Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 10474154
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system can include a detection system having a camera, radar, and lidar. The vehicle monitoring system can detect a vehicle, generate numerical position data indicative of a first path of the vehicle as the vehicle drives on a road, numerically analyze the first numerical position data, and in response, take actions to protect lives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10474910
    Abstract: To issue an appropriate warning based on detection of an object even under the circumstances where it is difficult to determine the outside environment of a movable body, a warning device according to the present invention includes an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images respectively based on a plurality of filter characteristics, a detection unit configured to perform detection of a specified object on each of the plurality of acquired images, and a warning unit configured to issue a specific warning when the object is detected from at least any one of the plurality of acquired images, wherein the warning unit issues a higher level of warning when the object is detected from all of the plurality of images than when the object is detected from some of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Imbe
  • Patent number: 10477133
    Abstract: There is provided a solid-state image sensor including: a selection signal terminal configured to receive a selection signal designated by a pixel address in a two-dimensionally arranged pixel array; a photoelectric conversion section configured to generate a charge in accordance with incident light and store the charge in accordance with the selection signal; and a charge retention section configured to retain the charge stored in the photoelectric conversion section at a prescribed timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Soraya Shirini, Takahisa Ueno, Katsuhiko Hanzawa
  • Patent number: 10475338
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for acquiring image data, determining that the user's vehicle is traveling in a left lane of a roadway having at least two lanes for travel in a first direction, detecting that a second vehicle is traveling within a predetermined distance in front of the user's vehicle and in the left lane of the roadway, obtaining speed information of the user's vehicle and the second vehicle at a first time and at a first location, determining, based on the obtained speed information, that a speed of the second vehicle at the first time is below a defined speed limit of the roadway at the first location, and in response triggering a potential violation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Melodie Noel
  • Patent number: 10469744
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes: a display unit configured to display an omnidirectional spherical image acquired through an omnidirectional capturing device; and a controller configured to cut out a partial image of the omnidirectional spherical image through a crop handler displayed on the omnidirectional spherical image and display a stitched omnidirectional image by stitching remaining regions of the omnidirectional spherical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soyeon Yim, Jinhee Lee, Yunjueng Mhun, Jaeyoung Chae, Younghoon Lee, Jinwook Kim
  • Patent number: 10464481
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a multi-camera driver assistance system. The system includes a plurality of cameras which dispose at different positions of a vehicle to capture images of a vicinity of the vehicle; an image processing unit which generates a virtual view with respect to a predetermined projection surface based on the images; and a display device which displays the virtual view, wherein the predetermined projection surface includes a slanted projection surfaces which are located at lateral sides of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jochen Abhau
  • Patent number: 10467485
    Abstract: A driving lane guidance system may include: a navigation information receiver configured to receive navigation information; a DAS sensor configured to sense forward and surrounding states of an ego vehicle; a controller configured to determine a driving lane of a highway based on the navigation information, sense a lane change and a neighboring vehicle based on the forward and surrounding states inputted from the DAS sensor, and correct the driving lane; and a display unit configured to display the driving lane determined or corrected by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10460180
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling an autonomous vehicle. A camera configured to capture an image, and a controller can execute an autonomous driving system (ADS) that classify that image. The ADS comprises a classification system for classifying objects in an environment within a driveable area of the autonomous vehicle. The classification system comprises a processor configured to execute a region proposal generator module and an image classification module. The region proposal generator module generates a set of bounding box region proposals for the image. The bounding box region proposals are selected areas of the image that include objects to be classified. The image classification module classifies, via a neural network executed by the processor, the objects from the image that are within one of the bounding box region proposals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Peter Gao, Wei Mou, Siddhartho Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 10457211
