GPS based seat belt monitoring system & method for using same

  • US 5,877,707 A
  • Filed: 01/17/1997
  • Issued: 03/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/17/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A seat belt usage event data recorder monitoring system having an exterior housing for a vehicle comprising:

  • a GPS circuit which retrieves from one or more satellites data including at least one of the following data;

    longitude, latitude, velocity, distance traveled, direction of travel and time;

    means for detecting seat belt use by at least one occupant of a vehicle;

    display means for providing a visual indication when at least one seat belt in the vehicle is being improperly used;

    a microprocessor which receives data from the GPS circuit and from the means for detecting seat belt use on a substantially continuous basis in real time;

    data storage means which stores data on a substantially continuous basis from the GPS circuit, the means for detecting seat belt use, and the locations at which improper seat belt usage was detected, all of which data was processed by the microprocessor for storage and later retrieval and analysis;

    means for switching off said display means by an occupant of the vehicle, although storing of locations of improper seat belt use may continue,the housing for the monitoring system further having a substantially planar surface which is suitable for mounting to the interior of a windshield of a vehicle.

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