Transportation Facility Access (e.g., Fare, Toll, Parking) Patents (Class 705/13)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10706419
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying a distant-from-home financial transaction related to a customer account based on travel indicators in earlier purchase transactions made by that customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: William M. Ferguson, Steven A. Wickert, Mary A. Reeder, Anu K. Pathria
  • Patent number: 10708714
    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: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Olaf Martin Lubeck, John H. Hall
  • Patent number: 10696274
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for vehicle access in a retail environment with limited human intervention. Systems and methods described herein may associate a vehicle with a physical location, and/or may enable a user to use a mobile device to select a vehicle for a test drive. The system may provide access to (e.g., unlock) the vehicle, and may track test drive information across one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Qiaochu Tang, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover, Micah Price, Avid Ghamsari
  • Patent number: 10699493
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to implementing an electronic toll data collection management system in a decentralized computing network that employs a distributed ledger. An electronic toll data collection management system may comprise a plurality of nodes, wherein the plurality of nodes are connected to each other over a communication network. Each node may have access to a copy of a distributed ledger, wherein the plurality of nodes is configured to utilize blockchain protocols to verify and record a transaction occurring within the distributed ledger. Data may be recorded as a block, wherein a blockchain is formed by the addition of blocks. Each block may be encrypted and linked to a previous block, wherein a consensus must be reached to update the distributed ledger with the addition of a new block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Hausman Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Hausman
  • Patent number: 10692028
    Abstract: Described herein is a framework for optimal demand-based allocation. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, trip data is extracted from vehicle operation data received from one or more vehicle data devices servicing a region of interest. Vehicle demands for multiple tiles of the region of interest and mutual travel times between neighboring tiles are estimated based at least in part on the trip data. A set of candidate tiles for allocating vehicle stations may then be determined by minimizing total travel time based on the mutual travel times and vehicle demands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Zhongcun Wang, Daihui Zhu, Frank Spruenken, Yongxun Li, Qiwei Zhang, Ye Jin
  • Patent number: 10686744
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device selects a number of location updates from users which corresponds to a place. Each location update includes data indicating a geographic location that a user was at, and a time corresponding to when the user was at the geographic location. The computing device selects a first subset of the location updates which have geographic locations within a particular geographic area. For each location update in the first subset, the computing device determines a corresponding user and time. The computing device selects a second subset of location updates, each location update in the second subset corresponding to a user from the first subset, and a time within a threshold time of the time of the location update in the first subset. The computing device generates a probability map based on a distribution of geographic locations corresponding to the location updates in the second subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Brendan Maginnis, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10677608
    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: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10672277
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method for managing available capacity at a location for receiving an asset includes obtaining data indicative of one or more first assets that will arrive at a first location within a first transfer hub at an arrival time, the one or more first assets being associated with a first service provider. The method includes determining an available capacity at the first location within the first transfer hub for receiving the one or more first assets at the arrival time. The method includes moving one or more second assets positioned at the first location to a second location within the first transfer hub to increase the available capacity at the first location for receiving the one or more first assets at the arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Alden James Woodrow, Alan Hugh Wells, Maxwell MacGavin Pike
  • Patent number: 10656641
    Abstract: A method and a system for controlling a driving function of a vehicle, whereby in a first operating state, the driving function is controlled by a vehicle guidance system, and in a second operating state, the driving function is controlled by a command of a driver, a transition from the first operating state to the second operating state being accomplished with the aid of an orderly handover through a preset handover procedure when it is recognized that a predetermined first condition is fulfilled, or with the aid of a handover in a fallback solution when it is recognized that a predetermined second condition is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Hasberg, Oliver Pink, Peter Sautter, Sybille Eisele
  • Patent number: 10659455
