Patents by Inventor Andreas U. Kuehnle

Andreas U. Kuehnle has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190272436
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10339401
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10336243
    Abstract: A camera controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprises an image capture portion having a viewing area; an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and control logic. The control logic determines that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewing area and transmits a lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that illumination change is necessary. The lighting control message directs at least one lighting source associated with the vehicle in the viewing area of the camera controller to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U Kuehnle, Cathy L Boon
  • Publication number: 20190184890
    Abstract: A camera controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprises an image capture portion having a viewing area; an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and control logic. The control logic determines that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewing area and transmits a lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that illumination change is necessary. The lighting control message directs at least one lighting source associated with the vehicle in the viewing area of the camera controller to be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon
  • Publication number: 20190147262
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li
  • Publication number: 20190147263
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Publication number: 20190147259
    Abstract: A driving oriented digital video recorder (DVR) system may comprise a camera; a memory; and a control circuit. The occurrence of a predefined driving event type may be determined based on received data. An event object that includes details of the determined event may be generated, including the type of the determined event and a time association with a segment of captured driving video. Metadata tags may be generated, which contain the type of the determined event and the location of the event object in the memory of the DVR. The DVR may retrieve segments of the driving video by identifying the metadata tag as having the same event type as a query parameter and, in turn, identify the event object using the location of the event object included in the metadata tag. The driving video segment may then be located via the association with the event object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Hans M. Molin, Andreas U. Kuehnle, Brendan Buzer, Reza Khamsi
  • Publication number: 20190147258
    Abstract: A driving oriented digital video recorder (DVR) system may comprise a camera; a memory; and a control circuit. The occurrence of a predefined driving event type may be determined based on received data. An event object that includes details of the determined event may be generated, including the type of the determined event and a time association with a segment of captured driving video. Metadata tags may be generated, which contain the type of the determined event and the location of the event object in the memory of the DVR. The DVR may retrieve segments of the driving video by identifying the metadata tag as having the same event type as a query parameter and, in turn, identify the event object using the location of the event object included in the metadata tag. The driving video segment may then be located via the association with the event object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Hans M. Molin, Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Patent number: 10147172
    Abstract: When calculating true inter-camera distance, offset images of a reference object such as a lane marker from at least two cameras coupled to an articulating vehicle are overlaid and shifted until the reference objects in each image are aligned. The distance by which the reference object images are shifted, as well as any rotation required to align the images, is used to calculate the actual distance between the cameras and to compensate for average yaw angle between the cameras when positioning the images for digital stitching to generate a composite “surround view” image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Patent number: 10112536
    Abstract: A camera system on a vehicle includes an electronic control unit, a base sensor, on a first portion of the vehicle, and a remote sensor on a second portion of the vehicle. The base sensor and the remote sensor communicate with the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit associates the remote sensor with the base sensor based on respective signals received from the base sensor and the remote sensor representing respective measurements of a first physical quantity by the base sensor and the remote sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Karl H. Jones, Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Patent number: 10089538
    Abstract: Cameras having wide fields of view are placed at each of the front left, front right, rear left, and rear right corners of a nominally rectangular-shaped vehicle, thereby providing a continuous region of overlapping fields of view completely surrounding the vehicle, and enabling complete 360° stereoscopic vision detection around the vehicle. In an embodiment the regions of overlapping fields of view completely surround the vehicle. The cameras are first individually calibrated, then collectively calibrated considering errors in overlapping viewing areas to develop one or more calibration corrections according to an optimization method that adjusts imaging parameters including homography values for each of the cameras, to reduce the overall error in the 360° surround view image of the continuous region surrounding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hans M. Molin, Marton Gyori, Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li
  • Patent number: 10081308
