Recordation Of Driver's Performance Patents (Class 434/65)
  • Patent number: 11107357
    Abstract: A vehicle controller includes at least one input configured to receive sensor signals from a plurality of sensors configured to determine vehicle dynamic information and at least one input configured to receive sensor signals from a plurality of sensors configured to determine external vehicle information Included in the vehicle controller is a memory and a processor. The memory stores instructions for executing a vehicle positioning system and a driver assistance system using the controller. An output is configured to output a safe to pass condition in response to the controller determining an available vehicle power meets or exceeds an estimated power requirement for a passing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric P. Knutson, David M. Spell, Linh N. Pham
  • Patent number: 11087570
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for identifying a type of issue associated with a stopped vehicle are provided. The system may determine a current location of the vehicle and determine whether the vehicle is currently located on a highway. In some examples, the determined location of the vehicle may cause the system to transmit instructions controlling an amount or type of data collected by sensors and/or transmitted to the system. If the vehicle is on a highway, the system may then determine whether the vehicle is stopped. If so, the system may determine a reason for the vehicle stopping. Upon determining that the vehicle is stopped for an urgent reason, the system may transmit a request for roadside assistance to a service provider computing device and may generate a first type of notification. Upon determining that the vehicle is stopped for a non-urgent situation reason, the system may generate and transmit a second type of notification for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Dogan Civgin, Matthew James Manzella
  • Patent number: 11036234
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for controlling braking a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, the vehicle is controlled in the autonomous driving mode according to a first braking control mode using a first model to adjust the position of a vehicle relative to an expected position of a current trajectory of the vehicle. Using a second model how close to a maximum deviation threshold the vehicle would come if a maximum braking strength for the vehicle was applied is predicted. The maximum deviation threshold provides an allowed forward deviation from the current trajectory. Based on the prediction, the vehicle is controlled in the autonomous driving mode according to a second braking control mode by automatically applying the maximum braking strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Trawick Egnor, Nolan McPeek-Bechtold, James Harris, Andrew Barton-Sweeney, Ruslan Kurdyumov, Spencer Alexander, Ryan Cash
  • Patent number: 10930092
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a distributed data center that includes resources carried by a fleet of vehicles. Individual vehicles carry sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicles and/or the surroundings of the vehicles. The system includes a remote computing server configured to obtain executable code from a user, and subsequently transmit the executable code to individual vehicles in the fleet. Individual vehicles locally execute the executable code to produce local results, and subsequently transfer the results to the remote computing server for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Ghanbari, Daniel Andrew Deninger, Mark Freitas, Nicholas Shayne Brookins, Slaven Sljivar, Jason Palmer, Jeffrey Griswold, David Forney
  • Patent number: 10902742
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching and/or evaluating driving behavior of a driver of an autonomous-capable vehicle. The vehicle is operated in a manual-control mode wherein a driver has manual control, and a communication device (audio speaker, visual display, etc.) issues an instruction to the driver to perform a task. As the driver is attempting to perform the task, a sensor monitors the driver's behavior. A driver instruction module (that interfaces with the vehicle's autonomous driving module) determines a deviation between the driver's behavior and a desired behavior to perform the task. If the deviation exceeds a permissible amount, the vehicle is placed under autonomous control (control is taken away from the driver) and the task is completed in a manner that is in accordance with the desired behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Meghashree Kowshika Ramachandra, Andreas Ortseifen, Yuliya Aksyutina, Julian David Pott
  • Patent number: 10880691
    Abstract: A determination is made that a mobile device is associated with a reference activity of a user based on motion, orientation, rotational, magnetic field, and/or location data provided by sensors of the device. Activity data associated with the reference activity is obtained from the sensor-provided data. The activity data is recorded on the device for a configured period of time after which it is determined that the device is no longer performing the reference activity. The retained activity data for the reference activity is sent from the device to a network-based behavior analyzer when a network connection is available from the device. The network-based behavior analyzer derives user behaviors for the reference activity based on the activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Root, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wilbert Devine, Daniel Craig Manges
  • Patent number: 10789650
