Autonomous vehicle parking

  • US 10,386,845 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 08/20/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for automatically parking a vehicle capable of autonomous operation at a parking facility, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors via a communication network, a request for a parking space for the vehicle, wherein the request indicates a destination;

    sending, from the one or more processors via the communication network, an indication of a drop-off location based upon the destination, which drop-off location is remote from the parking facility;

    determining, by the one or more processors, whether at least one parking space is available at the parking facility;

    when the parking facility is determined to have at least one parking space available;

    reserving, by the one or more processors, a requested parking space associated with a specific location within the parking facility based upon an estimate of a parking time duration the vehicle is expected to remain in the parking facility;

    sending, from the one or more processors via the communication network, an indication that the requested parking space is available at the parking facility;

    causing, by the one or more processors, a vehicle control system of the vehicle to operate the vehicle autonomously from the drop-off location to the requested parking space and park at the requested parking space; and

    when the parking facility is determined not to have at least one parking space available;

    determining, by the one or more processors, an alternative parking facility, andsending, from the one or more processors via the communication network, an indication of the alternative parking facility.

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