Patents Assigned to UATC, LLC
  • Patent number: 11126165
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a vehicle computing system are provided. A computing system can include a first cooling baseplate including a first planar cooling surface and a second cooling baseplate including a second planar cooling surface. The computing system can further include one or more computing devices including a processor blade positioned on the first planar cooling surface, a coprocessor blade positioned on the second planar cooling surface, and a flexible connector coupled between the processor blade and the coprocessor blade. The flexible connector can be configured to transfer at least one of data or electric power between the processor blade and the coprocessor blade. The first planar cooling surface can be configured to transfer heat from the processor blade to a cooling fluid via conduction. The second planar cooling surface can be configured to transfer heat from the coprocessor blade to the cooling fluid via conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Jeffery Watson, Jr., Scott Klaus Boehmke
  • Patent number: 11125640
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for operating a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer attached for pulling behind the tractor. A center-of-mass system may determine a mass of the trailer and a tractor understeer. The center-of-mass system may determine the tractor understeer using steering input data describing a steering angle of the tractor and yaw data describing a yaw of the tractor. The center-of-mass system may determine a load center of mass using the tractor understeer and a mass of the trailer. The center-of-mass system may further determine that the load center of mass transgresses a center-of-mass threshold and send an alert message indicating that the load transgresses the load center-of-mass threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Jensen, Edward Henry Lim
  • Patent number: 11124080
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems can include one or more location sensors, an energy storage device, one or more charge sensors and one or more vehicle computing devices. The location sensor(s) can determine a current location of a vehicle, while the charge sensor(s) can determine a current state of charge of an energy storage device that can be located onboard the vehicle to provide operating power for one or more vehicle systems. The vehicle computing device(s) can communicate the current location of the vehicle and current state of charge of the energy storage device to a remote computing device, receive from the remote computing device a charging control signal determined, at least in part, from the current location of the vehicle and the current state of charge of the energy storage device, and control charging of the energy storage device in accordance with the charging control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Sean Jeffrey Kelly, Justin Wayne Ho, James Lee Epifano
  • Patent number: 11112796
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting object motion and controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining state data indicative of at least a current or a past state of an object that is within a surrounding environment of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes obtaining data associated with a geographic area in which the object is located. The method includes generating a combined data set associated with the object based at least in part on a fusion of the state data and the data associated with the geographic area in which the object is located. The method includes obtaining data indicative of a machine-learned model. The method includes inputting the combined data set into the machine-learned model. The method includes receiving an output from the machine-learned model. The output can be indicative of a plurality of predicted trajectories of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Nemanja Djuric, Vladan Radosavljevic, Thi Duong Nguyen, Tsung-Han Lin, Jeff Schneider, Henggang Cui, Fang-Chieh Chou, Tzu-Kuo Huang
  • Patent number: 11104352
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a failover response of an autonomous vehicle are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes determining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, an operational mode of the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is configured to operate in at least a first operational mode in which a human driver is present in the autonomous vehicle and a second operational mode in which the human driver is not present in the autonomous vehicle. The method includes detecting a triggering event associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining actions to be performed by the autonomous vehicle in response to the triggering event based at least in part on the operational mode. The method includes providing one or more control signals to one or more of the systems on-board the autonomous vehicle to perform the one or more actions in response to the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Morgan D. Jones, Michael John Dacko, Brian Thomas Kirby
  • Patent number: 11099566
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a vehicle service are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes receiving data indicative of a service request to provide a vehicle service for an entity with respect to one or more cargo items designated for autonomous transport. The method includes obtaining a first cargo item among the one or more cargo items, from a representative of the entity at a dedicated first transfer hub proximate to a first location associated with the first cargo item. The method includes controlling a first autonomous vehicle to transport the first cargo item from the first transfer hub to a dedicated second transfer hub proximate to a second location associated with the first cargo item. The method includes providing the first cargo item to a representative of the entity at the second transfer hub, to provide the vehicle service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Alden James Woodrow, Robert Evan Miller
  • Patent number: 11099569
