Autonomous communication feature use

  • US 10,181,161 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 01/15/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for determining collision risk of one or more autonomous operation features of a vehicle, comprising:

  • receiving, by an autonomous communication feature of the one or more autonomous operation features, autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle communication data from one or more additional vehicles operating within communication range of the vehicle;

    controlling, by an on-board computer of the vehicle and the one or more autonomous operation features, operation of the vehicle using the one or more autonomous operation features and the received autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle communication data;

    communicating, from the on-board computer of the vehicle to one or more processors of a server via a communication network, information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, including information regarding the autonomous communication feature of the vehicle and a log of vehicle operation data;

    receiving, at the one or more processors of the server from the on-board computer of the vehicle via the communication network, the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle;

    determining, by the one or more processors of the server, a plurality of collision risk levels associated with autonomous operation of the vehicle under a plurality of operating environments based upon the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by the one or more processors of the server, a plurality of expected use levels of the vehicle based upon entries in the log of vehicle operation data, wherein the expected use levels are associated with the plurality of operating environments;

    determining, by the one or more processors of the server, a plurality of autonomous communication levels within the plurality of operating environments associated with the plurality of expected use levels for the vehicle based upon locations and times associated with the operating environments during prior operation of the vehicle, wherein the autonomous communication levels indicate availability of each of a plurality of types of autonomous communication capability in other vehicles as a proportion of the other vehicles in corresponding operating environments that exhibit the types of autonomous communication capability;

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

    causing, by the one or more processors of the server, 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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