Multimedia system for vehicle with portable dash pad

Multimedia system for vehicle with portable dash pad
US 20120316702A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. N0.: US 2012/0316702 A1
Liu
(54)
(43) Pub. Date:
MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE WITH
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Dec. 13, 2012
US. Cl. .......................................................... .. 701/2
PORTABLE DASH PAD
(75) Inventor:
?glgard Liu, City of Industry, CA
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ABSTRACT
(73) ASSigneeI
C OIICePt Enterprises, 1116-
A multimedia system for Vehicle having a plurality of elec
trical accessories, including a control housing, a control mod
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processing module. The central processing module is electri
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ner that the central processing module is arranged to centrally
control the electrical accessories. The dash pad is detachably
mounted on the control housing and is Wirelessly communi
cated With the central processing module, Wherein a user is
able Wirelessly control the electrical accessories in the
Vehicle through the dash pad.
ule, and a dash pad. The control module includes a central
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cally connected With the electrical accessories in such a man
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Flled:
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Pubhcatlon Classl?catlon
Int. Cl.
G06F 1 7/00
(200601)
G01 C 21/00
(2006.01)
Patent Application Publication
Dec. 13, 2012 Sheet 5 0f 5
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MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE WITH
PORTABLE DASH PAD
BACKGROUND OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
so as to provide a single point of control to many different
electrical accessories in the vehicle.
[0009] Another advantage of the invention is to provide a
multimedia system, Wherein the dash pad may also be used
for controlling many personal electrical accessories of the
[0001]
1. Field of Invention
[0002] The present invention relates to a multimedia sys
tem, and more particularly to a multimedia system for use in
vehicle and comprises a dash pad for allowing a user to
Wirelessly control electrical accessories in that vehicle.
[0003] 2. Description of Related Arts
[0004] Conventionally, a vehicle, such as a car, is usually
equipped With a plurality of electronic accessories for alloW
ing the driver or the passengers to perform certain activities
While the vehicle is operating. For example, the vehicle may
be equipped With a navigation system and a speaker system
for navigating and for playing music respectively. The current
practice is that each of the electronic accessories requires
separate control panels and this has several disadvantages.
First, the control panel for a particular electronic equipment is
usually mounted at a particular location in the passenger
compartment (such as on the dashboard) so that not every
person in the vehicle can gain access to that particular control
panel. Thus, a passenger sitting in the back seat may not
control the navigation system Which is mounted on the dash
passengers or the driver. Moreover, the dash pad may also be
programmed to be used as a tablet computer When it is
detached from a control housing. In other Words, the user may
also use the dash pad even When he or she is not in the vehicle.
[0010]
Another advantage of the invention is to provide a
multimedia system for use in a vehicle and comprises a dash
pad Which is detachably mounted onto a control housing
provided in a vehicle and is remotely communicated there
With to control the corresponding electrical accessories.
[0011] Additional advantages and features of the invention
Will become apparent from the description Which folloWs,
and may be realiZed by means of the instrumentalities and
combinations particular point out in the appended claims.
[0012] According to the present invention, the foregoing
and other objects and advantages are attained by a multimedia
system for vehicle having a plurality of electrical accessories,
comprising:
[0013]
[0014]
a control housing mounted in the vehicle;
a control module Which is supported in the control
housing, and comprises a central processing module electri
board of the vehicle. On the other hand, the passenger sitting
cally connected With the electrical accessories in such a man
next to the driver may not control a DVD player mounted on
a rear side of the driver seat because the control panel of the
nience to users of the electronic accessories.
ner that the central processing module is arranged to centrally
control the electrical accessories; and
[0015] a dash pad detachably mounted on the control hous
ing and is Wirelessly communicated With the central process
[0005]
ing module, Wherein the dash pad comprises a control panel
DVD player is provided thereon. This imparts great inconve
Second, most of the electronic accessories provided
in the vehicle do not support remote control. Even though
there is, each of the electronic accessories requires separate
remote control speci?cally manufactured to operate a particu
lar kind of electronic accessory. For example, a DVD player
mounted in the vehicle may have a remote control for alloW
ing a user to operate the DVD player at a distance, but that
remote control can only be used for that particular DVD
player, and every electronic accessory Will have its oWn
for alloWing a user to input control commands on the control
panel, Wherein the control commands are Wirelessly sent to
the central processing module and are processed so as to
control the corresponding electrical accessories, so that the
user is able Wirelessly control the electrical accessories in the
vehicle through the control panel.
