AutoZone has been granted a patent for a method to facilitate DIY repairs. The method involves receiving vehicle diagnostic information, evaluating it, generating required parts and tools, and presenting an interface for purchasing. The system also provides complexity information and estimated repair time. GlobalData’s report on AutoZone gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on AutoZone, was a key innovation area identified from patents. AutoZone's grant share as of February 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Interactive vehicle-diagnostic and repair interface for diy repairs

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: AutoZone Inc

A granted patent (Publication Number: US11900333B2) discloses a method for creating an interactive vehicle-diagnostic and repair interface for a target vehicle with an onboard computer. The method involves receiving target vehicle diagnostic information, evaluating it by querying databases for fix information, retrieving fix information and recommended part types, providing complexity information, and generating aggregate timing data. The interface, comprising complexity information, vehicle diagnostic data, and fix information, is then transmitted to a third-party computing device. The method also includes facilitating the selection of quality and comprehensiveness tiers, executing purchases of required parts and tools, prioritizing recommended parts, and storing information on the effects of repairs involving purchased parts.

Furthermore, the patent describes an apparatus and a computer program product for generating the interactive interface. The apparatus includes a processor and memory storing computer-executable instructions to receive and evaluate target vehicle diagnostic information, retrieve fix information, provide complexity information, and transmit the interface to a third-party computing device. The computer program product, stored on a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, enables the apparatus to perform the same functions. Additionally, the apparatus and program product facilitate the selection of quality and comprehensiveness tiers, purchase of required parts and tools, and gathering user feedback on vehicle problems. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive method, apparatus, and program product for enhancing the diagnostic and repair process for vehicles through interactive interfaces and data-driven recommendations.

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