Based On Traffic Condition (e.g., Congestion, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/414)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9177487
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a method of transmitting position information of a digital map which can enhance matching precision on a receiving side. The invention provides a method of transmitting position information of a digital map in which a transmitting side transmits a vector shape on the digital map and a receiving side specifies the vector shape on a self-digital map by map matching, wherein the transmitting side selects a portion in which a plurality of candidate points are generated with difficulty during the map matching as an endpoint of the vector shape and transmits the vector shape having the endpoint in the portion to the receiving side. Mismatching on the receiving side can be prevented and the position information on the digital map can be transmitted accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shinya Adachi
  • Patent number: 9121725
    Abstract: The present invention makes the user easily search the nearest point which is useful for the user without making the user perform a complicated operation. The present invention provides a navigation device that obtains a current position based on information from GPS satellites, and guides a travel path from the current position to the destination on a map image which includes a display unit that displays the map image, a search unit that searches a nearest point existing around a vehicle position on the map image, a search subject range determination unit that, when a search subject area setting frame in searching the nearest point is specified by a user, determines the search subject area setting frame as a search subject range in searching by the search unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Toshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9082100
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for identifying a serviceable address that is associated with a street network connection point and an actual location point. For example, in one embodiment, the serviceable address may be associated with a street network connection point that is part of a digital map. The serviceable address may also be associated with an actual location point, such as a parcel drop-off point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Patrick Hurley, Stephen Myron Snyder, Robert Edward Trevillian, IV, Terry Alan Fry
  • Patent number: 9080873
    Abstract: A host application on a host computer system receives annotations made by drivers of respective navigation information displayed to the drivers by GPS devices in vehicles of the respective drivers. The host application saves the annotated navigation information for the respective drivers on a computer readable memory accessible by the host application. The host application receives a request from a first one of the drivers for annotated navigation information made by one or more of the other drivers. Responsive to the request, the host application selects one or more items of the saved annotated navigation information. The host application sends the selected one or more items of the saved annotated navigation information to the GPS device of the first one of the drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sara H. Basson, Peter G. Fairweather, Dimitri Kanevsky, Edward E. Kelley
  • Patent number: 9069074
    Abstract: A method of inferring a user's direction by a computer, the method includes: recording a relative azimuth angle obtained from an output of a direction sensor included in a terminal apparatus carried by the user; identifying the user's direction at a first point at which the user's direction is capable of being identified; and inferring the user's direction at a second point by using a relative azimuth angle corresponding to the first point and a relative azimuth angle corresponding to the second point different from the first point, and the user's direction that has been identified at the first point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Hironori Sakakihara
  • Publication number: 20150127248
    Abstract: To provide remote services, including dynamic, interactive assistance to electric vehicle (EV) users, a central server is arranged for electronic communications with EVs (15) and with client devices (11). The server also communicates with at least one EV charging station network, which in turn communicate with individual charging stations (30). Remote services may include trip planning, locating charging stations, checking availability and suitability of charging stations, making reservations at charging stations, and updating plans en route. The server collects data from the EV and analyzes the data to determine various statistics. The system advises a user on readiness of the EV to complete a proposed trip before recharging the EV batteries. Client devices may include smart phones, computers, or a head unit in the EV. Application software programs are executable on the client devices to provide user interfaces for accessing the remote services and for communicating with the central server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Sheldon Fisher, Bheemrao Zhade
  • Patent number: 9026343
    Abstract: Operational efficiency and/or control systems and methods for vehicles are provided in order to improve fuel efficiency when traveling in a fuel powered vehicle from point A to point B. The systems and methods can determine the “best” or most efficient route to take based on one or more priorities, make driving recommendations to the operator, and/or automatically control one or more systems (e.g., engine, brakes, transmission, etc.) of the vehicle. The systems and methods can calculate the “best” route based on predefined trip requirements, including cost, schedule, route preferences, and/or risk of potential delays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Wesley Mays
  • Patent number: 9026356
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation method comprises determining a present location of a host vehicle, including a road on which the host vehicle is traveling, determining a navigation route based on a destination and the present location of the vehicle, and determining a next navigation maneuver based on the navigation route and the present location of the host vehicle. The method further comprises capturing road information pertaining to the road, determining a present lane of the road in which the host vehicle is traveling based on the captured road information, determining a traffic condition on the road, and operating a computer to modify the next navigation maneuver based on the navigation route, the present lane and the traffic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian K. Tan
  • Patent number: 9020762
