Including Satellite Positioning System (e.g., Gps, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/412)
  • Patent number: 10322802
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gathering sensor information using on-demand sensors and fixed sensors are described herein. For example, a system may include an on-demand sensor available for selective deployment within a workspace in which a plurality of mobile drive units transport a plurality of inventory holders. The system may also include a computing device that monitors movement of a mobile drive unit based on first sensor information. The computing device may also detect a triggering condition relating to the movement of the mobile drive unit. The computing device may also cause an on-demand sensor to collect second sensor information within the workspace based at least in part on detecting the triggering condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarath Krishnaswamy, Jeremiah David Brazeau
  • Patent number: 10290225
    Abstract: A method includes arranging a first indicator device on a first portion of a user. The first indicator device corresponds to a first direction. The method includes analyzing environmental input from an input device to determine whether content associated with the first direction has been received. The method further includes outputting an indication to the user with the first indicator device responsive to determining that content associated with the first direction has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas George Danyluk, Kavita Sehgal, Diane Marie Stamboni, Sneha Mary Varghese, John S. Werner, Sarah Wu
  • Patent number: 10156450
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and apparatuses for providing navigation. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a starting point and a destination from a user; calculating a plurality of routes between the starting point and the destination; receiving traffic information and traffic sign information associated with the plurality of routes; calculating transportation conditions during a set period of time in the future for each of the plurality of routes based on the traffic information and traffic sign information; selecting a recommended route from the plurality of routes based on the transportation conditions; and displaying the recommended route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Wanli Min, Rui Wang, Yu Wang, Jinming Wang
  • Patent number: 10126134
    Abstract: The navigation solution of a portable device may be enhanced using map information. Sensor data for the portable device may be used to derive navigation solutions at a plurality of epochs over a first period of time. Position information for the device may be estimated at a time subsequent to the first period of time using the navigation solutions. Map information for an area encompassing a current location of the portable device may also be obtained. Multiple hypotheses regarding possible positions of the portable device may be generated using the estimated position information and the map information. By managing and processing the hypotheses, estimated position information for at least one epoch during the first period of time may be updated. An enhanced navigation solution for the at least one epoch may be provided using the updated estimated position information and an uncertainty measure may be derived for the enhanced navigation solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Mostafa Elhoushi, Anas Mahmoud, Sheng Mao, Tao Li, Jacques Georgy
  • Patent number: 10060752
    Abstract: A mobile computing device is provided that includes a processor configured to determine a recommended route for a user of the mobile computing device to travel from a first location to a second location, the recommended route including at least a public transportation segment. The processor is further configured to detect position information for the user of the mobile computing device, detect an off-route condition during the public transportation segment based on the position information, the off-route condition indicating that the user has deviated from the recommended route during the public transportation segment by a predetermined threshold, and based on at least detecting the off-route condition during the public transportation segment, programmatically determine a new route to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Salowitz
  • Patent number: 10040464
    Abstract: A method includes generating PTC data for at least a portion of a track network, the PTC data comprising real-time train data generated by an on-board system of a train traveling in the track network, the real-time train data comprising a train speed and a train location, generating predictive train location data based at least partially on the PTC data, the predictive train location data comprising at least one upcoming location of the train associated with at least one time; and transmitting at least a portion of the predictive train location data to at least one navigation service in response to receiving a request, the request comprising at least one of the following: a route, an intersection, a rail crossing, geographic coordinates, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Abrosimov, Dennis M. Boyle
  • Patent number: 10018474
    Abstract: The navigation solution of a portable device may be enhanced using map information. Sensor data for the portable device may be used to derive navigation solutions at a plurality of epochs over a first period of time. Position information for the device may be estimated at a time subsequent to the first period of time using the navigation solutions. Map information for an area encompassing a current location of the portable device may also be obtained. Multiple hypotheses regarding possible positions of the portable device may be generated using the estimated position information and the map information. By managing and processing the hypotheses, estimated position information for at least one epoch during the first period of time may be updated. An enhanced navigation solution for the at least one epoch may be provided using the updated estimated position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Li, Jacques Georgy, Da Wang, Sheng Mao, Hussein Sahli
  • Patent number: 9945683
