Apple Patent Shows Waze-like Navigation System With Crowd Sourced Traffic and Accident Reports

Apple Patent Shows Waze-like Navigation System With Crowd Sourced Traffic and Accident Reports

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According to a new patent published today Apple is looking into integrating real-time, crowd-sourced traffic and accident data through user reporting into their mapping applications.

In some implementations, a user can provide ratings for routes, streets and/or locations. In some implementations, the user can initiate an alert associated with a location. In some implementations, user-specified ratings and alerts can be included in a route determination. In some implementations, route rating and alert information can be transmitted to other users and/or devices.

The concept is strikingly similar to Waze, which was just recently acquired by Google. Users have the ability to report certain incidents such as traffic, accidents, blocked roadways, and more as they are driving. The app will mark their location and push the alert to other drivers nearby.

The patent also shows off the ability for users to create ratings for routes, streets and/or locations for other users. If a certain road often has too many accidents or is poorly constructed, users can note that in the app. Apple could then return the highest rated route to users when they search for a similar route. When a user selects a route, they also have the ability to incorporate their own preferences. For instance, a user can opt to take the most scenic route, or the route with the least traffic. This feature is fairly common in most navigation units today.

It is still unclear if Apple ever plants to implement these features to the current Maps app since many Apple patents go "unused."

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Apple Patent Shows Waze-like Navigation System With Crowd Sourced Traffic and Accident ReportsApple Patent Shows Waze-like Navigation System With Crowd Sourced Traffic and Accident Reports

Emily lopez - July 14, 2016 at 11:48am
Well these are the current developments found in so many classy vehicles. These are called safety features that will protect the vehicles use and keep him in track. The vehicles navigation system is helpful for a better drive with safety and enjoyment .
mickeyclar - July 24, 2014 at 2:06pm
My best friend would have needed such an application for his iPhone a couple of weeks ago when his car was hit by another vehicle that was speeding on a blocked highway. Luckily he did not need any medical assistance but his car is now in a very bad condition and he considers giving it to a money for junk cars program.
Susan Karwedsky - July 9, 2013 at 4:53pm
I think the idea of having a gps Ap that can show the actuall time and events taking place is absolute genius! If people knew that at anytime another person could see what they are doing Or where they are at,more people would be behave and obey the law.i don't understand why this hasn't Already happened? But hey, better late than never.
Happy2run - July 5, 2013 at 1:10am
Why they don't Schoe informatie the Bottom of the screen like tomtom top placing blocs road virus ahead! That's why you use a nav app to have oversight on upcoming directions! Lame!
RR - July 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
Can I patent user login id & password entering screen?
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