General Motors has patented a system where an autonomous vehicle receives geographic location and image data from a user’s mobile device to set pick-up/drop-off locations. The vehicle can then generate a route and travel to the requested location. This innovation aims to enhance user experience and efficiency in autonomous transportation. GlobalData’s report on General Motors gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Autonomous vehicle uses mobile device image data for navigation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: General Motors Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886184B2) discloses a mobile computing device designed to enhance the user experience in autonomous vehicles. The device includes a camera, a processor, and memory storing instructions that enable the device to capture images of points of interest while the user is riding in an autonomous vehicle. These images are then transmitted to the vehicle, prompting it to travel to and stop at a location adjacent to the identified point of interest, where the user can be dropped off. The patent also describes features such as automatic or user-selected identification of points of interest, display of images and related information on a graphical user interface, and adjustment of drop-off locations based on captured images.

Furthermore, the patent extends to autonomous vehicles equipped with a mechanical system and a computing system that can receive data about points of interest captured by mobile computing devices. The computing system controls the vehicle to navigate to and stop at locations near the identified points of interest for user drop-off. Similar to the mobile computing device, the autonomous vehicle can display images, visual markers, ratings, and venue information related to the points of interest on a graphical user interface. Additionally, the vehicle can transmit notifications to the user's mobile device when it arrives at the designated stopping location, and adjust drop-off locations based on captured images. This patent highlights innovative ways to integrate mobile technology with autonomous vehicles to enhance user interactions and improve the overall ride experience.

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