points, on-the-move walking, and with individuals seeking entrance while in a vehicle. The NACC can either be in one or more bricks-and-mortar structures or in a cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Robert William Kocher
  • Patent number: 11127029
    Abstract: A car sharing management device includes a communication device and an information processing device. The communication device is configured to acquire, from an information terminal owned by a user of a car sharing service, commercial facility information acquired by the information terminal at a commercial facility. The information processing device is configured to determine, based on the commercial facility information, whether the user uses the commercial facility while using the car sharing service. The information processing device is configured to provide the user with a reward in a case where the user uses the commercial facility while using the car sharing service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Umeda, Takumi Fukunaga, Makoto Akahane, Satoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 11113696
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment disclosed herein is a method including assigning, by a virtual assistant computing device, a transaction intent associated with a mobile device user for a transaction and determining by the virtual assistant computing device, whether the transaction is in accordance with policy. The method further includes sending by the virtual assistant computing device, a policy decision recommendation to the mobile device and receiving, by the virtual assistant computing device, a response from the mobile device indicating whether to perform the transaction. The method further includes facilitating, by the virtual assistant computing device, performance of the transaction and generating, by the virtual assistant computing device, an expense report associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. Bancorp, National Association
    Inventors: Bradley O. Matthews, Tory K. Passons
  • Patent number: 11100444
    Abstract: Data processing systems and methods, according to various embodiments, are adapted for performing a process of procuring a vendor and sub-processes associated therewith, such as performing vendor risk assessments and providing training specific to the procurement of that particular vendor. Training requirements for the user procuring the vendor and/or for the vendor itself are determined and any deficiencies in current, valid training requirements are identified. Training to address any identified deficiencies is provided as part of the vendor procurement process. Training may be customized based on trainee and/or organization attributes to improve the effectiveness of such training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: OneTrust, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Blake Brannon, Kabir A. Barday
  • Patent number: 11062611
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes a display interface. The vehicle includes a controller configured to execute commands to transport a passenger from a pickup location to a destination and display a brand name or logo associated with a brand identifier during at least a portion of the transport. The execution is responsive to a request for transportation service including the brand identifier, the pickup location, and the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ayush Chandrakanth Shah, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin
  • Patent number: 11055686
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems and methods of conducting transactions associated with a transit card. A method of conducting transactions may be conducted between a processor and a transit processor. Steps may include receiving a redemption request and determining if it is a pre-authorization request or a redemption; if the redemption request is a pre-authorization request, determining if the account is authorized for a particular transit type. If the account is authorized, communicating approval to the transit processor. If the account is not authorized communicating denial. If the redemption request is a redemption: determining if account value is sufficient to pay the redemption amount; if not, denying and if so approving the transaction and deducting the amount, and determining if the account value is below a pre-determined threshold for a particular transit types, and if so, updating the status of the account at a data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: E2INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip Graves, Merrill Brooks Smith, Phil M Chakiris, Michael Parlotto
  • Patent number: 11049391
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods applying an innovative non-discriminating and anonymous car related navigation driven traffic model predictive control, producing predictive load-balancing on road networks which dynamically assigns efficient sets of routes to car related navigation aids and which navigation aids may refer to in dash navigation or to smart phone navigation application. The system and methods are may enable, for example, to improve or to substitute commercial navigation service solutions, applying under such upgrade or substitution a new highly efficient proactive traffic control for city size or metropolitan size traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Yosef Mintz
  • Patent number: 11049397
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a low-profile, surface-mounted, wireless parking sensor (LPSMPS) that is easy-to-install, easy-to-maintain, easy-to-repair, and low-cost. The LPSMPS can support the weight of a typical motor vehicle without damage to the electronic components therein. The LPSMPS has a disk-like shape and houses a circular printed circuit board (PCB) that includes electronics for motor vehicle sensing and for wireless communication with other devices. Batteries (e.g., standard AA batteries) are positioned around the circular PCB to enable a low overall profile. For example, according to some embodiments, the maximum height of the LPSMPS is less than 20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Nwave Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yury Birchenko
