Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)

There are various methods and systems that permit data from vehicles to be used for commercial purposes. The method includes writing, by an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle in an open ledger, the vehicle data. A computer that is connected to a third party can also transmit a message to a vehicle using vehicle information that is stored in the distributed ledger. A processor associated with the computing device can also write to the distributed ledger a record of the message sent to the vehicle. The method also includes receiving, through the ECU of the vehicle, the communication.

1. Field

This specification relates to a system as well as a method of commercializing data from vehicles.

2. Description of the Related Art

A variety of sensors may be installed in a vehicle to monitor different kinds of data. For instance, a vehicle could have an odometer measuring the distance traveled by the vehicle or the global positioning system (GPS) sensor to determine the exact location of the vehicle. In today’s computer-driven society, the data of an individual has become important for both governments and businesses. As a result, the financial value of these information has increased. As the importanceand value of data continue to grow, so does the importance to protect the privacy rights of those with whom the data is associated.

This article outlines the method of commercializing data from vehicles. The method involves writing by an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle, to a distributed ledger, vehicle information. A computer device that is associated with a third-party can also provide the vehicle with a communication system based on vehicle data from the distributed ledger. The method also includes writing, by the processor associated with the computer connected with the third party to the distributed ledger, an the record of the communication to the vehicle. The vehicle’s ECU also receives the communication.

A method for commercializing data from users related to transportation is also described. The method includes writing, by a processor of an associated computing device an individual user to a distributed ledger user information. A computing device that is associated with a third party can provide a communication based upon information about the user stored in the distributed ledger. A processor associated with the third party can write to the distributed ledger an account of the message that is sent to computing devices that are associated with the user. The method also includes receiving, by the computing device that is associated with the user, thecommunication.

A method of selling data from vehicles is described. The system comprises an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle that is configured to recognize vehicle data with the help of sensors and write vehicle data to an open ledger. Thesystem also includes a computing device connected to a third party and the device is configured to send to the vehicle, a communication that is based on the data from the vehicle on the distributed ledger and write a note of the vehicle with a communication to the distributed ledger.

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