Patents Assigned to UATC, LLC
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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