GB2502590A - In-vehicle apparatus for notifying a user of a mobile device that has been left behind - Google Patents

In-vehicle apparatus for notifying a user of a mobile device that has been left behind Download PDF

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GB2502590A
GB2502590A GB1209722.6A GB201209722A GB2502590A GB 2502590 A GB2502590 A GB 2502590A GB 201209722 A GB201209722 A GB 201209722A GB 2502590 A GB2502590 A GB 2502590A
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An apparatus is provided for reminding a user that a mobile device that has been left behind in a vehicle. The mobile device may comprise a mobile phone, tablet, mp3 player, or navigation device. The apparatus is arranged to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle. This may be achieved via an engine stop detector, hand brake detector, door sensor, seatbelt detector, vehicle position detector, or ignition sensor. A notification is provided if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle. The connection may be via a power/ signal cable or a USB or Bluetooth connection. The notification may be an audible or visual indication provided within the vehicle. In a further embodiment, the mobile device may receive information as to the users intention to leave the vehicle, and the notification may be provided by the mobile device. In a further aspect, the apparatus is arranged to detect whether a vehicle is occupied, detect whether a mobile device is connected to a vehicle, and at least one of, securing the mobile device within the vehicle, and providing a notification.

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tM:;: INTELLECTUAL S... * PROPERTY OFFICE Application No. 0B1209722.6 RTM Date:14 Scptcnibcr 2012 The following terms are registered trademarks and should be read as such wherever they occur in this document: iPod, Firewire, Bluetooth & WiFi Intellectual Properly Office is an operaling name of Ihe Patent Office www.ipo.gov.uk
IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS AND METHOD
FIELD AND BACKGROUND
The present invention relates to an in-vehicle apparatus, a method for an in-vehicle apparatus and a vehicle comprising an in-vehicle apparatus.
There is an increasing trend for connection of personal mobile devices such as a mobile phone to an in-vehicla apparatus to allow the user to access the mobile device via the in-vehicle apparatus. For example, it is possible for users to make calls using their mobile phone which is controlled by the in-vehicle apparatus. Some vehicles can also be fitted with hands-free devices which enable the user to use their mobile phone whilst driving without having to remove their hands from the vehicle controls.
Other devices besides mobile phones may be connected to the in-vehicle apparatus to enable the user to utilise the device without removing their hands from the controls. One such example is an audio device such as an mp3 player or iPodTM. By connecting the audio device to the in-vehicle apparatus the user can play the music stored on the audio device through the vehicle's sound system.
The following approach has been devised in view of drawbacks of known systems.
SUMMARY
Particular aspects and embodiments are set out in the accompanying claims.
Viewed from a first aspect, there can be provided an in-vehicle apparatus which provides for notification relating to a non-removed personal mobile device from the vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided a method for an in-vehicle apparatus which provides for a retained mobile device to be detected and for an appropriate notification to be provided to a vehicle user.
Viewed from a further aspect, there can be provided a vehicle comprising an in-vehicle apparatus which provides for notification to a user if a mobile device has been left behind in the vehicle.
Viewed from a first aspect there can be provided a method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to leave a vehicle.
In some examples, the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle can include one or more of detecting whether a vehicle engine has stopped, detecting whether a handbrake is on, detecting whether a car door is open, and/or detecting whether the requirements for ignition start are not met. Thus a variety of possible conditions can be taken into account to determine when a user intends to exit a vehicle.
In some examples, the notification comprises a visual notification, which can optionally include a notification on a vehicle screen. Thus a user can be visually, and potentially silently, alerted of the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to exit a vehicle.
In some examples, the notification comprises an audio notification, which can optionally include playing a sound over a vehicle sound system. Thus a user can be audibly alerted to the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to exit a vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided a method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting whether the vehicle is unoccupied; detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; and at least one of: securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and prdviding a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle.. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of the having left behind a mobile device after leaving a vehicle.
In some examples, the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises locking a container in which the mobile device is located. Thus additional physical security may be automatically applied to a mobile device left behind in a vehicle.
In some examples, the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises sending a message to the mobile device to enter a locked mode, which can optionally be a password protected mode. Thus additional electronic security may be applied to a mobile device left behind in a vehicle.
In some examples, the step of providing a notification comprises one or more of: sending a status update to the user's web portal that the mobile device is in the vehicle; and sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle. This therefore enables a variety of notification techniques to be applied, which can include immediate notification to another personal item and/or notification to a remote information source of the user.
In some examples the method can further comprise the step of detecting whether the vehicle is secure. Thus a present overall security status of a vehicle in which a mobile device has been left behind can be taken into account when determining whether action is required.
In some examples, the securing and/or notifying steps can be carried out conditional on the outcome of the detecting whether the vehicle is secure. Thus automatic actions can take into account the present vehicle security status.
In some examples, the step of detecting whether the vehicle is secure comprises p or more of detecting whether the vehicle is unlocked, detecting whether a vehicle window is open and detecting whether a vehicle roof is open. In some examples, it is detected that a vehicle window or vehicle roof is open when the window or roof is open by a percentage of the total amount the window or roof can open. In some examples, it is detected that the vehicle window or vehicle roof is open when the window or roof is open by 10% or more of the total amount the window or roof can open. In some examples, it is detected that the vehicle window or vehicle roof is open when the window or roof is open by 2cm or more. Thus a variety of security status indicators may be taken into account.
