Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 9113047
    Abstract: This invention includes: an obstacle detection unit 400 that detects obstacles present around the working machine, by use of an image acquired by a camera 13; a position calculating unit 500 that calculates positions of each of the detected obstacles; a hazard zone calculating unit 700 that calculates a hazard zone based upon an attitude and motion of the working machine; a determining unit 800 that determines whether further obstacles are present in the calculated hazard zone; a risk level setting unit 2000 that sets a contact risk level for each of any obstacles present in the hazard zone; an image generating unit 600 that converts the camera image into a bird's-eye image centering upon the working machine, and then generates an image inclusive of all elements of the working machine and hazard zone on the bird's-eye image by further imaging the bird's-eye image diagonally from above an obstacle for which the highest contact risk level has been set by the risk level setting unit; and a display device 1300 th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chieko Onuma, Ryo Yumiba, Hidefumi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 9108596
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle sensor cleaning system is provided. The control system includes: a microcontroller configured to: receive inputs including at least one input from any one of the following sources: sensors, other controllers, and an operator; determine whether a signal to actuate a cleaning system for a sensor should be generated; analyze whether the signal should be delayed; sending an actuating signal to a sensor cleaning system if the controller determines that predetermined cleaning criteria are met and delays sending the actuating signal if the controller determines delay criteria are met. A method of controlling a sensor washing system may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Patent number: 9104920
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for detecting an obstacle for an around view monitoring system including a processor configured to store a plurality of images captured through an imaging device, convert a view of the images, generate a plurality of view conversion images corresponding to the images, compare the view conversion images corresponding to a plurality of images captured at a different time interval, extract a plurality of overlapping areas between the view conversion images, calculate a degree of mismatch of the overlapping areas between the view conversion images, detect a mismatch area in the overlapping areas, classify the mismatch area as an obstacle area, and display a position of the obstacle through a display of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Won Yoon, Goo Do Kwon, Hyoung Geun Kwon, Jin Hyuk Choi
  • Patent number: 9105090
    Abstract: A system for correcting distortion effects in a distorted image includes a memory controller for reading pixels (corresponding to a subset region in a destination image) of the distorted image from a system memory to local memory. A look-up table stores an offset and interpolation weight for each pixel, and an ALU computes, using stored values only in the local memory, values of each of the pixels in the region in the destination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Akshayakumar Haribhatt, Rajesh Vijayakumar
  • Patent number: 9106842
    Abstract: A vehicle image display apparatus and method acquires captured images of an area around a vehicle captured by cameras at a plurality of positions on an outer portion of the vehicle, generates a single image based on the captured images and displays a composite image including the single image superposes with a first image showing boundary regions of the captured images in the single image and a second image showing end regions of the vehicle. When the composite image is displayed for the first time after an input operation is given to an ignition key of the vehicle, the first and second images are highlighted for a time period after the composite image starts to be displayed. After the time period elapses, the first image is non-highlighted and the second image is highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Sumi, Daisuke Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9094583
    Abstract: An adaptive around-view monitoring device comprises a plurality of wide-angle cameras, a top-view image integration unit, a real-time image encoding/decoding unit, and an adaptive display processing unit, wherein the top-view image integration unit is further configured with a tuning/calibrating circuit which provides an acquisition and a calibration of erroneous parameters generated during the process of installation, and also substantially and efficiently reduces the routine time and procedure which repeats again and again to minimize or eliminate those parameters while the around-view monitoring device is being installed onboard the same type of vehicles. Furthermore, the adaptive display processing unit is able to adjust and output the optimized size and ratio of image to fit the display device installed on the vehicle. And, the present invention is able to provide the driver a real-time and correct around-view image and information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ACARD TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Yu Ting Shih, Cheng Nan Ho, Szu Hong Wang, Wu Jhih Sie
  • Patent number: 9086287
    Abstract: A method for providing vehicle navigation information within an elevated road area comprising the steps of: extracting at least one specific object from each of a plurality of images in an advancing direction of a vehicle while the vehicle is approaching to one ramp of the elevated road area, the plurality of images being obtained over time; determining a driving direction of the vehicle on the ramp in accordance with time characteristic of the specific object; and generating the vehicle navigation information from the driving direction and rendering the generated vehicle navigation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Wang, Jian An
  • Patent number: 9083891
