Generating an optimal refueling plan for road vehicles

Patent No. 10,101,171 

Issued: October 16, 2018
Filed: September 26, 2014
Term Extension: 362 days

Inventors: Abuelsaad; Kelly (Somers, NY), Boss; Gregory J. (Saginaw, MI), McConnell; Kevin C. (Austin, TX), McElligott; Shane B. (Apex, NC)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

Generating a refueling plan for a vehicle on a route including the steps of monitoring fuel consumption of the vehicle and an amount of fuel remaining within the vehicle. When a fuel level within the vehicle falls below a threshold, determining a number of miles remaining on the route and fuel mileage of the vehicle and generating a list of fuel stations which are within driving range of the vehicle based on the vehicle's fuel mileage. The list may also include fuel stations which are outside the driving range of the vehicle which have a service for delivery of fuel to a point within the driving range of the vehicle and at least a price of the fuel and brand of the fuel at each of the fuel stations. The list of fuel stations is provided to a user of the vehicle for selecting a fuel station for refueling.

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