Vehicle monitoring system

  • US 10,137,892 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2016
  • Issued: 11/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/05/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle monitoring system, said vehicle monitoring system comprising:

  • a central processor operable to receive data wirelessly communicated to said central processor from multiple vehicles, wherein said central processor is not part of any vehicle of the multiple vehicles;

    wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with a plurality of vision sensors and a plurality of non-vision sensors;

    wherein said plurality of vision sensors comprises (i) at least one forward viewing camera, (ii) at least one sideward viewing camera and (iii) at least one rearward viewing camera;

    wherein said plurality of non-vision sensors comprises at least one of (a) a radar sensor and (b) a LIDAR sensor;

    wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with an electronics control unit (ECU);

    wherein image data captured by said plurality of vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;

    wherein sensor data sensed by said plurality of non-vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;

    wherein image data and sensor data provided to the ECU of each of the multiple vehicles is processed at that ECU to detect and classify objects external to the respective one of the multiple vehicles;

    wherein the respective ECU wirelessly communicates (i) vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and (ii) environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is traveling;

    wherein said central processor is operable to wirelessly receive, from each of the multiple vehicles, the respective vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and the respective environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is operating;

    wherein, responsive to vehicle data and environment data wirelessly received at said central processor from the multiple vehicles, said central processor determines if one or more of the multiple vehicles is at or approaching a hazardous condition; and

    wherein, responsive to the determination that one or more of the multiple vehicles is a threatened vehicle at a potentially hazardous condition, said central monitoring system at least one of (i) actuates an alert of the threatened vehicle to alert a driver of the threatened vehicle of the determined hazardous condition and (ii) controls a vehicle system of the threatened vehicle to mitigate the determined hazardous condition.

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