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining object prioritization and predicting future object locations for an autonomous vehicle are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more processors, state data descriptive of at least a current or past state of a plurality of objects that are perceived by an autonomous vehicle. The method can further include determining, by the computing system, a priority classification for each object in the plurality of objects based at least in part on the respective state data for each object. The method can further include determining, by the computing system, an order at which the computing system determines a predicted future state for each object based at least in part on the priority classification for each object and determining, by the computing system, the predicted future state for each object based at least in part on the determined order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Galen Clark Haynes
  • Patent number: 11086318
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to determining autonomous vehicle scenarios based on autonomous vehicle operation data. In one example, a computer-implemented method for determining operating scenarios for an autonomous vehicle includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, log data representing autonomous vehicle operations. The method further includes extracting, by the computing system, a plurality of attributes from the log data. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, one or more scenarios based on a combination of the attributes, wherein each scenario includes multiple scenario variations and each scenario variation comprises multiple features. The method further includes providing, by the computing system, the one or more scenarios for generating autonomous vehicle operation analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Steffon Charles Davis, Andrew Joel Duberstein
  • Patent number: 11080537
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating communication with autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computing system can obtain a first type of sensor data (e.g., camera image data) associated with a surrounding environment of an autonomous vehicle and/or a second type of sensor data (e.g., LIDAR data) associated with the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle. The computing system can generate overhead image data indicative of at least a portion of the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the first and/or second types of sensor data. The computing system can determine one or more lane boundaries within the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the overhead image data indicative of at least the portion of the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle and a machine-learned lane boundary detection model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Min Bai, Gellert Sandor Mattyus, Namdar Homayounfar, Shenlong Wang, Shrindihi Kowshika Lakshmikanth, Raquel Urtasun
  • Patent number: 11073403
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for locating a vehicle. A pose state estimator may access a previous position for the vehicle at a first time, wherein the previous position is on a first sub-map of a plurality of sub-maps. The pose state estimator may receive from a first localizer a first position estimate for the vehicle at a second time after the first time. The first position estimate may be on a second sub-map of the plurality of sub-maps. The pose state estimator may send to a second localizer a sub-map change message indicating the second sub-map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Ahn, David Prasser, Peter Hansen, Robert Zlot
  • Patent number: 11073400
    Abstract: A method for receiving autonomous vehicle (AV) map data associated with an AV map of a geographic location and coverage map data associated with a coverage map of the geographic location. The AV map data is associated with an AV lane of a roadway in the geographic location, and the coverage map data is associated with a coverage lane of the roadway in the geographic location. The method includes generating a hybrid map of the geographic location based on the AV map data and the coverage map data and providing hybrid map data associated with the hybrid map for routing of an AV. The hybrid map includes the AV lane linked with the coverage lane of the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Peter Bailey, Bryan John Nagy, Adam Henry Polk Milstein, Robert Michael Zlot, Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar, David Peter Prasser, Peter Ian Hansen, Ethan Duff Eade, Xxx Xinjilefu, Brett Browning
  • Patent number: 11067676
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a vehicle computer system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing a set of instructions, and a method for light detection and ranging (Lidar) intensity calibration. The method includes collecting a data set comprising a plurality of raw intensity values output by a channel of a Lidar unit at a particular power level from among multiple power levels at which the channel is capable of operating. The method further includes using a linear model to compute a calibration multiplier and a bias value for the particular power level of the channel. During operation of the vehicle, calibrated intensity values are determined by applying the linear model to subsequent raw intensity values output by the channel at the particular power using the determined calibration multiplier and bias value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Gehua Yang, Michael K. Sergi-Curfman
  • Patent number: 11061402
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that apply neural networks such as, for example, convolutional neural networks, to sparse imagery in an improved manner. For example, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can be included in or otherwise leveraged by an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computing system can extract one or more relevant portions from imagery, where the relevant portions are less than an entirety of the imagery. The computing system can provide the relevant portions of the imagery to a machine-learned convolutional neural network and receive at least one prediction from the machine-learned convolutional neural network based at least in part on the one or more relevant portions of the imagery. Thus, the computing system can skip performing convolutions over regions of the imagery where the imagery is sparse and/or regions of the imagery that are not relevant to the prediction being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Raquel Urtasun, Mengye Ren, Andrei Pokrovsky, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 11062535
