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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
701208000 For use in a map data base system 656
701213000 Using Global Positioning System (GPS) 280
701220000 Using inertial sensor 41
701217000 Using dead-reckoning apparatus 8
701223000 With radar or optical ground scanner 6
701222000 Using star tracker 2
20100100322Star Tracker With Baffle - A star tracker is used to measure the direction of stars. Preferably a wide imaging range is provided so that a reliable orientation of the star tracker can be computed from measurements of the directions of star at substantially different directions. The star tracker comprises a light baffle and located between the light baffle and an image sensing arrangement. The light baffle comprises an array of walls, including sidewalls and at least one internal wall between the sidewalls. Preferably, the side walls and the at least one internal wall are oriented at mutually different orientations emanating from a virtual line of intersection of the planes of the walls. Thus a range of star directions can be imaged with constant sensitivity.04-22-2010
20110004405EARTH HORIZON SENSOR - An Earth horizon sensor that images the vicinity of the Earth horizon or limb to locate the non-thermal airglow emissions and calculates the orientation of the horizon plane or alternately the vector pointing towards the center of the Earth based on the location of the said airglow emissions. The orientation of the horizon plane in turn can be used to calculate the pitch and roll of the platform upon which the Earth horizon sensor is mounted. Yaw angle can be calculated with an additional celestial reference located in the same image or made available from another source. The orientation of the horizon plane can also be used to calculate the latitude and longitude of Earth coordinates, provided that three axis inertial attitude and time are also available. The Earth horizon sensor can be adapted to operate in space upon spacecraft in Earth orbit or in the atmosphere upon aircraft flying at altitudes of 10K ft or more. For operation in the atmosphere during daytime, the location of the solar scatter peak can be used instead of airglow emission intensity profiles.01-06-2011
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20110178703NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A navigation apparatus includes an input device for receiving time data representative of a user return time by when a user is to return to a parked vehicle, and a processor configured to monitor the time remaining until the user return time and to provide an alarm signal in dependence on the time remaining.07-21-2011
20110196607NAVIGATION METHOD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH NAVIGATION FUNCTION - A navigation method and an electronic apparatus with navigation function are disclosed. The method includes the following steps. When it is navigated to a substantial junction of an ordinary road and an elevated road, a detection signal outputted from a detector of the electronic apparatus is read, wherein the detection signal indicates variations in a physical quantity along at least two directional axes. Next, a determination regarding whether the electronic apparatus is on the elevated road is made according to the detection signal. If the electronic apparatus is on the elevated road, it is navigated to the elevated road. If the electronic apparatus is not on the elevated road, the navigation proceeds based on the ordinary road. According to the embodiment of this method, the navigation can be made accurately and in time when it is navigated to the junction.08-11-2011
20100076678MOBILE DEVICE WITH ON-SCREEN OPTICAL NAVIGATION - A mobile computing device, including a main body, a processor and associated memory housed within the main body, a display screen housed within the main body and responsive to signals from the processor, an optical sensor fixed to the main body for capturing successive images and providing image signals representative of the captured images to the processor, and a navigation module associated with the processor for determining, based on the image signals, a relative movement between the main body and a reference surface and moving a pointer on the display screen based on the determined relative movement.03-25-2010
20100114478System and Method for Collecting and Conveying Point of Interest Information - A system and method for collecting and conveying point of interest (POI) information is disclosed. The system detects when a vehicle is at a previously unknown POI, gathers information related to the new POI, and updates a central server with the new POI location information. In this context, a POI may be any type of location including roads, gas stations, strip malls, retail establishments, eating establishments, hospitals, police stations, etc. POI information may include a variety of data including new road locations, new entrances to roads, toll amounts, gas station names, gas prices, strip mall names, retail establishment names, eating establishment names, sales and specials, hospital names, emergency room entrance locations, police station entrances, etc.05-06-2010
20100114479POSITION INFORMATION DETECTING APPARATUS, POSITION INFORMATION DETECTING METHOD, POSITION INFORMATION DETECTING PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The position information detecting apparatus obtains pinpoint information which coincides with the first address part of the inputted address information, and thereafter detects the pinpoint information which coincides with the second address part inputted. If the position information detecting apparatus can detect the pinpoint information, it determines the position information included in the detected pinpoint information as the detection-object position information. If the position information detecting apparatus cannot detect the pinpoint information, it searches for the range information which coincides with the first address part of the inputted address information. Then, the position information detecting apparatus estimates the position information corresponding to the inputted address information by using the searched range information and the searched pinpoint information.05-06-2010
20100042319AUTOMATIC ULTRASONIC AND COMPUTER-VISION NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD USING THE SAME - The present invention discloses an automatic ultrasonic and computer-vision navigation device and a method using the same. In the method of the present invention, the user guides an automatic navigation device to learn and plan a navigation path; next, the automatic navigation device navigates independently and uses ultrasonic signals and computer vision to detect the environment; then, the automatic navigation device compares the detected environment data with the navigation path to amend the physical movement track. The present invention enables ordinary persons to interact with the automatic navigation device without operating the computer. As the present invention adopts computer vision and ultrasonic signals to realize the functions thereof, the manufacturers can save the hardware cost.02-18-2010
20090157304SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, A RELATED GEOGRAPHICAL MAP, AND A RELATED RESOLUTION SERVER - The present invention relates to a system for determining a geographical location and to related devices where the system comprises an auto-ID enabled geographical mapping means that is adapted to represent a plurality of geographical points, each point of said plurality of geographical points of said geographical mapping means being associated with an auto-ID; and an auto-ID reading means that in turn is adapted to read the auto-ID associated to a point of said plurality of geographical points on the geographical map. Then a resolution means is able to resolve a geographical location of said geographical point related to said auto-ID.06-18-2009
20090157303SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTIPLE DELETE ENTRY ON CONTROL DISPLAY UNIT - A method is provided for modifying navigation information on a control display unit which has at least one entry field and a plurality of display lines. The method includes at least receiving a plurality of delete command entries, receiving a display line selection, determining the number of delete command entries, identifying a navigation route segment displayed in the selected display line, wherein the navigation route segment displayed in the selected display line comprises at least a first navigation route segment, deleting the first navigation route segment, deleting navigation route segments which follow the first navigation route segment in sequential order until the number of deleted navigation route segments equals the number of delete command entries received, and displaying the navigation information. A system which executes the method is also provided.06-18-2009
20100106407NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A navigation system has: a candidate input device 04-29-2010
20090125230SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING LOCATION-DEPENDENT VALUE EXCHANGE AND OBJECT OF INTEREST IDENTIFICATION - A system and method for enhancing the value of social networking is disclosed wherein information broadcast/disclosed by a social network member includes information about a social network member's temporal geographic location or availability to facilitate, for example, value exchange and object of interest location.05-14-2009
20090043493Navigation apparatus and navigation program - A display is divided into two regions, a standard region and an enlarged region with a user positioned is at an angle relative to the display. The standard region is formed on a side nearer the user and the enlarged region is formed on a side farther from the user. When the navigation device displays guidance information, information displayed in the standard region is displayed on a standard scale, while information displayed in the enlarged region is displayed enlarged relative to the standard scale. Since the display on the side farther from the user position is thus enlarged, the user can more easily view that guidance information.02-12-2009
20100138152Electromagnetic beam-forming antennas underwater - An underwater communication system comprising a transmitter for transmitting information using an electromagnetic and/or magneto-electric transmit antenna and a receiver for receiving information using an electromagnetic and/or magneto-electric receive antenna, at least one of the transmit and receive antennas comprising a plurality of antenna elements which collectively use field superposition and interference to form composite field patterns, beams or shapes and wherein one or both the transmit antenna and receive antenna are underwater.06-03-2010
20090306888Navigation device - A navigation device including a device, provided for mobile use, having input and output means, having a processor for processing software, having a navigation software for position determination and for route computation, and having a first interface for transmitting data into and/or out of the device, wherein the first interface is developed, in the operation of the device in a motor vehicle, to read operating and/or sensor data of at least one vehicle component into the device via a second interface and a data carrier having a navigation software for use in a device provided for mobile use, the navigation software including a software module which utilizes operating data, read in via an interface of the device, of a vehicle in which the device is operated or sensor data from sensors situated in the vehicle, for position determination or for determining a state of motion of the vehicle. The present invention has the advantage that navigation devices based on devices provided for mobile use, especially so-called hand-held computers, and also PDA (personal digital assistant), mobile radio telephones and the like are improved. In particular, the accuracy of the position determination in such navigation devices is decidedly improved.12-10-2009
20090063036VIRTUAL OMNIMOVER - A ride control system for controlling a plurality of vehicles on a path includes a path processor and a bi-directional voting circuit in circuit with the path processor. Each vehicle of the plurality of vehicles may include a vehicle processor supported by the at least one vehicle and shunt relays in circuit with the at least one vehicle processor. Each vehicle processor may be configured to close a respective shunt relay upon a predetermined condition of the vehicle whereby the bi-directional voting circuit is activated to notify all other vehicles.03-05-2009
