Patents by Inventor Kazuhiro Morimoto

Kazuhiro Morimoto 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: 10142574
    Abstract: An image device. While holding electric charges generated at a photoelectric conversion portion in a first period, a first charge holding portion holds electric charges generated at the photoelectric conversion portion in a second period which is a period that does not succeed the first period and which is different in length from the first period, and a second charge holding portion holds electric charges generated at the photoelectric conversion portion in a third period which is a period that does not overlap the first period and the second period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi, Kazunari Kawabata, Taro Kato, Hiroshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 10068480
    Abstract: When an own vehicle is highly likely to collide with an obstacle, a notification of prompting a driver to carry out a collision avoidance operation is appropriately given. When an output request for collision avoidance support information exists, a notification ECU notifies of the collision avoidance support information irrespective of absence/presence of an output request for vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information. When the output request for the collision avoidance support information does not exist and the output request for the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information exists, the notification ECU notifies of the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10040452
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention determines whether or not an informing condition is satisfied. The informing condition becomes satisfied when a particular situation regarding an own vehicle traveling that a driver of the own vehicle should be alerted occurs. The apparatus executes an informing control for alerting the driver when the informing condition is satisfied and executes a cruise control for causing the own vehicle to travel when a cruise condition is satisfied. The apparatus executes an adjustment process for forbidding the informing control and permitting the cruise control when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is accelerated or decelerated by the cruise control and for permitting both the informing and cruise controls when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is not accelerated nor decelerated by the cruise control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Katsuhiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10035456
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle control apparatus configured to perform a first particular situation informing for providing information depending on a first particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling where a driver of a vehicle should be alerted and the vehicle should continue to be stopped when determining that a first particular situation occurs and perform a simultaneous operation informing for providing information depending on a simultaneous operation situation where both of an acceleration operator and a brake operator of the vehicle are operated when determining that the simultaneous operation situation occurs. The vehicle control apparatus is configured to perform the first particular situation informing without performing the simultaneous operation informing when determining that both of the first particular situation and the simultaneous operation situation occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10017178
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention is applied to a vehicle having at least one device configured to acquire a road situation information from an outside of the vehicle. The apparatus determines whether or not a particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling occurs on the basis of the road situation information. The particular situation being a situation that a driver of the vehicle should be alerted. The apparatus can perform an informing for alerting the driver and execute a cruise control for causing the vehicle to travel automatically without an operation of an acceleration operator of the vehicle. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs, the cruise control is not executed and the acceleration operator is operated. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs and the cruise control is executed, independently of whether or not the acceleration operator is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Katsuhiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9987986
    Abstract: A limited display space provided in a vehicle is used to effectively provide driving support information to a driver. When a notification condition for driving support information is satisfied, an information processing unit generates the driving support information, and determines whether the driving support information is prioritized driving support information or non-prioritized driving support information. When the driving support information is the prioritized driving support information, the information processing unit transmits an output request for the driving support information to an HUD ECU. As a result, the driving support information is displayed on a head-up display. On the other hand, when the driving support information is the non-prioritized driving support information, the information processing unit transmits an output request for the driving support information to a meter ECU. As a result, the driving support information is displayed on a meter display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20180151758
    Abstract: A photodetection device includes a semiconductor substrate; and a pixel including a first semiconductor region having signal charges as majority carriers, and an electrode disposed on the semiconductor substrate with a dielectric member interposed therebetween. The pixel is configured to detect a signal based on avalanche-amplified electric charges. A quenching circuit configured to suppress a current generated by the avalanche amplification is connected to the first semiconductor region. A second semiconductor region of a conductive type opposite that of the first semiconductor region is disposed under the electrode and in a front surface of the semiconductor substrate. When a predetermined potential is supplied to the electrode, an inversion layer is formed in the second semiconductor region, and the inversion layer is electrically connected to the first semiconductor region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Hajime Ikeda, Junji Iwata
  • Publication number: 20180108800
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein, in plane view, a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type overlaps at least a portion of a third semiconductor region, a second semiconductor region overlaps at least a portion of a fourth semiconductor region of a second conductivity type, a height of a potential of the third semiconductor region with respect to an electric charge of the first conductivity type is lower than that of the fourth semiconductor region, and a difference between a height of a potential of the first semiconductor region and that of the third semiconductor region is larger than a difference between a height of a potential of the second semiconductor region and that of the fourth semiconductor region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Mahito Shinohara
  • Patent number: 9889796
    Abstract: An alarm controller generates an alarm output instruction when an own vehicle state determination unit determines that an own vehicle intends to cross the opposite lane at an intersection, and the object state determination unit determines that an oncoming vehicle or a person exists or moves in a direction in which the own vehicle crosses the opposite lane at into the intersection. A shift position detector detects a shift lever position. When the shift position detector detects that a shift lever is in a parking position or a reverse position, the alarm controller does not generate the alarm output instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9889797
    Abstract: An intersection information acquisition unit acquires detection information by an object detection sensor including at least one of a vehicle detection sensor and a human detection sensor. A support processor performs driving support processing for outputting an alarm when the support processor determines that an own vehicle intends to cross the opposite lane and determines based on the acquired detection information that an object exists or the object is approaching in a direction in which the own vehicle travels to cross the opposite lane at the intersection. The support processor performs the driving support processing when the intersection information acquisition unit acquires detection information by the vehicle detection sensor. On the other hand, the support processor does not perform the driving support processing when the intersection information acquisition unit acquires detection information by the human detection sensor and does not acquire detection information by the vehicle detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20180035068
