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701301000 Collision avoidance 199
701302000 Course to intercept 3
20100274487ROUTE SEARCH PLANNER - Route search planner methods and systems are described. In an embodiment, a probability map can be generated from previous sensor scans combined with a projected target location of relocatable targets in a target area. A route can be generated by a route generator, based at least in part on the probability map, and based on optimal system performance capabilities utilized to search for at least one of the relocatable targets. A search manager can then assign an evaluation criteria value to the route based on route evaluation criteria, and compare the evaluation criteria value to other evaluation criteria values corresponding to respective previously generated routes to determine an optimal route. The search manager can then determine whether to generate one or more additional routes and assign additional evaluation criteria values for comparison to determine the optimal route.10-28-2010
20100198514MULTIMODE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE - A system comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured to transition from a terminal homing mode to a target search mode, responsive to an uplink signal and/or an autonomous determination of scene change.08-05-2010
20080201078Apparatuses, Methods and Systems for Determining and Announcing Proximity Between Trajectories - The disclosure details the implementation of apparatuses, methods, and systems for determining and announcing proximity between trajectories. A code triggered information server may be used to track user behavior, including trajectories, via mobile devices, on the internet, or within a virtual world. Users register their positions and/or behavior by scanning or observing codes or information. Examples of such registrations might include scanning a barcode with a cell phone, clicking on an internet link, making a decision within an online game, and/or the like. The registrations, together with geographic, temporal, and user-specific information, are obtained by the server that receives, processes, and records the message. Based on these messages and a user profile—which may include continuously updated user-specific behavior information, situational and ambient information, an accumulated history of scanned code messages, and integration with outside database information—the server determines behavioral information about a user, including user trajectories. For example, a history of scanned barcodes and the locations and times where they were scanned may be analyzed to determine where a user has been and what they were interested in scanning. Based on such tracking, the system can predict user trajectories, and notify users of an expected proximity or intersection with other users' trajectories.08-21-2008
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20080215241INTER-VEHICULAR DISTANCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Processor of an inter-tail-light distance measurement apparatus of a succeeding vehicle extracts images of left and right tail lights of a preceding vehicle from an image taken by an image sensor, calculates a distance, in the image taken by the image sensor, between the extracted images of the left and right tail lights, and detects a time difference between respective intensity variations over time of the extracted images of the left and right tail lights. Further, the processor calculates a distance between the left and right tail lights of the preceding vehicle on the basis of the time difference between the intensity variations, and calculates a distance to the preceding vehicle on the basis of the distance between the images of the tail lights and the distance between the tail lights.09-04-2008
20130030684SELECTION OF A RELATIVE POSITIONING METHOD - It is inter alia disclosed to select a relative positioning method from a set of at least two different relative positioning methods that are for determining an estimate of a relative position between a first entity and a second entity. The relative positioning method is selected in dependence on at least one of the following criteria: an estimated/measured distance between the first entity and the second entity; a relative positioning capability, of at least one of the first entity, the second entity and at least one server entity associated with at least one of the first entity and the second entity, to determine an estimate of a relative position between two entities; and an availability, at at least one of the at least one server entity, of a service providing data of at least one reference entity useable for determining an estimate of a relative position between the reference entity and one of the first entity and the second entity.01-31-2013
20130030683Method For Accurately Timing Stations On A Public Transportation Route - The present invention relates to a method for timing the arrival of a public transportation vehicle to a station on a route comprising the steps of: (a) receiving at least one said route for said public transportation vehicle; (b) receiving the location of at least one said station on said route; (c) receiving at least one GPS reading, indicative of the location of said public transportation vehicle; (d) calculating the location of said public transportation vehicle in relations to said route; (e) calculating the distance of the route between said location of said public transportation vehicle to said station; and (f) calculating the time required for said public transportation vehicle to travel to said station based on at least said distance to said station.01-31-2013
20130030682IDENTIFICATION OF A PERSON LOCATED PROXIMITE TO A CONTACT IDENTIFIED IN AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION CLIENT - A method, which includes, within an electronic communication client, identifying a first person. Via a processor, at least a second person geographically located proximate to a geographic location associated with the first person can be identified. The method further can include, within the electronic communication client, indicating that the second person is geographically located proximate to the geographic location associated with the first person.01-31-2013
20100161224APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING POSITION AND ORIENTATION OF MOBILE OBJECT - An apparatus for detecting a position and orientation of a mobile object includes: a relative position detection unit for acquiring a relative position with respect to movement of the mobile object; an absolute position detection unit for acquiring an absolute position of the mobile object; and a position updating unit for updating the position and orientation of the mobile object based on an initial or previous position of the mobile object and the relative position. The apparatus further includes: a position correction unit for updating a current position of the mobile object with the absolute position, and correcting the orientation of the mobile object by setting an orientation of the mobile object in the relative position equal to an orientation of the mobile object in the absolute position.06-24-2010
20110184646USING RELATIVE POSITION DATA IN A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE - A mobile computing device comprises a relative position determination circuit, a position determination circuit, and a processing circuit. The relative position determination circuit is configured to provide relative position data from a first position of the mobile computing device to a second position of the mobile computing device. The position determination circuit is configured to provide position data representing the second geographic position of the mobile computing device. The processing circuit is configured to generate position data for the first position based on the relative position data and the position data.07-28-2011
20080262731Electronic device for FM transmission of location-based information - According to one embodiment, an electronic device, for example, a portable electronic device such as a cellular telephone, a portable navigation device, a personal digital assistant (“PDA”), or an MP3 player, includes a GPS receiver configured to receive GPS coordinates. The GPS coordinates are sent to a CPU that is configured to retrieve location-based information from, for example, a memory device or a cellular module in the electronic device. An FM transmitter module is configured to encode and transmit the location-based information as encoded text, for example encoded RDS text, to an FM receiver in a vehicle. The RDS text can then be displayed on a display panel of the FM receiver. In addition to the encoded RDS text, audio signals from the FM transmitter module can be transmitted to the FM receiver for broadcast by a speaker of the FM receiver contemporaneously with the display of the RDS text.10-23-2008
20100076682VEHICLE POSITION CALCULATING DEVICE AND VEHICLE POSITION CALCULATING METHOD - A vehicle position calculating apparatus and vehicle position calculating method which can accurately calculate a current position of a vehicle regardless of the orientation of the vehicle at the time when acquiring positional information. An advancing direction detecting section in a vehicle position calculating ECU detects an advancing direction of a vehicle in a receiving area according to receiving area form information issued from a receiving area form acquiring section, moving distance information issued from a moving distance calculating section, and course change information issued from a course changing action detecting section. A vehicle position calculating section sets a reference position according to reference positional information issued from a reference position acquiring section, and calculates the current vehicle position by taking account of the advancing direction in addition to a relative change based on relative change information issued from the relative position change detecting section.03-25-2010
20100114489EXHAUSTIVE SWARMING SEARCH STRATEGY USING DISTRIBUTED PHEROMONE MAPS - Method and systems for using agents to perform an operation (e.g., a search) over a geographic area are provided. The system can first create a digital map of the geographic region divided into cells that contain information about the progress of an operation related to the geographic region. Next, the system can calculate a distance gradient of the digital map. The distance gradient indicates the distance from cells of the digital map to the nearest unoperated cell. The system can determine the next move for each agent based on the distance gradient. Also described are methods and systems for efficiently exchanging digital map information among agents and for distributing agents to increase network coverage and decrease agent crowding.05-06-2010
20130041578VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE, VEHICLE-MOUNTED COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED INFORMATION PROCESSOR - Provided is a vehicle-mounted device, which can reduce the amount of data of the positional information of other vehicles captured by a communication device, and also provided are a vehicle-mounted communication device and a vehicle-mounted information processor, which are used in the vehicle-mounted device. The vehicle-mounted device discerns a positional relationship, which is formed on the basis of map information, with an object captured by a communication device. The positional relationship is discerned by means of an information processor, which processes positional information of the object as required. The communication device is provided with a coordinate conversion unit, which converts the positional information of the captured object into coordinate information of a coordinate system that is set at a limited resolution with respect to the map information, and the communication device transfers to the information processor the coordinate information produced by the conversion.02-14-2013
20100042323COLLISION PREDICTION DEVICE - In a collision surface determination computing section 02-18-2010
20100106418VEHICLE TRAVEL TRACK ESTIMATOR - A vehicle risk level acquiring ECU calculates and acquires a plurality of courses of other vehicles around a driver's own vehicle, and acquires the predicted course of the driver's own vehicle. The vehicle risk level acquiring ECU calculates the collision probability of the driver's own vehicle as collision possibility on the basis of the predicted course of the driver's own vehicle and the plurality of courses of other vehicles.04-29-2010
20090306894Track prediction and identification via particle motion with intent - Provided is a system and method for tracking and identifying a target in an area of interest based on a comparison of predicted target behavior or movement and sensed target behavior or movement. Incorporating aspects of both particle diffusion and mobility constraint models with target intent derivations, the system may continuously track a target while simultaneously refining target identification information. Alternatively, the system and method are applied to reacquire a target track based on prioritized intents and predicted target location.12-10-2009
