An Overview of Google’s Driverless Car Patents

According to Steve van Dulken of BL Research Service, five patents have been filed and only one has been granted so far. The only patent granted so far is entitled Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode, which we reported on shortly after it was published by the USPTO last December. Four more patents are currently pending: 1. Traffic Signal Mapping and Detection
2. Zone Driving
3. Diagnosis and repair for autonomous vehicles
4. System and method for predicting behaviors of detected objects