Patents by Inventor Kinji Yamamoto

Kinji Yamamoto 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: 11292387
    Abstract: A towing assistance apparatus includes an image acquisition unit successively acquiring a rear image and a lateral image serving as a surrounding image captured by an imaging unit that is provided at a towing vehicle to which a towed vehicle is configured to be connected, an angle acquisition unit acquiring a connection angle between the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle, and a display processing unit switching the surrounding image displayed at a display unit from the lateral image to the rear image in a case where the connection angle becomes equal to or greater than a first angle at which a change control for decreasing the connection angle is impossible by a steering of the towing vehicle during a rearward driving thereof in a state where the lateral image is displayed and the towing vehicle to which the towed vehicle is connected is in a rearward driving available state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Maruoka, Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11260794
    Abstract: A peripheral monitoring device according to one embodiment includes an acquirer configured to acquire a first rear image of a vehicle at first timing, the vehicle including a first coupler device which couples a towed vehicle; and an image processing unit configured to superimpose first identification information on the first rear image at second timing being after the first timing, the first identification information representing a position of the first coupler device at the second timing, and to display, on a display screen, the first rear image on which the first identification information has been superimposed, the display screen configured to be installed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Maruoka, Itsuko Fukushima, Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto, Takashi Hiramaki, Naotaka Kubota
  • Publication number: 20210370912
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring device includes a coupling determiner that determines whether a towed vehicle is coupled to a towing vehicle to which the towed vehicle can be coupled; a target setter that sets a target moving position to be a target for moving at least the towed vehicle coupled to the towing vehicle; a storing controller that stores, as a moving target image, an image, including the target moving position, of a peripheral image generated by as imager provided at the towing vehicle; and an image controller that displays the stored moving target image in association with the towing vehicle or the towed vehicle included in a current image generated by the imager and currently displayed on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya WATANABE, Tetsuya MARUOKA, Takayuki NAKASHO, Itsuko FUKUSHIMA
  • Patent number: 11180084
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery display device includes: an acquisition portion acquiring a captured image obtained by imaging a periphery of a vehicle with an imaging portion; and a display processing portion causing a display image that is a stereoscopic image of the vehicle and the periphery of the vehicle to be displayed on a display portion on the basis of the captured image. The display processing portion causes at least one of a contour guide line representing a contour of the vehicle, and a predicted course guide line that is a trajectory drawn by the contour guide line according to movement of the vehicle to be included in the display image, and changes a position of at least one of the contour guide and predicted course guide lines such that the contour guide and predicted course guide lines are present above a road surface when the vehicle is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11153510
    Abstract: A display control device includes: an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data as a result of imaging by an imaging unit that images a situation around a vehicle; and a display processing unit configured to display, on a display unit, a peripheral image indicating the situation around the vehicle generated based on the image data and also display, on the peripheral image, a first vehicle image indicating a current state of the vehicle and a second vehicle image indicating a future state of the vehicle when the vehicle moves toward a target position and to change a display mode of at least one of the first vehicle image and the second vehicle image according to a remaining distance to the target position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11104380
    Abstract: A display controller includes: an image data acquisition unit that acquires image data as a result of capturing an image with an image capturing unit which captures an image of a situation around a vehicle; and a display processing unit that displays a display screen which includes a first region displaying a surrounding image that is generated based on the image data and indicates the situation around the vehicle and a second region other than the first region on a display unit, and changes a display mode of at least a part of at least one of the first region and the second region on the display screen depending on whether or not proxy control is executed to perform at least a part of a driving operation of the vehicle by proxy for a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11077794
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery display device includes: an acquisition portion acquiring a captured image obtained by imaging a periphery of a vehicle with an imaging portion; and a display processing portion causing a display image including a vehicle image and a periphery image of the vehicle to be displayed on a display portion on the basis of the captured image. The display processing portion causes at least one of a contour guide line representing a contour of the vehicle image and having a first margin in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle image and a second margin in an advancing direction of the vehicle image, and a predicted course guide line that is a trajectory drawn by the contour guide line according to movement of the vehicle to be displayed in the display image, and changes at least one of the first and second margins when the vehicle is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11082631
