Splitting the bill at the end of a meal has always been a pain! Fear no more as Google is all set to solve this problem. Google’s newly published patent filing reveals Google’s ambitions to solve the problem of splitting the bill.
The solution could come in the form of mobile app which would automatically store information about group expenses, tracking how much is owed by different people in the group, and ultimately settling the balance by transferring money between their respective accounts.
The filing states:
“For example, a group of friends may go on vacation together, plan an event together, or go to dinner. When the group incurs a bill, typically one of the group members will pay the bill out of convenience and expects to be paid back by the other group members. However, some group members may not pay back their entire share of the bill or may forget and not pay back their share at all. This is unfair for the group member that paid the bill. Thus, there is a need in the art for an efficient way to track group expenditures and settle balances between group members.”
This invention of six Googlers addresses a need in the art for an efficient way to track group expenditures and settle balances between group members by providing technology that thwarts group members who may not pay back their entire share of the bill or may forget and not pay back their share at all.