Route Determination And Display On Map Patents (Class 340/995.19)
  • Patent number: 10323701
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that presents road signs during a navigation presentation. In presenting the road signs, the application of some embodiments differentiates the appearance of road signs at junctions that require a change of direction from road signs at junctions that do not require a change of direction. The application may perform processes that ensure that it arranges the road signs on the map in an aesthetically pleasing manner. In addition, the navigation application of some embodiments does not display too many road signs along the navigated route so that the route is not by occluded by too many road signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen O. Lemay, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel Van Os, Harold O. Habeck
  • Patent number: 10310713
    Abstract: According to one general aspect, a computing device may include an application configured to create a tab in a context of a window, and a window manager configured to register the tab with a first UI element registry. The window manager may be configured to receive, over a network, at least a portion of a second UI element registry from a secondary window manager of a secondary computing device. The portion of the second UI element registry may identify a remote tab previously registered with the secondary window manager. The window manager may be configured to cause a display to provide a graphical arrangement of the tab and the remote tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Glen Murphy
  • Patent number: 10240943
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are therefore provided for providing a navigation user interface. The apparatus may be caused to: receive an indication of an origin and a destination; provide for presentation of a representation of the origin, a representation of the destination, and a representation of the route there between, where the representation of the route may include a bar extending in a circular shape between the representation of the origin and the representation of the destination, and defining a map display region within the circular shape. The apparatus may also be configured to provide for presentation of a present location indicator on the representation of the route and provide for presentation of a map within the map display region. The map within the map display region may correspond to at least one of a current location or a user selected location along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Ruggero Baracco, Stephan Scheunig, Mark Pearce
  • Patent number: 10215580
    Abstract: A configuration includes: a search unit to access to a map database storing map information to search for a destination corresponding to an input linguistic expression, using a plurality of search criteria provided with orders of priority; and a destination setting unit to set a first destination corresponding to the input linguistic expression, in accordance with the orders of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Hirai
  • Patent number: 10145705
    Abstract: A destination information provider server is disclosed. The destination information provider server is configured to obtain position information of an information providing target vehicle, recognize a target link, which corresponds to a link of a road on which the information providing target vehicle is traveling, based on the position information, and transmit destination information to the information providing target vehicle, the destination information being indicative of destinations of other vehicles which travel on the target link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonari Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10107635
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a method for determining a route for passenger comfort and operating a vehicle according to the determined route. To start, a set of routes from a start location to an end location may be determined. Each route includes one or more portions. For each route of the set of routes, a total motion sickness value is determined based on a sway motion sickness value, a surge motion sickness value, and a heave motion sickness value for each of the given portions. The total motion sickness value for a route reflects a likelihood that a user will experience motion sickness while in a vehicle along the route. A route may then be selected from the set of routes based on the total motion sickness value of each route of the set of routes, and the vehicle may be maneuvered according to the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn Larner, Jared Stephen Russell
  • Patent number: 10055086
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a mobile terminal and a method for controlling the mobile terminal. The present invention includes a touch screen, and a controller configured to display a 3D view in a first direction on the touch screen with a view point of a first location when the controller displays a 2D map on the touch screen and receives a touch input in the first direction from the first location of the 2D map. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a user may check the 3D view in a particular direction from a particular location in the 2D map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunghye Yoon, Sooyon Chung, Sujin Kim
  • Patent number: 10033624
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing routing calculations and route guidance based on geographic positioning and/or other sensor data from one or more mobile devices independent of map data. A routing platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of one or more probe data samples associated with at least one mobile device to determine one or more device tracks. The routing platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of the one or more device tracks to determine at least one tessellation, wherein the at least one tessellation is a subdivision of a plane or sphere into one or more tiles and a plurality of segments. The routing platform further determines one or more relationships between one or more of the plurality of segments based, at least in part, on a mapping of the one or more device tracks against the at least one tessellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Rolf, Björn Karge, Ullrich Praetz, Prokop Jehlicka
  • Patent number: 10024670
