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GPS Invention for Automatic Gas-station Waypoints

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000173422D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Aug-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Aug-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention is a system that automatically creates detours to gas-stations depending on a car's gas level. This also chooses the most convenient and cheapest station on the route. This minimizes cost and mileage.

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GPS Invention for Automatic Gas -station Waypoints

Many global positioning systems (GPS) are integrated into cars. When going on a trip the GPS tells you where to go. If you are running low on gas, the user then needs to find a gas-station. Most GPSs have gas-stations as POIs (points of interests). The user then needs to manually select a station to go to as a detour on the main route. This is undesirable because the driver may realize he is low on gas at an inconvenient time on the route -- he may be many miles away from one now, when there was a more accessible one previously. This could take him out of his way quite a bit. Also, the driver's choice may not be the cheapest location for gas. Also, potentially, the driver needs to be doing this while driving, which is a safety concern.

     The invention is a system that automatically creates detours to gas-stations depending on a car's gas level. This also chooses the most convenient and cheapest station on the route. This minimizes cost and mileage.

     The GPSs that are integrated into the car have a wealth of information -- gas mileage, average miles per gallon and so on. The GPS can from the outset now plan in gas stops for the route. The GPS can choose the most convenient station along the route because it knows when and where you will run out of gas. With some GPSs, they can receive gas price information. The GPS can then factor in price and distance to its calculation of th...