Toyota Motor has been granted a patent for a method involving monitoring the health characteristics of vehicle occupants. The system sends notifications to nearby devices if an occupant’s health is outside a set threshold. This innovation aims to enhance passenger safety and well-being during transportation. GlobalData’s report on Toyota Motor 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 Toyota Motor, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Toyota Motor's grant share as of January 2024 was 34%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Health monitoring system for vehicle occupants

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Toyota Motor Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887460B2) outlines a method and system for monitoring the health characteristics of occupants in a transport vehicle. The method involves receiving health data from devices affixed to the occupants, transmitting queries based on threshold values, and sending notifications if health characteristics indicate sickness. The system includes a processor and memory within the transport vehicle to facilitate these functions, including routing the vehicle to the nearest emergency facility if necessary.

Furthermore, the patent describes the use of location history to identify contacts of the sick occupant and transmit notifications to devices that were in proximity to the affected individual. In cases where multiple occupants exhibit concerning health characteristics, the system can perform functions to move these characteristics towards acceptable thresholds or alert other transports heading towards the affected area. The patent also covers a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing instructions for the processor to carry out these health monitoring and notification processes effectively.

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