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Determination of travel data based on the start point and destination point

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

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
701202000 Route pre-planning 90
701203000 Great circle route 2
20090299623Integrated data system for railroad freight traffic - A system for modifying CLM-based statistical data using received GPS data.12-03-2009
20080243371Control System for Automatic Circle Flight - A flight control system for an aircraft is configured for receiving command signals representing commanded values of a location of a geospatial point and a radius about the geospatial point for defining a circular groundtrack. A sensor determines a geospatial location of the aircraft and provides a location signal representing the location of the aircraft. A controller for commanding flight control devices on the aircraft controls the flight of the aircraft and is configured to receive the command signals and the location signal. The controller uses the command signals and location signal to operate the flight control devices to control the flight of the aircraft for directing the aircraft generally toward a tangent point of the circular groundtrack and then maintaining a flight path along the circular groundtrack.10-02-2008
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20100161214System And Method For Presenting A Computed Route - A method for presenting a route includes receiving a starting point and a destination point and computing a route that includes a route segment between the two points. The method further includes determining, based on a user's travel history, whether the route segment is an unfamiliar segment, and identifying, based on the user's travel history, a road that is familiar to the user and that is within a scaled range of the unfamiliar segment. The computed route and the familiar road are then provided for presentation in a format that distinguishes the familiar road from the computed route, and the familiar road is represented relative to the unfamiliar segment.06-24-2010
20100161208NAVIGATION APPARATUS - Provided is a navigation apparatus operable to, in route guidance using a photographed image, dynamically set a frequency of updating a guide arrow in accordance with circumstances. The navigation apparatus performs the route guidance by displaying the photographed image, comprising: a searching section (06-24-2010
20100161212ROAD GUIDANCE SERVICE METHOD AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENING THE METHOD - A method of providing a route guidance service and a navigation system for performing the method are provided. The method of providing a route guidance service includes: extracting outdoor advertisement information and advertisement production and installation information, which correspond to destination information entered by a user, from an outdoor advertisement database; generating virtual building image information using the extracted advertisement production and installation information; generating first navigation information by combining the generated building image information with the extracted outdoor advertisement information and advertisement production and installation information; and providing a route guidance service to the destination information using the first navigation information.06-24-2010
20100161211METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY CREATING POI BY IDENTIFYING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON A SCREEN OF A PORTABLE NAVIGATION DEVICE - A method for automatically creating POI by identifying geographic information on a screen of a portable navigation device is disclosed. A first geographic information is retrieved from an information page shown in the screen of the portable navigation device and recognized by comparing with the first geographic information with a geographic information of landmarks stored in a map database of the portable navigation device. It is determined whether the first geographic information is in the map database. If the geographic information is in the map database, a first GPS coordinate corresponding to the first geographic information is obtained and stored as a first POI.06-24-2010
20100153000NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system generating a display which enables an intuitive and instant grasp of a distance to a guide point (such as a guide target intersection) is provided. The navigation system displays an object on a route between the vicinity of a vehicle position and the guide point, and includes a object display control section (06-17-2010
20100153001GENERATING OPTIMAL ITINERARIES BASED ON NETWORK CONNECTIVITY - A method and system for generating optimal itineraries based on network connectivity. A computer receives a first message from which a current position of a vehicle on a trip, destination, service(s) being provided to mobile device(s) in the vehicle, service provider(s) and network(s) are extracted. Optimal itineraries are generated by generating sets of optimal parameters that include paths for which connectivity measures satisfy predefined criteria and hops that indicate positions associated with connectivity changes. A response to the first message indicates the optimal itineraries and the associated sets of optimal parameters and is sent to a vehicle-based device. Sending the response results in the mobile device(s) making the connectivity changes when the vehicle is detected at the hops.06-17-2010
20100057344NAVIGATION DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD OF NAVIGATION DEVICE, PROGRAM OF DISPLAY METHOD OF NAGIVATION DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PROGRAM OF DISPLAY METHOD OF NAVIGATION DEVICE - There is provided a navigation device having a current location detection unit for detecting a current location, a current location correction unit for correcting the current location detected by the current location detection unit using map matching and a display unit for displaying a map, switches an operation mode between a normal mode, which is an operation mode based on in-vehicle use, and a pedestrian mode, which is an operation mode based on use when moving on foot, displays the map of the current location by the display unit by arranging a mark indicating the current location based on the current location corrected by the current location correction unit in the normal mode, and displays the map of the current location by the display unit by arranging the mark indicating the current location based on the current location detected by the current location detection unit in the pedestrian mode.03-04-2010
20090192705Adaptive and Personalized Navigation System - Adaptive navigation techniques are disclosed that allow navigation systems to learn from a user's personal driving history. As a user drives, models are developed and maintained to learn or otherwise capture the driver's personal driving habits and preferences. Example models include road speed, hazard, favored route, and disfavored route models. Other attributes can be used as well, whether based on the user's personal driving data or driving data aggregated from a number of users. The models can be learned under explicit conditions (e.g., time of day/week, driver ID) and/or under implicit conditions (e.g., weather, drivers urgency, as inferred from sensor data). Thus, models for a plurality of attributes can be learned, as well as one or more models for each attribute under a plurality of conditions. Attributes can be weighted according to user preference. The attribute weights and/or models can be used in selecting a best route for user.07-30-2009
20110196606NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A ROUTE TO A DESTINATION - A pedestrian route navigation system (“PRNS”) in a vehicle capable of determining a route from a final parking position of the vehicle to a predetermined destination, comprising a final parking position unit and a pedestrian route calculation unit. The PRNS may include a display unit capable of outputting data concerning the route to the predetermined destination, and a transmitting/receiving unit capable of transmitting the data to a mobile information unit of the user of the vehicle.08-11-2011
20110196605GPS navigation code system - A GPS navigation code device has GPS features and easy address retrieval means built in, enabling a driver to retrieve and request directions to an address without taking his eyes off the road. The user pre-programs the GPS navigation code device with a plurality of addressees or points of interest and assigns unique navigation codes for each as keyboard entry and speech, all stored in local database within the GPS in three linked databases. While driving, the user presses a special address search mode key and inputs the unique navigation code by keyboard or speech pattern, views displayed address and accepts the same. When an unknown navigation code is entered the GPS accesses a remote database through the Internet to recover the associated company name and uses Internet based map service to locate closest list of specified business providing directions by map and speech on a turn-by-turn basis.08-11-2011
20110202271Reporting Of Changes In Navigation Map Data For Navigation System - A method, navigation unit and map update server for updating navigation map data are disclosed. Navigation map update data is received from a navigation unit using mobile communications. The navigation map update data is obtained by detecting the position of a vehicle, calculating a route for the vehicle to a destination using the navigation map data and detecting when the calculated route to the destination is left. If so, the method begins storing position data until the vehicle is back on the calculated route, on a recalculated route to the destination from an actual position, or when it has reached the destination. Furthermore, the method comprises evaluating the stored position data to obtain navigation map update data. Navigation map update data is kept local for a geographically limited area corresponding to an area serviced by a network node in the cellular communication network.08-18-2011
20110202270Delivery of advertisments over broadcasts to receivers with upstream connection and the associated compensation models - A system to add metadata to downstream broadcasts to devices such as smart phones, MP3 music players, tablet computers, etc. equipped with receivers to receive said downstream broadcasts and a full time or part time upstream digital data communication path. The devices are controlled to display or playback advertisements, images etc. in the metadata, detect click events indicating interest by a user in something in the metadata and communicate that click event upstream over a full time or part time internet or an SMS data path connection. Upstream communications to implement user interest such as visit web pages, make a phone call, start an e-commerce transaction are implemented by the client devices. The Transmitters have structure to insert metadata in band or out of band with the broadcast program content and can be coupled to ad servers.08-18-2011
20110202269MOBILE GAMING, HOSPITALITY AND COMMUNICATIONS APPLIANCE - Methods and systems provided herein provide a user device that is capable of offering its user an extraordinary experience while staying at a hospitality vendor. In particular, the user is allowed to interact with the user device and have access to a number of applications either stored on the user device or made accessible to the user device. Moreover, the applications made available to the user may be controlled, based on the device's location, the user's presence information, or both, to heighten the user experience and/or ensure compliance with applicable regulations.08-18-2011
20100076676NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a map data acquiring means 03-25-2010
20080262714Device, system and method of contact-based routing and guidance - Device, system and method of contact-based routing and guidance; for example, an apparatus including a route guidance information generator adapted to receive a plurality of personal contacts associated respectively with at least one of: a plurality of road-based addresses, or a plurality of latitude and longitude data items; and to generate route guidance information including a reference to at least one of said personal contacts.10-23-2008
20090182498Systems and Methods to Provide Navigational Assistance Using an Online Social Network - Systems and methods to provide navigation assistance and user content sharing via an online social network. In one embodiment, a method implemented in a data processing system, includes: receiving user data content tagged with navigational information, from a plurality of users of an online social network; receiving a request from a first user of the online social network to navigate between a starting location and an ending location; and in response to the request, calculating a navigation route between the starting location and an ending location using the user data content tagged with the navigational information.07-16-2009
20100042317DESTINATION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DESTINATION DISPLAY METHOD - A destination display apparatus includes: a position obtaining unit (02-18-2010
20100042316DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING IN THE CHOICE OF REROUTING AIRPORTS - The invention relates to assistance in the navigation of an aircraft in the cruising phase, particularly in an emergency rerouting situation. The invention relates to a method of assisting in the choice of rerouting airports for an aircraft having a position P and a speed V.: generating A first list LAC02-18-2010
20090157299NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A navigation system (06-18-2009
20090157297Navigation system - There is a need for providing a navigation system that enhances the freedom of settling time points to determine a destination. The system prompts a user to input only information needed for determining a target region (e.g., a region including several tourist spots or a region including several ski resorts) at a departure time. The system prompts a user to input information needed for determining a specific destination (e.g., a specific tourist spot, or a specific ski resort) halfway through the target region. Accordingly, the user need not determine a specific destination at the departure time.06-18-2009
20100106402MOBILE NAVIGATION METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ROUTE PLANNING - A mobile navigation method and device of route planning are provided. The method and the device enable a user to drive on a backup vehicle driving route in advance when discovering a congestion-prone road section is in poor condition. The method includes the following steps. Firstly, it is determined whether the main vehicle driving route includes at least one congestion-prone road section or not. If the main vehicle driving route includes at least one congestion-prone road section, a backup vehicle driving route is planned in a road section ahead of the congestion-prone road section. Then, it is determined whether the backup vehicle driving route is substituted for the main vehicle driving route according to an actual obtained traffic condition of the congestion-prone road section.04-29-2010
20100106400METHOD FOR SEARCHING DESTINATION OF TREE STRUCTURE AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A destination retrieving method including: analyzing map data to define a relation between points of interest (POIs) as a POI relation; and providing a search result in the tree structure based on the POI relation when retrieving a destination name is provided.04-29-2010
20100106399METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY DEVICE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE - In a method for controlling a display device in a motor vehicle, the display device displays a geographic map having elements which are assigned geographic positions and which are displayed on the displayed map at the geographic positions they are assigned. The relevance of the elements displayable on the map for the user is evaluated and an automatic decision is made as a function of the result of the evaluation as to which elements are displayed at the geographic positions they are assigned. A display device in a motor vehicle includes a control device, a display connected to the control device, a memory or a plurality of memories for storing data for displaying a geographic map and for storing elements that are assigned geographic positions and which are displayable on the displayed map at the geographic positions they are assigned. The display device includes a decision processor, which is connected to the control device, by which the relevance of the elements displayable on the map is able to be evaluated, and an automatic decision is able to be made as a function of the result of the evaluation as to which elements will be displayed at their assigned geographic positions.04-29-2010
20100106401TRAVELING GUIDANCE SYSTEM, TRAVELING GUIDANCE METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A travel guidance system for a vehicle having a plurality of on-board batteries includes: a travel start location obtaining unit; a destination obtaining unit; a charging facility candidate location obtaining unit for obtaining location information for charging facility candidates; a remaining amount calculating unit for calculating, for each charging facility candidate, the amount of energy which will remain in the on-board batteries upon arrival at the charging facility candidate; a charging facility selecting unit for selecting a charging facility suitable for leaving the on-board batteries based on the travel start location, the destination, the location information for charging facility candidates, and the amounts of the remaining energy in the on-board batteries calculated for each charging facility candidate; and a charging facility notification unit for communicating the location information for the selected charging facility.04-29-2010
20100106403Navigation System with Downloadable Map Data - A system and method are disclosed for providing geographic data to end users' mobile units from a remotely located navigation services provider so that navigation functions can be provided locally on the mobile units. While a user is operating a mobile unit to specify a destination for which route information is desired, an initial set of geographic data is downloaded from the remotely located navigation services provider. The initial set of geographic data represents an area located around a current position of the mobile unit when specification of the destination is initiated. Once the destination has been specified, data indicating the destination is used by the remotely located navigation services provider to calculate a route to the destination. The navigation services provider provides data to the mobile unit that identifies one or more intermediate exit points along the route that are located within the initial set of geographic data downloaded to the mobile unit so that the mobile unit can calculate an initial portion of the route to the one or more intermediate exit points. The navigation services provider also determines a list that identifies the remaining groupings of geographic data needed to represent the route. The navigation services provider transmits this list to the mobile unit and then transmits each of the needed groupings of geographic data to the mobile unit. An intermediate exit point is identified for each grouping of data transmitted to the mobile unit. Using the geographic data received from the navigation services provider, the mobile unit provides guidance to the end user for following the route to the destination.04-29-2010
20100332117NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A navigation system and method which may be easily and quickly deployed in any environment. The system includes a check-in computer for recording destination information of a person upon entry into a building, the person having a destination somewhere in the building, and for storing the destination information in a wireless communicator associated with the person, The system further includes a plurality of navigation aids for receiving the destination information along a route of the person from the wireless communicator when the wireless communicator is presented to the navigation aid by the person and for determining directions to the destination, the navigation aids including a display for displaying the directions to the person.12-30-2010
20090043491POWER SAVING SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation system using a mobile terminal, GPS receiver and navigation software, wherein the navigation software is arranged to switch the mobile terminal into a power saving mode if there are no further instructions needed for a determined period of time or distance. The power saving functionality comprises turning the backlight off and changing the visualization of the display for better readability without the backlight.02-12-2009
20100094541Method for Assisting a Motor Vehicle Driver When Driving Through a Narrow Passage and/or for Maintaining a Safe Distance from a Vehicle in Front - A method for supporting a driver of a motor vehicle when driving the motor vehicle through a narrow passage. In order to provide a cost-effective method, the anticipated vehicle path to be covered next is displayed to the driver. The width of the vehicle path shown corresponds to the actual width of the vehicle. If the length of the vehicle path display is realized in a speed-dependent fashion, information regarding the distance from the preceding vehicle arises as a further advantage.04-15-2010
20100094540Motor Vehicle Navigation System - A motor vehicle navigation system and method uses an output device for the acoustic output of driving maneuver information and a processor device which is equipped such that a route to be traveled is determined. Driving maneuver information is determined based on the route to be traveled and on an actual position. An alternate route is computed, assuming that the determined driving maneuver information is not observed. As a function of the difference between the route and the alternate route, particularly with respect to the expected driving time, driving distance and/or driving cost, the driving maneuver information is either acoustically emitted or not.04-15-2010
20100070165SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POINT OF INTEREST IN DESTINATION AROUND - The present invention relates to a method and system for providing a point of interest (POI) which retrieves a POI with a high search frequency from among a plurality of POIs, located within a predetermined radius from a destination requested by a user, as route-encountered statistical information, provides the route-encountered statistical information when providing a POI corresponding to the destination, and thereby may provide surrounding information frequently requested by users.03-18-2010
20100070163PORTABLE NAVIGATION DEVICE AND APPLICATION THEREOF - A portable navigation device is disclosed. The portable navigation device includes a global positioning module, a user interface, a destination obtaining means, a status obtaining means and a route generating means. The global positioning module generates a current position of the portable navigation device based on a global positioning signal. The destination obtaining means obtains a destination from the user interface. The status obtaining means obtains a user status from the user interface. The route generating means generates a suggested route based on the current position, the destination and the user status.03-18-2010
20090043490LOCATION GUIDANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PARKED VEHICLE - A location guidance apparatus including a position detecting unit configured to detect a current position of the location guidance apparatus, an input unit configured to input at least one of a path guidance setting mode and path guidance providing mode, a storage unit configured to store position and movement information of the location guidance apparatus, and a control unit configured to store a first position of the location guidance apparatus and to determine a moving path from the first position to a second position of the location guidance apparatus when the path guidance setting mode is input, and to provide path guidance information including a reverse of the moving path including the second position to the first position when the path guidance providing mode is input.02-12-2009
20090043489POINT OF REFERENCE DIRECTIONS - A method and system for path mapping using point of reference (POR) entities. One embodiment is a process that receives information corresponding to a recommended path of travel between a start point and a destination, the recommended path of travel definable by a plurality of nodes, each node serially connected to an adjacent node by an edge; receives information corresponding to a plurality of point of reference (POR) entities, the information associating each POR entity with at least one of the nodes and edges of the recommended path of travel and the information including a description of the POR entity; and constructs directions for traversing the recommended path of travel based upon the description of the POR entities.02-12-2009
20110004401DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY ENTERING, STORING AND SHARING ADDRESSES FOR A POSITIONAL INFORMATION DEVICE - Devices, systems and methods for remotely entering, storing and sharing location addresses for a positional information device, e.g., a global positioning system (GPS) device, are provided. The present disclosure allows a user to easily and safely enter an address into a GPS device by giving that address to a remote communications link and to have that link automatically program the user's GPS device for usage. The device, system and method of the present disclosure further allows the user to use this stored address(es) on multiple GPS devices without having to manually enter the address(es).01-06-2011
20100138151ROUTE GUIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD USING STATE INFORMATION OF POI - A route guide method includes collecting state information of respective points of interest (POIs) and storing the collected state information in a state information database, extracting state information of one or more candidate POIs with reference to the state information database according to a request for the state information of the one or more candidate POIs, and applying the extracted state information of the candidate POIs to routes to the respective POIs to guide a user along the routes to the respective candidate POIs.06-03-2010
20100138150Navigation Device and Navigation Method - Provided is a technology of a navigation device which is capable of identifying an intersection or the like based on designation of an incomplete name of a street in which an input of a first keyword and an input of a second keyword are received, and a connection point of a first street having a street name which includes at least in part the first keyword and a second street having a street name which includes at least in part the second keyword is identified, to thereby save the user, who is not always familiar with the geography of a search target area, from the inconvenience of inputting a complete name of the first street, based on which the second street is retrieved and selected and an intersection point of the first street and the second street is identified.06-03-2010
20100138146ROUTING METHOD, ROUTING ARRANGEMENT, CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND PROCESSOR-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A routing method and an arrangement for executing such a method, as well as a corresponding computer program and a corresponding processor-readable storage medium, which can be used in particular in combination with a navigation system in order to provide a user (vehicle driver, or pedestrian, bicyclists, etc.) with comprehensive information relating to route planning, as well as corresponding decision possibilities. For this purpose, it is provided that motor vehicles using a vehicle navigation system are guided, maneuver recommendations and/or orientation recommendations being outputted for at least two driving routes by the vehicle navigation system, and that this is also provided for mobile non-vehicle systems.06-03-2010
20100138149In-vehicle device and wireless communication system - Upon detection of a portable terminal positioned at a predetermined distance allowing wireless communication with an in-vehicle device, the in-vehicle device in an in-vehicle system performs a pairing process with respect to the detected portable terminal to establish wireless communication with the detected portable terminal. Thereafter, the in-vehicle device acquires an image and sound acquired by an application being executed on the portable terminal from the portable terminal, with which wireless communication has been established. The in-vehicle device converts acquired various types of data into an outputtable format of the in-vehicle device and outputs the converted data to at least one of a display unit and a speaker.06-03-2010
20100138148NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes an input unit 06-03-2010
20100138147POSITIONING DEVICE AND METHOD TO DETERMINE A POSITION USING AN ABSOLUTE POSITIONING SYSTEM AND A RELATIVE POSITIONING SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND A DATA CARRIER - A positioning device is arranged to determine a position using an absolute positioning system and a relative positioning system. The positioning device is arranged, in at least one embodiment, to work in a first mode, in which the position is determined using the absolute positioning system and possibly the relative positioning system, and in a second mode, in which the position is determined using the relative positioning system and possibly the absolute positioning system. In the first mode the absolute positioning system is weighted more heavily than in the second mode and the positioning device is arranged to switch from the first to the second mode. The positioning device has access to a digital map database in at least one embodiment and the switch from the first to the second mode is decided based on at least the determined position in combination with information stored in the digital map database.06-03-2010
20100138145Helmet with voice-activated route guidance system - A helmet with a voice-activated route guidance system includes a voice receiving unit for receiving a voice signal from a helmet user; a voice recognition unit for acquiring destination information of the user by analyzing the received voice signal; a positioning unit for searching a current position of the helmet user; a route setting unit for setting a route from the current position of the helmet user to a destination; a voice signal generation unit for generating a route guidance voice signal including information for guiding the helmet user to the set route; and a sound output unit for outputting the generated route guidance voice signal.06-03-2010
20090326800SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINATION AND DISPLAY OF PERSONALIZED DISTANCE - A system and method for determination and display of personalized distance. A request is received for the determination of a personalized distance over a network, wherein the request comprises an identification of a requesting user, and a plurality of real world entities comprising at least a starting location and an ending location. At least one route is determined between the first location and the second location. Spatial, temporal, topical, and social data available to the network relating to the requesting user and each real world entity and the route is retrieved using a global index of data available to the network. A personalized distance is calculated via the network between the first location and the second location using spatial, temporal, topical, and social data relating to the requesting user and each real world entity and the route. A representation of the personalized distance calculated for the route is displayed on a display medium.12-31-2009
20090319174NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes an unregistered road detecting means for setting up a detection start point and a detection end point for an unregistered road on registered roads which are respectively located before and behind sections in which matching result data indicates a free state, respectively, the matching result data indicating a matching state when the vehicle is traveling each of the registered roads, for performing a coordinate transformation on a traveling path which is created from positioning data and which is extending between the two points so that the traveling path has coordinates which match with the coordinates of a registered road between them, and for detecting the coordinates of the unregistered road from a portion of the coordinate-transformed traveling path which does not overlap any registered road, and a road data generating means for creating road data about the unregistered road from the coordinates of the unregistered road.12-24-2009
20090306886Navigation Assistance, Driver Assistance System, as Well as Method for Navigating at Least One Means of Transportation - A navigation assistance system for a vehicle enables possible routes from the starting point to a destination to be ascertained with the aid of route network data, a preferred route being specified, and at least one driving recommendation that guides at least one user along the specified route being output, such that no driving recommendations are output that are superfluous for and therefore irritating and/or disturbing to the operator of the vehicle. The number of times or the frequency with which the vehicle has already previously passed at least one location point or junction point of the preferred route is ascertained, and the at least one driving recommendation for this point of the preferred route is suppressed if the ascertained number of times or frequency reaches at least one threshold value.12-10-2009
20110015859Method for Providing Lane Information and Apparatus for Executing the Method - Provided are a method and apparatus for providing lane information, the apparatus including: a database to store and maintain, for each intersection point, a three-dimensional (3D) extension screen for displaying an actual lane and lane information corresponding to each lane; and a lane guide unit to verify an intersection point existing in a predetermined route and provide a lane guide screen where lane information of the intersection point is mapped on a corresponding 3D extension screen.01-20-2011
20110015858NETWORK SYSTEM AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A mobile communication terminal includes a location information acquisition unit acquiring first current location information representing a current location of the mobile communication terminal, an operation unit accepting input of destination information, a transmission and reception unit transmitting the first current location information and the destination information to another mobile communication terminal and receiving from the other mobile communication terminal second current location information representing a current location of the other mobile communication terminal, a display unit displaying an image, and a control unit causing the display unit to display the current location of the mobile communication terminal, the current location of the other mobile communication terminal, and the destination on a map, based on the first current location information, the second current location information, and the destination information.01-20-2011
20110015857NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes: an along-route scroll mode determining unit 01-20-2011
20110015855Method for the Operation of a Navigation System - The present invention relates to a method for operating a navigation system comprising the following method steps: a) calculating a route from a point of departure to a destination, said route being composed of a succession of route segments and junctions between the route segments and being selected by means of a route calculation process from a database in which a geographical region is described by route segments and junctions; b) calculating at least one maneuvering instruction which contains instructions for the user to follow the route starting from the current position; c) optically and/or acoustically outputting the maneuvering instruction in an output device, wherein prior to and/or during the calculation and/or prior to and/or during the output of the maneuvering instruction, a configuration file is read and interpreted by an interpretation module, and wherein configuring preset data for calculating and/or outputting the maneuvering instruction are stored in the configuration file.01-20-2011
20110015854System and Method for Managing Geographical Maplet Downloads for a Vehicle to Support Stop Sign Violation Assist and Similar Applications - A method is provided for managing map data for intersections having stop sign indicators. A request is initiated for turn-by-turn navigation instructions for a destination from a vehicle to an infrastructure. A turn-by-turn navigation maplet is transmitted from the infrastructure to the vehicle. A geographical region associated with the received turn-by-turn navigation maplet is identified. A determination is made whether stop sign locations already retained within a memory of the vehicle relate to the identified geographical region. The vehicle on-board device requests stop sign maplets for the identified geographical regions from the infrastructure if the stop sign locations retained within the memory of the vehicle do not relate to the identified geographical region. The stop sign maplets are transmitted for the identified geographical region from the infrastructure to the vehicle. The stop sign maplets relate to stop sign intersection data within the identified geographical region.01-20-2011
20090271107Fuel optimization algorithm for integration with navigation systems or direction generation software and fuel price databases - With rising fuel prices, and only slight advances being made with respect to automobile fuel efficiency, consumers have shown a demand for a process which will provide them with the most efficient way of purchasing fuel. This utility patent provides this exact process, through the employment of existing technology, including but not limited to vehicle fuel efficiency monitoring software, vehicle navigation systems or web-based navigation software, and existing national gas station price databases or user-input-based databases. This proposed process takes into consideration the changes in fuel prices and vehicle fuel efficiency, by adjusting in real-time, the suggested fuel fill-up locations and quantities for two of the three proposed implementation options. This process will provide a more financially efficient way for users to fill their vehicles with fuel.10-29-2009
20090271106Navigation configuration for a motor vehicle, motor vehicle having a navigation system, and method for determining a route - A navigation configuration includes a microphone, disposed in a motor vehicle, for acoustically inputting a location designation. A server, disposed outside the motor vehicle, performs a speech recognition of an acoustically input location designation and converts the acoustically input location designation into a location designation of a database. A communication system transmits the acoustically input location designation from the motor vehicle to the server and transmits the location designation of the database from the server to the motor vehicle. A navigation system, disposed in the motor vehicle, determines a route from a location of the motor vehicle to a destination as a function of the location designation of the database. A motor vehicle having a navigation system for determining a route and a method for determining a route from a location of the motor vehicle to a destination are also provided.10-29-2009
20090271105MAP DISPLAYING DEVICE - A map displaying device for displaying an accessible range in an arbitrary display form determined in accordance with the scale of a displayed map and/or with the running state of a vehicle is provided. The map displaying device includes: display means (10-29-2009
20090030600Method of providing navigation information by recalculating navigation route - A method of providing navigation information by recalculating a navigation route is used in a global positioning device. The method reads an original navigation route first. If another new navigation route can be read again, it shows that the global positioning device is deviated from the original navigation route, and route data of the original navigation route and the new navigation route are compared to generate a comparing information such as an overlapped position of the two navigation routes, and the time or distance required to return to the original new navigation route from the new navigation route and display the comparing information on the global positioning device to remind the users. The present invention can greatly reduce the tension of a user who is not familiar with the routes and road conditions.01-29-2009
20110022305CAR NAVIGATION APPARATUS, A PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL AND A CAR NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A car navigation apparatus is installed in a vehicle and performs a setting of a destination to be guided based on information received from a portable information terminal. The car navigation apparatus a receiving portion that receives, from the portable information terminal, destination information, which is obtained utilizing a contents server to which the portable information terminal is connected via a network, and date and time information, which is input at the time of utilizing the contents server; and a destination setting portion that sets the destination based on the destination information and the date and time information received by the receiving portion.01-27-2011
20110022303SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING DESTINATION LOCATIONS TO NAVIGATION DEVICES - A navigation device receives a destination location to automatically calculate a route to the destination location over a wireless network. The destination location may be generated by a third party at a remote computer or wireless device. The destination location may be entered into the remote computer or wireless device, or may be automatically generated by the device. The destination location is transmitted from the remote computer or wireless device to the navigation device. Once received, the user of the navigation device may have the option of accepting or rejecting the destination location. The navigation device then uses the destination location to calculate a route which is communicated to the user with minimal to no user interaction. Multiple destinations may be sent to the navigation device, thus allowing advanced programming of an entire trip.01-27-2011
20110022302NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes a map data storage unit 01-27-2011
20110022301METHOD, MOBILE DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR RECORDING PARKING INFORMATION - A method, a mobile device and a recording medium for recording parking information are provided. In the present method, a current location of the mobile device is detected, and a trigger signal is detected. A parking information page is generated when the trigger signal is detected, wherein the parking information page comprises a parking image generated according to an electronic map of the current location of the mobile device and a parking location generated according to the current location of the mobile device.01-27-2011
20110022300METHOD FOR DISPLAYING NAVIGATION ROUTE, NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A method for displaying a navigation route, a navigation apparatus, and a recording medium are provided. In the method, a current location of a mobile device is detected. Next, a start point and an end point are received and a navigation route is planned accordingly. Then, an electronic map database is accessed and a navigation map is rendered on a screen of the mobile device according to the electronic map database, wherein only the map information associated with the navigation route in the electronic map database is displayed on the navigation map and the displayed map information comprises the road names of a current road and a next road associated with the current location of the mobile device in the navigation route.01-27-2011
20110022299METHOD AND APPARATUS TO SEARCH AND PROCESS POI INFORMATION - This invention relates to an information delivery system and method. More specifically, this invention relates to an apparatus and method to search and retrieve additional Points-of-interest (POI) information to a user when basic POI information such as POI name, address, phone number, etc. is provided. In one aspect, the system includes an information managing unit to search, display and transmit POI information, a communication interface and a plurality of information providers adapted to stream information to the communication interface, and a communication network adapted to connect the information managing unit and the communication interface. In one embodiment, the basic information and an additional POI information search request can be transmitted from the information managing unit to the communication interface, and the communication interface is programmed to search for the additional POI information in the information providers and transmit the additional POI information back to the information managing unit. In another embodiment, the additional POI information may be filtered and organized before presenting to the user.01-27-2011
20090234573Travel Partner Matching Using Selectable Map Interface - Systems and methods for travel partner matching using a map-based user selectable interface. A user can search for potential travel partner matches using a map-based user selectable interface. In various implementations, the map-based user selectable interface can provide cost savings estimations based upon a potential travel partner selected and/or a communications interface to communicate with potential travel partners, among many others.09-17-2009
20090132162NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD, AND VEHICLE - A navigation device is provided, which at a junction such as an intersection point, and the like, offers to a driver an appropriate image of the vicinity of the junction which is required in turning right or left, and the like.05-21-2009
20100088016ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE TRAVEL ROUTING - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to automated travel planning and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for generating travel routes. A method for generating a travel route for a vehicle from a first location of the vehicle to a second location can be provided. The method can include comprising calculating a travel route from the first location to the second location, wherein the travel route is based on an environmental effect of the vehicle during the travel route. In one alternative, calculating the environmental effect of the vehicle during the travel route can be executed by calculating emissions of the vehicle during the travel route. In another alternative, the travel route comprises calculating a series of travel segments along said travel route, and the environmental effect of the vehicle during the travel route is calculated by determining a type of environment for each of the travel segments of the travel route.04-08-2010
20100088017IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD AND APAPRATUS FOR CORRELATING POSITION DATA WITH IMAGE DATA - A navigation system includes a processing unit for generating route data relating to a route along which a vehicle has actually traveled, from position data acquired by a position acquiring unit, an image data acquiring section for acquiring image data, a first storage section for storing the image data acquired by the image acquiring unit according to groups of respective destinations, and a second storage section for storing the route data generated by the processing unit. A link data generating section is provided for correlating the respective destinations with the respective route data via link data. An outputting unit is configured to extract a group linked to a destination by the link data in response to a manual designation of a route data stored in the second storage section or to a manual or automatic designation of a designation included in that route data and then to output the image data included in that group from the first storage section to an outputting section.04-08-2010
20100088019Probabilistic reverse geocoding - The accuracy of a reverse geocode for a GPS fix in a mobile phone navigation device is improved significantly by considering together the user's last known location on an original route, the elapsed time between the last known location on the original route and the latest GPS fix, and the likelihood that the user could have traveled from the last known location on the original route to one of numerous candidate locations (generated from the reverse geocode) in the elapsed time. The navigation server relies only on a GPS fix, timestamps, and a back-end routing database to provide improved or superior accuracy of reverse geocoding a GPS fix (selection of a point on a road) when a relevant user has deviated from the intended route. The reverse geocoding allows for accurate and functional re-routing capabilities.04-08-2010
20100088021COLLECTION METHODS AND DEVICES - A method for collecting data includes the steps of equipping vehicles in a fleet of vehicles, performing a primary service, with imaging equipment and capturing geographical data using the imaging equipment for later use in a store of geographical data.04-08-2010
20090063033Method For Operating A Navigation System - A method for operating a navigation system including at least one first user terminal and at least one navigation device includes the following steps: 03-05-2009
20090276150ROUTE DETERMINATION SYSTEM - A system for determining a route is provided. The system includes a method for determining estimation function values corresponding to a plurality of vertices on a first graph, where the first graph corresponds to a first route network. The method further includes searching for a first route from a first starting point to the destination on a second graph based on the estimation function values. The system further includes a storage unit and a processor coupled to the storage unit for receiving graph data, where the processor is configured to determine estimation function values corresponding to a plurality of vertices on the first graph corresponding to a first route network, and is further configured to search for a route from a first starting point to the destination on a second graph based on the estimation function values. The device may further include an input unit, a clock unit, a traffic message receiver, and/or a position determining unit.11-05-2009
