Patents by Inventor Toru Tanigawa

Toru Tanigawa 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: 10809068
    Abstract: An orientation identification method for identifying an orientation of a device installed by being mounted on a moving body includes: obtaining a certain amount of acceleration in three mutually orthogonal directions detected by an acceleration sensor included in the device; and identifying the orientation of the device expressed in a coordinate system from acceleration data indicating the certain amount of acceleration obtained in the obtaining, according to movement characteristics indicated by statistics of acceleration during movement of the moving body expressed in the coordinate system, the coordinate system including a gravitational acceleration direction as an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Junichi Imoto, Yukie Shoda, Toru Tanigawa, Yusuke Tsukamoto, Seiya Imomoto
  • Publication number: 20200327460
    Abstract: A control unit of a server device, as an information processing apparatus of the present disclosure, is configured to execute: notifying a terminal held by a first user associated with pick-up/delivery (P/D) of a package of a P/D route and a scheduled passing time of the P/D route, at a predetermined time before a scheduled P/D time; receiving a boarding request of the first user, which is for boarding at a first location on the P/D route or within a first predetermined range around the P/D route, from the terminal; and transmitting to a moving object traveling for the P/D, a command for transporting the first user from the first location to a P/D destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi SUZUKi, Toru NISHITANI, Jun USAMI, Minami YODA, Kensuke KOIKE, Tsuyoshi OGAWA, Yohei TANIGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200328800
    Abstract: Provided is a system including: a first vehicle equipped with a land mobile station for mobile communication; and a second vehicle that transports the first vehicle and a user holding a terminal for mobile communication. The system further includes a control unit configured to acquire radio wave intensity of the mobile communication at a current location of the second vehicle, and generate, when the acquired radio wave intensity is less than a predetermined intensity, a command to unload the first vehicle from the second vehicle; and generating a command to relay the mobile communication by the land mobile station of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Suzuki, Toru Nishitani, Jun Usami, Minami Yoda, Kensuke Koike, Tsuyoshi Ogawa, Yohei Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20200307649
    Abstract: A control section of a server apparatus as an information processing apparatus in the disclosure executes: inquiring of a terminal of a user who desires to board a self-driving vehicle operating for pickup-delivery of an item, whether or not the user is able to handle work of pickup-delivery of the item at a pickup-delivery location between the self-driving vehicle and a pickup-delivery service user; and when a response indicating that the user is able to handle the work of pickup-delivery when the user is on board the self-driving vehicle is received from the terminal, transmitting to the self-driving vehicle an instruction to allow the user who desires to board and is able to handle the work of pickup-delivery to board the self-driving vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi SUZUKI, Toru NISHITANI, Jun USAMI, Minami YODA, Kensuke KOIKE, Tsuyoshi OGAWA, Yohei TANIGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200310438
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus manages operation of an autonomous vehicle that delivers a package. The information processing apparatus includes a control section that before the autonomous vehicle arrives at a basic delivery destination that is an original delivery destination of the package, acquires a location, at a planned delivery time of the package, of a user that receives the package, and where the location is different from the basic delivery destination, transmits an instruction for delivering the package to the location to the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Suzuki, Toru Nishitani, Jun Usami, Minami Yoda, Kensuke Koike, Tsuyoshi Ogawa, Yohei Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20200290650
    Abstract: The disclosure is an information processing device that manages an operation of an autonomous vehicle having a loading space in which a parcel is loaded. The information processing device includes a control unit that executes: acquiring operation plan information including a route along which the autonomous vehicle travels when the autonomous vehicle delivers the parcel, and a delivery time for the parcel; and acquiring vacant space information based on the operation plan information, the vacant space information including a traveling section where a vacant space is generated in the loading space of the autonomous vehicle, a time when the vacant space is generated in the loading space of the autonomous vehicle, and the size of the vacant space that is generated in the loading space of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Suzuki, Toru Nishitani, Jun Usami, Minami Yoda, Kensuke Koike, Tsuyoshi Ogawa, Yohei Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20200290686
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an autonomous traveling vehicle having a loading space for loading a package and/or a user. The autonomous traveling vehicle includes: a partition apparatus for performing switching between a partitioned state where the loading space is partitioned into a plurality of spaces separated from each other and a communicating state where the loading space forms one continuous space; and a control unit that controls the partition apparatus such that the loading space is brought into the communicating state when only any one of the package and the user is loaded in the loading space and the loading space is brought into the partitioned state when both of the package and the user are loaded in the loading space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi SUZUKI, Toru NISHITANI, Jun USAMI, Minami YODA, Kensuke KOIKE, Tsuyoshi OGAWA, Yohei TANIGAWA
