Automatic toll collector for toll roads

  • US 4,963,723 A
  • Filed: 11/10/1988
  • Issued: 10/16/1990
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/21/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An automatic toll collector for collecting tolls on a toll road comprising:

  • first decoding means disposed at an entrance toll gate of a toll road for recognizing the information contained in a distinctive marking on a vehicle entering said entrance toll gate, said distinctive marking uniquely identifying said vehicle;

    a portable storage medium for storing information which identifies a bank account, said portable storage medium being transported along said toll road by said vehicle;

    first information transfer means disposed at said entrance toll gate and responsive to said first decoding means for reading information which is stored in said portable storage medium and writing into said portable storage medium information for calculating tolls and information contained in said distinctive marking on said vehicle;

    second decoding means disposed at an exit toll gate of said toll road for recognizing the information contained in said distinctive marking of said vehicle when said vehicle enters said exit toll gate;

    second information transfer means disposed at said exit toll gate for reading the information which was written into said portable storage medium by said first information transfer means;

    comparing and toll calculating means responsive to said second decoding means and said second information transfer means for selecting from the data which was read by said second information transfer means data which contains information which matches the information which was recognized by said second decoding means and for calculating the toll from said entrance toll gate to said exit toll gate based on the selected data; and

    toll withdrawal means for automatically withdrawing the calculated toll from said bank account which is identified by the information in said portable storage medium.

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