Method and apparatus for implementing a vehicle inspection waiver program

  • US 10,431,020 B2
  • Filed: 12/05/2016
  • Issued: 10/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of administering a vehicle inspection program, utilizing inspection stations, each having an inspection station location, on an enrolled fleet of vehicles that each includes a suite of sensors, including a position sensor, that produce sensor data as each enrolled vehicle is being operated, sensor data being collected on a bus, and each enrolled fleet vehicle having a driver, and comprising:

  • continuously comparing the position sensor data for each vehicle with the inspection station locations to determine if any fleet vehicle is approaching an inspection station;

    for each fleet vehicle, continuously delivering vehicle sensor data from the bus to a computer and using the computer to analyze vehicle sensor data, thereby creating a set of analysis results;

    for each instance of a fleet vehicle approaching an inspection station, making a determination as to whether to permit the fleet vehicle approaching the inspection station to bypass inspection, based at least in part on the analysis results;

    presenting the determination to each driver of a fleet vehicle approaching the inspection station and personnel of the inspection station being approached; and

    inspecting fleet vehicles wherein a determination has been to not permit a fleet vehicle to bypass inspection, and not inspecting fleet vehicles wherein a determination has been made to permit a fleet vehicle to bypass inspection.

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