Recovery of time due to an unplanned event on a reserved route

Patent No. 9,292,891

Issued: March 22, 2016
Filed: June 24, 2014

Inventor: Boss; Gregory Jensen (Saginaw, MI), Jones; Andrew R. (Round Rock, TX), Lingafelt; Charles Steven (Durham, NC), McConnell; Kevin C. (Austin, TX), Moore, Jr.; John Elbert (Brownsburg, IN)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

Providing reserved routes for a plurality of vehicles, in which the at least a location is monitored and communicated from each of a plurality of vehicles having GPS devices and traveling to destinations on reserved routes with guaranteed arrival times. For a traffic event along one of the reserved routes; determining if any of the plurality of vehicles are affected or will be affected by the traffic event and calculating alternate routes for those vehicles The alternate routes are sent to the GPS devices in the affected or possibly affected vehicles and once the vehicle has reached the destination, comparing an actual arrival time of the vehicle at the destination to the guaranteed arrival time, and if the actual arrival time is later than the guaranteed arrival time, crediting a user of the vehicle for at least a portion of an amount paid for reserving the reserved route.

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