With Camera Patents (Class 340/937)
  • Patent number: 10657818
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a safety system that can provide an alert, external to the vehicle, that can warn other vehicles, people, etc. that a driver and/or passenger(s) are exiting the vehicle. Methods and systems determine when an occupant of a vehicle is about to exit by sensing the exit movement or an exit sequence, which may be detected by internal vehicle sensors. In response to the exit sequence, the vehicle may control one or more alert features, associated with the vehicle, to provide an external alert to other vehicles and/or users outside of the vehicle that a driver and/or passenger(s) is/are about to exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Dhull, Dennis Polischuk
  • Patent number: 10643338
    Abstract: An object detection device includes: an optical flow calculator to calculate an optical flow between images captured by the image capturer at different times; an evaluation value calculator to divide the image captured by the image capturer into areas, and calculate, for each divided area, an evaluation value by using the optical flows of pixels belonging to the divided area, the evaluation value indicating a measure of a possibility that the divided area is an object area representing part or whole of the object to be detected; and an area determinator to determine an area in an image, in which the object to be detected exists, by comparing the evaluation value of each divided area calculated by the evaluation value calculator with a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Miyazawa, Shunichi Sekiguchi, Hideaki Maehara, Yoshimi Moriya, Akira Minezawa, Ryoji Hattori, Momoyo Nagase, Tomoya Sawada
  • Patent number: 10629072
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to identify a vehicle in an infrared image, determine a body type of the vehicle based on the infrared image, and predict coordinates of one or more vehicle elements based at least on the determined body type. The computer is further programmed to then perform a plurality of LIDAR sensor sweeps and, based on the LIDAR sensor sweeps, determine whether the vehicle elements are at the predicted coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Rodrigo Felix
  • Patent number: 10629071
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide traffic control systems and methods. The traffic control system may include a communication interface configured to receive vehicle trajectory data acquired by sensors and traffic control data from traffic signal controllers. The traffic control system may further include at least one processor. The at least one processor may be configured to detect an abnormal traffic condition. The at least one processor may be further configured to optimize an online traffic control scheme based on the vehicle trajectory data by adjusting green splits for a plurality of phases. The at least one processor may be also configured to provide, in real-time, the optimized online traffic control scheme to a traffic signal controller for generating traffic control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianfeng Zheng, Xianghong Liu
  • Patent number: 10625689
    Abstract: A mounting structure for mounting a rear view camera on a vehicle includes a mounting bracket for mounting to the vehicle, a camera support structure mounted on a camera mounting plate of the bracket, where the camera support structure has a shaft that extends perpendicularly to the camera mounting plate, with a slanted surface at its distal end where the camera is mounted, and an outer housing that covers the camera mounting plate, the camera support structure, and the camera except for the camera lens. The outer housing has a portion that conforms to the shape of the shaft of the camera support structure, with an opening at its distal end to expose the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Warner Science Applications Corp., Paramount Automotive Restyling Inc.
