Vehicle event recorder systems

  • US 9,633,318 B2
  • Filed: 12/08/2006
  • Issued: 04/25/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/08/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle fleet management system comprising:

  • a vehicle event recorder unit configured for mounting in a vehicle, the vehicle event recorder unit comprising;

    a video camera having a field-of-view that includes an environment about the vehicle, the video camera configured to detect video images of the environment about the vehicle; and

    a radio transceiver,the vehicle event recorder unit configured to record video images responsive to an event trigger exceeding a predetermined threshold;

    a vehicle on-board data system including one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying vehicle feedback information, the vehicle feedback information including information related to one or more of vehicle lights, an engine of the vehicle, a drive train of the vehicle, a transmission of the vehicle, vehicle brakes, and/or vehicle steering, the vehicle event recorder unit configured to record vehicle feedback information that corresponds to the recorded video images;

    a network coupled to the Internet and including at least one wireless transceiver having a corresponding communication space;

    a server computer coupled to the network; and

    at least one workstation coupled to the network,wherein the vehicle event recorder unit is configured to automatically establish a wireless link with the network when the vehicle enters the communication space,wherein the vehicle event recorder unit is configured to initiate transmission of the recorded video images and the vehicle feedback information to the server computer over the wireless link, andwherein the workstation is configured to facilitate, via the server, adjustment of the predetermined threshold and video camera image control settings through a web browser interface presented to a user on the workstation over the wireless link.

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