    Abstract: A display control method is provided for a vehicle having a front pillar. An image of a region about the vehicle is obtained from a camera. The region includes a driver's blind spot caused by the front pillar of the vehicle. From the obtained image, an image of the driver's blind spot is extracted in a shape of a curved display provided along a curved interior surface of the front pillar. The curved display is caused to display the extracted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Ukeda
  • Patent number: 10460703
    Abstract: A display control apparatus configured to be connected to an imaging apparatus is provided. The display control apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data captured by the imaging apparatus by capturing an image behind a vehicle; an edge image generation unit configured to generate edge image data that clearly indicates a peripheral portion of the image data to be viewed via an electric mirror that is placed at a rear-view mirror position inside the vehicle; a display image generation unit configured to generate display image data by superimposing the generated edge image data onto the obtained image data; and a control unit configured to control the generated display image data to be viewed via the electric mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Katsuyama, Ryosuke Tatsumi
  • Patent number: 10455882
    Abstract: A method for providing a collision warning using an image capture device mounted on a rear portion of a helmet, including receiving a series of image frames and receiving spatial position data about the helmet from an inertial measurement unit. The spatial position data includes at least one of a roll angle, a yaw angle, and a pitch angle of the helmet. The method includes adjusting an orientation of the series of image frames based on the spatial position data. Thus, the orientation of the series of image frames is level with an orientation of the scene. The method includes identifying a target vehicle and calculating a speed of the target vehicle based on a rate of change of a position of the target vehicle. Further, the method includes controlling an output device and/or the motorcycle based on the speed of the target vehicle and the rate of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard Dean Strickland
  • Patent number: 10450003
    Abstract: A parking assist device for assisting parking of a vehicle, includes: a detecting unit that detects whether there is any obstacle and detects available parking areas for the vehicle, on the basis of a taken image of the surrounding area of the vehicle; and a selecting unit that selects an available parking area where the vehicle is parked with low risk of contact with the obstacle, from the detected available parking areas, on the basis of whether there is the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasushi Tani, Tetsuya Otoshi
  • Patent number: 10451179
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle automatic transmission includes a downshift determining unit that determines whether downshift of a gear shift stage is to be performed based on at least one of a history of lateral accelerations and a history of variations of a vehicle speed. A lateral acceleration history acquiring unit or a vehicle speed variation history acquiring unit returns at least one of the history of the lateral accelerations and the history of the variations of the vehicle speed to an initial value when a shift control mode determined by a shift control mode determining unit is switched. At least one of the initial value of the history of the lateral accelerations and the initial value of the history of the variations of the vehicle speed is a value that is set for each shift control mode determined by the shift control mode determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma Sasahara, Yutaka Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10451405
    Abstract: A ranging system captures successive point clouds from moving freight, and a tracking system tracks successive positions and orientations of the moving freight. A computing device correlates each successive point cloud with each successive position and orientation and time of the moving freight, combines the correlated point clouds to obtain a composite point cloud of the moving freight, and processes the composite point cloud to dimension the moving freight. Once the freight is dimensioned, it may, for example, be efficiently loaded into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Mark Clayton, Charles Burton Swope
  • Patent number: 10448000
    Abstract: A system and methods for real-time or near-real time processing and post-processing of RGB-D image data using a handheld portable device and using the results for a variety of applications. The disclosure is based on the combination of off-the-shelf equipment (e.g. an RGB-D camera and a smartphone/tablet computer) in a self-contained unit capable of performing complex spatial reasoning tasks using highly optimized computer vision algorithms. New applications are disclosed using the instantaneous results obtained and the wireless connectivity of the host device for remote collaboration. One method includes steps of projecting a dot pattern from a light source onto a plurality of points on a scene, measuring distances to the points, and digitally reconstructing an image or images of the scene, such as a 3D view of the scene. A plurality of images may also be stitched together to re-position an orientation of the view of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DOTPRODUCT LLC
    Inventors: Mark Klusza, Rafael Spring
  • Patent number: 10445592
