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Method and System for Providing Communications between Anonymous Vehicle Drivers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249376D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing communications between anonymous vehicle drivers.

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Method and System for Providing Communications between Anonymous Vehicle Drivers

Disclosed is a method and system for providing communication between anonymous vehicle drivers. The method and system provides vehicle notes and warnings from one anonymous driver to another by means of passive messaging and active messaging. With passive messaging, a driver of one vehicle is allowed to send predetermined messages to a driver of another vehicle for alerting of any exterior observations or speed warnings. With active messaging, a driver of one vehicle is allowed to actively request answers from other drivers of nearby vehicles. Once the message is requested by a driver, the active message is then broadcasted to all vehicles in the vicinity which notifies each participating driver to respond.

In accordance with the method and system, each vehicle is equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), a micro-controller to process messages, minimal amount of memory or storage (e.g. SD card), and an adhoc Wi-Fi, cellar network, or other electromagnetic band to send and receive information to and from other vehicles on the road. Further, each vehicle comprises a registered unique ID number which includes information regarding the vehicle's make, model and color, in additional to some other piece of information (i.e. license plate or VIN number). Finally, the vehicle comprises a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and buttons or a touch screen to configure settings, select vehicles and display messages.

In accordance with the method and system, each vehicle is configured to automatically broadcast its unique ID to other vehicles within a given radius (e.g. 0.25 miles) which retains the vehicle information for some amount of time (e.g. 1 min) and displays the aggregate vehicle information for drivers to see. During this time, vehicles in range of one another are allowed to send a message (passive mode) or continuously broadcast a question (simple yes or no) for other vehicles to respond to (active mode).

The method, for communicating messages between vehicle drivers in passive mode, a driver in a vehicle (Vehicle A) identifies a potentially hazardous situation with another vehicle (Vehicle B) on the road (e.g. tail light is out), selects Vehicle B from the updating list of vehicles in its vicinity, selects category of message (e.g., tires, windows, lights, haul, speed), selects location of item (e.g., back, driver side, passenger side), selects specific detail (e.g., outage, low pressure, too slow, too fast) and confirms message which transmits message to Vehicle B. Subsequently, Vehicle B receives the message, stores the message, calculates if a user defined threshold is reached and sends a notification to the Vehicle B driver to inform the situation.

The method, for communicating messages between vehicle drivers in active mode, Vehicle A driver selects Question (e.g., is my load secure?) from GU...