Of Relative Distance From An Obstacle Patents (Class 340/435)
  • Patent number: 11941985
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakai, Hiromitsu Urano, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11938830
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging and wireless power alignment of wireless power antennas associated with a vehicle. A wireless power charging apparatus includes an antenna including first and second orthogonal magnetic elements for detecting a horizontal component of a magnetic field generated from a second charging base antenna. A processor determines a directional vector between the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Hans Peter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 11941891
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for detecting a lane line, a vehicle and a computing device. The method includes: generating an optical flow image in accordance with a series of event data from a dynamic vision sensor coupled to a vehicle; determining an initial search region including a start point of the lane line in accordance with the optical flow image; determining a center of gravity of the initial search region; determining a new search region through an offsetting operation on the center of gravity; determining a center of gravity of the new search region; repeating the steps of determining a new search region and determining a center of gravity of the new search region iteratively to acquire centers of gravity of a plurality of search regions; and determining the lane line in accordance with the centers of gravity of the plurality of search regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: OMNIVISION SENSOR SOLUTION (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaozheng Mou
  • Patent number: 11935307
    Abstract: A vehicle control automatically distinguishes between a moving body and a stationary body, reduces user's operation process, and reduces burdens to shorten time for a parking process. Obstruction points are grouped so as to be divided between obstructions, coloring of moving and stationary bodies are changed for each obstruction, and it is determined whether there is an obstruction for which the coloring has not been changed. If there is an obstruction for which the coloring has not been changed, whether there is license plate information and whether the obstruction is a moving body or a stationary body are determined, and a moving body is changed to red and a stationary body to blue. A display device displays the obstruction information distinguished between stationary or moving objects, and a message to the user such as “obstruction stored” notifies the user of completion of the distinction of the obstruction types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichiro Ozaki, Takashi Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 11935413
    Abstract: A vehicle notification apparatus recognizes an object of driving over on a road on which a host vehicle travels based on a detection result by a front sensor of the host vehicle, determines whether the object of driving over flies backwards based on a detection result by a rear sensor of the host vehicle when the object of driving over is recognized, and notifies a following vehicle of projectile information corresponding to the flight of the object of driving over when it is determined that the object of driving over flies backwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kai Oya, Shintaro Inoue, Fumio Sugaya
  • Patent number: 11926257
    Abstract: The invention discloses a multi-lighting projection warning device for vehicle turning, which comprises a composite lamp and a control unit. The composite lamp is arranged on one side of a vehicle and combined with a range indicator light, a contour indicator light, and a text or pattern indicator light, so that the composite lamp can project lighting to a visual blind spot when the vehicle turns or reverses to form a warning area. The control unit is connected to the composite lamp to enable functions of controlling rotation and start-stop lighting of the composite lamp. Thereby, when the vehicle is turning, the invention projects composite lightings on the ground at the turning side to form the warning area, so as to actively warn other passers-by to dodge the warning area and increase the safety of passers-by.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Ya-Chi Ching
  • Patent number: 11908200
    Abstract: An apparatus includes at least one camera configured to capture a series of image frames for traffic lanes in front of an ego vehicle, where each of the series of image frames is captured at a different one of a plurality of times. A target object detection and tracking controller is configured to process each of the image frames using pixel measurements extracted from the respective image frame to determine, from the pixel measurements, a predicted time to line crossing for a target vehicle detected in the respective image frame at a time corresponding to capture of the respective image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Canoo Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Kilsoo Kim, Jongmoo Choi, Mayukh Sattiraju, Siddharth Agarwal
  • Patent number: 11904784
    Abstract: Provided are methods for detecting objects within a vehicle. The methods can include emitting at least one auditory signal within the vehicle during at least one first time interval; measuring a second auditory signal emitted by an object within the vehicle during the second time interval subsequent to the at least one first time interval, where the emission of the second auditory signal is caused by the emission of the least one first auditory signal; determining a location of the object within the vehicle based on the measurement of the second auditory signal; and generating an alert to a user indicating the location of that object. Systems and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventor: Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11910342
