Patents Assigned to UATC, LLC
  • Patent number: 10546560
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting virtual content are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining, by a computing system including one or more computing devices, data indicative of virtual content. The method includes obtaining, by the computing system, data indicative of a planned motion of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, by the computing system, a location for the virtual content within a virtual environment based at least in part on the data indicative of the planned motion of the autonomous vehicle. The method includes providing for display, by the computing system via one or more display devices, the virtual content at the location within the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10545507
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining, by a computing system that includes one or more computing devices onboard an autonomous vehicle, data indicative of an identifier associated with a user device of a user. The identifier can be assigned to the user device by a cellular network. The method includes determining, by the computing system, location data associated with the user device based at least in part on the identifier associated with the user device. The method includes determining, by the computing system, a vehicle route based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device. The method includes causing, by the computing system, the autonomous vehicle to initiate travel in accordance with the vehicle route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Michael James Aitken
  • Patent number: 10532749
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting autonomous vehicle parameters in response to passenger feedback are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with one or more autonomous driving sessions, obtaining, by the computing system, one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions associated with the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with the one or more autonomous driving sessions, determining, by the computing system using a machine-learned model, an adjusted vehicle parameter of an autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences and the associated one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions, and implementing, by the computing system, the adjusted vehicle parameter in an operation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: 10528059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data indicative of a location associated with a user to which an autonomous vehicle is to travel. The autonomous vehicle is to travel along a first vehicle route that leads to the location. The method includes obtaining traffic data associated with a geographic area that includes the location. The method includes determining an estimated traffic impact of the autonomous vehicle on the geographic area based at least in part on the traffic data. The method includes determining vehicle action(s) based at least in part on the estimated traffic impact and causing the autonomous vehicle to perform the vehicle action(s) that include at least one of stopping the autonomous vehicle at least partially in a travel way within a vicinity of the location or travelling along a second vehicle route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 10527428
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and vehicles for capacity based vehicle operation are provided. For example, a method can include receiving, by a computing system including one or more computing devices, object data based in part on one or more states of one or more objects. Based in part on the object data, the computing system can determine one or more features of the one or more objects. Based on a comparison of the one or more features of the one or more objects to a vehicle capacity criterion, the one or more objects that satisfy the vehicle capacity criterion can be determined. The vehicle capacity criterion can be based in part on a carrying capacity of an autonomous vehicle. In response to the one or more objects satisfying the vehicle capacity criterion, one or more control systems associated with operation of the autonomous vehicle can be activated by the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Sisil Mehta
  • Patent number: 10520947
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for automatic event detection and classification for autonomous vehicles. One example method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices, vehicle data descriptive of vehicle conditions associated with an autonomous vehicle during an autonomous driving session. The method includes extracting, by the one or more computing devices, a plurality of features from the vehicle data. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices using a machine-learned classifier, a classification for each of one or more candidate events based at least in part on one or more of the plurality of features that are respectively associated with the one or more candidate events. The method includes associating, by the one or more computing devices, the classification determined for each of the one or more candidate events with the vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Chenggang Liu, John Evan Bares
  • Patent number: 10518754
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sensor cleaning system that cleans one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle. Each sensor can have one or more corresponding sensor cleaning units that are configured to clean such sensor using a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid). Thus, the sensor cleaning system can include both a gas cleaning system and a liquid cleaning system. According to one aspect, the sensor cleaning system can provide individualized cleaning of the autonomous vehicle sensors. According to another aspect, a liquid cleaning system can be pressurized or otherwise powered by the gas cleaning system or other gas system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Wesly Mason Rice, Nikolaus Wittenstein, Zhizhuo Jin, Paul Kevin Smith, Sean Joseph Kennelly, Peter Brueckner, David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10518770
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can implement a primary motion planner to continuously determine an first motion plan for the AV, and a secondary motion planner to continuously determine a backup motion plan for the AV. The secondary motion planner can comprise one or more cost metrics that act to diverge the backup motion plan from the first motion plan. A control system of the AV may then analyze a live sensor view generated by a sensor suite of the AV to operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the AV along sequential route trajectories selected between the first motion plan and the backup motion plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Kroop, Matthew Way, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10509121
