INRIX has patented a method for parking space routing using data from various sources to compute routes to available parking spaces. The system filters outlier data, estimates parking occupancy, and ranks routes based on criteria like convenience and congestion. The highest ranked route is provided to the driver or autonomous driving functionality for navigation. GlobalData’s report on INRIX gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on INRIX, AV navigation planning was a key innovation area identified from patents. INRIX's grant share as of April 2024 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Parking space routing based on congestion and ranking metrics

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: INRIX Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11900279B2) discloses a method for parking space routing executed by a processor of a computing device. The method involves retrieving parking data from various sources, estimating parking occupancy data for unavailable spaces, identifying available parking spaces, computing routes for vehicles, determining a parking space fill order based on congestion metrics, ranking routes to reduce congestion, and providing a route to an autonomous driving system. The method also includes acquiring data from vehicles in the parking region to identify congestion, filtering parking data, aggregating data for precise results, and providing parking meter reservation interfaces for users to reserve, pay for additional time, or bid on parking spaces.

Furthermore, the patent includes details on determining parking space fill orders, specifying row and space fill orders, weighting data from different sources based on accuracy, and granting parking access based on bidding evaluations. The method aims to optimize parking space allocation, reduce congestion, and enhance user experience by providing efficient routing solutions. The patent also covers a computing device and a non-transitory machine-readable medium storing processor-executable instructions for performing the parking space routing operations. Overall, the patented method offers a comprehensive approach to parking management, leveraging data from various sources to improve parking space utilization and traffic flow within parking regions, ultimately benefiting both drivers and parking operators.

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