Traffic information & pricing (TIP) system

  • US 20020072963A1
  • Filed: 09/07/2001
  • Published: 06/13/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/1999
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. Method for collecting traffic information by or on behalf of an authority in order to levy a traffic fee concerning vehicle traffic a) whereby traffic information required for determining the amounts of traffic fee due is collected from a set of vehicles and whereby for vehicles in that set during their traffic participation traffic information related to the vehicle in question, such as information about the distances covered by that vehicle, is supplied to a processor present in that vehicle, and this traffic information is processed by that processor, and all or a subset of the processed traffic information is stored by that processor, and b) whereby the reliability of the in vehicles processed traffic information required for determining the amounts of traffic fee due, such as speed or odometer readings, is randomly checked by or on behalf of the authority by comparing samples of this information with samples of traffic information that have been independently determined by or on behalf of the authority at a distance from the randomly sampled and checked vehicles during their traffic participation and whereby each such a comparison consists of comparing a sample of the in the checked vehicle processed traffic information that is related to that vehicle during a particular period, such as the speed of that vehicle at a particular moment according to the information received by the processor in question, with a similar sample of traffic information that concerns that same vehicle in the same period and that has been independently determined at a distance from that checked vehicle, such as the actual speed as independently measured from outside that vehicle, and whereby communication between the checked vehicle concerned and the authority outside that vehicle by means of a transmitter and a receiver is used for transmitting a sample of the in the vehicle processed traffic information and/or a sample of traffic information that has been independently determined at a distance from that checked vehicle, to a place of traffic information comparison.

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