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1. WO2018126025 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PARKING VEHICLES USING A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE

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We claim:

1. A Garage Server-based system for providing valet and self -parking services in which Users, Valets, Garages and Self-Parking destinations interact in real-time via the Garage Server, a User app and a Valet App in order for a User to request a Valet or Self -Parking space in a Garage, receive a map and driving instructions to meet the Valet or for the User to drive to the Garage, initiate a financial transaction to pay for the Garage, Valet or other parking services, and conclude the transaction at the time the User is either picked up by the Valet or arrives back at the Self-Parking location to retrieve the User's vehicle, the system comprising a network of independent garage servers that operate independently, each garage server delegating services through it's server via a series of apps including a User app which allows a User to request Valet, Self-Parking or Monthly parking services and select the Valet, Self-Parking or Monthly parking services based on price or other factors, the series of apps also including a Valet app in which the Valet can respond to the User' s request, the apps allowing the User and Valet to navigate to meet each other at a specific location, connect to each other by exchange of User and Valet data via generated QR code, the User app allowing the User to maintain visual contact with User' s via in-app GPS mapping even after the user's car is in the possession of the Valet or is parked in the Garage.

2. A Garage Server-based system for providing valet and self -parking services, the system comprising:

a network of participating Valets and Garages;

a Garage Server that contains data related to a specific garage and participating Valets and their availability, pricing and address; and

User and Valet software applications that operate on a mobile computing device, cell phone, tablet or laptop and perform the following functions:

(A) provide an interface for a User and an interface for a Valet;

(B) access real-time data from the Server;

( C) allows a User to search for a Valet based on address, city or price for a particular day and time;

(D) allows a User to summons a Valet to a particular location at a certain day and time for a predetermined price;

(E) upon receiving a request for Valet, sends alerts to a predetermined number of Valets simultaneously and regularly over a predetermined period of time.;

(F) sends a Valet confirmation to the User

(G) receive a map and driving instructions to meet the Valet at the desired location;

(H) once the User and Valet arrive at the predetermined destination and have a visual of each other, the User and the Valet are each provided with an "I'm here" electronic confirmation button to initiate the handover of the User's vehicle to the Valet;

(I) initiate a financial transaction to pay for the Valet or other parking services from the User's inApp financial account;

(J) the User app generates and opens a QR Code which the Valet is able to scan;

(K) allows the Valet to upload parking location information including but not limited to Garage, address, floor and space number to the Server;

(L) sends the parking location information to the User;

(M) when the User requests it' s vehicle be returned by the Valet, the Server sends the User a request confirmation from a Valet;

(N) the Valet is provided with a route and GPS guidance to the destination requested by the

User;

(O) when the Valet and User arrive at the predetermined destination and have a visual of each other, the User and the Valet are each provided with an "I'm here" electronic confirmation button to conclude the handover of the User's vehicle from the Valet back to the User;

(P) the User app generates and opens a QR Code which the Valet is able to scan;

(Q) the transaction on the User app ends, and User funds for payment of the parking services are dispensed from the User's financial account to the Valet account, the Administrator account and the Garage account;

(R) the Valet service data is added to the Server;

(S) the User is sent a receipt, and the User's history file in the Server is updated; and

(T) conclude the transaction at the time the User is picked up by the Valet.

3. The system of Claim 2 wherein the software application performs the following additional functions:

(U) alerts the User to add funds to the User's inApp financial account when the account is insufficient to pay for a requested Valet parking service or continue a Valet parking service.

4. The system of Claim 2 also for providing self-parking services wherein the network also includes participating Self-Parking destinations, the Server also contains data related to participating Self-Parking destinations and their availability, pricing and address and the software application performs the following additional functions:

(AA) allows the User to perform live GPS search for Self-Parking destinations, and the Server provides a list of Self -Parking destinations and pricing from which the User may choose;

(BB) when the User selects a Self-Parking destination, the Server loads routing to the Self-Parking destination the User selected;

(CC) check the funds present in User's financial account, and confirms funds availability to the Server;

(DD) check the funds present in User's financial account, and if funds are not available, sends User an "add funds" Alert and allows User to add funds to Financial inApp account;

(EE) if Self-Parking destination selected by User is unavailable, allows user CANCEL the destination and redirects User to perform another search GPS Map;

(FF) upon arrival of the User at the Self-parking destination, the User app generates and opens a QR Code which the User is also able to scan, thus initiating a transaction;

(GG) when the User departs the Self -Parking destination, allows the User to again scan the inApp generated QR Code to conclude the transaction with the User;

(HH) when the transaction on the User app ends, User funds for payment of the parking services are dispensed from the User's financial account to the Administrator account and the Self -Parking destination account;

(II) sends the User a receipt, and updates the User's history file in the Server; and (JJ) adds the Self-Parking service data to the Server.

5. The system of Claim 2 also for providing monthly self -parking services wherein the network also includes participating Monthly Self-Parking destinations, the Server also contains data related to participating Monthly Self-Parking destinations and their availability, pricing and address and the software application performs the following additional functions:

(KK) allows the User to perform live GPS search for Monthly Self-Parking destinations, and the Server provides a list of monthly Self-Parking destinations and pricing from which the User may choose;

(LL) when the User selects a Monthly Self -Parking destination, the Server loads routing to the Monthly Self-Parking destination the User selected;

(MM) checks the funds present in User's financial account, and confirms funds availability to the Server;

(NN) check the funds present in User's financial account, and if funds are not available, sends User an "add funds" Alert and allows User to add funds to Financial inApp account;

(00) upon arrival of the User at the Monthly Self -parking destination, the User app generates and opens a QR Code which the User is also able to scan, thus initiating a transaction;

(PP) provides the User with "in and out privileges";

(QQ) when the User departs the Monthly Self -Parking destination, allows the User to again scan the inApp generated QR Code to conclude the transaction with the User;

(RR) when the transaction on the User app ends, User funds for payment of the parking services are dispensed from the User's financial account to the Administrator account and the Monthly Self-Parking destination account;

(SS) sends the User a receipt, and updates the User's history file in the Server; and

(TT) adds the monthly Self-Parking service data to the Server.

6. The system of Claim 2 wherein the software application performs the following additional functions:

(UU) the Garage Server sends bursts of alerts to Valets at the rate of about 4 simultaneous alerts about every 15 seconds.

7. The system of Claim 6 wherein the software application performs the following additional functions:

(VV) If no Valet confirms the request, a second burst of about 4 alerts is broadcast to Valets by the Garage Server and the cycle continues for up to about 1 minute, or more or less as determined by a User's preferences.

8. The system of Claim 7 wherein the software application performs the following additional functions:

(WW) if after about 1 minute of sending bursts of alerts to Valets there is no Valet available to confirm the User request, or more or less as determined by a User's preferences, the User receives a Pop-Up Form instructing the User to either "Re-Submit" or "Cancel" the request.

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