Kyndryl, Inc. (New York, NY)

A method and system for enabling an autonomous vehicle detection system is provided. The method is based on the detection of a reading from a sensor of a sensor that is integrated into an autonomous vehicle, that exceeds a specified threshold value. Sensor readings from other vehicles within a certain distance of the autonomous vehicle are detected and compared with the original sensor reading. A fault situation is identified and an alert is delivered to the occupants of the autonomous car.

Common methods for determining and correcting vehicular conditions include intricate manual intervention. The resolution of specific issues with the vehicle generally requires a complex process that may take time and consume alarge amount of resources. Additionally, presenting condition issue notifications could require further human intervention.

There exist a variety of autonomous vehicles . There’s some confusion over the meaning of “autonomous vehicle” in the realm of self-driving vehicles. As the term is used herein, autonomous vehicle refers to any vehicle that has a computer is the primary driver of the vehicle, even when humans are allowed or even required to drive the vehicle. As the term is used herein, “autonomous vehicle”: (i) should not be taken to necessarily imply any particular minimum SAE J3016 levelof automation; (ii) may rely on artificial aids in their environment, such as magnetic strips; (iii) may be at least partially controlled via communication networks both in the immediate vicinity (for collision avoidance) and farther away (for congestionmanagement); and (iv) includes “automated vehicles” that are not fully independent.

Module/Sub-Module: any set of hardware, firmware, and/or software that operatively works to fulfill a function, regardless of the fact that the module is (i) located in a single local proximity; (ii) distributed over a wide area; (iii) within a single proximity within a larger chunk of software code; (iv) located within a single piece of software code; (v) situated within a single storage device, memory, or medium; (vi) mechanically connected; (vii) electrically connected; and/or (viii) connected in datacommunication.

A first aspect of the invention is to provide an automated vehicle detection technique comprising: enabling, by a processor of an electronic device inside an autonomous vehicle, a number of sensors to be integrated into the autonomous vehicle to detect, by at least one sensor of the plurality of sensors, a reading that is higher than a threshold; receiving by the processor, from an additional set of sensors from another set of vehicles that are within a certain distance from the autonomous vehicle, additional readings from the sensors; comparing, by the processor the sensor readings to the readings from the additional sensors; determining, through the processor based upon the results of the comparing the fault that is associated with the sensor and then sending, by the processor to an occupant of the autonomous vehicle, an alert indicating the fault.

Another aspect of the invention provides computer program products, consisting of a computer-readable hardware storage device storing a computer readable program code, the computer-readable program code comprising an algorithm that when executed by a computer processor or a hardware device in an autonomous vehicle, implements an autonomous vehicle detection method that includes enabling, via the processor, a variety of sensors integrated with the autonomous vehicle; detecting bythe processor via at least one sensor of the many sensors, the reading of a sensor that exceeds a threshold and receiving by the processor, readings from another set of sensors of an additional plurality of vehicles within a specified distance of the vehicle autonomously, additional sensor readings and comparing, by the processor the sensor reading with the readings from the additional sensors and determining, through the processor, based upon the results of the comparing, a fault condition associatedwith the sensor, and then sending, by the processor to the person who is seated in the autonomous vehicle an alert indicating the fault.

The third element of the invention provides hardware devices, inside an autonomous vehicle, that comprises a computer processor coupled to a computer-readable storage unit, the memory unit comprising instructions that , when executed by the computerprocessor implements an autonomous vehicle detection process consisting of: enabling the processor, a plurality of sensors to be integrated into the autonomous vehicle; detecting by the processor through at least one sensor from the numerous sensors, any reading that is higher than the threshold specified and receiving by the processor, from an additional number of sensors from an additional set of vehicles within a specified distance of the autonomous vehicle, additional sensor readings and comparing, by the processor, the readings of the sensor to the readings from the additional sensors and determining, through the processor based upon the results of the comparison, the fault that is associated with the sensor and presenting, by the processor to an occupant of theautonomous vehicle, a notice that identifies the fault.

In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, there exists a method computer program product, computer system or autonomous vehicle that can perform the following functions (not necessarily in this order): (i) receiving a firstoperating parameter value for a first operating parameter relating to the way in which the autonomous vehicle operates in the event that the first autonomous vehicle is travelling in proximity to a set of proximate vehicle(s); (ii) receiving a setproximate operating parameter value(s) for the first operating parameter respectively with respect to the way that the set of proximate vehicle(s) is operating (iii) determining an expected range of first operating parameter values based, at leastin part, upon the set of proximate operating parameter value(s); (iv) finding out that the initial operating parameter value is outside of the range expected for the first operating parameter values and (v) responding to the conclusion the first operating parameter value is not within the expected range of the first operating parameter values, taking a corrective action.

The present invention advantageously provides an easy procedure and system for fixing and determining the condition of vehicles.

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