Including Map Data Storage Or Retrieval Patents (Class 701/461)
  • Patent number: 10156449
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide systems and methods for providing suggested locations for pick up and destination locations. Pick up locations may include locations where an autonomous vehicle can pick up a passenger, while destination locations may include locations where the vehicle can wait for an additional passenger, stop and wait for a passenger to perform some task and return to the vehicle, or for the vehicle to drop off a passenger. As such, a request for a vehicle may be received from a client computing device. The request may identify a first location. A set of one or more suggested locations may be selected by comparing the predetermined locations to the first location. The set may be provided to the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Colijn, Joshua Seth Herbach, Matthew Paul McNaughton
  • Patent number: 10126751
    Abstract: A lane change support device includes memory circuitry and control circuitry. The memory circuitry is configured to store at least one of a plurality of control levels having different reasons for restricting a lane change for each lane of a road in association with a position on the lane. The control circuitry is configured to support the lane change of a vehicle with reference to a control level of the lane change at the position on the lane in which the vehicle runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ZENRIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Monzen, Tatsuya Furuno, Hiroyuki Ohara
  • Patent number: 10102597
    Abstract: A method for searching real estate listings utilizing the Internet includes displaying, on a display device, an interactive map area on an Internet web page interactive graphical interface. The interactive map area displays satellite imagery, aerial photo imagery, or a rendered graphic street map. Then the method includes overlaying a focusing box on the interactive map area. The focusing box is movable about the interactive map area and displays a location title indicating a location of the focusing box on the interactive map area and the focusing box defines a focusing box area on the interactive map area. Then the method includes displaying a total number of real estate listings present in the focusing box area, and displaying a larger version of the focusing box area with a listing icon of each real estate listing of the total number of real estate listings, and each listing icon is displayed at a location of the real estate listing on the interactive map area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The MLSOnline.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Castonguay, Tim Ostendorf
  • Patent number: 10074270
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cluster application generates navigation-related data based on observations received from vehicles. In operation, the cluster application computes an oriented distance between two observed object positions based on a heading, where each observed object position is associated with a different one of two observations. The cluster application then generates a cluster that includes the two observations based on the oriented distance. Subsequently, the cluster application computes an object position that is associated with the cluster based on the two observations. The cluster application transmits the object position and at least one characteristic associated with the observations to a update application that generates an update to a road database. Because the cluster application computes the object position based on multiple observations that are likely of a single object, the object position associated with the cluster may be more reliable than the observed object positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Volodymyr Ivanov, Alexey Pryakhin, Ievgenii Borshch
  • Patent number: 10042035
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for tile-based reduction of access point location information are described. Embodiments may reduce a set of network access points and respective locations to generate a reduced set. For instance, embodiments may include parsing a representation of a geographic region into multiple tiles. Embodiments may also include, for each sub-area or “bucket” of multiple buckets that make up a given tile, evaluating the set of network access points and respective locations to identify network access points residing in that bucket, and based on a ranking of the network access points in that bucket, eliminating at least some network access points of that sub-area from the reduced set. Embodiments may also include, for each sub-tile of multiple sub-tiles of the given tile, assigning within the reduced set a common location to multiple access points residing within different locations of that sub-tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Yefim Grosman, Robert W. Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Andrew Konstantinov
  • Patent number: 9798797
    Abstract: A cluster method and apparatus based on user interest are provided in the present invention. The method includes: receiving pre-determined basic attribute data of a user; calculating a distance between the basic attribute data and a cluster center point, based on the cluster point of the basic attribute data related to the calculation of user interest; comparing the distance with a predefined threshold; if the distance is less than the predefined threshold, determining that the user belongs to a cluster of the interest. As the embodiments of the invention take the basic attribute data from the data of registered users into consideration, the recommendation of corresponding content is executed before getting user behavior data of browsing operations, based on the cluster of interest obtained from register information. Thus the accuracy of recommending to new registered users may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Xiaomei Cheng, Xiaokang Su, Pengyun Zeng, Shiqing Fan
  • Patent number: 9709406
    Abstract: Lane speed profiles are determined for each of a plurality of individual lanes of a multi-lane road section. The plurality of individual lanes are lanes for a given direction of travel. The lane speed profiles are determined using real-time vehicle probe data. The speed profiles are used to determine a timing for provide an instruction to a user of a navigation apparatus to change lane. The timing may be determined to provide a quickest route through at least a part of the road section, to increase the time available for the user to perform the lane change, or to enable a user to pass an incident affecting a lane most quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom Navigation B.V.
