Title:
Navigation device and method of activating information on a navigation device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method and device are disclosed for activating information on a navigation device. In one embodiment, the method includes prompting selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection; requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information; and activating the selected information on the navigation device upon receipt of the requested information to activate. In one embodiment, the navigation device includes an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection. The integrated input and display device is further used to request, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information. Finally, a processor is included to activate the selected information on the navigation device, upon receipt of the requested information to activate.



Inventors:
Kehdra, Ivo (Amsterdam, NL)
Deurwaarder, William (Rotterdam, NL)
Nicolass, Dlonyslus (Amsterdam, NL)
Application Number:
11/712565
Publication Date:
10/11/2007
Filing Date:
03/01/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
705/26.1, 705/40
International Classes:
G06F15/16
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Primary Examiner:
FORMAN, JAMES Q
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Jacob Eisenberg c/o TomTom (Amsterdam, NL)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A method of activating information on a navigation device, comprising: prompting selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection; requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information; and activating the selected information on the navigation device upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising indicating, on the navigation device, a successful activation.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the internet connection is achieved via a TCP/IP connection.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the requested further information includes a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the requested further information includes an activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the requesting includes display of a device code, usable to obtain the requested activation code.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the requested further information includes both manual and automatic selectable options.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein, upon selecting the automatic option, the requesting includes requesting a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the requesting includes display of a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the requesting includes display of a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the prompting includes display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device, in the form of a download menu.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the download menu includes selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein the requested information includes at least one of a payment request, wherein upon receipt of payment the selected information is activated, and an indication that no payment is required, the indication that no payment is required further including a request to choose an option of a free activation of the selected information.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the payment request is displayed in a first color and an indication that no payment is required is displayed in a second color, different from the first color.

15. The method of claim 13, wherein the prompting includes display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device in the form of a download menu, the download menu including selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

16. The method of claim 1, further comprising displaying on the navigation device, selectable options to purchase or not purchase activation of the selected information.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising displaying on the navigation device, a request for information to complete the purchase upon selection of the option to purchase.

18. A computer readable medium including program segments for, when executed on a processor of a navigation device, causing the navigation device to implement the method of claim 1.

19. A navigation device, comprising: means for prompting selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection; means for requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information; and means for activating the selected information on the navigation device upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

20. The navigation device of claim 19, further comprising means for indicating a successful activation.

21. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the internet connection is achieved via a TCP/IP connection.

22. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the requested further information includes a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

23. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the requested further information includes an activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

24. The navigation device of claim 23, wherein the requesting includes display of a device code, usable to obtain the requested activation code.

25. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the requested further information includes both manual and automatic selectable options.

26. The navigation device of claim 25, wherein, upon selecting the automatic option, the means for requesting includes requesting a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

27. The navigation device of claim 25, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the means for requesting includes display of a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

28. The navigation device of claim 26, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the means for requesting includes display of a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

29. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the means for prompting includes displaying a plurality of selections on the navigation device, in the form of a download menu.

30. The navigation device of claim 29, wherein the download menu includes selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

31. The navigation device of claim 19, wherein the requested information includes at least one of a payment request, wherein upon receipt of payment the selected information is activated, and an indication that no payment is required, the indication that no payment is required further including a request to choose an option of a free activation of the selected information.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein the payment request is displayed in a first color and an indication that no payment is required is displayed in a second color, different from the first color.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein the means for prompting includes display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device in the form of a download menu, the download menu including selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

34. The method of claim 33, further comprising means for displaying selectable options to purchase or not purchase activation of the selected information.

35. The method of claim 34, further comprising means for displaying a request for information to complete the purchase upon selection of the option to purchase.

36. A navigation device, comprising: an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection, and to request, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information; and a processor to activate the selected information on the navigation device, upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

37. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the integrated input and display device is further used to indicate a successful activation.

38. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the internet connection is achieved via a TCP/IP connection.

39. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the requested further information includes a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

40. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the requested further information includes an activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

41. The navigation device of claim 40, wherein the integrated input and display device is used to display a device code, usable to obtain the requested activation code.

42. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the requested further information includes both manual and automatic selectable options.

43. The navigation device of claim 42, wherein, upon selecting the automatic option, the integrated input and display device is used to request a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

44. The navigation device of claim 42, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the integrated input and display device is used to display a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

45. The navigation device of claim 43, wherein, upon selecting the manual option, the integrated input and display device is used to display a device code usable to obtain the requested activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device.

46. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the integrated input and display device is used to request displaying a plurality of selections on the navigation device, in the form of a download menu.

47. The navigation device of claim 46, wherein the download menu includes selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

48. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the requested information includes at least one of a payment request, wherein upon receipt of payment the selected information is activated, and an indication that no payment is required, the indication that no payment is required further including a request to choose an option of a free activation of the selected information.

49. The navigation device of claim 48, wherein the payment request is displayed on the integrated input and display device in a first color and an indication that no payment is required is displayed in a second color, different from the first color.

50. The navigation device of claim 48, wherein the integrated input and display device is used to display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device in the form of a download menu, the download menu including selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice and a map color.

51. The navigation device of claim 50, wherein the integrated input and display device is used to display selectable options to purchase or not purchase activation of the selected information.

52. The navigation device of claim 51, wherein the integrated input and display device is used to display a request for information to complete the purchase upon selection of the option to purchase.

Description:

CO-PENDING APPLICATIONS

The following applications are being filed concurrently with the present applications. The entire contents of each of the following applications is hereby incorporated herein by reference: A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STORING AND UTILIZING A LAST DOCKED LOCATION (Attorney docket number 06P057US16) filed on even date herewith; A METHOD AND DEVICE FOR UTILIZING A SELECTABLE LOCATION MARKER FOR RELATIONAL DISPLAY OF POINT OF INTEREST ENTRIES (Attorney docket number 06P057US15) filed on even date herewith; A METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAP SWITCHING (Attorney docket number 06P057US14) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONVEYING INFORMATION RELATIONSHIPS (Attorney docket number 06P057US20) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF UPDATING INFORMATION ON A NAVIGATION DEVICE (Attorney docket number 06P057US18) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE, SERVER, AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING THEREBETWEEN (Attorney docket number 06P057US17) filed on even date herewith; A METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING PREFERENCES DURING ROUTE TRAVEL CALCULATION ON A NAVIGATION DEVICE (Attorney docket number 06P057US13) filed on even date herewith; AUTOMATIC DISCOVERY OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SETTINGS (Attorney docket number 06P057US04) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF IMPLEMENTING AUDIO FEATURES IN A NAVIGATION DEVICE (Attorney docket number 06P057US21) filed on even date herewith; METHODS OF CUSTOMIZING NAVIGATION SYSTEMS (Attorney docket number 06P057US03) filed on even date herewith; and A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SEQUENTIAL MAP DISPLAY (Attorney docket number 06P057US22) filed on even date herewith.

PRIORITY STATEMENT

The present application hereby claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119 on each of Great Britain Patent Application numbers 0604709.6 filed Mar. 8, 2006; 0604708.8 filed Mar. 8, 2006; 0604710.4 filed Mar. 8, 2006; 0604704.7 filed Mar. 8, 2006; and 0604706.2 filed Mar. 8, 2006, the entire contents of each of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

The present application generally relates to navigation methods and devices.

BACKGROUND

In known navigation systems, travel routes are determined based upon an input travel destination and a current location of the navigation device, the current location being obtained through GPS triangulation for example. While the travel route can easily be obtained based upon map information stored in the memory of the navigation device, updating this information map can be time consuming and can also incur problems as information stored in the memory of the navigation device is not always the most current or up to date information. In known systems, a user typically has to order updated map information and then install the updated map information on his navigation device, via input of a new CD containing the map information for example.

SUMMARY

In at least one embodiment, a method is for activating information on a navigation device. The method includes prompting selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection; requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information; and activating the selected information on the navigation device upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

In at least one other embodiment, a navigation device includes an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of information for receipt from a remote server, connected to the navigation device via an internet connection. The integrated input and display device is further used to request, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information. Finally, a processor is included to activate the selected information on the navigation device, upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present application will be described in more detail below by using example embodiments, which will be explained with the aid of the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates an example view of a Global Positioning System (GPS);

FIG. 2 illustrates an example block diagram of electronic components of a navigation device of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 3 illustrates an example block diagram of a server, navigation device and connection therebetween of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 4 illustrates an example of a selectable menu display;

FIG. 5 illustrates an example of a display requesting activation of a selection;

FIG. 6 illustrates an example of a display requesting product code entry;

FIG. 7 illustrates an example of a display of a virtual keyboard for input;

FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a display indicating successful activation;

FIG. 9 illustrates an example of a display of a device code;

FIG. 10 illustrates an example of a display of a virtual keyboard for input;

FIG. 11 illustrates an example of a selectable menu display;

FIG. 12 illustrates an example of a of a selectable city menu display;

FIG. 13 illustrates an example of a display for a free purchase;

FIG. 14 illustrates an example of a display for a purchase for payment; and

FIG. 15 illustrates an example of a display indicating successful activation.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EXAMPLE EMBODIMENTS

The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention. As used herein, the singular forms “a”, “an”, and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms “includes” and/or “including”, when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.

