Vehicle Detectors Patents (Class 340/933)
  • Patent number: 11688281
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a system, computer program product, and method for determining shelter areas for two-wheeler vehicles, and, more specifically, for dynamically distinguishing the behavior of two-wheeler vehicles and non-two-wheeler vehicles as an indicator of shelter areas from inclement weather. The behavior of the vehicles is distinguished through a plurality of two-wheeler vehicles slowing down and congregating at a particular location as a shelter against inclement weather, while non-two-wheeler vehicles may slow down, however, not stop proximate this location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar Ananthapur Bache, Manish Anand Bhide, Jhilam Bera, Sowmya V. Kollipara
  • Patent number: 11676426
    Abstract: Smart tolling for vehicles is provided. A toll advertisement message (TAM) is received by a vehicle, broadcast from a road-side unit (RSU) via V2X communication, the TAM defining a plurality of toll road tariff data elements, each of the toll road tariff data elements specifying a set of tolling factors indexed by a unique toll context identifier. Roadway usage of the vehicle is determined. A charge for the roadway usage is determined according to the set of tolling factors of the TAM. A toll usage message (TUM) is sent via the V2X communication, the TUM indicating, to the RSU, the tariff for the roadway usage of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Bandi, Sathyanarayana Chary Palakonda, Brennan Hamilton, Samer Ibrahim, Ivan Vukovic, Syed Amaar Ahmad
  • Patent number: 11650594
    Abstract: The application discloses a method, system and related device of implementing vehicle automatically weighing, so as to achieve the automatically weighing of the unmanned vehicle. The method includes: controlling, by a vehicle controller, a vehicle to drive automatically and stop at a weighing position; weighing, by a weighbridge sensor, the vehicle when sensing the vehicle stopping at the weighing position, and sending weighing end information to the vehicle controller; and controlling, by the vehicle controller, the vehicle to start and leave the weighing position when receiving the weighing end information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11626013
    Abstract: A traffic data analysis method, an electronic device, a vehicle and a storage medium are provided, and relate to the technical field of artificial intelligence, in particular to the fields of large data processing, automatic driving and vehicle networking, and can be applied to AI navigation. The method includes: acquiring a plurality of initial traffic data; determining a category of each of the plurality of initial traffic data; receiving a search instruction from an AI analysis model, wherein the search instruction includes target category information; determining target traffic data corresponding to the target category information from the respective initial traffic data according to categories of the respective initial traffic data; and sending the target traffic data to the AI analysis model so that the AI analysis model performs an AI analysis according to the target traffic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Ruihua Liao, Yupu Huang, Shulong Lin, Yanwu Liu
  • Patent number: 11597319
    Abstract: A vehicular camera calibration system includes a camera disposed at a vehicle, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The camera calibration system utilizes an intrinsic parameter of the camera and uses a kinematic model of motion of the vehicle that is determined at least in part via processing of multiple frames of captured image data. The camera calibration system, responsive to processing of multiple frames of image data captured by the camera as the vehicle moves along a path of travel, and based at least in part on (i) an intrinsic parameter of the camera and (ii) the kinematic model of motion of the vehicle, determines misalignment of the camera. The camera calibration system determines camera misalignment without use of a fiducial marker in the field of view of the camera as the vehicle moves along the path of travel and without use of reference points on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Galina Okouneva
  • Patent number: 11594079
    Abstract: A system is provided and generally includes a server and an associate computing device. The server may receive location video data comprising at least one image from a camera directed to a location, such as a designated area of a parking lot. The server may detect one or more objects in the image, and determine a bounding box based on the detected objects. The server may also determine a confidence value corresponding to the bounding box. The confidence value may be determined based on an area of the image defined by the bounding box and a predefined class. The server may then generate an arrival message based on the determined confidence value, and transmit the arrival message to the associate computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Prasad Nagarathinam, Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Sahana Vijaykumar
  • Patent number: 11592835
    Abstract: A method for fusing state data via a control unit. State data of a first mobile unit and of an object ascertained via a sensor system of the first mobile unit are received. State data of an object ascertained via a sensor system of a second mobile unit and/or state data of the second mobile unit, transmitted via a communication link from the second mobile unit to the first mobile unit, are received. A node is created in a time-position diagram for each set of received state data of the first mobile unit, the second mobile unit, and the objects. A data optimization of the state data ascertained by the first mobile unit and/or by the second mobile unit is carried out. An optimization problem is created based on the optimized state data ascertained by the first mobile unit and the optimized state data received from the second mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Artur Koch, Carsten Hasberg, Maxim Dolgov, Piyapat Saranrittichai, Thomas Michalke