    Inventor: Mingfa Yang
  • Patent number: 10614311
    Abstract: The automatic generation of one or more secondary video streams based on an input primary video stream may use analytics performed on the video to provide information on targets, events, and/or areas of interest to permit the one or more secondary video streams to concentrate on one or more targets, events and/or areas of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AVIGILON FORTRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: W. Andrew Scanlon, Andrew J. Chosak, John I. W. Clark, Robert A. Cutting, Alan J. Lipton, Gary W. Myers
  • Patent number: 10571923
    Abstract: Automatic steering control is essential part for autonomous vehicle which controls the steering in various scenarios to achieve safe and comfortable driving. The present subject matter discloses a system and method for steering control during autonomous vehicle driving using neural networks. In an embodiment, a lane side offset, a radius of curvature and a speed of a vehicle are received. Further, an ideal steering angle required to keep the vehicle at a center of a lane is determined using the radius of curvature. Furthermore, an offset error is determined based on the lane side offset using a reference offset. In addition, a corrective steering angle is determined using the radius of curvature, speed of the vehicle and offset error. Also, a steering angle required to keep the vehicle at a center of a lane is computed using the ideal steering angle and the corrective steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Asif Tamboli, Vinayak Dhondiba Sonawane, Akshay Saraf
  • Patent number: 10574885
    Abstract: A method for displaying video images includes providing a plurality of cameras and an electronic control unit at the vehicle. One of the cameras functions as a master camera and other cameras function as slave cameras. During a forward driving maneuver of the vehicle, the forward viewing camera functions as the master camera and at least the driver-side sideward viewing and passenger-side sideward viewing cameras function as slave cameras, during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle, the rearward viewing camera functions as the master camera and at least the driver-side sideward viewing and passenger-side sideward viewing cameras function as slave cameras. Exposure, gain and white balance parameters of the master camera are used at least by the master camera and the slave cameras. A composite image is displayed, with adjacent image sections of the composite image appearing uniform in brightness and/or color at the borders of the image sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Richard D. Shriner
  • Patent number: 10565870
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10553030
    Abstract: Decision making speed of a human is improved by presenting data to the human in ways that enable the human to receive the data at higher rates, and spend more time analyzing received data. The data may represent information, such as infrared imagery or map data, that is not directly perceivable by the human. An individual datum may be presented to the human via multiple senses, to make receiving the datum easier, and to make it more likely that the datum is received, especially in contexts where the human may be busy, stressed, cognitively loaded or distracted by other demands on the human's attention. Some embodiments automatically select which sense or combination of senses to use for presenting each datum, based on various factors, such as how the human's current environment may interfere with the human's ability to receive or process the datum or how busy a given sense is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jana Lyn Schwartz, Emily Catherine Vincent, Meredith Gerber Cunha
  • Patent number: 10507550
    Abstract: A work region evaluating system includes an imaging unit and a processing unit. The processing unit includes an image processing section that converts a three-dimensional image of a vehicle body component recorded by the imaging unit to three-dimensional image data, an extraction section that extracts work regions and reference regions respectively from both the three-dimensional image data and three-dimensional design data, an alignment section that aligns the three-dimensional image data with the three-dimensional design data with reference to the reference regions, and an evaluation section that evaluates a relation between the work region extracted from the three-dimensional image data and the work region extracted from the three-dimensional design data, based on the three-dimensional image data and the three-dimensional design data which are aligned with each other by the alignment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA SHATAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhide Arimoto, Takao Mizuno, Yuta Yokomichi
  • Patent number: 10503984
    Abstract: In an object detection device, a distance image generation part generates a distance image based of a pair of brightness images transmitted from a stereo camera. A road surface estimation part estimates a road surface based on the generated distance image. An object detection part groups together positions having a distance value located on/over the estimated road surface and satisfying a predetermined relationship, and detects an object based on the grouped positions. An abnormality detection part detecting occurrence of image abnormality in the brightness image captured during a current detection period. The road surface estimation part estimates the road surface at the current detection period based on the road surface estimated at the previous detection period when the abnormality detection part detects the occurrence of image abnormality in the brightness image captured during the current detection period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotake Ishigami, Toshihiko Terada, Hiroaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10497262
    Abstract: A collision mitigation system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras, a radar sensor and/or lidar sensor, and a control that may process data captured by the cameras, radar sensor and/or lidar sensor. When the vehicle is moving and responsive at least in part to a determination that the vehicle is approaching an object present forwardly of the vehicle, the control is operable to control application by an automatic emergency braking system of a vehicle brake of the vehicle to mitigate collision with the object. Responsive to determination that a following vehicle is following the vehicle and when the determined following vehicle is within a threshold distance from the vehicle and is approaching the vehicle above a threshold rate of approach, the control adjusts automatic emergency braking of the vehicle to mitigate collision at the rear of the vehicle by the determined following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ove J. Salomonsson, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 10475337
    Abstract: An investigation assist device is connected to cameras installed at a plurality of intersections respectively. The investigation assist device has a processor and a storage that records road map information including the plurality of intersections and captured video of each camera in association with camera information and intersection information. The processor extracts camera information of intersections adjacent to a first point where an event occurred according to an information input including information on the first point and feature information of a vehicle having caused the event. The processor retrieves a vehicle satisfying the feature information of the vehicle using a captured video of a camera specified by the extracted camera information. The processor analyzes feature information of the retrieved vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Watanabe, Hideyuki Yoshida, Takahiro Yoshimura, Masaomi Iiizumi, Takamitsu Arai, Takao Koishi, Mikio Morioka, So Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10466691
    Abstract: A system included and a computer-implemented method performed in one of a plurality of self-driving vehicles that are connected through a network are described. The system performs: processing image data of one or more scene images received by said one of the plurality of self-driving vehicles, to detect one or more objects included in the one or more scene images; determining a target object from the one or more detected objects at least based on the processed image data; predicting movement of the target object at least based on a current position and a current movement state of the target object; and performing a self-driving operation to drive said one of the plurality of self-driving vehicles based on the predicted movement of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PONY AI INC.
