Autonomous vehicle operating status assessment

  • US 10,166,994 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 01/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for real-time determination of the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:

  • monitoring, by one or more processors, the operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to obtain operating data from one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, an operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the operating data;

    determining, by one or more processors, a change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the determined operating status by comparing the operating status with a previous operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features, wherein the change in operating status indicates an impairment of operation of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, a risk level associated with operation of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the impairment;

    when the risk level exceeds a threshold, implementing, by one or more processors, an action to reduce a risk associated with operation of the vehicle;

    generating, by one or more processors, a report containing information regarding the change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    storing, in a computer-readable non-transitory memory, the report for subsequent usedetermining, by one or more processors, an adjustment to a cost associated with an insurance policy associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the determined change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features; and

    causing, by one or more processors, the adjustment to the cost associated with the insurance policy to be implemented.

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