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Friday, August 12, 2011

The story is sourced to SEO By the Sea which in turn sites the US Patent Office database:

From the USPTO assignments database, it appears that Google has acquired Facet Technologies interest in the assigment of a number of their patents, which I’ve listed below. The execution data on the assignments is listed as June 21, 2011, and the assignments were recorded with the patent office on August 8, 2010. The USTPO database doesn’t provide any details behind the transaction such as costs or other considerations involved or licensing agreements that Facet Tech might have in place with other companies, or if Google acquired the company, its maps databases or just some of its intellectual property.

Facet was one of the companies way back that collected data for Google. The company has licensed its patents to TomTom. But now it seems Google will own the IP for use in data capture, mapping and suggests the article self driving car development.

There are nine patents and Bill Slawski does a good job arranging and discussing them; check the patents and his analysis out. I have nothing to add!

- SEO By the Sea

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/12 at 02:27 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

Don't worry we will not share how you did! This is for fun.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

On Wednesday INRIX released an updated version of INRIX Traffic for Windows Phone 7. "This community-powered traffic app provides WP7 users up-to-the-minute traffic information and traffic forecasts for drivers routes which saves time, money and reduces frustration traveling to the places they go every day." You get: real-time traffic conditions, incidents along your route, and traffic impacting events in your area and these new features:

  1. Traffic Forecasts: Look up to 8 hours ahead to see what you can expect when you hit the road.  Nobody likes to be late and this feature helps drivers determine the best time to leave based on how traffic conditions are expected to impact travel times.
  2. Quick Reporting: Report accidents and police activity along your route to help other drivers save time and travel safely.
  3. Landscape Mode: For additional versatility based on viewing preference.

It's free from the Microsoft App Marketplace.

- INRIX e-mail

HopStop has a new tool on its website (soon to be added to apps): it "allows commuters searching for local directions to their next destination to quantify the positive impact of their transit-based travel on the environment, as compared to driving a car, and to identify the best transit route in order to minimize their carbon footprint."

- HopStop e-mail, press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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