Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 9788393
    Abstract: A method, executed by a computer, includes receiving extent information for a light zone and a desired emitted light level for a light source proximate to the light zone where the light source is a programmable light source, determining that the light source projects light onto the light zone, and adjusting, by one or more processors, the light source to emit the desired emitted light level. A computer system and a computer program product corresponding to the method area also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Z. Akselrod, Anthony Di Loreto, Steve McDuff, Kyle D. Robeson
  • Patent number: 9776584
    Abstract: A magnetic repulsion system including a front electromagnet at a front, and a rear electromagnet at a rear, of a primary vehicle. A communication module is configured to determine whether a secondary vehicle directly adjacent to the primary vehicle is equipped with a secondary magnetic repulsion system. A sensor module of the primary vehicle is configured to identify when a collision between the primary vehicle and the secondary vehicle directly adjacent to the primary vehicle is imminent. A control module of the primary vehicle is configured to activate the front or rear electromagnet of the primary vehicle that is opposite to the secondary vehicle when both the sensor module identifies that a collision between the primary vehicle and the secondary vehicle directly adjacent to the primary vehicle is imminent, and the communication module receives notification that the secondary vehicle is equipped with the secondary magnetic repulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Denso International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Sute
  • Patent number: 9778459
    Abstract: An assembly to reduce droplet accumulation and impingement on a lens assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a camera body; a camera lens mounted within the camera body; and a groove surrounding the camera body. The groove has a first portion defined by a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a first floor portion and a second portion defined by the first sidewall, a third sidewall, and a second floor portion. The first portion has a first width and a second portion has a second width larger than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Hongguang Sun, Michael D. Alarcon
  • Patent number: 9776564
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle periphery monitoring device. An object identification unit comprises: a first identifier requiring a relatively low computation volume for an object identification process; and a second identifier requiring a relatively high computation volume for the object identification process. A region to be identified determination unit determines at least one region to be identified which is presented in the identification process by the second identifier, by carrying out a clustering process relating to location and/or scale, with respect to a plurality of region candidates which are extracted by the first identifier as wherein objects are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 9776566
    Abstract: A plurality of images captured by a plurality of cameras respectively to create a plurality of upper viewpoint images. Display images are extracted from the upper viewpoint images, and the extracted display images are synthesized to create an overhead image or bird's eye view image of surroundings, which has an image corresponding to an operating machine at a center of the bird's eye view image. When extracting each of the display images, a region of the display image extracted from the upper viewpoint image is expanded beyond the size of a standard extraction region on the basis of the set height of a mating face. Each of the extracted display images is adjusted to the size of the standard extraction region, and synthesized. Thus, any three-dimensional object (obstacle) present near the boundary between display images constituting the bird's eye view image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidefumi Ishimoto, Yoichi Kowatari, Yoshihiro Inanobe
  • Patent number: 9781389
    Abstract: A method substantially as shown and described the detailed description and/or drawings and/or elsewhere herein. A circuitry substantially as shown and described the detailed description and/or drawings and/or elsewhere herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud
  • Patent number: 9779313
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera and an image processor operable to process captured image data. When the vehicle is towing a trailer, and based at least in part on image processing of image data captured by the camera during maneuvering of the vehicle and the trailer, the vision system estimates a length of the trailer. Image data captured during maneuvering of the vehicle and the trailer includes image data captured when the vehicle is maneuvered with the trailer at an angle relative to the vehicle. The vision system, responsive at least in part to image processing of captured image data, determines a trailer angle of the trailer that is towed by the vehicle, and is operable to determine a path of the trailer responsive to a steering angle of the vehicle and the determined trailer angle of the trailer and the estimated length of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Pliefke, Paul Jarmola, Thomas Wierich, Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 9776568
    Abstract: There is disclosed a viewing system coupled to a motor vehicle having a frame having a roof, at least one support, and a body with the at least one support supporting the roof over the body. The system can comprise at least one camera, at least one screen coupled to the support. In addition each camera is coupled to the at least one support and wherein said at least one screen is in communication with the first set of cameras, wherein said at least one screen displays images presented by the first set of cameras. This device can provide additional view in the blind spot of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Serge B. Hoyda
