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).

  • Patent number: 10682958
    Abstract: Vehicle display device (10) including a display unit (50), installed in a cabin of a vehicle and having a display face oriented in a different direction from a direction of a driver (DR), configured to display an image depicting a surrounding area of the vehicle, and a mirror unit (55) installed in the cabin of the vehicle and configured to reflect some or all of an image area displayed on the display unit (50). A visible range of the surrounding area visible to the driver through an image of the display unit (50) reflected in the mirror unit (55) changes according to movement of a viewing position of the driver (DR) with respect to the mirror unit (55).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10682965
    Abstract: A dynamically deployable side-view camera mount includes a support body that is movable between a deployed position and a retracted position. The support body in the retracted position allows the camera to at least partially include the angular range captured when the support body is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Takahisa Hakoishi
  • Publication number: 20200183411
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including: a control unit that performs driving control of a vehicle. The control unit temporarily continues automated traveling of the vehicle on a basis of a surrounding environment estimated by a remaining function of a compound eye camera, in a case where a malfunction of the compound eye camera used in recognition of the surrounding environment is detected during execution of automated driving control for the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20200148228
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20200139992
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a vehicle controller and a vehicle control method capable of changing from autonomous driving to manual driving more safely. The vehicle controller includes a running control section exercising control over deviating running from normal running of a vehicle at a time of switching a driving mode from an autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode; and a driving state detection section detecting a reactivity and a degree of awakening of a driver on the basis of a running operation performed by the driver on the control over the deviating running. A detected reactivity and a detected awake state of the driver are used at a time of switching the driving mode from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode by the driver. The present technique is applicable to, for example, a vehicle controller that controls autonomous driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10632917
    Abstract: In accordance with driving information that is obtained by a driving situation detecting sensor 13 and is related to the driving situation of a vehicle, a display control unit 20 sets the image area to be presented to the driver DR of the vehicle from an image obtained by a peripheral area imaging unit 11 imaging a peripheral area around the vehicle, and, in accordance with the driving situation, controls the visual recognition range in the peripheral area the driver DR can visually recognize from the image presented by a display unit 50 via a mirror 55. When the driving situation is such that the orientation of a cabin differs from the orientation of a trailer portion, for example, the image area to be presented is set so that the outer side of the trailer portion is included in the visual recognition range even though the orientation of the cabin differs from the orientation of the trailer portion. Thus, a desired peripheral area around the vehicle can be readily viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20200108425
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tooru Kihira
  • Patent number: 10562543
    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: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10565736
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and method, a program, and an image processing system that enable detection of a positional and directional shift of a camera while the vehicle is running. An image processing IC performs a calibration process on four cameras, using image signals from the four cameras, sensing information from a sensing chip, and information detected from a drive system unit or the like from a control microcomputer. For example, the image processing calibrates at least the orientations of the cameras disposed at the front and the rear, in accordance with the infinite point in the running background. Using the correction values obtained through the orientation calibration, the image processing IC generates overhead images of the respective cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Takahiro Okubo, Takuya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10537922
    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: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tooru Kihira
  • Patent number: 10528825
    Abstract: There is provided a system including at least one image capturing device configured to capture an image of an object from a vehicle, and at least one display device configured to display the image of the object to an occupant of the vehicle. The system further includes at least one control unit configured to determine whether to alert the occupant to proximity of the object, and in response to determining to alert the occupant to proximity of the object, superimpose, on the image of the object for display on the at least one display device, a moving pattern through which the image of the object remains visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20200004269
    Abstract: A traveling assistance device provided on a traveling assistance target vehicle 11 includes: an outside-vehicle information acquisition unit that acquires outside-vehicle information; a communication unit that communicates with a traveling assistance management device 15 providing leading vehicle information; and a traveling control unit that performs following traveling control for traveling while following a leading vehicle indicated by leading vehicle information acquired from the traveling assistance management device. The following traveling control is performed using the outside-vehicle information acquired by the outside-vehicle information acquisition unit and the leading vehicle information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20190367049
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20190337466
    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: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20190329791
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a vehicle control apparatus and a vehicle control method that allow safer automated driving. The vehicle control apparatus includes a driver monitoring section and a penalty application section. The driver monitoring section detects a driving intervention level indicating an extent to which the driver intervenes in driving of a vehicle. The penalty application section applies a penalty disadvantageous to the driver in the case where the driving intervention level is insufficient. The present technology is applicable, for example, to a vehicle control apparatus that controls automated driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Patent number: 10462372
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an image sensor that photoelectrically converts subject light to generate image signals; a storage portion that sets a second area within a first area so as to correspond to a specific area specified by a setting value for setting an extracting range of an image based on the image signals; a timing adjustment unit that adjusts the timing at which the image signals are read from the image sensor and written to the storage portion and the timing at which the image signals are read from the storage portion; an image conversion processor that performs predetermined processing on the image based on the image signals read from the image sensor; an output unit that converts processed image signals with continuous scanning timing into image signals of a predetermined format and outputs the image signals to a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10427694
    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: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190289272
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor; a signal processing unit repeatedly performing processing different from each other in a given number of sequential frames to imaging signals obtained by the image sensor to thereby obtain image data of respective frame; and an image data output unit sequentially outputting the image data of respective frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190281250
    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: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Publication number: 20190271981
    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: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA