Relative Distence Between Vehicles (e.g., Collision Alert) Patents (Class 340/903)
  • Patent number: 9135808
    Abstract: Systems, devices and/or methods include communication of information, such as real-time rich media (e.g., video and audio) to, from and/or between a mobile first responder, such as remote public safety field personnel for public safety applications. Sensor data may be captured, stored, or transmitted and disseminated in real-time or on a schedule from field officers or their vehicles, based on one or more defined rules. In some examples, communication priority may be determined in response to detecting one or more events at a location of a mobile first responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Douglas Johnson, James Vincent Petrizzi
  • Patent number: 9126525
    Abstract: An alert system for a vehicle includes a video display, an interior visual alert device disposed at an interior rearview mirror assembly, a driver side visual alert device disposed at a driver side exterior rearview mirror assembly and a passenger side visual alert device disposed at a passenger side exterior rearview mirror assembly. A control is operable to activate at least one of the alert devices in response to a detection of an object rearward of the vehicle. The alert devices are viewable by the driver of the vehicle when activated and are operable to guide or prompt the driver to check the images captured by a rearward facing camera and displayed in the vehicle cabin by the video display so that the driver can verify the nature and type of a potential hazard rearward of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Axel Nix
  • Patent number: 9131123
    Abstract: Provided is a method for monitoring the surroundings of a vehicle, with which vehicle driving safely can be improved. The disclosed method for monitoring the surroundings of a vehicle involves: a step (S1100: YES; S1400) of activating a notification section that gives off an alarm to the driver of the vehicle when the vehicle starts to move; and a step (S1400) of displaying, on a screen inside the vehicle, a display item that accepts an operation for cancelling the alarm, as well as a image which is based on captured video-image data of the surroundings of the vehicle, when the vehicle starts to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9123186
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle control system to control user access to vehicle tasks, functions and/or operations based on rights and privileges set forth in user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9108583
    Abstract: A vehicle safety control system that executes a safety stop control for safely stopping a vehicle after a vehicle collision is detected is provided. The vehicle safety control system includes a first collision detector, a first collision determination part, a behavior detector, a behavior determination part, a traveling state determination part, a safety controller. The first collision detector detects the vehicle collision. The first collision determination part determines whether a first collision has occurred based on a detection result of the first collision detector. The behavior detector detects a vehicle behavior. The behavior determination part determines whether the vehicle behavior is abnormal based on a detection value of the behavior detector. The traveling state determination part determines whether a dangerous traveling is performed. The safety controller executes the safety stop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Wanami
  • Patent number: 9103903
    Abstract: An approaching vehicle detecting system that detects an approaching vehicle on the basis of sounds collected by a plurality of sound collectors mounted on a host vehicle determines whether a transverse moving direction of a sound source detected by the plurality of sound collectors is a direction approaching the host vehicle, determines whether a vertical position of the sound source detected using the plurality of sound collectors is in the same plane as that of the host vehicle, and detects that sound source as the approaching vehicle when it is determined that the transverse moving direction of the sound source is the direction approaching the host vehicle and the vertical position of the sound source is in the same plane as that of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MEIJO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ryuji Funayama, Jun Sato, Hisashi Satonaka, Keiichi Yamada, Hideki Banno, Osami Yamamoto, Kensaku Asahi, Akira Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9091762
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to methods and systems for avoiding a collision between an obstacle and a vehicle, such as an aircraft, on a ground surface. A processor receives a detection signal from one of a plurality of proximity sensors. The detection signal indicates that the obstacle has been detected. In response to receiving the detection signal, a video image signal is transmitted from the processor to a display in the cockpit of the aircraft. The video image signal corresponds to a particular video imager that is associated with the particular proximity sensor that detected the obstacle. A video image, of a particular region around the aircraft that includes the obstacle is displayed on a display. In response to receiving the detection signal, the processor can also transmit an alert signal, and a brake activation signal to activate a braking system to prevent the aircraft from colliding with the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Knight
  • Patent number: 9082020
