Real-time driver observation and scoring for driver's education

  • US 10,311,750 B1
  • Filed: 10/04/2016
  • Issued: 06/04/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • during a driving session in which a student driver operates a vehicle while observed by a driving instructor;

    gathering, by an on-board computer of the vehicle, driving skill data indicative of vehicle operation by the student driver from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle, the one or more sensors including at least one of the following;

    an accelerometer array, a geopositioning device, or an image capture device, andgathering, by a user interface of a mobile device, comments from the driving instructor regarding vehicle operation at one or more geographic locations along a route traveled by the vehicle during the driving session, wherein the comments are each associated with one of the one or more geographic locations based upon data gathered from the one or more sensors;

    calculating, by one or more processors of the mobile device or of an additional computing device communicatively connected to one or both of the on-board computer or the mobile device, at least one score based on one or more values of the driving skill data indicative of acceleration, braking, steering, gaze location, scanning frequency, lane deviation, lane centering, or time to collision;

    generating, by the one or more processors, a driving session report corresponding to the driving session, including;

    the at least one score based on the one or more values of the driving skill data, andthe gathered comments from the driving instructor about the driving session; and

    causing the driving session report to be displayed on a display device for review.

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