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System for Customized Vehicle Manufacture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019210D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The manufacture of an automobile or other vehicle for sales to consumers involves the selection of many optional choices. We disclose a system that makes it possible for a customer to use an automated system to select a set of options and to obtain a cost for the desired option set as a function of time of delivery.

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System for Customized Vehicle Manufacture

    The manufacture of an automobile or other vehicle for sales to consumers involves the selection of many optional choices: color of chassis, material and color of seats, anti-lock brakes (ABS), air conditioning, power windows, power steering, cruise control, floor mats, radio configuration, etc. Some choices add little to the cost of the vehicle, e.g. black vs. blue exterior. Others are very costly, e.g. CD player vs cassette stereo system. Consumers often make their choice to buy a vehicle or not based upon the availability of a particular option. However, available options and quantities of vehicles equipped with a set of options are decided by estimation of what the buyers may desire or what dealers expect to be able to sell. As a result consumers may not be satisfied with the available options and sales of a particular model or make of car may not be as successful as they might have been if consumers were able to buy what they want.

The solution is a system that makes it possible for a customer to use an automated system to select a set of options, to obtain a cost for the desired option set as a function of time of delivery. For the consumer it will no longer be a matter of chance as to when or whether a silver vehicle will become available. The consumer may evaluate the relative costs of taking delivery of a red vehicle immediately or a silver vehicle after a wait of three months. The solution also makes it possible...