JP3370018B2 - Battery replacement sales equipment - Google Patents

Battery replacement sales equipment

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JP3370018B2
JP3370018B2 JP19094899A JP19094899A JP3370018B2 JP 3370018 B2 JP3370018 B2 JP 3370018B2 JP 19094899 A JP19094899 A JP 19094899A JP 19094899 A JP19094899 A JP 19094899A JP 3370018 B2 JP3370018 B2 JP 3370018B2
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    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02TCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION
    • Y02T90/00Enabling technologies or technologies with a potential or indirect contribution to GHG emissions mitigation
    • Y02T90/10Technologies related to electric vehicle charging
    • Y02T90/12Electric charging stations
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02TCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION
    • Y02T90/00Enabling technologies or technologies with a potential or indirect contribution to GHG emissions mitigation
    • Y02T90/10Technologies related to electric vehicle charging
    • Y02T90/12Electric charging stations
    • Y02T90/128Energy exchange control or determination

Description

Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention
Automatically exchange the same item as the item by dynamically identifying it
Exchange equipment for selling goods, for example, mounted on electric bicycles
When the battery is discharged
Automatically recognizes and quickly exchanges charged batteries of the same standard.
It relates to a device to be exchanged. Here, "battery"
A secondary battery that can be reused by electricity. [0002] In recent years, global environment such as resource saving and recycling
Product development that takes care of the environment and product development related to elderly care
Is thriving. Reflecting this trend, electric auto
Cars, bicycles with batteries as auxiliary power sources,
Wheelchairs and tricycles powered by teri have been developed.
You. [0003] A battery is used as a power source or a power source.
Means that the remaining power of the battery is
If it is less than the specified amount, the original function cannot be performed.
Become. For example, an electric motor using a battery as an auxiliary power source
For bicycles, the battery usage distance limit after charging is 30 to
It is about 80km, and when used beyond this limit,
The original functions of the electric bicycle will not work. Because of this,
Low or fully discharged batteries
Should be replaced with a usable battery after charging, or
Needs to charge its battery. When replacing a battery, the driver of the vehicle
Carry a spare battery in advance or use the same type of
Do not buy new batteries at retailers that sell
It must be. However, the vehicle power source, or auxiliary
The battery that can supply the necessary power as a power source is still small
It cannot be said that the type and weight have been sufficiently reduced.
It is difficult to carry a battery. Also this
Such batteries have the shape and performance inherent in vehicles.
Is usually available and can be purchased at specialized retailers
Battery is completely discharged or unusable
Is not so common that it can be easily purchased when
No. On the other hand, when charging the battery,
Installation and equipment and a predetermined charging time are required. Electric bicycle
The battery used in the battery needs more than 3 hours for normal charging
Charging while recovering the charging time and battery performance
In this case, charging time of 10 hours or more is required.
You. [0005] Therefore, the present invention is the same as a used battery.
Battery replacement sales that replace and sell standard charged batteries
The main task is to provide a vending device. [0006] The present invention for solving the above-mentioned problems.
Ming's battery replacement and sales equipment is
Or a battery containing multiple types of charged batteries
The re-storing mechanism and battery
Authority judging means for judging whether or not the exchange sale of
The type of used battery placed by the user in the specified area
Type discriminating means for discriminating, and discrimination result by authority discriminating means
Used is determined by the type determination means when is positive
Battery pack of the same type as
Remove the used battery from the
Control means for receiving the data. [0007] Everything stored in the battery storage mechanism
Storage means for storing characteristic information of the charged battery of
Characteristic information of the used battery placed in the predetermined area
Battery replacement vending device comprising:
May be configured. In this case, the type determining means has a feature
The characteristic information detected by the detection means and the information stored in the storage means
Compared with the feature information
It is configured to determine the type of terry. Alternatively, to specify the type of battery
Reading mechanism of card-shaped recording medium storing characteristic information
And the type determination means reads from the card-shaped recording medium.
