Prerecorded Message Describes Position Patents (Class 340/996)
  • Patent number: 9749801
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described herein. One method can include determining a cross validation model using a user input, estimating a movement of a device from a first location to a second location using the cross validation model and the user input, and determining the second location of the device using the estimated movement of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Haiyang Liu, Soumitri N. Kolavennu, Steve Huseth
  • Patent number: 9600065
    Abstract: In a digital camera having a wireless communicator with a server, a storage controller treats full size image data and display size image data unequally if the full size image data has been already sent to the server. For example, the display size image data is not allowed to be replaced by new digital image data unless the digital camera is not in use over a prescribed time. Own image data and other's image data are treated equally. Image data received from outside and retrieved from inside memory are treated equally. Search key for own image data and related search keys existing in the outside are indicated in a comparable manner. The digital camera receives search key from neighboring advertiser to send it for Internet search of advertisement. Search key received from neighboring notable site is sent for Internet search of photographs of the notable site taken by others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masahide Tanaka, Tohru Matsui
  • Patent number: 9380255
    Abstract: An entertainment system for a motorcycle includes a windscreen provided with at least one speaker, a camera and a video display screen. Conductors connect the speaker, camera and video display screen to a controller for conducting power and control signals between the controller and the speaker, camera and video display screen. The controller is in circuit communication with conductors for receiving power from an electrical system of a motorcycle. Control switches send control signals to the controller via conductors. Images presented on the video display screen are visible only from a side of the windscreen that faces away from an operator of a motorcycle when the motorcycle is moving forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Samuel Stewart, II
  • Patent number: 9092442
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for linking virtual content to various types of object, such a static physical objects, through the use of triggers of varying formats. The virtual content can be updated by a content curator over time. The virtual content can be translated into a plurality of languages and can be selectively transmitted to a mobile communications device upon receipt of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Globili LLC
    Inventors: William A. Donabedian, Randall L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 9043130
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9035762
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a location of a first device that emits a signal: provide at least three sensors separated and spaced apart from each other; at each of the sensors, receive the signal emitted by the first device; determine the received signals for each of the sensors; determine cross-correlations of the received signals for pairs of the sensors; and determine the location of the first device from the magnitudes of the cross-correlations of the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Cutler, Deitrich Werner Vook, Andrew David Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8890717
    Abstract: System and method for identifying speeding violations, comprising determining a current speed and a current location of a vehicle, determining a posted speed limit for the current location from a speed-by-street database, comparing the current speed of the vehicle to the posted speed limit, and evaluating whether the current speed exceeds the posted speed limit. Errors are identified in the speed-by-street database by storing a plurality of speeding violation records, wherein the speeding violation records each include a speeding event location; analyzing the speeding violation records to identify one or more speeding event locations having multiple speeding violations; comparing a posted speed limit at the one or more speeding event locations having multiple speeding violations to corresponding speed limit data in the speed-by-street database; and identifying one or more speed limit entries in the speed-by-street database that do not match the posted speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Todd Follmer, Jonathan C. Catten, Eric Capps, Dave Ord, Richard Eyre, Verlin Russon, Ed Maynard
  • Patent number: 8860587
    Abstract: A mechanism for directing a vendor vehicle to an area in a region. A device receives a plurality of search requests from a plurality of corresponding user devices. Each search request includes search request data that includes a location identifier that identifies a location of the corresponding user device in the region at a time of the search request, and one or more user search criteria. The device identifies, based on the plurality of search requests and at least one subset-determination criterion, at least one subset of the plurality of user devices. The device determines at least one determined location within the region based on the corresponding locations of the user devices in the at least one subset. The device sends vehicle positioning information that identifies the at least one determined location to a vendor device associated with the vendor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Andrew Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 8838985
    Abstract: A method and apparatus which ensures that static data entered into a communications device or apparatus is accurate, or at least consistent with data provided to an authentication service. In some embodiments of the invention, the authentication service may maintain a database of static data associated with each communications apparatus and/or verify the validity of at least a portion of the static data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Vesper Marine Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Robbins
  • Publication number: 20140052537
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing location-based advertising on transit vehicles comprising the installation of one or more digital displays capable of displaying advertisements, wherein the advertisement displayed is controlled by a media player that determines the advertisements to be played based on the current time and location of the transit vehicle. Through the use of the system, the displayed advertisement can be selected based on the geographical location of the transit vehicle on its route. Additionally, through the use of digital displays, the advertisements displayed can be rotated throughout the transit vehicle to allow both more individual advertisements to be displayed on a single vehicle and to allow riders to view more advertisements while on the transit vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: MODOOH INC.
