Navigation Patents (Class 701/400)
  • Patent number: 10290068
    Abstract: A graphical platform enables users to leverage unstructured data in many different ways via access with many different types of devices that can be located practically anywhere with network connectivity. The graphical platform provides users with flexibility in how they create, maintain, and access the unstructured data, while providing powerful tools to enable the users to quickly extract meaningful information from the unstructured data. The graphical platform leverages location information in the unstructured data to enable providing a map and/or other graphical interfaces that show at least some of the records in the unstructured data. Users can then filter the information to narrow down the records to those of interest to respective different users. From the resulting display of records, users can select a specific record, access additional secure documents associated with the record, and/or perform other interactions with the data in the record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Navigatorsvrs, Inc.
    Inventor: Taylor Hanson Odegard
  • Patent number: 10274330
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining weighting information for candidate navigation routes in a navigation program. A routing platform causes, at least in part, an application of at least one prize factor to one or more variables to evaluate one or more candidate routes. The routing platform determines weighting information for the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the application of the at least one prize factor to the one or more variables. The routing platform then causes, at least in part, a selection or a recommendation of at least on navigation route from among the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the weighting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jens Unger, Giuseppe Tribulato
  • Patent number: 10268590
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a data processing method provides an improvement in efficient use of computer memory and comprises using a computer, creating in computer memory a glyph memory area that is configured to store a plurality of cached glyphs; using the computer, receiving a request from an application to use a particular glyph; in response to the request, determining whether the particular glyph is in the glyph memory area; in response to determining that the particular glyph is not in the glyph memory area: attempting to store a bitmap of the particular glyph to a next location in the glyph memory area; in response to determining that the next location is not available a first time, reclaiming space in the glyph memory area in an amount sufficient to store the bitmap; attempting a second time to store the bitmap in the next location in the glyph memory area; in response to determining that the next location is not available a second time, clearing the glyph memory area of all previously stored glyphs and stori
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Seeley, Kim Trott, Matthew McCarthy, Dylan Oudyk, Sam Magnuson, Jan Hanssen
  • Patent number: 10247550
    Abstract: A mobile device including an acceleration sensor, a magneto sensor, a gyroscope sensor, and a processor is provided. The acceleration sensor, the magneto sensor, and the gyroscope sensor generate acceleration data, magnetic field data, and angular velocity data, respectively. The processor determines a pitch angle and a roll angle according to the acceleration data, determines a yaw angle according to the magnetic field data, and determines a quaternion according to the pitch angle, the roll angle, and the yaw angle. Also, the processor determines orientation information of the mobile device according to the quaternion and the angular velocity data, and adjusts the orientation information according to the acceleration data and the magnetic field data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VIA ALLIANCE SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xia Lin, Dongxing Wu, Deming Gu, Yang Mao
  • Patent number: 10232860
    Abstract: Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, an intersection without traffic signals and without a sufficient merge lane. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where roads meet without a traffic signal and without a sufficient merge lane. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location of the insufficient merge lane. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a location of an insufficient merge lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Denaro
  • Patent number: 10197592
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a wearable electronic device includes providing an indication of a target speed for an activity to a user wearing the wearable electronic device and receiving location data from a location data unit during the activity. The method also includes receiving, concurrently with the location data, user stride data associated with the user during the activity and computing a speed of the user as a function of the location data as a function of time. The method further includes populating a table of the speed of the user as a function of the user stride data and calibrating the wearable electronic device in accordance with the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Daniel Bonanno, Jean-Michel Chardon
  • Patent number: 10187509
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for sharing video between devices during a voice call. A sending party and a receiving party can view a video during the voice call, enabling a live discussion of the video. During a connected voice call, a first mobile device signals to an application server the desire to share a video with a second mobile device. The application server appropriately instructs a media server to obtain the video and transcode the video for delivery to the second mobile device, the first mobile device, and/or an external display device. The video may be streamed to the media server from the first mobile device or the media server may otherwise locate the video from within the network. The media server streams the video to the second mobile device, the first mobile device, and/or the external display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Sau Hoi Cheung, Gerald Michael Karam
  • Patent number: 10168167
    Abstract: An automated ridesharing dispatch system includes a communications interface configured to receive ride requests from a plurality of users and to receive from a plurality of communication devices associated with a plurality of ridesharing vehicles, indications of current locations of the plurality of ridesharing vehicles. The system also includes a memory configured to store a plurality of rules including a rule to select a fastest route for guiding a ridesharing vehicle, and a rule for reducing backtracking, even in instances where backtracking would result in shorter travel time. The system also includes at least one processor configured to assign the plurality of users to a common ridesharing vehicle, use the stored plurality of rules to determine a route for the ridesharing vehicle other than the fastest route, and in order to reduce backtracking, direct the ridesharing vehicle along the determined route other than the fastest route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: VIA TRANSPORTATION, INC.
