Patents by Inventor Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto

Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto 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: 11410437
    Abstract: A system and method for removing false positives during determination of a presence of at least one rear seat passenger of a vehicle that include activating an image system to capture images of rear seats of the vehicle to determine the presence of the at least one rear seat passenger. The system and method additionally include deactivating the image system to cease capturing images of the rear seats of the vehicle. The system and method also include reactivating the image system to capture images of the rear seats of the vehicle to determine the presence of the at least one rear seat passenger. The system and method further include presenting a user interface notification that includes a video feed of the rear seats of the vehicle based on the determined presence of the at least one rear seat passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11312297
    Abstract: A vehicle system and related methods include a sensor, a vehicle computing device (VCD), and a haptic device. The sensor is operable to sense an occurrence or a non-occurrence of a predetermined in-vehicle event. The VCD is in communication with the sensor, and detects a communication signal sent to an in-vehicle mobile device that is capable of receiving the communication signal. The VCD is in communication with the haptic device to actuate the haptic device to provide a haptic signal. If the sensor senses the occurrence of the predetermined in-vehicle event, then the haptic device gives a haptic indication of the communication signal to the occupant. The predetermined in-vehicle event is thereby not interrupted by the haptic indication, and can proceed until the occupant chooses if and when to respond to the communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Matias Monges
  • Patent number: 11279265
    Abstract: A system and method for counteracting vibrations within a vehicle that include determining a disposition of an occupant seated within a seat of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining at least one vibrational value associated with at least one vibration affecting the seat of the vehicle and determining at least one counteractive vibrational value and at least one vibrational element located within the seat of the vehicle to be actuated. The system and method further include actuating the at least one vibrational element to counteract the at least one vibration affecting the seat of the vehicle based on the at least one counteractive vibrational value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Matias Monges, Joseph Anthony Alequin
  • Patent number: 11275447
    Abstract: A user, such as the driver of a vehicle, to retrieve information related to a point of interest (POI) near the vehicle by pointing at the POI or performing some other gesture to identify the POI. Gesture recognition is performed on the gesture to generate a target region that includes the POI that the user identified. After generating the target region, information about the POI can be retrieved by querying a server-based POI service with the target region or by searching in a micromap that is stored locally. The retrieved POI information can then be provided to the user via a display and/or speaker in the vehicle. This process beneficially allows a user to rapidly identify and retrieve information about a POI near the vehicle without having to navigate a user interface by manipulating a touchscreen or physical buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., EDGE 3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Pedram Vaghefinazari, Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Tarek A. El Dokor, Jordan Cluster, James E. Holmes
  • Patent number: 11243613
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring a plurality of system inputs, and detecting a behavioral pattern performed by a user and associated with the plurality of system inputs, When the behavioral pattern is detected, the method includes associating, in a memory, a gesture with at least one action, the at least one action being determined by the plurality of system inputs, and, upon detecting the gesture, executing the action associated with the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., EDGE 3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Tarek A. El Dokor
  • Patent number: 11238671
    Abstract: A system and method for providing haptic alerts within a vehicle that include receiving vehicle data associated with at least one vehicle warning. The system and method also include determining a severity associated with the at least one vehicle warning and determining a duration associated with the at least one vehicle warning. The system and method further include determining at least one haptic alert that corresponds to the severity and duration of the at least one vehicle warning and controlling at least one vibrational actuator to provide the at least one haptic alert based on the determined severity and duration of the at least one vehicle warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Hartley Ochavillo
  • Patent number: 11210540
    Abstract: A system and method for providing rear seat monitoring within a vehicle that include activating a vehicle camera system to capture images of at least one rear seat of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining if at least one rear seat passenger is located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle and storing a detection indication data when the at least one rear seat passenger is determined to be located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle. The system and method further include providing at least one type of alert based on analyzing the detection indication data and determining the location of the at least one rear seat passenger included within the detection indication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11173859
    Abstract: Vehicle occupant monitoring systems and methods detect that an outer handle of the vehicle is used to open a door, and determine a key fob state of the vehicle. On condition that the key fob state of the vehicle is undetected, at least one type of alert is transmitted to a mobile device associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Bryan Joe Hourt
  • Patent number: 11167693
    Abstract: Vehicle attention systems and techniques may include using a first seat and first actuator, a second seat and second actuator, an image capture device, an image analyzer, a microphone, a voice analyzer, and a controller. The image capture device may capture an image of a seating arrangement of a vehicle. The image analyzer may be implemented via a processor and may identify a first occupant occupying the first seat of the vehicle and a second occupant occupying the second seat of the vehicle. The microphone may receive a sound sample. The voice analyzer may be implemented via the processor and may determine a target occupant and associated seat from among the first seat and the second seat based on the sound sample. The controller may activate the first actuator or the second actuator based on the determined target occupant and the determined associated seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Matias Monges, Joseph Anthony Alequin
  • Patent number: 11142216
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for managing seat haptics are described herein. A system for managing seat haptics may include a seat equipped with an actuator, a processor, and a controller. The processor may receive a signal from a vehicle system. The controller may control the actuator to operate according to a first mode at a first time and operate according to a second mode at a second time based on the signal received from the vehicle system, such as a navigation system or sensor system. The vehicle system may be a vehicle navigation system and the controller may control the actuator to operate according to the first mode, at a first frequency, and according to the second mode, at a second frequency. The first time may be during travel along a route and the second time may be when the vehicle is less than a threshold distance from a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Hartley Ochavillo
