Energy mapping systems

  • US 8,935,090 B2
  • Filed: 07/31/2013
  • Issued: 01/13/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A motor vehicle configured to collect energy information for use in an energy mapping system, the motor vehicle comprising:

  • a navigation system including an electronic control unit;

    a first energy level sensor configured to detect an amount of energy associated with a first power source;

    a second energy level sensor configured to detect an amount of energy associated with a second power source, wherein the second power source is different than the first power source; and

    a GPS receiver configured to determine a location of the motor vehicle;

    wherein the electronic control unit is in communication with the first energy level sensor, the second energy level sensor, and the GPS receiver; and

    wherein the electronic control unit is further configured to perform the steps of;

    receiving a first location of the motor vehicle corresponding to a first portion of a roadway segment from the GPS receiver;

    measuring a first energy level value of the first power source from the first energy level sensor and measuring a second energy level value of the second power source from the second energy level sensor, the first energy level value and the second energy level value corresponding to the first location;

    receiving a second location of the motor vehicle corresponding to a second portion of the roadway segment from the GPS receiver; and

    measuring a third energy level value of the first power source from the first energy level sensor and measuring a fourth energy level value of the second power source from the second energy level sensor, the third energy level value and the fourth energy level value corresponding to the second location.

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