    Inventors: Yaron Rakah, Oren Shoval, Daniel Ramot, Shmulik Marcovitch
  • Patent number: 10171941
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an existing place information acquisition part and a my-spot information registration part. The existing place information acquisition part is configured to acquire existing place information which specifies an existing place. The my-spot information registration part is configured to acquire spot information related to a spot, which spot information is provided from a plurality of information provider devices, based on the existing place information; and to register spot information specified by a user as my-spot information, out of the acquired spot information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Masano, Seiji Tatematsu, Naoshi Kobuya, Hiroaki Akiyama, Tadashi Yokoyama, Tomohiro Naito, Kaoru Nakamura, Takuya Takahashi, Yuichi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10163267
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and systems for users and business owners to share content and/or links to visual elements of a place at a physical location, and, in response to a user device pointing at a tagged place, causing the content and/or links to the visual elements of the place to be presented on the user device. In some embodiments, content and links are tied to specific objects at a place based at least in part upon one of Global Positioning System (GPS) locations, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) orientations, compass data, or one or more visual matching algorithms. Once the content and links are attached to the specific objects of the place, they can be discovered by a user with a portable device pointing at the specific objects in the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: David Creighton Mott, Arnab Sanat Kumar Dhua, Colin Jon Taylor, Scott Paul Robertson, William Brendel, Nityananda Jayadevaprakash, Kathy Wing Lam Ma
  • Patent number: 10162838
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to associating location data with one or more entities. Location data from, for example, mobile devices carried by users, may indicate a first entity as being associated with the given location data. However, one or more affirmative user inputs may indicate that a second entity is additionally, and/or alternatively associated with location data. Accordingly, location data may be associated with the second entity. In some implementations the first entity may be dissociated from the first location data. In some implementations second location data may be identified as being associated with the first entity and the second location data may be associated with the first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jesse M. Rosenstock, Matthew T. D'Zmura
  • Patent number: 10152885
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance device has a stopping vehicle detector configured to detect stopping vehicles failing to pass through a traffic light while a light is green, the traffic light being installed beside a plurality of lanes extending in a same direction, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire a starting characteristic of each detected vehicle, and a simultaneous passage line calculator configured to calculate a simultaneous passage line including a first line and a second line based on the acquired starting characteristics, when a vehicle having a lower starting characteristic than a reference starting characteristic is included in the vehicles stopping on a first lane included in the plurality of lanes, and when a vehicle having a higher starting characteristic than starting characteristics of the vehicles on the first lane is included in the vehicles stopping on a second lane included in the plurality of lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Shimodaira, Hiroya Fujimoto, Junichi Kasai, Yasuhisa Kishi, Satoshi Kawai
  • Patent number: 10147162
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and/or non-transitory computer-readable mediums for recognizing point of interest (POI) or POIs outside a map screen may be provided. For example, a method including displaying, at an electronic device, a map received from a server over a network on a screen of the electronic device under control of an application installed on the electronic device, receiving, at the electronic device, search results including POIs corresponding to a setting condition from the server over the network, displaying, on the screen, a first POI corresponding to a location within the map displayed on the screen among the POIs included in the search results, and representing, on the screen, at least one second POI outside the map displayed on the screen using an indicator, the at least one second POI among the POIs included in the search results, may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Line Corporation
    Inventor: SeungJun Lee
  • Patent number: 10149192
    Abstract: A vehicle terminal includes a data collector for collecting driving information of a vehicle, a first communicator for performing wireless communication with other vehicle terminals, a second communicator for performing wireless communication with roadside terminals positioned at roadsides, and a controller for generating corresponding vehicle transmission data using the driving information, wherein the controller compares other vehicle transmission data provided from the other vehicle terminals and the corresponding vehicle transmission data with each other and transmits identification information assigned to the corresponding vehicle transmission data through the second communicator when an error between the other vehicle transmission data and the corresponding vehicle transmission data is within an allowable error range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jae Am Seo, Dong Youl Lee, Chul Min Kim, Young Su Kim
