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Unattended automated bicycle rental station
Abstract
An unattended, automated bicycle rental system utilizes a bicycle rental station having a locking bicycle rack and a control tower. The bicycle rack has an inventory of rental bicycles of non standard size as inventory and the bicycles are locked in place on the rack in distinct bicycle-receiving bays. The control tower incudes a credit card reader that unlocks a specific bicycle from its bay upon insertion of a bank or credit card and begins timing the period of time in which the bicycle is away from the rental station. When the bicycle is returned, it is placed into the bay and in contact with the rack so that an identification sensor can determine if it is a system bicycle and lock it in place in the rack and bill the credit card for the rental charge.
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1990
Dean R. Devolpi1
Estimated H-index: 1
A security system for bicycles, ski racks and coat racks which includes a control in which a user can place a specific code for the specific lock which is to be used after which a free end of the cable can be passed through the device to be secured such as a bicycle, coat or a pair of skis and then inserted into the receptacle which locks. The security system includes an alarm when the cable carries either an electrical, a fibre optic or a pneumatic line such that if the cable is severed by a th...
44 Citations Source
1989
Steven L. Sunyich1
Estimated H-index: 1
A credit card operable storage system is provided. A plurality of credit card accessed and computer operated safes are communicatively linked to a respective branch computer, which is in turn communicatively linked to a central host computer (central host). The safes transmit use information (including credit card information) to their respective branch computers where the information is stored and periodically transmitted to the central host. The central host processes the use information into ...
14 Citations Source
1973
Spring W1
Estimated H-index: 1
An apparatus for securing a bicycle in a rack provided with a coin-controlled key-operated locking device associated with a permanent rack structure adapted to embrace a substantial portion of the bicycle frame, and a binding member adapted to secure other parts of the bicycle to the rack through the operation of the locking device.
18 Citations Source
1981
Steven F. Cook1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Glen E. Burlingame1
Estimated H-index: 1
A locking bicycle rack comprises a plurality of individual bicycle stalls each including a bifurcated swing arm which is pivotally mounted to traverse the stall and engage both wheels and the frame of a bicycle positioned within the stall. The swing arms engage a locking mechanism which includes a latch to maintain the swing arms across the stalls while the stalls are unoccupied. Upon receipt of a predetermined number of coins, a centrally located stall selection mechanism allows selection of an...
22 Citations Source
1988
Thomas L. Jewell1
Estimated H-index: 1
A distributed authorization system and process for authorizing transactions utilizes a host computer communicating with a network of electronic terminals remote from the host computer. It includes storing negative file data in the electronic terminal containing information used to identify accounts for which requested transactions are to be denied, and storing authorization file data in the electronic terminal containing information used to determine whether to authorize a requested transaction....
202 Citations Source
1992
Kathryn L. Ainsworth1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Mark B. Beezer1
Estimated H-index: 1
A bicycle security system includes a locking bicycle rack and employs a user's automated teller banking card to operate the system and debit charges accrued in connection with use of the system from the user's bank account. The locking system has an electronic control means which locks and unlocks the bicycle rack by means of a banking card. The electronic control means includes a timer which tracks time in connection with use of the system. The control means thereafter calculates a charge based...
45 Citations Source
1987
Denis Bernier1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Jean-Francois Simard1
Estimated H-index: 1
A locking fixture for use in locking up two wheeled vehicles such as bicycles or motorcycles. The fixture has a housing and at least one elongated, flexible locking member. One end of the locking member is fixedly mounted within the housing. The other end of the locking member is adapted to be inserted into the housing through an opening, and held therein to form a closed loop to hold the vehicle to the housing. A latch is provided within the housing to hold the other end of the locking member. ...
36 Citations Source
1972
Carrilo P1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Montoya M1
Estimated H-index: 1
A coin operated security rack apparatus for bicycles to minimize the danger of thefts, the apparatus having a bicycle rack with locking means for both front and rear wheels. The locking means for the wheels includes a shaft for securing the locking means in the locked position after the locking means have been locked on the wheels. A coin operated mechanism controls the shaft and locks it in the locking position so that the locking means for the wheels cannot be open until the coin operated mech...
10 Citations Source
1987
Wayne F. Larson13
Estimated H-index: 13
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Walter G. Henderson11
Estimated H-index: 11
Real estate lockbox and key designs are disclosed which provide a variety of operational features. Also disclosed is a comprehensive system that allows real estate boards and agencies to efficiently manage their lockbox operations. Features provided by the system include the ability to record all accesses to all lockboxes; transfer all or part of such records from the lockboxes to the real estate agency or board; organize and review such records at the agency or board offices; disable operation ...