    Inventors: Edwin Bastiaensen, Stephen T'Siobbel
  • Patent number: 9677891
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a positioning method and a system thereof, an encoded label generating method and a system thereof. The present invention sets forth a solution of using encoded label to determine coordinate, so as to perform positioning. The positioning method, includes: acquiring a normalized map and a first identification code for identifying the map; acquiring, by scanning a first encoded label, a second identification code and a first coordinate indicated by the first encoded label; and determining a first location in the map corresponding to the first coordinate in response to the second identification code matching with the first identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sheng Hua Bao, Jian Chen, Zhong Su, Li Zhang, Shiwan Zhao
  • Patent number: 9626593
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computer-implemented method for conflating a base dataset with a secondary dataset may generally include defining a locker boundary around each of a plurality of base polylines of the base dataset and identifying a plurality of initial matched segments and a plurality of initial mismatched segments for a plurality of secondary polylines of the secondary dataset, wherein each portion of the secondary polylines that is included within a locker boundary is defined as an initial matched segment and each portion of the secondary polylines that is not included within a locker boundary is defined as an initial mismatched segment. The method may also include identifying an offset parameter defined between a first initial matched segment and its corresponding base polyline using a three-vertex approximation and, if the offset parameter exceeds a predetermined offset threshold, defining the first initial matched segment as a mismatched segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mustaq Ahmed, James Rose, James Jeffrey Shuma
  • Patent number: 9619563
    Abstract: A web content search request including a search term is received at a searching/indexing device. A web search is performed based upon the search term. A markup language (ML) document returned via the web search including the search term is parsed. A location of the search term within the ML document is identified. A hypertext link to the identified location of the search term within the ML document is configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Theodore R. Carraher, Jake Palmer
  • Patent number: 9591442
    Abstract: A method and system for creating Bounded Geographic Regions (“BGRs”) in a navigation system using BGRs is presented. Various methods for creating BGRs are disclosed. Additionally, the implications of minimizing the area of a BGR is discussed and disclosed. The method and system allows for easier convergence for creation of BGRs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: John Culver Heed, Thomas Paul Heed
  • Patent number: 9513130
    Abstract: A registration solution between two or more sets of point cloud data is provided to register a first target set of point cloud data with a second source set of point cloud data. Through error propagation, degrees of freedom masking and transformation filtering, a system may provide an intelligent method of enabling and disabling degrees of freedom in a real-time registration application. A system may adapt to varying environments (feature-rich and featureless) ensuring a high-integrity registration estimate through providing estimates of the observable parameters. By optionally and iteratively masking zero or more degrees of freedom from the registration estimate, a system may locate desirable data to use in a registration estimate. Then, the system may blend updates from the registration estimates to achieve the best available registration solution applied to the original second source set as well as additional sets of point cloud data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Boggs, William T. Kirchner, Keith M. Allen, Gregory J. Kelsey, Yingyue Xu
  • Patent number: 9378663
    Abstract: A system for mapping terrain using at least one machine traveling along the terrain includes at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to determine a plurality of machine parameters of the at least one machine as the at least one machine travels along the terrain. The plurality of machine parameters include a steering parameter and a speed of a component of the at least one machine. The at least one controller is also configured to determine, based on the determined machine parameters, a geometry and a grade of at least one path on the terrain along which the at least one machine travels. The at least one controller is further configured to create, based on the determined geometry and grade, a map indicating the at least one path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Edward Jensen
  • Patent number: 9322148
    Abstract: A mapping system includes a pose sensor, a mapping sensor, a database defining a work surface, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive pose signals and determine the position and the orientation of the machine and receive mapping signals and determine a plurality of raw data points. The controller further determines a plurality of machine points defining a position of a portion of the machine and filters the plurality of raw data points based upon the plurality of machine points to define a plurality of filtered data points. The database may be updated with the plurality of filtered data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: Caterpillar Inc., Carnegie-Mellon University
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stratton, Louis Bojarski, Peter Rander, Randon Warner, Jason Ziglar
