Patents by Inventor Michael Schaffner

Michael Schaffner 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: 20210001775
    Abstract: A method for stitching image data captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes equipping a vehicle with a vehicular vision system having a control and a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect and track an object present in and moving within an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a feature of a detected and tracked object as captured by the first camera and the feature of the detected and tracked object as captured by the second camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10873682
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing cameras for a vehicular vision system includes providing camera control signals to the cameras from the ECU via respective links from the ECU to the cameras. At least two of the cameras are in communication with a hub via respective links, and the ECU is in communication with the hub via a hub link. The camera control signals are provided to one camera via a link between the ECU and the camera, and are provided to at least two other cameras via the hub link and respective links between the hub and the other cameras. The camera control signals regulate timing of the respective camera via starting the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing. Image data is captured by each camera and provided to the ECU via the respective link or links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 10780827
    Abstract: A method for stitching images captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes disposing a plurality of cameras at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a characteristic of a feature of a detected object as captured by the first camera and the characteristic of the feature of the detected object as captured by the second camera in order to mitigate misalignment of stitched images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20200177770
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing cameras for a vehicular vision system includes providing camera control signals to the cameras from the ECU via respective links from the ECU to the cameras. At least two of the cameras are in communication with a hub via respective links, and the ECU is in communication with the hub via a hub link. The camera control signals are provided to one camera via a link between the ECU and the camera, and are provided to at least two other cameras via the hub link and respective links between the hub and the other cameras. The camera control signals regulate timing of the respective camera via starting the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing. Image data is captured by each camera and provided to the ECU via the respective link or links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20200101899
    Abstract: A method for stitching images captured by multiple vehicular cameras includes disposing a plurality of cameras at the vehicle so as to have respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. Image data captured by first and second cameras of the plurality of cameras is processed to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of the first and second cameras. Image data captured by the first and second cameras is stitched, via processing provided captured image data, to form stitched images. Stitching of captured image data is adjusted responsive to determination of a difference between a characteristic of a feature of a detected object as captured by the first camera and the characteristic of the feature of the detected object as captured by the second camera in order to mitigate misalignment of stitched images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10560610
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing cameras with an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicular vision system includes providing camera control signals to the cameras from the ECU via respective links from the ECU to the cameras, with the camera control signals regulating timing of the respective camera to be synchronous with reference timing of the ECU. The timing regulation of the cameras includes starting the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing and holding the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing. Image data is captured with each camera and provided to the ECU via the respective link. Image data captured by at least one of the cameras may be processed to detect an object present exterior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 10486596
    Abstract: A dynamic image stitching system for stitching images captured by cameras of a vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. The field of view of each side camera partially overlaps the field of view of a front camera and partially overlaps the field of view of a rear camera. Image data captured by the plurality of cameras is processed at a processor to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of two cameras. The processor stitches, via a stitching algorithm, image data captured by the cameras. The processor adjusts the stitching algorithm responsive to a determination of a difference between a characteristic of the feature as captured by one of the two cameras and the characteristic of the feature as captured by another of the two cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Publication number: 20190158706
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing cameras with an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicular vision system includes providing camera control signals to the cameras from the ECU via respective links from the ECU to the cameras, with the camera control signals regulating timing of the respective camera to be synchronous with reference timing of the ECU. The timing regulation of the cameras includes starting the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing and holding the camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing. Image data is captured with each camera and provided to the ECU via the respective link. Image data captured by at least one of the cameras may be processed to detect an object present exterior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20190143896
    Abstract: A dynamic image stitching system for stitching images captured by cameras of a vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior the vehicle. The field of view of each side camera partially overlaps the field of view of a front camera and partially overlaps the field of view of a rear camera. Image data captured by the plurality of cameras is processed at a processor to detect an object present in an overlapping portion of the fields of view of two cameras. The processor stitches, via a stitching algorithm, image data captured by the cameras. The processor adjusts the stitching algorithm responsive to a determination of a difference between a characteristic of the feature as captured by one of the two cameras and the characteristic of the feature as captured by another of the two cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10179543
    Abstract: A dynamic image stitching system for stitching images captured by multiple cameras of a vision system of a vehicle includes a first camera disposed at a vehicle and having a first field of view exterior the vehicle and a second camera disposed at the vehicle and having a second field of view exterior the vehicle. The first and second fields of view at least partially overlap. A processor is operable to process image data captured by the first and second cameras. The processor processes captured image data to determine characteristics of features or objects present in the overlapping region of the first and second fields of view. The processor is operable to adjust a stitching algorithm responsive to a determination of a difference between a characteristic of a feature as captured by the first camera and the characteristic of the feature as captured by the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Rathi, Hilda Faraji, Nikhil Gupta, Christian Traub, Michael Schaffner, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10171709
