Having User Interface Patents (Class 701/538)
  • Patent number: 10235386
    Abstract: A method of creating an electronic travel route includes providing a user interface that includes electronic geographic maps. Routes created by users using the user interface are stored. The routes include mapped electronic routes along which the users have traveled. The method includes receiving geographic information and a request from a requester to create a new route. A set of the routes created is provided to the requester based on the geographic information. Selections of portions of the set of the routes are accepted to create the new route. Based on the new route, a processor of a computer is used to create a set of geographic markers and instructions for traversing the new route. The new route and instructions for traversing the new route are provided based on a search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BLACKRIVER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Lynn
  • Patent number: 10172760
    Abstract: The present application discloses a responsive route guidance and identification system for providing route guidance and real time communication to a user related to course corrections along a route to avoid potential obstacles. The system includes a portable electronic device is configured to receive data from a location application software and a sensor module. The data received is processed to generate a route. The sensor module is configured to detect objects or obstructions along the route. The location application software is configured to receive and provide layout data of a particular area to be traversed. The system may optionally include a terminal and one or more transmitters to assist with location and navigation inside a structure. Communication is manifested to the user through audible or sensory methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jennifer Hendrix
  • Patent number: 9996240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle-associated device, with an operating unit by means of which at least alphanumerical characters and/or symbols can be selected and assembled to form a character or function group, and with a display device by means of which, using a display unit 1, selectable characters and/or symbols can be displayed in at least one selection field 2, and selected characters, symbols, a character or function group can be displayed in at least one input field 3, wherein the device is set up (a) in order to display, on the display unit, immediately adjacent to a character or symbol dialed in by means of the operating unit and displayed in a selection field 2, a delete switch area 4 which can be activated by means of the operating unit for deleting at least the most recently selected character or symbol displayed in an input field 3, and/or (b) in order to display, immediately adjacently to a character or symbol dialed in by means of the operating unit and displayed in a selection field
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tahar Bouaziz, Michael Betz, Carolin Koeberle
  • Patent number: 9922559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a green light detection and alert system for a vehicle are provided and include a green light nudge system that determines when to alert a driver of a vehicle and a driver alert system that alerts the driver when prompted by the green light nudge system. The green light nudge system includes a traffic signal determination unit that determines when a traffic signal changes from red to green, a vehicle path determination unit that determines when a vehicle path is clear of obstacles, and a vehicle nudge unit that sends a signal to the driver alert system to notify the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle nudge unit only sends the signal to notify the driver when the traffic signal determination unit determines that the traffic signal is green and the vehicle path determination unit determines that the vehicle path is clear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marcus S. Inoue
  • Patent number: 9803993
    Abstract: An interactive vehicle navigation system for previewing turns for a user using animations that show realistic, three-dimensional views of the locale of turns. The previews show a user how the locale of the turns will appear as the instructions are followed. A vantage of the preview is adjusted to promote clear views of the locale. User controls enable a driver to view previews at times that are safe and convenient for the driver and are located in positions that promote driver convenience and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Julia Nguyen Kim, Gerardo Alberto Rossano
  • Patent number: 9801331
    Abstract: A system includes an electronic control system for an agricultural system including a controller. The controller is configured to instruct a display of a user interface to present a gauge having a first indication of a current state of operation of a controllable device of the agricultural system. Moreover, the controller is configured to receive an input indicative of a desired state of operation of the controllable device. Furthermore, the controller is configured to output a signal to the controllable device indicative of the desired state of operation, and to instruct the display to present a second indication on the gauge indicative of the desired state of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, John H. Posselius, Brandon Chamberlain Adams, James Brian Stewart, Paul J. Lewis, Bret Todd Turpin, Joshua Hill Henrie, Max J. Barfuss, Jeremy Alexander Harris
  • Patent number: 9648107