[0016] Still further objects and advantages Will become
apparent from a consideration of the ensuing description and
remote control. The result is that there exist so many remote
draWings.
controls in the vehicle Which may distract the driver and bring
great inconvenience to other passengers.
[0006] Third, many drivers or passengers may bring their
of the present invention Will become apparent from the fol
oWn personal electronic accessories to the vehicle and use
them While the vehicle is operating. For example, a driver
may bring his or her music player and play his or her songs
While driving. Very often, these personal electronic accesso
ries do not have any connection to the electrical accessories
equipped in the vehicle. Thus, the user needs to individually
control their personal electronic accessories as Well as the
electronic accessories equipped in the vehicle Whenever they
Wish to use them.
SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
[0007]
The invention is advantageous in that it provides a
multimedia system, and more particularly to a multimedia
system for use in a vehicle and comprises a dash pad for
alloWing a user to Wirelessly control electrical accessories in
that vehicle.
[0008] Another advantage of the invention is to provide a
multimedia system for use in a vehicle and comprises a dash
pad Which is arranged to act as a control panel for remotely
controlling a plurality of electrical accessories in the vehicle
[0017] These and other objectives, features, and advantages
loWing detailed description, the accompanying draWings, and
the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0018] FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a multimedia system
according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
[0019] FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the multimedia system
according to the above preferred embodiment of the present
invention.
[0020] FIG. 3 is a perspective vieW of the dash pad accord
ing to the above preferred embodiment of the present inven
tion.
[0021] FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of the dash pad
according to the above preferred embodiment of the present
invention.
[0022] FIG. 5 is another schematic diagram of the dash pad
according to the above preferred embodiment of the present
invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENT
[0023] Referring to FIG. 1 to FIG. 5 of the draWings, a
multimedia system according to a preferred embodiment of
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the present invention is illustrated, in Which the multimedia
system comprises a control housing 10, a control module 20,
and a dash pad 30. The multimedia system is for a vehicle
such as a car having a plurality of electronic accessories 80,
such as a speaker system, a navigation system, a multimedia
player, and the likes. The control housing 10 is mounted in the
vehicle, and preferably inside the passenger compartment of
that vehicle.
[0024] On the other hand, the control module 20 is sup
ported in the control housing 10, and comprises a central
processing module 22 is electrically connected With the elec
trical accessories 80 in such a manner that the central pro
cessing module 20 is arranged to centrally control the elec
trical accessories 80 upon receipt of control commands
originated from the dash pad 30. In other Words, the central
processing module 22, Which is a single, is capable of con
trolling the electrical accessories 80.
[0025]
The dash pad 30 is detachably mounted on the con
trol housing 10 and is Wirelessly communicated With the
central processing module 22, Wherein the dash pad 30 com
prises a control panel 31 for alloWing a user to input control
commands on the control panel 31, Wherein the control com
mands are Wirelessly sent to the central processing module 22
and are processed so as to control the corresponding electrical
accessories 80, so that the user is able Wirelessly control the
electrical accessories 80 in the vehicle through the control
panel 31.
[0026] According to the preferred embodiment of the
present invention, the control housing 10 has a substantial
cubic main body 11 for receiving the control module 20, and
a mounting platform 12 formed on a front side of the main
body 11 for alloWing the dash pad 30 to be detachably
mounted on the mounting platform 12. When the multimedia
system is in actual use, the cubic main body 11 is normally
received inside the dashboard of the vehicle so that the user is
only alloWed to access the mounting platform 12 unless elec
trical Wiring needs to be re-adjusted (as explained beloW).
