"You're driving too fast", "Don't turn here, the next one", "I think you missed a pothole back there", "We can walk to the curb from here" - All helpful suggestions from people not tasked with driving the car. How will an autonomous driving system interact, process, weigh and respond to passenger preferences?
Enter US10173667B2, Occupant based vehicle control. Just granted last week, 1/8/2019, and filed 6/19/2017, this ELWHA LLC patent monitors a vehicles' occupants and modifies the driving experience.
"Acoustic sensors 136 may detect voluntary (e.g., “slow down, please”) and involuntary sounds (e.g., sudden intake of breath, screams, etc.)"
The implicit data may be acquired through any number of sensors. "The sensors of occupant monitoring system 130 may include cameras, body position sensors, force or pressure sensors, microphones, heart rate/pulse sensors, moisture sensors (e.g., for sweat detection), temperature sensors, a facial sensor (e.g., to detect frowns or facial features that indicate an occupant is uncomfortable)"
Just as we may give more weight to one passenger's driving preferences over another, so too does the system described in the '667 patent. Occupants may be classified by proximity to the driving control area, saved profiles or further categorization corresponding to a level of control or privilege. For example, "an owner or other high classified occupant may have additional privileges, such as overriding passenger inputs, (e.g., “ignore passenger A; passenger A gets scared any time the vehicle is operated over 20 miles-per-hour”, or “passenger B is our guest; pay extra attention to passenger B”, etc.)"
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