System and method for restricting access to vehicle software systems

  • US 8,583,292 B2
  • Filed: 05/07/2010
  • Issued: 11/12/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/24/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system of multiple processors used in a vehicle, wherein one of the processors is configured to allow access to vehicle systems, comprising:

  • a processor, wherein the processor is configured to operate in a distributed processing system, the processor further configured to;

    identify a new device that is not currently coupled to a vehicle processor;

    connect the new device to the vehicle processor when signaling from the new device conforms to a communication protocol used in the vehicle processor;

    configure the new device to operate with the vehicle processor;

    identify data codes in the signaling from the new device identifying at least one of an application running on the new device, a data type used on the new device, and a security attribute associated with at least one of device type, data stored in the new device and the application running on the new device;

    use the identified security attribute to prevent at least one of an unauthorized application and unauthorized data from being transferred and processed by the processor;

    identify a stored application in memory accessible by the processor, wherein the application processes the same data type used by the new device;

    responsive to identifying the stored application, download the stored application from memory into the processor;

    use the application to process data received from the new device; and

    select an appropriate human machine interface to output the data.

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