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for calculating the actual height of an object and displaying the calculated height on an image, including: an object detection unit that detects an object in an image of the vehicle's surroundings acquired by a camera disposed on a vehicle; an object position measurement unit that measures a position of the object in the image and measures an object distance and an object length of the object in the image based on a distance value acquired by a distance measuring sensor disposed on the vehicle; an object height calculation unit that calculates an object height using the object distance and the object length of the object displayed in the image; and a display controller controlling display of the calculated the height of the object on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Seob Choi, Dae Joong Yoon, Eu Gene Chang
  • Patent number: 9076340
    Abstract: A vehicle detecting system, a vehicle detecting method adapted for a vehicle, and a computer-readable storage medium encoded with a computer program are disclosed. The system controls two cameras to capture images in the front of the vehicle and at the back of the vehicle respectively, according to a speed and a direction of the vehicle. The system further determines whether or not two images from each camera are the same, if the two images from each camera are different, the vehicle is in a dangerous driving condition, and when times of the dangerous driving condition within a preset time period reaches a preset value, the system outputs a warning to prompt a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Fang Wong, Xin Lu, Fei Wang, Huan-Huan Zhang, Dan Cao
  • Patent number: 9064158
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle surroundings monitoring device including: a candidate animal area setting unit configured to set a candidate animal area including a candidate animal image portion and a surrounding area of the candidate animal image portion; an edge extraction unit configured to extract a horizontal edge from the candidate animal area; and an animal determination unit configured to determine whether or not a real space object corresponding to the candidate animal image portion is an animal based on a criterion that first and second horizontal edges in the candidate animal area have a strength greater than or equal to a first predetermined strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Aimura
  • Patent number: 9050930
    Abstract: A vehicle collision avoidance signaling method and system are disclosed. The collision signal captures the attention of a distracted driver for the driver to brake appropriately. The vehicle collision warning signal and lighting system automatically alerts an approaching driver of a stopped or slowed vehicle via a strobe or flashing lighting system. An onboard driver is also alerted to the approaching vehicle. Rear vehicle sensors can sense vehicles approaching from the rear and determine the distance, velocity, and the deceleration of the approaching vehicle. A processor processes the signal and integrates with the onboard vehicle's speedometer signal and braking system. If the approaching car's rate of closure is determined to be extreme compared to the vehicle's location, a bright strobe signal along with the brake signal would be automatically given The intensity of the strobe warning can be determined by the rate and distance at which a vehicle is approaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Walsh, James Dunst
  • Publication number: 20150145694
    Abstract: A vehicle contact warning system includes a detector system, a controller and a warning indicator. The detector system detects a distance between a remote vehicle and a host vehicle and whether a signal indicator on the remote vehicle is activated. The controller determines whether at least one of a signal indicator on the host vehicle is activated by a driver of the host vehicle and a speed at which the distance between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle is decreasing is greater than a predetermined speed. The warning indicator notifies the driver of the host vehicle upon the detector system detecting the signal indicator on the remote vehicle and the controller determining that at least one of the signal indicator of the host vehicle is activated and the speed at which the distance between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle is decreasing is greater than the predetermined speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Florian DUPONT
  • Patent number: 9042600
    Abstract: A vehicle detection apparatus comprises an other-vehicle detection module configured to detect points of light in an image captured by a vehicle to which the vehicle detection module is mounted and to detect other vehicles based on the points of light, a vehicle lane-line detection module configured to detect an vehicle lane-line in the captured image, and a region sectioning module configured to section the captured image based on the detected vehicle lane-line into an own vehicle lane region, an oncoming vehicle lane region, and a vehicle lane exterior region. Other vehicles are detected by the other-vehicle detection module by detecting points of light based on respective detection conditions set for each of the sectioned regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Endo
  • Patent number: 9041552
    Abstract: A system is provided for detecting a blind spot for a driver of a vehicle. The system includes a side mirror. The side mirror is arranged on a body of the vehicle and includes a side mirror body, a mirror, and a supporting structure. The system also includes a detection system. The detection system is physically coupled with the side mirror to detect an object in a detection zone of the detection system. The detection zone covers the blind spot, and the detection system includes a detection module, an alert indicator, and a control module. The detection module includes at least one of a transmitter and a receiver, and the alert indicator is configured to send an alert light to the driver at a predetermined angle such that the alert light does not interfere with drivers of other vehicles close to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Xiao Lin Yu
  • Patent number: 9041806
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging and display system includes a rear backup camera at a rear portion of a vehicle, a video processor for processing image data captured by the rear camera, and a video display screen responsive to the video processor to display video images. During a reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle, the video display screen displays video images captured by the rear camera. During forward travel of the equipped vehicle, the video display screen is operable to display images representative of a portion of the field of view of the rear camera to display images representative of an area sideward of the equipped vehicle responsive to at least one of (a) actuation of a turn signal indicator of the vehicle, (b) detection of a vehicle in a side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Rodney K. Blank, Mark L. Larson, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9035803
    Abstract: Gaze based systems and methods are used to aid traffic controllers and/or pilots. A gaze line of an eye of the user viewing the display is tracked using an eyetracker. An intersection of the gaze line of the eye with the display is calculated to provide continuous feedback as to where on the display the user is looking. A trace of the gaze line of the eye is correlated with elements of a situation. The user's awareness of the situation is inferred by verifying that the user has looked at the elements of the situation. In an embodiment, the user is notified of the situation when it is determined that the user has not looked at the elements of the situation for a predetermined period of time. The notification is automatically removed once it is determined that the user has looked at the elements of the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dixon Cleveland
  • Patent number: 9026333
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is provided that performs control to suppress a dangerous situation for a vehicle without causing a driver to experience discomfort when an accelerator is erroneously operated, by setting an abnormality judgment threshold for the accelerator operation to a value based on a degree of risk to the vehicle. An accelerator position judgment threshold is set to be lower when risk in the periphery of the vehicle is higher, intermediate when the risk is intermediate, and higher when the risk is lower. When the risk is higher, an abnormality judgment is made upon the accelerator being lightly stepped on, and control is performed to suppress a dangerous situation. As the risk changes to intermediate and lower, the abnormality judgment is made at a greater accelerator position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Tokimasa, Masakazu Doi, Takumi Nagaya
  • Patent number: 9026360
    Abstract: A system includes a determination module and a communication module. The determination module is configured to be located onboard a first vehicle configured to travel along a first route including a crossing corresponding to an intersection of the first route with a second route. The determination module is configured to be communicatively coupled with a remote crossing module. The determination module is configured to determine, based on a speed of the first vehicle, timing information corresponding to a time at which the first vehicle will travel proximate to the crossing on the first route. The communication module is configured to transmit the timing information to the remote crossing module. The timing information includes a reference time configured as an absolute time corresponding to a time for impeding travel of a second vehicle along the second route through the crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Fries, Jeffrey Baker, Aric Albert Weingartner, Michael Steffen, II, Jesse Lee Herlocker, William Shields
  • Patent number: 9024785
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs distribute traffic information including information on a wrong-way vehicle traveling in a wrong-way direction opposite to a designated travel direction of a road. The systems, methods, and programs distributes the traffic information to the target vehicle, determine a reporting range of the wrong-way vehicle information based on a wrong-way vehicle position. When an end-point distance is equal to or larger than a predetermined reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set a wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the end-point distance is less than the reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set the wrong-way section and at least one road section which is adjacent to the wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the target vehicle is in the reporting range, the systems, methods, and programs send the traffic information including the wrong-way vehicle information to the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Mochizuki, Tomoki Kubota, Hiroaki Sugiura, Masatoshi Takahara
  • Patent number: 9020732
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a sensor configured to detect a rearward approaching object and at least one controller configured to cause the vehicle to accelerate in response to the sensor detecting a rearward approaching object while the vehicle is moving forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Pilutti, Peter Gyumyeong Joh, Matthew Y. Rupp, Dorian Jack Spero, Aaron L. Mills
  • Patent number: 9019125
    Abstract: Disclosed are herein an apparatus of guiding safe driving at intersections and a method of guiding safe driving using the same. The driving guiding apparatus at intersections includes an intersection condition sensing unit installed at one side of a vehicle and sensing the current conditions around an intersection, an intersection pre-entry condition calculation unit installed at the other side of the vehicle and calculating in advance current condition data before the vehicle enters the intersection based on current condition data corresponding to the current conditions around the intersection sensed by the intersection condition sensing unit, and an intersection pre-entry vehicle speed indication unit installed at the other side of the vehicle and indicating a reference vehicle speed, corresponding to the current condition data calculated by the intersection pre-entry condition calculation unit, before the vehicle enters the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Man Bok Park
  • Patent number: 9020749
    Abstract: A host-vehicle risk acquisition device includes a host-vehicle path acquisition portion that acquires a path of a host-vehicle, and an obstacle path acquisition portion that acquires a plurality of paths of an obstacle existing around the host-vehicle. A collision risk acquisition portion acquires an actual collision risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle when the host-vehicle is in a travel state based on the path of the host-vehicle and the plurality of paths of the obstacle. An offset risk acquisition portion acquires an offset risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle in an offset travel state, which is offset from the travel state of the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuaki Aso, Toshiki Kindo, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9019115
    Abstract: There is provided a radar system that includes an emitter system (e.g., an antenna), configured to emit electromagnetic pulses and detect electromagnetic pulses, and a reflection target, placed opposite the emitter system. The emitter system and the reflection target define an area of interest. A controller is configured to identify a reflection from the reflection target and, if the reflection is not identified, to stop sending a radar check signal. The radar system may be part of a warning horn control system, where the radar check signal is used as a control input for activating a warning horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Forrest H. Ballinger
  • Patent number: 9014915
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for controlling active safety functionality for a vehicle. The active safety functionality provides an action during a drive cycle of the vehicle based on a predetermined threshold. Data pertaining to driving conditions, usage conditions of the vehicle, or both, is obtained for a drive cycle of the vehicle. A risk factor grade is calculated using the data. The risk factor grade corresponds to a level of situational risk for the drive cycle. The predetermined threshold of the active safety system is adjusted based on the risk factor grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Aamrapali Chatterjee, Chad T. Zagorski, Paul R. Williams
  • Patent number: 9013288
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes an indicator unit mounting portion and a mirror actuator attaching portion established at a first side by a plastic injection molding operation. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and a second side of the mirror back plate. An indicator unit has a light source that is activatable to emit light and is mounted at the indicator unit mounting portion. Light emitted by the light source, when activated, transmits through an aperture of the mirror back plate and through a light transmitting portion of the heater pad and through a light-transmitting window of the mirror reflector and exits the mirror reflective element to be viewable by a driver of the vehicle equipped with the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9014953
    Abstract: Wireless sensing and communication system including sensors located on the vehicle, in the roadway or in the vicinity of the vehicle or roadway and which provide information which is transmitted to one or more interrogators in the vehicle by a wireless radio frequency mechanism. Power to operate a particular sensor is supplied by the interrogator or the sensor is independently connected to either a battery, generator, vehicle power source or some source of power external to the vehicle. The sensors can provide information about the vehicle and its interior or exterior environment, about individual components, systems, vehicle occupants, subsystems, or about the roadway, ambient atmosphere, travel conditions and external objects. The sensors arranged on the roadway or ancillary structures would include pressure sensors, temperature sensors, moisture content or humidity sensors, and friction sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 9013287
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method of monitoring vehicles is provided, the method including: generating a debris report of an incident relating to vehicle-induced roadway debris, the debris report generated by a reporting vehicle; in a monitored vehicle distinct from the reporting vehicle, updating an incident record for the monitored vehicle based on the debris report and determining, based on the updated incident record, whether the monitored vehicle is associated with the incident or in a vicinity of the incident; and initiating a safety action to be performed on the monitored vehicle in response to a determination that the monitored vehicle is associated with the incident or in the vicinity of the incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tamer E. Abuelsaad, John E. Moore, Jr., Rajeshkumar N. Singi, Robert R. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 9008940
    Abstract: A cruise control device and an obstacle detection device are provided which achieve a safe and appropriate tracking control by avoiding a sudden recognition of a short following distance when a preceding vehicle is found in an uphill or downhill gradient, in a curve, or at an intersection, or by reducing the damage of a crash when the crash cannot be avoided. An obstacle determination process section is provided which receives information from a sensor which detects an obstacle, receives terrain information of the position of the host vehicle from a navigation device, and determines the presence of the obstacle when a predetermined condition is satisfied after the sensor detects the obstacle. The predetermined condition to determine the presence of the obstacle is changed based on the terrain information of the position of the host vehicle received from the navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Ueyama, Tatsuya Yoshida, Kazuhiko Hanawa
  • Patent number: 9002631
    Abstract: A vicinity environment estimation device includes neighborhood monitoring sensors that detect another vehicle, a car navigation system that acquires information about an untravelable region where a vehicle cannot travel, a vehicle-to-vehicle communication instrument that acquires information about detectable regions and results of detection of neighborhood monitoring sensors mounted in the another vehicle by wireless communication, and an ECU that estimates presence of a vehicle in the neighborhood of a host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9002564
    Abstract: A method of parking a vehicle includes calibrating a wheel speed count of the vehicle based on a measured length that is external to the vehicle, and parking the vehicle based on the calibrated wheel speed count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aric David Shaffer, Michael David Kane, Vern Stempnik
  • Patent number: 9000902
    Abstract: A driver assistance system and method for operating a driver assistance system, the driver assistance system provides a plurality of distance sensors, in particular ultrasonic sensors, which are spatially distributed and communicate with each other with the aid of a data bus. The sensors have an identical design and may be initialized by themselves using a method without a control unit and may synchronize the distance detection among themselves. The overall result of a measurement of the sensors is supplied to an output unit and displayed to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Eckel, Juergen Hoetzel
  • Patent number: 8996294
    Abstract: An inter-vehicle distance maintenance supporting system for a host vehicle can include an obstacle detector that detects the obstacle present ahead of the host vehicle, an inter-vehicle distance detector that detects the inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the obstacle, a confidence factor computing device that computes the confidence factor for taking the obstacle as a preceding vehicle ahead of the host vehicle based on the state of the obstacle detected by the obstacle detector, a confidence factor correcting part that corrects the confidence factor based on the relative-position relationship between the host vehicle and the obstacle, and a reaction force controller that applies a reaction force on the accelerator pedal based on the inter-vehicle distance and the confidence factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Kurata, Nariaki Etori
  • Patent number: 8994557
    Abstract: A collision warning apparatus, to be mounted to a vehicle, has a roof mount unit (40), to be fixed to the vehicle's roof, as well as a cabin mount unit (41) to be located in the driver's cabin. A digital transmission line (42) is provided for connecting the two. The roof mount unit (40) houses the antennas as well as the analog circuitry of the apparatus, while the cabin mount unit (41) comprises a display (26). The data sent through the transmission line (42) is digital, which allows to make the transmission line thin and flexible. The roof mount unit (40) has a magnet (43) and batteries (48) mounted in its base section (46), with the lighter components, in particular the antennas (30a, 31a, 32a) located in its head section (47).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Safemine AG
    Inventors: Peter A. Stegmaier, Urs M. Rothacher
  • Patent number: 8989915
    Abstract: A vehicular wireless communication apparatus disposed in a subject vehicle determines whether a travel locus of the subject vehicle is similar to a travel locus of a lead vehicle. When the travel locus of the subject vehicle and the lead vehicle are similar, the apparatus transmits the lead vehicle's device identification (ID) and a latest position information of the subject vehicle in place of travel locus information of the subject vehicle from the apparatus to other vehicles at regular interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Yamashiro
  • Publication number: 20150077270
