Autonomous vehicle accident and emergency response

  • US 10,007,263 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 06/26/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for directing a route of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle during an emergency, the method comprising:

  • detecting, by one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, that an occupant of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is experiencing a medical emergency;

    identifying, by the one or more processors, a medical facility based upon a vehicle location of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;

    determining, by the one or more processors, one or more routes from the vehicle location to the medical facility;

    causing, by the one or more processors, the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to automatically travel to the medical facility along the determined one or more routes, wherein the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is controlled by one or more autonomous operation features during travel along the route; and

    transmitting, by the one or more processors, a message to at least one of the following;

    the medical facility, a police department, a fire department, or a family member of the occupant, wherein the message indicates the determined one or more routes to the medical facility.

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