20110282573Route planning method - A route planning method used with an electronic device formed of a processor, a transmission interface, an I/O port and a storage unit and a GPS formed of a CPU, a transmission interface, a storage unit, a display unit, a satellite positioning unit and an antenna is disclosed to input the location data of the predetermined destination into the electronic device through the input/output port of the electronic device so that the processor of the electronic device produces and compresses a route planning data and then transmits the route planning data to the GPS for enabling the GPS to convert the geographic coordinate data of the current location received from the satellite and the compressed route panning data received from the electronic device into a planar or 3D navigation map for display on the display unit thereof.11-17-2011
20110282576Display Method And System For A Vehicle Navigation System - Traffic information, including traffic flow information and traffic incident information, obtained through a traffic management system for providing and facilitating the exchange of traffic information between a remote location and a vehicle may be presented to a user on a user display in the vehicle. The traffic information may be presented to the user in several circumstances, either as cued by the user, or automatically presented by the traffic management system. The user display may also automatically display traffic flow and traffic incident information for the direction that the user is traveling or along a route calculated by the navigation device. Further, a window displaying information about an upcoming traffic incident such as distance to the incident and incident details may automatically appear in the user display. Alternately, the user may select a roadway, freeway, or area for which traffic information is desired.11-17-2011
20110282574LOCATION BASED FULL ADDRESS ENTRY VIA SPEECH RECOGNITION - A computer implemented method, system and/or computer program product confirm an orally entered address to a mobile navigation device. The mobile navigation device receives a global positioning system (GPS) root address component from a GPS. The GPS root address component is a text name of a root location at which a mobile navigation device is currently located. The mobile navigation device receives an orally entered address that comprises an oral root address component and an oral subunit component of the oral root address component. In response to the converted root address component matching the GPS root address component, the orally entered address is partitioned into the oral subunit component and the oral root address component, and any additional speech-to-text conversion of the orally entered address after the oral root address component is terminated.11-17-2011
20110282575MAP INFORMATION GUIDANCE DEVICE, MAP INFORMATION GUIDANCE METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Devices, methods, and programs update map information stored in a storage medium based on map update information distributed from a map distribution center. The devices, methods, and programs search for a vehicle route based on the stored map information, perform first guidance along the route, and identify a target area on the route that will be updated when the map information is updated. The devices, methods and programs determine whether the update of the target area will be complete when the vehicle reaches the target area. If the update of the target area will not be complete when the vehicle reaches the target area, the devices, methods, and programs request second guidance for the target area from the map distribution center, switch from proving the first guidance to providing the second guidance through the target area, and return to performing the first guidance when the vehicle exits the target area.11-17-2011
20110137553METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS DATA USING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE, AND A NAVIGATION DEVICE IN WHICH THIS METHOD IS EMPLOYED - A traffic condition data providing method using a wireless communication device and a navigation device performing the method are disclosed. The navigation device includes a travelling path displaying unit that searches a travelling path to a destination set by a user and displays the travelling path on map data, a traffic condition data receiving unit that receives traffic condition data from a content managing server through a wireless communication device in response to a request of providing the traffic condition data over the travelling path, and a traffic condition data providing unit that provides the user with the received traffic condition data.06-09-2011
20100268451METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - Techniques are described for allowing a user to intuitively check an actual image captured by a camera, rather than to recognize information regarding a peripheral area (point of interest) on a map. An apparatus includes a camera module that accesses an image captured by a camera and detects a direction in which the camera points and a display unit that displays the captured image. The apparatus also includes a controller that detects a position of a point of interest (POI) corresponding to a keyword and indicates location information for the POI on the displayed image based on the direction information of the to camera, a current location, and the detected location of the POI.10-21-2010
20100023252POSITIONING OPEN AREA MAPS - Open area maps as well as related features, systems, and methods are disclosed. For example, one method comprises translating coordinates associated with an open area map into real-world coordinates. The open area map is positioned within a geographic map as a function of the real-world coordinates. The geographic map represents a real-world area around the open area map. The open area map includes an image of a layout representing a pedestrian walkable area, and the open area map is configured to provide point-to-point routing within the layout.01-28-2010
20110301837OPTIMUM ROUTE DETERMINATION WITH TILING - An optimum route search may be conducted through the use of a tiling overlay on the network of road segments. Overlaying the tiling (grid) over the road segments allows for a reduction of the number of road segments considered for an optimum path as road segments can be evaluated on whether the road segment is part of an optimal path to the borders of a first tile and then successively larger frames of tiles around the initial tile. By reducing the number of road segments considered for the optimum route search to road segments that are part of optimal routes to various tile boundary edges, the computation of the optimum route for the route of interest may be quicker and less resource intensive than efforts to determine optimum routes through other methods.12-08-2011
20110301835PORTABLE VACATION/TRAVEL PLANNER, AND FAMILY TOUR GUIDE DEVICE - A portable device for planning a vacation/business travel itinerary, which begins with customizable itinerary templates that utilize a stored database of destination information, including a country's regions/cities, tourist sites, and other sites of interest located therein, and a corresponding photographic library. One such template returns itineraries based upon: duration, arrival/departure cities, total number of cities to be visited, and intensity of touring. The software assists users during travel by providing cueing of itinerary segments, along with directions, and on-demand pre-recorded audio tours to enhance site tour experiences. En route detours from planned sites are supported for spontaneous additions/substitutions. Country-specific information includes city/regional maps, public transportation information, key word/phrase language translation capability, and yellow/white page phone listings. Password protected device-to-device linking permits family members to track each other by GPS location of the other's device. Internet capability permits inclusion, within itineraries, of reservation-specific information for air-travel, hotels, and events.12-08-2011
20110301838Motor Vehicle Having a Navigation System - A motor vehicle has a navigation system, which includes a graphic display unit and by which accurate-lane destination guidance is made possible on a planned route. A road map containing lane information can be displayed on the display unit. Within or in superimposition of the displayed road map, the route can be displayed accurately with respect to the lanes. A lane guidance display area can be displayed, which is graphically set off from the road map and within which several lanes of a currently traveled route section are graphically represented and within which the necessity of a lane change is graphically displayed. A rating can be determined for the urgency of the lane change, and this rating can be graphically displayed in the lane guidance display area.12-08-2011
20110301836PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE WHICH PROVIDES PORTABLE ELECTRONIC MAP AND RELATED NAVIGATING METHOD - A personal navigation device includes a navigation console and a peripheral device. The navigation console is configured to acquire a navigation instruction from a start point to a destination and a detailed map which depicts a predetermined area around the destination. The peripheral device is connected to the navigation console in a detachable manner for displaying the detailed map.12-08-2011
20110301834DEVICE AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE NAVIGATION - A method and an electronic device enables warning in a wrong way driving of a vehicle navigation. The electronic device sets a target location for navigation and presets a determination distance for checking whether on a path of a navigation route. Then, the electronic device starts a direction module and an altitude module to detect a direction variation and an elevation variation of the electronic device to check whether on the path of a navigation route. If one of the results detected by the direction module and the altitude module is different to the information stored in the map, the electronic device issues a notification.12-08-2011
20110276264SYSTEM FOR GUIDANCE AND NAVIGATION IN A BUILDING - A system for guidance and navigation in a building. For example, the system may determine a route for egress or rescue of one or more people from a building with a hazardous condition. The system may process the route into waypoints and segments developed within a set of constraint rules. Semantic information about the building may be associated with the waypoints and/or segments. The waypoints and segments may be processed into navigation commands. The navigation commands may be formed in natural language from sentence templates. The system may additionally have 3D beacon audio to assist in guidance and navigation of the one or more people in the building.11-10-2011
20110288765REAL-TIME ROUTE AND RECHARGE PLANNING - A system may include a processing device and a routing application included on the processing device. The routing application may be configured to receive a destination location for a vehicle; determine a fuel efficiency of the vehicle; and determine a route for the vehicle from a current location to the destination location, the route being based on the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, a fuel capacity of the vehicle, an amount of fuel remaining for the vehicle, and navigation information including the location of at least one charging station.11-24-2011
20110288768METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUSTOMER/PASSENGER WAYFINDING USING BOARDING PASS BARCODE SCANNING CAPABILITIES ON LOW-COST DISPLAY DEVICES - A low-cost display unit that displays wayfinding information to a traveler in a public travel-related area is disclosed and may include a communication interface that facilitates receiving of travel-related information, a machine-readable marking reader that determines the presence of a travel document having one or more machine readable markings, scans the one or more machine-readable markings, and decodes the scanned one or more machine-readable markings, wherein the one or more machine-readable markings contain encoded traveled-related information pertaining to the traveler; and a display control unit that receives the decoded one or more machine-readable marking, determines the traveler's destination in the public travel-related area from the decoded one or more machine-readable markings, determines the path that the traveler should travel to reach the destination, and displays the determined path to the traveler on the low-cost display unit.11-24-2011
20110288766NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD, NAVIGATION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A navigation apparatus that provides guidance along a route to a destination using a guidance image on which a plurality of guidance signs, respectively indicative of a guidance direction at a guidance point, are arranged in order of proximity to a current point, includes a setting unit that preliminarily sets a first given distance from the current point; an extracting unit that extracts a given guidance point on the route; a calculating unit that calculates a distance from the current point to the given guidance point extracted by the extracting unit; and a display control unit that when the distance to the given guidance point calculated by the calculating unit becomes equal to or less than the first given distance, changes a color of a guidance sign at the guidance point to a color different from an current display color.11-24-2011
20110288763METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL ROUTE GUIDANCE - This invention relates to a route displaying method and apparatus in a navigation system. More specifically, this invention relates to a navigation-based apparatus and method to display a complete route presented in three-dimension. The navigation system may include a map adjusting unit to adjust visual ground of the map for the user. In one embodiment, the map adjusting unit can adjust the visual ground area convexly, so that the user can view the full route including the destination. In another embodiment, the map adjusting unit may adjust the visual ground area concavely to present more surrounding details of the vehicle to the user. The navigation system may also include a wireless communication device to retrieve the most current map and traffic information from a remote server, and communicatively couple with the map adjusting unit and a route generating unit to provide the most updated information with full route view to the user. The navigation system may also be integrated into a portable device such as a smartphone.11-24-2011
20110288764METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING DRIVING DIRECTIONS - An example of a method includes determining, electronically, a source location and a destination location in response to an input received through one of a first short message service (SMS) and a general packet radio service (GPRS). The method also includes determining, electronically, a first milestone between the source location and the destination location. Further, the method includes sending directions to reach the first milestone from the source location through a second SMS and an identifier associated with the first milestone. Furthermore, the method includes detecting when to send directions to reach one of a second milestone and the destination location from the first milestone. In addition, the method includes sending directions to reach one of the second milestone and the destination location through a third SMS based on detecting.11-24-2011
20110295500SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING AND PROCESSING AGRICULTURAL FIELD DATA - A system and method for managing the collection and processing of agricultural field data from a single location is provided. The system includes functionality to create workorders for the taking of samples at a predetermined location, transmit the sampling workorders to the equipment or operators at a job site, e.g., an agricultural field, and log the results of a completed sampling workorder. The system also includes functionality to transmit log data related to the taken samples to a laboratory and receive analysis information on the taken samples from the laboratory. The system then combines log data and analysis information on the taken samples for use in determining additional actions at the predetermined location.12-01-2011
20110295499NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes: a map information memory; a current position detector; a route searching unit; a map image generating unit for generating a plan view map image including a current position and a destination; a display; and a display controller. The map image generating unit defines a tilt axis perpendicular to a straight line passing the current position and a certain point of a route not shown in the display, generates a transition result map image by tilting the plan view map image around the tilt axis to display the certain point, and generates a transition process map image between the plan view map image and the transition result map image. The display controller controls the display to switch from the plan view map image to the transition result map image via the transition process map image when a predetermined condition is satisfied.12-01-2011
20110046876System of Finding Objects and Information on a Map View and Routes on the Map View - The invention is a system with methods that make use of publicly available online map systems and personal computers or mobile devices to provide intuitive user interfaces through which users can browse vicinities of their interests and search for objects and information associated with the vicinities with the need of a positioning hardware such as GPS. The vicinities of the objects and information search are determined by users through operating a map view using a web client application of the system. The system constructs geographic coordinates from a map view or from a travel route on the map view, with which the system associates objects and information and from which the system constructs database query statements for finding location specific objects and information.02-24-2011
20100305847NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A non-scaled, linearly compressed pictographic mapping system is provided for the visual display of information in a navigational aid. Unlike today's road maps which use a point-arc-polygon paradigm, the new mapping uses a non-scaled, linearly-compressed pictographic design that shows roads as linear pictograms. The display has a columnar layout, whereby the descriptive elements are grouped together by type, and displayed one above the other in columns. The maps may also contain icons representing points of interest. In this manner, the mapping paradigm also serves to increase traveler safety, provide navigation assistance during address-less trips, create valuable advertising space and new promotional opportunities, and dramatically increases the travelers' communications and entertainment options.12-02-2010
20090292462Systems and methods for collecting and using user-contributed map data - Systems and methods are provided for collecting and using user-contributed map data. In one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided for collecting maneuver-specific annotations. According to the method, a user is presented with a set of computer-generated driving directions comprising a plurality of maneuvers. In association with presenting to the user the set of driving directions, the method presents to the user an option to submit an annotation for one of the plurality of maneuvers. In response to presenting the option to the user, the annotation is received from the user and stored in association with an identification of the one of the plurality of maneuvers. The stored annotation may be incorporated in the set of computer-generated driving directions.11-26-2009
20090125228SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC ROUTE INFORMATION TO USERS OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES - Dynamically updated route information is provided to a user of a wireless communications device. The method involves receiving a destination location, determining a current location of the device, generating a route from the current location of the device to the destination location, and providing route information to the user representing the route from the current location to the destination location. Dynamic updating can be achieved by updating the current location of the device and dynamically updating the route information based on an updated current location of the device so as to provide dynamic route information to the user.05-14-2009
20100036602NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND ROUTE PLANNING METHODS THEREOF - Route planning methods for navigating an electronic device having a navigation system from a starting point to a destination are disclosed. The method comprises the following steps. First, current position of the electronic device is acquired. Next, a decision point corresponding to the current position is obtained in a planned route in which the decision point has a dedicated moving direction which is planned by the planned route and a plurality of possible moving directions. Accordingly, pluralities of candidate routes, destined to the destination, corresponding to the possible moving directions are generated. Next, the electronic device is navigated to the destination using the planned route or one of the candidate routes.02-11-2010
20100036603NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND NAVIGATION METHODS THEREOF - Navigation methods for navigating an electronic device are disclosed. The method comprises the following steps. First, geographic data of a specific region having a plurality of installations is acquired in which each installation has an attribute data. The installations are classified by the electronic device to generate a plurality of candidate routes according to attribute data thereof. The candidate routes are displayed and a candidate route selection is received by the electronic device so as to perform navigation in the specific region based on the candidate route corresponding to the received candidate route selection.02-11-2010
20100036601DESTINATION PREDICTION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - To provide a destination prediction apparatus which predicts a destination more accurately than before. A destination prediction apparatus which predicts a destination of a mobile object includes: a stay characteristic accumulating unit (02-11-2010
20110264366Method of Determining Routes for Use in Navigation - A method of determining routes for use in navigation is disclosed. The method includes steps of calculating a current route, calculating an alternative route and comparing the difference in times along each route with a minimum time difference. The minimum time difference is calculated using a dynamic threshold value that varies according to the difference in distances along the current route and the alternative route.10-27-2011
20100030465NAVIGATION SYSTEM, METHOD AND DATABASE USING MOBILE DEVICES - Provided is a navigation system for guiding a user of a mobile device to a plurality of locations including a storage means adapted to store a database comprising a plurality of records, each record comprising location data indicative of the location of a respective place; a mobile device; a location determination means adapted to determine a current location of the mobile device; and a processing means adapted to use the database and current location to select, according to at least one predetermined criterion, a location that the user is directed towards, wherein the mobile device is adapted to provide the user with an indicator arranged to direct the user to the selected place.02-04-2010
20100114477METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A NAVIGATION MODE OF A NAVIGATION DEVICE - After a navigation device performs navigation positioning, the moving speed of the navigation device and the distance between the position of the navigation device and a destination can be acquired. If the moving speed of the navigation device is slower than a predetermined speed and if the distance between the navigation device and the destination is smaller than a predetermined distance, the navigation device displays a pedestrian mode or a slow driving speed mode; otherwise the navigation device displays a normal driving speed mode.05-06-2010
20100082231NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A navigation configured to be installed in a motor vehicle, and a corresponding method. The method includes: a) displaying road guidance information from an origination position to a first destination point; b) determining whether a current position is the first destination point; c) upon determining that the current position is not the first destination point, generating a route from the current position to the first destination point; and d) wirelessly transmitting the route to a mobile communication terminal.04-01-2010
20090150062Method and apparatus for efficiently storing map data regarding calculated route for navigation system - A method and apparatus for a navigation system efficiently stores the data associated with a calculated route to the destination in a backup memory by incorporating a direction coding method. The method and apparatus can be advantageously implemented in such a situation where the operation of the navigation system is terminated during the route guidance operation before reaching the destination. Since each direction code requires a small amount of data bit, an overall amount of data for the calculated route can be dramatically reduced and can be stored in a small memory space. When the navigation system is restarted, the calculated route will be reproduced based on the direction codes retrieved from the backup memory, thereby enabling to continue the route guidance operation to guide the user the destination.06-11-2009
20100268453NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device is provided with which output of a guidance voice is completed at an appropriate timing with respect to a reference point related to output of the guidance voice. The navigation device of the present invention includes position locating means 10-21-2010
20100268454Navigation device - Apparatus for, and a method of, providing output data to a person identifying a route back to a recorded waypoint position. Personal navigation apparatus for providing output data to a person identifying a route back to a recorded waypoint position, comprising a route indication device including a visual display element; and a positioning device. The positioning system includes a processing system having a data storage device, a first micromechanical device configured to produce an output signal proportional to an acceleration along an axis, and a second micromechanical device having components in constant motion and configured to produce an output signal proportional to its angular rate of motion around an axis. The processing system is configured to generate and store in said data storage device position data describing the position of said personal navigation apparatus within a reference space, based upon data received from said first micromechanical device and said second micromechanical device.10-21-2010
20100268449Route planning apparatus and method for navigation system - A route planning system and method for a navigation system which allows the driver to intelligently plan the route when adding waypoints. The route planning navigation system includes a route planning processor which allows the driver to add and prioritize multiple POIs as waypoints. When one or more new waypoints are added, the driver is allowed to prioritize the waypoints if adding new waypoints does not significantly increase the cost of the route, and an optimized route is generated accordingly. In another aspect, if adding new waypoint significantly increases the cost of the route, a notifying message will be generated by the route planning processor so that the driver is able to make a decision whether to proceed to the new waypoint.10-21-2010
20100268450PEDESTRIAN NAVIGATION SYSTEMAND METHOD INTEGRATED WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - A method according to the present disclosure includes receiving information, including a user-desired destination as an end location, from a user-operated computing device and electronically determining a current location of a user as a beginning location based on positional information received at the user-operated computing device. The method also includes electronically generating potential routes from the beginning location to the end location based on the information and electronically selecting one of the potential routes as a selected route. The method also includes outputting, to the user-operated computing device, the electronically selected route. The selected route includes one or more of a mass transit portion, a motor vehicle route portion, and a pedestrian walking route portion. The method also includes outputting, to the user-operated computing device, navigation instructions based on a then-current location of the user between the beginning location and the end location.10-21-2010
20100268448Dynamic destination map display for navigation system - A map display apparatus and method for a navigation changes a map scale dynamically to help the driver visualize the environment of the destination when the vehicle is approaching the destination. The map scale is changed dynamically to display the destination along with at least one map attribute near the destination to provide more information to the driver. The navigation system includes, among others, a searching unit and a scale changing unit to change the map scale to display the destination along with at least one map attribute when the vehicle is approaching the destination. The navigation system also includes a priority table to prioritize the map attributes and the searching unit searches the map attributes near the destination according to order in the priority table.10-21-2010
20090143979POSITION REGISTERING APPARATUS, ROUTE RETRIEVING APPARATUS, POSITION REGISTERING METHOD, POSITION REGISTERING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a position registering apparatus, an acquiring unit acquires traveling state information. A position identifying unit identifies the current position of a mobile object, based on the traveling state information and map information. When the current position of the mobile object identified to be on a road is then identified to be at a place other than the road, a saving unit temporarily saves a deviation point from the road. If a parking determining unit determines that the mobile object is parked when the current position of the mobile object is identified at a place other than the road, a retrieving unit retrieves a feature existing in the vicinity of the parking position. If a feature is retrieved, a registering unit registers into a storage unit, the deviation point as an entrance point of a parking lot of the feature retrieved.06-04-2009
20090150063Personal GPS navigation device - A navigation device is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes a storage device to store map information; a processor to determine a route of travel based upon a current position of the navigation device and an input or selected destination position; and a display to display the current position on the map information corresponding to the determined route of travel, the display further displaying a separate indicator with the map information, separate from the map information and indicating an upcoming highway change along the determined route of travel, upon the processor determining that a highway change will occur along the determined route of travel.06-11-2009
20100125407METHOD FOR PROVIDING POI INFORMATION FOR MOBILE TERMINAL AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method and apparatus for providing point of interest (POI) information of a mobile terminal are disclosed to extract and provide POI information and/or road information included in an image captured by a camera. Location information of an image capture place and image capture direction information are read from the digital photo image, the POI information corresponding to the location and image capture direction information is extracted from map data, and the extracted POI information is displayed on the digital photo image.05-20-2010
20090005963Method, Apparatus and Computer Program Product for Providing Route Planning Based on Personal Activity Plans of Multiple Individuals - An apparatus for providing improved route planning may include a processing element. The processing element may be configured to receive calendar information from at least one driver and at least one passenger that are each registered to a service having a routing functionality, and determine a transportation plan including a travel route based on the received calendar information.01-01-2009
20080312818NAVIGATION APPARATUS - An object is to provide a navigation apparatus capable of outputting geographic information without depending on a display. When determining at step ST12-18-2008
20080281509GPS RECORDER CAPABLE OF ATTACHING POSITIONAL INFORMATION TO IMAGE FILE - The invention discloses a GPS recorder comprising a GPS receiver, a memory, a card connector, and a USB OTG controller. The GPS receiver is used for receiving a plurality of positional information and a plurality of first time information. The memory is used for storing the positional information and the first time information. The card connector is used for connecting with a memory card, wherein an image file with a second time information is stored in the memory card. When the memory card is connected to the card connector of the GPS recorder by a user, the USB OTG controller retrieves one of the first time information corresponding to the second time information and then attaches the positional information corresponding to the retrieved first time information to the image file.11-13-2008
20100318288System and Method for Locating a Vehicle - The invention comprises a method of locating a vehicle, comprising: a) connecting a removable locator device to the vehicle, said locator device automatically noting when it has been connected to the vehicle and then using locating technology to retrieve, at regular intervals, location coordinates for the current location of said locator device, said location coordinates approximating the location of the vehicle; b) sensing a loss of connection between the locator device and the vehicle; c) automatically storing, as a waypoint on the locator device, the last location coordinates retrieved prior to sensing said loss of connection; and, d) removing the locator device from the vehicle to enable use of the locator device to return to the stored waypoint, wherein the stored waypoint represents the approximate location of the vehicle.12-16-2010
20100121565Route Calculation Method for a Vehicle Navigation System - Traffic information, including flow information and incident information, obtained through a traffic management system for providing and facilitating the exchange of traffic information between a remote location and a vehicle may be used in route calculation by a navigation device. The navigation device may recalculate a route based on anticipated user error. Alternatively, the navigation device may recalculate a route using received traffic information triggered by the receipt of a traffic information update, or triggered by the passage of an amount of time. The broadcast rate of traffic information updates may vary temporally (providing more frequent updates during peak commute times) or geographically (providing more frequent updates to metropolitan areas with increased traffic information needs). If route calculation is triggered by an elapsed amount of time, the amount of time may vary to be shorter during peak commute times. Additional route calculation techniques allow the incorporation of historical traffic information or the use of the most recent traffic information if incomplete traffic information is available. Still further route calculation techniques may calculate a best route by avoiding zigzagging or evaluating an assigned cost of a potential route.05-13-2010
20100010733ROUTE PREDICTION - Driving history of a user with regard to a particular road intersection can be collected and retained in storage. A Markov model can be used to predict likelihood of the user making a particular decision regarding the intersection. A highest likelihood decision can be identified and used to create a travel route. In addition, contextual information can be taken into account when creating the route, such as time of day, road conditions, user situation, and the like.01-14-2010
20090093954Route search device and method for searching route - A route search device searches a route from a starting place to a destination based on a road data in a map data. The device includes: a path setting element for setting a path in a special section according to a search condition; and a route searching element for searching the route including the path of the special section. The special section is specified by an user, and the search condition is specified by the user regardless of the road data.04-09-2009
20110137552NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND ROUTE PLANNING METHOD USING THE SAME - A route planning method for a navigation system of a moving object. The method comprises planning and executing a first navigation route; labeling lane entrances in a road corresponding to a substitute navigation route according to a location of the moving object when traffic information is detected, and planning and executing a second navigation route according to the lane entrance.06-09-2011
20100082232MOBILE VEHICLE NAVIGATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method of controlling a vehicle navigation apparatus included in a vehicle, and which includes displaying road guidance information on a touch screen display of the vehicle navigation apparatus and including a set travel route from a current position of a vehicle to a destination, determining, via a controller, whether a particular road displayed on the road guidance information has been drawn on, said particular road corresponding to a road that is different than a road included in the set travel route from the current position of the vehicle to the destination, and setting, via the controller, a road matched to the particular road that has been drawn on as a detour.04-01-2010
20090063034Navigation apparatus using image map and method thereof - A navigation apparatus using image map and a method thereof are disclosed. The navigation apparatus comprises a storage module, an input module, a satellite positioning module and a processing module. The storage module is for storing an image map. The input module is for setting a plurality of positioning locations, a plurality of color data, a start location and a target location on the image map. The satellite positioning module is for providing the position data corresponding to these positioning locations. The processing module recognizes several workable routes based on these color data, and then calculates a navigation route from the start location to the target location based on a route planing algorithm, these position data and these workable routes.03-05-2009
20110172905ASSISTING A USER IN ARRIVING AT A DESTINATION IN TIME - To allow a user to select a route to the destination himself, an exemplary embodiment relates to a method for assisting a user in arriving at a destination point within a time limit. The exemplary method comprises receiving a determined position and the destination point. The exemplary method also comprises estimating an accessible geographic area which can be traversed by the user with a predetermined speed before reaching the destination within the time limit, when starting from the determined position. The exemplary method additionally comprises providing information on the estimated accessible area for presentation to the user. Furthermore, exemplary embodiments of the invention relate to a computer program and a system for executing the method.07-14-2011
20110172904Method of utilizing a personal navigation device to predict paths and related personal navigation device - A method of utilizing a personal navigation device to predict paths taken by a user of the personal navigation device includes storing profile data for a user of the personal navigation device in a memory of the personal navigation device, detecting a current path that the user is traveling on when the user has not inputted a destination location into the personal navigation device, determining possible paths that the user may take based on the current path that the user is traveling on, determining a most likely possible path that the user may take according to the profile data for the user, and providing information about upcoming locations related to the most likely possible path.07-14-2011
20110172903Points of avoidance in a personal navigation device - A method of incorporating points of avoidance into navigation instructions generated by a personal navigation device includes storing a plurality of points of avoidance into a memory of the personal navigation device, each point of avoidance having corresponding position coordinates, receiving a request from a user of the personal navigation device to provide navigation instructions to a destination, creating a route that avoids the points of avoidance, and providing navigation instructions to guide the user on the created route.07-14-2011
20100100310SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ROUTE CALCULATION AND INFORMATION TO A VEHICLE - A system for mounting in a vehicle and for providing route information calculated by a remote source (04-22-2010
20090088966DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM - A driving support system includes a lane detecting unit for detecting lanes around a vehicle, a route correcting unit for correcting a route along which the vehicle is expected to travel taking into consideration an obstacle on the route after the route has been recognized by lanes detected by the lane detecting unit, and a control unit for controlling the vehicle on the basis of the positional relation between the corrected route determined by the route correcting unit and the vehicle.04-02-2009
20090157298INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an information management apparatus storing service information including place information, service content information, and start time information; the information processing apparatus including a communication portion; a position measurement portion for generating positional information; a data acquiring portion for acquiring, based on an input search condition, service information satisfying the search condition from the information management apparatus; and a list generating portion for generating a presentation list recorded with information on a service providing place capable of receiving the service at a provision start time based on the positional information, the place information and the start time information of the acquired service information, and time information defining a time the positional information is generated.06-18-2009
20080208446Navigation device and method for emergency service access - A method and device are disclosed for navigation. In at least one embodiment, the method includes displaying a selectable icon relating to emergency services on an integrated input and display device of a navigation device; displaying a plurality of selectable icons on the navigation device, at least two of the icons relating to at least one of emergency service information and emergency service access, in response to receipt of an indication of selection the icon relating to emergency services; and displaying, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of selectable icons, at least further information. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes an integrated input and display device to display a selectable icon relating to emergency services; and a processor to receive an indication of selection of the icon relating to emergency services, the integrated input and display device being further useable to display a plurality of selectable icons, at least two of the icons relating to at least one of emergency service information and emergency service access, in response to the processor receiving the indication of selection of the icon relating to emergency services, the processor being further useable to receive an indication of selection of one of the plurality of selectable icons, and the integrated input and display device being further useable to display at least further information, in response to the processor receiving the indication of selection of one of the plurality of selectable icons.08-28-2008
20080208452Method and System for Updating Card Data of a Navigation System - A method and system for updating map data of a navigation system in a vehicle is provided. A first version of map data is stored in a memory device of the navigation system, and a first version of map data and a second more recent version of map data are stored in a memory device of a map server. A first route to a driving destination is determined by the map server on the basis of the first version of the map data. A second route to the driving destination is determined by the map server on the basis of the second more recent version of the map data, and the second version of map data and/or route data, which describe the second route, are transmitted at least partially to the navigation system as a function of the degree of agreement between the first route and the second route.08-28-2008
20080208450NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GRAPHIC OUTPUT OF NAVIGATON INSTRUCTIONS - A system and method for determining and displaying a navigation route on a navigation device from one vehicle position to a travel destination. The navigation device can include processor with RAM, a mass storage device for holding a database with geographic data, as well as a display. Depending on whether a complex intersection is present on the navigation route, the complex intersection can be shown on the display in the form of a single perspective view. Embodiments of the invention can provide a high level of correlation between the actual situation on the road as seen by the user and the corresponding navigation maneuver displayed on the screen. The graphic output of navigation devices for complex intersections can also be improved regardless of whether the navigation device is a high-performance or very simple device.08-28-2008
20080208448Navigation device and method for dealing with limited access roads - A method and device are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes determining a route of travel, in a navigation device, based upon at least a received destination location; determining whether or not the determined route of travel includes travel on a limited access road; and prompting a user of the navigation device to either accept the determined route of travel or request an alternate route of travel, upon determining that the determined route of travel includes travel on a limited access road. The navigation device, in at least one embodiment, includes a processor to determine a route of travel based upon at least a received destination location and to determine whether or not the determined route of travel includes travel on a limited access road; and an integrated input and display device to prompt a user of the navigation device to either accept the determined route of travel or request an alternate route of travel, upon the processor determining that the determined route of travel includes travel on a limited access road.08-28-2008
20080208447Navigation device and method for providing points of interest - A method and a navigation device are disclosed for displaying a rich content document. The navigation device includes a display device to display a point of interest browser including multiple point of interest entries and an input device to receive an input from a user for selecting at least one of the multiple point of interest entries. The display device displays map information including a first icon associated with the selected point of interest entry. Rich content associated with the selected at least one of point of interest entry is available to the user via the display device. The method includes displaying a point of interest browser including multiple point of interest entries, receiving an input from a user for selecting at least one of the multiple point of interest entries, and displaying map information including a first icon associated with the selected point of interest entry. Rich content associated with the selected at least one of point of interest entry is available to the user via the display device.08-28-2008
20110172906Scalable Routing For Mobile Station Navigation With Location Context Identifier - Examples disclosed herein may relate to identifying up to a specified amount of points of interest nearest to an estimated position of a mobile station on a first map, selecting a second map identified by a first location context identifier associated with a first point of interest of the identified points of interest, and determining a route from the estimated position of the mobile station to a destination point using the first map and the second map.07-14-2011
20110172908System And Method For Presenting A Computed Route - A method for presenting a route includes receiving a starting point and a destination point and computing a route that includes a route segment between the two points. The method further includes determining, based on a user's travel history, whether the route segment is an unfamiliar segment, and identifying, based on the user's travel history, a road that is familiar to the user. The method includes providing, in a format that distinguishes the familiar road from the computed route, the computed route and the familiar road relative to the unfamiliar segment for presentation of the familiar road within a scaled range of the unfamiliar segment.07-14-2011
20110172907GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM ESPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED PEOPLE - The present invention concerns an orientation, navigation and information system, especially adapted for blind or visually impaired people. It is essentially a system that allows blind or visually impaired people to access information usually made available only to public transportation users visually, through posters or informative signs, or through dynamic information screens of various nature. It allows, first of all, the access to information from the outside or within private or public facilities or locations, using a conventional mobile phone (07-14-2011
