TomTom has filed a patent for a method to determine and display reachable areas from a starting point while still reaching a destination, using a parameter limiting travel distance. The method involves exploring an electronic map to establish boundaries based on the parameter value. GlobalData’s report on TomTom gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Determining reachable area based on parameter-constrained travel distance

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: TomTom NV

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240019261A1) describes a method, system, and computer-readable storage medium for determining boundaries enclosing portions of a geographic area containing a navigable network. The method involves exploring segments of an electronic map from a first location using a search algorithm with a cost function to determine reachable segments within a second boundary based on a parameter value. This parameter value limits the amount of the navigable network that can be traversed and allows a second location to be reached. The system includes at least one processor configured to perform the method, while the computer-readable storage medium stores instructions for executing the method.

The method and system allow for determining boundaries around a first location on a navigable network, ensuring that a second location can be reached within the specified parameter value. The system can receive a selection of a second location, access data indicative of different parameter values stored in memory, and display information related to the boundaries on a display or transmit it to another device for display. Additionally, the system can determine a third boundary around the first location and provide information about it. Overall, the technology described in the patent application aims to enhance navigation and location-based services by efficiently defining reachable areas within a navigable network based on specified parameters, benefiting users and mobile devices in various applications.

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