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 »

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR PREDICTION SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

Described is a system for predicting the behavior of an autonomous system. The system identifies a taxonomic state of a motion condition of an autonomous vehicle based on a spatiotemporal location of the autonomous vehicle and elements of a driving scenario. Behavior of the autonomous vehicle is predicted based on the taxonomic state of the… Read More »

STEERING SYSTEM HAVING ANTI-THEFT CAPABILITIES

<p id=”p-0001″ num=”0000″>A steering system for an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is provided. The steering system includes a controller that is in communication with an electric power steering system and a transmission control system. The controller is programmed to, in response to a first signal indicative of a non-verified operator and a request to operate,… Read More »

DELAYED PARKING OPTIMIZATION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

<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 »

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING DEVICE AND NOTIFICATION METHOD

<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 »

CHARGING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE

<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 »

UNDERWATER VEHICLE

<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 »