US 11,653,642 B2
Vehicular pest repeller
Stuart C. Salter, White Lake, MI (US); Jeffrey R. Seaman, Brownstown, MI (US); Paul Kenneth Dellock, Northville, MI (US); Annette L. Huebner, Highland, MI (US); and John R. Van Wiemeersch, Novi, MI (US)
Assigned to FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Feb. 8, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/169,746.
Prior Publication US 2022/0248659 A1, Aug. 11, 2022
Int. Cl. A01M 29/18 (2011.01); G07C 9/00 (2020.01); G06V 20/56 (2022.01); G06V 40/10 (2022.01)
CPC A01M 29/18 (2013.01) [G06V 20/56 (2022.01); G06V 40/10 (2022.01); G07C 9/00309 (2013.01); G07C 2009/00365 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of deterring pests at a vehicle, comprising the steps of:
activating a pest deterrent mode in response to a first user command by emitting ultrasonic soundwaves from an onboard transducer driven by an ultrasonic signal source;
monitoring a region around the vehicle for human-related activity within the region;
deactivating the emission of ultrasonic soundwaves when the human-related activity is detected;
resuming emission of the ultrasonic soundwaves when the human-related activity is no longer detected; and
deactivating the pest deterrent mode in response to a second user command.