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Automatic route/distance calculator for communication in a driving/travelling context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247661D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

While a person is on her way to an event, she gets a text message from the host asking when she will be getting to the venue. Since the receiver is travelling, she can't respond to the message right away, and the host doesn't know when she is due to arrive. This article describes a system that will automatically provide the estimated time of arrival to an event when a person is asked when she will arrive at the event.

Another embodiment would be a situation when someone is due to meet up with her friends. That person may be running slightly late, so she sends an "On my way" message to inform her friends that she is just leaving, it is not however, clear how far away she is, since being in a rush she did not include an estimated time of arrival (ETA). Our system will seek to automatically provide an ETA along with the original message.

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Automatic route/distance calculator for communication in a driving/travelling context

The described method analyses text messages to provide an automatic addition/attachment with the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to a certain event where relevant. The phone will analyze the content of the text message through the use of semantic analysis to determine whether it is appropriate to add in an ETA to either the initial message sent, or any automated response that may be triggered by such applications as presented in the prior art.

This system would be used in two primary scenarios: 1. User A is about to leave to go to User B's house. User A sends a message to inform User B that they are leaving now.

    In this scenario, the semantic analysis is done on the message sent by User
A. The analysis determines that it is appropriate to calculate an ETA between the two user's locations and so our disclosure does so.

2. User B sends a message to User A asking how long it will be until User A arrives at User B's location.

    In this scenario, the semantic analysis is done on the message sent by User B. Two sub-scenarios exist here:
User A is determined to be driving, at which point the system


a.

automatically sends a response with the relevant ETA.

User A is not determined to be driving, at which point no automated


b.

response would be sent, instead it would potentially be added to the response manually written by User A, as with Scenario (1).

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