20090037098Method and System for Providing Travel Direction Annotations Over a Network - A method and system is provided for providing and storing annotations that pertain to travel directions to a particular destination, the annotations generally including ratings of the accuracy of the directions and errors observed in the directions by prior users. Annotations submitted by users are stored in a central repository, for access by those who subsequently become interested in the directions or the particular destination. A useful embodiment of the invention is directed to a method for providing travel directions over a selected network, wherein a request for directions regarding a specified destination is sent from a requester to a Directions Provider. The Provider retrieves the requested directions and furnishes them to the requester. The method further includes generating annotations associated with the furnished directions in accordance with a set of rules resulting from one or more decisions made by the requester, and sending the annotations to the requester. The requester then selectively provides annotations regarding the furnished directions to a central repository.02-05-2009
20090157305Industrial vehicle fleet management system - Embodiments consistent with the invention are an apparatus for and method of generating data on current utilization of powered industrial vehicles, generating preferred routing assignments for powered industrial drivers, and presenting preferred routing assignments for powered industrial vehicle drivers.06-18-2009
20100082237JOURNAL SERVICE - A journal service is described. In embodiment(s), a portable device includes position logic that can determine spatial data corresponding to a location of the portable device. Temporal data that corresponds to the spatial data can also be logged. A journal service can determine context information that is associated with the spatial data and/or the temporal data when the portable device is or was proximate the location. The journal service can then create a journal event that is defined by the spatial data, the temporal data, and the context information.04-01-2010
20100036609NAVIGATION 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. A signal comprising information corresponding to the current loading statuses for each of the installations of the specific region is received by the electronic device. Accordingly, information corresponding to the current loading statuses for each of the installation of the specific region is acquired from the received signal. The electronic device displays current loading statuses for each of the installations of the specific region on the geographic data so as to aid a user to plan a visiting route of the specific region and perform navigation in the specific region.02-11-2010
20080243373PORTABLE VEHICLE NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A portable vehicle navigation device and method for use in a passenger vehicle. The navigation device is portable and calculates the vehicle speed rate from external global positioning signals and includes selected lock out of features and automatic volume adjustment.10-02-2008
20100057348DRIVE ASSISTANCE DEVICE - A drive assistance device for reporting to a driver whether passage time at a point is earlier or later than reference time is disclosed. The drive assistance device is configured to detect positions of a vehicle; to record the detected positions in association with passage time at the respective detected positions; to determine whether the vehicle is running a regular route; and if the vehicle is running a regular route, to report to the driver whether current passage time at a given point on the regular route is earlier or later than previous passage time at the given point. The drive assistance device also obtains traffic jam information on a part of the regular route from the given point to a destination of the regular route and reports the traffic jam information to the driver when the vehicle passes the given point.03-04-2010
20100036608GEOBOUNDARIES USING RECTANGULAR FENCING AND COUPLING OF GPS/LBS SYSTEMS - A method for establishing a geographic boundary and monitoring an object within the boundary is provided. At least one first entity provides a second entity a request to form the geographic boundary and monitor the object within the boundary. The request may include parameters including at least a first set of coordinates of a geographic location associated with the geographic boundary to be formed. The method includes determining if the parameters provided include additional sets of coordinates for additional geographic locations associated with the geographic boundary to be formed. A footprint of the geographic boundary is selected dependent on whether the parameters provided include additional sets of coordinates. A rectangular footprint may be selected if the parameters include additional sets of coordinates and the coordinates form an isosceles triangle. The method includes forming the geographic boundary having the selected footprint. The object may be monitored within the geographic boundary.02-11-2010
20090150070METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING PROGRAMMATIC ACTIONS BASED UPON VEHICLE APPROPXIMATE LOCATIONS - A system for communicating between networked applications and vehicles that includes a vehicle response server and a vehicle response agent. The vehicle response server can manage communications between at least one vehicle and at least one application remotely located from the vehicle, wherein the application can provide activation contexts to the vehicle. The vehicle response agent can be disposed in the vehicle. The vehicle response agent can receive the activation contexts and determine event occurrences based in part upon the activation contexts and in part upon a location of the vehicle relative to previously defined geographical boundaries specified by the vehicle response server.06-11-2009
20100268457MULTISCALE THREE-DIMENSIONAL NAVIGATION - One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for providing an end user with a multiscale three-dimensional (3D) navigation experience in design software application programs. An adaptive multiscale 3D navigation system allows an end user to transition between a planetary scale down to an individual building scale. The end user may navigate within the building, inspecting object details within the building. The size of the environment is sensed automatically, and the viewing and travel parameters are adjusted accordingly to provide the end user with a seamless navigation experience. A consistent navigation experience is supported at various scales, and real-time collision detection is provided. Scale computation for 3D scenes and collision detection may be based on a generated depth cubemap of the environment.10-21-2010
20090150069Display method and apparatus for navigation system for efficiently searching cities on map image - A display method and apparatus for a navigation system promotes to quickly search a desired on a map image with respect to an order of distance from a current vehicle position or other reference position. On the screen of the navigation system, it displays a specially designed screen to implement the city search operation which includes a state selection box and a city selection box. The navigation system detects the search direction specified by the user and moves the cursor to the location of the candidate city in response to every operation of the input device in the order of distance in the specified direction. Thus, the user is able to find the city by its relative location to the current vehicle position or other reference location, thereby enabling to quickly and intuitively search the target city.06-11-2009
20100125409USER GENERATED PEDESTRIAN AND INDOOR SHORTCUT ROUTES FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEMS - A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product are disclosed for creating and displaying shortcuts and landmarks on a navigational map. The embodiments include storing context data in a mobile wireless device, the context data including at least one of travel class of a shortcut path, limits of a shortcut path, or restrictions of a shortcut path. The shortcuts may be categorized by their context in travel classes such as car, bike, pedestrian, pram, wheelchair, walker, blind pedestrian, disabled pedestrian, or the like. The embodiments register in the mobile wireless device a starting location for a shortcut path and record locations of the device as the device moves along the shortcut path. The embodiments receive signals describing a landmark at a landmark location along the shortcut path, including digital photographs, descriptive text and voice clips. The embodiments then form in a shortcut mapping file the recorded shortcut path, information about the landmark, and the context data.05-20-2010
20100280752SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PARTICIPANT SECURITY IN A RIDESHARE ENVIRONMENT - A system and method for monitoring participant security in a rideshare environment is provided. A rideshare participant device is made available to at least one rideshare participant during a rideshare. A security check is triggered while the rideshare is in progress. An action is performed based on the security check during which security information is gathered regarding the rideshare participant device. The security information is analyzed for any inconsistencies. A security response provider is contacted when the inconsistency is identified.11-04-2010
20090177379Navigation device and method - A method of operating a portable navigation device or navigation system is described, together with a computer program for implementing said method and a and navigation system capable of carrying out that method. The method includes the steps of providing a means by which a user can identify a specific location or location range on the surface of the earth, which may include the current location of the device or navigation system, and at least temporarily storing said location or range in memory. The method includes the steps of presenting to the user a plurality of user-selectable options each indicative of a plurality of transient phenomena, the selection of one or more of which results in the association of that or those phenomena with the identified location or range and the storage of such together therewith as primary information.07-09-2009
20090281722LOCAL TRANSMISSION OF POINT OF INTEREST DATA TO A GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM RECEIVER - A system for receiving local point of interest data is presented. The local point of interest data for a local geographic area is received by a geographic location device via a supported protocol. The local point of interest data includes information regarding one or more local points of interest in the local geographic area. The received local point of interest data is cached with existing point of interest data and maps within a cache in the geographic location device. Then, it is determined whether any time-sensitive point of interest data in the cache has expired. In response to determining that time-sensitive point of interest data in the cache has expired, the expired time-sensitive point of interest data is removed from the cache to form current local point of interest data for the local geographic area. Then, the current local point of interest data is displayed in a display device.11-12-2009
20110172912POSITION-FIXING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING POSITION-FIXING CONTROL PROGRAM - A position-fixing control apparatus includes a position-fixing device fixes a position of the position-fixing control apparatus, an acquisition unit acquires a travel speed and vibration information of the position-fixing control apparatus, a first modifier modifies a measurement period of position fixing of the position-fixing device to a first period when the speed exceeds a specific speed, a second modifier modifies the measurement period of position fixing of the position-fixing device to a second period shorter than the first period when the speed is equal to or below the specific speed, a storage unit stores a vibration pattern, and a third modifier modifies the measurement period of position fixing of the position-fixing device to a third period equal to or longer than the first period when the vibration information acquired subsequent to the modification of the measurement period to the second period matches the vibration pattern.07-14-2011
