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Vehicle Routing Integrated with Low Water Crossing Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247502D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to integrate information about known or expected flooding/low water crossings into trip routing on personal navigation devices.

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Vehicle Routing Integrated with Low Water Crossing Data

Personal navigation devices (e.g., dedicated and smart phone applications' Global Positioning Systems (GPS)) are increasingly in use to guide travelers on both long and short trips. These devices use information about connecting paths including speed limits, traffic delays, and historical data about overall routing time. However, current system and devices do not take into account temporary route obstructions due to localized flooding.

As a specific example of the problem, a traveler using existing solutions may be coming from Dallas, TX to Houston, TX during a storm. Finding the highways slowed to a crawl, a GPS is likely to reroute a traveler on non-highway local roads. However, as happened during the April 2016 flooding, travelers relying on this rerouting find themselves confronted by a fast-moving stream that crosses a road. Crossing this kind of stream is extremely dangerous and regularly results in storm-related fatalities in Texas and other places with similar roads.

Disclosed is a system and method to integrate information about known or expected flooding/low water crossings into trip routing on personal navigation devices.

It is possible to integrate low water crossing datasets (e.g., from an area's Natural Resources Information System) with existing map data and National Weather Service water/flood data to:

1. Determine that a low water crossing is currently under a relevant alert 2. Provide a ro...