    Abstract: A system for reconstructing a vehicular crash (i) receives sensor data of a vehicular crash from at least one mobile device associated with a user; (ii) generates a scenario model of the vehicular crash based upon the received sensor data; (iii) transmits the scenario model to a user computer device associated with the user; (iv) receives a confirmation of the scenario model from the user computer device; (v) stores the scenario model; and (vi) may generate at least one insurance claim form based upon the scenario model. As a result, the speed and accuracy of the claim processing is increased. The system may also utilize vehicle occupant positional data, and internal and external sensor data to detect potential imminent vehicle collisions, take corrective actions, automatically engage autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle features, and/or generate virtual reconstructions of the vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Cole Nave, Nathan Tofte
  • Patent number: 10789788
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a distributed data center that includes resources carried by a fleet of vehicles. Individual vehicles carry sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicles and/or the surroundings of the vehicles. The system includes a remote computing server configured to obtain executable code from a user, and subsequently transmit the executable code to individual vehicles in the fleet. Individual vehicles locally execute the executable code to produce local results, and subsequently transfer the results to the remote computing server for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Ghanbari, Daniel Andrew Deninger, Mark Freitas, Nicholas Shayne Brookins, Slaven Sljivar, Jason Palmer, Jeffrey Griswold, David Forney
  • Patent number: 10710610
    Abstract: A driving control method compares, in a vehicle capable of switching manual driving to run the vehicle according to driving operations of an occupant and automated driving to automatically run the vehicle from one to another, occupant's driving characteristics of manual driving in a present trip of the vehicle with reference driving characteristics stored in advance, and if a predetermined deviation occurs between the occupant's driving characteristics of manual driving in the present trip and the reference driving characteristics, sets driving characteristics applied to the automated driving according to the occupant's driving characteristics of manual driving in the present trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Machiko Hiramatsu, Takashi Sunda, Hideaki Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10661799
    Abstract: A device, system and method for autonomous tactical vehicle control is provided. Data associated with a second vehicle pursued by the first vehicle is received at a computing device associated with the first vehicle. A plurality of tactical intercept maneuvers and associated risk factors are determined using the data. A tactical intercept maneuver is selected based on the respective risk factors. The first vehicle is controlled to autonomously perform the tactical intercept maneuver and/or a notification device is controlled to provide, at the first vehicle, guidance for an operator of the first vehicle to perform the tactical intercept maneuver using the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Randy L. Ekl, Zheng Fang, Eric Johnson
  • Patent number: 10640131
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to aberrant driver classification and reporting are described. A method may involve receiving a message from a user of a first vehicle, the message indicating an instance of aberrant driving of a second vehicle. The method may also involve determining that the instance has occurred using one or more classifiers. The method may further involve collecting information of the second vehicle and generating a warning message based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jinesh J Jain, Daniel Levine
  • Patent number: 10640130
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to aberrant driver classification and reporting are described. A method may involve receiving a message from a user of a first vehicle, the message indicating an instance of aberrant driving of a second vehicle. The method may also involve determining that the instance has occurred using one or more classifiers. The method may further involve collecting information of the second vehicle and generating a warning message based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jinesh J Jain, Daniel Levine
  • Patent number: 10614726
    Abstract: Described herein are a system and method of training a motor vehicle operator in crash-avoidance skills. Critical crash-avoidance skills comprise actively scanning a driving environment to identify, recognize, and remember what is seen; adjusting vehicle speed and position to accommodate road conditions, visibility, and traffic; proactively identifying and responding to potential hazards before the potential hazards become immediate hazards; recognizing, assessing, and responding to driving risks; creating a space cushion in order to identify and maintain possible escape routes; and identifying and minimizing visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Training comprises at least one interactive driving simulation in which use of technology by a motor vehicle operator impacts performance of the motor vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: LIFE LONG DRIVER, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Harkness
  • Patent number: 10571922
