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Car built-in mechanism to enforce mandatory self-driving mode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234916D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to ensure that a vehicle equipped with both self-driving and manual driving modes follows the rules and laws for driving on self-driving designated roadways. A system built into the vehicle detects the location of the self-driving vehicle, compares it to a database of known areas where only automated driving vehicles are allowed, and then takes the necessary actions to ensure the vehicle respects known restrictions.

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Car built-in mechanism to enforce mandatory self-driving mode

Roads dedicated to self-driving vehicles introduce different limits that might not be adequate for vehicles operated by humans, such as a higher speed limit or tighter flow patterns. For vehicles that allow a driver to switch between self-driven/automated and manually operated modes, a mechanism is needed that enables the vehicle to enforce self-driving modes on the appropriate portion(s) of the roads.

The solution is a system built into the vehicle that detects the location of the self-driving vehicle, compares it to a database of known areas where only automated driving vehicles are allowed, and then takes the necessary actions to respect known restrictions.

The system is composed of a computing device located within the vehicle that supports both manual and automated driving modes. The device has a database of the locations with mandatory self-driving mode operation. The database may be stored locally within the device or dynamically downloaded through a wireless communication mechanism.

The self-driving vehicle can detect its location and compare it to the map or collection of self-driving roads to determine if it is allowed to use the road. When a self-driving capable vehicle in manual driving mode detects that it is entering a location where self-driving mode is mandatory, it takes one of the following necessary actions to ensure that the restriction is enforced:


• Alert the driver in advance,...