    Abstract: A video monitoring apparatus capable of efficiently superimposing additional information on a monitoring camera image is provided. The video monitoring apparatus holds image specifying information for specifying an image picked up by a camera and additional information in correspondence with each other. In superimposing additional information on an image, additional information corresponding to images having a distance therebetween falling within a prescribed range is searched for, and out of the thus found additional information, one that may be fit within an image currently picked up by the camera is superimposed on the camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Watanabe, Tsuneya Kurihara, Naoto Akira, Daisuke Matsubara, Atsushi Hiroike
  • Patent number: 9076065
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting the location of an object of interest in a visual image are presented. A detector component extracts Histogram of Gradient (HOG) features from grid regions associated with the visual image. A trained linear filter model uses a classifier to facilitate differentiating between positive and negative instances of the object in grid regions based on HOG features. A classifier component detects the K top-scoring activations of filters associated with the visual image. The classifier component detects the location of the object in the visual image based on a generalized Hough transform, given filter locations associated with the visual image. The classifier component projects the object location given filter activations and clusters the filter activations into respective clusters. The classifier component classifies whether a cluster is associated with the object based on the weighted sum of the activation scores of filters within the cluster and object detection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Sudheendra Vijayanarasimhan
  • Patent number: 9071945
    Abstract: Caller feedback in mobile devices, in which, upon receiving a telephone call from a caller, a user selection of a control is detected, and a message associated with the selected control is determined and automatically transmitted to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Rubin, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 9061594
    Abstract: A system for evaluating the condition of a pantograph, the system comprising: a track-side pantograph monitoring station that captures one or more images of a pantograph, while a locomotive comprising the pantograph is in normal service; a station management system that analyzes one or more images captured at the monitoring site and determines the condition of the pantograph; and a user interface that controls the system and presents the results of the analysis to the user. A user may control the track-side monitoring station and station management system remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: QR LIMITED
    Inventors: Darryl Wesche, Timothy John Watkins, Leonard George Chardborn Hamey
  • Patent number: 9064317
    Abstract: A method (100) is provided for detecting an obstruction within a field of view of a camera (12) from an image (200) captured by the camera (12). The method (100) includes: analyzing the image (200) by applying edge detection (104) to the image (200), identifying (108) regions of the image (200) lacking edge content and comparing (112) a size of the identified regions to a threshold; and determining if there is an obstruction based upon a result of said comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Juan Liu, Ajay Raghavan, Robert R. Price
  • Patent number: 9065983
    Abstract: A method for substantially simultaneously remote monitoring including receiving, at a server, one or more video data streams, and providing, from the server, the one or more video data streams to multiple users, each one of the multiple users being able to view and manipulate the one or more video data streams. Systems that implement the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Oncam Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Pineau, Adam Pineau
  • Patent number: 9058706
    Abstract: A camera that is mounted on a vehicle is used to monitor the vehicle, the driver and the contents therein. The camera includes an external housing, a camera module having a camera lens, a lighting component, a dimmer switch and a transmission medium. The external housing may be made of alloy. The camera module may capture video data and the transmission medium may be coupled to the camera module to transmit the captured video data as a live video stream to an external device. The lighting component included in the fleet camera apparatus may include LEDs and have infra-red capabilities to provide a night vision mode. The dimmer switch is included to control the LEDs' brightness. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: CONVOY TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Edward Cheng
  • Patent number: 9060135
    Abstract: A device for controlling exposure of a camera is provided. An image of an area ahead of a vehicle is acquired by a camera provided in the vehicle. A traveling speed of the vehicle is acquired. An exposure area in the acquired image is set by a setting section, in which the exposure area is used for exposure control of the camera. By a calculating section, a control value for performing the exposure control is calculated based on pixel values of pixels included in the exposure area. The setting section changes a size of the exposure area based on the traveling speed, such that, when the traveling speed is a first speed, the size of the exposure area in the acquired image is smaller compared to that when the traveling speed is a second speed that is lower than the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Akiba
  • Patent number: 9057875
