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A System and Method for Autonomous Motor Vehicle Cooperation and Efficient Movement Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239534D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

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Disclosed are a system and method for broadcasting information, organizing, and coordinating participating vehicles into a drafting chain based on destination (or generalized destination), preferred travel speed, and other driver/vehicle preferences and properties.

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A System and Method for Autonomous Motor Vehicle Cooperation and Efficient Movement

Vehicle to vehicle commination (V2V) is becoming very common in newer automobiles and is expected to become a key safety feature that helps reduces accidents.

Beyond communication, a method or system is needed that enables cooperation between vehicles.

This innovation is based on the notion of "hypermiling" or the idea of drafting chains of vehicles together to optimize gas mileage and improve overall travel efficiency. This is targeted at groups of traveling individuals that either know or do not know each other. It uses a system to coordinate the vehicles' general destination and characteristics, and generates a chain pattern that is most optimal for sharing the "draft", and increasing fuel and time efficiency.

Drafting involves following/driving behind a larger vehicle, in order to take advantage of the reduced wind resistance in its immediate wake. While tailgating is inherently risky, the danger of collision with existing methods is increased as pneumatic power for power brakes is depleted after a few applications of the brake pedal. Therefore, using autonomous communication (i.e. V2V) between cooperating vehicles removes this risk.

Example Scenarios:

Six families are leaving for a vacation together and have the same destination. Some drive larger vehicles (e.g., sport utility, truck) while others drive smaller compact cars. All vehicles have known characteristics (e.g. size, mileage/per gallon, weight, etc.). Drivers have preferences too (e.g., top travel speed, routes to take, etc.).

Three individuals that do not know each other are traveling west on the highway. The system can dynamically recommend positions, while in route, on the highway.

Six families are traveling to the same destination. Five families are traveling together, and the sixth family lives in another state. The five families are in route already, trave...