Autonomous vehicle component malfunction impact assessment

  • US 10,168,703 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 01/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for assessing a component configured for use in autonomous vehicles, comprising:

  • collecting, by one or more processors, operating information from a plurality of autonomous vehicles each having a plurality of components, wherein each vehicle of the plurality of autonomous vehicles includes at least one instance of the component to be assessed;

    identifying, by one or more processors, occurrences of the component malfunctioning in the operating information;

    determining, by one or more processors, at least one risk of malfunction associated with the component based upon the identified occurrences of the component malfunctioning;

    determining, by one or more processors, at least one result of each identified occurrence of the component malfunctioning, each result indicating an impact of the occurrence of the component malfunctioning on at least one of the following;

    a risk of a vehicle collision or severity of a vehicle collision; and

    generating, by one or more processors, a component profile for the component indicating one or more combinations of risk and impact associated with the component malfunctioning.

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