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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243105D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-15
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Autonomous cars are programmed to go from point A to B and use onboard sensors to navigate and avoid obstacles.When autonomous vehicles are low on fuel, the trip to the gas station can be planned "on the fly" by the onboard computer during a drive cycle… or a customer may decide to send the car to the gas station in fully autonomous mode, have it refueled "full service" and have the car brought back to the house also in autonomous mode.Most refueling filler necks today are either on the left side or right side of vehicle.The location of the gas door is typically dictated by safety, exhaust proximity to fuel filler neck and depending on the vehicle is on left rear or right rear. To help drivers identify where the fuel door is, an icon with an arrow pointing to the fuel door location is visible on the dash. For fully driverless autonomous vehicles or vehicles with drivers that are in semi-autonomous mode, once car pulls into a gas station, it has to decide whether to pull left or right and stop within close proximity to gas station pump for refueling. Onboard identification of the fuel door is necessary.


This method programs the fuel door location coordinates (right or left side) relative to a vehicle's onboard "landmark" sensor fixed position, i.e. side camera/radar (x0,y0) into the PCM so that car can be parked close proximity to the gas station pump.Onboard 360 degrees camera sensors, GPS se...