Patents by Inventor Katsumi Nagata

Katsumi Nagata 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: 11915202
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an in-vehicle infotainment platform for a vehicle. The in-vehicle infotainment platform includes a memory and an electronic control unit. The memory is configured to store meeting information including video conferencing information or audio conferencing information. The electronic control unit is coupled to the memory. The electronic control unit is configured to automatically connect to a video conference using the video conferencing information or automatically connect to an audio conference using the audio conferencing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Makoto Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11845390
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring a vehicle. The system includes a sensor of the vehicle configured to detect sensor data indicating a presence of an object, occupant, or pet within the vehicle. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle communicatively coupled to the sensor. The ECU is configured to determine whether the object, occupant, or pet is within the vehicle. The ECU is also configured to provide a notification to a user of the vehicle regarding the presence of the object, occupant, or pet within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Masashi Nakagawa, Divya Sai Toopran, Makoto Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20230347899
    Abstract: A system and method of geofenced control of a vehicle, includes determining a geographic region within which a vehicle is operating; retrieving a geo-profile corresponding to the determined geographic region within which the vehicle is operating; and applying the retrieved geo-profile to the vehicle to alter the driving dynamics of the vehicle to conform to driving characteristics of the determined geographic region within which the vehicle is operating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: KATSUMI NAGATA, RYAN WIESENBERG, CHRISTOPHER RISBERG, PRATHAP ALVAKONDA
  • Patent number: 11805196
    Abstract: A system for using a mobile phone in a vehicle includes an auxiliary jack having multiple conductors and configured to receive a connector having a first end to be coupled to the auxiliary jack and a second end to be coupled to a mobile device. The system further includes a ground coupled to a first conductor of the multiple conductors, and a microphone coupled to a second conductor of the multiple conductors that receives microphone data from a cabin of the vehicle to be transmitted to the remote device via the connector. The system further includes a first speaker coupled to a third conductor of the multiple conductors that outputs audio data received from the third conductor, and an IVI interface configured to receive user instructions for controlling the mobile device and to transmit the user instructions to the mobile device via at least one of the multiple conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11783592
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an image recognition system. The image recognition system includes a memory. The memory is configured to store multiple sequences of movements of multiple standard objects. The image recognition system includes a sensor. The sensor is configured to capture image data of a surrounding environment. The image recognition system includes a processor. The processor is coupled to the memory and the sensor. The processor is configured to recognize an object in the image data. The processor is configured to determine a movement of the object based on the image data. The processor is configured to compare the movement of the object in the image data to a sequence of movements of a standard object of the plurality of standard objects, and determine that the object is a living being based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Nakagawa, Katsumi Nagata
  • Publication number: 20230304555
    Abstract: A system for detecting excessive or uneven wear on a brake pad of a vehicle. The system includes a rotor connected to a wheel of the vehicle, a brake pad positioned adjacent to the rotor and configured to contact the rotor to slow down or stop movement of the rotor and the wheel, and a wire mesh disposed within or integrated into the brake pad. The system also includes a sensor configured to detect sensor data from the wire mesh and an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to determine, based on the sensor data, whether excessive or uneven wear on the brake pad or the rotor is present and to control an output device to display an output related to the excessive or uneven wear on the brake pad or the rotor. The system may utilize an artificial intelligence or machine learning model to detect the excessive or uneven wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Masashi Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20230266276
    Abstract: An ultrasonic tester includes an ultrasonic sensor that applies ultrasound to a test object; a casing that holds the ultrasonic sensor immersed in a contact medium that allows the ultrasound to propagate therethrough, the casing including a test object-facing opening Further, there is circuitry configured to, when the test object-facing opening of the casing is passing an opening of the test object in a test direction of the test object, control a moving speed of the casing such that a region of contact between the test object and the contact medium entering the opening of the test object is kept within the opening of the test object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke ARIKI, Katsumi NAGATA, Kenji TSUBAKI, Toshihiro YAMAOKA
  • Patent number: 11724697
    Abstract: A system and method of geofenced control of a vehicle, includes determining a geographic region within which a vehicle is operating; retrieving a geo-profile corresponding to the determined geographic region within which the vehicle is operating; and applying the retrieved geo-profile to the vehicle to alter the driving dynamics of the vehicle to conform to driving characteristics of the determined geographic region within which the vehicle is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Ryan Wiesenberg, Christopher Risberg, Prathap Alvakonda
  • Patent number: 11702034
    Abstract: A system for controlling the locking of accessories by a vehicle includes a vehicle door, a door lock, and an input device configured to receive user input including an unlock request. The system further includes an accessory lock configured to alternate between a locked accessory state and an unlocked accessory state. The system further includes a network access device. The system further includes an ECU designed to determine a door unlock event in response to the input device receiving the unlock request and to control the door lock to alternate from the locked door state to the unlocked door state in response to determining the door unlock event. The ECU is further designed to control the network access device to instruct the accessory lock to alternate from the locked accessory state to the unlocked accessory state in response to determining the door unlock event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Masashi Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20230222808
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for calibrating a camera of a vehicle. A system may include the camera configured to be attached to the vehicle and capture a video. The system may further include an output device having a display. The output device may be configured to receive the video and display the video, a first overlay over the video indicating a current center of field of view of the camera, and a second overlay over the video indicating an aligned center of field of view of the camera on the display. The first overlay may be aligned with the second overlay on the display of the output device or an aim of the camera may be manually changed until the first overlay aligns with the second overlay to calibrate the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Masashi Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20230222858