Viewed from another aspect there can be provided a method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising: detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle: detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle; and subsequently of detecting whether the vehicle is unoccupied: detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle: and at least one of: securing the mobile device in the vehicle: and providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to leave a vehicle and can be automatically notified of having left behind a mobile device after leaving a vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided a method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and performing any of the methods set out above in accordance with the driver's security preferences.
In some examples, the receiving step comprises one or more of receiving information input by the driver; receiving information stored in a memory of the in-vehicle apparatus: and receiving information stored on the mobile device. Thus a variety of approaches for obtaining user preferences can be utilised.
In some examples the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises whether or not, when, and how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle. Thus a user can specify a notification response for a vehicle to use.
In some examples, the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises which actions should be taken when the mobile device is left in the vehicle. Thus a user can specify a security response for a vehicle to use.
In some examples, the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises different security preferences for different mobile devices. Thus a user can specify different behavioural responses for different ones or types of mobile device.
Viewed from a further aspect, there can be provided an in-vehicle apparatus located in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a connection module operable to connect a mobile device to the vehicle: the in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; a second detector operable to detect when a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to leave a vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided an in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect whether the vehicle is unoccupied; a second detector operable to detect whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; means for securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and a notifier for providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of having left behind a mobile device after leaving a vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided an in-vehicle apparatus located in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a connection module operable to connect a mobile device to the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; a second detector operable to detect when a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a third detector operable to detect whether the vehicle is unoccupied; means for securing the mobile device in the vehicle after the vehicle has been vacated; and a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle and/or to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle after the vehicle has been vacated. Thereby a user can be automatically notified of the possibility of leaving behind a mobile device when preparing to leave a vehicle and can be automatically notified of the having left behind a mobile device after leaving a vehicle.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided an in-vehicle apparatus comprising: means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and the in vehicle apparatus as set out above accordance with the drivers security preferences.
Viewed from another aspect, there can be provided a vehicle comprising any of the in-vehicle apparatus set out above and/or a vehicle configured to carry out any of the methods set out above.
Further feature combinations provided by the present teachings will be understood from the following detailed description and the accompanying figures.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
The present teachings will now be described by way of example only and with reference to the following drawings in which like numerals reflect like elements: Figure 1 illustrates a user leaving a mobile device in a vehicle; Figure 2 illustrates an interior of a vehicle Figure 3 is a schematic drawing of an in-vehicle apparatus Figure 4 is a flow diagram illustrating steps in an example process; Figure 5 is a schematic drawing of an in-vehicle apparatus Figure 6 is a flow diagram illustrating steps in an example process; Figure 7 is a flow diagram illustrating steps in an example process.
While the invention is susceptible to various modifications and alternative forms, specific embodiments are shown by way of example in the drawings and are herein described in detail.
It should be understood however that drawings and detailed description attached hereto are not intended to limit the invention to the particular form disclosed but rather the invention is to cover all modifications, equivalents and alternatives falling within the scope of the claimed invention
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Mobile devices that may be carried by a user and which may be used within a vehicle are many and various. Examples may include mobile telephones, tablet devices, music devices and navigation devices. In addition, some devices may be multi-function devices. For example some mobile telephones, including so-called smartphones, may be functional as two or more of a telephone, a music device, a video device, and a navigation device. As the skilled person will appreciate such devices may be of utility outside the context of a vehicle. For example, a mobile telephone may be used to make calls anywhere with network coverage and not solely within a vehicle. Likewise a navigation device may be of benefit to pedestrians and/or may be transferred between different vehicles and/or removed from a vehicle to enable vehicle route-planning without needing to be within the vehicle.
As is illustrated in Figure 1, it is also possible for a mobile device (30)to remain within a vehicle (31) when a user (32) leaves the vehicle (31). This may be deliberate, for example if the user has no need for a mobile device (30) outside of the vehicle at this time. In the alternative1 the leaving behind of a mobile device (30) within a vehicle (31) may be accidental or non-deliberate on the part of the user (32). For example, the user may have forgotten that their mobile device was removed from a personal carry space (such as a pocket, coat or bag) for the purposes of connection with the vehicle. Accidental leaving-behind of a mobile device can be inconvenient to the user. For example, a user could leave their mobile phone in a vehicle parked at a train station and only realise when they are travelling on the train that they do not have their mobile phone with them. This can cause problems with, for example, keeping in contact with colleagues, friends and family. Also, mobile devices can be expensive and costly to replace and may be attractive to opportunist thieves, such that removal of such a device from a vehicle may be beneficial with respect to avoiding theft from an unattended vehicle.
Although Figure 1 illustrates a wired connection between the mobile device (30) and vehicle (31), it is considered that either or both of wired and wireless connection may be used to connect a mobile device (30) to a vehicle (31). For example, a wired connection such as USB or FirewireTM may be used for transfer of data such as navigation data, audio data, music data and/or display update data. Also, a wireless connection such as Bluetooth may be used (either instead of or as well as a wired connection) for provision of handsfree telephone connectivity.
