Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has filed a patent for a method to operate a vehicle using key devices. The method includes initiating a shut-off sequence and entering a conditional operation mode if no key devices are detected, preventing the vehicle from being non-operational. GlobalData’s report on Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 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 Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, HEV energy management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 70%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for vehicle operation with key device shut-off sequence

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034271A1) describes a method for operating a vehicle with one or more key devices associated with it. The method involves initiating a vehicle shut-off sequence upon receiving a shut-off request, which includes detecting associated key devices within the vehicle's boundary. If no key devices are detected, the vehicle enters a conditional operation mode to prevent it from becoming non-operational. This mode can involve charging the key devices via a charging port in the vehicle, enabling a vehicle re-starting operation, or driving the vehicle to a predetermined destination associated with the users or key devices.

Furthermore, the method allows for key sharing requests, user identification within the vehicle using sensors, and setting specific time periods for the conditional operation mode. The vehicle is equipped with key detection sensors that enable wireless communication between the key devices and the vehicle. Additionally, the patent application includes a computer-readable medium storing a program to carry out the method and a vehicle with a control system configured to execute the described steps. Overall, the method aims to enhance the security and functionality of vehicle operations by integrating key devices and conditional operation modes based on key detection within the vehicle's boundary.

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