Patents by Inventor Naoki Kojo

Naoki Kojo 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: 11987270
    Abstract: In a vehicle dispatch management system which manages a plurality of shared vehicles (2) and dispatches the shared vehicles in response to a dispatch request from a user, the vehicle dispatch management system includes: an individual cruising distance calculation device (22) configured to calculate a cruising distance of each of the shared vehicles; a total cruising distance calculation device (17) configured to calculate a total cruising distance of all of the shared vehicles; an energy supply determination device (18) configured to determine a necessity of traveling energy supply of the shared vehicle when the total cruising distance is equal to or less than a first predetermined value; and a supply instruction device (19) configured to instruct a supply instruction to the shared vehicle determined to be supplied on the basis of determining the necessity of traveling energy supply of the shared vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventor: Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20240085200
    Abstract: An information processing device, an information processing system, and an information processing method, determine whether an object to be transported is the passenger or the cargo based on a transportation request requesting transportation of the object to be transported, calculate a driving route candidate that passes through a start point candidate for starting transportation and an end point candidate for ending transportation, extracting a driving route from among the driving route candidate based on a travel time until end of transportation of the passenger who is the object to be transported in a case of determining that the object to be transported is the passenger, and based on a movement cost of the vehicle in a case of determining that the object to be transported is the cargo, and outputting the extracted driving route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yudai Nakata, Shigeki Satou, Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 11928619
    Abstract: A vehicle dispatch service boarding location determination method uses a vehicle dispatch information data server and a terminal to determine a boarding location for a dispatched vehicle based on a vehicle dispatch request from the terminal. When there is a vehicle dispatch request, position information of a vehicle dispatch request point is acquired. Boarding location candidates present in a periphery of the vehicle dispatch request point are calculated based on the position information point and map information. A boarding location recognition difficulty, which is a difficulty for the user in recognizing the boarding location candidate as a boarding location, is calculated for each of the boarding location candidates. A boarding location candidate for which the boarding location recognition difficulty is low among the boarding location candidates is determined as the boarding location where the user will be picked up by the dispatched vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventor: Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 11776401
    Abstract: A boarding position setting method, a boarding position setting device, and a boarding position setting system are provided. The boarding position setting method, the boarding position setting device, and the boarding position setting system each recognizes a stop position of a vehicle based on vehicle information, determines whether the stop position is suitable for boarding based on a stop time of the vehicle or occurrence of a boarding event of the vehicle at the stop position, stores the stop position determined to be suitable for boarding as a boarding position in the vehicle dispatch service, acquires a first vehicle dispatch request to the vehicle dispatch service and sets the boarding position based on the first vehicle dispatch request from among stored boarding positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Satoshi Kawai
  • Patent number: 11520340
    Abstract: A lane information management method for managing lane information using a processor is provided. This method includes acquiring road map information and information on a travel history that is represented by a travel trajectory on a road map, determining, using a plurality of the travel histories, whether or not a lane connected to an intersection is in a multiple lane form in which two or more lines of vehicles are formed on a single lane, and managing the lane information, including a result of determination of the multiple lane form in the lane information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Motonobu Aoki, Takura Yanagi, Hiroyuki Takano
  • Patent number: 11370455
    Abstract: A boarding-alighting position determination method determines a boarding position and an alighting position in a vehicle dispatch system that dispatches a vehicle in response to a vehicle dispatch request. A plurality of boarding position candidates and a plurality of alighting position candidates are calculated around a geographical point from which the vehicle dispatch request was transmitted. A vehicle position is detected when the vehicle dispatch request was transmitted. For each boarding position candidate, a travel route is calculated from the vehicle position at a time of the vehicle dispatch request to at least one of the alighting position candidates via the boarding position candidate. A travel time is calculated for the vehicle to travel the travel route calculated for each of the boarding position candidates. A selected boarding position is determined from among the boarding position candidates based on the traveling time for each boarding position candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventor: Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20220164737
