Systems, Methods, And Devices For Policy-Based Control and Monitoring of Use of Mobile Devices By Vehicle Operators

  • US 20110009107A1
  • Filed: 05/08/2010
  • Published: 01/13/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for controlling use of functions on a mobile device when the mobile device is in a vehicle, comprisinga vehicular on-board computer installed within the vehicle and configured to obtain speed data from the vehicle;

  • a transmitter in electronic communication with the on-board computer and configured to transmit an indication of the speed data on a periodic basis;

    a receiver installed on the mobile device adapted to receive the indication of speed data transmissions from the transmitter;

    a software application installed on the mobile device, wherein the software application runs in memory resident on the mobile device whenever the mobile device is powered on and wherein the software application receives the indication of speed data from the receiver, the software application including a policy associated therewith that defines when and which functions of the mobile device are disabled by the software application in response to the indication of speed data transmission;

    whereby, in response to receipt of the indication of speed transmission data, if the vehicle speed exceeds a minimum threshold speed level, the software application disables the functions of the mobile device in accordance with the policy associated therewith.

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