In describing example embodiments illustrated in the drawings, specific terminology is employed for the sake of clarity. However, the disclosure of this patent specification is not intended to be limited to the specific terminology so selected and it is to be understood that each specific element includes all technical equivalents that operate in a similar manner.

Referencing the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding parts throughout the several views, example embodiments of the present patent application are hereafter described. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout. As used herein, the term “and/or” includes any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items.

FIG. 1 illustrates an example view of Global Positioning System (GPS), usable by navigation devices, including the navigation device of embodiments of the present application. Such systems are known and are used for a variety of purposes. In general, GPS is a satellite-radio based navigation system capable of determining continuous position, velocity, time, and in some instances direction information for an unlimited number of users.

Formerly known as NAVSTAR, the GPS incorporates a plurality of satellites which work with the earth in extremely precise orbits. Based on these precise orbits, GPS satellites can relay their location to any number of receiving units.

The GPS system is implemented when a device, specially equipped to receive GPS data, begins scanning radio frequencies for GPS satellite signals. Upon receiving a radio signal from a GPS satellite, the device determines the precise location of that satellite via one of a plurality of different conventional methods. The device will continue scanning, in most instances, for signals until it has acquired at least three different satellite signals (noting that position is not normally, but can be determined, with only two signals using other triangulation techniques). Implementing geometric triangulation, the receiver utilizes the three known positions to determine its own two-dimensional position relative to the satellites. This can be done in a known manner. Additionally, acquiring a fourth satellite signal will allow the receiving device to calculate its three dimensional position by the same geometrical calculation in a known manner. The position and velocity data can be updated in real time on a continuous basis by an unlimited number of users.

As shown in FIG. 1, the GPS system is denoted generally by reference numeral 100. A plurality of satellites 120 are in orbit about the earth 124. The orbit of each satellite 120 is not necessarily synchronous with the orbits of other satellites 120 and, in fact, is likely asynchronous. A GPS receiver 140, usable in embodiments of navigation devices of the present application, is shown receiving spread spectrum GPS satellite signals 160 from the various satellites 120.

The spread spectrum signals 160, continuously transmitted from each satellite 120, utilize a highly accurate frequency standard accomplished with an extremely accurate atomic clock. Each satellite 120, as part of its data signal transmission 160, transmits a data stream indicative of that particular satellite 120. It is appreciated by those skilled in the relevant art that the GPS receiver device 140 generally acquires spread spectrum GPS satellite signals 160 from at least three satellites 120 for the GPS receiver device 140 to calculate its two-dimensional position by triangulation. Acquisition of an additional signal, resulting in signals 160 from a total of four satellites 120, permits the GPS receiver device 140 to calculate its three-dimensional position in a known manner.

FIG. 2 illustrates an example block diagram of electronic components of a navigation device 200 of an embodiment of the present application, in block component format. It should be noted that the block diagram of the navigation device 200 is not inclusive of all components of the navigation device, but is only representative of many example components.

The navigation device 200 is located within a housing (not shown). The housing includes a processor 210 connected to an input device 220 and a display screen 240. The input device 220 can include a keyboard device, voice input device, and/or any other known input device utilized to input information; and the display screen 240 can include any type of display screen such as an LCD display, for example. In at least one embodiment of the present application, the input device 220 and display screen 240 are integrated into an integrated input and display device, including a touchpad or touchscreen input wherein a user need only touch a portion of the display screen 240 to select one of a plurality of display choices or to activate one of a plurality of virtual buttons.

In addition, other types of output devices 250 can also include, including but not limited to, an audible output device. As output device 250 can produce audible information to a user of the navigation device 200, it is equally understood that input device 240 can also include a microphone and software for receiving input voice commands as well.

