US Pat. No. 9,824,507

MOBILE DEVICE BASED VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

Innova Electronics Corpor...

1. A vehicular diagnostic system for use with a vehicle associated with vehicle identification information, the vehicular
diagnostic system comprising:
a) a hand transportable diagnostic device having:
1) a vehicle diagnostic port connector for receiving vehicle diagnostic data from a vehicle diagnostic port located on the
vehicle; and

2) a local wireless radio frequency (RF) communication circuit, in communication with the vehicle diagnostic port, for communicating
vehicle diagnostic data between the vehicle diagnostic port connector and a local wireless RF communication network;

b) an intermediate, hand transportable wireless RF communication device in communication with the local wireless communication
network for receiving vehicle diagnostic data from the diagnostic device, the intermediate wireless communication device being
separate from the diagnostic device;

c) a diagnostic database in wireless RF communication with the intermediate wireless communication device, the diagnostic
database being configured to automatically derive vehicle identification information from the diagnostic data, to automatically
match the vehicle identification information and diagnostic data from the vehicle with a most likely diagnostic solution,
and to automatically identify at least one repair part associated with the most likely solution, in response to receipt of
the diagnostic data at the diagnostic database; and

d) a repair parts database in communication with the diagnostic database, the repair parts database having information associated
with a plurality of repair parts, each repair part being associated with specific vehicle identification information and a
specific universal part number, the repair parts database being configured to automatically identify the specific universal
part number in response to receipt of the identified repair part(s) and the vehicle identification information at the repair
parts database;

e) wherein the diagnostic device includes an autonomous data transfer circuit that automatically initiates communication of
diagnostic data to the intermediate wireless communication device in response to receipt of the vehicle diagnostic data at
the diagnostic device diagnostic port connector;

wherein the wireless communication device is operative to regulate communication of diagnostic data between the diagnostic
device and the diagnostic database.

US Pat. No. 9,761,062

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INDICATING AN AUTOMOTIVE DIAGNOSTIC URGENCY

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1. A method of identifying an urgency of treating a diagnostic condition of a specific vehicle, the vehicle including an on-board
computer having a diagnostic data and vehicle identification information stored thereon, the method comprising the steps of:
identifying at least one most likely solution based on the diagnostic data retrieved from the on-board computer, wherein the
most likely solution is identified in relation to the data retrieved from the on-board computer considered separately and
wherein combinations of the data retrieved from the vehicle considered collectively;

after identifying each most likely solution, identifying a repair part(s) associated with each identified most likely solution
for the vehicle, the identified repair part(s) being associated with a universal part number;

providing an urgency database having a plurality of universal part numbers, wherein each universal part number is associated
with a one of a low urgency and a high urgency;

after identifying the repair part(s) associated with each most likely solution, comparing the universal part number associated
with the repair part to information stored in the first urgency database to determine an urgency status associated with the
repair part(s); and

generating a high urgency indicator signal in response to a high urgency status resulting from comparison of the universal
part number to the urgency database.

US Pat. No. 9,646,432

HAND HELD DATA RETRIEVAL DEVICE WITH FIXED SOLUTION CAPABILITY

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1. An automotive diagnostic system comprising:
a diagnostic device including:
a connect/configure module for establishing a communication link between the diagnostic device and a vehicle electronic control
unit (ECU);

a vehicle specification module operative to identify a vehicle under test in response to receipt of vehicle identifying information
from the ECU;

a trouble code module for retrieving digital trouble codes (DTC's) from the ECU; and
a freeze frame data module for retrieving freeze frame data from the ECU, the retrieved freeze frame data being representative
of the operation of a vehicle onboard device(s) associated with a DTC identified as the highest priority DTC;

a diagnostic database in communication with the diagnostic device, the database listing possible vehicle defect solutions
indexed to DTC's and the vehicle identifying information;

a digital signal processor separate from the vehicle ECU and disposable in communication with at least one of the diagnostic
device and the diagnostic database and being operative to derive the highest priority DTC from analysis of the retrieved freeze
frame data from the vehicle, and to regulate selection of a most likely vehicle defect solution associated with the vehicle
identifying information and the highest priority DTC; and

a repair parts database in operative communication with the diagnostic database, the repair parts database having repair parts
associated with the most likely solution, vehicle identifying information and universal part numbers.

