Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 11032681
    Abstract: A vehicle communication device for use in a vehicle includes a data acquisition unit for acquiring captured images as travel data; a data generator for generating transmission data from the travel data for transmission to a data center; and a data transmitter transmitting the transmission data generated by the data generator to the data center. When there is a plurality of different travel data types, the data generator can increase the priority of any of the travel data types based on a data center necessity level, and prioritize the transmission of the transmission data generated from prioritized travel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takafumi Hitotsumatsu, Tsuneo Nakata
  • Patent number: 11027668
    Abstract: A camera monitoring system includes: a housing rotatable around a coupling shaft of a base part disposed in a vehicle; a camera disposed on one end of the housing; a cam plate disposed inside the housing and fixed to the base part; a link including a first end moving along a guide part of the cam plate and a second end to rotate the camera when the housing rotates; a driving part for applying a driving force to rotate the housing; and a control part to determine a folded state of the housing by controlling the driving force applied from the driving part based on a vehicle speed, and to rotate the camera simultaneously with the housing based on the folded state of the housing so as to maintain a previously set angle of a camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, AMOTECH CO., LTD., HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Min Park, Jong Uk Kim, Geon Pyo Kim
  • Patent number: 11027747
    Abstract: Vehicle event processing includes vehicle event detection, notification and/or action response processing. Information relating to a vehicle event is automatically distributed among a plurality of occupants of a vehicle. The plurality of occupants includes a driver of the vehicle and one or more passengers of the vehicle. Based on at least a portion of the information distributed and a perspective of at least one passenger of the one or more passengers, at least one tracking component of the vehicle is adjusted. Based on the adjusting, additional information is obtained. Based on at least a portion of the additional information, an action is automatically taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc Yvon, Didier Boullery, Aaron K. Baughman, Todd R. Whitman
  • Patent number: 11027727
    Abstract: An apparatus for responding to vehicle water splashing includes a processor determining the vehicle water splashing based on image data of a nearby vehicle and determining dangerousness caused by the vehicle water splashing to perform vehicle control and storage storing information determined by the processor and the image data of the nearby vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jung Ho Lim
  • Patent number: 11029157
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle is improved with a navigational system having both cameras and echolocation sensors. The cameras and echolocation sensors may be part of an optical and echolocation system, respectively, that may work in conjunction with, for example, a global positioning system to determine a course for the autonomous vehicle to reach an objective while detecting and avoid obstacles along the course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: James Paduano, Terrence McKenna
  • Patent number: 11027581
    Abstract: A system for influencing a vehicle position when travelling along a subsurface includes a vehicle structure including left and right wheels, a tire inflation system for the supply of the corresponding tires of each individual wheel with a specified tire inflation pressure, and a sensor device for determining a transverse tilt of the vehicle structure with respect to the travelled subsurface. The sensor device is configured to provide a transverse tilt magnitude that reflects the determined transverse tilt and operably communicates it to a control unit. The control unit operably adapts the tire inflation pressure specified for the left and right wheels by controlling the tire inflation system in accordance with the transverse tilt magnitude in such a way that the vehicle structure is tilted in the sense of a reduction of the determined transverse tilt with respect to the travelled subsurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Florian Schott, Florian Reinmuth
  • Patent number: 11021102
    Abstract: A method for determining presence of water droplets at an outer side of a vehicle windshield includes equipping a vehicle with a vehicular vision system having a camera disposed behind an inner side of the vehicle windshield so as to view exterior of the vehicle through the windshield. The camera includes a primary lens, a secondary lens and an imager, which has a primary sensing area and a secondary sensing area. Image data representative of images focused at the imager by the primary lens is captured at the primary sensing area of the imager. Image data representative of images focused at the imager by the secondary lens is captured at the secondary sensing area of the imager. Responsive to processing at the control of image data captured by the imager at the secondary sensing area, presence of water droplets at the outer side of the windshield of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Heinz A. Mattern
  • Patent number: 11021166
