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Identifying Times to Determine Best Route

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246437D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that determines the travel time from a starting point to a destination including added activities/stops along the way.

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Identifying Times to Determine Best Route

To assist people with managing busy schedules, a system is needed that indicates the length of time needed for a person to complete certain daily activities (e.g., errands, getting coffee at a drive-thru, etc.). With this information, a person can make better decisions to save time, prioritize actions, and schedule the day's activities (e.g., skip the coffee and go directly to work).

Global positioning system (GPS) trackers and mapping applications show the number of miles between points A and B and the length of travel time; however, current systems do not calculate estimations of the time needed for a person to take other actions en route to the destination point.

The novel contribution is a system that determines the travel time from a starting point to a destination including added activities/stops along the way.

In an example embodiment, User A wants to stop at a favorite coffee shop on the way to work. User A needs to determine if there is enough time to go into the shop and order breakfast, or if the better option is to use the express drive-thru. User A uses the system to help make her decision as follows:

1. User A uses a GPS to determine travel time to the office 2. User A determines how much time is needed to go to the coffee shop 3. User A wants to know how long it will take to go through the drive-thru vs. going into the shop, so User A clicks an icon to process those queries 4. The system reads cell signals...