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Process to use automobile cameras for anticipated and pattern events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000230084D
Publication Date: 2013-Aug-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that uses the visual information provided by an automobile's rear view camera (or other cameras integrated with the car’s systems) to provide the user with information about upcoming traffic events or other nearby drivers. This allows the driver to make informed decisions while currently driving, such as to change lanes, or afterward, such as to contact other drivers for carpooling.

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Process to use automobile cameras for anticipated and pattern events

In the course of driving, a driver needs more information about road events, conditions, or traffic patterns in order to plan the route, avoid sudden changes, or take advantage of an opportunity.

The proposed solution is a system that uses the visual information provided by the automobile's rear view camera (or other cameras integrated with the car's systems) to provide the user with information about upcoming traffic events, such as, but not limited to, the approach of emergency vehicles. In addition, the system detects nearby drivers that typically take the same route or engage in the same behavior as the user-driver. With this information, the driver can make informed decisions while currently driving, such as to change lanes, or afterward, such as to contact drivers for carpooling or other camaraderie.

The disclosed process takes advantage of the rear view camera that is available in many current model cars. It can also be extended use other cameras that may be available on the car. Using the rear view camera, the process focuses on identifying cars that the user has passed or that may be approaching the user's car from behind.

The process uses the camera to identify and client-side processing to detect:


• License plate values (state, number)


• Car make, model, and color


• Proximity and delta direction over time from the user's car


• Approximate Global Positioning System (GPS) location of the detected objects


• The direction of travel


• The length of time for which objects are visible


• The objects' variable proximity to the user's car

The process uploads the information at frequent intervals (e.g., daily) to a server. Then, a process aggregates the collected information over time to provide post-event recommendations.

The system uses this information to build a profile of cars and drivers that travel the same route. For example, after identifying (via license plate) that the same car travels the same route as the user's car over five different days, the system includes the identified car in a commuter group along with the extent of the shar...