Patents by Inventor Yuji Otsuka

Yuji Otsuka 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: 7512252
    Abstract: The invention provides an image processing system capable of precisely locating the positions of the light spots covering near headlights through far tail lamps by using one camera. The invention, discriminating the headlights and tail lamps from noise lights such as a traffic light, streetlight, and vending machine, enhances the vehicle detection performance at night. The system includes an image input means that inputs images in front of a vehicle, an image analysis means that analyzes the images inputted by the image input means. The image input means has a means of photographing more than two images with different exposures. The image analysis means analyzes the images photographed by the image input means to transform them into the position information of the vehicles traveling in front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Hiroshi Takenaga, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji, Isao Furusawa
  • Publication number: 20080278577
    Abstract: An image processing system including an imaging unit mounted on a subject vehicle, and an image analysis unit that acquires images photographed by the imaging unit. The image analysis unit acquires plural images with different exposures that the imaging unit photographed, detects light spots emitted from the other vehicles from the plural images with different exposures, and detects positions of the other vehicles. The plural images are an image photographed with a first exposure, and an image photographed with a second exposure greater than the first exposure. The image analysis unit extracts a first area containing a first color component from the image photographed with the first exposure to determine the first area to be a first three-dimensional object, and extracts a second area containing a second color component from the image photographed with the second exposure to determine the second area to be a second three-dimensional object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Yuji OTSUKA, Hiroshi Takenaga, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji, Isao Furusawa
  • Publication number: 20080192984
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirai HIGUCHI, Yuji Otsuka, Takeshi Shima, Kimiyoshi Machii, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Publication number: 20080136612
    Abstract: Disclosed is an obstacle detection apparatus to detect more accurately a moving obstacle present around a motor vehicle. With this system, desired feature quantities of an obstacle present in a coverage of a first sensor are calculated and then stored into a storage device, and when the obstacle moves from the coverage of the first sensor to a coverage of a second sensor, a relative distance to the obstacle is calculated from the above-stored feature quantities of the obstacle and from the desired feature quantities of the obstacle, obtained by analyzing the recognition results of the second sensor that have been processed by a processor which processes the recognition results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimiyoshi Machii, Mirai Higuchi, Yuji Otsuka, Takeshi Shima, Shoji Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 7362883
    Abstract: A lane marker recognition method comprises the steps of inputting an image including a lane marker, extracting luminance change points in the image, and estimating the position of the lane marker using the extracted edge points. The edge extracting step includes calculating an angle of orientation of each of the edges and the lane marker position estimating step includes extracting edge points that are oriented toward a vanishing point of a road, from among the edge points extracted in the edge extracting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Hiroshi Takenaga, Jiro Takezaki, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Publication number: 20080084165
    Abstract: The present invention provides a headlight control apparatus which suppresses a feeling of strangeness given to a driver of an own vehicle by hunting due to reflector light while preventing a preceding vehicle and an on-coming vehicle from being dazzled, based on a video image obtained by a camera. The headlight is controlled by detecting the position of a light spot in the image captured by the camera to perform irradiation with a pattern which reduces the light quantity of a certain area above the detected light spot. Thereby, even if hunting occurs due to the reflector light, the irradiation light quantity of an entire irradiation area of the headlight does not vary, but only the irradiation light quantity for a partial area above a reflector varies, and therefore, the feeling of strangeness given to the driver can be suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji OTSUKA, Shoji MURAMATSU, Takeshi SHIMA, Tatsuhiko MONJI
  • Publication number: 20080025597
    Abstract: An image processing device of the present invention performs a task to execute an image processing This image processing device comprises a picture frame assigning unit that assigns an identification number to the image data to be collected by a picture collection device, an image capture requested picture of checking unit that checks whether the image data to which the identification number is assigned is identical with the image data that is requested by the task, an requested picture frame image collection notification unit that notifies the task of the image data having been collected which the task requests, if the image data to which the picture frame number is assigned is identical with the image data which the task requests, and an image capture requested picture frame receiving unit receives an image collection request from the task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Muramatsu, Tstsuaki Nakamikawa, Takeshi Shima, Yuji Otsuka, Mirai Higuchi, Tatsuhiko Monji, Kota Irie
