Using Computer Network (e.g., Internet, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/537)
  • Patent number: 10260886
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and storage medium associated with navigation service are disclosed. In various embodiments, a method may include collecting, by a client mobile device, ambient barometric pressure information at a current location of the client mobile device. The method may further include providing, by the mobile device, contemporaneous navigation assistance to a user of the mobile device or for a user of the mobile device, assisted by a remote navigation assistance service. Assistance by the remote navigation service is associated with determining the current elevation level, based at least in part on ambient barometric pressure information collected by the client mobile device and by one or more crowdsourced mobile devices at the current location. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Poornachandran, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Uttam Sengupta, Rajasekaran Andiappan
  • Patent number: 10203215
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for identifying socially relevant landmarks that can facilitate wayfinding providing a landmark based route map that is easy to read and is dynamically updated by known and new landmarks based on their social relevance. GPS (Global Positioning System) locations help in identifying active zones and social media data associated with users in the zone help to identify candidate landmarks in the active zone that may be registered as new landmarks. Weights may be assigned to the landmarks based on periodicity and temporal factors to make the landmarks socially relevant and hence effective in wayfinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Sylvan Lobo, Pankaj Harish Doke, Sujit Devkar, Mridul Basumotari, Sanjay Madhukar Kimbahune, Sachin Sarawgi
  • Patent number: 10162356
    Abstract: According to a method for selecting a path, the vehicle may receive driving condition of an area from a server, where the driving condition indicates that the area comprises a trouble area. Based on the driving condition of the area, the vehicle may calculate a first path and a second path, each of which is from a first point to a second point. The vehicle may obtain an effect value on vehicle driving associated with a change of weather. Based on the effect value and some other information, the vehicle may calculate a first weighted value for the first path and a second weighted value for the second path. Based on the first weighted value and the second weighted value, the vehicle may select a path. Because the effect value is used to select a path, the path selection in this embodiment may be associated with the change of weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lei Rao
  • Patent number: 10156452
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate method of data processing for ridesharing management. The method includes retrieving multi-tier location data, comprising at least a plurality of clusters, of a geographical area from one or more data storage devices. The method further includes determining a set of available rides from a plurality of available rides in real time, associated with one or more source clusters and one or more destination clusters from the plurality of clusters. The method further includes rendering first information pertaining to the set of available rides through a first user-interface on the mobile computing device for user selection of at least one available ride from the set of available rides. The method further includes determining a shortest route for the selected at least one available ride, wherein second information pertaining to the determined shortest route is rendered through a second user-interface on the mobile computing device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICE, LLC
    Inventors: Raja Subramaniam Thangaraj, Gurulingesh Raravi, Koyel Mukherjee, Asmita Metrewar, Narendra Annamaneni, Harish Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10152735
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose methods and systems for forming one or more ride-sharing groups of a ride-sharing system before executing a ride. The system receives a request for a ride from each user, each request includes details related to the ride and the user. Then, a compatibility score for each pair of users is computed. Based on the computed score, a ride-sharing group is created including one or more members estimated to be compatible with each other. The ride-sharing group is displayed to each member of the ride-sharing group along with pre-defined details of each member. Then a feedback about the ride-sharing group from each group member is received, the feedback being in the form of an acceptance or a rejection. Based on the feedback, the ride-sharing group is updated to include one or more new members or allocate one or more resources to the ride-sharing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Koyel Mukherjee, Theja Tulabandhula, Asmita Metrewar
  • Patent number: 10031528
    Abstract: A work machine control system is configured to control a work machine that travels on a travel route and includes a position detection unit, a non-contact sensor, and a control unit. The position detection unit detects a position of the work machine. The non-contact sensor detects a position of an object around the work machine. The control unit extracts information on an object to be detected from a detection result of the position detection unit and a detection result of the non-contact sensor, and excludes the information on an object to be detected inside a mask region that is set so as to include a terrain change portion that is a portion in which a terrain changes by use of a machine among portions around the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakai, Masanori Minagawa, Daisuke Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ryuman, Yosuke Kadono
  • Patent number: 9967701
    Abstract: A method may perform assisted position determination based on pressure measurements which includes ascertaining a pressure value, and determining whether the ascertained pressure value is within a first threshold of a stored pressure value of the set of stored position and pressure values. The method may also include obtaining a stored position value, from the set of stored position and pressure values, which corresponds to the stored pressure value, in response to determining that the ascertained pressure value is within the first threshold of the stored pressure value, and providing the stored position value as a current location along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: James Ronald Barfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9880014
