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Extended Rule-Based Functions for Software Mapping Utilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123774D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, PH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a web-based system to allow travelers to query the locations of specific services along their route, closely integrated with driving-direction functions currently available. While specifying the addresses of the origination and destination points for their trip, users could also request the system to show specific locations of interest and types of services along their route. Some examples follow.

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Extended Rule-Based Functions for Software Mapping Utilities

   Disclosed is a web-based system to allow travelers to
query the locations of specific services along their route, closely
integrated with driving-direction functions currently available.
While specifying the addresses of the origination and destination
points for their trip, users could also request the system to show
specific locations of interest and types of services along their
route.  Some examples follow.

   Radio/TV stations  Frequent long distance travelers know
continuous difficulty involved in finding desired types of
programming available via radio (and possibly television) stations
as their signal strengths wax and wane along the route.  With the
proposed system, the traveller planning a long drive would use a
web-based query service to specify his preference for reggae music.
The web service could plot all of the reggae music stations along the
route in a graphical manner, using concentric circles to indicate
signal strength.  In this way, travelers could easily determine which
stations to tune to along the route to hear the type of programming
they are interested in.  Along with general types of programming to
search for, users could also specify news events that they want to
follow on their trip.  For example, if they knew they would be
traveling on the evening during the final game of the World Series,
they could specify this in the proposed system, and the system would
respond by showi...