System for monitoring vehicle efficiency and vehicle and driver perfomance

  • US 20010018628A1
  • Filed: 02/22/2001
  • Published: 08/30/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/1997
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A system for monitoring vehicle efficiency and vehicle driver performance, comprising:

  • a vehicle having a fuel reservoir from which fuel is consumed as an energy source;

    a positioning system for generating present position information including latitude and longitude information of said vehicle;

    an odometer for providing a signal representative of the mileage said vehicle has traveled since some predetermined event;

    a fuel intake monitor for recording the quantity of fuel entering said vehicle fuel reservoir during a refueling operation and for determining the location of said vehicle during said refueling operation;

    a memory device containing geographic information of the latitudes and longitudes of the boundaries of taxing jurisdictions;

    a recording device for receiving and recording information; and

    at least one transducer for monitoring at least one mechanical function of said vehicle;

    a transceiver for transmitting vehicle efficiency and driver performance and for receiving information regarding at least one of route/itinerary information and the environment the vehicle is and will be functioning in;

    a processor, coupled with said positioning system, said odometer, said fuel intake monitor, said memory, said at least one transducer, said transceiver, and said recording device for monitoring vehicle status.

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