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that employ tolerance values defining a level of vehicle control precision for motion control of an autonomous vehicle. More particularly, a vehicle controller can obtain a trajectory that describes a proposed motion path for the autonomous vehicle. A constraint set of one or more tolerance values (e.g., a longitudinal tolerance value and/or lateral tolerance value) defining a level of vehicle control precision can be determined or otherwise obtained. Motion of the autonomous vehicle can be controlled to follow the trajectory within the one or more tolerance values (e.g., longitudinal tolerance value(s) and/or a lateral tolerance value(s)) identified by the constraint set. By creating a motion control framework for autonomous vehicles that includes an adjustable constraint set of tolerance values, autonomous vehicles can more effectively implement different precision requirements for different driving situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron L. Greenfield, Frederic Tschanz, David McAllister Bradley, Diana Yanakiev
  • Patent number: 10496766
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide an autonomous vehicle fleet as a service. More specifically, systems, devices, and methods are configured to simulate navigation of autonomous vehicles in various simulated environments. In particular, a method may include receiving data representing characteristics of a dynamic object, calculating a classification of a dynamic object to identify a classified dynamic object, identifying data representing dynamic-related characteristics associated with the classified dynamic object, forming a data model of the classified dynamic object, simulating a predicted range of motion of the classified dynamic object in a simulated environment to form a simulated dynamic object, and simulating a predicted response of a data representation of a simulated autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege
  • Patent number: 10479378
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to aberrant driver classification and reporting are described. A method may involve receiving a message from a user of a first vehicle, the message indicating an instance of aberrant driving of a second vehicle. The method may also involve determining that the instance has occurred using one or more classifiers. The method may further involve collecting information of the second vehicle and generating a warning message based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jinesh J Jain, Daniel Levine
  • Patent number: 10449967
    Abstract: Systems and methods of analyzing a target vehicle based on other vehicles are disclosed. One or more computing devices may receive monitoring vehicle driving data collected from vehicle operation sensors within at least one monitoring vehicle by a telematics device. The one or more computing devices may further receive target vehicle driving data from the telematics device of the at least one monitoring vehicle. The one or more computing devices may determine a driving behavior associated with the target vehicle based on an analysis of the monitoring vehicle driving data and the target vehicle driving data. The one or more computing devices may calculate one or more driver scores based on the driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10403171
    Abstract: A system is provided for determining likely and ongoing driving habits of registered drivers working for employers. The system using software adapted to operate and perform the system tasks, ascertains remedial driving courses for determined driving habits requiring them, and subsequently provides the driving courses to chosen drivers. The system tracks ongoing driver performance and compliance with assigned courses and provides notification of such to employers of the drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Jerome Toliver, Mauricio Berber
  • Patent number: 10392022
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using machine learning classifiers to identify anomalous driving behavior in vehicle driver data obtained from vehicle telematics devices are provided. In one example, a vehicle telematics device receives vehicle driver data from sensors, identifies anomalies in the vehicle driver data by using an unsupervised machine learning process, calculates a driver risk score by using the anomalies identified in the vehicle driver data, and transmits the risk score to a remote server system. In another example, a server system receives vehicle driver data from a plurality of vehicle telematics devices, identifies anomalies in the vehicle driver data by using an unsupervised machine learning process, and calculates a driver risk score by using the anomalies identified in the vehicle driver data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventor: Amrit Rau
  • Patent number: 10388083
    Abstract: Method for automatically assessing performance of a driver (110) of a vehicle (100) for a particular trip, wherein current driving data sets, comprising basic driving data are repeatedly read from the vehicle, which method comprises the steps a) collecting previous-trip driving data sets, comprising instantaneous vehicle energy consumption, for different previous trips, different drivers and different vehicles; b) for each of said current-trip driving data sets, selecting a corresponding previous-trip data set; c) calculating the value of said second trip performance parameter based upon the respective values of a first trip performance parameter for each of said selected previous-trip driving data sets, which first trip performance parameter is calculated for the previous-trip data set in question as a relative trip performance of the previous-trip data set in question in relation to the trip during which the previous-trip data set was observed. The invention also relates to a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GREATER THAN AB
    Inventor: Anders Lindelöf
  • Patent number: 10388089
