Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 9639153
    Abstract: Provided are an electronic device control apparatus and method using a transparent display. The electronic device control apparatus includes a first image acquirer configured to acquire a plurality of thing-direction images respectively captured by a plurality of cameras, a virtual image generator configured to combine the plurality of thing-direction images to generate a virtual image corresponding to a thing-direction region projected on the transparent display, a user interface configured to receive a user input, and a function attribute mapper configured to recognize an object included in the virtual image, based on the user input, and map, to the virtual image, a function attribute for controlling the recognized object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jeong Mook Lim, Hee Sook Shin, Jong Uk Lee
  • Patent number: 9633279
    Abstract: A free space positioning method for estimating an attitude angle of an object in a free space includes: capturing an image of a light source module that includes four light sources to generate a to-be-judged image; analyzing coordinates of the light sources in the to-be-judged image to obtain to-be-judged information; comparing the to-be-judged information with pre-stored light source orientation data to obtain candidate light source orientation data; and estimating an attitude angle of the object according to a pre-stored attitude angle corresponding to each of the candidate light source orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chong-Wei Li, Tzu-Yao Lin, Shou-Te Wei
  • Patent number: 9630498
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vehicle operation assistance information management may include a vehicle, which may include a primary graphical display portion and a secondary graphical display portion. Vehicle operation assistance information management may include identifying vehicle operation assistance information, identifying an immanency, an urgency, and a utility for the vehicle operation assistance information. The urgency may indicate an advance urgency, and a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the secondary graphical display portion. The urgency may indicate an advisory urgency or a warning urgency, a first portion of a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the primary graphical display portion, and, subsequently, and a second portion of a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the secondary graphical display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Adrian Tan, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen, Neal Probert, Jeremy Chambers
  • Patent number: 9635319
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously and continuously capturing video from the interior and exterior of a vehicle. The system includes, for example, a first housing including a first connection mechanism, first and second cameras and a memory disposed in the first housing. The system also includes a second housing including a second connection mechanism adapted to be removably connected to the first connection mechanism of the first housing and encasing said first housing within the second housing. A mounting mechanism is adjustably connected to said second housing and configured to maintain at least one of the first camera and the second camera in a predetermined position by adjusting the second housing. Additional embodiments are also described including a method for capturing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Peter Plate, Gary Balsam
  • Patent number: 9635286
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including imaging elements, including: a selection unit configured to select any one of the first image and the second image as a selected image based on a first pixel included in the first image and a second pixel included in the second image, wherein the first pixel and the second pixel respectively belong to a duplicated area, the duplicated area being an area of a captured object overlapping in respective images; a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient for correcting a pixel before correction based on a selected pixel and the pixel before correction, a correction unit configured to correct the pixel before correction based on the correction coefficient to generate an image after correction; and an image generation unit configured to generate an output image based on the selected image and the image after correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9633436
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-dimensional object detection are described. Embodiments disclose receiving image frames, extracting image components in the image frame, identifying line segments in the extracted components, grouping the line segments into groups, based at least in part on one or more similarities between the slope associated with a line segment and the spatial proximity between the line segments, and merging each of the one or more identified line segments in a selected group into a single line segment. Embodiments additionally disclose detecting the position of one or more objects in the image frame by identifying objects in the image frame, producing a second version of the image frame, applying at least one image classifier to the image frame and the second version of the image frame, and identifying coordinates associated with at least one target object. Some embodiments additionally couple lane and object detection with alert generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Radha Krishna Pisipati, Shahanaz Syed, Kishore Jonna, Subhadip Bandyopadhyay, Rudra Narayan Hota
  • Patent number: 9626572
    Abstract: In vehicle-lane boundary line detection, low-luminance values are acquired from areas corresponding to below a tire and directly below a vehicle center based on a road surface image. A snow rut degree is calculated based on a luminance ration between the areas. A probability is calculated from a map based on the calculated snow rut degree. A parameter indicating the degree of snow rut likeness is calculated by a low-pass filtering process. A snow rut determination is made by the calculation result being compared with a predetermined threshold. A final determination of whether or not a snow rut is present is made, with reference to an outside temperature. When determined that a snow rut is present, a determination is made not to perform the detection. When determined that a snow rut is not present, a determination is made to perform the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, NIPPON SOKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Ishimaru, Naoki Kawasaki, Shunsuke Suzuki, Tetsuya Takafuji
