Display Change Based On Vehicle Position Patents (Class 340/995.17)
  • Patent number: 10296914
    Abstract: On a client computer, customer relationship management software is integrated into a messaging application that includes a user interface. Customer relationship management (CRM) information is received from a server computer. An automatic determination is made as to whether the received CRM information is to be cached on the client computer. When it is determined that the CRM information is to be cached on the client computer, the CRM information is cached in a cache on the client computer. When at least some of the CRM information is cached on the client computer, the cached CRM information is displayed as a view on the client computer. The display of the CRM information is integrated into the user interface of the messaging application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. McCormack, Nicholas James Thomson, Dmitri Davydok, Indrojit Deb, David Robert Shutt
  • Patent number: 10270945
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for an interactive synchronization of multiple videos. An example system includes a memory storing a first video and a second video, the first video including first video clips and the second video including second video clips. The system further includes a processor configured to calculate a histogram based on a number of features that are similar between the first video clips and the second video clips, generate a cost matrix based on the histogram, generate a first graph that includes first nodes based on the cost matrix, compute a path through the graph using the nodes, and align the first video with the second video using the path, where the path corresponds to playback speeds for the first video and the second video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Wang, Christopher Schroers, Henning Zimmer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9904703
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for searching using social network data. Techniques include: receiving a request for search results; in response to the request, obtaining search results using one or more social engagement signals to identify content deemed to have entertainment value, where the one or more social engagement signals are unspecified in the request; and providing the search results to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Frances B. Haugen, Daniel M. Crichton
  • Patent number: 9842495
    Abstract: A traffic monitoring system (400) includes a network of geographically distributed sensors (401-403). The sensors (401-403) provide raw or preprocessed data to a processing system (405) based on received long range wireless signals (e.g., 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz, or 5.9 GHz spectrum). The processing system (405) can then implement any of various algorithms to calculate traffic parameters taking into account the range of communication between the source and the sensor. The inputs to these algorithms include a first contacts, last contacts, maximum range, minimum range, median of contacts, average of contacts, maximum strength, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Acyclica Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Benhammou
  • Patent number: 9731618
    Abstract: An information provision apparatus including: a provision control unit (40, 30) configured to provide a vehicle passenger with energy replenishment information relating to energy replenishment of a vehicle-driving energy supply source (20) that is capable of storing regenerative energy regenerated from rotational energy of a vehicle wheel, when a remaining energy amount of the energy supply source (20) falls below a determination reference value; and a modification unit (40) configured to modify a provision condition that is a condition on which the provision control unit (40, 30) provides the energy replenishment information, so that after the energy replenishment information is once provided when the remaining energy amount falls below the determination reference value, the energy replenishment information is less likely to be provided than before the energy replenishment information is once provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Asai, Toshiyuki Aga, Masamichi Tani
  • Patent number: 9704534
    Abstract: A method for generating a consolidated video includes receiving a user indicated path of interest on an electronic map, determining geographical coordinates situated along the received path of interest, identifying video content that display a plurality of regions corresponding to the geographical coordinates situated along the received path of interest, filtering the identified video content into a set of video segments based on a set of user preferences, and stitching the set of video segments into one contiguous video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9444911
    Abstract: On a client computer, customer relationship management software is integrated into a messaging application that includes a user interface. Customer relationship management (CRM) information is received from a server computer. An automatic determination is made as to whether the received CRM information is to be cached on the client computer. When it is determined that the CRM information is to be cached on the client computer, the CRM information is cached in a cache on the client computer. When at least some of the CRM information is cached on the client computer, the cached CRM information is displayed as a view on the client computer. The display of the CRM information is integrated into the user interface of the messaging application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. McCormack, Nicholas James Thomson, Dmitri Davydok, Indrojit Deb, David Robert Shutt
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • 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: 9013286
