Bifurcated communications to a third party through a vehicle

  • US 10,032,319 B2
  • Filed: 12/31/2016
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/07/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle, comprising:

  • a memory to store a user rule applicable to third party vendor communications associated with a user in the vehicle;

    a processor in communication with the memory, the processor is programmed to;

    determine a need for communication with a third party vendor;

    retrieve the user rule from the memory, wherein the user rule defines to which third party vendor the vehicle can send a first communication to address the need, the need relating to a product or service of the third party vendor and wherein the user rule defines one or more of a geographic location of the third party vendor relative to a current location of the vehicle, a monetary amount the vehicle can pay to a third party vendor for a product or service to address the need, and a time limit for the third party vendor to provide the product or service to address the need;

    based on the user rule, select a third party vendor from among multiple possible third party vendors, wherein each of the multiple possible third party vendors is capable of providing the product or service to meet the need; and

    when determined by the user rule, automatically send the first communication to the selected third party vendor to address the need, wherein the first communication is associated with an order for the product or service, wherein the processor provides an authorization to the selected third party vendor to complete the order, wherein the authorization comprises the financial information of the user, and wherein the vehicle uses different antennas positioned at different physical locations on an exterior of the vehicle to provide the first communication and authorization to the selected third party vendor.

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