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Cooperative Credits for Automatic Driving

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242058D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 117K

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A system and method for utilizing cooperative credits for automated driving is disclosed.

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Cooperative Credits for Automatic Driving

Disclosed is a system and method for utilizing cooperative credits for automated driving.

Often, there are scenarios where a person is late for something and needs to travel as quickly as possible while driving. During which time, the person might encounter a lot of traffic delays such as merging onto a busy roadway. There are no existing ways to grant priority to the driver over others who might be in less of a hurry.

Today's reality of traffic conditions results in a wide variety of commuters with varying levels of urgency. This causes many problems including dangerous driving, road rage, accidents, and even traffic deaths.

Cars using automated driving systems currently have no way of prioritizing between other cars. Using this invention, the automated system can make driving decisions for the driver to get them to the destination faster and safely. In conjunction with automated driving systems, the disclosed system encourages good driving behavior

while giving priority to drivers who are in a hurry. Drivers accrue cooperative credits by yielding for other drivers in certain traffic conditions. These credits are later used to give driver priority at times when they need it.

Credits can be accrued while driving by voluntarily yielding to another driver who requests priority. This article assumes that the automated driving systems of the cars can send and receive messages using technologies such as car-to-car communication.

An example scenario:

Car 1 is trying to merge onto a busy road in downtown.


Car 2 is driving on the busy road in 1. travelling towards the intersection of Car 1.


Car 1 requests to merge into the road using automated driving system.


Car 2 alert's its driver that there is a request for merging ahead. The driver chooses


to accept or decline the requ...