Recordation Of Driver's Performance Patents (Class 434/65)
  • 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: 20130316310
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining orientation of a moving vehicle. Using a fixed position device, the method comprises: collecting data which relate to acceleration forces measured along the vehicle axes together with corresponding GPS related information; calculating correlations between measured accelerations and velocity changes and/or vehicle's heading changes; associating the calculated correlations with a plurality of possible yaw rotation angles and derive therefrom a yaw rotation angle that maximizes the correlation; and based on a yaw rotation angle that would maximize the correlation derived, determining the orientation of the moving vehicle. Using a mobile device placed in the vehicle in an unknown position, the method comprises collecting data obtained by the mobile device during a driving session from a GPS and from acceleration measurements made by an accelerometer of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Oren MUSICANT, Barak SCHILLER, Tofig KAREEMOV
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130302758
    Abstract: Methods and systems for logging driving information associated with a vehicle when driven are disclosed. In one aspect, a mobile telecommunications device is provided that is adapted for installation to a vehicle and configured to log driving information associated with the vehicle when driven. The mobile device is arranged to register the start of a driving period during which the mobile device is installed to the vehicle and the vehicle is being driven by a driver. The mobile device is also arranged to process sensor data during the driving period to derive driving information associated with how the vehicle is driven. The mobile device is also arranged to store a selection of the driving information to a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew William Wright
  • Publication number: 20130302755
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a training lesson from a plurality of frames located within the storage. Each frame has a component of training. After operator-related data is collected from one or more vehicles, details of the operator-related data are saved. In some examples, the operator-related data correlates to a single operator (e.g. the driver, pilot, etc. that operated a known vehicle) while in other examples, the operator-related data correlates to several operators. Software selects at least one frame from the plurality of frames based upon the operator-related data and creates a lesson. The lesson, which includes the selected frame(s) from the plurality of frames, is provided to the operator or operators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: James W. Voorhees, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron M. Purvis, Chad E. Schwendiman
  • Publication number: 20130302757
    Abstract: A method of geospatial data based assessment driver behavior to improve driver safety and efficiency is disclosed. A method of a server device may comprise determining that a telemetry data is associated with a vehicle communicatively coupled with the server device and comparing the telemetry data with a driver objective data. A variance between the telemetry data and the driver objective data may then be determined. A performance score may be generated upon comparison of the variance to a threshold limit and/or the driver objective data. The performance score may be published along with other performance scores of other drivers in other vehicles also communicatively coupled with the server device to a reporting dashboard module. Elements of game theory may be implemented to create a team driving challenge and/or a driver performance program to generate the performance score to improve driver safety and efficiency for commercial fleets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Frank Pearlman, Sean Micheal Walsh, Daris Amon Schantz, Steve Gertz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130288206
    Abstract: A driving evaluation system that divides a traveling route of a vehicle into a plurality of sections and evaluates the driving of a driver of the vehicle includes: a driving data acquiring unit that acquires driving data of the driver for each section; a determining unit that determines whether the driving data acquired by the driving data acquiring unit satisfies the evaluation conditions set to each section; and an upload unit that uploads the driving data to a center which evaluates driving when the determining unit determines that the driving data satisfies the evaluation conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shojiro Takeuchi, Satomi Yoshioka, Yoshihiro Ooe
  • Publication number: 20130260344
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for evaluating driving performance of a driver according to one or more of at least two different performance classes, wherein each performance class relates to a different aspect of driving performance than the others. The method comprising the steps of: identifying a plurality of driving events in a driving session, wherein each of the driving events is associated with indicators characterizing the respective driving event; retrieving values for indicators associated with the respective driving events identified; providing a plurality of pre-defined coefficients that enable adapting the retrieved indicators' values to one of the at least two different performance classes; and based on the values retrieved for the indicators associated with the identified driving events and the plurality of pre-defined coefficients, evaluating a driving performance that is compatible with one or more of the at least two different performance classes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GREENROAD DRIVING TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Oren Musicant, Ofer Nissim Raz
  • Publication number: 20130244210
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and method for providing driver tracking and behavior analysis, initiated without concurrent user input, by the presence detection of one or more drivers of the vehicle. Vehicle motion inferred from a location aware device sensor, as well as other driver smartphone sensors and application use are logged and analyzed to determine risk factors associated with identified drivers. Internet data sources are further utilized for associating road conditions and traffic regulations with the logged locations of the vehicle. Logged and analyzed data from the identified drivers is aggregated for reporting on vehicle risk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Kaarya LLC
    Inventors: Ujjual Nath, William Fletcher, Brian Billett
  • Publication number: 20130209968
    Abstract: A feedback and training system for use in a vehicle the vehicle comprising or connected to one or more sensors enabled to measure one or more physical parameters associated with the vehicle; the system comprising a database, configured to receive and store data from the sensors, a processor enabled to calculate at least one performance factor based at least partly on the current physical parameters measured from the one or more sensors, a display configured to display to a driver representations of one or more of the performance factors, wherein the calculation of a performance factor, or the timing of or the prominence given to the display of the representation of a performance factor, is dependent on historic sensor data stored in the database received previously from the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: RICARDO UK LTD
    Inventors: Peter Miller, Eric Anthony Chan
  • Publication number: 20130189649
    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: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Matteo T. MANNINO