The type of used battery according to the obtained feature information
You may do it. Alternatively, when the battery is stored in a battery storage mechanism,
To store the characteristic information of all charged batteries
Storage means and the characteristics of the used battery
Feature detection means for detecting signature information and battery type
The card-shaped recording medium that stores the characteristic information for
And a type discriminating means.
The detected feature information is stored in the storage means.
Information read from the card-shaped recording medium.
Identifies the type of used battery when matching the reminders
May be configured. [0010] More preferably, the control means includes an authority discriminating means.
If the result of the step is negative,
Configure to eliminate. In addition, the used
It further includes a charging mechanism for charging the battery, and this charging mechanism
The charged battery is stored in the battery storage mechanism.
The configuration is as follows. An embodiment of the present invention will be described below.
You. Here, a small battery that can be mounted on an electric bicycle is
For insertion of money or alternative prepaid cards
We will explain about the battery exchange and sales equipment that will be exchanged and sold.
You. The battery is installed according to the type of electric bicycle.
It is assumed that what is possible is limited. FIG. 1 shows a battery replacement sales to which the present invention is applied.
It is an external view of a vending device. This battery replacement sales device,
A plurality of battery mounting places and
Battery loading / unloading mechanism and its control mechanism, other control
Control means. A display panel 2 and a prep
Id card reader / writer 3, dedicated card reader / writer
4, coin slot 5, bill slot 6, product button panel
7, a change take-out opening 8 and a battery take-out opening 9 are provided.
Have been killed. Battery collecting port on one side of case 1
10 is provided, the battery outlet 9 and the battery
Doors 9a and 10a are provided at the terry collection port 10, respectively.
Have been. The display panel 2 is a unit of the battery replacement sales device.
It displays a message addressed to the user. pre-paid
The card reader / writer 3 is purchased in advance by the user.
Also, a prepaid card that can be used instead of money
1 or return the prepaid card to the user
A mechanism for performing the operation. The dedicated card reader / writer 4 is provided with a
Dedicated card (IC card) manufactured exclusively for sale
Into the housing 1 or return the special card to the user.
A mechanism for performing the operation. Coin slot 5 and
The bill slot 6 takes the money to be paid by the user into the housing 1.
Provided for the purpose. Product button panel 7 is exchangeable
Multiple buttons provided for each type of battery sold
Are arranged so that you can specify and confirm the type of battery to be sold.
In order to perform authentication, an instruction from the user is received. change
In the outlet 8, the user purchased the battery with money
It is used as a change take-out port. Battery
A predetermined size is provided in a region from the outlet 9 to the inside of the housing 1.
(A first battery mounting place) having a shape
Has been established. The first battery storage area has a replacement
When the authority of the battery replacement is confirmed,
One of the batteries stored in the
Is placed. Similarly, the battery collection port 10
The battery mounting area having a predetermined size (the
2 battery places). This second bus
Battery used by the user is placed in the battery storage area.
It is provided for. FIG. 2 shows the internal structure of the battery exchange / sales apparatus.
FIG. As shown, the battery replacement sales device
Battery carry-out mechanism 1A, carry-in mechanism 1B, battery storage
1C, charging mechanism 1D, and overall control within the device
Control unit 11 that performs the operation, and a loading mechanism that controls the loading mechanism 1B
Control unit 12, unloading mechanism control unit 1 that controls unloading mechanism 1A
3. It has a charging mechanism control unit 14 for controlling the charging mechanism 1D.
ing. In the figure, B1 is a used battery, B1 is charged
Only battery. In addition, it is stored in the battery storage 1C.
The charged battery is always charged by the charging mechanism 1D.
