Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10152639
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and a system for identifying a vacant parking space in a parking lot. The method includes receiving, by a parking space identifier, at least one image frame from an imaging device. The method includes determining one or more bounding boxes indicative of one or more vehicles in the at least one image frame and executing vehicle classification on the detected one or more bounding boxes in the at least one image frame to determine at least one first dimension corresponding to each of the one or more vehicles in the portion of the parking lot. Further the method includes comparing at least one second dimension of space in between pairs of non-overlapping bounding boxes and a predefined threshold corresponding to the vehicle classification and determining the vacant parking space associated with the vehicle classification based on the at least one first dimension and the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Vinod Pathangay, Rahul Siripurapu
  • Patent number: 10152635
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, computer program products, and systems are provided for training a network to act as an overhanging structure detector using an unsupervised machine learning technique. An image is received that was captured by an image capturing device in communication with a probe apparatus on board a vehicle, wherein the image comprises at least a portion of a roadway. A sky projection is generated based on at least a portion of the image. It is determined whether the sky projection comprises a feature that defines a feature direction that is substantially non-vertical. Responsive to determining that the sky projection does comprise a feature that defines a feature direction that is substantially non-vertical, it is determined that the image comprises an overhanging structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Anirudh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10147153
    Abstract: A supervision and penalty method and system for expressway emergency lane occupancy based on public supervision and reporting. The system includes a mobile terminal and a central computer. When a citizen notices a violation behavior of emergency lane occupancy of another vehicle, evidence is collected by photographing and images are uploaded to the central computer; meanwhile, user location information is automatically read and uploaded. The central computer acquires, through network transmission, image information and location information uploaded by a client, distinguishes whether it is a malicious reporting behavior and performs technical processing and license plate recognition on the uploaded images, checks the road section where the violation behavior occurs, and determines whether the violation behavior is an emergency lane violation behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhirui Ye, Yu Yan, Jiaojiao Zhu, Yingzi Huang, Cuicui Sun
  • Patent number: 10144341
    Abstract: A vehicular lighting system includes low beam headlamps, high beam headlamps and a control unit configured so that during operation of the lighting system, the control unit determines the operational status of the high beam headlamp and selectively adjusts the illuminating intensity of the low beam headlamp. In particular, the brightness of the low beam headlamp can be increased during periods where the high beam is not being, thereby allowing the low beam to more closely approximate the brightness of the high beam, but without the glare associated with conventional high beam patterns. In this way, artificially low illuminating intensity limitations placed on the low beam headlamps can be overcome during periods where the lighting system is operating but the high beams are not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North Ameria, Inc.
    Inventor: Sunil Dalal
  • Patent number: 10145087
    Abstract: To recognize an obstacle such as a working face which may be touched by a revolving upperstructure including a height position thereof at the time of a swing control. A plurality of first cameras 13 for forming bird's eye views which photograph obliquely lower parts of directions different from each other are arranged in a revolving upperstructure 3, a composite bird's eye view 20 is displayed on a display 15, second cameras 16R, 16L for photographing through images including corner parts from a rear end of the revolving upperstructure 3 to side parts within a visual field range are arranged in lower part positions of a swing frame 3a of the revolving upperstructure 3 so as to rotate following swing of the revolving upperstructure 3, and corner part through images 30R, 30L are displayed on the display 15 so as to be superimposed on the composite bird's eye view 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Kowatari, Kouji Fujita, Yoshihiro Inanobe, Hiroyoshi Tanaka, Takashi Kusama, Moritaka Oota, Hidefumi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 10140783
    Abstract: A central gateway of a vehicle includes a processor and a storage connected to a plurality of vehicle buses. The gateway receives raw data from an electronic control unit (ECU) via one of the vehicle buses, augments the raw data with availability, classification, and context information, publishes the raw data to a publish/subscribe topic hosted to the storage, and subscribes at least a second ECU of the vehicle to the topic. A database of the central gateway is accessed, according to a determined type of raw data received by a central gateway of a vehicle from an electronic control unit (ECU) via a vehicle bus, for augmenting the raw data with availability, classification, and context information. The augmented data is provided to a publish/subscribe topic hosted by the gateway for accessing over a communication network by a service external to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas B. Thornburg, Brett Stottlemyer, Brock Watters, Nathan Gabrielli, Richard Englert
  • Patent number: 10137890
