Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10296083
    Abstract: A driver assistance apparatus can include a display unit, a camera configured to capture an image of an interior of a vehicle, and a processor configured to sense a direction of at least one of a gaze and a gesture of a driver based on images provided from the camera, detect a region corresponding to the direction among a plurality of predetermined regions of the vehicle, and control the display unit to output information related to the detected region in response to an occurrence of an event related to the detected region among a plurality of predetermined events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sinji Sung
  • Patent number: 10293836
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle assistant system of a vehicle comprising at least a first camera and a second camera, wherein the first camera is arranged such that the area in front of the vehicle can at least partially be captured, and wherein the second camera is arranged such that the interior of the vehicle can at least partially be captured, and wherein the vehicle assistant system comprises one common image data analysis unit which is configured to process image data received from the first camera and the second camera. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a vehicle comprising at least one vehicle assistant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Laakmann, Swen Schaub, Christian Mücke, Christian Ammon, Thomas Herpich
  • Patent number: 10293751
    Abstract: A peripheral image display device for displaying a peripheral image around a construction machine including at least two imaging units capturing the peripheral image around the construction machine; an image combining unit that combines at least two images obtained from the at least two imaging units to form a single projection image, the at least two images including an overlapping area overlapping between the at least two images; a guideline setting unit that sets a guideline, which includes at least two color information pieces, on the projection image formed by the image combining unit at a position a predetermined distance apart from the construction machine; a guideline generating unit that generates the guideline on the projection image based on setup information obtained by the guideline setting unit; and a display unit that displays the projection image having the guideline generated by the guideline generating unit on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO (S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeya Izumikawa
  • Patent number: 10295798
    Abstract: A camera module, which is mounted on an inside of a front windshield of a vehicle and to image an external environment of the vehicle, includes a lens unit and an imager to image the external environment by forming an optical image, which is from the external environment through the lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuki Furutake, Ken Nishioka
  • Patent number: 10286842
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for a vehicle and for associated methods for handling contact detection of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a computer and a communications system. The communications system is configured to provide the computer of the vehicle with wireless communication with a cloud services system that includes a database that stores a user account that identifies the vehicles as registered with the cloud services system. The user account identifies settings for the vehicle and information for notifying a user of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a plurality of sensors associated to sides of the vehicle, such that contact with a specific side of the vehicle is identified using a sensor of the plurality of sensors. The vehicle further includes a plurality of cameras integrated in the vehicle to enable capturing of image data of an area around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10288986
    Abstract: An apparatus for moderating the environment of a driver assist camera comprises (a) a housing in which the driver assist camera is mountable and (b) a bracket configured and dimensioned to receive and retain the housing. The bracket when installed in a vehicle is attached to a window of the vehicle. A thermally conductive body is movably mounted on the bracket. The housing when being received in the bracket contacts and moves the thermally conductive body relative to the bracket so as to press the thermally conductive body against the window and permit heat from the housing to be conducted to the window, thereby moderating the environment of the driver assist camera when mounted in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Blake, III, Anthony L. Rivas, Daniel D. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10290080
    Abstract: A method for displaying a vehicle environment of a vehicle, including a detection of the vehicle environment in camera images with the aid of a plurality of cameras; projecting the camera images onto a geometrical projection surface in a virtual space, setting up a depth map for a visual range of a virtual camera that describes a distance of a plurality of points of the geometrical projection surface from the virtual camera in the virtual space; calculating an image from the virtual camera that images the geometrical projection surface in the virtual space; ascertaining, based on the depth map, a particular region of the image from the virtual camera in which the geometrical projection surface lies in a certain distance range in relation to the virtual camera; and Gaussian blurring of the image from the virtual camera in the region in which the particular region is imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jose Domingo Esparza Garcia, Raphael Cano
  • Patent number: 10291846