[0027]
The control housing 10 further comprises a plurality
of electrical Wires 13 extended from the control module 20 to
an exterior of the control housing 10, Wherein the electrical
Wires 13 are arranged to be connected to the corresponding
electrical accessories 80 for transmitting control commands
thereto. Each of the electrical Wires 13 comprises a speci?
alloWing the dash pad 30 to be ?ttedly yet detachably
mounted onto the mounting platform 12.
[0029] The central processing module 22 of the control
module 20 comprises a control circuitry mounted in the con
trol housing 10, Wherein the central processing module 22 is
electrically connected With the electrical Wires 13 for trans
mitting control commands to the corresponding electrical
accessories 80. The control module 20 further comprises a
Wireless transceiver 21 provided in the control housing 10 for
Wirelessly communicating the central processing module 22
With the dash pad 30. Thus, the dash pad 30 is capable of
Wirelessly transmitting the control commands to the central
processing module 22 through the Wireless transceiver 21.
Similarly, the central processing module 22 is capable of
transmitting user interactive signals to the dash pad 30
through the Wireless transceiver 21 for informing the user as
to the operation status of the electrical accessories 80.
[0030] The dash pad 30 comprises a main body 32 and a
touch screen 33 provided on a front side of the main body 32,
Wherein the control panel 31 is formed on the touch screen 33
so that the user is able to press on a relevant control button on
the touch screen 33. In order to connect the dash pad 30 With
the control housing 10, the dash pad 33 further comprises a
connection plug 34 provided on a rear side of the main body
32 and is aligned With the dash pad socket 14 of the control
housing 10. Thus, the user is able to detachably insert the
connection plug 34 into the dash pad socket 14 so as to
detachably mount the dash pad 30 on the mounting platform
12 of the control housing 10.
[0031] Furthermore, the dash pad 30 further comprises a
plurality of auxiliary control buttons 35 provided on the main
body 32, Wherein the auxiliary control buttons 35 are prima
rily used for providing additional control to the dash pad 30 or
the electrical accessories 80. For example, one of the auxil
iary control buttons 35 may be a poWer sWitch of the dash pad
30 itself so that Whenever the poWer sWitch is pressed, the
dash to pad 30 Will be turned on immediately. This is merely
an example and many other operations can be controlled by
the auxiliary control buttons 35. Thus, one of the auxiliary
control buttons 35 can be a short key for activating certain
function, such as radio function.
[0032]
It is important to mention that the dash pad 30 itself
cally designed plug for connecting With a corresponding elec
can be programmed and utiliZed as a tablet computer apart
trical accessory 80 having the corresponding socket. The user
has to connect the corresponding electrical Wires 13 With the
relevant electrical accessory 80 by consulting a user manual
from controlling the electrical accessories 80 in the vehicle.
Thus, the dash pad 30 further comprises a main processing
unit 36 and a storage device 37 for processing and storing
digital data. When properly programmed, the dash pad 3 0 can
perform functions resembling to a tablet computer. In order
for the dash pad 30 to get connected to intemet, the dash pad
or by experience. According to the preferred embodiment of
the present invention, the electrical accessories 80 comprises
speakers, a navigation unit, a rear camera, a multimedia
player such as a DVD player, a radio, and the likes. Each of
these electrical accessories 80 are arranged to be connected
With one of the electrical Wires 13 for connecting With the
control module 20. Moreover, one of the electrical Wires 13 is
connected to a poWer source of the vehicle so as to acquire
poWer for the operation of the multimedia system of the
present invention.
