Patents by Inventor Brian Donnelly

Brian Donnelly 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: 10532749
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting autonomous vehicle parameters in response to passenger feedback are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with one or more autonomous driving sessions, obtaining, by the computing system, one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions associated with the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with the one or more autonomous driving sessions, determining, by the computing system using a machine-learned model, an adjusted vehicle parameter of an autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences and the associated one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions, and implementing, by the computing system, the adjusted vehicle parameter in an operation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: 10528059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data indicative of a location associated with a user to which an autonomous vehicle is to travel. The autonomous vehicle is to travel along a first vehicle route that leads to the location. The method includes obtaining traffic data associated with a geographic area that includes the location. The method includes determining an estimated traffic impact of the autonomous vehicle on the geographic area based at least in part on the traffic data. The method includes determining vehicle action(s) based at least in part on the estimated traffic impact and causing the autonomous vehicle to perform the vehicle action(s) that include at least one of stopping the autonomous vehicle at least partially in a travel way within a vicinity of the location or travelling along a second vehicle route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 10463180
    Abstract: A sanitary cover for cakes includes a base serving as a platter for the cake as well as a storage compartment for a removable candle deck when not in use. The cake cover is placed atop the base platter and the candle deck is positioned and securely lockable to an upper recess of the cake cover. The candle deck is held securely in position with circumferential sliding connecting unit locks, which are cantilevered inward from the rim of the depression on top of the cake cover and which are engageable with sliding tabs of the candle deck. A central molded integral handle is provided on top of the cake cover, and the integral handle extends through a corresponding central hole in the center of the candle deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Donnelly
  • Publication number: 20190332123
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining autonomous vehicle user boarding times are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining location data associated with a user device associated with a user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device. The method includes obtaining data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time of boarding duration for the user based at least in part on the data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user completes boarding of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle and the estimated time of boarding duration for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 10394345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying imagery on a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, a rotational frequency of a LIDAR device located on a vehicle. The method includes illuminating, by the one or more computing devices, one or more of a plurality of light emitting elements coupled to the LIDAR device based at least in part on the rotational frequency of the LIDAR device and the one or more images for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, David Patrick Rice, Philipp Haban, Thomas Jeffery Watson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10377260
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems can include one or more location sensors, an energy storage device, one or more charge sensors and one or more vehicle computing devices. The location sensor(s) can determine a current location of a vehicle, while the charge sensor(s) can determine a current state of charge of an energy storage device that can be located onboard the vehicle to provide operating power for one or more vehicle systems. The vehicle computing device(s) can communicate the current location of the vehicle and current state of charge of the energy storage device to a remote computing device, receive from the remote computing device a charging control signal determined, at least in part, from the current location of the vehicle and the current state of charge of the energy storage device, and control charging of the energy storage device in accordance with the charging control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Sean Jeffrey Kelly, Justin Wayne Ho, James Lee Epifano
  • Patent number: 10372141
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining autonomous vehicle user boarding times are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining location data associated with a user device associated with a user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device. The method includes obtaining data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time of boarding duration for the user based at least in part on the data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user completes boarding of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle and the estimated time of boarding duration for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Publication number: 20190221058
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to communicating autonomous-vehicle status. In particular, the methods, devices, and systems of the present disclosure can: determine one or more maintenance statuses of one or more of multiple different systems of an autonomous vehicle; and depict at least one of the status(es) via a display device affixed to an exterior of the autonomous vehicle and configured to display information associated with the multiple different systems such that the information is visible to an observer located outside the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Eric James Hanson, Philipp Haban, Richard Brian Donnelly, David Patrick Rice, Thomas Jeffery Watson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190217735
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems can include one or more location sensors, an energy storage device, one or more charge sensors and one or more vehicle computing devices. The location sensor(s) can determine a current location of a vehicle, while the charge sensor(s) can determine a current state of charge of an energy storage device that can be located onboard the vehicle to provide operating power for one or more vehicle systems. The vehicle computing device(s) can communicate the current location of the vehicle and current state of charge of the energy storage device to a remote computing device, receive from the remote computing device a charging control signal determined, at least in part, from the current location of the vehicle and the current state of charge of the energy storage device, and control charging of the energy storage device in accordance with the charging control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Sean Jeffrey Kelly, Justin Wayne Ho, James Lee Epifano
  • Publication number: 20190217736
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems can include one or more location sensors, an energy storage device, one or more charge sensors and one or more vehicle computing devices. The location sensor(s) can determine a current location of a vehicle, while the charge sensor(s) can determine a current state of charge of an energy storage device that can be located onboard the vehicle to provide operating power for one or more vehicle systems. The vehicle computing device(s) can communicate the current location of the vehicle and current state of charge of the energy storage device to a remote computing device, receive from the remote computing device a charging control signal determined, at least in part, from the current location of the vehicle and the current state of charge of the energy storage device, and control charging of the energy storage device in accordance with the charging control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Sean Jeffrey Kelly, Justin Wayne Ho, James Lee Epifano
