Including Landmark Information Patents (Class 340/995.24)
  • Patent number: 10127677
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for generating and using a spatio-temporal model that defines pose values for a plurality of objects in an environment and corresponding times associated with the pose values. Some implementations relate to using observations for one or more robots in an environment to generate a spatio-temporal model that defines pose values and corresponding times for multiple objects in the environment. In some of those implementations, the model is generated based on uncertainty measures associated with the pose values. Some implementations relate to utilizing a generated spatio-temporal model to determine the pose for each of one or more objects an environment at a target time. The pose for an object at a target time is determined based on one or more pose values for the object selected based on a corresponding measurement time, uncertainty measure, and/or source associated with the pose values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Peter Elving Anderson-Sprecher, Julian Mac Neille Mason, Rohit Ramesh Saboo
  • Patent number: 10074027
    Abstract: Sampling data is disclosed. A region of a map to be rendered is determined. It is determined that a first subregion is included in the region. Data points associated with subregions in a neighborhood of the first subregion are analyzed to determine a regional density of points. Data points associated with the first subregion are sampled based on the regional density of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Marcel William Watts, Erez David Cohen
  • Patent number: 10064023
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing map independent location-based notifications. The location-based notification platform causes an initiation of at least one spatial event request for one or more location-based notifications. The at least one spatial event request specifies at least one bounded area in which at least one device is located or to arrive. The location-based notification platform in response to the at least one spatial event request, receives at least one spatial polygon. The at least one spatial polygon represents at least one geographic area that is determined based on the at least one bounded area, and the at least one spatial polygon is associated with the one or more location-based notifications or one or more triggers for the one or more location-based notifications. The location-based notification platform then causes an overlay of the at least one spatial polygon on at least one travel network traveled by the at least one device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Catalin Capota, Leo Modica, Leon Oliver Stenneth
  • Patent number: 9792368
    Abstract: Advantages of both conventional and digital maps can be obtained by utilizing a physical map as a type of input to any of various processing devices. In various embodiments, a user can capture an image of a physical map that includes at least one location of interest. The captured image can be matched with stored map information to obtain location information corresponding to the captured image. The location information can be used to provide any of a variety of types of functionality to the user, such as providing navigation directions to that location, displaying information about attractions around that location or statistics about that location, etc. The user in some embodiments can annotate the map to provide additional input, such as areas of interest, exclusion regions, and/or proposed driving routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Amacker, Mark A. Ruzon
  • Patent number: 9788160
    Abstract: Dynamic location tracking may be performed by a mobile app executing on a mobile computing device. A first geo-fence of a predefined size is set on a mobile operating system of a mobile computing device to notify a mobile app when the first geo-fence is crossed by the mobile computing device. The notification occurs even when the mobile app is suspended or not running. Notification is received from the mobile operating system that the mobile computing device has crossed the first geo-fence. A location of the mobile computing device is received. A second geo-fence is set on a mobile operating system of the mobile computing device based on the location of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Gu, Abhilash Raipally, Dinesh Ramaswamy Ganesh, Andrew Davis Emerson, Anand Elumalai
  • Patent number: 9778054
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system for a vehicle that does not provide driving instructions or information to a driver when the driver is traveling along a familiar route, but does provide audible driving instructions or information when a route deviation event includes one or more processors, a vehicle navigation system display, one or more audio speakers, a satellite module, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-executable instructions. The one or more processors are configured to determine if the vehicle navigation system is on a familiar route and execute a Reduced Audible Mode, automatically, when the route is familiar. In addition, the one or more processors are operable to switch the vehicle navigation system from the Reduced Audible Mode to a Full Audible Mode when a route deviation event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Rovik, Eric Randell Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9763057
    Abstract: A location of a user within a venue can be determined by determining a location of a mobile device of the user within the venue. A user interaction with the mobile device while the user is located within the venue can be detected. Responsive to detecting the user interaction with the mobile device while the user is located within the venue, a sub-section within the venue at, or within a predetermined distance to, the location of the user within the venue, or at least one event that takes place in the sub-section within the venue at, or within a predetermined distance to, the location of the user within the venue, can be identified. The mobile device can be automatically navigated to an electronic page containing information for the sub-section within the venue or information for the at least one event that takes place in the sub-section within the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Shelbee D. Smith-Eigenbrode, Dana L. Price, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 9691151
