US Patent No. 10,716,167

CELLULAR NETWORK COVERAGE USING A VEHICLE-BASED DATA TRANSMISSION EXTENDER


Patent No. 10,716,167
Issue Date July 14, 2020
Title Cellular Network Coverage Using A Vehicle-based Data Transmission Extender
Inventorship Michael C. Edwards, McKinney, TX (US)
Gopal Kalaimani Senthilkumar, Frisco, TX (US)
Neil Dutta, Addison, TX (US)
Assignee TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC., Plano, TX (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,716,167

1. A method, comprising:detecting, using a first signal detector that is part of a first vehicle, a first signal emitted from a first mobile device located in or around the first vehicle;
establishing communication between a fixed base station of a cellular network and a first data transmission module that is part of the first vehicle;
relaying, using the first data transmission module of the first vehicle, data between the fixed base station of the cellular network and the first mobile device to extend geographic coverage of the cellular network to the first mobile device;
tracking, using a first data meter that is part of the first vehicle, a first amount of data relayed via the first data transmission module between the fixed base station and the first mobile device;
detecting, using a second signal detector that is part of a second vehicle, a second signal emitted from a second mobile device located in or around the second vehicle;
establishing communication between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and a second data transmission module that is part of the second vehicle;
relaying, using the second data transmission module of the second vehicle, data between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and the second mobile device to extend geographic coverage of the cellular network to the second mobile device; and
tracking, using a second data meter that is part of the second vehicle, a second amount of data relayed via the second data transmission module between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and the second mobile device.