Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10226029
    Abstract: Interior vehicle sensors and a recognition routine identify the presence of a companion animal within a vehicle, a controller operates at least one actuator to interpose a barrier between vehicle areas automatically adjust the barrier according to the animal's detected attributes to restrict the movement of the companion animal within the vehicle's interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rahul Khanna
  • Patent number: 10230873
    Abstract: A method for processing color image data captured by a vehicular camera to correct for color error includes providing a color camera with an imaging array having a plurality of photosensors, disposing one or more spectral filters at or in front of photosensors of the imaging array, and disposing the color camera at a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. An image processor is provided that processes image data captured by the color camera. The processing of image data includes processing image data in a color correction loop to correct color variation due to lighting conditions so that images derived from captured image data are color corrected. The color correction accounts for color of light emitted by an illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Wierich
  • Patent number: 10229322
    Abstract: A computerized method for providing no-configuration object recognition video analytics, the method comprising generating a database stored in computer memory and including labelled images of recognized objects imaged at an initial set of sites including at least one site; using the database as a training set to train a pattern recognition engine; uploading images of additional site/s including at least one additional site which is not a member in the initial set of sites; providing object recognition results for the additional site/s by using the pattern recognition engine on the images as uploaded; verifying the object recognition results; and using a processor for operating the pattern recognition engine on images generated at each the additional site/s including modifying the pattern recognition engine according to and when indicated by the verifying, thereby to provide no-configuration object recognition video analytics at the additional site/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ANTS TECHNOLOGY (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ron Fridental, Ilya Blayvas
  • Patent number: 10227042
    Abstract: A camera surround view system for a vehicle includes at least one vehicle camera, which provides camera images. The camera images are processed by a data processing unit in order to produce a live video image stream, which is displayed on a display unit. The camera surround view system loads local cloud information data regarding an object shown in the live video image stream from a data network and displays the obtained local cloud information data as an overlay in the displayed live video image stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Friebe
  • Patent number: 10214154
    Abstract: An assembly includes a vehicle seat, a video support device mounted on the vehicle seat and adapted to support a video display device thereon, and a cap secured to the vehicle seat adjacent to the video support device. The vehicle seat includes an aperture, the video support device is mounted on the vehicle seat adjacent to the aperture, and a portion of the cap extends through the aperture so as to be secured to the vehicle seat. The aperture has a key slot, and the portion of the cap that extends through the aperture has a first key and a second key provided on a tubular portion of the cap such that one of the two keys engages a portion of the vehicle seat to secure the cap to the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Armando Pirri, Monica Maiolatesi
  • Patent number: 10214062
    Abstract: An assist method for coupling a motor vehicle to a trailer, wherein the motor vehicle includes a trailer coupling, at least one camera, a display, and an electronic unit, and wherein the trailer includes a tow bar for the trailer coupling. The assist method captures a first image of at least one tow bar of a trailer by the camera, displays the first image on the display, selects a first region in the first image in which the tow bar is located, enlarges the selected first region to produce a second image, displays the second image on the display, selects a second region in the second image in which the tow bar is located, and determines a trajectory of the motor vehicle for coupling the trailer assuming that the tow bar is located in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Philipp Hüger, Stefan Brosig
  • Patent number: 10214157
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a housing that houses at least (i) an imager assembly and (ii) electronic circuitry disposed at at least two printed circuit boards (PCBs). One of the electronic components of the electronic circuitry disposed at a first PCB includes an imager. A second PCB has electronic components of the electronic circuitry disposed at an upper side and at a lower side of the second PCB. The lower side of the second PCB opposes a lower housing portion and the upper side of the second PCB opposes an upper housing portion. The imager assembly includes a flexible cable that connects electronic components disposed at the first PCB with electronic components disposed at the second PCB. An electronic component is in thermal conductivity with a thermal element, which is in thermal conductivity with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Garret F. Achenbach, Brian A. Gorman, Brian F. Smith, Steven G. Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10209857
