SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DETERMINATION AND NOTIFICATION

  • US 20130006469A1
  • Filed: 09/23/2011
  • Published: 01/03/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A device for automatically detecting vehicular accidents and providing accident notification, the device comprising:

  • a housing configured for coupling to a power source associated with the vehicle, said housing positioned in a fixed manner relative to the vehicle when coupled thereto;

    a power supply residing within the housing and configured to receive power from the power source when the housing is coupled thereto;

    one or more movement sensors residing within the housing and effective to generate output signals associated with movement of the vehicle;

    a position sensor residing within the housing and effective to generate output signals associated with a position of the vehicle;

    a communications device residing within the housing and effective to send and receive data via a communications network; and

    a control unit functionally linked to each of said power supply, movement sensors, position sensor and communications device and further comprising a processor and one or more memory media, at least one of said memory media having program instructions residing thereon which upon execution by the processor are further effective toreceive and store accident threshold settings sent via the communications device,determine a location of the vehicle based on the position sensor output signals,determine a movement status of the vehicle based on the movement sensor output signals and one or more accident threshold settings, andtransmit one or more of said vehicle location and movement status via the communications device to a predetermined emergency contact upon determining a movement status associated with an accident.

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