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and being operable to capture frames of image data. Image data captured by each of the cameras is provided to an ECU via an ETHERNET link from the respective camera to the ECU. At least one control signal for controlling operation of each camera is provided from the ECU to the respective camera via the respective ETHERNET link. Image data captured by at least one of the cameras is processed at the ECU to detect an object present exterior of the equipped vehicle, wherein the object is a vehicle that is approaching the equipped vehicle and that is traveling in a traffic lane adjacent to a traffic lane in which the equipped vehicle is traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 10072453
    Abstract: A vehicle door control system includes a camera disposed at a portion of the vehicle and having a field of view that encompasses a region exterior of the vehicle that is swept by a door of the vehicle as the door is opened and closed via a powered door opening/closing system of the vehicle. An image processor is operable to process image data captured by the camera to detect an object present in the region that is swept by the door when the door is opening and to determine if the door may collide with the detected object when the door is being opened. During opening of the door and responsive to determination of a potential collision of the opening door with the detected object, the vehicle door control system positions the door at a partially open position whereby a gap is established between the door and the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 10025994
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes an image sensor operable to capture image data and an image processor operable to process frames of captured image data. The image processor is operable to detect edges or corners in the captured images. The image processor is operable to determine a number of edges detected in individual frames of captured image data. The vision system adjusts a sensitivity of the image processor responsive to the determined number of edges detected in at least one frame of captured image data. The image processor may detect up to a selected maximum number of edges in a frame of captured image data, and the vision system may adjust the sensitivity of the image processor so that the determined number of edges detected in a subsequent frame of captured image data is at or near the selected maximum number of edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20180191928
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and being operable to capture frames of image data. Image data captured by each of the cameras is provided to an ECU via an ETHERNET link from the respective camera to the ECU. At least one control signal for controlling operation of each camera is provided from the ECU to the respective camera via the respective ETHERNET link. Image data captured by at least one of the cameras is processed at the ECU to detect an object present exterior of the equipped vehicle, wherein the object is a vehicle that is approaching the equipped vehicle and that is traveling in a traffic lane adjacent to a traffic lane in which the equipped vehicle is traveling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 9912841
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and being operable to capture frames of image data. Image data captured by each of the first camera is provided to an ECU via a respective ETHERNET link from the respective camera to the ECU. Control signals controlling operation of each camera are provided from the ECU to the respective camera via the respective ETHERNET link. Each camera receives from the ECU via the respective ETHERNET link a camera control signal that regulates timing of the respective camera to be synchronous with reference timing of the ECU. Regulation of timing of each camera includes starting the respective camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing and holding the respective camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 9766321
    Abstract: A radio frequency locator system and method. First, second and third reference devices are operable to transmit a plurality of spread spectrum chirp signals frequency offset from one another. An object device is operable to receive the plurality of spread spectrum chirp signals, the object device is further operable to evaluate the received plurality of spread spectrum chirp signals for relative phase shifts between the plurality of spread spectrum chirp signals and derive a fine propagation time between the reference devices and the object device using the phase shifts between the spread spectrum chirp signals. The reference devices determine their location independent of the object device and determine the location of the object device as a function of each of their locations and of their range to the object device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Schwartz, Terry Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 9628807
    Abstract: A radio frequency receiver for receiving an interleaved single carrier chirp spread spectrum signal based on a chirp sequence includes: a demodulator configured to receive, demodulate, and digitize a modulated radio frequency (RF) signal to form a digital baseband signal; and a signal decoder configured to: despread the digital baseband signal by at least: buffering signal data into blocks of L samples; multiplying the blocks of data with a conjugate of the chirp sequence to form a result; and performing a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) on the result; equalize data from the FFT to form N data values, where N is the number of subchannels; transform the N data values into N demodulation symbols via an N-point inverse Fourier transform; and decode the demodulation symbols to form codec symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Michael Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20170048424
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and being operable to capture frames of image data. Image data captured by each of the first camera is provided to an ECU via a respective ETHERNET link from the respective camera to the ECU. Control signals controlling operation of each camera are provided from the ECU to the respective camera via the respective ETHERNET link. Each camera receives from the ECU via the respective ETHERNET link a camera control signal that regulates timing of the respective camera to be synchronous with reference timing of the ECU. Regulation of timing of each camera includes starting the respective camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing and holding the respective camera synchronous to the ECU reference timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Schaffner
  • Patent number: 9565414
    Abstract: Approaches are described for generating a multiview autostereoscopic image from a stereo three-dimensional input image pair. A stereo to multiview rendering system receives a stereo three-dimensional image including a left image and a right image at a first view position and a second view position, respectively. The system generates a first input warp and a second input warp that maps the left image and the right image to a third and fourth positions, respectively, where the third and fourth positions lie between the first and second view positions. The system generates a plurality of output warps based on the first warp and the second warp. The system resamples each output warp in the plurality of output warps to create a plurality of partial output images. The system interleaves the plurality of partial output images to generate a composite output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Pierre Greisen, Simon Heinzle, Michael Schaffner, Frank Ka{hacek over (g)}an G├╝rkaynak
  • Publication number: 20170030136
    Abstract: A vehicle door control system includes a camera disposed at a portion of the vehicle and having a field of view that encompasses a region exterior of the vehicle that is swept by a door of the vehicle as the door is opened and closed via a powered door opening/closing system of the vehicle. An image processor is operable to process image data captured by the camera to detect an object present in the region that is swept by the door when the door is opening and to determine if the door may collide with the detected object when the door is being opened. During opening of the door and responsive to determination of a potential collision of the opening door with the detected object, the vehicle door control system positions the door at a partially open position whereby a gap is established between the door and the detected object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Michael Schaffner