    Abstract: A vehicle dispatch service boarding location determination method uses a vehicle dispatch information data server and a terminal to determine a boarding location for a dispatched vehicle based on a vehicle dispatch request from the terminal. When there is a vehicle dispatch request, position information of a vehicle dispatch request point is acquired. Boarding location candidates present in a periphery of the vehicle dispatch request point are calculated based on the position information point and map information. A boarding location recognition difficulty, which is a difficulty for the user in recognizing the boarding location candidate as a boarding location, is calculated for each of the boarding location candidates. A boarding location candidate for which the boarding location recognition difficulty is low among the boarding location candidates is determined as the boarding location where the user will be picked up by the dispatched vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventor: Naoki KOJO
  • Patent number: 11341593
    Abstract: A vehicle allocation system is provided, which operates to move a vehicle to a predetermined point in response to a request from a user. The vehicle allocation system includes a boarding point determination apparatus, a control apparatus, and a user terminal apparatus. The boarding point determination apparatus includes a processor that operates to specify a second user who is expected to board in a predetermined range including a point associated with a first user, and calculate as the predetermined point a common point at which users including at least the first user and the second user board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Shuyang Jia, Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20210269064
    Abstract: An alighting point determination method is used in a vehicle allocation system configured to move a vehicle to a predetermined point in response to a request from a user. The vehicle allocation system includes a processor. The processor operates to: set a predetermined range including a point associated with a first user; specify a second user who is expected to alight in the predetermined range; acquire a request point included in the request from each user; calculate an access cost for each user to reach the request point from a common point at which the users including at least the first user and the second user alight; and calculate as the predetermined point the common point obtained based on the calculated access cost for each of the first user and the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuyang Jia, Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20210272463
    Abstract: A vehicle allocation system is provided, which operates to move a vehicle to a predetermined point in response to a request from a user. The vehicle allocation system includes a boarding/alighting point determination apparatus, a control apparatus, and a user terminal apparatus. The boarding/alighting point determination apparatus includes a processor that operates to specify a second user who is expected to board/alight in a predetermined range including a point associated with a first user, and calculate as the predetermined point a common point at which users including at least the first user and the second user board/alight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicants: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Shuyang Jia, Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20210256847
    Abstract: A boarding position setting method, a boarding position setting device, and a boarding position setting system are provided. The boarding position setting method, the boarding position setting device, and the boarding position setting system each recognizes a stop position of a vehicle based on vehicle information, determines whether the stop position is suitable for boarding based on a stop time of the vehicle or occurrence of a boarding event of the vehicle at the stop position, stores the stop position determined to be suitable for boarding as a boarding position in the vehicle dispatch service, acquires a first vehicle dispatch request to the vehicle dispatch service and sets the boarding position based on the first vehicle dispatch request from among stored boarding positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Naoki KOJO, Satoshi KAWAI
  • Publication number: 20210163041
    Abstract: In a vehicle dispatch management system which manages a plurality of shared vehicles (2) and dispatches the shared vehicles in response to a dispatch request from a user, the vehicle dispatch management system includes: an individual cruising distance calculation device (22) configured to calculate a cruising distance of each of the shared vehicles; a total cruising distance calculation device (17) configured to calculate a total cruising distance of all of the shared vehicles; an energy supply determination device (18) configured to determine a necessity of traveling energy supply of the shared vehicle when the total cruising distance is equal to or less than a first predetermined value; and a supply instruction device (19) configured to instruct a supply instruction to the shared vehicle determined to be supplied on the basis of determining the necessity of traveling energy supply of the shared vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicants: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventor: Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20210163040
