Based On Traffic Condition (e.g., Congestion, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/414)
  • Publication number: 20120316773
    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: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruki Sukenari
  • Patent number: 8315787
    Abstract: Situational Awareness and Guidance Reference (SAGR) and associated methods and systems are disclosed. A system in accordance to one embodiment of the disclosure includes a display system utilized for a traffic application and an SAGR associated with the own-ship symbol providing longitudinal and lateral guidance reference. In a manual implementation, the SAGR aids human operators achieve required longitudinal and lateral spacing from selected traffic by depicting a small operating region on a navigational map display within which an aircraft will have achieved the required spacing. Such depiction of the deviation guidance may be with respect to time or distance relative to selected traffic aircraft or to fixed structure, and engaged in an automatic or manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Syed Taji Shafaat, Jennifer L. Gertley
  • Patent number: 8306727
    Abstract: A control system controls a pair of vehicles in coordination to traverse a respective pair of trajectories. The control system is configured to specify a plurality of successive waypoints, a safe stopping interval and an intermediate interval greater than the safe stopping interval, and exchange waypoints between vehicles. The system controls each vehicle in coordination with the other, senses a rate of exchange of waypoint data between the vehicles, and determines the safe stopping interval. The control system updates positions with additional waypoints as the respective vehicles pass by waypoints of the forecasted trajectory, determines the length of the forecasted trajectory remaining and compares it with the intermediate interval and the safe stopping interval. The system generates a warning signal if distance is less than the intermediate interval, and if the distance is less than the safe stopping interval, stops within the safe stopping interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Riccardo Morselli, John Posselius
  • Patent number: 8306733
    Abstract: A new road detection unit detects a new road according to a travel locus of a vehicle and road map data of a road map data learning device. The new road is not included in the road map data. A road learning unit learns the new road, which is detected by the new road detection unit, as a learned road being functional additionally to the road map data. A storage device stores a feature of an erroneous new road, which is erroneously detected by the new road detection unit, as learning-prohibited pattern information. The road learning unit restricts learning of a new road detected by the new road detection unit when the feature of the new road detected by the new road detection unit coincides with the learning-prohibited pattern information stored in the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Shikimachi
  • Patent number: 8296050
    Abstract: A navigation device (100) has a position detection section (7), an interface (4), a touch panel (62), and a computer (1). The computer (1) has timekeeper means for clocking a current time, estimated arrival time calculation means for calculating the estimated time of arrival at a destination by using the touch panel (62), mail creation instruction means for causing, through the interface, (4) a portable telephone (200) to create mail containing text that informs arrival at the calculated estimated time of arrival, and mail transmission instruction means for causing the portable telephone (200) to transmit the created mail. The estimated time of arrival is transmitted to the other party without operation of a portable telephone by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kenwood
    Inventor: Katsumi Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 8294598
    Abstract: The present invention is an electronic apparatus 100, from which a portable apparatus 10 is detachable, and which includes an information providing portion 200 for providing information to the portable apparatus 10, the electronic apparatus 100 including: a controller 140 which transmits to and receives from the portable apparatus 10 control information through a first communication line L1, and which controls restarting of the information providing portion 200 when the controller 140 receives from the portable apparatus 10 a signal indicating that a function of the information providing portion 200 stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Yukisuke Ozaki, Daisuke Baba
  • Patent number: 8290696
    Abstract: Methods for evaluating and implementing air traffic management tools and approaches for managing and avoiding an air traffic incident before the incident occurs. A first system receives parameters for flight plan configurations (e.g., initial fuel carried, flight route, flight route segments followed, flight altitude for a given flight route segment, aircraft velocity for each flight route segment, flight route ascent rate, flight route descent route, flight departure site, flight departure time, flight arrival time, flight destination site and/or alternate flight destination site), flight plan schedule, expected weather along each flight route segment, aircraft specifics, airspace (altitude) bounds for each flight route segment, navigational aids available. The invention provides flight plan routing and direct routing or wind optimal routing, using great circle navigation and spherical Earth geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    Inventors: Banavar Sridhar, Kapil S. Sheth, Gano Broto Chatterji, Karl D. Bilimoria, Shon Grabbe, John F. Schipper
  • Publication number: 20120245840
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments relate to adjusting traffic prediction. Some demonstrative embodiments relate to position related offering of an item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Yosef Mintz
  • Patent number: 8265868
    Abstract: A broadcast receiver and a method of processing data are disclosed. The broadcast receiver includes a signal receiving unit, a position information module, and a navigation unit. The signal receiving unit receives broadcast signal multiplexed mobile broadcast service data including traffic information and main broadcast service data. The position information module searches and generates a current position information of the broadcast receiver. The navigation unit assigns a weight to each link of a route to a destination based on the current position information received and the traffic information included in the mobile broadcast service data and searches for a bypass route based on the weighted link, and then performs route guidance using at least one of current route and the bypass route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Il Soo Cho, Hyeon Cheol Cho, Jong Sun Park, In Hwan Choi, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song, Seung Man Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Kook Yeon Kwak, Byoung Gill Kim
  • Patent number: 8255158
    Abstract: A data store includes at least one adjustment factor. A server that is configured to: receive a request for a travel route, the request including an origin, a destination, and an estimated time of departure; determine the travel route; calculate a normal travel time; use at least one adjustment factor to the normal travel time to calculate an adjusted travel time; and calculate an estimated time of arrival based on the estimated time of departure and the adjusted travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David J. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8255144
    Abstract: System and method for conveying data between vehicles includes a data generating system arranged on a first vehicle to obtain or generate information about the first vehicle or conditions around the first vehicle, a first communications system arranged on the first vehicle and coupled to the data generating system for communicating with a wireless Internet service provider (ISP) and a second communications system arranged on a second vehicle and communicating with an ISP. The first communications system enables the information obtained or generated by the data generating system to be transmitted via the Internet to the second communications system. The first and second communications systems can communicate with the same ISP or different ISPs linked to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 8234056
    Abstract: A rating is calculated that represents the traffic conditions of a specified driving route. A driving route is specified that includes a plurality of different roads. The traffic conditions for each of the different roads of the driving route are obtained. A rating is then calculated for the driving route that is based on the traffic conditions for each of the different roads of the driving route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Traffic.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Auxer, James F. Carroll, Brian J. Smyth
  • Patent number: 8233919
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for distributing transportation alerts to computing devices in accordance with factors, such as device-specific and location-specific factors. In embodiments of the present invention, travel alerts, including public alerts associated with certain areas, are formatted or held prior to delivery, based on safety concerns, legal requirements, device settings, or other considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: HNTB Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen Haag, Carlos J. LeBrilla, Marc Rush, Linda Rolfes
  • Patent number: 8229668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle communication system by which even when the number of other vehicles around a traffic line is increased, it is possible to prevent occurrence of a situation that there are located vehicles the number of which is larger than the capacity of a communicable network, and it is possible to secure communications with the other vehicles. Even when it is determined that a host vehicle enters in a traffic line and a plurality of other vehicles the number of which is larger than a threshold value are located in front and rear virtual regions of the host vehicle, a transmission power is reduced to the extent that communications between the host vehicle and one of the other vehicles that is located furthest in the virtual regions can be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kawauchi, Takahiro Fujishiro, Yuki Horita, Kazuya Monden
  • Patent number: 8224570
    Abstract: This on-vehicle map display apparatus comprises a map scale setting unit that sets a map scale, a summary map generation unit that generates a summary map by abbreviating road shapes if a map scale that is less than a predetermined scale is set by the map scale setting unit, a summary map display control unit that displays the summary map generated by the summary map generation unit upon a display monitor, a congestion information acquisition unit that acquires congestion information, and a congestion information display control unit that displays the congestion information acquired by the congestion information acquisition unit as superimposed upon the summary map displayed upon the display monitor by the summary map display control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Xanavi Informatics Corporation
    Inventors: Akio Sumizawa, Akihiro Kaneko, Shigeru Shimada, Kishiko Maruyama, Akinori Asahara
  • Patent number: 8219313
    Abstract: Navigation devices, methods, and programs store map data hierarchically with the map data of a hierarchy level being excluded. The devices, methods, and programs read the stored map data, perform a route search within each predetermined area on a departure point side and a destination side, and acquire a shortest cost route in a range overlapped in search areas. In a hierarchy level having a proximal higher hierarchy level of which the map data does not exist, the devices, methods, and programs expand the predetermined area into a search area in the proximal higher hierarchy level and acquire a first shortest cost route, and perform the route search in a higher hierarchy level to acquire a second shortest cost route. When the second shortest cost route's cost is smaller than the first shortest cost route's cost, the devices, methods, and programs update the cost of the shortest cost route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuki Hosoi, Syougo Matsuhisa
  • Patent number: 8214091
    Abstract: A system for determining a possible location of a train in a track network including interconnected tracks having wayside devices associated with these tracks. The system includes a positioning system for determining an estimated location area of a train and a track database having track location data. A computer: obtains the determined estimated location area of the train from the positioning system; identifies a plurality of tracks in the estimated location area of the train, based upon the track location data; obtains signal system data for at least one wayside device associated with at least one of the tracks identified within the estimated location area; and determines at least one possible train location on at least one of the identified tracks based at least in part upon the obtained signal system data. A method and apparatus for determining the possible location of a train is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Kernwein
  • Publication number: 20120166075
    Abstract: An appointment having an associated appointment location and a reminder time is received. The method also includes tracking a current location and a travel time, the travel time comprising an estimated amount of time for travel from the current location to the appointment location. Further, the method includes adjusting the reminder time to accommodate the travel time. Furthermore, the method includes activating an event reminder in accordance with the adjusted reminder time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ashvin AGRAWAL, Subramaniam Venkatraman Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20120166076
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a traffic warning for a predictive route and a suggestive rerouting for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The method includes steps of retrieving traffic information for roadways included in a predictive travel zone, including traffic incidents. The method also includes steps of calculating a suggestive reroute that reroutes the user around a traffic incident and continuing on a roadway within the predictive travel zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Rody Hardy
  • Patent number: 8209123
    Abstract: Host vehicle location information that indicates the location of a host vehicle is acquired, image information that includes the road along which the host vehicle is traveling is acquired, a host vehicle travel lane in which the host vehicle is traveling is detected based on the image information, lane information that indicates the position of the host vehicle travel lane is generated based on the host vehicle location information, and this lane information is registered on a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideto Miyazaki
  • Publication number: 20120158283
    Abstract: A navigation-enabled device has a memory operatively coupled to a processor for executing a navigation application, a speaker operatively coupled to the processor for providing navigational notifications, and a position-determining system for determining a current location to enable the processor to identify a current route on which the device is located. The processor is configured to determine whether the current route is a familiar path and vary a frequency of the navigational notifications based on whether the current route is a familiar path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventor: Martin ARASTAFAR
  • Patent number: 8200847
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving spoken input at a computing device from a user of the computing device, the spoken input including a carrier phrase and a subject to which the carrier phrase is directed, providing at least a portion of the spoken input to a server system in audio form for speech-to-text conversion by the server system, the portion including the subject to which the carrier phrase is directed, receiving from the server system instructions for automatically performing an operation on the computing device, the operation including an action defined by the carrier phrase using parameters defined by the subject, and automatically performing the operation on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. LeBeau, John Nicholas Jitkoff
  • Publication number: 20120136567
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for planning a route for a vehicle from a starting point to a destination. The method includes the steps of generating a plurality of routes based on a non-safety factor; evaluating the plurality of routes based on a safety factor; selecting a first route from the plurality of routes based on the safety factor; generating driving instructions based on the first route; displaying the first route on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: JENNE-TAI WANG, BING DENG
  • Patent number: 8190361
    Abstract: A navigation device is provided. The device includes a driving state tracker for tracking a mobile driving state using a current mobile position and RGI (Route Guidance Information) data including driving information on multi-routes from the current mobile position to a destination, and outputting deviation information and the current mobile position when a mobile object is deviated from a route; and a re-routing unit for searching partial routes from a mobile deviation position to each of the multi-routes using the deviation information, the current mobile position and the driving information on the multi-routes, and re-routing a route to the destination using each of the partial routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chul-Hwan Lee, Woo-Chan Chung
  • Patent number: 8190362
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying or otherwise providing information to users regarding various types of road traffic condition information in various ways. The information may be provided, for example, as part of a user interface (or “UI”), which may in some situations further include one or more types of user-selectable controls to allow a user to manipulate in various ways what road traffic condition information is displayed and/or how the information is displayed. A variety of types of road traffic condition information may be presented to users in various manners, including by presenting information on graphically displayed maps for geographic areas to indicate various information about road conditions in the geographic area. In addition, provided controls may allow users to select particular times, select particular routes, indicate to perform animation of various types of changing traffic conditions over a sequence of multiple successive times, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Inrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Alec Barker, Todd Asher, Mitchel A. Burns, Oliver B. Downs, Craig H. Chapman, Robert C. Cahn
