Google Granted Patent on How Self-Driving Cars Might Handle Tailgaters

Google’s self-driving cars have covered over a million miles of roadway, and recently, one of them crashed into a slow-moving bus. Details about the accident can be found in Google’s bus crash is changing the conversation around self-driving cars. Oddly timed, but appropriate, Google seems to have been working on the issue that caused that problem, as we are told in this article: A Month After Google’s Car Hit a Bus, Google Got a Patent for Robot Cars to Detect Buses.

Because of the timing of that patent, I’m not surprised by another one being granted today involving self-driving cars, on how it might respond to tailgaters. That patent is:

Detecting and responding to tailgaters
Inventors: Dmitri A. Dolgov, Philip Nemec, Anne Kristiina Aula
Assigned to: Google
United States Patent 9,290,181
Granted March 22, 2016
Filed: May 4, 2015

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Google Assigns 148 Medical Patents to Verily Life Sciences

verily logo

Back in September of 2009, I wrote a blog post that I titled Google’s 10 Oddest Patents. The first of those that I included in that list was one named Instrument for medical purposes, I included it mostly because Google was a search company, and it felt odd that Google would have a patent on a medical process. That one used “ultrasonic sound to investigate the structural makeup of biological tissue in organs and vessels.”

Times have changed, and since that time, Google has restructured and put itself under a holding company structure with the name Alphabet running all elements of the company. A branch of the Company had evolved that was being referred to as “Google Life Sciences,” and it changed names recently as well, to Verily Life Sciences.

What role and what kind of impact might these new subsidiary have? I was wondering if Google would make changes to the patent assignments it had made along with the name changes, and I was surprised to see them do so, where they assigned 148 patents to Verily Life Sciences on two different days. It’s an interesting list, and I’ve provided it here. They may technically have ownership under other patents as well, but this list points to a number that could possibly become products that the company offers to the public, after any government approval that they may need to pursue.

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Lighting a Sign In Carlsbad

I am on the first week of my move from Northern Virginia to Carlsbad California, and I got to witness a historical local event last night. A sign was installed along a highway that goes along the Pacific Coast and through towns as it winds through the way. It’s something of a replica of a sign naming the Village of Carlsbad that was around approximately 100 years ago.

Last night, the town celebrated the lighting of the new sign, for the first time.

Seeing all the people who showed up for the lighting of the sign was my first chance to see the local community in action, and they were a lot of fun, with the whimsy of this new sign taking center stage.

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Which Sea For SEO by the Sea?

SEO by the Sea started out as an idea that found its way into my head as I was watching sails bounce up and down, through a window, on the Chesapeake Bay.

Carlsbad Village Beach

I’ve been looking at some different waters over the last week, thousands of miles away.

A Public Beach Access information sign provides details about nearby beaches.
A Public Beach Access information sign provides details about nearby beaches.

These beaches aren’t much like the Jersey shore I grew up with. But they are pretty nice.

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Patent Free Fridays

I’ve decided that it’s time for something of a change at SEO by the Sea, and so I am introducing Patent Free Fridays to the blog.

Teddy Roosevelt in Action

Patent Free Fridays do not always have to happen on a Friday, but they do have to be patent free, at least if they don’t involve a patent that is from a search engine or a tech company. If I find a patent about how to make a better snowman (and there are a few out there), I might use it for patent free Friday.

If I write about finding out that an inventor in my town patented a flying motorcycle, and that I’ve now developed a habit of looking into the sky every time I walk out of my cottage, that could be a good patent free Friday post. Unfortunately rumor has it that he passed away (I don’t know if he was in an accident), but I don’t know if he had a protege or not, so I’m going to keep looking.

If I have an idea for an invention, and I write it up in a patent style, that also fits into patent free Fridays.

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