Toll fee system and method

  • US 8,473,332 B2
  • Filed: 11/19/2007
  • Issued: 06/25/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/10/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for enabling third party operated transport users to utilize an automatic toll payment service comprising:

  • utilizing a processor to complete the following;

    providing, to a customer, an automatic toll payment service option;

    determining whether the automatic toll payment service option is accepted by the customer;

    responsive to a determination that the automatic toll payment service option has been accepted, activating at least one toll fee tracking device during a rental period, wherein the activated at least one toll fee tracking device is operable to allow the customer to utilize a toll authority without incurring a fine;

    collecting, by a computer associated with the toll authority, toll data associated with the activated at least one toll fee tracking device;

    transferring, from the computer associated with the toll authority to a computer associated with a toll rental entity, at least some of the collected toll data responsive to a request for data-transfer permission having been received by the toll authority from the toll rental entity;

    forwarding, from the computer associated with the toll rental entity to a computer associated with a third party entity, at least some of the transferred toll data; and

    charging the customer a fee corresponding to toll usage and applicable service charges based upon the forwarded toll data.

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