Transmission Of Map Data To Vehicle Patents (Class 340/995.12)
  • Patent number: 10223744
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and/or a method of location and event capture circuitry to facilitate remote vehicle location predictive modeling when global positioning is unavailable. In one embodiment, a predictive circuit of a vehicle includes event detection circuitry to initiate a timer circuit of the vehicle when a wheel of the vehicle is in a stationary state beyond threshold amount of time during an event; an event categorization circuitry to monitor a telemetry data of the vehicle to assign a category to the event; a data communication circuitry to communicate the event, the category, and/or a set of other events and categories to a predictive recommendation server on a periodic basis; and a repossession detection circuitry to determine that the vehicle is pending repossession based on the event, the category, the set of other events and categories, and/or a message communicated from the predictive recommendation server to the predictive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Spireon, Inc.
    Inventors: James Brady, Brian Wheeler, David Estes, Thomas Marks, Andy Warner, Ben Tran, Michael Callinan, Chris Collingwood, David Withers, Ilie Ardelean
  • Patent number: 10062277
    Abstract: Verifying shared event information is provided. Communication with a nearby mobile or immobile apparatus is established to generate an event existence proof in response to encountering the nearby mobile or immobile apparatus. Existence of an incident event is verified in response to arriving at a geographic location of the incident event. A verified incident event is published to add to an incident event distributed ledger for managing incident event information corresponding to the incident event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sanehiro Furuichi, Norie Iwasaki, Masami Tada, Takahito Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9928745
    Abstract: A system for pairing a passenger having a mobile device with a vehicle is provided. The system includes a link manager located remote from the vehicle, wherein the link manager receives information from a fleet of vehicles and a plurality of passengers. The system also includes vehicle location determining means which generate vehicle location information for the vehicle, and a first wireless communication device which communicates vehicle location information to the link manager and mobile location determining means which generates mobile location information for the mobile device, and a second wireless communication device which communicates mobile location information to the link manager. The link manager matches the mobile location information with the closest matching vehicle location information received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CREATIVE MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Backof, II, Mitchell Dinowitz
  • Patent number: 9877154
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing target location reminders for a mobile device may take into account the estimated time that it will take the mobile device to reach a target location based on a current location of the mobile device, based on a current mode of transportation of the mobile device and also based on current traffic conditions to reach a target location (808). In another example, a method and apparatus for providing target location reminders for a mobile device may dynamically change a geo-fence perimeter to include an area larger than a previously set geo-fence in response to a determined frequency of location visits of the mobile device (810). In another example, an apparatus and method may operate in a mode that automatically provide target location reminders taking into consideration common mobile device locations also referred to as an extension mode from favorite locations (812).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Moulaali Shaik
  • Patent number: 9729645
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to obtain an image from a remote computer with the image being associated with the current location of a mobile terminal via which a user provides input soliciting the image. In the context of a method, the user input representative of a request to obtain an image from a remote computer may be received. The method may then determine a current context including a location of a mobile terminal and may cause the current context to be transmitted to the remote computer. The method may also receive an image from the remote computer based upon the current context of the mobile terminal. In this regard, the image is associated with the location of the mobile terminal upon receiving the user input. The method may also cause the image received from the remote computer to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Matthew John Toby Coyle-Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 9595008
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for assessing the likely user status of a client computing device interacting with a server where the computing device is in bi-directional operative communication with the server, wherein the likely user status is one of a human operator or a computer executable program such as a “bot”. By presenting issued data from the server to the client computing device and monitoring at least some of the data generated at the client computing device in response to the issued data, a comparison can be made between the monitored data and model data relating to human interaction with or in response to the issued data. The results of the comparison can lead to a value that represents the likelihood that the monitored data results from human interaction with or in response to the issued data. Modeled data includes, but is not limited to, data indicative of human interaction with a computing environment, whether active or passive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy P. Heikell
  • Patent number: 9513101
    Abstract: A distance measurement device includes a transceiving unit that, in a distance measurement process between the distance measurement device and nodes, transmits a command to the nodes, and receives a response as a response to the command; and a distance measurement control unit that instructs the transceiving unit to transmit the command when the distance measurement process starts, measures a period of time until the response is received after the command is transmitted, and calculates a distances between the distance measurement device and the nodes on the basis of the measured period of time. The distance measurement control unit determines the number of repetitions for the distance measurement process until the distance is calculated after the command is transmitted on the basis of the calculated distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuto Kanayama
