AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON arranging transport amongst parties through use of mobile devices - This application from Uber seeks to patent the idea of...Enabling customers to order drivers from a mobile phone and tracking the location of the driver as it arrives! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 12/4/2009 that discusses:
- Mobile phone-based taxi services
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - Location of driver is displayed on a map on user's phone, user and driver can communicate with one another prior to pickup, and/or user is able to provide feedback on driver's service after the ride.
TITLE: Arranging transportation among parties at different locations using a mobile phone
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] User at one location requests driver. From a pool of candidate drivers, the user chooses a driver to pick him up. The user's location is communicated to the driver, the driver's location is communicated to the user as the vehicle progresses.
- Publication Number: US20110313804 A1
- Application Number: US 12/961,493
- Assignee: Uber
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 12/4/2009
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Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A computer implemented method for arranging transport amongst parties located at different locations, the method being implemented by one or more processors of a server and comprising:
Receiving, at the server from a customer device at a first geographic location a request for transport, the request including information about the first geographic location;
In response to receiving the request, from a pool of candidate respondents, selecting, by the server and for a customer operating the customer device, a driver at a second geographic location based, at least in part, on location information of the candidate driver;
Communicating, by the server, an invitation to a corresponding device of the driver, the invitation enabling the driver to accept the invitation to provide transport for the customer and including (i) the first geographic location, and (ii) identification information of the customer;
Communicating, from the server to the customer device, a status of fulfilling the request for the customer, including communicating one or more notifications that informs the customer that the server is selecting the driver; and
Once the dirver has accepted the invitation, communicating, from the server to the customer device, a location of the driver as the driver progresses to or arrives at the first geographic location.
In English this means:
A method for arranging transport amongst parties located at different locations, comprising:
Receiving, a request for transport, the request including information about the first geographic location;
Selecting a driver at a second geographic location from a pool of candidate driveres based, at least in part, on the location of the driver
Inviting the driver to provide transport for the customer
Informing the customer that the server is selecting the driver; and
Communicating the location of the driver as the driver progresses to or arrives at the first geographic location.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 12/4/2009
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming Displaying driver location on a map, feedback system for user to rate driver (and vice-versa) after trip
"User-interfaces as transportation is requested and provided" from the Applicant
Uber does not deserve this overly broad set of claims! As just one example:
US 6,356,838 System and method for determining an efficient transportation route
"The driver then proceeds to the pickup point. As the driver continues on her way, she may update the passenger 170 of any changes to the arrival time estimate including, for example, the fact that she has arrived at the pickup point. " from US6356838
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