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 new patent  Sensor cleaning system for vehicles

A device for cleaning a sensor can include a first valve, a second valve, a set of fluid nozzles, and a housing structure. The housing structure includes a first channel to enable fluid to move from the first valve to the set of fluid nozzles, a cavity, a second channel... Uber Technologies Inc

 new patent  Sensor cleaning system for vehicles

A device for cleaning a sensor can include a support structure and a platform assembly. The platform assembly can include a platform structure that includes a set of channels and a raised lip structure that is provided around at least a portion of the perimeter of the platform structure. The... Uber Technologies Inc

Predictive sensor array configuration system for an autonomous vehicle

An autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a set of sensors generating sensor data corresponding to a surrounding environment of the AV. The AV can further include a control system that determines imminent lighting conditions for one or more cameras of the set of sensors, and executes a set of configurations... Uber Technologies Inc

Point of interest search along a route

A system includes a GPS module, user interface module, database and routing engine. To find nearby POIs in one embodiment the routing engine identifies POIs in the database located within a threshold distance from the planned route in Euclidean distance. The routing engine filters the results by exploring the road... Uber Technologies Inc

Instant messaging private tags

Systems for instant messaging private tags preferably comprise a parser for parsing an instant message for sensitive data and an encryption engine for encrypting the sensitive data. A modified uuencoder is also preferably included for converting the encrypted sensitive data into a data stream that complies with an XML format.... Uber Technologies Inc

Autonomous vehicle localization using submaps

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Providing alternative routing options to a rider of a transportation management system

A transportation management system coordinates the transportation of riders by drivers integrated with the system. To provide control to the rider of the route used during a trip provided by a given driver, the transportation management system computes several alternative routing options between the trip's origin location and destination location.... Uber Technologies Inc

Autonomous vehicle control using submaps

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

System and managing submaps for controlling autonomous vehicles

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Detecting deviations in driving behavior for autonomous vehicles

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Autonomous vehicle localization using image analysis and manipulation

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Static object detection for operating autonomous vehicle

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Perception system for autonomous vehicle

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Autonomous vehicle localization using passive image data

A system to use submaps to control operation of a vehicle is disclosed. A storage system may be provided with a vehicle to store a collection of submaps that represent a geographic area where the vehicle may be driven. A programmatic interface may be provided to receive submaps and submap... Uber Technologies Inc

Bluetooth device and data scheduler

A method and device for wireless data transmission are described. A device receives sets of sensor data associated with respective sensor measurements for a vehicle. The device determines a priority for each of the sets of sensor data based on an amount of data stored for that sensor measurement in... Uber Technologies Inc

Navigation lane guidance

A navigation system provides lane guidance for a navigation route. The navigation route specifies actions for a user to navigate a route from an originating point to a destination along a set of road segments. The lane guidance at a position along the navigation route scores the lanes and provides... Uber Technologies Inc

Selecting a route to a destination based on zones

A travel coordination system provides suggestions to providers for where they should go to reduce the wait time between trips. A geographic region is broken down into zones and a score is generated for each zone. A zone score can be generated by determining the estimated wait time for the... Uber Technologies Inc

Programmatically determining location information in connection with a transport service

A system for programmatically determining location information in connection with a transport service is disclosed. A driver can operate a driver device and can be assigned to provide a transport service for a user. Based on the current location of the driver device with respect to the pickup location for... Uber Technologies Inc

Trip termination determination for on-demand transport

In context of a transportation service provided through a transport arrangement service, examples determine a point of trip termination for a trip. The point of trip termination can be determined from passive information that is collected from a computing device of a driver. The point of trip termination can be... Uber Technologies Inc

Methods and systems for providing alerts to a driver of a vehicle via condition detection and wireless communications

A monitoring system can determine that a vehicle is not being operated by a driver. Based on the vehicle not being operated, the monitoring system can analyze data from one or more sensors of the vehicle to monitor a passenger compartment of the vehicle. Based on the data from the... Uber Technologies Inc

Disparity mapping for an autonomous vehicle

A disparity mapping system for an autonomous vehicle can include a stereoscopic camera which acquires a first image and a second image of a scene. The system generates baseline disparity data from a location and orientation of the stereoscopic camera and three-dimensional environment data for the environment around the camera.... Uber Technologies Inc

