System, method and computer readable medium for billing tolls

  • US 8,744,905 B2
  • Filed: 04/30/2009
  • Issued: 06/03/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/07/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for providing third-party-operated vehicle users an automatic toll service, the system comprising:

  • a toll authority;

    a third party entity;

    a toll rental entity integrated within the third party entity and being operable to receive license plate numbers of third-party-operated vehicles from the third party entity and transfer the license plate numbers of third-party-operated vehicles to the toll authority;

    wherein the toll rental entity sends to the toll authority, pre-payment for future toll usage by third-party-operated vehicles, wherein the pre-payment is sent by the toll rental entity to the toll authority prior to the third-party-operated vehicles using the toll authority;

    wherein the toll rental entity forward a service request to the toll authority, wherein the service request comprises subscription for the automatic toll service with the toll authority by the third-party-operated vehicles for which license plate numbers have been transferred to the toll authority;

    wherein the toll authority is operable to identify license plate numbers of vehicles using the toll authority and determine if the identified license plate numbers match the license plate numbers of the third-party-operated vehicles; and

    responsive to a determination that the identified license plate numbers match the license plate numbers of the third-party-operated vehicles, send, by a processor, toll usage data associated with the license plate numbers of the third-party-operated vehicles for billing.

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