Remote Route Searching Or Determining Patents (Class 701/420)
  • Patent number: 11255673
    Abstract: GPS devices of vehicles send routes of drivers and automatically generated coordinates of driver positions to a host application for saving on memory remote from the vehicles. Selections of saved routes by drivers and coordinates of driver positions indicating starting and completion of the saved routes are sent to the host application for storing driver trip times corresponding to the saved routes. A driver sends a request for a saved route to the host application. When the host application identifies other saved routes that have start and destination locations within predetermined distances of start and destination locations of the requested saved route, the GPS device of the driver receives at least one of the other save routes from the host application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Airbnb, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara H. Basson, Peter G. Fairweather, Dimitri Kanevsky, Edward E. Kelley
  • Patent number: 11217097
    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: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: salesforce.com. Inc.
    Inventors: John Brian Stewart, Dinesh Premalal Weerapurage, Timothy Alan Carnes, Christopher Sebastian Groer, Lahiru Sandakith Pileththuwasan Gallege, Chenlu Lou
  • Patent number: 11122634
    Abstract: A wireless communication system includes a plurality of wireless communication devices each including a display unit, and an information terminal device that performs wireless communication with each of the plurality of wireless communication devices. The information terminal device includes a field intensity calculation unit that determines a field intensity of each of the plurality of wireless communication devices, and a communication device selection unit that selects at least one wireless communication device based on each field intensity determined by the field intensity calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Okuno, Shuichi Tatei
  • Patent number: 11105648
    Abstract: An exemplary geospatial navigation system provides, to a user of a mobile navigation device, navigational guidance along a route from a starting location to a destination location. The geospatial navigation system also identifies a first transportation mode being employed by the user to traverse the route. While the navigational guidance is being provided, the geospatial navigation system receives sensor data generated by a sensor within the mobile navigation device, and determines, based on the sensor data, that the user switches from the first transportation mode to a second transportation mode. In response to the determining that the user switches from the first to the second transportation mode, the geospatial navigation system suspends and/or engages one or more features of the navigational guidance being provided to the user. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: John Chipouras, Daniel Austin Kopyc
  • Patent number: 11099564
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) includes a recognition unit (130) that recognizes a surrounding situation of a vehicle, and a driving control unit (140, 160) that controls steering and acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle based on the surrounding situation recognized by the recognition unit. In a case where a traffic participant is recognized in a progress direction of the vehicle by the recognition unit, the driving control unit sets an entry inhibition region where an entry of the vehicle is to be avoided, using the traffic participant as a reference, based on a degree of recognition of the vehicle by the traffic participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Hideki Matsunaga, Yasuharu Hashimoto, Etsuo Watanabe, Yuki Oshitani
  • Patent number: 11099016
    Abstract: Generating a pedestrian tour includes: receiving a query from a user device via a network, the query indicative of a request for a pedestrian tour and including a location and preferences including a target length for the pedestrian tour; obtaining a graph of a geographical area around the location of the user device, the graph including nodes indicative of path crossings and arcs indicative of paths connecting pairs of the nodes; determining scores for the arcs based on characteristics of the arcs, respectively, and the preferences; selecting connecting ones of the arcs based on the scores of the connecting ones of the arcs, lengths of the selected connecting ones of the arcs, and the target length; adding the selected connecting ones of the arcs to the pedestrian tour to initialize the pedestrian tour; and transmitting the pedestrian tour to the user device via the network for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NAVER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sofia Michel, Stéphane Clinchant, Christophe Legras, Jutta Willamowski
  • Patent number: 11087623
    Abstract: Systems and methods for compensating for driver speed-tracking error are disclosed herein. One embodiment computes a recommended speed for a vehicle; classifies a driver of the vehicle as a particular type of driver among a plurality of driver types based on measured speed-tracking error, wherein the speed-tracking error is a difference between the recommended speed and an actual speed of the vehicle; predicts the speed-tracking error at a future time increment based on the speed-tracking error at one or more past time increments using a nonlinear autoregressive (NAR) neural network associated with the particular type of driver; computes a compensated recommended speed for the vehicle based on the recommended speed and the predicted speed-tracking error at the future time increment; and communicates the compensated recommended speed to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ziran Wang, Kyungtae Han, Prashant Tiwari
  • Patent number: 11079235
