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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11034296
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210155268
    Abstract: A configuration to output section information of an automatic driving section and a manual driving section and display data by which a time to reach each section is confirmable to a wearable terminal is implemented. A mobile device acquires the section information of an automatic driving section and a manual driving section on a traveling route, and estimates the time to reach each section and transmits the estimated time to an information terminal. The information terminal receives the transmission data from the mobile device, and outputs the section information of the automatic driving section and the manual driving section and the display data by which a time to reach each section is confirmable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20210155269
    Abstract: To implement a configuration to execute entry control to the high-speed automatic driving permissible area according to the determination result of the manual driving ability of the driver. An entry of the mobile device from a low-speed automatic driving permissible area to the high-speed automatic driving permissible area is controlled on the basis of the determination result of the manual driving ability at a high speed of the driver. Moreover, the entry control is executed according to the presence or absence of a setting of remote driving control of the mobile device from a leading vehicle or a driving control center. In a case where there is no manual driving ability at a high speed of the driver of the mobile device, and moreover in a case where there is no remote support setting at a high speed of the mobile device, the data processing unit prohibits an entry to the high-speed automatic driving permissible area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Patent number: 11019243
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a camera unit and a mobile body capable of improving Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) performance. The camera unit includes a shield arranged at least on a side of one side surface of a sensor substrate to which an image sensor is attached and a contact portion that has conductivity and is provided on the sensor substrate so as to have contact with a portion on a side of a side surface of the sensor substrate of the shield. The present technology is applied to, for example, a camera unit or the like mounted on a mobile body such as a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonori Agawa, Eiji Oba, Hiroo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10994712
    Abstract: An environment information acquisition unit 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 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 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: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20210097707
    Abstract: A configuration is achieved that calculates an object distance on the basis of a captured image of a camera that captures an image in a direction that is orthogonal to a movement direction of a movement device or in a direction having an orthogonal component. A data processing unit detects a point at infinity from a captured image of a camera that captures an image in a direction that is orthogonal to a movement direction of a movement device or in a direction having an orthogonal component, and calculates an object distance by using information relating to a positional relationship between a position of the detected point at infinity and a position of an object in the captured image. The data processing unit detects, from the captured image, a plurality of parallel lines on a real world that extends in a direction away from a camera position, and determines an intersection point on extended lines of the detected plurality of parallel lines to be the point at infinity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicants: Sony Corporation, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Shingo Tsurumi
  • Publication number: 20210031807
    Abstract: A configuration is achieved in which driver information and environmental information are input and a safety index value indicating whether or not a driver who is performing automatic driving is in a state of being able to perform safe manual driving or a manual driving recovery available time is estimated. The configuration includes: a driver information acquisition unit that acquires driver information of a movement device such as an automobile; an environmental information acquisition unit that acquires environmental information of the movement device; and a safety determination unit that receives, as an input, the driver information and the environmental information, and learns and calculates a safety index value indicating whether or not a driver in the movement device during automatic driving is in a state of being able to perform safe manual driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: YUKI YAMAMOTO, EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20210024130
    Abstract: A cruise-assist image generation device includes: a steering-angle information acquisition unit acquiring steering angle information of a steering wheel; an additional line generation unit generating a cruise assist additional line corresponding to the acquired steering angle information and formed by combination of a given number of segments; and an additional line superimposing unit superimposing the generated cruise assist additional line on a taken image of the vehicle periphery to obtain a composite image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventor: Eiji Oba