  • Patent number: 10133957
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include a method for indicating a location of a first object by a wearable device. The method includes determining the first object; and, when a preset condition is satisfied, locating the first object and highlighting the first object on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Mingyong Tang, Tao Chen, Huayijun Liu
  • Patent number: 10107634
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes: a battery; an input; and a processor configured to receive a user input setting a navigation destination through the input, to retrieve one or more first paths from a current location to the navigation destination, to retrieve charging stations which are able to arrive with a current drivable distance when the current drivable distance is smaller than a driving distance up to the navigation destination, to retrieve one or more second paths passing through the charging stations, to calculate a time taken to arrive at the navigation destination for each of the one or more second paths, and to select one path of the one or more second paths based on the time taken to arrive at the navigation destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Jong You, Jae Seok You
  • Patent number: 10107643
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disseminating messages to a user via a mobile computing device are provided. In an embodiment, a route of the mobile computing device that includes at least a destination and one or more segments is determined, and one or more generally-broadcast messages, each corresponding to a geographic region, are received. A determination is made as to whether the mobile computing device, while traveling along the route to the destination, will traverse a particular geographic region associated with a particular generally-broadcast message of the one or more generally-broadcast messages; and if/when the mobile computing device will traverse the particular geographic region, the particular generally-broadcast message is disseminated, through the mobile computing device, to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10102744
    Abstract: A computing system for predictive traffic management using virtual lanes. In an embodiment, the system dynamically monitors and collects traffic conditions in real time, performs analytics on the collected traffic data, utilizes a neural network or other self-learning computer to assist in predictive traffic modeling, and interfaces with a public transfer system to provide an allocation/reallocation of lanes available for traffic use to optimize traffic flow and/or control traffic signals, and can provide vehicles (human driver or driverless/self-driving) with real time optimal route guidance, including use of alternate routes and a holographic image that shows and may also provide audio indications of lane allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amol Ashok Dhondse, Selene M. O. Nunez, Anand Pikle, Gandhi Sivakumar, Ana P. H. Veerkamp
  • Patent number: 10083743
    Abstract: Disclosed is a memory unit that includes a sector of memory cells. The sector includes a first memory cell configured to selectively take on a state representation of a first plurality of state representations and a second memory cell configured to selectively take on at least one of a second plurality of state representations. The second plurality of state representations is different than the first plurality of state representations. An apparatus includes a processing unit and a memory unit coupled to the processing unit. The memory unit includes a sector of memory cells. Further disclosed are a method of operating a memory unit sector and a method of controlling a sector of a memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Martin Perner
  • Patent number: 10083188
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a global map acquiring unit that acquires at least a part of a global map representing positions of objects in a real space where a plurality of users are in activity; a local map generating unit that generates a local map representing positions of nearby objects detectable by a device of one user among the plurality of users; and an updating unit that updates the global map based on position data of objects included in the local map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Oi, Quan Wang, Kouichi Matsuda, Takayuki Yoshigahara
  • Patent number: 10066960
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods are disclosed. The methods may include identifying a plurality of points of interest (POIs) within a pre-determined travel time from an intersection or highway exit and calculating a travel time and distance from the intersection or highway exit to each of the plurality of POIs. The methods may further include, associating each of the plurality of POIs with the intersection or highway exit, and storing the travel time and distance from the intersection or highway exit to each of the plurality of associated POIs in an electronic database as pre-calculated POI data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Mapquest, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Duane Gearhart, Gregory Knisely, David W. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 10048074
