Patents by Inventor Kyle Vogt

Kyle Vogt 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: 11505117
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling an autonomous vehicle to provide indicators to distinguish the autonomous vehicle from other autonomous vehicles in a fleet. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle propulsion system, a braking system, a notification system, and a computing system. The notification system outputs an indicator that is perceivable external to the autonomous vehicle. The computing system receives data specifying an identity of a passenger to be picked up by the autonomous vehicle. Moreover, the computing system controls at least one of the vehicle propulsion system or the braking system to stop the autonomous vehicle for passenger pickup. Further, the computing system controls the notification system to output the indicator; a characteristic of the indicator outputted by the notification system is controlled based on the identity of the passenger to be picked up and whether the autonomous vehicle is stopped for passenger pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric Lujan, Kyle Vogt, Stephanie Olivia Engle
  • Publication number: 20220366444
    Abstract: A fleet management system implements a rewards-based feedback system to receive feedback from users of a rideshare service that provides rides using autonomous vehicles (AVs). The fleet management system maintains user accounts associated with each user and provides reward points to each user account. When the user is riding in an AV, the user can access a user interface to select a portion of the reward points and reward them to the AV. The fleet management system may analyze the point rewards to identify individual user preferences, to identify preferences across users, or to identify AVs for maintenance or other types of modification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Vogt, Mohamed Mostafa Elshenawy
  • Publication number: 20220348232
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to techniques for optimizing autonomous vehicle activities at a fleet level. A process of the disclosed technology can include measuring a first set of cost metrics for a first plurality of autonomous vehicles (AVs) associated with a first vehicle routing version, wherein the first set of cost metrics comprises energy consumption values for two or more of the first plurality of AVs, measuring a second set of cost metrics for a second plurality of AVs associated with a second vehicle routing version, wherein the second set of cost metrics comprises energy consumption values for two or more of the second plurality of AVs, and comparing the first set of cost metrics with the second set of cost metrics to determine routing updates configured to reduce fleetwide energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Inventors: Kyle Vogt, Thomas Busser, Benjamin Dunkin
  • Patent number: 11401100
    Abstract: A container for containing a fluid. The container includes a sidewall construct that includes an inner sidewall extending at least partially around an interior of the container and having an inner lower edge, and an outer sleeve attached to the inner sidewall, the outer sleeve has an outer lower edge that is spaced below the inner lower edge. The container also includes a closed bottom defining a bottom of the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: James Vogt, Jozef Milewski, Mark Baldwin, Kyle Baird
  • Publication number: 20220234812
    Abstract: A container for containing a cold fluid. The container includes a sidewall construct that includes an inner sidewall extending at least partially around an interior of the container, an outer sleeve attached to the inner sidewall, and a cavity defined between the inner sidewall and the outer sleeve. The container also includes a closed bottom defining a bottom of the interior of the container, and insulating features that include the cavity and a plurality of annular bands, each annular band of the plurality of annular bands includes a spacer that extends in the cavity from the inner sidewall to the outer sleeve. Adjacent bands define a respective pocket of a plurality of pockets in the cavity such that the insulating features maintain a desired temperature of the cold fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Kosaraju Mohan, Kyle Baird, Jozef Milewski, James Vogt, Ryan Kaestner, Mark Baldwin, John Best, Robert Koupeny
  • Publication number: 20220009318
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for detecting malodor within a cabin of an autonomous vehicle, wherein initiation of a remediation system and/or dispatch of the autonomous vehicle to a service hub for mitigating the malodor is based upon sensor signals that monitor the cabin of the autonomous vehicle. The remediation system can include devices such as an HVAC system or a window, which are operated to reduce the concentration of airborne molecules in the cabin of the autonomous vehicle when the concentration of airborne molecules exceeds an air quality threshold. A dispatch protocol may be initiated to dispatch the autonomous vehicle to a service hub when the malodor is associated with certain predefined incidents or when remediation fails to reduce the concentration of airborne molecules below the air quality threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Frank Schmidt, Samuel Harrison Glidden, Chase Brian Kaufman, Kyle Vogt
  • Patent number: 11214160
