Autonomous vehicle refueling

  • US 10,042,359 B1
  • Filed: 01/24/2017
  • Issued: 08/07/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for automatically refueling an autonomous vehicle, comprising:

  • determining, using one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous vehicle, a fuel level of one or more fuel tanks of the autonomous vehicle;

    generating, by the one or more processors, a predicted use profile for the autonomous vehicle based upon prior vehicle use data;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a time and a location at which to refuel the autonomous vehicle based upon the fuel level and the predicted use profile;

    controlling, by the one or more processors, the autonomous vehicle to travel fully autonomously to the determined location at the determined time;

    causing, by the one or more processors, the one or more fuel tanks of the autonomous vehicle to be fully or partially filled at the location;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a return location for the vehicle based upon the predicted use profile; and

    controlling, by the one or more processors, the autonomous vehicle to travel fully autonomously to the return location.

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