Vehicle event playback apparatus and methods

  • US 9,728,228 B2
  • Filed: 08/10/2012
  • Issued: 08/08/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/10/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle event data playback apparatus comprising:

  • a logic processor configured to facilitate display of information stored electronically in a vehicle event record that corresponds to a vehicle event, the information stored in the vehicle event record being received from a vehicle event recorder mounted in a vehicle, the information stored in the vehicle event record received responsive to detection of the vehicle event by the vehicle event recorder, the vehicle event comprising a vehicle operation anomaly detected during operation of the vehicle by a vehicle operator, the vehicle event record including visual information and vehicle operation information for a period of time that includes the vehicle event, wherein the vehicle event is associated with excess fuel consumption;

    a graphical display device configured to display vehicle event record information via a graphical user interface system; and

    the graphical user interface system,a view of said graphical user interface system comprising;

    a plurality of control objects, the plurality of control objects comprising two or more of an engine load control object, a power take-off control object, a traction control object, an electronic stability control object, or an excess fuel consumption control object, the plurality of control objects corresponding to data values of the vehicle event record and configured such that a visual appearance of the plurality of control objects changes based on changes in the data values in said vehicle event record over time during the vehicle event, wherein the plurality of control objects further includes one or more video player control objects and a notations field object configured to receive notations from a reviewer through entry and/or selection of information from the reviewer, wherein the notations include a first notation that is associated with an indicator related to a severity of an infraction by the vehicle operator during the vehicle event, and wherein the logic processor is further configured to associate the first notation with a corresponding point in time such that the first notation is displayed at the corresponding point in time during subsequent playback using the vehicle event data playback apparatus, wherein the excess fuel consumption control object reflects instant feedback that has been provided to the vehicle operator in response to the vehicle event;

    a line graph representation of the data values in the vehicle event record over time that corresponds to the plurality of control objects; and

    a video player configured to display video data of the vehicle event record that is synchronized in time with the plurality of control objects and the line graph representation, wherein the video player is further configured to display information that reflects a response by the vehicle operator to the instant feedback.

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