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The patent description sounds almost exactly like an iPhone app called Taxi Magic, released 2008 time: http://techcrunch.com/2008/12/16/taxi-magic-hail-a-cab-from-your-iphone-at-the-push-of-a-button/


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Thats not a patent, that's a patent application. Which means, it doesn't protect anything yet and might never. See this question for more information. Furthermore, the abstract and description of a patent can contain anything. The protection of a patent is defined by the claims. The independent claims of the patent application currently read as follows ...


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The payment part is described in this MIT article on M-PESA as a way to pay for taxi fares from a mobile phone. ... e‐float transfers are often used to pay directly for goods and services, from electricity bills to taxi‐cab fares ... http://www.mit.edu/~tavneet/M-PESA.pdf Avego in 2008 released a similar system. It's now called Carma. http://mashable....


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http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/297663/new_phone-based_taxi_payment_service_launches/ http://taxis.net.au/system.html According to the article, the service was already implemented at 1st of April 2009. The only thing that apparently is missing is the constant update on the position of the driver. Since a web browser for mobile phone is also ...


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I don't have access to the whole article, and nominally the first paragraphs are about scanning license plates, but, what they are talking about here sounds promising. Advances in Grid and Pervasive Computing Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 4459, 2007, pp 730-737 Image Streaming and Recognition for Vehicle Location Tracking Using Mobile Devices Jin-...


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