Category Archives: Patents

Exclusive: A Conversation on Self Driving Vehicles at the EPO with Roberta Romano-Götsch

During our previous interview Ms.Romano-Götsch mentioned that the EPO would be soon releasing a study on self driving vehicles. I expressed interest in speaking with her again once that study was published, and she agreed. Our conversation discussing this EPO study follows. In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss how traditional auto companies and big tech… Read More »


<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>A method for the delayed parking optimization of an autonomous vehicle includes activating a delayed parking optimization mode in a vehicle and, during the delayed parking optimization mode, detecting a presence of one or more passengers in the vehicle. On condition that no further passengers are detected in the vehicle, a delay period… Read More »


<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>An autonomous driving device includes: a traveling control unit configured to cause a vehicle to autonomously travel to a destination; an arrival determination unit configured to determine whether the vehicle has arrived at the destination; a getting in-out detection unit configured to detect whether an occupant has gotten in or gotten out of… Read More »


<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>A charging system for an autonomous underwater vehicle includes: a sea floating body; a charging station suspended in water from the body through a string-shaped body and located downstream of the sea floating body by receiving a water flow, the station including a noncontact electricity supplying portion located away from the string-shaped body;… Read More »


<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>An underwater vehicle comprising: port and starboard thrusters spaced apart in a port-starboard direction, each thruster being oriented to generate a thrust force in a fore-aft direction perpendicular to the port-starboard direction; a vertical thruster which is oriented to generate a thrust force substantially perpendicular to the fore-aft and port-starboard directions; port, starboard… Read More »

Adaptable Modular Power System (AMPS) and Dedicated Connector; Modular Payload Boxes and Autonomous Water Vehicle Configured to Accept Same

<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>An adaptable modular power system (AMPS) is hierarchical in a number of ways. AMPS modules connect to a backplane, and one or multiple AMPS backplanes can form an AMPS domain. At the same time, the vehicle electronics is modular, with various payload boxes needing to communicate with each other. A common power and… Read More »


<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>Methods and apparatus relating to autonomous vehicle neural network optimization techniques are described. In an embodiment, the difference between a first training dataset to be used for a neural network and a second training dataset to be used for the neural network is detected. The second training dataset is authenticated in response to… Read More »

Conflict Resolution via Contingency Plan Execution or Human Interaction

<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>A method for human-arbitrated conflict resolution within autonomous vehicle control system is provided herein. Autonomous operation and capabilities of an unmanned vehicle, such as an urban delivery vehicle, are improved by incorporating an onboard programmable decision unit that operates in an essentially autonomous fashion under normal operating conditions. When dynamic, changing, or unexpected… Read More »