Patents Assigned to Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10310505
    Abstract: Systems, methods, tangible non-transitory computer-readable media, and devices for autonomous vehicle operation are provided. For example, a method can include receiving trip data that includes information associated with a request for the autonomous vehicle at a pick-up location. The autonomous vehicle can then travel to the pick-up location. The autonomous vehicle can detect one or more signals associated with the trip data. In response to determining that the one or more signals satisfy one or more broadcast criteria associated with authorizing access to the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle can activate one or more vehicle systems associated with fulfilling the request for the autonomous vehicle at the pick-up location. The one or more broadcast criteria can be based in part on one or more properties of the one or more signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Hanson, Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Dennis Zhao
  • Patent number: 10310087
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and classifying objects that are proximate to an autonomous vehicle can include receiving, by one or more computing devices, LIDAR data from one or more LIDAR sensors configured to transmit ranging signals relative to an autonomous vehicle, generating, by the one or more computing devices, a data matrix comprising a plurality of data channels based at least in part on the LIDAR data, and inputting the data matrix to a machine-learned model. A class prediction for each of one or more different portions of the data matrix and/or a properties estimation associated with each class prediction generated for the data matrix can be received as an output of the machine-learned model. One or more object segments can be generated based at least in part on the class predictions and properties estimations. The one or more object segments can be provided to an object classification and tracking application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankit Laddha, J. Andrew Bagnell, Varun Ramakrishna, Yimu Wang, Carlos Vallespi-Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10313832
    Abstract: A method for providing on-demand service information is provided. One or more processors determine, for a given geographic region, position information for each of a plurality of requesters for an on-demand service and position information for each of a plurality of service providers that can provide the on-demand service. A plurality of sub-regions is identified for the given geographic region. Based, at least in part, on the position information of the requesters and the service providers, one or more sub-regions are determined as being under-supplied by the plurality of service providers as compared to one or more other sub-regions. Information identifying the under-supplied sub-regions are provided to one or more service provider devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hungyu Henry Lin, Travis Cordell Kalanick, Emily Wang
  • Patent number: 10301867
    Abstract: An anomaly detection system is provided in connection with a transport service. The anomaly detection system can monitor progress of the transport service using received location data from driver and/or user mobile devices. During the progress of the transport service, the anomaly detection system can determine a probable anomaly by determining that a geographic position of the driver's vehicle has remained static for a period of time exceeding a threshold period of time, and in response to determining the probable anomaly, transmit a notification message to at least one of the driver and user mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Truong, David Purdy, Rami Mawas
  • Patent number: 10303173
    Abstract: A control system of a self-driving vehicle (SDV) can process sensor data from the sensor system to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV throughout a given region. The control system can receive a transport directive from a transport facilitation system to service a pick-up request from a requesting user, the transport directive indicating an inputted pick-up location by the requesting user. The control system can then autonomously operate the acceleration, braking, and steering systems along a current route to a pick-up area encompassing the inputted pick-up location. The control system can further determine a corresponding set of pick-up location options for the pick-up area, and as the SDV approaches the pick-up area, perform a hierarchical operation to identify, via the sensor data, an optimal pick-up location to rendezvous with the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Rander, Anthony Stentz, Brett Browning, Bryan Nagy
  • Patent number: 10304277
    Abstract: A computing system can receive a first transport request from a computing device of a respective user while a rider application is operating in the default mode, and transmit a confirmation indicating information about a paired driver that is assigned to the first transport request to the computing device of the respective user. The computing system may further receive a second transport request from the computing device of the respective user while the rider application is operating in the secondary mode, and transmit data comprising a unique match code to the computing device of the respective user, causing the rider application to generate and output digital signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Brinig, Fahrettin Olcay Cirit, Margaret-Ann Julia Seger
  • Patent number: 10304115
    Abstract: A server provides communications to users and evaluates actions of the users after the provision of the communications to determine how receptive the various users are to such communications. Receptiveness is determined through a training process involving the formation of training sets based on whether users a test set of users were receptive to a previous set of communications, the derivation of relevant features for the users of the training set, the training of a model based on the derived features, and the use of the model for users whose receptiveness is to be estimated. With the most receptive users identified, the server can focus in future on communicating with those most receptive users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Fei Guo, Xinyu Tang
  • Patent number: 10293818
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle can operate by analyzing a live sensor view to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. Based on a detected anomaly associated with the live sensor view, the SDV can transmit a teleassistance inquiry to a backend transport system in accordance with a data prioritization scheme. The SDV can receive a resolution response from the backend transport system based on the teleassistance inquiry, and proceed in accordance with the resolution response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Kroop, William Ross, Andrew Heine
  • Patent number: 10297148
    Abstract: Examples include a network computer system and/or service which operates to remotely monitor vehicles to detect and characterize driving actions of drivers with respect to specific road segments of a roadway, enabling driving actions performed by multiple drivers at a specific road segment to be characterized and modeled. Models can inform municipalities about potential traffic hazards or other safety challenges. Individual drivers can also be measured against the model to help understand driver performance. Validating vehicle data against baseline values can also detect spoofing of that data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Theodore Russell Sumers
  • Patent number: 10296001
