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Traffic analysis or control of surface vehicle

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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
701119000 With determination of traffic speed 87
701118000 With determination of traffic density 76
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20130030680EVALUATING ROAD CONDITIONS USING A MOBILE VEHICLE - A computer-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product evaluates a real-time condition of a construct of a roadway. A processor receives a set of roadway vibration patterns from a mobile smart sensor that is mounted on a terrestrial vehicle as it travels along a roadway. This set of roadway vibration patterns is created by a physical contact between a roadway surface of the roadway and a tire on the terrestrial vehicle. The processor also receives a set of transient data from a probe on the terrestrial vehicle. This transient data describes a real-time transient environmental condition at the roadway. The set of roadway vibration patterns and the set of transient data are input into an analysis algorithm to determine a real-time physical condition of a construct of the roadway, such that the analysis algorithm removes any effect the set of transient data has on the set of roadway vibration patterns.01-31-2013
20080262709Pre-Tactical Control Facility - Disclosed is a pre-tactical control device (10-23-2008
20110208414METHOD AND DETERMINING SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING EMISSION LOCATIONS, AND METHOD AND TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM BASED THEREON FOR IMMISSION-DEPENDENT TRAFFIC CONTROL - A method for automatically determining emission locations of selected emitted substances originating from a selected immission location. In this context, on the basis of input values which relate directly or indirectly to the emitted substances and by using defined rules of a propagation model suitable for determining propagation of the emitted substances, the emitted substances are traced back spatially, with accompanying indication of distribution values. Furthermore, a determining system carries out the determining method, and a traffic control system carries out a traffic control method.08-25-2011
20130046457METHOD AND GUIDANCE-UNIT FOR GUIDING BATTERY-OPERATED TRANSPORTATION MEANS TO RECONDITIONING STATIONS - Methods and apparatus for guiding a mobile transportation means of a set of transportation means to a selected reconditioning station of a set of reconditioning stations, comprising determining a position of the battery, determining a condition of the battery, forecasting a consumption characteristic of the transportation means, evaluating an achievable range of mobility of the transportation means, assigning the selected reconditioning station of the set of reconditioning stations, which is located within the range of mobility of the transportation means along a path to a desired target and guiding the transportation means to the selected reconditioning station, an optimization of the assignment and/or the path is executed by a search algorithm for assigning the set of transportation means to the set of reconditioning stations and batteries, based on actual and/or forecasted information about multiple entities of the sets of transportation means, stations and batteries as well as their conditions.02-21-2013
20130046456ASSESSING INTER-MODAL PASSENGER TRAVEL OPTIONS - Techniques are described for using information regarding road traffic and other types of transportation-related information to determine and/or assess alternative inter-modal passenger travel options in a geographic area that supports multiple modes of transportation. For example, a particular user may have multiple alternatives for travel from a starting location to a destination location in the geographic area, including to use alternative modes of transportation (e.g., private vehicle, bus, train, walking, etc.) for some or all of the travel, and these alternatives may have different travel-related characteristics in different situations (e.g., depending on current road traffic; mass transit schedules and current actual deviations; travel-related fees for gas, parking, mass transit, etc; parking availability; etc.). Multiple alternative travel options are thus assessed for a given situation based on multiple types of information, enabling one or more preferred travel options for the given situation to be identified and used.02-21-2013
20090018759Navigation Device - A navigation device displays predicted traffic information downloaded from a server device and statistical traffic information stored in a storage unit, on the same screen. Both information items may be displayed in such a manner that at least a part of them is overlaid (a superimposed display). The predicted traffic information may be superimposed on the statistical traffic information. When traffic information of the same time band of the same object (link, mesh area) exists in both the information items, one thereof may be selected to be displayed.01-15-2009
20100076670MOBILE DATA FLOW COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION - Described is a technology in which Bluetooth® devices, e.g., navigation devices, are enhanced with additional power amplification to allow long range radio communication links between moving vehicles and/or between moving vehicles and roadside hubs. In one example, collection and dissemination of traffic information, including aggregation and filtering, is facilitated via a Bluetooth® vehicle-to-vehicle and/or vehicle-to-roadside hub ad-hoc network. Also described is efficient connection establishment and data transfer for vehicle to vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside hubs via the enhanced Bluetooth® radio. The ad-hoc network comprising a mesh of vehicles/a supernode also facilitates the exchange of information that originated at an Internet source.03-25-2010
20130080041CONVOY TRAVEL APPARATUS - A convoy travel apparatus transmits convoy travel information including a whole convoy ID and a sub-convoy ID when a subject vehicle is in a convoy travel state, and performs a convoy travel control by utilizing the sub-convoy ID. Further, a second vehicle of the whole convoy is a leader vehicle of a sub-convoy and is also a follower vehicle in a forward sub-convoy, thereby (i) determining the convoy travel control of itself by receiving the convoy travel information of the sub-convoy in which the subject vehicle is traveling as the follower vehicle and (ii) transmitting the convoy travel information including the content of the determined convoy travel control. Thus, the follower vehicle in the sub-convoy lead by the subject vehicle performs the convoy travel control based on the convoy travel information from the leader vehicle of the sub-convoy in which the subject vehicle is traveling as the follower vehicle.03-28-2013
20130080040CONVOY TRAVEL APPARATUS - A convoy travel apparatus enables a convoy travel of a subject vehicle by regularly transmitting convoy travel information including the latest measurement of GPS positioning coordinates and predetermined number of preceding measurements of GPS positioning coordinates. By receiving the convoy travel information from other vehicles, the convoy travel apparatus of the subject vehicle identifies a sender vehicle of a current convoy travel information based on a comparison between a travel locus generated from the current convoy travel information and a past travel locus generated from a convoy travel information previously received. The identification of the sender vehicle leads to the identification of the information from a leader vehicle to be followed in the convoy travel control of the subject vehicle, thereby enabling a convoy travel of the subject vehicle based on the identified information.03-28-2013
20100023245ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH DRIVING STYLE RECOGNITION BASED ON HEADWAY DISTANCE - An adaptive vehicle control system that classifies a drivers driving style based on vehicle headway control. The system reads sensor signals to identify the range and range rate between a subject vehicle and a preceding vehicle, where the range rate is close to zero if the distance between the subject vehicle and the preceding vehicle is relatively steady, the range rate is negative when the subject vehicle is closing in on the preceding vehicle and the range rate is positive when the subject vehicle is falling behind the preceding vehicle. The range rate, the subject vehicle speed and other signals are used to classify the drivers driving style based on how fast the subject vehicle closes in on the preceding vehicle or falls behind, and the following distance between the subject vehicle and the preceding vehicle. The system can then classify the headway-control maneuver using selected discriminant features.01-28-2010
20090171556Mutable Mobile Traffic Routing System - A method of operating a mutable mobile traffic routing system includes receiving traffic routing parameters by a client from a server to be shown on a display of the client; selecting a traffic re-routing request parameters based on a traffic routing control parameter, from a portion of the traffic routing parameters at the client; sending the traffic re-routing request parameter from the client to the server; updating the traffic routing parameters at the server based on the traffic re-routing request parameter; and sending the traffic routing parameters updated with the traffic re-routing request parameter from the server to the client.07-02-2009
20130041573APPARATUS FOR MEASURING VEHICLE QUEUE LENGTH, METHOD FOR MEASURING VEHICLE QUEUE LENGTH, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR MEASURING VEHICLE QUEUE LENGTH - An apparatus includes: a processor that executed a procedure, the procedure including: detecting a moving vehicle as the moving vehicle approaches a vehicle queue based on a signal from a sensor, acquiring a position and a speed of the moving vehicle based on the signal, calculating a stop position of the moving vehicle based on a change in the position and the speed of the moving vehicle, and calculating a length of the vehicle queue based on the stop position of the moving vehicle.02-14-2013
20090157286Branch-Lane Entry Judging System - A branch-lane entry judging system includes a traffic-line detecting means for detecting traffic lines on right and left sides of a vehicle, a length and width detecting means for detecting lengths and widths of the traffic lines in a real space, a lane-type judging means for judging types of the traffic lines and a type of a lane in which the vehicle is running, a branch-lane detecting means for detecting a branch lane when one of the traffic lines changes from a solid line to a broken line having a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the branch lane existing near the changed traffic line, and a branch-lane entry judging means for judging that the vehicle will enter the branch lane when the vehicle moves toward the branch lane or a directional indicator is operated toward the branch lane while the branch lane is detected.06-18-2009
20100106395AGTM AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE - Systems, methods and apparatuses for managing ground transportation in a geographical area are disclosed. A system for managing ground transportation in a geographical area in accordance with the present invention comprises at least one airborne surveillance platform, a graphical information systems (GIS) database, receiving information from the airborne surveillance platform, the GIS database storing data that represents the geographical area, the GIS database including at least one node representing at least one geographical location within the geographic area and at least one arc representing at least one street within the geographic area, and a routing tool, coupled to the GIS database, wherein the dynamic routing tool accepts data from the GIS database and determines a transportation route for at least one vehicle within the geographical area using at least the data from the GIS database and the information from the airborne surveillance platform.04-29-2010
20090043486Near Real-time Traffic Routing - A near real-time physical transportation network routing system comprising: a traffic simulation computing grid and a dynamic traffic routing service computing grid. The traffic simulator produces traffic network travel time predictions for a physical transportation network using a traffic simulation model and common input data. The physical transportation network is divided into a multiple sections. Each section has a primary zone and a buffer zone. The traffic simulation computing grid includes multiple of traffic simulation computing nodes. The common input data includes static network characteristics, an origin-destination data table, dynamic traffic information data and historical traffic data. The dynamic traffic routing service computing grid includes multiple dynamic traffic routing computing nodes and generates traffic route(s) using the traffic network travel time predictions.02-12-2009
20100138140DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE, DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The data communication device and method include storing road map information indicating locations of nodes and links, a time when a vehicle enters one link and an identifier of the link, and a vehicle location and the link identifier in a memory, periodically acquiring vehicle position data, identifying the link based on the road map information, and comparing the identified link with the link the vehicle has passed through a node. The device rewrites the position data and acquired time stored in the memory when receiving a result that the vehicle has not passed, determines an exit time based on the acquired time and the time of last acquired position data when receiving a result that the vehicle has passed, calculates a travel period of the vehicle, writes the exit time as an entry time, rewrites the link identification data, and transmits the travel period to a given communication destination.06-03-2010
20090319163Methods, Apparatuses, and Computer Program Products For Traffic Data Aggregation Using Virtual Trip Lines and a Combination of Location and Time Based Measurement Triggers In GPS-Enabled Mobile Handsets - A device for determining the traffic conditions between measurement locations associated with a roadway is provided. The device includes a processor that is capable of determining when a specified measurement location is passed or traversed and measure data as well as start a time period. If a device is traveling towards another specified measurement location but does not reach the location before the time period expires, a new measurement update may be sent by the device to a server. The information in this update may be utilized by the server to determine that there is a slowdown or blockage in traffic and/or that there is a traffic jam between the measurement locations. The device is capable of receiving a traffic update(s) from the server which may specify traffic conditions between the measurement locations. The traffic conditions may indicate that there is a traffic slowdown/blockage between the measurement locations.12-24-2009
20090306880EVALUATION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING VEHICLE DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM THROUGH SIMULATION VEHICLE DRIVING - There is provided an evaluation method for evaluating a vehicle driving assist system through simulation of vehicle driving. The method including: simulating assist information which the driving assist system generates concerning traffic circumstances of roads in response to a driving operation which a driver performs; simulating detection of an object on the road on the basis of the generated assist information; simulating a situation of communication of information concerning the detection-simulated object to a vehicle-mounted apparatus; simulating displays of the detection-simulated object in accordance with the simulated communication situation on a display device; and evaluating an effect by the vehicle driving assist system for safety of driving.12-10-2009
20110015851APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC INFORMATION - A system and method for providing traffic information is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises, for each segment of a route between an origin point and a destination point, performing a time-dependent journey planning calculation, based on a time during which a vehicle is predicted to be traveling through the segment, to produce a segment result; forming at least one route result, the at least one route result being formed based on a plurality of the segment results; storing the at least one route result in a digital storage means; and accessing the rapid access means for use in responding to a user request for traffic information for a journey between the origin point and the destination point. In another embodiment, a method comprises pre-determining at least a portion of a recommended most economic route between an origin point and a destination point; storing the pre-determined portion of the recommended most economic route in a rapid access means in a digital storage means; and accessing the rapid access means for use in responding to a user request for traffic information for a journey between the origin point and the destination point. In another embodiment a method comprises determining, with reference to a first network of geographical boundaries and a second network of digital map nodes, a recommended most economic route between an origin point and a destination point; and transmitting the recommended most economic route to a user.01-20-2011
20130060456Synchronizing car movements in road to reduce traffic - This invention describes a method (System requirements for Car Movement Control System, 1-10) to improve traffic by coordinating the car movements. This algorithm can be implemented using an embedded software that runs on especial computerized device installed on a car. The car should have already been utilized with an “Adaptive cruise control system” (Computerized system that allows a car to move with a fixed speed and can adjust car speed to avoid collision when required) or “Automatic car navigation system” (Computerized system that allows a car move from source to destination automatically without driver intervention using GPS or road transponders).03-07-2013
20120226434ACTIVE TRAFFIC AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Systems and methods for providing incentives for the public to travel during time windows and routes that help alleviate traffic congestion. The systems described herein include at least two components: a computer server software system that includes various algorithms and database sub-systems; and a mobile device application. Generally, a user may enter an origin, destination, and preferred time of travel for an intended trip into the mobile device application, which transmits the information to a remote server. The server computes a route for the trip and provides the user with available incentives for traveling the route at one or more departure time windows. The user's mobile device transmits GPS data to the server, which allows the server to verify whether the user has traveled the route during the specified time window. If so, the server then provides the incentive to the user via the user's mobile device or through email.09-06-2012
