Patents by Inventor Masakazu Nomura

Masakazu Nomura 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: 10459969
    Abstract: Each of vehicles acquires its own position, and transmits an image of a nearby outside taken by an own camera and a piece of information of the own position. An information center communicatable wirelessly with the vehicles receives the images and the pieces of information of the vehicles' positions transmitted by the vehicles, and recognizes pieces of first character information appearing in the received images, respectively. Based on the received pieces of information of the vehicles' positions as well as at least either points of interest or areas stored as collection target information, the information center determines at least either points of interest or areas for the recognized pieces of first character information, respectively, and stores association information where the pieces of first character information are associated with the determined at least either points of interest or areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masakazu Nomura
  • Patent number: 10417487
    Abstract: A pattern recognition apparatus extracts a feature amount of each of a plurality of pixels included in an input image, and calculates, for each of the plurality of pixels, a degree of matching between the feature amount of the pixel and the feature amount of each of one or more pixels included in a peripheral area of the pixel. Then, the pattern recognition apparatus estimates a position of each of a plurality of objects to be recognized by voting for one or more of the plurality of objects to be recognized from each of the plurality of pixels based on the extracted feature amount and the calculated degree of matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Nomura, Masakazu Matsugu
  • Patent number: 10417666
    Abstract: A digital signage control device includes: a traffic condition related information acquiring unit configured to acquire the traffic condition related information on traffic conditions near each of a plurality of digital signages; and a display control unit configured to: cause the plurality of digital signages to display advertisement information, and switch a digital signage on which the advertisement information is displayed among the plurality of digital signages based on traffic condition related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakazu Nomura, Masato Endo, Naoki Yamamuro
  • Publication number: 20190237280
    Abstract: A rotary encoder includes a shaft and an encoder mechanism that holds the shaft in a rotatably inserted state and detects a rotation direction and a rotation angle of the shaft. The encoder mechanism includes a substrate that rotatably holds the shaft, an insulator portion and a resistor portion provided on one surface of the substrate and alternately provided in the rotation direction of the shaft, a rotor attached to the shaft so as to be integrally rotatable with the shaft, and a slider that is attached to the rotor and alternately slidably contacts the insulator portion and the resistor portion by rotation of the shaft. The insulator portion includes a base material made of a resin, spherical silica, and a fluororesin filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi MARUSAWA, Yoshiaki NOMURA, Hiroyuki KISHISHITA, Masakazu MURATA
  • Patent number: 10353695
    Abstract: A software management system for a vehicle, including a vehicle and a management server, includes: an update necessity determination portion configured to determine whether or not an update is required in terms of software installed in the vehicle and related to a driving support function; and a restriction portion configured to turn on a control flag of the driving support function when it is determined that the update is required, and also configured to turn off the control flag when the update is permitted by a user and the software related to the driving support function is updated. The software management system starts to restrict an operation of the driving support function at a predetermined timing while the control flag is in an ON state, and resets the restriction at a timing when the control flag is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Endo, Takashi Kojima, Shintaro Iwaasa, Naoki Yamamuro, Daishi Terato, Masakazu Nomura, Shinichiro Fujii
  • Publication number: 20190075426
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a vehicle movement history information storage unit that stores vehicle movement history information concerning a movement history including position information and clock time information of each of a plurality of vehicles, a terminal movement history information storage unit that stores terminal movement history information concerning a movement history including position information and clock time information of each of a plurality of mobile terminals, and a vehicle specifying unit that specifies one or more vehicles having a possibility of being boarded by a user of each mobile terminal, from among the vehicles, based on the vehicle movement history information and the terminal movement history information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20190050906
    Abstract: A digital signage control device includes: a display controller configured to display predetermined information on a digital signage disposed around a predetermined road; a target vehicle detector configured to detect a vehicle located in a predetermined range on the road; and a work load information acquisition unit configured to acquire work load information regarding a work load state of an occupant of the vehicle. The predetermined range on the road is a range in which the occupant of the vehicle visually recognizes the digital signage. The display controller changes the amount of predetermined information to be displayed on the digital signage according to the work load information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20190050907
    Abstract: A digital signage control device includes: a traffic condition related information acquiring unit configured to acquire the traffic condition related information on traffic conditions near each of a plurality of digital signages; and a display control unit configured to: cause the plurality of digital signages to display advertisement information, and switch a digital signage on which the advertisement information is displayed among the plurality of digital signages based on traffic condition related information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20190050905
    Abstract: An information providing device includes: a target vehicle detecting unit configured to detect a vehicle which is located near an information display object displaying information; and an information providing unit configured to provide information related to the information displayed on the information display object to at least one of a user in the vehicle and a user who is likely to be in the vehicle when the vehicle detected by the target vehicle detecting unit has passed near the information display object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20190051287
    Abstract: An information providing device includes: an utterance contents acquiring unit configured to acquire contents of utterance; a feature word extracting unit configured to extract a feature word; an utterance-time information acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a position or a destination of the vehicle when the feature word has been uttered; an utterance number counting unit configured to count the number of times of utterance of each of a plurality of different words for each of position indicators; a current information acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a position or a destination of a predetermined target vehicle; and an information providing unit configured to provide information to the user based on the counting results of the position indicator corresponding to the position of the target vehicle or the destination indicator corresponding to the destination of the target vehicle from the utterance number counting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20190050656
