Patents by Inventor Mitsuharu Mano

Mitsuharu Mano 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: 20210231284
    Abstract: A lamp unit and a camera are disposed in a lamp housing including a translucent cover, and an aiming adjustment of the camera is enabled. The camera is provided with a lens hood for preventing light emitted from the lamp unit from being incident on the camera. The lens hood has a required gap with respect to the translucent cover and allows the camera to tilt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba
  • Patent number: 11040649
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor includes a first light source for short-distance irradiation and a first camera for short-distance imaging mounted on one headlamp of a pair of left and right headlamps provided in a vehicle, and a second light source for long-distance irradiation and a second camera for long-distance imaging mounted on the other headlamp of the pair of left and right headlamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Mano
  • Patent number: 10953813
    Abstract: A vehicle image acquisition device includes a RGB light source unit having a red light source configured to emit red light, a green light source configured to emit green light, and a blue light source configured to emit blue light, the RGB light source unit being configured to emit respective color light at a predetermined light emission period in a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to capture reflected light returning from a target distance area at an imaging timing set according to the target distance area, and to acquire a plurality of captured images having different target distance areas, a timing controller configured to control light emission period of the respective color light and the imaging timing; and an image processor configured to combine the captured images each acquired by the respective color light to generate a color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Namba, Mitsuharu Mano, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 10940798
    Abstract: A camera monitor system includes: a capturing device; a displaying device; a detecting device detecting at least one of a state of an engine switch of a vehicle, a state of an engine, a state of a gear shift, an open/closed state of a door, and a seated state of a driver; and a control device controlling consumed power by the capturing device and the displaying device on the basis of at least one type of detection output of the detecting device. The control device controls at least one of the capturing device and the displaying device to a low power consumption state when a specified time elapses since the detection output of the detecting device is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Kosuke Mitani, Naoki Tatara
  • Patent number: 10933809
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle lamp lighting control device which ensures proper lighting control of a lamp even when an abnormality occurs in the lamp or a camera. The vehicle lamp lighting control device includes a plurality of lamps (L-HL, R-HL) mounted on a vehicle, and each of the lamps includes a lamp unit (2) for illuminating a required region, an imaging unit (4) for imaging the required region, and a lamp control unit (5) for controlling lighting of the lamp unit (2) based on a captured image. When one lamp of the plurality of lamps is abnormal, the lamp control unit (5) of another lamp controls lighting of at least one normal lamp unit (2) of the plurality of lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takenori Wama, Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba
  • Publication number: 20210055395
    Abstract: An aiming adjustment method for adjusting a posture of a vehicle lamp provided with a LIDAR device includes: providing a screen in front of the LIDAR device; detecting a state of a surface of the screen by the LIDAR device; detecting an angular error of the posture of the vehicle lamp based on a detection signal indicating the detected state of the surface; and correcting the posture of the vehicle lamp based on the angular error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Mano
  • Patent number: 10919435
    Abstract: A light distribution control system for a headlight includes: headlights arranged in a pair on a left side and a right side of a vehicle; a detector configured to detect information of a front vehicle that is present in a front area of the vehicle; and a light distribution controller configured to set and control each of the headlights based on the information of the front vehicle detected by the detector. The detector is arranged in one of the headlights, the light distribution controller corrects light distribution of the other of the headlights based on a difference in arrangement positions of the detector and the other of the headlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Mano
  • Publication number: 20200369200
    Abstract: A vehicle detecting device includes a region setting unit that sets a plurality of regions of interest having different ranges on image data acquired from an image capturing device that captures an image of a space in front of a host vehicle; and a vehicle determining unit that determines, for each of the regions of interest, presence of a front vehicle based on a luminous point present in the region and that executes a determination at different frequencies in the respective regions of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu ENDO, Mitsuharu MANO, Takanori NAMBA, Masayasu ITO
  • Publication number: 20200361375
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an identification unit that identifies whether an attribute of a first light spot included in image information capturing a scenery in front of a vehicle is a facility related to a road, by referring to first feature information on the first light spot calculated by referring to the image information; and a storage unit that stores the first feature information when the attribute of the first light spot is identified as a facility related to the road. The identification unit identifies whether an attribute of a second light spot included in the image information is a facility related to the road, by using the first feature information stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu MANO
  • Publication number: 20200271786
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor includes a first light source for short-distance irradiation and a first camera for short-distance imaging mounted on one headlamp of a pair of left and right headlamps provided in a vehicle, and a second light source for long-distance irradiation and a second camera for long-distance imaging mounted on the other headlamp of the pair of left and right headlamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu MANO
  • Publication number: 20200236338
    Abstract: A first left camera unit (1025) is accommodated in a left lamp chamber and has a first angle of view (?1). A second left camera unit (1026) is accommodated in the left lamp chamber and has a second angle of view (?2) that is wider than the first angle of view (?1). A first right camera unit (1035) is accommodated in a right lamp chamber and has a third angle of view (?3). A second right camera unit (1036) is accommodated in the right lamp chamber and has a fourth angle of view (?4) that is wider than the third angle of view (?3). An image recognizer (1043) is configured to perform image recognition based on a left image that is selected one of a first left image acquired by the first left camera unit (1025) and a second left image acquired by the second left camera unit (1026), and based on a right image that is selected one of a first right image acquired by the first right camera unit (1035) and a second right image acquired by the second right camera unit (1036).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Mitani, Takanori Namba, Mitsuharu Mano
