Formation of wireless device location sharing group

  • US 9,854,402 B1
  • Filed: 01/27/2017
  • Issued: 12/26/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:

  • associating a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled wireless device with a user;

    forming a location-sharing group comprising the user and at least one other person; and

    wherein the location-sharing group is formed bystoring first input received from the GPS-enabled wireless device identifying a destination,storing second input received from the GPS-enabled wireless device identifying selection of the at least one other contact from a predetermined list of contacts personal to the user,obtaining from the GPS-enabled wireless device a location associated with the GPS-enabled wireless device, andsending the location and destination via a wide area network (WAN) to a cellular wireless device respective to each contact identified by the second input; and

    wherein the location and destination are not sent to contacts in the predetermined list which have not been selected by the user to be part of the location-sharing group;

    wherein the GPS-enabled wireless device further comprises a software application that can be selectively-launched by the user;

    wherein the first input and the second input is selectively-entered by the user via the software application; and

    wherein storing the first input and storing the second input are performed responsive to receipt of the first input and the second input from a port address for the GPS-enabled wireless device, the port address specific to the software application.

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