GM Cruise has been granted a patent for an equipment inspection system that utilizes data captured by sensors in autonomous vehicles to compare the current state of equipment to an expected state. This allows for efficient maintenance scheduling based on real-time data. GlobalData’s report on GM Cruise gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Equipment inspection system for autonomous vehicle maintenance

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: GM Cruise LLC

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11921511B2) outlines a method and system for inspecting and selecting equipment, specifically focusing on electric vehicle charging stations. The method involves instructing a first vehicle equipped with sensors to capture data describing the equipment, comparing this data to a model of the equipment to determine any deviations from the expected state, and then transmitting instructions to a second vehicle to use alternate equipment if necessary. This process ensures efficient maintenance and service of electric vehicle charging stations.

The system described in the patent includes a fleet management system for autonomous vehicles, an equipment analyzer, and a vehicle manager. The system can schedule maintenance for equipment, change the status of equipment based on inspections, and utilize machine learning to classify equipment states accurately. Additionally, the patent covers scenarios where the equipment includes connectors or display screens, and the model can be trained using machine learning techniques. The system also incorporates thermal imaging sensors to assess the thermal state of the charging station components. Overall, the patent provides a comprehensive framework for ensuring the optimal functioning of electric vehicle charging stations through data-driven inspections and maintenance protocols.

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