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1. GB2561062 - A system and method for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle

Office United Kingdom
Application Number 201801668
Application Date 01.02.2018
Publication Number 2561062
Publication Date 03.10.2018
Publication Kind A
IPC
B60R 1/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
1Optical viewing arrangements
G06K 9/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
G06T 7/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
TIMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL
7Image analysis
CPC
B60W 10/06
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
04including control of propulsion units
06including control of combustion engines
B60W 10/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
18including control of braking systems
B60W 10/20
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
20including control of steering systems
B60W 30/09
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
30Purposes of road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit, e.g. of systems using conjoint control of vehicle sub-units ; , or advanced driver assistance systems for ensuring comfort, stability and safety or drive control systems for propelling or retarding the vehicle
08Active safety systems; predicting or avoiding probable or impending collision ; or attempting to minimise its consequences
09Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
B60W 30/0953
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
30Purposes of road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit, e.g. of systems using conjoint control of vehicle sub-units ; , or advanced driver assistance systems for ensuring comfort, stability and safety or drive control systems for propelling or retarding the vehicle
08Active safety systems; predicting or avoiding probable or impending collision ; or attempting to minimise its consequences
095Predicting travel path or likelihood of collision
0953the prediction being responsive to vehicle dynamic parameters
B60W 30/0956
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
30Purposes of road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit, e.g. of systems using conjoint control of vehicle sub-units ; , or advanced driver assistance systems for ensuring comfort, stability and safety or drive control systems for propelling or retarding the vehicle
08Active safety systems; predicting or avoiding probable or impending collision ; or attempting to minimise its consequences
095Predicting travel path or likelihood of collision
0956the prediction being responsive to traffic or environmental parameters
Applicants FORD GLOBAL TECH LLC
Inventors BRUNO SIELLY JALES COSTA
MADELINE J GOH
JINESH J JAIN
Priority Data 15424309 03.02.2017 US
Title
(EN) A system and method for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle
Abstract
(EN)
A vehicle comprises an interior Infrared (IR) camera and optionally a visible light camera. Images of an interior of the vehicle are captured using the cameras both before 302 and after 308 a passenger rides in the vehicle. The IR images from before and after are subtracted to obtain a difference image 310. Pixels above a threshold intensity may be clustered 312. Clusters having an above-threshold size are determined to be anomalies 314. Portions of images from the visible light camera corresponding to the anomalies are sent to a dispatcher 318, who may then clear the vehicle to pick up another passenger 320 or proceed to a cleaning station. Anomalies may be identified based on a combination of the IR images and visible light images. The system is particularly intended for use in an autonomous vehicle, where anomalies such as a spilled liquid can be detected remotely prior to the vehicle picking up the next occupant.