Intersection Turn Guidance Patents (Class 340/995.2)
  • Patent number: 10900793
    Abstract: A vehicle path guiding method includes: generating, based on location information of a vehicle determined using first sensor data, vehicle path information to guide the vehicle to a path along which the vehicle is to be driven; determining a driving lane in which the vehicle is travelling based on an ambient image of the vehicle; correcting the generated vehicle path information based on a location of the determined driving lane; and displaying the corrected vehicle path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyungboo Jung, Young Hun Sung, KeeChang Lee, Won-Hee Lee, Hwi-Ryong Jung
  • Patent number: 10860660
    Abstract: A system for customized crowd-sourced data gathering and extraction wherein a client may request that certain data be gathered, and the system will optimally provide the data through a combination of stored data, one or more remote devices with sensing capabilities, and human operators. The system has predictive capability to optimize notifications to human operators likely to be in the area of a data gathering request at the necessary time and likely to be available to gather the requested data. Human operators may be compensated for their data gathering, and may gather data, or parts thereof, as an adjunct to other activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: QOMPLX, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Crabtree, Andrew Sellers
  • Patent number: 10775188
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to generating turn-by-turn direction previews. In one aspect, one or more computing devices, may receive a request for a turn-by-turn direction preview. The one or more computing devices may generate a set of turn-by-turn directions based on a series of road segments connecting a first geographic location and a second geographic location. Each direction in the set of turn-by-turn directions may be associated with a corresponding waypoint. The one or more computing devices then identify a set of images corresponding the series of road segments between two adjacent waypoints of the set of turn-by-turn directions, and determine a subset of the set of images to include in the turn-by-turn direction preview. Subsequently, the one or more computing devices may generate the turn-by-turn direction preview based on at least in part on the determined subset of the set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alan Sheridan, Daniel Joseph Filip, Jeremy Bryant Pack
  • Patent number: 10457210
    Abstract: Disclosed is an autonomous vehicle including a display unit and a controller which is configured to: obtain vehicle driving information, in a state in which (i) the vehicle moves within a first distance from a destination or (ii) the vehicle receives a stop request while the vehicle is travelling, search for at least one available stopping area based on the vehicle driving information, and display information about the at least one available stopping area on the display unit or transmit the information to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chaewah Leem, Junyoung Yu, Taekyung Lee, Hyunseok Shin
  • Patent number: 10459315
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus that effectively utilizes information detected by a sensor is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a camera, a sensor, a memory, a display, and a processor. The at least one processor causes the display to display a preview image in which dynamic sensor information acquired by the sensor is overlaid on a captured image captured by the camera. The at least one processor stores the preview image in which the dynamic sensor information is overlaid on the captured image as an overlay still image in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Tano, Atsuhiko Kanda
  • Patent number: 10295357
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to techniques of providing route guidance along a planned route leading through at least one intersection. Predetermined attributes for a respective transition through the at least one intersection are retrieved from a database, the attributes specifying at least a curved path modelling a geometrical form of the transition. The curved path is displayed in a map view for route guidance along a planned route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS MGBH
    Inventor: Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak
  • Patent number: 10214143
    Abstract: A method for supporting a driver of a motor vehicle when driving the motor vehicle through a narrow passage. In order to provide a cost-effective method, the anticipated vehicle path to be covered next is displayed to the driver. The width of the vehicle path shown corresponds to the actual width of the vehicle. If the length of the vehicle path display is realized in a speed-dependent fashion, information regarding the distance from the preceding vehicle arises as a further advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Gresser, Manfred Geischeder, Thorsten Tronnier
  • Patent number: 10140781
    Abstract: A vehicle wireless information system includes a vehicle, an onboard vehicle computer provided in the vehicle and at least one external access point adapted to wirelessly access the onboard vehicle computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Carvell Blakemore, Allan Roy Gale, Bala Chander, David W Schultz, Paul Theodore Momcilovich, Dale Gilman
  • Patent number: 10053001
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems, methods, computer program products, and the like, for displaying an operational status of a system. In one particular implementation, the operational status of an autonomous vehicle is displayed. The operational status of the vehicle may indicate an operational state of the vehicle, such as whether the vehicle is in manual control mode or autonomous control mode. In addition to displaying the operational state, the vehicle may also display an intended or future maneuver by the vehicle. For example, the vehicle may determine a route for the autonomous vehicle that includes various operations or steps and may display one or more of the operations or steps of the route. This information may be displayed such that an external observer to the vehicle may determine the near-future operation autonomous vehicle is about to perform. Other information concerning the operation of the vehicle may also be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartholomeus C. Nabbe, Byron B. Han
  • Patent number: 10032278
