Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10628728
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled mirror includes a mirror comprising a reflective layer. The reflective layer comprises at least one layer of a metallic material. At least one portion of the reflective layer is removed to form a booster antenna from a remaining portion of the reflective layer. A dielectric coating is applied to the mirror where the reflective layer was removed. The RFID-enabled mirror further includes an RFID chip coupled to the booster antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis
  • Patent number: 10628689
    Abstract: A method for identifying a signaling state of at least one signaling device from a plurality of signaling devices includes obtaining at least one image which comprises each of the plurality of signaling devices, representing at least one first group of the plurality of signaling devices detected by the image using a display device, receiving a user input regarding the display device or regarding a representation provided by the display device, evaluating the user input and selecting a second group from the first group of the plurality of signaling devices, and detecting a signaling state of the signaling devices of the second group and outputting a signal as a function of at least one detected signaling state of a signaling device of the second group in response to a change in the signaling state. A device for carrying out such a method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l
    Inventor: Henrik Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10631016
    Abstract: A dynamic range compression device compresses multiple signal data pertaining to a common frame based on a total signal intensity range from multiple signals and limits compression of one or more signal data that are not saturated. The dynamic range compression device includes a total signal intensity circuit that calculates total intensity based on all of the signal data, a recalculation circuit that calculates a new compressed value for each signal data based on the calculation of total signal intensity to within a narrower range, a saturation circuit that determines whether one or more signal data after compression exceeds a predetermined value and are saturated signal data, and a data distribution circuit that decreases the value of the one or more saturated signal data and that increases the value of one or more non-saturated signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sohichiroh Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10618474
    Abstract: A communication assembly may include a first antenna. The communication assembly may further include a housing that houses the first antenna and an electronics enclosure. The housing may include a bottom that may be disposed on a fuselage of a vehicle. The electronics enclosure may include a radio frequency module and a camera module. The electronics enclosure may transmit heat to the fuselage of the vehicle by the bottom of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick Eoghan Denny
  • Patent number: 10618469
    Abstract: A method for displaying a rear outside area of a vehicle, with at least one camera device on the vehicle, includes bringing the camera device into various camera positions and sensing different camera-position-dependent imaging areas of the outside area by the camera device as a function of the particular camera positions. A fixed imaging area of the outside area is sensed by the camera device independently of the camera position in order to display the fixed imaging area for an operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Berthold Hussler, Marco Rosenbaum, Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 10623611
    Abstract: An electronic housing assembly comprises a printed circuit board comprising a rigid main part, at least one face of which part includes an electronic component, and comprising at least one flexible part positioned at the periphery of the rigid part, the flexible part comprising at least one electrical connection pad; an upper housing element comprising a first cylindrical wall that is inserted into a lower housing element comprising a second cylindrical wall; the flexible part extending between the first and the second cylindrical walls, the electrical connection pad of the flexible part being in electrical contact with an electrical contact surface that is positioned on the outer face of the first cylindrical wall or on the inner face of the second cylindrical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Miroslaw J. Zurowski, Witold Poreda, Arkadiusz Rafalowski
  • Patent number: 10624180
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a USB-powered lamp strip controller which comprises a USB port for connecting the controller to a power source to supply power to the controller; an infrared receiving unit electrically connected to the USB port for receiving an infrared signal transmitted by an external infrared terminal; a control unit electrically connected to the USB port and the infrared receiving unit for receiving the infrared signal and issuing a control signal according to the infrared signal; a driving unit electrically connected to the control unit to adjust a flicker color and a flicker frequency of the lamp strip according to the control signal; and a manual control unit disposed between the USB port and the control unit for inputting a manual signal to the control unit such that the driving unit drives the lamp strip to display a plurality of modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxian Shen
  • Patent number: 10624191
    Abstract: A controller for a seven-mode flowing lamp is disclosed herein which is disposed between a power source and a plurality of sets of lamp strips. The controller comprises: a reverse protection unit electrically connected to the power source to prevent the power source from being reversely connected; an infrared receiving unit electrically connected to the reverse protection unit for receiving an infrared signal transmitted by an infrared terminal; a control unit electrically connected to the reverse protection unit and the infrared receiving unit to parse the infrared signal and issue a plurality of control signals; and a plurality of driving units disposed between the control unit and the lamp strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxian Shen
  • Patent number: 10619327
