Autonomous vehicle operation feature monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness

  • US 10,529,027 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 01/07/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring and evaluating a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features for controlling the vehicle, comprising:

  • receiving, by one or more processors, a baseline effectiveness profile indicating effectiveness of the one or more autonomous operation features in controlling operation of vehicles;

    generating, by one or more processors of an on-board computer configured to control operation of the vehicle, operating data regarding operation of the vehicle, wherein the operating data includes (i) information from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle, (ii) information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features, and (iii) a plurality of control decisions generated by the one or more autonomous operation features in response to sensor data from the one or more sensors, wherein the plurality of control decisions includes, for each of a plurality of times during vehicle operation;

    (i) an implemented control decision implemented to control the vehicle and (ii) one or more unimplemented control decisions generated by the one or more autonomous operation features but not implemented to control the vehicle, the unimplemented control decisions indicating alternative control actions for controlling the vehicle;

    recording, in a non-transitory computer-readable memory associated with the on-board computer, a log of the generated operating data, including the plurality of control decisions;

    receiving, by one or more processors, actual loss data regarding losses associated with insurance policies covering a plurality of other vehicles having the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, at least one risk level indicative of effectiveness of operation of the one or more autonomous operation features in controlling the vehicle based at least in part upon the baseline effectiveness profile and the recorded log of the operating data, including an indication of operating conditions of the vehicle in the information from the one or more sensors and the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features;

    determining, by one or more processors, responses of the vehicle to the implemented control decisions and predicted responses of the vehicle to the unimplemented control decisions; and

    adjusting, by one or more processors, the at least one risk level based upon the received actual loss data, the responses of the vehicle to the implemented control decisions, and the predicted responses of the vehicle to the unimplemented control decisions.

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