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20110175752Methods and Apparatuses for Informing an Occupant of a Vehicle of Surroundings of the Vehicle - Methods and apparatuses for informing an occupant of a vehicle of surroundings of the vehicle are provided. A recording unit of the vehicle generates at least two images, which contain different road sections of a road plane in the surroundings of the vehicle. The at least two images are processed by an image processing unit, which generates a depiction in which the at least two images are imaged on a virtual road plane that is displayed in perspective. The depiction is displayed on a display unit in the interior of the vehicle.07-21-2011
20110175751Navigation Device and Method for Providing Warnings for a Speed Trap - At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a navigation device for providing warnings when a detection point of a speed trap is approached, including a processor unit arranged to communicate with memory unit and to receive positional information from a positioning device. The memory unit may include a speed trap database, including at least one detection point of a location of a speed trap. The navigation device of at least one embodiment is arranged to provide a warning when one of the at least one detection point is approached. The memory unit is further arranged to include at least a further detection point associated with at least one of the stored detection points, both relating to a same point to point speed trap. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device is arranged to provide a warning when the further detection point is approached or has been passed.07-21-2011
20090160675Method and System for Monitoring Road Surface Conditions - Monitoring road surface conditions using a mobile computer unit carried by a vehicle operating on a road network and adapted to detect information about the road surface conditions. The detection may be done by means of bump sensors which may also provide information on the size and the depth of the bump according to a detected shock with respect to the vehicle speed. Such information may then be transmitted to a central controller server. The central server may use the collected information for several purposes, such as help in planning maintenance of the road network; forwarded to users and vehicles for journey planning purposes; and to deviate traffic in case of extreme surface damage.06-25-2009
20090195411Speed limit informing device installed in on-board navigation system - A device for informing to a driver a speed limit set for an own lane included in a multi-lane road is installed in a navigation system mounted on an automotive vehicle. The device includes a road surface camera for taking pictures of the speed limit painted on a road surface and informing devices such as a display panel and/or a speaker. The speed limit set for the own lane is specified based on the pictures taken by the road surface camera, and the specified speed limit is informed to the driver. Speed limits set for neighboring lanes may be also specified, and if they are different from the speed limit set for the own lane, this is informed to the driver together with the speed limits set for the neighboring lanes. It is not required to distinguish the own lane from among other lanes included in the multi-lane road because the speed limit set for the own lane is detected by the camera mounted on the own vehicle.08-06-2009
20100164752SERVER-BASED WARNING OF HAZARDS - A hazard warning unit for a vehicle for detecting hazards and for warning about hazards is disclosed, which hazard warning unit has a plurality of sensing units for sensing measured values, and an analysis unit for analyzing the measured values. If a hazard is detected, a hazard message is transferred to a central server which can then communicate said hazard message to other vehicles. The hazard information can also be buffered by the server.07-01-2010
20100073195VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW DATA ACQUISITION AND DISTRIBUTION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation can include acquiring imagery of multiple vehicles traveling on a roadway between two locations and individually identifying the different vehicles in the imagery. An elapsed time of travel can be determined for the individually identified vehicles between the two locations and a rate of travel can be computed for each of the individually identified different vehicles based upon the elapsed time of travel. Thereafter, the rate of travel for at least one of the individually identified different vehicles can be broadcast to a subscriber for at least one of the two locations.03-25-2010
20130044006Blind Spot Detection System - A blind spot detection system for a vehicle includes a vehicle information detecting module for obtaining at least one vehicle information of the vehicle corresponding to an external environment, an alarm for generating an alarm signal, a plurality of sensors each for emitting a radio signal and receiving a reflecting signal of the transmitted radio signal to detect whether an object exists within a specific range and generate a detection result accordingly, and a control module for controlling the alarm to generate the alarm signal according to the at least one vehicle information and a plurality of detection results generated by the plurality of sensors.02-21-2013
20130076537MESSAGE BROADCAST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICULAR NETWORK - The present invention provides a message broadcast system and method for vehicular network. The system comprises a positioning device, a transmitting device and a processing device. The positioning device positions a location data of a vehicle. The transmitting device transmits a first packet to a neighbor vehicle. The processing device is coupled to the positioning device and transmitting device. The processing device determines the transmitting device transmits a second packet to the neighbor vehicle when the vehicle is in a section of crossroads. The processing device determines whether the vehicle is in a section of crossroads or a road section according to a third packet periodically transmitted from the neighbor vehicle.03-28-2013
20130076538DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - A driving assist apparatus for an own vehicle is disclosed. The driving assist apparatus acquires light color change information and traffic light location information from at least one of the own vehicle and a different vehicle. The light color change information is information indicative of a change in light color of a traffic light. The traffic light location information is information indicative of location of the traffic light. The driving assist apparatus prediction device predicts a traffic light color change time, based on the light color change information and the traffic light location information. The driving assist apparatus assists a driver in driving the own vehicle in accordance with the light color change time.03-28-2013
20130082849METHOD FOR INCORPORATING INDIVIDUAL VEHICLE DATA COLLECTION, DETECTION AND RECORDING OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN A TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLER - The present disclosure teaches a software and hardware system capable of operating on a signal controller platform which detects and records individual vehicle data including but not limited to dangerous driving behavior such as red light running and speeding. The disclosure teaches sharing of the computing platform and infrastructure of the traffic control system. The disclosure also teaches receiving, interpreting, and organizing data collected through the traffic control system's vehicle detection infrastructure, and driving cameras, video, or other recording devices to provide additional evidence of an individual vehicle's behavior.04-04-2013
20130033384CUSTOMIZED SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE - A system for signaling a risk level in the presence of a road obstruction. The method is characterized in that the on-board device include a mechanism whereby the vehicle user inquires about the presence of an obstruction, a mechanism capable of enabling the user to respond to the inquiry, and a mechanism capable of communicating to the remote server the content of the response or non-response of the user. The remote server includes a mechanism for analyzing the response or non-response and capable of generating a reliability index parameter for the user. The on-board device also includes a mechanism capable of communicating to the vehicle user, in particular in visual form and/or audio form, information related to a reliability index parameter for the user(s) that have passed “over” the obstruction within a given time.02-07-2013
20130033385GENERATING VISUAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH TRAFFIC - 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.02-07-2013
20100109908SAFE DRIVING EVALUATION SYSTEM AND SAFE DRIVING EVALUATION PROGRAM - Safe driving evaluation systems, methods, and programs acquire traffic signal information that indicates the display status of a traffic signal present ahead in the traveling direction of a vehicle, determine the vehicle is within a prescribed stop supplement zone set up in front of the traffic signal installation point, and determine a red light encounter, which is a state where the vehicle is within the stop supplement zone and the traffic signal information indicates that the traffic signal is red. The systems, methods, and programs perform a stop supplementary operation with respect to a driver in order to stop the vehicle at the traffic signal installation point based on a driving operation of the vehicle during the red light encounter, and calculate a stop supplement percentage.05-06-2010
20100109909APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMING OF CHILDREN-PROTECTION - There are disclosed an apparatus and a method for informing of children-protection that provides a position of a child and surrounding environment information to parents of the child. The apparatus for informing of children-protection includes: a communication unit that receives user information transmitted from a user terminal; an informing information storing unit that stores terminal information corresponding to each user information; and an informing control unit that detects the terminal information corresponding to the user information received by the communication unit from the informing information storing unit and transmits position information of the user terminal to a terminal corresponding to the terminal information detected through the communication unit.05-06-2010
20090153360LANE KEEPING ASSIST SYSTEM - A lane keeping assist system (LKAS) is equipped with a compensator capable of solving the problem in which video data, which is measured by a video sensor, the processing speed of which is lower than the data processing speed of the LKAS, is repeatedly used, thereby improving the kinematic characteristics of a vehicle and lane-keeping control performance.06-18-2009
20120212353System and Method for Responding to Driver Behavior - Methods of assessing driver behavior include monitoring vehicle systems and driver monitoring systems to accommodate for a driver's slow reaction time, attention lapse and/or alertness. When it is determined that a driver is drowsy, for example, the response system may modify the operation of one or more vehicle systems. The systems that may be modified include: visual devices, audio devices, tactile devices, antilock brake systems, automatic brake prefill systems, brake assist systems, auto cruise control systems, electronic stability control systems, collision warning systems, lane keep assist systems, blind spot indicator systems, electronic pretensioning systems and climate control systems.08-23-2012
20090045977Message management protocol persistent geocast routing - A system and method for providing a protocol to maintain a persistent warning message in a region of interest. The protocol begins its operation when a hazardous condition is detected by a vehicle. The detecting vehicle uses a multi-hop geocast broadcasting process to transmit a warning message to other vehicles in the region of interest. When the vehicles in the region of interest receive the warning message, they are prevented from re-broadcasting the message for a first predetermined period of time. After the first predetermined period of time has expired, a contentious timing process is used to determine which of those vehicles will re-broadcast the message to other vehicles entering the region of interest. This process of re-broadcasting continues until a second predetermined period of time expires at which time the message is not re-broadcast.02-19-2009
20130069798System for Providing Environmental Condition Information to Vehicles and Related Methods - An apparatus for communicating weather related information to a vehicle has been developed. The invention includes, a navigational positioning system that provides the location of the vehicle and a receiver for receiving weather related data at the vehicle that includes road conditions, atmospheric conditions, weather warnings and watches, and forecast conditions. The weather related data is associated with a geographic grid that is made of a plurality of cells. The invention's processor determines if the weather related data is associated with the vehicle location and displays the weather related data to the vehicle's occupants.03-21-2013
20130088369VEHICLE LOCATION INFORMATION-BASED ABNORMAL DRIVING DETERMINATION AND WARNING SYSTEM - The disclosed system includes a first unit including at least one sensor. The first unit senses driving situations (characteristics) of a vehicle through the at least one sensor. Furthermore a second unit is configured to receive location-based information about the vehicle, and a control unit which includes an operation statistic unit calculates an acceptable range to be output by the first unit on a particular type of road based on the information detected by the sensing unit and the information received by the location second unit. The control unit also includes an abnormal driving determination unit which compares values sensed by the first unit with values calculated by the operation statistic unit to determine whether or not the vehicle is being driven in an abnormal state.04-11-2013
20090109059Weather information notification apparatus and program storage medium - In a vehicular navigation system, a control circuit acquires weather information and displays (i) a map containing a present position and (ii) weather information relative to a position outside a display range of the map, among the acquired weather information.04-30-2009
20110012756COMMUNICATON DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, ROAD-TO-VEHICLE AND INTER-VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDICUM - Provided is a communication device mounted in a vehicle or disposed at the roadside, which can adaptively and efficiently manage positional information relating to directly communicable surrounding in-vehicle communication devices and surrounding roadside communication devices and can stably transmit information to a specified communication destination even when the positional relationship between vehicles frequently changes. The communication device is provided with a surrounding communication device information table for holding positional information relating to other communication devices received from the other communication devices and receipt times and a transmission destination determination unit for, when transmission destination position/area information indicating the position or area of a communication device that is a communication destination is accepted, determining a communication device with which communication is to be established on the basis of the transmission destination position/area information and the contents held in the surrounding communication device information table and making a transmission destination setting signal.01-20-2011
20110012755Protocol for Map Data Transmission for Infrastructure to Vehicle Communications - A method is provided for selectively transmitting stop sign intersection data to a vehicle in an infrastructure-to-vehicle communication system. The infrastructure-to-vehicle system includes a fixed entity for broadcasting wireless messages to vehicles in a predetermined area. The local intersection data is broadcast from a local intersection device at a first repetition rate. The local intersection data relates to the intersection in which the vehicle is currently approaching. Remote intersection data, such as map GID, is broadcast from the local intersection device at a second repetition rate. The remote intersection data relates to intersections beyond the vehicle's current approaching intersection. The second repetition rate is lower than the first repetition rate.01-20-2011
20110012754AUDIBLE DRIVING ALERT - A system for advising the operator of a transportation vehicle to impending travel conditions responsive to proximity to the area affected by the travel conditions. The system has location determination capability such as a GPS system and a source of travel condition advisory messages. When a travel condition advisory message is received and the vehicle is in the affected area, an audible signal is delivered within the transportation vehicle. Apparatus of the system may be self-contained and located aboard the transportation vehicle or alternatively may comprise message transmission apparatus located externally of the transportation vehicle.01-20-2011
20130162448TRAFFIC INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION SYSTEM, TRAFFIC INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM, AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION METHOD - Systems, methods, and programs distribute traffic information including information on a wrong-way vehicle traveling in a wrong-way direction opposite to a designated travel direction of a road. The systems, methods, and programs distributes the traffic information to the target vehicle, determine a reporting range of the wrong-way vehicle information based on a wrong-way vehicle position. When an end-point distance is equal to or larger than a predetermined reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set a wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the end-point distance is less than the reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set the wrong-way section and at least one road section which is adjacent to the wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the target vehicle is in the reporting range, the systems, methods, and programs send the traffic information including the wrong-way vehicle information to the target vehicle.06-27-2013
