Based On Traffic Condition (e.g., Congestion, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/414)
  • Patent number: 10401182
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating restriction-based navigation directions to avoid areas having location-dependent driving restrictions. An electronic device receives a user request for navigation directions from an origin location to a destination location. The electronic device determines multiple sets of navigation directions between the origin location and the destination location, and compares each set of navigation directions to locations associated with driving restrictions to identify driving restrictions that apply to the user's request for navigation directions. Based on rules associated with an identified driving restriction, and user-provided information related to the identified driving restriction, the electronic device determines whether the identified driving restriction applies to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Merav Greenberg, Uri Agassi
  • Patent number: 10394824
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a parameterless search request, which was provided to a mobile computing device, for information that is relevant to a user of the mobile computing device. The method also includes, in response to the received parameterless search request, identifying with a digital computer system one or more results that are determined to be relevant to the user of the mobile computing device based upon a current context of the mobile computing device. The method further includes providing the results for display to a user of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Vivek Paul Gundotra, Alexander Nicolaou
  • Patent number: 10354529
    Abstract: A method involves accelerating the electronic determination of high quality solutions to routing problems by utilizing determined optimized time windows for precomputing optimal path matrices to reduce computer resource usage. The use of traffic windows defined based on changes in rates of change of speeds for traffic on road segments allows for more rapid determination of a set of one or more high quality solutions as compared to requiring on-demand, in-process determination of a shortest path for a particular time during comparison of paths or routes performed as part of a process for determining high quality solutions to the routing problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAPANYTHING, INC.
    Inventors: John Brian Stewart, Dinesh Premalal Weerapurage, Timothy Alan Carnes, Christopher Sebastian Groer, Lahiru Sandakith Pileththuwasan Gallege, Chenlu Lou
  • Patent number: 10325493
    Abstract: A method involves accelerating the electronic determination of high quality solutions to routing problems by utilizing determined optimized time windows for precomputing optimal path matrices to reduce computer resource usage. The use of traffic windows defined based on changes in rates of change of speeds for traffic on road segments allows for more rapid determination of a set of one or more high quality solutions as compared to requiring on-demand, in-process determination of a shortest path for a particular time during comparison of paths or routes performed as part of a process for determining high quality solutions to the routing problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MAPANYTHING, INC.
    Inventors: John Brian Stewart, Dinesh Premalal Weerapurage, Timothy Alan Carnes, Christopher Sebastian Groer, Lahiru Sandakith Pileththuwasan Gallege, Chenlu Lou
  • Patent number: 10314533
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for recommending a route are provided. The route recommending method includes obtaining user's current body information; obtaining geographic information from a current position to a destination; and determining a recommended route to the destination on the basis of the body information and the geographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-young Lee, Cory Kim, Sung-hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 10308175
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle accessory is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a lighting device disposed proximate the vehicle accessory comprising a persistent luminescent portion. The persistent luminescent portion is configured to charge in response to an excitation emission from a light source. The apparatus further comprises a detection sensor configured to detect a device proximate the vehicle and a controller configured to activate the light source in response to the detection. The light source is configured to charge the persistent luminescent portion to emit an output emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider
  • Patent number: 10288436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recommending a route. The route recommending method includes obtaining user's current body information; obtaining geographic information from a current position to a destination; and determining a recommended route to the destination on the basis of the body information and the geographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Cory Kim, Jae-young Lee, Sung-hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 10292036
    Abstract: Determining whether to transmit a reverse emergency message. An electronic computing device includes a network interface configured to receive one or more data feeds from one or more first network-connectable devices. The electronic computing device includes an electronic processor configured to determine that each data feed of the one or more data feeds is related to an incident based on content included in each data feed, a location from which each data feed was received, and a time associated with each data feed. The electronic processor is configured to determine a confidence value for the incident based on an incident type of the incident, a location type of the incident, and at least a portion of the data feeds. The electronic processor is configured to determine that the confidence value is above a predetermined threshold and transmit a reverse emergency message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Chase Christian Robinson, Brady Moslander Walton, Christopher T Hellewell, Nicholas Orion Bishop
  • Patent number: 10228259
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes receiving drive history data for a future driving path of the vehicle, wherein the drive history data comprises a first data format. The method includes generating a message for a controller comprising path attributes from the drive history data according to a subscription list, wherein the message comprises a controller data format based on an indication by the subscription list. The method further includes providing one or more data packets comprising the message to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, David A Herman
