US 9,812,021 B2
Object avoidance for automated aerial vehicles
Amir Navot, Seattle, WA (US); Gur Kimchi, Bellevue, WA (US); Brian C. Beckman, Newcastle, WA (US); Frederik Schaffalitzky, Kirkland, WA (US); Daniel Buchmueller, Seattle, WA (US); and Robert John Anderson, Sammamish, WA (US)
Assigned to Amazon Technologies, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)
Filed by Amazon Technologies, Inc., Reno, NV (US)
Filed on Jun. 25, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/315,213.
Prior Publication US 2015/0379876 A1, Dec. 31, 2015
Int. Cl. G08G 5/02 (2006.01); G05D 1/10 (2006.01); G08G 5/00 (2006.01); G08G 5/04 (2006.01)
CPC G08G 5/045 (2013.01) [G05D 1/101 (2013.01); G08G 5/0021 (2013.01); G08G 5/0069 (2013.01); G08G 5/0078 (2013.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An object avoidance system of an automated aerial vehicle, comprising:
an object detection element coupled to the automated aerial vehicle and configured to detect a presence of an object within a defined distance of the automated aerial vehicle;
an avoidance determining element coupled to the automated aerial vehicle and configured to determine an avoidance maneuver, wherein the avoidance maneuver is determined based at least in part on an object vector representative of a distance and a direction of the object, and a defensive direction that is different than the direction of the object vector, wherein an avoidance vector is representative of the avoidance maneuver and a magnitude of the avoidance vector is greater than a magnitude of a velocity of the object with respect to the automated aerial vehicle; and
a navigation component for automatically performing the avoidance maneuver.