A method relating to implementing location aware services for mobile device users, comprising:
determining a first location based on a location of a first device by machine processing of one or more of GPS signals and triangulation information;
retrieving parking regulations, through the first device, from a source of such information pertinent to the first location;algorithmically determining, based on a current time and based on the parking regulations, a timing of an alert to avoid violating the parking regulations pertinent to the first location; and
automatically programming the alert into the first mobile device.
Yes, a method to help one avoid parking tickets. Looks kind of incremental, if not trivial.
Claim 17 gets more involved:
A method of using current mobile device location and surroundings information, comprising:
receiving an indication of an intended destination of a user, to be reached by means other than an automobile in which the user is presently occupying;determining a present location of the mobile device by machine processing of one or more of GPS signals and triangulation information;
retrieving parking regulations pertaining to a plurality of distinct parking opportunities, over a data network, from one or more sources of parking information;forming a first travel time estimate from each of the parking opportunities to the intended destination, and a second travel time estimate from intended destination to each of the parking opportunities;
forming a total time required estimate that includes the first travel time estimate, the second travel time estimate and a time at the intended destination;
providing an indication of which of the parking opportunities allow parking for at least that total amount of time;receiving a selection of one of the parking opportunities from the user; and
providing directions from the present location of the mobile device to the selected parking opportunity.
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