It is to be maintained as is. The contents of the main control section 11 and the main control
Various mechanisms controlled by the control unit 11 will be described with reference to FIG.
explain. The main control unit 11 includes a CPU (Central Processin
g Unit) 111, RAM (Random Access Memory) 11
2. ROM (Read-Only Memory) 113, EEPROM (E
lectrically Erasable and Programable Read-Only Mem
ory) 114, display controller (DISPLAYConto
roller) 115, input controller (Input Control)
er) 116 and I / O (Input / Output) interface
It has a chair 117. These components are stored in the RAM 11
Except for 2, they are interconnected by a bus 118. The CPU 111 executes a predetermined program code
Realize various control functions by reading and executing
Things. RAM 112 is faster than CPU 111
To be accessed via a bus different from bus 118
Connected to the CPU 111. This RAM 112
Is a program code executed by the CPU 111,
Store the data to be processed. The ROM 113 is executed by the CPU 111
It stores various program codes, etc.
You. The EEPROM 114 is a rewritable nonvolatile memory.
Memory, and the CPU 111
Record various information referred to by this
As illustrated in FIG.
Illumination pattern information 114a, battery stock information 114
b, transaction history information 114c is recorded
You. The reference pattern information 114a includes information on the used battery.
The type of battery type that is referred to when comparing types
Information about the roux pattern (feature pattern)
Each silhouette pattern is described in a table format
I have. The stock information 114b is stored in the battery replacement sales device.
Information about the number of charged batteries
It is described in terms of quantity for each type of battery. Transaction
The history information 114c includes the type and time of the battery sold.
Is information that is recorded in the order of battery sales
Stored. The display controller 115 has a CP
Display a message to the user according to the control of U111
Display on panel 2. The input controller 116 is a product
Compatible with replaceable batteries in button panel 7
The product button can be lit by the backlight or
Of the product button to be pressed is detected. I / O interface
The main control unit 11 and the main control unit 11
Interface with various mechanisms provided in
U. I / O interface 1 of main controller 11
17, a money processing mechanism 17 via a bus or the like,
Card reader / writer 3, dedicated card reader / writer 4,
A photographing mechanism 15, a lock mechanism 16, a charging mechanism control unit 14,
The loading mechanism control unit 12 and the unloading mechanism control unit 13 are connected
I have. The money handling mechanism 17 has a coin slot 6 or
When the authenticity of the money inserted from the bill slot 7 is determined,
Then, the total amount of money entered is calculated and transmitted to the CPU 111.
Know. Also, according to the instruction from the CPU 111, fishing
The function of transporting money to the loading area leading to the change take-out port 8
Also have. The prepaid card reader / writer 3 is inserted
The balance information recorded on the prepaid card
And notifies the CPU 111 of the
Recorded on the prepaid card according to the sale of Teri
It has the function of subtracting the sales price from the balance. Dedicated power
Reader / writer 4 is provided on the inserted dedicated card.
Control means (such as an IC chip) and the CPU 111
It has a function to enable electrical connection and phase communication.
I have. The photographing mechanism 15 is connected through the battery collecting port 10.
The used battery placed in the loading area
rge Coupled Device) Shooting
The shadowed image is sent to the CPU 111.
The lock mechanism 16 is used when the battery is not exchanged and sold.
Is locked so that the doors 9a and 10a cannot be opened from the outside.
It is something to do. The loading mechanism 12 has a second battery mounting
Store used batteries placed in the storage area in the designated storage
This is a control to carry in to the place, and the unloading mechanism
Reference numeral 13 denotes a desired charged battery under the control of the CPU 111.
Control for transporting the battery to the first battery
Is what you do. The charging mechanism control unit 14 includes a charging unit (a charging unit).
Battery (including the mechanism)
And ensure that each battery is always charged
It also has a charge management function for performing Next, the battery replacement sales device of this embodiment will be described.
A card that can be used in the device will be described. <Prepaid card> The prepaid card is
With a card-shaped recording medium obtained by paying gold in advance
Yes, you can purchase batteries only for the amount paid
Noh. In this embodiment, the prepaid car
Prepaid card when both cash and banknotes are used
Balances recorded in
ing. <Exclusive card> The exclusive card is an electric bicycle
Card issued to the user when purchasing
It is a recording medium. Here, an IC card that can be settled electronically
An example in one case is given. Fig. 5 shows the configuration of this dedicated card.