  • Patent number: 11036229
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for using self-driving autonomous vehicles to form traffic barriers. The method may include receiving, by a processor, an identification of a location of an event. The method may identify a vehicle from an inventory of autonomous vehicles based on one or more criteria. The criteria may include a vehicle location criterion, a vehicle size criterion, a vehicle fuel criterion, or a vehicle availability criterion. The method may include transmitting to the vehicle an instruction to move to a first location. The method may include identifying a perimeter encompassing the location of the event. The method may include identifying a subset of vehicles in the first position and instructing the subset of vehicles to move to a second position. The method may include instructing the subset of vehicles in the second position to move back to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Steve McDuff, Ben Z. Akselrod, Kyle D. Robeson, Anthony Di Loreto
  • Patent number: 11025784
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roaming method for an electrical charging system with at least two subsystems. In the method, a charging data set is received through a communication module of a gateway device from a charging station assigned to the gateway device. The charging data set is forwarded by a peer-to-peer module assigned to the gateway device to a peer-to-peer application of a peer-to-peer network, and a roaming action is controlled by a roaming controlling means of the peer-to-peer application executed by at least a part of the nodes of the peer-to-peer network based on the received charging data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: innogy Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Stöcker, Torsten Dahmen, Markus Ludwig Rothkeppel, Ulrich Grepel
  • Patent number: 11023990
    Abstract: A system and method of providing information in connection with one or more services on a computing device is described. The system can receive data in connection with a location-based service from a remote system and can programmatically display information about the service on or as part of a user interface of the service application. A system can dynamically display content to instruct a user of the computing device to go to a particular location and to perform a particular task associated with the service based on the user's current condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Maya Paritosh Choksi, Christine Tao, Andrew Timothy Szybalski, John David West
  • Patent number: 11019552
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for wireless beacon devices for use in managing transportation service terminals. A user may travel with a device, such as a communication device, that includes a communication module that may utilize specialized hardware features to establish short range wireless communications with nearby wireless beacons. The wireless beacons may be established at or nearby transportation service terminals, such as bus/train stops. The beacon may provide the aforementioned communication services with the communication device and be utilized to determine whether the user will utilize a transportation service for the terminal. If the user wishes to utilize the transportation service, a transportation service may be alerted. The user may also be alerted of an expected time of arrival for the transportation service, other transportation services available at the transportation terminal, and/or of nearby transportation terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Todasco, Megan Marie Williams, Michael Hwang, Michelle Serrano
  • Patent number: 10997859
    Abstract: A parking lot information service system and method provide position information of an available parking space in a parking lot. The system includes an electronic device that outputs parking lot information in a vehicle that is waiting to park in a parking lot associated with a multi-use facility. The system further includes a facility server that manages facility usage information of a user corresponding to a parked vehicle in the parking lot. The system also includes a parking lot server that predicts departure time of the parked vehicle by analyzing the facility usage information and generates the parking lot information based on the predicted departure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hoo Young Lee, Se Min Oh
  • Patent number: 10996071
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10984499
    Abstract: A control device is configured to cause a vehicle parked in a parking lot to move to a pick-up area in accordance with a call from a user of the vehicle. The control device includes a predicted time calculator and a moving-out vehicle determiner. The predicted time calculator is configured to, with regard to the vehicle that has arrived at the pick-up area in response to the call, acquire a user position and calculate a predicted user arrival time on the basis of the user position. The user position is a current position of the user. The predicted user arrival time is a time in which the user is predicted to arrive at the pick-up area. The moving-out vehicle determiner is configured to determine a moving-out vehicle on the basis of the calculated predicted user arrival time. The moving-out vehicle is a vehicle that is to be moved out of the pick-up area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junya Seki
  • Patent number: 10977758
