Patents by Inventor Goerg Pflug

Goerg Pflug 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: 20210155156
    Abstract: A vehicular lighting control system includes a controller configured to be disposed at a vehicle and operable to control interior lighting of the vehicle, with the interior lighting including (i) an interior light of the vehicle and/or (ii) a backlighting light of a display of the vehicle. The controller adjusts color of the interior lighting for different driving conditions. During daytime, the controller adjusts color of the interior lighting of the vehicle to follow a daytime color scheme. Responsive to a navigation input, the controller determines if an input destination has an estimated arrival time of the vehicle after daytime. Responsive to determination that the estimated arrival time of the vehicle is after daytime, the controller maintains the daytime color scheme for the interior lighting of the vehicle until the vehicle arrives at the input destination after daytime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Goerg Pflug, Achim Gieseke
  • Patent number: 10906463
    Abstract: A lighting control system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to be disposed at a vehicle so as to connect with or communicate with at least one light of the vehicle. The controller, responsive to at least one input, adjusts a color of the at least one light of the vehicle and an intensity of the at least one light of the vehicle. The input may include one or more of (i) a driver attentiveness input and (ii) a driver age input, and optionally a time of day input, an ambient light input, a weather condition input, and/or a navigation input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Goerg Pflug, Achim Gieseke
  • Publication number: 20210016709
    Abstract: A method for generating surround view images derived from image data captured by cameras of a vehicular surround view vision system includes equipping a vehicle with a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle. Image data is captured by the cameras and provided to a control of the vehicle. The provided captured image data is processed to generate a first three-dimensional representation in accordance with a first curved surface model as if seen by a virtual observer from a first virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having a first viewing direction. The first representation is output to a display screen of the vehicle for display to the driver of the vehicle. Responsive to actuation of a user input, the processing is adjusted to generate a second three-dimensional representation in accordance with a second curved surface model, and the second representation is output to the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Goerg Pflug, Achim Gieseke
  • Publication number: 20210001775
    Abstract: A method for stitching image data captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes equipping a vehicle with a vehicular vision system having a control and a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect and track an object present in and moving within an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a feature of a detected and tracked object as captured by the first camera and the feature of the detected and tracked object as captured by the second camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20200365030
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a plurality of sensors disposed at a vehicle, and a control having a data processor. Data captured by the sensors is processed at the control to determine presence of other vehicles and to determine respective speeds and directions of travel of the determined vehicles. The system determines a respective influence value for each of the determined vehicles based on a respective determined potential hazard. The system determines a plurality of potential paths of travel for the equipped vehicle to follow based on the determined respective influence values for the determined vehicles. The system selects, from the determined plurality of potential paths of travel, a path of travel for the equipped vehicle to follow that limits conflict with the determined vehicles. The system at least in part controls steering of the equipped vehicle to guide the equipped vehicle along the selected path of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10793067
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of imaging sensors disposed at the vehicle and a display screen disposed in the vehicle. A processing system is operable to process captured image data and to combine and/or manipulate captured image data to provide a three-dimensional representation of the exterior scene for display at the display screen. The processing system is operable to process the captured image data in accordance with a curved surface model, and is operable to process the image data to provide the three-dimensional representation as if seen by a virtual observer from a first virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having a first viewing direction. The processing system is operable to adjust the curved surface model when displaying the three-dimensional representation from a second virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having a second viewing direction to provide enhanced display of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Goerg Pflug, Achim Gieseke
  • Patent number: 10780827
    Abstract: A method for stitching images captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes disposing a plurality of cameras at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a characteristic of a feature of a detected object as captured by the first camera and the characteristic of the feature of the detected object as captured by the second camera in order to mitigate misalignment of stitched images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10733892
    Abstract: A vehicular control system for a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors. Responsive to data processing, the vehicular control system determines respective speeds of the determined vehicles and respective directions of travel of the determined vehicles, and determines respective influence values for the determined vehicles based on determined potential hazards to the equipped vehicle presented by the respective determined vehicles. The determined respective influence value for each determined vehicle is weighted according to direction and/or magnitude of a speed vector of that determined vehicle. The weighted determined respective influence values for the determined vehicles are ranked according to their hazard potential. A path of travel is selected from the plurality of determined paths responsive at least in part to the rankings of the weighted determined respective influence values. The system at least in part controls vehicle steering to guide the equipped vehicle along the selected path of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20200154091
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras and a processor operable to process image data captured by the cameras to generate images derived from image data captured by at least some of the cameras. A display screen, viewable by a driver of the vehicle, displays the generated images and a three dimensional vehicle representation as would be viewed from a virtual camera viewpoint exterior to and higher than the vehicle itself. A portion of the displayed vehicle representation may be at least partially transparent to enable viewing at the display screen of an object present exterior of the vehicle that would otherwise be partially hidden by non-transparent display of that portion of the vehicle representation. The three dimensional representation may include a vector model without solid surfaces, or may include a shape, body type, body style and/or color corresponding to that of the actual vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20200101899
    Abstract: A method for stitching images captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes disposing a plurality of cameras at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a characteristic of a feature of a detected object as captured by the first camera and the characteristic of the feature of the detected object as captured by the second camera in order to mitigate misalignment of stitched images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10542244
