Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10694245
    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: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Smadar Gefen
  • Patent number: 10692912
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical device (100) for exposure of a sensor device (10) for a vehicle (1) with an optical structure (101) which comprises an arrangement of optical micro elements (101.1) in order to bundle incident light (2) by the optical micro elements (101.1) and direct the light to sensor elements (10.1) of the sensor device (10) respectively, wherein the optical structure (101) is configured such that light (3) which is directed to the sensor element (10.1) can be concentrated for light active areas (10.2) of the sensor elements (10.1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Nadine Sticherling
  • Patent number: 10691960
    Abstract: A surrounding monitoring apparatus obtains the position of a pedestrian contained in an image captured by a camera mounted on a vehicle on the basis of the position of the pedestrian in the image, and determines, on the basis of the obtained position, whether or not the possibility of collision with the pedestrian is high. In the apparatus, an error in extracting the pedestrian position may increase temporarily. In view of this, when the magnitude of change in a position correlation value representing the position of the pedestrian per a predetermined time (position change amount) exceeds a change amount upper limit value, the apparatus modifies the position correlation value such that the position change amount becomes equal to the change amount upper limit value and determines, on the basis of the modified position correlation value, whether or not the possibility of collision with the pedestrian is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Takagi, Yuki Minase
  • Patent number: 10691961
    Abstract: Management of parking spaces in a parking area comprising a plurality of zones. A ticket is provided to an individual associated with a vehicle parked in the parking area, and the ticket is associated with the vehicle. Also, a first zone in which the vehicle is parked is identified. Responsive to the individual validating the ticket, it is determined that the vehicle associated with the ticket will be leaving the identified first zone, and there is provided an indication that a parking space of the identified first zone is to become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rebecca Quaggin-Mitchell, Fenglian Xu, David J. Nice, Doina L. Klinger
  • Patent number: 10688941
    Abstract: An imaging device images surroundings of a vehicle. The display control device generates a display image having a distance guidance line indicating a position away from the vehicle by a predetermined distance and an auxiliary line to be added along the distance guidance line and having an appearance different from the distance guidance line superimposed on the image of the vehicle surroundings captured by the imaging device. The display device displays the display image generated by the display control device. The display control device generates a display image in which the mode of combination of the distance guidance line and the auxiliary line is changed in at least one position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Okabe
  • Patent number: 10691948
    Abstract: A mobile communication system based on images, enabling communication between a plurality of mobile devices and servers, wherein the images have associated additional properties in the nature of voice, audio, data and other information. The system further enabling the formation of one or more image networks wherein the images are stored, organized, connected and linked to each other by one or more methods inclusive of one to one connection between images, a hierarchical connection between images and or other methods of connection between images to facilitate efficient image based communication between mobile devices, stationary devices and servers based on the mobile device identification, mobile device specific profiles and user specific profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Sunil K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10690502
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle in order to draw up a digital map of a parking lot, the vehicle driving within the parking lot ascertaining data pertaining to its driving route within the parking lot and transmitting the ascertained data via a communications network to a map server, so that the map server is able to draw up a digital map of the parking lot on the basis of the data. A corresponding device is also described. A method for drawing up a digital map of a parking lot, a map server, and a computer program are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Maier, Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10691955
    Abstract: A method may include receiving an image from at least one camera positioned within an aircraft cabin. The method may further include associating the image with a category and a corresponding probability value based on a predictive model. The method may include displaying an alert at a cabin crew station within the aircraft cabin when the probability value is greater than a threshold probability value. A system may include at least one camera positioned within an aircraft cabin, a cabin crew station, and a processor positioned within an aircraft avionics bay. The processor may be configured to receive an image from the at least one camera, associate the image with a category and a probability value based on a predictive model, and generate an alert at the cabin crew station when the probability value is greater than a threshold probability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BOEING COMPANY, THE