US Pat. No. 9,646,427

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE OPERATIONAL STATUS OF A VEHICLE USING A HANDHELD COMMUNICATION DEVICE

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1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having a set of computer executable instructions that, when executed
by a handheld communication device cause the handheld communication device to:
sense acoustic signals during entry of a user into a vehicle, the sensed acoustic signals including ambient noise and desired
noise;

filter the ambient noise from the desired noise to identify a filtered signal pattern;
activate operational status detection hardware in the handheld communication device when the filtered signal pattern matches
a stored signal pattern;

detect operational data during operation of the vehicle using the activated operational status detection hardware;
receive vehicle characteristic information associated with at least one feature of the vehicle;
identify sensing parameters associated with the received vehicle characteristic information;
compare the detected operational data to the identified sensing parameters to determine the operational status of the vehicle;
and

where the defected operational data is determined to indicate that the vehicle is idling, measure an idling time corresponding
to duration of vehicle idling;

compare the measured idling time to an idling time threshold; and
generate an alert signal when the measured idling time exceeds the idling time threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,892,568

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE LIKELY OPERATING COST FOR A PARTICULAR TYPE OF VEHICLE OVER A DEFINED PERIOD

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1. A method for determining the cost of operating a vehicle over a defined period comprising:
a) establishing, on a database, diagnostic data thresholds for establishing a reliable pattern of vehicle failures and an
anticipated repairs schedule for a plurality of vehicle types, the anticipated repairs schedule including the approximate
mileage at which anticipated future repairs are each expected to become necessary and a repair cost schedule of the anticipated
future repairs for the plurality of vehicle types;

b) configuring a data acquisition and transfer device for establishing a communication link with a vehicle electronic control
unit (ECU);

c) receiving at the data acquisition and transfer device information from the ECU identifying a vehicle type, a present mileage
associated with the vehicle and current vehicle condition data;

d) communicating the retrieved information from the vehicle data acquisition and transfer device to an internet communicable
device, and communicating the retrieved information from the internet communicable device to a processor;

e) using the information received from the ECU identifying the vehicle type, the present mileage associated with the vehicle
and the anticipated repair schedule to derive, in the processor, a baseline estimate of anticipated repairs associated with
operating the vehicle over the defined future period; and

f) adjusting the baseline estimate of anticipated repairs based on a comparison of the current vehicle condition data generated
by the ECU to the diagnostic data thresholds; and g) displaying the adjusted estimate of anticipated repairs on the internet
communicable device.

US Pat. No. 9,769,359

FLEXIBLE CAMERA DEVICE

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1. A flexible camera device comprising:
an elongate flexible member deformably engageable to a support member the flexible member defining separate first and second
portions;

at least one camera connected to and supported by the elongate flexible member first portion; and
a recording device connected to and supported by the elongate flexible member second portion, located separately from the
first portion, in wireless communication with the camera, for communicating camera recorded images to the recording device;

wherein the camera and the recording device are both disposed external to the elongate flexible member and both operate independent
of the elongate flexible member and any electrical circuitry disposed within the elongate flexible member.

US Pat. No. 9,761,066

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE STATUS OF A VEHICLE BATTERY SYSTEM

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1. A method for monitoring a vehicle status for a vehicle having a battery and an alternator, the method comprising the steps
of:
detecting on a monitor a voltage fluctuation of the voltage output by the battery;
determining whether the voltage fluctuation has signal attributes characteristic of initiation of a starter motor, and determining
therefrom that the vehicle has started;

ascertaining a vehicle minimum voltage of the voltage fluctuation;
after the vehicle has been determined to have started, measuring a vehicle running voltage;
performing a first comparison, of the vehicle running voltage to a first predefined criterion, and determining from that first
comparison a vehicle alternator status representative of an operational condition of the alternator;

after the vehicle has been turned off, measuring a vehicle off voltage output at the battery; and
performing a second comparison of the vehicle minimum voltage and the vehicle off voltage according to a second predefined
criterion, and determining from that second comparison a vehicle battery status representative of an operational condition
of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,163,281

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle monitoring system for adaptively accessing information in an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle under test, in a manner to avoid vehicle malfunctions associated with accessing the information, the system comprising:a) a handholdable data acquisition device communicable with the ECU of the vehicle under test for accessing and retrieving diagnostic data from the vehicle under test and operative to generate linking queries to the ECU in a plurality of protocols, to identify a vehicle under test information request protocol;
b) a memory unit having information stored therein including:
1) a listing of vehicles known to malfunction in response to receipt of a service mode request;
2) a listing of selective characteristic features information associated with each listed vehicle;
3) an information request protocol associated with each listed vehicle; and
4) a listing of one or more specific service mode requests associated with a malfunction of each listed vehicle;
the memory unit being addressable by a processor unit in the data acquisition device to identify listed vehicles that are associated with the vehicle under test information request protocol;
c) the data acquisition device further being operative to selectively communicate at least one service mode request to the ECU, in the vehicle under test information request protocol, excluding each service mode request that is associated with an identified listed vehicle;
d) the data acquisition device further being operative to receive information from the ECU, in response to the at least one service mode request being communicated to the ECU, and extract therefrom vehicle characteristic features information, identifying characteristic features of the vehicle under test; and
e) the data acquisition device further being operative to compare the extracted characteristic features information to the selective characteristic features information associated with each of the identified listed vehicles, to determine if the vehicle under test and any of the identified listed vehicles have common characteristics features;
f) wherein, when the vehicle under test has no characteristics features in common with any of the identified listed vehicles, the data acquisition device is further operative to communicate each previously excluded service mode request to the vehicle under test.

US Pat. No. 10,643,403

PREDICTIVE DIAGNOSTIC METHOD AND SYSTEM

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1. A method of predicting and displaying defects likely to occur in a vehicle over a selected mileage bracket, and identifying the parts useful to repair the predicted defects, the selected mileage bracket extending beyond a current vehicle mileage and beyond any additional mileage usage associated with repair of any current or imminent vehicle defects, the method comprising:a) receiving, on a vehicle data acquisition device, vehicle characteristic data regarding the vehicle under consideration, the vehicle characteristic data comprising vehicle identification information, and current vehicle mileage, the vehicle identification information being independent of live data indicating an operating condition of vehicle devices associated with the vehicle under consideration;
b) communicating the vehicle characteristic data from the vehicle data acquisition device to a remote server;
c) establishing a defect database at the server, the defect database having stored information related to prior defects that have occurred in different vehicles during at least the selected mileage bracket, the stored information including stored vehicle identification data associated with the prior defects, parts associated with repair of the prior defects and a reference mileage at which the prior defects occurred;
d) identifying, at the server, prior defects that occurred in vehicles substantially corresponding to the vehicle under consideration, the stored vehicle identification data associated with the identified prior defects, the parts associated with repair of the identified defects and the reference mileage at which the identified prior defects occurred;
e) comparing, at the server, vehicle the identification information received from the vehicle under test with the stored vehicle identification data associated with the identified prior defects that occurred in the vehicles substantially corresponding to the vehicle under consideration to identify any correspondence therewith, such correspondence indicating that the vehicle under consideration is subject to the identified prior defects;
f) limiting, at the server, the identified prior defects to those prior defects that are associated with the selected mileage bracket;
h) identifying, at the server, parts useful to repair the identified prior defects associated with the selected mileage bracket;
g) communicating, to an internet communicable device, the identified prior defects and a list of parts useful to repair the identified prior defects associated with the selected mileage bracket; and
i) displaying on the internet communicable device, the identified prior defects and the list of parts useful to implement repair the of identified prior defects associated with the selected mileage bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,640,060

VEHICLE REPAIR SHOP PRE-INSPECTION AND POST-INSPECTION VERIFICATION SYSTEM

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14. A method of verifying repair of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:receiving diagnostic data generated by the vehicle at a first time;
receiving a first component identification signal at a computer remote from the vehicle identifying electrical components on the vehicle at the first time;
generating, at the database remote from the vehicle, a repair list based on the received diagnostic data, the repair list including at least one electrical component requiring repair or replacement;
receiving diagnostic data generated by the vehicle at a second time;
receiving a second component identification signal identifying electrical components on the vehicle at the second time;
comparing, at the database remote from the vehicle, the first component identification signal with the second component identification signal to determine whether the at least one electrical component requiring repair or replacement has been repaired or replaced by a component compatible with the vehicle;
comparing, at the database remote from the vehicle, the diagnostic data generated by the vehicle at the first time with the diagnostic data generated by the vehicle at the second time to determine a repair completion status; and
verifying the vehicle identification information associated with the vehicle by comparing different sets of vehicle identification information retrieved from the vehicle at different times.

US Pat. No. 10,462,225

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUSLY INTERFACING A VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OF A LEGACY VEHICLE TO AN INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC RESOURCES

INNOVA ELECTRONICS CORPOR...

1. An aftermarket vehicle communication device engageable to a vehicle, for interfacing a vehicle electrical system to a V2X data stream, the device comprising:a housing detachably engageable to the vehicle;
a micro computing unit (MCU) disposed within the housing, the MCU defining a processor and a memory, the MCU being configured to derive information from the V2X data stream;
an antenna circuit, disposed within the housing and in communication with the MCU, the antenna circuit being configured to receive and communicate the V2X data stream to the MCU; and
a vehicle electrical system connecting circuit disposed within the housing and in electrical communication with the MCU, the vehicle electrical system connecting circuit being placeable in communication with the vehicle electrical system for communicating the information derived from the V2X data stream to the vehicle electrical system.