Patents by Inventor Tatsuhiko Monji

Tatsuhiko Monji 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: 20210001767
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to attain automatic light control that detects the brightness of the surroundings using vehicle speed, steering angle, and other relevant information so that said control will not feel unnatural to the driver. Another objective of the present invention is to prevent erroneous operations caused by sudden changes in the environment during vehicle travel or by a preceding vehicle. Provided is an automatic light system for automatically turning on and off the lights of a vehicle in accordance with the surrounding environment, the system including: an imaging device that images an area in front of the vehicle and generates image data; an image processing unit that generates light mode information, with which turning on and off of the lights is controlled, on the basis of the brightness in an upper region and lower region of the image data; and a light control unit that controls the lights on the basis of the light mode information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Zihan YU, Takakiyo YASUKAWA, Tatsuhiko MONJI
  • Patent number: 10810448
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image-capturing device capable of fulfilling a complementary role to a vehicle behavior sensor when a failure occurs in the vehicle behavior sensor. The invention is characterized by being provided with: an image acquisition unit for acquiring images of the surroundings of a vehicle; a vehicle behavior inference unit for inferring vehicle behavior information on the basis of the images acquired by the image acquisition unit; a vehicle behavior acquisition unit for acquiring vehicle behavior information which has been detected by a vehicle behavior sensor; and an abnormality detection unit for detecting an abnormality in the vehicle behavior sensor by comparing the behavior information acquired by the vehicle behavior acquisition unit and the behavior information inferred by the vehicle behavior inference unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Nonaka, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Publication number: 20200148097
    Abstract: Provided is an object detection system which enables detection of a body of interest without causing any disturbance outside a vehicle even if the body of interest is present in a restricted-illumination area. In accordance with the timing whereby an imaging module captures an image of an object in the restricted-illumination area and on the basis of the result of image processing by an image processing module, an illumination control module controls the start and end of illumination of the restricted-illumination area by an illumination module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Takakiyo YASUKAWA, Tatsuhiko MONJI
  • Publication number: 20190303690
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image-capturing device capable of fulfilling a complementary role to a vehicle behavior sensor when a failure occurs in the vehicle behavior sensor. The invention is characterized by being provided with: an image acquisition unit for acquiring images of the surroundings of a vehicle; a vehicle behavior inference unit for inferring vehicle behavior information on the basis of the images acquired by the image acquisition unit; a vehicle behavior acquisition unit for acquiring vehicle behavior information which has been detected by a vehicle behavior sensor; and an abnormality detection unit for detecting an abnormality in the vehicle behavior sensor by comparing the behavior information acquired by the vehicle behavior acquisition unit and the behavior information inferred by the vehicle behavior inference unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems ,Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi NONAKA, Tatsuhiko MONJI
  • Patent number: 10210400
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to obtain an external environment-recognizing apparatus with which it is possible to obtain detection results having a necessary accuracy when a plurality of target objects from a captured image are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shima, Toshiyuki Aoki, Haruki Matono, Tatsuhiko Monji, Rikiya Kashimura, Yasuto Arakaki
  • Patent number: 10026158
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an imaging device that prevents mismatching in image matching for parallax calculation even if the sharpnesses of an end part and center part of a processing area differ. An imaging device 1 according to the present invention is provided with a means for equalizing the sharpnesses of the processing areas of a reference image and a comparison image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Aoki, Takeshi Shima, Tatsuhiko Monji, Hiroshi Kuroda, Keiichi Betsui, Seiji Murata
  • Publication number: 20170221188
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an imaging device that prevents mismatching in image matching for parallax calculation even if the sharpnesses of an end part and center part of a processing area differ. An imaging device 1 according to the present invention is provided with a means for equalizing the sharpnesses of the processing areas of a reference image and a comparison image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki AOKI, Takeshi SHIMA, Tatsuhiko MONJI, Hiroshi KURODA, Keiichi BETSUI, Seiji MURATA
  • Patent number: 9704047
    Abstract: To provide a moving object recognition apparatus that earlier detects a moving object crossing a road, the moving object recognition apparatus includes a left imaging unit 101, a right imaging unit 102, a moving object detection unit that detects a moving object based on images imaged by the left imaging unit and the right imaging unit, wherein, suppose that non-overlap regions in which an imaging region of the left imaging unit 101 and an imaging region of the right imaging unit 102 do not overlap are first regions 203, 204 and an overlap region in which the imaging region of the left imaging unit and the imaging region of the right imaging unit overlap is a second region 205, the moving object detection unit uses different methods of detecting the moving object between the first regions and the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shima, Haruki Matono, Hiroto Morizane, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Publication number: 20170039434
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to obtain an external environment-recognizing apparatus with which it is possible to obtain detection results having a necessary accuracy when a plurality of target objects from a captured image are detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Takeshi SHIMA, Toshiyuki AOKI, Haruki MATONO, Tatsuhiko MONJI, Rikiya KASHIMURA, Yasuto ARAKAKI
  • Patent number: 9456199
    Abstract: Although a conventional method can eliminate a mounting position deviation when left and right camera units only are taken into consideration, a problem is posed that deviation again occurs due to poor machining precision and assembly precision at the mounting surface between a camera unit and a member when a camera unit is mounted to a stay. According to this invention, mounting surfaces for mounting left and right imaging elements to a stay are provided to directly position left and right imaging elements to the stay, whereby built-up tolerance between components is reduced and the positional mounting precision between imaging elements is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Ohsumi, Masaaki Fukuhara, Tatsuhiko Monji, Norio Koike
  • Patent number: 9443313