  • Patent number: 9623799
    Abstract: A camera module suitable for use for a vision system of a vehicle includes a camera housing portion having a generally cylindrical portion extending outwardly from a base portion. An imaging sensor is disposed at the base portion and a lens system is received at the cylindrical portion of the camera housing portion. The camera housing portion and a connector portion are configured to join together to encase the imaging sensor and circuitry. The connector portion may include a multi-pin connector extending in a direction away from the camera housing portion when the camera housing portion and the connector portion are joined together. The multi-pin connector may include a plurality of terminals, each of which has a first end having a pin configured to electrically connect with a connector of a vehicle and an opposing second end configured for electrical connection with the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bingle, Joseph Camilleri, Peter J. Whitehead, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 9628975
    Abstract: A crash detection system with a mobile communications device configured for periodically interrogating (a) an acceleration signal to determine whether a change in acceleration exceeds a predetermined acceleration threshold and (b) a sound signal to determine whether a sequence of sensed sound signals within a predetermined period matches crash sound indicators of (i) glass breakage and (ii) metal folding, displaying selectable options upon detection of a crash incident, and upon a failure to select within a predetermined period, communicating an identifier and crash incident information dispatch center for dispatching a response servicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Mobile Video Computing Solutions LLC
    Inventors: D Scott Watkins, Craig A Tieman
  • Patent number: 9621803
    Abstract: A method for correlating views of two or more video camera systems includes obtaining a plurality of data point coordinate sets to represent relative positioning between the camera systems and data point objects in the environment. The views may be correlated through Interpolation or extrapolation using the obtained data point coordinate sets. Devices such as lasers may also be used to correlate views of two or more video camera systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: William Matthew Salivar, John Michael Rozmus, Robert Gerald Palmer
  • Patent number: 9620013
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for determining lane position of vehicle through inter-vehicle communication, and more particularly an apparatus that determines lane location that personal vehicle is currently driving through using a lane information transferred from surrounding vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Dong Seog Han, Kwang Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9619993
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a control panel of a security system that protects a secured geographic area, wherein a controller enters a set-up mode in response to detecting entry of a code by an authorized user through a user interface and opening of an access door and wirelessly pairs a portable device carried by the authorized user with the control panel and registers the portable device with the controller while in the set-up mode, wherein, when operating in a normal operating mode, the controller detects the portable device and automatically forms a wireless control connection between the portable device and the control panel, and wherein the controller enters a log-on mode during set-up in response to connecting to the portable device and allows the authorized user to unlock the access door and enter a password at the controller, thereby enabling service and control from the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: George John Magyar, Todd C. Rief, Michael J. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9602835
    Abstract: Techniques described herein convert a plurality of digital images into an image or images more amenable to data compression. In one embodiment, an ordered collection of input digital images is provided. A first digital image from the ordered collection is identified as a base image, and an empty image strip is formed. For each second digital image from the ordered collection, and upon a condition in which the second image is the base image, the base image is appended to the image strip. Upon a condition in which the second image is not the base image, a difference image is computed from the base image and the second image and appended to the difference image to the image strip. Quantization and conventional image compression may be applied to the image strip to produce a compressed image strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ReallyColor, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Rozzi, Dieter T. Marlovics, Matthew N. Klein
  • Patent number: 9600987
    Abstract: An automated self-monitored alarm verification solution including at least a premises portion, a server portion, and an end user device portion. Alarm verification includes capturing by an image capture device at least one image in response to a detection event, and transmitting a first data signal including the image to a local signal processing device. The signal processing device transmits a second signal including at least a portion of the image to a remote hosted server according to at least a first set of predetermined parameters. After receiving the second signal, the server transmits a third signal including at least a portion of the image from the hosted server to a user device. Using the user device, a user views the image and indicates a validity status of the alarm based at least in part on the content of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CheckVideo LLC
    Inventor: Randall R. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9597999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling a light distribution of a headlamp, wherein the headlamp has at least one light-emitting element, wherein the at least one light-emitting element is individually drivable in order to generate an individual luminous flux, wherein the light emitted by the at least one light-emitting element has a light distribution, wherein the light distribution is defined by means of a predefined, three-dimensional basic distribution on the basis of parameters, wherein an adapted light distribution is varied on the basis of the basic distribution using selected, changed parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HELLA KGAA HUECK & CO.
