Aptiv has filed a patent for methods to manage traffic light detections. The system involves deriving states of traffic lights using multiple detection systems and determining traffic light information for vehicles approaching intersections. This technology aims to enhance traffic management and vehicle safety. GlobalData’s report on Aptiv gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Aptiv, Common rail fuel injection system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Aptiv's grant share as of January 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Traffic light detection and management system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Aptiv Plc

A newly filed patent (Publication Number: US20240038065A1) outlines a method for enhancing vehicle safety at intersections by utilizing multiple traffic light detection (TLD) systems. The method involves deriving the state of a traffic light at an intersection using data from two independent TLD systems, determining traffic light information based on the comparison of these states, and instructing the vehicle to operate accordingly. The system can detect specified states of traffic lights, infer cross traffic information, and adjust the vehicle's response based on various factors such as occlusion, speed, and distance of cross traffic.

Furthermore, the patent describes a system that includes at least one processor and storage media storing instructions to perform the operations outlined in the method. This system aims to improve intersection safety by providing accurate traffic light information to vehicles approaching intersections. By utilizing multiple TLD systems and analyzing various parameters related to cross traffic, the system can enhance decision-making processes for vehicles, ultimately contributing to safer and more efficient traffic flow at intersections.

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