20090030596Traffic Information Providing System, Apparatus, Method, And In-Vehicle Information Apparatus - When receiving a traffic information providing request, a traffic information providing apparatus analyzes which area's traffic information is requested based on the received request information. Traffic information of road links located in the requested area is read from the traffic information, and it is determined whether the road links' traffic information is similar or not. Similar links configure a link group, and traffic information corresponding to the link group is created. Traffic information of the configured link group is delivered to an in-vehicle information apparatus.01-29-2009
20120116658TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND TERMINAL AND METHOD OF PROVIDING TRAFFIC INFORMATION USING THE SAME - The present invention provides a traffic information providing system and terminal and a method of providing traffic information. More specifically, the traffic information providing system includes a first module, within a vehicle, which is configured to receive a range associated with a route calculated by a terminal from a web server, wherein a plurality of ranges are previously set based on a traveling route, a specific region and a present position. Additionally the present invention also includes a second module that is configured to receive a traffic information request for any one of a plurality of ranges from the terminal via a command. A third module is configured to collect traffic information within the provided range corresponding to the command. Upon doing so the second module transmits the traffic information collected by the third module to the traffic information providing terminal to be conveyed to the driver.05-10-2012
20130166187METHOD OF SELECTING A TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR USE BY A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method for selecting a traffic pattern for use by a navigation system is disclosed. When unusual traffic conditions exist, a message is sent to the navigation system. The message includes a code that identifies a traffic pattern. The navigation system uses the code to select a traffic pattern to use when calculating a route or to provide other navigation system functions.06-27-2013
20130166188Determine Spatiotemporal Causal Interactions In Data - Techniques for detecting outliers in data and determining spatiotemporal causal interactions in the data are discussed. A process collects global positioning system (GPS) points in logs and identifies geographical locations to represent the area where the service vehicles travelled with a passenger. The process models traffic patterns by: partitioning the area into regions, segmenting the GPS points from the logs into time bins, and identifying the GPS points associated with transporting the passenger. The process projects the identified GPS points onto the regions to construct links connecting GPS points located in two or more regions. Furthermore, the process builds a three-dimensional unit cube to represent features of each link. The points farthest away from a center of data cluster are detected as outliers, which represent abnormal traffic patterns. The process constructs outlier trees to evaluate relationships of the outliers and determines the spatiotemporal causal interactions in the data.06-27-2013
20080294330Apparatus and program for navigation - A navigation apparatus acquires a traffic event and accordingly determines whether or not to change a guiding route to a destination. Based on an affirmative determination, the navigation apparatus displays icons corresponding to traffic events causing the affirmative determination near a road containing the traffic event in a map image in a representation mode for an image of the traffic event different from a normal representation mode assigned to the traffic event. In this manner, the navigation apparatus changes the guiding route to the destination dynamically depending on information about traffic events on roads and allows a user to recognize a cause of changing the guiding route.11-27-2008
20130024100APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR ROADWAY MONITORING - An apparatus, system, and method for monitoring traffic and roadway water conditions. Traffic flow and roadway flooding is monitored concurrently through a wireless sensor network. The apparatus and system comprises ultrasound rangefinders monitoring traffic flow, flood water conditions, or both. Routing information may be calculated from the traffic conditions, such that routes are calculated to avoid roadways that are impassable or are slow due to traffic conditions.01-24-2013
20110282565SURFACE HOLD ADVISOR USING CRITICAL SECTIONS - The Surface Hold Advisor Using Critical Sections is a system and method for providing hold advisories to surface controllers to prevent gridlock and resolve crossing and merging conflicts among vehicles traversing a vertex-edge graph representing a surface traffic network on an airport surface. The Advisor performs pair-wise comparisons of current position and projected path of each vehicle with other surface vehicles to detect conflicts, determine critical sections, and provide hold advisories to traffic controllers recommending vehicles stop at entry points to protected zones around identified critical sections. A critical section defines a segment of the vertex-edge graph where vehicles are in crossing or merging or opposite direction gridlock contention. The Advisor detects critical sections without reference to scheduled, projected or required times along assigned vehicle paths, and generates hold advisories to prevent conflicts without requiring network path direction-of-movement rules and without requiring rerouting, rescheduling or other network optimization solutions.11-17-2011
20110282566COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, INTER-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD AND INTER-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An object of the present invention is to provide communication equipment, an inter-vehicle communication control method, and an inter-vehicle communication system by which information can be efficiently transmitted to a designated range even at a blind intersection or on a curved road. Communication equipment that received transfer data including data to be transferred, position information of a destination of the data to be transferred, position information of relay points used to determine a route to the destination, and position information of the last transferring vehicle determines a standby time that becomes shorter as a distance between the position of the last transferring vehicle and the position of the host vehicle becomes longer in the case where the host vehicle is not located in a predetermined range on the basis of the relay points. In addition, the communication equipment determines the standby time that becomes longer as a distance between the position of the host vehicle and the position of the relay point becomes longer in the case where the host vehicle is located in the predetermined range, and performs a process of transmitting the transfer data after the standby time passes.11-17-2011
20110282564VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A vehicle management system is provided, which includes an RFID tag storing vehicle information, a mobile vehicle management device generating management information from position information and the vehicle information received from the outside, and a server generating operation information by analyzing the management information.11-17-2011
20110288755MUTABLE MOBILE TRAFFIC ROUTING SYSTEM - A method of operating a mutable mobile traffic routing system includes: sending traffic routing parameters with a traffic segment from a server for displaying on a client; receiving a traffic re-routing request parameter based on a traffic routing control parameter including the traffic routing parameters with the traffic segment; updating the traffic routing parameters based on the traffic re-routing request parameter; and sending the traffic routing parameters updated with an updated traffic segment with the traffic re-routing request parameter for displaying on the client.11-24-2011
20110288754VEHICLE GROUP CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE - The invention provides a vehicle group control method that controls the traveling of a vehicle group including a plurality of vehicles. The vehicle group control method includes: a process of controlling vehicles in each of a plurality of small vehicle groups which are divided from the vehicle group and controlling the relative relationship between the vehicles in each small vehicle group using communication between the vehicles in the same small vehicle group; and a small vehicle group control process of controlling the relative relationship between the small vehicle groups using communication between representative vehicles in the small vehicle groups.11-24-2011
20110295496METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY DIRECTING TRAFFIC ON A SITE - In a method for automatically directing traffic on a site, information is received regarding a plurality of selected entities on the job site. An indication of a first priority assigned to a first of the plurality of selected entities is received. An indication of a second priority assigned to a second of the plurality of selected entities is received. It is then determined that the first of the plurality of selected entities has a right of way over the second of the plurality of selected entities based upon a comparison of the first priority and the second priority.12-01-2011
20100036594METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TRAFFIC DATA - Method and apparatus for determining traffic data The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for determining traffic data. The method comprises the steps of providing statistical data relating to traffic at links of a street map, providing condition data relating to links of the street map, and determining traffic data based on the statistical data and the condition data.02-11-2010
20110264360EMERGENCY ROUTING WITHIN A CONTROLLABLE TRANSIT SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention provide a solution for an orderly and well-considered evacuation of a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in the event of declared emergency. It describes the mapping of evacuation points and subsequent routing of PRT vehicles according to both the nature/location of the emergency and outflow capacity at each evacuation point. A PRT is defined as an automatic method by which personal transport vehicles (a/k/a “pods”) can be used to efficiently and rapidly move people between various points within a closed area (for example, a city center). In an ideal world, these pods can be thought of as intelligent automated vehicles (similar to driverless taxis) that can adapt to changing demand to optimize the movement of people. For example, an emergency may be declared within a PRT system which does not cause widespread power loss, but which does require an orderly evacuation (e.g., smoke or flooding). In such events, PRT vehicles will be routed through the means described here to an evacuation point capable of handling such outflow in an orderly manner.10-27-2011
20090177373Navigation device and method - A method of providing a graphical indication of traffic congestion along a stretch of physical road notionally divided by a traffic information provider into one or more road segments is disclosed. The invention also covers a navigation system, portable navigation device, and or software capable of implementing such a method.07-09-2009
20100017103METHOD AND APPARATUS GENERATING ESTIMATES VEHICULAR MOVEMENT INVOLVING MULTIPLE INPUT-OUTPUT ROADWAY NODES - A roadway information system is disclosed with components generating and using vehicle signatures for vehicles passing near sensor pods located on or near lanes in a multiple input-output roadway node. Means and/or processors for matching incoming and outgoing vehicle signatures are disclosed creating an in-out vehicle match table used to generate a vehicle movement estimate or its components including a travel time and/or vehicle count that may be created and/or used in response to a match tally exceeding a threshold or the stimulation of a timing signal.01-21-2010
20100017102METHOD AND APPARATUS GENERATING AND/OR USING ESTIMATES OF ARTERIAL VEHICULAR MOVEMENT - A roadway information system is disclosed with components generating and using vehicle signatures for vehicles passing near sensor pods located on or near lanes. These components in turn are part of and/or communicate with means and/or processors for generating an/or using Vehicle Movement Estimates based upon the vehicle signatures. The VME are used to create traffic feedback that may be presented to programmable field devices that may present at least some of the traffic feedback to drivers of the vehicles, thereby optimizing the fuel usage and travel time of the roadway.01-21-2010
20120109505TRAFFIC INFORMATION BASED ON TRUSTED GROUP BEHAVIOUR - A method of providing real-time traffic information entails defining a trusted group of mobile devices traveling to a common destination, obtaining traffic data from the mobile devices of the trusted group, and determining traffic information based on the traffic data for a plurality of routes to the common destination. This enables a mobile device user to determine which one of a plurality of alternate routes to a destination is optimal given prevailing traffic conditions. Since the data derives from a trusted group, unlike aggregated data, it is more likely to be considered reliable by the end user.05-03-2012
20090093952National Radio Network for Ground Vehicle Traffic Management - A “Traffic Reporting” Method and System utilizing a unique traffic data gathering and processing methodology consisting of both personal testimony and available commercial computer related traffic program data. Analysis of the gathered data is then achieved resulting in timely and accurate critical traffic related information and/or route evasion instructional information which shall be broadcast for public consumption on a continuous “Real-time” bases via FM-VHF radio broadcast utilizing a Localized National Network of Radio Broadcast Stations (RBS). The RBS shall be engineered in a Cellular Zone type areas or Radio Broadcast Zones (RBZ) which shall provide coverage to each assigned metropolitan area.04-09-2009
20100125402SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE ENGINE RUNNING STATE AT BUSY INTERSECTIONS FOR INCREASED FUEL CONSUMPTION EFFICIENCY - The present disclosure is directed to a method for managing engines in response to a traffic signal. The method may comprise establishing communications with participating vehicles; responding to a stop status indicated by the traffic signal, further comprising: receiving a position data from each participating vehicles; determining a queue of participating vehicles stopped at the traffic signal; determining a remaining duration of the stop status; sending a stop-engine notification to the list of participating vehicles stopped at the traffic signal when the remaining duration is greater than a threshold of time; responding to a proceed status indicated by the traffic signal, further comprising: sending a start-engine notification to a first vehicle in the queue; calculating an optimal time for an engine of a second vehicle in the queue to start; and sending the start-engine notification to the second vehicle at the optimal time.05-20-2010
20110270513ROW RUNNING CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE - A row running control system is a system that controls the running state of each vehicle by optimum control (LQ control) so that five vehicles, for example, run in a row. Acceleration instruction values for the succeeding four vehicles among the five vehicles are determined as values minimizing predetermined evaluation functions, and the evaluation functions are calculated based on the errors of the distances between the respective vehicles, relative speeds between the respective vehicles and the acceleration instruction values for the respective vehicles.11-03-2011
20090287403METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FUSION OF TRAFFIC DATA WHEN INFORMATION IS INCOMPLETE - A method for merging imprecisely localized traffic reports with precisely localized traffic data includes obtaining a plurality of possible positions (x) of the localized traffic reports having imprecise position indications. The plurality of possible positions is evaluated using overlap functions. Substantially precise positions for the localized traffic reports are defined by solving an extremum problem.11-19-2009
20080208441TRAFFIC INFORMATION ADAPTIVE TO A USER'S TRAVEL - A system, method, and computer-readable medium for providing a traffic information service user with traffic information adaptive to the user's travel are described. The user's origin information, such as departure location and departure time, are identified. Upon identifying the user's origin information, the user's expected arrival times at a plurality of distance segment ends are determined. Traffic information adaptive to the user's travel are output. The traffic information may pertain to travel time, traffic flow, traffic events. The user may receive traffic information via a plurality of communication devices, such as a personal computer, a portable navigation system, a phone, or the like.08-28-2008
20090299615Data mining in a digital map database to identify insufficient merge lanes along roads 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, an intersection without traffic signals and without a sufficient merge lane. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where roads meet without a traffic signal and without a sufficient merge lane. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location of the insufficient merge lane. 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 location of an insufficient merge lane.12-03-2009
20090299616Data mining in a digital map database to identify intersections located over hills 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, an intersection located over a hilltop along a section of road. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where an intersection located over a hilltop is located along a 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 intersection located over a hilltop located along the 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 an intersection located over a hilltop.12-03-2009
