Driver's Skill Measured By Time Or Vehicle Travel Distance Patents (Class 434/64)
  • Patent number: 9299269
    Abstract: A system for testing and evaluating driving competency of a subject is disclosed. The system includes a first test unit for providing a simple driving reaction test sequence, a complex driving reaction test sequence and a depth perception test sequence, a second test unit for providing a low illumination vision test sequence and a glare recovery test sequence, a third test unit for providing a side vision test sequence, a first switching module for enabling the subject to undergo the simple driving reaction test sequence and the complex driving reaction test sequence, a second switching module for enabling the subject to undergo the depth perception test sequence, the low illumination vision test sequence, and the glare recovery test sequence, a master control unit for interacting and controlling the first test unit, the second test unit, the third test unit, the first switching module, and the second switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Ravikumar Midathala
  • Patent number: 8915738
    Abstract: A driver performance evaluation and apparatus includes means for generating first data stream representing driver actions, a second data stream representing vehicle movements, a filtering function to eliminate short term actions in both data streams, the generation of a raw score which is independent of timing and the adjustment of the raw score based on a comparison of actual driver action timing to an ideal timing sequence to provide a final score which is an indication of driver performance/proficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Matteo T. Mannino
  • Patent number: 8876535
    Abstract: Driving skill data is gathered with one or more accelerometers during a driving session of a first student driver, including one or more of acceleration data, braking data, or steering data and wherein the driving skill data includes one or more of a timestamp or location stamp. A driving session report is generated with a computer processor. The driving session report includes a calculation of one or more of a student driver acceleration skill score based on the acceleration data, a student driver braking skill score based on the braking data, or a student driver steering skill score based on the steering data and storing the one or more scores on a computer-readable medium. The driving session report is displayed. Driving skill data may be gathered and driving session reports may be generated for subsequent student drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Fields, Jibo He, John Adrian Nepomuceno, Steve Roberson, Bryan Allen Plummer, Kurtis C. Houdek, Neeraj Jain
  • Publication number: 20140193781
    Abstract: Fulfillment and verification of pre-licensing requirements of a motor vehicle agency may be facilitated for a student driver. In certain implementations, a duration of time associated with driving of the student driver may be recorded. The recording occurs during the time associated with the driving. The time duration associated with the driving may be stored in a student-driving session. The student-driving session may be stored. A presence of a first supervisor of the student driver with the student driver during the driving may be confirmed. In some implementations, the pre-licensing requirements may be obtained. The pre-licensing requirements and the stored student-driving session may be compared to generate status information of the student driver with respect to fulfillment of the pre-licensing requirements. In various implementations, the status information may be provided to the motor vehicle agency responsive to a determination that the student driver has fulfilled the pre-licensing requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander C. Sands
  • Patent number: 8764531
    Abstract: A system and method for computerized competition useful for rewarding a player. The system and method may be utilized in arcade games, personal computer games, dedicated video games, networked games, and simulators. The method may include selecting a target reward level or threshold such as by selecting a score from a list of past scores, and dynamically adjusting the reward level according to the ability of the players of the system. The method may further include adjusting the playback of a previous competition sequence according to the adjusted reward level. In one embodiment, a previous vehicle race sequence is stored and played back as a ghost or phantom vehicle simultaneously with a present vehicle of a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Hightower
  • Patent number: 8753123
    Abstract: A driving support system for giving a support to a driving operation of a vehicle includes a drive history database and a drive teaching unit for specifying a travel route of a vehicle subjected to a driving support. Vehicle information including information about vehicle operation is associated with pertinent route information and is registered as a drive history in the drive history database. The drive teaching unit is configured to extract a drive history corresponding to the specified travel route from the drive history database. The drive teaching unit is further configured as a guide for the driving support to teach information about the extracted drive history to a driver of the vehicle subjected to the driving support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shojiro Takeuchi, Hironobu Sugimoto, Satomi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 8731736