  • Patent number: 10611305
    Abstract: A camera monitor system includes: left and right capturing devices; left and right displaying devices; and a control device detecting an abnormality of each of the left and right capturing devices and controlling a displaying state of each of the left and right displaying devices based on the detected abnormality. The control device individually controls each of the left and right displaying devices to be in a low power consumption state in accordance with a mode of the detected abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Kosuke Mitani, Naoki Tatara
  • Publication number: 20200055440
    Abstract: A light distribution control system for a headlight includes: headlights arranged in a pair on a left side and a right side of a vehicle; a detector configured to detect information of a front vehicle that is present in a front area of the vehicle; and a light distribution controller configured to set and control each of the headlights based on the information of the front vehicle detected by the detector. The detector is arranged in one of the headlights, the light distribution controller corrects light distribution of the other of the headlights based on a difference in arrangement positions of the detector and the other of the headlights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Mano
  • Publication number: 20190359131
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle lamp lighting control device which ensures proper lighting control of a lamp even when an abnormality occurs in the lamp or a camera. The vehicle lamp lighting control device includes a plurality of lamps (L-HL, R-HL) mounted on a vehicle, and each of the lamps includes a lamp unit (2) for illuminating a required region, an imaging unit (4) for imaging the required region, and a lamp control unit (5) for controlling lighting of the lamp unit (2) based on a captured image. When one lamp of the plurality of lamps is abnormal, the lamp control unit (5) of another lamp controls lighting of at least one normal lamp unit (2) of the plurality of lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takenori WAMA, Mitsuharu MANO, Takanori NAMBA
  • Patent number: 10279726
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular lamp including a main lamp unit, a sub lamp unit, and an imaging unit disposed in a lamp housing and configured to perform a light distribution control of the main lamp unit based on an image captured by the imaging unit. The sub lamp unit is disposed between the imaging unit and the main lamp unit. Light emitted from the main lamp unit is shaded by the sub lamp unit and suppressed from being incident on the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takenori Wama, Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba
  • Publication number: 20190025432
    Abstract: A vehicle image acquisition device includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulsed light in a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to capture reflected light returning from a target distance area at an imaging timing set according to the target distance area and acquire a plurality of captured images having different target distances, and a timing control unit configured to control light emission period of the pulsed light and the imaging timing. The light emitting unit includes a first light source for short-distance irradiation and a second light source for long-distance irradiation, and the image acquisition unit is configured by a single camera configured to capture a range irradiated by each of the first light source and the second light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Mano
  • Publication number: 20190016274
    Abstract: A vehicle image acquisition device includes a RGB light source unit having a red light source configured to emit red light, a green light source configured to emit green light, and a blue light source configured to emit blue light, the RGB light source unit being configured to emit respective color light at a predetermined light emission period in a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to capture reflected light returning from a target distance area at an imaging timing set according to the target distance area, and to acquire a plurality of captured images having different target distance areas, a timing controller configured to control light emission period of the respective color light and the imaging timing; and an image processor configured to combine the captured images each acquired by the respective color light to generate a color image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Namba, Mitsuharu Mano, Masayasu Ito
  • Publication number: 20190004149
    Abstract: An image acquiring apparatus for a vehicle includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulse light to a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of different images of target distance ranges by imaging reflected light returning from the target distance ranges at imaging timings set according to the target distance ranges, and a timing controller configured to control a light emission cycle of the pulse light and the imaging timings. The timing controller is configured to control at least one of the light emission cycle and the imaging timing such that among different target distance ranges, a range of a specific distance necessary for object recognition is imaged with luminance higher than that for ranges other than the range of the specific distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu MANO, Takanori NAMBA, Osamu ENDO, Masayasu ITO
  • Publication number: 20190004150
    Abstract: An image acquiring apparatus for a vehicle includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulse light to a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of different images of target distance ranges by imaging reflected light returning from the target distance ranges at imaging timings set according to the target distance ranges, and a timing controller configured to control a light emission cycle of the pulse light and the imaging timings. The timing controller is configured to set a light emission interval time to be longer than a delay time which is a time from a light emission start time point of the light emitting unit to an imaging start time point of the image acquisition unit and is required to image a longest-distance range of the target distance ranges from which the reflected light can be imaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba, Osamu Endo, Masayasu Ito, Yuji Higashi
  • Publication number: 20180372869
    Abstract: An image acquiring apparatus for a vehicle includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulse light to a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of different images of target distance ranges by imaging reflected light returning from the target distance ranges at imaging timings set according to the target distance ranges, and a timing controller configured to control a light emission cycle of the pulse light and the imaging timings. The timing controller is configured to control the light emission cycle and the imaging timings such that the light emission cycle and the imaging timings are modulated by random numbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Namba, Masayasu Ito, Mitsuharu Mano