Patent number: 10635117

Traffic navigation for a lead vehicle and associated following vehicles

Original Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

Field of technology: Computer Software, Vehicles, Engines and Transportation

Patent granted on: Tue, 28 Apr 2020

Patent drawing


Tracking movement of a lead vehicle and following vehicles driving to a common destination to maintain a specific relationship of the lead vehicle with the following vehicle(s) traveling through traffic conditions or obstacles such as traffic lights, intersections with stop signs, merging onto other roads, and other traffic obstacles such as road construction on the route to the common destination. The specific relationship is maintained by using data regarding the following vehicles of: real-time speed of the following vehicle, the following vehicle's current location, distance from the following vehicle to the lead vehicles, presence of other vehicles between the lead vehicle and following vehicle, and presence of other vehicles in adjacent lanes to the following vehicle.