  • Patent number: 10280945
    Abstract: A device for moving air comprising a piezoelectric element attached to a planar body. The planar body is configured to oscillate at a movable end generating an airflow in response to applying alternating electric current to said piezoelectric element. The device further comprises a partial cavity defined by a base plate, a first wall and a second wall which surrounds the movable end of the planar body. The base plate further comprises an opening located proximate to said movable end of the planar body. In operation the air flow generated by the planar body is forced out of the device through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Brian Donnelly, Nicholas Jeffers, Jason Stafford
  • Publication number: 20190129589
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments providing a personalized interaction and navigation system. An embodiment operates by receiving, during a computing session, an indication of a first interaction with a currently accessed document stored in a computing system. It is determined that the first document is not included in the set of previously accessed documents. A new tab is added to the interface corresponding to the currently accessed document based upon the determining. The new tab is maintained on the interface for the duration of the computing session, wherein upon completion of the computing session, a determination is made whether to persist the tab beyond the computing session based on a request or to automatically remove the tab from the interface and the cache.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ryan, David M. Brady, Yon Aran Rhee, Mary Elizabeth Clarke, Mabel Sze Chan, Simon Taggart, Jesse Hausler, Justin Spadea, Mehak Kapur, Mike Alsup, Nithyanandniranjan Chandarraj, Peter Abelseth, Gustavo Souza, Ruchi Agarwal, Brian Donnelly
  • Publication number: 20190094859
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to matching an available vehicle to a rider requesting a service. In one example, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a service request from a rider. The method further includes obtaining, by the computing system, data indicative of a current location of the rider; and determining that the current location of the rider is within proximity of an autonomous vehicle queuing location. The method further includes providing, by the computing system, data to the rider to provide for selection of an available autonomous vehicle at the autonomous vehicle queuing location. The method further includes obtaining, by the computing system, rider authentication data upon a selection of an autonomous vehicle by the rider; and, in response to obtaining rider authentication data, matching an autonomous vehicle selected by the rider to provide for performance of the service request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Eric J. Hanson, Richard Brian Donnelly, Dennis Zhao
  • Publication number: 20190047584
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting autonomous vehicle parameters in response to passenger feedback are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with one or more autonomous driving sessions, obtaining, by the computing system, one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions associated with the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences associated with the one or more autonomous driving sessions, determining, by the computing system using a machine-learned model, an adjusted vehicle parameter of an autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the passenger input data descriptive of one or more passenger experiences and the associated one or more vehicle data logs descriptive of vehicle conditions, and implementing, by the computing system, the adjusted vehicle parameter in an operation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Brian Donnelly
  • Publication number: 20180342157
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining autonomous vehicle user boarding times are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining location data associated with a user device associated with a user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device. The method includes obtaining data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time of boarding duration for the user based at least in part on the data associated with the user. The method includes determining an estimated time until the user completes boarding of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the estimated time until the user starts boarding the autonomous vehicle and the estimated time of boarding duration for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Publication number: 20180341274
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data indicative of a location associated with a user to which an autonomous vehicle is to travel. The autonomous vehicle is to travel along a first vehicle route that leads to the location. The method includes obtaining traffic data associated with a geographic area that includes the location. The method includes determining an estimated traffic impact of the autonomous vehicle on the geographic area based at least in part on the traffic data. The method includes determining vehicle action(s) based at least in part on the estimated traffic impact and causing the autonomous vehicle to perform the vehicle action(s) that include at least one of stopping the autonomous vehicle at least partially in a travel way within a vicinity of the location or travelling along a second vehicle route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Publication number: 20180292916
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying imagery on a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, a rotational frequency of a LIDAR device located on a vehicle. The method includes illuminating, by the one or more computing devices, one or more of a plurality of light emitting elements coupled to the LIDAR device based at least in part on the rotational frequency of the LIDAR device and the one or more images for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, David Patrick Rice, Philipp Haban, Thomas Jeffery Watson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180201148
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems can include one or more location sensors, an energy storage device, one or more charge sensors and one or more vehicle computing devices. The location sensor(s) can determine a current location of a vehicle, while the charge sensor(s) can determine a current state of charge of an energy storage device that can be located onboard the vehicle to provide operating power for one or more vehicle systems. The vehicle computing device(s) can communicate the current location of the vehicle and current state of charge of the energy storage device to a remote computing device, receive from the remote computing device a charging control signal determined, at least in part, from the current location of the vehicle and the current state of charge of the energy storage device, and control charging of the energy storage device in accordance with the charging control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Sean Jeffrey Kelly, Justin Wayne Ho, James Lee Epifano
  • Patent number: 9954577
    Abstract: A system for communicating BPL signals is provided, including a BPL modem having a first internal modem and a second internal modem, the first internal modem and the second internal modem each in communication with a RF combiner; the RF combiner in communication with a medium voltage power line; and wherein the RF combiner combines signals from the first internal modem and the second internal modem into a single signal, and communicates the single signal to the medium voltage power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CORINEX COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sam Shi, Peter Sobotka, Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: D866272
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Donnelly