Vehicle agent system acting for driver in controlling in-vehicle devices

  • US 6,853,896 B2
  • Filed: 02/27/2003
  • Issued: 02/08/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/01/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An agent system acting for a driver of a vehicle that has a device, the agent system comprising:

  • command inputting means for inputting a plurality of commands from the driver;

    state detecting means for detecting at least one of states of the device and surroundings of the vehicle;

    information storing means for storing driver information including a plurality of assumption responses to be probably operated by the driver according to either of a predetermined command and a predetermined state;

    response selecting means for selecting, either of when a given command is inputted by the driver and when the state detected by the state detecting means changes, a given assumption response from the plurality of the assumption responses stored in the information storing means, based on either of the given command inputted from the driver and the change of the state;

    response determining means for determining, after the given assumption response selected by the response selecting means is presented to the driver, a practice response based on the given assumption response and a certain command that is inputted from the driver and relates to the presented given assumption response;

    controlling means for controlling the device based on the practice response determined by the response determining means; and

    information providing means for providing the driver with at least one of a plurality of pieces of provision information based on the practice response determined by the response determining means, according to an ordering of priority, wherein the ordering of priority is assigned depending on contents of the plurality of pieces of provision information.

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