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for identifying a type of issue associated with a stopped vehicle are provided. The system may determine a current location of the vehicle and determine whether the vehicle is currently located on a highway. In some examples, the determined location of the vehicle may cause the system to transmit instructions controlling an amount or type of data collected by sensors and/or transmitted to the system. If the vehicle is on a highway, the system may then determine whether the vehicle is stopped. If so, the system may determine a reason for the vehicle stopping. Upon determining that the vehicle is stopped for an urgent reason, the system may transmit a request for roadside assistance to a service provider computing device and may generate a first type of notification. Upon determining that the vehicle is stopped for a non-urgent situation reason, the system may generate and transmit a second type of notification for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Dogan Civgin, Matthew James Manzella
  • Patent number: 10146222
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a self-propelled vehicle, method, and system. The self-propelled vehicle includes an autonomous driving system configured to dynamically determine maneuvers operating the vehicle along a route in an automated mode without continuous input from a human driver. The vehicle includes an input device configured to receive a real-time request for a specific dynamic maneuver by the vehicle operating along the route from the human driver. The vehicle includes a decision circuit configured to select a real-time dynamic maneuver by arbitrating between (i) the received real-time request for the specific dynamic maneuver from the human driver and (ii) a real-time determination relative to the specific dynamic maneuver received from the autonomous driving system. The vehicle includes an implementation circuit configured to output the selected real-time dynamic maneuver to an operations system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Hon Wah Chin, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas Allan Weaver
  • Patent number: 10115173
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for standardized evaluation of new drivers seeking driver's licenses. A driving license acquisition system may determine the requirements for a new driver to obtain a full driver's license in a particular state, track the driver's driving performance to determine when the requirements are met, and administer a written test and a driving test. Upon passing the written test and the driving test, the driving license acquisition system may communicate with a driver's license issuing authority system (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicles) to recommend issuing a driver's license to the driver. The driving license acquisition system may reduce the need for a parent or other supervisor to monitor the new driver's driving record, and may reduce the need for the new driver visiting a local driver's license issuing authority to obtain a driver's license.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Matthew James Manzella
  • Patent number: 10101163
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for tracking locations of a driver and vehicle. In one example, a location tracking system pairs a vehicle location device and a driver location device by associating a driver identifier and a timestamp with the driver location device and the vehicle location device, obtains vehicle location data including a set of vehicle location data points, obtains driver location data including a set of driver location data points, correlates the vehicle location data and the driver location data, generates vehicle driver data based on the correlated vehicle location data and driver location data, and identifies a driver of the vehicle at a particular time by using the vehicle driver data and the timestamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CALAMP CORP
    Inventor: Abhishek
  • Patent number: 9846011
    Abstract: A motion analysis system includes an acceleration measuring device, an acceleration processor, a velocity processor, a distance processor, a peak velocity processor, a profile correlation processor, and a vehicle action processor. The system determines a time for an initiation of an action for a vehicle by determining that a distance traveled by the vehicle is greater than a safe separation distance and that a peak velocity is greater than a minimum velocity. The system initiates the action for the vehicle based on the verified position of the vehicle and the confirmed profile data as determined by the profile correlation processor, and based on the determination that the distance traveled by the vehicle is greater than the safe separation distance and that the peak velocity is greater than the minimum velocity as determined by the vehicle action processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Alan Clark, Aaron C. Lattimore
  • Patent number: 9809220
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a drive assist device including an index calculation unit configured to calculate an index relating to a relative relationship between a vehicle and a target object and a drive assist determination unit configured to determine whether to execute a drive assist control of the vehicle based on the index and as the vehicle width direction component of the relative speed between the vehicle and the target object decreases, the index calculation unit calculates the index with increasing a degree of influence of the relative relationship relating to the vehicle width direction component, or as the vehicle width direction component of the relative distance between the vehicle and the target object increases, the index calculation unit calculates the index with increasing the degree of influence of the relative relationship relating to the vehicle width direction component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Quy Hung Nguyen Van, Hiroshi Kishi, Shintaro Yoshizawa, Hirokazu Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9646346