    Abstract: A client device obtains and records inbound station information. The client device sends first electronic credential information to an inbound charging apparatus, where the first electronic credential information comprises authentication information generated by a payment system based on a user identity in the client device. The client device sends second electronic credential information and the inbound station information to an outbound charging apparatus, where the second electronic credential information comprises authentication information generated by the payment system based on the user identity in the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingnan Shen, Ge Chen, Jie Qi, Huifeng Jin, Xuefu Song
  • Patent number: 10977932
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a communication system that facilitates generating, by a waveguide system of the communication system based on a first wireless signal, first electromagnetic waves that convey sensor data, where the first electromagnetic waves propagate along a transmission medium to a server, where the transmission medium comprises an external surface, and where the first electromagnetic waves propagate along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path; and receiving, by the waveguide system, second electromagnetic waves that convey instruction information, where the second electromagnetic waves propagate along the transmission medium to the waveguide system, where the second electromagnetic waves propagate along the transmission medium without requiring the electrical return path, and wherein the instruction information is generated by the server according to the sensor data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cristina Serban, Donald Levy, David Gross, Jayaraman Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10970788
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling autonomous vehicles to optimize traffic characteristics. A computing platform may receive vehicle guidance data from autonomous vehicle control systems of vehicles. Subsequently, the computing platform may identify a number of the vehicles currently operating in an autonomous mode based on the vehicle guidance data. Thereafter, the computing platform may identify a target number of the vehicles to be operated in an autonomous mode in order to optimize traffic characteristics. Then, the computing platform may generate messages directing selected vehicles to switch into autonomous mode in order to achieve the target number. Subsequently, the computing platform may send the messages directing the selected vehicles to switch into autonomous mode in order to receive incentives. Thereafter, the computing platform may award the incentives to the selected vehicles that switch into the autonomous mode as directed by the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Mark Slusar, Surender Kumar, Sunil Chintakindi
  • Patent number: 10959045
    Abstract: A method for safely and efficiently requesting transportation services through the use of mobile communications devices capable of geographic location is described. Individual and package transportation may be provided. New customers may be efficiently serviced, and the requester and transportation provider locations may be viewed in real time on the mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Olaf Martin Lubeck, John H. Hall
  • Patent number: 10926658
    Abstract: A provider terminal transmits, to a server, (i) location information for specifying a location of a power supply facility for supplying power to a vehicle and (ii) an acceptance period for accepting the supply of power at the location. The user terminal transmits, to the server, (i) a desired location for the supply of power to the vehicle and (ii) a desired starting time for the supply of power to the vehicle at the desired location. The server includes: a provision DB configured to store one or more pieces of association information in which respective pieces of location information are associated with respective acceptance periods; a determination device configured to determine a power supply facility corresponding to the desired location and the desired starting time; and a communicator configured to notify a location of the power supply facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Sakuma, Shuhei Yamamoto, Munehiro Kamiya, Hideo Hasegawa, Shinji Kurachi, Tomoya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10922973
    Abstract: A parking detection system comprises a plurality of sensor nodes configured to detect and monitor an event of a parking space, at least one of the sensor nodes detected the event and generates a data package including a received signal strength (RSS) value and an access point network that receives the data packet and measure the RSS value of the data packet, wherein the access point network measures a variation in the RSS value for detecting and monitoring of the event by measuring a change in propagation patterns of radio signals distorted by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Peters, Maurizio Bocea
  • Patent number: 10917763
    Abstract: A method of communication between vehicle-mounted communication equipment or a vehicle and a plurality of roadside units includes: in a first step, a first vehicle communication message is transmitted from a first roadside unit to the vehicle-mounted communication equipment or to the vehicle, wherein the first vehicle communication message contains a first piece of token information; and in a second step, which follows the first step, a second vehicle communication message is transmitted from the vehicle-mounted communication equipment or the vehicle to a second roadside unit, wherein the second vehicle communication message either comprises the first piece of token information or wherein the second vehicle communication message comprises a second piece of token information that is generated or modified by the vehicle-mounted communication equipment or in the vehicle on the basis of the first piece of token information received previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventor: Axel Klatt