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130164712
    Abstract: Three dimensional GPS or vehicle position data is used to determine a slope the vehicle is traveling over at a specific point in time. The slope data can then be combined with other metrics to provide an accurate, slope corrected vehicle mass. The vehicle mass can then be used along with other vehicle data to determine an amount of work performed by a vehicle, enabling s detailed efficiency analysis of the vehicle to be performed. To calculate slope, horizontal ground speed (VHGS) can be calculated using the Pythagorean Theorem. One can take the Z/Up magnitude and divide it by the horizontal ground speed. Replacing Z, x and y with directional vectors enables one to calculate slope. The slope data is then used to determine the mass of the vehicle at that time. Pervious techniques to calculate mass did not factor in slope, and thus are not accurate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130164714
    Abstract: Data is collected during the operation of a vehicle and used to produce a ranking of a driver's performance, and that ranking is shared on a hosted website, such that the drivers can compare their performance metrics to their peers. Fleet operators can use these performance metrics as incentives, by linking driver pay with performance. Individual fleet operators can host their own website, where driver rankings in that fleet can be compared, or the website can be hosted by a third party, and multiple fleet operators participate. The third party can offset their costs for operating the website by charging participating fleet operators a fee, and/or by advertising revenue. In some embodiments, all driver performance data is displayed in an anonymous format, so that individual drivers cannot be identified unless the driver shares their user ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130164713
    Abstract: Three dimensional GPS or vehicle position data is used to determine a slope the vehicle is traveling over at a specific point in time. The slope data can then be combined with other metrics to provide an accurate, slope corrected vehicle mass. The vehicle mass can then be used along with other vehicle data to determine an amount of work performed by a vehicle, enabling s detailed efficiency analysis of the vehicle to be performed. To calculate slope, horizontal ground speed (VHGS) can be calculated using the Pythagorean Theorem. One can take the Z/Up magnitude and divide it by the horizontal ground speed. Replacing Z, x and y with directional vectors enables one to calculate slope. The slope data is then used to determine the mass of the vehicle at that time. Pervious techniques to calculate mass did not factor in slope, and thus are not accurate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Zonar Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Zonar Systems, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130164715
    Abstract: Data is collected during the operation of a vehicle and used to produce a ranking of a driver's performance, and that ranking is shared on a hosted website, such that the drivers can compare their performance metrics to their peers. Fleet operators can use these performance metrics as incentives, by linking driver pay with performance. Individual fleet operators can host their own website, where driver rankings in that fleet can be compared, or the website can be hosted by a third party, and multiple fleet operators participate. The third party can offset their costs for operating the website by charging participating fleet operators a fee, and/or by advertising revenue. In some embodiments, all driver performance data is displayed in an anonymous format, so that individual drivers cannot be identified unless the driver shares their user ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8398405
    Abstract: A method for training an operator to control a powered system is disclosed including operating the powered system with an autonomous controller, and informing an operator of a change in operation of the powered system as the change in operation occurs. A system and a computer software code are also disclosed for training the operator to control the powered system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Publication number: 20130052614
    Abstract: Systems and methods for quantifiable assessment of vehicle driver performance based upon objective standards are disclosed. The physical and/or control states of a vehicle are monitored by sensors during a driving trip. Measurement data, optionally comprising a measurement signal, is composed from parameters selected from the measured physical and/or control states. The measurement data is then compared to reference data, optionally comprising a reference signal, comprising the same or similar physical and control state parameters, for the same or analogous driving trip or portion thereof, including discrete driving tasks, as determined by one or more of: a known driver of specific attributes, a population average, or an autonomous driving algorithm. A metric of comparison may be determined as one or more characteristic metrics of a driving task, according to one or more path metrics of a driving task, or as a signal distance metric between the reference and measurement signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Mollicone, Kevin Gar Wah Kan, Damian Marcus Biondo, Christopher Grey Mott
  • Patent number: 8333592
    Abstract: The present invention provides a video-captured model vehicle simulator including at least one model vehicle, a track layout, at least one video imaging unit, at least one computer, at least one input device and/or control system and a customised software application whereby the simulator provides a user with a realistic simulation of the operation of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Warburton Swan
  • Patent number: 8323025
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for automatic driver evaluation of a person's driving capabilities and render an outcome of pass or fail without the need for a trained observer to evaluate driver's performance. In one embodiment, the automatic driver evaluation system facilitates the display of a predetermined driving route designed for a predetermined demography, observe simulated driving performance of a user on the predetermined driving route, record errors made by the user while performing the simulated drive, and compare the performance errors to at least one threshold value and generate a score based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventors: Barbara Freund, Ronald K. Freund
  • Patent number: 8297977
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for automatic driver evaluation of a person's driving capabilities and render an outcome of pass, fail, or pass with restrictions without the need for a trained observer to evaluate driver's performance. In one embodiment, the automatic driver evaluation system facilitates the display of a predetermined driving route designed for a predetermined demography, observe simulated driving performance of a user on the predetermined driving route, record errors made by the user while performing the simulated drive, and compare the performance errors to at least one threshold value and generate a score based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventor: Barbara Freund
  • Publication number: 20120202176
    Abstract: The embodiments describe vehicle system and method for evaluating driving performance of a driver of a vehicle. The vehicle system objectively evaluates a driver's performance using latitudinal and longitudinal acceleration to determine the smoothness in which the driver operates the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Dick, Kin Fung