    Abstract: A system for preventing driving skill atrophy comprises a trainer module that determines the driver's current skill level, disables certain automated features based on the determined skill level, and forces the driver to use and hone her driving skills. The system collects data to determine through on-board vehicle sensors how a driver is driving the vehicle. The system then compares the driver's current driving skills with the driver's historical driving skills or the general population's driving skills. Based on the comparison, the system determines whether the driver's skill level is stagnant, improving or deteriorating. If the skill level is improving, for example, the system disables certain automated driving features to give driver more control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan Chang
  • Publication number: 20130302756
    Abstract: A driving support system for giving a support to a driving operation of a vehicle includes a drive history database and a drive teaching unit for specifying a travel route of a vehicle subjected to a driving support. Vehicle information including information about vehicle operation is associated with pertinent route information and is registered as a drive history in the drive history database. The drive teaching unit is configured to extract a drive history corresponding to the specified travel route from the drive history database. The drive teaching unit is further configured as a guide for the driving support to teach information about the extracted drive history to a driver of the vehicle subjected to the driving support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Shojiro Takeuchi, Hironobu Sugimoto, Satomi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 8573978
    Abstract: Systems, method, and programs evaluate a driving condition of a vehicle in accordance with road characteristic information that is included in map data, acquire evaluation information that includes an evaluation result based on the evaluation, and store the evaluation information. The systems, methods, and programs acquire update data to change the road characteristic information included in the map data, update the map data, and analyze the evaluation result for the evaluation information acquired during the period between the time when a road characteristic is modified and the time when the map data is updated, based on the changed road characteristic information included in the updated map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Miura
  • Patent number: 8485822
    Abstract: A simulation system for a machine is disclosed. The simulation system has a user interface configured to display a simulated environment, and a controller in communication with the user interface. The controller is configured to receive historical information related to performance of a machine, and recreate a past operation of the machine from the received historical information. The controller is also configured to provide to the user interface the recreated past operation for display in the simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Lind
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 8147247
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for creating and delivering courses of personalized traffic safety instruction. Instruction courses are generated based on combinations of identifying information and demographic information of a student, one or more citations issued to the student and State requirements for coursework required in traffic school, including courses associated with the one or more citations. The course of instruction includes required and elective materials and typically is configured to meet a minimum time requirement. Citations associated with the student can be retrieved from government databases and course requirements associated with citations can be obtained from Courts and State agencies. Systems are described whereby instruction is delivered to the student using a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Carl Reese
  • Publication number: 20110123961
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system to permit assessment and measurement of a combination of visual and cognitive processes necessary for safe driving-object detection, by recognition of particular objects as actual or potential safety hazards or traffic hazards, through the continuous switching of visual attention between and among objects while virtually driving, according to an object's instantaneous priority as a safety threats or traffic hazard, that together are termed expert search and scanning skills. The present invention will reference the driver's performance against that of acknowledged experts in this skill; and then provide precise feedback about the type, location, and timing of search and scanning performance errors, plus remedial strategies to correct such errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Loren J. Staplin
  • Patent number: 7828655
    Abstract: A computer game depicts or represents actual or imaginary geographic locales as part of the play scenarios of the games. The computer game uses a map database that contains data that represent geographic features, such as roads, in a locale. A game engine program presents a game play scenario to a user via a user interface of the game. An application programming interface program accepts requests for data from the game engine program, accesses data from the map database, and provides the data in a suitable format to the game engine program for use in presenting the game scenario to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Navteq North America, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Brooks Uhlir, Christopher Dougherty, Michael V. Shuman, Roy Casino
  • Patent number: 7642922
    Abstract: A drive support apparatus that performs an interaction with a driver with respect to awareness of safe driving so as to make the driver drive safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Taisuke Itou
  • Patent number: 7295124
