Position Indication Transmitted By Local Station To Remote Location Patents (Class 340/993)
  • Patent number: 11908247
    Abstract: A system for collecting a toll owed by a rental vehicle traveling along a toll road includes network interface hardware. a memory module, and a processor communicatively coupled to the network interface hardware and the memory module. Wherein the memory module stores logic that when executed by the processor, causes the processor to receive a rental start notification from the network interface hardware; and automatically execute toll payment logic stored on the memory module in response to receipt of the rental start notification. The toll payment logic causes the processor to detect and toll payment event throughout a rental period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR CREDIT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brittney Nicole Ferrell
  • Patent number: 11651323
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would determine exemplary projected routes, delivery dates, times and rates for multiple carriers and multiple delivery services/methods. Exemplary embodiments would generate and provide an exemplary interactive graphic comparison mapping of the exemplary projected carrier-specific, delivery-service-specific routes, and associated projected delivery dates, times and rates. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would generate and provide an exemplary interactive graphic mapping of a projected carrier-specific, delivery-service-specific route, and associated projected delivery date, time and rate for a user-selected carrier and delivery service/method. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would then track shipping/mailing progress and delivery status of the item according to carrier-provided shipping/mailing progress and delivery status “events,” such as, for example, carrier-provided item scanning events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: AUCTANE, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Thomas McBride, John Roland Clem, Charles John Atkinson
  • Patent number: 11626012
    Abstract: A system for managing vehicles includes a plurality of first level managers, and a plurality of second level managers each being in a higher hierarchical level than the plurality of first level managers and managing a section. Each of the plurality of first level managers collects data using one or more sensors of a vehicle, abstracts the data to obtain first information, and transmits a first instruction to the vehicle based on the first information. One of the plurality of second level managers receives the first information from one or more of the plurality of first level managers in the section managed by the one of the plurality of second level managers, obtains second information based on the first information, and transmits a second instruction to the vehicle based on the second information. The first instruction is different from the second instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Yang, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 11423044
    Abstract: A computer-readable non-transitory physical storage medium having stored thereon machine-executable code for electronically facilitating contact between mutually interested entities, said machine-executable code to be executed by a microprocessor, said machine executable code which when executed by said microprocessor causes the microprocessor to perform operations including suggesting to a first user other users that first user may be interested in, where the suggested other users are filtered based on their location, causing a device to display a graphical user interface (GUI) for the first user to input a rating of the first user's level of interest in one or more respects in at least one other user, accepting the first user's level of interest rating via the GUI while not displaying the first user's rating to the at least one other user, and electronically notifying a pair of users that have rated each other above a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: VERENT LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Taylor, Douglas Morgen
  • Patent number: 11373535
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to a method and system for providing a ride for a third party rider at the request of a user ride requestor. In one embodiment, a driver device may be used to receive a ride request from one or more server computing devices for a third party rider. The driver device may receive information identifying the third party rider, including a password. Further, the driver device may transmit real time ride status information to the ride requestor directly or indirectly via the one or more server computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Zum Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ritu Narayan, Vivek Garg, Abhishek Garg
  • Patent number: 11288624
    Abstract: A method at a computing device for determining future utilization of a shipping yard, the method including detecting a number of assets within the shipping yard; determining, based on asset scheduling information, future yard activity; and correlating the number of assets within the shipping yard with the future yard activity to provide a predictive yard utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Sameh Ayoub
  • Patent number: 11224898
    Abstract: A control method for sorting machines including carriages (2), each carriage including a loading-unloading device (3) which can be selectively activated for loading-unloading an object (O) from the carriage and an electronic unit (4) configured to receive and analyse a digital signal (20), includes the steps of: moving the carriage along a sorting direction having a plurality of loading stations (9) and unloading stations (10) each including respective inductors (11); generating by means of the inductors a magnetic field with a variable frequency modulating the digital signal uniquely associated with an operating mode selected from a plurality of operating modes, the digital signal including a bit string; transmitting, by electromagnetic induction, the digital signal to the electronic unit of the carriage; and activating the loading-unloading device according to operating mode uniquely associated with the received digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: FIVES INTRALOGISTICS S.P.A. CON SOCIO UNICO
