Method for controlling a vehicle in accordance with parameters preferred by an identified driver

  • US 9,950,707 B2
  • Filed: 04/17/2017
  • Issued: 04/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • providing a plurality of sensors at an equipped vehicle, the plurality of sensors sensing exterior of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the plurality of sensors comprises at least one forward viewing image sensor;

    capturing, via the plurality of sensors, data;

    providing a control at the equipped vehicle that, when the control is operating in a driving assist mode, provides at least one of (i) adaptive cruise control, (ii) lane keep assist and (iii) lane centering;

    wherein the control, when operating in the driving assist mode, is operable to control (i) acceleration of the equipped vehicle, (ii) braking of the equipped vehicle and (iii) steering of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the control, when not operating in the driving assist mode, allows for driver control of acceleration, braking and steering of the equipped vehicle;

    providing a data processor at the equipped vehicle for processing data captured by the plurality of sensors;

    determining, via processing by the data processor of data captured by at least some of the plurality of sensors, information pertaining to distance to other vehicles present exterior the equipped vehicle;

    determining, via processing by the data processor of data captured by at least the forward viewing image sensor of the plurality of sensors, information pertaining to lane geometry of a lane of a road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling;

    identifying to the data processor a driver present in the equipped vehicle and capable of operating the equipped vehicle;

    when the control is not operating in the driving assist mode and the identified driver is operating the equipped vehicle, providing to the data processor information pertaining to (i) acceleration of the equipped vehicle by the identified driver, (ii) braking of the equipped vehicle by the identified driver and (iii) steering of the equipped vehicle by the identified driver;

    when the control is not operating in the driving assist mode and the identified driver is operating the equipped vehicle, determining driving conditions associated with the provided information;

    determining a personalized parameter set for the identified driver, wherein the personalized parameter set comprises information pertaining to driving behavior of the identified driver during various driving conditions;

    when the control is operating in the driving assist mode and the identified driver is not operating the equipped vehicle, and responsive to determination of a current driving condition of the equipped vehicle, controlling the equipped vehicle in accordance with the personalized parameter set for the identified driver and the determined current driving condition and in accordance with data processing by the data processor of data captured by at least some of the plurality of sensors; and

    wherein the determined personalized parameter set for the identified driver comprises at least one parameter selected from the group consisting of (i) how rapidly the equipped vehicle, when driven by the identified driver, accelerates if a preceding vehicle changes lane and is no longer in the lane along which the equipped vehicle is traveling, (ii) how aggressively the equipped vehicle, when driven by the identified driver, decelerates after a cut-in by another vehicle into the lane in which the equipped vehicle is traveling, and (iii) how the speed of the equipped vehicle, when driven by the identified driver, is adjusted responsive to a radius of curvature of an upcoming road curve ahead of the equipped vehicle.

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