Autonomous vehicle automatic parking

  • US 9,944,282 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 04/17/2018
  • 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:

  • determining, by one or more processors, that an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is currently parked in an unprotected parking spot;

    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 and information indicating locations of the one or more parking spaces within the parking facility;

    determining, by one or more processors, a preferred parking spot for the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle from among the one or more parking spaces indicated in the received message;

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

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

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