Apple Wins a new Autonomous Vehicle Patent covering the emerging Vehicle-to-vehicle Communications standard
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we present a new Project Titan patent that covers a new emerging field of wireless communications relating to vehicle-to-vehicle sidelink transmissions.
Apple's granted patent states that Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications is an emerging field in wireless communications. V2V allows vehicles to communicate with each other to support various V2V applications, such as safety applications and autonomous operation/driving applications.
V2V applications typically require high reliability of packet delivery within a predefined target communication range, and typically require very low latency packet delivery. These requirements may be difficult to achieve due to the ad-hoc nature of V2V communications.
In many deployment scenarios, a network element may be used to allocate and schedule radio frequency transmissions in order to meet the aforementioned requirements.
Apple's granted patent provides solutions to some of the issues related with this new vehicle-to-vehicle communications standard.
Apple's patent FIG. 2 below illustrates an example deployment scenario wherein V2V messages may be exchanged between user equipment.
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Apple's granted patent 10,798,673 was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For engineers involved in future autonomous vehicles or just the curious, check out the details of Apple's granted patent here.