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating a digital key based on a vital sign include the digital key configured to lock and unlock a digital lock when activated. The system may include an electronic device including a sensor configured to detect a vital sign of a user in real time. The electronic device may include a memory configured to store a reference vital sign of the user. The electronic device may include a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with the digital key. The electronic device may include a processor coupled to the sensor, the memory, and the wireless transceiver. The processor may be configured to receive and compare the vital sign to the reference vital sign and prompt the wireless transceiver to send a signal to the digital key to activate the digital key when the vital sign is within a threshold of similarity to the reference vital sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11690768
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are directed to a vehicle. The vehicle includes a passenger compartment and a master controller. The passenger compartment has a plurality of rear passenger seats disposed on a track. Each seat of the plurality of rear passenger seats is configured to move on the track. The master controller is configured to receive a first data from a wheelchair and to direct a movement of each seat of the plurality of rear passenger seats along the track. In response to receiving the first data, the master controller actuates at least one actuator to move at least one of the plurality of rear passenger seats along the track to provide a transportation space for the wheelchair based on the first data received from the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Stephen McFarland, Jr., Jerry R. Tipper
  • Patent number: 11645855
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a monitoring system are disclosed. The monitoring system includes a memory configured to store image data and a first camera configured to capture first image data including the activity of a passenger within the vehicle. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain, from the first camera, the first image data including the passenger, determine an activity of the passenger based on the first image data, and determine that the activity of the passenger will be different than a baseline activity of the passenger. The electronic control unit is configured to record and capture, in the memory and using the camera, the first image data for a time period before and after the determination that the activity of the passenger will be different than the baseline activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Masashi Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20230028769
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an image recognition system. The image recognition system includes a memory. The memory is configured to store multiple sequences of movements of multiple standard objects. The image recognition system includes a sensor. The sensor is configured to capture image data of a surrounding environment. The image recognition system includes a processor. The processor is coupled to the memory and the sensor. The processor is configured to recognize an object in the image data. The processor is configured to determine a movement of the object based on the image data. The processor is configured to compare the movement of the object in the image data to a sequence of movements of a standard object of the plurality of standard objects, and determine that the object is a living being based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Inventors: Masashi Nakagawa, Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11545035
    Abstract: Methods and systems for notifying a driver of a first vehicle of obstacles discouraging passing of a second vehicle in front of the first vehicle. The system includes a sensor of the second vehicle configured to detect spatial data in proximity of the second vehicle. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the first vehicle. The ECU is configured to receive the spatial data from a transceiver of the second vehicle. The ECU is also configured to determine obstacle data based on the spatial data, the obstacle data identifying a presence of obstacles ahead of the second vehicle discouraging passing of the second vehicle by the first vehicle. The ECU is also configured to provide a notification to the driver of the first vehicle when the obstacle data indicates the presence of obstacles ahead of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11507098
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying whether a vehicle is capable of safely traversing a road segment. The system includes a transceiver of the vehicle configured to receive vehicle capability data indicating vehicle specifications associated with the road segment, the vehicle specifications associated with a vehicle capable of traversing the road segment. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle configured to compare vehicle data including features of the vehicle with the vehicle capability data to determine whether the vehicle data meets or exceeds the vehicle specifications. The system includes an input/output device configured to provide a notification that the vehicle is not capable of traversing the road segment when the vehicle data does not meet or exceed the vehicle specifications associated with the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Risberg, Katsumi Nagata, Ryan Wiesenberg, Sachin Ahire
  • Patent number: 11487290
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are directed to a wheelchair system that includes a wheelchair. The wheelchair includes a coupling mechanism, a processing device, and a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processing device. The non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium includes one or more programming instructions that, when executed, cause the processing device to determine the location of an accessory, position the wheelchair with respect to the accessory, and couple the wheelchair to the accessory via the coupling mechanism. The positioning of the wheelchair is independent from a user physically controlling the positioning of the wheelchair with respect to the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11481695
    Abstract: Systems and devices related to a transportation device sharing system including vehicles with integrated docking ports are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes a docking system for a transportation device, including a docking port, adapted to receive the transportation device and secure the transportation device, a communication device to wirelessly transmit and receive data, one or more processors, and a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing a status module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to determine whether the transportation device is present in the docking port and cause the communication device to transmit location data indicating a location of the vehicle, and status data, indicating at least the presence or absence of the transportation device in the docking port, to an external receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Publication number: 20220321690
    Abstract: A system for using a mobile phone in a vehicle includes an auxiliary jack having multiple conductors and configured to receive a connector having a first end to be coupled to the auxiliary jack and a second end to be coupled to a mobile device. The system further includes a ground coupled to a first conductor of the multiple conductors, and a microphone coupled to a second conductor of the multiple conductors that receives microphone data from a cabin of the vehicle to be transmitted to the remote device via the connector. The system further includes a first speaker coupled to a third conductor of the multiple conductors that outputs audio data received from the third conductor, and an IVI interface configured to receive user instructions for controlling the mobile device and to transmit the user instructions to the mobile device via at least one of the multiple conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11443413
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting a surrounding environment around a vehicle and a trailer coupled to the vehicle. The system includes a plurality of cameras attached to and configured to detect image data. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle communicatively coupled to the plurality of cameras and configured to combine the image data from the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Nakagawa, Katsumi Nagata