20090281719Method and system for displaying social networking navigation information - A mapping system associated with a social network includes determining that a social networking map object (“MO”) is outside a visible area of a map displayed; calculating the direction, distance and travel-time to the MO (e.g. a social network member, a location, a meeting place, etc.), creating an object vector indicator (“OVI”) and displaying the OVI on a map-display application. The OVI may be displayed on the periphery of the displayed map and may be positioned in the general direction of the MO. The position of the electronic device, as well as a current position of the MO, are factored into the calculations and placement of the OVI. The OVI may include a graphical representation, obtained from the social network, of the MO it references.11-12-2009
20110270518NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH ROUTE PLANNING AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: detecting a light intensity; and selecting a route determined by the light intensity for displaying on a device.11-03-2011
20090037092Navigation system - In a navigation system, e.g., for a motor vehicle, for determining the route from a location of the navigation system to a destination point, the navigation system includes a display device for displaying the route in a map display or a map-type display, and/or a direction indication that corresponds to the route, and it is possible to simultaneously display a canonically oriented graphic or image of a prominent route point with the aid of the display device.02-05-2009
20080249703Map display controller and computer readable medium including instructions for displaying map image - A map display controller displays a three-dimensional map image on a display screen of a display device, and superimposes a route wall standing from a route and along the route in the three dimensional map image on the display device. This reduces a difficulty in confirming the route behind structures such as a building in the three-dimensional map image displayed on the display screen.10-09-2008
20110270519Apparatus and Method for Estimating Relative Location - Provided is a method and an apparatus for estimating a distance from a target terminal, collecting route information of the apparatus and route information of the target terminal, and estimating a relative location to the target terminal based on the route information of the apparatus and the route information of the target terminal.11-03-2011
20110208420Navigation system provided by combination of global position system and global system for mobile communication - The present invention is a combination of GPS (Global Position System) and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) navigation system. By using the data of GPS and SMS (Short Message Service), the present invention can display navigation directions and relative positions and send short message with positions. Therefore, a navigation system with active navigation guiding and help seeking is provided.08-25-2011
20080275638CONDUCTING LOCALIZED SEARCHES IN A WIRELESS CLIENT-SERVER NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system and method are disclosed for conducting searches and generating routes to selected points of interest using a wireless client-server (WCS) navigator. A method includes the step of requesting, at a mobile unit, information about one or more locations meeting certain criteria. Locations meeting the criteria are displayed on the display screen at the location of the user and, if a location is selected, a route to include the selected location is automatically generated. Guidance regarding how to travel to the selected location may also be provided. If the user is already en route to a destination when a route to a selected location is requested, the navigator may generate a route that includes both the original destination and the selected new location. If the user is already en route to a destination when locations matching criteria are requested, along with the locations displayed the navigator may provide information to the user as to the total travel time or distance of a route passing through the original destination and a new location or the additional travel time or distance in comparison to the original route. The method may further include the step of requesting information about a class of locations such as restaurants.11-06-2008
20080275637System and Method for Providing Telematics Service - The telematics service providing system generates a path from the departure point to the destination based on traffic information, generates guidance information for each guidance point where a turn to a direction that is different from the current progress direction of the client is needed on the generated path, clips a vicinity map covering a predetermined area with reference to the guidance point from the total map to generate a guidance point vicinity map, converts the generated guidance point vicinity map into a format displayable by the client, and provides the converted map to the client terminal. Accordingly, confusion caused by complex crossroads or paths that need consecutive and same direction turns may be prevented, the client terminal may not need a memory for storing large-volume geographic information data, and the client may not additionally need to upgrade the geographic information data.11-06-2008
20080281507System and method for obtaining map coordinates to fixed location - A method for obtaining directions to fixed location such as a restaurant includes using a telephone to call the restaurant, and providing a prompt to the caller during the call to push a button on the telephone to download GPS location of the restaurant. The GPS information is transferred from the telephone to a navigation module in a vehicle which displays a map showing the route to the restaurant.11-13-2008
20080281508Vehicle navigation system and method thereof - A vehicle navigation system comprises a signal receiving module, a location selection module, a route planning module, an image obtaining module, a display module and a route selection module. The signal receiving module is used for obtaining first location information of a vehicle; the location selection module is used for obtaining second location information of the vehicle; the route planning module is used for obtaining a suggested route for the vehicle according to the first location information and second location information; the image obtaining module is used for obtaining at least one image related to the suggested route; the display module is used for displaying the at least one image; and the route selection module is used for selecting whether to keep the original suggested route or to activate the route planning module to obtain a new suggested route.11-13-2008
20080228387REGIONAL MESSAGE REMINDER APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND INTEGRATION MESSAGE REMINDER APPARATUS AND METHOD - A regional message reminder apparatus comprises a satellite positioning device, a database, a user interface module and a processing module. The satellite positioning device is used for providing user position data. The user interface module is used for allowing a user to input at least one address data and at least one reminder message corresponding to the address data. The database is used for storing said address data and said reminder message. The processing module then compares the address data with the user position data. When the address data and the user position data are within a predetermined distance apart, the processing module drives the user interface module to display the reminder message corresponding to the first address data.09-18-2008
20080228386Navigation device and method - This invention relates to a navigation device (09-18-2008
20080228384Navigational system for a personal mobility device - A transportation system and a method of transporting a handicapped individual are disclosed. The transportation system includes a navigational apparatus having a location sensor coupled to a personal mobility device. The location sensor detects signals emitted from a plurality of beacons disposed throughout the building. The signals include information, which permits the navigational assembly to calculate the location of the personal mobility device within the building. The navigational system then guides the personal mobility device along a pre-determined travel route to the desired location within the building, re-calculating the travel route as necessary to avoid obstacles encountered along the way.09-18-2008
20080288165Displaying a Map Having a Close Known Location - A system and method is provided for displaying a map having a close known location and a destination and for providing navigation recommendations for traveling from the close known location to the destination. A user may use a mobile device to submit a request for navigation instructions for navigating from a starting point to a destination. The request may be submitted to a web server, to the mobile device itself, or to another device that can provide navigation instructions. The web server/mobile device or other device determines a recommended route based on the starting point and the destination, and attempts to locate a close known location to the destination near the recommended route. Navigation instructions are provided to the user including directions from the close known location to the destination.11-20-2008
20080270021Drive information collecting apparatus - A drive information collecting apparatus includes position specifying portion, storage control portion, and statistical confidence level storage portion. The position specifying portion specifies a present position of a vehicle and a road section. The storage control portion causes a storage medium to store a drive information item of each of the road section. The drive information item is collected while the vehicle travels. The statistical confidence level storage portion specifies a statistical confidence level based on a divergence between a predetermined reference value and the collected drive information item. The statistical confidence level indicates a degree of variation of the collected drive information item. The statistical confidence level storage portion associates the collected drive information item with the statistical confidence level and causes the storage medium to store the collected drive information item.10-30-2008
20080312817Navigation apparatus and navigation program - A common word in Japanese syllabary is extracted from multiple items of the destination data, and the common words thus extracted are stored as search keywords. Furthermore, the search keywords are assigned to each potential destination which may be a search target. When a search is made for a destination, those keywords which match the input characters, in whole or in part, are extracted, and the keywords thus extracted are displayed as selectable keys, thus allowing the location candidates to be narrowed down based upon the input characters and the selected keywords. The priority levels of the extracted location candidates are adjusted according to priority score adjustment rules set by operator input, and the location candidates are displayed in the form of a list in descending order of priority. This allows the extracted location candidates to be displayed in the form of a list in an order matching the user's preference.12-18-2008
20090265096TWO-STEP ROUTING PROCEDURE - The route computing method and software using a two-step routing procedure. First the navigation software computes a temporary route using road segments having a predetermined road classification. This simplifies the routing as the amount of the roads is minimized. The result is rough and it must be further computed for achieving the best possible result. For computing the best possible result the navigation software determines a distance parameter. The parameter determines the distance that is used for further computing from the temporary route. Then the further computation can be focused on a geographical area with a complete set of roads and streets.10-22-2009
20110010085Navigation device, program for the same and method for indicating information of the same - A destination setting unit is configured to set a destination on a map. A time setting unit is configured to set a target time by which a user should arrive at the destination. A specifying unit is configured to associate an intermediate point, which is on a path to the destination, with a departure time, by which the user should leave the intermediate point so as to arrive at the destination by the target time. The specifying unit is further configured to specify the associated intermediate point and the departure time. An indication unit is configured to indicate the associated intermediate point and the departure time on a display device such that the user can recognize a correspondence between the associated intermediate point and the departure time.01-13-2011
20080208449SCHEDULING METHOD USING PORTABLE TERMINAL AND NAVIGATION TERMINAL - A scheduling method using a portable terminal and a navigation terminal is disclosed, each of which has a short-range wireless communication module. The portable terminal creates schedule information including location data and alarm time data, and registers the schedule information as navigation schedule information. The portable terminal displays the schedule information when the alarm time occurs and transmits the location data to the navigation terminal through the short-range wireless communication module. The navigation terminal displays a route according to the received location data.08-28-2008
20080228388Map display apparatus for vehicle - A transit time period from a departure point is inputted. A first road map is once displayed to have a broad covering range to include the departure point and an estimated reachable point, which the vehicle reaches after the transit time period elapses. Then, a second road map having a covering range narrower than that of the first road map is displayed to include only the estimated reachable point without including the departure point. This allows the user to easily recognize the positional relationship between the estimated reachable point and the departure point, and an approximate position of the estimated reachable point against the guide route.09-18-2008
20080208445ROUTE SHAPING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Route shaping systems and methods determine a route from a current location through a shape location to a destination. An area of interest is determined for the shape location, and a highest road class for road segments through the interest area is identified. A route is calculated from a starting location through the interest area to the destination, and the route includes a selected road segment through the interest area with the highest road class.08-28-2008
20080270019Systems and methods for enhancing private transportation - Systems and methods are disclosed for enhancing the convenience, security, and efficiency of ridesharing through the incorporation of trusted communities, geotemporal routing algorithms, and by providing monetary incentives and privacy safeguards to encourage system growth.10-30-2008
20100145607PATH CALCULATION METHOD BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION - A path calculation method based on location information is provided. The method is applied to a navigation device. In this method, the navigation device obtains information of a location transmitted by an electronic device. The location information is a text information or a picture. The navigation device obtains information of a coordinate contained in the location information, a starting road name to which its own location belongs and a corresponding starting point, as well as a navigation road name to which the coordinate information belongs and a corresponding navigation point. The navigation device then calculates a best navigation path according to the above information through a global positioning system (GPS). By this method, the navigation device may perform navigation path planning or calculation upon reading the location information, so as to shorten time for a user to input text and coordinates.06-10-2010
20110208419ROUTE OPTIMIZATION - In general, the present invention relates to route optimization/prediction. In one embodiment, the present invention provides visibility to future predicted traffic situations, based on all reserved routes in a system at a given point in time. This allows city planners, for example, to know where traffic will be to adjust traffic flow accordingly. Additional value comes into play by being able to calculate and publish aggregated savings from using this system, such as driver time, mileage, and gas. This information may be added to a database and made available to individuals via their GPS. In a typical implementation, a request for a route is received from a requester. Based on the request, an optimized route and a potential position of the requester within the optimized route are determined and then proposed to the requester. The requester can then select an option from the proposal.08-25-2011
20090030601Navigation apparatus - A navigation apparatus for a vehicle displays, based on map information, a map image for vicinity of a present position of the vehicle and a guidance route in superimposition in a display device. An end point relative to a moving arrow is defined as being a predetermined first distance ahead of the present position along the route; a start point is defined as being a predetermined second distance smaller than the first distance ahead of the present position along the route. The navigation apparatus is further configured to superimpose, on the displayed route, the moving arrow which includes an arrowhead and a line between the arrowhead and the present position, such that the arrowhead moves from the start point to the end point along the route when a distance to a nearest guidance point is smaller than a predetermined distance.01-29-2009
20100004853Portable navigation device - A portable navigation device (PND) is disclosed comprising processing means, a graphical display, memory, map data stored in said memory, user-input means, and signal reception means for receiving one or more wireless signals by means of which the processor can determine a present location of the device and in conjunction with user input desired destination information, and perform route calculation and subsequent navigation functions, such being performed by software installed on the device. The PND is additionally provided with a connector by means of which said PND can be physically connected to third party devices or systems. The invention is characterized in that said PND is adapted to establish a communication, via said physical connection, with a vehicle controller area network consisting thus becoming a node thereon and capable of communicating with other nodes thereon, each of said nodes having functionality represented by one or more signals distributed around said controller area network and received by said PND. The invention is further characterized in that said PND includes a first software translation layer enabling the communication between PND and one or more nodes, and a second software routine layer comprising one or more routines specific to the functionality of one or more of said other nodes so as to effectively communicate therewith and utilize their functionality. Examples of third party devices include hands-free communications modules, gateway nodes, the vehicle stereo system, engine management system, seat position controllers, multifunction steering wheel, dashboard and console displays, integrated navigation systems, and the like. The invention allows the PND either to receive and interpret information from the controller area network and retrieve information from one or more devices forming nodes on that network for display on the PND or improved operation thereof, or to cause control or state change of one or more of the devices forming nodes on the controller area network. Voice control of the PND is also possible in the case a voice recognition system is provided as a node on the controller area network, and additionally, the vocal instructions issued by the PND can be caused to be replayed through the car stereo, if such is also connected to the controller area network within the vehicle.01-07-2010
20090119005Navigation control device, navigation equipment, server and destination setting system - A navigation control device, which is mounted in navigation equipment searching for a route and sets a destination from plural pieces of position information forwarded, includes: accepting portion accepting the plural pieces of position information forwarded from the mobile terminal; present position information acquiring portion acquiring present position information about a present position of the navigation equipment; sequencing portion comparing the present position information acquired by the present position information acquiring portion with the plural pieces of position information accepted by the accepting portion, and sequencing the plural pieces of position information on the basis of a distance from the present position to a destination; and destination setting portion setting the destination on the basis of the position information sequenced by the sequencing portion.05-07-2009
20110208421NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided a navigation device including an acquisition section which acquires position information, a setting section which sets a destination in accordance with operation of a user, a guidance section which shows a route to the destination by using the position information, a switching section which switches a navigation mode to another navigation mode in accordance with operation of a user, and a recording section which records position information of a switching point at which navigation modes are switched by the switching section and the destination in association with each other.08-25-2011
20090182497Navigation system, in-vehicle navigation apparatus and center apparatus - In a communication type navigation system, a center apparatus receives a present position and destination from an in-vehicle navigation apparatus and thereby calculates a route by searching map data, which is constantly updated. The in-vehicle navigation apparatus receives the calculated route with course information from the center apparatus. When approaching a passing point included in the route, the navigation apparatus displays the course information in the travel direction in superimposition on a forward image around the passing point. The route guide can be thus appropriately performed to follow an actual road state. The above configuration of the system helps prevent problems in costs and workloads resulting from an in-vehicle navigation apparatus holding map data therein.07-16-2009
20090125229Corridor mapping with alternative routes - A navigation system computes an optimal route between an origin and a destination using a map server. The map server identifies likely points of deviation from the optimal route, and prior to transmitting map data to a client device, establishes alternative optimal routes from the deviations to the destination. A search algorithm is employed in which computation effort is reduced through improved heuristics and enhanced recognition of previously expanded nodes and alternative routes through nodes determined in prior iterations of the search. A route corridor map including the optimal route and alternative routes is download from the map server to the client device.05-14-2009
20090138193Vehicle navigation apparatus and vehicle navigation program - A vehicle navigation apparatus includes: a vehicle position information obtaining unit detecting a vehicle position; a special section detecting unit detecting a special section from a guidance route ahead of the vehicle position; a leading lane shift detecting unit detecting a shift of the vehicle from a main line to the leading lane in the special section; and a branch guiding unit conducting branch guidance for a branch point with a leading lane and conducting, in response to the detection of the shift of the vehicle into the leading lane detected by the leading lane shift detecting unit, travel guidance for a branch path.05-28-2009
20090138194Personal GPS navigation device - A navigation device is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes a storage device to store map information;05-28-2009
20090287407Method and System for Dynamic Estimation and Predictive Route Generation - The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.11-19-2009
20090287406Vehicle-Mounted Equipment - Vehicle-mounted equipment includes a storage unit 11-19-2009
20100004854METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION INFORMATION-BASED SCHEDULING SERVICE OF PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for providing a location information-based scheduling service is disclosed. The method includes determining a meeting point or appointed place based on location information associated with a plurality of portable terminals. The method includes suggesting various routes and means to travel to the appointed place; and providing data content to a user of a first portable terminal until one or more users associated with the other portable terminals arrive at the appointed place. The appointed place can be determined based on a distance between all the portable terminals and/or their respective movement times. Users can share their expected arrival times and information regarding their current locations while traveling towards the appointed place. If a portable terminal user requests a content while waiting for other users to arrive, the surplus time can be calculated and available contents can be provided within the surplus time.01-07-2010
20090005965Adaptive Route Guidance Based on Preferences - Adaptive route guidance can include analyzing route progressions associated with one or more routes based on multiple user preferences. The adaptive route guidance can provide one or more preferred routes based on the user preferences including those derived from historical selection or use, which can be presented to a user for navigation purposes.01-01-2009
20080319642Route Calculation - A method of using historical trip data to determine an optimal route.12-25-2008
20090326805Non real time traffic system for a navigator - A system for improving the operation of a GPS based navigator. Statistical and/or time of day information is used to select the best route between a current location and a desired location. The statistical information may take into account anomalies, and a user can select the amount of risk they which take. The system can be updated with more updated information. In addition, the selection of the desired location can be carried out by downloading information from a PDA.12-31-2009
20090326802Method and System to Calculate Historical Traffic Data - A system for a vehicle navigation accurately calculates travel times between locations and serves a vehicle driver request for the shortest time route. A navigation server compiles data of common road segments between two locations that are contained in route requests and subsequently calculates travel time between the two locations. When subsequent route requests contain further information pertaining to the same locations, the navigation server updates the travel time. Consequently, the navigation server can calculate the travel times of different routes from the same source vehicle location and destination location. When a vehicle driver requests directions from the vehicle's current location to a destination, the navigation server then provides directions for the shortest time route to the vehicle driver.12-31-2009
20090326799Distributed Route Segment Maintenance and Hierarchical Routing Based on Physical Vehicle Criteria - A system and method to facilitate the creation, organization, maintenance and determination of traversable routes for vehicles traveling between an origin and a destination. Traversable routes are based on one or a plurality of route segments each containing criteria related to physical aspects of the segment, including maximum allowable physical limits of a vehicle. These route segments may be partially or completely joined via standardized node identifiers prior to route selection to allow additional level(s) of physical or other criteria to be stored in association with a plurality of route segments. Individual route segments, collections thereof, or complete routes may be maintained independently, or in a hierarchical manner whereby physical criteria or other data exist in associated layers. Traversable routes may be determined by the selection of complete routes, which may contain one or a plurality of associated segments, and span certain origins and destinations.12-31-2009
20090326804NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus, including a map data acquiring means 12-31-2009
20090326801Method and System of Using Turn-by-Turn Server Based Reroutes Data to Improve a Navigation User Interface - A navigation server as part of a vehicle navigation system provides a set of turn-by-turn directions to a vehicle driver from the vehicle's current location to a destination chosen by the driver. Further, a navigation server receives new route requests because a vehicle driver disregards a previous a maneuver contained in a previous set of turn-by-turn directions. The navigation server tracks vehicle locations whereat new routes have been requested. If a large number of new route requests occur in a given location, the system analyzes this location to determine whether the location is one where poor directions are given. Improved directions may thus be generated and provided.12-31-2009
20090326798METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMISING ROUTES PROVIDED BY NAVIGATION SYSTEMS - A method of controlling a navigation system. Navigation systems which are capable of gathering historical information concerning routes taken by a number of individual vehicles are known. Such systems rely on a central database to analyse and store the historical information of all the participating vehicles. The central database can therefore suggest an improved route to a vehicle based on the analysis of the information gathered from the participating vehicles. However, as the central database analyses historical information received from a number of different types of vehicles (e.g. delivery trucks, taxis, motorbikes etc.), the routes suggested by the system are often inappropriate for a specific type of vehicle. For example, a route which is appropriate for a motorbike is often not appropriate for a truck, and vice versa. A method of controlling a navigation system is provided which builds up historical information of routes taken by a vehicle and uses this information to provide an appropriate route for the vehicle based upon deviations from suggested routes stored upon a mobile computer unit of the navigation system of the vehicle.12-31-2009
20080319645ROUTE SEARCHING METHOD AND ROUTE SEARCHING SYSTEM - It is an object of the present invention to provide a route searching which can reflect know-how such as easiness of running included in the probe car data in an entire route from departure place to destination.12-25-2008
20080319646Method of collecting information for a geographic database for use with a navigation system - A method of operating a navigation system is disclosed. A route between a first location on a road network and a second location in a facility off of the road network is identified. Individual guidance messages for travel along a portion of the route on the road network are composed. A pre-composed set of guidance instructions for travel in the facility along a portion of the route off of the road network are obtained from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. The guidance instructions comprise at least one maneuver instruction and at least one reference to a visible feature in the facility.12-25-2008
20080319643Method and System for Notifying a User of a Predetermined Traffic Condition - A method for notifying a user, including obtaining a route and a predetermined traffic condition associated with the route; identifying an occurrence of the predetermined traffic condition associated with the route; and notifying the user of the occurrence of the predetermined traffic condition associated with the route.12-25-2008
20110224900Route Planning Device and Route Planning System - A route planning device includes: a search unit that searches for a plurality of facilities located near the minimum-cost route from a current position to the destination, where the battery can be charged; a guided route calculation unit that sets a waypoint on the minimum-cost route via which the moving object can be guided to each facility, and calculates a guided route from the waypoint to the each facility and a first power requirement indicating an amount of power required to travel through the guided route; and a facility designating unit that designates a target facility to which the moving object is to be guided, based upon third power requirements each calculated by adding a second power requirement, indicating an amount of power required to allow the moving object to travel from the current position to the waypoint, to the first power requirement and remaining power in the battery.09-15-2011
20110224899NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH PARKING SPACE LOCATOR MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: selecting a user's destination; determining an actual parking condition of an unmetered street parking space; and determining a travel path based on the actual parking condition from a user's current position to the unmetered street parking space for displaying on a device.09-15-2011
20100292918VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND NAVIGATION METHOD THEREOF - A vehicle navigation system and navigation method thereof are disclosed. The vehicle navigation system comprises a location detector to acquire a current location of a vehicle, a calculation unit to calculate a navigation route from a departure location to a destination, a database including map data and a plurality of restrictions associated with restricted sites on the map data, the calculation unit calculates a navigation route from the departure location to the destination based on the map data and the plurality of restrictions. Thus, the vehicle navigation system may provide the navigation route excluding sites with possible restriction applied thereto.11-18-2010
20090198442INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE, PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE IS RECORDED, AND COMMUNICATION NETWORK - An object of the present invention is to provide an information terminal device that clearly displays routes and directions to be taken, so that users can grasp all the routes from the departure point to the destination point on a portable telephone device or the like having a display unit with a small area, even if the shapes of the streets near the departure point are complicated or even if there is a traffic circle near the departure point.08-06-2009
20110144906NAVIGATION APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, NAVIGATION METHOD, AND NAVIGATION PROGRAM - A navigation device performs a route guidance based on a route from a current location to a destination, the navigation device being connected to a server for searching the route. A navigation method for the navigation device includes sending a request for searching the route to the server and receiving information on the route from the server. The method also includes measuring an elapsed time from a start of the route guidance, and performing the route guidance based on the information received. The method further includes cutting off a communication with the server and coming into a standby state, upon a determination that the elapsed time measured has reached a predetermined time and when the route is being guided or a current location is being checked, to decrease a bandwidth usage between the navigation device and the server and to reduce a communication charge associated with the bandwidth usage.06-16-2011
20110144902METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE SITE MAP - A system for providing navigation information to a user in a region, the system including: a plurality of navigation stations disposed throughout the region and coupled to a communications network, each station having a wireless interface configured to communicate interactively with a mobile device carried by the user; wherein the system is configured to receive a destination at a selected navigation station using the wireless interface, to provide directions from the selected navigation station to the destination using the mobile device, and to track movement of the user throughout the region using interaction between the mobile device and a navigation station in range of the mobile device or interaction between the user and one of the navigation stations selected by the user.06-16-2011
20110144904Navigation device and method for displaying alternative routes - A navigation device has a route re-calculation function. This is activated by the user touching the screen to task away from the normal navigation map mode to a menu screen which displays multiple types of route re-calculation options.06-16-2011
20110144903METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCOUNTING FOR USER EXPERIENCE IN PEDESTRIAN NAVIGATION ROUTING - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for determining navigation instructions within a pedestrian navigation environment.06-16-2011
20090055088SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PRIORITIZING TELEPHONY AND NAVIGATION FUNCTIONS - A system is provided that includes a location determination element [02-26-2009
20110231087Method of Detecting the Opening of Closed Roads - The described principles provide a method and system for identifying a potentially closed road based on reroute requests, and of accommodating the potential road closure while continuing to test the road status periodically via routing decisions and rerouting requests. While the optimal route assumes that the potentially closed road is open, a replacement route is defined assuming that the potentially closed road is closed. A fraction of users are sent along the optimal route, and if a reroute request is received, the potentially closed road is assumed to be closed still. The affected user is rerouted to a recovery route that matches the optimal route up to the potentially closed road, and then differs from the optimal route thereafter to avoid the potentially closed road.09-22-2011
20110231090MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - A map information processing device includes a map information storage unit 09-22-2011
20110231088NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system includes: a map information acquiring unit 09-22-2011
20110231089MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - A map information processing device includes a map information storage unit 09-22-2011
20090210145TRAVEL SUPPORT SYSTEM, METHOD THEREOF, PROGRAM THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM CONTAINING THE PROGRAM - A PC of a travel support system displays running video of a predetermined route, and if a predetermined intersection is set as a warning point by a user, sends warning point setting information to a server. If the server acquires the warning point setting information from the PC, the server updates a user DB. A navigational device sends travel route related information of a travel route set by the user to the server. The server sends detailed guidance information of the warning point included in the traveling route set in the navigational device to the navigational device. Upon arrival at the warning point, the navigational device notifies detailed guidance, and upon arrival at an existing guidance point, the navigational device notifies existing guidance.08-20-2009
20080262716METHOD 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
20080262715Navigation device and method using a location message - 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 an input device to receive a command to send at least one location message, the at least one location message including a segment indicating a location and a transmitter to send the at least one location message. The method includes receiving a command to send at least one location message including a segment indicating a location, and sending the at least one location message from a navigation device.10-23-2008
20090204319REAL TIME PARKING SEARCH AND POINT-TO-POINT DIRECTION GENERATOR - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for mapping parking locations and for selecting parking are described. A search for parking resources proximate to a destination geographic location is performed. Parking information is generated based on the results of the search. The parking information may be displayed on a map of the destination geographical location. A map of the destination geographical location may be displayed with the parking information. A user may be enabled to select a parking location indicated on the map. The user may reserve the selected parking location if the selected parking location is determined to be reservable. Travel directions (e.g., for walking) from the selected parking location to the destination geographic location may be generated, and may be indicated on the map.08-13-2009
20110144901Method for Playing Voice Guidance and Navigation Device Using the Same - The invention provides a navigation device capable of playing voice guidance. In one embodiment, the navigation device comprises a GNSS receiver, a Geographic Information System (GIS), a control module, an audio processing module, and a speaker. The GNSS receiver provides a position, a velocity, and an acceleration of the navigation device. The GIS determines a route according to a map data and determines a decision point in the route. The control module dynamically determines a playing policy corresponding to the decision point according to the position, velocity, and acceleration, and generates a guiding sentence corresponding to the decision point according to the playing policy, wherein the playing policy determines a number of words in the guiding sentence. The audio processing module then generates a guiding voice signal corresponding to the guiding sentence. The speaker then plays the guiding voice signal.06-16-2011
20090248292ROUTE GUIDANCE DEVICE, ROUTE GUIDANCE METHOD, AND ROUTE GUIDANCE PROCESSING PROGRAM - To reliably avoid a dangerous zone by setting a route from a current position to a temporary destination so as to avoid the dangerous zone while reflecting prediction results of a moving direction even when a route setting is not previously made. A route to a temporary destination is set based on location information obtained and prediction results of a moving direction of a user, so that even when an avoidance scheduled route for avoiding a dangerous zone has not been decided in advance, the route from the current position to the temporary destination can be reliably set so as to avoid the dangerous zone, while reflecting the prediction results of the moving direction. As a result, safe and reliable route guidance while avoiding the dangerous zone can be executed.10-01-2009
20090240428MOBILE PHONE HAVING GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method of providing navigational instructions on a mobile device having an integrated GPS receiver, a geographic information system, and access to at least one database of addresses of geographic locations, each address having an association to a telephone number. The method includes the steps of establishing a present geographic location of the mobile device having integrated GPS receiver; inputting the telephone number identifying a destination; retrieving the address of the destination from the at least one database of addresses based on the input telephone number; and using the retrieved address of the destination and the present geographic location of the mobile device to request navigational instructions from the present geographic location to the destination. The retrieved navigational instructions to the destination and the present geographic location provide additional location based services (LBS) near the destination, or along the route from the location of the mobile phone to the location of the destination.09-24-2009
20090248293Vehicle-installed navigation device and program - First, a determination is made as to whether or not an instruction to search for a route again has been issued. When it is determined that an instruction to search for the route again has been issued, a determination is made as to whether or not a destination arrival determination has been made. When a vehicle has reached an arrival road constituting a guidance route within a predetermined range from the destination, it is determined that the destination arrival determination has been made, and the guidance route is searched for again after increasing a road cost that takes into account an advancement direction in relation to the arrival road located in the vicinity of the destination of the set guidance route, whereupon the processing is terminated. As a result, the newly formed guidance route obtained as a result of the new search does not include at least a part of the road constituting the guidance route within the predetermined range from the destination, and therefore, a new guidance route according to which the destination can be reached along a different route to the previous route is obtained.10-01-2009
20090254268COMPUTING NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH ENHANCED ROUTE DIRECTIONS VIEW - Systems, methods and a graphical user interface are provided for enhancing a computing navigation device route directions view. A system is disclosed including a computing navigation device configured to identify a route for travel. The route includes one or more geographic locations along the route. The computing navigation device is further configured to receive media from a media service via a computer network, wherein each media includes associated geographic information indicating that the media relates to the one or more geographic locations. The computing navigation device is further configured to display the media in a route directions view of a graphical user interface.10-08-2009
20080319644METROPOLITAN NAVIGATION SYSTEM - In embodiments herein, a desired destination is received from user input as an end location. The embodiments can determine the current position (the beginning location) based on automated positioning and/or user input. Thus, the embodiments can calculate potential routes from the beginning location to the end location and can select one of the potential routes (e.g., the best route). This selected route is output to the user. The potential routes that are selected from comprise mass transit rides.12-25-2008
20100153005SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENT ROUTING ON A NETWORK IN THE PRESENCE OF MULTIPLE-EDGE RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS - Embodiments provide systems and methods that find the quickest route between two locations on a graph with multi-edge constraints in a time and space efficient manner. In some embodiments, Dijkstra's algorithm is split into separate universes when a) a multiple-edge constraint is reached, and b) along each edge of a multi-edge constraint. In some embodiments, the split is performed for the purpose of finding the quickest (i.e. lowest weighted) route to the intersection(s) at the end of the constraints. These universes, in some embodiments, are merged or discarded when the intersection at the end of the constraint is found. Using these systems and methods, in some embodiments, the shortest path between two locations of a multi-edge constrained road network can be efficiently determined.06-17-2010
20100153004NAVIGATION SYSTEM, ROUTE RETRIEVAL SERVER AND MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, AND ROUTE GUIDING METHOD - A mobile terminal device has a display means for indicating a guidance of a route retrieved by a route retrieval means and a GPS receiver means for detecting the present location. A route retrieval server has an operation service information database for collecting and storing the present location of each bus running on bus lines and an alternative route guiding means for evaluating alternative bus route to provide a guidance. When the guided route includes a walking route block, the route retrieving means makes reference to the operation service information database in accordance with the present location of the mobile terminal device to identify bus services which a user of the mobile terminal device can use for retrieving a route alternative to the walking route block, while the alternative route guiding means compares the route data between the alternative route and guided route. When the alternative route is more favorable than the guided route, the alternative route guiding means sends alternative route information indicating presence of the alternative route to the mobile terminal device, displays the guided route on a display means, and indicates the presence of the alternative route.06-17-2010
20090259393NAVIGATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Navigation methods and systems are provided. First, an electronic device generates a route planning result according to at least a destination, and performs a navigation process according to the route planning result. It is determined whether at least one navigation condition has occurred. When the navigation condition has occurred, a position schematic diagram is displayed, wherein the position schematic diagram comprises the destination and a current position of the electronic device.10-15-2009
20090319172TRAVEL TIME PREDICTION SYSTEM - Networked travel time prediction systems and methods are disclosed. Users on the system may share location, travel time, destination, and location information with their peers. Travel time predictions may be calculated using historical route information, which may be weighted based on various characteristics thereof. Time fences are taught defined by a fixed travel time, for example. Prediction request methods are taught using, for example, formatted requests, identity providers, privacy assertions, geo-location servers, and time prediction servers.12-24-2009
20100153002ROUTE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLE USING TELEMATICS - Provided are a route guidance system and method for emergency vehicle using telematics. The route guidance system includes an instruction station, a vehicle telematics and a traffic signal controller. The instruction station sends destination information to an emergency vehicle for dispatch due to an occurrence of an emergency circumstance. The vehicle telematics is attached to the emergency vehicle, and searches a plurality of travel routes on the basis of the destination information to provide the shortest travel route. The traffic signal controller controls a corresponding traffic signal on the travel route before the emergency vehicle approaches on the basis of travel information sent from the vehicle telematics.06-17-2010
20080228385Navigation device and method for informational screen display - A method and device are disclosed for navigation. In at least one embodiment, the method includes displaying a plurality of selectable point of interest entries on an integrated input and display of a navigation device; and displaying, upon receipt of an indication of a selection of one of the point of interest entries, an informational screen including display of a location of the selected point of interest entry relative to a current location of the navigation device, at least a phone number of the selected point of interest entry, and a prompt to dial the phone number of the selected point of interest entry. In at least one other embodiment of the present application, a device includes an integrated input and display device to display a plurality of selectable point of interest entries; and a processor to receive an indication of selection one of the point of interest entries, the integrated input and display device being further useable to display, upon the receipt of an indication of a selection of one of the point of interest entries by the processor, an informational screen including display of a location of the selected point of interest entry relative to a current location of the navigation device, at least a phone number of the selected point of interest entry, and a prompt to dial the phone number of the selected point of interest entry.09-18-2008
20100161210Method of Determining a Rendezvous and Related Personal Navigation Device - To aid users of personal navigation devices in determining a rendezvous between the personal navigation devices, a first location corresponding to a first personal navigation device is received, and a second location corresponding to a second personal navigation device is received. The rendezvous is determined based on the first location and the second location, and then sent to the first personal navigation device and the second personal navigation device. The first personal navigation device determines a first route from the first location to the rendezvous, and the second personal navigation device determines a second route from the second location to the rendezvous.06-24-2010
20100161213DESTINATION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DESTINATION DISPLAY METHOD - A destination display apparatus includes: a position obtaining unit (06-24-2010
20100161209Routing a User to a Parked Vehicle - A method and a system are provided for directing a user to a vehicle. A user may make a request, from a portable device, to find a vehicle. Respective locations of the vehicle and the portable device may be obtained. Walking directions to the vehicle may be determined based on the obtained respective locations. Based on the walking directions, a walking distance from the location of the portable device to the vehicle may be determined. When the walking distance is less than or equal to a predetermined distance, a near indication may be provided from the vehicle. The near indication may include a visual indication and/or an audio indication. In some embodiments, a current location of the portable device may be obtained periodically and updated walking directions may be presented by the portable device. The presented walking directions may include text, a map, or generated speech.06-24-2010
20090292463System and method for determining routing information - A system and method for determining an optimal set of routes from an origin to one or more destinations. The system comprises a reverse geo-code database of closest intersections for one or more locations of a particular geographical region, a matrix generator, and a vehicle routing problem solver. The matrix generator creates a set of shortest routes among the possible routes between the origin location and the one or more destination locations. The shortest routes are determined by calculating a distance from a first location to a first nearest artery, a distance from a second location to a second nearest artery, and from the first nearest artery to the second nearest artery. The vehicle routing problem solver generates an optimal set of routes connecting the one or more locations by combining the one or more shortest routes.11-26-2009
20090119004METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENTS IN REAL TIME AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - The present invention relates to a method of providing a content in real time and a navigation system for providing a content in real time which recognizes an allowance time for providing the content by considering a time, a distance, a road straightness from a current guide point to a subsequent guide point, receives the content from a predetermined content providing server in real time, and provides the content during the allowance time. A navigation system for providing a content in real time, the navigation system including: an allowance time recognition unit recognizing an existence of an allowance time for providing the content while navigating; a server connection unit connecting to a predetermined content providing server via a communication network; a content receiving unit receiving the content from the content providing server; and a content providing unit providing the received content during the allowance time.05-07-2009
20100191453SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS WITH ROUTING INFORMATION - A system and method for notifying users of situations may include identifying geographic coordinates of the situation in response to receiving situation information. A communications device located within a geographic distance from the geographic coordinates may be identified. A network address of the communications device may be determined. A route for a user of the communications device to avoid the situation may be determined and communicated in a message to the communications device. The message may include an indication of the situation and the determined route to notify the user of the situation and route to avoid the situation.07-29-2010
20100185386METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A NAVIGATION DEVICE - The present invention relates to a method for operating a navigation device comprising an input device into which operating commands and/or location data, especially start data and/or destination data, can be entered, a road network database, a route calculation unit for calculating and storing a planned route taking into account the location data and the road network database, a signal receiving unit for receiving position signals, particularly GPS signals, a position determining unit for determining the current position of a vehicle, and a display device. Said method comprises the following steps: a) the current vehicle position is determined taking into account the received position signals; b) a route preview is calculated which represents at least one section of the planned route as a film sequence, starting from the current vehicle position; c) the route preview is displayed.07-22-2010
20100262361Determining and Presenting Communication Device Proximity Information - A location and mapping application takes device information and produces location information for display on a communication-enabled computing device (e.g., a personal digital assistant or wireless phone). A current location of a wireless device may be provided with an announcement of an incoming call or message and may be in the form of a street address or a map. Location information for a wired (or fixed-location) device may be provided in the form of a map. Location information for nearby wireless and wired devices may also be provided. Location information may be updated for wireless devices that are moving.10-14-2010
20100191457NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device that can easily select information matched with user's favorite or intention from information on many stores and facilities is provided.07-29-2010
20100191456NAVIGATION APPARATUS, NAVIGATION SERVER, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - In a navigation system, an index information (idx(d07-29-2010
20100191455NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION APPARATUS, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation server (07-29-2010
20100217516METHOD FOR GENERATING REFERENCE DRIVING TRACKS FOR AGRICULTURAL WORKING MACHINES - Generation of one or more reference driving tracks for use in automatic route planning of an agricultural working vehicle includes driving along a starting route of an agricultural field to be worked, recording the starting route in a data processing device, selecting at least one section of the recorded starting route as a reference driving track, investigating the starting route along its entire length for changes in direction, and in the selecting at least one section, selecting a section as the reference driving track only if a change in direction that falls below a limit value is not found anywhere along an entire length of the section.08-26-2010
20100235089DISPLAY APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, DISPLAY PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM WITH THE DISPLAY PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF AT LEAST A PORTION OF A MAP - The present invention provides a display apparatus for zooming and displaying a portion of an object to be displayed on display means according to an instruction by a user and allowing scrolling a display portion for the object to be displayed. The display apparatus includes input means for accepting the instruction by a user, and control means for controlling a display of the object to be displayed on the display means so that zooming out of the display on the display means is started and then the zoomed out display is zoomed in to the original size according to the instruction by a user as a trigger. The control means stops the zooming out or zooming in the display when scrolling is instructed by the input means during a period from a point of time when the zooming out is started until a point of time when the zooming in is completed, and scrolls the display on the display means according to the instruction for scrolling.09-16-2010
20100241350SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND SOFTWARE FOR PROVIDING WAYFINDING ORIENTATION AND WAYFINDING DATA TO BLIND TRAVELERS - To support the independence and mobility of blind pedestrians, the present inventors devised, among other things, free systems, methods, and software for providing narrative blind-ready wayfinding information. One exemplary system receives user input identifying a starting landmark and ending landmark in a particular selected geographic region, such as a city, university campus, government building, shopping mall, or airport. The system then searches a database for the corresponding narrative wayfinding instructions, and outputs them in the form of text or audio to guide a blind pedestrian from the starting landmark to the ending landmark. In the exemplary system, blind users select the geographic region as well as the starting and ending landmark from a voice-driven telephonic menu system and receive audible wayfinding instruction via mobile telephone. In some embodiments, the system also provides access to voice-driven restaurant menus.09-23-2010
20100235086Navigation system - Disclosed are a navigation system and/or a point information display method and a program. The navigation system consists mainly of: a stream receiver that receives broadcast streams; a data decoder that samples a data signal from the received streams and decodes the data signal into character string information; a matching block that performs matching to compare a predetermined keyword, which is associated with position information specified in map information data, with stored keywords and searches a keyword consistent with the keyword contained in the character string information; a position information searching block that searches position information associated with the keyword contained in the character string information and detected to be consistent with a stored keyword by the matching block; and a display unit that displays the detected position information while superimposing it on a display image.09-16-2010
20100235088SAFETY-BASED ROAD MAP NAVIGATION - The disclosed subject matter relates to an architecture that can facilitate safety-oriented navigation through a local environment that presents emergency dynamics. The architecture can facilitate monitoring of deployed sensors constituting a sensor network, even for cases in which sensor locations are not known in advance such as for rapid or random deployment.09-16-2010
20100217518NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A navigation configured to be installed in a motor vehicle, and a corresponding method. According to an embodiment, there is a method that includes: a) reproducing video information corresponding to a straight section included in the route information at a speed faster than a typical reproduction speed; and b) reproducing video information corresponding to a curved section included in the route information at a speed slower than the typical reproduction speed.08-26-2010
20110130957SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BETTER ALARM MANAGEMENT - A system and method of better alarm management is provided. The method includes importing a floor map of a monitored area onto a workstation, configuring the floor map, and generating an optimal guidance route map on the floor map. The optimal guidance route map provides a user with at least one route from the workstation to a designated device in the monitored area.06-02-2011
20110112758System and Method for Managing Mobile Drive Units - A method for moving a mobile drive unit within a workspace includes receiving a path. The path includes at least an initial segment and one or more additional segments. The initial segment includes a portion of the path adjacent to the first point; and at least one of the additional segments includes a portion of the path adjacent to the second point. The method further includes storing the path, reserving the initial segment of the path, and moving away from the first point along the initial segment. After initiating movement along the initial segment, the method includes reserving each of the additional segments of the path and moving toward the second point along each of the additional segments while that segment is reserved.05-12-2011
20100235083ROAD MAP DATA STRUCTURE, ROAD MAP DATA STORAGE MEDIUM, NAVIGATION DEVICE, AND METHOD OF GENERATING ROAD MAP DATA - A road map data structure includes road network data Rn, representing roads by a connection relation of a plurality of links L, in a hierarchical structure of a plurality of levels, in which, as a link ID for each link L at a lowest level, consecutive serial IDs, according to a connection order of the links within a link line ML formed of a plurality of the consecutive links having a common attribute, are assigned to first links L09-16-2010
20100235084On-board car navigation destination search device and on-board car navigation destination search method - Devices and methods search for a route from a departure point to a destination and provide guidance based on the route that is found. The devices and methods associate a street name with a parcel in which map data is associated with an area that is bounded by specified coordinates and, when the street name is input, extract the parcel in which the street name is located. The devices and methods extract a city area name in the extracted parcel and display the city area name such that the city area name can be selected. The devices and methods extract a local area name that is included in the parcel in which the selected city area name is located, display the local area name such that the local area name can be selected, and specify a house number within the parcel in which the selected local area name is located.09-16-2010
20090076720Image mapping to provide visual geographic path - Provided is a computer system and method for mapping a visual path. The method includes receiving one or more images included in a predefined area; receiving one or more parameters associated with the image; and integrating the images and parameters into a map of the predefined area to enable mapping the visual path through the predefined area in response to one or more input path parameters.03-19-2009
20100235085MAP DISPLAY SYSTEM, MAP DISPLAY, AND MAP DISPLAY METHOD - Even if a detailed map being displayed is continuously scrolled, the place of the detailed map being displayed is kept to a wide-area map. A map display system having a map display for displaying a plurality of maps and an information distribution server which is connected to the map display through a communication means and distributes map data to the map display comprises a display means for displaying a first map capable of being scrolled and a second map including the scope of the first map, a scroll control means for scrolling the first map, a condition judging means for judging whether or not to control the display form of the second map according to the result of the scroll of the first map by the scroll control means and a condition for controlling the display form of the second map set in advance, and a reduced scale control means for controlling the display form of the second map. The reduced scale control means controls the display form of the second map according to the result of the judgment of the condition judging means.09-16-2010
20100241347METHOD AND SYSTEM OF LOCATING STATIONARY VEHICLE WITH REMOTE DEVICE - A location system for use in locating a vehicle or other object. The system may include displaying directional information on a mobile device, such as but not limited to a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), remote vehicle control device (fob, RKE, passive entry, etc.). The displayed directional information may indicate a direction of travel to the vehicle without requiring the mobile device to rely on GPS satellites to determine a position useful in orientating the user in a direction toward the vehicle.09-23-2010
20100241351IDENTIFYING A RESULT RESPONSIVE TO A CURRENT LOCATION OF A CLIENT DEVICE - A method for identifying a result responsive to a current location of a client device includes receiving, form a client device and at a host, a search query that includes a point of interest and a current location of the client device. The method also includes automatically updating the search query as the current location of the client device changes and instructing the host to identify a potential location associated with the point of interest and located within a user-defined proximity from the current location of the client device.09-23-2010
20100241349VEHICLE-DISPATCHING METHOD, VEHICLE-DISPATCHING SYSTEM AND NAVIGATING DEVICE USED IN THE SAME - A vehicle-dispatching system includes a service center and a plurality of hosts disposed in respective vehicles, and one of the vehicles is selected for dispatching when the service center receives a vehicle request from a passenger. For facilitating drivers to decide whether to accept the task, a message including location information of the passenger is sent to dispatching units of the hosts by the service center to trigger navigating units of the hosts to reveal respective route information for the drivers' reference. Once one or more drivers decide to accept the task, they may trigger the dispatching units to issue respective task-accepting signals to the service center. The service driver then selects one of the vehicles for dispatching by sending a dispatching signal to the dispatching unit of the selected vehicle. The dispatching signal then triggers the navigating unit of the selected vehicle to automatically reveal navigating information.09-23-2010
20100241348Projected Way-Finding - Navigation information may be provided. First, a destination location may be received at a portable device. Next, a current location of the portable device maybe detected. Then, at least one way-point may be calculated based on the current location and the destination location. An orientation and a level of the portable device may be determined and the at least one way-point may then be projected from the portable device.09-23-2010
20100223002ROUTE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - It is possible to display a lane guide map that takes into consideration connections between each of the lanes (m09-02-2010
20100235082ROUTE SEARCH SYSTEM, ROUTE SEARCH SERVER, TERMINAL, AND ROUTE SEARCH METHOD - A route search system for simply searching for a guidance route for participating in one of the events of the same kind held within time zones at places. The route search system comprises route search network data for searching for a route on foot and by public transportation, route searching means, network data editing means, and event data including the event holding place and the event holding time. The network data editing means connects the event holding place as an event site node involving position information to the route search network data, registers the event as an event virtual node not involving any position information, and connects the event site node to the event virtual node through links according to the different event holding times. The route searching means searches for a guidance route from the departure place to the relevant event virtual node as the destination when search for a route from a desired place as a departure place to the place of a specific event among the events is requested.09-16-2010
20100211307Method of Storing the Position of a Parked Vehicle and Navigation Device Arranged for That - The present invention relates to a navigation device comprising a processor unit (08-19-2010
20110238292METHOD OF OPERATING A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method of operating a navigation system is disclosed. A request for an emergency stop for a vehicle is obtained. The current position of the vehicle is determined and an emergency profile representing a time until stop is generated. A maximum distance that may be traveled within said time until stop is determined and an emergency stop location within the maximum distance is identified.09-29-2011
20100223001NAVIGATION APPARATUS, NAVIGATION SERVER, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Provided is a navigation system capable of outputting situation information of a specified area according to real-time traffic information including a traffic regulation. A navigation apparatus can make a user recognize the moment when a vehicle (Q) enters a specified area (A) where a situation which affects the travel of the vehicle (Q) along a navigation route (r) is generated and the situation (inf(A)) indicating the situation by using an icon (x) indicating an entry position (p09-02-2010
20100153003INFORMATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR INFORMING AND/OR NAVIGATING A PERSON, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The invention relates to a housing for protecting an electronic device (06-17-2010
20080270020Method, Arrangement and Monitoring Device for Navigation of Aircraft and Ground Vehicles Using Satellite-Assisted Positioning - On reaching an approach area to a destination airport, the aircraft is provided with up-to-date topographical information and route information in addition to a destination position on the ground. Wireless communication technologies, such as GSM, GPRS, UMTS, WLan, WiMax, and the like are used to transmit this information. Advantageously, the transmitted information can be displayed on a commercially available navigation system on board the aircraft and can be used for navigation on the ground.10-30-2008
20100211310MOUNTED-ON-A-CAR INSTRUMENT AND UTTERANCE PRIORITY METHOD - It is an object to provide a mounted-on-a-car instrument configured to prevent duplicate reproduction of the same contents. A mounted-on-a-car instrument (08-19-2010
20100211309NAVIGATION SERVER - A navigation server rapidly generating guide support information in view of a traffic state after occurrence of an accidental situation in a road section, and make a navigation device recognize the same. After occurrence of the accidental situation in a target road section, a changing pattern g08-19-2010
20100211308IDENTIFYING INTERESTING LOCATIONS - Interesting location identification embodiments are presented that generally involve identifying and providing the interesting locations found in a given geospatial region. This is accomplished by modeling the location histories of multiple individuals who traveled through the region of interest, and identifying interesting locations in the region based on the number of individuals visiting a location weighted in terms of the travel experience of those individuals. A prescribed number of the top most interesting locations in a specified region can be provided upon request. In addition, prescribed numbers of the top most popular travel sequences through the interesting locations and the top most experienced travelers in the specified region can be provided as well.08-19-2010
20100063721TRAVEL INFORMATION SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL INFORMATION OF THE SAME SYSTEM - A travel information service system and a method of providing a travel information service which can perform guidance of travel information appropriate for a travel purpose and a travel type are provided. The method of providing the travel information service includes: a first operation of providing a travel course for each area and point of interest (POI) information for each course using a user interface; a second operation of creating a travel route based on user selection of the travel course for each area and the POI information for each course; and a third operation of performing map guidance based on the created travel route.03-11-2010
20100030464Route Finding System and Method Having a Route Option for Avoiding Hazardous Turning Maneuvers - A route finding system has a map database containing node data and edge data, wherein nodes represent points on a route and edges represent the connections between the nodes. A route search system determining an optimal route according to prescribed route parameters, wherein a route comprises at least one partial route, and a partial route comprises at least one edge, considers the difficulty of the partial routes during route finding. The abilities of the user and/or a user selection determine the influence of the difficulty of the partial routes on the route obtained during route search. Difficult partial routes are characterized by the necessity of carrying out difficult maneuvers, particularly turning maneuvers and/or crossing maneuvers, to complete the partial route.02-04-2010
20090326803Navigation device and method for exchanging data between resident applications - In one embodiment of the present invention, navigation software is integrated with other kinds of software running on the same device so that capabilities of the navigation software can be made available from within the other applications. In one example embodiment, those applications can export street, city or postcode format address data to the navigation software. The address data can then be converted to a co-ordinate system based address by the navigation software, which can then automatically be set as the destination address used by the navigation software in calculating the route and/or automatically marked on a map generated and displayed by the navigation software.12-31-2009
20100198498USE OF A MOBILE NAVIGATION DEVICE AS A PARKING TIME ASSISTANT - The present invention relates to a method for operating a mobile navigation device, including the following process steps: a) approaching a parking space with a vehicle in which the mobile navigation device is disposed; b) identifying the current position of said vehicle as a parking space; c) automatically storing the arrival time at the parking space and/or a resulting arrival time derived from the arrival time at the parking space.08-05-2010
20090254267Route Search System - A route search system includes a map data storing means 10-08-2009
20090248294NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a route searching unit 10-01-2009
20090240426NAVIGATION DEVICE AND NAVIGATION METHOD - A navigation device and the like capable of preventing a user from falsely recognizing an intersection to take a turn even when another intersection is present near a guidance target intersection. The navigation device that performs route navigation by displaying a guiding symbol superimposed on a photographed image includes: an adjacent intersection detection unit that calculates a distance between a guidance target intersection and an intersection adjacent to the guidance target intersection; and a guidance display control unit that controls guidance details to be displayed. The guidance display control unit sets timing for indicating a path to be taken at the guidance target intersection by using the guiding symbol based on the distance between intersections calculated by the adjacent intersection detection unit.09-24-2009
20090187337SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION OF A BUILDING, CAMPUS OR RETAIL STRUCTURE WITH A MOBILE DEVICE - The invention is concerned with a local navigational system, comprising a receiver configured to receive from a requester a request for navigational information to a destination within a facility, a locator configured to determine an initial location of the requester, a data source configured to provide navigational information from the initial location to the destination in response to the request, and a transmitter configured to transmit the navigational information to a requester.07-23-2009
20090222199Navigation device and navigation program - Navigation devices, methods, and programs display a list of facilities without calculating an estimated travel time from the current position of the vehicle to a facility position by displaying the facilities in the order of a front-left side area, a front-right side area, a rear-left side area, a the rear-right side area, with the searched facilities in each area being displayed in the order of distance from the vehicle. Alternatively or additionally, the devices, methods, and programs display the list by: calculating an estimated travel time from the current position of the vehicle to a facility position only for the searched facilities assigned to a medium distance area; and displaying the facilities in the order of a short distance area, the medium distance area, and a long distance area, with the searched facilities in the short distance area and the long distance area being displayed in the order of distance from the vehicle and the searched facilities in the medium distance area being displayed in the order of the shortest estimated travel time.09-03-2009
20090210146METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AN ITINERARY - A method for generating an itinerary to be implemented by a system includes: enabling the system to determine a route that starts at a departure point and that ends at a destination point with reference to an electronic route-providing source; enabling the system to determine at least one candidate place-of-interest located in the vicinity of the route with reference to an electronic place-of-interest providing source; and enabling the system to generate an itinerary that departs from the departure point and that arrives at the destination point via the route. The system includes the candidate place-of-interest as a to-be-visited place-of-interest into the itinerary based on an estimated travel time associated with the route, a duration of stay associated with the to-be-visited place-of-interest already included in the itinerary, and a duration of stay associated with the candidate place-of-interest. A system that performs the method is also disclosed.08-20-2009
20090319171Route Guidance System and Route Guidance Method - A route guidance system includes a current position detection section, a route search section, and a guidance section. The guidance section includes a branch computation section computes the number of branches between a host vehicle location and a guidance location along a specified route. A point guidance section executes route guidance based on the computed number of the branches. The number of branches between the host vehicle location and the guidance location is computed, and the route guidance is executed based on the computed number of the branches, so it is possible to recognize the guidance location simply by counting the number of the branches, regardless of the number of traffic signals that exist between the host vehicle location and the guidance location.12-24-2009
20090150064Personal GPS navigation device - A navigation device is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes a storage device to store map information; 06-11-2009
20090143977Visual Travel Guide - A novel method, apparatus, and system are disclosed that provide a mobile terminal user with up to date information regarding a point/location of interest. A user may identify a destination, and subsequently select points of interest at the destination from photos, audio or other media displayed to the user. Each media item may be geo-tagged or otherwise associated with a particular point of interest, tourist location, museum, etc. For example, when visiting Washington, D.C., the user may be shown photos of the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. The user may select one or more of the points of interest, and the system then generates an itinerary and/or a walking/driving/biking travel route responsive to the selected media items.06-04-2009
20110130956METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING CONTEXTUALLY APPROPRIATE NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS - An approach is provided for providing guidance information to a user. A request is received, from a device, for guidance information to a destination, wherein the guidance information includes, at least in part, instructions for following a route to the destination. A plurality of candidate reference points associated with the route are determined. One or more of the plurality of candidate reference points are selected to include in the instructions based on saliency of the one or more candidate reference points with respect to one or more comprehension parameters associated with a user. The instructions are generated based on the one or more selected reference points. The comprehension parameters relate to the ability of the user to recognize the selected one or more reference points.06-02-2011
20090112457Sending Location Information From Within a Communication Application - A method in a wireless communications device for transmitting current location information representing a current location of the wireless communications device. The method entails, from within a communication application executing on a processor of the wireless communications device, causing the wireless communications device to obtain the current location information representing the current location of the wireless communications device, including the current location information in a communication generated from within the communication application, and transmitting the communication that includes the current location information. The method optionally entails a further step of performing a reverse look-up of GPS coordinates representing the current location to determine address information for including in the communication. Location information, such as maps or URLs to maps can be sent directly from an e-mail application or instant messenger without having to separately launch a mapping application.04-30-2009
20080275636Navigation Device, Route Searching Method, Route Searching Program, and Computer-Readable Recording Medium - A deviation judging unit judges whether a moving object has deviated from a guided route to a destination, a distance calculating unit calculates a distance from a deviated point to a planned route point when the deviation judging unit judges that the moving object has deviated from the guided route before passing the planned route point on the guided route, a route judging unit judges whether to pass the planned route point based on the distance, and a re-searching unit re-searches a route based on a result of judgment by the route judging unit.11-06-2008
20090112458Navigation system and method for navigating route to destination - A navigation system includes: an information center; a navigation device of a vehicle communicating with the information center; a communication unit transmitting information of a destination to the information center; a center side transmission unit searching positional information of the destination in a database of the information center and transmitting the positional information to the navigation device; a calculation unit of the navigation device calculating a first route to the destination; a navigation side transmission unit transmitting first route calculation result to the information center; and a determination unit of the information center calculating a second route to the destination, comparing second route calculation result with the first route calculation result, and determining whether the navigation device guides a route to the destination based on the first or second route calculation result.04-30-2009
20110077854Navigation device and method for route calculation - A navigation device includes: a position detecting unit; a remaining energy level detecting unit; a storage unit that stores map information including position information of a charging point of a drive energy; an energy consumption amount calculation unit that calculates a consumption amount of the drive energy when a vehicle travels along any link included based upon the map information; a route calculation unit that calculates a route from a current position to a destination point; and a route guidance unit. The route calculation unit calculates a recommended route with a minimum attainment cost among routes in which the remaining level does not fall below a predetermined threshold level based upon the map information, the remaining level on departure of the vehicle detected by the remaining energy level detecting unit, and the consumption amount calculated by the energy consumption amount calculation unit.03-31-2011
20080249702Image-based localization for addresses - The present localization system determines a precise location for an address based on images. Some implementations identify the precise location using one image. Other implementations identify the precise location using multiple images. While still other implementations identify the precise location by interpolation, which uses precise locations of addresses nearby that were previously localized using one or more images. The images used in determining the precise locations have a visual feature associated with the address appearing in the image.10-09-2008
20090105940Route calculation based on traffic events - Based on an origin location and a destination location, a navigation device is configured to provide an initial route. Traffic messages describing traffic events are received by the navigation device. Based on a location code in each of the traffic messages, the navigation device determines a traffic event delay if the location code corresponds to any remaining segment(s) of the initial route. If at least one of the traffic messages corresponds to any remaining segment(s) of the initial route, a travel delay is calculated based on one or more traffic event delays. The navigation device calculates a new route from the current location to the destination location, and, if a new travel time of the new route is less than a remaining travel time of the initial route from the current location to the destination location plus the travel delay, the navigation device outputs the new route.04-23-2009
20090105939VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE - A vehicle navigation system through an area having a plurality of objects. A Voronoi decomposition on the area is first constructed having a number of edges surrounding the obstacles. A Voronoi field having a value between zero and an upper limit is calculated for geometric locations within the area such that the field reaches a maximum value within obstacles and a minimum value on the edges. A transversal cost between adjacent locations in the area from the position of the vehicle and toward a destination is calculated in which the transversal cost increases proportionately with the value of the field. A route is then planned from the position of the vehicle to the destination which minimizes the transversal cost.04-23-2009
20100305845Device for Assisting in the Navigation of a Person - The present invention relates to a device for assisting in the navigation of a person, both inside and outside a building. The device, being fitted to the person, comprises at least: a computer (12-02-2010
20100305844MOBILE VEHICLE NAVIGATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method and apparatus for receiving current location information; extracting photo images associated with areas selected by a user from map data, reading image capture location information from the extracted photo images, and calculating a route by way of the image captured locations of the extracted photo images based on the current location information and the read image capture location information; and outputting the route.12-02-2010
20100305842METHOD AND APPARATUS TO FILTER AND DISPLAY ONLY POIs CLOSEST TO A ROUTE - This invention relates to an apparatus and a method to display Points-of-Interest (POIs) in a navigation system. More specifically, this invention relates to a navigation-based apparatus and method adapted to filter redundant POIs and display only the POIs closest to the route. In one aspect, the POI display apparatus in the navigation system includes a user interface to display maps and POI information, an information receiver adapted to receive a current location of a user, at least one database to store maps, road networks and POI information, a route generating unit to retrieve the map and road network data from the database and generate a calculated route, a POI searching unit to search POIs in a predetermined searching range and searching distance and a POI filtering unit to divide the POIs discovered by the searching unit into different categories, group the POIs with the same names in each category and sort the POIs in each group according to the distance from the calculated route. In one embodiment, the POI information can be transmitted to the navigation from a remote server or communication networks.12-02-2010
20100312466METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CALCULATING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES IN A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a device and a method for navigating a vehicle along a route from a starting position or an instantaneous position to a destination. To this end, a route calculation device of a navigation device calculates a route course which is composed of a sequence of several coherent roads stored on a digital map of a memory device as a first route, and additionally calculates at least one alternative route by allocating a penalty attribute, especially increased average traveling time, road distance or the like, to at least one road of the first route. The method comprises at least the following steps of: 12-09-2010
20090037091METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A FOUR-DIMENSIONAL (4D) FLIGHT PLAN - A method and apparatus that generates a 4D flight plan that takes in account weather, metrological data, and safety of flight information for 360 degree horizontal layer at all relevant altitudes and times is disclosed. The method may include receiving a flight plan request from a user, the flight plan including user preferences, receiving meteorological information and safety-of-flight information based on the user's origin, destination and preferences, generating a 4D flight plan based on the meteorological information, safety-of-flight information, and user preferences, and outputting the 4D flight plan for the user.02-05-2009
20100332121Navigation Device, Route-Search Server, and Route-Search System - A server device 12-30-2010
20100228472OPTIMUM ROUTE DETERMINATION EMPLOYING AN ESTIMATION FUNCTION - A method and system for determining a route from a starting point to a destination on a road network are provided, where an estimation function for vertices of the road network is employed, and where a tiling covers an area in which at least a portion of the road network is contained. A resistance value of each tile of the tiling is provided, and the values of the estimation function for vertices of the road network are determined in accordance with the resistance values of the tiles of the tiling. In an example implementation, the resistance value of a given tile is a lower bound on or the minimum of the costs associated with an optimum route connecting any pair of vertices located on the boundary of the given tile divided by an air-line distance of the pair of vertices.09-09-2010
20110010086PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND PRICE COMPARISON SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A price comparison system including a portable electronic device and a server is provided. The portable electronic device includes a communication module and a display module. The communication module is used for transmitting location information and merchandise information and for receiving price comparison information. The display module is used for displaying the price comparison information. The server is used for producing the price comparison information according to the location information and the merchandise information, and for transmitting the price comparison information to the communication module through wireless transmission. The location information corresponds to an area, the merchandise information corresponds to at least a product of merchandise, and the price comparison information is about prices of the product of merchandise in several shops in the area.01-13-2011
20090143978PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRAVEL TIME FORECAST METHOD - A portable electronic device for mapping and displaying route information includes a route generator, a length calculator, a travel time calculator, and a display system. The route generator is configured for generating a route between a starting location and a destination based on predetermined mapping data. The length calculator is configured for determining a length of the route based on the predetermined mapping data. The travel time calculator is configured for determining a travel time based on a speed of the portable electronic device and the length. The display system is configured for displaying the route and the travel time for guiding a user to the destination. A related travel time forecast method is also provided.06-04-2009
20110015856FUEL EQUIVALENCY FOR DATA SERVICES - A fuel information data service system is presented. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention a fuel information data service can include a controller operable to receive information regarding costs of various types of fuel, and to correlate such costs of fuel information to actual operating costs for a given vehicle, based on a known consumption efficiency for a plurality of types of fuel for that vehicle, to calculate a FuelEQ or fuel equivalency for each fuel offering. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention an exemplary system can further include a presentation device coupled to the controller where the controller is further operable to present such FuelEQ information expressed as a cost per distance traveled. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention a location finding module can be provided, and in addition to displaying various fuel costs and corresponding FuelEQ values, a fuel data system can also display distance and direction data for each available fueling station to a user. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention such a location finding system can send navigational directions to a selected fuel station based on a user selection. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention an exemplary system can alert a user when the vehicle is low on gas and has passed within a predetermined distance to a refueling station with a price lower than a threshold Fuel EQ value (value of cost per distance for fuel) set by the user. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention a navigation system can be used as a location finding module, to both determine distances and direction to a variety of local fueling or energy stations, as well as to calculate and display navigational directions to a selected fuel station in response to a user selection.01-20-2011
20100185387NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION SERVER, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation device and the like capable of setting an appropriate navigation route and the like, in view of a support route set by a navigation server, while restraining an amount of communicating information small, is provided. The navigation server 07-22-2010
20110246062MAP AND DIRECTIONS SYSTEM WITH VERTICAL DISTANCE - A mapping and directions system including a processor, software executing on the processor for receiving a geographical origin, software executing on the processor for receiving a geographical destination, software executing on the processor for generating a travel route from the origin to the destination, the travel route including at least one ground-level travel portion and at least one vertical travel portion, and software executing on the processor for calculating a travel time for the travel route from the origin to the destination.10-06-2011
20110130960Method and system for saving and retrieving spatial related information - The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for storing, referencing, retrieving, and graphically displaying spatial and non-spatial related information of a mobile computing device, such as a laptop computer or a cellular telephone. The spatial-related information may be obtained by using positioning tracking systems such as a global positioning system, whereas the non-spatial related information may include communication activities associated with the mobile computing device, such as phone calls, e-mails, text messages, pages, etc. The present invention also provides methods and apparatus of sharing event information between mobile communication devices as well as related navigational information for traveling to an event from a real-time position of a mobile communication device.06-02-2011
20110130955Method and apparatus for navigating on artistic maps - Techniques for navigating an artistic map are disclosed. The artistic map is often non-linear scaled, which means the map includes various objects being exaggeratedly shown. When a point of an object is selected as a destination, the coordinates of the point is captured. The coordinates of the point are then transformed to a physical point represented by latitude and longitude. A direction from a current location to the physical point is determined. Subsequently, the direction is modified or transformed in accordance with the map being displayed.06-02-2011