20110063130COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND ROADSIDE UNIT - A communication system includes a roadside unit and a mobile communication unit that communicates with the roadside unit by using one of a plurality of communication channels. The mobile communication unit obtains, for each communication channel, a reception condition measurement representing the reception condition of a radio signal received from the roadside unit, creates information of a candidate channel for a receiving channel to be used to receive the radio signal from the roadside unit, and reports the candidate channel information to the roadside unit. On the other hand, the roadside unit assigns the receiving channel by selecting it from among the candidate channels, and reports the receiving channel to the mobile communication unit.03-17-2011
20110063129GEOBROADCAST VIA A SERVER - A hazard warning for a driver of a vehicle is provided which involves measured values captured by different vehicles or corresponding advance analysis results being evaluated centrally by a server. The server then decides who needs to receive a corresponding warning. In this way, the main computation power can be provided in the server, which relieves the load on the individual vehicle systems. In addition, the data transfer can be minimized, since the messages are sent only to selected receivers.03-17-2011
20130063281Vehicle traffic signal notification system - A system, device and method for notifying a vehicle driver of the condition of an upcoming vehicle traffic signal is described. The system includes a transmitter; transmission circuitry operably coupled to a vehicle traffic signal controller and operably coupled to the transmitter; wherein the transmission circuitry receives information associated with vehicle traffic signal status from the vehicle traffic signal controller, and causes the transmitter to transmit a non-visual and non-audible signal including information associated with the vehicle traffic signal status; a mobile receiver unit including a receiver to receive the transmitted non-visual signal; and a communication mechanism coupled to the mobile receiver unit to communicate information associated with the vehicle traffic signal status to a driver or user.03-14-2013
20090237270Providing Sponsorship Information Alongside Traffic Messages - A method and system for providing sponsorship information to a user of a traffic message receiver is disclosed. Sponsorship messages are sent to the traffic message receiver and include data to be stored in the memory of the receiver. The transmission of the sponsorship messages is performed as a background routine to the regular transmission of traffic messages. The sponsorship data stored in the traffic message receiver is provided to the user of the traffic message receiver based on a triggering event, such as the end-user entering a point of interest string into the user interface of his navigation system or receipt of a message that includes an activated trigger flag.09-24-2009
20110018738MOTION CONTROLLED DISPLAY - A method comprising creating configured display information; detecting if a display is moving; presenting, via the display, the configured display information if the display is detected to be stationary; identifying, if the display is detected to be moving, whether the configured display information includes moving image display information; presenting, via the display, the configured display information if the display is detected to be moving, and the configured display information does not include moving image display information; identifying, if the display is detected to be moving, the configured display information includes moving image display information, whether the moving image display information includes emergency information or traffic information; presenting, via the display, the configured display information, excluding the moving image display information, if the moving image display information does not include emergency information or traffic information; and presenting, via the display, the configured display information, including the moving image display information, if the moving image display information includes emergency information or traffic.01-27-2011
20130207817GPS Generated Traffic Information - 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.08-15-2013
20110095906METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING TRAFFIC FLOW - A method and an apparatus for controlling the flow of traffic. To this end, the information about the period of time before a set of traffic lights changes to another traffic light phase is used to provide the driver of a vehicle with a speed recommendation for approaching the traffic lights. In order to improve the ascertainment of the speed recommendation, provision is made for a database to be used to store the position (P) and the change times (Si) of a set of traffic lights and for the position and change times to be able to be retrieved by a vehicle via a mobile radio communication link, and for the driver of the vehicle to be provided with the speed recommendation using this information.04-28-2011
20130009790METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED TRAFFIC SIGNAGE - An improved traffic sign is discussed. The traffic sign includes an RFID tag configured to transmit a traffic information to a vehicle-mounted receiver. The traffic information can be associated with a priority. The receiver can be in communication with a vehicle-mounted display, wherein the display displays information selected from received traffic information based on priority, time of receipt, and relevance.01-10-2013
20120218125TWO-WAY VIDEO AND 3D TRANSMISSION BETWEEN VEHICLES AND SYSTEM PLACED ON ROADSIDE - A system and method for providing visual information to a driver of a first vehicle, including: at least one camera or sensor which is not on the first vehicle but which captures image data that includes a view of a road within a vicinity of the first vehicle; a decision unit which receives the image data from the camera or sensor and which identifies information in the image data which a driver of the first vehicle needs to be informed of; and a display unit on the first vehicle which displays information transmitted to the first vehicle in a view that displays information determined to be missing in the vehicle's current line of sight, so that the otherwise missing information can be observed by a driver of the first vehicle.08-30-2012
20120326889ANALYZING DATA FROM NETWORKED RADAR DETECTORS - A radar detector accesses a network interface module that enables communication of data to and from a server. The server executes analysis algorithms that analyze data received from multiple radar detectors to develop predictions about the likelihood of future alerts or threats in geographic locations. The server communicates the predictions to each of the radar detectors based on the geographic locations corresponding to each of the radar detectors. Each radar detector communicates alert levels as needed to its corresponding radar detector user based on predictions that correspond to the geographic locations corresponding to each of the radar detectors.12-27-2012
20090096636Incursion Collision Avoidance System for Vehicle Traffic Control - A system to identify junctions of restricted areas to approaching vehicles, including at least one warning signal generator adapted to transmit the warning signal into areas traversed by the vehicles approaching the restricted areas, a receiver in each of the vehicles receiving the transmitted warning signals when the vehicle approaches one of the restricted areas, and an alarm responsive to the warning signal, which produces an alarm signal detectable by a vehicle operator.04-16-2009
20110298637TRAFFIC INFORMATION CLIENT DEVICE - The invention provides an electronic device configured to operate as a traffic information client. The traffic information client device comprises an interface adapted to receive traffic information messages, where a traffic information message comprises a location code which identifies a location of a traffic event. The traffic information client device further comprises a memory and a relational database stored in the memory, the relational database comprising at least a first set of relations including at least one relation which directly or indirectly associates location codes with location information.12-08-2011
20110285547External Conditions Audio Playback System and Method - A method and system that controls the playing of different audio or video files by an electric device in a motor vehicle that includes a plurality of different audio or video files and an audio file player software program. The electronic device is coupled to at least one external sensor that measures one of the following: the motor vehicle's current location, the time of day, and/or the weather or temperature. The software program is configured to automatically play the audio file associated with an external condition when the external condition occurs. When the motor vehicle is operating, and the occupant is listening to the electronic device, the audio or video files are automatically played based on the occurrence of the linked external condition.11-24-2011
20110298638DISTRIBUTED MAINTENANCE DECISION AND SUPPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present disclosure is directed to a computer that receives weather information from a weather service provider (“WSP”) server and automatic vehicle locating system (“AVL”) collected information from an AVL server, accesses a material performance specification for at least one treatment material, and determines, based on the weather information and/or AVL collected information and the material performance specification, a treatment recommendation for a selected roadway segment and/or route.12-08-2011
20110298636VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE AND INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - An information distribution system comprises a roadside apparatus, a center apparatus, and a vehicle-mounted device. The center apparatus transmits to a predetermined area through the roadside apparatus first distribution information including a predetermined division number for identifying a road where the roadside apparatus are installed or second distribution information including speech information, a division number, and execution condition information for executing the speech information depending on the division number included in the first distribution information and that included in the second one. The vehicle-mounted device has a DSRC unit for receiving the first or second distribution information, a storage unit for storing the first or second distribution information, a reproduction unit for executing the speech information, and a control unit for judging on the basis of the execution condition information whether or not it is possible to execute the speech information and allowing the reproduction unit to execute the speech information depending on the result of the judgment. Provision of erroneous information due to leakage of a radio wave arriving from a direction different from the moving direction of the vehicle equipped with the vehicle-mounted device is prevented, and information corresponding to the moving direction of the vehicle.12-08-2011
20090091473DETERMINING BILLBOARD REFRESH RATE BASED ON TRAFFIC FLOW - The present invention relates to the determining of a refresh rate of a dynamic billboard. A system in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a system for obtaining traffic flow information; a system for determining the refresh rate per minute of the dynamic billboard based on the traffic flow information, wherein the refresh rate is equal to 60 mph/V, wherein V is equal to an average velocity in miles per hour of vehicles passing the dynamic billboard; a system for determining a percent change in the traffic flow information over a predetermined period of time, and comparing the percent change in the traffic flow information to a predetermined threshold value; and a system for changing a display provided by the dynamic bill board in accordance with the refresh rate only if a magnitude of the percent change in the traffic flow information is greater than the predetermined threshold value.04-09-2009
20110291860IN-VEHICLE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD - An in-vehicle display apparatus includes a communication device and an in-vehicle device. The communication device acquires posted information and geographical location data indicating the destination of the posted information. Then, the communication device generates map data in which the posted information is displayed at a position specified by the geographical location data which is acquired together with the posted information. In addition, the communication device changes a method of displaying the posted information on the generated map data on the basis of the time elapsed from the posting of the information to the acquisition of the posted information and the category of the posted information. Then, the communication device transmits the map data in which the display method of the posted information is changed to the in-vehicle device. The in-vehicle device displays the received map data on, for example, a liquid crystal monitor.12-01-2011
20110291859DRIVER ASSIST SYSTEM WITH A DEVICE FOR DETECTING TRAFFIC SIGNS - A driver assist system includes, but is not limited to a device for detecting traffic signs and/or for receiving and for processing information of a traffic sign on a road shoulder and/or geographical data, particularly with respect to downhill routes, and/or further road users installed in a motor vehicle. The device generates and emits at least one signal perceptible to the driver which informs the driver that a further actuation of an accelerator pedal is not required.12-01-2011
20100277343VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE, OUTPUT PROPRIETY JUDGMENT METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - An utterance type vehicle-mounted device (11-04-2010
20100007524ADVERTISING OR ROAD INFORMATION SCREEN SYSTEM INTEGRATED TO TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROLS - A system for providing advertising and road information has at least one display screen, a first system to switch the display screen between the display of advertising information and road information, a traffic light controller, and a communication system operatively connected to the display screen and the traffic light controller. The traffic light controller is adapted to selectively control the display of advertising and road information on the display screen. The system can thus display advertising information when the traffic controller commands the traffic to stop at the traffic light, selectively along with road information, and to display road information alone when traffic is flowing.01-14-2010
20090146840SYSTEM FOR CONVEYING INFORMATION TO A VEHICLE OCCUPANT - A system is provided for conveying information to an occupant of a motor vehicle. In one example of an implementation, driving-relevant information is obtained for example using sensors or a navigation system. An audio message is determined based on the obtained driving-relevant information. Spatial characteristics for the audio message are also determined. The audio message is output in the motor vehicle with the determined spatial characteristic via loudspeakers.06-11-2009
20090309757REAL TIME TRAFFIC AIDE - A system and method for providing real-time traffic information using a wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communications network. A vehicle includes a plurality of sensors that detect other vehicles around the vehicle. The wireless communications system on the vehicle uses the sensor signals to calculate a traffic condition index that identifies traffic information around the vehicle. The vehicle broadcasts the traffic condition index to other vehicles and/or road side infrastructure units that can present the information to the vehicle driver, such as in a navigation system, and/or rebroadcast the traffic information to other vehicles. The traffic condition index can be calculated using the speed of the surrounding vehicles, posted speed limits, the distance between the surrounding vehicles and the traffic density of the surrounding vehicles.12-17-2009
20110148659ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An utterance type road traffic information providing device (system) provided with a roadside apparatus (06-23-2011
20110169660GPS-Generated Traffic Information - 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.07-14-2011
20090289812System and Method for Providing Real-Time Dangerous Road Information Based on USN - Provided is a system and method for providing dangerous road information based on a Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN) in real-time. The system includes: a dangerous road zone information sensing unit having a sensing function for sensing diverse information in a dangerous road zone and a computing function for extracting dangerous road information by analyzing the sensed information; a dangerous road zone information transmitting unit for transmitting the extracted dangerous road information through a short distance wireless network; a dangerous road zone information collecting unit for collecting the transmitted dangerous road information and checking duplication elimination and unification of the dangerous road information; and a dangerous road zone information providing unit for providing the dangerous road information collected and processed in the dangerous road zone information collecting unit to a Telematics vehicle approaching to the dangerous road zone in real-time through wireless communication.11-26-2009
