Location sharing for commercial and proprietary content applications

  • US 10,791,414 B2
  • Filed: 04/23/2019
  • Issued: 09/29/2020
  • 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 conditioned on registration and 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;

    conditioned on establishment of the account and 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 an automatically-terminating, mutual tracking and position-mapping function that permits the user of the respective one of the cellphones and a provider of the requested service to track each other'"'"'s location;

    whereinsaid instructions are to establish the automatically-terminating, mutual tracking and position-mapping function on an ask-and-accept basis,said instructions are to render as part of the mutual tracking and position-mapping function a map on a display of the respective one of the cellphones, the respective one of the cellphones to obtain the map from a server, the map as rendered on the display of the respective one of the cellphones to show the location of each of (a) the respective one of the cellphones based on GPS information obtained from one of the GPS receivers associated with the respective one of the cellphones and (b) the provider of the requested service, said instructions configured to permit the user of the respective one of the cellphones to selectively change a size of a geographic area displayed, andsaid instructions are to cause the respective one of the cellphones to transmit the GPS information obtained from the one of the GPS receivers associated with the respective one of the cellphones in a manner that is encrypted, via a wireless cellular carrier, for provision to the provider of the requested service without requiring concurrent voice communication between the user of the respective one of the cellphones and the provider of the requested service.

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