Isuzu Motors has developed a convoy vehicle determination device to enhance accuracy in forming vehicle convoys. The system identifies convoy vehicle candidates based on comparison of identification information and position data of surrounding vehicles. This patent aims to improve convoy organization efficiency and safety. GlobalData’s report on Isuzu Motors 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 Isuzu Motors, Collision avoidance system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Isuzu Motors's grant share as of January 2024 was 29%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Platoon vehicle discrimination apparatus for forming vehicle convoys

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Isuzu Motors Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11881004B2) discloses a platoon vehicle discrimination apparatus designed to identify a potential platoon vehicle to be grouped with a lead vehicle from the surrounding vehicles in the vicinity. The apparatus includes a storage section for the lead vehicle's identification information, an acquiring section to obtain the identification information of a third vehicle from a second vehicle in the vicinity, and a discrimination section to compare the stored lead vehicle's information with the acquired third vehicle's information to determine if the second vehicle qualifies as a platoon candidate based on this comparison and the location information of the second vehicle in relation to the third vehicle.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features of the platoon vehicle discrimination apparatus, such as the acquisition of identification information and location data through inter-vehicle communication, display of the third vehicle's identification information on a display within the third vehicle, and the use of captured image data for reading the identification information and specifying the location information of the second vehicle in relation to the third vehicle. The patent also extends to cover a vehicle equipped with this platoon vehicle discrimination apparatus, emphasizing the practical application and integration of this technology into vehicles for enhanced platooning capabilities.

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