    Abstract: Obstacles located in an external environment of a vehicle can be classified. At least a portion of the external environment can be sensed using one or more sensors to acquire sensor data. An obstacle candidate can be identified based on the acquired sensor data. An occlusion status for the identified obstacle candidate can be determined. The occlusion status can be a ratio of acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded to all acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate. A classification for the obstacle candidate can be determined based on the determined occlusion status. A driving maneuver for the vehicle can be determined at least partially based on the determined classification for the obstacle candidate. The vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver. The vehicle can be an autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakai, Xue Mei, Nobuhide Kamata
  • Patent number: 10131277
    Abstract: A surroundings monitoring apparatus includes an acquisition portion acquiring captured image data from an imaging portion that captures an image of an area including a road surface in a moving direction of a vehicle and in a vicinity of the vehicle, and an output control portion outputting the captured image data acquired by the acquisition portion to a display device by switching a screen displayed at the display device to the captured image data based on one of a change of a pitch angle of the vehicle and a change of a gradient of the road surface on which the vehicle is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10136107
    Abstract: An image sensor may have an array of image pixels arranged in color filter unit cells that each have at least one red image pixel that generates red image signals, at least one blue image pixel that generate blue image signals, at least one clear image pixels that generate clear image signals, at least one infrared image pixel that generates infrared image signals, and optionally at least one green image pixel that generates green image signals. The image sensor may be coupled to processing circuitry that performs chroma demosaicking operations on the image signals. The processing circuitry may generate an infrared image using the infrared image signals and a luminance value using the clear, red, blue, and infrared image signals. The processing circuitry may perform point filter operations on the image signals based on the generated luminance value to produce corrected visible light image signals having improved image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keelan, Marko Mlinar
  • Patent number: 10131292
    Abstract: A triple camera uses three image capture modules to provide mono-type image and/or stereo-type image to a vehicle. In one implementation, the triple camera may include a housing defining an external appearance of the triple camera; a first image capture module including a first lens module and a first image sensor to capture a first forward image of a vehicle; a second image capture module including a second lens module and a second image sensor to capture a second forward image of a vehicle; and a third image capture module including a third lens module and a third image sensor to capture a third forward image of a vehicle. The first to third image capture modules may be disposed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaeheon Oh
  • Patent number: 10128595
    Abstract: A camera for a vision system of a vehicle includes a front housing portion, a circuit board and a rear housing portion. The front housing portion includes a lens and the rear housing portion includes first and second connectors for electrically connecting to a vehicle wire harness when the camera is disposed at a vehicle. The circuit board includes circuitry established thereat, with the circuitry being associated with an imager of the camera. The first connector includes a multi-pin connector portion having at least one terminal for electrically connecting to at least one first circuit element at the circuit board. The second connector includes a coaxial cable connector portion that receives a connecting end of a coaxial cable for electrical connection to at least one second circuit element at the circuit board. The first and second connectors are at least in part molded at the rear housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Conger, Steven V. Byrne, Nazar F. Bally, Achim Newiger, Christian Mai
  • Patent number: 10129472
    Abstract: A method for correlating views of two or more video camera systems includes obtaining a plurality of data point coordinate sets to represent relative positioning between the camera systems and data point objects in the environment. The views may be correlated through Interpolation or extrapolation using the obtained data point coordinate sets. Devices such as lasers may also be used to correlate views of two or more video camera systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: William Matthew Salivar, John Michael Rozmus, Robert Gerald Palmer
  • Patent number: 10125921
    Abstract: A mount assembly for releasably receiving a mounting cleat includes a top housing portion, a bottom housing portion, and a recess in the top housing portion to receive the mounting cleat. The mount assembly further includes a biasing device connected to housing portions such that the biasing device exerts a force upon the top housing portion which tends to return the top housing portion to an unrotated position relative to the bottom housing portion. The mount assembly further includes a first clasp mechanism and a second clasp mechanism at least partially disposed within the top housing portion extendable into the recess to clasp the mounting cleat when the top housing portion is in the unrotated position. Finally, the mount assembly includes a locking mechanism configured to temporarily prevent rotation of the top housing portion relative to the bottom housing portion when the locking mechanism is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Tofigh Khodapanah, William Wai-Chung Chow, Jonathan H. Guerdrum, Paul B. Koh, Peter S. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10129445