  • Patent number: 11562646
    Abstract: An advance in the art is made according to aspects of the present disclosure directed to distributed fiber optic sensing systems (DFOS), methods, and structures that advantageously monitor and identify—in real-time—roadway traffic and patterns across a multiple-lane highway by employing a multiple-transverse fiber optic cable arrangement of optical fiber cable positioned under the highway/roadway to detect, monitor, and/or identify traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Yuheng Chen, Ming-Fang Huang, Ting Wang, Jingnan Zhao
  • Patent number: 11562601
    Abstract: A method for providing a service linked to the condition and/or behavior of a vehicle and/or of a tire comprises the following steps: when a vehicle passes a road infrastructure equipped with a system for assessing the condition of a vehicle, determining an identifier of the vehicle and/or of a tire of the vehicle, at the same time, determining at least one parameter representative of the condition of the vehicle and/or of a component of the vehicle, transmitting the determined data to a remote data server, from the identification data, retrieving external data concerning the vehicle and/or the tire and/or the running conditions, combining the determined information with the external data such as to determine a relevant indicator concerning the condition and/or the behavior of a vehicle, and transmitting the relevant indicator to a provider of a service linked to the condition and/or to the behavior of a vehicle and/or of a tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Thomas Ledoux, Nicolas Fangeat
  • Patent number: 11520345
    Abstract: In various examples, a path perception ensemble is used to produce a more accurate and reliable understanding of a driving surface and/or a path there through. For example, an analysis of a plurality of path perception inputs provides testability and reliability for accurate and redundant lane mapping and/or path planning in real-time or near real-time. By incorporating a plurality of separate path perception computations, a means of metricizing path perception correctness, quality, and reliability is provided by analyzing whether and how much the individual path perception signals agree or disagree. By implementing this approach—where individual path perception inputs fail in almost independent ways—a system failure is less statistically likely. In addition, with diversity and redundancy in path perception, comfortable lane keeping on high curvature roads, under severe road conditions, and/or at complex intersections, as well as autonomous negotiation of turns at intersections, may be enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Davide Marco Onofrio, Hae-Jong Seo, David Nister, Minwoo Park, Neda Cvijetic
  • Patent number: 11498524
    Abstract: In order to reduce a driving frequency of a wiper configured to wipe a surface of an optical member on a front surface of a photographing lens, an imaging device includes: a lens; an optical member provided on a front surface side of the lens; a wiper configured to wipe a surface of the optical member, and at least one processor or circuit which functions as a detection unit configured to detect at least one of a focal length of the lens, an aperture value, and a subject size; and a control unit configured to drive the wiper so that a driving frequency of the wiper is reduced as the focal length becomes longer, the aperture value becomes smaller, or the subject size becomes larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiko Nishide
  • Patent number: 11486716
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicular electronic device including a power supply configured to supply power, an interface configured to receive HD map data on a specific area from a server through a communication device and receive data on driving condition information of a vehicle, and a processor configured to continuously generate electronic horizon data on a specific area based on the high-definition (HD) map data in the state of receiving the power and to set a geographical range of the electronic horizon data based on data on the driving condition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Jihyun Kim, Jinsang Lee
  • Patent number: 11482006
    Abstract: A system for monitoring movement of vehicles in an arena. Imaging devices are positioned to capture images of vehicles present in the arena. Each path in which a vehicle can travel in the arena has an associated sequence of imaging devices I1, . . . Im-1, Im, . . . In, such that a vehicle traveling along the path appears sequentially in the field of view of imaging devices I1, . . . Im-1, Im, . . . In. For at least one path among the paths in the arena, there is no overlap in the fields of view of at least one pair of two consecutive imaging devices in the sequence of imaging devices associated with the path. A processor executes image analysis software and recursively identifies a vehicle in images obtained by the imaging devices in the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Wisesight Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Akiva Armon
  • Patent number: 11475766
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems that allow users to report traffic violations and obtain information concerning reported violations using mobile devices. In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, at a server, one or more images or videos captured by a mobile device of an offending vehicle committing a potential traffic violation and an extended metadata tag; storing the one or more images or videos and the extended metadata tag as unstructured content in a content lake; generating database tables on top of the content lake; receiving a request from another mobile device to view traffic violation content; querying the database tables and retrieving at least one of the one or more images or videos of the offending vehicle committing the potential traffic violation from the content lake; and generating a GUI to be displayed via the other mobile device showing the traffic violation content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hayden AI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Carson, Vaibhav Ghadiok, Bo Shen
