US 9,811,935 B2
Emotive advisory system and method
Dimitar Petrov Filev, Novi, MI (US); Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, West Bloomfield, MI (US); Erica Klampfl, Canton, MI (US); Yifan Chon, Ann Arbor, MI (US); Fazal Urrahman Syed, Canton, MI (US); Perry Macneille, Lathrup Village, MI (US); Mark Schunder, Dearborn, MI (US); Thomas Giuli, Ann Arbor, MI (US); and Basavaraj Tonshal, Livonia, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Dimitar Petrov Filev, Novi, MI (US); Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, West Bloomfield, MI (US); Erica Klampfl, Canton, MI (US); Yifan Chon, Ann Arbor, MI (US); Fazal Urrahman Syed, Canton, MI (US); Perry Macneille, Lathrup Village, MI (US); Mark Schunder, Dearborn, MI (US); Thomas Giuli, Ann Arbor, MI (US); and Basavaraj Tonshal, Livonia, MI (US)
Filed on Apr. 28, 2008, as Appl. No. 12/110,712.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/914,152, filed on Apr. 26, 2007.
Prior Publication US 2008/0269958 A1, Oct. 30, 2008
Int. Cl. G05D 1/00 (2006.01); G05D 3/00 (2006.01); G06F 7/00 (2006.01); G06F 17/00 (2006.01); G06T 13/40 (2011.01); B60W 50/10 (2012.01); G01C 21/36 (2006.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); G06N 3/00 (2006.01); G10L 17/26 (2013.01); G06T 13/20 (2011.01); A61B 5/16 (2006.01); A61B 5/18 (2006.01); B60W 40/08 (2012.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06T 13/40 (2013.01) [A61B 5/165 (2013.01); A61B 5/18 (2013.01); A61B 5/4803 (2013.01); A61B 5/744 (2013.01); B60W 50/10 (2013.01); G01C 21/3608 (2013.01); G06F 3/011 (2013.01); G06N 3/006 (2013.01); G06T 13/205 (2013.01); G10L 17/26 (2013.01); A61B 5/7264 (2013.01); B60W 2040/089 (2013.01); G06F 2203/011 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An emotive advisory system for use by an occupant of an automotive vehicle, the system comprising:
a computer configured to
receive input indicative of an operating state of the vehicle and input indicative of an emotional state of the occupant,
generate data representing an avatar having an appearance and data representing a spoken statement for the avatar having at least one speech characteristic, the appearance and the at least one speech characteristic (i) depending on at least one of the operating state of the vehicle and the emotional state of the occupant and (ii) conveying a simulated emotional state of the avatar to the occupant to prompt the occupant to pose a query regarding a cause of the avatar's simulated emotional state,
receive input indicative of a query from the occupant regarding the avatar's simulated emotional state,
in response to the query, generate data representing another spoken statement for the avatar and including information about the cause of the avatar's simulated emotional state, and
output the data representing the avatar for visual display and the data representing the statements for the avatar for audio play.