Patents Assigned to Clarion Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10867403
    Abstract: A vehicle external recognition extracts a feature point from an image including an environment around a vehicle; measures a distance from the vehicle to the feature point based on a movement of the feature point; extracts, as a first road surface area, a local area judged as a road surface based on distance information to the feature point and a position of the feature point in the image from among a plurality of local areas in the image; calculates a multi-dimensional image feature amount including color information for each of the plurality of local areas, and similarity to the first road surface area using the image feature amount with respect to a no-road-surface-extracted area(s) from among the plurality of local areas; extracts a second road surface area from the no-road-surface-extracted area(s) based on the similarity; and recognizes a travelable area using the first and the second road surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehito Ogata, Daisuke Fukuda, Masahiro Kiyohara
  • Publication number: 20200389241
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus comprises a weighting circuit configured to, within a particular control target band, perform weighting amplitude spectra of a priority audio signal and a non-priority audio signal taking frequency masking and time masking into account, an amplitude changer configured to relatively amplify an amplitude spectrum of the priority audio signal within the control target band based on the amplitude spectrum to which the weighting has been applied, a phase changer configured to make a phase spectrum of the non-priority audio signal approach a phase spectrum of the priority audio signal, within the control target band, based on the amplitude spectrum to which the weighting has been applied, and a mixer configured to mix the priority audio signal and the non-priority audio signal after the amplitude spectrum and the phase spectrum are changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazutomo FUKUE
  • Publication number: 20200389730
    Abstract: A frequency compressor of a vibration output apparatus generates a compressed signal by converting frequency components of a mid-band signal into low-band frequency components of a low-band signal by increasing the total number of samples by a factor of n and thus compressing the frequency of amplitude information included in mid-band frequency components of the mid-band signal to 1/n. If the level of a low-band envelope signal is lower than a predetermined threshold level, a vibration signal generator generates a vibration signal by combining the compressed signal with the low-band signal consisting of the low-band frequency components of an acoustic signal. If the level of the low-band envelope signal is higher than the predetermined threshold level, the vibration signal generator generates a vibration signal by directly using the low-band signal. A vibration output unit outputs a vibration on the basis of the generated vibration signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi HASHIMOTO, Yasuhiro FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200369275
    Abstract: An inter-vehicle communication and driving assistance device performs wireless communication with other vehicles, and includes an inter-vehicle communication unit including a reception level detection unit, a position information reception unit, and an arithmetic processing unit. The arithmetic processing unit calculates inter-vehicle distances to other vehicles using latitude and longitude information of the other vehicles and the own vehicle, receives a position error radius, and acquires a reception level from the other vehicles. When a difference between the inter-vehicle distances is smaller than position error radius, a vehicle with a larger reception level is determined as a vehicle closer to the own vehicle. When the difference between the inter-vehicle distances is larger than the position error radius, a vehicle with a smaller inter-vehicle distance is determined as a vehicle closer to the own vehicle, and a distance to a leading vehicle is calculated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu SUGIYAMA, Tomonori TANAKA, Keisuke MUTOU
  • Patent number: 10845205
    Abstract: A guide route matching with the characteristic of vehicle control is searched to reduce the frequency at which re-search of a guide route is executed. A navigation device includes an information input unit for acquiring a control condition for controlling the traveling of the vehicle as control characteristic information from an autonomous driving control device, and a route searching unit for searching a guide route for the vehicle satisfying the control condition based on the control characteristic information acquired by the information input unit. Accordingly, the guide route matching with the control characteristic of the vehicle can be searched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Takeuchi, Akio Sumizawa
  • Patent number: 10848917
    Abstract: An object is to provide a server device, an occupant determination method, and an occupant determination support method that efficiently manages an occupant to be associated with a vehicle. A server device includes an on-board device information acquisition unit configured to acquire position information from an on-board device, a terminal request unit configured to transmit, to a plurality of predetermined terminal devices, information indicating a riding determination request including the position information of the on-board device, and an occupant determination unit configured to associate at least one terminal device out of the plurality of predetermined terminal devices and the on-board device with each other, based on a response from the terminal device that is present within a predetermined distance from the on-board device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumi Iwata, Takashi Yamaguchi, Hiroe Ushio
  • Patent number: 10836432
