Autonomous vehicle control assessment and selection

  • US 10,416,670 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 09/17/2019
  • 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, during operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle:

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

    receiving, at one or more processors, a request to disable 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 current operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle in the current operating environment by the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the received operating data;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more operator risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle in the current operating environment by the vehicle operator based upon (i) the received operating data, and (ii) driving behavior settings for the vehicle operator, wherein the behavior settings include information that is pre-determined and/or stored in a vehicle operator profile;

    calculating, by one or more processors, one or more relative risk levels by comparing the one or more autonomous operation risk levels against the one or more operator risk levels;

    determining, by one or more processors, whether to disable the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the one or more relative risk levels; and

    causing, by one or more processors, an indication of the determination regarding whether to disable the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features to be presented to the vehicle operator.

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