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Hierarchy of Drones for Assisted Vehicle Parking - Drone as a Service (DaaS)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250098D
Publication Date: 2017-May-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 18K

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Hierarchy of Drones for Assisted Vehicle Parking - Drone as a Service (DaaS)

Disclosed is a system to use a collection of drones performing unique tasks to facilitate the parking of vehicles on surface streets and parking lots. The system uses a hierarchy of deployed Drones as a Service (DAAS) to support efficient and safe parking practices.

Parking is a dangerous part of driving for many people in large, densely populated cities and within busy parking areas. Parking larger vehicles (with blind spots) can be extremely difficult in parking garages. Drivers can become stressed over parking situations in general. As the driver population increases and smart vehicles become more common and have increased capabilities, drivers can benefit from new ways of efficiently finding and reserving parking spaces as well as actually parking. The use of drones is also increasing, and should continue to do so. Drones can play a vital role in the method and process of parking a vehicle to increase efficiency and safety. The novel contribution is a predictive parking system that uses a hierarchy of drones to provide services for monitoring, reservations, guidance, and blocking. The system is comprised of several methods. The first method guides a vehicle to a parking spot using a drone to project an image (e.g., hologram or laser) in the form of instructions such as arrows, stop signs, slow down messages, etc. A second method predicts future parking spot vacancy by monitoring and tracking drivers entering and leaving vehicles. A third method uses a low-level drone to physically block a parking space. Mid-level drones reserve spaces using visual lights (e.g., displaying a message on the pavement to indicate a reserved spot). A hierarchy of drones collaborates to assist drivers with parking in high demand areas of a city. The three levels of drones are:

1. High-level, zone monitoring drone: maintains an elevation appropriate to watch an area of the city to identify open parking locations

2. Mid-level, reservation drone: enables the visual indication that a parking spot is reserved and is not available for parking to other vehicles

3. Low-level, parking assistant drones: A. Fly in front of the vehicle that has made a parking request, escorting the

vehicle to the reserved parking location B. Fly in front of other vehicles to slow the speed or stop to allow the parking

vehicle to safely park in the reserved location Following is a description of the system design at a high level. Central Computing system is required to:

 Register drones  Communicate with drones

 Collect and share data with drones and users of the system  Store historical data to improve cognitive decision making in future transactions

High-level drone (HLD) monitoring functions:  Hover in one place and watch a pre-defined area. This coul...