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Patent No. US 08078349
Issue Date Dec 13, 2011
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Patent 08078349 - Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode > Summary

US Patent

Patent No. US 08078349

Published on Dec 13, 2011

Application No. 13/105101

Filed on May 11, 2011

Priority Date -

Inventor/Applicants

5

Prada Gomez, Luis Ricardo - Hayward, CA US (30)

Fairfield, Nathaniel - Mountain View, CA US (7)

Szybalski, Andy - San Francisco, CA US (2)

Nemec, Philip - San Jose, CA US (20)

Urmson, Christopher - Mountain View, CA US (22)

Abstract

Disclosed are methods and devices for transitioning a mixed-mode autonomous vehicle from a human driven mode to an autonomously driven mode. Transitioning may include stopping a vehicle on a predefined landing strip and detecting a reference indicator. Based on the reference indicator, the vehicle may be able to know its exact position. Additionally, the vehicle may use the reference indictor to obtain an autonomous vehicle instruction via a URL. After the vehicle knows its precise location and has an autonomous vehicle instruction, it can operate in autonomous mode.

Classification

International: 2

;

National: 3

701/23

701/1;

701/2;

Field of Search 3

701/1

701/2;

701/23;

Examiner

Elchanti, Hussein A.