Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9854185
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle may include a first image capture device having a first field of view and configured to acquire a first image relative to a scene associated with the vehicle, the first image being acquired as a first series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. The imaging system may also include a second image capture device having a second field of view different from the first field of view and that at least partially overlaps the first field of view, the second image capture device being configured to acquire a second image relative to the scene associated with the vehicle, the second image being acquired as a second series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. As a result of overlap between the first field of view and the second field of view, a first overlap portion of the first image corresponds with a second overlap portion of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Efim Belman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9845053
    Abstract: The image display system includes a display that is provided on an interior surface of a vehicle body structure and that includes a first display region facing the doorway, and a camera adapted to capture an image of a blind spot region outside the vehicle body structure. When the door is in a closed state, the image display system is adapted to cause the display to display the image of the blind spot region, and when the door is in an open state, the image display system is adapted to cause the display to display an illumination image of a fixed pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Ukeda
  • Patent number: 9845051
    Abstract: This invention has an object to assist for traveling operation of a self-propelled industrial machine to display underneath image of the self-propelled industrial machine on a monitor of a display device mounted in a operator's cab. The display device of the self-propelled industrial machine according to the present invention is provided for a dump truck, which comprises cameras having field of view to underneath of the dump truck, a symbol image storage section to store a symbol image which is symbolized the dump truck, a superposing process section to make transparent with a predetermined transparent ratio in the symbol image as a transparent region and to superpose an image taken by the camera on the area corresponding to the transparent region as underneath image, and a monitor mounted in a cab of the dump truck for displaying the symbol image composed by the superposing process section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Kowatari, Naokazu Oda, Katsuhiko Shimizu, Yoshihiro Inanobe, Hidefumi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 9840197
    Abstract: An around view provision apparatus and a vehicle including the same are disclosed. The around view provision apparatus may include a plurality of cameras provided to capture images of different regions around the vehicle. A memory may be provided to store a reference image for each of the cameras. A processor may calculate offset information for at least one of the plurality of cameras based on a difference between the reference image for the camera stored in the memory and an image captured by the camera. Respective images captured through the plurality of cameras may be combined using the offset information so as to generate an around view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Iljoo Baek, Sungmin Kim, Younsun Kim
  • Patent number: 9840278
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a steering system, an input including a rotatable rotary element, and a controller. The controller receives a trailer backup assist mode initiation command from the input and activates a trailer backup mode including outputting a vehicle steering command based on a first instantaneous position of the rotary element to the steering system. The controller further receives a terrain management mode initiation command from the input and activating a terrain management mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Bradley G. Hochrein
  • Patent number: 9840199
    Abstract: A vehicle image processing apparatus includes a group of cameras, a drawing unit that converts a captured image into an image viewed along a line of sight running from a predetermined position in a predetermined direction, a viewing-line-of-sight changing unit that detects whether a first line of sight is switched to a second line of sight, and a viewing-line-of-sight generation/updating unit that acquires parameters concerning the first and second lines of sight after detecting the switching and generates a parameter which is gradually changed from the parameter of the first line of sight to the parameter of the second line of sight. Moreover, the drawing unit generates, on the basis of the gradually changed parameter, an image which is gradually changed from an image viewed along the first line of sight to an image viewed along the second line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Asako Kitaura, Seiya Shimizu, Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9842265
    Abstract: A marking line detection system includes an imaging device, a marking line candidate detection unit, a marking line correction unit, a center line determination unit and a validity determination unit. The marking line candidate detection unit detects first and second vehicle's marking line candidates. The marking line correction unit corrects a position of the second vehicle's marking line candidate based on a position of the first vehicle's marking line candidate. When the first vehicle's marking line candidate is the valid center line, the marking line correction unit performs a correction of the position of the second vehicle's marking line candidate based on the position of the first vehicle's marking line candidate. When the first vehicle's marking line candidate is not the valid center line, the marking line correction unit does not perform the correction based on the position of the first vehicle's marking line candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9835565
    Abstract: An inspection device of a display device includes a first illumination unit providing a first incident light to the display device at a first incident angle, a second illumination unit providing a second incident light to the display device at a second incident angle, a third illumination unit providing a third incident light to the display device at a third incident angle, and a defect detector receiving at least one of a first reflection light obtained from the first incident light reflected by the display device at a first reflection angle, a second reflection light obtained from the second incident light reflected by the display device at a second reflection angle, and a third reflection light obtained from the third incident light reflected by the display device at a third reflection angle to detect defects of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wal jun Kim, JoongYoung Ryu, Seung-Young Baeck, Changhyun Ryu, Deok joo Lim
  • Patent number: 9832426