    Abstract: Sensor information acquisition section acquires surrounding information including three dimensional information of respective surrounding positions of subject vehicle, and positional information of subject vehicle. Road surface information extraction section generates road surface image in which acquired surrounding information is projected onto road surface on which subject vehicle is travelling. Environment image generation section generates environment image in which three dimensional information of respective surrounding positions included in surrounding information has been appended to positions corresponding to surrounding positions in generated road surface image. Based on acquired positional information of subject vehicle, stored image acquisition section acquires stored image corresponding to positional information of subject vehicle from database. Image matching section matches generated environment image against acquired stored image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 9857188
    Abstract: A transportation management system coordinates the transportation of riders by drivers integrated with the system. To provide control to the rider of the route used during a trip provided by a given driver, the transportation management system computes several alternative routing options between the trip's origin location and destination location. These alternative routing options may be computed according to the rider's preferences and/or based on different optimization functions that optimize various trip parameters, for example, cost, time, traffic, and distance. The rider selects one of the alternative routing options as the preferred route between the origin location and the destination location. The transportation management system automatically communicates the routing option selected by the rider to the driver without requiring the rider to personally tell the driver of her preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Christopher O'Hare, Maya Paritosh Choksi, Evelyn Kim
  • Patent number: 9802608
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assist device 10 that recognizes an object in the vicinity of a moving body, and assists a driver in driving the moving body, the apparatus including: an object detecting unit 12 that detects the object in the vicinity of the moving body; a three dimensional object detecting unit 13 that detects a three dimensional object in the vicinity of the moving body; and an object recognition unit 18 that recognizes the object at a predetermined detection position as a non-obstacle when the object information storing unit 16 stores the position of the object, and the three dimensional object information storing unit 17 does not store the position of the three dimensional object at the predetermined position in which detection is performed by both of the object detecting unit 12 and the three dimensional object detecting unit 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Katsuhiro Sakai, Toshiki Kindo, Kentaro Ichikawa, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9613386
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing information about a vehicle dispatched to pick up the user. In one example, a request for the vehicle to stop at a particular location is sent. In response, information identifying a current location of the vehicle is received. A map is generated. The map includes a first marker identifying the received location of the vehicle, a second marker identifying the particular location, and a shape defining an area around the second marker at which the vehicle may stop. The shape has an edge at least a minimum distance greater than zero from the second marker. A route is displayed on the map between the first marker and the shape such that the route ends at the shape and does not reach the second marker. Progress of the vehicle towards the area along the route is displayed based on received updated location information for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Arden, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Min Li Chan, Renaud-Roland Hubert
  • Patent number: 9446711
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assist device 10 that recognizes an object in the vicinity of a moving body, and assists a driver in driving the moving body, the apparatus including: an object detecting unit 12 that detects the object in the vicinity of the moving body; a three dimensional object detecting unit 13 that detects a three dimensional object in the vicinity of the moving body; and an object recognition unit 18 that recognizes the object at a predetermined detection position as a non-obstacle when the object information storing unit 16 stores the position of the object, and the three dimensional object information storing unit 17 does not store the position of the three dimensional object at the predetermined position in which detection is performed by both of the object detecting unit 12 and the three dimensional object detecting unit 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Katsuhiro Sakai, Toshiki Kindo, Kentaro Ichikawa, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9255812
    Abstract: There is provided a navigation system having a guidance-controller, the guidance-controller controlling the sequence of guidances, and priority, according to an execution condition set depending on the type of a relevant guidance, while determining whether or not a guidance is executed according to the execution condition to thereby alter the teaching of guidance-execution. If overlapping by plural guidances using speech, and screen display occurs, the simple display of the guidance lower in priority is executed, and if the guidance falls outside an effective range, the guidance is interrupted, or the guidance during standby-display is not executed. Thereby, plural guidances are concurrently displayed, and a meaningless guidance is not displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Maeoka, Hideki Takano
  • Patent number: 9182895
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for generating a street map that includes a position identifier that identifies a location on the street map. The method and system may also generate and display a plurality of images representative of the location of the position identifier. A user may interact with a position identifier or one of several scroll icons to view images of other locations on the street map and/or to obtain driving directions between two locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Gold, Timothy Caro-Bruce, Huy T. Ha, John Alan Hjelmstad, Christopher Aaron Volkert
  • Patent number: 9026368
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes: a route guidance element for searching an optimum route from a current position of a vehicle to a destination according to a normal map data and for guiding the optimum route by displaying the optimum route on a map screen image of a display; a deviation route retrieving element for retrieving a deviation route, which has a possibility that a user may deviate from the optimum route and enter into the deviation route although the vehicle is incapable of driving along the deviation route; and an attention notification element for outputting attention notification information in order to prevent the user from entering into the deviation route when the route guidance element guides the optimum route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9002647