    Abstract: An attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) for a vehicle comprises an IMU that generates inertial measurements, a heading source that generates heading measurements, an attitude filter in communication with the IMU, and a heading filter in communication with the heading source. The attitude filter receives inertial measurements from the IMU; computes an attitude estimation comprising attitude estimates and covariances for the attitude estimates; and outputs the attitude estimation. The heading filter receives the heading measurements, when available, from the heading source; receives the attitude estimation, comprising the attitude estimates and the covariances for the attitude estimates; computes a heading estimation comprising a heading mean estimate and a heading variance; and outputs the heading estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pavol Malinak, Zdenek Kana, Milos Sotak, Radek Baranek
  • Patent number: 9998411
    Abstract: Methods and systems effective to restrict posting of information to a sharing processor are generally described. A device may receive a request to post captured information to a sharing processor. The device may receive a restriction request and determine that the restriction request is applicable to the information. In response to determining that the restriction request is applicable to the information, the device may output a privacy message through a user interface of the device. The privacy message may provide an indication that the restriction request is applicable to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 9996986
    Abstract: Systems, processes, and techniques for calibrating an onboard sensor of a vehicle are presented here. The vehicle has a control system that is capable of performing at least some of the tasks related to the calibration procedure. An exemplary methodology collects vehicle status data and obtains navigation map data during operation of the vehicle. A current calibration factor is calculated for the onboard sensor, based on the collected vehicle status data and the obtained navigation map data. More specifically, the vehicle status and navigation map data can be used to determine when the current conditions are suitable for performing calibration. When the current conditions are satisfactory, the calibration factor is calculated. Thereafter, the onboard sensor can be calibrated in response to the current calibration factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hualin Tan, Kevin A. O'Dea
  • Patent number: 9996993
    Abstract: A method for utilizing the computing and/or storage resources of at least one parked vehicle includes recognizing the presence of at least one parked vehicle; establishing a network connection between at least one vehicle communication device of the at least one parked vehicle and at least one server; collecting information from the at least one parked vehicle; dispatching at least one task to the at least one vehicle communication device, wherein the at least one dispatched task comprises at least one of a computational task and a storing task; and performing the at least one dispatched task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Pan Hui, Ting Wu, Christoph Peylo
  • Patent number: 9986375
    Abstract: A location management system identifies points of interest that may be of interest to one or more users. The location management system defines a geofence boundary encompassing a particular point of interest. When the location management system determines that the user device is inside the geofence boundary—but not, for example, when the location management system determines that the user determines that the user device is outside the geofence boundary—the location management system instructs the user device to determine wireless signals available to the user device. The location management system then receives wireless signal data from the user device for available wireless signals. By matching the received wireless signal data to known wireless signals available at the identified points of interest, the location management system determines that the user device (and hence the user) is at the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Scellato, Matthew Nicholas Stuttle, Chandrasekhar Thota
  • Patent number: 9948898
    Abstract: Aerial images, such as images from satellites or other aerial imaging devices, may be used to assist in responding to the occurrence of events (such as vehicle accidents or other emergency events) or conditions. In one implementation, an alert may be received indicating a condition or event associated with a user device. In response, an aerial image associated with the location of the user device may be requested. The alert may be responded to based on the received image. Aerial imaging may also provide views of the road ahead of a driver that terrain, topography, or darkness may otherwise impede. Image recognition may provide analysis of a hazard, condition, or occurrence at a scene that the aerial imaging system has captured and transmitted in response to a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James Ronald Barfield, Jr., Thomas Steven Taylor
  • Patent number: 9945688
    Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for route planning to reduce exposure to radiation. Aspects include receiving an origin and a destination for a vehicle and determining a plurality of available routes between the origin and the destination. Aspects also include calculating, by a processor, a radiation score for each of the plurality of available routes and presenting one or more of the plurality of available routes with an expected travel time and the radiation score for each of the plurality of available routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 9939282