  • Patent number: 10909337
    Abstract: A control unit of the article processing terminal controls a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader of the article processing terminal to periodically scan a plurality of short-range articles. In response to a status change of an article of the plurality of short-range articles, the control unit receives an article identifier of the article from the RFID reader. The control unit controls a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) module of the article processing terminal to send an article change message to a LPWAN gateway, where the article change message includes the article identifier and an address of an application server, and where the LPWAN gateway instructs, based on the article change message and the address, the application server to perform a next processing step on the article identified by the article identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Zhang, Li Chen, Le Zhou, Sihai Yao
  • Patent number: 10872301
    Abstract: Optimizing the assignment of vehicles in a fleet across a pool of customers. Identifying a pool of customers to be included in an assignment event and identifying available vehicles. Cull the domain of potential assignment scenarios by filtering out undesired matches. Score the generated scenarios based on various desired factors and then rank the scenarios. Select one or more optimal scenarios and analyze for week spots. Bolster the week spots by interacting with one or more customers to identify alternate solutions. Select and implement the optimal scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Clutch Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brady L. Rackley, John R Phelps, Adam J. Carley, Vincent G. Zappa, Steven S. Neel, Sangameswar Venkatraman, James F. Heller, Ashish Trehan, Christopher M. L. Howie, Frank L. Wilson, IV, Kyle L. Clements
  • Patent number: 10853629
    Abstract: One variation of a method for identifying a user entering an autonomous vehicle includes: receiving a ride request from the user, the ride request specifying a pickup location; at the autonomous vehicle, autonomously navigating to the pickup location, scanning a field near the autonomous vehicle for a human approaching the autonomous vehicle, and, in response to detecting the human proximal the autonomous vehicle, recording an image of the human; detecting a face of the human in the image; accessing a faceprint characterizing facial features of the user; and, in response to the face of the human detected in the image exhibiting features represented in the faceprint, identifying the human as the user and triggering a door of the autonomous vehicle to unlock for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Fabien Blanc-Paques, Gahl Levy, Tory Smith, Chip J. Alexander, Vineet Jain
  • Patent number: 10848719
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for monitoring a vehicle access point. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a processor and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining, by the monitoring system, monitoring system data that is generated by a first monitoring system component, determining, by the monitoring system and based on the monitoring system data, a current occupancy of a vehicle, determining, by the monitoring system and based on the current occupancy of the vehicle, whether a vehicle access point is to be monitored, and in response to determining, by the monitoring system and based on the current occupancy of the vehicle, that the vehicle is not occupied by a human occupant, using one or more second monitoring system components to monitor the vehicle access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Daniel Correnti, Karen Correnti
  • Patent number: 10832574
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting the availability of parking spots. A driver of a first vehicle that is parked in a parking spot inputs into a device, such as a smartphone, an estimated time of occupancy of the parking spot. This information is transmitted by the device to a server. A driver of a second vehicle may transmit to the server a request for a vacant parking spot. The server uses information, such as the estimated time of occupancy, to determine an expected wait time for the second vehicle to obtain the parking spot occupied by the first vehicle. The expected wait time is transmitted by the server to the driver of the second vehicle which can then drive to the parking spot when vacated. The server may provide driving directions to the driver to reach the vacated parking spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Akash Agarwal, Sandeep Raj Gandiga
  • Patent number: 10825342
    Abstract: A managing system includes a waiting space managing unit that manages a plurality of waiting spaces for keeping a movable body waiting, classifying them into a first waiting space for first movable body having an automatic operation function and a second waiting space for a second movable body not having an automatic operation function. The waiting space managing unit may: manage a usage status of the first waiting space and a usage status of the second waiting space; and determine to change an area of at least one of the first waiting space and the second waiting space according to at least one of the usage status of the first waiting space and the usage status of the second waiting space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Haneda
  • Patent number: 10810804
