Patents by Inventor Peter Avram

Peter Avram 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: 20240144697
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Inventors: Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20240067134
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20240061425
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Inventors: Peter Avram, Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi
  • Patent number: 11887378
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 11880200
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Peter Avram, Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi
  • Patent number: 11851033
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20230186643
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20230113678
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20230089733
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Publication date: March 23, 2023
    Inventors: Peter Avram, Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi
  • Patent number: 11554756
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 11557127
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 11493922
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Avram, Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi
  • Publication number: 20210278503
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes one or more wheels positioned at a bottom side of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a first light detection and ranging device (LIDAR) positioned at a top side of the vehicle opposite to the bottom side. The first LIDAR is configured to scan an environment around the vehicle based on rotation of the first LIDAR about an axis. The first LIDAR has a first resolution. The vehicle also includes a second LIDAR configured to scan a field-of-view of the environment that extends away from the vehicle along a viewing direction of the second LIDAR. The second LIDAR has a second resolution. The vehicle also includes a controller configured to operate the vehicle based on the scans of the environment by the first LIDAR and the second LIDAR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Gaetan Pennecot, Zachary Morriss, Samuel Lenius, Dorel lonut lordache, Daniel Gruver, Pierre-Yves Droz, Luke Wachter, Drew Ulrich, William McCann, Rahim Pardhan, Bernard Fidric, Anthony Levandowski, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20210201054
    Abstract: The technology relates to an exterior sensor system for a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode. The technology includes a close-in sensing (CIS) camera system to address blind spots around the vehicle. The CIS system is used to detect objects within a few meters of the vehicle. Based on object classification, the system is able to make real-time driving decisions. Classification is enhanced by employing cameras in conjunction with lidar sensors. The specific arrangement of multiple sensors in a single sensor housing is also important to object detection and classification. Thus, the positioning of the sensors and support components are selected to avoid occlusion and to otherwise prevent interference between the various sensor housing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Kimberly Toth, Jeremy Dittmer, Giulia Guidi, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 10976437
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes one or more wheels positioned at a bottom side of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a first light detection and ranging device (LIDAR) positioned at a top side of the vehicle opposite to the bottom side. The first LIDAR is configured to scan an environment around the vehicle based on rotation of the first LIDAR about an axis. The first LIDAR has a first resolution. The vehicle also includes a second LIDAR configured to scan a field-of-view of the environment that extends away from the vehicle along a viewing direction of the second LIDAR. The second LIDAR has a second resolution. The vehicle also includes a controller configured to operate the vehicle based on the scans of the environment by the first LIDAR and the second LIDAR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Gaetan Pennecot, Zachary Morriss, Samuel Lenius, Dorel Ionut Iordache, Daniel Gruver, Pierre-Yves Droz, Luke Wachter, Drew Ulrich, William Mccann, Rahim Pardhan, Bernard Fidric, Anthony Levandowski, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 10946717
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a duct, a passageway, and a plurality of nozzles spaced around the duct. The duct is sized to extend around at least a portion of the dome. The passageway may extend through the duct. The plurality of nozzles may be spaced around the duct and have first openings oriented toward the passageway and second openings oriented toward the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Paul Yeomans, Peter Avram
  • Publication number: 20210009087
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 10766463
    Abstract: A system includes a dome, a wiper assembly, a position sensor and a control device. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade configured to rotate around the dome. The position sensor may be configured to send a signal to a control device when a wiper blade passes the position sensor. The control device may include one or more processors configured to receive the signal from the position sensor and determine a location of the wiper blade relative to the dome based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Graham Doorley, Paul Thomas Hansen Karplus, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 10668785
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a duct, a passageway, and a plurality of nozzles spaced around the duct. The duct is sized to extend around at least a portion of the dome. The passageway may extend through the duct. The plurality of nozzles may be spaced around the duct and have first openings oriented toward the passageway and second openings oriented toward the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Paul Yeomans, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: RE48961
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes one or more wheels positioned at a bottom side of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a first light detection and ranging device (LIDAR) positioned at a top side of the vehicle opposite to the bottom side. The first LIDAR is configured to scan an environment around the vehicle based on rotation of the first LIDAR about an axis. The first LIDAR has a first resolution. The vehicle also includes a second LIDAR configured to scan a field-of-view of the environment that extends away from the vehicle along a viewing direction of the second LIDAR. The second LIDAR has a second resolution. The vehicle also includes a controller configured to operate the vehicle based on the scans of the environment by the first LIDAR and the second LIDAR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Gruver, Pierre-Yves Droz, Gaetan Pennecot, Anthony Levandowski, Drew Eugene Ulrich, Zachary Morriss, Luke Wachter, Dorel Ionut Iordache, Rahim Pardhan, William McCann, Bernard Fidric, Samuel William Lenius, Peter Avram