    Inventors: Bruno J. Correia Gracio, Stephen Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10694153
    Abstract: An imager having a lens defining a viewing angle. A lens holder is operably coupled with the lens. A printed circuit board includes a flex connector. The flex connector is operably coupled with a wire harness that extends in a direction orthogonal to the viewing angle. A housing includes a cover and a base. An electromagnetic interference shield is disposed on a rear surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael G. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10688942
    Abstract: In an imaging device mounted in the interior of a vehicle, a camera module is arranged so as to image the area ahead of the vehicle via a windshield. A processing substrate is provided integrally with the camera module and includes a processing part that controls the camera module. When the side on which an incident light receiving face exists in the camera module is defined as camera front and the side opposite to the camera front is defined as camera rear, the whole processing substrate is arranged at the camera rear with respect to the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuki Furutake, Nobuhisa Shimizu, Takeshi Kazama, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10692175
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprises: extracting a setting from a description file of a virtual pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera used to capture an original image through a wide-angle lens; determining a first set of coordinates of a pixel of the original image for each cell of a sparse conversion map represented as a first look-up table, wherein the sparse conversion map corresponds to a sparse grid of pixels of an output image; determining, via interpolating the first set of coordinates, a second set of coordinates of a pixel of the original image for each cell of a full conversion map, wherein the second set of coordinates is represented as a second look-up table, wherein the full conversion map corresponds to a full grid of pixels of the output image; instructing a display to present the output image, wherein the original image is less rectilinear than the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligent Security Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Oleg Vladimirovich Stepanenko
  • Patent number: 10687024
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include (i) identifying, by a server computer system, a provider computing device for use in capturing street-level image data, where the provider computing device controls a camera positioned to capture street-level imagery outside the vehicle, (ii) determining, by the server computer system, a configuration that controls use of the provider computing device to provide street-level image data captured by the camera to the server computer system, (iii) sending, by the server computer system, the configuration to the computing device, and (iv) receiving, from the computing device, street-level image data captured by the computing device using the camera responsive to the configuration. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Renee Park, Saurabh Saraf, Ramesh Rangarajan Sarukkai, Vinay Shet
  • Patent number: 10685242
    Abstract: A lane detecting apparatus is provided which obtains at least one type of parameters associated with lane lines on the road and selects one of the lane lines as a reference line using one of the parameters which is most useful in determining the configuration of a lane on a road. The lane detecting apparatus also calculates a lane boundary line using the reference lane line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taiki Kawano, Naoki Kawasaki, Naoki Nitanda, Kenta Hoki
  • Patent number: 10678243
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods of operating electronic controller units (ECUs) across multiple ECU domains in an automotive configuration. A first advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) environmental sensor can generate a first output. A sensor connectivity switch can direct the first output to a first ECU in one of the non-ADAS domains to generate a second output. Each of the non-ADAS domains can include at least one ECU. A second ECU in a domain for ADAS can use the second output to perform an ADAS operation or autonomous driving in vehicular environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventor: Yong Luo
  • Patent number: 10679388
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes processing circuitry configured to generate a map formed of pixels that indicate information including left and right position information, distance information, and frequency values associated with the pixels; detect a pixel block formed of a plurality of the pixels having a common feature amount in the map; and generate a detection frame defining a search target region used for detecting a body from the distance information, based on the information indicated by the pixels forming the detected pixel block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Sadao Takahashi, Hiroyoshi Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10676058
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a dashboard with load sensors and airbag(s), a seat, processor(s) configured to: (a) detect load on the dashboard, (b) generate a display based on (a), (c) count time elapsed since (b), (d) activate a vibrating motor of the seat based on (a) and (c), (e) count time elapsed since (d), (f) disable the airbag(s) based on (a) and (e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Dana Conner, Jeff Hammoud, Sami Jarmak
  • Patent number: 10679094
