Patents by Inventor Kota Irie

Kota Irie 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: 11136022
    Abstract: Example implementations as described herein are directed to the use and detection of asymmetrical markers in conjunction with an autonomous mode for a human operated vehicle system. In example implementations, the vehicle system adjusts at least one of a position, orientation and speed based on the detection of asymmetrical markers, which can be utilized for vehicle navigation as well as autonomous valet parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukti Matta, Kota Irie, Taisetsu Tanimichi
  • Publication number: 20190367012
    Abstract: Example implementations as described herein are directed to the use and detection of asymmetrical markers in conjunction with an autonomous mode for a human operated vehicle system. In example implementations, the vehicle system adjusts at least one of a position, orientation and speed based on the detection of asymmetrical markers, which can be utilized for vehicle navigation as well as autonomous valet parking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yukti MATTA, Kota IRIE, Taisetsu TANIMICHI
  • Patent number: 10346694
    Abstract: When a vehicle starts, a surrounding state is securely provided to a driver. When a vehicle operation detector detects that there is a possibility that a parked vehicle starts, a vehicle surrounding state recognizer recognizes a state of surrounding of the vehicle based on images imaged by a plurality of cameras imaging a plurality of different areas of the surrounding of the vehicle. A parking style determiner determines a parking style executed in parking at a position where the vehicle now parks based on a recognition result of the vehicle surrounding state recognizer. A monitoring area setter sets a monitoring area where a driver is required to pay attention when the vehicle is started based on a determination result of the parking style determiner. A vehicle surrounding state provider provides a driver with information provision in the monitoring area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kota Irie, Daisuke Fukuda, Kenji Kato, Shinya Tagawa
  • Patent number: 10317671
    Abstract: A technique for improving the visibility of images from an imaging device even in conditions such that waterdrops adhering on a surface of a lens is very small is provided. An imaging device 13 includes a camera 20 having a lens 23, in which a lens side hydrophilic layer 23a is applied on a surface of the lens 23, and being configured to be provided to a vehicle, and a waterdrop guiding part 21 which guides waterdrops that adhere on the vehicle to the lens 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kota Irie, Hayato Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 10268902
    Abstract: An outside recognition system configured to include a camera installed on a vehicle, to analyze an image from the camera, and to recognize surroundings of the vehicle based on an analysis result of the image from the camera comprises a dirtiness detection unit which determines, as at least one reference line, at least one line on a part of at least one object that does not change in the image from the camera even if the vehicle travels, determines an observation line that corresponds to each of the at least one reference line with the image from the camera, calculates an amount by which the observation line is displaced from each of the at least one reference line, and detects whether dirt adheres to the camera based on the amount of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Akiyama, Katsuyuki Nakamura, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 10095934
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device includes: an image acquisition unit that obtains a captured image from a camera that captures, via a camera lens, an image of a surrounding environment around a vehicle; an accumulation detection unit that individually detects a plurality of types of accumulation settled at the camera lens based upon the captured image; an image recognition unit that recognizes an object image, expressing a specific object present in the surrounding environment, in the captured image; a detection results integrating unit that calculates integrated detection results by integrating a plurality of sets of detection results based upon various sets of detection results pertaining to detection of the plurality of types of accumulation provided by the accumulation detection unit; and an operation control unit that controls operation executed by the image recognition unit based upon the integrated detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Masahiro Kiyohara, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie, Yasuhiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10096124
    Abstract: A water droplet detection device has an image capturing unit and a water droplet detection unit. The image capturing unit has a photographic optical system that an area captures an image of a predetermined area. The water droplet detection unit sets an arbitrary attention point in the captured image, a plurality of first reference points inside an imaginary circle of a predetermined radius having the attention point as a center the imaginary circle, and a plurality of second reference points corresponding to the first reference points outside the imaginary circle. The water droplet detection unit detects edge information between the first reference points and second reference points, and assesses a circularity strength of the edge information to detect a water droplet attached to the photographic optical system. The water droplet detection device can be used with an image conversion unit to form a three-dimensional object detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata, Masayuki Takemura, Akira Utagawa, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie
  • Publication number: 20180141521
