Patents by Inventor Eric Meyhofer

Eric Meyhofer 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: 20210095978
    Abstract: Systems and methods for repositioning light electric vehicles are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system, sensor data from one or more sensors located onboard an autonomous light electric vehicle, determining, by the computing system, one or more navigational instructions to reposition the autonomous light electric vehicle based at least in part on the sensor data, and causing, by the computing system, the autonomous light electric vehicle to initiate travel based at least in part on the one or more navigational instructions. The one or more navigational instructions can be one or more navigational instructions associated with repositioning the autonomous light electric vehicle at a light electric vehicle designated parking location, a light electric vehicle charging station, a light electric vehicle collection point, a light electric vehicle rider location, or a light electric vehicle supply positioning location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Letwin, Eric Meyhofer, Sean Hyde, Michael Beckmann, Jahan Khanna, Sylvia Wu, Zoran Martinovic, Nicholas Foley, Lucie Zikova
  • Patent number: 10884271
    Abstract: An image processing system for a vehicle can include a set of cameras generating image data of a surrounding environment of the vehicle, and a masking layer comprising a plurality of pixels. The system can detect, in first image data generated by the set of cameras, one or more light sources in a field of view of a respective camera of the set of cameras. The system can then activate a number of pixels of the masking layer to block each of the one or more light sources for the respective camera, preemptively bolstering a quality of second image data generated by the set of cameras while the masking layer blocks each of the one or more light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10479376
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle (SDV) can operate by analyzing sensor data to autonomously control acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. The SDV includes a number of sensors generating the sensor data and a control system to detect conditions relating to the operation of the SDV, such as vehicle speed and local weather, select a set of sensors based on the detected conditions, and prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control aspects relating to the operation of the SDV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice, Scott Boehmke, Carl Wellington
  • Publication number: 20180299903
    Abstract: An image processing system for a vehicle can include a set of cameras generating image data of a surrounding environment of the vehicle, and a masking layer comprising a plurality of pixels. The system can detect, in first image data generated by the set of cameras, one or more light sources in a field of view of a respective camera of the set of cameras. The system can then activate a number of pixels of the masking layer to block each of the one or more light sources for the respective camera, preemptively bolstering a quality of second image data generated by the set of cameras while the masking layer blocks each of the one or more light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10099723
    Abstract: An integrated clutch steering mechanism for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a steering clutch coupled to a steering column of the AV, and an AV steering motor coupled to the steering clutch. The AV steering motor can apply torque to the steering column via the steering clutch to control steering of the AV. When a predetermined amount of torque is exceeded on the steering column, the steering clutch slips to enable manual steering of the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20180272963
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle (SDV) can operate by analyzing sensor data to autonomously control acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. The SDV includes a number of sensors generating the sensor data and a control system to detect conditions relating to the operation of the SDV, such as vehicle speed and local weather, select a set of sensors based on the detected conditions, and prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control aspects relating to the operation of the SDV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice, Scott Boehmke, Carl Wellington
  • Patent number: 10077007
    Abstract: A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through the view pane. A control system of the sidepod stereo camera system or the AV can conditionally activate and deactivate the sidepod stereo camera system when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10048696
    Abstract: An intelligent lens masking system for a camera array of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an array interface to receive real-time data from the camera array as the AV travels along a given route, where each camera of the camera array may include a masking layer on its lens. The intelligent lens masking system can dynamically identify, in the real-time data, a number of light sources in the field of view for each respective camera in the camera array. Once the light source(s) for the respective camera is detected, the intelligent lens masking system can dynamically block the lights source(s) for the respective camera by activating a number of pixels of the masking layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 9855816
    Abstract: An automated vehicle (AV) can include a data processing system housed in a cooling rack, and a thermal reduction system to provide cooling for the data processing system. The thermal reduction system can include a fluid pump to pump cooling fluid through the cooling rack, a cabin radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump cabin air from the interior cabin of the AV to cool the cooling fluid, and a main radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump outside air to further cool the cooling fluid. Additionally, the thermal reduction system can include a secondary cooling unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, and compressor pump to further cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 9796089
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein describes a supervised autonomy system designed to precisely model, inspect and process the surfaces of complex three-dimensional objects. The current application context for this system is laser coating removal of aircraft, but this invention is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications that require close, precise positioning and maneuvering of an inspection or processing tool over the entire surface of a physical object. For example, this system, in addition to laser coating removal, could also apply new coatings, perform fine-grained or gross inspection tasks, deliver and/or use manufacturing process tools or instruments, and/or verify the results of other manufacturing processes such as but not limited to welding, riveting, or the placement of various surface markings or fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Stuart Edwin Lawrence, III, Christopher L Baker, Christopher Randolph Baker, David G Galati, Justin C Haines, Herman Herman, Alonzo J Kelly, Eric Meyhofer, Anthony Stentz, Jean-Sebastien Valois, Andrew Strat
  • Publication number: 20170297198
