Based On User Driving History Patents (Class 701/424)
  • Patent number: 10309793
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for maintaining a database with details of frequently travelled routes and selecting a travel route for a vehicle from the database based on particulate filter regeneration requirements. In one example, a method may include selecting one or more routes from the database based on a current particulate filter soot level, fuel efficiency, travel time, operator behavior, etc., ranking the routes based on the particulate filter regeneration efficiency of each of the one or more routes. At vehicle key-off, the database may be updated with information regarding the travelled route including a level of particulate filter regeneration achieved during the drive cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Devesh Upadhyay, Michael Brendan Hopka
  • Patent number: 10203212
    Abstract: A system for and a method of determining that a detoured trip is to be presented to a potential passenger. The method comprises receiving a rideshare request; generating a rideshare request parameter; and accessing, from a database, trip filtering parameters associated with trips. The method further comprises determining that at least one of the trips is a candidate for which a detour route is to be computed based on an analysis of the rideshare request parameter and a corresponding trip filtering parameter associated with the at least one of the trips; causing to compute, for the at least one of the trips determined as being the candidate for which the detour route is to be computed, a detoured trip; and determining that the detoured trip is to be presented to the potential passenger by analyzing the deviation value of the detoured trip and the deviation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: COMUTO S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Gabriel Mazzella, Francis Gerard Nappez, Mathieu Mehdi Louafi, Nicolas Georges Erwin Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10197408
    Abstract: Navigation applications may utilize various different data sources to provide route information. In one example, a method of operation may include receiving at least one destination, determining a navigation route for a transport to navigate from a point of origin to the destination, applying user characteristic to the navigation route, determining an alternative navigation route with at least one intermediate destination based on the at least one user characteristic and the at least one destination, and providing the alternative navigation route to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10187348
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of a managing an online social network includes the step of providing an online social network. The online social network includes a set of nodes, wherein each node represents a user and a set of relationships between each node. The method includes the step of identifying a set of users that are members of the same family. The method includes the step of identifying each node of the set of users that are members of the same family. When a member of the set of users interacts with another member of the set of users determine an interaction; determine a family-relationship status between the member and the other member; and score the interaction. The method includes the step of generating a family bonding index based on the family relationship status of the member and the other member and the score the interaction. The method includes the step of updating the set of relationships of the online social network based on the family bonding index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Adris Chakraborty, Saptarshi Das, Piyas De
  • Patent number: 10124825
    Abstract: A steering apparatus and a steering assist method are capable of being preferably used for a first curve and a second carve which are different in cornering direction and which are sequentially provided. When a vehicle travels through the first curve and the second curve, a controller in the steering apparatus shifts a steering angle control value with respect to a steering angle detection value in response to returning of a steering wheel and decrease of steering assist torque to a torque threshold value while the vehicle is running in the first curve and starts generation of the steering assist torque for the second curve before the steering angle detection value returns to a sensor median due to returning of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuji Wada, Hiroyuki Koibuchi
  • Patent number: 10110689
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computerized method provides an online social network, wherein online social network comprises a set of nodes, wherein each node represents a user and a set of relationships between each node. The computerized method identifies a set of users that are members of the same family. The computerized method identifies each node of the set of users that are members of the same family. When a member of the set of users interacts with another member of the set of users; the computerized method determines an interaction and determines a family-relationship status between the member and the other member; and scores the interaction. The computerized method generates a family bonding index based on the family relationship status of the member and the other member and the score the interaction. The computerized method updates the set of relationships of the social network based on the family bonding index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Adris Chakraborty, Piyas De, Saptarshi Das
  • Patent number: 10097947
    Abstract: A method includes registering a given client device with a server to receive personalized routing for a given user, building a user model for the given user, the user model being based on personal attributes for a plurality of users including the given user, identifying patterns of personal attributes for the given user, generating a personalized route for the given user based on matching the patterns of personal attributes with one or more route attributes, identifying one or more personalized incentives for the given user based on the personal attributes of the given user and the route attributes, modifying the personalized route for the given user to generate an incentivized personalized route for the given user, and transmitting a notification from the server to the given client device over a network, wherein the notification causes the given client device to display the incentivized personalized route for the given user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan von Cavallar, Ziyuan Wang, Nicholas Waywood
