Google patent links free taxi rides to ads

January 27, 2014 8:27:43 AM PST
You may be offered free taxi rides in the future thanks to Google. The Mountain View-based company just received a patent linking online ads to free taxi rides, paid for by advertisers.

For example, let's say you are shopping online for a car, because Google knows where you are, and has maps and ads -- it may offer you a free ride to a nearby car dealer. You wouldn't get a ride though to buy something cheap, like toothpaste. Analysts say the ride may even be in a Google driver-less car someday.