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

701200000 - NAVIGATION

701207000 - Employing position determining equipment

701208000 - For use in a map data base system

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701210000 Route correction, modification, or verification 66
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20090192706Apparatus and method for map data management - In a course of updating old map data on a hard disk drive to new map data, a low-priority portion of the old map data that has less importance/necessity is deleted to create a vacant area, and a high-priority portion of the new map data is copied to the vacant area as an update of the map data. Then, the high-priority portion of the old map data is deleted to create another vacant area, and a low-priority portion of the new map data is copied to the vacant area. During the update of the map data, restrictions on the usage of the map data are avoided at all efforts by having the high-priority portion of at least one of the new map data and the old map data maintained on the hard disk drive, while maximizing the utilization of storage resources in a map data management apparatus.07-30-2009
20110196610SCHEMATIC MAPS - Systems and methods for preparing and presenting schematic maps, which are maps that present information in a format that presents only information that is most relevant to a given situation in order to provide a simple and clear representation sufficient to aid a user in guidance or orientation. The schematic maps as described herein can be formatted based on the attributes of a display on which they are presented so that the map layout and presentation can be optimized for the particular display. The schematic maps can be “distorted” to better illustrate important maps areas in greater detail and using a relatively larger display area while deemphasizing less important map areas by illustrating them in less detail and using a relatively smaller display area, and thus the schematic maps can be devoid of adherence to a particular scale.08-11-2011
20100082246Navigation Features for Obtaining Fuel Before Returning A Rental Vehicle - Systems, devices, features, and methods for routing to a fuel or gasoline station before returning a rental vehicle are disclosed. For example, one method comprises identifying a selected destination to be a rental service return location associated with a rental vehicle. An option to obtain gasoline before returning the rental vehicle to the rental service return location is offered. Upon selection of the option, a gasoline station along a route to the rental service return location is identified. Route guidance to the gasoline station is provided. Route guidance from the gasoline station to the rental service return location is also provided.04-01-2010
20100076680VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH INTERSECTION DATABASE - A vehicle navigation system having a processor having access to a map database. An input device enters the destination to the processor and the processor, using data from the map database, calculates a preferred route to the destination. That preferred route is then displayed on a video display. The map database includes a road link database as well as an intersection database which is separate from the road link database which enables a destination to be entered to the input device by an intersection.03-25-2010
20090157310METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION - Location technologies are combined with other information systems to provide augmented information for individuals such as a traveler in an automobile.06-18-2009
20090157309METHOD FOR EXCHANGING MESSAGES IN A NAVIGATION SYSTEM USING VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATIONS - Method and device for exchanging messages in a VLC navigation system is provided, in which a map server generates a provision message in the form of visible light signals through all lamps in an area, using a PLC network, where a navigation service is provided, a terminal that wants to implement the navigation service among terminals that have received the provision message transmits a registration request message to the map server, the map server transmits a registration response message for the registration request message to the terminal, the terminal transmits a map request message including information about a destination to the map server, the map server transmits a map response message including information about a path to the destination to the terminal, and the terminal displays map information and the path.06-18-2009
20090157308NAVIGATION DEVICE AND NAVIGATION METHOD - It is an object of this invention to provide a navigation apparatus capable of appropriately guiding a user in an intersection and an interchange point. The navigation apparatus is preferably applicable to a navigation apparatus of a movable body such as a vehicle, and includes a display unit and a control unit. The display unit displays map information on a display screen. The control unit allocates a number to passage points in an order from the passage point near a guide point to the passage point far from the guide point, and displays the allocated number in a vicinity of the passage point on the display screen. The guide point indicates a place necessary for a user to turn right or left, and the passage point indicates a place at which turning right or left is possible and which exists between a present position of the user and the guide point. Thereby, the navigation apparatus can appropriately guide the user at the intersection and the branch point.06-18-2009
20090157307ADDITIONAL CONTENT BASED ON INTENDED TRAVEL DESTINATION - When users travel to an intended destination, a plurality of information can be beneficial to assist their travel. If a person is traveling to a crowded event, then information can be provided such that congested traffic areas can be provided. There can be financial opportunities available in relation to providing information concerning an intended destination. An advertiser can pay money to have information played about the advertiser when it relates to the intended destination. Furthermore, a user can pay money for detailed data concerning an intended location, such as where cheapest parking is located.06-18-2009
20100106411METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING SEARCH RESULT AUGMENTATION - A method for providing augmented search results may include receiving an indication of one or more potential destinations provided in response to a search operation, generating directional information indicative of a direction from a predefined location to a potential destination, and providing for display of the directional information along with a search result associated with the potential destination. An apparatus and computer program product corresponding to the method are also provided.04-29-2010
20100106412Data processing apparatus - With respect to a non-road region route, which is in a region other than roads registered in map data, a navigation apparatus in a vehicle specifies three check items: travel times the vehicle traveled; a shortened distance reduced by traveling the non-road region route compared with a route registered in the map data; and presence or absence of a predetermined facility in the vicinity of the non-road region route. The navigation apparatus determines an accuracy degree as to whether the non-road region route is existent based on the specified check items, thereby determining whether the non-road region route is existent. A route guidance process is executed based on the non-road region route, which is determined to be existent.04-29-2010
20100094547NAVIGATION DEVICE INTERFACE - A music configuration menu shortcut is provided in a PND by software which interacts within a music menu display device. In one embodiment, A PND having a display, memory, processing capability, one or more speakers, and at least one signal reception device by which the PND can determine its approximate position globally by way of software installed on the device is disclosed. The PND performs one or more primary navigation and/or route calculation functions, as well as one or more secondary functions including the audible reproduction of digital content stored in the memory. The software also causes the display of changing graphical map information during route navigation and is capable of being caused to display one or more configuration menus to enable a user to configure various primary or secondary device operation options. In at least one embodiment, the software further provides an option for the on-screen display of a user-selectable graphical indicator during route navigation in conjunction with the changing graphical map information, selection of the indicator during navigation causing the software to display a configuration menu specific to the reproduction of digital music. In an alternative embodiment, the music menu display device includes a physical button by which one or more of the music reproduction and/or configuration menus can be caused to be displayed.04-15-2010
20090043498Method and Device For Automatic Route Registration - A method and a device for automatic route registration. A destination is entered into a data input device. A route is determined as a function of a starting location and the entered destination. The first route is transmitted to a route analysis device and divided into at least one route section therewith. The route section is registered in all evaluation device. Upon the detection of a first condition, a second route is determined to the destination. The second route is automatically transmitted to the route analysis device. The route analysis device compares the second route to the first route. Unused route sections of the first route are cancelled and added route sections of the second route are registered.02-12-2009
20090043496PROGRAM RECORDING DEVICE, PROGRAM RECORDING METHOD, PROGRAM RECORDING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A program recording device includes a route searching unit that searches for a route to a destination based on map information, a keyword creating unit that creates a keyword from information concerning the destination or information concerning the route, a determining unit that determines a program to be recorded based on the keyword, and a recording unit that records the program that is determined by the determining unit.02-12-2009
20090306891NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A navigation device including a display configured to display map information indicating a traveling route of a vehicle including the navigation device, a memory configured to store a plurality of sound source files for providing aural information adapted to represent directional changes to be made by the vehicle in accordance with the displayed map information, and a controller configured to check the map information and determine a directional change the vehicle is to make in the traveling route of the vehicle, to search the memory for a sound source file corresponding to the determined directional change the vehicle is to make, and to output the sound source file at a preset time before the directional change is to be made to inform a driver of the vehicle about what directional change is upcoming.12-10-2009
20110015860Systems and methods for improved generation of textual directions based on positional information - Systems and methods are provided for providing improved generation of textual directions based on positional information. In an implementation, textual directions for traversing a path are generated based on positional information associated with the path. According to a method, positional information that specifies a longitude and latitude at a plurality of times is received and processed to generate a routing graph. The generated routing graph includes nodes and route links that connect the plurality of nodes. Textual directions are generated for traversing a path associated with the positional data, based in part on link information associated with the links of the generated routing graph.01-20-2011
20090271111Portable terminal, travel path recording method and program storage medium - A portable terminal includes: a position obtaining section that obtains a piece of position information of a current position of the portable terminal; a power control section that controls turning on and off of power before and after the piece of position information is obtained by the position obtaining section, respectively; and a motion sensor that detects a movement of the portable terminal. The portable terminal further includes: a storage section that stores a history of the pieces of position information; and a recording section that records, into the storage section, a piece of position information newly obtained by the position obtaining section activated by the power control section, only when a movement is detected by the motion sensor.10-29-2009
20090070034METHOD FOR RECORDING AN ANNOTATION AND MAKING IT AVAILABLE FOR LATER PLAYBACK - A method that is used with a vehicle navigation system and enables a driver or other vehicle occupant to record personalized information, such as verbal annotations, so that they may be automatically played back at a later time. When the voice annotations are recorded, the vehicle navigation system assigns them a location tag that indicates the place where they were recorded. Therefore, when that vehicle navigation system, or another navigation system installed on a different vehicle, comes within a certain proximity of the location identified by the location tag, the associated voice annotation is played back.03-12-2009
20080281513Navigation apparatus, methods, and programs - Apparatus, methods, and programs accept an area search condition that limits a facility search to facilities located within a specific position range. The apparatus, methods, and programs access stored facility data, the facility data including area information and position information for each facility in the stored facility data. Based on the stored area information, the apparatus, methods, and programs extract candidate facilities from the stored facility data that are located within an area that includes the specific position range and read out the position information for each of the extracted candidate facilities. Based on the read out position information, the apparatus, methods, and programs select the candidate facilities that are located within the specific position range for display.11-13-2008
20090037101MAP DISPLAY SYSTEM, METHOD OF INPUTTING CONDITIONS FOR SEARCHING FOR POI, METHOD OF DISPLAYING GUIDANCE TO POI, AND TERMINAL DEVICE - A map display system has a terminal device having display means for displaying a map image and also has a route search server having a POI database. The map display system has operation/input means for performing predetermined operation on an object image including a POI category or POI information, object image operation detection means for detecting operation on the object image, and POI search means for extracting the POI category or the POI information from the operated object image and searching for a POI while referring to the POI database. The display means displays on a map image the POI searched by the POI search means.02-05-2009
20090012707Position data entry and route planning entry for portable navigation systems - A method and system for obtaining positioning data including the steps of providing a navigation device, obtaining positioning data including at least global positioning system (GPS) coordinates, and communicating with a remote database. The method further includes the step of obtaining and storing positioning data from the remote database based upon the GPS coordinates, which includes at least additional addressing information.01-08-2009
20080294338Method of Mapping and Navigating Mobile Robot by Artificial Landmark and Local Coordinate - A method of mapping and navigating a mobile robot by an artificial landmark and a local coordinate is provided. The method of creating a map includes: a) recognizing an artificial landmark in a target space and defining the recognized artificial landmark as a predetermined node; b) defining an adjacent artificial landmark as a destination node while traveling to the adjacent artificial landmark; c) defining the recognized artificial landmark as an origin of a local coordinate, defining a coordinate axis provided from the predetermined artificial landmark as a coordinate axis of the origin, obtaining and storing information about the predetermined node, the destination node, and an edge connecting the predetermined node and the destination node; and d) creating a map by storing information about edges between each of nodes to an adjacent node for all of the artificial landmarks through repeatedly performing the steps b) and c).11-27-2008
20080294337TRAVEL-RELATED INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - A method and implementing computer system are provided in which users are enabled to provide spontaneous routing and driving condition information to a data base which is made available to other drivers on a real-time basis. Users are also enabled to define new routes between travel points and upload new route information for access by other users of the system. In an exemplary embodiment, wireless communication techniques are implemented to transfer data from a GPS device in an automobile to a data base on a central server to provide other users of the system who have access to the data base with the current status of dynamic driving conditions.11-27-2008
20090018769Remote Entry Navigation System - A remote entry navigation system streamlines a navigation process by generating routing directions to a destination transmitted by a mobile position identification unit. A remote entry navigation system includes a receiver that receives location data representing a desired location from a remote mobile position identification unit. An in-vehicle memory retains the location data. A vehicle processor generates routing directions to the desired location based on at least two elements included within the location data.01-15-2009
20090125234Navigation Device with Camera-Info - The present invention relates to a navigation device (05-14-2009
20080312826MOBILE PHONE HAVING GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A method of providing navigational instructions on a mobile phone having an integrated GPS receiver, a geographic information system, and access to at least one database of addresses of geographic locations, each address having an association to a telephone number. The method including the steps of establishing a present geographic location of the mobile phone having integrated GPS receiver; inputting the telephone number identifying a destination; retrieving the address of the destination from the at least one database of addresses based on the input telephone number; and using the retrieved address of the destination and the present geographic location of the mobile phone to request navigational instructions from the present geographic location to the destination.12-18-2008
20100125411System and method for storing and providing routes - In one aspect, a system and method is provided whereby map-related requests from mobile devices are used to store and aggregate routes. The routes are then used to determine optimum directions in response to subsequent requests.05-20-2010