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a set of radars, with each radar of the set including a depth setting which controls a corresponding range of the radar. The corresponding range of at least one radar may be adjusted based on contextual information, as determined by the vehicle when the vehicle is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Warren Smith
  • Patent number: 10501014
    Abstract: An interaction feedback system for passengers of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can detect a remote assist trigger, corresponding to a remote assist event, from a control system of the AV. The feedback system can then initiate a feedback mode using one or more feedback devices to enable interaction between one or more passengers of the AV and a remote operator based on detecting the remote assist trigger from the AV control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Alex Castro, Molly Nix, Scott Poeppel, Sean Chin, Eric Hanson, Dennis Zhao
  • Patent number: 10493622
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating future autonomous vehicle actions are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining, by a computing system including one or more computing devices onboard an autonomous vehicle, data associated with a planned motion of the autonomous vehicle. The method includes identifying, by the computing system, a future vehicle action to be performed by the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the planned motion. The method includes determining, by the computing system, an external vehicle indication that is indicative of the future vehicle action to be performed by the autonomous vehicle. The method includes outputting, by the computing system via an output device onboard the autonomous vehicle, the external vehicle indication. The external vehicle indication is outputted to at least a portion of a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Brian Cullinane
  • Patent number: 10496099
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to providing speed limit context awareness during operation of an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computer-implemented method for applying speed limit context awareness in autonomous vehicle operation includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a plurality of features descriptive of a context and a state of an autonomous vehicle. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, a context response for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on a machine-learned model and the plurality of features, wherein the context response includes a derived speed constraint for the autonomous vehicle. The method further includes providing, by the computing system, the context response to a motion planning application of the autonomous vehicle to determine a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Llyod Wilkinson, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10498403
    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: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Kirby, Scott K. Boehmke, Yoonki Peter Park, James A. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 10489721
    Abstract: A risk regression system can computationally determine aggregate risk values for each of a plurality of routes for each transport request of an on-demand transportation service. The aggregate risk values can be based on fractional risk quantities determined through, for example, autonomous vehicle logs form autonomous vehicles operating throughout a given region. Based on the aggregate risk values, the risk regression system can facilitate vehicle matching between autonomous vehicles and human-driven vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Dima Kislovskiy, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10489686
    Abstract: An object detection system for an autonomous vehicle processes sensor data, including one or more images, obtained for a road segment on which the autonomous vehicle is being driven. The object detection system compares the images to three-dimensional (3D) environment data for the road segment to determine pixels in the images that correspond to objects not previously identified in the 3D environment data. The object detection system then analyzes the pixels to classify the objects not previously identified in the 3D environment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos Vallespi-Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10479376
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle (SDV) can operate by analyzing sensor data to autonomously control acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. The SDV includes a number of sensors generating the sensor data and a control system to detect conditions relating to the operation of the SDV, such as vehicle speed and local weather, select a set of sensors based on the detected conditions, and prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control aspects relating to the operation of the SDV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice, Scott Boehmke, Carl Wellington
  • Patent number: 10481652
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for cooling an autonomous vehicle computing system are provided. A modular cooling device can include a cooling baseplate and one or more modular heat frames. The cooling baseplate can include at least one planar cooling surface, an inlet configured to receive a cooling fluid, an outlet, and at least one cooling channel coupled between the inlet and the outlet. The at least one cooling channel can be configured to allow the cooling fluid to flow between the inlet and the outlet and provide cooling to the at least one planar cooling surface. Each modular heat frame can be configured to house at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component, be coupled parallel to the at least one planar cooling surface, and transfer heat from the at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component housed by the modular heat frame to the cooling baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: David Patrick Rice, Thomas Jeffrey Watson, John William Zinn, Robert Henry Doll, Declan Seamus Kelly
  • Patent number: 10482559
    Abstract: A transport system can manage an on-demand transportation service to connect available vehicles with users, and can compile ride history data for each user. The ride history data can indicate the contextual usage of the on-demand transportation service by the user. Based on the ride history data, the transport system can determine demographic and personal interest information of the respective user. The transport system may then personalize one or more ride characteristics of any ride requested by the user based on the demographic and personal interest information determined from the ride history of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Nemanja Djuric, Vladan Radosavljevic
  • Patent number: 10474162
    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: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Browning, Peter Hansen, Ethan Eade, David Prasser, David LaRose, Robert Zlot
  • Patent number: D871310
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Haban, Christopher D'Eramo, Jay Kuvelker