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Methods and System using crowdsourced detectors to detect In-Vehicle Weather Phenomenon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247070D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-02

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Amit Patil: INVENTOR [+3]

Abstract

Access to information such as real-time turbulence/Clear Air Turbulence (CAT)/ windshear or any other relevant/ necessary weather information is currently restricted only to advanced sensors. These assemblies are expensive and not owned by all vehicles. Hence, the information collected by each of these sensors is accessible only to the vehicles which host them. Further, each of these vehicles has a single data point to detect any situation. The proposed method and system utilizes onboard sensors if any and also takes inputs from the various passenger devices such as mobile phone, PDA or laptop connected to internet. The proposed method and system can then pass-on the information to a ground station or directly to another vehicle. Hence, access to relevant information can be provided to a vehicle that may not have advanced systems to directly detect the relevant data.

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Methods and System using crowdsourced detectors to detect In-Vehicle Weather Phenomenon

Amit Patil, Krishna Idupunur, Shafi Merchant

Access to information such as real-time turbulence/Clear Air Turbulence (CAT)/ windshear or any other relevant/ necessary weather information is currently restricted only to advanced sensors. These assemblies are expensive and not owned by all vehicles. Hence, the information collected by each of these sensors is accessible only to the vehicles which host them. Further, each of these vehicles has a single data point to detect any situation. The proposed method and system utilizes onboard sensors if any and also takes inputs from the various passenger devices such as mobile phone, PDA or laptop connected to internet. The proposed method and system can then pass-on the information to a ground station or directly to another vehicle. Hence, access to relevant information can be provided to a vehicle that may not have advanced systems to directly detect the relevant data.


1. Introduction

A vehicle operator needs to be continuously aware of the surroundings and take necessary actions to manage the situation while they are on their way to a destination. Some of the high end vehicles are equipped with advanced equipment to collect various relevant data from the vehicle surroundings. These data points include turbulence data, wind shear data, ash and ice particle data, visibility data, surveillance data and any other relevant data that can be sensed by onboard sensors in vehicle.

These advanced equipments are very costly and may not be feasible for all the vehicles, especially the smaller ones, to install them onboard. Also, due to the heating issues of certain onboard equipments such as weather radars, vehicle operators have started new operating procedures to turn off the radars to avoid any heating during certain times.

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The above mentioned situation possess following problems with the existing systems:

a) The existing systems are too expensive to be owned by all types of vehicle.

b) Critical data such as weather situation is collected only by a single data source which may not be accurate at times.

c) Detection of weather/ or other data from a single source even if it is accurate may not give an overall view of the situation as data might be collected along a single direction/ point only.

d) The data is consumed only by the vehicle that gathers the data. There is no mechanism to share the data with other vehicles or with a server.

e) There are several data points such as intensity of detected turbulence, Clear Air Turbulence or wake turbulence which is not measured by the existing systems.

f) A vehicle has no access to the live data when the system switched off due to the heating affects.

Hence, there is a need for a system that can overcome the above mentioned limitations of the existing system and methods.

It is to be noted that the vehicle as described in this paper can be a g...