Transmitter In One Vehicle Only Patents (Class 340/904)
  • Patent number: 10778937
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system and method implemented on a vehicle. The system comprises one or more sensors, one or more processors, and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the system to perform: determining, based on a user input, whether to videorecord an interior or surroundings of the vehicle. The instructions cause the system to videorecord the interior or the surroundings of the vehicle in response to determining to videorecord the interior or the surroundings of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Pony Al Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Dingli
  • Patent number: 10746987
    Abstract: Vehicle systems and methods for redirecting the direction of gaze of a driver towards an object are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes an object detection system configured to output an object signal in response to detecting an object, a driver gaze monitoring system configured to output a direction signal, a heads-up display configured to generate a visual indicator, one or more processors and one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors and storing machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform at least at the following: determine an object and a respective location of the object based at least in part on the object signal from the object detection system, and determine a direction of gaze of a driver based at least in part on the direction signal from the driver gaze monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Thor Lewis
  • Patent number: 10738960
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp system, may include a lamp housing arranged within a vehicle winglet; and an optical assembly arranged within an optical housing and configured to project an image on a surface exterior to the vehicle from the winglet, the optical assembly having the optical housing configured to receive at least one interchangeable film configured to produce the image, the optical housing defining a slot configured to receive the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FICOSA NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio Hellin Navarro, Norbert Anthony Bikos
  • Patent number: 10660583
    Abstract: The patient transport system has a mobile patient transport device for docking at a medical device, an acquisition device for acquiring suitable information for docking, and a control device for docking control of the mobile patient transport device. An evaluation device is coupled to the acquisition device and used the information acquired by the acquisition device to establish a path of the patient transport device. An optical or acoustic designation device specifies the established path of the patient transport device by at least one optical marking and/or acoustic signals. The optical marking and/or the acoustic signals are detected and control information is derived therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Sultan Haider
  • Patent number: 10656248
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for detecting a plurality of targets in a radar device are disclosed. A transmitter transmits a source signal and a receiver receives echo signals from reflection of the source signal from the plurality of targets. A composite signal is generated that includes a plurality of target signals from the plurality of echo signals. A largest signal in the composite signal is identified and a value of a parameter of the largest signal is estimated. A representative signal is generated as a convolution of a point target having the estimated value of the parameter. The representative signal is subtracted from the composite signal to obtain a remaining signal. Another of the plurality of targets is determined using the remaining signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Igal Bilik, Alexander Pokrass, Moshe Laifenfeld
  • Patent number: 10640047
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for use in an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror reflector and a mirror back plate disposed at the rear side of the mirror reflective element. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the mirror back plate and has a light transmitting portion that is aligned with an aperture of the mirror back plate. A blind spot indicator module includes a body portion and a connector portion extending laterally from the body portion. Light emitted by at least one light emitting diode passes through the light transmitting portion of the heater pad and through a light-transmitting portion of the mirror reflector and exits the mirror reflective element to provide a visual icon visible to a driver of the vehicle who is driving the vehicle and who is viewing said mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10605897