    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: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CARDEX SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Bernard Van Kerrebroeck, Craig Michael Horn, Bernard Marie-Andre Van Kerrebroeck
  • Patent number: 10657825
    Abstract: Embodiments, systems, and techniques for vehicle operation assistance are provided herein. Vehicle operation assistance may be provided by monitoring characteristics of an occupant of a vehicle and determining an emergency status for the occupant based on characteristics of the occupant, transmitting a request for help based on the emergency status indicating the occupant of the vehicle is experiencing an emergency, receiving a “follow me” request from a potential leader vehicle, enabling follower mode such that vehicle is a follower vehicle and the potential leader vehicle is a leader vehicle, establishing a connection with the leader vehicle and receiving navigation instructions from the leader vehicle based on the vehicle being in follower mode, generating driving action commands based on navigation instructions, and executing respective driving action commands in an autonomous fashion based on the vehicle being in follower mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Oshida, Xue Bai, Shigenobu Saigusa, Yoichi Sugimoto, Samir K. Al-Stouhi
  • Patent number: 10645229
    Abstract: A method for managing an intercom system includes obtaining a householder management authority of an intercom official account by an intercom indoor device and transferring the householder management authority to a first mobile terminal of a householder. An intercom request can be generated by an access control device through which a visitor or other is seeking entry, the intercom request being received by the first mobile terminal of the householder. A communication with the access control device can be established, and the access control device can be controlled to open or not open a door. An intercom system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Fugui Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Cheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10629224
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to collecting and analyzing audible signals produced by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Edward Manuel Alonzo, III
  • Patent number: 10621793
    Abstract: A location tracking unit for use with a location based service system is presented. The location tracking unit comprises: a navigation receiver adapted to implement a location tracking function; data processing means adapted to determine an occupied location according to a first location matching process, the first location matching process using navigation data from the navigation receiver and a first set of geographic data; and data processing means adapted to verify the integrity of the first location matching process based on a second location matching process using navigation data and a second set of geographic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Automotive Solutions NV
    Inventors: Michael Peeters, Claude Debast, Tim Froidcoeur
  • Patent number: 10565814
    Abstract: A vehicle service providing device for controlling a first client that controls a first vehicle number recognizer using a first vehicle number recognizing method and a second client that controls a second vehicle number recognizer using a second vehicle number recognizing method. The vehicle service providing device includes: a message acquisition unit configured to obtain a message transmitted/received between an operating system (OS) of the first client and a control program of the first client wherein the message is generated from the OS or the control program according to an event occurring from the first client and transmitted/received between a message queue of the OS and a message queue of the control program; and an information extraction unit configured to analyze the message based on information on a structure of the message and extract information on a target vehicle recognized by the first vehicle number recognizer from the analyzed message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: REDPALLCAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wonyoung Cha, Wonik Kim
  • Patent number: 10559209
    Abstract: Described herein is a framework to facilitate vehicle position planning. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, transition information is determined based on the vehicle data, wherein the transition information includes pairs of starting and ending road segments and corresponding passenger states. Short-term demand for vehicles may be calculated based on the transition information and the historical transactional records. The short-term demand may then be used to generate a cruising recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Qiwei Zhang, Junpeng Hu, Ye Jin
  • Patent number: 10555173
    Abstract: A pairing authentication method includes the steps of installing application software on first and second electronic devices to create first and second public keys thereon, respectively; connecting the first electronic device to a closed storage device for the former to generate a checking key; storing the first public and the checking key on a security chip of the closed storage device; connecting the second electronic device to the closed storage device for the former to generate an authorization key that matches the checking key, and transmitting the second public and the authorization key to the closed storage device; and the closed storage device verifying the authorization key matches the checking key and storing the second public key on the security chip. Therefore, only a cardholder knowing the checking key can use the closed storage device and no risk of asset theft exists if the closed storage device was lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: COOLBITX LTD.