  • Patent number: 11433900
    Abstract: A vehicle environment detection system (40) in an ego vehicle (1), including a sensor arrangement (4) and a main control unit (8) is arranged to detect and track at least one oncoming vehicle (9), and to determine whether the ego vehicle (1) has entered a curve (17). The main control unit (8) is arranged to determine a common curve (12) with a radius (R), along which common curve (12) the ego vehicle (1) is assumed to travel, determine a measured oncome direction (13, 13?) of the oncoming vehicle (9) on the common curve (16), corresponding to an outcome angle (?track), determine a difference angle (?) between the measured oncome direction (13, 13?) and an oncome direction (13) corresponding to if the oncoming vehicle (9) would be moving along the common curve (12), compare the difference angle (?) with a threshold angle (?max), and to determine that the oncoming vehicle (9) is crossing if the difference angle (?) exceeds the threshold angle (?max).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Arriver Software AB
    Inventors: Michael Maas, Andreas Schmid, Christopher Unverdorben
  • Patent number: 11423925
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to identify the class of vehicle driving over a road surface based upon audio data collected as the vehicle drives thereover. With respect to predicting a class of a vehicle, audio data is obtained that is created by the vehicle while driving over the road surface. The audio data includes one or more audio frequency features and/or one or more audio amplitude features. The audio data including the one or more audio frequency features and/or the one or more audio amplitude features is provided to a machine learning model and the class of the vehicle that created the audio data is predicted utilizing the machine learning model. A method, apparatus and computer program product are also provided for training the machine learning model to predict the class of the vehicle driving over the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Stenneth, Jeremy Michael Young
  • Patent number: 11405762
    Abstract: A vehicle computer comprises a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to receive a location of a first stationary directional short-wave antenna, to determine a line from a vehicle location to the location of the first stationary antenna, to transmit a short-wave request message to the first stationary short-wave antenna based on the determined line, the message including vehicle data, and upon receiving a short-wave acknowledgment message from the first stationary short-wave antenna, to transmit a second short-wave message including vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Linjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11355016
    Abstract: A computer system receives a request to locate a vehicle within a facility. The computer system parses the request to identify one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a sensor corresponding to the vehicle based on the one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a most recent location of the vehicle based on the last registered position of the vehicle within the facility. The computer system transmits a signal to a parking spot sensor at the most recent location of the vehicle in the facility. The computer system receives the unique identification. The computer system determines that the unique identification of the vehicle sensor co-located with the parking spot sensor matches the sensor of the requested vehicle. The computer system reports to the user a current location of the vehicle within the facility based on a location of the parking spot sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Price, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Richard Hoover, Stephen Michael Wylie, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 11310549
    Abstract: A system for telematics integration includes a video system configured to receive an event email notification from a telematics system. The telematics system was provided an email address for the event email notification. The video system is further configured to scrape the event email notification for event information and to determine whether event information satisfies criteria to generate trigger criteria for an event of interest. Then video system is further configured to, in the event that the event information satisfies the criteria to generate the trigger criteria, retrieve associated video from a video repository of the video system based at least in part on the trigger criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Rael Morris
  • Patent number: 11302178
    Abstract: A movable body monitoring apparatus is configured to receive movement data related to movements of a movable body. The apparatus includes an acquiring unit, a memory, a detector, and a non-support managing unit. The acquiring unit acquires movement data on a non-support movable body from a support movable body. The memory stores and records the acquired movement data. The detector detects passing of a movable body from the host vehicle. The non-support managing unit manages the movement data on the non-support movable body recorded in the memory. When it is determined that the non-support movable body the movement data on which has been recorded in the memory has passed by based on detection data by the detection of the detector, the non-support managing unit invalidates or deletes the movement data on the non-support movable body from the memory on a movable-body by movable-body basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Ikeda, Haruyo Miyakawa, Hyoungwook Choi
  • Patent number: 11282381