    Abstract: Ground-based devices are provided which each have a transceiver apparatus and a data memory. Route data are stored in the data memory. This route data can be transmitted in a wireless fashion from the ground-based device to motor vehicles so that information relating to such a route is made available in the motor vehicles which are located outside the sensing range of a sensing apparatus of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Andreas Reich
  • Patent number: 9020751
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for mitigating the risks associated with driving by assigning risk values to road segments and using those risk values to select less risky travel routes. Various approaches to helping users mitigate risk are presented. A computing device is configured to generate a database of risk values. That device may receive accident information, geographic information, vehicle information, and other information from one or more data sources and calculate a risk value for the associated road segment. Subsequently, the computing device may provide the associated risk value to other devices. Furthermore, a personal navigation device may receive travel route information and use that information to retrieve risk values for the road segments in the travel route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jason Brian Bogovich, Julie A. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9014977
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining one or more non-travel lanes in at least one route segment. The approach involves determining whether to include the at least one route segment in a navigation route based, at least in part, on a minimization of a risk of being blocked by the one or more non-travel lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Philippe Beaurepaire
  • Patent number: 9014616
    Abstract: An alert content reception apparatus comprises a communications interface (229) compatible with a data broadcast service and capable of receiving, when in use, a broadcast data message comprising reference data concerning alert content. The apparatus also comprises a processing resource (202) arranged to analyze, when in use, the broadcast data message and acquire the alert content associated with the reference data in response to determining that the alert content associated with the reference data has not previously been acquired. The communications interface (229) is compatible with a bidirectional data communications service, the processing resource (202) also being arranged to cooperate with the communications interface (229) in order to retrieve the alert content via the bidirectional data communications service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Berry Heerdink, Theo Kamalski
  • 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: 9002633
    Abstract: A method for determining vehicle priority settings (30) at an intersection (26) is provided comprising accumulating probe data (24) from a plurality of individual navigation units (20). An intersection within a digital map (14) is selected, and a plurality of probe traces (32) are selected. The probe traces (32) are processed in a method characterized by selecting a pair of probe traces (32) that enter the intersection (26) at the same time on different trajectories (34). It is determined which of the probe traces (32) proceeds through the intersection first and an intersection priority matrix (36) is updated accordingly. This intersection priority matrix (36) is utilized to formulate at least one derived intersection priority setting (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom Belgium N.V.
    Inventor: Bert Igodt
  • Patent number: 8996303
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for mitigating the risks associated with driving by assigning risk values to road segments and using those risk values to select less risky travel routes. Various approaches to helping users mitigate risk are presented. A computing device is configured to generate a database of risk values. That device may receive accident information, geographic information, vehicle information, and other information from one or more data sources and calculate a risk value for the associated road segment. Subsequently, the computing device may provide the associated risk value to other devices. Furthermore, a personal navigation device may receive travel route information and use that information to retrieve risk values for the road segments in the travel route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jason Brian Bogovich, Julie A. Jordan
  • 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: 8983770
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus, including a map data acquiring means 11a, 11, 12, and 5 for acquiring map data including car pool lane data, a current position determining means 13, 14, 15, and 10 for determining a current position, and a display unit 2 for generating and displaying a map of an area in a neighborhood of the determined current position on the basis of the acquired map data, is provided with a road information receiving means 16 for receiving road information in real time from outside the apparatus, a control unit 10 for, when the road information received by the road information receiving means shows that a traffic congestion has occurred in a highway in a traveling direction, judging whether a car pool lane is also provided in the highway on the basis of the map data acquired by the map data acquiring means, and an output means 2 and 4 for outputting a message showing whether or not there exists a car pool lane according to the result of the judgment by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Machino
  • Patent number: 8972175
    Abstract: Method, computer program product, and apparatus for providing navigation guidance to vehicles are disclosed. The method may include receiving crowdsourcing data from a plurality of vehicles, determining information corresponding to a route of interest to at least one vehicle using the crowdsourcing data, and providing navigation guidance to the at least one vehicle using the information determined. The crowdsourcing data includes on board diagnostics data (OBD) correlated with time stamps and GPS locations of a vehicle, where the on board diagnostics data includes odometer information, speedometer information, fuel consumption information, steering information, and impact data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Koushik Annapureddy, Keir Finlow-Bates
  • Patent number: 8972172