    Abstract: A driver assistance system is configured to display on a vehicle display an image of corresponding surroundings of a vehicle, having at least one image capturing camera; a viewpoint converter to generate a viewpoint converted image having a point of view looking downwardly from above the vehicle; at least one sensor configured to detect a distance or a partial shape of at least one object in surroundings of the vehicle; an image processor configured to modify the viewpoint converted image based on the detected distance or the partial shape of the at least one object looking from the vehicle to the at least one object, wherein the modification of the viewpoint converted image includes enhancing the three dimensional appearance of the at least one object in the viewpoint converted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Henry Chen, Anh Vu
  • Patent number: 9014976
    Abstract: If a destination set on a display 3 is a facility not having connection relation between facilities stored in a facility information DB 84, a scroll direction detecting unit 92 that detects a scroll direction of a map 31 detects a direction instructed for scroll as the scroll direction and a display controlling unit 94 performs scroll of the map 31 in the scroll direction. In addition, if the set destination is a facility having the connection relation between the facilities, the scroll direction detecting unit 92 that detects a scroll direction of the map 31 detects the scroll direction based on the connection relation of the destination and the direction instructed for scroll and the display controlling unit 94 performs the scroll of the map 31 to a position of a facility connected to the destination in the scroll direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Ushida
  • Patent number: 8970390
    Abstract: A method of aiding viewing position for autostereoscopic displays having a suggested viewing zone or optimal viewing position. The method detects a position of a viewer using a detection sensor associated with the display and determines if the viewer is within the suggested viewing zone. If the viewer is not within the suggested viewing zone, the method provides feedback to the viewer, such as visual cues on the display, indicating how the viewer should move in order to be within the suggested viewing zone. The method can continuously provide the feedback in order to indicate how the viewer is moving with respect to the suggested viewing zone and when the viewer has moved into the suggested viewing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Shuguang Wu, Jun Xiao
  • Patent number: 8937536
    Abstract: A vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a certain object. The vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a position different from a position of the certain object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jishosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama, Shinya Kawamata
  • Patent number: 8935088
    Abstract: An object is to prevent a driving assistance system for a vehicle from causing a collision of the driver's own vehicle with a solid object by performing driving assistance. To achieve the object, when a solid object that can be an obstacle exists in the course of the driver's own vehicle, the driving assistance system for a vehicle according to the present invention determines a plurality of primary paths along which the driver's own vehicle can travel by changing the momentum thereof, designates an avoidance line along which the solid object can be avoided from among the primary paths, and changes the momentum of the driver's own vehicle in such a way that the driver's own vehicle travels along the selected avoidance line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8933798
    Abstract: An electronic display comprises a graphical lap information display portion that comprises a lap time differential indicator and an illuminated portion. The lap time differential indicator is configured to display a differential time value. The illuminated portion is configured to selectively illuminate a portion of the graphical lap information display portion in a plurality of different lighting modes. The illuminated portion is operable in the plurality of different lighting modes in response to a rate of change of the differential time value. A vehicle and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nathaniel C. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8930129
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: operating a communication unit for establishing a communication link between a first device and a second device; receiving a user defined destination; displaying a first location and a first route to the user defined destination on the first device and the second device, where the first location represents the location of the first device; and displaying a second location and a second route to the user defined destination on the first device and the second device, where the second location represents the location of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Qian Chen
  • 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: 8897960
    Abstract: A driving assistance control apparatus includes an own-vehicle position acquiring unit that acquires the position of an own vehicle; a curve information acquiring unit that acquires curve information on a driving course; a continuous curves detecting unit that detects a first curve ahead of the own vehicle and a second curve that exists at a far side of the own vehicle with respect to the first curve and that is continuous to the first curve, based on the acquired position of the own vehicle and the acquired curve information; and a curve alert control unit that controls a curve alerting unit that alerts the presence of the second curve before an entrance of the second curve. The curve alert control unit sets the alert timing of the second curve in accordance with the curve information about the first curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 8898014
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: setting a delivery range for establishing a boundary; detecting a current location relative to the delivery range to a destination with the current location for locating a device; generating a travel route from the current location to the destination; selecting a delivery mode based on whether the current location is within the delivery range; and generating a local notification based on activating the delivery mode for displaying on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Matthew Witkemper