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method comprising, subsequent to arrival of a vehicle at a charging station, establishing communications between a vehicle side autonomous charging system associated with the vehicle and a charging station side autonomous charging system associated with the charging station; receiving by the charging station side autonomous charging system at least one signal from the vehicle side autonomous charging system, wherein the at least one signal is indicative of a location of a charging port of the vehicle; and using the received at least one signal to guide a robotic extension arm of the charging station to a location proximate the vehicle charging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mandel-Senft, Michael Frank Schmidt, Robert Tweedy, Kyle Vogt, Divya Thakur
  • Publication number: 20210333373
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to ways to identify self-hit data collected by autonomous vehicle (AV) sensors. In some aspects, a method of the disclosed technology includes steps for generating a geometric model of an autonomous vehicle (AV), wherein the geometric model specifies physical boundaries of the AV in three-dimensional (3D) space, collecting sensor data for an environment around the AV, and identifying one or more data points, from among the collected sensor data, that correspond with a surface of the AV. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Sandeep Gangundi, Avinash Nair, Abdelrahman Elogeel, Kyle Vogt, Cornelis Jacob Lekkerkerker
  • Publication number: 20210276433
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method comprising, subsequent to arrival of a vehicle at a charging station, establishing communications between a vehicle side autonomous charging system associated with the vehicle and a charging station side autonomous charging system associated with the charging station; receiving by the charging station side autonomous charging system at least one signal from the vehicle side autonomous charging system, wherein the at least one signal is indicative of a location of a charging port of the vehicle; and using the received at least one signal to guide a robotic extension arm of the charging station to a location proximate the vehicle charging port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mandel-Senft, Michael Frank Schmidt, Robert Tweedy, Kyle Vogt, Divya Thakur
  • Publication number: 20210078490
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling an autonomous vehicle to provide indicators to distinguish the autonomous vehicle from other autonomous vehicles in a fleet. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle propulsion system, a braking system, a notification system, and a computing system. The notification system outputs an indicator that is perceivable external to the autonomous vehicle. The computing system receives data specifying an identity of a passenger to be picked up by the autonomous vehicle. Moreover, the computing system controls at least one of the vehicle propulsion system or the braking system to stop the autonomous vehicle for passenger pickup. Further, the computing system controls the notification system to output the indicator; a characteristic of the indicator outputted by the notification system is controlled based on the identity of the passenger to be picked up and whether the autonomous vehicle is stopped for passenger pickup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Lujan, Kyle Vogt, Stephanie Olivia Engle
  • Patent number: 10857938
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling an autonomous vehicle to provide indicators to distinguish the autonomous vehicle from other autonomous vehicles in a fleet. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle propulsion system, a braking system, a notification system, and a computing system. The notification system outputs an indicator that is perceivable external to the autonomous vehicle. The computing system receives data specifying an identity of a passenger to be picked up by the autonomous vehicle. Moreover, the computing system controls at least one of the vehicle propulsion system or the braking system to stop the autonomous vehicle for passenger pickup. Further, the computing system controls the notification system to output the indicator; a characteristic of the indicator outputted by the notification system is controlled based on the identity of the passenger to be picked up and whether the autonomous vehicle is stopped for passenger pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric Lujan, Kyle Vogt, Stephanie Olivia Engle
  • Publication number: 20200225334
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to context aware real-time power adjusting for steerable lidar. A lidar system can include a laser source (e.g., FMCW) configured to emit an optical signal. The lidar system can further include a scanner configured to direct the optical signal emitted by the laser source from the lidar system into an environment. The optical signal can be directed over a field of view in the environment during time periods of frames. The lidar system can further include a controller configured to modulate a power of the optical signal emitted by the laser source between the frames and/or within one or more of the frames. The controller can modulate the power of the optical signal emitted by the laser source based on a position of the lidar system in the environment and a direction in which the optical signal is to be transmitted into the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Kyle Vogt, Lutfollah Maleki
  • Publication number: 20200198444
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for detecting malodor within a cabin of an autonomous vehicle, wherein initiation of a remediation system and/or dispatch of the autonomous vehicle to a service hub for mitigating the malodor is based upon sensor signals that monitor the cabin of the autonomous vehicle. The remediation system can include devices such as an HVAC system or a window, which are operated to reduce the concentration of airborne molecules in the cabin of the autonomous vehicle when the concentration of airborne molecules exceeds an air quality threshold. A dispatch protocol may be initiated to dispatch the autonomous vehicle to a service hub when the malodor is associated with certain predefined incidents or when remediation fails to reduce the concentration of airborne molecules below the air quality threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Frank Schmidt, Samuel Harrison Glidden, Chase Brian Kaufman, Kyle Vogt
