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Patent Application Titled "Near Field Communication Mobile Device and Navigation Device Communication System" Published Online

May 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor WANG, Cheng-Yu (Taipei City, TW), filed on November 6, 2012, was made available online on May 15, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to navigational systems. More specifically, the present invention discloses a mobile device and navigation device communication system utilizing near field communication to easily capture and transfer address data and simplify programming of the navigation device.

"Navigation devices are used in vehicles to provide driving directions to the driver of the vehicle. In order to use, the conventional navigation device must be programmed with the desired destination address. This requires the driver to input text and numbers and search through menus in order to enter the destination address.

"The multiple steps required to enter the address and program the navigation device is not only time consuming but also frustrating.

"Additionally, the steps to program the navigation device are also potentially dangerous for the driver and passengers if the driver is distracted programming while driving.

"Furthermore, if the driver is receiving directions from a friend over their mobile phone, the driver is further distracted while using the mobile phone while trying to program the navigation device. Distracted driving is very dangerous and potentially fatal accidents can easily occur.

"Therefore, there is need for an improved means of easily programming a navigation device by using a mobile device and near field communication."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "To achieve these and other advantages and in order to overcome the disadvantages of the conventional method in accordance with the purpose of the invention as embodied and broadly described herein, the present invention provides a mobile device and navigation device communication system utilizing near field communication to easily capture and transfer address data and simplify programming of the navigation device.

"The present invention assists drivers and reduces driving distractions when programming the navigation device.

"The mobile device and navigation device communication system comprises a mobile navigation communication (MNC) application installed on an near field communication (NFC) capable mobile device such as, for example a smart phone or a tablet computer. The MNC application is loaded at startup of the mobile device and continues running in the background.

"The navigation device is also NFC capable, either originally or with an NFC module comprising an NFC receiver or transceiver incorporated into a smart card (flash card).

"When the mobile device receives a text message the MNC application determines if there is an address included in the text message. If there is a message in the text message the MNC application extracts the address and encodes the address into a message such as, for example, a message in NFC data exchange format and notifies the user that an address is ready to be transferred to the navigation device.

"The user then places the mobile device in close proximity to the navigation device and the data exchange is performed via NFC.

"After the data exchange is complete the navigation device decodes the data into the address and searches its database to find an address match. The navigation device then displays the address for the user to confirm. After confirmation the navigation device displays the route or driving directs from the user's current location to the destination address.

"As a result, the user can receive a message containing an address and the MNC application will automatically prepare the address for transfer to the navigation device. The user then simply places the mobile device near the navigation device and the address is transferred to, decoded by, and displayed on the navigation device without the driver having to locate the address in the text message and manually program the navigation device.

"The present invention is not only more convenient but also far more safe for users by preventing distractions while driving.

"These and other objectives of the present invention will become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of preferred embodiments.

"It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary, and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding of the invention, and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification. The drawings illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention. In the drawings:

"FIG. 1A is a drawing illustrating architecture of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 1B is a drawing illustrating architecture of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 1C is a drawing illustrating architecture of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2A is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2B is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 5A is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 5B is a flowchart illustrating a method of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a method of validating an address of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating a method of verifying accuracy of an address of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating a method of encoding address data of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 9 is a flowchart illustrating a method of data exchange of a mobile device and navigation device near field communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: WANG, Cheng-Yu. Near Field Communication Mobile Device and Navigation Device Communication System. Filed November 6, 2012 and posted May 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1091&p=22&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140508.PD.&OS=PD/20140508&RS=PD/20140508

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