  • Patent number: 10024675
    Abstract: In various implementations, routing factors are identified based on a routing request associated with a user, where the routing factors include route preferences of the user. Routes are generated based on the routing request. Preference weights are determined for the route preferences, where the preference weights correspond to machine learning models based on sensor data provided by one or more sensors in association with the user. Route scores are determined for the routes based on the preference weights. A suggested route is provided to a user device associated with the user, where the suggested route corresponds to a selected route of the routes and is provided based on the route score of the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Benny Schlesinger, Shira Weinberg, Yuval Borsutsky, Avichai Cohen
  • Patent number: 9958288
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards resolving an uncertain transportation context by suggesting one or more potential diversions. An automated routing system may generate routing information that includes map data as well as a location of a diversion having an expected cost in compliance with the uncertain transportation context. Such a diversion may be a waypoint that satisfies one or more user needs given an unknown/uncertain destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Horvitz, John C. Krumm
  • Patent number: 9915541
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive vehicle information including at least location and fuel level. The processor is also configured to determine a current estimated time-of-arrival (ETA) to an event-associated destination based on travel time from the location. The processor is further configured to determine a fuel-level impact on the current ETA. Also, the processor is configured to provide a remote party update, including the current ETA, responsive to the current ETA deviating from a previous ETA by more than a threshold deviance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Bankowski, Edward Wehrman, Elizabeth Halash, Kevin Burdette, Heath Williams
  • Patent number: 9869563
    Abstract: A method of predicting a destination of a user of a mobile device is described, together with a device for performing the same. The method comprises determining a location of the mobile device, and executing a route search algorithm with respect to a trip data-base. The trip database stores information indicative of a personal road network of a user of the mobile device, one or more road segments in the personal road network being associated with a respective destination location, and cost information associated with road segments in the personal network, the cost information being based, at least in part, on traversal information in the trip database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Samuel Mark Broadbent, Pieter Andreas Geelen, St├ęphane Hareau, Jose F. Santiago Nunez
  • Patent number: 9826057
    Abstract: In a computing system, information regarding a plurality of events that use a computing device is obtained, and a time-dependant increase in activity for each of at least some of the events is identified. An observed interest by a user in an event is correlated with an identified increase in activity for the event. Information about the activity at a time related to the event is provided for review by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Dipchand Nishar, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 9778053
    Abstract: Generating user preference activity maps is disclosed, including: collecting a plurality of user activities recorded by a plurality of GPS recording devices; and aggregating the plurality of user activities to a base map to generate a user preference map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Strava, Inc.
    Inventor: Davis Kitchel
  • Patent number: 9737268
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for facilitating navigation data updates. One embodiment of the method includes receiving an indication that a navigation route is unavailable. The indication that the navigation route is unavailable is provided by a user of a mobile device. A notification of the unavailable navigation route is communicated to a navigation server. The unavailable navigation route is excluded in subsequently provided navigation routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Woojae Lee, Sanjay K. Sharma, Peter S. Syromiatnikov, Cesar Perez
  • Patent number: 9739622
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting a path according to a plurality of selection conditions are disclosed, where a vehicle traveling history data stored in the plurality type of driving data recorder (DDR) databases established previously are analyzed, and then a plurality type of DDR databases are screened out by further referring to a plurality of type ratios provided by the user are screened out, and then a desired path is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Reijo Yamashita, Hiroki Yamashita, Hsiu-Hsen Yao
  • Patent number: 9702709
    Abstract: Adaptive route guidance can include analyzing route progressions associated with one or more routes based on multiple user preferences. The adaptive route guidance can provide one or more preferred routes based on the user preferences, which can be presented to a user for navigation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Kevin Tiene
  • Patent number: 9702716
