Billing a rented third party transport including an on-board unit

  • US 10,176,646 B2
  • Filed: 01/13/2016
  • Issued: 01/08/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/09/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for providing toll service to a third-party-operated transport user, the method comprising:

  • installing a toll service software in an automotive navigation device of a third-party-operated transport;

    wherein the automotive navigation device comprises a database communicably coupled to a processor and a network interface for wireless communications;

    providing, via an interface of the automotive navigation device, a toll service option to the third-party-operated transport user;

    responsive to acceptance of the toll service option by the third-party-operated transport user, activating the automotive navigation device to function as a toll service device and for communication with a toll authority computer;

    utilizing a toll authority via the activated automotive navigation device;

    storing toll usage data in the database of the automotive navigation device;

    transferring the stored toll usage data from the database of the automotive navigation device to a third-party entity computer; and

    billing the third-party-operated transport user, by the third-party entity computer, a fee corresponding to a toll usage amount upon return of the third-party-operated transport to a third-party entity.

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