20100102988DRIVING CONDITIONS MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - A driving conditions monitoring device includes an image capturing unit, a data processing unit, a control unit, and an abnormality processing unit electronically connected in series. The image capturing unit includes at least two image capturing devices to respectively obtain the image of the expression of the drive and the driving road condition. The data processing unit obtains the image information form the image capturing unit, and then sends it to the control unit after processed. The control unit judges whether the states of the driver is normal or abnormal according to the image information of the expression of the drive and the driving road condition, and activates the abnormality processing unit to deal with the abnormality when the state of the driver is abnormal.04-29-2010
20080303693Methods and Systems for Automated Traffic Reporting - An automatic traffic reporting system comprising a vehicle mounted data transceiver (telematics device) and centrally operated information collectors and analyzers that generate real time traffic reports for selected areas of interest.12-11-2008
20080284615Information provision apparatus - An information provision apparatus of the present invention includes a stop detector to detect a stop of a vehicle; a display unit to display various information; and a control unit to control the display unit to display a plurality of display contents in a manner that two successive contents of information differ with each other while the vehicle is standing at the temporal stop. When the vehicle is caught in a traffic congestion to stop temporarily, the driver of the vehicle is entertained by plural contents of the information appearing on the display unit for his/her diversion.11-20-2008
20090309758GPS-Generated Traffic Information - 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.12-17-2009
20100141476DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION - An evaluation device for a driver assistance system for a vehicle includes an input for receiving image information recorded by a camera, a first component for locating an image section present in a predefined shape in first image information received from the camera, and a second component for requesting second image information. The second image information corresponds to a renewed image of an image section found by the first component, with improved contrast in relation to the first image information. A third component is present for identifying a traffic sign in the second image information, and an output for emitting a signal relating to a traffic sign identified by the third component. There is also provided a computer program product and a method for operating a driver assistance system.06-10-2010
20090160676Retrieving and Presenting Dynamic Traffic Information - A system, a method and computer-readable media for presenting dynamic traffic information. A user profile is stored, and advisory data based on the user profile is gathered. The advisory data may include traffic information associated with road segments identified by the user profile. Upon receiving a user input, the advisory data is presented to a user.06-25-2009
20120068861METHOD AND ONBOARD-UNIT FOR RADIO COMMUNICATION IN A ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A method and onboard unit for radio communication between a radio beacon and an onboard unit with a transceiver as part of a road toll system, wherein the radio beacon has a limited radio coverage area and the onboard unit has two operating modes, i.e. a first energy-consuming working mode and a second energy-saving resting mode, and can be changed from the resting mode to the working mode by a signal received from the radio beacon. The method comprises: receiving a signal in the onboard unit and as a result, changing the onboard unit to the working mode, if this was previously in the resting mode, within a prompt time; transmitting a response signal, which contains at least one information message concerning the operating mode of the onboard unit before receipt of the signal, from the onboard unit to the radio beacon; and on the basis of the received operating mode information selecting by means of the radio beacon whether the remaining part of the radio communication is to be conducted with the onboard unit for a longer or shorter duration.03-22-2012
20120068860Traffic Control Database And Distribution System - A database for storing intersection data efficiently is disclosed. The database stores two or more points for each approach to the intersection along with the intersection control type. A third point can be used to help define the geometry of each approach. The database can be used with a warning system or any other vehicle system. The system may use approach point and intersection control type information to provide warnings to drivers of the motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is approaching the intersection at such a speed that the motor vehicle cannot safely stop. Methods for distributing the database information are also disclosed. The methods include pre-installed databases, dealer installed databases and on-demand distribution of intersection information.03-22-2012
20110227758Interactive Mobile Service System - An interactive mobile service system for a transportation system includes a plurality of vehicle hosts deposited in a plurality of vehicles of the transportation system, and a plurality of servers for providing a plurality of services for the plurality of vehicle hosts, wherein the plurality of vehicle hosts request the plurality of servers to provide the plurality of services via a worldwide interoperability for microwave access network.09-22-2011
20110140917VEHICLE EXTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM WITH INDICATOR MODULE - An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly and a unitary indicator module disposed at the exterior rearview mirror assembly. The unitary indicator module includes a plurality of illumination sources disposed behind an at least partially light transmitting portion of the unitary indicator module. Light emitted by any of the illumination sources passes through the at least partially light transmitting portion for viewing by a driver of the equipped vehicle. The unitary indicator module is responsive to a control signal to indicate to the driver of the equipped vehicle a detected presence of another vehicle at least one of alongside the equipped vehicle and rearward of the equipped vehicle. The unitary indicator module is operable to indicate a degree of hazard at least one of alongside the equipped vehicle and rearward of the equipped vehicle.06-16-2011
20110227759Method and System for Ascertaining a Local Information Item for a Vehicle - A method and system for ascertaining at least one traffic-related local information item for a vehicle includes a reception device in a radio system to receive sent data from a radio system in at least one other vehicle in the vicinity of the one vehicle as defined by the reception range of the reception device. The reception device is configured for the vehicle-internal capture and evaluation of data for at least one operating variable from the one vehicle. The traffic-related local information item is ascertained from the received data from the other vehicle.09-22-2011
20090201173DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS, A DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD AND PROGRAM - A CPU obtains road shape information regarding a shape of a road ahead of a vehicle from map information stored in a map information DB. Further, the CPU calculates a blind spot region for a driver generated by a right front pillar. In addition, when it is determined that at least a part of the calculated blind spot region is overlapped with a road ahead in a traveling direction, the CPU displays a shot image corresponding to the blind spot region shot by the camera on a pillar display. Thereafter, when the calculated blind spot region is determined not to be overlapped with the road ahead in the traveling direction within five seconds, the CPU stops the display of a video on the pillar display.08-13-2009
20090243884METHOD FOR DISPLAYING TRAFFIC INFORMATION USING PALETTE BASED IMAGE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method and apparatus to display road information are provided. The method includes receiving traffic information, and displaying an image region corresponding to a link identification (ID) by a palette color corresponding to the traffic information on the basis of the received traffic information.10-01-2009
20090243881SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASCRIPTION OF FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS DETECTED ON AIRPORT TRAVEL SURFACES TO FOREIGN OBJECT SOURCES - A system for detection of foreign objects on an aircraft travel surface and ascription of the foreign objects present on the aircraft travel surface to foreign object sources, the system including a foreign object detection subsystem operative to detect foreign objects on an aircraft travel surface, a potential foreign object source identifier subsystem operative to indicate the presence of potential foreign object sources at or near the aircraft travel surface and a foreign object to foreign object source correlator operative to receive inputs from the foreign object detection subsystem and from the foreign object source identifier subsystem indicating at least a time relationship between sensed presence of the potential foreign object sources on the aircraft travel surface and detection of the foreign objects and to provide an ascription output indicating the origin of at least some of the foreign objects detected by the foreign object detection subsystem.10-01-2009
20090243882SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MANUALLY OPERATED VEHICULAR HAZARD WARNING SYSTEM - A road hazard warning system provides a remote control and/or a turn signal-like on-steering wheel activation and engagement device, connected through an electronic interface, to cause a remote device to display a user-selected road hazard message. The device employs a CANCEL or OFF button on the remote control, or neutral position in an on-steering column stalk implementation, and/or an automatic cancellation feature after a given default time period, which provides for the cancellation of the currently-selected hazard and returns the display to a default state.10-01-2009
20100156668METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE DRIVING GUIDE - A method and an apparatus for vehicle driving guide with lamps are applied to a target road. The apparatus has a traffic condition detection module, multiple indication lamps and a signal control module. The traffic condition detection module obtains a traffic condition. The indication lamps are mounted separately on the target road. The signal control module is electrically connected to the traffic condition detection module and the indication lamps and operates the indication lamps according to a control process based on different traffic conditions. The control process may be in a chase mode that sequentially pulses the indication lamps on with a regulated moving direction of the target road with a pulse interval between turning the indication lamps on to present an impression that the lights are moving at an indicator speed. The impression allows drivers in vehicles on the target road to follow to drive.06-24-2010
20120139756Height warning system - A multi-sensory height warning system for informing a driver of a motor vehicle of the proximity of an overhead obstruction in the path of the vehicle that will contact the vehicle that has:06-07-2012
20120139754Driver Safety Enhancement Using Intelligent Traffic Signals and GPS - A driver safety system determines a correspondence between a vehicle and an upcoming traffic signal, and predicts a state of the traffic signal when the vehicle is expected to reach the signal's location. Based on proximity to the signal and speed of the vehicle, the system provides a warning to the vehicle if it determines that the vehicle is likely to proceed contrary to the signal (e.g., a driver is likely to run a red light). The warning becomes progressively stronger as the prediction becomes more certain.06-07-2012
20090079587Weather information display device - A weather information display device displays on its display device a section, for which weather information is acquired, in a display mode corresponding to the weather information. An icon indicating the weather information is displayed on the section of the weather information. When a relatively wide area map is displayed, a plurality of icons for a plurality of sections may have to be displayed in overlapped manner. If the icons indicate the same weather information, only one icon is displayed as a representative of the same icons. If the icons indicate the different weather information, an icon having higher display priority is displayed as being overlapped over icons of lower display priority. If one of the different overlapped icons is touched, only the touched icon and the corresponding weather information are displayed.03-26-2009
20120139755Automatic Detection of Road Conditions - A system for automatic detection of road conditions reduces emissions from vehicles by determining whether proposed routes may be less efficient due to weather conditions. In one aspect, the system chooses routes not only based on overall distance to travel, but also based weather conditions. The determination is made by information received from various sources, including other vehicles and roadside sensors. In-vehicle warnings are also provided by combining data from in-vehicle sensors with data from other sources, such as conditions currently sensed at upcoming locations and historical and forecast weather data.06-07-2012
20100188265Network Providing Vehicles with Improved Traffic Status Information - A vehicle communication network provides information about traffic conditions in a local area on a near real time basis. An RF transceiver in a vehicle communicates with other transceivers in other vehicles to relay traffic condition related information. The traffic information can be provided to local vehicles equipped with transceivers, or roadside devices that participate in the communication network. The traffic information is derived from data that may include time, position, velocity, acceleration or other information related to traffic flow. The data can be derived from a GPS, accelerometer or other devices that are typically prevalent in automobiles, whether as standalone units or integrated into the automobile. The transceivers can implement an emergency messaging construct to permit rapid dissemination of traffic information that may be derived from collisions, slowdowns, congestion or other traffic conditions that may prompt drivers to slowdown or otherwise increase vehicle spacing. The vehicle network can be implemented using add-on equipment in conjunction with PNDs or smart cellular telephones, or as a standalone device that is optionally integrated into a PND or vehicle.07-29-2010
20100001880DETECTING AND SHARING ROAD TRAFFIC CONDITION INFORMATION - A method, system, and computer usable program product for detecting and sharing road traffic condition information are provided in the illustrative embodiments. A system receives a set of image inputs from a set of cameras that are stationary relative to a road and monitoring road traffic. The system combines the image inputs forming a view. The system determines whether an alarm condition exists in the view. If an alarm condition exists, the system maps the alarm condition on the view using a characteristic of the alarm condition, thus forming a part of a condition information. The system transmits the part of the condition information, such that the part of the condition information can be received by a motorist. The system may also receive a set of sensor inputs from a set of sensors and may combine the set of sensor inputs with the set of image inputs to form the view.01-07-2010
20130214940INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STATUS DISPLAY METHOD - There is provided an information processing device including a difference information acquiring unit that acquires, for one or a plurality of first vehicles that travel according to a content of reference information including a predetermined traveling speed or arrival time, difference information representing a difference between an actual traveling speed or arrival time in each of the first vehicles and the content of the reference information, and a road status analyzing unit that analyzes a road status in a predetermined region using difference information related to the first vehicles present in the predetermined region.08-22-2013
20090295598Data mining for traffic signals or signs along road curves and enabling precautionary actions in a vehicle - Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, a traffic light or stop sign located along a curved section of road. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where a traffic light or stop sign is located along a curved section of road. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the stop sign or traffic light located along the curved section of road. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a stop sign or traffic light located along the curved section of road.12-03-2009
20100253541TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE INDICATOR ON HEAD-UP DISPLAY - A substantially transparent windscreen head up display includes one of light emitting particles or microstructures over a predefined region of the windscreen permitting luminescent display while permitting vision through the windscreen. A method to display a graphic based upon a traffic infrastructure indication upon a substantially transparent windscreen head up display of a vehicle includes monitoring the traffic infrastructure indication, analyzing the traffic infrastructure indication, and displaying the graphic upon the transparent windscreen head up display based upon analyzing the traffic infrastructure indication.10-07-2010
