Method and apparatus for changing vehicle behavior based on current vehicle location and zone definitions created by a remote user

  • US 10,507,845 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2016
  • Issued: 12/17/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for advising a driver of a fleet vehicle to adopt a behavior based on a location of the fleet vehicle, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) providing a remote user with a computing device displaying a graphical user interface, including a map and a data entry window, thereby enabling the remote user to define a zone on the map and to enter a message in the data entry window regarding zone-based behavior at that zone;

    (b) automatically collecting vehicle location data during operation of the fleet vehicle, the fleet vehicle at every moment being at a current location;

    (c) automatically analyzing current fleet vehicle location data to determine if the fleet vehicle is within the zone; and

    (d) when the fleet vehicle is within the zone, automatically using at least one of a display and an audible announcement to convey to the driver message regarding zone-based behavior.

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