Autonomous vehicle operating status assessment

  • US 10,431,018 B1
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 10/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for determining the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, a signal indicating a request to determine an operating status of one or more autonomous operation features of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, wherein each of the one or more autonomous operation features comprises a control module configured to generate control decisions that actuate one or more electromechanical control components of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon data received from a plurality of sensors associated with the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by the one or more processors, a configuration of the plurality of sensors comprising at least one of;

    a number of the plurality of sensors, a type of each of the plurality of sensors, a location of each of the plurality of sensors, and a technical specification for each of the plurality of sensors including normal functioning characteristics or output ranges;

    presenting, by the one or more processors, a test signal to each of the plurality of sensors;

    determining, by the one or more processors in response to the test signal, one or more of the plurality of sensors are missing, malfunctioning or damaged;

    determining, by the one or more processors, the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features associated with the one or more of the plurality of sensors that are missing, malfunctioning or damaged is impaired;

    generating, by the one or more processors, an operating status report indicating the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features, including the impaired operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features;

    storing, in a computer-readable non-transitory memory, the operating status report for subsequent use;

    transmitting, via a network, the generated operating status report to a server;

    determining, by one or more processors of the server, an adjustment to one or more risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the impaired operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features; and

    adjusting, by the one or more processors of the server, an insurance policy cost associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the determined adjustment to the one or more risk levels.

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