  • Patent number: 10215583
    Abstract: Multi-level navigation monitoring and control is provided. A system includes a lane marking manager determining a first boundary line, a second boundary line, and a centerline of a current lane of travel. The system also includes a confidence level determiner assigning a first confidence level to the first boundary line, a second confidence level to the second boundary line, and a third confidence level to the centerline. Further, the system includes a user interface outputting representations of the first boundary line, the second boundary line, and the centerline based, at least in part, on the first confidence level, the second confidence level, and the third confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Cuong Tran, Karlin Bark
  • Patent number: 10215575
    Abstract: A map server receives geographic points from a location tracking device located in a vehicle. The received geographic points describe a path that is representative of a pathway of the vehicle used to complete a trip from a starting location to a destination location. The map server identifies candidate geographic points for each received geographic point where each candidate geographic point is associated with a location on a known roadway. The map server determines a graph of the candidate geographic points and identifies different sub-graphs from the graph. The map server iteratively evaluates the sub-graphs to determine a shortest path from the starting location to the destination location without evaluating all the edges in the sub-graphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Xingwen Zhang, Thi Duong Nguyen, Miao Yu
  • Patent number: 10207631
    Abstract: A control device is configured to provide route information for a vehicle and includes: a headlamp configured to irradiate light in a forward direction of the vehicle; a sensing unit configured to sense at least one sign located in the forward direction of the vehicle; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to, based on a first portion of the at least one sign corresponding to first route information of the vehicle, control the headlamp to irradiate the light on the first portion of the at least one sign that corresponds to the first route information of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ana Kim
  • Patent number: 10175055
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation method and to a navigation device. In the navigation method, the actual movement of the navigation device and thus of the user of the navigation device is detected. In order for a prescribed destination to be reached, navigation instructions are output by the navigation device. Signals that reflect the actual geometry of the surroundings can be transmitted to the navigation device by a device for detecting the surroundings. If it is recognized that output navigation instructions have not been followed, then the signals that reflect the geometry of the surroundings are detected. Based on the difference between the actual movement and the movement prescribed by the instructions, alternative navigation instructions are determined. In comparison to the originally suggested navigation instructions, the alternative navigation instructions constitute a confirmation in the direction of movement suggested by the original navigation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Mayrhofer, Florian Bartels, Heinz Grotter
  • Patent number: 10161760
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes managing a subscription list that indicates what type of messages or data to which each of a plurality of controllers of a vehicle are subscribed. The method includes determining a future driving path for the vehicle and determining forward path attributes for the future driving path based on a drive history. The method includes selecting one or more controllers from the plurality of controllers to receive each of the forward path attributes based on the subscription list. The method includes providing each of the forward path attributes to the selected one or more controllers. The forward path attributes are provided using a common protocol for each of the plurality of controllers and two or more of the plurality of controllers receive a specific path attribute via a single message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Shane Elwart, David A Herman
  • Patent number: 10081352
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a navigation system of a hybrid motor vehicle having a combustion engine and an electric motor that is fed from an associated battery. In this method, an efficiency route enabling a maximum utilization of the electric motor is determined by the navigation system, where at least one item of efficiency information is considered in the determination of the efficiency route. The efficiency information is provided dynamically by a drive control device of the motor vehicle and is dependent on the current operating state and/or the current operating prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Boris Blasinski, Matthias Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10083546
    Abstract: An augmented reality information displaying device according to the embodiment includes a storage, a display-position deciding unit, and a display controller. The storage stores augmented reality information associated with a real position. The display-position deciding unit decides a display position of the augmented reality information on a display screen of a transmission-type display device based on a real position of a user that visually recognizes the display screen, a real position of the display screen, the real position in the scene through the display screen associated with the augmented reality information. The display controller controls to display, at a display position decided by the display-position deciding unit, the augmented reality information corresponding to a mode according to positional relationship between the real position of the user and the real position associated with the augmented reality information in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomofumi Soda, Masahiro Iino, Chiharu Yamamoto, Satoru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10048693