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an around view monitor (AVM) system that provides image information on the ambient conditions of a vehicle to a driver. In displaying a top-view image in which the front, rear, left, and right conditions of a vehicle are seen downward from a portion over the vehicle, an AVM system and method checks a driving state or driving direction of the vehicle on the basis of information received from sensors and elements included in the vehicle, and outputs the top-view image which is suitably edited depending on the driving conditions, thereby providing information necessary for driving to a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Jun Kim, Mu Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 9825401
    Abstract: A connector is adapted to be attached to a case of an electronic device unit. The connector includes a connector assembly adapted to be accommodated in the case through an opening provided in the case, an escutcheon adapted to be attached to the case to close the opening, and an elastic member arranged at a position to be interposed between the connector assembly and the escutcheon when the escutcheon is attached to the case in a state in which the connector assembly is accommodated in the case. The connector assembly includes a terminal, a housing holding the terminal, and a circuit board connected to the terminal. The elastic member is configured to bias the connector assembly toward the case such that the circuit board is pressed against the case to position the connector assembly with respect to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahito Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9826199
    Abstract: Various driver assistance systems mountable in a host vehicle and computerized methods for detecting a vertical deviation of a road surface. The driver assistance system includes a camera operatively connectible to a processor. Multiple consecutive image frames are captured from the camera including a first image of the road and a second image of the road. Based on the host vehicle motion, the second image is warped toward the first image to produce thereby a warped second image. Image points of the road in the first image and corresponding image points of the road in the warped second image are tracked. Optical flow is computed between the warped second image to the first image. The optical flow is compared with an optical flow based on a road surface model to produce a residual optical flow. The vertical deviation is computed from the residual optical flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 9823739
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device including: an image processing unit configured to generate an output image using a first image obtained by imaging a real space from a first viewpoint as an input image. Based on a position and a posture of the first viewpoint in the real space, the image processing unit generates, as the output image, a second image obtained by virtually imaging the real space from a second viewpoint having a position and a posture different from the position and the posture of the first viewpoint in the real space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunichi Kasahara, Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 9826146
    Abstract: A generator generates attribute information regarding a video image, which is captured by an imaging unit by capturing a plurality of capture directions, on a predetermined unit of video content. A composition map generator extracts a predetermined object, based on the attribute information of the video images captured in the plurality of capture directions within a predetermined period, and generates a composition map indicating a position of the extracted object. A comparator determines priority orders in the respective pieces of shooting of the respective capture directions based on a comparison result obtained by comparing pieces of the attribute information, for each of the capture directions and based on the attribute information included in the composition map. A camera work controller determines a next capture direction based on the priority orders, and controls operations of the imaging unit and a camera pantilter based on the determined capture direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Morioka, Kenji Matsuura, Hideaki Hatanaka, Eiji Yamauchi, Mitsuyoshi Okamoto, Akio Nishiyama, Hirofumi Ishii
  • Patent number: 9819833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for converting (S1) an image (7) by an evaluation unit (4) of a motor vehicle (1), wherein the image (7) is captured from an environmental region (6) of a motor vehicle (1) by a camera (3) of the motor vehicle (1), and the image (7) includes an alpha channel (12) and at least one color channel in a predetermined color model, and the image (7) is converted into an alpha channel (12) and a Y channel (9) of a YUV color model and a U channel (10) of the YUV color model and a V channel (11) of the YUV color model, wherein in converting the image (7), the alpha channel (12) and the Y channel (9) and the U channel (10) and the V channel (11) are embedded in a converted image (8) of the image (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Venugopala K. Madumbu
  • Patent number: 9815409
    Abstract: A rearview vision system for a vehicle includes a reflective element disposed at a driver or passenger side portion of a vehicle and a camera disposed at or near the reflective element and having a field of view that encompasses at least a portion of the reflective element. The camera and the reflective element are disposed at the side portion of the vehicle so that images of the scene occurring to the side and rear of the vehicle are reflected off of the reflective element and viewed by the camera. The camera captures image data for display of images by a display device that is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when normally operating the vehicle so as to provide the driver with a generally sideward and rearward field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Baur
  • Patent number: 9819927
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing device for generating disparity information from a first image and a second image, wherein the first image is captured by a first capture unit and the second image is captured by a second capture unit. The image processing device includes a disparity detector configured to detect disparity information of a pixel or a pixel block of the second image by correlating the pixel or the pixel block of the second image with each of pixels or each of pixel blocks of the first image within a detection width. The disparity detector is configured to detect the disparity information of the pixel or the pixel block of the second image more than once by changing a start point of pixels or pixel blocks of the first image within the detection width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Takahashi, Hiroyoshi Sekiguchi, Eita Watanabe, Yoshikazu Watanabe, Reiko Kuromizu