    Abstract: A display control apparatus performs overlapping display of a highlight image against a notification object that is visually recognized through a picture projection plane of a virtual image display apparatus used by a driver of a vehicle such that the highlight image represents the notification object. A target information acquisition section acquires target information including at least a position and a size of the notification object. A display execution section displays a first highlight image and a second highlight image in a display form capable of identifying each of the first highlight image and the second highlight image based on target information acquired by the target information acquisition section. The first highlight image corresponds to a size of the notification object, while the second highlight image results from enlarging the first highlight image at a predetermined magnification percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiko Murase
  • Patent number: 10210404
    Abstract: A method for detecting a vehicle via a vehicular vision system includes equipping a vehicle with a camera and providing a control at the equipped vehicle. Frames of image data captured by the camera are processed, via an image processor of the control. Responsive at least in part to (i) vehicle motion information of the equipped vehicle and (ii) processing, via the image processor, of frames of image data captured by the camera, detecting a vehicle present in the field of view of the camera and determining motion of the detected vehicle relative to the moving equipped vehicle, wherein determining motion of the detected vehicle relative to the moving equipped vehicle includes (i) determining corresponding feature points of the detected vehicle in at least two frames of captured image data and (ii) estimating vehicle motion trajectory of the detected vehicle based on the determined corresponding feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10209832
    Abstract: A computing system of a vehicle for controlling a vehicle or systems within a vehicle. The computing system comprises a presence-sensitive panel within the vehicle, an infrared camera configured to capture images in a three-dimensional space within the vehicle, at least one processor; and at least one storage device that stores instructions. When the instructions are executed, they case the at least one processor to: receive, from the presence-sensitive panel, a first indication of input, receive, from the infrared camera, a second indication of input, and determine, based on at least one of the first indication of input or the second indication of input, an operation to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Rakesh Narayan Iyer, Joseph Onorato
  • Patent number: 10212317
    Abstract: The present invention is a rearward imaging device attached to a moving body such as a vehicle, and is provided with an imaging device for capturing images rearward of the moving body, and a housing for accommodating the imaging device. The imaging device has a barrel for holding a transparent member, and a concave part is formed in the rear part of the housing. The barrel penetrates a bottom part of the concave part and protrudes further rearward than a bottom surface of the concave part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Sato, Kenji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10202076
    Abstract: An under vehicle image provision apparatus includes a plurality of bottom view cameras mounted to a bottom of a vehicle, a processor configured to generate an under vehicle image including tires of a vehicle based on images accessed from the bottom view cameras, and a display unit configured to display the under vehicle image. As such, an image showing the underside of the vehicle may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Iljoo Baek
  • Patent number: 10204159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10205285
    Abstract: Provided is a connector module providing superior shielding performance with small number of components. The connector module includes a terminal module having a center conductor, a tubular insulator holder supporting the center conductor and a tubular conductive shell, and a shield case. A bottom portion of the shield case includes a protruding portion bent from an edge of an opening portion through which the terminal module extends and protruding in a cylindrical form. The terminal module is joined to the shield case with an outer circumferential face of the conductive shell and an inner circumferential face of the protruding portion being placed in face contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10204495
    Abstract: A keyless entry device is provided. The keyless entry device includes a transceiver, a drive circuit coupled to a haptic actuator, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and the drive circuit. The transceiver is configured to communicate, over a communication channel, with an apparatus operated by a user. The processor is configured to send a command to the apparatus, receive a response, including a control signal, from the apparatus, determine proximity information between the keyless entry device and the apparatus, and output the control signal to the drive circuit, based on the proximity information, to cause the haptic actuator to periodically or continuously generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10203477
    Abstract: A wide angle lens includes in sequence from an object side to an image side: a first lens having a negative refractive power and a concave image-side surface; a second lens having a positive refractive power; a third lens having a positive refractive power, a convex object-side surface and convex image-side surface; a fourth lens having a negative refractive power; a fifth lens having a positive refractive power and a convex an image-side surface; and a sixth lens having a negative refractive power and an image-side surface that is concave in a paraxial region. The wide angle lens satisfies a conditional expression: 1.0?f2/f?2.0, 0.5?f1/f4?1.5, in which, f1 denotes an effective focal length of the first lens, f2 denotes an effective focal length of the second lens, f4 denotes an effective focal length of the fourth lens, and f denotes an effective focal length of the wide angle lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUNNY OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fujian Dai
