WO1996039689A1 - Information retrieval system for drivers - Google Patents

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WO1996039689A1
WO1996039689A1 PCT/IB1996/000539 IB9600539W WO9639689A1 WO 1996039689 A1 WO1996039689 A1 WO 1996039689A1 IB 9600539 W IB9600539 W IB 9600539W WO 9639689 A1 WO9639689 A1 WO 9639689A1
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    • G01CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
    • G01C21/00Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in preceding groups
    • G01C21/26Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in preceding groups specially adapted for navigation in a road network
    • G01C21/34Route searching; Route guidance
    • G01C21/36Input/output arrangements of navigation systems
    • G01C21/3691Retrieval, searching and output of information related to real-time traffic, weather, or environmental conditions
    • GPHYSICS
    • G01MEASURING; TESTING
    • G01CMEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
    • G01C21/00Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in preceding groups
    • G01C21/26Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in preceding groups specially adapted for navigation in a road network
    • G01C21/34Route searching; Route guidance
    • G01C21/36Input/output arrangements of navigation systems
    • G01C21/3626Details of the output of route guidance instructions
    • G01C21/3629Guidance using speech or audio output, e.g. text-to-speech
    • GPHYSICS
    • G08SIGNALLING
    • G08GTRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
    • G08G1/00Traffic control systems for road vehicles
    • G08G1/09Arrangements for giving variable traffic instructions
    • G08G1/0962Arrangements for giving variable traffic instructions having an indicator mounted inside the vehicle, e.g. giving voice messages

Abstract

A user-friendly and interactive multi-modal video/audio user information real-time service and apparatus covering substantially all important and alternative aspects of an informational area, such as travel by various modes, to provide 'one-stop shopping' for a user with such integrated multi database consolidation, and with user interaction with the video screen presentations, locally or remotely, to access the same and perform intelligent branching.

Description

INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEM FOR DRIVERS

The present invention relates to the consolidating, integrating and providing of multi-modal video and audio real-time multi-source information, as for alternative travel

opportunities or for other informational purposes, and with interaction by the user ai re¬ mote locations.

Background

In various areas, there are many user requirements for the provisior . of real-time information from different database resources to enable the user to make Intelligent se¬ lections and choices as to the information to be utilized or otherwise acted upon. Among these, is the area of providing interactive multimodal advanced traveler information to the traveling public as to road traffic, road conditions, and alternative routes and the like, as currently provided in the New England area by the interactive audiotext system developed by SmartRoute Systems. Inc.. assignee of the current inveniicn. and described, in a 1995 summary entitled "'Smart Route Systems"; and as proposed in more sophisticated form, in U.S. Patent No. 5.131.020 of said assignee and in U.S. Parent No. 4.812.843. among others.

Experience in providing such service has now shown that there is a significant need for a service and an end-consumer producx which wiil provide a fully integrated set of information covering not just travel by automobile, but also relevant altemaiive modes and other aspects of travel, as well. This integrated service would provide :'one stop shopping" to the consumers for any traveler information they may need. Examples of such integrated and interrelated information are traffic and road conditions, transit conditions

and schedules, real-time airline arrival and departure information, destination weather,

ride-sharing information, and alternative route information which transparently factors in current traffic conditions. Such an integrated service, however, has not heretofore been possible even though such would greatly enhance the efficiency of access by the public to the information that they need prior to traveling for informed and intelligent decision

making. Currently, indeed, travelers have to access separate and unrelated databases of different suppliers to obtain all the alternative information that they need. In accordance with the present invention, however, a method and apparatus have been evolved that can integrate, for example, the assignee's proprietary traffic and transit

databases along with current commercial weather databases, the FAA flight database from the federal centers, specific ride-sharing databases now being set up in most metropolitan areas, and modified navigable map databases. This consolidated and integrated data, fur- thermore, is presented with an extremely user-friendly interactive multimedia interface de¬ signed to be ported, in whole or in part, to multimedia PCs. interactive television, personal digital assistants, personal communications devices, kiosks, in-vehicle platforms, and other "terminals" on the information "superhighway".