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for sequencing locations and events and determining routing and itineraries for the sequence. In some embodiments the system may receive a starting location, a first location, and a second location in a default order. The system may determine a sequence from the starting location for the first location and the second location. The system may generate a route for the sequence with the route having transportation directions between the starting location, the second location, and the first location indicative of the sequence. The system may display the route in a graphical user interface of an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole
  • Patent number: 10012502
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for determining the elevation of tracked personnel or assets (trackees) that can take input from mounted sensors on each trackee (including barometric, inertial, magnetometer, radio frequency ranging and signal strength, light and GPS sensors), external constraints (including ranging constraints, feature constraints, and user corrections), and terrain elevation data. An example implementation of this method for determining elevation of persons on foot is described. But this method is not limited to computing elevation of personnel or to on foot movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Karvounis, Jared Napora, Benjamin E. Funk, Dan Hakim, Christopher Giles, Carole Teolis
  • Patent number: 10006505
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that presents road signs during a navigation presentation. In presenting the road signs, the application of some embodiments differentiates the appearance of road signs at junctions that require a change of direction from road signs at junctions that do not require a change of direction. The application may perform processes that ensure that it arranges the road signs on the map in an aesthetically pleasing manner. In addition, the navigation application of some embodiments does not display too many road signs along the navigated route so that the route is not by occluded by too many road signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen O. Lemay, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel van Os, Harold O. Habeck
  • Patent number: 9997069
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Patent number: 9940804
    Abstract: The invention integrates hardware and software for sensing, communications, data storage and control into a protection module that is sufficiently small and inexpensive to be attached directly to individual objects, such as musical instruments, and the inventory of stores and museums. Sensors monitor environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, and accelerometers alert owners to unwanted motion, such as theft or misuse. Sensed data is stored locally and transmitted wirelessly to nonproprietary data receivers, such as smart phones or tablets that generate alerts. In some embodiments the data is forwarded to cloud servers for storage and analysis. Bluetooth communication between the attached module and the data receiver allows large spaces, such as stores and showrooms containing many attached modules to be protected. In some embodiments accelerometers enable finger-tap-controlled recording of musical performance and tuning of the instrument relative to tonal frequencies stored in the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Bean, Michael Dominick Audi, James Michael Gordon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9906921
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatuses, or articles of manufacture are disclosed herein that may be utilized, in whole or in part, to facilitate or support one or more operations or techniques for updating points of interest (POIs), such as for use in or with a mobile communication device, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hui Chao, Jiajian Chen
  • Patent number: 9835459
    Abstract: An electronic device including a navigation function, includes a display unit configured to display road map data on a display screen, a scroll unit configured to scroll a road map screen display on the display screen in response to a user input, a determination unit configured to determine if the scrolling has stopped, an identification unit configured to identify, when it is determined that the scrolling has stopped, a search object candidate specified by a position at which the scrolling has stopped, a selection unit configured to select a search object candidate, an acquisition unit configured to acquire name data of the search object candidate, and a synthesis and display unit configured to synthesize and display the name data onto the road map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Tadao Shibata
  • Patent number: 9830337
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an uploaded multimedia object comprising a photo image or video is subjected to computer vision algorithms to detect and isolate objects within the multimedia object, and the isolated object is searched against a photographic location database containing images of a plurality of locations. Upon detecting a matching object, the location information associated with the photograph in the database containing the matching object may be leveraged to automatically check the user in to the associated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9832249
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating streaming of media content. Video content is retrieved over a network from one or more client devices capturing video content. Data items associated with the plurality of video content are also retrieved. A list order for the plurality of video content is determined according to at least a portion of the retrieved data items, and a user interface is encoded for display where the user interface contains a plurality of items corresponding to the plurality of video content, the items being positioned within the user interface according to the list order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 9810545
