Faraday Future Patents Phone-Powered Door Locks

6 months ago by Sebastian Blanco 12

 

Faraday Future’s Jia Yeuting and Nick Sampson in front of the FF 91

FF may give you a free phone with your car, too.

As we’ve been reviewing recent patents from the electric vehicle space for our Your Future EV series, a few from Faraday Future have jumped out. There are plenty of stories in our archives about the problems FF is having with its production facility – like this or this – but even if the company doesn’t solve its funding problems, some of these ideas could one day make it to your electric vehicle from one automaker or another. So, what does FF have?

Faraday Future phone charger patent

Here’s an interesting one. Called, “System And Method For Operating Vehicle Using Mobile Device,” the idea is that if you forget or lose your key fob, even if the car is not connected to the Internet, your smartphone will be able to send a code to the car to open the doors.

Hrm, something seems familiar in that Faraday Patent App. (Chevrolet Volt Concept Circa 2007 NAIAS Debut)

It gets more interesting when we look at that patent in partnership with this one. Oh, and yes, we know that drawing above looks suspiciously like FF is reinventing the Chevy Volt concept, but we swear this is taken a Faraday Future patent application. Let’s focus instead on the phone in the picture and imagine we’re in one of FF’s scenarios, standing next to our locked car:

Often, the occupant only wants to enter the vehicle to retrieve some belongings, e.g., to retrieve a wallet left in the vehicle before the vehicle is pulled to a charging station. More importantly, there are emergencies, such as when a child is locked in the vehicle, that require entry into the vehicle in no time. Therefore, an electric door release system is needed to quickly and conveniently unlock the doors when the primary power source is drained.

Remote doors in operation

But what happens when your car’s battery is dead and you still just gotta get your wallet? You cell phone to the rescue! If your EV had this technology inside, it could receive, “by a power interface, a DC power from an external mobile device.” In more detail:

 The vehicle includes one or more door latches. The vehicle also includes one or more primary power sources for powering the one or more door latches. The vehicle further includes a power interface configured to receive a DC power from an external mobile device. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to activate a door latch using the DC power after the one or more primary power sources are drained.

 

faraday future mobile phone patent

But wait, there’s more. FF has published a patent where your car wakes up as you walk up with your phone in your pocket and being able to send someone else’s phone permission to access your car. In other words, in Faraday’s future, you better have a smart phone. But hey, if you don’t, Faraday has you covered. Buried in the text is the idea that the company may try to bundle cars like the FF 91 with a smart phone “as a gift while selling vehicle” and could use the phone to start the car, too. “This way,” FF says, “the occupant only needs the smart phone to open and/or start the vehicle, saving the trouble of carrying extra wireless fobs.”

Source: USPTO

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12 responses to "Faraday Future Patents Phone-Powered Door Locks"

  1. Kdawg says:

    “But what happens when your car’s battery is dead and you still just gotta get your wallet?”
    ———-
    Um.. use a key?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “Um.. use a key?”

      Nah, that’s too obvious! 🙄

      This patent is apparently a solution in search of a problem. I see Faraway Faraday Future is doing well at maintaining its habit of wasting all the money spent to fund it. 😐

  2. Nebula1701 says:

    We are living in a world where keys don’t exist apparently. They are now all digital.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    Now I can have someone 400 pound fat guy named BJ steal my car with the push of a phone button while in the old days you needed a crow bar and a pick.

  4. Taser54 says:

    Once again, the author needs to realize that these are patent APPLICATIONS not granted patents.

    When an application is published there is no guarantee that a patent will be issued. It is standard practice for the USPTO to publish a patent application 18 months after the earliest priority date.

  5. Vexar says:

    They didn’t do their homework. Tesla should claim prior art on at least all of the Cell phone bits except powering the doors, which was handled by a 12v standard car battery. Bet that is cheaper to build, too.

  6. JustWilliamPDX says:

    I am neither impressed nor amused. That is all.

  7. Electrode says:

    Reading about Faraway Future is just exhausting. Thy are little more than a mirage in the desert.

  8. wavelet says:

    Pretty silly — as people note, a mechanical key would be even simpler.
    Also, highly unlikely to be granted — most of this is covered by prior art.

    The fact that they used the Volt concept drawing in the patent is unprofessional. While it wouldn’t invalidate the patent, most companies either use their own products as illustrations, or a generic drawing of a vehicle. The fact that whoever authored the vehicle couldn’t be bothered says something about what’s going on at FF (and not good).

  9. Volt says:

    I never use my phone. I don’t need a phone to go throughout my day

  10. English Speaker says:

    I very much doubt that the locks are phone-powered. That would be unnecessarily redundant, as cars have their own onboard electrical systems and batteries. More likely, the locks are controlled via phones.

  11. TomArt says:

    Hmmm…the whole car-access thing is going keyless – been for years. Tesla S and X have no keys, just a fob. More and more models of ICE and plug-ins are going this route.

    This invention is actually a really cool idea – even if the car’s batteries (traction, accessory, etc.) are almost completely dead, for whatever reason, you can still access the vehicle by running a door lock with power from your phone or other mobile device. That’s really clever.