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: establishing a navigation session for routing from a starting point to a destination on a device; setting a transfer condition for continuing the navigation session between the device and a further device; and transferring the navigation session when the transfer condition is satisfied for routing with the further device for displaying on the further device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Ky Tang, Manohar Ellanti, Hengbin Luo
  • Patent number: 9591552
    Abstract: Provided are a beacon device and a control method for seamless service. The beacon device includes a plurality of Bluetooth communication modules. The beacon device activates one of the plurality of Bluetooth communication modules to broadcast a beacon signal. While the activated Bluetooth communication module is connected to any terminal device, the beacon device activates another one of the plurality of Bluetooth communication modules to broadcast the beacon signal, enabling the seamless service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chulyong Shin, Jaehyung Huh
  • Patent number: 9563911
    Abstract: An automatic evaluation system includes: a navigation device used in a vehicle; and a center that communicates with the navigation device. The navigation device includes: a stop-over determination device that automatically determines whether a user has stopped over at a store; a counting device that counts a cumulative number of stop-over times; a recommended store determination device that determines the store, at which the cumulative number of times has become two, as a recommended store; and a posting device that automatically transmits information on the recommended store to the center. The center includes a registration device that registers the information on the recommended store received from the navigation device in relation with the vehicle as a sender source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9441971
    Abstract: A system and method for navigating a vehicle through a mining environment to a target destination is presented. The system and method may be utilized to avoid contention in the mining environment. A route through the mining environment to the target destination for the vehicle is identified and a first speed profile for at least a portion of the route is determined. A potential contention condition associated with the route is identified and the potential contention condition along the route is used to determine a second speed profile for at least a portion of the route. An optimized speed profile is determined using the first speed profile and the second speed profile, and at least a portion of the optimized speed profile is communicated to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Modular Mining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Casson, Lucas Van Latum, Michael Lewis
  • Patent number: 9392402
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for determining the geographic location associated with events depicted in media. The geographic locations can be provided by creators of the media, or by users who view the media. The geographic locations can then be stored in a database on a server. A determination can be made as to whether the geographic locations are within a predefined distance of the geographic location of a wireless device. A set of events located within the predefined distance can be presented to a user of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. McMullen, Rodney D. Nelson, John R. Schuler
  • Patent number: 9373130
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for processing mobile device location data is provided. Location data is filtered based on age and accuracy or precision of location coordinates. Location data is partitioned based on the location coordinates into a plurality of clusters including a plurality of location data instances. The plurality of clusters are filtered based on a number of data instances in a particular cluster and a period of time over which data instances of the particular data cluster are generated. A distance is determined from a location coordinate corresponding to the data instances of one or more of the plurality of clusters to a particular predetermined location, and the one or more of the plurality of clusters are correlated with the particular predetermined location in response to the distance being less than a predetermined distance. The invention further provides a location data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Location Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Weiss
  • Patent number: 9291467
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to determining a location of a contact. A request may be transmitted from a vehicle computer to locate one or more contacts remote from a vehicle. A response to the request transmitted from a communication device of the one or more contacts may be received at the vehicle computer. The location of the one or more contacts may be determined. Instructions to navigate to the location may be received at the vehicle computer and a route may be calculated based on the one or more contacts' location. A status of the response to the request to locate may be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Manjunath Mani, Santhosh Sreenivasan
  • Patent number: 9125020
    Abstract: A method of coordinating a plurality of road vehicles includes obtaining information related to a first vehicle that is relevant to a road trip with which the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle are involved, uploading the information to a server wirelessly, and downloading the information from the server wirelessly to at least one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Banasky Jr., Thomas Joseph Hermann, Mark Wisnewski
  • Patent number: 9116818
    Abstract: Mobile device systems and methods for monitoring geofences cache a subset of geofences within a likely travel perimeter determined based on speed and direction of travel, available roads, current traffic, etc. A server may download to mobile devices subsets of geofences within a likely travel perimeter determined based on a threshold travel time possible from a current location given current travel speed, direction and roads. Mobile device may receive a list of local geofences from a server, which may maintain or have access to a database containing all geofences. The mobile device may use the cashed geofences in the normal manner, by comparing its location to the cached list of local geofences to detect matches. In an embodiment, the mobile device may calculate or receive from the server an update perimeter, which when crossed may prompt the mobile device to request an update to the geofences stored in cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric P. Bilange, Adam W. Perry-Pelletier, Gary G. Damm, Ian R. Heidt, Wendell Ruotsi
  • Patent number: 9043151
    Abstract: Described herein is a descriptive framework to facilitate large scale demand responsive transit. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, one or more trip requests from one or more commuter devices are received. A trip request indicates at least one start location and at least one end location. In addition, vehicle information is received from one or more available vehicles. The vehicle information indicates at least one current location of a vehicle. An adaptive route for the vehicle may be planned based on the one or more trip requests and the vehicle information. Update information of the adaptive route may be communicated to the vehicle and the one or more commuter devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Danqing Cai, Ziheng Lin, Kar Leong Tew, Elliot Chiam, Sak Onn Lee
  • Patent number: 9037412
    Abstract: A device for checking the running performance of a motor vehicle, which can have at least the following components: a system for measuring a distance of a motor vehicle which is integrated in a motor vehicle, a vehicle communication system for wireless data transmission, where the system is identifiable by a unique identification number of the motor vehicle, and data may be transmitted from the vehicle to a receiver, a stationary database system for storing and providing data, which is equipped with a receiver that allows communication with the in-vehicle communication system, and an interface which allows stationary and mobile communication terminal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Dominik Schwanhäuser
  • Publication number: 20150134245
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first location for a mobile device at a first time; receiving a second location for the mobile device at a second time; determining a most likely route for the mobile device based on the first location, the second location, and a time interval between the first time and the second time; and generating a synthetic location for the mobile device based on the most likely route at a corresponding synthetic time between the first time and the second time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon MEREDITH, MARK AUSTIN, JEREMY FIX
  • Publication number: 20150134246
    Abstract: A multi-path routing telematics system and method are provided. The method includes receiving, by a controller, a route request from a navigation device and connecting to one or more route-providing servers based on corresponding plug-ins. In addition, the controller is configured to collect routes and transmit them to the navigation device. The route-providing servers are each configured to create a route pursuant to the route request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Dong Hyuk Oh
  • Publication number: 20150127256
    Abstract: To support the independence and mobility of blind pedestrians, the present inventors devised, among other things, free systems, methods, and software for providing narrative blind-ready wayfinding information. One exemplary system receives user input identifying a starting landmark and ending landmark in a particular selected geographic region, such as a city, university campus, government building, shopping mall, or airport. The system then searches a database for the corresponding narrative wayfinding instructions, and outputs them in the form of text or audio to guide a blind pedestrian from the starting landmark to the ending landmark. In the exemplary system, blind users select the geographic region as well as the starting and ending landmark from a voice-driven telephonic menu system and receive audible wayfinding instruction via mobile telephone. In some embodiments, the system also provides access to voice-driven restaurant menus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph CIOFFI, Philip AGEE
  • Patent number: 9020762
    Abstract: Ground-based devices are provided which each have a transceiver apparatus and a data memory. Route data are stored in the data memory. This route data can be transmitted in a wireless fashion from the ground-based device to motor vehicles so that information relating to such a route is made available in the motor vehicles which are located outside the sensing range of a sensing apparatus of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Andreas Reich
  • Patent number: 9020763
    Abstract: A computing device is described that determines an exit location at which a user of a computing device exited a stop associated with a transportation service. The computing device determines a predicted duration of travel by the user from a current location of the computing device to the exit location at which the user exited the stop associated with the transportation service. The computing device outputs, for display, a notification based at least in part on the predicted duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Antonio Bernardo Monteiro Costa
  • Publication number: 20150112592
    Abstract: A method for producing an itinerary may include receiving a request for an itinerary from a remote device. The request includes points of interest to be included in the itinerary and a time or time range. The method includes communicating with remote systems to obtain information related to the points of interest. An itinerary is produced that includes the points of interest and is organized based on the information and the time. A suggested transit route is provided having directions to the points of interest. The itinerary may be provided to the remote device. A subsequent itinerary may be produced based on the information. Data from a plurality of itineraries is aggregated and includes a date of a visit, a time of the visit, or an estimated number of people for the visit. A portion of the data may be provided to a point of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Gavin Ritchie Smith
  • Patent number: 9014979
    Abstract: A method of computing at least one photogenic route from a starting location to a destination location, including; computing photogenic values for images in a large collection representing a geographic region that includes the starting location and the destination location; computing a photogenic index for each route segment based on computed photogenic values of images taken along the route segment; computing at least one photogenic route from the starting location to the destination location and presenting the route(s) to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Dhiraj Joshi, Jiebo Luo, Jie Yu
