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Method of Extending Coverage of iBeacons and Notifying Individuals of the Danger of a Vehicle Pathway

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246110D
Publication Date: 2016-May-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 144K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to use iBeacons* to warn a vehicle or person that is in the blind spot of a large construction vehicle and in danger. The system sends an alert of the potential interference (i.e., danger) from an iBeacon to a smart phone.

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Method of Extending Coverage of iBeacons and Notifying Individuals of the Danger of a Vehicle Pathway

Drivers of large construction equipment (e.g., a paydozer) experience a blind spot when moving in reverse because the view provided by mirrors is inadequate.

As shown in Fig. 1, the rectangle behind the paydozer is the blind area that occurs when the vehicle is without side mirrors. The triangle is the blind area that remains even with side mirrors. Anyone who is located within either of these

blind spots is at risk of injury or death if in the path of a paydozer moving in reverse.

Figure 1: Missing rearview mirror problem

Additionally, when the paydozer is turning, when moving either forward or in reverse, the blind spot becomes the right or left side of the vehicle. (Fig. 2)

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Figure 2: Blind spot areas when turning

Known solutions to this problem include an audible back-up device, a camera, a two-way radio, and a collision-sensing device. These solutions alert the driver, but not the person that is in the actual blind spot area. A method is needed to warn a person that is in danger of being injured by a moving paydozer.

The novel solution is a method and system to use iBeacons* to warn a vehicle or person that is in the blind spot of a large construction vehicle. The system sends an alert of the potential interference (i.e., danger) from an iBeacon to a smart phone. An associated application facilitates communication between the user and the iBea...