Patents by Inventor Yuki Minase

Yuki Minase 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: 11420679
    Abstract: A steering assist apparatus is configured to, when performing a steering assist control for parking, perform one or both of the following processes (a) and (b): (a) a first setting process for setting a movement path when an oncoming lane is present, the first setting process being a process for setting the movement path in such a manner that a vehicle body does not enter the oncoming lane side from an own lane across a center line or a predetermined line obtained by translating the center line; and (b) a second setting process for setting the movement path when a following vehicle is present, the second setting process being a process for setting the movement path in such a manner that a distance between the vehicle body and a parking-possible region is less than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ohtani, Shinya Sannodo, Yuki Minase
  • Publication number: 20220176954
    Abstract: In a vehicle collision determination apparatus, a position calculation unit calculates a trajectory of a target that is a movement trajectory of the target, and calculates an entrainment trajectory of the vehicle that is a movement trajectory of the vehicle during a turn, and calculate a position of collision where a collision is likely to occur between the vehicle and the target based on the trajectory of the target and the entrainment trajectory of the vehicle. A time calculation unit calculates a time to collision (TTC) that is a time it takes for the target to reach the position of collision. In response to the time to collision being equal to or less than a predefined determination threshold, a risk determination unit determines that there is a risk of collision between the vehicle and the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Atsushi KOBAYASHI, Yuki MINASE, Motonari OHBAYASHI, Masumi FUKUMAN
  • Publication number: 20220111793
    Abstract: A display control device mounted on a vehicle having a parking support function controls a display to display a rear image captured by a rear camera. The display control device acquires the rear image captured by the rear camera; and superimposes, in response to the parking support function being activated, a target image item indicating a target parking position at a predetermined position of the rear image which corresponds to the target parking position. The display control device superimposes at least a part of the target image item in translucent manner on the rear image, and superimpose, on the rear image, an emphasized image item that emphasizes at least four corners of the target image item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: MASAHIRO IINO, MICHIHIRO TAKADA, MAYUKO MAEDA, YASUTAKA MATSUNAGA, TOSHIHIRO TAKAGI, TAKUYA NAKAGAWA, YUKI MINASE
  • Publication number: 20220097686
    Abstract: A parking assistance device includes a central processing unit. The central processing unit detects the size of a parking space. The central processing unit sets the size of an extra space to be secured at a minimum between a vehicle and an object around the parking space while changing that size according to the detected size of the parking space. Based on the set size of the extra space, the central processing unit provides assistance in parking the vehicle into the parking space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicants: AISIN CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke KIYOKAWA, Norio IMAI, Yuki MINASE, Takuya NAKAGAWA
  • Patent number: 11273822
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus is configured to execute parking assist control including steering angle automatic control, driving force automatic control and braking force automatic control, the parking assist apparatus being programmed to notify an occupant of an operation request requesting a driving operation of the vehicle to be performed for the parking assist control; and terminate the parking assist control and notify the occupant that the parking assist control is terminated when the driving operation corresponding to the operation request has not been performed by the occupant within a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Oyama, Yuki Minase, Shinya Sannodo, Miyuki Omori, Norio Imai
  • Publication number: 20210370919
    Abstract: An information processing device for a vehicle includes an object detecting unit, an object information storage unit, and an object information management unit. The object detecting unit detects, based on an output of a sensor mounted on the vehicle, an object located around the vehicle. The object information storage unit stores, as object information, information about the object detected by the object detecting unit. The object information management unit is configured to: receive, from a travelling assistance unit that performs an assistance operation of assisting travelling of the vehicle based on the object information, related information, the related information being related to the assistance operation performed by the travelling assistance unit; determine storage priority of the object information in the object information storage unit based on the related information; and manage a storage state of the object information in the object information storage unit based on the storage priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Shunsuke KUSUHARA, Yuki MINASE, Motonari OHBAYASHI, Yutaka HAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210356583
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus is mounted to a moving body to which a plurality of distance measurement sensors are mounted, and detects an object that is present in a vicinity of the moving body. In response to direct waves and indirect waves being received, the object detection apparatus acquires a relative position of an object to a moving body based on principles of triangulation using distance measurement information based on the direct waves and distance measurement information based on the indirect waves. In response to the received waves being reflected waves from an object of which the relative position has been already acquired and only either of the direct waves and the indirect waves being received as received waves, the object detection apparatus estimates the relative position of the object to the moving body based on a reference position that is the relative position that has been already acquired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Shinji KUTOMI, Yuki MINASE, Motonari OHBAYASHI, Masumi FUKUMAN