  • Patent number: 9279695
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of operating a navigation system to provide geographic location information is provided. The method comprises receiving a query text string representing a query for a geographic location from a user and obtaining data records that represent a plurality of candidate geographic locations. The method computes a text matching score that indicates how much of the query text string matches a record text string of the candidate geographic location and applies a usage pattern weight to the text matching score to obtain an overall score value for the candidate geographic location. The candidate geographic locations are ranked based on the overall score values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Rolf, Torsten Sievers
  • Patent number: 9261601
    Abstract: Lane Boundary Estimation and Host Vehicle Position and Orientation, within the host lane estimation, using V2V (vehicle to vehicle) system, are discussed here. Lane boundary detection and tracking is essential for many active safety/ADAS application. The lane boundary position enables the tracking of the host vehicle position and orientation inside the lane. It also enables classifying in-lane, adjacent lanes, and other lanes vehicles. These two functionalities (lane boundary estimation and vehicle lane classifications) enable active safety applications (such as LDW, FCW, ACC, or BSD). It also enables the lateral control of the vehicle for lane keeping assist system, or for full lateral control for automated vehicle (automated for one or multiple lane changes).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAVARI, INC.
    Inventor: Faroog Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 9234764
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system determines whether conditions are satisfied, including a favorite order being known and a current time of day being within a time period of a predefined time day. If the conditions are satisfied, a conversation is initiated to ask whether the favorite order is desired. When a response indicates that the favorite order is desired, the favorite order is placed and navigation guidance is provided for driving to a vendor. In some embodiments, when second conditions are met, including a monitored portion of a current route matching a previously monitored portion of a route when an order was placed and a monitored time of day matching a previously monitored time of day, within a predefined time period, a speech conversation is initiated to ask whether the order is desired. If the driver indicates the desire for the order, the order is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Alvin Yuan, Pedram Vaghefinazari
  • Patent number: 9222779
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method, apparatus and computer program product for the collaborative presentation of information relating to a travel route. In particular, the method may include providing for display of primary information on a display of a first device, providing for display of ancillary of information on a display of a second device, receiving location information at the first device, and updating the ancillary information provided for display on the display of the second device in response to receiving the location information at the first device. The primary information may include route-guidance information for a route. The ancillary information may include information associated with the route. The ancillary information may include additional information relative to the primary information. The ancillary information may include point-of-interest information along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Karoline Cerny, Karen Janssen, Elena Rovati
  • Patent number: 9217649
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a topographical graph are provided. A computer-implemented method for providing a topographical graph includes accessing, by a computer processor, road map data associated with a geographic area, and accessing, by the computer processor, elevation data associated with the geographic area. The computer processor references the elevation data to determine points at which there is a change in incline along roads in the geographic area. The topographical graph is constructed, with the points defining nodes in the topographical graph, and arcs between the nodes representing road segments having a substantially constant degree of incline. Further provided are methods for determining levels of perceived exertion in traversing arcs, and for optimizing travel routes for minimal perceived exertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Moshe Dror, Katherine E. Carl
  • Patent number: 9170334
    Abstract: A method of localizing transportable apparatus (100) within an environment including receiving (402) data obtained from a ranging sensor device (102) of the transportable apparatus configured to collect information relating to at least a surface (120) over which the transportable apparatus is moving in an environment, and using (404) the ranging sensor device data to generate a new 3D point cloud (110) of the environment. The method further obtains (406) data representing an existing 3D point cloud (114) of at least part of the environment, and seeks to match (408) the new 3D point cloud with, or within, the existing 3D point cloud in order to localize the transportable apparatus with respect to the existing point cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
    Inventors: Ian Alan Baldwin, Paul Michael Newman
  • Patent number: 9116786
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a microprocessor executable remote control module operable to receive, via a remote node, a command from a vehicle owner to configure and/or alter and/or determine a state of a selected vehicle component and, when the vehicle owner is authenticated successfully by the remote control module, to configure and/or alter and/or determine a state of the selected vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9076348
    Abstract: Methods and computer readable medium for collaborating on geographical maps between two or more computers are disclosed. In particular, sharing a geographical location on a map between two or more computers and co-navigating a map between two or more computers are disclosed. With respect to sharing a geographical location, the geographical location is retrieved to the first computer. The geographical location is added to the map being rendered at the first computer and is sent to a second computer. A map including the geographical location is rendered at the second computer. With respect to co-navigating, a map is displayed from a map perspective at the first computer. The map perspective is sent to the second computer. A map from the same map perspective being displayed at the first computer is rendered at the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: VID SCALE, INC.
    Inventors: Gabriel Coch, David Mark Smith, Graham Knight
  • Patent number: 9074906
    Abstract: A road shape recognition device capable of accurately recognizing the road shape of a road that lies ahead in the travel direction of a vehicle is provided. A road shape recognition device 1 detects a road region of the road based on an image capturing a scene ahead in the travel direction of the vehicle, and estimates the shape of the road based on that road region. Thus, it is possible to accurately recognize road shapes over distances ranging from short to long.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirai Higuchi, Morihiko Sakano, Takeshi Shima, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Publication number: 20150149082
    Abstract: A storage device includes a map database having at least two specified sub-blocks and at least one non-specified sub-block. Each specified sub-block is correlated to a measurement position coordinate obtained from an external server by a measurement. The measurement position coordinate of each specified sub-block is stored in the storage device. The non-specified sub-block is directly or indirectly sandwiched by the two specified sub-blocks along a road. A measurement position coordinate of the non-specified sub-block is stored in the storage device when a distance between the measurement position coordinate and an estimation position coordinate of the non-specified sub-block is equal to or longer than a predetermined distance, and the measurement position coordinate of the non-specified sub-block is not stored in the storage device when the distance between the measurement position coordinate and the estimation position coordinate of the non-specified sub-block is shorter than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sakakibara
  • Publication number: 20150149080
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for generating intersection data for paths in a map region. The method receives a set of junctions at which paths intersect in the map region. For a particular junction of at least two paths, the method automatically determines whether any of the other junctions in the map region satisfy criteria to be part of a single intersection with the particular junction. When at least one of the other junctions satisfies the criteria, the method automatically combines the other junctions that satisfy the criteria with the particular junction into a single intersection for use in performing mapping operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Paul S. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9043141
    Abstract: A navigation system having a central device which uses a link shape compression unit to compress information of altitude changes of a road link obtained from a three-dimensional road map, and calculates a geometry parameter based on variation of energy of a vehicle travelling on the road link. An on-board terminal device estimates the vehicle's average travelling pattern by using a travel-pattern-estimation unit based on the geometry parameter calculated by the central device, a link-travelling time estimated from statistically-stored traffic information, and a link length. The on-board terminal device further calculates fuel consumption of the vehicle travelling on each road link based on the estimated travelling pattern and parameters of the vehicle by using a fuel-consumption calculation unit, and then, searches a fuel-efficient route by using the fuel consumption as a link cost. The on-board terminal device has a vehicle-type selector for selecting a type of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kono, Takumi Fushiki
  • Publication number: 20150142306
    Abstract: A road learning device includes: a map data storage device; an own vehicle location detection portion; a travel data storage device; an unregistered road travelling determination device; an unregistered road travel data storage control device; a potential unregistered road track creation device; a first correction device that corrects a potential unregistered road track to be a first track; a map-matching trial device for the first track; a primary successful map-matching determination device; a second correction device that corrects the first track to be a second track when primary map-matching is unsuccessful; a secondary successful map-matching determination device for the second track; and a new map data storage control device that discards a group of unregistered road travel data when secondary map-matching is unsuccessful, merges the first track with the map data when the primary map-matching is successful, and merges the second track with the map data when the secondary map-matching is successful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Kanematsu
