Universal vehicle notification system

  • US 9,536,361 B2
  • Filed: 04/15/2014
  • Issued: 01/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle system comprising:

  • a vehicle;

    a sensing control system coupled to said vehicle;

    a sensor notifier associated with said sensing control system, said sensor notifier setting a signal threshold;

    a sensor unit coupled to said sensing control system, wherein said sensor unit provides a first signal to said sensing control system and, based on said first signal and whether the signal meets the signal threshold, said sensing control system determines whether an action is necessitated concerning said vehicle, and provides a notification to a user;

    a bandwidth utilization system and a communications unit associated with said sensing control system, said bandwidth utilization system determining whether at least one of the user'"'"'s communication device and a second vehicle is in the vicinity of said vehicle;

    a vehicle-based communication system associated with said communications unit;

    an image characterizer; and

    an image taker;

    wherein the vehicle-based communication system is coupled to the image characterizer and the vehicle;

    wherein the image characterizer is coupled to the image taker and the vehicle-based communication system; and

    wherein when the vehicle receives a request from the second vehicle to access the bandwidth of said vehicle, said image taker obtains an image of at least one of the second vehicle and the driver of the second vehicle, said image taker providing said image to said image characterizer which determines whether said vehicle authorizes the second vehicle to access the bandwidth of the vehicle.

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