Patents by Inventor Brett Bavar

Brett Bavar 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: 20200264627
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system configured to receive map data of a geographic location, obtain position estimate data of the autonomous vehicle and determine a route of the autonomous vehicle including a plurality of roadways in the plurality of submaps. The autonomous vehicle determines a route including a plurality of roadways, determines a first roadway in the plurality of roadways closest to the position estimate and a second roadway outside the plurality of roadways closest to the position estimate of the autonomous vehicle, and determines a pose relative to the first roadway or the second roadway based on a distance between the position estimate of the autonomous vehicle and a roadway associated with a prior pose of the autonomous vehicle to control travel of the autonomous vehicle based on the vehicle pose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Patent number: 10671085
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, receive pose data based on a pose estimate associated with a location of the autonomous vehicle, determine, based on the pose data, that the autonomous vehicle is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle is on the coverage lane, determine one or more candidate lanes, generate a route plan, based on the one or more candidate lanes and a current lane, and control travel of the autonomous vehicle on the route plan. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a fully-autonomous mode. The autonomous vehicle configured to determine a pose estimate in a submap of a plurality of submaps where an autonomous vehicle can travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Patent number: 10586458
    Abstract: A hybrid trip planning system can receive transport requests from requesting users, and determine a pick-up location from each transport request. The pick-up location can be within or external to an autonomy grid on which a plurality of autonomous vehicles (AVs) can operate in an autonomous mode. The system can further determine a drop-off location from the transport request, the drop-off location also being within or external to the autonomy grid. The system can select and route an AV to a most optimal entry and/or exit point of the autonomy grid based on the transport request, where the selected AV is to switch between a manual and an autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Bavar, Emily Bartel, Xiaodong Zhang, Molly Nix, Matthew Sweeney, Bryan Nagy
  • Publication number: 20200056895
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for navigating an autonomous vehicle. Trip plan data may describe a plurality of candidate vehicle start points, a plurality of candidate waypoints, and a plurality of candidate vehicle end points. A plurality of candidate routes may be determined between an algorithm start point and an algorithm end point. Each candidate route of the plurality of candidate routes may include at least one of the plurality of candidate waypoints and at least one of the plurality of candidate vehicle end points. A best rate may he determined using the plurality of candidate routes. The best route may include a first candidate vehicle start point, a first candidate waypoint, and a first candidate vehicle end point. The autonomous vehicle may be controlled along the best route from the first candidate vehicle start point towards the first candidate vehicle end point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Bryan John Nagy, Xiaodong Zhang, Brett Bavar, Misna Sameer
  • Patent number: 10551850
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, receive pose data based on a pose estimate associated with a location of the autonomous vehicle, determine, based on the pose data, that the autonomous vehicle is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle is on the coverage lane, determine one or more candidate lanes, generate a route plan, based on the one or more candidate lanes and a current lane, and control travel of the autonomous vehicle on the route plan. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a fully-autonomous mode. The autonomous vehicle configured to determine a pose estimate in a submap of a plurality of submaps where an autonomous vehicle can travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Publication number: 20200018609
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for routing an autonomous vehicle. A vehicle autonomy system may generate first route data describing a first route for the autonomous vehicle to a first target location and control the autonomous vehicle using the first route data. The vehicle autonomy system may determine that the autonomous vehicle is within a threshold of the first target location and select a second target location associated with at least a second stopping location. The vehicle autonomy system may generate second route data describing a route extension of the first route from the first target location to the second target location and control the autonomous vehicle using the second route data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Bryan John Nagy, Xiaodong Zhang, Brett Bavar, Colin Jeffrey Green
  • Publication number: 20200019175
    Abstract: A control system for an autonomous vehicle can determine a risk value for each respective path segment of a plurality of path segments in a given area that includes a destination of the autonomous vehicle. The risk value can correspond to a cost layer in a map that includes the respective path segment. Based on the risk value for each respective path segment, the control system can determine a travel route for the autonomous vehicle to the destination, and autonomously control the autonomous vehicle to navigate along the travel route to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Dean, Bryan Nagy, Anthony Stentz, Brett Bavar, Xiaodong Zhang, Adam Panzica