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1989
Jakob Lassche1
Estimated H-index: 1
A device for retaining a body which may be a bicycle wheel includes an automatic locking mechanism normally disposed in inoperative position but moved to operative locking position when the body is moved into place. A manual release mechanism is provided to allow the body to be removed and a coin operated mechanism is also provided to retain the locking mechanism in operative position until a key allowed of removal by actuation of the coin operated mechanism is reinserted and turned. The actuati...
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2009
Michel Dallaire1
Estimated H-index: 1
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2012
Hannes Neupert1
Estimated H-index: 1
The invention relates to a modular vehicle system, having an electric vehicle (2, 2′), in particular a lightweight electric vehicle, and at least one module (3, 120) which can be connected to the electric vehicle (2, 2′). The electric vehicle (2, 2′) has at least one on-board power supply system (13, 101) for supplying energy to an electrical drive unit (114), one or more interfaces (4, 114) which are connected to the on-board power supply system (13, 101) and are intended for connecting at leas...
11 Citations Source
2013
Wolfgang Schmid6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Audi),
Ulrich Pfeiffer2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Audi)
A molding for a vehicle side carrier structure has hat least one recess for receiving a securing means of a roof load carrier device, the cross section of the molding is configured so that a roof load carrier device is only detachably fastenable to the molding by engagement of at least one securing means provided on the roof load carrier device in the at least one recess of the molding, and at least one sensor device is configured for detecting a change of a magnetic field in the region of the r...
2 Citations Source
2013
Joon Kyu Song5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Mando Corporation)
Disclosed herein are a bicycle rental system and method. The bicycle rental system includes a public bicycle (10), a bicycle holder (20), a bicycle management server which transmits rental approval information and return confirmation information to the outside, and a user terminal which is provided to be capable of performing wireless communicate with the public bicycle (10), is linked to the bicycle management server via a network, is provided with identification information of the public bicyc...
18 Citations Source
2012
Gregory S. Hopper1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Peter Kent McCammon2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 1 AuthorsElizabeth Wells Shumadine2
Estimated H-index: 2
A vehicle immobilizing device includes a lock, user interface, memory configured to store an unlock code, and processor. The lock has a latch mechanism and the processor controls movement of the latch mechanism from a locked position to an unlocked position so that the immobilizing device can be removed from a vehicle. A person installing the immobilizing device on a vehicle utilizes the user interface to enter and store an unlock code and an identification code in the device memory at the time ...
5 Citations Source
2015
Mu-tsun Chen1
Estimated H-index: 1
A bicycle locking and parking device for parking a bicycle is provided. The bicycle locking and parking device comprises a parking seat, a control module, a locking unit, and a bicycle locking mechanism. The bicycle locking mechanism comprises a locking groove, a first locking member, a reciprocating displacement limiter, a second locking member, and a third locking member. Wherein, the control module drives the third locking member, and the control module cooperates with the second locking memb...
2 Citations Source
2014
Ansgar Varick Strother1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Keith Ballew Porter1
Estimated H-index: 1
A system and method for bicycle sharing and rental with a rack and one or more bicycles. The rack has a base with one or more locking arm(s), wherein each locking arm has a first end secured to the base and a second end, further wherein the second end has a fixture attached. The rack does not have any closed loops, preventing unauthorized bicycles from being secured to it. The bicycles have a controllable portion of a locking mechanism and a control device, wherein the control device is configur...
5 Citations Source
2006
Roger C. Larson1
Estimated H-index: 1
A manually operated bicycle storage and retrieval assembly for loading, storing and unloading bikes. The storage assembly is mountable within or to the top of existing bicycle storage racks. The storage assembly has a frame, a lower track, an upper track and a dampening system which interconnects the lower and upper trolley track. The upper track has front and rear bike wheel securement structures which secure a bike to the upper track. A cooperating tool assembly is provided to operate the bicy...
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2009
Anatoli Stobbe10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Astra),
Wilfried Herrmann5
Estimated H-index: 5
A bicycle securing system consisting of a bicycle station as well as at least one bicycle is described. A bicycle securing system consists of a user communication terminal and at least one bicycle stand. The bicycle stand and the bicycle comprise retaining and docking means as well as registration and identification means. The retaining and docking means comprise a pin provided with a bolt lock on the bicycle side and a pin and bolt receptacle on the bicycle stand side. The registration and iden...
14 Citations Source
An automatic bike locking charging machine is provided. By operating a control member and a slot of a panel, a control circuit board drives a control unit to open or close a swing rod connected with a rotary rod of a decelerating device with respect to a casing, such that the frame of a bike is restrained between a hooking rod of the casing and the swing rod of the rotary rod of the decelerating device to park the bike and to provide an anti-theft function.
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