20110029229System and Method of Providing Directions to a User of a Wireless Communication Device - A wireless communication device communicates Radio Frequency (RF) signals with a wireless communication network, and receives navigation signals from a constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth. When the device travels to an area where the RF signals from the network are weak or non-existent, the device automatically activates its Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver, and periodically saves its location to memory. If a user of the device becomes lost, the device can use the saved locations to generate directions to return the user to, or near, the network coverage area.02-03-2011
20110035148NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes a route searching unit for searching for a whole route leading to a destination via waypoints set by a setting unit, a route guidance unit for carrying out route guidance according to the whole route, an output unit for outputting a message showing that a vehicle has deviated from a route leading to a first next waypoint toward which the vehicle has been heading when the route guidance unit determines that the vehicle has deviated from the route to a predetermined distance or more and is traveling along a route after the first next waypoint, and an input unit for inputting a command indicating whether or not to travel via the first next waypoint in response to the message outputted by the output unit.02-10-2011
20110035146DISTRIBUTED TRAFFIC NAVIGATION USING VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION - A method for distributed traffic navigation in a vehicular network is presented. At each vehicle entering the network, information associated with the vehicular network is acquired and stored, and destination addresses are broadcasted as route requests. At each vehicle in the network, the stored information is updated through vehicle to vehicle communication. At each junction, a header vehicle is selected for listening for broadcasts to determine the presence of a matrix. If the matrix is not present, the matrix is initialized based on the stored information of the header vehicle. The header vehicle further estimates travel time on the road segments based on the matrix, calculates a backlog indicator based on the segment travel time and the route requests. The header vehicle further updates the matrix and generates a route based on the matrix. The matrix is broadcasted from the header vehicle.02-10-2011
20110035147METHOD OF DETERMINING VEHICLE ROUTE AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method of determining a vehicle route includes the steps of calculating a current location; memorizing ramp section definition information, a main road route tilt attribute, and a bifurcation route tilt attribute, per ramp section; ramp section determining whether or not the current location of an own vehicle is in the ramp section based on the current location information; detecting pitch angle rate information, which is tilt change in a traveling direction of the own vehicle, by a sensor; determining a tilt attribute of a driving route by sampling the pitch angle rate information in a predetermined sampling period for integration; defining a table for a route determination result corresponding to the tilt attribute determined by the tilt attribute determination step, the main road route tilt attribute, and the bifurcation route tilt attribute; and determining a vehicle route to obtain the route determination result referring to the table.02-10-2011
20110040479ROUTE GUIDANCE SYSTEM, ROUTE SEARCH SERVER, ROUTE GUIDANCE METHOD, AND TERMINAL - First and second route guidance systems provided with country or region-specific map data or route search network data are linked. If the departure place and the destination are in different areas, a first route guidance system (A) extracts a candidate connection which is the border between the different areas to transmit it to a second route guidance system (B). The first and second route guidance systems search the optimum route from the departure place to the candidate connection and the optimum candidate route from the candidate connection to the destination, respectively and provide the required time and link data to their respective route guidance systems. The first or second route guidance system determines a recommended route with the smallest total of the required time out of candidate routes connected at the candidate connection and provides the recommended route data including the link data from the first route guidance system (A) to a terminal (02-17-2011
20110112757Navigation System and Method Thereof - A navigation system includes a storage module, a positioning module, a time module, and an integration module. The integration module is electrically connected to the storage module, the positioning module and the time module, and compares a navigation keyword with a plurality of landmark names of a map data stored in the storage module. When at least one of the landmark names is found to be partially or completely the same as the navigation keyword and is currently in opening hours, the integration module selects one of these landmark names and creates a navigation path directed to the selected landmark name based on the orientation data of the selected landmark name, positioning information output by the positioning module, and time information output by the time module. A navigation method implemented based on the above navigation system is also disclosed.05-12-2011
20110246061ROUTE DISPLAY DEVICE, ROUTE DISPLAY METHOD, ROUTE DISPLAY PROGRAM, AND ROUTE DISPLAY SYSTEM - A route display apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes a search unit that searches for a plurality of routes in which a plurality of destinations are stopped by in a different stopping order combination in each route. The apparatus also includes a prediction unit that predicts, for each of the routes, a travelable position that can be reached with a remaining amount of a battery. The prediction unit is configured to predict, for each of the routes, a necessity of charging based on whether the travelable position is on a side of a departure point in relation to a final destination. The apparatus also includes a display control unit that displays, for each of the routes, the necessity of charging in association with a corresponding stopping order for each of the routes, on a display part.10-06-2011
20110246059INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, BEHAVIOR PREDICTION DISPLAY METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREFOR - A method, system, device, and computer readable medium for a displaying a predicted route of a user. It can be determined whether a predicted route is within a displayed range of the map. If the predicted route is not within the displayed range of the map, the displayed range of the map can be automatically changed such that the predicted route is within the displayed range of the map.10-06-2011
20110246058Anomaly Detection For Road User Charging System - A computer readable medium embodies a program of machine-readable instructions executable by a processing apparatus to perform operations including determining information corresponding to a number of differences in distances between ending points of journeys taken by a vehicle and starting points of consecutive journeys taken by the vehicle, and transmitting one or more representations of the information. Another computer readable medium tangibly includes instructions for, for each of a number of vehicles, receiving one or more scores corresponding to a vehicle, and determining a ranked list containing at least a portion of the scores, and outputting the ranked list. Another computer readable medium includes instructions for, for each of a number of vehicles, receiving information corresponding to a vehicle, using one or more metrics, calculating one or more values from the received information, and communicating one or more representations of the one or more value to one or more entities.10-06-2011
20110246056METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENTLY USING A BATTERY IN A SMARTPHONE HAVING A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - This invention relates to a method and apparatus to optimize energy consumption in a mobile phone having a navigation system. More specifically, this invention relates to a navigation-based method and apparatus to efficiently use a smartphone battery to deliver the highest possible location accuracy to the driver. In one embodiment, when the driver is travelling from a complex route segment to a less complex route segment, a current location sensor is switched to another location sensor with lower location accuracy which consumes less battery power. In another embodiment, when the driver is travelling from a less complex route segment to a complex route segment, the navigation system continues to use a location sensor with lower accuracy until the navigation system determines that switching to higher accuracy location sensor is necessary to conserve more battery power. The navigation system can determine a best timing to switch according to the driver's familiarity with the route segment or geographical area.10-06-2011
20110106426NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETECTION THAT A PARKING FACILITY IS SOUGHT - A navigation apparatus is disclosed including a location determination unit and a processing resource arranged to support, when in use, a user interface. In at least one embodiment, the processing resource is operably coupled to the location determination unit in order to obtain location information therefrom. The processing resource is arranged to analyse the location information and the user interface is arranged to generate a message offering assistance in relation to finding a parking facility in response to the processing resource determining that a location information characteristic associated with the location information is in accordance with a predetermined criterion.05-05-2011
20110082640NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE - A navigation device and a navigation method with a system is provided for obtaining position data about the current position of the vehicle, a data store, which provides navigation data, a route determination system, which uses the position data, the navigation data and destination settings to determine a travel route, an output system for outputting information about the planned travel route and a traffic sign recognition system for detecting traffic signs in the vicinity of the current vehicle position. The route determination system determines an alternative route, if the traffic sign recognition system detects a traffic sign, which prevents travel along the planned route.04-07-2011
20100125406METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING POINT OF INTEREST NAVIGATION SERVICES - A method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided for providing point of interest navigation services. An apparatus may include a processor configured to receive a request for navigation instructions comprising an origin location and a destination location. The processor may be further configured to determine a route between the origin location and the destination location. The processor may additionally be configured to determine one or more points of interest along the route based at least in part upon prior usage data associated with each point of interest. The prior usage data may be received and aggregated from users of a navigation system. The processor may also be configured to provide navigation instructions comprising the one or more determined points of interest. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.05-20-2010
20110144905COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENT PREDICTION TERMINAL, COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENT PREDICTION METHOD AND COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENT PREDICTION PROGRAM - A signal receiving element of a communication environment prediction terminal receives GPS signals via satellite communication from GPS satellites. A position information detecting element detects position information indicating a position of a vehicle on which the terminal is mounted, based on the GPS signals received by the receiving element. Then, a position measurement information generating element generates position measurement information including the position information detected by the detecting element, that is, the position measurement information indicating a travel position of the vehicle positioned by the GPS signals. A communication information generating element generates communication information indicating a communication environment in an area to which the vehicle has moved, based on the position measurement information by making use of the characteristic that the GPS signal is difficult to receive in a point with an obstacle or the like.06-16-2011
20100223004DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM - A user can visually and instinctively understand an operation to be executed, and a corresponding operation screen or input screen is easily displayed and operated.09-02-2010
20100023250OPEN AREA MAPS - Systems and methods associated with an open area map are disclosed. For example, one method comprises obtaining an image of a layout. The layout represents a real-world area in which a person moves about. A grid is applied on the image. The grid includes tiles that fill in a ground area of the image. A routable map is generated as a function of the grid. The routable map is configured to provide point-to-point routing within the layout.01-28-2010
20110246063INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVER, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - An information providing system stores street information obtained by associating a house number located at the boundary of a map area with each street included in the map area with respect to each segmented map area constituted of predetermined unit areas, receives a location identification signal to acquire spot information including the present location, judges a map area corresponding to the present location out of the map areas on the basis of the acquired spot information, acquires street information included in the judged map area, judges a street which is the nearest from the present position on the basis of the acquired street information and the spot information, refers to house number information associated with the street information, and judges the house number at the present locations as location identification information on the basis of the street information corresponding to the nearest street and the spot information. This enables the information providing system to display the location identification information (address) by use of the map data.10-06-2011
20110246060NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system includes a distribution server and a navigation apparatus. In the distribution server, a branch road data extraction section extracts data on branch road shape graphic patterns necessary for preparing a direction guide map from a branch road data storage device; an arrangement designation data preparation section prepares an arrangement designation data which designates an arrangement mode of the extracted data on branch road shape graphic patterns; and a distribution section distributes the extracted data on branch road shape graphic patterns and the prepared arrangement designation data to the navigation apparatus. In the navigation apparatus, a direction guide map preparation section prepares a direction guide map based on the received data on branch road shape graphic patterns and the received arrangement designation data; and a direction guide map display section displays the prepared direction guide map in a display device.10-06-2011
20110246055METHOD OF OPERATING A NAVIGATION SYSTEM TO PROVIDE A PEDESTRIAN ROUTE - A computer implemented method of operating a navigation system to provide a pedestrian route is provided. The method comprises receiving a request for a route from an origin to a destination. The method evaluates a plurality of pedestrian paths by accessing data representing the pedestrian paths to determine a safety cost associated with including the pedestrian path in the route. The safety cost indicates a safety risk for the pedestrian. The method provides the route comprising the pedestrian paths that form a continuous navigable route between the origin and the destination that minimize the safety cost.10-06-2011
20110106428INFORMATION DISPLAYING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An information displaying apparatus and method thereof capable of accurately displaying event information on a captured actual image are provided. The information displaying apparatus may include a controller configured to detect a location of a specific point within an image captured by a capture unit and to match event information corresponding to an event generated location on map data to the captured image based on the location of the specific point and a current location; and a display unit configured to display the matched result.05-05-2011
20110106431Navigation Device, Navigation Method and Navigation System - A navigation device receives a differential map data from a map delivery server via a communication line. The map delivery server checks whether there is a new intersection on a navigation route searched by the navigation device after updating a map data. The navigation device acquires a differential map data containing the intersection from the map delivery server. Then, an update map data selection section determines whether the intersection can be updated in time. An update order determination section updates the differential map data which can be updated in time in ascending order of time required to reach the intersection.05-05-2011
20100023257NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes: a map data storage means 01-28-2010
20090048773PERSONALISED MAPS - A method in a mobile communication device, including acquiring positioning information representing a geographical location; calculating data representing a first route from the acquired positioning information, the first route having a starting point, a current point, and an ending point; storing data representing the first route; capturing a first set of content information including components of contents information and associating the components of content information with components of the acquired positioning information; associating the first route with the first set of content information; and storing data representing an association of the components of the first set of captured content information and the components of acquired positioning information is provided. A device, server and system thereof is also provided.02-19-2009
20090037094Method For Operating A Navigation System - A method for operating a navigation system includes the following steps: 02-05-2009
20090037093Vehicle-Mounted Navigation Apparatus - A vehicle-mounted navigation apparatus includes a traffic information acquiring means 02-05-2009
20100131190NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus of a vehicle having a monitor displaying a routing path from a current location to a designated destination on a map, and an auxiliary display installed independently of the monitor at a position closer than the monitor to a lower edge of a windshield. In the apparatus, the auxiliary display is operated to display a first bent arrow of prescribed length indicating that an intersection to turn is a first predetermined distance away from the current location when a calculated distance becomes equal to the first predetermined distance, and a second bent arrow of a length shorter than the prescribed length indicating that the intersection approaches closer when the distance becomes equal to a second predetermined distance defined shorter than the first predetermined distance, thereby enabling to provide sure visual route guidance to driver.05-27-2010
20100049432Identification Tag Navigation System and Method Thereof - An identification tag navigation system and a method thereof are provided according to the invention. The system comprises at least an identification tag and a mobile apparatus. The method comprises steps of receiving a destination reading command, accessing a destination information of the identification tag, receiving a plurality of reference signals and computing a current position data according to the plurality of reference signals, computing and generating a navigation route data according to the destination position data and the current position data, and generating an instruction data according to the navigation route data and the current position data.02-25-2010
20090216431Method and apparatus for adjusting distance for generating maneuver instruction for navigation system - A distance adjustment method and apparatus for a navigation system produces a maneuver instruction for an intersection at the most appropriate timing and location during the route guidance. The method includes the steps of: searching an upcoming intersection on the calculated route that requires the user to make a turn therein; retrieving data concerning the upcoming intersection from a map database; adjusting a final distance from a reference point of the intersection by evaluating the retrieved data concerning the intersection; and generating a maneuver instruction at a timing when the user has reached the adjusted final distance from the reference point of the intersection, thereby notifying the user to make a turning maneuver at the intersection.08-27-2009
20100063722ON-BOARD VEHICLE NAVIGATION DEVICE AND PROGRAM - Signal data stored in an information storage unit of an on-board vehicle navigation device includes signal numbers, position information for each signal, signal indication information for determining the indication, and information for a relationship between the indications and times for each signal. Based on a determination that the target signal has been set by selecting a signal intersection on a map screen (S03-11-2010
20110178700METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING QUICK SEARCH OF PATH DISPLAY TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for performing a quick search of a path display terminal are provided. The quick search device of a path display terminal comprises: a vehicle position display unit for displaying a position of a vehicle on a map generated based on map data; a quick search display unit for displaying a quick search area for inputting a search word in a portion of the map; a search unit for searching for a destination corresponding to the search word; and a path display unit for generating and displaying a path from the vehicle position to the destination.07-21-2011
20100057343APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING GPS INTERFACE - The invention provides an apparatus and a method for displaying a GPS interface. The apparatus of the invention includes a GPS module and a processing module. The GPS module is capable of generating a command and the GPS interface. Furthermore, the processing module is coupled to the GPS module for detecting the command and selectively displaying the GPS interface on a display according to the command.03-04-2010
20100057342Vehicle travel assisting system - A vehicle travel assisting system has an area setting part for setting an area, in which weather information is acquired. The area setting part sets the area by using at least one of an attribute of a vehicle travel road, vehicle equipment for bad weather travel, and vehicle information such as a vehicle type and vehicle chassis lowest height. If the acquired weather information varies along a travel road of the vehicle, weather information is provided at earlier time according to the attribute of the travel road or unnecessary weather information is limited according to the equipment or the information of the vehicle.03-04-2010
20100057341DYNAMIC DETERMINATION OF OPTIMAL ROUTE DELIVERY METHOD - A method and system for dynamic determination of optimal route delivery receives a point of interest location, a current vehicle location, and a date of first set of route directions from a telematics unit over a wireless network by a software application running on a navigation server. The application accesses the first set of route directions and a second set of route directions from a database located on a telematics service provider premises. Both the first and second set of route directions are between the current vehicle location and the point of interest. If there is a traffic obstacle along a route between the current vehicle location and the point of interest location and the traffic obstacle was implemented after the first set of directions, a live advisor sends a notification to a user and provides the user with an alternate method of delivering route directions over the wireless network.03-04-2010
20110093189SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF REPETITIVE DATA SENT BY A SERVER TO A CLIENT FOR VEHICLE NAVIGATION - A system and method for reducing the amount of repetitive data sent by a server to a client for vehicle navigation. The system includes a computer-based vehicle unit located in a vehicle, a gateway configured to wirelessly send and receive trip information to and from the vehicle unit, and a computer-based server in communication with the gateway over a network. The vehicle unit wirelessly receives signals from a computer-based server that includes the desired navigation information in packet form. The vehicle unit includes a user interface component that presents the received navigation information and records user requests. The server processes the requests, generates a trip plan according to the navigation information and sends the generated trip plan back to the vehicle unit via a gateway when a request has been completed.04-21-2011
20110153199NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A drive recorder for installation in a vehicle detects occurrence of predetermined events such as an accident, and records an “event occurrence location” that is a location of the vehicle at the time of the event occurrence. A navigation apparatus obtains the “event occurrence location” recorded by the drive recorder, and if there is the “event occurrence location” in the range of a map displayed on a display, the navigation apparatus superimposes a warning mark on the event occurrence location. Thereby the location, where the event occurred actually, is indicated on the map. Thus it is possible to inform the location where an attention is required for driving, adapting to the actual driving.06-23-2011
20100070162NAVIGATION SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, AND ROUTE GUIDING METHOD - Provided is a navigation system comprising a route searching server and a mobile terminal device. The mobile terminal device includes posture detecting means for detecting the posture of the mobile terminal device at the time when imaging means took a peripheral image, and image layout means for determining the display position of a guide route or a proceeding direction guide image on the basis of the posture of the mobile terminal device detected by the posture detecting means. The mobile terminal device stores the guide route distributed from the route searching server. In case the image layout means discriminates that the guide route is not contained in the peripheral image displayed in display means, drawing control means displays an imaging direction guide image for guiding the direction, in which the imaging means takes the image, on the peripheral image.03-18-2010
20100070161Multimode Navigator device - An improved navigator system turns off a display in one mode of operation. The operation in that mode can use enhanced mapping information that announces landmarks and other information to guide the user to a destination with only audio. The latest set of information can be stored in the navigator and used even if it is old information.03-18-2010
20110153202NAVIGATION SERVER - According to a navigation server (06-23-2011
20110153200NAVIGATION APPARATUS - In a navigation apparatus, HOV information related to a high-occupancy vehicle lane or carpool lane is added into node data of a node as a part of the node data in map data. The HOV information of all nodes in a highway in a guide route is acquired from the map data to calculate the total number of transfer permit points. When it is determined that a guide for HOV is possible based on the calculated total number of transfer permit points, and then it is determined that an entry distance from the present position to a nearest transfer permit point is in a predetermined range suitable for an entrance guide into the carpool lane, the entry distance is determined to be suitable for the entrance guide into the carpool lane. Thereby the entrance guide into the carpool lane is provided.06-23-2011
20110153189HISTORICAL TRAFFIC DATA COMPRESSION - A device and method for calculating information regarding a route to a destination. The device may include a computer-readable memory element on which is stored a plurality of templates comprising historical speed values for a quantity of time segments and a map database including data for a plurality of road segments associated with template codes identifying one or more of the templates. The device may also include a processing device for accessing the map database to determine a historical speed value for one or more selected road segments. The historical speed value may be used for calculating an estimated amount of time to complete a selected route, a route to the destination that takes the least amount of time, and/or a predicted time of arrival at the destination.06-23-2011
20110082639Method and system for interactive mapping to provide goal-oriented instructions - Provided is a computer system and methods for directing mobile peer devices. A method includes receiving an itinerary identifying one or more goals for the peer devices; receiving a priority associated with the itinerary, the priority identifying at least one goal of the one or more goals, the priority listing the at least one goal in order of importance; determining a routing in accordance with the itinerary and the priority; and broadcasting the routing. A computer system includes a routing module coupled to a memory configurable to determine a routing based on priorities and itinerary goals; a receiver coupled to a processor configurable to receive the priorities and the itinerary goals from at least two peer devices over a wireless connection; and a transmitter coupled to the processor configurable to broadcast the routing to the peer devices, the routing configurable to direct the peer devices.04-07-2011
20100241346System and method for providing privacy protected navigation between mobile terminals - A system of providing location and routing information to a target mobile terminal while still maintaining a specified level of privacy. A target mobile terminal includes a profile having an inaccuracy level contained therein. When a querying terminal desires routing information to the target terminal, a portion of a route to the target terminal is provided, with the portion of the provided route being based upon the level of inaccuracy in the target terminal profile.09-23-2010
20110098917Navigation Queries - A computer-implemented method includes receiving at a computer server system, from a computing device that is remote from the server system, a string of text that comprises a search query. The method also includes identifying one or more search results that are responsive to the search query, parsing a document that is a target of one of the one or more results, identifying geographical address information from the parsing, generating a specific geographical indicator corresponding to the one search result, and transmitting for use by the computing device, data for automatically generating a navigational application having a destination at the specific geographical indicator.04-28-2011
20110251787Navigational Coordinate Systems in Conjunction with Transports and/or Mobile Devices - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods, apparatuses, articles, and means for determining at least one navigational coordinate system to be utilized in conjunction with transports and/or mobile devices. For certain example implementations, a method by a mobile device that is at least proximate to a transport may comprise identifying a first navigational coordinate system, with the first navigational coordinate system being associated with the transport and enabling navigation within at least one navigable area of the transport. A second navigational coordinate system may also be identified. The mobile device may determine to utilize at least one of the first navigational coordinate system or the second navigational coordinate system based, at least in part, on one or more predetermined conditions. Other example implementations are described herein.10-13-2011
20110251786SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TERMINAL CHARTS, AIRPORT MAPS AND AERONAUTICAL CONTEXT DISPLAY - The present disclosure relates to an aircraft that may have a fuselage and a cockpit located within the fuselage. A display may be located within the cockpit, with the display being controlled by a display control system. The display control system may have a graphical user interface module that generates at least one of a primary display or a context display, and receives at least one user input, and an image control module. The image control module may generate primary display data for display on the primary display based on the at least one user input. The image control module may determine, based on the primary display data, whether the context display is displayed, and may automatically display the context display as an overlay in a corner portion of the primary display when the at least one user input causes a portion of information associated therewith to be unavailable for display on the primary display.10-13-2011
20110098918Navigation Images - A computer-implemented navigational method includes transmitting, from a mobile computing device to a computer server system, data that can be used to determine a start point and an end point of a trip. The method also includes receiving navigational information defining a route between the start point and the end point, and a plurality of digital photographic images that have previously been taken along the route, sensing motion of the mobile computing device along the route, and displaying updated images from the plurality of images that substantially match a geographic position of the mobile computing device along the route.04-28-2011
20110098916NAVIGATION METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A navigation method and apparatus of a mobile terminal provide a vehicle driver with information about whether or not he can enter an intersection based on traffic light information and traffic volume information (a traffic congestion degree) to allow the vehicle driver to safely drive on the road (e.g., intersection). The navigation apparatus of a mobile terminal includes a display unit configured to display a route from a current location to a destination on map data, a communication unit configured to receive signal information of a traffic light and traffic volume information regarding an intersection on the route, and a controller configured to inform a vehicle driver about whether or not the vehicle driver can enter the intersection based on the signal information of the traffic light and the traffic volume information.04-28-2011
20110098915Device, system, and method of dynamic route guidance - Device, system, and method of dynamic route guidance. For example, a method includes: calculating an optimal route from a first location, in which a navigation device is located, to a destination point entered by a user of said navigation device; receiving from the navigation device a travel update, indicating that the navigation device is located in a second location, wherein the second location is on said optimal route; and based on real-time traffic information and real-time road information, determining that an alternate route, from the second location to the destination point, is now an optimal route to the destination point.04-28-2011
20110087429NAVIGATION APPARATUS USED-IN VEHICLE - A technique is disclosed for enabling collection and/or refinement of digital map information for aiding navigation route planning for vehicles larger than ordinary cars, such as goods-vehicles, buses, and car+caravan combinations. In at least one embodiment, a profile of a vehicle's characteristics, and one or more routes followed, are logged by a navigation device, and fed-back to a server that supports the navigation device with map data updates. At the server, or an alternative processing centre, the fed-back data from plural navigation devices is analysed to observe statistically the patterns of roads used by these vehicles, and to categorise these by the type of vehicle.04-14-2011
20110077852User-defined marked locations for use in conjunction with a personal navigation device - A method of creating and storing a marked location in a portable electronic device includes receiving current position information of the portable electronic device, recording description data for a marked location when a user of the portable electronic device is located at the marked location, and storing the description data and position information corresponding to the marked location in a memory.03-31-2011
20110077853Methods of assisting a user with selecting a route after a personal navigation device transitions from driving mode to walking mode - A method of assisting a user of a personal navigation device with automatically selecting a route after the personal navigation device transitions from driving mode to walking mode includes detecting a mode transition in the personal navigation device from driving mode to walking mode, recording a vehicle location where the mode transition from driving mode to walking mode occurs, receiving a request from the user to create navigation instructions to a destination location, determining a distance from the current location to the destination location, and guiding the user back to the vehicle location by providing walking instructions with the personal navigation device when the distance from the current location to the destination location is greater than or equal to a threshold distance and then guiding the user to the destination location by providing driving instructions with the personal navigation device.03-31-2011
20110153197INSOLE TYPE NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - An insole type navigation apparatus for indicating the direction of a user by interworking with a navigation device providing a road guidance service, includes: a GPS module mounted on the user's shoes and providing the user's location information to the navigation device; a plurality of vibration motors mounted in the insole of the shoes and indicating the recommended direction of the user's travel through vibrations; and a controller selectively driving vibration motors corresponding to each direction to inform the user about the direction of a destination, when the navigation device provides the road guidance service.06-23-2011
20110153195Navigation device and alerting method thereof - The present invention discloses a navigation device and the alerting method thereof. The alerting method of the navigation device comprises (a) determining a current location and a destination and displaying corresponding map information; (b) planning possible routes by computing cost of each possible route, selecting the minimum cost route as the optimized route among the possible routes, regarding other possible routes having a relatively higher cost as deviation routes; (c) computing a turning cost for each deviation route, wherein the turning cost represents cost difference between each deviation route and the optimized route respectively in an upcoming intersection, on which the possible routes are branched; (d) at a prompter location issuing a voice guidance about how to follow the optimized route, wherein if the upcoming intersection has a turning cost greater than a warning threshold, then the upcoming intersection is a decision point, and additional alertness is issued before the upcoming intersection.06-23-2011
20110153192METHOD FOR PROVIDING ROUTE INFORMATION AND THE SYSTEM THEREOF - A method for providing route information and the system thereof are provided. The method includes receiving a route acquisition command including a GPS coordinate of a client device, searching for at least one service unit in a predefined range of the GPS coordinate, determining a suitable service unit from the at least one service unit for the client device, and sending matching route information to the client device and the suitable service unit.06-23-2011
20100125408Navigation device, and method for updating map data and navigation - A setting section sets a determination region, which is a certain geography range around a destination in a map specified by map data. A generating section generates a new road, which is not registered in the map data, based on a moving track of a navigation device when a current position of the navigation device deviates from an existing road registered in the map data. A new road registering section registers the generated new road in a storing section when a determination section determines that the set determination region includes at least a part of the generated new road. The navigation device performs the routing assistance to the destination using both the existing road registered in the map data and the registered new road.05-20-2010
20110077855Navigation System - A navigation system includes: a storage unit having stored therein roadmap data, first statistical traffic information data pertaining to a first area which are created based upon a first standard related to a time applicable to the first area, and second statistical traffic information data pertaining to a second area which are created based upon a second standard related to a time applicable to the second area; a search unit that searches for a recommended route; and an estimated time of arrival calculation unit that calculates an estimated time of arrival based upon the roadmap data, the first statistical traffic information data and the second statistical traffic information data. The estimated time of arrival calculation unit executes calculation processing of the estimated time of arrival in compliance with the first standard and the second standard.03-31-2011
20110071753METHOD, SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR NAVIGATING VEHICLE - A method, a system, and a recording medium for navigating a vehicle are provided. In the present application, a current driving lane of the vehicle is first detected through a lane detection technique. Then, whether the current driving lane conforms to a navigation lane in navigation information is determined. If the current driving lane does not conform to the navigation lane, a notification of direction of the navigation lane relative to the current driving lane is generated. Accordingly, a driver can be instantly notified to switch to the appropriate lane.03-24-2011
20090018765SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ORIGIN AND DESTINATION GUIDE INFORMATION - A system for providing origin and destination guide information selects an origin position of a vehicle, and selects a destination link that is a road near the destination in consideration of a position and a type (crossroads, apartment complex, park, or superhighway) of the destination that the vehicle reaches, generates a path from origin to destination based on the selected origin link, the destination link, and real-time traffic information (or map link information), generates guide information including an adjacent map of the generated path and speech information, and provides the guide information to the vehicle terminal. According to the present invention, the system generates the optimized path from the current position to the desired destination and provides the optimized path to the user.01-15-2009
20100305846NAVIGATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR GUIDANCE ALONG GUIDE ROUTE, AND ROUTE GUIDANCE PROGRAM - A navigation system for a vehicle includes an input unit configured to receive an input corresponding to a destination, a determining unit configured to determine if the input destination corresponds to a route that includes a ferry route or a rail-based route, a modifying unit configured to modify the input destination to a modified destination that corresponds to a termination of a road linked to the route or in the vicinity of a terminal of the route, when it is determined that the input destination corresponds to a location on the route. A route guidance unit is configured to search for a guide route to the modified destination and perform guidance along the guide route, wherein when the navigation system in the vehicle arrives at the termination of the road or in the vicinity thereof, or when the vehicle is positioned in the vicinity of the terminal, and the navigation system is turned off, and the route guidance unit determines that the vehicle has arrived at the destination.12-02-2010
20110029231METHOD FOR ROUTE DETERMINATION AND DEVICE FOR IT - A method is provided for determining a route for a route guidance, in which a first route is determined on the assumption of a first traffic situation, a second route is determined on the assumption of a second traffic situation, the second route being compared to the first route, and a route change difference being determined from the comparison, where the two routes are offered to a user for the selection for an additional route guidance only if the route change difference exceeds a first threshold value. A device for carrying out the method is also described.02-03-2011
20110029232DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE - In a distribution system comprising a center device for distributing, content information and an vehicle-mounted device, when information on a parking lot that is a distribution destination exists, the center device transmits content information including the information on the parking lot to the vehicle-mounted device (step S02-03-2011
20110029230NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND GUIDE ROUTE SEARCH METHOD - A traffic jam guide image showing traffic jam conditions of a plurality of road sections ahead of a current location of a vehicle is displayed together with a map image during a guidance of a guide route from the current location to a destination. Based on a user operation performed on a touch screen, an object road section in which a search condition is to be changed and the search condition in the object road section are set. A second guide route from the current location to the destination is searched for based on the search condition set for the object road section such that the user has only to perform a simple operation through a touch screen to automatically change the search condition and set the road section to which the changed search condition is applied.02-03-2011
20110010087Home Health Point-of-Care and Administration System - A home health point-of-care and administration system and method that has at least one communication device that is adapted to establish bi-directional communication with a server system is provided. One or more input components of the communication device allow for input of information from a user (such as a visiting home healthcare staff member) and the communication device is adapted for receipt of instructional and other information from the server system. The information includes details related to off-site visits such as tasks performed by the visiting staff member using the communication device. Start and finish times of the visit may also be recorded. A global positioning system (GPS) application operating in conjunction with the communication device and server system may be employed to monitor the actions of the visiting staff member. Such information may be provided in individual visit records and may be used for administrative purposes.01-13-2011
20110010088NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD AND NAVIGATION PROGRAM - Information specifying a guidance-target point ahead of a host vehicle is obtained; signal group information specifying a signal group whose lighting timing is controlled in an interrelated manner is obtained; and the signal group information is referenced so that guidance pertaining to travel at the guidance-target point is performed at an earlier timing when there is a leading signal of a signal group within a predetermined distance from the guidance-target point on the host vehicle side than when there is no leading signal.01-13-2011
20110010084Providing time table information - A method of providing time table information and navigation instructions comprises receiving position data associated with a number of pre-determined positions along a transportation route, receiving time table data, receiving position data associated with a reference position, and determining a number of connection routes from the reference position to at least one of the pre-determined positions. Corresponding device and computer program product are also provided.01-13-2011
20110257880VEHICLE-MOUNTED ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A vehicle-mounted electronic device according to the present invention includes: an input portion through which a destination is specified; an incident-prone area storage portion in which incident-prone area data is stored; an alarm notification portion; and a control portion, in which an incidence of incidents in each area or an incidence of incidents in each facility in each area is stored in the incident-prone area storage portion, and, when an incidence of incidents in an area where the specified destination is located or an incidence of incidents in a facility that is the specified destination is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, the control portion makes the alarm notification portion provide an alarm notification.10-20-2011
20100305843NAVIGATION INDICATOR - A method, apparatus, user interface and computer program product for identifying location information for a target object includes coding the identified location information onto a graphical indicator; and, presenting the graphical indicator on a user interface of the mobile device, wherein the indicator provides direction, distance, obstacle and signal information corresponding to the target object to a user of the mobile device.12-02-2010