  • Patent number: 8190359
    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: August 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Proxpro, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian J. Bourne
  • Patent number: 8185310
    Abstract: A navigation device and the like capable of appropriately alleviating an amount of communicating information between the navigation server and a navigation device, from the viewpoint of guiding a user to a destination point via the navigation device, on the basis of a support route which is set by the navigation server. Of the links constituting a support route R which connects the current position p1 and the destination position p2 of the user, the links satisfying an extraction condition set according to a changing pattern of a road type are extracted as target links. Also, the target links, that is, the link having high necessity from the viewpoint of guiding the user, with regard to the changing pattern of the road type, is recognized by the navigation device 200 on the basis of communication between the navigation server 100 and the navigation device 200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Sengoku, Aiko Sugawara, Masakuni Tsuge, Masayuki Arai, Yoshitaka Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20120101720
    Abstract: The invention discloses a storage medium storing program capable of being read by a computer, a computer program product, a navigator and a control method thereof. The navigator comprises a positioning unit, an image capturing unit and a processing unit. The positioning unit locates the navigator and correspondingly provides a position information, and the image capturing unit captures a plurality of rode images. The processing unit determines if the navigator enters a turn state according to a navigation route and the position information. When the navigator enters the turn state, the processing unit controls the image capturing unit to capture the plurality of rode images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: MITAC INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: WEI-CHIANG CHO
  • Patent number: 8160755
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for displaying aircraft symbology. The method includes displaying (302, 502, 702, 902, 1002) a symbol (202) for a first aircraft in a predetermined format, processing (304, 504, 704, 904, 1004) data related to flight conditions of the first aircraft and a second aircraft, determining (306, 506, 706, 906, 1006) a format for the display of the second aircraft based on the processed data, and displaying (308, 508, 708, 908, 1008) a symbol (212, 214, 216, 412, 416, 612, 614, 616, 812, 814, 816) for the second aircraft in accordance with the determined format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Nichols, John G. Suddreth
  • Publication number: 20120078506
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving an entry for a destination where an emergency had occurred; detecting a current location for locating an emergency vehicle; receiving traffic information between the current location and the destination for identifying a traffic flow; extrapolating a vehicle location based on the traffic information for locating a non-emergency vehicle in the traffic flow; and generating an emergency route from the current location to the destination by accommodating the vehicle location for displaying on a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: TeleNav, Inc.
    Inventor: Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain
  • Publication number: 20120078507
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating local traffic flow are described. One embodiment of a method includes determining a driving habit of a user from historical data, determining a current location of a vehicle that the user is driving, and determining a current driving condition for the vehicle. Some embodiments include predicting a desired driving condition from the driving habit and the current location, comparing the desired driving condition with the current driving condition to determine a traffic congestion level, and sending a signal that indicates the traffic congestion level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Stanley Caveney, John Michael McNew
  • Patent number: 8131467
    Abstract: A route information display device calculates a branch point in routes to a plurality of inputted destinations, and uses the branch point to control information modes. A route information display device includes: a departure point input unit that detects a current location of the user; a multiple destination input unit that accepts input of a plurality of destinations; a route search unit that searches for respective routes from the current location to the plurality of destinations; a branch point calculation unit that calculates a branch point of the respective searched routes; and a route information display unit that displays information regarding routes to the branch point and information regarding routes beyond the branch point in different modes, wherein the route information display device supports easy comprehension of information by the user by calculating a branch point of a plurality of inputted destinations and providing information in consideration of the branch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Mototaka Yoshioka, Jun Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20120035848
    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: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori YONEZAWA, Hiroki ISHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8112219
    Abstract: A system and method for updating and communicating traffic information to at least one receiving vehicle includes a traffic information center and at least one probe vehicle. In a preferred embodiment, major road sections are represented as links, the center stores and updates a parent map database of links that are associable with a first value of a condition, each probe vehicle is configured to receive a copy of the database either periodically or upon request, determine a second value of the condition, and compare the first and second values to determine a condition discrepancy. Where the discrepancy surpasses a threshold, each probe vehicle is further configured to upload at least the second value to the center, so as to update the parent map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Johnson, Martin A. Ferman