Automatic exchange of information in response to a collision event

  • US 10,032,226 B1
  • Filed: 06/24/2014
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/08/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method comprising:

  • generating, at a first wireless computing device during operation of a vehicle, first vehicle operation data describing operation of the vehicle;

    detecting, by the first wireless computing device, a collision event involving the vehicle based on the first vehicle operation data including an observed change in acceleration of the vehicle;

    establishing, by the first wireless computing device, a communication session with an insurance system;

    receiving, by the first wireless computing device and from the insurance system, first insurance information;

    wherein detection of the collision event activates the first wireless computing device to initiate a discovery mode to determine whether a second wireless computing device is located in a vicinity of the collision event and also detected at least one collision event, the discovery mode including broadcasting, by the first wireless computing device, of an indication that the collision event has occurred and a date and time of the collision event;

    discovering, by the first wireless computing device, a second wireless computing device, the discovering including receiving, in response to the broadcasting and by the first wireless computing device, an acknowledgement response from the second wireless computing device;

    responsive to discovery of the second wireless computing device;

    activating a handshake mode between the first wireless computing device and the second wireless computing device to establish a communication session between the first wireless computing device and the second wireless computing device;

    initiating transmission by the first wireless computing device to the second wireless computing device, of the first insurance information and at least a portion of the first vehicle operation data,receive, from the second wireless computing device, second insurance information and second vehicle operation data, andtransmit, to the insurance system, third vehicle operation data comprising the second vehicle operation data and at least a portion of the first vehicle operation data;

    identify, by the insurance system, an at-fault participant for the collision event based on the third vehicle operation data.

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