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U.S. Patent No. 11,634,891 entitled “System and Method for Navigating an Operator to Couple a Self-propelled Vehicle with an Attachment Implement Therefor” issued April 25, 2023 to Deere & Company of Moline, Illinois. Invented by Aashish Sud of Panchkula, India; Salimnawaz Shaikh of Thane, India and Amit Naik of Corlim, India. Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for navigating an operator of a self-propelled vehicle for coupling with an attachment implement therefor. Each one of a first set of sensing elements arranged on the vehicle coupler forms a sensing pair with a respective one of a set of second sensing elements arranged on the attachment implement. Indicia for each of the sensing pairs on a user interface is displayed to the operator, corresponding to a three-dimensional spatial orientation of the first and second sensing elements with respect to each other. The user interface may comprise respective portions for each sensing pair, each portion comprising an indicator dynamically adjusted in a crosshair corresponding to first and second dimensions of alignment of the corresponding sensing elements with respect to each other, and the indicator in each portion further dynamically adjusted in appearance corresponding to a third dimension of distance between the corresponding sensing elements.