Mobile device communication access and hands-free device activation

  • US 9,979,813 B2
  • Filed: 10/04/2016
  • Issued: 05/22/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving, by a mobile device, an incoming telephonic event analysis application activation command from an on-board computer of a vehicle;

    activating an incoming telephonic event analysis application responsive to the incoming telephonic event analysis application activation command from the on-board computer of the vehicle;

    instructing the mobile device to pair with a hands-free device by the incoming telephonic event analysis application operating on the mobile device, wherein the mobile device is associated with a driver of the vehicle;

    receiving an incoming telephonic event at the mobile device;

    applying a soft block to the incoming telephonic event by the incoming telephonic event analysis application based on an active operative state of the vehicle;

    determining, by the incoming telephonic event analysis application, whether a velocity of the vehicle at a time of receipt of the incoming telephonic event is less than a predetermined velocity threshold;

    determining, by the incoming telephonic event analysis application, whether the incoming telephonic event is associated with an allowable individual or entity;

    determining, by the incoming telephonic event analysis application, whether the incoming telephonic event is a first, second, or third incoming telephonic event; and

    based on at least one of the velocity of the vehicle at the time of receipt of the incoming telephonic event being less than the predetermined velocity threshold, the incoming telephonic event being associated with the allowable individual or entity, and the incoming telephonic event being the third incoming telephonic event, removing the soft block on the incoming telephonic event by the incoming telephonic event analysis application;

    in response to removing the soft block on the incoming telephonic event, activating the hands-free device paired with the mobile device; and

    transmitting the incoming telephonic event to the activated hands-free device.

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