Distributed vehicle event recorder systems having a portable memory data transfer system

  • US 9,679,424 B2
  • Filed: 11/06/2015
  • Issued: 06/13/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle event recorder system comprising:

  • a camera configured to capture image data, wherein the camera has a field of view arranged to include an environment in and/or around a vehicle, wherein the camera is configured to be mounted in the vehicle;

    one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying vehicle information related to operation of the vehicle, wherein the one or more sensors are carried by the vehicle;

    resident memory configured to electronically store information, wherein the resident memory is carried by the vehicle;

    a microprocessor configured to;

    detect vehicle events based on the generated output signals,create event record datasets responsive to detection of the vehicle events, wherein the event record datasets include the captured image data and the vehicle information, andeffectuate storage of the event record datasets in the resident memory, wherein the event record datasets include a particular event record dataset;

    a communications port configured to facilitate communication between the resident memory and an external computing system;

    the external computing system comprising;

    storage configured to electronically store information,an external system communications port configured to facilitate communication with the communications port, anda download module communicatively coupled to the storage and the external system communications port, wherein the download module is configured to facilitate transfer of information via the external system communications port to the storage, wherein the download module is further configured to transmit an indication through the external system communications port, wherein the indication indicates that the particular event record dataset has been successfully stored in the storage; and

    an upload module communicatively coupled to the resident memory and the communications port, wherein, responsive to receiving the indication from the download module, the upload module of the vehicle event recorder is configured to cause the resident memory to mark the particular event record dataset for erasing and/or overwriting.

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