Patents by Inventor Naoto Sen

Naoto Sen 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: 11169537
    Abstract: A subject vehicle includes: a communication device communicating with an external device; a detection unit detecting a state of the surroundings of a subject vehicle; a driving support control unit executing driving support of automatically executing at least a part of speed control or steering control of the subject vehicle on the basis of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; an extraction unit extracting environment information causing a change in control in the driving support from information of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; and a communication control unit transmitting the environment information extracted by the extraction unit to an external device using the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10967877
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a recognition unit that is configured to recognize nearby vehicles traveling around a subject vehicle, an automated driving control unit that is configured to implement a plurality of automated driving modes in which at least one of speed control and steering control of the subject vehicle is automatically implemented, the plurality of automated driving modes having different degrees of surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle imposed on an occupant of the subject vehicle, and a management unit that is configured to manage the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle, the management unit being configured to reduce the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle when vehicle platooning in which the subject vehicle travels while following a preceding vehicle traveling in front of the subject vehicle among the nearby vehicles recognized by the recognition unit is implemented by the automated driving control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10921804
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an automatic driving control unit configured to automatically control at least one of acceleration or deceleration and steering of a subject vehicle, an operation reception unit configured to receive an operation of a vehicle occupant of the subject vehicle, an estimation unit configured to estimate a state of the vehicle occupant, and an override control unit configured to perform an override for switching from automatic driving to manual driving on the basis of the operation from the vehicle occupant received by the operation reception unit and suppress the override in a case where a decrease of a driving intention of the vehicle occupant is estimated by the estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Okimoto, Yoshitaka Mimura, Naotaka Kumakiri, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10691123
    Abstract: A vehicle control system including: an acquisition unit that is configured to acquire a traffic situation of an advancing direction destination of a subject vehicle; a prediction unit is configured to predict a future state related to the subject vehicle or the periphery of the subject vehicle with reference to the traffic situation that is acquired by the acquisition unit; and a control unit that is configured to perform vehicle control, and is configured to suppress switching or release of the vehicle control in a case where the prediction unit is configured to predict that the vehicle control will return to a state before the switching or the release is performed within a predetermined period or within a predetermined travel distance after the switching or the release of the vehicle control is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10676101
    Abstract: A vehicle control system including: a recognition unit that is configured to recognize a peripheral situation of a subject vehicle; an automated driving control unit that is configured to execute a plurality of driving modes including an automated driving mode of automatically performing at least one of speed control and steering control of the subject vehicle, and switch a driving mode that is executed on the basis of the peripheral situation recognized by the recognition unit; a communication unit that is configured to transmit information related to switching sites switched to a driving mode in which the degree of automated driving is low by the automated driving control unit on the basis of the peripheral situation recognized by the recognition unit to an external device, and receive information related to a specific site derived on the basis of the information related to the switching sites, which is collected from vehicles, from the external device; and an information providing unit that is configured t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10518769
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a surroundings information acquisition section configured to acquire vehicle surroundings information; an automated driving controller configured to execute automated driving in which at least one of speed control or steering control is controlled automatically based on the vehicle surroundings information acquired by the surroundings information acquisition section; a communication section configured to directly or indirectly communicate with another device; and a communication controller configured to transmit the vehicle surroundings information and information indicating an execution status of the automated driving to the other device using the communication section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Sen, Masahiko Asakura, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10514703
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an imaging section, a surroundings monitoring section, and a display controller. The imaging section is configured to capture an image of surroundings of a vehicle. The surroundings monitoring section is configured to monitor conditions surrounding the vehicle. The display controller is configured to display, on a display present within a cabin of the vehicle and configured to display an image based on an operation by an occupant, an image of surroundings of the vehicle superimposed over part of an image based on an operation by the occupant, and to enlarge the image of the surroundings of the vehicle based on a monitoring result from the surroundings monitoring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10507843
    Abstract: A vehicle control system including: a driving controller configured to execute any one of automated driving for performing at least one of velocity control and steering control over a vehicle by executing any one of multiple driving modes having different automatic control levels, and manual driving for performing both of the velocity control and steering control over the vehicle based on operation on a main operator by an occupant of the vehicle; an armrest for an occupant sitting on a driver's seat of the vehicle to put his/her arm on; and an armrest relative position controller configured to control a drive unit so that a position of the armrest relative to the occupant sitting on the driver's seat varies between the automated driving and the manual driving executed by the driving controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10464575
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a reception section configured to receive a selection operation for one or more driving modes by an occupant of a vehicle from out of plural driving modes having different control characteristics related to acceleration/deceleration or cornering; and an automated driving controller configured to perform automated driving in which at least one of speed control and steering control of the vehicle is controlled automatically based on the driving mode received as the selection operation by the reception section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10337872
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: an automated driving controller configured to execute automated driving which autonomously controls at least one of speed control and steering control to allow a vehicle to travel along a route to a destination; and a factor acquisition section configured to acquire a factor which is independent of travel requirements for the vehicle to travel by autonomously driving along the route to the destination. The automated driving controller changes the plan of the automated driving based on the factor acquired by the factor acquisition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10336341
    Abstract: A vehicle control-system includes an automated driving controller and a vehicle-side communication section. The automated driving controller executes automated driving in which at least one out of speed control or steering control of a vehicle is performed automatically, and executes automated driving in a mode from out of plural modes with differing degrees of automated driving. The vehicle-side communication section communicates with a server for managing characteristic information of a vehicle occupant. The automated driving controller controls automated driving based on the characteristic information of the vehicle occupant received from a server-side communication section using the vehicle-side communication section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10328951
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an automated driving controller configured to execute automated driving of a vehicle by automatically performing at least one of speed control and steering control of the vehicle, an operation reception section configured to receive an operation to switch a shift position of the vehicle, and an operation controller configured to limit reception, by the operation reception section, of the operation to switch the shift position while the automated driving is being executed by the automated driving controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10328948
    Abstract: A vehicle control system comprises an automated driving controler for executing any of a plurality of driving modes which include an automated driving mode for automatically performing at least one of speed control and steering control of a vehicle and a manual driving mode for performing both of the speed control and the steering control based on operation of an occupant of the vehicle, and a visual field condition controller for controlling a front visual field condition of the vehicle based on the driving mode executed by the automated driving controller so as to be either a visible condition or a visual difficulty condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10324464
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: an automated driving controller configured to execute one driving mode from out of a plurality of driving modes including an automated driving mode and a manual driving mode; a vehicle information collection section configured to collect information related to control history of one or both out of speed control and steering control performed based on operation by the occupant of the vehicle while the manual driving mode is being executed; and a driving characteristics derivation section configured to derive driving characteristics for each occupant of the vehicle based on information collected by the vehicle information collection section. The automated driving controller executes the automated driving mode by reflecting the driving characteristics for each occupant of the vehicle to the automated driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20190163202
    Abstract: A subject vehicle includes: a communication device communicating with an external device; a detection unit detecting a state of the surroundings of a subject vehicle; a driving support control unit executing driving support of automatically executing at least a part of speed control or steering control of the subject vehicle on the basis of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; an extraction unit extracting environment information causing a change in control in the driving support from information of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; and a communication control unit transmitting the environment information extracted by the extraction unit to an external device using the communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20190113914
    Abstract: A vehicle control system including: an acquisition unit that is configured to acquire a traffic situation of an advancing direction destination of a subject vehicle; a prediction unit is configured to predict a future state related to the subject vehicle or the periphery of the subject vehicle with reference to the traffic situation that is acquired by the acquisition unit; and a control unit that is configured to perform vehicle control, and is configured to suppress switching or release of the vehicle control in a case where the prediction unit is configured to predict that the vehicle control will return to a state before the switching or the release is performed within a predetermined period or within a predetermined travel distance after the switching or the release of the vehicle control is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10262541
    Abstract: This convoy travel control apparatus includes: a communication portion; a travel control portion; and a joining control portion, wherein when an own vehicle is travelling in convoy, if the communication portion has received, from an independent vehicle not incorporated in group of convoy vehicles travelling in convoy, request information to incorporate the independent vehicle into the group of convoy vehicles, then the joining control portion determines a positional relationship between a position of the group of convoy vehicles and a position of the independent vehicle, and wherein according to the determined positional relationship, then the joining control portion exercises control, which is for incorporating the independent vehicle into the group of convoy vehicles, on the group of convoy vehicles via the communication portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masako Miyazawa, Hiroyuki Tanabe, Michi Yamane, Naoto Sen, Junpei Yashima, Hideo Nakahama, Mahito Ishiyama, Takuji Hiroma
  • Publication number: 20190106118
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a recognition unit that is configured to recognize nearby vehicles traveling around a subject vehicle, an automated driving control unit that is configured to implement a plurality of automated driving modes in which at least one of speed control and steering control of the subject vehicle is automatically implemented, the plurality of automated driving modes having different degrees of surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle imposed on an occupant of the subject vehicle, and a management unit that is configured to manage the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle, the management unit being configured to reduce the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle when vehicle platooning in which the subject vehicle travels while following a preceding vehicle traveling in front of the subject vehicle among the nearby vehicles recognized by the recognition unit is implemented by the automated driving control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20190106120
    Abstract: A vehicle control system including: a recognition unit that is configured to recognize a peripheral situation of a subject vehicle; an automated driving control unit that is configured to execute a plurality of driving modes including an automated driving mode of automatically performing at least one of speed control and steering control of the subject vehicle, and switch a driving mode that is executed on the basis of the peripheral situation recognized by the recognition unit; a communication unit that is configured to transmit information related to switching sites switched to a driving mode in which the degree of automated driving is low by the automated driving control unit on the basis of the peripheral situation recognized by the recognition unit to an external device, and receive information related to a specific site derived on the basis of the information related to the switching sites, which is collected from vehicles, from the external device; and an information providing unit that is configured t
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20190101916
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a driving controller which controls automated driving of automatically controlling at least one of an acceleration/deceleration and steering of a host vehicle or manual driving of controlling both the acceleration/deceleration and steering of the host vehicle on the basis of an operation of an occupant of the host vehicle by executing any of a plurality of modes having different degrees of automated driving, a skill level recognizer which recognizes a skill level of the occupant of the host vehicle, and a mode controller which selects a mode implemented by the driving controller and controls a degree of change of the mode on the basis of the skill level recognized by the skill level recognizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Naoto Sen, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Masaaki Abe