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).

  • Publication number: 20170072853
    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: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170072852
    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: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9395448
    Abstract: An information indication apparatus installed in a vehicle, includes a vehicle's information obtainment unit to obtain a position of the vehicle; another vehicle's information obtainment unit to obtain a position of the other vehicle by inter-vehicle communication; a relative position calculation unit to calculate a relative position of the other vehicle; and an indication unit to indicate one of areas, which represent ranges of directional angles as viewed from the vehicle, that includes the existence direction of the other vehicle, when the distance is less than or equal to a first threshold, and the other vehicle is traveling towards the vehicle. When the distance is less than or equal to a second threshold set to be less than the first threshold, the indication unit does not change the area to be indicated even if the existence direction of the other vehicle changes to be included in another area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Morimoto, Katsuhiro Matsuoka, Yoshikazu Toyama
  • Publication number: 20160148508
    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: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20160139274
    Abstract: An information indication apparatus installed in a vehicle, includes a vehicle's information obtainment unit to obtain a position of the vehicle; another vehicle's information obtainment unit to obtain a position of the other vehicle by inter-vehicle communication; a relative position calculation unit to calculate a relative position of the other vehicle; and an indication unit to indicate one of areas, which represent ranges of directional angles as viewed from the vehicle, that includes the existence direction of the other vehicle, when the distance is less than or equal to a first threshold, and the other vehicle is traveling towards the vehicle. When the distance is less than or equal to a second threshold set to be less than the first threshold, the indication unit does not change the area to be indicated even if the existence direction of the other vehicle changes to be included in another area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Yoshikazu TOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20160133129
    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: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9315191
    Abstract: The present invention is a driving assistance device which provides driving assistance based on detection information of an obstacle in which an information processing amount of the driving assistance for the obstacle is changed according to a level of the driving assistance. The present invention also is the driving assistance device which provides the driving assistance to output information which can be recognized to a driver based on the detection information of the obstacle in which an information amount of the driving assistance to be presented to the driver is increased according to an increase in the level of the driving assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20160101731
    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: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150057834
    Abstract: The present invention is a driving assistance device which provides driving assistance based on detection information of an obstacle in which an information processing amount of the driving assistance for the obstacle is changed according to a level of the driving assistance. The present invention also is the driving assistance device which provides the driving assistance to output information which can be recognized to a driver based on the detection information of the obstacle in which an information amount of the driving assistance to be presented to the driver is increased according to an increase in the level of the driving assistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8958986
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes a display unit that displays an image of a scene behind a host vehicle. At least when the host vehicle moves forward or when the host vehicle is stopped, the display unit displays an indication including a plurality of kinds of trajectories along which the host vehicle is able to back up from a point at which the host vehicle is currently positioned, in a manner such that the indication is superimposed on the image of the scene behind the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Akihisa Yokoyama, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Junichi Wakita, Chika Yoshioka, Yu Hiei, Ryuji Okamura
  • Patent number: 8958926
    Abstract: A drive assisting device in an in-vehicle device calculates drive assisting information associated with an intersection required for drive assisting control to an assisting vehicle based on intersection information of the relevant intersection received from a road side instrument, and calculates the drive assisting information according to type of drive assisting information when performing the drive assisting control associated with the intersection based on the drive assisting information. The drive assisting device divides the drive assisting information for every type (static information and dynamic information at the intersection), and sequentially performs the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8903567
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chika Morimoto, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Patent number: 8868255
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Publication number: 20140195069
    Abstract: A drive assisting device in an in-vehicle device calculates drive assisting information associated with an intersection required for drive assisting control to an assisting vehicle based on intersection information of the relevant intersection received from a road side instrument, and calculates the drive assisting information according to type of drive assisting information when performing the drive assisting control associated with the intersection based on the drive assisting information. The drive assisting device divides the drive assisting information for every type (static information and dynamic information at the intersection), and sequentially performs the calculation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8618953
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roadside-to-vehicle communication system which allows a vehicle, which is traveling within a roadside-to-vehicle communication area, to receive signal information from a roadside device multiple times. The roadside-to-vehicle communication system includes determination means for determining whether or not new information is added to the signal information transmitted from the roadside device, and update means for, only when the determination means determines that the new information is added to the signal information, updating the signal information which is used on the vehicle side. With this configuration, it is possible to reduce the processing load on the signal information even when the signal information is received multiple times through roadside-to-vehicle communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20130289801
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: TOYODA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Publication number: 20130173148
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes a display unit that displays an image of a scene behind a host vehicle. At least when the host vehicle moves forward or when the host vehicle is stopped, the display unit displays an indication including a plurality of kinds of trajectories along which the host vehicle is able to back up from a point at which the host vehicle is currently positioned, in a manner such that the indication is superimposed on the image of the scene behind the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Akihisa Yokoyama, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Junichi Wakita, Chika Yoshioka, Yu Hiei, Ryuji Okamura
  • Publication number: 20130135117
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roadside-to-vehicle communication system which allows a vehicle, which is traveling within a roadside-to-vehicle communication area, to receive signal information from a roadside device multiple times. The roadside-to-vehicle communication system includes determination means for determining whether or not new information is added to the signal information transmitted from the roadside device, and update means for, only when the determination means determines that the new information is added to the signal information, updating the signal information which is used on the vehicle side. With this configuration, it is possible to reduce the processing load on the signal information even when the signal information is received multiple times through roadside-to-vehicle communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20130024049
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Patent number: 5136341
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which facilitates the input and output of copy paper. One embodiment includes an image forming apparatus with paper supply trays, a development area, a console and a sorter. By pressing a transparent paper mode key on the console, normal and projector paper are sequentially fed from the trays to the development area and then to the sorter. The sorter is set in one of three modes by a sorter instructor. A manual key on the console allows an operator to set the instructor to position the sorter in any one of the three modes. The pressing of the transparent paper mode key or the detection by a detector of transparent paper in the feeding tray results in the instructor setting the sorter in a non-sort mode despite the sort instructor having been previously set in a different mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Takemura, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Yasuyuki Hirai, Masahiro Higashitani, Mitsuru Adachi, Yasuhiro Matsuo, Shingo Mori, Yasuyuki Ishiguro, Hidehiro Tabuchi, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Hiromi Sakata, Tadashi Fujioka, Kouji Ujino