Patents Assigned to Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11143519
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using satellite signal strength to determine indoor/outdoor transition points for places are disclosed herein. In some example embodiments, a computer system accesses service data and sensor data for a plurality of requests for a transportation service associated with a place, with the service data comprising pick-up data indicating a pick-up location and drop-off data indicating a drop-off location, and the sensor data comprising satellite signals indicating a pick-up path or a drop-off path, with the satellite signals each having a corresponding signal strength. The computer system determines a transition geographic location for the place based on the signal strengths of the satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dineshkumar Karuppanna Gounder Ramasamy, Upamanyu Madhow
  • Patent number: 11138524
    Abstract: Cascaded, boosted predictive models trained using distinct sets of exogenous and endogenous features are configured to predict component of performance ratings of entities. From the distinct predicted components, the second entity's rating factor can be determined. A second entity's rating factor represents the specific contribution a second entity makes to his average performance rating, as distinct from the rating that an arbitrary or hypothetical second entity would obtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Purdy, Li Chen, Theodore Russell Sumers
  • Patent number: 11137260
    Abstract: A mapping system is disclosed that provides route guidance in the form of a map and verbal or textual directions which includes reference to both landmarks and personal contacts. Landmarks and contacts can be rated for suitability in providing route guidance. Depending on the rating, guidance using landmarks or personal contacts can be preferentially used in place of or to supplement guidance based on the underlying road network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Esther Abramovich Ettinger
  • Patent number: 11134138
    Abstract: A client device provides mapless user interfaces to show a service provider's progress in movement toward a start location. One type of mapless interface is a grid interface, which the device selects if the device is subject to low network connectivity. The grid interface includes graphics representing the start location and the service provider. The two graphics are displayed at their respective location coordinates on a coordinate grid. Because the grid interface does not include a map, it can be loaded relatively quickly even when the service requester device is experiencing low network connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryant Jow
  • Patent number: 11132382
    Abstract: The data of an online system is distributed over a number of different physical servers and databases on those servers. The online system shards the data to increase system scalability and replicates the shards to increase data reliability. Features such as sharding and replication in turn increase data storage system complexity. Accordingly, in order to provide simplified data storage semantics to applications that use the online system, the online system provides access to data via asynchronous callback functions that are triggered once data has been written and is available for reading by client code. Thus, applications need only specify code to be used in response to data write events, and can thereafter interact with the online system data using a data-driven paradigm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rene Wenzel Schmidt, Jakob Holdgaard Thomsen
  • Patent number: 11132449
    Abstract: Example methods and systems disclosed herein facilitate the introduction and use of client-specified object encryption within a computing environment using remote third-party storage systems, where data objects stored on the remote third-party storage systems were previously either stored in unencrypted form or encrypted with a single key tied to an account that owns the data. In some embodiments, the encryption is introduced into the system in gradual stages, so as to minimize or entirely eliminate data availability downtime. In some embodiments, the introduction of client-specified object encryption involves registration of a user function on the third-party storage system, where the user function handles object decryption in response to requests of content consumers for data objects stored by the third-party storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish Kurmi
  • Patent number: 11127066
    Abstract: A computing system generates recommendations for users within the context of a network service. To account for objectives of various users associated with the network service, some of which may not reach optimality at the same time, the computing system generates values associated with each of the objectives separately. For example, for each objective, the system may train a computer model to produce a representative value. To generate a recommendation of an entity for a user, the system uses the generated objective values as inputs to an optimization algorithm. The optimization step may use linear programming or quadratic programming to generate a recommendation score, for example. This two-step process allows the system to account for multiple objectives and makes the system easily adaptable to change when the set of objectives is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuyan Wang, Xian Xing Zhang, Isaac Suyu Liu, Yuanchi Ning, Chen Peng
  • Patent number: 11118922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reconciling a conflict between a rider-selected route and driving preferences of a driver are provided. In example embodiments, a networked system accesses driving preferences of the driver, wherein the driving preferences include preferences derived from past selection of routes by the driver. The networked system detects the conflict between characteristics of the rider-selected route and the driving preferences and determines one or more routes from a location of a vehicle of the driver to a destination based on the driving preferences. The network system reconciles the rider-selected route with the driving preferences by replacing at least one segment of the rider-selected route with at least one segment from the one or more routes to generate a reconciled route. The reconciled route is then displayed on a user interface of a device of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailendra Ramineni Rao, Wesley KaiJie Leung, Jayant Balasubramanian Sai, Kumar Chowdhary Veeravalli Naveen, Seth Alan Woolley, Janice Jieun Suh, Paweena Attayadmawittaya
  • Patent number: 11118921
    Abstract: An authoritative candidate is selected for determining a location of a point of interest (POI). Source data including name, address, and location for POIs is received from multiple data sources. The received data is normalized for ease of comparison, and coordinates for each candidate are compared to coordinates of other candidates to determine which candidate if any is an authoritative location for the POI. The candidate locations are compared using two models a metric-based scoring system and a machine learning model that may utilize a gradient boosted decision tree. The authoritative candidate can be used to render digital maps that include the POI. In addition, the authoritative candidate's location can be used to provide vehicle route guidance to the POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandan Prakash Sheth, Sheng Yang, Vasudev Parameswaran, Shivendra Pratap Singh, Jane Alam Jan
  • Patent number: 11112253
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus and method which uses personal contact-based route guidance. A route guidance generator receives information about personal contacts including a location, a description and a rating value for route guidance and generates route guidance suitable for navigation applications. The personal contacts based guidance can be combined with normal street and maneuver based guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Esther Abramovich Ettinger
  • Patent number: 11112255
    Abstract: A network computer system operates to receive service requests from multiple requesters. Based at least in part on a proximity between the current locations of a first and a second requester, the system can match the first service request and the second service request by (i) selecting a pickup location for the first and second requesters, (ii) transmitting rendezvous information to the computing devices of the first and second requesters, (iii) determining an estimated time interval for each of the first requester and the second requester to arrive at the pickup location, and (iv) selecting a transport provider to service both the first transport request and the second transport request, based at least in part on the pickup location, a current location of the transport provider, and the estimated time interval for each of the first requester and the second requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Miraj Rahematpura, John Mark Nickels, Eoin O'Mahony, Danhua Guo, Vishnu Sundaresan, Lior Seeman, Meisam Vosoughpour
  • Patent number: 11107019
    Abstract: A system can arrange a transport service for a rider. The system can receive, from a first computing device of a first rider, a request for a transport service. The request can include a first pickup location and a first destination location. Based on the first pickup location and the first destination location, the system can determine a plurality of candidate drivers that are each currently assigned to provide a transport service for a respective rider. The system can perform a selection process to select a driver from the plurality of candidate drivers by, for each candidate driver, determining a set of possible travel sequences in which that candidate driver can provide both the transport service for the respective rider and the transport service for the first rider and computing a score for each possible travel sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Hayama, Kevin Novak, Jonathan Hester
  • Patent number: 11109249
    Abstract: Example aspects of the present disclosure are directed to systems and methods that generate simulated communications traffic to enable improved monitoring of the performance of a vehicle integration platform (VIP) associated with a service provider entity. For instance, the VIP can provide services to or otherwise communicate with a number of different clients (e.g., autonomous vehicles included in one or more fleets of autonomous vehicles). However, when, for various operational reasons, the one or more fleets of autonomous vehicle are not operating or otherwise communicating with the VIP, it can be difficult to assess whether the VIP is correctly operating. As such, according to an aspect of the present disclosure, a watchdog monitoring system can be included in or otherwise interoperate with the VIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Campbell, Jr., Matthew James Way, Brent Justin Goldman
  • Patent number: 11107101
    Abstract: A system predicts a value estimate for a user who provides a service that involves moving among geographical regions (e.g., a transportation service). The system determines the value estimate by identifying a sequence of time periods, each time period having an associated set of geographical regions. Possible transitions between geographical regions in different time periods are analyzed, for example, using statistical or machine-learned models, to determine likelihoods that the user will move between the geographical regions from one time period to another, and to determine expected values for a transition. Such models may be trained or developed using historical service data and user profile data stored by the system. Transitions are analyzed over a sequence of time periods to determine accumulated values associated with estimated overall values for each geographical region. The system predicts an overall value estimate for the user based on the accumulated values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Haowei Zhang, Monique Johanna Maria van den Boogaart, Hao Min
  • Patent number: 11099019
    Abstract: A method and system for arranging service provider selection are described. A network computer system can establish a set of criteria to determine whether to display, before actually receiving an acceptance from a service provider, an assumed acceptance or a likely service provider to provide on-demand services in response to data corresponding to a request for service sent from a computing device of a user. For example, the network computer system can predetermine a likely service provider or number of matching service providers and display this information to the user in lieu of a “requesting” screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mark Nickels, Eoin O'Mahony
  • Patent number: 11102608
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing a user interface in which map features associated with places are selectively highlighted are disclosed herein. In some example embodiments, a computer system receives a request for a transportation service associated with a place, retrieves an entrance geographic location for the place from a database, with the entrance geographic location being stored in association with the place in the database and representing an entrance for accessing the place, generating route information based on the retrieved entrance geographic location, with the route information indicating a route from an origin geographic location of a computing device of a user to the entrance geographic location of the place, and causing the generated route information to be displayed within a user interface on a computing device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Satyendra Kumar Nainwal, Daniel Wolf, Kaivalya Bachubhai Parikh, Ankit Tandon
  • Patent number: 11100434
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods, devices and systems that are designed for transmitting a request for one or more identities of a transportation vehicle unit for transporting a first end user; receiving the one or more identities of the transportation vehicle unit for transporting the first end user, the transportation vehicle unit currently en route to or is currently transporting a second end user and having been identified based, at least in part, on a determination that the transportation vehicle unit is able to accommodate transport of the first end user while transporting the second end user; and directing the identified transportation vehicle unit to rendezvous with the first end user in order to transport the first end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 11087287
    Abstract: A network system is capable of facilitating network services to be performed in connection with the events created by users. Based on a created event, event invitations can be transmitted to recipients specified in the created event. Upon receiving acceptances in response to the event invitations, the network system can be configured to identify service providers to render services to the recipients in connection with the event. One or more geo-fenced and time-bound gifts or discounts can be specified to be applied to the services rendered in connection with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rahul Bijor, Andrew Quinn
  • Patent number: 11080117
    Abstract: A computing device operates an application to receive and implement new functionality from a network service. If the new functionality causes the application to fail, the application can automatically discard or ignore the new functionality when the application is re-launched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul-Phillip Holden, Logan Rockmore
  • Patent number: 11080944
    Abstract: A computer system can communicate with a mobile device of a service provider to receive location data. Additionally, the computer system can monitor, from the location data, a location of the mobile device over a duration that follows the service provider being assigned to a service request. Based on monitoring the location data, the computer system can determine whether the service provider has failed to correctly indicate when a transport service for the service request began. Moreover, the computer system can cause a service application running on the mobile device to prompt the service provider to enter input to identify a start location where the transport service began, in response to the computer system determining that the service provider has not correctly indicated when the transport service begun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Brinig, Daniel Heller, Todd Sifleet, Jyothidhar Pulakunta