Electronic Toll Management and Vehicle Identification

  • US 20060278705A1
  • Filed: 06/12/2006
  • Published: 12/14/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/21/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of identifying a vehicle in a toll system, the method comprising:

  • accessing image data for a first vehicle;

    obtaining license plate data from the accessed image data for the first vehicle;

    accessing a set of records, each record including license plate data for a vehicle;

    comparing the license plate data for the first vehicle with the license plate data for vehicles in the set of records;

    identifying a set of vehicles from the vehicles having records in the set of records, the set of vehicles being identified based on results of the comparison of the license plate data;

    accessing vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle, the vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle being based on the accessed image data for the first vehicle;

    accessing vehicle fingerprint data for a vehicle in the set of vehicles;

    comparing, using a processing device, the vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle with the vehicle fingerprint data for the vehicle in the set of vehicles; and

    identifying the vehicle in the set of vehicles as the first vehicle based on results of the comparison of vehicle fingerprint data.

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