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using machine learning classifiers to identify anomalous driving behavior in vehicle driver data obtained from vehicle telematics devices are provided. In one example, a vehicle telematics device receives vehicle driver data from sensors, identifies anomalies in the vehicle driver data by using an unsupervised machine learning process, calculates a driver risk score by using the anomalies identified in the vehicle driver data, and transmits the risk score to a remote server system. In another example, a server system receives vehicle driver data from a plurality of vehicle telematics devices, identifies anomalies in the vehicle driver data by using an unsupervised machine learning process, and calculates a driver risk score by using the anomalies identified in the vehicle driver data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventor: Amrit Rau
  • Patent number: 11023746
    Abstract: A method for assigning a number of lanes and a direction of travel on a path includes receiving location data including a plurality of location points, projecting the plurality of location points on to an aggregation axis perpendicular to a centerline of the vehicle path, grouping the plurality of location points as projected onto the aggregation axis into one or more clusters, and determining the number of vehicle lanes of the vehicle path based on a count of the one or more clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Abhilshit Soni, Akshay Pachaar
  • Patent number: 11026293
    Abstract: The described features generally relate to a flight data recorder system for adaptively transmitting flight data from an aircraft. In particular, an aircraft may collect flight data from a first set of aircraft sensors. This collected flight data may then be transmitted from the aircraft by a communication terminal of the aircraft. A flight data communication scheduler may manage the selective transmission of the flight data from the aircraft, and monitor flight parameter values associated with the flight data collected from the first set of aircraft sensors. An indication of a trigger event may be obtained, and a second set of one or more aircraft sensors of the aircraft may be activated to collect additional flight data associated with the second set of sensors. A ground station may perform aspects of adaptively transmitting flight data from an aircraft, and store flight data in a ground-based flight data recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11021104
    Abstract: A method of operating an Around View Monitoring (AVM) system according to the present invention includes: obtaining image data from image sensors disposed at different locations of a vehicle; performing image processing on the image data for improving an image; performing lens distortion correction on the processed image data; detecting an overlapping region from the corrected image data; selecting an image display method so as to prevent the detected overlapping region from overlapping when the image is synthesized, and synthesizing the image data according to the selected image display method; and outputting the synthesized image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kee Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 11014498
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: an image sensor configured to acquire a front image; a navigation system configured to provide object information indicating information on one or more objects in front of the vehicle; a controller configured to generate a composite image of the acquired front image having the object information when the acquired front image includes at least object among the one or more objects; and a cluster configured to output the generated composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seong Un Kim
  • Patent number: 11014465
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic charging of electric vehicles in which a plug head of a charging unit is automatically received in a receiving compartment of a vehicle charger actuation device. A push wall of the vehicle charger actuation device is displaced into contact the plug head in a manner that facilitates rotation of the plug head into angular alignment with the plug head receptacle. The charging unit can align a position of the plug head with the plug head receptacle such that continued displacement of the push wall displaces the plug head to a position at which the plug head is electrically coupled to the plug head receptacle. After a charging event, the push wall moves away from the plug head receptacle and engages a pull rod that is coupled to a pin skirt such that the pin skirt is displaced in a direction that ejects the plug head from the plug head receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gregory A. Cole, Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge, Martin Krucinski, Alex Riley, William J. Eakins, Sang Choi
  • Patent number: 11014667
    Abstract: A method for evaluating damage and providing passenger assistance in emergency events involving mass transit vehicles (MTVs), especially emergency events occurring in a tunnel, includes: (a) providing, on-board the MTV, at least one unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), each UAV including a controller comprising a processor and memory; (b) determining, by the controller of the UVA while on-board the MTV in the tunnel, a change in at least one of the following: an acceleration, positive or negative, greater than a predetermined acceleration, an angle greater than a predetermined angle, a temperature greater than a predetermined temperature, and the presence of particles, gas or both greater than a predetermined concentration; (c) in response to the determining in step (b), the UAV separating from the MTV and becoming airborne within the tunnel; and (d) following step (c), executing, by the UAV, flight movement of the UAV within the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Benoît Lery, Teerawat Chongrattanameteekul, Stephane Goulet, Randula Hettiarachchi, Danny Higgins, Carl Lavertu, Benjamaporn Lertwiriyapiti