  • Publication number: 20210213901
    Abstract: Vehicle occupant monitoring systems and methods detect that an outer handle of the vehicle is used to open a door, and determine a key fob state of the vehicle. On condition that the key fob state of the vehicle is undetected, at least one type of alert is transmitted to a mobile device associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu YAMAMOTO, Bryan Joe HOURT
  • Publication number: 20210208839
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a dynamic audio environment within a vehicle that includes receiving data associated with at least one audio stream that is being played through an audio system of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining a selected vehicle mode of the vehicle. The system and method additionally include selecting at least one audio effect that is associated with the selected vehicle mode of the vehicle to alter the at least one audio stream. The system and method further include controlling at least one audio source of the vehicle to provide the at least one audio stream according to the at least one audio effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11047704
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are directed to providing a notification of a presence of an occupant in a vehicle before arriving at a destination. In an illustrative embodiment, the vehicle may include a location system for tracking routes taken or traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may include a detection system for determining whether the occupant is in the vehicle along those routes traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may also include a notification system. The notification system may store the routes traveled by the vehicle with and without the occupant in the vehicle. The notification system may provide a notification when a route is taken with the occupant and the route is not associated with the occupant based on the historical patterns of the routes traveled by vehicle with and without the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20210081687
    Abstract: A system and method for providing rear seat monitoring within a vehicle that include activating a vehicle camera system to capture images of at least one rear seat of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining if at least one rear seat passenger is located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle and storing a detection indication data when the at least one rear seat passenger is determined to be located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle. The system and method further include providing at least one type of alert based on analyzing the detection indication data and determining the location of the at least one rear seat passenger included within the detection indication data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20200391763
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for managing seat haptics are described herein. A system for managing seat haptics may include a seat equipped with an actuator, a processor, and a controller. The processor may receive a signal from a vehicle system. The controller may control the actuator to operate according to a first mode at a first time and operate according to a second mode at a second time based on the signal received from the vehicle system, such as a navigation system or sensor system. The vehicle system may be a vehicle navigation system and the controller may control the actuator to operate according to the first mode, at a first frequency, and according to the second mode, at a second frequency. The first time may be during travel along a route and the second time may be when the vehicle is less than a threshold distance from a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Hartley Ochavillo
  • Publication number: 20200377015
    Abstract: A system and method for providing haptic counteractions and alerts within a seat of a vehicle that include determining that at least one front seat passenger is occupying at least one front passenger seat and at least one rear seat passenger is occupying at least one rear passenger seat. The system and method also include determining a location of the at least one rear seat passenger with respect to a location of the at least one front seat passenger within the vehicle and determining if at least one disturbance is affecting the at least one front passenger seat. The system and method further include actuating at least one vibrational element to counteract the at least one disturbance affecting the at least one front passenger seat and to provide a reminder alert pertaining to the at least one rear seat passenger to the at least one front seat passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Hartley Ochavillo, Joseph Anthony Alequin
  • Patent number: 10843624
    Abstract: A system and method for providing haptic counteractions and alerts within a seat of a vehicle that include determining that at least one front seat passenger is occupying at least one front passenger seat and at least one rear seat passenger is occupying at least one rear passenger seat. The system and method also include determining a location of the at least one rear seat passenger with respect to a location of the at least one front seat passenger within the vehicle and determining if at least one disturbance is affecting the at least one front passenger seat. The system and method further include actuating at least one vibrational element to counteract the at least one disturbance affecting the at least one front passenger seat and to provide a reminder alert pertaining to the at least one rear seat passenger to the at least one front seat passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Hartley Ochavillo, Joseph Anthony Alequin
  • Publication number: 20200334923
    Abstract: A system and method for providing haptic alerts within a vehicle that include receiving vehicle data associated with at least one vehicle warning. The system and method also include determining a severity associated with the at least one vehicle warning and determining a duration associated with the at least one vehicle warning. The system and method further include determining at least one haptic alert that corresponds to the severity and duration of the at least one vehicle warning and controlling at least one vibrational actuator to provide the at least one haptic alert based on the determined severity and duration of the at least one vehicle warning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Hartley Ochavillo
  • Patent number: 10807564
    Abstract: A vehicle seat haptic system in a vehicle includes a vehicle seat, the vehicle seat including a plurality of actuators configured to generate a haptic output. The vehicle seat haptic system also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of actuators. The controller is configured to determine an unauthorized entry event has occurred at the vehicle, detect the vehicle is operating, and control said plurality of actuators, in response to determining the unauthorized entry event has occurred, to generate an anti-theft haptic output across the vehicle seat. The anti-theft haptic output has at least one of a magnitude, distribution, and frequency that causes physical discomfort to a user of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Joseph Anthony Alequin, Matias Monges
  • Publication number: 20200324675
    Abstract: A system and method for alleviating sensory conflict in a vehicle are provided. According to one aspect, a computer-implemented method for alleviating sensory conflict in a vehicle is provided. The method includes identifying a sensory conflict for a vehicle occupant based on a sensory event at a location. The method also includes determining an inurement action to alleviate an impact of the sensory conflict on the vehicle occupant. The method further includes determining an actuation schedule for performing the inurement action an N number of times for a predetermined amount of time. The method yet further includes controlling a haptic device to perform the inurement action according to the activation schedule in response to the vehicle occupant being located in a seat of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Hartley Ochavillo, Joseph Anthony Alequin