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1. CA2349479 - VEHICLE SERVICE STATUS TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Office Canada
Application Number 2349479
Application Date 30.05.2001
Publication Number 2349479
Publication Date 29.12.2001
Publication Kind A1
IPC
H04L 12/16
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
02Details
16Arrangements for providing special services to substations
G08G 1/123
GPHYSICS
08SIGNALLING
GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
1Traffic control systems for road vehicles
123indicating the position of vehicles, e.g. scheduled vehicles
CPC
G08G 1/20
GPHYSICS
08SIGNALLING
GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
1Traffic control systems for road vehicles
20Monitoring the location of vehicles belonging to a group, e.g. fleet of vehicles, countable or determined number of vehicles
Applicants U-HAUL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Inventors GOOD, GARY
Priority Data 09/607189 29.06.2000 US
Title
(EN) VEHICLE SERVICE STATUS TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD
(FR) SYSTEME ET METHODE DE CONTROLE DE L'ETAT DE SERVICE DE VEHICULES
Abstract
(EN)
A system and methods to allow multiple stations in geographically dispersed locations to monitor and track vehicle repair record and service status information in a coordinated fashion. In a service area comprised of a number of geographically-bounded service regions, at least one regional communications terminal is provided in communication with a plurality of local communications terminals. Each local communications terminal and regional communications terminal communicates with a vehicle service status database. Vehicle service events are entered into a vehicle tracking system and maintained using the vehicle status database. Database files are exchanged between local communications terminals and regional communications terminals and with a central equipment manager in order to provide timely and accurate dissemination of service status. Vehicle service status, including an equipment availability prediction, is shared with marketing offices and retail locations to enable personnel at such locations to make informed decisions in allocating particular equipment to a customer based on the customer's needs.