Internet-based vehicle-diagnostic system

  • US 7,480,551 B1
  • Filed: 11/30/2007
  • Issued: 01/20/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for monitoring a set of vehicles, comprising:

  • a host computer configured to host a web site that receives operational characteristics transmitted wirelessly from a set of vehicles,wherein the host computer is configured to wirelessly transmit to each of the set of vehicles a software component configured to identify a subset of a set of operational characteristics to be monitored by an on-board diagnostic computer located in each of the set of vehicles, wherein the software component comprises a first field configured to describe a user specified first schedule for automatically, repeatedly querying each vehicle'"'"'s on-board diagnostic computer for the subset of operational characteristics identified in the software component and a second field configured to describe a user specified second schedule for automatically, repeatedly, and wirelessly transmitting to the host computer each vehicle'"'"'s subset of operational characteristics,said web site programmed to display on a first web interface queried operational characteristics of a single vehicle selected from among said set of vehicles,said web site programmed to also display on a second web interface queried operational characteristics of multiple vehicles among said set of vehicles,wherein said multiple vehicles are associated with a single entity.

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