Method and system for enabling an authorized vehicle driveaway

  • US 8,614,622 B2
  • Filed: 03/08/2010
  • Issued: 12/24/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/08/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle driveaway authorization system comprising:

  • at least one server configured to;

    generate a vehicle driveaway authorization code and a user authorization code; and

    transmit over a telecommunications network (1) the vehicle driveaway authorization code to at least one vehicle computer and (2) the user authorization code to a nomadic device;

    at least one wireless nomadic device configured to receive the user authorization code; and

    at least one vehicle computer configured to;

    wirelessly receive the vehicle driveaway authorization code for authorizing a vehicle drive, the vehicle driveaway authorization code corresponding to the user authorization code;

    receive input at the vehicle defining the user authorization code;

    wirelessly receive an identifying signal to identify the wireless nomadic device in a vicinity of a vehicle;

    determine whether the wireless nomadic device was previously wirelessly paired with the vehicle based on the identifying signal;

    compare the vehicle driveaway authorization code to the user authorization code; and

    enable the vehicle to be driven based on a determination that the nomadic device was previously wirelessly paired with the vehicle and if the vehicle driveaway authorization code corresponds to the user authorization code.

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