System and method to improve the efficiency of vehicle inspections by enabling remote actuation of vehicle components

  • US 8,810,385 B2
  • Filed: 09/14/2010
  • Issued: 08/19/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/11/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for performing a vehicle inspection, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) providing;

    (i) a vehicle including at least one vehicle component configured to be remotely actuated, and a wireless data link component for wirelessly receiving an actuation command to remotely actuate the at least one vehicle component; and

    (ii) a portable device for recording data related to the inspection, said portable device including a wireless data link component configured to wirelessly convey an actuation command to the vehicle to remotely actuate the at least one vehicle component to facilitate an inspection of the vehicle; and

    (b) enabling an operator to use the portable device to remotely actuate the at least one vehicle component during the vehicle inspection, and to record data corresponding to a condition of the vehicle;

    (c) in response to remotely actuating the vehicle component, displaying to the operator a plurality of different possible conditions associated with the vehicle component;

    (d) enabling the operator to select one of the plurality of different possible conditions, to indicate a condition associated with the component as determined by the operator; and

    (e) storing in the portable device a record of said one of the plurality of different possible conditions selected by the operator.

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