Remote vehicle diagnostic system

  • US 6,677,854 B2
  • Filed: 10/05/2001
  • Issued: 01/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/05/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for determining whether vehicle maintenance is required, comprising:

  • periodically monitoring electronic sensors on the vehicle that generate values indicative of a vehicle'"'"'s operational status;

    storing the plurality of values indicative of a vehicle'"'"'s operational status in an electronic memory of the vehicle;

    transmitting the plurality of values over at least one wireless communications link to a remote maintenance computer;

    analyzing the plurality of values in the remote maintenance computer to determine if maintenance is appropriate;

    transmitting data indicative of the need for maintenance to the vehicle over the wireless link to the vehicle; and

    displaying a message indicative of the required maintenance on an operator'"'"'s display in the vehicle.

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