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Additional Sensory Feedback for Drivers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016234D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Additional Sensory Feedback for Drivers Disclosed is a method that describes sensors added to cars to provide another sensory channel for drivers to avoid danger. These sensors would provide additional visual or auditory feedback, alerting the driver about oncoming traffic. One objective of this invention is to create a method for a driver to be able to safely change lanes when not being able to see because of a blind spot. This can be accomplished with the use of a camera or a GPS system which will allow surveillance of the car. This would provide value under the following conditions: 1. All drivers experience visual "blind spots" for nearby vehicles that are not in their range of vision. The "sensor" apparatus will be able to compensate for what the driver is unable to see, and can notify the driver through some other visual or auditory means that a car is nearby, thereby cautioning the driver not to change lanes at that moment, for example.

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Additional Sensory Feedback for Drivers

Additional Sensory Feedback for Drivers

Disclosed is a method that describes sensors added to cars to provide another sensory channel for drivers to avoid danger. These sensors would provide additional visual or auditory feedback, alerting the driver about oncoming traffic. One objective of this invention is to create a method for a driver to be able to safely change lanes when not being able to see because of a blind spot. This can be accomplished with the use of a camera or a GPS system which will allow surveillance of the car.

This would provide value under the following conditions:

1. All drivers experience visual "blind spots" for nearby vehicles that are not in their range of vision. The "sensor" apparatus will be able to compensate for what the driver is unable to see, and can notify the driver through some other visual or auditory means that a car is nearby, thereby cautioning the driver not to change lanes at that moment, for example.

2. While most of the relevant information for drivers is visually available, there are additional sources of auditory information that may be relevant as well - - such as horns blowing, or emergency sirens. This information can be captured and re-transmitted as a visual signal. For deaf and hard of hearing drivers, the additional visual stimuli would supplant the auditory warning signals they may be missing. For all drivers, it would provide an additional available source of informati...