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus 1 of the present invention assists parallel parking of an own vehicle 21. The parking assist apparatus 1 includes: a first route calculation unit 11 configured to calculate a first route for moving the own vehicle 21 from a target parking position P1 to a virtual departure position P3 based on a parking space and a constraint condition of own vehicle behavior; a second route calculation unit 12 configured to calculate a second route for moving the own vehicle 21 from an initial position P0 where parking assistance is started to the virtual departure position P3; and a parking route setting unit 13 configured to set a parking route of the own vehicle 21 with use of the first route and the second route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Hasejima, Shinya Tagawa, Takehito Ogata
  • Publication number: 20200356792
    Abstract: A solid object detection device includes an overhead view transformation processing unit transforming first and second photographed images photographed by a camera at different timings in travel of a vehicle into first and second overhead view images, respectively, a subtracted image generation unit generating a subtracted image between the first and second overhead view images whose photographing positions are aligned with each other, a solid object position specification unit specifying a position of a solid object present around the vehicle based on the subtracted image, and a masked subtracted image generation unit generating a masked subtracted image in which a region other than a solid object candidate region as a candidate where the solid object appears in the subtracted image is masked and the solid object position specification unit specifies a position of the solid object in the subtracted image based on the masked subtracted image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ayano MIYASHITA, Naoki SHIMIZU, Hiroaki ANDOU, Kengo ASAKI
  • Patent number: 10818283
    Abstract: To assign an appropriate pronunciation to a word or phrase having a unique pronunciation or a word or phrase having a pronunciation incorrectly used by a user, a terminal device divides a first word or phrase indicated by a first recognition result acquired from a speech recognition server into morphemes and assigns a pronunciation to each of the morphemes, and divides a second word or phrase indicated by a second recognition result acquired from a speech recognition module into morphemes. Further, the terminal device selects, for a morpheme having the same character string as that of any one of the morphemes forming the second word or phrase among the morphemes forming the first word or phrase, a pronunciation of the morpheme indicated by the second recognition result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kokubo, Takuya Matsumoto, Norio Watarai
  • Publication number: 20200333145
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to acquire data smoothly even when an amount of data to be acquired is large. A server device according to the present embodiment includes: a storage unit configured to store predetermined information to be provided to an external device; a segment data generation unit configured to receive information for specifying a remaining storable capacity of the external device via communication from the external device and generate a plurality of data sets obtained by dividing the predetermined information substantially evenly in a size depending on the remaining storable capacity; and a data transmission control unit configured to transmit, to the external device, the plurality of data sets by a number corresponding to the remaining storable capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuya ASADA
  • Publication number: 20200331462
    Abstract: A parking assistance ECU is a device that assists parking of a subject vehicle and includes a route generation unit that generates a travel route on which the subject vehicle travels, a selection unit that selects, based on the travel route, a camera used for detection of an obstacle among a front camera, a right side camera, a left side camera, and a rear camera which capture an image of a surrounding of the subject vehicle, in a case where a turning action of the subject vehicle is included in the travel route, and an obstacle detection unit that detects an obstacle which possibly contacts with the subject vehicle from a captured image captured by the camera selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki KUROSAWA, Junya MURAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20200326850
    Abstract: Display of a display object is changed more appropriately. A display control device includes: a display region setting unit configured to set a display region in accordance with a screen size of a display; a display control unit configured to control display of at least one or more display objects arranged in an arrangement region provided in the display region; and a priority setting unit configured to set relative priority among the display objects arranged in the same arrangement region, wherein the display control unit sets a size of the arrangement region correspondingly to the display region that is set in accordance with the screen size of the display, and controls display of the display objects based on the priority that is set among the display objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jitsu EZAKI
  • Publication number: 20200327179
    Abstract: It is possible to generate history information for performing destination estimation with higher accuracy. There are provided an information providing apparatus having a voice recognition unit configured to output a speech sentence for asking a user about a destination and acquire a response voice of a user indicating the destination, and an behavior history generation unit configured to perform a search request for a destination responded by a user and generate behavior history information including a destination specified based on a search result; and a server having a destination specification unit configured to perform the search request acquired from the information providing apparatus to a search engine configured to perform an information search, and transmit a search result to the information providing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Matsumoto, Akihiro Kondo, Yasuyuki Tamai, Yasushi Nagai, Megumi Tsuchiyama
  • Publication number: 20200327868