  • Publication number: 20150106013
    Abstract: When a navigation device receives an input of speech from a user, it transmits data of inputted speech to a server and receives a speech recognition result. If a guide route includes a communication impossible area, the navigation device obtains terminal-use speech recognition data necessary for the navigation device to perform speech recognition from the server before reaching the communication impossible area. Thus, even if the speech is inputted by the user while traveling the communication impossible area, the navigation device can perform the speech recognition by itself by using the terminal-use speech recognition data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ryu Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20150100238
    Abstract: Described herein is a descriptive framework to facilitate large scale demand responsive transit. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, one or more trip requests from one or more commuter devices are received. A trip request indicates at least one start location and at least one end location. In addition, vehicle information is received from one or more available vehicles. The vehicle information indicates at least one current location of a vehicle. An adaptive route for the vehicle may be planned based on the one or more trip requests and the vehicle information. Update information of the adaptive route may be communicated to the vehicle and the one or more commuter devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Danqing CAI, Ziheng LIN, Kar Leong TEW, Elliot CHIAM, Sak Onn LEE
  • Publication number: 20150094957
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically receiving electric vehicle prospective use information associated with aspects indicating one or more future travel plans involving prospective use of an electric vehicle, the electric vehicle including one or more wireless electrical energy transfer receiving devices and one or more electrical energy storage devices; and electronically obtaining electrical energy transfer aspect information regarding wireless electrical energy transfer from one or more wireless electrical energy transfer imparting stations to the one or more wireless electrical energy transfer receiving devices of the electric vehicle for storage by the one or more electrical energy storage devices of the electric vehicle. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150088421
    Abstract: A mapping between controls of the head unit of a vehicle and functions of a navigation service application running on a portable device is received. Subsequently, an indication that one of the controls has been actuated is received via a communication link between the portable device and the head unit. A function is selected from among the functions of the navigation service application in accordance with the received mapping and the received indication. The selected function of the navigation software application then is executed. In this manner, the navigation service application is safely and efficiently controlled via the head unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Foster
  • Publication number: 20150088420
    Abstract: To assist a driver with requesting navigation data via a head unit of a vehicle, partial user input provided to the head unit is received via a short-range communication link and suggested input corresponding to the partial user input is generated. The partial user input includes a sequence of alphanumeric characters. The suggested input includes the sequence of alphanumeric characters and one or more additional characters and corresponds to a set of one or more geographic locations. The suggested input is provided to the head unit via the short-range communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Foster, Zheng Wang, Nicholas Julian Pelly
  • Publication number: 20150081215
    Abstract: A system and method synthesizing images of a locale to generate a composite image that provide a panoramic view of the locale. A video camera moves along a street recording images of objects along the street. A GPS receiver and inertial navigation system provide the position of the camera as the images are being recorded. The images are indexed with the position data provided by the GPS receiver and inertial navigation system. The composite image is created on a column-by-column basis by determining which of the acquired images contains the desired pixel column, extracting the pixels associated with the column, and stacking the columns side by side. The composite images are stored in an image database and associated with a street name and number range of the street being depicted in the image. The image database covers a substantial amount of a geographic area allowing a user to visually navigate the area from a user terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Enrico Di Bernardo, Luis F. Goncalves
  • Publication number: 20150081149
    Abstract: A communications device for a vehicle includes a vehicle-travel-data accumulating unit mounted in the vehicle and configured to accumulate a travel data of the vehicle; a communication unit provided for mobile communications and configured to send a partial data of the vehicle travel data accumulated in the vehicle-travel-data accumulating unit to an external server, and to receive a necessary information from the server; and a communication unit provided for fixed-line communications and configured to send the vehicle travel data accumulated in the vehicle-travel-data accumulating unit to the server when the vehicle is in a stopped state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takahashi, Tatsuyuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150081157
    Abstract: A method of coordinating a plurality of road vehicles includes obtaining information related to a first vehicle that is relevant to a road trip with which the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle are involved, uploading the information to a server wirelessly, and downloading the information from the server wirelessly to at least one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Banasky, JR., Thomas Joseph Hermann, Mark Wisnewski
  • Publication number: 20150081218
    Abstract: A system and method enable calculation of navigation data as a function of mobility mode and to transmit the calculated data to devices accordingly. The system and method calculate first navigation data based on a first mobility mode at a first device; receive a mobility mode change indication to a second mobility mode; calculate second navigation data based on the second mobility mode; and then transmit the second navigation data to a second device. The calculations can be done at the first device (e.g., a navigation system installed in a vehicle), the second device (e.g., a mobile device), and/or at a third device (e.g., server).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: QOROS AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric HC Pang, Stefano Villanti
  • Publication number: 20150073709
    Abstract: Techniques of determining a point of interest (POI) location using anonymous application usage data are described. A POI location determination system can determine geographic coordinates of a POI based on anonymous application usage data received from multiple mobile devices. The system can associate an application program with a POI. The anonymous application usage data can include an identifier or a category of the application program launched by the mobile devices, and a device location of each mobile device at time of launching the application program. Based on the device locations, the system can determine that launching of the application program is concentrated in a geographic area. The system can designate a centroid of the geographic area as a location of the POI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20150066365
    Abstract: With the addition of directional information in the environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest by pointing at the objects. Sometimes either the device user and/or the publishers of content cannot complete a content exchange due to connectivity to data or services becoming lost. A device provisioned for pointing or direction based services losing connectivity to a first network while engaging pointing based services. In response, one or more other sources for the pointing based services are identified on a second network or device to which the device can connect and the device automatically connects to the second network or device to receive the pointing based services, or data for use with the pointing based services (e.g., GPS information, point of interest data, direction data, etc.), from the one or more other sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Moe Khosravy, Lev Novik
  • Patent number: 8965669
    Abstract: To provide remote services, including dynamic, interactive assistance to electric vehicle (EV) users, a central server is arranged for electronic communications with EVs (15) and with client devices (11). The server also communicates with at least one EV charging station network, which in turn communicate with individual charging stations (30). Remote services may include trip planning, locating charging stations, checking availability and suitability of charging stations, making reservations at charging stations, and updating plans en route. The server collects data from the EV and analyzes the data to determine various statistics. The system advises a user on readiness of the EV to complete a proposed trip before recharging the EV batteries. Client devices may include smart phones, computers, or a head unit in the EV. Application software programs are executable on the client devices to provide user interfaces for accessing the remote services and for communicating with the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Fisher, Bheemrao Zhade
  • Patent number: 8965695
    Abstract: A hierarchical floating car data network comprises a central server, an egress point network, and a participating vehicle network. The egress point network is in communication with the central server. The egress point network comprises a plurality of egress points. The participating vehicle network comprises a plurality of participating vehicles. At least some of the plurality of participating vehicles are in direct communication with each other. At least some of the plurality of participating vehicles are in communication with at least some of the plurality of egress points. Furthermore, at least some of the plurality of participating vehicles may be in communication with the central server. A geographic database is formed from content communicated between the elements of the hierarchical floating car data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Assimakis Tzamaloukas
  • Publication number: 20150046088
    Abstract: A method and a system for easily managing an itinerary are provided. The method includes generating, by an electronic device, a trip route, selecting a trip item for recommendation information searching, searching for recommendation information of the selected trip item based on the generated trip route, displaying the searched recommendation information at a corresponding location on the generated trip route, modifying the generated trip route based on selected recommendation information from the displayed recommendation information, and storing the modified trip route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yungeun JANG, Hyunsoo KIM
  • Patent number: 8954277
    Abstract: A visual image monitoring system for use in association with a vehicular navigation system is operable to locate traffic cameras and transmit visual images from the traffic cameras along at least first and second routes to a destination so as to provide a visual comparison of traffic conditions to the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiki Ohzawa
  • Patent number: 8947261
    Abstract: This document describes systems and techniques that may be used to aggregate information about open parking spots from various different parking providers or organizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Woodard, Joseph Catalano, Ryan Kotler, Adam Richard Rogal
  • Publication number: 20150032374
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technique of an information terminal that allows more efficient utilization of high-level searching functions. The information terminal is provided with an audio input accepting unit to accept an input of speech information, a communication unit to establish communication with a predetermined server device via a network, an output unit, a POI specifying unit to transmit the speech information accepted by the audio input accepting unit to the server device and receive information specifying a candidate of a POI (Point Of Interest) associated with the speech information, a POI candidate output unit to output to the output unit, the information specifying the candidate of the POI received by the POI specifying unit, and a route searching unit to accept a selective input of the information specifying the candidate of the POI, and search for a route directed to the POI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi HOMMA, Kouichirou FUKUNAGA, Norio WATARAI, Masataka MOTOHASHI, Yasunari OBUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150025803
