A vehicle (e.g., automobile, motorcycle, a bus, a recreational vehicle (RV), a semi-trailer truck, a tractor or other type of farm equipment, a train, a plane, a helicopter, etc.) often has proximity sensors to detect adjacent objects. A head unit of the vehicle may use sensor data such as proximity sensor data to detect an empty parking space. The head unit may then report the detected empty parking space to a cloud computing system, such as a mapping service. Data from multiple vehicles may be used to crowd source a relatively detailed understanding of the amount of empty parking spaces in a region. The mapping service may provide mapping information, including the empty parking space information, to the head unit and other devices.
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Shin, D., "USING EXISTING VEHICLE PROXIMITY SENSORS FOR REMOTE MAPPING OF EMPTY PARKING SPACES", Technical Disclosure Commons, (June 27, 2022)