[0028] Note also that each of the electrical accessories 80 is
connected to the poWer source of the vehicle so that they are
30 further comprises a Wireless intemet connection unit 38
provided in the main body 32 for transmitting signal from and
to the intemet. The Wireless intemet connection unit 38 may
utiliZe more than one method to get access to internet, such as
through Wi-Fi or data netWork. Once connected to intemet,
the dash pad 30 is capable of performing such functions as
internet broWsing and doWnloading.
[0033] The dash pad 30 further comprises a memory slot 39
provided on the main body 32 Wherein external ?ash memory
readily operative When the control commands are sent out
from the control module 20. Moreover, the control housing 1 0
further comprises a dash pad socket 14 provided on the
memory capacity of the dash pad 30, and for alloWing exter
mounting platform 12, Wherein the mounting platform 12 is
the dash pad 30. Thus, a user is able to save his or her oWn
shaped and siZed to correspond to that of the dash pad 30 for
video ?les in a ?ash memory and transfer or play that video
can be inserted into the memory slot 39 for expanding a
nal data to be transferred into the built-in storage device 37 of
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?le by the dash pad 30 When the external ?ash memory is
accessories 80 in a vehicle. When this happens, the user may
inserted into the memory slot 39.
operate the control panel 31 for remotely controlling the
[0034] Apart from acquiring data directly from external
operation of the electrical accessories 80. This can be done
While the dash pad 30 is mounted on the control housing 10 or
is detached therefrom. On the other hand, the dash pad 30 may
be programmed to perform many functions Which can also be
?ash memory, the dash pad 30 may acquire data from other
devices, such as an external hard drive or even from a laptop
computer itself. Conversely, a user may Want to transfer date
from the dash pad 30 to other devices, such as his or oWn
computer. Thus, the dash pad 3 0 further comprises at least one
USB port 300 provided on the main body 32 Wherein a user is
able to connect external devices, such as a computer, to the
dash pad 30 through the USB port 300 by using a conven
tional USB cable.
[0035] Furthermore, in order to support multimedia activ
ity, the dash pad 30 further comprises at least one speaker 301
formed on the main body 32 for delivering audible voice
corresponding to the activity performed by the main process
ing unit 36. For example, if the dash pad 30 is playing a video
?le (either pre-stored in the storage device 37 or streaming
from intemet), the speaker 301 is then arranged to deliver the
sound stored in the video ?le. Note that the audio ?le may also
be transferred to the control housing 10 so that the audible
voice is delivered by the speaker as one of the electrical
accessories 80 of the vehicle.
performed by a computer. For example, the dash pad 30 may
be programmed to have the ability to broWse Websites, send
emails, perform Word processing, play games etc. Thus, the
dash pad 30 can be adapted for use as a tablet computer
Wherein the control panel 31 is used primarily as an input
device for that tablet computer. A user may be able to expand
memory by inserting an external memory card through the
memory slot 39. Moreover, the user may be able to connect
the dash pad 30 as a tablet computer to other devices through
the USB port 300.
[0041] One skilled in the art Will understand that the
embodiment of the present invention as shoWn in the draW
ings and described above is exemplary only and not intended
to be limiting.
[0042] It Will thus be seen that the objects of the present
invention have been fully and effectively accomplished. It
embodiments have been shoWn and described for the pur
rechargeable battery 302 may be recharged by mounting the
poses of illustrating the functional and structural principles of
the present invention and is subject to change Without depar
ture from such principles. Therefore, this invention includes
all modi?cations encompassed Within the spirit and scope of
the folloWing claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A multimedia system for vehicle having a plurality of
dash pad 30 onto the control housing 10 so that it can be
electrical accessories, comprising:
[0036] In order to supply electricity to the dash pad 30, it
further comprises a rechargeable battery 302 provided in the
main body 32 for providing electricity to all other compo
nents of the dash pad 30. Thus, the dashpad further comprises
a recharging port 303 provided on the main body 32 for
acquiring electricity from an external poWer source. Thus, the
recharged by the poWer generated by the vehicle, or by con
necting the dash pad 30 to an external poWer source through
the recharging port 303. The latter method is usually used
When the dash pad 30 is detached from the control housing 10
and is used as a standalone tablet computer or controller for
the electrical accessories 80.