    Abstract: A computing device may execute a routing application to perform operations including identifying a contextual parameter indicative of a quality preference for routing over segments of geographic mapping data, weighing the segments of geographic mapping data according to traffic score information indicative of the presence of the contextual parameter over the respective segments determined based at least in part on vehicle diagnostic data, and determining a suggested route for a vehicle from a current location to a destination location over the weighed segments of geographic mapping data based on the contextual parameter. The device may be further configured to receive a route request including the destination location for the vehicle; and display the route for the vehicle on a map including indications of the quality of the segments along the suggested route. To improve the routing, learning heuristics identify what diagnostic data variables correlate with presence of which contextual parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Telematics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Siegel, James Barfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9689690
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for indexing routes using similarity hashing. In an embodiment, a processor identifies a route wherein the route includes one or more links. The processor identifies a route attribute wherein the route attribute describes the route. The processor hashes the one or more links to determine a minimum link with a minimum hash value. The processor assigns the route attribute to the minimum link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Daniel Rolf
  • Patent number: 9689689
    Abstract: A navigation device is provided, which includes a retrieval section that retrieves a route to a destination, and a storage device that stores a traveled road as a recognized road and stores an extension road as a recognized road. The traveled road is a road actually traveled by a vehicle. The extension road is a road continuous with the traveled road. The retrieval section includes a selection section. When multiple routes each to the destination are retrieved, the selection section selects a route from among the multiple routes based on a distance of an unrecognized road, a travel time taken to travel the unrecognized road, or a connection condition of the unrecognized road. The unrecognized road is a road other than the recognized road stored in the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriko Kato
  • Patent number: 9672740
    Abstract: A method and system that provides detouring services to passengers and transportation operators. Transportation operators send data indicating prior uses of the operator to the passengers' mobile device and the system on the mobile device compiles the data to form travel patterns of the passenger. The travel patterns are assigned a probability indicating the frequency the travel pattern is used by the passenger. When a disruption of a service of an operator occurs, a detouring service provides detour suggestions to the passengers and travel demand changes to the operators. In another approach, an in-station display displays suggested detour routes based on the top destinations of stranded passengers and the passenger's mobile phones are not used to display or perform detouring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiang Zhu, Kaushik Triyambaka Mysur, Hirokazu Ikeda, Naoto Matsunami
  • Patent number: 9562786
    Abstract: A method for recommending a candidate path includes, in response to receiving a query from a user, looking up a plurality of paths that conform to the query; with respect to a current path among the plurality of paths, obtaining behavior data of the user and behavior data of at least one other user associated with the current path; determining a recommendation indicator associated with the current path, based on the behavior data of the user and the behavior data of the at least one other user; and recommending the candidate path to the user based on at least a recommendation indicator associated with at least one of the plurality of paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Dong Ding, Ning Duan, Peng Ji, Qian Kun Zhao, Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9549369
    Abstract: A communication device has an information transmission setting process that obtains state information indicative of a self-vehicle state, and determines whether the state information satisfies a transmission stop condition for stopping a transmission of position information. Further, based on the obtained state information, the process determines whether the self-vehicle is in an abnormal state indicative of an abnormality of the self-vehicle. Then, if the preset transmission stop condition is satisfied and the abnormal state is not detected, the process stops the transmission of the position information. If the preset transmission stop condition is satisfied and the abnormal state is already detected, the process allows a periodic transmission of the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9305021
    Abstract: A map system for presenting Point of Interest (POI) information is provided with an interface module, a storage unit, and a processing module. The interface module is coupled to a display device and provides an operation interface for receiving a search query and a condition of time period. The storage unit stores a plurality of POIs data and verified data of the POIs each corresponding to a respective one of different time periods. The processing module filters the POIs and the verified data according to the search query and the condition of time period to generate an electronic map, and displays the electronic map to present the filtered POIs via the interface module and the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Ren-Dar Yang, Chun-Hung Lu, Yi-Hsun Lee, Wen-Nan Wang, Tai Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9163952
    Abstract: A suggestive mapping device may predict, suggest, and/or provide potential destinations to a user. Additionally, the device may store historical location data of the user, determine a travel vector of the user, and predict the destination of the user based at least in part on the historical location data and/or the travel vector. Further, the device may provide hands-free maps to destinations when the user does not know the address at least by receiving contextual data of the user and/or contextual data of the user's contacts. Such hands-free, suggestive mapping devices may facilitate more effective navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Viola, Zhaowei Jiang, John C. Krumm, Matthew Graham Dyor, Eric J. Horvitz, Lili Cheng