20100299064METHOD OF PROCESSING POSITIONING DATA - A method of processing positioning data to create map data is disclosed, the map data including a plurality of navigable segments representing segments of a navigable route in the area covered by the map with each segment being arranged to have speed data associated therewith. In at least one embodiment, the method includes processing the speed data to categorise the speed data into a plurality of time periods for the navigable segment with which the speed data is associated; and averaging the speed data within each time period in order to generate a measured speed profile for the navigable segment.11-25-2010
20100004857USER DEFINED NAMES FOR DISPLAYING MONITORED LOCATION - A user's location may be tracked by tracking a device associated with the user. The user's location may be published (e.g. on a website) using a user defined name or some other name that is not related to the coordinates of the location based on the tracked location of the device. If published to a website, the name may be uploaded to the website in a user-editable area of the website, which area may or may not be directed to tracking the location of the user. The device may also be configured to trigger reminders based on whether the device is leaving an area and/or based on whether the device is approaching a location based on the location's membership in a class of locations (e.g. approaching a grocery store).01-07-2010
20110264370Method and system for displaying navigation information and mapping content on an electronic map - A method for displaying object vector indicators (“OVI”) and mapping-media content, referencing map-objects (“MO”) on an electronic map, the method including determining that at least one MO is outside a visible area of a displayed map, creating an OVI to reference the MO, displaying the OVI on the electronic map, receiving user input selecting the OVI, retrieving media-content associated with the MO and displaying the media-content. In various embodiments, the OVI may contain various navigation information referencing the OVI; the OVI may be displayed at the periphery of the displayed map; the OVI may be repositioned in response to a changing in position of an electronic device displaying the OVI and/or the MO, etc.10-27-2011
20090143981Method and system for setting the destination of a navigation system based on the message recorded in an electronic document - A method and system for setting the destination of a navigation system based on the message recorded in an electronic document is provided. This system transforms an address recorded in an electronic document into positioning data, which is recognizable to a navigation system, by means of a software application. Particularly, the electronic document is provided by an electronic document module, which includes electronic mail, mobile phone messages, web pages and an electronic maps. Those kinds of electronic documents may have address information with a specific format. The software application transforms the address information into the recognizable positioning data and sets a destination. After that, the system calculates a navigation route according to the destination.06-04-2009
20090150071ROAD NAVIGATION METHOD - In a road navigation method, a user's current location is transmitted from the user's handheld electronic device to a remote server according to the user's instruction or via a bidirectional transmission between the handheld electronic device and the remote server; and the remote server generates a reference electronic map from a linked electronic-map website or a built-in electronic map based on the user's current location, and transmits the reference electronic map to the user's handheld electronic device for guiding the user on a road. In this manner, the memory capacity of the handheld electronic device is not occupied by an electronic map, and the user is allowed to timely access to a worldwide electronic map for road navigation without the need of using specific software to analyze the electronic map.06-11-2009
20100057354Method of Route Retrieval - A method of route retrieval is provided comprising initializing a first weighted graph, converting a blueprint of an area into a weighted graph, updating the weighted graph in real time, and calculating an optimal route in the area.03-04-2010
20100088025Route mapping system and method - A route mapping system includes a route module, a wireless coverage module, and a wireless coverage route module. The route module provides a plurality of routes in response to origination and destination information. The wireless coverage module provides wireless coverage information for a plurality of wireless service providers in response to the plurality of routes. The wireless coverage route module provides a plurality of wireless coverage routes in response to the plurality of routes and the wireless coverage information.04-08-2010
20090143980Navigation Device and Method of Scrolling Map Data Displayed On a Navigation Device - The present application relates a navigation device, including a processing unit and a display. The processing unit is arranged to display map data on the display. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device further includes a camera arranged to provide a camera feed to the processing unit. The processing unit in at least one embodiment is further arranged to: receive a camera feed from the camera, detect a movement of the navigation device based on the received camera feed, and to scroll the displayed map data in response to the detected movement.06-04-2009
20090281726PROVIDING AUGMENTED TRAVEL DIRETIONS - Providing machine-generated travel directions with customized augmentations to enhance the navigation process. To provide machine-generated travel directions, a user submitted starting location, destination location, and meta-data associated with the user is used to generate a route between the starting location and destination location Annotations to the route are derived based on the meta-data associated with the user or characteristics associated with the route. The annotations are then ranked according to a determined priority. The route generated between the starting location and the destination location, and augmented with the ranked annotations, is displayed to the user.11-12-2009
20100125410Methods and Apparatuses for Providing Enhanced Navigation Services - Systems and methods for providing enhanced navigation services are disclosed. A navigation system can include a memory, a processor, and a location determination device. The navigation system can receive data that indicates the location of a device. The navigation system can generate notifications for the device. The navigation system can interrupt communications at the device to provide notifications, if desired. Methods for providing notifications during enhanced navigation sessions also are disclosed.05-20-2010
20090119009SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING ADDRESS INFORMATION ON A MAP - A method of displaying a map on a wireless communications device includes steps of determining a current position of the wireless communications device, determining address information corresponding to the current position of the wireless communications device, and presenting the address information to a user of the device. The address information can be displayed onscreen as a pair of odd and even numbers representing the street addresses on each side of the street at the current position of the device. The street addresses can be determined by interpolating the address from an address range for the path segment along which the device is traveling. Alternatively, where specific addresses have been stored in association with coordinates, the closest address can be determined. This technology facilitates navigation by presenting street numbers corresponding to the real-time position of the device.05-07-2009
20080249710On-Vehicle Navigation System - An on-vehicle navigation system reliably performs guidance of a necessary exiting authorized section while avoiding the guidance of a needless exiting authorized section on a plural-lane road having a normal lane and a special lane where advancing from the normal lane in a predetermined advancing authorized section and exiting to the normal lane in a predetermined exiting authorized section are authorized. After discriminating whether the vehicle is driving in the special lane of the plural-lane road based on whether a characteristic object has been detected by a characteristic object detecting section, the guidance of an exiting authorized section is avoided in the case where the vehicle deviated from a recommended route including a special lane, and the guidance of an exiting authorized section is performed in the case where the vehicle deviated from a recommended route not including a special lane and drives in a special lane.10-09-2008
20100191463Method and Apparatus for Providing a Navigation Summary - A route between locations includes a detailed set of directions to get from a present location to a destination. A route summary is provided, showing a subset of the roads needed to be traveled to go from the present location to the destination. The route summary is determined at least in part based on a set of rules for evaluating the roads in the route for inclusion in the route summary.07-29-2010
20090112463NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device having a route search section for searching for a route from a start point to destination that are specified, a sensor section for detecting traveling conditions of the vehicle, a GPS reception section for positioning a current position, a map storage section having map information stored in it, output means (voice output section), an acceleration determination section, and a rapid-acceleration/deceleration-information recording section. The acceleration determination section determines that acceleration calculated based on an output of the sensor section or the GPS reception section is above a predetermined threshold, determines operation of rapid acceleration/deceleration based on map information obtained from the map storage section on the basis of the current position positioned by the GPS reception section, records information on the rapid acceleration/deceleration on the rapid-acceleration/deceleration-information recording section, and, if the acceleration/deceleration operation is inappropriate, informs the fact to the output means.04-30-2009
20110172916Mobile Device Positioning In A Constrained Environment - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods, devices, articles, apparatuses, means, etc. for mobile device positioning in a constrained environment. For certain example implementations, a method may comprise obtaining an estimated velocity distribution and an estimated direction of movement distribution of a mobile device for a current position based at least in part on routability information for a constrained environment. A subsequent position of the mobile device may be estimated based at least in part on the estimated velocity distribution and the estimated direction of movement distribution for the current position. Other example implementations are described herein.07-14-2011
20100100317APPARATUS FOR TEXT-TO-SPEECH DELIVERY AND METHOD THEREFOR - A method and apparatus for determining the manner in which a processor-enabled device should producing sounds from data is described. In at least one embodiment, the device includes a first device for synthesizing sounds digitally, and re-producing pre-recorded sounds, a second device for audible delivery thereof, memory in which is stored a database of a plurality data at least some of which is in the form of text-based indicators, and one or more pre-recorded sounds, a data transfer device by which the data is transferred between the processor of the device and the memory, and operating system software which controls the processing and flow of data between a processor and the memory, and whether the sounds are audibly reproduced. In accordance with at least one embodiment of the invention, the device is further capable of repeatedly determining one or more physical conditions, e.g. current GPS location, which is compared with one or more reference values provided in memory such that a positive result of the comparison gives rise to an event requiring a sound to be produced by the device. Essentially, once the device determines that an event must be audibly identified, the method includes a) offering a selection to the user of the type of sound required to be audibly delivered, and, dependent on the user selection, and b) enabling a TTS software component to interact with the operating system or a program executing thereon such that for at least one event, sounds are digitally synthesized from one or more text-based indicators retrieved from the database, or c)one or more pre-recorded sounds stored on the device are reproduced for the at least one event, or a combination of b) and c).04-22-2010
20090150072Rewrite apparatus - A rewrite apparatus calculates a risk of destruction of data due to data retention in each file. It is determined whether a refresh start condition is satisfied. The refresh start condition is provided in accordance with the calculated risk. When the refresh start condition is satisfied, it is determined that the possibility to completely execute the refresh is high. The refresh is thereby executed. The rewrite apparatus can thus reduce the possibility to interrupt the refresh of the data stored in the storage medium such as a flash memory.06-11-2009
20090287410Apparatus and program for finding vehicle position - A navigation apparatus calculates a current position candidate of a vehicle based on absolute position information, and calculates a travelable area based on road width data and the like, and further calculates a center locus of the travelable area and an estimated position of the vehicle. The estimated position of the vehicle is then evaluated based on a distance between the estimated position and the center locus to yield a position candidate evaluation for displaying a current position mark on a displayed map.11-19-2009
20080249709Method and apparatus for inputting data indicating tentative destination for navigation system - A method and apparatus for inputting a tentative destination which is proximate to an intended destination when the address data for the intended destination is not found in the map database. The method includes the steps of allowing a user to specifying an intended destination in the navigation system and searching address data for the intended destination, notifying the user that the address data is not found in the map database, selecting a method for inputting data indicating a tentative destination which is considered proximate to the intended destination, allowing the user to specify the tentative destination through the selected input method, and determining a location of the tentative destination and detecting address data indicating the location of the tentative destination.10-09-2008
20080249708Method and apparatus for displaying route guidance list for navigation system - A method and apparatus for a navigation system displays a route guidance list that lists information on roads that intersect with a calculated route to the destination in an organized and simplified manner. The method includes the steps of calculating a route to a destination specified by a user, retrieving information on intersecting roads that intersect with the calculated route; and displaying a route guidance list which lists road names on which the calculated route is established and a distance associated with the intersecting road. The route guidance list shows one integrated road name if there are two or more identical road names consecutively on the calculated route and an overall distance of the identical road names that intersect with the calculated route.10-09-2008
20080275645IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - An in-vehicle navigation apparatus and method displaying a route from a current position of a vehicle to a destination on a map on a display screen. The in-vehicle navigation apparatus and method include accepting an entry of a destination, detecting a current position, storing a plurality of pieces of map information at different scales, and specifying a route from the current position detected to the destination. The apparatus and method include calculating a remaining distance from the current position to the destination or from the current position to a next en-route destination on the route set, storing a correspondence relationship between remaining distances, and scales of the map and extracting a scale corresponding to the remaining distance calculated, extracting map information at the corresponding scale, and displaying the map information on the display screen.11-06-2008
20080275644SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ROUTE INFORMATION TO A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE - A system and method for providing route information to a driver of a vehicle given a predetermined destination having more than one route available to reach the predetermined destination includes receiving a driver input indicating a vehicle operating preference. Operating characteristics for the vehicle, such as a predicted time to reach the predetermined destination, are determined for at least some of the routes. One of the routes is selected based at least in part on the determined operating characteristics and the vehicle operating preference. An informational output is provided to the driver indicating the selected route.11-06-2008
20090099771Method and System for Providing Awareness of a Vehicle's Location and Heading - A method for providing awareness of a vehicle's location and heading may include determining a geographic location and heading of the vehicle and presenting a map corresponding to a geographical area where the vehicle is located. The method may also include presenting a predetermined symbol on the map representing the vehicle. The predetermined symbol defines a unique shape to provide substantially unambiguous awareness to an operator of a location of the vehicle and a heading of the vehicle. The predetermined symbol may include a symmetrical body symmetrical about the heading of the vehicle and including a predetermined length and width.04-16-2009
20080281514SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NOTICE POSTING AND VERIFICATION - This invention includes a tax authority computer readable medium having a set of delinquent tax records wherein each delinquent tax record contains delinquent tax information representing a real estate property that has delinquent taxes; a posting computer readable medium in communications with the tax authority computer readable medium; a portable computer device having a portable computer readable medium and a digital image capturing device capable of communication with the posting computer readable medium; and computer readable instructions for receiving delinquent tax information, capturing a digital image of a tax notice posted, generating posting information including the date and time and the digital image, and transmitting the posting information to the posting computer readable medium.11-13-2008
