Patents by Inventor Andreas WENDEL

Andreas WENDEL has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190104295
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a target, a method, and a system for calibrating a camera. One example embodiment includes a target. The target includes a first pattern of fiducial markers. The target also includes a second pattern of fiducial markers. The first pattern of fiducial markers is a scaled version of the second pattern of fiducial markers, such that a calibration image captured of the target simulates multiple images of a single pattern captured at multiple calibration perspectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, Volker Grabe, Jeremy Dittmer, Zachary Morriss
  • Publication number: 20190098233
    Abstract: One example system comprises a LIDAR sensor that rotates about an axis to scan an environment of the LIDAR sensor. The system also comprises one or more cameras that detect external light originating from one or more external light sources. The one or more cameras together provide a plurality of rows of sensing elements. The rows of sensing elements are aligned with the axis of rotation of the LIDAR sensor. The system also comprises a controller that operates the one or more cameras to obtain a sequence of image pixel rows. A first image pixel row in the sequence is indicative of external light detected by a first row of sensing elements during a first exposure time period. A second image pixel row in the sequence is indicative of external light detected by a second row of sensing elements during a second exposure time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Blaise Gassend, Benjamin Ingram, Andreas Wendel, Mark Alexander Shand
  • Patent number: 10203696
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to maneuvering a vehicle. As an example, sensor information identifying a set of objects as well as a set of characteristics for each object of the set of objects is received from a perception system of a vehicle. The set of objects is filtered to remove objects corresponding to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. An object within an expected future path of the vehicle is selected from the filtered set of objects. The object is classified as drivable or not drivable based on the set of characteristics. Drivable indicates that the vehicle can drive over the object without causing damage to the vehicle. The vehicle is maneuvered based on the classification such that when the object is classified as drivable, maneuvering the vehicle includes driving the vehicle over the object by not altering the expected future path of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Andreas Wendel, Zhinan Xu, David Harrison Silver, Brandon Douglas Luders
  • Publication number: 20180336692
    Abstract: The technology relates to camera systems for vehicles having an autonomous driving mode. An example system includes a first camera mounted on a vehicle in order to capture images of the vehicle's environment. The first camera has a first exposure time and being without an ND filter. The system also includes a second camera mounted on the vehicle in order to capture images of the vehicle's environment and having an ND filter. The system also includes one or more processors configured to capture images using the first camera and the first exposure time, capture images using the second camera and the second exposure time, use the images captured using the second camera to identify illuminated objects, use the images captured using the first camera to identify the locations of objects, and use the identified illuminated objects and identified locations of objects to control the vehicle in an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, Benjamin Ingram
  • Patent number: 10108868
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes an image processing system. The image processing system receives an image that includes a plurality of image portions. The image processing system also calculates a score for each image portion. The score indicates a level of confidence that a given image portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light. The image processing system further identifies one or more candidate portions from among the plurality of image portions. Additionally, the image processing system determines that a particular candidate portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light using a classifier. Further, the image processing system provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle based on the particular candidate portion representing an illuminated component of a traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, David Ian Franklin Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20180265082
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining whether a vehicle should continue through an intersection. For example, the one or more of the vehicle's computers may identify a time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. The one or more computers may also estimate a location of a vehicle at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. A starting point of the intersection may be identified. Based on whether the estimated location of the vehicle is at least a threshold distance past the starting point at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red, the computers can determine whether the vehicle should continue through the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Andreas Wendel, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Donald Jason Burnette
  • Patent number: 10005460
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining whether a vehicle should continue through an intersection. For example, the one or more of the vehicle's computers may identify a time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. The one or more computers may also estimate a location of a vehicle at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. A starting point of the intersection may be identified. Based on whether the estimated location of the vehicle is at least a threshold distance past the starting point at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red, the computers can determine whether the vehicle should continue through the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Andreas Wendel, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Donald Jason Burnette
  • Patent number: 9892332
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes an image processing system. The image processing system receives an image that includes a plurality of image portions. The image processing system also calculates a score for each image portion. The score indicates a level of confidence that a given image portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light. The image processing system further identifies one or more candidate portions from among the plurality of image portions. Additionally, the image processing system determines that a particular candidate portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light using a classifier. Further, the image processing system provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle based on the particular candidate portion representing an illuminated component of a traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, David Ian Franklin Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20180032078
