Patents Assigned to UATC, LLC
  • Patent number: 10784928
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to a rotary coupler and methods of use thereof. The rotary data coupler may comprise a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter may comprise a first band and a second transmitter band. The receiver may comprise a receiver housing positioned to rotate relative to the first transmitter band and the second transmitter band. A first receiver band may be positioned opposite the first transmitter band to form a first capacitor and a second receiver band may be positioned opposite the second transmitter band to form a second capacitor. The receiver may also comprise a resistance electrically coupled between the first receiver band and the second receiver band and a differential amplifier. The differential amplifier may comprise an inverting input and a non-inverting input, with the non-inverting input electrically coupled to the first receiver band and the inverting input electrically coupled to the second receiver band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Kirby, Scott K. Boehmke, Yoonki Peter Park, James A. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 10780880
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an autonomous vehicle are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes receiving data indicative of an operating mode of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle is configured to operate in a plurality of operating modes. The method includes determining one or more response characteristics of the vehicle based at least in part on the operating mode of the vehicle, each response characteristic indicating how the vehicle responds to a potential collision. The method includes controlling the vehicle based at least in part on the one or more response characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, William M. Leach, Scott C. Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 10782411
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for determining a pose of a vehicle. A first localizer may generate a first pose estimate for the vehicle based at least in part on a comparison of first remote sensor data to a first reference data. A second localizer may generate a second pose estimate for the vehicle based at least in part on a comparison of second remote sensor data to a second reference data. A pose state estimator may generate a vehicle pose for the vehicle based at least in part on a first previous pose of the vehicle, the first pose estimate, and the second pose estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Ahn, David Prasser, Peter Hansen, Robert Zlot, Ethan Duff Eade
  • Patent number: 10775488
    Abstract: A LIDAR calibration module can detect a set of return signals from a plurality of fiducial targets for a set of laser scanners of an autonomous vehicle's LIDAR module. The autonomous vehicle can rest on an inclined platform of a rotating turntable to increase range variation in the return signals. Based on the set of return signals, the LIDAR calibration system can generate a set of calibration transforms to adjust a set of intrinsic parameters of the LIDAR module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: David McAllister Bradley, Gehua Yang
  • Patent number: 10768621
    Abstract: A method for determining and providing alternative routes receives request data associated with a request from a user device. A first canonical route is determined from a plurality of canonical routes based on the request data. Each respective canonical route of the plurality of canonical routes satisfies at least one autonomy criteria associated with whether an autonomous vehicle can travel on the respective canonical route. First route data associated with the first canonical route is provided. Route identification data associated with identifying an alternative canonical route is received after providing the first route data associated with the first canonical route. A second canonical route is determined from the plurality of canonical routes based on the route identification data. Second route data associated with the second canonical route is provided for controlling travel of the autonomous vehicle on the second canonical route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Dennis Zhao, Eric James Hanson, Sean Rhee Chin
  • Patent number: 10768628
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to object detection at various ranges for autonomous vehicles. In one example, a system includes a camera providing a first field of view; a machine-learned model that has been trained to generate object detection range estimates based at least in part on labeled training data representing image data having a second field of view different from the first field of view; and a computing system including one or more processors; and memory including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations. The operations include obtaining image data from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: R. Lance Martin, Zac Vawter, Andrei Pokrovsky
  • Patent number: 10766500
    Abstract: A sensory stimulation system within an interior of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can obtain maneuver data representing one or more maneuvers to be performed by the AV. For each respective maneuver of the one or more maneuvers, the system can determine one or more visual outputs to provide a passenger of the AV with a sensory indication of the respective maneuver, and then output the one or more visual outputs via the display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Emily Bartel
  • Patent number: 10761527
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to facilitating secure, bidirectional communications between autonomous vehicles associated with a plurality of entities and a provider infrastructure. In one example, a computer-implemented method for facilitating communications with a vehicle includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a communication associated with an autonomous vehicle via an application programming interface platform, wherein the application programming interface platform comprises a plurality of vehicle services interfaces. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, an entity-type of the autonomous vehicle. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, a vehicle services interface of the plurality of vehicle services interfaces based at least in part on the communication associated with the autonomous vehicle and the entity-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew James Way, Leigh Gray Hagestad, Andrii Iasynetskyi, Mark Yen, Brent Justin Goldman
  • Patent number: 10761534
    Abstract: An autonomous control system of a self-driving semi-truck can monitor a dynamic orientation of a cargo trailer in relation to a tractor of the semi-trailer truck. Based on the dynamic orientation of the cargo trailer, the control system can dynamically generate a coordinate transform between a first reference frame of a first set of sensors mounted to the tractor, and a second reference frame of a second set of sensors mounted to the cargo trailer, and execute the dynamically generated coordinate transform on sensor data from the second set of sensors to generate a fused sensor view of a surrounding environment of the self-driving semi-truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Carter, Soren Juelsgaard
  • Patent number: 10762447
    Abstract: An on-demand transportation management service can perform a selection process between a set of safety-driven autonomous vehicles (SDAVs), fully autonomous vehicles (FAVs), and human-driven vehicles (HDVs) to service transport requests based on a variety of selection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Dima Kislovskiy, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10754348
