Ad hoc location sharing group establishment for wireless devices with designated meeting point

  • US 10,750,309 B2
  • Filed: 11/27/2019
  • Issued: 08/18/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving information entered via a software application selectively downloaded to and installed on a first wireless cellular device, wherein the information is submitted in connection with a request for a service from a user of the first wireless cellular device;

    responsive to the request for service, and contingent on payment information from the user of the first wireless cellular device, establishing a temporary tracking and mapping function between the first wireless cellular device and a second wireless cellular device associated with a provider of the requested service;

    identifying in connection with the request a proposed meeting point for the user of the first wireless cellular device and the provider of the requested service, wherein the proposed meeting point is selected by the user of the first wireless cellular device by dragging a map location on a user interface of the first wireless cellular device; and

    in connection with the temporary tracking and mapping function, cause provision of the first wireless cellular device with a map wherein the software application is to display the map on a display of the first wireless cellular device in a manner that identifies the proposed meeting point and a most recent position of the provider of the requested service, based on GPS information provided by the second wireless cellular device and position of the first wireless cellular device relative to the proposed meeting point;

    whereinthe temporary tracking and mapping function is a mutual tracking and mapping function,said method is implemented as a method of operating at least one server,said method further comprises receiving from the software application and via a wireless cellular carrier encrypted GPS information of the first wireless cellular device, decrypting said encrypted GPS information, and providing position information of the first wireless cellular device to the second wireless cellular device, in a manner not requiring concurrent voice communication between the user and the provider of the requested service,said method further comprises in connection with the mutual tracking and mapping function, causing provision of a map to the second wireless cellular device, andthe second wireless cellular device is to display the map provided to the second wireless cellular device in a manner that designates a most recent position of the user of the first wireless cellular device and the proposed meeting point.

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