    Inventors: Jason Garnet, Kevin Dochstader
  • Patent number: 8644854
    Abstract: The functionality of smartphone applications may be extended to a basic phone, i.e., a phone lacking a particular smartphone capability, by providing a data synthesizer in the basic phone that synthesizers required data points. The data synthesizer may communicate with nearby smartphones to collect relevant data points such as location or motion data. Data points for the basic phone may be calculated from the collected data points. When an application on the basic phone requests data, a data provider proxy may retrieve a synthesized data point from the data synthesizer. In one example, a basic phone without a GPS or similar location module may execute a mapping application by averaging location data from nearby smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Osocad Remote Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Robert R Hauser, Thomas T Wheeler, Robert W Peterson
  • Patent number: 8630659
    Abstract: A method of delivering content to an occupant in a vehicle, the method comprising: establishing an Internet connection using an electronic cellular device, the electronic device being integrated with an HMI system of the vehicle, the HMI system including HMI controls; searching for a content source providing an Internet media stream by selecting a content category using the HMI controls; connecting to the content source using the Internet connection; and playing the Internet media stream using a speaker of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Lane Lewis
  • Patent number: 8630656
    Abstract: A method of determining the location of a mobile receiver is provided. The method works within a radio system in one or more dimensions, the radio system includes a network of transmitters the positions of which are known. The method comprises the steps of: compiling a list of the signals detected by the receiver, sending said list to a calculation device; constructing a position function which relates to the probability that the receiver is at a given location, which position function has components corresponding to each member of the list, each component including a predetermined probability function that depends on mobile receiver position; and evaluating said position function to determine a position that corresponds to the highest probability of location, and defining that position to be the location of the mobile receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited
    Inventors: Robert Willem Rowe, Ben Tarlow, Christopher R. Drane, Simon David Hern
  • Patent number: 8588814
    Abstract: A first mobile device requests a second mobile device to navigate to a destination communicated to the second mobile device by the first mobile device, wherein at least the second mobile device, if not both the first and the second mobile devices, is GPS enabled and is capable of navigation. In one scenario, a first user of the first mobile device requests the second device (or the user of the second device) to send a notification when the second user has reached a certain destination or is in the vicinity of a certain location where the first user and the first mobile device are currently located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Madhavi Jayanthi
  • Publication number: 20130132270
    Abstract: A charging station information control system is provided. The charging station information control system includes at least one processor. A plurality of modules to be executed by the at least one processor includes an information acquiring module and a matching module. The information acquiring module acquires positional information of an electric vehicle. A matching module determines one or more suitable charging stations whose positional information matches the acquired positional information of the electric vehicle, and acquires the positional information of the one or more suitable charging stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HO-LEUNG CHEUNG, JIA-LIN CHEN, CHUN-WEN WANG, CHIA-HUNG CHIEN
  • Patent number: 8421859
    Abstract: A method for detecting a clear path of travel for a vehicle using an image generated by a camera includes monitoring the image, and utilizing a first patch-based analysis of the image including dividing the image into a plurality of patches, and analyzing each patch to determine a first clear path confidence likelihood for each of the patches of the first patch-based analysis. Each of the patches with the first clear path confidence likelihood greater than a first threshold confidence likelihood is defined as a clear path patch. A second analysis is utilized upon a portion of the patches with the first clear path confidence not greater than the first threshold confidence likelihood to determine a second clear path confidence likelihood for each of the patches of the second analysis. Each of the patches of the second analysis with the second clear path confidence likelihood greater than a second threshold confidence likelihood is defined as a clear path patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wende Zhang, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Patent number: 8400332
    Abstract: An emotive advisory system for use by one or more occupants of an automotive vehicle includes a computer. The computer is configured to receive input indicative of an operating state of the vehicle. The computer determines at least one of a need to provide time information to an occupant based on the operating state of the vehicle and an occupant request to provide time information to the occupant. The computer generates data representing an avatar having an appearance, and data representing a spoken statement for the avatar. The spoken statement provides time information to the occupant in spoken dialog based on at least one of the need and the request. The computer outputs data representing the avatar for visual display, and data representing the statement for the avatar for audio play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Joseph Szwabowski, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • 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: 8296050
    Abstract: A navigation device (100) has a position detection section (7), an interface (4), a touch panel (62), and a computer (1). The computer (1) has timekeeper means for clocking a current time, estimated arrival time calculation means for calculating the estimated time of arrival at a destination by using the touch panel (62), mail creation instruction means for causing, through the interface, (4) a portable telephone (200) to create mail containing text that informs arrival at the calculated estimated time of arrival, and mail transmission instruction means for causing the portable telephone (200) to transmit the created mail. The estimated time of arrival is transmitted to the other party without operation of a portable telephone by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kenwood
    Inventor: Katsumi Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 8279090
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for providing location-based entertainment. In one embodiment, a device capable of providing location-based entertainment comprises a navigational interface module configured to receive navigational data, an entertainment selection module configured to utilize the navigational data to generate location-based entertainment content for a user, and a presentation module configured to present the location-based content to the user. The system may also include a position finding module and a routing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Emily Becker
  • Patent number: 8229667
    Abstract: A method of displaying a background sky in a navigation system, the method including: storing and maintaining map data and background sky image data with respect to one or more directions of the map data in a database; detecting a driving direction angle of a vehicle; computing a position of a background sky image corresponding to the detected driving direction angle; extracting background sky image data corresponding to the computed position of the background sky image from the database; and displaying the extracted background sky image data as a background sky with respect to the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Thinkware Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Hak Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8228179
    Abstract: A DPF controller (21) easily generates a display identifier and a speech identifier for providing an image and a speech required for driving a mobile body such as an automobile, etc. from state information representing the state of each part of the mobile body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Fujisawa, Fumiaki Fujimoto, Teruhisa Masui
  • Patent number: 8224563
    Abstract: The latitude/longitude and time acquired at prescribed sampling time intervals by a touring bus 1 which runs a predetermined running route are wireless-transmitted. A user 6 specifies a getting-on/off point on the basis of the latitude/longitude and time provided by the touring bus and acquires a running route inclusive of the getting-on/off point. Therefore, the user can acquire the running route inclusive of the getting-on/off point easily and instantaneously. The user can specify the getting-on/off point using the speed computed from the latitude/longitude and time acquired. Thus, the user can set his desired notifying point on the running route thus acquired. In such a configuration, there are provided a system for permitting a user of a touring bus to acquire a running route of the touring bus inclusive of a getting-on/off point easily and instantaneously and a system for notifying the arrival of the touring bus which permits the user to set his desired notifying point easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Harushi Muramatsu, Hiroki Oishi
  • Patent number: 8139721
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for assigning one or more conditions to a telephonic communication system to enable recording, replaying, and pausing of a telephone conversation. Recording of a telephone conversation may be manually or dynamically initiated during the telephone conversation. Dynamic replay of a telephone conversation is automatically initiated when a conversation experiences insufficient call quality, an interruption to the telephone service is detected, the user is distracted, a displacement of the user's phone is detected, or the user toggles between listening modes. A pause mode is automatically entered into during the telephone conversation when a section of the telephone conversation is replayed. An automated pause alert may be played during repeat of the telephone conversation to inform one or more parties that the user is temporarily unavailable. Real-time access to the telephone conversation is resumed when the replaying of the recorded telephone conversation has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian M. O'Connell, Martinianus B. Hadinata, Charles S. Lingafelt, John E. Moore, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8045998
    Abstract: A method for communicating using position information includes communicating on a first communication network at a first location using one or more first communication parameters of the first communication network and, upon moving from the first location to a second location, receiving position information identifying the second location. The method includes adjusting the one or more first communication parameters to one or more second communication parameters based on the second location and communicating on a second communication network at the second location using the one or more second communication parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shmuel Shaffer, Shah Talukder, Dean M. Zanone, Yogesh Kalley, Kittur V. Nagesh
  • Patent number: 8022812
    Abstract: An information collection system is provided, which can automatically calculate an operation or a travel path of a tag reader for collecting information of an RF tag. The information collection system of the present invention moves, in a movable area of a two-dimensional map, the tag reader along a surface of an object by referring to a three-dimensional map to emit radio waves while moving an information collection robot, records, upon reception of tag ID from the RF tag, a position of the information collection robot at the time as a data acquisition position, and calculates a path passing through data acquisition positions of all the recorded data as a moving sequence in a movable area of the information collection robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumiko Beniyama, Toshio Moriya, Kosei Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8019352
