Determination Of Estimated Time Of Arrival (eta) Patents (Class 701/465)
  • Patent number: 10319229
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to methods and systems for forecasting hazardous road conditions. The method includes determining a plurality of sections of road to analyze and correlating the sections of roads to localized weather forecasts. The method also includes performing a road surface condition analysis for each section of road of the plurality of sections of road and based on a prediction of a hazardous road condition, generating an alert regarding the hazardous road condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Campbell D. Watson, Guillaume Auger, Michael E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 10271297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for operating a cellular radio network (100). According to the method, a predicted location information (203) relating to a user equipment (110) is determined. The predicted location information (203) comprises a predicted future location of the user equipment (110). Depending on the predicted location information (203) control information is determined. Based on the control information, a registering of the user equipment (110) at cells (101, 101A-101H) of the cellular radio network (100) is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bo Larsson, Lars Nord
  • Patent number: 10247566
    Abstract: An electronic navigation system configured to receive a user's entry of calendar data of a planned event into an electronic calendar, including an indication of a point of time, a geographic location, and metadata descriptive of the planned event; enter the calendar data into a user specific trained classifier; process the calendar data by the user specific trained classifier to provide a classification result indicating whether a trip is required to participate in the planned event; if a trip is required, generate and send a request including the geographic location to a second server; generate navigation data including a predicted time duration for the trip, and return a response including the navigation data to the first server; generate and send a dynamic reminder message including the navigation data to the user's telecommunication device a variable amount of time before the planned event based on the predicted time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Christian Schelhaas
  • Patent number: 10234300
    Abstract: Route information data records are received from a navigation system indicating road elements and maneuvers between a starting point and a destination point. An estimated time of arrival is established using the route information data records. A personalized correction value based on the road elements, maneuvers, and a driver profile is determined. A personalized time of arrival is calculated based on the estimated time of arrival value and the personalized correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Andrii Martyniv, Olivier Dousse, Frank Gaebler, Tadej Stajner
  • Patent number: 10229593
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program product for determining parking occupancy. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on at least one distance between a parking location of a user and a destination of the user. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on one or more parking instances in a paid parking lot and is based on the distance from the paid parking lot. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on at least one route of a vehicle while searching for parking. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on a parking curve. The parking occupancy can be used to compute an estimated arrival time which includes an estimated searching for parking time. The parking occupancy information can be used to rank parking areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ANAGOG LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Levy, Yaron Aizenbud
  • Patent number: 10222221
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a system that facilitates optimization of passenger pick-up. During operation, the system generates, by a first mobile computing device associated with a passenger at a first location, a request for a target location at which to meet with a vehicle. The system receives the target location and a planned passenger route for the passenger to the target location, which are calculated based on a location, facing direction, and direction of movement, if any, of the vehicle, and wherein the target location is different from the first location, thereby facilitating optimization of a time duration and route the passenger takes to meet the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria M. E. Bellotti, Christian W. Fritz, Shane P. Ahern
  • Patent number: 10219112
    Abstract: Preferred points or regions in space for performing a task at a location, e.g., the delivery of an item to the location, may be defined based on sensed positions obtained during the prior performance of tasks at the location. The sensed positions may be identified using a GPS sensor or like system. Vectors including coordinates of the sensed position, and uncertainties of such coordinates, may be clustered into groups at the location. Subsequently identified vectors including coordinates and uncertainties may further refine a cluster, or be used to generate a new cluster. A preferred point or region in space may be identified based on such location hypotheses and utilized in the performance of tasks. Some preferred points or regions may be used for routing vehicles to the location, while others may correspond to delivery points for items at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10206015
