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INTERCONNECTED VEHICLE SYSTEMS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246568D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 40K

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Yann Joel Prat: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Presented herein is a system and method that interconnects vehicle systems so that vehicles can exchange information, such as information from sensors included on the vehicles. Based on these exchanges, vehicles can update internal vehicle systems, such as navigation and safety systems with data collected from various portions of a road. For example, a navigation system may be able to plot the arrangement of cars in a certain segment of a highway or display the cause of an accident that is not currently visible from a user's vehicle.

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INTERCONNECTED VEHICLE SYSTEMS

AUTHORS:

Yann Joel Prat Olivier Lacour

Laurent Gardes

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    Presented herein is a system and method that interconnects vehicle systems so that vehicles can exchange information, such as information from sensors included on the vehicles. Based on these exchanges, vehicles can update internal vehicle systems, such as navigation and safety systems with data collected from various portions of a road. For example, a navigation system may be able to plot the arrangement of cars in a certain segment of a highway or display the cause of an accident that is not currently visible from a user's vehicle.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Many modern vehicles are now equipped with cameras, communication devices, and other such technology that provide connectivity to the Internet of Things (IoT). However, technology included in a vehicle is often not interconnected, let alone connected to technology in other vehicles. Consequently, operations of technology in a vehicle are typically confined to an area immediately surrounding the vehicle. A system that connects technology within and between vehicles may increase the data available to safety systems, such as collision prevention systems, navigation systems, and other such vehicle systems which, in turn, may improve safety and traffic flow, among other items, on the road.

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Figure 1. System block diagram

    Figure 1 above depicts a block diagram of the envisaged system. Data is gathered from the sensors, such as a GPS sensor, a proximity sensor, a camera, a temperature sensor, a sound sensor, a light sensor, on the vehicle. Although not shown, in some embodiments, data may also be gathered from sensors external to the vehicle, such as weather sensors along a highway. The sensors, such as the GPS sensor, may be linked to a computer system, which may be connected to or include a navigation service or system. The data is compiled by the vehicle computer system or a hand-held mobile device in the vehicle so that any systems included in the vehicle, such as cruise control systems, navigation systems, safety systems (e.g., collision prevention, lane assist, drift detection, etc.) can utilize the data. The computer system may also communicate with a computer system included on another vehicle (e.g., the computer systems of vehicle 1 and vehicle 2 may communicate) to compile, gather, and/or utilize data gathered by data sensors included on another vehicle. The computer systems may communicate via a wireless wide area network (WAN), e.g., cellular network, transceiver that may be hosted by a mobile user device or built into the vehicle.

    As is illustrated in Figure 2 below, in one application, the techniques presented herein allow a first vehicle to connect to sensors, such as a camera, located on another

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vehicle ahead of them (e.g., vehicle 3) so that a first vehicle (e....