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1. US11029395 - Systems and methods for pulsed-wave LIDAR

Office
United States of America
Application Number 16917297
Application Date 30.06.2020
Publication Number 11029395
Publication Date 08.06.2021
Grant Number 11029395
Grant Date 08.06.2021
Publication Kind B1
IPC
G01S 7/484
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SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
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483Details of pulse systems
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48of systems according to group G01S17/58
481Constructional features, e.g. arrangements of optical elements
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17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
10using transmission of interrupted, pulse-modulated waves
26wherein the transmitted pulses use a frequency-modulated or phase-modulated carrier wave, e.g. for pulse compression of received signals
G01S 17/58
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
50Systems of measurement based on relative movement of target
58Velocity or trajectory determination systems; Sense-of-movement determination systems
G01S 17/931
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01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
88Lidar systems, specially adapted for specific applications
93for anti-collision purposes
931of land vehicles
G01S 17/34
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01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
32using transmission of continuous waves, whether amplitude-, frequency-, or phase-modulated, or unmodulated
34using transmission of continuous, frequency-modulated waves while heterodyning the received signal, or a signal derived therefrom, with a locally-generated signal related to the contemporaneously transmitted signal
CPC
G01S 7/4814
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/00, G01S15/00, G01S17/00
48of systems according to group G01S17/00
481Constructional features, e.g. arrangements of optical elements
4814of transmitters alone
G01S 7/484
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/00, G01S15/00, G01S17/00
48of systems according to group G01S17/00
483Details of pulse systems
484Transmitters
G01S 17/26
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
10using transmission of interrupted, pulse-modulated waves
26wherein the transmitted pulses use a frequency-modulated or phase-modulated carrier wave, e.g. for pulse compression of received signals
G01S 17/34
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
32using transmission of continuous waves, whether amplitude-, frequency-, or phase-modulated, or unmodulated
34using transmission of continuous, frequency-modulated waves while heterodyning the received signal, or a signal derived therefrom, with a locally-generated signal related to the contemporaneously transmitted signal
G01S 17/58
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
50Systems of measurement based on relative movement of target
58Velocity or trajectory determination systems; Sense-of-movement determination systems
G01S 17/931
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
88Lidar systems specially adapted for specific applications
93for anti-collision purposes
931of land vehicles
Applicants Aurora Innovation, Inc.
Inventors Zeb Barber
Randy Reibel
Devlin Baker
Emil Kadlec
Agents Foley & Lardner LLP
Title
(EN) Systems and methods for pulsed-wave LIDAR
Abstract
(EN)

A system and method for pulsed-wave LIDAR to support the operation of a vehicle. In some implementations, the system and method include modulating an optical signal to generate a modulated optical signal; selecting a plurality of pulses from the modulated optical signal to generate a pulsed envelope signal; transmitting the pulsed envelope signal via one or more optical elements; receiving a reflected signal responsive to transmitting the pulsed envelope signal; and determining a range to an object based on an electrical signal associated with the reflected signal.


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