Determining a driver score based on the driver's response to autonomous features of a vehicle

  • US 10,783,587 B1
  • Filed: 08/13/2014
  • Issued: 09/22/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/19/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • determining whether a density of vehicles within a predetermined distance of a vehicle is below a threshold density of vehicles;

    in response to a determination that the density of vehicles within the predetermined distance of the vehicle is below the threshold density of vehicles, determining to switch off an autonomous feature of the vehicle;

    in response to the determining to switch off the autonomous feature of the vehicle, sending one or more of visual, audio, and/or tactile information indicating that the autonomous feature of the vehicle will be switched off after a predetermined time period;

    after the predetermined time period, sending, by a computing device and to the vehicle, computer-executable instructions to switch off the autonomous feature of the vehicle;

    determining, by the computing device, operational data of the vehicle after the autonomous feature of the vehicle is switched off, wherein the operational data of the vehicle indicates a response, of a driver of the vehicle, to the autonomous feature of the vehicle being switched off;

    after the autonomous feature of the vehicle is switched off and within a predetermined teaching time period after the autonomous feature of the vehicle is switched off, determining that the response, of the driver of the vehicle, does not exceed a threshold response during the predetermined teaching time period;

    after the predetermined teaching time period expires and based on the determining that the response, of the driver of the vehicle, does not exceed the threshold response during the predetermined teaching time period, maintaining the autonomous feature of the vehicle to be switched off and generating a score based on the operational data of the vehicle; and

    after the predetermined teaching time period expires, after the maintaining the autonomous feature of the vehicle to be switched off, and based on determining that the response, of the driver of the vehicle, exceeds the threshold response, reactivating the autonomous feature of the vehicle.

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