Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10638094
    Abstract: A side rearview vision assembly for a vehicle includes a base that is fixedly secured to the vehicle. A support arm is pivotally secured to the base. A positioning arm is secured to the support arm and is movable with respect to the support arm. The positioning arm defines a distal end. A camera is attached to the distal end of the positioning arm such that the camera moves with the positioning arm as the positioning arm moves relative to said support arm. The camera is configured to provide images exterior to the vehicle. A camera motor is operatively connected to the camera and changes its orientation with respect to the distal end of said positioning arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.á.r.l.
    Inventors: Paul Henion, Darryl Brooks, Philipp Hottmann, Gary Sinelli
  • Patent number: 10635290
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle comprising a first adjustable component, a touch sensitive display, a non-transitory memory storing an executable code, and a hardware processor executing the executable code to display, on the touch sensitive display, a user interface including a control element for controlling the first adjustable component using the touch sensitive display, receive a first selection input from a user using the user interface to select the first adjustable component, receive a first control input including a first initial touch input and a first subsequent drag input from a user using the control element of the user interface to control the first adjustable component, and continuously change an angle of the first adjustable component based on the first control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC
    Inventors: Mark G. Piekny, Bennett Leeds
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10632919
    Abstract: A hitch assist system is provided herein. The hitch assist system includes an imager for capturing one or more images of a hitch assembly and a trailer coupler. The imager is operably coupled with a movable panel. The hitch assembly includes a ball mount and a hitch ball. A controller is configured to generate an image that includes the hitch assembly, identify the hitch assembly within the image, estimate a ball mount length based on a predefined reference length and/or estimate a hitch ball height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Ling, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10635844
    Abstract: Synthetic object detection data is generated for a modeled sensor, such as a camera. Scenario data specifying objects, such as vehicles, sensor intrinsics, such as focal length, principal point, and image size, and sensor extrinsics, such location and orientation in the scenario of the sensor, may be received. An object detector model may detect a given object in the scenario if it lies within the sensor's field of view, is large enough, and is not occluded. Two dimensional (2D) image plane position and velocity measurements may be generated. A measurement noise model may add noise to the measurements. Position, velocity, and measurement noise may be mapped into a three dimensional (3D) world coordinate system. An object detection list that includes time of detection, detected position and velocity, measurement accuracy, and an object classification for detected objects may be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor Roose, Vincent M. Pellissier, Witold R. Jachimczyk, Zheng Wu, Elad Kivelevitch, Gregory E. Dionne
  • Patent number: 10632916
    Abstract: A system mounted on a vehicle for detecting an obstruction on a surface of a window of the vehicle, a primary camera is mounted inside the vehicle behind the window. The primary camera is configured to acquire images of the environment through the window. A secondary camera is focused on an external surface of the window, and operates to image the obstruction. A portion of the window, i.e. window region is subtended respectively by the field of view of the primary camera and the field of view of the secondary camera. A processor processes respective sequences of image data from both the primary camera and the secondary camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Ofer Hadassi
  • Patent number: 10635923
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a detector, an estimator and a determiner. The detector detects a candidate region of a captured image captured by a camera, the candidate region serving as a candidate for a water drop region affected by a water drop on the lens of the camera, based on an edge strength of each pixel in the captured image. The estimator estimates, based on the candidate region, a circle that includes the candidate region. The determiner determines whether or not the candidate region is part of the water drop region based on the edge strength of some of the pixels in the circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasushi Tani, Takashi Kono, Junji Hashimoto, Tomohide Kasame, Teruhiko Kamibayashi, Hiroki Murasumi
  • Patent number: 10638025
    Abstract: A vehicular trailering assist system includes a rearward viewing camera. Responsive to processing of frames of image data captured when the vehicle is towing a trailer hitched to the vehicle, the system determines presence of the trailer and determines if the particular trailer is a trailer for which the system is calibrated. Responsive to determination that the particular trailer is not a trailer for which the system is calibrated, the system assumes an initial trailer beam length before starting a calibration drive, collects data during the calibration drive, and estimates a trailer beam length. The system iteratively estimates the trailer beam length and, when the predicted trailer angle least deviates from the current determined trailer angle, the system determines this to be the final estimated trailer beam length and uses that in determining trailer angles for that trailer during future drives with the vehicle towing that trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jyothi P. Gali, Nikhil Gupta, Galina Okouneva
  • Patent number: 10638081
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a detection unit, a display control unit, and a determination unit. The display control unit switches a composite image to a generated image, and causes a display device to display the generated image when the determination unit determines that a predetermined condition has been satisfied under the state in which the detection unit has detected that a travel direction of a vehicle is backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Goto, Hirotaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10625678
