Autonomous vehicle routing during emergencies

  • US 10,156,848 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 12/18/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for automatically routing a vehicle capable of autonomous operation, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, an indication of an emergency condition;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a target location to which to route the vehicle, wherein the target location is associated with emergency assistance;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a route to the target location, wherein the route includes only road segments meeting a minimum safety rating for fully autonomous vehicle operation, wherein the minimum safety rating of the road segments is associated with a risk level for fully autonomous operation of the vehicle below a risk threshold; and

    causing, by the one or more processors, a vehicle control system of the vehicle to operate the vehicle along the determined route to the target location.

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