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for generating and using a spatio-temporal model that defines pose values for a plurality of objects in an environment and corresponding times associated with the pose values. Some implementations relate to using observations for one or more robots in an environment to generate a spatio-temporal model that defines pose values and corresponding times for multiple objects in the environment. In some of those implementations, the model is generated based on uncertainty measures associated with the pose values. Some implementations relate to utilizing a generated spatio-temporal model to determine the pose for each of one or more objects an environment at a target time. The pose for an object at a target time is determined based on one or more pose values for the object selected based on a corresponding measurement time, uncertainty measure, and/or source associated with the pose values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Peter Elving Anderson-Sprecher, Julian Mac Neille Mason, Rohit Ramesh Saboo
  • Patent number: 9646384
    Abstract: A method includes determining a first two-dimensional (2D) feature descriptor from a first image captured by an imaging camera in a first pose at a time of capture of the first image, the first pose including a first observation direction of the imaging camera. The method further includes storing, at an electronic device, a 3D feature descriptor including the first 2D feature descriptor and a representation of the first pose of the imaging camera. The method additionally includes determining a second 2D feature descriptor from a second image captured by the imaging camera in a second pose at a time of capture of the second image, the second pose including a second observation direction of the imaging camera. The method also includes storing the 3D feature descriptor with the second 2D feature descriptor and a representation of the second pose of the imaging camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Johnny C Lee
  • Patent number: 9574895
    Abstract: A user records a navigation instruction for a maneuver at a junction via their navigation device. The user indicates a distance before the junction at which the maneuver should be provided. The user does this by providing an input to the navigation device when a current position is at the relevant distance while driving around. The device then determines the maneuver in a digital map to be associated with the instruction by determining the next maneuver in a calculated route the user is following. The navigation device uploads the navigation instruction and the associated maneuver and distance to a central navigation instruction database. Other users may then download and use the navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Ziezold, Michel Alders
  • Patent number: 9544817
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for pre-fetching assets from content providers to user equipment (UE). In one embodiment, the UE initiates a pre-fetch operation to download assets from content providers in advance of an end user requesting the assets. The UE accesses a resource profile for the pre-fetch operation that indicates the content providers that have assets for the UE to download in advance for local storage on the UE, and defines a percentage of UE resources allocated to each of the content providers for downloading the assets during the pre-fetch operation. The UE may then download the assets from the content providers based on the resource profile, and store the assets in a local memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Shahid Akhtar, Philippe Laine
  • Patent number: 9501583
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods for providing suggestions for a search based on previously viewed content are provided. In one aspect, a method includes receiving information on previously viewed content, and receiving a request to enter a query into a search field subsequent to receiving the information on the previously viewed content. The method also includes identifying, based on the content, at least one entity referred to in the content, and providing an identifier of the at least one entity for display with the search field. Systems and machine-readable storage media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul Nordstrom, Casey Stuart Whitelaw
  • Patent number: 9448754
    Abstract: A technique for displaying labels on a digital map comprise displaying the digital map via a user interface at a first zoom level, including displaying non-overlapping labels. The method also comprises receiving, via the user interface, a request to zoom out from the digital map to a second zoom level, where the second zoom level corresponds to smaller magnification than the first zoom level, and where the plurality of labels have the same size at the first zoom level and the second zoom level. Still further, the method includes resolving collisions among the plurality of labels at the second zoom level in response to receiving the request and prior to zooming out from the first zoom level, and zooming out from the digital map at the first zoom level to the second zoom level via at least one intermediate zoom level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: William V. Baxter, Michael P. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9443356
    Abstract: Methods and systems for augmenting situational awareness using a controllable window are described. An environmental condition within a field of view of the controllable window is determined. Light transmissivity of the controllable window is selectively changed based on the determined environmental condition. In some implementations, multiple points of view can be provided to multiple viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Merian Kinderman, Antonio F. Puentes, Nils Kneuper, Andre Lutz
  • Patent number: 9245041
    Abstract: Techniques described herein allow a user to automatically associate an object with a location of the user and/or the object. This object and associated location may then be transferred to an entity for publishing the object and location on a map. For example, a user may capture a digital picture or video on a device and, in response, may automatically transmit the picture or video and corresponding location data for publishing to a map that is associated with the user. The described techniques also allow a user to create a journal that is associated with an annotated map. For instance, the user may create a journal having one or more portions that are associated with one or more portions of an annotated map. As a user consumes (e.g., reads, views, listens, etc.) the created journal, the view of the map or the displayed annotations may correspondingly change. Finally, the described techniques allow for creation of multiple overlays on a digital map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: GeoMonkey, Inc.
