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1. (WO2016054010) TELEMATICS SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TWO-WAY DATA COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VEHICLES IN A FLEET AND A FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2016/054010    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/052895
Publication Date: Fri Apr 08 01:59:59 CEST 2016 International Filing Date: Wed Sep 30 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: G05B 23/00
Applicants: AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL, LLC
Inventors: LEE, Sang, J.
GHALIB, Syed, Naveed
Title: TELEMATICS SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TWO-WAY DATA COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VEHICLES IN A FLEET AND A FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Abstract:
Programmable telematics systems, methods and apparatus for two-way transmission of data and information between fleet vehicles and a fleet management system. The systems and methods employ a programmable telematics communications unit (TCU) configured to connect to the OBD II port of a vehicle, enabling two-way transmission of data and information between a fleet management system and vehicles in the fleet. The TCU device includes cellular data connectivity enabling communication with the management system through existing cellular telephone networks. The programmable TCU may be toggled between multiple operating modes, wherein the TCU provides different functionality, such that a single vehicle may participate in multiple vehicle programs at different points in time, including separate vehicle rental and vehicle sharing programs.