Autonomous vehicle component maintenance and repair

  • US 10,824,145 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 11/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for maintaining components of vehicles having one or more autonomous operation features, comprising:

  • monitoring, by one or more processors, operating data regarding operation of the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle in controlling one or more aspects of operation of the vehicle;

    detecting, by one or more processors, a deterioration of performance of a component of the vehicle based upon the operating data, wherein the component comprises a hardware or software component utilized by the one or more autonomous operation features in controlling an aspect of the one or more aspects of operation of the vehicle;

    determining, by one or more processors, a component maintenance requirement status associated with the component based upon the detected deterioration of performance, wherein the component maintenance requirement status indicates a plurality of probabilities of failure of the component at a plurality of times;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more risk levels indicative of vehicle damage or accident occurrence while using at least one of the autonomous operation features associated with the component based at least in part upon the plurality of probabilities of failure at the plurality of times;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more usage restrictions associated with the at least one of the autonomous operation features based upon the one or more risk levels; and

    operating, by one or more processors, the vehicle based upon the one or more usage restrictions, wherein the one or more usage restrictions are associated with the plurality of times.

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