The novel multimedia video and audio presentations hereinvolved, furthermore, enable remote terminal users simply to access the service, select from appropriate menus and easily and intuitively retrieve the consolidated and integrated and alternative traveler information that they need to make fully informed decisions. While described in connection with the illustrative consolidated information bear¬

ing upon travel, moreover, the novel techniques of the invention are more generally appli¬

cable, also, to multi-source consolidated information and coordinated novel video/audio presentation and remote user interaction in connection with other areas of information and service provision, as well. Objects of Invention

An object of the present invention, accordingly, is to provide a new and improved method of and apparatus for supplying multi-source multimedia video and audio presenta¬ tions of consolidated and integrated information with novel remote user interaction, for the above-described and related purposes.

A further object is to provide such a method and apparatus particularly tailored to the field of travel information, with user access to and remote interaction with separate and unrelated and alternative databases of different suppliers to enable the user to obtain all relevant and alternative information needed for travel decisions. Other and further objects will be explained hereinafter and are more particularly delineated in the appended claims. Summarv

In summary, however, from one of its broader aspects, indeed, the invention em¬ braces a method of providing a user-friendly and interactive multi-modal video and audio user real-time information service covering important and different aspects of a plurality of different sets of real-time information from corresponding proprietary real-time informa¬ tion databases, that comprises, generating a video information map/menu presentation for and from each of the different sets of information databases with active specific item-

accentuating video graphics in the map/menu presentation and accompanied by background sound and by voice prompts and user-selectable icon buttons; generating respective video text information presentations and voice-over audio reporting data for

and from each of said map/menu presentations; enabling user access thereto by user icon button response to the respective said voice prompts accompanying the video graphics of the respective map/menu presentations; providing respective user intelligent branching selection for each of said video text information: and interfacing the generated video maps/menus and graphics, text, sound and user response and selection access with user terminals fcr interaction.

Preferred and best mode designs and operation, including application to the illus¬ trative and important area of travel information, are hereinafter presented.

Drawings The invention will now be described in connection with the accompanying draw¬ ings, Fig. 1 of which is a block and flow diagram of the apparatus and method of opera¬ tion underlying the invention;

Figs. 2 and 3 are similar diagrams of the video map presentation; Fig. 4 outlines a suitable-sector text reporting screen generation, accessible from the map presentation of Fig. 2; and

Fig. 5 is a similar diagram of remote user interfacing with the service for selection of detailed information. Preferred Embodiment(s) Of The Invention

Referring to Fig. 1, in the novel basic and interactive service provided by the in¬

vention, again shown as applied to the illustrative alternative travel information service, there is supplied traveler information covering substantially all important aspects of travel useful to the user of the service, including information from proprietary route-specific road traffic and road condition databases, alternate route directions into which are factored current road conditions (as, for example, by the techniques described in the before-men¬

tioned patents and in the Smart-Routes System), ride-sharing and commercial transit schedule and operational databases (available respectively from city ride-sharing services and company postings), and commercial real-time airline arrival and departure flight in¬ formation (from FAA databases), and destination weather databases from weather- reporting services, among others.

In accordance with the technique underlying the present invention, the road traffic information is transformed into a video map (or menu) screen presentation l, Fig. 1, the generation of the screen map/menu from such data being shown in Figs. 2 and 3

Emphasis or accentuation of specific items of the video graphics, as by color strobe or flashing segments, as shown . at "Best Bet" and "Get off here if you can!" in Fig. 3, is desirable to call attention to current situations of particular interest or concern. Background sounds, such as those related to traffic conditions preferably accompany the screen presentation, with icon buttons B, later discussed, available for remote user response to voice prompts provided as the screen appears. Associated with the video graphics route-specific traffic map Ml is a traffic infor¬

mation report Rl, Fig. I, also presented in video screen format and preferably as flying

text with voice-over, as shown in Fig. 4 — such being accessed by the user selecting the appropriate sector icon button B for a report on that sector. The user may intelligently further select more detailed information or smaller sub-sector report text by the branching buttons B1 .

Similar video graphic maps are generated respectively at M2 and M3 for road condition information and transit information in similar fashion to the above-described road traffic presentation Ml, but using the respeαive road condition and alternative route o data and transit schedule and operation data. Further in accordance with the invention, each of the road information video map M2 and traffic video map M3 has icon buttons B provided for user access, in response to voice prompts, to enable the presentation of road information and transit information video-flashing text reports R and R3, respectively, with voice-over, and further branching button selecting functions, also. 5 For airline arrival departure video presentation at M4, the data is preferably pre¬ sented in video screen menu form, aided by animated graphics for emphasis and specific attention, usefully having background sounds such as are found in a real airport environ¬ ment for better user understanding and relating, and voice prompts for enabling generat¬ ing an airline arrival/departure information text report R4, preferably with background o music and, again, preferably branching button user interaction. Similarly to the traffic, road and transit video screens Ml, M2 and M3, the desti¬

nation city weather information is presented on a video map M5, and the ride-sharing M6,

as a video menu, each again with animated graphic presentations and background sounds

and voice prompts; and each having corresponding video text information reports R5 and R6, with the weather report usefully having voice-over, and the ride-sharing information, background music — both also preferably enabling user branching button access.