    Abstract: A method for producing an overall image of surroundings of a vehicle using images that are each actively recorded by one of a plurality of cameras mounted on the vehicle. The method includes determining a position of each predefined image section that occurs in an image of the plurality of images that at least partly forms an image of a vehicle body and/or of a vehicle wheel, using an image mask associated with the respective image to mask a portion of each of the plurality of images, in which a predefined image section occurs; determining each image mask on the basis of the position determined for each predefined image section located in the associated image in such a way that it masks each predefined image section that occurs in the associated image, and producing the overall image by assembling the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: David Liepelt, Jose Domingo Esparza Garcia, Matthias Mayerle, Raphael Cano
  • Patent number: 10286908
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system can include a first vehicle that has a camera, radar, and lidar to record a first path of a second vehicle as the first and second vehicles drive on a road. A processor system of the vehicle guidance system can analyze a first deviation of the first path. Information from a third vehicle can provide additional data regarding a second path of the second vehicle. Analyzing the first path in light of the second path can enable the vehicle guidance system to identify impaired driving indicators. The vehicle guidance system can warn other vehicles about the impaired driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10286855
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system of a vehicle includes at least four cameras disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. Each of the cameras is operable to capture image data representative of the respective field of view. Captured image data is compressed at the respective camera and the compressed image data is communicated to a control unit. The control unit includes an image processor operable to process image data. The image processor processes image data frame by frame using an indirect context model and without time wise dependency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 10284818
    Abstract: A method of calibrating cameras of a multi-camera vision system for a being-assembled vehicle includes providing a plurality of targets at a vehicle assembly line at a vehicle assembly plant and moving a being-assembled vehicle along the vehicle assembly line. When the being-assembled vehicle is moved along the vehicle assembly line so as to be at provided calibrating targets, at least some targets of the calibrating targets are encompassed by respective fields of view of the cameras of the being-assembled vehicle. The presence of at least one target is determined via processing of captured image data and as the being-assembled vehicle moves along the vehicle assembly line. Responsive to determination of the presence of at least one target, the cameras are calibrated and as the being-assembled vehicle moves along the vehicle assembly line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Steven V. Byrne
  • Patent number: 10282947
    Abstract: The device for signalling direction comprises a support (2) predisposed to be worn by a user and carrying at least a first direction light source (50) and a second direction light source (50), each indicating a respective rotation direction of said wearable support (2). At least one sensor element is associated with the support (2) to measure at least a value of the acceleration and/or a value of the angular speed assumed by the wearable support (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Davide Corradini
  • Patent number: 10284907
    Abstract: A device, system, and method generates augmentations for an enhanced display. The method performed at an enhancement server includes receiving device data from a plurality of client devices associated with respective users attending an event at a venue, the client devices configured to capture data associated with the event in the venue. The method includes determining a first client device of the client devices in which an augmentation is to be shown based on the device data. The method includes determining a second client device of the client devices that captured second data corresponding to the augmentation. The method includes facilitating an exchange of the second data with the first client device, the second data being used to augment the first data by generating an enhanced data based on the first and second data for presentation to a first user associated with the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Smadar Gefen
  • Patent number: 10275914
    Abstract: A display system for a commercial vehicle, having a capturing unit for acquiring image data of the vehicle environment, a calculation unit and a display unit for displaying an image to be displayed with an image portion. The calculation unit is adapted to carry out a modification of the image data acquired by the capturing unit and to supply the modified image data to the display unit for display. The modification uses overlaying or superimposing of an overlay portion on the image portion of the image to be displayed, wherein the overlay portion is positioned within or directly adjacent to the image portion, and wherein the image portion further includes a measuring portion. An image characteristic of the image portion is acquired in the measuring portion. The calculation unit is adapted to determine an overlay portion characteristic dependent on the acquired image characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Peter Geissendörfer
  • Patent number: 10272857