    Abstract: A response measuring system for measuring the time required for a user or subject to respond to a prompting event includes a controller or computer connected to a plurality of annunciator driving outputs and a plurality of sensor input receivers. Methods of using the response measuring system in diagnoses and prognosis of injury, disease, and disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Diego Guillen
  • Publication number: 20040078208
    Abstract: A race simulation system is provided for remotely simulating a race between a plurality of participants. The simulation system includes a tracker for tracking the position of the participants as they move during the race and for generating corresponding positional data. This positional data is then transmitted through a communications channel to one or more remote users. Each remote user has a terminal which is operable to recreate a simulation of the race using the received positional data and stored layout data which defines the layout of the course over which the participants move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Malcolm Burwell
  • Patent number: 6679702
    Abstract: A vehicle-based headway collision avoidance training system (300) is provided that includes a sensor system (350) mounted to the training vehicle (200), a processing system (330), and an interface unit (340) coupled to the vehicle's wiring. The combination of processing system (330), a graphical display (332), a data input device (334), and an audio output device (336) provides a collection of special auditory and visual displays attended to by the student, and controls and displays used by the instructor that are unique for teaching headway safety in the context of a moving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Paul S. Rau
  • Patent number: 6336864
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a game apparatus allowing for an accurate determination of a collision of a player's moving object traveling at high speed with an obstacle. A relative coordinate calculation section 21 calculates the relative coordinates of another movable object by using the position of the player's movable object as the origin. A relative speed calculation section 22 calculates the relative speed of the player's moving object and the other movable object. If the relative speed exceeds a predetermined value, a hit check position decision section 23 equally divides a distance traveled by the player's moving object at the relative speed in {fraction (1/60)} seconds into segments, each of the segments not exceeding the length L of the player's moving object, to determine the number of hit checks, and sets one or more hit check positions between the player's moving object and the other movable object on their trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Namco Ltd.
    Inventor: Kensuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 6292729
    Abstract: A tractor includes various actuators or functions, such as a powershift transmission, a hitch and hitch control system, a PTO, a plurality of selective control valves, etc., all controlled by one or more control units in response to sensed parameters and operator manipulated control devices, such as switches, knobs and levers. A function management system includes a programmed control unit which has a learn/save mode which is operable while the vehicle is moving. During the learn/save mode the operator performs a sequence of manual manipulations of the operator control devices, and the control unit records and then stores information pertaining to the sequence of operations, together with information pertaining to the distances traveled by the tractor between operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Peter Leslie Falck, Trent Lynn Goodnight, Stephen Paul Lang, Bruce Craig Newendorp, Michael Owen Youngblood, Carl Edwin Kittle
  • Patent number: 6227862
    Abstract: A system and method for providing driver training and education particularly targeted towards teenage drivers. A system and method focus on six major areas that address both driving and lifestyle skills. The six major areas are i) lifestyle, ii) risk and benefit perception, iii) visual search, iv) speed adjustment, v) space management and vi) hazard recognition. The invention is directed to post licensing training and education. Content is embedded in a multi-faceted instructional framework using contemporary learning methods that work with teens using multi-media technologies and integrated and realistic subject matter utilizing three main components, namely workout sessions, computer based training (CBT) and parent-teen activity. The invented system and method encourages and enlists participation of the parents who are recognized as key agents in the development of safe driving practices. There is an ongoing assessment, which provides feedback for remediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Advanced Drivers Education Products and Training, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Harkness
  • Patent number: 6171186
    Abstract: In a race game comprising a preliminary round and a main race, a player can start the game without waiting for other players, the boredom of waiting time is eliminated, and skillful players can be satisfied with the game. An image processing device for generating game images, and a plurality of game units each provided respectively with communications control devices connected to this image processing device, which control communications with other devices, are provided, and the communications control devices are connected to each other. When any of the players inserts a coin, the corresponding communications control device immediately starts a preliminary round, and when this preliminary round is completed, it displays a demonstration screen during the waiting period before the start of the main race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Enterprises
