Vehicular Patents (Class 348/148)
  • Patent number: 9475430
    Abstract: A vehicle image processing apparatus includes: a group of cameras; a drawing unit that converts a captured image into an image viewed along a line of sight running from a predetermined position in a predetermined direction; a viewing-line-of-sight changing unit that detects whether a first line of sight is switched to a second line of sight; and a viewing-line-of-sight generation/updating unit that acquires parameters concerning the first and second lines of sight after detecting the switching and generates a parameter which is gradually changed from the parameter of the first line of sight to the parameter of the second line of sight. Moreover, the drawing unit generates, on the basis of the gradually changed parameter, an image which is gradually changed from an image viewed along the first line of sight to an image viewed along the second line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Asako Kitaura, Seiya Shimizu, Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9478174
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for displaying image frames. A smoothing process can be utilized for mitigating image artifacts similar to dynamic false contouring (DFC). In some implementations, were a display to transition from an field specific contributing color (FSCC) having only two component colors to a target FSCC with meaningful intensities of all three component colors, or vice versa, and that target FSCC remained constant over a series of image frames, DFC-like artifacts would be mitigated at the transition by gradually, over a first number of image frames in a series of image frames, reducing the intensities of all component colors of the FSCC to values at or near zero, before gradually increasing the intensities of the component colors included in the target FSCC to their final target values over a remainder of image frames in the series of image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Pixtronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Fahri Yaras, Edward Buckley
  • Patent number: 9469250
    Abstract: A vision display system for a vehicle includes at least a rear backup camera and a display system having a display screen disposed in the interior cabin of the vehicle and viewable by a driver of the vehicle. A tow check function includes a video zoom feature for use when reversing the vehicle towards a trailer so the driver of the vehicle can more readily align a trailer hitch of the vehicle with a tongue of the trailer the driver of the vehicle desires to hitch the vehicle to. The tow check function is actuatable by the driver of the vehicle prior to or during a reversing maneuver. Actuation of the tow check function zooms what is shown on the display screen from a broad view of where the trailer hitch is located to a narrower view of where the trailer hitch is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9460566
    Abstract: Disclosed is a data recording unit and data recording system for use in connection with a vehicle, such as a train, a locomotive of a train, a railcar of a train, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Allwardt, Khim Bittle, Brian Kurz, Carl L. Haas
  • Patent number: 9457719
    Abstract: A work vehicle periphery monitoring system includes a plurality of imaging apparatuses which are attached to the work vehicle and image the periphery of a work vehicle to output image information, a display control unit which displays an image based on image information which is output from imaging apparatuses, and a pattern indicating information relating to the work vehicle periphery monitoring system on a monitor, and a pattern display control unit which changes a display position at which the pattern is displayed on the monitor 50 based on a display switching signal for switching a display of the monitor, before and after switching the display of the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomikazu Tanuki, Dai Tsubone, Takeshi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9459515
    Abstract: A camera mount for mounting a camera inside a windshield of a vehicle. The camera includes a lens mount and a camera housing. The front tip of the lens mount is constrained to be in close proximity to or constrained to contact the inside of the windshield for different rake angles of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 9457642
    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: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Ankit Dilip Kothari
  • Patent number: 9457842
    Abstract: A parking mode selection apparatus selects one parking mode among from plural parking modes including at least a perpendicular parking or a parallel parking. The parking mode selection apparatus includes a steer angle detector that detects a steer angle of a steering wheel, an operation detector that detects, based on the steer angle detected by the steer angle detector, a predetermined operation in which the steering wheel is returned to a neutral position after rotated to a right or a left, and a parking mode selector. The parking mode selector selects, when the predetermined operation is detected by the operation detector, a parking mode that coincides with a steered direction to the right or the left of the steer angle detected by the steer angle detector and is associated with said steer angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhisa Takano, Masahiko Kikuchi, Hajime Kasai, Yoshiro Takamatsu, Kouki Minegishi, Makoto Shibano
  • Patent number: 9449518