This substantially complete integrated travel information presentation may be inter¬ faced and transmitted to remote user locations, as before described, by radio link, cellular

telephone, wire fiber and/or television transmission and the like, permitting remote user

o interaction in response to voice prompts by icon button seleαion, as at B in Fig. 5 and by information report branching as at B1.

Once requesting the service of the invention, a remote user customer (or, if in a kiosk terminal or the like, a local user in that sense) is presented with a welcome video screen W, Fig. I, preferably with animated logo, background music and voice prompts to 5 enable the user to access the main menu M carrying preferably flying text and further voice prompts. Fees per transaction are indicated as shown, under the control of a directional service animated graphics menu D 1 , and a directions or delivery confirmation text screen D2. The desired basic services can be accessed direαly through Ml-Rl, M2-R2, M3-R3, M4-R4, M5-R5 and M6-R6, as before described. 0 Thus, the interaαive traveler video/audio service and produα of the invention provides, in its exemplary form, an integrated and consolidated content of route-specific traffic conditions, route-specific road conditions (construαion, icing, etc.), direαional service, ridesharing, transit system conditions, airline arrival/departure information and

destination city weather — all through delivery of interactive video graphics and animated

graphics, text, background music, voice-overs, menu-driven prompts, and user interaαing

in the use of button-driven seleαion and intelligent branching.

While, as before stated, the latter delivery or presentation technique is particularly

useful for integrated travel information service, clearly its format can be used in other areas of informational services for multi and varied databases containing alternative or different types of information that are usefully coordinated to obviate the necessity of the user having to go separately to varied sources. Further modifications will also thus occur to those skilled in this art, and such are considered to fall within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

