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1. (WO2019032091) LOCATING A VEHICLE USING A DRONE
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CLAIMS

A system, comprising:

a computer, comprising a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor, the instructions comprising, to:

receive, from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), image data of a vehicle parking region;

process the data by identifying an actuation of a UAV indicator that occurs within a predetermined interval of a {feedback} response of a vehicle in the region; and

based on the identification, determine a location of the vehicle {within the region}.

The system of claim 1, wherein the response comprises a light pattern emitted from the vehicle in response to a trigger from the UAV.

The system of claim 1, wherein the indicator comprises a light source located within a field of view of a sensor onboard the UAV.

The system of claim 1, further comprising the UAV, wherein the UAV is programmed to record the image data and repeatedly emit a wireless command to trigger the response as it moves from waypoint-to-waypoint within the region.

The system of claim 4, wherein the command comprises a keyfob code of the vehicle, wherein the UAV is programmed to operate in a plant mode which inhibits the UAV from rolling the code.

The system of claim 1, further comprising a plurality of vehicles in the region including the vehicle that provides the response, wherein each of the plurality comprise an onboard computer programmed to execute the response when the UAV provides a wireless command that corresponds with a keyfob code stored in the respective onboard computer.

7. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:

a computer, comprising a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor;

a sensor; and

a keyfob transmitter,

the instructions comprising, to:

receive, via the sensor, image data of a vehicle parking region; transmit a {wireless} command via the transmitter; and

based on the transmission, receive, via the sensor, {and record} a {visual feedback} response from a vehicle {in the region}.

8. The UAV of claim 7, wherein the sensor is a digital camera.

9. The UAV of claim 7, wherein the image data is video data.

10. The UAV of claim 7, wherein the response comprises a light pattern emitted from a headlamp of the vehicle.

11. The UAV of claim 7, further comprising an indicator located within a field of view of the sensor.

12. The UAV of claim 11, wherein the indicator is coupled adjacent an aperture of the sensor.

13. The UAV of claim 11, wherein the indicator comprises a light source, wherein the instructions further comprise: to transmit the command and, concurrently, to actuate the source.

14. The UAV of claim 13, wherein the instructions further comprise, to:

repeatedly transmit the command at a plurality of waypoints in the region while recording image data, wherein the data comprises the response and an actuation of the indicator; and then

transmit the data to a second computer for video image processing, wherein the processing includes identifying the vehicle based on both the actuation and the response occurring within a predetermined interval.

15. The UAV of claim 7, wherein the instructions further comprise: to determine location data associated with the vehicle providing the response.

16. The UAV of claim 7, wherein the instructions further comprise, to:

process the image data at the UAV;

based on the processing, determine location data of the vehicle; and provide the location data to a second computer.

17. A system, comprising the UAV of claim 16 and the second computer that is programmed to maintain a database of keyfob codes for a plurality of vehicles, wherein the command transmitted by the UAV includes one of the codes.

18. A method, comprising:

receiving, from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), image data of a vehicle parking region;

processing the data by identifying an actuation of a UAV indicator that occurs within a predetermined interval of a {feedback} response of a vehicle in the region; and

based on the identification, determining a location of the vehicle.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the response is triggered by the UAV emitting a keyfob code in a direction of the vehicle.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein the indicator comprises a light source located within a field of view of the image data and the response comprises a light pattern emitted by the vehicle.