Patents by Inventor Keith Hutchings

Keith Hutchings 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: 20210362736
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for determining when to provide and providing secondary disengage alerts for a vehicle having autonomous and manual driving modes. For instance, while the vehicle is being controlled in the autonomous driving mode, receiving user input at one or more using input devices of the vehicle. In response to receiving the user input, the vehicle may be transitioned from the autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode and provide a primary disengage alert to an occupant of the vehicle regarding the transition. Whether to provide a secondary disengage alert may be determined based on at least circumstances of the user input. After the transition, the secondary disengage alert may be provided based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventors: Philip Nemec, Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Annissa Al-Alusi, Saswat Panigrahi, Cristi Landy, Matthew Schwall
  • Publication number: 20210291870
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to testing situational awareness of a test driver tasked with monitoring the driving of a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a signal that indicates that the test driver may be distracted may be identified. Based on the signal, that a question can be asked of the test driver may be determined. A plurality of factors relating to a driving context for the vehicle may be identified. Based on the determination, a question may be generated based on the plurality of factors. The question may be provided to the test driver. Input may be received from the test driver providing an answer to the question.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, IImo van der Lowe, Vasily Starostenko
  • Publication number: 20210291839
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to models for estimating the likelihood of fatigue in test drivers. In some instances, training data including videos of the test drivers while such test drivers are tasked with monitoring driving of a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode may be identified. The training data also includes driver drowsiness values generated from one or more human operators observing the videos. The training inputs and outputs may be used to train the model such that when a new video of a first test driver is input into the model, the model will output an estimate of a likelihood of fatigue for that test driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ilmo van der Lowe, Vasily Starostenko, Ganesh Balachandran, Andrew Warren
  • Publication number: 20210291869
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to analyzing head movements in a test driver tasked with monitoring the driving of a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a sensor may be used to capture sensor data of a test driver's head for a period of time. The sensor data may be analyzed to determine whether the test driver's head moved sufficiently enough to suggest that the test driver is engaged in monitoring the driving of the vehicle. Based on the determination of whether the test driver's head moved sufficiently enough, an intervention response may be initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Iimo Van der Lowe, Vasily Starostenko
  • Patent number: 11077863
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for determining when to provide and providing secondary disengage alerts for a vehicle having autonomous and manual driving modes. For instance, while the vehicle is being controlled in the autonomous driving mode, receiving user input at one or more using input devices of the vehicle. In response to receiving the user input, the vehicle may be transitioned from the autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode and provide a primary disengage alert to an occupant of the vehicle regarding the transition. Whether to provide a secondary disengage alert may be determined based on at least circumstances of the user input. After the transition, the secondary disengage alert may be provided based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Philip Nemec, Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Annissa Al-Alusi, Saswat Panigrahi, Cristi Landy, Matthew Schwall
  • Publication number: 20210106266
    Abstract: Assessing a likelihood of a person experiencing a fatigue event when the person tasked with monitoring a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode may include receiving a set of response times for a psychomotor vigilance test administered to the person. The test may include a plurality of trials which involve a person lifting a finger from a user input device. Whether the person passed or failed each trial of the set of trials may be determined. A model trained using data from prior psychomotor vigilance tests administered to the person may be identified for the person. Results of the determinations of whether the person passed or failed each trial of the set of trials may be input into the model in order to determine a value representative of a likelihood of a fatigue event. An intervention response may be initiated based on the value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Nirmal Patel, Ilmo van der Lowe, Vasily Starostenko, Samrat Kansara
  • Publication number: 20210046946
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for determining when to provide and providing secondary disengage alerts for a vehicle having autonomous and manual driving modes. For instance, while the vehicle is being controlled in the autonomous driving mode, receiving user input at one or more using input devices of the vehicle. In response to receiving the user input, the vehicle may be transitioned from the autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode and provide a primary disengage alert to an occupant of the vehicle regarding the transition. Whether to provide a secondary disengage alert may be determined based on at least circumstances of the user input. After the transition, the secondary disengage alert may be provided based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Philip Nemec, Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Annissa Al-Alusi, Saswat Panigrahi