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an image based vehicle detection and measuring apparatus that employs an accelerated, structured, search method is described for quickly finding the extrema of a multivariable function. The input domain of the function is determined. The method exploits information as it becomes available, calculating a best possible value with the information available so far, and terminating further evaluation when the best possible value does not exceed the extreme value found so far. Ordering and best guess schemes are added to the best possible value idea to accelerate it further. The method is applied to speed up an image processing problem, an example of which is given, but has general application, for example, in fields such as vehicle detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Jeffrey S. Lawson, Dilip Swaminathan, Cathy L. Boon, Chandra Sekhar Gatla, Hans M. Molin, Ken D. Au
  • Patent number: 10055643
    Abstract: When blending individual vehicle-mounted camera images into a coherent composite image of the vehicle surroundings, objects in the respective images are analyzed to determine the presence of a pedestrian. When the individual images are blended to form the composite image, multiple pedestrian shadow views of the pedestrian are replaced with background pixels to erase the pedestrian, and a semi-symbolic graphical representation of the pedestrian is superimposed at the location of the actual pedestrian in the composite image. The graphical representation is proportional to the pedestrian in the composite image and includes features unique to the pedestrian it represents. The composite image with the graphical representation is then presented to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Hans M. Molin, Andreas U. Kuehnle, Marton Gyori
  • Patent number: 10000163
    Abstract: Various examples of an apparatus for mounting a camera on a vehicle are disclosed. The apparatus includes a first bracket having a first end configured for attaching to a camera and a second end configured for mounting to a vehicle and a second bracket separate from the first bracket configured for holding the camera in a calibrated position. The second bracket is capable of deforming upon an impact to the apparatus and returning the camera to a calibrated position upon replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Publication number: 20180165524
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating an image of the surroundings of an articulated vehicle are provided. According to an aspect of the invention, a processor determines a relative position between a first vehicle of an articulated vehicle and a second vehicle of the articulated vehicle; receives a first image from a first camera arranged on the first vehicle and a second image from a second camera arranged on the second vehicle; and combines the first image and the second image based on the relative position between the first vehicle and the second vehicle to generate a combined image of surroundings of the articulated vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Hans M. MOLIN, Andreas U. KUEHNLE, Marton Gabor GYORI, Huba NEMETH, Cathy L. BOON
  • Patent number: 9990550
    Abstract: When detecting an object of interest, such as a bicyclist passing a truck, two downward looking cameras both capture images of the cyclist and detect the cyclist as a deviation from the flat ground plane. The ground plane is reconstructed using a homography (projection) matrix of each camera and compared. Where the camera images do not agree, the ground is not flat. The cyclist is located as the intersection of the rays extending to either end of the area of disagreement between the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Hans M. Molin, Marton Gyori, Adam Szoellosi, Cathy L. Boon
  • Publication number: 20180144454
    Abstract: When calculating true inter-camera distance, offset images of a reference object such as a lane marker from at least two cameras coupled to an articulating vehicle are overlaid and shifted until the reference objects in each image are aligned. The distance by which the reference object images are shifted, as well as any rotation required to align the images, is used to calculate the actual distance between the cameras and to compensate for average yaw angle between the cameras when positioning the images for digital stitching to generate a composite “surround view” image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Publication number: 20180139384
    Abstract: A controller for synthesizing images for a vehicle display comprises a first image generator for generating a bird's eye image from a first set of cameras, the bird's eye image depicting the surroundings of a host vehicle and having a generally central portion. The controller includes a second image generator for generating a second image separate from the bird's eye image. The controller includes a synthesizer for synthesizing the bird's eye image and the second image for displaying the second image within the generally central portion of the bird's eye image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Zheng Li, Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Publication number: 20180097996
    Abstract: When employing a multi-node computing architecture for commercial articulated vehicles to generate a composite surround view of the vehicle, each processing node is associated with a vehicle segment. Each node has its own processor, memory and sensors. A master-slave relationship exists in the architecture. The segment processors collect, format, manage and package their local information. Communication between nodes is controlled by the master node, which can limit, adjust, subsample and alter the information and information flow from the slave nodes. The slave nodes can be freely recombined, using a pre-established communication standard or a format agreed upon at combination time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Marton Gyori, Hans M. Molin, Karl H. Jones, Travis G. Ramler
  • Patent number: 9902322
    Abstract: An imaging system, method, and computer readable medium filling in blind spot regions in images of peripheral areas of a vehicle. Intrinsic or extrinsic blind spot data is used together with vehicle movement data including vehicle speed and steering angle information to determine one or more portions of a series of images of the peripheral areas that include or will include one or more blind spot obstructions in the images. Portions of the images predicted to be obstructed at a future time, portions of overlapping images obtained concurrently from plural sources, or both, are obtained and used as an image patch. A blind spot region restoration unit operates to stitch together a restored image without the blind spot obstruction by merging one or more image patches into portions of the images that include the one or more blind spot obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin