Application-based tracking and mapping function in connection with vehicle-based services provision

  • US 10,750,311 B2
  • Filed: 02/04/2020
  • Issued: 08/18/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus comprising instructions stored on non-transitory processor-readable media, the instructions embodied as a software application adapted for selective download to already-deployed web-enabled cellphones possessing GPS receivers, said instructions when executed adapted to cause a processor of a respective one of the cellphones to:

  • install the software application on the respective one of the cellphones;

    permit a user of the respective one of the cellphones to selectively establish an account, the account conditioned on submission of payment information by the user of the respective one of the cellphones, the submission being executable via a user-interface of the respective one of the cellphones; and

    conditioned on establishment of the account and conditioned on launch of the software application in connection with a request for a service, the request accompanied by request information also entered by the user of the respective one of the cellphones into the user-interface of the respective one of the cellphones, provide a tracking and position-mapping function, via the software application, to permit the user of the respective one of the cellphones to see on a map the location of a vehicle associated with provision of the service;

    wherein said instructions are to, via execution of the software application on the respective one of the cellphones, cause the respective one of the cellphones to receive via a cellular wireless service GPS information of the vehicle and to receive via a wide area network a map from a server and, responsive to the received GPS information, render as part of the tracking and position-mapping function a moving map on a display of the respective one of the cellphones, the moving map being rendered using the map received from the server, the moving map rendered on the display of the respective one of the cellphones so as show the most recent location of the vehicle associated with provision of the service.

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