Using vehicle sensor data to monitor pedestrian health

  • US 10,694,357 B2
  • Filed: 12/01/2016
  • Issued: 06/23/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/11/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus of a vehicle for monitoring pedestrian health comprising:

  • one or more thermal imagers,one or more high definition imagers,a real time communication interface,a short range communication interface, anda vehicle computer communicatively coupled to the one or more thermal imagers, the one or more high definition imagers, the real time communication interface and the short range communication interface;

    wherein the vehicle computer;

    acquires a plurality of thermal images of a pedestrian sidewalk from the one or more thermal imagers as the vehicle is driving on a roadway located adjacent the pedestrian sidewalk,acquires a plurality of high definition images of the pedestrian sidewalk from the one or more high definition imagers as the vehicle is driving on the roadway located adjacent the pedestrian sidewalk,determines whether the plurality of thermal images and the plurality of high definition images contain one or more pedestrians on the pedestrian sidewalk,determines, based on the plurality of thermal images and the plurality of high definition images containing the one or more pedestrians on the pedestrian sidewalk, whether a pedestrian of the one or more pedestrians who was previously walking on the pedestrian sidewalk is falling or lying on the pedestrian sidewalk and exhibiting an injured pedestrian behavior,selectively displays an alert on a display communicatively coupled to the vehicle computer in response to determining that the pedestrian is falling or lying on the pedestrian sidewalk, andselectively transmits via the real time interface the plurality of thermal images and the plurality of high definition images to a database server in response to determining that the pedestrian is falling or lying on the pedestrian sidewalk.

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