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and method for traffic speed enforcement based on license plate detection is provided. The electronic apparatus controls an image-capture device on a first vehicle to capture a sequence of images of a second vehicle and detects a license plate of the second vehicle in the captured sequence of images. The electronic apparatus extracts a set of license plate images from a set of images in the sequence of images and determines a first change in a size of a first license plate image with respect to that of a second license plate image. The electronic apparatus further determines a speed of the first vehicle and a traffic speed violation by the second vehicle based on the determined first change and the determined speed of the first vehicle. The electronic apparatus further controls a media device to output a notification indicative of the determined traffic speed violation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nishimura, Nikolaos Georgis, James Kuch
  • Patent number: 11282300
    Abstract: A toll collection system includes: a roadside antenna operable to carry out wireless communications with an onboard unit mounted on a vehicle; a wireless communication control device operable to carry out communication processing with the onboard unit; a toll collection processing unit operable to acquire, from the wireless communication control device, a result of the communication processing, and to carry out toll collection processing for the onboard unit based on the result of the communication processing; a vehicle detector operable to detect a vehicle entering a communication range of the roadside antenna; a soundness determination unit operable to determine, based on a detection result of the vehicles by the vehicle detector and a result of the toll collection processing carried out by the toll collection processing unit, whether an abnormality has occurred in at least any one of the roadside antenna, the wireless communication control device, and the toll collection processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamaguchi, Kenta Nakao, Hiroyuki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11265701
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and computer programs for a first transportation vehicle and a second transportation vehicle. The method for the first transportation vehicle includes generating an environmental perception message based on a perception model of an environment of the first transportation vehicle, wherein the perception model includes detected objects; transmitting the environmental perception message to one or more transportation vehicles located in a vicinity of the first transportation vehicle; determining one or more second transportation vehicles among the detected objects; and transmitting one or more wireless messages to the one or more second transportation vehicles. The one or more second transportation vehicles are addressed as destination of the one or more wireless messages by referencing one or more objects of the detected objects corresponding to the one or more second transportation vehicles within the environmental perception message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Ahmad El Assaad
  • Patent number: 11262761
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a virtual line setter configured to set virtual lines in front of a gate on the basis of the position of the gate, and a gate passing controller configured to perform vehicle control when a vehicle passes through the gate on the basis of the virtual lines set by the virtual line setter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Akihiko Otsu, Akira Mizutani, Atsushi Ishioka
  • Patent number: 11248920
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for objectively assessing the driving performance of rideshare drivers and/or vehicles. The techniques include collecting data from various sources to aggregate trip data for several drivers and passengers over several ridesharing trips. This data may include telematics data collected from several passengers and/or drivers during each of their respective ridesharing trips, which indicates various aspects associated with operation of the vehicle. Each driver may then be correlated to his own set of trip data, such that a driving assessment may be made for each individual driver. When a new user subsequently requests a ride via a ridesharing provider, this driver assessment may be made available to the user, thereby providing the user with an objective assessment of the driver prior to the start of the scheduled ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Kaming Li
  • Patent number: 11241006
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a device which is able to detect and deter wildlife. The present solution provides for a modular system which can have various modules received in a module housing and those modules can be replaced without the need for the device to be serviced by the manufacturer or a certified repair technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Bird Control Group BV
    Inventors: Steinar Henkes, Pim Tammes, Bob van Haren, Kris Mooi, Anirudh Bisht, Tim Sprang, Robin Blok, Haiyan Che, Tomaz Rems
  • Patent number: 11182983
    Abstract: Provided is a same vehicle detection device, including: a first license plate information acquisition unit configured to store, in a first recording unit, first license plate information acquired from an onboard unit installed in a vehicle; a second license plate information acquisition unit configured to store, in a second recording unit, second license plate information of the vehicle read in, based on an image captured by shooting a predetermined region including the license plate of the vehicle; and a same vehicle determination unit configured to determine whether the first license plate information stored in the first recording device relates to the same vehicle as the second license plate information stored in the second recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Higuchi, Kazuyoshi Kitajima, Keiji Terasaka
  • Patent number: 11163977
    Abstract: A capturing camera has a lens block that includes a lens for focusing light from a subject including a face of a person riding in a vehicle and a license plate of the vehicle, an image sensor that performs a capturing process based on the light from the subject focused by the lens, and a processor that generates a face image of the person riding in the vehicle and a license plate image of the vehicle, corresponding to a same vehicle, based on a captured image of the subject generated by the capturing process. The processor has the image sensor perform the capturing process using a plurality of capturing conditions at a time of capturing based on the light from the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamada, Yuki Yoshikuni, Toshimasa Funaki, Osamu Nakashima, Masahiro Yamashita, Satoshi Kiyomatsu, Jyouji Wada
  • Patent number: 11165994
    Abstract: A method of displaying surveillance video streams is provided that includes receiving surveillance video streams generated by a plurality of video cameras, and displaying a selected subset of the surveillance video streams in a summary view on at least one display device, wherein, for each surveillance video stream in the summary view, only a relevant portion of each frame in the surveillance video stream is displayed, and wherein a relevant portion is a subset of a frame for at least some of the surveillance video streams in the summary view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Goksel Dedeoglu, Darnell Janssen Moore
  • Patent number: 11164415
    Abstract: A system for interdicting access to a secured venue by automatically detecting the presence of weapons or other threats on attendees as they enter the site is provided. Cameras or other detectors, coupled with machine learning techniques identify from video streams or other sensor signals whether attendees openly or covertly have weapons or other threats on or near their person. In addition, wellness checks such as temperature measurements are performed. The system may also incorporate an automatic ticket scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: IDENT LLC
    Inventors: Albert Edward Reynolds, III, Timothy Allen Cook, Mark Andrew Cordano
  • Patent number: 11147035
    Abstract: Methods, computer programs, and apparatuses for a command center and a transportation vehicle, a transportation vehicle and command center. The method for a command center to teleoperate a transportation vehicle includes receiving input data from the transportation vehicle, estimating a current uplink delay based on the input data from the transportation vehicle, determining an estimated downlink and uplink delay based on the input data and the estimated current uplink delay, and determining control information for the transportation vehicle which at least partly compensates the estimated downlink and uplink delay. The method also includes transmitting information related to the control information to the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Pfadler, Guillaume Jornod
  • Patent number: 11138878
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining, by a system comprising a processor, a driver profile according to a driver identity for a driver of a vehicle, selecting a driver-specific enforcement scenario for the vehicle according to the driver profile and traffic enforcement information that is associated with a vehicle location, and presenting an in-vehicle alert to convey the driver-specific enforcement scenario to the driver. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James G. Beattie, Jr., Jesse Chan
  • Patent number: 11117529
    Abstract: A capturing camera has a lens block that includes a lens for focusing light from a vehicle as a subject, an image sensor that captures an image based on light from the vehicle focused by the lens, a filter unit that rotatably supports a polarization filter which limits the light from the vehicle received by the image sensor, a sensor that detects a daytime mode or a night mode, a processor that disposes the polarization filter on a front side of the image sensor in the daytime mode, and disposes a band pass filter on the front side of the image sensor in the night mode, and an illuminator that irradiates the subject with IR light in the night mode. The filter unit switchably supports the polarization filter and the band pass filter that transmits the IR light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuma Kobayashi, Tetsuo Tanaka, Toshiaki Ito, Shinichi Murakami, Michinori Kishimoto, Hiroshi Mitani, Jyouji Wada
  • Patent number: 11120527
    Abstract: In a vehicular camera, an image generation unit generates at least one image of a directional view from a vehicle, and an object recognition unit recognizes a target object in the at least one image. A region identification unit identifies, in the at least one image, a specific region in the target object recognized by the object recognition unit. A vehicle control unit performs a vehicle control task based on the recognized target object. A mosaic unit identifies a specific region in the at least one image corresponding to the specific region in the at least one image, and performs a mosaic task to thereby blur a mosaic region in the second image. The mosaic region includes at least the specific region in the at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Kimura, Toshikazu Murao, Yuzuru Koshisaka, Tetsuya Kimata
  • Patent number: 11109018
    Abstract: A method of correcting misalignment of a vehicular camera includes disposing a camera at a vehicle at a vehicle assembly plant and calibrating the camera at the vehicle while the vehicle is at the vehicle assembly plant. Frames of image data are captured with the camera as the vehicle is driven along an arbitrary path along a road, and the captured frames of image data are processed by a processor. As the vehicle is driven along the arbitrary path, at least one feature present in the frames of captured image data is determined and tracked to determine misalignment of the camera. The determined camera misalignment is corrected (i) without use of a target in the field of view of the camera and (ii) without processing of frames of image data captured by the camera that are representative of a target in the field of view of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Galina Okouneva
  • Patent number: 11091105