Other combinations and types of connection may be used as appropriate.
A first example of a system arranged to notify a user of a non-removed vehicle will now be discussed with reference to Figures 2-4.
Figure 2 illustrates a vehicle dashboard (10) in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention. The vehicle includes a connection module (20) via which a mobile device (30) can be connected to the vehicle. The connection module (20) may be located in any part of the vehicle. Examples of suitable locations include an enclosed space or lockable container on the dashboard (10) e.g. a glove compartment, a location on the dashboard e.g. a mobile device holder or bracket, or a holder or compartment elsewhere in a vehicle e.g. a trunk or boot.
A mobile device (30) is connected to the vehicle by means of a connection module (20).
Where the connection module is located at an enclosed space and/or away from the dashboard it may be invisible to the user in the normal course of operating the vehicle. When the user intends to leave the vehicle but the mobile device (30) remains connected to the vehicle a notification is given to the user informing them that the mobile device (30) is still connected.
Figure 2 illustrates a visual alert being provided by means of a screen (40) and an audio alert being provided through the vehicle sound system (50).
Figure 3 illustrates a schematic drawing of an in-vehicle apparatus according to the present example. The system of the present example includes two detectors. A first detector (1) is operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle. This first detector (1) may include any one or more of an engine stop detector which detects whether a vehicle engine has stopped, a handbrake detector which detects whether a handbrake is on, a vehicle door detector which detects whether a vehicle door is open or has been opened and subsequently closed, a gear detector which detects which gear the vehicle is in, a seatbelt detector which detects whether a seatbelt is fastened or have been unfastened, a seat detector which detects whether seats are being used, a vehicle position detector which detects the vehicle position relative to a navigation point or current location and an ignition detector which detects whether the requirements for ignition start e.g. is the key in the ignition, is the key fob in the vicinity of the ignition, is the driver's hand near the ignition start button, are met or not. In the present example, detection of the ignition status and/or key status are typically used to detect that the user intends to leave the vehicle. However other detections such as handbrake status, door status, gear status, seatbelt status, seat status, vehicle position status or current location can be used to confirm whether or not the user intends to leave the vehicle-Other characteristics for detecting when a user intends to or does leave a vehicle may be particular to a specific vehicle and additional detection approaches may be implemented as appropriate.
The status values discussed above are typically derived from other electronic control units in the vehicle which are connected to the connection module by one or more vehicle networks (e.g. CAN, LIN, MOST, Ethernet, Flexray, D2B, WiFi). The combination logic used depends on the vehicle and/or manufacturer preferences and other systems that the may be fitted to the vehicle (e.g. stop-start engine management) that require the detection of some of the parameters listed above.
Another example of the first detector (1) is to detect a shutdown message or notification of one or more vehicle networks as the trigger to determine that a user intends to leave the vehicle.
A second detector (2) is provided to detect whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle. This can take the form of, for example, detecting whether a power charging draw is being placed over a connector cable, or by sending some form of connection status check signal to the mobile device and detecting some form of response indicating that the connection remains. Alternatively the second detector may be located on the mobile device. Thus the mobile device itself can detect whether it is connected to the vehicle. Detection of the connection between the mobile device and the vehicle is typically done by using for example, USB disconnection or Bluetooth unpairing. Typically, a logical connection is created via a handshaking mechanism (USB or Bluetooth). If this connection has not been severed, then it is detected that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. If this connected has been severed then it is detected that the mobile device is no longer connected to the vehicle.
The first (1) and second (2) detectors are connected to an electronic control unit (ECU).
The electronic control unit (ECU) processes detection results generated by the detectors (1, 2) and sends signals to audio and visual devices in accordance results of the of the detectors.
The visual device may be a screen (7) or light located on the dashboard of the vehicle or any other visual device capable of providing a visual notification to the user. The audio device is operable to play a sound over the vehicle sound system (8). Alternatively the audio and/or visual devices of the mobile device may be used to provide notification to the user. For example the display screen of the mobile device may provide the visual notification to the user and a sound may be played through the speakers of the mobile device to provide an audio notification to the user.
Figure 4 illustrates a flow chart of steps carried out in this example. Si is a detection step during which it is detected whether the user intends to leave the vehicle. As discussed above this detection may be done in a variety of ways but in the present example typically detection of the ignition status and/or key status are used to detect that the user intends to leave the vehicle. Other detections such as handbrake status, door status, gear status, seatbelt status, seat status, vehicle position status or current location can be used to indicate or confirm whether or not the user intends to leave the vehicle. If it is detected that the user intends to leave the vehicle then the method continues to S2. If it is detected that the user does not intend to leave the vehicle then the method ends.
S2 is a detection step during which it is determined whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle. As discussed above this detection may typically be done by using for example, USB disconnection or Bluetooth unpairing. A logical connection is created via a handshaking mechanism (USB or Bluetooth). If it is detected that this connection still exists, then it is determined that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. If it is detected that the connection has been severed then it is determined that the mobile device is no longer connected to the vehicle.