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a plurality of electric vehicles with a fleet management portal is described herein. In one embodiment, a machine implemented method for managing one or more fleets of electric vehicles includes monitoring one or more fleets of electric vehicles using a fleet management portal associated with a server. Next, the method includes monitoring a plurality of charge transfer devices using the fleet management portal. Next, the method includes receiving charging information from the charge transfer devices. Next, the method includes determining a charging status for each electric vehicle based on the charging information. Next, the method includes generating one or more reports having the charging status for each electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Lowenthal, Milton Tormey, James Solomon
  • Patent number: 10810594
    Abstract: At each of a plurality of point of sale terminals (POS) of a merchant for each of a plurality of consumers, where each consumer seeks to conduct a transaction with the merchant for a good or service at a cost by using a payment device issued by an issuer in a payment system, data is read from a payment device. The data can include an identifier for an account issued by an issuer, information is stored for each transaction and the consumer is permitted to receive the good or service from the merchant. After the consumer has received the good or service, a batch of the transaction are processed to derive there from the respective costs that are assessable to the respective accounts, where the merchant can be a transit system, the consumer a rider thereon, end the transaction can be access to a facility thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: VISA U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Philip Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Patent number: 10800274
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a charging system for electrically driven vehicles sets a first usage condition for a hybrid vehicle when an electrically driven vehicle fusing electricity supply equipment is the hybrid vehicle provided with an internal combustion engine, and set a second usage condition for an electric vehicle different from the first usage condition when an electrically driven vehicle using the electricity supply equipment is the electric vehicle provided with no internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoya Katanoda
  • Patent number: 10803340
    Abstract: A vehicle service system incorporating a set of imaging sensors disposed in an inspection lane through which a vehicle is driven. A first imaging sensor is disposed with a field of view aligned to observe leading surfaces on an approaching vehicle, while a second imaging sensor is disposed with a field of view aligned to observe trailing surfaces of a departing vehicle. A processor is configured with software instructions to capture a set of images from the first imaging sensor as the vehicle approaches, and a set of images from the second imaging sensor as the vehicle departs. The processor evaluates the acquired images from the first and second imaging sensors according to a set of rules to identify images in which a license plate is present on an observed surface of the vehicle, and to extract license plate information from at least one of the identified images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Engineering Company
    Inventors: Philip G. Grunzinger, Jr., Timothy A. Strege, Kevin V. Schoemehl
  • Patent number: 10798045
    Abstract: A computing system can receive a pick-up request including a carpool service preference from a requesting user. The system can access user data of the requesting user and a plurality of potential carpool riders, and determine one or more common links between the requesting user and each of one or more carpool riders of the plurality of potential carpool riders. The system may then select the one or more carpool riders to ride with the requesting user in the carpool vehicle, and transmit a notification to the requesting user to indicate the one or more common links between the requesting user and each of the one or more carpool riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Bijor, Matthew Wyndowe, Zoran Martinovic, Dmitry Shevelenko, Amritha Prasad
  • Patent number: 10787090
    Abstract: A method and system is provided in which an electric automotive charging station connects to the host computer system using un-dedicated network resource contained within the electric vehicle to be charged enabling un-supervised (non-networked) deployment of said charging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Paul S. Levy, Edward Butler, John C. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10779117
    Abstract: A method for safely and efficiently requesting transportation services through the use of mobile communications devices capable of geographic location is described. Individual and package transportation may be provided. New customers may be efficiently serviced, and the requester and transportation provider locations may be viewed in real time on the mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Olaf Martin Lubeck, John H. Hall
  • Patent number: 10778621
    Abstract: An electronic mail system detects actuation of location integration functionality and populates a compose pane in the electronic mail system with an interactive map display, that is populated in-line with other message content in the compose pane. A user can interact with the interactive map display to perform mapping functionality to modify the interactive map display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lin Zhong, Shahil Soni
  • Patent number: 10769392
    Abstract: An RFID transponder including a Bluetooth® compatible transceiver is described a (BLEET). The Bluetooth® compatible transceiver may be configured to set data that is transmitted via one or more RFID transceivers in the transponder and to return data received by the RFID transceiver(s) to a client application running, for example, on a user's smart phone. The BLEET may be used for electronic vehicle tracking or tolling. Vehicle occupancy data may be set by the user with the client application via a Bluetooth® connection in connection with high occupancy vehicle tolling and express lane incentive programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Yousuf Kamal, Greg Lantz, Paul Hamel, Dale Scott, Duane Wrasman, Donald Brady, Scott Brosi, Alice Klemashevich