    Inventor: Ingo Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9594965
    Abstract: In a lane boundary line recognition device, a calculation section calculates a degree of uncertainty which affects a correct recognition of white lines on a roadway of a vehicle. A learning section updates a learning value of the degree of uncertainty. A recognition suppression section suppresses execution of a recognition process of recognizing white lines on the roadway when the updated learning value is more than a threshold value. An environment change judgment section judges whether or not a road environment has changed. A learning resetting section resets the learning value of the degree of uncertainty to a previous learning value when the detection result of the environment change judgment section indicates an occurrence of change of the road environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Akamine, Naoki Kawasaki, Tomohiko Tsuruta, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9596459
    Abstract: Techniques for calibration of image capturing devices are described herein. The techniques include capturing one or more images at a first target, capturing one or more images at a second target, capturing one or more images at a third target, capturing one or more images at a fourth target, and calibrating a multi-camera system based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Keaffaber, Daniel Middleton, Gilson Goncalves de Lima, Martin Meloun, Varun Nasery, Jianbo Shi, Kabeer Manchanda, Philip Kim, Christopher Bernard, Yedong Niu
  • Patent number: 9591331
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed that encode video, decode video, or both. These systems, methods, and devices generate and/or receive an enable syntax element in an encoded bitstream, wherein the enable syntax element indicates whether a loop filter is turned on or turned off for a group of video blocks. They also generate or receive one or more additional syntax elements identifying parameters for the loop filter for the group of video blocks in response to the enable syntax element indicating the loop filter is turned on for the group of video blocks. These systems, methods, and devices also perform the loop filter for the group of video blocks based on the received enable syntax element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: In Suk Chong, Jaehong Chon, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 9588340
    Abstract: A vehicle having a sensor and a head-up display is provided. The sensor can detect pedestrians at an intersection. The head-up display can depict an augmented reality indicator represented as the intersection and the pedestrians. The augmented reality indicator can be displayed directly in a driver's field of view centralized to provide a situational environment for the driver. The head-up display can show pedestrians outside the driver's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Nuri Kim
  • Patent number: 9589194
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes: an imaging unit configured to image surroundings of a vehicle, an image processing unit configured to perform processing on the image imaged by the imaging unit and to generate a display image, and a display unit configured to display the display image generated by the image processing unit. The image processing unit, in response to a set condition, among areas in which the image imaged by the imaging unit is divided, generates a display image in which a visibility of a display area corresponding to a first area which is an imaging area at a side far from the vehicle is lower than a visibility of an ordinary display image thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Oshida, Takashi Watanabe, Haruhiko Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 9591273
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and verifying a manufacturing process performed by an operator on a workpiece in a work area. The method includes positioning one or more cameras in the work area, such that the operator and the workpiece are in a field of view of each of the cameras. The method includes using a computer system configured for controlling the cameras to record and process images of the workpiece and images of operator actions relating to the manufacturing process, all recorded by the cameras during or at completion of each of a plurality of tasks in the manufacturing process to obtain recorded images. The method includes storing the recorded images, comparing the recorded images against a reference image library comprising references images corresponding to each recorded image to detect any differences between the recorded image and the respective corresponding reference image, and generating a data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Vicki Wu, Richard H. Bossi, Marc J. Piehl, Andrej M. Savol, Farshad Forouhar, Pamela J. Manzer
  • Patent number: 9582722
    Abstract: Automated low-complexity video-based vehicle speed estimation is described, that operates within the video stream to screen video sequences to identify and eliminate clear non-violators and/or identify and select potential violators within a multi-layer speed enforcement system, in which deeper layers provide enhanced accuracy on selected candidate (speeding) vehicles. Video motion vector clusters corresponding to a vehicle are identified and tracked across multiple frames of captured video. Movement of the motion vector clusters translated from pixels per second to real speed (e.g. miles per hour) to determine whether the vehicle was speeding. Estimated speed data is added to the video stream data is metadata, and video segments of candidate speeding vehicles are stored and/or transmitted for subsequent review (e.g. automated or manual).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Wencheng Wu, Orhan Bulan, Robert P. Loce
