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Tracking Driver Medical Emergencies with Smart Wearable Devices to Trigger Safe Shut-Down Procedures in Semi-Autonomous Cars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247493D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system to combine wearable biometric sensor technology with technologies found in smart autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles in order to automatically direct a vehicle to safely leave the road and stop when the system detects that the driver is experiencing a dangerous health condition.

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Tracking Driver Medical Emergencies with Smart Wearable Devices to Trigger Safe Shut-Down Procedures in Semi-Autonomous Cars

Chronic physical and psychological ailments (e.g., epilepsy, diabetes, etc.) can affect a person's ability or willingness to operate a moving vehicle. Pairing wearable devices that can track the driver's physical symptoms with the technology of autonomous cars offers a solution by providing a standby back-up driver that can automatically assume control of the vehicle during a detected medical emergency. Smart wearable devices (e.g., smart watches) contain biometric sensors that can track the user's heart rate, blood pressure, movement, etc. Such sensors can collect data that predicts or detects an epileptic episode, for instance, and can be programmed to alert the vehicle to acquire control and initiate a roadside shutdown procedure to ensure the safety of all passengers.

The novel contribution is a method and system to (1) alert a smart autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to assume secondary control during a detectable driver emergency through use of a smart wearable device, and (2) trigger a programmed response by the vehicle to safely pull to the roadside.

Each component of the proposed system and method is either fully implemented or has a base set of functionalities within a field that is quickly expanding technologically. Following are the components and process for implementing the solution to allow secondary vehicle control to preserve passenger safety during a detectable driver emergency.

Autonomous or semi-autonomous smart vehicle

While fully autonomous cars are not yet realized enough to be a common factor on the road, semi-autonomous cars are becoming more prevalent and provide sophisticated secondary assistance to the driver. Certain models possess cameras and radar sensors to enable crash prevention assistance and autonomous curbside parking, as well as lane-change control to assist with the driver's blind spots. As such technology continues to progress, these features are expected to become common in more smart car models.

Smart wearable device

For the purpose of this invention, smart wearable devices include any hands-free wearable device that can:


 Be program...