Method and apparatus for implementing a vehicle inspection waiver program

  • US 8,736,419 B2
  • Filed: 12/02/2010
  • Issued: 05/27/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for administering a vehicle inspection program in which enrolled vehicles can be authorized to bypass an inspection station, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) determining a geographical location for an enrolled vehicle while the vehicle is being operated;

    (b) based upon a current geographical location for the enrolled vehicle, automatically determining if the enrolled vehicle is approaching the inspection station based on a first geographical location of the inspection station;

    (c) if the enrolled vehicle is approaching the inspection station, selectively reaching a decision on whether to authorize the enrolled vehicle to bypass the inspection station without stopping;

    (d) based upon the decision, providing an indication to an operator of the enrolled vehicle to either stop at the inspection station or to bypass the inspection station without stopping;

    (e) moving the inspection station to a second geographical location so that its geographical location changes, to make it difficult for vehicle operators to intentionally avoid the inspection station;

    (f) updating the geographical location of the inspection station after it has been moved; and

    (g) after the inspection station has been moved, implementing the steps of;

    (i) determining a geographical location for an enrolled vehicle while the vehicle is being operated;

    (ii) based upon a current geographical location for the enrolled vehicle, automatically determining if the enrolled vehicle is approaching the inspection station based on the updated geographical location for the inspection station;

    (iii) if the enrolled vehicle is approaching the inspection station, selectively reaching a decision on whether to authorize the enrolled vehicle to bypass the inspection station without stopping; and

    (iv) based upon the decision, providing an indication to an operator of the enrolled vehicle to either stop at the inspection station or to bypass the inspection station without stopping.

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