Automated vehicle dispatch and payment honoring system

  • US 5,973,619 A
  • Filed: 06/10/1997
  • Issued: 10/26/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/10/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method as implemented on a computer system for use by a consumer, said method for delivering instructional messages to said consumer regarding private transportation companies and estimated costs for hiring said transportation company for transporting said consumer to listed destinations and further providing an automated taxi dispatch and payment honoring system, said method comprising the steps of:

  • (1) displaying a list of authorized transportation companies for selection by the operator of the computer;

    2) prompting the consumer to insert the amount of passengers to be traveling in the transportation vehicle;

    (3) graphically illustrating destination locations;

    (4) displaying the approximate fare for the number of passengers promoted to a selected destination and types of payment options honored by said selected company;

    (5) initiating a dispatch call for an available taxi from said selected taxi company;

    (6) estimate the approximate arrival time for said dispatched taxi.

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