  • Patent number: 9580018
    Abstract: A recording device for recording images of an underbody of a vehicle includes: at least one camera recording images of areas of the underbody; and mirrors situated to project images of the underbody into the at least one camera. The mirrors are situated in such a way that the mirrors project adjoining areas of the underbody transversely to the driving direction of the vehicle into the camera as image areas situated one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Masato Takami
  • Patent number: 9578215
    Abstract: The event data recorder contains a mirror set and a camera member. The mirror set contains two curved mirrors, each for capturing an outside view to a lateral side of a vehicle. The camera member contains a camera facing towards the windshield of the vehicle and the curved mirrors. As such, the camera is able to capture views in front of the vehicle and reflected from the curved mirrors simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Tsung-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 9569656
    Abstract: A system and machine-implemented method for real-time facial recognition at an image capture device is provided. The method includes capturing an image at an image capture device, the image containing at least a first person, analyzing the image to identify one or more data points corresponding to the first person, determining if mapping information corresponding to the one or more data points is locally available at the image capture device, sending a request to a remote device for mapping information when it is determined that mapping information corresponding to the one or more data points is not locally available at the image capture device, receiving mapping information corresponding to the one or more data points in response to the request and locally storing the mapping information at the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Sundeep Singh Khandpur, John Mathias Barr
  • Patent number: 9567008
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle indicates upcoming automatically performed steering interventions. The display device includes a vehicle steering wheel; a light strip comprising a plurality of light elements positioned one alongside another, the light strip being formed in the vehicle steering wheel and being visible therein; and a control device that is coupled to the light strip and is configured to receive information regarding upcoming automatically performed steering interventions, particularly from a unit for automatically determining upcoming driving maneuvers, and activate light elements of the light strip on the basis of the received information on upcoming steering interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Julian Eichhorn
  • Patent number: 9566908
    Abstract: Personnel and vehicle collision avoidance devices configured to be used in collision avoidance systems are disclosed. The collision avoidance devices are configured to be aware of the context (e.g. position, location, state, status, etc.) in which the person or vehicle is. This awareness allows the devices to avoid transmitting non-hazardous proximity warnings when the context does not warrant the transmission of proximity warnings, and to transmit special critical proximity warnings when the context warrants the transmission of such proximity warnings. To detect the context, the devices comprise one or more context-awareness mechanisms (e.g. user input interfaces, sensors, infra-red receivers, etc.), each of which being capable of detecting one or more particular contexts. A collision avoidance system comprising these personnel and vehicle collision avoidance devices is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Newtrax Hodlings inc
    Inventors: Serge Croteau, Alexandre Buist, Alexandre Cervinka
  • Patent number: 9565342
    Abstract: A camera assembly or module for a vehicle vision system includes a housing having a connector portion for connecting to a vehicle wiring. A circuit element is disposed within the housing and a plurality of electrical connector elements is disposed at the connector portion of the housing. Each of the electrical connector elements has a first end configured for electrically connecting to circuitry of the circuit element and a second end configured for electrically connecting to the vehicle wiring. The electrical connector elements self-adjust so that the first ends engage the circuitry and make electrical connection therewith during assembly of the camera assembly. Adjustment of the electrical connectors may include at least one of (i) extending toward an extended state, (ii) retracting toward a retracted state, and (iii) flexing toward a flexed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Sauer, Marc Sigle
  • Patent number: 9565402
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and methods of monitoring a child seated in the rear seat of a vehicle in a child's car seat employing a video camera which transmits a video signal to a video display receiver placed in the driver's frame of vision. The video camera as envisioned herein is placed within a child's stuffed toy, the camera signal being transmitted remotely to a separate video display monitor screen device, viewable to the parent driving the vehicle. The camera is adjustable in the number of positions in which it is placed in the vehicle compartment as well as the direction in which the camera is directed. To adjust the direction in which the camera is pointed, the invention includes a bendable, flexible and sturdy neck that interconnects the camera to a transmission unit, which provides the driver with a view of the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Baby-Tech Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Veneziano, Eduardo V. Espinosa