    Abstract: A display control device includes a determiner and a display controller. The determiner determines a recognition accuracy based on a result of a calculator. Based on a result of the determiner, the display controller controls a displayer so as to generate an image that shows a first or second graphic in which a region indicating the direction in which a predetermined object exists is displayed in a mode different from that of another region and so as to display the image on a display medium. The first graphic is generated when it is determined that the recognition accuracy is a first recognition accuracy. The second graphic is generated when it is determined that the recognition accuracy is a second recognition accuracy lower than the first recognition accuracy. A first width of the region in the first graphic is smaller than a second width of the region in the second graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Mochizuki, Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9446712
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has at least one electronic rearview mirror, particularly an exterior and/or side mirror, that has an indicator apparatus, particularly a display, for images recorded by an exterior camera that is provided particularly outside the motor vehicle. The indicator apparatus is in the form of a touchscreen, particularly one with multitouch capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Patrick Heinemann, Andreas Reich
  • Patent number: 9440585
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an optical axis ascertaining device for an in-vehicle camera which can simply adjust and correct the optical axis of the camera. This device comprises image processing device (image recognition portion and tracking portion) detecting a static obstacle (for example, wheel stopper disposed on ground surface) from an image acquired by rear camera through image recognition and tracking the static obstacle and rear wheel rotation sensor as a sensor detecting a movement distance of a vehicle, for example; and ascertains the optical axis direction of the camera, based on an attachment position of the camera and the movement distance of the vehicle from where a static object being tracked is out of an image capturable region of the rear camera due to an approach of the vehicle to where the vehicle comes into contact with the static object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOYA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yujiro Obata
  • Patent number: 9438737
    Abstract: This provides for controlling mobile device functions and features. For example, it limits or disables the use of some of mobile device features which could cause distraction to the user, when the user is engaged in another activity. In an example, it enables other mobile device features based on occurrence of events related to the user or environment. Another example addresses controlling the mobile device features, such as SMS, while the user is in a vehicle or driving. Another example restricts the ability of the driver of a vehicle to text, while the vehicle is in motion, by automatically disabling the texting ability of mobile device within and around the perimeter of the driver's seat. Other variations, examples, improvements, detection mechanisms, models, techniques, calculations, verification mechanisms, and features are also described in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Saied Tadayon, Maryam Halavi
  • Patent number: 9428111
    Abstract: A method for capturing and displaying images includes a plurality of operations. A first video camera is fixedly attached to a vehicle at a first fixed location in a prescribed orientation relative to a cargo area defined within a vehicle body structure of a vehicle. An electronic display is provided within the vehicle. Video images of the cargo area are captured using the first video camera. The video images of the cargo area captured by the first video camera are processed and a simulated video overhead view of the cargo area is generated. A still image representing an overhead view of the vehicle is displayed on the electronic display, and the generated simulated video overhead view of the cargo area is superimposed on the display over an area of the still image corresponding to the location of the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sumedh Mokashi, Richard Miller
  • Patent number: 9428185
    Abstract: A method is provided for automatically activating a car's cross traffic camera system when turning a corner and displaying the camera feed on a dashboard mounted display, thereby enhancing cross traffic visibility and making the maneuver safer. The system can be configured to anticipate an upcoming turn based on use of the turn signal alone, or the turn signal in combination with vehicle speed. The display of the camera's data feed is terminated after completion of the turn, where turn completion is typically based on (i) deactivation of the turn signal, (ii) the position of the steering wheel, or (iii) vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Yadunandana Yellambalase, Philip R. Graham
  • Patent number: 9424462
    Abstract: To provide an object detection device and an object detection method in which incorrect grouping based on a range image can be prevented, processing is implemented including: generating a range image based on a pair of gray-scaled images (S603); grouping adjacent regions having range data representing close distances in the range image (S604); calculating differences between the luminance values of pixels in a vertical line below a ground plane above which objects are imaged and the luminance values of pixels in a vertical line above the ground plane in the gray-scaled images and dividing the group region into laterally separated sub-regions (S605); and determining whether or not there is a section without vertical edge in either of the left and right areas of each of sub-regions made based on the gray-scaled images and merging sub-regions whose areas including a section without vertical edge are next to each other (S607).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Hiroto Mitoma, Ryo Ota
  • Patent number: 9426364