  • Patent number: 10202115
    Abstract: An approach is provided for triggering vehicle sensors based on human accessory detection. The approach involves receiving a location of a detection of a human accessory object in a travel network. The human accessory object is a physical object associated with a probability that a human or an animal is within a vicinity of the human accessory object. The approach also involves generating a location-based record of the human accessory object in a map database based on the location. The approach further involves a sensor of a vehicle being activated to detect the human or the animal when the vehicle is detected to enter a geographic area of the travel network associated with the location-based record of the human accessory object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10198639
    Abstract: A system for providing image information around a vehicle includes: an outside left camera and an outside right camera configured to photograph rear sides of the vehicle from a left outside position and a right outside position of the vehicle, respectively; a top view left camera, a top view right camera, a top view front camera, and a top view rear camera configured to photograph an outside area of the vehicle including a ground; and a controller configured to provide image data deriving from the outside left camera and the outside right camera to a outside left display and a outside right display, respectively, and to provide image data deriving from the top view left camera, the top view right camera, the top view front camera, and the top view rear camera to a head unit display-mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kap Je Sung, Jun Sik An, Joong Ryoul Lee
  • Patent number: 10198882
    Abstract: Disclosed is a data recording unit and data recording system for use in connection with a vehicle, such as a train, a locomotive of a train, a railcar of a train, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Allwardt, Khim Bittle, Carl L. Haas, Brian Kurz
  • Patent number: 10195996
    Abstract: An image display method for vehicle rearview mirrors is provided. The method includes obtaining at last two images to be displayed by an image obtaining module, and displaying the at least two images in a split-screen manner on at least one rearview mirror of the vehicle rearview mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuai Xu, Lei Guo, Zhiyong Wang, Qing Zhao, Hong Zhu
  • Patent number: 10200684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for monitoring the proper functioning of a transmission path, particularly of a camera (12), comprising a camera (12), particularly a digital camera, for capturing a detection area (14) and for generating corresponding first signals (S1), a display unit (26) for displaying the detection area (14) captured by the camera (12) using the first signals (S1), a light source array (18) arranged in the detection area (14) of the camera (12), a detection unit (30) with an optical measuring sensor array (32) for detecting the display output of the display unit (26) and for generating corresponding second signals (S2), a monitoring unit (36) that actuates the light source array (18) using a pre-definable pattern (M) and checks whether the second signals (S2) detected by the detection unit (30) contain the pattern (M), during evaluation of the display output of the display unit (26), and a communication unit (24) for transmitting the first and second signals (S1, S2) and the pre-
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Development (Deutschland) GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Schmid
  • Patent number: 10198773
    Abstract: In an approach to cooperative evidence gathering, a first computing device receives a request for data corresponding to an event, where a second computing device detecting the event initiates the request for data. The first computing device aggregates data from one or more sensors, the one or more sensors associated with one or more first computing devices within a proximity of a location of the event. The first computing device determines whether at least a portion of the aggregated data is applicable to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Justin G. Manweiler, Jan S. Rellermeyer, Eric J. Rozner, James Xenidis
  • Patent number: 10200638
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle may include a first image capture device having a first field of view and configured to acquire a first image relative to a scene associated with the vehicle, the first image being acquired as a first series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. The imaging system may also include a second image capture device having a second field of view different from the first field of view and that at least partially overlaps the first field of view, the second image capture device being configured to acquire a second image relative to the scene associated with the vehicle, the second image being acquired as a second series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. As a result of overlap between the first field of view and the second field of view, a first overlap portion of the first image corresponds with a second overlap portion of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Efim Belman
  • Patent number: 10192008