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving vehicle RADAR or other sensor performance by application of error statistics. In some implementations, statistical correction of vehicle tracking errors are achieved by generating a first data set representative of a historical map of a host vehicle trajectory, a second data set representative of one or more adjacent lanes to a current lane of the host vehicle, and a third data set comprising estimated error correction values of an estimated bearing angle while the moving target vehicle is beyond a threshold distance by comparing the estimated bearing angle of the moving target vehicle relative to the host vehicle with an observed bearing angle of the moving target vehicle relative to the host vehicle. A set of estimated lane assignments may be generated after the moving target vehicle has passed the threshold distance from the host vehicle, after which a lane assignment may be confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hodges
  • Patent number: 10604149
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying an object as a potential collision hazard for a vehicle. The system performs a method that includes sensing an object in a forward direction of travel of the vehicle with a sensor and determining a location of the vehicle. The method includes estimating an amount of curvature of a road segment associated with the location based on predetermined map data and generating, via an electronic processor, a reaction area based on the amount of curvature of the road segment. The method also includes identifying the object as a potential collision hazard when the object is located within the reaction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 10591919
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to detecting and avoiding blind spots of other vehicles when maneuvering an autonomous vehicle. Blind spots may include both areas adjacent to another vehicle in which the driver of that vehicle would be unable to identify another object as well as areas that a second driver in a second vehicle may be uncomfortable driving. In one example, a computer of the autonomous vehicle may identify objects that may be relevant for blind spot detecting and may determine the blind spots for these other vehicles. The computer may predict the future locations of the autonomous vehicle and the identified vehicles to determine whether the autonomous vehicle would drive in any of the determined blind spots. If so, the autonomous driving system may adjust its speed to avoid or limit the autonomous vehicle's time in any of the blind spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Dmitri A. Dolgov, Christopher Paul Urmson
  • Patent number: 10534446
    Abstract: An optical proximity detector includes a driver, light detector, analog front-end, sensor(s) that sense correction factor(s) (e.g., temperature, supply voltage and/or forward voltage drop), and a digital back end. The driver drives the light source to emit light. The light detector produces a light detection signal indicative of a magnitude and a phase of a portion of the emitted light that reflects off an object and is incident on the light detector. The analog front-end receives the light detection signal and outputs a digital light detection signal, or digital in-phase and quadrature-phase signals, which are provided to the digital back-end. The digital back-end performs closed loop correction(s) for dynamic variation(s) in gain and/or phase caused by a portion of the analog front-end, uses polynomial equation(s) and sensed correction factor(s) to perform open loop correction(s) for dynamic variations in temperature, supply voltage and/or forward voltage drop, and outputs a distance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventors: Itaru Hiromi, Philip V. Golden, Steven Herbst
  • Patent number: 10490071
    Abstract: A traffic light information providing system includes a vehicle and a server configured to communicate with the vehicle, and provides information on change in color of a traffic light to the vehicle. The vehicle transmits to the server, vehicle data including time information and position information of the vehicle at the time when the vehicle resumes running from a state of stop at an intersection. The server operates and stores a period of change from the red light to the green light of a traffic light provided at the intersection based on the vehicle data. The server transmits information indicating timing of change to the green light of the traffic light based on the stored period of change, to a vehicle which approaches the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Sakuma, Shuhei Yamamoto, Munehiro Kamiya, Hideo Hasegawa, Shinji Kurachi, Tomoya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10451437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for determining a target variable to be measured in a mobile device. A first physical variable is measured with the aid of a first sensor and a second physical variable with the aid of a second sensor. The second physical variable is different to the first physical variable, or is measured using a different technique. The value of the target variable is calculated with the aid of the measurement of the first and second physical variables. An estimate for the target variable is determined with the aid of at least the measurement of the first physical variable. At least a first error estimate is determined, which depicts the accuracy of the measurement of the first physical variable. The estimate of the target variable is filtered using both the first error estimate and the measurement of the second physical variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Nieminen, Erik Lindman
  • Patent number: 10416308