    Inventors: Masahito Kurosawa, Kenji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5888074
    Abstract: A system for testing and evaluating driver situational awareness incorporates a device for displaying road and traffic images to a subject being tested, road and traffic image data for simulating operation of a vehicle to be outputted on the display device, instruction data to be outputted at least on the display device, input devices for inputting response data from the test subject in response to road and traffic image data generated on the display means, and a control device for controlling the operation of the system. The control device incorporates a vision test component for conducting a vision test of the subject and a driving reaction test component for conducting a driving reaction test of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Scientex Corporation
    Inventors: Loren Staplin, Kenneth W. Gish, Albert H. Kirchner, III
  • Patent number: 5660547
    Abstract: A vehicle simulator including a system for development of vehicle simulation scenarios. The vehicle simulation system includes simulated vehicle controls providing input signals to a computer, and feedback devices, including a video display, providing a user with feedback on the operation and location of the simulated vehicle as it is driven through a simulated universe. One aspect of the invention is a scenario development system which uses the vehicle controls, the computer and the output devices to enable a scenario developer to develop a simulation scenario which includes other programmed vehicles. The scenario developer can determine when and where the other programmed vehicles become active in a simulated universe in which the scenario takes place, as well as determine when and where the programmed vehicles leave the simulated universe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventor: Norman S. Copperman
  • Patent number: 5277584
    Abstract: A method of programming a vehicle simulator to provide an operator of the simulator with exertional and vibrational responses substantially the same as the driver of an actual vehicle would experience when driving the vehicle has been provided. The simulator comprises a frame supporting a vehicle seat from which the operator operates a gear shift, an accelerator pedal, brake pedal, clutch pedal and steering wheel. Inflatable pods are provided under each corner of the simulator to simulate road conditions and turning of the vehicle by selectively deflating them. Each of these controls selectively provides one or more signals to a programmed logic controller (PLC) which provides suitable signals to devices for controlling movement of the simulator to closely simulate movement of a vehicle under similar circumstances. The simulator can be used to determine the tolerance level of a person to the exertional and vibrational levels of a simulated vehicle over a given time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Occusym Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Douglas E. DeGroat, Patricia M. McKenna
  • Patent number: 5131848
    Abstract: A testing method and apparatus for determining the reaction time of machine operators, especially drivers of automotive vehicles. A series of images are projected onto a viewing screen to be observed by a student at a student station. The images comprise one or more visual depictions of various operating conditions, including non-threatening and threatening conditions. After presenting a sequence of non-threatening conditions images, an "action cue image" representing a threatening condition is projected. The elapsed time between the projection of the action cue image and the initiation of the required response of the student is measured to derive the student's reaction time, in terms of seconds or distance traveled at a specified speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Doron Precision Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Warren K. Adams
  • Patent number: 5116051
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive control device for a simulated vehicle in a video game or simulator. In the preferred embodiment a brake pedal control device is implemented having a strain gauge which senses the strain in the material of the brake pedal. This strain is amplified by a differential amplifier having a self-adjusting input circuit with a long time constant which causes any variations in the input voltage not due to changing strain on the brake pedal to be applied to both inputs of a differential amplifier in common mode, thereby cancelling the effect thereof. Only voltage differences resulting from variations in the strain on the brake pedal are amplified by the differential amplifier and output for use by the video game or simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventors: Rick L. Moncrief, Erik J. Durfey, Max L. Behensky
  • Patent number: 4750888
    Abstract: Training in the operation of moving vehicles is provided by an operating station comprising a steering wheel and a television monitor screen placed in front of the trainee driver. Theoretical steering control operations performed by a model driver on a previously recorded moving road landscape are used for producing the images of the road landscape as it moves in front of the trainee driver's control station. Steering errors made by the trainee driver are determined by comparison between the steering control operations performed by the trainee driver and the previously recorded model-driver steering control operations. Displacement of the images with respect to the television monitor screen is produced as a function of the trainee driver' s steering errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Giravions Dorand
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Allard, Christian Deslypper, Christian Saunier