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System for Automated Vehicle Fueling and Tracking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239175D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 36K

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Disclosed is a system based on a wireless communication that occurs between a fueling station and a vehicle. The wireless communication facilitates data exchanges between the vehicle and the pump for maximum time and fuel efficiency, and enables the storing and mining of data for individual and big data applications.

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System for Automated Vehicle Fueling and Tracking

To fuel motor vehicles, drivers repeat the same manual tasks each time (i.e. select fuel grade, enter payment information, govern the amount pumped, complete transaction, request receipt, etc.). When performed at a time of day when the driver is in a hurry, this process can consume an undesirable amount of time. The manual process also prevents the easy collection of user data for big data uses (e.g., city planning, governance, marketing, fueling process improvements, vehicle design improvements, etc.).

The best possible solution in existence is tap-to-pay, which removes a couple of seconds from the actual payment step. Sadly, tap-to-pay itself is extremely rare at fueling stations. It solves none of the other problem tasks.

The novel contribution is a system based on a wireless communication that occurs between a fueling station (i.e. gas pump) and a vehicle. The module in the vehicle communicates to the pump any stored user preferences for any of these tasks designated by the owner. The pump service module uses this data to select, dispense, and bill for the fuel. Any data generated by the pump service module relating to the transaction is transferred back to the vehicle module. This system also eliminates the need for paper receipts, since a signed digital receipt is provided as part of the transaction. Past fuel quantities can also be used as an additional security measure.

A similar transaction can occur at public weigh stations for freight trucks, except that no fuel is (necessarily) dispensed. The weigh station service module records the vehicle information along with the weighing results and any ancillary data collection, and then transfers all transaction information to the vehicle module for confirmation.


Before a transaction begins, the user authorizes a new transaction by a personally authenticated method (e.g., a control on the interior of the vehicle, a smartphone application, a radio frequency identification (RFID) fob, etc.). This prepares the vehicle module to begin a new transaction. When the fuel nozzle is attached to the vehicle, a key exchange is initiated to encrypt the transaction. The vehicle then sends a transaction request to the service module with some or all of the following information (and possibly more):

 Vehicle ID (vehicle public key is already unique)

 Fuel preference (e.g., premium, least expensive, 89+ octane, etc.); pre-established by manufacturer but can be overridden by owner

 Maximum transaction price; the maximum the owner is willing to pay per tank fill-up

 Maximum fuel volume (e.g., fill-up, five gallons, etc.)

 Payment information (e.g., credit card, bank draft, third party billing system, etc.)

 Vehicle Make/Model (governed by privacy controls, default status is "on")

 Tracking flag; allows information delivery to data aggregators (governed by


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privacy controls, default status is "on")

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