GM has filed a patent application for an in-vehicle navigation system that would provide the user with a multitude of available driving routes with varying difficulty ratings.
This GM patent filing has been assigned application number US 2022/0089177 A1 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and was published on March 24th, 2022. It’s titled “Navigation considering route driving difficulty” and lists Michigan-based engineers Hui-ping Wang and Li Zuo, along with Windsor, Canada-based engineer Sanja Laptosevich, as the inventors.
The patent application describes an in-vehicle navigation system that would offer the user a “plurality of routes” for the vehicle to travel to a given destination. The navigation system would provide a measure of difficulty for the vehicle maneuvers involved in taking each of the routes in question, ranging from easiest to hardest. This differs from current navigation systems, which will typically provide the user with a single route that it deems to be the quickest, or sometimes a secondary route that is slightly slower and/or avoids toll roads.
The patent says it “may be desirable to provide improved methods and systems for providing navigation systems for vehicles, including analysis of potential travel routes to a desired destination.” This technology may be useful for older or inexperienced drivers, who may want to take a less difficult or stressful driving route to their destination, even if it takes longer. While the patent does not describe what may constitute an easier driving route, we imagine these routes may avoid busy highways, roundabouts, twisting roads with many turns and other road types that can intimidate or confuse some motorists.
A patent application is not a sure sign that an automaker is going to introduce a product or technology, but it’s nonetheless interesting to see GM looking at ways to leverage connected technologies to make driving easier for motorists.