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating the position of wireless devices within a wireless communication network combines measured RF channel characteristics for the wireless device with one or more predicted performance lookup tables, each of which correlates an RF channel characteristic to some higher order network performance metric and/or a position within an environmental model. Measured RF channel characteristics for wireless devices are compared against the performance lookup tables to determine the sent of lookup tables that most closely match the measured RF channel characteristics. The positions within the environmental model corresponding to the selected set of matching lookup tables are identified as possible locations for the wireless device. The performance lookup tables are uniquely constructed by site-specific location, technology, wireless standard, and equipment types, and/or the current operating state of the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Wireless Valley Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore S. Rappaport, Roger R. Skidmore, Veeraraghavan Anantha, Eric Reifsnider
  • Patent number: 8019532
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to an improved mapping and navigational system. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a system for defining and assigning geographical boundaries to points of interests on a graphical map, where the geographical boundaries preferably correlate to spatially defined boundaries of the respective points of interests. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the points of interest, along with the respective defined geographical boundaries, can be transferred from a personal computing device to a telecommunication device, such as a portable communication device, so as to be used for mapping purposes and to set off proximity alerts when the portable communication device, equipped with a GPS unit, enters or exits the geographical boundary of a particular point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Sheha, Angie Sheha
  • Publication number: 20110193726
    Abstract: An emotive advisory system for use by one or more occupants of an automotive vehicle includes a computer. The computer is configured to receive input indicative of an operating state of the vehicle. The computer determines at least one of a need to provide time information to an occupant based on the operating state of the vehicle and an occupant request to provide time information to the occupant. The computer generates data representing an avatar having an appearance, and data representing a spoken statement for the avatar. The spoken statement provides time information to the occupant in spoken dialog based on at least one of the need and the request. The computer outputs data representing the avatar for visual display, and data representing the statement for the avatar for audio play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Joseph Szwabowski, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 7990259
    Abstract: A vehicle ignition key includes a shank portion securely attached to a grip portion including a housing with an exterior housing surface. An actuation switch includes a switch contact surface complementary with the exterior housing surface, and is electrically coupled with a digital message controller and a power source. The housing defines a chamber which can hold the digital message controller, the power source, and/or a message generator. The message generator can transmit a message from the digital message controller. Actuation of the actuation switch upon rotation of the ignition key in the ignition switch is facilitated by the complementary surfaces, and initiates processing of stored data and transmission of the digitized data from the digital message controller to the message generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: David Wayne Pobuda, Darwin Todd Willbrandt
  • Patent number: 7979203
    Abstract: A method for operating a navigation device including a processor, a signal receiver for receiving position signals, a road network database that also contains position data on tunnels (tunnel attributes), a position finding unit that determines the current position of the vehicle, a display unit and a display control for controlling the adjustments of the display unit, particularly for regulating the brightness and/or a color scheme of the display unit. The display control is able to change the adjustment of the display unit while driving through a tunnel (tunnel mode). The method can include determining the vehicle position with consideration of the received position signals and automatically activating the tunnel mode of the display unit by means of the display control immediately or with a certain time delay if the determined vehicle position features a tunnel attribute and the received position signals fall short of a predetermined signal quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Navigon AG
    Inventors: Dominik Haag, Christian Schliermann
  • Patent number: 7911361
    Abstract: A vehicle recommendation speed display system includes a vehicle speed sensor, a recommendation speed processing unit that calculates a recommended speed based on a vehicle speed and a display unit that is usually mounted in a speedometer. The recommendation speed processing unit is configured to send information on the vehicle recommended speed to the display unit to display the recommended speed regardless of whether an actual vehicle speed is higher than the recommended speed or not in order to prevent a driver from being irritated by a difference between the actual vehicle speed and a vehicle speed intended by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Hajime Kumabe
  • Patent number: 7840348
    Abstract: An output control method of voice guidance signal in navigation system, the method comprising: searching for a travel route from a starting location to a destination of a vehicle; guiding the vehicle to travel along the searched travel route, and determining a current vehicle location if the vehicle is traveling, searching for a target location to be guided ahead of the traveling vehicle; generating a voice guidance signal for the searched target location to be guided; determining the priorities of a plurality of voice guidance signals in advance and outputting the voice guidance signals in sequence according to the predetermined priorities if the plurality of voice guidance signals conflict thereamong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Su Jin Kim, Chang Won Park, Hyun Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 7755475
