Transportation Facility Access (e.g., Fare, Toll, Parking) Patents (Class 705/13)
  • Patent number: 11514463
    Abstract: A personal electronic parking system and method adapted to identify, track, predict, alert, manage and collect payment, and enforce on-street and off-street parking, the system including a central cloud network adapted to generate and manage user data and parking data, a user interface adapted to show users parking information relevant to the user, a unique machine-readable code, wherein the code provides identification of a specific vehicle used by the user, one or more sensors, one or more meter devices adapted to connect with the central cloud network and the user interface, and a parking payment and enforcement portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: iPEP, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly T. Monassebian, Rajarathnam Chandramouli
  • Patent number: 11508026
    Abstract: In one embodiment a first transportation request is received from a computing device of a member of an organization. It is determined that the first transportation request is authorized according to preapproval criteria associated with a travel account of the member of the organization, wherein the travel account is funded by the organization. The first transportation request is communicated to a transportation service provider to service the transportation request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Talmon Marco, Igor Magazinik
  • Patent number: 11488397
    Abstract: A customization system for a vehicle includes a control operable to generate an output in a vehicle, with the output being a visual output, an audible output and/or a haptic output. An occupant recognition system is operable to recognize a particular occupant in the vehicle. The control accesses previously input occupant selections that are stored in a memory of the customization system. Responsive to the occupant recognition system recognizing a particular occupant of the vehicle, the control accesses previously input occupant selections associated with that particular occupant and, responsive to an accessed previously input occupant selection corresponding to a current date or vehicle status or location, the control generates a predetermined output for that particular occupant that corresponds to the current date or vehicle status or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Harjeet Singh
  • Patent number: 11485385
    Abstract: A method of processing data for a driving automation system, the method comprising steps of: obtaining image data from a camera of an autonomous vehicle, AV; image processing the image data to obtain a vehicle registration mark, VRM, of another vehicle within the surrounding area of the AV; looking up the VRM in a vehicle information database to obtain information indicative of the make, the model and the date of manufacture of the other vehicle; looking up information indicative of the make, the model and the date of manufacture of the other vehicle in a vehicle dimensions database to obtain at least one dimension of the other vehicle; and updating a context of the autonomous vehicle based on said at least one dimension of the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Adam John Boulton
  • Patent number: 11490254
    Abstract: An automated vehicle parking system uses a driver's authentication device, such as a mobile phone or portable tag, to identify the driver. Vehicle sensing terminals detect when and where a vehicle has parked and send wireless notifications to the vehicle owner's authentication device. The authentication device, the vehicle sensing terminal and a cloud server interact using secure wireless communications to validate the driver's qualifications and record the parking event. Vehicle sensing terminals detect when the vehicle leaves its parking space and the parking system automatically terminates the parking session. The authentication device handles the bulk of the communication with the cloud server to reduce consumption of the vehicle sensing terminal's power supply. The sensing and portable tag devices communicate using secure tokens that are encrypted with unique individual or group keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Nwave Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yury Birchenko
  • Patent number: 11474515
    Abstract: The disclosure provides, inter alia, a method that includes obtaining transport information for a transport order, wherein the transport information represents at least one destination position. The method includes obtaining transport convoy information, wherein the transport convoy information represents at least one identifier of a transport convoy, and wherein a planned route of the transport convoy and a transport route between the current position of the transport vehicle and the destination position associated with the transport order comprise a common route section. The method also includes capturing and/or causing the capture of a first surroundings parameter, detecting the transport convoy at least in part based on the captured first surroundings parameter and the obtained transport convoy information, and if the transport convoy is detected, following the transport convoy in the transport vehicle and/or causing the transport vehicle to follow the transport convoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: StreetScooter GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Salomon, Ruben Regenbogen
  • Patent number: 11455805
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a usage status of a parking space, an electronic device, and a storage medium are disclosed. The method comprises: obtaining a monitored image of a to-be-detected parking space; identifying lane line position information of the to-be-detected parking space from the monitored image; identifying vehicle information from the monitored image, wherein the vehicle information comprises vehicle position information; and determining a usage status of the to-be-detected parking space based on a positional relationship between the lane line position information and the vehicle position information. Determining the usage status of the to-be-detected parking space based on the positional relationship between the lane line position information and the vehicle information is less affected by external environmental factors, which thus may improve the accuracy of a detection result of the usage status of the parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao Lu
  • Patent number: 11443629
    Abstract: A parking management system and methods of operation are disclosed. In one variation, a computer-implemented method comprises receiving positional data concerning a listing location from a listing client device; establishing a radius boundary based on the positional data; filtering one or more databases using the radius boundary to determine an amount of parking spaces listed and the amount of parking spaces reserved within a preset time period; calculating a location-specific transaction rate using the amount of parking spaces listed, the amount of parking spaces reserved, and the preset time period; determining a recommended listing price based on the location-specific transaction rate; and transmitting the recommended listing price to the listing client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Pied Parker, Inc.
