Driver feedback alerts based upon monitoring use of autonomous vehicle

  • US 9,767,516 B1
  • Filed: 05/15/2015
  • Issued: 09/19/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for real-time monitoring of a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features for controlling the vehicle, comprising:

  • monitoring, by one or more processors, operating data regarding operation of the vehicle at a plurality of times during vehicle operation, wherein the operating data includes information regarding conditions of an environment within which the vehicle is operating from one or more sensors disposed within the vehicle and information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features, wherein the information regarding the one or more autonomous operation features includes information regarding control decisions not implemented by the one or more autonomous operation features;

    receiving, at one or more processors, information regarding current use levels of the one or more autonomous operation features at the plurality of times during vehicle operation;

    determining, by one or more processors, one or more autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the vehicle under the current use levels based at least in part upon changes in one or more of the conditions of the environment during vehicle operation indicated by the operating data and one or more additional autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the vehicle associated with the control decisions not implemented;

    determining, by one or more processors, whether the determined risk levels exceed the additional risk levels by a warning threshold; and

    causing, by one or more processors, an alert to be presented to a vehicle operator when the determined risk levels are determined to exceed the warning threshold.

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