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Driving law reminder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236014D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-02
Document File: 6 page(s) / 235K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to remind drivers of law changes after crossing the border of states/countries using a wireless device.

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Driving law reminder

Disclosed is a method to remind drivers of law changes after crossing the border of two places. Different states in United States, or different countries in the world may have different driving laws. For example, Texas' Distracted Driving Laws are different from Louisiana's. When driving in Texas, text messaging is permitted if a driver is not a novice and bus driver, but in Louisiana, text messaging is banned for all drivers. The Open Container Laws prohibits both

possession of any open alcoholic beverage container and consumption of any alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Texas is in a compliant state list, however Arkansas is not.

So when a person drives his/her car crossing the border of states/countries, it would be nice if a device is able to remind the driver of law changes.

This reminder can be a mobile device application or a component of a mobile application. The reminder periodically checks the car's location. If the car crosses the border of two states or two countries, it displays driving law of the entered place. The reminder notifies the driver of the law's changes, if any, by comparing the driving laws of the passed place with the entered place.

Driving law reminders can be a component of GPS-enabled navigation applications, for example, iPhone* Maps, or a stand alone mobile application.

Implementation of Driving Law Reminder as a component of GPS-enabled navigation applications

When using a GPS-enabled navigation application, the user first enters starting address and destination address, and then picks a route.

The navigation application checks if the selected route crosses borders. If the route crosses borders, the application saves GPS coordinate of the crossing point into memory. For example, as shown in screen capture (Fig. 1) below, the starting address is Beaumont, TX, the destination address is Lake Charles, LA, and the route selected is I10 highway. The GPS coordinate on crossing point of the border( 30"7.649', -93" 42.086') is saved in memory.

After routing is started, navigation application calls device location service (i.e. iOS**'s Core Location Framework) to get the device's current GPS coordinate. The application then compares the current GPS coordinate with the crossing point GPS coordinate to decide if the car crosses the border or not. If yes, the Driving Law Reminder component calls driving law service to get the new places laws....