20090306893INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR A STORE PROVIDING CONSUMER-SPECIFIC ADVERTISEMENT FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS - An information processing system for consumers at a store may include a plurality of radio frequency (RF) identification devices, where each RF identification device is to be temporarily associated with a respective consumer during movement about the store. At least one RF receiver device may be arranged about the store for receiving communications from the RF identification devices, and at least one consumer identity reader may be arranged about the store for reading respective identities of the consumers. An information processor may cooperate with the RF receiver device(s) and the consumer identity reader(s) for generating consumer position data of the consumers during movement about the store based upon communications from the respective REF identification devices to the at least one RF receiver device, associating the consumer position data with respective identities of the consumers, and initiating consumer-specific advertisements based upon the consumer position data and respective identities of the consumers.12-10-2009
20120191336LOCATION-TO-LANDMARK - A mapping application that returns results for a target location as a function of at least one nearby landmark. The one or more nearby landmarks can be selected based on an expected user familiarity with the landmark, a precision of the landmark and/or a spatial relationship of the landmark with respect to the target location. Although landmarks are an integral aspect of navigation, they have rarely been used within electronic navigation devices. Electronic navigation means for a mobile device or other devices can guide the user along a route using photographs of landmarks together with audio and text instructions that reference these landmarks. This can assist older users who often find their mobility hampered by declines in sensory, cognitive and motor abilities.07-26-2012
20120191335TARGET IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND TARGET MOVEMENT PREDICTION METHOD - A target identification device in a user object includes: a user information obtaining part and a target information obtaining part obtaining a position, a speed over ground and a course over ground of the user object and a target object; a processor that calculates a CPA distance and a TCPA with respect to the target object relative and the user object, based on the positions, the speeds over ground and the courses over ground of the user object and the target object. The processor replaces the course over ground of the user object with a direction toward the target object and calculates the CPA and the TCPA when the speed over ground of the user object is a low speed determination value or less.07-26-2012
20120310516SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSOR BASED ENVIRONMENTAL MODEL CONSTRUCTION - A method and system may determine the estimated location of a vehicle, measure a location of an object relative to the vehicle using a sensor associated with the vehicle, and determine an updated vehicle location using the measured relative object location in conjunction with previously stored object locations. The estimated vehicle location may be determined using a system different from that associated with the sensor, for example a GPS system. The object location may be measured relative to a sub-map corresponding to the location of the vehicle.12-06-2012
20090030613Vehicle Departure Detecting Device - Lane width information Winf acquired by a traffic lane detector is retrieved (step S01-29-2009
20130066544Security and Tracking System - A security and tracking apparatus includes at least a first signaling unit and a second signaling unit, wherein the apparatus is adapted for transmitting the location of each signaling unit when the first and second signaling units are separated by more than a preselected distance. A method to locate a person, animal, or object, includes providing in contact with or at least in close proximity to the person, the animal, or the object, at least a first signaling unit and a second signaling unit, wherein each respective signaling unit is adapted for identifying the location of the signaling units and for transmitting the location of the signaling units when the first and second signaling units are separated more than a preselected distance; and activating the signaling units to transmit the location of the signaling units.03-14-2013
20120197518PROVIDING A LOCATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL - Methods, devices, and systems for providing a location of an individual are described herein. One or more device embodiments include a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to concurrently provide a location of an individual at least two different points in time, a time identifier for each of the at least two different points in time, and an uncertainty associated with the location of the individual at each of the at least two different points in time to a user.08-02-2012
20120116664VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND ROTATION DETECTION DEVICE USED IN SAME - A vehicle control device capable of accomplishing a highly reliable vehicle control with the separation distance recognized correctly, even if a reduction or an error of the detecting capability occurs in the result of measurement by a separation distance measuring section for measuring the separation distance with an object such as inter-vehicle gap is provided. The control device includes a rotation detector for detecting the rotational speed of a vehicle wheel and a vehicle movement amount detecting section for detecting the amount of movement of a vehicle from an output signal thereof. The use is made of a separation distance measuring section such as a laser radar for measuring, on a non-contact basis, the separation distance between the vehicle and the object, and of a vehicle movement control section for controlling the movement of the vehicle using the separation distance and the vehicle movement amount.05-10-2012
20120116662System and Method for Tracking Objects - A methods for tracking objects by generating kinematic models corresponding to the objects using a computerized object-tracking system including a data collection module receiving scan data associated with an object and generating, using the scan data, a new frame F, associated with a new time t+dt and including new points X. A clustering module identifies a new group G of new points X05-10-2012
20120116661System and Method For Correlation of Vehicles and Drivers - A system and method are provided for correlating between vehicle identification information and driver contact information. This is implemented in a preferred embodiment by means of a database running on a server, which contains tables of data on vehicles and drivers thereof, such as the vehicle license plate numbers and driver cellular phone numbers. By means of the system a user, knowing only the driver's license plate number, can contact this driver.05-10-2012
20090005987Determining locations of interest based on user visits - Techniques are described for determining locations of interest based on user visits. In some situations, the techniques include obtaining information about actual locations of users at various times, and automatically analyzing the information to determine particular locations in a geographic area that are of interest, such as for frequent destinations visited by users. After determining a particular location of interest, it may be represented by generating a corresponding location model to describe the geographic subarea or other location point(s) covered by the determined location of interest, and one or more points of interest (e.g., businesses, parks, schools, landmarks, etc.) may be identified that are located at or otherwise correspond to the determined location of interest. In addition, a determined location of interest may be further used in various ways, including to identify later user visits to that location (e.g., to a point of interest identified for the location).01-01-2009
20080306690Wireless network positioning system - The present invention discloses a wireless network positioning system to add a function of positioning a mobile communication device to a wireless communication system, wherein a mobile communication device detects intensities of wireless signals from access points and transmits signal intensity data to a LAN server, and an algorithm is used to determine the position of the mobile communication device. Particularly, the present invention utilizes a WLAN architecture to position a mobile communication device in an indoor environment.12-11-2008
20120303256METHODS AND SYSTEMS RELATED TO ESTABLISHING GEO-FENCE BOUNDARIES AND COLLECTING DATA - Establishing geo-fence boundaries and collecting data. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: detecting a vehicle is located within a first political boundary; establishing a first geo-fence boundary for the vehicle corresponding to the first political boundary, the establishing responsive to detecting the vehicle is within the first political boundary; collecting data regarding the vehicle movement within the first geo-fence boundary; and detecting the vehicle has departed the first geo-fence boundary.11-29-2012
20120101712METHOD FOR ASSESSING DRIVER ATTENTIVENESS - The attentiveness of the driver of motor vehicle traveling in a lane provided with boundaries on both sides is assessed by measuring the distance of the vehicle from one of the boundaries, determining the objective lateral freedom of movement of the vehicle in the lane, specifying a desired range of the distance of the vehicle from one boundary by means of the objective lateral freedom of movement, and adapting a parameter representative of the assessed attentiveness of the driver when the distance of the vehicle from one boundary leaves the desired range.04-26-2012
20100198513Combined Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication and Object Detection Sensing - A vehicle awareness system for monitoring remote vehicles relative to a host vehicle. The vehicle awareness system includes at least one object sensing device and a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device. A data collection module is provided for obtaining a sensor object data map and vehicle-to-vehicle object data map. A fusion module merges the sensor object data map and vehicle-to-vehicle object data map for generating a cumulative object data map. A tracking module estimates the relative position of the remote vehicles to the host vehicle.08-05-2010
20090157314METHOD FOR MEASURING LATERAL MOVEMENTS IN A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - Method for determining a dynamic variable representative for a lateral movement of a located object in a driver assistance system for motor vehicles, which has two angle-resolving distance sensors situated laterally offset to one another for locating the object, using which a radial component of the relative velocity of the object along the particular line of sight is also measurable, wherein the dynamic variable is calculated on the basis of the radial components of the relative velocity measured by the two distance sensors.06-18-2009
20110301844VEHICLE-MOUNTED INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An object of the invention is to provide a vehicle-mounted information processing apparatus capable of specifying the position of another vehicle with high accuracy using information related to the distance between another vehicle and an intersection point. The vehicle-mounted information processing apparatus includes: a map information storage unit (12-08-2011
20110301843Navigable topological maps - Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.12-08-2011
20080243386Method and System for Communicating Arrival Notifications - A method for communicating an arrival notification includes receiving a first destination and determining a location of the first destination. The method further includes calculating an estimated time of arrival for a mobile endpoint to arrive at the location of the first destination and sending a notification message indicating the estimated time of arrival to a communication device associated with the first destination.10-02-2008
20090099775Method And System For Controlling The Loading Of A Container Associated With A Vehicle - A leader location-determining receiver determines a leader location of a lead vehicle. A follower location-determining receiver determines a follower location of a follower vehicle, which has a container for storing a material. A data processor or position module calculates an observed relative position between the lead vehicle and the follower vehicle. Target relative positions are established between the lead vehicle and the follower vehicle. A data processor or selector selects a preferential one of the established target positions. A data processor or adjuster adjusts the observed relative position of the follower vehicle to achieve the selected preferential one of the established target positions.04-16-2009