  • Patent number: 9818033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a monitoring method and a monitoring apparatus using a camera. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a monitoring method using a camera includes receiving a photographed input image from the camera; detecting an object existing in the input image and positional information of the object; generating a corrected image by correcting a distorted area of the input image; and generating a synthesized image by synthesizing alarm display information which is generated on the basis of the object and the positional information, with the corrected image, and outputting the synthesized image through a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myoung-Kwan Kim, Seok-In Kim
  • Patent number: 9818301
    Abstract: The embodiment provides a method of correcting a lane. The method includes receiving first lane information detected by a lane departure warning system; comparing the received first lane information with previously stored second lane information to identify a degree of variation of a lane as a function for time; sensing whether a fault detection of the received first lane information exists according to the identified degree of variation of the lane; correcting the received first lane information when the fault detection of the first lane information is sensed; and transmitting the corrected lane information to the lane departure warning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Dae Kim, Jeong Woo Woo
  • Patent number: 9807349
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a covert recording alarm apparatus for vehicles that includes one or more sensors strategically placed within the vehicle, e.g. in the car lock knob that are configured for detecting any instrument, added weight or pressure being applied to a vehicle's entry points. If any such force is detected, the apparatus' sensor(s) trigger an the image capturing mechanism to begin taking pictures and videos of the theft activity which is transmitted as an alert to legal authorities, a monitoring service and/or the owner/operator's mobile phone where it is published and displayed as a video, text or email such that the appropriate action can be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9796267
    Abstract: A system may comprise a load sensor; a camera; and an electronic control module. The load sensor may configured to detect a load placed on a vehicle that is to travel along a path. The camera may be associated with the vehicle and may be configured to capture an image of the load placed on the vehicle. The electronic control module may configured to receive, from the load sensor, information indicating that the load has been placed on the vehicle, cause the camera to capture the image of the load based on receiving the information indicating that the load has been placed on the vehicle, determine whether the height of the load exceeds a height of a trolley line included in the path, and provide, for display by a display of the vehicle, information indicating whether the height of the load exceeds the height of the trolley line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Ruth, Brett M. Nee, Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 9800794
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes a camera, a control and a display device. The camera is disposed at a vehicle and has a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The camera includes a two dimensional array of a plurality of photosensing elements. The control has an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. The display device is viewable by a driver of the vehicle and includes a video display screen. Responsive to a determination of a reduction in light level at the imaged scene, the control is operable to adjust at least one of (i) an exposure time for image capture by the camera and (ii) a frame rate of image capture by the camera. The control is operable to adjust the camera to control the display intensity of video images displayed by the video display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Christian Weber
  • Patent number: 9800858
    Abstract: A stereo camera unit includes a camera stay, a pair of lenses fixed to the camera stay, image-capturing devices for receiving light condensed by the lens, and a mount board mounting the image-capturing devices. The mount board is fixed to the camera stay via fastening members such as a screw, whereby the relative position of the lens with respect to the image-capturing device is determined. A metal core substrate having a same metal material as the camera stay in a core layer is employed for the mount board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasushi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9796331
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of video cameras having respective fields of view external of the vehicle. Captured image data is provided to and processed at a central data processor in order to detect objects that are within the field of view of at least some of the video cameras. The vehicle is equipped with a sensor system having at least one non-visual sensor that senses sensor data in a region external of the vehicle. The sensed sensor data is provided to the central data processor. A potential hazard present exterior the vehicle is determined to exist via processing at the central data processor of at least one of received image data and received sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Lee Karner, Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9789819
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes: an image capturing part configured to image-capture a rear lateral area of a host vehicle and a dead angle area; a display part configured to display a video image captured by the image capturing part; and a blinker switch configured to make a signal of a movement of the host vehicle to a first side or a second side. The display part displays the video image according to a turn on of the blinker switch indicating a movement of the vehicle to the second side, turns off the display of the video image when a predetermined amount of time elapses after the blinker switch is turned off, and turns off the display of the video image before the predetermined amount of time elapses when it is predicted that the host vehicle moves to the first side within the predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Kei Oshida, Haruhiko Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 9783024
    Abstract: The method simultaneously manages climate control systems of a fleet of vehicles at a fleet server remote from the vehicles. The fleet server has one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the processor(s). Initially, at least one parameter relaying information about performance of a climate control system of a respective vehicle is received, from each vehicle. Each vehicle's climate control system includes at least an electrically driven compressor. The system then determines whether a performance inefficiency exists for the climate control system of at least one vehicle based at least in part on the parameter(s) received from the at least one vehicle. Upon determining that a performance inefficiency exists, an efficient operational setting that reduces the performance inefficiency is determined. Finally, an operational setting instruction is transmitted to the at least one vehicle to control the climate control system of that vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bergstrom Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Sean Connell, Aaron D. Sullivan