Patents by Inventor Eiji Oba

Eiji Oba 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: 20220081009
    Abstract: A configuration that decides whether or not a driver has alertness sufficient for manual driving by analyzing eye behaviors of the driver trying to solve a problem displayed on the display section is realized. It is made possible to decide whether or not the driver of a moving apparatus that can be driven in a driving mode that can be switched to automated driving and manual driving has alertness sufficient to return to manual driving on the basis of eye behaviors of the driver. An eye-behavior analyzing section that analyzes an eye behavior of the driver who observes a problem displayed on a display section and an alertness deciding section that decides alertness of the driver on the basis of a result of the analysis by the eye-behavior analyzing section are included. The alertness deciding section analyzes whether or not the driver executes an eye behavior such as a fixation or a microsaccade for solving the problem, and decides whether or not the driver has alertness sufficient to return to manual driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Kohei Kadoshita
  • Publication number: 20220055645
    Abstract: A method for decelerating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and reception apparatuses. The method includes monitoring a state of a driver of the vehicle, and causing a notification to be output based on the monitored state of the driver. The method further includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus and when operating in a manual operation mode, whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate after the notification is output. The vehicle is caused by the circuitry to decelerate based on the determination of whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Patent number: 11237388
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus that displays the camera captured image via the spin window on the display and the condition of the travel direction even in the bad weather can be more reliably checked. The image processing apparatus includes a camera that captures an image via the spin window, an image processor that generates a display image, and a display that displays the generated image by the image processor. The image processing apparatus further includes a pulse light output unit, and the camera includes a first camera and a second camera that capture images at timings after elapse of different times from a pulse light output timing of the pulse light output unit. The respective cameras capture images of different spaces, and the image processor generates a differential image between the images captured by the respective cameras and displays the differential image on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tsuyoshi Toukairin
  • Publication number: 20220009524
    Abstract: Evacuation control such as deceleration or stop of a vehicle is executed in response to an application from a driver of the vehicle for refusal of switching to manual driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 11214269
    Abstract: An in-vehicle information processing device according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a control unit. The control unit detects presence or absence of an abnormality of a first monitor that displays a first image captured by a first camera among a plurality of cameras that capture an image of a predetermined region including a rear side of a vehicle, and switches, when detecting the abnormality of the first monitor, from a first mode in which the first image is displayed on the first monitor to a second mode in which the first image is displayed on a second monitor different from the first monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tomonori Agawa
  • Publication number: 20210407290
    Abstract: A system for an autonomous vehicle that receives driving environment information corresponding to a driving environment provided by another autonomous vehicle, and determines a navigation route based on a degree of reliability of the driving environment information provided by the another autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20210370983
    Abstract: To implement a configuration to calculate a manual driving recoverable time required for a driver who is executing automatic driving in order to achieve a requested recovery ratio (RRR) for each road section, and issue a manual driving recovery request notification on the basis of the calculated time. A data processing unit is included, which calculates a manual driving recoverable time required for a driver who is executing automatic driving in order to achieve a predefined requested recovery ratio (RRR) from automatic driving to manual driving and determines notification timing of a manual driving recovery request notification on the basis of the calculated time. The data processing unit acquires the requested recovery ratio (RRR) for each road section set as ancillary information of a local dynamic map (LDM), and calculates the manual driving recoverable time for each road section scheduled to travel, using learning data for each driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20210370773
    Abstract: Configuration, in which images output to a display unit are switched and displayed in accordance with the behavior of a driver, such as movements of the head of the driver, is achieved. Driver information indicating the behavior of the driver of a moving apparatus and images captured by a plurality of cameras that images a situation around the moving apparatus from different viewpoints are input. The images output to the display unit are switched in accordance with the driver information. The plurality of cameras is, for example, a plurality of rear cameras installed in the rear of the moving apparatus. For example, a direction of the face or line-of-sight of the driver is detected. An image in a direction corresponding to the detected direction of the face or line-of-sight of the driver is selected as an output image, and displayed on the display unit. Alternatively, an image in a direction indicated by a gesture of the driver is selected, and displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Mitsuharu Ohki, Shigeyuki Baba, Yoshikuni Nomura
  • Patent number: 11186296
    Abstract: A method for decelerating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and reception apparatuses. The method includes monitoring a state of a driver of the vehicle, and causing a notification to be output based on the monitored state of the driver. The method further includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus and when operating in a manual operation mode, whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate after the notification is output. The vehicle is caused by the circuitry to decelerate based on the determination of whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 11164455
    Abstract: A system for an autonomous vehicle that receives driving environment information corresponding to a driving environment provided by another autonomous vehicle, and determines a navigation route based on a degree of reliability of the driving environment information provided by the another autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210316661