    Abstract: A method for primarily sensor-based navigation includes: in a first time period, collecting geophysical position data using a GPS receiver of a navigation device; in the first time period, collecting a first set of accelerometer data using an accelerometer of the navigation device; analyzing the first set of accelerometer data to produce a first set of vertical vehicular motion data; generating a mapping association between the first set of vertical vehicular motion data and the geophysical position data; in a second time period after the first time period, collecting a second set of accelerometer data using the accelerometer; analyzing the second set of accelerometer data to produce a second set of vertical vehicular motion data; and calculating an estimated location of the vehicle by analyzing the second set of vertical vehicular motion data in light of the mapping association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Romit Roy Choudhury, Jayanta Pal, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus
  • Patent number: 11067397
    Abstract: A commodity layout database retains commodity arrangement information in which a plurality of kinds of commodity identification information for identifying a plurality of commodities arranged indoors and indoor arrangement positions of the plurality of commodities are associated with each other. A photographing unit photographs the periphery of an indoor. A commodity specifying unit analyzes a photographed image and specifies commodity identification information included in the photographed image. A guidance information creating unit specifies an indoor arrangement position of a registered commodity registered in advance by the user on the basis of the specified commodity identification information, the commodity arrangement information, and registered commodity identification information for identifying the registered commodity, and creates guidance information for guiding the user to the specified arrangement position of the registered commodity. A display unit presents the created guidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventor: Takahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11060874
    Abstract: A map information update system includes a map database; a server; a vehicle position recognition unit configured to recognizes a vehicle position of a vehicle on a map; an external environment information generation unit configured to generate external environment information related to an external environment of the vehicle in association with the vehicle position on the map based on the vehicle position on the map and a detection result of a sensor mounted on the vehicle; a map freshness calculation unit configured to calculate map freshness per area set in advance on map information; a awarding unit configured to award a user of the vehicle or the vehicle an incentive point which is set in advance in accordance with the map freshness of the area corresponding to the external environment information, when the external environment information is transmitted to the server from the vehicle; and a user interaction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junya Watanabe, Hideyuki Matsui, Norihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11017231
    Abstract: A head mounted display device is provided that includes a display device, a camera device, an input device, and a processor. The processor is configured to store a database of physical objects and virtual objects that have been associated with one or more semantic tags. The processor is further configured to receive a natural language input from a user via the input device and perform semantic processing on the natural language input to determine a user specified operation and identify one or more semantic tags indicated by the natural language input. The processor is further configured to select a target virtual object and a target physical object based on the identified one or more semantic tags, perform the determined user specified operation on the target virtual object based on the target physical object, and display the target virtual object at a physical location associated with the target physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Petill, Robert James Jarrett, Jacob A. Bomgardner
  • Patent number: 10993204
    Abstract: Determining if a receiver is inside or outside a building or area. Particular systems and methods for determining if a receiver is inside or outside a building determine an estimate of a position of a receiver, and use the estimate of the position of the receiver and other data to determine if the position of the receiver is inside a first building. The other data may include locations of geo-fences inside buildings, heights of buildings, or other types of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Ganesh Pattabiraman, Deepak Joseph
  • Patent number: 10977939
    Abstract: An infrastructure element includes a computer that includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor such that the computer is programmed to classify a traffic condition of a road segment based on data received from an object detection sensor with a field of view including the road segment and that is communicatively connected to the computer. The computer is programmed to broadcast, to an area including the road segment, a vehicle-to-vehicle communication parameter, determined based on the classified traffic condition and specifying one or more of (i) a channel identifier, (ii) a transmission rate, (iii) a transmission power, or (iv) a message size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Linjun Zhang, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10979849
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enforcing at least one rule associated with a geofence. At least one device is constructed and configured in network communication with a server platform and a database. The server platform defines at least one geofence for a region of interest and specifies at least one rule associated with the at least one geofence, thereby creating a rule-space model for the region of interest. The at least one geofence comprises a multiplicity of geographic designators with each geographic designator assigned with a unique IPv6 address. The at least one device receives at least one notification signal regarding the at least one rule from the at least one server platform and implements the at least one rule when the at least one device is within a predetermined distance from the at least one geofence for the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10964219