  • Patent number: 9774816
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture disclosed herein may be used to manage audiovisual recording in a connected vehicle. An example disclosed method includes accessing a profile having a recording parameter and a first quality selected by a user from a recording server. The example method also includes comparing a reading from a vehicle sensor to the recording parameter in the profile to determine whether to record a video. Additionally, the example method includes, in response to determining to record the video, storing the video using the first quality to a memory located in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roque Rios, III, James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9774717
    Abstract: A system for detecting a personal communication device (PCD) in a vehicle having driver and passenger zones is provided. The system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to transmit a first signal indicative of a captured image of an object in the driver zone. The controller is configured to receive the first signal and to receive a status signal indicative of the PCD being in a sleep mode or an active mode. The controller is further configured to receive a motion signal indicative of the PCD being in a stationary mode or a motion mode and to detect that the PCD is in the driver zone if the captured image of the object corresponds to the PCD and if the status signal indicates that the PCD is in the wake up mode or the motion signal indicates that the PCD is in the motion mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Robert Bruce Kleve
  • Patent number: 9766534
    Abstract: A camera assembly and a method for mounting it in a portable electronic device are provided. The assembly includes a camera module, and a camera trim coupled with the camera module. The camera assembly includes a first shock mount coupling the camera trim to an interior surface of the housing, and a second shock mount coupling the camera trim to an exterior surface of the housing. The first and second shock mounts cooperate to suspend an outer perimeter of the camera trim within an opening of the housing of the portable electronic device. A mobile telecommunications device including a camera assembly as above is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Glenn Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Tyson Benner Manullang
  • Patent number: 9769359
    Abstract: A flexible camera device is provided including an elongate flexible member and at least one camera connected to and supported by the elongate flexible member. A recording device is also connected to and supported by the elongate flexible member. The recording device is in electrical communication with the camera(s) for electrically communicating camera recorded images to the recording device. The flexible member may be connected to a variety of different support member to allow hands free recording of different events, as seen from multiple views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Ieon C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9767695
    Abstract: A blind spot detection system for a vehicle having an external rearview device including a substrate having an at least partially transmissive portion. An imaging device positioned behind the at least partially transmissive portion and including a field of view that extends through the substrate at an angle away from the vehicle in the general direction of a vehicle blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven G. Hoek, Frederick T. Bauer, Michael F. Lisowski
  • Patent number: 9762797
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image generation section that generates at least one of a first captured image having a predetermined size and a second captured image having an aspect ratio different from that of the first captured image; a recording control section that, when an instruction operation to record the generated captured image is received, records the generated captured image based on the instruction operation; and a display control section that, when a captured image to be displayed at the time of displaying the recorded captured image on a display section is the second captured image, displays the second captured image and an enlarged image of a specific region in the second captured image are displayed on the display section in a correlated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru Ishida
  • Patent number: 9754380
    Abstract: A remote operated selective target treatment system including a firing robot having a weapon and an optoelectronic sighting device, a central processing unit and a control screen displaying the prepared image of the target, and a control device. The central processing unit prepares the image intended for display, and includes an input module receiving digital images, an image analyzer receiving the image from the input module and detaching the target image from its environment, a modelling device modelling the contour of the image, a comparator connected to a library of silhouettes receiving the modelled image and checking it against the silhouettes, and an exclusion module receiving an image from the comparator and using a library of masks to apply a mask to the image and transmit the prepared image for display on screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Philippe A. Levilly
  • Patent number: 9751471
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for holding a camera (40) which serves in particular as a parking assistance device for a motor vehicle, comprising a housing (10) in which a slide (20) is movably accommodated to which slide the camera (40) can be secured. The slide (20) can be driven by a mechanism (30) having an arm (40) that is rotatably mounted in the housing (10) about a first axis (1) and that is mechanically functionally connected to a rocking element (50). Said rocking element is rotatably mounted in the housing (10) about a second axis (2) and the slide (20) is rotatably mounted on the rocking element (50) about a third axis (3), the movement of the slide (20) between a rest position (A) and an operating position (B) being at least to some extent defined by a housing guide (14) of the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heiko Schütz
