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System and Method for Predictive Fuel Depletion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240863D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 212K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method for retrieving, correlating, and analyzing existing data from the vehicle’s Global Positioning System (GPS) or navigation system along with data from the vehicle’s on-board systems in order to predict the potential for fuel depletion and alert the driver while there is opportunity to replenish the fuel reserves.

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System and Method for Predictive Fuel Depletion

Motorized vehicles cannot function without fuel of some sort (e.g., gasoline, hydrogen, electricity, etc.). A vehicle's fuel

efficiency and consumption is greatly impacted by many factors, such as, but not limited to, tire pressure, weight (i.e. passengers, cargo, the fuel itself, etc.), speed, weather (e.g., headwinds, etc.), traffic, and elevation changes (e.g., hills).

A vehicle's fuel gauge currently only indicates the level of fuel remaining (e.g., gas in the tank, charge left in the battery cells), and vehicle fuel efficiency indicators only represent an average of the vehicle's past fuel consumption. A vehicle's "Distance until Empty" indicator is only based on past efficiency and current fuel levels. None of these is an accurate real-time indicator of the rate at which the vehicle might consume fuel and/or if the vehicle has the potential to deplete the remaining fuel before there is opportunity to replenish the fuel supply, potentially leaving the vehicle and passengers stranded. In addition, current systems and solutions do not provide a sufficient alert system to the driver. The existing solutions do not take into account the potential for depleting fuel reserves before reaching a fuel station or destination.

In an illustration of the problem, a vehicle is traveling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The portion of the route between Baker, CA and Primm, NV is 50 miles. Typically, this distance may only consume a 1/4 of the vehicle's fuel reserves. The fuel gauge indicates the vehicle has slightly over 1/3 of the fuel remaining (which should be more than enough fuel to

make that portion of the drive.) For this trip, the passengers in the car are four men, each weighing at least 180 lbs. In addition, the tire pressure is lower than normal, and the weather is producing strong headwinds. Further, an automobile accident 30 miles past Baker has delayed traffic and resulted in a 20-mile detour. There are no fuel stations between Baker and Primm; therefore, the vehicle depletes its fuel reserves 20 miles before reaching Primm. Now, the vehicle and passengers are stranded in the middle of the desert.

The novel solution is a system and method for retrieving, correlating, and analyzing existing data from the vehicle's Global Positioning System (GPS) or navigation system along with data from the vehicle'...