    Abstract: A method for assembling a camera for a vision system of a vehicle includes providing a circuit element having an imager disposed thereat, with the imager including a pixelated imaging array having a plurality of photosensing elements. A lens holder is provided that includes a lens, and a camera housing element is provided. The camera housing element includes an electrical connector having a plurality of electrically conductive pins. The lens is aligned and focused relative to the imager and the circuit element is affixed relative to the lens holder when the lens is aligned and focused relative to the imager. A header connector is positioned and attached at the circuit element after the circuit element is affixed relative to the lens holder. The camera housing element is mated with the lens holder, including electrically connecting the electrically conductive pins to respective electrically conductive elements of the header connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Conger, Steven V. Byrne, Brian D. Brasier
  • Patent number: 10277784
    Abstract: In an imaging device, a bracket and a camera are capable of rotating with respect to a base, and harnesses are routed inside an inner supporting tube of the base. A covering frame of a harness cover covers an upper end portion of the inner supporting tube, the harness is abutted on the covering frame, and the covering frame is capable of rotating integrally with the bracket. This enables the harnesses to be suppressed from sliding on the covering frame and enables load input to the harnesses to be suppressed when the bracket is rotated, even though the harness is press-contacted to the covering frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masahide Inayama, Toshinari Nakai
  • Patent number: 10266114
    Abstract: An ECU captures an image of an imaging region around an own vehicle, and acquires image data, the imaging region being configured by a plurality of imaging areas. The ECU determines whether the object is present in the imaging areas, on the basis of detection results of an object present around the own vehicle. The ECU selects a target area to be displayed in an easy-to-see state from among the plurality of imaging areas, on the basis of determination results. The ECU reduces and corrects the image data of each imaging area such that an image of the target area is displayed in the easy-to-see state compared to an image of each imaging area to generate display image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Imura, Hirohiko Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10268017
    Abstract: A lens holder including a base, a gate mark and a tubular portion is provided. The base includes a plurality of sidewalls, and any two adjacent sidewalls are connected to each other to form an outer edge. A turning corner is formed between every two adjacent sidewalls, and the base includes a chamfer located at a turning corner. The gate mark is disposed at the chamfer. The tubular portion is connected to the base, and the tubular portion extends along the direction away from the base. Besides, a portable electronic device and a manufacturing method of the lens holder are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GENIUS ELECTRONIC OPTICAL (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10266116
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for displaying a front-view of a vehicle's (42) surrounding, the method comprising the steps of: capturing (S1) camera images (20) of the vehicle's (42) surrounding through a lens (53) of a vehicle camera (44) on an image sensor (52) of said vehicle camera (44); transforming (S2) said captured camera images (20) by a processing unit (101) into display images (30), said display images (30) being substantially projected in parallel onto a projection plane (90) being parallel to an image sensor plane (54) of said image sensor (52); and displaying (S3) said display images (30) on a display device (102) for viewing by a driver of said vehicle (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Rui Guerreiro
  • Patent number: 10267908
    Abstract: A method is provided that involves identifying a target region of an environment of an autonomous vehicle to be monitored for presence of moving objects. The method also involves operating a first sensor to obtain a scan of a portion of the environment that includes at least a portion of the target region and an intermediate region between the autonomous vehicle and the target region. The method also involves determining whether a second sensor has a sufficiently clear view of the target region based on at least the scan obtained by the first sensor. The method also involves operating the second sensor to monitor the target region for presence of moving objects based on at least a determination that the second sensor has a sufficiently clear view of the target region. Also provided is an autonomous vehicle configured to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Douglas Luders, Tim Campbell, Nathaniel Fairfield
  • Patent number: 10268038
    Abstract: A camera lens washing device that includes an outer housing that has a main opening for receiving a camera lens, an attachment end configured to mount to a camera housing of the camera lens, and an exposed end remote from the attachment end. The exposed end includes an end face that has a recessed area extending inwardly therefrom. An inner ring is received in the recessed area of the outer housing. The inner ring is configured to frame the camera lens. A plurality of nozzles are defined between the outer housing and the inner ring. The plurality of nozzles are configured to discharge fluid radially inwardly towards the camera lens. The inner ring may be substantially stationary with respect to the outer housing. The nozzles may be disposed at or near a top side of the main opening of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 10259325
