Radio Frequency Identification Tag Application: Identifying/Charging Car Renters and/or Bus Passengers
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Disclosed is a method to make the process of renting a car and returning it more efficient.
Radio Frequency Identification Tag Application: Identifying/Charging
Car Renters and/or Bus Passengers
a method to make the process of renting a car and
returning it more efficient.
Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on the car
rental agency's frequent renter identification card that is carried
by the renter. Place RFID readers beside the doors of the shuttle
bus. Additional readers could be placed next to strategic exits of
the airport terminal.
When the frequent
renter exits the airport terminal or boards
the car rental agency's shuttle bus, he/she would be identified by
the RFID tag on his/her card. This information would then be
forwarded, by radio (such as Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD)), to
the personnel at the car rental agency's lot. The customer's name
would then be displayed on the rental lot's marquee, as well on a
marquee at the front of the shuttle bus. The customer would then be
reassured that his/her car is being readied. The rental lot
personnel would then prioritize getting the customer's car ready.
A RFID tag
could be attached to the vehicle that can gather
odometer and fuel gauge data. The tag could be powered by the car's
electrical system. RFID readers would be placed by the entrances and
exits of the car rental lot. When the car is driven off or onto the
lot, the time and date, the car's ID, the car's odometer, the car's
fuel gauge, and the renter's card ID c...