  • Patent number: 9558409
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes at least one camera and an image processor. The camera is disposed at a vehicle and has an exterior field of view rearward of the vehicle. The camera is operable to capture image data. The image processor is operable to process captured image data. The vision system, responsive at least in part to image processing of captured image data, is operable to determine a trailer angle of a trailer that is towed by the vehicle. The vision system is operable to determine a path of the trailer responsive to a steering angle of the vehicle and the vision system is operable to display information for viewing by the driver to assist the driver in driving the vehicle with the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Pliefke, Paul Jarmola, Thomas Wierich, Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 9549106
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera assembly having a first end connector electrically connected to circuitry disposed in a housing of the camera assembly, with the first end connector having no more than four connection points. A plurality of electrical conductors (such as conductors connected to a video display device) connect to the first end connector of the camera assembly. The electrical conductors may include (i) a first electrical conductor that electrically connects to a first connection point of said end connector, (ii) a second electrical conductor that electrically connects to a second connection point of said end connector, (iii) a third electrical conductor that electrically connects to a third connection point of said end connector and (iv) a fourth electrical conductor that electrically connects to a fourth connection point of said end connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Duane W. Gebauer, Nazar F. Bally, Brett Harris, Richard D. Shriner
  • Patent number: 9547805
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein enable self-supervised road detection in images. The method includes receiving an image, segmenting the image into at least one fragment based at least in part on at least one pixel feature, determining, using a processor, a road likeness score for the at least one fragment based at least in part on a medial radius, and identifying roads based at least in part on the road likeness score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Erignac
  • Patent number: 9544235
    Abstract: A network device connecting a client station with a TCP/IP server, the device includes a transmitter configured to transmit signals from at least one of the server and the client station, and a receiver configured to receive signals from at least one of the server and the client station. The device also includes a controller. The controller is configured to determine a priority level of the network device based on a dynamic traffic load of the network device, and assign a high priority setting to a first data packet received during a predetermined period of time. Duration of the predetermined period of time is based on the priority level of the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Injong Rhee, Jeongki Min
  • Patent number: 9541408
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method for associating new data with a digital map which is available, preferably locally, in a vehicle, having the following steps: at least one new data value is received from a transmitter which is an element of a vehicle-to-vehicle communication and/or a vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, the new data value is compared with the existing data values from the digital map, and the new data value is added to the digital map or the existing data values are updated with the new data value, in each case on the basis of the result of the comparison. The specified method is used for improving the digital map material. The invention also describes a device for associating new data with a reception device and with a computation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Thomas Grotendorst, Anselm Keil
  • Patent number: 9536431
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus is provided that supports driving of a vehicle that is traveling on a road. In the apparatus, a cruising lane on the road is detected. When the cruising lane cannot be detected, an extrapolation cruising lane formed by extrapolating a previously detected cruising lane is set. A length of time over which the extrapolation cruising lane is set is decided based on the distance between the previously detected cruising lane and the vehicle and/or a lateral speed of the vehicle. Furthermore, whether or not the vehicle will deviate from the detected cruising lane or the set extrapolation cruising lane within a reference time that is set in advance is determined. Driving support is performed based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiko Ogawa, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9531966
    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: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Efim Belman
  • Patent number: 9530208