    Abstract: A roof mounted module for a vehicle includes a base plate configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle roof. An outer housing operably coupled with the base plate. An inner housing proximate the outer housing, including an imager sealing portion defining a sealing plane. The inner housing defines an inner cavity. An imager module is disposed in the cavity and is in communication with a viewing aperture defined through the outer housing. An imager mounting feature is disposed between the imager module and the inner housing. The imager mounting feature applies a force acting in a direction normal to the sealing plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Michael G. Hendricks, Kevin A. Schueler, Peter T. Kantola
  • Patent number: 10121379
    Abstract: An apparatus for safety-driving of a vehicle, including: a camera unit outputting images of different directions based on a vehicle by photographing the vicinity of the vehicle, the images including a left image and a right image of the vehicle; a top-view image output unit synthesizing the images to output a top-view image; a traffic lane detecting unit detecting a left or right traffic lane of the vehicle from the top-view image by considering a traffic lane feature of the top-view image; a side vehicle detecting unit detecting a wheel of another vehicle in at least one of the left image and the right image; an another vehicle area estimating unit estimating an existing area of another vehicle by considering the location of the detected wheel; and a warning signal output unit outputting a warning signal when the vehicle enters the existing area of another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10112536
    Abstract: A camera system on a vehicle includes an electronic control unit, a base sensor, on a first portion of the vehicle, and a remote sensor on a second portion of the vehicle. The base sensor and the remote sensor communicate with the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit associates the remote sensor with the base sensor based on respective signals received from the base sensor and the remote sensor representing respective measurements of a first physical quantity by the base sensor and the remote sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Karl H. Jones, Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Patent number: 10112539
    Abstract: An image display control apparatus including an image generation portion generating an output image which resembles a map of a room mirror using at least a vehicle outside image based on at least one of a detection result of an eye point position acquisition portion detecting a position of an eye point of a driver and a detection result of an angle acquisition portion detecting an angle of a display device, and a display control portion controlling the display device so that the display device displays the output image generated by the image generation portion. The output image which is similar to the map of the room mirror may be displayed at the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tamotsu Kameshima, Yoshikuni Hashimoto, Takayuki Higo, Naoki Kajigai
  • Patent number: 10115027
    Abstract: Driver assistance systems for detecting a structural barrier extending along a road. The driver assistance system may be mountable in a host vehicle. The camera may capture multiple image frames in the forward field of view of the camera. A processor may process motion of images of the barrier in the image frames. The camera may be a single camera. The motion of the images may be responsive to forward motion of the host vehicle and/or the motion of the images may be responsive to lateral motion of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mibileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon P. Stein
  • Patent number: 10106194
    Abstract: A display apparatus, a vehicle including the same, includes a sensor unit configured to acquire vehicle periphery information, and an interface unit configured to acquire vehicle state information. The display apparatus also includes a display unit configured to display a first indicator indicating a target steering direction, a third indicator indicating a current steering state, and a second indicator displayed at a position between the first indicator and the third indicator. The display apparatus also includes a processor configured to determine the target steering direction based on the vehicle state information and the vehicle periphery information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Yang, Wonseok Yoo, Seunghyeon Jo
  • Patent number: 10110880
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may include stereo cameras that include a left camera and a right camera. The cameras may capture a majority of images in black and white, which may be captured in a single color channel. At certain times during a flight, the UAV may be configured to generate colorized images. To generate colorized images, the camera may capture a first image using a default color channel (e.g., green), which may be used for black and white images, and then selectively apply a color filter to capture a second image associated with a different color channel than the first image. A multi-channel color image may be created using at least the first image and the second image. By adding a third image in the remaining color channel, the created image may be generated as a red-green-blue image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Cooper
  • Patent number: 10106085
