Autonomous vehicle automatic parking

  • US 10,831,204 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 11/10/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for enhancing vehicle safety, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors via a communication network, a message including an indication of one or more available parking spots within a parking garage from a server;

    obtaining, by the one or more processors, the indication of the one or more available parking spots within the parking garage;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a protected location to park a vehicle from the indication of the one or more available parking spots within the parking garage;

    presenting, by the one or more processors, options to reduce one or more costs of a vehicle insurance policy based on the protected location to a user of the vehicle;

    obtaining, by the one or more processors, an indication of permission from the user for the vehicle to move to the protected location;

    causing, by one or more processors, the vehicle to travel automatically without occupants to the protected location under the operation of one or more autonomous operation features;

    receiving, at the one or more processors, an indication of travel of the vehicle to the protected location;

    adjusting, by the one or more processors, the one or more costs associated with the vehicle insurance policy based upon the received indication of travel of the vehicle to the protected location;

    receiving, by one or more processors, a request from the user for the vehicle be returned to a selected location; and

    causing, by the one or more processors, the vehicle to travel automatically without occupants from the protected location to which the vehicle traveled after receiving the indication of permission to the selected location under the operation of the one or more autonomous operation features.

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