20110153198Method for the display of navigation instructions using an augmented-reality concept - A method with which navigation instructions are displayed on a screen. Preferably, using an augmented-reality approach whereby the path to the destination and 3D mapping objects such as buildings and landmarks are highlighted on a video feed of the surrounding environment ahead of the user. The invention is designed to run within embodiments the likes of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), smartphones or in-dash vehicle infotainment systems, displaying in real-time a video feed of the path ahead while superimposing transparent cartographic information with navigation instructions. The aim is to improve the user's navigation experience by making it easier to relate to the real world with 3D maps and representative navigation instructions. This method makes it safer to view the navigation screen and the user can locate landmarks, narrow streets and the final destination more easily.06-23-2011
20100280749ON-VEHICLE GUIDANCE APPARATUS - An on-vehicle guidance apparatus is characterized in including an output sound control means for acquiring a sound volume setting of onboard equipment, a sound volume determining means for determining whether or not the sound volume setting is smaller than a predetermined threshold, and a guidance output control means for issuing a command for carrying out voice guidance in response to a determination signal from the sound volume determining means at a time when the sound volume setting becomes smaller than the above-mentioned threshold.11-04-2010
20100114476INTELLIGENT NAVIGATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A control method for an intelligent navigation device which has a plurality of electronic map images is provided. The steps of the above mentioned control method includes first, inputting a target position; then, generating a navigation path on the electronic map image according to a location information of the intelligent navigation device and the target position, wherein there are a plurality of point of interest (POI) images on the electronic map images; lastly, selecting one of the POI image and entering its website.05-06-2010
20100114475SYSTEM FOR POWER FACILITY NAVIGATION - A system for power facility navigation is disclosed. For rapid dispatch in the field service including power failure recovery and maintenance, the destination location can be set using various items such as pole numbers, computerization codes, customer names, trade names, equipment numbers and GIS coordinates. Destination location setting and path finding can be performed in order of priorities assigned to these items and in consideration of characteristics of field service activities. Location coordinates are received through a GPS receiver, coordinate conversion is performed according to a facility GIS coordinate system, and map matching is processed when GPS coordinates do not match facility GIS coordinates. The road network database is composed of linear array structures and the structure of a link is configured to include information regarding all other links connected to the start node and end node in a manner that link information and node attributes are integrated together.05-06-2010
20110251788GOALS BASED ROUTE OPTIMIZATION - An embodiment of the present invention provides an apparatus, comprising a personal device associated with a user adapted to optimize a route based on goals by predicting by the personal device associated with the user where the user is going and the user's degree of time flexibility in order to optimize a route and recommend specific stops along the way. The specific stops may be selected according to a number of goals that can be achieved at a specific stop.10-13-2011
20110251785EXCURSION PLANNING DEVICE AND METHOD - Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods which enable a consumer to rapidly plan an excursion. Embodiments of the invention enable a consumer to indicate a destination for an excursion, and to receive information comprising excursion packages, wherein each package includes excursion components selected by the consumer and related to consumer-provided criteria.10-13-2011
20110153194NAVIGATIONAL GPS VOICE DIRECTIONS VIA WIRELESSLY DELIVERED DATA AUDIO FILES - A method and system for delivering audio directions to a portable handheld wireless communications device. A portable handheld device can be configured to receive and play data audio files, such as, for example, MP3 audio files. Thereafter, a processor or third party service provider can generate a set of travel plans based on the location of the portable handheld device and the desired destination. The travel plan(s) can be delivered to the portable handheld device as a data audio file, which can then be played through the portable handheld device, thereby providing audio instructions that are related to the set of travel plans.06-23-2011
20090005964Intelligent Route Guidance - Intelligent route guidance can include deriving one or more routes based on traffic, historical data and/or preference data associated with route progressions implicated by the one or more routes. The route guidance can provide one or more recommended routes, which can be presented to a user for navigation purposes.01-01-2009
20100063723METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION BASED SERVICE EVENT INFORMATION, AND A LOCATION BASED SERVICE PLATFORM IMPLEMENTING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A LOCATION BASED SERVICE EVENT MESSAGE, AND A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE IMPLEMENTING THE SAME - A method for displaying a location based service (LBS) event message to be implemented by a target portable electronic device includes the steps of: (a) upon receipt of the LBS event message, retrieving an event title from the LBS event message; and (b) displaying the event title in a ticker display manner on a display screen of the target portable electronic device.03-11-2010
20100057340Networked Navigation System - A method of providing alternate route possibilities to a first vehicle operator using a first networked navigation device includes determining a first route between a starting position and a travel destination. An alternate route request is transmitted to a second networked navigation device for a portion of the route between the starting position and the travel destination. The alternate route is received from the second navigation device. The determined first route and the received alternate route are presented to the first vehicle operator, including usage data for the alternate route.03-04-2010
20110161002Method of Collecting Information for a Geographic Database for use with a Navigation System - A method for operating a navigation system computes a pedestrian route for travel by a pedestrian. A request to calculate the pedestrian route from an origin to a destination and a walking preference for the pedestrian route identifying a feature of the pedestrian route are obtained. A geographic database associated with the navigation system is accessed for data representing at least one pedestrian path. The data representing the pedestrian path includes lighting level attribute information for the pedestrian path. A valid solution pedestrian route from the origin to the destination comprising a series of connected pedestrian paths that support the walking preference is determined.06-30-2011
20110160999VERIFICATION OF A GENERATED ROUTE IN COMPUTER ASSISTED NAVIGATION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for verification of a generated route in computer assisted navigation. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for verification of a generated route in computer assisted navigation is provided. The method includes receiving an origin and a destination in a mapping application executing in memory by a processor of a computer and generating a first route in the mapping application from the origin to the destination. The method also includes receiving a waypoint for the first route and determining whether or not the waypoint is proximate to the first route. Finally, the method includes validating the first route only if it is determined that the waypoint is proximate to the first route. In one aspect of the embodiment, the method also can include generating an alternative route to include the waypoint if it is determined that the waypoint is not proximate to the first route.06-30-2011
20110160998METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONDITIONAL EVENT PLANNING - An approach is provided for generating a conditional event. Temporal parameters relating to multiple features are received from services that provide such information and user profile information specifying criteria for those parameters is retrieved. An event is caused to be generated if the temporal parameters satisfy those criteria.06-30-2011
20110160997METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GUIDING A PERSON TO A DESTINATION - The method of guiding a person (06-30-2011
20110153190METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING NAVIGATION SUPPORT FOR PRIVATE PREMISES - Techniques for providing navigation support for private premises are described. In an aspect, a composite map may be generated by combining a geo-coded map for public areas with another geo-coded map for a private premise. The composite map may be generated in real time and may be provided as an aid for navigation in both the public areas and the private premise. In another aspect, a geo-coded map may be dynamically determined based on the current configuration of a private premise, which may be reconfigurable over time. The geo-coded map may include improvised roadways and/or other improvised features and may be provided as an aid for navigation within the private premise. In one design, a navigation path for a destination of a vehicle may be dynamically determined based on the current configuration of the private premise and may be provided to aid navigation.06-23-2011
20090319173METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING NAVIGATION INFORMATION - A method and device which may present more user-friendly navigation information. A user may be on a trip to a destination, following a route calculated by a navigation device. When the user stops and searches for a place he is interested in with the navigation device, the destination, the route and the user's moving direction may be considered when presenting a list of search results. The navigation device may search a database to obtain search results matching the user's searching criteria. For each search result, the navigation device may determine a branch route connecting the search result and the current geographic location. Search results requiring considerable back-tracking may be ignored, and the remaining search results may be presented to the user.12-24-2009
20110153193NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USERS HAVING DIFFERENT PHYSICAL CLASSIFICATIONS - Navigation systems and methods for users having different physical classifications are described. An example method of navigating a user to a destination based on a selected physical classification includes identifying, based on user selection, the physical classification associated with the user and the destination and determining a route to the destination to accommodate the selected physical classification. Additionally, the example method includes conveying the route to the user and alerting the user of one or more items of interest associated with the selected physical classification and the determined route.06-23-2011
20090240427Portable navigation device with wireless interface - A portable navigation device (PND) is disclosed comprising processing means, a graphical display, memory, map data stored in said memory, user-input means, and signal reception means for receiving one or more wireless signals by means of which the processor can determine a present location of the device and in conjunction with user input desired destination information, and perform route calculation and subsequent navigation functions, such being performed by software installed on the device. The PND is additionally provided with one or more wireless signal transceivers capable of establishing wireless communications with third party devices or systems having corresponding signal transceivers. In accordance with the invention, the software on said PND is adapted to establish a wireless communication with a third party device being a node having a corresponding wireless signal transceiver and being part of a vehicle controller area network (CAN) consisting of a plurality of nodes, each of said nodes having functionality represented by one or more signals distributed around said controller area network and received by at least said third party device, and further characterized in that said PND software includes one or more routines specific to the functionality of one or more of said nodes so as to effectively communicate with said node and utilize its functionality. Examples of third party devices include hands-free communications modules, gateway nodes, and indeed any vehicle subsystem which provides some function within the vehicle. Further examples include the stereo systems, engine management system, seat position controllers, multifunction steering wheel, dashboard and console displays, integrated navigation systems, and the like. The invention allows the PND either to interrogate the controller area network and retrieve information from one or more devices forming nodes on that network for display on the PND or improved operation thereof, or to cause control or state change of one or more of the devices forming nodes on the controller area network. Voice control of the PND is also possible in the case a voice recognition system is provided within the controller area network, and additionally, the vocal instructions issued by the PND can be caused to be replayed through the car stereo, if such is also connected to the controller area network within the vehicle.09-24-2009
20080243370NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH POINTS OF INTEREST SEARCH - A navigation system includes an improved interface for accessing points of interest. Popular chains and franchises are accessible via a separate search, which can be accessed more efficiently and quickly. The list of popular chains can then be used to access the main database of points of interest.10-02-2008
20110213550NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A data providing apparatus included in a navigation system obtains, from the in-vehicle apparatus, first direction data which represents a direction in which the vehicle heads at a start of providing the navigation data and derives second direction data which represents the direction in which the vehicle heads based on a change of a location of the vehicle after a start of traveling of the vehicle. The data providing apparatus transmits, to the in-vehicle apparatus, the navigation data in accordance with the direction in which the vehicle heads and transmits, to the in-vehicle apparatus, the second direction data which is derived. The in-vehicle apparatus included in the navigation system displays the navigation data which is received from the data providing apparatus, and the in-vehicle apparatus stores, during a stop of working of the in-vehicle apparatus, the second direction data received from the data providing apparatus. Then the in-vehicle apparatus transmits the second direction data which is stored, to the data providing apparatus as the first direction data after activation of the in-vehicle apparatus.09-01-2011
20110257879ROUTE GUIDANCE APPARATUS, ROUTE GUIDANCE METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - There is provided a route guidance apparatus including a route search unit which searches for at least one route, to a predetermined destination, which is to be traveled by an electric vehicle propelled by electric power stored in a secondary battery provided within the vehicle, and a power consumption calculation unit which calculates power consumption of the electric vehicle when a route to a destination, which was searched for by the route search unit, is traveled by the electric vehicle, based on information on electric power to be consumed when the electric vehicle travels and geographical information relating to the route.10-20-2011
20110257877GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - The present invention provides a guidance system and a guidance method for taking public transportation, which comprise a mobile device having a mobile positioning unit and a mobile interface unit. After the mobile interface unit receives destination information, the mobile positioning unit produces text guidance information according to location information and the destination information. The mobile interface unit displays the text guidance information for guiding people the way to the platform of the public transportation and helping people to confirm the public transportation to take.10-20-2011
20080255756Navigation Method - A method for navigating from a starting location to a destination location includes calculating a total route that is divided into at least two partial routes, at least one partial route being calculated locally in a mobile navigation client and at least one other partial route being calculated centrally in a stationary route server. At least one transfer point is ascertained as the end point of a first partial route and as the starting point of a second partial route as a function of the resulting total route.10-16-2008
20110004400APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ROAD DATA IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An apparatus and a method for providing road data in mobile communication system are provided. The apparatus includes a controller for receiving location information from a terminal having no map data, for mapping a location of the terminal to a map, for generating guide information for the location of the terminal, and for transmitting the guide information to the terminal.01-06-2011
20110054779METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOMMENDING A ROUTE - A method and apparatus for recommending a route. The route recommending method includes obtaining user's current body information; obtaining geographic information from a current position to a destination; and determining a recommended route to the destination on the basis of the body information and the geographic information.03-03-2011
20110054778Method and Apparatus for Displaying Three-Dimensional Terrain and Route Guidance - According to one aspect of the present invention, an information display device for displaying three-dimensional route and terrain includes a plurality of databases for storing information; a display control unit to dynamically manage said information with different levels-of-detail (LODs); and a user interface communicatively coupled with the control unit to display said managed information with different levels of detail. In one embodiment, the control unit may include a terrain scaling unit which is configured to dynamically increase or decrease the height or “3D-ness” of the terrain based on the angle and height of the viewing. The control unit may also include an LOD control unit and a scene stitching unit. In addition, the information display device provides a three-dimensional real-time rendering environment including three-dimensional guidance information which allows the user to understand complex maneuvers without using two-dimensional overlays.03-03-2011
20110054777Method of Operating a Navigation System to Provide Route Guidance - A method of operating a navigation system to provide a route guidance message for traveling a route is disclosed. A plurality of features visible from a road segment of the route is obtained from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. An importance rating for each of the identified features is determined. The guidance message references the identified feature having a highest determined importance rating. The importance rating considers a permanence or a seasonal dependency of the identified feature. The importance rating is adjusted to favor the identified feature closest to the lane in which the vehicle is currently located.03-03-2011
20110054776LOCATION-BASED WEATHER UPDATE SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICE - A weather update system, method, and device for providing and receiving weather data. The mobile computing device includes a processor and a location data receiver capable of establishing a geospatial location of the mobile computing device based on received data signals. The mobile computing device is configured to receive updated weather data in response to a threshold condition having been, met, such as a threshold distance having been traveled by the mobile computing device or a threshold time having elapsed. The mobile computing device is also configured to receive weather alerts. The system includes a weather data server network configured to receive current and forecasted weather data for a plurality of locations and times, stored in a high-resolution grid structure and including current locations of a user devices or favorite locations for users. The weather data server network is configured to transmit weather data for the geospatial location of a mobile computing in response to a threshold condition having been met. The system also has an interactive map configured to enable a user to select a location for which the user would like to receive weather data and to store such locations as favorites.03-03-2011
20110054775ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH GPS APPLICATION TRIGGERED DISPLAY - A portable electronic device includes a GPS receiver, a display and circuitry. The circuitry is configured to determine and update a position of the electronic device from data obtained by the GPS receiver as the electronic device moves. The circuitry is also configured to provide a series of navigational alerts as the electronic device moves to a user specified destination, and effect at least one of turning on or turning off the display in response to recognizing a predetermined condition relating to position or movement of the electronic device.03-03-2011
20110022304TRAVEL GUIDE AND SCHEDULE-BASED ROUTING DEVICE AND METHOD - A navigational aid device is provided that includes a GPS module, a processor, and memory. The device is configured to automatically determine a route to a destination and to account for, in its determination of a route, a plurality of modes of public, private, or both public and private transportation. Some of these configurations may also be configured to recommend a mode or modes of transportation to take to get to a destination, and/or accept user preferences in recommending a route or the mode or modes of transportation to take to get to the destination.01-27-2011
20110257878System For Use In A Motor Vehicle, And Method For Examining Goods - A system for use in a motor vehiclewherein a navigation system and a control unit. The control unit is designed such that, using a list of goods stored in the control unit, a route of stops for purchasing the goods which can be depicted by the navigation system is produced. Furthermore, a near-field receiver and/or near-field transponder for detecting goods is present in the motor vehicle and can be or is connected to the control unit such that an additional list having detected goods can be transmitted to the control unit and the stored list can be updated by the additional list. A dynamic examination and possibly a dynamic adaptation of the route for purchasing the various goods depicted in the navigation system are thus possible.10-20-2011
20110264367Navigation Apparatus Capable of Providing Real-Time Navigation Images - A navigation apparatus is capable of image-capturing and is used to implement a navigation method including the steps of: a) obtaining current location information associated with the navigation apparatus, and location information of a reference target along a planned route that is being traversed; b) capturing real-time navigation images of the planned route according to an image-capture configuration parameter; c) obtaining a display screen position associated with the reference target with reference to the current location information, the target location information, and the image-capture configuration parameter; and d) showing on the display device the navigation images together with a mark corresponding in position to the display screen position.10-27-2011
20100292919NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGE MUTUAL LOCATION INFORMATION USING MESSENGER - A navigation system and method of exchanging location information through a messenger. The navigation system exchanging location information through a messenger, the navigation system includes a messenger program-installed navigation device which includes a communication device, transmits/receives messenger information including the location information to/from another navigation device, and displays the location information received through the message program on a map for route guidance.11-18-2010
20100292917SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GUIDING A USER THROUGH A SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT - A method, system and computer program product for guiding a user through a surrounding environment is disclosed. The method can include receiving user preferences; determining the current geographical location of the user, receiving a destination request from the user; creating a route for the destination; as the route is being traversed by the user, capturing images of the surrounding environment; analyzing the captured images to determine events; comparing the events to the user preferences; wherein the comparing comprises identifying at least one event matching at least one user preference; providing a notification message to the user based on the comparing step, receiving a confirmation from the user; and rendering instructions relevant to the event to the user.11-18-2010
20100292916Navigation System For a Motor Vehicle - A navigation system displays multiple alternative routes, some of which use a carpool lane. The calculation of multiple alternative routes allows the user the choice to select a route with a desired number of passengers after the routes and comparative times to travel those routes has been calculated.11-18-2010
20110118977NAVIGATION DEVICE & METHOD - A navigation device includes a locator for determining a location of the navigation device, a processor, an audio output device and/or a display controllable by the processor, and a store for map data and historical data. The historical data includes historical information about a location and a location identifier identifying the location. The processor is arranged to control the audio output device and/or display to convey the historical information as an audio and/or visual output in response to the processor determining from the locator that the navigation device is in the vicinity of the location identified by the location identifier.05-19-2011
20110118975NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE USERS AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: operating a communication unit for establishing a communication link between a first device and a second device; receiving a user defined destination; displaying a first location and a first route to the user defined destination on the first device and the second device, where the first location represents the location of the first device; and displaying a second location and a second route to the user defined destination on the first device and the second device, where the second location represents the location of the second device.05-19-2011
20110125397Navigation method and apparatus for mobile terminal - A navigation method, apparatus, and a computer readable medium for a mobile terminal support a display mode that provides a good field of view and enhanced readability. An input signal for enabling a route guidance function is received. Map data for route guidance is outputted when the route guidance function is enabled. Whether to activate a heads-up display (HUD) mode is determined. When the HUD mode is activated, only preset guidance information items that are extracted from the map data are displayed. Hence, the driver does not have to look away from the road to view the map on the screen, significantly reducing the risk of traffic accidents. Simplified route guidance information is provided to solve poor map readability due to screen size limitations of a mobile terminal.05-26-2011
20110125396Method and system for enabling an off board navigation solution - The present invention is directed to a method and system for providing off-board navigational information from a network server to a mobile communication device, such as a cellular phone. Specifically, upon receiving from the mobile communication device the real time location of the mobile communication device and a location or identification of a destination, the network server transmits to the mobile communication device routing information as well as audible navigation voice prompts. In accordance with the preferred embodiment, the routing information includes maneuver information for traveling from the real location of the mobile communication device to the destination, and the audible navigation voice prompts provide data for generating audible turn-by-turn instructions for traveling from the real time location of the mobile communication device to the destination.05-26-2011
20110125395NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VEHICLE RETRIEVAL RESERVATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving a retrieval reservation having an exit time; generating an alert with the exit time for retrieving a vehicle from a parked location; and identifying a pick-up location based on the alert for parking the vehicle at the pick-up location.05-26-2011
20110137551SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES - A system and method for generating routes is provided. Weights may be computed and associated with route segments. A start and end point may be received. At least one base route from a start to an end point may be generated. A number of alternative routes may be generated and related to the base route. Scores may be computed for routes based on weights associated with relevant segments. Routes may be selected for presentation based on their respective scores.06-09-2011
20110137550Apparatus and method for generating sketch map information in portable terminal - Provided is an apparatus and method for generating a sketch map in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a sketch map generating unit. The sketch map generating unit collects information about route points of the portable terminal by using location information, generates a sketch map message including the route information, and shares the generated sketch map message with another user.06-09-2011
20110071754METHODS FOR OBTAINING A NAVIGATION TRACK BETWEEN A FIRST AND A SECOND LOCATION BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION SHARED BETWEEN PEER DEVICES AND RELATED DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS - A first device is operated to obtain a navigation track between a first location and a second location by establishing a peer-to-peer communication connection with a second device and receiving a message that contains information associated with the first location and/or the second location from the second device. The information is associated with a navigation module on the first device. The information associated with the at least one of the first location and the second location is processed using the navigation module to obtain the navigation track between the first location and the second location.03-24-2011
20100235087NAVIGATION APPARATUS - In a navigation apparatus having a navigator installed on a vehicle and calculating a routing path from a detected current location to a designated destination and a display connected to the navigator to display the calculated routing path on a map, an event such as door unlocking that happens before starting of the vehicle is detected as a trigger, opening of a door of the vehicle is detected, and the navigator is activated when the trigger is detected to operate the display to show an indication that activation of the navigator is started on the display when the opening of the vehicle door is detected. With this, it becomes possible to activate the navigator early and readily enables the user to check or recognize the activation condition of the navigator.09-16-2010
20100324810ROUTE CALCULATION METHOD FOR A VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Traffic information, including flow information and incident information, obtained through a traffic management system for providing and facilitating the exchange of traffic information between a remote location and a vehicle may be used in route calculation by a navigation device. The navigation device may recalculate a route based on anticipated user error. Alternatively, the navigation device may recalculate a route using received traffic information triggered by the receipt of a traffic information update, or triggered by the passage of an amount of time. The broadcast rate of traffic information updates may vary temporally (providing more frequent updates during peak commute times) or geographically (providing more frequent updates to metropolitan areas with increased traffic information needs). If route calculation is triggered by an elapsed amount of time, the amount of time may vary to be shorter during peak commute times. Additional route calculation techniques allow the incorporation of historical traffic information or the use of the most recent traffic information if incomplete traffic information is available. Still further route calculation techniques may calculate a best route by avoiding zigzagging or evaluating an assigned cost of a potential route.12-23-2010
20100179751NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION DEVICE, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation device and the like capable of appropriately alleviating an amount of communicating information between the navigation server and a navigation device, from the viewpoint of guiding a user to a destination point via the navigation device, on the basis of a support route which is set by the navigation server. Of the links constituting a support route R which connects the current position p07-15-2010
20100179752NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION DEVICE AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation server and the like capable of making a navigation device 07-15-2010
20100179750NAVIGATING AT A WIRELESS DEVICE - Apparatuses and Methods of navigating from a current position to a destination location at a mobile device are provided. A navigation program is launched at the mobile device, and a selection of a calendar event from a calendar program is received, where the calendar event is an entry in the calendar program. A location associated with the received calendar event location is determined, and a destination location is determined based on the associated location. The navigation program generates navigation instructions (e.g., turn-by-turn directions, map information, etc.) from a current location of the mobile device to the destination location. In an alternative aspect, instead of a calendar program, the associated location can be retrieved from a given contact in a contact list or program.07-15-2010
20090171563Navigation devices, methods and programs - Navigation devices, methods, and programs acquire a reference position, find an on-street parking zone that is in the vicinity of the reference position, and find a route to a road having the on-street parking zone. The navigation devices, methods, and programs find a route from the reference position to the road having the on-street parking zone.07-02-2009
20090171564SATELLITE NAVIGATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A satellite navigation method and system are provided. The system includes a global position system (GPS) module, an input unit, a picture database, a geographical information system (GIS) module, an integrating unit, and a display unit. The method includes the following steps. Firstly, a navigation area is determined through the input unit, so as to search out several picture batches in the navigation area from the picture database. Next, a map relating to the navigation area is provided by the GIS module. Then, the picture batches and the map are integrated by the integrating unit to produce an integrated map shown on a first frame of the display unit. Afterwards, several pictures of the picture batch chosen from the first frame displayed on a second frame and satellite navigation information of the picture chosen from the second frame are displayed on a third frame by the display unit.07-02-2009
20090171562Navigation System - A navigation system includes a map data acquisition means 07-02-2009
20090171561Personal GPS navigation device - A navigation device is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes a storage device to store map information; a processor to determine a route of travel based upon a current position of the navigation device and an input or selected destination position; and a display to display the current position on the map information corresponding to the determined route of travel, the display displaying zoomed-in display of the map information upon the processor determining that a decision point is within a threshold distance of the current position of the navigation device.07-02-2009
20090171560PRIORITIZING ALTERNATIVE LANDING FACILITIES IN FLIGHT PLANNING - A processor-performed method of aircraft flight planning. A decision point is identified along a route of the aircraft. The decision point and an anticipated range of the aircraft at the decision point are used to define an elliptical area substantially forward of the decision point and substantially along the route. Based on location of one or more landing facilities relative to the defined elliptical area, one or more of the facilities are selected as one or more alternative destinations.07-02-2009
20090171559Method, Apparatus and Computer Program Product for Providing Instructions to a Destination that is Revealed Upon Arrival - An apparatus for providing instructions to a destination that is revealed upon arrival may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive indications of context associated with a user, determine a destination for the user based on the context and user information, provide for a presentation of guidance instructions to guide the user to the destination, and reveal the destination to the user only when the user is proximate to the destination.07-02-2009
20110153191NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH LOCATION PROFILING AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system with location profiling includes: calculating a routing region based on a current location for locating a device; calculating a familiarity level in the routing region; generating a routing overlay based on the familiarity level below a familiarity threshold with the routing overlay to compensate for a driver unfamiliarity in the routing region; and generating a compensation route based on the routing overlay for displaying on the device.06-23-2011
20110153188GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM NAVIGATION DEVICE WITHOUT REQUIRING MAP DATABASE - A GPS navigation device without requiring a map database includes a casing, an input module installed on the casing for inputting turning point coordinates and pre-turning point coordinates, a global positioning system, a memory device and a display device. The global positioning system generates position coordinates of the GPS navigation device by a satellite positioning method, outputs a direction instruction to guide a traveling direction according to the turning point coordinates and the pre-turning point coordinates, and display the information on the display device. By pre-planning a route and inputting the turning point and pre-turning point coordinates, direction instructions can be given when the GPS navigation device is situated at position of such coordinates, and thus the GPS navigation device achieves the navigation effect without requiring a map database and also achieves the effects of saving power and lowering cost.06-23-2011
20100121564REMOTE GUIDE SYSTEM, REMOTE GUIDE METHOD AND REMOTE GUIDE DEVICE - A remote guide system is featured by including: a server with a route search processing unit for searching a route from a departing place to a target place so as to distribute a search result, and a route guide processing unit for distributing guide information for guiding a user from the departing place to the target place by passing the searched route; and a moving object connected to the server, and with a route search request processing unit for transmitting a request of a route search to the server, and a present position processing unit for correcting a present position by employing map image data and for guiding the user based upon the guide information acquired from the server.05-13-2010
20110098919NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes an HOV lane entrance/exit section determining unit 04-28-2011
20100100311ROUTE GUIDING APPARATUS - A route guiding apparatus includes a subtraction distance calculating unit 04-22-2010
20100217517Navigation device, method, and program - Devices, methods, and programs correct an estimated path found by dead reckoning navigation. A point correlation value s is calculated based on a distance to a reliability circle whose radius is a speculative maximum error e that indicates a distance of an error range with respect to a GPS position. A correlation value Sp of an estimated path and a correlation value Sq of a candidate path are calculated from cumulative values of the point correlation values s. A correction that moves the estimated path is not performed if the correlation value Sq of the candidate path becomes worse than the correlation value Sp of the estimated path, and the correction of the estimated path is performed if the correlation value Sq of the candidate path does not become worse than the correlation value Sp of the estimated path. Thus, false matching can be further reduced, and the travel path can be suitably corrected.08-26-2010
20100217515ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND NAVIGATION IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus comprises a storage module, a location measuring module, a communication module, and a navigation image generating module. The storage module stores image data corresponding to respective symbols, and data of simplified diagram templates in each of which positions are set on an image showing a shape of a road, symbols being placed at the respective positions. The location measuring module measures a current location. The communication module transmits the current location to an external communication apparatus and receives navigation information on a navigation point corresponding to the current location, the navigation information including a simplified diagram template identification number, symbol identification numbers, and position specification numbers. The navigation image generating module generates the navigation image by reading the simplified diagram template and the image data of the symbols, and placing the image data at positions on the simplified diagram template.08-26-2010
20110184639Method of Operating a Navigation System to Provide Route Guidance - A method of operating a navigation system to provide a route guidance message for traveling a route is disclosed. A preferred name of a feature visible from a road segment is obtained in a native language from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. The parts-of-speech of the preferred name are identified and converted into a target language text providing the preferred name in a target language. A guidance message includes the target language text in the target language.07-28-2011
20110184640AUTOMATIC ORIGIN DETERMINATION FOR FASTER ROUTE REQUEST INITIATION AND RESULTING SYSTEM RESPONSE TIME - When a user enters, initializes, or otherwise starts using a navigation function, such as a navigation function on a mobile phone or a stand-alone device, a current location is automatically estimated, prior to or in the absence of a GPS fix, for use as an origin in route determination. The estimation of current location is performed using a database of GPS fixes that are mapped to cell tower identifiers. For example, the database can include one or more fixes associated with each cell tower that the mobile device has used. Thus, when navigation on the device is begun, one or more cell towers to which the device can communicate are identified. If any has a GPS fix in the database, then a location derived from such GPS fix(es) can be used as an origin for navigation functions. Such navigation functions can include estimating a time of arrival at a destination, producing a route to the destination, and checking for traffic updates.07-28-2011
20100082234INFORMATION PRESENTATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND INFORMATION PRESENTATION METHOD FOR VEHICLE - An information presentation apparatus for a vehicle includes an indicator mounted on the vehicle for indicating a target direction and a control unit for controlling the indicator. The control unit includes a function for acquiring a current position of the vehicle and a reference direction of the vehicle, a function for specifying a target and acquiring a target position, a function for calculating a target angle that indicates a target direction against the reference direction based on the target position, the current position and the reference direction, and a function for generating a presentation command based on the calculated target angle so as to indicate the target direction by the indicator. According to the apparatus, information for specifying the target position can be provided.04-01-2010
20100082230MOBILE VEHICLE NAVIGATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A device and method for managing a schedule of one or more events in a navigation device of a vehicle. The method includes determining by the navigation device that a predetermined vehicle event has occurred; receiving the schedule by the navigation device based upon the step of determining; and issuing an alert by the navigation device that a scheduled event has passed, is occurring or will occur within a predetermined time.04-01-2010
20100082233NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND DISPLAY METHOD OF ROAD NETWORK ON THE SAME SYSTEM - A control section 04-01-2010
20090299622Data mining to identify locations of potentially hazardous conditions for vehicle operation and use thereof - 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. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where a potentially hazardous condition exists. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken relating to the hazardous condition. 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 the location where the potentially hazardous condition exists.12-03-2009
20110191022NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A ROUTE TO A DESTINATION - A pedestrian route navigation system (“PRNS”) in a vehicle capable of determining a route from a final parking position of the vehicle to a predetermined destination, comprising a final parking position unit and a pedestrian route calculation unit. The PRNS may include a display unit capable of outputting data concerning the route to the predetermined destination, and a transmitting/receiving unit capable of transmitting the data to a mobile information unit of the user of the vehicle.08-04-2011
20110191021APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NAVIGATION FUNCTION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and a method provide a navigation function in a portable terminal that is located indoors. The apparatus and method improves indoor path deviation determination by using space information in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a path determiner that determines a travel path of a user and a path deviation of the user based on information related to a space where the user is located.08-04-2011
20110191019Method of Operating a Navigation System - A method of operating a navigation system is disclosed. A request for a route to a large scale point of interest having multiple entrances is obtained. Data indicating a meeting point for the large scale point of interest is obtained from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. The meeting point defines a location within the large scale point of interest or proximate to the large scale point of interest. A route to the meeting point location is calculated and the meeting point location is sent to another user.08-04-2011
20110153201INDOOR NAVIGATION METHOD AND SYSTEM USING ILLUMINATION LAMPS - A method and apparatus for performing a navigation service in a mobile terminal is provided. Map information and an IDentification (ID) of an information spot, which is connected to a map server, are received from the information spot. A current position is determined. The map information and the current position are displayed A destination input by a user is received. An optimal path from the current position to the destination is calculated and displayed by using the map information. When the mobile terminal receives an ID of a general spot from the general spot, a current position of the mobile terminal is re-determined. When the re-determined current position is on the optimal path, the optimal path is updated and the updated optimal path from the re-determined current position to the destination is displayed.06-23-2011
20110153196MAP BUILDING SYSTEM, BUILDING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA THEREOF - A map building system, method and computer readable media thereof are provided, which are applied to a movable apparatus or which with a server apparatus. The system includes at least two distance sensing units, a inertial sensing unit, a parameter processing unit, and a display unit. The distance sensing units detect a distance between the movable device and at least one obstacle object and create at least two range data. The inertial sensing unit detects moving mode of the movable device and creates at least one moving data. The parameter processing unit calculates an area map data according the range data and the moving data. The area map data is shown on the display unit.06-23-2011
20110264369NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A navigation configured to be installed in a motor vehicle, and a corresponding method. According to an embodiment, there is a method that includes: a) reproducing video information corresponding to a straight section included in the route information at a speed faster than a typical reproduction speed; and b) reproducing video information corresponding to a curved section included in the route information at a speed slower than the typical reproduction speed.10-27-2011
20110264368NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a map data acquiring means 10-27-2011
20100070164NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a map data acquiring means 03-18-2010
