Vehicles and cloud systems for sharing e-Keys to access and use vehicles

  • US 10,442,399 B2
  • Filed: 12/26/2017
  • Issued: 10/15/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/22/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for processing communications with electronics associated with a vehicle to provide a user access to the vehicle, the processing being facilitated by one or more servers of a cloud processing system, comprising,receiving a request to grant access to the vehicle, the vehicle being pre-associated to a user account of the cloud processing system that enable use options of the vehicle;

  • generating a unique access code for the request, wherein the unique access code is configured with privileges for use of the vehicle, the privileges being applied during use of the vehicle;

    encrypting the unique access code, the encrypting is configured for decryption by a process executed by electronics associated with of the vehicle; and

    sending, responsive to the request to grant access to the vehicle, the encrypted unique access code to the vehicle over a wireless network to grant access;

    wherein said electronics associated with said vehicle is configured to decrypt the encrypted access code and enable access to use said vehicle in accordance with the privileges for use defined by said unique access code, the privileges for use further defining a period of time during which the unique access code is to be active;

    wherein the unique access code when active operates as an electronic key (e-key) for the vehicle to enable one or more functions of unlocking of the vehicle, locking the vehicle, starting the vehicle, or driving the vehicle; and

    capturing video, by a camera of the vehicle, of an area that includes the vehicle during the period of time in which the unique access code is to be active, such that actions taken by a recipient of the granted access is recorded by one or more frames of said video, said video being accessible by an owner of the vehicle or administrator of the vehicle via the user account.

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