    Inventors: Jay Zhuang, Shih Mai Ou
  • Patent number: 10527433
    Abstract: Recommending a parking space to a target vehicle is provided. Current crowdsourced data corresponding to a plurality of vehicles geographically located at a plurality of parking facilities in geographic proximity to an intermediary parking destination of the target vehicle for travel mode change between a starting location and a final destination during a multi-modal commute is received. A parking space recommendation is generated for the target vehicle at the intermediary parking destination based on parking space availability information that includes the current crowdsourced data corresponding to the plurality of vehicles geographically located at the plurality of parking facilities. The parking space recommendation is transmitted to a mobile device of a user corresponding to the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Gary F. Diamanti, Mauro Marzorati, Patrick R. Mardones Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10521996
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for proximity-based computer application control is provided. A parking session of a vehicle is monitored via a first application and tracked by a second application. An initial communication connection status between the vehicle and a device associated with a user of the vehicle is obtained. At a later time, a further communication connection status is obtained. The further communication connection status is compared with the initial communication connection status. A determination is made that the parking session has terminated when a status of the further communication connection status differs from the initial communication connection status and is connected. A session termination instruction is transmitted from the first application to the second application to terminate the parking session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Gilad Odinak, Adam Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10502583
    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 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10503941
    Abstract: A remote meterless parking monitoring system including a plurality of individual parking spaces, a plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units for monitoring the status of the individual parking spaces; at least one Gateway device responsive to the plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units; a Command and Control Server for employing numerous security provisions at least including encryption of data, Virtual Privacy Networks, firewalls and authenticated connections and responsive to data from said Cellular gateway via the internet; and the Command and Control Server uses the status of each space and the ID from the motorist's RFID tag to cross reference data according to a Policy database and identifying the motorist through a Motorist Database including information about the motorist's mailing address, vehicle payment account balance or other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: fybr, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Groft, Kirby Andrews
  • Patent number: 10495725
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for detecting and monitoring vital signs in real time are disclosed. In one example, a system for monitoring a repeating motion in a venue is disclosed. The system comprises a transmitter, a receiver, and a repeating motion monitor. The transmitter is located at a first position in the venue and configured for transmitting a wireless signal through a wireless multipath channel impacted by the repeating motion of an object in the venue. The receiver is located at a second position in the venue and configured for: receiving the wireless signal through the wireless multipath channel impacted by the repeating motion of the object in the venue, and obtaining a time series of channel information (CI) of the wireless multipath channel based on the wireless signal. The repeating motion monitor is configured for: monitoring a periodic characteristics of the repeating motion of the object based on the time series of CI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ORIGIN WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhang, Chen Chen, Qinyi Xu, Beibei Wang, Chenshu Wu, Hangfang Zhang, Chau-Wai Wong, David N. Claffey, Chun-I Chen, Hung-Quoc Duc Lai, Zhung-Han Wu, Min Wu, Yi Han, Oscar Chi-Lim Au, K. J. Ray Liu
  • Patent number: 10496990
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods to unlock an account associated with a user for a limited period of time to enable the user conduct a transaction using funds from that account. In one embodiment of the invention, the user may select options relating to the transaction using a payment menu provided at a mobile communications device associated with the user. A notification message is received at the mobile communications device informing the user that the account is unlocked for a certain period of time and for a certain amount. After the transaction is complete, the user is notified and the account is locked again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Stacy Pourfallah, Jessica Yang, Shilpak Mahadkar
  • Patent number: 10482695
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a loading dock and access to a facility or group of facilities by providing a web-based application accessible via the Internet having vendors associated with the web-based application based upon specific needs of the facility. Vendors are provided access to a facility by a user of the web-based application by employing specific methods of identification and authorization, and the user is provided with status information regarding the vendor access. Furthermore, vendor access to a facility can be limited by the user based on various parameters. Those parameters can be used to administrate, manage and secure a facility in terms of understanding which vendors are permitted access to the facility or group of facilities. The web-based application is designed to suit the specific needs of a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Building Intelligence, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Friedman, Travis Sinnott, Max Abramowitz
  • Patent number: 10444750