    Abstract: Methods for surveilling a tolling system, in which vehicles carry onboard units and travel on a multilane road on which a surveillance station is set up, are described. A picture of each passing vehicle is taken, and the pictures are stored in a database. In each onboard unit, when the vehicle is within a predefined area of the surveillance station, a tolling message is generated and sent via the mobile network to the tolling server. In the database, those pictures whose timestamp matches the timestamp of a tolling message are deleted if the lane information of this tolling message corresponds to the lane identification of this picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventor: Thomas Siegl
  • Patent number: 10447948
    Abstract: Imaging system (70) disposed at a rear part of moving body (100) includes imaging device (10) and image processing device (20). Imaging device (10) includes an imaging element and an optical system. The imaging element has a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional manner and generates image data. The optical system forms a subject image on an imaging surface of the imaging element. Image processing device (20) generates a captured image based on the image data. The imaging surface includes a first region corresponding to a first view angle and a second region corresponding to a second view angle that is larger than the first view angle. The optical system is configured so that resolution of the first region is higher than resolution of the second region excluding the first region. A center of the first region is disposed at a position deviated from a center of the imaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Aihara, Yoshio Matsumura, Shigenori Yatsuri, Hiroyuki Shobayashi
  • Patent number: 10445601
    Abstract: A navigation system for a parking area comprises a plurality of nodes and a server communicating with the nodes. Each node comprises a camera capturing images of the parking area and a low power radio transmitting a radio signal. The server analyzes the images to propose a parking space and provides an arrival sequence of waypoints to the parking space. Each of the waypoints comprises strength and time of flight values of the radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dave A. Herman, Perry R. MacNeille, Andrea Bowes Chowanic
  • Patent number: 10434877
    Abstract: A driver-assistance method and a driver-assistance apparatus are provided. In the method, a movement trajectory of wheels in surroundings of a vehicle when the vehicle moves are calculated. Multiple cameras disposed on the vehicle are used to capture images of multiple perspective views surrounding the vehicle, and the images of the perspective views are transformed into images of a top view. A synthetic image surrounding the vehicle is generated according to the images of the perspective views and the top view. Finally, the synthetic image and the movement trajectories are mapped and combined to a 3D model surrounding the vehicle and a movement image including the movement trajectories having a viewing angle from an upper rear side to a lower front side of the vehicle is provided by using the 3D model when backing up the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Min-Chang Wu, Kuan-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 10434945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for displaying an image of the surroundings of a combination of two vehicles that are coupled to one another. According to the invention, image data is sensed by sensors on both of the combined vehicles. Taking into account the three-dimensional position of the vehicles relative to one another, the image data is then combined so as to obtain a common image of the surroundings. The obtained common image of the surroundings allows a driver/operator to efficiently and safely perceive the surroundings around the entire vehicle combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Loehr, Joerg Schrepfer
  • Patent number: 10440249
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera module configured to be disposed at the vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The camera module includes a lens, a mirror reflector element, a first imager and a second imager. The mirror reflector element is disposed along a longitudinal axis of the lens and between the lens and the first imager. The second imager is disposed so as to receive light reflected off of the mirror reflector element. The mirror reflector element is partially transmissive to a first type of radiation and is partially reflective to a second type of radiation incident thereon. The first imager is more sensitive than the second imager to the first type of radiation, and the second imager is more sensitive than the first imager to the second type of radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Johannes Dornblut, Wilhelm Woehlte, Michael Junglas
  • Patent number: 10440242
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a camera module comprising: a housing comprising a through hole; a lens module disposed in the through hole; a connector penetrating the housing and extending to an outside from an inside of the housing; a first substrate unit located inside the housing and having an image sensor mounted thereon; a second substrate unit disposed inside the housing and connected to the connector; and a flexible substrate for electrically connecting the first substrate and the second substrate unit, wherein the flexible substrate is coupled to a lower surface of the first substrate unit and a side surface of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Wook Ahn, Sun Min Hwang, Je Kyung Park, Kyung Mok Yoon, Chul Ho Lee, Jong Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 10435868