  • Patent number: 8884783
    Abstract: A priority control unit is provided for use with light-based and GPS-based traffic control priority systems. The priority control unit includes a light emitter subsystem that is configured to emit pulses of light. The pulses of light encode a priority request for activating preemption of a traffic signal by a light-based traffic control priority system. The priority control unit also includes a GPS-based subsystem that is configured to transmit a priority request by radio waves. The priority request from the GPS-based subsystem is for activating preemption of a traffic signal by a GPS-based traffic control priority system. A switch is coupled to the light emitter subsystem and to the GPS-based subsystem. The switch simultaneously activates both the light emitter subsystem and the GPS-based subsystem for transmitting priority requests in response to user control. In another embodiment, the priority control unit further includes a broadcast based subsystem for transmitting priority requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Gordon Roberts, Jerry Lee Johnson
  • Patent number: 8860587
    Abstract: A mechanism for directing a vendor vehicle to an area in a region. A device receives a plurality of search requests from a plurality of corresponding user devices. Each search request includes search request data that includes a location identifier that identifies a location of the corresponding user device in the region at a time of the search request, and one or more user search criteria. The device identifies, based on the plurality of search requests and at least one subset-determination criterion, at least one subset of the plurality of user devices. The device determines at least one determined location within the region based on the corresponding locations of the user devices in the at least one subset. The device sends vehicle positioning information that identifies the at least one determined location to a vendor device associated with the vendor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Andrew Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 8862389
    Abstract: Display systems, methods, and programs generate and display an arrow object superimposed on an actual image of a road ahead of a vehicle. The systems, methods, and programs access information about a lane change route for guiding the vehicle when changing from a travel lane to a recommended lane. The systems, methods, and programs generate and display a travel lane part of the arrow object, a crossing part of the arrow object, and a recommended lane part of the arrow object, each as a superimposed image on the recommended lane. As remaining distance from a current position of the vehicle to the junction becomes smaller, a distance of a directional component along the travel lane for at least one of the travel lane part, the crossing part, and the recommended lane part is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8838375
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an electronic device with object guiding function and the method thereof. In one embodiment, the electronic device includes a view window area, via which a user may watch a view. The electronic device may determine whether an object is located in the view window area when the user inputs the position of the object, and may further show an object indicating message or an object guiding message according to the determination result. Therefore, the electronic device is able to provide the user with short distance guiding function. In another embodiment, the electronic device may also show information related to the object located in the view window area, such as information about every mountain range, constellation, user's friends, or specific landmark that is located in the view window area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Chao-Kuang Yang
  • Patent number: 8831883
    Abstract: A method is provided for outputting navigation instructions in a motor vehicle having a navigation system and a head-up display. Graphical navigation instructions are output in at least three instruction categories which differ substantially in terms of the graphical level of detail of the particular navigation instruction, the instruction category being selected based on the distance between the motor vehicle and an action point for the navigation maneuver. Navigation instructions in the category for short distances include a perspective lane-exact representation of a map section relevant to the navigation maneuver in the head-up display, a first driving line which is proposed by the navigation system is depicted in the map section in a lane-exact manner by way of a first graphical line object and an alternative second driving line is also depicted in a lane-exact manner by way of a second graphical line object differing from the first line object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marc Breisinger, Josef Schumann, Robertus Mariet
  • Patent number: 8825394
    Abstract: A system having a user interface which presents map data Dmap. An analysis unit analyzes map data Dmap, determining a quality Q for these map data Dmap which are to be presented. The determination is based on whether the respective map data Dmap are available and/or reliable. The quality Q is presented graphically by a presentation unit. The risk of wrong decisions being taken on the basis of deficient map data Dmap is reduced considerably, since the user can easily decide whether there are reliable map data or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Oskar Johansson, Maria Södergren, Fredrik Roos
  • Patent number: 8803660
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method to provide management of a plurality of electronic elements in a datacenter is disclosed. The system includes a datacenter management system coupled to a wireless network to receive information regarding a spatial location of a handheld device within the datacenter. The datacenter management system provides information to the handheld device related to each of the plurality of electronic elements. The datacenter management system includes a management processor to process information related to each of the plurality of electronic elements and a database to store information related to each of the plurality of electronic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Martin, Kevin Thayer
  • Patent number: 8786605
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are disclosed for distance and congestion-aware resource deployment. In some embodiments, a method is provided to estimate a vehicle deployment region. The method includes constructing a graph data structure using at least in part a single invocation of a form of Dijkstra's algorithm. The method additionally includes partitioning an angular space centered on a vehicle location into a plurality of angular space regions, the vehicle location corresponding to a current or potential location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Spike Curtis, Dustin Janatpour, Drew Bailey
  • Patent number: 8781735
    Abstract: Example techniques and systems include generating cluster information to consolidate multiple locations. In one example, a method includes receiving, at a computing device, a plurality of location identifiers corresponding to a plurality of locations at which a mobile computing device was previously located, defining, by the computing device, a plurality of geographic regions based at least in part on the plurality of location identifiers, wherein each of the plurality of geographic regions defines a physical area in which at least one of the plurality of locations is located, selecting, by the computing device, a subset of the plurality of geographic regions based on respective distances between a current location of the mobile computing device and a respective reference point within each of the geographic regions, and outputting, by the computing device and for display, an indication of the subset of the plurality of geographic regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tushar Udeshi, Dale Hawkins, Tom Carl Stamm, Guang Yang
  • Patent number: 8754777
    Abstract: Systems and methods display data relevant to a user's trip along an inferred route and destination of a user device. First, the method receives a current device location from the device. Next, historical route and destination data of users that traveled through the current device location is retrieved. Determining a most likely route and destination of the user is determined. Points of interest along the inferred route are retrieved. The points of interest and the inferred route are transmitted to the device. Furthermore, a module calculates whether there is enough extant battery capacity to sustain the inferred route to the inferred destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Mendis
  • Patent number: 8731813
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to an improved mapping and navigational system. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a system for defining and assigning geographical boundaries to points of interests on a graphical map, where the geographical boundaries preferably correlate to spatially defined boundaries of the respective points of interests. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the points of interest, along with the respective defined geographical boundaries, can be transferred from a personal computing device to a telecommunication device, such as a portable communication device, so as to be used for mapping purposes and to set off proximity alerts when the portable communication device, equipped with a GPS unit, enters or exits the geographical boundary of a particular point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Sheha, Angie Sheha
  • Patent number: 8676496
    Abstract: A car navigation apparatus includes an intersection searching means 14 for searching for intersections in a vicinity of the current position of a vehicle from intersections which exist on a searched route and which exist between the current position and a destination, an intersection name outputting means 15 for outputting the names of the searched intersections, an intersection selecting means 17 for selecting an intersection from the intersection names outputted, an facility searching means 18 for searching for facilities which exist in a vicinity of the intersection selected through the map data, a facility name outputting means 19 for outputting the names of the searched facilities, a facility selecting means 20 for selecting a facility from the facility names outputted, and a facility information outputting means 21 for extracting facility information about the selected facility from the map data, and for outputting the facility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Ishibashi, Hiroshi Machino
  • Patent number: 8670936
    Abstract: A method and device for displaying road segments are provided. The method uses a map data base storing information on a road network in a road vector data format. Additional parameter values are stored for a subset of road segments. Information on a direction vector and the parameter value for a road segment are retrieved. Based on the parameter value, it is determined whether the road segment exhibits a variation in shape as a function of position along its direction vector. A graphical representation of the road segment is generated based on the retrieved parameter value and the direction vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak
  • Patent number: 8660735
