Patents by Inventor Mitsuo Shimotani

Mitsuo Shimotani 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: 20190270458
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to implement, at a low hardware cost, a device that changes an autonomous driving control parameter whose step size is variably set. An autonomous driving control parameter changing device according to the present invention includes, a gesture operation acquisition unit that acquires information on a gesture operation for moving the operation target icon, a parameter changing unit that changes the autonomous driving control parameter in an increase or decrease direction defined in association with a movement direction in which the operation target icon is moved, and a step size setting unit that variably sets a step size based on a predetermined condition, the step size corresponding to an amount of change in the autonomous driving control parameter made by the parameter changing unit per occurrence of the gesture operation, and the change operation screen includes a display of the step size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Yoshitaka NAKAMURA, Tadashi MIYAHARA, Naohiko OBATA, Tsutomu MATSUBARA
  • Publication number: 20190263427
    Abstract: An automatic driving control plan creator creates a plan of an automatic driving section where a subject vehicle is automatically driven, and a plan of a driving switching preparation section for switching the subject vehicle from automatic driving to manual driving. A driving load calculator predicts, for each point of the driving switching preparation section, a driving load applied to a driver when the driver manually drives the subject vehicle. A driving switching permission determiner extracts, from the driving switching preparation section, a switching-inhibited section that is a section where switching from automatic driving to manual driving is not permitted, on the basis of the predicted driving load at each point. A driving switching preparation section compensator changes a start point of the driving switching preparation section so as to lengthen the driving switching preparation section in accordance with the length of the switching-inhibited section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori UENO, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Yoshitaka NAKAMURA, Naohiko OBATA, Tadashi MIYAHARA, Tomohiro SHIINO
  • Publication number: 20190263263
    Abstract: A display control apparatus controls a display used in a vehicle which can travel with automatic driving. The display control apparatus includes an information acquirer and a controller. The information acquirer acquires information of a travel control plan generated by an automatic driving control device of the vehicle. The controller acquires a future position which is a position of the vehicle after an elapse of a predetermined time from a current position of the vehicle from a future movement of the vehicle planned by the travel control plan, and controls the display so that a user is visually provided with the future position of the vehicle by overlapping a vehicle object which is a display object imitating a vehicle shape with a landscape relating to the future position which is acquired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Yoshitaka NAKAMURA, Tadashi MIYAHARA, Naohiko OBATA
  • Patent number: 10387019
    Abstract: This relates to a technology capable of efficiently deciding a screen layer to which a user input event should be delivered even when screen layers that do not receive the user input event are displayed in an overlapping manner other than a screen layer that should receive the user input event. A user interface device includes an acquisition unit, a transmission unit, a determination unit, and a decision unit. On the basis of inquiry information from the transmission unit, the determination unit concurrently determines, for a plurality of screen layers, whether input information is accepted in each of the screen layers. The decision unit decides the screen layer based on a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kitamura, Kohei Tanaka, Mitsuo Shimotani, Yukio Goto, Akira Toyooka
  • Patent number: 10365119
    Abstract: In a map display apparatus, a display processor causes a display to display a map based on map information. A priority object setting unit determines a priority object having higher priority than other objects contained in the map. A scroll processor scrolls the map displayed on the display in step with a scroll operation performed by a user. In a case where the priority object is located outside the map displayed on the display, the operating feel controller adds directivity to an operating feel imparted to the scroll operation in such a manner that a scroll operation for scrolling the map toward the priority object and a scroll operation for scrolling the map in any other direction arouse different operating feels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Wakayanagi, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Publication number: 20190228735
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that prevents excessive determination that control in a display control apparatus is abnormal. The display control apparatus includes an image acquisition unit, an image transmitter, and a controller. The controller determines, whenever necessary, on the basis of a second image that is output from the image transmitter and check data that is acquired in the image acquisition unit, whether the control in the display control apparatus is abnormal. The controller stops the determination until a predetermined time elapses from a first time point, the predetermined time being equal to or greater than a time from the first time point at which the check data is input to the controller to a second time point at which the second image is input to the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei TANAKA, Shota YAMAMOTO, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI
  • Publication number: 20190197985