20080319669System and Device Used to Automatically Determine the Position of an Entity with Respect to Two or More Reference Entities in Real Time - The present industrial invention refers to a system and device used to automatically determine the position of an entity with respect to two or more reference entities; the said system is based on the transmission of two consecutive coded signals, with pre-determined time interval, by a reference source. The first signal is sent by means of radio waves and the second signal by means of acoustic waves; the second signal is followed by an acoustic signal emitted by another reference entity after a present time interval.12-25-2008
20120271539DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE - A driver assistance device for a motor vehicle is provided. The driver assistance device includes an environmental sensor configured for monitoring a monitoring space located laterally to the motor vehicle for the presence of an object. An analysis unit is configured to receive a detection signal from the environmental sensor for estimating a possible endangerment of the motor vehicle by the object present in the monitoring space and to deliver a result signal representative of the endangerment. The analysis unit is configured to judge on the basis of the detection signal whether the object present in the monitoring space is approaching a lane adjacent to a lane traveled by the motor vehicle and to signal a result of a judgment in the result signal.10-25-2012
20090287415SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INCREASING LOCATION BASED SERVICE ACCURACY - A method of increasing location based service accuracy by correcting location data associated with a fixed source using a mobile communication device. The method includes the step of receiving, on the mobile communication device, a first set of location data. The first set of location data is originated from the fixed source such that if the location data is accurate, a physical location of the mobile communication device can be determined. The fixed source has a stored physical address which is updateable by an operator. At least a portion of the first set of location data derives from the stored physical address. The method further includes the steps of determining whether the first set of location data is accurate, and transmitting an error report to the operator when the first set of location data is inaccurate.11-19-2009
20080208471METHOD FOR FINDING A POSITION FOR LANES ON A MULTILANE ROADWAY - The invention relates to a method for finding a position for lanes on a multilane roadway, where first of all the position of a first lane on the multilane roadway is found and then the position of at least one further lane on the multilane roadway is determined on the basis of the position found for the first lane.08-28-2008
20080208470Communication method and communication system - A communication method is applied to a first peripheral communication device and a communication device. The communication device has a data exchanging module, a GPS module electrically connected to the data exchanging module, and a Bluetooth communication module electrically connected to the data exchanging module. The communication method includes the following steps. First, the first peripheral communication device outputs a first Bluetooth signal carrying first GPS data. Next, the data exchanging module receives the first GPS data from the Bluetooth communication module and transmits the first GPS data to the GPS module. Then, the GPS module calculates a first GPS position of the communication device through a position algorithmic process according to the first GPS data.08-28-2008
20100100323METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN AVERAGE WALK DISTANCE TO A SERVICE - A system for determining an average walk distance for a plurality of users of print-related services may include a processor, a processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processor and an output device in communication with the processor. The processor-readable storage medium may include programming instructions for identifying a plurality of print-related services in a facility and identifying a total number of users associated with the plurality of services. For each identified user, the processor-readable storage medium may include programming instructions for identifying the services used by the user, determining a usage level associated with the services, determining a distance between the user and the service, determining an average walk distance for the users and displaying, on the output device, the average walk distance.04-22-2010
20130218448ROAD SHAPE ESTIMATION APPARATUS - A road shape estimation apparatus, mounted to a vehicle, for estimating a shape of a road on which the vehicle runs, includes: an object detection section for detecting, as a plurality of detected points, a position of a stationary object which is around the vehicle; a starting point determination section for determining a starting point by selecting from among the plurality of detected points, based on a positional relationship between the vehicle and each of the plurality of detected points; a detected point connection section for sequentially connecting between the starting point and one of the detected points that is a point to be connected, so as to start from the starting point, and for thus grouping detected points; and a road shape estimation section for estimating, as a shape of the road, a shape of a connection line obtained by grouping the detected points.08-22-2013
20090265105REAL-TIME NAVIGATION DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Some implementations of the invention provide real-time navigation data via a mobile device. Some embodiments of the invention provide portable devices that can indicate both relatively “static” information, such as map data, architectural features, casino layout information, etc., which may be updated from time to time. Accordingly, the term “static” as used herein does not necessarily mean unchanging or unchangeable. Some such embodiments provide portable devices that can simultaneously display static information and real-time video data. The video data may be provided by one or more cameras in a camera network. Information, such as offers, advertisements, etc., may be provided to a user according to the user's location.10-22-2009
20090265106Method and System for Determining a Potential Relationship between Entities and Relevance Thereof - A method and system for identifying a relevance of a relation between at least two entities includes receiving at least one item of information relating to one or more of the entities and determining whether a proximity between the at least two entities exists. A level of the proximity between the entities is identified. The relevance of the proximity between the entities is determined based on the level of the proximity and the at least one item of information received.10-22-2009
20120065877DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING OBJECTS IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a device and a method for displaying objects in the surroundings of a vehicle having a sensor arrangement (03-15-2012
20090299630Data mining in a digital map database to identify insufficient superelevation along roads and enabling precautionary actions in a vehicle - Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, a curved portion of a road with insufficient superelevation. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where curved sections of roads have insufficient superelevation (banking), i.e., where the superelevation is below a threshold. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location of insufficient superelevation. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a location of insufficient superelevation.12-03-2009
20090082968MATERIAL HANDLING VEHICLE LOCATION SYSTEM - The object of the invention is to provide a system which can be constituted quite compactly for detecting actual position of a material handling vehicle in a warehouse in which a plurality of racks composed of upright frame members and lateral frame members connecting the upright members are installed so that material handling vehicles can travel along the passageway between the racks so that current position of the material handling vehicle in the warehouse can be detected with increased reliability even if some of the reflections fail to be received by the sensors.03-26-2009
20090119017LOCALIZATION KEY AND CORRESPONDING METHODS - Disclosed are methods of providing an electronic device and a corresponding localization key to a customer for localization of the electronic device, as well as a corresponding localization key and computer-readable medium. The methods select a localization key corresponding to the location of the customer, and provide the electronic device and the selected localization key for delivery to the customer. The selected localization key includes a computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions for execution by a processor of the electronic device. When the localization key is interfaced to the electronic device, the instructions cause the processor of the electronic device to select one of a plurality of localization profiles indicated by the instructions to correspond to the location of the customer and to implement the selected localization profile on the electronic device.05-07-2009
20090143984LOCATION-TO-LANDMARK - A mapping application that returns results for a target location as a function of at least one nearby landmark. The one or more nearby landmarks can be selected based on an expected user familiarity with the landmark, a precision of the landmark and/or a spatial relationship of the landmark with respect to the target location. Although landmarks are an integral aspect of navigation, they have rarely been used within electronic navigation devices. Electronic navigation means for a mobile device or other devices can guide the user along a route using photographs of landmarks together with audio and text instructions that reference these landmarks. This can assist older users who often find their mobility hampered by declines in sensory, cognitive and motor abilities.06-04-2009
20090326818Driver assistance system - A driver assistance system includes a distance measuring device which detects distance values of objects from the surroundings of a vehicle. Based on a coordinate system that is fixed to the vehicle, the surroundings of the vehicle are subdivided into zones. Individual quality measures are assigned to distance values from the particular zones or measured quantities derived from these distance values. The individual quality measure is a function in particular of the variation of the component of the relative velocity in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.12-31-2009
20110224902INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, MAP UPDATE METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing device including: a global map acquiring unit that acquires at least a part of a global map representing positions of objects in a real space where a plurality of users are in activity; a local map generating unit that generates a local map representing positions of nearby objects detectable by a device of one user among the plurality of users; and an updating unit that updates the global map based on position data of objects included in the local map09-15-2011
20090204326Method and System for Supporting the Driver of a Motor Vehicle in Recognizing the Surroundings of the Motor Vehicle - A method for supporting the driver of a motor vehicle in recognizing the surroundings of the motor vehicle, the surroundings of the motor vehicle being recorded visually by an image sensor unit, graphic supplemental information being produced by a control unit and/or recalled from a storage arrangement, both the recorded surroundings data and the graphic supplemental information being depicted visually on a display unit, and the graphic supplemental information and/or the collected surroundings data being displayed semi-transparently. A system that is suitable for carrying out the method and that includes an image sensor unit for visually recording the surroundings, a control unit for producing or recalling graphic supplemental information, as well as a display unit for visually displaying the collected surroundings data and the graphic supplemental information, and the graphic supplemental information and/or the collected surroundings data being portrayable semi-transparently on the display unit.08-13-2009
20090204325TRACKING VEHICLE LOCATIONS IN A PARKING LOT FOR DEFINITIVE DISPLAY ON A GUI - A computer implemented method for displaying on a map a definitive image of precise locations of multiple mobile objects such as vehicles in a lot. The lot is mapped digitally to display precise locations of sub-areas of different types, such as parking and movement slots and their raw, approximate distances from vehicles are determined from approximate coordinates of vehicles obtained remotely. A data base of vehicle and sub-area types is established and a vehicle placement matrix is determined providing probabilities of respective sub-areas being occupiable by respective vehicles derived from business environment rules based on compatibilities of respective vehicle types with respect sub-area types. Raw, approximate distances of vehicles from sub-areas are divided by the probabilities to provided adjusted distances, sub-areas ranked by least adjusted distances and the respective vehicles placed in their top ranked sub-areas for more accurate display of location on a GUI.08-13-2009