    Abstract: Transport communication comprising, associating a wireless device and a user, associating a transport and the wireless device, determining a characteristic of the user based on at least one of a user search history and a user preference selection, determining a probable route the transport based on at least one of a route history and an input destination and ranking at least one suggestion of a route deviation based at least one of the determined probable route and determined characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 9918199
    Abstract: A method for communicating tour information to a user of a mobile electronic device is disclosed. The mobile device receives from a global positioning satellite (GPS) system geographic coordinates of the mobile device, compares them with coordinates stored in a database having associated with them a point-of-interest. Once coordinates of a point-of-interest are located and determined to be within a predetermined distance from the mobile device, the system will select from the plurality of tour data, a preprogrammed tour corresponding to that POI. The internet may be accessed through the device's wireless transceiver in order to download internet material associated with the point-of-interest. The tour and internet material information is then communicated to the user through a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Harley E. Rouda, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9841293
    Abstract: An in-vehicle information apparatus includes a main unit having a display device, and a navigation unit providing a navigation function to the main unit. The navigation unit includes a navigation processing unit a sub unit providing an addition function to the navigation unit, and a navigation unit screen generating unit which generates a navigation unit screen for displaying information concerning a function which the navigation unit provides. The main unit includes an operation unit which receives an input for selecting a function from a user, a main unit screen generating unit which generates a main unit screen for displaying information concerning a function which the main unit provides, and a video selector which selects one of the navigation unit screen and the main unit screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: CALRION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Nakayama, Masato Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9631933
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a vehicle for maneuvering a passenger to a destination autonomously. The vehicle includes one or more computing devices that receive a request for a vehicle from a client computing device. The request identifies a first location. The one or more computing devices also determine whether the first location is within a threshold outside of a service area of the vehicle. When the location is within the threshold distance outside of the service area of the vehicle, the one or more computing devices identify a second location within the service area of the vehicle where the vehicle is able to stop for a passenger and based on the first location. The one or more computing devices then provide a map and a marker identifying the position of the second location on the map for display on the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anne Aula, Brian Cullinane, Daniel Jules Switkin, Jennifer Arden, Renaud-Roland Hubert
  • Patent number: 9441980
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining a route for a vehicle (2), the method comprising: providing a set of routes, each route from a starting location to a terminal location and determined using a first algorithm; acquiring, by a processor (6), a starting location (A); acquiring, by the processor (6), a terminal location (B); using the starting and terminal locations, selecting, by the processor (6), one or more routes from the provided set of routes dependent upon the starting location (A) and the terminal location (B); and, using the acquired starting and terminal locations, and the selected routes, performing, by the processor (6), a second algorithm to determine a route for the vehicle (2) from the starting location (A) to the terminal location (B), the second algorithm comprising an optimization process (with respect to certain objectives) using the selected routes as at least part of an initiator set of routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: David Wolfe Corne, Antony James Waldock
  • Patent number: 9435660
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for inferring a user's intent to stop at a predefined location or breakpoint along a predetermined route, such as an exit along a highway, and to enable users to report back to systems maintaining exit or breakpoint Point of Interest (POI) data. An application executing on a user's mobile device may infer or query the user's intent upon detecting a deviation away from the route and to use this as a “check-in” at a predefined location corresponding to the point of deviation. Then further check-ins and ratings at amenities/locations associated with the exit can also be used to enhance the rating and popularity of the predefined location (e.g., highway exit) itself. The ratings and popularity of highway exits provide relevant content related to the highest rated or most popular breakpoints located along their route of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MapQuest, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 9430858
    Abstract: Theme-differentiated maps are generated from conventional two and three-dimensional mapping data. Dynamic cartography models are applied to the data to deliver maps with stylized topographies. In response to a search request from a client device for a map, points-of-interest within a geographic area resulting from the search are identified. Renderable representations of the points-of-interest are altered to differentiate the search results from other features in the geographic area. The resulting renderable representations are then transmitted to the client device for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Kim Har, Lorian MacLean Kiesel Taylor, Vikram Gul Advani, Michael Christopher Wenneman
  • Patent number: 9304207
    Abstract: A GPS receiving apparatus includes a GPS receiving unit which detects a position, a course data storing unit which stores course data representing a course, along which plural transit positions are set, a motion sensor which detects motion of a user, a moving-distance obtaining unit which obtains a moving distance of the user based on the detected user's motion, a proximity judging unit which judges based on the obtained moving distance whether the user has come close to a next transit position along the course, a GPS start-up controlling unit which makes the GPS receiving unit start up, when the proximity judging unit determines that the user has come close to the next transit position, and a GPS stop controlling unit, which brings the GPS receiving unit down, when it is determined that the user has passed through the next transit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryuji Shingyoji