  • Publication number: 20150134239
    Abstract: A method for searching a vehicle is provided. The method includes the following steps: determining whether or not there is a searching instruction from the vehicle locking device; acquiring the current position information of the vehicle locking device from the positioning unit when there is the searching instruction from the vehicle locking device; and calculating a route from a current position to an initial position according to the current position information, the initial position information, and the map information. A system for searching the vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MENG-YU HO
  • Publication number: 20150134240
    Abstract: An imitation sound generation system is provided that accurately informs a user of a road environment corresponding to a current location, by an imitation sound. A navigation apparatus, which serves as an imitation sound generation system, includes a map data storage apparatus that stores road network data including data regarding links each representing each road in a road network, a vehicle information acquiring unit that acquires a current location, and a travelling road determining unit that specifies a link to which the current location belongs. The map data storage apparatus stores a plurality of pieces of imitation sound data each being associated with each link. A controller determines a piece of imitation sound data that is associated with the link to which the current location belongs, on the basis of the plurality of pieces of imitation sound data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeaki Yamada, Mitsuo Shimotani, Makoto Mikuriya
  • Publication number: 20150134241
    Abstract: Geographic identification systems and methods of displaying geographic locations on maps and providing related location based services in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment includes a GEOID server configured to communicate with a database containing GEOIDs, where each GEOID comprises a label and geographic information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Davut Kavranoglu
  • Publication number: 20150105964
    Abstract: Techniques that optimize performance of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) processes for mobile devices, typically a mobile robot. In one embodiment, erroneous particles are introduced to the particle filtering process of localization. Monitoring the weights of the erroneous particles relative to the particles maintained for SLAM provides a verification that the robot is localized and detection that it is no longer localized. In another embodiment, cell-based grid mapping of a mobile robot's environment also monitors cells for changes in their probability of occupancy. Cells with a changing occupancy probability are marked as dynamic and updating of such cells to the map is suspended or modified until their individual occupancy probabilities have stabilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: NEATO ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Boris SOFMAN, Vladimir ERMAKOV, Mark EMMERICH, Steven ALEXANDER, Nathaniel David MONSON
  • Patent number: 8996306
    Abstract: A route search device including a database in which map information and facility information are stored, a reference location information obtaining unit that obtains reference location information as location information of a given point from an outside of the route search device, a location information obtaining unit that obtains location information of a desired facility from the outside, a corresponding location information obtaining unit that obtains corresponding location information as location information of a point corresponding to the given point, from the database, a location correction factor calculating unit that calculates a location correction factor, a location correction factor storage unit that stores the location correction factor, a location information correcting unit that corrects the location information of the desired facility, using the location correction factor, and a route searching unit that makes a search for a route to the desired facility, based on the corrected location informa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Kodan, Yasuhiro Shimizu, Ichiro Usami, Hiroyuki Kozakai
  • Patent number: 8990013
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying a search item in a portable terminal is disclosed. When an item (for example, a particular place, a route to a destination place, particular content, etc.), for which the user requests to search, is searched and displayed, the location information regarding the search item can be displayed, in steps, from a wide range (i.e., upper information) to a narrow range (i.e., lower information), thereby the user can intuitively and easily recognize the location of the search item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Yong Kim, Se Jin Kwak
  • Patent number: 8977448
    Abstract: An operating state display device for a vehicle includes a display portion that displays an energy transmission state of the vehicle. A display similar to what is shown when no energy is being transmitted to the axle is shown, regardless of the energy transmission state, when two conditions that the vehicle is stopped and that a brake operation is being performed are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Fukushiro
