Virtual trainer for in vehicle driver coaching and to collect metrics to improve driver performance

  • US 10,565,893 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2018
  • Issued: 02/18/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system to train a driver during operation of a vehicle, the system comprising:

  • (a) an interface to at least one vehicle data generating component that generates time-indexed vehicle data when the vehicle is operating;

    (b) a display to locally present on a first portion of the display a map relevant to a present geographic location of the vehicle and to further present concurrently on a second portion of the display driver feedback information during vehicle operation; and

    (c) at least one processor logically coupled to the display, the at least one processor configured to evaluate driver performance by;

    (i) automatically analyzing the time-indexed vehicle data to determine if any of the time-indexed vehicle data has crossed a first predefined threshold, and if so automatically directing presentation, on the second portion of the display, driver feedback information indicating the first predefined threshold has been crossed and refraining from reporting to any remote entity that the first predefined threshold has been crossed; and

    (ii) automatically analyzing additional time-indexed vehicle data to determine if any of the additional time-indexed vehicle data crosses a second predefined threshold; and

    , if so, automatically directing presentation, on the second portion of the display, driver feedback information indicating the second predefined threshold has been crossed and using a wireless data link to automatically report to a remote computing device that the second predefined threshold has been crossed; and

    (d) a local input mechanism to accept a driver entered explanation for a second predefined threshold crossing that was reported to the remote computing device.

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