    Abstract: For detecting static and dynamic objects, the objects are statistically detected by way of a particle card, and new particles are respectively added in repeating steps. The method is characterized by the fact that static particles are also added, which makes it possible to model static objects in a very precise manner. An environmental model is also generated that has a two-dimensional arrangement of cells, and each cell represents a specific location. To each cell at least two continuous classification values are assigned that describe different attributes of the cells, for example, whether a cell has an object, a static object, a dynamic object, or whether it represents a free space, or whether none of these classes can be assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Georg Tanzmeister
  • Patent number: 10192309
    Abstract: A camera calibration device that captures images of at least one marker with at least two cameras and calibrates installation states of the at least two cameras based upon the captured images by the at least two cameras, includes: an extracting unit that extracts a feature amount of the at least one marker based upon the captured images by the at least two cameras; a primary calibration unit that calculates a position of each of the at least two cameras in a marker coordinate system, based upon the feature amount; and a secondary calibration unit that preforms coordinate transformation of the position of each of the cameras in the marker coordinate system calculated by the primary calibration unit, into a position of each of the cameras in a vehicle coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morihiko Sakano, Toshiyuki Aoki, Tsukasa Okada, Keiji Sato
  • Patent number: 10194345
    Abstract: A wireless communication network is self-provisioned using coordination of data plane behavior to steer stations to preferred access points. To do so, a policy concerning traffic flow for the wireless communication network is received. Data plane traffic flow is monitored at each of the plurality of access points distributed around the wireless communication network. At some point, it may be determined the data plane traffic flow at a first access point from needs to be reduced based on the data plane traffic flow relative to the policy. In response, a station is steered to a preferred access point using OpenFlow rules to affect data plane routing decisions at the access point (e.g., drop, delay, or reprioritize packets).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fortinet, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Kaushik, Siva Rama Krishna Rao Yogendra Jupudi, Subrahmanyam Bhamidipati
  • Patent number: 10192440
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system which comprises at least one street-lighting device, a camera system mounted thereon, a recognition unit, a transmission unit and a mobile display device. The camera system is designed to provide image indicators of parking spaces within a parking lot. The recognition unit is designed: to store the geographical coordinates of parking spaces present in the visual range of the camera system; to assign, depending on the image indicators, to each parking space a respective occupation status, said status specifying whether the respective parking space is available or occupied; and to provide the transmission unit with the respective occupation status of at least the available parking spaces and the associated geographical coordinates, the transmission unit being designed to transmit the respective occupation status at least of the available parking spaces and the associated geographical coordinates to the mobile display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CLEVERCITI SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Hohenacker
  • Patent number: 10185485
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a graphical user interface in a vehicle. The method involves graphical objects displayed completely visibly on a display panel in a first mode of operation of a display apparatus, the graphical objects are divided into a first set of graphical objects and a second set of graphical objects. In a second mode of operation, the display panel is reduced and the display panel is divided into a visible portion and a nonvisible portion so that, following a change from the first mode of operation to the second mode of operation, the graphical objects in the first set are displayed completely on the visible portion of the display panel and the graphical objects in the second set are at least to some extent not displayed on the visible portion of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mathias Kuhn, Indra-Lena Kögler, Alexander Hahn
  • Patent number: 10187611
    Abstract: A video surveillance system having a plurality of aerial camera devices such as cameras on drones operable from a plurality of docking stations. Each station having a dock for receiving, charging, and controlling the aerial camera devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Avigilon Corporation
    Inventor: Mahesh Saptharishi
  • Patent number: 10180327
    Abstract: Methods and computer products for establishing at least one of attitude, direction and position of a moving platform. At least one skymark of known ephemeris is imaged at each of a first set of discrete instants by means of an optical sensor coupled to the platform. A measurement is also obtained of the attitude of the platform at each of a second set of discrete instants by means of an inertial navigation system. A recursive of estimation filter is then applied to successive skymark position vectors to update an estimate of platform navigation state, with the measurement of attitude of the platform tightly coupled to the estimate of platform navigation state as updated by the recursive estimation filter. Various techniques of frame stacking and multi-hypothesis tracking may be applied to improve the robustness of navigation solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Lane, William W. Whitacre
  • Patent number: 10178382