  • Patent number: 8958983
    Abstract: A server arranged to process GPS data to generate enhanced map data is disclosed. The enhanced map data includes a plurality of navigable segments representing segments of a navigable route in an area covered by a map. In at least one embodiment, the server is connected with a wireless telecommunications transceiver arranged to receive GPS fixes by wireless telecommunication from a plurality of navigation devices and send the received GPS fixes to the server, the server includes a processor arranged to generate at least one speed profile for each segment from the GPS fixes from at least two of the plurality of navigation devices, each speed profile comprising an expected speed of travel through the segment, and the server is arranged to subsequently cause the transceiver to send the speed profiles to the navigation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Peter Mieth, Ian Malcolm Atkinson, Martin Wolf, Ben Rutten, Karine Hilbrandie
  • Patent number: 8958979
    Abstract: The present invention provides system and method for creation of a road map, the system comprising a plurality of navigation devices; and an application server to receive from the plurality of navigation devices time series of location points, and to create a road map based on the time series of location points. The method comprising receiving location points from plurality of navigation devices, along with respective time stamps indicating the time of recordation of each of the location points; identifying at least one route according to the location points and respective time stamps; and creating a road map based on the at least one route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Uri Levine, Amir Shinar, Ehud Shabtai
  • Publication number: 20150046022
    Abstract: A vehicle system is in communication with a mobile device. The vehicle system receives information from the mobile device and determines the quality of the information. If the quality of the information is acceptable, the vehicle system may use the information from the mobile device. In addition, the quality of the information may be used to determine if the information should be sent to other vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sue Bai, Radovan Miucic
  • Publication number: 20150039223
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a navigation device and a server device that are able to calculate an optimal route reflecting the user's intention in a case where a new site is added after a route to a destination is set. The navigation device of the present invention includes a route calculation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoya Ikeuchi, Kosei Uchino, Hisanobu Masuda
  • Publication number: 20150032365
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and portable devices which reduce the power used by a portable device to receive/process satellite navigational system signals and/or to compute the portable device's position using satellite navigational system signals are provided. A method includes retrieving information concerning power usage characteristics based on aggregate data corresponding to a current location of the portable device; and selecting a power saving mode based on the retrieved power usage information from the aggregate data, where each of the plurality of power saving modes reduces power usage in at least one of receiving the satellite navigational system signals, processing the satellite navigational system signals, and computing the portable device's position using the satellite navigational system signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gary LENNEN, ANDY MILOTA
  • Patent number: 8942893
    Abstract: A boom is attached to an application vehicle for applying a product during an agricultural application. The boom includes one or more sections that can be dynamically adjusted to satisfy one or more adjustment criteria. A boom controller communicates actuation commands to a boom adjustment system to dynamically adjust the shape of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Uriel Rosa, Arthur F. Lange, John William Peake, Gurcan Aral, Gregory Daniel Chiocco
  • Publication number: 20150025795
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle is disclosed which includes determining of a current position of the motor vehicle and accessing a data of map data stored in at least one vehicle-external storage device. The accessed data set contains map data of surroundings of the determined current position of the motor vehicle. The method further include, classifying objects contained in the map data according to stationary objects and moveable objects, and transmitting data contained in the map data of the accessed data set regarding objects classified stationary to at least one interface of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jonas Firl, Hagen Stuebing
  • Publication number: 20140358431
    Abstract: A first user device comprises a first communication interface and a second communication interface. The first user device has digital first map information and is configured for outputting a request message for making navigation information available with regard to at least one desired route section, at the first communication interface. The second communication interface is configured for receiving navigation information that is made available in response to the request message, at the second communication interface, and comprises digital second map information for at least a part of the at least one desired route section. The digital second map information comprises data for display of the at least one part of the at least one desired route section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Carsten ISERT, Marcello TAVA, Christian GERSTBERGER