20090287404System for providing traffic information - A system for providing traffic information to a plurality of mobile users connected to a network. The system comprises a plurality of traffic monitors, each comprising at least a traffic detector and a transmitter, the traffic detector generating a signal in response to vehicular traffic and the transmitter transmitting the signal. A receiver receives the signals from the traffic monitors. A computer system is connected to the receiver and is further connected to the network. The computer system in response to a request signal received from one of the users transmits in response thereto information representative of the signals transmitted by the traffic monitoring units. Alternative systems for gathering traffic information are disclosed.11-19-2009
20090287402VIRTUAL TRAFFIC SENSORS - Techniques are described for virtual traffic sensors (VTS). In an implementation, an electronic device provides a variety of functionality including at least functionality to determine position. The electronic device may be further configured to ascertain locations of one or more virtual traffic sensors. In at least some embodiments, locations of virtual traffic sensors are determined by the electronic device using a variety of VTS criteria. Using a determined position, the electronic device may detect proximity to the virtual traffic sensors. The electronic device may collect traffic related data when in proximity to the one or more virtual traffic sensors. The electronic device may then communicate the collected traffic data over a suitable network connection to a service provider.11-19-2009
20130218445TRAFFIC PORTAL ENQUIRY AND ALERT SYSTEM - A method for monitoring travel by a vehicle includes monitoring location of a vehicle as it travels along a plurality of routes from each of a plurality of origins to a plurality of destinations. Frequently-traveled routes are determined from the monitored location of the vehicle. The frequently-traveled routes are displayed to the user. Current traffic conditions may also be displayed on routes between the current location of the vehicle and potential destinations, which are determined based upon previous destinations, contacts, or calendar events.08-22-2013
20090005959Driving Aid System And Method Of Creating A Model Of Surroundings Of A Vehicle - In at least one embodiment of the present invention a driving aid system for mounting in a road vehicle is provided. The driving aid system comprises a detection system for detecting and storing profiles of characteristics of objects around the vehicle along a road on which the vehicle is being driven. A positioning system is for providing a current position of the vehicle. Profiles of characteristics of objects are stored in relation to the detected position of the vehicle. A processing arrangement compares currently detected profiles with earlier stored profiles and, if a match between a currently detected profile and an earlier stored profile is found, then the current position of the vehicle is determined relative to an object corresponding to the earlier stored profile, and the same or other earlier stored profiles is used to predict the future surroundings of the vehicle.01-01-2009
20090005958Traffic probe in-vehicle map-based process to reduce data communications and improve accuracy - A system and method for combining sequential map segments to aggregate, analyze, and display traffic data collected from one or more probe vehicles located on one or more segments of road are provided. Vehicle travel data generation and storage are provided by a data processing center, partitioning a road into a plurality of connected segments, and calculating an estimate of the time required for a probe vehicle to traverse a particular segment. The calculations are performed by a processor that may be on-board the probe vehicle, and the resulting data are transmitted to the processing center, at which they are aggregated and optionally transmitted to one or more subscriber vehicles.01-01-2009
20080275628METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING TRAFFIC INFORMATION - A method and apparatus for communicating traffic information, that in certain embodiments performs the actions of associating (11-06-2008
20080288162Combined short range and long range communication for traffic analysis and collision avoidance - A method and system for combining short range communication and long range communication for traffic related applications is presented. In one example, a central server is equipped and configured to receive information via long range communication from one or more individual traffic objects, analyze the received information to determine the short range communication needs, if any, between an identified subset of traffic objects and then initiate short range communication between the traffic objects in the identified subset of traffic objects.11-20-2008
20090265087METHOD FOR ENCODING MESSAGES, METHOD FOR DECODING MESSAGES, AND RECEIVER FOR RECEIVING AND EVALUATING MESSAGES - Method for encoding messages which are to be transmitted, method for decoding messages, and receiver for receiving and evaluating messages, in particular traffic messages, wherein the messages include message contents, and wherein a message contains at least one reference to an additional supplementary message which is to be transmitted separately and contains supplementary message contents.10-22-2009
20120296559SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC DATA AND DRIVING EFFICIENCY DATA - Current and predicted traffic information is provided from incident data, traffic flow data, and media related to traffic received from multiple sources. The crowd sourced data may be provided passively by applications on remote mobile devices or actively by users operating the remote mobile devices. An application on a mobile device may receive the multiple data types, aggregate and validate the data, and provides traffic information for a user. The traffic information may relate to the current position and route of the user or a future route. The present technology may also provide driving efficiency information such as fuel consumption data, carbon footprint data, and a driving rating for a user associated with a vehicle.11-22-2012
20080270013Vehicle position information providing devices, methods, and programs - Vehicle position information providing devices, methods, and programs acquire a first current position of a vehicle based on a radio signal received from a GPS satellite and acquire a second current position of the vehicle based on a signal received by a communication device that communicates over a mobile phone network. The devices, methods, and programs determine whether the first current position and the second current position coincide. If the first current position and the second current position do not coincide, the devices, methods, and programs cause the communication device to transmit information relating to the first current position to an information center.10-30-2008
20080234920Remote Traffic Coordination and Control - A method is described that includes wirelessly transmitting from a mobile unit a traffic notification comprising information associated with a location of the mobile unit, and wirelessly receiving at the mobile unit a traffic instruction indicating whether or not to proceed. Also, a method is described that includes wirelessly receiving a traffic notification associated with a location of a mobile unit, determining a criterion associated with the traffic notification, evaluating the criterion, and wirelessly transmitting a first traffic instruction to the mobile unit to either proceed or not proceed based on an outcome of evaluating the criterion. Associated systems and devices are also described.09-25-2008
20080243366METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PRESENCE OF VEHICLE USING A MAGNETIC SENSOR EMPLOYING A MAGNETO-RESISTIVE EFFECT - Method using raw signal from magneto-resistive sensor through the use of recent variance (RV) of raw signal (RS) for first-capture of first time RV crosses variance detect, second-capture start enable for first time when RS crosses above raw detect and RV above variance detect, third-capture ending time when RS crosses below raw undetect and RV below variance undetect. Starting and ending times are products of the process, often used for traffic flow counts. Apparatus supporting this method as a processor and/or a vehicular sensor node.10-02-2008
20090125218Method and Apparatus for Providing Public Traffic Information - Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for providing traffic information for a public transportation means, such as a bus, and utilizing the provided information. A method of encoding traffic information according to the present invention creates information about a bus stop, creates identification information for respective bus routes passing through the bus route and information about arrival time, creates identification information indicating that the type of traffic information to be encoded is stop-based public traffic information, and constructs a message segment including the created information. A sequence of multiple message segments constructed as described above are wirelessly transmitted.05-14-2009
20090138189Terminal for collecting traffic information and method of generating traffic information - The present invention provides a terminal for collecting traffic information generates a data set, including information about a measurement start point and a travel locus, periodically measured for a predetermined period from the start point, using DR information based on DR and GPS information, and transmits the data set to a remote traffic information center. The start point includes a vehicle ID, and absolute coordinates and an absolute time at the start point, and the travel locus information includes relative coordinates of each measurement location with respect to a previous measurement location. A method for generating traffic information in a remote traffic information center using information collected from the terminal is also provided. Accordingly, the present invention can reduce the amount of data provided by the terminal to the remote traffic information center, and can generate high-precision traffic information even in an area in which the reception of GPS signals is not possible and GPS signals are weak.05-28-2009
20090138187Method and device for the automatic generation of traffic management strategies - There is described a method and a device for automatically generating traffic management strategies in the event of suddenly occurring traffic events that lead to a disruption in the flow of traffic. During the method, a database is used in which information concerning elements of the influencing of traffic and control of traffic, which exist in the traffic network, local positions of the elements, switching states that can be adopted by the elements, and immediate effects of the respective switching states upon the traffic is contained in a form that can be processed by a computer program. Based on the incoming data concerning the traffic events or disruptions in the flow of traffic as well as an actual traffic situation, a simulation is automatically carried out with an analysis program, during which dynamics of the spread of the disruption in the traffic network are modeled and one or more new traffic-optimal route allocations with capacity values required therefore are calculated. A generation program selects from the database the elements that can make a contribution to the conversion of the new route allocation, and automatically parameterizes these elements using the adoptable switching states and their effect. The selected elements and their parameterization are suggested to an operator as a strategy. The method and the associated device make possible a quick reaction to unforeseeable events in the traffic network.05-28-2009
20090138188METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR MODELING A ROAD NETWORK GRAPH - There is provided a method, device and system for modeling a road network graph, comprising the steps of receiving information data from a plurality of vehicles, said information data comprising at least positional data, and modeling said road network graph in accordance with said received data.05-28-2009
20090138186SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVIDENTIAL REASONING FOR TRANSPORTATION SCENARIOS - The system contains a programmable device. At least one camera is in communication with the programmable device. The camera is directed towards at least one road. The camera provides a camera signal to the programmable device. A map of an area, which includes the road, is stored in a memory of the programmable device. A plurality of traffic influences is defined in the map. A first program on the programmable device tracks vehicles on the road utilizing the camera signal. The first program recognizes at least one obstruction and communicates with the map to identify at least one of the traffic influences behind the obstruction.05-28-2009
20090143965Vehicle dispatch system - A vehicle dispatch system includes a plurality of vehicle loading modules and a vehicle controlling server. The vehicle loading modules comprises a first wireless transmitting apparatus, a global positioning receiver for providing current coordinates of the vehicles, and a meter apparatus for transmitting an activating message when transporting a passenger. The vehicle controlling server comprises a geographic information system database apparatus for receiving and storing current coordinates of the vehicles, a plurality of road information, an operating interface platform for providing a user with a network apparatus to connect to the operating interface platform for inputting a calling request, and a second wireless transmitting apparatus for transmitting a request to a specified vehicle.06-04-2009
20110224891METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AGGREGATING TRAFFIC INFORMATION USING RICH TRIP LINES - Techniques to aggregate traffic information with rich trip lines include a traffic service that, in response to receiving data indicating a current position, determines an ordered plurality of trip lines that indicate positions where a traffic condition is to be reported, and returns data that indicates the ordered trip lines. The trip lines are ordered such that a traveler encountering two trip lines of the plurality of trip lines in a different sequence indicates that a position near a third trip line was not detected by the traveler. A client process includes determining whether two trip lines are encountered in a different sequence than in an ordered plurality of trip lines received from the traffic service. If the two trip lines are in a different sequence, then sending, to the traffic service, data indicating an undetected trip line between the two trip lines.09-15-2011
20090024308METHOD OF PROVIDING PATH INFORMATION AND DEVICE THEREOF - A device, computer program product and method for providing path information and a device using the method are disclosed. A method for providing path information comprises receiving broadcast signals comprising traffic information and cost information, extracting and storing traffic information and cost information from received broadcast signals, requesting information about navigation path after receiving a first position and a second position, and searching for paths leading to the second position from the first position and calculating cost required to reach the second position from the first position based on traffic information and cost information of each searched path and displaying the cost.01-22-2009
20090198441Traffic Information Estimating System - A traffic information system includes: a past information database for storing past information, which is collected for road links in a predetermined area, of a past mobile object on a road; a current information database for storing running information, which is collected for the road links in the predetermined area, of a current mobile object; link correlation analyzing means in which correlations of traffic information among each road link in the predetermined area are calculated from the past information stored in the past information database, and output as link correlation information among the road links; combination calculating means for calculating weighting information for obtaining the current information as a sum of the link correlation information; and traffic information estimating means for calculating estimated traffic information for a link where the current information is not collected based on the link correlation information and the weighting information.08-06-2009
20090198440Inter-vehicle communication apparatus and inter-vehicle communication method - An inter-vehicle communication apparatus mounted to a subject vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes: reception section receiving information about a peripheral vehicle from the peripheral vehicle; a detection section configured to identify the peripheral vehicle that satisfies a predetermined condition as a same directing peripheral vehicle based on the information about the peripheral vehicle; a determination section configured to determine whether the subject vehicle is one of a lead vehicle and a tail vehicle in a group of vehicles including the subject vehicle and the same directing peripheral vehicle; and a transmission control section configured to control the transmission section based on the determination by the determination section.08-06-2009
20120095672METHOD FOR LOCATING ROAD SHAPES USING ERRONEOUS MAP DATA - A system includes a transmitting apparatus having a first digital map and a receiving apparatus having a second digital map. The second digital map shows a road segment at a different location from the first digital map due to errors. The transmitting apparatus transmits location information to the receiving apparatus. The location information includes coordinates information, attribute information, and relative information. After receiving the location information from the transmitting apparatus, the receiving apparatus identifies the location of a road segment on the second digital map by using the coordinates information and the attribute information and identifies a location of a traffic event on the road segment on the second digital map by using the relative information. The relative information includes a distance from a start point of a road segment on the first digital map to the location on the road segment on the first digital map.04-19-2012
20090192701AUTOMATIC DETERMINATION OF MAJOR TAXI-PATHS FROM AIRCRAFT SURVEILLANCE DATA - A method and computer program using airport surveillance data to define common paths taken by vehicles on the airport surface is presented. Position data points for a group of vehicles create separate paths for each of the vehicles in the group. A matrix is created including areas measured between the path of each vehicle in the group and each of the remaining vehicles in the group. A column-wise average for each of the columns in the matrix is calculated, the column having a lowest mean average of all of the columns is determined, and a vector A(J) including the areas and vehicle identifications is created from that column. A difference vector δA(J) is created having the difference between successive entries in the vector A(J), and subgroups with the group are recursively identified using the values in the difference vector.07-30-2009