    Inventors: Zhuo Zhang, Sinan Xiao, Xiang Yu, Hao Song, Tianyi Li, Bo Xiao, Jie Hou, Yiming Liu, Tiancheng Lou, Jun Peng
  • Patent number: 10451705
    Abstract: An automatic tracking imaging system that remotely controls a camera in a control terminal and images a target while automatically tracking the target, the control terminal includes a target position detection unit that detects a position of the target, a control delay time estimation unit that estimates a time T at which a control delay occurs, a target position prediction unit that predicts a position of the target after the time T, a control amount calculation unit that calculates a control amount of pan and/or tilt of the camera required to move a center of an imaging screen to a predicted position of target, a determination unit that determines whether or not the target prediction position belongs to a dead zone, and an instruction unit that instructs the camera to execute the pan and/or tilt, and the camera is instructed to execute pan and tilt from the instruction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 10430953
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for object tracking in a sequence of images of a scene acquired by an imaging device. The method includes generating a representation of an object and its surroundings; generating a tracking score based on the representation of the object and its surroundings, and a classification scheme; detecting a peak in the tracking score corresponding to a location of the object in the image; and adjusting the representation of the object and its surroundings and the classification scheme according to one or more new appearances of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sportlogiq Inc.
    Inventors: Mehrsan Roshtkhari Javan, Mengyao Zhai, Gregory Peter Mori
  • Patent number: 10339394
    Abstract: A step detection device detects the distance and the direction to a road surface around a vehicle, using a distance sensor mounted on the vehicle, and sets a first step determination position and a second step determination position on the road surface. Then, the step detection device calculates the height changes of the road surfaces at the first step determination position and the second step determination position based on the distance and the direction to the road surface, and detects a step on the road surface based on one of the step determination positions, the gradient of the height change of the road surface at the one being larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Nanri, Abdelaziz Khiat, Hirotoshi Ueda, Fang Fang
  • Patent number: 10332265
    Abstract: Described is a system for object detection and recognition from a moving platform under adverse visual conditions. The system generates a predicted change regarding how a moving platform's surrounding change in an image captured from the moving platform. Based on an agreement of the predicted change and an actual input image obtained via an image sensor positioned on the moving platform and corrupted by a visual disturbance, a transformation-consistency map is generated. The transformation-consistency map and the actual input image are used to improve detection and recognition performance of a machine learning method in detecting at least one object in the moving platform's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Heiko Hoffmann, Kyungnam Kim
  • Patent number: 10311723
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and storage media associated with parking management are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a system may include a plurality of sensors disposed around an expanse of space to collect occupancy data of the expanse of space; and a parking management unit disposed in or adjourning the expanse of space to manage parking of vehicles in the expanse of space, based at least in part on the occupancy data collected by the plurality of sensors. The expanse of space may be a linear expanse of roadway space adjacent to a sidewalk, or an aerial expanse of surface space of a parking lot or a floor of a parking structure. Parking spaces within the expanse of space may be fixed or variably sized/typed. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Suman A. Sehra, Sameer Sharma, Purushottam Kumar, Karthik Vasan, Sergio Piedrahita, Robin Mcgechie
  • Patent number: 10298910
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to calibrating sensors mounted on an autonomous vehicle. First image data and second image data representing an environment can be captured by first and second cameras, respectively (and or a single camera at different points in time). Point pairs comprising a first point in the first image data and a second point in the second image data can be determined and projection errors associated with the points can be determined. A subset of point pairs can be determined, e.g., by excluding point pairs with the highest projection error. Calibration data associated with the subset of points can be determined and used to calibrate the cameras without the need for calibration infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Till Kroeger
  • Patent number: 10282831
    Abstract: An apparatus for motion compensated noise reduction for input images is provided. The motion estimation and motion compensation circuit performs a motion estimation operation and a motion compensation operation on a current image and a previous image to obtain a first patch. The block matching operation circuit performs a block matching operation on the current image and the previous image to obtain a second patch. The motion detection circuit performs a motion detection operation on a target patch according to the first patch and the second patch to output a set of third patches. The current image includes the target patch. The noise reduction circuit performs a noise reduction operation on the set of third patches according to a threshold curve, so as to generate the target patch that the noise is reduced. A method for motion compensated noise reduction for input images is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chien-Chi Chen, Tung-Hsin Lee, Chieh-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10274335
