Patents by Inventor Brian A. McClendon

Brian A. McClendon 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: 10432498
    Abstract: Aspects provide methods, systems, and recording mediums for determining compliance with a location data protocol including a threshold minimum number of location data reports by users. As an example, fictitious user data including a set of locations may be generated. The set of locations may include at least one location that does not meet the threshold minimum number of location data reports by users of the location data protocol. The fictitious user data may be provided to a location data processing system that processes user location data and outputs output data including a list of locations. The output data is received and used to determine whether the at least one location is included in the list of locations. When the at least one location is included in the list of locations, it may be determined that the location data processing system has not complied with the location data protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Publication number: 20190028444
    Abstract: A computing system can initiate one or more recording mechanisms to record content within a passenger interior of the vehicle as a driver transports a rider. After the vehicle arrives at a drop-off location, the computing system can dual encrypt the content utilizing a first public key associated with the driver and a second public key associated with the requesting user and store the dually encrypted content in a storage device. Decryption can require a pair of private keys associated with the rider and the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 10129221
    Abstract: A transport facilitation system can manage a transportation arrangement service that links requesting users with available drivers throughout a given region. In doing so, the transport facilitation system can receive pick-up requests from users and transmit invitations to drivers to service those requests. For each ride, the transport facilitation system can initiate one or more recording mechanisms to record content within a passenger interior of the vehicle as the driver transports the requesting user from a pick-up location to a destination location. After the vehicle arrives at the destination location, the transport facilitation system can dual encrypt the content utilizing a first public key associated with the driver and a second public key associated with the requesting user, and store the dually encrypted content in a storage device. Decryption can require a pair of private keys associated with the rider and the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Publication number: 20180282955
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) can process a live sensor view to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the AV along a given route. While traveling along the given route, the AV can identify an encoded road stripe in the live sensor view, and decode the encoded road stripe to determine location data corresponding to the encoded road stripe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 9980098
    Abstract: Feature selection is provided for geometry data in an image-based based location determination. For example, one or more computing devices, may receive information collected at a particular area. The one or more computing devices may identify one or more features and associated locations from the received information. The identified one or more features may be ranked according to relative uniqueness among the identified one or more features. A set of geometry data for locating a mobile device at the particular area is generated based on selected ones of the ranked features and the associated locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 9965682
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for determining the location of a device based on image of objects captured by the device. In one aspect, an interior space includes a plurality of objects having discernable visual characteristics disposed throughout the space. The device captures an image containing one or more of the objects and identifies the portions of the image associated with the objects based on the visual characteristics. The visual appearance of the objects may also be used to determine the distance of the object to other objects or relative to a reference point. Based on the foregoing and the size and shape of the image portion occupied by the object, such as the height of an edge or its surface area, relative to another object or a reference, the device may calculate its location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ehud Rivlin, Brian McClendon, Jean-Yves Bouguet
  • Publication number: 20180101548
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9870409
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9785648
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin P. Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9715530
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin P. Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Publication number: 20170147607
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Publication number: 20170103081
    Abstract: Interactive geographic information systems (GIS) and techniques are disclosed that provide users with a greater degree of flexibility, utility, and information. A markup language is provided that facilitates communication between servers and clients of the interactive GIS, which enables a number of GIS features, such as network links (time-based and/or view-dependent dynamic data layers), ground overlays, screen overlays, placemarks, 3D models, and stylized GIS elements, such as geometry, icons, description balloons, polygons, and labels in the viewer by which the user sees the target area. Also, “virtual tours” of user-defined paths in the context of distributed geospatial visualization is enabled. Streaming and interactive visualization of filled polygon data are also enabled thereby allowing buildings and other such features to be provided in 3D. Also, techniques for enabling ambiguous search requests in a GIS are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, John Rohlf, Brian McClendon
  • Publication number: 20170103090
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin P. Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9471625
    Abstract: Interactive geographic information systems (GIS) and techniques are disclosed that provide users with a greater degree of flexibility, utility, and information. A markup language is provided that facilitates communication between servers and clients of the interactive GIS, which enables a number of GIS features, such as network links (time-based and/or view-dependent dynamic data layers), ground overlays, screen overlays, placemarks, 3D models, and stylized GIS elements, such as geometry, icons, description balloons, polygons, and labels in the viewer by which the user sees the target area. Also, “virtual tours” of user-defined paths in the context of distributed geospatial visualization is enabled. Streaming and interactive visualization of filled polygon data are also enabled thereby allowing buildings and other such features to be provided in 3D. Also, techniques for enabling ambiguous search requests in a GIS are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, John Rohlf, Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 9349019
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computer-implemented method of associating tags with online content may generally include receiving, by one or more computing devices, a tag request from a user to associate a tag with a content object, classifying the tag as a controlled tag, accessing an access control list associated with the controlled tag, determining whether the user is permitted access to the controlled tag based on the access control list, associating the tag with the content object when the access control list permits access to the controlled tag, identifying a moderator for a tag group associated with the controlled tag and providing a moderator feed to the moderator of the content object associated with the controlled tag for approval or rejection of the controlled tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Brian A. McClendon
  • Patent number: 9288636
    Abstract: Feature selection is provided for geometry data in an image-based based location determination. For example, one or more computing devices may receive information collected for a particular area. The one or more computing devices may identify one or more features and associated location from the received information. Given ones of the identified one or more features are selected based on a characteristic of a user. The selected ones of the one or more features and the associated locations are used to generate a set of geometry data for the particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 9280258
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to displaying and navigating within photo placemarks in a geographic information system. In one embodiment, a computer implemented method displays a photographic image within geographic information in a geographic information system. The photographic image is displayed at a location within the geographic information when the photographic image is located within a field of view of a virtual camera of the geographic information system. In response to a computer input event, the photographic image is displayed in greater detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Francois Bailly, John Rohlf, Brian McClendon, Andrew Timothy Szybalski
  • Patent number: 9270712
    Abstract: A geographic information system allows users to access a map database and to contribute map data to the database. Proposed edits to the map are queued for review by a reviewer users. Reviewing users can subscribe to review edits in regions and/or to types of map features. Reviewers can share their subscriptions with other reviewers. In the moderation queue, the proposed edits are ranked and those edits proposed by users who also review are optionally ranked higher and thus reviewed sooner than edits proposed by users who do not review or review less. The history of reviewers is analyzed to identify those with expertise in a particular region and/or type of map feature. One embodiment of the system includes a database containing geographic data, an inference module, a spam prevention module, a reviewing module and a publishing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Lalitesh Kumar Katragadda, Brian A. McClendon, Rachna Agarwal, Robin Anil
  • Patent number: 9230366
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that identifies dynamic objects within a set of photographic images. The objects may be identified as dynamic based on depth data associated with the images. The depth data may also be used to determine the potential states of the dynamic objects within the set of images. A three-dimensional model be created in which the dynamic objects are displayed in accordance with one of the potential states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McClendon, Jonah Jones
  • Patent number: 9218362
    Abstract: Data-driven guarded evaluation of conditional-data associated with data objects is used to control activation and processing of the data objects in an interactive geographic information system. Methods of evaluating conditional-data to control activation of the data objects are disclosed herein. Data structures to specify conditional data are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: John Rohlf, Bent Hagemark, Brian A. McClendon, Michael Timothy Jones