    Abstract: A method of providing information to a vehicle involves selecting content, and a source from which the information is retrievable. The information pertains to the content and the content is associated with an entity. The vehicle is tracked in real time. Via a telematics unit of the vehicle, vehicle data obtained from the tracking (including at least a then-current vehicle location and speed) is uploaded to an offboard server. The data is utilized, by a processor associated with the offboard server, to identify the entity that is within proximity of the vehicle. Information from the selected content source is obtained via the offboard server. The information is associated with the entity. The information is transmitted to the telematics unit. The information that is displayed to the vehicle is associated with an object representing the entity that is within the field of view of a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Tengler, Mark S. Frye
  • Publication number: 20140049409
    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: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: TE-SHENG CHEN, XIAO-GUANG LI, KUAN-HONG HSIEH, YUN XIAO, SHANG-HUI PI, SHUANG RUI
  • Patent number: 8655586
    Abstract: An intelligent driving range system for a vehicle for automatically communicating a one-way driving range or a two-way (i.e. round-trip) driving range to a user of the vehicle. The driving range system utilizes a processor for determining whether to select the one-way distance range or the two-way distance range for communication. The processor determines the current driving range and may interface with a vehicle positioning system or navigation components for determining the current location of the vehicle. Either the one-way driving range or the two-way driving range is selected and communicated to the user of the vehicle. The selection may be based upon the current location of the vehicle. The driving range may be communicated by displaying a range map, by displaying a visual notification, or by sounding an audible notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Jotanotivc
  • Patent number: 8649972
    Abstract: A car navigation apparatus includes an intersection searching means 14 for searching for intersections in a vicinity of the current position of a vehicle from intersections which exist on a searched route and which exist between the current position and a destination, an intersection name outputting means 15 for outputting the names of the searched intersections, an intersection selecting means 17 for selecting an intersection from the intersection names outputted, an facility searching means 18 for searching for facilities which exist in a vicinity of the intersection selected through the map data, a facility name outputting means 19 for outputting the names of the searched facilities, a facility selecting means 20 for selecting a facility from the facility names outputted, and a facility information outputting means 21 for extracting facility information about the selected facility from the map data, and for outputting the facility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Ishibashi, Hiroshi Machino
  • 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: 8612084
    Abstract: An autonomous navigation system for a tracked or skid-steer vehicle is described. The system includes a path planner (54) that computes a series of waypoint locations specifying a path to follow and vehicle location sensors (82). A tramming controller (60) includes a waypoint controller (62) that computes vehicle speed and yaw rate setpoints based on vehicle location information from the vehicle location sensor and the locations of a plurality of neighboring waypoints, and a rate controller (64) that generates left and right track speed setpoints from the speed and yaw rate setpoints. A vehicle control interface actuates the vehicle controls in accordance with the left and right track speed setpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Sydney
    Inventors: Ross Hennessy, Florian Oppolzer, Xiuyi Fan, Surya P. N. Singh, Hugh Durrant-Whyte
  • Patent number: 8606457
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically adjusting the output of presentation content based upon vehicle conditions. The method determines whether one of a plurality of vehicle conditions exists, such as conditions related to vehicle speed, rate of change in vehicle speed, rate of change in vehicle direction, vehicle emergencies, cellular phone or headphone activation, radar detector activation, noise level decibels above a certain value, etc. The method determines an output format based on the determined vehicle conditions. The method outputs at least a portion of the presentation content based on the determined output format. The determined output format includes display format information, such as text font or icon size information or map detail. The presentation content can also include audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Promind Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gilad Odinak, Hakan Kostepen
  • 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: 8548732
    Abstract: A travel-estimated road, which a vehicle is estimated to travel, intersects with a cross road at an intersection. A search area shaped of a sector centering on the intersection is defined to have a central angle to include an extending direction of the cross road. An arc intersecting point is then defined where an outer circumference arc of the search area intersects with the cross road. A display position of the road name of the cross road on a road map is determined based on a line segment between the intersection and the arc intersecting point. Thus, the road name of the cross road can be displayed in a position, which is in proximity to the travel-estimated road so as to allow a user to clearly recognize that the displayed road name indicates the cross road irrespective of the configuration of the cross road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8531449