    Inventors: Gianni Rosas-Maxemin, Francisco B. Sandoval, III
  • Patent number: 11443247
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed and include obtaining, using a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a nontransitory computer-readable medium and in response to receiving a vehicle-sharing request, contextual information, which includes at least one of (i) vehicle selection history information associated with a vehicle-sharing account corresponding to the vehicle-sharing request, (ii) location information associated with the vehicle-sharing request, and (iii) application information associated with a portable device corresponding to the vehicle-sharing request. The method also includes generating, using the processor, vehicle recommendations based on the contextual information. The method also includes transmitting, using the processor, a first set of vehicle recommendations to the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Wunsche, III, Mustafa Mahmoud, Christian Munte
  • Patent number: 11443397
    Abstract: A method for apportioning a vehicular toll among toll service subscribers in a vehicle can include determining a number of occupants in the vehicle in order to determine a toll amount, and dividing the toll amount among the toll service subscribers in the vehicle. The method can also detect the number of occupants and/or toll service subscribers in the vehicle automatically, or by prompting toll service subscribers to enter the number of occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GEOTOLL, INC.
    Inventors: Wyatt Drake Geist, Jaime Andres Borras, Timothy J. McGuckin
  • Patent number: 11420530
    Abstract: A decentralized charging network of mobile power transmitters comprises a server, power receivers, and a fleet of deployable mobile power transmitters comprising a control system, a power source system having a charge measuring device for monitoring the charge transfer, a charging system configured to transfer charge from the power source system to the power receiver, and a communication system for communication between a power receiver, a server, and the control system. A charging request is received and processed by a server from a power receiver or an operator preparing to charge a power receiver. A qualified mobile power transmitter is identified and instructed to arrive at a location and to charge a power receiver according to charging instructions prepared by the server. The charging is monitored and, upon completion, the mobile power transmitter deactivates the charging session and informs the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventor: Mojtaba Akhavan-Tafti
  • Patent number: 11423503
    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: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingnan Shen, Ge Chen, Jie Qi, Huifeng Jin, Xuefu Song
  • Patent number: 11416787
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for utilizing group theoretic techniques to enable data exchange between a supervisory central processing unit (CPU) and a group of graphical processing units (GPUs). The CPU may be configured to utilize a tabu search metaheuristic to explore a solution space to determine an optimal solution to an optimization problem. More specifically, the CPU may determine a fragmentation of a solution space that yields multiple partitions of the solution space and may assign each partition to a respective GPU configured to calculate a computational result. The CPU may then determine a new fragmentation of the solution space based on the computational results received from the GPUs that yields new partitions of the solution space and may assign each new partition to a respective GPU configured to again generate a computational result based on its assigned new partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Cox Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Glenn Bailey, Bruce William Colletti, Eric Charles Wait, Alexander Coleman King, Bhavin Ashitkumar Gandhi
  • Patent number: 11416841
    Abstract: Using multimedia messaging service (“MMS”) messaging to facilitate a transaction for purchasing electronic content on a wireless device is disclosed. Initially, an indication that a user of the wireless device has selected to purchase the electronic content from among a plurality of electronic content available for purchase is received from a wireless device over a wireless network. An MMS message including payment information for the purchase of the selected electronic content is then received from the wireless device. The purchase of the selected electronic content is authorized based on the payment information included in the MMS message and the wireless device is then enabled to download the selected electronic content in response to the authorization of the purchase of the selected electronic content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Jackie Miqueo
  • Patent number: 11416005
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling an unmanned vehicle to perform route verification are disclosed. A method may include: receiving to-be-verified route information sent by a cloud server in communication connection, the to-be-verified route information including road information and expected traveling state information corresponding to a road section on a road characterized by the road information, and the expected traveling state information being used to characterize an expected traveling state of the unmanned vehicle on the corresponding road section; and performing following verification according to a set period during driving of the unmanned vehicle along the road: detecting a traveling state of the unmanned vehicle; and determining a verification result of the to-be-verified route information, based on a matching relationship between the detected traveling state and an expected traveling state corresponding to a road section of a current location in the to-be-verified route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yue Wang, Zelin Wu, Jingjing Xue, Yingnan Liu, Wenlong Rao, Zijie Wang
