Patents by Inventor David Patrick Rice

David Patrick Rice 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: 10730365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing cooling to vehicle systems on an autonomous vehicle from a plurality of cooling sources are provided. A cooling system can include a thermal interface configured to provide cooling to one or more vehicle systems of the autonomous vehicle, a plurality of cooling sources coupled to the thermal interface, and a controller configured to control each cooling source to provide a respective cooling to the thermal interface to meet a total cooling parameter for the one or more vehicle systems. Each cooling source can be configured to provide a respective cooling capacity to the thermal interface. The thermal interface can be configured to receive the respective cooling provided by each of the cooling sources. The thermal interface can be further configured to provide the respective cooling received by each of the cooling sources to the one or more vehicle systems to meet the total cooling parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10726379
    Abstract: A launch vehicle can include a mobility system, a launch system, and a computing system. The mobility system can be configured to travel to a general target location. The launch system can be configured to house a plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles assigned for transporting one or more deliverable items from the general target location to respective specific target delivery locations. The computing system can be configured to control launch of the plurality of autonomous delivery vehicles from the launch vehicle at a respective plurality of predetermined launch positions, each predetermined launch position associated with a corresponding launch time, and each autonomous delivery vehicle configured to travel from a launch position of the respective plurality of predetermined launch positions to a specific target delivery location of the respective specific target delivery locations and from the specific target delivery location to one or more predetermined landing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, James Lee Epifano, Jacob William Fischer, Christopher Matthew D'Eramo, David Patrick Rice
  • Publication number: 20200139940
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sensor cleaning system that cleans one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle. Each sensor can have one or more corresponding sensor cleaning units that are configured to clean such sensor using a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid). Thus, the sensor cleaning system can include both a gas cleaning system and a liquid cleaning system. According to one aspect, the sensor cleaning system can provide individualized cleaning of the autonomous vehicle sensors. According to another aspect, a liquid cleaning system can be pressurized or otherwise powered by the gas cleaning system or other gas system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Wesly Mason Rice, Nikolaus Wittenstein, Zhizhuo Jin, Paul Kevin Smith, Sean Joseph Kennelly, Peter Brueckner, David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10518754
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sensor cleaning system that cleans one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle. Each sensor can have one or more corresponding sensor cleaning units that are configured to clean such sensor using a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid). Thus, the sensor cleaning system can include both a gas cleaning system and a liquid cleaning system. According to one aspect, the sensor cleaning system can provide individualized cleaning of the autonomous vehicle sensors. According to another aspect, a liquid cleaning system can be pressurized or otherwise powered by the gas cleaning system or other gas system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Wesly Mason Rice, Nikolaus Wittenstein, Zhizhuo Jin, Paul Kevin Smith, Sean Joseph Kennelly, Peter Brueckner, David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 10481652
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for cooling an autonomous vehicle computing system are provided. A modular cooling device can include a cooling baseplate and one or more modular heat frames. The cooling baseplate can include at least one planar cooling surface, an inlet configured to receive a cooling fluid, an outlet, and at least one cooling channel coupled between the inlet and the outlet. The at least one cooling channel can be configured to allow the cooling fluid to flow between the inlet and the outlet and provide cooling to the at least one planar cooling surface. Each modular heat frame can be configured to house at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component, be coupled parallel to the at least one planar cooling surface, and transfer heat from the at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component housed by the modular heat frame to the cooling baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: David Patrick Rice, Thomas Jeffrey Watson, John William Zinn, Robert Henry Doll, Declan Seamus Kelly
  • 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.
  • 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: 20190171258
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for cooling an autonomous vehicle computing system are provided. A modular cooling device can include a cooling baseplate and one or more modular heat frames. The cooling baseplate can include at least one planar cooling surface, an inlet configured to receive a cooling fluid, an outlet, and at least one cooling channel coupled between the inlet and the outlet. The at least one cooling channel can be configured to allow the cooling fluid to flow between the inlet and the outlet and provide cooling to the at least one planar cooling surface. Each modular heat frame can be configured to house at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component, be coupled parallel to the at least one planar cooling surface, and transfer heat from the at least one autonomous vehicle computing system component housed by the modular heat frame to the cooling baseplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: David Patrick Rice, Thomas Jeffery Watson, JR., John William Zinn, Robert Henry Doll, Declan Seamus Kelly
  • Publication number: 20190105968
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing cooling to vehicle systems on an autonomous vehicle from a plurality of cooling sources are provided. A cooling system can include a thermal interface configured to provide cooling to one or more vehicle systems of the autonomous vehicle, a plurality of cooling sources coupled to the thermal interface, and a controller configured to control each cooling source to provide a respective cooling to the thermal interface to meet a total cooling parameter for the one or more vehicle systems. Each cooling source can be configured to provide a respective cooling capacity to the thermal interface. The thermal interface can be configured to receive the respective cooling provided by each of the cooling sources. The thermal interface can be further configured to provide the respective cooling received by each of the cooling sources to the one or more vehicle systems to meet the total cooling parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventor: David Patrick Rice
  • Publication number: 20190080602
    Abstract: Systems and methods for power and thermal management of autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computing system includes processor(s) and one or more tangible, non-transitory, computer readable media that collectively store instructions that when executed by the processor(s) cause the computing system to perform operations. The operations include obtaining data associated with an autonomous vehicle. The operations include identifying one or more vehicle parameters associated with the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the autonomous vehicle. The operations include determining a modification to one or more operating characteristics of one or more systems onboard the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the one or more vehicle parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: David Patrick Rice, Scott Klaus Boehmke
  • 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: 20180290631
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sensor cleaning system that cleans one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle. Each sensor can have one or more corresponding sensor cleaning units that are configured to clean such sensor using a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid). Thus, the sensor cleaning system can include both a gas cleaning system and a liquid cleaning system. According to one aspect, the sensor cleaning system can provide individualized cleaning of the autonomous vehicle sensors. According to another aspect, a liquid cleaning system can be pressurized or otherwise powered by the gas cleaning system or other gas system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wesly Mason Rice, Nikolaus Wittenstein, Zhizhuo Jin, Paul Kevin Smith, Sean Joseph Kennelly, Peter Brueckner, David Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 9904375
    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: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, David Patrick Rice, Philipp Haban, Thomas Jeffery Watson, Jr.