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On Demand Service To Report Auto Emissions Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000149691D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Apr-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In many states, it is possible to complete automobile registration on-line after an emission test is completed. The user typically drives to an emission facility to have the emission test done. For newer vehicles, the technician at the emission station only has to connect a device to the automobile’s computer, no actual measurements using external sensors are necessary. This invention solves the problem of requiring the user to drive to an auto emissions station to obtain the necessary emission information to complete the on-line registration. This provides a savings in time, gasoline and also would reduce the number of emission personnel employed by the state.

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On Demand Service To Report Auto Emissions Information

In many states, it is possible to complete automobile registration on-line after an emission test is completed. The user typically drives to an emission facility to have the emission test done. For newer vehicles, the technician at the emission station only has to connect a device to the automobile's computer, no actual measurements using external sensors are necessary. This invention solves the problem of requiring the user to drive to an auto emissions station to obtain the necessary emission information to complete the on-line registration. This provides a savings in time, gasoline and also would reduce the number of emission personnel employed by the state.

A secure communication device either purchased by the vehicle owner or supplied by the state is coupled to the vehicle owner's vehicle's computer. The connection may be wire or wireless. The secure communication device obtains the necessary emission information from the vehicle owner's vehicle's computer and stores it in a secure memory device coupled to the secure communication device. During on-line registration the vehicle owner couples the secure communication device to the vehicle owner's computer. The on-line registration uploads the emission information from the vehicle owner's computer. Encryption may be used to provide tamper proof emissions data.

Figure 1 shows system 100 for providing an on demand service to report auto emissions information 125 from a vehicle owner's vehicle's computer 110 to an on-line registration system 140. Secure communication device 120 obtains the necessary emission information 125 from the vehicle owner's vehicle's computer and stores it in a secure memory device 121 coupled to secure communication device 120. Secure communication device 120 may be wire (such as a connector/cable that plugs into the vehicle owner's vehicle's computer 110) or wireless (such as RF ID, Optical, IR, RF, Bluetooth, etc.). Secure memory device 121 may be a flash card, memory stick, ram, disk, tape, etc. Security may be provided by encryption to ensure tamper proof emissions data is delivered to on-line registration system 130. For example, passports are now provided with encrypted RF ID reporting devices.

Secure communication device 120 transmits the emission information 125 from secure memory device 121 to vehicle owner's computer 130 by for example, connecting communication device 120 directly to vehicle owner's computer 130 or by use of RF ID, O...