    Abstract: A vehicle side and rear monitoring system with a fail-safe function and a method thereof are provided. The system provides a fail-safe function for safe driving of a vehicle when an abnormality occurs in a side monitoring system of the vehicle, and a technique that provides a continuous side field of view of the vehicle when an abnormality occurs in the side monitoring system in the vehicle equipped with an AVM system. In addition, the system and provides a technique that corrects the distortion of an image captured by an AVM camera and performs an image rotation transformation to provide the image captured by the AVM camera at the same angle as that provided by side-view cameras. Therefore, when an abnormality occurs in the side monitoring system, the vehicle side and rear monitoring system with a fail-safe function continuously provides the same image as captured by the side-view cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SL Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Sub Kim, Keun Sig Lim, Chan Mook Choi, Chang Ju Kim, Dong Uk Kang, Seok Keon Kwon
  • Patent number: 10108864
    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: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Prashanth Ramanathpu Viswanath, Soyeb Nagori, Manu Mathew
  • Patent number: 10101747
    Abstract: A sensor synchronization system for an autonomous vehicle is described. Upon initializing a master clock on a master processing node for a sensor apparatus of the autonomous vehicle, the system determines whether an external timing signal is available. If the signal is not available, the system sets the master clock using a local timing signal from a low-power clock on the autonomous vehicle. Based on a clock cycle of the master clock, the system propagates timestamp messages to the sensors of the sensor apparatus, receives sensor data, and formats the sensor data based on the timestamp messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Tascione, Justin Waters, Mark Sibenac, Jordan Brindza, Daniel Leland Strother, Morgan Jones
  • Patent number: 10099616
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an image obtaining unit for obtaining an image of surroundings of the vehicle, a communication unit for receiving an image from at least one of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) and another vehicle in the surroundings of the vehicle, and a display unit for displaying the image obtained by the image obtaining unit and the CCTV image received from the communication unit or the image from the other vehicle received from the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sung Un Kim, Ki Dong Kang, Kyunghyun Kang, HeeJin Ro, Seok-young Youn, Bitna Baek, Ga Hee Kim, Jong Hyuck Heo, Chisung Kim
  • Patent number: 10099617
    Abstract: A driving assistance device displaying a condition around a vehicle on a display unit includes: a storage device storing an external shape of the vehicle; an object detection device detecting a position of an object around the vehicle and an external shape of a vehicle side of the object; a movement information acquiring device acquiring movement information relating to a direction and an amount of movement of the vehicle; a relative position estimating device estimating a relative position of the object to the vehicle based on the position of the object and the movement information; an image generating device generating a top-view image of the vehicle and the object viewed from above the vehicle based on the external shape of the vehicle, the external shape of the object, and the relative position of the object to the vehicle; and a display device displaying the top-view image on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makiko Tauchi
  • Patent number: 10102644
    Abstract: A method of estimating an orientation of a camera relative to a surface includes providing a first image and a subsequent second image captured by the camera; selecting a first point from the first image and a second point from the second image, where the first and second points represent the same object; defining a first optical flow vector connecting the first point and the second point; carrying out a first estimation step comprising estimating two components of the normal vector in the camera coordinate system by using the first optical flow vector and restricting parameter space to only the two components of the normal vector, wherein a linear equation system derived from a homography matrix that represents a projective transformation between the first image and the second image is provided and the two components of the normal vector in the camera coordinate system are estimated by solving the linear equation system; and determining the orientation of the camera relative to the surface using the results
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jens Westerhoff, Stephanie Lessmann, Mirko Meuter, Jan Siegemund
  • Patent number: 10102826
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a glare effect in a first partial region of the first display device in which an item of information is represented as an image; sorting items of information according to relevance if a plurality of items of information is represented on the first display device; checking and establishing that a glare effect in a second partial region of the first display device or on a second display device is lower than the glare effect in the first partial region; checking and establishing that no item of information, or an item of information with lower relevance, is represented in the second partial region of the first display device or on the second display device; and representing the one item of information, or the one item of information with a higher relevance, in the second partial region of the first display device or on the second display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Bieger
  • Patent number: 10093234
    Abstract: An image display system includes a display provided on an interior surface of a vehicle body structure, including a front pillar, and a camera that captures an image of an extended region including an image of a blind spot region outside the vehicle body structure. When the door is in a closed state, the image display system causes the display to display the image of the blind spot region. The image of the blind spot region is generated based on the image of the extended region captured by the camera, by extracting, from the image of the extended region, the image of the blind spot region in a shape of the display. An interior surface of the front pillar includes a curved shape. The display is provided in the interior surface of the front pillar along the curved shape of the interior surface of the front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Ukeda