    Abstract: A path of travel used by an autopilot operation system for auto-guidance of a mobile machine is defined, transparently to a human operator, in response to the human operator engaging and disengaging operation of an implement coupled with the mobile machine. The auto-guidance of the mobile machine is activated, transparently to the human operator, in response to the human operator engaging the implement a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Downing, John William Peake
  • Patent number: 10024673
    Abstract: A map server receives geographic points from a location tracking device located in a vehicle. The received geographic points describe a path that is representative of a pathway of the vehicle used to complete a trip from a starting location to a destination location. The map server identifies candidate geographic points for each received geographic point where each candidate geographic point is associated with a location on a known roadway. The map server determines a graph of the candidate geographic points and identifies different sub-graphs from the graph. The map server iteratively evaluates the sub-graphs to determine a shortest path from the starting location to the destination location without evaluating all the edges in the sub-graphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Xingwen Zhang, Thi Duong Nguyen, Miao Yu
  • Patent number: 10021554
    Abstract: Systems and methods of wireless communication are described. One method includes transmitting an indication of a time window for determining a range for wireless communication between a first device and a second device. The method further includes determining the range between the first device and the second device at the indicated time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Santosh Paul Abraham, George Cherian, Alireza Raissinia, Hemanth Sampath
  • Patent number: 9983020
    Abstract: A vehicle operation device is used in an autonomous vehicle autonomously controlled to drive along a determined driving route, and includes: a destination setting circuit configured to set a destination to a wide area for determining the driving route; a route setting circuit configured to allot a provisional destination on the boundary of the area of the destination according to route search conditions including a current position and the destination, so as to determine the driving route passing through the provisional destination; and a presenting circuit configured to provide a user with a task indicated by an item operated by the user while the autonomous vehicle is moving along the driving route toward the provisional destination, so that the task is executed in the area of the destination after reaching the provisional destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Sakuma
  • Patent number: 9961530
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless communication system. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for obtaining traffic information by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The method comprises the steps of: broadcasting a first D2D discovery signal requesting traffic information to a plurality of first surrounding terminals; receiving, in response to the first D2D discovery signal, a second D2D discovery signal indicating surrounding traffic information from one or more second surrounding terminals among the plurality of first surrounding terminals; and updating the traffic information of the surrounding area on the basis of the one or more second D2D discovery signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hakseong Kim, Byounghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9939285
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: map display means that displays a map on the basis of map data in a database that stores the map data, facility type information about the type of the facility and facility information about the facility; route guidance means that searches for a guide route from the current position of a navigation apparatus to a specified destination on the basis of the map data and performs route guidance; selection means that searches the database for a facility to be displayed on the map on the basis of selection conditions defined by the facility type information, the travelling direction of the navigation apparatus and a distance from the guide route to the facility; and display control means that controls the map display means so that the map display means displays the obtained facility along with its facility information on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamazaki, Kaori Amano
  • Patent number: 9922568
    Abstract: A flight management unit includes two guidance subsystems each including a flight management system, each of the flight management systems being configured at least to extract a flight plan from at least one navigation database, to construct a flight trajectory, and to compute guidance commands for the aircraft. The flight management unit also includes at least one monitoring unit configured to compute a guidance command from a validated flight trajectory and a consolidated flight plan and to monitor the guidance command, as well as guidance commands computed by the two flight management systems so as to be able to detect and to identify a defective flight management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Sylvain Raynaud, Jean-Claude Mere, Simon Sellem
  • Patent number: 9909875
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing alternate route recommendations based on progress information of a user along an alternate route. An adaptive routing platform determines at least one alternate route to a route, wherein the at least one alternate route is taken by at least one user. The adaptive routing platform further determines progress information of the at least one user along the at least one alternate route. The adaptive routing platform also determines whether to cause, at least in part, a recommendation of the at least one alternate route to at least one other user based, at least in part, on the progress information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Antero Holm, Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Antti Johannes Eronen, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 9891072