Show. The special card 20 is formed of a material such as plastic.
Card body and the specified part of the card body
IC (Integrated Circuit) unit 201
Is configured. The IC unit 201 includes a CPU 202, a RAM
203, ROM 204, EEPROM 205, and I
I / O interface 206 communicates with each other via bus 207
It is connected. The CPU 202 controls the entire IC unit 201.
Dedicated card 20 is responsible for control and dedicated card reader / writer
4, when mounted on the CPU 111 of the main control unit 11,
Perform two-way communication between The RAM 203 is the CPU 20
Stores programs and data used in the processing operation 2
I do. ROM 204 is required for control by CPU 202
Program code. EEPROM 205
Is a purchased electric bicycle or a bag that can be mounted on this bicycle.
Various information related to the battery is stored. I / O interface
When the dedicated card 20 is a dedicated card reader,
When the card reader / writer is attached to the
Interface between the IC and the IC unit 201. Various information stored in the EEPROM 205
Is as shown in FIG. As shown in the figure
In addition, the EEPROM 205 stores the user information 205a,
Product information 205b, battery standard information 205c, transaction
Information 205d and payment information 205e are stored.
You. The user information 205a indicates that the user has purchased a bicycle.
Information about the user, such as the user's name,
Location, etc. are included. In addition, in some cases,
The person holding the business card 20 is a valid owner
May include a password used to make the
You. The applicable product information 205b is
The type and the type of battery that can be mounted on this e-bike
included. The type of electric bicycle and the electric bicycle
The types of batteries that can be installed in a car are not limited to one-to-one,
More than one type of battery can be mounted on the required electric bicycle type
May work. In this case, the applicable product information 205b
Means that a plurality of battery types are included. Transaction
The information 205d describes the type and time of the purchased battery.
Recorded information, accumulated sequentially according to battery purchase
Is done. The payment information 205e corresponds to the purchase of the battery.
Includes electronic payment results. Next, the operation of this embodiment will be described.
You. Here, you can purchase a replacement battery with a dedicated card.
And when purchasing a replacement battery with a prepaid card
Will be described respectively. <Exchange purchase with dedicated card> The dedicated card 20 is the user
When inserted into the dedicated card reader / writer 4 by the
The card reader / writer 4 is an IC chip of the dedicated card 20
201 and the main control unit 11 are electrically connected and
To the CPU 111 that the business card 20 has been inserted
(Step S101). The CPU 111 responds to this notification.
Communication with the CPU 202 in the IC chip 201
And the data stored in the EEPROM 205
User information 205a, applicable product information 205b, battery
The standard information 205c is read (step S102).
When the information is read, it is stored in the user information 205a.
The user enters the special card 2 using the password
It may be confirmed whether or not the user is a valid owner of 0. After reading the information, the CPU 111
To the lock mechanism 16 to unlock the door 10a.
Used together with the display controller 115
To place the used battery in the second battery
Instruct the user to display a prompt message. Lock mechanism
16 unlocks the door 10a of the battery recovery port 10
And the user places the used battery on the second battery
So that it can be placed on the floor. The display controller 115
The door 10a is opened and the used battery is
A message prompting the user to place the device in the housing 1 from the outlet 10
Is displayed on the display panel 2 (step S103). use
When the used battery is placed and the door 10a is closed, C
The PU 111 shoots a used battery for the shooting mechanism 16.
To determine the type of used battery (step S1).
04). This processing will be described later in detail. The CPU 111 determines the type of the determined battery.
And the battery described in the applicable product information 205b
(Step S)
105). That is, the used place placed in the second place
Battery type and stored in dedicated card 20
Here it is checked whether the battery type matches
You. If the battery types match (step S10
5: Yes), the CPU 111 matches the battery type.