  • Patent number: 9120484
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining one or more object models used by an autonomous vehicle to predict the behavior of detected objects. The autonomous vehicle may collect and record object behavior using one or more sensors. The autonomous vehicle may then communicate the recorded object behavior to a server operative to determine the object models. The server may determine the object models according to a given object classification, a particular driving environment, or a combination thereof. The server may then communicate the object models to the autonomous vehicle for use in predicting the actions of detected objects and for responding accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Dmitri A. Dolgov
  • Patent number: 9082238
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle system that includes synchronizing a calendar with a vehicle control system and generating a smart-alarm based on events in the calendar. A vehicle receives authorization from a device to synchronize a calendar associated with the device with the vehicle. The calendar is synchronized with the vehicle and a smart alarm is provided to a user based on an event in the calendar and a supplemental factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Publication number: 20150142302
    Abstract: A technology for searching for a recommended route matched to a search condition is provided for route search that involves substitution with a learned route. A route search device comprises: a storage means to store therein, as learned routes, routes corresponding to sections where traveling deviated from recommended routes have been performed; a setting means to set a search condition matched a recommended route; a recommended-route search means to find a recommended route on the basis of the search condition; an application means to select any one of the learned routes that is applicable to the thus found recommended route, and apply the selected learned route to the recommended route; and a display means to display the recommended route to which the learned route has been applied. The storage means stores therein category information of the learned routes in association with the respective learned routes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takefumi KUDO
  • Patent number: 9031726
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for operating a pre-lubrication system for an internal combustion engine of a hybrid electrical vehicle after vehicle start up, wherein the hybrid electrical vehicle also comprises. The electric engine is turned on at vehicle start up and the internal combustion engine is turned on at vehicle start up or after a period of time after vehicle start up. The pre-lubrication system comprises an engine control function for controlling the internal combustion engine, monitoring the torque requested by a driver and storing information regarding when the driver requests torque equal to or higher than a predetermined torque threshold. The cranking operation of the internal combustion engine, in order to build up oil pressure and fill the oil circuit with oil, is initiated based on the stored information or when the electrical hybrid vehicle reaches a predetermined vehicle speed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Rob J. Otterspeer, Ingvar Akesson
  • 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: 9020743
    Abstract: A computer implemented trip-planning method includes accessing one or more destination elements of a matrix of driver information, the accessing based at least in part on a trip start time and day of week. Each accessed element has a probability associated therewith, indicating the likelihood of the element being the destination at which a vehicle trip will end, based at least the start time and day of week. The method also includes selecting, from the one or more elements, a destination having the highest probability of being the destination at which the vehicle trip will end. Further, the method includes utilizing the selected destination as an end destination for the purposes of trip planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitar Petrov Filev, Ryan Abraham McGee, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Payam Naghshtabrizi, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 9002636
    Abstract: A computing system is described that can provide a user with alerts based on traffic information related to the user's expected travel route. In some embodiments, a user can be alerted if a traffic delay exists on the user's expected travel route. In other embodiments, a user can be alerted when their usual bus or train is delayed. In further embodiments, a user can be alerted when traffic on an expected route to the user's next event location might impact the user's ability to arrive at that location on time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tushar Udeshi, Tom Carl Stamm, Dale Hawkins, Pablo Bellver
  • Patent number: 9002635
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for enabling collection and/or refinement of digital map information for aiding navigation route planning for vehicles larger than ordinary cars, such as goods-vehicles, buses, and car+caravan combinations. In at least one embodiment, a profile of a vehicle's characteristics, and one or more routes followed, are logged by a navigation device, and fed-back to a server that supports the navigation device with map data updates. At the server, or an alternative processing centre, the fed-back data from plural navigation devices is analysed to observe statistically the patterns of roads used by these vehicles, and to categorise these by the type of vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Jeroen Trum
  • 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: 8996287
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for forecasting travel delays corresponding to streets, street segments, geographic areas, geofenced areas, and/or user-specified criteria. And from the forecasted travel delays, speed and travel times that take into account such travel delays can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Mark J. Davidson, Christopher T. Schenken
