Fingerprint actuation of customized vehicle features

  • US 6,100,811 A
  • Filed: 12/22/1997
  • Issued: 08/08/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Apparatus for controlling a vehicle using fingerprint matching, the apparatus comprising:

  • a fingerprint sensor mounted in a convenient interior location in a vehicle, for generating a two-dimensional fingerprint image of a user of the vehicle;

    a high-speed fingerprint matcher, for searching the entire two-dimensional sensed fingerprint image for instances of distinctive features similar to each of a plurality of pattern features that have been extracted from a previously stored reference fingerprint image, to verify the identity of the user of the vehicle;

    a fingerprint match controller, for selecting from a plurality of stored reference fingerprint images for presentation tb the fingerprint matcher, and having a locked mode of operation and an unlocked mode of operation;

    an engine enabling switch, to prevent operation of the vehicle in the locked mode;

    means included in the fingerprint match controller, for switching from the locked mode to the unlocked mode upon successfully verifying the identity of a vehicle user;

    means operable in the unlocked mode, for actuating the engine enabling switch to allow operation of the vehicle;

    at least one actuator for adjusting a vehicle subsystem in accordance with the user'"'"'s preferred settings;

    storage means for recording actuator settings associated with user identities; and

    means operable in the unlocked mode, for operating the actuator based on settings retrieved from the storage means for an identified user.

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