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: first and second image capturing units with wide angle lenses which capture at least partly overlapping images; a vehicle speed detecting unit that detects the speed of a local vehicle; and a distance measuring unit that calculates the distance from the local vehicle to an object on the basis of a plurality of images captured by the first and second image capturing units. The higher the speed detected by the vehicle speed detecting unit is, the smaller the distance measuring unit makes the size of the pixel areas of the images output from the first and second image capturing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9426358
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving information indicative of an object sharing input, receiving video information from a camera module that is configured to have a field of capture that corresponds with a field of view through a see through display, identifying at least one object representation comprised by the video information, the object representation being a visual representation of an object that within the field of view of the see through display, causing display of the video information on a different display, determining that the video information fails to comprise the object representation, and terminating display of the video information on the different display based, at least in part, on the determination that the video information fails to comprise the object representation is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Jussi Artturi Leppanen, Antti Johannes Eronen
  • Patent number: 9423091
    Abstract: A motor vehicle headlight with at least one modulable laser light source (1a . . . 1d), whose laser beam is directed onto a means of light conversion (8) through a pivoting micromirror (7) controlled by a mirror control (9), and with a projection system (12) to project the light image produced by the means of light conversion onto the road, in which at least two laser light sources (1a . . . 1d) are provided that have a laser control (3) assigned to them to modulate the beam intensity, optics (5a . . . 5d) being arranged between each laser light source and the micromirror (7), each forming a laser beam (6a . . . 6d) with a specified beam cross section, the micromirror oscillating about an axis at a fixed frequency, the formed beams of the at least two laser light sources being reflected through the micromirror to form at least two horizontal light bands (10a . . . 10d) lying next to one another on the means of light conversion (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: ZIZALA LICHTSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Reinprecht, Friedrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 9421974
    Abstract: When a temperature T detected by a thermistor built inside a camera unit exceeds a preset temperature T1, at least a process, among processes executed by a CPU built inside the camera unit, that relates only to LKA or AHB (such as a white line recognizing process) is stopped. Then, the amount of heat generated by the CPU decreases, whereby the temperature inside the housing also decreases. In this way, even when the PCS control is continuously performed by continuing electric power supply to an imaging element in the camera unit, performance of the imaging element can be maintained in some cases, thus allowing the electric power supply to the imaging element to continue in a satisfactory manner for a long period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuharu Kawai
  • Patent number: 9405988
    Abstract: A license plate recognition and image review system and processes are described. The system includes grouping of images that are determined to be of the same vehicle, using an image encoded database such that verification of a license plate read is done through comparison of images of the actual vehicle to images from the encoded database and testing of the accuracy of a manual review process by interspersing previously identified images with real images being reviewed in a batch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: James Alves
  • Patent number: 9403483
    Abstract: A vehicle image processing apparatus includes a group of cameras, a drawing unit that converts a captured image into an image viewed along a line of sight running from a predetermined position in a predetermined direction, a viewing-line-of-sight changing unit that detects whether a first line of sight is switched to a second line of sight, and a viewing-line-of-sight generation/updating unit that acquires parameters concerning the first and second lines of sight after detecting the switching and generates a parameter which is gradually changed from the parameter of the first line of sight to the parameter of the second line of sight. Moreover, the drawing unit generates, on the basis of the gradually changed parameter, an image which is gradually changed from an image viewed along the first line of sight to an image viewed along the second line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Asako Kitaura, Seiya Shimizu, Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9403491
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body structure and a video camera assembly. The video camera assembly includes a base member, a video camera, a video display and an image processor. The base member is fixedly mounted to a side surface of the vehicle. The video camera is moveably supported to the base member for movement between a retracted orientation adjacent to the side surface and an extended orientation extended outward away from the side surface to capture a video image of an area outside the vehicle. The video display is supported within the vehicle such that the video display is visible within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The image processor is operatively coupled to the video camera and the video display to process the video image captured by the video camera and to stream a video view to the video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Happy, Kenneth Bowers