  • Patent number: 9202353
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for switching vibration modalities based on conditions to provide navigation guidance. The system includes a tactile belt and a computing device. The computing device includes a modality module for receiving path data describing a path planned for a user associated with a tactile belt and location data describing a location of the user associated with the tactile belt, determining condition data based on the path data and the location data and determining a vibration modality based on the condition data. The condition data describes a direction change. The vibration modality describes a pattern for vibration and indicates a vibration signal. The system applies the vibration signal indicated by the vibration modality to the tactile belt to instruct the user associated with the tactile belt to follow the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Emrah Akin Sisbot, Akansel Cosgun, Yusuke Nakano
  • Patent number: 9175973
    Abstract: An event search area for searching for events of interest to the user, including a maximum off-route crow-fly distance from a user in-route travel path is established. One or more events of interest to the user is determined based on the established event search area. Each of the off-route travel paths that connect each event to the user in-route travel path is also determined. An off-route driving time and a total in-route and off-route driving time from the user in-route travel path to the applicable determined event and back are computed. The one determined off-route travel path that has a minimum computed off-route driving time and the one or more of the determined off-route travel paths that has a minimum computed total in-route and off-route driving time are identified and notified to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TRIP ROUTING TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Bouve
  • Patent number: 9127952
    Abstract: A method for estimating the position of a telematics-equipped vehicle during navigation includes: receiving a partial map corresponding to a route; receiving Global Positioning System (GPS) data corresponding to a current position of the vehicle; performing a closest street (CS) mapping based on the GPS data and the partial map so as to provide an estimation for a vehicle position on a street of the partial map; performing speed sum (SS) mapping based on the estimated vehicle position and speed readings corresponding to vehicle speed so as to provide an estimation of distance traveled with reference to a previous vehicle position; and presenting a map matched vehicle position to a user based on the CS mapping and the SS mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Chaminda Basnayake, Eray Yasan, Curtis L. Hay, Debo Sun
  • Patent number: 9086295
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present disclosure, improved capabilities are described for determining roadway traffic conditions based on cell phone locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Edward H. Nortrup
  • Publication number: 20150106011
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for inferring a user's intent to stop at a predefined location or breakpoint along a predetermined route, such as an exit along a highway, and to enable users to report back to systems maintaining exit or breakpoint POI data. An application executing on a user's mobile device may infer or query the user's intent upon detecting a deviation away from the route and to use this as a “check-in” at a predefined location corresponding to the point of deviation. Then further check-ins and ratings at amenities/locations associated with the exit can also be used to enhance the rating and popularity of the predefined location (e.g., highway exit) itself. The ratings and popularity of highway exits can then be exposed in applications to provide relevant content related to the highest rated or most popular breakpoints located along their route of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: MapQuest, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. NESBITT
  • Patent number: 8996295
    Abstract: Vehicle range projection is implemented by a host system having logic executable thereon. The logic identifies a starting location of a vehicle and identifies destination locations for the vehicle. The logic also builds routes from the starting location to the destination locations based on routing objectives and travel constraints. The logic further outputs at least a portion of at least one route and travel cost information associated with the at least a portion of at least one route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Edward D. Tate, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8996301
    Abstract: Validating a segment is disclosed, including: determining that a stored segment meets a validation criterion; and adjusting GPS data associated with the stored segment using aggregated GPS data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Strava, Inc.
    Inventors: Davis Kitchel, Brian Riordan
  • Patent number: 8990014
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable storage media are presented for directional scaling of inertial path data to satisfy ranging constraints. The presented techniques take into account scaling confidence information. In addition to bounding potential scale corrections based on the reliability of the inertial path and the magnetic heading confidence, the techniques bound potential scale parameters based on constraints and solve for directional scale parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Funk, Dan Hakim, John Karvounis, Carole Teolis
  • Patent number: 8976044
    Abstract: A transit stop destination sign is provided that communicates wirelessly with a central transit system server over a wireless network, determines its GPS location and provides the same to the central transit system server, and provides both an updated visual destination sign display as well as an audio button for visually impaired that provides updated destination information in a natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Luminator Holding, L.P.