User-specific landmarks for navigation systems

A server identifies landmarks associated with users as the users take part in trips or otherwise interact with a navigation system. The server causes presentation of the identified landmarks to the users during future trips, such as part of navigational directions along a route to a particular destination, or on... Uber Technologies Inc

Facilitating user action based on transmissions of data to mobile devices

A system to facilitate user action is disclosed. The system receives a first set of data indicating a request and an event identifier from an event provider device, and generates and transmits a first notification based, at least in part, on the first set of data to a set of... Uber Technologies Inc

Matching flexible users in a travel coordination system

A travel coordination system allows users to submit flexible trip requests that allow the users to be matched with either riders or providers. A flexible user can submit a flexible trip request that can include a start location or a destination location. The flexible trip request may include matching preferences... Uber Technologies Inc

Hierarchical selection process

A network system can communicate with a user device and receive a set of request data for a scheduled request at a scheduled date and a scheduled time. The set of request data indicates a start location and a destination location for the scheduled request. The network system can record... Uber Technologies Inc

Determining location information using a location data point provided by a computing device

A system and method for determining location information using a location data point provided by a computing device is described. A location data point is received by a system from a client computing device. The system determines whether the location data point is within a predefined region from a plurality... Uber Technologies Inc

Vehicle sensor calibration system

A vehicle sensor calibration system can detect an SDV on a turntable surrounded by a plurality of fiducial targets, and rotate the turntable using a control mechanism to provide the sensor system of the SDV with a sensor view of the plurality of fiducial targets. The vehicle sensor calibration system... Uber Technologies Inc

Facilitating rider pick-up for a self-driving vehicle

A control system of a self-driving vehicle (SDV) can process sensor data from the sensor system to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV throughout a given region. The control system can receive a transport directive from a transport facilitation system to service a pick-up request from... Uber Technologies Inc

Quantification of user receptiveness via machine learning

A server provides communications to users and evaluates actions of the users after the provision of the communications to determine how receptive the various users are to such communications. Receptiveness is determined through a training process involving the formation of training sets based on whether users a test set of... Uber Technologies Inc

Parking identification and availability prediction

A system includes a model generating component to generate a prediction tree model based on training data and an input component to receive input data including a destination in a geographical area. A computation component identifies at least one parking venue or at least one parking space near the destination... Uber Technologies Inc

Method for maintaining active control of an autonomous vehicle

A method for operating an autonomous vehicle can involve monitoring a throttle position of a throttle pedal on the semi-autonomous vehicle. Once the throttle pedal is found to no longer be depressed, the vehicle can be returned to human control.... Uber Technologies Inc

Control system to adjust operation of an autonomous vehicle based on a probability of interference by a dynamic object

An autonomous vehicle operates to obtain sensor data for a road segment that is in front of the vehicle. The autonomous vehicle can include a control system which processes the sensor data to determine an interference value that reflects a probability that at least a detected object will interfere with... Uber Technologies Inc

Object detection for an autonomous vehicle

An object detection system for an autonomous vehicle processes sensor data, including one or more images, obtained for a road segment on which the autonomous vehicle is being driven. The object detection system compares the images to three-dimensional (3D) environment data for the road segment to determine pixels in the... Uber Technologies Inc

Sensory stimulation system for an autonomous vehicle

A sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicle (AV) can determine a set of maneuvers of the AV. Based on each respective maneuver, the sensory stimulation system can determine a set of visual stimulation outputs to provide a passenger of the AV with visual indications of the respective maneuver. The sensory... Uber Technologies Inc

11/02/17 / #20170316359

Determining a location related to on-demand services through use of portable computing devices

A method for determining a location relating to an on-demand service on a computing device is provided. One or more processors receiving a transport request from a user. The transport request specifies at least one of a pick-up region or a drop-off region. One or more locations of interests within... Uber Technologies Inc

11/02/17 / #20170316696

Transport vehicle configuration for impaired riders

A system can accommodate riders of a transportation arrangement service that have certain physical impairments, such as visual, hearing, or movement impairments. In certain aspects, a transportation facilitation system can create rider profiles that specify a particular impairment, and vehicle profiles indicating accommodation features. The transport facilitation system can receive... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170305360