    Abstract: A system within an environment of a vehicle in which one or more electronic control unit(s) (ECU) having its own communications protocol stack (e.g., a TCP/IP stack) can communicate with an ECU gateway that functions as a component of an infotainment system. Each ECU can thereby publish its own data in real time, through an Internet (or similar) connection in the infotainment system, to a broker that can store the data from all connected ECUs of a plurality of vehicles. A backend system can subscribe to certain published data feeds (e.g., all ECU-2 and ECU-3 data from every 2010 model vehicle, or all ECU-2 data from every vehicle) via the broker to pull a specific subset of available data for analysis and/or visualization. The present invention enables users of a backend system to query for data from vehicles that are not connected to the Internet in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Anand Sunadham, Kenneth X. Xie
  • Patent number: 10186146
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device of an embodiment includes a traffic control center device to detect an abnormality of vehicle detectors installed in a road network, including: a first traffic management unit that collects detector information including measurement quantities from the vehicle detectors; a statistical processing unit that statistically processes the measurement quantities for each designated period to generate statistical information including statistical values of the measurement quantities; a map information generating unit that generates, based on the statistical values of the measurement quantities of the vehicle detectors that already have been determined to be abnormal by a user, map information representing a distribution situation of the statistical values of the measurement quantities in an abnormal state; and a detector state determination unit that determines, based on the measurement quantities of each vehicle detector to be assessed and the map information in the abnormal state, wh
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo Hirotsu, Koichiro Iwaoka
  • Patent number: 10175698
    Abstract: An aircraft flight control system and method are provided. The system provides a control module that receives inertial data, sensor data, and a target airspeed. The control module processes the received data with aircraft thrust and drag models to evaluate the aircraft energy state. Based on the aircraft energy state, the control module determines (i) a maximum predicted potential flight path “max PPFP”, defined by a maximum thrust at the target airspeed, and (ii) an idle predicted potential flight path, “idle PPFP,” defined by an idle thrust at the target airspeed. The control module generates display commands for a display system to display (i) the flight path angle, (ii) the max PPFP and (iii) the idle PPFP. In addition, the control module generates and displays a predicted flight path speed indicator (PFPS) when the FPA is above the max PPFP or below the idle PPFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Luis Ventura Melendez, John Koenig, Jary Engels
  • Patent number: 10152887
    Abstract: A route searching device extracts roads reaching a destination from a current position as candidate routes based on a predetermined condition, calculates a link cost of each of lanes in the candidate routes based on traffic information, and determines a lane-basis travel route based on the link costs of the respective lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Takeshi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10127795
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes embodiments of systems, methods, and computer readable media that enable a dynamic transportation system to detect when material has been left in a vehicle by a requestor. In some embodiments, the system detects the completion of the transportation request, analyzes data from a plurality of vehicle sensors, from a computing device associated with the vehicle, and from a computing device associated with the requestor, and then determines, based on the data analysis, that material has been left in the vehicle. The system then performs an action for handling the material based on one or more attributes of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Thaddeus Insuk Hwang, Jesse Michael Garms, Luc Vincent
  • Patent number: 10097951
    Abstract: A geo-location provider station signs geo-location data and a previous signature provided by a mobile device, returning a new signature to the mobile device. The mobile device uses the new signature when requesting a signature from another geo-location provider station. The mobile device stores the geo-location data and the signatures provided by geo-location provider stations. The stored geo-location data may be verified upon request by using the stored signature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventors: Igor Muttik, Simon Crowe, Joel Silber, Stephen Pearce, Stephen Hearnden
  • Patent number: 10074065
    Abstract: Transportation services are matched with a specified demand for transportation services. Categories of transportation services met by capabilities of the transportation service provider are determined, along with preference data concerning the transportation service provider, in which non-user-defined preference data is at least partially obtained by machine learning. Candidate service interest is used to match the transportation service provider to the specified demand for transportation services. Competitive bids are obtained to meet a specified demand for transportation services, and the transportation service provider is offered inclusion in the competitive bids based on the candidate service interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CARGO CHIEF AQUISITION INC.
    Inventors: Russell Jones, Srinivasa Sarma, Abtin Hamidi, Soob Patel, Steve Harkness
  • Patent number: 10026105
    Abstract: A display system, a display apparatus, computer-readable storage medium are described. According to one implementation, a display system includes display apparatuses placed at a plurality of designated sites and a management server. Each of the display apparatuses include a communication unit which acquires user information from a terminal apparatus and transmits the user information to the management server. The management server includes a server receiving unit which receives the user information, a user registering unit which registers the user information on the terminal apparatus, a sheet creating unit which creates a stamp rally sheet including at least one of the plurality of designated sites for the user information, and a server transmitting unit which transmits the created stamp rally sheet to the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10015639
    Abstract: A vehicle may identify a highest-ranked seating zone for a mobile device using values determined from signal strengths from wireless sensors, the values indicating probabilities of the mobile device being located in each of a plurality of seating zones. The vehicle may also assign the mobile device to the highest-ranked seating zone if the mobile device indicates a higher probability for the zone than other mobile devices. Responsive to determining the mobile device is located within a vehicle, the mobile device may determine position ranks for each of a plurality of seating zones of the vehicle using signal strength values to vehicle wireless sensors, determine confidence values for each of the seating zones using the position ranks, and receive a seating zone assignment responsive to sending the confidence values to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Livio, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Dickow, Corey Maylone, Scott Smereka, Joey Ray Grover
  • Patent number: 9906914
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure related to methods and systems of determining the position of a device in indoor space. A map importing module takes a floor map of an indoor space and processes it for further use. A calibration module creates a fingerprint map of the indoor space described by the floor map. A positioning module uses the calibration data embodied in a fingerprint map as well as device signal and sensor readings in order to estimate a trajectory for the device, then position the device within the indoor space described by the floor map using a probability density function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Paramvir Singh Nagpal, Sean Huberman, Saeedeh Hamidifar
  • Patent number: 9766090
    Abstract: Information representing an activity intensity computed from a measured step count is transmitted from a first pedometer to a second pedometer as step count-related information. In the second pedometer, walking compatibility is determined based on the difference between the activity intensity in the first pedometer and the activity intensity in the second pedometer, and the determination result is displayed on both pedometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihisa Takahashi, Hiroshi Ogawa, Nobuki Yakura
  • Patent number: 9756508
    Abstract: A system for quantifying the shadow fading observed in a wireless environment having multiple wireless access points is also provided. A distance determination module is in signal communication with the wireless access points. The distance determination module determines a distance between a pair of the wireless access points based on location information that relates to the locations of the wireless access points at the wireless environment. A shadow fading determination module is also in signal communication with the wireless access points. The shadow fading determination module determines a shadow fading factor based on the distance between a pair of the wireless access points and based on RSS information received from one of the wireless access points in the pair of wireless access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Xirrus, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Jeffrey Hand, James Kirk Mathews
  • Patent number: 9734713
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program product for determining parking occupancy. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on at least one distance between a parking location of a user and a destination of the user. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on one or more parking instances in a paid parking lot and is based on the distance from the paid parking lot. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on at least one route of a vehicle while searching for parking. In some embodiments, the parking occupancy is determined based on a parking curve. The parking occupancy can be used to compute an estimated arrival time which includes an estimated searching for parking time. The parking occupancy information can be used to rank parking areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ANAGOG LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Levy, Yaron Aizenbud
  • Patent number: 9720099
    Abstract: A method, executed by a computer, includes receiving a notification to a user of a mobile device, extracting travel information for the user from the notification, determining an expected travel interval from the travel information, and activating global positioning system tracking of the user during the expected travel interval to provide a user trajectory for the travel interval. A computer system and a computer program product corresponding to the method area also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9712643
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for calling a taxi. A method may include determining whether a user should call a taxi, based on at least one of schedule data or schedule data. The method may further include, when it is determined that the user should call a taxi, generating and outputting a taxi calling order. In the present disclosure, a terminal device can automatically generate and output a taxi calling order when it determines that the user should call a taxi. The method or terminal can thereby initiate a taxi calling service as early as possible, and thus avoid delaying the user's schedule. Moreover, a process may require no user initiation and little or no intervention from the user. Thus, the method or terminal can simplify user operation and save the user's time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Zhenyu Yang, Tong Liu
  • Patent number: 9689694
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems that are designed for receiving a request for transport of a first end user; selecting, in response to the received request, a transportation vehicle unit that is currently en route to or is currently transporting a second end user for transporting the first end user, the selection of the transportation vehicle unit being based, at least in part, on ascertaining that the transportation vehicle unit is able to accommodate transport of the first end user while transporting the second end user; and transmitting one or more directives that direct the selected transportation vehicle unit to transport the first end user. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9671239