  • Patent number: 10747996
    Abstract: An identification method includes acquiring image data, acquiring a photography condition for the image data, selecting a classifier corresponding to the acquired photography condition from a plurality of classifiers, each of which was created for one of a plurality of different photography conditions, and identifying a target in the acquired image data by using the selected classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yukie Shoda, Toru Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20200257312
    Abstract: An information processing system that manages traveling of a plurality of autonomous vehicles when the autonomous vehicles travel in a platoon is provided. Each of the autonomous vehicles is equipped with a motor, and an operation source as a substance consumed for operating the motor. The information processing system includes a controller configured to obtain a parameter correlated with an operation source remaining amount as a remaining amount of the operation source installed on each of the autonomous vehicles, and determine a traveling order of the autonomous vehicles traveling in the platoon, based on the parameter of each of the autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi SUZUKI, Toru NISHITANI, Jun USAMI, Minami YODA, Kensuke KOIKE, Tsuyoshi OGAWA, Yohei TANIGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200250432
    Abstract: An annotation device includes: a similarity information obtainer that obtains similarity information indicating whether or not a plurality of labels to be added as annotation data to images are similar to each other; a determiner that determines a layout of the plurality of labels to be displayed on an operation screen for an annotation operation based on the similarity information; a data obtainer communicator that obtains the annotation data added to the images using the operation screen; and an inspector that inspects the annotation data obtained by the second communicator for an erroneously added label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventor: Toru TANIGAWA
  • Patent number: 10692378
    Abstract: In an information collection method of the present disclosure, a processor of an information collection system acquires event sensor data and identification information from an on-vehicle terminal or a passenger terminal, the event sensor data being output, in response to an event trigger, from an on-vehicle sensor mounted on the on-vehicle terminal or a passenger sensor mounted on the passenger terminal, the identification information identifying an output source of the event sensor data, identifies the passenger terminal associated with the identification information when the identification information indicates the on-vehicle terminal, identifies the on-vehicle terminal associated with the identification information when the identification information indicates the passenger terminal, requests sensor data from the identified passenger terminal or on-vehicle terminal, acquires the sensor data from a request destination, and stores the event sensor data and the sensor data in association with each other in a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yukie Shoda, Toru Tanigawa, Junichi Imoto, Yusuke Tsukamoto, Hidetsugu Maekawa, Tetsuji Fuchikami, Seiya Imomoto
  • Patent number: 10650681
    Abstract: A parking position identification method includes acquiring input data as an image that is generated by photographing a parking region by a camera which is installed in a target vehicle, and identifying a parking position of the target vehicle in the photographed parking region by inputting the input data to a learning model that indicates a relationship between the parking region which has a width in which parking of at least one vehicle is feasible and a parking position for one vehicle in the parking region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toru Tanigawa, Yukie Shoda, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Publication number: 20200074377
    Abstract: A contribution level determination method includes: obtaining, from a first storage device, records of annotation works for each of one or more units of target data for which the annotation works carried out by each of workers that use crowdsourcing have been completed; and calculating work contribution levels for each of worker IDs representing a different one of the workers, in accordance with a predetermined weighting rule stored in a second storage device, by referring to the records. In the calculating of the contribution levels, for each of the one or more units of target data, the work contribution level is calculated using a heavier weight for the worker ID representing a particular worker who carried out the annotation work initially than for the work contribution levels for the worker IDs representing the workers who carried out annotation works after the particular worker, in the order of the annotation works.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Toru TANIGAWA, Yukie SHODA, Junichi IMOTO, Yusuke TSUKAMOTO, Seiya IMOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200043341
