Vehicle Or Traffic Control (e.g., Auto, Bus, Or Train) Patents (Class 382/104)
  • Patent number: 10261574
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a real-time detection system based on hybrid background modeling for detecting parked vehicles along the side of a road. The hybrid background model consists of three components: 1) a scene background model, 2) a computed restricted area map, and 3) a dynamic threshold curve for vehicles. By exploiting the motion information of normal activity in the scene, we propose a hybrid background model that determines the location of the road, estimates the roadside and generates the adaptive threshold of the vehicle size. The system triggers a notification when a large vehicle-like foreground object has been stationary for more than a pre-set number of video frames (or time). The present invention is tested on the AVSS 2007 PV dataset. The results are satisfactory compared to other state-of-the-art methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF MACAU
    Inventors: Chi-Man Pun, Cong Lin
  • Patent number: 10261515
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to controlling navigation of a vehicle and more particularly to a system and method for controlling the navigation of the vehicle based on a distance between the vehicle and an obstruction. A system for controlling navigation of a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a processor and a memory communicatively coupled to the processor. The memory stores processor instructions, which, on execution, causes the processor to generate an embedded image comprising a pre-generated reference object image and an obstruction image. The processor further determines a reference-obstruction distance based on the embedded image, wherein the reference-obstruction distance is a distance between a reference object and an obstruction. The processor further determines a distance between the vehicle and the obstruction based on the reference-obstruction distance. The processor further controls navigation of the vehicle based on the distance between the vehicle and the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Shrinath Naik, Basavaraj Shivappa Betageri
  • Patent number: 10255508
    Abstract: An image evaluation method and an electronic apparatus thereof are provided. The method is adapted to the electronic apparatus installed at a vehicle for evaluating whether the vehicle is deviated from a lane, and the electronic apparatus includes at least one image capture unit. The method includes the following steps. An image related to driving environment is obtained by the image capture unit. According to an evaluation criterion, a plurality of candidate pair and corresponding candidate points in the image are evaluated from an arbitrary row of pixels of the image to recognize lane stripes in the image. A corresponding position of a feature portion of the vehicle corresponding to the image is calculated. The corresponding position of the feature portion corresponding to the image is compared with the lane stripes to determine whether the vehicle is towards or crosses over real lane stripes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Jun-Lin Guo
  • Patent number: 10255509
    Abstract: A method for determining lane markers includes providing a camera at a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. An image processor processes a frame of image data captured by the camera to determine intensity gradient information of captured image data and to determine lane markers. Contrast values at both sides of a center region of the determined lane marker are determined via processing of the intensity gradient information. An angle of the determined lane marker relative to the direction of travel of the vehicle is determined responsive to the determined contrast values. Processing of a subsequent frame of captured image data is adjusted responsive to the determined angle of the determined lane marker relative to the direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Salim Djeziri, Eduardo R. Corral-Soto
  • Patent number: 10249195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lane departure warning device or the like that limits a lane departure warning in a special road environment, in a case where it is confirmed that a driver has a lane departure intention, and so on. It is possible to secure the reliability of a lane departure warning system and to provide a driver's convenience by limiting the lane departure warning in the case where the vehicle enters into a special road region, such as a road junction/branch region by comprehensively considering information captured by a camera of the vehicle, navigation map information, and so on while using a general lane departure warning, and also limiting the lane departure warning even in the case where the driver's lane departure intention is confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Kyun Sim
  • Patent number: 10235602
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence system for identifying attributes in an image. The system may include a processor in communication with a client device; and a storage medium. The storage medium may store instructions that, when executed, configure the processor to perform operations including: extracting first features; categorizing the first images in a first group or a second group; modifying first metadata associated with each image in the first images to include a binary label; calculating a classification function; classifying a second plurality of images using the classification function; extracting second features from the second images classified in the first group; categorizing the second images in the first group by attribute; calculating an attribute identification function that identifies attributes of the second images; and identifying at least one attribute associated with a client image using the attribute identification function, the client image being received from the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Sunil Subrahmanyam Vasisht, Geoffrey Dagley, Qiaochu Tang, Sean Reddy, Jason Richard Hoover, Stephen Michael Wylie, Micah Price
  • Patent number: 10235578
