Conditional or temporary feature availability

  • US 10,262,469 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2016
  • Issued: 04/16/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/07/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling availability of features of a vehicle, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at a control system of a vehicle over a network connection from a remote server and at a first time, a set of initial parameters, each parameter of the set of initial parameters is related to a feature of a set of features of the vehicle and defines availability of the feature, wherein the set of initial parameters defines at least one feature of the vehicle as unavailable and further defines the unavailability of the at least one feature of the vehicle as overridable upon detection of an emergency condition by the control system of the vehicle;

    saving, by the control system of the vehicle, the set of initial parameters;

    applying, by the control system of the vehicle, the set of initial parameters to operations of the vehicle, wherein applying the set of initial parameters to operations of the vehicle comprises controlling operations of one or more features of the vehicle to levels indicated by the set of initial parameters;

    receiving, at the control system of the vehicle over the network connection from the remote server, a notification associated with a status of payment of a fee associated with the vehicle;

    receiving, at the control system of the vehicle over the network connection from the remote server and at a second time, a set of updated parameters associated with the status of fee payment, the set of updated parameters comprising at least one parameter corresponding to a parameter in the initial set of parameters but having a different value;

    saving, by the control system of the vehicle, the set of updated parameters; and

    applying, by the control system of the vehicle, the set of updated parameters to operations of the vehicle, wherein applying the set of updated parameters to operations of the vehicle comprises controlling operations of one or more features of the vehicle to levels indicated by the set of updated parameters.

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