Polaris has been granted a patent for a vehicle that includes a controller with a vehicle security module and a playback module. The vehicle has ground engagement members, a frame, a power system, a steering system, an operator seat, vehicle sensors, memory, user input devices, and a controller. The controller operates the power system based on a security code input from the user, controlling the vehicle’s performance characteristics and response based on the code. The playback module records ride information that can be provided to an external device. GlobalData’s report on Polaris gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Polaris, In-wheel motor EV suspensions was a key innovation area identified from patents. Polaris's grant share as of September 2023 was 68%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A vehicle with a controller for secure operation modes

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Polaris Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11772601B2) describes a vehicle with various features to enhance its operation and security. The vehicle includes a frame supported by multiple ground engagement members, a power system, and a steering system. It also features an operator seat, vehicle sensors, memory, and a user input device. A controller is responsible for controlling the power system based on user input and sensor data stored in the memory.

The patent claims that the vehicle's power system operates based on a security code input from the user. The security code identifies different operation modes of the vehicle, such as a novice mode and a cruise mode, each defined by specific performance characteristics. The controller adjusts the power system's operation according to the security code input, but only if it matches a predetermined security code. If the security code does not match, the controller controls the power system based on the power system's characteristic and a time period.

The patent also mentions the inclusion of a vehicle security control module, which receives the security code from the user input device. The security code enables the controller to adjust the vehicle's operation when it corresponds to one of the operation modes stored in the memory. The memory stores both the data for the power system and the different operation modes.

Additionally, the patent describes a method of operating the vehicle, which involves storing sensor data in the memory, controlling the power system based on the security code input, and adjusting the vehicle's performance characteristics accordingly. The method also includes shutting down the power system if the vehicle does not receive the predetermined input after a certain time period and the power system's characteristic is at or above a threshold.

Overall, this patent presents a vehicle design that incorporates security measures and customizable operation modes based on user input. The inclusion of a controller, memory, and user input device allows for enhanced control and adaptability of the vehicle's power system.

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