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Patexia Research
Patent No. US 11188191
Issue Date Nov 30, 2021
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Patent 11188191 - Vehicle diagnostic systems and methods > Claims

  • 1. An apparatus for vehicle maintenance, the apparatus comprising: one or more memory storage areas;a vehicle interface configured to: receive, via a data transmission, vehicle identification data of a vehicle from an adaptor connected to the vehicle; andreceive, via a data transmission from the adaptor, an indication of diagnostic data of the vehicle, wherein the diagnostic data is received for one or more vehicle systems of a plurality of vehicle systems of the vehicle;a communication module configured to: transmit, to a remote server, the vehicle identification data of the vehicle;transmit, to the remote server, the retrieved indication of the diagnostic data; andreceive, from the remote server, maintenance information based on the diagnostic data and the vehicle identification data; anda user interface configured to: display a plurality of selectable elements each corresponding to a vehicle system of the plurality of vehicle systems of the vehicle;receive, via selection of a displayed selectable element, a request for information regarding a corresponding vehicle system;display selectable elements each corresponding to a portion of the diagnostic data of the vehicle and with the corresponding vehicle system of the selected displayed selectable element; anddisplay a portion of the maintenance information received from the remote server relating to the corresponding portion of the diagnostic data; anda processor configured to control the vehicle interface, the communication module, the one or more memory storage areas, and the user interface.
    • 2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the apparatus comprises a tablet computing device.
    • 3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the user interface is further configured to receive, via selection of a displayed selectable element, a user request for information regarding a portion of a diagnostic data of the vehicle.
    • 4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the displayed portion of the maintenance information comprises repair information corresponding to a portion of the diagnostic data of the vehicle and the corresponding vehicle system of the selected displayed selectable element.
    • 5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises at least one of: an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes, an indication of one or more parameter IDs, or an indication of sensor data generated by one or more vehicle sensors.
    • 6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises freeze frame data comprising an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes and sensor data occurring at the time the one or more diagnostic trouble codes were initiated.
    • 7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises monitoring data relating to one or more monitors of vehicle systems.
    • 8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the vehicle identification data comprises at least one of (a) a vehicle identification number or (b) year, make, model, or engine information, wherein the vehicle identification number is automatically retrieved from the adaptor connected to the vehicle.
    • 9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the retrieved maintenance information includes programming instructions for one or more systems of the vehicle.
    • 10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the vehicle interface is further configured to identify one or more adaptors with which the apparatus may communicate, wherein the adaptor connected to the vehicle is embodied as one of the one or more adaptors.
  • 11. A computer-readable storage device for vehicle maintenance, the computer-readable storage device storing computer program instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause a computing device to: receive a data transmission comprising vehicle identification data of a vehicle from an adaptor connected to the vehicle;receive, from the adapter, a data transmission comprising an indication of diagnostic data of the vehicle, wherein the diagnostic data is received for one or more vehicle systems of a plurality of vehicle systems of the vehicle;transmit, to a remote server, the vehicle identification data of the vehicle;transmit, to the remote server, the retrieved indication of the diagnostic data;receive, from the remote server, maintenance information based on the diagnostic data and the vehicle identification data;display a plurality of selectable elements each corresponding to a vehicle system of the plurality of vehicle systems of the vehicle;receive, via selection of a displayed selectable element, a user request for information regarding a corresponding vehicle system;display selectable elements each corresponding to a portion of the diagnostic data of the vehicle and with the corresponding vehicle system of the selected displayed selectable element; anddisplay a portion of the maintenance information received from the remote server relating to the corresponding portion of the diagnostic data.
    • 12. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the computing device comprises a tablet computing device.
    • 13. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the computer program instructions, when executed by a processor, further cause the computing device to receive, via selection of a displayed selectable element, a user request for information regarding a portion of a diagnostic data of the vehicle.
    • 14. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the displayed portion of the maintenance information comprises repair information corresponding to a portion of the diagnostic data of the vehicle and corresponding with the corresponding vehicle system of the selected displayed selectable element.
    • 15. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises at least one of: an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes, an indication of one or more parameter IDs, or an indication of sensor data generated by one or more vehicle sensors.
    • 16. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises freeze frame data comprising an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes and sensor data occurring at the time the one or more diagnostic trouble codes were initiated.
    • 17. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the diagnostic data of the vehicle comprises monitoring data relating to one or more monitors of vehicle systems.
    • 18. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the vehicle identification data comprises at least one of (a) a vehicle identification number or (b) year, make, model, or engine information, wherein the vehicle identification number is automatically retrieved from the adaptor connected to the vehicle.
    • 19. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the retrieved maintenance information includes programming instructions for one or more systems of the vehicle.
    • 20. The computer-readable storage device of claim 11, wherein the computer program instructions, when executed by a processor, further cause the computing device to, prior to transmitting the one or more instructions to the adaptor: identify one or more adaptors with which the computing device may communicate, wherein the adaptor is embodied as one of the one or more adaptors;display selectable elements representing each of the one or more adaptors;receive, via selection of one of the selectable elements representing the adaptor, a user request to establish a connection with the adaptor;determine whether the one or more adaptors are connected to respective vehicles; andin response to receiving the user request, establish a connection between the computing device and the adaptor.
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