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Image history recorder and transmitter for cars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031416D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The method presented provides means for obtaining direct visual information from the scene of a traffic accident by use of a camera installed in the car and a wireless connection to the authorities' computer centers.

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Image history recorder and transmitter for cars

Traffic violations and car accidents are two of the more serious problems in transportation. The battle to reduce the number of accidents is fought in every country, partly through attempts to reduce traffic violations. The main problem is that the authorities cannot be present everywhere. Actually, in the majority of the cases accidents and traffic violations occur when and where the police are not present. Many traffic violations occur when drivers know that they are not going to get caught. Also, in the case of an accident, it is very important for both the police and the insurance companies to get accurate information about how the accident occurred.

    The following method is designed to help in precisely this area. The method provides means to obtain direct image information from the location of an event. Cars would be equipped with a camera facing the road and a wireless connection to the authorities' computer centers. The camera captures constantly a last portion of time. In an event such as a car accident, or by choice of the driver, the captured image's history is sent automatically to computer centers. The trigger for this action could be a click on a button in the car, or it could occur automatically in an event such as a car accident. Such cameras should be installed in as many cars as possible.

    If this method is used, many of the traffic violations and car accident will be recorded and a record of them immediately made available to the authorities. In such an environment, where thousands of cameras are installed, many drivers would be reluctant to violate traffic regulations. Car accidents would be recorded in many cases, allowing the authorities and the insurance companies to get more accurate information on the event.

Description:

The use of a camera in a car has been suggested before for many applications. Among those are application like automatic driving and enhancement of road image in the dark or fog. The following suggests a different use for a camera in a car - recording (and then sending) the recent history captured by the camera.

    The idea is to mount one camera (or more) in a car, facing outside and capturing the last number of seconds (say 10-30 seconds). The captured data is stored in a circular buffer so that the last segment in time is available at any time. The recorded information is sent to a particular predefined location (via a wireless connection) as a result of an event that is received by the camera....