Transmitter In One Vehicle Only Patents (Class 340/904)
  • Patent number: 11492017
    Abstract: An information presentation device, mounted on a vehicle for which automatic evacuation control functions when it is difficult for a driver to continue driving the vehicle, and presenting information to an occupant of the vehicle except the driver by a display in a display area that is visually recognizable by the occupant, includes: an operation information acquisition unit that acquires operation information of the automatic evacuation control; and a display generation unit that generates an occupant notification display that is displayed in the display area to notify information relating to the automatic evacuation control when the automatic evacuation control is in operation. The occupant notification display includes: an explanatory image that shows an explanation of a process executed currently; and a progress image that indicates a degree of progress in the automatic evacuation control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuo Tamagaki, Ifushi Shimonomoto, Hiroaki Tanaka, Takuya Mori, Yuki Fujisawa, Akira Kamiya, Takuya Kume
  • Patent number: 11493586
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device includes a wireless communications interface configured to receive, from a remote device, a sequence of remote device proximity indicators. The sequence of remote device proximity indicators indicate positions of the remote device. A mobile proximity detector of the mobile electronic device is configured to monitor a current position and a current velocity of the mobile electronic device; determine, from the sequence of remote device proximity indicators, a current remote device position and current remote device velocity; and determine, using at least the current remote device position and velocity, and the current position and the current velocity of the mobile electronic device, a likelihood of close contact between a user of the mobile electronic device and the remote device. A notification manager of the mobile electronic device is configured to notify the user of the likelihood of close contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Pipher, Kenneth Magoye, Will Tucker
  • Patent number: 11487010
    Abstract: A device for producing a triangular laser sheet. The device has an optical transmitter with a pair of plano-convex cylindrical lenses for circularizing infrared laser light and a plano-concave cylindrical lens for shaping the circularized light to produce a triangular laser sheet. A tilt sensor measures departure of the triangular laser sheet from a horizontal reference. The device projects a triangular sheet of infrared light that is useful for detecting over-height vehicles that are approaching a structure, such as a bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Abhishek Singhal, Anil K. Agrawal, Camille Kamga
  • Patent number: 11474239
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave sensor includes: a bezel configured by a tubular member having a hollow portion, and including a tubular portion and a flange, the flange having a larger radial dimension than the tubular portion, one surface of the flange on a side opposite to the tubular portion being a front surface, one surface of the flange on the tubular portion side being a back surface; a sensor body including an ultrasonic vibrator and integrated with the bezel while part of the sensor body is inserted into the hollow portion; and a vibration prevention member arranged on the back surface and configured by an elastic body to prevent vibration transmission. The vibration prevention member is an O-ring having an annular shape surrounding the bezel so as to surround a center axis of the bezel, and the back surface has a ring-shaped groove into which part of the O-ring is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Ueda, Takeo Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 11472430
    Abstract: A method for determining a wet road condition includes receiving a value of a received signal strength index of an RF signal received from a sensor associated with a wheel of a vehicle, comparing the value to a predetermined threshold value, and if the value is less than the predetermined threshold value, determining that a wet road condition is met and outputting a pre-aquaplaning warning signal. A system for determining a wet road condition and a non-transitory computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kretschmann, Andrei-Stefan Cimponeriu
  • Patent number: 11454504
    Abstract: A method for mapping a route section. The method includes providing a central mapping server equipped with a server-side communication interface; providing at least one fleet vehicle of a vehicle fleet equipped with at least one sensor which is suitable for detecting mapping data, and with a vehicle-side communication interface, the server-side communication interface and the vehicle-side communication interface being configured to exchange data; making a mapping decision by decision-making logic implemented on the mapping server, and transmitting an individual mapping request which is based on the mapping decision to the at least one fleet vehicle, it being possible for the mapping request to include different pieces of information for individual fleet vehicles; and transmitting mapping data from the at least one fleet vehicle to the mapping server as a function of the individual mapping request and the use of the mapping data during the mapping of the route section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Christian Abeling, Daniel Zaum, Stefan Werder
  • Patent number: 11422229
    Abstract: The present disclosed technology is a generally two-dimensional display and audible alarm to show notification and urgency information from multiple object detection radar sensors on a vehicle. When a particular sensor is reporting to the vehicle's operation and control center, the corresponding light(s) according to a top view of the vehicle in the array may light up, pulse or flash accordingly. In addition, an audible alarm may operate in concert and emphasis with the light(s) display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Preco Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Edward Fix
  • Patent number: 11383733
    Abstract: A method for detecting a dangerous driving condition for a vehicle is provided. A camera device is used to capture a moving image of surroundings of the vehicle, and the moving image has at least one target object therein and is defined with a caution region. A processing unit is used to determine, based on the moving image, whether a number of times the at least one target object in the moving image weaves in and out of the caution region satisfies a caution condition, and to control a notification device to output a warning notification to notify a driver of the vehicle that the vehicle is in a dangerous driving condition upon determining that the caution condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: MiTAC Digital Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Wei-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 11370375
    Abstract: A cladding part for a motor vehicle has an external side, and an internal side which is disposed opposite the external side. At least one sensor is disposed on the internal side. The cladding part has at least one main region and at least one functional region, wherein the functional region in terms of oscillations has a lower damping value than the main region. The functional region at least in portions is surrounded by a decoupling region, wherein the cladding part in the decoupling region has a first mechanical rigidity value and in the main region has a second mechanical rigidity value. The first rigidity value is lower than the second rigidity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann Brunner, Patrick Dumm, Manuel Schwarz, Thomas Wolff
