Patents by Inventor Benjamin Ingram

Benjamin Ingram 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).

  • Patent number: 10319228
    Abstract: The technology relates to detecting and responding to emergency vehicles. This may include using a plurality of microphones to detect a siren noise corresponding to an emergency vehicle and to estimate a bearing of the emergency vehicle. This estimated bearing is compared to map information to identify a portion of roadway on which the emergency vehicle is traveling. In addition, information identifying a set of objects in the vehicle's environment as well as characteristics of those objects is received from a perception system is used to determine whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. How to respond to the emergency vehicle is determined based on the estimated bearing and identified road segments and the determination of whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. This determined response is then used to control the vehicle in an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, Angus Leigh, Benjamin Ingram, Jennifer Taylor, Vaibhav Nangia
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190033430
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that facilitate light detection and ranging operations. An example transmit block includes at least one substrate with a plurality of angled facets. The plurality of angled facets provides a corresponding plurality of elevation angles. A set of angle differences between adjacent elevation angles includes at least two different angle difference values. A plurality of light-emitter devices is configured to emit light into an environment along the plurality of elevation angles toward respective target locations so as to provide a desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle. The present disclosure also relates to adjusting shot power and a shot schedule based on the desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin Ingram, Pierre-Yves Droz, Luke Wachter, Scott McCloskey, Blaise Gassend, Gaetan Pennecot
  • Publication number: 20190011544
    Abstract: An example system includes a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device that scans a field-of-view defined by a pointing direction of the LIDAR device. The system also includes an actuator that adjusts the pointing direction of the LIDAR device. The system also includes a communication interface that receives timing information from an external system. The system also includes a controller that causes the actuator to adjust the pointing direction of the LIDAR device based on at least the received timing information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Blaise Gassend, Benjamin Ingram, Luke Wachter
  • Publication number: 20180374347
    Abstract: The technology relates to detecting and responding to emergency vehicles. This may include using a plurality of microphones to detect a siren noise corresponding to an emergency vehicle and to estimate a bearing of the emergency vehicle. This estimated bearing is compared to map information to identify a portion of roadway on which the emergency vehicle is traveling. In addition, information identifying a set of objects in the vehicle's environment as well as characteristics of those objects is received from a perception system is used to determine whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. How to respond to the emergency vehicle is determined based on the estimated bearing and identified road segments and the determination of whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. This determined response is then used to control the vehicle in an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, Angus Leigh, Benjamin Ingram, Jennifer Taylor, Vaibhav Nangia
  • Publication number: 20180356500
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that facilitate light detection and ranging operations. An example transmit block includes at least one substrate with a plurality of angled facets. The plurality of angled facets provides a corresponding plurality of elevation angles. A set of angle differences between adjacent elevation angles includes at least two different angle difference values. A plurality of light-emitter devices is configured to emit light into an environment along the plurality of elevation angles toward respective target locations so as to provide a desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle. The present disclosure also relates to adjusting shot power and a shot schedule based on the desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin INGRAM, Pierre-Yves DROZ, Luke WACHTER, Scott MCCLOSKEY, Blaise GASSEND, Gaetan PENNECOT
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20180267146
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that facilitate light detection and ranging operations. An example transmit block includes at least one substrate with a plurality of angled facets. The plurality of angled facets provides a corresponding plurality of elevation angles. A set of angle differences between adjacent elevation angles includes at least two different angle difference values. A plurality of light-emitter devices is configured to emit light into an environment along the plurality of elevation angles toward respective target locations so as to provide a desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle. The present disclosure also relates to adjusting shot power and a shot schedule based on the desired resolution and/or a respective elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin Ingram, Pierre-Yves Droz, Luke Wachter, Scott McCloskey, Blaise Gassend, Gaetan Pennecot
  • Publication number: 20130320674
    Abstract: A wind turbine control system operates a wind turbine and controls the amount of power output at maximum power output conditions to achieve the goal of emphasizing power generation in the present at the expense of power generation in the future. Because of the time value of money, a given quantity of electric power generated in the present is worth much more than the same quantity generated, for instance, 10 years in the future. Recognizing the time value of money impact on the net present value of installing and operating a wind turbine, the control system would optimize the net present value by producing more power in the turbine's early years than in its later years. The control system may also optimize return on investment by adjusting the power output based on the energy price during a current period versus the energy price forecast in a future period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Clipper Windpower, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Ingram