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Method to store and apply driver preferences with mobile device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000232569D
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 16K

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Disclosed is a system that stores, in a mobile device, a user’s setting preferences for a vehicle, and allows those preferences to travel with the user such that the preferences can be detected by any vehicle and the adjustments automatically made. The system not only detects the user’s preferences, but also the position of the user in the vehicle (e.g., driver vs. passenger), so that the appropriate adjustments are made.

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Method to store and apply driver preferences with mobile device

Users can store on a mobile device preferences related to a vehicle (e.g., seat position, steering wheel position, mirror positions, air/seat temperatures, dashboard settings, music presets, volume, etc.). When the user enters the vehicle, the settings are applied such that the experience is customized to the user. However, in the current art, these settings are only applicable to a specific instance of a vehicle. For example, entering a new vehicle (even of the same model) or a different type of vehicle, the preference cannot be applied. In addition, preferences are only tailored to a driver; passengers do not have ability to apply preferences. For example, dual climate control or heated seats should be adjusted for a passenger independent of a driver's preference.

The novel contribution is a system that not only stores the user's vehicle setting preferences on a mobile device, but also communicates those preferences to any vehicle the user enters. In addition, the system identifies the user's position in the vehicle (i.e., driver, passenger, front, back). The system enables the vehicle to interpret and apply the preferences to that vehicle. The profile travels with user, and is generic data that is not tied to any specific vehicle (can be used by any vehicle). The preference profiles can be applied for both passengers and drivers.

An example of a user preference is seat position. Every car has different tilt, angles, etc. so these must be communicated in a general way such that the desired position of the user is described, and the vehicle can make the adjustments necessary to satisfy the preference. Regardless of the car's make and model, certain metrics can be used to capture this general preference and used to achieve the desired user position:

• Seat back distance from steering wheel

• Seat height relative to dashboard

• Seat back angle relative to dashboard

• Front of seat distance to control pedals

• Steering wheel height relative to seat cushion

• Steering wheel angle relative to seat cushion

• Angle of mirrors (side and rear) relative to seat location

Using a generic metric set such as the one above, the seat positioning is achieved in any car, and thus the profile data can travel with the user for application in d...