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System and Method for a Responsible Driver System (RDS)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176356D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The Responsible Driver System (RDS) alleviates the "bad driver" problem by determining and maintaining a driving responsibility scorecard. This rating system will be based on such things as past driving history, vehicle condition, peer ratings, etc. A person's rating will be available to other drivers on the road and those drivers will have the ability to increase or decrease the rating based on how they think that person is driving. Also, a person's ability to affect another driver's rating is based on their own driver rating. Finally, there exists a conflict resolution mechanism to keep a person from artificially inflating or dragging down someone else's score. It is believed if people know that they are being rated on a regular basis, it will encourage them to be better drivers and alleviate some of the major traffic problems.

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System and Method for a Responsible Driver System (RDS)

The system includes:
a database that stores driver ratings
connectivity to the system which allows a driver to:
1) access and display the ratings of drivers within a certain proximity of the car, and
2) add/subtract points from drivers who are within that proximity
an algorithm to determine a driver's new rating based on their previous rating and the rating of the person adding/subtracting points
a conflict resolution algorithm to prevent people from having their score unfairly inflated or reduced

PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

User is classified as an "outstanding" driver and frequently travels on I-40.

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When the user starts their car it connects to the Responsible Driver System (RDS)

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and loads relevant data.

The user would then query their current status. The system could potentially use the

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existing navigation system interface of the car which already has controls to allow for user input and system output to the driver.

As the user starts driving, they remain alert to other drivers on the road (which is

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good defensive driving habit anyway).

As the user is merging onto I-40, they note that the car in front of them on the

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on-ramp is not accelerating to the speed limit to merge but instead comes to a complete stop on the on-ramp, despite traffic moving 65mph on the road.

At this point, instead of getting angry or honking, the user simple selects the

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appropriate function from the RDS to indicate that the car in front of them has engaged in unsafe conduct (stopping in such a way that they will be unable to safely merge with the flow of traffic moving 65mph). The system might have a menu of choices, or perhaps be intelligent enough to guess on possible conditions so that the use doesn't have to spend too much time using the RDS (and not watching the road).

The user can also optionally select from a plurality of reasons why the selected

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driver has been flagged, each carrying an associated severity (for example, "almost caused an accident / unsafe driving" would be more severe than "driving too slow". The RDS logs this rating (and reason, if provided) and adjusts the rating of the

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stopped driver based on several factors described in the next section.

The user continues on their journey. They notice that a car is weaving in its lane

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and the driver is distracted by talking on a cell phone. Once again the user can select the appropriate rating function in the RDS to subtract rating points from the weaving driver.

The user continues on a unwittingly cuts another car off when changing lanes.

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The driver of the other car and use their RDS to log a negative rating which might

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instantly register on the user's RDS. This provided immediate negative reinforcement of bad behavior, which over time might cause drivers to change their

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habits.

The above embodiment is an exemplary case for negative ratings. However, positive...