20090063031Performance-based haulage management system - A method for managing haul routes in work environments comprises collecting performance data associated with a machine operating in a work environment. The method also includes determining a drive axle torque of the machine and estimating a total effective grade associated with the machine based on the drive axle torque. The estimated total effective grade is compared with a threshold level and, if the estimated total effective grade exceeds the threshold level, a design performance of the machine may be simulated based on the calculated total effective grade. Design performance data is compared with the collected performance data, and a payload limit of the machine is adjusted if the design performance is inconsistent with collected performance data.03-05-2009
20090082948TRAFFIC INCIDENT DETECTION SYSTEM - An object of the present invention is to provide a traffic information system that detects an unexpected incident such as a traffic accident or construction work from traffic information about surrounding road links. Historical traffic information is used to perform component analysis for a group of links that are targets of unexpected incident detection, and recovered traffic information for the historical traffic information is determined from computed top bases of the traffic information about the group of links. Difference statistical traffic information is generated from the difference between the historical traffic information and its recovered traffic information. For real-time traffic information, recovered traffic information for the real-time traffic information is determined from the top bases. The difference between the real-time traffic information and the recovered traffic information is compared with the difference statistical traffic information, and if the difference of the real-time traffic information is larger, the occurrence of an unexpected incident is determined.03-26-2009
20090063030System and method for traffic condition detection - A system and method for detecting traffic conditions. Communications are performed wirelessly with a traffic detector. A determination is made whether a vehicle is approaching a traffic condition within safe parameters. A driver is alerted of the traffic condition in response to determining the vehicle is not approaching the traffic condition within the safe parameters.03-05-2009
20120078493ADVANCED MAP INFORMATION DELIVERY, PROCESSING AND UPDATING - An illustrative method of data gathering includes determining that a vehicle traveling characteristic has changed beyond an expected parameter. The method further includes recording the GPS coordinates of the vehicle and ceasing recording the GPS coordinates of the vehicle when the vehicle traveling characteristic resumes the expected parameter. Finally, the method includes determining and storing a traffic control feature associated with at least one set of the GPS coordinates, if the recorded GPS coordinates of the vehicle correspond to previously recorded GPS coordinates.03-29-2012
20080262710METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BASED ON MULTIPLE CLASSES - A method of method of assigning routes for a plurality of users allocated to different classes is provided. A first group of users is identified based on a user classification, wherein each user of the first group of users has a first user classification. A second group of users is identified based on the user classification, wherein each user of the second group of users has a second user classification. The first user classification is different from the second user classification. A disutility value is calculated for each user of the first group of users and for each user of the second group of users using a travel disutility function based on an origin and a destination of each user of the first group of users and each user of the second group of users. A bi-level problem solver is executed to optimize the disutility value based on the user classification. A route is recommended for each user of the first group of users and for each user of the second group of users based on the bi-level problem execution.10-23-2008
20090143964VEHICLE DYNAMIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle navigation system is described, comprising an onboard navigation unit installed on board a vehicle that can be used by a user to set target destinations and an operations centre communicating with the onboard navigation unit. The onboard navigation unit is configured to transmit a target destination and a static road route to the operations centre. The operations centre is configured to calculate a dynamic road route based on the target destination, the static road route and information regarding the traffic conditions and road conditions of said road network and/or the static road route. In addition, the operations centre compares the calculated dynamic road route with the static road route and transmits information associated with a road route that is selected on the basis of the comparison to the onboard navigation unit.06-04-2009
20090210140DATABASE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONDUCTING INTEGRATED DISPATCHING - A technique for integrating a pre-existing business system with a fleet management system. The preexisting business system includes, for example, an accounting system, a warehousing system, a dock management system, a yard management system. These fleet management system uses, for example, a combination of a raster map and vector data to provide an easy-to-read display for managing objects or articles, e.g., vehicle, container. The method uses a host gateway to provide a TCP/IP or like interface between the various systems.08-20-2009
20090248283Method and System for Automatically Updating Traffic Incident Data for In-Vehicle Navigation - Aspects of the invention disclose a method and system for automatically updating traffic incident data for in-vehicle navigation. This includes, but is not limited to, a method and system of notifying one or more traffic providers of a traffic accident when a telematics provider receives an automated accident notification from a vehicle. The notification prompts the traffic provider to investigate the traffic accident immediately using manual techniques (monitoring police scanners, visual confirmation by aircraft, etc.) and accurately updates its traffic information in a more timely manner. In turn, the traffic information received by the telematics unit from traffic provider is more accurate. This allows the telematics unit navigation system to provide accurate navigation directions to the subscriber while driving through traffic congested areas.10-01-2009
20090248285ROUTE DETERMINING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system for determining an optimum route to a destination by a navigation system of a vehicle is provided. The system includes a navigation system, a remote information system, and a data communication network linking the navigation system and the remote information system. A method is also disclosed that includes the steps of establishing a communication connection between the navigation system and the remote information system, and determining the optimum route to the destination where the optimum route is determined based on requested information received from the remote information system.10-01-2009
20090248284TRAVEL SUPPORT SYSTEM AND TRAVEL SUPPORT METHOD - Provided is a travel support system which sufficiently uses notified non-equipped vehicle information, and includes: an equipped-vehicle detecting unit (10-01-2009
20100179748TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM USING DIGITAL MAP FOR COLLECTING TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a traffic information providing system and method using a traffic information collecting digital map. A traffic information collecting terminal receives GPS data from at least one GPS satellite, and generates traffic information target location information with reference to traffic information established based on the GPS data. The traffic information target location information includes a coordinate and a time and can further include a type or an order on the traffic information target location information. The traffic information providing system matches traffic information target location information provided by the terminals on nodes and links for collecting traffic information of a traffic information collecting digital map, generates section communication information for a section, processes the section communication information, and provides it as traffic information. Therefore, accurate communication information is generated and more accurate traffic information is provided. For example, it is possible to generate accurate traffic information excluding a traveling time (or a traveling speed) error caused by a probe vehicle's entrance to a rest area from the link having an expressway rest area.07-15-2010
20100161204Method for identification of traffic lane boundary - The invention provides a method for identification of traffic lane boundary. Firstly the microwave signal is received, and the noise reduction is treated for the microwave signal. Then the frequency domain information is employed to calculate the legal set of closed interval, in order to form the frequency span information. Finally, the probability density function model is employed to calculate the frequency span information in order to identify the traffic lane boundary.06-24-2010
20120173130DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM, DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD, AND IN-VEHICLE UNIT - Traffic information is provided to an in-vehicle unit of a vehicle located in a shadow portion of a large-sized vehicle and to an in-vehicle unit of a vehicle at a location separated from an intersection 07-05-2012
20080215231Method for Obtaining Information about Objects Outside of a Vehicle - Method and system for obtaining information about traffic-related devices providing variable information includes providing a vehicle with a map database including the location of the devices, determining the location of the vehicle, as the location of the vehicle is determined to be approaching the location of each device, as known in the database, obtaining an image of the device, and analyzing the image to determine the status of the device. The vehicle may be controlled based on the status of the device, which is optionally displayed to the driver or other occupant of the vehicle. For example, when the device is a stoplight, the method can detect if the driver of the vehicle is slowing the vehicle when the stoplight is red, and if not, automatically cause the vehicle the slow down or stop.09-04-2008
20080215232Driving assist system and vehicle-mounted apparatus - There is provided a driving assist system comprising: a road side apparatus which transmits the traffic circumstance information; and a vehicle-mounted apparatus including: an outputting part which outputs driving assist information for assisting a driving operation on the basis of output data on the basis of the at least one kind of the traffic circumstance information; and a controller for: generating the output data for outputting the driving assist information based on the traffic circumstance information; determining whether the output data is valid; and selecting one the output data which is determined as valid, on the basis of a predetermined standard validity, wherein the outputting part outputs the driving assist information using the selected output data.09-04-2008
20100241342DYNAMIC TRAFFIC ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING - A vehicle communication system is capable of calculating a plurality of routes between two locations. The system can also overlay traffic data for each route to determine a “real time” travel estimate. Then, one or more optimal routes can be presented to a user along with traffic data.09-23-2010
20100241343APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING TRAFFIC LINE - An apparatus for recognizing traffic lines on a roadway includes an image division unit for dividing an image of the roadway into a specific number of areas; a traffic line detection unit for detecting a traffic line from the respective divided areas of the roadway images; a traffic line representation unit for obtaining a traffic line equation representing the traffic line in the detected traffic line; a location detection unit for detecting a current location of a vehicle using movement direction and velocity of the vehicle sensed by a location detector; and a traffic line prediction unit for predicting a location of the traffic line to be displaced, using the detected current location, and the movement direction and velocity of the vehicle on a basis of traffic line equation.09-23-2010
20120245833VEHICLE GUIDANCE DEVICE, VEHICLE GUIDANCE METHOD, AND VEHICLE GUIDANCE PROGRAM - A vehicle guidance device includes: an inter- vehicle distance specification unit that specifies an inter-vehicle distance, which is an inter-vehicle distance in a prescribed lane, between vehicles up to a reference point of a lane change; a recommended section specification unit based on the specified inter-vehicle distance, specifies a recommended section in which a lane change to the prescribed lane should be made before reaching the reference point; and a communication unit that, based on the specified recommended section, outputs guidance information pertaining to the lane change to the prescribed lane.09-27-2012
20090112452VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH REAL TIME TRAFFIC IMAGE DISPLAY - Methods and apparatus are provided for displaying traffic status information to a user of a vehicle. An onboard vehicle methodology as described herein receives traffic image data corresponding to a picture of a road section, and displays the picture of the road section on an onboard display element of the vehicle.04-30-2009
20080249700Method and an Apparatus For Transmitting and Receiving Traffic Information By Using File Transfer - A method for providing traffic information. The method includes providing information including an object of a first type having a file including the traffic information and an object of a second type including information about the file and information about a service provider providing the file.10-09-2008
20110112746VEHICLE INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE - An information processing unit displays a pop-up window in a display area of a display unit when the own vehicle is in an area of a set distance or less away from an extracted intersection, when the own vehicle stops, when a brake switch is ON, and when a display request for an image of traffic conditions of vehicles at the intersection by the driver is recognized. If an accelerator operation is performed in a predetermined way after the pop-up window is displayed, the display of the pop-up window is finished.05-12-2011
20090105933SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING VISUAL INFORMATION OF A REMOTE LOCATION TO A USER OF A VEHICLE - In a system for providing visual information of a remote location to a user of a vehicle, one or more resources provide visual information of the remote location. Through an input unit, the user may select a remote location for which the visual information is to be requested and input a request for the visual information. A transmitting unit transmits the visual information from the resource to the user, and a display displays the requested visual information to the user. The system may also include a resource determining unit that determines the resource or the resources that are able to provide the requested visual information on the basis of positioning information of the remote location.04-23-2009
20090070024GPS TRAFFIC LOAD BALANCING SYSTEM CONGESTION PREVENTION - A routing system includes: at least one vehicular unit including a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for receiving coordinate information, an interface for receiving destination information and a processing system adapted for two-way communications; and a load balancing system adapted for receiving the coordinate information and the destination information from the at least one vehicular unit and determining a route from congestion data and the information. A method that at least one of avoids congestion and prevents congestion is provided.03-12-2009
20090070025Dynamic Prediction of Traffic Congestion by Tracing Feature-Space Trajectory of Sparse Floating-Car Data - A traffic situation is predicted based on the correlation in the traffic situation between road sections. A base vector generation unit generates the base vectors constituting a feature space representing the correlation between a plurality of links by making a principal component analysis for the necessary time in the past recorded in a necessary time database. A projection point trajectory generation unit records a projection point trajectory of projecting the necessary time in the past recorded in the necessary time database to the feature space in a projection point database. A feature space projection unit projects the necessary time at present to the feature space, and a neighboring projection point retrieval unit retrieves a past projection point in the neighborhood of the concerned projection point from the projection point database, and a projection point trajectory trace unit traces the trajectory of past projection points starting from the retrieved neighboring projection point for a prediction target time width, and an inverse projection unit inversely projects the end point of the concerned trajectory to calculate the predicted value of the necessary time.03-12-2009
20090070026In-vehicle communication apparatuses, methods, and programs - In-vehicle communication apparatuses, methods, and programs store a database including a plurality of points set within the vicinity of an intersection and a plurality of frequencies associated with a each of the points. The apparatuses, methods, and programs receive a signal and detect a frequency of the received signal. The apparatuses, methods, and programs generate content of a warning about the intersection based on the stored database and the detected frequency and communicate the generated content of the warning.03-12-2009
20090037087TRAFFIC INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, TRAFFIC INFORMATION INTEGRATING DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention provides a traffic information processing apparatus and method, the apparatus comprises a format unifying device which unifies input traffic information with different formats to traffic information with unified format; and a traffic information integrating device which corrects and/or complements the traffic information with unified format based on a knowledge base to obtain traffic information which is consistent with each other, so as to integrate the traffic information, wherein the knowledge base is external to the apparatus or internal to the apparatus. The traffic information processing apparatus and method according to the present invention can process traffic information with spatial inconsistence, temporal inconsistence and semantic inconsistence so as to integrate effectively the traffic information from a variety of heterogeneous information sources and ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of traffic data.02-05-2009
