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Removing Driver's Blind Spots

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010310D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Using interior displays and exterior cameras to remove driver's blind spots.

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Removing Driver's Blind Spots

Disclosed is a solution that will increase a vehicle driver's visibility.

What is a blind spot?

A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that is not readily viewable by the driver. Automobile "A" and "B" pillars are examples of blind spots. "A" and "B" pillars are the primary supports that connect an automobile's roof to the rest of the car. They are an active part of the safety cage and are quite thick to provide the necessary strength. The safety downside to pillars is they block a significant portion of the driver's view.

What is a TFT panel?

TFT is a display technology found in many notebooks and flat panel monitors. For the purposes of this disclosure, a TFT panel is a computer monitor. Although TFT is referenced throughout this disclosure, alternative display technologies may be substituted. This solution is not limited to TFT in any way.

Solution overview:

1) Cover each pillar with its own, custom-fit, interior TFT panel.
2) TFT panels display exterior camera views from the drivers perspective.
3) The pillars become virtually transparent. Pillars can remain at their current thickness, or be made thicker for additional safety.

Solution detail:

1) Locate and track driver's eyes with cameras, infrared, or other technology.
2) Each pillar has an interior TFT panel and an exterior camera.
3) The exterior cameras are fixed and capture, in real-time, the maximum angle viewable by a person in the drivers seat for that particular pillar....