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras and a processor operable to process image data captured by the cameras to generate images derived from image data captured by at least some of the cameras. The processor generates a vehicle representation. A display screen, viewable by a driver of the vehicle, displays the generated images and the vehicle representation as would be viewed from a virtual camera viewpoint exterior to and higher than the vehicle itself. A portion of the vehicle representation is rendered as displayed to be at least partially transparent to enable viewing at the display screen of an object present exterior of the vehicle that would otherwise be partially hidden by non-transparent display of that portion of the vehicle representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10486596
    Abstract: A dynamic image stitching system for stitching images captured by cameras of a vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. The field of view of each side camera partially overlaps the field of view of a front camera and partially overlaps the field of view of a rear camera. Image data captured by the plurality of cameras is processed at a processor to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of two cameras. The processor stitches, via a stitching algorithm, image data captured by the cameras. The processor adjusts the stitching algorithm responsive to a determination of a difference between a characteristic of the feature as captured by one of the two cameras and the characteristic of the feature as captured by another of the two cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190308609
    Abstract: A vehicular automated parking system includes a camera having a field of view rearward of the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked in a parking space, with a forward vehicle parked in front of the vehicle and a rearward vehicle parked behind the vehicle, the vehicular automated parking system determines a forward limit of the parking space responsive to a driver of the vehicle driving the vehicle forward until a front end of the vehicle is close to the forward vehicle. Responsive to the determined forward limit of the parking space, and responsive to processing by an image processor of image data captured by the camera, the vehicular automated parking system controls the vehicle when the vehicle is leaving the parking space in a manner that avoids the forward vehicle parked in front of the vehicle and the rearward vehicle parked behind the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Achim Gieseke, Frank Goseberg, Michael Biemer, Ruediger Boegel, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10434944
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a color camera that captures image data, which is processed using an in-line dithering algorithm. The in-line dithering algorithm determines most significant bits and least significant bits of first color data captured by a first photosensing element of a row or column, and the least significant bits of the first color data are added to second color data captured by a second photosensing element of the row or column to generate second adjusted color data. The in-line dithering algorithm determines most significant bits and least significant bits of the second color data, and the least significant bits of the second color data are added to third color data captured by a third photosensing element of the row or column to generate third adjusted color data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190253672
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at a vehicle and having respective exterior fields of view, and a display screen for displaying images derived from captured image data in a surround view format where captured image data is merged to provide a single composite display image from a virtual viewing position. A control includes a processor that processes image data captured by the cameras to detect an object present in the field of view of at least one of the cameras. During a driving maneuver of the vehicle, the display screen displays surround view video images and responsive to detection of the object, the display screen displays an enlarged view of the detected object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Goerg Pflug, Achim Gieseke, Bernhard Thaler, Christian Traub, Johannes Wolf, Joern Ihlenburg, Martin Rachor
  • Patent number: 10328932
    Abstract: A driver assistance system of a vehicle includes at least one vehicle environmental sensor having a field of sensing exterior of the vehicle. A sensor data processor is operable to process sensor data captured by the sensor. When the vehicle is operated, the sensor data processor receives captured sensor data that is representative of the vehicle surrounding scene. The sensor data processor fuses the sensor data with map data to generate an annotated master map of the scene captured by the sensor. A display device is operable to display information for viewing by a driver of the vehicle. The displayed information is derived at least in part from the annotated master map and is displayed for viewing by the driver of the vehicle who is executing a maneuver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Achim Gieseke, Frank Goseberg, Michael Biemer, Ruediger Boegel, Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190143896
    Abstract: A dynamic image stitching system for stitching images captured by cameras of a vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. The field of view of each side camera partially overlaps the field of view of a front camera and partially overlaps the field of view of a rear camera. Image data captured by the plurality of cameras is processed at a processor to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of two cameras. The processor stitches, via a stitching algorithm, image data captured by the cameras. The processor adjusts the stitching algorithm responsive to a determination of a difference between a characteristic of the feature as captured by one of the two cameras and the characteristic of the feature as captured by another of the two cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10286855
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system of a vehicle includes at least four cameras disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. Each of the cameras is operable to capture image data representative of the respective field of view. Captured image data is compressed at the respective camera and the compressed image data is communicated to a control unit. The control unit includes an image processor operable to process image data. The image processor processes image data frame by frame using an indirect context model and without time wise dependency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190082157
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras and a processor operable to process image data captured by the cameras to generate images derived from image data captured by at least some of the cameras. The processor generates a vehicle representation. A display screen, viewable by a driver of the vehicle, displays the generated images and the vehicle representation as would be viewed from a virtual camera viewpoint exterior to and higher than the vehicle itself. A portion of the vehicle representation is rendered as displayed to be at least partially transparent to enable viewing at the display screen of an object present exterior of the vehicle that would otherwise be partially hidden by non-transparent display of that portion of the vehicle representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190066508
    Abstract: A vehicular control system for a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors. Responsive to data processing, the vehicular control system determines respective speeds of the determined vehicles and respective directions of travel of the determined vehicles, and determines respective influence values for the determined vehicles based on determined potential hazards to the equipped vehicle presented by the respective determined vehicles. The determined respective influence value for each determined vehicle is weighted according to direction and/or magnitude of a speed vector of that determined vehicle. The weighted determined respective influence values for the determined vehicles are ranked according to their hazard potential. A path of travel is selected from the plurality of determined paths responsive at least in part to the rankings of the weighted determined respective influence values. The system at least in part controls vehicle steering to guide the equipped vehicle along the selected path of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug