Combined With Diverse Type Radiant Energy System Patents (Class 342/52)
  • Patent number: 10891859
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing sensor data on a display of a vehicle. For instance, data points generated by a lidar sensor may be received. The data points may be representative of one or more objects in an external environment of the vehicle. A scene including a representation of the vehicle from a perspective of a virtual camera, a first virtual object corresponding to at least one of the one or more objects, and a second virtual object corresponding to at least one object identified from pre-stored map information may be generated. Supplemental points corresponding to a surface of the at least one object identified from the pre-stored map information may be generated. A pulse including at least some of the data points generated by the sensor and the supplemental points may be generated. The scene may be displayed with the pulse on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nirmal Patel, Maria Moon, Peter Crandall
  • Patent number: 10885354
    Abstract: A perimeter monitoring device is applied to a vehicle comprising a distance measuring sensor for transmitting a probing wave and receiving a reflected wave of the probing wave and an imaging device for capturing an image of the surroundings of the vehicle. The perimeter monitoring device comprises: an information acquisition unit for acquiring distance information, directional information, and object width information of an object existing in the vicinity of the vehicle as detection information of the object provided by the distance measuring sensor; an area setting unit for setting an image processing area on which image processing is performed in the image captured by the imaging device based on the distance information, the directional information, and the object width information acquired by the information acquisition unit; and an object recognition unit for performing the image processing on the image processing area set by the area setting unit to recognize the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Maeda, Taketo Harada, Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Hirohiko Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10872248
    Abstract: A vehicle surrounding information acquiring apparatus acquires information of surroundings of a vehicle by using radar detectors configured to detect an object around the vehicle by radio waves, and lidar detectors configured to detect an object around the vehicle by light. The radar detectors are arranged one by one at four corners of the vehicle and one at a center on one side of the vehicle, and the lidar detectors are arranged one by one inside arrangement positions of the radar detectors in a vehicle width direction at respective corner portions on one side of the vehicle, one by one outside the arrangement positions of the radar detectors in the vehicle width direction at respective side portions on the other side of the vehicle, and one at a center on the other side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shintaro Fujita, Takato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10769005
    Abstract: A subsystem of a tactical information system is provided that includes a memory configured to store instructions and a processor disposed in communication with the memory. The processor, upon execution of the instructions is configured to receive first standardized entity messages that include target information from multiple automatic target recognition (ATR) systems, parse the first standardized entity messages to extract the target information, provide the extracted target information to a fusion algorithm for fusion processing that determines whether to fuse the target information from different ATR systems and fuses the extracted target information to generate fused target information about a single target when determined to do so, receive fused target information about the single target, if any, from the fusion algorithm, and generate a second standardized entity message that includes the fused target information about the single target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Allan B. Liburd, Matthew Goldstein, Emily Seto
  • Patent number: 10667140
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for an electronic device to perform a dynamic frequency selection (DFS) proxy function are described. An interface circuit of the electronic device receives, from an access point associated with the electronic device, a frame with DFS information that indicates a presence of interference associated with a higher priority user in a shared band of radio frequencies. The frame can include an action frame with a channel switch announcement (CSA) or a beacon with a CSA. In response to receiving the DFS information, the electronic device forwards, to a third electronic device, the DFS information, where the third electronic device is not associated with and does not have a connection to the access point. In this way, the electronic device functions as a DFS proxy for the third electronic device with respect to the shared band of radio frequencies used by the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrie Kurian, Tashbeeb Haque, Saravanan Balasubramaniyan, Anand Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10659365
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate the use of a station as a proxy for scanning one or more wireless channels. Upon a determination that a currently utilized wireless channel has become impaired, an access point may identify one or more idle wireless stations and may request that the one or more idle wireless stations perform a scan of one or more other wireless channels. The identified wireless station(s) may perform a scan of one or more other wireless channels and may provide an indication of the current level of congestion on each respective wireless channel to the access point. Based on the indication of the current congestion levels of each wireless channel, the access point may determine whether a more advantageous channel is available. If a more advantageous channel is available, the access point may tune to the more advantageous channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10631805
    Abstract: Provided is an X-ray imaging system, including: an imaging apparatus configured to receive an X-ray beam to form an image; a control apparatus; a determination unit configured to determine whether or not interference with a specific device is detected in a channel used for wireless communication between at least one of the imaging apparatus or the control apparatus, and a master apparatus; and an output unit configured to output, when the interference is determined to have been detected and the wireless communication is stopped, notification information including a notification that the wireless communication is stopped, the imaging apparatus and the control apparatus being configured to communicate to/from each other via the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Nishii
  • Patent number: 10613210
    Abstract: A configuration is provided with: a local oscillator 3 which generates M local oscillation signals Lm(t) whose frequencies differ from one another by an integral multiple of an angular frequency ?; receiver devices 4-m each converting the frequency of a received signal Rxm(t) of one antenna element 2-m using one local oscillation signal Lm(t) generated by the local oscillator 3, thereby generating a received video signal Vm(t) having an antenna element number m; an adder 5 which adds the received video signals V1(t) to VM(t) generated by the receiver devices 4-1 to 4-M, and outputs a received video signal Vsum(t) after addition; and an A/D converter 6 which A/D-converts the received video signal Vsum(t) outputted from the adder 5, thereby to generate a received video signal V(n) which is a digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Kageme, Nobuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10609335
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera and an image processor. The camera has a forward field of view exterior of the vehicle. The image processor is operable to process image data captured by the camera. At least one device is operable to detect objects that are present forward of the vehicle and outside of the forward field of view of the camera. The device may include at least one of (i) a sensor, (ii) an element of a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system and (iii) an element of a vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system. Responsive to detection of the object being indicative of the object about to enter the field of view of the camera, the image processor anticipates the object entering the field of view of the camera and, upon entering of the field of view of the camera by the object, the image processor detects the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Axel Nix, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen, Carl W. Shonk
  • Patent number: 10542522
    Abstract: An image communication system includes an image transmission apparatus and an image reception apparatus. The image transmission apparatus includes a transmission-side wireless communication unit. The image reception apparatus includes a reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a radar detection unit configured to execute a detection process on radio waves of radar in a communication channel that has a possibility of being used for image data communication by the transmission-side wireless communication unit and the reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a channel use continuation unit configured to execute channel use confirmation for confirming that the communication channel is usable by continuously monitoring the detection process by the radar detection unit for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Endo, Shinya Kawasaki, Tetsuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10427689
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus mounted to an own vehicle to control the own vehicle according to the position of other vehicle ahead of the own vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a setting means setting a parameter indicating whether the other vehicle is in the path of the own vehicle, based on the position of the other vehicle relative to the own vehicle in a lateral direction perpendicular to the path of the own vehicle, a determining means determining whether the other vehicle is in the path of the own vehicle, based on the parameter, an acquisition means acquiring a lane width that is the width of the lane the own vehicle is traveling, and an adjustment means changing the correspondence between the relative position and the parameter, based on the lane width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Tokimasa, Toyoharu Katsukura, Yoshihisa Ogata, Youhei Masui, Taku Sakima, Takeshi Nanami, Takashi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10386462
    Abstract: A method for non-coherent stereo radar tracking includes, at a stereo radar system, transmitting a probe signal, receiving a reflected probe signal in response to reflection of the probe signal by a tracking target, calculating first and second target ranges from the reflected probe signal data, transforming the reflected probe signal data based on the first and second target ranges, and calculating a first target angle from the transformed reflected probe signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Oculii Corp.
    Inventors: Lang Hong, Steven Hong
  • Patent number: 10324471
    Abstract: An autonomous traveling apparatus includes a body, a travel control unit that controls a drive member to cause the autonomous traveling apparatus to travel, an obstacle detection unit that detects an object located within a predetermined obstacle sensing area, a restart switch disposed on the body and operable to cause the autonomous traveling apparatus to resume traveling from a stop mode, and a restart control unit that, when an operation of activating the restart switch is performed by a user, causes the obstacle detection unit to resume obstacle detection so as not to detect the user as an obstacle until the user who has performed the operation of activating the restart switch moves out of the obstacle sensing area, and causes the autonomous traveling apparatus to resume traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Etoh
  • Patent number: 10305607
    Abstract: A mobile terminal receives, over a first cell configured on a carrier frequency, at least one parameter associated with a second cell configured on a carrier frequency. The at least one parameter comprises a cell identity. The mobile terminal then derives at least one physical layer characteristic for the second cell based on the received at least one parameter. Thereby, the mobile terminal is able to receive transmissions over the second cell, even if it could not initially detect the presence of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Robert Baldemair, Mats Sågfors
  • Patent number: 10303045
    Abstract: A display device of an autonomous vehicle is controlled based on data collected from sensors located in or on the vehicle. The display device is used to present one or more images to a driver and/or passengers of the autonomous vehicle. The display device can be, for example, a windshield and/or other window of the vehicle. Image data can be, for example, transformed to improve visual perception by passengers in the vehicle when the images are displayed on a curved shape of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Junichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10137904
    Abstract: A driver assistance system of a vehicle includes a camera and a non-imaging sensor sensing forward of the equipped vehicle. The control, responsive to processing of captured image data and to processing of sensed sensor data, is operable to provide a driver assistance function. The control, responsive to processing of captured image data, detects the presence of a vehicle and determines a vision-based angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle. The control, responsive to processing of captured sensor data, detects the presence of the detected vehicle and determines a sensor-based angle of the determined vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle. The control determines an angle difference between the vision-based angle and the sensor-based angle. The control disables the driver assistance function at least in part responsive to the determined angle difference being greater than a disable threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Dominik Raudszus
  • Patent number: 10113544
    Abstract: A long-stroke pumping unit for driving rod includes a tower and a counterweight assembly movable along the tower. A crown is mounted atop the tower, and a sprocket is supported by the crown and rotatable relative to the crown. A belt connects the counterweight assembly to the rod. The unit further includes a motor having a stator mounted to the crown and a rotor torsionally connected to the sprocket. A sensor is used to detect a position of the counterweight assembly. The pumping unit may include a dynamic control system for controlling a speed of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Clark E. Robison, Jeffrey John Lembcke, Victoria M. Pons, William Kevin Hall, John Edward Stachowiak, Jr., Benson Thomas, Sean M. Christian, Bryan A. Paulet, Hermann Basler
  • Patent number: 10114113
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor having a memory. The processor is programmed to receive a first distance signal output by a radar sensor and calibrate an ultrasound sensor in accordance with the first distance signal output by the radar sensor. A method includes receiving a first distance signal output by a radar sensor, receiving a second distance signal output by an ultrasound sensor, and calibrating the ultrasound sensor in accordance with the first distance signal output by the radar sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christos Kyrtsos, Peter Gyumyeong Joh, Gerald H. Engelman
  • Patent number: 10061017
    Abstract: A target recognition apparatus of one embodiment is installed in a vehicle, and includes a data acquisition means which acquires received data from a transceiver having a plurality of transmission and receiving channels which transmit and receive radar waves; an image acquisition means which acquires image data from an image sensor which picks up an image of a state around an own vehicle; and a detection means which detects a target which has reflected the radar waves based on the received data and the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Hibino
  • Patent number: 10054403
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for threat handling of a ground based vehicle, comprising the steps of providing at least two kinds of systems for said threat handling, wherein said threat handling comprises determining information about said threat and determining actions for handling said threats based upon said information, and providing a control unit for controlling provided systems, providing a separate hardware safety configuration unit, and providing said separate hardware safety configuration unit with by means of provided means determined information about said threat so as to in an evaluation step deciding if said control unit should be given a go ahead for handling said threat or not. The invention also relates to a computer program product comprising program code for a computer implementing a method according to the invention. The invention also relates to a device and a ground based vehicle which is equipped with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Ronny Backström, Gösta Svensson