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided herein for determining a synchronizing master for device-to-device (D2D) communication in a cellular network environment. In an embodiment, a user equipment (UE) receives a discovery signal comprising a timing reference, and determines a transmitter of the discovery signal. In accordance with the determination of the transmitter of the discovery signal, the UE performs one of synchronizing to the timing reference in the discovery signal and transmitting a second discovery signal. The UE performs the synchronizing to the timing reference if the transmitter of the discovery is a cellular network. Alternatively, the UE transmits the second discovery signal upon determining that the transmitter of the discovery signal is a second UE that is out of coverage of a cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Sartori, Vipul Desai, Mazin Al-Shalash, Anthony C. K. Soong, George Calcev, Brian Classon
  • Patent number: 11899201
    Abstract: A vehicular head-up display that is provided in a vehicle and is configured to display a predetermined image to an occupant of the vehicle includes: a housing that has an opening upward; a transparent cover that covers the opening of the housing; a picture generation section; and a cleaner that is configured to clean an outer surface of the transparent cover. The picture generation section includes: a picture generation unit that is provided inside an accommodation portion formed with the housing and the transparent cover in order to emit light for generating the predetermined image; and a reflection unit that reflects light so that light emitted by the picture generation unit heads toward a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Noriko Sato, Kouhei Murata
  • Patent number: 11891067
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operating method of a vehicle control apparatus controlling autonomous driving based on a vehicle external object including performing primary object detection based on a first vehicle external image received from a camera to obtain first object information, setting a first reflective area for reflection light based on the first object information, generating a second vehicle external image, in which a reflective image inside the first reflective area is removed from the first vehicle external image, using pixel values inside the first reflective area, performing secondary object detection based on the second vehicle external image to obtain second object information, determining reliability of the second object information based on information about the reflective image and the second object information, and controlling the autonomous driving of the vehicle based on the second object information when the reliability of the second object information is higher than a setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jung Hee Suk, Chun-Gi Lyuh
  • Patent number: 11891081
    Abstract: In a warning apparatus, a restriction unit performs restriction of the issuance of a warning about a ghost from an issuing unit. A trajectory calculator calculates an estimated trajectory of each of first and second target objects. A cancelling unit cancels the restriction of the issuance of the warning about the ghost from the issuing unit upon determination that a predetermined cancelation condition is satisfied for the first and second target objects. The cancelation condition includes a condition that a passing distance between the first and second target objects is larger than a predetermined distance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mai Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11884271
    Abstract: A vehicle driving support device includes a turn-signal switch switched on by a driver of the vehicle in the vehicle's course change, a rear side detector that detects an approaching vehicle on a lane to which the course of the vehicle is to be changed, turn-signal lamps on the right and left sides of the vehicle, and a turn-signal display processor displaying one of the turn-signal lamps which is on the side of the lane when the turn-signal switch is on. The turn-signal display processor includes a closeness determiner that determines whether the approaching vehicle is close to the vehicle when the turn-signal switch is on and the rear side detector detects the approaching vehicle, and a standby-state processor that, if that the approaching vehicle is close to the vehicle, causes the one of the turn-signal lamps to be a standby state and informs the driver of the standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hikaru Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 11863900
    Abstract: In an image generation apparatus, an image acquisition unit is configured to acquire, from at least one camera operable to capture an image of surroundings of a vehicle, a captured image. A bird's-eye view image generation unit is configured to generate a bird's-eye view image from the captured image. A three-dimensional object recognition unit is configured to recognize a three-dimensional object in the captured image. A superimposition-image acquisition unit is configured to acquire a superimposition image that represents the three-dimensional object recognized by the three-dimensional object recognition unit, by performing a process depending on a type of the three-dimensional object recognized by the three-dimensional object recognition unit. A superimposition unit is configured to superimpose, onto the bird's-eye view image, the superimposition image acquired by the superimposition-image acquisition unit, at a position where the three-dimensional object is present in the bird's-eye view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Imura, Hirohiko Yanagawa, Woocheol Shin
  • Patent number: 11854397
    Abstract: A rear lateral blind-spot warning system for a vehicle includes a sensor configured to sense position information and movement information on an external obstacle, a determiner configured to determine the type of the external obstacle located in a rear blind spot or a lateral blind spot of the vehicle based on the position information and the movement information sensed by the sensor, a setter configured to set a rear lateral blind-spot warning range or a rear lateral blind-spot warning time based on the type of the external obstacle determined by the determiner, and a controller configured to control rear lateral blind-spot warning operation based on the rear lateral blind-spot warning range or the rear lateral blind-spot warning time set by the setter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 11856131