20110191020MAP DATA, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME, DATA PRODUCT CONTAINING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM CONTAINING THE SAME, AND NAVIGATION APPARATUS USING THE SAME - In map data, a road corresponds to a multilink defined as links connected consecutively with an identical attribute. The map data contains a road management information list, link information list, and coordinate information list of a real data list. In the road management information list, fixed-length road management information elements, each of which indicates the number of links in each multilink, are arrayed in an order. In the link information list, fixed-length link information elements, each of which indicates the number of coordinate points in each link, are arrayed in an order in which corresponding road management information elements are arrayed in the road management information list. In the coordinate information list, fixed-length coordinates information elements, each of which indicates coordinate points arranged in one link to illustrate a shape of the link, are arrayed in an order in which the coordinate points are arranged in the link.08-04-2011
20100030466System and Method for Hybrid Off-Board Navigation - A system, method and apparatus for hybrid off-board vehicle navigation are disclosed. In the system, a multi-stop route package is created and sent from a route server to a navigation device. The route package can include a collection of vehicle attributes and corresponding road restrictions for guiding the vehicle towards its destination. The server can optionally push the route package to the vehicle in an email message or other stored communication. When an off-route condition is detected, the navigation device can send a route request to the server that includes the vehicle attributes and the corresponding road restrictions. The server can respond with a partial route correction that is determined based on the vehicle attributes and road restrictions.02-04-2010
20100030463NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, NAVIGATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A navigation device (02-04-2010
20100030462DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A display control apparatus includes a position acquiring unit that acquires position information concerning a current position of a mobile object; an extracting unit that extracts position information related to regions included on a road information sign; a calculating unit that, based on the position information concerning the current position of the mobile object and the position information related to the regions included on the road information sign, calculates distances to each of the regions from the current position of the mobile object; and a display control unit that sets, based on the distances calculated by the calculating unit, a display state for text indicating the regions included on the road information sign and displays, in the display state set and on a display screen, the road information sign having the text.02-04-2010
20100030461SYSTEM, NAVIGATION METHOD, MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION SET - When traveling to a destination reported in a television broadcast or the like, the user has had to make a memo while watching the television and, when actually traveling by car, the user has had to enter necessary information into an in-vehicle terminal by looking at the memo. A broadcast provider broadcasts a travel program together with travel destination information related to it, and a television terminal presents the received broadcast and travel destination information to the user. If the user desires to travel to the destination thus presented, the television terminal downloads the received travel destination information into a memory card. When the user goes out by car at a later date, the in-vehicle information terminal acquires the travel destination information from the memory card, a route setting section sets the route by using travel destination location information contained in the travel destination information, and a communication section acquires real-time information by using a method of connection to a real-time information having the travel destination information.02-04-2010
20100023256Process for Automatically Determining a Bypass Route - A navigation system automatically determines one or more bypass routes for a vehicle, based on a continuously determined vehicle position, according to a process having the following steps: receiving data concerning a hindrance in a region in the proximity of a current position; automatically determining one or more destinations which can be reached via the region affected by the hindrance; automatically determining additional regions via which the determined destinations can be reached; calculating an evaluation factor for each of the determined additional regions; and automatically determining one or more routes for bypassing the region affected by the hindrance, based on the evaluation factor.01-28-2010
20100023255NAVIGATION APPARATUS, MAP DISPLAY METHOD AND MAP DISPLAY PROGRAM - A navigation apparatus, which is mounted on a movable body such as a vehicle, displays a map around a present position in plural display modes which a user can designate. The map data is prepared in each display mode to be stored in a storage unit. For example, the present position of the movable body is detected by a unit such as a GPS. Then, based on the present position, a base link which is used as a basis of a display mode change is determined. Basically, the map is displayed in the display mode designated by the user. However, when the map data corresponding to the display mode designated by the user does not include the base link, the map is displayed in the display mode corresponding to the map data including the base link. The base link can be a link corresponding to the present position of the vehicle, or a scheduled travel link on a guide route.01-28-2010
20100023254NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system includes map data storing means storing map data; current position calculating means calculating a current position of a vehicle; and a guiding section detecting a moving direction of the vehicle based on the map data acquired from the map data storing means and the current position of the vehicle calculated by the current position calculating means, and guiding the vehicle by outputting guidance information including road information, destination directional information, and famous facility or scenic spot directional information about an intersection when the vehicle approaches a fore intersection in the detected moving direction.01-28-2010
20100023253NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and a navigation apparatus and method of using the same, to guide a user along a route from a current position to a destination. The method includes: determining whether a turn occurs within a first distance from the current position; determining whether a predetermined situation occurs after the turn, when the turn occurs within the first distance; and displaying information about the predetermined situation before the making the turn, based on the determination result of the second determination unit.01-28-2010
20100023251COST BASED OPEN AREA MAPS - Open area maps as well as related systems and methods are disclosed. For example, an open area map includes an image of a layout corresponding to a real-world area in which pedestrians walk about. An array is associated with the image. The array includes a plurality of spaced objects. A cost value is designated to each of the spaced objects. The open area map is configured for point-to-point routing based, in part, on the designation of the cost values.01-28-2010
20100017111ROAD VEHICLE MOTORING AID METHOD AND SYSTEM - An embodiment of a motoring aid method and system for a road vehicle, whereby a motoring aid information item is generated as the road vehicle travels along a road having a road surface; the information is converted into a graphic display image; and the image is projected onto a portion of the road surface ahead of the road vehicle, to allow the driver of the road vehicle to view the image without distracting the driver's attention from the road.01-21-2010
20100017112PATH GUIDANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INPUTTING EXECUTION COMMAND THEREOF - A method of controlling a navigation apparatus, and which includes displaying map information on a touch screen display unit of the navigation apparatus, receiving at least a first touch input signal corresponding to a touching of a first position on the display unit and a second touch input signal corresponding to a touching of a second position on the display unit while the first position is continuously touched, calculating, via a controller, a traveling route including the touched first and second positions, and displaying the calculated traveling route on the displayed map information to inform a driver of a vehicle including the navigation apparatus about the calculated traveling route including the first and second positions.01-21-2010
20110118976Method of contextually displaying points of interest on a personal navigation device according to travel purpose - A method of contextually displaying points of interest (POIs) on a personal navigation device according to a user's travel purpose includes storing a plurality of POIs into a memory of the personal navigation device, the POIs having corresponding POI category labels, entering a destination location into the personal navigation device and providing navigational instructions for a trip to the destination location, associating a travel category with the trip to the destination location, and displaying POIs whose corresponding POI category labels are included in the travel category associated with the trip to the destination location.05-19-2011
20110307170NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system includes a map database 12-15-2011
20110307169Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method, Information Processing System, and Program - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a map matching section configured to extract, based on a result obtained by measuring a position of a user, a candidate for a road along which the user is proceeding, and a selection section configured to select a road along which the user is proceeding from among candidates for the road, based on an analysis result obtained by recognizing a character written on a signpost included in a video in which a view in a travelling direction of the user is shot.12-15-2011
20110093190HEAD-UP DISPLAY NAVIGATION DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SERVICES - A Head-Up Display (HUD) navigation system, a head-up display navigation device, and a method for implementing an HUD service are provided. The HUD navigation system includes a server, a mobile terminal, and an HUD navigation device. The server generates GPS route data using departure point data, destination data, and previously stored road information data. The mobile terminal requests the server to generate GPS route data and provides GPS route data transmitted from the server. The HUD navigation device compares the GPS route data provided from the mobile terminal with current GPS position data to generate navigation data and projects at least one of a horizontally mirrored image, a horizontally mirrored character, or a horizontally mirrored numeric value corresponding to at least part of the navigation data onto a windshield.04-21-2011
20100223003NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device that can surely provide information on sightseeing facilities, etc. to a user is provided.09-02-2010
20110112756APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF JUNCTION VIEW DISPLAY - A navigation method and navigation system are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method has the following actions: a.) receiving position data from a position determining device; b.) when approaching a junction with the navigation system, displaying the junction view on a display, the junction view showing data as to a real-life view of the junction inclusive of an image of each signpost present on the junction as visible to a user of the navigation system; c.) receiving route information from route planning software indicating a route to be followed by the user; and d.) highlighting on the display a signpost related to a road segment to be followed by the user relative to all other signposts as shown on the display.05-12-2011
20090240425System For Marking a Region - In the case of a system for marking a region within an image of a road map detail displayed on a vehicle video screen, the regions are shown in a circular shape. The center and the dimensions of the region can be changed by a control element, which can be rotated about a longitudinal axis and can be deflected transversely to the longitudinal axis. As a result of the transverse movement of the control element, the position of the center point and, as a result of the rotating movement of the control element, the dimensions of the region within the video screen, are adjustable.09-24-2009
20090012706SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A TRAVEL INFORMATION USING A PERSONAL PORTABLE TERMINAL - The present invention relates to a travel guide system using a personal portable terminal, and more particularly, a travel guide system using a personal portable terminal including: an integrated circuit (IC) chip attached to each of a plurality of stores, the IC chip including an identification code peculiar to each store; and the personal portable terminal receiving a signal from a plurality of global positioning system (GPS) satellites and showing a present position thereof, the personal portable terminal providing detail information about each store mapped to the identification code obtained through a near field communication with the IC chip.01-08-2009
20100191454LOCATION BASED PERSONAL ORGANIZER - A personal organizer automatically obtains current position and traffic information for events scheduled on a calendar in the personal organizer. This information is used in combination with event location information and map information in the personal organizer to calculate and present route and estimated time of arrival information to the scheduled event. If the ETA is later than the event time in the calendar, automatic delay notifications can be sent to contacts associated with the event.07-29-2010
20100070160METHOD FOR DETECTING DEFECTS IN NAVIGATION DATA - A navigation system using a mobile terminal (03-18-2010
20100121563REAL-TIME PERSONAL DEVICE TRANSIT INFORMATION PRESENTMENT - Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices provide personalized, real-time travel information to a passenger of a transit system. A passenger provides a destination input to a programmable personal digital assistant, which establishes wireless communication with a wireless broadcast system of a transit system and uploads current routing and scheduling information, processing and presenting information to the passenger as a function of destination and passenger preference. The personal digital assistant also selects and wirelessly locates and communicates directly with the identified transport, alerts the passenger of a recommended boarding opportunity, recognizes a boarding by the passenger, confirms that a boarded transport is the recommended transport, and communicates a disembark alert to if the boarded transport is not the recommended transport or upon an arrival at a destination, the alert configured pursuant to the passenger preference.05-13-2010
20120004841MULTI-MODAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - One or more embodiments may include a multi-modal navigation system and method. Route information may be received for generating a navigation route which may comprise multiple modes of transportation to a destination. GPS data may also be received. The navigation route to the destination across the multiple modes of transportation may be determined. The route may be updated as the route is traversed. The navigation route across the multiple modes of transportation may be output based on the GPS data.01-05-2012
20080306680Method for Determining the Horizontal Profile of a Flight Plan Complying with a Prescribed Vertical Flight Profile - The present invention relates to the definition, in a flight plan, of the horizontal profile of an air route with vertical flight and speed profile prescribed on departure and/or on arrival, by a stringing together of check-points and/or turn points associated with local flight constraints and called “D-Fix” because they are not listed in a published navigation database like those called “Waypoints”. It consists in charting, on curvilinear distance maps, a direct curvilinear path joining the departure point to the destination point of the air route while complying with vertical flight and speed profiles prescribed on departure and/or on arrival and while guaranteeing a circumnavigation of the surrounding reliefs and compliance with regulated overfly zones, then in approximating the series of points of the direct curvilinear path by a sequence of straight segments complying with an arbitrary maximum deviation threshold relative to the points of the series and an arbitrary minimum lateral deviation threshold relative to the set of obstacles to be circumnavigated and in adopting as “D-Fix” points the points of the intermediate intersections of the rectilinear segments.12-11-2008
20090171565DIVER HOMING DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A relative positioning system enabling a user to return to a starting position or some other point on the user's path. The system may include an array of accelerometers. The output from the accelerometers may be integrated to quantify movement of the array. The various movements of the array may be reconstructed to determine a net two or three dimensional translation. The current location of the array may be compared to a reference point to derive at trajectory directing the user to the reference point, such as an originating point. The trajectory may be continuously or periodically updated. Applications may include various displays presenting images, numbers, pointers, paths, vectors, or data by digital screens, watch faces, or other devices integrated with or remote from the processor calculating the vector back to the point of origin.07-02-2009
20120010806METHODS FOR FORECASTING FLIGHT PATHS, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND SOFTWARE - Mobile computing device implemented methods, and associated systems, devices, and software for forecasting flight paths associated with a unique-flight. Methods may include prior to departure of the unique-flight, retrieving from a flight-data-server via the Internet an initial-forecasted-flight-path based on flight-path-data for the unique-flight, and displaying indicia associated with the initial-forecasted-flight-path.01-12-2012
20100268455Wayfinding System - Disclosed is a system to provide optimum guidance for an individual seeking the destination point in a complex building. The system can be used for a range of individuals from firemen seeking an optimized and accurately mapped path from an access point at the entrance to the building to a destination point where a fire alarm has gone off or for a visitor in the museum who is seeking a path to a particular desired display destination. The system can provide multiple sequential simplified floor configuration maps. These maps are designed to show foreshortened walls so as to provide a three-dimensional maze-like format with the pathways visible and with a track mark illustrating an optimal path for the user to follow within the area shown on the map.10-21-2010
20110166778INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - The invention aims to provide an information providing device and an information providing system which can provide suitable destination information according to the utilization situation of a user. The information providing device related to the invention is an information providing device which is mounted on a vehicle and provides information on potential destinations. The information providing device includes an information providing unit which provides information on a potential destination in accordance with the performance of electronic payment at a destination after traveling assistance to the destination by a vehicle-mounted device. By providing information on a potential destination in accordance with the performance of electronic payment at a destination after traveling assistance to the destination by a vehicle-mounted device, a potential destination can be selected on the basis of information on a destination for which traveling assistance has actually been provided and which has been utilized, information on the potential destination can be provided, and information on a suitable potential destination according to the actual utilization situation of a user can be provided.07-07-2011
20110166781NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system has a current position detecting unit 07-07-2011
20110166780Data Server, User Terminal, Route Information Providing System and Control Method Thereof - According to the first aspect of the present invention, there is a data server (07-07-2011
20110166779INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM - An interior rearview mirror system includes a rearward facing camera, an interior rearview mirror assembly and a video display screen disposed behind a mirror reflective element of the interior rearview mirror assembly. The video display screen is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display information for viewing by a driver of the vehicle through the mirror reflective element when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle and when the video display screen is operated to display information. When the vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver, the video display screen displays images captured by the rearward facing camera to assist the driver in reversing the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display other information.07-07-2011
20110166776METHOD, NAVIGATION DEVICE, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR USING A NAVIGATION APPLICATION - A method for using a navigation application of a navigation device that is assigned to a communication module and disposable at a departure location includes requesting an input information via an electronic data message using a client device which includes the communication module. The navigation application is configured to use a definition of at least one destination location and the communication module includes a mobile telecommunication interface connected to at least one of a cellular network and a non-cellular network. The input information is related to the destination location and the request is based on an identity information stored in a communication memory of the communication module. At a data center, the input information is generated based on the identity information. A message including the input information is received by the communication module. The input information is transferred from the communication module to the navigation application so as to provide route guidance from the departure location of the navigation device to the destination location. The input information and a data set of the corresponding identity information are stored in the communication memory for further use.07-07-2011
20110166777Navigation Application - In the field of electronic mapping and GPS related or location based navigation software applications for mobile devices, many applications and features exist to aid a user in knowing current or future conditions of travel like traffic status, current speed, direction, time and distance remaining to reach a certain destination, weather conditions in a certain specified area, points of interest along a specified route and so on to name a few. All of these features can fall into the category of what can be called as Travel Informatics. The current Navigation application features some unique and hitherto unavailable features displayed directly on a digital map and automatically updated to show many useful travel related types of information in an easy to understand user interface that can better aid a user in knowing travel conditions in the context of real-time GPS aided navigation and or desktop finger navigation of digital maps and in other ways as illustrated here.07-07-2011
20110166775NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided a navigation device including a position information acquisition section which acquires a current position, a final destination setting section which sets a final destination, a stop-off genre setting section which sets a genre of a facility to be stopped at, a stop-off point selection section which selects a stop-off point based on a route to the final destination, and a route guidance section which performs notification of a route to the stop-off point at a branch point between the route to the final destination and the route to the stop-off point, shows a route to the stop-off point when entering the route to the stop-off point from the branch point, and switches a guidance destination to the final destination when arriving at the stop-off point.07-07-2011
20110166774CONSERVATIONAL VEHICLE ROUTING - A route-determination method includes gathering road-related data in a vehicle navigation system (VNS) for a plurality of routes between two locations. This may include weighting two or more of the possible routes in the VNS based at least on the road-related data. Also, this may include adjusting the weighting in the VNS for each weighted route based on projected fuel consumption and determining an optimal fuel usage route in the VNS based on the adjusted weighting. Further, this may include outputting at least one optimal fuel usage route.07-07-2011
20120016578OUTDOOR TO INDOOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM - An outdoor-to-indoor (and vise versa) navigation system guides a traveler (01-19-2012
20120016577METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING INTEREST CONTENTS BASED ON TRAVEL ROUTE INFORMATION - Provided is a method and system for determining interest content that may provide an actual travel route of a terminal. The method and system for determining interest content may search for a travel route from a terminal to an interest content point based on location information of the terminal and location information of the interest content, may generate an interest content list including interest contents according to the found travel route, and may display the generated interest content list.01-19-2012
20120022777AUTOMATIC CREATION OF SCENIC TOURS USING POINTS OF INTEREST - A method is provided for presenting audio information related to scenic points of interest (POIs) to a user traveling along a predetermined route. The predetermined route is guided by a navigation device for providing audio navigation announcements that include turn-by-turn directions to the user. The predetermined route is defined between the starting location and a destination that includes scenic POIs. Audio navigation announcements are output to the user for selectively guiding the user along the predetermined route. An active region around each POI while traveling along the predetermined route is used to identify a current POI. Audio POI information is reproduced relating to the current POI while the user is within the active region of the current POI. Audio POI information reproduced to the user is selectively scheduled at a time not conflicting with the audio navigation announcements output to the user.01-26-2012
20110066364Navigation Device Automated Mode Sensing and Adjustment - A navigation device automatically determines a travel mode based on at least one non-user input and configures itself based on the travel mode. The device generates one or more directions or navigation routes based on routing information, a user location, a destination, and the travel mode. The device then displays the one or more directions for the user. The automatic determination may be based on a travel speed, connection to an external power source, connection to an external power source and a travel speed, and/or receipt of one or more signals from a transmitter coupled to a vehicle. The user may be able to override configuration of the device based on the travel mode. The system may be implemented as an integrated device or may be implemented as a server computing device connected to a client computing device.03-17-2011
20110066368NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes a map information acquiring unit 03-17-2011
20110066366LOCATION BASED SYSTEM WITH CONTEXTUAL CONTACT MANAGER MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a location based system includes: detecting an event; establishing an event context time associated with the event; establishing a geofence associated with the event; and identifying an event participant, associated with the event, with the event participant within the geofence during the event context time for displaying on a device.03-17-2011
20110066367Navagation apparatus and method of navigation - A navigation apparatus guides a user to an appropriate terminal in an airport, for example, even when a schedule of an intended flight is changed. The above advantage is achieved by acquiring flight information of the intended flight from a flight information list that is delivered from an information distribution center and by determining, as a guidance destination, a terminal of the intended flight or a suitable airport facility after change of the flight schedule. The suitable guidance destination is determined not only by the changed flight schedule but also by a user purpose to go to the airport and an estimated arrival time of the user to the airport.03-17-2011
20110066365AUDIO OUTPUT CONFIGURED TO INDICATE A DIRECTION - An audio output that is configured to indicate a direction is described. In an implementation, a direction of a target is determined in relation to a computing device. An output of sound is configured by the computing device to indicate the direction of the target in relation to the computing device.03-17-2011
20110106432GUIDE DISPLAY DEVICE AND GUIDE DISPLAY METHOD, AND DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING DISPLAY CONTENTS - The present invention provides the simple operation for displaying the information that is expected to be necessary for the user and the simplified procedure of the hands-free operation when displaying the map information on the screen. The display device 05-05-2011
20110106430NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND NAVIGATION METHOD - A navigation system and method having a function of alerting the driver to potential wrong way driving comprises means 05-05-2011
20110106427NAVIGATION METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A navigation apparatus including a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with an entity; a controller configured to search a plurality of candidate paths from a current location to a destination from map data, and to calculate a fuel consumption index based on multiple road information conditions for a corresponding candidate path from the current location to the destination; and a display unit configured to display the calculated fuel consumption index for each of the plurality of candidate paths. Further, the fuel consumption index indicates an estimated amount of fuel used to travel the corresponding candidate path.05-05-2011
20110106422METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDING A VEHICLE - A device for aligning a vehicle with a next pass through a field comprises a camera which takes a corresponding natural picture. A receiver is provided for receiving a navigational signal from a navigational satellite system. A central processing unit is connected to the camera for receiving the natural picture and the receiver for receiving the natural satellite signal. The CPU generates a master signal comprising a video signal of the navigational picture, an actual indicator signal representing the actual position of the vehicle, and a desired indicator signal representing the desired position of the vehicle. A display is connected to the CPU for receiving the master signal and generating a master image comprising a natural picture image, an actual indicator image, and a desired indicator image. The vehicle is driven to cause an alignment of the actual indicator image with the desired indicator image.05-05-2011
20110106421NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH SINGLE SELECTION MILEAGE SINGLE CAPTURE MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating a travel route having a business location for displaying on a device; calculating a current location along the travel route; identifying a travel segment with the current location; calculating a travel distance for the travel segment; and verifying the travel distance based on where the business location is within the travel segment.05-05-2011
20110106429POINT OF INTEREST SEARCH ALONG A ROUTE - A system includes a GPS module, user interface module, database and routing engine. To find nearby POIs in one embodiment the routing engine identifies POIs in the database located within a threshold distance from the planned route in Euclidean distance. The routing engine filters the results by exploring the road network to determine whether each of the POIs is within the threshold distance of the route in driving distance. The filtering may include exploring outward from the POI, until all roads within the threshold distance are explored or the route is reached; alternatively, distance to the POIs is checked by exploring outward from the route until all roads within the threshold distance of the route have been exposed. For those POIs reached in the exploration, the nearest point on the route and the distance to that point are known. Similar searches are performed based on driving time rather than distance.05-05-2011
20110106425NAVIGATION DEVICE & METHOD FOR PROVIDING PARKING INFORMATION - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a navigation device including a parking place notification module. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device is arranged to wirelessly receive a message indicating a location of a parking place and, in response, the parking place notification module is arranged to either display on a display device an indication of the location of the parking place, or to select as a destination location the location of the parking place.05-05-2011
20100094542Method for displaying intersection enlargement in navigation device - The present invention relates to a method for displaying enlargement images of an intersection in a navigation device. More particularly, the present invention is characterized to provide enlargement images of an intersection in sequence, thereby improving visibility and accuracy of a navigation device in providing direction guidance at intersections. The present invention of a method for displaying enlargement images of an intersection in a navigation device, wherein the navigation device finds a path to destination to guide a user thereof, includes calculating distance-to-go from a present position of a vehicle to an intersection in the path; estimating a predicted time to reach said intersection on the basis of the speed of said vehicle and said distance-to-go to said intersection; and displaying enlargement images of said intersection at a set time before said predicted time to reach said intersection.04-15-2010
20100094539NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device (04-15-2010
20100094538NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a route searching unit 04-15-2010
20100094537NAVIGATION DEVICE AND NAVIGATION METHOD - The present invention is to provide a navigation device having a function of starting a route re-searching early by predicting a route change of a vehicle from a recommended route. A navigation device is formed such that when guiding a vehicle by virtue of a recommended approaching route and a recommended exit route both connected to a branching point, and once the vehicle traveling from the recommended approaching route and heading for the branching point is about to deviate from the recommended exit route, said navigation device starts a route re-searching for finding a new recommended route going through other route. The navigation device detects that a turning angle θx of the vehicle is about to be in a direction within an angle range not including an angle formed between the direction θa of the recommended approaching route and the direction θb of the recommended exit route, and starts a route re-searching to find a new recommended route going through other route existing within an angle range excluding an angle formed between the directions θa and θb.04-15-2010
20100094536FRIEND-FINDING MOBILE DEVICE - An off-board navigation application is provided that is configured to be stored in memory on a wireless portable device. The application comprises a menu hierarchy including a series of pages to be presented on a screen of the device. The pages include a category page having a list of categories. The categories each are associated with points of interest (POIs). The menu hierarchy includes an address page presenting address information related to a selected point of interest (POI). The address page includes a function option that directs the portable device to transmit wirelessly a navigation information request to a remote server. The menu hierarchy includes a navigation page configured to present navigation information that is received wirelessly by the portable device from the remote server in response to the navigation information request. Optionally, the application may further comprise a sub-category page presenting a list of POI names, wherein the address page presents address information in response to the selected POI. The function option may represent a GO option such that, when the GO option is selected, the application directs the portable device to transmit a navigation information request to the remote server. The navigation information request instructs the remote server to perform a route calculation from a present location of the portable device to the selected POI.04-15-2010
20100250113Navigation apparatus and navigation method - A navigation apparatus includes a positioning unit configured to measure a current position, a route guidance screen generation unit configured to generate a route guidance screen used for route guidance for a retrieved route from the current position to a destination and display the route guidance screen on a display unit, and a guidance image generation unit configured to, in a case where a remaining distance between the current position and the destination is a predetermined value or less while route guidance is performed using the route guidance screen, generate a guidance image in which a display subject representing the destination is highlighted such that the display subject is more prominently displayed than a vicinity of the display subject and display the guidance image on the display unit.09-30-2010
20100250116NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes: a map database 09-30-2010
20100250114NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND ROUTE DISTRIBUTION SERVER - A navigation apparatus associates a tentative searching condition for searching for a tentative route with each of a plurality of server searching conditions which are used by a route distribution server to search for a server route from a departure point to a destination. The navigation apparatus includes a tentative route searcher which searches for the tentative route under the tentative searching condition that is associated with one of the server searching conditions which is sent to the route distribution server.09-30-2010
20100250115ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND NAVIGATION METHOD - A navigation apparatus (09-30-2010
20100088018Glance ahead navigation - A navigation system that allows a user to easily glance ahead down a route to see points-of-interest (POI) such as businesses along future portions of a route. POIs within a short distance radius of a selected future exit or other future point along the user's route may be presented to the user via an appropriate display. The short distance radius may be defined by constraints associated with the display (e.g., within a represented distance from the exit that can be shown in a current zoom level of the display). Instead of abandoning a navigation session, use of glance ahead instead suspends navigation while the user views snapshots of points-of-interest at each exit. The navigation system may show branded icons or business details associated with displayed POIs, preferably without the need for the user to access a separate screen.04-08-2010
20100131189METHOD OF GENERATING IMPROVED MAP DATA FOR USE IN NAVIGATION DEVICES AND NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH IMPROVED MAP DATA - In one embodiment of the present invention, an end-user can input a correction to a map error, directly on the device. The device is then able to use the correction without external processing of the correction. Hence, it is no longer necessary for an end-user to simply report errors to the map vendor over a web link, then wait for that map vendor to verify the error, update its maps and finally supply the end-user with updates—a cycle that can take months and sometimes years to complete. Instead, in one example embodiment, the navigation device can use the correction immediately. End-users can also share corrections with other end-users and also with a shared remote server that aggregates, validates and distributes corrections.05-27-2010
20100223000Onboard information terminal and map information providing apparatus and map information providing system using them - A map information providing system has a map information providing apparatus 09-02-2010
20100332119NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A method of operating a PND or navigation system is described, together with a PND or navigation system for performing such a method. The PND or navigation system includes memory storing map data consisting of base map data files, a display, GPS signal reception and processing device, such together forming a basis for navigation, route guidance, and map information display. In at least one embodiment, the method includes correlating the current location with the map data to derive map-specific parameters for that location and comparing the map-specific parameters with a motion-specific parameter, a vehicle-specific parameter, or the current location to determine whether the current location, motion or vehicle-related characteristic is permissible or appropriate therefore; and in the event that the current location, motion, or vehicle-related characteristic and derived map-specific parameter are seemingly at odds with one another, performing at least one secondary action. The secondary action may include but is not limited to the issuing of an approve/reject prompt to the user, or the automatic creation, modification or deletion of a new or pre-existing correction.12-30-2010
20100332120Car Navigation System, Program and Method for Updating Map Data - A car navigation system 12-30-2010
20100332118NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD USING MAP DATA CORRECTION FILES - A method of operating a PND or navigation system is described, together with a PND or navigation system for performing such a method. The PND or navigation system includes memory storing map data consisting of base map data files and supplemental corrective data files. In at least one embodiment, the method includes correlating the current location with the map data, and in the event that the current location and derived map data are seemingly at odds with one another, performing at least one secondary action. In at least one embodiment, the secondary action may be the issuing of an approve/reject prompt to the user, or the automatic creation, modification or deletion of a new or pre-existing correction. In a further aspect, at least one embodiment of the invention also provides for a PND or navigation system storing an indication of a home location, and prompting a user to visit nearby locations for which corrections exist, followed by prompted or automatic confirmation or rejection thereof.12-30-2010
20100332116OFF ROAD NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method of operating a navigation system in a vehicle may entail invoking an off-road mode of the navigation system; displaying a first off-road terrain on a navigation system display; displaying a first present location of the vehicle on the display, inputting a first user-input off-road destination into the navigation system; inputting a first user-input off-road waypoint into the navigation system; displaying straight line trajectories between the start point, the first user-input off-road waypoint and the destination on a display of the navigation system and displaying a first real-time path of on-screen breadcrumbs as the vehicle travels off-road in current or real-time; shifting on the display, each user-entered off-road waypoint to a closest on-screen breadcrumb of the first real-time path; shifting on the display, the user-entered destination to the closest on-screen breadcrumb; and storing the first real-time path in a memory of a navigation control unit.12-30-2010
20100204914Active widgets for mobile navigation systems - A method for communication includes running a navigation application on a mobile navigation device, so as to present to a user navigation instructions from a navigation server on the display of the mobile navigation device. A widget chosen by the user is activated to run on the mobile navigation device in conjunction with the navigation application. Responsively to activating the widget, an interactive user interface element is overlaid on the navigation instructions on the display, indicating an availability of a location-based service at a location specified by the navigation instructions. Upon receiving an input from the user via the interactive user interface element invoking the service, the service is provided to the user at the specified location via the mobile navigation device.08-12-2010
20100204915Dialogue System for a Motor Vehicle - In a dialogue system for a motor vehicle, the dialogue system including a plurality of control keys, assigning at least one of at least on of the control keys a function from a predefined set of functions in such a manner that the function is executed upon actuation of the control key. The control key can be assigned a primary parameter, which is automatically required for executing the function, and at least one secondary parameter which relates to the method for executing the function, in such a manner that the function is executed in the manner defined by the secondary parameter upon actuation of the control key.08-12-2010
20100063720NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a route searching unit 03-11-2010
20090063032METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR ROUTING A VEHICLE TO AVOID AN ADVERSE CONDITION - Methods, systems, and apparatus are provided for generating a route to a destination for a vehicle to travel to avoid an adverse condition. One method includes defining a boundary of the adverse condition and identifying a plurality of reference points between a present location of the vehicle and the destination. The method also includes automatically generating a plurality of routes from the present location to the destination, each of the plurality of routes including a reference point, and providing one of the plurality of routes to a user. A system includes means for performing the steps of the above method. One apparatus includes a sequence of instructions which, when executed by a computing device, cause the computing device to perform the steps of the above method.03-05-2009
20110184643Mobile content creation, sharing, and commerce in a geo-spatial environment - A method, apparatus, and system of a mobile content creation, sharing, and commerce in a geo-spatial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes communicating a positioning data of the mobile device to a server at a periodic interval, automatically generating in the mobile device, in response to the server, a present location profile associated with a present geographic location of the mobile device, simultaneously generating, in the mobile device, a set of adjacent profiles provided by the server as being a direction away from the present geographic location of the mobile device and refreshing, in the mobile device, the present location profile and the set of adjacent profiles at the periodic interval. The method may include automatically attaching a present sense data in the present location profile when a user selects a capture function in the present location profile.07-28-2011
20110184642FUEL EFFICIENT ROUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A more fuel efficient route between two locations is determined from a plurality of possible different routes and displayed. The different routes can be made up of links or route segments that can begin and end with a node or link transition, each different route comprising at least one different link. In one specific example, a simulation is made utilizing map data, vehicle specific data including mass, traffic congestion and driver driving style characteristics to determine energy values which are stored in association with links and nodes. The stored energy values associated with the links and nodes of plural different routes are then combined, such as by summing, to determine a total energy value for each of the plural different routes. A route having a low energy value is then selected. At least a portion of the route can be displayed to an operator of a vehicle, whereby the operator of the vehicle can follow the displayed route.07-28-2011
20110184641NAVIGATION APPARATUS, NAVIGATION METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided a navigation apparatus including a storage unit that stores vehicle lane information for a guidance point, a determination unit that determines a traveling direction of a vehicle, a detection unit that detects whether or not there is the guidance point in the traveling direction of the vehicle, and a decision unit that decides, when it is detected by the detection unit that there are at least two or more guidance points, a priority order of traveling vehicle-lanes at the next guidance point based on vehicle lane information for the two or more guidance points and the traveling direction of the vehicle.07-28-2011
20100174482NAVIGATION SERVER - A navigation server for assisting guidance of moving objects such as automobiles by a navigation device while considering the level of safety of each link in the area where a disaster has occurred and adequately evaluating the safety in consideration of the actual disaster situation. A navigation service extracts links included in a disaster area and evaluates the cost of each of the extracted links according to probe information. The probability of reflection of the adverse influence of the disaster on spatial and temporal movement patterns of an automobile represented by the probe information is high. Therefore, the level of safety of each link in the disaster area can be adequately evaluated so that the adverse influence of the disaster can be avoided.07-08-2010