20100253540ENHANCED ROAD VISION ON FULL WINDSHIELD HEAD-UP DISPLAY - A method to selectively project graphical images upon a transparent windscreen head up display of a vehicle based upon a need for enhanced vision includes monitoring informational inputs describing an operational environment for the vehicle, processing the informational inputs to generate display requirements, generating the graphical images to be projected based upon the display requirements, and projecting the graphical images upon the transparent windscreen head up display. Processing of the informational inputs can include determining the need for enhanced vision based upon the informational inputs and generating the display requirements based upon the informational inputs and the need for enhanced vision.10-07-2010
20100013669SPEED LIMIT ANNOUNCING DEVICE, METHOD FOR ANNOUNCING SPEED LIMIT, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR THE SAME - A speed limit announcing device for a vehicle includes: an information obtaining element for obtaining information of a speed limit of a following road, wherein the vehicle is supposed to pass through an intersection and to run on the following road after the intersection; and an announce element for announcing the information of the speed limit of the following road when the vehicle runs on a current road before the intersection.01-21-2010
20090072998ROAD-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, ROAD-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION METHOD, ROAD-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION PROGRAM AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM - Disclosed is a road-to-vehicle communication system to provide highly reliable road-to-vehicle communication services by effective use of a car navigation system installed in a vehicle. The roadmap information for the car navigation system 03-19-2009
20090072997Collaborative Environmental Reporting - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for the reporting of an environmental condition to vehicles prior to encountering the environmental condition. According to various embodiments described herein, local environment data corresponding to the environmental condition is collected from sensors on a vehicle. The local environment data is used to determine that the environmental condition exists at the current location of the vehicle. A notification that includes the geographic location of the environmental condition is created and provided to one or more other vehicles in the vicinity of the environmental condition.03-19-2009
20090115632TERMINAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR RECEIVING TRAFFIC INFORMATION, METHOD OF PROVIDING SIGNAL LIGHT INFORMATION, AND METHOD OF GUIDING SIGNAL - A terminal and computer program product for receiving traffic information, a method of providing traffic light information, and a method of guiding a signal are provided. The method of providing traffic light information includes receiving a message comprising traffic light information and having a hierarchical structure; acquiring the traffic light information by decoding the message; and displaying signal information of a specific traffic light in a display based on the traffic light information.05-07-2009
20090079586Use of Pattern Matching to Predict Actual Traffic Conditions of a Roadway Segment - Actual traffic conditions of a roadway segment are predicted by providing a plurality of historical roadway condition patterns of the roadway segment in a database, obtaining an electronic representation of a current roadway condition pattern of the roadway segment, identifying one or more of the historical roadway condition patterns that closely matches the current roadway condition pattern, and predicting the future actual traffic conditions of the roadway segment by using the conditions associated with the one or more identified historical patterns.03-26-2009
20110032119DRIVER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - A driver assistance system which outputs information to the driver on the traffic situation in the surroundings and provides assistance, by vehicle components, in order for the driver to handle a current traffic situation.02-10-2011
20090109058Traffic information providing method and device and traffic information receiving method and device - The traffic information providing device receives traffic information corresponding to a bus stop or a platform at which the traffic information providing device is positioned from a management server for collecting traffic information from at least one public transportation means, and broadcasts the received traffic information to the traffic information receiving device that is provided within a predetermined distance from the traffic information providing device by using the ZigBee or wireless sensor network that is a wireless personal area network (WPAN). The traffic information receiving device receives traffic information from the traffic information providing device by using the ZigBee or wireless sensor network, filters the same according to a filtering condition input by the user, and outputs traffic information desired by the user.04-30-2009
20130135117ROADSIDE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM - Disclosed is a roadside-to-vehicle communication system which allows a vehicle, which is traveling within a roadside-to-vehicle communication area, to receive signal information from a roadside device multiple times. The roadside-to-vehicle communication system includes determination means for determining whether or not new information is added to the signal information transmitted from the roadside device, and update means for, only when the determination means determines that the new information is added to the signal information, updating the signal information which is used on the vehicle side. With this configuration, it is possible to reduce the processing load on the signal information even when the signal information is received multiple times through roadside-to-vehicle communication.05-30-2013
20110248867METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC INFORMATION SERVICE USING A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for providing a traffic information service using a mobile communication terminal are provided. A method of a mobile communication terminal for a traffic information service is provided. The method includes constructing a cluster with at least one neighboring Mobile Station (MS), receiving traffic information from the at least one neighboring MS comprised in the cluster, measuring traffic information using location information of the MS, and transmitting a traffic information message comprising the collected traffic information to a traffic information provision server.10-13-2011
20100259417TACTILE WARNING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - A warning system adapted to detect a plurality of input signals, identify the input signals as being associated with a vehicular speed measuring system used by law enforcement, and provide a tactile warning to a driver of the vehicle, is disclosed. The warning system includes a sensor to detect an input signal associated with a transmitter, analyze the input signal, and generate a warning signal in response to the analysis of the input signal, a controller to receive the warning signal, analyze the warning signal, and generate a control signal in response to the analysis of the warning signal, and a tactile feedback generator to generate a tactile alert through a vehicle control device in response to the control signal.10-14-2010
20110043377Providing Driving Condition Alerts Using Road Attribute Data - A method and system for providing a driving condition alert to vehicle drivers and others are disclosed. The alert is provided based on road location and attribute data; real-time, historic, and forecast traffic data; real-time, historic, and forecast weather data; and/or scheduled and unscheduled event data. The alert may include information indicating the reason for the alert provided. In addition, the alert may include a relative scale of hazard (e.g., a scale of 1-10 with 1 representing no hazard and 10 representing the highest hazardous condition). As a result of receiving the alert, the driver may adjust their route or driving behavior.02-24-2011
20090066539ROAD COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device (03-12-2009
20110109476Method for Recognizing Traffic Signs - A method recognizes a set of traffic signs in a sequence of images acquired of a vehicle environment by a camera mounted in a moving vehicle by detecting in each image, a region of interest (ROI) using a parameter space transform. The ROI is tracked and classified as a particular one of the signs. The classifier only uses a same class and a different class, and a regression function to update the classifier.05-12-2011
20110001634TRAVELING SUPPORT DEVICE AND TRAVELING SUPPORT METHOD - A traveling support device includes: a road-vehicle communication portion that receives first current-signal information relating to a signal displayed by a traffic signal at a first clock time, from a road side transmitter installed on a road; an inter-vehicle communication portion that receives second current-signal information relating to a signal displayed by the traffic signal at a second clock time, from another vehicle that receives the second current-signal information from the road side transmitter; and a signal cycle estimating portion that estimates signal cycle information relating to transition of the signal on the traffic signal on the basis of the first current-signal information received by the road-vehicle communication portion and the second current-signal information received by the inter-vehicle communication portion.01-06-2011
20110025528CONTROL SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES ON CROSS ROADS - The various embodiments herein provide a system and method for managing information display for vehicles on cross roads. The system includes at least one panel to display a traffic regulatory information and advertisements, a central server, a programmable logic controller (PLC) connected to the central server, a plurality of sensors to detect the at least one panel position and any moving foreign objects. A display unit is managed online from a traffic control centre to receive and display a real-time traffic information and a plurality of timers are provided for calculating a time schedule information of the traffic lights based on the traffic. The sensors control and transmit the time schedule information to the PLC. The time schedule information and traffic algorithms are transmitted by the PLC to a central control system for processing and estimating an optimum time schedule of traffic lights.02-03-2011
20110084852METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATIVELY CHANGING INTERIOR ILLUMINATION COLOR IN A VEHICLE - An apparatus for communicating information to an operator of a vehicle without unnecessarily distracting the operator by illuminating an interior of the vehicle with different colors, includes an illumination control module monitoring an informational input and determining a lighting color command based upon the informational input. The apparatus further includes an illumination system communicating with the illumination control module and generating an illumination color upon the interior based upon the lighting color command.04-14-2011
20090322560IN-VEHICLE ALERT DELIVERY MAXIMIZING COMMUNICATIONS EFFICIENCY AND SUBSCRIBER PRIVACY - A system and method are provided for enhancing subscriber privacy while delivering location-based in-vehicle alerts to the subscribers of a mobile traffic reporting system by disassociating subscriber information from location information transmitted by a traffic probe vehicle. In various examples, the in-vehicle alerts include Flash Flood alerts, Hurricane alerts, Amber alerts, as well as non-crisis alerts, such as traffic hotspots, locations of inexpensive gas stations, and various points of interest.12-31-2009
20100219984Traffic Communication System and Method for Communicating in Traffic - A traffic communication system comprising a laser transmitter arranged for emitting a pulsating laser signal, wherein at least one message has been encoded into the pulse sequence of the laser signal, a laser receiver arranged for receiving the pulsating laser signal, and a central processing unit arranged for determining said at least one message in the pulse sequence of the received signal and carrying out a command in dependence on the message received.09-02-2010
20100176970Vehicle-mounted alarm generating apparatus - The vehicle-mounted alarm generating apparatus includes an extracting section configured to extract a road boundary marking representing a boundary of a lane from an image of a picture of a road surface ahead of a vehicle, a position setting section configured to set a first position and a second position more distant from the vehicle than the first position in accordance with extraction results by the extracting section, a first alarm generating section configured to generate a first alarm when a distance between the vehicle and the first position becomes shorter than a predetermined first distance, and a second alarm generating section configured to generate a second alarm, when a distance between the vehicle and the first position becomes shorter than a predetermined second distance. The configuration of the second alarm is different from that of the first alarm.07-15-2010
20100033347IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS, ROADSIDE DEVICE, AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION SYSTEM - An in-vehicle apparatus includes a first receiver capable of receiving identification information about a vehicle group that is transmitted from a first roadside device in a signal having directivity; a judging unit for identifying a vehicle group to which a host vehicle of the in-vehicle apparatus belongs based on the identification information; and a first transmitter capable of transmitting the identification information to a second roadside device connected to a network of a road traffic system.02-11-2010
20110068950TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF INFORMING VEHICLE OPERATORS OF TRAFFIC SIGNAL STATES - A traffic management system and method are provided that determine and present a target speed for a vehicle to travel from a first position to a second position when a signaling device at the second position is in a desired phase. The target average speed can be presented via a variety of output devices, such as a display and/or speaker. The output device could, for example, be stationary, at a fixed distance from the signaling device, such as a roadside display. The output device could be a mobile device, carried in a vehicle or by a user, e.g., a cell phone, GPS navigation system, or personal digital assistant. The system can include a signal timing processor that determines a target average speed of travel between the first and second positions, which can be based on, or calculated from, timing information of the signals and a distance between the two positions.03-24-2011
20110254701DRIVING ASSISTING DEVICE - In a driving assisting device in which a receiver acquires the time-series traffic signal information regarding a lighting state of the traffic signal and a display and a speaker provide the lighting time information regarding a time remaining until a red signal of the traffic signal changes, the display and the speaker provide the lighting time information regarding the time remaining until the red signal of the traffic signal changes only when it is confirmed from the traffic signal information that a signal after change of the red signal permits traveling of the host vehicle. Accordingly, for example, for a light color change or the like in which an arrow lamp other than the traveling direction lights up after a red signal, a red signal waiting time is not displayed. This makes it possible to suppress factors inducing a careless driver to start driving.10-20-2011
20100265099ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, ROAD TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A utterance type road traffic information providing system comprises a roadside apparatus (10-21-2010
20120200429VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW DATA ACQUISITION AND DISTRIBUTION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation can include acquiring imagery of multiple vehicles traveling on a roadway between two locations and individually identifying the different vehicles in the imagery. An elapsed time of travel can be determined for the individually identified vehicles between the two locations and a rate of travel can be computed for each of the individually identified different vehicles based upon the elapsed time of travel. Thereafter, the rate of travel for at least one of the individually identified different vehicles can be broadcast to a subscriber for at least one of the two locations.08-09-2012
20080252484Network Message and Alert Selection Apparatus and Method - A method of selecting one or more of a plurality of messages for a user, each message associated with one or more particular locations. The method comprises: monitoring journeys of the user; determining a likelihood of the user travelling to the respective particular locations based on the monitored journeys; and selecting a message for the user based on the determined likelihood that the user will travel to a particular location with which the message is associated.10-16-2008
20110006914DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM - The invention may allow an in-vehicle unit of a vehicle located in a shadow portion of a large-sized vehicle and an in-vehicle unit of a vehicle at a location separated from an intersection 01-13-2011
20110254702DRIVE SUPPORT DEVICE - Disclosed is a drive support device in which a receiver acquires time-series signal information relating to the lighting state of a signal, and a display and a speaker provide the signal information acquired by the receiver through at east one of screen display and voice. The display and the speaker provide information created on the basis of the signal information while preventing at least any timing of the start of providing the information created on the basis of the signal information, the end of providing the information created on the basis of the signal information, and changing the information created on the basis of the signal information to be provided from being synchronized with the timing at which the lighting state of the signal changes. Thus, the timing becomes inconsistent with the change of the lighting state of the signal, making it impossible for a driver to estimate the lighting state of the signal from information to be provided. Therefore, it becomes possible to prevent the driver from neglecting the confirmation of the signal.10-20-2011