20090037088RUNNING PLAN CREATING APPARATUS - A running plan creating apparatus for creating a running plan including position information of a vehicle at each time comprises road information acquiring means for acquiring road information concerning a running path for the vehicle to run, action predicting means for predicting positions and speeds of other vehicles running about the vehicle at each time by utilizing the road information, characteristic information acquiring means for acquiring characteristic information in each of the other vehicles, risk degree estimating means for estimating respective degrees of risk of the other vehicles by utilizing the characteristic information, risk degree distribution setting means for setting a risk degree distribution at each time on the running path by utilizing the road information and the positions and degrees of risk of the other vehicles, and running plan creating means for creating the running plan of the vehicle by utilizing the risk degree distribution.02-05-2009
20090037086Method for equalizing traffic flows and for avoiding and resolving congestion - In accordance with 37 C.F.R. §1.125, a substitute specification has been included in lieu of substitute paragraphs in connection with the present Preliminary Amendment. The substitute specification is submitted in clean form, attached hereto, and is accompanied by a marked-up version showing the changes made to the original specification. The changes have been made in an effort to place the specification in better form for U.S. practice. No new matter has been added by these changes to the specification. Further, the substitute specification includes paragraph numbers to facilitate amendment practice as requested by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.02-05-2009
20130138331HEAVY VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW OPTIMIZATION - There is provided a method for heavy vehicle traffic flow optimization. The method includes determining location information and destination information of qualifying heavy vehicles. The method further includes modifying one or more traffic signal sequences to optimize a traffic flow of the qualifying heavy vehicles responsive to the location information and the destination information. Each of the qualifying heavy vehicles has a respective associated weight greater than a predetermined weight threshold.05-30-2013
20110246051METHOD OF DISPLAYING TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND DISPLAYING TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEW FOR VEHICLE SYSTEMS - A method or a system for displaying a traffic camera view of a road on a display within a vehicle. The method or the system may include monitoring a movement of the vehicle, determining an existence of a traffic event based on the movement of the vehicle, receiving a traffic camera view on the road, and displaying the traffic camera view if the traffic event is detected.10-06-2011
20090299617Data mining in a digital map database to identify curves along downhill roads 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 curve along a downhill road segment. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where a curve is located along a downhill road segment. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location of the curve along the downhill road segment. 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 location of the curve in the downhill road segment.12-03-2009
20100017104METHOD AND APPARATUS MATCHING INCOMING TO OUTGOING VEHICLE SIGNATURES TO ESTIMATE ARTERIAL VEHICULAR MOVEMENT - A roadway information system is disclosed with components generating and using vehicle signatures for vehicles passing near sensor pods located on or near lanes. Means and/or processors for matching incoming and outgoing vehicle signatures are disclosed creating an in-out vehicle match table used to generate a vehicle movement estimate or its components including a travel time and/or vehicle count.01-21-2010
20090048768DRIVING SCHEDULE CREATING DEVICE - A redundancy computing part 02-19-2009
20090048767ROUTING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A routing method and system. The method includes receiving by a global positioning satellite (GPS) transceiver, a user profile comprising user preference data and destination location data. The GPS transceiver retrieves first geospatial coordinate values for a current location of the user and a destination location. The GPS transceiver processes the user profile and the first geospatial coordinate values to identify a geographical route for traveling from the current location to the destination location. The GPS transceiver retrieves current traffic speed/traffic density data and historical traffic speed/traffic density data associated with second geospatial coordinate values for various locations located along the first geographical route. The GPS transceiver processes the current traffic speed/traffic density data and the historical traffic speed/traffic density data to determine if the first geographical route comprises an efficient geographical route for the user.02-19-2009
20100057333NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Navigation techniques are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus may include a receiver for receiving broadcast data including an update of traffic data, a decoder for extracting the update of the traffic data, a memory for storing standard traffic data, and a controller to generate traffic information based on the update of the traffic information and the standard traffic data.03-04-2010
20100063714 METHOD FOR DETERMINING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS - The present disclosure is directed towards a method for determining traffic conditions. The method may comprise: detecting a signal, the signal comprising a radio frequency pulse that was emitted from a spark plug firing in an internal combustion engine; measuring a signal count over an interval of time; determining a speed condition based upon the measurement of the signal count, the speed condition comprising at least a speed reduction condition, a speed increase condition, or a no data condition; and displaying the speed condition to a driver.03-11-2010
20100057334METHOD AND SYSTEM TO ESTIMATE VEHICLE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS - A method and system to estimate vehicle traffic conditions for use in a vehicle navigation system. The system includes a cellular network which receives position data from a plurality of GPS enabled cellular telephones. A processor in the cellular network is programmed to estimate the traffic conditions or density of traffic on at least one road link based upon the received position data while a transmitter at the base station then transmits that estimated traffic condition to automotive vehicles containing navigation systems. A processor in the navigation system then utilizes the estimated traffic conditions for route and/or arrival time calculations.03-04-2010
20110098908Synchronized Express and Local Trains for Urban Commuter Rail Systems - A computerized system and method of managing subway trains along a two-track subway line to allow express travel in combination with local service. Express trains catch up to local trains at express stations along the line, and provision is made to allow the express trains to physically or “virtually” pass the local train at those stations. Embodiments in which the express trains physically pass the local train include direct train-to-train transfer facilitated by side-by-side tracks at the express station occupying reduced footprint. In other embodiments, virtual passing is accomplished by changing the type of service provided by trains at express intervals: a local train “transforms” into an express train and vice versa. Embodiments enable passengers to transfer between trains at express stations so that these “relay” passengers can travel faster than any specific train.04-28-2011
20110153184TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM USING ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE - The present invention relates to a transportation system using an electric automobile. The transportation system using the electric automobile comprises the electric automobile and an electricity-supply unit which supplies electricity to the electric automobile. The electric automobile charges a battery included when the electricity is supplied from an external source in motion, using some or all of the electricity and is driven by the electricity of the battery when the electricity supply to the automobile in motion is stopped.06-23-2011
20100305839METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING CONSUMPTION AND/OR EMISSION VALUES - A method for ascertaining consumption and/or emission values of at least one vehicle in a traffic area, includes the following steps: determining a number of traffic-technology variables for the traffic area, ascertaining a driving profile of the vehicle based on the traffic-technology variables, assigning an individual consumption and/or emission model and/or a consumption and/or emission model related to the vehicle type group to the driving profile of the vehicle, calculating consumption and/or emission values based on the driving profile and the consumption and/or emission model. In addition, the invention relates to a corresponding method for ascertaining consumption and/or emission values of the vehicle target group of vehicles present in a traffic area and to a method for traffic control employing the consumption and/or emission values. Furthermore, the invention relates to ascertainment systems for ascertaining consumption and/or emission values and to a traffic control system.12-02-2010
20110153183Traffic analysis based on historical global positioning system data - A method of analyzing traffic by a system includes receiving sequential location measurements from users of the system, mapping the received sequential location measurements to a digital map and determining traffic information for a first time period based on mapped sequential location measurements corresponding to the first time period. A system may include a database configured to store sequential location measurements received from users of the system and a processor configured to extract sequential location measurements from the database and determine traffic information for a first period based on the extracted sequential location measurements. The sequential location measurements include periodic times and associated coordinates.06-23-2011
20100114465PROVIDING AND USING OF INFORMATION ON VIDEO RELATED TO TRAFFIC SITUATION - Encoding and decoding of application information is disclosed. An encoding method includes creates multimedia object information on video and/or audio data related to content carried by a traffic information message provided through traffic information service, creates reference information indicating the traffic information message, and organizes a multimedia information message that includes the multimedia object information and the reference information. While using a traffic information provided by a traffic information service, a user can, if necessary, recognize visually and/or audially a special traffic situation of which information is provided by a traffic information service.05-06-2010
20110160987METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING TRAFFIC INFORMATION BASED ON INTERSECTIONS AND SECTIONS - A method and apparatus for representing a road network and a method and system for processing traffic information data using the method for representing a road network are provided. The method for processing traffic information data comprises: conversion step of converting traffic information data based on road networks of one or more types of road maps into traffic information data of intersections and sections, based on correspondence between the road networks of one or more types of road maps and the road network represented by the intersections and the sections, wherein the road network represented by the intersections and the sections is obtained by the method for representing a road network; and fusion step of fusing the converted traffic information data of intersections and sections to obtain unified traffic information data. The present invention proposes using a road network represented by intersections and sections as an intermediate model, which emphasizes the importance of intersections as hub nodes of the road network, and is compatible with various forms of map representations and universal. In this way, more accurate and comprehensive information can be obtained by fusing traffic information data from different data sources, which is advantageous for services such as traffic information prediction.06-30-2011
20110160986METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION CONVERSION USING TRAFFIC INFORMATION ELEMENT KNOWLEDGE BASE - A method and apparatus for conversion of traffic information based on traffic information element knowledge base are provided. According to the present invention, a road network is described using roads, intersections and sections as traffic information elements and a correspondence between these elements and a road topological network in a digital map is established, so that a universal traffic information describing model, which is compatible with language used in people's daily life, can be established. Further, a traffic information element knowledge base can be generated based on the roads, intersections and sections, their respective attributes and the relationship between them, to support inter-conversion between road topological network traffic information and text-based traffic information. With the universal traffic information describing model and the traffic information element knowledge base according to the present invention, it is possible to support fusion and conversion for traffic data from various sources and to support various forms of presentation and interaction for traffic information, such as presentation of traffic information on digital navigation map, textual description of traffic information, map presentation of traffic information for urban trunk roads, interaction for natural language queries of traffic information, etc.06-30-2011
20090287401System and method for realtime community information exchange - System and method for traffic mapping service are disclosed for allowing plurality of users having each a navigation device to transmit their locations to a server and optionally to signal to the server their requested destination. The system and method are further capable of calculating traffic parameters such as current traffic speed at a given road based on the momentary locations of the users. The system and method of the invention may also calculate and advise the users of preferred roads to take in order to arrive at the requested location with minimum delay.11-19-2009
20090118994Vehicle and lane recognizing device - A lane recognizing device comprises: an image processing means which performs a process of estimating a lane of a road by processing an image of the road and outputs a result of the process as first lane information; a lane estimating means which performs a process of estimating the lane using a map data of the road and the current position information of a vehicle and outputs a result of the process as second lane information; and an actual lane recognizing means which recognizes an actual lane of the road on the basis of the first lane information and the second lane information. Thereby, even if there is an unpredictable skid mark or road repaired part, it is possible to detect the lane accurately while increasing the opportunities for detecting the lane as much as possible by processing the road image and obtaining the road information and the map data.05-07-2009
20090018760RUSH HOUR MODELING FOR ROUTING AND SCHEDULING - A rush hour modeling system that is configured for modifying existing travel time/distance data to reflect special traffic conditions, such as rush hour traffic conditions. The system is configured to receive information defining one or more time windows, geographic areas, and road segments in which special traffic conditions occur. The system is also configured to receive travel rules that reflect the special traffic conditions. The travel rules are used to modify a travel time/distance matrix to reflect the effect of the special traffic conditions on “normal” travel times and distances. Existing routing and scheduling systems can then use the modified travel matrix to plan and schedule routes for delivery vehicles more accurately. Additionally, the modified travel matrix can be used to model traffic conditions through a particular geographic area or on a particular road segment.01-15-2009
20110118967TRAIN-OF-VEHICLE TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE - A train-of-vehicle travel support device which enables a train-of-vehicle travel of a plurality of vehicles even on a running road in which no magnetic marker is embedded. The train-of-vehicle travel support device includes a sensor unit obtaining road line shape data of a feature on a road surface, a processor unit obtaining running control data based on comparison of the road line shape data obtained by the sensor unit and reference data which has been previously stored, and an inter-vehicle communication device transmitting wirelessly the running control data obtained by the processor unit to a following vehicle.05-19-2011
20110118966Traffic data services without navigation systems - A non-navigation data system for providing traffic data service in a mobile environment can include a data decoder for decoding a digital data stream from a digital audio radio transmission source, location determining means (such as GPS or cellular location determining schemes) for determining a current location of a mobile receiver receiving the digital data stream, a display for displaying traffic data corresponding to the current location, and a plurality of static maps wherein the traffic data corresponding to the current location is overlaid at least over a portion of the static maps.05-19-2011
20110144896SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRAFFIC CONDITION COMMUNICATIONS - A system and method for communicating with traffic detectors. A location of a vehicle is determined. A search is performed continuously for any of a number of traffic detectors in a wireless environment. A communication session is established with one of the number of traffic detectors in response to entering a range of one of the number of traffic detectors. A message associated with the one of the number of traffic detectors is communicated to the vehicle while the vehicle is within the range of one or more traffic detectors.06-16-2011
