Renault has been granted a patent for a boarding position setting method, device, and system. The method involves using vehicle information to recognize a suitable stop position for boarding, storing it in a dispatch service, and setting the boarding position based on a dispatch request. The system also includes sensors and a computer device for automated driving to the boarding position. GlobalData’s report on Renault gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Boarding position setting method using vehicle information and sensors

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Renault SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11776401B2) describes a boarding position setting method for vehicles. The method involves using sensors in the vehicle to transmit vehicle information, including position information, vehicle speed, and the state of the door and occupant detection, to a computer device. The method then recognizes the stop position of the vehicle based on the transmitted vehicle speed and determines whether it is suitable for boarding based on the occurrence of a boarding event, such as the opening or closing of the door or the detection of an occupant becoming seated. If the stop position is determined to be suitable, it is stored in a boarding position database.

The method also includes receiving a vehicle dispatch request and setting a boarding position in response to the request. The boarding position is selected from the suitable positions stored in the database. Additionally, the method calculates a virtual stop line based on the stop position information and uses it to execute automated driving of the vehicle to the boarding position.

The patent also describes a boarding position setting device and system that implement the method. The device includes sensors in the vehicle to acquire vehicle information, a controller to receive and process the information, and a communication unit to transmit the stop position information to an external storage device. The system includes sensors in the vehicle and a processor to recognize the stop position, determine its suitability for boarding, and store it in a boarding position database. The system also receives vehicle dispatch requests and sets the boarding position accordingly.

Overall, this patent presents a method, device, and system for setting boarding positions in vehicles based on various factors such as vehicle speed, door state, and occupant detection. The method aims to improve the efficiency and accuracy of boarding processes by automating the selection and navigation to suitable boarding positions.

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