  • Publication number: 20190377342
    Abstract: A computing system can generate a map constraint interface enabling a fleet operator to update map constraints for autonomous vehicles (AVs). The map constraint interface can comprise a unified document model enabling the fleet operator to configure a set of constraint layers of autonomy maps utilized by the AVs. Each constraint layer can include a toggle feature that enables the fleet operator to enable and disable the constraint layer. The system can receive, via the map constraint interface, a set of inputs configuring the set of constraint layers of the one or more autonomy maps, compile a set of updated map constraints, corresponding to the configured set of constraint layers, into a document container, and output the document container to a subset of the AVs to enable the subset of AVs to integrate the set of updated map constraints with the autonomy maps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Panzica, Brett Bavar, Julie Derence, Marcial Hernandez, Tashwin Khurana, Bryan Nagy, Jordan Romaidis, Adrian Rechy Romero
  • Publication number: 20190324466
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors programmed to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, determine, based on the map data, one or more local routes in the one or more roadways between the current location of the AV and one or more exit locations, and control travel of the AV based on a selected local route of the one or more local routes. The map includes one or more roadways in the geographic location. The map data includes a global route in the one or more roadways between a current location of the AV and a destination location of the AV. The one or more exit locations are located between the current location of the AV and the destination location of the AV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Michael S. Dean, Xiaodong Zhang, Eric Michael Perko, Adam Cole Panzica, Bryan John Nagy, Brett Bavar
  • Publication number: 20190324475
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors programmed to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, including, one or more local routes in the one or more roadways between the current location of the AV and one or more exit locations, receive sensor data associated with an object detected in an environment surrounding the AV, select a local route of the one or more local routes based on the sensor data and control travel of the AV based on a selected local route of the one or more local routes. The map includes one or more roadways in the geographic location. The one or more exit locations are located between the current location of the AV and the destination location of the AV in a global route in the one or more roadways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Michael S Dean, Xiaodong Zhang, Eric Michael Perko, Adam Cole Panzica, Bryan John Nagy, Brett Bavar
  • Patent number: 10438493
    Abstract: A hybrid trip planning system can receive transport requests from requesting users, determine pick-up and/or drop off locations from the transport request, and select available autonomous vehicles (AV) to service the transport requests. For each transport request, the planning system can identify a plurality of entry points from the pick-up location to an autonomy grid on which the AVs operate, and a plurality of exit points from the autonomy grid to the drop-off location. The planning system may determine optimal entry and/or exit points and transmit transport data to the selected AV. The transport data can provide optimal routing for a human safety driver to drive the selected AV in manual segments that are off grid, and switch the AV into an autonomous driving mode within the autonomy grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bavar, Emily Bartel, Xiaodong Zhang, Molly Nix, Matthew Sweeney, Bryan Nagy
  • Publication number: 20190295421
    Abstract: A hybrid trip planning system can receive transport requests from requesting users, and determine a pick-up location from each transport request. The pick-up location can be within or external to an autonomy grid on which a plurality of autonomous vehicles (AVs) can operate in an autonomous mode. The system can further determine a drop-off location from the transport request, the drop-off location also being within or external to the autonomy grid. The system can select and route an AV to a most optimal entry and/or exit point of the autonomy grid based on the transport request, where the selected AV is to switch between a manual and an autonomous mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Brett Bavar, Emily Bartel, Xiaodong Zhang, Molly Nix, Matthew Sweeney, Bryan Nagy
  • Patent number: 10416677
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomous vehicle routing using annotated maps. For at least some path segments within a geographic region in which the vehicle is operating, values are determined for the path segments based at least on risk factors associated with autonomous operation of the vehicle along each path segment. Path segments are combined to generate a travel route, from a first location to a second location, based on the determined values, and the vehicle is controlled to navigate along the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Dean, Bryan Nagy, Anthony Stentz, Brett Bavar, Xiaodong Zhang, Adam Panzica
  • Publication number: 20190204850
