“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple application for a method of generating car travel routes based on user preference and crowd-sourced real-time traffic data,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Much like the popular crowd-sourced navigation app Waze, which was recently acquired by Google, Apple’s ‘User-specified route rating and alerts’ patent filing generates custom routing information based on user input,” Campbell reports. “As described, the system pertains to cellular-enabled mobile devices with built-in GPS components, like an iPhone or iPad.”

Campbell reports, “It is unclear if Apple will one day include the crowd-sourced alert and route rating system into its Maps app, though the number of iOS devices in use could make for a robust network if deployed correctly. Apple’s route rating patent application was first filed for in December 2011.”

Read more, and see Apple patent application illustrations and UI wireframes, in the full article here.