    Abstract: A control system of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can receive sensor data from a sensor array of the AV. The sensor data can comprise raw radar data from a radar system of the sensor array, and in many examples, a live LIDAR data from a LIDAR system of the sensor array. In certain implementations the control system can access a current localization map or a live LIDAR map of a surrounding area of the AV, and compare the raw radar data with the current localization map or the live LIDAR map to identify multipath objects in the raw radar data. The control system may then remove the multipath objects or track the actual objects corresponding to the multipath objects accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Smith, Howard Smith
  • Patent number: 10298731
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to detect a selection of an image from a graphical user interface, identify an entry in a contact book responsive to the detected selection of the image, and retrieve one or more communication identifiers associated with the party from the entry of the contact book for initiating a communication session. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, William Stanley Robbins, Susan Steele, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 10293832
    Abstract: A network computer system can associate an operator with a mobile device. Additionally, the network computer system can monitor the operator using the mobile device over a time interval that a freight vehicle is operated between a start location and a destination location. During the time interval, the network computer system can control the mobile device in transmitting interval data. Additionally, based on the interval data, the network computer system can evaluate the operator over the time interval using the interval data. The evaluation of the operator can include using the mobile device information to evaluate the operator over the one or more sub-intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Madrigal, Eyal Lasker, Xiao Guo, Padmini Pyapali, Tony Ran Zhang
  • Patent number: 10289264
    Abstract: Control of a three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation is disclosed. The three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation may be generated based on dynamic information such as traffic information, weather information, or other information that may be featured on a three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation. A signal generated by a control device maneuvered by a presenter and reflecting positional information of the control device is received. A view of the three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation is manipulated in response to the received signal, the manipulation of the virtual broadcast presentation at least partially based on positional information of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Gueziec, Briac Blanquart
  • Patent number: 10291574
    Abstract: A transport arrangement and networking system can receive pick-up requests from user devices of requesting users. The pick-up requests can include a carpool service preference. The system can transmit an invitation to a driver device of a proximate carpool driver to service each received pick-up request and identify carpool riders riding with each requesting user. The system can further access social media data for the requesting user and the carpool riders. When the accessed social media data indicates a common link between the requesting user and the carpool rider(s) the system can generate and transmit a notification to the requesting user indicating the common link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Bijor, Matthew Wyndowe, Zoran Martinovic, Dmitry Shevelenko, Amritha Prasad
  • Patent number: 10290074
    Abstract: An on-demand transport facilitation system can receive transport requests from requesting users throughout a given region, and select autonomous vehicles (AVs) and human driver to service the transport requests. The AV can operating on a mapped and labeled autonomy grid within the given region. For a given transport request, the transport system can determine an optimal pick-up location along the autonomy grid based on the current location of the requesting user and a current location of a selected AV, and transmit data indicating walking directions from the current location of the requesting user to the optimal pick-up location. The transport system may then coordinate the rendezvous by monitoring progress made by the requesting user and AV to the optimal pick-up location, and controlling the pace of the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Anthony Levandowski
  • Patent number: 10289911
    Abstract: Architecture that detects entrances on building facades. In a first stage, scene geometry is exploited and the multi-dimensional problem is reduced down to a one-dimensional (1D) problem. Entrance hypotheses are generated by considering pairs of locations along lines exhibiting strong gradients in the transverse direction. In a second stage, a rich set of discriminative image features for entrances is explored according to constructed designs, specifically focusing on properties such as symmetry and color consistency, for example. Classifiers (e.g., random forest) are utilized to perform automatic feature selection and entrance classification. In another stage, a joint model is formulated in three dimensions (3D) for entrances on a given facade, which enables the exploitation of physical constraints between different entrances on the same facade in a systematic manner to prune false positives, and thereby select an optimum set of entrances on a given facade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingchen Liu, Vasudev Parameswaran, Thommen Korah, Varsha Hedau, Radek Grzeszczuk, Yanxi Liu
  • Patent number: 10279815
    Abstract: A vehicle can include throttle, braking, and steering systems. The vehicle can further include a computing system that obtains, from one or more sensors, data representing one or more of a velocity or an acceleration of the vehicle. The computing system can further determine an estimated weight of the vehicle based on the one or more of the velocity or the acceleration of the vehicle, and autonomously operate the throttle, braking, and steering systems of the vehicle based on the estimated weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Burnette
  • Patent number: 10281290
    Abstract: A travel coordination system provides suggestions to providers for where they should go to reduce the wait time between trips. A geographic region is broken down into zones and a score is generated for each zone. A zone score can be generated by determining the estimated wait time for the zone and generating a model for the wait time. A zone score can also be generated using a model for the wait time using factors that likely contribute to the wait time. The zone score for each zone is displayed to the provider on a road map of the geographic region along with the boundaries of each of the zones and the provider's position within the region. The travel coordination system also suggests driving routes. The travel coordination system selects a target zone and generates candidate routes to the zone. A route is selected based on route scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eoin O'Mahony, John Mark Nickels, Brent Goldman, Jeff Holden
  • Patent number: 10282684
    Abstract: A system for performing selective operations based on location data provided by mobile computing devices is disclosed. The system can receive location information from individual mobile computing devices and can detect when a certain event occurs in connection with a mobile computing device, where the event is related to a particular geographic region. Based on whether the event occurs, the system can perform an operation for or in relation to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Truong, Iain Proctor
  • Patent number: D849573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp Haban, Daniel Kanitz