20080228396SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING A STATISTICAL DATABASE IN A VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM - In a navigation system of a vehicle having a statistical database containing travel information for a plurality of road links, a method and system for updating data contained in the statistical database. Real-time travel data for the vehicle is acquired for at least one of the road links in the statistical database as the vehicle travels between the end nodes of that road link. The acquired real-time travel data is then processed to ensure that it meets certain criteria, e.g. the absence of nonrepeating incidents. Travel data which meets that criteria is then utilized to update the road link data in the statistical database. The travel data acquisition, processing and updating of the statistical database is performed internally in the navigation system without interconnecting to external servers.09-18-2008
20080288166Portable Navigation Terminal and Program - A portable navigation device where a map being displayed on a display section is fixed by performing map stop operation at a portable navigation terminal where an appropriate map is selected and displayed so as to correspond to the speed of movement. A portable navigation terminal (11-20-2008
20080208461Machine with automated steering system - A system is provided for regulating a travel course of a machine. The system has a steering system operationally connected to at least one ground engaging device. Additionally, the system has a path generator configured to generate a path along which the machine can travel. The system also has a path tracker configured to automatically regulate the steering system to position the machine within a predetermined vicinity of an initial point on the generated path and guide the machine along the generated path.08-28-2008
20100004859Method for display route information for a navigation system - In a method for depicting route information for a navigation system, a graphical depiction of a digitized map is displayed on a display, and the already-traveled segment of a travel route is highlighted in said depiction. In order to improve the depiction of the route information, driving speeds are sensed while traveling, and that the highlighting of the segment traveled is carried out as a function of the sensed driving speeds.01-07-2010
20080312827Method For Operating A Navigation System - The invention pertains to a method for operating a navigation system. The navigation system includes a data base, in which a geographic region is described by means of machine-readable data, wherein the data base also contains signpost data sets that respectively describe the signpost information of signposts in the geographic region, a route calculating unit for calculating a route, a position finding unit that makes it possible to determine the current position, and at least one output device for outputting at least part of a signpost data set; in the form of an optical, anchor acoustical signpost message in dependence on the current position. The method includes the following steps:12-18-2008
20090265102Navigation System and Method - A navigation system has a display device for displaying a predefined maximal number of graphic driving lane objects. A control device is operatively configured such that the actual number of driving lanes of a street or road is determined, and only a maximal number of graphic driving lane objects is displayed on the display device when the maximal number is smaller than the actual number of driving lanes.10-22-2009
20090265101Access Device With Navigation Function - The present invention discloses an access device with a navigation function, which includes: a GPS module receiving a GPS signal from satellites; a processor coupled to the GPS module and processing GPS information; a storage unit coupled to the processor and storing the GPS information, map data and a navigation software; and a transmission interface coupled to the processor and implementing a computer device/electronic device to read data from/write data into the access device, wherein the computer device/electronic device communicates with the processor via the transmission interface to execute the navigation software using the GPS information and map data to navigate.10-22-2009
20080249711VEHICLE NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A disclosed vehicle navigation apparatus enables the issuance of an accurate and quick guidance. Voice uttered by an occupant of a vehicle is collected by a voice collecting unit and transmitted to an external facility by a voice transmitting unit. The external facility generates destination information based on the received voice, and transmits the destination information back to a destination information receiving unit of the apparatus. Based on the received destination information, the apparatus issues a guidance. The apparatus further includes a destination extracting unit by which the voice collected by the voice collecting unit is subjected to voice recognition in order to extract a destination from the collected voice. A tentative guidance is then issued based on the extracted destination until the destination information is received by the destination information receiving unit from the external facility.10-09-2008
20080208462Vehicle navigation system - A navigation system for a vehicle for generating a plurality of routes from a present position of the vehicle to a destination acquires the present position. The system stores map data of a map and storing position detection data. The system displays the map based on the map data. The system forms a factor chart of each of the plurality of routes and the associated one or more factors. The system causes the factor chart of the associated one or more factors of the each of the plurality of routes to be displayed. The system searches for at least one facility located along the each of the plurality of routes based on the position detection data. The system causes the at least one facility to be displayed together with the chart of the associated factor.08-28-2008
20100153009METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING TOURIST PATHS ADAPTED TO BE USED BY PORTABLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method and a system for creating tourist paths adapted to be used by a portable navigation device, said method comprising the steps of: a) entering characteristic parameters of a structure capable of offering tourist services into a database, said characteristic parameters being entered under the control of a certification body; b) generating tourist paths based on said characteristic parameters; c) transferring said tourist paths to said portable navigation device.06-17-2010
20090030607POSITION REGISTERING APPARATUS, ROUTE RETRIEVING APPARATUS, POSITION REGISTERING METHOD, POSITION REGISTERING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a position registering apparatus, an acquiring unit acquires traveling state information indicating a traveling state of a mobile object and a position identifying unit specifies the current position of the mobile object, based on the traveling state information and map information. After the current position of the mobile object is identified to be on a road within a predetermined range from a destination set by a destination setting unit and is then identified to be at a place other than the road, if the parking determining unit determines that the mobile object is parked, a registering unit registers, into a storage unit, a deviation point from the road as an entrance point of a parking lot of the destination.01-29-2009
20090030606Navigation System, Method and Computer Program Product for the Operation of said Navigation System - Presented is a navigation system that includes a navigation apparatus, a relational database that stores navigation data as individual data records. Each individual record includes at least one respective data packet that represents a dedicated propriety database, at least one respective property of the relevant data packet, and a respective unique identifier of each of the individual data records. The navigation system further includes a database management system that is configured to access the navigation data stored in the relational database. Also presented is a method for operating the navigation system that includes using the database management system to access the navigation data in the relational database in response to an instruction from the navigation apparatus, and using, by the navigation apparatus, at least one prescribed access function to access data in the data packet that represents the dedicated propriety database.01-29-2009
20110208429Route Computation Based on Route-Oriented Vehicle Trajectories - Techniques for providing a route based on route-oriented vehicle trajectories are described. This disclosure describes receiving GPS logs and extracting route-oriented vehicle trajectory content from the GPS log data to pertain to a single trip. Next, the process maps each route-oriented vehicle trajectory to a corresponding road segment to construct a landmark graph. A landmark is a road segment frequently visited by route-oriented vehicles. The process includes receiving a user query with a starting point and a destination point; searching the landmark graph for a sequence of landmarks with corresponding transition times and a least amount of travel time. Then the process identifies and connects sets of road segments between each pair of consecutive landmarks, and displays a route to a user with a nearest landmark to the starting point, other landmarks along the route, and another nearest landmark to the destination point.08-25-2011
20090119012NAVIGATION APPARATUS - The navigation apparatus includes: a storage member which stores map data; a display member which displays the map data and related information to an operator; a current position detecting member which detects the current position of the operator; a destination obtaining member which obtains one or a plurality of destinations according to an input by the operator; a vicinity facility searching member which searches for facilities in the vicinity of a search range set by the operator from the map data, and adds a new destination from a search result according to the input by the operator; and a visiting order setting member which determines a visiting order for each of the destinations.05-07-2009
20090119011Navigation Apparatus - A navigation apparatus includes: an input operating unit; a map image storage member; a current position detecting member; a destination determination member; a visiting order determination member which determines a visiting order of each of the plurality of destinations in an revisable manner; a display control member which displays on the display member the map image on which the current position of the user and positions of all of the plurality of destinations are displayed; and a route calculation member which calculates a route from the current position by way of all of the plurality of destinations according to the visiting orders.05-07-2009
20090119010MULTIDIMENSIONAL EVIDENCE GRIDS AND SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR APPLYING SAME - Mapping, localization, and navigation systems for use with a mobile unit are provided that use a sensor model with adjustable parameters. The system includes range sensors configured to collect range data and a data storage system having stored therein an evidence grid representing an environment and a sensor model comprising adjustable parameters representing inaccuracies of the range sensors. A grid engine adjusts the adjustable parameters based on received range data from the range sensors. A navigation module can direct the mobile unit though the environment using the evidence grid, received range data, and adjustable parameters. The grid engine can also locate the mobile unit within the environment by using the adjusted sensor model parameters to compare the received range data against the evidence grid.05-07-2009
20100004858APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR PLANNING AND DISPLAYING A ROUTE PATH - An electronic map device apparatus, and an associated method, creates a route between a route source and a route destination for display at the electronic map device. Locations, area, and features that a user does not desire to encounter during travel along the route are identified and form exclusion information. The exclusion information is entered by way of a user interface. The exclusion information is utilized in the formation of the selected route. A mapping that identifies the selected route is displayed at a display device of the user interface.01-07-2010
20090005973SPONSORED LANDMARKS IN NAVIGATION, COUPONING, PARALLEL ROUTE CALCULATION - A method, apparatus, and computer program product pre-calculate navigational routes to points of interest on a digital map so that route directions to a selected point of interest can be presented immediately when the user makes the selection while in motion and coupons and special offers can be provided related to those points of interest. In parallel with motion along a principal direction, the navigation device pre-calculates routes to points of interest before they become visible within the viewport of the device, so that the pre-calculated routes can be presented immediately if the user selects the point of interest.01-01-2009
20090177387Method of planning pedestrian navigation route - The present invention discloses a method of planning a pedestrian navigation route, and the method is applied to a pedestrian navigation device. The pedestrian navigation device includes a map database having a pedestrian road data and a driving route data of at least one public transportation means. In the method, when the pedestrian navigation device is planning a pedestrian navigation route, the pedestrian navigation device reads start position information and end position information, plans a pedestrian road and a driving route of different public transportation means between a start position and an end position according to a pedestrian road data and a driving route data, and then compiles the same into a pedestrian navigation route. The invention allows a pedestrian to reach an end position (or destination) selectively by walking along the planned pedestrian road or taking a ride of the selected public transportation means.07-09-2009
20090177389TOUCH-CONTROLLED NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A touch-control navigation device and method is characterized in that when an operation interface of the navigation device is touched to select an obstacle location on a certain section of a road, a plurality of menus is shown on the operation interface. Each of the menus corresponds to at least one obstacle item. A user may configure the setting of the obstacle items according to actual need, so that a navigation module of the device plans out a route based on a beginning position, a destination, information about a plurality of maps, information about a plurality of roads, and the setting configured for every obstacle item. In this manner, it is able to avoid the problem of planning out a non-passable route. A touch-control navigation method implemented based on the touch-control navigation device is also disclosed.07-09-2009
20090177388Method For Operating A Navigation System - A method for operating a navigation system includes the following steps: 07-09-2009
20090177385GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR PRESENTING LOCATION INFORMATION - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for presenting location information. A first geographic area in which a device is currently located is estimated using a first positioning system. A second geographic area in which the device is currently located is estimated using a second positioning system. A first map view including an indication of the first geographic area on the first map view is presented if the first geographic area is contained within the second geographic area. A second map view including an indication of the second geographic area is presented if the first geographic area is not contained within the second geographic area.07-09-2009
20090177386Navigation device and method - A method of operating a portable navigation device or navigation system is described, together, with a computer program and a PND and navigation system. The method includes the steps of providing for a specific premises, location or location range, being identifiable with reference to map data locally stored in the device or system and optionally being or including the current location, can be at least temporarily stored in memory. The method also includes the presenting to the user at least one user-selectable option by means of which qualitative information pertaining to the premises, location or range can be entered locally in the device or system, the selection of the option resulting in the immediate or subsequent recordal and storage of both the qualitative information and an association thereof with the identified premises, location or range.07-09-2009
20090024317System for gathering and distributing location information of vehicles - A vehicle has a navigation system including a controller, a display, a wireless transmitter/receiver and a global positioning unit to determine the location of the navigation system. The controller is configured to transmit, to an off-vehicle system the location of the navigation system, a unique identifier of the navigation system and a list of other navigation systems. In addition, the controller is configured to receive, via the transmitter/receiver, the location of any other navigation systems which listed that navigation system and to display the locations of the other navigation systems on the display.01-22-2009
20090024319Navigation system for vehicle - A travel-estimated road, which a vehicle is estimated to travel, intersects with a cross road at an intersection. A search area shaped of a sector centering on the intersection is defined to have a central angle to include an extending direction of the cross road. An arc intersecting point is then defined where an outer circumference arc of the search area intersects with the cross road. A display position of the road name of the cross road on a road map is determined based on a line segment between the intersection and the arc intersecting point. Thus, the road name of the cross road can be displayed in a position, which is in proximity to the travel-estimated road so as to allow a user to clearly recognize that the displayed road name indicates the cross road irrespective of the configuration of the cross road.01-22-2009
20090024318NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND NAVIGATION PROGRAM - A navigation device includes a history information storage unit, a history information extraction unit, and a guidance information output unit. The history information storage unit stores history information on at least a guidance object. The history information is acquired from a record of previous navigation operations of the navigation device. When a branching point and an approach road to the branching point have been designated, the history information extraction unit extracts from the history information storage unit the history information on a guidance object that exists in at least one direction in which the navigation device can proceed from the branching point. The guidance information output unit outputs both (i) direction guidance information on said at least one direction and (ii) history guidance information that, in association with the direction, provides guidance for the guidance object that corresponds to the extracted history information.01-22-2009
