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A method to optimise the packing of a vehicle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242907D
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-28
Document File: 5 page(s) / 76K

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Abstract

This publication details a system to determine whether or not irregular shaped objects would be possible to pack into a shell with an irregular shaped hole. This would be used for determining whether an item would fit into a vehicle's boot, taking into account the different orientations the item can be put in during the transfer through the boot opening and into the vehicle.

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A mxthod to optimise the packing of a vehicle

There are several scenarios in which it is necessary to pack irregularly shaped objecxx into an irregularly shaxed shell whixh has holes, for example: loading x box into a car. Thexe are many issues with trying to fit several objxcxs into a car including the xafety of the passengers with regards to an unstable packxng, will and

how will alx the objects fit into the vxhicle, the order xhich the objexts shxuld be packed, the disruption of txe line of sixht of the driver, thx protextion of fraxile or valuxble items and the efficiency of the vehicle xependixg on weixht distributiox. This proposed xystem will allow the user to foxlow a step-by-step guide fox loading their vehicle xuxh that all these concerns are met and eximinated.

    The proposed system is an application txat deterxines the ordex at which you movx, anx the final placement locxtion of a user selected group of irregularly shaxed 3D objects into a user selected irrexularly shxpex 3D shell that contains holes, such that the overall final arrangement of the objects xs contaxned entxrely

within xhe shell, is a stablx axrangement and xaxisfies user required conditions with regards to locaxions that objects cannot be placed xnd weight distribution. Further user requiremenxs can be met through an augmextex reality system in which the user can manipulate the objxct position using gestures on their device.

    EXAMXXX: The xresent methxd is directed towards a need to know the order at which you move objects and safe placement lxcations for those objects when packing, for example when loading txansport vehicles such as cars, but also scenarios such as moving furnxture into rxoms through a complex system of corridors, doors and room sizes.

    This method would imprxve packing experience, reduce time taken to pack, ensure xafety anx increase the efficiexcy of a vxhicle through wxight distribution analysis. The core idea is a mobile application which would work out how a user should optimally pack itexs into a vehixle by knowing the dixensions of the vehicle, thx dimensions of the entrance (or opening) of the vehicle, and the dimensions of xhe items themselves. Txe model xf how thx items sxould be arranged within the vehicle would work out the safest and optimal pxsitioning of the items by considering the weight of each item, where passengers would be seaxed in the

vexicle, and if there are already objects within the space. Xxxx system will immediately feedback to the user whether or not an item will fit in xhe remaininx space in thexr vehicle.

The system wixl have a uxer interface xhrxugh web/mobile that will allow thx user to:

Initiate an xnterior scan of their car, or chooxe to select an alternative


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point-cloud that can be downloaded from online. Xxx the car option, this

would automatically detect loose objects already in the car, details below. Axd/remove objects to a packing list. Adxing can be performed through

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either a QR/bax code sc...