    Abstract: Adaptive navigation techniques are disclosed that allow navigation systems to learn from a user's personal driving history. As a user drives, models are developed and maintained to learn or otherwise capture the driver's personal driving habits and preferences. Example models include road speed, hazard, favored route, and disfavored route models. Other attributes can be used as well, whether based on the user's personal driving data or driving data aggregated from a number of users. The models can be learned under explicit conditions (e.g., time of day/week, driver ID) and/or under implicit conditions (e.g., weather, drivers urgency, as inferred from sensor data). Thus, models for a plurality of attributes can be learned, as well as one or more models for each attribute under a plurality of conditions. Attributes can be weighted according to user preference. The attribute weights and/or models can be used in selecting a best route for user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Golding, Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9786186
    Abstract: A method and system are described for enhancing ground situational awareness to an aircrew via an alphanumeric display of an air traffic control ground clearance, including displaying a symbol for each stage of the clearance. A crewmember may accept or change each stage via a graphical user interface within the alphanumeric display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Ball, Sean Caufield, Troy Nichols, Aaron Gannon, Thea L. Feyereisen, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 9778658
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating a person with a portion of transportation network information based on vehicle operating information are described. The information includes a plurality of destinations. First vehicle operating information for a vehicle is identified, which information includes a first plurality of vehicle operations occurring during a first plurality of time windows. First values for a plurality of features are extracted from the first plurality of vehicle operations. A portion of the vehicle transportation network is associated with an owner/operator of the vehicle based on the first values. For consecutive time windows thereafter, second values for the features are extracted from second vehicle operating information for the vehicle that includes a second plurality of vehicle operations occurring during the consecutive time windows. Based on changes, a determination can be made as to whether an identity of the person associated with the vehicle has changed over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Thakur, Daisuke Saito
  • Patent number: 9778055
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of providing personalized route information involves gathering a plurality of past location indicators over time for a wireless client device, determining a future driving objective using the plurality of previously-gathered location indicators, obtaining real-time traffic data for an area proximate to the determined driving objective, and generating a suggested route for the driving objective using the near real-time traffic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Rowley, Shumeet Baluja
  • Patent number: 9759576
    Abstract: A navigation system which includes a central processing unit; a nonvolatile storage for storing digitized map data; a road sinuosity S(R) of a route including a plurality of digitized road segments calculated from a starting point to a destination point to be traveled by a user by summing the rotation angle of each of the road segments divided by the distance of each of the road segments; a module to determine an estimated travel time of the route; a module to determine a corrected travel time using the road sinuosity S(R); and a display to display the corrected travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Kaplan, Georges-Henri Moll, Xavier Nodet, Olivier Oudot
  • Patent number: 9749930
    Abstract: A method for receiving a trip path including a plurality of passage places calculated by a server according to an embodiment of the present invention includes the steps of: enabling a terminal to send a request for a trip path including a plurality of passage places to the server, the request containing an indicator for representing the request for the path including the plurality of passage places from the server, wherein if the proposed trip path consists of a plurality of sub-paths, and thus the information of a proposed trip path contains the information indicating the sub-paths of the first sub-path is received through the link for the first sub-path, and the information of the first sub-path may include an indicator indicating whether there exists a second sub-path subsequent to the first sub-path, and a link for the second sub-path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Choi, Hongbeom Ahn
  • Patent number: 9719795
    Abstract: A navigation device includes a travel road specification portion acquiring a current location of a vehicle and specifying a travel road actually traveled by the vehicle, a continuity determination portion determining an existence of a continuity between the travel road and a first road connected to an end point of the travel road, and an extension road designation portion. The end point of the travel road is defined as a reference end point, the travel road is defined as a reference road, and the first road is defined as a determination target road. The extension road designation portion designates the first road as a first extension road when the continuity determination portion determines that the continuity exists between the first road and the travel road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriko Kato
  • Patent number: 9631939
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for sequencing locations and events and determining routing and itineraries for the sequence. In some embodiments the system may receive a starting location, a first location, and a second location in a default order. The system may determine a sequence from the starting location for the first location and the second location. The system may generate a route for the sequence with the route having transportation directions between the starting location, the second location, and the first location indicative of the sequence. The system may display the route in a graphical user interface of an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole
  • Patent number: 9613528