    Abstract: A ride-share server communicates with both a primary-connected device and a secondary-connected device over a wide-area network. The ride-share server is programmed to receive a request from the secondary-connected device to apply a setting change to a vehicle, and responsive to verifying the secondary-connected device is authorized to command the vehicle, send a second request to the primary-connected device to direct the primary-connected device to command the vehicle to implement the setting change. A secondary-connected device is in communication with a ride-share server over a wide-area network and programmed to send a request to the ride-share server to change a vehicle setting. A primary-connected device is in communication with a computing platform via a device link interface over a local-area connection and with the ride-share server over the wide-area network, and is programmed to request the computing platform to change the setting responsive to validation from the ride-share server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Jeffrey Yeung, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin
  • Patent number: 10438250
    Abstract: A vehicular parking automatic charging apparatus used in a vehicle includes a position acquirer that acquires a position of the vehicle, an area determiner that determines whether or not the position of the vehicle is in a charge parking area, a parking determiner that determines that the vehicle is placed in a parking state and that the parking state of the vehicle is ended, and a charging processor that executes a charge start process for starting charging on a basis that the position of the vehicle at a time when the parking determiner determines that the vehicle is placed in the parking state is in the charge parking area, and that executes a charge end process for ending the charging on a basis that, after execution of the charge start process, the parking determiner determines that the parking state of the vehicle is ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamashiro, Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 10429850
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic parking apparatus and the like, which are capable of easily setting a target parking area and moving or guiding a vehicle to the target parking area. The automatic parking apparatus includes: a monitor device configured to photograph surroundings of an own vehicle; an image display device including: a display screen configured to display an image obtained through the photographing by the monitor device; an image generation unit configured to generate an image to be displayed on the display screen from the image obtained through the photographing, and to display the image; and an input device; and a vehicle control device configured to control the own vehicle to move to a parking area, which is designated through the input device with respect to the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Kato, Hirokazu Shimizu, Nariaki Takehara
  • Patent number: 10399577
    Abstract: A railroad train marshaling system or marshaling method is disclosed. The railroad train includes cars within platform area which are made up of several cars; door-free cars which are connected with the cars within platform area at both ends or one end and made up of at least one car with no side door for passengers to get on and off the train. When the railroad train stops at the platform, the cars within platform area are arranged to stop within the area of platform or corresponding to the platform, the door-free car is arranged to stop beyond platform area and passengers in the door-free car will get to the platform directly from the car within platform area. The sum of length of door-free car and cars within platform area is more than that of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 10388167
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, from a user device of a user, a transportation request specifying a plurality of destinations; transmitting, to a first driver device of a first driver, navigational data to enable the first driver to transport the user to a first destination of the plurality of destinations; determining that the first driver is unavailable to transport the user to a second destination of the plurality of destinations; monitoring an expected finish time for the user at the first destination and locations of a plurality of drivers; selecting a second driver based on the expected finish time for the user and based on an expected arrival time for the second driver; and transmitting, to a second driver device of the second driver, navigational data to enable the second driver to transport the user to the second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventor: Sunny Marueli
  • Patent number: 10390240
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for managing signal distribution and lab resources in design validation environments that replicate a type of communication signal a consumer can experience on a wireless provider's network. For example, the validation environment will enable engineers to test VoLTE in an LTE for various smart phone designs and other network-based signals from various hardware combinations and suppliers. Additionally, various embodiments of the present technology provide for an automation framework that allows for efficient management of signal distribution, resource allocation, scheduling, and more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Oscar Cummings
  • Patent number: 10368204
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for tracking an asset are provided. In particular, a device is provided that includes an array of sensors and communications modules configured to detect tracking information, including environmental conditions and physical events, and report the tracking information along with a geographical location of the device to a control server across a wireless network. Upon receiving the tracking information, the control server interprets the information and generates tracking reports for the device configured to be displayed to a graphical user interface of a third-party communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Flex Ltd.
    Inventor: Juan Benigno Nogueira-Nine
  • 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