Prerecorded Message Describes Position Patents (Class 340/996)
  • Publication number: 20070200732
    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: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Bachmaier
  • Patent number: 7251558
    Abstract: A method of facilitating delivery of traffic messages is disclosed. Data indicating a plurality of traffic conditions on a road network are obtained. For each of the traffic conditions, the data provides a location description. For each of the traffic conditions, the method determines at least one broadcast service area in which the traffic condition is located. A plurality of traffic messages is transmitted. Each traffic message is associated with a broadcast service area code identifying the broadcast service area in which the traffic condition is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Navteq North America, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy McGrath
  • Patent number: 7216037
    Abstract: A method and device for monitoring the quality of service of logistic services. A shipping device, which is shipped along a travel route from a source location to a destination location, includes an electronic device. Times are logged at one or more locations during the travel. The electronic device includes: a GPS-indoor receiver device connected to a control logic, a storage connected to the control logic, a power supply, and an I/O interface. The control logic is arranged for logging, during the shipping device traveling time, datasets including at least the current Time of Day and the current geographic location information derived from GPS signals received en route into the storage. The log data is read out via the I/O interface. The log data is evaluated according to predetermined rules reflecting the quality of service of the actual shipping device shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Graulich, Phil Upshall
  • Patent number: 7068306
    Abstract: Method and system for enabling an image capture system to respond to at least one command transmitted by a foreign remote control that is associated with a first device. The image capture system is first trained to respond to at least one command that is received from the foreign remote control. A user can then use the foreign remote control to access at least one function of the trained image capture system. For example, the foreign remote control can be used to access a first predefined function of the image capture system by transmitting a first instruction to the image capture system. The image capture system, responsive to the first instruction, performs the first predefined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Norman C. Pyle, Mark J. Bianchi
  • Patent number: 7026957
    Abstract: An apparatus to enhance command communication in a high-noise environment between a user and user vehicle mobile data computer system, program product, and associated methods are provided. The apparatus includes a vehicle computer adapted to be positioned within a user vehicle and a vehicle computer application program stored in memory of the vehicle computer adapted to communicate with a remote host computer. A voice command interface program product is also stored in the memory and is in communication with the mobile data communications application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Public Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 6973320
    Abstract: Timing Advance information is obtained from base stations (103–105), and is utilized by a remote unit (113) to approximate the Time of Arrival (TOA) of the signals from each base station. The remote unit (113) accesses a single base station to determine its timing advance. In order to increase accuracy, the remote unit (113) then repeats the process, but during the next iteration, the transmission timing is advanced or delayed by a fraction of a bit (e.g. ¼ bit). The base station responds with a new timing advance value. This process is repeated until it is determined how many fractions of bit increments the remote unit (113) is away from a known timing advance boundary of the base station. Once known, this information is utilized to determine the location of the remote unit (113).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Michael Brown, Norman Joseph Zerfas, Marty Frank Miller
  • Patent number: 6944539
    Abstract: An information display system including an input device that inputs a scheduled event, a schedule storage in which the schedule is stored, a display device that displays a map, a memory that stores map information and the scheduled event, and a controller that displays a schedule reminder message on the map at a specified time before the scheduled event is to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Yamada, Yumii Shibata, Hiroyoshi Masuda, Kiyonobu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 6943703
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating with law enforcement during vehicle travel and associated methods are provided. The apparatus preferably includes a department server in communication with a vehicle computer and also in communication with a plurality of law enforcement databases. The vehicle computer includes mobile data communications software and officer communications enhancing software. The officer communications enhancing software preferably includes one or more of an audio communicator to transmit enhanced audio law enforcement data received from the mobile data communications software to the officer, an incident form completing enhancer to generate and populate incident forms, and a quick mapper to quickly generate and display a site overview map such as a top plan street view to an officer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Advanced Public Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 6943702
