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1. (WO2018160313) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATING AND EXPLOITING THE AVAILABILITY OF MULTIPLE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN A NETWORK OF MOVING THINGS, FOR EXAMPLE INCLUDING A NETWORK OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A Mobile Access Point (MAP) of a vehicle communication network, the MAP comprising:

a wireless local area network (WLAN) radio;

a vehicle communication network radio;

a cellular communication network radio; and

at least one module comprising a processor and memory, wherein the at least one module is operable to, at least:

utilize the WLAN radio to provide WLAN communications to one or more first client devices;

utilize the cellular radio to provide cellular communications to one or more second client devices; and

utilize the vehicle communication network radio to communicate the provided WLAN communications and the provided cellular communications through the vehicle communication network.

2. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the vehicle communication network radio comprises a DSRC radio, and the WLAN radio comprises a Wi-Fi radio.

3. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to communicate the provided cellular communications through the vehicle communication network by, at least in part, operating to utilize a virtual private network (VPN) through the vehicle communication network between at least the cellular communication network radio and a cellular provider.

4. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to communicate the provided cellular communications through the vehicle communication network by, at least in part, operating to utilize Layer 2 and/or Layer 3 encapsulation through the vehicle communication network between at least the MAP and a cellular provider.

5. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to determine whether to communicate the provided WLAN communications through the vehicle communication network or through a cellular communication network.

6. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to determine to utilize the vehicle communication network radio to communicate the provided cellular communications based, at least in part, on geographical location.

7. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to only provide cellular communications to client devices traveling with and/or positioned within a vehicle associated with the MAP.

8. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 1, wherein the at least one module is operable to utilize the WLAN radio to communicate the provided cellular communications via a wireless local area network.

9. A Mobile Access Point (MAP) of a vehicle communication network, the MAP comprising:

a wireless local area network (WLAN) radio;

a vehicle communication network radio;

at least one cellular communication network radio; and

at least one module comprising a processor and memory, wherein the at least one module is operable to, at least:

utilize the WLAN radio to provide WLAN communications to one or more first client devices;

utilize the vehicle communication network radio to communicate the provided WLAN communications through the vehicle communication network;

utilize the at least one cellular communication network radio to provide cellular communications to one or more second client devices; and

utilize the at least one cellular communication network radio to communicate the provided cellular communications with a base station of a cellular communication network.

10. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one cellular

communication network radio comprises a first cellular communication network radio that operates to communicate directly with the one or more second client devices, and a second cellular communication network radio that operates to communicate directly with the base station of the cellular communication network.

11. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 10, wherein the at least one module is operable to, while maintaining the provided cellular communications between the first cellular communication radio and the one or more second client devices, handover communication of the provided cellular communications between the second cellular communication network radio and the base station to a second base station of the cellular communication network.

12. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one module is operable to only provide cellular communications to client devices traveling with and/or positioned within a vehicle associated with the MAP.

13. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 12, wherein the at least one module is operable to receive a handover of a client device from a cellular communication network base station to the at least one cellular communication network radio of the MAP when the client device enters the vehicle.

14. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 12, wherein the at least one module is operable to handover a client device from the at least one cellular communication network radio of the MAP to a cellular communication network base station when the client device exits the vehicle.

15. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one module is operable to determine whether to communicate the provided cellular communications through the cellular communication network or through one or more other communication networks, the one or more other communication networks comprising the vehicle communication network.

16. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one module is operable to determine to utilize the at least one cellular communication network radio to communicate the provided cellular communications with the base station of the cellular communication network based, at least in part, on geographical location.

17. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one module is operable to communicate the provided WLAN communications through the cellular communication network, by at least in part operating to utilize a VPN through the cellular communication network between the MAP and a network controller of the vehicle communication network.

18. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 9, wherein the at least one module is operable to communicate the provided WLAN communications through the cellular communication network by, at least in part operating to utilize Layer 2 and/or Layer 3 tunneling through the cellular communication network between the MAP and a network controller of the vehicle communication network.

19. A Mobile Access Point (MAP) of a vehicle communication network, the MAP comprising:

a wireless local area network (WLAN) radio;

a vehicle communication network radio;

at least one cellular communication network radio; and

at least one module comprising a processor and memory, wherein the at least one module is operable to, at least:

utilize the at least one cellular communication network radio to provide cellular communications to one or more client devices;

select a communication network of a plurality of communication networks for communication of the provided cellular communications, the plurality of communication networks comprising a cellular communication network and the vehicle communication network; and

communicate the cellular communications provided to the one or more client devices over the selected communication network.

20. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 19, wherein the plurality of communication networks comprises a Wi-Fi network.

21. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 19, wherein the at least one module is operable to select the communication network based, at least in part, on geographical location.

22. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 19, wherein the at least one module is operable to utilize the at least one cellular communication network radio to provide a vehicle-centric cellular communication cell in and/or around a vehicle.

23. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 22, wherein the at least one module is operable to handover the vehicle-centric cellular communication cell between a first base station of the cellular communication network and a second base station of the cellular communication network.

24. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 22, wherein the at least one module is operable to handover the vehicle-centric cellular communication cell between the cellular communication network and the vehicle communication network.

25. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 22, wherein the at least one module is operable to handover the vehicle-centric cellular communication cell between the cellular communication network and a wireless local area network.

26. The Mobile Access Point (MAP) of claim 19, wherein the WLAN radio, the vehicle communication network radio, the at least one cellular communication network radio, and the at least one module are all positioned within a same housing.