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and vehicles for taking a vehicle out-of-service are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, data indicative of one or more parameters associated with the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is configured to provide a vehicle service to one or more users of the vehicle service. The method includes determining, by the computing devices, an existence of a fault associated with the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the one or more parameters associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, by the computing devices, one or more actions to be performed by the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the existence of the fault. The method includes performing, by the computing devices, one or more of the actions to take the autonomous vehicle out-of-service based at least in part on the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Sean K. Kelly
  • Patent number: 11052913
    Abstract: A sensor assembly can include a housing that includes a view pane and a mounting feature configured to replace a trailer light of a cargo trailer of a semi-trailer truck. The sensor assembly can also include a lighting element mounted within the housing to selectively generate light, and a sensor mounted within the housing and having a field of view through the view pane. The sensor assembly can also include a communication interface configured to transmit sensor data from the sensor to a control system of the self-driving tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, Nancy Yung-Hui Sun, Zac Vawter
  • Patent number: 11048272
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an autonomous vehicle are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining, from an autonomy system, data indicative of a planned trajectory of the autonomous vehicle through a surrounding environment. The method includes determining a region of interest in the surrounding environment based at least in part on the planned trajectory. The method includes controlling one or more first sensors to obtain data indicative of the region of interest. The method includes identifying one or more objects in the region of interest, based at least in part on the data obtained by the one or more first sensors. The method includes controlling the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the one or more objects identified in the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, William M. Leach, Scott C. Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 11046288
    Abstract: Nozzles and systems for cleaning sensors of a vehicle are provided. An adjustable nozzle can include an inlet configured to receive a pressurized fluid, an adjustable oscillator coupled with the inlet, and an outlet coupled with the adjustable oscillator. The adjustable oscillator can be configured to receive the pressurized fluid from the inlet and generate an oscillating fluid, and can include a first oscillation wall comprising a first adjustable chamber modifier wall and a second oscillation wall comprising a second adjustable chamber modifier wall. The first adjustable chamber modifier wall and the second adjustable chamber modifier wall can define an adjustable mixing chamber configured to generate the oscillating fluid having one or more properties that are adjustable by the first adjustable chamber modifier wall or the second adjustable chamber modifier wall. The outlet can be configured to receive the oscillating fluid and eject the oscillating fluid from the adjustable nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Wesly Mason Rice
  • Patent number: 11048251
    Abstract: A control system of a self-driving tractor can access sensor data to determine a set of trailer configuration parameters of a cargo trailer coupled to the self-driving tractor. Based on the set of trailer configuration parameters, the control system can configure a motion planning model for autonomously controlling the acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, Nancy Yung-Hui Sun, Zachias Rauch Vawter
  • Patent number: 11036233
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the motion of an autonomous are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, data associated with one or more objects that are proximate to the autonomous vehicle. The data includes a predicted path of each respective object. The method includes identifying at least one object as an object of interest based at least in part on the data associated with the object of interest. The method includes generating cost data associated with the object of interest. The method includes determining a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the cost data associated with the object of interest. The method includes providing data indicative of the motion plan to one or more vehicle control systems to implement the motion plan for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Albert Costa, Michael L. Phillips, Michael Bode
  • Patent number: 11021075
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically servicing autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data associated with one or more reference mechanisms located on an autonomous vehicle. The method includes identifying information associated with the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the one or more reference mechanisms located on the autonomous vehicle. The information associated with the autonomous vehicle includes an orientation of the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining a vehicle maintenance plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the information associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes providing one or more control signals to implement the vehicle maintenance plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the orientation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, Dirk John VandenBerg, III