  • Patent number: 9778353
    Abstract: A handheld device, an object positioning method thereof and a computer-readable recording medium are provided. The handheld device includes a radar sensor, an image sensor and a control unit. The radar sensor emits a detection wave, and receives a reflected wave generated by an object by reflecting the detection wave. Each object generates one of the reflected waves. The image sensor captures an image. The image includes a subset of the objects. The control unit extracts a waveform signature of each reflected wave, recognizes the waveform signature in a time domain and a frequency domain to determine a first type of each object, obtains a first position of the object according to the reflected wave, obtains a second type and a second position of each object according to the first image, and performs object mapping to combine or compare the first position and the second position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Yih Wu, Ta-Chun Pu, Yen-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 9709670
    Abstract: A system includes a threat warning system and a countermeasure system. The threat warning system generates threat data that includes at least a threat coordinate value. The countermeasure system includes a wide-angle laser beam director and the infrared counter measure system that is configured to receive the threat data including the threat coordinate value from the threat warning system and causes the beam director to direct a divergent laser beam based on the threat coordinate value and cause the beam director to vary an angle of the cone based on an aircraft signature perceived by a threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Elbit Systems of America, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Soletsky, Jan Stephan Lundquist
  • Patent number: 9652681
    Abstract: Using geospatial context information in image processing is disclosed. Contextual information that identifies features in an area of earth is accessed. An image of the area of the earth is accessed. A mask is generated based on the contextual information. The mask spatially corresponds to the image and identifies at least one image portion of interest in the image and at least one image portion of non-interest in the image. The at least one image portion of interest is processed to detect a target depicted in the at least one image portion of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Tucker, Steven R. Stanfill
  • Patent number: 9476976
    Abstract: In an object recognition apparatus or a vehicle equipped with the same, a first target area, for judging whether or not a target object is to be treated as a target of a behavior supporting action, is set as one portion of a first detection region, and a second target area, for judging whether or not the target object is to be treated as the target of the behavior supporting action, is set as one portion of a second detection region. If the position of a first peripheral object such as a radar target exists within the first target area and the position of a second peripheral object such as a camera target exists within the second target area, the target object is treated as the target of the behavior supporting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Kijima, Yoji Sasabuchi, Takuya Kashiki
  • Patent number: 9398227
    Abstract: A system for estimating daytime visibility conditions includes a camera configured to capture a video sequence over a period time, an odometry sensor configured to monitor motion of the camera, and a video processing unit in communication with the camera and with the odometry sensor. The video processing unit is configured to receive the video sequence from the camera, detect an object within the video sequence, estimate a distance between the camera and the object for each frame of the video sequence, determine a mean perceived brightness of the object for each image frame, and estimate an ambient visibility using the estimated distance and mean perceived brightness of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Ronen Lerner
  • Patent number: 9324154
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for segmenting an image are provided. The method may include the steps of clustering pixels from one of a plurality of images into one or more segments, determining one or more unstable segments changing by more than a predetermined threshold from a prior of the plurality of images, determining one or more segments transitioning from an unstable to a stable segment, determining depth for one or more of the one or more segments that have changed by more than the predetermined threshold, determining depth for one or more of the one or more transitioning segments, and combining the determined depth for the one or more unstable segments and the one or more transitioning segments with a predetermined depth of all segments changing less than the predetermined threshold from the prior of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Edge 3 Technologies
    Inventors: Tarek El Dokor, Jordan Cluster
  • Patent number: 9304190
    Abstract: The invention relates to the remote measurement of the dielectric permittivity of dielectrics. A 3D microwave and a 3D optical range images of an interrogated scene are recorded at the same time moment. The images are digitized and overlapped. A space between the microwave and optical image is measured, and a dielectric permittivity of the space between these images is determined. If the dielectric permittivity is about 3, then hidden explosive materials or components of thereof are suspected. The invention makes it possible to remotely determine the dielectric permittivity of a moving, irregularly-shaped dielectric objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: APSTEC SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Andrey Kuznetsov, Igor Gorshkov, Valery Averyanov
  • Patent number: 9182229
    Abstract: Novel solutions for position measurement, including without limitation tools and techniques that can be used for land surveying and in similar applications. One such tool is a greatly enhanced position measurement system that takes the form of a surveying rod with substantial independent functionality, which can be used with or without a total station or similar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Christian Grässer, Peter Cornelius Kistler, James Greenberg, Rod Johnson, Magnus Westermark
  • Patent number: 9041589
    Abstract: A system for determining a coverage region of a radar device is disclosed. The system may have one or more processors and a memory. The memory may store instructions that, when executed, enable the one or more processors to receive radar data generated by a radar device and lidar data generated by a lidar device. The radar data may include radar data points representing objects detected by the radar device and the lidar data may include lidar data points representing objects detected by the lidar device. The one or more processors may be further enabled to determine a radar coverage region for the radar device by comparing one or more radar data points to one or more lidar data points, and to generate data used to display a graphical representation of the radar coverage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Chang, Bradley Scott Kriel, Michael Sean McDaniel
  • Patent number: 9041588
    Abstract: Disclosed is an object detection device capable of improving object detection accuracy by preventing erroneous combination detection. In this device, a detection object region correction unit (103) corrects a detection object region set by a detection object region set unit (102) on the basis of moving speed map information associated with a coordinate group in a reference image plane and the detected moving speed on each coordinate, which is detected by a radar. Thus, the detection object region can be amended by the use of the moving speed map information even when the detection object region is obtained as a result of erroneous combination. As a result, the object detection accuracy can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Yasugi, Hirofumi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9030351
    Abstract: A land-based Smart-Sensor System and several system architectures for detection, tracking, and classification of people and vehicles automatically and in real time for border, property, and facility security surveillance is described. The preferred embodiment of the proposed Smart-Sensor System is comprised of (1) a low-cost, non-coherent radar, whose function is to detect and track people, singly or in groups, and various means of transportation, which may include vehicles, animals, or aircraft, singly or in groups, and cue (2) an optical sensor such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensor, whose function is to classify the identified targets and produce movie clips for operator validation and use, and (3) an IBM CELL supercomputer to process the collected data in real-time. The Smart Sensor System can be implemented in a tower-based or a mobile-based, or combination system architecture. The radar can also be operated as a stand-alone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9030320
    Abstract: A real-time threat detection system incorporating a plurality of sensors adapted to detect radiation across the majority of the electromagnetic spectrum. The system also includes an aided or automatic target recognition module which compares the data from the sensors against known radiation signatures and issues an alert when an anomalous signature is detected. The system further includes an operator station which displays sensor information allowing the operator to intervene. The sensors detect radiation which is normally emitted by persons or other bodies and display areas to the operator where normal emissions are blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Thermal Matrix USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Reinpoldt, Willem H. Reinpoldt, III, Lurama Wheeler Foster
  • Patent number: 9024804
    Abstract: A sensor assembly that integrates a camera and a radar sensor is described herein. The sensor assembly includes a housing configured to partially enclose the camera and the radar sensor, and define a partial radome that partially intrudes into the radar beam. The partial radome is configured such that after passing through the partial radome a first phase angle of the first portion of the radar beam differs from a second phase angle of the second portion of the radar beam by an amount substantially corresponding to an integer number of three hundred sixty degrees (360°) of phase angle shift. The partial radome provides glare shield to the camera, protection to assembly, and is configured to minimally effect radar performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Shi, David Jay Vess
  • Patent number: 9019146
    Abstract: A method for indicating a weather threat to an aircraft is provided. The method includes inferring a weather threat to an aircraft and causing an image to be displayed on an aviation display in response to a determination by aircraft processing electronics that the inferred weather threat to the aircraft is greater than a measured weather threat to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery A. Finley, Roy E. Robertson, Hubert C. Dyche, Gregory J. Koenigs, Charles J. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 8988276
    Abstract: A vehicle surroundings monitoring device includes a moving direction determining unit 20 which determines whether a physical body is moving in a traveling direction of a self vehicle or a transverse direction orthogonal to the traveling direction, from a change in a detection position of the physical body by a laser radar 8, wherein a classification determining unit 21 executes a first classification determining process of determining the physical body determined to be moving in the traveling direction as a four-wheel vehicle when dimensions of the physical body obtained from the detected position by the laser radar 8 is within a range of A1, and a second classification determining process of determining the physical body determined to be moving in the transverse direction as the four-wheel vehicle when the dimensions of the physical body obtained from the detected position by the laser radar 8 is within a range of B1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morimichi Nishigaki, Yuji Yokochi, Atsuhiro Eguchi, Masaki Negoro, Kenichi Sawada
  • Publication number: 20150077284
    Abstract: According to examples of the presently disclosed subject matter, there is provided a system for estimating a source location of a projectile, comprising an optics an optics subsystem, a radar subsystem and a processor. The processor is adapted to use range and velocity measurements obtained from data provided by the radar subsystem, a source direction and an event start time obtained from data provided by the optical subsystem and a predefined kinematic model for the projectile for estimating a range to a source location of the projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ELTA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Gil Tidhar
  • Patent number: 8976056
    Abstract: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) collect and transmit information about ice floe thickness; this is combined with SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR images from satellites to identify and track dangerously thick regions of ice. The overlayed data is presented graphically to allow tracking of the thick ice regions over time. This information is used to alert drilling platforms in icy ocean conditions of pending ice floe dangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Rolf Christer Broman, Dominique P. Berta, Khalid A. Soofi, Peter G. Noble
  • Patent number: 8970423
    Abstract: A helicopter collision-avoidance system is disclosed. An exemplary system includes at least one lamp, such as a light emitting diode (LED) lamp, an incandescent lamp, a halogen lamp, an infrared lamp, or the like; a radar emitter configured to emit a radar signal; a radar detector configured to receive a radar return signal associated with reflections of the emitted radar signal that are reflected from an object; and a radio frequency (RF) system configured to wirelessly transmit radar information associated with the received radar return signal to a radar information receiver configured to receive the wirelessly transmitted radar information. The light module is located at one of a plurality of light positions on an external surface of a helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas Kabrt, George Papageorgiou, Jean-Luc Derouineau, Michal Orlita
  • Patent number: 8952842
    Abstract: An altimetry system for a satellite, including an altimeter transmitting and receiving signals on at least one first frequency band; a radiometer receiving signals on at least one second frequency band, the altimeter and the radiometer being connected to one and the same antenna; reception means common to the altimeter and to the radiometer, and capable of amplifying and filtering the signals received from the antenna on a frequency band including the first frequency band and the second frequency band; means for separating the signals on the first frequency band from the signals on the second frequency band; the signals on the first frequency band being exploited to estimate an altimetric distance of the satellite, and radiometric measurements being exploited in order to correct the estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Richard Jacques, Nicolas Taveneau
  • Patent number: 8947295
    Abstract: A bistatic radar measurement system is provided having a radar source configured to produce a radio frequency signal. A transmitting antenna is configured to transmit the radio frequency signal toward a target. A receiving antenna is configured to receive a reflected radio frequency signal from the target. A support system is configured to support the receiving antenna. The support system includes a plurality of low scattering dielectric strings configured to orient the receiving antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Peter J Collins
  • Patent number: 8912945
    Abstract: In a method of determining a deviation of a path of a projectile from a predetermined path, the method uses an image of a target area in which the desired path or direction is pointed out. Subsequently, the real direction or real path is determined and the deviation is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Trackman A/S
    Inventor: Fredrik Tuxen
  • Patent number: 8912943
    Abstract: Detection of objects such as a buried explosive device while operating from a moving platform using a radio frequency emission system having two modes. An electromagnetic wave emission and detection system operates in a first mode to locate objects of interest and in a second mode to determine if an object contains explosive materials. In the first mode, the emission and detection system preferably operates as a subwavelength focusing, wideband, superlens using a near field super gain synthetic aperture continuous wave (CW) swept radar. In the second mode the system preferably enabled after detection of an object in the first mode, uses chemical detection methods such as Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: AMI Research & Development, LLC
    Inventors: John T. Apostolos, Judy Feng, William Mouyos
  • Patent number: 8907839
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and a system for recognizing a space of a road shoulder using an ultrasonic wave sensor, a radar and an imaging device. The method includes: controlling the radar to transmit a radar beam within a preset range based on the vehicle location; detecting a fixed object located within the preset range using a reflective wave of the radar beam received by the radar; calculating a distance between the fixed object and the vehicle using the radar when the fixed object is located within the preset range; detecting a solid line lane marking in a front image of a travel lane obtained from the imaging device; and recognizing the calculated distance between the fixed object and the vehicle as a space width of the road shoulder when the solid line lane is in the front image of the travel lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Young Chul Oh, Surim Kwon
  • Patent number: 8890744
    Abstract: A method for detecting an object, comprising the steps of defining expected characteristics of scattered electromagnetic radiation to be received at a receiver; attenuating at least a portion of electromagnetic radiation received at the receiver by a presence of an object within a path of electromagnetic information; and detecting the attenuation to indicate a presence of the object. The object may be a low radar profile object, such as a stealth aircraft. The electromagnetic radiation is preferably microwave, but may also be radio frequency or infrared. By using triangulation and other geometric techniques, distance and position of the object may be computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: James L. Geer
  • Patent number: 8879996
    Abstract: A method and system for allowing a client device to establish a direct communications session such as Wi-Fi Direct service using the 5 GHz band. In one embodiment, a client device first establishes a direct communications session, in the 2.4 GHz band with another client device, and then, based on the content used in that service, establishes a 5 GHz service if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kenney, Eldad Perahia, Myron P. Hattig
  • Patent number: 8854247
    Abstract: A hybrid ground penetrating radar (GPR)/metal detector (MD) head includes a V-dipole GPR antenna and transmit and receive MD coils. One of the MD coils is arranged in a quadrupole configuration with a crossbar, and the V-dipole antenna is perpendicular to the crossbar. The legs of the V-dipole antenna may straddle the crossbar or may be on one side of the crossbar. The MD coils may be fabricated on a printed circuit board, which may be at a non-normal angle with respect to a central axis of the V-dipole antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NIITEK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Etebari, Jason Wolfson, Brian A. Whaley, Mark Hibbard
  • Patent number: 8842036
    Abstract: A method, a radar image registration manager, and a set of instructions are disclosed. A primary sensor interface 430 may receive a primary sensor image and a camera model of the primary sensor image. A data storage 420 may store a digital elevation model. A processor 410 may automatically align the primary sensor image with the digital elevation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Pritt, Michael Alan Gribbons
  • Patent number: 8823581
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting dangerous objects and substances are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method comprises generating a microwave signal that is reflected by a target to render one or more reflected signals. The one or more reflected signals are received at an antenna array. The one or more reflected signals are converted into digital reflected signals. The microwave signal is converted into a digital signal. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to determine the three dimensional position of the target. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to identify the target. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to determine a state of the target; and determine whether the target a dangerous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Radical Development Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Kirill Mostov, Kfim Liptsen
  • Publication number: 20140204215
    Abstract: An image processing system has a plurality of cameras and a display that are mounted on a machine. The plurality of cameras are configured to generate image data for an environment of the machine. The image processing system also has a processor connected to the plurality of cameras and the display. The processor is configured to access the image data from the plurality of cameras, access parameters associated with the plurality of cameras, generate a unified image by combining the image data from the plurality of cameras based at least in part on the parameters, access state data associated with the machine, select a portion of the unified image based at least in part on the state data, and render the portion of the unified image on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Scott KRIEL, Daniel Morris, Hong CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140203959
    Abstract: A object recognition system has a camera configured to generate image data of an environment of a machine and a radar device configured to generate radar data of the environment of the machine. The object recognition system also has a processor configured to detect an object in the environment based on the radar data, map the radar data to a portion of the image data corresponding to the detected object, and classify the detected object using the mapped portion of the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Scott KRIEL, Daniel Morris