  • Patent number: 9751210
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, that includes a machine vision system comprising a camera that captures images of the operating environment using a machine vision system; detects the presence of an occlusion obstructing a portion of the field of view of a camera based on the captured images, and generate a notification when an occlusion obstructing the portion of the field of view of the camera is detected, and maintain occlusion detection data describing occluded and unobstructed portions of images being used by the SLAM application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Fong, Jason Meltzer, Marc Barnada Rius
  • Patent number: 9753623
    Abstract: A touch panel device displays a nautical chart as map data on a display screen. The touch panel device detects a first touch operation on the display screen and a second touch operation on the display screen, the first touch operation being a touch operation of which a position is fixed, the second touch operation being a touch operation of which a position is changed. The touch panel device obtains a rotational axis parallel to the sea surface based on the position of the first touch operation, and rotates a viewpoint of the map data centering on the rotational axis based on a change amount of a distance from the position of the first touch operation to the position of the second touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Asahara
  • Patent number: 9747511
    Abstract: An image recognition device includes an edge direction evaluation unit configured to evaluate a direction of an edge at each coordinate by assigning points to the coordinate when a deviation amount between a direction of an outline of an abundance ratio higher than a predetermined abundance ratio threshold value among directions of an outline of a character available for the vehicle number plate and the direction of the edge at each coordinate of the image is less than a predetermined deviation amount threshold value and a vehicle number plate region extraction unit configured to extract a region of the vehicle number plate from the image based on a distribution of the points assigned by the edge direction evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Kojima, Kiichi Sugimoto, Takuma Okazaki, Kenta Nakao
  • Patent number: 9738236
    Abstract: A rear emblem forms an outer surface and includes a base member made of transparent plastic and a pattern print layer arranged on a part of the back side of the base member. The pattern print layer includes a light transmitting portion and a light transmission reducing portion. The light transmission reducing portion is arranged around the light transmitting portion and transmits less light than the light transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugiura, Tatsuya Oba, Akihiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 9738223
    Abstract: A method for dynamically registering a graphic upon a cropped image obtained from a camera device includes capturing an original image obtained from the camera device. Intrinsic calibration information for the camera device, extrinsic information for the camera device and vehicle information are monitored. The cropped image is generated based on cropping parameters to exclude undesirable content from the original image. The intrinsic calibration information is adjusted based on a relationship to the cropping parameters. The graphic is dynamically registered upon the cropped image based on the adjusted intrinsic calibration information for the camera device, the monitored extrinsic information for the camera device and the monitored vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Wende Zhang, Bakhtiar Brian Litkouhi, Kent S. Lybecker
  • Patent number: 9740943
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object detection device can enhance the accuracy in detecting a three-dimensional object regardless of the brightness in the detection environment. The device has an image capture means that captures an image of a predetermined area and an image conversion means that converts the image through a viewpoint conversion into birds-eye view image. A first three-dimensional object detection means aligns positions of bird's-eye view images at different times obtained by the image conversion means, counts the number of pixels that exhibit a predetermined difference on a differential image of the aligned bird's-eye view images to generate a frequency distribution thereby creating differential waveform information, and detects a three-dimensional object on the basis of the differential waveform information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata
  • Patent number: 9734416
    Abstract: An object detection method includes extracting an object candidate by grouping a plurality of characteristic points from two images acquired at different times by a camera; calculating, for each of characteristic points included in the object candidate, an observation flow amount indicating an amount of positional shift on the two images and a virtual road surface flow amount indicating an amount of positional shift on the two images while assuming that the characteristic point is located on a road surface; generating, for each of the characteristic points, a flow difference distribution of the object candidate by calculating a difference between the observation flow amount and the virtual road surface flow amount; and determining whether the object candidate is an object existing on and protruding from the road surface by comparing the flow difference distribution with a plurality of flow difference distribution models generated for predicted inclined states of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Kanetake, Osafumi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9731653