    Abstract: A computer generates a navigation profile corresponding to a user by identifying one or more user preferences within an associated social media network. The computer receives a user input identifying a starting location and a destination, from which the computer identifies one or more potential routes between the starting location and destination. The computer generates one or more route profiles corresponding to the one or more potential routes detailing one or more characteristics associated with each of the potential routes. The computer then compares the navigation profile associated with the user to the route profiles associated with the one or more potential routes and, based on the comparison, determines an optimal route of the one or more potential routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franz F. Liebinger, Roxana Monge Núñez, Juan G. Rodriguez, Edgar A. Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 9921078
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a personal navigation assistance system detecting an upcoming trip of a user to a destination, accessing data associated with the upcoming trip from a plurality of disparate information sources, aggregating the accessed data associated with the upcoming trip, generating, based on the aggregated data, navigational assistance content for the upcoming trip, and providing the navigational assistance content for the upcoming trip to a computing device for presentation to the user. In certain examples, aggregated data includes real-time parking space availability information, and the navigational assistance content includes parking assistance content generated based on the real-time parking space availability information. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Allen Moore
  • Patent number: 9883337
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating sensor tag locations expressed in a three-dimension global coordinate system from sensor tag locations expressed in three-dimensional local coordinate systems of mobile readers that read each tag and for updating the paths of each mobile reader are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving sensor data from one or more mobile reader agents, receiving tag location data that describes the location of one or more sensor tags expressed in local coordinates of the subspace of the mobile reader agent that read the sensor tag, converting the tag location data into a global coordinate system that is common to all mobile reader agents, and updating one or more paths of one or more mobile reader agents to increase the coverage of reading tags in the subspace of the mobile reader agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mijix, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramin Sadr, Bandel Louis Carano
  • Patent number: 9835460
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method that identifies GPS shifting fields for road segments, the GPS shifting fields including areas around the road segments that include false GPS readings of objects that traveled on the road segments. The GPS shifting fields can be revised with a road segment attribute and/or at a driver preference. The road map network can be partitioned into space units, where the road map network can include at least two GPS readings of the object. For each space unit that includes a road segment, a probability that the object was located on the road segment can be calculated for each road segment based on the GPS readings of the object and the GPS shifting fields. The trajectory of the object can be determined based on the computing of the probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wei S. Dong, Peng Gao, Chun Y. Ma, Chang S. Li, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9832272
    Abstract: To efficiently generate geographic content for display on client devices, a method includes determining a current status of a client device and determining a current status of a network connection between the client device and a network server. The method includes determining, based at least on one of (i) the determined current status of the client device or (ii) the determined current status of the network connection, whether a task related to generating geographic content for display on the client device should be executed on the client device or on the network server. The method also includes causing either the client device or the network server to execute the task, in accordance with the determination of where the task should be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: David Robert Gordon
  • Patent number: 9826078
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a region desired to be shared with a watch type terminal can be guided. The present invention includes a touchscreen configured to output information, a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with a watch type terminal having a display, and a controller configured to control a display of an object on the touchscreen, in response to receiving a touch input at the touchscreen, transmitting, to the watch type terminal, control information, outputted at the displayed object or a request for the watch type terminal to transmit data corresponding to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daebum Kim, Myunghee Hwang, Jonghyuk Eun
  • Patent number: 9818300
    Abstract: A CPU-controlled parking space management system including a parking space guide body with light emitting diodes, a pair of weight sensors, a LCD monitor, and a strip printer in each parking space, and a parking lot guide body at a parking garage entrance and on each level indicating open parking spaces or a full level. Each of a first, a second, and a third light of the light emitting diodes on each parking space guide body bears the word “OPEN” and blinks green when both weight sensors are deactivated, bears the word “RE-PARK” and flashes amber when only one weight sensor is activated indicating incorrect parking, and has a red color when both weight sensors are activated, respectively. A bottom light emitting diode light on the parking space guide body bears the word, “RESERVED”, and is illuminated blue to indicate a handicap parking space or illuminated amber for other reservations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Nnaji
