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

  • US 10,446,047 B1
  • Filed: 09/02/2016
  • Issued: 10/15/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • for each of two or more driving sessions in which a student driver operates a vehicle;

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

    an accelerometer array, a geopositioning device, or an image capture device;

    communicating, from the on-board computer to a computing device communicatively connected thereto, the driving skill data;

    calculating, by the computing 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; and

    generating, by the computing device, a driving session report corresponding to the respective one of the two or more driving sessions, wherein the driving session report includes the at least one score based on the one or more values of the driving skill data;

    causing, by the computing device, the driving session reports corresponding to the two or more driving sessions to be displayed to a driving instructor on a display device;

    in response to displaying the driving session reports corresponding to the two or more driving sessions, receiving one or more comments from the driving instructor about at least one of the two or more driving sessions of the student driver; and

    storing, in a non-transitory computer-readable medium communicatively connected to the computing device, the driving session reports corresponding to the two or more driving sessions along with the received one or more comments from the driving instructor.

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