20110191012Device, System and Method for Traffic Prediction - A method is provided for predicting load of traffic of vehicles that are travelling according to non reference route plan, provided with Dynamic Route Guidance capability of their PMMS, in a Forward Time Interval related Route Segment and according to a predetermined protocol between mobile systems and a non mobile system of a SODMS. Using mobile units, a traffic prediction query is receiving according to a predetermined differential traffic load match process. A match process is performed by each of the mobile units and, according to a match, a predetermined response procedure is enabled, wherein a response procedure in each mobile unit uses a predetermined random process to select an allocated slot in which to transmit a predetermined signal, which provides an improved way to predict traffic in conjunction with off line database statistics, preferably with such that are being adaptively corrected by prior data and method to predict traffic which do not include, or lack sufficient erratic traffic information.08-04-2011
20110191011System and Method for Modeling and Optimizing the Performance of Transportation Networks - A method and system are provided for modeling and optimizing the performance of transportation networks, e.g. for traffic signal retiming. The modeling and optimization may be implemented by obtaining a video signal from a camera at a first intersection; processing data from the video signal to determine at least one value indicative of a corresponding traffic flow through the first intersection; sending the at least one value to a remote processing entity via a wireless network to enable the remote processing entity to update a model of the transportation network, the transportation network comprising the first intersection and at least a second intersection; receiving from the remote processing entity, an instruction for a controller at the first intersection, the instruction having been determined from an update of the model based on data from at least the second intersection; and having the instruction implemented by the controller at the first intersection to optimize at least a portion of the transportation network.08-04-2011
20120150421Dynamic Transitioning Between Intersection Controller Traffic Engines - A method of transitioning from one traffic engine to a second traffic engine on a single advanced traffic controller is provided. A user enters, or the controller is programmed to enter, a request to change from the first traffic engine to a second traffic engine. The first traffic engine transitions to the red rest state. Then the second traffic engine takes control of the traffic signals and enters the flash exit mode, thus completing the transition.06-14-2012
20100023246AUTOMATED LOCATION-INTELLIGENT TRAFFIC NOTIFICATION SERVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that is configured to determine a geographic location of a subscriber and an automated traffic notification system that is configured to automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless terminal that is associated with the subscriber.01-28-2010
20110118965NAVIGATION DEVICE & METHOD - A digital processing apparatus is disclosed for processing live traffic information in order to predict future evolution of the live traffic information. The apparatus includes, in at least one embodiment, a processing resource configured to: receive an item of live traffic information representing a traffic journey-time delay, at a respective time of incidence; store information indicating the journey-time delay and the respective time in a memory, to create a history of variation of the respective journey-time delay with respect to incidence time; and determine from the history at least one characteristic of the journey-time delay indicative of predicted evolution into the future of the journey-time delay from time of incidence of a most recent item of live traffic information.05-19-2011
20090118995AUTOMATED LOCATION-INTELLIGENT TRAFFIC NOTIFICATION SERVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that is configured to determine a geographic location of a subscriber and an automated traffic notification system that is configured to automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless terminal that is associated with the subscriber.05-07-2009
20120041669TRAFFIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DEVICE, TRAFFIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - Conventionally, different traffic information cannot be sent in accordance with an output reason of a request to send. According to the present invention, a request to send traffic information, which is output in response to an instruction given by a user operation or an automatically given instruction, is acquired, an output reason of the request to send is determined, and a communication unit is controlled so that the traffic information on different areas is sent depending on the cases where the output reason is the instruction given by the user operation or the automatically given instruction.02-16-2012
20120046855ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING ROAD SIGNS - Various embodiment include a system and a method for recognizing road signs. An image of a road sign may be captured by least one image sensor. A vehicle computer may receive the image data representing one or more road signs along a route and display one or more images of the road sign based on the image data. The display may be capable of presenting one or more status of the road sign based on one or more travel states for the vehicle. These travel states may include at least one of an amount of elapsed travel time, distance travelled, or speed.02-23-2012
20120010803VEHICLE ARRIVAL PREDICTION USING MULTIPLE DATA SOURCES INCLUDING PASSENGER BUS ARRIVAL PREDICTION - A system, method and computer program product for estimating a vehicle arrival time. The system receives information representing prior travel times of vehicles between pre-determined vehicle stops along a vehicle route. The system receives real-time data representing a current journey. The current journey refers to a movement of a vehicle currently traveling along the route. The system calculates a regular trend representing the current journey based on the received prior travel times information and the received real-time data. The system computes a deviation from the regular trend in the current journey. The system determines a future traffic status in subsequent vehicle stops in the current journey. The system estimates, for the vehicle, each arrival time of each subsequent vehicle stop based on the calculated regular trend, the computed deviation and the determined future traffic status.01-12-2012
20120016574GPS TRACE FILTERING - A mobile device can function as a probe to sense conditions on roads and other areas of interest. A mobile device can have a GPS receiver to receive traces of GPS fixes. In a system with many such probes, it may be desirable to reduce an amount of GPS data reported by each device. To reduce such data reporting, a trace of GPS fixes is approximated by a selection of representative GPS fixes. Examples of how such a selection can be made are disclosed. Parameters and other behaviour by each device functioning as a probe can be set by central controller; for example, probes can be turned on and off, reporting frequencies can be adjusted, and thresholds used in the approximation can be set.01-19-2012
20120109504System And Method For Detecting A Turning Vehicle - A sensor system for a host vehicle may detect whether another in-path vehicle is turning. The sensor system may include a transmitter, a receiver and a controller. Signals may be emitted by the transmitter over a detection area. The emitted signals may reflect off an object vehicle in the detection area and be received by the receiver. The receiver may include a number of channels, each corresponding to a different region of the detection area. The sensor system may determine whether the in-path vehicle is turning and in what direction based on the reflected signals received at each channel.05-03-2012
20100094529SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL-RELATED INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CALENDAR APPOINTMENT - According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for providing travel-related information associated with a calendar appointment is presented. The method comprises monitoring a calendar application for travel-related appointments. In response to identifying a travel-related appointment, the method retrieves travel-related information associated with a location of the travel-related appointment and provides the travel-related information to a user.04-15-2010
20100094530Method of Developing Traffic Messages - A method is disclosed for developing traffic messages. The method obtains traffic data indicating collected traffic speeds at various locations on a road network. Traffic messages are developed from the traffic data. The method obtains ground truth data indicating ground truth speeds at a subset of the locations on the road network. The ground truth speed represents average speed of vehicles at one of the locations. For those locations for which ground truth speed has been obtained, the method computes a traffic quality value comparing the collected traffic speed to the ground truth speed for the location. The traffic messages and traffic quality data representative of the traffic quality values are transmitted.04-15-2010
20120316763SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENSURING A PERSON REACHES A DESTINATION ON TIME - A system includes a first interface module and a route determining module. The first interface module interfaces with a scheduling program and retrieves from the scheduling program a meeting time and a meeting location for a meeting scheduled by a user using the scheduling program. The route determining module determines (i) a route from a first location to the meeting location and (ii) a departure time for the user to depart from the first location to reach the meeting location at the meeting time. The route determining module determines the route and the departure time based on (i) predicted traffic conditions and (ii) predicted weather conditions surrounding the first location and the meeting location prior to the meeting time.12-13-2012
20100250106USING V2X-BASED IN-NETWORK MESSAGE GENERATION, AGGREGATION, DISTRIBUTION AND PROCESSING PROTOCOLS TO ENABLE ROAD HAZARD CONDITION WARNING APPLICATIONS - A method for providing messages indicating potential hazardous road conditions using a wireless communications network. Vehicles using the network include sensors that are able to detect various potentially hazardous road conditions, such as rain, fog, icy road conditions, traffic congestion, etc. A plurality of vehicles that detect a specific road condition provide a confidence value that the condition exists. The confidence value is then aggregated by the vehicles with the confidence value of the detected condition from the other vehicles to provide an aggregated result that identifies the probability that the detected road condition is occurring. The aggregated result is then transmitted to other vehicles approaching the road condition, possibly in a multi-hop manner. Alternately, the confidence value from all of the vehicles that detect the condition can be transmitted to approaching vehicles who will provide the aggregated result identifying the potential that the condition exists.09-30-2010
20120221230METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AND SUPPLYING TRAFFIC-RELEVANT INFORMATION - The invention relates to a method for generating and supplying traffic-relevant information, wherein each of a plurality of road users (08-30-2012
20120130624Methods and Systems for Filtering Traffic Information for Display - A method and a system for displaying an airport or runway moving map with traffic information on a display screen in the cockpit or flight deck of an aircraft. Symbology representing surface and near-surface aircraft and surface vehicle traffic and associated traffic data are filtered to prevent or limit clutter on the display screen. Traffic symbology is automatically and manually filtered to display only relevant traffic. Traffic data is selectively displayed and displayed as/when relevant or needed. The displayed traffic information may be derived from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, traffic information system-broadcast, automatic dependent surveillance-rebroadcast, traffic collision avoidance system or other source.05-24-2012
20120316764SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATIONS IN A VEHICLE CONSIST - A method for communications in a vehicle consist (e.g., for managing network services among a plurality of networked locomotives or other vehicles in the consist) includes monitoring a first available device of a first locomotive (or other first vehicle) in the consist to determine an operational status of the first available device, and maintaining information of the operational status of the first available device in a database.12-13-2012
20120136560TRAFFIC-RELATED INFORMATION DICTIONARY CREATING DEVICE, TRAFFIC-RELATED INFORMATION DICTIONARY CREATING METHOD, AND TRAFFIC-RELATED INFORMATION DICTIONARY CREATING PROGRAM - Devices, methods, and programs acquire provided information and position information that corresponds to the provided information from a provided information storage unit. The provided information has been provided to the provided information storage unit by an information provider and stored in the provided information unit with the position information. The position information specifies a position at which the provided information was provided by the information provider. The devices, methods, and programs acquire traffic-related information from a traffic-related information distribution unit. The traffic-related information includes information that specifies an occurring traffic-related event and information that specifies a range of the occurring traffic-related event. Based on the acquired position information and the acquired traffic-related information, the devices, methods, and programs identify the provided information that is provided within the range of the occurring traffic-related event, and associate and store a phrase included in the identified provided information with the occurring traffic-related event.05-31-2012
20120136559DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND BROADCASTING THE INFORMATION - A system and method for identifying emergency vehicles and broadcasting their location is provided. The system and method gather and process information and data to identify emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars. Further, the system and method is integrated with a locational information system to determine the exact location of the emergency vehicle. Further, the system and method include auxiliary devices to determine the speed and direction of the vehicle and broadcast the location to other drivers in the area.05-31-2012
20110184634Traveling Vehicle System - A controller (07-28-2011
20090105932METHOD OF PROVIDING DETAIL INFORMATION USING MULTIMEDIA BASED TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL INFORMATION MESSAGE AND TERMINAL FOR EXECUTING THE SAME - There is disclosed a method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and a terminal for executing the same. A method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic in accordance with this document may comprise receiving transport protocol expert group (TPEG) information, comprising a road traffic message and a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and comprised of a hierarchical structure, displaying one or more events comprised in the road traffic message, allowing a request for detailed information about any one of the events to be input, and receiving detailed information of a multimedia type from a multimedia data providing server through specific one of bearer information comprised in the multimedia based traffic and travel information message and providing the received detailed information.04-23-2009
20100010730SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION - A device and method for providing traffic information. In one embodiment, the device comprises a traffic component, a computing device coupled with the traffic component, and a display coupled with the computing device. The traffic component is operable to identify an upcoming traffic event expected to be first encountered by the device and select an icon corresponding to the identified category. The display is operable to present an indication of the selected icon.01-14-2010
20100010729Changing An Operation Of An Engine Associated With A Transportation Device Based On A State Of A Traffic Light - Systems and methods to change an operation of an engine associated with a transportation device based on a state of a traffic light are disclosed. A first message is received at a receiver associated with a transportation device from a transmitter associated with a traffic light. A second message is sent based at least partially on the first message to an electronic control unit managing an engine of the transportation device. The second message causes the electronic control unit to stop an operation of the engine.01-14-2010
20120253647RELIABILITY OF TRAVEL TIME ESTIMATION - A method and system for increasing accuracy in estimating average time taken to travel through a chosen road segment is provided. The method includes determination of time taken by one or more vehicles to travel through the road segments. Further, correlated road segments for which time taken to travel through the correlated road segments is correlated with the time taken to travel through the chosen road segment, are identified. A data repository stores a list of the one or more correlated road segments. Among the correlated road segments, one or more preferred road segments that increases the accuracy in determining the average time taken to travel through the chosen road segment, is determined by at least one processor. Further, the processor estimates the average time taken to travel through the chosen road segment using, data corresponding to time taken to travel through, the preferred road segments and the chosen road segment.10-04-2012
20120232776Transportation Information Systems and Methods Associated With Degradation Modes - An exemplary method includes determining whether real-time vehicle location information deviates from at least one of historical real-time vehicle location information or scheduled vehicle location information. The exemplary method further includes generating a schedule degradation mode based on a deviation of real-time vehicle location information from at least one of historical real-time vehicle location information or scheduled vehicle location information. The exemplary method also includes generating first scheduling information for a user based on the user data and public transportation data when the deviation does not exceed a threshold. The exemplary method farther includes generating second scheduling information, different from the first scheduling information, that includes an indication of the schedule degradation mode for the user based on user data, public transportation data, and the deviation when the deviation exceeds the threshold.09-13-2012
