Patents by Inventor Sho Tanaka

Sho Tanaka 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: 10181266
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit used in a vehicle configured to detect one or more actions associated with the vehicle based on one or more signals generated by one or more sensors embedded in the vehicle. The electronic control unit may be further configured to control the activation of an imaging device located on the vehicle at an opposite side of a driver of the vehicle, based on the detected one or more actions. The imaging device is operable to capture one or more images in a forward-facing direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20190009713
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180357668
    Abstract: Provided is an information distribution apparatus which effectively distributes information such as advertisements. An advertisement distribution system predicts seat conditions such as a change in seat occupancy rate with time and distributes advertising information to prospective customers who can visit around the time when the seats are available. By offering more advantageous discount rates, coupons and the like to prospective customers with a short traveling time to a store in a case where seats are already available, it is possible to quickly occupy the seats and recover the seat occupancy rate in a short period of time. On the other hand, a disadvantageous offer is made to prospective customers who arrive after the time when empty seats are predicted since they do not contribute much to the recovery of the seat occupancy rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: KATSUYOSHI KANEMOTO, NAOKI IDE, NOBUHIRO OGAWA, TAKASHI OGATA, SHO TANAKA, KENTA KAWAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180345992
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance to safely overtake a vehicle are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, an electronic control unit used in a first vehicle is configured to detect a second vehicle in front of the first vehicle. A first position associated with the first vehicle and a second position associated with the detected second vehicle is determined for a first time instance. It may be determined whether a lateral distance between the determined first position and the determined second position is below a pre-defined threshold distance. A first alert is generated when the determined lateral distance is below the pre-defined threshold distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10140861
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10093223
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pralay Kumar Pal, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10071748
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance to safely overtake a vehicle are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, an electronic control unit used in a first vehicle is configured to detect a second vehicle in front of the first vehicle. A first position associated with the first vehicle and a second position associated with the detected second vehicle is determined for a first time instance. It may be determined whether a lateral distance between the determined first position and the determined second position is below a pre-defined threshold distance. A first alert is generated when the determined lateral distance is below the pre-defined threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20180222388
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle configured to retrieve sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits configured to communicate to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: NAGESH B.T. SHENOY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9969329
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle configured to retrieve sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits configured to communicate to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagesh B. T. Shenoy, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170355301
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9840254
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for an autonomous vehicle, based on detection and/or application of horn, are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit (ECU) used in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits in the ECU are configured to detect a horn sound emanated from a second vehicle. First sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured based on the detected horn sound. The captured first sensor data indicates a first traffic scenario in a vicinity of the first vehicle. Second sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured for an elapsed time interval prior to the detection of the horn sound. One or more control systems in the first vehicle are recalibrated to perform one or more functions associated with the first vehicle. The recalibration is based on the captured first sensor data and the extracted second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Khushwant Peswani, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170345299
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9767687
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9758092
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pralay Kumar Pal, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170242428
    Abstract: Various aspects of a device and method to manage interaction with one or more control circuits in a vehicle and one or more wearable devices are disclosed herein. The device comprises one or more circuits configured to receive a first set of input values from the one or more wearable devices associated with a first user. The one or more wearable devices are communicatively coupled to the device used in the vehicle. A second set of input values is received from one or more vehicle sensors embedded in the vehicle. An operating mode of the device is determined based on the received first set of input values and the second set of input values. One or more functions of the vehicle are controlled based on the determined operating mode of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170237906
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a first display panel unit for executing display toward a user side; a second display panel unit for executing display toward a subject side; an imaging processing unit for subjecting incident light from the subject side to photoelectric conversion to obtain a captured image signal; a recording processing unit for executing a recording process to a recording medium regarding the captured image signal obtained at the imaging processing unit; and a control unit for controlling the display states of the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit for each of a plurality of various types of operation periods changing along with the operation of the imaging processing unit or the recording processing unit, and executing display control wherein the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit can have different display content during at least a single operation period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Miho Akita, Kazuyuki Marukawa, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170195166
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide a unified connected network are disclosed herein. The system comprises a server communicatively coupled to an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle and a first set of electronic devices. Upon detection of an event, the server receives a first set of data from the ECU and/or a second set of data from the first set of electronic devices associated with a plurality of services. The server extracts information from the received first set and/or the second set of data, based on analysis of the received first set and/or the second set of data. The server further determines one or more responses that correspond to the detected event, based on the extracted information. The server further transmits the determined one or more responses to a second set of electronic devices associated with the plurality of services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Kishore Keerthi, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170190331
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for an autonomous vehicle, based on detection and/or application of horn, are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit (ECU) used in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits in the ECU are configured to detect a horn sound emanated from a second vehicle. First sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured based on the detected horn sound. The captured first sensor data indicates a first traffic scenario in a vicinity of the first vehicle. Second sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured for an elapsed time interval prior to the detection of the horn sound. One or more control systems in the first vehicle are recalibrated to perform one or more functions associated with the first vehicle. The recalibration is based on the captured first sensor data and the extracted second sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, KHUSHWANT PESWANI, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170166115
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9674446
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a first display panel unit for executing display toward a user side; a second display panel unit for executing display toward a subject side; an imaging processing unit for subjecting incident light from the subject side to photoelectric conversion to obtain a captured image signal; a recording processing unit for executing a recording process to a recording medium regarding the captured image signal obtained at the imaging processing unit; and a control unit for controlling the display states of the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit for each of a plurality of various types of operation periods changing along with the operation of the imaging processing unit or the recording processing unit, and executing display control wherein the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit can have different display content during at least a single operation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Miho Akita, Kazuyuki Marukawa, Sho Tanaka