    Abstract: A computer system receives a request to locate a vehicle within a facility. The computer system parses the request to identify one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a sensor corresponding to the vehicle based on the one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a most recent location of the vehicle based on the last registered position of the vehicle within the facility. The computer system transmits a signal to a parking spot sensor at the most recent location of the vehicle in the facility. The computer system receives the unique identification. The computer system determines that the unique identification of the vehicle sensor co-located with the parking spot sensor matches the sensor of the requested vehicle. The computer system reports to the user a current location of the vehicle within the facility based on a location of the parking spot sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Price, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Richard Hoover, Stephen Michael Wylie, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 10902356
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method, system, and computer program product of real-time cognitive supply chain optimization. In an embodiment, the present invention includes receiving supply chain optimization data describing a supply chain optimization problem, receiving variables of interest data describing variables of interest with respect to the supply chain optimization problem, generating an optimal route for a user based on the supply chain optimization data and the variables of interest data, monitoring route execution data describing execution of the generated optimal route by the user, capturing deviation data from the monitored route execution data, with respect to critical variable data, and executing a set of logical operations analyzing the captured deviation data with respect to the variables of interest data to identify whether at least one change occurred among the variables of interest at the time of at least one deviation from the generated optimal route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Sahota, Joseph Kozhaya
  • Patent number: 10861453
    Abstract: A processing device receives from a speech-detection device intent data and metadata associated with an intent to schedule a resource located in proximity to a location of the speech-detection device. The metadata includes one or more device identifiers associated with one or more devices discovered by the speech-detection device. The processing device determines an availability of resources associated with the one or more device IDs and schedule one of the resources based on the availability. The scheduled resource is located in in proximity to the location of the speech-detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunal Chadha, James L. Ford
  • Patent number: 10805766
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a mobile-communication-based navigation service method for supporting emergency rescue and a service server using the method. The present invention relates to provision of an interactive navigation service between a rescuer and a person who needs to be rescued in a mobile-communication-based navigation service method for supporting emergency rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae-Hyuk Choi, Joo-Young Kim, Young-Su Cho, Myung-In Ji
  • Patent number: 10750470
    Abstract: Determining if a receiver is inside or outside a building or area. Particular systems and methods for determining if a receiver is inside or outside a building determine an estimate of a position of a receiver, and use the estimate of the position of the receiver and other data to determine if the position of the receiver is inside a first building. The other data may include locations of geo-fences inside buildings, heights of buildings, or other types of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Ganesh Pattabiraman, Deepak Joseph
  • Patent number: 10670409
    Abstract: A commodity layout database retains commodity arrangement information in which a plurality of kinds of commodity identification information for identifying a plurality of commodities arranged indoors and indoor arrangement positions of the plurality of commodities are associated with each other. A photographing unit photographs the periphery of an indoor. A commodity specifying unit analyzes a photographed image and specifies commodity identification information included in the photographed image. A guidance information creating unit specifies an indoor arrangement position of a registered commodity registered in advance by the user on the basis of the specified commodity identification information, the commodity arrangement information, and registered commodity identification information for identifying the registered commodity, and creates guidance information for guiding the user to the specified arrangement position of the registered commodity. A display unit presents the created guidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventor: Takahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10665336
    Abstract: The transfer of prescription medication pricing requests from a patient is automated through the use of a clearinghouse function that interacts with the client. The patient may transmit from a downloaded mobile application or from a web browser on a mobile device a request for pricing information for one or more drugs or medications. The request will contain an authentication key or the names of drugs or medications and a physical location for the mobile device used by the patient. A drug pricing server then returns the pricing for both name brand and generic forms of all drugs or medications in the request and a location of a pharmacy or fulfillment center within a pre-set distance from the mobile device used by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick Abuzeni, Roger D Perryman