  • Publication number: 20210316788
    Abstract: Provided is a steering assist apparatus configured to perform a steering assist control for changing a steering angle of a vehicle in such a manner that the vehicle moves along a target path; determine whether a newly-detected object is a stationary object or a moving object; cancel the steering assist control and inform a driver that the steering assist control is cancelled when the newly-detected object is the stationary object and a cancel condition is satisfied; pause the steering assist control and inform the driver that the steering assist control is paused when the newly-detected object is the moving object and a pause condition is satisfied; and resume the steering assist control when a resume condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya OHTANI, Shinya Sannodo, Yuki Minase
  • Patent number: 11124182
    Abstract: A surroundings monitoring apparatus obtains the position of an object from a captured image of a region in a heading direction of a vehicle, and obtains a position obtainment accuracy. When the distance between the object and the vehicle becomes relatively short, the position obtainment accuracy increases. However, the distance between the object and the vehicle becomes shorter, the position obtainment accuracy may decrease. Therefore, if collision avoidance control is performed for an object selected on the basis of the position obtainment accuracy, there is a possibility that the collision avoidance control is not performed for an object which is most likely to collide with the vehicle. In view of this, the apparatus obtains, for each object, a required deceleration which is the magnitude of acceleration necessary for stoppage at a position before the object, and performs the collision avoidance control for an object which is the largest in the required deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Takagi, Yuki Minase
  • Publication number: 20210284140
    Abstract: Provided is an obstacle detecting unit that acquires a detection signal based on a distance between a vehicle and an obstacle around the vehicle; an image acquiring unit that acquires an image signal corresponding to an image around the vehicle; and a control unit that executes, based on the detection signal and the image signal, an automatic parking process detecting the parking space and parking the vehicle in the parking space. The control unit is configured to execute, when executing the automatic parking process, a fault handling process depending on a state of the automatic parking process in the case where a fault occurs in either the obstacle detecting unit or the image acquiring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshiki HAYAKAWA, Yuki MINASE, Motonari OHBAYASHI, Masumi FUKUMAN
  • Patent number: 11104355
    Abstract: A parking support apparatus determines whether or not a leaving condition becomes satisfied while the controller is executing the automatic parking control and the current shift range is at range other than a parking range, the leaving condition being a condition that is satisfied when the driver performs a leaving action. The parking support apparatus determines whether or not the vehicle has already reached the target parking area. The parking support apparatus generates a first alert having a first alerting capability, if the vehicle has already reached the target parking area when the leaving condition has been satisfied, and generates a second alert having a second alerting capability lower than the first alerting capability or no alerts, if the vehicle has not reached the target parking area yet when the leaving condition has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasutaka Matsunaga, Yuki Minase, Miyuki Omori, Toshihiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 11072367
    Abstract: Provided is a steering assist apparatus configured to perform a steering assist control for changing a steering angle of a vehicle in such a manner that the vehicle moves along a target path; determine whether a newly-detected object is a stationary object or a moving object; cancel the steering assist control and inform a driver that the steering assist control is cancelled when the newly-detected object is the stationary object and a cancel condition is satisfied; pause the steering assist control and inform the driver that the steering assist control is paused when the newly-detected object is the moving object and a pause condition is satisfied; and resume the steering assist control when a resume condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ohtani, Shinya Sannodo, Yuki Minase
  • Publication number: 20210107564
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus obtains a target travelling route from a present position of a vehicle to a target parking position and controls the vehicle such that the vehicle moves along the target travelling route. The target travelling route is obtained such that the vehicle moves backward to reach the target parking position and the vehicle is moves in a region on the target parking position side of a travelling boundary line. The travelling boundary line is a straight line which is in front of the vehicle located at the target parking position and which is away from a reference position by a boundary distance. The reference position is a position at a front end and at a center in a lateral direction of the vehicle located at the target parking position. The boundary distance is a configurable value changed by a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki MINASE, Takuya NAKAGAWA, Junji HORIGUCHI, Norio IMAI
  • Publication number: 20210107562
    Abstract: The parking assist apparatus comprises an imaging apparatus, a controller capable of performing parking assist control including registration mode and parking assist mode, and a door opening/closing sensor. The registration mode includes parking position setting processing for temporarily setting a parking position in a registration-planned-region, and parking position correction processing for registering a corrected parking position under a state where the vehicle is stopped in the parking position as a registered parking position in association with feature points already extracted from a captured image including the registration-planned-region. The parking assist mode includes parking assist processing for detecting the feature point(s) from a captured image and thereby calculating the registered parking position, and parking the vehicle in the registered parking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junji HORIGUCHI, Yuki Minase, Takuya Nakagawa, Norio Imai
