07376497 is referenced by 104 patents and cites 30 patents.

A customer driven process of diagnosing and repairing a vehicle. The process involves temporarily providing a customer with a diagnostic tool that can receive vehicle diagnostic signals from a vehicle on-board computer. The customer then uses the tool to upload diagnostic signals from the car, and returns the tool to the automotive parts/service facility. The vehicle diagnostic signals are communicated to a console, which then accesses a database(s). The database(s) includes information relating to the vehicle malfunction, the repairs needed, and the parts required to complete those repairs. The process also allows automatic scheduling of repairs and purchasing of parts from the automotive parts/service facility. Upon payment of any prescribed fees, the process outputs report information to the customer.

Title
Use of automotive diagnostics console to diagnose vehicle
Application Number
10/340397
Publication Number
7376497 (B2)
Application Date
January 10, 2003
Publication Date
May 20, 2008
Inventor
Ieon C Chen
Laguna Hills
CA, US
Agent
Stetina Brunda Garred & Brucker
Assignee
Innova Electronics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G06F 19/00
G01M 17/00
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