    Abstract: A mobile sensor receives a mobile sensor location and destination. The mobile sensor determines, from a repository of road segments, a plurality of routes having a first endpoint corresponding to the mobile sensor location, and a second endpoint corresponding to the destination. The mobile sensor receives transit data from a plurality of peer mobile sensors, wherein each transit data comprises a peer mobile sensor's velocity and a peer mobile sensor's location. The mobile sensor stores at least one transit data based on the peer mobile sensor's velocity and peer mobile sensor's location corresponding to at least one of the plurality of routes, thereby forming at least one stored transit data. The mobile sensor determines that a sampling period has expired. The mobile sensor reports a route corresponding to a stored transit route having best transit data or no transit data, wherein the route is among the plurality of routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore M. Bird, Nelson Y H Hsu, Devang D. Patel, Ro Pun Wong
  • Patent number: 8972171
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide 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 vehicles. 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: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Barth
  • Patent number: 8972080
    Abstract: A traffic control system sets a target value related to a travel state based on a correlation between a vehicle travel speed and a traffic volume, and controls multiple vehicles (CS) on a road in accordance with the target value as a common target value. The target value can be set based on a predicted traffic volume at a region (103) that is ahead of, in a vehicle travel direction, the multiple vehicles on the road. For example, the traffic control system sets, as the target value, a target speed or a target value of a parameter related to an inter-vehicle distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhisa Shida, Makoto Aso
  • Patent number: 8965675
    Abstract: A system for navigation along a desired route on a desired future date may include a map interface operable to display a traffic condition and a travel time received via a communication network, and an automobile navigation network communicatively coupled to the communication network. The automobile navigation network may estimate the traffic condition and the travel time for travel along the desired route on the desired future date based on historical travel information, current traffic information and current weather information. Information regarding the estimated travel conditions may be automatically communicated to the map interface. The traffic condition may include geographic location information and/or route information. The historical travel information may include historical traffic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Gary R. Ignatin
  • 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
  • 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: 8942919
    Abstract: A battery electric vehicle (BEV) navigation routing system and routing methods are presented, in which a traveling route is determined from the current vehicle location to the destination location by preferentially selecting low speed routes over higher speed routes if the present state of charge of the vehicle battery is insufficient to reach the destination location using shortest time or shortest distance routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert M. Uyeki, Naoya Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8930123
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for utilizing crowdsourcing probes to obtain traffic information are described. Such traffic information includes location, date, time, speed, and speed limit information. Embodiments allow for the determination of traffic intensity, or road congestion, through the calculation of a road speed capacity factor. Embodiments provide that the traffic information and traffic intensity information may be visualized through a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Biplav Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8924142
    Abstract: A route comprises interconnected road segments that can be traveled to get from a location to a destination. Previously, routes are represented by display of the spatial arrangement of such road segments (e.g., a map). Here, a route is depicted as a linear shape, and portions of the linear shape represent portions of the route, regardless of their spatial arrangement. A scale is applied between a characteristic of the route and the linear shape. Information elements can be depicted at points on the linear shape that correspond, based on the scale, to locations on the route where such information applies. Portions of the linear shape can be colored or cross-hatched according to traffic congestion conditions. Incident reports can be represented by indicators along the linear shape. Alternate routes (detours) can be represented by respective separate linear shapes; lead lines can connect such linear shapes to points of the route linear shape where each such detour would be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Fink, Alastair Gourlay, Roger James Petersen
  • Patent number: 8918279
    Abstract: Route search devices, methods, and programs acquire basic congestion information, the basic congestion information being congestion information for specific links. The systems, methods, and programs set a destination and search for a first travel route from a departure point to the set destination using the acquired basic congestion information. Based on the first travel route, the systems, methods, and programs determine, whether center traffic information is necessary to be acquired. Only when it is determined that the center traffic information is necessary, the systems, methods, and programs acquire the center traffic information, the center traffic information being congestion information of a link other than the specific links, and search for a second travel route from the departure point to the set destination using the acquired additional congestion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Yonezawa, Hiroki Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20140372021
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing navigation routes and/or providing navigation route updates. According to various embodiments of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a navigation application can be configured to obtain route data from a routing service. The routing service can be configured to use navigation data locally stored and/or obtained from a number of sources to generate navigation routes and/or to update navigation routes. The generated and/or updated navigation routes can be provided to the user device as route data that can be used to provide navigation directions to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dimitrios Dimitriadis
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140350842
    Abstract: Examples of maintaining or querying a traffic database to generate a traffic flow model to provide traffic flow information and determine a per-lane route for a vehicle to travel are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORP.
    Inventor: Andrew Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8892359
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating time of arrival for vehicle navigation are described. One embodiment of a method includes determining a route for a vehicle to reach a destination from a current location determining, by the computing device, an estimated time for reaching the destination from the current location. Embodiments of the method additionally include determining, by the computing device, a current range of the vehicle, based on current fuel level and vehicle fuel efficiency and determining, by the computing device and based on the current range, whether the vehicle can reach the destination without refueling. Some embodiments include revising, by the computing device, the estimated time for reaching the destination to include a waypoint to refuel in response to determining that the vehicle cannot reach the destination without refueling and providing, by the computing device, the estimated time for reaching the destination for display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Anthony Wippler
  • Publication number: 20140330510
    Abstract: Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that can determine a geographic location of a subscriber, and an automated traffic notification system that can automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless terminal associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Lara F. Morgan, Xiaofeng Gao, Michael A. Oblon
  • Patent number: 8874360
    Abstract: A non-transitory processor-readable medium storing code causes a processor at a first vehicle (e.g., a first autonomous vehicle) to generate a first planned path based on a current position of the first vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle. A first planned path associated with a second vehicle (e.g., a second autonomous vehicle), which is based on a current position of the second vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the second vehicle, is received at the first vehicle. After the first planned path associated with the second vehicle is received, a second planned path is generated based on the first planned path associated with the second vehicle and at least one of the mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle or the first planned path of the first vehicle. The second planned path of the first vehicle is transmitted to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Proxy Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Solomon Klinger, Robert F. Davis
  • Patent number: 8874363
    Abstract: A technique for providing a mobile device user with a “when to leave” alarm on his or her mobile device. The user has scheduled an appointment at a given time and location in the user's personal information manager (PIM) executing on the mobile device. A representative PIM is a calendar on the mobile device. The “when to leave” alarm is provided to the end user in the form of a display widget (or “countdown alarm”) that automatically activates a given time (e.g., 30 minutes) before a latest departure time for an event in the user's PIM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Proxpro, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian J. Bourne
  • Patent number: 8855924
    Abstract: A scheduling system includes: link creation means for creating a link as a partial route obtained by dividing the traveling route of a moving body indicated by traveling plan data; link adjustment range calculating means for calculating, for each link, a link adjustment range as an adjustment range of a scheduled pass-through time of the moving body not to cause the moving body to have a near-miss with another moving body; and adjusted traveling plan deciding means for deciding on adjusted traveling plan data indicative of a traveling plan of the moving body after adjusted by using link adjustment ranges of all links constructing the traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Teruki Sukenari
  • Patent number: 8855920
    Abstract: A method is provided for automatically assisting the route planning between a starting point and a destination. At least one respective traffic route is ascertained between the starting point and the destination for different means of transport by a traffic route ascertainment unit. The at least one means of transport is associated with the respective traffic route. Emission information is ascertained by an emission ascertainment unit for each traffic route on the basis of the means of transport which are associated therewith and on the basis of the traffic route length of the respective traffic route. The route planning is assisted between starting point and destination on the basis of the emission information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V
    Inventor: Volker Gollnick
  • Patent number: 8855901
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining travel information that indicates travel patterns for a mobile computing device that is associated with a user; identifying a current context for the mobile computing device and the user; identifying one or more destination locations that the user has at least a threshold likelihood of travelling to with the mobile computing device based on the current context and the obtained travel information; generating a prediction that one or more events have at least a threshold probability of occurring along one or more of a plurality of routes for travelling to the identified one or more destination locations; selecting a particular route from the plurality of routes to recommend to the user based on the current context and the prediction of the one or more events; and providing route information that identifies the selected particular route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Leader, Andrew Kirmse
  • Patent number: 8847789
    Abstract: An information provision system includes a terminal device, and an information provision device that can communicate with the terminal device. The information provision device includes a communicating section configured to communicate with the terminal device, a head count information managing section configured to manage current head count information for each position, and a crowd information generating section configured to determine a position for making a notification display based on the managed head count information, and generate crowd information containing information of the determined position, and a transmission control section configured to transmit the generated crowd information from the communicating section to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akane Sano, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Akinobu Sugino, Yoshiteru Kamatani, Kazunori Hayashi, Takayasu Kon, Yasunori Kamada, Mitsuru Takehara, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 8849485
