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1. (WO2017138935) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE ASSISTANCE
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CLAIMS:

1. An in-vehicle computing system of a vehicle, the in-vehicle computing system comprising:

an external device interface communicatively connecting the in-vehicle computing system to a mobile device;

an inter-vehicle system communication module communicatively connecting the in-vehicle computing system to one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle;

a processor; and

a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to:

receive a first command from the mobile device via the external device interface; and

perform actions on a selected vehicle system of the one or more vehicle systems until receiving a second command from the same mobile device, each of the first command and the second command capable of being recognized by the mobile device based on one or more of a voice command issued by a user of the mobile device, and analysis performed by the mobile device.

2. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 1, wherein performing the actions comprises:

responsive to a vehicle speed of the vehicle being lower than a threshold speed, perform the actions; and

responsive to the vehicle speed being higher than the threshold speed, reduce the vehicle speed below the threshold speed over a predetermined time and then perform the actions.

3. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 2, wherein the instructions are further executable to reduce the vehicle speed by engaging automatic control routines of the vehicle.

4. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 1, wherein performing the actions includes unlocking doors or windows of the vehicle and further includes immobilizing an engine of the vehicle.

5. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 1, comprising a sensor subsystem communicatively coupled to sensors of the system, and wherein the instructions are further executable to:

acquire and storing sensor data from the sensors in the sensor subsystem; and send acquired sensor data to a remote location via the external device interface.

6. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 1, comprising a navigation subsystem, and wherein performing the actions further includes placing a call to an external service, and communicating one or more of a location of the vehicle based on navigational data from the navigation subsystem, an identification of the vehicle, and a type of situation to an external service, the external service being remote from the vehicle.

7. The in-vehicle computing system of claim 1, wherein performing the actions includes presenting an audio warning and a visual warning, wherein the audio warning comprises triggering a sound-making device of the vehicle and the visual warning comprises triggering lights or a display of the vehicle.

8. A method for an in-vehicle computing system of a vehicle, the method comprising:

receiving a start command from a mobile device of a user;

receiving a vehicle data from one or more vehicle systems, the vehicle data including a speed of the vehicle;

responsive to determining that the speed is above a threshold speed, adjusting vehicle operation to reduce the speed over a predetermined time; and

performing actions on the one or more vehicle systems once the speed is below the threshold speed.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising stopping the actions responsive to receiving a stop command from the mobile device, the start command and the stop command determined based on user data.

10. The method of claim 9, comprising stopping the actions only when each of the stop command and the start command originate from the mobile device.

11. The method of claim 9, wherein the user data includes one or more of a device data, a voice data of the user, and a biometric data of the user.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein performing the actions includes performing one or more of unlocking doors or windows of the vehicle, and immobilizing the vehicle, wherein the immobilizing includes shutting down of an engine of the vehicle and further disabling restart of the engine for a certain time.

13. The method of claim 9, wherein performing the actions includes performing one or more of:

starting one or more cameras of the vehicle;

acquiring and storing image data from the one or more cameras;

establishing a connection to an external source; and

sending the acquired image data to the external source, the external source being remote from the vehicle.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein establishing the connection to the external source further comprises:

sending vehicle location and vehicle identification to the external source; and sending a condition of the vehicle and the user to the external source, the condition based on the user data.

15. A mobile device, comprising:

a sensor module communicatively coupled to sensors of the mobile device;

a communication module configured to receive information from a user of the mobile device and transmit information to an in-vehicle computing system of a vehicle; a processor; and

a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to:

identify a current situation based on a change in parameters, the change determined based on an output of the sensors;

present a notification of an impending start command to the user;

in response to receiving a stop command from the user,

not sending the start command to the in-vehicle computing system of the vehicle; and

if the stop command is not received within a threshold time from the user, send the start command to the in-vehicle computing device of the vehicle via the communication module, the start command configured to cause an action in the vehicle.

16. The mobile device of claim 15, wherein the instructions are further executable to discard the stop command if the stop command is different from a first stop command stored in the mobile device, the first stop command being selected by the user.

17. The mobile device of claim 15, wherein the instructions are further executable to discard the stop command if the stop command is given by a different user.

18. The mobile device of claim 15, wherein the sensors include one or more of a heart rate monitor, a temperature sensor, a motion sensor, and an audio sensor.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the parameters include one or more of a voice level of the user, a heart rate of the user, and a body temperature of the user, based on the output of the sensors, and wherein the change includes the parameters varying by threshold amounts within a threshold duration.

20. The mobile device of claim 15, wherein the stop command is configured to stop the action in the vehicle.