    Inventors: Matteo Fumagalli, Lorenzo Chierego, Riccardo Macchi
  • Patent number: 11144868
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would determine exemplary projected routes, delivery dates, times and rates for multiple carriers and multiple delivery services/methods. Exemplary embodiments would generate and provide an exemplary interactive graphic comparison mapping of the exemplary projected carrier-specific, delivery-service-specific routes, and associated projected delivery dates, times and rates. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would generate and provide an exemplary interactive graphic mapping of a projected carrier-specific, delivery-service-specific route, and associated projected delivery date, time and rate for a user-selected carrier and delivery service/method. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would then track shipping/mailing progress and delivery status of the item according to carrier-provided shipping/mailing progress and delivery status “events,” such as, for example, carrier-provided item scanning events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: STAMPS.COM INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Thomas McBride, John Roland Clem, Charles John Atkinson
  • Patent number: 11120393
    Abstract: A system and method for increasing asset utilization using satellite aided location tracking. Smart sensor technology incorporated into mobile tracking hardware affixed to an asset can be used to support decision processes related to management of multiple assets. Automated decision processes based on customized business rules can operate on asset positions at various defined landmark locations and customized geographical areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventor: John McKethan
  • Patent number: 11043852
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with wireless energy are described. In one embodiment, a method can comprise collecting an energy that is transmitted wirelessly to produce a collected energy. The method can also comprise supplying the collected energy to a device. Individual components within an electronic device can be physically decoupled from others, sending and receiving energy and data wirelessly. Such components can be sealed against air or fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Brendan Edward Clark, Ronald Charles Krosky
  • Patent number: 11030764
    Abstract: A vehicle system for estimating a trailer size may include a plurality of sensors arranged on a vehicle and may be configured to detect objects external to the vehicle and provide trailer data indicative of a trailer location behind a vehicle and a memory configured to maintain a virtual grid including a plurality of cells. The system may also include a controller in communication with the sensors and memory and configured to determine, based on the trailer data received within a predefined amount of time, an occupancy frequency for each of the plurality of cells, the occupancy frequency being an incrementation of each time an object was detected within the respective cell; determine a threshold distribution based on the occupancy frequency of each cell; and determine a trailer size based on the cells having an occupancy frequency exceeding the threshold distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Lai, Miki Sato, Markos Gerges
  • Patent number: 10900800
    Abstract: An interface device connects to a mobile application running on a mobile device to provide vehicle navigation assistance. The interface device includes a microphone, a location determining component, a display, a plurality of indicator lights, a short-range communications transceiver, and a controller. The controller is configured to: receive a spoken instruction or query from a user via the microphone; send data associated with the spoken instruction or query to the mobile application running on the mobile device via the short-range communications transceiver; receive navigation data based on the spoken instruction or query from the mobile application running on the mobile device via the short-range communications transceiver; determine a current position based on one or more signals received via the location determining component; and provide at least one of a symbolic output or a textual output via the display based on the navigation data and the current position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Caleb J. Herbst, Kyle J. T. Hill, John W. Roltgen, IV, Carey J. Spesard
  • Patent number: 10741072
    Abstract: A network computer system can associate an operator with a mobile device. Additionally, the network computer system can determine a current location of a freight vehicle operated by the operator, using location information transmitted by the mobile device associated with the operator. At a given instance, the network computer system can determine a time of arrival for the freight vehicle to arrive at a given destination location based on various parameters. For example, the time of arrival can be based at least in part, on (i) a distance between the current location of the freight vehicle to the given destination location, (ii) a time for the freight vehicle to travel the distance, and (iii) a duration of one or more required downtime intervals during which one or more restrictions are placed on the operator operating the freight vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Madrigal, Eyal Lasker, Xiao Guo, Padmini Pyapali, Tony Ran Zhang
  • Patent number: 10663304
    Abstract: A method for creating or augmenting a map for a motor vehicle, wherein the motor vehicle establishes its location in a surrounding environment by comparing environment data acquired by at least one sensor with map data stored in the map. The method provides a base map of a surrounding environment of the motor vehicle; provides at least one base segment, wherein the at least one base segment has at least one characteristic feature; and creates or augments the map by generating map data, wherein the map data is generated by a map creation unit by assigning the at least one provided base segment to an associated position in the provided base map. Also disclosed is a corresponding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Wege, Stephan Max, Kristian Weiß, Sascha Bauer, Mehmet Eylem Kirlangic, Robert Konnopka, Lars Krüger, Jesko Klandt, Christian Tendyck
