Autonomous vehicle collision risk assessment

  • US 10,026,130 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 07/17/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for evaluating effectiveness of one or more autonomous operation features in assisting a vehicle operator in controlling a vehicle, comprising:

  • generating, by one or more test units configured to simultaneously test a plurality of autonomous operation features, test results for the plurality of autonomous operation features including a plurality of versions of computer-readable instructions of at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, wherein the test units generate the test results as control commands generated by the one or more autonomous operation features of the test units in response to test sensor data that simulates sensor data for an autonomous vehicle operating under a plurality of operating conditions within a virtual test environment;

    receiving, at one or more processors, information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, the information identifying the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, including an indication of a current version of the plurality of versions of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features and the information including one or more of the following;

    a type and version of the autonomous operation feature, an operation of the autonomous operation feature, a type and version of autonomous operation feature control software, or settings of the autonomous operation feature;

    receiving, at one or more processors from a database, information regarding the vehicle operator indicating prior vehicle usage by the vehicle operator;

    determining, by one or more processors, a plurality of collision risk levels associated with autonomous operation of the vehicle under the plurality of operating conditions based upon the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features and the test results generated by the one or more test units, including a plurality of collision risk levels associated with the plurality of versions of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, a plurality of expected use levels of the vehicle, wherein the expected use levels are associated with the plurality of operating conditions and wherein the expected use levels are determined based upon operating data recorded in a vehicle data log by one or more on-board computers during previous operation of one or more vehicles by the vehicle operator, such operating data including both entries in the vehicle data log storing data indicating usage of at least one autonomous operation feature from the one or more on-board computers and entries in the vehicle data log storing data indicating sensor data indicative of environmental conditions generated by one or more sensors installed in the vehicle during the previous operation;

    determining, by one or more processors, an operator collision-risk profile associated with vehicle operation by the vehicle operator;

    determining, by one or more processors, a total collision risk level associated with operation of the vehicle based at least in part upon the determined plurality of collision risk levels, the determined expected use levels, and the determined operator collision-risk profile; and

    causing, by one or more processors, one or more of the following actions to be performed based upon the determined total collision risk level;

    adjust an insurance policy associated with the vehicle, determine a coverage level associated with the insurance policy, present information regarding the determined total collision risk level to a reviewer via a display of a reviewer computing device to verify the determined total collision risk level, or present the determination to a customer via a display of a customer computing device for review of an adjustment to the insurance policy associated with the vehicle.

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