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Shared vehicle system and method with system for carrying a first vehicle with a second vehicle
Abstract
A shared vehicle system includes a central facility, at least one vehicle distribution port facility and a plurality or fleet of vehicles, each having a vehicle subsystem. In general, the central station and port facility and the vehicle subsystems communicate in a manner to allow a user to enter information at a port facility. That information is then communicated to the central facility, where the information is processed to select a vehicle from the fleet to allocate to the user at the port facility. Selection of a vehicle for allocation to a user may be based on selecting an available or soon to be available vehicle according to various algorithms that take into account the vehicles state of charge. The central station also communicates with the port facility and the vehicle subsystem to notify the user of the selected vehicle, to provide secure user access to the selected vehicle, to monitor the location and operating status of vehicles in the fleet, to monitor the state of charge of electric vehicles and to provide other functions. The vehicles communicate with the central station to notify the central station of the PIN number of the individual attempting to use the vehicle, and of vehicle parameters such as state of charge and location of the vehicle.
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2000
Richard A. Powell1
Estimated H-index: 1
A dual level hitch adapted to be connected to the front or rear of a vehicle. The hitch is provided with an upper and lower receiver adapted to receive either a ball mount or a platform for storing cargo. The upper and lower receivers are connected together utilizing a vertical extension bar. The vertical extension bar can be tilted in both the forward as well as the rearward direction to facilitate the opening and closing of a tailgate of the vehicle.
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William O. Taft1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
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1993
Ernest P. Mortensen1
Estimated H-index: 1
This tow bar is designed for lifting the front wheel and towing a two-wheeled automotive vehicle on its rear wheel and is removable for storage. Primarily, it consists of a top section that has a tongue for fastening to the trailer hitch on the towing vehicle and a lifting device for lifting the bottom section which contains a cradle for the front wheel on the vehicle that is to be towed and the bottom section is secured to the top section by means of uprights that traverse inside the vertical m...
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1991
Israel Hirshberg1
Estimated H-index: 1
A highly automated car-rental system based on a specially equipped fleet of cars for hire and one or more control stations. An authorized subscriber can enter any car of the fleet which is free for hire at any location, and use it for a desired period of time, parking it at the end of the hire period at any authorized parking place. Cars are equipped with customer, identification means, means enabling use of tile car or refusing such use, monitoring means for the main subsystems and other parame...
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1975
Haas Lawrence J1
Estimated H-index: 1
A carrying device for small two-wheeled vehicles such as mini bikes includes a clamp for securing the carrier to a conventional trailer hitch. The clamp includes an upper plate having an upwardly concave socket surface complementary to the curvature of the ball hitch and a lower socket which receives the ball hitch nut. The upper and lower plates are clamped together by a pair of bolts. Support arms extending upwardly from the upper plate include cantilevered portions for supporting a vehicle or...
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1984
Mikio Takeuchi2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Kinichiro Nakano14
Estimated H-index: 14
,
Motoki Hirano9
Estimated H-index: 9
A keyless entry system can lock and unlock an automotive vehicle door, a trunk lid, a glove box and/or a steering column without an ignition key. The system comprises a transmitter producing a radio signal indicative of a preset unique code, and a controller receiving the radio signal and performing desired locking or unlocking operation when the code from the transmitter matches a preset code. A manual switch is provided to order the transmitter to transmit the code-indicative radio signal to t...
66 Citations Source
1995
Konrad Dr.-Ing. Klein4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Daimler AG),
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Daimler AG)
The invention provides a hire vehicle transport system of the type in which a plurality of usable vehicles are available for hire at one or more collection and return points, and a control center performs control and monitoring functions. The collection and return points are equipped with automatic collection and return machines which issue, to authorized persons, driving authorizations for the vehicles parked at the respective collection and return point in the form of associated vehicle keys a...
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1997
Katsutoshi Tagami14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Honda),
Masaki Ban6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Honda)
+ 1 AuthorsYasushi Okada13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Honda)
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94 Citations Source
1995
Tomoaki Nakai5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Honda),
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Estimated H-index: 5
(Honda),
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Estimated H-index: 12
(Honda)
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Estimated H-index: 17
(Microsoft),
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Estimated H-index: 54
(Microsoft)
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Estimated H-index: 11
(Microsoft)
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2001
Donald T. Gantz1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
John R. Gray1
Estimated H-index: 1
An on-line ride sharing system employs a dynamic database of geographical information in map form together with information that is input into the system by individual users and potential users of the system. An analysis program is integrated with the database to evaluate applications filed by users, and to present a user with a map display of origin and destination locations of potential ride sharing partners. A communication route is provided by the system between the user and potential partne...
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Derik Reiser1
Estimated H-index: 1
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2002
Satoshi Tamai1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NEC)
A method for individually renting a private car is provided which enables a traveler to rent the private car of a dealer at a place where a journey is made. First customer information about a scheduled traveling period during which a party from whom a car is rent is transmitted. The first customer information is input to a dealer server via a dealer terminal and private car availability information is provided a party who is scheduled to visit a region where the private car which the first custo...
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2004
Timothy J. Carrico1
Estimated H-index: 1
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2008
Derrick Meer1
Estimated H-index: 1
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2003
Koichi Ogura5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Honda),
Kazuhiro Nakamura9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Honda)
+ 1 AuthorsShunsuke Otake1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Honda)
A shared vehicle distribution instruction apparatus instructs the movement of shared vehicles between ports appropriately. When instructions are issued to personnel 8 to move a shared vehicle 2 so that bias does not occur in the number of parked shared vehicles 2 between a plurality of ports, first a vehicle administration apparatus 1 a, in order to ascertain accurately an excess or lack status of shared vehicles 2 for each port, estimates the number of shared vehicles 2 parked at each port afte...
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2012
Raziuddin Ali2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 4
+ 2 AuthorsKarthikeyan Krishnakumar3
Estimated H-index: 3
A remote control device is authorized to command the presentation of information from an information presenting device by communicating with the information presenting device by a first mode of communications while the remote control device and the information presenting device are proximate. In response to the authorizing, the information presenting device is unlocked to permit the presentation of information in response to commands from the remote control device. After the unlocking, the infor...
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2011
Yong Hoon Choi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Deutsche Telekom),
Marcus Heitmann Heitmann1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Deutsche Telekom)
A method for assisting a vehicle user in locating a vehicle when parked includes detecting via a mobile device that the vehicle has been placed in a parked state and, in response to detecting that the vehicle has been placed in a parked state, automatically retrieving the vehicle location to the mobile device and recording the vehicle location on the mobile device. The method further entails providing, in response to a request from the user to locate the parked vehicle, instructions to the user ...
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Hiroshi Murakami8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of California, Berkeley),
Shunji Yano7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of California, Berkeley)
+ 2 AuthorsMichael D. Todd29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of California, Berkeley)
A shared vehicle system includes a central facility, at least one vehicle distribution port facility and a plurality or fleet of vehicles, each having a vehicle subsystem. In general, the central station and port facility and the vehicle subsystems communicate in a manner to allow a user to enter information at a port facility. That information is then communicated to the central facility, where the information is processed to select a vehicle from the fleet to allocate to the user at the port f...
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