    Abstract: A bulldozer includes a blade disposed in front of a vehicle body. First and second cameras are disposed to the left and right of the vehicle body, respectively. A first optical axis of the first camera faces forward and downward. The first camera is arranged to capture a first image of a gap between a lower edge of the blade and the left crawler belt. A second optical axis of the second camera faces forward and downward. The second camera is arranged to capture a second image of a gap between a lower edge of the blade and the right crawler belt. A display is configured to display the first and second images side-by-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Tsukamoto, Kazuki Kure, Etsuo Fujita, Sueyoshi Nishimine, Masahiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10618528
    Abstract: An object is to provide a technique which enables a driver to intuitively select and determine a target object to which a vehicle is to travel. A driving assistance apparatus includes a candidate selection unit which selects a target object candidate when the candidate selection unit determines that a visual line position of a driver is included in any setting range of a plurality of target object candidates and a target object determination unit which determines the target object candidate selected by the candidate selection unit as a target object when a determination button which can be operated by the driver is operated after the candidate selection unit selects the target object candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Sakai, Yuji Karita, Mitsuo Shimotani, Satoru Inoue, Yoshio Sato, Tadashi Miyahara
  • Patent number: 10622727
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a camera module configured to generate an input image, and a transceiving circuit configured to encode and modulate the input image and to provide an electric and/or magnetic first signal. Also, the camera apparatus includes an antenna attached to a metal body of a vehicle and configured to form an electromagnetic field on the metal body and to propagate the first signal received from the transceiving circuit by carrying the first signal in the electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: ZN Technologies Co., Ltd., UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
    Inventors: Chang Soo Kang, Chulgyun Park, Na Young Kim, Franklin Bien
  • Patent number: 10621861
    Abstract: A method for creating a lane-accurate occupancy grid map for lanes. In at least one mobile device, an environment is sensed by a camera and evaluated by an evaluating unit. The evaluating unit defines a section in the environment and determines a lane in the section. Objects in the environment or in the section are also detected and classified by the evaluating unit. The object information, section information, time information, and the lane information are transmitted to a map-creating device, which creates a lane-accurate occupancy grid map for the lane therefrom. The lane-accurate occupancy grid map can be transmitted back to the mobile device. Also disclosed is an associated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Andreas Titze, Stefan Ortmann
  • Patent number: 10614329
    Abstract: A system and method. The system may include a monitor implemented as a virtual window, two cameras, and a switch. The switch may be configured to: when a passenger is in a first position, feed video from a first camera to the monitor; and when the passenger is in a second position, feed video from the second camera to the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: R. Klaus Brauer
  • Patent number: 10611407
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system is provided herein. The trailer backup assist system includes a hitch angle sensor configured to determine a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer attached thereto. An input device is configured to accept an input command corresponding to a trailer path command curvature. A controller is configured to determine a vehicle threshold speed limit by determining a first vehicle speed limit based on the hitch angle and a second speed limit based on the command curvature. The controller generates a command to limit vehicle speed in a reverse direction below the threshold speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Donald Jacob Mattern, Joseph M. Raad
  • Patent number: 10613219
    Abstract: Driver assistance is provided for parking a vehicle inside a garage with a powered garage door actuating system. During parking of the vehicle in the garage, remote scanning is performed around the vehicle to detect a path of a garage door. While in the parking mode, the garage door path is compared to a vehicle profile. Driver guidance is provided in order to locate the vehicle where the profile and path are non-interfering. In a parked mode, the door is monitored for actuations, and the garage door actuator is automatically commanded to reverse if the actuator is closing the door toward an interfering position with the profile. The vehicle profile may encompass an expansion zone recurrently occupied by a powered vehicle door or tailgate. If the interfering position coincides only with the expansion zone then the command to reverse the actuator is made only if the tailgate is not closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nunzio DeCia, David M. Herman, Stephen J. Orris, Jr., Nicholas A. Scheufler
  • Patent number: 10615205
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit and a charge holding unit configured to hold an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, a waveguide disposed above the photoelectric conversion unit, and a light blocking unit configured to cover the charge holding unit, wherein a width of a bottom surface of the waveguide is smaller than 1.1 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sekine, Yusuke Onuki
  • Patent number: 10614617
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for generating a virtual view that is at least partially decoupled from a view of one or more physical cameras. An example method includes capturing images from at least one physical camera, generating a virtual image of a virtual camera from the captured images of at least one physical camera, the virtual image having either a different viewpoint, a different orientation, or a different viewpoint and orientation than the images captured by at least one physical camera, and automatically maintaining the virtual position of the virtual camera, relative to a reference point, when the at least one physical camera moves relative to the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Gustavo Adolfo Fortmann
  • Patent number: 10604075
    Abstract: A vehicle display mirror system is disclosed. The system comprises an electro-optic device configured to switch between a mirror state and a display state. The electro-optic device comprises a first substrate and a second substrate forming a cavity. The cavity is configured to retain an electro-optic medium that is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. The system further comprises a substantially transparent display disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device. The substantially transparent display comprises a switchable output grating configured to selectively diffract light outward from the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 10607092
