Vehicle monitoring devices and methods for managing man down signals

  • US 10,522,033 B2
  • Filed: 11/13/2017
  • Issued: 12/31/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/22/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle monitoring device installed in a vehicle, comprising:

  • a GPS receiver that is configured to identify a GPS location of the vehicle monitoring device;

    a timer that is manually activatable and that is configured to expire, subsequent to being activated, after a predetermined period of time unless the timer is deactivated prior to expiration of the timer; and

    a monitoring command module that is connected to the GPS receiver and the timer and that is configured to transmit different signals to a remote server, the different signals including a GPS signal that identifies the GPS location of the vehicle monitoring device and a man down signal in response to detecting the expiration of the timer, wherein the monitoring command module transmits the man down signal in response to detecting the expiration of the timer which occurs in response to the timer being manually activated and without being deactivated prior to the expiration of the timer, and wherein the vehicle monitoring device is connected to the vehicle and the timer is manually activated by a user within the vehicle, but wherein the timer expires and the man down signal is transmitted while the user is outside of the vehicle.

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