Patents

Five U.S. Patents are assigned to Safe Driving Technologies LLC:

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,731,925: Safety Control System for Vehicles
     
    • Abstract: A safety control system for vehicles including a telephone and sensors for sensing a potentially dangerous condition and for automatically disabling the telephone when sensing such condition. The sensors include two sensors mounted on a steering member to be gripped by the two hands of the driver of the vehicle and effective to disable an operation of the telephone when the two hands of the driver are not sensed as gripping the steering member while the vehicle is in motion. The sensors may also disable the telephone, and/or actuate a signaling device, when sensing other driver conditions or vehicle conditions in which the distraction of the driver by a telephone conversation could increase the risk of accidents.
       
    • This patent has a priority date of October 24, 2001 and was granted May 4, 2004. It is a robust patent with 45 Claims and 93 Forward Citations. Click here for a .pdf of the patent.
       
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,301,108: Safety Control System for Vehicles
     
    • Abstract: According to one aspect of one embodiment of the present invention, a safety control system for vehicles, includes, a communication device having at least one of an input accessible from within the vehicle and an output communicated within the vehicle, at least one sensor operable to sense at least one condition related to vehicle operation, and a controller communicated with the sensor and the communication device to selectively suppress at least one of said input and said output in response to a sensed parameter of said at least one condition being outside of a threshold. When an input is suppressed, the driver is prevented from accessing or inputting information into the communication device. When an output is suppressed, communication between the device and the driver of a vehicle is suppressed to, among other things, avoid distracting the driver during certain driving situations or conditions relating to the driver, vehicle and/or environment.
       
    • This patent has a priority date of November 4, 2002 and was granted October 30, 2012. It is a particularly robust patent with 113 Claims and 226 Forward Citations. Click here for a .pdf of the patent.
       
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,047,170: Safety Control System for Vehicles
     
    • Abstract: According to one aspect of one embodiment of the present invention, a safety control system for vehicles, includes, a communication device having at least one of an input accessible from within the vehicle and an output communicated within the vehicle, at least one sensor operable to sense at least one condition related to vehicle operation, and a controller communicated with the sensor and the communication device to selectively suppress at least one of said input and said output in response to a sensed parameter of said at least one condition being outside of a threshold. When an input is suppressed, the driver is prevented from accessing or inputting information into the communication device. When an output is suppressed, communication between the device and the driver of a vehicle is suppressed to, among other things, avoid distracting the driver during certain driving situations or conditions relating to the driver, vehicle and/or environment.
       
    • This patent has a priority date of October 24, 2001 and was granted June 2, 2015. It has 31 Claims and 224 Forward Citations. Click here for a .pdf of the patent.
       
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,524,034: Communication Control System

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    • Abstract: A communication control system for a vehicle having a steering member, having a controller and at least one switch carried on the steering member.
       
    • This patent has a priority date of October 24, 2001 and was granted December 20, 2016. It has 15 Claims and 224 Forward Citations. Click here for a .pdf of the patent.
       
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,713,994: Safety Control System for Apps in Vehicle
     
    • Abstract: According to one aspect of one embodiment of the present invention, a safety control system for using applications in vehicles, includes, a communication device having at least one of an input accessible from within the vehicle and an output communicated within the vehicle, at least one sensor operable to sense at least one condition related to vehicle operation, and data about distraction features of a running application, to and a controller communicated with the sensor and the communication device to selectively suppress at least one of said input and said output in response to a sensed parameter of said at least one condition being outside of a threshold. When an input is suppressed, the driver is prevented from accessing or inputting information into the communication device. When an output is suppressed, communication between the device and the driver of a vehicle is suppressed to, among other things, avoid distracting the driver during certain driving situations or conditions relating to the driver, vehicle and/or environment.
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    • This patent has a priority date of November 4, 2002 and was granted July 25, 2017. It has 10 Claims and 224 Forward Citations. Click here for a .pdf of the patent.