  • Patent number: 11014500
    Abstract: An external rearview assembly includes a housing pivotally coupled with a vehicle door and operable between an extended position and a retracted position. An electro-optic element is operably coupled with the housing. A display module is disposed proximate the electro-optic element. The display module is activated when the housing is in the retracted position. The display module is deactivated when the housing is in the extended position. An imager is operably coupled with the housing and is configured to capture image data when the housing is in the retracted position and display the image data on the activated display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Neil J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 11014579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lane departure warning determination method using driver state monitoring, which includes (a) recognizing a lane around a vehicle from an image photographed by a lane recognition camera and extracting lane information; (b) extracting facial feature points of a driver from an image photographed by a driver recognition camera; (c) determining from the lane information whether the vehicle is in a lane departure state or a lane approaching state; (d) when it is determined in step (c) that the vehicle is in the lane departure state, generating a warning when a face tilt of the driver exceeds a first angle; and (e) when it is determined in step (c) that the vehicle is in the lane approaching state, generating a warning when the face tilt of the driver exceeds a second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: A. I. MATICS INC.
    Inventors: Sang Mook Lim, Kwang Il Park, Jin Hyuck Kim
  • Patent number: 11017553
    Abstract: An information processing system of the present invention includes: a specifying unit configured to specify, based on a shot image, position information representing a position of a moving object present in the shot image and identification information for identifying a section of an area where the moving object is located; and a transmitting unit configured to transmit the position information and the identification information to the outside in association with each other. The moving object includes an estimating unit 130 configured to estimate a position of the moving object based on the identification information and the position information that have been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Nasu
  • Patent number: 11007936
    Abstract: A camera system for a vehicle includes a camera and an image evaluating unit. The camera is arranged in an interior of the vehicle behind a windowpane of the vehicle so that the camera can record an image sequence with a plurality of external recordings of external surroundings of the vehicle through the windowpane. The image evaluating unit is adapted to detect static image components that are projected into the external recordings by reflections on the windowpane, and to extract the detected static image components from the external recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fechner, Karsten Breuer, Dieter Kroekel
  • Patent number: 11010592
    Abstract: In one embodiment, example systems and methods relate to a manner of generating 3D representations from monocular 2D images. A monocular 2D image is captured by a camera. The 2D image is processed to create one or more feature maps. The features may include depth features, or object labels, for example. Based on the image and the feature map, regions-of-interest corresponding to vehicles in the image are determined. For each region-of-interest a lifting function is applied to the region-of-interest to determine values such as height and width, camera distance, and rotation. The determined values are used to create an eight-point box that is a 3D representation of the vehicle depicted by the region-of-interest. The 3D representation can be used for a variety of purposes such as route planning, object avoidance, or as training data, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Wadim Kehl, Fabian Manhardt
  • Patent number: 11012593
    Abstract: A fault tolerant display displays safety information on a display shared with an infotainment system even if the processor or software of the infotainment system is unresponsive. The display can be a streaming video from a rear view camera mounted on a vehicle. The safety displayed can be triggered by placing the vehicle in reverse. Failure of the infotainment software and/or processor can be detected by a policy enforcing module that switches to a backup display that streams video directly from the camera in the event of failure of the infotainment processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Beckert, Phillip G. Hays, Steven P. Maillet, Andrew W. Lovitt
  • Patent number: 11010602
    Abstract: A method of verifying a triggered alert in a man overboard detection system comprises: receiving (600) a plurality of sequential frames of image data associated with the triggered alert followed by motion compensating (616) difference frames formed by generating differences (608) between successive frames. A summation of the motion compensated difference frames is then generated (618). The summation image is then analysed (630, 632) and the detection associated therewith is classified (634, 636) in response to identification of a cluster of pixels corresponding to a predetermined size range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MARSS VENTURES S.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Baldacci, Marco Cappelletti
  • Patent number: 11008735
    Abstract: An image pick-up apparatus includes a first stereo camera attached to a revolving unit and a second stereo camera attached to the revolving unit. The first stereo camera picks up an image of a first image pick-up range. The second stereo camera picks up an image of a second image pick-up range above or beyond the first image pick-up range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Deguchi, Shun Saito, Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi, Shun Kawamoto, Taiki Sugawara
  • Patent number: 11012632
    Abstract: A method of configuring a vehicular image pickup device includes: detecting a first shutter signal of a first image capturing unit and a second shutter signal of a second image capturing unit; outputting a light-up signal according to the first shutter signal and the second shutter signal; and outputting a driving current to an infrared light-emitting element according to the light-up signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Min-Tai Chen
  • Patent number: 11011055
    Abstract: A movement analytics platform can generate instructions for collecting video data from a site that includes a roadway. The instructions can be provided to a device having augmented reality capabilities, wherein the instructions include content displayed by the device to indicate an area at the site that an operator of the device is to position within a field of view of a camera. A data feed received from the device can include video data corresponding to the area and contextual data to annotate the video data based on observations by the device operator. The data feed can be processed to derive movement analytics associated with the area at the site (e.g., classifications, locations, speeds, travel directions, and/or the like for one or more objects depicted in the video data). The device can be provided with additional augmented reality content based on the movement analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Jacobs, Ranxing Li
  • Patent number: 11009450
    Abstract: A method for quality testing asphalt includes: directing light from a light source to at least one surface of asphalt; detecting light reflected or refracted from the at least one surface of the asphalt using a light detector; and assigning a number indicating the quality of the asphalt in response to detecting light reflected or refracted from the at least one surface of the asphalt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: InstroTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew LaCroix, Lawrence James, Ali Regimand, Dirk Steckmann, Ethan Steckmann
  • Patent number: 11012861
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses may retrieve, from a computing device at a vehicle, driving data, and determine, based on the driving data, a range of time when a driver of the vehicle has a low likelihood of accessing a web resource over a network. An online activity may be detected for an account associated with the driver. In some aspects, a time of the online activity may be compared to the range of time. Based upon a determination that the time of the online activity is within the range of time, a potentially unauthorized activity may be identified. In some aspects, in response to the potentially unauthorized activity, one or more steps may be triggered to protect the driver from the potentially unauthorized activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Keith Alan Lippert
  • Patent number: 11003873
    Abstract: An optical measuring system includes a calibration apparatus having at least one optical marker and a code. The optical measuring system includes a memory unit that stores a metadata record with calibration parameters that have physical state and change variables that are specific to the calibration apparatus. The calibration apparatus is configured to encrypt a link to the metadata record stored in the memory unit. The optical measuring system includes an optical sensor configured to capture image data containing the at least one optical marker and the code. The optical measuring system includes a control unit configured to evaluate the image data captured by the optical sensor, decrypt the code captured by the optical sensor, access the memory unit via the link, read the metadata record stored therein, and include the read calibration parameters and the at least one optical marker in the evaluation of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dominik Seitz, Tobias Held, Nils Haverkamp
  • Patent number: 11004426
    Abstract: An augmented reality display system included in a vehicle generates an augmented reality display, on one or more transparent surfaces of the vehicle. The augmented reality display can include an indicator of the vehicle speed which is spatially positioned according to the speed of the vehicle relative to the local speed limit. The augmented reality display can include display elements which conform to environmental objects and can obscure and replace content displayed on the objects. The augmented reality display can include display elements which indicate a position of environmental objects which are obscured from direct perception through the transparent surface. The augmented reality display can include display elements which simulate one or more particular environmental objects in the environment, based on monitoring manual driving performance of the vehicle by a driver. The augmented reality display can include display elements which identify environmental objects and particular zones in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kjell F. Bronder, Scott M. Herz, Karlin Y. Bark
  • Patent number: 11006087
    Abstract: A synthesized image seen looking down from above the vehicle is compiled by connecting the multiple of overhead images, whereby an existence of a three-dimensional object in the vehicle periphery is determined, a correction value is calculated so as to reduce a difference in luminance and coloring in a luminance and coloring correction reference region in which neighboring overhead images overlap, luminance and coloring correction is carried out using the correction value when an amount of change in the luminance and coloring information formed of the correction is less than a predetermined value, and the images wherein luminance and coloring has been corrected are synthesized by connecting into one image, whereby a beautiful display image with a continuous, smooth joint can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Noritaka Kokido, Takuya Taniguchi, Kunio Ueda
  • Patent number: 11003919
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for detecting traffic violations using mobile detection devices. Videos captured by the mobile detection devices can be processed on the mobile detection devices to extract data and information concerning a potential traffic violation involving a vehicle and a restricted road area. The mobile detection devices can transmit such data and information to a server configured to make a final determination as to whether a traffic violation has occurred by comparing the data and information received from at least two mobile detection devices. The server can also construct semantic annotated maps using data and information received from the mobile detection devices. Updated versions of the semantic annotated maps can be transmitted back to the mobile detection devices to aid in traffic violation detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Hayden Al Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vaibhav Ghadiok, Christopher Carson, Bo Shen
  • Patent number: 11004314
    Abstract: A paging system comprise paging buttons configured to transmit a first signal including a paging request; a server configured to: receive the first signal, identify which of the paging buttons transmit the first signal received by the server, and transmit to at least one portable device a second signal including information on an identifier corresponding to the identified paging button that transmits the first signal, and the paging request; and at least one portable device configured to: display the identifier corresponding to the identified paging button and/or the paging request based on the second signal, and transmit to the server a third signal in response to an acceptance input responded to the paging request. The server transmits to at least one portable device a fourth signal confirming that the portable device transmitting the third signal is matched to the identified paging button in response to the third signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: HELLOFACTORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyungmin Kim, Hyun Jip Kim
  • Patent number: 10997737
    Abstract: A system and method for aligning image data from a vehicle camera is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ofer Geva, Michael Slutsky
  • Patent number: 10999559
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a sensor and a processor. The sensor may be configured to generate a first video signal based on a targeted view from a vehicle. The processor may be configured to (A) receive the first video signal, (B) generate a second video signal and (C) present the second video signal to a display. The second video signal presents a series of video frames configured to fit a shape of the display. The processor selects among a plurality of fields of view for the video frames based on a decision by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventors: Shimon Pertsel, Alexander Fink
  • Patent number: 10999520
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capture device, a method of image capture, a signal processing device, a method of signal processing, and a program capable of capturing reliably a blinking image capture target. A predetermined image capture timing of an image capture unit is controlled so that image capture is performed N times during an exposure time in which at least a part of a turn-on period in which an image capture target is on overlaps with an exposure time of image capture of at least one time at a timing of dividing a blinking cycle in which the image capture target to be captured by the image capture unit configured to perform image capture at the image capture timing blinks into N equal parts where N represents more than one. The present technology is applicable to, in one example, a camera unit or the like used to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Koizumi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Jun Ono, Daisuke Kawamata, Masakatsu Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10994667
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an image capture device which is capable of reducing the load exerted on window glass to which a bracket is adhered, when an on-vehicle camera is attached to the bracket. The present invention is characterized by being provided with: an image capture unit for capturing an image; and a holding part for holding the image capture unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumiaki Komori, Ken Ohsumi
  • Patent number: 10996054
    Abstract: A segment determination device has an altitude information acquisition unit that acquires altitude information about points on a road, and a feature amount determination unit that determines a feature amount indicating gradient information about the road based on the altitude information about points including a first point ahead a vehicle and a second point ahead of the first point. The altitude information acquisition unit acquires altitude information about another points farther from the vehicle until the determined feature amount is outside of a predetermined range. The segment determination device further has a segment determination unit that, in a case where the feature amount is outside of the predetermined range, determines a segment in which the first point is set as a start point and whichever of two points adjacent to the second point that is closer to the vehicle is set as an end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kanda
  • Patent number: 10994655
    Abstract: An in-vehicle video system includes cameras that capture rear and side areas of a vehicle body, monitors that display video images captured by the cameras on screens thereof, and an ECU that shapes the video images that are displayed on the monitors. The cameras are accommodated in housings that are provided on left and right sides of a vehicle body, and side turn signal lamps are provided individually on external surfaces of the housings. The ECU controls a video image processing circuit so that the video images of the rear and side areas of the vehicle body are displayed on two portions of the screen of the monitor at different compression ratios and that the compression ratios change according to vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Tatara
  • Patent number: 10994701
    Abstract: Incident capture systems and methods for a vehicle. One example system includes a head unit that displays a user interface to view and manage incident images. The system also includes an existing vehicle sensor configured to sense conditions outside of the vehicle, an existing vehicle camera configured to capture conditions outside of the vehicle, and an electronic controller. The electronic controller is configured to detect a change in the conditions outside of the vehicle from the existing sensor; determine a state of the system, wherein the state of the system is one selected from the group consisting of an on state and an off state; and in response to determining an on state, receive at least one image from the existing vehicle camera; and store the at least one image in a stack located in a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sanjeev Kumar Hathe, Samir Patel
  • Patent number: 10994665
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle display system (1) for displaying an image of surroundings of a vehicle. The vehicle display system (1) includes: a display (18a) configured to display an image thereon; a camera (4, 6, 8, 10) mounted on the vehicle and configured to image surroundings of the vehicle; and a display control unit (20) configured to subject an image captured by the camera to mask processing, using a mask image (MR, MF) including a semi-transparent portion (M3, M4, M14, M16) corresponding to a vehicle body, and a portion (M8, M18, M19) corresponding to a window of the vehicle and having a transmittance lower than that of the portion corresponding to the vehicle body, to generate a masked image (D), and cause the masked image to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Matsuba, Tomonori Ohtsubo
  • Patent number: 10992889
    Abstract: A first pixel comprises a first transfer transistor, a first reset transistor, a first amplifier transistor and a first select transistor. The first transfer transistor has a first terminal coupled to a reference signal generation circuit. The first reset transistor has a first terminal coupled to the reference signal generation circuit. The first amplifier transistor has a gate coupled to a second terminal of the first reset transistor and a second terminal of the first transfer transistor. The first select transistor is coupled to the first amplifier transistor. A second pixel comprises a first photoelectric conversion element, a second transfer transistor coupled to the first photoelectric conversion element, a second reset transistor configured to receive a first predetermined voltage, a second amplifier transistor coupled to the second transfer transistor and the second reset transistor, and a second select transistor coupled to the second amplifier transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Kawazu, Motonobu Torii, Motohashi Yuichi, Atsushi Suzuki, Junichiro Azami
  • Patent number: 10990834
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a method and apparatus for object detection in a location obscured from a camera field of view in a motor vehicle. In particular, the system is operative to illuminate a FOV from a low angle using a light source, capture an image of the FOV from a high angle and to detect a shadow within the image indicative of an object being illuminated by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel W. Hart, Robert D. Sims, III, Hao Yu
  • Patent number: 10988083
    Abstract: A visual field support image generation device for generating a visual field support image of a vehicle has a camera that captures an image from the vehicle and a processing section. The processing section covers the image captured by the camera to generate the visual filed support image. The image is covered by compressing the captured image so that a compression ratio of the captured image in a horizontal direction becomes higher than a compression ratio of the captured image in a vertical direction by using a depth vanishing point included in the captured image as the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Michiguchi, Yoshimasa Okabe
  • Patent number: 10984655
    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: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10981545
    Abstract: A telescopic cleaning device is intended for projecting at least one cleaning and/or drying fluid onto a glass surface to be cleaned of a motor vehicle, such as an optical surface of an optical sensor of an optical detection system. The cleaning device includes at least one fluid distribution element, rendered movable, along an axis of elongation (X) and at the end of a movable piston between a retracted first position and an extended second position for cleaning and/or drying. The fluid distribution element comprises a distribution bar (4) inside which a fluid distribution channel (56) extends and the distribution bar is equipped with a heating device (60) integrated at least in part into the distribution bar in order to heat the fluid passing through said distribution channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Philippe Picot, Jordan Vieille, Sébastien Rollet, Grégory Kolanowski, Giuseppe Grasso, Xavier Bousset, Maxime Baudouin