20110133953INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE - An information distribution system includes a roadside apparatus which transmits an utterance type provided information containing audio instruction information based on a traveling direction to be provided by the utterance type provided information. When an vehicle-mouned device receives an utterance type provided information via a communication unit from the roadside apparatus, the vehicle-mounted device outputs different utterance type provided information by an audio in accordance with the audio instruction in-formation contained in the received utterance type provided information, so that a vehicle driver can judge whether the information provided from the roadside apparatus is significant information.06-09-2011
20110133952Devices, Systems and Methods for Detecting a Traffic Infraction - Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for identifying a driver within a vehicle using short range wireless communication in order to ticket or alert the driver in response to a traffic infraction by the driver. In exemplary embodiments, a short range wireless communication device registers drivers of vehicles at a certain location. The registration captures a unique identifier for each driver at the location from the driver's wireless communication device. When a vehicle commits a traffic infraction, the unique identifier is used to reference a database to determine the identity and address of the driver. The driver may then be sent a notification of the infraction as well as payment options. This notification may be sent directly to the wireless communication device of the driver. In embodiments of the present invention, a smart vehicle acts as a proxy to capture the unique identifier from the driver's wireless communication device and communicates with the short range wireless communication device.06-09-2011
20120146812SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISSEMINATING CAR ACCIDENT - Provided is a system and method for disseminating an accident. The accident dissemination system may include a sensor to sense the accident and to generate accident information; and a vehicle processor to open an S channel and thereby transmit the accident information to a vehicle at the rear entering an accident location where the accident has occurred, and to transmit the accident information to an oncoming vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction and being alienated from the accident location, via a first D channel opened by the oncoming vehicle.06-14-2012
20120146811DRIVING ASSISTING SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING THEREOF - A driving assisting system includes a traffic signal controller, an RSU, at least one data transmission interface and an OBU. The RSU is electrically connected to the traffic signal controller. The OBU is installed on a vehicle. The traffic signal controller controls a traffic light, which is located at an intersection. The RSU obtains traffic-light information of the traffic light from the traffic signal controller. The OBU receives the traffic-light information through the at least one data transmission interface from the RSU. The OBU generates dynamic vehicle information of the vehicle. The OBU determines if the vehicle will be positioned at a key zone of the intersection when the traffic light switches according to the dynamic vehicle information and the traffic-light information. The OBU responds according to a key zone type of the key zone when the vehicle is positioned at the key zone of the intersection.06-14-2012
20110095908MOBILE SENSING FOR ROAD SAFETY, TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, AND ROAD MAINTENANCE - Mobile monitoring systems and methods are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the system includes a plurality of vehicles and a base communication station that are in communication with each other. Each of the vehicles includes a camera that generates image data, a location device that generates geographic coordinates of the vehicle, a computing device that receives the image data from the camera and the geographic coordinates of the vehicle and forms a processed image signal that includes the image data, the geographic coordinates and a time stamp, and a communication device that receives the processed image signal from the computing device and wireless transmits the processed image signal to the base communication station. The base communication station receives the processed image signal. The base communication station can include an image processor to further process the processed image signal from each of the plurality of vehicles to form an output signal and a transmitter that transmits the output signal. The output signal can be used to control traffic control devices, vehicles and to provide other useful information.04-28-2011
20110095909DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS - When an own vehicle waits to turn left or right, a vehicle data processing unit processes information of an oncoming vehicle based on data analyzed by data analyzing units. A support processing unit sets a blind angle rank according to a difficulty degree of recognizing a following vehicle due to the blind angle of a lead vehicle from the relationship in the vehicle body size between the lead and following vehicles based on the oncoming vehicle information, and sets the highest blind angle rank value as an oncoming straight-ahead vehicle rank flag. It also sets an evaluation rank according to a risk degree when the own vehicle turns left or right, based on the oncoming straight-ahead vehicle rank flag and an oncoming vehicle rank flag set according to the size of an oncoming vehicle waiting to turn left or right, and informs the driver of driving support information according to the evaluation rank.04-28-2011
20100182163SMART MODEM DEVICE FOR VEHICULAR AND ROADSIDE APPLICATIONS - A method and system are provided in which maintenance vehicles collect information from sensors and operators, forward the collected information to a server, and, in response, receive maps and operator instructions.07-22-2010
20100060482AUTOMATED TRAFFIC SYNCHRONIZATION - Spatial relationship information and performance information are determined for vehicles within a vehicular environment. Traffic signaling information is received from a traffic regulation system associated with the vehicular environment. At least one synchronized control action is calculated for each of the vehicles to synchronize the vehicles with the traffic regulation system based upon the traffic signaling information, the determined spatial relationship information, and the determined performance information for each of the vehicles. The associated at least one synchronized control action is communicated to each of the vehicles. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-11-2010
20100194594ALERT DEVICE - An alert device for a vehicle including a communications receiver for receiving file fragments for the device, a positioning data receiver for providing vehicle location data, a microcontroller system including a microcontroller and a programmable non-volatile memory system, for building and storing application and data files from the fragments, and executing an alert application of the device by processing at least one application file and associated data identified by configuration instructions included in at least one of the fragments to provide alert data for the vehicle corresponding to the location of the vehicle determined by the application on the basis of the vehicle location data.08-05-2010
20100194593NEURAL NETWORK FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS - A vehicle safety system is disclosed that monitors vehicle surroundings, operational conditions, etc., in order to identify potential safety concerns or hazardous operational conditions. In doing so, the vehicle safety system collects data from one or more sources, such as sources that generate data from the vehicle itself (e.g., internal sensors), sources that generate data from the surroundings of the vehicle (e.g., external sensors), and sources that receive data from local or remote locations with respect to the host vehicle (e.g., a satellite, telematics, cellular, short or long range RF, etc., data acquisition unit). In response to data collected by components of the system, the system may use a hierarchical system to address the potential hazardous conditions or safety concerns.08-05-2010
20100194592Method and System for Disseminating Vehicle and Road Related Information in Multi-Hop Broadcast Networks - Information related to a vehicular environment is disseminated in a multi-hop broadcast network of nodes. Vehicles and roadside units are equipped with the nodes. An event is sensed at a location by a source node. In response, zones are associated with respect to the location of the source node. Each zone is logically asymmetric and disjoint from the other zones. An alert message is broadcast, received, and then rebroadcast by other vehicles according to the locations of the vehicles in the zones. The nodes can also disseminate witness information.08-05-2010
20110181439Providing sponsorship information alongside traffic messages - A method and system for providing sponsorship information to a user of a traffic message receiver is disclosed. Sponsorship messages are sent to the traffic message receiver and include data to be stored in the memory of the receiver. The transmission of the sponsorship messages is performed as a background routine to the regular transmission of traffic messages. The sponsorship data stored in the traffic message receiver is provided to the user of the traffic message receiver based on a triggering event, such as the end-user entering a point of interest string into the user interface of his navigation system or receipt of a message that includes an activated trigger flag.07-28-2011
20110133954Vehicle approach warning system, portable warning terminal and in-vehicle communication apparatus - A vehicle approach warning system is disclosed. The vehicle approach warning system includes: an in-vehicle communication apparatus to be mounted to a vehicle, the in-vehicle communication apparatus being configured to wirelessly transmit vehicle travel data to surroundings of the vehicle; and a portable warning terminal to be carried by a pedestrian, the portable warning terminal being configured to give, in response to receiving the vehicle travel data wirelessly transmitted from the in-vehicle communication apparatus, a warning about approach of the vehicle to the pedestrian in a way other than auditory stimulation if electric field strength at a time of receiving the vehicle travel data is larger than a threshold.06-09-2011
20110187558METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED TRAFFIC SIGNAGE - An improved traffic sign is discussed. The traffic sign includes an RFID tag configured to transmit a traffic information to a vehicle-mounted receiver. The traffic information can be associated with a priority. The receiver can be in communication with a vehicle-mounted display, wherein the display displays information selected from received traffic information based on priority, time of receipt, and relevance.08-04-2011
20100026519METHOD OF DETECTING AND SIGNALING DEVIATTION OF MOTOR VEHICLE - The present method first provides an image capturing device so that the image obtained by the image capturing device contains only dark-colored road paving and a light-colored lane marker appearing in the left or right portion of the image. The present method then determines the distribution of the light-colored pixels in each consecutive image captured. When the distribution of the light-colored pixels is shifted towards the other side of the images, the motor vehicle is assumed to be deviating from its current traveling lane. When the distribution of the light-colored pixels conforms to a terminal condition, the present method provides at least an audible alarm such as a siren or a pre-recorded voice message to alert the driver.02-04-2010
20100019933COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - An object is to provide a communication device which can transmit different information for each lane in vehicle-to-roadside communications, while allowing vehicles to perform highly accurate position location. A communication device, placed on roadside, for transmitting information to a plurality of lanes, comprises a plurality of transmission means for respectively transmitting information to the plurality of lanes, and control means for causing the plurality of transmission means to simultaneously transmit common information to all the lanes and, during when the common information is not simultaneously transmitted, causing transmission means for a specific lane in the plurality of transmission means to transmit specific lane information having a content related to the specific lane while stopping transmission means for a lane adjacent to the specific lane in the plurality of transmission means 12 from transmitting information; wherein the common information to be simultaneously transmitted contains at least a part of information making a line identifiable in the specific lane information in addition to information having a content common in all the lanes.01-28-2010
20090174573METHOD AND APPARATUS TO IMPROVE VEHICLE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AT INTERSECTIONS - The present invention includes a number of embodiments for improving vehicle situational awareness at intersections. A first embodiment may comprise a lens fitted at the top of the windshield or outside the vehicle, for refracting the light to the driver, so the driver may more easily see signals, signage and other features of an intersection, as well as other traffic. A second embodiment of the invention is used as an aid to prompt the driver that a light has changed. In a third embodiment, the light change sensor may be combined with other vehicle status information. As the car comes to a stop, the route guidance system may determine if the vehicle is at or in the vicinity of an intersection. Depending on the route guidance database, the system may also know whether or not there are traffic lights at the intersection. Using the vehicle's on board forward-looking radar sensor, the system may then determine if it is first in line at the intersection. In a fourth embodiment the system may be part of a portable after-market routing device. In a fifth embodiment the system, either portable or fixed, may be used to detect changes in the intensity of the brake lights of the vehicle ahead.07-09-2009
20100321206ROAD-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A road-vehicle communication system enabling resumption of the transmission/reception from the rest of data between the vehicle and the road if the transmission/reception is interrupted. Specifically, the road-vehicle communication system includes a roadside apparatus for distributing a content and a vehicle-mounted device which can play a distributed content, the roadside apparatus is connected communicatively with the vehicle-mounted device, and a series of contents are distributed from the roadside apparatus to the vehicle-mounted device. The roadside apparatus includes a control unit for determining a content which the roadside apparatus starts transmitting to the vehicle-mounted device, which is a communication party, from among the series of contents and distributing the other contents succeeding the determined transmission start content. Thus, if the transmission/reception of data between the road and vehicle is interrupted, the transmission/reception can be resumed.12-23-2010
20110095907RIGHT-TURN DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS - When an own vehicle waits to turn right, a vehicle data processing unit processes information of an oncoming vehicle based on data analyzed by data analyzing units. A support processing unit sets a blind angle rank according to a difficulty degree of recognizing a following vehicle due to the blind angle of a lead vehicle from the relationship in the vehicle body size between the lead and following vehicles based on the oncoming vehicle information, and sets the highest blind angle rank value as an oncoming straight-ahead vehicle rank flag. It also sets an evaluation rank according to a risk degree when the own vehicle turns right, based on the oncoming straight-ahead vehicle rank flag and an oncoming right-turning vehicle rank flag set according to the size of an oncoming vehicle waiting to turn right, and informs the driver of right-turn driving support information according to the evaluation rank.04-28-2011
20110050459SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ENHANCE SAFETY AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE BY LOCATION ANALYSIS - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related device including one or more of the following: determining a current location of the vehicle; determining, for the current location, an appropriate maximum speed which the vehicle should not exceed; determining a current speed at which the vehicle is traveling; determining whether the current speed is greater than the appropriate maximum speed; and indicating to the operator of the vehicle, when the current speed is greater than the appropriate maximum speed, that the vehicle is traveling at a speed that is greater than the appropriate maximum speed. Various alternative embodiments also provide for predicting a future speed of the vehicle using the current acceleration and indicating to the operator, when the future speed is greater than the appropriate maximum speed, that the vehicle will soon be traveling at a speed that is greater than the appropriate maximum speed.03-03-2011
20100097240Traffic Display Depicting View of Traffic From Within a Vehicle - A method and system for displaying an in-car view of current traffic conditions is disclosed. A user can select an “In Car View” as a display option. A display shows traffic conditions from a driver's eye view. A forward view depicts a vehicle dashboard, which may include a steering wheel, a central column, gauges, a rear view mirror, and a windshield. Graphics representing traffic conditions are visible through the windshield of the forward view. A side view allows a user to see traffic conditions on the opposite side of the road. The in-car view moves at a rate associated with the pace of the current traffic conditions.04-22-2010