  • Patent number: 9393966
    Abstract: A vehicle attitude angle calculating device finds a yaw angle of a vehicle with reference to a lane stably without using information on a road vanishing point even in the state where a vehicle pitch angle varies. The vehicle attitude angle calculating device includes: a dividing line detection unit that detects a dividing line from image information received from a vehicle-mounted imaging device, the image information being a captured image of an outside of a vehicle; a distance calculation unit that calculates a distance between the dividing line and the optical axis of the vehicle-mounted imaging device every predetermined processing period; and a vehicle angle calculation unit that calculates a dividing line angle based on the calculated distance between the dividing line and the optical axis of the vehicle-mounted imaging device and a vehicle proceeding distance where the vehicle proceeds during a predetermined processing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Imai, Hiroshi Sakamoto, Masao Sakata
  • Patent number: 9395602
    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: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Glenn Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Tyson Benner Manullang
  • Patent number: 9396527
    Abstract: In image data having a first number of gradations, an image processing device calculates the number of pixels having luminance within a region, for each region obtained by dividing the range of luminance in the image data into a plurality of regions. The image processing device selects a region from the plurality of regions based on the number of pixels having luminance within the region. The image processing device sets the luminance of the pixels having luminance within the selected region to be within a second number of gradations that is less than the first number of gradations, and sets the luminance of pixels having luminance within a region that has not been selected to a minimum value or a maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9381852
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data on a current vehicle environment to a headlight control unit of a vehicle. In this context, the data were taken using a camera, a plausibility check being able to take place via an additional sensor system. The method includes a step of reading in object data concerning at least two objects; the object data representing information on objects, which have been classified in an image taken by the camera as an object. Furthermore, the method includes a step for forming object group data from the read-in object data of the at least two objects, the forming taking place while using at least two different parameters, which were provided from image data of the image taken by the camera. Finally, the method includes a step of transmitting the object group data as data on a current vehicle environment to the headlight control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Johannes Foltin
  • Patent number: 9380192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, particularly for a tailgate (1) of a vehicle, comprising a camera unit (10) which is used to capture images of the outer region (4) of a vehicle, and a drive (20) by means of which the camera unit (10) can be transferred between a rest mode (2) and an operational mode (3), the camera unit (10) being protected from the outer region (4) by means of a cover element (11) when in the rest mode (2), an image being able to be captured by means of the camera unit (10) when in the operational mode (3), a control unit (30) being provided which is used to control a part of the vehicle, a carrier (40) being provided in which the camera unit (10) is arranged and which simultaneously acts as a housing for said camera unit (10), and the carrier (40) having such mounting interfaces (41) that the drive (20) and the control unit (30) are held on the carrier (40) in a reliable manner to form a common installation assembly which can be fixed to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Barthel
  • Patent number: 9373041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a distance-determining method by means of a camera sensor, wherein a distance between the camera sensor and a target object is determined on the basis of camera information, which method is defined by the fact that the camera information comprises a spatial extent of the region covered by the target object on a light sensor in the camera sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 9365160
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicle vision system includes a circuit element including an imaging sensor, associated circuitry and a circuitry connector. A cable has a cable portion and a cable connector for connecting to the circuitry connector. A housing portion includes a lens receiving portion and a cable receiving portion that mate together to substantially house the circuit element. The lens receiving portion includes a lens assembly. The cable receiving portion includes a connector receiving portion configured to receive and retain the cable connector therein and a wire receiving portion configured to receive and retain the cable portion therein. The tube has an appropriate form for a given cable shape and the tube encompasses at least a portion of the wire receiving portion and the cable portion. The tube substantially seals around the portion of the wire receiving portion and the cable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Ben Stickler, Richard Rieden, Matthew C. Sesti, Brian D. Brasier
  • Patent number: 9366852
