Autonomous feature use monitoring and insurance pricing

  • US 10,354,330 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 07/16/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring use and evaluating effectiveness of a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features, comprising:

  • generating, by one or more test units configured to simultaneously test a plurality of autonomous operation features, test results for the plurality of autonomous operation features including a plurality of versions of computer-readable instructions of at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, wherein the test units generate the test results as control commands generated by the one or more autonomous operation features of the test units in response to test sensor data that simulates sensor data for an autonomous vehicle operating under a plurality of operating conditions within a virtual test environment;

    receiving, at one or more processors, information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, the information identifying the one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, including an indication of a current version of the plurality of versions of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    monitoring, at one or more processors, operation of the vehicle by collecting operating data regarding operation of the vehicle during vehicle operation, wherein the operating data includes (i) information from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle to generate sensor data regarding movement of the vehicle and objects within an operating environment of the vehicle and (ii) information regarding the operation of the one or more autonomous operation features, including an indication of a current version of the plurality of versions of computer-readable instructions of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the vehicle in each of the plurality of operating conditions based upon the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features and the test results generated by the one or more test units;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more use levels indicating extent of actual use of each of the one or more autonomous operation features associated with each of the plurality of operating conditions, and further indicating extent of use of a user-adjustable setting for at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features; and

    generating, by one or more processors, a total quality metric indicating effectiveness of control logic implemented by the one or more autonomous operation features under the plurality of operating conditions based at least in part upon the determined one or more autonomous operation risk levels, the determined one or more use levels, and the operating data.

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