US 11,054,840 B2
Systems and methods for using human-operated material-transport vehicles with fleet-management systems
Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Kitchener (CA); Matthew Allen Rendall, Waterloo (CA); Simon Drexler, Puslinch (CA); Roydyn Clayton, Seattle, WA (US); and Shahab Kaynama, Mountain View, CA (US)
Assigned to CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC., Kitchener (CA)
Filed by Clearpath Robotics Inc., Kitchener (CA)
Filed on Jan. 31, 2020, as Appl. No. 16/778,090.
Application 16/778,090 is a continuation of application No. 15/877,299, filed on Jan. 22, 2018, granted, now 10,585,440.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/449,264, filed on Jan. 23, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2020/0241560 A1, Jul. 30, 2020
Int. Cl. G05D 1/02 (2020.01); G05B 19/418 (2006.01); B66F 9/075 (2006.01)
CPC G05D 1/0289 (2013.01) [B66F 9/07581 (2013.01); G05B 19/41895 (2013.01); G05D 1/024 (2013.01); G05D 1/0297 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of using a human-operated material-transport vehicle with a fleet-management system, comprising:
operating a driver-support system mounted to the human-operated material transport vehicle, the driver-support system comprising a processor, a task-input device for receiving one or more user inputs from an operator for providing a task-related data, a human-vehicle interface, and at least one sensor for determining at least one of a vehicle location and a vehicle velocity, the processor operable to:
receive a mission definition from the fleet-management system, wherein the mission definition comprises one or more tasks to be conducted by the human-operated material-transport vehicle;
plan a path based on the mission definition;
display the path via the human-vehicle interface to assist the operator of the human-operated material-transport vehicle to conduct the one or more tasks;
monitor and collect, using at least one of the task-input device and the at least one sensor, a vehicle-mission information associated with an operation of the human-operated material-transport vehicle by the operator within an industrial facility associated with the fleet-management system; and
transmit the vehicle-mission information to the fleet-management system during the operation by the operator of the human-operated material-transport vehicle; and
during the operation by the operator of the human-operated material-transport vehicle for completing the one or more tasks:
operate the fleet-management system to:
monitor, based on the received vehicle-mission information, a task status of each task of the one or more tasks being conducted by the human-operated material-transport vehicle; and
in response to detecting a change in a task status of at least one task, generate and transmit an updated mission definition to the human-operated material-transport vehicle based on the change in the task status; and
operate the driver-support system to:
in response to receiving the updated mission definition, update the path based on the updated mission definition; and
display the updated path via the human-vehicle interface.