UATC, LLC (Mountain View, CA)

A typical example of a computer-implemented technique for moving cargo with smart pallets is the determination of the arrival of the initial cargo onto the platform of a first distribution center. Method 1 involves the generation of one or more signals to regulate the loading of the first smart palette and the first cargo onto the trailer at the first distribution center. This method involves making a decision about a coordination with one or more trailer smart palettes to establish the trailer’s primary position for the first smart palette and the first cargo. The method also involves the generation of several signals to place the first smart palette and the first cargo at the initial position within the trailer.

A palette is a flat structure for transport that supports the cargo in a steady manner when moving from one place to another (e.g., with pallet jacks, forklifts or came or any other vehicle). A pallet is a rigid structure that needs to be manually moved and repositioned (e.g. inside an office or transport vehicle). The palette must be able to move by itself, and not rely on external resources. A palette that is able to respond instantly to changes in the environment would be even more beneficial. For example, if the palette is blocking a person or object or object, it is advantageous for the palette to automatically move out of the way.

This description will outline some aspects and benefits of this disclosure. You can also gain from it or by practicing the embodiments.

A portion of the present disclosure is directed towards the use of computers to move cargo using smart pallets. The method involves determining the receipt of a first cargo on a platform of a first smart palette in a first distribution hub. One or more signals are generated to determine the order of loading the first smart pallet and the initial cargo on the trailer in the initial distribution center. The method includes making a decision about an alignment with one or more second smart palettes associated with the trailer in order to determine a initial position within the trailer for the first smart palette and the first cargo. The method involves generating one or more signals to position the first smart palette and thefirst cargo at the first location inside the trailer.

A smart pallet system for the transportation of cargo is a further example of the present disclosure. The system is comprised of a variety of smart palettes, one or more processors and one or two non-transitory, tangible computerreadable media, which together contain instructions that when executed by one or more processors allow the system to perform certain operations. The operations involve determining a first cargo that is at a first location within a first distribution hub that needs to be transported to a second distribution hub. From the multitude of smart palettes, the tasks comprise of selecting the first smart palette associated with the first distributionhub to move the first cargo to the trailer located at the first distribution hub. Information about the trailer at the first distribution hub and information on one or two smart pallets that are associated with the trailer are available. The first smart palce coordinates itself with one or more of the second smart palettes in response to receiving the data and thereby position the first smart pallet and the first cargo in the trailer.

Another example aspect of this disclosure is directed at a smart palette. A support structure is utilized to hold cargo. The drive mechanism rotates one of the ground-engaged components of the smart pallet to transport it from one location to another. One or more processors are also part of the. Additionally, there are two tangible, nontransitory, computer-readable media which collectively hold instructions that when executed by one or more processors allow the smart palette to execute operations. Operations include the determining the receipt of a cargo onto a platform at a first distribution center. The operation involves obtaining data indicative of a trailer in the first distribution hub for transporting the initial cargo as well as information indicating the existence of a second or multiple smart palettes that are associated with the trailer. Controlling the drive mechanism is necessary to load the first cargo onto the trailer in the first hub for distribution. The coordination with the smart palettes 2 which are connected to the trailer is a part of the operation to determine the first place within the trailer to place the first cargo. The actions include driving the drive mechanism to position the first cargo as well as the support structure at the initial position within the trailer.

Additional examples of the disclosed disclosure relate towards methods, systems, vehicles smart palettes, devices non-transitory, tangible memory, and computer-readable media devices that control or manage the operations of smart palettes when providing a vehicle-based service.

These and other characteristics such as aspects, advantages, and other features of various embodiments will become better understood with reference to the following description and appended claims. These accompanying drawings are included as a part of this specification and illustrate specific embodiments. They also help explain related principles.

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