    Abstract: Display of display objects is changed as appropriate in accordance of situation change. A display control device includes: a display control unit configured to set an arrangement region on a display region of a display and control display of at least one or more display objects arranged in the arrangement region, the arrangement region having a virtual three-or-more-dimensional coordination system; and a situation determination unit configured to determine at least one situation of environment and a user, wherein the display control unit modifies the arrangement region in accordance with change of the situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jitsu EZAKI
  • Publication number: 20200317102
    Abstract: There is provided a sound pickup device capable of satisfactorily picking up sound from a seated person side. A sound pickup device 1 includes a headrest 11 which is provided with an opening 29 on a seating surface 11a side, and has a recess 25 formed in the opening 29, and two or more sound pickup means, a first sound pickup means 31 and a second sound pickup means 32 are disposed in the recess 25 of the headrest 11, and the first sound pickup means 31 and the second sound pickup means 32 are disposed so that distances to the first sound pickup means 31 and the second sound pickup means 32 from a portion, closest to the seating surface 11a, of the opening 29 of the headrest 11 are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shingo TAKEI, Naoki TAKADA
  • Publication number: 20200307524
    Abstract: In a cleaning nozzle unit including an inner liquid passage guiding a cleaning solution, an inner air passage feeding air to an outlet of the inner liquid passage, and an injection port that mixes the cleaning solution guided by the inner liquid passage and the air fed by the inner air passage and injects a mixture of the cleaning solution and the air to a surface of an object, a plurality of the injection ports are provided, are disposed at predetermined intervals and inject the mixtures in directions such that the mixtures hits each other in the surface at a substantially predetermined angle in a front view of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji MORITA, Hideyuki TAMURA, Tetsuo HATA, Nobuhiro SATO, Nobuhiko MOCHIJI, Hiroshi SHOJIMA, Norihiko NAKANO, Hiroshi AOKI, Yukari AKIYAMA, Naohiro NOGUCHI, Hiroko TSUTSUMI
  • Publication number: 20200304737
    Abstract: This camera calibration device is provided with: an image acquisition unit into which a plurality of images captured at different times by a camera mounted to a vehicle are inputted; a feature point extraction unit which extracts features points from each of the images inputted into the image acquisition unit; a feature point tracking unit which tracks the feature points between the plurality of images; a vehicle movement acquisition unit which acquires information related to the movement of the vehicle; a trajectory estimation unit which, on the basis of the information acquired by the vehicle movement acquisition unit, estimates the trajectory of the feature points corresponding to the movement of the vehicle; and an internal parameter estimation unit which estimates internal parameters of the camera on the basis of the trajectory of the feature points tracked by the feature point tracking unit, and the trajectory of the feature points estimated by the trajectory estimation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Morihiko SAKANO
  • Publication number: 20200290600
    Abstract: A parking assistance device includes: a marking line detector that detects a plurality of marking lines delineating a parking area from an image taken by an imaging unit; a second determiner that determines whether or not the type of parking for parking a vehicle in a parkable area is angle parking, on the basis of the angle obtained between a parking baseline joining the endpoints on the vehicle side of the detected plurality of marking lines and the plurality of marking lines, or the angle obtained between the parking baseline and one marking line selected from among the plurality of marking lines; and a parking position setter that, in the case where the second determiner determines that the type of parking corresponds to angle parking, sets a parking position inside the parkable area in which to park the vehicle, on the basis of the parking baseline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihisa KUWAHARA
  • Patent number: 10760924
    Abstract: It is possible to mitigate a load of POI search and provide non-overlapping POI information to a user. Included are: a communication unit which acquires a POI search request signal to request search of the POI from a POI information providing device; a memory unit which stores user utterance information storing a genre when voice information of user utterance specifying the genre of the POI is included in the POI search request signal; and a control unit which searches a POI of a genre specified by voice information when the voice information of user utterance specifying the genre of the POI is included in the POI search request signal, determines whether a predetermined POI search condition is satisfied when the voice information is not included in the POI search request signal, searches a POI of a genre specified by the user utterance information when the predetermined POI search condition is satisfied, and generates notification POI information including voice information relating to the searched POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazumu Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200271449
    Abstract: A calibration system is mounted in a vehicle and is provided with: an attitude sensor that acquires attitude information regarding a vehicle coordinate system of the vehicle; an image pickup unit that captures an image of the surroundings of the vehicle; an attitude-sensor reliability level calculation unit that calculates an attitude-sensor reliability level that is a reliability level of the attitude sensor; and an attitude use estimation unit that estimates, in the case where the calculated attitude-sensor reliability level is greater than a predetermined threshold, an external parameter of the image pickup unit using the attitude information output by the attitude sensor and a relationship of a coordinate system of the image pickup unit to the vehicle coordinate system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Morihiko SAKANO, Keiji SATO