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. One method includes receiving geo-locations of a vehicle and identifying heading direction of the vehicle based on changes in the geo-locations of the vehicle. The method may also include, in some examples, receiving sensor data for a surrounding area of the vehicle. The method includes receiving state information from a connected object that is located within an area of influence associated with a current geo-location of the vehicle and sending an alert to the vehicle when the vehicle is at the current geo-location. In one example, the alert is sent upon determining that the state information changed while the current geo-location of the vehicle remains unchanged for a threshold period of time after the state information changed. In various examples, methods, systems and infrastructure for enabling connected vehicles to communicate with cloud services and with other vehicles or connected objects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 9581460
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus for an autonomous vehicle includes circuitry configured to receive at least one route between a start location and a destination, display the at least one route on a first screen that allows selection of a first set of routes from the at least one route, receive a plurality of characteristics corresponding to each of the at least one route. Each characteristic of the plurality of characteristics is associated with a measure and a longest block within which each characteristic can be performed continuously. The circuitry further configured to divide a route of the at least one route to generate a plurality of segments based on the plurality of characteristics, and display the first set of routes, the plurality of characteristics corresponding to the first set of routes, the measure and the longest block corresponding to the plurality of characteristics on a second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John-Michael McNew, Kazutoshi Ebe, Danil V. Prokhorov, Michael J. Delp
  • Patent number: 9417087
    Abstract: An interactive vehicle navigation system for previewing turns for a user using animations that show realistic, three-dimensional views of the locale of turns. The previews show a user how the locale of the turns will appear as the instructions are followed. A vantage of the preview is adjusted to promote clear views of the locale. User controls enable a driver to view previews at times that are safe and convenient for the driver and are located in positions that promote driver convenience and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Julia Nguyen Kim, Gerardo Alberto Rossano
  • Patent number: 9368029
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a traveler information monitoring and dissemination system. The system disclosed herein provides real time information to a traveler, wherein the real time information may be pre-selected by the traveler. The system ensures consistent and quality data are produced and issued to the traveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Pelmorex Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Gueziec
  • Patent number: 9273977
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of setting a via-point in a navigation system. The method includes: inputting a plurality of starting places including a starting place of a driver and a starting place of a fellow passenger; when the starting place of the fellow passenger is selected as a via-point, searching for a route from the starting place of the driver to the destination of the driver and including the via-point; and when the starting place of the fellow passenger is not selected as the via-point, inputting various preferred traffic information about the fellow passenger, and calculating an optimum via-point for the fellow passenger to be included within a travelling route from the starting place of the driver to the destination of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dae Ro Park
  • Patent number: 9256004
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for transmitting updated weather data to an in-flight aircraft. The aircraft transmits a request for updates to a ground system that determines if the data has changed since the last transmission and transmits only the changed data. Data may be tailored to pilot preferences or to pilot requests for data representing a predetermined history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Anand Agarwal, SatyaBhaskar Payasam, David Allen Brabham, Trip Redner
  • Patent number: 9153137
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described herein for integrating geo-spatially enabled and time-encoded textual weather information into a graphical map display. Time-encoded textual weather information regarding one or more geographic locations is received, parsed, and interpreted in light of a temporal context of the graphical map display. Weather symbology relating the weather conditions within the temporal context of the graphical map display is generated from the parsed textual weather information and displayed at positions on the map corresponding to the geographic locations. The weather symbology may include weather pictograms that relate past, current, and future weather conditions at the corresponding geographic locations according to the temporal context of the graphical map display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Theo Hankers, Thorsten Wiesemann
  • Patent number: 9146122
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: monitoring an audio source; capturing an audio segment from the audio source; converting the audio segment into a text segment; parsing the text segment for an information segment; and performing a guidance function based on the information segment for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: TELENAV INC.