  • Patent number: 10986386
    Abstract: The present disclosure disclose a video surveillance method performed at a sever. After sending first video information of a target video to a first client, the server receives reported information indicating a playback state of the target video from the first client. The reported information is obtained when the first client plays a video source file of the target video according to original address information and updates a first-frame playback time stored on a first location in a multi-dimensional table according to a first first-frame playback time in the reported information. The server then obtains, according to the first-frame playback time, a timeout waiting time in second video information and sends the second video information to a second client. When the second client does not play the target video in the timeout waiting time, the playback state of the target video is determined as unsuccessful playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hancheng Liao
  • Patent number: 10984273
    Abstract: An attachable matter detection apparatus includes a controller configured to function as an extractor and a detector. The extractor extracts edge information of each pixel contained in a photographic image photographed by an imaging device. The detector detects a candidate area estimated to have a water droplet out of the photographic image based on a matching result between (i) each of the pixels converted into a predetermined data format based on the edge information extracted by the extractor and (ii) a template representing a water droplet and having the data format. The detector calculates a matching frequency with the template for a predetermined area along a contour of the candidate area, and excludes the candidate area when the candidate area satisfies a predetermined exclusion condition based on the matching frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Ikeda, Nobunori Asayama, Takashi Kono, Yasushi Tani, Daisuke Yamamoto, Tomokazu Oki, Teruhiko Kamibayashi
  • Patent number: 10984262
    Abstract: A learning method of a CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) for monitoring one or more blind spots of a monitoring vehicle is provided. The learning method includes steps of: a learning device, if training data corresponding to output from a detector on the monitoring vehicle is inputted, instructing a cue information extracting layer to uses class information and location information on a monitored vehicle included in the training data, thereby outputting cue information on the monitored vehicle; instructing an FC layer for monitoring the blind spots to perform neural network operations by using the cue information, thereby outputting a result of determining whether the monitored vehicle is located on one of the blind spots; and instructing a loss layer to generate loss values by referring to the result and its corresponding GT, thereby learning parameters of the FC layer for monitoring the blind spots by backpropagating the loss values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Insu Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10986286
    Abstract: An image creation device is provided with an image acquisition unit acquiring multiple captured images of a peripheral area, a detection unit detecting a three-dimensional object present in the peripheral area, a first conversion unit converting the multiple captured images into multiple individual overhead images to create a first conversion image by means of an overall overhead image, a second conversion unit creating a second conversion image in which an image captured from a virtual camera is converted in accordance with the conversion rule, the virtual camera being virtually arranged at a virtual position set on the vehicle such that a virtual optical axis direction faces the direction of the three-dimensional object, and a synthesis unit synthesizes the second conversion image on the first conversion image to create a synthesis image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Maeda, Hiroaki Takeda, Hirohiko Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10984264
    Abstract: A method and a device are for detecting and validating objects from camera images, e.g. for driver assistance systems. The method involves: capturing a series of camera images, detecting a potential collision object in at least one image, determining corresponding features in two consecutive images in the image region of the detected potential collision object, associating the corresponding features with a plane, and validating the potential collision object when the associated plane corresponds to a back plane or a side plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Walter
  • Patent number: 10974764
    Abstract: Disclosed is a parking assist device (100) including a parking assist control unit (5) that performs parking assist for a host vehicle (1) by using a first sensor (4) for parking assist disposed in the host vehicle (1), and a guide display control unit (25) that causes a display device (20) to display a guide display based on a first effective detection range (AL, AR) of the first sensor (4) in a state in which the guide display is superimposed on a front view with respect to the host vehicle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Inoue, Mitsuo Shimotani, Tadashi Miyahara