    Abstract: A system for operating an hybrid vehicle is described. The system includes an hybrid operating strategy module for controlling hybrid operating functions of the vehicle based on input data, a navigation system providing vehicle routing input data to the hybrid operating strategy module, and a traffic information system providing traffic information input data to the hybrid operating strategy module. The hybrid operating strategy module determines electric portions of the vehicle route for charging batteries of the vehicle and inner portions of the vehicle route for prioritizing electric driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellscahft
    Inventor: Thomas Christ
  • Patent number: 8842021
    Abstract: A system and method for warning of emergency vehicles includes a computing device that receives location data from a transmitter associated with a first vehicle based on a warning system of the first vehicle being activated. The computing device transmits vehicle notification data to a second vehicle based on the location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary W. Behm, William B. Huber, Alfred J. Noll, Raul A. Pelaez
  • Publication number: 20140278058
    Abstract: When a user enters, initializes, or otherwise starts using a navigation function, such as a navigation function on a mobile phone or a stand-alone device, a current location is automatically estimated, prior to or in the absence of a GPS fix, for use as an origin in route determination. The estimation of current location is performed using a database of GPS fixes that are mapped to cell tower identifiers. For example, the database can include one or more fixes associated with each cell tower that the mobile device has used. Thus, when navigation on the device is begun, one or more cell towers to which the device can communicate are identified. If any has a GPS fix in the database, then a location derived from such GPS fix(es) can be used as an origin for navigation functions. Such navigation functions can include estimating a time of arrival at a destination, producing a route to the destination, and checking for traffic updates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Patrick James COLEMAN, Gennady DAGMAN
  • Publication number: 20140278059
    Abstract: An integrated navigation and collision avoidance system for a source object may include a navigation module and a collision avoidance module. The collision avoidance module may identify an external object that could possibly collide with the source object. The collision avoidance module may determine a likelihood of collision with the external object based on navigation information received from the navigation module. The navigation module may receive information pertaining to the likelihood of collision determination from the collision avoidance module and determine whether to include collision avoidance information and/or modify navigation instructions to generate a navigation output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Craig Gunther
  • Patent number: 8838378
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved vehicle navigation using mobile communication device (e.g., phone) technology as a means for transmitting vehicle route data that has been updated as a result of changed or changing traffic conditions. A mobile communication device is connected between a vehicle and a remote server. Traffic information from both broadcast and mobile network sources is analyzed by the server, a difference(s) therebetween is detected, and the difference(s) is compared to a predetermined difference value. If the detected difference exceeds the predetermined difference value, difference information is extracted and used to produce updated route data, which is then transmitted via the mobile communication device to the vehicle. The transmission of updated route data is limited to only situations where there is a sufficient change in traffic conditions, and the data transmitted is preferably limited to only difference data so as to avoid exceeding mobile communication device plan limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Go Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8831875
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for solving a traffic congestion problem are provided in the illustrative embodiments. Using an application executing using a processor and a memory in a data processing system, a congested route section is selected from a set of congested route sections. A set of congesting vehicles is selected, where the set of congesting vehicles cause congestion in the selected congested route sections by being positioned on the selected congested route section. A vacancy data structure corresponding to the selected congested route section is populated. A subset of the set of the congesting vehicles is selected. The subset of the set of the congesting vehicles is rerouted to a candidate route section identified in the vacancy data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Jay Alpert, Zhuo Li, Chin Ngai Sze, Yaoguang Wei
  • Publication number: 20140249746
    Abstract: A method and a device for establishing an alternate route in the event of a blocked roadway in a monitored region, in particular in an airport ramp. A vehicle is authorized to bypass the blocked roadway by a control center. Position data are repeatedly ascertained with respect to the vehicle by way of a position determining device. The data of the bypass route are ascertained from the position data by way of a computing device. The bypass route data are stored in a memory associated with the control center. Furthermore, authorization data which apply to the blocked roadway and which are stored in the memory are transmitted to the bypass route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Gero Baes, Stephan Ehling, Ralf Mahnkopf
  • Patent number: 8825349
    Abstract: An on-vehicle information terminal includes a traffic information obtaining unit that obtains traffic information including at least either weather information or event information through wireless communication, a decision-making unit that makes a decision, based upon at least either the weather information or the event information, as to whether or not telematics information provided by a distribution server via a mobile communication network is to be downloaded, and a download unit that downloads the telematics information via the mobile communication network if the decision-making unit has determined that the telematics information is to be downloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akio Sumizawa