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal for detecting an obstacle in the front, comprising: a display unit; a laser sensor for detecting an obstacle located on a moving route by irradiating a laser beam; and a control unit for controlling so as to activate the laser sensor when a predetermined event is detected, measure the distance to an obstacle detected through the activated laser sensor, and display obstacle notification information on the display unit when the measured distance is within a threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soyeon Yim, Shinhui Ahn, Youjin Jeon, Soomin Kim
  • Patent number: 10235889
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method, apparatus and system for monitoring vehicle driving safety. The method comprises: determining a vehicle driving route range between the originating address and the destination address and a reasonable time range for arriving at the destination address; when a location of the vehicle goes beyond the vehicle driving route range or the vehicle driving time exceeds the reasonable time range according to driving data of the vehicle, sending an in-vehicle image acquisition instruction to the vehicle-mounted smart device, such that the vehicle-mounted smart device acquires and sends in-vehicle image information to the taxi-hailing server; comparing in-vehicle image information acquired twice by the vehicle-mounted smart device after responding to the taxi-hailing request and when a passenger gets on; and sending alarm information to a safety monitoring server to notify a traffic policeman nearby the vehicle to inspect or monitor the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Qihoo Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dangwei Wei
  • Patent number: 10223603
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining when a vehicle occupant is using a mobile telephone. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining when a vehicle occupant is using a mobile telephone based on digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10225521
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for acquisition of receipt information using portable scanning devices such as a cellphone camera running suitable software. A smartphone having associated software is used to capture image from a receipt, by holding the smartphone camera over the receipt such that the latter is within the field of view of the cellphone camera. The software may be adapted to automatically identify receipts when such appear in the camera's field of view, and to automatically capture images. Compositing multiple images, image stitching, and OCR are all employed as necessary by the system to extract textual information from receipts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SharingPrices Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuven Gorodetski, Ariel Shiftan
  • Patent number: 10223911
    Abstract: A distributed system for traffic monitoring and event detection includes a plurality of video units within viewing distance of a thoroughfare to be monitored. Each video unit processes a video stream while monitoring events at the thoroughfare, identifies and analyzes events, encodes traffic meta data characterizing the analysis, and transmits the meta data to a central controller. The central controller stores a geographic map representing the thoroughfare, correlates the meta data received from the video units, and forms a composite representation of the geographic map and the correlated meta data. The central controller replays previously stored composite representations of the geographic map and the correlated meta data, which were monitored under mutually different event conditions. The central controller is also configured to allow changes to previously stored composite representations of the geographic map and to the correlated meta data for the purpose of understanding the impact of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Echelon Corporation
    Inventors: Sohrab Modi, Shalender Singh
  • Patent number: 10217007
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a disparity map-based obstacle detection method, a disparity map-based obstacle detection device, and a vehicle assistant driving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Qiwei Xie, An Jiang, Xi Chen, Feng Cui, Haitao Zhu, Ran Meng
  • Patent number: 10210420
    Abstract: An image processing method includes acquiring consecutive time-series images captured by an onboard camera and including at least one image having a first annotation indicating a first region; determining, for each of the images, in reverse chronological order from an image of the last time point, whether the first region exists in the image based on whether the first annotation is attached; identifying the first image of a first time point for which the first region is determined not to exist, and setting a second region including a partial region of an object in the identified first image, indicating the moving object that is obstructed by the object before appearing on the path, and having dimensions based on dimensions of the first region in an image of a second time point immediately after the first time point; and attaching a second annotation to the image corresponding to the second time point, the second annotation indicating the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuki Kozuka, Toru Tanigawa, Masahiko Saito
  • Patent number: 10204261
    Abstract: A device in an automobile includes a camera that takes images of drivers while they are driving. It detects and reports identity of the driver with automated image processing. It also reports how much the car is driven, by whom, when, where, carrying what load, at what speed compared to the speed limit, with what pattern of hard breaking or hard cornering, whether the driver looked into the blind spot before changing lanes, and whether the driver allowed their phone to enter a restricted state while driving. The device may be built in or retrofit. The retrofit device can detect if it is depowered or removed from the vehicle and report this to the insurance company, rental company, parents, and employers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey T Haley
  • Patent number: 10204279
