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Navigation Data Pre-Loading for GPS-Enabled PDA

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131908D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

A GPS-enabled PDA can be used for over-the-air vehicle navigation applications. When renting a vehicle at an airport, in many cases the pickup location is inside a parking garage. The user will likely not have GPS coverage and may not have cellular coverage. In most airports however the user requires navigation information immediately upon exiting the parking garage and there are usually no safe places to pull over and wait for a GPS lock.

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Navigation Data Pre-Loading

Navigation Data Pre-Loading for GPS-Enabled PDA

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A GPS-enabled PDA can be used for over-the-air vehicle navigation applications.  When renting a vehicle at an airport, in many cases the pickup location is inside a parking garage.  The user will likely not have GPS coverage and may not have cellular coverage.  In most airports however the user requires navigation information immediately upon exiting the parking garage and there are usually no safe places to pull over and wait for a GPS lock.

The typical GPS-enabled PDA user turns on their device as soon as their plane lands and it is taxing to the gate.  The user could be provided with a menu option or app called airport arrival.  They could then select local information such as subscribing to local push weather, a map of the terminal, walking directions from their gate to the rental car kiosk, driving directions to their destination, etc.  When the user selects the driving directions option they could then be prompted to select a rental car vendor and an address book entry for the customer they plan to visit.  Driving directions and maps could then be preloaded onto the device before the user has even exited the plane.  Once in the parking garage the navigation app could use this pre-loaded data to cover the time until the device has a GPS lock and cellular coverage coming out of the parking garage.