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to generating turn-by-turn direction previews. In one aspect, one or more computing devices, may receive a request for a turn-by-turn direction preview. The one or more computing devices may generate a set of turn-by-turn directions based on a series of road segments connecting a first geographic location and a second geographic location. Each direction in the set of turn-by-turn directions may be associated with a corresponding waypoint. The one or more computing devices then identify a set of images corresponding the series of road segments between two adjacent waypoints of the set of turn-by-turn directions, and determine a subset of the set of images to include in the turn-by-turn direction preview. Subsequently, the one or more computing devices may generate the turn-by-turn direction preview based on at least in part on the determined subset of the set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Sheridan, Daniel Joseph Filip, Jeremy Bryant Pack
  • Patent number: 8958982
    Abstract: Disclosed is a navigation device including: a target candidate extracting unit for extracting target candidates located along a guidance route from a map database on a basis of a vehicle position, the guidance route, and intersection information about a target intersection for guidance; a target determining unit for determining a target on a basis of knowledge about target determination from among the target candidates extracted by the target candidate extracting unit; a guidance sentence generating unit for generating a guidance sentence by using the target determined by the target determining unit; and a sound output unit for outputting voice guidance on a basis of the guidance sentence generated by the guidance sentence generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Sempuku, Takeyuki Hori, Sachiko Harada, Yoko Sano
  • Patent number: 8918281
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus provides a guidance about an exiting road of a circular intersection based on a prestored road and a learned road. The navigation apparatus determines whether or not the learned road is included in connection roads of the circular intersection. When the learned road is not included in the connection roads of the circular intersection, the navigation apparatus provides the guidance about the circular intersection in an exit number mode. When the learned road is included in the connection roads of the circular intersection, the navigation apparatus device provides the guidance about the circular intersection in a learned road guidance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tanaka, Seiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8903639
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided having a collision warning system that can map an upcoming road section for the motor vehicle. The system can evaluate potential paths for the road section based on vehicle travel history information through it. The system can receive the information from a transmitter proximate the road section, such as a roadside transmitter or one or more nearby vehicles having traversed the road section. The road section can include an intersection and the system can determine a lane configuration for at least a portion of it based on vehicle travel history information. The system can calculate a threat of collision for the motor vehicle with a target vehicle based on map data obtained from estimated paths or lane configurations for the road section. Methods pertaining to mapping a road section and operation of the system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John L. Yester
  • Patent number: 8892356
    Abstract: A method and system for representing traffic control signals in a road network database is provided. The database may include lane-level modeling, intersection modeling, and traffic signal modeling of a road network. An individual traffic signal is represented in the database with data indicating the traffic signal's geographic location and other attributes of the traffic signal such as an arrangement of lenses in the signal, an indication as to whether the signal is vertically or horizontally oriented, a height of the traffic signal over the roadway, and others. The database can be used by a system in a vehicle that provides convenience features to the vehicle's driver. The system may attempt to warn or control a vehicle that is determined to be at imminent risk of violating a traffic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Weiland, Gregory Nyczak, William McDonough, Michael Tsengouras, David Shuman, Paul Ford
  • Patent number: 8886364
    Abstract: A support control unit for determining a traveling condition of a host vehicle during an exit from a main road to an access road determines whether or not the condition of the host vehicle at a given point in time corresponds to an exit start scene or an exit completion scene for detecting the start of an exit or completion of the exit on the basis of a host vehicle position, route data, map rendering data, or lane information including at least road surface marking positions, and determines that an exit start timing or an exit completion timing of the host vehicle has arrived when the condition is determined to correspond to the exit start scene or the exit completion scene. Hence, during the exit from the main road to the access road, the traveling condition of the host vehicle can be determined accurately. The support control unit also determines the traveling condition of the host vehicle during convergence with the main road from the access road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masatoshi Takahara, Teru Konishi, Hiroaki Sugiura, Masaki Nakamura, Koichi Hara, Daisuke Konaka
  • Patent number: 8874364
    Abstract: In a navigation system, e.g., for a motor vehicle, for determining the route from a location of the navigation system to a destination point, the navigation system includes a display device for displaying the route in a map display or a map-type display, and/or a direction indication that corresponds to the route, and it is possible to simultaneously display a canonically oriented graphic or image of a prominent route point with the aid of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Brian Lathrop, Brian Michael Finn, Jackie Chang
  • Patent number: 8868331
