Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a session unique access token for vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on October 14th, 2019, published on November 1st, 2022, and assigned serial number 11488404.
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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for a vehicular usage simulation system, a vehicular facial recognition system, and key fobs with remote park-assist functionality as it continues to move forward with its plans to develop autonomous vehicle technology. Now, this new Ford patent – which outlines an idea for a session unique access token for vehicles – continues that trend by allowing one-time or temporary access to a vehicle.
According to the Ford patent, such a system would be able to receive documents and digital signatures from remote devices requesting session access. If that user is authorized, the vehicle would then generate a session access token, send it to the user’s device or load it on another remote device, then give the user access to the vehicle on a temporary basis.
The idea here is to permit users to gain access to a vehicle for a short period of time, as is often the case with existing vehicle rentals that can run anywhere from an hour to multiple days. Using a system like this would eliminate the need to hand over keys or door codes to give those users access to the vehicle, and is a more secure way of doing business.
As these types of services steadily gain in popularity, this kind of system makes quite a bit of sense, and would make life quite a bit easier for vehicle owners or businesses that offer this type of service.