In the navigation device 200, processor 210 is operatively connected to and set to receive input information from input device 240 via a connection 225, and operatively connected to at least one of display screen 240 and output device 250, via output connections 245, to output information thereto. Further, the processor 210 is operatively connected to memory 230 via connection 235 and is further adapted to receive/send information from/to input/output (I/O) ports 270 via connection 275, wherein the I/O port 270 is connectible to an I/O device 280 external to the navigation device 200. The external I/O device 270 may include, but is not limited to an external listening device such as an earpiece for example. The connection to I/O device 280 can further be a wired or wireless connection to any other external device such as a car stereo unit for hands-free operation and/or for voice activated operation for example, for connection to an ear piece or head phones, and/or for connection to a mobile phone for example, wherein the mobile phone connection may be used to establish a TCP/IP connection between the navigation device 200 and the internet or any other network for example, and/or to establish a connection to a server via the internet or some other network for example.

FIG. 2 further illustrates an operative connection between the processor 210 and an antenna/receiver 250 via connection 255, wherein the antenna/receiver 250 can be a GPS antenna/receiver for example. It will be understood that the antenna and receiver designated by reference numeral 250 are combined schematically for illustration, but that the antenna and receiver may be separately located components, and that the antenna may be a GPS patch antenna or helical antenna for example.

Further, it will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art that the electronic components shown in FIG. 2 are powered by power sources (not shown) in a conventional manner. As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, different configurations of the components shown in FIG. 2 are considered within the scope of the present application. For example, in one embodiment, the components shown in FIG. 2 may be in communication with one another via wired and/or wireless connections and the like. Thus, the scope of the navigation device 200 of the present application includes a portable or handheld navigation device 200.

In addition, the portable or handheld navigation device 200 of FIG. 2 can be connected or “docked” in a known manner to a motorized vehicle such as a car or boat for example. Such a navigation device 200 is then removable from the docked location for portable or handheld navigation use.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example block diagram of a server 302 and a navigation device 200 of the present application, via a generic communications channel 318, of an embodiment of the present application. The server 302 and a navigation device 200 of the present application can communicate when a connection via communications channel 318 is established between the server 302 and the navigation device 200 (noting that such a connection can be a data connection via mobile device, a direct connection via personal computer via the internet, etc.).

The server 302 includes, in addition to other components which may not be illustrated, a processor 304 operatively connected to a memory 306 and further operatively connected, via a wired or wireless connection 314, to a mass data storage device 312. The processor 304 is further operatively connected to transmitter 308 and receiver 310, to transmit and send information to and from navigation device 200 via communications channel 318. The signals sent and received may include data, communication, and/or other propagated signals. The transmitter 308 and receiver 310 may be selected or designed according to the communications requirement and communication technology used in the communication design for the navigation system 200. Further, it should be noted that the functions of transmitter 308 and receiver 310 may be combined into a signal transceiver.

Server 302 is further connected to (or includes) a mass storage device 312, noting that the mass storage device 312 may be coupled to the server 302 via communication link 314. The mass storage device 312 contains a store of navigation data and map information, and can again be a separate device from the server 302 or can be incorporated into the server 302.

The navigation device 200 is adapted to communicate with the server 302 through communications channel 318, and includes processor, memory, etc. as previously described with regard to FIG. 2, as well as transmitter 320 and receiver 322 to send and receive signals and/or data through the communications channel 318, noting that these devices can further be used to communicate with devices other than server 302. Further, the transmitter 320 and receiver 322 are selected or designed according to communication requirements and communication technology used in the communication design for the navigation device 200 and the functions of the transmitter 320 and receiver 322 may be combined into a single transceiver.

Software stored in server memory 306 provides instructions for the processor 304 and allows the server 302 to provide services to the navigation device 200. One service provided by the server 302 involves processing requests from the navigation device 200 and transmitting navigation data from the mass data storage 312 to the navigation device 200. According to at least one embodiment of the present application, another service provided by the server 302 includes processing the navigation data using various algorithms for a desired application and sending the results of these calculations to the navigation device 200.

The communication channel 318 generically represents the propagating medium or path that connects the navigation device 200 and the server 302. According to at least one embodiment of the present application, both the server 302 and navigation device 200 include a transmitter for transmitting data through the communication channel and a receiver for receiving data that has been transmitted through the communication channel.