  • Patent number: 9454903
    Abstract: A road information sharing method according to the present invention is a road information sharing method for sharing the road information via a terminal device, the road information sharing method including the steps of storing sensor information acquired from a vehicle moving in accompaniment with the terminal device, detecting the road information from the sensor information on the basis of detection rules for detecting the road information, notifying a user about the road information detected, and prompting the user to make a judgment of necessity/unnecessity of registration about the detected road information, and storing the detected road information, if the detected road information is judged to be registration-necessary by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Sobue, Tatsuaki Osafune
  • Patent number: 9200903
    Abstract: A method or apparatus to provide a map display is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 9098496
    Abstract: Map data includes, for each of multiple links used for representing a road in a map, a link record and a speed limit record for a certain link. The link records and the speed limit records of the multiple links for representing a road are collected to form separate data lists of respective attribute types, that is, a link record data list and a speed limit record data list, instead of collecting records by a unit of each link. The map data structured as separate attribute data lists of respective attribute data types for links in the map data, for example, establishes inter-attribute data association between different attribute data types for the certain link based on the arrangement orders of the respective attribute data types in the data list indicative of the same arrangement order of the multiple links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsunaga, Hidetoshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9047765
    Abstract: A traffic information system for a vehicle comprises a transmitter and a global positioning system (GPS) associated with the vehicle that selectively generates location and vector data. A control module receives the location and vector data and wirelessly transmits the location and vector data using the transmitter when the vehicle is traveling on a first set of predetermined roads and does not transmit the location and vector data when the vehicle is traveling on a second set of predetermined roads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: MARVELL WORLD TRADE LTD.
    Inventor: Sehat Sutardja
  • Patent number: 9030336
    Abstract: In one embodiment taught herein, a plurality of road-going vehicles report weather-related data to a weather-determining system. For example, trucks and/or cars having in-vehicle information systems wirelessly transmit one or more items of weather-related data, such that the weather-determining system directly or indirectly receives the transmitted data. In turn, the weather-determining system jointly processes the weather-related data to determine weather information for one or more geographic areas corresponding to reported positions of the road-going vehicles. In one embodiment, the in-vehicle information systems comprise GPS-based position reporting systems installed in on-highway trucks and other fleet vehicles, and the weather-determining system comprises a modified position-tracking system, e.g., a modified network fleet management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventor: Marquis D. Doyle
  • Patent number: 9026346
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and a terminal for executing the same. A method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic in accordance with this document may comprise receiving transport protocol expert group (TPEG) information, comprising a road traffic message and a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and comprised of a hierarchical structure, displaying one or more events comprised in the road traffic message, allowing a request for detailed information about any one of the events to be input, and receiving detailed information of a multimedia type from a multimedia data providing server through specific one of bearer information comprised in the multimedia based traffic and travel information message and providing the received detailed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyun Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 9026355
    Abstract: A system for providing navigational information to a vehicle driver. An on-board system is disposed on a vehicle and processes and transmits to a data center, via a wireless link, spoken requests from a vehicle driver requesting navigational information. The data center performs automated voice recognition on the received spoken requests to attempt recognition of destination components of the spoken requests, generates a list of possible destination components corresponding to the spoken requests, assigns a confidence score for each of the possible destination components on the list, determines if a possible destination component with a highest confidence score has a confidence score above a selected threshold, and computer-generates a representation of the possible destination components for transmission to the on-board system via the wireless link for confirmation by the vehicle driver if the highest confidence score of every possible destination component is above the selected threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sirius XM Corrected Vehicle Services Inc
    Inventor: Thomas Barton Schalk
  • Patent number: 9026358
    Abstract: A system for improving the operation of a GPS based navigator. Statistical and/or time of day information is used to select the best route between a current location and a desired location. The statistical information may take into account anomalies, and a user can select the amount of risk they which take. The system can be updated with more updated information. In addition, the selection of the desired location can be carried out by downloading information from a PDA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150116135
    Abstract: A road information sharing method according to the present invention is a road information sharing method for sharing the road information via a terminal device, the road information sharing method including the steps of storing sensor information acquired from a vehicle moving in accompaniment with the terminal device, detecting the road information from the sensor information on the basis of detection rules for detecting the road information, notifying a user about the road information detected, and prompting the user to make a judgment of necessity/unnecessity of registration about the detected road information, and storing the detected road information, if the detected road information is judged to be registration-necessary by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Tsuneo SOBUE, Tatsuaki OSAFUNE
  • Patent number: 8989699
    Abstract: Various embodiments include communicating emergency information to a vehicle. A computer may receive one or more emergency notifications issued by a government agency. Additionally, a geographic location of a vehicle may be determined based on GPS data. At least one emergency notification may be selected based on the geographic location of the vehicle and a geographic attribute of the emergency notifications. The selected emergency notifications may be output so that the notification may be presented to a vehicle occupant. In some embodiments, the notification may be output depending on the direction that the vehicle is travelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Hatton, Robert Earl Johnson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150061900
    Abstract: An automotive communication system for a vehicle includes a global positioning system operable to determine a geographical location and a multi-pixel reconfigurable display device disposed at an interior portion of the vehicle. Data is wirelessly communicated to and is received by electronic circuitry of the vehicle and the data is at least in part customized to the geographic location of the vehicle as determined by the global positioning system. Information that is derived at least in part from the data is displayed by the display device and is viewable by a driver of the vehicle. A user input for the wireless communication is operable within the interior cabin of the vehicle. The automotive communication system includes voice input. The data is wirelessly communicated to the vehicle from a data provider located external of and remote from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin C. McCarthy, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8954265
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of resolving a location in a second digital map from an ordered list of location reference points determined from a first digital map. The method involves identifying candidate lines and nodes in the second digital map, and using curvature, height and gradient information associated with the location reference points to identify the most likely candidate nodes or lines in the second digital map corresponding to the nodes represented by the location reference points and to lines emanating from or incident at the node in the first digital map. The method involves carrying out a route search between the most likely identified candidate node or line identified for one location reference point, and the corresponding node or line associated with the next reference point in the list, and repeating this step for consecutive pairs of reference points until the final location reference point is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James Edward Hagan
  • Publication number: 20150022381
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for recognizing a position of a vehicle to notify the position to a driver. The vehicle position recognizing apparatus includes a WiFi module configured to receive signals from a plurality of WiFi APs, a WPS module configured to measure RSSI values of the signals received by the WiFi module, and estimate a position of a vehicle, and a WPS correction controller configured to correct the RSSI values measured by the WPS module to recognize the position of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Joo KANG, Kook Hee HAN, Bong Hyun CHA
  • Patent number: 8922397
    Abstract: A location system for use in locating a vehicle or other object. The system may include displaying directional information on a mobile device, such as but not limited to a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), remote vehicle control device (fob, RKE, passive entry, etc.). The displayed directional information may indicate a direction of travel to the vehicle without requiring the mobile device to rely on GPS satellites to determine a position useful in orientating the user in a direction toward the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald O. King, Yi Luo
  • Publication number: 20140368361
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying nowcasts along a route on a map. The system receives a map request including a departure location and a destination location from a user, and obtains map data including a route between the destination location and the departure location. A nowcaster is used for outputting nowcasts for a number of key points along the route. The system modifies the map data to include a visual indicator for each nowcast for each key point such that when the modified map data is executed on a display the nowcasts are displayed along the route between the departure location and the destination location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: André Leblanc
  • Patent number: 8898002
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining geographical location data from multiple sources and aggregating the geographical location data are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving geo-location data from a plurality of geo-location data collectors, at least one of the plurality of geo-location data collectors being in data communication with an in-vehicle geo-location data source, at least one of the plurality of geo-location data collectors being in data communication with a geo-location data source in a mobile device; collecting reliability data corresponding to one or more of a plurality of geo-location data sources corresponding to the plurality of geo-location data collectors; collecting map data including information related to geographical features associated with the geo-location data; and aggregating, by use of a data processor, the geo-location data from the plurality of geo-location data collectors based on the reliability data and the map data to produce a resulting geo-location fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: CloudCar, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Barrett, Zarko Draganic
  • Patent number: 8884788
    Abstract: An automotive communication system for a vehicle includes a global positioning system and a display device disposed at an interior portion of a vehicle. Data is wirelessly communicated to and is received by electronic circuitry of the vehicle and the data is at least in part customized to the geographic location of the vehicle as determined by the global positioning system. Information derived at least in part from the data is displayed by the display device and is viewable by a driver of the vehicle. A user input for the wireless communication is operable within the interior cabin of the vehicle. The automotive communication system includes at least one of (i) voice input, (ii) voice detection, (iii) voice recognition and (iv) voice generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin C. McCarthy, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8874373
    Abstract: A map information delivery system, including a navigation apparatus, is capable of preferentially receiving map updating information based on a host vehicle's state. The updating information may be preferentially received based on whether a destination has been set, a location of the updating information relative to an updating position or a destination, and/or the size of the updating information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Nakamura, Hironobu Sugimoto, Tomoki Kodan
  • Patent number: 8825379
    Abstract: A method of providing navigational information includes processing destination information spoken by a vehicle occupant on-board. The processed voice information is transmitted to a remote center wirelessly. The processed voice information is voice recognition analyzed at the remote data center to recognize components of the destination information spoken. The remote center generates a list of hypothetical recognized components of the destination information listed by confidence levels as calculated for each component of the destination information analyzed by the voice recognition system. The hypothetical recognized component list is displayed with confidence levels at the remote center for selective checking by a human data center operator. A component set is selected based on the confidence levels and accuracy of the selected set is confirmed by interactive voice exchanges between the vehicle driver and the remote data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Barton Schalk
  • Patent number: 8788140
    Abstract: An information providing system (SYS), which provides information with a vehicle to assist driving the vehicle via a road-to-vehicle communication, comprises an information providing center (R) which has version-controlled first static information (R20) and transmits service information including version information of matching static information, the service information being generated by using the first static information (R20); and an on-vehicle device (V) which has version-controlled second static information (V20) corresponding to the first static information (R20), implements a drive assist service by using the second static information (V20) and service information received from the information providing center (R), and determines content of the drive assist service to be implemented, based on version information included in the service information and version information of the second static information (V20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeo Hamada
  • Patent number: 8775074
    Abstract: A method and system for refreshing location code data is disclosed. The system includes a location code change system that receives map change data and location code change data. The location code change system processes the map change data, finds affected location codes, and updates the location code's information by manipulating the location code data or performing a geocoding operation. The updated location code data is stored in a location code system. The location code change system receives the location code change data from the location code system and provides information regarding the location code changes to a map change system, which facilitates map updates based on the location code changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventors: Vojislav Samsalovic, Paul M. Bouzide
  • Patent number: 8768610
    Abstract: Provided are a computer system and methods related to a map display. A method includes but is not limited to receiving a request for the map, the map illustrating one or more locations; determining a status associated with at least one of the one or more locations on the map, the status being a function of one or more location interaction rules associated with the at least one of the one or more locations on the map; and generating a signal related to indicating on the map the status associated with the at least one of the one or more locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8762035
    Abstract: System and method for traffic mapping service are disclosed for allowing plurality of users having each a navigation device to transmit their locations to a server and optionally to signal to the server their requested destination. The system and method are further capable of calculating traffic parameters such as current traffic speed at a given road based on the momentary locations of the users. The system and method of the invention may also calculate and advise the users of preferred roads to take in order to arrive at the requested location with minimum delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Waze Mobile Ltd.
    Inventors: Uri Levine, Amir Shinar, Ehud Shabtai
  • Patent number: 8762059
    Abstract: A mobile application on a mobile device communicates with a head-unit of a navigation system. The mobile application may retrieve data such as map data, user input data, and other data and communicate the updates to the head unit. By retrieving map data through the mobile application, the head unit may be updated much easier than systems of the prior art. The data may be retrieved through cellular networks, Wi-Fi networks, or other networks which accessible to a user and compatible with the mobile device. Updates may be stored in the mobile device and automatically uploaded to the navigation system head unit when the user is in the vicinity of the head unit. The mobile application may establish a logical connection with one or more head units. The logical connection bounds the mobile application to the head unit and allows for data sharing and synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: NNG KFT.