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vehicle position indexing. The method includes: obtaining position information of a vehicle in real time, and monitoring a current road segment where the vehicle is located based on the position information and road segment information divided by road network information; in response to having monitored that the vehicle enters into the current road segment, building a road segment index record that includes identification information of the vehicle, identification information of the current road segment, and a time when the vehicle enters into the current road segment; and in response to having monitored that the vehicle leaves the current road segment, adding the time when the vehicle leaves the current road segment, into the road segment index record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Peng Ji, Yi Qi, Ju Yuan, Qian Kun Zhao, Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9599485
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that allows a user to peek ahead or behind during a turn-by-turn navigation presentation that the application provides while tracking a device (e.g., a mobile device, a vehicle, etc.) traversal of a physical route. As the device traverses along the physical route, the navigation application generates a navigation presentation that shows a representation of the device on a map traversing along a virtual route that represents the physical route on the map. While providing the navigation presentation, the navigation application can receive user input to look ahead or behind along the virtual route. Based on the user input, the navigation application moves the navigation presentation to show locations on the virtual route that are ahead or behind the displayed current location of the device on the virtual route. This movement can cause the device representation to no longer be visible in the navigation presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel van Os, Billy P. Chen
  • Patent number: 9582061
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein pertain to power conservation for electronic devices. According to one embodiment, power conservation can be achieved through adaptive frame rate control for a display associated with an electronic device. The frame rate is able to be controlled so as to adapt to a frame rate that is adequate for the display task. Since the display often times displays content that is not very dynamic, the frame rate in such situations can be controlled to use a reduced frame rate, which thereby reduces power consumption. However, when the display displays content that is substantially dynamic, the frame rate in such situations can be controlled to use an enhanced (or not reduced) frame rate, which ensures reasonable display quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Seejo K. Pylappan, Aroon Pahwa, Christopher Blumenberg, Gregory Bolsinga
  • Patent number: 9568328
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described to for refining a travel route based on crowd sourcing. An example computer-implemented method includes receiving a first location as a travel destination of a first user. The method also includes identifying a set of users that indicated the first location as a travel destination. The method also includes determining a first subset of users from the set of users by comparing a first set of attributes associated with the first user and each user from the set of users. The method also includes determining a second subset of users from the first subset of users by comparing a second set of attributes associated with the first user and each user from the first subset of users. The method also includes identifying a second location to which the users from the second subset diverged to when traveling to the first location. The method also includes in response, selecting the second location as the travel destination of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tamer E. Abuelsaad, Gregory J. Boss, John E. Moore, Jr., Randy A. Rendahl
  • Patent number: 9568587
    Abstract: A method of tracking an entity by monitoring a signal, the signal tending to vary spatially and be generally time-invariant, the entity moving from a first location within an area to a second location within the area, the method being suitable for use when the location of the source of the signal is unknown, the method comprising providing a plurality of particles for use with a particle filter, each particle being associated with a first particle location, a first particle location being an estimate of the first location of the entity, providing an estimate of the motion of the entity between the first location and the second location, using the estimate of the motion and using the particle filter, for each particle, updating the first particle location for that particle thereby producing an updated particle location, the updated particle location being an estimate of the second location of the entity, for each updated particle, estimating at least one expected signal parameter at the updated particle locati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Ramsey Michael Faragher, Giuseppe Carlos Sarno
  • Patent number: 9557182
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining shortest route(s) or path(s) to one or more destination nodes from one or more origin nodes. In accordance with one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided that includes identifying a plurality of origin nodes associated with a route based on a threshold distance from at least one destination node, the origin nodes being options for a departure from the route to the at least one destination node. Further, the method may include calculating, using a processor, a cost associated with travelling from each of the origin nodes to at least one common intermediate node between the route and the at least one destination node, and determining a path to the at least one destination node based on the origin node having the lowest calculated cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MapQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Nesbitt, Leonard B. Jansen
  • Patent number: 9544871
    Abstract: Examples describe systems and methods for iteratively determining a signal strength map for a wireless access point (AP) aligned to position coordinates, positions of a device, and positions of the wireless APs. An example method includes selecting traces and a wireless AP among the traces for which data is indicative of a threshold amount of information to estimate a position of the device and a position of the wireless AP, selecting first characteristics from the traces to remain constant and second characteristics to be variable, and selecting a localization constraint that provides boundaries on the position of the device and the position of the wireless AP. The method also includes performing a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) optimization of the position of the device and the position of the wireless AP based on the localization constraint with the first characteristics held constant and the second characteristics allowed to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Etienne Le Grand, Brian Patrick Williams
