Patent Number: 8,880,330

Title: Route planning using location/time encoded data from location aware snowplows

Abstract: Techniques are described for using geographic location data of snowplows to update a snow depth associated with a section of a surface street. The route of the snowplow may be tracked continuously which allows the snow depth of the street to be reset in real-time. The updated snow depth may then be used to generate a cost of travelling on the street. The travelling cost may then be used to plan a route through the region. Alternatively, the cost may be graphically displayed on a map to permit a user to determine which surface streets to avoid. In another embodiment, the cost of travelling on a particular street may be changed by the attributes of the vehicle that will navigate the snow-covered roads, driver's experience, or the geographic terrain of a road. This new cost may then be used, for example, to plan a route or display roads to avoid.

Inventors: Gooding; Thomas M. (Rochester, MN)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G01C 21/36 (20060101); G06G 7/76 (20060101); G08G 1/09 (20060101); H04M 11/04 (20060101); G06G 7/00 (20060101); G06F 19/00 (20110101); G06F 7/70 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00