Alternatively when the second detector is provided on the mobile device the detection is accomplished by detecting the resistance value of a resistive element provided on an external terminal of the mobile device, for example a USB-port or a connector compatible using an adapter or connector to a USB-port. This resistance value changes according to the presence or absence of a connection with the vehicle. Specifically, when the in-vehicle apparatus is connected to the mobile device the resistance value is lower than when there is no connectiDn between the mobile device and the in-vehicle apparatus. This difference in resistance value occurs because when the mobile device is connected to the in-vehicle device, it is grounded to the earth of the vehicle thus resulting in a lower resistance value. When the mobile device is not connected to the in-vehicle apparatus it is not grounded and therefore the resistance value is higher. Thus when it is detected that the resistance value is high, it is detected that the mobile device is not connected to the in-vehicle apparatus. When it is detected that the resistance value is low, it is detected that the mobile device is connected to the in-vehicle apparatus. If it is detected that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle then the method continues to S3, If it is detected that a mobile device is not connected to the vehicle then the method ends.
33 is a notification step during which a notification is provided that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle. The notification may be a visual or audio notification and may be provided using the visual and/or audio devices of the vehicle or the mobile device itself. Once the notification has been provided the method ends.
It will be appreciated that steps Si and 32 can be performed in either order. In an example where the device connection detection is specific to the method of the present approaches, it may be appropriate to perform Si before S2 so that the connection test waits until a user exit event commences. On the other hand, in an example where the device connection detection is a part of the normal connection maintenance between the vehicle and the mobile device it may be appropriate to perform step Si specifically to detect a user exit event and to use a most recent connection maintenance result as the outcome of step 32.
In a further alternative the results of the first detector may be sent to the mobile device so that the in-vehicle apparatus can be switched off. The mobile device receives the detection as to whether the user intends to leave the vehicle and detects whether the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. The mobile device then provides the notification using its own audio and/or visual devices.
Thus there has now been described an example of an approach whereby a detection can be made of a vehicle exit condition and a mobile device connection condition and based on the results of the two detections a notification can be selectively provided to a user in relation to removal of a mobile device.
A second example will now be described with reference to Figures 5-6. Figure 5 illustrates an in-vehicle apparatus in accordance with the present example. In this example, the in-vehicle apparatus is an apparatus for use in a vehicle that secures a mobile device when the vehicle is unoccupied. The in-vehicle apparatus includes a detector (3) that detects whether the vehicle is occupied. This may take the form of, for example a detection of vehicle door open and close events followed by a lock event, a detection from a camera and image recognition system or may take the form of a detection from a volumetric alarm of a vehicle cabin that no movement has occurred within a given timeframe. In one embodiment it is detected whether a lock event has taken place in combination with a detection of whether vehicle seats are in use.
A time delay may be used after it is detected that the vehicle is unoccupied before proceeding to the next step in order to enhance the convenience to the user. Another example of the detector (3) is to detect a shutdown message or notification of one or more vehicle networks as.
the trigger to determine that the vehicle is unoccupied.
A second detector (4) is also provided which detects whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle. This detection is carried out in the same way as the connection detection discussed previously in relation to Figures 3 and 4. The results of these detectors (3, 4) are input to an electronic control unit (ECU). This processes the results and outputs signals to components which operate to secure the mobile device and provide notification. Specifically, the ECU provides signals to one or more of: a lock (6) on a container or other lockable vehicle compartment in which the mobile device (30)is located, a smart key fob (9) associated with the vehicle, the mobile device (30) itself and any other device which may be operable to secure the mobile device or provide notification.
Optionally the in-vehicle apparatus can also inclUde a third detector (5) which detects whether the vehicle is secure. This detector (5) may detect one or more of the following: detecting whether the vehicle is locked, detecting whether a vehicle window is open, detecting whether a vehicle roof is open or any other means for detecting whether a vehicle is secure. A window may be detected as being open as an absolute reference to whether the window is or is not fully closed. Alternatively a window may be detected as being open depending on the amount the window is open with reference to the total amount the window can open. For example it may be detected that the window is open when it is open by 10% or more of the total amount the window can open. Alternatively a window can be detected as being open with reference to a fixed distance. For example, it is detected that a window is open when it is open by 2cm or more. The results of this detection are fed into the electronic control unit (ECU) which processes the results of this detector (5) along with the results of detector (3) and detector (4) and sends signals to the output devices accordingly. Thus the optional detector (5) may include or be connected to a position measurement element configured to measure a displacement ofthe window from a full closed position. The status of the optional detector is available from the controlling ECU via a vehicle network.
Figure 6 illustrates a flow chart of steps for the present example. 510 is a detection step during which it is detected whether the vehicle is unoccupied. If it is detected that the vehicle is unoccupied then the method proceeds to Si 1. If it is detected that the vehicle is occupied then the method ends.
Si i is a detection step during which it is detected whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle. If it is detected that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle then the method proceeds to 512. If it is detected that a mobile device is not connected to the vehicle then the method ends.
512 is a securing step during which steps are taken to secure the mobile device in the vehicle. Steps which can be taken to secure the mobile device in the vehicle include locking the container in which the mobile device is located by sending a lock request to the container via the vehicle network and/or sending a signal to the mobile device to enter a locked and/or password protected mode. The method then proceeds to 513.