    Abstract: A device for controlling the brake lights in a motor vehicle having a brake system, designed to be operated by outside forces, is described. The device includes a control device for actuating the brakes of the vehicle in such a manner that an automatic braking operation can be carried out as a function of the vehicle operating conditions, and at least one brake lamp which can be actuated by the control device or by a separate control unit. The control device or the control unit may be designed in such a manner that during an automatic braking operation, the brake lamp is switched on below a predefined boundary speed, as a function of a braking pressure determined in the activated brake of the vehicle, or as a function of a parameter correlating to the braking pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Toelge, Alexander Meske
  • Patent number: 7741978
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for providing location-based entertainment. In one embodiment, a device capable of providing location-based entertainment comprises a navigational interface module configured to receive navigational data, an entertainment selection module configured to utilize the navigational data to generate location-based entertainment content for a user, and a presentation module configured to present the location-based content to the user. The system may also include a position finding module and a routing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Emily Becker
  • Publication number: 20100138149
    Abstract: Upon detection of a portable terminal positioned at a predetermined distance allowing wireless communication with an in-vehicle device, the in-vehicle device in an in-vehicle system performs a pairing process with respect to the detected portable terminal to establish wireless communication with the detected portable terminal. Thereafter, the in-vehicle device acquires an image and sound acquired by an application being executed on the portable terminal from the portable terminal, with which wireless communication has been established. The in-vehicle device converts acquired various types of data into an outputtable format of the in-vehicle device and outputs the converted data to at least one of a display unit and a speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoshi Ohta, Noriaki Inoue, Toshio Kitahara, Minoru Maehata, Tomohiro Kuroko, Ikuo Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 7728737
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for the output of an information message in a vehicle, whereby an information message is stored, the current location of the vehicle is determined, a driver of the vehicle triggers an assignment of a stored information message to a location, and the information message assigned to a location is automatically emitted when the vehicle is situated at this location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Bachmaier
  • Patent number: 7706813
    Abstract: A positioning method in a SUPL based position information (positioning) system, and particularly a positioning method capable of variously efficiently performing an area-based positioning (location tracking) performed by a location server or a mobile communications terminal when the location server and the mobile communications terminal respectively manage triggers generating the area-based positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dong-Hee Shim
  • Publication number: 20100026526
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a navigation system for generating a reminder message by applying predefined validation rule to display and/or voice announce the reminder message associated with a particular location. The method includes the steps of creating reminder message data which include a reminder message, a primary location, a secondary location, and a validation rule; comparing a reference location with the primary location; applying the validation rule in the reminder message data to determine whether a relationship between the primary location and the reference location satisfies the condition in the validation rule; displaying the reminder message when the condition is satisfied; and conducting a route guidance operation to reach a location selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Tatsuo Yokota
  • Patent number: 7610147
    Abstract: A map data processing unit includes a batch update section and dynamic update section. A type of update data fed from an update data input section is decided using header information. If the update data is route search data, the batch update section collectively updates all the map data to latest version map data according to the update data from the update data input section. If the update data is not the route search data, the dynamic update section updates the map data to the latest version map data according to the update data every time the map data becomes necessary. Thus performing the collective or dynamic update according to the type of the update data enables the update to the latest map data without affecting the operation speed of a navigation function, with minimizing the time precluding the use of the navigation function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaharu Umezu, Tomoya Ikeuchi, Makoto Mikuriya, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 7596450
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stride-based route guiding apparatus and method capable of providing a pedestrian with a stride-based route. The method includes detecting a stride of the pedestrian on the basis of a pace inherent to the pedestrian of interest and converting a remaining distance from a current position to a major position or destination into the number of steps so as to provide the pedestrian with the number of steps to the major position or destination when a route is shown, using a navigation system built in a mobile terminal. Since the route is shown on the basis of the number of steps inherent to the pedestrian, the pedestrian can receive the routing more familiar to herself or himself, and easily and intuitively perceive the route from the current position to the major position or destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hyun-Su Hong
  • Patent number: 7584051
    Abstract: A navigation system for use in a subject vehicle for organizing a navigation instruction of a navigation route toward a destination in map data includes a closeness determination function for determining that a current position of the subject vehicle from the destination is a predetermined range, and a partial route audio navigation provision function for collectively providing the navigation instruction in an audible manner from the current position of the subject vehicle to the destination based on determination by the closeness determination function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kengo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7539576
