Patents by Inventor James Turk

James Turk 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: 11447070
    Abstract: A method for determining misalignment of a vehicular camera includes equipping a vehicle with a vehicular vision system having an electronic control unit and a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle so that each camera has a respective field of view exterior of the vehicle. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data during driving of the vehicle, the vehicular vision system determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. Frames of image data captured by the plurality of cameras are processed to determine an object motion vector of a detected object based on positions of the detected object in frames of image data captured by the camera. The determined object motion vector is compared to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine via the vehicular vision system that the camera of the plurality of cameras is misaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 11410334
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a vehicular camera of a vehicular vision system includes placing a target with a first portion having a first geometric pattern and a second portion having a second geometric pattern within the field of view of the vehicular camera, and capturing image data with the camera representative of the field of view of the vehicular camera. Two edges of both portions of the target are detected, and edge pixels of the detected edges are determined. First and second vanishing points of the target in the captured image data are determined based on the determined edge pixels of the respective first and second portions of the target. Camera orientation is determined based on location of the determined first vanishing point relative to location of the determined second vanishing point. The vehicular camera is calibrated based on the determined camera orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Tao-I Hsu, James Turk, Alexander Velichko
  • Publication number: 20210241492
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a vehicular camera of a vehicular vision system includes placing a target with a first portion having a first geometric pattern and a second portion having a second geometric pattern within the field of view of the vehicular camera, and capturing image data with the camera representative of the field of view of the vehicular camera. Two edges of both portions of the target are detected, and edge pixels of the detected edges are determined. First and second vanishing points of the target in the captured image data are determined based on the determined edge pixels of the respective first and second portions of the target. Camera orientation is determined based on location of the determined first vanishing point relative to location of the determined second vanishing point. The vehicular camera is calibrated based on the determined camera orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Tao-I Hsu, James Turk, Alexander Velichko
  • Publication number: 20210197893
    Abstract: A vehicular trailering assist system includes at least one camera disposed at a trailer hitched to a hitch of a vehicle, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines, during a first stage of a calibration maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, image coordinates of at least one ground feature point. The ECU, responsive to determining image coordinates of the at least one ground feature point, estimates orientation parameters of the camera based at least on the determined image coordinates and known intrinsic camera parameters. Responsive to estimating the orientation parameters of the camera, and based on the determined parameters of the camera, the ECU determines location of the at least one camera at the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Galina Okouneva, James Turk, Anam M. Yunus, Alexander Velichko
  • Publication number: 20210001774
    Abstract: A method for determining misalignment of a vehicular camera includes equipping a vehicle with a vehicular vision system having an electronic control unit and a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle so that each camera has a respective field of view exterior of the vehicle. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data during driving of the vehicle, the vehicular vision system determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. Frames of image data captured by the plurality of cameras are processed to determine an object motion vector of a detected object based on positions of the detected object in frames of image data captured by the camera. The determined object motion vector is compared to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine via the vehicular vision system that the camera of the plurality of cameras is misaligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 10780826
    Abstract: A method for determining misalignment of a vehicular camera and calibrating the misaligned camera includes providing a plurality of cameras at a vehicle and providing a control having an electronic control unit that includes a processor for processing image data captured by the plurality of cameras. Frames of image data captured by the plurality of cameras are processed to determine objects present in the field of view of at least one of the cameras. Responsive to processing vehicle data during driving of the vehicle, a vehicle motion vector is determined. Movement of an object relative to the vehicle is determined via processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. Responsive to determination of a difference between the relative movement of the object and the vehicle motion vector, misalignment of a misaligned camera is determined, and calibration of the misaligned camera is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Publication number: 20190248290
    Abstract: A method for determining misalignment of a vehicular camera and calibrating the misaligned camera includes providing a plurality of cameras at a vehicle and providing a control having an electronic control unit that includes a processor for processing image data captured by the plurality of cameras. Frames of image data captured by the plurality of cameras are processed to determine objects present in the field of view of at least one of the cameras. Responsive to processing vehicle data during driving of the vehicle, a vehicle motion vector is determined. Movement of an object relative to the vehicle is determined via processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. Responsive to determination of a difference between the relative movement of the object and the vehicle motion vector, misalignment of a misaligned camera is determined, and calibration of the misaligned camera is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 10266115
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at an outside rearview mirror assembly and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control includes an electronic control unit having an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Publication number: 20170305347
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at an outside rearview mirror assembly and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control includes an electronic control unit having an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 9701246
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. An electronic control unit includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by any or all of the cameras. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the electronic control unit is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of at least one of the cameras. Responsive to vehicle data, the electronic control unit determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle. The electronic control unit compares the determined relative movement of a determined object to the determined vehicle motion vector and, responsive to a difference between the determined relative movement of the object and the determined vehicle motion vector, the electronic control unit determines a misalignment of the at least one camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Publication number: 20160082887
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. An electronic control unit includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by any or all of the cameras. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the electronic control unit is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of at least one of the cameras. Responsive to vehicle data, the electronic control unit determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle. The electronic control unit compares the determined relative movement of a determined object to the determined vehicle motion vector and, responsive to a difference between the determined relative movement of the object and the determined vehicle motion vector, the electronic control unit determines a misalignment of the at least one camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 9205776
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes a camera disposed at the vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The camera is operable to capture frames of image data. Responsive to image processing by an image processor of captured image data, a control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle by the driver of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector, and responsive to the comparison, the control may determine a misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Publication number: 20140350834
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes a camera disposed at the vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The camera is operable to capture frames of image data. Responsive to image processing by an image processor of captured image data, a control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle by the driver of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector, and responsive to the comparison, the control may determine a misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Publication number: 20070244812
    Abstract: A system and method to allow gold to circulate as digital cash through the global computer network (Internet) and/or private communication networks much like cash currently circulates in the physical world. A computer system (emint) will create digital representations of gold (ecoins). Each ecoin will represent a weight of gold held at a participating secure storage facility (storage site), and each ecoin is given by the emint a unique identifier by which it can be distinguished and identified. The sum total of all circulating ecoins (denominated in physical measures such as weights such as grams and/or ounces and fractions thereof) will equal the weight of all the gold held for safekeeping at the storage site(s) for the users of the emint. The ownership of gold is not transferred by a computer system executing debits and credits between individual accounts, but instead by individuals directly transferring ecoins amongst themselves (as is done in cash transactions, i.e., without double-entry bookkeeping).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: James Turk, Geoffrey Turk