Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 9961259
    Abstract: An image generation unit uses a plurality of captured image data and vehicle body data of a vehicle to continuously generate a virtual perspective image indicating the vehicle body of the vehicle and the periphery of the vehicle as seen from a virtual perspective (VP) positioned within the cabin of the vehicle. An image control unit alters the angle in a plan view of the line of sight of the VP in a manner such that the line of sight circles the surroundings of the vehicle, and moves the position of the VP in the front-back direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Miki Murasumi, Shinichi Moriyama, Masahiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9950644
    Abstract: A vehicle seat control apparatus is configured to be provided in a vehicle switchable between a manual driving state in which a driver performs a driving operation of the vehicle and an automatic driving state in which the driving operation is performed automatically. The apparatus includes a seat adjuster, a controller, and a storage. The seat adjuster adjusts a position of a seat of the vehicle. The controller drives the seat adjuster and makes a transition between the driving two states. The storage stores seat position information indicating the seat position in the the manual driving state. The controller drives the seat adjuster on a basis of the seat position information read out from the storage, and moves, by the seat adjuster, the seat rearward on a basis of the seat position in the manual driving state as a reference position, upon making a transition from the manual driving state to the automatic driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Tominaga, Gosuke Maeda
  • Patent number: 9953245
    Abstract: A method and system of identifying in an image captured by a second camera a target object captured by a first camera is disclosed. The method comprises using image captured by the 1st camera for generating a first set of objects comprising the target object and other objects; classifying each object to generate a reference group of attribute values characterizing the objects; using image captured by the 2nd camera for generating second sets of objects; classifying each object in each second set to generate, for each second set, a corresponding group of attribute values characterizing the objects in the corresponding second set; selecting the second set of objects corresponding to the group of attribute values best matching the reference group of attribute values; and identifying the target object in the selected second set of objects in accordance with a position of the target object in the first set of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AGT INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Palacio, Stephan Krauss, Jan Hirzel, Didier Stricker, Markus Schlattmann, Sebastian Hohmann
  • Patent number: 9953420
    Abstract: First and second angles are measured from a nominal camera centerline to respective first and second positions. The first position is determined by the camera locating a first centerpoint in a first board. The second position is determined by the camera locating a second centerpoint in a second board. The first and second angles, and first and second horizontal distances of the camera from the first board and the second board, respectively, are used to obtain a determined vertical distance and a determined angle. The determined vertical distance measures a distance from the second centerpoint to a point determined by an intersection of a first line through the second board and a second line that is parallel to the floor and has an endpoint at the camera. The determined angle measures an angle of between third line extending from the camera in the nominal position and the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Wolski, Joel Matthew Bickmann, Aaron L. Mills
  • Patent number: 9952412
    Abstract: An imaging lens system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The first lens element has negative refractive power. The third lens element and the fourth lens element both have positive refractive power. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof are aspheric. The sixth lens element has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein the image-side surface of the sixth lens element has at least one inflection point in an off-axial region thereof, and an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof are aspheric. The imaging lens system has a total of six lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Che Hsueh, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9950812
    Abstract: A system and method for airside activity management using video analytics are disclosed. In one embodiment, video data of a survey area is obtained, in real time, from one or more video cameras. Further, time stamps associated with one or more airside activities of an aircraft from touchdown to takeoff are determined by applying video analytics on the obtained video data to manage the one or more airside activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Ashutosh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9944223
    Abstract: A headlight control apparatus 1 that controls an illumination state of a headlight 10 that illuminates an area ahead of a vehicle includes an illuminance sensor 21 that detects luminance around the vehicle, an illumination control section 31 that switches on or off the headlight 10 in accordance with the luminance detected by the illuminance sensor 21, a forward detection sensor 22 that detects an object that is present within a predetermined distance ahead of the vehicle, and a dimming control section 32 that dims the headlight 10 when the forward detection sensor 22 detects an object after start of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Hibino
  • Patent number: 9948881
    Abstract: A medical imaging system having a processor with software executing thereon is provided for processing and display of multiple bandwidths of video in multiple display areas. The system receives a video signal with a plurality of portions and generates at least two signals there from. Each of the two signals has a bandwidth for display in a different display area. The two signals are updated so that each component displays a different portion of the input video signal, and the two signals may be combined for display on a single display device having two display areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Helga Schemm
  • Patent number: 9947152
    Abstract: The system described in this invention can be used for monitoring and analyzing real time visual and non-visual information pertaining to the occupant, vehicle, and surroundings prior to, during and post eccentric operating conditions for a given period of time. The system stores vehicle and occupant data from sensors throughout the vehicle and also makes use of existing vehicle sensors that may already be present in the vehicle. The invention also includes a video recording module that makes use of a fish-eye camera to capture video from the inside and the outside of the vehicle. Real-time data analysis is performed to detect and to recognize vehicle occupants, and recognize impending eccentric events. Vehicle, occupant, and video data are stored in circular buffers. When an eccentric event, a collision for example, has been detected, the device continues to record data and video for a fixed period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Otman A. Basir, Fakhreddine Karray, Kristopher Desrochers, Jean-Pierre Bhavnani, David Bullock, Inam Rahim
  • Patent number: 9942522
    Abstract: A camera system for a vehicle may include a control interface configured to receive an input from a driver and generate a signal, and at least one camera configured to capture video of an interior of the vehicle. The camera system may also include a display configured to output video to the driver, and a controller in communication with the control interface, the camera, and the display. The controller may be configured to receive the signal from the control interface, actuate the at least one camera to capture video based on the signal, and output the video to the display based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Hamed Shaw
  • Patent number: 9937953
    Abstract: A system for calibrating a backup assist system for a trailer attached to a vehicle is provided which includes a hitch sensor continuously measuring a hitch angle for determining an angle rate, a yaw sensor continuously sensing a yaw rate of the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine an offset of the measured hitch angle when vehicle is driving forward and/or rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Joseph M. Raad, Donald Jacob Mattern
  • Patent number: 9934440
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a blind spot of a monitoring vehicle by using a blind spot monitor. The method includes steps of: the blind spot monitor (a) acquiring a feature map from rear video images, on condition that video images with reference vehicles in the blind spot are acquired, reference boxes for the reference vehicles are created, and the reference boxes are set as proposal boxes; (b) acquiring feature vectors for the proposal boxes on the feature map by pooling, inputting the feature vectors into a fully connected layer, acquiring classification and regression information; and (c) selecting proposal boxes by referring to the classification information, acquiring bounding boxes for the proposal boxes by using the regression information, confirming whether the bounding boxes match their corresponding proposal boxes, and determining whether the monitored vehicle is in the proposal boxes to determine the monitored vehicle is in the blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjoong Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 9932111
    Abstract: A method and system for assessing a situation using an unmanned vehicle is disclosed. An unmanned vehicle receives a transmission indicating a situation at a designated location, and then navigates to the designated location. The unmanned vehicle may reach the designated location via air or ground travel, or a combination thereof. The unmanned vehicle receives signals from a first subset of sensors indicating information concerning an environment at the designated location and from a second subset of sensors indicating information concerning one or more objects associated with the situation. The unmanned vehicle then sends one or more transmissions based on the received signals, facilitating rapid determination of the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9930314
    Abstract: Disclosed a stereo-approach distance and speed meter system comprising: video camera module consisting of at least two video cameras focused on the analyzed object primary interface module for video camera module interface conversion into data for processing; primary image normalization and rectification module; updating data container module; attribute extraction module; attribute ranking module; primary attribute reorganization module; primary frame matching module; primary hypothesis generation module; primary hypothesis filter module; attribute post-organization module; secondary attribute matching module; secondary hypothesis generation module; secondary filter module; buffer improvement module, stereo refinement module; sequence refinement module; triangulation module; secondary rectification module; previous frame data and attribute container module; secondary interface module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Computer Vision Systems LLC
    Inventors: Alexandr A. Pimenov, Vladimir V. Ufnarovsky, Timofey A. Bryksin, Andrey N. Terekhov
  • Patent number: 9930296
    Abstract: An image switching device for a vehicle includes: a reference distance determination device that determines a reference distance; and a determination device that prohibits an image display device from displaying an image captured by an on-board camera, based on a feature that a detection distance from an object to a vehicle is longer than the reference distance, and allows the image display device to display the image captured by the on-board camera, based on a feature that the detection distance is shorter than the reference distance. The reference distance determination device shortens the reference distance in a case where an absolute value of acceleration of the vehicle is a second value which is greater than a first value, compared to a case where the absolute value of acceleration of the vehicle is the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunitomo Aoki, Norio Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 9922422
    Abstract: Mobile platforms are used to capture an area using a variety of sensors (e.g., cameras and laser scanners) while traveling through the area, in order to create a representation (e.g., a navigable set of panoramic images, or a three-dimensional reconstruction). However, such sensors are often precisely calibrated in a controlled setting, and miscalibration during travel (e.g., due to a physical jolt) may result in a corruption of data and/or a recalibration that leaves the platform out of service for an extended duration. Presented herein are techniques for verifying sensor calibration during travel. Such techniques involve the identification of a sensor path for each sensor over time (e.g., a laser scanner path, a camera path, and a location sensor path) and a comparison of the paths, optionally after registration with a static coordinate system, to verify that the continued calibration of the sensors during the mobile operation of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arnold Irschara, Gerald Schweighofer, Konrad Karner, Richard Ladstädter, Martin Ponticelli
  • Patent number: 9918211
    Abstract: A mobile emergency response network may be utilized to respond to emergencies. Emergency response resources may be selected and deployed through the use of network communications between user equipment and network elements. In an example configuration, a mobile emergency response network may receive emergency data, determine an emergency is occurring, determine a resource requirement for the emergency, identify a mobile device associated with a user who meets the resource requirement, and send a request to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Juliette Zerick
  • Patent number: 9918010
    Abstract: A method for adjusting vehicle panorama system, which comprises: a calibration pattern is disposed around a vehicle, and at least one patterned feature and a plurality of cameras are disposed on the vehicle; capture the calibration pattern and patterned feature to obtain an original image; capture the patterned feature after a period of time to obtain a correction image; compares the correction image and original image and corrects the panorama images by recombining the images shoot by the plurality of cameras according to a comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Pai-Wei Cheng, Long-Tai Chen, Po-Feng Chang
  • Patent number: 9908482
    Abstract: A useful, novel and non-obvious method and apparatus for creative photography of three-dimensional automotive vehicle interior images providing a 360 degree view of an entire interior of an automotive vehicle or car (vehicle and car will be used interchangeable) for simulation of a virtual reality of the entire automotive interior through a virtual reality display used in conjunction with a virtual reality image gathering medium and related software applications to provide a virtual reality head mounted display of the automotive interior in both three dimensions and with a 360 degree review of the entire automotive interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EVOX Productions, LLC
    Inventors: David Falstrup, Ryan Murray, Alex McClain, Pat Hadnagy, Thom Denick, Claudia Nefately Ambriz
  • Patent number: 9908472
    Abstract: A vehicle side viewing system that can replace side view mirrors of the vehicle and provide improved vehicle aerodynamics. The vehicle side viewing system can be part of a vehicle that has a driver's side and a passenger's side as is known to those skilled in the art. The vehicle side viewing system has a driver's side view camera and a passenger's side view camera. The vehicle side viewing system also has a driver's side heads up display (HUD) and a passenger's side HUD. The driver's side HUD is operable to display a camera view from the DSV camera and the passenger's side HUD is operable to display a camera view from the PSV camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Anthony Wippler
  • Patent number: 9912876
    Abstract: A vehicular multi-camera vision system includes a plurality of cameras and a control having an image processor operable to process image data captured by the cameras. The control is operable to control a display intensity of video images displayed by a video display screen. Responsive to a determination of a reduction in exterior ambient light level within the field of view of at least one of the cameras, the control holds display intensity of video images displayed by the video display screen to within 15 percent of the display intensity that was displayed before the determination of the reduction in exterior ambient light level by (a) adjusting an exposure time for image data capture by at least some of the cameras and by (b) adjusting a frame rate of image data capture by at least one of the cameras and/or) adjusting a gain of at least one of the cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Weber
  • Patent number: 9903099
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment disclosed in the present specification relates to an apparatus and a method for selecting a screen mode for each operation mode in construction equipment. The apparatus for selecting the screen mode for each operation mode in the construction equipment provides an optimal screen which can determine an operation mode using a boom angle and a turning angle and a driving speed of an upper body, remove a blind spot according to an operation mode, and improve safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DOOSAN INFRACORE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung Yul Chang
  • Patent number: 9905060
    Abstract: A data analyzing method includes retrieving selected operational data from a plurality of prior events, analyzing the selected operational data to determine an experience level of the platform operator, characterizing the experience level of the platform operator based on analyzing the selected operational data, and performing at least one of increasing platform performance characteristics of the moving platform when the moving platform is operated by an experienced platform operator or decreasing the platform performance characteristics when the moving platform is operated by a novice platform operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renli Shi, Jianyu Song, Xi Chen
  • Patent number: 9902323
    Abstract: A periphery surveillance apparatus includes: a storage section storing captured image data from a capturing section capturing an image of a region including a road surface and a region upward therefrom, in a traveling direction of a vehicle; a display section selectively displaying at least one of past and present images, the past image based on captured image data corresponding to a current underfloor area among captured image data stored in the storage section, and the present image based on new captured image data captured and output by the capturing section; and a control section performing switching to the past image when a permission condition for permitting display of the past image is established during displaying the present image and performing switching to the present image when a recovery condition for performing recovery to the present image is established during displaying the past image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Watanabe, Tetsuya Maruoka, Itsuko Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9904855
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to provide an Advanced Warning System (AWS) for a driver of a vehicle, by capturing traffic scene types from a single camera video; generating real-time monocular SFM and 2D object detection from the single camera video; detecting a ground plane from the real-time monocular SFM and the 2D object detection; performing dense 3D estimation from the real-time monocular SFM and the 2D object detection; generating a joint 3D object localization from the ground plane and dense 3D estimation; and communicating a situation that requires caution to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Manmohan Chandraker, Chao-Yeh Chen, Wongun Choi
  • Patent number: 9904858
    Abstract: In an obstacle detection apparatus, a signal output unit is configured to output a signal if an obstacle meets at least one preset signal output condition. A condition setting unit is configured to set at least one element of the at least one signal output condition to a value in dependence on a user entry value. A misalignment detection unit is configured to detect misalignment of an axial direction of a sensor with a longitudinal direction of a vehicle carrying the apparatus. In the apparatus, an allowable range limiting unit is configured to, if a degree of misalignment exceeds a predetermined misalignment threshold, limit an allowable range of values of the at least one element of the at least one preset signal output condition so as to make the at least one preset signal output condition less prone to be met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuusuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9896039
    Abstract: A vehicle vision system includes a camera module configured to attach at an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with the vision system. The camera module includes a housing and an imager assembly. The imager assembly includes a structure and an imager and a lens. The imager is disposed at an imager circuit board of the imager assembly. A thermal element is configured to attach at the structure of the imager assembly and includes a support element and a thermal pad disposed at least partially along the support element. With the thermal element attached at the structure of the imager assembly, a first portion of the thermal pad is engaged with the imager circuit board, and wherein, with the imager assembly disposed at the housing of the camera module, a second portion of the thermal pad is engaged with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Garret F. Achenbach, Brian A. Gorman, Brian F. Smith, Steven G. Gebauer
  • Patent number: 9900490
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of imaging sensors disposed at the vehicle and having respective exterior fields of view, with each of the imaging sensors capturing image data. The imaging sensors are connected to a control via respective ones of a plurality of single core coaxial cables. Each single core coaxial cable commonly carries (i) image data from the respective imaging sensor, (ii) power to the respective imaging sensor and (iii) communication data. Each of the imaging sensors is operable to transmit calibration data to the control. Each of the imaging sensors transmits calibration data when the respective imaging sensor is triggered to transmit calibration data. The vision system, responsive to receipt of calibration data by the control, is operable to identify the respective one of the imaging sensors transmitting the received calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Jens Steigerwald, Michael Dominik Schöppner
  • Patent number: 9898671
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes a camera disposed at the vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control has an image processor that is operable, via image processing of frames of image data captured by the camera, to detect an object present in the field of view of the camera. When the vehicle is moving, the control, responsive at least in part to vehicle motion information and image processing of frames of captured image data, determines motion of the detected object relative to the moving vehicle. The control determines the relative motion of the detected object by (i) determining corresponding object points in at least two frames of captured image data, (ii) estimating object motion trajectory of the detected object responsive to the determination of corresponding object points and (iii) determining the structure of the detected object along the estimated object motion trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9892641
    Abstract: The regulatory sign or traffic information presented on a roadway is detected by capturing an image of ahead of a vehicle, and also the regulatory information is detected by receiving a signal transmitted from outside the vehicle. When the regulatory information is detected from the signal transmitted from outside the vehicle, that regulatory information is notified. When no regulatory information is detected from the signal transmitted from outside the vehicle, the regulatory information detected by capturing the image of ahead of the vehicle is notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokochi, Izumi Takatsudo, Shinnosuke Saito, Hiroki Nakajima, Yoshinori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9892330
    Abstract: The present application relates to a system for location measurement and night-time forward vehicle detection using a single multi-exposure camera and method thereof which use a long exposure and short exposure frame images among four exposure methods of a multi-exposure camera and applies a binarization method which use a local adaptive threshold value, and also applies a BLOB (Binary Large Objects) matching method which detects an identical candidate BLOB from a different exposure frame image thereby, enables further accurate detection and location measurement of a forward vehicle during night-time drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF YEUNGNAM UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ho Youl Jung, Hee Yong Lee, Dal Hyun Jang, Seung Hwan Lee, Chang Hyeon Park
  • Patent number: 9891728
    Abstract: A touch panel device displays a nautical chart and symbols indicating waypoints arranged on the nautical chart. The touch panel device detects touch operations at two or more positions on the display screen and touched positions thereof. The touch panel device creates an area on the display screen based on the two or more detected touched positions, specifies one or more of the symbols located within the created area, and performs cut processing and the like on the one or more of the symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Okubo, Keita Nishida
  • Patent number: 9888226
    Abstract: With a conventional stereoimage capturing device, it has been difficult to simply determine the present of a depth. An image capturing device includes an image capturing element in which a first parallax pixel group and a second parallax pixel group that output a first parallax image and a second parallax image, respectively, to cause a parallax are arranged at mutually different positions. The image capturing device computes a differential pixel value of each of a plurality of second parallax output pixels in the second parallax image positioned around a target pixel that is a first parallax output pixel of the first parallax image, the differential pixel value being computed with reference to the target pixel, and generates differential data in which a direction of each of the plurality of second parallax output pixels with reference to the target pixel is associated with the corresponding differential pixel value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshige Shibazaki, Susumu Mori, Muneki Hamashima
  • Patent number: 9883080
    Abstract: A method for processing color image data captured by a vehicular camera includes providing a color camera having an imaging array having a plurality of photosensors, and disposing one or more spectral filters at or in front of photosensors of the plurality of photosensors of the imaging array. The color camera is disposed at a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The color camera captures image data that is provided to an image processor, which processes the image data captured by the color camera. The processing of image data includes processing via an algorithmic loop that corrects color variation due to lighting conditions so that images derived from captured image data are color corrected. The algorithmic loop includes processing image data in a color correction loop for color correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Wierich
  • Patent number: 9881412
    Abstract: An image generation device generates an output image based on an image obtained by taking images by an image-taking part mounted to a body to be operated, which boy is capable of performing a turning operation. A coordinates correspondence part causes coordinates on a columnar space model, which is arranged to surround the body to be operated and has a center axis, to correspond to coordinates on an image plane on which the input image is positioned. An output image generation part generates the output image by causing values of the coordinates on the input image plane to correspond to values of the coordinates on an output image plane on which the output image is positioned through coordinates on the columnar space model. The columnar space model is arranged so that an optical axis of the image-taking part intersects with the center axis of said columnar space model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kiyota
  • Patent number: 9873379
    Abstract: In a composite image generation apparatus that is mounted in an own vehicle, each of captured images, which have been captured by a plurality of imaging units, are acquired. A disturbance level for each of the plurality of captured images that have been acquired is determined. The disturbance level indicates: whether or not a disturbance is present in the captured image; or an extent of the disturbance. In an overlapping area in which imaging areas of the plurality of captured images overlap, one or more captured images is selected from the plurality of captured images so that the area occupied by a captured image having a higher disturbance level among the plurality captured images is smaller. A composite image is generated based on the plurality of captured images. In the overlapping area, the composite image is generated by using the captured image selected based on the disturbance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanari Takaki
  • Patent number: 9870707
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for determining a route for a vehicle where the probability for locating a vacant parking place is greatest. In response to a user's request for a vacant parking place, the system of the invention generates a route map and/or a heat map of the route with the highest probability of locating a vacant parking place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hi-Park Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronen Korman
  • Patent number: 9871977
    Abstract: The embodied invention is a multi-step process that creates a memorabilia item of a vehicle that is at a local gathering or event. The invention includes a mobile photographic studio that is adapted for use in an environment such as a ‘parking lot’, or ‘grass field’, or indoor facility environment. The mobile photographic studio utilizes tents with special controlled lighting and photographic enhancing features that which control the lighting and reflectivity of unwanted images of the vehicle. The overall process includes transmitting a raw vehicle photograph to a post processing methods system that removes any minor issues. Finally, the photograph is incorporated in a memorabilia item that is sold to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel P. Broughton
  • Patent number: 9865164
    Abstract: A vehicle may traverse a portion of a vehicle transportation network, which may include a processor of the vehicle executing instructions to identify a first vehicle operation assistance information item, and, on a condition that an immanency for the first vehicle operation assistance information item is within a maximum relevant immanence and a utility metric for the first vehicle operation assistance information item indicates high utility, present a representation of the first vehicle operation assistance information item by, on a condition that a first urgency identified based on the immanency indicates a warning urgency or an advisory urgency, controlling a primary graphical display portion to present a first portion of a graphical representation of the first vehicle operation assistance information item, and controlling a secondary graphical display portion to present a second portion of the graphical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Adrian Tan, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen, Neal Probert, Jeremy Chambers
  • Patent number: 9865165
    Abstract: A traffic sign recognition system includes a display for displaying caution information of a traffic light, and a processor configured to execute a traffic light detecting module for detecting a traffic light, a bypass lane detecting module for detecting a bypass lane, a line of sight detecting module for detecting a line of sight of a driver, and a vehicle behavior determining module for detecting a traveling direction of a vehicle. The processor controls the display to display caution information when the line of sight is different from a direction of the traffic light, and controlling the display to refrain from displaying the caution information when the detected line of sight matches the direction of the traffic light. The display is refrained from displaying the caution information when the bypass lane is detected and the traveling direction is toward the bypass lane, regardless of the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Moritani, Yasutaka Otsubo, Tsuyoshi Arinaga
  • Patent number: 9863928
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a road condition detection system for identifying and monitoring road conditions, and for communicating information regarding road conditions to various users. The road condition detection system is provided for capturing data indicative of road conditions and analyzing the captured data to locate and identify various road conditions (e.g., road hazards, such as potholes, or weather conditions, such as ice). In various embodiments, the road condition detection system includes a road condition sensor array configured for being attached to a vehicle and for capturing road condition data. The captured data may be transmitted and assessed by a server configured for identifying potential road hazards or other road conditions based on the road condition data captured by the sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Peterson, Nagesh Kadaba, Christopher T Schenken
  • Patent number: 9865056
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for directing a vehicle in a side-by-side drive-thru are disclosed. For example, the method receives one or more video images of a side-by-side drive-thru comprising two or more lanes, detects a vehicle approaching an entrance of the side-by-side drive-thru, calculating an estimated order time for the vehicle and directs the vehicle to one of the two or more lanes based on the estimated order time for the vehicle or a previously estimated order time of each one of the a plurality of vehicles already in the first lane and the second lane of the drive-thru.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Aaron Michael Burry, Orhan Bulan
  • Patent number: 9866752
    Abstract: An electronic device is described. The electronic device includes a processor. The processor is configured to obtain images from a plurality of cameras. The processor is also configured to project each image to a respective 3-dimensional (3D) shape for each camera. The processor is further configured to generate a combined view from the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Feng Guo, Ning Bi, Bijan Forutanpour, Phi Hung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9862321
    Abstract: A rear-view side mirror assembly includes a base for attachment to a vehicle, one or more support arms extending from the base, and a mirror head attached to the support arm and configured for telescoping movement along the support arm. A camera is fixedly attached to the support arm so as to remain stationary relative to the mirror base and vehicle as the mirror head telescopes inward and outward. An elongated aperture in the mirror head housing ensures that the camera lens is not occluded as the mirror head telescopes between a retracted position and an extended position. A lens cleaning system is adapted to wipe the lens clean each time the housing telescopes between inboard and outboard positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SMR PATENTS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Paul Henion, Darryl Brooks, Gary Sinelli
  • Patent number: 9866736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, comprising a camera unit (7), which is used to record images of the outside region (2) of a motor vehicle (3), a housing (10, 20), in which the camera unit (7) is movably arranged, and a protective element (4), which can be moved between an open position (5) and a closed position (6), wherein the camera unit (7)assumes an idle position (60) in the closed position (6) of the protective element (4), in which idle position the camera unit (7) is located behind the protective element (4) and thus is inaccessible from the outside region (2), and the camera unit (7) is located in the active position (61) for recording images in the open position (5) of the protective element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Schütz, Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9858488
    Abstract: An image processing device is disclosed that is able to accurately recognize objects at a close distance. The image processing device includes a camera unit, and an image processing unit. The camera unit includes a lens, a focusing unit and an image pick-up unit. The focusing unit drives the lens to sequentially change the focusing distance of the camera unit to perform a focus-sweep operation, so that clear images of objects at different positions in an optical axis of the lens are sequentially formed on the image pick-up unit. The image processing unit receives the plurality of images obtained by the image pick-up unit in the focus-sweep operation, identifies objects with clear images formed in the plurality of images, and produces an object distribution view according to the focusing distances used when picking up the plurality of image to show a position distribution of the identified objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Any Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasurou Fukawa
  • Patent number: 9855892
    Abstract: When finding the driver distracted from driving (such as looking aside), this system provides driving assistance that enhances his or her motivation to drive by encouraging him or her to drive actively and thereby increase his or her internal focus on driving. Examples of specific driving assistance include giving exemplary driving instructions to the driver, providing him or her with navigation to a road with features that would entertain him or her through driving, and improving sensitivity to any change in the vehicle's state responsive to driving operations. If dangerous driving is sensed while the driving assistance is being provided, driving control may be performed to increase the driver's tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichiro Kuwahara, Hitomi Nakazato
  • Patent number: 9858816
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining park stall occupancy are disclosed herein. The systems and methods include receiving a three dimensional representation of a parking stall in a parking lot. The systems and methods also include processing the three dimensional representation to determine occupancy of the parking stall. The parking stall has a boundary relative to the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Douglas J. Cook, Vassilios Morellas, Theodore L. Morris, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos
  • Patent number: 9860445
    Abstract: When employing a multi-node computing architecture for commercial articulated vehicles to generate a composite surround view of the vehicle, each processing node is associated with a vehicle segment. Each node has its own processor, memory and sensors. A master-slave relationship exists in the architecture. The segment processors collect, format, manage and package their local information. Communication between nodes is controlled by the master node, which can limit, adjust, subsample and alter the information and information flow from the slave nodes. The slave nodes can be freely recombined, using a pre-established communication standard or a format agreed upon at combination time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Marton Gyori, Hans M. Molin, Karl H. Jones, Travis G. Ramler
  • Patent number: 9849833
    Abstract: When finding the driver distracted from driving (such as looking aside), this system first alerts him or her to the fact to prompt him or her to focus on driving. However, if the driver is still distracted from driving even when alerted, driving assistance are provided for him or her to enhance his or her motivation to drive by encouraging him or her to drive actively and thereby increase his or her internal focus on driving. Examples of specific driving assistance include giving exemplary driving instructions to the driver, providing him or her with navigation to a road with features that would entertain him or her through driving, and improving sensitivity to any change in the vehicle's state responsive to driving operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichiro Kuwahara, Hitomi Nakazato