The communication channel 318 is not limited to a particular communication technology. Additionally, the communication channel 318 is not limited to a single communication technology; that is, the channel 318 may include several communication links that use a variety of technology. For example, according to at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 can be adapted to provide a path for electrical, optical, and/or electromagnetic communications, etc. As such, the communication channel 318 includes, but is not limited to, one or a combination of the following: electric circuits, electrical conductors such as wires and coaxial cables, fiber optic cables, converters, radio-frequency (rf) waves, the atmosphere, empty space, etc. Furthermore, according to at least one various embodiment, the communication channel 318 can include intermediate devices such as routers, repeaters, buffers, transmitters, and receivers, for example.

In at least one embodiment of the present application, for example, the communication channel 318 includes telephone and computer networks. Furthermore, in at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 may be capable of accommodating wireless communication such as radio frequency, microwave frequency, infrared communication, etc. Additionally, according to at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 can accommodate satellite communication.

The communication signals transmitted through the communication channel 318 include, but are not limited to, signals as may be required or desired for given communication technology. For example, the signals may be adapted to be used in cellular communication technology such as Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), etc. Both digital and analogue signals can be transmitted through the communication channel 318. According to at least one embodiment, these signals may be modulated, encrypted and/or compressed signals as may be desirable for the communication technology.

The mass data storage 312 includes sufficient memory for the desired navigation applications. Examples of the mass data storage 312 may include magnetic data storage media such as hard drives for example, optical storage media such as CD-Roms for example, charged data storage media such as flash memory for example, molecular memory, etc.

According to at least one embodiment of the present application, the server 302 includes a remote server accessible by the navigation device 200 via a wireless channel. According to at least one other embodiment of the application, the server 302 may include a network server located on a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), etc.

According to at least one embodiment of the present application, the server 302 may include a personal computer such as a desktop or laptop computer, and the communication channel 318 may be a cable connected between the personal computer and the navigation device 200. Alternatively, a personal computer may be connected between the navigation device 200 and the server 302 to establish an internet connection between the server 302 and the navigation device 200. Alternatively, a mobile telephone or other handheld device may establish a wireless connection to the internet, for connecting the navigation device 200 to the server 302 via the internet.

The navigation device 200 may be provided with information from the server 302 via information downloads which may be periodically updated upon a user connecting navigation device 200 to the server 302 and/or may be more dynamic upon a more constant or frequent connection being made between the server 302 and navigation device 200 via a wireless mobile connection device and TCP/IP connection for example. For many dynamic calculations, the processor 304 in the server 302 may be used to handle the bulk of the processing needs, however, processor 210 of navigation device 200 can also handle much processing and calculation, oftentimes independent of a connection to a server 302.

The mass storage device 312 connected to the server 302 can include volumes more cartographic and route data than that which is able to be maintained on the navigation device 200 itself, including maps, etc. The server 302 may process, for example, the majority of the devices of a navigation device 200 which travel along the route using a set of processing algorithms. Further, the cartographic and route data stored in memory 312 can operate on signals (e.g. GPS signals), originally received by the navigation device 200.

In an embodiment of the present application, a relatively easier method for providing information to a user of a navigation device 200 is contemplated, by providing a method of activating information on a navigation device 200. In an embodiment of the present application, the method includes prompting selection of information for receipt from a remote server 302, connected to the navigation device 200 via an internet connection 318. The method further includes requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information. Finally, the method includes activating the selected information on the navigation device 200 upon receipt of the requested information to activate.

In an embodiment of the present application, a method is designed which permits an easy way to activate information such as maps for example, on the navigation device 200. In at least one embodiment of the present application, the method utilizes an internet connection which is achieved via data connection, for example.

For this connection, an open internet connection is initially established with the navigation device 200. This can be done, for example, through a mobile phone or other mobile device and a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)-connection (GPRS connection is a high-speed data connection for mobile devices provided by telecom operators; GPRS is a method to connect to the internet), and/or by using a personal computer that is connected to the internet. For GRPS phone settings, the Bluetooth enabled device may be used to correctly work with the ever changing spectrum of mobile phone models, manufacturers, etc., model/manufacturer specific settings may be stored on the navigation device 200 for example.

The data stored for this information can be updated in a manner discussed in any of the embodiments, previous and subsequent. If it is not possible for the navigation device 200 to obtain an open internet connection, the user can still use an activation code obtained from an internet website, and then can enter this code into the navigation device 200 to activate received information.

