Self-destruct zone and autonomous vehicle navigation

  • US 10,471,829 B2
  • Filed: 01/16/2017
  • Issued: 11/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle control system, comprising:

  • a microprocessor; and

    a computer readable medium coupled to the microprocessor and comprising instructions stored thereon that cause the microprocessor to;

    receive output from sensors associated with a power system in a vehicle monitoring a state of the power system while the vehicle is in a connected charging state with an external charging system at a parked location, wherein the vehicle is in park and a charging connector of the external charging system is physically connected with a charging receptacle of the vehicle in the connected charging state;

    determine, based on at least one output from the sensors exceeding a predetermined threshold value, that the state of the power system includes a power system fault;

    determine that a user of the vehicle is outside of the vehicle;

    eject, in response to determining that the state of the power system includes the power system fault, the charging connector of the external charging system from the charging receptacle of the vehicle physically separating the vehicle from the external charging system;

    determine whether the parked location of the vehicle is in a safe destruction location; and

    autonomously drive the vehicle from the parked location to an identified safe vehicle destruction location when the parked location of the vehicle is determined not to be in a safe destruction location.

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