    Abstract: A vehicle vision system for a vehicle includes an image sensor having a field of view and capturing image data of a scene exterior of the vehicle. A monitor monitors electrical power consumption of the vehicle. At least one lighting system draws electrical power from the vehicle when operated. An image processor processes image data captured by the image sensor. The electrical power drawn by the at least one lighting system is varied at least in part responsive to processing of captured image data by the image processor in order to adjust fuel consumption by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Higgins-Luthman, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 11087138
    Abstract: Implementations of the present specification disclose a vehicle damage assessment method, apparatus, and device. The method includes: collecting a first video image including an identification of a target vehicle under damage assessment; in response to that the first video image meets the determined requirement for capturing an identification, collecting a second video image including a damage to the target vehicle; and assessing the damage to the target vehicle based on the first video image and the second video image in response to that the second video image meets the determined requirement for capturing a vehicle damage feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhiyou Guo
  • Patent number: 11055987
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide indications that incoming traffic is present. A display deployed at an intersection is visible to traffic coming from one direction. The display is activated when a sensor senses traffic coming from another direction. The activated display provides a moving or animated display that shows the direction that traffic is coming from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Norio Takemura
  • Patent number: 11046237
    Abstract: A method is provided for calculating illumination setting values for light sources of a headlamp from a light distribution that is to be set. First, the light distribution that is to be set is read in. Then, the illuminance target values for pixels of an illumination area are calculated from the light distribution that is to be set, which are to be achieved by setting the light sources of the headlamp in order to set the read-in light distribution. Finally, the illuminance setting values for the light sources are calculated from the target values. Further, at least one illuminance setting value to which this light source is set is calculated iteratively for each light source of the headlamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Boris Kubitza, Martin Plümpe, Carsten Wilks
  • Patent number: 11043119
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging system capable of acquiring images that favorably show the situation in a mobile object seen through a window regardless of the height of a passing mobile object. The imaging device 3 images a mobile object. The first lighting device 1 irradiates the mobile object with light. The second lighting device 2 is installed at a position higher than the first lighting device 1 and irradiates the mobile object with light. The control unit 4 causes the first lighting device 1 and the second lighting device 2 to emit light in respective patterns while the imaging device 3 is imaging a mobile object over a plurality of frames. The selector 5 selects images acquired by imaging a mobile object irradiated with light in a preset manner depending on the height of the mobile object from among images for a plurality of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11029340
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a detection apparatus including: a resonant circuit provided with a Q-factor measurement coil and one or more capacitors to serve as a circuit for receiving pulses; a response-waveform detecting section configured to detect the waveform of a response output by the resonant circuit in response to the pulses; and a Q-factor measuring section configured to measure a Q factor of the resonant circuit from the response waveform detected by the response-waveform detecting section. It is possible to increase the precision of detection of a metallic foreign substance existing between a power transmitting side and a power receiving side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11010922
    Abstract: A data acquisition system of a vehicle includes an image capture device, a communication interface, and a controller communicatively coupled to the image capture device and communicatively coupled to the communication interface. Processors of the controller are configured to calibrate an image-distance relationship value of an identified component of a first image captured by the image capture device corresponding to a known feature based on established metrics of the known feature. The processors are also configured to provide control of the vehicle or activation of an alert system of the vehicle via the communication interface based on the image-distance relationship value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Jess W. Gingrich
  • Patent number: 10994651
    Abstract: A system that includes a notification light configured to be coupled with a first vehicle and to emit light to notify an approaching, second vehicle of the location of the first vehicle. A controller is provided that includes one or more processors configured to determine one or more of a direction of movement of the first vehicle, a speed of the movement of the first vehicle, or a distance between the first vehicle and the approaching, second vehicle. The controller is configured to notify the approaching, second vehicle of the one or more of the direction of the movement of the first vehicle, the speed of the movement of the first vehicle, or the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle by directing the notification light to change a characteristic of the light emitted by the notification light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James A. Oswald, Igor Abrosimov, Brian Kurz
  • Patent number: 10982951