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for performing a diagnosis of a camera system (2) of a motor vehicle (1) by: providing at least one image (BD) by means of a camera (3); detecting an object (6) in the image (BD) by means of an image processing device; providing sensor data (SD) by means of at least one sensor (7) of the motor vehicle (1), wherein the sensor data (SD) characterizes environmental conditions of the motor vehicle (1); first classifying the object (6) and herein associating the object (6) with a class (K1, K2, K3, K4) among several predetermined classes (K1, K2, K3, K4) depending on the environmental conditions, wherein the classes (K1, K2, K3, K4) differ from each other with respect to the environmental conditions; second classifying the at least one object (6) and herein associating the object (6) with one of the classes (K1, K2, K3, K4) based on the image (BD) and independently of the sensor data (SD) by a classification device (12) using a predetermined classification model (11); and comparin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Lowik Chanussot, Julien Rebut
  • Patent number: 10176694
    Abstract: An aircraft occupant seat for providing health, safety, and comfort management to aircraft occupants is disclosed. In one embodiment, an aircraft occupant, seated in an aircraft occupant seat in an aircraft, is monitored for health, safety and comfort information using at least one sensor disposed in the aircraft occupant seat. Further, background auditory, electrical noise, temperature and mechanical vibration associated with the aircraft occupant seat is measured using the at least one sensor. The health, safety and comfort information associated with the aircraft occupant is then obtained using the monitored health safety and comfort information and the measured background electrical noise and mechanical vibration. Health, safety and comfort of the aircraft occupant are then managed based on the obtained health, safety and comfort information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Anurag Sharma
  • Patent number: 10175558
    Abstract: A camera shield system includes a vehicle that has a back side. At least one camera is coupled to the back side. The at least one camera may display an area behind the vehicle when the vehicle is backing. Thus, the vehicle may avoid striking an object when backing. At least one cone is provided. The at least one cone is coupled to the back side and the at least one cone is positioned to surround the at least one camera. Thus, the at least one cone inhibits the at least one camera from becoming obstructed with precipitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: George Daniel
  • Patent number: 10178740
    Abstract: A system comprising: one or more road-side illumination sources arranged to emit illumination to illuminate at least part of a road; one or more detectors arranged to detect a value of one or more parameters of a vehicle travelling on this road or this part of the road, the one or more parameters comprising a type of the vehicle and/or an identity of one or more users of the vehicle; and a controller arranged to control the illumination emitted by the one or more illumination sources, wherein the controller is configured to adapt the illumination in dependence on the detected value or values of the one or more detected parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Julian Charles Nolan, Matthew John Lawrenson, Alexander Henricus Waltherus Van Eeuwijk, Hilbrand Vanden Wyngaert, Huon Urbald Ogier Norbert Van De Laarschot
  • Patent number: 10175461
    Abstract: A six-piece optical lens system with a wide field of view includes, in order from the object side to the image side: a first lens element with a negative refractive power, a second lens element with a positive refractive power, a stop, a third lens element with a positive refractive power, a fourth lens element with a negative refractive power, a fifth lens element with a positive refractive power. Such arrangements can provide a six-piece optical lens system which has a wide field of view, high resolution, short length and less distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NEWMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shu-Tzu Lai
  • Patent number: 10178339
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Patent number: 10173590
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for overlaying on an in-vehicle display road objects associated with potential hazards are disclosed. In one example implementation, a method may include: responsive to detecting a presence of a detected vehicle in proximity to the local vehicle, determining, by a processing device, a position of the detected vehicle, a speed of the detected vehicle, and a time to the local vehicle of the detected vehicle; determining, by the processing device, whether the detected vehicle, in proximity to the local vehicle, represents a potential hazard to the local vehicle based on the position of the detected vehicle, the speed of the detected vehicle, and a time to the local vehicle of the detected vehicle; and responsive to determining that the detected vehicle, in proximity to the local vehicle, represents a potential hazard to the local vehicle, overlaying, by the processing device, a warning indicium on the in-vehicle display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yi G. Glaser, Allan K. Lewis, Daniel S. Glaser, Mohammad Naserian, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10176683
    Abstract: A system including a video sequence embodied in memory, a processor that detects a moving object or person within a field of view of the video sequence, a processor that tracks the moving object or person and that identifies a plurality of frames that summarizes movement of the moving object or person within a time interval of the video sequence and a processor that combines the identified plurality of frames into a thumbnail image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Deepak Sundar Meganathan, Shankar Prasad H. M.
