Using social networking to improve driver performance based on industry sharing of driver performance data

  • US 9,412,282 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2012
  • Issued: 08/09/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/24/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of encouraging a driver of a fleet vehicle, who is one of a plurality of drivers operating similar fleet vehicles, to improve efficiency performance in operating the fleet vehicle, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) determining the driver is operating the fleet vehicle and while the driver is operating the fleet vehicle, automatically collecting vehicle data that can be used to evaluate the driver'"'"'s efficiency performance and to determine the slope the fleet vehicle is travelling, and to determine the mass of the vehicle from the slope that has been determined and other collected vehicle data;

    (b) using a computing device to analyze the fleet vehicle data and to determine the slope the fleet vehicle is travelling, and to determine the mass of the vehicle from the slope that has been determined and other collected vehicle data and to analyze the vehicle data, together with the mass of the vehicle that has been determined to generate a driver efficiency performance ranking corrected for vehicle mass, relative to the other drivers operating similar fleet vehicles; and

    (c) displaying the driver efficiency performance ranking, corrected for vehicle mass, on a driver efficiency performance ranking website.

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