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Patent Application Titled "Offline Configuration of Vehicle Infotainment System" Published Online

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Demeniuk, Christopher Joseph (Shelby Township, MI), filed on June 13, 2013, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "U.S. Pat. No. 7,489,786 generally discloses an audio device integration system. One or more after-market audio devices, such as a CD player, CD changer, MP3 player, satellite receiver, DAB receiver, or the like, is integrated for use with an existing OEM or after-market car stereo system, wherein control commands can be issued at the car stereo and responsive data from the audio device can be displayed on the stereo. Control commands generated at the car stereo are received, processed, converted into a format recognizable by the audio device, and dispatched to the audio device for execution. Information from the audio device, including track, disc, song, station, time, and other information, is received, processed, converted into a format recognizable by the car stereo, and dispatched to the car stereo for display thereon. One or more auxiliary input sources can be integrated with the car stereo, and selected between using the controls of the car stereo. Both an audio device and one or more auxiliary input sources can be integrated together, and a user can select between the device or the one or more auxiliary input sources by issuing selection commands through the car stereo. A docking station is provided for docking a portable audio or video device for integration with the car stereo.

"U.S. Patent Application 2009/0075624 generally discloses a remote application server that operates cooperatively with an embedded radio receiver in a vehicle. The remote application server can include a standalone portable device having memory for storing and independently presenting audio or data wirelessly received by the embedded receiver and a communication interface in the standalone portable device for receiving audio and data received at the embedded receiver and for transferring audio or data or both to and from a computer network when coupled to the network and for uploading stored audio or data or both to a user interface when coupled to the embedded receiver. The server can include a processor in the standalone portable device for remotely running applications on the standalone portable device that are presented on the user interface coupled to the embedded receiver via a thin client resident in the user interface or embedded receiver.

"U.S. Patent Application 2012/0079002 generally discusses a user interacting with remotely executing mobile applications from a vehicle. The vehicle may include at least one computer that includes a human machine interface (HMI) for control by the user. The mobile applications may be executing on an application server that is remote from the vehicle and communicating with the at least one computer. Further, the mobile applications may be configured to receive inputs from and transmit outputs to the at least one computer. An HMI application executing on the at least one computer may enable the provisioning of one or more services of the HMI to the mobile applications so that inputs and/or outputs to the mobile applications may be exchanged. Vehicle-based operation of the mobile applications from the at least one computer via the HMI may thus be enabled.

"U.S. Patent Application 2006/0138308 generally discusses an entertainment system including a control unit including at least one processor, and at least one portable device adapted to connect to the control unit and to store content, the at least one processor configured to detect the connection of the at least one portable device to the control unit and to automatically locate stored content upon detection of the at least one portable device."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In a first illustrative embodiment, a computer readable storage medium stores instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to establish communication with at least one of a plurality of handheld computing devices connected to a vehicle computing system. The processor may receive input identifying a connected device as a non-driver handheld computing device. Once connected to the vehicle-based computing system, the processor may allow the non-driver handheld computing device to control infotainment features and functions.

"In a second illustrative embodiment, a vehicle navigation system may connect with one or more handheld computing devices. The navigation system includes both a display and one or more processors. The processor(s) are configured to connect with one or more handheld computing devices. Also, the processors are configured to receive navigation input signals from the handheld computing device. The processors are further configured to control navigation functions based on the navigation input signals. The processors are additionally configured to output navigation information reflecting the control of the navigation functions on the vehicle display.

"In a third illustrative embodiment, a computer-implemented method enables one or more passenger(s) to control vehicle systems using a handheld computing device. The computer-implemented method includes establishing communication with at least one of a plurality of handheld computing devices provided to a vehicle. The communication link between the handheld device(s) to the vehicle system(s) includes a connection using USB or BLUETOOTH technology. The vehicle system(s) recognizes a connected handheld device as a non-driver handheld computing device. Once the non-driver handheld devices are connected and recognized by the vehicle-based computing system, the handheld devices may enable infotainment control including navigation destination input, climate control, entertainment system interaction, and seat adjustments.

"In a fourth illustrative embodiment, a computer readable storage medium stores instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to establish communication with at least one of a plurality of handheld computing devices connected to a vehicle computing system. The processor may receive input identifying a connected device as a driver handheld device. Once connected to the vehicle-based computing system, the processor may allow the driver handheld device to download an infotainment system configuration from the driver handheld device. The downloaded infotainment system configuration has been preconfigured on the driver handheld device, prior to connection to the vehicle computing system. The vehicle-based computing system may configure infotainment system settings in accordance with the downloaded configuration.

"In a fifth illustrative embodiment, a infotainment system processor may connect with one or more handheld computing devices. The infotainment system includes both a display and one or more processors. The processor(s) are configured to connect with one or more handheld computing devices. The processor(s) may establish a communication connection with a handheld computing device and receive input identifying a connected device as a driver handheld device. The processor(s) may download an infotainment system configuration from the driver handheld device, which have been preconfigured offline on the driver handheld device prior to connection to the infotainment system. The processor(s) may configure infotainment system settings in accordance with the downloaded configuration.

"In a sixth illustrative embodiment, a computer-implemented method enables offline configuring of a vehicle computing system using a handheld device. The computer-implemented method may establish a communication connection with a handheld computing device. The computer-implemented method may receive input identifying a connected device as a driver handheld device. The computer implemented method may download an infotainment system configuration from the driver handheld device; that has been preconfigured offline on the driver handheld device prior to connection. The computer-implemented method may configure infotainment system settings in accordance with the downloaded configuration.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is an exemplary block topology of a vehicle infotainment system implementing a user-interactive vehicle information display system;

"FIG. 2A is an illustrative example of connectivity for occupant seating locations to connect a brought-in device to the vehicle;

"FIG. 2B shows an illustrative example of one or more remote device running one or more applications in communication with a vehicle based computing system;

"FIG. 3 is an illustrative example of configuring the infotainment system when a driver develops a favorable configuration offline;

"FIG. 4 is an example of illustrate embodiments disclosing several infotainment features an occupant may interrelate while connected to the vehicle-based computer with their handheld computing device;

"FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating an example method of a handheld computing device controlling selected vehicle features;

"FIG. 6 is a flow chart illustrating an example method of a driver restricting a passenger's handheld computing device control of vehicle features; and

"FIG. 7 is a block system architecture of a vehicle computing system having a user-interactive information display system controlled by an occupant's handheld computing device."

For more information, see this patent application: Demeniuk, Christopher Joseph. Offline Configuration of Vehicle Infotainment System. Filed June 13, 2013 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=692&p=14&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

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