Autonomous vehicle control assessment and selection

  • US 10,266,180 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 04/23/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, wherein the operating data includes data from one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle regarding a current operating environment of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by one or more autonomous operation features based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more autonomous operation risk levels indicate current risk for control of an aspect of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more operator risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by the vehicle operator based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more operator risk levels indicate current risk for control of the aspect of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the vehicle operator;

    determining, by one or more processors, to engage at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon a comparison of (i) the determined one or more autonomous operation risk levels and (ii) the determined one or more operator risk levels; and

    causing, by one or more processors, the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features to engage.

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