    Inventors: Orest Pilskalns, Kevin Karpenske, Adam McDonald, Jacob Moore
  • Patent number: 9200905
    Abstract: A system for handling errors in map data Dmap. Information I related to map data Dmap is determined by a determination unit. An identification unit then identifies at least one error in the map data Dmap on the basis of the information I determined. Thereafter a storage unit stores data D related to the at least one error identified in map data Dmap. A data providing unit can then at least partly disregard the map data Dmap including the error, when supplying map data Dmap, so that the stored data D may instead be used in decision making. The risk of decisions being based on erroneous map data Dmap may thus be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventors: Oskar Johansson, Maria Södergren, Fredrik Roos
  • Patent number: 9152679
    Abstract: According to an example, data pertaining to a plurality of entities recommended for a user may be accessed, in which the data identifies relationships between the plurality of entities with respect to each other. In addition, a relevance map for the user that displays graphical representations of the plurality of entities over a substantially optimized use of space available for display of the graphical representations in the relevance map may be generated, in which the graphical representations of the plurality of entities are arranged in the relevance map according to a predetermined arrangement scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Zachi Karni, Lior Shapira
  • Patent number: 9124781
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for obtaining real-time video data and broadcasting it to a remote PC or other mobile computing device upon request by a user. The transmitting unit uses the cellular transmission network to transmit video data at high speeds and is a self-contained, autonomous unit of relatively small size. The unit can also be easily camouflaged to avoid detection when utilized as a surveillance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Global Eye Monitor, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Ross Roper, Richard Stacy Weaver, Kendall Aaron Bauldree
  • Patent number: 9098957
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wireless hotspot at a vehicle includes receiving one or more Wi-Fi control variables along with a vehicle identity at a central facility; authenticating the received Wi-Fi control variables at the central facility using the vehicle identity; establishing a cellular connection between the central facility and a vehicle providing the Wi-Fi hotspot identified by the transmitted vehicle identity; and transmitting a command to change the Wi-Fi control variables from the central facility to the vehicle when the Wi-Fi control variables have been authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Fahad Alam, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal
  • Patent number: 9026358
    Abstract: A system for improving the operation of a GPS based navigator. Statistical and/or time of day information is used to select the best route between a current location and a desired location. The statistical information may take into account anomalies, and a user can select the amount of risk they which take. The system can be updated with more updated information. In addition, the selection of the desired location can be carried out by downloading information from a PDA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • 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: 8972181
    Abstract: A system and method for providing fluent interaction between connectivity applications, personal information management applications and navigation applications. The present invention enables a user to launch navigation application directly from a “Contacts” application. This invention also enables the same result to be achieved in reverse, enabling direct access from a navigation application to contact information, eliminating the need for the user to manually access and enter information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jouni Saarinen, Matti Seppa, Pasi Kaipainen, Kimmo Kinnunen
  • Patent number: 8963686
    Abstract: Situational location dependent information is transmitted from a server data processing system to a receiving data processing system. The server data processing system communicates with the receiving data processing system in a manner by pushing content when appropriate. A candidate delivery event associated with a current positional attribute of the receiving data processing system is recognized and a situational location of the remote data processing system is determined. The candidate delivery event may be a location and/or direction change, device state change, or movement exceeding a movement tolerance. The situational location of the remote data processing system may be its location, direction, location and direction, proximity to a location, state change, or location and/or direction relative to a previous location and/or direction, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8965597
    Abstract: Road grade is modeled over a region in which a vehicle is driven on roadways having a grade that varies over a plurality of predetermined grade ranges. A succession of grade values are generated while operating the vehicle at a predetermined rate, wherein each grade value identifies a respective grade range then being encountered. A Markov chain road-grade model is updated in response to the succession of grade values, wherein the model represents respective elements of probability in a matrix of transition events from each predetermined grade range to a respective next-in-succession grade range. Each element of the matrix has a value ?i,j representing a weighted frequency of transition events from a first respective grade value to a second respective grade value divided by a weighted frequency of transition events initiating from the first respective grade value, so that the matrix successively approximates the road grade of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitar P. Filev, John O. Michelini, Steven J. Szwabowski, Diana Yanakiev, Mahmoud Abou-Nasr, I