Type and confirmed with reference to the stock information 114b.
Whether there is a stock of batteries corresponding to the battery type
A determination is made (step S106). When the battery is in stock (step S1)
06: Yes), the CPU 111 performs a settlement / recording process
At the same time, the battery
Instructs the terry unloading mechanism 18 (steps S107, S1)
08). In the settlement / recording process, control by the CPU 111 is performed.
Your transaction information 205d and payment information of the card 20
205e for each new transaction and payment information
Is recorded by the dedicated card reader / writer 14. Ma
In the main control unit 11, the location of the EEPROM 114 is
Warehouse information 114b is updated, and transaction history information 114c is updated.
Information is accumulated. The battery unloading mechanism 18 is a housing
Of the batteries of the type
Battery from battery holding / charging mechanism 15
Then, it is transported to and placed on the first battery mounting place. After that, the CPU 111
Is returned to the user (step S109).
Dedicated card 20 is ejected from dedicated card reader / writer 4
Is done. At this time, the display controller 15 is used.
Receiving the special card 20, opening the door 9a and
Display a message prompting the user to retrieve
May be displayed in the file 2. The CPU 111
In addition, the user receives the dedicated card 20 and
After confirming that the removal of the battery has been completed,
And instructs the carry-in mechanism controller 12 to collect the battery.
Lock mechanism 16 to lock doors 9a and 10a
To instruct. The loading mechanism control unit 12 controls the loading mechanism and
Used batteries placed in the second battery loading area
Transport to the designated storage. Is the lock mechanism 16 external?
Lock the doors 9a and 10a so that they do not open (step
S110). In step S105, the discriminator determined
Type and the description in the applicable product information 205b.
Battery type does not match (step S
105, No), and the CPU 111
Type confirmation processing, and when there is a specific instruction from the user
The type of battery to be provided in the event (step S1
11). Step if specific instructions from user
It returns to the process of S106 (step S111, Yes). You
When there is no specific instruction from the user (step S111, N
o), the CPU 111 returns the dedicated card 20 for use
Display panel 2 for returning used battery
Finger on the display controller 115 so that the
(Step S112). The used battery is
After being taken out through the battery collecting port 10, the CPU 111
Instructs the lock mechanism 16 to close the door 10a. In step S106, the type determined
Battery is not available (step S106: N
o), the CPU 111 indicates that the battery is out of stock
It is displayed on panel 2 (step S113). After this, before
Steps S112 and S110 described above are executed.
You. By the above processing, the use of the dedicated card 20 is
Used batteries are collected and used batteries
The same type of charged battery is provided to the user.
You. Here, the type of battery in step S104
The class determination process will be described with reference to FIG. First,
A second battery storage or door 10a
Used by sensors and switches (not shown)
The placement of the battery is detected (step S201, Ye
s). Notifying the CPU 111 of the used battery placement
Is done. In response to this notification, the CPU 111
Is instructed to shoot the used battery. Shooting mechanism
Reference numeral 16 denotes a used battery sill using a CCD camera.
The user shoots an ET (step S202). The image data of the used battery is stored in a CPU.
It is sent to 111. The CPU 111 transmits the transmitted image data.
And each sill included in the reference pattern information 114a.
The pattern that matches the image pattern and matches the image data
Is determined in the reference pattern 114a.
(Steps S203, S204). Reference pattern information 1
14a is included (step
(Step S204, Yes), Step S105 shown in FIG.
Proceed to processing. A pattern matching the reference pattern information 114a
If no turn is included (step S204, N
o), the CPU 111 is used in the second place.
The type of the used battery is
Display on the display panel 2 that it is not included in the elephant type (step
Step S205). This post-processing is performed by the steps shown in FIG.
Proceed to step S112. With the above processing, the type of the battery is identified.