  • Publication number: 20200062172
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling an autonomous vehicle to provide indicators to distinguish the autonomous vehicle from other autonomous vehicles in a fleet. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle propulsion system, a braking system, a notification system, and a computing system. The notification system outputs an indicator that is perceivable external to the autonomous vehicle. The computing system receives data specifying an identity of a passenger to be picked up by the autonomous vehicle. Moreover, the computing system controls at least one of the vehicle propulsion system or the braking system to stop the autonomous vehicle for passenger pickup. Further, the computing system controls the notification system to output the indicator; a characteristic of the indicator outputted by the notification system is controlled based on the identity of the passenger to be picked up and whether the autonomous vehicle is stopped for passenger pickup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Lujan, Kyle Vogt, Stephanie Olivia Engle
  • Patent number: 10459440
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for remotely assisting an autonomous vehicle. The method includes: aggregating sensor data from the autonomous vehicle; identifying an assistance-desired scenario; generating an assistance request based on the sensor data; transmitting the assistance request to a remote assistance interface; and receiving and processing a response to the assistance request. The remote assistance interface includes a remote assistance interface that is used in generating the response to the assistance request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ian Rust, Kyle Vogt, Solomon Bier, Drew Allyn Gross
  • Patent number: 10386835
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous vehicle using an external interface is disclosed. The method includes an external interface that is in operable communication with one or more control systems of the autonomous vehicle. The method allows an entity in proximity of an outside of the autonomous vehicle to interact with the external interface; receives from the entity one or more control inputs, and controls one or more operations of the autonomous vehicle based on the one or more control inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Vogt, Ian Rust, Solomon Bier, Drew Allyn Gross
  • Patent number: 10365653
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: obtaining ride preference information associated with a user, identifying a current vehicle pose, determining a motion plan for the vehicle along a route based at least in part on the ride preference information, the current vehicle pose, and vehicle kinematic and dynamic constraints associated with the route, and operating one or more actuators onboard the vehicle in accordance with the motion plan. The user-specific ride preference information influences a rate of vehicle movement resulting from the motion plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sohrab Haghighat, Gautier Minster, Kevin Chu, Kyle Vogt
  • Patent number: 10272732
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for adjusting a sensor of a vehicle having a suspension. In one example, a method for adjusting a sensor of a vehicle having a suspension system includes obtaining sensor data pertaining to a sensor of the vehicle; determining, via a processor, when the sensor is out of alignment, using the sensor data; and adjusting the suspension system, resulting in an adjustment of the alignment of the sensor, when the sensor is determined to be out of alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Vogt
  • Patent number: 10167015
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle retrofit system includes: a central computer; and a braking interface to decelerate a wheel of a vehicle via actuation of a brake caliper, the braking interface further including a brake pedal; a first master cylinder assembly, mechanically coupled to the brake pedal such that actuation of the brake pedal causes actuation of the first master cylinder assembly; a second master cylinder assembly, coupled to the central computer such that the central computer controls actuation of the second master cylinder assembly; and an actuator selector, hydraulically coupled to the brake caliper, that selectively actuates the brake caliper in response to actuation of at least one of the first master cylinder assembly and the second master cylinder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ian Rust, Rita Ciarvino, Matthew Graney, Yung-Chang Ko, Kyle Vogt, Kevin Chu
  • Publication number: 20180356830
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: obtaining ride preference information associated with a user, identifying a current vehicle pose, determining a motion plan for the vehicle along a route based at least in part on the ride preference information, the current vehicle pose, and vehicle kinematic and dynamic constraints associated with the route, and operating one or more actuators onboard the vehicle in accordance with the motion plan. The user-specific ride preference information influences a rate of vehicle movement resulting from the motion plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sohrab Haghighat, Gautier Minster, Kevin Chu, Kyle Vogt