US 11,657,717 B2
Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and recording medium
Yuki Nakano, Nisshin (JP); Masato Ura, Nisshin (JP); Koji Takao, Toyota (JP); Hideyuki Sakurai, Toyota (JP); Keisuke Hotta, Miyoshi (JP); Rieko Masutani, Toyota (JP); Atsushi Hanawa, Miyoshi (JP); Masanobu Ohmi, Kasugai (JP); Takashi Hayashi, Nagoya (JP); Atsushi Nabata, Nagakute (JP); and Tetsuro Sakaguchi, Toyota (JP)
Assigned to TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Toyota (JP)
Filed by TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Toyota (JP)
Filed on Nov. 12, 2020, as Appl. No. 17/96,276.
Claims priority of application No. JP2019-208010 (JP), filed on Nov. 18, 2019.
Prior Publication US 2021/0150907 A1, May 20, 2021
Int. Cl. G08G 1/00 (2006.01); H04W 4/46 (2018.01); G05D 1/02 (2020.01)
CPC G08G 1/202 (2013.01) [G05D 1/0293 (2013.01); G05D 1/0295 (2013.01); G08G 1/22 (2013.01); H04W 4/46 (2018.02)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store information about mobile bodies, each of which forms a vehicle by being coupled with a main body unit and is capable of autonomous driving; and
a processor configured to:
select, from a plurality of first mobile bodies existing within a predetermined range, a needed number of the first mobile bodies for transport of one first main body unit that is larger or heavier than a main body unit that can be carried by only one of the first mobile bodies;
transmit, to user terminals of users who own the selected first mobile bodies, use permission requests for the selected first mobile bodies;
determine whether or not a number of acceptance responses, which are from the user terminals and are for using the selected first mobile bodies, reaches the needed number;
in a case where the number of acceptance responses does not reach the needed number, (i) select additionally, from the plurality of first mobile bodies existing within the predetermined range, a number of next first mobile bodies corresponding to a shortage of the first mobile bodies and (ii) transmit a use permission request to a user terminal of a user who owns one of the next first mobile bodies additionally selected;
in a case where the number of acceptance responses reaches the needed number, transmit a summon command to the first mobile bodies for which the acceptance responses from the user terminals were transmitted, those first mobile bodies being summoned first mobile bodies, and the summon command summoning the summoned first mobile bodies to a predetermined assembly location;
cause the summoned first mobile bodies assembled at the predetermined assembly location to carry the one first main body unit; and
cause the summoned first mobile bodies to move to a predetermined destination, wherein
each of the plurality of first mobile bodies is owned by a predetermined user as a private-use vehicle.