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Method and System for Generating a Surrounding View during Low Visibility Conditions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247000D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to use a transparent display device to enhance the field of view for both the driver and the passenger(s) in a vehicle during poor weather conditions.

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Method and System for Generating a Surrounding View during Low Visibility Conditions

In bad weather (e.g., rain, fog, etc.), low visibility driving conditions increase the difficulty for the driver to drive and decrease the passenger's enjoyment of travel.

Autonomous vehicles are self-controlled, so there is no difficulty for a driver, but a passenger still does not have a clear view of the surroundings.

A method and system are needed that provide both the driver and passenger with an

improved field of vision during low visibility conditions.

Proposed herein is a method and system to enhance the field of view for both the driver and the passenger(s) in a vehicle during poor weather conditions.

The system comprises a windshield and window glass made of a transparent display device that also allows image overlays. Based on the vehicle's movement pattern, lane changes, jerking in the vehicle, location of vehicle, season etc. the system identifies the appropriate street view sections, taken from a web-based navigation or satellite image system, and aligns the images in the appropriate display screen. During low visibility conditions, then, the system displays the appropriate street view section in the transparent display device in a one-to-one (1:1) scale. This creates an illusion of the surroundings for the passenger.

During a below-threshold limit of visibility, the system connects the vehicle to the remote server. Based on the current location of the vehicle, the system gathers the appropriate street view and shows it in the windshield and window glass. The remote server analyzes multiple versions of the street views and accordingly removes the moving bodies from the street view. It then shows the image in the vehicle.

The global positioning system (GPS) sensor and other sensors installed in the vehicle identify the correct position of vehicle and other vehicles in road. Accordingly, from vehicle metadata, the system overlays the appropriate image of the vehicle in the displayed street view image. Passenger can also view surrounding vehicles in the road.

An existing method can remove image objects by analyzing multiple images. Various

image object removal methods are available. The novel system introduced here uses one or more image object removal methods. This system can analyze multiple versions of street views to remove all moving bodies (e.g., running vehicle, humans, animals, etc.) from the street view. The system then displays the clean street view when invoked during low visibility conditions. The image object removal is out of scope of this disclosure.

During low visibility conditions, the transparent display (e.g., windshield, side window) shows the appropriate section of the clean street view, after removal of moving body from the street view. This creates an illusion to the passenger of clearly viewing the

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