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for preventing excessive determination that control in a display control apparatus is abnormal. A control test apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a controller. The controller determines, whenever necessary, on the basis of a second image that is output from the display control apparatus and first test data that is acquired in the acquisition unit, whether the control in the display control apparatus over the display apparatus is abnormal. The controller stops the determination until a predetermined time elapses from a first time point, the predetermined time being equal to or greater than a time from the first time point at which the first test data is input to the controller to a second time point at which the second image is input to the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei TANAKA, Haruhiko WAKAYANAGI, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI
  • Patent number: 10304334
    Abstract: A travel planning device includes: a subject vehicle information acquisition unit that acquires subject vehicle information including a scheduled travel route and a scheduled departure time of a subject vehicle; an other vehicle information acquisition unit that acquires other vehicle information including information by which it is possible to predict scheduled travel routes of a plurality of other vehicles and a scheduled passage time through each point on the scheduled travel routes; and a travel plan calculator that calculates a travel plan of the subject vehicle based on the subject vehicle information and the other vehicle information. The travel plan calculator divides the scheduled travel route of the subject vehicle into manual driving sections and following travel sections, and selects the leading vehicle of each following travel section from among the plurality of other vehicles for each following travel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Okabe, Yasuyuki Noda, Mitsuo Shimotani, Yoshiharu Asaga
  • Publication number: 20190135342
    Abstract: Disclosed is a parking assist device (100) including a parking assist control unit (5) that performs parking assist for a host vehicle (1) by using a first sensor (4) for parking assist disposed in the host vehicle (1), and a guide display control unit (25) that causes a display device (20) to display a guide display based on a first effective detection range (AL, AR) of the first sensor (4) in a state in which the guide display is superimposed on a front view with respect to the host vehicle (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru INOUE, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Tadashi MIYAHARA
  • Patent number: 10239525
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a driving support information generation device, a driving support information generation method, a driving support device, and a driving support method which make it possible to present effective caution information to drivers. The driving support information generation device of the present invention includes a processor to execute a program; and a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of collecting vehicle information including traveling locus information indicating a traveling locus of at least one vehicle which travels a predetermined road section and generating cautionary information which is information to require a driver of the at least one vehicle to exercise caution when the at least one vehicle travels the section, on the basis of the collected vehicle information. The cautionary information is generated on the basis of variation in traveling of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Arai, Mitsuo Shimotani, Takehito Sogabe
  • Patent number: 10237211
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a conversion object acquirer and a message converter. The conversion object acquirer acquires a message in a car, which is transmitted and received in the car between an information terminal for driver seat and any other information terminal, as a conversion object message, during a period from the time when the message is generated by a transmitting-end terminal to the time when the message is provided to a user by a receiving-end terminal. The message converter determines the type of a message conversion process on the basis of terminal attribute information of the receiving-end terminal and converts the conversion object message in accordance with the message conversion process which is determined, to thereby acquire a converted message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Arita, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Publication number: 20190026925
    Abstract: A first memory is a main memory that stores a texture image group. A second memory is a VRAM that stores a first texture atlas in which one or more texture images copied from the texture image group are arranged, and a second texture atlas to be newly generated. A texture copy section copies at least one of the texture images arranged in the first texture atlas from the first texture atlas to the second texture atlas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi SAKURAI, Makoto OTSURU, Hiroyasu NEGISHI, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Haruhiko WAKAYANAGI, Takeshi SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20190023282
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a notification control apparatus and a notification control method capable of previously notifying a passenger of a change of a motion of a vehicle travelling automatically. A notification control apparatus according to the present invention includes: a processor to execute a program; and a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of, acquiring travel condition information which is information indicating a future travel condition of the vehicle, generating a sound image pattern based on the travel condition information, and generating a notification sound in accordance with the sound image pattern and, controlling the output of the notification sound, wherein the travel condition information includes information of a future course of the vehicle, and when the course is changed, the sound image pattern in accordance with the course being changed is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki KURODA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI
  • Publication number: 20190012988
