Patents by Inventor Yuichi Watano

Yuichi Watano 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: 20210229638
    Abstract: A camera unit is configured to capture an image of an outside area of a vehicle. A translucent cover covers the camera unit. A first air cleaner is configured to jet gas toward an area on the translucent cover located within an angle of view of the camera unit. The first cleaner is located above the area in an up-down direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi WATANO, Shigeyuki WATANABE, Akinobu KUBOTA
  • Patent number: 10955553
    Abstract: A sensor system mounted on a vehicle includes: a first sensor configured to acquire information on a first area outside the vehicle; a second sensor configured to acquire information on a second area that partially overlaps with the first area outside the vehicle; and a controller configured to change an information acquisition rate of the first sensor and an information acquisition rate of the second sensor, in which when the information acquisition rate of one of the first sensor and the second sensor falls below a predetermined value, the controller increases the information acquisition rate of the other sensor to be higher than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Watano, Shigeyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20210025560
    Abstract: A first camera unit (111) acquires an image including at least an area ahead of a vehicle based on a first optical axis (X1). A second camera unit (112) acquires an image including at least an area on the left of the vehicle based on a second optical axis (X2). When viewed from an up-down direction of the vehicle, the first optical axis (X1) and the second optical axis (X2) intersect with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Watano, Yukio Nomura, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, Teppei Muramatsu, Yichao Xie
  • Patent number: 10836305
    Abstract: A marker lamp system includes a sensor configured to detect information around a vehicle, a projector configured to project an image onto a road surface around the vehicle, a controller configured to control the projector based on a detecting result of the sensor, and a marker lamp having a light emitting area surrounding the sensor and the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobutaka Tezuka, Yuichi Watano, Shigeyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20200207258
    Abstract: A marker lamp system includes a sensor configured to detect information around a vehicle, a projector configured to project an image onto a road surface around the vehicle, a controller configured to control the projector based on a detecting result of the sensor, and a marker lamp having a light emitting area surrounding the sensor and the projector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Nobutaka Tezuka, Yuichi Watano, Shigeyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20200209385
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a lamp chamber, an automatic operation marker lamp unit, and a sensor device. The lamp chamber includes a lamp body and an outer lens, and the automatic operation marker lamp unit and the sensor device are integrated in the lamp chamber. The automatic operation marker lamp unit informs surroundings that a vehicle is being driven automatically, and a sensor device detects information around the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Nobutaka Tezuka, Yuichi Watano, Shigeyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190353783
    Abstract: A sensor system mounted on a vehicle includes: a first sensor configured to acquire information on a first area outside the vehicle; a second sensor configured to acquire information on a second area that partially overlaps with the first area outside the vehicle; and a controller configured to change an information acquisition rate of the first sensor and an information acquisition rate of the second sensor, in which when the information acquisition rate of one of the first sensor and the second sensor falls below a predetermined value, the controller increases the information acquisition rate of the other sensor to be higher than the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yuichi Watano, Shigeyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190355133
    Abstract: An input interface is configured to receive at least one sensor signal corresponding to information of the exterior of the vehicle sensed by at least one sensor. A processor is configured to, based on the sensor signal, generate: a first data corresponding to first information sensed in a first area; and a second data corresponding to second information sensed in a second area located outside the first area. An output interface is configured to output the first data and the second data independently from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki WATANABE, Yuichi WATANO
  • Publication number: 20190351913
    Abstract: A sensor system mounted on a vehicle includes: a first sensor configured to detect information on a first area outside the vehicle; a second sensor configured to detect information on a second area that partially overlaps with the first area outside the vehicle; a memory configured to store a positional relationship between the first sensor and the second sensor based on information detected in an overlapped area between the first area and the second area; and a processor configured to generate positional displacement information of the sensor system with respect to the vehicle, based on the information detected by at least one of the first sensor and the second sensor and the positional relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Watanabe, Yuichi Watano
  • Publication number: 20190188494
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assist device which is mounted on a vehicle, includes an instruction recognition device which is configured to recognize operation instruction information for a vehicle displayed on a road surface. The vehicle on which the vehicle driving assist device is mounted is operated based on the operation instruction information. An instruction display device is mounted on a vehicle and is configured to display operation instruction information for another vehicle on a road surface with near-infrared light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sawa, Yuichi Watano
  • Patent number: 9969321
    Abstract: A control device of a vehicle lamp device includes a reception unit and a control unit. The control unit includes a timing determination unit configured to determine a driving timing of an actuator configured to change a posture of the vehicle lamp device. The timing determination unit drives the actuator when an acquisition number of the output values of the acceleration sensor reaches a first number while a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined value, and drives the actuator when the acquisition number of the output values of the acceleration sensor reaches a second number smaller than the first number while the vehicle speed is equal to or greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Watano, Takahisa Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20170151902
    Abstract: A control device of a vehicle lamp device includes a reception unit and a control unit. The control unit includes a timing determination unit configured to determine a driving timing of an actuator configured to change a posture of the vehicle lamp device. The timing determination unit drives the actuator when an acquisition number of the output values of the acceleration sensor reaches a first number while a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined value, and drives the actuator when the acquisition number of the output values of the acceleration sensor reaches a second number smaller than the first number while the vehicle speed is equal to or greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi WATANO, Takahisa NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 7751539
    Abstract: In order to provide a telecommunication control system for determining the most appropriate connection configuration according to a connection configuration requested by a caller terminal and a receiver terminal, the telecommunication control system comprises a caller priority call category judgment unit for generating a first priority call category identifier by judging a priority call category from first connection configuration information; a priority call category identifier notification unit for notifying a receiver side telecommunication control system of the first priority call category identifier; a requested call category judgment unit for judging a requested call category from a first priority call category identifier; a requested call category notification unit for notifying the receiver terminal of the requested call category; a receiver priority call category judgment unit for generating a second priority call category identifier from second connection configuration information; a connection call
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Yuichi Watano
  • Publication number: 20070172048
    Abstract: In order to provide a telecommunication control system for determining the most appropriate connection configuration according to a connection configuration requested by a caller terminal and a receiver terminal, the telecommunication control system comprises a caller priority call category judgment unit for generating a first priority call category identifier by judging a priority call category from first connection configuration information; a priority call category identifier notification unit for notifying a receiver side telecommunication control system of the first priority call category identifier; a requested call category judgment unit for judging a requested call category from a first priority call category identifier; a requested call category notification unit for notifying the receiver terminal of the requested call category; a receiver priority call category judgment unit for generating a second priority call category identifier from second connection configuration information; a connection call
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventor: Yuichi Watano