Preventing access to functions on a mobile device

  • US 10,649,825 B2
  • Filed: 07/23/2018
  • Issued: 05/12/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for preventing user interaction with one or more functions of a mobile device, the method comprising:

  • detecting, via an application executing on the mobile device having an operating system (OS) configured to perform OS-level actions, an initiation of at least one of the one or more functions in the mobile device;

    transmitting, via the application, an indication of the initiation of the at least one of the one or more functions to a control device located within a vehicle and connected with the mobile device via a wireless network connection;

    receiving, from the control device over the wireless network connection, an OS-level action to perform on the mobile device to prevent user interaction with the at least one of the one or more functions, the OS-level action including one or more control device-generated human interface device (HID) signals being indicative of a keypress action; and

    performing, by the mobile device and without any interference by the application to the one or more functions, the OS-level action to prevent the user interaction with the at least one of the one or more functions.

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