External sensor assembly for vehicles

A sensor assembly may include a housing and a collection of optical sensors. The housing may include a base portion, and a raised portion defining a summit of the housing. A collection of optical sensors may include a first set of forward-facing optical sensors individually aligned with a corresponding opening... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307738

Lidar scanner calibration

A LiDAR sensor can include a laser configured to output electromagnetic pulses and an optical splitter positioned to split each of the electromagnetic pulses into (i) at least one calibration pulse, and (ii) at least one external pulse directed toward an object external from the LiDAR sensor. The LiDAR sensor... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307763

Road registration differential gps

A system and method of calibrating satellite signals broadcast by one or more satellites of a satellite positioning system. The system receives sensor data from one or more sensors provided on a vehicle. The system further detects satellite signals from the one or more satellites, and determines timing offsets associated... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308560

Location searching with category indices

A map searching system determines locations responsive to a search query. The map searching system parses the search query to generate a set of search tokens and searches a plurality of location category indices using the search tokens. The location category indices specify indexes of locations according to various location... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308819

Flexible departure time for trip requests

A travel coordination system allows a rider to request a trip with a flexible departure time. The rider can specify a pick-up location, a trip destination, a target trip price, and a departure timeframe for the trip. The travel coordination system attempts to assign the rider to a provider at... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309083

Determining an amount for a toll based on location data points provided by a computing device

A method for calculating a fare for a transport service is provided. One or more processors receive a plurality of location data points from a computing device associated with a vehicle providing the transport service. The plurality of location data points correspond to a route of travel during performance of... Uber Technologies Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309552

System and verifying users for a network service using existing users

A network computer system verifies users for a network service using verification input provided by existing users. The network computer system may determine a set of existing users of the network service based on information obtained from an information resource of the user's computing device. The network computer system may... Uber Technologies Inc

10/19/17 / #20170303110

Trip anomaly detection system

An anomaly detection system is provided in connection with a transport service. The anomaly detection system can construct routine route profiles for individual users of the transport service using historical route data. The anomaly detection system can monitor a current route traveled by a user. The anomaly detection system can... Uber Technologies Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294130

Rider-vehicle handshake

An autonomous vehicle (AV) and a mobile computing device can perform a rider to vehicle handshake utilizing flash codes received from a backend transport facilitation system. Upon approaching a pick-up location, the AV can output a flash sequence, which can be detected by the mobile computing device to identify the... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170282675

Thermal reduction system for an autonomous vehicle

A thermal reduction system for an autonomous vehicle can include a fluid pump pumping cooling fluid through one or more fluid lines of a cooling rack to cool a data processing system of the autonomous vehicle. The thermal reduction system can further include a cabin radiator receiving the cooling fluid... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170282821

Transport facilitation system for configuring a service vehicle for a user

A transport facilitation system can receive a pick-up request from a user device running a designated application of a transportation arrangement service managed by the transport facilitation system, where the pick-up request comprising a unique identifier and a pick-up location. Using the unique identifier, the transport facilitation system can perform... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170284147

Detecting objects within a vehicle in connection with a service

A system for monitoring a vehicle used in providing a service is disclosed. The system detects when the service is complete, and upon detecting that the service is complete, the system determines, from one or more sensors of the vehicle, that an object which should have been removed from the... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170284148

Detecting objects within a vehicle in connection with a service

A system for monitoring a vehicle used in providing a service is disclosed. The system detects when the service is complete, and upon detecting that the service is complete, the system determines, from one or more sensors of the vehicle, that an object which should have been removed from the... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170284819

Utilizing accelerometer data to configure an autonomous vehicle for a user

A system can analyze accelerometer data and location data from a mobile computing device to determine a set of user attributes for a user of the mobile computing device. In certain implementations, the set of user attributes can be utilized by a backend transport facilitation system to configure an autonomous... Uber Technologies Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285642

Optimizing timing for configuring an autonomous vehicle

An autonomous vehicle (AV) can receive a pick-up location from a backend transport facilitation system to service a pick-up request from a requesting user. The AV can further process sensor data from a sensor array of the AV to dynamically identify potential hazards while autonomously operating the AV along a... Uber Technologies Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277186

Autonomous vehicle communication configuration system

An autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a communication system to communicate with a backend system, a sensor system to collect sensor data representing an operational environment of the AV, and a control system that can processes the sensor data to perform a localization operation to determine a location and an... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170267166