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes at least one camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle, and an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the image processor determines objects present in the field of view of the camera. The vision system processes additional frames of captured image data to enhance determination of objects of interest. The vision system initially detects objects present in the field of view of the camera and conducts hypotheses filtering and hypotheses merging and, responsive to the hypotheses filtering and hypotheses merging, the system predicts hypotheses and evaluates the predicted hypotheses to determine objects of interest from objects not of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Gupta, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10203412
    Abstract: A method for determining a position of a machine is disclosed. The method may include determining, using a Lidar unit on the machine, input data associated with distances between the Lidar unit and respective light-reflective points in the worksite. The method may also include comparing the input data with comparison data. The comparison data may have reference data sets indicative of distances between reference positions and the respective light-reflective points in the worksite. The reference positions may have a fixed location in the worksite. The method may further include determining the position of the machine as the reference position corresponding to a reference data set that correlates with the input data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David William Smith, Peter John Broughton
  • Patent number: 10192121
    Abstract: A display system and method for displaying an image to the driver of a vehicle, in particular a commercial vehicle. The display system has a capturing device mountable to the vehicle and adapted to capture at least part of the vehicle's immediate environment, and to generate signals corresponding to the captured part of the vehicle's immediate environment, a calculation unit adapted to receive the signals generated by the capturing device, determine obstacles within the captured immediate environment of the vehicle, and generate a display image illustrating the vehicle in stylized or symbolic representation, and the obstacle identified in the vehicle's immediate environment as well as its relative position with regard to the vehicle, and a rendering unit adapted to display the display image generated by the calculation unit within the vehicle and visible for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Enz, Werner Lang
  • Patent number: 10185879
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device in which a region targeted for edge extraction of a taken image is divided into a plurality of partial regions 11(1) to 11(7) for which threshold values for edge extraction different from each other are set, respectively. An edge extraction unit 5, which extracts edges from the region targeted for edge extraction, performs processing of extracting the edges in the partial regions 11(1) to 11(7) by using the threshold values set so as to correspond to the each of the partial regions 11(1) to 11(7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10183618
    Abstract: There is provided a system for communication between the interior and exterior of the vehicle, the system including an approach sensor part, a wind ejection part, a light emitting part, a memory part, and a control part. The approach sensor part is installed on a part of a front side or a rear side or both lateral surfaces of the vehicle. The wind ejection part ejects the wind in the direction of the pedestrian or the target object in accordance with a detection result of the approach sensor part. The light emitting part emits a light in the direction of the pedestrian or the target object in accordance with the detection result of the approach sensor part. The memory part stores pattern information on the wind or the light by the wind ejection part or the light emitting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Jae Du O
  • Patent number: 10187615
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a forward viewing camera that views through the windshield of the vehicle and captures image data. Responsive at least in part to processing, via a processor of a control, of captured image data, other vehicles exterior the vehicle are detected and road curvature of the road along which the vehicle is traveling is determined. Data that is at least in part relevant to a current geographic location of the vehicle is wirelessly communicated from the vehicle to a remote data receiver. The data is derived, at least in part, from processing of captured image data. The data is processed at the remote data receiver to determine information relevant to the vehicle. The remote data receiver receives data from another vehicle and, responsive at least in part to processing of data received from the other vehicle, location and/or movement of the other vehicle may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10187630
    Abstract: An egomotion estimation system may include: a stereo camera suitable for acquiring a stereo image; a map generation unit suitable for generating a depth map and a disparity map using the stereo image; a feature point extraction unit suitable for extracting a feature point from a moving object in the stereo image using the disparity map; a motion vector detection unit suitable for detecting a motion vector of the extracted feature vector point; an error removing unit suitable for removing an error of the detected motion vector; and an egomotion determination unit suitable for calculating and determine an egomotion using the error-removed motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: SK Hynix Inc., KWANGWOON UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COLLABORATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ji Sang Yoo, Seung Woo Seo
  • Patent number: 10174614
    Abstract: A method and mine vehicle includes at least one scanning device for scanning surroundings of the mine vehicle and producing operational point cloud data. The mine vehicle has a control unit provided with reference point cloud data of the mine. The control unit is configured to match the operational point cloud data to the reference point cloud data in order to determine position of the mine vehicle. The control unit further includes a mine work plan, which is connected to the detected position of the mine vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION OY
