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Method and System for Supplementing Driving Directions for People Navigating in Unfamiliar Areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239609D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for supplementing driving directions for people navigating in unfamiliar areas.

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Method and System for Supplementing Driving Directions for People Navigating in Unfamiliar Areas

Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices such as mobile phones, vehicles and smart watches often include maps and offer turn -by-turn navigation directions for people walking or driving. Typically, GPS-enabled devices may provide a limited amount of personalization and user monitoring. People tend to miss turns or directives

while navigating in unfamiliar areas using the GPS-enabled device.

Disclosed is a method and system for supplementing driving directions for people navigating in unfamiliar areas. The method and system provides a user familiarity model in order to provide more personalized and contextual navigational guidance . The user familiarity model is based on a GPS sampling a location of the user . The method and system builds a histogram-like map of places the user has travelled. Over time, the model enables the GPS to recognize areas that the user is familiar with versus areas that the areas that the user is not familiar with. The areas which the user is familiar with are recognized due to many location samples being collected at those areas . The areas which the user is not familiar with are not recognized as there are few or no location samples being collected from those areas . Using the model of the user familiarity, the GPS can customize the amount and verbosity of guidance to be provided to the driver. For example, in an unfamiliar area, the GPS can read out street names slower or syllable-by-syllable, or provide more advanced notice or more frequent notice of upcoming turn-by-turn directions. However, in a familiar area, the GPS may not provide any verbal instructions at all. The method and system also detects or accesses the home country/state/city of the user to infer familiarity. The system also detects the current location of the user using the GPS and looks up the current regional driving conventions and laws. Thereafter, the system supplements the driving directions based on the differences in laws and the supplemented directions include explanations of the proper laws. The supplemented directions also change the prompting so that the prompting is further in advance of the required behavior of the user . For example, a prompt to take a turn is provided in advance of the required behavior of the user .

The system works in an integrated fashion with GPS devices/navigational systems, but most of the components reside in a cloud . Most components reside in the cloud so that the user's language proficiency and the data on a user's previous locations can be collected across multiple GPS devices belonging to the same user .

The system includes components such as, but not limited to, a vehicle navigation system and a cognitive supplement system. The vehicle navigation system is enabled

with GPS. The vehicle navigation system includes a speech generation system , a route display, and a memory for the current ro...