    Abstract: An approach is provided for presenting comprehensible representation of travel segments based, at least in part, on velocity information. The approach involves processing and/or facilitating a processing of traffic information, velocity information, or a combination thereof for one or more travel segments, characteristic information for one or more vehicles, or a combination thereof to determine the one or more travel segments within a velocity threshold level. The approach also involves causing, at least in part, a filtering of the one or more travel segments based, at least in part, on the velocity threshold level. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, a presentation of at least one mapping user interface depicting one or more representations for the one or more travel segments within the velocity threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James D. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9880016
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a route guide apparatus and a control method thereof. When a route guide to a specific location is requested, congestion information considering the number of vehicles having already arrived at the specific location at the moment that the route guide is requested and the estimated number of vehicles expected to arrive is generated and provided, such that a user requesting the route guide can learn the congestion information on the specific location in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Wook Eom
  • Patent number: 9846050
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes determining a location of a vehicle and a future driving path for the vehicle. The method includes determining, based on a drive history for the vehicle or a driver of the vehicle, drive history path attributes for the future driving path. The method also includes providing the drive history path attributes to a plurality of controllers via a controller bus, wherein the drive history path attributes are provided to the plurality of controllers using a common protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Shane Elwart, David A Herman
  • Patent number: 9846044
    Abstract: A travel information recording system for associating travel information on a vehicle obtained immediately after travel through a branch location with an appropriate road segment includes: travel segment specifying unit for specifying a travel segment that is a road segment in which a vehicle is traveling; and travel information recorder for recording travel information on the vehicle obtained during travel in the travel segment in association with the travel segment in a storage medium. In the case where there occurs a segment variation in which the travel segment is varied from one of several road segments branched off from a branch location, the travel information recorder acquires the travel information to be recorded in association with a post-variation segment, which is the travel segment after the segment variation, on the basis of the travel information obtained before the segment variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Sanami, Satoshi Hirano, Takayuki Miyajima, Tomoki Kodan, Kuniaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9835469
    Abstract: A map navigation tool provides a start-of-route buffer area in which off-route feedback (e.g., audio or visual warnings or alerts) can be suppressed in some circumstances. For example, a mobile computing device implements a map navigation tool that can output off-route feedback when the user strays from a route, but also can suppress off-route feedback when the user is within a start-of-route buffer area. Off-route feedback can continue to be suppressed until some other event, such as the user leaving the start-of-route buffer area, occurs. Off-route feedback can be suppressed even if the user is not within a start-of-route buffer area, such as when the map navigation tool generates a route when the user is at an initial location that is far away from any part of the route and then joins the route later (e.g., at the start location or downstream from the start location).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chien-Wen Danny Su, Mudassir Alam, Aarti Bharathan, Juan Pablo Candelas Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9784591
    Abstract: To identify important access roads for a geographic location, multiple previous requests for directions between a multiplicity of sources and one or more destinations identical, or proximate, to the geographic location are identified. Further, routes between the multiplicity of sources and the one or more destinations are determined. Still further, common road segments shared by at least some of the determined routes are identified, and a set of important access roads for the geographic location are selected from among the identified road segments based on how frequently the identified road segments are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: John Payyappillil John, Yatin Chawathe, Nicholas Lee, Matthew Zhong Qing Wu, Chris Gonterman, Ross Morgan-Linial
  • Patent number: 9778064
    Abstract: A traffic condition data providing method using a wireless communication device and a navigation device performing the method are disclosed. The navigation device includes a travelling path displaying unit that searches a travelling path to a destination set by a user and displays the travelling path on map data, a traffic condition data receiving unit that receives traffic condition data from a content managing server through a wireless communication device in response to a request of providing the traffic condition data over the travelling path, and a traffic condition data providing unit that provides the user with the received traffic condition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL DISCOVERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jongwon Kim
  • Patent number: 9766084
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recommending a route. The route recommending method includes obtaining user's current body information; obtaining geographic information from a current position to a destination; and determining a recommended route to the destination on the basis of the body information and the geographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Cory Kim, Jae-young Lee, Sung-hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 9709411
    Abstract: A system and method provides a route and turn-by-turn directions based on estimates of current and future traffic along the route. A client device may request turn-by-turn directions between an initial and a final location. A server may identify a plurality of routes between the locations. Each route of the plurality of routes may be divided into route segments. For each route segment of a particular route, the server may estimate a travel time. The travel time may be based on estimated vehicle volume data generated from information received from other users vehicle Based on the estimated travel time for each route segment of a particular route, the server may estimate a total travel time for the particular route. The server may repeat this estimate for each of the plurality of routes between the locations and select the route with the lowest estimated travel time. Based on the selected route, the server may generate turn-by-turn directions and transmit the directions to the client device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Barth