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems that are designed for receiving a request for transport of a first end user; selecting, in response to the received request, a transportation vehicle unit that is currently en route to or is currently transporting a second end user for transporting the first end user, the selection of the transportation vehicle unit being based, at least in part, on ascertaining that the transportation vehicle unit is able to accommodate transport of the first end user while transporting the second end user; and transmitting one or more directives that direct the selected transportation vehicle unit to transport the first end user. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9641496
    Abstract: One or more content providers push data related to: movies, movie products, digital movie content over a network (e.g., a LAN, a WAN, the Internet, or a wireless network) onto an information filling station which, in turn, wirelessly transacts (over a network based on the 802.11b protocol) and transmits any requested data to a portable computer-based device (e.g., laptop, a pen-based computer device, a PDA, a wireless phone, or a pager). The portable device performs financial transactions for: purchasing movie tickets (directly or via auctions), downloading digital entertainment content of interest (e.g., copy of a movie of interest, copy of a movie identified based on a pre-stored profile, copy of soundtrack of a movie of interest), or movie related products. Any purchased digital content is either transferred wirelessly onto the portable device or, optionally, sent on a storage medium to a physical address associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Deas, Lalitha Suryanarayana, Bruce Edward Stuckman, David Randall Wolter, Rias Muhamed, Russell William White, Michael Grannan
  • Patent number: 9609480
    Abstract: A method for positioning a mobile terminal in a radio network including a plurality of base stations, comprising: transmitting a signal from a base station for receipt in the mobile terminal along a line of sight of a radio beam; receiving time measurement data from the mobile terminal, obtained based on receipt in the mobile terminal of the transmitted signal; calculating a distance value (DLOS) for the distance from the base station to the mobile terminal based on the time measurement data; and calculating a vertical position (Dv) of the mobile terminal, based on the distance value and an elevation angle (?) of the line of sight of the radio beam from one or more of the plurality of base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Basuki Priyanto, Anders Berggren
  • Patent number: 9589230
    Abstract: Activity-related data associated with a subject entity is obtained. Weight values are assigned to portions of the obtained activity-related data, wherein the weight values range between a low entity location-predictive weight value to a high entity location-predictive weight value, and wherein the portions of obtained activity-related data form a plurality of data paths. The assigned weight values are added along each data path of obtained activity-related data to compute a plurality of data path weight values. A past, present and/or future location of the subject entity is determined based on a selection of one of the plurality of data path weight values. For example, the location associated with the data path with the highest data path weight value is selected as the location of the subject entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Senthil Kumar Thiagarajan, Shikhar Pandey, Shalini Sharma
  • Patent number: 9581456
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for determining a current location of a user at a current time. The method may include determining journey data associated with one or more of the user, the current location, and the current time, where journey data describes one or more historical journeys of the user. The method may include determining, based on the journey data, an estimated time of arrival (ETA) describing an arrival estimate of when the user and a vehicle will arrive at an endpoint of a journey; and transmitting the ETA to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jackie Liao, Roger Melen, Vinuth Rai, Hidenobu Suzuki, Toshiyuki Namba
  • Patent number: 9421972
    Abstract: A method and arrangement are described for pick-up point retrieval timing in a vehicle having autonomous parking capabilities. The arrangement may include a communication interface arranged to receive data concerning a desired retrieval time. A processor may be arranged to monitor one or more parameters while the vehicle is performing autonomous driving along a route to a final slot until autonomous parking of the vehicle has been completed. The processor may be further arranged to calculate when to start autonomous return travel in order to be at the pick-up point at the desired retrieval time based on at least one monitored parameter. An actuator may be arranged to initiate autonomous travel to the pick-up point at the calculated return travel start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Staffan Davidsson, Sicheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9389091
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and apparatus for attribute-based navigation are disclosed. In one embodiment, responsive to a request for a location having a variable attribute, a destination is selected based at least in part upon a value of the variable attribute. Navigation instructions from a current location are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Safe Path Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Omar Besim Hakim
  • Patent number: 9380408
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an application driving service system and method which is capable of solving unnecessary application redundant driving in a terminal in a procedure of providing a service using a beacon device, for example, a Bluetooth-based information providing service, a driving policy providing apparatus applied thereto, and a method for operating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Huh, Ki Chon Kang
  • Patent number: 9377304
    Abstract: A destination recommendation system includes a map database storing facility data, a travel history database storing travel history data, a trip destination determination section, a calculation section, a search section, and an output portion. The trip destination determination section determines plural trip destinations corresponding to a hub position when the number or a frequency of a plurality of visits from the hub position to each of the trip destinations satisfies a predetermined condition. The calculation section calculates a distance or necessary travel time from the hub position to each trip destination, and calculates a mode value of the distance or the necessary travel time. The search section searches for a target facility that is located within a range of the mode value of the distance or the necessary travel time. The output portion outputs the target facility to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shimizu, Nobuhiro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9217645