User-configurable indication device for use with an on-demand transport service

A system and method for configuring an indication device is described. An on-demand service system arranges a transport service for a user to be provided by a driver. The system determines whether the user has specified an output configuration for an indication device in an account of the user. In... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269593

Drive-by-wire control system

A user interface device for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an autonomy engage selector and a plurality of vehicle interfaces connected in series. Each of the plurality of vehicle interfaces can correspond to a respective vehicle operation and can include a relay that engages when the vehicle interface is... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269601

System and sensor triggering for synchronized operation

A sensor triggering system for a sensor apparatus including a plurality of sensors. The system detects a first sensor pulse and determines a memory address of a lookup table based on the first sensor pulse. In response to the first sensor pulse, the system selectively triggers one or more of... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269940

Secure start system for an autonomous vehicle

A secure start system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a compute stack and a communications router. The communications router can include an encrypted router drive and an input interface to receive a boot-loader that includes a basic decryption key to decrypt the encrypted router drive and enable network... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270794

Target addressing system

Examples include a system and service for addressing users, vehicles, and service providers to targets using multi-segmented routes and/or targets whom are persons.... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272901

Network computer system to address service providers to contacts

According to some examples, a network computer system is provided to perform a first process to authorize a service request using a contact identifier, and to perform a second process to obtain a service parameter for addressing a service provider to a contact. Upon completion of the first process, the... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272918

Providing route information to devices during a shared transport service

A system and method of providing information about a transport service to user devices are described. The system arranges a transport service for a first user and a second user. The system determines first data corresponding to a first route from a location of a driver device of the driver... Uber Technologies Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272943

Secure start system for an autonomous vehicle

A secure start system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can detect startup of the AV and transmit credentials to a backend system. When the credentials are authenticated, the secure start system can receive a tunnel key from the backend system. Using the tunnel key, the secure start system can establish... Uber Technologies Inc

09/14/17 / #20170259753

Sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle

A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through... Uber Technologies Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262659

Multi-level encryption of tokenized protected data

A system uses a multi-level encryption and tokenization mechanism to allow for fields of a larger object to be individually tokenized and encrypted. Protected data is encrypted using an encryption key and a generated token is displayed in its place. The encryption key is then encrypted using a secondary key.... Uber Technologies Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262709

Traffic signal analysis system

A traffic signal analysis system can receive image data from one or more cameras of an autonomous vehicle, where the image data includes a traffic signaling system located at an intersection. The traffic signal analysis system can determine a pass-through action for the autonomous vehicle through the intersection, and access... Uber Technologies Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262770

Cascaded boosted predictive models

Cascaded, boosted predictive models trained using distinct sets of exogenous and endogenous features are configured to predict component of performance ratings of entities. From the distinct predicted components, the second entity's rating factor can be determined. A second entity's rating factor represents the specific contribution a second entity makes to... Uber Technologies Inc

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09/07/17 / #20170253252

Sensory stimulation for an autonomous vehicle

A sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicle (AV) can monitor AV data indicating actions to be performed by the AV. The sensory stimulation system can further provide a user interface the enables riders of the AV to adjust output parameters of the sensory stimulation system. Based at least in part... Uber Technologies Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253254

Sensory stimulation system for an autonomous vehicle

A sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicle (AV) can monitor a set of maneuvers of the AV. Based on each respective maneuver, the sensory stimulation system can determine a set of sensory stimulation outputs to provide a rider of the AV with sensory indications of the respective maneuver. The sensory... Uber Technologies Inc

09/07/17 / #20170254880

Dynamic range setting for vehicular radars

A vehicle control system includes a set of radars, with each radar of the set including a depth setting which controls a corresponding range of the radar. The corresponding range of at least one radar may be adjusted based on contextual information, as determined by the vehicle when the vehicle... Uber Technologies Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255199

Planar-beam, light detection and ranging system

A planar-beam, light detection and ranging (PLADAR) system can include a laser scanner that emits a planar-beam, and a detector array that detects reflected light from the planar beam.... Uber Technologies Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248430

Dynamically providing position information of a transit object to a computing device

A system and method for providing position information of a transit object to a computing device is provided. Global positioning satellite (GPS) information of a transit object can be periodically received. For each of some of the GPS information, one or more candidate points of a transit system can be... Uber Technologies Inc