    Abstract: A stereo camera apparatus which carries out distance measuring stably and with high accuracy by making measuring distance resolution variable according to a distance to an object is provided. A stereo camera apparatus 1 takes in two images, changes resolution of a partial area of each image that is taken in, and calculates a distance from a vehicle to an object that is imaged in the partial area, based on disparity of the partial area of each image in which resolution is changed. Thus, even when the object exists at a long distance and is small in size, distance measuring processing can be carried out stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Muramatsu, Mirai Higuchi, Tatsuhiko Monji, Soichiro Yokota, Morihiko Sakano, Takeshi Shima
  • Publication number: 20150339825
    Abstract: A stereo camera apparatus which carries out distance measuring stably and with high accuracy by making measuring distance resolution variable according to a distance to an object is provided. A stereo camera apparatus 1 takes in two images, changes resolution of a partial area of each image that is taken in, and calculates a distance from a vehicle to an object that is imaged in the partial area, based on disparity of the partial area of each image in which resolution is changed. Thus, even when the object exists at a long distance and is small in size, distance measuring processing can be carried out stably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji MURAMATSU, Mirai HIGUCHI, Tatsuhiko MONJI, Soichiro YOKOTA, Morihiko SAKANO, Takeshi SHIMA
  • Publication number: 20150235093
    Abstract: To provide a moving object recognition apparatus that earlier detects a moving object crossing a road, the moving object recognition apparatus includes a left imaging unit 101, a right imaging unit 102, a moving object detection unit that detects a moving object based on images imaged by the left imaging unit and the right imaging unit, wherein, suppose that non-overlap regions in which an imaging region of the left imaging unit 101 and an imaging region of the right imaging unit 102 do not overlap are first regions 203, 204 and an overlap region in which the imaging region of the left imaging unit and the imaging region of the right imaging unit overlap is a second region 205, the moving object detection unit uses different methods of detecting the moving object between the first regions and the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Shima, Haruki Matono, Hiroto Morizane, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 9074906
    Abstract: A road shape recognition device capable of accurately recognizing the road shape of a road that lies ahead in the travel direction of a vehicle is provided. A road shape recognition device 1 detects a road region of the road based on an image capturing a scene ahead in the travel direction of the vehicle, and estimates the shape of the road based on that road region. Thus, it is possible to accurately recognize road shapes over distances ranging from short to long.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirai Higuchi, Morihiko Sakano, Takeshi Shima, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 9077907
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus that can implement image recognition processing on all of objects to be recognized, and can reduce a load of capturing and transferring images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirai Higuchi, Masahiro Kiyohara, Takeshi Shima, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 9064418
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted environment recognition apparatus including a simple pattern matching unit which extracts an object candidate from an image acquired from a vehicle-mounted image capturing apparatus by using a pattern shape stored in advance and outputs a position of the object candidate, an area change amount prediction unit which calculates a change amount prediction of the extracted object candidate on the basis of an object change amount prediction calculation method set differently for each area of a plurality of areas obtained by dividing the acquired image, detected vehicle behavior information, and an inputted position of the object candidate, and outputs a predicted position of an object, and a tracking unit which tracks the object on the basis of an inputted predicted position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Shoji Muramatsu, Isao Furusawa, Shinya Ohtsuji, Takeshi Shima, Yuji Otsuka, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 9058746
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing device and a processing method both of which are capable of executing processing in response to a traveling situation of a vehicle, thereby securing safety at the time of emergency while securing convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 9042604
    Abstract: An image pickup device that acquires images is controlled by an image pickup device controller that accepts image acquisition requests from multiple application programs, and an application scheduler selects application programs to be executed. Information indicative of the image data volumes and image data acquisition rates required for each of the multiple application programs is stored and used to select multiple concurrently executable application programs on the basis of the image data volumes and image data acquisition rates. An image acquisition scheduler determines the timing and intervals at which the multiple executable application programs repeat receiving image data from the image pickup device, without overlapping in terms of time. In addition, an operations section, which explicitly presents concurrently executable application programs to a user and commands the startup of these programs, is displayed on a navigation screen menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Muramatsu, Yuuji Otsuka, Hiroshi Takenaga, Tatsuhiko Monji, Jiro Takezaki, Isao Furusawa
  • Patent number: 8885888
    Abstract: An in-vehicle running-environment recognition apparatus including an input unit for inputting an image signal from in-vehicle imaging devices for photographing external environment of a vehicle, an image processing unit for detecting a first image area by processing the image signal, the first image area having a factor which prevents recognition of the external environment, an image determination unit for determining a second image area based on at least any one of size of the first image area, position thereof, and set-up positions of the in-vehicle imaging devices having the first image area, an environment recognition processing being performed in the second image area, the first image area being detected by the image processing unit, and an environment recognition unit for recognizing the external environment of the vehicle based on the second image area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirai Higuchi, Yuji Otsuka, Takeshi Shima, Kimiyoshi Machii, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 8878935
    Abstract: In the present invention, images at a front side or a rear side of a vehicle are obtained from a plurality of image capturing devices and a disparity and a distance to the captured object are calculated from the images, if the disparity is not sufficiently obtained, pattern light is irradiated onto a capturing object and an image of the object onto which the pattern light is irradiated is obtained again from the plurality of image capturing devices and the disparity and the distance to the captured object are calculated. Therefore, it is possible to provide an in-vehicle camera and system that recognizes an obstacle even in a situation where it is difficult to obtain the disparity of the obstacle around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kourogi, Tatsuhiko Monji