Motor vehicle operating data collection and analysis

  • US 6,931,309 B2
  • Filed: 04/27/2004
  • Issued: 08/16/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/06/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for rating driver behavior and operating performance utilizing recorded time related data of motor vehicle operation comprising:

  • a. electronically recording time marked data at regular periodic intervals comprising engine start;

    ii. vehicle speed;

    iii. engine stop;

    b. uploading the data to a CPU;

    c. determining an excess speed event by the steps comprising i. determining a first time marked data point recording speed in excess of selected limits;

    ii. determining any sequentially recorded data points of speed in excess of selected limits to determine a time duration of the excess speed event;

    iii. evaluating the amount of excess speed for each sequentially recorded data point;

    iv. evaluating the speed event based upon the time duration and the amount of the speed in excess of the limit;

    d. repeating step c for each next non-sequential data point to determine a separate excess speed event;

    e. determining the duration of the trip;

    f. evaluating the excess speed events in relation to the trip duration; and

    g. recording the evaluation of the speed events, the trip duration and trip identifier.

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