Apple working on a crowd-sourced navigation system, a patent suggests

Apple working on a crowd-sourced navigation system, a patent suggests
A patent application from December 2011 has just been posted by the US Patent & Trademark Office, describing a crowd-sourced navigation platform, much like Waze's (now owned by Google). This follows Apple's divorce with Google Maps and is sure to inject some life back into the iOS equivalent.

Not unlike Mountain View's new acquisition, the filed method relies on user-based ratings and alerts to provide an augmented navigation experience within its proprietary app. So, for example, selecting an A to B journey will, theoretically, generate the best route possible based on user-generated data. Moreover, an alerts feature will allow users to mark noteworthy considerations en-route, ranging from accidents and heavy traffic to protests. 

The app will have something new up its sleeve, though. Upon arrival at your final destination, a score sheet will appear, prompting users to rate the route in several ways: from a simple 1 to 5 stars dialog to adding comments and noteworthy route-specifics. Those range from road construction and frequent accidents to marking the route as scenic or warning that gas stations and food are nowhere to be found.

Google has already stated it will integrate the functionality of its new subsidiary, so we wouldn't think it much of a stretch for Apple to follow suit.


source: US Patent & Trademark Office via AppleInsider

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13 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

™ ® © ..

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

So a direct copy of waze is ok for apple to do?

4. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It is ok for them to try and do something like this... What is NOT ok is to patent it as if they are first... I hope Waze (Google) sue the heck out of them for this...

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you take a breath, and then I take a breath...am I copying you?

8. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't know. If you make rounded corners, then I make rounded corners, am I copying you. The issue isn't the copying. Its the hypocrisy. You're a fair minded fellow. You have to admit that for a company that claims to loathe copying so much, its all they've done this year. Even you commented on the flexible screen device patent.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True Ted, but what I think apple is doing is implementing technology, that's becoming the standard. It's like Hyundai using V-8's when they use to only use 4 bangers. Crowd sourcing is becoming standard, and using will keep them current. Copying? It can be called that. Recognizing the standard? It can be called that also. What are your thoughts Ted?

12. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Thats not the problem, "copying" as they put it, is FINE (at least for me). Competition is always welcome. The problem is that after "copying", Apple patents it and sues everyone that also "copies" and even those who used it first.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Implementing technology that's becoming standard is one thing... trying to get a patent for it after the fact is quite a different matter.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And yes the rounded corners thing is ridiculous.

3. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

This is so WAZE. Indeed. LOL :D

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Except for the rating of the routes.

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2378; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This company is full of nothing but dirtbags. They'll patent anything they can. They'll also patent things that they'll never do and then sue the firm that actually brings it to life. It's just so grimy what that company has devolved to.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Jeeze just great another patent filing.

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