    Abstract: The image display device includes a distance obtainer configured to obtain a vehicle-to-vehicle distance between a vehicle and a following vehicle. A controller is configured to: determine a magnitude of an image-cutout angle value based on the obtained vehicle-to-vehicle distance, such that a display state of a rear-view display unit is to be switched from a mirror-surface showing state to a display showing state such that a size of the following vehicle in the mirror-surface showing state is identical to a size of the following vehicle to be displayed in the display showing state; control a display to display a display image created from a cutout image that is cut out in the determined image-cutout angle value; and adjust the image-cutout angle value so as to gradually decrease a size of the following vehicle displayed on the display when the obtained vehicle-to-vehicle distance is greater than a set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujisaki, Takumi Kochiya, Kohji Usui
  • Patent number: 10255530
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print chip that has a first nozzle group with a common input voltage; a print controller that controls to print a test image containing a first test region and a second test region which are printed upon input of a first voltage and a second voltage, respectively, the second voltage being different from the first voltage; an image capturing unit that image-captures a plurality of regions formed by dividing the test image; a density detector that detects densities of a first detection target region and a second detection target region in captured images; and a voltage calibrator that calibrates the input voltage based on the densities of the first detection target region and the second detection target region and values of the first voltage and the second voltage, wherein positions of the first detection target region and the second detection target region are identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Doi
  • Patent number: 10252663
    Abstract: A headlight control apparatus that controls an illumination state of a headlight that illuminates an area ahead of a vehicle includes an illuminance sensor that detects luminance around the vehicle, an illumination control section that switches on or off the headlight in accordance with the luminance detected by the illuminance sensor, a forward detection sensor that detects an object that is present within a predetermined distance ahead of the vehicle, and a dimming control section that dims the headlight when the forward detection sensor detects an object after start of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Hibino
  • Patent number: 10252725
    Abstract: A vehicle stop apparatus includes a brake, an operation switch, and a controller. The brake stops a vehicle. The operation switch is provided at a location that allows the operation switch to be operable by a seated occupant of the vehicle with an upper limb of the occupant. The controller controls activation of the brake. The controller performs the activation of the brake in response to an input received by the operation switch, and thereby causes the brake to stop the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Numazawa
  • Patent number: 10249056
    Abstract: A system for calculating the sensitivity of a camera in a vehicle control system includes an internal parameter system, a controller, and a storage device. The internal parameter system is configured to determine an image coordinate of a first pixel in an image. The controller is configured to determine a point on the ground corresponding to the first pixel in the image based on external parameters. The controller is further configured to move the vehicle in a virtual world a predetermined distance, identify a second pixel in the image to which the point of the ground corresponds after the vehicle is moved in the virtual world, and calculate the sensitivity of the camera based on the distance between the position of the first pixel and the position of the second pixel. The storage device is configured to store the sensitivity of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 10246142
    Abstract: A structural member for a vehicle projects from a vehicle body. The structural member includes a first airflow surface and a second airflow surface along each of which airflow flows, and an imaging window. The first airflow surface and the second airflow extend between a front edge and a rear edge of the structural member in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body and face away from each other. The first airflow surface has a length longer than a length of the second airflow surface in the front-rear direction. The imaging window is provided in the first airflow surface, and an image of an area outside the vehicle body is captured through the imaging window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Satoru Iwata, Kazuhiro Kaminaga
  • Patent number: 10242273
    Abstract: This specification generally discloses technology for tracking vehicle positions in a warehouse environment. A system receives stereoscopic image data from a camera on a forklift, in some implementations. The system recognizes an object that is represented in the stereoscopic image data, identifies a representation of the recognized object in a spatial model that identifies, for each of a plurality of objects in an environment, a corresponding location of the object in the environment, determines the location of the recognized object in the environment, determines a relative position between the forklift and the recognized object, based on a portion of the received stereoscopic image data that represents the recognized object, and determines a location of the forklift in the environment, based on the determined location of the recognized object in the environment, and the determined relative position between the forklift and the recognized object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Frank Eckman