    Abstract: A method for testing the functional capability of an emergency call device of a transportation vehicle. In an emergency mode, at least one specific audio signal is generated for a vehicle passenger by the emergency call device and emitted to the interior of the transportation vehicle. For testing, the emergency call device is put into a testing mode in which the at least one audio signal intended for the emergency is generated and wherein, in the testing mode, the generated audio signal passes, within the vehicle-internal emergency call device, through a signal path which is modified compared with the emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Simon Bork
  • Patent number: 11845426
    Abstract: A movable carrier auxiliary system includes an environmental detecting device, a control device, a state detecting device, and a parking auxiliary device. The environmental detecting device includes an image capturing module and an operation module. A parking auxiliary method thereof includes capture an environmental image around a movable carrier with the image capturing module; analyze whether the environmental image has a parking space with the operation module; detect a movement state of the movable carrier with the state detecting device; generate a prompting message with the parking auxiliary device based on an analysis result of the operation module and the movement state of the movable carrier, thereby the driver could manipulate the control device based on the prompting message to move the movable carrier to the parking space, improving a convenience and a safety when parking the movable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 11845447
    Abstract: An approach is provided for detecting an on-boarding or off-boarding event based on mobile device sensor data. The approach, for example, involves retrieving sensor data collected from at least one sensor of a mobile device that is fixed in a stationary position relative to a vehicle. The approach also involves processing the sensor data to determine roll angle data for the vehicle over a time window. The approach further involves processing the roll angle data to determine one or more transitions of a roll angle value of the vehicle between one or more value levels. The approach further involves determining an on-boarding event, an off-boarding event, or a combination thereof based on the one or more transitions. The approach further involves providing the on-boarding event, the off-boarding event, or a combination thereof as an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Silviu Zilberman, Harel Primack, Ofri Rom
  • Patent number: 11842642
    Abstract: The invention provides designs and methods for a heavy vehicle operations and control system for heavy automated vehicles, which facilitates heavy vehicle operation and control for connected automated vehicle highway (CAVH) systems. The heavy vehicle management system provides heavy vehicles with individually customized information and real-time vehicle control instructions to fulfill the driving tasks such as car following, lane changing, route guidance. The heavy vehicle management system also realizes heavy vehicle related lane design, transportation operations, and management services for both dedicated and non-dedicated lanes. The heavy vehicle management system consists of one or more of the following physical subsystems: (1) Roadside unit (RSU) network, (2) Traffic Control Unit (TCU) and Traffic Control Center (TCC) network, (3) vehicles and onboard units (OBU), (4) traffic operations centers (TOCs), and (5) cloud platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: CAVH LLC
    Inventors: Bin Ran, Yang Cheng, Kun Luan, Haiyan Yu, Yi Shen, Shiyan Xu, Xiaoli Zhang, Hongli Gao, Shaohua Wang, Hongliang Wan, Linchao Li, Linghui Xu, Liling Zhu, Linfeng Zhang, Yifei Wang, Qin Li, Yanyan Qin, Hainan Huang, Dongye Sun, Liping Zhao
  • Patent number: 11840221
    Abstract: A method of detecting a collision in a moving object includes: detecting, by the moving object, an object and an event; determining a situation as at least one of an emergency situation, a manageable situation, or a general situation in response to the detected object and the detected event; determining whether or not it is possible to transmit a warning message for the detected event to the detected object upon determining that situation is the manageable situation; and transmitting collision possibility information to the detected object based on a warning alarm system upon determining that it is impossible to transmit the warning message for the detected event to the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jae Jun Ha, Ilsoo Yun, Sangmin Park, Sungho Park, Harim Jeong, Cheolwoo Kwon, Jiwon Kim, Kiyeon Park
  • Patent number: 11827169
    Abstract: An accident determination device comprising: a first sensor that detects an impact having occurred in a moving object; a second sensor that acquires position information of the moving object; an area determining unit that determines the area attribute of the area where said moving object is located; and a processor that compares impact value of the impact with a determination threshold. The processor sets the determination threshold according to the area attribute defined by the area determining unit. When the area attribute of the area indicates a parking space, the processor sets said determination threshold to be at a lower value than when the area attribute indicates a road. The processor determines whether the accident has occurred based on the result of comparing the impact value with said determination threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventor: Takayoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11820237