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) can process a live sensor view to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the AV along a given route. While traveling along the given route, the AV can identify an encoded road stripe in the live sensor view, and decode the encoded road stripe to determine location data corresponding to the encoded road stripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 10746858
    Abstract: A LIDAR calibration system can detect a first set of return signals from a plurality of fiducial targets in a calibration facility for a lower set of laser scanners of the LIDAR module. The LIDAR calibration system can also detect a second set of return signals from one or more planar surfaces associated with a calibration trigger location on a road network for an upper set of laser scanners of the LIDAR module. Based on the first and second sets of return signals, the LIDAR calibration system can generate a set of calibration transforms to adjust a set of intrinsic parameters of the LIDAR module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: David McAllister Bradley, Gehua Yang
  • Patent number: 10749960
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating communication with autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computing system (e.g., of a vehicle) can generate a first communication associated with an autonomous vehicle. The computing system can provide the first communication to an application programming interface gateway that is remote from the autonomous vehicle. Another computing system can obtain, via an application programming interface gateway, the first communication associated with the autonomous vehicle. The other computing system can determine a first frontend interface of the application programming interface gateway based at least in part on the first communication associated with the autonomous vehicle. The computing system can provide, via the first frontend interface, the first communication associated with the autonomous vehicle to a first system client associated with the first frontend interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew James Way, Chee Yu, Steve Ayers, Patrick Greaney Willett, Eli Schleifer
  • Patent number: 10746841
    Abstract: A sensor triggering system for a sensor apparatus including a plurality of sensors. The system detects a first sensor pulse and determines a memory address of a lookup table based on the first sensor pulse. In response to the first sensor pulse, the system selectively triggers one or more of the plurality of sensors based at least in part on a codeword stored at the first memory address. For example, the codeword may comprise a number of bits such that each bit of the codeword indicates an activation state for a respective one of the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Morgan Jones
  • Patent number: 10739786
    Abstract: A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap updates independently of other submaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Milstein, Brett Browning
  • Patent number: 10730365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing cooling to vehicle systems on an autonomous vehicle from a plurality of cooling sources are provided. A cooling system can include a thermal interface configured to provide cooling to one or more vehicle systems of the autonomous vehicle, a plurality of cooling sources coupled to the thermal interface, and a controller configured to control each cooling source to provide a respective cooling to the thermal interface to meet a total cooling parameter for the one or more vehicle systems. Each cooling source can be configured to provide a respective cooling capacity to the thermal interface. The thermal interface can be configured to receive the respective cooling provided by each of the cooling sources. The thermal interface can be further configured to provide the respective cooling received by each of the cooling sources to the one or more vehicle systems to meet the total cooling parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10730531
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the motion of an autonomous are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, state data descriptive of a current state of an object that is proximate to the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, one or more features associated with the object based at least in part on the state data. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devise, a vehicle action for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on a machine-learned model and the one or more features associated with the object. The vehicle action includes stopping a motion of the autonomous vehicle or moving the autonomous vehicle past the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Phillips, David M. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10723325
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning sensors of a vehicle using a spray pattern are provided. A sensor cleaning system can include a fluid source that supplies a fluid and a nozzle configured to provide a spray of the fluid to a sensor of an autonomous vehicle to remove debris from the sensor. The sensor cleaning system can further include a controller comprising one or more processors and one or more non-transitory computer-readable media that collectively store instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to perform operations. The operations can include obtaining sensor data from the sensor, determining a spray pattern based at least in part on the sensor data; and controlling a flow of the fluid from the fluid source to the nozzle based at least in part on the spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Wesly Mason Rice
  • Patent number: 10726280
    Abstract: A traffic signal analysis system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can receive image data from one or more cameras, the image data including an upcoming traffic signaling system located at an intersection. The system can determine an action for the AV through the intersection and access a matching signal map specific to the upcoming traffic signaling system. Using the matching signal map, the system can generate a signal template for the upcoming traffic signaling system and determine a first subset and a second subset of the plurality of traffic signal faces that apply to the action. The system can dynamically analyze the first subset and the second subset to determine a state of the upcoming traffic signaling system for the action, and generate an output for the AV indicating the state of the upcoming traffic signaling system for the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Wellington, Colin Green, Adam Milstein
  • Patent number: 10726379
    Abstract: A launch vehicle can include a mobility system, a launch system, and a computing system. The mobility system can be configured to travel to a general target location. The launch system can be configured to house a plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles assigned for transporting one or more deliverable items from the general target location to respective specific target delivery locations. The computing system can be configured to control launch of the plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles from the launch vehicle at a respective plurality of predetermined launch positions, each predetermined launch position associated with a corresponding launch time, and each autonomous delivery vehicle configured to travel from a launch position of the respective plurality of predetermined launch positions to a specific target delivery location of the respective specific target delivery locations and from the specific target delivery location to one or more predetermined landing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, James Lee Epifano, Jacob William Fischer, Christopher Matthew D'Eramo, David Patrick Rice