  • Patent number: 9789877
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device has a calculator which obtains subject vehicle information, detects a vehicle in a preset range based on a detection signal from a laser radar for obtaining a vehicle detection result, obtains a curvature of a road, and determines whether the curvature of the road is equal to or smaller than a threshold. If the radius is less than the threshold, a packet having data regarding the subject vehicle information, range position information, and vehicle presence information is generated. If the radius exceeds the threshold, a packet having data regarding the subject vehicle information is generated. The generated packet is then transmitted to an outside of a subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motonori Ando
  • Patent number: 9778052
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for the determination of routes from, for instance, travel segment network data associated with different data versions. More particularly, a request can be received for a route from an origin to a destination. Graph data modeling a travel segment network for a geographic region associated with the origin and for a geographic region associated the destination can be accessed. The graph data can preserve boundary nodes for visiting during a search (e.g. a contraction hierarchies style search) for a shortest path through the graph data. The reach value of a boundary segment can be considered in identifying boundary segments to be visited during the shortest path search through the graph data. The route can be determined based at least in part on the shortest path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Geisberger, Amo Eigenwillig
  • Patent number: 9760243
    Abstract: An approach is provided for presenting transition animations on a user interface. The approach involves presentation of one or more map representations of at least one map route, one or more map objects associated with the at least one map route, or a combination thereof in at least one user interface, wherein the at least one map route is represented as at least one spline representation in a two-dimensional or a three-dimensional space represented in the at least one user interface. The approach also involves determining at least one straight-line representation of the at least one spline representation. The approach further involves transposing of the one or more map representations from the at least one spline representation to the at least one straight-line representation. The approach also involves causing a presentation of one or more transition animations generated to show at least one transition from the at least one spline representation to the at least one straight-line representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Arnaud De Vallois, Craig Barnes
  • Patent number: 9746342
    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: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Mapquest, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Beyeler, Tianyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9734723
    Abstract: A registration authority (RA) server registers unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their owners/operators (O/O). A UAV is maintained in a flight lock state until a flight plan request from the O/O is approved by the RA, which sends an key-signed approval to unlock the UAV's flight lock. The RA server evaluates a UAV's proposed flight plan based on the attributes of the O/O and UAV, the location and time of the requested flight plan, and a set of flight rules and exclusion zones that are developed in view of privacy assurance, security assurance, flight safety assurance, and ground safety assurance. The flight plan key-signed approval supplied to the UAV by the RA server specifies an inclusion zone that corresponds to a flight plan trajectory to be followed. Once in flight, the UAV maintains real-time knowledge of its position and time to ensure its flight remains within the approved inclusion zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Exelis Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Bruno, James Mathew Keller, Christian Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9727580
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a global map acquiring unit that acquires at least a part of a global map representing positions of objects in a real space where a plurality of users are in activity; a local map generating unit that generates a local map representing positions of nearby objects detectable by a device of one user among the plurality of users; and an updating unit that updates the global map based on position data of objects included in the local map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Oi, Quan Wang, Kouichi Matsuda, Takayuki Yoshigahara
  • Patent number: 9728086
    Abstract: A method for providing a bumper alert, the method includes generating or receiving information about a location of a vehicle; generating or receiving information about a location of a bumper; and generating, by a computerized device, the bumper alert before the vehicle drives over the bumper; wherein the computerized device is at least partially located within the vehicle when generating the bumper alert; and wherein the generating of the bumper alert is based on a relationship between the location of the vehicle and the location of the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: CVIA Ltd.
    Inventors: Yossy Pruzanski, Arie Heiman
  • Patent number: 9703804
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for ranking points of interest (POIs). According to one implementation, a computer-implemented method may be provided that includes receiving geographic information from a user device, and selecting a plurality of points of interest within the geographic region. The method may also include generating an initial ranking of the selected points of interest based on voting information received from the user device, viral input from a user's social network, and/or additional input based on searches for maps and travel directions for traversing a route. In addition, the method may include calculating a modified ranking of the selected points of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mapquest, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Hill, Emilie Laffray, Adam Risser, Brian Quinion
  • Patent number: 9700238
    Abstract: An apparatus in one example comprises one or more sensors that produce one or more signals based on one or more joint motions of an individual, and one or more processing components that employ one or more of the one or more signals to make a determination of a positional change of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9697869
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to methods, systems and apparatuses for multi-directional still pictures and/or multi-directional motion pictures and their applications on mobile, embedded, and other computing devices and applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jasmin Cosic
  • Patent number: 9697706
    Abstract: Disclosed examples include methods and circuits to drive a haptic actuator, in which a single input signal from a host device has a first state representing a command to drive the actuator and a second state representing a command to stop the actuator. A control circuit provides a drive control signal to a driver circuit to drive the haptic actuator in response to the control signal transitioning to the first state, and to stop the haptic actuator in response to the control signal transitioning to the second state. A timer circuit places the circuit in a low power mode a predetermined time after the control signal transitions to the second state, or the control circuit places the circuit in the low power mode in response to a feedback signal indicating that the actuator has reached a stopped condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mandy Barsilai, David Hernandez, Mark Stephen Toth
  • Patent number: 9696165
    Abstract: Although GPS has become a standard component of smartphones, providing accurate navigation during the last portion of a trip remains an important but unsolved problem. Despite extensive research on localization, the limited resolution of a map imposes restrictions on the navigation engine in both indoor and outdoor environments. To bridge the gap between the end position obtained from legacy navigation services and the real destination, a “last-mile” navigation system is proposed to enable plug-and-play navigation in indoor and semi-outdoor environments. The system exploits the ubiquitous, stable geomagnetic field and natural walking patterns to navigate the users to the same destination taken by an earlier traveler. Unlike existing localization and navigation systems, the proposed system is infrastructure-free, energy-efficient and cost-saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Kang G. Shin, Yuanchao Shu
  • Patent number: 9674278
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a tile management server. The management server receives, from a client device, a request for geographic data, the request having a management server request format. The management server selects a first geographic server, out of multiple geographic servers, for processing the request. The management server translates the request from the management server request format into a first geographic server request format. The first geographic server request format is for communicating with the first geographic server. A second geographic server from among the plurality of geographic servers communicates using a second geographic server request format different from the first geographic server request format. The management server transmits, to the first geographic server, the request translated into the first geographic server request format in order to cause the first geographic server to provide the geographic data to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Hong
  • Patent number: 9665453
    Abstract: A system for testing a launch vehicle comprises a flight control section including flight electronics, and a non-flight test section coupled to the flight control section. The non-flight test section comprises a first control module in communication with the flight electronics, and a second control module that provides redundancy in communication with the flight electronics. A first network serial interface is coupled to the first control module and configured to provide communication to ground support equipment, and a second network serial interface is coupled to the second control module and configured to provide communication to the ground support equipment. Only one of the first and second control modules is selected at a given point in time to send data to the flight control section. When a non-flight hardware error occurs in the selected control module, the other control module is automatically selected to send data to the flight control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lee Martin, Gregory Allan Sjoquist
  • Patent number: 9646106
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating activity logs including a plurality of a travel frequency to a point of interest; generating a search index including a plurality of an index type based on the activity logs with a control unit; generating a preliminary result based on searching the search index with the index type tailored to a search context; and generating a search result based on filtering the preliminary result including the travel frequency meeting or exceeding a travel threshold for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinghai Ren, Kumar Maddali, Changzheng Jiang