    Abstract: A broadcasting center multiplexes contents obtained by adding information indicative of presentation conditions including a “location”, a “moving direction”, and the “period of validity of data” to stream data. A broadcasting wave dispatching apparatus transmits the contents to the entire information provided area through a broadcasting wave. A reception terminal apparatus mounted in a vehicle receives the broadcasting wave distributed by the broadcasting station while the vehicle is passing through the information provided area. The reception terminal apparatus then separates the multiplexed contents from the received signal for storage. It also obtains status information including the location of the vehicle, the current time, and the moving direction of the vehicle, from information provided by a vehicle location measuring apparatus. The reception terminal apparatus then sequentially compares the status information with the presentation condition information, added to the stored contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Akira Kato
  • Patent number: 6904362
    Abstract: An information center generates packets of route guidance information, each corresponding to a prescribed road length of a recommended route. The information center may generate major guide point information and guidance information and transmit both to a vehicular apparatus. The vehicular apparatus provides guidance only for major guide points based on the received major guide point information if it cannot receive the guidance information. According to another aspect of the invention, if the end of a route segment which was the subject of the preceding route guidance information is on an expressway or toll road, guidance information for a preliminary route from that end to an escape position ahead on the expressway or toll road is first transmitted and then information for a remaining route, that is a segment of the recommended route having the prescribed road length minus the preliminary route, is then transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Aisin Aw Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Nakashima, Hiroyoshi Masuda, Akira Ishida, Yoichi Hayama
  • Patent number: 6904359
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for a vehicle status reporting system for allowing a user to define when a user will receive a vehicle status report about the status of a mobile vehicle, in relation to a location, for establishing a communication link between the system and the user, and for delivering the status report during the communication link, the status report indicating occurrence of one or more events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: ArrivalStar, Inc.
    Inventor: M. Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 6859722
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for maintaining a delivery list having a plurality of packages, for monitoring travel data associated with a vehicle in relation to the delivery list, and for sending, before, during, or after a delivery has been made, a communication to a party associated with a subsequent delivery to notify the party of impending arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: ArrivalStar, Inc.
    Inventor: M. Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 6810323
    Abstract: A system (10) for storing and using information associated with geographic locations of interest to a mobile user comprises a mobile apparatus (100) and a remote apparatus (200). The mobile apparatus accepts and transmits information associated with a mobile user's geographic position. The remote apparatus (200) receives the transmitted information, stores the information along with data indicative of the position and time as a waypoint, and allows the user to retrieve and manipulate waypoints. The system is preferably realized as a vehicle information system (20) that allows a vehicle user to store waypoints descriptive of different locations encountered during travel. Each waypoint includes the geographic position of its corresponding location, the time, and may include appended information such as a voice message or a picture. The waypoints are stored in a remote server accessible from both the vehicle and an auxiliary apparatus such as a standard telephone (310) or a personal computer (330).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: James Blake Bullock, Axel Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20040162674
    Abstract: A system and method for voice interaction for location-relevant mobile resource management are disclosed. In one embodiment, a network server transmits a voice message to a voice device at a mobile unit upon detection that the mobile unit is within a predetermined distance of a certain location. Pursuant to another embodiment, the network server receives a voice request for location-relevant information from a user at a mobile unit and transmits responsive location-relevant information to the user as a voice message. The network server may also conduct certain actions responsive to voice requests received from users at mobile units. Users may receive information from the server via voice devices even when not located at a mobile unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: At Road, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodric C. Fan, James D. Fay
  • Patent number: 6763300
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for implementation in connection with a computer system. The methods and systems practice the following: receiving an identification of (a) one or more communication methods for notification, (b) one or more mobile vehicles, and (c) one or more locations to be visited by the mobile vehicles, monitoring travel data relating to a proximity of the mobile vehicle to the location, initiating a communication with the party and, during the communication, notifying the party of the purpose of the vehicle's stop at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: ArrivalStar, Inc.