20120239281NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system provides a description of a road segment using location reference points. The system may receive traffic information about a road segment along a road. The system may determine two sets of location reference points based on the traffic information. The system may generate a description of the road segment based on the two determined sets of location reference points.09-20-2012
20110046867VEHICLE PROXIMITY DETECTION AND CONTROL SYSTEMS - Multiple vehicles are each equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) and a plurality of accelerometers to provide information related to said vehicle's current state. A controller is provided to predict concurrent presence of at least two of said vehicles at a location at some future time. At least one of said vehicles further includes an indicator to indicate the potential for concurrent presence at said location in adequate time for the operator of said at least one of said vehicles to take appropriate evasive action to avoid concurrent presence at said location. Multiple vehicles are each equipped with a GPS and a plurality of accelerometers to provide information related to said vehicle's current state, a controller to identify vehicle speed, and an interface between the controller and said vehicle's throttle to control acceleration and deceleration. Multiple vehicles are each equipped with a GPS to provide information related to said vehicle's current state and a transceiver. A controller is provided for controlling traffic flow through an intersection during periods when traffic flow through said intersection is below a predetermined threshold. The controller includes a transmitter for communicating with the transceiver in each said vehicle.02-24-2011
20120330540APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRAVEL OF VEHICLES - A method for causing vehicles to travel improves work efficiency by minimizing stop time of the vehicles while avoiding deadlock, wherein reservation-requested routes are generated for the respective vehicles. The reservation-requested routes are parts of travel routes and between the current positions and travel stop positions, and are generated in so that a position not interfering with an interference region shown on a map and the terminal position of the reservation-requested routes for other vehicles becomes a terminal. Then, an already reserved route, is generated on conditions that the reservation-requested route for the vehicle does not interfere with the already reserved routes for the other vehicles and that deadlock does not occur. Then, the respective vehicles are controlled to travel from the current positions to the terminal positions of the already reserved routes.12-27-2012
20120323473VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle control device includes travel condition detection means for detecting conditions around a vehicle and performs travel control of the vehicle according to the conditions around the vehicle by controlling a plurality of actuators according to information detected by the travel condition detection means. The vehicle control device has a plurality of the travel condition detection means. A control amount of at least one of the actuators, from among the plurality of actuators, is restricted according to reliability of a plurality of pieces of the information detected by the plurality of travel condition detection means.12-20-2012
20120271538APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHOOSING PRIORITY CONTROL OBJECT, AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING OBJECT - Provided are an apparatus and a method that chooses an object to be preferentially controlled based on an accident risk degree and hazard and controls the chosen object. In the present invention, it is possible to choose and control a ship having high hazard calculated with trajectory prediction, current operation state information, and past history information under a traffic situation in which the ships are concentrated, by priority. The ship having high hazard is chosen by calculating and applying various history information including an accident record, an entry history of an operator, an aging degree history of the ship, and a steering feature history by using a collision risk on a real-time trajectory collision risk and past history information and different warnings are given during a control for each level.10-25-2012
20120323474Intra-Vehicle Information Conveyance System and Method - System and method for conveying data between vehicles includes a data generating system arranged on a first vehicle to obtain or generate information about the first vehicle or conditions around the first vehicle, a first communications system arranged on the first vehicle and coupled to the data generating system for communicating with a wireless Internet service provider (ISP) and a second communications system arranged on a second vehicle and communicating with an ISP. The first communications system enables the information obtained or generated by the data generating system to be transmitted via the Internet to the second communications system. The first and second communications systems can communicate with the same ISP or different ISPs linked to one another.12-20-2012
20120323472COEFFICIENT OF VOLATILITY TOOL - A system for monitoring a vehicle's contribution to the efficiency of flow and throughput in traffic includes: a computation unit that determines the fluctuation in velocity of the vehicle over a time or a distance; and a notification unit that provides a notification related to the determined fluctuation in velocity of the vehicle. The notification unit may be a display that displays a visual representation of the fluctuation in velocity of the vehicle over a period of time or over a distance. The notification unit may provide an audible notification related to the fluctuation in velocity of the vehicle. The system may further include a sensor that determines the velocity of the vehicle and provides the velocity to the computation unit.12-20-2012
20110276258DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE - A driving assistance device which performs driving assistance for an assisted vehicle A traveling on a non-priority road 11-10-2011
20110320110Methods and Systems for Delivering Travel-Related Information - Methods and systems are provided for delivering travel related information with an intelligent network. One method embodiment includes establishing a communication with the intelligent network through an access device, determining a location of the access device, and obtaining the travel-related information with the access device through the intelligent network, wherein the travel-related information includes data related to a location of the access device. Additional system and computer-readable media embodiments of the present methods and systems are also provided.12-29-2011
20100198488METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING TRAFFIC-RELEVANT INFORMATION - A method is presented for recognizing traffic-related information (I) in a driving motor vehicle, in which sensor data (B) from a sensor and map data (K) from a navigation system are interpreted for recognition purposes, wherein the sensor data (B) is inspected in a first scene interpretation for the presence of traffic-related information (I) and is compacted to relevant sensor data (B08-05-2010
20100198487METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING THROUGH TRAFFIC - In a method and an apparatus for identifying through traffic, entry into and exit from a predefined area are ascertained and the transit time is used to determine whether unauthorized transit through the area has occurred.08-05-2010
20130013178Intelligent Traffic Control Mesh - An approach is provided that gathers observational traffic data at traffic controller nodes. Each of the traffic controller nodes communicates observational traffic data other traffic controller nodes via a network. The traffic controller nodes negotiate traffic control parameters. The negotiating process receives timing proposals from the other traffic controller nodes included in the related set. The nodes analyze the proposed timings based on the traffic controller's gathered observational traffic data. The traffic controller node prepares responses in response to the analysis. The traffic controller node sends the negotiation responses to the other traffic controller nodes. The traffic controller node also adjusts its traffic control parameters that control the node's cycle times based on the analysis.01-10-2013
20130013180CONTEXT-BASED TRAFFIC FLOW CONTROL - Providing traffic flow control services includes receiving requests at an arbiter of a traffic control subsystem. The traffic control subsystem is in a first state, and the requests are received from vehicle transmitters in proximity of the traffic control subsystem. Traffic flow control services also include applying a pre-defined condition to the requests and implementing a traffic flow control activity responsive to application of the pre-defined condition. The traffic flow control activity includes maintaining the first state or changing the first state of the traffic control subsystem to a second state.01-10-2013
20130013179System and Method for Self-Optimizing Traffic Flow Using Shared Vehicle Information - A system and method for self-optimizing traffic flow using shared vehicle information that utilizes multiple controllers in dynamic communication to optimize the flow of traffic. The system and method utilizes one or more traffic synchronization controllers (TSCs) (receivers) that receive information from one or more vehicle based transmitters called vehicle information agents (VIAs) and/or a network of traffic control devices (TCDs) associated with the traffic synchronization controllers to determine a variety of information related to traffic within a geographic region, including volume, speed, destination, intended route of the vehicle, as well as other vehicle related information, in order to determine the optimal flow of traffic within the region. The system and method then transmits traffic control signals to the various traffic control devices within the region or adjacent regions in order to optimally control the flow of traffic. The system and method may also share information amongst traffic synchronization controllers within the network in order to optimize the flow of traffic over a larger region.01-10-2013
20120150423CLOSED AIRPORT SURFACE ALERTING SYSTEM - A system and a method alerts the occupant of a vehicle that the vehicle is in, or approaching, a zone of awareness associated with a closed surface at the airport.06-14-2012
20120150422SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING DEPARTURE NOTIFICATIONS - The present invention provides a system and method for determining the necessary departure time to allow for an on-time or desired arrival time at a particular location over a particular route based on the evaluation of historic, present, and predicted road conditions.06-14-2012
20130173146TRANSPORT AND HANDLING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF TRANSPORTING A COMMODITY - A transportation system for use in transporting commodities is described herein. The transportation system includes a transportation network that includes a plurality of predefined paths of travel extending between a plurality of locations, and a plurality of transport vehicles. Each transport vehicle of the plurality of transport vehicles is configured to independently travel along the transportation network. A plurality of motor assemblies is oriented along the transportation network. Each motor assembly of the plurality of motor assemblies is oriented with respect to a predefined segment of the transportation network, and configured to move the transport vehicle along the predefined segment. A control system is operatively coupled to each motor assembly to selectively operate each motor assembly to independently convey each transport vehicle of the plurality of transport vehicles along the transportation network.07-04-2013
20080221783Intelligent redirection of vehicular traffic due to congestion and real time performance metrics - An automated traffic control system provides real time alternative traffic flow solutions to address traffic congestion on a roadway. A process will pick routes to scan for real-time statistics on the traffic conditions and calculate an average vehicle speed (AVS) for that route, road, highway, etc. If the AVS drops below a historical threshold, a decision matrix is created, whereby all the real-time data is compared with historical data and provides an ideal or best alternative route for “route X”. The operator is provided this information within seconds and is allowed to make a decision to “accept pr decline” the proposed changes in routes. If the proposed changes are accepted, the changes begin to occur automatically such as but not limited to updating electronic signage, changing traffic control signals (all green to keep traffic moving), moving electronic barriers, etc.09-11-2008
20080221782Navigation device and method providing a traffic message channel resource - A method and a navigation device are disclosed for sharing at least one location message with at least one other device. The navigation device includes a receiver to determine a signal strength of a traffic message channel at a location, a memory to store information representing the signal strength of a traffic message channel, and at least one processor to correlate the information stored in memory to compile a traffic message channel resource and select a traffic message channel based on the traffic message channel resource and a location associated with a navigation device. The method includes determining a signal strength of a traffic message channel at a location, storing information representing the signal strength of a traffic message channel, correlating the information stored in memory to compile a traffic message channel resource, and selecting a traffic message channel based on the traffic message channel resource and a location associated with a navigation device.09-11-2008
20120253646REAL TIME ESTIMATION OF VEHICLE TRAFFIC - A method and system for managing vehicle traffic is provided in which a request for traffic information of a traffic lane is received. Responsive to the request, a count of a number of vehicles establishing wireless communication links in the traffic lane is determined, such that a wireless communication link is established between at least a consecutive pair of vehicles in the traffic lane. In at least one embodiment, unique information associated with each of the vehicles establishing wireless communication links in the traffic lane is collected. Further, at least one or more of the count of number of vehicles or the unique information associated with each of the vehicle is sent to a control unit that controls traffic signal indicators provided to the vehicles in the traffic lane.10-04-2012
20110270514ROW-RUNNING CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE - A vehicle platooning control system is a vehicle platooning control system that controls a relative relationship between vehicles so that a plurality of vehicles runs in a row. In this system, each target value of a relative relationship between vehicles continuous in the longitudinal direction of a row is determined on the basis of a relative relationship error propagation ratio which is a ratio of an error of the relative relationship propagated to the rear vehicles running in the row.11-03-2011
20130138330SYSTEM AND METHOD TO OPTIMIZE MASS TRANSPORT VEHICLE ROUTING BASED ON TON-MILE COST INFORMATION - A system and method to optimize mass transport vehicle routing based on additional ton-mile cost information are disclosed. In one embodiment, a starting location and a plurality of customer locations associated with a warehouse and a plurality of customers, respectively, are identified. Furthermore, a plurality of pairs of locations is identified using the starting location and plurality of customer locations. Mileage cost information and ton-mile cost information are then dynamically computed for each of the plurality of pairs of locations. In addition, sets of mass transport vehicle routes between the starting location and plurality of customer locations are dynamically determined using the pairs of locations and a number of vehicles to be used. Moreover, trip cost information is computed, in real-time, for each set of mass transport vehicle routes. Also, an optimized set of mass transport vehicle routes is determined, in real-time, using the trip cost information.05-30-2013
20130096813LOCATION ENHANCED MEETINGS AND COLLABORATION - A location enhanced meeting service (“LEM Service”) may provide a geographical based map indicating meeting locations for a selected day. The user can view locations of meetings for a scheduled day, along with travel times. Conditions impacting travel time may be provided to the user along with updated estimated travel times and suggested alternative routes. The scale of the map may be based on the geographical diversity of the attendees. A user can view a location enhanced meeting map for particular meeting, and obtain directions to the meeting. The user can also request to view attendee's locations to the meeting on the map prior to the meeting. If an attendee is expected to be late, the user may establish a voice conference with that attendee. If a user is expected to be late to a meeting, the user may provide a notification to the other attendees of the meeting.04-18-2013
20130103290TRANSPORTATION ANALYTICS EMPLOYING TIMED FINGERPRINT LOCATION INFORMATION - The disclosed subject matter provides for traffic analysis employing timed fingerprint location information. In an aspect, TFL information can be associated with location characteristics for a UE. These location characteristics can describe the motion of the UE. As such, with proper analysis, the motion of the UE can be correlated to traffic patterns. Transportation analytics can employ TFL information to provide real time or near real time traffic information, forecast traffic conditions, or automate response to traffic conditions based on TFL information. Whereas TFL can provide advantages over other types of location information systems, leveraging TFL information in traffic analysis can reflect these advantages. Further, whereas TFL information can be gathered from nearly all modern and many legacy mobile devices, large volumes of TFL information can be employed in related transportation analytics.04-25-2013
20130103291TRAFFIC SIGNAL CYCLE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL CYCLE ESTIMATION METHOD - A traffic signal cycle estimation device 04-25-2013
20130103292TERMINAL APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING OR RECEIVING A SIGNAL INCLUDING PREDETERMINED INFORMATION - A modem unit receives a signal broadcasted by a base station apparatus. A storage unit extracts information included in the received signal and stores the extracted information. A detection unit detects a fact that the signal broadcasted by the base station apparatus is not received. A generation unit measures a period of time starting when the storage unit has stored the information. When the detection unit detects the fact and when the measured period of time is shorter than a threshold, the generation unit broadcasts a signal including the information stored in the storage unit.04-25-2013
