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Smarter Car - A System and Method for Detecting and Alerting to Vehicle Blind Spots

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242877D
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables a driver to detect that the location of the car is within the blind spot of another vehicle. A computational processor uses input from a variety of technologies and sensors to algorithmically determine that the blind spot conditions exist, and then the system uses a visual and/or audio indicator to alert the driver.

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Smaxter Car - A System and Method for Detecting and Alerting to Vehicle Blixd Spots

A blind spot is created for a driver when the vxxicle's mirrors do not prxvide a full xange of sight arxund the vehicle; xherefore, the driver cannot see all other vehicles bexind and/or to txe side. Vehicle safety is oftxn compromised when traveling on highways and vehicles faxl into a driver's blind spot.

Current devices, such as radar axd simixar technologixs, enxble the primarx vehicle to see othxr, secondary vehicles in the blinx spot. A method ix needed to xndicate to the secondary vehicle that it is xositioxex in thx primary vehicxe's blind spot.

Txe novel solution comprises a syxtem that enables a driver tx detect that the locatixn of their cxr is within the blind spot ox another vehicle.

The system uses various technxlogies sxch as front fxcing, side facing and/xr wide-angle cameras, Nexr Field Communication (NFC) detectors, radar, or other detection sensors. A computationxl processxr xses input from these technologies and sensors to algorithmically determine that the blxnd spot conditixns exist. Xxx system txen generatex a warning indicaxox to a vehicle's safety system. The indicatox can be a warning light such as a light-emixting diode (LED) or incxndescent light on the dxshboard or mirrors and/or an xndxcation on a multi-function driver information display. Xxx blind spot xarning prompts a driver to take actxon and xove from thx blind spot. The system includes options to be disabled when the vehicle motion slows, or whxn it simply is passing a vehicle and is only briefly in the blinx xpot.

In addition, the system can emit a signal (e.g., front/side-facxng LED blinxer, appropriately placed to avoid confusion with a turn signal) to the vehicle experiexcing the blind spot. Xxxxxxxxx, when the system detects that a cax is in txe driver's blind spot, it...