  • Patent number: 10174904
    Abstract: A light assembly to ground electronic elements, including a platform that supports a front part of the electronic elements; a housing that supports the electronic elements and the platform, the housing having an anchor that protrudes from the housing to support the platform, a plurality of ridges that protrudes from the housing to support a back part of the electronic elements, a back and a front reflective layers that cover the plurality of ridges and the anchor; and a connector that provides electrical connections between each electronic elements. The front and back reflective layers provide grounding for the electronic elements via the plurality of ridges and the anchor, the connector provides electrical connections between the electronic elements and the back reflective layer, and the platform support provides retaining of the electrical connections provided by the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Singleton, Brian Hunt, Colby Darlage, Ziyi Li
  • Patent number: 10169999
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are provided for interfacing a roadway obstacle and navigation system with an obstacle identification and route determination system to identify roadway obstacles based on vehicular data. The roadway obstacle and navigation system may receive vehicular data through sensor utilization and communications with electronic devices. The vehicular data may be analyzed by the roadway obstacle and navigation system in conjunction with the obstacle identification and route determination system to identify roadway obstacles. The roadway obstacle and navigation system may use the roadway obstacles to provide safety alerts to drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Solutions Private Limited
    Inventor: Anil Kumar Pandurangarao
  • Patent number: 10171758
    Abstract: Multi-spectrum imaging systems and methods are provided to imaging in multiple spectrums, e.g., thermal IR (infrared) at 4 ?m and 10 ?m wavelengths, near-IR, and visible light, all on a same optical centerline. For example, an imaging system includes a first imager and a second imager. The first imager includes an array of thermal IR detectors, wherein the first imager is configured to receive incident photonic radiation and generate a thermal IR image, wherein each thermal IR detector comprises a photon absorber member that is configured to absorb thermal IR photonic radiation from the incident photonic radiation, and reflect remaining photonic radiation in the incident photonic radiation along an optical path of the imaging system. The second imager is disposed in said optical path of the imaging system, wherein the second imager is configured to receive the remaining photonic radiation reflected from the first imager and generate a second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Digital Direct IR, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter N. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10165171
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically controlling audiovisual apparatuses. A portable camera and a docking module configured to wirelessly trigger the camera to activate/deactivate the buffering and storage of data captured by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Coban Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry W. Boykin
  • Patent number: 10160400
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laser scanning device for mounting on the roof rack of a vehicle, comprising a base support, which is configured as an “X”, can be mounted on a roof rack and on which a laser scanning module that spans the fork of the “X” can be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: RIEGL LASER MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Rainer Reichert, Thomas Fälbl, Johannes Riegl, Martin Pfennigbauer
  • Patent number: 10160402
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rear camera module for a vehicle. The disclosed rear camera module includes a module cover mounted to a rear side of the vehicle such that a rotational shaft of a rear wiper is rotatably coupled to the module cover and a rear camera module installed at the module cover to photograph a rear-view image of the vehicle. The rear camera module can be easily and conveniently installed at the rear side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jee Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 10165265
    Abstract: An online sensor calibration verification system includes at least one sensor configured to extract a calibration feature included in a field of view of the sensor. The online sensor calibration verification system further includes an electronic calibration verification module configured to determine a static reference feature model, and to verify a calibration of the at least one sensor based on a positional relationship between an extracted calibration feature and the static reference feature model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason C. Derenick, Xuchu Ding, Shuo Zhang, Igor Cherepinsky, Joshua M. Leland, Christopher Stathis
  • Patent number: 10155485
    Abstract: A device for capturing images of the outer area of a motor vehicle includes a camera, a carrier, a cover and a movement element. The movement element is rotatably mounted on a first rotational axis of the carrier and a transmission element is rotatably mounted on a second rotational axis of the carrier. The transmission element is integrally molded onto the cover. The movement element and the transmission element are connected to one another via a cover connection. When the movement element moves from a standby position into an intermediate position, the cover is moved from a closed position into an open position. The movement element and the camera are connected to one another via a camera connection. Movement of the movement element from the intermediate position into an operating position keeps the cover in the open position and moves the camera from a rest position into an active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Buss
  • Patent number: 10155484
    Abstract: A rear-view side mirror assembly includes a base for attachment to a vehicle, one or more support arms extending from the base, and a rearview housing attached to the support arm and configured for telescoping movement along the support arm. A camera is attached within the housing. In some cases, the camera is attached to the support arms so as to remain stationary relative to the mirror base and vehicle as the mirror head telescopes inward and outward. An elongated aperture in the mirror head housing ensures that the camera lens is not occluded as the mirror head telescopes between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Paul Henion, Darryl Brooks, Gary Sinelli
  • Patent number: 10156665
    Abstract: According to an embodiment a device comprises: an image sensor, an optical system comprising at least one lens, and an infrared, IR cut-off filter, transmission characteristics of the IR cut-off filter comprising a ripple with low transmission between wavelengths corresponding to blue and green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Mikko Juhola
  • Patent number: 10157470
    Abstract: To achieve highly accurate image analysis processing without using a large amount of network bandwidth, an analysis apparatus acquires an image via a network, executes analysis processing, acquires additional image data depending on a result of the analysis processing, and executes reanalysis processing by using the additional image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiko Mayuzumi
  • Patent number: 10155478
    Abstract: A system for detecting a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer and a controller is configured to process the captured images. The controller derives an edge map and identifies trailer pixels therein. The controller defines a number of candidate lines in the edge map and determines the hitch angle based on an angle between a selected candidate line and a reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zheng Hu, Erick Michael Lavoie