    Abstract: The devices, methods, systems and computer-readable mediums of the present disclosure provide automatic data collection for insurance rating purposes. In particular, a battery powered Bluetooth device may be attached to a personal item of an insured individual. The Bluetooth device may automatically trigger a mobile telephone to begin storing data related to use of the personal item when the mobile telephone is proximate the Bluetooth device. The mobile telephone may periodically transmit the stored data to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark E. Clauss, Richard J. Lovings, David W. Thurber
  • Patent number: 9597960
    Abstract: In a driving assistance device 1, when an execution determination unit 12 determines that a driving assistance unit 11 performs driving assistance, a consciousness degradation determination unit 13 performs control such that a warning unit 9 is less likely to issue a warning than that when the driving assistance is not performed. Therefore, even when the position of a host vehicle is changed by the steering of the host vehicle by a driving assistance unit 11, it is possible to reduce the discomfort of a driver due to a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Okuda
  • Patent number: 9086297
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating a maneuver instruction for a driving maneuver, the maneuver instruction including an explanation of how to turn, merge, park or operate a driver's vehicle; monitoring a maneuver attempt for a compliance to the maneuver instruction; modifying the maneuver instruction based on the maneuver attempt; assigning a driver skill grade for the maneuver attempt based on the compliance to the maneuver instruction; and generating a training feedback to improve the driver skill grade of the maneuver attempt for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: TELENAV, INC.
    Inventor: Ambreen Haleem
  • Patent number: 8989959
    Abstract: Vehicle operator performance history recording and reporting systems include devices and methods of automatically collecting and processing vehicle crash or event data over time to form a driver history report. A driver history report may include many factors to express performance or quality of driver service, and these may be reduced to a single value normalized expression in view of a collection of many drivers. Vehicle event recorders are arranged to capture data relating to a particular event. These vehicle event recorders are further coupled to systems which form an association between collected data and the vehicle operator in command of the vehicle at the event moment. Systems provide means for long-term storage of data particularly data in a structure which preserves the association between a driver and event records attributed to him/her.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Plante, Ramesh Kasavaraju, Gregory Mauro, Andrew Nickerson
  • Publication number: 20150064659
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and a driver intervention device that obtains an indication of a risk event associated with a motor vehicle driver. At least one human factor of the motor vehicle driver that contributed to the risk event is retrieved based on a correlation with the indicated risk event. At least one recommended intervention is determined for the motor vehicle driver based on a match of the at least one human factor of the motor vehicle driver. The determined at least one recommended intervention is output to a computing device associated with the motor vehicle driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Interactive Driving Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edmund S. Dubens
  • Publication number: 20150044641
    Abstract: An on-vehicle system for assessing an operator's efficiency of a vehicle, include sensors, an audiovisual display device, a processor and a data storage. The sensors measure or detect conditions of components of the vehicle, and convert the detected conditions into analog or digital information. The data storage stores program instructions, the analog or digital information from the sensors, and other data. The program instructions, when executed by the processor, control the on-vehicle system to determine a state of the vehicle within a vehicle's environment based on the analog or digital information from the sensors, determine whether one or more of a predetermined set of behaviors has occurred based on the determined state of a vehicle, assess performance of the determined one or more of the predetermined set of behaviors, and present the operator, via the audiovisual display device, a feedback based on the assessment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David C. CHAUNCEY, Edward McCARTHY
  • Publication number: 20150037762
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle is configured to receive one or more data collector inputs, detect an object proximate to the vehicle based on the one or more inputs, determine a closure speed between the object and the vehicle, determine a change in speed of the object, compute an accountability factor; and determine whether to identify a potential incident based at least in part on the accountability factor and an incident value. The incident value is a function of at least one of the closure speed and a distance between the vehicle and the object. The accountability factor is based at least in part on the closure speed and the change in speed of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Martin, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 8930227