  • Patent number: 11412338
    Abstract: Methods of operating a system of nodes are provided. A method of operating first and second nodes that are in a system of nodes includes processing first data from a first plurality of sensors of the first node. The method includes controlling a first digital display of the first node in response to the processed first data. The method includes uploading the processed first data from the first node via the Internet. The method includes processing second data from a second plurality of sensors of the second node. The method includes controlling a second digital display of the second node in response to the processed second data. The method includes uploading the processed second data from the second node via the Internet. Each of the first and second nodes is attached to a utility pole, a light pole, a kiosk, or a motor vehicle. Related systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norvin Clontz, II, James Douglas Cleveland, Steven Patrick Hinkel
  • Patent number: 11407430
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a first acquisition portion acquires a usage end time and a usage end point of an automatic driving vehicle. A second acquisition portion acquires information about a side trip point of the automatic driving vehicle. A derivation portion derives an expected time of arrival of the automatic driving vehicle at the usage end point by way of the side trip point. A permission portion permits a drop-in at the side trip point when the expected time of arrival at the usage end point is before the usage end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shin Sakurada
  • Patent number: 11398002
    Abstract: A method for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) may include obtaining a service request from a terminal and determining a reference image relating to the service request. The method may also include obtaining a trained neural network model. The method may further include determining an ETA relating to the service request based on the reference image and the trained neural network model, and transmitting the ETA to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qing Luo, Zheng Wang
  • Patent number: 11393333
    Abstract: The described technology is generally directed towards customizable traffic zones that work with wireless communication network, and can be configured based on various data, including traffic data. A vehicle and/or wireless communication network user device within the traffic zone facilitate monitoring of the vehicle/user device. Pricing can be based on entering and exiting the zone, dwell time in the zone, user profile data and other factors such as time of day, day of week and so forth. A customizable traffic zone can be configured and reconfigured as needed, such as to expand or contract a zone, exclude an area, and so forth. User devices can be targeted, including geo-fencing for warning users about to enter a traffic zone that charges for usage, or to provide other relevant messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Erie Lai Har Lau, Hendrawan Susanto, Reza Hussain Hussaini
  • Patent number: 11393337
    Abstract: A method and system for parking enforcement, can include graphically displaying in a graphical user interface, a mixed reality display of data including some augmented reality data including parking enforcement information and real-time navigational cues for a navigation that account for a current location of a parking enforcement officer and one or more zones allocated to the parking enforcement officer, capturing license plate information to determine compliance with curbside regulations, and integrating a payment data source and a citation issuance application to issue a citation based on the license plate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Snigdha Petluru, Suchismita Naik, Nupur Labh, Prateek Srivastava, Neeraj Gudipati, Sourav Bhattacharya, Eduardo Cardenas, Matthew Darst, Archana Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11379761
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for generating and transmitting push notifications in connection with a transport service. Push notification triggers can be configured by a user via an application-based user interface corresponding to an application specific to the transport service. A user profile associated with the user can be accessed to detect one or more preconfigured push notification triggers, and thereafter transport service activity can be dynamically monitored for trigger events. Such trigger events can cause the system to generate and transmit push notifications to the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stacey Farrelly, Shalin Amin, Robert Marshall, Kevin Novak, Matthew Sweeney
  • Patent number: 11346684
    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: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 11348461
    Abstract: A method of parking space dispatch includes receiving a user command, enqueueing the user command, analyzing an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeueing the user command, and notifying the user of an identification of the available parking space. A vehicle parking spot dispatch system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive a user command, enqueue the user command, analyze an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeue the user command, and notify the user of the available parking space. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing program instructions that when executed, cause a computer to receive a user command, enqueue the user command, analyze an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeue the user command, and notify the user of the available parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CDW LLC
