Accident fault determination for autonomous vehicles

  • US 10,185,997 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 01/22/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for determining fault relating to a collision or other loss, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, an indication of an accident involving a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features for controlling the vehicle;

    receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding operation of the vehicle during a time period including a time of the accident, wherein the operating data includes sensor data from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle and information regarding the operation of the one or more autonomous operation features, including a log of control signals generated by the one or more autonomous operation features to control the vehicle;

    receiving, at one or more processors, information regarding use levels of the one or more autonomous operation features during the time period including the time of the accident, wherein the use levels indicate a value of at least one variable setting of at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features enabled at the time of the accident;

    automatically determining, by one or more processors and without human involvement, an allocation of fault for the accident using the received operating data and the use levels of the one or more autonomous operation features by (i) determining that the use levels indicate the one or more autonomous operation features were configured to and were operating to control an aspect of vehicle operation associated with the accident at the time of the accident and (ii) determining, by comparing intended control actions of the one or more autonomous operation features indicated in the log of the control signals against observed operation of the vehicle indicated by the sensor data from the one or more sensors, relative fault between the one or more autonomous operation features and other control components configured to implement control actions for the vehicle based upon the control signals;

    presenting, via a display, the automatically determined allocation of fault to a human reviewer for verification; and

    receiving, at one or more processors, an indication of verification from the human reviewer.

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