A system for object recognition in an autonomous vehicle includes non-transitory memory storage for storing instructions and an image feature database. One or more processors are in communication with the memory. The one or more processors execute the instructions to download a road object database associated with routes between a departure point and a destination. Sensor data is received from a plurality of sensors of the autonomous vehicle and compared to data in the road object database. If the sensor data is not found in the road object database, the sensor data is compared to data in the image feature database. If the sensor data is not found in the image feature database, it is transmitted over a wireless channel to an Internet-coupled database. The sensor data is interpreted based on at least one of the road object database, the image feature database, or the Internet-coupled database.