    Abstract: A corner reflector for armored vehicles includes a housing, a one-part or multi-part prism block fitted in the housing, an inwardly viewing window, an outwardly viewing window and an electronic screen for simultaneously looking through and feeding in text and/or image information. The screen is formed of a thin flat or film-like component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Gus Periscopes GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Kuhnke
  • Patent number: 9361575
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for programming a target neural network computer for use in cognitive computing systems in automotive safety applications. An observer neural network computer is integrated into active safety systems of a plurality of vehicles to observe signals. Each respective observer neural network computer is arranged to observe signals from a forward facing camera and signals from a driver action monitor of its respective vehicle, to process the observed signals from the forward facing camera of its respective vehicle and correlate them with the observed signals from the driver action monitor of its respective vehicle. The correlated signals from the plurality of observer neural network computers are combined, and the target neural network computer is programmed for use in cognitive computing systems in automotive safety applications based on said combined correlated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ichiro Sugioka
  • Patent number: 9357208
    Abstract: A method of dynamically ascertaining the alignment of a vehicular camera. The method involves acquiring a sequence of images provided by the camera whilst the vehicle is in motion. For each range of steering angles, the method (i) selects a plurality of feature points in the images, (ii) tracks a motion trajectory for each selected feature point, and (iii) determines a vanishing point in the image plane based on the tracked motion trajectories. The method determines a vanishing line in the image plane based on a locus of these vanishing points and determines the alignment of the camera based on the position of a central vanishing point (corresponding to the zero degree angle) and the vanishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Hilda Faraji, Daan He, Ghanshyam Rathi
  • Patent number: 9354425
    Abstract: A wide-angle image capturing lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element and a fourth lens element. The first lens element with negative refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. The second lens element with refractive power has an image-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof. The third lens element has positive refractive power. The fourth lens element with refractive power has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof and an image-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof. The object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element are aspheric. At least one of the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element has at least one inflection point in an off-axis region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chen Lin, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9349059
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object detection has an image capturing device, a three-dimensional object detection unit, a high-luminance area assessment unit and a controller. The image capturing device captures images of an area including a right-side detection area or a left-side detection area rearward of a vehicle. The three-dimensional object detection unit detects a three-dimensional object based on the images acquired by the image capturing device. The high-luminance area assessment unit accesses a first detection area including a high-luminance area complying with a predetermined reference on either the right-side detection area or the left-side detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata
  • Patent number: 9346415
    Abstract: A camera for mounting on a vehicle includes a front housing member, a rear housing member, a lens member mounted to the front housing member and an imaging element positioned to receive images from the lens member. A circuit board is mounted to the front housing member and is configured to send to another component signals relating to images received by the imaging element. The circuit board has at least one front electrical connector thereon. The rear housing member has at least one rear electrical connector extending therefrom, with the rear electrical connector electrically connected to the front electrical connector. The rear housing member has a rear alignment structure that aligns the rear electrical connector with respect to the front electrical connector. The rear housing member and the front housing member are unaligned and the rear housing member mates with the front housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Clarence P. McElroy, Matthew C. Sesti, Richard Rieden, Steven V. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9346401
    Abstract: Motor vehicle with at least one control device, a thermal imaging camera and an image processing device, wherein the image processing device is designed to recognize objects on a thermal image from the thermal imaging camera, wherein the image processing device is designed to ascertain at least one object property of at least one recognized object, particularly of a recognized vehicle, by evaluating the thermal distribution in the thermal image in a region that includes the recognized object, wherein the control device is designed to use the object property for operation of a vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Reichel, Mohamed Essayed Bouzouraa
  • Patent number: 9349300