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method includes: receiving, from the camera, a sample image that includes a fingerprint and a mensuration reference device, where the sample image is associated with a resolution; identifying (i) a plurality of edge candidate groups within the sample image, and (ii) a set of regularity characteristics associated with each of the plurality of edge candidate groups; determining that the associated set of regularity characteristics indicates the mensuration reference device; identifying a ruler candidate group, from each of the plurality of edge candidate groups, based at least on determining that the associated set of regularity characteristics indicates the mensuration reference device; computing a scale associated with the sample image based at least on extracting a set of ruler marks from the identified ruler candidate group; and generating, based at least on the scale associated with the sample image, a scaled image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MorphoTrak, LLC
    Inventors: Darrell Hougen, Peter Zhen-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 10676071
    Abstract: Methods and system for monitoring and evaluating irregularities on a sensor lens of a vehicle sensor are disclosed. One embodiment of a method includes the steps of providing the vehicle with an actuator configured to move the sensor lens and a controller in electronic communication with the actuator, receiving sensor data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a vehicle environment from the at least one sensor, evaluating the sensor data to determine if the sensor data indicates an irregularity on the sensor lens of the at least one sensor, classifying the irregularity, storing irregularity data corresponding to the classified irregularity in a non-transient, computer-readable data medium, and, in response to the classified irregularity, automatically controlling the actuator to move the sensor lens from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Dusina, Scott W. Damman, Aaron S. Pfau
  • Patent number: 10677597
    Abstract: A method for creating a digital map in at least one mobile device including capturing an image sequence of an environment; detecting and classifying objects in the captured image sequence; determining object positions of the objects relative to the mobile device; establishing a section in the environment wherein the section has a predetermined size and predetermined boundaries; assigning the detected and classified objects to the determined object positions in the established section; determining a traffic lane provided in the section; transmitting object information and the object positions of the detected and classified objects, section information relating to the established section, traffic lane information and time information to the map creation device. In the map creation device, the data is received, compared, and sections are joined and merged to form a digital map. Also disclosed is an associated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Andreas Titze, Stefan Ortmann
  • Patent number: 10668904
    Abstract: A deflection control apparatus is provided with: a determinator configured to determine whether or not a vehicle is about to depart from a driving lane; and a controller programmed to perform a deflection control for controlling a braking apparatus to supply a fluid pressure to at least one of brake mechanisms corresponding to a front wheel and a rear wheel on a side opposite to a departure direction of the vehicle. The controller is programmed to control the braking apparatus to supply the fluid pressure to the brake mechanism that is close to a fluid pressure source, out of the brake mechanisms corresponding to the front wheel and the rear wheel on the opposite side, on condition that a motion state corresponds to a regular-use area of the braking apparatus, if it is determined that the vehicle is about to depart from the driving lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Ikeda, Akira Nagae, Ryo Inomata, Hironori Ito
  • Patent number: 10668854
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle body, a working implement, a camera, and a display control unit. To the vehicle body, front tires are mounted. The working implement is movably coupled to the vehicle body and at least a part thereof is arranged anterior to the front tires. The camera is arranged at a front portion of the vehicle body and shoots an image of an anterior area outside the vehicle body as a shooting area. The display control unit causes a display device to display a shot image shot by the camera and a first guide image which indicates a first projection position obtained by projecting a first site of the working implement on a plane including ground-contacting surfaces of the front tires in a superimposed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Imaizumi, Takeshi Kurihara, Masataka Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10672265
    Abstract: A vehicle identification system includes one or more displays associated with a vehicle, and a network-accessible controller. The one or more displays are located to be visible from an exterior of the vehicle by a rider and one of the displays is associated with a front windshield of the vehicle, wherein the display includes a fingerprint reader that a registered driver must touch to activate the display. A memory associated with the display that stores the fingerprint image of the registered driver and a message which is displayed on the display screen of the display when the display is deactivated and a mobile communication device associated with the registered driver of the vehicle which generates a signal, representing an indicator identifying the vehicle, that is transmitted to the display and displayed on the display if the display has been activated by touching the fingerprint reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Dereje M. Demisse, Steve Rose
  • Patent number: 10674053