20130179058METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING CELLULAR DATA FOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND ENGINEERING - Using data from a wireless telephony network to support transportation planning and engineering. Data related to wireless network users is extracted from the wireless network to determine the location of a mobile station. Additional location records for the mobile station can be used to characterize the movement of the mobile station: its speed, its route, its point of origin and destination, and its primary and secondary transportation analysis zones. Aggregating data associated with multiple mobile stations allows characterizing and predicting traffic parameters, including traffic speeds and volumes along routes.07-11-2013
20130179057ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK SERVICES - To provide remote services, including dynamic, interactive assistance to electric vehicle (EV) users, a central server is arranged for electronic communications with EVs (07-11-2013
20130179056System for Constructing a Spanning Forest in a Vehicular Network - A first leader vehicle system and method for forming a first group including the first leader vehicle system is disclosed. The first leader vehicle system comprises a requesting module, a determination module and an aggregation module. The requesting module identifies a second leader vehicle system within a transmission range. The second leader vehicle system is in a second group. The requesting module chooses a first merging direction and receives a second merging direction chosen by the second leader vehicle system. The determination module determines that the first merging direction matches the second merging direction. The aggregation module aggregates probe vehicle data from the second leader vehicle system based at least in part on the determination that the first merging direction matches the second merging direction so that the first leader vehicle system merges with the second leader vehicle system to form the first group.07-11-2013
20130131968TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system includes an energy module and a scheduling module. The energy module is configured to determine a first consumption parameter representative of a first amount of energy that is projected to be expended by a first vehicle during an upcoming movement event involving the first vehicle. The energy module is configured to determine the first consumption parameter as the first vehicle moves along a route toward a destination location and prior to the first vehicle taking part in the upcoming movement event. The scheduling module is configured to receive the first consumption parameter from the energy module and to at least one of create or modify a first schedule for the first vehicle to move along the route based on the first consumption parameter.05-23-2013
20110276257NAVIGATION DEVICE, PROBE INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORING PROBE INFORMATION TRANSMISSION PROGRAM, AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION GENERATION DEVICE - When a vehicle passes through an intersection that is stored in a collection target intersection database and for which direction-specific probe information is collected, a CPU of a navigation device generates a plurality of direction-specific probe information (entry link, exit link, section travel time, and the like) from a plurality of unit distance section information that is collected within a direction-specific traffic information acquisition section until the vehicle passes through the intersection, an entry link traveled before entering the intersection; and an exit link traveled after passing through the intersection, and transmits these to an information distribution center.11-10-2011
20080201065PROGRAMMABLE ROUTE SPECIFIC DYNAMIC TRAFFIC WARNING SYSTEM WITH SEGMENTATION IDENTIFIERS - A method for selectively providing traffic information to a user without requiring the user to constantly monitor radio broadcasts is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: determining at least one area of interest including a plurality of latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates; receiving traffic data including information related to a plurality of traffic events; parsing the traffic data for any of the traffic events located within at least one area of interest; and outputting a traffic event message to an output device if the latitudinal and longitudinal location of the related traffic event is located within the at least one area of interest.08-21-2008
20100286897Method and Apparatus for Controlling Traffic Flows With Hazardous Goods Transport Vehicles Moving Through a Safety Critical Traffic Area in a Road Network, in Particular Through a Road Tunnel - A method and a device for controlling traffic flows with vehicles transporting hazardous goods, the vehicles moving through a security-critical traffic area of a road network, in particular through a road tunnel. When a vehicle approaches the traffic area it is established whether it is a vehicle transporting hazardous goods, and a traffic signal is output to the vehicle approaching the traffic area. In that a digital image is recorded of a vehicle approaching the traffic area, and in that the recorded image is digitally analyzed to recognize a feature which identifies a vehicle transporting hazardous goods, vehicles transporting hazardous goods may be recognized and controlled simply, reliably, and largely independently of vehicle equipment.11-11-2010
20100286896VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD USING NAVIGATION DATA - While a vehicle travels in a regular point, an absolute position of the vehicle is detected based on detection signals of a GPS sensor, a gyro sensor and a vehicle speed sensor. Then, a map matching process is performed such that the detected absolute position is corrected to be matched with a road map of map data. While the vehicle travels at a specific point, track position information of the vehicle based on the detected absolute position is stored independently of the map data. In particular, when the track position information regarding the specific point at which the vehicle is traveling at this point has been already stored, the information is sent to a light control unit, whereby the light control unit performs the optical axis control according to the traveling track indicated by the track position information.11-11-2010
20130151133SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLANNING MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES - A method includes determining an operational parameter of a first vehicle traveling with a plurality of vehicles in a transportation network and/or a route in the transportation network, identifying a failure condition of the first vehicle and/or the route based on the operational parameter, obtaining plural different sets of remedial actions that dictate operations to be taken based on the failure condition, simulating travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network based on implementation of the different sets of remedial actions, determining potential consequences on travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network when the different sets of remedial actions are implemented in the travel that is simulated, and, responsive to the potential consequences, receiving a selection of at least one of the different sets of remedial actions to be implemented in actual travel of the plurality of vehicles in the transportation network.06-13-2013
20130151134METHOD OF PROVIDING DETAIL INFORMATION USING MULTIMEDIA BASED TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL INFORMATION MESSAGE AND TERMINAL FOR EXECUTING THE SAME - There is disclosed a method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and a terminal for executing the same. A method of providing detailed information using a multimedia based traffic in accordance with this document may comprise receiving transport protocol expert group (TPEG) information, comprising a road traffic message and a multimedia based traffic and travel information message and comprised of a hierarchical structure, displaying one or more events comprised in the road traffic message, allowing a request for detailed information about any one of the events to be input, and receiving detailed information of a multimedia type from a multimedia data providing server through specific one of bearer information comprised in the multimedia based traffic and travel information message and providing the received detailed information.06-13-2013
20100312462Touch Screen Based Interaction with Traffic Data - Touch screen based interaction with traffic data is disclosed. A virtual broadcast presentation may be generated based on dynamic information such as traffic information, weather information, or other information that may be featured on a virtual broadcast presentation. A signal generated by a touch screen may be received. The generated signal may be processed and the virtual broadcast presentation may be updated in response to the processed signal.12-09-2010
20100312461SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VITALLY DETERMINING POSITION AND POSITION UNCERTAINTY OF A RAILROAD VEHICLE EMPLOYING DIVERSE SENSORS INCLUDING A GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM SENSOR - A system vitally determines a position of a train. The system includes a plurality of diverse sensors, such as tachometers and accelerometers, structured to repetitively sense at least change in position and acceleration of the train, a global positioning system sensor, which is diverse from each of the diverse sensors, structured to repetitively sense position of the train, and a track map including a plurality of track segments which may be occupied by the train. A processor cooperates with the diverse sensors, the global positioning system sensor and the track map. The processor includes a routine structured to provide measurement uncertainty for each of the diverse sensors and the global positioning system sensor. The routine cross-checks measurements for the diverse sensors, and cross-checks the global positioning system sensor against the track map. The routine provides the vitally determined position of the train and the uncertainty of the vitally determined position.12-09-2010
20100318285METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDNG AND USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION - Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus for providing traffic information of public transportation means, such as a bus, and utilizing the provided information. A method of encoding public traffic information according to the present invention creates an identifier of bus information system, an ID of bus route, and travel time on each section wherein the section is link between neighboring two stops among bus stops pertaining to the bus route. The created information is organized to status information that is in turn incorporated into a transfer message. A sequence of transfer messages, each being constructed as described above, is wirelessly transmitted.12-16-2010
20130158845Planning A Route For A Convoy Of Automobiles - Planning a route for a convoy of automobiles, including: identifying a plurality of automobiles included in a convoy; planning, for the convoy by a route planning module, a route from an origin to a destination in dependence upon current automobile traffic between the origin and the destination, automobile characteristics of the convoy, and aggregate user preferences of convoy automobile users; and providing for display, by the route planning module to a route display module of each automobile in the convoy, the convoy's route.06-20-2013
20130158846INTELLIGENT URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ORIENTED TO PASSENGER TRAVEL AND IMPLEMENTATION METHOD THEREOF - A passenger behavior-oriented smart urban public transport system and its implementation, which includes a field system mounted on a vehicle and a control center controlling the field system. The field system is connected to the control center via a wireless connection means. The control center is for receiving trip instructions from a passenger, generating a bus running route and sending said route to the field system mounted on the bus. The bus will then travel along the route received from the control center. The control center will also send the information of the route to the passenger while the bus is on its way. This invention provides an entirely new type of urban public transport automatic management system, which centers around the response to passenger travel demands, providing bus service at suitable places for passengers to get on and get off through the control center's intelligent scheduling and dispatching of the vehicles in the system. The present invention also discloses a method of implementing such system.06-20-2013
20130184977Automated Ground Handling of Aircraft - In a system and method of navigating a plurality vehicles consisting of one or more standalone tugs, or one or more tug propelled aircraft, or some combination thereof on the grounds of an airport, a virtual safety zone is electronically defined around each vehicle. Movement of each vehicle on the grounds of an airport is controlled based on the virtual safety zones defined around the plurality of vehicles.07-18-2013
20120290198METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF DATA - A method for the classification of data includes receiving a first message that is a vehicle-to-vehicle or a vehicle-to-infrastructure message. The first message includes first mobility data of a vehicle. An expected route of the vehicle is determined based on the first mobility data. A second message that is a vehicle-to-vehicle or a vehicle-to-infrastructure message is received. The second message includes second mobility data of the vehicle. An actual route of the vehicle is determined based on the second mobility data. Whether the expected route deviates from the actual route by at least a predetermined threshold value is determined. If the expected route deviates from the actual route by at least the predetermined threshold value, a type of momentary driving maneuver of the vehicle is determined and the first mobility data and the second mobility data are classified on the basis of the type of momentary driving maneuver.11-15-2012
20120029800PROVIDING COST INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH INTERSECTIONS - A method and device for providing cost information associated with intersections of a road network are provided. Driving data indicative of at least one condition of a vehicle upon passage of the vehicle through a plurality of intersections are retrieved. For each intersection of the plurality of intersections, a set of feature values associated with the respective intersections is determined based on map data. Parameters of an intersection cost module are adjusted. The intersection cost module is configured to provide a cost value in response to a set of feature values associated with an intersection. The parameters of the intersection cost module are adjusted based on the received driving data and the sets of feature values determined for the plurality of intersections. The intersection cost module may also be used for route searches.02-02-2012
20120029799System and Method for Lane-Specific Vehicle Detection and Control - A roadside equipment (RSE) system that can be used for controlling traffic signals and other equipment and corresponding method. A method includes wirelessly receiving vehicle data from an onboard equipment (OBE) system connected to a vehicle, the vehicle data including location data, time data, and vehicle identification data related to the vehicle. The method includes determining motion data for the vehicle and determining the current state of at least one traffic device. The method includes determining a roadway lane corresponding to the vehicle, based on the motion data and the current state of the at least one traffic device, and storing the vehicle and associated roadway lane.02-02-2012
20120029798Signal Control Apparatus and Method with Vehicle Detection - A roadside equipment (RSE) system that can be used for controlling traffic signals and other equipment and corresponding method. A method includes wirelessly receiving vehicle data by an RSE system and from an onboard equipment (OBE) system connected to a vehicle. The vehicle data includes location data, time data, and vehicle identification data related to the vehicle. The method includes determining a most recent location of the vehicle by the RSE system and from the vehicle data, comparing the most recent location of the vehicle to a previous location of the vehicle, and producing a control signal based on the comparison.02-02-2012
20130197789TRAVEL MANAGEMENT - A travel management system may include a client module to generate a request to update and/or search for data related to a trip. A database module may receive the request and communicate with a database. The database may include data organized in a trip data store table including unique keys respectively identifying trips. The database may further include index tables related to attributes of the trips and identified by the unique keys. The database module may obtain data related to the request from an index table corresponding to a unique key and forward a response to the client module.08-01-2013
20120035839Optimizing Traffic Predictions and Enhancing Notifications - Travel-demand forecasting methods are described for predicting traffic volume based, at least in part, on user-entered data in the form of anticipated traffic routes, demographic data and/or other types of socioeconomic data. This data can source a prediction algorithm or be used to forecast traffic patterns. Methods and systems are described for, among other things, optimizing traffic predictions, forecasting traffic patterns using user-assigned trip patterns, associating rich attribute information to navigation routes, exposing personal-logistic information to a group, communicating traffic-situation-generated alerts based on user information, optimizing a presentation of user-defined traffic routes, and presenting location indications based on proximity (temporal or geographical).02-09-2012
20120095671VEHICLE GROUP FORMING DEVICE AND VEHICLE GROUP FORMING METHOD - Disclosed are a vehicle group forming device and a vehicle group forming method capable of effectively using a priority lane. A vehicle group forming device which forms a vehicle group with a plurality of vehicles includes vehicle group forming means for selecting vehicles forming a vehicle group or determining the order of the vehicles on the basis of the degree of conformity to the traveling condition of a priority lane.04-19-2012
20130211699PARKING LOT DETECTION USING PROBE DATA - Parking lot (08-15-2013
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