Vehicle Comm Device Using Secondary Radio Broadcast

Technology #ua16-207

Title: Vehicle Comm Device Using Secondary Radio Broadcast

 

Invention: The technology is a device that can sense nearby vehicles and communicate with them to provide safety recommendations to the user of the device (driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian). Additionally, the device can communicate with nearby infrastructures to provide up to date traffic reports. All information will be sent to the user through the device itself or through a smart phone.

 

Background: Motor vehicle accidents take the lives of roughly 36,000 people per year in the United States. Although safety features like seat belts and air bags have been developed and have been shown to significantly improve the chances of survival from an accident, they are designed to minimize injury instead of to prevent the accident altogether. With the advancement of computers, preventing accidents before they occur is now a possibility. Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication allows cars and roads to be in constant harmonious communication, thus enabling them to alert drivers of upcoming road hazards before approaching them.

 

Applications:

  • Automobiles
  • Bicyclists
  • Pedestrians with visual impairments
  • Traffic control centers

 

Advantages:

  • Provides V2V and V2I communication in one device
  • Alternative 12V power source allows for bicyclists and pedestrians to use device
  • Wifi or 4G/LTE connection allows for software updates
  • Human machine interface with Bluetooth allows for messages to be sent through a smartphone

 

Licensing Manager: 

Bob Sleeper

RobertS@tla.arizona.edu

(520) 626-4604