Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 appear smarter by the day as more patents and leaks suggest additional automated features. Imagine a phone that can track real-time crowd and traffic information to access better route destinations?
According to the recent patent sighting, Apple may be including a smart navigation routing system on its upcoming iPhones. More importantly, the technology depends on real-time crowd-sourced information along with stop light-based traffic evaluation to give users better route recommendations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent entitled "Routing based on detected stops" to Apple recently. The patent goes by the number 8,793,062.
It is capable gathering and analyzing traffic data through mobile units like iPhones. The technology can then device patterns from stop lights and stop signs to come up with a route suggestion. People can work with the application to develop faster routes. More importantly, it is also compatible with departure time suggestions.
In one manifestation of the technology, the system relies on the GPS module of the iPhone. It uses GPS to identify if the user is traveling or inside a moving vehicle. Using data from GPS positioning and with the accompanying system clock and accelerometer, the device can check the time spent and location of the individual based on the stop lights and stop signs. The offsite server receives the data package in real or almost real-time. It goes through pattern analysis after.
For instance, a number of smartphones will be relaying traffic data to the server from multiple stop lights and signs. The server can correlate this and analyze better which parts are congested and which are not based on the number of handsets sending the traffic information.
As with other patents, Apple may or may not find the time and resources to include it in the next release. Nonetheless, the technology can still find its way soon to devices. Forbes did report that the iPhone 6 may not have sapphire screen as LEDInside data suggests that there are no notable movements for the supply demand and price of sapphire materials. Apple has not made any announcements about the device yet.