  • Publication number: 20140358430
    Abstract: A system and method for evaluating driver performance is provided. The system includes a GPS navigation module for locating a running vehicle; a running vehicle data collection module for collecting data of the vehicle; a vehicle specifications memory for storing specifications of the vehicle; a road maps memory for storing maps of an area so as to identify the location of the vehicle by cooperating with the GPS navigation module; a road evaluation parameters memory for storing road evaluation parameters of the vehicle, and outputting evaluation parameters of the vehicle by cooperating with the road maps memory; and an evaluation module for combining the data of the vehicle from the running vehicle data collection module, the road evaluation parameters of the vehicle from the road evaluation parameters memory, and the specifications of the vehicle from the vehicle specifications memory, evaluating the combination, and outputting an evaluation report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yifan Xu, Xiaobing Chen, Weihong Ye, Fangming Zhou, Beisi Lin
  • Patent number: 8903589
    Abstract: Techniques that optimize performance of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) processes for mobile devices, typically a mobile robot. In one embodiment, erroneous particles are introduced to the particle filtering process of localization. Monitoring the weights of the erroneous particles relative to the particles maintained for SLAM provides a verification that the robot is localized and detection that it is no longer localized. In another embodiment, cell-based grid mapping of a mobile robot's environment also monitors cells for changes in their probability of occupancy. Cells with a changing occupancy probability are marked as dynamic and updating of such cells to the map is suspended or modified until their individual occupancy probabilities have stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Neato Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Vladimir Ermakov, Mark Emmerich, Steven Alexander, Nathaniel David Monson
  • Patent number: 8903431
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for the detection, location stamping, and logging of electronic events and subsequent generation of habitat information. According to implementations, electronic events are detected and location stamped. Associated descriptions and other data corresponding to the electronic events is retrieved and stored along with the geographic locations of the electronic events in an activity log. The information in the activity log is used to generate visual representations of one or more geographic areas in which electronic events that meet user-defined or default criteria occurred within a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Publication number: 20140350833
    Abstract: A car navigation system is disclosed. The disclosed car navigation system performs a route search, map storage, and the like by using a mobile device and displays a performance result by transmitting the performance result to a display device equipped in a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Yong Sun Park, Min Su Lee
  • Patent number: 8886460
    Abstract: A method includes providing a service to expose navigation events data generated by a maps navigation application on a Linux-based mobile computing device platform to a third party application. The method further includes making provisions for verification on the mobile computing device platform that the third party application is authorized to access the navigation events data, and for establishing an interprocess service connection to the third party application upon verification of authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Arrek Keoshkerian
  • Patent number: 8874373
    Abstract: A map information delivery system, including a navigation apparatus, is capable of preferentially receiving map updating information based on a host vehicle's state. The updating information may be preferentially received based on whether a destination has been set, a location of the updating information relative to an updating position or a destination, and/or the size of the updating information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Nakamura, Hironobu Sugimoto, Tomoki Kodan
  • Patent number: 8868336
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a position information allocation unit for allocating position information to plural spots on a deformed map; and an interpolation unit for interpolating position information of each spot on the deformed map on the basis of the position information allocated to the plural spots and locations of the plural spots on the deformed map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Suzuno
  • Patent number: 8868337
    Abstract: Vehicle navigation systems and methods for presenting information originating from a mobile device on a vehicle navigation system display of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of presenting information originating from a mobile device on a vehicle navigation system display of a vehicle includes receiving, by a vehicle navigation system, application data from an application operating on the mobile device, wherein the application data from the application represents an entity in proximity to the vehicle. The method further includes displaying an icon representing the application data from the application on a map presented on the vehicle navigation system display. The icon is positioned on the map according to a geographic location of the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Pierfelice