Patents by Inventor Shinichi Akama

Shinichi Akama 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: 10969240
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein are generally directed to altering experience attributes. According to one aspect, a computer-implemented method for altering experience attributes based on a comparison of an estimated arrival time to a desired arrival time is provided. The method includes receiving logistical data for a trip of the vehicle occupant. The method also includes estimating an estimated arrival time based on navigation data. The method further includes determining that the estimated arrival time will occur at least a threshold amount of time after a desired arrival time. The method also includes identifying an experience attribute based on the determination that the estimated arrival time will occur at least the threshold amount of time after the desired arrival time. The method further includes altering a vehicle system based on the experience attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Shigeyuki Seko
  • Patent number: 10902471
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a voice assistant that may provide a generalized recommendation based on a natural flow of a conversation and thereafter, generate specific advertisements if there is interest in the generalized recommendation. In an illustrative embodiment, the voice assistant operating on a vehicle computing system may interact with a driver or operator of the vehicle to both respond to and anticipate the user's needs. The voice assistant may identify potential advertisements based on communications with the driver or occupant. The generalized recommendation related to the potential advertisements may be provided to the driver or occupant. If there is interest, the voice assistant may provide an advertisement within the potential advertisements. Real-time information from a location of the advertisement may also be provided that typify the feeling of the location to further draw interest to the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama
  • Patent number: 10893236
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual interpersonal communication that include receiving data associated with one-to-one interpersonal communication between a user and a target individual. The system and method also include determining at least one contextual data point and at least one associated behavioral attribute of the user and the target individual during the one-to-one interpersonal communication. The system and method additionally include analyzing at least one statement spoken by the user to a virtual representation of the target individual and presenting a virtual avatar of the target individual in a manner that replicates the personality of the target individual and communicates with the user based on the at least one contextual data point and the at least one associated behavioral attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama
  • Patent number: 10876853
    Abstract: An information presentation device, an information presentation method, and a program capable of intuitively ascertaining a direction of a target position are provided. An information presentation device includes a first position acquirer 121 configured to acquire a current position of a subject device, an image generator 40 configured to cause an image that looks superimposed on scenery of a real space to appear, a second position acquirer 122 configured to acquire a target position on the real space where the image appears, a direction deriver 124 configured to derive a direction from the first position to the target position on the basis of the first position and the target position, and an output controller 128 configured to control the image generator such that the image is caused to appear based on the direction acquired by the direction deriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama, Shuhei Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20200272145
    Abstract: The systems and methods are generally directed to remote control of a vehicle by multiple operators. The vehicle is traveling on a roadway parsed into a plurality of segments including a first segment and a second segment. The method includes receiving vehicle data. The method includes assigning a set of one or more operators of the plurality of operators to each segment of the plurality of segments. The plurality of operators includes a first set of operators assigned to the first segment and second set of operators assigned to the second segment. The method includes identifying a control shift region having a first boundary and a second boundary. The method includes selectively shifting control from the first set of operators to the second set of operators upon reaching the first boundary such that the first set of operators and the second set of operators exert shared control in the control shift region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Shuhei Kinoshita, Shinichi Akama
  • Publication number: 20200159176
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein are generally directed to vehicle communication for remote control of communicating devices at a destination. According to one aspect, a computer-implemented method for vehicle communication for remote control is provided. The method includes selecting a destination based on user data associated with a user of a vehicle. The method also includes identifying one or more destination attributes associated with the destination. The method further includes detecting a trigger event based on vehicle data received from one or more of vehicle systems or vehicle sensors of the vehicle. In response to the trigger event being detected, instructions for controlling one or more remote systems at the destination are transmitted based on the one or more destination attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Shigeyuki Seko
  • Publication number: 20200158532
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein are generally directed to altering experience attributes. According to one aspect, a computer-implemented method for altering experience attributes based on a comparison of an estimated arrival time to a desired arrival time is provided. The method includes receiving logistical data for a trip of the vehicle occupant. The method also includes estimating an estimated arrival time based on navigation data. The method further includes determining that the estimated arrival time will occur at least a threshold amount of time after a desired arrival time. The method also includes identifying an experience attribute based on the determination that the estimated arrival time will occur at least the threshold amount of time after the desired arrival time. The method further includes altering a vehicle system based on the experience attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Shigeyuki Seko
  • Publication number: 20200143235
    Abstract: A system and method for providing smart objects virtual communication that includes analyzing at least one function of the smart objects. The system and method also includes analyzing a frequency of use of the smart objects and analyzing at least one statement spoken by a user to the smart objects. The system and method also includes controlling the smart objects to virtually communicate with the user based on at least one of: the at least one statement spoken by the user, the at least one function of the smart objects, and the frequency of use of the smart objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama
  • Publication number: 20200145615
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual interpersonal communication that include receiving data associated with one-to-one interpersonal communication between a user and a target individual. The system and method also include determining at least one contextual data point and at least one associated behavioral attribute of the user and the target individual during the one-to-one interpersonal communication. The system and method additionally include analyzing at least one statement spoken by the user to a virtual representation of the target individual and presenting a virtual avatar of the target individual in a manner that replicates the personality of the target individual and communicates with the user based on the at least one contextual data point and the at least one associated behavioral attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama
  • Publication number: 20200113755
    Abstract: The systems and methods provided herein are directed to navigating an automated mobility device for docking and undocking with a vehicle. The position and orientation of the mobility device relative to the vehicle are determined based on real-time images of the vehicle. Based on the position and orientation of the mobility device, the system determines a control command for automatically navigating the mobility device from its determined position to a docking position within the vehicle. The system subsequently determines a control command for automatically navigating the mobility device from the docking position within the vehicle to a position outside the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyuki SEKO, Shinichi AKAMA, Brian W. JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20200058053