    Inventor: M. Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 6748318
    Abstract: An advance notification system notifies users of the impending arrival of a vehicle, for example, an overnight package delivery vehicle, at a particular vehicle stop. The system generally includes an on-board vehicle control unit (VCU) for each vehicle and a base station control unit (BSCU) for sending messages to user computers in order to inform the users when the vehicle resides at a certain predefined time period, distance, prior stop, and/or location point from the vehicle stop. Moreover, vehicle tracking, the BSCU, a computer network (e.g., the Internet), and software located on a user computer may be combined in a plurality of configurations for launching and communicating a message of the impending arrival of a particular vehicle before it arrives. Significantly, the computer message is to advise of the impending arrival and preferably will exhibit a distinctive display and/or sound on the recipient computer so that the recipient is informed of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: ArrivalStar, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 6714142
    Abstract: A proximity signaling system and method are disclosed in which first and second transmitters are disposed on first and second mobile objects. The first and second transmitters generate first and second RF signals with first and second receiver addresses, respectively. A receiver is disposed remotely from the first and second transmitters. The receiver has a first and second microcontroller decoders for recognizing the first and second RF signals, respectively. The receiver has a gradual proximity display, such as a bar graph display, for indicating signal strength. The receiver also has first and second proximity alerts, such as lights, beepers, or voice chips, for signaling proximity of the first and second objects, respectively. In use, the first microcontroller decoder filters signals received by the receiver and passes only signals having the first receiver address along to the display and alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Rhonda Porter, Hirak C. Patangia
  • Publication number: 20040054468
    Abstract: An information display system including an input device that inputs a scheduled event, a schedule storage in which the schedule is stored, a display device that displays a map, a memory that stores map information and the scheduled event, and a controller that displays a schedule reminder message on the map at a specified time before the scheduled event is to occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Kunihiro Yamada, yumii Shibata, Hiroyoshi Masuda, Kiyonobu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 6708108
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system comprises a processor connected to a wireless message receiver, such as a cellular telephone. The system includes an application which checks each message received by the telephone. If the message is recognised as being intended for navigation, the application identifies the action which the message requires and an associated location in the message. The application then performs the appropriate action, for example to plan a route passing through the location. A messaging device sends messages via a network to the receiver. The network provides a messaging service having a message store which stores messages when the receiver is inactive and sends stored messages when the receiver becomes active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 6661353
    Abstract: An interactive flight map is provided to a passenger, through which information on the areas overflown can be accessed and utilized. A map of the portion of the flight path near the airplane, where the map has one or more identifiers, is displayed to a passenger. Selection of an identifier from the passenger may be received, and in response information associated with the selected identifier is displayed to the passenger. The identifiers may be icons, text or other unique identifying symbols, associated with points of interest, map locations, tourist facilities, or other particular locations or facilities. The map may be scrolled to view other areas of the ground. In response to the selection of a particular identifier by a passenger, information may be displayed to the passenger in a variety of formats, such as HTML or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan D. Gopen
  • Patent number: 6621422
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating with law enforcement during vehicle travel and associated methods are provided. The apparatus preferably includes a department server in communication with a vehicle computer and also in communication with a plurality of law enforcement databases. The vehicle computer includes mobile data communications software and officer communications enhancing software. The officer communications enhancing software preferably includes one or more of an audio communicator to transmit enhanced audio law enforcement data received from the mobile data communications software to the officer, an incident form completing enhancer to generate and populate incident forms, and a quick mapper to quickly generate and display a site overview map such as a top plan street view to an officer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Advanced Public Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 6587762
    Abstract: Methods and systems for programming the automatic guidance unit of an aerial delivery system. The operator selects on a hand-held unit the desired flight parameters such as the latitude, longitude and altitude of the desired landing site, as well as the desired landing heading and default heading. A microprocessor converts this data into digital data that is stored on a removable EEPROM memory key. This key is then removed from the hand-held unit and at any convenient time, inserted into a mating female receptacle in the automatic guidance unit of the aerial delivery system. The programmed information originally entered in the hand-held unit is then transferred into the guidance unit of the aerial delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: FXC Corporation
    Inventor: Harry B. Rooney
  • Patent number: 6522250
    Abstract: A message filtering system is provided for filtering generally broadcast messages received by a movable unit. The generally broadcast message includes an information segment including location, time and/or velocity information relating to an event of potential interest to the unit which has occurred in the past and which has continuing consequences for the unit. The movement history of the unit is stored along with data selection information and a determination is made as to whether the information contained in the broadcast information segment is of interest based on this stored information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: The Mitre Corporation
    Inventors: Darrell E. Ernst, James W. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6459388
    Abstract: A location database system provides information about nearby sites to a user. The system includes a processor configured to identify the present location of the system using the Global Positioning System. The processor is also associated with a clock providing realtime information. The clock may be the internal clock of a microprocessor serving as the processor of the system. The processor may also communicate with a remote database of sites using a wireless connection. The database includes relevant information about the sites which may be of interest to a user of the system, such as locational information, imaging information and images, and/or tour-guide type information. A display provides a visual display of the relevant information to the user, and the system may provide setting information for the camera and also may provide travel directions to a particular site, based on a selected view as seen on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: John M. Baron
  • Patent number: 6446001
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus includes a command input block from which the user inputs a command signal, a current positional data supply unit, a data reading unit for reading from a CD-ROM map data, voice guidance data, object data about an object displayed on a map of the navigation apparatus, and sound data symbolizing a geographical location corresponding to the object on the map, and a controller for displaying the map and the object onto a display device and sounding the voice guidance and sound data from a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakai, Takashi Takinami, Miyuki Matsumoto, Hiroshi Amano
  • Patent number: 6442479
    Abstract: Shown is a method and apparatus for a location sensitive database system. The database system includes a geographic positioning receiver, such as a global positioning system (GPS), and a database processor that receive the location values output by the positioning receiver. The database processor is coupled to a content database and searches the content database responsive to the current location values output by the positioning receiver. Database entries can also be obtained by the database processor sending a content query, which includes the current location values, over a wireless network link to a content server, which searches its own database for entries corresponding to the current location values and, if a matching entry is found, sends the content of the matching entry to the database processor for output to a user. Database entries can also be screened for a match on a user preference selected by a user of the device and based on the current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick Barton
  • Patent number: 6411220
    Abstract: A traffic paging system for audibly disseminating real-time traffic information and methods of manufacturing and using the same. The traffic paging system comprises a route-entry system, a receiver system, and an audio system. The route-entry system permits a user to specify one or more preselected routes. After receiving the real-time traffic information, the receiver system converts a relevant portion of the real-time traffic information that is specific to the preselected routes into audio traffic information. The audio system then audibly presents the audio traffic information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Cue Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Davis, Gordon E. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6397148
    Abstract: A method and device for displaying animated navigation information has a processor, a memory, a display, and an input, housed in a portable, handheld housing. In various embodiments of the present invention, a plurality of frames are stored in memory, wherein each frame includes data indicative of a still-shot of a portion of an animated sequence represented by the total plurality of frames. The processor retrieves the frames in sequence for display on the display, such that successively displaying each of the frames on the display presents a visualization on the display of animated movement. In one aspect of the invention, animation is provided upon power up of the unit to provide the user with an indication of the nature of use and features of the unit. In another aspect of the invention, animation is provided to provide an indication to the user of satellite signal acquisition for use in navigation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventor: Wai Lee
  • Patent number: 6374183
    Abstract: A navigation system provides route guidance to a destination even when a facility in an unmapped area is input as the destination. When a facility in an unmapped area is input as a destination, the navigation system obtains a guidance route to an appropriate freeway exit near the facility, thus guiding a vehicle along the guidance route. Subsequently, the navigation system displays an arrow indicating the direction from a vehicle position to the facility and a linear distance from the vehicle position to the facility, thus guiding the vehicle to the destination. The guidance is provided until the vehicle arrives at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoya Oshida, Shigehito Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6344793
    Abstract: In a process for assisting a user of a motor vehicle in operating components of the motor vehicle, operating conditions of the components are switched by actuating of operating elements. An assistance request element is also provided. Operation of the assistance request element causes a subsequent operation of an operating element only to display information concerning the operating condition which can be switched (in the normal operation) by means of this operating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Berthold Geck, Matthias Schneider
  • Patent number: 6342847
    Abstract: A remote tracking and sensing device (20) includes a global positioning system receiver (22). A processor (24) receives a position signal from the global positioning system receiver (22). A communication interface (30) connects the processor (24) to at least two wireless communication systems (26, 28). A power management system (32) provides power to the processor (24) based on an output (38) from a motion sensor (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: National Systems & Research Co.
