US 11,656,617 B1
Remote pilot of vehicle during unsafe driving conditions
Bryan J. Osterkamp, New Braunfels, TX (US); Gregory Brian Meyer, San Antonio, TX (US); Will Kerns Maney, Jr., San Antonio, TX (US); Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, NC (US); Deborah Schulz, San Antonio, TX (US); Sean Carl Mitchem, San Antonio, TX (US); and Timothy Blair Chalmers, San Antonio, TX (US)
Assigned to United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed by UIPCO, LLC, San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed on Mar. 28, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/367,431.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/785,443, filed on Dec. 27, 2018.
Int. Cl. G05D 1/00 (2006.01); B60W 30/18 (2012.01); B60W 40/08 (2012.01); B60W 50/08 (2020.01); A61B 5/18 (2006.01); A61B 5/0205 (2006.01); A61B 5/11 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/024 (2006.01); A61B 5/0531 (2021.01)
CPC G05D 1/0055 (2013.01) [A61B 5/0077 (2013.01); A61B 5/0205 (2013.01); A61B 5/1128 (2013.01); A61B 5/18 (2013.01); A61B 5/4094 (2013.01); A61B 5/6893 (2013.01); B60W 30/18 (2013.01); B60W 40/08 (2013.01); B60W 50/08 (2013.01); G05D 1/0011 (2013.01); A61B 5/024 (2013.01); A61B 5/0531 (2013.01); A61B 2562/0204 (2013.01); A61B 2562/0219 (2013.01); B60W 2040/0872 (2013.01); B60W 2420/42 (2013.01); B60W 2420/54 (2013.01); B60W 2520/105 (2013.01); B60W 2520/28 (2013.01); B60W 2540/12 (2013.01); B60W 2540/18 (2013.01); G05D 2201/0213 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A motor vehicle, comprising:
a remote piloting mode, an autonomous driving mode, and a manual driving mode;
a remote piloting system for operating the motor vehicle in the remote piloting mode;
an autonomous driving system for operating the motor vehicle in the autonomous driving mode;
a driver monitoring system, the driver monitoring system configured to detect an unsafe driving condition;
the driver monitoring system comprising a health monitoring system configured to monitor a health of the driver of the motor vehicle in real time using a health monitoring device worn by the driver;
the driver monitoring system further comprising a behavior monitoring system configured to monitor an outward behavior of the driver of the motor vehicle using one or more sensors associated with the motor vehicle;
wherein the unsafe driving condition is detected based on at least (1) sensed information from the health monitoring device worn by the driver of the motor vehicle, and (2) sensed information from the one or more sensors associated with the motor vehicle;
wherein the motor vehicle automatically switches from the manual driving mode to the remote piloting mode when the unsafe driving condition is detected;
wherein, prior to the unsafe driving condition, the motor vehicle automatically switches from the manual driving mode to one of the remote piloting mode or the autonomous driving mode in response to a voice command from the driver of the motor vehicle;
wherein the remote piloting system is controlled by a family member of the driver who is available and able to remotely control the motor vehicle using a mobile application having virtual controls to remotely operate the motor vehicle; and
when the unsafe driving condition is detected and the driver remains conscious, informing the driver that the motor vehicle has been changed from the manual driving mode to the remote piloting mode.