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a hardware processor configured to: acquire items of image information; determine lateral image information as a particular state of luminance when a first region of interest exhibits luminance of a first given value or more and a difference in luminance between the first region of interest and a second region of interest is a second given value or more, the first region of interest and the second region of interest being included in a vehicular front region and a vehicular rear region of the lateral image information, respectively; set, in the particular state of luminance, a first correction value in accordance with luminance of the vehicular front region and set a second correction value in accordance with luminance of rear image information; and set, according to the first second correction values, an individual correction value for correcting luminance of a region between the first and second regions of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe, Itsuko Fukushima, Tetsuya Maruoka
  • Publication number: 20210160432
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a hardware processor configured to: acquire items of image information; determine lateral image information as a particular state of luminance when a first region of interest exhibits luminance of a first given value or more and a difference in luminance between the first region of interest and a second region of interest is a second given value or more, the first region of interest and the second region of interest being included in a vehicular front region and a vehicular rear region of the lateral image information, respectively; set, in the particular state of luminance, a first correction value in accordance with luminance of the vehicular front region and set a second correction value in accordance with luminance of rear image information; and set, according to the first second correction values, an individual correction value for correcting luminance of a region between the first and second regions of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya WATANABE, Itsuko FUKUSHIMA, Tetsuya MARUOKA
  • Publication number: 20210105402
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a hardware processor configured to: acquire a plurality of pieces of image information including image-capturing regions overlapping partially; to set first and second correction values with a predetermined value, the first correction value being used for correction of luminance of a first region of interest included in a first overlap region in which a first image-capturing region overlaps an adjacent second image-capturing region, the second correction value being used for correction of luminance of a second region of interest included in a second overlap region in which the first image-capturing region overlaps an adjacent third image-capturing region; and to set with the first and second correction values an individual correction value used for correction of luminance of a region between the first region of interest and the second region of interest in the first image-capturing region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya WATANABE, Tetsuya MARUOKA, Itsuko FUKUSHIMA
  • Patent number: 10970812
    Abstract: An image processing device according to an embodiment exemplarily includes, as an example: a processor that acquires a taken image obtained by imaging surroundings of a vehicle by an imaging unit mounted on the vehicle; projects the taken image to a stereoscopic projection plane including the vehicle and a first projection region rising above the vehicle and produces a composite image of the stereoscopic projection plane when viewed from a virtual viewpoint; causes a display to display the composite image; determines a target parking region in which the vehicle is parked in the stereoscopic projection plane; and shifts at least a part of a movement path of the vehicle from a position of the vehicle to the target parking region and the target parking region of the vehicle to a second projection region horizontal to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kinji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20210078496
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an image acquisition section that acquires a captured image captured by an image capturing unit that images a periphery of a vehicle; a position acquisition section that acquires a current position of the vehicle and a target position to which the vehicle moves; and a control section that causes a display unit to display a synthesized image including a vehicle image showing the vehicle, and a periphery image representing the periphery of the vehicle based on the captured image. In accordance with at least one of a distance between the current position of the vehicle and the target position, or a period until the vehicle reaches the target position, the control section causes the synthesized image to be displayed by being enlarged more than when the target position is acquired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20210081684
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring device includes: an acquisition section acquiring a steering angle of a vehicle; an image acquisition section acquiring a captured image from an image capturing section that captures an image of a periphery of the vehicle; a detection section acquiring detection information of an object around the vehicle; and a control section causing a display section to display a synthesized image including a vehicle image showing the vehicle and a periphery image showing the periphery of the vehicle based on the captured image. When the object is detected on a course of the vehicle traveling at the steering angle by a predetermined distance, the control section causes a virtual vehicle image to be displayed in the synthesized image to be superimposed on a course to the object with a position of the vehicle as a reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya Watanabe, Makoto Hirata
  • Patent number: 10909750
