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ChildSafe: Mobile Safety, Locator, Boundary Limiting System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019542D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

We describe a car-usage monitoring system for parents, specifically geared towards montoring and regulating car usage by teens. This system also allows the authorized user to remotely determine the position of the vehicle and its rate of speed at will.

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ChildSafe: Mobile Safety, Locator, Boundary Limiting System

    We describe a car-usage monitoring system for parents, specifically geared towards montoring car usage by teens. This system also allows the authorized user to remotely determine the position of the vehicle and its rate of speed. It also allows the setting of programmed parameters, such as the maximum speed allowed for the driver. Additionally, it can determine when the user travels beyond preset geographical limits, and can warn, and ultimately control, the driver's actions. Besides providing "peace of mind", it will provide a measure of safety by limiting the maximum speed of travel. By setting geographical boundaries, the user can keep the driver within safe areas, avoid those that should not be traveled due to laws (such as the restrictions imposed by DMV on student drivers with "Learner's Permits"), disable the vehicle during curfew hours and can even contact the user or public authorities for emergency assistance.

There are a number of components in this system. The major ones are: GPS for position and rate information, cell phone for communications (interrogation and reporting), computing device for providing the control of the other subsystems and of the appropriate vehicle subsystems. It is very likely that the computing device will be the same one that controls the GPS computing and display functions.

In use the device is completely transparent, as it is embedded into the vehicle's other systems. It may be a completely stand-alone, add-on system, or preferably built-in by the OEM. It is very likely to be part of an integrated communication and navigation system. This type of system would provide the driver with cellular communications, as well as navigational information with a GPS and mapping capability. User interface is possible on a display screen, and/or voice interface. There are two users...