[0037] The dash pad 30 further comprises a navigation
system 304 provided in the main body 32 and comprises a
GPS receiver 305 electrically connected to the main process
ing unit 36 for receiving Wireless signal Which indicate a
current position of the dash pad 3 0. When the vehicle does not
have a built-in navigation system, the dash pad 30 may pro
vide one and can be used as a standalone navigator for the
vehicle.
[0038] The dash pad 30 further comprises a Wireless trans
mission unit 306 provided in the main body 32 Wherein con
trol commands are Wirelessly sent to the Wireless transceiver
21 of the control module 20 through the Wireless transmission
unit 306. The Wireless signal transmission technology may be
embodied as RF signal transmission, Bluetooth signal trans
mission, or other similar Wireless signal transmission tech
nologies.
[0039] The dash pad 30 further comprises a vehicle starter
module 307 electrically connected to the Wireless transmis
sion unit 306 and the main processing unit 36, Wherein the
vehicle starter module 307 is arranged to remotely start actu
ate starting up of the vehicle in Which the dash pad 30 is to be
a control housing mounted in said vehicle;
a control module Which is supported in said control hous
ing, and comprises a central processing module electri
cally connected With said electrical accessories in such a
manner that said central processing module is arranged
to centrally control said electrical accessories; and
a dashpad detachably mounted on said control housing and
is Wirelessly communicated With said central processing
module, Wherein said dash pad comprises a control
panel for alloWing a user to input control commands on
said control panel, Wherein said control commands are
Wireles sly sent to said central processing module and are
processed so as to control said corresponding electrical
accessories, so that said user is able Wirelessly control
said electrical accessories in said vehicle through said
control panel.
2. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 1, Wherein
said control housing has a main body for receiving said con
trol module, and a mounting platform formed on a front side
of said main body for alloWing said dash pad to be detachably
mounted on said mounting platform.
3. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 2, Wherein
said control housing further comprises a plurality of electrical
Wires extended from said control module to an exterior of said
control housing, Wherein said electrical Wires are arranged to
be connected to said corresponding electrical accessories for
transmitting control commands thereto.
mounted so as to alloW the user to remotely start up the
4. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 3, Wherein
vehicle before he or she gets into the car. This helps the user
to pre-Warm the vehicle so that When he or she gets into the
vehicle, he or she can start driving it immediately.
said control housing further comprises a dash pad socket
provided on said mounting platform, Wherein said mounting
platform is shaped and siZed to correspond to that of said dash
[0040] The operation of the present invention is as folloWs:
the dash pad 30 may be used for controlling the electrical
pad for alloWing said dash pad to be ?ttedly yet detachably
mounted onto said mounting platform.
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5. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 4, Wherein
said central processing module of said control module com
prises a control circuitry mounted in said control housing,
Wherein said central processing module is electrically con
nected With said electrical Wires for transmitting control com
mands to said corresponding electrical accessories.
6. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 5, Wherein
said control module further comprises a Wireless transceiver
provided in said control housing for Wirelessly communicat
ing said central processing module With said dash pad, such
that said dash pad is capable of Wirelessly transmitting said
control commands to said central processing module through
said Wireless transceiver.
7. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 6, Wherein
said dash pad comprises a main body and a touch screen
provided on a front side of said main body, Wherein said
control panel is formed on said touch screen so that said user
is able to press on a relevant control button on said touch
screen.
17. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 16, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a vehicle starter module
electrically connected to said Wireless transmission unit and
said main processing unit, Wherein said vehicle starter mod
ule is arranged to remotely actuate starting up of said vehicle
so as to alloW a user to remotely start up said vehicle before
getting into said vehicle.
