Accident response using autonomous vehicle monitoring

  • US 9,646,428 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 05/09/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features for controlling the vehicle, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding operation of the vehicle, wherein the operating data includes information from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle and information regarding operation of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, the occurrence of an incident involving the vehicle and a type of the incident based at least in part upon the received operating data during operation of the vehicle, including the information regarding operation of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, a response to the incident based at least in part upon the received operating data, wherein the response includes a request for assistance from an emergency service provider, which request and emergency service provider are determined based upon the type of the incident; and

    causing, by one or more processors, the response to be implemented at least in part by transmitting the request for assistance to the emergency service provider via a network.

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