    Abstract: The registration of images captured at multiple locations, for purposes such as location mapping, can be improved by utilizing multiple image capture elements pointing in at least two different directions or having different viewable ranges. At least one primary image is captured at each location. If the primary image is not able to be correlated with at least one other image based on one or more matching features, image information captured by at least one other camera at substantially the same times as those images can be analyzed to attempt to determine a change in position and/or orientation of the device between those times, which can assist in correlating the primary images. In some embodiments, motion or orientation determining elements can assist in the determination of device movement, and in at least some embodiments can reduce the amount of image information to be processed for a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Volodymyr V. Ivanchenko
  • Patent number: 9527442
    Abstract: A driver dangerous driving reporting device (100) is provided with a danger prediction unit (30) and a danger reporting unit (40). The danger predicting unit (30) associates a driver inside a vehicle with a subject outside the vehicle, and on the basis of a single image simultaneously representing the driver (subject outside vehicle), is capable of predicting dangerous driving of the vehicle by the driver. When dangerous driving by the driver is predicted by the danger prediction unit (30), the danger reporting unit (40) is capable of reporting the dangerous driving by the driver to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Shiro Iwai
  • Patent number: 9519832
    Abstract: A parking camera system and a method of driving the same includes a plurality of cameras equipped with a vehicle, an image synthesizer for synthesizing images photographed by the plurality of cameras, and an estimated travel trajectory generating and overlaying processor for generating an estimated travel trajectory of the vehicle by receiving steering angle information of the vehicle, and synthesizing the estimated travel trajectory of the vehicle with the images synthesized by the image synthesizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sangyong Lee
  • Patent number: 9508016
    Abstract: A dynamic lane line detection system and method is disclosed herein. Four wide-angle lenses are respectively arranged at four sides of a vehicle and capture distorted images. A vehicular image integration unit transforms the distorted images into an ordinary planar image and presents the planar image on an image display device together with an image of lane lines as information of lane departure warning for the driver. The system undertakes moving obstacle detection, around view monitor, or parking assistant according to images captured by four wide-angle lenses and the gearshift signal, speed signal, turning angle signal received by a vehicular signal receiving device. The present invention uses the wide-angle lenses and the vehicular image integration unit to effectively integrate lane departure information with a panoramic image, whereby to decrease the economical burden of the vehicle buyer and reduce the volume of hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH & TEST CENTER
    Inventors: Hao-Han Chi, Li-You Hsu
  • Patent number: 9505349
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a display mirror assembly for a vehicle having a front shield including a first side and a second side. A partially reflective, partially transmissive element is mounted on the first side. A rear shield is disposed behind the front shield. A display module is mounted between the front shield and the rear shield and includes in order from the front shield: a display; an optic block; a heat sink having an edge lit PCB mounted along a top edge thereof; and a PCB. The front shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a first retaining feature and the rear shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a second retaining feature. A housing at least partially surrounds the front shield, display module, and rear shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, Jr., Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Ethan J. Lee, Eric P. Kern
  • Patent number: 9505306
    Abstract: A vehicle orientation indicator comprises a sensor and a controller. The sensor is configured to sense a force magnitude imposed on a vehicle during movement of the vehicle. The force magnitude includes an acceleration force component generated by the movement of the vehicle and a gravitational force component. The controller is configured to determine a value of the acceleration force component based on an acceleration of the vehicle with respect to a fixed plane, calculate a modified force magnitude by removing the value of the acceleration force component from the force magnitude, determine an orientation of the vehicle with respect to the fixed plane based on the modified force magnitude and control an indicator device to provide a representation of the orientation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Zimmerman, Sarah Witting, Petar Vucelic
  • Patent number: 9501879
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit has a video encoder including a motion prediction unit, a motion compensation unit, a subtraction unit, a discrete cosine transform unit, a quantization unit, an inverse quantization unit, an inverse discrete cosine transform unit, and an addition unit. The encoder divides the video signal from the camera into a plurality of partial images including the central part of the image and the peripheral part of the image according to the distance from the center of the image, and processes the partial images. A pixel processing unit coordinate-transforms coordinates of a pixel included in the central part of the image into coordinates of the peripheral part of the image, and performs a process of enlarging an object of a subject included in the central part of the image on a pixel-by-pixel basis when performing the coordinate transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Funabashi
  • Patent number: 9497421