20090210156EFFICIENT USE OF EXPECTED USER ALTITUDE DATA TO AID IN DETERMINING A POSITION OF A MOBILE STATION - A method and apparatus for using a predetermined portion of terrain elevation maps in a database for aiding in computing a three-dimensional position of a wireless station. Instead of using the entire terrain model of the earth or an entire country, the database consists of an incomplete model, which includes only the most populous areas or specific regions. This reduces the size of the information in the database, which in turn reduces the amount of time to compute the positions of the wireless device.08-20-2009
20120078498VEHICULAR PERIPHERAL SURVEILLANCE DEVICE - A vehicular peripheral surveillance device includes an obstacle recognition sensor 03-29-2012
20120078497METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY TRACKING VEHICLE-CENTRIC DATA AND USER-CENTRIC DATA - A system and method for tracking a vehicle-centric data and a user-centric data with respect to a vehicle. A vehicle-based device can be configured with a vehicle-based application in order to collect and cache the vehicle-centric data. Additionally, an existing vehicle data interface can provide such vehicle-centric data and other data. A GPS-enabled wireless communications device configured with a vehicle and user data tracking module can be interfaced with the vehicle-based device via a wireless technology in order to retrieve the vehicle-centric data with respect to the vehicle. The user-centric data can also be collected from the wireless communications device via a wireless application when the user is external to the vehicle. The vehicle-centric data and the user-centric-data can be then transmitted to a centralized server in order to track a historical and real time GPS location and navigation data.03-29-2012
20100235098METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SENSOR GEOMETRY - Method and system for dynamical sensor geometry by means of formation control of sensor carrying craft, which operate below the water surface, on the ground, at the water surface and/or in the air, are manned and/or unmanned, and which are provided with one or more sensors. The sensors are arranged on the sensor carrying craft, and/or arranged with the sensor carrying craft in other suitable ways, such as towed behind the craft.09-16-2010
20100217525System and Method for Delivering Sponsored Landmark and Location Labels - A method for constructing geo-location service replies (e.g. “You are near Bob's Café”, or “Proceed one block north to Bob's Café”) based on landmark-related relevance factors (e.g. if the user's location is close to a known landmark or sponsored location) to serve to a client terminal (e.g. a user's a mobile telephone, a smart phone, a GPS terminal). The system receives a user's geo-location service request (e.g. “Where am I”), and proceeds to construct one or more response candidates to service the user's geo-location service request. Candidate replies are then scored based on relevance factors (e.g. does the candidate location relate to the user's recent geo-service queries, is there a sponsored landmark in general proximity, etc), and high scoring geo-service replies are sent to the user's client terminal. In some cases, more than one relevance factor is considered (e.g. proximity relevance, visibility relevance, familiarity relevance, etc).08-26-2010
20100217526METHOD FOR SIMPLE OPTICAL AUTONOMOUS REFUELING SYSTEM - The present inventions provides for a system and method to facilitate dynamic spatial positioning of a second vehicle in relation to a first vehicle autonomously. The system includes a first vehicle, a second vehicle, a light pattern located on the first vehicle, an imaging system, and a processor. The imaging system is located on the second vehicle and is operable to receive a signal from the light pattern while having a clear line of sight with the light pattern. Furthermore, the processor is in communication with the imaging system, such that the processor is operable to determine the spatial positioning between the first vehicle and the second vehicle. Additionally, the processor is further operable to communicate instructions to the second vehicle, such that the second vehicle can achieve the desired spatial positioning autonomously.08-26-2010
20120035844CRUISE ASSIST SYSTEM - A cruise assist system for a vehicle, which is structured to contain magnetic particles in the stop line, and integrate results of measurement of the stop line position based on the GPS positioning, which has been conducted every time the vehicle stops at the stop line for the purpose of improving accuracy of the estimated stop line position. The system is further structured to estimate the self-location of the vehicle based on the estimated position of the stop line.02-09-2012
20100223007METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAPPING ENVIRONMENTS CONTAINING DYNAMIC OBSTACLES - The present invention relates to a method and system for mapping environments containing dynamic obstacles. In one embodiment, the present invention is a method for mapping an environment containing dynamic obstacles using a processor including the steps of forming a current instantaneous map of the environment, determining cells which are free space within the current instantaneous map, determining cells which are occupied space within the current instantaneous map, and integrating the current instantaneous map with an old integrated map of the environment to form a new integrated map of the environment.09-02-2010
20090259399Obstacle detection method and system - A system for detecting obstacles near a machine is disclosed. The system has a plurality of obstacle sensors located on the machine. The system also has a controller in communication with each of the plurality of obstacle sensors. The controller is configured to pair one-to-one each of the plurality of obstacle sensors to each of a plurality of non-overlapping confidence regions. Additionally, the controller is configured to scan with the plurality of obstacle sensors. The controller is also configured to receive from the plurality of obstacle sensors raw data regarding the scanning, and assemble the raw data into a map. Based on the map, the controller is configured to determine at least one characteristic of at least one obstacle.10-15-2009
20090319187Generating Geocoded Targeted Web Advertisements - A system and a method are disclosed for presenting users with web advertisements that are dynamically adjusted based upon a geographic location determined within the content of the web page that the web advertisement will appear. An analysis module determines a geographic location from the content of a web page. The analysis module determines coordinates associated with the geographic location. An advertisement search module determines geographic specific advertisements based on the coordinates. An advertisement generation module generates a geocoded targeted web advertisement based at least in part on geographic specific advertisements.12-24-2009
20090112473Method for providing location and promotional information associated with a building complex - A method for providing location and promotional information to a visitor to a building complex in an interactive environment where said visitor may select either from a variety of pre-defined search parameters or select a specific location on a dynamic computer-generated rendering of the building complex.04-30-2009
20090105952WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION - Watercraft automation and aquatic data utilization for aquatic efforts are disclosed. In one aspect, an anchor point is obtained and a watercraft position maintenance routine is actuated to control the watercraft to maintain association with the anchor point. In another aspect, prior aquatic effort data is obtained in association with an anchor point. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data is generated in association with an anchor point. In still another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized for prediction generation. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized to obtain another anchor point for a watercraft.04-23-2009
20110004406SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATION DETERMINATION OF DEVICES USING NETWORK FINGERPRINTS FOR POWER MANAGEMENT - A system and methods that enables the determination of the location of a device using a network fingerprint of a known location on the electrical grid. A collection of communication based information is utilized to construct a network fingerprint that is subsequently used to determine whether a device is at a previously known or unknown location. By detecting differences in some or all of this set of information, a system determines whether an electric car has moved from one known location to another or otherwise left a known location. Determining a change in the location of a device, the device or a server take further actions, such as: notifying a user, notifying another server, initiating a configuration process, or operating in different modes. Knowledge about network location assist with assessing the overall load characteristics of a given area of a power grid, and with determining billing related matters.01-06-2011
20090143985SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING THE RELATIVE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO VEHICLES - A system that includes a first self propelled steerable vehicle having a first end and a second end, a second self propelled steerable vehicle having a first end and a second end and an electronic device that maintains a relative position between at least one of the first end and the second end of the first self propelled steerable vehicle and at least one of the first end and the second end of the second self propelled steerable vehicle.06-04-2009
20100145617Obstacle detecting device - A distance measuring sensor is arranged to a vehicle door, and measures a distance to an object in a direction corresponding to a scanning angle. A memory stores a standard angle and a comparison distance corresponding to the scanning angle. A distance-shortest scanning angle is defined by the shortest value of the measured distance. When the distance-shortest scanning angle is different from the standard angle, the scanning angle is corrected. The object is determined to be an obstacle having a possibility to contact with the door, when the measured distance is equal to or shorter than a corrected comparison distance corresponding to the corrected scanning angle.06-10-2010
20110246070Apparatuses, Methods and Systems for Determining and Announcing Proximity Between Trajectories - The disclosure details the implementation of apparatuses, methods, and systems for determining and announcing proximity between trajectories. A code triggered information server may be used to track user behavior, including trajectories, via mobile devices, on the internet, or within a virtual world. Users register their positions and/or behavior by scanning or observing codes or information. Examples of such registrations might include scanning a barcode with a cell phone, clicking on an internet link, making a decision within an online game, and/or the like. The registrations, together with geographic, temporal, and user-specific information, are obtained by the server that receives, processes, and records the message. Based on these messages and a user profile—which may include continuously updated user-specific behavior information, situational and ambient information, an accumulated history of scanned code messages, and integration with outside database information—the server determines behavioral information about a user, including user trajectories. For example, a history of scanned barcodes and the locations and times where they were scanned may be analyzed to determine where a user has been and what they were interested in scanning. Based on such tracking, the system can predict user trajectories, and notify users of an expected proximity or intersection with other users' trajectories.10-06-2011
20090216449Passive Mapping Using a Floor Cleaning Machine - A floor cleaning machine having a passive mapping system for determining position information associated with a plurality of RFID tags dispersed within a floor field during a floor cleaning process. The passive mapping system defines a floor map based on position information collected from the plurality of RFID tags. The floor map may be communicated to a remote map server and be utilized by a second floor cleaning machine during a different floor cleaning process. The mapping system can periodically update the floor map based on information collected during subsequent floor cleaning processes. The information may include RFID tag movement or replacement. In one embodiment, a remote mapping system communicates with a floor cleaning machine via wireless communication.08-27-2009
20110153210Relative Navigation System and a Method Thereof - A method of providing a relative navigation system by projecting into space from a first object a grid that is repeatedly detected from a second object having a second relative reference frame associated with a second origin point on the second object and using range and attitude between the objects to adjust the attitude or range of at least one of the first and second objects.06-23-2011
