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A Drone Mounted on Top of a Vehicle to Assist Removing Blind Spot for Completely or Semi-Driverless Vehicles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245559D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 206K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to use vehicle-mounted drones to assist one or more vehicles by removing the blind spot area(s).

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A Drone Mounted on Top of a Vehicle to Assist Removing Blind Spot for Completely or Semi-

-Driverless Vehicles

Driverless Vehicles

Removing a blind spot from the field of view of a driverless or semi-driverless vehicle is a challenge, particularly when the vehicle has to perform a complex maneuver such as parallel parking. Larger vehicles such as a truck or bus can use mounted cameras that communicate with one another to determine the necessary action; however, the more complex a system is, the more error prone it is.

The novel solution is a system that mounts drone in a station/hangar on top of the vehicle. The station/hangar is made of glass and is aerodynamically built to protect the drone as well as remove air drag. During normal cruising time, the drone camera functions as a top-mounted camera and sends images to the vehicle-based computer. When the vehicle's system senses a blind spot, the drone automatically comes out of the hanger and flies to a location from where it can take a picture of the area blocked by the blind spot and communicate to the computer.

The system and method for assisting one or more vehicles by removing the blind spot area(s) through cameras mounted on one or more drones comprise the following components and processes:

1. Charging the drone within a stand on top of the car where the camera functions as a regular camera that helps the driving of the vehicle

2. Identifying when there is a gap at the visual area of the car based on its...