    Abstract: A driver training system comprising computerized means for presenting a user of the system with simultaneous footage of a driving environment recorded from cameras directed to four active visual zones comprising a driver's forward view, rear mirror view, and respective left and right side mirror views; computerized means for tracking the driving environment found within the two visual neutral zones comprising a driver's respective left and right blind spots; computerized means for presenting a user with questions regarding events in the footage occurring within the four active visual zones and the two visual neutral zones; and a database for recording responses and response times to the questions or driving challenges requiring a response to the questions; where the forward view comprises a view comprising a view from a camera depicting the view from the windshield combined with a camera depicting the view from the driver's window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: LIFELONG DRIVER LLC
    Inventor: Richard Harkness
  • Patent number: 9350926
    Abstract: A night driving assistant system uses a tablet to wirelessly control an infrared camera in a motor vehicle. An infrared camera system is detachably fixed to the motor vehicle and captures the infrared thermal images of the road scene while the motor vehicle is moving and outputs the video signals of the captured infrared thermal images. A magnetic base is positioned under the chassis of the infrared camera system and attaches the infrared camera system to the motor vehicle. A tablet is detachably mounted inside the motor vehicle, connecting wirelessly with the infrared camera system and displaying video signals transmitted from the infrared camera system. By manipulating the tablet, functions can be realized such as operating the infrared camera system, recognizing a human/animal, triggering Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, record/store/redisplay videos as well as processing multi-functions like split-screen display etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Guangzhou SAT Infrared Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiping Wu
  • Patent number: 9332243
    Abstract: A system and methods for real-time or near-real time processing and post-processing of RGB-D image data using a handheld portable device and using the results for a variety of applications. The disclosure is based on the combination of off-the-shelf equipment (e.g. an RGB-D camera and a smartphone/tablet computer) in a self-contained unit capable of performing complex spatial reasoning tasks using highly optimized computer vision algorithms. New applications are disclosed using the instantaneous results obtained and the wireless connectivity of the host device for remote collaboration. One method includes steps of projecting a dot pattern from a light source onto a plurality of points on a scene, measuring distances to the points, and digitally reconstructing an image or images of the scene, such as a 3D view of the scene. A plurality of images may also be stitched together to re-position an orientation of the view of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: DOTPRODUCT LLC
    Inventors: Mark Klusza, Rafael Spring
  • Patent number: 9330303
    Abstract: Tracking use of a destination location is disclosed. A unique identifier of a first vehicle based on a sensor located within the first vehicle is received. Next, based on a first location of the first vehicle received based on a sensor located within the first vehicle, it is determined that the first vehicle is occupying the destination location at a second time. Next, based on a second location of the first vehicle received based on the sensor located within the first vehicle, it is determined that the first vehicle has left the destination location at a third time. Finally, it is indicated that the first vehicle began use of the destination location at the second time and that the first vehicle completed use of the destination location at the third time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: CLOUDPARC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven David Nerayoff, Thompson S. Wong
  • Patent number: 9321399
    Abstract: A surrounding area monitoring apparatus, which is built into a vehicle, images the area surrounding the vehicle and detects physical objects in the area surrounding the vehicle based on the image taken. The apparatus determines whether the detected physical object is a pedestrian or an animal, and a warning is given to the driver of the vehicle if the determined physical object is present within a specified area from the vehicle. If it is determined that the detected physical object is an animal and that the animal is present within the specified area, the warning in continued for a specified period even after the animal has left the specified area. Since animals have habits of behaving in a herd, the risk of lurking animals can be brought to the driver's attention by the continuation of the warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Aimura, Nobuharu Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 9321410
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism for movably attaching a camera to a vehicle. The pivoting mechanism has a vehicle-mounted component; a first rotational joint attached to the vehicle-mounted component; a first pivot arm, the first end of which is rotatably mounted on the first rotational joint; a second rotational joint attached to the vehicle-mounted component; a second pivot arm, the first end of which is rotatably mounted on the second rotational joint; a camera holder; a third rotational joint attached to the camera holder and on which a second end of the first pivot arm is rotatably mounted; and a fourth rotational joint attached to the camera holder and on which a second end of the second pivot arm is rotatably mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Ralf Hansen
  • Patent number: 9316828
