System and method to attribute, reconcile and account for automated vehicle identification charges irrespective of vehicle ownership

  • US 20020097178A1
  • Filed: 01/19/2001
  • Published: 07/25/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/19/2001
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A method to attribute, reconcile and account for automated vehicle identification charges arising from a vehicle'"'"'s usage, irrespective of said vehicle'"'"'s ownership comprising:

  • (a) acquiring multiple automated vehicle identification tags containing encoded identification data from an automated vehicle identification tag issuance authority;

    (b) physically associating each acquired tag with a specific fleet vehicle;

    (c) digitally recording information identifying said physically associated tag and fleet vehicle;

    (d) machine-reading said tag'"'"'s encoded information while a vehicle is in movement past an automated vehicle identification tag monitoring location;

    (e) acquiring and storing said machine-read data which has been communicated to said host reconciliation and accounting entity from at least one tag monitoring location;

    (f) acquiring and storing daily vehicle activity records which have been communicated to said host reconciliation and accounting entity from at least one multiple vehicle leasing entity;

    (g) reconciling said acquired daily activity records and said machine-read data;

    (h) communicating at least one credit charge billing statement resulting from said reconciliation and accounting entity to a credit charge acceptance entity; and

    (i) receiving payment related to said communicated billing statement.

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