Integrated Local Alerts, with a Choice of Severity Levels on GPS, About Near-by, On-route or Destination Events.
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-02
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Disclosed is a system that integrates a Global Positioning System with news providers to provide alerts to the driver and passengers on route. The system has the ability to alert news items based on user settings (i.e., the user can opt to receive alerts of high or low severity, or both).
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Integrated Local Alerts, with a Choice of Severity Levels on GPS , About Near-by, On-route or Destination Events.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and navigation systems have the ability to report traffic and weather alerts. However, they do not integrate well with general news alerts that could be very useful for drivers and passengers. A driver can receive this information if they are tuned into the local news on the radio, but that may not always be the case.
The only current solution is for the user to tune into local news channels or satellite radio and wait for a news broadcast to learn about any alerts.
Problems addressed by this invention:
• No integrated news alerts currently exist; current integration to navigational systems are restricted to traffic and weather situations
• No method to provide information on planned events before the event happens; current systems only report traffic disruptions after the occurrence
• No location and time based event notification for traffic avoidance or event participation/attendance
The invention is a system where GPSs can integrate with news providers to provide alerts to the driver and passengers on route. The system has the ability to alert news items based on user settings. High severity news alerts are mainly the default setting, but users can choose to be alerted on lower severity alerts as well. Examples of a high severity alert include (but are not limited to) a severe weather event, a major communal protest/event, utility outages, crime scene, etc. A lower severity alert is usually informational in nature, but can help in planning a trip more efficiently. Examples of low severity alerts include (but are not limited to) July 4th fireworks, festivals, soccer game, marathons, first day of school, etc. that have the ability to disrupt a user's driving experience. One important distinction in this disclosure is that it helps drivers and passengers with information to avoid an anticipated problem area, whereas a traditional navigation system alerts only focus on weather and traffic conditions and weather and traffic events. With this method, the alerts within certain miles are pushed to the car GPS system, and an alternate route is proposed by the GPS.
Novel contributions of the invention include:
• Presents information in a timely fashion so drivers and passengers can make adjustments to their trip
• Reports planned future events ahead of time, so driver knows to avoid those areas before a traffic situation happens
• Pushes information to the driver. The driver does not need to know the right radio stations to tune into to get breaking news in that area.
• Provides the driver with choices for severity of information to be filtered
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• The navigation systems integrates with service providers that provide news information/alerts over satelli...