  • Publication number: 20080013789
    Abstract: In conventional systems using an onboard camera disposed rearward of a vehicle for recognizing an object surrounding the vehicle, the object is recognized by the camera disposed rearward of the vehicle. In the image recognized by the camera, a road surface marking taken by the camera appears at a lower end of a screen of the image, which makes it difficult to predict a specific position in the screen from which the road surface marking appears. Further, an angle of depression of the camera is large, and it is a short period of time to acquire the object. Therefore, it is difficult to improve a recognition rate and to reduce false recognition. Results of recognition (type, position, angle, recognition time) made by a camera disposed forward of the vehicle, are used to predict a specific timing and a specific position of a field of view of a camera disposed rearward of the vehicle, at which the object appears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi SHIMA, Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka, Kimiyoshi Machii, Mirai Higuchi, Tatsuhiko Monji, Kota Irie
  • Publication number: 20080007619
    Abstract: An on-vehicle camera calibration apparatus includes: an on-vehicle camera; a camera parameter calculation unit configured to calculate camera parameters from a characteristic amount of a road surface sign photographed by the on-vehicle camera and recognized by an image processing and to output the camera parameters, wherein the camera parameters include an installation height and installation angle of the on-vehicle camera in photographing; and a camera parameter calibration unit configured to perform optical axis calibration control of the on-vehicle camera by the camera parameters output from the camera parameter calculation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shima, Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka, Tatsuhiko Monji, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 7295682
    Abstract: A driving lane recognition system which can improve the lane recognition accuracy by stably detecting the various kinds of lane markers is disclosed. An image processing means 6 for image-processing a road image taken by a camera 5 has a plurality of different kinds of image processing algorithms 9 to 11. A driving lane is detected by selecting an image processing algorithm suitable for the driving lane out of the plurality of different kinds of image processing algorithms 9 to 11 corresponding to a road on which a vehicle is running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Hiroshi Takenaga, Jiro Takezaki, Tatsuhiko Monjii
  • Publication number: 20070226953
    Abstract: The vacuum cleaner includes a vacuum cleaner body (20) having a dust collector (60) and an electric blower (33) for producing an intake negative pressure in the dust collector, a filter (100) for separating dust absorbed in the dust collector with air by the negative pressure, and a dust dumping member (304) for dumping the dust attached to the filter by vibrating the filter. Moreover, the vacuum cleaner includes a handle (200) mounted on the vacuum cleaner body for carrying the vacuum cleaner body, the handle being movable in a vertical direction between a storing position and a using position; a storage spring (323) for energizing the handle to the storing position; and a power transmission unit (300A) for driving the dust dumping member by linking with the vertical movement of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohtsu, Masatoshi Tanaka, Yuji Otsuka, Yukio Machida, Mitsuru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20070226952
    Abstract: An electric vacuum cleaner includes a first dust separation device configured to separate sucked dust, a first dust collection section for collecting the separated dust, a second dust separation device configured to separate the dust, a dust removing device configured to remove the dust adhering to the second dust separation device, a second dust collection section for accumulating the removed dust, a partition wall for zoning the first dust collection section and the second dust collection section and an introduction opening for introducing the removed dust into the second dust collection section; the partition wall includes a communication opening for communicating the first dust collection section to the second dust collection section and an opening and closing member for closing either of the introduction opening or the communication opening and switching the closing to the other by rotating, and the opening and closing member closes the introduction opening with a negative pressure by an electric fan and
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohtsu, Masatoshi Tanaka, Yuji Otsuka, Yukio Machida, Mitsuru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20070206833
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to detect a three-dimensional object by use of a single-eyed camera with a higher degree of accuracy by eliminating false detection of an obstacle, which is caused by a detection error of a vehicle speed sensor or that of a rudder angle sensor. A top view of a first image including a road surface image is created. The first image is imaged by a camera mounted to a vehicle. Then, a top view of a second image is created. The second image is imaged at a timing different from the timing when the first image is imaged. The two top views are associated with each other on the basis of a characteristic shape on the road surface. In each overlapped portion of the two top views, an area in which a difference occurs is identified as an obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji
  • Patent number: 7247838
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a lamp which emits light to a glass, an imaging device which captures light which is emitted from the lamp and reflected by the glass, and an optical filter, located between the glass and the imaging device, which transmits rays with a specific wavelength of the reflected light. A lens is provided in front of the imaging device, and a focus of the lens is adjusted to a point beyond the glass, and an image processor is provided which processes an image captured by the imaging device and detects moisture on the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takenaga, Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji, Ken Ohsumi, Isao Furusawa, Masaaki Fukuhara, Hiroyuki Kasuya
  • Patent number: 7224290
    Abstract: A traffic environment recognition system includes an image-processing unit, an information-merging unit, a radar unit, and a network connected to the image-processing unit, the radar unit, the information-merging unit and a vehicle control unit capable of controlling the traveling operation of a host vehicle. The image-processing unit recognizes headway distance, the azimuth, relative speed and width of the preceding vehicle, and the position of the host vehicle in a lane. The radar unit recognizes headway distance, the azimuth and relative speed of the preceding vehicle. The information-merging unit receives recognition results provided by the image-processing unit and the radar unit through the network, merges the recognition results, identifies recognition objects relating to the recognition results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takenaga, Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka
  • Patent number: 7208723
    Abstract: An image processing system that detects foreign matter on a glass window of a vehicle and objects in front of the vehicle. The system includes an image processor, a first lamp, and a second lamp. On/off control of the first and second lamps is controlled by the image processor. Light from the first lamp is reflected from the outer sauce of the glass when raindrops are present on the outside of the glass. Light from the second lamp is reflected from the inner surface of the glass when moisture is present on the inside of the glass. Any reflected light goes through a lens and an optical filter with prescribed optical characteristics to an image device. The lens is focused to a point beyond the window so that the image processor an also detect objects in front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takenaga, Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji, Ken Ohsumi, Isao Furusawa, Masaaki Fukuhara, Hiroyuki Kasuya
  • Publication number: 20070003148
    Abstract: Information of light from a subject is converted into information of the electric charges to generate image data for one screen in an image pickup device, the image data is outputted to an image processing LSI, only the image data belonging to a plurality of areas is selected by a processing amount reduction unit, the selected image data is transferred to a RAM in a single chop by a data transfer unit, and the processing of recognizing a white line is executed by a CPU on the basis of the image data stored in the RAM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Publication date: January 4, 2007
    Inventors: Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka, Yoshiki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takenaga, Jiro Takezaki, Tatsuhiko Monji, Isao Furusawa
  • Publication number: 20060243894
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a lamp which emits light to a glass, an imaging device which captures light which is emitted from the lamp and reflected by the glass, and an optical filter, located between the glass and the imaging device, which transmits rays with a specific wavelength of the reflected light. A lens is provided in front of the imaging device, and a focus of the lens is adjusted to a point beyond the glass, and an image processor is provided which processes an image captured by the imaging device and detects moisture on the glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takenaga, Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Tatsuhiko Monji, Ken Ohsumi, Isao Furusawa, Masaaki Fukuhara, Hiroyuki Kasuya
  • Patent number: 7110613
    Abstract: Information of light from a subject is converted into information of the electric charges to generate image data for one screen in an image pickup device, the image data is outputted to an image processing LSI, only the image data belonging to a plurality of areas is selected by a processing amount reduction unit, the selected image data is transferred to a RAM in a single chop by a data transfer unit, and the processing of recognizing a white line is executed by a CPU on the basis of the image data stored in the RAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka, Yoshiki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takenaga, Jiro Takezaki, Tatsuhiko Monji, Isao Furusawa
  • Publication number: 20060140449
    Abstract: A vehicle detection apparatus has a classifier that receives features of an image and judges whether the image is a vehicle. The features extracted from the picked-up image are supplied to the classifier so that judgment can be made of whether the image is the vehicle. If the judgment result and the result from a radar are not matched, the picked-up image pattern is registered in teaching data. The classifier is updated by learning from the teaching data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Shoji Muramatsu, Hiroshi Takenaga, Tatsuhiko Monji