GM Patents Tech for Taking Driver Personalization Settings from Car to Car
23 July 2015 - Autoblog
If you have ever borrowed a vehicle and felt immediately annoyed that the settings weren't to your liking, General Motors might have just solved that pesky gripe.
The company now has a patent for a cloud-based storage system that would allow drivers to take all of their personalization preferences between models. If the technology is secure enough, it could really be quite useful for many people.
GM's patent starts with users creating an account for this service and saving their settings. According to the documentation, the info can include things like the seat and mirror positioning, radio presets, infotainment applications, and far more personal things like contacts, voicemail, and Internet history. When switching to a new vehicle, people could somehow authorize themselves and download all of that data via the wireless connection in the telematics system.
Obviously, with so much intimate data potentially available, security is vital. However, GM claims that a person's settings wouldn't be accessible by another user. The patent outlines many different ways this authorization could be given like a RFID chip, voice recognition, fingerprint analysis, or simply a text password. When no longer needed, the personal info is then removed from the vehicle.
While there's never a guarantee that patented technology actually makes production, it's easy to see the advantages of a system like this. GM outlines applications for car sharing services and rental companies in the documents. Although, this service might also be especially useful for couples to switch settings depending on who's driving.