20090063044Navigation apparatus and information service system - A navigation apparatus in a vehicle acquires from an outside (i) introduced party link information relative to introduced facilities, which are introduced by facilities, and (ii) introducing party link information relative to introducing facilities, which introduce facilities. If a first facility, which satisfies a search condition inputted by a user, is provided with (i) introduced party link information relative to introduced facilities which the first facility introduces, and/or (ii) introducing party link information relative to introducing facilities which introduce the first facility; the navigation apparatus displays the introduced party link information and/or introducing party link information, If the user selects an introduced facility or an introducing facility from the displayed link information, the navigation apparatus designates, as a new destination, the selected introduced facility or introducing facility.03-05-2009
20090063041NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND NAVIGATION METHOD - A navigation apparatus includes map data, a control unit that searches for a route over which a vehicle is to be directed, using the map data, and a display unit that displays an arrow indicating a right turn or a left turn of the vehicle when the vehicle approaches a guide point where the vehicle is directed to turn right or left. The control unit determines the type of a first road which is connected to the guide point and which will be entered after the vehicle turns right or left at the guide point, using the map data. If the first road is a first type of road, the control unit causes the display unit to display the arrow in a first color. If the first road is a second type of road, the control unit causes the display unit to display the arrow in a second color that differs from the first color.03-05-2009
20090063040Navigation Device And Method For Operating A Navigation Device - A navigation device (03-05-2009
20090063039Image navigation device - A navigation device obtains real-time coordinates of an image for positioning. Data of the image are then transferred by a terminal to be analyzed. A route is thus obtained for navigation between position of the image and position of the terminal. The navigation device is able to navigate without a pre-installed map; but by using a route data from the Internet.03-05-2009
20090055093PICTORIAL NAVIGATION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - Methods, systems and program products provide pictorial information relevant to a geographic location, through selecting characteristics relevant to geographic locations, searching pictorial image databases for images having an embedded tags associated with the characteristics, retrieving image files from databases having embedded tags correlated to characteristics and visually depicting a physical appearance or an attribute of a location, analyzing characteristics image files and responsively selecting preferred image data, formatting preferred image data for presentation to a user, associating formatted preferred data with geographic locations, and presenting associated formatted data to a user in association with geographic locations. Characteristic include global positioning satellite coordinates. Image data may be selected having preferred image resolutions or perspectives. Formatting pictorial information may comprise synthesizing photographs into a constructs. Associated image data may indicate a distance and direction from a geographic location. Routing system applications are enabled to present pictorial information with each navigation route points.02-26-2009
20090055094NAVIGATION DEVICE AND NEAREST POINT SEARCH METHOD - The present invention makes the user easily search the nearest point which is useful for the user without making the user perform a complicated operation. The present invention provides a navigation device that obtains a current position based on information from GPS satellites, and guides a travel path from the current position to the destination on a map image which includes a display unit that displays the map image, a search unit that searches a nearest point existing around a vehicle position on the map image, a search subject range determination unit that, when a search subject area setting frame in searching the nearest point is specified by a user, determines the search subject area setting frame as a search subject range in searching by the search unit.02-26-2009
20090082959In-vehicle information apparatus and in-vehicle navigation apparatus - From among high upland area determination data stored in a hard disk drive, only a portion corresponding to a required segmental region is read into an external memory along with traveling of a vehicle. Determining of a high upland area is then executed based on the portion of the high upland determination in the external storage device. When a high-upland division is present in a vicinity of a present position, a portion of the high upland area determination data is read into the external memory. The read portion of the high upland area determination data corresponds to a high upland area, which covers all the high-upland divisions adjacently existing starting from the high-upland division in the vicinity of the present position. When a high-upland division is not present in the vicinity of the present position, a portion of the high upland area determination data corresponding to a segmental region having a predetermined minimum range centering on the present position is read into the external memory.03-26-2009
20090099770MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS TO A DESTINATION WITHOUT PROVIDING A SPECIFIC ORIGIN - The automatic generation of multiple sets of directions for navigating geographically to a specific destination without specification of an origin. Based on the destination, candidate roads or other transportation conduits are selected for analysis. Candidate meta-departure points are analyzed and selected along the roads based on distribution about the destination, cardinal directions relative to the destination, road metadata, distance to the destination, driving time, and other factors. The number of departure points generated to represent routes to the destination from the several logical cardinal directions is minimized. The generated departure points also represent routes that a majority of people would likely take to the destination. Additionally, the generated departure points originate from places that users are likely to be familiar with and can get to without additional guidance. The final instruction sets for navigating to the destination are presented along with a map that identified the departure points.04-16-2009
20090099769ABBREVIATED DIRECTIONS FOR ROUTE NAVIGATION - A geographic navigation system for segmenting a received set of instructions (or directions) that guide a user over a geographic route from a starting location to an ending location, and then abbreviating a subset of the instructions related to the inexact or familiar regions into a more concise and relevant form, yet retain all the information for guiding the user on the trip. Route segmentation occurs before instruction abbreviation by segmenting the route into multiple logical components in which abbreviation can be applied. After the need for instruction abbreviation is recognized and the route is segmented, techniques and designs are employed to generate understandable strings that describe the abbreviated directions as well as controls that allow optimization of the user experience.04-16-2009
20090082958Travel Route Display System - Steps executed by a travel route display system include a searching step (step S03-26-2009
20100161221CIRCUMFERENCE SEARCH METHOD FOR SETTING PATH AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a navigation system and vicinity search method for route setting to retrieve a facility around a route and set an intermediate point through a vicinity search. The vicinity search method for route setting, the vicinity search method including: retrieving a route between a start point and a destination; retrieving a facility with respect to at least one category based on the retrieved route according to a command of a user; and displaying the retrieved facility for each category on the retrieved route.06-24-2010
20090037100Route Search Device and Route Search Method - A route to a destination in which required travel time barely varies depending on weather is searched for without referring to weather forecast or weather information. A route search device comprises following means: a storage medium for storing traffic information including travel times by weather conditions for each link comprising a road on a map; a pointing device which sets a starting point and a destination; a weather condition-based route search module that determines the shortest travel time route from the starting point to the destination by weather conditions using the traffic information stored in the storage medium; a link series-identifying module that extracts link series which vary with weather conditions from link series comprising the shortest travel time route determined by the weather condition-based route search module, determines the required travel time by weather conditions for the each link series that vary with weather conditions by using the traffic information stored in the storage medium, and identifies a link series whose required travel time barely varies depending on weather conditions; and a link series-registering medium that registers the link series identified by the link series-identifying module as a link series comprising a guide route from the starting point to the destination.02-05-2009
20100191464ROUTE DISPLAYING METHOD, LOCATED OBJECT DISPLAYING METHOD, AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A route displaying method, which includes: planning a route from a starting point to a target point; determining if the route goes through a 3-D road having an upper road and a lower road; utilizing a first sign to indicate the route when the route passes through the upper road; and utilizing a second sign to indicate the route when the route passes through the lower road. A located object displaying method under similar concept is also disclosed, which includes: acquiring a location of a located object; acquiring a location of a 3-D road; comparing the two locations to determine if the located object utilizes the 3-D road; utilizing a first sign to indicate the located object when the located object utilizes the upper road; and utilizing a second sign to indicate the located object when the located object utilizes the lower road.07-29-2010
20100185392Systems and Methods for Off-Board Voice-Automated Vehicle Navigation - A method of providing navigational information includes processing destination information spoken by a mobile processing system user. The processed voice information is transmitted to a remote center wirelessly. The processed voice information is voice recognition analyzed to recognize components of the destination information spoken. The remote center generates a list of hypothetical recognized components of the destination information listed by confidence levels. The list of hypothetical recognized components is displayed with confidence levels at the remote center for selective checking by a human data center operator. A component set is selected based on the confidence levels and accuracy of the selected set is confirmed by interactive voice exchanges. A destination is determined from confirmed components of the destination information. Route information to the destination is generated at the remote center and the route information is transmitted wirelessly to the mobile processing system from the remote center.07-22-2010
20100262367MISSING CHILD REPORTING, TRACKING AND RECOVERY METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and system for marshaling resources needed to search for a missing child, declaring a missing child incident, coordinating a search for the missing child, tracking the progress of the search, locating the missing child, and recovering the missing child.10-14-2010
20100262366SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTANCE ESTIMATION - A mileage estimation system comprising a data collection module, a route determination module, a learning module, and a mileage calculation module is provided. The data collection module receives data corresponding to a position and time of a moving asset from a remote location and the route determination module obtains information from a map database for determining a plurality of routes between at least two location of the moving asset. The learning module in the system determines a route travelled by the moving asset from the plurality of routes based on mileage estimation criterion, and the mileage calculation module estimates the distance travelled by the moving asset based on the route travelled by the moving asset.10-14-2010
20100228477METHOD OF MAP ADDRESS DATA UPDATE - A method of updating map address data in a navigation system by first determining when the navigation system has used a destination address number that was input by a driver to calculate the route to the destination address, then determining when an engine of a vehicle has been shut off after the navigation system was used to calculate a route to the destination address. Next, the navigation system determines whether the vehicle is within a predetermined range from the map address stored in a memory of the navigation system. If so, the navigation system learns the address that is the closest to the location where the vehicle was shut off and the navigation system adjusts the map address in memory based on the address that is closest to the location where the vehicle was shut off.09-09-2010
20100241355METHOD FOR CORRECTING MAP MATCHING AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - A method of correcting a map matching and a navigation system for implementing the method are provided. The method includes: determining whether a vehicle turns by using an acceleration sensor; and performing a map matching correction by using the determination of whether the vehicle turns and Global Positioning System (GPS) information.09-23-2010
20100228478APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING MAP DATA IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - A portable terminal and method for a navigation service for providing MAP data of an area where a real-time connection to a server providing MAP data cannot be performed sufficient to receive the MAP data by the portable terminal in real time. The navigation service typically utilizes satellite signal information. The apparatus includes a shadow area determination unit for determining whether the portable terminal has entered or is entering a shadow area where data communication cannot be performed (i.e. service disabled area), and a controller for requesting MAP information for a specific section to a server providing MAP data when it is determined that the portable terminal enters the shadow area, and for receiving MAP data corresponding to the request from the server.09-09-2010
20090076724Apparatus and program for navigation - A vehicular navigation apparatus reads from an external memory a highland flag that is turned on when a vehicle travels at an altitude of 3,000 meters or higher, and prohibits an operation of a hard disk drive (HDD) if the highland flag is turned on. By prohibiting the hard disk drive operation, the hard disk drive is protected from breakage due to an access from the navigation apparatus in a travel of the vehicle through the highland.03-19-2009
20090076723Targeting Location Through Haptic Feedback Signals - A data processing apparatus and a method of operating a data processing apparatus are disclosed. The data processing apparatus comprises a memory for storing target location data representative of the location of a target, a position determining component configured to generate a position signal representative of a position of the data processing apparatus, and an orientation determining component configured to generate an orientation signal representative of an orientation of the data processing apparatus. The data processing apparatus also comprises a haptic transducer configured to provide haptic feedback to a user of the data processing apparatus and a processor configured to process the target location data, position signal and orientation signal in order to generate a transducer control signal that is configured to actuate the haptic transducer to provide directional haptic feedback to a user relative to the target location.03-19-2009
20100223006NAVIGATION SYSTEM, PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE, AND IN-VEHICLE DEVICE - A navigation system is configured such that: an in-vehicle device collects and provides position information and movement information of a vehicle to a portable terminal device, and displays image data sent from the portable terminal device; and the portable terminal device acquires map information from a map center device based on the position information and the movement information sent from the in-vehicle device, calculates an actual location of the vehicle based on the position information and the movement information sent from the in-vehicle device, and generates image data in which the calculated actual location is superposed on the acquired map information.09-02-2010
20100235096ACCURATE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR DELIVERIES - An accurate global positioning system having a receiver, a display screen, an input device, having capabilities for visual calibration of the system is disclosed. Further methods of operating that system are disclosed09-16-2010
20090248300Methods and Apparatus for Viewing Previously-Recorded Multimedia Content from Original Perspective - Methods and apparatus for processing multimedia content are disclosed. In an exemplary method, such as might be implemented a portable multimedia device, stored media data pre-associated with a current location of the multimedia device is retrieved. The retrieved media data is mixed with real-time sensor input collected by the multimedia device to obtain mixed media data, and the mixed media data is rendered at the multimedia device, using, for example, a display device and/or speaker devices. The retrieved media data or the real-time sensor input, or both, may comprise digital audio data, digital video data, or both.10-01-2009
20090319182USER POSITIONING GUIDANCE SYSTEM, DEVICES, AND METHODS - Systems, devices, and methods for providing guidance to a user or visitor to an environment to enable the visitor to visit a plurality of locations based on a predetermined list of items are disclosed, the list being determined based on, for instance, items to be purchased from one or more stores, booths at a convention to be visited, or gallery displays at a museum to be viewed. Disclosed is a device carried on or by the visitor that is recognized by a location system stationed at the environment for determining where the visitor is, and a system such as a network at the environment for correlating the location of the visitor and the list to provide routing information to the visitor, such as by presenting the routing information on the device carried by the user or on displays located in the environment.12-24-2009