S13 is a notification step during which a notification is provided that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle. Steps which can be taken to provide a notification can include sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle. The signal sent to the key fob causes a visual or audio alert to be provided to the owner of the vehicle and its associated key fob, for example a sound is played over a speaker located in the key fob, or a light ldcated in the key fob is switched on.
Another step which can be taken to provide a notification is sending a status update to the user's web portal informing them that a mobile device is in the vehicle. This status update may be sent via the mobile device connected to the vehicle. Alternatively, a different connected device can be used to send the status update. Once the notification has been provided the method ends.
Additional notification may be made by causing the vehicle itself to make external sound, such as causing one or more soundings of a horn of the vehicle. Other options can include causing the mobile device to make a sound, for example at a volume sufficient to be heard outside the vehicle.
Optionally the method according to the present example may include a further detecting step 320 during which it is determined whether the vehicle is secure once it has been determined that the vehicle is unoccupied and a mobile device is connected to the vehicle. The detecting step 520 optionally follows the first SlO and second detecting steps Si i.
The detecting step may include detecting that the vehicle is locked, detecting whether a window is open and/or detecting whether the roof is open or any other determination know to the skilled person to be determinate of the security of the vehicle. If it determined that the vehicle is not secure then the method continues to 512. If it is determined that the vehicle is secure then the method ends.
Thus, when it is determined that the vehicle is secure, the consequences of the mobile device being left in the vehicle are considered to be low and no further action needs to be taken.
When it is determined that the vehicle is not secure then the consequences of the mobile device being left in the vehicle are considered to be higher and the mobile device is therefore secured and a notification provided.
It will be appreciated that steps 510 and 511 can be performed in either order. In an example where the device connection detection is specific to the method of the present approaches, it may be appropriate to perform 510 before Sli so that the connection test waits until an unoccupied event occurs. On the other hand, in an example where the device connection detection is a part of the normal connection maintenanpe between the vehicle and the mobile device it may be appropriate to perform step Si 1 specifically to detect an unoccupied event and to use a most recent connection maintenance result as the outcome of step 510.
Additionally, step S12 may be omitted such that the actions on detecting that a vehicle is unoccupied and that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle may limited to only notification to the user. In some implementations, this step may simply be omitted and in other examples, it may be used conditionally. Example conditions for omitting this step may include detecting that the mobile device is already in some way secured (for example in a locked compartment or itself in a locked mode).
Also, step 513 may be omitted such that the actions on detecting that a vehicle is unoccupied and that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle may limited to only securing the mobile device. In some implementations, this step may simply be omitted and in other examples, it may be used conditionally. Example conditions for omitting this step may include detecting that a minimum level of security has successfully been applied to the mobile device (for example locking the device within a lockable compartment).
Thus there has now been described an example of an approach whereby a detection can be made of a vehicle occupancy condition and a mobile device connection condition and based on the results of the two detections a notification can be selectively provided to a user in relation to removal of a mobile device. In addition an optional third detection can be made in relation to a vehicle security condition where the selective notification can also depend upon the outcome of the detection of the vehicle security condition.
It will be appreciated by the skilled person that in some instances it may be advantageous to perform the method of the first example and then the method of the second example-Thus this present example illustrates such a sequential implementation of the two examples discussed above.. This third example is illustrated in the flow chart shown in Figure 7.
*As shown in figure 7, the steps Si through 53 of the first example are performed with a notification being provided at step S3 in dependence upon the outcome of the detections at Si and 52. After the completion of step S3, the steps 310 through S13 (optionally including 320) are performed. Although Figure 7 illustrates that it is necessary to complete a notification at step S3 in order for a notification at 513 to be possible, it is possible to configure the system such that this linear dependency is not required. Thus, for example, the no" outputs of each of Si and S2 may be fed into the input of 510.
Furthermore, with reference to the implementation of this approach within the vehicle, it is possible that all sensors associated with the method (i.e. sensors (1), (2), (3), (4) and optionally (5)) provide input to the same ECU, or the sensors (1) and (2) may input to a first ECU and sensors (3), (4) and optionally (5) may input to a second ECU.
Thus there has now been described an example of an approach whereby a detection can be made of a vehicle exit condition and a mobile device connection condition and based on the results of the two detections a notification can be selectively provided to a user in relation to removal of a mobile device, and supplementarily whereby a detection can be made of a vehicle occupancy condition and a mobile device connection condition and based on the results of the two detections a notification can be selectively provided to a user in relation to removal of a mobile device. In addition an optional additional detection can be made in relation to a vehicle security condition and where the selective notification can also depend upon the outcome of the detection of the vehicle security condition.
In the above examples, the approaches for notification of a user of a non-removed mobile device all operate automatically upon the necessary detections being made. A further example is now presented in which the in-vehicle apparatus can receive information as to the driver's preferences for the operation of any of the in-vehicle apparatuses described above.
This information can be input to the in-vehicle device by the driver when they enter the vehicle or at any point during the time they are in the vehicle. The information can also be input to the mobile device itself and transferred to the in-vehicle apparatus-This information can also be stored in a memory in the in-vehicle apparatus or in the mobile device and retrieved when it is detected that the particular driver is again driving the vehicle.