    Abstract: A vision display system for a vehicle includes a rear backup camera disposed at a rear portion of the vehicle and having a field of view rearward of the vehicle. A display device includes a video display screen disposed in the interior cabin of the vehicle and viewable by a driver of the vehicle. When the vehicle is at a traffic stop and the engine is turned off under “stop and go” operation, the video display screen displays video images derived from image data captured by the rear backup camera within two seconds of shifting of a vehicle transmission of the vehicle into reverse gear. After the engine of the vehicle restarts under “stop and go” operation, the video display screen displays video images derived from image data captured by the rear backup camera within two seconds of shifting of the vehicle transmission of the vehicle into reverse gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9734639
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring an industrial vehicle are presented. The system includes a first imaging subsystem for acquiring a plurality of load-carrying-portion images. A cargo-detection subsystem is configured for analyzing each of the plurality of load-carrying-portion images to determine whether cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion. A power-detection subsystem is configured for determining when the industrial vehicle is running. A motion-detection subsystem is configured for determining when the industrial vehicle is in motion. An analytics subsystem is configured for calculating the amount of time that the industrial vehicle is running, the amount of time that the industrial vehicle is running while cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion, the amount of time the industrial vehicle is in motion, and the amount of time the industrial vehicle is in motion while cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Taylor Smith
  • Patent number: 9727780
    Abstract: A pedestrian detecting system includes a depth capturing unit, an image capturing unit and a composite processing unit. The depth capturing unit is configured to detect and obtain spatial information of a target object. The image capturing unit is configured to capture an image of the target object and recognize the image, thereby obtaining image feature information of the target object. The composite processing unit is electrically connected to the depth capturing unit and the image capturing unit, wherein the composite processing unit is configured to receive the spatial information and the image feature information and to perform a scoring scheme to detect and determine if the target object is a pedestrian. The scoring scheme performs weighted scoring on a spatial confidence and an appearance confidence to obtain a composite scoring value to determine if the target object is the pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Kuo-Ching Chang, Yu-Sheng Liao, Pang-Ting Huang, Yi-Ming Chan, Li-Chen Fu, Pei-Yung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9727220
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes a display unit, a detector, and a controller. The display unit displays an image (nautical chart) on a display screen. The detector detects touches at two positions on the display screen and touched positions thereof. The controller displays a distance and azimuths between the touched positions, based on the two touched positions that are detected by the detector and either one of coordinates on the image corresponding to the touched positions and information associated with the coordinates (positional information).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Matsumoto, Tatsuya Asahara, Masashi Ohhora
  • Patent number: 9721170
    Abstract: A self-location calculating device projects a patterned light onto a road surface around a vehicle, captures and obtains an image of the road surface around the vehicle. When determining that a condition of the road surface around the vehicle changes as much as or more than a threshold value, the self-location calculating device calculates a current position and a current attitude angle of the vehicle in present by adding an amount of change in the attitude to a current position and a current attitude angle of the vehicle which are calculated in a previous information process cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9718414
    Abstract: An assembly for deploying a device from a cavity. The assembly includes a translatable cover and a mounting surface defining an opening sized to receive the translatable cover thereover. The device is received in the cavity beneath the mounting surface and is actuatable between a first device position and a second device position. A plurality of linkages are positioned within the cavity. At least one of the plurality of linkages is coupled to a power source for actuating the plurality of linkages and at least one of the plurality of linkages is coupled to the translatable cover and to the device. Thus, when the power source actuates the plurality of linkages, the translatable cover is translated relative to the mounting surface from a first cover position to a second cover position and the device is actuated from the first device position to the second device position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Lynn D. Da Deppo, Ehab Kamal, Steve Bauer, Douglas Carson, David Newkirk
  • Patent number: 9721172
    Abstract: An imaging system and method for a vehicle is provided, and includes an imager configured to image a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image data corresponding to the acquired images. A controller is configured to receive the image data and analyze an optical flow between successive image frames to compute a relative motion between the imager and the imaged scene, wherein the optical flow includes a pattern of apparent motion of objects of interest in the successive image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Wright, David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 9712741