    Abstract: Information that was collected in time series in a moving body is delivered by wireless communication to a base station in a state in which real-time performance is high and omission of the information is reduced. An information transmission device installed in the moving body includes: a communication section; a position detection section; and a zone information storage section. An operation mode is periodically determined based on the current position and the zone information. When a first operation mode is determined, a predetermined attribute is assigned to new information. When a second operation mode is determined, new information and at least a part of information to which the attribute was assigned are transmitted to the base station. The attribute that had been assigned to the transmitted information among the information to which the attribute was assigned is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: KOITO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takumichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 11820327
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle, including: a communicator configured to perform communication with a user terminal or a remote control device; a sensor configured to acquire surrounding information of the vehicle; and a controller including a processor configured to process the surrounding information. The controller is configured to identify a location of the remote control device based on the communication and transmit a warning message to the user terminal when an obstruction is identified between the identified location of the remote control device and a location of the vehicle, based on processing the surrounding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Min Ha Park, Seong Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 11820400
    Abstract: A monitoring system detects and mitigates traffic risks among a group of vehicles. The group of vehicles includes a ground-based vehicle (GBV), e.g. an automotive vehicle, and an air-based vehicle (ABV), e.g. a drone, which is operated to track a ground-based object (GBO), e.g. an unprotected road user or an animal. The monitoring system performs a method comprising: obtaining (301) predicted navigation data for the ground-based vehicle and the air-based vehicle, processing (302) the predicted navigation data to obtain one or more future locations of the ground based-object and to detect an upcoming spatial proximity between the ground-based object and the ground-based vehicle, and causing (305), upon detection of the upcoming spatial proximity, an alert signal to be provided to at least one of the ground-based object and the ground-based vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ola Thörn, Peter Exner, Shaun Lee
  • Patent number: 11808590
    Abstract: An approach to autonomous navigation of a vehicle augments a static map of an environment with a clutter map characterizing a risk of encountering an object that is not represented in the static map of the environment. For example, the clutter map may be based on locations and velocities of those objects, and route planning may avoid planning a path through locations that have a high risk of occupancy, and therefore potential delay or collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Daniela Rus, Sertac Karaman, Wilko Schwarting, Anshula Gandhi, Cristian-Ioan Vasile, Alyssa Pierson
  • Patent number: 11787287
    Abstract: Vehicle drive assist systems, methods, and programs display an alert image superimposed on a real view on a display. The systems, methods and programs determine a blind spot area, the blind spot area being an area that becomes a blind spot of a driver of a vehicle due to a front obstacle present on a front side in a traveling direction of the vehicle. The alert image is displayed such that the alert image is superimposed on a target point, the target point being a point where traveling of the vehicle is likely to be influenced when there is a moving obstacle jumping out of the blind spot area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takamitsu Sakai
  • Patent number: 11780502
    Abstract: A driving support ECU initializes a target trajectory calculation parameter at a start of LCA; calculates, based on the target trajectory calculation parameter, a target trajectory function representing a target lateral position which is a target position of an own vehicle in a lane width direction in accordance with an elapsed time from the start of LCA; calculates a target control amount based on the target trajectory function; when a steering operation by a driver has been detected, again initializes the target trajectory calculation parameter; and recalculates the target trajectory function based on the target trajectory calculation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Fujii
  • Patent number: 11760377
    Abstract: A system for interactions with an autonomous vehicle includes a proprioceptive device; and a controller. The controller is configured to: detect a first condition external to the autonomous vehicle; generate a first proprioceptive output in response to the first condition, the first proprioceptive output changing a shape of the proprioceptive device; receive a first input force from the proprioceptive device; determine a first user input based on the first input force; and, based on the first user input, cause the autonomous vehicle to perform a navigation action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Verbeke, Sven Kratz, Adam Boulanger, Neeka Mansourian, Joshua Sweers, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 11760263
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating a rear view image display for a motor vehicle. A rear view system includes an optical sensor disposed at the motor vehicle and configured to capture image data, a computational unit coupled to the optical sensor by a cable connection and configured to execute program instructions stored on a computer-readable medium to modify the image data for presentation, and a display device coupled to the computational unit and configured to receive the modified image data from the computational unit and display the modified image data to a driver of the motor vehicle. The computational unit is further configured to receive software calibration to optimize modification of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.L.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Martin Schwalb, Frank Linsenmaier, Oliver Eder, Ilka Rötzer, Thomas Jochmann, Firas Mualla
  • Patent number: 11747464
    Abstract: Agricultural detection device, having a sensor unit, an evaluation unit and a control unit. The sensor unit includes a first sensor with a first directivity and is configured to emit a first transmission signal and to receive a first reflection signal. The first sensor has a second directivity and emits a second sensor signal with the second directivity and receives a second reflection signal, or the sensor unit has a second sensor with a second directivity arranged adjacent to the first sensor for emitting the second transmission signal and for receiving the second reflection signal. The evaluation unit is configured to ascertain at least the structure of plants and a height value from the first reflection signal and the second reflection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Pepperl + Fuchs SE
    Inventors: Ernst Luber, Philipp Seitz
  • Patent number: 11745659
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera disposed at an in-cabin side of a windshield of a vehicle. Responsive at least in part to processing of captured image data, the system determines a camera-derived path of travel of the vehicle along a road. Responsive at least in part to a geographic location of the vehicle, the system determines a geographic-derived path of travel of the vehicle along the road. Control of the vehicle along the road is based on diminished reliance on the determined geographic-derived path of travel when a geographic location reliability level of the determined geographic-derived path of travel is below a threshold geographic location reliability level. Control of the vehicle along the road is based on diminished reliance on the determined camera-derived path of travel of the vehicle when a camera reliability level of the determined camera-derived path of travel is below a threshold camera reliability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Marc Wimmershoff
  • Patent number: 11745755
    Abstract: A vehicular driving assist system includes an in-cabin camera disposed at an interior rearview mirror assembly in an interior cabin of a vehicle and viewing at least a steering wheel of the vehicle and capturing image data. An electronic control unit (ECU) includes an image processor for processing image data captured by the in-cabin camera to detect presence of one or both hands of a driver of the vehicle at the steering wheel. The vehicular driving assist system, responsive to determining, via processing at the ECU of image data captured by the in-cabin camera, that at least one hand of the driver is not on the steering wheel when the vehicle is at or approaching a hazardous condition, generates an alert to the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Gaurav S. Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11724740
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an ultrasonic sensor device (3) for a motor vehicle (1), with which an ultrasonic signal is emitted into a ground area (5) below the motor vehicle (1) and an ultrasonic signal from the ground area (5) is received and an object (6) in the ground area (5) is detected by means of a control unit (10) on the basis of the emitted and/or the received ultrasonic signals, wherein the ultrasonic signal is emitted by a first ultrasonic sensor (4a) of the ultrasonic sensor device (3) and the ultrasonic signal emitted by the first ultrasonic sensor (4a) and reflected at a road surface (9) in the ground area (5) is received by a second ultrasonic sensor (4b) of the ultrasonic sensor device (3) and the object (6) is detected by the control unit (10) on the basis of a proportion of the ultrasonic signal that is received by the second ultrasonic sensor (4b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Luca Cautillo, Joerg Schrepfer, Marvin Simchen
  • Patent number: 11729806
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to radio configuration of a wireless device, such as for use in a quasi-licensed wireless system. In one embodiment, a computerized apparatus is provided, which comprises at least one computer program configured to: (i) detect at least one connectable wireless network; (ii) obtain data relating to one or more associated network conditions; and (iii) change radio configuration of the wireless device based on the obtained data e.g., to enable the wireless device to connect to an optimal base station. In one variant, the data relating to the one or more network conditions is obtained via one or more configurable logic blocks (CLBs) of the wireless device. In one implementation, a CLB can be configured to e.g., generate network data traffic to detect the network conditions. Furthermore, the CLBs can be configured to activate or de-activate individual ones of an array of radios with sectorized antenna of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Saran Khalid, Perwaiz Akhtar
  • Patent number: 11697410
    Abstract: The disclosure describes embodiments for modifying a whether an ego vehicle changes lanes to a target lane at a target time based on a payload of a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) message originated by a remote vehicle. In some embodiments, a method includes determining, based on the payload, whether the remote vehicle is changing lanes to the target lane at the target time. The method includes determining that the ego vehicle is changing lanes to the target lane at approximately the target time. The method includes estimating that the ego vehicle and the remote vehicle will collide at the target lane at the target time. The method includes modifying an operation of a vehicle component of the ego vehicle so that the ego vehicle does not change lanes to the target lane at the target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Ziran Wang, Kyungtae Han, BaekGyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11691640
