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Lockout Guarder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014539D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that is designed to deter a user from locking their keys inside their automobile while their keys are still in the ignition. If a user tries to lock his or her door while his or her keys are still in the ignition, the automobile will relay an audio prompt to the user, telling them that their keys are sill in the ignition. Consequently, the automobile will not be locked. To make this functionality possible, a pressure/weight sensing mechanism will be located under the driver's seat which will sense if a user is still sitting in the driver's seat while he or she tries to lock the doors. If the pressure/weight sensing mechanism senses one is sitting on the driver's seat and the keys are in the ignition, then the prompt will not be displayed, since the automobile will notice that the user is just trying to lock the automobile from the inside. However, if the pressure/weight sensing mechanism senses one is not sitting on the seat, the keys are still in the ignition, and the user tries to lock the door, the automobile will not allow a lock to occur. It will at that point inform the user that his or keys are still in the ignition. By implementing this system, one can save himself/herself from the embarrassing and time wasting situation of locking themselves out of their own automobile. 1

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Lockout Guarder

Disclosed is a system that is designed to deter a user from locking their keys inside their automobile while their keys are still in the ignition. If a user tries to lock his or her door while his or her keys are still in the ignition, the automobile will relay an audio prompt to the user, telling them that their keys are sill in the ignition. Consequently, the automobile will not be locked.

To make this functionality possible, a pressure/weight sensing mechanism will be located under the driver's seat which will sense if a user is still sitting in the driver's seat while he or she tries to lock the doors. If the pressure/weight sensing mechanism senses one is sitting on the driver's seat and the keys are in the ignition, then the prompt will not be displayed, since the automobile will notice that the user is just trying to lock the automobile from the inside. However, if the pressure/weight sensing mechanism senses one is not sitting on the seat, the keys are still in the ignition, and the user tries to lock the door, the automobile will not allow a lock to occur. It will at that point inform the user that his or keys are still in the ignition.

By implementing this system, one can save himself/herself from the embarrassing and time wasting situation of locking themselves out of their own automobile.

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