    Abstract: A boarding-alighting position determination method determines a boarding position and an alighting position in a vehicle dispatch system that dispatches a vehicle in response to a vehicle dispatch request. A plurality of boarding position candidates and a plurality of alighting position candidates are calculated around a geographical point from which the vehicle dispatch request was transmitted. A vehicle position is detected when the vehicle dispatch request was transmitted. For each boarding position candidate, a travel route is calculated from the vehicle position at a time of the vehicle dispatch request to at least one of the alighting position candidates via the boarding position candidate. A travel time is calculated for the vehicle to travel the travel route calculated for each of the boarding position candidates. A selected boarding position is determined from among the boarding position candidates based on the traveling time for each boarding position candidate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventor: Naoki KOJO
  • Publication number: 20210158469
    Abstract: A vehicle allocation system is provided, which operates to move a vehicle to a predetermined point in response to a request from a user. The vehicle allocation system includes a boarding point determination apparatus, a control apparatus, and a user terminal apparatus. The boarding point determination apparatus includes a processor that operates to specify a second user who is expected to board in a predetermined range including a point associated with a first user, and calculate as the predetermined point a common point at which users including at least the first user and the second user board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicants: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Shuyang Jia, Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 10860035
    Abstract: A method of storing a travel history uses a controller to store the travel history of a vehicle in a storage device for each link of a traveling path. The method includes determining that one or more travel histories in a link are one type or two or more types of travel histories on the basis of a predetermined determination condition and storing the two or more types of travel histories in the link in the storage device so as to be sorted for the determined two or more types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takano, Motonobu Aoki, Naoki Kojo
  • Publication number: 20200346654
    Abstract: A method of storing information for a vehicle includes determining whether or not a vehicle has passed over a speed bump on the basis of a traveling state of the vehicle and specifying positional information of the speed bump and vehicle speed information when passing over the speed bump as speed bump information from a travel history that includes a determination result as to whether or not the vehicle has passed over the speed bump, the position of the vehicle, and the traveling state of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Motonobu Aoki, Takura Yanagi
  • Patent number: 10787172
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus comprises a processor for: determining whether or not a preceding vehicle is traveling outside an area including an intersection and vicinities of the intersection; when the preceding vehicle is traveling outside the area, determining whether or not a direction indicator of the preceding vehicle on a road shoulder side is lighting; and when the direction indicator is lighting, performing second driving assistance different from first driving assistance for following the preceding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Naoki Kojo, Takura Yanagi
  • Patent number: 10766490
    Abstract: A driving assistance method of causing a host vehicle to travel by following a preceding vehicle includes: determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is present or absent and, upon determining that the preceding vehicle is present, performing a preceding vehicle type determination of determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler; upon the preceding vehicle being a four-wheeler, performing both a control of inter-vehicle distance to the four-wheeler and a route following based on the four-wheeler; and upon the preceding vehicle being a two-wheeler, performing a control of inter-vehicle distance to the two-wheeler without performing a route following based on the two-wheeler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Naoki Kojo, Hiroyuki Takano
  • Publication number: 20200249682
    Abstract: A lane information management method for managing lane information using a processor is provided. This method includes acquiring road map information and information on a travel history that is represented by a travel trajectory on a road map, determining, using a plurality of the travel histories, whether or not a lane connected to an intersection is in a multiple lane form in which two or more lines of vehicles are formed on a single lane, and managing the lane information, including a result of determination of the multiple lane form in the lane information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Motonobu Aoki, Takura Yanagi, Hiroyuki Takano
  • Patent number: 10733889
    Abstract: A parking assist method includes acquiring recognition information on parked vehicles existing in a parking lot; extracting two or more vehicles parked side by side from the recognition information and grouping the two or more vehicles into a set of vehicles; and when a space into which parking is possible exists between the parked vehicles included in the grouped set of vehicles, estimating the space as an available parking space. The disclosure further includes setting a pathway direction reference line extending along a pathway of the parking lot; calculating reference distances between the pathway direction reference line and the parked vehicles included in the above recognition information; and extracting the two or more vehicles from the above recognition information and grouping the two or more vehicles into the set of vehicles on the basis of the calculated reference distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoko Kurotobi, Naoki Kojo, Masahiro Miura