    Abstract: An in-vehicle apparatus includes: a check direction determination unit determining a check direction for which the driver of an own vehicle needs a checking action for checking the safety based on a traveling direction of a roadway adjacent to a stall and an unparking direction; a direction information acquisition unit acquiring at least one of the line of sight or the facing direction of the face of the driver; a check occurrence determination unit setting a detection range of the line of sight based on the check direction, and determining whether or not at least the one is within the detection range so as to determine occurrence of the checking action; and a notification control unit controlling a display unit, a speaker, or a vibrator to execute a notification action when the check occurrence determination unit determines that the checking action has not occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Akachi, Hiroshi Shojima, Kunio Sasada
  • Patent number: 11685369
    Abstract: A vehicle that can adaptively adjust a sensing distance of an ultrasonic sensor according to operation of the vehicle includes: a steering device for steering a wheel; a power device for transmitting power to the wheel; a braking device for braking the wheel; an ultrasonic sensor for detecting an external object; an input device for receiving an input from a user; a transceiver for communicating with a user terminal; and a controller for adjusting a sensing distance of the ultrasonic sensor based on whether a user input for automatic parking is received through the input device or the transceiver and controlling at least one of the steering device, the power device, or the braking device based on an output of the ultrasonic sensor and the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Indong Lee, Donghyuk Kim
  • Patent number: 11681012
    Abstract: A flexible radar support for absorbing vibration deviation comprises a support base and a support top cover that are engaged with each other in an interlocking manner. A housing space for arranging a radar is formed between the support base and the support top cover. The support base includes: a centrally arranged base center, and a base edge circumferentially arranged around the base center. The base edge and the base center are connected through four flexible structures that form U-shaped cantilever beams protruding towards the support top cover. With the flexible radar support provided, and with the design of U-shaped flexible structures, where an automobile body vibrates at a large amplitude, the flexible radar support can still absorb swaying in the up and down, and left and right directions during the course of driving, thereby reducing the impact of the automobile body's vibrations on the detection precision of a radar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignees: Yanfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems Co., Ltd., Compagnie Plastic Omnium SE
    Inventors: Xia Yu, Quanquan Kong, Miaotian Lin
  • Patent number: 11676392
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for using surfels for vehicle localization. One of the methods includes obtaining surfel data comprising a plurality of surfels, wherein each surfel corresponds to a respective different location in an environment, and each surfel has associated data that comprises a stability measure, wherein the stability measure characterizes a permanence of a surface represented by the surfel; obtaining sensor data for a plurality of locations in the environment, the sensor data having been captured by one or more sensors of a first vehicle; determining a plurality of high-stability surfels from the plurality of surfels in the surfel data; and determining a location in the environment of the first vehicle using the plurality of selected high-stability surfels and the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Michael Montemerlo
  • Patent number: 11675081
    Abstract: The radar apparatus includes a light emission instructing unit and a determination unit. The light emission instructing unit is configured to instruct the emission unit to emit light into the search region. Further, the light emission instructing unit is configured to reduce at least one of the number of times of emission, the emission frequency, and the emission intensity for a predetermined designated region, when the own vehicle is performing the designated movement compared to when the own vehicle is not performing the designated movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke Niimura
  • Patent number: 11673555
    Abstract: A method includes, based on comparing a velocity, lane selection and path selection of a target vehicle with respect to a host vehicle, determining a following risk assessment for the target vehicle relative to the host vehicle, determining the target vehicle is following the host vehicle based on the following risk assessment being above a threshold, and then transmitting data identifying the target vehicle to a remote computer and actuating vehicle components to operate the host vehicle to a location specified by the remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Gomora
  • Patent number: 11667282
    Abstract: A driving assistance system performs a driver-initiative normal driving assistance mode as a driving assistance for a vehicle. The system includes a reaction force characteristics change unit configured to change reaction force characteristics of the operation device, if it is determined that the operation amount of the driver is not included in the appropriate operation amount range in the normal driving assistance mode, an explicit risk determination unit configured to determine whether or not an explicit risk is present based on the external environment of the vehicle, and a driving assistance switching unit configured to switch a driving assistance for the vehicle from the normal driving assistance mode to a system-initiative risk avoidance assistance mode, if it is determined by the explicit risk determination unit that the explicit risk is present in the normal driving assistance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Shintaro Inoue, Shusaku Sugamoto, Shuhei Manabe
  • Patent number: 11672000
