Vehicle operator emotion management system and method

  • US 9,934,667 B1
  • Filed: 05/19/2017
  • Issued: 04/03/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for managing an emotional state of a vehicle operator of a vehicle, comprising:

  • collecting, by one or more physiological sensors within the vehicle, sensor data regarding one or more physiological states of the vehicle operator, wherein the sensor data is physiological data regarding the vehicle operator;

    calculating, by one or more processors, a plurality of impairment indicator scores using the sensor data, wherein each impairment indicator score indicates an extent of vehicle operator deviation from a normal emotional state with respect to a physiological metric;

    calculating, by one or more processors, one or more total impairment scores as a weighted combination of two or more of the plurality of impairment indicator scores, each total impairment score indicating whether the vehicle operator is in an impaired emotional state;

    determining, by one or more processors, the vehicle operator is in an impaired emotional state based on the one or more total impairment scores;

    selecting, by one or more processors, one or more musical stimuli to improve the emotional state of the vehicle operator by predicting the ability of the stimuli to improve the emotional state of the vehicle operator based on the received sensor data and a user profile associated with the vehicle operator;

    determining, by one or more processors, that a sound component of the vehicle is currently in use;

    detecting, by one or more processors, a time at which the sound component is available to play the one or more musical stimuli; and

    when the sound component is detected to be available, causing, by controlling the sound component within the vehicle and while the vehicle operator is in the impaired emotional state, the one or more musical stimuli to be played to the user to improve the emotional state of the vehicle operator.

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