Smart self-driving systems with side follow and obstacle avoidance

  • US 10,310,506 B1
  • Filed: 07/26/2018
  • Issued: 06/04/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/2018
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A smart luggage system, comprising:

  • a piece of luggage configured to store items for transport;

    one or more proximity sensors coupled to the luggage and configured detect an object moving in a given direction while the luggage is in a side follow position next to the object; and

    a central processing unit coupled to the luggage and configured to receive information from one or more of the proximity sensors to determine the given direction,wherein the central processing unit is configured transition the luggage between a side following mode and a rear following mode, where when in the side following mode the luggage follows along a side of the object in the side follow position while moving in the given direction, and where when in the rear following mode the luggage follows along behind the object in a rear follow position while moving in the given direction,wherein the central processing unit is configured to transition the luggage from the side follow position to the rear follow position based on information received from one or more of the proximity sensors, andwherein the central processing unit is configured to transition the luggage from the rear follow position back to the side follow position after a predetermined amount of time, a predetermined amount of distance, or when instructed by the object moving in the given direction.

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