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Method to Prioritize Audio in an Automobile Mesh Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179707D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Vehicles in an automobile mesh network may have access to multiple audio feeds from peers in the network. This article describes automatic prioritization of audio feeds to enhance the user experience and increase safety by this automation.

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Method to Prioritize Audio in an Automobile Mesh Network

In an automobile mesh network, vehicles may have access to multiple audio feeds from peers in the network. Deciding which audio feed to listen to may present a problem to a user when there are numerous messages travelling around the mesh network.

The idea presented here is the automatic prioritization of audio feeds for a user in an automobile mesh network, given a particular scenario. 'Prioritization' may mean increasing the volume of the feed or it may mean not filtering it out, etc. This enables the intelligent evaluation of feeds and characteristics of each to improve over manual selection by the passenger(s) or worse yet, driver.

Scenario:
1. User decides to hear pertinent audio from nearby cars - user presses the 'listen to mesh network audio' button.
2. User's car person-to-person (p2p) application starts listening for audio feeds from the mesh network and playing on arrival.
3. When there are multiple feeds playing simultaneously, the ones that come from cars immediately surrounding the user's car are played louder than the others.

Additional elements:
1. In the event of emergencies, it may be desirable to give highest priority to broadcast news or warning feeds coming from towers, traffic helicopters, etc.
2. Events to cue on - vehicle accelerate/decelerate, vehicle getting in front of, vehicle getting behind of, passer, passee, people switching lanes.
3. It may b...