Patents by Inventor Timothy David Kentley-Klay

Timothy David Kentley-Klay 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: 10446037
    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. In particular, a method may include receiving, from a user device, a ride request to transport a user to a destination from an origin location through an autonomous vehicle system service. Based on the origin location associated with the request, an autonomous vehicle system may be selected from a fleet of autonomous vehicles to execute the ride request. The fleet may be managed by the autonomous vehicle system service. The ride request may then be provided to the autonomous vehicle system, and information about the autonomous vehicle system may also be provided to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara, Gary Linscott
  • Patent number: 10423934
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses described herein are directed to automated vehicle diagnostics and maintenance. For example, vehicles can include sensors monitoring vehicle components, for perceiving objects and obstacles in an environment, and for navigating the vehicle to a destination. Data from these and other sensors can be leveraged to track a performance of the vehicle over time to determine a state of vehicle components, and/or changes to acceleration/deceleration and steering behavior of the vehicle over time. As issues for servicing are determined, the methods, apparatuses, and systems can include automated scheduling of vehicle maintenance. For example, based on a determination of the potential issues based on sensor data and/or user indications, vehicle maintenance can be scheduled to be performed in the field or at a service center. Technicians can be assigned to perform vehicle maintenance based on the servicing issue and/or on capabilities of the technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Zanghi, Joseph Funke, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10409284
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods may be configured to implement actively-controlled light emission from a robotic vehicle. A light emitter(s) of the robotic vehicle may be configurable to indicate a direction of travel of the robotic vehicle and/or display information (e.g., a greeting, a notice, a message, a graphic, passenger/customer/client content, vehicle livery, customized livery) using one or more colors of emitted light (e.g., orange for a first direction and purple for a second direction), one or more sequences of emitted light (e.g., a moving image/graphic), or positions of light emitter(s) on the robotic vehicle (e.g., symmetrically positioned light emitters). The robotic vehicle may not have a front or a back (e.g., a trunk/a hood) and may be configured to travel bi-directionally, in a first direction or a second direction (e.g., opposite the first direction), with the direction of travel being indicated by one or more of the light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: 10401852
    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 initiate modification of trajectories to influence navigation of autonomous vehicles. In particular, a method may include receiving a teleoperation message via a communication link from an autonomous vehicle, detecting data from the teleoperation message specifying an event associated with the autonomous vehicle, identifying one or more courses of action to perform responsive to detecting the data specifying the event, and generating visualization data to present information associated with the event to a display of a teleoperator computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Rachad Youssef Gamara, Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Gary Linscott
  • Patent number: 10384718
    Abstract: Vehicle parking assist is described. In an example, computing system(s) associated with a first vehicle can receive, from sensor(s) associated with the first vehicle, sensor data associated with a second vehicle. Additionally, the computing system(s) can receive an indication that a second vehicle is proximate the first vehicle and can determine, based at least partly on the sensor data, that the second vehicle is moving toward a location proximate the first vehicle (e.g., to park). Based at least partly on the sensor data, the computing system(s) associated with the first vehicle can determine a position, an orientation, and/or a velocity of the second vehicle and based at least partly on determining the position, the orientation, and/or the velocity, can determine instruction(s) for guiding the second vehicle, for example to park. The instruction(s) can be output via light emitter(s), sound emitter(s), and/or a remote user interface associated with the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Publication number: 20190251376
    Abstract: A system for detecting a classifying objects in a vehicle can comprise one or more sensors for detecting the presence of an object, other than a passenger, on the vehicle. The system can classify the object as, for example, a personal object or trash. The system can provide a series of escalating reminders for the passenger to take the object with them when they exit the vehicle. When a personal object is left in the vehicle after the passenger has exited the vehicle, the system can communicate with a computing device of a central control or the passenger using additional communication channels such as, for example, e-mail, text, or the Internet. When trash is left in the vehicle, the vehicle can automatically contact, or return to, a maintenance facility for servicing. This can prevent the use of unclean vehicles for new passengers, among other things.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher John Stoffel, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Publication number: 20190250623
    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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Sagar Behere, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Publication number: 20190225288
    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: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Publication number: 20190227553
    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. In particular, a method may include receiving, at an autonomous vehicle system, a command to control an ambient feature associated with the autonomous vehicle system. One or more courses of action may be determined based on the command. In addition, one or more probabilistic models associated with the one or more courses of action may also be determined. Based on the one or more probabilistic models, confidence levels may also be determined to form a subset of the one or more courses of action. A course of action from the subset of the one or more courses of action may then be executed at the autonomous vehicle system responsive to the command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Publication number: 20190193666
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. In the deployed state, the expandable curtain may include first and second sides configured to extend along respective portions of first and second interior sides of the vehicle. The expandable curtain may also include a transverse portion extending between the first and second sides, and the first and second sides, and the transverse portion of the expandable curtain may form a contiguous barrier. The expandable bladder when deployed may be supported by the expandable curtain during contact by an occupant. The occupant protection system may also include a deployment control system configured to cause the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to expand to the deployed state. The occupant protection system may be used in vehicles having a carriage-style seating arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Markus Jost, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Josh Alexander Jimenez, Andrew John Piper
  • Publication number: 20190193665
