Patents by Inventor Toshiki Kindo

Toshiki Kindo 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: 11397431
    Abstract: The likelihood of a remote driving request from a requester being unfulfilled is lowered. A server receives information regarding the remote driving request requesting a vehicle to travel by being remotely driven from a terminal of the requester, and receives information regarding a remote driving task selected by a remote driver (fulfilment agent) using a fulfilment agent operation terminal from the fulfilment agent operation terminal. A task corresponding to the received remote driving request is divided into plural remote driving tasks based on route information for the task, and information regarding at least one of the divided remote driving tasks is transmitted to the fulfilment agent operation terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Toshiki Kindo, Shunsuke Tanimori
  • Publication number: 20220174243
    Abstract: A vehicle display device is provided, the vehicle display device including a communication section configured to receive an image of a remote driver remotely operating a vehicle, an external vehicle display section configured to display an image externally to the vehicle, and a display control section configured to cause the image of the remote driver received by the communication section to be displayed on the external vehicle display section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke TANIMORI, Toshiki KINDO, Yuji SUZUKI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Tomoaki MIYAZAWA
  • Patent number: 11318935
    Abstract: Driving assist control has plural control modes associated with plural scenes on a one-to-one basis. A scene corresponding to driving environment for a vehicle is a subject scene, and a selected control mode is one associated with the subject scene. Plural pieces of scene description information respectively define the plural scenes. Selected scene description information is one defining the subject scene and indicates parameters used in the driving assist control of the selected control mode. A processor executes the driving assist control of the selected control mode based on the parameters indicated by the selected scene description information, and switches the selected control mode by switching the selected scene description information. When the subject scene changes, the processor notifies an occupant of the vehicle of switching of the selected control mode before switching the selected scene description information and the selected control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Publication number: 20220118978
    Abstract: A system includes an acquisition unit that acquires an operation amount or a duration count, and a switching unit that switches a driving state. The switching unit switches the driving state to the cooperative driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than an intervention threshold and less than a start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold during the autonomous driving state, switches the driving state to the autonomous driving state when the operation amount is less than the intervention threshold or the duration count is less than the first threshold during the cooperative driving state, and switches the driving state to the manual driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than the second threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu URANO, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa, Toshiki Kindo
  • Publication number: 20220121218
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device includes a map recording a content having different type for each position while one or a plurality of contents and positions are associated with each other, an acquisition unit acquiring the content corresponding to a first position on the map, a specification storage unit storing a plurality of autonomous driving modes of the vehicle and the type of content necessary for the execution of the modes in association with each other, a selection unit selecting an executable autonomous driving mode based on the type of content acquired by the acquisition unit and the type of content stored in the specification storage unit, and a control unit controlling the vehicle at the first position in the selected autonomous driving mode, the selection unit determines one autonomous driving mode based on an order of priority set in advance when there is a plurality of executable autonomous driving modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki MATSUI, Toshiki KINDO
  • Patent number: 11290691
    Abstract: A vehicle display device is provided, the vehicle display device including a communication section configured to receive an image of a remote driver remotely operating a vehicle, an external vehicle display section provided to an outer shell of the vehicle and configured to display an image externally to the vehicle, and a display control section configured to cause the image of the remote driver received by the communication section to be displayed on the external vehicle display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Tanimori, Toshiki Kindo, Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20220076577
    Abstract: A drive assist device includes a display that displays an image around a vehicle imaged by an imaging device installed on the vehicle, a setting unit that sets a target designated by a user on the image as a recognition target, a detection unit that detects a state change of the recognition target on the image in a case where the recognition target is set, and a notification control unit that controls a notification device to notify the user of the detection result in a case where the state change of the set recognition target is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Ichikawa, Toshiki Kindo, Katsuhiro Sakai, Masahiro Harada, Hiromitsu Urano
  • Publication number: 20220073060
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle traveling controller that performs emergency evacuation traveling in the case of an emergency for proper traveling control. The vehicle traveling controller determines whether the vehicle traveling in accordance with a normal traveling rule is not dangerous and becomes proper traveling or not on the basis of environmental information around a vehicle (S18), when it is determined that the vehicle traveling in accordance with the normal traveling rule becomes proper traveling, executes normal traveling control for instructing the vehicle to travel in accordance with the normal traveling rule (S20), and when vehicle traveling in accordance with the normal traveling rule does not become proper traveling, executes emergency evacuation traveling control for instructing the vehicle to perform emergency evacuation traveling which is not in accordance with the normal traveling rule (S22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiki KINDO, Kazuaki ASO, Masahiro HARADA
  • Patent number: 11267487
    Abstract: A driving control device includes a general user terminal that receives a request for a driving service for moving a vehicle to a destination by receiving, as inputs, a destination, a transit point, and a non-transit point at which the vehicle is not to be stopped, an occupant of the vehicle operation information acquisition device that receives an instruction from an occupant indicating a location where the vehicle is to be stopped, and a control device that, if the location input at the occupant operation information acquisition device of the vehicle running under the driving service corresponds to the non-transit point, causes the vehicle to pass without stopping at the location, and stops the vehicle at the location if the location does not correspond to the non-transit point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Toshiki Kindo, Shunsuke Tanimori
  • Publication number: 20220066457
    Abstract: A trajectory setting device that sets a trajectory of a host vehicle includes a first path generation unit configured to generate a first path by assuming all obstacles around the host vehicle to be stationary obstacles, a second path generation unit configured to generate a second path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move independently, a third path generation unit configured to generate a third path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move while interacting with at least one of the other obstacles or the host vehicle, a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate reliability of the second path and reliability of the third path, and a trajectory setting unit configured to set the trajectory for traveling from the first path, the second path, and the third path based on the reliability of the second path and the reliability of the third path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki KINDO