20100063734SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING TRACK DATABASE INFORMATION - The system comprises a track profile database stored in a memory that has data relative to the identity of one or more wayside devices for a track and data relative to a location associated with each of the one or more wayside devices on the track. A camera generates visible spectral data of the wayside equipment as the vehicle travels on the track. A data storage device is provided for storing the spectral data received from the camera and data relative to a location of the powered vehicle when the camera generates the spectral data of the wayside equipment wherein the location of the powered vehicle represents the location of the wayside equipment. A controller is configured to compare the location data of the wayside equipment in the database to the location data associated with the spectral data of the wayside equipment stored in the data storage device.03-11-2010
20100063735METHOD, APPARATUS AND PROGRAM OF PREDICTING OBSTACLE COURSE - A method, an apparatus, and a program of predicting an obstacle course, capable of appropriately predicting a course of an obstacle even under a complicated traffic environment, are provided. For this purpose, the course, which the obstacle may take, is predicted based on the position and the internal state of the obstacle, and at the time of the prediction, a plurality of courses are probabilistically predicted for at least one obstacle. When there are a plurality of obstacles, the course in which different obstacles interfere with each other is obtained from the predicted courses, which a plurality of obstacles may take, and the predictive probability of the course for which the probabilistic prediction is performed from the courses in which they interfere with each other is lowered. Probability of realizing each of a plurality of courses including the course of which predicted probability is lowered is calculated.03-11-2010
20110178709Apparatus and method generating a grid map - An apparatus and method generating a grid map are provided. The grid map generating apparatus generates a grid map while turning 360 degrees at a dynamically adjustable rotational velocity. The dynamically adjustable rotational velocity allows grid points to have equal intervals on the grid map. The grid map generating apparatus generates a grid map while making a complete turn, and generates a grid map corresponding to a non-linear section while making another turn.07-21-2011
20110098926ALIGNMENT AND ANTI-DRIFT MECHANISM - A system includes a displacement sensor, an actuator connected to the displacement sensor, and a feedback unit. The displacement sensor is configured to measure at least one of a relative position and a relative orientation between the displacement sensor and the target object. The feedback unit receives a signal from the displacement sensor related to the measured relative position or relative orientation and controls the actuator to move the displacement sensor on the basis of variations in the received signal arising due to a change in environmental conditions.04-28-2011
20110098927VEHICLE DRIVING SUPPORT CONTROL APPARATUS - When a stereo image recognition device detects a vehicle ahead, a driving support apparatus extracts the vehicle ahead as a vehicle against which control should be performed, and performs driving support control based upon the information from the stereo image recognition device. When the stereo image recognition device does not detect the vehicle ahead, the driving support apparatus sets either one of the distance from the driving lane on which the vehicle travels and a start point of a curve ahead according to the configuration of the road ahead and a detection limit distance of the information of the vehicle ahead by the stereo image recognition device (front recognition device) as a threshold value IVC_L. When the vehicle ahead is present distant by more than the threshold value IVC_L, the driving support apparatus performs driving support control based upon the information by the inter-vehicle communication from a communication device.04-28-2011
20100125415MONITORING SYSTEM FOR LOW-SPEED MOBILITY VEHICLE AND ANOTHER TYPE OF VEHICLE - In a monitoring system of a power wheelchair (low-speed mobility vehicle) and an automobile (vehicle of different type) having a remote monitoring device connected to them through a first communicator, each of the wheelchair and automobile includes a first transmitter transmitting location data to the remote monitoring device through a first communicator, and the remote monitoring device calculates an inter-vehicle distance between the wheelchair and automobile based on the location data and transmits an approaching signal indicating that they are approaching each other when the inter-vehicle distance is equal to or less than a first predetermined value, thereby reducing the driving burden on the operators and enhances driving safety.05-20-2010
20110071760GRID-BASED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - A grid-based transmission system for determining relative positions of vehicles in a grid quadrangle of a reference grid, each vehicle having a transmitter and a receiver, comprising determining an absolute position of a vehicle. A reference grid is obtained. A reference point for the reference grid is assigned; and a relative position of the vehicle relative to the reference point is generated. The reference grid is a stored and previously generated reference grid, or is generated based on the absolute position and a transmission range of a transmitter. The vehicle sends a position message containing the relative position; the transmission range; an identity of the vehicle; an identity for all other vehicles that have previously sent a position message received by the vehicle; and the relative position of the all other vehicles.03-24-2011
20120303257POWER CHARGING STATION ADMINISTRATION DEVICE - A power charging station administration device administrates available time slot information and installation site information set by an administrator of an in-vehicle battery charger, that is, the available time slot information representing time slots at which the in-vehicle battery charger is available and the installation site information representing the installation site of the in-vehicle battery charger using an administration unit. An information publication unit publishes the available time slot information and the installation site information administrated by the administration unit on a homepage. An occupant of a vehicle A other than the administrator of the in-vehicle battery charger can use the in-vehicle battery charger by verifying the published information during time slots at which the in-vehicle battery charger is available.11-29-2012
20120303255METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCURATE LOCALIZATION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE - A method and apparatus for providing accurate localization at an industrial vehicle is described. In one embodiment, the method includes processing at least one sensor input message from a plurality of sensor devices, wherein the at least one sensor input message comprises information regarding environmental features, determining pose measurements associated with the industrial vehicle in response to each acquisition time of the at least one sensor input message and updating map data with the determined pose measurements.11-29-2012
20110010093METHOD FOR ENCOURAGING LOCATION AND ACTIVITY LABELING - One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for location labeling. During operation, the system collects contextual information recorded by one or more components located on a computing device associated with a user, and determines whether the computing device is stationary based on collected information. Responsive to the computing device being stationary, the system allows the user to provide a location label.01-13-2011
20090240432Vehicle-installation obstacle detection apparatus - A vehicle-installed obstacle detection apparatus includes a forward-view camera, and processes resultant image data to detect objects as possible obstacles. A size value such as tail lamp spacing, transmitted from a preceding vehicle, and a corresponding size value as measured in a captured image, are used to calculate the distance of the preceding vehicle. This is used together with a height value transmitted from the preceding vehicle and a corresponding height value measured in the captured image, to calculate the relative height difference between the vehicles, which is then used to discriminate between detected objects which are actual obstacles and objects such as road surface markers.09-24-2009
20080243385Guiding Device and Guiding Method - The present invention provides a guiding device that can induce a user to move according to a guiding route.10-02-2008
20120065875WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION - Watercraft automation and aquatic data utilization for aquatic efforts are disclosed. In one aspect, an anchor point is obtained and a watercraft position maintenance routine is actuated to control the watercraft to maintain association with the anchor point. In another aspect, prior aquatic effort data is obtained in association with an anchor point. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data is generated in association with an anchor point. In still another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized for prediction generation. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized to obtain another anchor point for a watercraft.03-15-2012
20090177399METHOD FOR ESTIMATING LOCATION AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for estimating location, and an apparatus using the same. The method for estimating location includes receiving information on the location of a plurality of external apparatuses from the plurality of external apparatuses; setting estimable areas for estimating an area wherein there is a possibility that the device is located based on the information on the location of the plurality of external apparatuses; and determining a predetermined area of the estimable areas to be an estimation area wherein there is the possibility that the device is located. If it is impossible to receive a GPS signal, the location information of a device is estimated using information on the location of an external apparatus communicable with the device.07-09-2009
20130197793CALIBRATED HARDWARE SENSORS FOR ESTIMATING REAL-WORLD DISTANCES - In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided for assisting a user in determining a real-world distance. Hardware-based sensors (e.g., present in a mobile electronic device) may allow for a fast low-power determination of distances. In one embodiment, one or more telemetry-related sensors may be incorporated into a device. For example, data detected by a frequently-calibrated integrated accelerometer may be used to determine a tilt of the device. A device height may be estimated based on empirical data or based on a time difference between a signal (e.g., a sonar signal) emitted towards the ground and a corresponding detected signal. A triangulation technique may use the estimated tilt and height to estimate other real-world distances (e.g., from the device to an endpoint or between endpoints).08-01-2013
20110054792System and method for determining relative positions of moving objects and sequence of such objects - A system and method for ranking the relative movement of objects on a pathway is provided. The method includes: dividing the pathway into a plurality of sectors, each sector having a rank of order with respect to a beginning and an ending point of the pathway; receiving coordinate data from each of the objects; identifying, based on the received coordinate data, if any objects are present in individual ones of the plurality of sectors; determining, for any sector that has at least two objects, the positional order of the at least two objects within that sector; and ranking the positional order of the plurality of objects along the pathway based upon the rank order of the sector in which each object is present, and which multiple objects that are present in any sector are ordered as set by the determining.03-03-2011
20100179759Detecting Spatial Outliers in a Location Entity Dataset - Disclosed herein are one or more embodiments that arrange a plurality of location entities into a hierarchy of location descriptors. One or more of the disclosed embodiments may determine whether one of the location entities is a spatial outlier based at least in part on presence of one or more other location entities within a predetermined distance of the one location entity. Also, the other location entities and the one location entity may share a location descriptor.07-15-2010
20120310517METHOD FOR WARNING A USER OF A ROAD VEHICLE ABOUT AN APPROACHING VEHICLE - A method for alerting a user of a road vehicle (B-F, 12-06-2012