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are directed to providing a notification of a presence of an occupant in a vehicle before arriving at a destination. In an illustrative embodiment, the vehicle may include a location system for tracking routes taken or traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may include a detection system for determining whether the occupant is in the vehicle along those routes traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may also include a notification system. The notification system may store the routes traveled by the vehicle with and without the occupant in the vehicle. The notification system may provide a notification when a route is taken with the occupant and the route is not associated with the occupant based on the historical patterns of the routes traveled by vehicle with and without the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10257403
    Abstract: Provided is an intermediate unit including a first connect unit, a second connect unit, and an information bridge unit. The first connect unit is for connecting a camera unit having a first resolution in one of a spatial direction and a temporal direction. The second connect unit is for connecting a camera control unit for a camera unit having a second resolution lower than the first resolution in one of the spatial direction and the temporal direction. The information bridge unit is interposed between the first connect unit and the second connect unit and configured to bridge information exchanged between the camera unit and the camera control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10214208
    Abstract: A system ECU (9) executes a collision avoidance operation in the following manner when a moving object that has suddenly appeared from a shadow of a predetermined object present around a vehicle moves toward a determination area set around the vehicle. That is, the system ECU (9) executes the collision avoidance operation at an early timing that is after a camera (6) detects the moving object, but before a radar (5) detects the moving object and the predetermined object, or more specifically, when an object expanding toward the determination area is detected by the radar (5). As a result, the collision avoidance operation is able to be performed quickly when a moving object that has appeared suddenly from the shadow of an object moves toward the determination area, while avoiding as much as possible unnecessary execution of the collision avoidance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Ike
  • Patent number: 10202135
    Abstract: An assembly for monitoring an area is provided. The assembly can include two or more cameras sensitive to radiation of distinct wavelength ranges. The fields of view of the cameras can be substantially co-registered at the area to be monitored. The assembly can include a computer system which can process the image data to monitor the area. The computer system can be configured to identify relevant objects present in the area, update tracking information for the relevant objects, and evaluate whether an alert condition is present using the tracking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Ronald W. Gamache, Ryk E. Spoor
  • Patent number: 10140417
    Abstract: A method includes receiving external data including a plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of an environment external to a vehicle. The external data is data that was received by the vehicle from a handheld mobile communication device external to the vehicle (e.g., a mobile communication device of a pedestrian) via a wireless link, and is indicative of objects sensed by the handheld mobile communication device. The method also includes storing the external data in a memory, generating a virtual model of an event (e.g., accident) involving at least one vehicle using the stored plurality of data points, and causing the virtual model of the event to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Joe Harr, Brian Fields, Steven Cielocha, Steve J. Balbach
  • Patent number: 10057489
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras with one camera functioning as a master camera and other cameras functioning as slave cameras. During a forward driving maneuver of the vehicle, a forward viewing camera functions as the master camera and at least a driver-side sideward viewing camera and a passenger-side sideward viewing camera function as slave cameras. During a reversing maneuver of the vehicle, a rearward viewing camera functions as the master camera and at least the driver-side sideward viewing camera and the passenger-side sideward viewing camera function as slave cameras. The vision system is operable to synthesize a composite image derived from image data captured by at least the master camera and the driver-side sideward viewing camera and the passenger-side sideward viewing camera. Operating parameters of the master camera are used at least by the driver-side sideward viewing camera and the passenger-side sideward viewing camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Richard D. Shriner
  • Patent number: 10037604