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. In the deployed state, the expandable curtain may include first and second sides configured to extend along respective portions of first and second interior sides of the vehicle. The expandable curtain may also include a transverse portion extending between the first and second sides, and the first and second sides, and the transverse portion of the expandable curtain may form a contiguous barrier. The expandable bladder when deployed may be supported by the expandable curtain during contact by an occupant. The occupant protection system may also include a deployment control system configured to cause the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to expand to the deployed state. The occupant protection system may be used in vehicles having a carriage-style seating arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Josh Alexander Jimenez, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew John Piper
  • Patent number: 10334050
    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. In particular, a method may include identifying a location of a user device associated with a user, transmitting a command to an autonomous vehicle system associated with an autonomous vehicle service to transit to the location, and providing information associated with the user device to the autonomous vehicle system, where the information includes configuration data to adapt one or more sub-systems of the autonomous vehicle. Sub-systems of the autonomous vehicle may include interior lighting, ambient sound, road handling, seating configuration, communication synchronization, and temperature control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Publication number: 20190176637
    Abstract: A system for charging one or more batteries of a vehicle may include a charging box mounted to a vehicle to facilitate connection to a charge coupler from under the vehicle. The charge coupler may be configured to provide an electrical connection between an electrical power source and the charging box. A vehicle including the charging box may maneuver to a position above the charge coupler, after which electrical contacts of the charging box and the charge coupler may be brought into contact with one another. The charge coupler and/or the charging box may be configured to provide electrical communication between the electrical power source and the one or more batteries, so that the electrical power source may charge one or more of the batteries. Thereafter, the electrical contacts may be separated from one another, and the vehicle may maneuver away from the charge coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan Emrys Booth, Moritz Boecker, Kyle Matthew Foley, Robert Alan Ng, Da Liu, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Publication number: 20190176633
    Abstract: A system for charging one or more batteries of a vehicle may include a charging box mounted to a vehicle to facilitate connection to a charge coupler from under the vehicle. The charge coupler may be configured to provide an electrical connection between an electrical power source and the charging box. A vehicle including the charging box may maneuver to a position above the charge coupler, after which electrical contacts of the charging box and the charge coupler may be brought into contact with one another. The charge coupler and/or the charging box may be configured to provide electrical communication between the electrical power source and the one or more batteries, so that the electrical power source may charge one or more of the batteries. Thereafter, the electrical contacts may be separated from one another, and the vehicle may maneuver away from the charge coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan Emrys Booth, Moritz Boeker, Robert Alan Ng, Kyle Matthew Foley, Da Liu, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10317897
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing discreet wearable system for interacting with a vehicle, or fleet of vehicles. The wearable system may be worn as a necklace, bracelet, anklet, or the like and allows for communication between a passenger and a vehicle, or fleet of vehicles. A passenger may summon or cancel a ride, alter interior lighting and music levels, or otherwise control a vehicle by interacting with the wearable system. Such interaction includes signals generated by a microphone, by a touch sensor, or by gesture recognition. The wearable system communicates to the passenger a successful summoning of a ride, successfully canceling a ride, and a time to arrival by combinations of vibrations, light emissions, and audio alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Karen Kaushansky, Vincent Mamo
  • Publication number: 20190171218
    Abstract: Remote controlling of a vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, may sometimes be more efficient and/or reliable. Such control, however, may require processes for ensuring safety of surrounding persons and objects. Aspects of this disclosure include using onboard sensors to detect objects in an environment and alter remote commands according to such objects, e.g. by reducing a maximum permitted velocity of the vehicle as a function of distance to detected objects. In some examples described herein, such remote controlling may be performed by using objects in the environment as control objects, with movements of the control objects resulting in movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Marcus Hammond, Marc Wimmershoff, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10303174
    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: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara, Sagar Behere
  • Patent number: 10303961
    Abstract: A system for detecting a classifying objects in a vehicle can comprise one or more sensors for detecting the presence of an object, other than a passenger, on the vehicle. The system can classify the object as, for example, a personal object or trash. The system can provide a series of escalating reminders for the passenger to take the object with them when they exit the vehicle. When a personal object is left in the vehicle after the passenger has exited the vehicle, the system can communicate with a computing device of a central control or the passenger using additional communication channels such as, for example, e-mail, text, or the Internet. When trash is left in the vehicle, the vehicle can automatically contact, or return to, a maintenance facility for servicing. This can prevent the use of unclean vehicles for new passengers, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Stoffel, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10289984
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses described herein are directed to automated vehicle diagnostics and maintenance. For example, vehicles can include sensors monitoring vehicle components, for perceiving objects and obstacles in an environment, and for navigating the vehicle to a destination. Data from these and other sensors can be leveraged to track a performance of the vehicle over time to determine a state of vehicle components, and/or changes to acceleration/deceleration and steering behavior of the vehicle over time. As issues for servicing are determined, the methods, apparatuses, and systems can include automated scheduling of vehicle maintenance. For example, based on a determination of the potential issues based on sensor data and/or user indications, vehicle maintenance can be scheduled to be performed in the field or at a service center. Technicians can be assigned to perform vehicle maintenance based on the servicing issue and/or on capabilities of the technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Zanghi, Joseph Funke, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Publication number: 20190138000
    Abstract: Techniques for performing multiple simultaneous pose generation for an autonomous vehicle. For instance, a system that navigates the autonomous vehicle can include at least a first component that determines first poses for the autonomous vehicle using at least a first portion of sensor data captured by one or more sensors and a second component that determines second poses for the autonomous vehicle using at least a second portion of the sensor data. The first component may have more computational resources than the second component and determine poses at a different frequency than the second component. The system may generate trajectories for the autonomous vehicle using the first poses when the first component is operating correctly. Additionally, the system may generate trajectories for the autonomous vehicle using the second poses when the first component is not operating correctly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Marcus Hammond, Timothy David Kentley-Klay