  • Patent number: 9530399
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic device and a method which may visually provide information to a user, and notify the user of the information through other senses (e.g., a tactile sense, a hearing sense, etc.). The method includes performing voice guidance of information displayed on the touch screen in a predetermined order, detecting a user's input through the touch screen, and changing the order and performing the voice guidance in the changed order, when the detected user's input is a direction change input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myoungwoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9523584
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating a route having a travel time and a travel distance; determining a context for using the route; determining a fuel usage factor based on the context for evaluating the route; calculating a fuel estimate for the route based on the fuel usage factor; and determining a fuel-optimization route based on the fuel estimate for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: HaiPing Jin
  • Patent number: 9481559
    Abstract: A device for measuring a keg for beer is disclosed. The keg has a tap opening at its top and a recessed cavity at its bottom. The recess is defined in part by an inside wall around the bottom of the keg. The measuring device disclosed may have an mountable/unmountable housing adapted to be installed to the keg by being mounted on the bottom of the keg at least in part in the recessed cavity. The measuring device disclosed may have a weight sensor on the housing for sensing the weight of the keg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: STEADYSERV TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Hershberger, Steve Kremer, Matt Mayer, Mark Kosiarek
  • Patent number: 9463925
    Abstract: A maintenance access system for a storage and retrieval system having a storage and retrieval space and automated transport vehicles disposed in the space. The system includes at least one maintenance access control unit associated with a portion of the space, at least one barrier in the space and defining a boundary of the portion of the space and configured to substantially prevent the passage of the vehicles past the at least one barrier, and a controller connected to the control unit, the controller being configured to receive a signal from the at least one control unit for isolating the portion of the space associated with the at least one control unit, where the controller in response to the signal closes the at least one barrier isolating the portion of the space and effects the removal from or shutting down of vehicles within the portion of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9438570
    Abstract: A software system and method for executing secure commercial transactions online is disclosed. The system intercepts and verifies, against consumer provided inputs, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) communications from normal Web browser usage. The system can include a software module loaded onto the consumer's client computer, and which uses independently-derived look-ups to associate a web domain name with its SSL public key to verify that a given web session is appropriately encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FAIR ISAAC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph P. Milana, Stuart L. Crawford, Ronald L. Martin
  • Patent number: 9400190
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for identifying a first location, at time one, of a plurality of automobiles using cell phone tower triangulation to locate a cell phone within each of the plurality of automobiles, identifying a second location, at time two, for each of the plurality of automobiles using cell phone tower triangulation to locate the cell phone within each of the plurality of automobiles, calculating a vehicle speed for each of the plurality of automobiles using the first and second locations already identified, and creating a traffic condition measure for a route in proximity to the first and second locations. The computer program product may repeat this process in real-time to calculate a real-time traffic condition measure that may be a traffic density measure the computer program product may use to predict a travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9378602
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a traffic control system provide arrangements and processes for managing automated vehicles. The traffic control system can register vehicles and then control the operation of the vehicles through a section of roadway. The automated control includes the communication of directions and other messages that ensure the proper function of the vehicle while under the guidance of the traffic control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Ricci, Tadd F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9335174
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for a mobile, which may be implemented in various methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture to obtain an encoded routability graph representative of feasible paths for an indoor environment, along with values indicative of likelihoods of transition at certain junctions identifiable in the encoded routability graph, and determine one or both of an estimated position or an estimated direction of travel of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Rajarshi Gupta
  • Patent number: 9310216
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes accessing a list containing one or more items for purchase. The method further includes receiving a vehicle location. The method also includes searching for one or more stores within a predefined distance of the vehicle location, which sell at least one item from the list, and the prices those stores offer. Additionally, the method includes recommending a stop at at least one of the one or more stores, and providing directions to a store for which a stop was recommended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Yimin Liu, Mark Schunder