  • Patent number: 8930135
    Abstract: Device, system and method of landmark-based routing and guidance; for example, an apparatus including a route guidance information generator adapted to generate route guidance information including one or more road-based references and one or more landmark-based references.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Esther Abramovich Ettinger
  • Patent number: 8924144
    Abstract: Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. The geographic location of interest can be displayed on a map using an indicator. A touch selection of the indicator provides access to the data through an interface displayed on the touch-sensitive display. One or more locations of interest can be displayed and grouped together by an attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 8868337
    Abstract: Vehicle navigation systems and methods for presenting information originating from a mobile device on a vehicle navigation system display of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of presenting information originating from a mobile device on a vehicle navigation system display of a vehicle includes receiving, by a vehicle navigation system, application data from an application operating on the mobile device, wherein the application data from the application represents an entity in proximity to the vehicle. The method further includes displaying an icon representing the application data from the application on a map presented on the vehicle navigation system display. The icon is positioned on the map according to a geographic location of the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Pierfelice
  • Patent number: 8843160
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for wireless tower caching. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for wireless tower caching in a radio access network (RAN) can include receiving a response to a request from an end user device wirelessly coupled to a base station of the RAN, determining geographic positioning data for the response and identifying a most geographically wireless tower coupled to the RAN relative to the determined geographic positioning data (such as the closest wireless tower to the determined geographic positioning data). Thereafter, the response can be cached at a cache in a base station of the identified wireless tower. In this way, the cached content can remain relevant for a significant period of time in as much as the correlation between a likely position of the end user device and the content cached at the base station of the wireless tower at the time of use of the cached content is strong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Erik J. Burckart, Gennaro Cuomo, Andrew J. Ivory, Victor S. Moore, Aaron K. Shook
  • Patent number: 8838148
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for wireless tower caching. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for wireless tower caching in a radio access network (RAN) can include receiving a response to a request from an end user device wirelessly coupled to a base station of the RAN, determining geographic positioning data for the response and identifying a most geographically wireless tower coupled to the RAN relative to the determined geographic positioning data (such as the closest wireless tower to the determined geographic positioning data). Thereafter, the response can be cached at a cache in a base station of the identified wireless tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Shook, Erik J. Burckart, Gennaro A. Cuomo, Andrew Ivory, Victor S. Moore
  • 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: 8825380
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus includes a route searching unit 130 for performing both a route search with car pool lanes being made usable between a current position detected by a current position detecting unit and a destination inputted by an input means, and a route search with car pool lanes being made unusable, a display means 2 for displaying either a route which uses a car pool lane or a route which does not use any car pool lane on the basis of route data showing the routes acquired through the route searches by the route searching unit, and a control unit 10 for switching between the route which uses a car pool lane and the route which does not use any car pool lane to display either of them on the display means according to an instruction inputted by the input means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Machino
  • Patent number: 8825370
    Abstract: A trip planner is provided for creating, modifying, categorizing, and sharing online trip plans. A trip plan includes a list of items such as hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions selected from a travel guide or provided by a user. An item can have a street address for positioning the item on a map, an image and description of the item, and other metadata assigned by the user, such as tags and notes. The trip planner can generate an itinerary listing the items, and a corresponding map showing the locations of the items. A trip plan can be shared with other users, who can locate the trip plan by searching for the tags or other metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jianing Hu, Pasha Sadri
  • Patent number: 8818715