    Inventors: Anthony Thomas Archuleta, Kim Donald Langdon, Paul Joseph McDermott
  • Patent number: 6339746
    Abstract: A route guidance system for a pedestrian. An input unit inputs a departure point and a destination point of the pedestrian. A route data memory stores route data representing position and connection of each route comprising a road network. A route calculation unit calculates a route from the departure point to the destination point by referring to the route data in said route data memory. A landmark memory stores landmark data for the pedestrian's confirmation; a landmark represents a signpost of the departure point, the destination point, and the route. A landmark selection unit selects the landmark data corresponding to the route calculated by said route calculation unit from said landmark memory. A presentation unit presents a route guidance to the pedestrian using the calculated route and the selected landmark data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sugiyama, Tamotsu Hasegawa, Miwako Doi
  • Patent number: 6321160
    Abstract: A car navigation apparatus includes a route setting unit for setting a route; an own car position detection unit for measuring an own car position and detecting the own car position; and an advance direction detection unit for detecting an advance direction of the own car. The car navigation apparatus further includes a turning intersection detection unit for detecting an intersection where the own car should turn next time, on the route located within a predetermined distance in the advance direction from the own car position; and a turning intersection display unit responsive to detection of a turning intersection to display the shape of the turning intersection and a direction to which the own car should turn, acquired from map information stored in a map information storage unit, on the display screen using figures, and to display the distance to the turning intersection and the name of the turning intersection on the display screen using characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6317715
    Abstract: A voice reproduction apparatus and voice reproduction system for providing guide voice corresponding to a moving direction of a user, for example a visually handicapped person, in a theme park or the like. The voice reproduction apparatus comprises: a receiving part for receiving an identifying signal; an identifying signal discriminating part that discriminates the identifying signal received in the receiving part and discriminates a combination of an identifying signal received and an identifying signal received subsequently; a voice data storage part for storing voice data, relating the voice data to the combination of the received identifying signals; a voice reproduction part reproducing the voice data stored in the voice data storage part; and a reproduction control part that reads out, from the voice data storage part, voice data corresponding to the combination discriminated by the identifying signal discriminating part, and causes the voice reproduction part to reproduce the voice data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6314352
    Abstract: An automatic control system is provided that allows a driver to decide whether some or all of an automatic control content for accessory devices for an automobile is to be executed. Trigger information for performing automatic control is detected by a detecting circuit such as a navigation system 12 and, on the basis of the detected trigger information, control contents are established at a control circuit 20, and the established control contents are announced to the driver through the navigation system 12 and an audio system 16. The driver replies to each of the corresponding announced contents (the contents to be automatically controlled) by operating an answer switch 100. At the control section 20, automatic control is performed in accordance with results of replies from the driver operating the answer switch 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kunimatsu, Chikao Nagasaka, Masato Nishikawa, Yoshihisa Hirano, Toshiyuki Isogai
  • Patent number: 6314360
    Abstract: A process for analyzing a traffic network uses a source file including edges and nodes representing the traffic network. The process generates partial routes from the source file, wherein each partial route comprises at least one edge and at least one of the partial routes comprises a plurality of adjoining ones of said edges. Route data can be transmitted between a vehicle and a traffic center by designating the partial route instead of each individual edge, thereby optimizing transmission of data via a transmission channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Mannesmann AG
    Inventor: Markus Becker
  • Patent number: 6304817
    Abstract: The invention proposes an audio and/or navigation system for a motor vehicle with increased user convenience, particularly when the vehicle is used by more than one user. The audio and/or navigation system has a memory element (2) for storing user-related system parameters, and means (4) for identifying the user as well as means (5), which are connected to the memory element (2), for selecting and setting the stored user-related system parameters for the user as current system parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Troedel
  • Publication number: 20010007090
