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Patent: To Get Help Socially When Your Car Breaks Down.
Patent: To Get Help Socially When Your Car Breaks Down. | sanant_txbz, Social Network, roadside assistance, patent, 8195384, Bradley Jay Billman,

Bradly Jay Billman of San Antonio recently received U.S. Patent 8,195,384 for “Systems and Methods for a Social Network for Roadside Assistance.”

Texas Business Patent of the Day:  A Texas man has devised a way to get help when your car breaks down through social networks.

Bradly Jay Billman of San Antonio recently received U.S. Patent 8,195,384 for “Systems and Methods for a Social Network for Roadside Assistance.”

Billman applied for the patent more than three years ago on October 2, 2008.

The patent assignee is United Services Automobile Association of San Antonio.

Social networks on the Internet are becoming increasingly common as a way to keep in touch and up to date on family and friends. However, members of various social networks may also on occasion need assistance from their friends, family or other trusted people in their social networks.

For example, they may have automobile failures that leave them stranded on the road. This leads to frustration and a feeling of helplessness especially where being alone is involved.

Billman saw a need for an improved method of getting help from a trusted source.

He developed a system for facilitating assistance requests may comprise at least one subsystem that receives an assistance request from a requester, at least one subsystem that identifies a current location of the requester, and at least one subsystem that identifies members of an assistance network that are within a particular area relative to the current location of the requester.