20090112462Method and apparatus for displaying route guidance list for navigation system - A navigation system displays a route guidance list on a monitor screen in an intuitive and organized manner so that a user can easily understand information regarding the maneuvering locations and actions associated with the route to the destination. The route guidance list is structured in a layered manner so that the information regarding the maneuvering actions at the locations closer to the current user position will be prioritized. For example, in the route guidance list, the information regarding the immediate maneuvering location and action is more detailed, enlarged, and highlighted than the others. The navigation system displays the route guidance list in which the information regarding the maneuvering locations and actions will be dynamically changed in response to the changes of the current location of the user.04-30-2009
20090105948System and Method for Expressing Map According to Change Season and Topography - A system for displaying a map, the system including: a map database maintaining map data associated with a route; a map data identification unit identifying map data corresponding to a driving route of a vehicle from the map database; an information receiving unit receiving weather information associated with a current seasonal weather from a background service server in real time; a background data generation unit generating background data according to an actual environment based on the received weather information; and a route guidance unit guiding a route by associating the map data with the generated background data.04-23-2009
20090105947Computer System and Method for Providing Warnings to a User for Completing Tasks From the Task List - A computer system is disclosed, including a processor unit, arranged to communicate with a memory and a positioning device, the memory including a map database and a task list, the task list including at least one task, where at least one of the at least one task has a location indicator associated therewith. The positioning device is arranged to provide information about a position. In at least one embodiment, the computer system is arranged to compute an estimated travel parameter from a current position to a location indicator associated with one of the at least one task using the map database, to compare the estimated travel parameter to a threshold value, and to generate a warning signal if the computed estimated travel parameter is smaller than the threshold value.04-23-2009
20080215237DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR ADAPTIVE ROUTE PLANNING FOR GPS-BASED NAVIGATION - Disclosed herein is a design structure for route planning for global positioning system (GPS) based navigation systems. The method identifies route segments used in a GPS based navigation system and records an actual historical time of travel for at least one route segment traveled by users of the GPS based navigation system travel. The actual historical time of travel comprises the amount of time taken by a user of the GPS based navigation system to go from a beginning of the route segment to an end of the route segment. With embodiments herein, the day and time that the route segment was recorded is also noted. Then, the actual historical time of travel and the day and time for the route segment can be stored in a database. This information can be stored for a single-user or can be combined from a plurality users of the GPS based navigation systems.09-04-2008
20100049434VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM HAVING SEPARATE CONTROL INTERFACE - A vehicle navigation system having a separate control interface is provided, which includes a control device arranged on a vehicle steering wheel and a navigation device disposed in the inner of the vehicle. The control device is wirelessly connected with the navigation device, and has an input module for inputting a control command and a confirmation command. After obtaining the control command, the navigation device uses a build-in speaker to make a confirmation voice. A user determines whether the control command is correct or not and then input a confirmation command accordingly. The navigation device decides whether to execute a path navigation operation according to the control command when obtaining the confirmation command. In the system, the user carries on the navigation operation or switches associated settings of the navigation device without leaving hold of the steering wheel.02-25-2010
20110004403VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle navigation system and method. The system includes a unit located in a vehicle and coupled to a first network, a traffic information center coupled to a second network, and a server coupled to the first and second networks. A trip plan is generated according to navigation information, vehicle coordinates and trip request information received from the unit, and road information received from the traffic information center. The trip plan is sent to the unit for presentation. The trip plan includes trip overview information and voice prompts associated with one or more landmarks. A trip plan may be a tourist trip plan.01-06-2011
20100228476PATH PROJECTION TO FACILITATE ENGAGEMENT - The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can encourage ad hoc or impromptu engagements between entities as well as simplify or facilitate planning engagements between those entities, all potentially based upon projected routes or paths of the entities. In particular, the architecture can receive location information associated with an entity and can further employ the location information for constructing or updating a path tree for the entity, with each branch of the path tree indicative of a possible or likely future path. Additionally, the architecture can compare the path tree for the entity with a path tree for a disparate entity in order to identify a possible or likely intersection. Moreover, the architecture can generate an intersection notification with details relating to the possible or likely intersection, and provide the intersection notification to one or more entities.09-09-2010
20110010092GEOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - Geographic identification systems and methods of displaying geographic locations on maps and providing related location based services in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment includes a GEOID server configured to communicate with a database containing GEOIDs, where each GEOID comprises a label and geographic information. In addition, the GEOID server is configured to communicate with a mapping server via a network, the GEOID server is configured to communicate with a plurality of user devices via the network, the GEOID server is configured to store GEOIDs in the database in response to information received from user devices via the network, the GEOID server is configured to retrieve geographic information in response to GEOID labels received from user devices via the Internet, and the GEOID server is configured to cause the display of a map provided by a mapping server on a user device, where the map indicates at least one location associated with the geographic information retrieved by the GEOID server in response to the GEOID label received from the user device.01-13-2011
20090063042Pre-fetching navigation maps - A method for providing map tiles associated to a route is described. Generally, a route comprising a number of route segments is received. Then, a respective route segment attribute for each of the route segments is determined. Next, associated map tiles for each of the route segments are determined, using said route segment attributes, and finally an indication of the determined map tiles are transmitted to a map tile fetcher.03-05-2009
20090063043Navigation apparatus - A navigation apparatus in a vehicle acquires use history information relative to electronic money payment from an electronic money payment apparatus such as an IC card or a cellular phone. The use history information includes detail information such as position information, a name, and a corresponding terminal ID with respect to an electronic money used facility, in which electronic money payment is made. The detail information is used as a key word to designate a position of the electronic money used facility. The designated position of the used facility can be then displayed as a mark for indicating an electronic money used facility on a map displayed in a display device. This enables a discernible display of the position of the electronic money used facility.03-05-2009
20110106446DISPLAY METHOD FOR A DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD FOR A NAVIGATION SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE - A display system includes a display for the graphic representation of changeable information, an operating unit for the control of the displayed information by a user, a proximity sensor which is arranged to detect an approach of the user to the operating unit, and a control unit. The control unit is coupled to the display, the operating unit and the proximity sensor. The control unit is arranged such that, as a function of an approach of the user to the operating unit, it alters the representation of the changeable information, such that a time rate of display change of the graphic representation of the changeable information is reduced.05-05-2011
20110144908Method of locating nearby low priced items using a personal navigation device - A method of locating nearby low priced items by utilizing a personal navigation device includes entering a shopping list of items a user wishes to buy through a user interface of the personal navigation device, the personal navigation device searching for each item on the shopping list in a database containing product price data and corresponding location data of stores selling one or more items on the shopping list, and the personal navigation device displaying search results for items on the shopping list that are found in the database, the search results including the price of the items and locations at which corresponding stores are located.06-16-2011
20100211312Routing Optimization System and Method - A system and method for flight planning determines an optimal route by considering a region of operation for an aircraft in a flight segment, dividing the region into subregions; estimating a minimum cost to traverse each subregion, determining the optimal route based on the sum of the estimates.08-19-2010
20110246066Method and System for Managing Media Items - The subject matter discloses a computerized system comprising an input module configured to obtain a media item and a Geographic Location Data Record (GLDR), the media item is associated with the GLDR, a media item repository configured to store the media item, a meta-data determinator configured to determine a meta-data associated with the media item, said meta-data is based on the GLDR; and a display module for displaying the media item stored in said media item repository, the media item is displayed in accordance with the GLDR and the meta-data determined by said meta-data determinator.10-06-2011
20100017120METHOD FOR CODING TRAFFIC MESSAGES ON THE BASIS OF TRAVEL DIRECTION AND FOR TAKING THEM INTO ACCOUNT IN THE ROUTE CALCULATION - In a method for coding traffic messages on the basis of travel direction and for taking them into account in the route calculation using a navigation system, to further provide detection of the location of traffic disruptions while taking into account the direction of travel, a stretch of road made up of segments is coded, and an item of digital information is added to the coded stretch of road, which indicates that the traffic message is to be used only if all segments of the coded stretch of road are part of a travel route. In the process, the coded stretch of road is decoded and the digital information is evaluated in a navigation device.01-21-2010
20100131198METHOD FOR MODIFYING NAVIGATION INFORMATION AND NAVIGATION APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for modifying navigation information is provided in the present invention. The method comprises steps of detecting a status information with respect to a moving carrier guiding by a navigating route; comparing the status information with a characteristic information corresponding to a characteristic point on the navigating route; and finally, determining whether the moving carrier is passing the characteristic point according to the comparing result and modifying the coordinate position of the carrier. In another embodiment, the present invention further provides a navigating apparatus comprising a sensing module for detecting the status of the moving carrier, a signal processing unit, and a storage unit for storing a map information. The signal processing unit comparing the status information to the characteristic information with respect to the characteristic point on the navigating route, and modifying the deviation of the moving carrier to the modify location according to the comparing result.05-27-2010
20090216437Method for operating a navigation device - A method for operating a navigation device, including an input unit, into which location information, particularly starting points and/or destination points, may be entered, a road network database, a route calculation unit for calculating a planned route, taking into account location information and the road network database, wherein the route leads from the starting point to the destination point, a position determining unit, in which a location to be displayed and/or a direction of motion to be displayed are calculated, a display unit, on which the location to be displayed and a graphical map representation of the area surrounding the location to be displayed can be shown, wherein the orientation of the map representation can be changed according to the direction of motion to be displayed, wherein the method includes 08-27-2009
20090216436NAVIGATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING LOCAL LABELS AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses a navigation device which is capable of displaying local labels and a method thereof. The navigation device comprises a map database, a navigation module, a positioning module and a display interface. The map database is capable of storing at least one electronic map, comprising a plurality of map blocks. The navigation module is capable of providing a navigation route located on at least one of the plurality of map blocks, and the navigation route comprises a starting point, a plurality of local labels and a destination. The local labels are located from the starting point to the destination in order. The positioning module is capable of providing at least one positioning location. The display interface is capable of displaying at least one of the plurality of map blocks where the navigation route is located on according to the positioning location, and displays at a next local label on the map blocks. The next local label is located on one end of the navigation route toward a direction of the destination.08-27-2009
20090216435SYSTEM FOR LOGGING LIFE EXPERIENCES USING GEOGRAPHIC CUES - A system for logging life experiences using geographic cues. The system variously provides a comprehensive life-logging tool for recording each life event; a vacation album for revisiting and reliving vacation routes and associated photos; an information service for finding popular routes and locations; a statistical tool for analyzing metrics of a person's life; and a personal website service for sharing personal information. In one implementation, the system receives a user's GPS log files and multimedia content at a website. The system segments the GPS log files into geographic routes corresponding to user trips, and tags the multimedia content with geographic cues from the GPS log files. Then, the system indexes the geographic routes so that users can retrieve the geographic routes by browsing or by search techniques. The system displays animations of selected routes on a map, and displays the multimedia content at corresponding locations along the map route, as the route is replayed. The system also provides browsing and spatial and temporal techniques to search a person's travels and can provide graphical displays of the person's activity statistics.08-27-2009
20100057353GPS Map for Commercial Vehicle Industry - GPS map for commercial vehicle industry comprising of a navigation system and user interface to optimize needed navigation for a commercial vehicle based on physical criteria and content taking into consideration low bridge clearances, load limits, one-way road designations, left-hand and dangerous turn restrictions, and allowances pertaining to commercial vehicles. Based on the specified dimension and content of the vehicle, the system will display roads on the map with alerting color, texture to warn driver about roads where location of the vehicle is prohibited.03-04-2010
20100070173NAVIGATION SYSTEM, PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE, AND PERIPHERAL-IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A navigation system constructed from a portable terminal device having a route search server provided with route search means for searching for a guidance route from a start point up to a destination; GPS receiving means for positioning a current position; imaging means; and display means for displaying, along with a peripheral image captured by the imaging means, a guidance route, a guidance image in the direction of advance, or an image representing a place of interest. The portable terminal device further has display control means for controlling display of the peripheral image displayed on the display means. The display control means controls the position of display of the peripheral image, captured by the imaging means, so that the center of optical axis of the imaging means is below the center of the display screen. Even if the direction of the optical axis of the imaging means is directed downward from a horizontal line, the horizontal direction of the peripheral image is displayed on the display screen.03-18-2010
20100063728 Method for the Three-Dimensional Representation of a Digital Roadmap - In order to provide a method for the three-dimensional representation of a digital roadmap, which makes greater use of areas near the horizon of the visual representation and provides the user with supplementary information, a provision is made to draw in these areas navigation or orientation-related information as image elements.03-11-2010
20110178705Using Filtering With Mobile Device Positioning In A Constrained Environment - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods, apparatuses, devices, articles, and means for using filtering with mobile device positioning in a constrained environment. For certain example implementations, a method may comprise obtaining at least one position measurement of a mobile device and filtering the at least one position measurement to produce at least one filtered position of the mobile device. The at least one filtered position may be adjusted based at least in part on mapping information to produce at least one adjusted position of the mobile device, with the mapping information pertaining to a constrained environment that corresponds to at least a portion of an interior of a building structure. Other example implementations are described herein.07-21-2011
20100057356NAVIGATION SYSTEM CAPABLE OF UPDATING MAP DATA AND METHOD THEREOF - A navigation system includes a plurality of navigation devices and a server. The plurality of navigation devices is used for generating a plurality of position data respectively. Each navigation device generates at least one path data according to the plurality of position data and at least one corresponding electronic map and transmits the path data to the server. Then, the server calculates at least one optimum path data and updates the plurality of navigation devices according to the optimum path data.03-04-2010