    Inventors: Safavi Ramin, Scott R. Watters, Marty Masias
  • Patent number: 8977407
    Abstract: A method is provided for semi-automatic operation of a portable control device for a remote-controlled, unmanned vehicle. The method includes the steps of monitoring parameters of an operational environment of the portable control device, switching from a manual operation mode to a semi-automatic operation mode in response to occurrence of predetermined criteria within the operational environment, and presenting a semi-automatic operation graphical user interface to a user of the portable control device. The semi-automatic operation graphical user interface includes a reduced set of user interfaces for the semi-automatic operation mode presented by the portable control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Christian Dorneich, Stephen Whitlow, William Rogers, Karen Feigh, Robert E. De Mers
  • Patent number: 8965683
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system disposed in a vehicle executes a route guidance function that calculates a first route by prioritizing a special lane over a normal lane as a route calculation condition and performs route guidance when a special lane use option is turned on. A determination unit determines whether the vehicle is traveling in a parallel route section in which the special lane and normal lane are in parallel. If the vehicle is traveling in the parallel route section, a second route calculation unit calculates a second route towards the destination based on an assumption that the vehicle is traveling in the normal lane. In addition, a second route guidance unit outputs a second guidance phrase at a second guidance point, such that the second guidance phrase includes a conditional phrase that conveys that the vehicle is not in the special lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoo Nomura
  • Patent number: 8958983
    Abstract: A server arranged to process GPS data to generate enhanced map data is disclosed. The enhanced map data includes a plurality of navigable segments representing segments of a navigable route in an area covered by a map. In at least one embodiment, the server is connected with a wireless telecommunications transceiver arranged to receive GPS fixes by wireless telecommunication from a plurality of navigation devices and send the received GPS fixes to the server, the server includes a processor arranged to generate at least one speed profile for each segment from the GPS fixes from at least two of the plurality of navigation devices, each speed profile comprising an expected speed of travel through the segment, and the server is arranged to subsequently cause the transceiver to send the speed profiles to the navigation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Peter Mieth, Ian Malcolm Atkinson, Martin Wolf, Ben Rutten, Karine Hilbrandie
  • Patent number: 8949125
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to select a most typical pronunciation of a location name on a map from a plurality of user pronunciations. A server generates a reference speech model based on user pronunciations, compares the user pronunciations with the speech model and selects a pronunciation based on comparison. Alternatively, the server compares the distance between one the user pronunciations and every other user pronunciations and selects a pronunciation based on comparison. The server then annotates the map with the selected pronunciation and provides the audio output of the location name to a user device upon a user's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Gal Chechik
  • Publication number: 20150032366
    Abstract: A mobile computing implemented platform is provided that enables the generation, and delivery of highly relevant content to the mobile device of a driver. The content is filtered based on the current location and direction of the driver, and content is generated and filtered based a crowd sourced model where a plurality of users who are driving within a similar locations are linked to one another via the platform for improved discovery of traffic conditions, and improved determination of user interest based on collective interest of the plurality of users. Various intelligent features are enabled by the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Lai Him Man, Rishi Khanna
  • Patent number: 8938359
    Abstract: A handle bar route extension mechanism for creating or modifying a flight route. The handle bar route extension mechanism can allow a user to create or modify a flight route using a destination point. The handle bar route extension mechanism can be automatically rendered in a display in response to a touch input. In some configurations, the handle bar route extension mechanism may be rendered in a display in various directions or various lengths based on different inputs. In further configurations, more than one handle bar route extension mechanism may be rendered in a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Cindy Dorfmann
  • Publication number: 20150019126
    Abstract: A method and system for providing navigational support through corrective data includes monitoring a user's current position and travel pattern. A likelihood that the user is lost may be calculated based on the user's travel pattern and current position. If the likelihood exceeds a threshold value, the user may be provided with corrective data such as photographs or landmark information through visual or audio communication to assist the user in taking a corrective action or preventing getting lost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Robert W. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 8935091
    Abstract: High resolution images are imprinted onto precise and consistent lawns and fields by use in combination of a global positioning system; a processor for generating a desired pattern which is translated into patterning instructions; and a patterning implement which is used for generating detailed patterns and for imprinting said patterns on any of natural or artificial lawns and fields, covered areas, and landscapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Pete J. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150012211