    Abstract: Foreground objects of interest are distinguished from a background model by dividing a region of interest of a video data image into a grid array of individual cells. Each of the cells are labeled as foreground if accumulated edge energy within the cell meets an edge energy threshold, or if color intensities for different colors within each cell differ by a color intensity differential threshold, or as a function of combinations of said determinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ankur Datta, Rogerio S. Feris, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Xiaoyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9990551
    Abstract: A driver assistance system (10) for a motor vehicle comprises an imaging means (11) for acquiring images from a surrounding of the motor vehicle, and a processing means (14) adapted to perform image processing of images (30) recorded by the imaging means (11) and to detect an oncoming vehicle (33) by identifying its head lights (34) as a result of the image processing. The processing means (14) is adapted to detect, in the recorded images (30), a light aura (37) originating from at least one light source (34) hidden to the imaging means (11), and to use the light aura detection in the oncoming vehicle detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Jonas Hammarström, Ognjan Hedberg
  • Patent number: 9964643
    Abstract: Vehicle occupancy detection involves projecting modulated light onto an occupant from a light source outside of a vehicle. Reflections of the light source are received at a detector located outside of the vehicle. Three-dimensional data is determined based on a time-of-flight of the reflections, and the occupant is detected based on the three-dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Yasuo Maeda
  • Patent number: 9953196
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for providing variable blink rate ultra-wideband (UWB) communications. Some embodiments may provide for a radio frequency (RF) tag including a motion sensor, processing circuitry, and a UWB transmitter. The motion sensor may be configured to generate one or more motion data values indicating motion of the RF tag. The UWB transmitter may be configured to transmit blink data at variable blink rates. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive the one or more motion data values from the motion sensor, determine a blink rate for the UWB transmitter based on the one or more motion data values, and control the UWB transmitter to wirelessly transmit the blink data at the blink rate. In some embodiments, the RF tag may include a UWB receiver and the blink rate may be controlled remotely by a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Belinda Turner, Aitan Ameti, Edward A. Richley, Alexander Mueggenborg
  • Patent number: 9946950
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention provides a data processing apparatus, including: an image acquisition section that acquires a captured image depicting a road along which vehicles pass; a calibration section that computes a road parameter for converting coordinates in the captured image to coordinates in real space based on the captured image and road data related to the road; a vehicle lane region detection section that detects a vehicle lane region in the captured image based on the captured image and the road parameter; and a processing region setting section that, based on the vehicle lane region, sets a processing region in the vehicle lane region for detecting a vehicle passing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Mae, Takamitsu Watanabe, Takahiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9940633
    Abstract: A system and method for detection of drive-arounds in a retail setting. An embodiment includes acquiring images of a retail establishment, analyzing the images to detect entry of a customer onto the premises of the retail establishment, tracking a detected customer's location as the customer traverses the premises of the retail establishment, analyzing the images to detect exit of the detected customer from the premises of the retail establishment, and generating a drive-around notification if the customer does not enter a prescribed area or remain on the premises of the retail location for at least a prescribed minimum period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Qun Li
  • Patent number: 9904859
    Abstract: Imaging system and method, the system including a main detection unit, an auxiliary detection unit, an image processor, and a controller. The main detection unit includes a light source that emits light pulses and a gated image sensor that receives reflections of the light pulses reflected from a selected depth of field in the environment and converts the reflections into a reflection-based image. The auxiliary detection unit includes a thermal sensor that detects infrared radiation emitted from the environment and generates an emission-based image. The image processor processes and detects at least one region of interest in the acquired reflection-based image and/or acquired emission-based image. The controller adaptively controls at least one detection characteristic of a detection unit based on information obtained from the other detection unit. The image processor detects at least one object of interest in the acquired reflection-based image and/or acquired emission-based image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brightway Vision, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoav Grauer
  • Patent number: 9824285