    Abstract: An image device. While holding electric charges generated at a photoelectric conversion portion in a first period, a first charge holding portion holds electric charges generated at the photoelectric conversion portion in a second period which is a period that does not succeed the first period and which is different in length from the first period, and a second charge holding portion holds electric charges generated at the photoelectric conversion portion in a third period which is a period that does not overlap the first period and the second period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi, Kazunari Kawabata, Taro Kato, Hiroshi Sekine
  • Publication number: 20180033896
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate has a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface. A photoelectric conversion portion has a PN junction configured with first and second semiconductor regions of different conductivity types. A buried portion is buried in the semiconductor substrate and includes an electrode and a dielectric member located between the electrode and the semiconductor substrate and in contact with the second semiconductor region. The second semiconductor region is located in a position deeper than the first semiconductor region. The buried portion is located to extend from a first surface to a position deeper than the first semiconductor region. Electric potentials are supplied to the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and the electrode in such a manner that an inversion layer occurring between the electrode and the second semiconductor region and the first semiconductor region are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Hajime Ikeda, Junji Iwata
  • Patent number: 9858812
    Abstract: A traffic signal state detection apparatus includes a first traffic signal information obtaining part that obtains first traffic signal information generated by a first infrastructure, a first output process part configured to calculate, based on the first traffic signal information from the first traffic signal information obtaining part, a second traffic signal information obtaining part that obtains second traffic signal information generated by a second infrastructure that is different from the first infrastructure, a second output process part that calculates, based on the second traffic signal information from the second traffic signal information obtaining part, and an output part that outputs one of the first and second remaining times in a situation where the first and second output demands are generated simultaneously, the output remaining time being related to one of the first and second output demands that is being continuously generated before the other is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9663034
    Abstract: There is provided an vehicle alarm output apparatus comprising: a waiting state determining unit configured to determine whether an own vehicle is in a waiting state; a start determining unit configured to determine whether the own vehicle starts to travel; an other vehicle information acquiring unit configured to acquire other vehicle information related to another vehicle; an arrival time calculating unit configured to calculate a time taken for the other vehicle to reach a front end of the own vehicle; and an output unit configured to output a certain alarm upon determining the own vehicle to be in the waiting state, the own vehicle to start, and the time to be equal to or less than a first threshold value; wherein the output unit is prevented from outputting the certain alarm upon detecting the time to be equal to or less than a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20170129401
    Abstract: A limited display space provided in a vehicle is used to effectively provide driving support information to a driver. When a notification condition for driving support information is satisfied, an information processing unit generates the driving support information, and determines whether the driving support information is prioritized driving support information or non-prioritized driving support information. When the driving support information is the prioritized driving support information, the information processing unit transmits an output request for the driving support information to an HUD ECU. As a result, the driving support information is displayed on a head-up display. On the other hand, when the driving support information is the non-prioritized driving support information, the information processing unit transmits an output request for the driving support information to a meter ECU. As a result, the driving support information is displayed on a meter display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9607514
    Abstract: A drive assist device assists a driver who is driving a vehicle by showing, on a display unit, information related to an indication state of a traffic signal including a remaining time until the indication state of the traffic signal changes. The drive assist device includes a processor configured to output a representation of the remaining time to the display unit. The processor is configured to set the representation of the remaining time to a first representation when the remaining time is greater than a predetermined value and set the representation of the remaining time to a second representation when the remaining time is less than or equal to the predetermined value. The second representation differs from the first representation in at least one of brightness, saturation, and hue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Katsuhiro Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20170084177
    Abstract: When an own vehicle is highly likely to collide with an obstacle, a notification of prompting a driver to carry out a collision avoidance operation is appropriately given. When an output request for collision avoidance support information exists, a notification ECU notifies of the collision avoidance support information irrespective of absence/presence of an output request for vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information. When the output request for the collision avoidance support information does not exist and the output request for the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information exists, the notification ECU notifies of the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170080930
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention is applied to a vehicle having at least one device configured to acquire a road situation information from an outside of the vehicle. The apparatus determines whether or not a particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling occurs on the basis of the road situation information. The particular situation being a situation that a driver of the vehicle should be alerted. The apparatus can perform an informing for alerting the driver and execute a cruise control for causing the vehicle to travel automatically without an operation of an acceleration operator of the vehicle. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs, the cruise control is not executed and the acceleration operator is operated. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs and the cruise control is executed, independently of whether or not the acceleration operator is operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro MATSUOKA
  • Publication number: 20170080859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle control apparatus configured to perform a first particular situation informing for providing information depending on a first particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling where a driver of a vehicle should be alerted and the vehicle should continue to be stopped when determining that a first particular situation occurs and perform a simultaneous operation informing for providing information depending on a simultaneous operation situation where both of an acceleration operator and a brake operator of the vehicle are operated when determining that the simultaneous operation situation occurs. The vehicle control apparatus is configured to perform the first particular situation informing without performing the simultaneous operation informing when determining that both of the first particular situation and the simultaneous operation situation occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170080934
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention determines whether or not an informing condition is satisfied. The informing condition becomes satisfied when a particular situation regarding an own vehicle traveling that a driver of the own vehicle should be alerted occurs. The apparatus executes an informing control for alerting the driver when the informing condition is satisfied and executes a cruise control for causing the own vehicle to travel when a cruise condition is satisfied. The apparatus executes an adjustment process for forbidding the informing control and permitting the cruise control when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is accelerated or decelerated by the cruise control and for permitting both the informing and cruise controls when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is not accelerated nor decelerated by the cruise control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro MATSUOKA