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Accessibility features incorporated in Artificial Passenger Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018103D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

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Many drivers have subtle or intermittently manifested disabilities that can interfere with road safety. Drivers with attention deficits may get distracted and lost, or ignore critical signage. Drivers with memory loss may forget which roads they are supposed to be taking. People with diabetes who have not taken medications or eaten the appropriate food might have a diabetic reaction, which could jeopardize road safety.This invention proposes creating profiles of drivers that can anticipate and react to their potential dirving weaknesses. As a result of these profiles, drivers can be queried at appropriate junctures to ensure that they are focused and on target. In the event that the driver is deemed impaired or confused, the system can be designed so that appropriate remediation is suggested - such as reminding the driver where he/she is going, or advising him/her to pull over, or, in severe instances, contacting emergency intervention services

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Accessibility features incorporated in Artificial Passenger

  Many drivers have disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) subtle memory loss, or diabetes. These disabilities may not be pronounced enough to disqualify the individual from driving, but they do warrant enhancements to increase vehicular safety. People with ADD may get distracted and people with some memory loss may forget which road(s) they are supposed to take to get where they are going. People with diabetes can suffer diabetic reactions if they have not eaten properly, which can impair their ability to drive safely.

    Artificial Passenger (AP) may be extended to include profiles of drivers' illnesses or cognition lapses, and it can then deal differentially with drivers according to their disease and cognition profile. For example, if AP knows that a particular driver has ADD, then the system can ask the driver at various junctures where are they planning to go. Utilizing GPS technology, AP can determine the best route to take and thereby reduce the cognitive burden of the attention impaired driver. AP can periodically check with the driver to ensure that they still remember where they are going and that they are fully aware of road conditions, road hazards, turns that they must make to get to the destination, and that they are paying attention to road signs. Alternatively, the AP system may not utilize GPS technology, but instead simply ask the driver questions to ensure that he/she remember where he/she was going, thereby making sure they stay focused on the task of reaching their desired destination. A similar model can be applied to drivers with a profile indicating memory loss.

    The AP can remind people to follow...