Vehicle-based navigation system with smart map filtering, portable unit home-base registration and multiple navigation system preferential use

  • US 6,553,308 B1
  • Filed: 04/28/2000
  • Issued: 04/22/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/29/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of navigating when driving a vehicle, comprising:

  • providing a position locator and a display in the vehicle;

    providing a map database;

    providing a vehicle-based navigation system and a communication link, said communication link comprising a wireless communication link between the vehicle and the map database, said map database being located exteriorly of and remote from the vehicle when the vehicle is traveling, said communication link providing information to said map database chosen from;

    (1) driver information, said driver information including at least one of driver preference information, driver experience information, the driver'"'"'s language information, the driver'"'"'s identity information, the driver'"'"'s national identity information, and driver authorization information; and

    (2) vehicle information, said vehicle information including at least one of the vehicle geographic location information, the speed of the vehicle information, the vehicle heading information, the vehicle altitude information, the vehicle inclination information, the vehicle type information, and the vehicle equipment information;

    determining a position of the vehicle with said position locator;

    determining at least one of a vehicle parameter and a personal parameter based on said information; and

    transferring map data from said map database to the vehicle, and said display displaying at least a portion of the transferred map data at a resolution that dynamically varies as a function of said at least one of a vehicle parameter and a personal parameter, said portion of the transferred map data being associated with the position of the vehicle.

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