Lyft had three patents in internet of things during Q4 2023. Lyft Inc’s patents filed in Q4 2023 focus on techniques for locating and navigating to requestors based on proximity between devices, displaying proximity indicators for providers to easily find requestors, and conserving system resources by limiting display of indicators until the provider is close to the request location. Additionally, the patents cover a transportation system that offers the option to include autonomous vehicles for fulfilling ride requests, matching requests to vehicles based on this selection. GlobalData’s report on Lyft gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Lyft grant share with internet of things as a theme is 33% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Navigation using proximity information (Patent ID: US20230412707A1)

The patent filed by Lyft Inc. describes techniques for locating and navigating to a requestor based on proximity between the requestor device and the provider device. The system displays proximity indicators on the provider's communication device to help them quickly find the requestor upon arrival near the request location. By limiting the display of proximity indicators until the provider is within a threshold distance, system resources are conserved. The method involves sending matched information to the provider device, providing an interactive digital map for navigation, determining the difference in locations between the provider and requestor devices, and displaying proximity indicators on the provider's communication device.

Additionally, the patent includes features such as determining a proximity vector indicating direction and magnitude, providing animations for display on the rear screen of the provider's communication device, and displaying interaction indicators when the provider is within a threshold distance of the requestor. The instructions stored on a non-transitory computer-readable medium enable the computing device to execute these methods, including transmitting proximity indicators to the provider device for display. The system described in the patent involves at least one processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium with instructions for receiving transportation requests, sending matched information, providing digital maps, determining location differences, and displaying proximity indicators on the provider's communication device, which is a separate device from the provider's computing device.

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