    Abstract: A navigation device includes a map information storage means for storing map information such as nodes, links and the like, a present position detection means for detecting a present position of a moving body, a route searching means for searching a route from a present position to a guide point based on the map information, a voice guide message generation means for generating a voice guide message corresponding to the searched route, and a voice output means for outputting the voice guide message. The navigation device is adapted to store a level of importance of nodes and links as a part of said map information, and the voice guide message generation means selects links and nodes on the searched route based on the level of importance and generates a voice guide message corresponding to the selected nodes and links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: July 5, 2001
    Inventors: Takashi Irie, Masatsugu Norimoto
  • Patent number: 6232888
    Abstract: A traffic paging system for audibly disseminating real-time traffic information and methods of manufacturing and using the same. The traffic paging system comprises a route-entry system, a receiver system, and an audio system. The route-entry system permits a user to specify one or more preselected routes. After receiving the real-time traffic information, the receiver system converts a relevant portion of the real-time traffic information that is specific to the preselected routes into audio traffic information. The audio system then audibly presents the audio traffic information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Cue Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Davis, Gordon E. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6219614
    Abstract: A navigation system comprises a map information storage device for storing map data, a route setting device for setting a route between two points on the map data, target intersection detecting device for detecting a target intersection on the route from the set route and the map data, present position detector for detecting the present position of a mobile body, quantization computing device for quantizing the set route into simple graphics, and display for displaying the quantized route on a stepwise basis according to the distance between the nearest target intersection and the present position. The navigation system is capable of reducing the amount of distraction posed to a vehicle driver, is highly versatile and reduces the cost of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichiro Uchigaki, Teruki Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 6205399
    Abstract: A position recognition device that outputs data according to a position has a GPS unit for detecting position, an audio input/output unit for inputting and outputting audio and a memory unit for storing data. Audio data as well as corresponding position data are combined, recorded and stored in the memory unit. When a present position as measured by the GPS unit matches position data stored with the audio data, the position recognition device reproduces the audio data corresponding to the position, making it possible to output essential data at the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Ogino, Takayuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 6172641
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for combining an in-vehicle navigation system with a sound system in a vehicle. The combination permits the navigation system to project audible maneuver instructions to a driver. While projecting the audible maneuver instruction to the driver the vehicle navigation system moves the location of the projection of the maneuver instruction from a first location to a second location. The first location does not coincide with the content of the maneuver instruction and the second location does coincide with the content of the maneuver instruction. Thus, a system is provided wherein the driver perceives the audible maneuver instruction as moving in a direction which coincides with the content of the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Magellan DIS, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Alan Millington
  • Patent number: 6046689
    Abstract: A historical simulator which allows an individual using the device to access historically relevant information pertaining to a historically significant location the user is visiting. The user may readily access information regarding the historical location from a variety of information sources including databases in the Internet. The user may also view the retrieved information from a variety of different viewing modes and according to the individual user's selection from among a variety of information characterization variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Bryan Newman
  • Patent number: 5974419
    Abstract: A system and method for arranging and storing a plurality of records of geographic data, wherein each record corresponds to a physical feature having a physical location in a geographic region. The method and system comprise arranging the records of geographic data into a plurality of parcels. Each parcel includes records of geographic data that represent features having physical locations encompassed within a corresponding associated rectangular area located in the geographic region. The size and location of each such rectangular area associated with a parcel is determined by a series of divisions of a bounding rectangle that encompasses all of the features represented by the plurality of records into further rectangular areas. Each division, subsequent to an initial division, is made on a rectangular area resulting from the preceding division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Ashby
  • Patent number: 5963151