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus in a vehicle displays road names of cross roads that crosses a to-be-traveled road along the to-be-traveled road at positions that area adjacent to respective cross roads. In this manner, a user of the navigation apparatus easily recognizes the road names of the roads to be traveled by the vehicle in his/her view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motohiro Fukumoto, Tomoo Nomura
  • 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: 8725408
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for prediction and identification of journey situations. A method for prediction of journey situations has the following steps: defining a plurality of standard journey situations, with each standard journey situation being characterized by a group of driving state parameters; defining a plurality of route state parameters in order to describe the state of a journey route; determining an association rule which associates in each case one group of values of the route state parameters with a standard journey situation; recording of an intended journey route; determining values of the route state parameters for the intended journey route; and associating the intended journey route with one of the standard journey situations on the basis of the association rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Hochkirchen, Mark Eifert, Maurice Rienks, Christian Ress, Aria Etemad, Marcus Boerger
  • Patent number: 8688372
    Abstract: A computer determines an optimal route to a destination. The computer identifies the present position of a navigation device with a user selecting a destination. The computer acquires current information comprising road, business hour, traffic congestion patterns, a plurality of conveyance modes, and time buffer information relative to the present position and the selected destination to store in the memory. A route identification unit identifies, from the acquired current information, an optimal route from the current position to the selected destination. The computer stores the acquired information in the memory of the navigation device and identifies an optimal route from the current position to the selected destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Robert R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8676506
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying missing signage are described herein. The method includes generating a route from an origin to a destination, the route having a plurality of maneuvers. The method further includes receiving missing signage information from a first device, the missing signage information relating to one or more maneuvers of the plurality of maneuvers, and providing the missing signage information and at least one of the one or more related maneuvers to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. LaLiberte
  • Patent number: 8670922
    Abstract: When a user specifies a road that he/she wants to pass through, a guiding route generation device generates a guiding route that passes through the specified road up to a destination. A guiding route (37) generated based on waypoints specified is stored in a storage device (15) of the guiding route generation device. A display device (11) displays the guiding route (37) along with roads in the periphery. The guiding route generation device specifies a certain road as the specified pass-through road from among the roads displayed along with the guiding route (37), and further, finds and determines whether there are crossings and the number of the crossings between the specified pass-through road and the guiding route (37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kenwood
    Inventors: Masaki Kaneda, Masahiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 8666663
    Abstract: A technology for searching for a recommended route matched to a search condition is provided for route search that involves substitution with a learned route. A route search device comprises: a storage unit to store therein, as learned routes, routes corresponding to sections where traveling deviated from recommended routes have been performed; a setting unit to set a search condition matched a recommended route; a recommended-route search unit to find a recommended route on the basis of the search condition; an application unit to select any one of the learned routes that is applicable to the thus found recommended route, and apply the selected learned route to the recommended route; and a display unit to display the recommended route to which the learned route has been applied. The storage unit stores therein category information of the learned routes in association with the respective learned routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takefumi Kudo
  • Patent number: 8660795
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus has a road learning function. When a new road is learned and a new road link is connected to one of a map road link present in a ready-made map data and a previously-learned road link, the navigation apparatus designates the one of the map road link and the learned road link as a base link and generates a supplement link that extends along the base link from a base-link-side end point of the new road link to an end point of the base link. The navigation apparatus specifies an entrance link and an exit link connected to a process target point on the guidance route, and determines content of the route guidance by using the base link corresponding to the supplement link when the entrance link or the exit link is the supplement link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Syo Shimomura, Seiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8655592
    Abstract: In a navigation apparatus, when a new road is learned based on a travel trace of a vehicle and a new road link representing the learned new road is connected to an existing link, the navigation apparatus designates the existing link as a base link and generates a new link extending along the existing link as a supplement link. In order to set a target point to one link, the navigation apparatus determines whether or not the supplement link is present at the one link. When the supplement link is present at the target point, the navigation apparatus sets the target point to the supplement link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyasu Ikeda, Seiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8649971
    Abstract: A navigation device includes a route searching unit for searching for a whole route leading to a destination via waypoints set by a setting unit, a route guidance unit for carrying out route guidance according to the whole route, an output unit for outputting a message showing that a vehicle has deviated from a route leading to a first next waypoint toward which the vehicle has been heading when the route guidance unit determines that the vehicle has deviated from the route to a predetermined distance or more and is traveling along a route after the first next waypoint, and an input unit for inputting a command indicating whether or not to travel via the first next waypoint in response to the message outputted by the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Machino