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, receive pose data based on a pose estimate associated with a location of the autonomous vehicle, determine, based on the pose data, that the autonomous vehicle is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle is on the coverage lane, determine one or more candidate lanes, generate a route plan, based on the one or more candidate lanes and a current lane, and control travel of the autonomous vehicle on the route plan. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a fully-autonomous mode. The autonomous vehicle configured to determine a pose estimate in a submap of a plurality of submaps where an autonomous vehicle can travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Publication number: 20190204849
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, receive pose data based on a pose estimate associated with a location of the autonomous vehicle, determine, based on the pose data, that the autonomous vehicle is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle is on the coverage lane, determine one or more candidate lanes, generate a route plan, based on the one or more candidate lanes and a current lane, and control travel of the autonomous vehicle on the route plan. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the autonomous vehicle can travel under a fully-autonomous mode. The autonomous vehicle configured to determine a pose estimate in a submap of a plurality of submaps where an autonomous vehicle can travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar
  • Publication number: 20190155306
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a vehicle computing system including one or more processors configured to receive map data associated with a map of a geographic location, determine, based on the map data, that the AV is on a coverage lane, and, in response to determining that the AV is on the coverage lane, control the AV to maintain at least one functionality associated with a fully-autonomous mode. The map includes (i) a coverage lane where the AV can operate and/or travel under a partially-autonomous mode or a manual mode, and (ii) an AV lane where the AV can operate and/or travel under the fully-autonomous mode. The coverage lane is linked to the AV lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Gordon Peter Bailey, Bryan John Nagy, Adam Henry Polk Milstein, Robert Michael Zlot, Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar, David Peter Prasser, Peter Ian Hansen, Ethan Duff Eade, Xxx Xinjilefu, Brett Browning
  • Publication number: 20190146509
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomous vehicle routing using annotated maps. For at least some path segments within a geographic region in which the vehicle is operating, values are determined for the path segments based at least on risk factors associated with autonomous operation of the vehicle along each path segment. Path segments are combined to generate a travel route, from a first location to a second location, based on the determined values, and the vehicle is controlled to navigate along the travel route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Dean, Bryan Nagy, Anthony Stentz, Brett Bavar, Xiaodong Zhang, Adam Panzica
  • Publication number: 20190146508
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamic vehicle routing using annotated maps and profiles. The system receives a transport request for a user and generates a travel route for the user based on the transport request, data indicative of autonomous operation of the vehicle along the travel route, and data indicative of preferences for the user. The vehicle is controlled to traverse autonomously along the travel route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Dean, Bryan Nagy, Anthony Stentz, Brett Bavar, Xiaodong Zhang, Adam Panzica
  • Publication number: 20190137285
    Abstract: A method for receiving autonomous vehicle (AV) map data associated with an AV map of a geographic location and coverage map data associated with a coverage map of the geographic location. The AV map data is associated with an AV lane of a roadway in the geographic location, and the coverage map data is associated with a coverage lane of the roadway in the geographic location. The method includes generating a hybrid map of the geographic location based on the AV map data and the coverage map data and providing hybrid map data associated with the hybrid map for routing of an AV. The hybrid map includes the AV lane linked with the coverage lane of the roadway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Gordon Peter Bailey, Bryan John Nagy, Adam Henry Polk Milstein, Robert Michael Zlot, Adam Cole Panzica, Brett Bavar, David Peter Prasser, Peter Ian Hansen, Ethan Duff Eade, Xxx Xinjilefu, Brett Browning
  • Publication number: 20180329428
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the motion of an autonomous vehicle are provided. In one example embodiment, one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle receive one or more constraint files including constraint data descriptive of one or more geographic identifiers (e.g., a polygon) and an application type (e.g., partial inclusion, complete inclusion, partial exclusion, complete exclusion) associated with each of the one or more geographic identifiers. Map data descriptive of the identity and location of different travel ways within the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle is accessed. A travel route for navigating the autonomous vehicle is determined, wherein the travel route is determined at least in part from the map data evaluated relative to the constraint data. Motion of the autonomous vehicle can be controlled based at least in part on the determined travel route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan Nagy, Jordan Romaidis, Brett Bavar, Julie Derence, Marcial Hernandez, Tashwin Khurana