    Abstract: Provided are a data transmission method and device and a storage medium. The method includes: determining a first time domain resource for transmitting data according to first preset information, where the first preset information includes at least one of: indication information from a base station, a sensing result for a channel, or a measurement result for interference; and transmitting the data by using the determined first time domain resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Xi'An Zhongxing New Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xincai Li, Yajun Zhao, Ling Yang, Hanqing Xu
  • Patent number: 11667330
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described that enable evasive steering assist (ESA) with a pre-active phase. An ESA system predicts that a collision with an object is imminent and enters a pre-active phase. The pre-active phase causes a required drop in steering force to occur prior to determining that the collision is imminent. At a later time, the ESA system determines that the collision is imminent and enacts an active phase. The active phase causes a steering force effective to avoid the collision. By enacting the pre-active phase prior to the determination of the imminent collision, the ESA system may provide the additional steering force needed to avoid the collision without delay while simultaneously shielding a driver of vehicle from feeling the drop in steering force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Walter K. Kosiak, Guoguang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11667236
    Abstract: A notification device provided in a vehicle including an autonomous driving system which causes the vehicle to travel by autonomous driving and to evacuate the vehicle when a failure occurs, includes a display unit configured to display information toward an outside of the vehicle, and a display controller configured to control the display unit. The display controller causes the display unit to be turned on or flicker when a failure occurs and changes a display of the display unit in at least one of a time when an evacuation starts and a time when an evacuation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11639105
    Abstract: An information provision system mounted on a vehicle includes: a visual device configured to visually provide information to an occupant of the vehicle; and a controller configured to control the visual device. The controller is further configured to: cause the visual device to provide first information in a first period; cause the visual device to provide second information different from the first information in a second period later than the first period; and set at least one of a luminance and a saturation of the visual device in at least a part of an information switching period between the first period and the the second period to be lower than that in the first period and the second period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sayaka Ono
  • Patent number: 11636693
    Abstract: Association algorithms of newly-detected lane boundaries to lane boundaries can be made more robust through the use of generated or “dummy” states. Different types of dummy states can be used to identify outlier/erroneous detections and/or new, legitimate lane boundaries. Therefore, depending on a type of dummy state a newly-detected lane boundary is associated with, the newly-detected lane boundary can be ignored, or the associated dummy state can be added to the lane boundary states of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Urs Niesen, Muryong Kim, Jubin Jose
  • Patent number: 11631380
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing apparatus and an information processing method enabling a user to visually recognize a surrounding environment promptly based on a sudden change in brightness. An information processing apparatus of the present technology includes an acquisition section that acquires environmental information which is information associated with an environment including an object present in a real space, and a display control section that exercises display control based on the environmental information with respect to form information representing a form of the object over a display section that displays predetermined information in a visually recognizable state while superimposing the predetermined information on the real space based on occurrence of a change in brightness of the real space higher than a threshold. The present technology is applicable to an HMD that displays information while superimposing the information on a scene in front of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yuasa, Kazuma Aiki
  • Patent number: 11626020
    Abstract: A vehicle alert device (10) executes alert control of determining, when a target is detected in a periphery of an own vehicle (C1), within a set calculation period, whether the target is an alert-target object that does not include a stationary object, determining, when the target is an alert-target object, whether the alert-target object exists in a blind spot area (RL, RR) of a driver, and alerting the driver when the alert-target object exists in the blind spot area. The vehicle alert device avoids executing the alert control when a relative speed of the own vehicle with respect to the alert-target object at a time when the own vehicle overtakes the alert-target object is equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kawaguchi, Takuto Kumashiro, Junya Fukuta, Ryuichi Soya
  • Patent number: 11623654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assisting navigation of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of assisting navigation of a vehicle includes receiving navigational data relating to an intended route of the vehicle, receiving object data relating to at least one external object detected within a vicinity of a current position of the vehicle, determining whether the at least one external object affects an ability of the vehicle to proceed along the intended route, and generating at least one instruction relating to the ability of the vehicle to proceed along the intended route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Luis Bill-Clark