  • Patent number: 10097740
    Abstract: A front imaging portion captures the front side of a vehicle. A rear imaging portion captures the interior or the rear side of the vehicle. A casing houses the front imaging portion and the rear imaging portion. A heat sink is located between the front imaging portion and the rear imaging portion in the casing to radiate heat inside the casing. A fixing portion is located on the outer surface of the casing and between a first end and a second end of the heat sink and separated from the heat sink to fix the casing to the vehicle. An intake is located adjacent to the fixing portion at the first end to be open toward the heat sink. An outlet is located adjacent to the fixing portion at the second end to be open toward the heat sink while facing the intake with the fixing portion interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Sugimura, Yoji Sasaki, Tsuyoshi Okunishi, Seiji Shinohara, Takao Sekine, Satoshi Negami, Fumio Tsukamoto, Hirofumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10095039
    Abstract: A head-up display includes a display unit displaying images in a display region defined on a vehicle windshield, a vehicle information acquisition unit acquiring vehicle information, a forward view information acquisition unit acquiring forward view information, a display object detection unit detecting a display object for which guidance information is required to be displayed in the display region, a display control unit, and a display form setting unit. The display control unit generates a guidance image indicating the guidance information of the detected display object and displays the generated guidance image over the display object in superimposed manner on the windshield. The display form setting unit calculates an annoyance value indicative of an annoyance level felt by a vehicle occupant when displaying the guidance image in superimposed manner, and sets a display form of the guidance image so that the calculated annoyance value is within a predetermined appropriate range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Onda, Hiroshi Ando, Makoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 10096242
    Abstract: The disclosed is a driving assist apparatus for a vehicle which can reduce the frequency at which information of a stop sign provided for an adjacent road is provided to a driver. The driving assist apparatus has a display control section which operates when a newly recognized road sign is a particular sign and determines whether or not a speed limit is equal to or lower than a display prohibition speed. The display control section does not display the mark of the recognized road sign on a display when the speed limit is higher than the display prohibition speed and displays the mark of the recognized road sign on the display when the speed limit is equal to or lower than the display prohibition speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10095029
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a controller, a display device coupled to the controller, and a detector coupled to the controller. The display device displays virtual environmental images. The detector detects a spatial parameter of a local space of the electronic apparatus in which the electronic apparatus is located. The controller receives the spatial parameter and controls the display device based on the spatial parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ben Xu
  • Patent number: 10096224
    Abstract: Upon detection of movement or object, the device of the present invention can vibrate, emit a sound, or transmit another signal to a wearer's phone App and/or earbuds/headphones. Depending on settings and preferences, the device (or the App) can cause the device, or even a separate device, to vibrate, emit a custom alarm and/or send a tone to earbuds/earphones/headphones, either through the App or directly from the device, or send another signal. The technology described can also be built into and integrated directly within a cell phone if so desired potentially using the processor, sensor or battery already present within the cell phone. The device uses these communication methods as a means to notify the wearer of an object (person, car, bike, etc.) approaching or moving in the rear or side areas of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Auburndale Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Pamela A. Kegley, Donald R. Kegley, Jr., Eric V. Carey, Prasan Dutt
  • Patent number: 10097772
    Abstract: A subject detecting unit 107 calculates a subject position on the basis of a subject region obtained by calculating the difference between an overhead image generated from an image for difference calculation stored in an image for difference calculation storage unit 106 and an overhead image generated by an overhead image generating unit 105. A projection plane calculating unit 108 forms a projection plane at the subject position, and a subject image generating unit 109 projects camera images of image taking devices 1a to 1c onto the projection plane, and generates a subject image. A display image generating unit 110 outputs to a display 2 an image formed by synthesizing the subject image with the overhead images generated by the overhead image generating unit 105.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohei Miki, Ichiro Furuki, Toshiharu Aiura
  • Patent number: 10093237
