Accident fault determination for autonomous vehicles

  • US 10,726,499 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 the 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 information from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle and information regarding operation of one or more autonomous operation features of the vehicle, and wherein the information from the one or more sensors includes sensor data generated by the one or more sensors regarding positions of objects in proximity to the vehicle within a vehicle operating environment, and the information regarding the operation of the one or more autonomous operation features includes control signals generated by the one or more autonomous operation features to control the vehicle;

    receiving, at the 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 configuration of at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features enabled at the time of the accident; and

    automatically determining, by the 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 information 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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