Proximity warning relative to other cars

  • US 9,046,374 B2
  • Filed: 11/16/2012
  • Issued: 06/02/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/16/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An inter-vehicle communication system comprising:

  • a wireless ad-hoc network initiated by a first vehicle communications system of a first vehicle, wherein initiating the wireless ad-hoc network includes detecting a network device associated with a vehicle in a communications range of the first vehicle, sending a query to the detected network device including an invitation to establish a communications connection between the first vehicle and the vehicle, and when the communications connection is allowed by the vehicle, exchanging information between the first vehicle and the vehicle via the communications connection;

    a second vehicle communications system of a second vehicle, the second vehicle communications system being in the communications range of the first vehicle and allowing the communications connection, the second vehicle communications system acting as a node in the wireless ad-hoc network capable of forwarding information at least on behalf of the first vehicle communications system; and

    a notification module associated with the first vehicle, the notification module adapted to forward one or more communications to at least the second vehicle communications system based upon a triggering event.

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