20090299633Vehicle Pre-Impact Sensing System Having Terrain Normalization - A vehicle pre-impact sensing system is provided that includes an array of energy signal transmitters mounted on a vehicle for transmitting signals within multiple transmit zones spaced from the vehicle and an array of receiver elements mounted on the vehicle for receiving signals reflected from an object located in one or more multiple receive zones indicative of the object being in certain one or more zones. A processor processes the received reflected signals and determines range, location, speed and direction of the object, determines whether the object is expected to impact the vehicle as a function of the determined range, location, speed and direction of the object, and generates an output signal indicative of a pre-impact event. The system may detect one or more features of a target object, such as a front end of a vehicle. Additionally, the system may modulate the transmit beams. Further, the system may perform a terrain normalization to remove stationary items.12-03-2009
20090299631Vehicle Pre-Impact Sensing System Having Object Feature Detection - A vehicle pre-impact sensing system is provided that includes an array of energy signal transmitters mounted on a vehicle for transmitting signals within multiple transmit zones spaced from the vehicle and an array of receiver elements mounted on the vehicle for receiving signals reflected from an object located in one or more multiple receive zones indicative of the object being in certain one or more zones. A processor processes the received reflected signals and determines range, location, speed and direction of the object, determines whether the object is expected to impact the vehicle as a function of the determined range, location, speed and direction of the object, and generates an output signal indicative of a pre-impact event. The system may detect one or more features of a target object, such as a front end of a vehicle. Additionally, the system may modulate the transmit beams. Further, the system may perform a terrain normalization to remove stationary items.12-03-2009
20090299632Vehicle Pre-Impact Sensing System Having Signal Modulation - A vehicle pre-impact sensing system is provided that includes an array of energy signal transmitters mounted on a vehicle for transmitting signals within multiple transmit zones spaced from the vehicle and an array of receiver elements mounted on the vehicle for receiving signals reflected from an object located in one or more multiple receive zones indicative of the object being in certain one or more zones. A processor processes the received reflected signals and determines range, location, speed and direction of the object, determines whether the object is expected to impact the vehicle as a function of the determined range, location, speed and direction of the object, and generates an output signal indicative of a pre-impact event. The system may detect one or more features of a target object, such as a front end of a vehicle. Additionally, the system may modulate the transmit beams. Further, the system may perform a terrain normalization to remove stationary items.12-03-2009
20090292467SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR RANGING BASED ON PIXEL SHIFT AND VELOCITY INPUT - A system, method and computer program product provides for determining a location of an external object sensed by a mobile object on a display of the mobile object. The method may include determining a first position of the external object on the display, the first position being sensed by the mobile object at a first position of the mobile object. It may also include determining a second position of the external object on the display, the second position being sensed by the mobile object at a second position of the mobile object. Next, the method may include determining the location of the external object based upon said determining of the first position and said determining of the second position. The first position of the external object and the second position of the external object may be respectively sensed by a sensor system of the mobile object, where the display comprises a graphical user interface (GUI). Any portion of the external object may be mapped to one or more pixels, with each pixel providing a unique location.11-26-2009
20110137561METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES OF A POINT OF INTEREST IN AN IMAGE - An approach is provided for measuring geographic coordinates of a point of interest in an image. A mapping and augmented reality application causes, at least in part, presentation on a screen of an image including a point of interest and a reference point with a known address or known geographic coordinates, and the image is associated with a location, a tilt angle, and a directional heading of a device used to capture the image. The mapping and augmented reality application causes, at least in part, detection on the screen of a length marked by a user from the reference point to the point of interest. The mapping and augmented reality application converts the length into a physical distance between the points. The mapping and augmented reality application calculates geographic coordinates of the point of interest based upon the physical distance.06-09-2011
20100030472COLLISION POSSIBILITY ACQUIRING DEVICE, AND COLLISION POSSIBILITY ACQUIRING METHOD - An own vehicle risk acquiring ECU 02-04-2010
20100023263Position Detection Method And Position Detection Apparatus For A Preceding Vehicle And Data Filtering Method - A method for detecting the position of a preceding vehicle (01-28-2010
20100017126METHOD FOR DYNAMIC CREATION OF A GEOFENCE IN A WIRELESS SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for creating a dynamic GeoFence area by determining an instant reference point using a first set of pseudorange measurements received by a GeoFence device, defining the dynamic GeoFence area referenced to the instant reference point, determining a position fix using a second set of pseudorange measurements, and comparing the position fix to the dynamic GeoFence area. In one aspect, an alert message based on the comparison results is presented to a user.01-21-2010
20110153211METHOD OF DETERMINING RANGE - A method of determining range between two objects, where a grid consisting of a plurality of grid lines are projected into space by the first object and detected by the second object.06-23-2011
20110307174NAVIGATION METHOD, APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND USER INTERFACE - An apparatus, method, computer program and user interface wherein the method comprises: a controller configured to determine locations of interest within a predetermined distance of a first location; a display configured to simultaneously present a map, a first bounded area of the map and a list of the determined locations of interest within the first bounded area; a user input device configured to enable a user to make a user input, wherein; the controller is configured to detect a user input and, in response to the detection of the user input, control the display to present a second bounded area of the map and update the list of the determined locations of interest so that locations of interest within the second bounded area are presented in the list.12-15-2011
20120004844FORMATION FLYING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method for directing formation flying of an aircraft includes sensing a relative position of a leader to a follower aircraft by one or more sensors disposed at the follower aircraft. The relative position is compared to a selected relative position, and a follower velocity of the follower aircraft necessary to move the follower aircraft to the selective relative position is determined via a flight control computer of the follower aircraft. The follower velocity is transformed into flight control inputs and the follower aircraft is moved to the selected relative position via the flight control inputs.01-05-2012
20100114488Systems and Methods for Locating a Vehicle - Methods and systems for locating a vehicle are disclosed, including determining a vehicle location information of a vehicle, and sending the vehicle location information to a mobile device, thereby enabling the mobile device to determine a relative location of the vehicle with respect to the mobile device, in response to the mobile device determining a mobile device location information of the mobile device.05-06-2010
20120065876VEHICULAR INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - Disclosed is a vehicular information processing device which performs a predetermined process of a host vehicle on the basis of reference positional information acquired from positional information of another vehicle within a predetermined positional range. When there are a plurality of other vehicles within a predetermined positional range, representative positional information is acquired on the basis of a plurality of pieces of positional information obtained from the plurality of other vehicles, and the predetermined process is performed with the acquired representative positional information as the reference positional information.03-15-2012
20120116663OBSTACLE DETECTION DEVICE AND OBSTACLE DETECTION SYSTEM - Objects relatively approaching a vehicle diagonally are detected, and at least relative distances of the detected objects with respect to the vehicle and relative speeds of the detected objects with respect to the vehicle are calculated. Using the relative distances of the objects and the relative speeds of the objects, estimated collision time lengths to collisions of the objects with the vehicle are calculated respectively. A predetermined number of the objects that are arranged in an ascending order of the estimated collision time lengths are selected, and pieces of detected information on the selected objects are output.05-10-2012
20120059575TARGET LOCATOR DEVICE AND METHODS - Systems and methods for a target locator device are provided. In one embodiment, a target locator device comprises: a high performance gyroscope; an inertial measurement unit including an accelerometer triad and a gyroscope triad; a rangefinder; a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver; and a processor coupled to the high performance gyroscope, the inertial measurement unit, the rangefinder and the GNSS receiver. The processor derives an alignment heading from a heading measurement provided by the high performance gyroscope. The processor calculates a heading to a target based on a deviation from the alignment heading as measured from a heading and elevation measurement determined from the inertial measurement unit.03-08-2012
20120072102WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION - Watercraft automation and aquatic data utilization for aquatic efforts are disclosed. In one aspect, an anchor point is obtained and a watercraft position maintenance routine is actuated to control the watercraft to maintain association with the anchor point. In another aspect, prior aquatic effort data is obtained in association with an anchor point. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data is generated in association with an anchor point. In still another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized for prediction generation. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized to obtain another anchor point for a watercraft.03-22-2012
20120072101Method and device for assisting in the locating of aircraft - A method for assisting in the locating of a first aircraft includes a step of emission by the first aircraft of an identifier and of a time-stamped position reading, said method further including: the reception and the storage by at least one second aircraft of the identifier and of the time-stamped position reading, and the downloading by the second aircraft, after its landing, of the identifiers and of the time-stamped position readings to a database on the ground, and, in case of disappearance of the first aircraft, the determination of the last known position of the first aircraft based on the time-stamped position readings stored in the database on the ground.03-22-2012
20120072100METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A RELATIVE POSITION OF A SENSING LOCATION WITH RESPECT TO A LANDMARK - An apparatus may include a landmark selector configured to receive selection of a landmark. A sensory device may determine at least one position indicator relating to alignment with the landmark from a sensing location, such as orientation, attitude, and/or altitude. The apparatus may further include a position determiner configured to determine a relative position of the sensing location with respect to the landmark based at least in part on the position indicator. Accordingly, the apparatus may determine the relative position of the sensing location with respect to the landmark. In some embodiments the apparatus may be further configured to determine the absolute position of the sensing location. Thereby position information may be used, for example, to create collaborative content captured at an event occurring near the landmark.03-22-2012
20120253653Location Mapping - Systems and methods are disclosed for using geographic information in connection with sporting activities. Sensors may be attached to users and/or clothing to generate performance data. The data, along location data, may be transmitted to a server. The server may maintain leader boards for users and locations and allow users to search for other users and locations of sporting activities.10-04-2012