  • Patent number: 10557714
    Abstract: The present invention combines the geographical coverage possible with fixed, pre-defined route segment costs (e.g. the legal speed limit) with, wherever possible, richer time dependent costs. A user of, for example, a portable navigation device, can therefore continue route planning as before to virtually any destination in a country covered by the stored map database, but wherever possible, can also use traffic data with time-dependent costs, so that the effect of congestion with any time predictability can be accurately taken into account as an automatic, background process. It leaves the user to simply carry on driving, following the guidance offered by the navigation device, without needing to be concerned about congestion that exists now, and whether it will impact his journey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Bruce Watson Adam, Ian Malcolm Atkinson, Michael Joseph Dixon
  • Patent number: 10445777
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for electronic distribution of electronic content. The method may include receiving, from an advertiser or content provider, a request to transmit electronic content to a plurality of electronic devices of a desired subset of individuals. The electronic content may relate to a target location affiliated with the advertiser or content provider. The method also may include retrieving population density data for the target location and surrounding area, and correlating the subset of individuals with the population density. In addition, the method also may identifying a geographical zone extending from the target location to a perimeter location. The zone may have a size based on the population density correlated with the subset of individuals. The method may further include receiving an indication that the electronic device of a user has entered the geographical zone, and transmitting electronic content to the electronic device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick McDevitt, Joseph Hughes
  • Patent number: 10429202
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a route through a navigable network in a geographic area is disclosed, the navigable network being represented by an electronic map comprising a plurality of segments each having a traversal direction associated therewith. An area is defined around a location represented by the electronic map, and at least some of the outgoing segments from the area are determined. A first optimum cost route from an origin is determined to each of the determined outgoing segments, and these routes are ranked according to their cost. At least one of the first optimum cost routes is selected based on the ranking, and a second optimum cost route is determined from the outgoing segment from the area of the selected route to a destination. The generated route from the origin to the destination comprises the selected first optimum cost route and the second optimum cost route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V., TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Robert Fischer, Tetyana Dzyuba, Felix Godafoss König, Sijtse Thomas Goverts
  • Patent number: 10403139
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon receiving a first message including a map, a vehicle location, and a first location, navigate the vehicle to the first location, and then, after stopping the vehicle at the first location, navigate the vehicle to a second location upon receiving a second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mark A. Cuddihy, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10341493
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to utilizing an interposing phone number and associated phone tree to direct phone calls intended for a merchant to a customer-facing user interface that facilitates online requests to integrate multiple input channels (e.g., requests made by phone and requests made online) into a single output workflow. An interposing phone number provided by a third-party service can be associated with a merchant profile and an interposing phone tree can be implemented in association with an incoming call directed to the interposing phone number. A path of the interposing phone tree can cause a message including a link to be sent to a mobile device associated with the incoming call. Responsive to receiving an indication of activation of the link, an instruction can be sent to the mobile device causing a customer-facing user interface to be presented to enable a customer to interact with the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Iacono
  • Patent number: 10317217
    Abstract: An indoor navigation method of a handheld terminal, which includes: after receiving an instruction, obtaining an image within a scope of a lens, performing analysis on a barcode of a barcode label in the image, obtaining identifier information of each barcode label, selecting color blocks from at least two barcode labels; calculating coordinates of each of the color blocks in a pixel coordinate system according to a position of each selected color block in the image; and calculating coordinates corresponding to each of the color blocks in a coordinate system on the basis of association data of identifier information of the barcode labels and coordinates of the color blocks in the coordinate system according to a barcode label at which each selected color block is located, and calculating coordinates of the handheld terminal in the coordinate system according to a coordinate calculation rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PING AN TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bao Zhou, Zhongcheng Lai, Guoqiang Rong
  • Patent number: 10240937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display apparatus for a vehicle, which includes a display and a processor configured to control the display to display a TBT image at a point on a route on a map displayed on the display, which corresponds to a lane in which the vehicle is being driven, by matching the TBT image to the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bumhee Chung, Hyunsun Lyu