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the number of irrelevant warnings regarding traffic-related features for a non-navigation-guided trip including a position-determining device to determine a position of the vehicle from received signals; a storage device for storing map data representing courses of the roads; a route-calculating device for calculating a route along the courses of the roads; a receiver for receiving information regarding the nature and position of a traffic-related feature; a device for determining relevance of the information received based on whether an aerial distance of the position of the traffic-related feature from the vehicle falls within a first predetermined value; the aerial distance along a possible route falls within a second predetermined value and the number of turning maneuvers required falls within a predetermined maximum number; and a warning device for issuing a warning when these criteria are recognized as having been met in the relevance determining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Telenav GmbH
    Inventor: Philipp Kandal
  • Patent number: 9214079
    Abstract: A vehicle task reminder device includes a clock, a GPS used indicate location and direction, and a memory used to store predetermined information. The device also includes an emitter used to activate an alarm signal, a processor having circuitry used to set a to do list, sync the to do list with the GPS and the clock, lock the car, cause the emitter to activate the alarm signal when a current time and location correspond to any task of the at least one to do list, check, when the alarm signal is activated, if a task is completed, and deactivate the alarm signal and update the at least one to do list. The processor also compares, upon the turn off of the car engine whether the current location corresponds to the predetermined home address, and asks to update the to do list if correspondence occurs and unlock the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Sultan Saad Alzahrani
  • Patent number: 9171468
    Abstract: An in-vehicle information distribution device includes a current-status-information acquisition unit that acquires current-status information, a status-type determination unit that refers to a status-type list table, and determines to which of status types classified in the status-type list table the current-status information corresponds, a status determination unit that refers to a status-type/status-determination-information correspondence table, acquires status-determination information corresponding to the determined status type, and determines a status of a train based on the status-determination information, and a display-content decision unit that refers to a status-type/display-content-information correspondence table, which classifies a display content to be displayed on a display device (AC-drive) and a display device (DC-drive) into status types, acquires display-content information corresponding to the determined status type, and selects display data corresponding to the display-content informati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazunari Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9100795
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for determining geofence data based on estimated time of arrival are provided. At a computing device, geofence data is determined, wherein geographic boundaries associated with the geofence data are based on a given estimated time of arrival (ETA) from one of the given location and a current location of a handheld communication device. Given location data associated with the given location is transmitted to the handheld communication device, via a communication interface, when the current location of the handheld communication device and the given location are each within the geographic boundaries such that the handheld communication device is transportable to the given location within the given estimated time of arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Siamak Sartipi, Jason Christopher Beckett
  • Patent number: 9094862
    Abstract: A system and method that may facilitate transmission bandwidth savings in non-stationary vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication channels. At a transmitting vehicle, a transmitter may adaptively change the number of pilot symbols or pilot rate within a frame based upon the current channel statistics. The transmitter may utilize a look-up table approach to select a best pilot rate based upon current conditions associated with the transmitting vehicle, and/or a new frame structure to transmit pilot rate information. At the receiving vehicle, the receiver may be configured to detect a unique waveform transmitted by the transmitting vehicle to estimate the pilot rate information. Alternatively, the receiver on the receiving vehicle may be configured to predict and verify the pilot rate information from an encoded data symbol embedded within a frame transmitted by the transmitting vehicle, which may entail a detection algorithm using encoded data symbols and/or an estimation algorithm using channel statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sagar Dhakal, Nam Nguyen, James Earl Womack
  • Patent number: 9080876
    Abstract: A system for determining a suitable geographic rendezvous location for a plurality of geographically separated participants, preferably realized as a computer application which may be entered into devices such as Smartphones. The system inputs initial locations of the participants, determines a location which is intermediate the participants, and communicates the determined location to the participants. Optionally, the system may generate graphic displays on screens of the Smartphones, showing identification of the determined location, travel directions such as maps, warnings of impediments to travel, and supplementary information pertaining to the determined location such as addresses and contact data. The system may accept conditions influencing determination of a suitable location, may offer a choice of determined locations, and may draw on internet based sources for background information necessary for determining the determined location and for generating the displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Derrick Denicola
  • Patent number: 9043143
    Abstract: There is a provided a method for car navigating using traffic signal data. The method for car navigating is characterized of providing an optimized route for the earliest arrival to destinations by using signal system data of one or more traffic signals existing on a certain route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Dong Seog Han
  • Patent number: 9043142
    Abstract: A navigation system may calculate a route to a destination and output guidance information with an output device to guide a user of the navigation system along the calculated route. If it is determined that a navigation device has left the calculated route, the navigation system may prompt the user asking whether output of guidance information should be suspended. If the output of guidance information should be suspended, the navigation system may suspend the output of guidance information and calculate a new route to the destination while the output of guidance information is suspended. The navigation system may calculate an estimated arrival time at the destination based on the calculated new route and output the estimated arrival time while the output of guidance information is suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Hünig
