Method and apparatus to analyze GPS data to determine if a vehicle has adhered to a predetermined route

  • US 8,972,179 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2010
  • Issued: 03/03/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for analyzing position data from a vehicle equipped with a geographical position system to determine if the vehicle has adhered to a predetermined schedule, where the vehicle is scheduled to arrive at each one of a plurality of predetermined locations during a corresponding predetermined time window, the position data identifying a specific geographical location of the vehicle at a specific point in time, the system comprising:

  • (a) a non-transitory memory remote from the vehicle, in which a plurality of machine instructions are stored;

    (b) a data link for communicating the position data collected at the vehicle while operating the vehicle; and

    (c) a processor remote from the vehicle and logically coupled to the memory and to the data link, said processor executing the machine instructions to carry out a plurality of functions, including;

    (i) analyzing the position data to determine whether the vehicle was at each predetermined location during the corresponding predetermined time window; and

    (ii) automatically generating an exception report for each instance that the vehicle was not at one of the plurality of predetermined locations during the corresponding time window; and

    (iii) analyzing the exception reports to determine a cause for the exceptions, and a course of action for improving ongoing vehicle operations.

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