DETECTING USE OF A MOBILE DEVICE BY A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE, SUCH AS AN AUTOMOBILE

  • US 20120214463A1
  • Filed: 11/06/2011
  • Published: 08/23/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/2010
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A method performed by a mobile device for disabling use of the mobile device, the method comprising:

  • detecting the mobile device is moving at a rate of speed above or within a threshold rate of speed;

    determining a location of the mobile device within the vehicle by capturing information associated with the vehicle using an audio component, an optical component, or a distance measurement component of the mobile device; and

    performing an action to modify a functionality of the mobile device when the determined location is associated with a driver of the vehicle.

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