Autonomous electric vehicle charging

  • US 10,065,517 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 09/04/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for automatically recharging an autonomous electric vehicle, comprising:

  • detecting, by one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous electric vehicle, charge information associated with a charge level of a battery of the autonomous electric vehicle;

    determining, by one or more processors, the charge level of the battery based upon the charge information;

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

    determining, by the one or more processors, a time and a location at which to charge the battery based upon the charge level and the predicted use profile;

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

    causing, by the one or more processors, the battery of the autonomous electric vehicle to charge 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 electric vehicle to travel fully autonomously to the return location.

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