The type of information received by the in-vehicle vehicle can include information as to whether or not the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle (for example some drivers may not wish to be notified that their mobile device has been left in the vehicle and may wish to purposely leave a mobile device in the vehicle without receiving any notification), when the driver would like to be notified that their mobile device is left in the vehicle (for example when they intend to leave the vehicle, as soon as the vehicle is unoccupied, 2 minutes after the vehicle has been left unoccupied etc), or how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle (for example do they want a visual or audio notification).
The information can also include the driver's preferences as to which actions should be taken when it is detected that a mobile device has been left in an unoccupied vehicle. For example, a driver may not wish to be informed that the mobile device has been left in the vehicle but may wish for the container in which the mobile device is located to be locked.
The information received can also include different instructions for different mobile devices. For example, a driver may wish to be notified that their mobile phone has been left in the vehicle but may be happy for their audio device to be secured in the vehicle without notification.
In one example a blanket user preference is stored in the vehicle that is used for all connected devices. In this example a determination is made as to whether or not the user wants notification of left devices at the start of the methods discussed above. If it is determined that the user wants notification of left devices then the method is carried out. If it is determined that the user does not want to be notified of left devices then the method is not carried out.
In the example where notification is provided on a per device basis, or per type of device basis, the status of each device can be maintained within vehicle data in the connection module, and offer a menu of on/off toggles to the user via vehicle HMI. Alternatively a menu of on/off toggles may be offered to the user in the mobile device, and have the status of the toggles communicated to the connection module and stored as part of the connection sequence. In either of these cases1 a determination as to whether to notify the user or not can then be made before any of the methods discussed above is carried out. However in this example the in-vehicle apparatus refers to the device-specific parameter value within the vehicle data storage in order to determine whether or not the user is to be notified.
This approach of using information regarding the driver's preferences can provide flexibility to the implementation of the presently described approaches and enables the systems to be tailored to the needs of the individual user. Thus the apparatus and method can be used by a variety of different users with different preferences with minimal irritation to the individual user.

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  1. CLAIMS1. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.
  2. 2. A method according to claim 1 wherein the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle includes detecting whether a vehicle engine has stopped, detecting whether a handbrake is on, detecting whether a car door is open, and/or detecting whether the requirements for ignition start are not met.
  3. 3. A method according to claim 1 or claim 2 wherein the notification comprises a visual notification.
  4. 4. A method according to claim 3 wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a vehicle screen.
  5. 5 A method according to claim 3 wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a mobile device screen.
  6. 6. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the notification comprises an audio notification.
  7. 7. A method according to claim 6 wherein the notification comprises playing a sound over a vehicle sound system.
  8. 8. A method according to claim 6 wherein the notification comprises playing a sound over a mobile device sound system.
  9. 9. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle comprises the mobile device receiving information as to the intention of the user to leave the vehicle.
  10. 10. A method for a system, the system comprising an in-vehicle apparatus and a mobile device, wherein the method comprises: the in-vehicle apparatus detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus sending information describing a detected user's intention to the mobile device; the mobile device receiving the information as to the user's intention; the mobile device detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; the mobile device providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.
  11. 11. A method for a mobile device comprising the steps of: receiving information describing a detected user's intention to leave a vehicle; detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.
  12. 12. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting whether the vehicle is unoccupied; detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; and at least one of: securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle.
  13. 13. A method according to claim 12 wherein the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises locking a container in which the mobile device is located.
  14. 14. A method according to any of claims 12-13 wherein the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises sending a message to the mobile device to enter a locked mode.
  15. 15. A method according to claim 14 wherein the locked mode comprises a password protected mode.
  16. 16. A method according to any of claims 12-15 wherein the step of providing a notification comprises sending a status update to the user's web portal that the mobile device is in the vehicle.
  17. 17. A method according to any of claims 12-16 wherein the step of providing a notification comprises sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle.
  18. 18. A method according to any of claims 12-17 further comprising the step of detecting whether the vehicle is secure.