08/24/17 / #20170240096

Intention signaling for an autonomous vehicle

An intention signaling system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can monitor sensor information indicating a situational environment of the AV, and detect an external entity based, at least in part, on the sensor data. The intention signaling system can generate an output to signal one of an intent of the... Uber Technologies Inc

08/24/17 / #20170240098

Lighting device for a vehicle

A control system of a self-driving vehicle (SDV) can process sensor data from a sensor system of the SDV to autonomously control acceleration, steering, and braking systems of the SDV along a current route. Based on the current route, the control system can dynamically determine a set of immediate actions... Uber Technologies Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236411

Network computer system for analyzing driving actions of drivers on road segments of a geographic region

Examples include a network computer system and/or service which operates to remotely monitor vehicles to detect and characterize driving actions of drivers with respect to specific road segments of a roadway.... Uber Technologies Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227370

Reducing wait time of providers of ride services using zone scoring

A travel coordination system provides information to providers to reduce the wait time between trips. A region is partitioned into zones and generates a score for each zone. A zone score can be generated by estimating the wait time for the zone, which may be determined by a model for... Uber Technologies Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227371

Selecting a route to a destination based on zones

A travel coordination system provides suggestions to providers for where they should go to reduce the wait time between trips. A geographic region is broken down into zones and a score is generated for each zone. A zone score can be generated by determining the estimated wait time for the... Uber Technologies Inc

08/03/17 / #20170219360

Simplifying gps data for map building and distance calculation

A tracking server receives GPS data from a location tracking device located in a vehicle. The GPS data describes a path that is representative of a pathway of the vehicle used to complete a trip from a starting location to a destination location. The tracking server identifies noisy GPS data... Uber Technologies Inc

08/03/17 / #20170219372

Street-level guidance via route path

A street-level view can realistically reflect that objects occlude depicted route paths. Such objects can include guardrails, buildings, or any of a variety of other objects as described herein. A superior user experience that portrays route paths while taking real-world geometry into account can result.... Uber Technologies Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220237

Computer execution of application with selective launch behavior

A computing device retrieves configuration data from a local source that is resident on the computing device, but external to the application. One or more metadata sets are selected based on the configuration data. The computing device displays animation that utilizes the one or more metadata sets before the application... Uber Technologies Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220240

In-application interactive notification

A system and method of providing information on a computing device is described. A client application can present a user interface on a display of the computing device. An in-application notification can be presented on the display as part of the user interface. The in-application notification can include graphic content... Uber Technologies Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221071

Issue resolution platform

An issue resolution platform is implemented on a computer system that communicates with user devices over a network.... Uber Technologies Inc

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07/13/17 / #20170201914

Non-interrupted handoff of real-time network-distributed services

A real-time service is distributed across multiple hosts, with different instances of the service running on the different hosts. Instances of a current (non-updated) version of a service run concurrently with instances of an updated version of the same service for some period of time. In order to smoothly handoff... Uber Technologies Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195476

Dynamically controlling the presentation of a graphic feature based on location information

A system and method of operating a mobile device is described. The mobile device can determine its current location and determine whether a location-based service, which can be requested by a user operating the mobile device, is available for use at the current location. In response to determining that the... Uber Technologies Inc

06/29/17 / #20170186056

Providing on-demand services through use of portable computing devices

A computing device or system is operable to display a service option feature that includes graphic features which individually correspond to a respective service option of a plurality of service options. Service-specific information is provided on the display for a first service option that is based, at least in part,... Uber Technologies Inc

06/22/17 / #20170174037

Thermal reduction system for an automated vehicle

An automated vehicle (AV) can include a data processing system housed in a cooling rack, and a thermal reduction system to provide cooling for the data processing system. The thermal reduction system can include a fluid pump to pump cooling fluid through the cooling rack, a cabin radiator to receive... Uber Technologies Inc

06/22/17 / #20170174259

Integrated clutch steering system

An integrated clutch steering mechanism for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a steering clutch coupled to a steering column of the AV, and an AV steering motor coupled to the steering clutch. The AV steering motor can apply torque to the steering column via the steering clutch to control... Uber Technologies Inc

06/22/17 / #20170175431

Detecting objects within a vehicle in connection with a service

A system for monitoring a vehicle used in providing a service is disclosed. The system detects when the service is complete, and upon detecting that the service is complete, the system determines, from one or more sensors of the vehicle, that an object which should have been removed from the... Uber Technologies Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177000

