With Camera Patents (Class 340/937)
  • Patent number: 10997537
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising a calculation unit configured to determine a type of each vehicle included in an image obtained by capturing a first area where vehicles stand by, and calculate the first number of vehicles of each type, a decision unit configured to decide, in accordance with the first number of vehicles of each type, notification information concerning workers to be allocated in a second area where a predetermined work that changes in accordance with the type of the vehicle is conducted, and an output unit configured to output the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Kawano
  • Patent number: 10967751
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to detect a sufficient charging cable connection, the system including a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to carry out the steps of: capturing an image of at least a portion of a vehicle body; determining whether the image includes a charging cable being sufficiently engaged with the portion of the vehicle body; and based on the determination of whether the image includes the charging cable being sufficiently connected to the portion of the vehicle body, producing a connection notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Valor Yaldo, Sai Vishnu Aluru, Xiaofeng F. Song
  • Patent number: 10970941
    Abstract: A method of electronic tolling for a vehicle travelling on a road surface includes providing a single camera or a single array of cameras, arranging the single camera or the single array of cameras to have a field-of-view that is normal to the road surface and is defined by a plane that is parallel with the road surface, and capturing multiple images of the front, side, top and rear of the vehicle using the single camera or the single array of cameras in the field-of-view. The set of multi-perspective images can be used to identify a vehicle by reading the front and rear license plate and to determine a classification of the vehicle. The images may also be used to track the position of the vehicle on the road surface as the vehicle traverses the field-of-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Gillies
  • Patent number: 10919526
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a vehicle that includes a protection system configured to mitigate hazards to vehicle occupants posed by dynamic elements located within proximity of the vehicle. The vehicle can, in response to determining that a dynamic element is moving along a trajectory that intersects a sweep volume of a vehicle portal, can selectively restrict operation of the portal so that an occupant is restricted from opening the portal into a volume through which the dynamic element may pass. The vehicle can restrict portal operation in response to detecting external dynamic elements that are not within an occupant's field of vision. The vehicle can communicate a limited selection of vehicle sensor data, including representations of a detected dynamic element, to a user device supporting an authorized user in response to detecting that the dynamic element is located within a certain proximity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tie-Qi Chen, Benjamin B. Lyon, Byron B. Han, Ahmad Al-Dahle
  • Patent number: 10899346
    Abstract: A vehicle for estimating a moving path of an object approaching from behind, and determining a probability for entering a rear lane and a probability of collision is provided. The vehicle includes a speed sensor that detects speed information, a direction sensor that detects driving direction information, and a radar that senses an object approaching the vehicle. A controller then estimates a moving path of an object traveling on a rear lane and approaching the vehicle from behind and determines whether the vehicle is able to enter the rear lane, based on the speed information acquired by the speed sensor, the driving direction information acquired by the direction sensor, and data of the object sensed by the radar. Accordingly, the controller detects a probability of collision with the object approaching the vehicle on the rear lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jeong-Jae Yoo, JuYun Ro, Hyung Jun Lim, Dae Seok Jeon
  • Patent number: 10899364
    Abstract: An operator interface for controlling one or more autonomous vehicles. The operator interface is configured to generate a graphical rule creation interface (GRCI) for an operator. The GRCI is displayable to and interactive with the operator for allowing the operator to input instructions. The operator interface is further configured to compile a rule set for governing operations of the one or more autonomous vehicles from instructions inputted by the operator via the GRCI and to upload the rule set to memory units of each of the one more autonomous vehicles to supersede previously installed rule sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric V. Kline, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10891949
    Abstract: A computing system can be programmed to receive a spoken language command in response to emitting a spoken language cue and process the spoken language command with a generalized adversarial neural network (GAN) to determine a vehicle command. The computing system can be further programmed to operate a vehicle based on the vehicle command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Praveen Narayanan, Lisa Scaria, Ryan Burke, Francois Charette, Punarjay Chakravarty, Kaushik Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10885403
    Abstract: Visibility of a license plate and color reproducibility of a vehicle body are improved in a monitoring camera. A vehicle body area detection unit detects a vehicle body area of a vehicle from an image signal. A license plate area detection unit detects a license plate area of the vehicle from the image signal. A vehicle body area image processing unit performs processing of the image signal corresponding to the detected vehicle body area. A license plate area image processing unit performs processing different from the processing of the image signal corresponding to the vehicle body area on the image signal corresponding to the detected license plate area. A synthesis unit synthesizes the processed image signal corresponding to the vehicle body area and the processed image signal corresponding to the license plate area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10816970
    Abstract: An aircrew automation system that provides a pilot with high-fidelity knowledge of the aircraft's physical state, and notifies that pilot of any deviations in expected state based on predictive models. The aircrew automation may be provided as a non-invasive ride-along aircrew automation system that perceives the state of the aircraft through visual techniques, derives the aircraft state vector and other aircraft information, and communicates any deviations from expected aircraft state to the pilot. The aircrew automation may also monitor pilot health and, when needed, function as a robotic co-pilot to perform emergency descent and landing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: William Bosworth, Devin Richard Jensen, Margaret Reagan
  • Patent number: 10803744