    Abstract: A digital signage control device includes a display controller that displays information on a digital signage installed in the vicinity of a predetermined road, a target vehicle detector that detects a target vehicle located in a predetermined range on the road in which an occupant visually recognizes the digital signage, and a visual recognition frequency information acquisition unit that acquires visual recognition frequency information on a frequency at which the occupant of the target vehicle visually recognizes the information on the digital signage. The display controller changes content of information to be displayed on the digital signage according to the visual recognition frequency information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu NOMURA, Masato ENDO, Naoki YAMAMURO
  • Publication number: 20180172465
    Abstract: A user guidance system includes a departure point acquisition unit that acquires departure point information, a destination acquisition unit that acquires destination information, a candidate route generation unit that generates a plurality of candidate routes, a point resource acquisition unit that acquires point resource information, a desire information acquisition unit that acquires desire information indicating a via point desired by the attraction desirer, a non-desire information acquisition unit that acquires non-desire information indicating a via point not desired by the attraction desirer, a point calculation unit that calculates a point that is imparted to the candidate route, or a via route or the via point included in the candidate route, and a point providing unit that provides point information indicating the point that is imparted to the candidate route or the via point included in the candidate route to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA Connected Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu NOMURA
  • Publication number: 20170308551
    Abstract: Each of vehicles acquires its own position, and transmits an image of a nearby outside taken by an own camera and a piece of information of the own position. An information center communicatable wirelessly with the vehicles receives the images and the pieces of information of the vehicles' positions transmitted by the vehicles, and recognizes pieces of first character information appearing in the received images, respectively. Based on the received pieces of information of the vehicles' positions as well as at least either points of interest or areas stored as collection target information, the information center determines at least either points of interest or areas for the recognized pieces of first character information, respectively, and stores association information where the pieces of first character information are associated with the determined at least either points of interest or areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicants: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Media Service Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Nomura
  • Publication number: 20170307398
    Abstract: A surrounding information collection system requests a vehicle to transmit surrounding information, and stores the surrounding information transmitted from the vehicle in response to the request. The surrounding information collection system requests a vehicle to transmit surrounding information, the vehicle acquiring the surrounding information having accuracy greater than a threshold calculated based on accuracy of the stored surrounding information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro IWAASA, Takashi KOJIMA, Naoki YAMAMURO, Masato ENDO, Daishi TERATO, Masakazu NOMURA, Shinichiro FUJII
  • Publication number: 20170262277
    Abstract: A software management system for a vehicle, including a vehicle and a management server, includes: an update necessity determination portion configured to determine whether or not an update is required in terms of software installed in the vehicle and related to a driving support function; and a restriction portion configured to turn on a control flag of the driving support function when it is determined that the update is required, and also configured to turn off the control flag when the update is permitted by a user and the software related to the driving support function is updated. The software management system starts to restrict an operation of the driving support function at a predetermined timing while the control flag is in an ON state, and resets the restriction at a timing when the control flag is turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato ENDO, Takashi KOJIMA, Shintaro IWAASA, Naoki YAMAMURO, Daishi TERATO, Masakazu NOMURA, Shinichiro FUJII
  • Publication number: 20160319787
    Abstract: A fuel distribution/supply device includes a high-pressure fuel storage portion (5) which stores a fuel in a high-pressure state in order to supply the fuel to a plurality of fuel injection devices (4) and a plurality of cup portions (6) which airtightly keeps each fuel injection device (4) and supplies the fuel stored in the high-pressure fuel storage portion (5) to each fuel injection device (4), the cup portion (6) includes a seal portion (13) which is provided with an airtight keeping surface (10) airtightly keeping each fuel injection device (4) and a cup body (14) which is bonded to the high-pressure fuel storage portion (5) and is provided with a seal portion insertion hole (18) being inserted with the seal portion (13), and the seal portion (13) and the cup body (14) are formed as separate members and are bonded to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Kohei UDAGAWA, Masakazu NOMURA
  • Patent number: 9004542
    Abstract: A pipe fastening structure includes an end member attached to an end part of a metal pipe, and a nut for fastening the end member attached to the metal pipe to a counterpart. In the pipe fastening structure, the end member has a first spherical part to be brought into contact with a sealing surface of the counterpart, a second spherical part formed integrally with the first spherical part so as to be in contact with a sliding surface formed in the nut, and a neck continuous with the second spherical part and having the shape of a straight pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sanoh Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Toyoshima, Kazumi Miura, Masakazu Nomura
  • Patent number: 8029654
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a complex material in which an ion conduction film is curved and deformed when a potential difference is applied, which is operated at small electric power, has a large deformation amount, quick response performances, large degree of freedom in shape, and is easy in control of deformation, while having strength and durability necessary for practical use and being excellent in an economical aspect. A conductive cloth (preferably having stretchability), which is made conductive through plating of metal on a cloth or metal complex implantation, is joined as an electrode to both surfaces of the ion conduction film (the film in which an ion exchange film or ion liquid is immersed) made of a fluororesin and the like. When the potential difference is applied, the ion conduction film is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Seiren Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Takagi, Masakazu Nomura, Eiichi Shoji, Kazuyuki Murase
  • Publication number: 20110121563
    Abstract: A pipe fastening structure includes an end member 16 attached to an end part of a metal pipe 10, and a nut 12 for fastening the end member 16 attached to the metal pipe 10 to a counterpart 14. In the pipe fastening structure, the end member has a first spherical part 20 to be brought into contact with a sealing surface 27 of the counterpart 14, a second spherical part 21 formed integrally with the first spherical part 20 so as to be in contact with a sliding surface 25 formed in the nut 12, and a neck 18 continuous with the second spherical part 21 and having the shape of a straight pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Hideki Toyoshima, Kazumi Miura, Masakazu Nomura
  • Publication number: 20070275875
    Abstract: Provided are novel colon cancer preventives, and digestible food/drink additives and health supplements which not only are effective in body weight control and constipation prevention/treatment, but also have the action of accelerating the intestinal absorption of minerals. Sericin or it's hydrolyzed product is used as a colon cancer preventive, food/drink additive or health supplement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Masahiro Sasaki, Hideyuki Yamada, Masakazu Nomura