    Abstract: A vehicular camera includes a lens accommodated in a lens barrel, a lens holder that accommodates at least part of the lens holder, and a printed circuit board with an imager disposed thereat. After the lens is optically aligned with the imager, the adhesive is initially curable to an initially-cured state in an initial curing process for an initial-cure time period. The initially-cured adhesive is further curable to a further-cured state in a secondary curing process for a further-cure time period that is longer than the initial-cure time period. As further cured, the further-cured adhesive maintains optical alignment of the lens with the imager for use of the vehicular camera in a vehicle. The further-cured adhesive maintains at least 70% strength of bond after being exposed for 1000 hours to a temperature of 85 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 85% RH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Winden, Robert A. Devota, Matthew C. Sesti, Joseph A. Stemmer, Steven V. Byrne, John R. Garcia, David F. Olson
  • Patent number: 10674052
    Abstract: A compact digital camera and infrared (IR) illuminator apparatus, including IR illuminators arranged adjacent to the digital camera. The digital camera has a camera lens and each IR illuminator includes IR LEDs. A single cover lens is positioned to cover the at least one IR LED and the camera lens. A region of the single cover lens that covers the IR LEDs blocks visible light and a region of the single cover lens that covers the camera lens is a neutral lens that transmits visible light. The single cover lens is a two-shot molded lens or a three-shot molded lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Stein, Jon Beauchamp, John Orisich, Brant Potter
  • Patent number: 10672146
    Abstract: A calibration apparatus for an onboard camera includes an image acquiring unit, a marker recognizing unit, a movement distance calculating unit, an image storage unit, and a calibration unit. The movement distance calculating unit calculates a movement distance of a vehicle based on a number of times that a process in which a first feature portion in a marker moves to a position overlapping a second feature position in the marker in the image is repeated. The image storage unit stores a specific image that includes the marker. The calibration unit calibrates the onboard camera using the specific image. The image storage unit stores, as the specific image, (a) the image in which the marker is recognized, and (b) the image acquired when the movement distance from a position of the vehicle when the specific image has been acquired in the past reaches a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10666906
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes roof inspection devices, methods, and systems. One roof inspection device includes a pole, a camera coupled to an end of the pole and configured to capture an image of a roof, and a number of attachments coupled to the pole and configured to stabilize the pole on the roof or other elevated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: James P. Hillman, Cynthia Blasing, Damien Brunet, Dan D. Cable, Adolfo J. Fernandez, Jeffrey A. Kreth, Shane Osborne, Robert Pacheco, Renee Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 10661713
    Abstract: A side view mirror is disclosed. The side view mirror comprises: a mirror; a mirror housing supporting the mirror; and an infrared object detecting module that is fixed to the outside of the mirror housing, emits infrared rays in a direction in which the mirror housing or the mirror is oriented, and uses reflected light from the emitted infrared rays to determine whether an object is present in the direction in which the mirror housing or the mirror is oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youn Mo Jeong, Jae Mi Kang, Young Bae Jang
  • Patent number: 10658774
    Abstract: A method of assembling a vehicular camera includes providing a front housing portion and a rear housing portion and attaching a circuit board at the front housing portion. A one-piece coaxial connecting element is provided at the rear housing portion. With the coaxial connecting element provided at the rear housing portion, a first coaxial cable connector extends outward from the outer side of the rear housing portion and a second coaxial cable connector extends inward from the inner side of the rear housing portion. As the rear housing portion is mated with the front housing portion, the second coaxial cable connector engages the third coaxial cable connector at the circuit board to electrically connect the coaxial connecting element with circuitry at the circuit board. The first coaxial cable connector is configured to connect to a coaxial cable of a vehicle when the vehicular camera is disposed at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Conger, Steven V. Byrne, Nazar F. Bally, Achim Newiger, Christian Mai
  • Patent number: 10656419
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a head-up display apparatus integrated with a cluster. The head-up display apparatus integrated with the cluster may include a cluster housing unit provided in front of a driver, a cover unit mounted to a top of the cluster housing unit and having a display unit, and a combiner unit rotatably coupled to the cover unit, light generated in the cluster housing unit being irradiated onto the combiner unit to form an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Han, Jae Ho Oh, Chan Young Yoon, Seok Bong Kang
  • Patent number: 10657389
    Abstract: A vehicular structure from motion (SfM) system can store a number of image frames acquired from a vehicle-mounted camera in a frame stack according to a frame stack update logic. The SfM system can detect feature points, generate flow tracks, and compute depth values based on the image frames, the depth values to aid control of the vehicle. The frame stack update logic can select a frame to discard from the stack when a new frame is added to the stack, and can be changed from a first in, first out (FIFO) logic to last in, first out (LIFO) logic upon a determination that the vehicle is stationary. An optical flow tracks logic can also be modified based on the determination. The determination can be made based on a dual threshold comparison to insure robust SfM system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath, Soyeb Nagori, Manu Mathew
  • Patent number: 10657660
    Abstract: A search assist system performs search for a subject of search from the images picked up by the on-board cameras. The search assist system includes: a first storage configured to store characteristic information on subjects of identification detected from the images picked up by fixed cameras and information on the fixed cameras; a second storage configured to store location information on vehicles; and one or more first controllers configured to receive characteristic information on the subject of search; determine a search target area based on an installation location of a fixed camera picking up the characteristic information matching the characteristic information on the subject of search; and send, to vehicles within the search target area, search instructions to search for the subject of search by the on-board cameras; and a second controller configured to output an image including the detected characteristic information on the subject of search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuma Sato
  • Patent number: 10657654
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device includes: an estimator which estimates the amount of movement of a mobile body based on an image taken by a camera mounted on the mobile body; and a determiner which determines an abnormality in the camera by obtaining estimated information on the amount of movement of the mobile body as obtained in the estimator and actually observed information on the movement of the mobile body as detected by an external sensor, other than the camera, mounted on the mobile body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Takeo Matsumoto, Kohji Ohnishi, Naoshi Kakita, Takayuki Ozasa, Tomoyuki Fujimoto, Teruhiko Kamibayashi
  • Patent number: 10657366
    Abstract: In order to reduce limitations on an arrangement of a posture visualization system as a whole, a posture recognition unit recognizes, based on image data of a real space captured by an image capture unit from a predetermined viewpoint, a posture of an object in the image data of the real space. A posture visualization viewpoint setting unit sets a viewpoint different from the predetermined viewpoint. A posture visualization unit visualizes a mirror image of the posture of the object viewed from the viewpoint set by the posture visualization viewpoint setting unit based on the posture recognized by the posture recognition unit. A space display unit displays the mirror image of the posture of the object generated by the posture visualization unit and a mirror image of the real space at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mahoro Anabuki, Yasuo Katano, Masakazu Matsugu, Masahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10650255
    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 at the control of frames of image data captured by the camera, an object present in the field of view of the camera is detected and motion of the detected vehicle relative to the moving equipped vehicle is determined. The motion of the detected object relative to the moving equipped vehicle is determined by (i) determining corresponding feature points of the detected object in at least two frames of captured image data and (ii) estimating object motion trajectory of the detected object based on the determined corresponding feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10649461
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to provide a view around a vehicle, the apparatus including: a plurality of cameras attached to a body of the vehicle and configured to acquire respective images of surroundings of the vehicle, wherein at least one of the plurality of cameras is attached to a moving part of the body of the vehicle; a display unit; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to: obtain movement information of the moving part of the body of the vehicle; generate an around view image by compositing respective images acquired by the plurality of cameras; correct the around view image based on the movement information of the moving part of the body of the vehicle; and control the display unit to display the corrected around view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihoon Han, Junghee Park, Sangyol Yoon
  • Patent number: 10647257
    Abstract: A rear-view sensor system for a motor vehicle includes at least one sensor in the form of at least one of a rear-view camera and a lidar sensor positioned in the motor vehicle interior between a bodywork roof and a rear window, and a position-changing apparatus which moves the at least one sensor back and forth between a rest position and at least one operating position, where the at least one sensor is arranged in a recess in the rest position and is arranged right behind an upper part of the rear window in the at least one operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Stefanie Göttlicher, Ilka Rötzer, Matthias Koller
  • Patent number: 10649205
    Abstract: A camera module according to one embodiment comprises: a barrel provided with at least one lens; a retainer having an inner space and accommodating the barrel in the inner space; a holder coupled to the lower portion of the retainer; a housing disposed on the lower side of the holder and accommodating a printed circuit board; and a cover part mounted on the retainer and disposed in front of the lens. The cover part comprises: a cover glass; a first reflection suppression layer disposed on the upper side of the cover glass; a heating layer disposed on the lower side of the glass cover; and a second reflection suppression layer disposed on the lower side of the heating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Ho Choi, Kang Yeol Park, Sang Jun Park
  • Patent number: 10647256
    Abstract: A method for providing a rear mirror view of a surroundings of a vehicle includes capturing at least one portion of the vehicle surroundings in a first image by at least one wide-angle camera that is mounted on the vehicle, computing a second image (20) on the basis of the first image; the second image corresponding to an imaged field of view of a first virtual camera that is located in a first position in the vehicle surroundings and imaging an area located behind the vehicle in the vehicle surroundings, and providing the second image for displaying a rear mirror view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Raphael Cano, Aleksandra Mitrovic, Milica Vujicic
  • Patent number: 10650254
    Abstract: Systems and methods use cameras to provide autonomous navigation features. In one implementation, a driver-assist system is provided for a vehicle. The system may include one or more image capture devices configured to acquire images of an area forward of the vehicle. The system may also include at least one processing device configured to receive, via one or more data interfaces, the images. The at least one processing device may be further configured to analyze the images acquired by the one or more image capture devices and cause at least one navigational response in the vehicle based on monocular and/or stereo image analysis of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Amnon Shashua, Gaby Hayon, Yossi Hadad, Efim Belman, Eyal Bagon
  • Patent number: 10647260
    Abstract: Cameras capture images of different regions in the surroundings of a vehicle, and plural captured images are displayed on a monitor. An operation section includes a four-way switch enabling input to instruct a movement direction of a range to display as an image on the monitor, and a selection switch enabling input to designate a target image out of the plural images. An electronic mirror switches between a mode in which an image display on the monitor is modified under a first operation condition in which the four-way switch has been operated in a state in which the target image has not been designated through the selection switch, and a mode in which an image display on the monitor is modified under a second operation condition in which the four-way switch has been operated in a state in which the target image has been designated through the selection switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoaki Iida, Tomoyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10638899
    Abstract: A cleaner is disclosed. The cleaner method includes a movable body configured to be movable for suctioning dust and a following body for collecting the dust suctioned by the movable body, the following body being mobile, wherein the following body includes an image acquisition unit for acquiring an image for a view around the following body and a controller for controlling the following body to travel while following the movable body based on the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongki Noh, Jongwoo Han, Seungmin Baek, Hyungrock Kim
  • Patent number: 10638820
    Abstract: A carrying device and a method for controlling the carrying device are provided. The carrying device includes a body and a movement mechanism arranged at a bottom of the body and capable of moving in various directions. The carrying device further includes: an object information detector arranged on the body and configured to collect object information about an object in front of the body; a driving mechanism connected to the movement mechanism and configured to drive the movement mechanism to move; and a control mechanism configured to determine a position of a target object based on the object information, and output a control instruction to the driving mechanism to enable the movement mechanism to drive the body to follow the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongli Ding, Yu Gu, Zhongcheng Gui, Yifei Zhang, Kai Zhao, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10640099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driving assistance device for a motor vehicle comprising: a camera (9) capable of generating a first map of the environment of the motor vehicle (8); a transit time sensor (12) capable of generating a second map of the vehicle environment (8); a driving assistance module comprising: a fusion unit capable of generating a precise map of the frontal environment of the vehicle, the precise map being generated by the fusion unit as a function of the first map and the second map; a movement computation unit capable of generating an acceleration setpoint of the vehicle as a function of the precise map of the vehicle environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Vanessa Picron, Benazouz Bradai, Thomas Heitzmann, Damien Fournigault, Didier Taccoen, Pascal Maurel, Frédéric Cousin, Roland Randriazanamparany, Lucian Vatamanu
  • Patent number: 10640039
    Abstract: A driving information guide apparatus of a vehicle includes a controller and a processor. The controller is communicatively connected to at least one of a sensor system and a communication device of the vehicle, and receives driving information of the vehicle. The processor collects driving information received through the controller while the vehicle runs and recognizes a current driving state of the vehicle based on the driving information. The processor determines a view mode based on a speed of the vehicle and a driving direction of the vehicle, and view-transforms images taken around the vehicle by a camera system based on a position and an angle of a virtual camera corresponding to the determined view mode. The processor thereby generates a view transformation image, and displays state information corresponding to the recognized driving state of the vehicle through the view transformation image on a display screen of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Seob Choi, Jun Hyung Kim, In Wan Kang