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor system with a touch screen display is configured to display video feed from one or more cameras. A front facing polarized and/or photochromic camera shows the area of view which is normally blocked by the deployed sun visor, allowing the user to view traffic lights, road signs, etc. without the distraction of glare. Software image processing may also be used to reduce glare and improve visibility. In addition, the sun visor system also has a “see-me” camera which allows the user to use the screen as a mirror, and one or more rear-view cameras which can be used to see the passenger area of a vehicle through the touch-screen display. Any of the cameras may be used to take photos or videos, which may be viewed on the display and transmitted wirelessly to other electronic devices or cloud storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Ankit Dilip Kothari
  • Patent number: 9707959
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a proximity detection section that detects an obstacle within a set distance, a behavior regulation section that performs a forced braking of a vehicle when the obstacle is detected by the proximity detection section, an arrangement memory that stores a past captured image around a target parking region, a captured image acquisition section that acquires a present captured image around the target parking region at parking or departing with respect to the target parking region, and an obstacle specification section that specifies a non-stationary obstacle around the target parking region, based on a difference between the past captured image stored in the arrangement memory and the present captured image acquired by the arrangement acquisition section. The proximity detection section assigns a stationary object with the set distance that is smaller than the set distance assigned to a non-stationary object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamitsu Suzuki, Takahira Katoh, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yuuko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9706175
    Abstract: In an image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle, an image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. A synthetic image generator generates synthetic images, which include downward views of the vehicle and a periphery thereof viewed from viewpoints different from one another, based on the camera images. A display image provider outputs, to the display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to a display image in which the synthetic images are continuously reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Kohtaroh Kinoshita, Masahiro Koharazawa, Sunja Imu
  • Patent number: 9706177
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, provided is an image processing system that includes: a light source that emits light; an imaging unit including an imaging element that captures light emitted and reflected from a foreign matter attached to the other surface of the transparent member and that captures light transmitted through the transparent member from the other surface side; and an image analyzing unit that analyzes captured image data. The captured image data is formed of a first image area frame used for detecting a foreign matter, and is formed of a second image area frame that corresponds to an effective imaging area excluding a predetermined area. Different rules are applied to read pixel data of between the first image area frame and the second image area frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Ryosuke Kasahara
  • Patent number: 9697734
    Abstract: An information display device for a vehicle includes a object detection sensor that detects a target object positioned around a host vehicle, and a display unit that displays a first object marker which is displayed so as to surround the target object detected by the object detection sensor on a display area positioned between a driver of the host vehicle and the target object, and in a case where a distance from the host vehicle to the target object is long, that displays a second object marker with a degree of emphasis of the vertical components suppressed compared to a degree of emphasis of the vertical components of the first object marker in a case where the distance from the host vehicle to the target object is short.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama, Shoichi Hayasaka
  • Patent number: 9690997
    Abstract: A recognition object detecting apparatus is provided which includes an imaging unit which generates image data representing a taken image, and a detection unit which detects a recognition object from the image represented by the image data. The imaging unit has a characteristic in which a relation between luminance and output pixel values varies depending on a luminance range. The detection unit binarizes the output pixel values of the image represented by the image data by using a plurality of threshold values to generate a plurality of binary images, and detects the recognition object based on the plurality of binary images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu Murao, Takayuki Kimura, Kentarou Shiota, Noriaki Shirai, Naoki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9688275
    Abstract: A travel lane marking probability calculating unit calculates a travel lane marking probability of each of travel lane marking candidates based on a calculation condition. A travel lane marking recognizing unit recognizes, as a travel lane marking, a travel lane marking candidate having a travel lane marking probability that is a threshold value or higher, among the travel lane marking candidates. A lane change detecting unit detects that an own vehicle is in the midst of a lane change. When the own vehicle is in the midst of a lane change, a condition changing unit changes the calculation condition to allow the travel lane marking probability to be more easily increased compared to when the own vehicle is not in the midst of a lane change, or changes the threshold value to be lower than that when the own vehicle is not in the midst of a lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Kawasaki, Tomohiko Tsuruta, Shunsuke Suzuki, Tatsuru Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9690995
