Techniques for sharing relative position between mobile devices

  • US 9,736,618 B1
  • Filed: 07/16/2015
  • Issued: 08/15/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus comprising instructions stored on non-transitory storage media to cause a first mobile device to establish an ad hoc communication session with a second mobile device, said instructions when executed to cause the at least one hardware processor of the first mobile device to:

  • interact with a user of the first mobile device using a visual display device of the first mobile device to obtain a destination of the first mobile device;

    obtain GPS position and direction of travel of the first mobile device from hardware elements on the first mobile device;

    interact with the user using the visual display device to receive user identification of the second mobile device and, responsive to such identification, cause the first mobile device to send a request for the ad hoc communication session with the second mobile device;

    subject to acceptance of the ad hoc communication session by the second mobile device, transmit information representing the GPS position and direction of travel of the first mobile device and representing the destination to the second mobile device;

    receive input from the user representing timing of transmission of one or more updates to the information; and

    apply the input received from the user, to time the provision of the one or more to the information to the second mobile device.

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