    Abstract: A system includes an object identification module, a tailgate position module, and a user interface device (UID) control module. The object identification module is configured to identify at least one of a bumper of a vehicle and a tailgate of the vehicle in an image captured by a camera mounted to the tailgate. The tailgate position module is configured to determine that the tailgate is closed when the bumper is identified in the image, and determine that the tailgate is open when at least one of: the tailgate is identified in the image; and the bumper is not identified in the image. The UID control module is configured to adjust operation of a user interface device based on whether the tailgate is open or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Murad, Bryan W. Fowler, Princess Len Carlos
  • Patent number: 10605616
    Abstract: There is provided an image reproducing device having an acquiring unit, a converting unit, a generating unit, and a display control unit. If an index is selected by a user's operation, the generating unit generates a virtual viewpoint image according to a virtual viewpoint direction corresponding to the selected index, as a reproduction image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventor: Machiko Matsui
  • Patent number: 10604073
    Abstract: A pillar display system for a blind spot of a vehicle may include an A-pillar disposed inside a vehicle; and an image projector projecting a blind spot image of the vehicle taken with a camera, wherein a plurality of virtual ellipsoids are formed by setting an area where a driver's eyes are positioned and the image projector as focuses, and a pattern area formed by a combination of facets of the virtual ellipsoids is disposed at a position where the virtual ellipsoids and the A-pillar meet each other wherein the image from the image projector is displayed on the pattern area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yong Joo Cho
  • Patent number: 10609261
    Abstract: There is provided an optical camera to be mounted on vehicles. The optical camera includes a housing, a camera module held in the housing, and a radio communication unit held in the housing. In the optical camera, the radio communication unit is configured to transmit image data produced by the camera module to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masao Kimura
  • Patent number: 10609339
    Abstract: A system for and method of displaying multiple images on an electronic display included in a vehicle. The method may include altering the position or one or more properties of a secondary image based on whether an object is detected in a primary image. The electronic display can be an electronic display mirror providing a view of an area behind the vehicle as the primary image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Luis M. Goncalves
  • Patent number: 10609306
    Abstract: From among two images and whose imaging timings are the same and imaging directions are different, one image whose imaging direction has a predetermined relation with that of the other image is specified as a target to be divided, and this target image is divided into a first partial image and a second partial image. Then, the first partial image and the second partial image are combined with the edges of the other image located in the direction perpendicular to the imaging direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Yanagi
  • Patent number: 10609337
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image processor configured to: acquire a plurality of captured images captured by a plurality of cameras installed on a vehicle; generate a composite image showing a vicinity of the vehicle viewed from a virtual viewpoint, using the plurality of captured images; generate a vicinity image by superimposing a distance indicator that shows at least one distance from the vehicle on the composite image, the distance indicator encompassing a periphery of the vehicle in the composite image; and output the vicinity image to a display to cause the vicinity image to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Akihide Fujio, Koichi Yamamoto, Azusa Minode, Yasushi Seike, Minoru Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10609340
    Abstract: A vehicle and trailer display system is disclosed. The display system includes a plurality of imaging devices disposed on the vehicle, each having a field of view. The display system further includes a screen disposed in the vehicle operable to display images from the imaging devices. A controller is in communication with the imaging devices and the screen and is operable to receive a hitch angle corresponding to the angle between the vehicle and the trailer. Based on the hitch angle, the controller is operable to select a field of view of an imaging device to display on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sudipto Aich, Roger Arnold Trombley, John Shutko, Alex Maurice Miller
  • Patent number: 10598790
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system. The LIDAR system includes a modular LIDAR device, which includes a scanner component and a structurally separate base component. The scanner component is mountable on an external surface of a vehicle, and includes a light source and detector to capture LIDAR data including a measure of a distance to an object relative to the vehicle. The scanner component also includes a communications transmitter to transmit LIDAR data indicative of the distance, and a power receiver to wirelessly power the scanner component. The base component is at least partially mountable on an interior surface of the vehicle, and includes a power transmitter to wirelessly power the scanner component, a communications receiver to wirelessly receive the LIDAR data, and a processor to enable autonomous or semi-autonomous navigation of the vehicle based on processed LIDAR data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10596979
    Abstract: A device for capturing optical information configured for being installed in a recess of an exterior surface of a vehicle, comprising at least an imaging means configured for obtaining optical information of the surroundings of the vehicle. The imaging means are movable between an operating position and a non-operating position, wherein in the non-operating position the imaging means is able to be located in the recess of the vehicle. The device also comprises a protective cover configured for being able to cover the opening of the recess when the imaging means is in an operating position outside the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FICOSA ADAS, S.L.U.