  • Patent number: 9293116
    Abstract: A vehicular display apparatus is disclosed. A display screen has first and second display areas for displaying first and second images generated by first and second drawing units, respectively. The apparatus displays a pointer image on an active area, which is one of the first and second display areas. In response to an input of user movement request for moving the pointer image into an inner edge portion of the active area, the apparatus switches the active area from the one of the first and second to the other, and switches the one into an inactive area, and the second drawing unit starts superimposing the pointer image on the other, and the first drawing unit stops superimposing the pointer image on the one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Chikahisa, Takeshi Tottori
  • Patent number: 9175971
    Abstract: Computer readable program instructions perform a method including identifying a starting location and a destination for traveling in a vehicle and identifying multiple available routes. Each route includes roadway segments that have a roadway type selected from multiple roadway types reflecting a set of roadway conditions. The method obtains a fuel price available to the vehicle, obtains a fuel economy value for the vehicle on each roadway type, and calculates a cost of driving each of a plurality of available routes. The cost of driving each available route is the sum of the cost of driving each segment of the route, wherein the cost of driving each roadway segment is the mathematical product of a length of the roadway segment and the available fuel price divided by the fuel economy for the vehicle on the roadway type for the roadway segment. The lowest cost route is then identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfredo Aldereguia, Jeffrey R. Hamilton, Clifton E. Kerr, Grace A. Richter
  • Patent number: 9157759
    Abstract: A navigation device includes: a route calculation module operable to calculate a route from a start location to a destination location; a rendering module configured to use digital map data to generate images of the route for display to a user; and a route preview module operable to provide the user with a preview of the calculated route. In at least one embodiment, the route preview module is operable to divide the calculated route into junction segments and road segments, and is configured to control the rendering module to display images representative of locations within the road segments at a higher display speed than images representative of locations within the junction segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Lukassen
  • Patent number: 9135575
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, methods and computer program-product for calculating and storing time and distance information in an economical and efficient manner. The time and distance information may be used in the development of traversable networks for the delivery and retrieval of items from multiple locations in a timely and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ROADNET TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Karl David Hurst, Stephen Patrick Simon, Clifton Brian Kraisser
  • Patent number: 9067096
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring a user's progress towards a workout goal spanning multiple workouts and providing a workout reminder based on the progress. An electronic device can monitor the user's progress towards the goal by monitoring the user's rate of motion and/or one or more physiological parameters of the user. Based on the user's progress towards the goal, the electronic device can provide a workout reminder. For example, if a user's progress is not sufficient to achieve the workout goal, the electronic device may provide a reminder to the user. The reminder can include a visual and/or audio alert to the user, and the reminder may interrupt other functions on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Benjamin Rottler
  • Patent number: 9057623
    Abstract: A navigation device includes a road periphery display change unit 3 that selects a road R which connects to, intersects with, or is adjacent to a guidance route/a travel plan route 21 from a map database 5, and displays the road in a high contrast on the inside of a predetermined distance from the guidance route/the travel plan route 21, displays the road in a low contrast on the outside of the predetermined distance, and displays the road by changing continuously or stepwise a gradation in an intermediate region between the inside and the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Sempuku, Yoko Sano, Hiroshi Shigehara, Makoto Otsuru, Kotoyu Sasayama
  • Patent number: 9026364
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a place affinity for a user is disclosed. The system comprises a gathering module, a communication module and a scoring module. The gathering module receives a place and retrieves rich place data associated with the place. The communication module retrieves user profile data associated with a user and a place affinity model associated with the user. The scoring module estimates an affinity score for the place using the place affinity model based at least in part on the rich place data and the user profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rahul Ravi Parundekar, Kentaro Oguchi, Shojiro Takeuchi
  • 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: 9008967
    Abstract: In some aspects, a processor may receive a starting point and an ending point from a runner. The processor may receive calorie information from the runner. The processor may receive pace information from the runner. The processor may receive a mile marker input from the runner. The processor may display a he route based on the starting point and the ending point. The processor may display the number of calories burned based on the route and the calorie information. The processor may display a pace of running the route based on the route and the calorie information. The processor may display a mile marker on the route in response to the first mile marker input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Strategic Design Federation W, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Lynn McBride, Thomas Charles McBride