Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Kataoka

Hiroaki Kataoka 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: 7526368
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus performs a guidance of a vehicle toward a target parking position, even after the guidance has been canceled. The target parking position is set in accordance with an operation applied to a target parking position designation display that is displayed on a screen showing a periphery of the vehicle. It is determined whether a cancellation condition of canceling the guidance of the vehicle toward the target parking position is established. A memory continuously holds target parking position information even after the cancellation condition is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Endo, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka, Yuu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7509211
    Abstract: An apparatus for warning deviation from a lane has a deviation evaluation ECU 1. The deviation evaluation ECU 1 has a deviation evaluator 14 for performing an evaluation on a deviation by comparing a future position of a host vehicle with a lane future position. Before this deviation evaluation, a mask processor 13 determines whether a yaw angle of the host vehicle and a lateral position of the vehicle relative to a driving lane exceed their respective thresholds preliminarily determined. When either one or the both are not more than the thresholds, the mask processor 13 performs a mask process, without performing the deviation evaluation. A deviation evaluator 14 performs the deviation evaluation when the yaw angle and the lateral position relative to the driving lane both exceed their respective thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7501962
    Abstract: A vehicle speed V is compared with a threshold Vth; when V is less than Vth, TLC is set to an initial value t0; when V is not less than Vth, TLC is set shorter with increase in V. Then TLC is compared with a predetermined value t th, and when TLC is less than t th, TLC is replaced by t th being a lower limit. This improves compatibility between a reduction in an occurrence frequency of needless warnings and a guarantee of a deviation margin time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Publication number: 20090048738
    Abstract: In a driving assistance system having an actuator (16) for steering steered wheels of a vehicle, a positional deviation detecting unit (9) detects a deviation of a position of the vehicle from a forward travel path of the vehicle based on information around the vehicle. A steering control variable determination unit (2) determines a steering control variable to cancel the deviation. If a vehicle speed detected by a vehicle speed detecting unit is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed, the steering control variable determined by a steering control variable determination unit (2) decreases with an increase of the vehicle speed under the condition that the deviation of the position of the vehicle from the forward travel path is same. The driving assistance system can reduce a driver's discomfort caused by the steering control through the actuator (16) when the vehicle is running at a high speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7487020
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus for a vehicle that guides the vehicle to a target position is provided. On the basis of the present direction of the vehicle and the direction of the vehicle at the target position, a basic path that changes the vehicle direction so as to coincide with the target direction of the vehicle at the target position is computed. A path from the present position to the target position is computed by adding a straight-line path to the basic path under a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Tomohiko Endo, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Arata Takahashi, Yoshiki Ninomiya
  • Publication number: 20090030613
    Abstract: Lane width information Winf acquired by a traffic lane detector is retrieved (step S1); when a value of the lane width information Winf is within a predetermined range of change amount relative to a lane width output Wout_old at a previous time step, i.e., not less than (Wout_old+Wdec) nor more than (Wout_old+Winc), Winf is used directly as the lane width output Wout (steps S5?S9?S11?S8); when the value of lane width information Winf is off the predetermined range, i.e., less than (Wout_old+Wdec), (Wout_old+Wdec) is outputted as the lane width output value Wout (steps S5?S9?S10?S8); when the value of lane width information Winf exceeds (Wout_old+Winc), (Wout_old+Winc) is outputted as the lane width output Wout (steps S5?S6?S8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7477951
    Abstract: When an integral calculation of a physical quantity representing a state of a controlled system is performed, two integral calculations, that is, a positive-integral calculation and a negative-integral calculation are performed. In this way, differentiated information can be obtained, depending on the control conditions. A selection of which one of the integral value obtained by the positive-integral calculation and the integral value obtained by the negative-integral calculation is used, is made on the basis of an actual control value and a desired control value when control is performed so that a value representing the state of the controlled system becomes equal to the desired control value. In this way, a control parameter which has been judged to include a phase delay is removed. Thus, the phase delay in the overall control can be suppressed, and an appropriate steering assist control can be performed, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Publication number: 20090009305