    Inventors: Adrián González, Victor Iglesias
  • Patent number: 10596966
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes an imaging unit configured to capture a video around a vehicle, a generation unit configured to generate a bird's eye view video obtained by converting a viewpoint of the captured video so it seems as if the vehicle is seen from above, a horizontally long display unit disposed in front of a driver's seat in the vehicle, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a steering angle of the vehicle, an orientation determination unit configured to determine as to whether a steering orientation of the vehicle is left or right based on the information on the steering angle of the vehicle, and a display control unit configured to perform control in such a way that a display mode of the bird's eye view video displayed on the display unit is changed according to the steering orientation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Tabata, Shuji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10591576
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for vehicle tracking. Systems and methods described herein may allow a vehicle to automatically detect the presence of a physical marker at a parking space. An image of the physical marker may be processed to determine the location of the vehicle, which may be stored and/or output for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Qiaochu Tang, Micah Price, Jason Hoover, Geoffrey Dagley, Avid Ghamsari
  • Patent number: 10594982
    Abstract: A vehicular camera includes a front camera housing accommodating a lens and an imager, a rear camera housing, and a PCB. The PCB has first and second contacts that include respective first and second electrically conductive pads. A spring-loaded electrical connector is disposed at the rear camera housing and includes first and second terminals for connecting to respective ones of the first and second contacts at the PCB. As the rear camera housing is moved into engagement with the front camera housing, the terminals engage the contacts and compress towards a compressed state and, after the rear camera housing is attached at the front camera housing, are in spring-biased electrical connection with the contacts at the PCB. The electrical connector includes a connector end that is opposite the terminals and that is configured to electrically connect to a coaxial connector of a coaxial cable of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jamie A. Mleczko, Jonathan D. Conger
  • Patent number: 10591928
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes: an image capturer configured to image surroundings of a vehicle; a road partition line recognizer configured to recognize a position of a road partition line on the basis of an image; a driving controller configured to control at least steering of the vehicle on the basis of the position of the road partition line; and an object detector configured to detect objects in the vicinity of the vehicle by emitting radiowaves and detecting reflected waves generated due to the radiowaves coming into contact with the objects, wherein, in a case in which the position of the road partition line is unrecognizable using the road partition line recognizer, the driving controller is configured to control at least steering of the vehicle on the basis of the position of an object, of which the reflectivity is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10591605
    Abstract: Methods and systems for navigating a vehicle along a surface employ a scanner to scan a light beam over the surface; employ light reflected by one or more fiducial markers on the surface onto pixels of a receiver to determine a spatial arrangement of the fiducial markers on the surface; and compare the spatial arrangement of the fiducial markers with a predetermined map of the fiducial markers to determine a location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Gerard Dirk Smits
  • Patent number: 10586403
    Abstract: A method for selecting a number of occupants for a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method comprises receiving an input to a user input of a mirror assembly of a vehicle. In response to the input, the method continues by activating a communication module to an active state and activating a status indicator indicating the active state. The method further comprises determining a stored occupant number from a memory and activating an occupancy indicator to illuminate at a first predetermined frequency for a first number of illuminations. The first number of illuminations of the occupancy indicator is equal to the occupant number. The method further comprises monitoring for the user input for an input time period. In response to receiving the input to the user input during the input time period, the method continues by incrementing the occupant number to an updated occupant number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Autumn N. Lagowski (nee Giles), Michael J. Metivier
  • Patent number: 10586351
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are generally described for estimation of ambient light levels. In various examples, an image sensor may capture a frame of image data. In some examples, an ambient light value of the frame may be determined. In some examples, a first region of the frame corresponding to a first physical characteristic and a second region of the frame corresponding to a second physical characteristic may be determined. In various examples, a first reflection coefficient associated with the first physical characteristic and a second reflection coefficient associated with the second physical characteristic may be determined. In some examples, an IR correction value may be determined for the frame of image data based at least in part on the first reflection coefficient and the second reflection coefficient. An estimated ambient light value may be determined based at least in part on the IR correction value and the ambient light value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Vladimirovich Brailovskiy, Isabella Talley Lewis
  • Patent number: 10586119