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an ultrasound sensor (20) for a motor vehicle, in which method, for the ultrasound sensor (20), a diaphragm (23) for emitting ultrasound signals in an emitting direction (21) and a sensor housing (24) are provided, in and/or on which sensor housing the diaphragm (23) is fastened, wherein the sensor housing (24) has a front side (25), which points in the emitting direction (21) of the diaphragm (23), and a rear side (26), which points in a rearward direction (27) which is opposite to the emitting direction (21), and wherein the sensor housing (24) is, on the rear side (26), formed with a rear-side installation opening (29) for components of the ultrasound sensor (20), wherein the diaphragm (23) is inserted into the sensor housing (24) through the rear-side installation opening (29) in the emitting direction (21), and said diaphragm is placed, through an interior space (30) of the sensor housing (24), into an installed position at the front side (25) of the sensor
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Wilhelm Wehling, Wolfgang Hamm
  • Patent number: 10160429
    Abstract: Provided is a stopping control device for a vehicle, which is applied to a vehicle having a braking apparatus that affords braking forces to respective wheels by supplying high pressure working liquid to wheel cylinders provided on the respective wheels and an inter-vehicle distance controller that controls an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and a preceding vehicle, and comprises a braking controller that is configured to control the braking apparatus to increase the braking forces afforded to the wheels when a demand for stopping the own vehicle is input from the inter-vehicle distance controller; the braking controller being configured to end increasing of the braking forces when it is determined that an actual baking force of the entire vehicle exceeds a reference braking force set in advance as a value for maintaining the own vehicle in a stopped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kozuka
  • Patent number: 10126422
    Abstract: The vehicle blind spot sensor is a device that secures itself against a portion of a side view mirror in order to detect the presence of other motorists in the side view mirror. The vehicle blind spot sensor includes a plurality of sensors that detect the presence of another motorist that is either approaching or located within a respective blind spot of the respective vehicle. The plurality of sensors additionally determine the distance from the vehicle blind spot sensor to the other motorist that has been detected, and displays this information on a digital display that is visible to a driver of the respective vehicle. The digital display is located on a portion of the surface of the housing that is affixed to the side view mirror. One of the plurality of sensors is used to detect an approaching speed of the other motorist that has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Leonard Obodo
  • Patent number: 10120073
    Abstract: A method for operating a surroundings-detection system of a vehicle includes at least one transceiver unit emitting a frequency-modulated signal and receiving echo signals of the emitted frequency-modulated signal. The received echo signals are associated with reflection sources, and a piece of information about the speed of the reflection source relative to the transceiver unit is ascertained on the basis of the received echo signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schumann, Marcus Schneider, Dirk Schmid
  • Patent number: 10102746
    Abstract: A driving support device includes: an intersection information acquiring unit 3 to obtain signal light information about traffic signals installed at one or more intersections ahead of a road along which the vehicle is traveling and to obtain distances to the intersections; a vehicle state detector 4 to detect a position and speed of travel of the vehicle; a signal passableness deciding unit 5 to decide a passable or impassable state of the traffic signals by the vehicle from the signal light information, the distances to the intersections, and the position and speed of travel of the vehicle; and a display controller 7 to display the passable or impassable state of the traffic signals decided by the signal passableness deciding unit 5 by changes of color on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Maeda
  • Patent number: 9973608
    Abstract: A method for providing telematics to a vehicle comprises providing a telematics unit with a Global Positioning System device, a data pump, and a short range wireless personal area network transceiver, communicatively connecting the telematics unit to an integrated communication device of the vehicle, the integrated communication device having a memory holding a list uniquely identifying at least one mobile communication device selected from a currently paired mobile communication device, a previously paired mobile communication device, and a pre-defined mobile communication device, transmitting an alert out from the telematics unit to an off-site telematics provider utilizing a communications path of the data pump, and receiving a channeled response to the alert from the off-site telematics provider automatically through the at least one mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc.