    Inventors: Manohar Ellanti, Salman Dhanani
  • Patent number: 9103694
    Abstract: An approach is provided for presenting guidance information to a driver of a vehicle in terms of safety and legality based on the vehicle's current position, direction, and speed and/or the driver's current behavior. A feasibility platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of contextual data associated with at least one vehicle to determine feasibility information associated with performing at least one maneuver using the vehicle. The feasibility platform also determines one or more user interface elements for presenting guidance information for the at least one maneuver based, at least in part, on the feasibility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Yusuf Ozturk
  • Patent number: 9092191
    Abstract: A computational device divides, by a seam, a screen into first and second logical displays; in a first mode, moves the seam to a first position to provide logical displays having different selected aspect ratios, viewing angles, and/or a viewable image sizes and, in a second mode, moves the seam to a second different position to provide logical displays having still different selected aspect ratios, viewing angles, and/or a viewable image sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Martin Gimpl, John S. Visosky
  • Publication number: 20150149088
    Abstract: A vehicle is operated at least partially autonomously. A predicted path of the vehicle is monitored to identify an object with which the vehicle is likely to collide. A graphical user interface (GUI) is provided that includes the predicted path, a proposed path for the vehicle to avoid a collision with an object, and the vehicle. A selection is made to follow one of the predicted path and the proposed path. The GUI is updated to include the selected one of the predicted path and the proposed path, along with a location of the vehicle on the selected one of the predicted path and the proposed path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Attard, Shane Elwart, Jeff Allen Greenberg, Rajit Johri, John P. Joyce, Devinder Singh Kochhar, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Douglas Scott Rhode, Matt Y. Rupp, John Shutko, Roger Arnold Trombley, Louis Tijerina, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Andrew Waldis
  • Patent number: 9043131
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system (CAS) is described that includes one or more sensor technologies, including, for example, an Ultra Wideband (UWB) sensing technology. The collision avoidance system is designed to reliably track the location and speed of vehicles and the distance between vehicles over a wide variety of track and terrain. The collision avoidance system may utilize information from a variety of sensor technologies to determine whether one or more vehicles violate speed and/or separation criteria, and may generate a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Metrom Rail, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Carlson, Kurt A. Gunther, Marc W. Cygnus
  • Patent number: 9037411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selecting landmarks for navigation. In one embodiment, a system comprises an IMU that provides inertial measurements for a vehicle and at least one image sensor that acquires measurements of the vehicle's environment. The system also comprises a processing unit that calculates a navigation solution for the vehicle based on the inertial measurements, identifies a plurality of landmarks in the acquired measurements, and identifies a plurality of usable landmarks from the plurality of landmarks. The processing unit also selects a subset of useable landmarks from the plurality of useable landmarks such that the subset of landmarks has a smaller dilution of precision (DOP) than other possible subsets of landmarks from the plurality of useable landmarks, and calculates an updated navigation solution from the subset of landmarks. The DOP is an amplification factor of measurement errors derived from the geometry of the subset of useable landmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vibhor L. Bageshwar, Yunqian Ma, Shrikant Rao
  • Publication number: 20150134248
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided in which, when an estimated driving time for a destination set by a user exceeds a predetermined time, a stop at which the user can take a break when the predetermined time elapses after driving starts is searched for, and information on the stop is provided so that the user may be prompted to take a break during long-term driving. The vehicle includes an input unit for receiving information on destination setting from a user, a controller for generating a driving path from a departure position to the set destination and search for a stop candidate that is located on the driving path or a location adjacent to the driving path when an estimated driving time for the driving path is a predetermined first reference time or more, and a display unit configured to display a guide popup related to the searched stop candidate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yeon Ji Yeon Ji, Hyun Seung Yang
  • Patent number: 9031777
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, an exemplary system includes a driving directions subsystem configured to provide data representative of driving directions to an access device communicatively coupled to the driving directions subsystem. The driving directions subsystem is further configured to provide at least one selection tool to the access device. The selection tool enables a user of the access device to select a subset of the driving directions for printing. In certain embodiments, the driving directions include a plurality of driving steps, and the selection tool enables the user of the access device to select, for each driving step, between including the driving step in and omitting the driving step from the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Pedro Antonio Cubillo
  • Publication number: 20150127258
    Abstract: A method and system for assisting a traveler. The method initiates a travel segment and interfaces with providers of data regarding geolocation, points of interest, or traffic. During execution of the method, the system monitors geolocation data. The system can predict a route of travel, basing that prediction on past geolocation data or directions from a geolocation provider. Also during execution of the method, the system can identify data of interest to a user, based on input initiated by the user. Further, the system can solicit input from the traveler, or it can perform tasks based on predefined criteria, such as locating and identifying points of interest between two geographic locations. During operation, system can provide information to the traveler relating to data of interest. The system includes a client unit and a server unit, the client unit being mounted in an automotive vehicle or in a communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SOUNDHOUND, INC.
