Location sharing service between GPS-enabled wireless devices, with shared target location exchange

  • US 10,149,092 B1
  • Filed: 02/09/2017
  • Issued: 12/04/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • at least one server;

    server-accessible memory to store payment information in a manner associated with an account for a user, the user associated with a GPS-enabled wireless device;

    software, responsive to a first request from the user, to cause the at least one server toidentify individuals having respective GPS-enabled wireless devices who, responsive to location information reported by the respective GPS-enabled wireless devices, are located within a geography, andtransmit information representing the identified individuals to the GPS-enabled wireless device associated with the user;

    software, responsive to a second request from the user, to cause the at least one server toselect, responsive to the information representing the identified individuals, one of the identified individuals for mapping, the selection effective via input entered into the GPS-enabled wireless device associated with the user;

    obtain a map, dependent on GPS coordinates received from the GPS-enabled device associated with the user, andtransmit the map to the GPS-enabled device associated with the user, for display thereon, the map to plot position of the selected one of the identified individuals; and

    software, responsive to a third request from the user, the third request specifying a meeting location entered via the GPS-enabled wireless device associated with the user, to cause the at least one server to transmit the meeting location to the GPS-enabled wireless device respective to the selected one of the identified individuals;

    wherein at least one communication between the server and the GPS-enabled wireless device associated with the user is dependent on the payment by the user, as determined from payment information stored in the server-accessible memory.

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