Saturday, January 27, 2007

Honda Patent Application for Broadcasting Safety Messages

On January 25, 2007, Honda had a patent application disclosed for broadcasting vehicle safety messages to vehicles. Basically, the affected vehicles are identified, then parts inventory is coordinated with the associated dealers, then a safety message is transmitted to the affected vehicles.

In one of the embodiments, XM is mentioned as one of the methods by which the messages are delivered. Here's an excerpt:

[0028] In one embodiment, the remote server 44 receives and processes information relating to recalls/updates for vehicle products or parts and the availability of parts at the dealer. The server 44 is in communication with the vehicle over a one-to-many communication network 31. In the present embodiment, the one-to-many communication network 31 comprises a broadcast center that is further in communication with one or more communication satellites that relay the vehicle safety message as a broadcast message to a mobile unit 18 in the owner's vehicle 12. In the present embodiment, the broadcast center and the satellites are part of a satellite radio broadcasting system (e.g., XM Satellite Radio). It will be understood that the safety message can be broadcast via any suitable information broadcast system (e.g., FM radio, AM radio, or the like), and is not limited to the satellite radio broadcast system. In one embodiment, the mobile unit 18 relays the safety message to an onboard computer system, such as the vehicle's navigation system 14, which in turn displays the safety message on a display unit. In another embodiment, the safety message is provided to the vehicle owner via an auditory message played on the vehicle's audio system.


United States Patent Application 20070022173
Kind Code A1

Tamura; Kazuya ; et al.

January 25, 2007

Method and system for broadcasting safety messages to a vehicle

Abstract

A method and system is provided for broadcasting vehicle safety messages to one or more vehicles. In an embodiment, the system comprises an input device, processor, transmitter, receiver, memory module, display, and user interface. The input device is used for generating a vehicle safety message. The processor is coupled to the input device and is programmed to identify vehicles within a geographic region affected by the safety message. The transmitter is coupled to the processor for broadcasting the safety messages to the identified vehicles. The receiver is located on the vehicles for receiving the broadcasted safety message. The memory module is coupled to the receiver for storing the safety message. The display is operatively coupled to the memory module for indicating the receipt of the safety message to the vehicle driver. The user interface is coupled to the display for selecting the safety message to be communicated to the user.

Inventors: Tamura; Kazuya; (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) ; Harris; Harry; (Raymond, OH)

Correspondence Name and Address:

O'MELVENY & MYERS LLP
400 So. Hope Street
Los Angeles
CA
90071-2899
US

Assignee Name and Adress: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
Serial No.: 479407
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 30, 2006
U.S. Current Class: 709/207
U.S. Class at Publication: 709/207
Intern'l Class: G06F 15/16 20060101 G06F015/16

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