Coordinated autonomous vehicle automatic area scanning

  • US 10,395,332 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 08/27/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of automatic passive searching using autonomous vehicle components, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors of one or more servers, an indication of a situation triggering a passive search;

    determining, by the one or more processors of the one or more servers, a plurality of passive search parameters based upon the indication of the situation, including a search area;

    identifying, by the one or more processors of the one or more servers, a plurality of vehicles traveling along routes on road segments within the search area, each of the plurality of vehicles having one or more sensors associated with autonomous vehicle features of the vehicle;

    generating, by the one or more processors of the one or more servers, an indication of search criteria based upon the plurality of search parameters;

    communicating, from the one or more processors of the one or more servers via a wireless network to a plurality of processors associated with the plurality of vehicles, the indication of the search criteria;

    receiving, at the processor associated with each of the plurality of vehicles, the indication of the search criteria;

    obtaining, by the processor associated with each of the plurality of vehicles, sensor data from at least one of the sensors of the vehicle based upon the received indication of the search criteria while traveling along the routes on the road segments within the search area;

    evaluating, by the processor associated with each of the plurality of vehicles, the sensor data to determine whether the sensor data meets the search criteria;

    when the sensor data meets the search criteria at one of the plurality of vehicles, communicating, from the processor associated with the vehicle via the wireless network to the one or more processors of the one or more servers, a response including an indication of the sensor data meeting the search criteria;

    receiving, at the one or more processors of the one or more servers, the response; and

    implementing, by the one or more processors of the one or more servers, an action based upon the response.

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