    Abstract: A control system for a work vehicle includes a display and a control unit which has the display show a perspective image in which at least a part of a work implement of a wheel loader or a vessel of a loaded vehicle is seen through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Tsuji, Kaoru Yasuda, Norifumi Nishizaka
  • Patent number: 10436576
    Abstract: To review minute defects that were buried in roughness scattered light with an observation device provided with a dark-field microscope, a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a control unit, the present invention configures the dark-field microscope by installing a filter for blocking a portion of the scattered light, an imaging lens for focusing the scattered light that has passed through the filter, and a detector for dividing the image of the scattered light focused by the imaging lens into the polarization directions converted by a wavelength plate and detecting the resulting images, and the control has a calculation unit for determining the position of a defect candidate detected by another inspection device using the plurality of images separated into polarization directions and detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohei Minekawa, Yuko Otani, Yuji Takagi
  • Patent number: 10435029
    Abstract: An environment detection device for a vehicle is includes a sensor unit for determining environment information of a surrounding area of the vehicle itself, with a temperature measurement unit, configured to measure at least one state temperature of the sensor unit, and with a controller, configured to trigger at least one action for reducing the state temperature if a prescribed temperature warning value is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Günter Anton Fendt, Konrad Rothenhäusler, Manfred Gantner, Dieter Krökel
  • Patent number: 10427642
    Abstract: A method for operating an identification system for a motor vehicle for ascertaining and classifying an object in an interior space of the motor vehicle, the interior space being recorded with the aid of an interior camera and the interior space being illuminated during the recording with the aid of an illumination device, the method provides that an interior lighting system is activated as the illumination device. A corresponding system, a device, and a computer program for carrying out the method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Kazuki Shiozawa
  • Patent number: 10427679
    Abstract: A lane centering system for use in a vehicle driving in a lane on a road includes a camera and a controller. Based on processing by a processor of image data captured by the camera, the controller determines the position of a left lane delimiter on the road on a left side of the vehicle and the position of a right lane delimiter on the road on a right side of the vehicle. The controller is operable to control a steering system of the vehicle that is configured to steer the vehicle. The controller is operable to determine a target path for the vehicle based on processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera. The determined target path maintains the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle centered between the left lane delimiter and the right lane delimiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen, Ka Chai Cheok, Micho Radovnikovich
  • Patent number: 10430968
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system for determining a position of a vehicle includes an image sensor, a top-down view component, a comparison component, and a location component. The image sensor obtains an image of an environment near a vehicle. The top-down view component is configured to generate a top-down view of a ground surface based on the image of the environment. The comparison component is configured to compare the top-down image with a map, the map comprising a top-down light LIDAR intensity map or a vector-based semantic map. The location component is configured to determine a location of the vehicle on the map based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Houts, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Tory Smith
  • Patent number: 10427603
    Abstract: In a display control device, a viewpoint conversion unit converts the viewpoint of images captured by cameras to obtain viewpoint converted images as viewed from above the own vehicle. A steering determination unit determines whether the steering angle of a wheel of the own vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value. When the steering angle is equal to or greater than the predetermined value, an image correction unit creates a corrected image by processing a viewpoint converted image of the wheel in the viewpoint converted image so that the image of the wheel is prevented from being displayed. The image synthesis unit combines the corrected image and the other viewpoint converted images to create a synthesized image. The display control unit displays the synthesized image and an image of the own vehicle on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhide Ohta
  • Patent number: 10423831
    Abstract: A camera captures an image of a structural bearing, such as a hanger bearing or a rocker bearing. Additionally, an instrument detects a temperature. A computing system determines, based on the temperature, an expected angle of the bearing relative to a base line. The computing system also determines an actual angle of the bearing relative to the base line. The computing system superimposes a first line on the image, the first line indicating the expected angle. Furthermore, the computing system superimposes a second line on the image, the second line indicating the actual angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. De Mers