20100174481METHOD FOR GUIDING CROSSROAD USING POINT OF INTEREST AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - An intersection guidance method using Point of Interest (POI) information and a navigation system are provided. An intersection guidance method using POI information, the intersection guidance method including: retrieving a route to a destination set by a user and providing guidance about the route; providing, when an intersection is sensed on the route, guidance about a turn in the intersection using surrounding POI information of the intersection.07-08-2010
20100174480GOLF SYSTEM USER INTERFACE - Techniques are described to furnish location-based functionality to golf-related electronic devices. In one or more embodiments, the distances associated with features of a hole of a golf course such as sand traps, water hazards and other hazards, trees, tree lines, waste areas, out of bounds areas, man-made hazards, and so on may be selectively labeled based on the relative positions of the device, the features, and a point within the hole of the golf course such as the pin or other point within the green.07-08-2010
20100049433Route data base generation procedures and systems, processes and products relating thereto - A route data base generating system avoids GPS satellite signals sources for land based vehicle azimuth and heading determinations in areas where reception of the satellite signals is unavailable or impaired and relies on vehicle part movements that are equatable to the heading and azimuth changes of the vehicle for determining such vehicle orientations. Part movements equatable to the heading changes are found in the vehicle wheel assemblies. A route data base founded on interconnecting linear route segments that are arranged in and end-to-end serial order is advocated and wherein the angular deviation between connecting segments in the order is predetermined. Various uses of the generating systems and related procedures are advocated for both on-the-road and off-road usage.02-25-2010
20100299060Timed Location Sharing - Rule-based location sharing may be provided. A location determining device, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled device, may receive a request to share the location. A rule may be used to determine whether to share the location with the requestor. If the rule allows the location to be shared, the location may be sent to the requestor. The location may be relayed through a third party server, which may be operative to evaluate the rule before sharing the location with the requestor.11-25-2010
20100299059Method for operating a navigation system and a navigation system - A method for operating a navigation system, in which position data is determined, a route to a destination is calculated on the basis of the position data and map data, and destination guidance instructions is created and issued according to the route. A deviation factor is ascertained for the position data and the destination guidance instructions are created as a function of the deviation factor. In addition, a navigation system 11-25-2010
20100274478IMAGE TRANSFORMATION METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, IMAGE TRANSFORMATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - A first road shape in camera image data generated by a camera that captures images of the surroundings of a vehicle is recognized based on the camera image data. In addition, after reading map image data in the vicinity of the vehicle from a navigation unit, second point of interest coordinates existing in a second road shape in the map image data which was read and first point of interest coordinates existing in the first road shape are each detected and the first point of interest coordinates and the second point of interest coordinates are made to correspond to each other.10-28-2010
20100274477Navigation system - Disclosed are a navigation system and/or a point information display method and a program. The navigation system consists mainly of: a stream receiver that receives broadcast streams; a data decoder that samples a data signal from the received streams and decodes the data signal into character string information; a matching block that performs matching to compare a predetermined keyword, which is associated with position information specified in map information data, with stored keywords and searches a keyword consistent with the keyword contained in the character string information; a position information searching block that searches position information associated with the keyword contained in the character string information and detected to be consistent with a stored keyword by the matching block; and a display unit that displays the detected position information while superimposing it on a display image.10-28-2010
20100274476NAVIGATION DEVICE - A vehicle owner can express a display screen that displays a map in a color that matches an interior design. On a map view screen that displays a map for route guidance on a display screen, icons that indicate current navigation functions, and icons that indicate touch switches that are operated to change current navigation functions are displayed. A color change operation screen is used to change the color of the icons that indicate navigation functions and the icons that are operated to change navigation functions on the display screen. Accordingly, the display screen can be expressed in colors that match the interior design of the vehicle. Moreover, the colors of the map view screen used for route guidance do not change; only the icons that indicate navigation functions and icons that are operated to change navigation functions are changed. The general map colors are thus maintained according to natural usage conditions that blend into the overall design.10-28-2010
20100274475SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NAVIGATIONAL INFORMATION - For providing navigational information to a user of a mobile device (10-28-2010
20090088965ENHANCEMENT FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEMS FOR USING WEATHER INFORMATION WHEN PREDICTING A QUICKEST TRAVEL PATH - The present invention discloses a software method for determining a travel path. The software method can identify a point of origin, a travel destination, and a travel time. Multiple different possible travel pathways between the point of origin and the travel destination can be determined. Predicted weather conditions for each of the travel pathways for a time of travel can be ascertained. Time estimates for each of the travel pathways can be adjusted based on the predicated weather conditions for each of the travel pathways. At least one of the determined travel pathways can be presented based at least in part upon the time estimates that have been adjusted for the predicted weather conditions and historical data about the given pathways with similar weather to that which is being predicted. In one embodiment; the software method can be performed by a Global Positioning System (GPS) equipped motor vehicle navigation system.04-02-2009
20100010734NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING AN ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME REQUIREMENT OF THE NAVIGATION-PLANNED ROUTE - A navigation device and a method for calculating estimated total time requirement of navigation-planned routes with enhanced prediction accuracy includes: a map database for pre-defining calculation parameter and properties of feasible road information and traffic signs along the routes; a configuration module for entering coordinates of indication points determined as a destination where a vehicle reaches; a route planning module for receiving satellite signals of global positioning system, searching the map database for the coordinate of the indication point determined as a departure place and defined by the satellite signals received by a satellite positioning system, and planning simulated routes between the indication point determined as the departure place and the indication point as the destination place; and a process module for calculating traveling time according to properties of the feasible road information of the planned simulated routes and total stopping time according to the calculation parameter and the number of traffic signs along the simulated routes, thus obtaining estimated total time requirement by adding up the traveling time and the total stopping time.01-14-2010
20110106424Navigation method and human-machine interface apparatus thereof - A human-machine interface apparatus and a navigation method provide navigation information to users according to data provided by a location system. The human-machine interface apparatus comprises a pointing module and a microcontroller unit. The pointing module comprises a pointer. The microcontroller unit receives a first directing point, a second directing point and a third directing point obtained by the location system performing a vision-navigation operation, and deflects the pointer to a first angle, a second angle and a third angle when a vehicle location data reaches to the first, second and third directing points respectively. The third angle is larger than the second angle, and the second angle is larger than the first angle.05-05-2011
20110106423Method of Determining Mode of Transportation in a Personal Navigation Device - To provide useful information to a user of a personal navigation device (PND) related to their current mode of transportation the PND receives a plurality of satellite navigation signals, utilizes the plurality of satellite navigation signals to determine position of the PND, determines a plurality of data based on the plurality of satellite navigation signals, utilizing the plurality of data as inputs to a statistical model to determine the mode of transportation, determines the information corresponding to the mode of transportation, and displays the information corresponding to the mode of transportation.05-05-2011
20100268452NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION METHOD, AND NAVIGATION PROGRAM - Provided is a navigation device which can superpose a route guide object on an actually captured image so that the route guide object coincides with a road even if the accuracy of the road shape data is at the current level. The navigation device displays on a screen, a route guide object indicating a route along which a vehicle should advance. The navigation device includes: an imaging unit for capturing an actual image in front of the vehicle; a white line detection unit which detects a road white line on the actually captured image; a map information storage unit which stores map information containing road shape data expressing a road shape; a road shape data correction unit which corrects the road shape data according to the road white line detection result so that the route guide object is displayed along the road white line; a route guide object generation unit which generates a route guide object according to the corrected road shape data; and a display unit which displays the generated route guide object on the screen.10-21-2010
20090005966System and method for enhanced directory assistance features employing telematics and virtual reality elements - A method for providing information to a user includes receiving a communication signal from a user requesting at least one information, retrieving the information and delivering it to the user, where the information is configured to be displayed on a telematic display.01-01-2009
20090018764Car Navigation Apparatus - A car navigation apparatus includes an intersection searching means 01-15-2009
20110130961Navigation System for Motor Vehicles - A navigation system for motor vehicles includes a receiving unit for receiving traffic messages to which a location information object is in each case assigned. A display unit for displaying a digital road map and a control unit. The control unit is coupled to the receiving unit and the display unit, and is operatively configured such that cutouts of a digital road map to which the traffic messages relate are successively displayed of the display.06-02-2011
20110130959NAVIGATION METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A mobile terminal and an method searches a point of interest (POI). The navigation apparatus of a mobile terminal includes a storage unit configured to store map data, a display unit configured to display the map data, and a controller configured to search a destination from the map data, display the searched destination on the display unit, and display an icon for searching points of interest near the destination.06-02-2011
20110130958DYNAMIC ALERTS FOR CALENDAR EVENTS - A computing device can access a calendar entry having an associated time and an associated location, in a calendar application. The computing device can dynamically determine an estimated travel time to the location associated with the calendar entry. The computing device can provide an alarm indication for the calendar entry at a time based on the estimated travel time.06-02-2011
20110213549LOCATION BASED VIRTUAL TOUR - The geographic location of a mobile device is determined. Tour information is accessed by the mobile device based upon, at least in part, the determined geographic location. The tour information is rendered on the mobile device based upon, at least n part, the determined geographic location.09-01-2011
20110213548METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING GUIDANCE FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM - This invention relates to a display method and apparatus in a navigation system. More specifically, this invention relates to a navigation-based method and apparatus to provide guidance information to a driver without repeatedly performing route recalculation when the driver makes slight deviation from the road he or she is travelling on. In one embodiment of the present invention, guidance information is displayed on a user interface without generating a route. For example, when a vehicle is travelling either on a freeway or a surface road, a distance indicator provides distance information to nearby freeway junctions or streets. In another embodiment, when the vehicle is deviated from a calculated route, a route deviation detecting unit may detect whether the vehicle is deviating from the calculated route to a predetermined extent. If not, the original calculated route will not be recalculated.09-01-2011
20110238296Computer order handling system providing transferrable order delivery through networked electronic kiosks - An order handling system includes a network interface and an order handling module. The network interface communicates through a wide area network with a plurality of kiosks. The order handling module is configured to receive, via the network interface, an order from a user for a first item that is within the inventory of a first kiosk. The order handling module is further configured to reserve the first item for pick-up by the user at the first kiosk in response to the order. After the first item is reserved for pick-up, the order handling module receives from a second kiosk an order inquiry from the user, where the second kiosk is geographically spaced apart from the first kiosk. The order handling module is configured to determine that the user is located at the second kiosk instead of at the first kiosk where the first item is reserved, and, responsive that determination, to carry out through the second kiosk operations that display to the user the relative geographic locations of the first and second kiosks and/or a third kiosk that contains the first item, and/or operations that transfer the order for completion at the second kiosk or another kiosk that is selected by user through the second kiosk.09-29-2011
20110238295MAP DISPLAY APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - A map display apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus acquires present position information indicating a present position, and determines a route from the present position to a destination. The apparatus displays a map on a display screen based on map information acquired from a storage medium storing the map information, and displays the route in a form of a line on the map while switching a manner of displaying the route between multiple display modes including a first display mode and a second display mode. In the first display mode, the route is displayed to have a first transparency and a first width. In the second display mode, the route is displayed to have a second transparency more transparent than the first transparency and a second width larger than the first width.09-29-2011
20110238294VEHICULAR NAVIGATION DEVICE - An identification unit identifies a departure point of a travel locus of a vehicle. The vehicle departs through the departure point from a departure road stored beforehand in map data. The map data has map link information including multiple links. An exit point set unit sets an exit point on a link included in the map link information. The link corresponds to the departure point of the departure road identified by the identification unit. A learning unit learns a new road based on the exit point set by the exit point set unit and the travel locus of the vehicle.09-29-2011
20110238293ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRANSPORTION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD UTILIZED THEREBY - A transportation information management method using an electronic device sets a departure location and a destination, detects a current location of the electronic device using a navigation device of the electronic device in real time, and determines whether a distance between the current location and the destination is less than a predetermined distance. If the distance is less than the predetermined distance, the electronic device generates a first notification to inform the user to prepare to disembark.09-29-2011
20110238291PHYSICAL DISABILITY PROBES FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION - Systems, devices, features, and methods for obtaining, enhancing, or using data for or with a geographic database, such as a navigation database, are disclosed. For example, one method includes receiving input to enable a probe sensor that is associated with a device used by a being with a physical disability. Geographic data is collected via the probe sensor when the device is in use by the being with the physical disability. The collected geographic data is provided to a data collection facility to develop data corresponding to a geographic and/or navigation database.09-29-2011
20110238289Navigation device and method for predicting the destination of a trip - A navigation device and computer implemented method for predicting the destination of a trip, the method being executed by a navigation device, the method comprising the steps of: determining starting parameters, the starting parameters comprising at least the starting point, starting time and date of the trip, executing a destination prediction algorithm, the destination prediction algorithm taking the starting parameters as input and predicting a destination, wherein the destination prediction algorithm is generated by using information of a trip history; determining, upon arrival at the predicted or another destination, the actual destination.09-29-2011
20110276267LOCATION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS OF MOBILE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for managing location information of a mobile terminal are provided. The method includes determining location information of a current position while in a Global Positioning System (GPS) reception mode, determining at least one of preference routes and interest sites within an interest area in a vicinity of the current position, and presenting at least one of the preference routes and the interest sites on a map. The present invention improves a user's convenience and a utilization efficiency of the location information of the mobile terminal.11-10-2011
20110276266Indoor localization with wayfinding techniques - A user proceeds from one location to another location inside of a building by traveling in a sequence of several hops in response to different visual cues. A portable handheld device may provide the visual cues to the user. The user reaches the destination through the sequence of hops using the portable handheld device.11-10-2011
20110276265NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH ALTERNATIVE ROUTE DETERMINATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating a potential route from a current location to a destination; assigning a steady state change indicator to a route characteristic of the potential route for maintaining a steady state of a vehicle; calculating a total steady state change for the potential route based on the steady state change indicator; and determining a selected route based on the potential route with the total steady state change that is the lowest for displaying on a device.11-10-2011
20110320118TRAVEL TIME DETERMINATION - The present invention relates to travel time determination, for example, determining a predicted travel time between locations based on historical data. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a method for determining a predicted amount of time required to travel from one location to another that includes dividing a region into multiple grid portions and designating each grid portion that contains at least one address of interest as a departure grid, a destination grid, or both. The method can further include generating a searchable data arrangement that includes travel times associated with traveling from selected departure grids to selected destination grids, and updating the travel times using historical data.12-29-2011
20110320117NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Including a vehicle position determining unit (12-29-2011
20110320116PROVIDING AN IMPROVED VIEW OF A LOCATION IN A SPATIAL ENVIRONMENT - Technologies are described herein for providing an improved view of a location in a spatial environment. A current image associated with a current location of a geographic area is displayed. A user-selected point on the current image is received. A target location of the geographic area is determined based on the user-selected point. A distance between the current location and the target location is determined. A determination is made as to whether the distance between the current location and the target location is greater than a distance threshold. If this distance is greater than the distance threshold, then a far distance process configured to determine and display a first target view of the target location is performed. If this distance is not greater than the distance threshold, then a near distance process configured to determine and display a second target view of the target location is performed.12-29-2011
20100198500NAVIGATION DEVICE, NAVIGATION SERVER AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation device and the like capable of harmonizing a navigation route for guiding a mobile body set on the basis of a support route search result by a navigation server and a navigation route for also guiding the mobile body set independently of the navigation route, from a view point of guiding the mobile body smoothly. In the case where the second navigation route r08-05-2010
20100198499PROVIDING ACCESS TO A COLLECTION OF CONTENT ITEMS - In a collection(08-05-2010
20100198502NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: map display means that displays a map on the basis of map data in a database that stores the map data, facility type information about the type of the facility and facility information about the facility; route guidance means that searches for a guide route from the current position of a navigation apparatus to a specified destination on the basis of the map data and performs route guidance; selection means that searches the database for a facility to be displayed on the map on the basis of selection conditions defined by the facility type information, the travelling direction of the navigation apparatus and a distance from the guide route to the facility; and display control means that controls the map display means so that the map display means displays the obtained facility along with its facility information on the map.08-05-2010
20100198501NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device is provided that presents a travel direction of a vehicle at a guide point along with a map around the vehicle, without significantly reducing a display area of the map around the vehicle. The navigation device of the present invention includes current position locating means 08-05-2010
20100198497Vehicle navigation system including movable display device - A vehicle navigation system includes a movable display device having a display panel, a voice output device, a navigation screen determining portion, and a voice guidance control portion. The navigation screen determining portion determines whether a route guidance is being performed by displaying a navigation screen on the display panel when the part of the display panel is housed. When the navigation screen determining portion determines that the route guidance is being performed by displaying the navigation screen on the display panel, the voice guidance control portion controls the voice output device so that the voice output device performs the route guidance with a voice output.08-05-2010
20100198496NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH PATH PREDICTION AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: detecting a location reading; selecting a route having a current edge with an endpoint and a shape point; predicting a navigation instruction based on a calculation with the location reading, the shape point, and a time delay for the calculation; and displaying the navigation instruction on a device.08-05-2010
20100168999COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR STORING INFORMATION DISPLAY PROGRAM, INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD - A computer readable medium for storing information display programs causing a computer communicating with a communication apparatus provided at the entry or exit at an entrance/exit point where a user gets on or off a transportation system to perform a display method, the display method include: detecting that the user has left the exit of the current entrance/exit point through the communication between a communication apparatus; identifying the next entrance/exit point to the current entrance/exit point among the entrance/exit points within the route; acquiring map showing the route from the current entrance/exit point to the next entrance/exit point identified by the identifying the next entrance/exit point to the current entrance/exit point; and controlling a display screen of the computer so as to display the map showing the route from the current entrance/exit point to the next entrance/exit point acquired by the acquiring map.07-01-2010
20100131191METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING AND SENDING NAVIGATIONAL DATA VIA A WIRELESS MESSAGING SERVICE ON A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system and method are provided for receiving navigational data via a wireless messaging service on a navigation system. The system and method provide a way to send requests for destination information via the wireless messaging service and capture navigational data from the responsive message received, such as addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses, and then utilize that data for navigational routing, generation of telephone calls, emailing and the like, from the vehicle's navigation system. A wireless device can be paired with the navigation system over a Bluetooth communication link, wherein the navigation system periodically polls the wireless device for newly received messages. In one embodiment, the NAVI displays icons on a map that correspond to the extracted addresses from the messages received in relation to the vehicle's current location. The icons can be shown in a plurality of visual formats to distinguish previously viewed locations from newly received ones.05-27-2010
20110137549METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING INSTRUCTIONS IN AN INDOOR NAVIGATION ENVIRONMENT - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for determining navigation instructions in a navigation environment.06-09-2011
20110137548Multi-Modal Life Organizer - A system for organizing a variety of information related to a user is disclosed. A user may input geo-tagged multi-modal information into a mobile device. This data is automatically transferred to cloud computing resources, and made available for access by the user at a desktop or laptop computing device. After input, an implicit search based on the geolocation of the input may be undertaken and results provided to the user. Input may be flags to designate a personal point of interest (PPOI), for sharing with others, for enabling location or people-based reminders, and so forth. Reminders for upcoming activities are provided to the user such that the user has sufficient time to move from the current geolocation to the geolocation of the activity.06-09-2011
20110161003VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A vehicle-mounted device 06-30-2011
20110161001SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC DESTINATION SELECTION - When a user enters, initializes, or otherwise starts using a navigation function, such as a navigation function on a mobile phone or a stand-alone device, a destination is automatically selected for route generation and production of a navigation output (e.g., an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at the destination). The destination is selected based on current proximity to a location that has a pre-defined destination associated with it. Such pre-defined destination usually is associated with the location by the user. A time of day criteria can also be imposed, such as requiring that the time of day either by in the morning or afternoon, a work day, or a holiday, or the opposite. In one example, locations proximate a work place can be associated with home as a pre-defined destination, and vice versa. A time of day criteria can be imposed, such that even if proximate work and it is in the morning, a route and ETA to home will not be generated.06-30-2011
20110161000Downloaded Destinations And Interface For Multiple In-Vehicle Navigation Devices - The described method and system for providing navigation assistance to a user of a mobile navigation system includes presenting a web interface to the user, the web interface having one or more user-selectable fields including a destination field. Through the interface, the user can identify a desired destination and download data associated with the destination to a database associated with a call center. Later, the user may download the data to their mobile navigation device, e.g., their vehicle telematics unit, for navigational assistance. In an implementation, such assistance is provided in the form of turn-by-turn directions.06-30-2011
20090292461DYNAMIC DELIVERY OF WAYPOINT DATA ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL RESERVATIONS - Capabilities are added to a travel reservation system by delivering a traveler's destination information to a car reservation company computer for subsequent downloading as waypoint data into a global positioning system (GPS) device in the car being rented by the traveler. The traveler creates a travel itinerary, including a request for a rental car at a first destination and a second destination to which the traveler will drive the car. Information about the destinations is transmitted to the rental car company for downloading into a GPS receiver in the rental car for use by the traveler.11-26-2009
20100088020User interface for predictive traffic - A navigation device includes a predictive traffic data database to store predictive traffic data at a plurality of times and a map database to store mapping data. A mapping module calculates a route and an estimated time of traversal for a route between a beginning geographic location and an ending geographic location based on the predictive traffic data and the mapping data. A start time modification module monitors for a modification of a start time for the route, with the mapping module re-calculating the estimated time of traversal in response to the modification of the start time for the route.04-08-2010
20080234925NAVIGATION-AIDS METHOD AND ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION DEVICE USING THE SAME - A navigation-aids method is useful for guiding a group of associated vehicles including a first vehicle and a second vehicle. The first vehicle is equipped with a first electronic navigation device and the second vehicle is equipped with a second electronic navigation device. An informing message is generated by the first electronic navigation device in response to the occurrence of a traffic event. The informing message containing position and traffic-event information is transmitted from the first electronic navigation device to the second electronic navigation device. A navigation-aids operation is executed by the second electronic navigation device depending on the informing message, thereby properly guiding the second vehicle.09-25-2008
20080221787METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A ROUTE HAVING AN ESTIMATED MINIMUM FUEL USAGE FOR A VEHICLE - Apparatus, methods, processors and computer readable media for determining a suggested route having an estimated minimum fuel usage for a vehicle based on a estimated fuel efficiency for the vehicle for different speeds of the vehicle and based on estimated speeds for the route. The estimated fuel efficiency for the vehicle is based on aggregated data for the vehicle. Alternatively, the estimated fuel efficiency is based on actual data for the vehicle. In some embodiments, suggested routes are constrained by user route preferences, and real-time route information. Alternatively or additionally, the estimated fuel usage is based on actual driver behavior data.09-11-2008
20110270517METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED PRESENTATIONS BASED ON NAVIGATION INFORMATION - Techniques for providing personalized presentations based on navigation information. A personalized presentation application determines one or more points of interest associated with a navigation. The personalized presentation application generates one or more presentations personal to a user of the navigation based, at least in part, on the points of interest, and the messages supplement navigation guidance information associated with the navigation. The personalized presentation application causes, at least in part, rendering of the one or more presentations.11-03-2011
20090254269METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC ITINERARY BUILDING - A method and system calculates an itinerary for visiting a set of events, each event associated with a location and a time window. The itinerary is calculated to allow the user to arrive at each location within the associated time window. Upon user request, the method will also provide turn-by-turns directions in following the itinerary.10-08-2009
20080208451Map information updating systems, methods, and programs - Systems, methods, and programs store a plurality of combinations of departure points and destination points that have been set in the past, store pre-update map information, and store post-update map information. The systems, methods, and programs compare, for each of the combinations of departure points and destination points, a route retrieved using the pre-update map information and a route retrieved using the post-update map information, and transmit the comparison results to the navigation apparatus so that a user of the navigation apparatus can appreciate the benefits of updating map information.08-28-2008
20110218730Managing a Datacenter Using Mobile Devices - One embodiment of the present invention is a method for managing a datacenter using a mobile device, which method includes: (a) in response to a user request, the mobile device causing an identification prober to obtain information from one or more of a plurality of identification providers disposed at predetermined locations in the datacenter, and determining a mobile device location in the datacenter therefrom; (b) the mobile device requesting a datacenter map from a datacenter management system, displaying at least a portion of the map on a mobile device display, and displaying the mobile device location on the at least a portion of the map; and (c) the mobile device obtaining an equipment location of an equipment in the datacenter from the datacenter management system, displaying directions from the mobile device location to the equipment location, and displaying the equipment location on the at least a portion of the map if it fits in the display.09-08-2011
20110213551ON-BOARD DEVICE, ROUTE GUIDANCE SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION OF ON-BOARD DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREFOR - An on-board device 09-01-2011
20100286907METHOD OF PROCESSING POSITIONING DATA - A server arranged to process GPS data to generate enhanced map data is disclosed. The enhanced map data includes a plurality of navigable segments representing segments of a navigable route in an area covered by a map. In at least one embodiment, the server is connected with a wireless telecommunications transceiver arranged to receive GPS fixes by wireless telecommunication from a plurality of navigation devices and send the received GPS fixes to the server, the server includes a processor arranged to generate at least one speed profile for each segment from the GPS fixes from at least two of the plurality of navigation devices, each speed profile comprising an expected speed of travel through the segment, and the server is arranged to subsequently cause the transceiver to send the speed profiles to the navigation devices.11-11-2010
20100286906NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION APPARATUS, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Provided is a navigation system capable of matching map information used by a navigation apparatus and a navigation server with an appropriate frequency and at an appropriate timing. When there is differential information between the navigation map information and the support map information, index information for identifying the differential information is transmitted from the navigation server to the navigation apparatus and the navigation apparatus outputs preliminary information indicating a brief summary of the differential information generated according to the index information. When a request signal based on a request operation by a user in the navigation apparatus is transmitted from the navigation apparatus to the navigation server, the differential information is transmitted form the navigation server to the navigation apparatus, so that the navigation map information is updated in accordance with the differential information.11-11-2010
20110246057HYBRID NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH LOCATION BASED SERVICES AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a hybrid navigation system includes: providing a position information for locating a first device; linking a second position to the position information, the second position for locating a second device; generating a planned route with the position information refined by the second position for transferring over a regional network to the first device or the second device; and storing saved route information from the planned route for displaying on the first device when the regional network is not available.10-06-2011
20110238298NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a map data acquiring means 09-29-2011
20110238297GPS navigation code system - A GPS navigation code device has GPS features and easy address retrieval means built in, enabling a driver to retrieve and request directions to an address without taking his eyes off the road. The user pre-programs the GPS navigation code device with a plurality of addressees or points of interest and assigns unique navigation codes for each as keyboard entry and speech, all stored in local database within the GPS in three linked databases. While driving, the user presses a special address search mode key and inputs the unique navigation code by keyboard or speech pattern, views displayed address and accepts the same. When an unknown navigation code is entered, the GPS accesses a remote database through the Internet to recover the associated company name and business GPS coordinates. The remote database computes travel distance based on vehicle and business GPS coordinates, creating an ordered list that is presented to the GPS user, together with directions by map and speech on a turn-by-turn basis.09-29-2011
20110238290NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH IMAGE ASSISTED NAVIGATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving an entry for a destination, a sub-destination, or a combination thereof with the sub-destination located within the destination; receiving a road obstacle image while traveling along a route to reach the destination; generating an operation direction based on the road obstacle image; and generating a destination image representing the destination for displaying on a device.09-29-2011
20110238288NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH POINT OF INTEREST RANKING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: generating a first point of interest; identifying a current location for locating a device; and calculating a dynamic rank for the first point of interest, the dynamic rank represents a relevant match listing of the first point of interest based on a proximity of the current location to the first point of interest and an encounter validity based on the arrival time at the first point of interest.09-29-2011
20100292920Navigation Services Based on Position Location Using Broadcast Digital Television Signals - A service depends on the location of a device. The device location is determined using DTV signals. More specifically, the device location is determined based on pseudo-ranges between the device and a plurality of digital television (DTV) transmitters and the pseudo-ranges are determined based on broadcast DTV signals received by the device from the DTV transmitters. Examples of DTV signals include the American Television Standards Committee (ATSC) signals, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) signals and the Japanese Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) signals.11-18-2010
20100299061MULTI-FUNCTION NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A multi-function navigation system for guiding a user to a destination and displaying information of scenic spots stored in an electronic book comprises an input module configured to receive instructions of the user; a position detection module; an electronic book databank configured to store the electronic book information of the scenic spots and a message to define coordinates of scenic spots; an electronic map databank; a scenic spot information obtaining module; a scenic spot guidance supplement module configured to provide a navigation-linking interface to the correlative scenic spots; a scenic spot guidance function initiating module configured to link and then set the coordinates of the scenic spot as the destination; a path selection module configured to receive the present position and the destination and to determine a guidance path to the destination; and a display module configured to display the electronic book, the navigation-linking interface, and the guidance path.11-25-2010
20100312465Method and apparatus for navigation system using routing data created by remote navigation server - A navigation method and apparatus uses routing data created by a remote navigation server for a route guidance operation by an individual navigation system. The navigation method and apparatus makes use of the most currently updated map data and the high calculation power of the remote navigation server for creating the calculated route and utilizes the calculated route for the route guidance operation by the individual navigation system. The navigation method and apparatus decreases an amount of routing data indicating the calculated route by employing a concept of strategic road segments for sending the routing data to the individual navigation system. The individual navigation system recreates the calculated route based on the routing data received from the navigation server for the route guidance operation to the destination.12-09-2010
20100318289POSITIONING DEVICE, POSITIONING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A positioning device for obtaining position data of a plurality of points on a movement route, including a positioning unit that can measure a present position; a movement measuring unit for measuring a relative positional change; a position calculating unit for calculating position data of the plurality of points on the movement route on the basis of position data of a first reference point and positional change data obtained through measurement of the movement measuring unit; and a correcting unit for correcting the position data of at least one of the plurality of points calculated by the position calculating unit on the basis of difference information representing difference between a position represented by the position data calculated by the position calculating unit and a position represented by a positioning result of the positioning unit with respect to any second reference point on the movement route.12-16-2010
20110288767Navigation system - A navigation system includes: a map information acquiring unit for acquiring map information; an HOV lane decision unit for deciding whether an HOV lane is included in a road represented by the map information acquired by the map information acquiring unit or not; a road number processing unit for performing, when the HOV lane decision unit decides that the HOV lane is included, processing of adding information representing the HOV lane to a road number of the road including the HOV lane; and a display processing unit or a voice information unit for causing the road number passing through the processing by the road number processing unit to be displayed on the guide map or output in voice.11-24-2011
20110313654GPS NAVIGATOR - Disclosed is a method and system for identifying a location of interest between a user and an identified endpoint and computing at least one reference vector based on current positional information, current velocity information, and an identified endpoint. A sampling bandwidth is designated based on at least one of current velocity information, current positional information, and current distance to the identified endpoint. One or more locations of interest between the user and the indentified endpoint are identified within the sampling bandwidth. A sampling vector is calculated for at least one of the one or more locations of interest within the sampling bandwidth, and the user is alerted to the sampling vector for the at least one location of interest within the sampling bandwidth.12-22-2011
20110313653Method, Device and System for Presenting Navigational Information - A method and apparatus for presenting navigational information for a mobile device. The mobile device is configured to determine its location, for example via GPS. One or more input images and navigational information are obtained. The input images may be obtained, for example, via a camera. One or more output images are generated by processing the input images to integrate the obtained navigational information. Processing of the input images includes recognizing one or more objects in the input images. The recognized objects may be indicative of navigational instructions, for example, a navigation route.12-22-2011
20110313652MANAGING ELECTRICAL POWER UTILIZATION IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Managing energy capacity in an electric vehicle based on a driver profile. This is achieved by various means, including interactively determining a travel plan with a user, calculating a total travel distance for the travel plan, determining how far the electric vehicle can travel based on its current energy level, and creating an energy replenishment plan based on the travel plan, the total travel distance, how far the vehicle can currently travel, and the driver profile.12-22-2011
20120029807Vehicle Navigation Method and System - A vehicle based computing system processor is operable to receive the coordinates from a GPS and transmit the coordinates to a remote network. The processor is operable to receive map data pertaining to a route to be traveled by the vehicle, including a recommended starting road. The processor is able to audibly announce the recommended starting road name on which the vehicle is not presently traveling and to determine if the vehicle has reached that road. The processor is operable to output at least initial instructions for the route to be traveled.02-02-2012
20120029806Efficient Navigation Data Downloading - A packetization method includes preparing data comprising driving instructions for delivery to a vehicle. The illustrative method also includes determining a portion of the data to deliver in a first packet to a vehicle computing system in communication with a server executing the method, based at least in part on when the first packet, containing at least a first driver action instruction, is needed in the vehicle. The method further includes adding the determined portion of data to the packet and delivering the first packet of data to a vehicle computing system in communication with the server. Finally, the method includes repeating the steps of determining, adding and delivering, until no data remains for delivery, such that packets arrive at a vehicle and are processed for output prior to a first driver action instruction of each packet being needed in the vehicle, the repetition contingent on data remaining for delivery.02-02-2012
20120029805Vehicle Navigation System and Method - An efficient route-defining method includes determining a route to a destination. The exemplary method also includes determining a wireless device to server connection type and assigning a tolerance in accordance with a connection type. The tolerance is usable to determine if a vehicle is off-route, and the tolerance is increased or decreased inversely corresponding to the speed of the connection type. According to the illustrative method, the assigned tolerance is used to determine points defining the route, such that the roads comprising the route are within a bounded area. The bounded area may be defined by the tolerance in conjunction with a plurality of lines connecting successive points along the route. Finally, the method includes delivering the determined points to a vehicle computing system in communication with the server.02-02-2012

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