    Abstract: For a lane line search range set in a captured image obtained through imaging of the travel direction of a vehicle, a first lane line detection process detects a lane line based on a luminance image for more than half of rows within the search range, and detects a lane line based on a color difference image for the other rows, while a second lane line detection process detects a lane line based on the color difference image for a greater number of rows than in the first process. Then, a mode switchover control process performs mode switchover determination between the first and second modes based on the number of rows where a lane line of a predefined width or wider has been detected, from among the rows where a lane line has been detected, and performs mode switchover control based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichiroh Tamura, Kensaku Natsume
  • Patent number: 9676336
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head pivotally mounted at a mounting base configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle, and a camera module disposed at the mirror head and operable to capture image data. The camera module is adjustably disposed at the mirror head and pivots about a generally vertical pivot axis as the camera module is extended and retracted relative to the mirror casing. When extended, the camera module is disposed laterally sideward away from the mirror casing and is pivoted so as to have a rearward field of view, and when retracted, the camera module is disposed at the mirror casing and is pivoted so as to have an outboard field of view that is directed outward away from the side of the vehicle and from the rearward field of view of the camera module when extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Patent number: 9679359
    Abstract: A surround view system that can provide a surround view, e.g., a 360° view, from a vehicle by way of cameras positioned at various locations on the vehicle. The cameras can generate image data corresponding to the surround view, and a processing device can process the image data and generate the surround view on a simulated predetermined shape that can be viewed from a display. The simulated predetermined shape can have a flat bottom with a rectangular shape and a rim with a parabolic shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Huebner, Koba Natroshvili, Johannes Quast, Kay-Ulrich Scholl
  • Patent number: 9669771
    Abstract: An apparatus structured for installation in a component of a vehicle is provided. The component is rotatable to any of a plurality of angular orientations relative to a remainder of the vehicle. The apparatus includes a sensing element and mounting means structured for coupling to the component so as to move with the component. The mounting means is also structured for operative coupling to the sensing element so as to enable free rotation of the sensing element with respect to the mounting means. Retention means is provided and is structured for coupling to the component. The retention means is operable to prevent rotation of the sensing element with respect to the mounting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 9674504
    Abstract: A method for detecting decalibration of a depth camera system including a first, second, and third cameras having overlapping fields of view in a direction includes: detecting a feature in a first image captured by the first camera; detecting the feature in a second image captured by the second camera; detecting the feature in a third image captured by the third camera, the third camera being non-collinear with the first and second cameras; identifying a first conjugate epipolar line in the second image in accordance with a detected location of the feature in the first image and calibration parameters; identifying a second conjugate epipolar line in the second image in accordance with a detected location of the feature in the third image and the calibration parameters; and calculating a difference between a detected location of the feature in the second image and the first and second conjugate epipolar lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Aquifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Pietro Salvagnini, Michele Stoppa, Abbas Rafii
  • Patent number: 9662979
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for presenting safety information on a display device (4) of a motor vehicle (1), wherein the motor vehicle (1) includes an environment imaging device (5, 6, 7), by which an object (14) in an environmental region (10) of the motor vehicle (1) is pictorially captured, wherein a distortion demonstration (27) is presented on the display device (4) as safety information, which describes a deviation of a distorted mapping (24) of the object (14) causally generated by the environment imaging device (5, 6, 7) to an undistorted mapping (23) of the object (14) compared thereto, wherein at least one distorted mapping (24) is displayed as an image (28) and at least one undistorted mapping (23) is displayed as a further image (29) on the display device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Michael Thomas Deegan, Patrick Eoghan Denny
  • Patent number: 9661466
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for resolving erroneous movement signals and for providing navigation instructions. One of the methods includes receiving data from two or more sensors, synchronizing the received data, determining a first subset of the synchronized data from the camera for a particular period of time and a second subset of the synchronized data from the other sensor for the particular period of time, comparing the first subset with the second subset to determine whether the first subset and the second subset indicate an erroneous movement signal, based on determining that the first subset and the second subset indicate an erroneous movement signal, selecting data for one of the sensors based on a sensor priority scheme for the sensors, and resolving the erroneous movement signal based on the selected data for the one of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eve Astrid Andersson, Casey John Burkhardt, John Ove Lundblad, David Tseng, Charles L. Chen, Ying Zheng, Tiruvilwamalai Venkatram Raman