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring device includes: an image acquisition unit acquiring an image obtained from an imaging unit imaging a situation surrounding a towing vehicle to which a towed vehicle is connectable; a projection plane acquisition unit acquiring a three-dimensional virtual projection plane onto which the image can be projected and which is provided with a side plane rising in a height direction from a grounding surface of the towing vehicle; a projection processing unit projecting the image onto the virtual projection plane; a viewpoint setting unit setting a viewpoint position and a gazing point position with respect to the virtual projection plane; an image display unit causing a display device to display an image obtained by viewing the gazing point position from the viewpoint position with respect to the virtual projection plane; and a determination unit determining whether or not the towed vehicle is connected to the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Itsuko Fukushima, Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto, Tetsuya Maruoka, Takayuki Nakasho
  • Publication number: 20210016711
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery display device includes: an acquisition portion acquiring a captured image obtained by imaging a periphery of a vehicle with an imaging portion; and a display processing portion causing a display image including a vehicle image and a periphery image of the vehicle to be displayed on a display portion on the basis of the captured image. The display processing portion causes at least one of a contour guide line representing a contour of the vehicle image and having a first margin in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle image and a second margin in an advancing direction of the vehicle image, and a predicted course guide line that is a trajectory drawn by the contour guide line according to movement of the vehicle to be displayed in the display image, and changes at least one of the first and second margins when the vehicle is turned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji YAMAMOTO, Kazuya WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20210016712
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery display device includes: an acquisition portion acquiring a captured image obtained by imaging a periphery of a vehicle with an imaging portion; and a display processing portion causing a display image that is a stereoscopic image of the vehicle and the periphery of the vehicle to be displayed on a display portion on the basis of the captured image. The display processing portion causes at least one of a contour guide line representing a contour of the vehicle, and a predicted course guide line that is a trajectory drawn by the contour guide line according to movement of the vehicle to be included in the display image, and changes a position of at least one of the contour guide and predicted course guide lines such that the contour guide and predicted course guide lines are present above a road surface when the vehicle is turned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10875577
    Abstract: A traction assist apparatus includes a memory and a hardware processor coupled to the memory. The hardware processor is configured to acquire a coupling angle between a towing vehicle and a towed vehicle towed by the towing vehicle and acquire a current steered angle of the towing vehicle. The hardware processor is configured to, when the towing vehicle is moved backward at the current steered angle, determine whether the towed vehicle is movable backward in a balance state where the coupling angle is maintained, and monitor whether steering of the towing vehicle is continued in the balance state. The hardware processor is configured to provide notification of presence or absence of the balance state and provide notification of whether the monitoring is continued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Watanabe, Tetsuya Maruoka, Itsuko Fukushima, Takayuki Nakasho
  • Patent number: 10857944
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring apparatus includes: a detector configured to detect a roughness state of a road surface in a traveling direction of a vehicle; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a guide marker to be superimposed onto an image based on captured image data output from an imager that captures an image of a peripheral region including the traveling direction of the vehicle, the guide marker being displayed in a manner that follows a roughness state of the road surface in the traveling direction of the vehicle; and a controller configured to superimpose the guide marker onto the image in the display manner that follows the roughness state and display the image on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Nakasho, Kazuya Watanabe, Tetsuya Maruoka, Kinji Yamamoto, Takashi Hiramaki, Takuya Hashikawa, Naotaka Kubota, Osamu Kimura, Itsuko Ohashi, Yasumasa Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20200346690
    Abstract: A parking assistance device includes an overhead image generation unit generating an overhead image from a captured image obtained by capturing an image around a towing vehicle, a towing determination unit determining whether a towed vehicle is towed, an overhead image display range setting unit selecting a trimming range from a plurality of display ranges at least including a first display range and a second display range wider than the first display range, and a display image generation unit generating an overhead image for display by trimming the trimming range of the overhead image, and a display image including the overhead image for display on which the towing vehicle is superimposed. The overhead image display range setting unit selects the first display range when the towing vehicle does not tow the towed vehicle, and selects the second display range when the towing vehicle tows the towed vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya MARUOKA, Kazuya WATANABE, Kinji YAMAMOTO, Itsuko FUKUSHIMA, Takayuki NAKASHO
  • Publication number: 20200317126
    Abstract: A tow assist apparatus includes a hardware processor to: detect, at a predetermined period, an angle of tilt of a towed vehicle to a towing vehicle towing the towed vehicle, the tilt arising when the towing vehicle moves backward; calculate angle change information representing a temporal change in the detected angle; and output an alarm when the angle change information exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya WATANABE, Kinji YAMAMOTO