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication transponder for use in V2V communication, safety and anti-collision systems incorporating a location point store and a lane records store, wherein the lane records are constructed by the transponder from the point in the location point store, location points are received from other moving transponders, and lane records are shared between transponder response to a request. Separate source counts are kept for internally generated and shared lane records. Methods of sharing are described. Lane types are also derived from the location point store and other vehicle behavior. No central authority, road-side equipment, (RSU), or pre-determined lane maps are required. Embodiments include a hybrid protocol using both TDMA and CSMA. Some embodiments are free of MAC and IP addresses. Embodiments include equipped vehicles and V2V system using the transponder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Zetta Research and Development, LLC - ForC Series
    Inventor: Kim RUBIN
  • Patent number: 8981966
    Abstract: A computerized system mountable on a vehicle operable to detect an object by processing first image frames from a first camera and second image frames from a second camera. A first range is determined to said detected object using the first image frames. An image location is projected of the detected object in the first image frames onto an image location in the second image frames. A second range is determined to the detected object based on both the first and second image frames. The detected object is tracked in both the first and second image frames When the detected object leaves a field of view of the first camera, a third range is determined responsive to the second range and the second image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Amnon Shashua, Yoram Gdalyahu, Harel Livyatan
  • Publication number: 20150070193
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile electronic device includes detecting at least one other mobile electronic device within a predetermined distance of the mobile electronic device, and determining a spatial relationship of the at least one other mobile electronic device relative to the mobile electronic device. An ad hoc wireless connection is established with the at least one other mobile electronic device based on the determined spatial relationship. Data may be transmitted to and/or received from the at least one other mobile electronic device over the ad hoc wireless connection based on the determined spatial relationship. Related systems, devices, and computer program products are also discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Arnold Anschutz, Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Patent number: 8976040
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of providing driver assistance for performing a driving action include obtaining video information adjacent to a vehicle, obtaining audio information adjacent to the vehicle, optionally obtaining movement-related information, and generating a driver assist indication based on a combination of the video information and the audio information, and, optionally, the movement-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Bianca Ray Avalani
  • Patent number: 8970358
    Abstract: A method of alerting a driver of a vehicle is provided. The method includes: receiving conditions data from one or more collision avoidance systems; determining an alert mode based on the conditions data; receiving a fault status indicating a fault of at least one of a haptic alert device, a visual alert device, and an auditory alert device; resetting the alert mode to an override mode based on the fault status; and selectively generating an alert pattern for at least one of a haptic alert device, a visual alert device, and an auditory alert device that does not have a fault based on the override mode of the alert mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Kiefer, Charles A. Green, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 8970397
    Abstract: A roadside detection system installed in a vehicle to detect a roadside of a road on which the vehicle travels includes detection results acquiring means, first edge line detecting means and second edge line detecting means. The detection results acquiring means emits light waves or electromagnetic waves to a target detection region in which an object to be measured is detected and acquires an objective distance and a reflection intensity, for each of separate regions obtained by separating the target detection region into a plurality of divisions. The first edge line detecting means detects a first edge line that is a candidate of a roadside based on each objective distance. The second edge line detecting means detects a second edge line that is a candidate of a roadside based on each reflection intensity. A driver assistance system and a roadside detecting method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Nitanda, Takayuki Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8958947
    Abstract: A vehicle approach notification device 2 includes: position detection unit 21 that detects current positions of a vehicle; map database 22 storing map data; specific area travel determination unit 23 that determines the travel in a specific area by using the current position from the unit 21 and the map data from the database 22; specific area scale determination unit 24 that, when information from the unit 23 indicates a specific area, determines a scale of the specific area; storage unit 25 that stores a list of thresholds relating to the scale of the specific area; and notification control unit 28 that compares information of the scale from the unit 24 with the list of thresholds from the unit 25, and that when the threshold is satisfied, outputs a control signal for emitting a notification sound of the vehicle to notification sound control unit 30 that controls the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Inakazu, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 8954252