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a forward-viewing camera and an image processor operable to process image data captured by the forward-viewing camera. The control system is operable to detect a traffic light and to determine a change in state of the traffic light from red to green. The control system determines that another vehicle is ahead of the stopped equipped vehicle at the traffic light, and determines a change in state of the traffic light from red to green. Responsive to (a) a threshold period of time elapsing during which the other vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle has not moved after the traffic light changes state from red to green and/or (b) the other vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle moving a threshold distance away from the equipped vehicle, the control system (i) generates an alert and/or (ii) controls a vehicle system of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ove J. Salomonsson, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 9812016
    Abstract: A method for assessing accident risks to a moving vehicle (100; 110) includes continuously monitoring (s410) a surroundings configuration while the vehicle (100; 110) is in motion, continuously determining (s420) running characteristics for the vehicle (100; 110), continuously registering (s430) the surroundings configuration in order to create and provide an idea about chosen characteristics of the surroundings passed by the vehicle using the running characteristics and the idea as a basis for assessing (s440) accident risks related to the surroundings passed by the vehicle (100; 110). Also a computer program product includes program code (P) for a computer (200; 210) for implementing the method. Also the device and a vehicle equipped with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventor: Bas Oremus
  • Patent number: 9813677
    Abstract: A video system includes at least one video subsystem including a video source coupled to a mobile platform. The video source is configured to capture and transmit video data. A video processing system is configured to receive transmission of the video data from the video subsystem at a plurality of locations in which the video subsystem is configured to transmit the video data to the video processing system automatically when the video subsystem is in range of the video processing system at each of the plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Lampe, Todd Barrick
  • Patent number: 9799118
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for correcting, on the basis of an image and a depth map corresponding to the image, the depth map, includes: a detection unit that detects an object included in the image; a determination unit that determines whether a size of the object detected by the detection unit is a threshold or less; and a correction unit that corrects a distance in a target area which corresponds to an area of the object in the depth map, when the size of the detected object is the threshold or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9789818
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an I/F, a synthesizer, and a color determinator. The I/F obtains a captured image, which is generated by imaging a subject in the vicinity of a vehicle. The synthesizer superimposes an indicator on the captured image. The color determinator, when color of the captured image is similar to a first color, changes color of the indicator from the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takatoshi Nakata, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 9786167
    Abstract: A method for validating an information item regarding a wrong-way driver, which indicates an instance of detected wrong-way travel of a vehicle driving the wrong way. The method includes checking plausibility, in which the information item regarding a wrong-way driver is checked for plausibility, using an additional information item, before the information item regarding a wrong-way driver is made available as a warning message for affected road users. In this context, the warning message is suppressed, if the additional information item characterizes the information item regarding a wrong-way driver as irrelevant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Daniele Mauro, Kurt Eckert
  • Patent number: 9769381
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. One of the cameras functions as a master camera and others of the cameras function as slave cameras. Responsive to processing of captured image data, the vision system is operable to synthesize a composite image derived from image data captured by at least two of the cameras, at least one of which is a slave camera. Operating parameters of the master camera are used by slave cameras. An electronic control unit sends via Ethernet connection operating parameters to a slave camera so that image sections of the composite image, when displayed to a driver of the vehicle by a display device of the vehicle, appear uniform in at least one of (i) brightness at the borders of the sections and (ii) color at the borders of the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Richard D. Shriner
  • Patent number: 9741249
    Abstract: As set forth herein, systems and methods are described that facilitate to analyze a video stream from a camera mounted on the side of a school bus, wherein a sub-set of video sequences showing cars illegally passing the stopped school bus are automatically identified through image and/or video processing. The described systems and methods provide a significant savings in terms of the amount of manual review that is required to identify such violations. The video sequences also can be analyzed further to additionally produce images of the license plate (for identification of the violator), thereby providing further reduction in required human processing and review time. In one embodiment, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) is employed to identify text on the violator's license plate, as well as the state by which the license plate was issued, without requiring human review of the license plate image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron M. Burry, Raja Bala, Zhigang Fan