    Abstract: Data relating to points-of-interest for a geographical area are retrieved from, for example, a travel site. Geo-tagged data relating to the points-of-interest are retrieved, for example, images from an image sharing service. Travel times between the points-of-interest are determined, for example, using a mapping service. The data relating to the points of interest, the geo-tagged data and the travel times are used to create a travel graph for the geographical area, such that the geo-tagged data is used to determine time users spend at specific points of interest. If a user requests a travel itinerary for a beginning and ending location within the geographical area, the travel graph is used to create a travel itinerary that maximizes a prize score for the itinerary within a time constraint. The prize score can reflect the popularity, number of users and time spent by users at the points-of-interest in the itinerary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Mahapatro, Anshul Sao, Matt Klein, Guy Hepworth
  • Patent number: 8798957
    Abstract: A method for the computer-aided calculation of the movement of an object using sensor data from a sensor arranged on the object is provided. The sensor data comprise measuring point set measured at different time points, and the movement of the object is determined between different measuring point sets. From the measuring point sets, initially structural information is extracted and stored together with the measuring points that are not to be associated with any structural type. Subsequently, associations between the structural elements with the same structure type are determined and a corresponding transformation for representing the structural elements is performed. An association of the unassignable measuring points and the structural elements is created and a corresponding transformation of the superimposed associated measuring points and structural elements is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wendelin Feiten, Michael Fiegert
  • Patent number: 8786464
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a traveler information monitoring and dissemination system. The system disclosed herein provides real time information to a traveler, wherein the real time information may be pre-selected by the traveler. The system ensures consistent and quality data are produced and issued to the traveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pelmorex Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Gueziec
  • Patent number: 8762053
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying points-of-interest. In one aspect, a method includes determining a location of a mobile device, and automatically identifying a point-of-interest (POI) located within a predetermined distance of the location. The method also includes providing, on a user interface of the mobile device, a rating control for allowing the user to rate the identified POI, and receiving the rating for the identified POI from the user, using the rating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: April R. Lehman
  • Patent number: 8751077
    Abstract: A route planning device includes: a search unit that searches for a plurality of facilities located near the minimum-cost route from a current position to the destination, where the battery can be charged; a guided route calculation unit that sets a waypoint on the minimum-cost route via which the moving object can be guided to each facility, and calculates a guided route from the waypoint to the each facility and a first power requirement indicating an amount of power required to travel through the guided route; and a facility designating unit that designates a target facility to which the moving object is to be guided, based upon third power requirements each calculated by adding a second power requirement, indicating an amount of power required to allow the moving object to travel from the current position to the waypoint, to the first power requirement and remaining power in the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Hiruta, Mariko Okude, Masatoshi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 8706398
    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: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Chao-Kuang Yang
  • Patent number: 8694232
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to predict energy consumptions of a vehicle, using geographic characteristic values which are independent from particular driving patterns and vehicle parameters and unique to respective links. A navigation server predicts energies which are consumed when a vehicle runs on links. The navigation server calculates geographic characteristic values of respective links, the geography of the each link affecting the consumption energy with the geographic characteristic values, the calculation being based on energy consumptions collected from probe vehicles, and calculates predicted energy consumption of each link selected as a processing target, based on the geographic characteristic values. A navigation terminal obtains these predicted energy consumptions and performs route search with the obtained predicted energy consumptions as costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kono, Takumi Fushiki
  • Patent number: 8694252
    Abstract: A personal navigation device includes a navigation console and a peripheral device. The navigation console is configured to acquire a navigation instruction from a start point to a destination and a detailed map which depicts a predetermined area around the destination. The peripheral device is connected to the navigation console in a detachable manner for displaying the detailed map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Han Hu, Yao-Tsung Yeh
  • Patent number: 8682580
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for displaying flight information. A number of elements for a number of phases of flight for a route of an aircraft are identified. The number of elements in association with the number of phases of flight is displayed on a strip on a display. The number of elements is displayed on the strip in a sequence in which the number of elements is encountered by the aircraft on the route during the number of phases of flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Cindy Dorfmann, Milan Guenther
  • Patent number: 8680987
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to streamline the distribution of global positioning system (GPS) assistance data to a plurality of devices, such as radio access point devices. A provisioning server generates GPS assistance data from satellite positioning data obtained by periodically querying a satellite positioning data server for the satellite positioning data for a plurality of satellites. The provisioning server assigns the GPS assistance data a configurable expiration time. The provisioning server automatically refreshes the GPS assistance data prior to its expiration and makes it available through for download by the radio access point devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Okmyanskiy, Jeffrey Antoline, Joseph Stewart
  • Patent number: 8681022
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an electronic map display. In one implementation, a method is provided for determining a route distance based on information for a route, comparing the route distance with a distance threshold, defining a search area when the route distance is less than the distance threshold, the search area including boundaries, calculating, using a processor, a points of interest (POI) density of the search area, comparing the POI density with a first density threshold and a second density threshold, adjusting the boundaries of the search area based on a result of comparing the POI density with the first density threshold and the second density threshold, identifying POIs in the adjusted search area, and providing POI information for an electronic map display, the POI information being associated with one or more POIs identified in the adjusted search area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: MapQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Beyeler, Tianyu Wang
  • 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: 8670932
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for navigating with the use of correlation within a select area are provided. One method includes, storing data required to reconstruct ranges and associated angles to objects along with statistical accuracy information while initially traversing throughout the select area. Measuring then current ranges and associated angles to the objects during a subsequent traversal throughout the select area. Correlating the then current ranges and associated angles to the objects to reconstructed ranges and associated angles to the objects from the stored data. Determining at least one of then current location and heading estimates within the select area based at least in part on the correlation and using the least one of the then current location and heading estimates for navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Randolph G. Hartman
  • Patent number: 8660794
    Abstract: A system and method splices into, or replaces routes identified based on road geometry with routes taken by the same user or other users to create alternate routes that may be selected by a user to display, for example, on a map or for which driving directions can be displayed. Communication of routes traveled by different devices may be received from a server or from another device. A naming convention for road segments and ordered paths of road segments is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Currie, Assimakis Tzamaloukas
  • 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: 8630803
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for trip planning and a recording medium are provided. The method is suitable for a mobile device having a touch screen. In the method, a trip plan panel comprising a plurality of waypoint blocks arranged according to an arrangement sequence is displayed on the touch screen. Then, a touch operation of dragging executed between a point of interest (POI) and the trip plan panel is received, so as to input the POI in one of the waypoint blocks. Finally, according to the arrangement sequence of the waypoint blocks, a path between the POIs in the way point blocks is planned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Yu-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 8630800
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving a travel query, where the travel query comprises a starting location, a destination location, and a specified transit time; and using the starting location, destination location, and the specified transit time to provide a travel route for traveling from the starting location to the destination location within the specified transit time, wherein the travel route includes one or more points of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Emmet J. Connolly, Marty R. Gardner, Rani S. Manoharan
  • Patent number: 8630791
    Abstract: A vehicle route guidance system is provided that may dynamically determine one or more possible destinations within a predetermined distance of a current location of a vehicle having the vehicle route guidance system. The vehicle route guidance system may determine respective routes to the one or more possible destinations and may access price information with respect to the one or more possible destinations. For each of the one or more possible destinations, the vehicle route guidance system may estimate a cost of fuel to be consumed by the vehicle to reach respective ones of the one or more possible destination based on received traffic information, a respective route, and vehicle fuel consumption information. The vehicle route guidance system may provide information for guiding the vehicle to one of the one or more possible destinations having a lowest total overall cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Go Yuasa