  • Patent number: 10209077
    Abstract: A method for primarily sensor-based navigation includes: in a first time period, collecting geophysical position data using a GPS receiver of a navigation device; in the first time period, collecting a first set of accelerometer data using an accelerometer of the navigation device; analyzing the first set of accelerometer data to produce a first set of vertical vehicular motion data; generating a mapping association between the first set of vertical vehicular motion data and the geophysical position data; in a second time period after the first time period, collecting a second set of accelerometer data using the accelerometer; analyzing the second set of accelerometer data to produce a second set of vertical vehicular motion data; and calculating an estimated location of the vehicle by analyzing the second set of vertical vehicular motion data in light of the mapping association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Romit Roy Choudhury, Jayanta Pal, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus
  • Patent number: 10152835
    Abstract: A vehicle control device that is applied to a vehicle including a driving support device that executes driving support based on an instruction for use or nonuse of a user includes an electronic control unit, the electronic control unit is configured to execute a destination information acquisition process, a path information acquisition process of acquiring path information, a section setting process of setting a notification available section, an operation information acquisition process of acquiring information on the presence or absence of a user operation, and a notification process of performing a notification to request the user to operate an information providing device and use the driving support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaya Hizaki, Takuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10133751
    Abstract: Facilitating location-aware analysis is described. In some embodiments, a database building module is configured to build a point of interest (POI) database based on a tree data structure that includes multiple nodes respectively corresponding to multiple areas. The database building module includes a content node processing module that inserts an entry in the POI database having a content field populated by a POI descriptor included with a content node. The database building module also includes a reference node processing module that inserts an entry having multiple reference fields respectively populated with area indicators corresponding to multiple subnodes of a reference node. In other embodiments, a POI database search module is configured to search a POI database to ascertain multiple POIs with regard to a location of a computing device. The search module searches key fields of reference entries and content entries using an area indicator matching the computing device's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter Raymond Fransen
  • Patent number: 10043387
    Abstract: A map-display-based, computer-implemented approach is provided for providing directions to a user to assist the user in reaching a destination. The approach includes, for instance, collecting at a map display user input data, where the user input data includes the user's destination. In addition, the approach includes generating, by a directions generating facility associated with the map display, directions for the user to use in navigating from a current location to the user's destination, and downloading the directions generated by the directions generating facility to a mobile device of the user to assist the user in reaching the desired destination after leaving the map display. The downloading of directions to the user's mobile device may include downloading the directions in at least one of text data format or voice data format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Greenberger, Trudy L. Hewitt, Jana H. Jenkins, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10012515
    Abstract: A vehicle request management system having a server 10 arranged to communicate with a plurality of vehicle requesting devices 12 and a plurality of vehicles 14, each being equipped with a device 200 having route planning and navigation functionality. Upon receipt of a vehicle request, the server 10 selects a suitable vehicle 14 and determines the route that the vehicle should travel to the pick-up location and then onto the drop-off location. The server 10 receives updates as to the position of the selected vehicle 14 as it completes the request, and uses data associated with the calculated route and the position of the selected vehicle 14 to provide enhanced functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Kees Wesselius, Daan Reyer van Dijk, Pieter Andreas Geelen, Harold Goddijn
  • Patent number: 9998420
    Abstract: Live events attendance smart transportation and planning. A social media profile and a social media friends list corresponding to the user is retrieved by the event service. The event service generates and transmits an event recommendation list to the user. The event service receives the ticket confirmation of the user obtaining a ticket to an event and receives a user transportation preference to attend the event. The event service retrieves a transportation preference for a friend from the social media friends list who obtained the admissions ticket to the event and generates a transportation recommendation to the event for the user and the friend from the social media friends list based on each of their transportation preferences for the event. The event service transmits the transportation recommendation to the user and the friend from the social media friends list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Priscilla Fernanda Jimenez Pazmino, Dulce B. Ponceleon
  • Patent number: 9992628