  • Patent number: 10614409
    Abstract: A system and method for increasing asset utilization using satellite aided location tracking. Smart sensor technology incorporated into mobile tracking hardware affixed to an asset can be used to support decision processes related to management of multiple assets. Automated decision processes based on customized business rules can operate on asset positions at various defined landmark locations and customized geographical areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventor: John McKethan
  • Patent number: 10521756
    Abstract: A method, executed by one or more processors, includes identifying at least one product for delivery and create a shipping manifest for the at least one product. The method includes extracting from the shipping manifest, a required amount of storage space for the at least one product and one or more environmental conditions required for storage of the at least one product at the receiving location. Furthermore, the method includes identifying a storage space location for storage of the at least one product at the receiving location, wherein the identified storage space location provides the required amount of storage space and the one or more environmental conditions required for the at least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Rhonda L. Childress, Kim A. Eckert, Ryan D. McNair
  • Patent number: 10510259
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to a method and system for providing a ride for a third party rider at the request of a user ride requestor. In one embodiment, a driver device may be used to receive a ride request from one or more server computing devices for a third party rider. The driver device may receive information identifying the third party rider, including a password. Further, the driver device may transmit real time ride status information to the ride requestor directly or indirectly via the one or more server computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Zum Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ritu Narayan, Vivek Garg, Abhishek Garg
  • Patent number: 10503724
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for information access and response for an occupant in a vehicle. The system includes a communication device connected to a network and coupled to the vehicle. The vehicle includes an internal database for storing multiple contacts in a contact list. The internal database is coupled to an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the communication device and configured to obtain a new contact attribute from a communication, and determine that the new contact attribute belongs to a new contact. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain one or more other contact attributes for the new contact, and generate the new contact. The electronic control unit is configured to store the new contact in the contact list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ochiai, Katsumi Nagata, Akira Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10303181
    Abstract: A vehicle management system can include a self-driving vehicle and a computer system that is communicatively coupled with a remote computing device of a rider. The vehicle management system can include a location tracking system configured to receive a first location data indicative of a drop-off location where the self-driving vehicle dropped off the rider. The location tracking system can receive a second location data indicative of locations of the remote computing device during a period from after the self-driving vehicle fleet drops off the rider to before the self-driving vehicle fleet picks up the rider. The computer system can be configured to prompt the self-driving vehicle to drive to an area within 100 feet of the drop-off location to pick up the rider in response to determining that the second location data is indicative of the remote computing device having returned to the area after being dropped off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10304027
    Abstract: Media, method and system for scheduling trips, and particularly for scheduling trip to transport vehicles from a pick-up location to a drop-off location. To accomplish this, interfaces are provided for describing the desired starting and ending locations for vehicles and automatically allocating drivers to vehicles for each segment of a desired trip and assigning any necessary tasks to the drivers to complete for each waypoint of the trip. Additionally, any other requirements for transporting the vehicles, such as insurance and temporary license plates, can automatically be provided for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DriverDo LLC
    Inventor: Mashhur Zarif Haque
  • Patent number: 10194275
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to one or more methods for organizing a plurality of remote units or mobile computing platform (MCPs) associated with vehicles such that the remote units or MCPs may communicate with each other, for example, without routing messages via the backend server. In some aspects, the remote units or MCPs may initiate the process by transmitting an awake and/or ready message to the server. The message may indicate the state of the remote unit or MCP and provide communication establishment information of the remote unit or MCP. Accordingly, the server may maintain a list of remote units or MCPs that are awake and configured for inter-network communication. In some aspects, the server may periodically distribute the compiled list of active MCPs, such that one remote unit or MCP may establish direct peer-to-peer (P2P) communication with one or more other remote units or MCPs in a fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar, Vish Bangalore
  • Patent number: 9959753