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for optimally recording or transmitting positional data and events of an object, said apparatus including input means to continuously provide positional data to a microprocessor and a memory device to store selected positional data wherein the microprocessor is programmed to compares new positional data from said input means to previously recorded log of positional data and creates a new log if the new positional data differs from the previously recorded log in accordance with pre-determined parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: GEOTAB INC
    Inventor: Neil Charles CAWSE
  • Patent number: 8924144
    Abstract: Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. The geographic location of interest can be displayed on a map using an indicator. A touch selection of the indicator provides access to the data through an interface displayed on the touch-sensitive display. One or more locations of interest can be displayed and grouped together by an attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 8910010
    Abstract: A method of detecting errors in road characteristics in a transportation network database includes collecting sequential location measurements from probes traversing between two end points, fitting trace segments having a curved or linear shape between the sequential location measurements collected from the probes to form a probe trace, comparing a position of the probe traces with a position of a calculated path between the two end points, where the calculated path is formed from linked transportation network segments each of the linked transportation segments having a curved or linear shape, where the calculated path follows the road characteristics defined by the attributes associated with the linked transportation segments, and identifying a potential error in the attributes if a probe trace deviating in position from the calculated path is greater than a deviation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: TomTom North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Cooke
  • Patent number: 8909468
    Abstract: The described method and system provide for utilizing portals during GPS navigation to avoid unnecessary off-route notifications and route recalculation in problem areas. The method and system are described in the context of a GPS unit that is part of a telematics unit in a vehicle. If the route calculated by the GPS unit includes certain problem areas such as tunnels and stacked bridges, the GPS unit may utilize portals to process GPS navigation through those areas. When a user enters a portal, normal GPS navigation is suspended and certain features are disabled. For example, the user will not longer receive Turn-by-Turn (TBT) directions, off-route notifications, error notifications, and route recalculation notifications, until the GPS unit determines that the user has arrived at a second portal or until the user manually re-enables those features. The portals should be preferably located at the inlets and outlets to the problem areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Todd E. Damon, Mathew Cucuzella
  • Patent number: 8903648
    Abstract: The field sampling method provides a mobile device, a central memory and a data transfer interface. The mobile device has a main storage, which contains GPS receiver, a mapping program, an external TSP algorithm program and at least one database. The mapping program displays a plurality of sampling point on the user interface of the mobile device. The user has the ability to select a set of sampling points on the user interface. The sampling points are written to a first database. The selected sampling points are processed by the external TSP algorithm program to determine an optimal route. The external TSP algorithm program sends the optimal route to the mapping program. The mapping program displays the optimal route on the screen of the mobile device such that the user can visit points and collect sampling data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Forestech Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Berzinis, Mark Milligan
  • Patent number: 8880309
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smoother driving experience through the use of an advanced powertrain system for a vehicle. The powertrain system includes a transmission having a gear selection controller adapted to select one of a plurality of gear ratios, an electronic control unit, at least one information acquisition unit wherein the electronic control unit uses information from the information acquisition unit to determine if the vehicle is stationary and if the vehicle is on an expressway. If the electronic control unit determines the vehicle is stationary and the vehicle is on an expressway, then the electronic control unit sends a signal to the gear selection controller of the transmission to select a lower gear ratio that would normally be used to transition the vehicle from a stationary to a moving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Tai J. Ly
  • Patent number: 8880339
    Abstract: A schematic display for presenting vertical navigation (VNAV) data is disclosed. A planned route such as a flight plan is divided into a series of VNAV legs, and only a VNAV schematic that corresponds to the active VNAV leg is displayed. The VNAV schematic in accordance with the present disclosure is a profile-view schematic for the active VNAV leg, providing a visual representation indicating the locations of the upcoming Top of Climb (TOC) or Top of Descent (TOD). Additional VNAV data may also be presented to provide content context. Since the schematic display in accordance with the present disclosure only displays VNAV data relevant to the active VNAV leg at a given time, the complexities associated with displaying the VNAV schematic is reduced, making the VNAV data easy to read and understand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins Inc.
