Vehicles and vehicle systems for providing access to vehicle controls, functions, environment and applications to guests/passengers via mobile devices

  • US 9,778,831 B2
  • Filed: 04/02/2015
  • Issued: 10/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/22/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle, comprising,one or more computers of the vehicle, the one or more computers configured to interface with electronics of the vehicle to access status data for systems of the vehicle and to make input settings to one or more of the systems;

  • wireless communication circuitry of the vehicle, the wireless communication circuitry providing connection to the Internet and to one or more wireless devices when paired with the vehicle;

    an occupancy sensor of the vehicle configured to interface with the one or more computers of the vehicle, the occupancy sensor is configured to produce sensor data that is indicative of is occupancy of seats of the vehicle; and

    a processor of the one or more computers of the vehicle is provided to receive and process data to and from a wireless device that is paired with the vehicle, the data is used to identify a seat in the vehicle that is associated with a passenger, the processor executes instructions to provide data to a user interface accessed by the wireless device, the user interface exposing a plurality of systems of the vehicle, the plurality of systems include systems that relate to an environment zone in which the seat is located in the vehicle, the user interface further includes controls to enable input of settings to one or more of the plurality of systems, the processor of the one or more computers of the vehicle executes instructions to process one or more settings input via the user interface to make changes to the one or more of the plurality of systems, wherein the changes made relate to one or more of the plurality of systems that relate to the environment zone of the seat.

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