Method and system for sharing parking space availability among autonomous vehicles

  • US 9,984,572 B1
  • Filed: 01/16/2017
  • Issued: 05/29/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle, comprising:

  • a vehicle interior for receiving one or more occupants;

    a plurality of sensors to collect sensed information associated with the vehicle interior and exterior of the vehicle;

    an automatic vehicle location system to determine a current spatial location of the vehicle;

    a computer readable medium to store an autonomous driving agent to operate autonomously vehicle operations; and

    a microprocessor, coupled to the plurality of sensors, automatic vehicle location system, and computer readable medium, that, while executing the autonomous driving agent operating at a full automation level, one or more of (a) identifies a parking space and forwards parking information associated with the parking space to a navigation source or nearby vehicle and (b) negotiates with another autonomous driving agent of a currently parked vehicle for access to the parking space occupied by the currently parked vehicle, the autonomous driving agent of the currently parked vehicle operating at the full automation level, wherein in the full automation level an autonomous driving agent of a vehicle, based on vehicle sensor feedback, constructs a three-dimensional map in spatial proximity to the vehicle that identifies and spatially locates nearby animate and inanimate objects and parking spaces.

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