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a voice assistant that may provide a generalized recommendation based on a natural flow of a conversation and thereafter, generate specific advertisements if there is interest in the generalized recommendation. In an illustrative embodiment, the voice assistant operating on a vehicle computing system may interact with a driver or operator of the vehicle to both respond to and anticipate the user's needs. The voice assistant may identify potential advertisements based on communications with the driver or occupant. The generalized recommendation related to the potential advertisements may be provided to the driver or occupant. If there is interest, the voice assistant may provide an advertisement within the potential advertisements. Real-time information from a location of the advertisement may also be provided that typify the feeling of the location to further draw interest to the advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyuki SEKO, Shinichi AKAMA
  • Publication number: 20200028807
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to delaying content from being sent when it is determined to be inappropriate. Inappropriate content may be determined by keywords within the content, speed at which the content is entered in, facial expression of a sender who is entering in the content or the like. A sent message confirming that the content has been delivered to a receiver device may be provided to a sender device when the content has been held. This may provide a cool down period for the sender. After a period of time, the content may be provided back to the sender indicating that the content has not been sent. If approved or revised, the content may be sent to the receiver device. Otherwise, sending the content may be cancelled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi AKAMA, Shigeyuki SEKO
  • Patent number: 10539957
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling a vehicle to park remotely. The system includes a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for enabling a vehicle to park remotely, and a processor that executes the instructions. In some aspects, the instructions cause the processor to: analyze an image of the vehicle to identify a vehicle type; extract vehicle information related to the vehicle type; calculate a distance between a mobile device and the vehicle based on the vehicle information and a location of the mobile device; determine whether the mobile device is within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and enable the vehicle to park remotely when the mobile device is within the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Seko, Shinichi Akama
  • Publication number: 20200011695
    Abstract: An information presentation device, an information presentation method, and a program capable of intuitively ascertaining a direction of a target position are provided. An information presentation device includes a first position acquirer 121 configured to acquire a current position of a subject device, an image generator 40 configured to cause an image that looks superimposed on scenery of a real space to appear, a second position acquirer 122 configured to acquire a target position on the real space where the image appears, a direction deriver 124 configured to derive a direction from the first position to the target position on the basis of the first position and the target position, and an output controller 128 configured to control the image generator such that the image is caused to appear based on the direction acquired by the direction deriver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyuki SEKO, Shinichi AKAMA, Shuhei KINOSHITA
  • Patent number: 10382879
    Abstract: Producing a virtual sound field may include receiving an audio signal associated with a remote sound source within a remote environment. The audio signal may be defined or recorded as a binaural recording and recorded from a remote set of binaural microphones. The audio signal may be indicative of a position of the remote sound source relative to the remote set of binaural microphones within the remote environment. Producing the virtual sound field may include determining a virtual position relative to the position of the remote sound source within the remote environment, generating a virtual sound field audio signal which simulates audio representing the remote sound source perceived from the virtual position within the remote environment relative to the position of the remote sound source within the remote environment, and playing back the virtual sound field to simulate the remote sound source as perceived from the virtual position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Shigeyuki Seko
  • Publication number: 20190212727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling a vehicle to park remotely. The system includes a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for enabling a vehicle to park remotely, and a processor that executes the instructions. In some aspects, the instructions cause the processor to: analyze an image of the vehicle to identify a vehicle type; extract vehicle information related to the vehicle type; calculate a distance between a mobile device and the vehicle based on the vehicle information and a location of the mobile device; determine whether the mobile device is within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and enable the vehicle to park remotely when the mobile device is within the predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeyuki SEKO, Shinichi AKAMA
  • Patent number: 9974100
    Abstract: This in-vehicle unit includes: a vehicle-side communication portion; a mobile-side communication portion; a communicator-side communication portion; a connection determination portion; and a communication control portion that, if both of a mobile terminal and a communicator are determined to be in a connected state by the connection determination portion, performs control so as to send information related to a motor vehicle, which has been received by the vehicle-side communication portion, preferentially to the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi Akama
  • Patent number: 9648155
    Abstract: A mobile terminal that performs communication with an onboard device includes: a communication control unit configured to control reception of information instructing to switch a sound source which is transmitted from the onboard device, the information including information indicating an application program which is executed in the terminal serving as the sound source, and transmission of a sound, played by an application program operating in a foreground of the terminal, to the onboard device; a switching unit configured to switch an application program having been in operation in a foreground until immediately before, to a background, on the basis of the received information instructing to switch a sound source, and to switch an application program having been in operation in a background until immediately before, to a foreground; and a sound control unit configured to stop playing a sound of the application program having been in operation in a foreground until immediately before, and to start playing a s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Naoto Furuyama, Yoshihiro Mishio, Yuji Yokota, Motohiro Kubo, Takuya Katoh
  • Patent number: 9571619
    Abstract: This electronic communication system includes: a mobile terminal; and an in-vehicle unit, wherein the mobile terminal includes: a mobile-side first communication portion; a mobile-side second communication portion; and an application functional portion, and wherein the in-vehicle unit includes: a vehicle-side first communication portion; a vehicle-side second communication portion; and reproduction portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Takahiro Iwata
  • Publication number: 20170024227
    Abstract: Therefore, there is a need for a mobile electronic device cooperative system that enables an on-board device utilize Web applications which use information from an external server on a Web browser of the mobile device. In accordance with the present invention, a mobile electronic device cooperative system comprises an on-board display device provided with a cooperative interface for connecting a display unit and an handling unit with a mobile electronic device, a Web browser that may work in a direct handling manner wherein the browser is controlled via CUI (graphic user interface) and also in an indirect handling manner wherein the browser is controlled via programming language, and a Web application server for providing Web applications that run on the Web browser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi Akama