    Abstract: A pedestrian navigation system provides distance information and travel directions to a destination. The system includes a pedestrian navigation device for navigating a pedestrian's route by means of a vibration, a server for offering navigation information to the pedestrian navigation device, a network for connecting the pedestrian navigation device with the server to permit communication between each other, and a GPS for offering position information to the pedestrian navigation device. Further, the pedestrian navigation device can include a speaker for outputting a guide voice based on the user's present position information, so as to start a voice guide after generating vibration, thereby facilitating verification of the guidance information provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Navitime Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Ohnishi, Takayuki Matsunaga, Yusuke Suzuki, Shin Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7499797
    Abstract: An interactive system and method for navigating a person from a starting point to a destination, using a wireless location determining device and a wireless navigating device. The person sends a request for navigational directions via the wireless location determining device. Using a database that contains the geographic location and a corresponding name of the starting point and the destination, the request is answered and navigational information is sent to the wireless navigating device. The database was previously established by recording the movement of subjects, using a wireless location determining device, as the subjects moved from place to place in their environment. When the number of occurrences of subjects passing by any individual location reached a predetermined threshold, the subjects were prompted to enter a name that described and corresponded to that location. Using the provided navigational information, the person moves from the starting point toward the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Swee M. Mok
  • Patent number: 7493210
    Abstract: A method for navigating in a vehicle includes the steps of identifying navigation information for at least one destination. The navigation information is stored in at least a first memory remote from the vehicle. The navigation information is transferred from the first memory to a navigation device in the vehicle. The vehicle can then be navigated to the destination using the navigation device and the navigation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amado Nassiff, Huifang Wang, Steven G. Woodward
  • Patent number: 7474202
    Abstract: System and method for automatically broadcasting voice-based prompt warnings toward an embarkation and/or disembarkation location at which passengers such as students and others may or will be present. The method is multi-model providing voice messages during an approach mode, a stop mode and a standby mode. Recorded human voice messages are employed for the prompt and are the recorded voices of one or more people having voice characteristics generally recognizable by the passengers to an extent effective to supplement the function of the immature prefrontal cortex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Transportation Safety Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dean E. Rose, Joseph E. Dryer
  • Publication number: 20080319660
    Abstract: Driving directions can be helpful if in addition to spatial information, landmark information is provided. Landmarks assist in adding context to directions as well as allowing for a greater likelihood of success of an operator following directions. There can be employment of physical identification of landmarks as well as processing regarding the utility of a landmark in regards to driving directions. Driving directions can be highly useful if integrated landmarks relate to knowledge possessed by an operator of a vehicle. Landmark based driving direction can be integrated with advertisements that relate to the directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Horvitz, Tanya Lisa Swartz, Jeffrey D. Couckuyt, Eyal Ofek, Yue Zhuge, Zhenyu Qian, Xin Wu, Jin Li, Steve Lombardi, Joseph Schwartz, Alan Paulin
  • Patent number: 7411518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ‘Parking Location Reminder Device’ with means to remind drivers of the location of their parked vehicle. It comprises of housing containing a microphone, speaker and voice recorder; and is constructed in a way such that it can be attached to a vehicle key chain. Drivers record the location of their parked vehicle recorder of the said device using microphone as the audio input means. The parking location of the said vehicle is retrieved by playing back the recorded voice message using speaker as the audio output means. Means is also provided in the said device to record and playback other voice memos. Means is also provided in the ‘Parking Location Reminder Device’ for drivers to record and display/playback still images and/or video of the location of their parked vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Novation Science, LLC
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 7394405
    Abstract: A method for location-based notifications, the method including receiving a request for a notification from an input device. A current location of the input device is determined in response to the receiving. A reminder location is set responsive to the current location of the input device determined in response to the receiving. On a periodic basis, a new current location of the input device is determined and compared to the reminder location. A notification is provided if the new current location is within a proximity threshold of the reminder location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Godden
  • Patent number: 7269484
    Abstract: A manual control system for a vehicle includes a touch sensitive input element actuatable in response to proximity of a user's appendage. A tactile feedback generator produces a perceptible tactile stimulus. An audible feedback generator produces a perceptible audible stimulus. A sound level characterizer generates a sound characterization signal indicative of a sound-related parameter of the vehicle. A controller generates a feedback event in response to an actuation of the input element. The controller includes the perceptible tactile stimulus and the perceptible audible stimulus in the feedback event according to the sound characterization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Hein