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a display mirror assembly for a vehicle having a front shield including a first side and a second side. A partially reflective, partially transmissive element is mounted on the first side. A rear shield is disposed behind the front shield. A display module is mounted between the front shield and the rear shield and includes in order from the front shield: a display; an optic block; a heat sink having an edge lit PCB mounted along a top edge thereof; and a PCB. The front shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a first retaining feature and the rear shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a second retaining feature. A housing at least partially surrounds the front shield, display module, and rear shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, Jr., Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Ethan J. Lee, Eric P. Kern
  • Patent number: 9056630
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for sensing a lane departure using images that surround a vehicle. The lane departure sensing method includes receiving images that are taken during driving by a plurality of cameras installed in a car, through respective channels connected to the cameras; modifying the obtained images into top-view images to generate a plurality of modified images; compositing the plurality of modified images to generate images that surround a vehicle; extracting a lane from the images that surround the vehicle, and yielding the information on a distance between the vehicle and the extracted lane or the information on an angle between the travel direction of the vehicle and the lane, so as to determine a lane departure; and giving a warning if the lane departure is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: IMAGENEXT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young In Han, Young Gi Song, Won In Back
  • Patent number: 9047779
    Abstract: Because a vehicle rear view monitoring device changes the detection threshold level of each of distance sensors 4-1 to 4-4 to change horizontal and vertical detection areas and a bearing resolution, determines the display position of an obstacle mark 16 from the distances to an obstacle 15 detected by the plurality of distance sensors 4-1 to 4-4, and amplitude information about the amplitude of a reflected wave from the obstacle, and overlays the obstacle mark 16 on the obstacle 15 by using an overlay unit 17, the vehicle rear view monitoring device improves the degree of positional precision of the overlay of the obstacle mark on the obstacle displayed on a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Inoue, Ryotaro Suzuki, Tatsuya Mitsugi, Hirokazu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9047256
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring media viewing activity by one or more individuals is disclosed. In general, the location of a sign can be identified, a human eye can be located and tracked and vectoring module and a projection module can determine if the individual's eyes are directed towards the sign. The content of the signage can be coordinated with the direction of the eye in real time to determine what content the individual viewed. An audience reaction module can acquire audience reaction data such as how long eyes are engaged on the sign and can determine other reactions such as a smile a frown or a gesture of interest or disinterest based on the change of content on the signage. The system allows for an advertiser to acquire and evaluate audience feedback related to presentation and content displayed on media (e.g., billboards, digital signage, window displays, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Carlson, Richard D. Wooden
  • Publication number: 20150145999
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus of a lane departure warning system for a vehicle may include an LDWS calibrate unit displaying a calibration target for calibrating a camera measurement point of the LDWS, a first moving unit mounted to a frame unit for moving the LDWS calibrate unit to a predetermined position, an LDWS inspection unit displaying lane images for inspecting normal operation of the LDWS, and a second moving unit mounted to the frame unit for moving the LDWS inspection unit to a predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sinkuk KIM
  • Publication number: 20150145996
    Abstract: Captured images obtained beforehand by imaging ranges corresponding to peripheries of a vehicle, or processed images generated to correspond to the captured images are stored to be associated with stored road information of a preset area. A superimposed area having a clarity lower than a preset clarity threshold is set in a captured image of a periphery of the vehicle. A superimposition image is extracted among the stored images, the superimposition image being an image of a range corresponding to the captured image. A superimposed image is generated by superimposing an image in an area in the extracted superimposition image corresponding to the superimposed area on the captured mage. A video generated from the superimposed image is displayed at a position visible from a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Seigo Watanabe, Norimasa Kishi, Takura Yanagi, Yoshiro Takamatsu
  • Publication number: 20150145997
    Abstract: An in-vehicle image processing device capable of appropriately monitoring areas forward of, around, and rearward of a vehicle is provided at low cost. The device is for mounting on a vehicle and includes a camera, an image processing unit, and a determination unit. With a reflector provided in front of the camera, the camera can image, for display in a frame at a time, a first area forward of the vehicle and a second area, e.g. an area around the vehicle. In the image processing unit supplied with such image data from the camera, either the first-area image or the second-area image is appropriately processed whereas image processing is omitted for the other image. Alternatively, both images are subjected to a same image processing. The determination unit supplied with vehicle speed information supplies appropriate control instruction information based on the current vehicle speed to the image processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kazuaki TERASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20150145998
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first input unit; a second input unit; a first processing unit configured to perform a frequency dispersion processing on a first signal and a second signal; a first output unit configured to output one of the first signal and the second signal or one of the first signal and the second signal on which the first processing unit performs the frequency dispersion processing; a third input unit configured to receive a third signal generated through performing a predetermined image processing with an image processing unit on one of the first signal and the second signal; a second processing unit performing the frequency dispersion processing on the third signal; and a second output unit configured to output an output signal selected from one of the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Shusaku MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20150146000
    Abstract: A video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly mountable at an interior portion of a vehicle and includes a mirror case and a reflective element. A video display device disposed at the mirror case. The video display device is operable to display video images that are viewable by the driver of the vehicle when the interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle. The interior rearview mirror assembly includes an on-screen display controller operable to receive a video signal from a camera and, responsive to receipt of the video signal, the on-screen display controller is operable to generate a video feed to the video display device. The video feed generated by the on-screen display controller may include a graphic overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Mark E. Kramer, Andrew D. Weller, Peter J. Whitehead, Rodney K. Blank, Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20150145956
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object detection device has a camera, a three-dimensional object detection unit, a lens cleaning device, a lens state assessment unit and a controller. The camera has a lens for forming an image of an area rearward of a vehicle. The three-dimensional object detection unit detects a three-dimensional object rearward of the vehicle based on the captured images. The lens cleaning device sprays cleaning fluid to clean the lens of the camera. The lens state assessment unit accesses whether the lens is in a predetermined state subject to control based on a timing at which cleaning fluid is sprayed on the lens. The controller suppresses detection of the three-dimensional object by retaining detection or assessment results for a predetermined length of time that were obtained immediately before the lens was assessed to be in the state subject to control, upon assessment that the lens state is subject to control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata
  • Publication number: 20150145995
    Abstract: Network connectivity is used to share relevant visual and other sensory information between vehicles, as well as delivering relevant information provided by network services to create an enhanced view of the vehicle's surroundings. The enhanced view is presented to the occupants of the vehicle to provide an improved driving experience and/or enable the occupants to take proper action (e.g., avoid obstacles, identify traffic delays, etc.). In one example, the enhanced view comprises information that is not visible to the naked eye and/or cannot be currently sensed by the vehicle's sensors (e.g., due to a partial or blocked view, low visibility conditions, hardware capabilities of the vehicle's sensors, position of the vehicle's sensors, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Shahraray, Alicia Abella, David Crawford Gibbon, Mazin E. Gilbert, Michael J. Johnston, Horst J. Schroeter, Jay Gordon Wilpon
  • Patent number: 9041812
    Abstract: Real-time access by a requestor to surveillance video is conditionally pre-authorized dependent on the existence of at least one pre-specified automatically detectable condition, and recorded in a data processing system. A requestor subsequently requests real-time access to the surveillance video (e.g., as a result of an alarm), and if the pre-specified automatically detectable condition is met, access is automatically granted, i.e., without the need for manual intervention. An automatically detectable condition could, e.g., be an alarm condition detected by a sensor at the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a locational proximity of the requestor to the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a previously defined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Billau, Vincenzo V. Di Luoffo, Dan P. Dumarot, Matthew J. Paschal, Brandon W. Schulz, James E. Woodbury
  • Patent number: 9041804
    Abstract: An input device, wherein the screen (18a) of a display device (18) is divided into two regions, a region (A1) and a region (A2), and the icon switch displayed in the region including the position of an invisible pointer (P?) is selected. Thus, one of an icon switch (1) and an icon switch (2) that are displayed on the screen (18a) is selected at any time. Consequently, the user will no longer have to watch the screen carefully and perform an operation for moving an instruction marker such as a visible pointer to a desired icon switch, for example as in conventional devices. Accordingly, the user can enter a desired instruction in a short time by selecting a desired icon switch in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taketoshi Fujii, Haruka Iga, Yoji Inui, Atsuo Fukaya, Keiichi Nakamura, Yoshiyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9041806
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging and display system includes a rear backup camera at a rear portion of a vehicle, a video processor for processing image data captured by the rear camera, and a video display screen responsive to the video processor to display video images. During a reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle, the video display screen displays video images captured by the rear camera. During forward travel of the equipped vehicle, the video display screen is operable to display images representative of a portion of the field of view of the rear camera to display images representative of an area sideward of the equipped vehicle responsive to at least one of (a) actuation of a turn signal indicator of the vehicle, (b) detection of a vehicle in a side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Rodney K. Blank, Mark L. Larson, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9041798