20090281723NAVIGATION DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - A navigation device includes: an acquisition section for acquiring plurality of updated content introductory information each representing the latest updated content in a predetermined web site based on user's preference information; a detection section for detecting surrounding position information covering an area around the current position from large number of position information stored in a predetermined storage section; and a search section for searching for particular updated content introductory information corresponding to the surrounding position information detected by the detection section as surrounding updated content introductory information from the plurality of updated content introductory information acquired by the acquisition section.11-12-2009
20090281721TRANSIT INFORMATION PROVISION DEVICE, METHOD AND PROGRAM - A transit information provision device is provided which provides transit information with an optimal method according to a situation of a user; the transit information provision device including a transit event information acquiring unit (11-12-2009
20110208423NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH LOCATION REPORT AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: providing a project plan; creating a travel plan having a travel location based on the project plan; navigating to the travel location; and generating a notification at the travel location for displaying on a device.08-25-2011
20080281511NAVIGATION DEVICE AND POSITION REGISTRATION METHOD - The present invention provides a navigation device which includes an obtaining unit that, when updating contents introduction data which introduces the latest updating contents of an arbitrary home page is sent from the outside, obtains the updating contents introduction data, a position information generation unit that generates position information according to the latitude and longitude information included in the updating contents introduction data, and a position registration unit that registers the position information in a predetermined storage unit.11-13-2008
20080281510RECOMMENDING ACTIONS BASED ON CONTEXT - A system creates filters and provides tasks based on a geographic location associated with each task. The geographic location may be in one of several types of coordinate formats, and determined by the actual user location when the task is created of input associated with a desired location. When a user requests tasks for a specified geographic location, the user's tasks are filtered by a particular geographic location associated with the request. The filter may allow tasks that match the location and are within a threshold distance of the location. Tasks having a geographical location that are outside the threshold distance from the location are not provided. When managing tasks from a mobile device, the geographic location can be automatically determined by the mobile device. When managing tasks from a non-mobile device, the geographical location may be received or derived from user input.11-13-2008
20080270025PORTABLE PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE - A portable personal navigation device having at least one receiver for receiving radio waves and an output unit for outputting audio signals, where the receiver is configured to receive radio programs and where the output unit is configured to play back the radio programs.10-30-2008
20080270024METHOD, DEVICE AND VEHICLE UTILIZING THE SAME - A global positioning system (GPS) device including an antenna and a baseband unit is disclosed. The antenna receives a wireless signal group. The baseband unit processes the wireless signal group to generate a position signal. The position signal is updated every time interval. The duration of the time interval is changed dynamically.10-30-2008
20080270023Hybrid Energy Power Management System And Method - An energy management system is provided for use with one of a plurality of hybrid energy diesel electric vehicles. The energy management system includes a position identification device to provide position information of one the plurality of vehicles at incremental positions along one of a plurality of routes. More particularly, the energy management system includes a database to store historical data of a traction and/or auxiliary energy demand for each vehicle at incremental positions along each route, and an energy management processor coupled to the position identification device and the database. The energy management system retrieves historical data of each vehicle at incremental positions along each route to estimate an anticipated traction and/or auxiliary energy demand of the one of a plurality of vehicle at each incremental position along one of a plurality of routes.10-30-2008
20080234930NAVIGATION UNIT AND BASE STATION - The present invention relates to a navigation unit and base station used for determining location. A plurality of base stations are initialized to determine their location relative to each other. At the navigation unit, the time of arrival of at least one signal from each of the plurality of base stations is measured. From this, the location of the navigation unit relative to the plurality of base stations may be directly calculated using a closed solution. In one embodiment, a time of arrival technique is used and in another embodiment a time difference of arrival technique is used. Preferably an ultra-wide band frequency is utilized.09-25-2008
20100153008METHOD AND SYSTEM TO ENHANCE SITE PROMOTION USING LOCATION INFORMATION AND INCENTIVE DISTRIBUTION - An improved method for physical site promotion is provided. The method includes capturing personal user preferences; determining time of day and current geographic location of the user, and then based also upon the projected travel route—making recommendations based for intermediate stops, which make available significant discounts and savings to the user for accepting the promotional offers at the recommended stop locations. A computer program product which incorporates this method increases effectiveness of advertising of physical retail and attraction sites beyond conventional means. Benefits are widespread as coupon publisher benefits through reduction in paper based publication costs, retailer experiences increased usage of promotional products, and the user enjoys limits on their cost of system operation by distribution of savings between the user and the system provider.06-17-2010
20100274480GESTURE ACTUATED POINT OF INTEREST INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An information system for providing point of interest information to a user in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a gesture capture device configured to capture data associated with a user gesture, the user gesture having a direction indicating a desired point of interest. The system further includes a navigation device configured to provide a location and orientation associated with the vehicle and a processing module coupled to the gesture capture device and the navigation device. The processing module is configured to retrieve information about the desired point of interest based on the direction of the user gesture received from the gesture capture device and the location and orientation of the vehicle received from the navigation device. The system further includes a display device coupled to the processing module and configured to display the information about the desired point of interest.10-28-2010
20090177380Navigation apparatus, route guide method and program - A navigation device provides route guidance only by voice guidance even if route guidance by a display screen is impossible. A navigation device displays on a display device a navigation screen including a map about a current position. The display device can enter a no-display state. In the navigation device, regardless of the state of the navigation screen, a route guidance method is performed. More particularly, in the display state, a guidance route is determined by a normal mode and route guidance is performed by both voice and display. In the no-display state, a guidance route including fewer movement methods is determined and route guidance is made only by voice guidance. Thus, in the no-display state where the navigation screen is not displayed, a guidance route is determined so as to enable route guidance only by voice.07-09-2009
20090187338Automatic Alerting Method and System for Aerial Vehicle Target Tracking - This invention provides a system and method for automatically inferring when a target that is being tracked by an aerial vehicle is doing something significant (e.g. stopping suddenly, changing direction quickly or getting out of track view), and consequently alerting an operator. The alerting system also provides a classification of what the target is doing. It frees the operator from continuously monitoring the imagery stream so the operator can perform other tasks.07-23-2009
20080306683NAVIGATION DEVICE AND MAP SCROLL PROCESSING METHOD - A navigation device that obtains the current position based on information from a satellite, and guides a travel path from the current position to the destination on a map image includes: a display unit that displays the map image; a touch sensor unit that is arranged on the front surface of the display unit; an icon generation unit that generates a smooth scroll operation icon which is available for continuous performs smooth scroll processing for the map image and displays the smooth scroll operation icon on the map image; and a scroll control unit that executes the smooth scroll processing when the touch sensor unit detects that the smooth scroll operation icon is touched to be operated, and executes a predetermined scroll processing when the touch sensor unit detects that a region other than the smooth scroll operation icon is touched to be operated on the screen of the display unit.12-11-2008
20080306682SYSTEM SERVING A REMOTELY ACCESSIBLE PAGE AND METHOD FOR REQUESTING NAVIGATION RELATED INFORMATION - A system for sharing destinations includes a communications device for transmitting a destination location and a designated recipient of the destination location. The system further includes a call center including an advisor configured to receive the destination location and the designated recipient of the destination location, a communications system operable by the advisor for pushing a message to an electronic device of the designated recipient regarding the destination location, and a central computer system operable by the advisor for identifying in a profile of the designated recipient that the destination location has been shared.12-11-2008
20080306681SYSTEM SERVING A REMOTELY ACCESSIBLE PAGE AND METHOD FOR REQUESTING NAVIGATION RELATED INFORMATION - A system serving a remotely accessible page includes a server and the remotely accessible page operatively connected to the server. The remotely accessible page includes a first activation option for initiating a navigation function utilizing no starting point or a starting point entered by a user, and a second activation option for initiating a navigation function utilizing a starting point obtained by the system from a vehicle.12-11-2008
20080319650Method and system for delivering advertisements to mobile terminals - Method and system for targeted advertising of goods and services to users of mobile terminals, based for example on the users' profile. Goods and services are marketed to particular target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements and purchasing the advertised goods and services. The common profile of users may be based on the amount of pre-paid credit available to each user. An advantage of such targeted advertising is that only advertisements for goods and services which particular users can afford, are delivered to these users.12-25-2008
20090063038Navigation system having location based service and temporal management - A method of operating navigation system having location based services and temporal management comprising selecting a temporal component including a time of interest in a client, a server, or a combination thereof; filtering navigation and location based information with the temporal component by the client, the server, or a combination thereof, for forming time of interest relevant information; and communicating the time of interest relevant information between the client and the server for display by the client.03-05-2009
