Patents by Inventor Nariaki TAKEHARA

Nariaki TAKEHARA 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: 20210209383
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a parking space candidate detection unit configured to detect a parking space candidate that is a candidate for a parking space where an own vehicle is parked, using a vehicle peripheral image acquired from a camera; a leaving path detection unit configured to detect, using the vehicle peripheral image, a leaving path on which another vehicle that is parked in an other vehicle parking space located in a periphery of the parking space candidate leaves the other vehicle parking space; and a nuisance parking determination unit configured to perform nuisance parking determination including determining, for each detected parking space candidate, whether the parking space candidate overlaps with the detected leaving path, and thereby classifying the parking space candidate into a nuisance parking space that overlaps with the leaving path or a non-nuisance parking space that avoids overlapping with the leaving path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta ONISHI, Nariaki TAKEHARA, Masahiro YATA
  • Publication number: 20210136269
    Abstract: A thermoelectric element is provided between an on-board camera and a windshield. The on-board camera incorporates a temperature sensor, heat is caused to be transferred from the on-board camera to the windshield when a temperature of the on-board camera is equal to or greater than a threshold, and when the temperature of the on-board camera is lower than the threshold, a space formed by the on-board camera and the windshield is warmed by heat generated by the thermoelectric element itself, whereby condensation on the windshield is restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko KATAYAMA, Nariaki TAKEHARA, Noritaka KOKIDO
  • Publication number: 20210118299
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes: a parking space searching unit for searching for a parking-allowable parking space in which a user's vehicle can be parked; a target parking space selection unit for selecting a target parking space in which the user's vehicle is to be parked, based on an user setting information, when a plurality of parking-allowable parking spaces are detected; a parking operation assisting unit for assisting in a parking operation for parking the user's vehicle in the target parking space; and a parking operation assistance start determination unit for determining whether or not a determination condition for starting a parking operation is satisfied according to a state of the user's vehicle, and causing the parking operation assisting unit to start assisting in the parking operation when the determination condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro YATA, Nariaki TAKEHARA, Kenta ONISHI, Kunio UEDA
  • Patent number: 10960820
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle periphery image display apparatus and a vehicle periphery image display method, which enable a driver to recognize a deviation between a parking frame and an own vehicle more easily at a time of a parking operation. The configuration includes: continuously inputting a periphery image of an own vehicle in a parking lot, which has been photographed by a plurality of photographing devices; storing the periphery image; compensating for, in the input periphery image, a lost image part with the stored periphery image to combine the compensated lost image part with the input periphery image; generating a top-view image seen from right above a top of the own vehicle based on the combined periphery image; generating a displayed image including the top-view image; and displaying the generated displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Onishi, Yoichi Kato, Nariaki Takehara
  • Patent number: 10821975
    Abstract: The apparatus includes: a frontward imaging unit configured to capture an image ahead of the moving body; a frontward division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of a division line of a road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a frontward division line shape; a periphery imaging unit configured to capture an image of a periphery of the moving body; a periphery division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of the division line on the road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a periphery division line shape; and a division line shape determination unit configured to determine the shape of the division line on the road surface where the moving body moves, by selecting one from or combining the frontward division line shape and the periphery division line shape, based on first reliability and second reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Noritaka Kokido, Takuya Taniguchi, Nariaki Takehara, Kunio Ueda
  • Publication number: 20200215977
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle periphery image display apparatus and a vehicle periphery image display method, which enable a driver to recognize a deviation between a parking frame and an own vehicle more easily at a time of a parking operation. The configuration includes: continuously inputting a periphery image of an own vehicle in a parking lot, which has been photographed by a plurality of photographing devices; storing the periphery image; compensating for, in the input periphery image, a lost image part with the stored periphery image to combine the compensated lost image part with the input periphery image; generating a top-view image seen from right above a top of the own vehicle based on the combined periphery image; generating a displayed image including the top-view image; and displaying the generated displayed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta ONISHI, Yoichi KATO, Nariaki TAKEHARA
  • Patent number: 10688986
    Abstract: An automatic parking control device enables operations after the completion of parking to be made based on a users' general behavior required at the time of parking of a vehicle. This automatic parking control device is provided with a processing unit, which calculates a parking guide path of the host vehicle from an image of a camera and an output signal of a distance measuring sensor and performs a drive system stop mode as preliminarily set with respect to the vehicle depending on the parking mode given when it is found that the vehicle has been parked in a parking space along the guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Shimizu, Nariaki Takehara
  • Publication number: 20200148203
    Abstract: An in-vehicle monitoring camera device 100 includes: an obstacle detection unit 3 that detects, as first obstacles, obstacles detected by a millimeter-wave radar 11 which might collide with the host vehicle; a collision risk determination unit 4 that detects the time before the respective first obstacles and the vehicle come into contact with each other; a distortion correction unit 2 that generates image 2 by correcting distortion in image 1 captured using a wide-angle lens; and a camera-viewpoint display control unit 5 that generates image 3 by cutting out, from image 2, an image of the first obstacle having the shortest time to collision. Therein, a radar chart 31 indicating the visual field range or the center direction of the visual field of image 3 is superimposed on image 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya TANIGUCHI, Noritaka KOKIDO, Nariaki TAKEHARA