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to notifying a pedestrian of the intent of a self-driving vehicle. For example, the vehicle may include sensors which detect an object such as a pedestrian attempting or about to cross the roadway in front of the vehicle. The vehicle's computer may then determine the correct way to respond to the pedestrian. For example, the computer may determine that the vehicle should stop or slow down, yield, or stop if it is safe to do so. The vehicle may then provide a notification to the pedestrian of what the vehicle is going to or is currently doing. For example, the vehicle may include a physical signaling device, an electronic sign or lights, a speaker for providing audible notifications, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Urmson, Ian James Mahon, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Jiajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8947218
    Abstract: An ECU of a driving support device predicts the risk of contact between a host vehicle and obstacles around the host vehicle when the host vehicle travels by a driving action related to at least one normative action candidate, which is a normative driving action candidate of the host vehicle for the surrounding conditions of the host vehicle. Therefore, it is possible to provide the normative action candidates considering the risk of contact between the host vehicle and the obstacles around the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Yoshizawa, Hirotaka Kaji
  • Patent number: 8947219
    Abstract: A warning system for a motor vehicle includes a head up display. The warning system detects a remote vehicle that presents a potential hazard to a host vehicle, determines if the remote vehicle is visible to the driver and displays an image onto a combiner of the heads up display corresponding to a current location of the remote vehicle or a future location where the remote vehicle will appear on the combiner. In some cases, the combiner is a windshield or window of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motors Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zeljko Popovic
  • Patent number: 8937536
    Abstract: A vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a certain object. The vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a position different from a position of the certain object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jishosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama, Shinya Kawamata
  • Patent number: 8933796
    Abstract: An obstacle notification apparatus uses a sight determination unit for determining a visible area of a driver in a subject vehicle based on whether another vehicle is present around the subject vehicle and a vehicle height of the subject vehicle. After determining whether an obstacle is within the sight of the driver or not, a notification mode is selected to alert the driver of the presence of an obstacle, thereby enabling nuisance-free notification of the obstacle from the obstacle notification apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Seigou Kumabe, Toshiyuki Ito
  • Patent number: 8933792
    Abstract: A moving carrier signal transmission method and a signal transmission device using the same are provided. A main moving carrier acquires an identification code of an ambient moving carrier. The main moving carrier adds an identification code of the main moving carrier and the identification code of the ambient moving carrier in a data request and then sends out the data request to the ambient moving carrier according to the identification code of the ambient moving carrier. When the ambient moving carrier obtains the data request, the ambient moving carrier adds the identification code of the main moving carrier in a moving carrier list and transmits the moving carrier list to the main moving carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ping-Fan Ho, Ming-Fong Tsai, Ming-Hsuan Cheng, Jyh-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8922391
    Abstract: Device, system and method of implementing a wireless vehicle-to-vehicle anti-collision system. Details of message formats are described, particularly efficient formats using flags and compressed data, expressing distances, both in the horizontal and vertical directions. Details of protocols are described. Details of encoding locations, headings and speed are described. In one embodiment messages are free of IP addresses and MAC addresses. Roadway elevation is included in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zetta Research and Development LLC-ForC Series
    Inventors: Kim T Rubin, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 8924122
    Abstract: In control over a vehicle, inter-vehicle communication information of a preceding vehicle that runs ahead of the vehicle is acquired, follow-up running control for causing the vehicle to follow the preceding vehicle is executed on the basis of the inter-vehicle communication information, and, during the follow-up running control, a parameter used in the follow-up running control is determined on the basis of a condition in which the inter-vehicle communication information is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuhisa Shida
  • Patent number: 8922389
    Abstract: A system and method for communication between an emitting motor vehicle (Ve) and at least one target, the emitting vehicle (Ve) including at least one light device, the method comprising the step of automatically modulating a light signal (S) emitted by the light device for a communication between the vehicle (Ve) and the target; and the light device being chosen from: a lighting device, a daytime running light (DRL), a position light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Christophe Dubosc, Zdravko Zojceski