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1. US20180257498 - Systems and methods for rendezvousing with an autonomous modular vehicle to provide energy

Office United States of America
Application Number 15453608
Application Date 08.03.2017
Publication Number 20180257498
Publication Date 13.09.2018
Grant Number 10124688
Grant Date 13.11.2018
Publication Kind B2
IPC
B60L 11/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL; MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
11Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle
18using power supplied from primary cells, secondary cells, or fuel cells
G05D 1/02
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
G01C 21/34
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/-G01C19/104
26specially adapted for navigation in a road network
34Route searching; Route guidance
G01C 22/00
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
22Measuring distance traversed on the ground by vehicles, persons, animals or other moving solid bodies, e.g. using odometers orĀ using pedometers
CPC
B60L 11/1822
B60L 2200/28
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
2200Type of vehicles
28Trailers
B60L 2240/60
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
2240Control parameters of input or output; Target parameters
60Navigation input
G01C 21/3415
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/00 - G01C19/00
26specially adapted for navigation in a road network
34Route searching; Route guidance
3407specially adapted for specific applications
3415Dynamic re-routing, e.g. recalculating the route when the user deviates from calculated route or after detecting real-time traffic data or accidents
G01C 21/3438
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/00 - G01C19/00
26specially adapted for navigation in a road network
34Route searching; Route guidance
3407specially adapted for specific applications
3438Rendez-vous, i.e. searching a destination where several users can meet, and the routes to this destination for these users; Ride sharing, i.e. searching a route such that at least two users can share a vehicle for at least part of the route
G05D 1/0225
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
021specially adapted to land vehicles
0212with means for defining a desired trajectory
0225involving docking at a fixed facility, e.g. base station or loading bay
Applicants Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
Inventors Michael J. Delp
Agents Christopher G. Darrow
Darrow Mustafa PC
Title
(EN) Systems and methods for rendezvousing with an autonomous modular vehicle to provide energy
Abstract
(EN)

System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to determining rendezvous locations and autonomously swapping a resupply carriage with a vehicle along a route. In one embodiment, a method includes in response to a request for resupplying the vehicle with energy, determine a rendezvous point for meeting the vehicle with a resupply carriage. The method includes dispatching the resupply carriage to meet the vehicle at the rendezvous point by providing an electronic signal to the resupply carriage to cause the resupply carriage to autonomously travel to the rendezvous point. The method includes controlling the vehicle to swap a current carriage for the resupply carriage to supply energy to the vehicle. The vehicle is comprised of a passenger compartment that is removably attached to the current carriage. The current carriage and the resupply carriage are interchangeable propulsion sources for the vehicle.