US 9,813,878 B1
Method and apparatus for vehicle occupant location detection
Pietro Buttolo, Dearborn Heights, MI (US); James Stewart Rankin, II, Novi, MI (US); Jeffrey A. Wallace, Walled Lake, MI (US); Jeroen Lem, Maastricht (NL); Carsten Starke, Zuid (NL); Volker Scheer, Roetgen (DE); and Stuart C. Salter, White Lake, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on May 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/158,697.
Int. Cl. H04W 4/04 (2009.01); H04W 4/02 (2009.01); H04L 29/08 (2006.01); H04M 1/60 (2006.01)
CPC H04W 4/046 (2013.01) [H04L 67/306 (2013.01); H04W 4/021 (2013.01); H04M 1/6091 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A system comprising:
a plurality of wireless transceivers deployed in a vehicle cabin; and
a processor configured to:
determine location of a device, responsive to a determination that a vehicle has been moving for more than a first threshold amount of time or that vehicle doors have been closed for more than a second threshold amount of time, based on received signal strength indicators (RSSI) associated with device signal strength of a signal from the device received by at least two of the wireless transceivers and wirelessly relayed through a central transceiver in communication with the processor; and
store the location and a corresponding possessor identification and location in memory.