  • Patent number: 9696170
    Abstract: Route setting systems, methods, and programs set a guide route from a departure location to a destination location, display the set guide route on a display superimposed on a map image, receive an operation by a user designating a location on the displayed map image, acquire a road status of a road in the vicinity of the designated location, and select a pass-through road on the basis of the acquired road status. The pass-through road is a road by which the guide route will pass from the road in the vicinity of the designated location. The systems methods, and programs change the set guide route to a route that leads from the departure location to the destination location by way of the selected pass-through road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanizaki, Katsuhiko Mutsuga
  • Patent number: 9697051
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing services via cloud based analytics. An analytics platform determines one or more data propagation policies associated with propagating user information from at least one device to one or more cloud components. The analytics platform also processes and/or facilitates a processing of the one or more data propagation policies to cause, at least in part, a propagation of the user information to the one or more cloud components, wherein the propagation causes, at least in part, the user information to be available to one or more applications, one or more services, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Alex Wilbur, Vishwanathan Krishnamoorthy
  • Patent number: 9686400
    Abstract: A system and method for driver-aware notification that collects and analyzes contextual information about the driving environment to free a device owner from having to decide whether or not to answer an incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Queru
  • Patent number: 9678987
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing standard real world to virtual world links may include a processing element configured to receive indications of an image including an object, determine whether the object corresponds to a particular object having a predefined association based on a recognition of the object, and execute a function corresponding to the predefined association in response to the object corresponding to the particular object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Philipp Schloter
  • Patent number: 9665652
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a parameterless search request, which was provided to a mobile computing device, for information that is relevant to a user of the mobile computing device. The method also includes, in response to the received parameterless search request, identifying with a digital computer system one or more results that are determined to be relevant to the user of the mobile computing device based upon a current context of the mobile computing device. The method further includes providing the results for display to a user of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Vivek Paul Gundotra, Alexander Nicolaou
  • Patent number: 9644981
    Abstract: A system and method provides a route and turn-by-turn directions based on estimates of current and future traffic along the route. A client device may request turn-by-turn directions between an initial and a final location. A server may identify a plurality of routes between the locations. Each route of the plurality of routes may be divided into route segments. For each route segment of a particular route, the server may estimate a travel time. The travel time may be based on estimated vehicle volume data generated from information received from other users vehicle Based on the estimated travel time for each route segment of a particular route, the server may estimate a total travel time for the particular route. The server may repeat this estimate for each of the plurality of routes between the locations and select the route with the lowest estimated travel time. Based on the selected route, the server may generate turn-by-turn directions and transmit the directions to the client device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Barth
  • Patent number: 9635523
    Abstract: A terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes detecting whether a message transmission command is inputted in the course of driving the vehicle, when the message transmission command is inputted, creating a message including at least one information provided by at least one application provided to the terminal, and transmitting the created message. Accordingly, a driver of a moving vehicle automatically creates and transmits a message including application and vehicle informations suitable for a predetermined format by a single manipulation, thereby facilitating the message to be transmit safely and conveniently in the course of driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mingoo Kim, Kwangjae Lee, Seungman Kim
  • Patent number: 9622042
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided which may be implemented in various devices to generate positioning assistance data and/or the like by mobile station with regard to at least one of a plurality of different indoor regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajarshi Gupta, Lionel Jacques Garin, Behrooz Khorashadi
  • Patent number: 9598076
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle received audio streams from one or more microphones and one or more image streams from one or more cameras. The audio streams are processed to identify audio features that potentially correspond to a motorcycle. The video streams are likewise processed to identify image objects that have movement and/or visual attributes corresponding to a motorcycle. The audio features and image objects are correlated. If a correlation is identified among the audio features and image objects, then a potentially lane-splitting motorcycle may be determined to be proximate. Actions may be taken to avoid collision with the lane-splitting motorcycle, such as avoiding lane changes, signaling longer, or performing lane changes more slowly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jinesh J. Jain, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Kyu Jeong Han
