US: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent US 8,548,724 to a team of researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida for ‘System and Method for Real-time Travel Path Prediction and Automated Incident Alerts’. The patent covers a path prediction method that uses a commuter’s travel patterns to predict their route and destination, and transmit road advisories via a GPS-enabled device. Once the user’s location data is transmitted via a GPS-enable device it is then cataloged and stored in a GIS database.
The user’s current travel path is then compared to their path history and statistics and a destination is determined based on related spatial and time properties. A warning is then automatically delivered to the user if there is an accident along their predicted path, without requiring any request of input from the user.