Patent Number: 7,788,077

Title: Method for determining a sky view of an antenna

Abstract: A method for determining the amount of open sky view of an antenna in an automotive vehicle. A computer simulation of the vehicle objects that are non-transmissive to electromagnetic radiation is first created while a simulated antenna is also positioned within the computer simulation. Thereafter, a plurality of spheres, each having a different radius, are simulated between a position adjacent the antenna and to a position outside the vehicle. All of the vehicle objects are identified for each sphere and the area saved to memory. Finally, the area of each object is projected onto an outer sphere and these projected areas are then summed. The sky view is then calculated by comparing the amount of the projected area on the outermost sphere and the sky view result is then displayed to the user.

Inventors: Meng; Ming (Novi, MI)

Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/50 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018