    Inventors: Tod Farrell, Robert Orson Ellingson
  • Patent number: 9868394
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for providing vehicular alerts. In various aspects, a vehicle environment may be monitored using one or more sensors associated with a vehicle located in the vehicle environment. One or more pedestrians or cyclists within the vehicle environment may be identified based upon sensor data obtained from the one or more sensors. At least one of the pedestrians or cyclists may be determined to meet predetermined alert criteria based upon the sensor data. An alert indicating a presence of the pedestrians or cyclists may be generated and presented to an output device associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Steven C. Cielocha, Jacob J. Alt, Laura A. Uphoff, Leo Nelson Chan, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Justin Davis, Nathan W. Baumann, Giles Roll
  • Patent number: 9836938
    Abstract: A perimeter-monitoring device has a human presence determining part configured to determine presence or absence of a human in each of a plurality of monitoring spaces located around the shovel and an alarm controlling part configured to control a plurality of alarm output parts that are located in a cab of the shovel and emit an alarm to an operator. The alarm controlling part causes a right alarm output part to emit an alarm when it is determined that a human exists in a right monitoring space, causes a left alarm output part to emit an alarm when it is determined that a human exists in a left monitoring space, and causes a back alarm output part to emit an alarm when it is determined that a human exists in a back monitoring space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kiyota
  • Patent number: 9823353
    Abstract: A lidar system with a light source to emit a pulse of light into a field of view and a receiver to detect a return pulse of light which is reflected or scattered by a target in the field of view. The receiver may include an avalanche photodiode to generate an electrical-current pulse corresponding to the return pulse and a transimpedance amplifier to produce a voltage pulse that corresponds to the electrical-current pulse. A voltage amplifier may amplify the voltage pulse and a comparator may produce an edge signal when the amplified voltage pulse exceeds a threshold. A time-to-digital converter may determine a time interval based on an emission time of the pulse of light and based on the edge signal. A processor may determine a distance to the target using the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Eichenholz, Austin K. Russell, Scott R. Campbell, Alain Villeneuve, Rodger W. Cleye, Joseph G. LaChapelle, Matthew D. Weed, Lane A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9776567
    Abstract: A display control device includes an obtainer and a controller. The obtainer obtains a detection accuracy of an object that exists in surroundings of a movable body. When the obtainer obtains a first detection accuracy, the controller controls an image generator so as to generate a first predetermined image that shows a first graphic having a predetermined shape and divided into n regions (n is an integer greater than or equal to 2). When the obtainer obtains a second detection accuracy that is lower than the first detection accuracy, the controller controls the image generator so as to generate a second predetermined image that shows a second graphic having a predetermined shape and undivided or divided into m regions (m is an integer that is greater than or equal to 1 and that is smaller than n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Mochizuki, Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9760092
    Abstract: Methods and devices for actively modifying a field of view of an autonomous vehicle in view of constraints are disclosed. In one embodiment, an example method is disclosed that includes causing a sensor in an autonomous vehicle to sense information about an environment in a first field of view, where a portion of the environment is obscured in the first field of view. The example method further includes determining a desired field of view in which the portion of the environment is not obscured and, based on the desired field of view and a set of constraints for the vehicle, determining a second field of view in which the portion of the environment is less obscured than in the first field of view. The example method further includes modifying a position of the vehicle, thereby causing the sensor to sense information in the second field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9474137
    Abstract: A networked collaborative lighting effect system for an event at a venue, having a plurality of portable collaborative lighting devices in communication with the network. Each portable collaborative lighting device can be configured to be attached to at least one of: a member of the audience an object, a fixture or combinations thereof. Each portable collaborative lighting devices comprising an active or passive RFID chip for encoding wearer information including financial information. Each collaborative lighting effect system having a plurality of lights connected to a power supply and the collaborative lighting effect system further having a processor connected to the network to receive commands from the network, which can include commands from a DJ connected to the network at the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Wein
  • Patent number: 9464787