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for creating multi-angle views of an object-of-interest from images stored in a dataset. A user specifies the location of an object-of-interest. As the user virtually navigates through the locality represented by the image dataset, his current virtual position is determined. Using the user's virtual position and the location of the object-of-interest, images in the image dataset are selected and interpolated or stitched together, if necessary, to present to the user a view from his current virtual position looking toward the object-of-interest. The object-of-interest remains in the view no matter where the user virtually travels. From the same image dataset, another user can select a different object-of-interest and virtually navigate in a similar manner, with his own object-of-interest always in view. The object-of-interest also can be “virtual,” added by computer-animation techniques to the image dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventors: James Lynch, William Gale
  • Patent number: 8504286
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a parameterless search request, which was provided to a mobile computing device, for information that is relevant to a user of the mobile computing device. The method also includes, in response to the received parameterless search request, identifying with a digital computer system one or more results that are determined to be relevant to the user of the mobile computing device based upon a current context of the mobile computing device. The method further includes providing the results for display to a user of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Vic Gundotra, Alex Nicolaou
  • Patent number: 8498807
    Abstract: An approach is provided for retrieving mapping information of a premise for use by a mobile device upon the mobile device reaching the premise. A prompt is generated for presentation by the mobile device for a destination point within the premise. A determination is made of the position information of the mobile device. Navigation information for guidance to the destination point is generated using the mapping information and the determined position information. Presentation of the navigation information is initiated via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Devin C. Moore, Wade P. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8498809
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for predicting a destination for a ground-based vehicle. Travel patterns are accessed and a series of locations of a ground-based vehicle are received. At least some of the received locations are related to at least one accessed travel pattern, and a destination of the ground-based vehicle is predicted based on relating the received locations with the travel patterns. An existence of an event may be predicted using the predicted destinations of a ground-based vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David S. Bill
  • Patent number: 8483947
    Abstract: A method of distributing map data from a map server to a wireless communications device entails generating a bitmap array representative of the vector map data for a given zoom level, computing attributes of the bitmap array to determine which map features to retain and which map features to suppress, and then transmitting to the wireless device only the map data for the map features to be retained. By counting the number of bitmap cells representing a polygonal map feature such as a park, lake, or island, the approximate area is quickly estimated. If the area falls below a threshold, the map data for the small polygon is discarded. Similarly, if a polyline map feature overlaps (or is too proximate to) another polyline map feature, one of the polyline map features is discarded. The map data actually transmitted is thus reduced, thereby economizing bandwidth without unduly sacrificing map detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Eric Johnson, Xiaming Xi
  • Patent number: 8478519
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a parameterless search request, which was provided to a mobile computing device, for information that is relevant to a user of the mobile computing device. The method also includes, in response to the received parameterless search request, identifying with a digital computer system one or more results that are determined to be relevant to the user of the mobile computing device based upon a current context of the mobile computing device. The method further includes providing the results for display to a user of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Vic Gundotra, Alex Nicolaou
  • Patent number: 8461970
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a first display and a first camera. An environmental image of the part of the environment of the vehicle lying behind the motor vehicle can be recorded using the first camera and the environmental image recorded using the first camera can be completely or partially displayed on the first display. The first display is disposed inside the motor vehicle such that the recorded environmental image, or a part of the recorded environmental image, may be perceivable as a virtual image behind a side pane of the motor vehicle for a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Birkemeyer, Michael Engler, Jürgen Wolf
  • Publication number: 20130126679
    Abstract: A portable device for presenting situation awareness information is provided. The portable device is operable onboard an aircraft and includes a communications module configured to communicate with a data center to receive situation awareness information that includes at least a real-time position for each of a plurality of additional aircraft, a sensor module configured to determine a real-time position of the portable device, and a display device configured to overlay a moving map display with the situation awareness information and the real-time position of the portable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Regina I. Estkowski, Ted Dell Whitley, Richard Baumeister, Graham Spence
  • Patent number: RE44549
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for displaying a driving location of a moving object which controls a Red, Green, Blue (RGB) ratio by corresponding to a property of a road where the moving object travels, differently renders a moving object symbol according to the controlled RGB ratio, and thereby may identify a driving status of the moving object more accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Thinkware Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Deuk Yeong Seong