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Self-Driving Cars Able to Avoid Damage or Inconvenience (to Itself or the User) Due to Inclement Weather

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249003D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method that enable a driverless vehicle to modify a usual routine in the presence of inclement weather or other surrounding conditions that can negatively impact the passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle provides an alternate pick up point for the user that is more protected than the original pre-arranged location.

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Self-Driving Cars Able to Avoid Damage or Inconvenience (to Itself or the User) Due to Inclement Weather

As self-driving cars and cars-on-demand become more popular, a system is needed to help the vehicle avoid user inconvenience due to inclement weather. A system and method must enable the vehicle to consider weather conditions when determining drop-off/pick-up points.

The novel system and method enable a driverless vehicle to modify a usual routine in the presence of inclement weather or other surrounding conditions that can negatively impact the vehicle passengers. The vehicle provides an alternate pick up point for the user that is more protected than the original pre-arranged location.

Implementation Steps 1. Per usual processes, the user makes plans for the vehicle to park while not in

use (e.g., in an open or covered lot, on street, in a garage, etc.) 2. The system monitors for data that can affect the vehicle passengers

A. Weather (e.g., winds, warnings, flooding, emergency advice of flooded streets, hail, etc.)

B. News reports (e.g., rioting, street closures, etc.) C. Surrounding conditions, identified via a camera and surroundings (e.g.,

trees dripping sap, etc.) 3. The system identifies that it is time to pick up passengers 4. The system also determines that the vehicle's usual position places the

passengers in danger of damage or subject to inconvenience as the result of current conditions (identified in Step 2)

In an example passenger pick-up embodiment, the user set the following preferences to indicate when the system should have the vehicle chan...