    Abstract: An automated method for cueing a high resolution video camera to a mobile object involves first detecting the presence of an object by a wide-area surveillance asset such as a radar and using the radar's positional information to cue the video camera iteratively, while updating the positional information each time. Then, a video analytics algorithm detects the object and generates more accurate positional and rate information on the object, which is then used to cue the video camera into a higher resolution setting for classifying/identifying the object. Once the object is identified, the positional and rate information is updated and the updated information is used to further cue the video camera into a higher resolution setting for recording a video clip of the moving object while the video camera is dynamically steered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Yerkes, Donna F. Smith, Louis Lagonik
  • Patent number: 9041805
    Abstract: A vibration applying structure detecting device for a wheeled vehicle traveling on a roadway having a vibration applying structure on a road surface in or adjacent to the roadway includes a lane departure judgment device that determines whether there is a lane departure tendency, a vibration detecting device that determines the frequency and the amplitude of input vibration from a road surface to the vehicle, and a contact judgment device that determines that at least one of the wheels of the vehicle is contacting the vibration applying structure when the input vibration with an amplitude equal to or greater than a prescribed amplitude threshold value has a frequency that is equal to or greater than a prescribed frequency threshold value. The device may also include a threshold value setting device that sets one or both of the amplitude threshold value and the frequency threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide Nakamura, Kouki Minegishi
  • Patent number: 9041803
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include method and apparatuses that may be utilized to more efficiently use available storage space for a digital video recording system in a law enforcement vehicle and final “backend storage systems.” In one embodiment of the present invention, video and audio data is recorded in one or more buffers when a triggering event is activated, while a digital video recording device accounts for specified pre-event time, a time period before a first triggering event has been activated, and a post-event time, a time period after a second triggering event has been activated. The system will tag the actual start and stop points of events in one or more buffers based on a first and a second triggering event and will then include the pre-event and post-event data along with specified data. The system will then extract the event from one or more buffer files and write the event into final video files to be stored in a hard disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Coban Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Chen, William Chichih Tai, Hung C. Chang
  • Patent number: 9042600
    Abstract: A vehicle detection apparatus comprises an other-vehicle detection module configured to detect points of light in an image captured by a vehicle to which the vehicle detection module is mounted and to detect other vehicles based on the points of light, a vehicle lane-line detection module configured to detect an vehicle lane-line in the captured image, and a region sectioning module configured to section the captured image based on the detected vehicle lane-line into an own vehicle lane region, an oncoming vehicle lane region, and a vehicle lane exterior region. Other vehicles are detected by the other-vehicle detection module by detecting points of light based on respective detection conditions set for each of the sectioned regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Endo
  • Patent number: 9041808
    Abstract: A headlight controller, an optical unit and a vehicle headlight can include a headlight controller and an optical unit. The headlight controller can include a system controller and a camera photographing vehicles located in a forward direction thereof, and the system controller can be configured to output a control signal to provide various favorable light distribution patterns by using image data output from the camera in accordance with traffic conditions. The optical unit can be configured to emit beam lights each having a light-emitting angle using lights emitted from first and second white LEDs via a projector lens so that the beam lights can be used as a high and low beam without movable parts. Thus, the disclosed subject matter can include providing vehicle headlights that can form various favorable light distribution patterns by utilizing the characteristics of the controller and the optical unit in accordance with the traffic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Seki
  • Patent number: 9042675
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image acquiring unit that acquires an image; an information acquiring unit that acquires image information indicative of a content of the image; and a correcting unit that corrects the image based on the image information such that some of warping of the image is left. The horizontal direction component of the warping may be completely or nearly completely eliminated while a predetermined portion of a vertical direction component of the warping is left, when the image information indicates the content of the image is a person. Alternatively, there is an analyzer which generates the image information indicating that the content of the image is a erson when the analyzing determines that the image contains two or more persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Ishii, Akira Kinoshita, Takahiro Imai, Kenji Namie
  • Patent number: 9041809