    Abstract: In an information collection method of the present disclosure, a processor of an information collection system acquires event sensor data and identification information from an on-vehicle terminal or a passenger terminal, the event sensor data being output, in response to an event trigger, from an on-vehicle sensor mounted on the on-vehicle terminal or a passenger sensor mounted on the passenger terminal, the identification information identifying an output source of the event sensor data, identifies the passenger terminal associated with the identification information when the identification information indicates the on-vehicle terminal, identifies the on-vehicle terminal associated with the identification information when the identification information indicates the passenger terminal, requests sensor data from the identified passenger terminal or on-vehicle terminal, acquires the sensor data from a request destination, and stores the event sensor data and the sensor data in association with each other in a
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yukie SHODA, Toru TANIGAWA, Junichi IMOTO, Yusuke TSUKAMOTO, Hidetsugu MAEKAWA, Tetsuji FUCHIKAMI, Seiya IMOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190303718
    Abstract: A learning data creation method acquires items of still image data or moving image data as event data and non-event data, presents first data that is still image data or moving image data that is of a predetermined time before an event and included in the event data and still image data or moving image data, presents non-event data as second data, receives a judgment result as to whether the first data and second data are similar, (a) stores the event data as positive data, (b) stores the non-event data as positive data if the first data and second data are similar, and (c) stores the non-event data as negative data if the first data and second data are not similar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Toru TANIGAWA, Yukie SHODA, Junichi IMOTO, Yusuke TSUKAMOTO, Seiya IMOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190195636
    Abstract: An orientation identification method for identifying an orientation of a device installed by being mounted on a moving body includes: obtaining a certain amount of acceleration in three mutually orthogonal directions detected by an acceleration sensor included in the device; and identifying the orientation of the device expressed in a coordinate system from acceleration data indicating the certain amount of acceleration obtained in the obtaining, according to movement characteristics indicated by statistics of acceleration during movement of the moving body expressed in the coordinate system, the coordinate system including a gravitational acceleration direction as an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Junichi IMOTO, Yukie SHODA, Toru TANIGAWA, Yusuke TSUKAMOTO, Seiya IMOMOTO
  • Patent number: 10282634
    Abstract: An image processing method includes acquiring consecutive time-series images captured by an onboard camera of a vehicle, having a first annotation indicating two or more first regions, and at least including one or more images in which the two or more first regions are on a path of the vehicle and a distance therebetween is smaller than or equal to a threshold; determining, in reverse chronological order from an image of the last time point, positions of the two or more regions in each consecutive time-series image; identifying, from among the consecutive time-series images, the first image of a first time point in which none of the two or more first regions are located on the path, and setting, as a second region, a region between the two or more first regions in the identified first image; and attaching a second annotation to the first image corresponding to the first time point, the second annotation indicating the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuki Kozuka, Toru Tanigawa, Masahiko Saito
  • Patent number: 10266260
    Abstract: A remote-operated working device includes a movement controller that controls movement of the remote-operated working device; a working unit that performs a predetermined work on the work target; a first detector that detects contact between the working unit and the target; and a communicator that transmits a signal for vibrating the remote control to the remote control in a case where contact between the working unit and the work target is detected by the first detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Toru Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 10210420
    Abstract: An image processing method includes acquiring consecutive time-series images captured by an onboard camera and including at least one image having a first annotation indicating a first region; determining, for each of the images, in reverse chronological order from an image of the last time point, whether the first region exists in the image based on whether the first annotation is attached; identifying the first image of a first time point for which the first region is determined not to exist, and setting a second region including a partial region of an object in the identified first image, indicating the moving object that is obstructed by the object before appearing on the path, and having dimensions based on dimensions of the first region in an image of a second time point immediately after the first time point; and attaching a second annotation to the image corresponding to the second time point, the second annotation indicating the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuki Kozuka, Toru Tanigawa, Masahiko Saito
  • Publication number: 20190026558
    Abstract: Techniques of simplifying a process of performing an annotation process and constructing learning data by using CG data are provided. A learning data generation device generates scene data for generating learning data from scene data of CG data that include various models. In the generation, the models other than a specific object model are deleted from the scene data, the specific object model is made a specific color, and a specific object region of the specific object model is set. Then, the image for scene data and information of the specific object region are associated with each other and stored as the learning data in a second storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: TORU TANIGAWA, YUKIE SHODA, SEIYA IMOMOTO