Rovi Invents Media System for ‘Encouraging Behavior’ in Self-Driving Cars

With the introduction of self-driving automobiles on the horizon, Rovi has developed a system that parents could use to encourage good behavior by “granting and restricting access to media and other comfort devise based on whether or not a user is conforming to a predetermined rule set.”

If a driver exceeds speed limits, takes the vehicle outside a predetermined route or writes text messages, the system could be configured to block access to media content from HBO or the Big Four broadcast networks, Rovi states in a patent application published Thursday.

SVP of Technology William Thomas is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Method And Systems For Encouraging Behavior While Occupying Vehicles.”

Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for encouraging particular behavior while occupying vehicles. For example, by granting and restricting access to media and other user comfort devices based on whether or not a user is conforming to a predetermined rule set, the media guidance application may encourage a user to adhere to the rule set.

Patent Application

Claims:

  1. A method for encouraging behavior while occupying vehicles, the method comprising: receiving a rule set, via user input interface circuitry, associated with desired user behaviors while occupying a vehicle; determining, using control circuitry, a media option that is associated with adherence to the rule set; cross-referencing, using the control circuitry, the rule set with a database listing rules associated with rule sets to determine a rule that corresponds to the rule set; monitoring, using the control circuitry, a user behavior while a user is occupying the vehicle; comparing, using the control circuitry, the user behavior to the rule to determine whether the user behavior corresponds to the rule; and in response to determining that the user behavior corresponds to the rule, enabling the media option.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising, in response to determining that the user behavior does not correspond to the rule, disabling the media option.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising generating for presentation a notification of a relationship between the user behavior and the rule.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the rule set corresponds to not exceeding speed limits, and wherein the rule corresponds to a particular speed limit for a particular location.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the rule set corresponds to not varying from a predetermined route, and wherein the rule corresponds to a distance from the predetermined route for a particular point on the predetermined route.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein monitoring the user behavior while the user is occupying the vehicle includes monitoring global-positioning data received from global positioning circuitry, vehicular speed data received from a speedometer, or vehicular status data received from vehicular circuitry.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the media option includes an option related to a presentation volume of content, an option related to content that is presented, an option related to a display device setting, an option related to a speaker setting, an option related to a climate control setting, or an option related to a movement of the vehicle.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the vehicle includes self-driving capabilities.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising: detecting a mobile user device within the vehicle; and disabling the media option on the mobile user device in response to determining that the user behavior does not correspond to the rule.
  1. The method of claim 9, further comprising alerting a remote user device if the mobile user device attempts to access the media option while the media option is disabled
  1. A system for encouraging behavior while occupying vehicles, the system comprising: storage circuitry configured to store a database listing rules associated with rule sets; user input interface circuitry configured to receive a rule set associated with desired user behaviors while occupying a vehicle; and control circuitry configured to: determine a media option that is associated with adherence to the rule set; cross-reference the rule set with the database to determine a rule that corresponds to the rule set; monitor a user behavior while a user is occupying the vehicle; compare the user behavior to the rule to determine whether the user behavior corresponds to the rule; and in response to determining that the user behavior corresponds to the rule, enable the media option.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to, response to determining that the user behavior does not correspond to the rule, disable the media option.
  1. The system of claim 11 wherein the control circuitry is further configured to generate for presentation a notification of a relationship between the user behavior and the rule.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the rule set corresponds to not exceeding speed limits, and wherein the rule corresponds to a particular speed limit for a particular location.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the rule set corresponds to not varying from a predetermine route, and wherein the rule corresponds to a distance from the predetermined route for a particular point on the predetermined route.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry configured to monitor the user behavior while the user is occupying the vehicle is further configured to monitor global-positioning data received from global positioning circuitry, vehicular speed data received from a speedometer, or vehicular status data received from vehicular circuitry.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the media option includes an option related to a presentation volume of content, an option related to content that is presented, an option related to a display device setting, an option related to a speaker setting, an option related to a climate control setting, or an option related to a movement of the vehicle.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the vehicle includes self-driving capabilities.
  1. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to: detect a mobile user device within the vehicle; and disable the media option on the mobile user device in response to determining that the user behavior does not correspond to the rule.
  1. The system of claim 19, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to alert a remote user device if the mobile user device attempts to access the media option while the media option is disabled.

21-50. (canceled)