20120044090MOTOR VEHICLE WITH DIGITAL PROJECTORS - A motor vehicle includes, but is not limited to a digital projector for projecting a graphic or type facial information and a monitoring circuit, to which the projector is connected, in order to project as the graphic or type facial information an information determined by the monitoring circuit in real time.02-23-2012
20120001770SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING TRAFFIC INFORMATION WITH TURNING INFORMATION AT INTERSECTIONS - A technology is provided that improves reliability of traffic information guidance by reflecting traffic information for each turning direction. A system of providing traffic information with intersection turning information includes a vehicle information collection unit is configured to collect vehicle information and a control unit is configured to calculate general link speed, travelling speed for each turning direction and link speed for each turning direction at an intersection using the collected vehicle information.01-05-2012
20120001771COMPUTER BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A DRIVER ASSIST INFORMATION - A computer based system for providing a driver assist information for a vehicle driver comprises a capturing device that captures an image, a recognition device that recognizes an object or a situation in the captured image, and a categorizing device that assigns a category of a predetermined set of categories to the recognized object or situation. The system also includes a status determining device of the vehicle that determines an operating status of the vehicle, and a driver assist device that automatically generates the driver assist information based on the determined operating status and the category.01-05-2012
20110025529INTERSECTION VISIBILITY DETERMINATION DEVICE, VEHICLE WITH INTERSECTION VISIBILITY DETERMINATION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING INTERSECTION VISIBILITY - An intersection visibility determination device includes an ECU that determines visibility at an intersection. When a host vehicle approaches an intersection with a stop sign, the ECU calculates conflict points at which a trajectory vector of the host vehicle intersects with virtual trajectory vectors of intersecting objects, which are presumed to come from the right side and the left side of the intersection, respectively. The conflict points are calculated based on information on types and traveling positions of the intersecting objects. The ECU sets visibility determination areas at the intersection as viewed from the host vehicle based on the positions of the conflict points, the right-side and the left-side visibility target distances, and the current location of the host vehicle, and calculates, based on the visibility determination areas, visibility distances that are used as visibility parameters indicating whether the visibility at the intersection is good or poor.02-03-2011
20120013484Sign System for Roads - A sign system for roads includes a back sign. The back sign has a mount affixed to the ground that is adjacent to a road. A back sign device is affixed to the mount. The mount has a front face that is visible to oncoming traffic. The back sign device is located on a rear face visible to traffic that has passed the back sign, wherein a driver may observe the back sign device in a mirror mounted upon their vehicle after passing the back sign device and the back sign provides information to the driver. The sign system for roads may further include a broadcasting unit. The broadcasting unit may be in communication with a receiving unit being positioned in a vehicle and is adapted to communicate with the driver. When the driver of said vehicle approaches the back sign, the receiving unit can alert the driver of additional information.01-19-2012
20120062392System and Method for Protecting Assets from Harm and for Reducing Insurance Risk - A method for warning at least one contact person associated with a vehicle that the vehicle is within a geographical warning zone includes initiating and establishing a wireless communication link between a vehicle telematics system of the vehicle and a control system remote from the vehicle. The control system includes a weather identification system, a map database, and a data processing system operable to communicate with the weather identification system and the map database though a communication link. A dangerous weather condition is detected and a geographic area within which the dangerous weather condition is identified. The geographic area is communicated to the data processing system. The geographic area interfaces with the map database to define a geographic warning zone. The vehicle is located within the geographic warning zone and a warning message is communicated to the person associated with the vehicle regarding the vehicle being in the warning zone.03-15-2012
20120154175DRIVING SCENE TRANSITION PREDICTION DEVICE AND RECOMMENDED DRIVING OPERATION DISPLAY DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE - A symbolizing execution section symbolizes information regarding driving scenes, and describes an entire driving scene around the location of an own motor vehicle. This makes it possible to only increase the information to be symbolized when the number of traffic participants is increased. This can adopt the increase of the traffic participants. A symbol transition prediction section predicts a transition of the symbolized driving scene by using influence which affects the operation of the traffic participants caused by the operation of the own motor vehicle. This makes it possible to increase prediction accuracy while decreasing a large amount of calculation on predicting the transition of driving scene.06-21-2012
20120154174RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION OBJECT TRACKING - A computer-implemented method includes detecting, through an RF transceiver in communication with a vehicle computing system, the proximate presence of one or more RFID tags. The method also includes determining, via the vehicle computing system, a type of potential hazard to which the detected tag corresponds. The method further includes notifying, via the vehicle computing system, a driver of the presence of the determined type of potential hazard.06-21-2012
20110090094IN-VEHICLE INFORMATION PROCESSOR - In an in-vehicle information processor 04-21-2011
20110102195INTERSECTION DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS - When a vehicle attempts to enter a priority road from a non-priority road, a visibility determination processing section compares moving object information on the priority road obtained from a first infrastructure facility installed near a stop position with moving object information on the priority road detected by an autonomous sensor mounted on the vehicle, and determines that the visibility is poor if the former does not match the latter or determines that the visibility is good if the former matches the latter. Then, when the former does not match the latter, the driver is informed of intersection support information. When the former matches the latter, the driver is not informed since it is determined that the driver has already recognized the information by visual observation.05-05-2011
20110102194ROAD-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE - A road-vehicle communication system comprises roadside apparatuses, a center device, and a vehicle-mounted device mounted in a vehicle. The roadside apparatuses are each given identification information for identifying itself. The center device transmits to the vehicle the identification information about a first roadside apparatus installed on the road where the vehicle is traveling as first identification information via the first roadside apparatus and the identification information about a second roadside apparatus via which the vehicle is expected to travel to the destination as second identification information when the vehicle is traveling in the lane of the road where the first roadside apparatus is installed. The vehicle-mounted device stores the transmitted first identification information. If the secondarily transmitted second identification information includes the stored first identification information, the vehicle-mounted device reproduces content information transmitted together with the second identification information. The vehicle-mounted device judges whether or not the content information is for the lane where the vehicle is traveling and reproduces the content information if so.05-05-2011
20110102193PERSONALIZED UPDATING OF DIGITAL NAVIGATION MAPS - A digital navigation map is updated by floating car data, wherein vehicles transmit their own position to a traffic control center, the traffic control center and/or at least one vehicle identifies a hazard situation, and an update for the digital navigation maps of the vehicles in the surroundings is initiated and performed.05-05-2011
20110102192Method, Apparatus And Computer Program Product For Displaying Forecast Weather Products With Actual And Predicted Ownship - A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for displaying forecast weather products in relation to a planned flight path of an air vehicle. The method, apparatus and computer program product may display a representation of future weather conditions along with the planned flight path of the air vehicle and a representation of the anticipated location of the air vehicle during the time period during which the future weather forecast is valid in order to provide context for the future weather information. Additionally, the method, apparatus and computer program product may display the weather information as well as information regarding the time period during which the weather information is valid in a graphical manner that is intuitive to the crew of the air vehicle so as not to distract or otherwise increase the workload upon the crew.05-05-2011
20120161980DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A driver assistance system includes, but is not limited to at least one environment sensor, an evaluation unit for identifying a potential hazardous traffic situation, and at least one actuator that can be activated by said evaluation unit for executing a warning intervention or a hazard-mitigating intervention according to the degree of hazard of the traffic situation identified by the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit is set up to distinguish at least three degrees of hazard of a potentially hazardous traffic situation and upon determining a degree of hazard that goes beyond that of the hazard-mitigating intervention, to trigger an emergency intervention of the actuator.06-28-2012
20100245124E85 GAS STATION LOCATOR APPLICATIONS USING V2X PEER-TO-PEER SOCIAL NETWORKING - A system and method for wirelessly exchanging information concerning the location of E85 gas stations between E85 vehicles. The method includes transmitting messages from an E85 gas station that identifies the location of the E85 gas station, the time of the transmission and the price of the E85 gas, and receiving the messages by E85 vehicles that pass within a certain distance of the E85 gas station. The method also includes identifying that two E85 vehicles pass close to each other, where the vehicles periodically broadcast an E85 beacon identifying them as E85 vehicles. When two E85 vehicles are identified, the vehicles exchange information concerning a list of the E85 gas stations that they have stored from messages received from E85 gas stations and/or other E85 vehicles. The two vehicles update their lists to include those E85 gas stations that one vehicle may have that the other does not.09-30-2010
20120126997Crash warning system for motor vehicles - A system adapted to provide a warning to a motorist that a nearby vehicle has been in an accident. Embodiments include a crash detector operable to detect a crash of a vehicle, a transmitter to transmit a warning signal (typically, radio frequency) from the crashed vehicle, a receiver to receive a transmitted crash warning signal, and a display to warn the operator of an approaching vehicle of the crash. Some embodiments incorporate feedback from a vehicle's air-bag deployment circuitry to provide a trigger effective to broadcast the crash warning signal. Desirably, the operator of an approaching vehicle is provided with at least one, if not both, of a visual and an audible warning signal. Certain embodiments provide such audible and/or visual warning to approaching vehicles via the transmitted warning signal and a display and/or speaker carried in the approaching vehicle. Sometimes, audible and visual warnings may be transmitted directly from the crashed vehicle.05-24-2012
20100207787System and method for alerting drivers to road conditions - System and method for warning drivers of changing road conditions is disclosed. In one embodiment road condition information is obtained for at least a portion of a route. The road condition information is analyzed to identify one or more significant features on the portion of the route. The driver is alerted to the one or more significant features.08-19-2010
20120249343ADVANCED VEHICLE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL - A system for intelligent transport communication includes at least one transmitter, and at least one in-vehicle mobile receiver for use within a mobile road vehicle. The transmitter broadcasts, by wireless communication, dedicated data for each of a plurality of heading directions of the mobile road vehicle, on a corresponding plurality of multiplexed channels. The receiver receives the dedicated data on one of the multiplexed channels that corresponds to an actual heading direction of the mobile road vehicle. A multiple-redundant vehicle heading direction identification system for use within the mobile road vehicle includes a GPS direction identification system, a multiple digital compass system that identifies a heading direction of the mobile road vehicle based on input from multiple digital compasses, and a central processing unit that selects the heading direction produced by the GPS direction identification system only when an output of the GPS direction identification system is healthy.10-04-2012
20090058679Processor-Controlled Receiving Unit for Navigation Data and Method for Transmitting and Processing Navigation Data - The processor-controlled receiving unit (03-05-2009
20120256764Method and Apparatus for an Object Detection System Using Two Modulated Light Sources - An object detection tracking system for a vehicle includes a first modulated light source for transmitting a first light signal with a first propagation pattern into a target region and a second modulated light source for transmitting a second light signal with a second propagation pattern into the target region. A sensor measures light reflected off objects in the target region. A controller demodulates the measured light to detect when the first or second light signals are received. The controller determines respective ranges for generating a first set of range data for the first light signal and a second set of range data for the second light signal. The controller maintains an object tracking list that includes a position of detected objects relative to the vehicle. The position of each object is determined using trilateration of the first and second sets of range data.10-11-2012
20120169514NAVIGATION DEVICE - Disclosed is a navigation device provided with a radio communication unit, a GPS unit, a positional information acquisition unit, a display unit, and a voice output unit, further provided with a warning operation unit for performing a warning operation, further provided with a recording unit for recording map information, further provided with a warning history generation unit for acquiring point information indicating a point at which the warning operation is detected, and generating warning history information in which the contents of the warning operation and the point information are associated with each other, further provided with a point detection unit for determining, using the positional information acquisition unit and the map information, whether or not the current position is within a predetermined range from an intersection and within a predetermined range from a position indicated by the point information, and further provided with a notification unit for, when the current position is determined to be within the abovementioned ranges, generating information for notification from the warning history information including said point information, and performing output control.07-05-2012
20120169513ROADWAY CONDITION WARNING ON FULL WINDSHIELD HEAD-UP DISPLAY - A substantially transparent windscreen head-up display includes one of light emitting particles or microstructures over a predefined region of the windscreen permitting luminescent display while permitting vision therethrough. A method to dynamically register a graphic onto a driving scene of a vehicle utilizing a substantially transparent windscreen head-up display includes monitoring roadway conditions, identifying a potential roadway hazard based on the roadway conditions, determining the graphic identifying the potential roadway hazard, dynamically registering a location of the graphic upon the substantially transparent windscreen head-up display corresponding to the driving scene of the vehicle, and displaying the graphic upon the substantially transparent windscreen head-up display.07-05-2012
20120075118USER-CENTRIC TRAFFIC ENQUIRY AND ALERT SYSTEM - A method for notifying a user about traffic including the step of determining an origin of the user. A destination of the user is also determined. Traffic conditions between the origin and the destination are determined. The user is notified of the traffic conditions.03-29-2012
20120139753DETECTING TRAFFIC - Devices and methods for detecting traffic objects. A detector configured to capture radiated energy and to generate data associated with the radiated energy, wherein the radiated energy is radiated from traffic objects. A communicator configured to transmit the data associated with the radiated energy. A power source configured to provide power to the detector and the communicator.06-07-2012