    Abstract: A vehicle speed V is read (step S1), V is compared with a first threshold Vth1 (step S2), and, when V is not less than Vth1, a warning torque is set smaller with increase in V (step S3). When V is less than Vth1, V is further compared with a second threshold Vth2 (step S4), and when V is less than Vth2, the warning torque is set approximately in proportion to the vehicle speed (step S5); when V is not less than Vth2 and is less than Vth1, the warning torque is set at a predetermined constant value (step S6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7454291
    Abstract: A driving control apparatus of the present invention has a driving road keeping device for providing a torque to a steering mechanism so as to keep a vehicle traveling at a predetermined position on a driving road, a setting device for setting a need or no need for execution of a control of the driving road keeping device, and a cruise control device for controlling a driving force or speed of the vehicle so as to keep the vehicle in a predetermined driving state. A need or no need for execution of the control of the driving road keeping device is determined based on a setting state of the setting device and a control state of the cruise control device. A display indicating that the control of the driving road keeping device is ready is presented when the control of the driving road keeping device is in an executable state upon a state change of either the setting state of the setting device or the control state of the cruise control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Publication number: 20080278349
    Abstract: A vehicle speed V is compared with a threshold Vth; when V is less than Vth, TLC is set to an initial value t0; when V is not less than Vth, TLC is set shorter with increase in V. Then TLC is compared with a predetermined value t th, and when TLC is less than t th, TLC is replaced by t th being a lower limit. This improves compatibility between a reduction in an occurrence frequency of needless warnings and a guarantee of a deviation margin time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7391304
    Abstract: In deviation prevention support ECU 10 in driving operation support system 1, an applied torque by steering torque applier 17 is set based on a vehicle speed of a vehicle. The applied torque is set to increase with increase of the vehicle speed. An upper limit according to the vehicle speed is set for this applied torque. Furthermore, in a Start interval in application of the applied torque, a rate of increasing to reach a maximum is determined according to the maximum of the applied torque. In a Close interval, the applied torque is decreased at a rate different from that in the Start interval, and the absolute rate of increasing the torque in the Start interval is set to be larger than the absolute rate of decreasing the torque in the Close interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7389167
    Abstract: A driving support system according to the present invention is provided with an actuator for steering steered wheels of a vehicle and is used for supporting driving of the vehicle by making use of steering by means of the actuator. The driving support system has an image taking device for taking a forward image ahead the vehicle, a determiner for determining a controlled variable of the actuator on the basis of the forward image acquired by the image taking device, a limiter for limiting the controlled variable when a time change of the controlled variable of the actuator determined by the determiner is off a predetermined range, and a controller for controlling the actuator. The limiter sets a limit value for limiting the time change of the controlled variable of the actuator so that the limit value at a start (or at an end) of the driving support control is different from the limit value in continuation of the driving support control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Publication number: 20080117033
    Abstract: In deviation prevention support ECU 10 in driving operation support system 1, an applied torque by steering torque applier 17 is set based on a vehicle speed of a vehicle. The applied torque is set to increase with increase of the vehicle speed. An upper limit according to the vehicle speed is set for this applied torque. Furthermore, in a Start interval in application of the applied torque, a rate of increasing to reach a maximum is determined according to the maximum of the applied torque. In a close interval, the applied torque is decreased at a rate different from that in the Start interval, and the absolute rate of increasing the torque in the Start interval is set to be larger than the absolute rate of decreasing the torque in the close interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki
  • Patent number: 7373230
    Abstract: Characteristic lines A to D of lateral acceleration G-required torque T in determination of required torque T are used as switched according to increase/decrease of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration, and the direction thereof. The lines A, C used in increase of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration G are so set that the absolute value of required torque T becomes larger at the same lateral acceleration G (G?0) than that with the lines B, D used in decrease of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration G. The difference between line A and line B (the difference between line C and line D as well) at the same lateral acceleration G is so set that the difference near the lateral acceleration of 0 is smaller than that in the other regions. Particularly, it is preferable to set the required torque T to 0 at the lateral acceleration G of 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chumsamutr Rattapon, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 7263420