    Inventors: BERNARD MONT-REYNAUD, KEYVAN MOHAJER, LARRY MARCUS
  • Publication number: 20150127257
    Abstract: A vehicle computer implemented method and system for life logging and searching in a vehicle including receiving a request for a vehicle life moment from a vehicle occupant in the vehicle and determining a vehicle life moment from a data store based on the request. The determining includes extracting one of a temporal data component or an activity data component from the request. Further, the method and system include providing the vehicle life moment to the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuminobu Kurosawa, Daniel Essindi Behrendt
  • Patent number: 9020759
    Abstract: A technique for manipulating precalculated routes on a screen is described. One aspect of the method comprises the steps of detecting a selected screen position (P) and a time period (t) of a selection operation at the screen position (P), modifying weights of the road segments in dependence on the detected screen position (P) and the time period (t), and calculating a route, manipulated in relation to the precalculated route, on the basis of the modified weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Iaccarino
  • Patent number: 9014980
    Abstract: A vehicular navigation apparatus configured to independently operate a dedicated application and an externally-introduced general-purpose application is provided. The navigation apparatus includes a control device and a management device. The management device notifies the control device of attribute information of the general-purpose application in operation. Based on the attribute information, the control device determines whether the general-purpose application operating under a specified condition is allowed to use user interface output under the specified condition. When no user interface output is allowed as a result of the determination, the control device switches over the user interface output to user interface output using another certified general-purpose application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Itou, Toshihide Andoh, Hiroshi Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9008860
    Abstract: A vehicle remote control device includes a communications device for transferring vehicle movement control signals to a remote vehicle and a touch-screen interface configured to present a graphical representation of the remote vehicle and to allow a user to manipulate the graphical representation on the touch-screen. A conversion component converts the manipulation of the graphical representation into vehicle control signals for transfer by the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Anthony James Waldock, Gemma Anne Innes-Jones, Peter Stephen Day
  • Publication number: 20150100239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disseminating messages to a user via a mobile computing device are provided. In an embodiment, a route of the mobile computing device that includes at least a destination and one or more segments is determined, and one or more generally-broadcast messages, each corresponding to a geographic region, are received. A determination is made as to whether the mobile computing device, while traveling along the route to the destination, will traverse a particular geographic region associated with a particular generally-broadcast message of the one or more generally-broadcast messages; and if/when the mobile computing device will traverse the particular geographic region, the particular generally-broadcast message is disseminated, through the mobile computing device, to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventor: James W. MARSHALL
  • Patent number: 8994548
    Abstract: A system includes a receiver configured to receive a signal representing a sequence of user inputs to a portable electronic device and an audible device configured to generate a sound based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs. A duration and volume of the sound is based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs received within a predetermined time interval. A method includes receiving the signal provided to the portable electronic device within a predetermined time interval and generating the sound based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Howard Gaboury, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Lisa Therese Boran, Mark George Vojtisek
  • Publication number: 20150088423
    Abstract: An approach for rendering one or more graphical elements associated with one or more content items recommended for consumption during travel based on travel times associated with one or more travel routes is described. A content item recommendation platform determines travel times associated with travel routes. The content item recommendation platform determines content recommendations, content items, or a combination thereof based, at least in part, on a comparison of the travel times and duration times associated with the content recommendations, the one or more content items, or a combination thereof. The content item recommendation platform further causes, at least in part, a rendering of a user interface depicting one or more icons, one or more markers, one or more graphical elements, or a combination thereof associated with the content recommendations, the content items, or a combination thereof along the travel routes based, at least in part, on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Marko Tapio TUUKKANEN
  • Publication number: 20150088422
    Abstract: A method adapts a user interface of a vehicle navigation system. Based on an input vector representing a current state related to the vehicle, probabilities of actions are predicted to achieve a next state using a predictive model representing previous states. Then, a subset of the actions with highest probabilities that minimize a complexity of interacting with the vehicle navigation system are displayed in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Nikolaev Nikovski, John R. Hershey, Bret Harsham, Jonathan Le Roux
  • Patent number: 8977499
    Abstract: A computing device and methods for operating an auditory interface for an automated driving system are disclosed. One example method of automated driving using an auditory interface includes receiving, from a user, an indication associating an auditory icon with a vehicle action at the auditory interface. The method further includes receiving, from a path planner application, an indication of an upcoming implementation of the vehicle action by one or more vehicle systems and sending, to an audio system, a command to implement the auditory icon associated with the vehicle action before the one or more vehicle systems implements the vehicle action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Danil Prokhorov, Yasuo Uehara
  • Publication number: 20150066368
    Abstract: A video route-previewing system includes a route-previewing device for receiving input defining a starting point and a destination point and for identifying a route based on the starting point and the destination point. A preview-generating device receives the route from the route-previewing device and generates an image request for the route. A street-level imagery server receives the image request from the preview-generating device and communicates imagery of the route to the preview-generating device in response to the image request. The preview-generating device generates a time-compressed nonlinear route preview from the imagery of the route and communicates the preview to the route-previewing device. The route-previewing device displays the preview video of the route. The preview video may time-compress segments without navigational decision points and present in slow-motion segments around navigational decision points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Donald Somerset McCulloch MCKENZIE, David Ryan WALKER
  • Publication number: 20150066356
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing navigation information based on a user request and a user-refined search area are discussed. One such system for navigation search area refinement provides an efficient system and method for refining a navigation information search area based on a default search area and an intuitive gesture input marking an area of a map display. Additionally, a method for navigation search area refinement can include receiving a gesture input originating at a default search area and concluding at a user-refined search area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David M. Kirsch, Cesar Cabral
  • Patent number: 8972188
    Abstract: An end-user can input a correction to a map error, directly on the device. The device is then able to use the correction without external processing of the correction. Hence, it is no longer necessary for an end-user to simply report errors to the map vendor over a web link, then wait for that map vendor to verify the error, update its maps and finally supply the end-user with updates—a cycle that can take months and sometimes years to complete. Instead, the navigation device can use the correction immediately. End-users can also share corrections with other end-users and also with a shared remote server that aggregates, validates and distributes correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddjn
  • Patent number: 8965696
    Abstract: A method of displaying navigational instructions when a navigation application is running in a background mode of an electronic device is provided. The method displays a non-navigation application in the foreground on a display screen of the electronic device. The method displays a navigation bar without a navigation instruction when the device is not near a navigation point. The method displays the navigation bar with a navigation instruction when the device is near a navigation point. In some embodiments, the method receives a command to switch from running the navigation application in the foreground to running another screen view in the foreground. The method then runs the other screen view in the foreground while displaying a navigation status display on an electronic display of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Andrew B. Cato
  • Publication number: 20150051830
    Abstract: A computer receives input to generate a route. The route is generated according to the input. Custom route data is received indicating a first portion of the route, the first portion of the route being a portion of the route for which audio navigational assistance is to be provided. Navigational instructions as a route is traversed, wherein audio navigational assistance is provided for the first portion of the route but not for a second portion of the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Salman Nazir Shami
  • Publication number: 20150051836
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a method for displaying a route to be travelled by a marine vessel on a computer screen. In one implementation, the method may include receiving a command to display a predetermined navigation pattern corresponding to the route, receiving a request to place a center of turn on a first geographical location, and displaying the predetermined navigation pattern based on the center of turn on the computer screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Langford-Wood
  • Patent number: 8958945
    Abstract: A method of providing maintenance to an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems and a method of operating an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems, with at least some of the aircraft systems outputting one or more visual indicia indicative of a status of a system of the aircraft where the method provides information based on such visual indicia. An aircraft system for at least one of operating and maintaining the aircraft, which may retrieve information based on such visual indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Norman Leonard Ovens
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150046076
    Abstract: The present invention relates to vehicles, specifically to an improved navigation system. In order to provide a technology, which will permit drivers of vehicles to better predict consumption and to conserve energy, for example energy in the form of electric battery power or fuel, and to extend the vehicle's driving range, a method for optimizing a driving range of a vehicle, the method typically comprising the following steps: a) predicting driving routes based on a determined start and target route points based on a stored road network model; b) providing additional situation related data comprising environmental factors; c) calculating energy consumption of energy stored on board the vehicle for the predicted driving routes based on the situation related data; and d) determining a most economical route with regards to a minimized energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: VICINITY SOFTWARE LIMITED
    Inventor: Con William Costello
  • Patent number: 8954231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing an application connector using a template-based user interface. The method includes steps of: (a) classifying information entered from multiple applications of at least one mobile terminal connected with a template of a vehicle head unit into either common information or specialized information; (b) deciding the common information and the specialized information to be provided to the template by matching multiple pieces of the common information entered from the multiple applications with a matching algorithm and filtering multiple pieces of the specialized information entered therefrom with a filtering module; and (c) providing the matched common information and the filtered specialized information through the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Obigo Inc.