  • Publication number: 20210107563
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus obtains a target travelling route from a present position of a vehicle to a target parking position when it is determined that a predetermined route obtaining condition is satisfied. In addition, the parking assistance apparatus executes a travelling assistance processing for controlling at least a steering angle of the vehicle such that the vehicle travels along the target travelling route when a predetermined assist starting condition is satisfied. The target travelling route is obtained such that a distance between the vehicle and the object is kept larger than the threshold distance while the vehicle travels along that target travelling route The threshold distance is stored in the parking assistance apparatus and a configurable value which can be changed by a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Minase, Takuya Nakagawa, Junji Horiguchi, Satoshi Kozai, Norio Imai
  • Publication number: 20210107460
    Abstract: Accuracy of acquired parking space information on a parking space having a target parking range set therein is increased when the parking space information is registered. A vehicle parking assist apparatus (10) has a registration mode for registering the information on the parking space having the target parking range set therein, and a plurality of vehicle speed modes having different travel speeds of a vehicle (100) during execution of parking travel processing. The plurality of vehicle speed modes include two or more vehicle speed modes, one of which is selectable by a user. When the registration mode is not selected, during the execution of the parking travel processing, the vehicle parking assist apparatus (10) causes the vehicle (100) to travel in the vehicle speed mode selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki MINASE, Takuya NAKAGAWA, Junji HORIGUCHI, Norio IMAI
  • Publication number: 20210107459
    Abstract: The vehicle parking assist system includes a parking assist ECU configured to set a first driving-force limit value during the execution of the parking assist control, and a drive ECU connected to the parking assist ECU for communication, and configured to control the driving force of the drive apparatus of the vehicle. While the drive ECU successfully receives the first driving-force limit value from the parking assist ECU, the drive ECU controls the driving force of the drive apparatus so that the driving force of the drive apparatus is prevented from exceeding the first driving-force limit value. When the communication abnormality has occurred, and a driver-request driving force directed to the drive apparatus becomes 0, the drive ECU controls the driving force of the drive apparatus so that the driving force of the drive apparatus thereafter is the driver-request driving force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi TOJO, Yuki Minase
  • Publication number: 20210107463
    Abstract: The parking assist apparatus comprises a first vehicle stop apparatus operated for a purpose of stopping a vehicle, a controller configured to be capable of performing parking assist control for parking a vehicle in a parking position and to finish the parking assist control by performing control for instructing a driver of the vehicle to operate the first vehicle stop apparatus or by controlling the first vehicle stop apparatus, and a second vehicle stop apparatus operated for a purpose of stopping the vehicle. When it is determined while the parking assist control is being performed that there is a malfunction in an apparatus for detecting whether or not operation of the first vehicle stop apparatus has been performed, the controller is configured to finish the parking assist control by performing control for instructing the driver to operate the second vehicle stop apparatus or by controlling the second vehicle stop apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya NAKAGAWA, Yuki MINASE, Junji HORIGUCHI, Norio IMAI
  • Publication number: 20210107507
    Abstract: A parking support apparatus determines whether or not a leaving condition becomes satisfied while the controller is executing the automatic parking control and the current shift range is at range other than a parking range, the leaving condition being a condition that is satisfied when the driver performs a leaving action. The parking support apparatus determines whether or not the vehicle has already reached the target parking area. The parking support apparatus generates a first alert having a first alerting capability, if the vehicle has already reached the target parking area when the leaving condition has been satisfied, and generates a second alert having a second alerting capability lower than the first alerting capability or no alerts, if the vehicle has not reached the target parking area yet when the leaving condition has been satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasutaka MATSUNAGA, Yuki MINASE, Miyuki OMORI, Toshihiro TAKAGI
  • Publication number: 20200298839
    Abstract: A parking assistance device performs parking assistance control including steering angle control for changing a steering angle of a vehicle, driving force control for controlling a driving force of the vehicle, and braking force control for controlling a braking force of the vehicle. The parking assistance device notifies an occupant of a driving operation to be performed by the occupant, including a moving operation on a shift lever and an operation on a brake pedal when the vehicle reaches a switching position where a traveling direction of the vehicle is to be switched during performing the parking assistance control. When the driving operation is performed by the occupant, the parking assistance device restarts the parking assistance control at a timing when the occupant stops the operation on the brake pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicants: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kota Inoue, Yuki Minase, Takuya Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Norio Imai, Nozomu Maeda