Creating a virtual model of a vehicle event

  • US 10,140,417 B1
  • Filed: 08/16/2016
  • Issued: 11/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/18/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method in an electronic processing system comprising a memory and one or more processors, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at the electronic processing system, external data that (i) was received by a vehicle from a handheld mobile communication device external to the vehicle via a wireless link and (ii) is indicative of objects sensed by the handheld mobile communication device, wherein receiving external data includes receiving a first plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of an environment external to the vehicle at a plurality of respective times;

    storing the received external data in the memory;

    generating, via the one or more processors, a virtual model of an event involving at least one vehicle using the stored first plurality of data points, at least in part by generating (i) a first visual representation of the plurality of respective states of the environment, and (ii) a second visual representation ofa plurality of states of an operational parameter of the vehicle, as indicated by operational data generated by a unit arranged within the vehicle, ora plurality of additional states of the environment external to the vehicle, as indicated by sensor data generated by at least one sensor located on or in the vehicle,wherein the virtual model is generated such that the first visual representation is time-aligned with the second visual representation; and

    causing the virtual model of the event involving at least one vehicle to be displayed.

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