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1. WO2020139585 - COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION IN LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A process of distributing environmental information to vehicles within a defined closed area, the process comprising:

generating a map of a defined closed area, the map including information on static structures within the defined closed area;

monitoring the defined closed area with a sensor assembly within the closed area for vehicles operating within the defined closed area;

dynamically updating the map of the defined closed area to update a position and path of the vehicles operating within the closed area and an occupied space of static structures within the closed area based on information from the sensor assembly; and

transmitting the map to vehicles operating within the defined closed area for incorporation into an in-vehicle navigation system.

2. The process as recited in claim 1, wherein a central controller includes a transceiver and a memory portion including a transmittable version of the map of the defined closed area and the sensor assembly transmits information to the central controller indicative of the position and path of vehicles operating in the defined closed area.

3. The process as recited in claim 2, wherein the central controller is configured to receive environmental information relating to operation of vehicles within the defined closed area and continuously integrate the received environmental information relating to the operation of vehicles within the defined closed area.

4. The process as recited in claim 3, wherein the central controller is configured to received environmental information from vehicles operating within the defined closed area.

5. The process as recited in claim 3, wherein the controller continuously transmits the map to vehicles within the defined closed area in a form usable by the navigation system of each vehicle.

6. The process as recited in claim 3, wherein the controller is configured to transmit a recommended path through the defined closed area to a vehicle entering the defined closed area based on the map.

7. The process as recited in claim 6, wherein the recommended path comprises a path to a designated location within the defined closed area.

8. The process as recited in claim 5, wherein the vehicle comprises an autonomous vehicle and the controller communicates a path for the autonomous vehicle through the defined closed area to the designated location.

9. The process as recited in claim 1, wherein the sensor assembly is mounted to a fixed structure within the defined closed area or is mounted to a device moving within the defined closed area.

10. A vehicle control system for a defined closed area, the control system comprising: a controller disposed within a defined closed area, the controller including a map with location information for objects within the defined closed area, the controller including a transceiver for wirelessly transmitting the map in a form usable by navigation systems of vehicles within the defined closed area;

a sensor assembly disposed within the defined closed area monitoring a location and/or path of vehicles within the defined closed area and communicating information regarding the location and/or path of the vehicles to the controller, wherein the controller updates the map responsive to changes in a location of vehicles and other objects within the defined closed area and transmits an updated map to vehicles within the defined closed area.

11. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 10, wherein the controller is configured to receive signals from vehicles within the defined closed area regarding objects within the defined closed area and update the map based on the received signals regarding objects within the defined closed area.

12. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 11, wherein the sensor assembly is disposed on a static structure within the defined closed area or on a moveable device within the defined closed area.

13. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 11, wherein the controller is configured to transmit a recommended path through the defined closed area to a vehicle entering the defined closed area.

14. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 13, wherein the recommended path comprises a path to a designated location within the defined closed area.

15. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 14, wherein the vehicle comprises an autonomous vehicle and the controller is configured to communicate a path for the autonomous vehicle through the defined closed area to the designated location.

16. The vehicle control system as recited in claim 10, wherein the defined closed area comprises a parking lot, distribution center or a warehouse.