Apple adds a Major Set of Patent Claims to their Invention Covering Maps with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for CarPlay
Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent application from Apple that relates to their Maps app, specifically in context with its turn-by-turn navigation for CarPlay. Apple has added a major set of new patent claims describing a new method, a new system comprising one or more processors and more.
For the record, Patently Apple first covered today's continuation patent as a granted patent back in January of this year that you check out here. The invention itself dates back to 2013.
So what has Apple added to their January granted patent to warrant today's "continuation patent"? Once again, the additions and/or deletions are found in Apple's patent claims.
Firstly, Apple has cancelled claim #1 that was found in their January granted patent. It read as follows:
"For an application executing on a mobile device, a method comprising: rendering an animated navigation presentation and outputting the rendered presentation from the mobile device for display on an external display screen that is not part of the mobile device, the navigation presentation comprising an animated map showing at least a portion of a route to a destination; and simultaneously displaying a navigation instruction for a next maneuver along the route, from a current location of the mobile device, on a display screen of the mobile device without displaying a map on the mobile device."
Secondly Apple adds a major "Method" in patent claim #2 and because of that, a string of 6 new patent claims supporting the new method is found. The major method reads as follows:
"A method for controlling an interactive communication system of a vehicle by a mobile device, the method comprising: determining a particular set of capabilities of the interactive communication system; determining whether the particular set of capabilities corresponds to a first set of capabilities or a second set of capabilities; when the particular set of capabilities corresponds to the first set of capabilities, generating, by the mobile device, a first graphical user interface configured for being manipulated by the interactive communication system having the first set of capabilities, the first graphical user interface including a first map the presentation of which is modifiable through a first type of user input received through the interactive communication system; when the particular set of capabilities corresponds to the second set of capabilities, generating, by the mobile device, a second graphical user interface configured for being manipulated by the interactive communication system having the second set of capabilities, the second graphical user interface including a second map the presentation of which is modifiable through a second type of user input received through the interactive communication system; and causing, by the mobile device, the interactive communication system to present a vehicle graphical user interface corresponding to the first graphical user interface or the second graphical user interface."
Thirdly, patent claim #9 introduces a new "non-transitory computer readable medium" and the 6 new claims beneath it are presented.
Fourthly, Apple introduces in Claim #16 "A system comprising one or more processors" and the 6 new claims beneath it are presented.
This is a major continuation patent and if you're interested in reviewing the new patent claims in detail, then be sure to review the patent here.
Some of the inventors listed on the patent include veteran Senior Interface Design Marcel Van Os; Lily Vulcano, Senior Software Engineer, Cocoa Frameworks and worked on Maps from 2011 to Nov. 2017; Brad Moore, Senior Engineer Manager for Maps App until 2014, then moved to Uber and is now with Dropbox; and lastly Jorge Fino, Human Interface Designer at time of patent and then moved on to Oculus until 2015 and is currently at Pearl Automation.
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