Detecting and responding to autonomous environment incidents

  • US 10,469,282 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2017
  • Issued: 11/05/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for detecting and responding to a smart home incident, the method being implemented at a smart home controller storing a plurality of software routines and comprising:

  • detecting, by one or more processors, that a smart home is operating in a fully autonomous mode without occupants;

    monitoring, by one or more processors executing a first sensor control routine of the plurality of software routines, operation of the smart home by receiving and processing operating data associated with a plurality of autonomous operation features while the smart home is operating;

    identifying, by one or more processors, an unusual condition in the operating data, the unusual condition indicative of a likelihood of an incident occurring during operation of the smart home;

    determining, by one or more processors, that an incident has occurred based upon a portion of the operating data associated with the unusual condition, wherein determining that an incident has occurred includes determining that damage has occurred to one or more components of the smart home;

    selecting, by one or more processors, a response to the incident from a plurality of responses based upon the received operating data;

    causing, by one or more processors, the smart home to implement the selected response by calling an autonomous control routine of the plurality of software routines associated with the selected response to automatically control smart equipment disposed in the smart home, wherein implementing the selected response includes continuing to operate the smart home; and

    in response to the smart home continuing to operate, further monitoring, by the one or more processors executing a second sensor control routine of the plurality of software routines, further operation of the smart home to identify a further unusual condition, wherein the second sensor control routine configures the one or more processors to exclude further operating data received from the one or more damaged components of the smart home when identifying the further unusual condition.

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