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein describes a supervised autonomy system designed to precisely model, inspect and process the surfaces of complex three-dimensional objects. The current application context for this system is laser coating removal of aircraft, but this invention is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications that require close, precise positioning and maneuvering of an inspection or processing tool over the entire surface of a physical object. For example, this system, in addition to laser coating removal, could also apply new coatings, perform fine-grained or gross inspection tasks, deliver and/or use manufacturing process tools or instruments, and/or verify the results of other manufacturing processes such as but not limited to welding, riveting, or the placement of various surface markings or fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Stuart Edwin Lawrence, III, Christopher L Baker, Christopher Randolph Baker, David G Galati, Justin C Haines, Herman Herman, Alonzo J Kelley, Eric Meyhofer, Anthony Stentz, Jean-Sebastien Valois, Andrew Strat
  • Publication number: 20170282675
    Abstract: A thermal reduction system for an autonomous vehicle can include a fluid pump pumping cooling fluid through one or more fluid lines of a cooling rack to cool a data processing system of the autonomous vehicle. The thermal reduction system can further include a cabin radiator receiving the cooling fluid from the fluid pump. The cabin radiator can include an air pump forcing cabin air from an interior passenger cabin of the AV though the cabin radiator to cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170259753
    Abstract: A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through the view pane. A control system of the sidepod stereo camera system or the AV can conditionally activate and deactivate the sidepod stereo camera system when needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170174259
    Abstract: An integrated clutch steering mechanism for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a steering clutch coupled to a steering column of the AV, and an AV steering motor coupled to the steering clutch. The AV steering motor can apply torque to the steering column via the steering clutch to control steering of the AV. When a predetermined amount of torque is exceeded on the steering column, the steering clutch slips to enable manual steering of the AV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170174037
    Abstract: An automated vehicle (AV) can include a data processing system housed in a cooling rack, and a thermal reduction system to provide cooling for the data processing system. The thermal reduction system can include a fluid pump to pump cooling fluid through the cooling rack, a cabin radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump cabin air from the interior cabin of the AV to cool the cooling fluid, and a main radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump outside air to further cool the cooling fluid. Additionally, the thermal reduction system can include a secondary cooling unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, and compressor pump to further cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170177000
    Abstract: An intelligent lens masking system for a camera array of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an array interface to receive real-time data from the camera array as the AV travels along a given route, where each camera of the camera array may include a masking layer on its lens. The intelligent lens masking system can dynamically identify, in the real-time data, a number of light sources in the field of view for each respective camera in the camera array. Once the light source(s) for the respective camera is detected, the intelligent lens masking system can dynamically block the lights source(s) for the respective camera by activating a number of pixels of the masking layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20160016312
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein describes a supervised autonomy system designed to precisely model, inspect and process the surfaces of complex three-dimensional objects. The current application context for this system is laser coating removal of aircraft, but this invention is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications that require close, precise positioning and maneuvering of an inspection or processing tool over the entire surface of a physical object. For example, this system, in addition to laser coating removal, could also apply new coatings, perform fine-grained or gross inspection tasks, deliver and/or use manufacturing process tools or instruments, and/or verify the results of other manufacturing processes such as but not limited to welding, riveting, or the placement of various surface markings or fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Stuart Edwin Lawrence, III, Christopher L Baker, Christopher Randolph Baker, David G Galati, Justin C Haines, Herman Herman, Alonzo J Kelley, Eric Meyhofer, Anthony Stentz, Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 6610993
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the presence or absence of wafers in a cassette, i.e. a wafer mapper, is integrated with a door assembly in a load port interface that separates a process environment from an operator environment. In one orientation, a port cover plate seals an opening that pierces a bulkhead, while a door panel rests horizontally on the operator environment side of the bulkhead. In this position, a cassette of wafers may be placed on an inside surface of the door panel, with the top of the stack being open. As the door rotates to a vertical position, the wafer stack moves through the bulkhead opening thereby entering the process environment. A moveable trolley, connected to or within the door, moves parallel to the wafer stack detecting the presence of wafers by sensing light scattered from wafer edges through a window in a cover plate of the door panel. In this way the apparatus determines each wafer's location and may provide that information to subsequent wafer manufacturing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fortrend Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, Kenneth A. Hardy, Cyril M. Kindt, Torben J. H. Ulander
  • Publication number: 20030107011
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the presence or absence of wafers in a cassette, i.e. a wafer mapper, is integrated with a door assembly in a load port interface separating a process environment from an operator environment. A port cover plate and a door are arranged in an L-shape, with both members being able to seal the port in a bulkhead of the load port interface. In one configuration, the port cover plate seals the port, while door panel members rest horizontally on the operator side of the bulkhead. In this position, a wafer stack inside of a cassette may be placed on the inside door panel, with the top of the stack being open. As the door is raised from the horizontal position to a vertical position, the wafer stack is rotated through an opening in the bulkhead so that the wafer stack is now on the process side. The wafer mapper features a moveable trolley connected to, or within, the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: ERIC MEYHOFER, KENNETH A HARDY, CYRIL M KINDT, TORBEN J.H. ULANDER
  • Patent number: 6396072
    Abstract: A load port interface for determining the presence or absence of wafers in a cassette, i.e. a wafer mapper, is integrated with a port closure assembly in a load port interface separating a process environment from an operator environment. A cover plate and a door are arranged in an L-shape, with both members being able to seal the port in a bulkhead of the load port interface. In one configuration, the cover plate seals the port, while door panel members rest horizontally on the operator side of the bulkhead. In this position, a wafer stack, W, inside of a cassette may be placed on the inside door panel, with the top of the wafer stack, W, being open. As the door is raised from the horizontal position to a vertical position, the wafer stack, W, is rotated through an opening in the bulkhead so that the wafer stack, W, is now on the process side. The wafer mapper features a moveable trolley connected to, or within, the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Fortrend Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, Kenneth A. Hardy, Cyril M. Kindt, Torben Ulander