Autonomous vehicle retrieval

  • US 10,503,168 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 12/10/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for automatically retrieving a vehicle capable of autonomous operation from a parking space at a parking facility, comprising:

  • generating, by one or more processors, a determination to prepare to return the vehicle to a user;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a target location at which to provide access to the vehicle to the user;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a holding location separate from the parking facility, which holding location is nearer the target location than is the parking facility;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a movement plan for the vehicle, the movement plan including an autonomous route from the parking space to the target location and including a first portion of the route from the parking space to the holding location and a second portion of the route from the holding location to the target location;

    determining, by the one or more processors, that another autonomous vehicle is obstructing the autonomous route from the parking space to the target location;

    determining, by the one or more processors, an additional movement plan including an additional route for movement of the other autonomous vehicle to clear the autonomous route from the parking space to the target location for the vehicle;

    causing, by the one or more processors, an additional vehicle control system of the other autonomous vehicle to operate the other autonomous vehicle according to the additional movement plan;

    causing, by the one or more processors, a vehicle control system of the vehicle to operate the vehicle to the holding location according to the movement plan prior to receiving a request to provide access to the vehicle;

    receiving, at one or more processors via a communication network, the request to provide access to the vehicle to the user; and

    causing, by the one or more processors, the vehicle control system of the vehicle to operate the vehicle to the target location according to the movement plan.

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