  • Publication number: 20190351902
    Abstract: The apparatus includes: a frontward imaging unit configured to capture an image ahead of the moving body; a frontward division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of a division line of a road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a frontward division line shape; a periphery imaging unit configured to capture an image of a periphery of the moving body; a periphery division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of the division line on the road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a periphery division line shape; and a division line shape determination unit configured to determine the shape of the division line on the road surface where the moving body moves, by selecting one from or combining the frontward division line shape and the periphery division line shape, based on first reliability and second reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Noritaka KOKIDO, Takuya TANIGUCHI, Nariaki TAKEHARA, Kunio UEDA
  • Patent number: 10429850
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic parking apparatus and the like, which are capable of easily setting a target parking area and moving or guiding a vehicle to the target parking area. The automatic parking apparatus includes: a monitor device configured to photograph surroundings of an own vehicle; an image display device including: a display screen configured to display an image obtained through the photographing by the monitor device; an image generation unit configured to generate an image to be displayed on the display screen from the image obtained through the photographing, and to display the image; and an input device; and a vehicle control device configured to control the own vehicle to move to a parking area, which is designated through the input device with respect to the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Kato, Hirokazu Shimizu, Nariaki Takehara
  • Patent number: 10414396
    Abstract: The apparatus includes: a frontward imaging unit configured to capture an image ahead of the moving body; a frontward division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of a division line of a road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a frontward division line shape; a periphery imaging unit configured to capture an image of a periphery of the moving body; a periphery division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of the division line on the road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a periphery division line shape; and a division line shape determination unit configured to determine the shape of the division line on the road surface where the moving body moves, by selecting one from or combining the frontward division line shape and the periphery division line shape, based on first reliability and second reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Noritaka Kokido, Takuya Taniguchi, Nariaki Takehara, Kunio Ueda
  • Publication number: 20180134289
    Abstract: The apparatus includes: a frontward imaging unit configured to capture an image ahead of the moving body; a frontward division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of a division line of a road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a frontward division line shape; a periphery imaging unit configured to capture an image of a periphery of the moving body; a periphery division line detection unit configured to detect a shape of the division line on the road surface, from the captured image, and calculate reliability of a periphery division line shape; and a division line shape determination unit configured to determine the shape of the division line on the road surface where the moving body moves, by selecting one from or combining the frontward division line shape and the periphery division line shape, based on first reliability and second reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Noritaka KOKIDO, Takuya TANIGUCHI, Nariaki TAKEHARA, Kunio UEDA
  • Publication number: 20180129218
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic parking apparatus and the like, which are capable of easily setting a target parking area and moving or guiding a vehicle to the target parking area. The automatic parking apparatus includes: a monitor device configured to photograph surroundings of an own vehicle; an image display device including: a display screen configured to display an image obtained through the photographing by the monitor device; an image generation unit configured to generate an image to be displayed on the display screen from the image obtained through the photographing, and to display the image; and an input device; and a vehicle control device configured to control the own vehicle to move to a parking area, which is designated through the input device with respect to the displayed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi KATO, Hirokazu SHIMIZU, Nariaki TAKEHARA
  • Patent number: 9919717
    Abstract: Position information of a vehicle 100 and feature amounts of driving operations by a driver are acquired as triggered by occurrence of switching from an automatic driving mode to a manual driving mode, and a driving operation to be corrected in the automatic driving mode and a correction amount thereof, are determined from these feature amounts. A driving operation in the automatic driving mode is corrected using the determination result, so that the vehicle 100 is controlled in the automatic driving mode in which the corrected driving operation is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Nariaki Takehara, Koji Iida, Takahisa Aoyagi, Tetsuji Haga
  • Publication number: 20160375897
    Abstract: An automatic parking control device enables operations after the completion of parking to be made based on a users' general behavior required at the time of parking of a vehicle. This automatic parking control device is provided with a processing unit, which calculates a parking guide path of the host vehicle from an image of a camera and an output signal of a distance measuring sensor and performs a drive system stop mode as preliminarily set with respect to the vehicle depending on the parking mode given when it is found that the vehicle has been parked in a parking space along the guide path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu SHIMIZU, Nariaki TAKEHARA
  • Publication number: 20160347328
    Abstract: Position information of a vehicle 100 and feature amounts of driving operations by a driver are acquired as triggered by occurrence of switching from an automatic driving mode to a manual driving mode, and a driving operation to be corrected in the automatic driving mode and a correction amount thereof, are determined from these feature amounts. A driving operation in the automatic driving mode is corrected using the determination result, so that the vehicle 100 is controlled in the automatic driving mode in which the corrected driving operation is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Nariaki TAKEHARA, Koji IIDA, Takahisa AOYAGI, Tetsuji HAGA