  19. 19. A method according to claim 18, further comprising carrying out the securing and notifying steps conditional on the outcome of the detecting whether the vehicle is secure- 20. A method according to claim 18 or 19, wherein the step of detecting whether the vehicle is secure comprises at least one of detecting whether the vehicle is unlocked, detecting whether a vehicle window is open and detecting whether a vehicle roof is open.21. A method according to claim 20 wherein it is detected that a vehicle window or vehicle roof is open when the window or roof is open by a percentage of the total amount the window or roof can open.22. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising: the method according to any of claims 1 to 11; and the method according to any of claims 12 to 21.23. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and performing the method according to any preceding claim in accordance with the driver's security preferences.24. A method according to claim 23 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information input by the driver.25. A method according to claim 23 or 24 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information stored in a memory of the in-vehicle apparatus.26. A method according to claim 23, 24 or 25 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information stored on the mobile device 27. A method according to any of claims 23-26 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises whether or not, when, and how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle.28 A method according to any of claims 23-27 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises which actions should be taken when the mobile device is left in the vehicle.29. A method according to any of claims 23-28 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises different security preferences for different mobile devices 30. An in-vehicle apparatus located in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a connection module operable to connect a mobile device to the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; a second detector operable to detect when a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.31. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 30 wherein the means for providing notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle comprises a visual device.32. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 31 wherein the visual device comprises a screen or light.33. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 31 or claim 32 wherein the visual device is located on the mobile device.34. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 31 or claim 32 wherein the visual device is located in the vehicle.35. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 30 to 34 wherein the means for providing notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle comprises an audio device.36. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 35 wherein the audio device comprises the vehicle sound system.37. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 35 wherein the audio device comprises the mobile device sound system.38. A system, the system comprising an in-vehicle apparatus and a mobile device, wherein the system comprises: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; means for the in-vehicle apparatus to send information describing the detected user's intention to the mobile device; a receiver located on the mobile device operable to receive the information as to the S user's intention; a second detector operable to detect that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier provided on the mobile device operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.39. A mobile device comprising: a receiver operable to receive information as to the user's intention to leave a vehicle; a detector operable to detect whether the mobile device is connected to a vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.40. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect whether the vehicle is unoccupied; a second detector operable to detect whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; and atleastoneof: means for securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and a notifier for providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle.41. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 40 comprising a lockable container in which the mobile device is located.42. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 40-41 comprising means for sending a message to the mobile device to enter a locked mode.43. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 42 wherein the locked mode comprises a password protected mode.44. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 40-43 comprising means for sending a status update to the user's web portal that the mobile device is in the vehicle.45. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 40-44 comprising means for sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle.46. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 40-45 comprising a third detector for detecting whether the vehicle is secure.47. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 46, wherein the means for carrying out the securing and notifying are operable conditional on a result from the detector for detecting whether the vehicle is secure.48. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 46 or 47 wherein the means for detect whether the vehicle is secure comprises at least one of means for detecting whether the vehicle is unlocked, means for detecting whether a vehicle window is open and means for detecting whether a vehicle roof is open.49. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising the apparatus according to any of claims 30 to 439 and the apparatus according to any of claims 40 to 48.50. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising: means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and the in vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 30 to 49 in accordance with the driver's security preferences.51. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 50 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information input by the driver.52, An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 50 or 51 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information stored in a memory of the in-vehicle apparatus.53. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 50, 51 or 52 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information stored on the mobile device.54. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 50-53 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises whether or not, when, and how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle.55. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 50-54 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises which actions should be taken when the mobile phone is left in the vehicle.56. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 50-55 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises different security preferences for different mobile devices.57. A vehicle comprising the in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 30-56.58, A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 2-4.59. A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 5-6.60. A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figure 7.61. An apparatus substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 2-4.62. An apparatus substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figures 5-6 63. A vehicle substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.Amendments to the claims have been made as follows:CLAIMS1. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle; wherein the notification comprises a visual notification and wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a mobile device screen.2. A method according to claim 1 wherein the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle includes detecting whether a vehicle engine has stopped, detecting whether a handbrake is on, detecting whether a car door is open, and/or detecting whether the requirements for ignition start are not met.3. A method according to claim 1 or 2 wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a vehicle screen. C')4. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the notification comprises an audio vt notification.(\J 5. A method according to claim 4 wherein the notification comprises playing a sound over a vehicle sound system.6. A method according to claim 4 wherein the notification comprises playing a sound over a mobile device sound system.7. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle; wherein the notification comprises an audio notification and wherein the notification comprises playing a sound over a mobile device sound system.8. A method according to claim 7 wherein the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle includes detecting whether a vehicle engine has stopped, detecting whether a handbrake is on, detecting whether a car door is open, and/or detecting whether the requirements for ignition start are not met.9. A method according to claim 7 or claim 8 wherein the notification comprises a visual notification.10. A method according to claim 9 wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a vehicle screen.11. A method according to claim 9 wherein the notification comprises providing a notification on a mobile device screen.12. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the detecting of the user intending to leave the vehicle comprises the mobile device receiving information as to the intention of the user to leave the vehicle.13. A method for a system, the system comprising an in-vehicle apparatus and a mobile device, wherein the method comprises: the in-vehicle apparatus detecting when a user intends to leave the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus sending information describing a detected user's intention to the C') mobile device; the mobile device receiving the information as to the user's intention; the mobile device detecting that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; the mobile device providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle C'J when the user intends to leave the vehicle. r14. A method for a mobile device comprising the steps of: receiving information describing a detected user's intention to leave a vehicle; detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; providing a notification if the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.15. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: detecting whether the vehicle is unoccupied; detecting whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; and at least one of: securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle.16. A method according to claim 15 wherein the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises locking a container in which the mobile device is located.17. A method according to any of claims 15-16 wherein the step of securing the mobile device in the vehicle comprises sending a message to the mobile device to enter a locked mode.S18. A method according to claim 17 wherein the locked mode comprises a password protected mode.19. A method according to any of claims 15-18 wherein the step of providing a notification comprises sending a status update to the user's web portal that the mobile device is in the vehicle.