20090055090METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LOCATING POSITIONS - The methods and systems provide computer-generated software downloadable into cellular phone devices or other devices. The software programs the cellular device to mark and then locate a location based on its longitudinal and latitudinal position and elevation. The software utilizes all of the cellular device's capabilities to precisely identify locations using, but not limited to, GPS global positioning systems and Wi-Fi wireless fidelity data and information. The software informs the user of the marked location by displaying the position and pointing the user back to the marked location, in three dimensions, as needed, for example, to find the user's vehicle parked in a parking garage.02-26-2009
20090082956Apparatus and program for route search - A route search apparatus stores a section of a route to a database when drowsiness of a driver is detected by a drowsiness detector in the section of the route. The route search apparatus refers to the database and determines whether route candidates include a drowsiness-detected route section when the apparatus searches for a route extending from a departure place to a destination. When the drowsiness-detected route section is included in the route candidates, an evaluation value of the drowsiness-detected route section is raised before re-searching the route extending from the departure place to the destination.03-26-2009
20080262720DRIVING RECORDER - A driving recorder is installed on a vehicle and has a processor, a register, a gravity sensing unit, a magnetic field positioning unit, a camera and a storage unit. The gravity sensing unit is electronically connected to the processor and uses gravity as a reference for detecting a movement of the vehicle to allow the processor to calculate a motion and orientation of the vehicle and determine whether the vehicle is colliding. The magnetic field positioning unit is electronically connected to the processor and detects a position of the magnetic field positioning unit by measuring the Earth's magnetic field so the processor calculate a location of the vehicle. Therefore, the driving recorder accurately detects motion, orientation and location of the vehicle even when the vehicle is being driven in a tunnel.10-23-2008
20080262719DETERMINING POSITIONING OF A HANDHELD IMAGE TRANSLATION DEVICE - Systems, apparatuses, and methods for a handheld image translation device are described herein. The handheld image translation device may include a position module to determine positioning information including both translation and rotation information based at least in part on captured navigational measurements. A print module of the handheld image translation device may cause print forming substances to be deposited based at least in part on the positioning information. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.10-23-2008
20090222201DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING ROUTING INFORMATION OF A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - To provide a navigation system having a locating unit, a database, a route calculation unit, an input device and an output device for routing, whose user-friendliness is enhanced and the traffic safety is improved, an evaluation unit is provided for determining the need for outputting routing information. Furthermore, a corresponding method is provided.09-03-2009
20080319651NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes notification means for notifying an advance direction at a branching point in a route guiding, storage means for storing a plurality of moving methods and notification methods corresponding to the respective moving methods, input means for selecting one of the plurality of moving methods stored in the storage means, and control means for causing the notification means to perform notification by the notification method corresponding to the moving method selected by the input means. Thus, it is possible to easily set a route guiding such as a distance to the branching point where guiding is started for each of the moving methods and a sound volume.12-25-2008
20090240430SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATION OF AN INNER BOUNDARY OF A WORK AREA - A boundary definer or data processor establishes an outer boundary of a work area and defines an offset between an inner boundary and the outer boundary. A reference path module or data processor defines a primary reference path with a target angular heading within the work area. The reference path module or data processor generates secondary reference paths spaced apart from and generally parallel to the primary reference path. An incident angle estimator estimates an incident angle of incidence of the vehicle with the outer boundary. The former or data processor establishes an inner boundary point spaced apart from the outer boundary by the offset and coextensive with a corresponding one of the reference paths. Further, the former or data processor interconnects the established inner boundary points to form the inner boundary.09-24-2009
20100169004INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus is provided which includes an acquired information storage unit capable of storing acquired information that associates one or a plurality of pieces of mutually different position information and an acquisition count of each of one or the plurality of pieces of position information, an acquisition unit that acquires the position information indicating a position of a local apparatus, an acquisition count measuring unit that, when the acquisition unit acquires the position information, adds a predetermined value to the acquisition count associated with the acquired position information, and a control unit that sorts the acquired information stored in the acquired information storage unit in descending order of the acquisition count.07-01-2010
20110238303Land survey system - A method and system obtains precise survey-grade position data of target points in zones where precise GPS data cannot be obtained, due to natural or man-made objects such as foliage and buildings. The system comprises position measurement components such as a GPS receiver, together with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an electronic distance meter (EDM) or an image capture device all mounted on a survey pole. The system and method obtains GPS data when outside the zone and uses the other position measurement systems, such as the IMU, inside the zone to traverse to a target point. The EDM or the image capture device may be used within or without the zone to obtain data to reduce accumulated position errors.09-29-2011
20100262364SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM - To expand the after-sales services offered for a product purchased by a user, a service server that provides services accesses a specified navigation system, which is the product purchased by the user, using a device ID that is uniquely assigned to the navigation system, and then transmits service information to the specified navigation system. In other words, the service server actively accesses a navigation system, which is fundamentally one of countless terminal apparatuses on a communication network, and provides service information to that navigation system. By operating in this way, a great variety of services can be provided whenever appropriate.10-14-2010
20100161216Devices, methods, and programs that provide vehicle guidance for power reception - Power reception guidance devices, methods, and programs guide a vehicle having a power receiving unit to a non-contact power supply of a power supply unit installed in a parking area. The devices, methods, and programs specifying a power receiving efficiency of the power receiving unit at a current position of the vehicle when a parking operation is started and output information pertaining to the specified power receiving efficiency on an output unit.06-24-2010
20090076722ROAD PROFILER AND METHOD THEREFOR - A profiling system to precisely locate and define a position along a traveled path includes a vehicle module, the vehicle module further comprising a light source and a receiver, and a marker, the marker further comprising a light sensing device and a transmitter, wherein the marker is adapted to respond to the light source by transmitting a signal to the receiver.03-19-2009
20100235090System and Method for Vehicle Position Sensing with Helical Windings - A system and method are provided for determining the position of a vehicle on a guideway. For operation, the vehicle carries a magnetic array having a wavelength “λ”. Further, the guideway includes a propulsion winding for carrying a propulsion current. Also, the guideway is provided with a position winding that has the same wavelength “λ” and includes two helical wires that are displaced from each other by “λ/4”. Importantly, a transmitter is located on the vehicle for emitting a position current that interacts with the position winding to generate a return signal from each helical wire. Also, the system includes a processor for receiving and evaluating the return signals to determine the position of the vehicle on the guideway. As a result, the determined position is used to maximize the interaction of the propulsion current with the magnetic array for propulsion of the vehicle.09-16-2010
20100198505Method for Representing Linear Features in a Location Content Management System - A method for representing linear features in a location content management system is disclosed. A linear feature is represented using a sequence of routing points that define a unique path when routed on a map through those points. A routing point consists of latitude, longitude, and optional stack position. Stack position defines an upper or lower level of a double-decker bridge or road. The data representing the linear feature is stored outside of a geographic database.08-05-2010
20110238300GEOFENCE-BASED TRIGGERS FOR AUTOMATED DATA COLLECTION - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for automated data collection using geofence-based triggers. In one embodiment, the location of a vehicle can be monitored by a variety of computing entities. By using the vehicle's location, it can be determined when the vehicle enters and/or exits defined geofences. After a determination that a vehicle has entered or exited a defined geofence, one or more events can be automatically triggered/initiated.09-29-2011
20090326808Cargo Tracking And Visibility System And Method - A cargo load and visibility system and method as well as an associated delivery vehicle tracking system are provided to permit cargo to be tracked, both as the cargo is loaded upon the delivery vehicle and throughout the delivery process, thereby increasing the visibility of the shipping operations including the last stage of the shipping operations in which the goods are delivered to their intended or ultimate destination. The cargo load and visibility system and method may be configured to permit redirection of the delivery vehicle while in route in instances in which the intended destination, such as a military unit, has changed position if such redirection can be performed in a manner that is safe for the delivery vehicle.12-31-2009
20090326807METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR SHOPPERS IN A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT - Methods and apparatus to monitor shoppers in a retail environment are disclosed herein. In a disclosed example method, a first signal is transmitted via a first device in a first direction to a second device and a second signal is transmitted via the first device in a second direction to a third device associated with a shopper. A direction of travel of the third device is determined based on the first signal and a path of travel of the third device through a monitored establishment is determined based on the second signal.12-31-2009
20090319178OVERLAY OF INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH POINTS OF INTEREST OF DIRECTION BASED DATA SERVICES - With the addition of directional information in the environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest by pointing at the objects. Image data representing a subset of real space near a portable computing device can be displayed including a set of points of interest (POIs) for direction based service(s) within scope and automatically overlaying POI content on the image data relating to the POIs. In one embodiment, the display is included in an electronic device worn such that the display is substantially in front of an eye, e.g., a heads up display.12-24-2009
