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Smart Valet Parking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248147D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 988K

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Abstract

This invention will result in users never having to queue to park their car. Combining driverless cars and an automated parking system, a user will simply get out of their car and the car will be allocated a space in the nearest available car park and then drive to it, queuing by itself if necessary before switching to "sleep" mode in the car parking space. When called from any location the car will switch from "sleep" mode to drive and return to either the users location or it can be set to return to the location the user left it at a specified time.

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Smart Valet Parking

This idea results in users not having to queue to park their car. Combining driverless cars and an automated parking system, a user will simply get out of their car and the car will be allocated a space in the nearest available car park and then drive to it, queuing by itself if necessary before switching to "sleep" mode in the car parking space. When called from any location the car will switch from "sleep" mode to drive and return to either the users location or it can be set to return to the location the user left it at a specified time.

    The driver confirms their intention to park, the car park server takes control of the car and drives it to a pre-allocated space. When the driver requests the return of their vehicle, the car park server takes control of the car again, and drives it to the driver's desired location.

The advantage of the proposed idea is that a user never has to wait in a queue to park their car saving them time and frustration.

The Smart Valet Parking Process:


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    Below a detailed explanation of the steps of the idea: A-6, C-4, C-5 and E-2-IV.

A-6: Generates unique 'virtual key' for gateways to use - gives approved gateways ability to drive car within parameters

The car has the ability to accept remote connections from authenticated users, for example using CHAP protocols (Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol). At initial setup the password is shared between the gateway system and the car.

Once the gateway has remote access, the car will have given it certain permissions, for example the gateway can start or stop the car, share maps, or guide the car to a remote destination.

C-4: App gives control of car to gateway

The gateway securely connects/authenticates over Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G, or a specific network built into the car.

C-5: Gateway assigns parking space, routes car to space, car sleeps in bay

II) There are two types of remote control options:
a. The gate...