Location sharing and map support in connection with services request

  • US 10,313,826 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2018
  • Issued: 06/04/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of sharing location in connection with a request for service from a customer to a service-based organization, the method comprising:

  • providing an application for selective download to a first wireless device, wherein the first wireless device belongs to the customer and is a GPS- and web-enabled cell phone;

    receiving via a wide area network (“


    ) GPS coordinates of the first wireless device from the application which was selectively downloaded to the first wireless device;

    selecting a map according to the received GPS coordinates and transmitting the map via the WAN for display on the first wireless device to the customer via the application;

    via the application, providing the customer with respective positions of individuals associated with the service-based organization, each of the individuals having a respective GPS- and web-enabled cell phone, each having respective equipment;

    receiving, from the application and via the WAN, the request for service and, in association with the request for service, establishing an ad hoc location sharing group between the customer and a selected one of the individuals as a provider of the requested service, wherein the selection is dependent on the equipment respective to that individual, and wherein the GPS- and web-enabled cell phone of the selected one of the individuals is a second wireless device;

    causing update of the map with updated position of the first wireless device and with updated position of, and updated direction of travel of, the second wireless device rendered thereon, and associated display of the updated map on the first wireless device via the application;

    wherein said providing the customer with the respective positions is invoked responsive to launching the application on the first wireless device, and wherein said establishing the ad hoc location sharing group is conditioned on registration of the first wireless device in a subscriber database and upon authentication of the first wireless device; and

    wherein the method further comprises automatically terminating the use-specific group upon occurrence of a defined event.

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