  • Patent number: 9733101
    Abstract: A method for vehicle convergence analysis based on a plurality of sparse location data is provided. The method may include obtaining a plurality of vehicle location data. The method may also include receiving a plurality of input data. The method may further include calculating, for each vehicle a probabilistic street network route based on each sequential piece of timed data and each piece of location data included in the obtained plurality of vehicle data and the received plurality of input data. The method may include identifying a plurality of overlapping routes between two vehicles based on the calculated probabilistic street network route. The method may include displaying the identified plurality of overlapping routes between the two vehicles as a meeting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Fund, William J. Oliver, Wojciech J. Wyzga
  • Patent number: 9715733
    Abstract: A road calibration system and a method for calibration of a road surveillance system are provided. The road surveillance system monitors a surveillance area of a road using vehicle surveillance devices. The vehicle surveillance devices measure a position of a vehicle passing the surveillance area and are synchronized with a global timing signal. In order to calibrate the vehicle surveillance devices such that a position determination of the vehicle surveillance devices is equal, a calibration vehicle with predefined calibration markers is passed through the surveillance area. During the passage each measurement device measures a position of an assigned calibration marker at a predetermined time and compares a measured distance between the positions of the calibration markers with a reference distance between the positions of the calibration markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AB
    Inventor: Göran Boström
  • Patent number: 9707890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automobile camera module by which an estimated traveling trace can be grasped to prevent fender-bender (minor collision) with a parked vehicle to reduce inconvenience and time loss caused by a parking failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sangyong Lee
  • Patent number: 9691188
    Abstract: System, arrangement and method for tolling includes a location determining system arranged at least partly in a vehicle to determine the vehicle location during vehicular travel, a toll database including data about tolls for use of a plurality of lanes of a multi-lane roadway at a plurality of different geographic points, the toll data being different for different lanes of the multi-lane roadway at at least one geographic point, and a communications device arranged on the vehicle. A processor directs transmission including the determined vehicle location and an identification of the vehicle by the communications device to a remote site separate and apart from the vehicle. A toll is determined at the remote site based on the toll database and the vehicle location which is the lane-specific location of the vehicle or based on at least two vehicle locations each of which is a lane-specific location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S Breed, Vyacheslav Sokurenko
  • Patent number: 9685084
    Abstract: Information on a traffic event, such as a traffic accident, may be provided to a vehicle equipped with a system for performing a wireless data communication with a traffic event center. The system can determine automatically if the vehicle approaches the traffic event by receiving corresponding information in a wireless data transmission, or by a determination based on the vehicle's current position and a location of the traffic event received in a wireless data transmission. If it is determined by the system that the vehicle has approached a traffic event, the system can automatically acquire image data of the vehicle environment, and transmit the acquired image data to the traffic event center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Kay-Ulrich Scholl, Andreas Stiegler, Heiko Oehring
  • Patent number: 9641806
    Abstract: An average speed detection system includes a first automatic license plate reader (ALPR) camera having an infrared camera for capturing identification information from a vehicle passing an entrance point. A first communication module is coupled to the first ALPR camera for transmitting the identification information and either an entrance timestamp or an exit timestamp for the vehicle. A second ALPR camera includes an infrared camera and an overview camera is coupled to a second communication module. The second communication module receives the vehicle identification information and the reference time stamp from the first communication module. The infrared camera of the second ALPR camera captures identification information from the vehicle as it passes the exit point, and if the time at which the vehicle passes an exit point is prior to an exit timestamp for the vehicle, the overview camera flash illuminates the vehicle and captures an image of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Brian Smith
  • Patent number: 9626574
    Abstract: A biometric notification system compares images or indicia of images and where there is a match provides a notification of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FaceFirst, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Ethan Rosenkrantz