Israel Aerospace Industries has been granted a patent for a computerized method and control system that enables autonomous vehicles to execute collision-free point-turns in crowded areas. The system uses scanning devices and processing circuitry to generate real-time range values and vehicle-contour range values to avoid obstacles. GlobalData’s report on Israel Aerospace Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Israel Aerospace Industries, Remote-controlled drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. Israel Aerospace Industries's grant share as of February 2024 was 39%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for autonomous vehicle executing collision-free point-turn

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919510B2) discloses a computer-implemented method for autonomously maneuvering a vehicle during a point-turn. The method involves operating a scanning device onboard the vehicle to scan the surrounding area in multiple directions and generate real-time scanning output data. This data is then processed by at least one processing circuitry to create a range map with real-time range values and corresponding vehicle-contour range values. By analyzing the differences between these values, the method determines conditions for executing a point-turn that avoids collisions with nearby objects. Subsequently, a point-turn command is generated to direct the vehicle to execute the maneuver according to the identified conditions.

Furthermore, the patent includes claims for a system mountable on an unmanned vehicle and an unmanned vehicle itself, both equipped with scanning devices and processing circuitry to autonomously maneuver during a point-turn. The system and vehicle are capable of generating range maps, determining point-turn conditions, and executing the maneuver to avoid collisions. Additionally, the patent covers a computer-readable storage medium containing program instructions for performing the autonomous maneuvering method and a computer program product for monitoring a vehicle's point turn using a graphical user interface. This interface displays histograms of real-time range values and vehicle-contour range values, enabling operators to visualize and control the generation of point-turn commands to ensure safe maneuvering of the vehicle.

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