  20. 20. A method according to any of claims 15-19 wherein the step of providing a notification comprises sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle.IS21. A method according to any of claims 15-20 further comprising the step of detecting C') whether the vehicle is secure.22. A method according to claim 21, further comprising carrying out the securing and notifying steps conditional on the outcome of the detecting whether the vehicle is secure. (123. A method according to claim 21 or 22, wherein the step of detecting whether the vehicle is secure comprises at least one of detecting whether the vehicle is unlocked, detecting whether a vehicle window is open and detecting whether a vehicle roof is open.24. A method according to claim 23 wherein it is detected that a vehicle window or vehicle roof is open when the window or roof is open by a percentage of the total amount the window or roof can open.25. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising: the method according to any of claims ito 14; and the method according to any of claims 15to24.26. A method for an in-vehicle apparatus comprising the steps of: receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and performing the method according to any preceding claim in accordance with the driver's security preferences.27. A method according to claim 26 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information input by the driver.28. A method according to claim 26 or 27 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information stored in a memory of the in-vehicle apparatus.29. A method according to claim 26, 27 or 28 wherein the receiving step comprises receiving information stored on the mobile device 30. A method according to any of claims 26-29 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises whether or not, when, and how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle.31. A method according to any of claims 26-30 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises which actions should be taken when the mobile device is left in C') the vehicle.32. A method according to any of claims 26-31 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises different security preferences for different mobile devices. (133. An in-vehicle apparatus located in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a connection module operable to connect a mobile device to the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; a second detector operable to detect when a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle wherein the means for providing notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle comprises a visual device and wherein the visual device is located on the mobile device.34. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 33 wherein the visual device comprises a screen or light.35. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 33 or claim 34 wherein the visual device is located in the vehicle.36. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 33 to 35 wherein the means for providing notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle comprises an audio device.37. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 36 wherein the audio device comprises the vehicle sound system.38. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 36 wherein the audio device comprises the mobile device sound system.39. An in-vehicle apparatus located in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a connection module operable to connect a mobile device to the vehicle; the in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; a second detector operable to detect when a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle wherein the means for providing notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle C') comprises an audio device and wherein the audio device comprises the mobile device sound system.0 40. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 39 wherein the means for providing (\J notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle comprises a visual device.41. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 39 wherein the visual device comprises a screen or light.42. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 39 to claim 41 wherein the visual device is located on the mobile device.43. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 39 or claim 41 wherein the visual device is located in the vehicle.44. A system, the system comprising an in-vehicle apparatus and a mobile device, wherein the system comprises: a first detector operable to detect when a user intends to leave the vehicle; means for the in-vehicle apparatus to send information describing the detected user's intention to the mobile device; a receiver located on the mobile device operable to receive the information as to the user's intention; a second detector operable to detect that a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; a notifier provided on the mobile device operable to provide a notification that the mobile S device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.45. A mobile device comprising: a receiver operable to receive information as to the user's intention to leave a vehicle; a detector operable to detect whether the mobile device is connected to a vehicle; a notifier operable to provide a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle when the user intends to leave the vehicle.46. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising: a first detector operable to detect whether the vehicle is unoccupied; IS a second detector operable to detect whether a mobile device is connected to the vehicle; and C') at least one of: means for securing the mobile device in the vehicle; and cf a notifier for providing a notification that the mobile device is connected to the vehicle.(\J 47. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 46 comprising a lockable container in which the mobile device is located.48. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 46-47 comprising means for sending a message to the mobile device to enter a locked mode.49. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 48 wherein the locked mode comprises a password protected mode.50. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 46-49 comprising means for sending a status update to the user's web portal that the mobile device is in the vehicle.51. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 46-50 comprising means for sending a signal to a smart key fob associated with the vehicle.52. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 46-51 comprising a third detector for detecting whether the vehicle is secure.53. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 52, wherein the means for carrying out the securing and notifying are operable conditional on a result from the detector for detecting whether the vehicle is secure.S54. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 52 or 53 wherein the means for detecting whether the vehicle is secure comprises at least one of means for detecting whether the vehicle is unlocked, means for detecting whether a vehicle window is open and means for detecting whether a vehicle roof is open.55. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising the apparatus according to any of claims 33 to 45 and the apparatus according to any of claims 46 to 54.56. An in-vehicle apparatus comprising: means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences; and the in vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 33 to 55 in accordance with the C') driver's security preferences.57. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 56 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information input by the (\J driver. r58. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 56 or 57 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information stored in a memory of the in-vehicle apparatus.59. An in-vehicle apparatus according to claim 56, 57 or 58 wherein the means for receiving information as to the driver's security preferences is operable to receive information stored on the mobile device.60. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 56-59 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises whether or not, when, and how the driver would like to be notified that a mobile device has been left in the vehicle.61. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 56-60 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises which actions should be taken when the mobile phone is left in the vehicle.62. An in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 56-61 wherein the information as to the driver's security preferences comprises different security preferences for different mobile devices.S63. A vehicle comprising the in-vehicle apparatus according to any of claims 33-62.64. A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 2-4.65. A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 5-6.66. A method substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figure 7.67. An apparatus substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures 2-4.IS68. An apparatus substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figures 5-6 C') 69. A vehicle substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings. (1 r
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