    Abstract: The audible alert system for truck operators comprises a mirror unit and a cab unit. The mirror unit attaches to an external mirror of the truck where it has an unobstructed view of the system. The mirror unit comprises a camera, which captures images of the area behind the truck and a processor that analyzes the images looking for a change in the dock light system. Whenever the mirror unit detects that the dock light system has changes, it wirelessly transmits a notification to the cab unit. The cab unit receives the notification and activates a sound transducer and/or indictor light to alert the truck operator. The truck operator may silence the sound transducer and/or extinguish the indicator light by pressing a reset button on the cab unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Ammar Idris
  • Patent number: 10089541
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a camera having an exterior field of view at least rearward of the vehicle and operable to capture image data. A trailer is attached to the vehicle and image data captured by the camera includes image data captured when the vehicle is maneuvered with the trailer at an angle relative to the vehicle. The vehicular control system determines a trailer angle of the trailer and is operable to determine a path of the trailer responsive at least to a steering angle of the vehicle and the determined trailer angle of the trailer. The vehicular control system determines an object present exterior of the vehicle and the vehicular control system distinguishes a drivable surface from a prohibited space, and the vehicular control system plans a driving path for the vehicle that neither impacts the object nor violates the prohibited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Pliefke, Paul Jarmola, Thomas Wierich, Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10086773
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle camera 1, when an in-vehicle camera body 5 is hooked on a hook portion 33 of a bracket 3 attached to a windshield, a leaf spring 34 presses the in-vehicle camera body 5 against the bracket 3 to fix the in-vehicle camera body to the bracket 3. Therefore, the in-vehicle camera body 5 can be attached to the windshield without permitting the windshield to come off from the vehicle by the bracket's being strongly pushed such as by a jig, or without permitting the jig to scratch the windshield. Since the in-vehicle camera body is fixed to the bracket 3 by being pressed against the bracket 3 by the leaf spring 34, there is no problem of causing backlash relative to the bracket 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Syo Okuda
  • Patent number: 10084992
    Abstract: Various driver assistance systems mountable in a host vehicle and computerized methods for detecting a vertical deviation of a road surface. The driver assistance system includes a camera operatively connectible to a processor. Multiple consecutive image frames are captured from the camera including a first image of the road and a second image of the road. Based on the host vehicle motion, the second image is warped toward the first image to produce thereby a warped second image. Image points of the road in the first image and corresponding image points of the road in the warped second image are tracked. Optical flow is computed between the warped second image to the first image. The optical flow is compared with an optical flow based on a road surface model to produce a residual optical flow. The vertical deviation is computed from the residual optical flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 10081299
    Abstract: A vehicle collision warning system includes a first sensor that generates a first signal indicating a traffic condition. The system includes an external warning signal system that emits an external warning signal to warn nearby traffic about a hazard condition. The external warning signal system includes a warning device configured to emit the external warning signal, and a processor. The processor receives the first signal from the first sensor, detects the hazard condition based on the first signal, and generates a control signal to cause the warning device to emit the external warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Massimiliano Brusco
  • Patent number: 10077007
    Abstract: A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through the view pane. A control system of the sidepod stereo camera system or the AV can conditionally activate and deactivate the sidepod stereo camera system when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10079255
    Abstract: A color filter array apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a first color filter array comprising color filters arranged in a first pattern and a second color filter array comprising color filters arranged in a second pattern. The first pattern and second pattern may be arranged to optimize the detection or viewing of first and second objects, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Murad, Joseph Machak, Donald Gignac
  • Patent number: 10077074
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of guiding wireless charging of an electric vehicle. The method includes recognizing, by a controller, an entrance of the electric vehicle into a parking slot for charging, displaying, by the controller, an around view monitor (AVM) image, the AVM image including a position of an inductive power reception module mounted in the electric vehicle and a position of an inductive power transmission module drawn on the parking slot for charging and, when the position of the inductive power reception module is aligned with the position of the inductive power transmission module, informing, by the controller, a driver about alignment of the positions of the inductive power reception module and the inductive power transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Un Hwan Sol
  • Patent number: 10073451
