US 11,654,869 B2
Remote user interface commanded vehicle interior sanitization
Maxwell Alestra, Livonia, MI (US); Ghanshyam M. Patel, Canton, MI (US); and Troy Fischer, Novi, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Oct. 26, 2020, as Appl. No. 17/79,792.
Prior Publication US 2022/0126793 A1, Apr. 28, 2022
Int. Cl. B60S 1/64 (2006.01); B60K 15/03 (2006.01); F01P 3/20 (2006.01); B60L 1/14 (2006.01); B60L 58/12 (2019.01); B60K 6/24 (2007.10); B60K 6/26 (2007.10); B60K 6/28 (2007.10); G05D 1/00 (2006.01); A61L 2/26 (2006.01); A61L 2/10 (2006.01); F02D 41/06 (2006.01)
CPC B60S 1/64 (2013.01) [A61L 2/10 (2013.01); A61L 2/26 (2013.01); B60K 6/24 (2013.01); B60K 6/26 (2013.01); B60K 6/28 (2013.01); B60K 15/03 (2013.01); B60L 1/14 (2013.01); B60L 58/12 (2019.02); F01P 3/20 (2013.01); F02D 41/062 (2013.01); G05D 1/0016 (2013.01); A61L 2202/11 (2013.01); A61L 2202/14 (2013.01); A61L 2202/25 (2013.01); B60K 2015/0321 (2013.01); F01P 2060/18 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle comprising: an interior; a source of ultraviolet light disposed to emit the ultraviolet light into the interior; a heat source, separate from the source of the ultraviolet light, in thermal communication with the interior; a combustion engine that combusts fuel to propel the vehicle, a battery in electrical communication with the source of the ultraviolet light, the battery having a voltage; and a controller in communication with the heat source, the battery, and the source of the ultraviolet light, wherein, the controller is configured to cause, upon receiving a command from a remote user interface to sanitize the interior, (i) the heat source to increase a temperature of the interior and (ii) the source of the ultraviolet light to emit the ultraviolet light into the interior; and upon receiving the command from the remote user interface, and the voltage of the battery is below a predetermined voltage, the controller is further configured to start the combustion engine to increase the voltage of the battery to the predetermined voltage before causing the source of the ultraviolet light to emit the ultraviolet light into the interior.