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1. US20180259957 - Preparing autonomous vehicles for turns

Office
United States of America
Application Number 15454271
Application Date 09.03.2017
Publication Number 20180259957
Publication Date 13.09.2018
Grant Number 11009875
Grant Date 18.05.2021
Publication Kind B2
IPC
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GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
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1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
G05D 1/02
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
G08G 1/16
GPHYSICS
08SIGNALLING
GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
1Traffic control systems for road vehicles
16Anti-collision systems
B62D 15/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
15Steering not otherwise provided for
02Steering position indicators
G01C 21/26
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/-G01C19/104
26specially adapted for navigation in a road network
G06K 9/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
CPC
B62D 15/0265
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
15Steering not otherwise provided for
02Steering position indicators ; ; Steering position determination; Steering aids
025Active steering aids, e.g. helping the driver by actively influencing the steering system after environment evaluation
0265Automatic obstacle avoidance by steering
G05D 1/0088
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
0088characterized by the autonomous decision making process, e.g. artificial intelligence, predefined behaviours
G01C 21/26
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/00 - G01C19/00
26specially adapted for navigation in a road network
G05D 1/021
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
021specially adapted to land vehicles
G08G 1/166
GPHYSICS
08SIGNALLING
GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
1Traffic control systems for road vehicles
16Anti-collision systems
166for active traffic, e.g. moving vehicles, pedestrians, bikes
G08G 1/167
GPHYSICS
08SIGNALLING
GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
1Traffic control systems for road vehicles
16Anti-collision systems
167Driving aids for lane monitoring, lane changing, e.g. blind spot detection
Applicants Waymo LLC
Inventors Benjamin Charrow
Nathaniel Fairfield
Agents Botos Churchill IP Law
Title
(EN) Preparing autonomous vehicles for turns
Abstract
(EN)

The technology relates to maneuvering a vehicle prior to making a turn from a current lane of the vehicle. As an example, a route that includes making the turn from the lane is identified. An area of the lane prior to the turn having a lane width of at least a predetermined size is also identified. Sensor data identifying an object within the lane is received from a perception system of a vehicle. Characteristics of the object, including a location of the object relative to the vehicle, are identified from the sensor data. The vehicle is then maneuvered through the area prior to making the turn using the identified characteristics.