  • Patent number: 11185998
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a passive ultrasonic sensor, a notification section that notifies a user, and a control section that, when detecting a feature indicating approach of an object learned in advance from sensor data detected by the ultrasonic sensor, controls the notification section to notify the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Iwanami
  • Patent number: 11164457
    Abstract: Image data is obtained about an area that includes a plurality of sub-areas. One of the sub-areas is selected as a destination sub-area based on the destination sub-area being unoccupied. Then, upon detecting a candidate marker for the destination sub-area, the image data including the candidate marker is provided to a remote computer. A vehicle is operated to a stop in the destination sub-area. Then, upon receiving a message from the remote computer specifying an availability of the destination sub-area based at least on the image data, the vehicle is maintained in the destination sub-area or the vehicle is operated out of the destination sub-area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Hamid M. Golgiri, Lihui Chen, George Edmund Walley
  • Patent number: 11097735
    Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of traveling, by a first transport, in a first lane, determining, by the first transport, that a speed of a second transport is greater than a speed of the first transport when the second transport is behind the first transport, determining, by the first transport, that no other transports are ahead of the first transport by a first distance in the first lane and beside the first transport by a second distance in a second lane, maneuvering, by the first transport, to the second lane allowing the second transport to pass the first transport in the first lane, and maneuvering, by the first transport, to the first lane when there are no other transports traveling in the first lane at a third distance behind the first transport and at or near the speed of the second transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua V. Marasigan, Robert D. Slater, Felipe G. Salles, Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri
  • Patent number: 11086335
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes a camera and at least one processor. The camera is disposed on a mounting apparatus that is rotatably coupled to a vehicle and that rotates about a rotation axis that is spaced apart from the camera. The camera is configured to rotate together with the mounting apparatus from a first point to a second point, and to capture an external image of the vehicle at the first point and the second point. The processor is configured to control the camera to capture a first image at the first point and a second image at the second point, detect an object around the vehicle based on the first image and the second image, and determine a distance between the object and the vehicle based on the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daebum Kim, Jongin Son, Kihoon Han
  • Patent number: 10891494
    Abstract: The invention provides a distinguishing device for distinguishing, between vehicles passing in front of the device, a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) from a coach including over its entire length windows between a top side member and a bottom side member, the device comprising: a vertical stack of emitters of incident beams towards at least top halves of flanks of at least some of the vehicles; a vertical stack of receivers for detecting the beams that are reflected by the flanks of said vehicles; calculation means for calculating the time that elapses between each emission of a beam and the detection of the corresponding reflected beam in order to establish an image of each vehicle flank; and image processor means for detecting therein the absence or the presence of a top side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: IDEMIA IDENTITY & SECURITY FRANCE
    Inventors: Samuel Alliot, Grégoire Carrion, Eric Guidon
  • Patent number: 10864919
    Abstract: An alarm apparatus to be equipped in a vehicle includes a driving controller. The driving controller is configured to perform automated driving control or driving support control of the vehicle, and to perform driving control of the vehicle. When a detector of the vehicle detects another vehicle approximately behind the vehicle, the driving controller performs acceleration control of the vehicle while the automated driving control or the driving support control is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10843696
    Abstract: A vehicle speed control device includes: a parallel running vehicle detection sensor; and an electronic control unit configured to perform (i) cruise control, (ii) parallel running vehicle detection processing, (iii) blind zone avoidance control for controlling the speed of the vehicle such that the vehicle is moved to a position behind a blind zone of the parallel running vehicle when the parallel running vehicle is detected, (iv) blind zone getting-out determination processing for determining whether the vehicle can move to a position ahead of the blind zone by traveling according to the cruise condition, and (v) avoidance cancellation processing for prioritizing the control of the speed by the cruise control over the control of the speed by the blind zone avoidance control when it is determined by the blind zone getting-out determination processing that the vehicle can move to the position ahead of the blind zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Watanabe, Tadashi Omachi
  • Patent number: 10837807
    Abstract: A sensor mount structure including a base member, a sensor device, and a support member. The base member is attached to a vehicle upper side of an inner surface of a front windshield glass. The sensor device includes a device body to which a first sensor and a second sensor that detect surroundings information for a vehicle are attached, and a common electronic board to which both the first sensor and the second sensor are electrically connected. The support member together with the device body is fastened to the base member and supports an interior mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoya Higashimachi, Hiroaki Ito, Koh Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10814780
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave output device includes a plurality of ultrasonic wave output units and an overlapping range change unit. The plurality of ultrasonic wave output units are arranged along a horizontal direction in a vehicle. Each of the plurality of ultrasonic wave output units emits an audible sound generated with ultrasonic waves, which have a same phase, to corresponding one of a plurality of sound areas. The plurality of sound areas indicate predetermined areas. The overlapping range change unit changes a range of an overlapping area, which indicates an area on which the plurality of sound areas overlap, in response to an external instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiaki Nakayama
  • 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: 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: 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: 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