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Buses send messages when you should get off the bus at most suitable bus stop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198294D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system which would enable a user to know when to get off, say a bus, when they are in unfamiliar surroundings such as being in a new country. The setting of a user's desired location could be in the form of the ticket purchased when the passenger gets on to the method of transport, a mobile phone which is using GPS guidance to navigate to a destination.

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Buses send messages when you should get off the bus at most suitable bus stop

When using buses in an unfamiliar environment, e.g. in a town where you are visiting as a tourist (even within your own country), it is very difficult to know when you need to get off the bus. Sometimes it is possible to ask the bus driver to let you know when you reach a certain stop however this sometimes doesn't work as the bus driver may just simply forget or they may not know where exactly that point is (they are purely driving a certain route and do not take notice of the names of certain places).

Presently certain buses do provide a scrolling text alert as to which station is next however:

Sometimes buses are too packed for you to be able to read the message clearly

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(or at all as sometimes it is only displayed downstairs and you may only be able to find a seat upstairs).

You realise too late that your stop is coming up and by the time you press the

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button to say stop to the bus driver it is too late and you miss your stop. This is not available on all buses, both throughout the UK and the world.

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An additional solution is therefore required which will inform a passenger in a more personal, accurate manner as to which stop they should get off the bus for their destination.

    The core idea of the invention is a system which tracks a user's desired destination; it takes into account the current method of transport, in this case a bus, and identifies the best bus stop to take to continue their journey. The setting of a user's desired location could be in the form of the ticket purchased when the passenger gets on to the bus, a mobile phone which is using GPS guidance to navigate to a destination. The system would then understand the routes that are being taken by the bus and how they will impact the next step of the journey for the passenger. For example, it may make most sense to leave the current bus...