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Broadcast enabled Autodim rear view mirror

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180843D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Sometimes drivers have a hard time identifying signs on the road and locating certain places or signals, like school zones, reduce speed signs, historical marks, etc... These signs can be blocked, painted over, bent, or obstructed by other objects and vehicles. This idea addressess a solution to this problem.

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Broadcast enabled Autodim rear view mirror

This disclosure idea integrates wireless technology like Bluetooth ® or radio frequencies into the rearview mirror and enable it so it can work as a receiver from other wireless devices to broadcast road sign messages. Today there are existing rear view mirrors that allow for temperature and coordinates reading (north, south, east, west, etc...) The following examples in Figure 1 and 2 illustrate how the messages read from different street signs will read in the rear view mirror.

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The messages will always be broadcasting from the sending devices and the receiving device (In this case the rear view mirror) will display the message. The sending device should have enough power so the message can be received from a range from 50 to 100 mts, or 1/4 of a mile in advance for cases like School Zones, Child care facilities, Parks, etc.... This way the driver will be alert before he/she reaches the sign. This idea uses the wireless technology in the rear view mirror.

The street sign or mark will be enabled with a wireless device that will transmit the message with an encrypted protocol so it is only received by certain devices. The receiving device, in this case the rear view mirror will be able to detect the message and display it in the screen. The receiving device can be configurable, so t...