System for monitoring and recording motor vehicle operating parameters and other data

  • US 6,356,823 B1
  • Filed: 01/27/2000
  • Issued: 03/12/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/01/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A system for managing vehicle parameter data, for use with a vehicle having a plurality of sensor devices positioned on the vehicle for sensing operating parameters of said vehicle and for generating vehicle parameter data in response thereto, said vehicle further having an onboard vehicle data network for receiving vehicle parameter data from said plurality of sensor devices, the system comprising:

  • a device for mounting on-board said vehicle;

    the device including a passive network connector for interconnecting a plurality of device network modules to the device to form a device network;

    the device further including a plurality of device network modules connected to said passive network connector for data communication with one another;

    said plurality of device network modules including a vehicle interface module with a connector for connection to said vehicle data network to receive vehicle parameter data therefrom;

    said device network modules residing on separate circuit board substrates removably connected to said passive network connector and including a control module having a central processing unit with program memory storage for storing an operating program for said central processing unit;

    said central processing unit and said vehicle interface module cooperating in accordance with said operating program to receive vehicle parameter data from said vehicle and to make said vehicle parameter data available to said device network.

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