US Patent No: 6,681,987

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Smart card system for heavy vehicles

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Abstract

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A communication system for use on a heavy vehicle, such as a truck, is disclosed where a smart card is provided by a fleet to a driver. The smart card contains identifying information unique to the driver. The smart card communicates electronically with an engine control unit that is provided on the vehicle used by the driver. The on board engine control unit stores the vehicle operation history with respect to an individual driver and may also contain navigational information. In the event that the on board engine control unit indicates a violation of hours of service regulation, the vehicle may be prevented from being started by the driver. The smart card is also used for vehicle access and may be used for conventional fuel purchase.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MERITOR HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS, LLCTROY, MI62

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ford, Gary Atherstone Warks, GB 7 30

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