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a safety verifying system for a tractor-trailer combination. The system includes a trailer-data storing portion, a wireless reader, a determining portion, and a controlling portion. The trailer-data storing portion is disposed in a trailer that is to be towed by a tractor. The trailer-data storing portion stores first data associated with the trailer. The wireless reader retrieves the first data from the trailer-data storing portion. The determining portion determines whether the combination of the trailer and the tractor satisfies a safety requirement based on the first data retrieved by the wireless reader and second data associated with the tractor or an intended route to a destination of the trailer. The controlling portion controls operation of the tractor based on a result of the determining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dotzler, Jason Graves, Bryan Wells
  • Patent number: 10074018
    Abstract: A parking camera system and a method of driving the same includes a plurality of cameras equipped with a vehicle, an image synthesizer for synthesizing images photographed by the plurality of cameras, and an estimated travel trajectory generating and overlaying processor for generating an estimated travel trajectory of the vehicle by receiving steering angle information of the vehicle, and synthesizing the estimated travel trajectory of the vehicle with the images synthesized by the image synthesizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sangyong Lee
  • Patent number: 10070338
    Abstract: A method for multi-channel operation in a vehicular network, the vehicular network including a plurality of communicating entities being designated as either a service provider or as a service user, a control channel for exchanging management frames among the communicating entities, and at least two different service channels for application-specific information exchange among the communicating entities, includes performing, by the communication entities, channel load estimation through a combination of physical channel measurements and an analysis of the transmitted service announcement messages (SAM) generated by service providers; and performing, by the communication entities based on the results of the channel load estimation together with existing services on the service channels and user and/or application preference configurations, dynamic service channel switching to either provide or consume a service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mate Boban
  • Patent number: 10065574
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes an in-cabin camera having a field of view that encompasses at least a hand of a driver of the vehicle. A control includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by the in-cabin camera. The control, responsive to image processing by the image processor of image data captured by the in-cabin camera, is operable to determine a movement of a hand of the vehicle driver. Responsive to determination of the movement of the driver's hand, the control is operable to determine if the movement is indicative of a gesture for controlling an accessory of the vehicle. Responsive to the determined gesture, the control may control pitch of another camera, yaw of another camera, roll of another camera, and/or a virtual viewing angle of a virtual camera of the bird's eye view system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Riza Tiryaki
  • Patent number: 10062284
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a parking space detection apparatus and method, medium and electronic equipment, in which detection is performed based on motion statuses of images of parking spaces, thereby ensuring stability of the detection result; detection is performed by combining a contour method and a machine learning method, and clearing processing is performed before using the machine learning method when a scenario is unclear, to efficiently use advantages of the contour method and the machine learning method, with the processing speed being relatively fast and being applicable to various scenarios, and the detection precision is relatively high; and furthermore, performing the detection based on the stable image may suppress random noises, and improve the detection precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Guocheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10063782
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying video is provided herein. During operation, video is displayed on one of many displays in a geographically correct fashion. For example, in an embodiment involving two displays (e.g., on a firefighter's two wrists), each of which display a video feed, the video is displayed such that the video feed of the most appropriate scene (not necessarily the video feed of the closest camera) is shown on that display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Aparna Pandey, Harish Bhandiwad, Randy L Ekl
  • Patent number: 10062204
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product to perform an operation, the operation comprising generating a three-dimensional graphical output comprising: a three-dimensional representation of a vehicle instrument cluster comprising a plurality of instruments at a first depth level, and a three-dimensional representation of a navigation system map at a second depth level, and outputting the three-dimensional graphical output for display on a three-dimensional display in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 10063786
    Abstract: A method for displaying video images includes providing a control having an image processor operable to process image data captured by cameras of a vehicular multi-camera vision system, and disposing a display device in the vehicle that is viewable by a driver of the vehicle, with the display device having a video display screen that displays video images derived at least in part from image data captured by at least one of the cameras. A display intensity of video images displayed by the video display screen is controlled and, responsive to determination of a reduction in exterior ambient light level within the field of view of the at least one of the cameras, the display intensity of video images displayed by the video display screen is held to within 15 percent of the display intensity that was displayed before the determination of the reduction in exterior ambient light level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Christian Weber