20100057357DEVICE FOR SELECTING AREA TO BE INTRODUCED AND METHOD THEREOF - A device selects an area to be introduced, from among a plurality of areas. The area is introduced to a user moving along a given route. The device includes a candidate selector, a time estimator, and an area determiner. The candidate selector selects a candidate area for an area to be introduced. The candidate area is adjacent to or neighboring a road on the given route. The time estimator estimates a transit time for transiting the candidate area. The area determiner determines the candidate area as an area to be introduced, in accordance with the transit time and a given reference time.03-04-2010
20100057355LOCATION IDENTIFICATION - A device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium including computer-readable instructions. Upon execution by the processor, the computer-readable instructions cause the device to receive a first request from a second device, where the first request is for an identification of a location. The first request includes vehicle information. The computer-readable instructions also cause the device to provide a second request to a third device, where the second request includes the vehicle information. The computer-readable instructions further cause the device to receive the identification of the location from the third device, and provide the identification of the location to the second device.03-04-2010
20110153209Portable GPS navigation device - A portable GPS navigation device displays map information and navigation instructions; the device (a) includes a two-way wireless transceiver operable to connect to a mobile telephone; (b) is operable to enable a user to control one or more functions of the mobile telephone and (c) includes an audio output and a microphone to enable a voice call to be made using the mobile telephone.06-23-2011
20100250127METHOD OF PROCESSING POSITIONING DATA - A method is disclosed, for processing positioning data to generate map data which includes a plurality of navigable segments representing segments of a navigable route in the area covered by the map, with each segment being arranged to have speed data associated therewith. In at least one embodiment, the method includes classifying the speed data associated with at least some, and generally each, navigable segment having speed data associated therewith into a category of a classification having a plurality of categories into which the speed data can be classified according to a parameter of a navigable segment with which the speed data is associated; generating a category average for each category within the classification; assessing at least some, and generally each, navigable segment within the map data to determine whether there is speed data associated therewith; and if there is no speed data associated with a navigable segment, using the category average, according to the parameter of the navigable segment being processed, as the speed data for the navigable segment being processed.09-30-2010
20110082643LOCATION ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD BASED ON TOPOLOGY CONSTRAINTS - A method for enhanced location sensing based on topology constraints. A potential position value and a corresponding probability value with respect to an observed position data of an object within a structure can be calculated utilizing a normal probability distribution function. Thereafter, an optimal route between adjacent observed time periods may be calculated utilizing a heuristic search algorithm. The potential position value and the optimal route can be calculated by accessing a pre-installed topology data associated with the structure. An optimization problem can then be solved to refine the observed position data. The position between a pair of observed time periods can be interpolated and the position of the object before a next observed time can be predicted by interpolation based on the spatial constraints.04-07-2011
201101532083D PATH ANALYSIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING - Techniques for constructing a path analysis in an area are provided. Data are received from a mobile device in an area. The data is based on a path that is traversed by the mobile device. A traversable path is then determined from the data received from the mobile device. The traversable path is superimposed on a map and the map, including the traversable path, is packaged for delivery or display to requesting devices.06-23-2011
20100305852DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC ROUTE GENERATION OF A SPECIFIED DISTANCE - The disclosed systems and methods provide for automatic generation of a route of travel for a user. A user's starting location is determined based on location information received from a navigation system, such as a GPS navigation system. An input device receives an input of a specified distance the user intends to travel. If the user desires to travel a round trip back to the starting location, the system may generate a round-trip route of a distance substantially equaling the specified distance. Similarly, if the user desires to travel from a starting location to a different ending location, the system may generate a route between the two locations of a distance substantially equaling the specified distance. The system may output route information on a map-based display, provide audio turn-by-turn directions, and/or transmit route information to external devices.12-02-2010
20110251790METHODOLOGY AND SYSTEM FOR ROUTING OPTIMIZATION IN GPS-BASED NAVIGATION, COMBINING DYNAMIC TRAFFIC DATA - We have devised a methodology and appropriate systems realizing it, related to the collection, by means of a GPS-based Personal Navigation Assistant (PNA) and aggregation, central processing and distribution (by means of a Central System) of dynamic information related to the road traffic flow (i.e., the traveling speed of a vehicle for every road segment it travels through, correlated with other vehicular and road parameters), thereby augmenting the existing static navigation map data with dynamic ones and providing improved routing and navigation capabilities to current PNAs. Proper software, interacting with typical PNA hardware, will record characteristics and parameters associated with each road segment of the traveled path (e.g. The time or speed it takes to go through that road segment, the current time and date, the weather conditions, the vehicle type, whether it is a work-day or some holiday, etc.). After the offline uploading and post-processing of the users' trace data by a Central Server System, this data will be incorporated in a “global map” (consisting of a segmented, special purpose and distributed, spatial database). The PNA users will thereafter be able to obtain, store within their PNAs and use any part of the “global map”, combined with the available static maps of their device, in order to obtain improved routing decisions, based on: a) dynamic (space/time-dependent) traffic data, i.e. the combination of time-of-the-day, day-of-the-week, season-of-the-year, type-of-vehicle, type-of-weather, road-conditions, and type-of-holiday, and b) decision criteria, such as, shortest travelling time, less cost, or a combination thereof, as desired by the user/driver.10-13-2011
20090005976Navigation Apparatus - A navigation apparatus includes: a map data storage unit 01-01-2009
20090005977VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A vehicle navigation system includes a GPS signal processor, an image processing module, a memory, a microprocessor, a navigation adjusting module, and a display module. The GPS signal processor receives GPS signals and obtains an unadjusted navigation position according to the GPS signals. The image processing module captures pictures of surrounding areas and acquires a reference position according to the pictures. The microprocessor calculates an offset between the reference position and the unadjusted navigation position and compares the offset with a predetermined offset. The navigation adjusting module adjusts the unadjusted navigation position according to the reference position and the offset comparison and displays a result on the display module.01-01-2009
20090319183Navigation Apparatus and Positioning Method Thereof - A positioning method for a navigation apparatus and the navigation apparatus are provided. The positioning method includes steps of receiving a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal; reading a previous position-velocity-time (PVT) data; reading a previous map matching (MMT) result; and computing current PVT data according to at least one of the previous PVT data and the previous MMT result.12-24-2009
20080243378SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE NAVIGATION AND PILOTING INCLUDING ABSOLUTE AND RELATIVE COORDINATES - A navigation system for use in a vehicle. The system includes an absolute position sensor, such as GPS, in addition to one or more additional sensors, such as a camera, laser scanner, or radar. The system further comprises a digital map or database that includes records for at least some of the vehicle's surrounding objects. These records can include relative positional attributes and traditional absolute positions. As the vehicle moves, sensors sense the presence of at least some of these objects, and measure the vehicle's relative position to those objects. This information, together with the absolute positional information and the added map information, is used to determine the vehicle's location, and support features such as enhanced driving directions, collision avoidance, or automatic assisted driving. In accordance with an embodiment, the system also allows some objects to be attributed using relative positioning, without recourse to storing absolute position information.10-02-2008
20080243376Method and apparatus for entering street name - A method and apparatus for a navigation system for inputting a street name allows a user to quickly find a desired street name even when the user inputs an incorrect prefix or suffix of the street name. The navigation system accepts a street name based on either a base name input method or a full name input method in the same input field while performing a street name search mostly based on a base name of the street name. The method and apparatus hints an inexperienced user the distinction between the base name and other components of the street name so that the user knows that non-base name element is unnecessary for finding the correct address of the destination.10-02-2008
20090037099Providing contemporaneous maps to a user at a non-GPS enabled mobile device - An exemplary method for providing contemporaneous maps to a user at a non-GPS enabled mobile device comprises obtaining a request from the mobile device, decoding the request to obtain multimedia data, analyzing the multimedia data to obtain location information, accessing a map database using the location information, generating a map image based on data from the map database, generating a response including the map image, and sending the response to the mobile device to enable a display of the map image at the mobile device.02-05-2009
20110257883METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING AND/OR RECEIVING AT LEAST ONE LOCATION REFERENCE, ENHANCED BY AT LEAST ONE FOCUSING FACTOR - A method and end user mapping device (10-20-2011
20090005975Adaptive Mobile Device Navigation - Adaptive mobile device navigation system, methods, and apparatus provide location information for a mobile device performing location estimation using dead reckoning. Multiple estimation modes can be selected including a mode for restricting measured movements to surrounding streets. Updated location fixes can be obtained through turn comparison with surrounding map information and user feedback. User feedback prompts can include photographs having geographic tag information corresponding to locations near an estimated location of the device.01-01-2009
20080249707Spot Searching Device, Navigation Apparatus, Spot Searching Method, Spot Searching Program, and Information Recording Medium Having Spot Searching Program - Enabling a partial update of data for spot search and improvement of update operation efficiency.10-09-2008
20080255758SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR GENERATING REFERENCE GEOCODES FOR POINT ADDRESSES - Systems and methods are provided for generating a reference location data set, such as a reference longitude and latitude point, for each of a plurality of point addresses. A reference location data set can be determined for a point address based on a history of prior geocode samples, such as GPS readings, that have been obtained using a portable computing device during a prior delivery to or pickup from the point address. A location data service collects such geocode samples and processes the samples to generate a reference location data set, such as a reference longitude and latitude and a zone of confidence around the reference longitude and latitude, for each unique point address. To determine whether an item is being delivered to a wrong address, current location data obtained during a delivery can be compared against the reference location data generated by the location data service for the delivery address.10-16-2008
20080255759Travel arrangements through buddy lists in a geosocial environment - A method, apparatus and system of travel arrangement using buddy lists in a geosocial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes providing a plurality of user profiles, each profile in the plurality of user profiles to include an associated specific geographic location, associating a user with a first user profile in the plurality of user profiles, selecting a second user profile in the plurality of user profiles, determining a mode of physical communication, and generating a physical communication plan of physical communication between a first specific geographic location associated with the first user profile in the plurality of user profiles and a second specific geographic location associated with the second user profile in the plurality of user profiles. The method may also include providing a plurality of modes of physical communication.10-16-2008
20110054786DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NAVIGATION INFORMATION - A navigation information providing device recognizes traveling status information of a vehicle senses a behavioral state or physiological state of a driver to recognize the driver's situation information and sets a rule including a form and a time for navigation information to be provided to the driver per traveling status information and driver's situation information. The navigation information providing device searches navigation information that corresponds to the driver's situation information and the vehicle's traveling status information, determines the form and time of navigation information to satisfy the rule, and provides navigation information to the driver according to the determined form and time.03-03-2011
20110054785DEPTH HIGHLIGHT, DEPTH HIGHLIGHT RANGE, AND WATER LEVEL OFFSET HIGHLIGHT DISPLAY AND SYSTEMS - A digital mapping display and related system for fishing, and other applications.03-03-2011
20110054784SHALLOW WATER HIGHLIGHT METHOD AND DISPLAY SYSTEMS - A digital mapping display and related system for fishing, and other applications.03-03-2011
20110054783DATA STRUCTURE OF ROUTE GUIDANCE DATABASE - It is an object to realize a route guidance that follows a real passage mode without a feeling of wrongness. In a route guidance device, aside from a two-dimensional road network for a route search, a three-dimensional road network used for the route guidance and guiding line shape data are prepared. The guiding line shape data are three-dimensional guidance display data that guide you to go straight through a crossroads, to turn right, to turn left, etc. in accordance with a passage mode or guide you to change a car lane before you enter a crossroads. A link node of the two-dimensional road network is associated with the guiding line shape data through the three-dimensional road network. The route search is carried out by using the two-dimensional road network. The route guidance is carried out by using the guiding line shape data associated with the link node acquired by the route search. This can realize an instinctively understandable route guidance that follows a passage mode without increasing a load of a route search.03-03-2011
20110022312Generating and Tracking Activity Patterns for Mobile Devices - Described are methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for tracking patterns associated with mobile devices. The system includes a server computing device configured to receive location information from a mobile device associated with a user. The location information includes location information based on GPS information sent from the mobile device. One or more activity patterns associated with the user of the mobile device are generated by the server computing device. The generating includes tracking the location information over a period of time and determining one or more categories of repeated activity based on the tracking.01-27-2011
20110046883METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TESTING NAVIGATION ROUTES - Various embodiments may include a method and system for testing data defining one or more navigation routes. A starting location may be input at a computer remote from the starting location. A destination location may also be input. Map data including GPS information based on the starting location input and the destination location input may be received. Route data may also be received. Based on the map data and the route data, data defining one or more navigation instructions may be generated for one or more routes. The one or more navigation instructions may be executed at the computer and compared to the map data. Based on the comparison, an accuracy of the navigation instructions may be determined. The data defining the navigation instructions may be corrected if the data is determined to be inaccurate.02-24-2011
20100292921MODE OF TRANSPORT DETERMINATION - A method of determining a mode of transport for a portion of a user's journey is described. The method comprises: receiving, at a portable device being carried by a user, position data for current locations of the user over a period of time; determining, from the position data, a characteristic of the speed for the journey portion; identifying possible modes of transport on the basis of pre-established ranges of speed characteristics for particular modes of transport; and selecting a most likely mode of transport from the identified possible modes of transport based on the proximity of the user's position data to known public transport nodes. The method can also be used to determine the carbon footprint of a user using a portable device.11-18-2010
20100324816PRESENTATION OF NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS USING VARIABLE LEVELS OF DETAIL - A navigation system is provided for instructing an operator of a vehicle. The navigation system includes a navigation processor configured to obtain a destination location, and to generate a proposed route to the destination location. The navigation system also includes a presentation element coupled to the navigation processor, the presentation element configured to provide navigation instructions to the operator. A selection module is coupled to or incorporated into the navigation processor, and the selection module is configured to select a cartographic resolution from a plurality of different cartographic resolutions, resulting in a selected cartographic resolution. The presentation element provides navigation instructions for at least a portion of the proposed route, using the selected cartographic resolution.12-23-2010
