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

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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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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 09:29

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)



posted on 04 Jul 2013, 09:34 11

2. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 12:13 6

4. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 15:33 1

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 15:45 6

8. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 17:28

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 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?

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 20:49 1

12. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 00:37 1

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 17:29 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

And yes the rounded corners thing is ridiculous.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 09:50 6

3. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

This is so WAZE. Indeed. LOL :D

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 14:35

5. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Except for the rating of the routes.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 14:40 2

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 18:54 2

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Jeeze just great another patent filing.

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