    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 path of the trailer responsive at least to a steering angle of the vehicle. The vehicular control system detects an object present exterior of the vehicle during maneuvering of the vehicle and the trailer and based at least in part on image processing of captured image data. The vehicular control system plans a driving path for the vehicle that avoids the detected object so that the vehicle and the trailer do not run over or contact the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Pliefke, Paul Jarmola, Thomas Wierich, Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10576892
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a plurality of cameras for capturing images within a field of view surrounding the vehicle; a processor for generating a real-time view of an area within the field of view using currently-captured images, and a time-delayed view of a region outside the field of view using previously-captured images stored in a memory; and a display for displaying a hybrid view comprising the real-time view and time-delayed view. Embodiments also include a vehicle camera system comprising a plurality of cameras configured to capture images within a field of view surrounding the vehicle, and a processor configured to generate a real-time view of an area within the field of view using currently-captured images, a time-delayed view of a region outside the field of view using previously-captured images stored in a memory, and a hybrid view of the vehicle by integrating the time-delayed view into the real-time view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Haggerty, Brad Alan Ignaczak, Jonathan Diedrich
  • Patent number: 10576908
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a housing that houses at least (i) electronic circuitry disposed at a main printed circuit board (PCB) and (ii) an imager assembly. The imager assembly includes an imager and an imager PCB. Electronic circuitry is disposed at an upper side and at a lower side of the main PCB. The lower side of the main PCB faces a lower housing portion and the upper side of the main PCB faces an upper housing portion. The imager assembly includes a flexible cable that connects electronic circuitry disposed at the imager PCB with electronic circuitry disposed at the main PCB. An electronic component of electronic circuitry disposed at the main PCB is in thermal conductivity with a thermal element, which is in thermal conductivity with the lower housing portion. The thermal element includes a thermally conductive resilient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Garret F. Achenbach, Brian A. Gorman, Brian F. Smith, Steven G. Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10576906
    Abstract: The invention relates to a camera arrangement for a vehicle having a camera unit and a pivot mechanism for the pivoting of the camera unit into an active position and into a position of rest. The camera unit is accommodated in a chamber in an inaccessible manner from the outside in the position of rest and is pivoted out of the chamber in the active position for the optical detection of a surrounding zone. The pivot mechanism comprises two pivot arms which are rotatably coupled to the camera unit at oppositely disposed sides thereof and which pivot in opposite directions during the pivoting of the camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: WITTE Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Nickel
  • Patent number: 10572753
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an outside recognition device for a vehicle with which it is possible to correctly estimate the orientation of an obstruction. An outside recognition device according to the present invention is provided with an obstruction detection unit for detecting an obstruction in an image, an orientation estimation unit for estimating the orientation of the obstruction detected by the obstruction detection unit, and an orientation correction unit for correcting the orientation estimated by the orientation estimation unit in accordance with the positional relationship of the obstruction and the camera. With this outside recognition device for a vehicle, it is possible to correctly estimate the orientation of the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kume, Masahiro Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 10574908
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying image data when a vehicle is located on an on-ramp to a roadway includes one or more processors, left and right vehicle side cameras, a display, and one or more memory modules. The one or more memory modules store logic that cause the system to: determine, based on the location signal output by the one or more vehicle location sensors, whether a vehicle is on the on-ramp to merge on to the roadway; determine a direction of merging, and display image data on the display. Image data from the left vehicle side camera is displayed when it is determined that the direction of merging is to a left side of the vehicle. Image data from the right vehicle side camera is displayed when it is determined that the direction of merging is to a right side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Sergei Gage
  • Patent number: 10572967
    Abstract: In a pixel region in a frame of image data, calculation contents are switched over in robustness. An imaging circuit includes an image sensor, a processing element, and an instruction control section. An image sensor generates image data by photoelectrically converting an image signal from an object. A processing element processes line data included in image data in parallel. An instruction control section selects one of a plurality of programs correspondingly to a line count of line data, and supplies an instruction sequence of the selected program to a plurality of processing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatsugu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10565893
    Abstract: A method of providing visual feedback to a driver based on data collected during vehicle operation. A processor at the vehicle analyzes vehicle data, and determines when predetermined threshold values have been reached for particular parameters. Whenever such a threshold is reached, an audible indication is provided to the driver, indicating that the baseline has been exceeded. Certain parameters have at least two threshold values. When a first threshold value is reached, an alert is presented to the driver, but no data is recorded or reported. When a second threshold value is reached, another alert is presented to the driver, and data is recorded for reporting to a driver manager or supervisor. This approach provides a driver warning, that if they correct the triggering behavior, their supervisor is never notified of that behavior. However, if the behavior escalates, and the second threshold is breached, the behavior is recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Michael McQuade, Michael Charles King