20100332130VEHICLE NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A vehicle navigation apparatus determines whether or not the currently traveled route having a current vehicle position matches with estimated routes after determining, on the basis of the traveled route history, the estimated routes which correspond to destination candidates. Then, the navigation apparatus further determines whether or not the subsequent portion of the estimated route overlaps with other estimated route, for selecting one of the destination candidates. The vehicle navigation apparatus thus selects the destination candidate, in a highly accurate manner in terms of user preference, based on the traveled route history.12-30-2010
20080275643OPTIMUM ROUTE PLANNING FOR SERVICE VEHICLES - Transportation costs are minimized with a novel system for optimizing a route for a service vehicle, for example, a package delivery van. Based upon static and dynamic information, a computer on board the service vehicle determines an optimum route for the vehicle to travel between multiple locations. The computer on board the service vehicle communicates wirelessly to receive any pertinent dynamic information which has changed (e.g., traffic congestion, the presence of a customer at a deliver location, or a modification of location). The computer then recalculates the optimum route for the vehicle and guides the driver of the vehicle in accordance with the newly determined optimum route. The on board computer continues to check for any updates, and recalculates the optimum route throughout the day. Thus, the optimum route may be selected based upon the latest available information white avoiding heavy signal traffic on the wireless network.11-06-2008
20090171575NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TURN-BY-TURN POSITION LIST - The present invention relates to a navigation apparatus and a method for providing a user with a list of turn-by-turn positions (TBTs) located ahead on a route. The navigation apparatus of the present invention according to an embodiment comprises a GPS receiving module for receiving navigation satellite signals and calculating a position; a controller for receiving position information from the GPS receiving module, outputting the position information together with map information, and controlling operation of the GPS receiving module; and a storage unit for storing the map information, wherein the controller displays information on two or more TBTs on a proceeding route in the form of a list, the list having a size determined depending on distances to the TBTs included in the TBT information. According to the present invention, there are advantages in that a user can easily recognize information on TBTs ahead and drive a vehicle along a set route only with a TBT list.07-02-2009
20090171577NAVIGATION SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING DYNAMIC ROUTE CORRECTION - A computer-implemented navigation method for implementation during a navigation routine for directing a user is provided. The navigation method comprises generating a navigation route. GPS signals are received and position fixes are derived from the GPS signals. The position fixes are stored and compared with the navigation route. A threshold value is determined based on the comparison of the position fixes with the navigation route. An updated navigation route is generated based on the plurality of position fixes distanced from the navigation route a distance greater than the threshold value and an updated navigation route is not generating based on the plurality of position fixes distanced from the navigation route a distance not greater than the threshold value. A mobile device for performing a navigation procedure is also provided.07-02-2009
20090171576NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION ON POINTS OF INTEREST - An apparatus of providing map information, which includes a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiving module configured to calculate positional information with respect to the apparatus, a display configured to display map information and the calculated positional information, and a controller configured to search for Points of Interests (POIs) from a selected POI category, and to control the display to display image icons representing POIs that were found during the search on corresponding positions within the displayed map information.07-02-2009
20090171574NAVIGATION SYSTEM, NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT AND DESTINATION SETTING METHOD - A navigation system sets a destination of navigation equipment by forwarding spot information managed by a server to the navigation equipment via a mobile terminal. The server includes write information accepting unit accepting write information from a plurality of users via a network, spot information generating unit generating the spot information based on the write information, spot information storage unit stored with the generated spot information, extracting unit extracting predetermined spot information in response to a search request, and transmitting unit transmitting the spot information to the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal includes receiving unit receiving the predetermined spot information, terminal display unit displaying the predetermined spot information, and forwarding unit forwarding the predetermined spot information to the navigation equipment. The navigation equipment includes navigation control unit setting the destination from the predetermined spot information.07-02-2009
20090171573SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING THEME ZONE IN CONNECTION WITH PATH - A system for providing a theme zone in association with a route, the system including: a theme zone database maintaining a theme zone area for each category in association with navigation information, and point of interest (POI) information included in the theme zone area; a theme zone retrieval unit retrieving a theme zone associated with a driving route from the theme zone database by analyzing the driving route of a vehicle; a navigation information generation unit generating the navigation information by including a theme zone area of the retrieved theme zone in the driving route; and a route guidance unit directing a route based on the generated navigation information.07-02-2009
20090171572Navigation Aid System - The invention concerns a navigation aid system comprising beacons implanted proximate single points P07-02-2009
20100121571Display Method and System for a Vehicle Navigation System - Traffic information, including traffic flow information and traffic incident information, obtained through a traffic management system for providing and facilitating the exchange of traffic information between a remote location and a vehicle may be presented to a user on a user display in the vehicle. The traffic information may be presented to the user in several circumstances, either as cued by the user, or automatically presented by the traffic management system. The user display may also automatically display traffic flow and traffic incident information for the direction that the user is traveling or along a route calculated by the navigation device. Further, a window displaying information about an upcoming traffic incident such as distance to the incident and incident details may automatically appear in the user display. Alternately, the user may select a roadway, freeway, or area for which traffic information is desired.05-13-2010
20110178704NAVIGATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF ADDING PATH TO NAVIGATION PLAN INDEPENDENTLY - A navigation device capable of adding paths to a navigation plan independently is disclosed. The navigation device includes a global positioning module, a dynamic path-adding module, and a navigation module. The global positioning module receives road track coordinates signals of new paths to be created. The dynamic path-adding module creates new path data corresponding to the new paths in accordance with the road track coordinates signals of the new paths, determines added paths, and creates added path data corresponding to the added paths. The navigation module plans at least a navigation route in accordance with a map database, the new path data, and the added path data.07-21-2011
20100082245SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDIVIDUALLY UPDATING A LOCATION-BASED GEOMETRIC BOUNDARY OF A SUBSCRIBER VEHICLE - A system and method for individually updating a location-based geometric boundary of a subscriber vehicle that is one of many subscriber vehicles are disclosed herein. The method includes obtaining a garage address of the subscriber vehicle, and determining a location-based geometric boundary of the subscriber vehicle from at least the garage address. The method further includes monitoring at least one of a service event including at least a vehicle registration event, a driving distance, or a driving speed to determine a driving pattern of the subscriber vehicle. The location-based geometric boundary of the subscriber vehicle is dynamically updated based at least on the driving pattern of the subscriber vehicle.04-01-2010
20100082248Creating Geometry for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems - A method and system for creating geometry for ADAS are described. Link chains, which are a sequence of segments, are created. The link chains are used to create 2D splines. The link chains, the 2D splines, and height data are used to create 3D splines. The 3D splines and possibly the 2D splines are converted to Bezier curves, which can be used to create a 2D polyline. ADAS applications can use the Bezier curves and the 2D polylines to provide ADAS functions.04-01-2010
20100082247METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING USER LOCATION INFORMATION - A method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided, which may provide activity user location information. An apparatus may include a processor configured to maintain data describing a first user's location timeline. The processor may be further configured to receive a request for the first user's current location. The first user's current location may define the first user's location at a current time. The processor may also be configured to estimate the first user's current location based at least in part upon the maintained data. The processor may additionally be configured to provide the first user's current location to a second user. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.04-01-2010
20090299626Data mining in a digital map database to identify unusually narrow lanes or roads and enabling precautionary actions in a vehicle - Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, an unusually narrow road width or lane width. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where an unusually narrow road width or lane width exists along roads. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location where the unusually narrow road width or lane width exists. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a location where the unusually narrow road width or lane width exists.12-03-2009
20090292465SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATING A FACILITY - Systems and methods are described for enabling the monitoring and navigation of a complex of known rooms or facilities having known objects, attributes and/or people associated therewith, wherein different locations of the objects, attributes and/or people within the facilities are related and accessible over known, well-defined alternate paths. Sensor information may be used to facilitate the monitoring and navigation of the facility. At least some systems and methods may be used to enable the navigation of a building or a set of buildings by displaying an interactive graphical map of the building on a display device carried by a user.11-26-2009
20090204321Communication type information distribution system, information distribution server, and program - There are provided a communication type information distribution system, an information distribution server, and a program capable of assuring profitability considering the cost required for creating a content to be provided to a mobile terminal and protecting the copyright. The information distribution server (08-13-2009
20100030469CONTENTS NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A contents navigation method including displaying contents on a display screen of a navigation apparatus, sensing, via a sensing unit, a motion of the navigation apparatus, receiving an input signal configured to turn on and off the sensing unit, and controlling, via a controller, the displayed contents according to the sensed motion of the navigation apparatus by the sensing unit when the received input signal turns on the sensing unit.02-04-2010
20100030468METHOD OF GENERATING NAVIGATION MESSAGE AND SYSTEM THEREOF - The present invention discloses a method of generating navigation message and navigation system thereof, which are characterized in that, during navigation, the navigation messages used to remind users comprise landmark points located about a road turn and providing significantly recognizable characters or marks, allowing users to more conveniently determine the road turn so as to avoid taking wrong route. Furthermore, users are also enabled to set landmark point type, priority or name that users are able to recognize, further creating customized navigation messages.02-04-2010
20100017118PARKING & LOCATION MANAGEMENT PROCESSES & ALERTS - Aspects include using present location information for a mobile device and real-time access to sources of data about future constraints pertaining to the present location to establish the occurrence of a future event. Examples include using a present location of the mobile device to infer a vehicle location, accessing a source of data relating to parking regulations at the present location and setting a reminder for avoiding violation thereof. The mobile device can track a present position and adjust an absolute reminder time to account for travel times. The travel times can be arrived at by obtaining data concerning public transportation schedules and present locations of elements of such public transportation. Another example aspect includes correlating a user profile concerning parking requirements with a desired destination area and parking regulations pertinent to the area for guiding a user to potential parking locations.01-21-2010
20100017121NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for operating a navigation system for a motor vehicle having an offboard data memory, spatially separated from the motor vehicle, having data packets of visual map information, divided by region, as well as a display arranged in the motor vehicle, a selection of data packets provided for transmission to the motor vehicle and/or their sequence occur as a function of the resolution of the display, the location of the motor vehicle, an assumed route of the motor vehicle and/or the bandwidth of a communication connection provided for the transmission, the selected data packets being transmitted to the motor vehicle (e.g., in the selected sequence), and visual map information from data packets transmitted to the motor vehicle being represented by the display.01-21-2010
20100017119NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for operating a navigation system for a motor vehicle having an offboard data memory, spatially separated from the motor vehicle, having data packets of visual map information, divided by region, as well as a display arranged in the motor vehicle, a selection of data packets provided for transmission to the motor vehicle and/or their sequence occur as a function of the resolution of the display, the location of the motor vehicle, an assumed route of the motor vehicle and/or the bandwidth of a communication connection provided for the transmission, the selected data packets being transmitted to the motor vehicle (e.g., in the selected sequence), and visual map information from data packets transmitted to the motor vehicle being represented by the display.01-21-2010
20100131197VISUAL GUIDANCE FOR VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system and method that provide a video-based vehicle navigation system. The system positions an arrow on the video display that shows the specific turning direction for the vehicle for route guidance purposes. To determine the proper position of the guidance arrow, the process determines a distance from the current vehicle position to the location where the vehicle needs to turn using any suitable information, such as GPS position, range measurements and map information. The process then positions the guidance arrow on the ground at the turning location in world coordinates, and projects the guidance arrow onto the image. The camera can be calibrated to the ground using various techniques, such as an online automatic calibration process that uses detected objects in the scene around the vehicle.05-27-2010
20090024316METHOD AND SYSTEM USING SMS NOTIFICATION AND AN INTERNET BROWSER TO PROVIDE REALTIME TRANSPORT INFORMATION - A method of tracking travel plans, the method comprising the steps of: (a) forming a current travel plan on an internet interactive database; (b) initially forwarding a coded indicator of the current travel plan on a mobile communications device; (c) utilising the coded indicator to interrogate a remote database of current travel information to determine travel logistic information relevant to the current travel plan; (d) communicating issues associated with the logistics of the current travel plan with the mobile communications device; (e) conveying the issues to a user of the mobile communications device.01-22-2009
20120004842PRESENTATION OF A GENERATED ROUTE WITH A SPECIFIABLE ROAD - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for presenting a generated route with a specifiable road in a mapping system. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for presenting a generated route with a specifiable road(s) in a mapping system is provided. The method includes receiving an origin and a destination in a mapping application executing in memory by a processor of a computer. The method also includes generating a route in the mapping application from the origin to the destination. Finally the method includes receiving a specified road(s) for the generated route and displaying the generated route and the specified road(s) in a map, wherein the specified road(s) is in a format that distinguishes the specified road(s) from the generated route.01-05-2012
20090018770MOBILE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - A method for providing information to a traveler during a vehicle trip is provided, which comprises the following: monitoring a current location of a vehicle and at least one aspect of the vehicle trip other than the current location of the vehicle; and providing information to the traveler in response to as least one status change with respect to the at least one aspect of the vehicle trip based on the current location of the vehicle.01-15-2009
