Radar-based object detection for vehicles

  • US 10,459,080 B1
  • Filed: 10/06/2016
  • Issued: 10/29/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A radar-based object detection component implemented in a vehicle, the radar-based object detection component comprising:

  • at least one radar sensor positioned within an interior of the vehicle, the at least one radar sensor comprising at least one radar-emitting element and at least one antenna; and

    a radar module implemented at least partially in hardware and configured to authenticate a driver of the vehicle by;

    receiving, via the antenna, an incoming RF signal generated by an outgoing RF signal emitted by the radar-emitting element of the radar sensor reflecting off a portion of the driver that is performing at least one gesture;

    determining the gesture based on the incoming RF signal;

    comparing the determined gesture to stored gestures corresponding to known persons permitted to drive the vehicle; and

    authenticating the driver as a known person permitted to drive the vehicle based on the determined gesture matching one of the stored gestures.

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