20090319176DESTINATION-PREDICTION APPARATUS, DESTINATION-PREDICTION METHOD, AND NAVIGATION APPARATUS - Provided is a destination-prediction apparatus that predicts a destination with increased accuracy than using a conventional technique. The destination-prediction apparatus comprises a candidate-destination selecting unit (12-24-2009
20090319177PREDICTIVE SERVICES FOR DEVICES SUPPORTING DYNAMIC DIRECTION INFORMATION - With the addition of directional information in the environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest by pointing at the objects. Sometimes either the device user and/or the publishers of content cannot complete a content exchange associated with a point of interest (POI) fast enough for the content to remain relevant. Thus, POIs and content for POIs can be predicted for users based on a variety of factors, such as an analysis of their present path and directional changes, rates of changes, or other factors, such that there is no noticeable, or minimal, latency between information being available with respect to such POIs and a request made via the user's device for such POI information.12-24-2009
20100312469NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH SPEECH PROCESSING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving a single utterance of a spoken input; generating a search region from the spoken input with a region language model; and generating a location identifier based on a sub-region search grammar and the search region for displaying on a device.12-09-2010
20090070030MOBILE TERMINAL,CONTEXT MANAGEMENT SERVER, APPLICATION REGISTRATION SERVER, AND APPLICATION EXECUTION METHOD - A mobile terminal that executes an application using context information in a plurality of environments in which determined context information is different. A storage stores an environment ID indicating environment in which a user is located and corresponding context information indicating user's context in association with an application ID; a receiver receives one environment ID and one condition determination result information from a context management server assigned in each environment, for delivering one environment ID indicating the environment and one condition determination result information indicating the user's context in the environment; a determining mechanism determines the application ID stored in the storage based on one environment ID and one condition determination result information received by the receiver means; and an execution mechanism executes the application corresponding to the application ID determined by the determining mechanism.03-12-2009
20090037096SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE IN RESPONSE TO A PARTICULAR BOUNDARY - A system and method for controlling a vehicle in response to the presence of one or more vehicle boundary. According to various embodiments, a system is provided that automates end-turns and sequence execution in real-time based on approaching boundaries. In various embodiments, no pre-planning is required once boundaries and a turn pattern have been defined. Once these items are defined, the system creates end-turns based on what type of boundary is approaching and the turn path prescribed. The system determines what vehicle functions to execute based on pre-recorded sequences and executes the turns and the sequences automatically based on the location and speed of the vehicle and its relationship to various boundaries.02-05-2009
20110004402PROCESS FOR EVALUATING AN ERROR IN THE POSITIONING OF AN AIRCRAFT GENERATED FOR AN ON-BOARD POSITIONING SYSTEM - A process for evaluating an error in the aircraft positioning as generated by an on-board positioning system is disclosed. The aircraft positioning as generated by the positioning system is recorded through radar means, the presence of at least one group of targets arranged on the ground is detected through said radar means, the position of such a group of targets is measured through said radar means with respect to the aircraft positioning, and the error in the aircraft positioning is evaluated, comparing with at least one threshold value the value of at least one reference magnitude being characteristic of the difference existing between the measured position and a known position of the group of targets with respect to the aircraft positioning.01-06-2011
20100332125AUTOMATIC CORRECTION OF PAST POSITION ERRORS FOR LOCATION AND INVENTORY TRACKING - A method is provided for calibrating past position estimates from a positioning system that provides real-time position estimates of a mobile object. The method first stores the real-time position estimates, which as time goes by become past position estimates and naturally form a first past trajectory depicting the past movement of the mobile object. Subsequently, a calibrated past trajectory is determined, which includes calibrated past position estimates that correspond to the same time instances as the past positions in the first past trajectory. When real-time positions have low qualities, this method calibrates them at a later time by using (higher-quality) real-time positions both before and after them. Errors in the past positions are then corrected based on the calibrated past trajectory. When used with event detectors that indicate inventory transactions, this method can correct position errors associated with inventory events so as to improve the performance of inventory tracking.12-30-2010
20100332124Analyzing and Consolidating Track File Data - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are disclosed for track simplification and correction. In one aspect, a track data set having track points defining a course can be accessed and inaccurate track points and incorrect track points can be identified, wherein identifying inaccurate track points includes comparing, for one or more of the track points, a dilution of precision (DOP) value associated with the track point to a DOP threshold, and identifying incorrect track points includes performing an error correction process. Also, a corrected track can be generated by removing identified inaccurate track points and incorrect track points from the track data set. Further, identifying an inaccurate track point can include determining that the DOP value associated with the track point exceeds the DOP threshold. Additionally, the DOP threshold can be specified by user input.12-30-2010
20110010089POSITIONING DEVICE AND POSITIONING METHOD - A positioning device including a movement measuring unit for measuring a relative positional change and a passing position calculation control unit for continuing measurement of the positional change of the movement measuring unit during movement, being given position data of any first point at the first point on a moving route excluding a start point, and determining position data of a point which has been passed before arrival at the first point on the basis of the given position data of the first point and data of the positional change continuously measured by the movement measuring unit.01-13-2011
20100169005METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CONSOLIDATED POSITION OF A TRAVELING OBJECT, PARTICULARLY AN AIRCRAFT - The invention relates to a method and device for determining a consolidated position of a travelling object, particularly an aircraft. The device (07-01-2010
20090063037NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH WEB INTERFACE - A user can selectively download complete databases of selected favorite chains (or other selected destinations or collections of destinations) from a server and store them on a portable media device. The user can also create his own address book with locations that he selects. The user can also create trip plans, containing locations selected by the user that are associated with specific trips. The address books and trip plans can also be stored on the portable media device. The user can then access the portable media device with the navigation system to select destinations stored there. The destinations are both more efficiently accessible by the user and more up to date, since the information on the server can be updated more frequently.03-05-2009
20090125231Mobile object location providing device and mobile object location providing system - In a mobile object location providing device, time required for distribution of distribution data per kind of the communicating unit is stored, a current location and a movement history of a mobile object is calculated, distribution time that is time required for distributing the distribution for a communicating unit is estimated based on the distribution condition information, and a future location of a mobile object after lapse of the distribution time is estimated based on use of the movement history, and a requests is made for distributing area information of an area surrounding the future location.05-14-2009
20110087431METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFICATION OF POINTS OF INTEREST WITHIN A PREDEFINED AREA - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for identification of points of interest within a predefined area. Location estimates for substantially stationary mobile devices may be utilized to determine locations of one or more points of interest. Location estimates for mobile devices in motion may be utilized to determine locations of one or more corridors.04-14-2011
20090312944Method and Device for Supplying Location Information - A location information display device comprising, a housing coupled to, a distance measuring mechanism, a visual locator, a tilt angle determination mechanism, a compass, a location determination mechanism, and a display. One device is adapted to display an device location and a user-specified distant location position on an area representation.12-17-2009
20100057350Method and system for automatically and directly establishing contact between a driver and at least one person to be transported - A system is devoted to automatically establishing contact between an automobile vehicle's (V) driver (D) and at least one person (P) who wishes to be transported. This system comprises i) analysis means (ANM) tasked with determining, firstly, whether at least one driver (D) is disposed to transport at least one person (P) over at least part of a first usual known route in progress, based on background information pertaining to said driver, and secondly, if at least one person (P) wishes to be transported over at least part of a second usual known route in progress based on background information pertaining to said person, ii) calculation means (CLM) tasked with determining a first route in progress which includes a significant part of a second route in progress, and iii) communication means (CNM) tasked with establishing contact between the corresponding driver (D) and person (P) respectively taking said first and second routes determined by said calculation means (CLM), via first (T03-04-2010
20100057349Electronic Timepiece and Time Difference Correction Method for an Electronic Timepiece - An electronic timepiece has a function for receiving satellite signals transmitted from positioning information satellites, and includes a reception unit that receives the satellite signal and acquires satellite information from the received satellite signal, a satellite search unit that executes a process of searching for a capturable positioning information satellite based on the received satellite signal and capturing the found satellite signal, a positioning calculation unit that selects a specific number of positioning information satellites from among the positioning information satellites captured by the satellite search unit, executes a positioning calculation based on the satellite information contained in the satellite signals sent from the selected positioning information satellites, and generates positioning information, a time information adjustment unit that corrects internal time information based on the satellite information, a time information display unit that displays the internal time information, a storage unit that stores time difference information defining the time difference in each of a plurality of areas into which geographical information is divided, and a time difference evaluation unit that calculates an assumed positioning region based on the positioning information, and determines based on the time difference information if the assumed positioning region contains a time difference boundary. The time information adjustment unit correcting the internal time information based on the time difference in the assumed positioning region when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning region does not contain a time difference boundary, The positioning calculation unit reselecting the specific number of positioning information satellites and continuing the positioning calculation when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning region contains a time difference boundary. The reception unit terminates satellite signal reception when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning region does not contain a time difference boundary.03-04-2010
