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Method and System for Automated Personal Preference Adjustments for Traveling User Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010303D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Disclosed is a method and system for storing personal preferences, such as preferred settings for an automobile driver (including seat adjustments, mirror adjustments, ventilation and so on) on a personal, portable device. When a person carries this device to a foreign environment, such as a rental car, the settings in the device are transmitted to a remote server that computes equivalent settings for the new environment, using the stored settings and the original environment as a reference. The device then may be used to establish these new settings in the new environment, thus achieving settings that are equivalent to those of the original environment.

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  Method and System for Automated Personal Preference Adjustments for Traveling User

  Disclosed is a method and system whereby a traveling user can store his or her personal preferences for a given environment (such as an automobile) on a personal device that contains appropriate communications capability; the user then can make use of that device to cause various settings within that environment to be adjusted to match personal preferences.

A primary advantage of the invention is that the personal preferences may be applied in any environment of a given classification (such as automobiles), even within "foreign" environments with which the user has never interacted, given that appropriate configuration data about that environment is accessible, such as on a remote server.

Consider a traveling user who rents an automobile. Typically upon getting in the rental car, the user will adjust numerous settings within the car. These might include the steering wheel tilt, seat height, angle and distance from the pedals, outside mirrors, inside mirror, ventilation system and radio.

Prior art exists in which a user can, in his or her own car, statically store these personal preferences for the various automobile settings and upon identifying himself or herself when entering the automobile (typically by pressing a button such as "Driver #1" or "Driver #2"), cause adjustments to those settings to take effect. However, such use is limited to a single car (or small number of vehicles which the user regularly drives), and generally to a very limited number of drivers (often two). Described here is a method and system by which "reference settings" from a known environment can be captured, and when entering a similar but foreign environment, equivalent settings for that environment can be established.

Given an environment which can "remember" personal preference settings, such as the prior art described directly above, a communication mechanism in the car could transmit these settings to a personal device (an e...