    Inventors: Seth A. Cooper, David A. Gribble, David L. Leedom, Geoffrey A. Shapiro, Daniel E. Russell, James E. Winfield
  • Patent number: 8880336
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a device that stores a novel navigation application. The application in some embodiments includes a user interface (UI) that has a display area for displaying a two-dimensional (2D) navigation presentation or a three-dimensional (3D) navigation presentation. The UI includes a selectable 3D control for directing the program to transition between the 2D and 3D presentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Christopher Blumenberg, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano
  • Patent number: 8880335
    Abstract: A navigating system with RFID function includes a GPS module for receiving a plurality of satellite signals for location, and an RFID reader for receiving an RFID signal. The navigating system performs navigation according to a first position information and the location function of the GPS module if the RFID signal includes the first position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chao-Tung Yang, ShouFang Chen
  • Patent number: 8874362
    Abstract: A method for determining the location of a vehicle using a GPS receiver (9) and a predefinable coordinate system, in particular a city map, a map, a nautical chart or the like, comprises the following method steps: determination of the GPS coordinates by means of a GPS receiver or some other suitable method, for example Gallileo, beacon, etc., projection of the determined coordinates onto the coordinate system and correction of the GPS coordinates or the projected coordinates in the sense of compound navigation. A corresponding device is specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: INIT Innovative Informatikanwendungen in Transport-, Verkehrs—und Leitsystemen GmbH
    Inventors: Alois Fuchs, Frank Binder
  • Patent number: 8874361
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed that provide for creating an accurate representation of a roadway network, such as for planning vehicle travel routes. Positioning data is obtained, such as GPS data points from a plurality of vehicles, which mark traces of vehicular travel. A location of a trace is clarified using adjustment forces that are related to the traces, for example, to form coherent groups of traces. From these groups of clarified traces, a graph line is created by merging the traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Krumm, Lili Cao
  • Patent number: 8874365
    Abstract: A system for and method of establishing a communication link between mobile vehicles is presented. The method may include acquiring first information associated with a first mobile vehicle. The method may also include determining whether to update the first information associated with the first mobile vehicle. The method may further include transmitting, via a transceiver module, the first information associated with the first mobile vehicle based at least in part on the determination of not to update the first information associated with the first mobile vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Moore, Wade Thompson
  • Patent number: 8866636
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a traffic information service using a mobile communication terminal are provided. A method of a mobile communication terminal for a traffic information service is provided. The method includes constructing a cluster with at least one neighboring Mobile Station (MS), receiving traffic information from the at least one neighboring MS comprised in the cluster, measuring traffic information using location information of the MS, and transmitting a traffic information message comprising the collected traffic information to a traffic information provision server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sungkyunkwan University Foundation
    Inventors: Eun-Seok Lee, Je-Hwan Oh, Se-Ra Jang, Hyun-Sang Youn, Gil-Jong Yoo, Jong-Sun Pyo, Jin-Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20140309925
    Abstract: A visual positioning system for indoor locations with associated content is provided herein. The system has a map creator and a viewer. The map creator maps the indoor location by acquiring plans thereof, detects paths through the location and associates with the paths frames relating to objects and views of the paths. The viewer allows a user to orient in the indoor location by locating the user with respect to a path. The viewer enhances GPS/WIFI/3G data by matching user-captured images with the frames, and then interactively displaying the user data from the mapped paths with respect to user queries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Pablo Garcia MORATO, Frida ISSA
  • Publication number: 20140303887
    Abstract: A method of geography information recording method for a portable device includes providing the portable device having a processing unit embedded in the portable device, a transmission module coupled to the processing unit for wireless communication, a navigator module coupled to the processing unit for measure geography information, an electronic map module stored in the portable device or a remote server to provide geography map, a display and an image capture module coupled to the processing unit; and a recording module coupled to the processing unit. The initial step is to activate the recording module, followed by taking picture by the image capture module and fetching picture related geography information by the navigator module; the next step is to indicate and display the taken picture on the electronic map based on the picture related geography information to indicate a location of the taken picture on the electronic map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Chang-O Lo, Kuo-Ching Chiang
  • Publication number: 20140288820
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and devices for generating one or more harsh or diminished radiofrequency environments relative to a planned route of a mobile device user. In one example, a mobile device user a be routed through a harsh or diminished radiofrequency environment based, at least in part, on a sensor suite of a mobile device and/or based on a user's preferences. Prior to entry into such an environment, various sensors may be activated in a manner that permits position estimation in an absence of SPS based positioning signals and/or TPS based positioning signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Guttorm R. OPSHAUG, Manish KUSHWAHA, Wyatt Thomas RILEY, Zoltan F. BIACS, Mayur N. SHAH, Joseph CZOMPO
  • Patent number: 8843306
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying an aircraft fix. A fix for an aircraft is identified, wherein the fix is a location of the aircraft. A fix identifier is displayed in a plan view display, wherein the fix identifier indicates a location of the fix on a map background in the plan view display. A fix formation identifier is displayed in the plan view display, wherein the fix formation identifier indicates a direction from a navigational aid to the fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Curtis Spackman, Theodore Bruce Thompson, Jeffrey L. Williams
  • Patent number: 8843269
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for managing an interface between a machine or work vehicle and a surface that the machine/work vehicle travels on in order to provide an optimum work performance level that balances fuel efficiency and surface adversity. Fleet management and reporting capabilities pertaining to such interface management are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel Wayne Anderson, Larry Lee Hendrickson