  • 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: 8972160
    Abstract: A navigation device apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes a fuel consumption determination unit that determines a fuel consumption during a travel of a vehicle. Also included is a fuel consumption information storage unit that stores point information identifying a departing point and a destination in the travel of the vehicle and fuel consumption information identifying the fuel consumption during a previous travel A display unit is included that acquires previous fuel consumption information identifying the fuel consumption during the previous travel corresponding to the departing point and the destination during a current travel of the vehicle, and controls the display of the fuel consumption during the previous travel based on the acquired previous fuel consumption information and the fuel consumption during the current travel determined by the fuel consumption determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Miura, Junichi Nonomura
  • Patent number: 8972177
    Abstract: A system logs life experiences using geographic cues. The system variously provides a comprehensive life-logging tool for recording a plurality of different types of life events. In one implementation, the system receives a user's GPS log files and multimedia content at a website. The system segments the GPS log files into geographic routes corresponding to user trips, and tags the multimedia content with geographic cues from the GPS log files. Then, the system indexes the geographic routes so that users can retrieve the geographic routes by browsing or by search techniques. The system displays animations of selected routes on a map, and displays the multimedia content at corresponding locations along the map route, as the route is replayed. The system also provides browsing and spatial and temporal techniques to search a person's travels and can provide graphical displays of the person's activity statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Zheng, Longhao Wang, Xing Xie, Ruochi Zhang
  • Patent number: 8972107
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted communication device includes wireless units 3a and 3b that switch a frequency that performs wireless communication with antennas 2a and 2b between a frequency for wireless communication for ITS and a frequency for wireless LAN communication, a parking determination unit 6 that determines whether or not a vehicle is parked, a parking position storage unit 6a that stores as a parking position a position where it is determined that the vehicle is parked by the parking determination unit 6, and a wireless control unit 4 that controls the wireless units 3a and 3b to perform the wireless communication for ITS with the antennas 2a and 2b when the vehicle is running, and switch the wireless communication for ITS or the wireless LAN communication to be performed with the antennas 2a and 2b on the basis of the parking position stored in the parking position storage unit 6a when the vehicle is parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Morita, Yuji Hamada
  • Patent number: 8958822
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for tracking points of interest of a user of a mobile device are disclosed. One method includes determining points of interest of a user of a mobile device. The method includes obtaining user-related information, wherein the user-related information includes spatial information about the user, and determining at least one point of interest of the user based on the user-related information. Another embodiment includes an apparatus for determining points of interest of a user. For one embodiment, the apparatus is a mobile device. The mobile device is operative to obtain user-related information, wherein the user-related information comprising spatial information about the user, and the mobile device is operative to determine at least one point of interest of the user based on the user-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Alohar Mobile Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Song Liang, Jun Yang, Chenyu Wang, Zhigang Liu
  • Patent number: 8954266
    Abstract: Providing directions from point A to point B may be treated as an information retrieval problem. In one example, actual routes that are traveled by people are received, and are stored in a database. When a person requests directions from point A to point B, a system searches the database to determine whether a route from A to B exists. If the route does exist, then the route may be provided as directions in response to the request. If no such route exists, then the system looks in the database for routes that have some amount of overlap with each other, and attempts to construct a route from A to B by joining known routes that overlap with each other. Rules may govern the degree of overlap that routes are to have before they can be joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Ofek, Jeffrey Couckuyt, Gur Kimchi, Brian Beckman
  • Publication number: 20150025792
    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: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Rita H. Wouhaybi, Alexandra C. Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 8924049
    Abstract: A method includes determining an operational parameter of a first vehicle traveling with a plurality of vehicles in a transportation network and/or a route in the transportation network, identifying a failure condition of the first vehicle and/or the route based on the operational parameter, obtaining plural different sets of remedial actions that dictate operations to be taken based on the operational parameter, simulating travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network based on implementation of the different sets of remedial actions, determining potential consequences on travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network when the different sets of remedial actions are implemented in the travel that is simulated, and based on the potential consequences, receiving a selection of at least one of the different sets of remedial actions to be implemented in actual travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Paul K. Houpt, Stephen S. Mathe, Paul M. Julich, Jeffrey Kisak, Glenn Shaffer, Scott D. Nelson, Wolfgang Daum