    Abstract: An image display device includes: a camera mounted on a vehicle and configured to take an image representing a view behind the vehicle; an image cutouter configured to cut out a second image as a cutout image that is cut out from a first image based on a cutout position representing a position of a portion of the first image in the first image, the first image being taken by the camera; and a display configured to display the second image cut out by the image cutouter. The image cutouter is configured to change the cutout position for the second image in the first image based on a change of an orientation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Ishii, Satoshi Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10625608
    Abstract: A vehicle monitor device for a vehicle that includes at least a first seat and a second seat, the vehicle monitor device including: a monitor which is electrically connected to a computer of the vehicle and which can be used for driving the vehicle; and a moving mechanism capable of moving the monitor between a position where the monitor can be used for driving by an occupant seated on the first seat and a position where the monitor can be used for driving by an occupant seated on the second seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Hiroshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10628728
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled mirror includes a mirror comprising a reflective layer. The reflective layer comprises at least one layer of a metallic material. At least one portion of the reflective layer is removed to form a booster antenna from a remaining portion of the reflective layer. A dielectric coating is applied to the mirror where the reflective layer was removed. The RFID-enabled mirror further includes an RFID chip coupled to the booster antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis
  • Patent number: 10631016
    Abstract: A dynamic range compression device compresses multiple signal data pertaining to a common frame based on a total signal intensity range from multiple signals and limits compression of one or more signal data that are not saturated. The dynamic range compression device includes a total signal intensity circuit that calculates total intensity based on all of the signal data, a recalculation circuit that calculates a new compressed value for each signal data based on the calculation of total signal intensity to within a narrower range, a saturation circuit that determines whether one or more signal data after compression exceeds a predetermined value and are saturated signal data, and a data distribution circuit that decreases the value of the one or more saturated signal data and that increases the value of one or more non-saturated signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sohichiroh Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10628689
    Abstract: A method for identifying a signaling state of at least one signaling device from a plurality of signaling devices includes obtaining at least one image which comprises each of the plurality of signaling devices, representing at least one first group of the plurality of signaling devices detected by the image using a display device, receiving a user input regarding the display device or regarding a representation provided by the display device, evaluating the user input and selecting a second group from the first group of the plurality of signaling devices, and detecting a signaling state of the signaling devices of the second group and outputting a signal as a function of at least one detected signaling state of a signaling device of the second group in response to a change in the signaling state. A device for carrying out such a method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l
    Inventor: Henrik Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10618469
    Abstract: A method for displaying a rear outside area of a vehicle, with at least one camera device on the vehicle, includes bringing the camera device into various camera positions and sensing different camera-position-dependent imaging areas of the outside area by the camera device as a function of the particular camera positions. A fixed imaging area of the outside area is sensed by the camera device independently of the camera position in order to display the fixed imaging area for an operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Berthold Hussler, Marco Rosenbaum, Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 10623611
    Abstract: An electronic housing assembly comprises a printed circuit board comprising a rigid main part, at least one face of which part includes an electronic component, and comprising at least one flexible part positioned at the periphery of the rigid part, the flexible part comprising at least one electrical connection pad; an upper housing element comprising a first cylindrical wall that is inserted into a lower housing element comprising a second cylindrical wall; the flexible part extending between the first and the second cylindrical walls, the electrical connection pad of the flexible part being in electrical contact with an electrical contact surface that is positioned on the outer face of the first cylindrical wall or on the inner face of the second cylindrical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Miroslaw J. Zurowski, Witold Poreda, Arkadiusz Rafalowski
  • Patent number: 10618474
    Abstract: A communication assembly may include a first antenna. The communication assembly may further include a housing that houses the first antenna and an electronics enclosure. The housing may include a bottom that may be disposed on a fuselage of a vehicle. The electronics enclosure may include a radio frequency module and a camera module. The electronics enclosure may transmit heat to the fuselage of the vehicle by the bottom of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick Eoghan Denny
  • Patent number: 10624191
    Abstract: A controller for a seven-mode flowing lamp is disclosed herein which is disposed between a power source and a plurality of sets of lamp strips. The controller comprises: a reverse protection unit electrically connected to the power source to prevent the power source from being reversely connected; an infrared receiving unit electrically connected to the reverse protection unit for receiving an infrared signal transmitted by an infrared terminal; a control unit electrically connected to the reverse protection unit and the infrared receiving unit to parse the infrared signal and issue a plurality of control signals; and a plurality of driving units disposed between the control unit and the lamp strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxian Shen