    Abstract: A direction controllable lighting unit 10 for use in a lighting system is described. The light emission of the lighting unit 10 may be directed into different directions, e.g. by use of a mechanically movable element 14, 60. At least two ultrasound transmitters 20a, 20b, or ultrasound receivers 21a, 21b are disposed at the lighting unit 10 such that they differ in position, or in direction or shape of the spatial intensity distribution or spatial distribution of reception sensitivity. A mobile control element 46 has at least one corresponding ultrasound transmitter or receiver 50. A difference bebveen a signal from a transmitter received at multiple receivers, or a signal of multiple transmitters received at a single receiver is used to determine a relative direction of the direction controllable lighting unit 10 and the control element 46, and to control the direction of the lighting unit 10 in dependence thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Tim Corneel Wilhelmus Schenk, Lorenzo Feri, Hendricus Theodorus Gerardus Maria Penning De Vries
  • Patent number: 9457715
    Abstract: A work vehicle periphery monitoring system which monitors a periphery of a work vehicle including a vehicle body frame supporting front and rear wheels and a vessel loading a load thereon, the work vehicle periphery monitoring system includes: an object detecting device which is attached to the work vehicle and detects an object existing at a rear side of the work vehicle; and a controller which notifies an alarm based on a detection result of the object detecting device and switches between a notification mode for notifying the alarm and a standby mode for stopping the notification of the alarm based on a state of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Mitsuta, Yukihiro Nakanishi, Takeshi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9428194
    Abstract: Arrangements relate to the operation of a vehicle, which can be an autonomous vehicle. A splash condition in a surrounding environment of the vehicle can be detected. An object near the vehicle can be detected. Further, it can be determined whether the detected object is passing the vehicle. Responsive to detecting a splash condition and determining that the object is passing the vehicle, a warning can be presented to an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Danil V. Prokhorov, Junya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9381859
    Abstract: Arrangements relate to providing assistance during reverse parking of a vehicle. A rear environment of the vehicle can be detected for one or more objects located in the rear environment. If an object is detected in the rear environment, a visual alert of the detected object can be provided. The visual alert can be provided in a rear interior portion of the vehicle. The visual alert can be substantially aligned with the location of the detected object in the rear environment. Thus, a rearward-looking driver can be visually alerted of the presence of the detected object in the rear environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Charan Lota
  • Patent number: 9333909
    Abstract: A vehicular mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the mirror back plate. The heater pad has a light transmitting portion that is generally aligned with an aperture of the mirror back plate. The mirror reflector includes a light-transmitting portion thereof that is generally aligned with the light transmitting portion of the heater pad. An indicator module includes a housing, and a circuit board is disposed in the housing and includes at least one light emitting diode. When an equipped exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the side of the vehicle and with the light emitting diode activated, emitted light passes through a light diffuser and through the light transmitting portions and exits the mirror reflective element to provide a visual icon visible to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9305220
    Abstract: A spectrum measurement device that recognizes objects to be measured on the basis of spectral data of observed light that is detected by a spectrum sensor capable of measuring wavelength information and light intensity information. The spectrum measurement device comprises a lighting device capable of projecting light that includes a wavelength region with a high atmospheric absorption index and recognizes the distance from a vehicle to an object to be measured through a computation that uses spectral data of observed light that is obtained from the object to be measured whereupon light of at least the wavelength region with the high atmospheric absorption index is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuji Funayama, Shinya Kawamata, Yumiko Yoshikawa, Tsutomu Ishi
  • Patent number: 9257043
    Abstract: The embodiment provides a method of correcting a lane. The method includes receiving first lane information detected by a lane departure warning system; comparing the received first lane information with previously stored second lane information to identify a degree of variation of a lane as a function for time; sensing whether a fault detection of the received first lane information exists according to the identified degree of variation of the lane; correcting the received first lane information when the fault detection of the first lane information is sensed; and transmitting the corrected lane information to the lane departure warning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Dae Kim, Jeong Woo Woo
  • Patent number: 9230441
    Abstract: An apparatus for gathering information about surroundings of a vehicle includes: a vehicle sensor data gathering block configured to gather first information about surroundings of the vehicle from one or more sensors mounted on the vehicle; a roadside equipment data gathering block configured to gather second information about surroundings of the vehicle from a roadside communication device installed on a driving infrastructure; and a data integration block configured to classify the first information about surroundings and the second information about surroundings for predefined data types and integrate and manage the classified information about surroundings based on a preset reliability criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Kyung Bok Sung, Hyun Kyun Choi, Dong Yong Kwak