    Abstract: A vehicle information display control device includes: an automatic driving information obtaining unit that obtains automatic driving information including information indicating whether each of actuators of a vehicle is in a manual control mode or an automatic control mode; and a display controller that causes a display to display an image based on the automatic driving information. The display controller simultaneously displays a first image and a second image representing the manual control mode and the automatic control mode, respectively, of each of the actuators, and displays (i) the first image of an actuator in the manual control mode closer than the second image of the actuator in the manual control mode and (ii) the second image of an actuator in the automatic control mode closer than the first image of the actuator in the automatic control mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tadashi MIYAHARA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Satoru INOUE, Yoshio SATO, Yuki SAKAI, Yuji KARITA
  • Publication number: 20190009773
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes a driving operation pattern storage in which a predetermined driving operation pattern is stored, an automatic driving controller configured to perform automatic driving of a vehicle in accordance with the driving operation pattern, a notification sequence storage configured to store a notification sequence corresponding to the driving operation pattern, and a notification processor configured to perform notification to a driver of the vehicle in accordance with the notification sequence. The notification sequence storage stores a plurality of notification sequences different in detail level for one driving operation pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi MIYAHARA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Satoru INOUE, Yuki SAKAI, Yuji KARITA, Junichi KIMURA, Yoshio SATO
  • Patent number: 10162647
    Abstract: An information apparatus includes: a device to operate according to plural pieces of setting information by plural initialization processings; and a processor including a first control unit to execute, on basic software, first software performing processing using the device, and a second control unit to execute second software that operates the device using part of the setting information by the plural initialization processings and performs processing using the device at a stage when part of the plural initialization processings is completed and before the first software is executed, and performing the plural initialization processings for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiko Higashiyama, Mitsuo Shimotani, Nobuteru Okada, Hideharu Yasutake, Makoto Mikuriya
  • Publication number: 20180364903
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a display control apparatus capable of enhancing visibility of an object input in handwriting. A display control apparatus according to the present invention is a display control apparatus for controlling display of a map. The display control apparatus includes a handwriting input unit for accepting a handwriting input of an object on the map, an attribute setting unit for setting presence or absence of an attribute indicating whether or not a display form of the object is to be changed in accordance with a display form or a display environment of the map, and a display controller for controlling, when the attribute is present, such that the object is added to the map to be displayed in the display while changing the display form of the object in accordance with the display form or the display environment of the map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki EBINA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI
  • Patent number: 10147317
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a traffic information estimation device and a traffic information estimation method for estimating a time period of switching of a traffic signal display. The traffic information estimation device includes: an acquisition unit (203) acquiring arrangement information indicating an arrangement of vehicles in accordance with a time passage on a road on which a traffic signal is installed; a determination unit (205) determining changes in density of the vehicles by using the arrangement information; and a calculation unit (206) calculating a display change cycle indicating a time period of switching of a display of the traffic signal based on a time interval between the changes in density of the vehicles. According to such a configuration, it is possible to simplify processing to estimate of a change cycle of the traffic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Hirata, Junya Ujiie, Michinori Yoshida, Yoshihiro Tomaru, Mitsuo Shimotani, Ryo Okabe
  • Publication number: 20180319279
    Abstract: A passenger state determining unit (12) determines whether a passenger is sleeping, the passenger being a person riding in a vehicle other than a driver. An operation performing unit (20) performs drowsiness prevention operation for preventing the driver from feeling drowsy, when it is determined by the passenger state determining unit (12) that the passenger is sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kumiko IKEDA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Mengxiong WANG, Akihiro MIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180307640
    Abstract: A data transfer apparatus (10) performs data transfer between a main storage device (12) and a peripheral device (13) such as a secondary storage device (131). The data transfer apparatus (10) estimates the frequency of occurrence of the data transfer on the basis of information such as processing executed in a processor (11), sets a transfer length shorter as the frequency of occurrence of the data transfer is higher, and instructs data transfer between the main storage device (12) and the peripheral device (13) in accordance with the transfer length being set, the transfer length indicating the amount of data transferred in one execution of the data transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka MOTAI, Masahiro DEGUCHI, Akio IDEHARA, Mitsuo SHIMOTANI, Shu MURAYAMA, Tetsuji FUJISAKI