    Abstract: A passenger notification system to warn (bus) passengers of the next scheduled stop. A sensory indication which may be a verbal announcement or a lighted display (or both) within the bus is activated by the driver as each stop, transfer point or point of interest, approaches. A switch responsive to relative motion between the driver's upper arm and torso provides activation of a pre-recorded message in audio form from a sound transcriber. The lighted display is coded and activated from recorded signals. The sequence may easily be modified to fit each bus route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Rayford C. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 5955974
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus carried by a user, with which the user can work while moving to a place or transferring or a destination utilizing transport facilities such as a train, a bus and the like, has a receiving-recognizing unit for receiving information for recognizing the present position during the move to the place for transferring or the destination as a signal from the outside to recognize the present position during the move from the received signal, and a notifying unit for displaying a positional relation between present position information recognized by the receiving-recognizing unit and the place for transferring or the destination in the transport facilities in a state of work operation to notify of transfer or arrival precaution information. The information processing apparatus notifies the user that the user arrives at the place for transferring or the destination so that the user is prevented from riding past and can concentrate the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Yoshifusa Togawa
  • Patent number: 5952941
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for monitoring traffic violations. A satellite based system determines the location, and upon which roadway, a vehicle is traveling. A memory (e.g. RAM) in the vehicle system stores speed limit data relating to different roads, speed limits, and/or red lights across the globe. A controller in the vehicle compares, for example, speed limit data relative to determined speed of the vehicle so as to detect when the speed limit on the road upon which the vehicle is traveling is exceeded. When the speed limit is exceeded, a transmitter on the vehicle transmits a signal to at least one satellite indicative of the violation. The at least one satellite forwards the violation signal to a motor vehicle department so that a ticket can be issued to the vehicle operator. In a similar manner, the satellite based system can detect other infractions such as running of red lights, and issue tickets in response to same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: I0 Limited Partnership, L.L.P.
    Inventor: Aris Mardirossian
  • Patent number: 5898392
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling vehicle accessories is disclosed that allows a user to remotely control vehicle accessories using a conventional telephone. The system is particularly well-suited for use in controlling an in-vehicle voice recorder while recording therein navigational instructions formed of a plurality of navigational steps. Through remote control of the vehicle recorder, a recorded message may be segmented in response to DTMF signals generated by pressing keys on a keypad of a conventional telephone. A driver may then playback the navigational steps one at a time as needed while driving to the identified destination. The system further allows for remote control of other vehicle accessories through the manipulation of keys on a conventional telephone keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Bambini, Matthew T. Nichelson, Ruskin T. Lhamon, Jason M. Denbow
  • Patent number: 5828321
    Abstract: A location detecting system comprising a sensor unit, a main body having an operating mode consisting of a traveling mode and an simulation mode and including location detecting unit for calculating a current location of a moving body on the basis of data sensed by the sensor unit and further including a navigation controller connected to the location detecting unit, a change-over unit for changing over the operating mode to the traveling mode or the simulation mode, a storage unit detachably connected to the main body, a write unit for storing the data sensed by the sensor unit into the storage unit when the storage unit is connected to the main body and also the main body is in the traveling mode, and a read unit for inhibiting the data sensed by the sensor unit from being supplied to the location detecting unit and instead supplying the data stored in the storage unit to the location detecting unit, when the storage unit is connected to the main body and also the main body is in the simulation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin-ichi Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 5819198
    Abstract: A device and system for monitoring speed limit violations of a driver is disclosed. The monitoring device according to the invention is installed in the vehicle and programmed to provide an alarm whenever a programmed speed limit has been exceeded. According to the disclosed system, legal speed limit, and other appropriate traffic signs are provided with transmitters which broadcast an encoded speed limit signal. The monitoring device is provided with a receiver which is capable of receiving the transmitted signal. Upon receiving the transmission, the monitoring device updates the programmed speed limit. The transmitted signal includes a system identification string to enable the monitoring device to validate the signal. In addition, the monitoring device validates the encoded speed limit. In the preferred embodiment a library of digitized voice messages provides warning appropriate to the driving condition and driving speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Gilboa Peretz