Autonomous vehicle operation feature monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness

  • US 9,754,325 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 09/05/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of evaluating risk associated with an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology for a vehicle, the method comprising:

  • collecting, by an on-board computer of the vehicle, a virtual log of actual driving performance of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology from the vehicle during vehicle operation, wherein the actual driving performance includes each of the following virtual log entries for each of a plurality of control decisions at a plurality of times during vehicle operation;

    (i) an implemented control decision generated by the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology and implemented by the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology to control the vehicle, (ii) an unimplemented control decision generated by the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology but not implemented to control the vehicle, (iii) an indication of one or more environmental conditions, and (iv) a vehicle response to each implemented control decision;

    analyzing, by one or more processors, the virtual log entries based upon the vehicle responses to the implemented control decisions and predicted vehicle responses to the unimplemented control decisions;

    determining, by one or more processors, a rating of effectiveness of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology in controlling the vehicle based upon the analysis of the virtual log entries;

    determining, by one or more processors, a risk level associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology based at least in part upon the rating of effectiveness;

    determining, by one or more processors, an adjustment to an insurance policy based at least in part upon the determined risk level associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technology; and

    causing, by one or more processors, the adjustment to the insurance policy to be implemented.

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