  • Patent number: 10562358
    Abstract: A device for tire pressure monitoring of a vehicle tire of a vehicle system includes a tire inflation system in communication with the vehicle tire. A control unit calculates a set pressure value to be maintained for the tire pressure. A storage unit is in communication with the control unit such that the control unit adjusts the calculated set pressure value in dependence on an operating state classification derived from operating state parameters of the vehicle system. The control unit determines a geoposition of the vehicle system correlating with the derived operating state classification and stores it with the operating state classification in the storage unit. The control unit further recalls from the storage unit the relevant operating state classification for purposes of anticipatory adjustment of the set pressure value of the tire pressure when a renewed approach of the vehicle system to the stored geoposition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernd Baum, Florian Schott, Florian Reinmuth
  • Patent number: 10567674
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting objects in imaging systems are provided. An example method includes, during an image composition process for capturing an image of an object using an image sensor of the imaging system, and responsive to an indication that an intensity of glare light interfering with the imaging system is higher than a threshold, acquiring a first image using the image sensor, converting the first image into at least a second image, the second image including an intensity-adjusted version of the first image, intermittently displaying images including the first image and at least the second image on a display of the imaging system, and ceasing the intermittent displaying of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: James M. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10567746
    Abstract: A calibration jig for calibrating an image capturing device mounted on a machine is provided. A second rope is connected to a first rope at a first connection point. A third rope is connected to the first rope and the second rope at a second connection point and a third connection point respectively. The first, second, and third ropes, when taut, define the calibration triangle with the first, second, and the third connection points as vertices of the calibration triangle. A center rope is connected to the first connection point with a first anchor point associated with the machine. A first tether rope is connected to the second connection point of the calibration triangle with a second anchor point associated with the machine. A second tether rope is connected to the third connection point of the calibration triangle with a third anchor point associated with the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Russell Friend, David Paul Gitz, Maikel Orlando Torres Pineiro, Matthew Daniel Fike, Qi Chen, Jeffrey Walter Earleson
  • Patent number: 10564394
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging lens with high resolution which effectively achieves low-profileness while maintaining the wide field of view, and favorably corrects aberrations. The imaging lens comprising a first lens having negative refractive power, a second lens having positive refractive power, a third lens, a fourth lens having positive refractive power, a fifth lens having negative refractive power as a double-sided aspheric lens, and a sixth lens as a double-sided aspheric lens, wherein the first lens has a concave surface facing the image side, and the aspheric surface on the image side of the sixth lens is formed as a concave surface near the optical axis and has at least one pole point at an off-axial point, and a below conditional expression (1) is satisfied: ??45°??(1) where ?: a half field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: KANTATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukio Sekine
  • Patent number: 10565877
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to relocate vehicles based on vehicle and environmental characteristics are disclosed. A vehicle includes a sensor to determine a temperature of an environment surrounding the vehicle, a vehicle identifier to determine a characteristic of the vehicle, and a parking spot selector to select a parking spot based on the temperature and the characteristic of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10556554
    Abstract: A mounting structure of a camera, includes: a camera configured to image an image corresponding to at least a part of surroundings of a vehicle; and a decorative member configured to be mounted on an exterior component of the vehicle and to cover the camera, wherein: the decorative member closely contacts the exterior component, and covers the camera in such a manner that the camera is not disturbed to image the image; and the camera is disposed in a region of an inside of the decorative member from an external surface of the decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Horibe, Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10558864
    Abstract: A system and method for image localization based on semantic segmentation are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving image data from an image generating device mounted on an autonomous vehicle; performing semantic segmentation or other object detection on the received image data to identify and label objects in the image data and produce semantic label image data; identifying extraneous objects in the semantic label image data; removing the extraneous objects from the semantic label image data; comparing the semantic label image data to a baseline semantic label map; and determining a vehicle location of the autonomous vehicle based on information in a matching baseline semantic label map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TuSimple
    Inventors: Zehua Huang, Pengfei Chen, Panqu Wang, Ke Xu