    Inventors: Byung Soo Song, Jung Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 8949028
    Abstract: A route start point and a route end point are specified. Data is retrieved relating to a vehicle type for possible use on the route, and including at least one attribute of each of one or more possible route waypoints, the at least one attribute relating to at least parking availability for the vehicle type. A route is determined between the start point and the end point at least in part by applying the route parameter to the attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erica Klampfl, Yimin Liu
  • Patent number: 8949095
    Abstract: A method to improve design efficiency by reducing power plant complexity and engineering costs by minimizing power plant changes when installing into new powertrain groups. A three-dimensional grid is defined for the powertrain group with power plant and transmission zones to define projections for attaching selected components to a powertrain version. The zones correspond to matrices dividing each of a width, length, and height of a respective plant and of a transmission into specified proportions. A respective zone is designated for attaching each of the selected components within the group. Each powertrain version is designed to place each selected component for a powertrain version within a predetermined tolerance margin of its respective designated zone. The grid organization is also applied to placement of components and placement of the powertrain itself within the underhood environment of a vehicle, a vehicle platform, or a group of vehicle models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney L. Lopez, Deepak B. Chhaya, Michael A. Scheuer, Chris P. Roxin, John A. Norcutt
  • Patent number: 8947433
    Abstract: An apparatus for visualizing data includes memory for storing sensor data and a processor. The processor is configured to generate a map of a geographic area, and to display at a first location on the map at least one icon graphically representing a measurement of the sensor at the first location over a period of time and graphically representing the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Bak, Irina Dumitrescu, Juerg von Kaenel, Gilad M. Saadoun, Xing Zhi Sun
  • Patent number: 8941656
    Abstract: A method for visualizing data includes generating on a display device a map including a first location and generating on the display device at least one icon graphically representing measurements of the sensor at the first location over a period of time and graphically representing the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Bak, Irina Dumitrescu, Juerg von Kaenel, Gilad M. Saadoun, Xing Zhi Sun
  • Patent number: 8938360
    Abstract: A guidance apparatus for guiding to a predetermined orientation includes a detection section configured to detect a contact of an object via a contact surface; a measurement section configured to measure an orientation of the guidance apparatus; a calculation section configured to calculate a direction of the predetermined orientation relative to the orientation measured by the measurement section; and a vibration section configured to generate vibration if the contact of the object is detected by the detection section either within an area including the direction, or within another area other than the area including the direction, among a plurality of areas partitioning the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kato, Katsuaki Akama
  • Publication number: 20150006077
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to scheduling a future navigation route. A user may select one or more points of interests (POIs) along a route to be routed to in the future. The one or more POIs may be within a geographic vicinity of the vehicle in which the user is travelling when the user makes the selection. The user may also input a future date and/or time for routing to the selected POI. The user selected POI and the date and/or time may comprise routing event information, which may be stored in memory for future routing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Sneha Baid
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8924240
    Abstract: A system for monitoring operator and motor vehicle behavior, including at least one mobile device; application software resident on the mobile device, wherein the application software is operative to gather and record information relevant to both the behavior of a motor vehicle and the behavior of an operator of the motor vehicle, and wherein the application software is activated or deactivated based on certain predetermined trigger events; and at least one information processor in communication with and/or resident on the mobile device, wherein the information processor is operative to process and characterize the information gathered by the application software and communicate the processed and characterized information to a user of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Shailendra Depura, Bhavna Shailendra Depura, Jamna Lal Depura, Kanta Depura, Shalini Memani
  • Patent number: 8924150
    Abstract: A method to navigate a vehicle utilizing a graphic projection display, includes monitoring a navigation status graphic representing a navigation intent displayed upon the graphic projection display, monitoring a user input indicated to a portion of the graphic projection display, initiating a user-defined navigation command based on the monitored navigation status graphic and the monitored user input, and operating the vehicle in accordance with the user-defined navigation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Omer Tsimhoni, Joseph F. Szczerba, Thomas A. Seder, Dehua Cui