18. A dash pad for use as a tablet computer for controlling
a plurality of electrical accessories equipped in a vehicle
comprising a control housing and a control module, Wherein
said tablet computer comprises:
a main body;
a main processing unit and a storage device received in said
main body for processing and storing digital data; and
a touch screen provided on a front side of said main body to
form a control panel Wherein a user is able to press on a
relevant control button on said touch screen to input
control commands for controlling an operation of said
electrical accessories, Wherein said control commands
are Wirelessly sent to said control module of said control
8. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 6, Wherein
housing, Wherein When said main processing unit is
said dash pad further comprises a connection plug provided
properly programmed, said dash pad is capable of per
on a rear side of said main body and is aligned With said dash
pad socket of said control housing, so that a user is able to
detachably insert said connection plug into said dash pad
socket so as to detachably mount said dashpad on saidmount
ing platform of said control housing.
9. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 8, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a plurality of auxiliary con
trol buttons provided on said main body, Wherein said auxil
iary control buttons are primarily used for providing addi
tional control to said dash pad and said electrical accessories.
10. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 9, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a main processing unit and a
storage device for processing and storing digital data, so that
When said main processing unit is properly programmed, said
dash pad is capable of performing functions resembling a
tablet computer.
11. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 10, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a Wireless intemet connec
tion unit provided in said main body for alloWing said dash
pad to gain access to internet.
12. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 11, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a memory slot provided on
said main body Wherein an external ?ash memory is adapted
for being inserted into said memory slot for expanding a
memory capacity of said dash pad, and for alloWing external
data to be transferred into said storage device of said dashpad.
13. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 12, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises at least one USB port pro
vided on said main body.
14. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 13, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises at least one speaker formed
on said main body for delivering audible voice corresponding
to said activity performed by said main processing unit.
15. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 14, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a navigation system provided
in said main body and comprises a GPS receiver electrically
connected to said main processing unit for receiving Wireless
signal Which indicate a current position of said dash pad.
16. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 15, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a Wireless transmission unit
provided in said main body Wherein control commands are
Wirelessly sent to said Wireless transceiver of said control
module through said Wireless transmission unit.
forming functions resembling a tablet computer.
19. The dash pad, as recited in claim 18, Wherein said dash
pad further comprises a connection plug provided on a rear
side of said main body for detachably inserting into said
control housing.
20. The dash pad, as recited in claim 19, further comprising
a plurality of auxiliary control buttons provided on said main
body, Wherein said auxiliary control buttons are primarily
used for providing additional control to said dash pad and said
electrical accessories.
21. The dash pad, as recited in claim 20, further comprising
a Wireless intemet connection unit provided in said main body
for alloWing said dash pad to gain access to intemet.
22. The dash pad, as recited in claim 21, further comprising
a memory slot provided on said main body Wherein an exter
nal ?ash memory is adapted for being inserted into said
memory slot for expanding a memory capacity of said dash
pad, and for alloWing external data to be transferred into said
storage device of said dash pad.
23. The dash pad, as recited in claim 22, further comprising
at least one USB port provided on said main body.
24. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 23, further
comprising at least one speaker formed on said main body for
delivering audible voice corresponding to said activity per
formed by said main processing unit.
25. The dash pad, as recited in claim 24, further comprising
a navigation system provided in said main body, and a GPS
receiver electrically, connected to said main processing unit
for receiving Wireless signal Which indicate a current position
of said dash pad.
26. The dash pad, as recited in claim 25, further comprising
a Wireless transmission unit provided in said main body
Wherein control commands are Wirelessly sent to said Wire
less transceiver of said control module through said Wireless
transmission unit.
27. The multimedia system, as recited in claim 26, Wherein
said dash pad further comprises a vehicle starter module
electrically connected to said Wireless transmission unit and
said main processing unit, Wherein said vehicle starter mod
ule is arranged to remotely actuate starting up of said vehicle
so as to alloW a user to remotely start up said vehicle before
getting into said vehicle.
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