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Method and system for in-ride vehicle to vehicle power sharing.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245234D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

A program is disclosed by which in-ride vehicle to vehicle power sharing can be done

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Method and system for in-ride vehicle to vehicle power sharing.

Most of the autonomous vehicles will be battery operated. Once vehicles are in road, there may be a case that, one vehicle is running out of battery power and immediate recharge is required. At the same time, the vehicle has to reach to the destination on time and so does not have enough time to recharge from any recharge point. There some roads are also available, where vehicles will be recharged automatically while travelling in the road. These are special type of road and not available everywhere. So we need a method and system by which one vehicle can connect to another vehicle and recharge automatically. So that the vehicle running out of power can recharge sufficient to travel to the destination.

Following is one use-case.

One emergency vehicle does not have enough power to reach to the destination on time, may be various power consumptions are required to be operated, In this case the emergency vehicle can connect to another vehicle to get required amount of power while the vehicles are travelling in the road.

Invention proposes a method and system by which

1. Software installed in autonomous vehicle will calculate the time required to recharge based on predicted queue length in the recharge point, and accordingly will identify if the required time is crucial, accordingly the said autonomous vehicle will sent notification to nearby autonomous vehicles if vehicle to vehicle recharge is possible.

2. The participating vehicles in the ecosystem will calculate current available power in each vehicles and if any additional power reserve is available in one or more vehicle (To reach to destination or next recharge point), then cloud server will identify which vehicles are eligible to transfer power to the requesting vehicle.

3. The cloud server will identify the appropriate vehicle based on a. Common travelling path so that required amount of time is available to transfer power b. Available power in the vehicle, so that the sending vehicle can travel to destination or next recharge point

c. Low Degree of urgency to reach to the destination.

4. Once the appropriate vehicle is identified, the said requesting vehicle will be communicated, and accordingly the vehicles will be closed to each other in a same lane, and accordingly a robotic power transfer assembly will be connecting the two vehicles and will transfer power, 5. The sending vehicle can allot the amount of power can be transferred accordingly exact amount of power will be transferred to the requesting vehicle. If additional power is also required, then the requesting vehicle can also connect to other vehicle.

6. Once the power is transferred, the sending vehicle will earn points and accordingly the requesting vehicle can redeem the points to get free or discounted recharge from power station.

Following diagram (Figure 1) talks about vehicle X needs additional power to complete its journey, so cloud server will...