Initially, as shown in FIG. 4, a user can choose a map, such as a map for a particular country for example, which the user of the navigation device 200 may want to obtain. Thus, as shown in FIG. 4, a display 240 of the navigation device 200 may prompt selection of information (via display on an integrated input and display device integrating the input device 220 and display device 240, for example) such as a map for example, for receipt from a remote server 302, connected to the navigation device 200 via an internet connection 318. As shown in FIG. 4, a display of a plurality of selections is shown on the navigation device 200 may be in the form of a download menu. Thus, the “prompting” can include display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device 200 in the form of a download menu The download menu can include, but is not limited to selectable options to download at least one of a map, a point of interest, a voice, a map color, etc. Upon selecting a download such as maps for example, and upon completing the steps of the aforementioned method, the map can be activated on the navigation device 200.

Thereafter, as shown in FIG. 5, if the user selects “Benelux,” wherein the user of the navigation device 200 desires a map of the country “Benelux” for example, if that selected information requires activation as shown in FIG. 5, the display 240 of the navigation device may request input of further information before activating the selected information. As shown in FIG. 5, the display indicates that the product or desired map requires activation, and then asks a user how a user of the navigation device 200 would like to activate the selected information, namely the map of Benelux, for example.

As shown in FIG. 5, there are two methods by which activation can take place. There is manual activation which can be selected by button 500, and automatic activation which can be selected by button 510. These buttons are virtual buttons and are merely part of an example embodiment of the present application. Thus, the requesting further information can include both manual and automatic selectable options.

With automatic activation, the selected information such as the Benelux map, selected on the navigation device 200, may be activated upon receipt of the requested information to activate. If automatic activation is selected or takes place, as shown in FIG. 6, the user may be requested to provide a product code. Thus, the requested further information includes a product code wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device 200. The user of the navigation device 200 can be further prompted that automatic activation uses an internet connection, and thus the user can merely choose to cancel automatic activation by selecting the cancel button 600, or can choose to activate the automatic activation by selecting the activated button 610.

If the user chooses “activate,” the user of the navigation device 200 may be asked to enter the product code of the current map. This can be done, for example, by providing the user with an input/display keyboard for display on the navigation device (on an integrated input and display device thereof, integrating input device 220 and display device 240 for example) as shown in FIG. 7, wherein the product code may be entered.

Thereafter, the product code is sent to the server 302, together with the device code which corresponds to/is read from navigation device 200 itself. The product code and device code combination is then processed at the server 302 and thereafter, an activation code is sent back to the navigation device 200. The activation code is then usable to activate the content requested.

Thereafter, as shown in FIG. 8, if the correct product code of the current map is determined to have been entered by the server 302, an indication of a successful activation may be displayed on an integrated input and display device of the navigation device 200 as shown in FIG. 8, for example. At this time, an indication may be displayed to indicate that everything has gone well; that activation through the internet connection 318 between the navigation device 200 and the remote server 302 is successful; and that the requested map has been downloaded to the user.

As indicated with regard to FIG. 5, in at least one embodiment of the present application, either a manual or automatic activation can be selected, by selecting a virtual button 500 for manual activation and a virtual button 510 for automatic activation. If the user of the navigation device 200 chooses to activate the selected information in a manual mode, a message such as that shown in FIG. 9 can be displayed.

As shown in FIG. 9, a device code is displayed on an integrated input and display device of the navigation device 200, requesting the user to go to a particular address to obtain an activation code for the device. Thus, an activation code is requested, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device 200, and wherein the aspect of requesting input of further information includes display of the device code, usable to obtain the requested activation code. Thereafter, the user can obtain the aforementioned activation code from the displayed internet address for example, and can use and input the activation code via keyboard entry of the integrated input and display device as shown in FIG. 10, for example. It should be noted that the manual process occurs somewhat similar to the automatic process above, except that instead of automatically sending codes to the server 302, the user of the navigation device 200 must enter them manually at a website, wherein an activation code is created and shown to the user of the navigation device 200, who has to enter this code on the navigation device 200. If the activation is successful, this can be indicated on the navigation device 200 in a manner previously described for example.

As shown in the aforementioned figures, a method of an embodiment of the present application includes requesting, upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information. The requested information can include both manual and selectable options. Upon selecting the automatic option, the requesting can include requesting a product code, wherein receipt of the product code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device 200. Alternatively, the product code may be mentioned on a voucher. Upon selecting the manual option, the requesting can include requesting an activation code, wherein receipt of activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device 200; and/or display of a device code usable to obtain the activation code, wherein receipt of the activation code enables activation of the selected information on the navigation device 200.