    Abstract: A communication device, a communication and associated communication method are provided. The communication device is placed at a first moving device and the communication device includes a movement detection module, a transmitter, and a controller. The movement detecting module detects movement of the first moving device to obtain at least one first movement parameter at a first time point, and detects the movement of the first moving device to obtain at least one second movement parameter at a second time point latter than the first time point. The transmitter transmits the at least one first movement parameter. By estimating position of the first moving device at the second time point, the controller obtains an estimated internal movement parameter. The controller controls the transmitter to transmit the at least one second movement parameter selectively according to the estimated internal movement parameter and the at least one second movement parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: An-Kai Jeng, Yung-Cheng Chao
  • Patent number: 9927244
    Abstract: The gaming system and method of the present disclosure leverage casino patrons' mobile devices to facilitate directing the patrons exactly to their desired electronic gaming machines (EGMs). In various embodiments, the gaming system includes a central controller communicatively connected to a plurality of EGMs. The central controller receives a request from a patron's mobile device to find a desired one of the EGMs. The central controller causes the desired EGM and the patron's mobile device to output the same patron identifier, such as a patron-created image, and causes the patron's mobile device to use GPS to direct the patron to the vicinity of the desired EGM. Once the patron is within the vicinity of the desired EGM, the patron can quickly scan the surrounding EGMs to determine the one outputting the patron identifier, which is the patron's desired EGM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Steven G. LeMay
  • Patent number: 9857186
    Abstract: A computer system for controlling operation of a vehicle travelling from a starting location to a target location includes a memory and a semiconductor-based processor forming one or more logic circuits configured to generate a travel itinerary by selecting different highway segments on a map for the vehicle to drive over at respective speeds from the starting location to the target location subject to an arrival time deadline for arriving at the target location. Each of the highway segments has a distance that can be driven at the respective speed in less than a continuous driving time limit. The computer system sends the travel itinerary to a vehicle operator to drive the vehicle over the different highway segments with instructions to make a stop at the end of each highway segment to stay below the continuous driving time limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Wenjun Zhou, Wen-Syan Li
  • Patent number: 9846854
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for optimizing power consumption for smart electronic tracking tags. Example methods may include determining a destination address for a package, determining a shipping timeline for the package, the shipping timeline having a first segment and a second segment, and determining a transmission profile with a first frequency of package information data transmissions during the first segment and a second frequency of package information data transmissions during the second segment. Example methods may include sending the transmission profile to an electronic shipping tag associated with the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Eun Lee, Jin Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 9824387
    Abstract: Systems and methods involving proximity, mapping, indexing, mobile, advertising, and location processing, among others, are disclosed. According to one illustrative implementation, a method of determining a mobile device location may comprise capturing product information from a product within a facility by a mobile device, retrieving a product location within the facility from a database based on the captured product information, and determining the mobile device location within the facility based on the product location and the product information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Proximity Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Haver, Tammy Haver
  • Patent number: 9819628
    Abstract: Methods and computer readable medium for collaborating on geographical maps between two or more computers are disclosed. In particular, sharing a geographical location on a map between two or more computers and co-navigating a map between two or more computers are disclosed. With respect to sharing a geographical location, the geographical location is retrieved to the first computer. The geographical location is added to the map being rendered at the first computer and is sent to a second computer. A map including the geographical location is rendered at the second computer. With respect to co-navigating, a map is displayed from a map perspective at the first computer. The map perspective is sent to the second computer. A map from the same map perspective being displayed at the first computer is rendered at the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: VID SCALE, INC
    Inventors: Gabriel Coch, David Mark Smith, Graham Knight
  • Patent number: 9783218
    Abstract: A vehicle tracking system includes a wheel assembly containing sensor circuitry capable of sensing various types of conditions, such as specific electromagnetic and/or magnetic signals indicative of particular wheel locations. The sensor circuitry is coupled to an RF transceiver, which may but need not be included within the wheel. The wheel may also include a brake mechanism. In one embodiment, the wheels are placed on shopping carts and are used to collect and monitor shopping cart status and location data via a wireless network. In some embodiments, the wheel assemblies detect that they have entered into particular zones by measuring received signal strengths of received command transmissions, and by comparing these measurements to thresholds that are used to define zone boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Hannah, Scott J. Carter, Jesse M. James
  • Patent number: 9454745
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking vehicles stored within a parking lot using RFID tags is disclosed. The method includes creating a record of a vehicle, where the record includes information associated with the vehicle. The method further includes assigning an RFID tag to the record associated with the vehicle, attaching the RFID tag to the vehicle, detecting the RFID tag using a first interrogator, and determining a new geographic location of the first interrogator contemporaneously with detecting the RFID tag. In addition, the method may include recording video of the vehicle, where the video includes a video record of each time when the vehicle is moved. The method includes assigning the new geographic location of the RFID tag when the RFID tag is no longer detected by the first interrogator and updating the record with the new geographic location of the RFID tag and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ALLI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Barry Howard
  • Patent number: 9414352
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting location information of mobile communication terminals is disclosed. The apparatus for correcting location information of mobile communication terminals, includes: a handler to collect location measurement information of the mobile communication terminals, and environment information containing locations of base stations and arrangements of roads or buildings from a network; a database to store the location measurement information and the environment information; an analysis unit to analyze the location measurement information and the environment information to generate correction maps; a correction map database to store the correction maps; and a service unit to refer to the correction maps and to provide a corrected location estimate service, a corrected location measurement service, or a correction-value broadcast service to mobile communication terminals which request location services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Korea Aerospace University
    Inventor: Hyung Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 9363324
    Abstract: Methods and computer readable medium for collaborating on geographical maps between two or more computers are disclosed. In particular, sharing a geographical location on a map between two or more computers and co-navigating a map between two or more computers are disclosed. With respect to sharing a geographical location, the geographical location is retrieved to the first computer. The geographical location is added to the map being rendered at the first computer and is sent to a second computer. A map including the geographical location is rendered at the second computer. With respect to co-navigating, a map is displayed from a map perspective at the first computer. The map perspective is sent to the second computer. A map from the same map perspective being displayed at the first computer is rendered at the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: VID SCALE, INC.
    Inventors: Gabriel Coch, David Mark Smith, Graham Knight
  • Publication number: 20150077275
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive information relating to a vehicle state, designated to act as a trigger for a location check-in process. The processor is further configured to evaluate the state to determine if a trigger condition has been met and access a designated check-in site, when the trigger condition has been met. Also, the processor is configured to obtain user location information. The processor is additionally configured to provide the user location information to the check-in site for location updating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Halash
  • Patent number: 8976044
    Abstract: A transit stop destination sign is provided that communicates wirelessly with a central transit system server over a wireless network, determines its GPS location and provides the same to the central transit system server, and provides both an updated visual destination sign display as well as an audio button for visually impaired that provides updated destination information in a natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Luminator Holding, L.P.
    Inventors: Safavi Ramin, Scott R. Watters, Marty Masias
  • Patent number: 8966114
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for providing privacy and limited exposure services for location based services. The system includes at least one module configured to provide fictitious location or route information of a mobile user to selected users or group of users based on a mobile user provided profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NNG LLC
    Inventors: John R. Dingler, David C. Olds, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 8914235
    Abstract: A system and method for location detection is disclosed. The system and method may derive estimates of a user's location by interfacing with other sources of location data. In one aspect of the invention, a client device may determine the user's location by using locally configured location services. The client device may also query a remote server that contains recent geolocation data of the user. Both the local and remote estimates may be presented to a user. The user may also be allowed to select the location that most accurately represents the user's current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Olga Wichrowska, Aleksandr V. Kennberg
  • Patent number: 8907818
    Abstract: A bus stop includes a storage unit, a communicating unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The communicating unit communicates with a server which is in communication with a plurality of buses, a plurality of stops which the buses will pass, and current locations of the buses. The display unit displays at least one route consisting of a plurality of bus stops including the bus stop. The control unit generates a request signal carrying the location of the bus stop to the server. The server determines current locations of the buses on a route which includes the bus stop, compares the real-time locations with the location of the bus stop to select a nearest bus travelling towards the bus stop. The display unit display a mark marking the bus stop. A related system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Chen, Xiao-Guang Li, Kuan-Hong Hsieh, Yun Xiao, Shang-Hui Pi, Shuang Rui
  • Patent number: 8884787
    Abstract: The present inventions provide a system and method for providing a warning using at least one wireless communication link between an approaching object and the location where a warning is to be given based in part on the location of the object and its proximity to the warning location. One aspect of the inventions includes receiving a communication from an object, for example a vehicle, which includes location information, at an alert node, wirelessly communicating alert information to a warning node, and causing a warning device to generate a warning. Preferably the alert node communicates with a plurality of vehicles and a plurality of warning nodes and determines to which of the plurality of warning nodes to communicate alert information based in part on the location information received from at least one of the vehicles and the location of the warning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cirrus Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Chester Allen Burns
  • Publication number: 20140266811
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle having a data communications bus extending throughout the vehicle, and an audio entertainment system coupled to the data communications bus may include a vehicle wireless transceiver and a vehicle controller to be coupled to the data communications bus. The vehicle controller may be configured to determine and send a vehicle location alert via the vehicle wireless transceiver, and selectively set the audio entertainment system to link with the vehicle wireless transceiver in a hands-free mode. The system may also include a mobile device to be carried by a user remote from the vehicle that may include a remote wireless transceiver configured to link wirelessly with the vehicle wireless transceiver. The mobile device may also include a remote controller cooperating to command, based upon receiving the vehicle location alert, the vehicle controller to set the audio entertainment system into the hands-free mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 8836490
    Abstract: A system for golf course vehicle management can include a tag device having a transceiver and a vehicle management process. The vehicle management process includes an application service for receiving the location of the tag device from the transceiver, at least one geographical zone, and a tracking module for comparing the location to the zone and generating an alert when the location is within the zone. Also included in the process is a control module for recognizing the alert. The control module can initiate an action, such as performance of a vehicle control action by a vehicle controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: DSG TAG Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Silzer, Sr., Clint Singer, Ariel Kurland, Kirk Bratvold, Alex Doaga
  • Publication number: 20140232572
    Abstract: The circular antenna array for vehicular direction finding applications is a circular disc having a plurality of microstrip antennas radially spaced around the disc at equal angles. In one embodiment, the circular antenna array includes V-shaped antennas, and in another embodiment, the antennas are Yagi antennas. The circular antenna array can operate under two modes, switched and phased, in the 2.45 GHz band with an operating bandwidth of at least 100 MHz. The circular antenna array is configured to be installed in vehicles. Selective transmittal of an RF signal from a key fob generates a response signal from a specific antenna element receiving the RF signal in line with the direction of origin thereof. An LED panel indicates proximity and direction to the vehicle being located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: MOHAMMAD S. SHARAWI, FAROOQ SULTAN SULTAN KHAN, DANIEL N. ALOI
  • Patent number: 8793062
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can transmit traffic information to a server for analysis. The traffic information can include movement information including detected stops and durations of detected stops. The traffic information can be analyzed to detect traffic patterns that indicate locations of stop signs and/or stop lights. The traffic information can be analyzed to determine durations of stops at stop signs and/or stop lights. The durations of stops can be associated with a time of day and/or day of the week. In some implementations, navigational routes can be determined based stop sign and/or stop light information, including the delays attributable to detected stop signs and/or stop lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge S. Fino
  • Patent number: 8754788
    Abstract: Provided is a communication device mounted in a vehicle or disposed at the roadside, which can adaptively and efficiently manage positional information relating to directly communicable surrounding in-vehicle communication devices and surrounding roadside communication devices and can stably transmit information to a specified communication destination even when the positional relationship between vehicles frequently changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8736462
    Abstract: A system and method for traffic information delivery may be implemented as a static network device for sharing information with network nodes. The system includes a processor in communication with a transceiver and memory, the memory containing code that when executed by the processor effects the method steps for determining an occurrence of a traffic incident within a defined distance from the device, establishing communication with a network node, receiving a device identifier over a public network from the network node, the device identifier based on a user-configurable parameter and a non-user-configurable parameter of the network node, establishing in response to the device identifier matching an authorized device identifier corresponding to a known network node, a secure private network with the network node, and sending information about the traffic incident to the network node via the secure private network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Uniloc Luxembourg, S.A.
    Inventor: Craig Stephen Etchegoyen
  • Patent number: 8732000
    Abstract: Method for determining toll fees for vehicles in a road toll system including vehicle-onboard units and positionally distributed beacons capable of communicating with the onboard units via radio signals. The method includes: providing a toll fee level and a validity time frame; retrieving an identifier of the onboard unit, the toll fee level and the validity time frame from the onboard unit as a data record; resetting the toll fee level, if the validity time frame has expired; increasing the toll fee level and storing the updated data record in the onboard unit and the beacon; transmitting a request for deletion of stored data records for this identifier to other beacons; transmitting the data record from the beacon to the central station, if no deletion request for the data record arrives within the validity time frame; and deleting the data record in the beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Jasja Tijink, Jan Kersten
  • Patent number: 8725596
    Abstract: A computerized vehicle control system and device for limiting the functionality of a mobile asset (e.g., vehicle) capable of performing a plurality of mobile asset functions. The device includes an asset monitor, a mobile wireless transceiver, and a mobile asset processor. The asset monitor is in communication with a first mobile asset for collecting monitored data associated with the first mobile asset. The mobile wireless transceiver is adapted to interface with a management computer. The mobile asset processor is adapted to receive the monitored data from the asset monitor; determine that a first mobile asset function of the plurality of mobile asset functions should be limited; and limit operation of the first mobile asset function. The mobile asset control device can be adapted to override the functionality of the mobile asset, based on the navigation, relative location of the mobile asset, or business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: I.D. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Ehrman, Michael L. Ehrman, Jeffrey M. Jagid, Joseph M. Pinzon, Yaron Hecker, Leonard Pimentel
  • Patent number: 8681023
    Abstract: A computer-implemented tracking method includes receiving a tracking request at a vehicle associated computing system (VACS). The method also includes authenticating the tracking request and determining a vehicle location via a GPS in communication with the VACS. The method further includes transmitting the vehicle location from the VACS to a tracking request associated computing system (TRACS). The method also includes monitoring the vehicle for at least one delay-event. The method additionally includes transmitting data corresponding to the delay event to the TRACS, contingent on the occurrence of at least one delay-event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Giuli, Joseph N. Ross, Mark Schunder, Thomas Richard Alexander, Joseph Paul Rork
  • Publication number: 20140062731
    Abstract: A bus stop sign capable of providing detailed bus schedules includes a storage unit, a detecting unit, a communicating unit, and a control unit. The storage unit pre-stores a table recording identifications of a plurality of mobile terminals, identifications of a plurality of bus terminals, and stop information of the bus stop sign along bus routes of the bus terminals. If the identifications of the mobile terminals obtained by the detecting unit match one or more identifications recorded in the table, the control unit obtains identifications of bus terminals recorded in the table corresponding to the obtained identifications, and controls the communicating unit to transmit the obtained identifications to the server. The server determines the current location of the nearest bus terminal travelling toward the bus stop sign and feeds back the current location of the nearest bus terminal to the mobile terminal. A related sever is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: TE-SHENG CHEN, XIAO-GUANG LI, KUAN-HONG HSIEH, YUN XIAO, SHANG-HUI PI, SHUANG RUI
  • Publication number: 20140043173
    Abstract: A streetlight includes a storage unit pre-storing a location of the streetlight, a communicating unit communicating with a server, an input unit mounted facing toward an outside of the streetlight, a display unit, and a control unit. The input unit generates a first request signal in response to a user operation thereon. The control unit obtains the location of the streetlight stored in the storage unit in response to the first request signal, generates a second request signal carrying the obtained location, and controls the communicating unit to transmit the second request signal to the server. The server schedules one or more taxis which are currently vacant and whose current locations are near the obtained location. The display unit displays the one or more current locations and one or more identifications of the one or more taxi scheduled. A related server and system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: TE-SHENG CHEN, XIAO-GUANG LI, KUAN-HONG HSIEH, YUN XIAO, SHANG-HUI PI, SHUANG RUI
  • Patent number: 8649970
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for providing popular routes via a global positioning satellite (GPS) system. A GPS device receives a route request from a user. The GPS device then determines a current location of the GPS device and connects to a network server. In response to connecting to the network server, the GPS device transmits a route selection request to the network server. In response, the GPS device receives a route selection list from the network server where the route selection list contains a plurality of routes previously taken by other drivers. Each route is assigned a popularity rating. The GPS device displays one or more of the routes of the route selection list, and requests that a user select a route. After the user selects a route the GPS device displays the selected route as an overlay on a map display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Robert Ross Peterson, Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 8644854
    Abstract: The functionality of smartphone applications may be extended to a basic phone, i.e., a phone lacking a particular smartphone capability, by providing a data synthesizer in the basic phone that synthesizers required data points. The data synthesizer may communicate with nearby smartphones to collect relevant data points such as location or motion data. Data points for the basic phone may be calculated from the collected data points. When an application on the basic phone requests data, a data provider proxy may retrieve a synthesized data point from the data synthesizer. In one example, a basic phone without a GPS or similar location module may execute a mapping application by averaging location data from nearby smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Osocad Remote Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Robert R Hauser, Thomas T Wheeler, Robert W Peterson