Vehicle autonomy level selection based on user context

  • US 10,410,250 B2
  • Filed: 12/30/2016
  • Issued: 09/10/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/21/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle, comprising:

  • a sensor configured to sense driving functions associated with an operation of the vehicle;

    a vehicle control system configured to autonomously control driving functions of the vehicle; and

    a processor in communication with the sensor and the vehicle control system, the processor configured to;

    receive information from the sensor when a driver of the vehicle is operating the vehicle in a manual operational mode, wherein the information corresponds to driving functions performed by the driver in the manual operational mode;

    determine, based on the information received from the sensor, a manual control behavior for the driving functions performed by the driver in the manual operational mode, the manual control behavior defining a manual driving style of the driver;

    determine, based on the determined manual control behavior, an autonomous operational mode for controlling driving functions of the vehicle during an autonomous operation of the vehicle, wherein the autonomous operational mode includes an autonomous control behavior that mimics the manual control behavior and matches the manual driving style of the driver;

    send the autonomous operational mode to the vehicle control system to control driving functions of the vehicle during the autonomous operation of the vehicle using the determined autonomous control behavior that mimics the determined manual control behavior and matches the manual driving style of the driver;

    monitor, while the vehicle control system is autonomously controlling a driving function of the vehicle using the determined autonomous control behavior, a biometric characteristic of the driver to determine a level of anxiety of the driver; and

    present, in response to determining an increased level of anxiety of the driver above a baseline level of anxiety for the driver, an option for the driver to take control over the vehicle.

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