  • Patent number: 10239455
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a driver sensor detecting a position of a human driver of the motor vehicle. A rear view camera captures images of an environment behind the motor vehicle. A display screen is disposed within a passenger compartment of the motor vehicle. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to each of the driver sensor, the rear view camera, and the display screen. The electronic processor receives images captured by the rear view camera, receives outputs of the driver sensor, determines a position of the driver's head or eyes dependent upon the outputs of the driver sensor, and transmits video signals to the display screen. The video signals are dependent upon the determined position of the driver's head or eyes and dependent upon images captured by the rear view camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Jason D. Eberhard, John Avery
  • Patent number: 10232798
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a camera arrangement on a motor vehicle is provided. The apparatus has a camera housing that includes a main body configured for holding the camera arrangement in a predetermined position. A 3-attachment feature arrangement is coupled to the main body for mounting the main body to the motor vehicle. The 3-attachment feature arrangement includes a first attachment feature having a first longitudinal centerline. A second attachment feature has a second longitudinal centerline. A third attachment feature has a third longitudinal centerline. The second and third longitudinal centerlines are aligned to define a common centerline and the first longitudinal centerline intersects the common centerline proximate a midpoint between the second attachment feature and the third attachment feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventor: Melih Gunes
  • Patent number: 10235575
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus is provided in which the detection range of a left-front-corner sonar (12a) located at the vehicle's left front corner is included in the field of view of a second imaging means (14) located at the vehicle's left front corner. When the left-front-corner sonar (12a) detects a three-dimensional object at the vehicle's left front corner, an image processing means (3) synthesizes an image of the image created using a second imaging means (14) and the images created with four cameras (7a-7d) for imaging the complete periphery of the vehicle, and creates a bird's-eye-view image (40b). The detection range of the left-front-corner sonar (12a) is included within a region of the bird's-eye image (40b) on the basis of the image created with the second imaging means (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Michiguchi, Tatsuto Ryugo, Kenji Okano, Yukiko Kanno
  • Patent number: 10232775
    Abstract: An electric drive vehicle is provided with first and second slider plates contacting a trolley line on the high-voltage side and on the ground side, respectively. A camera has a photographing range of the whole of the second slider plate held in contact with the trolley line on the ground side and a part of the trolley line residing around the second slider plate. A controller controls a display of a monitor, wherein the controller includes a relative distance calculation section that calculates a relative distance between the trolley line on the ground side and a reference position of the second slider plate, and a bird's eye view image data generation section that generates bird's eye view image data reflecting the relative distance calculated by the relative distance calculation section and that outputs the bird's eye view image data to the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, Naoki Tatsuzawa
  • Patent number: 10230873
    Abstract: A method for processing color image data captured by a vehicular camera to correct for color error includes providing a color camera with an imaging array having a plurality of photosensors, disposing one or more spectral filters at or in front of photosensors of the imaging array, and disposing the color camera at a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. An image processor is provided that processes image data captured by the color camera. The processing of image data includes processing image data in a color correction loop to correct color variation due to lighting conditions so that images derived from captured image data are color corrected. The color correction accounts for color of light emitted by an illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Wierich
  • Patent number: 10229322
    Abstract: A computerized method for providing no-configuration object recognition video analytics, the method comprising generating a database stored in computer memory and including labelled images of recognized objects imaged at an initial set of sites including at least one site; using the database as a training set to train a pattern recognition engine; uploading images of additional site/s including at least one additional site which is not a member in the initial set of sites; providing object recognition results for the additional site/s by using the pattern recognition engine on the images as uploaded; verifying the object recognition results; and using a processor for operating the pattern recognition engine on images generated at each the additional site/s including modifying the pattern recognition engine according to and when indicated by the verifying, thereby to provide no-configuration object recognition video analytics at the additional site/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ANTS TECHNOLOGY (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ron Fridental, Ilya Blayvas
  • Patent number: 10226029