As previously described, the prompting of an embodiment of the method can include a display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device 200, in the form of the download menu. An example of such a download menu is shown in FIG. 11 of the present application for example. As shown in FIG. 11, the download menu can include, but is not limited to, selectable options to download at least one of a map 1100, a point of interest 1110, a voice 1120 and a map color 1130. Within the maps, for example, country maps, city maps, etc. can be downloaded.

FIG. 12 shows a display, prompting selection of one of a plurality of city maps. As indicated in FIG. 12, the city map to “Hilversum” states [FREE], next to the city name.

As shown in FIG. 13, if the “Hilversum” map is selected, a display on the integrated input and display device of navigation device 200 for example, indicates that there is no extra charge for downloading this map and provides a plurality of selectable options to download or not download the free map. However, if the city map for “Liten” is desired, a request may be displayed, requesting payment, and asking if the user agrees to pay a certain charge for downloading the map. Thus user can then cancel, or then agree to pay the aforementioned charge.

Thus, as shown in FIGS. 13 to 14, the requested information can include at least one of the payment request (as shown in FIG. 14 for example), wherein upon receipt of payment, the selected information is activated; and an indication that no payment is required (as shown for example in FIG. 13), wherein the indication that no payment is required further includes a request to choose an option for free activation of the selected information. Further, the payment request may be displayed in a first color and the indication that no payment is required may be displayed in a second color, different from the first color.

If the free map of FIG. 13 was successful, an indication can be displayed on the navigation device 200 indicating a successful activation as shown in FIG. 15 for example.

It should be noted that in at least one embodiment of the present application, the prompting can include display of a plurality of selections on the navigation device, in the form of a download menu such as that shown in FIGS. 11 and 15 for example. The downloading of any of the information shown in the categories of FIGS. 11 and 15 can be handled in a manner similar to that previously described with regard to the city map. Namely, there can be requested information including at least one of a payment request and an indication that no payment is required, wherein upon receipt of payment, a selected one of a map, a POI, a voice, color, etc. can be activated. Similarly, if no payment is required and the user chooses an option for free activation of the selected information, the selected information (a map, a POI, a voice, or map color, etc.), can be activated.

Thus, for any aspect of downloading information on the navigation device 200, the navigation device 200 can display selectable options to purchase or not purchase activation of the selected information. Further, a request for further information to complete the purchase upon selection of the option to purchase can further be displayed. In addition, for any of the above embodiments described, it should be noted that the payment request may be displayed in a first color, for example, and an indication that no payment is required may be displayed in a second color, different from the first color.

In another embodiment of the present application, a navigation device 200 is provided which includes an integrated input and display device, integrating the functions of input device 220 and display device 240 of FIG. 2 for example. The integrated input and display device can prompt (via display to a user for example) selection of information for receipt from the remote server 302, connected to the navigation device 200 via an internet connection 318. Further, the integrated input and display device, which may include a touch panel screen for example, can request (via display to a user for example), upon selected information requiring activation, input of further information before activating the selected information. The navigation device 200 further includes a processor 210 to activate the selected information on the navigation device 200, upon receipt of the requested information to activate. Such a navigation device 200 can implement the various aspects of the method described above, as will be understood by one of ordinary skill.

The navigation device 200, in at least one embodiment, may establish a “mobile” network connection with the server 302 via a mobile device 400 (such as a mobile phone, PDA, and/or any device with mobile phone technology) establishing a digital connection (such as a digital connection via known Bluetooth technology for example). Thereafter, through its network service provider, the mobile device 400 can establish a network connection (through the internet for example) with a server 302. As such, a “mobile” network connection is established between the navigation device 200 (which can be, and often times is mobile as it travels alone and/or in a vehicle) and the server 302 to provide a “real-time” or at least very “up to date” gateway for information.

The establishing of the network connection between the mobile device 400 (via a service provider) and another device such as the server 302, using the internet 410 for example, can be done in a known manner. This can include use of TCP/IP layered protocol for example. The mobile device 400 can utilize any number of communication standards such as CDMA, GSM, WAN, etc.

As such, an internet connection may be utilized which is achieved via data connection, via a mobile phone or mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 for example. For this connection, an internet connection between the server 302 and the navigation device 200 is established. This can be done, for example, through a mobile phone or other mobile device and a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)-connection (GPRS connection is a high-speed data connection for mobile devices provided by telecom operators; GPRS is a method to connect to the internet.

