Patents by Inventor Timothy David Kentley

Timothy David Kentley 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: 20220016989
    Abstract: A system for charging a battery carried by a vehicle may include a charging box for coupling to a vehicle chassis and including interface electrical contacts electrically coupled to the battery. The system may also include a charge coupler including coupler electrical contacts for electrically coupling to the interface electrical contacts from under the vehicle and configured to be coupled to an electrical power supply. The charging box may include an interface activation surface, and the charge coupler may include a housing for enclosing the coupler electrical contacts and including a base for supporting the coupler electrical contacts, a coupler activation surface opposite the base, an opening, and a door configured to open the opening to expose the coupler electrical contacts as the interface activation surface contacts the coupler activation surface and moves the coupler activation surface toward the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Moritz Boecker, Bryan Emrys Booth, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: 11181913
    Abstract: A method and system of using excess computational resources on autonomous vehicles. Such excess computational resources may be available during periods of low demand, or other periods of idleness (e.g., parking). Where portions of computing resources are available amongst a fleet of vehicles, such excess computing resources may be pooled as a single resource. The excess computational resources may be used, for example, to train and/or test machine-learning models. Performance metrics of such models may be determined using hardware and software on the autonomous vehicle, for example sensors. Models having performance metrics outperforming current models may be considered as validated models. Validated models may be transmitted to a remote computing system for dissemination to a fleet of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 11176426
    Abstract: A system for detecting and/or mitigating the effects of an obstruction on a surface of a sensor may include a surface configured to receive the sensor, and comprising a sensor window configured to provide a path through which the sensor senses the environment. The system may also include a vibratory actuator configured to facilitate vibration of the sensor window and a heating element configured to heat the sensor window. The system may further include an obstruction detection system configured to detect an obstruction, such as moisture, and an obstruction mitigation controller configured to initiate activation of the vibratory actuator and/or the heating element to mitigate the obstruction. The obstruction detection system may be configured to receive a signal from one or more sensors and detect the obstruction based at least in part on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan McMichael, Daniel Elliot Schabb, Anubhav Thakur, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Jon Robert Torrey
  • Patent number: 11167812
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods to implement sectional design (e.g., in quadrants) of an autonomous vehicle may include modular construction techniques to assemble an autonomous vehicle from multiple structural sections. The multiple structural sections may be configured to implement radial and bilateral symmetry. A structural section based configuration may include a power supply configuration (e.g., using rechargeable batteries) including a double-backed power supply system. The power supply system may include a kill switch disposed on a power supply (e.g., at an end of a rechargeable battery). The kill switch may be configured to disable the power supply system in the event of an emergency or after a collision, for example. The radial and bilateral symmetry may provide for bi-directional driving operations of the autonomous vehicle as the vehicle may not have a designated front end or a back end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 11130412
    Abstract: A system for charging a battery carried by a vehicle may include a charging box for coupling to a vehicle chassis and including interface electrical contacts electrically coupled to the battery. The system may also include a charge coupler including coupler electrical contacts for electrically coupling to the interface electrical contacts from under the vehicle and configured to be coupled to an electrical power supply. The charging box may include an interface activation surface, and the charge coupler may include a housing for enclosing the coupler electrical contacts and including a base for supporting the coupler electrical contacts, a coupler activation surface opposite the base, an opening, and a door configured to open the opening to expose the coupler electrical contacts as the interface activation surface contacts the coupler activation surface and moves the coupler activation surface toward the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Moritz Boecker, Bryan Emrys Booth, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: 11104394
    Abstract: Vehicles may be composed of a relatively few number of “modules” that are assembled together during a final assembly process. An example vehicle may include a body module, a first drive module coupled to a first end of the body module, and a second drive module coupled to a second end of the body module. One or both of the drive modules may include a pair of wheels, a battery, an electric drive motor, and/or a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. One or both of the drive modules may also include a crash structure to absorb impacts. If a component of a drive module fails or is damaged, the drive module can be quickly and easily replaced with a new drive module, minimizing vehicle down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Birnschein, Adriano Di Pietro, Kyle Matthew Foley, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew Piper
  • Patent number: 11099561
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles use accurate maps for navigation. Manually controlling such an autonomous vehicle in certain areas may expand regions the vehicle may service. Such manual control may also be more efficient, safer, and/or reliable, in some instances. Aspects of this disclosure describe techniques for manual control of an autonomous vehicle in unmapped regions. For example, a vehicle may determine and autonomously travel to a mapped location proximate an unmapped destination, and may then be manually controlled from the mapped location to the unmapped destination. In addition, during manual control through the unmapped region, data may be collected using sensors on the autonomous vehicle to map the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 11099574
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods implemented in algorithms, hardware, software, firmware, logic, or circuitry may be configured to process data and sensory input to determine whether an object external to an autonomous vehicle (e.g., another vehicle, a pedestrian, road debris, a bicyclist, etc.) may be a potential collision threat to the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may be configured to implement interior active safety systems to protect passengers of the autonomous vehicle during a collision with an object or during evasive maneuvers by the autonomous vehicle, for example. The interior active safety systems may be configured to provide passengers with notice of an impending collision and/or emergency maneuvers by the vehicle by tensioning seat belts prior to executing an evasive maneuver and/or prior to a predicted point of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Sagar Behere, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: 11091092
    Abstract: Systems and methods implemented in algorithms, software, firmware, logic, or circuitry may be configured to process data to determine whether an object external to an autonomous vehicle is a person (e.g., such as a pedestrian) or other classification (e.g., such as a vehicle), and may be further configured to determine a position of the person relative to the autonomous vehicle. Logic may be configured to direct acoustic energy (e.g., via vehicular acoustic beam-forming) to an object external to the autonomous vehicle as an audible acoustic alert. The vehicle-related acoustic beam may be directed to a driver in another vehicle. Logic may be configured to track the motion of external objects, such as a pedestrian crossing from one side of the street to the other, and may correspondingly steer the direction of the vehicle-related acoustic beam(s) to track the person's movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Jesse Sol Levinson, Amanda Blair Lind
  • Patent number: 11067983
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide an autonomous vehicle fleet as a service. More specifically, systems, devices, and methods are configured to manage a fleet of autonomous vehicles. In particular, a method may include determining destination locations for autonomous vehicles, calculating, at an autonomous vehicle service platform, delivery locations to which the autonomous vehicles are directed, identifying data to implement a delivery location associated with an autonomous vehicle, and transmitting data representing a command to the autonomous vehicle. The command may be configured to cause navigation of the autonomous vehicle to the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: D923917
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Adelaide Celeste Daniell, Auver Cedric Austria
  • Patent number: D924726
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D924727
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D927026
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Richard Luke Osellame, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D927365
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D929916
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D931175
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D931767
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D934745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel
  • Patent number: D936981
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nahuel Elias Battaglia, Herman Francisco Delos Santos, Richard Luke Osellame, Christopher John Stoffel