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Method for Responding to External Services Acting on Occupants of an Autonomous Vehicle Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244882D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

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Disclosed is a method and system to enable an automated vehicle to automatically respond to invocations upon the user’s mobile device by altering the driver’s level of control over the vehicle to ensure safe vehicle operation. The solution is meant to address the problem of driver distraction, particularly when mobile devices cause the distraction.

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Method for Responding to External Services Acting on Occupants of an Autonomous Vehicle

Many vehicle accidents are caused by distractions, especially from mobile devices. A

method is needed to reduce the number of vehicle accidents caused by distractions, seamlessly integrate devices with vehicle network of things, and create a safer environment for all road users.

Current systems that attempt to solve this issue do not provide the coverage and the ease that this proposed system provides. Existing solutions require a rigid response to the external service. Furthermore, all existing solutions are constrained to particular preset values. Due to these constraints, the current systems are not capable of handling the breadth of scenarios and definitions needed to create contextual reviews. Lastly, most of the existing systems require a multi-threaded, collaborative environment and do not allow independent reviews to take place.

Aspects that the solution must solve include, but are not limited to, allowing:

• The user and or driver to interact with the incoming services • A wireless or wired connection between the smart device(s) and the autonomous vehicle • Multiple smart devices to connect to the autonomous vehicle • The autonomous vehicle to detect events received by the connected smart devices • The user to subscribe to specific events and event types on the smart device from the autonomous vehicle
• A distinct response and prioritization with regard to occupants of the vehicle

• The definition of the vehicle response by the user(s)

• The storage of stock or basic profiling of occupants without settings • Configurable actions to be performed by the autonomous vehicle when an event is detected • The autonomous vehicle a range of autonomy states • The driver to take control from the car; the car must be able to take control from the driver • Interactions for all apps
• The end user to interact with the device

The novel solution is a system that connects, wirelessly or otherwise, a personal device (e.g. smart phone, tablet, smart watch), to the main computer of a semi-automated or fully automated vehicle. The vehicle's computer is configured to accept a message from the device and then act upon it. This could be with the device as the master: taking an incoming event, which could be a notification of any kind, deciding what to do

with that event and then instructing the vehicle computer. Alternatively, the vehicle computer can act as the master, intercepting the notification, or having it relayed to the vehicle and then interpreting and acting upon this notification.


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The method is a full lifecycle manger of an occupant of a vehicle interacting with external services acting upon the user's respective devices. The novel system covers the time before, during, and after the invocation of the service on the mobile device.

In this description:

• A vehicle represents a single vehicle

• A user repres...