20100070171System and Method for Real-Time Travel Path Prediction and Automatic Incident Alerts - A path prediction method that uses a commuter's travel patterns to predict their route and destination, and transmit road advisories via a GPS-enabled device. Once the user's location data is transmitted via a GPS-enabled device it is then catalogued and stored in a GIS database. The user's current travel path is then compared to their path history and statistics and a destination is determined based on related spatial and time properties. A warning is then automatically delivered to the user if there is an accident along their predicted path, without requiring any request or input form the user.03-18-2010
20100063726CONTEXTUALLY ENHANCED MULTI CHANNEL LOCATION BASED TOUR GUIDANCE SYSTEM - A system and method for delivering contextually enhanced location based media for tour guidance. Tours are constructed upon a directional tour route, the route potentially comprising optional parts. Media is associated with tour points and is delivered based on position and order along the directional tour route. Tour points also have characteristics and priorities which also affect determination of media delivery. The system can also make use of non-spatial contextually relevant data such as tour history, temporal factors and velocity in determining media selection. The system can dynamically mix multiple channels of triggered media in real time, and can adjust properties of the playing media in response to predicted movements along the route.03-11-2010
20100063725Safe driving evaluation system, method, and program - Systems, methods, and programs input a current drive condition of a vehicle at a predetermined location before a predetermined temporary stop position, determine whether there is a possibility that the vehicle will not be able to safely stop at the temporary stop position based on the input current drive condition, and execute a wake-up call to a driver if it is determined that there is a possibility that the vehicle will not be able to stop safely at the temporary stop position. The systems, methods, and programs calculate a wake-up call ratio as a ratio of the total number of wake-up calls executed to the total number of temporary stop positions passed, and then acquire evaluation information based on the calculated wake-up call ratio.03-11-2010
20110153205Relative Navigation System - A relative navigation system projecting a grid into space from a first object a grid that is repeatedly detected from a second object having a second relative reference frame and using range and attitude between the objects to adjust the attitude or range of at least one of the first and second objects.06-23-2011
20110098921Navigational System Initialization System, Process, and Arrangement - An initialization system for a personal navigation system associated with a user, including: a first reference point arrangement configured for communication with the personal navigation system of the user and to facilitate the generation of a first user data set including horizontal position and azimuth angle (x04-28-2011
20110077861METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THEMATICALLY MODIFYING LOCATION AND RELATED INFORMATION - An approach is provided for thematically modifying location and related information. A location modification platform determines location information of a device associated with a first user. The location modification platform then modifies the location information to indicate a location other than an actual location of the device according to a predetermined theme and causes, at least in part, actions that result in presentation of the modified location information to a second user.03-31-2011
20100070172SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CHARACTERISITIC OF AN OBJECT ADJACENT TO A ROUTE - A system is provided for determining at least one characteristic of an object positioned adjacent to a route. The characteristic of the object is related to the operation of a powered system. The powered system travels along the route. The system includes a plurality of cameras attached to the powered system. The plurality of cameras are aligned along a respective line of sight to the object. A method and computer readable media are also provided for determining at least one characteristic of an object positioned adjacent to a route.03-18-2010
20090055091Method, Apparatus, and Computer Program Product for Intelligently Selecting Between the Utilization of Geo-Fencing and Map Matching in a Telematics System - An enhanced mechanism for intelligently selecting between the utilization of geo-fencing and map matching in a telematics system. This geo-fencing/map matching selection mechanism determines for a use case at least one of a use case type and a telematics device location. If it is determined that the use case is a first use case type (e.g., fleet management) or the telematics device location is within a first region (e.g., a region without significant change), a geo-region map is utilized for geo-fencing. Otherwise, a vectorial map is utilized for map matching. Hence, in regions and/or use cases where detailed maps are not required, the geo-fencing/map matching selection mechanism can automatically utilize a geo-region map and thereby save on cost, both with regard to the cost of map licensing fees and the communications expenses necessary to provide detailed map updates to one or more telematics devices.02-26-2009
20090037097BROADCAST RECEIVER AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA - A broadcast receiver and a method of processing data are disclosed. The broadcast receiver includes a receiving unit, a RS frame decoder, a storage unit, and a navigation unit. The receiving unit receives a broadcast signal multiplexed mobile broadcast service data including information on route prediction and main broadcast service data. The RS frame decoder performs CRC-decoding and RS-decoding on the RS frame, thereby correcting errors occurred in the corresponding mobile broadcast service data. The navigation unit uses the information on route prediction and a current position information of the broadcast receiver, thereby predicting at least one route.02-05-2009
20100280751Road physical condition monitoring techniques - Arrangement and method for managing information about the condition of travel lanes on which vehicles travel includes a sensor system arranged in each vehicle for obtaining information about the maintenance state of the travel lane, a communication system arranged in each vehicle and coupled to a respective sensor system for communicating the obtained information to a control station, and a transmission system arranged at or coupled to the control station for transmitting the obtained information to vehicles other than the one which provided the obtained information. A positioning system may be arranged on each vehicle to determine its position and the communication systems transmit the position of each vehicle along with the obtained information.11-04-2010
20110054781VELOCITY CALCULATION DEVICE, VELOCITY CALCULATION METHOD AND NAVIGATION DEVICE - A velocity calculation device includes a vertical direction acceleration detection unit that is mounted on a mobile object to detect the acceleration of a vertical direction generated corresponding to the unevenness of a surface on which the mobile object moves; a horizontal direction angular velocity detection unit that is mounted on the mobile object to detect the angular velocity around a horizontal axis perpendicular to a direction of travel of the mobile object generated corresponding to the unevenness of the surface on which the mobile object moves; and a velocity calculation unit for calculating the velocity in the direction of travel of the mobile object based on the acceleration of the vertical direction and the angular velocity around the horizontal axis.03-03-2011
20110022309Method for Determining the Position of a Spacecraft with the Aid of a Direction Vector and an Overall Spin Measurement - In a system for determining the position of a spacecraft based on vector determinations, a direction vector is measured in a body-fixed coordinate system; a reference direction vector is determined within a reference coordinate system based on the path position of the spacecraft and an orbit model; the overall spin vector of the spacecraft is determined within the body-fixed coordinate system; and a reference overall spin vector of the spacecraft is determined within a reference coordinate system by time propagation of known initial values of the overall spin of the spacecraft or by time tracking of a reference model. The position of the spacecraft is determined based on the four vectors.01-27-2011
20110118978NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH RELATIVE RANKING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: selecting a category of interest; receiving available information for the category of interest; and extrapolating a relative ranking based on the available information for displaying at a device.05-19-2011
20110137556NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH AUDIO AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: configuring a preference; selecting an introduction point based on the preference; composing an introduction message about the introduction point; and displaying a non-intrusive notification for the introduction message on a device.06-09-2011
20110137555International Address System - The International Address System identifies a location with a combination of 10 alphanumeric digits and does not need the input of the numeral zero or cardinal directions (N, S, E, W) to determine the location with 129 square feet of accuracy or less.06-09-2011
20110082641Methods and Computer Program Products for Providing Information About a User During a Physical Activity - In at least one embodiment, a method for execution on a portable fitness device of providing information about a first user engaged in a physical activity with the portable fitness device includes determining user performance data while the first user is engaged in the physical activity and determining whether or not to transmit the user performance data to a remotely located server computer system via a wide-area wireless network while the first user is engaged in the physical activity, wherein the determination of whether or not to transmit the user performance data is based on an indication of whether or not a remotely located second user is currently monitoring the first user.04-07-2011
20090171569MOBILE OBJECT POSITION DETECTING METHOD - A control unit 07-02-2009
20110178702OPTIMUM TRAVEL TIMES - A device may receive a request, from a user device, to determine optimal starting times for a trip. In addition, the device may obtain a destination address and a starting address of the trip from the request, identify a first route based on the destination address and the starting address, and determine the optimal starting times based on different allowable starting times and travel data, the determined optimal starting times providing for a shortest estimated travel time on the first route. Further, the device may send a description of the first route and the determined optimal starting time to the user device.07-21-2011
