Lyft had five patents in robotics during Q4 2023. Lyft Inc’s patents filed in Q4 2023 focus on improving network coverage by generating and transmitting autonomous vehicle prepositioning instructions. The system subdivides a transportation service area, generates waypoints and circuits, assigns vehicles using an optimization model, and transmits instructions for vehicles to traverse the waypoints. Additionally, the system allows for the inclusion of autonomous vehicles as an option for fulfilling ride requests, matching requests to vehicles based on the selection of autonomous vehicles. GlobalData’s report on Lyft gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Lyft grant share with robotics as a theme is 60% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Generating and transmitting autonomous vehicle prepositioning instructions to improve network coverage (Patent ID: US20230393573A1)

The patent filed by Lyft Inc. describes a system and method for generating and transmitting autonomous vehicle prepositioning instructions to enhance network coverage. The system subdivides a transportation service area into subregions, generates waypoints and circuits for these subregions, and utilizes optimization models to assign autonomous vehicles to these waypoints and circuits. The digital prepositioning instructions are then transmitted to the autonomous vehicles to guide them through the designated waypoints and circuits based on predicted requests from requester devices and the current locations of the vehicles.

The computer-implemented method outlined in the patent involves determining the locations of autonomous vehicles in subregions, predicting requests from requester devices, optimizing vehicle assignments to reduce system costs, and transmitting prepositioning instructions to guide the vehicles through pre-matching circuits. The method also includes dividing the service area into subregions based on accessibility locations and predicted requests, restricting vehicles to specific roads corresponding to the waypoints, and modifying instructions based on the vehicles' proximity to specific waypoints. Additionally, the patent covers a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions for executing the method and a system with processors and storage mediums to implement the described processes for autonomous vehicle prepositioning.

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