20110066374SAFTEY SYSTEM AND DEVICE AND METHODS OF OPERATING - Various embodiments of a device, system and methods that promote safety and security within an organization. Sensor data from one or more installation sensors is collected, analyzed and used to create a map and/or directions that, when received by a wireless mobile device, facilitate a person's possible egress around or from a detected event. The information provided to the person by the map and/or the directions may be individually crafted to be of maximum use to the specific recipient so the person can understand, plan and execute the most appropriate danger avoidance maneuvers in minimal time.03-17-2011
20110106445System for Transferring Information for Persons in the Area of An Airport, Method for Transferring Information and a Personal End Device - A system for transferring information for at least one person in the area of an airport, comprising a) at least one personal end device which can be worn by the at least one person, b) a detection means for detecting the current spatial position of the at least one person in the area of the airport, c) a control means for determining at least one target time for a station located along the path to a flight gate assigned to the at least one person and/or for determining a path of the at least one person from a pre-determined position to the flight gate assigned to the person.05-05-2011
20100094549NAVIGATION APPARATUS - A navigation apparatus includes a display means 04-15-2010
20100094550User interface for dynamic user-defined stopovers during guided naviation ('side trips") - A navigation device includes a route determiner module to formulate a first route from a first geographic location to a second geographic location. A route presentation module presents the first route to a user of the navigation device. A side trip presentation module presents a point-of-interest to the user of said navigation device and formulates a second route to said point-of-interest. An options module presents an option, during presentation of the first route, to recalculate the first route to the second geographic location to comprise the second route.04-15-2010
20100094548METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ADVANCED REAL ESTATE SEARCHING - The invention provides systems and methods for advanced features for online mapping, searching, and planning driving tours. A multiple listing service (MLS) system may include a map search feature. A user interface for a real property listing may include a geographic map, which may enable a user to define a destination search area. The destination search area may be displayed on the geographic map. The MLS system may enable a user to conduct a search utilizing spatial and/or non-spatial filters. A search entry interface may be provided on a user interface in conjunction with the geographic map. The geographic map and map search features may also be able to include additional geographic information.04-15-2010
20100250126VISUAL ASSESSMENT OF LANDMARKS - Visual images may be used to detect, or verify the existence of, landmarks. In one example, the landmarks may be used to provide driving or walking directions. A set of records may be examined to identify the street addresses of businesses or other entities. Additionally, street-level images may be captured with a camera, and the locations at which the images were captured may be recorded. The images may be evaluated with an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process to determine what words appear in the images. The words in the image are compared with the names of entities whose addresses are near where the image was captured. If the words match the entity name, then a sign identifying the entity is presumed to be visible along a particular route, and the entity may be used as a landmark in a set of walking or driving directions.09-30-2010
20100204917Map data distribution server and method for processing map data - A reading unit reads position information on a home point of a user, position information on a registered point associated with the user or a user's device and stored in a storage medium, first map data same as map data used by the user in version, and second map data newer than the first map data in version. A route calculating unit calculates a new route from the home point to the registered point based on the second map data. A new additional road extracting unit extracts a new additional road, which is specified in the second map data and is not specified in the first map data, from the new route. A transmitting unit extracts road data of the extracted new additional road from the second map data and transmits the extracted road data to be used by the user's device.08-12-2010
20100063729MOBILE BODY POSITION INFORMATION TRANSMITTING DEVICE FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM, AND MOBILE BODY POSITION INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A vehicle (03-11-2010
20100299065LINK-NODE MAPS BASED ON OPEN AREA MAPS - Systems and methods for generating and using geographic data are disclosed. For example, one method comprises generating and/or identifying an open area map. A route is generated using the open area map. A path segment record and/or a node record is created based on the generated route. The path segment record and/or the node record may be stored in a geographic database.11-25-2010
20090088971System and method of indentifying portions of roads - A system and method splices into, or replaces routes identified based on road geometry with routes taken by the same user or other users to create alternate routes that may be selected by a user to display, for example, on a map or for which driving directions can be displayed. Communication of routes traveled by different devices may be received from a server or from another device. A naming convention for road segments and ordered paths of road segments is described.04-02-2009
20100010739Route search system, mobile terminal, and route supply server - A route search system includes mobile terminals provided with wireless communications function, and a route supply server. The route supply server includes a route map database that stores a route map; a positional information obtaining section that obtains respective pieces of positional information of the mobile terminals; a point and route calculating section that searches the route map database based on the respective pieces of positional information of the mobile terminals obtained by the positional information obtaining section, and determines a meeting point for users carrying the mobile terminals, respectively, and respective moving routes to the meeting point for the users; and a point and route notifying section that provides notification of the meeting point and each of the moving routes to the meeting point determined by the point and route calculating section to each of the mobile terminals carried by each of the users.01-14-2010
20090005974Fuel cost predictor system - A vehicle navigation system that provides one or more route choices based on various factors that will reduce travel cost, particularly fuel cost. A fuel cost predictor algorithm weights the various factors to determine the most cost effective route. The factors can include anything that affects fuel and/or vehicle costs, such as distance traveled, driving conditions, such as temperature, snow, ice, etc., fuel prices along the route, terrain, vehicle diagnostics, traffic congestion, driver operating behavior, desired arrival time, rare traffic events, average speed, etc.01-01-2009
20080300783Navigation devices, methods, and programs - Navigation devices, methods, and programs obtain information indicating a route of a host vehicle, obtain information indicating a position of the host vehicle, and obtain information indicating a form of a number (N) of successive curves (where N is an integer of 2 or more) in front of the host vehicle position on the route. The devices, methods, and programs excite a vibrator provided at a position where contact with a driver of the host vehicle is possible in a vibration mode corresponding to the form of the N successive curves when the host vehicle reaches a position at a predetermined distance from the closest curve among the N successive curves.12-04-2008
20110130962Navigation system for delivery vehicles - A onboard navigation system for delivery vehicles used in conjunction with the GPS system to facilitate the delivery process with daily delivery route instructions, directions, and updates includes a navigation device mounted to the vehicle's dashboard and which includes a touch screen divided into a map display screen portion and a message display screen portion, operational and functional buttons, and electrical components that allow for the interchange and exchange of instructions, data, and information with the delivery driver's PDA so that the driver can download all the instructions, data, and information pertaining to that day's delivery schedule.06-02-2011
20090043497Conveying Locations In Spoken Dialog Systems - The presentation of location information to a user that is distracted by traveling can result in the user quickly forgetting, or never even comprehending, key parts of the location information, such as the street number. Identification can be made of intersections and points of interest near the user's destination, which can then be provided instead of, or in addition to, the address, thereby increasing user comprehension and retention, especially when distracted. Map data can be parsed into addresses, intersections and points of interest databases. These databases can be accessed to identify proximate intersections and points of interest, which can then be filtered and subsequently ranked to identify one intersection, one point of interest, or both, that can be presented to the user to aid the user in comprehending and retaining the location information even when distracted.02-12-2009
20100198507ROUTE GUIDING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses a route guiding system and a method thereof. The route guiding system in accordance with the present invention determines whether a user is approaching a crossway point based on the user's current position. In case the user is determined to approach a crossway point, other crossway points having a road connecting to this crossway point and scenic spots along such crossway points are searched from the electronic map. Finally, such roads connecting to these crossway points and relevant information concerning these scenic spots are displayed. In this fashion, the user can move randomly for promenade along the streets according to the scenic spot information displayed on the route guiding system without specifically setting any destination.08-05-2010
20100169010MULTI-DEVICE MAPPING FUNCTIONALITY - Route information for a route from a departure location to a destination location is generated. The generated route information is displayed on a first display of a first device. User input based upon the route information displayed on the first display of the first device is received at the first device. Route media is generated at the first device in response to the received user input. The generated route media is different than the route information displayed on the display of the first device. The generated route media is transmitted from the first device to a second device. The second device includes a second display.07-01-2010
20080243377Traffic Information System - A traffic information system including a travel history database retaining the data on the travel history of vehicle measured at a constant temporal or running interval; a link cost weighting pattern database for storing patterns for weighting the link costs of road links, used in the determination of the travel paths of vehicles; a vehicle ID/link cost weighting pattern set database retaining the data representing the matching of the vehicle IDs with their associated link cost weighting patterns used to determine the travel paths of the vehicles; a link cost weighting pattern selection unit selecting the patterns for weighting the link costs used to determine the travel paths of the vehicles on the basis of the vehicle IDs; and a vehicle ID/link cost weighting pattern matching unit recording the data representing the matching of the vehicle IDs with their associated link cost weighting patterns.10-02-2008
20080234931ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR INDICATING POI ACCORDING TO ROAD SEGMENT AND METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device for indicating a POI corresponding to a new road segment when arriving at the new road segment includes an interface unit, for providing a setting of the POI to be displayed; a positioning system, for identifying the position of the electronic device; and a processor, for determining whether the electronic device is arriving at a new road segment according to the position of the electronic device, and retrieving information of a specific POI corresponding to the new road segment from a database if the electronic device is arriving at the new road segment, wherein the electronic device accesses the database and transmits the specific POI to the interface unit to indicate to a user only when it arrives at the new road segment.09-25-2008
20080221790METHOD AND TERMINAL FOR PROVIDING A ROUTE IN A NAVIGATION SYSTEM USING SATELLITE IMAGE - A method and a terminal for providing a route in a navigation system using a satellite image are provided. The terminal includes a route calculation unit for calculating a route from a current location to a destination when a user inputs the destination, a satellite image requesting unit for requesting a satellite image server for satellite images corresponding to locations on the route and for downloading the requested satellite images, a satellite image storage unit for storing the downloaded satellite images, and a controller for retrieving a satellite image corresponding to the current location from the satellite image storage unit and for displaying the retrieved satellite image simultaneously while downloading the satellite images corresponding to the locations on the route.09-11-2008
20080201072METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING POSITION INFORMATION ON A DIGISTAL MAP - The invention purposes to provide a position information transmission method for accurately transmitting a position and a shape on a digital map with a small amount of data.08-21-2008
20080201071VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle navigation system and method. The system includes a unit located in a vehicle and coupled to a first network, a traffic information center coupled to a second network, and a server coupled to the first and second networks. A trip plan is generated according to navigation information, vehicle coordinates and trip request information received from the unit, and road information received from the traffic information center. The trip plan is sent to the unit for presentation. The trip plan includes trip overview information and voice prompts associated with one or more landmarks. A trip plan may be a tourist trip plan.08-21-2008
20080201070Communicative Navigation System, Information Distribution Server, and Mobile Navigation Terminal - There are provided a mobile navigation terminal and an information distribution server that includes a geographical database for route searching and a mesh database storing therein meshes into which images produced from aerial photographs have been divided. The mobile navigation terminal includes GPS means; matching means for matching a measured location with a route to determine a current location; and a mesh data requesting part for calculating mesh data for which to request the information distribution server anew in connection with the current location. The mobile navigation terminal transmits a route search request and/or a mesh data distribution request to the information distribution server. The information distribution server, which includes a route searching part and a mesh dada distributing part, uses the geographical database to search for a route. If there exists a guide route in the mesh data as requested for, then the information distribution server adds the guide route data to the mesh data and distributes them to the mobile navigation terminal. The mobile navigation terminal displays the guide route on the distributed mesh data.08-21-2008
20110213552MAP DISPLAYING DEVICE - A map displaying device for displaying an accessible range in an arbitrary display form determined in accordance with the scale of a displayed map and/or with the running state of a vehicle is provided. The map displaying device includes: a display unit for displaying map information stored in a map database; a search unit for calculating travel time information regarding a travel time to an arbitrary point accessible from a reference point; and a time information drawing unit for displaying the travel time information in a superimposed manner on the display unit by varying a display form in accordance with the scale of a map and/or with the running state of a user's vehicle.09-01-2011
20100286909ROUTE PLANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for selecting a route from a starting location to a predetermined destination includes a vehicle having a battery, a data storage medium, and a processor. The data storage medium stores a map database that describes a road network defining a plurality of possible routes from the starting location to the predetermined destination. The processor is configured to determine whether any of the possible routes belong to a set of routes the vehicle can complete using only the energy in the battery. The processor is configured to select, of the routes belonging to the set, that route having an optimized value for the attribute.11-11-2010
20100286908ROUTE PLANNING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES - A navigation system includes a user-operable input device configured to receive a desired destination. A storage medium stores a map database that describes a road network comprising route segments. The map database includes, for each of the route segments, a respective attribute value and a respective energy cost. A processor is configured to analyze the route segments in the database in accordance with a predetermined optimization algorithm that considers both the attribute values and the energy costs of the route segments in order to select a combination of route segments from the database that interconnects a starting location and the destination.11-11-2010
20110313661MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a map information storage section (12-22-2011
20110313660METHOD FOR EXCHANGING MESSAGES IN A NAVIGATION SYSTEM USING VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATIONS - Method and device for exchanging messages in a VLC navigation system is provided, in which a map server generates a provision message in the form of visible light signals through all lamps in an area, using a PLC network, where a navigation service is provided, a terminal that wants to implement the navigation service among terminals that have received the provision message transmits a registration request message to the map server, the map server transmits a registration response message for the registration request message to the terminal, the terminal transmits a map request message including information about a destination to the map server, the map server transmits a map response message including information about a path to the destination to the terminal, and the terminal displays map information and the path.12-22-2011

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