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling users who request a map of a specified route to invoke a data session to see images of the key markers and a video session to see live views of key points along the route are disclosed. If traffic appears congested, the subscriber can request an alternative route from the network along with image and video sessions to verify the traffic conditions of the alternative route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: MARIAN CROAK, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Publication number: 20150019132
    Abstract: A vehicle system enabling a processor to calculate the most efficient route to a destination based on estimated energy usage, vehicle data, and other inputs until the final destination is reached. The vehicle system may receive location related data that may include the current vehicle location and one or more destination points. The vehicle system may receive one or more energy usage affecting parameters from a vehicle related system. The system may calculate a most efficient route based on the location related data and the one or more energy usage affecting parameters and present the most efficient route to a device. The vehicle system may repeat the steps of receiving, calculating, presenting until a destination is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Erica Klampfl, Ryan Abraham McGee, Daniel Reich, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Publication number: 20150006076
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for navigating a vehicle to a target address using position information transmitted by a position identifying transmitter in a vicinity of the target address. A location of a target address is determined by receiving position information for the target address, upon entry of a searching vehicle in search of a target address into a vicinity of the target address, wherein the received position information for the target address is based upon position information transmitted by a position identifying transmitter located in the vicinity of the target address; and generating a navigation route to direct the searching vehicle to the target address using the received position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee, Emmanuel Tong-Viet
  • Patent number: 8924145
    Abstract: Provided is a Web bulletin board system (10) capable of lessening the burden in forming a travel plan when a group of people plan a trip. This Web bulletin board system (10) comprises a center server (20) which deems character strings indicated by predetermined symbols in messages in a chat to be destinations and automatically generates a list of destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norikazu Nara, Noriyuki Abe, Kimio Okamoto, Takashi Shioya, Hiroaki Takatsuki, Takaaki Ishii
  • Publication number: 20140379259
    Abstract: The application provides a method and system for providing tourist assistance and guided navigation of a tourist spot by transmitting metadata across a communication network. The application provides a method and system for utilizing a beyond audible frequency signal for metadata transmission across a communication network. The application provides a method and system for emitting an encoded metadata over the beyond audible frequency signal, receiving and parsing the said received encoded metadata, extracting and decoding barcode received along with encoded metadata and retrieving the tourist information by accessing a web link received along with encoded metadata for plurality of web based services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Aniruddha Sinha, Dhiman Chattopadhyay
  • Patent number: 8918244
    Abstract: The present application relates to an in-vehicle control system for synchronizing files with a remote source. The remote source includes a storage device configured to store a first file. The system includes a communications device capable of establishing a wireless communication link with the remote source. The communications device is configured to send, receive, or both send and receive files to and/or from the remote source. The system further includes a memory device configured to store a second file. The system yet further includes a data processing device coupled to the communications device, the data processing device configured to perform a comparison of the first file of the remote source and the second file of the memory device, wherein the data processing device is further configured to synchronize the file of the remote source and the file of the in-vehicle control system based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel Brzezinski, Michael S. Bahamonde, Todd R. Witkowski, Michael A. Supanich
  • Publication number: 20140372035
    Abstract: Provided is a navigation server which informs a user of the meaning of the search result of a route considering a primary event through a navigation client. According to a navigation server 100, it is recognized whether a first index value e1 indicating the degree of influence of a predetermined primary event on the passage along a searched route connecting a present location p1 and a destination point p2 is greater than a first threshold value ?1. When the first index value e1 of the previous searched route R1 is greater than the first threshold value ?1, a route R2 is re-searched to reduce the first index value e1. When the first index value e1 of the search route R1 or R2 is the first threshold value ?1 or less, “confirmation information” indicating as such and the searched route are transmitted to the navigation client 200 and recognized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO,. LTD.
    Inventors: Takurou Masuda, Tadafumi Nogawa, Aiko Ishii
  • Publication number: 20140372033
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of providing personalized route information involves gathering a plurality of past location indicators over time for a wireless client device, determining a future driving objective using the plurality of previously-gathered location indicators, obtaining real-time traffic data for an area proximate to the determined driving objective, and generating a suggested route for the driving objective using the near real-time traffic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Henry ROWLEY, Shumeet Baluja