  • Patent number: 10640041
    Abstract: A method for dynamically calibrating without manual intervention a forward viewing vehicular camera with respect to its three rotational degrees of freedom includes disposing a camera at a vehicle and operating the camera to acquire multiple frames of image data as the vehicle is moving and steered through a plurality of steering angles. Feature points are determined in an image frame when the vehicle is steered within a respective range of steering angles and motion trajectories of those feature points are tracked in subsequent image frames for the respective range of steering angles. A vanishing point is established in the image plane for the feature points for the respective range of steering angles. Based on established vanishing points, a vanishing line is determined. When the vanishing line is determined to be non-horizontal, at least one of pitch, roll or yaw of the camera is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Hilda Faraji, Daan He, Ghanshyam Rathi
  • Patent number: 10640176
    Abstract: An observation system and determination method for the re-suspension quantity of submarine sediments by deep-sea internal waves. The observation system comprises a submarine observation platform, a mooring rope, and an anchor mooring counterweight. Acoustic release transponder, a single-point current meter, a turbidity meter, a high-precision temperature and salinity detector, and a sediment catcher are mounted on the submarine observation platform. A main floating body and auxiliary floating bodies are arranged on the mooring rope, wherein the main floating body is located in the middle of the mooring rope and is equipped with acoustic Doppler current profilers, and the auxiliary floating bodies are equipped with turbidity meters and high-precision temperature and salinity detectors. The anchor mooring counterweight is a gravity anchor provided with a square clamping groove and a fixed ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OCEAN UNIVERSITY OF CHINA
    Inventors: Yonggang Jia, Zhuangcai Tian, Shaotong Zhang, Bowen Zhang, Zhiming Wei, Xiaolei Liu, Hongxian Shan
  • Patent number: 10645795
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a lens barrel having a lens, a front camera housing portion configured to receive an imager PCB therein, and a rear camera housing portion mated with a rear portion of the front camera housing. The imager PCB is disposed at the lens barrel with the imager optically aligned with the lens. A thermal element is disposed between the front camera housing portion and the imager PCB. The thermal element (i) has a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) element of 10 ppm/° C. or less or (ii) has its temperature controlled via a thermoelectric device of said camera module. Circuitry of the camera module is electrically connected to the imager PCB and is electrically connected to electrical connecting elements that are configured to electrically connect to a wire harness of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu, Rene Dreiocker, Jonathan D. Conger
  • Patent number: 10640042
    Abstract: A vehicular surround vision system includes a plurality of vehicle cameras disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior the vehicle, a trailer camera disposed at a rear of a trailer and having a field of view rearward of the trailer, and a display device in the vehicle. An electronic control unit (ECU) receives image data captured by the plurality of vehicle cameras. The display device displays surround view images responsive to the ECU. With the trailer hitched to the vehicle, the ECU receives image data captured by the trailer camera and the display device displays surround view images responsive to the ECU, with the displayed surround view images derived from image data captured by the trailer camera and at least some of the vehicle cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Krishna Koravadi, Vivek Vaid, Joshua G. Windeler, Heinz A. Mattern
  • Patent number: 10643445
    Abstract: An in-car status notification system that detects that a situation requiring attention has arisen in which a child is alone inside an automobile by using at least one of a plurality of sensors or a camera; detects positional information of the automobile; and in cases in which the situation requiring attention has been detected, sends notification of the automobile positional information and situation requiring attention detected information indicating a child is alone in the automobile to at least a pre-set first mobile phone and a pre-set second mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiko Nagatomi, Noritaka Toyama, Atsuko Kobayashi, Keisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10632945
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a user-selected vehicle-detectable state and corresponding user-defined state-variable value. The processor is also configured to receive a user-defined vehicle-enactable action. The processor is further configured to save the state-variable value as a condition for enacting the vehicle-enactable action saved in conjunction with the state-variable value. The processor is additionally configured to monitor the vehicle-detectable state and enact the vehicle-enactable action upon determining via the monitoring that the vehicle-detectable state corresponds to the user-defined state-variable value saved in conjunction with the state-variable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lin, Yifan Chen