Patent No. US 08078349
Published on Dec 13, 2011
Application No. 13/105101
Filed on May 11, 2011
Priority Date -
Prada Gomez, Luis Ricardo - Hayward, CA US (22)
Fairfield, Nathaniel - Mountain View, CA US (4)
Szybalski, Andy - San Francisco, CA US (2)
Nemec, Philip - San Jose, CA US (13)
Urmson, Christopher - Mountain View, CA US (14)
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.
Elchanti, Hussein A.