  • Patent number: 8630801
    Abstract: A system and method for determining and displaying a navigation route on a navigation device from one vehicle position to a travel destination. The navigation device can include processor with RAM, a mass storage device for holding a database with geographic data, as well as a display. Depending on whether a complex intersection is present on the navigation route, the complex intersection can be shown on the display in the form of a single perspective view. Embodiments of the invention can provide a high level of correlation between the actual situation on the road as seen by the user and the corresponding navigation maneuver displayed on the screen. The graphic output of navigation devices for complex intersections can also be improved regardless of whether the navigation device is a high-performance or very simple device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin Würzburg GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Katzer
  • 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: 8612151
    Abstract: A navigation method and navigation system are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method has the following actions: a.) receiving position data from a position determining device; b.) when approaching a junction with the navigation system, displaying the junction view on a display, the junction view showing data as to a real-life view of the junction inclusive of an image of each signpost present on the junction as visible to a user of the navigation system; c.) receiving route information from route planning software indicating a route to be followed by the user; and d.) highlighting on the display a signpost related to a road segment to be followed by the user relative to all other signposts as shown on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Marcus Winkler, Krzysztof Miksa
  • Patent number: 8543290
    Abstract: An information processing unit displays a pop-up window in a display area of a display unit when the own vehicle is in an area of a set distance or less away from an extracted intersection, when the own vehicle stops, when a brake switch is ON, and when a display request for an image of traffic conditions of vehicles at the intersection by the driver is recognized. If an accelerator operation is performed in a predetermined way after the pop-up window is displayed, the display of the pop-up window is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsuyoshi Takazawa, Norimasa Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8515664
    Abstract: A navigation system includes a display for displaying at least a part of a digital map. The navigation system includes a navigation database which stores any text and/or symbol(s) associated with a signpost independently from a background of the signpost. The text and/or symbol(s) and the background may be retrieved from the navigation database and displayed as a signpost image in the displayed part of the digital map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten-Christian Spindler, Martin Fischer, Vladimir Ivanov, Simon Schütz
  • Patent number: 8504298
    Abstract: A facility-around-route retrieval device includes a map disk 3 for storing map data and facility data, a route calculation unit 13 for calculating a route to a destination by using the map data stored in the map disk, a facility retrieval condition setting unit 16 for setting a facility retrieval condition, and a facility-around-route retrieval unit 17 for retrieving, in a case where a facility around the route calculated in the route calculation unit is retrieved in accordance with the condition set in the facility retrieval condition setting unit, the facility present only on a side of a traveling lane of a vehicle of a divided road from the facility data stored in the map disk when the route includes the divided road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8489322
    Abstract: Course guidance systems, methods, and programs determine that a vehicle is exiting from a facility to an out-of-facility road via an exit lane, and determine an estimated connection angle of the exit lane at an exit/entrance node. The systems, methods, and programs generate course guidance information based on the determined estimated connection angle when the vehicle is determined to be exiting. Based on the vehicle location information and the road information, the systems, methods, and programs detect whether an actual traveling road and the guidance road differ. Based on the vehicle location information and the road information, the systems, methods, and programs correct the estimated connection angle at the exit/entrance node based on a relative angle between the actual traveling road and the guidance road, and record the corrected estimated connection angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8467962
    Abstract: A navigation system includes a lane information acquiring unit 27 for acquiring both the number of lanes of a road which forms an intersection, and lane information which defines a road branching off from each of the lanes, a lane direction determining unit 28 for determining the direction of each of the lanes on the basis of both the lane information acquired by the lane information acquiring unit, and a road attribute of an incoming road coming into the intersection and a road attribute of an outgoing road extending from the intersection, the road attributes of the incoming and outgoing roads being included in map data acquired by a map data acquiring unit, and a lane information display unit 29 for displaying the direction of each of the lanes determined by the lane direction determining unit with an arrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Irie, Naomiki Komatsu, Yoshiki Akashi, Kumi Nishibashi
  • Patent number: 8452531
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a route guiding system and a method thereof. The route guiding system in accordance with the present invention determines whether a user is approaching a crossway point based on the user's current position. In case the user is determined to approach a crossway point, other crossway points having a road connecting to this crossway point and scenic spots along such crossway points are searched from the electronic map. Finally, such roads connecting to these crossway points and relevant information concerning these scenic spots are displayed. In this fashion, the user can move randomly for promenade along the streets according to the scenic spot information displayed on the route guiding system without specifically setting any destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: MiTAC International Corp.
    Inventor: Wei-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 8433510
    Abstract: A system and method for the anticipated detection of a bend on a portion of road taken by a motor vehicle comprising the following steps: establishing, by means of a first system, called as the navigation system, a first set of information on the bend in question, the first set of information being associated with a first confidence index; establishing, by means of a second system, called as the image processing system, a second set of information on the bend in question, the second set of information being associated with a second confidence index; and establishing, from the first set of information and the second set of information and by taking into account the first confidence index and the second confidence index, a third set of information on the bend in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Benazouz Bradai, Anne Herbin, Michel Basset, Jean-Philippe Lauffenburger
  • Patent number: 8423292
    Abstract: The present application relates to a navigation device carried by a vehicle. The navigation device is arranged to display navigation directions on a display, the navigation directions taking the form of a path representative of a planned route to be followed by the vehicle. The navigation device is further arranged to receive a feed from a camera. The navigation device is further arranged to display a combination of a camera image from the feed from the camera and the navigation directions on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Geelen, Marc Mattu
  • Patent number: 8352177
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus dynamically sets a frequency of updating a guide arrow in accordance with certain circumstances. The navigation apparatus performs the route guidance by displaying the photographed image and includes a searching section for searching a route from a current position to a destination; and a drawing section for displaying the guide arrow which indicates the route searched by the searching section such that the guide arrow is superimposed on the photographed image, wherein the drawing section dynamically sets a frequency of updating a display of the guide arrow based on a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Akita, Takahiro Kudoh, Tsuyoshi Kindo
  • Patent number: 8346465
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a navigation system determines whether an upcoming cross street is meaningful for a user to be displayed. The includes the steps of searching upcoming cross streets that intersect with a current street on which a user's vehicle is running for a predetermined distance range ahead of a current vehicle position, retrieving data concerning the upcoming cross streets from the map data, determining whether a cross street is meaningful for the user to be displayed on a screen of the navigation system by applying predetermined rules to the data concerning the cross street, and displaying information on the cross street that has been determined to be meaningful for the user on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apline Electronics, Inc
    Inventors: Alex Panganiban, Tatsuo Yokota, Jay Jayakumar
  • Patent number: 8340899
    Abstract: A route calculation device is disclosed. The route calculation device sets a recommended route leading from a departure point through via-points and sets an order of the via-points in the recommended route, through: (1) calculating multiple optimum routes from an origin point of a departure side route to multiple unarranged via-points and selecting one unarranged via-point that constitutes one optimum route that has minimum cost among the multiple optimum routes; (2) determining the place of the one unarranged via-point in the order so that the recommended route passes through the one unarranged via-point one via-point later than the origin point, adding the one optimum route to the departure side route, and setting the origin point to the one unarranged via-point; and (3) calculating, when the number of unarranged via-points becomes one, the optimum route between the origin point and the last one unarranged via-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanori Oumi
  • Patent number: 8340894
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided having a collision warning system that can map an upcoming road section for the motor vehicle. The system can evaluate potential paths for the road section based on vehicle travel history information through it. The system can receive the information from a transmitter proximate the road section, such as a roadside transmitter or one or more nearby vehicles having traversed the road section. The road section can include an intersection and the system can determine a lane configuration for at least a portion of it based on vehicle travel history information. The system can calculate a threat of collision for the motor vehicle with a target vehicle based on map data obtained from estimated paths or lane configurations for the road section. Methods pertaining to mapping a road section and operation of the system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John L. Yester
  • Patent number: 8335641
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs search for a route to a destination and set a recommended travel lane, based on the searched for route. The systems, methods, and programs provide lane guidance to lead the vehicle into the recommended lane. The systems, methods, and programs receive a current position of the vehicle and determine a movement direction of the vehicle, based on the received current position and the recommended lane. The systems, methods, and programs determine whether to provide lane guidance based on the movement direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakayama, Shino Oonishi, Kensuke Takeuchi