    Abstract: A system for determining vehicle driver hazard detection proficiency and calculating insurance discounts, wherein an Internet device presents a visual presentation of a continuous drive through a driving environment having driving hazards, an Internet device records locations viewed by a user within the visual presentation, a computer algorithm that compares the recorded user viewing locations with defined locations of hazards within the visual presentation of the continuous drive, to determine a hazard detection proficiency, a computer memory device comprising at least one minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria corresponding to an insurance discount; and a computer analytics device that compares the determined hazard detection proficiency of the user with the minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria and determines whether to award the insurance discount to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: John Adrian Nepomuceno
  • 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: 8894415
    Abstract: An application for a system for driver training is includes a computer with at least two graphics displays. A first graphics display simulates a windshield of a target vehicle and a second graphics display simulates a dashboard of the target vehicle. The computer generates images that simulate the dashboard of the target vehicle on the second graphics display. A touch screen interface is connected to the second graphics display and is operatively coupled to the computer thereby signaling the computer with positions of which the second graphics display is touched by a trainee. The trainee is prompted to touch an item on the dashboard (second graphic display) and the touch screen interface is read to determine if the trainee touched the appropriate item (e.g. gauge).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Training System LLC
    Inventors: Aaron M. Best, J Ken Barton, David J Havell, Reginald T. Welles, Darrell R. Turpin, James W. Voorhees, John E. Kearney, Camille B. Price, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron J. Turpin, Aaron M. Purvis
  • Publication number: 20140322676
    Abstract: An approach for determining and scoring driving quality in real-time while supporting various in-vehicle services and leveraging information associated with and related to the driving experience includes collecting, in real-time, a plurality of contextual parameters associated with a user, classifying driving behavior of the user based on the contextual parameters, wherein the driving behavior corresponds to operation of one or more vehicles by the user, and generating a driving profile for the user according to the classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Madhusudan Raman
  • Patent number: 8849492
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus is provided with: a storing device for storing each of a plurality of past driving situations of a self-vehicle as a group of a plurality of driving situation factors, for storing, correspondingly to each of the plurality of past driving situations, an action characteristic value and a driving situation occurrence frequency, and for storing, correspondingly to each of the plurality of driving situation factors, a factor influence value and a factor change frequency; an estimating device for estimating a future driving action of the driver on the basis of the plurality of past driving situations, the action characteristic value, the driving situation occurrence frequency, the factor influence value, and the factor change frequency; and a performing device for performing driving assistance in accordance with the estimated driving action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 8849474
    Abstract: A rider characteristic determining apparatus capable of determining characteristics of a rider controlling a saddle riding type vehicle, and a saddle riding type vehicle including the same, are configured such that the rider's characteristics are determined from a turning movement of the saddle riding type vehicle which reflects results of the rider controlling the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a stable characteristic determination regardless of individual operation or control by the rider. Further, a turning performance score of the vehicle is calculated based on at least one of vehicle state amounts of a roll direction, a pitch direction and a caster angle which influence the steering angle of the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a proper evaluation of the turning characteristic of the saddle riding type vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Yoneta, Hiroshi Daimoto, Atsuo Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140287381
    Abstract: An application for an adaptive training system includes a computer interfaced to one or more graphics displays, one of more input/output devices and having access to a plurality of training segments. The input/output devices are in communication with a trainee. Software operates in either a simulation mode in which a trainee interacts with the adaptive training system as if the trainee was operating a target vehicle or in a training mode in which the trainee receives computer-based training from the adaptive training system, in particular, when the trainee does not perform well during the simulation mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: ADVANCED TRAINING SYSTEM LLC
    Inventors: Aaron M. Best, J. Ken Barton, David J. Havell, Reginald T. Welles, Darrell R. Turpin, James W. Voorhees, John Kearney, SR., Camille B. Price, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron J. Turpin, Aaron M. Purvis
  • Publication number: 20140272810
    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: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Brian M. Fields, Jibo He, John Adrian Nepomuceno, Steve Roberson, Bryan Allen Plummer, Kurtis C. Houdek, Neeraj Jain
  • Publication number: 20140199662