  • Patent number: 9165197
    Abstract: In an image captured by an infrared camera mounted in a vehicle, a featured image portion group including first and second high luminance image portions lined up side by side vertically or horizontally and a third high luminance image portion located below the first and second high luminance image portions is defined. The featured image portion group has a feature indicating that a similarity of one of a luminance distribution and a shape between the first high luminance image portion and the second high luminance image portion is higher than between the third high luminance image portion and at least one of the first and second high luminance image portions. If the featured image portion group is found in the captured image, it is determined that at least the third high luminance image portion is the image of a component of a traffic signal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Aimura
  • Patent number: 9126595
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for calculating an inter-vehicle distance that calculates a more accurate inter-vehicle distance by setting a physical limit value, by recognizing an inter-vehicle distance error occurring due to reasons such as an installation location of a sensor, a type of a vehicle, illegal remodeling of the vehicle, and the like, and thereby correcting an inter-vehicle distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung II Seo, Seung Wuk Moon
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 8981917
    Abstract: An emergency report apparatus in a vehicle transmits a signal of an emergency report to a center apparatus via a communication network when determining that the vehicle collides. The apparatus has a plurality functions for the emergency report with an operating power supplied from a vehicle battery in the vehicle. A backup battery is included to supply an operating power when the electric power supplied from the vehicle battery declines. A measurement device is included to measure a battery capability of the backup battery. A restriction device is included to restrict a function for the emergency report when the battery capability measured is lower than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichirou Hiramatsu, Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 8965678
    Abstract: A device for assisting the driver of a vehicle in the process of parking is provided. The device includes sensors for detecting obstacles in an environment of the vehicle, at least in an environment in front and in back of the vehicle, and a display for indicating the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in the environment. The display includes a first means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in front of the vehicle can be displayed on a windshield of the vehicle, and a second means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in back of the vehicle can be displayed on a rear window of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Hartmut Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8957764
    Abstract: An apparatus e firmly writes data to wireless IC tags and embeds the wireless IC tags having been written with data to the object to be embedded. The data writing apparatus includes a radio communication means for writing data to wireless IC tags through radio communication and a wireless IC tag charging member for embedding the wireless IC tags having been written with data to the object to be embedded with wireless IC tags being received in a mixing/kneading tank in the liquid, viscous or semisolid state. The radio communication means writes data to the wireless IC tags and the wireless IC tags having been written with data are embedded to the object to be embedded with wireless IC tags through the wireless IC tag charging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitomo Corporation
    Inventors: Kikuo Kaga, Shigeo Azhizawa
  • Patent number: 8917292
    Abstract: A display system for a working machine displays warning information while also displaying a high-quality camera image. The display redisplays a reduced camera image at a reduction scale of 60% according to an abnormality information signal. An open area 44 outside the area displaying the camera image. The display control device displays a warning icon (large size), corresponding to abnormality information regarding a filter of a DPF device, in the open area. The operator recognizes the warning and immediately stops the operation, moves to a place where the filter regeneration is possible while checking the safety of the surroundings by viewing the camera image, and then carries out the filter regeneration. After finishing, the operator confirms that the warning icon has disappeared, moves to the site of the operation while checking the safety of the surroundings by viewing the camera image (for normal times), and then restarts the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuki Gotou, Kazuhiro Shibamori, Keiichiro Nakamura, Hidenobu Tsukada, Kouta Fujieda
  • Patent number: 8907814
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a traffic information communication system includes a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver may be configured to receive a message relating to traffic conditions along a thoroughfare from a communication node. The transmitter may be communicatively coupled to the receiver and may be configured to rebroadcast the message within a predetermined amount of time after receiving the message. The traffic information communication system may be implemented in a vehicle traveling along the thoroughfare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Wei-Peng Chen