  • Patent number: 9593956
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically detecting a control section using traffic information is disclosed. The automatic control section detection system may include an analyzer configured to analyze a primary control section that is a control section included in traffic control information; and a detector configured to detect an additional control section associated with the primary control section based on connectivity and directivity of roads connected to the primary control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Gyu Hyeon Park, Kyu Nam Lee, Yong Jin Cho
  • Patent number: 9560490
    Abstract: A system and method for determining adverse/dangerous road conditions based on sensor data received from a vehicle and generating alerts for other vehicles which may encounter the same condition. The system receives sensor data from a vehicle and evaluates the data to determine if the vehicle encountered a potentially dangerous road condition. The system may apply one or more thresholds to the data, where the thresholds are designed to detect various sudden movements of the vehicle. The system may monitor the location associated with the potentially dangerous road condition and evaluate sensor data from one or more other vehicles that drive near the same location to determine whether they encounter a similar condition. The system may generate one or more alerts and transmit those alerts to vehicles that are approaching the location of the dangerous condition using location data provided by the approaching vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Umashankar Velusamy
  • Patent number: 9529752
    Abstract: A vehicle-based computing apparatus includes a computer processor in communication with persistent and non-persistent memory. The apparatus also includes a local wireless transceiver in communication with the computer processor and configured to communicate wirelessly with a wireless device located at the vehicle. The processor is operable to receive, through the wireless transceiver, a connection request sent from a nomadic wireless device, the connection request including at least a name of an application seeking to communicate with the processor. The processor is further operable to receive at least one secondary communication from the nomadic device, once the connection request has been processed. The secondary communication is at least one of a speak alert command, a display text command, a create phrase command, and a prompt and listen command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nello Joseph Santori, David P. Boll, L. Mark Shaker, Micah J. Kaiser, Mark Schunder, Joseph N. Ross
  • Patent number: 9465796
    Abstract: A computing device obtains an incomplete semantic map of a predefined space. The incomplete semantic map includes static landmarks. The computing device receives a set of natural language instructions including a sequence of semantically directive clauses, processes the sequence of semantically directive clauses, decodes one of an action and a path in the set of natural language instructions using an optimization process and based on the incomplete semantic map. In response to the decoding, the computing device inserts a newly identified landmark into the incomplete semantic map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yan-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 9426778
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for acquiring a location, comprising: a location acquiring unit which acquires a current location of the electronic apparatus; a correction area setting unit which, based on a link attribute indicating an attribute of an adjacent area of a link in map data, sets a correction area within the adjacent area, the correction area being referred to correct the current location to a location on the link; and a location correcting unit which, in a case in which the current location acquired by the location acquiring unit belongs to the correction area set within the adjacent area, corrects the current location to a location on the link which corresponds to the correction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Onozawa, Kosuke Matsumoto, Takashi Yahata, Naotomo Miyamoto, Yoshitsugu Manabe
  • Patent number: 9399471
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically controlling a vehicle speed includes a first unit configured to drive data of a vehicle from electric control units (ECUs) to determine driver's habits, a second unit configured to receive the drive data from the ECUs and receive a driver's habit value from the first unit to control a speed of a smart cruise control apparatus, a third unit configured to guide the driver visually or audibly by using information about a result of controlling the smart cruise control apparatus by the second unit, the drive data and driver's habit information, and a fourth unit configured to monitor the result of controlling the smart cruise control apparatus or drive data generated while the smart cruise control apparatus is operated to transmit the controlling result or the generated drive data to the first unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dae Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9378222
    Abstract: A method for updating a decentralized database, in particular a navigation database, that is subdivided into segments, by transmitting an updated segment from a central database subdivided into corresponding segments to the decentralized database, and by storing the updated segment in the decentralized database avoids inconsistencies in an only stepwise update in that the segments are modeled to a hierarchical model in the decentralized database, and in the updating of the segment the particular segments from which the segment depends are updated as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Dirk Luedtke, Alexander Starke
  • Patent number: 9261377
    Abstract: A request is received to compute a route from a start point to an end point. The route is computed using map data that includes a plurality of map elements, and route data that includes rules associated with the map elements, each of the rules being triggered by a condition flag that specifies a condition according to which the rule should be applied. The route data is based inputs related to driver experience in a geographic area associated with the route, and the inputs are based on stored data and not real-time or near-real-time data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Krzanowski, Yvonne C. Parsons