20120188098Method of Intersection Identification for Collision Warning System - A method of identifying an intersection for a collision warning system is disclosed. The method includes steps of selecting an identified intersection where a driver intends to turn from a set of potential intersections. The collision warning system is then controlled according to the identified intersection.07-26-2012
20120229302Road Hazard Detection and Warning System and Method - Exemplary embodiments of this invention encompass a method that includes receiving information packets transmitted from a plurality of vehicles, each information packet including at least a location of a vehicle that transmits the information packet; analyzing the plurality of information packets to infer a presence of a transportation hazard at a particular location and a type of transportation hazard as being one of a static or a dynamic transportation hazard; and transmitting warning information descriptive of the particular location and the type of transportation hazard for reception at least by vehicles likely to encounter the transportation hazard. In another aspect the exemplary embodiments encompass a method that includes manually activating a transducer in a vehicle in response to observing an actual or a potential transportation hazard and, in response to the manual activation, wirelessly transmitting from the vehicle at least one information packet that includes at least a current location of the vehicle when the information packet is transmitted.09-13-2012
20110121992WRONG-WAY-TRAVEL WARNING DEVICE AND WRONG-WAY-TRAVEL WARNING METHOD - A wrong-way-travel warning device comprising a vehicle speed detecting part configured to detect a vehicle speed of a vehicle, a part configured to detect a position of the vehicle, an angle detecting part configured to detect an angle of a vehicular longitudinal direction of the vehicle relative to a lane marking if the vehicle speed of the vehicle becomes less than or equal to a predetermined value, and a warning part configured to issue a warning to an occupant if the position of the vehicle is on a main lane of a highway and if the angle becomes about 90 degrees, is provided.05-26-2011
20100328102INTERACTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN URBAN AND EXTRA-URBAN ROAD NETWORK SUBJECTED TO SAFETY AND FEATURE-RELATED STANDARDS AND/OR RESTRICTIONS - The present invention generally concerns the technical field of road engineering and road safety and relates to an interactive control system (12-30-2010
20100328101SYSTEM FOR INFLUENCING TRAFFIC IN A STREET NETWORK - A traffic control system allows traffic in a road network, particularly in a heavily populated area, to be influenced. In the road network, a road user traveling by a private transport vehicle can choose, at a stop for a public means of transport which has an associated parking facility for the private transport vehicle, whether to continue to travel by the private transport vehicle or by the public means of transport. Influencing elements output traffic information to the road user traveling by the private transport vehicle which is suitable for influencing the choice of means of transport by the road user. Ascertainment devices are provided for the purpose of ascertaining the traffic information which is to be output. A control center actuates the influencing elements dynamically on the basis of the ascertained traffic information. In line with the invention, the ascertainment devices are designed to ascertain costs which are incurred for the road user when choosing one of the means of transport. The traffic information which is to be output by the influencing elements comprises the ascertained costs.12-30-2010
20100328100Apparatus and Method for Generating Statistic Traffic Information - A statistic DB creation processing section creates a statistic traffic DB, based on past actual traffic data (probe DB or VICS DB), and stores it in a statistic DB storage section. A reference-link-candidate extraction processing section extracts a complement target link (temporal missing link) from the statistic traffic DB, and further extracts complementary-reference-link-candidates for the complement target link, according to plural extraction rules to extract complementary-reference-link-candidates. A complement-evaluation application processing section calculates correlation coefficients of the statistic traffic data of the complementary-reference-link-candidates to the statistic traffic data of the complement target link for the respective extraction rules, assigns a priority order to the extraction rules in the order of higher correlation coefficient, and complements the missing data of the statistic traffic data of the complement target link by the use of the statistic traffic data of the complementary reference link extracted by the extraction rule of the highest priority.12-30-2010
20110037618Driver Safety System Using Machine Learning - A traffic routing display system provides a visual display of the expected state of an upcoming traffic light. In one aspect, the display is an icon colored to correspond to the expected state. In another aspect, the time remaining before the state of a traffic light changes is displayed. The effect that an indicator has on driver behavior is used to determine the type of indicator to provide to the driver. Certain indicators may not be displayed by the system depending on the effect they have on the driver.02-17-2011
20110037617SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VEHICULAR SAFETY SERVICE - A local server of a system for providing a vehicular safety service receives road surface state information of each zone of the road in a service area from at least one road sensor located in the service area to calculate a road safety coefficient of each zone, and receives location information and running information of a vehicle from at least one vehicle terminal located in the service area to calculate a traffic flow analysis coefficient. The local server provides a vehicular safety service to a vehicle terminal by using the road safety coefficient of each zone and the traffic flow analysis coefficient.02-17-2011
20120268295TERMINAL APPARATUS MOUNTED ON A VEHICLE TO PERFORM VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION - A map data storage unit holds map data in which a road ID is allocated, as identification information, to every preset section of at least part of roads. A traffic jam determination unit determines whether the section corresponding to every road ID is congested. A transmission unit performs broadcast transmission of vehicle data including a road ID and the traveling speed of a vehicle from the vehicle traveling in each section of a road. At the time, the transmission unit forms a frame in which the received vehicle data of other vehicle and the vehicle data of a driver's vehicle are combined. An information compressing unit compresses an amount of data by deleting the traveling speed from the frame with respect to a section that has been determined not to be congested by the traffic jam determination unit.10-25-2012
20120268294HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE UNIT FOR A COMMUNICATION DEVICE IN A VEHICLE AND I/O METHOD USING SAID HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE UNIT - A method for inputting and outputting data for a communication device in a vehicle includes receiving an abstract input or output method AM10-25-2012
20110050460Method and apparatus for alerting mobile telephone call participants that a vehicle's driver is occupied - A method and apparatus for improving safety when a driver of a vehicle such as an automobile is engaged in a conversation with another party (or other parties) using a mobile telecommunications device such as a cell phone. Specifically, a situation that requires an elevated attention level of the driver is automatically detected, and in response thereto, an audible alert to at least one of the remote parties to the conversation is automatically provided. The detection of a situation that requires an elevated attention level of the driver and/or the generation of the audible alert to the (one or more) remote parties may be effectuated by the driver's mobile telecommunications device (i.e., cell phone) or by a network element in the telecommunications network being used to effectuate the call.03-03-2011
20120081234Lane Departure Haptic Warning with Compensation for Road-Caused Vibration - A method of alerting the driver of a vehicle to a lane departure condition. The method includes operating a lane detection system to detect that the vehicle is experiencing a lane departure condition, operating a sensor to detect background vibration experienced by the vehicle, determining a characteristic making a haptic signal likely to be distinguishable from the background vibration, and operating a haptic signal generator in response to the lane departure condition to deliver to a driver the haptic signal having the characteristic.04-05-2012
20110260886DRIVER ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A driver assistance device to be disposed in a vehicle includes a traffic signal information acquiring section, an intersection distance acquiring section, a target speed calculating section, and an outputting section. The traffic signal information acquiring section acquires traffic signal information that includes current and future lighting colors and lighting times of respective lighting colors of a traffic signal located in a traveling direction of the vehicle. The intersection distance acquiring section acquires an intersection distance between the vehicle and an intersection at which the traffic signal is located. The target speed calculating section calculates a target speed range to enable the vehicle to enter the intersection in a state where the lighting color of the traffic signal is green. The outputting section outputs the target speed range.10-27-2011
20120086583PASSIVE TRAFFIC ALERT AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A passive traffic alerting method includes: identifying traffic events from analyzing traffic information; selecting an identified traffic event based on a location of a mobile communicator; and alerting the mobile communicator with a passive message regarding the selected traffic event without prompting the mobile communicator to launch an application on a mobile communication device. In some cases a user-zone and an event zone is selected and the user gets alerted when his user-zone overlaps with the event-zone. The alert can contain hierarchical messages. The method may include: determining an alert zone by rating a traffic incident and overlaying maps of the incident, the cell-phone towers, and the corresponding road network; acquiring user identification of cell phone users from data from cell-phone towers in the alert-zone; identifying subscribers from acquired cell-phone tower data; matching subscribers with alerts in appropriate formats; and sending the appropriate alert messages to cell phones of identified subscribers.04-12-2012
20120092187TRAFFIC EVENT MONITORING - Information on a traffic event, such as a traffic accident, may be provided to a vehicle equipped with a system for performing a wireless data communication with a traffic event center. The system can determine automatically if the vehicle approaches the traffic event by receiving corresponding information in a wireless data transmission, or by a determination based on the vehicle's current position and a location of the traffic event received in a wireless data transmission. If it is determined by the system that the vehicle has approached a traffic event, the system can automatically acquire image data of the vehicle environment, and transmit the acquired image data to the traffic event center.04-19-2012
20120092186WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A wireless communication device adapted for transmitting and receiving information in a wireless access in vehicular environment (WAVE) is proposed. The wireless communication device includes a WAVE module. The WAVE module broadcasts a WAVE announcement frame as a beacon, where the beacon includes a WAVE service information element (WSIE), and the WSIE includes at least record information such as a vehicle number of a vehicle, in which the wireless communication device is located. Another wireless communication device is proposed, which exchanges respective record information with the neighboring vehicle(s) via a connection established between the wireless communication device and the neighboring vehicle(s) after at least a WAVE announcement frame of the neighboring vehicle(s) is received.04-19-2012
20100188264Method and System for Developing Traffic Messages - A computer implemented method of compressing a plurality of TPEG format traffic messages is provided. The method forms a template containing the data values of fields of a message management container, an event container and a location container and forms a global data set representing a base time of the traffic messages and data indicating the geographic region. The method creates compressed TPEG traffic messages comprising a template identification indicating the template and data values of the fields of the message management container, the event container and the location container not included in the template or global data set.07-29-2010
20130015983ON-BOARD VEHICLE WARNING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE DRIVER WARNING METHOD - An on-board vehicle warning system includes a location detecting section, a regulation retrieving section, an incoming message receiving section and a potential violation alerting section. The location detecting section detects respective geographic locations of a vehicle and a forthcoming intersection. The regulation retrieving section retrieves, based on the intersection location, a jurisdiction including local intersection regulation information pertaining to a vehicle position with respect to an intersection boundary at the time of a particular phase transition of a traffic light. The incoming message receiving section receives intersection status information of the intersection containing a geographic location of the boundary and phase information including a current phase and a time to the phase transition of a traffic light of the intersection. The potential violation alerting section estimates a future position of the vehicle with respect to the boundary at the occurrence of the phase transition to determine a potential violation.01-17-2013
20110156925VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION INSIDE TUNNEL USING VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION - A visible light communication apparatus for a vehicle is provided. The visible light communication apparatus for the vehicle includes a vehicle optical receiver for receiving a visible light signal including a tunnel light node ID, a front passing vehicle node ID, and tunnel environment data, from a tunnel light and converting the visible light signal to an electric signal; and a vehicular visible light emitting diode unit arranged to face the optical receiver for converting vehicle speed and location information calculated by counting tunnel light node IDs received over a certain time, to a visible light signal and sending the visible light signal to the tunnel light. Using the vehicular visible light communication apparatus and the tunnel light having the visible light communication function, an efficient vehicular communication system can be built in the tunnel.06-30-2011
20110156924ESTIMATION OF TRAVEL TIMES USING BLUETOOTH - Methods for estimating travel time using at least two remote systems to record the times amps associated with obtaining identifying information of a wireless Bluetooth enabled, or other WPAN technology, electronic device in a vehicle. A remote system in one embodiment is a Bluetooth enhanced traffic controller. Characteristics of Bluetooth technology, such as a unique address for each Bluetooth capable device are used to detect a vehicle with a Bluetooth device by at least a first and a second remote system. Vehicle identifying data including at least a time stamp is transmitted by the remote systems to a central system. The central system determines a travel time, or an estimated travel delay. Travel time related data is provided by the central system to a display, such as a variable or dynamic message sign.06-30-2011
20130021170TRAFFIC MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD - A system for monitoring the flow of vehicular traffic comprising at least one first transmitter receiver that detects the passage of a vehicle; at least one second transmitter for transmitting the data relating to the passage of a vehicle at a predetermined point on a roadway for use by motorists in determining a route of travel. A method for monitoring the flow of vehicular traffic for purposes of determining a route of travel for motorists comprising determining traffic speed at at least one point along a roadway using at least one first transmitter receiver that detects the passage of a vehicle; transmitting the traffic speed using at least one second transmitter for use by motorists in determining whether or not to select passage along the roadway containing the at least one point as a way to navigate through the region.01-24-2013
20120242505ROAD-VEHICLE COOPERATIVE DRIVING SAFETY SUPPORT DEVICE - When a decision is made that it is necessary to call driver's attention as a result of analyzing driving safety support information received by a roadside device information receiving unit 09-27-2012
20120242504COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STATIONS AND VEHICLES - An On Board Equipment (OBE) suitable for mounting on a vehicle comprises an OBE antenna connected to an OBE transmit/receive unit. The OBE antenna is arranged to receive a signal from a station via a first wireless communication link. The signal comprises at least one traffic information message from the station. The OBE is arranged to convert the traffic information message for transfer to an audio output through at least one speaker in an existing audio system of the vehicle wherein said transfer of the traffic information message to the existing audio system is arranged to be performed via a second wireless communication link. The traffic information message is arranged to be picked up by standard receiving means of the existing audio system and to be delivered as a voice message on said speakers through a prioritized channel of the existing audio system.09-27-2012