    Abstract: A vehicle backward movement assist device includes an image capturing means for capturing an image of an outside area in back of a vehicle, a parking mode judging means for judging whether a parking mode by reversing of the vehicle is a back-in parking or a parallel parking, a target parking position inputting means for setting a target parking position where the vehicle is parked based on the parking mode determined by the parking mode judging means, and a displaying means for displaying the image captured by the image capturing means and superimposedly displaying the target parking position set by the target parking position inputting means on the captured image so as to guide the vehicle to the target parking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignees: Aisin Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuu Tanaka, Yoshifumi Iwata, Hisashi Satonaka, Tomohiko Endo, Yuichi Kubota, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Publication number: 20070198152
    Abstract: A guiding device is disclosed for guiding a vehicle to a target position by controlling the steering angle while estimating the vehicle position at least based on a steering angle value, characterized in that, in estimating the vehicle position, a slowing operation with respect to a change dp in a moving distance of the vehicle is applied to a turning curvature g(Str(p)) estimated based on the steering angle value in order to compensate for the delay due to tire deformation, whereby the delay-compensated turning curvature y(p) is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventors: Tomohiko Endo, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka, Yuu Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20070185594
    Abstract: When an integral calculation of a physical quantity representing a state of a controlled system is performed, two integral calculations, that is, a positive-integral calculation and a negative-integral calculation are performed. In this way, differentiated information can be obtained, depending on the control conditions. A selection of which one of the integral value obtained by the positive-integral calculation and the integral value obtained by the negative-integral calculation is used, is made on the basis of an actual control value and a desired control value when control is performed so that a value representing the state of the controlled system becomes equal to the desired control value. In this way, a control parameter which has been judged to include a phase delay is removed. Thus, the phase delay in the overall control can be suppressed, and an appropriate steering assist control can be performed, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7233851
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assist apparatus for guiding a vehicle to a target position is provided. A basic path that changes the deflection angle ? to 0 is determined, and is subjected to similarity transformation. On the basis of the similarity-transformed path, a path factoring in transition from the initial steering angle is set. Then, a correction is made such that the area in the running distance-curvature graph regarding this path becomes equal to a corresponding area regarding the basic path, thereby setting a corrected path. The corrected path is similarity-transformed, and then is re-corrected in accordance with transition from the initial steering angle. Thus, a final target path is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Tomohiko Endo, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Yuu Tanaka, Yoshifumi Iwata
  • Patent number: 7155325
    Abstract: A method for performing a parking assist control for automatically guiding a vehicle to a target parking position includes the steps of calculating a change of a vehicle direction based on a traveling distance of the vehicle and a steering angle obtained by a steering angle sensor, calculating the change of the vehicle direction based on a yaw rate obtained by a yaw rate sensor, and determining whether or not the parking assist control is required to be stopped based on a result of a comparison between the calculated changes of the vehicle direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuu Tanaka, Yoshifumi Iwata, Akira Matsui, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Tomohiko Endo, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 7127339
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus for a vehicle which calculates a path by an algorithm suitable for real-time path calculation in a vehicle-installed computing device is provided. A basic path that changes the deflection angle of the vehicle to 0 is computed from an initial vehicle position. From the basic path, a target path is computed, for example, by adding straight-line paths to the two opposite ends of the basic path. On the basis of the target path, a driving assist is performed. During the driving assist, a basic path is re-calculated. If it is determined that a similarity-enlarged path obtained through similarity enlargement of the basic path can be used to reach the target position point, a target path is re-set on the basis of the similarity-enlarged path. Then a driving assist is performed on the basis of the re-set target path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hisashi Satonaka, Yuichi Kubota, Tomohiko Endo, Akira Matsui, Hideyuki Iwakiri, Toru Sugiyama, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Yuu Tanaka, Yoshifumi Iwata