  • Patent number: 10421412
    Abstract: A camera assembly in a vehicle includes a housing installed in the vehicle. A camera is mounted to the housing and movable relative to the housing between a first position where the camera can take an image of an occupant of the vehicle and a second position where the camera is blocked by a portion of the housing. In one example, the camera can be moved from the first position to the second position by rotating a knob mounted to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: The Hertz Corporation
    Inventors: Michael James Mouser, Donald James Finney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10421401
    Abstract: A video system including a camera engaged with a rotary drive is mounted rearwardly on a vehicle. The camera provides a rectilinear video image. A drive controller includes two switches to control camera rotation to stop at a point in either direction from a neutral field of view aligned with the vehicle to either of a view including vehicle “blind spots” or a view including a directly lateral image. The video images are displayed on a monitor in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Richard C. Horian
  • Patent number: 10425638
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an image processing equipment and method, for enabling an electronic device having a plurality of image capturing elements installed thereon to capture calibration sample images of a parameter calibration module and verification sample images of a parameter verification module, wherein the parameter calibration module is formed by four calibration identification boards each having a chess board pattern printed thereon and arranged parallelly in a predetermined angle with each other, the parameter verification module is formed by four verification identification boards each having a chess board pattern printed thereon and arranged in parallel with each other, so as for the electronic device to promptly calibrate the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the mage capturing elements according to the calibration sample images and then to promptly verify the correctness of the calibrated intrinsic and extrinsic parameters according to the verification sample images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MULTIMEDIA IMAGE SOLUTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Li Yu, Wang Miao, Jian-Hua Lin, Jin Wang
  • Patent number: 10419652
    Abstract: A vehicular camera includes a lens accommodated in a lens barrel, a lens holder that accommodates at least part of the lens holder, and a printed circuit board with an imager disposed thereat. The lens barrel is attached at the lens holder by a cured adhesive with the printed circuit board attached at the lens holder, or the printed circuit board is attached at the lens holder by a cured adhesive with the lens barrel attached at the lens holder. With the lens in focus with the imager and optically center-aligned therewith, the adhesive is initially cured to an initially-cured state in an initial curing process that includes UV light exposure for a first period of time. The initially-cured adhesive is further cured to a further-cured state in a secondary curing process that is achieved within a second period of time that is longer than the first period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Winden, Robert A. Devota, Matthew C. Sesti, Joseph A. Stemmer, Steven V. Byrne, John R. Garcia, David F. Olson
  • Patent number: 10414346
    Abstract: A camera unit for a vehicle includes a camera and a closure element, which are moveable by a drive unit between a first position, in which the closure element covers the field of vision of the camera and a second position, in which a region of the surroundings of the vehicle to be monitored lies in the field of vision of the camera. A first movement direction of the camera from the first position into the second position and a second movement direction of the closure element from the first position into the second position define an angle and a surface normal of the outer skin of the vehicle at the place of installation of the camera unit lies within the angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fuchs, Friedrich Hein
  • Patent number: 10417508
    Abstract: A steering-system for an automated vehicle is provided. The system includes an object-detector and a controller. The object-detector indicates a height and/or a width of an object approached by a host-vehicle. The controller is configured to steer the host-vehicle and is in communication with the object-detector. The controller steers the host-vehicle to straddle the object when the height of the object is less than a ground-clearance of the host-vehicle, and/or the width of the object is less than a track-width of the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Junqing Wei, Wenda Xu
  • Patent number: 10415211
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic excavator that enables arrangement of a camera at an appropriate position on a lateral edge of a revolving unit. The camera is installed on the lateral edge of the upper surface of the revolving unit. A handrail is attached to the upper surface of the revolving unit. The handrail includes a first handrail member extending in the front-rear direction of the revolving unit, and a first support member supporting the first handrail member on the revolving unit. The camera and the first support member are adjacent to each other in the right-left direction of the revolving unit, and the first support member is arranged inward relative to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyuki Takimoto, Asami Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10412309