    Abstract: A camera light assembly (100) includes a camera assembly (102) and a marker light assembly (111). The camera assembly (102) includes a body (104) and a lens (108) positioned at a forward portion of the body (104). The marker light assembly (111) includes a light housing (112) having an aperture (118) extending therethrough. The body (104) of the camera assembly (102) is elongated and is received within the aperture (118) of the light housing (112) of the marker light assembly (111). Camera lock rings (126, 128) are utilized to releasably secure the camera assembly (102) to the marker light assembly (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas Peacock, Elizabeth Jane Peacock
  • Patent number: 9495657
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed associated with processing information involving terminal operating systems. According to one illustrative implementation, an exemplary method for processing information involving terminal operating system herein may include processing data in a TOS format associated with a TOS type, converting the data into a TOS agnostic format, and performing processing using the TOS agnostic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: PORTS AMERICA GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Irina Sheykh-Zade, Teresa Duffy, Geeta Desai, Sophie Miron, Chung Daniel Song, Nathan Johnson, Theresa Hill, Eldar Sheykh-Zade
  • Patent number: 9493120
    Abstract: An image acquisition part acquires a plurality of shot images captured by a plurality of cameras disposed on a vehicle, each of the plurality of shot images showing a periphery of the vehicle. An image composer projects data of the plurality of shot images onto a virtual projection surface corresponding to the periphery of the vehicle, and generates a composite image showing the periphery of the vehicle viewed from a virtual viewpoint, using the data projected onto the virtual projection surface. The image composer uses, as the virtual projection surface, a special virtual projection surface that includes a curved area having an upward convex curve. The curved area includes an area where a distance from a location of the vehicle is relatively short and a slope is relatively high, and another area where the distance from the location of the vehicle is relatively long and the slope is relatively low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Kouei Kiyo, Masahiro Yamada, Yasuyoshi Sawada, Takumi Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9489585
    Abstract: An edge image generating unit 12 generates an edge image 22, into which edge points whose variation in luminance relative to a surrounding portion is equal to or more than a predetermined value have been extracted, from an image 21 captured by a camera 2. A candidate image portion extracting unit 13 extracts a candidate image portion, which is a candidate for an image portion of a dashed-line lane mark, from the edge image 22. A dashed-line lane mark recognizing unit 14 recognizes the dashed-line lane mark based on a plurality of candidate image portions each of whose length in the corresponding real space is within a predetermined range and which are continuous in a given direction among the candidate image portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9491451
    Abstract: A camera calibration system for calibrating cameras of a vehicle includes at least one reconfigurable calibration target established or disposed at a ground area at which a vehicle is positioned for a camera calibrating procedure. The camera calibration system is operable, responsive to an input indicative of a type or size of the vehicle positioned at the ground area, to reconfigure the at least one reconfigurable calibration target to adapt the calibration target for the particular type or size of the vehicle positioned thereat. The camera calibration system may reconfigure at least one of a size of the target and a location of the target. The camera calibration system may reconfigure the target via a covering element that selectively exposes a portion of the reconfigurable calibration target and covers another portion of the reconfigurable calibration target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sebastian Pliefke
  • Patent number: 9475521
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for failsafe detection of vehicle components are provided herein. A system for failsafe detection may include one or more touch sensors determining presence information associated with a number of hands or other appendages an operator of a vehicle has in contact with a steering wheel of the vehicle. The system may include an electronic power steering (EPS) component estimating presence information indicative of whether the operator of the vehicle has hands or other appendages in contact with the steering wheel of the vehicle. The system may include a failsafe component comparing the presence information of the touch sensors with the presence information of the electronic power steering component and generating a component determination for one or more of the touch sensors based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 9479671
    Abstract: Disclosed is an information processing method comprising the steps of: storing measured position information in association with first time information representing times of day at which the measured position information is obtained; storing video information in association with second time information representing times of day at which the video information is obtained; and associating the measured position information with the video information in accordance with degrees of difference between the first time information and the second time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Bando