San Francisco, CA, United States
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The Übermensch is a concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. In his 1883 novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra , Nietzsche has his character Zarathustra posit the Übermensch as a goal for humanity to set for itself. Since this is a work of fiction, the utterances Nietzsche assigns to Zarathustra are not immediately discernible from his own thoughts and writings. Wikipedia.

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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 response to determining that the user has specified an output configuration for the indication device, the system identifies data corresponding to the output configuration and transmits the data to a driver device of the driver to enable the driver device to control the indication device of the driver based on the data.

Uber | Date: 2016-08-30

An autonomous-capable vehicle which can be operated in a transitional state from manual vehicle operation to autonomous vehicle operation. In the transitional state, the vehicle operates autonomously and overrides manual interaction of the user. To maintain the transitional state, the driver performs a continuous action, such as providing a continuous interaction with a switching mechanism.

A contextual description of the arrival location can be determined based on individual or combined attributes, which include (i) a text-based identifier of one or more of the multiple places, and (ii) a spatial relationship as between one or more of the places, or as between the multiple places and the arrival location. The contextual description can be provided for a navigation interface of a computing device used by the user.

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 of predefined regions configured by a user of the system. If the location data point is within a predefined region, location information corresponding to the predefined region is transmitted to the client device. If the location data point is not within a predefined region, one or more third-party reverse geocoding services can be used that translates the location data point to a street address.

Methods and systems for providing a search engine capability for large datasets are disclosed. These methods and systems employ a Partition-by-Query index containing key-values pairs corresponding to keys reflecting concept-ordered search phrases and values reflecting ordered lists of document references that are responsive to the concept-ordered search phrase in a corresponding key. A large Partition-by-Query index may be partitioned across multiple servers depending on the size of the index, or the size of the index may be reduced by compressing query-references pairs into clusters. The methods and systems described herein may to provide suggestions and spelling corrections to the user, thereby improving the users search engine experience while meeting user expectations for search quality and responsiveness.

A computing device operates an application to receive and implement new functionality from a network service. If the new functionality causes the application to fail, the application can automatically discard or ignore the new functionality when the application is re-launched.

Uber | Date: 2017-04-12

Architecture that detects entrances on building facades. In a first stage, scene geometry is exploited and the multi-dimensional problem is reduced down to a one-dimensional (1D) problem. Entrance hypotheses are generated by considering pairs of locations along lines exhibiting strong gradients in the transverse direction. In a second stage, a rich set of discriminative image features for entrances is explored according to constructed designs, specifically focusing on properties such as symmetry and color consistency, for example. Classifiers (e.g., random forest) are utilized to perform automatic feature selection and entrance classification. In another stage, a joint model is formulated in three dimensions (3D) for entrances on a given facade, which enables the exploitation of physical constraints between different entrances on the same facade in a systematic manner to prune false positives, and thereby select an optimum set of entrances on a given facade.

Systems for controlling autonomous vehicles are disclosed. Using one or more location detection resources, the system can receive vehicle data from an autonomous vehicle as the autonomous vehicle progresses towards a pickup location of a requesting user and receive requester data from a mobile computing device of the requester. The system can determine when the autonomous vehicle and the requester are at or within a threshold distance of the pickup location. Subsequently, the system can instruct the autonomous vehicle to perform one or more non-driving operations to facilitate use of the autonomous vehicle by the requester.

A system and method for operating a device for use with transport services is described. A record for a transport service is stored in a memory resource of the device. During performance of the transport service, the record is periodically updated with sets of information determined in connection with performance of the transport service at different instances in time, and the sets of information are periodically transmitted to a service system. In response to detecting a loss of network connectivity with the service system during performance of the transport service, the record is continued to be periodically updated but the sets of information are not periodically transmitted to the transport service system. Upon reestablishing network connectivity, one or more sets of information determined in connection with performance of the transport service during the loss of network connectivity is transmitted to the service system.

A system for enforcing policies is described. The system can receive information about one or more computing devices from each of a mobile device management (MDM) system and a machine-to-machine (M2M) system. Each of the MDM system and the M2M system can receive information from or be in communication with the one or more computing devices. Based on the information received, the system can identify a policy from a set of policies, and transmit a request to either or both of the MDM system or M2M system to perform an action based on the identified policy.

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