    Inventors: Colin R. Vallance, Michael Alan Robinson, Forrest Weinberg, Sankar Nair
  • Patent number: 11348106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for authenticating vehicle service account transactions, in which an odometer of a vehicle is digitally read and during an authentication process the odometer reading is compared to a previous digital reading of the odometer for determining whether the reading relates to an authenticated vehicle and whether the current reading relative to the previous reading justifies servicing the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Hod Gibso, Shiran Shlafrok, Zion Ginat
  • Patent number: 11341785
    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: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Lowenthal, Milton Tormey, James Solomon
  • Patent number: 11341345
    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: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    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: 11338809
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a transmission unit transmitting information to a control apparatus of an infrastructure in a non-contact manner, the information being on a vehicle driven by power supplied from a battery, which is rechargeable and is supplied with energy from the infrastructure of an outside in a non-contact manner; and a control unit acquiring information on a platoon of the vehicle from the outside by communication and causing the vehicle to travel according to the information on the platoon of the vehicle acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki Tokura, Katsumi Kono
  • Patent number: 11341851
    Abstract: A method for displaying a smooth movement of a vehicle on a map may include obtaining a route, a last real-time location of the vehicle, and a last uploading time point. The method may also include obtaining driving data of one or more neighboring vehicles and determining a predicted location of the vehicle at a prediction generating time point. The method may further include displaying a smooth movement of the vehicle from the last real-time location to the predicted location on a map. A method for displaying a driving path of a vehicle on a map may include obtaining a request for displaying a driving path of a vehicle, location information of the vehicle, and scene related information associated with the driving path. The method may further include verifying the location information based on the scene related information and displaying the driving path of the vehicle on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiao Chen, Yingchuan Xu, Kegang Wang, Pengxuan Li, Chao Liu, Chao Ye, Qian Mu, Yong Qiao, Zhenlin Yang
  • Patent number: 11334959
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for managing allocation of transportation services. The method includes receiving real-time vehicle data of vehicles of a plurality of service types from sensors associated with the vehicles. The method further includes detecting an availability status of each of the vehicles based on at least the received real-time vehicle data and a service request for a vehicle of a preferred service type for travel by a customer, to determine available service types. The method further includes rendering, in response to the service request, at least the available service types that comprises at least a flexible service type, at a user interface of a customer-computing device. The method further includes allocating the transportation services of the service provider to the customer based on a selection of a service type from the rendered plurality of available service types by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Theja Tulabandhula, Koushik Chattopadhyay, Koyel Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 11336642
    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: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: CARDEX SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Bernard Van Kerrebroeck, Craig Michael Horn, Bernard Marie-Andre Van Kerrebroeck
  • Patent number: 11325608
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein receive telematics data collected over a period of time, wherein the telematics data is indicative of operation of a vehicle by an owner of the vehicle during the period of time; analyze the telematics data to identify driving behavior(s) of the owner during the period of time; predict one or more user preference values of a vehicle-sharing platform profile of the owner based on the identified one or more driving behaviors, wherein the one or more user preference values define one or more criteria for vehicle renters with whom the first vehicle can be shared; apply the one or more criteria to a potential vehicle renter; and cause an indication of the first vehicle of the owner to be displayed via a mobile device of the potential renter only if the potential vehicle renter satisfies the one or more criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian N. Harvey, Joseph Robert Brannan, Ryan Gross, J. Lynn Wilson, Matthew Eric Riley, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11328596
    Abstract: In one example implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, by a host processing device, timestamps from a vehicle processing system of a target vehicle, the timestamps being determined based at least in part on parking area data for a target parking area and vehicle data for the target vehicle. The method further includes calculating, by the host processing device, an arrival rate and a service rate based on the timestamps. The method further includes calculating, by the host processing device, a probability of parking availability for the target parking area based at least in part on the arrival rate and the service rate. The method further includes controlling, by the host processing device, the vehicle based at least in part on the probability of parking availability for the target parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shu Chen, Jinzhu Chen, Fan Bai, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 11322028