Is performed. In addition, the CPU 111 transmits the
After applying the specified image processing to the sent image data
Each silhouette pattern of the reference pattern information 114a
It is preferable to compare with. Next, in step S111 of FIG.
Diagram for determining whether there is a specific instruction from the user
This will be described with reference to FIG. Proceed to step S111
In the course, the determined battery type and applicable product information
205b matches the battery type
The decision has not been made. The CPU 111
Is displayed to notify the user of a mismatch such as
It is displayed on panel 2 (step S301). Further, C
PU 111 is a step on product button panel 7
The product button corresponding to the battery type determined in S104
Tongue and the battery described in the product information 205b.
Turn on both the product button corresponding to the type and
User to request the product or press the desired product button.
Is displayed on the display panel 2. However, here, any battery type
Assuming that the user cannot determine whether or not
A cancel button is provided in advance on the product button panel 7 and
These are also turned on (step S302). In addition, users
The type of the electric bicycle included in the information 205a
To the user, and the electric bicycle used by the user and
Confirms with the user whether it is consistent with the code 20.
May be given. The CPU 111
Of pressing any button on the product button panel 7
(Step S303, Yes), the pressed button is
It is determined whether the button is a product button (step S30).
4). If the pressed button is a product button (step
(Step S304, Yes), the user issues a message regarding the type of battery.
It is determined that there is a specific instruction in step S106 in FIG.
Proceed to processing. The pressed button is the cancel button
If there is (step S304, No), the user
It is determined that you wish to cancel the exchange,
The process proceeds to step S112 in FIG. By the above processing, the battery of the battery determined
Kind and battery described in applicable product information 205b
If the type does not match the user's
Can be recognized. In addition, due to user's mistake, other
When the special card 20 for the electric bicycle is inserted
Even the battery type of the used battery and the dedicated car
If there is any discrepancy with the battery type recorded in
Can be notified. Therefore, user mistakes
Erroneous battery purchase can be prevented. <Exchange purchase with prepaid card> FIG.
This will be described with reference to FIG. Prepay by the user
Card is inserted into the prepaid card reader / writer 3
Then, the prepaid card reader / writer 3
Notify CPU 111 that an id card has been inserted
(Step S401). CPU 111 is a dedicated card
As in the case (FIG. 7, step S103), the lock mechanism
16 and an instruction to the display controller 115.
Thereby, the lock of the door 10a is released, and the message
Is displayed on the display panel 2 (step S402). Sa
Further, the used battery is placed, and the door 10a is closed.
Then, similarly to the processing in step S104 of FIG.
U111 determines the type of the used battery (step
Step S403). The description of this process has already been described in detail.
The description is omitted. The CPU 111 determines whether the battery
The product button corresponding to the type of
Is displayed on the display panel 2 prompting the user to confirm
Steps S404 and S405). After this, the CPU 111
Indicates that if the lit product button is pressed, the user
Judge that the battery type was confirmed by the
Step S406: Yes). After this, the special card
Except that a prepaid card is applied instead of
Steps S107 to S110, S112, and S11 in FIG.
3 respectively correspond to the processes of FIG.
You. In addition, product buttons other than the lit product button
Or the cancel button provided in advance.
If any of the shifts is pressed by the user (step S40)
6: No), the CPU 111 cancels the battery replacement.
Is displayed on the display panel 2 (step S40).
8). Subsequent processing is the same as for prepaid cards
(Steps S409 and S410). By the above processing, the used battery is recovered.
As well as charged of the same type as the battery
Battery is provided to the user. In addition, the above processing
In the flow, the user confirms the determined battery type.
Processing is included. Therefore, user error
A different battery is loaded into the housing 1 from the battery recovery port 10.
Even if placed, the user will recognize the mistake
You have the opportunity. As described in detail above, the battery of the present embodiment
The re-sale and sales equipment will collect used batteries.
In the meantime, charging is completed with the same type as this used battery.
