Motorola Solutions has patented a device, system, and method for controlling autonomous vehicles using a visual notification device. The technology involves detecting user gestures, providing visual indications combined with authentication data to instruct the vehicle to perform actions. The device includes a visual notification device, memory storing authentication data, and a controller. GlobalData’s report on Motorola Solutions gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Visual communication device for controlling autonomous vehicles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Motorola Solutions Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887477B2) discloses a device for visually communicating with autonomous vehicles. The device includes a visual notification device with features like a display screen, light emitting diodes, and a memory storing authentication data. A controller, in communication with a movement detector, detects user gestures and controls the visual notification device to provide visual indications combined with authentication data to instruct the autonomous vehicle to perform specific actions. The visual indications can include flashing colors, colored visual indications, and red-green-blue visual indications. The device can be housed in a wearable housing and can determine the direction of user gestures to trigger the appropriate response from the autonomous vehicle.

Moreover, the patent also covers a method and system for visually communicating with autonomous vehicles. The method involves detecting user gestures, controlling a visual notification device, and providing visual indications combined with authentication data to prompt actions from the autonomous vehicle upon verification. The system comprises an autonomous vehicle with a camera and a device for visual communication, including the visual notification device and controller. The autonomous vehicle can verify the visual indications of user gestures and perform the associated actions. The system can handle multiple autonomous vehicles, determine gesture directions, and validate visual indications using keys stored in a cloud-based memory. Overall, the patent introduces innovative ways to interact visually with autonomous vehicles, enhancing communication and control mechanisms for users.

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