Vehicle software upgrade techniques

  • US 10,240,935 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2013
  • Issued: 03/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method comprising:

  • in a vehicle comprising at least one processor integrated within the vehicle, the at least one processor being operable to receive wireless transmissions including map information from a remote location separate and apart from the vehicle;

    obtaining GPS information relating to the vehicle;

    downloading the map information received by the at least one processor from the remote location;

    displaying a map corresponding to the map information, and an indication of current vehicle location within the map based on the GPS information;

    displaying a speed limit that is part of the downloaded map information;

    determining whether data can be obtained from a sensor system of the vehicle;

    automatically communicating with a remote site to obtain a software upgrade if the at least one processor cannot interact with the sensor system; and

    automatically transmitting, to the remote site in response to a new type of sensor being installed in the vehicle, an indication that the new type of sensor is installed in the vehicle and a request for software to interact with the new type of sensor.

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