Autonomous vehicle automatic parking

  • US 10,821,971 B1
  • Filed: 02/13/2018
  • Issued: 11/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of enhancing safe vehicle operation, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, a user preference for one or more of the following types of parking spots;

    a covered parking spot, a parking spot in a parking structure, or a parking spot in a residential garage;

    determining, by one or more processors, a drop off point is associated with a vehicle environment having a high risk of vehicle theft or damage;

    receiving, at one or more processors via a communication network, a message from a parking facility, wherein the message includes information indicating availability of one or more parking spaces within the parking facility;

    determining, by one or more processors, a preferred parking spot for an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle from among the one or more parking spaces indicated in the received message based at least in part upon the preferred parking spot being associated with a lower risk of vehicle theft or damage than the drop off point and based on the user preference;

    determining, by one or more processors, a route to the preferred parking spot;

    causing, by one or more processors, the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to travel to the preferred parking spot following the route controlled by one or more autonomous operation features;

    transmitting, from one or more processors to a remote server via a communication network, an indication of autonomous travel of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to the preferred parking spot controlled by the one or more autonomous operation features; and

    adjusting, by the remote server, one or more costs associated with an insurance policy associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the indication of autonomous travel of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to the preferred parking spot.

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