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Navigation system with average stop time indication for establishments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015213D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The purpose of this invention is to allow people in cars, or more particulary people using trucks for business, to determine at which business establishments to stop such that they can gain a time advantage. Business travelers, especially truckers, want to get in and out of a given establishment as fast as possible. This invention is a navigation system that tracks drivers' habits and the time drivers spend at various known establishments, such as gas stations, fast food restaurants, etc. With this information, the average stop time at various establishments can be computed such that a list of establishments, or a list of establishments enroute to a particular destination, can be provided in order of the quickest average stop time. This information could simply accumulate historically in each vehicle, or in another embodiment, the information would be transmitted to rental vehicles in the evening over low power business band radio such that all the vehicles in a given area would receive the times spent at various known locations by the drivers of other vehicles. Alternatively, vehicles could use cell phone technology to communicate with a central computer that would collect and update the average stop times for each establishment. 1