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to maneuvering a vehicle. As an example, sensor information identifying a set of objects as well as a set of characteristics for each object of the set of objects is received from a perception system of a vehicle. The set of objects is filtered to remove objects corresponding to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. An object within an expected future path of the vehicle is selected from the filtered set of objects. The object is classified as drivable or not drivable based on the set of characteristics. Drivable indicates that the vehicle can drive over the object without causing damage to the vehicle. The vehicle is maneuvered based on the classification such that when the object is classified as drivable, maneuvering the vehicle includes driving the vehicle over the object by not altering the expected future path of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Andreas Wendel, Zhinan Xu, David Harrison Silver, Brandon Douglas Luders
  • Publication number: 20170341643
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining whether a vehicle should continue through an intersection. For example, the one or more of the vehicle's computers may identify a time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. The one or more computers may also estimate a location of a vehicle at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. A starting point of the intersection may be identified. Based on whether the estimated location of the vehicle is at least a threshold distance past the starting point at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red, the computers can determine whether the vehicle should continue through the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Andreas Wendel, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Donald Jason Burnette
  • Patent number: 9779314
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes an image processing system. The image processing system receives an image that includes a plurality of image portions. The image processing system also calculates a score for each image portion. The score indicates a level of confidence that a given image portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light. The image processing system further identifies one or more candidate portions from among the plurality of image portions. Additionally, the image processing system determines that a particular candidate portion represents an illuminated component of a traffic light using a classifier. Further, the image processing system provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle based on the particular candidate portion representing an illuminated component of a traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, David Ian Franklin Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9707960
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining whether a vehicle should continue through an intersection. For example, the one or more of the vehicle's computers may identify a time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. The one or more computers may also estimate a location of a vehicle at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. A starting point of the intersection may be identified. Based on whether the estimated location of the vehicle is at least a threshold distance past the starting point at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red, the computers can determine whether the vehicle should continue through the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Andreas Wendel, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Donald Jason Burnette
  • Patent number: 9690297
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes an image processing system. The image processing system receives an image that includes a light indicator. The light indicator includes an illuminated component. The image processing system determines a color of the illuminated component of the light indicator and an associated confidence level of the determination of the color of the illuminated component. The image processing system also determines a shape of the illuminated component of the light indicator and an associated confidence level of the determination of the shape of the illuminated component. The determined confidence levels represent an estimated accuracy of the determinations of the shape and color. Additionally, the image processing system provides instructions executable by a computing device to control the autonomous vehicle based on at least one of the determined confidence levels exceeding a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Andreas Wendel
  • Patent number: 9442487
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes an image processing system. The image processing system receives an image that includes a light indicator. The light indicator includes an illuminated component. The image processing system determines a color of the illuminated component of the light indicator and an associated confidence level of the determination of the color of the illuminated component. The image processing system also determines a shape of the illuminated component of the light indicator and an associated confidence level of the determination of the shape of the illuminated component. The determined confidence levels represent an estimated accuracy of the determinations of the shape and color. Additionally, the image processing system provides instructions executable by a computing device to control the autonomous vehicle based on at least one of the determined confidence levels exceeding a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Andreas Wendel
  • Patent number: 9298473
    Abstract: An object access interface is described that effectively decouples a functional layer from a user interface (UI) layer. In the context of pre-existing functional objects that are specifically tailored to a pre-existing UI, a single entry point access-interface may define generic and object-specific functions. The function may be used to collect input routed to the associated function object, compile an input set in a form similar to how the pre-existing UI provided input sets, and process the compiled input and any resulting outputs from the function object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, Frank Nuxoll
  • Publication number: 20160035223
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining whether a vehicle should continue through an intersection. For example, the one or more of the vehicle's computers may identify a time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. The one or more computers may also estimate a location of a vehicle at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red. A starting point of the intersection may be identified. Based on whether the estimated location of the vehicle is at least a threshold distance past the starting point at the time when the traffic signal light will turn from yellow to red, the computers can determine whether the vehicle should continue through the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Andreas Wendel, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Donald Jason Burnette
  • Publication number: 20120110547
    Abstract: An object access interface is described that effectively decouples a functional layer from a user interface (UI) layer. In the context of pre-existing functional objects that are specifically tailored to a pre-existing UI, a single entry point access-interface may define generic and object-specific functions. The function may be used to collect input routed to the associated function object, compile an input set in a form similar to how the pre-existing UI provided input sets, and process the compiled input and any resulting outputs from the function object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventors: Andreas WENDEL, Frank NUXOLL