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring apparatus capable of photographing a vicinity of a vehicle without impairing the outer appearance of the vehicle includes a light source configured to be provided in the vehicle for illuminating the periphery of the vehicle, and a camera photographing a condition of the periphery of the vehicle with an optical axis changed by a mirror toward the underside of the circumferential edge of the vehicle illuminated by at least a portion of light irradiated from the light source reflected by the mirror configured to be disposed on the outer side of the circumferential edge of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidehiko Miyoshi, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150142206
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle is disclosed having an image sensor positioned in the vehicle for capturing images through a windscreen of the vehicle and for generating image data corresponding to the captured images, and a processor coupled to the image sensor for receiving and analyzing the image data and detecting vehicle light sources in the captured images. The processor: detects a predetermined number of vehicle light sources; averages color values of each detected vehicle light source; determines differences between the averaged color values and target color values; and stores the differences as color compensation values. A vehicle equipment control system is further disclosed having the imaging system above, wherein the processor compensates color values of subsequently detected vehicle light sources and generates a control signal that is used to control the vehicle equipment in response to the detection of color compensated vehicle light sources in the captured images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip R. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20150138362
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for managing a multiplicity of motor vehicle parking spaces through a centrally-located server is provided. A plurality of smart parking devices that are each physically proximate to and which correspond to at least one of the parking spaces is interfaced with the server. Further, a plurality of vehicle occupancy sensors that are also each physically proximate to and which correspond to at least one of the parking spaces is interfaced with the server. Use of the parking spaces are managed. Occupancy of each of the parking spaces by a motor vehicle is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor. Use of the parking space is processed based on an identity of a driver of the motor vehicle through the nearest smart parking device. Emergency services for an individual are notified through one of the smart parking devices upon request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Alan G. Bell, Craig Eldershaw, Lance E. Good, Daniel H. Greene, Francisco Eduardo Torres, Serdar Uckun, David Preston Cummins
  • Publication number: 20150138363
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras mounted at a vehicle, with each camera including a respective image sensor and having a respective field of view exterior of the vehicle. The system includes a control and a video output for transmitting a stream of video captured by an image sensor of a camera of the plurality of cameras, and a serial data interface permitting a microcontroller of the control to communicate with at least one electronic device of the vehicle. A switch is openable by the microcontroller to deactivate the video output and closable by the microcontroller to activate the video output. The microcontroller complies with messages received via a serial data bus. The control sends instructions to a camera of the plurality of cameras via the serial data bus and the control receives messages from an electronic device of the vehicle via the serial data bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Axel Nix, Yuesheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20150138359
    Abstract: An in-vehicle camera control device is provided for an in-vehicle camera that includes an imaging element for picking up an image around the vehicle. The apparatus controls a state of current supply to the imaging element. In the apparatus, current supply to the imaging element is prevented from starting when the temperature in the vicinity of the imaging element is high. Specifically, upon start of processing, current supply to the imaging element of the in-vehicle camera is stopped first (camera is powered OFF). Therefore, at least immediately after the ignition is turned on, current supply to the imaging element is not performed. When a state where a temperature measured by a temperature measurement section provided in the vicinity of the imaging element is not more than an ON threshold continues for a duration expressed by Ams×(startup counter value), current supply to the imaging element is started.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Soji Masui
  • Publication number: 20150138357
    Abstract: A pop-up external lens washing system has an extendable aiming fixture configured to aim a lens cleaning spray at an external lens which is exposed to the elements and apt to become soiled with debris. The extendable nozzle assembly is configured to be aimed toward the external lens by the extended aiming fixture during the washing operation only and has at least one laterally offset washing nozzle projecting from the aiming fixture to a spray washing fluid toward the external lens surface, spraying at a shallow, glancing spray aiming angle to impinge upon and wash the lens external surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Scot Romack, Nicholas Bryce Watkins, Adam Wyatt Bradbury, Praveen Pai, Zachary Downing Kline
  • Publication number: 20150138358
    Abstract: An obstacle map generation apparatus using an ultrasonic sensor comprises a sensor controller configured to control one ultrasonic sensor of a plurality of ultrasonic sensors to transmit an ultrasonic wave, and control the ultrasonic sensors to receive reflected waves; a signal aligner configured to align the reflected waves received by the ultrasonic sensors; a signal summer configured to sum signals aligned by the signal aligner; an obstacle determiner configured to determine that an obstacle exists if signal strength summed by the signal summer exceeds a threshold; and an obstacle map generator configured to generate an obstacle map based on determining result of the obstacle determiner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Hai Jin SEO, Jong Il YU, Won Ho SHIN
