METHOD FOR ROBOTIC VEHICLE COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT VIA ACOUSTIC BEAM FORMING

By | September 13, 2018

Systems and methods implemented in algorithms, software, firmware, logic, or circuitry may be configured to process data to determine whether an object external to an autonomous vehicle is a person (e.g., such as a pedestrian) or other classification (e.g., such as a vehicle), and may be further configured to determine a position of the person relative to the autonomous vehicle. Logic may be configured to direct acoustic energy (e.g., via vehicular acoustic beam- forming) to an object external to the autonomous vehicle as an audible acoustic alert. The vehicle- related acoustic beam may be directed to a driver in another vehicle. Logic may be configured to track the motion of external objects, such as a pedestrian crossing from one side of the street to the other, and may correspondingly steer the direction of the vehicle-related acoustic beam(s) to track the person’s movement.

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