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle-mounted imaging device that can notify a user of contamination, at a facility, a home or the vicinity thereof in which the user tends to easily eliminate the contamination on a lens or a protective glass of the lens of a camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kota IRIE, Daisuke FUKUDA, Kazuhiko ITO
  • Patent number: 9956941
    Abstract: An on-board device, that outputs a control signal to a cleaning control unit that controls accumulation removing units used to remove accumulations settled on a photographic lens in an on-board camera by adopting a plurality of methods, includes: an accumulation detection unit that detects an accumulation settled on the photographic lens from a photographic image output from the on-board camera when a vehicle speed input thereto is equal to or higher than a predetermined vehicle speed; a selection unit that selects an accumulation removing unit adopting a first method among the accumulation removing units adopting the plurality of methods; and a removal decision unit that makes a decision, based upon the photographic image, as to whether or not the accumulation has been removed from the photographic lens through a removal operation performed by the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method, which has been selected by the selection unit, wherein: if the removal decision unit decides that the accumul
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: Clarion Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kiyohara, Kota Irie, Katsuyuki Nakamura, Shoji Muramatsu, Masayuki Takemura, Osamu Fukata, Yasuhisa Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9813593
    Abstract: It is possible to consider an image as a composite wave that is the result of layering waves having differing periods and amplitudes. An image captured via a lens having a water droplet attached thereto has a higher occurrence of changes such as image blur than an image that does not have a water droplet attached thereto, which means that this type of change in an image results in changes in the composite wave thereof as well. Provided is a lens dirtiness detection device that suitably determines whether a lens is dirty without being affected by a background image by: focusing on the occurrence of large changes in the composite wave of an image that accompany an increase in the dirtiness of a camera lens; extracting each of the image frequency components that constitute the composite wave; and analyzing changes in the magnitude relation between the frequency components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Akiyama, Katsuyuki Nakamura, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 9811742
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle surroundings recognition apparatus capable of enhancing a calculation accuracy of a relative position and a relative speed with respect to an object such as a pedestrian even in a case where the object cannot be detected accurately in some of the images obtained by performing image-capturing around a vehicle, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehito Ogata, Masahiro Kiyohara, Kota Irie, Masao Sakata, Yoshitaka Uchida
  • Patent number: 9811745
    Abstract: An approaching-object detection system detects an approaching object based on images captured by an imaging device. The approaching-object detection system comprises an extraction unit, a distortion correction unit, an object detection unit, and an approaching-object classification unit. The extraction unit extracts a partial image of one far side and a partial image of the other far side from each of the images. The distortion correction unit corrects distortion of the partial images. The object detection unit detects an object from the corrected partial images through pattern matching with reference to preinstalled image information on the object. The approaching-object classification unit classifies the detection result of the object detection unit as an approaching object or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Nakamura, Yasuhiro Akiyama, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 9804386
    Abstract: A camera device includes image capturing device, a lens cleaning device, an adhesion state assessment unit and a controller. The image capturing device is installed on a vehicle and has a lens for forming an image of the vehicle surroundings. The lens cleaning device cleans the lens by spraying a cleaning fluid on the lens in accordance with a predetermined lens cleaning step, in which at least a supply time for supplying cleaning fluid to the lens surface is predetermined. The adhesion state assessment unit is programmed to assess an adhesion state of contamination from a distribution of pixels corresponding to foreign matter adhered to the lens based on a captured image. The controller is programmed to extend the time until a time to start supplying the cleaning fluid in the lens cleaning step as the number of pixels corresponding to foreign matter adhered to the lens increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata, Masayuki Takemura, Masahiro Kiyohara, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 9773177
    Abstract: A surrounding environment recognition device includes: an image acquisition unit that obtains a photographic image from a camera for capturing, via a camera lens, an image of a surrounding environment around a mobile object; an image recognition unit that recognizes an object image of an object present in the surrounding environment based upon the photographic image obtained by the image acquisition unit; an accumulation detection unit that detects accumulation settled on the camera lens based upon the photographic image obtained by the image acquisition unit; a suspension decision-making unit that makes a decision, based upon detection results provided by the accumulation detection unit, whether or not to suspend operation of the image recognition unit; a tracking unit that detects a characteristic quantity in a tracking target image from a specific area in an image captured by the image acquisition unit for a reference frame, determines through calculation an estimated area where the characteristic quantity
