Patents Assigned to UATC, LLC
  • Patent number: 10692371
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining operation of an autonomous vehicle based on user profiles. In one example, a computer-implemented method of applying user profiles for autonomous vehicle operation is provided. The method includes receiving, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a trip request from a user; retrieving, by the computing system, a user profile associated with the user; determining, by the computing system, one or more trip attribute settings based at least in part on the user profile; and providing, by the computing system, the determined one or more trip attribute settings to a vehicle computing system for determining autonomous vehicle operation during a trip associated with the trip request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Dennis Zhao, Emily Cairns Duff Bartel
  • Patent number: 10691130
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides autonomous vehicle systems and methods that include or otherwise leverage a motion planning system that solves gridlock as part of determining a motion plan for an autonomous vehicle (AV). In particular, a scenario generator within a motion planning system can determine one or more keep clear areas associated with the lane sequence, each keep clear area indicative of a region along the nominal path in which gridlock prevention is desired. A gridlock constraint can be generated for each of the one or more keep clear areas, each constraint being defined as a constraint area in a multi-dimensional space. A low-cost trajectory path can be determined through a portion of the multi-dimensional space that minimizes exposure to the constraint areas and that is consistent with all constraints generated for the one or more objects of interest and the one or more keep clear areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lee Phillips, Somchaya Liemhetcharat
  • Patent number: 10684622
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a vehicle dynamics monitor for an autonomous vehicle. In particular, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can determine, based on data received from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, that an anomaly exists in an interface between at least one tire of the autonomous vehicle and a road surface. Responsive to determining that the anomaly exists: a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle that takes into account the anomaly can be determined; and one or more controls of the autonomous vehicle can be interfaced with to implement the motion plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Sean McNeil, Aaron L. Greenfield
  • Patent number: 10684372
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media to control a vehicle. In one aspect, a method includes capturing point-cloud data representative of a surrounding of an autonomous vehicle with one or more LIDAR sensors, identifying a point in the point cloud data as a non-matching point in response to the point having no corresponding point in a map used to determine a position of the autonomous vehicle, determining whether the non-matching point is to be used in a determination of an overlap score based on one or more comparisons of the point cloud data and the map, determining the overlap score in response to the determining whether the non-matching point is to be used in the determination of the overlap score, determining a position of the autonomous vehicle based on the overlap score and the map, and controlling the autonomous vehicle based on the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth James Jensen
  • Patent number: 10684361
    Abstract: A sensor configuration system can determine imminent lighting conditions for one or more light sensing elements of an autonomous vehicle (AV), and can execute a set of configurations for the one or more cameras to preemptively compensate for the imminent lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 10677925
    Abstract: A LIDAR sensor for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a set of mirrors and a set of lasers outputting laser beams via the set of mirrors. The LIDAR sensor can further include one or more mirror actuators to adjust the set of mirrors, in response to AV feedback from the AV, to reconfigure a beam pattern of the outputted lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Boehmke
  • Patent number: 10678262
    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: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Browning, Peter Hansen, Ethan Eade, David Prasser, David LaRose, Robert Zlot
  • Patent number: 10672277
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method for managing available capacity at a location for receiving an asset includes obtaining data indicative of one or more first assets that will arrive at a first location within a first transfer hub at an arrival time, the one or more first assets being associated with a first service provider. The method includes determining an available capacity at the first location within the first transfer hub for receiving the one or more first assets at the arrival time. The method includes moving one or more second assets positioned at the first location to a second location within the first transfer hub to increase the available capacity at the first location for receiving the one or more first assets at the arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Alden James Woodrow, Alan Hugh Wells, Maxwell MacGavin Pike
  • Patent number: 10671063
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for controlling an autonomous vehicle are provided. In one example embodiment, a control device for user control of an autonomous vehicle includes a communication interface configured to physically couple the control device to an autonomous vehicle to allow communication with the autonomous vehicle. The control device includes an input device configured to receive user input for controlling one or more features of the autonomous vehicle when the communication interface is coupled to the autonomous vehicle. The control device includes one or more computing devices configured to provide one or more control signals to the autonomous vehicle via the communication interface to allow a user to control the autonomous vehicle via the input device. The autonomous vehicle is in a control mode that allows the user to control the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Sean J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10671085
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, receive pose data based on a pose estimate associated with a location of the autonomous vehicle, determine, based on the pose data, that the autonomous vehicle is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle is on the coverage lane, determine one or more candidate lanes, generate a route plan, based on the one or more candidate lanes and a current lane, and control travel of the autonomous vehicle on the route plan. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a fully-autonomous mode. The autonomous vehicle configured to determine a pose estimate in a submap of a plurality of submaps where an autonomous vehicle can travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Patent number: 10662696
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a vehicle used in providing a service is disclosed. The system detects when the service is complete, and upon detecting that the service is complete, the system determines, from one or more sensors of the vehicle, that an object which should have been removed from the vehicle after completion of the transport service, remains in the vehicle. The system then automatically initiates performance of a remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: David McAllister Bradley, Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 10654453
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a low-latency braking action for an autonomous vehicle are provided. A computing system can include a vehicle autonomy system comprising one or more processors configured to determine a motion plan for an autonomous vehicle based at least in part on sensor data from one or more sensors of the autonomous vehicle. The computing system can further include a low-latency braking system comprising one or more processors configured to determine that the autonomous vehicle has a likelihood of colliding with an object in a surrounding environment based at least in part on a previously-determined motion plan obtained from the vehicle autonomy system. In response to determining that the autonomous vehicle has a likelihood of colliding with the object in the surrounding environment, the low-latency braking system can further be configured to implement a braking action for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC LLC
    Inventors: Narek Melik-Barkhudarov, Michael W. Bode, Randy Warner, Dillon Collins, Anurag Kumar, Carl Knox Wellington
  • Patent number: 10656645
    Abstract: A method for determining a canonical route includes receiving trip data associated with one or more traversals of a plurality of roadways in a geographic location by one or more autonomous vehicles. The method includes generating at least one canonical route based on the trip data, wherein the at least one canonical route includes at least one roadway connected with another roadway in the plurality of roadways. The method includes providing canonical route data associated with the at least one canonical route to an autonomous vehicle for controlling travel of the autonomous vehicle on the at least one canonical route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Raymond Sturges, Alexander Edward Chao, Yifang Liu, Xiaodong Zhang, Richard Brian Donnelly, Bryan John Nagy, Jeff Schneider, Collin Christopher Otis
  • Patent number: 10657391
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for image-based free space detection. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining image data representing the environment proximate to the autonomous vehicle, the image data including a representation of the environment from a perspective associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes reprojecting the image data to generate a reprojected image. The method includes inputting the reprojected image to a machine-learned detector model. The method includes obtaining as an output of the machine-learned detector model, object data characterizing one or more objects in the environment. The method includes determining a free space in the environment based at least in part on the object data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Chen, David Weikersdorfer
  • Patent number: 10659382
    Abstract: Systems and methods for addressing a vehicle condition are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes receiving data indicative of a condition associated with an autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is associated with a service provider that provides a service to a plurality of users of the service. The method includes identifying at least a subset of the plurality of users of the service based, at least in part, on a respective location associated with each user of the subset of users and a location of the vehicle. The method includes determining a selected user from the subset of users to address the condition associated with the vehicle based at least in part on one or more parameters. The method includes providing, to the selected user, a communication. The communication including a request that the selected user address the condition associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Shaw Wood
  • Patent number: 10656052
    Abstract: A trolley assembly for overhead track testing is provided. In one example embodiment, a trolley assembly includes an idle roller that rotates about a first axis, a first top roller coupled to a first end of the idle roller via a first trolley upright support, and a second top roller coupled to a second end of the idle roller via a second trolley upright support. The trolley assembly includes a cantilever coupled to the idle roller. The trolley assembly includes a driveshaft coupled to a first end of the cantilever. The trolley assembly includes at least one motor coupled to the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Watson, Johnathan Rearick, Anthony Bembic
  • Patent number: 10656657
    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 predicted trajectory of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Nemanja Djuric, Vladan Radosavljevic, Thi Duong Nguyen, Tsung-Han Lin, Jeff Schneider
  • Patent number: 10654522
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a steering angle of a wheel of a steering assembly of a vehicle may include a sensor cap configured to be coupled to a steering knuckle of the steering assembly at an open end of a bore defined by the steering knuckle such that the sensor cap is mounted for rotation with the steering knuckle about a kingpin. In addition, the system may include a kingpin sensor configured to be coupled between the sensor cap and the kingpin. The kingpin sensor may be configured to detect relative rotation between the steering knuckle and the kingpin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Carter, Aaron Sellars
  • Patent number: 10649464
    Abstract: A collision-avoidance system for use with an autonomous-capable vehicle can continuously receive image frames captured of the roadway to determine drivable space in a forward direction of the vehicle. The system can determine, for each image frame, whether individual regions of the image frame depict drivable space. The system can do so using machine-learned image recognition algorithms such as convolutional neural networks generated using extensive training data. Using such techniques, the system can label regions of the image frames as corresponding to drivable space or non-drivable space. By analyzing the labeled image frames, the system can determine whether the vehicle is likely to impact a region of non-drivable space. And, in response to such a determination, the system can generate control signals that override other control systems or human operator input to control the brakes, the steering, or other sub-systems of the vehicle to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UATC LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Gray
  • Patent number: 10647329
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for controlling a vehicle. Power may be provided to a cut-off valve in fluid communication between an automated control (AC) valve and a shuttle valve. The cut-off valve may be configured to open in response to the power, causing fluid communication between the AC valve and the shuttle valve. A vehicle autonomy system may modulate the AC valve to control a level of pressurized air provided from a pressurized air reservoir to a foundation brake via the AC valve and the shuttle valve. In response to an automated disengage signal, the cut-off valve may close to prevent pressurized air from reaching the shuttle valve via the AC valve and permit pressurized air to reach the shuttle valve via a pedal valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Cohen, Nancy Yung Hui Sun, Thomas Lawrence Smith