  • Patent number: 11260868
    Abstract: A system includes an acquisition unit that acquires an operation amount or a duration count, and a switching unit that switches a driving state. The switching unit switches the driving state to the cooperative driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than an intervention threshold and less than a start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold during the autonomous driving state, switches the driving state to the autonomous driving state when the operation amount is less than the intervention threshold or the duration count is less than the first threshold during the cooperative driving state, and switches the driving state to the manual driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa, Toshiki Kindo
  • Publication number: 20220058949
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicular environment estimation device capable of accurately estimating a travel environment around own vehicle on the basis of a predicted route of a mobile object or the like, which is moving in a blind area. A vehicular environment estimation device that is mounted in the own vehicle detects a behavior of another vehicle in the vicinity of the own vehicle, and estimates a travel environment, which affects the traveling of another vehicle, on the basis of the behavior of another vehicle. For example, the presence of another vehicle, which is traveling in a blind area, is estimated on the basis of the behavior of another vehicle. Therefore, it is possible to estimate a vehicle travel environment that cannot be recognized by the own vehicle but can be recognized by another vehicle in the vicinity of the own vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro SAKAI, Hiromitsu URANO, Toshiki KINDO
  • Publication number: 20220058948
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicular environment estimation device capable of accurately estimating a travel environment around own vehicle on the basis of a predicted route of a mobile object or the like, which is moving in a blind area. A vehicular environment estimation device that is mounted in the own vehicle detects a behavior of another vehicle in the vicinity of the own vehicle, and estimates a travel environment, which affects the traveling of another vehicle, on the basis of the behavior of another vehicle. For example, the presence of another vehicle, which is traveling in a blind area, is estimated on the basis of the behavior of another vehicle. Therefore, it is possible to estimate a vehicle travel environment that cannot be recognized by the own vehicle but can be recognized by another vehicle in the vicinity of the own vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro SAKAI, Hiromitsu URANO, Toshiki KINDO
  • Publication number: 20220048508
    Abstract: A system includes an acquisition unit that acquires an operation amount or a duration count, and a switching unit that switches a driving state. The switching unit switches the driving state to the cooperative driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than an intervention threshold and less than a start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold during the autonomous driving state, switches the driving state to the autonomous driving state when the operation amount is less than the intervention threshold or the duration count is less than the first threshold during the cooperative driving state, and switches the driving state to the manual driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than the second threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSH IKIKAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu URANO, Kentaro ICHIKAWA, Taisuke SUGAIWA, Toshiki KINDO
  • Patent number: 11208099
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle traveling controller that performs emergency evacuation traveling in the case of an emergency for proper traveling control. The vehicle traveling controller determines whether the vehicle traveling in accordance with a normal traveling rule is not dangerous and becomes proper traveling or not on the basis of environmental information around a vehicle (S18), when it is determined that the vehicle traveling in accordance with the normal traveling rule becomes proper traveling, executes normal traveling control for instructing the vehicle to travel in accordance with the normal traveling rule (S20), and when vehicle traveling in accordance with the normal traveling rule does not become proper traveling, executes emergency evacuation traveling control for instructing the vehicle to perform emergency evacuation traveling which is not in accordance with the normal traveling rule (S22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiki Kindo, Kazuaki Aso, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 11212469
    Abstract: An event camera includes an event base sensor configured to detect a luminance change of each pixel as an event and outputs an event signal including the time at which the event is detected and a pixel position at which the event occurs each time the event is detected; a buffer configured to store the event signal output by the event based sensor in a predetermined period that is returned back by a predetermined time from reference time; a storage unit that stores an image; and an update unit that updates the image stored in the storage unit based on the event signal so that the image stored in the storage unit becomes an image at update time included in the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11204607
    Abstract: A trajectory setting device that sets a trajectory of a host vehicle includes a first path generation unit configured to generate a first path by assuming all obstacles around the host vehicle to be stationary obstacles, a second path generation unit configured to generate a second path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move independently, a third path generation unit configured to generate a third path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move while interacting with at least one of the other obstacles or the host vehicle, a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate reliability of the second path and reliability of the third path, and a trajectory setting unit configured to set the trajectory for traveling from the first path, the second path, and the third path based on the reliability of the second path and the reliability of the third path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11205348
    Abstract: A drive assist device includes a display that displays an image around a vehicle imaged by an imaging device installed on the vehicle, a setting unit that sets a target designated by a user on the image as a recognition target, a detection unit that detects a state change of the recognition target on the image in a case where the recognition target is set, and a notification control unit that controls a notification device to notify the user of the detection result in a case where the state change of the set recognition target is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Ichikawa, Toshiki Kindo, Katsuhiro Sakai, Masahiro Harada, Hiromitsu Urano
  • Patent number: 11202041
    Abstract: An event camera includes an event-based sensor configured to detect a change in light intensity for each pixel as an event, and asynchronously output an event signal including a time when the event is detected and a pixel position where the event has occurred, a buffer configured to store the event signal output by the event-based sensor within a predetermined period between a time traced back to the past by the amount of the predetermined time from a reference time, and the reference time, a storage configured to store an image, and an update unit configured to update the image stored in the storage based on the event signal such that the image stored in the storage becomes an image of an update time included in the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11161521
    Abstract: An autonomous driving evaluation apparatus includes: an initial traffic scene setting unit configured to set an initial traffic scene, an initial state of the moving object model, and a road environment in which the autonomous driving vehicle model and the moving object model are disposed; a past traffic scene calculation unit configured to calculate a past traffic scene in which the autonomous driving vehicle model and the moving object model are involved at a past time point back traced from a time point of the initial traffic scene; and a performance evaluation unit configured to evaluate a performance of the autonomous driving algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo