Method and system for repairing a malfunctioning autonomous vehicle

  • US 10,579,070 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 03/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of repairing a malfunctioning autonomous vehicle (AV) or semi-autonomous vehicle (SAV), the method comprising:

  • determining, via one or more AV or SAV-mounted processors, an autonomous feature or sensor is malfunctioning;

    determining, via the one or more AV or SAV-mounted processors, an extent of the autonomous feature or sensor damage;

    comparing, via the one or more AV or SAV-mounted processors, the extent of the autonomous feature or sensor damage to a predetermined threshold for that autonomous feature or sensor to determine whether or not the AV or SAV remains serviceable or otherwise road worthy;

    if the AV or SAV remains serviceable, locating, via the one or more AV or SAV-mounted processors, a nearest repair facility having necessary electronic components in stock and technical expertise to repair the autonomous feature or sensor that is malfunctioning; and

    requesting, via the one or more AV or SAV-mounted processors, the nearest repair facility to send an autonomous repair vehicle (ARV) to a current GPS location of the AV or SAV to facilitate AV or SAV repair.

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