Patents by Inventor Cathy L. Boon

Cathy L. Boon 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: 20200364902
    Abstract: A calibration apparatus and method are provided for a surround-view camera system having a plurality of cameras mounted to an object (e.g., a vehicle). A plurality of markers are arbitrarily placed around the object and configured to measure a plurality of distances between one another. The markers preferably include a rangefinder to measure distances. From at least one image from one or more cameras, a controller is configured to visually identify at least two markers which define a coordinate system. Based on the measured plurality of distances between markers and the visually identified markers, the controller generates calibration information as an output, preferably saved in the form of a look-up table, which will be retrieved and used when a display device generates a bird's-eye view for a viewer. Additionally, a marker that is part of the calibration apparatus is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas U. KUEHNLE, Hans M. MOLIN, Travis G. RAMLER, Jeffrey R. COLEMAN, Cathy L. BOON, Zheng LI
  • Publication number: 20200349371
    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: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10769813
    Abstract: A calibration apparatus and method are provided for a surround-view camera system having a plurality of cameras mounted to an object (e.g., a vehicle). A plurality of markers are arbitrarily placed around the object and configured to measure a plurality of distances between one another. The markers preferably include a rangefinder to measure distances. From at least one image from one or more cameras, a controller is configured to visually identify at least two markers which define a coordinate system. Based on the measured plurality of distances between markers and the visually identified markers, the controller generates calibration information as an output, preferably saved in the form of a look-up table, which will be retrieved and used when a display device generates a bird's-eye view for a viewer. Additionally, a marker that is part of the calibration apparatus is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Hans M. Molin, Travis G. Ramler, Jeffrey R. Coleman, Cathy L. Boon, Zheng Li
  • Publication number: 20200279119
    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 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10719725
    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: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10671869
    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: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Publication number: 20200151478
    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: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Publication number: 20200074680
    Abstract: A calibration apparatus and method are provided for a surround-view camera system having a plurality of cameras mounted to an object (e.g., a vehicle). A plurality of markers are arbitrarily placed around the object and configured to measure a plurality of distances between one another. The markers preferably include a rangefinder to measure distances. From at least one image from one or more cameras, a controller is configured to visually identify at least two markers which define a coordinate system. Based on the measured plurality of distances between markers and the visually identified markers, the controller generates calibration information as an output, preferably saved in the form of a look-up table, which will be retrieved and used when a display device generates a bird's-eye view for a viewer. Additionally, a marker that is part of the calibration apparatus is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas U. KUEHNLE, Hans M. MOLIN, Travis G. RAMLER, Jeffrey R. COLEMAN, Cathy L. BOON, Zheng LI
  • Patent number: 10572745
    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: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9652854
    Abstract: A method for processing image data includes identifying a background scene in a background frame of an image. Each of a plurality of pixel locations in the background frame is set as a respective background pixel. For each of the pixel locations, a respective running mean and a respective running variance are determined based on a brightness component of the background frame at the pixel location. A subsequent frame is identified as a current frame. For each of the pixel locations in the current frame identified as a background pixel, the running mean is updated based on one of a plurality of mean weights and the running variance is updated based one of a plurality of variance weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Cathy L Boon, Zheng Li
  • Publication number: 20170120817
    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: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon, Zheng LI, Hans M. Molin, Márton G. Gyori