    Abstract: Interior vehicle sensors and a recognition routine identify the presence of a companion animal within a vehicle, a controller operates at least one actuator to interpose a barrier between vehicle areas automatically adjust the barrier according to the animal's detected attributes to restrict the movement of the companion animal within the vehicle's interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rahul Khanna
  • Patent number: 10227042
    Abstract: A camera surround view system for a vehicle includes at least one vehicle camera, which provides camera images. The camera images are processed by a data processing unit in order to produce a live video image stream, which is displayed on a display unit. The camera surround view system loads local cloud information data regarding an object shown in the live video image stream from a data network and displays the obtained local cloud information data as an overlay in the displayed live video image stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Friebe
  • Patent number: 10214154
    Abstract: An assembly includes a vehicle seat, a video support device mounted on the vehicle seat and adapted to support a video display device thereon, and a cap secured to the vehicle seat adjacent to the video support device. The vehicle seat includes an aperture, the video support device is mounted on the vehicle seat adjacent to the aperture, and a portion of the cap extends through the aperture so as to be secured to the vehicle seat. The aperture has a key slot, and the portion of the cap that extends through the aperture has a first key and a second key provided on a tubular portion of the cap such that one of the two keys engages a portion of the vehicle seat to secure the cap to the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Armando Pirri, Monica Maiolatesi
  • Patent number: 10214062
    Abstract: An assist method for coupling a motor vehicle to a trailer, wherein the motor vehicle includes a trailer coupling, at least one camera, a display, and an electronic unit, and wherein the trailer includes a tow bar for the trailer coupling. The assist method captures a first image of at least one tow bar of a trailer by the camera, displays the first image on the display, selects a first region in the first image in which the tow bar is located, enlarges the selected first region to produce a second image, displays the second image on the display, selects a second region in the second image in which the tow bar is located, and determines a trajectory of the motor vehicle for coupling the trailer assuming that the tow bar is located in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Philipp Hüger, Stefan Brosig
  • Patent number: 10214157
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a housing that houses at least (i) an imager assembly and (ii) electronic circuitry disposed at at least two printed circuit boards (PCBs). One of the electronic components of the electronic circuitry disposed at a first PCB includes an imager. A second PCB has electronic components of the electronic circuitry disposed at an upper side and at a lower side of the second PCB. The lower side of the second PCB opposes a lower housing portion and the upper side of the second PCB opposes an upper housing portion. The imager assembly includes a flexible cable that connects electronic components disposed at the first PCB with electronic components disposed at the second PCB. An electronic component is in thermal conductivity with a thermal element, which is in thermal conductivity with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Garret F. Achenbach, Brian A. Gorman, Brian F. Smith, Steven G. Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10209857
    Abstract: A display control apparatus performs overlapping display of a highlight image against a notification object that is visually recognized through a picture projection plane of a virtual image display apparatus used by a driver of a vehicle such that the highlight image represents the notification object. A target information acquisition section acquires target information including at least a position and a size of the notification object. A display execution section displays a first highlight image and a second highlight image in a display form capable of identifying each of the first highlight image and the second highlight image based on target information acquired by the target information acquisition section. The first highlight image corresponds to a size of the notification object, while the second highlight image results from enlarging the first highlight image at a predetermined magnification percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiko Murase
  • Patent number: 10210404
    Abstract: A method for detecting a vehicle via a vehicular vision system includes equipping a vehicle with a camera and providing a control at the equipped vehicle. Frames of image data captured by the camera are processed, via an image processor of the control. Responsive at least in part to (i) vehicle motion information of the equipped vehicle and (ii) processing, via the image processor, of frames of image data captured by the camera, detecting a vehicle present in the field of view of the camera and determining motion of the detected vehicle relative to the moving equipped vehicle, wherein determining motion of the detected vehicle relative to the moving equipped vehicle includes (i) determining corresponding feature points of the detected vehicle in at least two frames of captured image data and (ii) estimating vehicle motion trajectory of the detected vehicle based on the determined corresponding feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10209832