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring occupancy of multiple parking spaces are presented herein. Arrangements may use a radar-based vehicle detector that comprises a radar antenna that has a field-of-view of a portion of a parking facility. Multiple parking sensors may be present that monitor parking spaces outside of or obstructed from the field-of-view. A parking host system may be present that communicates with the radar-based vehicle detector and the plurality of parking sensors and determines in which parking space a vehicle has parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Parkifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reisbick, Ryan Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11322017
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for managing traffic rules. In one embodiment, a method of managing traffic rules can comprise generating or updating a semantic map layer based in part on positioning data obtained from one or more edge devices and videos captured by the one or more edge devices. The method can also comprise generating or updating a traffic enforcement layer on top of the semantic map layer. A plurality of traffic rules can be saved as part of the traffic enforcement layer. The method can further comprise generating or updating a traffic insight layer based in part on traffic violations or traffic conditions determined by the one or more edge devices or the server. The traffic insight layer can adjust or provide a suggestion to adjust at least one of the traffic rules based on an impact analysis conducted by the traffic insight layer concerning the traffic rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hayden AI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vaibhav Ghadiok, Christopher Carson, Bo Shen
  • Patent number: 11315128
    Abstract: A charging system for communicating with an RFID tag on a vehicle traveling with the RFID tag attached thereto, and thereby performing charging processing in relation to the vehicle. The charging system is provided with: an RFID information acquisition unit for acquiring RFID information written onto an RFID tag detected by a roadside communication device for communicating with the RFID tag; an external appearance information acquisition unit for acquiring external appearance information relating to the RFID tag or a vehicle body of the vehicle; a point computation unit for determining the respective invalidity of each of a plurality of pieces of determination information, including external appearance determination information in which the RFID information and the external appearance information are combined, and calculating points on the basis of the invalidity; and a determining unit for determining whether or not the vehicle is a fraudulent vehicle on the basis of the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Higuchi, Atsushi Iida, Yohei Kojima, Kazuyoshi Kitajima
  • Patent number: 11301856
    Abstract: A method for processing an electronic payment transaction includes: storing an account profile including a plurality of account numbers; receiving a first authorization request for a payment transaction that includes a first account number of the plurality of account numbers, a first time, and a first location; processing the first payment transaction; receiving a second authorization request for a different transaction including a second primary account number of the plurality of account numbers, a second time, and a second location, where the second account number is associated with a different issuer than the first account number; determining a likelihood of fraud based on the first time and location and the second time and location; and forwarding the second authorization request to the different issuer if the likelihood of fraud is below a threshold, or transmitting an authorization response indicating decline if the likelihood of fraud is above the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jaipal Singh Kumawat, Komalpreet Kaur, Vipul Mehrotra, Ved Pratap Singh Chauhan
  • Patent number: 11301948
    Abstract: An artificial neural network trained to predict the availability of an unused duration of a parking space based on input features is executed. Input features may include at least a contextual situation associated with the second entity, a behavior factor associated with a first entity that has been using the parking space, geographical location and time, events occurring within a threshold distance from the parking space. The artificial neural network may be further trained to output a transfer affinity based on the predicted availability of an unused duration, the contextual situation associated with the second entity and the behavior factor associated with the first entity. Based at least on the transfer affinity, the second entity can be selected. The unused duration can be transferred to the second entity from the first entity. The transferring can also include storing a payment and associated computation as a blockchain node in a blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Komminist Weldemariam, Isaac Markus Serfaty, Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Shikhar Kwatra
  • Patent number: 11301693
