Method and system for using weather information in operation of autonomous vehicles

  • US 10,031,521 B1
  • Filed: 01/16/2017
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle, comprising:

  • a vehicle interior for receiving one or more occupants;

    a climate control system to control a temperature in at least a portion of the vehicle interior or exterior;

    a plurality of sensors to collect sensed information associated with the vehicle interior and exterior of the vehicle;

    rechargeable energy storage;

    an automatic vehicle location system to determine a current spatial location of the vehicle;

    a computer readable medium to store an autonomous driving agent to operate autonomously vehicle operations; and

    a microprocessor, coupled to the plurality of sensors, climate control system, automatic vehicle location system, and computer readable medium, that receives weather forecast information associated with a current geographic location of the vehicle and at least one of;

    (a) alters or implement a change to an autonomous driving operational setting to be employed when the vehicle is in a full automation level in which the microprocessor requires no human driver interaction in any driving operation of the vehicle or (b) selects and activates one or more climate control settings based on a selected state of charge of the rechargeable energy storage to condition the vehicle interior for one or more occupants while maintaining a sufficient amount of energy in the rechargeable energy storage to meet a predicted energy demand for the vehicle using the selected state of charge.

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