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for facilitating a download of a specific portion of a map onto a computing device based on information received from a location-aware service. Location information, a start date, and an end date associated with travel plans of a user are received from, for example, a location-aware application or service. A download time corresponding to when to download a map portion corresponding to the received location information is determined. At or prior to the download time, it is determined whether the map portion can be downloaded at that particular time based on one or more factors. If the map portion can be downloaded at that time, the map portion is downloaded to a device associated with the user. The map portion is then removed from the device associated with the user on or after the end date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Rafael Lopez-Uricoechea, Oliver Colbert, Silvana Moncayo
  • Patent number: 9989375
    Abstract: A method for transmitting travel route information to a person present outside of a motor vehicle, and to a system for transmitting such information. The method for transmitting travel route information to a person present outside of a motor vehicle provides that a navigation system present in the motor vehicle wirelessly transmits a data stream including the information to be transmitted directly or indirectly to a display device carried by the person. The information to be transmitted can be perceived by the person by the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Menzel, Sighard Schräbler
  • Patent number: 9973885
    Abstract: A control method for an audio-video-navigation (AVN) terminal includes: receiving an identifier code and point of interest (POI) information; searching for user information corresponding to the identifier code from a communication connected terminal; and displaying the POI information and user information when the user information corresponding to the identifier code is identified during the searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Un Hwan Sol
  • Patent number: 9891068
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for a mobile device connected to a vehicle's interactive communication system that includes a display screen. The method identifies at least one search term from audio data received through the vehicle's interactive communication system. At the mobile device, the method performs a search to identify at least one location related to the identified search term. The method generates a map, that displays the identified location, for output on the display screen of the interactive communication system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Scott Herz, Justin Garcia
  • Patent number: 9863780
    Abstract: A mapping program for execution by at least one processing unit of a device is described. The mapping program selects a traffic segment defined in a first data structure describing congestion in an area of a map. The mapping program identifies a portion of a road in the map area that corresponds to the traffic segment by using a second data structure to correlate the traffic segment in the first data structure to the road that is defined in a third data structure. The mapping program defines a traffic congestion representation to render for the identified road portion, based on data about the corresponding road in the third data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Uros Prestor, J. Paul McCabe
  • Patent number: 9824384
    Abstract: A current location of a portable computerized device can be determined within a retail store. A computer-implemented method to provide a directional aid for a consumer within the store includes receiving an item being sought within a retail store, monitoring, at the processing device, the current location of a portable computerized device, determining an in-store location of the item being sought; and displaying to the consumer a graphic describing a direction and a distance from the current location to the in-store location of the item being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Li, Valerie Goulart
  • Patent number: 9754226
    Abstract: Techniques for analyzing effectiveness of an urban area based on traffic patterns collected from route-oriented vehicles. A process collects sequences of global positioning system (GPS) points in logs and identifies geographical locations to represent the urban area where the route-oriented vehicles traveled. The process models traffic patterns by: partitioning the urban area into regions based at least in part on major roads, segmenting the GPS points from the logs into time slots, and identifying the GPS points associated with transporting a passenger in the route-oriented vehicles. The process models traffic patterns by projecting the identified GPS points onto the regions to construct transitions of the identified GPS points travelling between the regions. Then the process builds a matrix of the regions for each time slot in each day based on a number of the transitions. Each item in the matrix represents an effectiveness of a connection between two regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Zheng, Xing Xie
  • Patent number: 9733089
    Abstract: A method for primarily sensor-based navigation includes: in a first time period, collecting geophysical position data using a GPS receiver of a navigation device; in the first time period, collecting a first set of accelerometer data using an accelerometer of the navigation device; analyzing the first set of accelerometer data to produce a first set of vertical vehicular motion data; generating a mapping association between the first set of vertical vehicular motion data and the geophysical position data; in a second time period after the first time period, collecting a second set of accelerometer data using the accelerometer; analyzing the second set of accelerometer data to produce a second set of vertical vehicular motion data; and calculating an estimated location of the vehicle by analyzing the second set of vertical vehicular motion data in light of the mapping association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Romit Roy Choudhury, Jayanta Pal, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus
  • Patent number: 9643615
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle position module that determines a position of each proximal vehicle with respect to a user's vehicle. Each proximal vehicle is positioned in relation to the user's vehicle without another vehicle between the proximal vehicle and the user's vehicle. A vehicle network module establishes a communication link between the user's vehicle and the proximal vehicles. A message receiver module receives an alert message from a front proximal vehicle in front of the user's vehicle in response to the front proximal vehicle sending the alert message. A message transmitter module transmits an alert message to a rear proximal vehicle traveling behind the user's vehicle. The transmitted alert message includes an alert message received from a front proximal vehicle and/or an alert message generated within the user's vehicle. An alert action module takes an action with respect to the user's vehicle in response to receiving an alert message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric V Kline
  • Patent number: 9626865
    Abstract: An image recognition section detects a first traffic regulation sign from a picked-up image of an area in front of a vehicle. An acquisition section uses a position of the vehicle to acquire a road link, including a second traffic regulation sign at the position of the vehicle, from a storage section. When no current first traffic regulation sign is detected on a current road link after turning-right or turning-left of the vehicle, a determination section determines a current final traffic regulation sign on the current road link, which is to be notified to a vehicle occupant, by use of a degree of adequacy of cooperation between previous first and second traffic regulation signs detected and acquired on a previous road link before the turning-right or turning-left of the vehicle, but also previous and current factors acquired on the previous and current road links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokochi, Hirotaka Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 9558662
    Abstract: A display section classifies evaluation values of a first traveling environment into a plurality of classes to obtain levels of ease of driving and displays the levels of ease of driving for each of unit areas including one or a plurality of areas. The display section displays levels of ease of driving calculated based on evaluation values of a second traveling environment as replacement for first unit areas including areas in a level of ease of driving displaced from a median.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Nomoto
  • Patent number: 9465384
    Abstract: A method operable by a computing device is provided. The method may include receiving a request for a given task to be performed by a robotic system. The method may also determining one or more subtasks required to perform the given task, where the one or more subtasks include one or more parameters used to define the one or more subtasks. The method may also include determining an arrangement of the one or more subtasks to perform the given task, and providing for display an indication of the one or more undefined parameters for the given task. The method may also include receiving an input defining the one or more undefined parameters for the given task, and executing the one or more subtasks in the determined arrangement and in accordance with the one or more defined parameters to cause the robotic system to perform the given task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Redwood Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Advait Jain, Anthony Jules, Aaron Edsinger
  • Patent number: 9448084
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for implementing a dynamic navigation service. In one example, the method may include generating user behavior data for a user, generating community user behavior data, generating a user suggested route, and generating a community user suggested route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita H. Wouhaybi, Alexandra C. Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 9423257
    Abstract: A portable navigation device and method are capable of presenting a destination direction to a user without resorting to visual sensation with a relatively simple configuration. Vibration elements are disposed on or in different positions of a housing. The respective vibration intensities of the vibration elements are determined on the basis of an angular difference ? between a destination direction Vn and a terminal direction Vd. The vibration elements are respectively controlled in accordance with the determined vibration intensities. The position of a vibration, which is obtained as a result of blending vibrations of the vibration elements is sensed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ooka
  • Patent number: 9389088
    Abstract: The present application describes techniques for fetching map data as a selected subset of entire map data available, by selecting map data tiles corresponding to an area that encompasses a first route and to an area encompassing a secondary route based on the first route. An amount of map data accessed may be adjusted based on a priority of the secondary route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Iljya Kalai, Michael Siliski, Jerry Morrison, Keith Ito, Andrew T. Miller
  • Patent number: 9332207
    Abstract: A vehicular display device includes an information display portion disposed on a housing provided forwardly of a driver's seat. The information display portion has a display screen disposed in opposed relationship to the driver's seat. The display device further includes a holder unit disposed rearwardly of the housing in opposed relationship with the information display portion, and a mobile terminal detachably retained between the holder unit and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Nakayama, Yoshimitsu Ishida, Koji Aoki