  • Publication number: 20210001864
    Abstract: This technology relates to dynamically detecting, managing and mitigating driver fatigue in autonomous systems. For instance, interactions of a driver in a vehicle may be monitored to determine a distance or time when primary tasks associated with operation of the vehicle or secondary tasks issued by the vehicle computing were last performed. If primary tasks or secondary tasks are not performed within given distance thresholds or time limits, then one or more secondary tasks are initiated by the computing device of the vehicle. In another instance, potential driver fatigue, driver distraction or overreliance on an automated driving system is detected based on gaze direction or pattern of a driver. For example, a detected gaze direction or pattern may be compared to an expected gaze direction or pattern given the surrounding environment in a vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Philip Nemec, Hans-olav Cavelie, Saswat Panigrahi, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Johan Engstrom
  • Publication number: 20210001865
    Abstract: This technology relates to dynamically detecting, managing and mitigating driver fatigue in autonomous systems. For instance, interactions of a driver in a vehicle may be monitored to determine a distance or time when primary tasks associated with operation of the vehicle or secondary tasks issued by the vehicle computing were last performed. If primary tasks or secondary tasks are not performed within given distance thresholds or time limits, then one or more secondary tasks are initiated by the computing device of the vehicle. In another instance, potential driver fatigue, driver distraction or overreliance on an automated driving system is detected based on gaze direction or pattern of a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Philip Nemec, Hans-olav CaveLie, Saswat Panigrahi, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Johan Engstrom
  • Patent number: 10807605
    Abstract: This technology relates to dynamically detecting, managing and mitigating driver fatigue in autonomous systems. For instance, interactions of a driver in a vehicle may be monitored to determine a distance or time when primary tasks associated with operation of the vehicle or secondary tasks issued by the vehicle computing were last performed. If primary tasks or secondary tasks are not performed within given distance thresholds or time limits, then one or more secondary tasks are initiated by the computing device of the vehicle. In another instance, potential driver fatigue, driver distraction or overreliance on an automated driving system is detected based on gaze direction or pattern of a driver. For example, a detected gaze direction or pattern may be compared to an expected gaze direction or pattern given the surrounding environment in a vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Philip Nemec, Hans-olav CaveLie, Saswat Panigrahi, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Johan Engstrom
  • Publication number: 20200198644
    Abstract: This technology relates to dynamically detecting, managing and mitigating driver fatigue in autonomous systems. For instance, interactions of a driver in a vehicle may be monitored to determine a distance or time when primary tasks associated with operation of the vehicle or secondary tasks issued by the vehicle computing were last performed. If primary tasks or secondary tasks are not performed within given distance thresholds or time limits, then one or more secondary tasks are initiated by the computing device of the vehicle. In another instance, potential driver fatigue, driver distraction or overreliance on an automated driving system is detected based on gaze direction or pattern of a driver. For example, a detected gaze direction or pattern may be compared to an expected gaze direction or pattern given the surrounding environment in a vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Philip Nemec, Hans-olav CaveLie, Saswat Panigrahi, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Johan Engstrom
  • Publication number: 20190100135
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to generating notifications of acceleration events for a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode. As an example, instructions generated by a planning system of the vehicle are monitored. Determining whether the instructions identify changes in lateral and longitudinal acceleration for the autonomous driving mode. That an acceleration threshold will be met when the vehicle proceeds according to the changes is determined. A notification is generated based on the determination that an acceleration threshold will be met, the notification identifying that an acceleration event has occurred. The notification is displayed to a passenger of the vehicle on a display of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Juliet Rothenberg, Nirmal Patel, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Ioan-Alexandru Sucan, Julien Charles Mercay, Keith Hutchings, Peter Crandall, Ryan Powell
  • Patent number: D937898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ji Un Choi, Hiu Ying Chan, Maria Moon
  • Patent number: D937899
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ji Un Choi, Hiu Ying Chan, Maria Moon
  • Patent number: D937900
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ji Un Choi, Hiu Ying Chan, Maria Moon
  • Patent number: D938495
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ji Un Choi, Hiu Ying Chan, Maria Moon