  • Publication number: 20150142307
    Abstract: A route search system according to one embodiment includes a receiving unit, a first search unit, a determination unit, a second search unit, and an output unit. The receiving unit receives search criteria. The first search unit searches for a first route and time required based on the search criteria by referring to a storage unit that stores route information. The determination unit determines whether a difference between user's time and the time required is equal to or more than a specified value. When the difference is the specified value or more, the second search unit searches for a second route that takes a longer time than the first route. The output unit outputs the second route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Natsuki Nishino
  • Patent number: 9037405
    Abstract: Aspects provide for a navigation function implemented on a device that has a communication capability (e.g., a mobile phone) in which the navigation function automatically sends an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) to a contact associated with a destination selected for navigation purposes. For example, when a user activates a navigation function on his mobile phone, and selects a destination for which a route will be generated from his current location to the destination, a contact phone number associated with that destination will be sent a Short Message System (SMS) message with the calculated ETA. Provisions can be made for automatic updates as the route is traveled. Other information pertaining to the reasons for the ETA can be selected or automatically generated by the navigation function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Gourlay, Daniel Edward Fink
  • Publication number: 20150134242
    Abstract: An electronic device (3) includes: a facility genre setting part (302) that displays first route information from a departure position to a destination, and sends a genre of facilities at which a user wants to stop to a navigation server (1); a facility setting part (303) that scrollably displays facility information of all facilities belonging to the genre that are located in the vicinity on the first route and an expected arrival time received from the navigation server (1), for every time span of the expected arrival time, and sends a facility selected by the user from among the plurality of facilities to the navigation server (1); and a route guidance part (304) that displays second route information received from the navigation server (1) in which the facility selected by the user is registered as a relay point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakahara, Shigeomi Kubota, Naoyuki Nishibu
  • Patent number: 9031715
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control device that changes control content of control means mounted in a vehicle, including: schedule acquisition means for acquiring a schedule relating to the vehicle; and change date and time generation means for estimating a time when the vehicle is not in use on the basis of the schedule acquired by the schedule acquisition means, and for generating and outputting change date and time when the control content is changed, according to the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Suganuma, Takeshi Gotoh
  • Patent number: 9026275
    Abstract: A on-aircraft computer device predicts aircraft states (e.g., altitude, speed, flight path angle, and fuel consumption) at any given time, while utilizing a Deterministic Genetic Algorithm to search 4-D flight path candidates that can comply with all path constraints to produce a feasible 4-D path candidate as a final OPD flight path to arrive at a metering waypoint in a specified time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shih-Yih Young, Kristen M. Jerome
  • Patent number: 9026360
    Abstract: A system includes a determination module and a communication module. The determination module is configured to be located onboard a first vehicle configured to travel along a first route including a crossing corresponding to an intersection of the first route with a second route. The determination module is configured to be communicatively coupled with a remote crossing module. The determination module is configured to determine, based on a speed of the first vehicle, timing information corresponding to a time at which the first vehicle will travel proximate to the crossing on the first route. The communication module is configured to transmit the timing information to the remote crossing module. The timing information includes a reference time configured as an absolute time corresponding to a time for impeding travel of a second vehicle along the second route through the crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Fries, Jeffrey Baker, Aric Albert Weingartner, Michael Steffen, II, Jesse Lee Herlocker, William Shields
  • Patent number: 9020754
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting the arrival time of a transit vehicle at a transit stop of a transit route is presented. The arrival time is predicted using historical location information of a plurality of vehicles that have previously traveled the route, location information of several of the most recent vehicles that have arrived at the stop, and current location information of a particular vehicle currently traveling the route. Values such as average arrival times and arrival time errors or variances are determined from the historical and recent location data. These values are used with the current location information to predict the arrival time of the particular vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Leo Modica, Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 9014972
    Abstract: Location technologies are combined with other information systems to provide augmented information for individuals such as a traveler in an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9002640
    Abstract: An apparatus, the apparatus comprising at least one processor, and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: provide at least one marker to indicate the required current position in a planned journey to reach a destination of the planned journey according to a predetermined time criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Philippe Beaurepaire
  • Patent number: 8996297
    Abstract: Provided are a system and method for a safe taxi service. The method for a safe taxi service in a mobile device includes: transmitting input information regarding a destination to a vehicle information system; periodically receiving information regarding a current location of a vehicle from the vehicle information system; comparing the current location with an expected path to the destination; and transmitting state information to an external system when it is determined, according to the comparing, that the current location deviates from the expected path to the destination to an extent equal to or greater than a predetermined limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-yeon Jeong, Hyun-suk Min, Young-sik Lee, Jong-hyun Kim