    Abstract: An axle-load measuring apparatus measures an axle load of a vehicle by using a captured image where a road and the vehicle on the road are imaged, and the axle-load measuring apparatus includes a displacement calculator, a correction information obtaining unit, and an axle-load calculator. The displacement calculator detects a displacement of the road by using the captured image. The displacement is caused by receiving the axle load. The correction information obtaining unit obtains correction information. An axle-load calculator calculates the axle load by using the displacement and the correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Noda, Hiroya Kusaka, Taro Imagawa
  • Patent number: 10974735
    Abstract: Parking a vehicle at a location where parking is possible even when an obstacle is falsely detected. In a parking assistance device 1, an external environment recognition unit 11 recognizes road surface environment around an own vehicle on the basis of information detected by an external environment sensor 4 installed in the own vehicle. The display control unit 17 performs screen display using the HMI device 2 to present, to an occupant of the own vehicle, road surface information indicating the presence of an obstacle on the road surface around the own vehicle on the basis of the road surface environment recognized by the external environment recognition unit 11. The road surface information correction unit 16 corrects the road surface information and invalidates the obstacle. The parking route calculation unit 14 calculates a parking route for parking the own vehicle on the basis of the road surface information corrected by the road surface information correction unit 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10942291
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a covert mobile inspection vehicle with a backscatter X-ray scanning system that has an X-ray source and detectors for obtaining a radiographic image of an object outside the vehicle. The systems preferably include at least one sensor for determining a distance from at least one of the detectors to points on the surface of the object being scanned, a processor for processing the obtained radiographic image by using the determined distance of the object to obtain an atomic number of each material contained in the object, and one or more sensors to obtain surveillance data from a predefined area surrounding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 10922963
    Abstract: A vehicle information processing apparatus detects the relative positions multiple vehicles that travel on a road having multiple lanes in the same direction. The apparatus includes a vehicle travel information acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one of position information and speed information measured for a first vehicle, and at least one of position information and speed information measured for a second vehicle included in the multiple vehicles, and a vehicle travel information processing unit configured to successively compare acquire first vehicle travel information with second vehicle travel information acquired, and determine that reciprocity which is attribute information indicating a state in which the first vehicle and the second vehicle travel in different lanes is established between the first vehicle and the second vehicle if it is determined that an event that cannot occur when the first vehicle and the second vehicle travel in the same lane occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Horita, Tsuneo Sobue, Makoto Kudo
  • Patent number: 10902486
    Abstract: A method for managing payment vehicle data based on location information is provided. The method includes receiving at least one payment vehicle attribute of at least one payment vehicle, receiving location information specifying a geographical location for use of the at least one payment vehicle, retrieving payment vehicle data from one or more databases based on the at least one payment vehicle attribute, filtering the payment vehicle data using the location information, to exclude data that is not applicable to the geographical location, and displaying the filtered payment vehicle data to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jaipal Singh Kumawat, Hemant Arora, Gurpreet Atwal
  • Patent number: 10885369
    Abstract: Identifying a vehicle in a toll system includes accessing image data for a first vehicle and obtaining license plate data from the accessed image data for the first vehicle. A set of records is accessed. Each record includes license plate data for a vehicle. The license plate data for the first vehicle is compared with the license plate data for vehicles in the set of records. Based on the results of the comparison of the license plate data, a set of vehicles is identified from the vehicles having records in the set of records. Vehicle fingerprint data is accessed for the first vehicle. The vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is based on the image data for the first vehicle. Vehicle fingerprint data for a vehicle in the set of vehicles is accessed. Using a processing device, the vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is compared with the vehicle fingerprint data for the vehicle in the set of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Jay E. Hedley, Neal Patrick Thornburg
  • Patent number: 10878695
    Abstract: A system for traffic forecasting which calculates a traffic accident incidence within a specific distance from road surface information sensed through a sensor, weather information and traffic information, thereby informing a driver of traffic accident incidence according to the speed and providing the driver with an image corresponding thereto are described. The system includes a sensor part for sensing at least one of a predetermined first information, a communication part for receiving a second information from at least one of weather related organizations and road traffic related organizations, a memory part for saving a plurality of images which are connected with the traffic accident incidence, and a control part for calculating a traffic accident incidence within a specific distance from the system for traffic forecasting using the first and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTUMGATE INC.
    Inventor: Ju-yong Back