Battery can be immediately provided to the user
You. In this embodiment, the special card 20
Or for exchange sales when using a prepaid card
As described above, coins are inserted through the coin slot 5 and the bill slot 6.
When a bill is inserted, it is exchanged in the same way as a prepaid card.
Exchange sales can be performed. However, in this case, money
Processing for determining the authenticity of cash by the processing mechanism 12 is added.
Is preferably added. Also, when determining the type of battery,
In advance, an identification tag indicating the type of battery
Even if done by recognizing this identification tag
Good. In addition, the charged battery or
Means a fully charged battery is a used battery
Battery that has been recharged or an unused
Including. As is apparent from the above description, the present invention
According to the collection of used batteries,
Can provide the same type of charged battery as the battery
it can.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a diagram showing an external appearance of a battery exchange / sales apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a diagram showing an internal configuration of the battery exchange / sales apparatus. FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing a hardware configuration of the battery exchange / sales apparatus. FIG. 4 is a view showing information stored in an EEPROM of the battery replacement / sales apparatus. FIG. 5 is a diagram for explaining a hardware configuration of a dedicated card that can be used in the battery exchange / sales apparatus. FIG. 6 is a view showing information stored in an EEPROM of the dedicated card. FIG. 7 is a procedure explanatory diagram for explaining a battery replacement sales process when the dedicated card is used. FIG. 8 is a procedure explanatory diagram for explaining a process of determining a battery type of a used battery. FIG. 9 is a procedure explanatory diagram for describing a process executed when the type of battery recorded on the dedicated card is different from the type of battery determined from used batteries. FIG. 10 is a procedure explanatory diagram for explaining a battery replacement sales process when a prepaid card is used. FIG. 11 is a procedure explanatory diagram for explaining a battery replacement sales process when a prepaid card is used. [Description of Signs] 1 housing 2 display panel 3 prepaid card reader / writer 4 dedicated card reader / writer 5 coin slot 6 bill slot 7 commodity button panel 9 battery outlet 9a door 1A battery unloading mechanism 1B battery unloading mechanism 1C Battery storage 1D Charging mechanism 10 Battery recovery port 10a Door 11 Main control unit 12 Loading mechanism control unit 13 Unloading mechanism control unit 14 Charging mechanism control unit 15 Image capturing mechanism 16 Lock mechanism 17 Money processing mechanism 20 Special card

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  1. (57) [Claims 1] A battery storage mechanism storing one or more types of charged batteries to be exchanged and sold,
    Authority judging means for judging whether or not a battery can be exchanged and sold based on operation contents from a user, type judging means for judging a type of used battery placed by a user in a predetermined area, and said authority judging means Control means for carrying out a charged battery of the same type as the used battery determined by the type determination means when the determination result is affirmative from the battery storage mechanism and collecting the used battery. Storage means for storing characteristic information of all charged batteries stored in the battery storage mechanism; characteristic detecting means for detecting characteristic information of a used battery placed in the predetermined area; A reading mechanism of a card-shaped recording medium storing characteristic information for specifying the characteristic information. Specifying the type of the used battery when the characteristic information detected by the means matches the characteristic information stored in the storage means and matches the characteristic information read from the card-shaped recording medium. Characterized by a battery replacement sales device. 2. A storage means for storing characteristic information of all charged batteries stored in the battery storage mechanism, and a characteristic detecting means for detecting characteristic information of a used battery placed in the predetermined area. Wherein the type determining unit determines the type of the used battery by comparing the characteristic information detected by the characteristic detecting unit with the characteristic information stored in the storage unit. The battery exchange / sales device according to claim 1. 3. The battery exchange / sales apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit is configured to exclude a user operation when a result of the determination by the authority determining unit is negative. . 4. The battery according to claim 1, further comprising a charging mechanism for charging the collected used battery, wherein the battery charged by the charging mechanism is stored in the battery storage mechanism. Exchange sales equipment.
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