20090182499Method and apparatus for augmented reality shopping assistant - An augmented reality shopping system in one embodiment includes a store communication network, a memory including program instructions for receiving a product location request, associating the received request with product information stored in a product database, determining the location of the product within the store, receiving shopper location information, determining a route between the determined location of the product and the shopper location based upon the shopper location information, generating route rendering data based upon the determined route, and transmitting the route rendering data through the store communication network. The system further includes a processor operably connected to the store communication network and to the memory for executing the program instructions and a mobile display device operably connected to the processor through the store communication network for rendering an overlay image using the transmitted route rendering data.07-16-2009
20090177378Navigation device and method - A system and method of operating a portable navigation device or navigation system having a digital camera associated therewith and controlled is described. The method includes capturing digital image data as well as performing a pattern recognition technique on the captured digital image data to determine whether the image includes one or more recognizable pre-defined features. In addition, some information is stored into memory, including an indication of a feature identified for which the pattern recognition technique was successful together with geospatial location data identifying the approximate position of at least one of: the location of the device or system when the digital image was captured, a calculated predicted location of the device and a calculated approximation of the location of the feature identified in the captured digital image.07-09-2009
20100161217Devices, methods, and programs that provide vehicle guidance for power reception - Power reception guidance devices, methods, and programs guide a vehicle having a power receiving unit to a non-contact power supply of a power supply unit installed in a parking area. The devices, methods, and programs calculate a power receiving efficiency of the power receiving unit at a current parking position of the vehicle in the parking area, determine whether the current parking position must be changed based on the calculated power receiving efficiency, and output information based on the determination to an output unit.06-24-2010
20090265098Swath line creation including slope compensation for an automatic guidance system of a work vehicle - An apparatus and method for generating swath lines including compensation for sloping terrain in a field for use in an automatic guidance system of a work machine. The swath lines are created as a function of the position, elevation and/or orientation of the work vehicle.10-22-2009
20120010807NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH TRAFFIC ESTIMATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: calculating a travel segment of a navigation route, the travel segment having a travel feature; estimating a base time for the travel segment; estimating an incremental time for the travel feature; and calculating a travel time with the base time and the incremental time for displaying on a device.01-12-2012
20100114480NAVIGATION APPARATUS - The present invention provides a navigation apparatus that displays map information on a display unit to guide a route to a set destination. The navigation apparatus has a function of displaying information associated with points on the map, which is displayed on a screen, as balloons. The balloons are enlarged and emphasized in different ways during the route guidance to a searched destination and during other operations. In this way, it is possible to preferentially provide useful information to the user.05-06-2010
20120022779NAVIGATION RECEIVERS - An apparatus and method for determining position using signals received by a navigation receiver. The device for determining position within a navigation network, the device including a receiver circuit for receiving positioning signals from a plurality of transmitters within the navigation network, a memory for storing the received positioning signals, and an auxiliary circuit for, when operating, generating interference which may affect reception of the positioning signals.01-26-2012
20100262363Human-Machine Interface Apparatus - A human-machine interface apparatus configured for providing navigation information to users according to data from a positioning system, is provided. The human-machine interface apparatus comprises a pointing module and a microcontroller unit. The pointing module has a pointer. The microcontroller unit is electrically connected with the pointing module, and is configured for receiving information of a destination generated from the positioning system and controlling the pointing module according to the information of the destination, to keep the pointer pointing to an actual position of the destination after navigation is ended.10-14-2010
20110093192APPLICATION APPARATUS, SERVER, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF TRAVEL SERVICE - A system of travel service is provided. The system includes an application apparatus and a server. A traveler sends a request through the application apparatus when a problem occurs during his/her trip. A helper who has communication capability of a specific language used by the traveler is found by the server in real time. The server sends information related to the request to the helper immediately. A live connection between the traveler and the helper is created in real time to provide travel services to satisfy the request, in which the live connection includes real-time voice communication and real-time data communication. The problem which occurred during the traveler's trip can be solved quickly by the present system.04-21-2011
20110093193System And Method For Monitoring The Security Of Participants In A Rideshare Environment - A system and method for monitoring the security of participants in a rideshare environment is provided. A rideshare transaction is monitored between two or more rideshare participants. At least one of the rideshare participants is associated with a rideshare participant device. A predetermined route for the rideshare transaction is identified. A location of the rideshare participant device is monitored. A security check is triggered when the rideshare participant device location is inconsistent with the predetermined route.04-21-2011
20110066370METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AIDING THE NAVIGATION OF AN AIRCRAFT FLYING AT A LOW ALTITUDE - A method and device for aiding the navigation of an aircraft flying at low altitude as described. The device (03-17-2011
20110106438Methods of wirelessly adding navigational content to a personal navigation device - A method of wirelessly adding navigational content to a personal navigation device includes changing a mode of the personal navigation device to pairing standby mode, adding navigational content to a computing device, and establishing a direct wireless connection between the personal navigation device and the computing device to add navigational content to the personal navigation device from the computing device when the personal navigation device and the computing device are within range of each other for establishing a wireless connection.05-05-2011
20110106437NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH MONITORING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: selecting a monitored threshold including a group association, a time association, or a combination thereof; selecting a monitored boundary; monitoring a monitored person's traversal of the monitored boundary; and generating an alert based on the monitored person's traversal and the monitored threshold for displaying on a device.05-05-2011
20110029235Vehicle Control - A method of vehicle control, in which a global target trajectory is tracked by successively calculating an optimum local trajectory in 4D output space to approach the global trajectory and observe vehicle performance limits and surrounding obstacle clearance. A receding horizon framework is proposed which successively updates the optimum local trajectory according to the current state of the vehicle. Processing overheads can be kept to a minimum by calculating performance limits offline, and optimisation is simplified by using a cost function approach.02-03-2011
20100250121NAVIGATION DEVICE, DATA UPDATING METHOD AND PROGRAM - A navigation device that is mounted in a movable body of the present invention includes a first storing portion that stores a first navigation data; an acquiring portion that acquires a second navigation data from an external second storing portion; a movable body location detecting portion that detects the location of the movable body; a navigation operation executing portion that executes a predetermined navigation operation based on the location of the movable body that is detected by the movable body location detecting portion, and the first navigation data; and an updating portion that updates the first navigation data with the second navigation data. The updating portion stops the execution of the navigation operation by the navigation operation executing portion, and executes a first updating process that updates a portion of the first navigation data corresponding to a first area that includes the vicinity of the location of the movable body; and a second updating process that updates a portion corresponding to a second area of the first navigation data other than the first area in parallel with the navigation operation by the navigation operation executing portion, after this first updating process is completed.09-30-2010
20100250122SAIL ASSIST DEVICE - This disclosure provides a sail assist device, which includes a wind direction sensor for measuring a wind direction, a ship position acquiring module for acquiring a latitude and a longitude of the ship, and a display module for calculating a layline based on the latitude and longitude of the ship, a latitude and a longitude of a target position of the ship, and the wind direction, with the target position being a reference, and displaying a target mark indicating the target, a ship mark indicating the ship, and the layline.09-30-2010
20100250120MANAGING STORAGE AND DELIVERY OF NAVIGATION IMAGES - The storage and/or transmission of image bubbles may be managed for effective use of space and/or time. In one example, a street-view application allows a user to navigate through an image at ground level. The application makes use of panoramic images called “bubbles,” which are captured at spatial intervals. The user can navigate through the images by changing position, or by changing the direction of view. Various aspects of how the bubbles are stored or transmitted may be controlled, in order to make effective use of the bandwidth that is available to transmit the bubbles. Examples of these aspects may include: how much of a given bubble is transmitted; the resolution at which the bubble is transmitted; and/or the spatial frequency at which the user moves through the bubbles.09-30-2010
20100036607Apparatus and Method to Indicate Course Deviation Instrument Saturation - An apparatus and method to maintain traditional navigational deviation presentation in a manner that is consistent with existing training and safety methodology, but eliminates confusion generated when a navigation needle is placed in a fully pegged position by positively indicating that a needle is off-scale and not representing an actual accurate deviation.02-11-2010
20090319179IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM - An in-vehicle navigation system includes a navigation device that further includes a receiving unit configured to receive information, a storage unit configured to store the received information, and a guidance unit. The navigation system further includes: a battery voltage detector; a temperature sensor; and a control device. The control device includes: a determination unit and a start-up control unit configured to periodically start the navigation device while the vehicle's engine is off, or cancel start-up of the navigation device based upon the detected battery voltage, a predetermined voltage level, and current and/or predicted temperatures.12-24-2009
20080300782Navigation System, In-Vehcile Apparatus, And Portable Terminal - When an operation mode (a latest cooperation mode) immediately before removal of a portable navigation device and an operation mode (a latest independence mode) immediately before remounting of the portable navigation device are the same, an MPU performs processing using processing data in the latest independence mode and takes over a route-guidance operation or a content-playback operation that was independently performed by the portable navigation device. On the other hand, when the latest cooperation mode and the latest independence mode are different from each other, the MPU performs processing using processing data in the latest cooperation mode and takes over a route-guidance operation or a content-playback operation that was performed by an in-vehicle apparatus and the portable navigation device in cooperation with each other.12-04-2008
