Summary of patents by Serge Lambermont

Automated vehicle control with time to take-over compensation ** **

Jun 24, 2015 - Delphi Technologies, Inc. [Issued Dec 29, 2016  Patent issuer and numberus 20160378114]

A system for changing a control-mode of an automated vehicle from automated-control to manual-control includes an operator-detection device and a controller. The operator-detection device is operable to detect a readiness-state of an operator of a vehicle while a control-mode of the vehicle is automated-control. The controller is configured to forecast a future-time when the control-mode of the vehicle should change from automated-control to manual-control and determine a take-over-interval for an operator to assume manual-control of the vehicle once notified. The take-over-interval is determined based on the readiness-state. The controller is also configured to notify the operator that the control-mode of the vehicle should change from automated-control to manual-control no later than the take-over-interval prior to the future-time.

Cognitive driver assist with variable assistance for automated vehicles **

Jun 24, 2015 - Delphi Technologies, Inc. [Issued Dec 29, 2016  Patent issuer and numberus 20160375900]

A cognitive-driver-assist system includes an object-detection device, an operator-detection device, a control-override device, and a controller. The object-detection device is operable to detect when an object is proximate to a host-vehicle. The operator-detection device is operable to determine when an operator of the host-vehicle is aware of the object. The control-override device is operable to limit operator-authority of the operator while the operator is driving the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to operate the control-override device in accordance with the operator-authority to override the operator and avoid interference with the object when the operator is not aware of the object.

Automated vehicle control-rule selection based on operator state-of-awareness **

Jun 4, 2015 - Delphi Technologies, Inc. [Issued Dec 8, 2016  Patent issuer and numberus 20160357185]

A system for automated operation of a host-vehicle includes a sensor, a data-source, and a controller. The sensor is installed in a host-vehicle. The sensor is operable to determine a state-of-awareness of an operator of the host-vehicle. The data-source provides route-data used for automated operation of the host-vehicle. The route-data includes a map and a control-rule for navigating the map. The controller is in communication with the sensor and the data-source. The controller is configured to operate the host-vehicle during automated operation of the host-vehicle in accordance with the route-data. The controller is also configured to modify the control-rule based on the state-of-awareness of the operator.

Pedestrian-intent-detection for automated vehicles **

Aug 28, 2015 - Delphi Technologies, Inc.  Patent 20170057497

A pedestrian-intent-detection system for automated operation of a host-vehicle (e.g. automated vehicle) includes an object-detection device and a controller. The object-detection device is operable to detect an object proximate to a host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the object-detection device. The controller is configured to determine when the object detected by the object-detection device is a pedestrian based on a detection-characteristic of the pedestrian indicated by the object-detection device. The controller is further configured to define a size of a caution-area located proximate to the pedestrian based on a behavior-characteristic (e.g. intent) of the pedestrian indicated by the object-detection device. The controller is further configured to operate (e.g. brake, steer) the host-vehicle in order to avoid the caution-area.

 

Variable object detection field-of-focus for automated vehicle control **

Jul 31, 2015 - Delphi Technologies, Inc. [Issued Feb 2, 2017  Patent issuer and number us 20170031363]

A system for automated operation of a host-vehicle includes an object-detection device and a controller. The object-detection device is operable to detect an object in a field-of-view proximate to a host-vehicle. The object-detection device is operable to vary a field-of-focus of the object-detection device used to observe a portion of the field-of-view. The controller is configured to determine, based on information received from the object-detection device, a travel-direction of the object relative to a travel-path of the host-vehicle. The controller is also configured to adjust the field-of-focus of the object-detection device based on the travel-direction.

 

Automated vehicle sensor control system **

05/03/18 - 20180120845 - A sensor-control system for operating an automated vehicle includes a first sensor, a second sensor, and a controller. The first sensor is used to detect objects proximate to a host-vehicle. The first sensor is characterized by a first-sensing-technology. The second sensor is used to detect objects proximate to the host-vehicle.  The second sensor is characterized by a second-sensing-technology different from the first-sensing-technology. The controller is in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor. A location of an object detected by the first-sensor is used to select a field-of-view of the second-sensor.

[also Patent 10025311] *

Operation-security system for an automated vehicle **

02/08/18 - 20180039269 - An operation-security system for an automated vehicle includes an object-detector and a controller. The object-detector includes at least three sensors. Each sensor is one of a camera used to determine an image-location of an object proximate to a host-vehicle, a lidar-unit used to determine a lidar-location of the object proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the at least three sensors. The controller is configured to determine a composite-location based on a comparison of locations indicated by the at least three sensors. Information from one sensor is ignored when a respective location indicated by the one sensor differs from the composite-location by greater than an error-threshold. If a remote sensor not on the host-vehicle is used, V2V or V2I communications may be used to communicate a location to the host-vehicle.

[also patent number: 10571913] *

Roadway-infrastructure-maintenance system using automated vehicles **

12/07/17 - 20170351263 - A roadway-infrastructure-maintenance system using automated-vehicles to maintain a roadway includes an image-device and a controller. The imaging-device is suitable to mount on a host-vehicle. The imaging-device is used to detect an infrastructure-feature proximate to a roadway traveled by the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the imaging-device. The controller is configured to determine a need-for-maintenance of the infrastructure-feature. The system may include a digital-map that indicates an expected-presence of the infrastructure-feature, and the need-for-maintenance may be indicated when the infrastructure-feature is not-detected as expected. The system may also include a transmitter in communication with the controller. The transmitter may be used to communicate the need-for-maintenance to a maintenance-organization.

Cognitive driver assist with variable warning for automated vehicles ** **

[Patent date Issued Nov 15, 2016  Patent issuer and numberus 9493118]

A cognitive-driver-assist system includes an object-detection device, an operator-detection device, and a controller. The object-detection device is operable to detect when an object is proximate to a host-vehicle. The operator-detection device is operable to determine when an operator of the host-vehicle is aware of the object. The controller is configured to output a warning-signal for the operator of the host-vehicle when the object-detection device detects the object. The warning-signal is characterized by a warning-intensity that is variable. The controller is configured to increase the warning-intensity when the operator is not aware of the object.

Safe-Exit system for safety protection of a passenger exiting or entering an automated vehicle *

[Patent date filed 18 Jul 2017, publication 24 Jan 2019, Patent number 20190023207]

A safe-exit system for safety protection of a passenger exiting an automated vehicle includes an observation-device, a lock-device, and a controller. The observation-device detects a potential-threat to a passenger of a host-vehicle. The lock-device is operable to lock a door of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the observation-device and the lock-device. The controller is configured to determine a safety-index based on the potential-threat, and operate the lock-device to lock the door when the safety-index is less than a safety-threshold. Instead of the lock-device, the system may include a notification-device operable to convey a safety-alert to the person. The controller is in communication with the observation-device and the transmitter. In this system the controller is configured to determine a safety-index based on the potential-threat, and operate the notification-device to communicate the safety-alert to the person when the safety-index is less than a safety-threshold.