Accident fault determination for autonomous vehicles

  • US 10,719,886 B1
  • Filed: 05/09/2019
  • Issued: 07/21/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer system for determining fault for a vehicle collision involving a vehicle, the computer system comprising one or more processors or transceivers of a server configured to:

  • receive, at the server via a communication network, a vehicle data log including (a) vehicle-mounted sensor data generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, and (b) autonomous feature data regarding use, configuration, or settings of one or more autonomous features before or during the vehicle collision, the autonomous feature data including a plurality of control signals generated by one or more autonomous vehicle technologies to control the vehicle;

    evaluate, by the server, the plurality of control signals indicated by entries of the vehicle data log to identify control actions attempted by the one or more autonomous vehicle technologies;

    determine, by the server and based upon the identified control actions, fault contributions for the vehicle collision for each of;

    (i) the one or more autonomous features that failed to generate control signals to control the vehicle to avoid the vehicle collision, and (ii) one or more hardware components of the vehicle that failed to implement the control signals generated by the one or more autonomous features; and

    determine and assign, by the server, a percentage of fault for the vehicle collision to the one or more autonomous features that were in control of the vehicle at a time of the vehicle collision based upon the determined fault contributions.

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