Accident fault determination for autonomous vehicles

  • US 10,726,498 B1
  • Filed: 11/14/2018
  • Issued: 07/28/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for determining fault relating to a collision or other loss, comprising:

  • receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding operation of a vehicle during a time period including a time of an accident, wherein the operating data includes sensor data from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle, and information regarding operation of one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, including control signals generated by the one or more autonomous operation features to control the vehicle;

    receiving, at one or more processors, information regarding use levels of the one or more autonomous operation features during the time period including the time of the accident, wherein the use levels indicate a value of at least one variable setting of at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features enabled at the time of the accident; and

    automatically determining, by one or more processors and without human involvement, an allocation of fault for the accident using the received operating data and the use levels of the one or more autonomous operation features by (i) determining that the use levels indicate the one or more autonomous operation features were configured and operating to control an aspect of vehicle operation at the time of the accident, and (ii) determining, by comparing intended control actions of the one or more autonomous operation features indicated by the control signals against observed operation of the vehicle indicated by the sensor data from the one or more sensors, relative fault between the one or more autonomous operation features and other control components configured to implement control actions for the vehicle based upon the control signals.

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