  • Patent number: 8918284
    Abstract: A method, system, device, and computer readable medium for a displaying a predicted route of a user. It can be determined whether a predicted route is within a displayed range of the map. If the predicted route is not within the displayed range of the map, the displayed range of the map can be automatically changed such that the predicted route is within the displayed range of the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mamoru Tokashiki
  • Patent number: 8918281
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus provides a guidance about an exiting road of a circular intersection based on a prestored road and a learned road. The navigation apparatus determines whether or not the learned road is included in connection roads of the circular intersection. When the learned road is not included in the connection roads of the circular intersection, the navigation apparatus provides the guidance about the circular intersection in an exit number mode. When the learned road is included in the connection roads of the circular intersection, the navigation apparatus device provides the guidance about the circular intersection in a learned road guidance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tanaka, Seiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8914231
    Abstract: A mobile-side terminal apparatus of the present invention includes: a route information storing unit that stores route information related to a route that a user follows; a position acquiring unit that acquires a present position of the user; a display unit that displays the route information stored in the route information storing unit and the present position acquired by the position acquiring unit; and a position transmitting unit that performs transmission of the present position acquired by the position acquiring unit to another information processing device that stores the route information and displays the route information and the present position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Toshiaki Oda
  • Patent number: 8909469
    Abstract: To improve accuracy of determining whether route elements stored as a history are route elements familiar to the user, a navigation apparatus 100 includes: a passage history storage unit 9a that stores a history of route elements passed in the past; a memory cost determination unit 84 that determines memory costs indicative of how less likely a user still has in mind the route elements stored in the passage history storage unit 9a based on the history stored in the passage history storage unit 9a; a route search unit 85 that searches for a route leading to a destination by combining the route elements to minimize a route cost of the entire route including the memory costs determined by the memory cost determination unit 84; and a navigation unit 86 that performs a route guide in accordance with the route searched by the route search unit 85.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Mizuno, Yasuhiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8897948
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Derek Stanley Caveney, John Michael McNew
  • Patent number: 8892350
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating journey destinations is disclosed. The system comprises a conversion module, a frequency module, a metric module, a quality module and a summary module. The conversion module converts a set of driver history data to a set of learning parameters. The frequency module analyzes the set of learning parameters and current journey data to generate estimated journey data describing one or more potential journeys. The metric module analyzes the estimated journey data and the set of current status data to determine one or more metrics associated with the estimated journey data. The quality module determines one or more quality scores associated with the estimated journey data. The summary module determines one or more status summaries and one or more estimate summaries. The summary module associates the one or more status summaries and the one or more estimate summaries with the estimated journey data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: David Frank Russell Weir, Roger Melen, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 8886453
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods that find the quickest route between two locations on a graph with multi-edge constraints in a time and space efficient manner. In some embodiments, Dijkstra's algorithm is split into separate universes when a) a multiple-edge constraint is reached, and b) along each edge of a multi-edge constraint. In some embodiments, the split is performed for the purpose of finding the quickest (i.e. lowest weighted) route to the intersect ion(s) at the end of the constraints. These universes, in some embodiments, are merged or discarded when the intersection at the end of the constraint is found. Using these systems and methods, in some embodiments, the shortest path between two locations of a multi-edge constrained road network can be efficiently determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Telogis, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl David James Cerecke, David John Mitchell, Ralph James Mason, Jason Koch, Howard Jelinek
  • Patent number: 8874368
    Abstract: To improve accuracy of determining whether route elements stored as a history are route elements familiar to the user, a navigation apparatus 100 includes: a passage history storage unit 9a that stores a history of route elements passed in the past; a memory cost determination unit 84 that determines memory costs indicative of how less likely a user still has in mind the route elements stored in the passage history storage unit 9a based on the history stored in the passage history storage unit 9a; a route search unit 85 that searches for a route leading to a destination by combining the route elements to minimize a route cost of the entire route including the memory costs determined by the memory cost determination unit 84; and a navigation unit 86 that performs a route guide in accordance with the route searched by the route search unit 85.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Mizuno, Yasuhiro Shimizu