Connection of an autonomous vehicle with a second vehicle to receive goods

Patent No. 10,166,976 

Issued: January 1, 2019
Filed: July 22, 2016
Term Extension: 39 days

Inventors: Cheaz; Nixon (Cary, NC), Cochran; William T. (Cary, NC), Diaz; Anthony M. (Durham, NC), Segobiano; Bradley M. (Efland, NC)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)


Connecting a first autonomous vehicle with a second vehicle to control the second vehicle during the transfer of goods to the first autonomous vehicle while moving. The first autonomous vehicle: receives a request from the second vehicle to connect to the second vehicle; initiates control over the second vehicle, such that the first autonomous vehicle synchronizes driving control with the second vehicle; initiates physical connection of the first autonomous vehicle with the second vehicle for transfer of the goods when the first and the second vehicles are in motion; after the physical connection between the first and the second vehicle is established, initiating transfer of the goods from the second vehicle to the first autonomous vehicle; and when the transfer of goods between the first and the second vehicle is complete, the first autonomous vehicle breaking the connection with the second vehicle and relinquishing control of the second vehicle.


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