20080252483Radio frequency transponders embedded in surfaces - Objects containing radio frequency transponders, such as RFID tags, can be encoded with information and mixed with a substance. The mixed objects and substance can be applied to a surface such as a road, such that a vehicle traveling over the surface may later read encoded information stored in the transponders. In one variation, the objects may include spherical marbles that are mixed with asphalt and embedded in a road surface. An apparatus includes components arranged to receive multiple objects, encode transponders contained in the objects, and mix them with a substance such as asphalt or concrete. Objects may include spheres having helical antenna elements or antenna elements formed on an outer surface thereof. A vehicle may be configured with a reader and antennas arranged to read transponders embedded in a roadway surface.10-16-2008
20090243883Speed limit enforcer - The need to have speed control and a higher level of driver awareness on our highways is extremely essential, and will improve our American infrastructure. Safety will increase and fuel consumption will decrease dramatically when the Speed Limit Enforcer is implemented.10-01-2009
20130176145AUTOMOBILE BLIND SPOT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system is provided for detecting a blind spot for a driver of a vehicle. The system includes a side mirror. The side mirror is arranged on a body of the vehicle and includes a side mirror body, a mirror, and a supporting structure. The system also includes a detection system. The detection system is physically coupled with the side mirror to detect an object in a detection zone of the detection system. The detection zone covers the blind spot, and the detection system includes a detection module, an alert indicator, and a control module. The detection module includes at least one of a transmitter and a receiver, and the alert indicator is configured to send an alert light to the driver at a predetermined angle such that the alert light does not interfere with drivers of other vehicles close to the vehicle.07-11-2013
20080218379System and method for electronic road signs with in-car display capabilities - The present invention is method and system for delivering road sign content information to a mobile computing device for display to the driver of a vehicle. The system consists of a wireless communication network in communication with a mobile computing device operationally coupled to a dashboard display device or a vehicle head's up display device. The wireless communication network further comprises a plurality of meshed network sign transmitting devices placed along predetermined intervals along the highway. Each sign-transmitting device is capable of transmitting road sign content information to the mobile computing device for display to the driver.09-11-2008
20130099941VEHICULAR COMMUNICATIONS USING A SCALABLE AD HOC GEOGRAPHIC ROUTING PROTOCOL - Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications are accomplished via a scalable ad hoc geographic routing protocol. As vehicles move along roadways, they can query other vehicles and entities for information. Responses to queries can be used to determine information such as traffic conditions, a retail store sale, that a restaurant has tables available, and/or that parking spaces are available, for example. Businesses, vehicles, and other entities along roadways can geocast pertinent information to vehicles passing by. Vehicles can cache information as it is received.04-25-2013
20130127639VIRTUAL TRAFFIC MONITORINGSYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR AVOIDING TRAFFIC RULE VIOLATIONS - The embodiments herein disclose a virtual traffic monitoring system and method for avoiding traffic rule violation. The system comprises several slave microcontrollers interfaced with one active device and a sensor. The active device and the sensor in conjunction with several components detect a traffic rule violation. The components include a GPS, a LCD, a Digital Imaging Device, an ADC, a GSM and an ECU. A buzzer is provided in the vehicle for providing an audio alert to the driver of the vehicle. The traffic violation information is sent to the traffic controlling authorities in the form of a text message via an RF transceiver. A power source is provided for supplying an electrical power to the traffic monitoring system components and the sensors.05-23-2013
20130141251VEHICLE SAFETY WARNING AND INFORMATION SYSTEM - The present invention provides an improved vehicle safety warning system which enables a warning of a potential or an actual hazard to be transmitted via a signal between two or more vehicles, a device for use in such a system and an improved vehicle rally safety warning and information system.06-06-2013
20130181849LUMINOUS TRAFFIC SIGN PLATE WITH SPEED DETECTING AND WARNING FUNCTION - A luminous traffic sign plate with speed detecting and warning function has a vertical polar frame, with a landing end and a functioning section. An indicating plate is fitted on the functioning section and has a marking surface. The marking surface has a traffic sign. An LED lighting unit has a plurality of LED components and conducting wires to connect the LED components. Said LED lighting unit is fitted and distributed on the marking surface so that the traffic sign is in a luminous state. A speed detecting device is fitted on the functioning section and detects the speed of the vehicle from predetermined direction. A warning device generates a warning signal. An electro-control device is for connecting and integrating the LED lighting unit, speed detecting device, and warning device, and to control the lighting state of the LED lighting unit. A power supply device supplies electric power.07-18-2013
20110210867System And Method For Improved Vehicle Safety Through Enhanced Situation Awareness Of A Driver Of A Vehicle - The present invention provides a situation awareness system of a driver of a vehicle in a multi-vehicle environment, said system comprising: a. a remote central server communicatively connected to a vehicle, comprising: i. a server computer comprising a CPU, a memory, and an operating system; ii. a wireless server transceiver; iii. databases within said server computer; iv. server applications within said server computer; b. a vehicle subsystem installed in a vehicle with a driver, comprising: i. an vehicle computer having a CPU, a memory, and an operating system; ii. sensors; iii. vehicle databases; iv. a vehicle transducer to interrogate external environmental responders about the state of the environment; v. a wireless vehicle transceiver; vi. vehicle applications within said vehicle computer; vii. a situation assessment application,09-01-2011
20110221613ABNORMALITY DETECTION APPARATUS - An abnormality detection apparatus has: an abnormality detection portion that detects at least one of an abnormality of a vehicle and an abnormality of an in-vehicle device based on an output of the in-vehicle device that indicates a state of a vehicle; an environmental drive condition information obtaining portion that obtains information regarding an environmental drive condition that affects the output of the in-vehicle device; and an abnormality detection criteria changing portion that changes an abnormality detection criteria used by the abnormality detecting portion based on the environmental drive condition information obtained by the environmental drive condition information obtaining portion.09-15-2011
20110221612TRAFFIC SIGN NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - In an embodiment, a traffic sign notification system is configured to notify a driver of a moving vehicle regarding the presence of a traffic sign. The traffic sign notification system may include a traffic sign including a traffic sign body attached to a pole, and a transmission apparatus configured to transmit a signal with predetermined electric power for notifying an automobile regarding the presence of the traffic sign. A notification apparatus is provided at the automobile. The notification apparatus is configured to generate a notification regarding the presence of the traffic sign to the driver of the automobile 10 in response to receiving the signal.09-15-2011
20130147638PROXIMITY WARNING RELATIVE TO OTHER CARS - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.06-13-2013
20130147639METHOD FOR DETECTING AND WARNING AGAINST WRONG-WAY DRIVERS, AND WRONG-WAY DRIVER REPORTING AND WARNING SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a method for detecting and warning against wrong-way drivers, the method comprising the following steps: 06-13-2013
20100302066ALERT NOTIFICATION NETWORK - A network server operable to communicate information over a half-duplex push-to-talk over cellular wireless communication system includes a location manager operable to determine geographic location of a plurality of recipients, an alert notification manager for preparing alert messages based information regarding events and respective geographic locations of the events, and a message delivery notification manager operable to deliver alert messages to the recipients over the half-duplex push-to-talk over cellular wireless communication system based upon the geographic location of each recipient relative to the geographic locations of the events, with the alert messages being delivered to the recipients without completion of calling procedures and incoming call acceptance by the recipients that are required by conventional full-duplex cellular communication systems.12-02-2010
20120274481Driver Safety Enhancement Using Intelligent Traffic Signals and GPS - A safety system determines a correspondence between a vehicle and an upcoming traffic signal, and predicts a state of the traffic signal when the vehicle is expected to reach the signal's location. Based on proximity to the signal and speed of the vehicle, the system provides a warning if it determines that the vehicle is likely to proceed contrary to the signal (e.g., a driver is likely to run a red light). The warning is issued to the vehicle about to illegally enter the intersection, to other nearby vehicles and pedestrians, and to the traffic signal itself.11-01-2012
20130154853COOPERATIVE VEHICLE COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM - According to an aspect of the invention, a traffic information communication system includes a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver may be configured to receive a message relating to traffic conditions along a thoroughfare from a communication node. The transmitter may be communicatively coupled to the receiver and may be configured to rebroadcast the message within a predetermined amount of time after receiving the message. The traffic information communication system may be implemented in a vehicle traveling along the thoroughfare.06-20-2013
20130154854EXCEPTIONAL ROAD-CONDITION WARNING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE - An exceptional road-condition warning device, system and method for a vehicle are provided. The system includes an information processing device and a display device. The display device provides real-time and advance warning information to a driver of the vehicle. The system may notice the driver and passenger in advance to respond to an exceptional road condition before the vehicle approaches the occurring place of the road condition through a back-end cooperative self-learning mechanism. The back-end cooperative self-learning mechanism may collect the exceptional road conditions from different vehicles and update the database automatically to maintain the accuracy. The back-end cooperative self-learning mechanism further shares the information stored in the database with the databases installed in the vehicles by a bidirectional communication manner to update the information inside the database of the vehicles for the information processing device.06-20-2013
20120280835METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING ADVANCED INDICATIONS TO A VEHICLE'S DRIVER - A method is described for providing an advanced indication to a driver that a road segment which will require his attention is located along his route. The method comprising: a) detecting the vehicle's current location and identifying a road segment that the driver is about to reach; b) for the identified road segment, retrieving values of driving performance parameters associated therewith; c) evaluating whether any of the retrieved values exceeds a pre-defined threshold, and based on that evaluation, determining whether the identified road segment is a low service level segment and thus would require the driver's attention; and d) providing the driver with an advanced indication indicating the road segment which has been determined as being a segment of a low service level for the driver.11-08-2012
20130181850ACCIDENT/NEAR-MISS FACTOR AREA SPECIFYING DEVICE AND ACCIDENT/NEAR-MISS FACTOR AREA SPECIFYING METHOD - Disclosed is an accident/near-miss factor area specifying device capable of specifying accident/near-miss factor areas, the presentation of which is highly required. The accident/near-miss factor area specifying device (07-18-2013
20110309951VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW DATA ACQUISITION AND DISTRIBUTION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for vehicle traffic flow data acquisition and reporting for onboard vehicle navigation can include acquiring imagery of multiple vehicles traveling on a roadway between two locations and individually identifying the different vehicles in the imagery. An elapsed time of travel can be determined for the individually identified vehicles between the two locations and a rate of travel can be computed for each of the individually identified different vehicles based upon the elapsed time of travel. Thereafter, the rate of travel for at least one of the individually identified different vehicles can be broadcast to a subscriber for at least one of the two locations.12-22-2011
20130187793SOUND OUTPUT APPARATUS - A sound output apparatus for a vehicle includes a sound input device, a sound signal generation section, a sound output device, a road-information acquisition section, and a specified-direction determination section. The sound input device collects sounds outside of the vehicle. The sound signal generation section generates an output signal based on the sounds outside of the vehicle collected. The sound output device outputs a sound to a vehicle interior of the vehicle based on the output signal generated. The road-information acquisition section acquires road information in proximity of the vehicle. The specified-direction determination section determines a specified direction which is previously associated with the road information. The sound signal generation section generates the output signal such that a direction of sound-image localization of a sound outputted by the sound output device accords with the specified direction determined by the specified-direction determination section.07-25-2013
20130194109Navigational Lane Guidance - Navigational lane guidance enhances a maneuver display by incorporating full display of available lanes in a freeway, when available in the map data. An otherwise regular turn icon display is replaced with a variable width image that grows to show all available lanes, highlighting lanes usable to complete a navigated maneuver. A new lane TrueType font displays the lane guidance image, with individual characters representing each possible line situation. Since TrueType fonts are vector-based, they can be used to generate the lane images at any size, in a platform-independent fashion. The lane font has direction arrows, which can be combined to form composite arrows; and additional direction arrows as needed to allow replacement of the routing icons currently in use. Lane dividers may also be implemented.08-01-2013
20130194108System, Method, Control Device and Program for Vehicle Collision Avoidance Using Cellular Communication - Avoiding vehicle collisions using an in-vehicle device is provided. The method comprises receiving a connection request from an in-vehicle device within a moving vehicle when the moving vehicle is within a selected distance from a traffic intersection, establishing connection with the in-vehicle device within a moving vehicle via a serving base station, receiving position information from the in-vehicle device within a moving vehicle corresponding to a position of the moving vehicle, receiving control information for a traffic light at the traffic intersection from a traffic management center and relaying the control information for the traffic light to the in-vehicle device within a moving vehicle. A warning is issued based upon a vehicle speed, a location and a position relative to a traffic intersection. A warning is also issued based upon multiple vehicles speed, relative locations to each other and each position relative to a traffic intersection.08-01-2013
20130194110AUTOMOTIVE AUGMENTED REALITY HEAD-UP DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is an automotive augmented reality HUD apparatus and method, which can adaptively change a location and a direction based on the visual field of a driver, thus reducing errors in location matching between virtual object information and real-world information. The automotive augmented reality HUD apparatus includes a viewing angle calculation unit for estimating a line-of-sight direction of a driver using a face direction, detected based on face images of the driver, and center positions of pupils and calculating a viewing angle. A matching unit matches a location of real-world information located in front of a driver's seat with a location of corresponding virtual object information located in front of the driver's seat, based on the line-of-sight direction and the viewing angle. A display unit displays results of the matching by the matching unit, wherein the display unit enables rotation thereof and location change thereof.08-01-2013

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