20120123670SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING CHARGE STATION INFORMATION - A system for updating a charge station database including information about charge station location and/or characteristic by determining and verifying charge station location and characteristics after a vehicle connects to a charging station. The vehicle determines (probes) the charge station location based upon the location of the vehicle while connected to the charging station. This location information is transmitted by the vehicle to a central database.05-17-2012
20110029242GENERATING A KINEMATIC INDICATOR FOR COMBAT IDENTIFICATION CLASSIFICATION - In accordance with a particular embodiment of the invention, a kinematic indicator generator may receive tracking data describing the position and velocity of a target. The tracking data may be used to identify an event describing an action of the target that may have occurred. The probability that the event occurred may be calculated and indicated by a confidence. The kinematic indicator generator may generate a kinematic indicator that includes the event and the confidence.02-03-2011
20090132165METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DETERMINING POSITION OF VEHICLES RELATIVE EACH OTHER - A relative positioning system, an arrangement, and a method. A method for determining a position of a second vehicle relative to a first vehicle. At least an image of a field of view wherein the second vehicle is positioned within the field of view is recorded using an optical device mounted on the first. Image data is processed in a processor to determine a position of the second vehicle relative the first vehicle measuring at least one marker arranged on the second vehicle in the image.05-21-2009
20100250135Method and Device for Determining Proximity of a Social Network Service Acquaintance - A method and device enables an efficient determination of a proximity of a social network service acquaintance. The method includes transmitting an inquiry message from the electronic device during a device proximity discovery process (step 09-30-2010
20100250136COMPUTER BASED LOCATION IDENTIFICATION USING IMAGES - In the field of mobile computing, a user of a mobile device takes a picture of a nearby landmark or building or street and transmits that picture via his device's wireless link to a remote server. The server has the capability of identifying the location from the photo by matching it against publicly available online collections of images, such as Flickr. The server executes a location identification algorithm to match the received photo to those in the collection to determine the actual location of the photo. Typically the images in the collections have metadata, such as textual tags. Upon identifying the most likely location of the received photo from the user, the server transmits back to the user's mobile computing device an indication of the location, such as a textual location description from the tag, a map or directions to a particular location. This is especially useful in a city or dense urban environment and where the mobile computing device does not have GPS capability or its GPS is inoperative.09-30-2010
20120083998OTHER VEHICLE INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE - An other vehicle information providing device, can be configured to assign priority to a plurality of other vehicle information inputted to the own vehicle and provides other vehicle information having high priority. The other vehicle information providing device includes a priority memory means for storing priority information. An information switching index value calculation means which predicts future priority after a lapse of a predetermined period based on the stored priority information, which can include latest priority and priority previous to the latest priority, and calculates an information switching index value based on the latest priority, the priority previous to the latest priority, the priority before the priority previous to the latest priority and the future priority. An information providing means provides other vehicle information based on the information switching index value.04-05-2012
20120166072DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS - A driving support apparatus includes: a driving support controller for starting to execute a driving support control when a support start condition is met; a current position detector; and a driving direction determination unit for successively determining whether there is a possibility of a vehicle turning at an intersection in a direction, to which a blinker turns. The driving support controller sets an enforcement notification state when the driving direction determination unit determines the possibility after the driving support controller starts to execute the driving support control. The driving support control provides to notify information in the enforcement notification state even when the blinker turns off, and ends the enforcement notification state when the driving direction determination unit determines no possibility.06-28-2012
20120130627TAXI DISPATCH SYSTEM - A system, method and computer program are provided for dispatching taxis. A list of the closest, available taxis is sent to a customer. The customer selects at least one taxi in the list that is to receive a travel request. After one of the taxis has accepted the travel request, a display is provided which indicates the location of the customer and the location of a taxi which has accepted the travel request. Updated location information is periodically submitted to determine updated locations for the customer and taxi throughout the pendency of the travel request.05-24-2012
20120316768METHODS FOR ACTIVITY REDUCTION IN PEDESTRIAN-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION NETWORKS - Methods for pedestrian unit (PU) communication activity reduction in pedestrian-to-vehicle communication networks include obtaining safety risk information for a pedestrian at risk for involvement in an accident and using the risk information to adjust a PU communication activity. In some embodiments, the activity reduction is achieved without implementing understanding of surroundings. In other embodiments, the activity reduction is based on risk assessment provided by vehicles. In some embodiments, the activity reduction includes PU transmission reduction. In some embodiments the transmission activity reduction may be followed by reception activity reduction for overall power consumption reduction.12-13-2012
20120316769Marine Threat Monitoring and Defense System - A marine threat monitoring and defense system and method protects a target vessel in icy or other marine regions. The system uses communications, user interfaces, and data sources to identify marine obstacles (e.g., icebergs, ice floes, pack ice, etc.) near a target vessel performing set operations (e.g., a stationed structure performing drilling or production operations or a seismic survey vessel performing exploration operations with a planned route). The system monitors positions of these identified marine obstacles over time relative to the target vessel and predicts any potential threats. When a threat is predicted, the system plans deployment of support vessels, beacons, and the like to respond to the threat. For example, the system can direct a support vessel to divert the path or break up ice threatening the target vessel.12-13-2012
20110112768Scalable GeoFences - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to location-based tracking using geofences.05-12-2011
20120259537Moving Geofence for Machine Tracking in Agriculture - An agricultural vehicle tracking system provides a moving geofence about the location of a vehicle. When the moving geofence contacts a point of interest, such as another moving geofence, an alert is issued. The particular characteristics of the moving geofence may be generated in accordance with a predetermined scheme.10-11-2012
20090018773Portable Apparatus - A portable apparatus including a first interface configured to input speed data of a user or location data of the user from a positioning unit utilizing external reference points is disclosed. The portable apparatus also includes a second interface configured to input motion data of a user from a self-contained activity determining unit. Furthermore, the portable apparatus includes a processing unit configured to constitute, if the first interface only inputs the location data, speed data from the location data, select filtering characteristics based on the motion data, filter the speed data with the selected filtering characteristics, and determine physiological data of the user with the filtered speed data.01-15-2009
20090319188METHOD FOR GENERATING A LOCATION REFERENCE AND METHOD FOR MAPPING INFORMATION TO A POSITION WITHIN A DIGITAL MAP DATABASE - Method for generating a location reference and method for mapping information to a position within a digital map database are disclosed. At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a method for generating a location reference for mapping information to a position within a digital map database. The digital map database includes map objects having unique map object references associated therewith. The method includes: selecting a map object in the digital map database based on the information, selecting a unique map object reference of the selected map object, generating the location reference including the unique map object reference of the identified map object. The method further includes: determining a relative position of the position in the digital map database the information relates to with respect to the selected map object, and the location reference further includes the relative position.12-24-2009
20080300786SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MEDIA - A removable media tracking apparatus that is used to track a media case containing at least one data storage device is provided. The apparatus includes a removable media storage enclosure configured to be positioned within the media case, and a tracking device hardware positioned within the removable media storage enclosure. The tracking device hardware is operable to provide a geographical location of the media storage enclosure. A media tracking system is also provided. The system includes a media case, a plurality of media enclosures configured to be positioned within the media case, a data storage device contained in at least one of the media enclosures, a tracking device hardware contained in at least one of the media enclosures, and a tracking software program. The tracking device hardware is operable to communicate a geographical location of the media case to the tracking software program.12-04-2008
20080300785Memory card with GPS module - The invention discloses a memory card comprising a GPS module, a storage unit, and a card controller. The GPS module is used for receiving a plurality of positional information. When an image file is being generated, the card controller is used for storing the image file to the storage unit and for immediately attaching positional information to the image file. The invention also discloses a memory card comprising a GPS module, a storage unit, a card controller, and a micro-controlling unit. The GPS module is used for receiving a plurality of positional information. When an image file is being generated, the card controller is used for storing the image file to the storage unit. The micro-controlling unit is used for immediately attaching positional information to the image file.12-04-2008
20120239285SYSTEM FOR AUGMENTING THE COVERAGE, INFORMATION AND ROBUSTNESS OF AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION DEVICES OF SHIPS - A system for augmenting the coverage, information and robustness of an automatic identification system of ships incorporates standard AIS-type means, satellite links, coastal stations and processing centres handling the coordination of the means (maximising the coverage of the system in time) and the processing of the data (merging of different information to create extended context information). The system implements a scheduling algorithm for the resources mobilised, in order to optimise the coverage by ensuring a given level of redundancy for the purposes of reliability and responsiveness of the system.09-20-2012
20120265430METHOD FOR DETECTING A BOUNDARY CROSSING - Method for detecting a boundary crossing of an object, the movement of which is represented by a sequence of positions on a digital road map ith vectorized road segments and at least one boundary, the method comprising: determining an intersection of the boundary with a road segment and a reference direction in the orientation of this road segment, successively projecting vectors, each determined between one of the positions and the intersection point, onto the reference direction, in order to obtain a sequence of projections, and detecting a boundary crossing if a change of direction or sign occurs in the sequence of projections.10-18-2012
20120323476ON-VEHICLE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM THEREOF - An on-vehicle wireless communication apparatus for transmitting transmission data having positional information wirelessly at a frequency includes: a receiver receiving the transmission data from another apparatus; a positional information acquiring unit acquiring the positional information; a location specifying unit specifying a location relationship between a vehicle and another vehicle based on the positional information of the vehicle and the another vehicle; an another-apparatus transmission timing specifying unit specifying a transmission timing of the another apparatus when the another vehicle is located immediately in front of the vehicle; and a transmission timing adjusting unit adjusting a transmission timing of the apparatus so that the transmission data is transmitted at the frequency with an adjusted transmission timing, which is later by a predetermined time than the transmission timing of the another apparatus.12-20-2012
20120089320METHOD OF AUTOMATIC POSITIONING FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING OF CONTAINER SHIPS IN CONTAINER TERMINALS - A method is provided for automatically locating a container in a stowage location of a container ship for loading and unloading of the container ship in container terminals. The method includes the following steps: obtaining the position information of the container ship from container ship positioning units, obtaining the position information of the container from container positioning units when the container is in its stowage location, and determining the stowage location of the container in the container ship by first computing a relative position of the container in the container ship based on both the position information of the container ship and the position information of the container and then correlating the relative position with a stowage plan of the container ship.04-12-2012
20120089319GPS-Based Relative Positioning Enhancement Method Using Neighboring Entity Information - A method and system is provided for determining a relative position between a host vehicle and a remote vehicle using an indirect assisting entity technique. A GPS position of the host vehicle and a remote vehicle are obtained. A number of common satellites providing GPS data to the host vehicle and the remote vehicle are determined. An indirect-assisting entity is identified having a common number of satellites in communication between the host vehicle and remote vehicle, respectively, which is greater than the number of common satellites between host vehicle and the remote vehicle. A relative position is determined between the host vehicle and the indirect-assisting entity, and the remote vehicle and the indirect-assisting entity. A position of the host vehicle relative to the remote vehicle is determined as a function of the determined position of the host vehicle and remote vehicle relative to the indirect-assisting entity.04-12-2012
20110320123APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING POSITION USING RANGE SIGNALS AND METHOD THEREOF - A position recognizing apparatus and method is provided. The position recognizing apparatus includes a range sensor which senses a distance between the position recognizing apparatus and a range landmark, and a candidate range landmark information generating unit which generates information about candidate range landmarks. The candidate range landmark information is modeled using a position and a posture of the position recognizing apparatus, the sensed distance and an angle between the range landmark and the position recognizing apparatus. The position recognizing apparatus further includes a range landmark extracting unit which, if a new distance is sensed, updates the candidate range landmark information and extracts actual range landmark information from the candidate range landmark information, and a position recognizing unit which recognizes a position of the position recognizing apparatus based on the extracted actual range landmark information.12-29-2011
20120101711Collision Warning Apparatus - A collision warning apparatus for a host vehicle which has stopped along a lane of a highway, comprises at least one sensor associated with the host vehicle which generates a data stream in response to radiation received from a scene rearwards of the host vehicle, a memory in which the apparatus stores a reference target data set dependent upon movement of a first vehicle within the scene in a first period of time; and processing circuitry arranged to: identify a second target vehicle moving in the scene during a second period of time subsequent to the first period of time from the data stream and to output at least target data for the identified vehicle; and process the reference target data set with the target data or data derived therefrom, to determine whether there is a risk of collision between the second target vehicle and the host vehicle. The apparatus is especially suited for use with a vehicle that is stationary by the side of a road to warn of a possible collision from a vehicle that is approaching it from the rear.04-26-2012
20100169015BODY DETECTION APPARATUS, AND BODY DETECTION METHOD - A body detection apparatus includes: movement direction calculation portion that calculates a movement direction of each of acquisition points by using signals that show the acquisition points and that are obtained through detection of a body present around the vehicle; and determination portion that pre-sets a frame commensurate with a shape of a body as a detection object, and for pre-setting for the frame a reference traveling direction as an assumed traveling direction of the body, and for determining, among the acquisition points, acquisition points present within the frame whose reference traveling direction is aligned with the movement direction as being acquisition points of a single body.07-01-2010
20130090843VEHICULAR DISPLAY APPARATUS - A vehicular display apparatus in a host vehicle is provided with a display output portion including a ring-shaped light-emitting area that represents presence of a different vehicle. A direction specification processor specifies a direction indicating presence of the different vehicle with reference to the host vehicle based on position information about the host vehicle and the different vehicle. A distance specification processor specifies a distance between the host vehicle and the different vehicle based on position information about the host vehicle and the different vehicle. A display control processor displays part of the light-emitting area so that the displayed part is positioned in a direction specified by the direction specification processor and has a length based on a distance specified by the distance specification processor.04-11-2013
20130103299APPARATUS FOR MONITORING VICINITY OF A VEHICLE - Category determination is performed on an object candidate extracted from a captured image after an exclusion process is performed in advance. In the exclusion process, a distance from a vehicle to the object candidate is calculated based on a size of the object candidate in a current image, a moved distance of the vehicle occurring in a time interval from a time a previous image was captured to a time the current image is captured is calculated, the size of the object candidate in the current image is decreased at a change ratio based on the distance to the object candidate and the moved distance, and a size of the object candidate in the previous image and a size of the object candidate decreased at the change ratio are compared. The object candidate with difference between them being determined to be larger than a predetermined value is removed.04-25-2013
20130103298METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRECISE VEHICLE LOCALIZATION USING RADAR MAPS - A method for determining a location of a vehicle. The method includes steps of acquiring a plurality of sensor data from a radar sensor associated with the vehicle; obtaining an approximate location of the vehicle using a GPS unit; comparing the sensor data to a database of geo-referenced sensor data; and based on the comparison, determining a location of the vehicle.04-25-2013
20130179063GROUND THREAT LOCATION FOR AN AIRCRAFT USING BURST RECOGNITION - Systems and methods are provided for locating threats to an aircraft that are located on the ground. Associated bearings from a sensor in an aircraft are determined for each of a plurality of detected shots from a threat at ground level. A sensor ground projection is plotted along each associated bearing. Each sensor ground projection is mapped to an elliptical uncertainty area reflecting the inherent error in bearing determining instrumentation. An estimation of the position for the threat based on the intersection points between mapped uncertainty areas of the sensor ground projections is calculated.07-11-2013
20110060524DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR SPECIFYING RELIABILITY OF INFORMATION USED IN DRIVING SUPPORT - Provided is a driving support device and method that specifies the reliability of information used in a driving support device. The driving support device includes a storage medium that stores one or more programs and accuracy information that specifies the reliability of information of various elements used by one of the programs to provide driving support. The driving support device also includes an execution target program specification unit that specifies what program from the one or more programs is to be executed as the execution target program. An element selection unit selects an element that corresponds to the specified execution target program from the various elements. The device also includes a reliability specification unit that specifies the reliability of information used in the target execution program based on the accuracy information of the selected element.03-10-2011
20130151136METHOD OF DETECTING LOCATION OF OPPOSING VEHICLE USING GPS INFORMATION - A method of detecting a location of an opposing vehicle using Global Positioning System (GPS) information in which pieces of GPS raw data and pieces of GPS post-processing data of a driver's vehicle and of an opposing vehicle are received. It is determined using the received GPS post-processing data whether the opposing vehicle is a vehicle that has entered a predetermined range. If it is determined that the opposing vehicle is a vehicle that has entered the predetermined range, it is determined whether common data is present in the pieces of GPS raw data of the driver's vehicle and of the opposing vehicle by comparing the pieces of GPS raw data with each other. A degree of proximity to the opposing vehicle is using the common data in the pieces of GPS raw data of the driver's vehicle and the opposing vehicle.06-13-2013
20130158851PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM - A device for assisting the driver of a vehicle in the process of parking is provided. The device includes sensors for detecting obstacles in an environment of the vehicle, at least in an environment in front and in back of the vehicle, and a display for indicating the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in the environment. The display includes a first means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in front of the vehicle can be displayed on a windshield of the vehicle, and a second means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in back of the vehicle can be displayed on a rear window of the vehicle.06-20-2013
20110313663DETERMINING RELATIVE SPATIAL INFORMATION BETWEEN VEHICLES - A method for determining relative spatial information between a first vehicle and a second vehicle, the method including monitoring a communication channel at the first vehicle and receiving a current communication signal sent by the second vehicle on the communication channel. The current communication signal is received at a received power level. A relative position between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is calculated. Input to the calculating includes an actual or estimated transmitted power level, and the received power level.12-22-2011
20120029813METHOD FOR JUDGING VEHICLE TRAVELING POSITION AND VEHICLE TRAVELING POSITION JUDGMENT DEVICE - A vehicle traveling position judging method of the present invention is a vehicle traveling position judging method for judging the traveling position of a preceding vehicle, and includes: a relative position information acquisition step of acquiring the relative position information of the preceding vehicle and a host vehicle at a predetermined point in time; a host vehicle traveling trajectory information acquisition step of acquiring traveling trajectory information of the host vehicle after the predetermined point in time; and a preceding vehicle position judging step of judging a traveling position of the preceding vehicle on the basis of the relative position information and the traveling trajectory information of the host vehicle.02-02-2012
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20130211704Robotic Mower Boundary Sensing System - A robotic mower boundary sensing system includes a boundary driving circuit on a charging station transmitting an encoded signal on a boundary wire, a boundary sensor on a robotic mower and including an inductor receiving the encoded signal, and a vehicle control unit on the robotic mower receiving the encoded signal from the boundary sensor and decoding the signal and cross correlating the received signal to determine the distance of the boundary sensor from the boundary wire.08-15-2013

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