  • Publication number: 20150142263
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes a light source placed on one surface of a light transmissive plate-like element to project a light to the one surface of the plate-like element, an imaging element to capture an image of an attached matter on the other surface of the plate-like element illuminated with the light from the light source, and an optical element having an incidence surface on which the light is incident from the light source, a reflective surface by which the light incident from the incidence surface is reflected, a transmissive surface contacting the one surface of the plate-like element, through which the light reflected by the reflective surface transmits, and an exit surface from which the light transmitting through the transmissive surface and reflected by the other surface of the plate-like element is emitted towards the imaging element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Hirai, Izumi Itoh
  • Publication number: 20150138361
    Abstract: A lane departure warning apparatus is mounted to a vehicle, and issues a warning when there is a probability of departure of the vehicle from a traffic lane. The lane departure warning apparatus includes a lane recognizing unit, a departure determining unit, a warning unit, and a warning control unit. The lane recognizing unit recognizes the traffic lane on which the vehicle is traveling. The departure determining unit determines a probability of departure of the vehicle from the traffic lane based on a correlation between the vehicle and the traffic lane recognized by the lane recognizing unit. The warning unit issues a warning to a driver regarding the probability of departure. The warning control unit changes a level of warning issued by the warning unit based on the probability of departure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Junpei Tatsukawa
  • Publication number: 20150138360
    Abstract: This invention has an object to assist for traveling operation of a self-propelled industrial machine to display underneath image of the self-propelled industrial machine on a monitor of a display device mounted in a operator's cab. The display device of the self-propelled industrial machine according to the present invention is provided for a dump truck, which comprises cameras having field of view to underneath of the dump truck, a symbol image storage section to store a symbol image which is symbolized the dump truck, a superposing process section to make transparent with a predetermined transparent ratio in the symbol image as a transparent region and to superpose an image taken by the camera on the area corresponding to the transparent region as underneath image, and a monitor mounted in a cab of the dump truck for displaying the symbol image composed by the superposing process section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Yoichi Kowatari, Naokazu Oda, Katsuhiko Shimizu, Yoshihiro Inanobe, Hidefumi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 9035760
    Abstract: The intention is to indicate a way in which a driver of a motor vehicle (1) can be warned particularly reliably, when he is removing his vehicle from a parking space (18), of the presence of a moving object (24) which is external to the vehicle, on a carriageway (23) adjoining the parking space (18). The object (24) is detected with the aid of sensor means (5 to 9), and by using sensor data of the sensor means (5 to 9) a current distance (26) of the object (24) from the motor vehicle (1) is determined. An image representation (27, 43, 64) is generated which shows a plan view of at least one area of the motor vehicle (1?) and in which the distance (26) of the object (24) from the motor vehicle (1) is visually indicated. The image representation (27, 43, 64) is displayed on a visual display device (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Patrice Reilhac, Harald Barth
  • Patent number: 9036653
    Abstract: Provided is a communications interface system. The communications interface system includes one or more protocol modules configured to include interface protocols that facilitate communication between a switching subsystem, a physical layer subsystem, and a Power over Ethernet subsystem. The protocol modules are connectable to a communications bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Wael William Diab
  • Patent number: 9036027
    Abstract: Tracking the use of at least one destination location is disclosed. Initially, three or more first images are received from a first camera having a first field of view. It is then determined that the first vehicle is stopped within the at least one destination location at a first time and that the first vehicle has left the at least one destination location at a second time that is after the first time. Next, a unique identifier of a vehicle is received from a third-party parking payment system. The unique identifier is associated with the first vehicle. Finally, the first time, the second time and the unique identifier of the first vehicle are indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CLOUDPARC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven David Nerayoff, Thompson S. Wong
  • Patent number: 9037343
    Abstract: In a case where a light distribution control apparatus judges that there is a possibility that a driver's own vehicle and an animal will contact each other if it is assumed that the animal remains at the present position, then it controls headlight such that the head of the animal is out of the illuminating range of the headlight. In a case where the light distribution control apparatus judges that there is no possibility that the driver's own vehicle and the animal will contact each other if it is assumed that the animal remains at the present position, then it controls the headlight such that the head of the animal is within the illuminating range of the headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Aimura