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying a vehicle backup image are presented. The system includes at least one camera supported by the vehicle. The camera creates an image of a vehicle environment in which the vehicle is disposed. The image includes a first image section of a first portion of the vehicle environment and a second image section of an adjacent second portion of the vehicle environment. A display operatively connects to the camera to receive the first and second image sections. The display includes a first display section having a first display surface displaying the first image section and disposed at a first angle. The display further includes a second display section having a second display surface displaying the second image section and disposed at a second angle such that the second display surface and the first display surface define an obtuse angle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Yamada, Stuart Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9311818
    Abstract: A dynamic fusion method of images includes: receiving broadcast information from surrounding vehicles of a host vehicle; determining whether at least one of the surrounding vehicles travels in the same lane as the host vehicle to become a neighboring vehicle of the host vehicle according to the broadcast information; determining whether the neighboring vehicle is too close to the host vehicle and blocks the view of the host vehicle; and performing a transparentization or translucentization process on the neighboring vehicle in an image captured by the host vehicle when the neighboring vehicle blocks the view of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Che-Tsung Lin, Yu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 9302624
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror casing portion and a mirror reflective element sub-assembly having a mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror back plate. A heater pad is disposed between a side of the mirror back plate and the mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element is fixedly attached to the mirror back plate with the heater pad disposed therebetween. The mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a display indicator having a light source that is activatable to emit light. When activated, the light source emits light that transmits through a light-transmitting passageway of the display indicator and through a light-transmitting portion of the heater pad and through the mirror reflective element to be viewable by the driver of the vehicle. The display indicator is associated with a blind spot detection system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9304386
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes a light assembly lens having a camera aperture and a seal ring received and held in the camera aperture. In addition, the camera assembly includes a camera having an outer housing projecting into the seal ring and a seal between the seal ring and the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Clement, Gary Edward Henige, Sleiman N. Abdelnour
  • Patent number: 9298257
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling an avatar using expression control points are provided. The apparatus may track positions of feature points and a head movement from an expression of a user, remove the head movement from the positions of the feature points, and generate expression control points. Accordingly, the expression of the user may be reflected to a face of the avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Kyoo Hwang, Jung Bae Kim, Won Chul Bang, Do Kyoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9299256
    Abstract: A method for communicating parking space availability for a parking facility. A vehicle-based communication link is established between a remote infrastructure and a user interface device. A parking facility is selected utilizing the user interface device. The selected parking facility is communicated to the remote infrastructure from the user interface device via the vehicle-based communication link. Parking space availability within the selected parking facility is determined by the remote infrastructure. The parking space availability of the selected parking facility is communicated from the remote infrastructure to the user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Lu Chen, Xiaowen Dai, Jiang Du, Jeff Wang
  • Patent number: 9296337
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a vehicular camera installed in a vehicle, with the camera having an imager and a camera microcontroller, includes searching for and/or determining a reference point in the images and adjusting the position of an overlay applied to displayed images depending on the reference point. The method may include comparing the determined reference point's actual position to its expected position and determining an offset amount with which to shift the overlay on the images displayed at an in-vehicle display responsive to the determined offset amount, and adjusting the position of the overlay applied to the images displayed at the in-vehicle display responsive to the determined offset amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Marko Vico, Sharon Zibman, Aleksandar Stefanovic
  • Patent number: 9294657
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging device is formed by housing a camera, which takes an image of one side and rearwardly of a vehicle body, in an interior of a minor housing of the door mirror. Since an objective lens of the camera is disposed further inside than the outer surface of the mirror housing, it is possible to prevent raindrops or snow flowing from top to bottom along the outer surface of the mirror housing by virtue of gravity or raindrops or snow flowing from front to rear along the outer surface of the mirror housing due to being pushed by air flow from adhering to the objective lens of the camera, thereby enabling the image taking function of the camera to be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Oshida, Takashi Watanabe, Haruhiko Nishiguchi