Reward system related to a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

  • US 10,740,850 B1
  • Filed: 08/13/2018
  • Issued: 08/11/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A driving analysis system comprising:

  • a vehicle operational data collector, wherein the vehicle operational data collector is configured to collect vehicle operational data from at least one of vehicle sensors, vehicle on board diagnostic systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems associated with at least one of a first vehicle and a second vehicle; and

    a driving analysis computing device comprising;

    a processing unit comprising a processor; and

    a memory unit; and

    an electronic receiver,wherein the driving analysis computing device is configured to;

    receive, via the electronic receiver, the vehicle operational data;

    determine, by the processor and using the vehicle operational data, whether the first vehicle is engaged in a drafting relationship with at least the second vehicle, wherein the drafting relationship indicates that the first vehicle and the second vehicle move in alignment to reduce an effect of drag by using a slipstream of the second vehicle;

    determine, by the processor, a drafting characteristic of the drafting relationship using the vehicle operational data;

    determine, by the processor, a drafting property associated with the first vehicle using the drafting characteristic; and

    allocate, by the processor, to the second vehicle a drafting reward based on the drafting property associated with the first vehicle.

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