  • Publication number: 20140354450
    Abstract: A purpose of the present invention is to provide a warning device, usability of which is improved. The warning device includes: a first detection section for detecting another vehicle that approaches from right rear of a host vehicle; a second detection section for detecting another vehicle that approaches from left rear of the host vehicle; a warning section for issuing a warning to inform a driver of the host vehicle of approach of another vehicle; and a control section for ordering the warning section to issue the warning when another vehicle is detected by the first detection section or the second detection section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Takahashi, Tomoya Kawasaki, Tetsuya Komoguchi
  • Patent number: 8884783
    Abstract: A priority control unit is provided for use with light-based and GPS-based traffic control priority systems. The priority control unit includes a light emitter subsystem that is configured to emit pulses of light. The pulses of light encode a priority request for activating preemption of a traffic signal by a light-based traffic control priority system. The priority control unit also includes a GPS-based subsystem that is configured to transmit a priority request by radio waves. The priority request from the GPS-based subsystem is for activating preemption of a traffic signal by a GPS-based traffic control priority system. A switch is coupled to the light emitter subsystem and to the GPS-based subsystem. The switch simultaneously activates both the light emitter subsystem and the GPS-based subsystem for transmitting priority requests in response to user control. In another embodiment, the priority control unit further includes a broadcast based subsystem for transmitting priority requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Gordon Roberts, Jerry Lee Johnson
  • Patent number: 8885039
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation apparatus including a transceiver configured to communicate with at least one other vehicle near a vehicle including the vehicle navigation apparatus and configured to receive traveling information about the at least one other vehicle, a controller configured to calculate first movement information of the vehicle and second movement information of the at least one other vehicle based on the received traveling information, and a display unit configured to display a graphical representation of the vehicle and the at least one other vehicle based on the calculated movement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Junyoung Jang, Sangyong Park
  • Patent number: 8878695
    Abstract: Systems and methods for requesting modification of traffic flow control systems that combine satellite position navigation systems and dead reckoning technology with secure radio communications to accurately report a vehicle's real-time location and estimated arrival times at a series of signal lights within a traffic grid or at a distant signal light, while enabling signal controllers to accommodate priority requests from these vehicles, allowing for these vehicles to maintain a fixed schedule with minimal interruption to other grid traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: STC, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Cross
  • Patent number: 8854229
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for warning a pedestrian of an oncoming vehicle. In particular, a sensor senses the position of a pedestrian in the vicinity of a vehicle. The position information is then sent to a control unit which controls a phase, a frequency, and a volume of a sound signal transmitted to a pair of dipole speakers based on positional information of the pedestrian calculated by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Gi Hwan Kim, You Sung Moon
  • Patent number: 8847792
    Abstract: Provided is an object detection apparatus capable of accurately estimating the movement amount of the position, which moves within an oncoming vehicle, of a reflection point of an electromagnetic wave radiated from a radar apparatus, and using the movement amount for collision possibility determination. The object detection apparatus provided in a vehicle includes: a relative position detection section radiating the electromagnetic wave to an object in front of the vehicle, and receiving a reflection wave from the object, thereby detecting the relative position, to the vehicle, of an electromagnetic wave reflection point on the object reflecting the electromagnetic wave; and a movement amount estimation section capable of, based on the relative position to the vehicle of the electromagnetic wave reflection point, estimating, as continuous values, a movement amount of the electromagnetic wave reflection point on the object from a predetermined timing until the object approaches the vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Tsunekawa
  • Patent number: 8849553
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted driving supporting device 2 supports driving on the basis of the presence of a nonpriority vehicle A entering a priority road 50 from a nonpriority road 40. The vehicle-mounted driving supporting device 2 includes an information provision determination device 34 which, when a host vehicle is traveling on the priority road 50, determines whether or not driving support is required on the basis of the specification regarding driving support of the nonpriority vehicle A received from the outside. Therefore, it is possible to avoid a driver from feeling bothered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Matsuoka