Claims

CLAIMS 1. A method of providing a user-friendly and interaαive multi-modal video and audio
traveler information real-time service covering substantially all important aspects of travel,
including integrated and consolidated information from proprietary route-specific road traffic and road condition databases, alternate route direαions which factor in current road
5 conditions, ride-sharing and commercial transit data bases, and commercial real-time flight and destination weather data bases, among others, that comprises, generating from each of
the route-specific road traffic, road condition and alternative routes transit and destination
weather information, respeαive video maps/menus presented with visually active and specific item-accentuating video graphics accompanied by background and voice prompts
*, Q sound; generating from each of the flight and ridesharing information, respective moving
video graphic video presentations accompanied by background audio sound and voice prompts; generating respective video text information and voice-over audio reporting data for each of said traffic, road condition and alternative route and transit maps, and enabling user access thereto by user response to the respective video graphics of the respeαive
15 road traffic, road condition and alternative route and transit maps; generating respective video information text and background sound for each of said flight, destination weather and ridesharing video presentations, and enabling user access thereto by user response to the respective said voice prompts accompanying the respective video graphics presenta¬ tions of the respective flight, destination weather and ridesharing video graphics; and pro- o viding user intelligent branching selection for each of said video text information.
2. A method as claimed in claim 1 and in which said visually active and accentuating
graphics is provided by one of accentuating colored or flashing segments.
3. A method as claimed in claim 1 and in which said moving video graphic video presentation is provided by animated graphics.
4. A method as claimed in claim 1 and in which icon-button responding is provided in
each of said route-specific traffic, road condition and alternative route, and transit video maps, enabling said user response to the respeαive said voice prompts.
5. A method as claimed in claim 4 and in which said video text of each of the said route-specific road traffic, road condition and alternative route, and transit reporting data is in flying text presentation with voice-over sound.
6. A method as claimed in claim 1 and in which said video text of each of said flight and ridesharing video presentations is accompanied by background music, and the video text of the said destination weather video presentation is accompanied by voice-over sound.
7. A method as claimed in claim 1 and in which access to the said multi-modal video and audio traveler information is attained through a welcoming and main menu video screen presentation.
8. A method as claimed in claim 7 and in which said welcoming video screen presentation includes animated video logo, background music and voice prompting.
9. A method as claimed in claim 7 and in which said main menu video screen presen¬ tation includes flying text, background music and voice prompting.
10. A method as claimed in claim 7 and in which said directional service menu includes animated graphics, background sounds and voice prompts.
1 1. A method as claimed in claim I and in which said video presentations generated from each of the flight and ridesharing information are presented in the form of an airline arrival/departure video menu and a ridesharing video menu, respeαively.
12. A method as claimed in claim 1, and in which the generated video maps, video graphics, text, sound and user response accessing and selection is interfaced with and transmitted to remote user terminal for interaαion
13. A method of providing a user-friendly and interactive multi-modal video and audio traveler information real-time service covering important aspects of travel including inte¬ grated and consolidated information from proprietary route-specific road traffic and road condition databases and alternate route direαions which faαor in current road conditions, that comprises, generating from each of the route-specific road traffic, road condition and alternative route information, respective video maps/menus presented with visually active specific item-accentuating video graphics accompanied by background sound and by voice prompts and user-selectable buttons; generating respective video text information and voice-over audio reporting data for each of said road traffic, road condition and alternative route maps/menu; enabling user access thereto by user icon button response to the respec¬ tive said voice prompts accompanying the video graphics of the respeαive road traffic, road condition and alternative route maps/menus; providing respeαive user intelligent branching seleαion for each of said video text information; and interfacing the generated 12
video maps/menus and graphics, text, sound and user response and selection access with
remote user terminals for interaction.
14. A method as claimed in claim 13 and in which said visually aαive and accentuating
video graphics is provided by one of accentuating colored or flashing segments.
15. A method as claimed in claim 13 and in which said video text information is in fly¬
ing text form with voice-over sound.
16. A method of providing a user-friendly and interactive multi-modal video and audio user information real-time service covering important and different aspects of a plurality of different sets of real-time information from corresponding proprietary real-time information databases, that comprises, generating a video information map/menu presentation for and from each of the different sets of information databases with active specific item accentuating video graphics in the map/menu presentations and accompanied by background sound and by voice prompts and user seleαable icon buttons; generating respective video text information presentations and voice-over audio reporting data for and from each of said map/menu presentations; enabling user access thereto by user icon button response to the respective said voice prompts accompanying the video graphics of the respective map/menu presentations; providing respeαive user intelligent branching selection for each of said video text information; and interfacing the generated video, maps/menus and graphics, text, sound and user response and seleαion access with user terminals for interaction.
17. A method as claimed in claim 16 and in which the generated maps/menus, video graphics, text, sound and user response accessing is interfaced with user terminals for in¬
teraction.
18. A method as claimed in claim 16 and in which the active specific item-accentuating video graphics is provided by one of color, flashing or animated segments.
19. A method as claimed in claim 16 and in which said video text information is in fly¬ ing text form with voice-over sound.
20. Apparatus for providing a user-friendly and interactive multi-modal video and audio user information real-time service covering important and different aspeαs of a plurality of different sets of real-time information from corresponding proprietary real-time
information databases, having, in combination, means for generating a video information
map/menu presentation for and from each of the different sets of information databases with active specific item-accentuating video graphics in the map/menu information and accompanied by background sound and by voice prompts and user-selectable icon buttons: means for generating respective video text information presentations and voice-over audio reporting data for and from each of said map/menu presentations; said icon buttons, upon aαivation by the user in response to said voice prompts accompanying the video graphics of the respective video map/menu presentations, having means for causing video presentation of said corresponding video text information presentation; means for provid- iπg user branching selection for each of said video text information presentations; and means for interfacing the generated video maps/menus text, sound and user response and seleαion with user terminals for interaαion.
21. Apparatus as claimed in claim 20 and in which said sets of information comprise route-specific road traffic, road condition and alternative route real-time data.
22. Apparatus as claimed in claim 21 and in which said sets of information further comprise information from ride-sharing, transit, flight, and destination weather databases.
5 23. Apparatus as claimed in claim 21 and in which said accentuating video graphics comprises at least one of color, flashing, and animation.
24. Apparatus as claimed in claim 21 and in which said video text is in the form of flying text with voice-over sound.
25. Apparatus as claimed in claim 20 and in which means is provided, operable upon jL o user interfacing with the service, for presenting welcoming and main menu video presen¬ tations, and means for providing fee per transaαion access for directional service graphics and direction or delivery confirmation text video presentations.
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