    Abstract: A computing system of a vehicle for controlling a vehicle or systems within a vehicle. The computing system comprises a presence-sensitive panel within the vehicle, an infrared camera configured to capture images in a three-dimensional space within the vehicle, at least one processor; and at least one storage device that stores instructions. When the instructions are executed, they case the at least one processor to: receive, from the presence-sensitive panel, a first indication of input, receive, from the infrared camera, a second indication of input, and determine, based on at least one of the first indication of input or the second indication of input, an operation to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Rakesh Narayan Iyer, Joseph Onorato
  • Patent number: 10212317
    Abstract: The present invention is a rearward imaging device attached to a moving body such as a vehicle, and is provided with an imaging device for capturing images rearward of the moving body, and a housing for accommodating the imaging device. The imaging device has a barrel for holding a transparent member, and a concave part is formed in the rear part of the housing. The barrel penetrates a bottom part of the concave part and protrudes further rearward than a bottom surface of the concave part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Sato, Kenji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10202076
    Abstract: An under vehicle image provision apparatus includes a plurality of bottom view cameras mounted to a bottom of a vehicle, a processor configured to generate an under vehicle image including tires of a vehicle based on images accessed from the bottom view cameras, and a display unit configured to display the under vehicle image. As such, an image showing the underside of the vehicle may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Iljoo Baek
  • Patent number: 10204159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10204495
    Abstract: A keyless entry device is provided. The keyless entry device includes a transceiver, a drive circuit coupled to a haptic actuator, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and the drive circuit. The transceiver is configured to communicate, over a communication channel, with an apparatus operated by a user. The processor is configured to send a command to the apparatus, receive a response, including a control signal, from the apparatus, determine proximity information between the keyless entry device and the apparatus, and output the control signal to the drive circuit, based on the proximity information, to cause the haptic actuator to periodically or continuously generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10205285
    Abstract: Provided is a connector module providing superior shielding performance with small number of components. The connector module includes a terminal module having a center conductor, a tubular insulator holder supporting the center conductor and a tubular conductive shell, and a shield case. A bottom portion of the shield case includes a protruding portion bent from an edge of an opening portion through which the terminal module extends and protruding in a cylindrical form. The terminal module is joined to the shield case with an outer circumferential face of the conductive shell and an inner circumferential face of the protruding portion being placed in face contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10203477
    Abstract: A wide angle lens includes in sequence from an object side to an image side: a first lens having a negative refractive power and a concave image-side surface; a second lens having a positive refractive power; a third lens having a positive refractive power, a convex object-side surface and convex image-side surface; a fourth lens having a negative refractive power; a fifth lens having a positive refractive power and a convex an image-side surface; and a sixth lens having a negative refractive power and an image-side surface that is concave in a paraxial region. The wide angle lens satisfies a conditional expression: 1.0?f2/f?2.0, 0.5?f1/f4?1.5, in which, f1 denotes an effective focal length of the first lens, f2 denotes an effective focal length of the second lens, f4 denotes an effective focal length of the fourth lens, and f denotes an effective focal length of the wide angle lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUNNY OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fujian Dai
  • Patent number: 10202115
    Abstract: An approach is provided for triggering vehicle sensors based on human accessory detection. The approach involves receiving a location of a detection of a human accessory object in a travel network. The human accessory object is a physical object associated with a probability that a human or an animal is within a vicinity of the human accessory object. The approach also involves generating a location-based record of the human accessory object in a map database based on the location. The approach further involves a sensor of a vehicle being activated to detect the human or the animal when the vehicle is detected to enter a geographic area of the travel network associated with the location-based record of the human accessory object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10198639
    Abstract: A system for providing image information around a vehicle includes: an outside left camera and an outside right camera configured to photograph rear sides of the vehicle from a left outside position and a right outside position of the vehicle, respectively; a top view left camera, a top view right camera, a top view front camera, and a top view rear camera configured to photograph an outside area of the vehicle including a ground; and a controller configured to provide image data deriving from the outside left camera and the outside right camera to a outside left display and a outside right display, respectively, and to provide image data deriving from the top view left camera, the top view right camera, the top view front camera, and the top view rear camera to a head unit display-mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kap Je Sung, Jun Sik An, Joong Ryoul Lee