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GPS with multiple modes for either driving paths or walking paths

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234717D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to dynamically mix Global Positioning System (GPS) travel paths, such as walking and driving, using algorithms that place adjustable values on travel factors (e.g., weather, traffic flow) in relation to a user’s preferences for travel methods. Based on user preferences and the status of current travel factors, the system provides the user with the best travel path by which to reach the destination in a timely manner.

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GPS with multiple modes for either driving paths or walking paths

A Global Positioning System (GPS) can provide routes from point A to point B or more based on the transportation type the user chooses, or provide a mix of travel methods by interstate and boat travel based on what is available (e.g., road travel to the coast and boat travel to reach an island). Current art does not provide a method to mix the options based on user preferences, such as willingness to walk over ride, nor a way to change those preferences based on dynamic factors (e.g., weather or traffic flow).

The novel contribution is a method to dynamically mix GPS travel paths using algorithms that place adjustable values on travel factors in relation to travel method preferences. Such factors can include, but are not limited to, walking and car travel based on the cost of fuel or taxi fares, or adjustable walking preferences related to weather. The method provides the best travel path, based on user preferences, by which to reach the destination in a timely manner.

Preferences are placed on travel methods and can be modified based on real time parameters or user input. Each travel method has some normalized value that can be compared to other travel methods and mixed across a travel area to provide the lowest or highest possible overall score. The score is a summation of travel path scores based on the different travel methods. The method also facilitates hybrid uses, and using time and calendar entries as factors in the score for the best path.

Users can seamlessly set up the features in a GPS device to use this method. The device, with this system and method activated, asks the user a series of questions. The user can be asked to make a selection from five choices to indicate a willingness to walk, for example (e.g., "really enjoy it" to "only when necessary"). The scoring tool applies a value to the answers. Willingness to spend money on taxi may be associated with answers to questions about yearly income, or a simple preference to wal...