Intelligent lens masking system for an autonomous vehicle

An intelligent lens masking system for a camera array of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an array interface to receive real-time data from the camera array as the AV travels along a given route, where each camera of the camera array may include a masking layer on its lens.... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170166215

Vehicle control system using tire sensor data

An automated or autonomous vehicle obtains measurements from at least a first tire sensor, where the measurements reflect a grip state and/or grip margin. The tire sensor information be synchronized with location information, identifying a location where the tire sensor information was obtained.... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170166216

Motion planning for a vehicle using traction information

A vehicle determines an expected traction value for a region of a road segment on which the vehicle is approaching. A set of motion parameters may be determined based on the expected traction value. A vehicle control operation can be implemented based on the determined set of motion parameters.... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170167881

Vehicle traction map for autonomous vehicles

A vehicle determines a traction value for a surface of a road segment, and associates the traction value with a location of the surface. The vehicle stores the traction value and location as part of a traction map.... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170167888

Planning trips on a road network using traction information for the road network

A computer system maintains, for a given geographic region, a data structure that identifies a traction value for each of a plurality of locations of a road network within a geographic region. At least of a start or destination location is determined for the trip. The computer system may plan... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168146

Dynamic lidar sensor controller

A laser imaging, detection and ranging (LIDAR) system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a LIDAR sensor comprising a plurality of configurable parameters, and a sensor controller. The sensor controller can execute sensor configuration logic to adjust one or more of the plurality of configurable parameters of the LIDAR sensor... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168489

System and method to determine traction of discrete locations of a road segment

A computer system operates to determine a traction value for each of a plurality of regions of the road network. A region of the road network for which the traction value is unknown is identified. A vehicle is directed to operate over the region of the road network to obtain... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168494

Formatting sensor data for use in autonomous vehicle communications platform

A sensor interface for an autonomous vehicle. The sensor interface generates a plurality of sensor pulses that are each offset in phase relative to a local clock signal by a respective amount. The sensor interface receives sensor data from a sensor apparatus and formats the sensor data based at least... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168495

Active light sensors for determining expected traction value of a road segment

A system and method to control a vehicle, provides for directing light onto a region of a road surface on which the vehicle is moving. A variation in a characteristic of a reflection of the directed light is determined. Accumulated precipitation is detected on at least the region of the... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168500

System and method to determine traction ability of vehicles in operation

A computer system operates to determine a traction value for each of a plurality of regions of a road network. The computer system identifies a region of the road network for which the traction value is known. The computer system may direct a vehicle to operate over a region of... Uber Technologies Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169535

Suggested pickup location for ride services

A travel coordination system coordinates travel between a client and a provider to a destination. The client and provider meet at a pickup location and the provider transports the client (or an item or object from the client) to the destination. The travel coordination system automatically suggests a pickup location... Uber Technologies Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160742

Autonomous vehicle communication configuration system

An autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a communication system to communicate with a backend system, a sensor system to collect sensor data representing an operational environment of the AV, and a control system that can processes the sensor data to (i) perform a localization operation to determine a location and... Uber Technologies Inc

06/08/17 / #20170162057

Automated vehicle communications system

An automated vehicle (AV) can be managed by a backend system and include an acceleration, braking, and steering system, an AV control system to maneuver the AV through road traffic throughout a given region, a memory to store a network resource map indicating locations of base stations and available network... Uber Technologies Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163398

Backend communications system for a fleet of autonomous vehicles

A backend communications system can manage communications, using transmission control protocol (TCP), between a fleet of AVs in a given region and a backend system that manages transportation for the fleet of AVs. For each of the fleet of AVs, the backend communications system can select a designated one of... Uber Technologies Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164257

Optimizing communication for autonomous vehicles

A system for managing network connections for AVs can store a spectrum heat map that indicates network coverage strength for networks throughout a given region. The system can identify a travel route for a selected AV. Using the spectrum heat map, the system can determine a connection schedule for the... Uber Technologies Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164423

Automated vehicle mesh networking configuration

An autonomous vehicle (AV) tracking and updating system tracks locations of AVs traveling throughout a given region. Using a stored network resource map, the system identifies a number of network-limited areas in the given region, and determines when respective AVs will enter one of the network-limited areas. In response, the... Uber Technologies Inc








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