  • Patent number: 9656621
    Abstract: A method for power management for a retrofit sensor system for a vehicle, the retrofit sensor system including a sensor module that includes a sensor, an energy storage module, an energy harvester, and a wireless communication module. The method includes: determining a driving state predictive of a driving event; operating the sensor module in a mid-power mode; receiving a trigger; operating the sensor module in a high-power mode; wirelessly transmitting data at the sensor module; and operating the sensor module in a low-power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Pearl Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Curtis, Saket Vora, Brian Sander, Joseph Fisher, Bryson Gardner, Tyler Mincey, Ryan Du Bois, Rishabh Bhargava, Patrick Carroll, Brian Sutton
  • Patent number: 9652988
    Abstract: A display control device includes a unit for determining whether an object recognized by a recognition unit is present in a specific region adjacent to a locus, and a control unit controlling a display source, upon determination that the object is present in the specific region, to generate a first virtual image at first timing and a second virtual image at second timing later than the first timing. The first virtual image is displayed in a first region midway in a locus approaching direction toward a locus on a display medium, which corresponds to the locus, from a position thereon corresponding to an object position. The second imaginary region is displayed in a second region, located midway in the locus approaching direction closer to the locus than the first region, in size not smaller than that of the first virtual image displayed in the first region at the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9650059
    Abstract: A sensing system includes a leading sensor, a trailing sensor, and a route examining unit. The leading sensor is onboard a first vehicle of a vehicle system that is traveling along a route. The leading sensor measures first characteristics of the route as the vehicle system moves along the route. The trailing sensor is disposed onboard a second vehicle of the vehicle system. The trailing sensor measures second characteristics of the route as the vehicle system moves along the route. The route examining unit is disposed onboard the vehicle system and receives the first characteristics of the route and the second characteristics of the route to compare the first characteristics with the second characteristics. The route examining unit also identifies a segment of the route as being damaged based on a comparison of the first characteristics with the second characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Eugene Smith, James Glen Corry, David Lowell McKay, Brian Joseph McManus, Keith Szewczyk, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger
  • Patent number: 9640000
    Abstract: A surveillance device and method provide access to a surveillance system for keeping a cabin of an aircraft under surveillance. A computer program may be used to execute the method for accessing the surveillance system. The surveillance device includes an authentication unit for examining an access-authorization request for access to the surveillance system, and a control unit for selecting, on the basis of the access-authorization request, a display unit from a plurality of display units provided in the aircraft, and for relaying a video-image signal corresponding to a captured video image of a subarea of the cabin of the aircraft to the selected display unit for the purpose of displaying the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Maik Koch, Albin Poth, Stefan Bode
  • Patent number: 9637051
    Abstract: A backup camera system for monitoring an area around a vehicle. In one aspect, the system comprises a camera assembly, a display device and a stand for supporting the display device; the camera assembly comprising: (i) a camera adapted to produce an image signal corresponding to a perceived image, (ii) means for supplying power; (iii) a base having first and second holes that are configured and spaced from one another so as to facilitate attachment to the vehicle using the vehicle's license plate mounting bolts, (iv) a transmitter operably coupled to the camera for wirelessly transmitting the image signal; and the display device comprising: (i) a receiver for receiving the wirelessly transmitted image signal, (ii) means for supplying power, (iii) an image processing unit operably coupled to the receiver for converting the received image signal into a display image that is displayed on the display device, the display image corresponding to the perceived image. The backup camera system can form a retrofit kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Winplus North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mervin A. Dayan, Maurice S. Dayan, Larry D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 9641767
    Abstract: A display apparatus using an HDR function for a vehicle may include: a camera configured to capture an image around the vehicle; a luminance sensor configured to sense luminance around the vehicle; a camera image controller configured to analyze a luminance characteristic of the luminance inputted from the luminance sensor, and selectively apply the HDR function to the original image inputted from the camera; and a display controller configured to analyze the original image and the HDR-processed image which are inputted from the camera image controller, apply a transfer curve to the HDR-processed image according to the analysis result, compare the original image and the image to which the transfer curve is applied, and display any one of the original image and the image to which the transfer curve is applied, through a display unit according to the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyung Sub Lim