The navigation device 200 can further complete a data connection with the mobile device 400, and eventually with the internet 410 and server 302, via existing Bluetooth technology for example, in a known manner, wherein the data protocol can utilize any number of standards, such as the GSRM, the Data Protocol Standard for the GSM standard, for example.

The navigation device 200 may include its own mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 itself (including an antenna for example, wherein the internal antenna of the navigation device 200 can further alternatively be used). The mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 can include internal components as specified above, and/or can include an insertable card, complete with necessary mobile phone technology and/or an antenna for example. As such, mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 can similarly establish a network connection between the navigation device 200 and the server 302, via the internet 410 for example, in a manner similar to that of any mobile device 400.

For GRPS phone settings, the Bluetooth enabled device may be used to correctly work with the ever changing spectrum of mobile phone models, manufacturers, etc., model/manufacturer specific settings may be stored on the navigation device 200 for example. The data stored for this information can be updated in a manner discussed in any of the embodiments, previous and subsequent.

The methods of at least one embodiment expressed above may be implemented as a computer data signal embodied in the carrier wave or propagated signal that represents a sequence of instructions which, when executed by a processor (such as processor 304 of server 302, and/or processor 210 of navigation device 200 for example) causes the processor to perform a respective method. In at least one other embodiment, at least one method provided above may be implemented above as a set of instructions contained on a computer readable or computer accessible medium, such as one of the memory devices previously described, for example, to perform the respective method when executed by a processor or other computer device. In varying embodiments, the medium may be a magnetic medium, electronic medium, optical medium, etc.

Even further, any of the aforementioned methods may be embodied in the form of a program. The program may be stored on a computer readable media and is adapted to perform any one of the aforementioned methods when run on a computer device (a device including a processor). Thus, the storage medium or computer readable medium, is adapted to store information and is adapted to interact with a data processing facility or computer device to perform the method of any of the above mentioned embodiments.

The storage medium may be a built-in medium installed inside a computer device main body or a removable medium arranged so that it can be separated from the computer device main body. Examples of the built-in medium include, but are not limited to, rewriteable non-volatile memories, such as ROMs and flash memories, and hard disks. Examples of the removable medium include, but are not limited to, optical storage media such as CD-ROMs and DVDs; magneto-optical storage media, such as MOs; magnetism storage media, including but not limited to floppy disks (trademark), cassette tapes, and removable hard disks; media with a built-in rewriteable non-volatile memory, including but not limited to memory cards; and media with a built-in ROM, including but not limited to ROM cassettes; etc. Furthermore, various information regarding stored images, for example, property information, may be stored in any other form, or it may be provided in other ways.

As one of ordinary skill in the art will understand upon reading the disclosure, the electronic components of the navigation device 200 and/or the components of the server 302 can be embodied as computer hardware circuitry or as a computer readable program, or as a combination of both.

The system and method of embodiments of the present application include software operative on the processor to perform at least one of the methods according to the teachings of the present application. One of ordinary skill in the art will understand, upon reading and comprehending this disclosure, the manner in which a software program can be launched from a computer readable medium in a computer based system to execute the functions found in the software program. One of ordinary skill in the art will further understand the various programming languages which may be employed to create a software program designed to implement and perform at least one of the methods of the present application.

The programs can be structured in an object-orientation using an object-oriented language including but not limited to JAVA, Smalltalk, C++, etc., and the programs can be structured in a procedural-orientation using a procedural language including but not limited to COBAL, C, etc. The software components can communicate in any number of ways that are well known to those of ordinary skill in the art, including but not limited to by application of program interfaces (API), interprocess communication techniques, including but not limited to report procedure call (RPC), common object request broker architecture (CORBA), Component Object Model (COM), Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Distributed System Object Model (DSOM), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). However, as will be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art upon reading the present application disclosure, the teachings of the present application are not limited to a particular programming language or environment.

The above systems, devices, and methods have been described by way of example and not by way of limitation with respect to improving accuracy, processor speed, and ease of user interaction, etc. with a navigation device 200.

Further, elements and/or features of different example embodiments may be combined with each other and/or substituted for each other within the scope of this disclosure and appended claims.

Still further, any one of the above-described and other example features of the present invention may be embodied in the form of an apparatus, method, system, computer program and computer program product. For example, of the aforementioned methods may be embodied in the form of a system or device, including, but not limited to, any of the structure for performing the methodology illustrated in the drawings.

Example embodiments being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the present invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.