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems to manage traffic density in a transportation system, and by doing so, maintain, in one embodiment, traffic flows near optimum levels to maximize road capacity and minimize travel times. The method includes, in one embodiment, a mechanism for vehicles to request road access from a centralized control, a queuing system that allows road access to be granted to individual vehicles over an extended period of time in a fair and organized fashion, a measurement system that allows traffic flow and density throughout the system to be determined in real-time, and an enforcement and fraud prevention mechanism to ensure that the rules and permissions imposed by the system are followed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Marc R. Hannah
  • Patent number: 11285967
    Abstract: A system for modifying actions taken by an autonomous driving module of an autonomous vehicle may include one or more processors, an input device having an actuator, and a memory having an input module and a modification module. The input module includes instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to determine when the actuator of the input device is actuated by a passenger of the autonomous vehicle when the autonomous driving module is in an autonomous mode. The modification module includes instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to modify one or more actions to be performed by the autonomous driving module while maintaining the autonomous mode of the autonomous driving module when the actuator of the input device is actuated by the passenger. The one or more actions may include increasing an amount of sensor data considered by the autonomous driving module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 11270025
    Abstract: A system for managing opt-out instructions includes a global opt-out service and opt-out store in communication with regional subsystems. The opt-out service maintains a global opt-out store database of consumers for whom opt-out instructions have been received. The opt-out store includes no personal data, but instead contains only anonymized data. Before consumer data is utilized, an anonymized identifier is created by a regional data anonymizer and transmitted to the opt-out store. The opt-out instructions are applied by searching for a match in the opt-out store for a matching anonymized identifier. In this manner, the system may comply with privacy laws and regulations concerning the transmission of personal data outside of a region, while still providing a global opt-out service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: LiveRamp, Inc.
    Inventor: James Q. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11261080
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods are provided for facilitating communication between a forecourt controller and a fuel dispenser. In certain aspects, a fuel controller translator is provided for translating commands transmitted between the forecourt controller and the fuel dispenser. For example, where the forecourt controller transmits commands that are compatible with the payment terminal, but not with the fuel controller, the fuel controller translator can translate the commands received from the forecourt controller into a format compatible with the fuel controller. Conversely, the fuel controller translator can translate commands received from the fuel controller into a format that is compatible with the forecourt controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Henry Fieglein, Richard Carlsson
  • Patent number: 11250646
    Abstract: An electronic toll data collection management system comprises a plurality of nodes, wherein at least one of the plurality of nodes is a toll collection point, wherein the toll collection point comprises: a computing system; and a receiver; wherein each of the plurality of nodes has access to a copy of a distributed ledger, wherein the processor of each of the plurality of nodes is configured to: utilize blockchain protocols to verify and record a transaction occurring within the distributed ledger; parse through the blockchain to locate the block containing the transmitted data from the transmitter, de-encrypt the block, and extract the data; and encrypt a new block indicating a debit to an account of an operator of a vehicle, wherein the account is identifiable through the transmitted data from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Hausman Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Hausman
  • Patent number: 11244756
    Abstract: Computer implemented systems and methods are provided for requesting and monitoring optimal patient transport. In embodiments, a system for monitoring optimal patient transport may comprise at least one processor configured to receive transfer request data from an initial user for a patient and determine relevant patient and relevant patient data based on the transfer request data. The at least one processor may be configured to transmit a transfer request to one or more transport providers, receive and store one or more transportation quotes from one or more transport providers through a bid process that is set for a specific time interval, and analyze received one or more transportation quote with previously stored transportation quotes. The at least one processor may further determine winning transport provider and pending transport data, and generate instructions to display a user interface depicting a first representation of a pending transport at a first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian West, Thomas Perry, Joseph C. Schuck, Steven Gaghan
  • Patent number: 11238735
    Abstract: To provide a technique for recognizing a tendency of a parking lot that was actually used by users visiting a target facility, a parking lot information management system includes: a parking information collecting unit that collects parking information indicating a parking point at which a vehicle is parked from the vehicle; and a history information accumulating unit that accumulates history information for every target facility that is set as a destination, the history information configured so that a tendency of a parking lot that the vehicle was actually parked in when the target facility was set as the destination is derived, based on the parking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanizaki, Xin Jin