  • Patent number: 10747234
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing the functionality of a semi-autonomous vehicle are described herein. The semi-autonomous vehicle may receive a communication from a fully autonomous vehicle within a threshold distance of the semi-autonomous vehicle. If the vehicles are travelling on the same route or the same portion of a route, the semi-autonomous vehicle may navigate to a location behind the fully autonomous vehicle. Then the semi-autonomous vehicle may operate autonomously by replicating one or more functions performed by the fully autonomous vehicle. The functions and/or maneuvers performed by the fully autonomous vehicle may be detected via sensors in the semi-autonomous vehicle and/or may be identified by communicating with the fully autonomous vehicle to receive indications of upcoming maneuvers. In this manner, the semi-autonomous vehicle may act as a fully autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10741065
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enforcing plugin vehicle parking regulations are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: capture parked vehicle images of a parked vehicle in a parking location from a plurality of cameras on electric vehicle service equipment systems (EVSEs) in a parking facility; compare the parked vehicle images to a plurality of plugin vehicle type images in a database; and sound an alarm if the parked vehicle is not a plugin vehicle or if the parked vehicle is not charging from the electric vehicle service equipment systems associated with the parking location within a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmy Kapadia, Khalid Ahmed, Daniel Lewis Boston
  • Patent number: 10724868
    Abstract: A management system includes a storing unit that stores route information on a running course of each of a plurality of users, a selecting unit that selects a user who is expected to cooperate in a task of transferring a vehicle, along a part or whole of a transfer pathway from a transfer start point of the vehicle to a transfer destination, from the users, based on a positional relationship between the transfer pathway, and the running course of each of the users, and a communicating unit that sends a message that proposes cooperation in the task of transferring the vehicle, along the part or whole of the transfer pathway, to a communication terminal of the user selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10720055
    Abstract: The present invention provides a parking assist apparatus capable of improving convenience when a passenger of a vehicle gets on and off. According to the present invention, the parking assistance apparatus acquires information on parking candidate frames, and where an own vehicle can park, from a front camera, a right camera, a rear camera, and a left camera configured to acquire information on a surrounding environment of the own vehicle, and from surrounding environment information acquired by these cameras. The parking assistance apparatus detects surrounding environment information and of the parking candidate frames, and from the surrounding environment information and information on the parking candidate frames, and determines a target parking position where the own vehicle parks based on the information on the parking candidate frames, the surrounding environment information, and the preference information related to getting on and off of a passenger who rides on the own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsuda, Nobuhiro Akasaka, Satoru Okubo, Yusuke Kogure
  • Patent number: 10719996
    Abstract: A method of determining occupancy of a vehicle along a route is determined by processing data generated by two different smartphones reported to be travelling in the same vehicle. An app executing within each smartphone. Information that has been transmitted from the two smartphones includes a unique identification of the mobile computing device and a unique identification of a person associated with the mobile computing device. Sensor data is also received, which corresponds to a local ambient environment inside the vehicle of the mobile computing device generating the data. The sensor data does not include location data or data entered by a user. The received data is used to determine if both mobile computing devices were actually present during the portions of the route, by comparing the data from each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Priscilla Barreira Avegliano, Carlos Henrique Cardonha, Ricardo Guimaraes Herrmann, Diego Sanchez Gallo
  • Patent number: 10713946
    Abstract: A computer-implemented parking system for managing a plurality of vehicle parking spaces disbursed over a plurality of physically separate parking locations, the system comprising at least one central server including one or more databases for storing information associated with a vehicle and user of the vehicle, at least one first computer capable of communicating with the central server, at least one second computer capable of communicating with the central server and the first computer, a payment system that enables an electronic payment to be sent directly from the first computer to the central server, a reservation system, the reservation system enabling a user to reserve one of the plurality of physically separate parking locations on the first computer and the reservation system enabling the user to reserve one of the plurality of physically separate parking locations at a pre-determined time on the first computer, a vehicle retrieval system, the vehicle retrieval system estimating a vehicle retrieval
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Robert P. Sabagh, James W. Nichols