Google dreams up free taxi rides to stores
— By Tyler Falk on January 28, 2014, 6:15 AM PST
Another ridiculous patent grant.
Can we see their prototype in action, that the patent was granted against - or is it just patenting made up stuff, like Microsoft's 3D room visualization 'Holodeck' technology last year.
As often seen on Dragon's Den, the patent will be worthless and unenforcable, as easily copied and has no real technology or method underneath it.
Today, any number of discount coupon websites could offer you 25% off a meal at a restaurant, and click this weblink to book your free return transport. It does not need to be sensational media grabbing driver-less cars story - any Taxi will do.
@Neil Postlethwaite Good points, but, Google is just, again, throwing things at the wall, to see what sticks. That "free" transportation idea is not new, and it would be very costly, which might never happen anyway, since the meals (or whatever is being sold) would have to be very expensive in order to make the subsidizing of the transportation worthwhile.
With current advertising,and with current GPS technology, any restaurant or retailer, would be able to offer their own discounts, for transportation of whatever.