    Abstract: Provided is an image display device including: a display unit configured to display an image on a side window of a vehicle; and a control unit configured to control an opening and closing motion of the side window, according to a display state of the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210297839
    Abstract: An information processing device (10) according to an embodiment includes: a detection unit (206) that detects an event. The information processing device further includes a determination unit (207) that determines the level of the event detected by the detection unit. The information processing device further includes a transmission unit (208) that transmits information according to the level determined by the determination unit to a first communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: EIJI OBA, HIDEO OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210286357
    Abstract: A method for switching modes for operating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and information processing apparatuses. The method includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, whether a mode for operating the vehicle is to be switched from one of autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous and manual driving modes. A state of a driver of the vehicle is obtained when the mode for operating the vehicle is determined to be switched. The method further includes switching, by the circuitry, the mode for operating the vehicle from the one of the autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous manual driving modes based on the obtained state of the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Patent number: 11082657
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Sony Group Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Publication number: 20210221339
    Abstract: An environment information acquisition unit 20 acquires an image in which environment around a vehicle has been imaged, information indicating a contact with the vehicle or an impact on the vehicle, surround sounds, approach identification information for enabling an approach of an emergency vehicle to be identified, and the like as surrounding environment information of the vehicle. A vehicle control processing unit 61 recognizes predetermined external stimulation information included in the surrounding environment information, for example, a specific signal or a movement with a specific pattern, a contact to a specific part, and a specific sound. The vehicle control processing unit 61 uses the recognized predetermined external stimulation information as a vehicle brake instruction from outside and starts a vehicle braking sequence to stop the vehicle. Even if an abnormality occurs in an automatically driven vehicle and the like, vehicle brake control is easily applied to a traveling vehicle from outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Patent number: 11065653
    Abstract: A determining unit 31 determines an image region of a foreign material in an imaged image generated by an imaging unit 22 by using an imaging optical system 21. A setting unit 32 sets a pressure, injection time, an injection direction of air injected to the foreign material, an injection pattern obtained by combining them and the like based on a determination result. A foreign material removal processing unit 33 adjusts air injection by an air injection adjusting unit 331 based on the setting by the setting unit 32 and injects from an air injecting unit 332 to the imaging optical system 21 to remove the foreign material adhering to the imaging optical system 21. The air is injected according to an adhesion condition of the foreign material, so that the foreign material adhering to the imaging optical system may be optimally removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tooru Kihira
  • Patent number: 11054824
    Abstract: A method for switching modes for operating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and information processing apparatuses. The method includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, whether a mode for operating the vehicle is to be switched from one of autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous and manual driving modes. A state of a driver of the vehicle is obtained when the mode for operating the vehicle is determined to be switched. The method further includes switching, by the circuitry, the mode for operating the vehicle from the one of the autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous manual driving modes based on the obtained state of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 11052833
    Abstract: Provided is a camera mounting structure for attaching an in-vehicle camera to a vehicle. An optical protection window cover 503 is inserted into an opening 500 on the vehicle body side together with a camera 500 main body. It is possible to reduce the proportion of the water droplet 502 adhering to the surface of the optical protection window cover 503 with respect to the viewing angle of the camera 500, enabling the observer to visually recognize the presence of the water droplet 502 in visual examination of an image. In addition, the optical protection window cover 503 uses its body 602 to cover the side surface of a camera apparatus main body to implement positional alignment of a camera apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210188289
    Abstract: An alertness level that is the consciousness level of the driver of a vehicle is determined, and the timing of a manual driving return request notification is controlled in accordance with the alertness level. A data processing unit determines the alertness level of the driver of the vehicle, and records evaluation data. The data processing unit acquires observation information about the driver, determines the alertness level of the driver, and evaluates and records the return rate at each time. The vehicle is a vehicle capable of switching between automatic driving and manual driving, and the data processing unit controls the timing of a manual driving return request notification for the driver's return from automatic driving to manual driving, in accordance with the alertness level of the driver. The observation information to be acquired by the data processing unit includes observation information about the driver both before and after the driver gets in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210188301
    Abstract: Section information of a traveling route is provided appropriately to a driver. Traveling route information and traffic information relating to the traveling route are acquired, and on the basis of the information, a driver intervention requiring section and an automatic driving available section of the traveling route are displayed on a reach prediction time axis from a current point on an instrument panel, a tablet, or the like. For example, the driver intervention requiring section includes a manual driving section, a takeover section from automatic driving to manual driving, and a cautious traveling section from the automatic driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba