RentMyCar’s Car Sharing Search Engine Displays specific geographical locations of cars from multiple car sharing services on one page, and connects them to a single master keycard.
WHAT IS A RENTMYCAR MASTER KEYCARD?
The RentMyCar master keycard creates a global car sharing network that utilizes a single master keycard with RFID technology or similar technology to allow a member to search for and book a car rental from multiple car sharing companies Worldwide from one website and to allow the member to access the rental car with that single master keycard instead of registering on multiple car sharing websites and requiring multiple keycards to access the car.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The master keycard utilizes a central database connected to an API Platform that pushes membership and billing information to multiple databases of third-party car sharing services to set up multiple accounts for each member. In return, RentMyCar receives unique membership identifications from multiple third-party car sharing services for each member. The membership identifications are hardcoded into each member’s master keycard and categorized by third-party car sharing service name.
In addition, RentMyCar master keycard allows some car sharing services, upon the approval of their member, to merely transmit to RentMyCar their member identification that is coded into the RentMyCar master keycard. The member can then use the RentMyCar master keycard to access the third-party car. The member can authorize endless car sharing services to transmit their membership identications to RentMyCar to be added to the RentMyCar master keycard.
Furthermore, a member of any car sharing service can provide their membership identifications from any car sharing service by entering it into their account at RentMyCar by choosing the name of the third-party car sharing service and entering their third-party car sharing member identification. RentMyCar will then code it into the masterkey card using and deliver it to the member. A member can add an endless number of third-party car sharing identifications to their RentMyCar account that will be coded into the RentMyCar master keycard. The member can then book their car rental with any car sharing service and use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the car. Thus, there is no longer a need to carry multiple keycards of third-party car sharing services.
In connection with the master keycard, a member can use RentMyCar’s search engine to search multiple available rental cars from multiple car sharing services on RentMyCar. The member can then book a car rental from any of the listed third-party car sharing services and use their master keycard to access the car. RentMyCar’s API Platform can push the members’ booking information to the third-party car sharing service and it will receive a confirmation of the booking. However, the member can also book the rental directly on the third-party car sharing website. The member then utlizes the master keycard to access the vehicle of the third-party car sharing service Worldwide. Once the member has completed their rental, the car sharing service bills the member separately as a regular member of theirs.
Therefore, the RentMyCar master keycard creates a global car sharing network that will give the member access to thousands of cars Worldwide that are accessible via a single website and by utilizing a single master keycard.
RENTMYCAR CAR SHARING SEARCH ENGINE?
In further implimenting the RentMyCar masterkey card feature, RentMyCar will offer its members and the members of third-party car sharing services a car sharing search engine.
The search engine is specifically for the car sharing industry. Car sharing services Worldwide will be listed in the search engine. A renter can then conduct a search and find cars within the car sharing network and their locations. Each car sharing service car location can be viewed on Google’s geo map, which will produce a combined map view of all the cars located for that search location from multiple car sharing services instead of a single car sharing service. The renter can then book the car and use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the car anywhere in the World.
Conventional search engines have been around for some time that allow a person to search for available car rentals and book a car rental. These search engines identify identify the rental car office location (e.g. Hertz, Avis, Thrify, etc). Search engines of car sharing companies identify the geographical locations of their cars to allow their member to locate the car (e.g. zipcar, Relayrides, etc).
However, there has never existed a search engine that combines all the geographical car locations of every car sharing service by search location. Present search engines cannot produce a SINGLE combined search result that displays the geographical location of cars belonging to Zipcar, Relayrides, City Car Share, etc. For example, a Google search produces only the name and location of the actual car sharing offices. It does NOT produce the geographical location of each car. And although each car sharing service utilizes Google’s geomap to display the locations of their cars, they do NOT produce a COMBINED search result that displays the geographical location of ALL the cars from multiple car sharing services. Thus, a member would have to go to the website of each car sharing service to find the geographical location of each of their cars.
RentMyCar’s search engine will allow members to view all the geographical locations of every car from mutliple third-party car sharing service Worldwide on one Google map. It will also display whether that car is avaiable for rent. The member will then be able to select that location and book the car. The member will then be able to use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the third-party car.
Example: RentMyCar Search interface. Enter Country, State, City or Zip code to view the COMBINED geographical location of cars from mulitple car sharing services.
Example: RentMyCar’s search engine’s map display of COMBIND car locations from multiple car sharing services:
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The intellectual property rights being claimed here is the improved and combined search functionality for the car sharing industry and a master keycard. Since conventional car rental agencies give out physical keys to the renters and they have never implemented a keycard system as described herein, the master keycard idea was not obvious. Furthermore, since the car sharing market is new and there are a few car sharing services, there was never a need for a combined search result that produced the geographical location of every car from mutliple car sharing services. Thus, there is NO prior art that would suggest a similar search and master keycard feature as described herein. Therefore, there is no bar to RentMyCar in claiming intellectual property rights on its improved search and master keycard features.