Vehicle monitor

  • US 8,180,522 B2
  • Filed: 10/16/2008
  • Issued: 05/15/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for monitoring a vehicle during operation, the method comprising:

  • polling the vehicle for vehicle data using a sensor unit provided to the vehicle;

    calculating a vehicle statistic from the vehicle data using the sensor unit;

    updating a memory of the sensor unit with the vehicle statistic;

    repeating the polling, calculating and updating steps periodically during operation of the vehicle;

    wirelessly requesting and receiving the vehicle statistic from the memory using a processor provided in a portable device;

    displaying the vehicle statistic on a display provided in the portable device;

    storing a count of the number of times the sensor unit has been connected to the vehicle;

    requesting and receiving the count at a first time using the portable device;

    requesting and receiving the count at a second time using the portable device;

    comparing the count received at the first and second times using the portable device; and

    displaying a tampering signal if the count received at the first time is not equal to the count received at the second time.

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