20110046879 Method and System for Presenting Information Associated With a Location - An enhanced navigation system in which present location is compared to a database of points of interest. Data for each point of interest include a reference to a source of dynamic information reflecting the real time status of the point of interest. Such a reference may comprise, for example, an Internet link. Real time status information will vary depending on the nature of the point of interest, and may include information such as whether the point is open or closed, queue lengths, waiting times, etc. The real time status information is retrieved from the source and presented to the user.02-24-2011
20080262718Landmark Navigation for Vehicles Using Blinking Optical Beacons - A system and method for landmark navigation employing optical beacons deployed at locations throughout a field of operation of a vehicle. The optical beacons emit or reflect an optical signal at a predetermined blink frequency. The locations of the optical beacons may or may not be known to the vehicle. At least one imaging device on the vehicle, such as a digital camera, captures images in the field of operation, and in particular a pair of image frames such that the time interval between the image frames of the pair is equal to one-half of the blink period of the optical signal. Data is generated that represents a difference frame between two image frames captured by the imaging device. Pixel locations of optical beacons in the difference frame are identified. The position and orientation of the vehicle is determined from data representing pixel locations of optical beacons in the difference frame.10-23-2008
20110238302METHOD, MOBILE DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING LOCATION INFORMATION - A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable medium for processing location information are provided. In the present method, first location information last recorded by a mobile device is accessed and displayed on a screen. When an update operation is received, the mobile device is positioned to obtain second location information of a current location of the mobile device. The second location information is compared with the first location information. If the second location information is different from the first location information, the second location information is recorded and used for updating the first location information displayed on the screen.09-29-2011
20110238301METHOD, MOBILE DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING SURROUNDING POINTS OF INTEREST - A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable medium for displaying surrounding points of interest (POIs), adapted to a mobile device, are provided. In the present method, at least one keyword is received and set as a searching condition for searching POIs. When the mobile device obtains new current location information of the mobile device, a POI database is queried to find surrounding POIs of the current location that fit the searching condition. Finally, the searched POIs are updated and displayed.09-29-2011
20110238299NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH ROUTE PLANNING AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: providing travel modes of a current travel community; checking current power levels of the travel modes; and generating a navigation instruction based on the current power levels for displaying on a device.09-29-2011
20110320120METHOD OF OPERATING A NAVIGATION SYSTEM TO BLOCK UNWANTED ADVERTISEMENTS - A method of operating a navigation system to block advertising messages is disclosed. A spatially based advertising filtering parameter defining a portion of a geographic region and an advertising message are obtained. A current location of the navigation system and a location of a business associated with the advertising message are identified. The method determines whether the location of the business is located outside of the portion of the geographic region defined by the spatially based advertising filtering parameter. If so, presentation of the advertising message is blocked.12-29-2011
20110320119LOCATION BROKERAGE SYSTEM - A location brokerage system is described herein. A plurality of computing devices that are configured to output data that is indicative of a geographic location of a user are registered with the location brokerage system, and a plurality of location-based applications are registered with the location brokerage system. The location brokerage system collaborates with the computing devices to obtain location data pertaining to the user that satisfies requests for location data from the location-based application while enforcing operating restrictions/parameters imposed by the user and/or the location-based applications.12-29-2011
20100198504Method and System for Managing Relationships Between Location Identifiers - A method and system for managing relationships between location identifiers is disclosed. A relationship includes an originating identifier and a target identifier. A unique relationship is defined by the location codes and relationship types associated with the originating and target identifier. A synonym service, a translation service, and a validation service analyze a new or modified relationship prior to storing the relationship in a relationship store. A graph service, a statistics service, and a reporting service analyze the relationships stored in the relationship store.08-05-2010
20100198503Method and System for Assessing Quality of Location Content - A method and system for assessing the quality of location content is disclosed. The method includes evaluating the quality of location content based on who provided the content, the accuracy of the location data associated with the content, the integrity of the content, and when the content was provided. As a result of the evaluation, a quality score is generated. The quality score provides an indication of the reliability of the location content. The quality score may be updated when a change is made to the content.08-05-2010
20100169002METHOD OF ROUTING A FIRST PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE AWAY FROM A SECOND PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE - A method of routing a first personal navigation device (PND) away from a second PND, the method includes receiving a position or second route of the second PND, and generating a first route for the first PND that maintains at least a threshold distance from the position or second route of the second PND.07-01-2010
20100169003LOCATION DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF IMPORTING LOCATION INFORMATION - A location data processing apparatus includes a data enrichment module arranged to receive, when in use, content generated in response to a content request. The data enrichment module is arranged to embed location importation data in the content prior to presentation thereof. In at least one embodiment, the location importation data is organized in accordance with a data structure definition.07-01-2010
20110161006NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF IMPLEMENTING AUDIO FEATURES IN A NAVIGATION DEVICE - A method of integrating audio features using a navigation device is disclosed herein, along with a navigation device itself. For example, in one embodiment the method may include receiving an interruption signal for interruption of audio playback, determining to interrupt audio playback using the navigation device in response to receipt of the interruption signal, and storing an interruption state of audio playback upon determining to interrupt the audio playback.06-30-2011
20110161005SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR END-TO-END LOCATION AND MEDIA CONTENT TRACKING - Systems and methods may provide location and media content tracking. The systems and methods may include receiving, from a personal communications device, location information and at least one media content, the location information indicating one or more historical physical locations of the personal communications device, the at least one media content associated with at least one of the one or more physical locations of the personal communications device; storing an association among an identification of the personal communications device, the at least one media content, and the location information corresponding to the one or more physical locations associated with the at least one media content; receiving, from a client computer, a request to track the personal communications device; and responsive to the request, providing the at least one media content and the corresponding location information to the client computer.06-30-2011
20110161004NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH SPEED MONITORING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A method of operation of a navigation system includes: calculating a safe speed for a travel path; calculating a user's speed along the travel path; and calculating a difference value between the user's speed and the safe speed for displaying on a device.06-30-2011
20080234929SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE, IN A VEHICLE, LOCATIONS OF INTEREST - An occupant of a vehicle requests locations of interest from a remote provider. Locations of interest are identified based on the current location of the vehicle and a social network of the occupant. The locations of interest are provided to the vehicle via a network.09-25-2008
20080228390Navigation device and method for providing regional travel information in a navigation device - A method and device are disclosed for providing regional travel information in a navigation device. In at least one embodiment, the method includes storing regional travel information in the navigation device; providing at least one travel information category in response to receipt of a request for information from a user of the navigation device; accessing stored regional travel information in response to receipt of an indication of a selection of at least one of the provided travel information categories by the user; and providing the accessed regional travel information to the user. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes an output device to provide information; an input device to receive an input; memory to store regional travel information; and a processor to access the regional information stored in memory and to provide accessed regional travel information through the output device in response to receipt of the input.09-18-2008
20080208455CORRELATION POSITION DETERMINATION - Methods and apparatus for navigating with the use of correlation within a select area are provided. One method includes, storing data required to reconstruct ranges and associated angles to objects along with statistical accuracy information while initially traversing throughout the select area. Measuring then current ranges and associated angles to the objects during a subsequent traversal throughout the select area. Correlating the then current ranges and associated angles to the objects to reconstructed ranges and associated angles to the objects from the stored data. Determining at least one of then current location and heading estimates within the select area based at least in part on the correlation and using the least one of the then current location and heading estimates for navigation.08-28-2008
20110218731POSITIONING TERMINAL AND SERVER - The positioning terminal of the present invention includes a positioning unit 09-08-2011
20110313656SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING VEHICLE OPERATING DATA TO AN EXTERNAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A vehicle information system is provided that includes an interface module configured to receive operating data from a vehicle information system. The interface module is also configured to transfer the operating data to a navigation system that is not built-in to the vehicle to facilitate vehicle position determination without using external positioning signals received or processed by the vehicle.12-22-2011

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