DETROIT – General Motors (GM) believes driverless vehicles (AV)can provide the platform for future driver training without the presence of a “live” instructor in the vehicle.

This is one of the first, if not the first, time an autonomous vehicle driver-training system has been proposed.

The company has filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO AUTONOUSLY TRAIN DRIVERS.

The idea is to make the driver training process simpler, without need for in-car instructors.

The concept outlined in the 16-page application by GM would utilize sensors within the vehicle to monitor the trainee’s actions, evaluating them against a database of proper responses and then provide a “score.”

Or as delineated in the application, “determining, via a processor using an autonomous driving algorithm stored in a memory of the autonomous vehicle, one or more recommended actions for the autonomous vehicle; comparing, via the processor, the one or more manual inputs from the trainee with the one or more recommended actions for the autonomous vehicle, generating a comparison; and deter-mining, via the processor, a score for the trainee based on the comparison between the one or more manual inputs from the trainee with the one or more recommended actions for the autonomous vehicle.”

There is nothing in the application indicating specific applications or timing of the technology in the real world.