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capture device, a method of image capture, a signal processing device, a method of signal processing, and a program capable of capturing reliably a blinking image capture target. A predetermined image capture timing of an image capture unit is controlled so that image capture is performed N times during an exposure time in which at least a part of a turn-on period in which an image capture target is on overlaps with an exposure time of image capture of at least one time at a timing of dividing a blinking cycle in which the image capture target to be captured by the image capture unit configured to perform image capture at the image capture timing blinks into N equal parts where N represents more than one. The present technology is applicable to, in one example, a camera unit or the like used to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Koizumi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Jun Ono, Daisuke Kawamata, Masakatsu Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10412308
    Abstract: A display controller is provided that controls a camera capturing an image of an area diagonally behind a vehicle and including an imaging element that receives light from an image-capturing target through an optical system, the display controller including a processor that calculates a shift amount of a reference position of the imaging element with respect to an optical axis of the optical system, performs a control to move the reference position of the imaging element in a direction away from the optical axis according to the shift amount, and generates a display image based on the image captured by the camera so as to cause the display image to be displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Usui, Yoshitaka Hiyama, Mutsuki Hirooka, Yoshimasa Hayashida, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10406994
    Abstract: An in-vehicle camera is provide which has a case and a lens, and which is attached in a vehicle interior so that the lens is exposed at a top face of the case and the top face is opposed to a windshield or another window. The top face has an angular shape bent at a ridge line passing through the top face. The lens is positioned in the vicinity of the ridge line. The in-vehicle camera includes a hood attached to a front portion of the case, the front portion being positioned at a front side of the case with respect to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Syo Okuda, Toshikazu Murao, Kentarou Shiota, Naoki Sugiyama, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10404974
    Abstract: An audio-visual system includes an audio source configured to produce multiple audio. The system includes one or more multi-view (MV) pixels, each configured to emit beamlets in different directions in a beamlet coordinate system. The system includes a processor that receives a specification of multiple listening/viewing zones located in a listening/viewing zone coordinate system. The processor associates multiple audio and visual contents with the multiple listening/viewing zones, respectively, and determines an audio mapping that translates between the listening/viewing zone coordinate system and the audio source and a visual mapping that translates between the listening/viewing zone coordinate system and the beamlet coordinate system. For each of multiple audio generated from the multiple audio contents, the processor, using the audio mapping, identifies an audio parameter value to produce the audio at a corresponding listening/viewing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Misapplied Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Henry Dietz, Albert Han Ng, David Steven Thompson
  • Patent number: 10399496
    Abstract: There is provided a viewing device for a vehicle, including: an imaging portion that captures an image of a rear of a vehicle from a vehicle exterior; and a display portion that carries out image processing that combines a first captured image that has been captured by the imaging portion and a second captured image that shows a vehicle cabin interior in which a vehicle rear including the vehicle cabin interior is captured from the vehicle cabin interior, such that a region of a rear side window glass becomes longer than an apparent width of the rear side window glass that is actually seen from a position of capturing the second captured image, and displays the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masanori Kosugi, Tetsuya Egawa, Takuya Hayashi, Takashi Nagao, Naofumi Kato
  • Patent number: 10399522
    Abstract: There is provided a mounting structure of a vehicle periphery monitoring device, the structure including (i) a front bumper reinforcement of a vehicle, (ii) a headlamp having a lamp housing, the headlamp being disposed further in a vehicle body upward direction than the front bumper reinforcement and at an outward end section in the vehicle width direction of the vehicle, (iii) a vehicle component disposed further in a vehicle body downward direction than the headlamp, and (iv) a vehicle periphery monitoring device disposed further in a vehicle body downward direction than a lower surface of the lamp housing, the vehicle periphery monitoring device separated by a first gap from an outward end surface in the vehicle width direction of the front bumper reinforcement, and being separated by a second gap from an upward end surface of the vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Kaminade, Koji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10401958
    Abstract: An information handling system (IHS) controls a display for an immersive experience based upon a gazing view of one or more users. A processor communicates with the display and a gaze detector to detect a relative location of the user(s) to the display. A graphic processing unit (GPU) allocates a field of view on the display based upon the relative location, centers display content in the field of view on the display, and accesses color point control data in response to the allocated field of view. The GPU manages color and brightness of display components of the display according to the accessed color point control data to compensate for variations of color and brightness in a viewing angle of the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Stefan Peana, Deeder Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 10396500
    Abstract: A conduit assembly with a tube formed from a polymeric material with a nanoparticulate component. The polymeric material has an electrical conductivity in a range between 1×10?14 and 4.7×106 (S/m) at 20° C. An electrical contact is electrically coupled with the conduit assembly to receive electrical current. A ground is electrically coupled with the conduit assembly to ground the electrical current passed through the conduit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Norma U.S. Holding LLC
    Inventors: Brant Lyall, David Peterson, Brian Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 10391940
    Abstract: A construction machine includes a lower-part traveling body that performs a traveling operation, an upper-part turning body turnably mounted on the lower-part traveling body, an operator's cab mounted on the upper-part turning body, multiple image capturing devices mounted on the upper-part turning body, and a display unit mounted in the operator's cab to simultaneously display an image and operating information regarding an operating condition. The image includes at least one of multiple images captured with the image capturing devices. The display unit is configured to change at least one of the displayed image and a display position of the operating information, in response to an operation of a single changeover switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeya Izumikawa, Takurou Doi
  • Patent number: 10396222
    Abstract: An infrared light-receiving device includes an optical absorption layer disposed on a principal surface of a substrate and an optical filter disposed on the optical absorption layer, the optical filter including first, second, and third semiconductor regions that are arranged in that order in a direction from the optical absorption layer to the optical filter, each of the first, second, and third semiconductor regions including an n-type InGaAs layer. The optical absorption layer includes a type-II superlattice structure. The first semiconductor region contains an n-type impurity with a concentration of 2.0×1019 cm?3 or more. The third semiconductor region contains an n-type impurity with a concentration of 3.0×1018 cm?3 or less and 8.0×1017 cm?3 or more. The second semiconductor region contains an n-type impurity with a concentration between the impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region and the impurity concentration of the third semiconductor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Sundararajan Balasekaran, Hiroshi Inada
  • Patent number: 10397451
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera and a processor operable to process captured image data. With the vehicle moving, the processor models outputs of photosensing elements of the camera as Gaussian distributions. With the vehicle moving, the processor determines an output of respective photosensing elements over multiple frames of captured image data, and determines whether the output of a photosensing element fits the Gaussian distribution for that element. Responsive to determination that the output of the element fits within the respective Gaussian distribution for that element, the system classifies that element as a blocked element. Responsive to determination that the output of the element does not fit within the respective Gaussian distribution for that element, the system classifies that element as a not blocked element. Responsive to determination that the ratio of blocked elements to not blocked elements is greater than a threshold ratio, a blockage condition is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Shawn T. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10390001
    Abstract: A rear-view vision system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a reflection device mounted adjacent a front windshield surface to redirect a reflection of a rear view of the vehicle. The system includes an image capturing device having a field of view facing the reflection device to capture a rear-view image of the reflection. The system may also include a display unit in communication with the image capturing device for displaying the captured rear-view image to a vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: He Li Zhou
  • Patent number: 10382686
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device. The electronic device includes at least two camera modules, a motion sensor, and a control circuit configured to determine whether a first camera module of the at least two camera modules is activated, and when it is determined that the first camera module of the at least two camera modules is activated, control optical image stabilization of the first camera module using a signal received from the motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seung-Goo Kang, Hyun-Woo Sim