Ford Motor has filed a patent for a system that controls object components based on user biometric data. The system allows authorized users to access the object and permits a second user to access it within a certain time frame after the first user leaves. The second user’s biometric data is then used to determine their authorization status and control the object components accordingly. GlobalData’s report on Ford Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A system for controlling object components based on user biometric data

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ford Motor Co

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230319033A1) describes a system that allows for controlled access to an object based on biometric data. The system includes a computer with a processor and memory that stores instructions for controlling object components based on user data and biometric data.

The system first determines if the first user of the object is authorized through their biometric data. If authorized, the object components are controlled based on the user data for the first user. If the first user is absent, the system permits a second user to access the object within a predetermined time. Once this time has passed, the system determines the user status of the second user using their biometric data. The user status can be either authorized or not authorized. Based on this status, the system controls the object components accordingly.

If the delay parameter is not satisfied, the system controls the object components based on temporary user data. If the second user is determined to be not authorized, the system stops controlling the object components based on the temporary user data. On the other hand, if the second user is authorized, the system controls the object components based on the user data for the second user.

If the second user is not authorized, the system can prevent the operation of the object components. Additionally, the system can provide the current location of the object and the location when the second user accessed it to a remote computer.

The system also includes instructions for determining the satisfaction of the delay parameter. This can be based on the expiration of a timer or by comparing the distance between the current location of the object and the location when the second user was permitted access to a threshold.

The patent also describes a method that follows a similar process as the system. It involves determining the authorization of the first user, controlling object components based on user data, permitting access to the second user within a predetermined time, determining the user status of the second user, and controlling the object components accordingly.

Overall, this patent presents a system and method for controlled access to an object based on biometric data, allowing for authorized users to operate the object components while preventing unauthorized access.

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