Method and apparatus for matching vehicle ECU programming to current vehicle operating conditions

  • US 10,289,651 B2
  • Filed: 07/21/2017
  • Issued: 05/14/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system to deploy vehicle controller programming that controls at least one performance characteristic of a vehicle, the system comprising:

  • at least one vehicle operational data generating component;

    at least one bi-directional link;

    at least one memory to store a plurality of vehicle controller programming sets;

    at least one processor, the at least one processor directing functions to;

    collect the vehicle operational data in real-time;

    communicate the vehicle operational data via the bi-directional link;

    receive an instruction to load a different vehicle controller programming set, wherein the different vehicle controller programming set is loaded via the bi-directional link and stored in the at least one memory as one of the plurality of vehicle controller programming sets; and

    change the programming of the vehicle controller to improve performance of the vehicle;

    a user interface component at the vehicle that is logically coupled to the at least one processor; and

    an output device to alert a driver of the vehicle to temporarily halt the vehicle so reprogramming can be implemented while the vehicle is at rest, wherein the at least one processor further directs functions to receive an input from the driver via the user interface component, the input permitting the reprogramming.

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