    Abstract: A vehicular collision mitigation method includes providing a plurality of cameras, a non-imaging sensor, and a control that processes data captured by the cameras and non-imaging sensor. When the equipped vehicle is traveling forward, and responsive at least in part to determination that the equipped vehicle is approaching an object forward of the equipped vehicle, braking by an automatic emergency braking system of the equipped vehicle is controlled to mitigate collision with the object present forward of the equipped vehicle. Responsive to determination that a following vehicle is following the equipped vehicle and that the determined following vehicle is within a threshold distance from the equipped vehicle and is approaching the equipped vehicle above a threshold rate of approach, braking by the automatic emergency braking of the equipped vehicle is adjusted to mitigate collision at the rear of the equipped vehicle by the determined following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ove J. Salomonsson, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 10803327
    Abstract: An ECU detects an object which is present in a surrounding area based on an image captured by an imaging unit. In particular, the ECU includes: a lateral width calculation section which calculates, as an image lateral width, a size of the object in a lateral direction relative to an imaging axis direction of the imaging unit based on the image and dictionary information for object identification prepared in advance; a maximum value determination section which determines whether a current value of the image lateral width calculated by the lateral width calculation section is a maximum value in comparison to a calculation history of the image lateral width; and a lateral width update section which updates an object width which is a lateral width of the object by setting, as the object width, the image lateral width having the maximum value in the calculation history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Takaki
  • Patent number: 10748425
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus that generates an image notifying an occupant of a vehicle about a notification target located in a traveling direction of the vehicle, and outputs a virtual image of the image to a head-up display device that displays the virtual image while superimposing the virtual image on a foreground of the vehicle. The image generation apparatus includes: a target information acquisition part that obtains positional information and a moving direction of the notification target; an image generation part that generates a ripple image displayed by the head-up display device while superimposed on a road surface where the notification target is located when the target information acquisition part obtains at least one positional information; and a subject vehicle information acquisition part that obtains a traveling speed. The image generation part stops generation of the ripple image when the traveling speed exceeds a threshold speed specified beforehand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takemori, Takeshi Hatoh
  • Patent number: 10710583
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus configured to perform driving aid control using map information stored in a storage, where the map information includes attribute information concerning roads on which a vehicle carrying the apparatus may travel and widths of the respective roads. In the vehicle control apparatus, a road recognizer is configured to recognize a travelled road that is a road on which the own vehicle is traveling. An information acquirer is configured to acquire the attribute information of the travelled road. An image acquirer is configured to acquire an image captured by the imager. A search range setter is configured to, using the attribute information acquired by the information acquirer, set a search range in the captured image for searching for a road border that is an edge or a demarcation line of the travelled road. A border recognizer is configured to recognize the road border in the search range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10710537
    Abstract: A method for collecting and storing vehicle sensor data of at least one sensing system of a vehicle in order to detect an incident, accident and/or scam, said method comprising the steps of: (1) continuously collecting and storing a first set of vehicle sensor data for a preceding first pre-definable time period at least when the vehicle is in motion and/or when a door or trunk of the vehicle is open, (2) collecting and storing a second set of vehicle sensor data for a coming second pre-definable time period when at least one of the following occurs: the vehicle is brought to standstill, the door or trunk of the vehicle is being closed, or the vehicle drives away from standstill after being parked. Furthermore, the present disclosure relates to a corresponding system, computer product and a computer-readable storage medium storing a program which causes a computer to execute the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Aloka Muddukrishna, Jesper Nolhage, Julia Nilsson, Magnus Wennberg, Mattias Brännström, Per Landfors, Thomas Lindgren
  • Patent number: 10706330
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods, systems and computer programmable products for detecting license plates and recognizing characters in the license plates. The system receives an image and identifies one or more regions including a license plate. The one or more regions are converted into a plurality of binarized images, which are then filtered to remove noise. Next, one or more clusters of characters are identified in the plurality of binarized images. The one or more clusters of characters are analyzed to recognize a set of characters, wherein each character in the set includes a confidence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intellivision Technologies Corp
    Inventors: Chandan Gope, Gagan Gupta, Nitin Jindal, Amit Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10685241
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for indicating a lane, the method including detecting a lane marking from an input image, acquiring a bird's eye view image by applying an inverse perspective mapping to the detected lane marking, extracting control points corresponding to the lane marking from the bird's eye view image, and indicating a lane by re-projecting the control points to a space of the input image through an inverse transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nahyup Kang, Young Hun Sung, KeeChang Lee
  • Patent number: 10668385
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards protecting against polymorphic cheat codes in a video game environment. A detour analyzer analyzes game code in client memory for possible hooks to parasite code. For each detected hook to parasite code, hook and/or parasite information is determined to generate a hook/parasite signatures, which are sent to a remote network device. Based on the hook/parasite signatures a weighted combination of scores are generated that is useable to determine a probability value that the parasite code is cheat code. If the determined probability value indicates cheat code, the user of the client device may be banned from future game play. Additionally, the hook/parasite signature information may be used to update the data store to detect polymorphic changes in the cheat code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: John Cook, Martin Otten
  • 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: 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: 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: 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