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and software for operation a driver analysis system which includes receiving vehicle operation data corresponding to operation of vehicles by drivers from vehicle monitoring system, processing at least a portion of the vehicle operation data to determine driving performance of at least one driver, generating a driving report which identifies the driving performance of at least one driver, and presenting the driving report, where the driving report includes a driving score and/or eye movement index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Cartasite, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Armitage, Gregory Froim Kushnir, Mark Alvin Mason
  • Patent number: 8770980
    Abstract: An application for an adaptive training system includes a computer interfaced to one or more graphics displays, one of more input/output devices and having access to a plurality of training segments. The input/output devices are in communication with a trainee. Software of the computer selects a first segment of the training segments and operates on the current segment by presenting the current segment on the graphics displays and input/output devices, thereby simulating an operation of the target vehicle. The software collects data from the one or more input/output devices and analyzes the data to determine a level of competency of the trainee. The software adaptively determines one or more next segments from the training segments based upon the level of competency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Training System LLC
    Inventors: Aaron M. Best, J Ken Barton, David J Havell, Reginald T. Welles, Darrell R. Turpin, James W. Voorhees, John E. Kearney, Camille B. Price, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron J. Turpin, Aaron M. Purvis
  • Publication number: 20140162219
    Abstract: A system adapted to monitor, record and analyze driver performance is described. The system includes: a vehicle sensor module adapted to receive data from a set of sensors that each measure a driving characteristic associated with a vehicle; a map data access module adapted to retrieve, from a map database, map data elements indicating various features associated with at least one path of the vehicle; and a driver behavior engine adapted to receive information from the vehicle sensor module and the map data access module, and to monitor and evaluate driver performance based on the received information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Abalta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pavel Stankoulov
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8725344
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Publication number: 20140051041
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and analyzing the driving behavior of a driver in a motor vehicle includes a traffic-rule-conformance evaluation module (3) which evaluates the driving behavior of the driver with regard to adherence to elementary traffic rules. A defensive-driving-style evaluation module (4) evaluates the driving style of the driver under general safety aspects which are not or not always unambiguously specified by legal regulations. A rating-number specification module (5) specifies and updates continuously a rating number which represents a measure of the conformance to rules of driving behavior and defensiveness of the driving style of the driver. A communication module (6) communicates with the rating-number specification module (5) and establishes a data link with a remote data processing device (8). After the rating number has reached or exceeded a predetermined threshold value, this fact is reported to the remote data processing device (8) via the communication module (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Goetz-Philipp Wegner, Thomas Rambow
  • Patent number: 8597027
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Loren J. Staplin
  • Patent number: 8598977
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring and controlling driver performance in a controlled driving environment. A portable information device is provided to a driver who registers with a server computer for controlling vehicle operation in the driving environment. A record for the driver is stored in a database associated with the server computer. A vehicle is activated using the portable information device for at least an amount of time exceeding a preset threshold value. A speed level and a safety level for the vehicle are dynamically set based on the driver's performance in the driving environment. The driver's performance is monitored in the controlled driving environment and each driving violation that occurs is determined. Violation points are assigned to the driver based on each driving violation and the violation points are added to the driver record stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Tiny Towne International LLC
    Inventors: Pierre Maalouf, Georges Moussa
  • Publication number: 20130316311
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring driving behavior in real time, which is then used to assign points to a user, such as the driver, a passenger, friends of the driver or passenger, and the like. The assignment of points can be effective at influencing current and future driving behavior of users via gamification and social networking. Users of the described system and method can engage with each other in a fun, competitive, and social way, using leaderboards, contests, points and rewards, and other gamification concepts. The system and method may be loaded onto a smartphone and may be auto-controlled based on one or more predetermined trigger events, which may be internally or externally controlled. An occurrence of the trigger event may cause the system to auto-start or to auto-end without the user interacting with the smartphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Drive Power, LLC
    Inventor: William D. England