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A method to display progressive traffic information based on predictive data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248239D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-10
Document File: 7 page(s) / 136K

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Abstract

Currently, most existing navigation applications or devices just provide the real-time traffic information, but can’t account for the future traffic conditions. This might make the travellers suffer from terrible traffic jams when they arrive at some spot as the traffic condition usually changes over time. To avoid this problem of “future traffic jam”, a new method to display progressive traffic information based on predictive data is disclosed in two aspects. In one aspect, the traffic information of the defined travel route is progressively displayed based on predictive traffic data. In the other aspect, a "traffic clock" is proposed to indicate the predictive traffic information of a select road segment in the near future.

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A method to display progressive traffic information based on predictive data

As vehicles are really convenient for people, an increasing number of people like driving when they go out. In order to cater for this situation, various navigation applications or devices spring up one by one. These applications or devices can provide the real-time traffic information about different road segments for users, which is indeed helpful, especially when users are not familiar with the road segments.

However, most existing navigation applications or devices just provide the real-time traffic information about different road segments, but can't account for the future traffic conditions. When users want to go somewhere, although they may have checked the navigation applications or devices and found the traffic condition looks fine without traffic jam, they may still suffer from terrible traffic jams when they arrive at some spot as thetraffic condition usually changes over time. Without future traffic conditions, users may choose a wrong travel route or departure time just based on real-time traffic information and fail to arrive at destinations on time.

To avoid this problem of "future traffic jam", we propose a "predictive traffic" mode to display the progressive traffic information of the defined travel route based on predictive traffic data. Then users can use the "predictive traffic" mode and choose the most time-saving travel routeaccording to it.

To solve the above described problems, a new method to display progressive traffic information based on predictive data is disclosed in two aspects. In one aspect, the traffic information of the defined travel route is progressively displayed based on predictive traffic data. In theother aspect, a "traffic clock" is proposed to indicate the predictive traffic information of a select road segment in the near future.

Advantages:

Users can plan their travel more efficiently based on predictive traffic information.

   Easy to use and implement
This disclosure can be implemented in two scenarios.

Scenario 1
When a user search for a travel route from the origin A to the destination B in a navigation application or device, two suggested travel routes (Route 1 and Route 2) are displayed as shown in Fig. 1. Colors (red, yellow, and green) are used to indicate the current traffic volume along the route. The estimated travel time for Route 1 and Route 2 are 50 minutes and 40minutes respectively, calculated based on the current (real-time) traffic volume. Normally, the user will choose Route 2 since it is supposed to take less time than Route 1.

Fig. 1Two suggested travel routes in Current Traffic mode.

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However, since the traffic information presented in Fig. 1 only represents the current traffic which usually changes over time,the traffic information might be accurate for the roads close to the origin A, but it might be different from the actual traffic condition when...