Methods and apparatus for loading or modifying a vehicle database from a remote computer via a communications network and a fuel or current dispenser

  • US 6,185,501 B1
  • Filed: 08/06/1998
  • Issued: 02/06/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for inputting information to a vehicle, comprising the steps of:

  • providing a vehicle that comprises a memory capable of storing information;

    coupling the vehicle to a dispenser of a consumable vehicle energy source;

    transferring a message from the vehicle to a computer via the dispenser and a data communications network, the message comprising a portion for specifying a request that all or some of the stored information be modified;

    in response to a receipt of the message, transferring information from the computer to the memory via the data communications network and the dispenser; and

    inserting the transferred information into the memory for modifying all or some of the stored information.

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