Pony.ai has been granted a patent for a sensor system on a vehicle that utilizes a daisy chain communication network. The system includes sensors connected to each other and a controller that processes data from the sensors to operate the vehicle efficiently. GlobalData’s report on Pony.ai gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Sensor system on a vehicle with daisy chain communication network

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Pony.ai Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11968117B2) discloses a sensor system for vehicles that includes sensors connected in a daisy chain communication network and a controller. The controller is designed to receive data packets and timestamps from multiple sensors, append the packets, adjust them based on various time durations, and operate the vehicle accordingly. Additionally, the system allows for the transmission of combined packets to other sensors or the controller, enhancing communication efficiency within the network.

Furthermore, the patent details a method implemented by the sensor system, outlining the process of assembling sensors in a daisy chain network, receiving and adjusting data packets from sensors, and operating the vehicle based on the processed information. The method also includes steps for transmitting combined packets, verifying packet sources, and authenticating data sources based on timestamps and expected transmission times. This innovative system aims to streamline data processing and communication between sensors, ultimately improving the overall functionality and performance of the vehicle's sensor network.

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