Method and apparatus for detection and remote notification of vehicle parking space availability data

  • US RE40,013 E1
  • Filed: 08/09/2006
  • Issued: 01/22/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/04/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A parking space locating system comprising:

  • at least one vehicle detector disposed proximately to an associated parking space and configured to output an occupied/vacant signal along with an associated space identifier according to whether said vehicle detector detects that a vehicle is present/absent in/from said associated parking space respectively;

    a central processor in communication with said at least one vehicle detector via at least one communication link;

    wherein said central processor is programmed to receive at least one of said occupied/vacancy signals along with said associated space identifiers and maintain an updated database of said occupied/vacant signals along with associated space identifiers, wherein said central processor integrates said database with geographical map data including a geographical area of said parking space(s) and generates an electronic street map which is capable of being displayed on a standard computer device screen as a graphical map, said graphical map having sufficient detail to distinguish individual parking spaces, wherein said occupied/vacant signal is indicated at a corresponding location on said graphical map;

    wherein said central processor is further programmed and configured to quickly communicate updated graphical map data structures including updated occupied/vacant signal indication to a network.

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