  • Patent number: 11238669
    Abstract: An electronic toll data collection management system comprises a plurality of nodes, wherein at least one of the plurality of nodes is a toll collection point, wherein the toll collection point comprises: a computing system; and a camera; wherein each of the plurality of nodes has access to a copy of a distributed ledger, wherein the processor of each of the plurality of nodes is configured to: utilize blockchain protocols to verify and record a transaction occurring within the distributed ledger; parse through the blockchain; perform automated vehicle identification protocols on the extracted data to determine a license plate number of the vehicle in the one of the one or more images flagged by the computing system; and encrypt a new block indicating a debit to an account of an operator of a vehicle, wherein the account is identifiable by the license plate number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hausman Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Hausman
  • Patent number: 11228942
    Abstract: Systems and methods for scheduling data traffic in a wireless time sensitive network (TSN). A computer configured to synchronize clocks of all nodes with a common clock in the TSN. Obtain data traffic information for the TSN using a network scheduler to establish routing paths. Determine routing paths using the obtained data traffic information and stored routing information via a memory. Compute a link communication delay for each link of the one or more relay nodes connecting a source node to a destination node of the TSN for each TSN stream using a network scheduler. Determine interfering links for each wireless link using the network scheduler. Determining a scheduling period using the network scheduler. Determine optimal scheduling using an optimal scheduling module. Generate the gate control list for each egress port of the wired node and the wireless transmitter of the TSN, and begin transmission of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianlin Guo, Kyeong Jin Kim, Philip Orlik
  • Patent number: 11196615
    Abstract: A redundant system includes devices communicably coupled via communication paths. Each device is communicably coupled via two or more of the communication paths to two or more of the other devices. Each device performs wired communication via the communication paths with the devices communicably coupled to the each device via the communication paths in a normal state. Each device includes a wireless communication unit. When each device communicates with the two or more of the other devices under a condition that malfunction occurs in two or more parts in the redundant system, the each device performs the wired communication via the communication path with a counterpart device with which the wired communication via the communication path is enabled, and switches from the wired communication via the communication path to wireless communication and continues communication with the counterpart device with which the wired communication via the communication path is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroto Ino
  • Patent number: 11195365
    Abstract: One or more implementations of the present specification provide a parking charging method, apparatus, and electronic device, applied to a parking charging system. The method includes the following: obtaining vehicle information of a parked vehicle in a parking space, where the vehicle information has a corresponding user account on a payment platform; publishing a vehicle parking record to a blockchain network by using a first blockchain node corresponding to the parking charging system in the blockchain network, where the vehicle parking record includes parking duration of the parked vehicle in the parking space; and performing an asset transfer operation related to the payment platform based on the vehicle parking record each time the parking duration reaches first predetermined duration, so as to charge an asset corresponding to the first predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guofei Jiang
  • Patent number: 11188078
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically parking a vehicle in a personal garage, a system including the same, and a method for the same, may include a processor to determine whether generation of a parking path is possible in a space around a personal garage, when receiving a request for parking in the personal garage, to determine vehicle parking information when the generation of the parking path is possible, to provide the determined vehicle parking information to a vehicle, and to control opening or closing of a personal garage door, and a storage to store image data of a surrounding environment of the personal garage and the vehicle parking information determined by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dae Joong Yoon, Sun Wo Jung
  • Patent number: 11189174
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for accelerometer-based external sound monitoring for voice controlled autonomous parking. An example vehicle includes a body control module, an infotainment head unit, and an autonomy unit. The example body control module communicatively couples to a mobile device. The example infotainment head unit communicatively couples to an accelerometer mounted on a window of the vehicle. The example autonomy unit autonomously parks the vehicle in response to a first key word detected by the accelerometer when (i) a button is activated on the infotainment head unit and (ii) a message from the mobile device is being periodically received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, Ranjani Rangarajan, Leah Busch, John Edward Huber