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Masahiro Kiyohara, Kota Irie, Masao Sakata, Yoshitaka Uchida
  • Patent number: 9726883
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object detection has an image capturing device, an image conversion unit, a three-dimensional object detection unit, a three-dimensional object assessment unit, first and second foreign matter detection units and a controller. The image capturing device captures images rearward of a vehicle. The three-dimensional object detection unit detects three-dimensional objects based on image information. The three-dimensional object assessment unit assesses whether or not a detected three-dimensional object is another vehicle. The foreign matter detection units detect whether or not foreign matter has adhered to a lens based on the change over time in luminance values for each predetermined pixel of the image capturing element and the change over time in the difference between an evaluation value and a reference value. The controller outputs control commands to the other means to suppress the assessment of foreign matter as another vehicle when foreign matter has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Fukata, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Masayuki Takemura, Akira Utagawa, Masahiro Kiyohara, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie
  • Publication number: 20170220879
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus receives an input of a compressed image stream, extracts, from a block included in the input compressed image stream, predetermined compression encoded information representing a feature of a compressed image, and determines, based on the extracted predetermined compression encoded information, whether or not the block is a candidate block including at least a part of the specific object. The object detection apparatus identifies, in a decoded image decoded from the compressed image stream, a candidate region of a predetermined size including the candidate block, calculates a predetermined feature amount from image data of the candidate region, and determines, based on the calculated predetermined feature amount, whether or not the candidate region includes at least a part of the specific object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Katsuyuki NAKAMURA, Yasuhiro AKIYAMA, Kota IRIE, Yoshitaka UCHIDA, Kenji KATOU
  • Patent number: 9721169
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an image acquisition unit that obtains a photographic image of an area outside of a vehicle captured and output by a camera; a sun decision unit that calculates a sun position which indicates, at least, a solar elevation and makes a decision as to whether or not the solar elevation is equal to or lower than a predetermined elevation; an opacity detection unit that detects clouding of a lens surface of the camera; a vehicle detection unit that detects another vehicle, different from the vehicle, based upon image information of a first image area in the photographic image; and a control unit that suspends detection of the other vehicle by the vehicle detection unit if the opacity detection unit detects opacity in, at least, the first image area and the sun decision unit decides that the solar elevation is equal to or lower than the predetermined elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Clarion Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kiyohara, Katsuyuki Nakamura, Masayuki Takemura, Kota Irie, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata
  • Patent number: 9713984
    Abstract: A lens provided on a surface of a vehicle-mounted camera has a problem that a field of view becomes undesirable because small water droplets caused by fog, light rain and others adhere and scatter incident light. In the vehicle-mounted camera provided on a periphery of a vehicle, a hydrophilic film made of silicon dioxide particles and binder is provided on the lens surface, a mean particle diameter of silicon dioxide particles dispersed on the lens side of the hydrophilic film is larger than a mean particle diameter of silicon dioxide particles on the side in contact with air space outside the vehicle-mounted camera. The mean particle diameter on the side affixed to the lens side out of the silicon dioxide particles is 40 to 100 nm, and the mean particle diameter on the side in contact with air space is 10 to 15 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sasaki, Kota Irie, Hayato Tsuchihashi
  • Publication number: 20170140227
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a surrounding environment recognition device that presents to a user a sensing-enabled range that varies depending on a contamination state of a lens. The present invention is characterized by comprising: an image-capturing unit that acquires an image; an application execution unit that executes an application for recognizing an object to be recognized from the image; a lens state diagnosis unit that diagnoses the lens state of a camera on the basis of the image; a sensing range determination unit that determines a sensing-enabled range allowing the sensing of the object to be recognized with the lens state diagnosed by the lens state diagnosis unit when the application is executed, and a sensing-disabled range not enabling the sensing of the object to be recognized; and a notification control unit that notifies the sensing-enabled range of the sensing range determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki TAKEMURA, Masahiro KIYOHARA, Kota IRIE, Masao SAKATA, Yoshitaka UCHIDA
  • Patent number: 9616856
    Abstract: A turbidity degree calculating unit calculates a degree of the white turbidity U on a surface of the lens based on a brightness gradient g of an image I (x, y), and a lens cleaning control unit sets a lens cleaning mode for spraying at least one of the cleaning fluid and the compressed air, which is performed by the lens cleaning unit, based on the calculated turbidity degree U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kota Irie, Shoji Muramatsu, Masayuki Takemura, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata, Akira Utagawa