    Inventor: Peter Balogh
  • Patent number: 8754789
    Abstract: A power manager for mobile applications using location based services. Generally described, the system and method manages power of a wireless device by adjusting the sampling rate of mobile applications that use location based services. In one illustrative embodiment, the power can be managed by establishing a schedule. The schedule can include settings such as a start time, end time, interval, and duration. These settings can be used to establish a window of time whereby multiple location samplings can take place. The schedule can minimize the user's involvement on a continual basis by allowing manual and automatic scheduling. The power manager can include, but is not limited to, three features to provide better power management for the wireless device. These can include scheduling for location sampling, automatic and learned scheduling, and frequency and duration dynamic modification. Through the power manager, the power supply on the wireless device can be maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Midtun, Dave Anderson
  • Patent number: 8750906
    Abstract: A system and method for providing information on a map displayed by a mobile device is described. In some examples, the system facilitates user control of map elements, such as dynamically changing map elements based on events that occur at a user's mobile device or at locations associated with the map elements. In some examples, the system enables communication between users via map elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David Winkler, Randy Meyerson, Edward Carrigan
  • Patent number: 8742955
    Abstract: In step ST11 of FIG. 5, a map image is displayed. In step ST12, moving-route marks are added to the map image. In step ST13, image-pickup-position marks are added to the map image. In step ST14, a current position mark is added to the map image. In step ST15, a predetermined range is determined based on an image-pickup position. Furthermore, predetermined ranges are determined based on a moving route and a current position. In step ST16, the number of types of landmark sign to be included in the map image is reduced in ranges other than the predetermined ranges. Since landmark signs which are positioned far from the image-pickup position, the moving route, and the current position and which are not important for a user are not added to the map image, map display is performed while display of the landmark signs is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masanao Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 8738287
    Abstract: A method of providing navigational information comprises processing destination information spoken by a user of a mobile processing system. The processed voice information is transmitted to a remote data center. The processed voice information is analyzed at the data center to recognize components of the destination information. The center generates a list of hypothetical recognized components of the destination by confidence levels as calculated for each component of the information analyzed. The hypothetical recognized component list is displayed with confidence levels at the data center for selective checking by a human data center operator. A set of hypothetical components is selected based on confidence levels in the list. The accuracy of the selected set of hypothetical recognized components of the destination information is confirmed though interactive voice exchanges between the mobile system user and the remote data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Barton Schalk
  • Patent number: 8706405
    Abstract: A system for providing navigational information comprises a mobile system processing and transmitting via a wireless link a continuous voice stream spoken by a user of the mobile system, the continuous voice stream including a complete destination address and a data center processing the continuous voice stream received via the wireless link into voice navigational information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Agero Connected Services, Inc
    Inventor: Thomas Barton Schalk
  • Patent number: 8700293
    Abstract: Disclosed is a traffic information distribution apparatus 1 including date-time information in traffic information acquired by the traffic information acquire unit 12 or generated by the traffic information prediction unit, and accumulates the traffic information in the traffic information DB 13. When the traffic information distribution apparatus 1 receives distribution request information transmitted from the in-vehicle terminal 5, based on date-time information of reference traffic information held by the in-vehicle terminal 5 included in the distribution request information, the traffic information distribution apparatus 1 retrieves traffic information including the same date-time information as the date-time information of the reference traffic information from the traffic information DB 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Xanavi Informatics Corporation
    Inventors: Mariko Okude, Kenichiro Yamane, Masatoshi Kumagai, Junsuke Fujiwara, Hirotaka Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8700300
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving at a computer server system, from a computing device that is remote from the server system, a string of text that comprises a search query. The method also includes identifying one or more search results that are responsive to the search query, parsing a document that is a target of one of the one or more results, identifying geographical address information from the parsing, generating a specific geographical indicator corresponding to the one search result, and transmitting for use by the computing device, data for automatically generating a navigational application having a destination at the specific geographical indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. LeBeau, Ole CaveLie, Keith Ito, John Nicholas Jitkoff
  • Patent number: 8694255
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle has a surroundings sensor and an evaluation unit for evaluating the surroundings sensor data. The evaluation unit receives data from a positioning device. Furthermore, a reduced or limited subset of data taken from a digital roadmap is stored in a non-volatile memory, which is provided to the evaluation unit. The reduced data are selected to include only data relevant for the function(s) of the driver assistance system. Thereby the driver assistance system does not need to be connected for data transmission with a navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mehr, Wolfgang Fey
  • Patent number: 8694244
    Abstract: A method of providing navigational information includes the step of processing destination information spoken by a user of a mobile processing system and transmitting the processed voice information via a wireless link to a remote data center. The processed voice information is analyzed with a voice recognition system at the remote data center to recognize components of the destination information spoken by the user. The remote data center generates a list of hypothetical recognized components of the destination information listed by confidence levels as calculated for each component of the destination information analyzed by the voice recognition system. The remote data center determines if a confidence score is below a recognition confidence value and, if the confidence score is below the recognition confidence value, transmits an automated request to have the user speak the destination information again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Agero Connected Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Barton Schalk
  • Patent number: 8682583
    Abstract: A route search system includes: a reception unit that receives a search request for a plurality of first routes, that are routes between all the combinations of two of a plurality of points; a search unit that, when the search request is received by the reception unit, searches the plurality of first routes based upon a search condition included in the search request; and a supply unit that transmits route information for the plurality of first routes searched by the search unit. Both a number of times the search request is received by the reception unit, and a number of times route information is transmitted by the supply unit, are smaller than a number of points in the plurality of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mariko Okude, Tomoaki Hiruta, Masatoshi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 8655584
    Abstract: A map data utilization apparatus retrieves a version information of map data for a specific area when a current position of a vehicle is updated. Then, the version information of the map data of the specific area is compared with a version information of the map data of an identical area in a version list that is retrieved in advance for map data updating. When the version of the map data in the version list is different from the one of the map data of the specific area, an inquiry screen is displayed on a display unit for inquiring a user whether the map data is updated. When an update is instructed by the user, map data update data is acquired from an information center, and the map data of the specific area is updated by using the map data update data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Kimura
  • Patent number: 8635013
    Abstract: A cooperative event location system is provided having a first system in a first vehicle and a second system. The first system includes a first event detection component to detect an occurrence of an event, a first measurement component to determine a distance traveled from the event, a first processing component coupled to the event detection component and the measurement component to prepare an event message, and a first short-range communication component coupled to the processing component and configured to transmit the event message to the second system remote from the first system. The second system includes a second short-range communication component to receive the event message, a satellite navigation component to provide location information, and a processing component coupled to the second communication component and the satellite navigation component to determine in latitude and longitude coordinates a location of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Saverio Zuccotti, Mario Gambera
  • Patent number: 8618952
    Abstract: A method of identifying an intersection for a collision warning system is disclosed. The method includes steps of selecting an identified intersection where a driver intends to turn from a set of potential intersections. The collision warning system is then controlled according to the identified intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8612153
    Abstract: In a course of updating old map data on a hard disk drive to new map data, a low-priority portion of the old map data that has less importance/necessity is deleted to create a vacant area, and a high-priority portion of the new map data is copied to the vacant area as an update of the map data. Then, the high-priority portion of the old map data is deleted to create another vacant area, and a low-priority portion of the new map data is copied to the vacant area. During the update of the map data, restrictions on the usage of the map data are avoided at all efforts by having the high-priority portion of at least one of the new map data and the old map data maintained on the hard disk drive, while maximizing the utilization of storage resources in a map data management apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Nomura, Mikiya Nakano
  • Patent number: 8606507
    Abstract: In a panorama navigation method using a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device includes a GPS, an electronic compass and a touch screen. A user operation interface is displayed on the touch screen, and driving information is received from a user operation interface when a driver arranges a driving route in a geographic region. The driving route is marked on an electronic map of the geographic region according to the driving information. The GPS detects a current location of a vehicle, and the electronic compass identifies a driving direction of the vehicle. The portable electronic device obtains a series of panoramic images of the geographic region from a host computer according to the current location, the driving direction and a current time of the vehicle, and displays each of the panoramic images on the touch screen to provide panoramic navigation information for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Hsien Lee, Chang-Jung Lee, Chih-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 8599013
    Abstract: The present system and methods provides for distribution of weather and other environmental information to remote users within a wireless transmitter coverage area. The system and method assigns meteorological data to a plurality of cells, each corresponding to a communication range of a wireless transmitter. The data is then distributed by the appropriate wireless transmitter to all users within its coverage area. The system and method does not distribute information to a particular user based upon a known communication address, user profile, or identification, but rather is directed to any user falling within the communications range of the wireless transmitter. By indiscriminate distribution of reportable events, the system provides timely, site-specific information without requiring the location of the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Baron Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert O. Baron, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8589058
    Abstract: A method of receiving information for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The method includes retrieving stored traffic information from a database and determining a communication period for receiving current traffic information from a service provider based on the stored traffic information. The method also includes receiving current traffic information simultaneously with other non-traffic information when the non-traffic information is being requested in order to limit the number of instances of communication with the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Go Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8589229
    Abstract: Immediate changes and updates in a Global Positioning System (GPS) providing wireless communication display devices with displayed maps of a defined areas with traffic and objects of interest information are implemented through broadcasting short range RF information relative to an object from an object located within the defined area. When this broadcast information is received by the transceiver of any wireless display device within RF broadcast range, the receiving device obtains the position of the object from a GPS satellite based upon the information received by the wireless display device and the object and the information are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Laffey, Daniel N. Nguyen, Vit T. Tran, Kim-Khanh V. Trans
  • Patent number: 8583320
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to receive from a mobile device a request regarding a stranded vehicle. The request is processed to determine the location of the stranded vehicle. Additional information regarding the stranded vehicle may be retrieved. The location of the stranded vehicle and the additional information may be communicated as a dispatch request. The location of the stranded vehicle relative to a dispatched vehicle is delivered to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Miles Harris, Deepak Kumar Srinivasan, Philip James Swift, Paul David Sykes