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Method and Apparatus to Create a Safer and More Secure Automobile Keyless Entry System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248324D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Disclosed is a method and apparatus to employ advanced in computer vision and facial and image recognition technology to improve the security and safety of current automobile keyless entry technology.

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Method and Apparatus to Create a Safer and More Secure Automobile Keyless Entry System

Despite the features for user convenience and comfort, current automobile keyless entry systems have shortcomings that actually decrease user safety and security. When a driver is distracted, for example, it can be a lot easier to leave the car running without realizing it. If that happens in an attached garage, it can be a deadly mistake when the garage fills with carbon monoxide from the idling engine. Many keyless systems automatically stop the engine when the key fob is no longer in the cabin and near the vehicle. The distance sensing alone, however, does not guarantee that the system reliable turns off the engine. This can lead to dangerous accidents. Moreover, upon study, the system can be circumvented, which leads to car theft.

A system is needed to improve the safety and security of an automobile keyless entry system while maintaining the convenience.

The novel solution is to employ advanced in computer vision and facial and image recognition technology to improve the security and safety of current automobile keyless entry technology.

To implement the method, a vehicle has two cameras installed in the dashboard. The two cameras are enabled when the keyless entry system detects key fob is within the car. When the engine start button is pressed, the computer vision and image recognition software analyze images from both cameras to determine if there is a person sitting in the driver's seat. When the camera detects that the driver has left the seat and left the car, the keyless entry system begins counting down to a point at which to stop the engine. The system immediately stops the engine if the key fob is no longer in the vicinity of the car. Hence, the image recognition improves the safety of the car.

The advantage of using two cameras instead of one is that two images can help add depth to the image to improve the robustness of the image recognition system (i.e., a two-dimensional image of a person cannot mislead the system). When the keyless entry system shuts off the engine, it also turns off power to the camera and computer vision system so that the system does not strain the DC power of the vehicle.

The image recognition system can be trained to recognize one or more authorized drivers. The keyless entry...