Many newer cars today come with a key fob that allows you to start your car if you have it in your possession. This is very convenient but it also allows anyone to start your car if they have the fob or even when are just close to your car! Read More...
This device helps add another level of security by introducing a system of a fingerprint scanner with an app to help with other situations. For example when you need to give your car to a valet you can override the fingerprint scanner for a specified amount of time. The fingerprint scanner is synchronized with the phone with a special code that comes with it so other people with the app can not defeat the scanner by just having the app.
The scanner itself is wired directly into the vehicle’s main computer so that “hot wiring” by cutting cables is not possible. The scanner is small and can mount on the right or left of the steering wheel and has red and green indicator lights to show when the fingerprint has been accepted or not. Upon two failed attempts to start the ignition via the scanner, it will notify the app of the attempts.
The fingerprint scanner is easy to use and gives and added level of ease of mind. Fingerprint scanners are not new but the computer power necessary for them to work has been too expensive in the past to put them to use. With the advent of the smartphone, the computer is already in your pocket and can be updated and improved, making the system a win-win scenario for anyone that would like to keep their vehicle safe.
A provisional patent application has been filed as of September 2018. The patent search was performed by The Mars Rising Network. It was concluded that there is nothing similar to this product on the market, which means this unique device could be patented and enjoyed by automobile owners everywhere.
Anyone with an automobile
Companies with employee turnover
Integration with the scanner and phone app.
Options for overrides when vehicles are left with others (valet).
The inventor, Michele Travis of Reynoldsburg, OH noticed that anyone can grab a vehicles fob and drive away with the car.
She came up with a solution that may avoid that dangerous situation. Michele contacted the Mars Rising Network and had a provisional patent application filed and had the invention designed properly so that she may see success with this great idea and turn it into a real product.
She is actively seeking a company that would have an interest in licensing the product for a royalty.
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