    Inventors: Jussi Puura, Tomi Von Essen
  • Patent number: 10176385
    Abstract: A control device and method for a vehicle with a light which is designed to illuminate an area in front of the vehicle, including an image capturing device, which is designed to capture image data for an area in front of the vehicle which is illuminated by the light in a switched-on state, and to output the image data, and including a calculation device, which is coupled to the image capturing device and is designed to calculate from the image data a light color that the light emits, and output it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Brunn, Alexander Fischer, Alexander Manz, Matthias Mutschler, Patrick Schillinger
  • Patent number: 10169669
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a sign recognizing unit, a notification executing unit, and a lane change determining unit. The sign recognizing unit recognizes a traffic sign from an image captured by an on-board imaging apparatus. The notification executing unit notifies a driver of information indicated by the traffic sign recognized by the sign recognizing unit. The lane change determining unit determines whether or not an own vehicle is making a lane change. If the lane change determining unit determines that the own vehicle is making a lane change while traveling on a road in which different traffic signs are provided among traffic lanes, the notification executing unit notifies the driver of destination lane information that is information for a traffic lane to which the own vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Yoshitomi, Jian Hu, Shota Satomura, Yusuke Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 10160382
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system of a vehicle includes a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view exterior and rearward of the vehicle. An image processor is operable to process image data captured by the camera. With a trailer connected at the rear of the vehicle, the image processor is operable to determine an angle of the trailer relative to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. A user input is operable by a user to select a general direction or zone of travel of the trailer during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle. Responsive to the determined trailer angle and the selected zone of travel, the trailer backup assist system is operable to control the steering of the vehicle to drive the vehicle and trailer rearward such that the trailer travels generally towards a region encompassed by the selected direction or zone of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Pliefke, Horst D. Diessner, Christian Weber
  • Patent number: 10165246
    Abstract: A method is described for processing sensor data of a stereo sensor system for stereoscopic sensing of an environment of the stereo sensor system. A disparity map is constituted based on the sensor data, wherein a change in disparity between two disparity points of the disparity map that are constituted with a spacing from one another is identified, at least one of the two disparity points being classified to correspond to an object as a function of the change in disparity. Also described is a corresponding apparatus, to a corresponding object recognition system, and to a corresponding computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Buerkle, Oliver Pink
  • Patent number: 10152881
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining when a traffic signal associated with one or more paths through a road intersection is malfunctioning. Congestion prior to and subsequent to the road intersection is identified from a plurality of probe reports. A malfunctioning traffic signal is determined based on whether or not congestion is identified prior to and subsequent to the road intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Omer Mubarek, Bruce Bernhardt, Jingwei Xu
  • Patent number: 10150485
    Abstract: A method for processing image data. The method includes a step of determining correspondence data as the result of a correspondence generation between first image data that represent data recorded by a camera at a first point in time, and preceding image data that represent data recorded by the camera at a preceding point in time. In a step of determining, depth data are determined on the basis of an ego-motion estimate carried out using the correspondence data. In a step of ascertaining, fusion data are ascertained using the depth data and the transferred fusion data, the fusion data including an item of depth information based on the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Simon
  • Patent number: 10152649
    Abstract: A system for detecting an animal in a vicinity of a vehicle is disclosed. The system includes at least one processor programmed to receive, from an image capture device, at least one image of the vicinity of the vehicle; analyze the at least one image using a truncated animal appearance template to detect visual information suspected to be associated with an animal, wherein the truncated animal appearance template corresponds to a portion of a body and one or more limbs of a suspected animal; and initiate a vehicle response based on the detected visual information of the suspected animal in the at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yakov Shambik, Noam Yogev, Erez Dagan
  • Patent number: 10146972
    Abstract: A management system includes: a reader that reads item information related to a target item from the target item; an identifier that identifies an authorized storage location where the target item is required to be stored, on the basis of the item information read by the reader; an acquisitor that acquires a reading location where the item information has been read; and a determiner that compares the authorized storage location with the reading location and determines whether or not the target item is stored in the authorized storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA., INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Aoki, Akinori Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 10140775
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus circuitry receives first image data from a first image capture device of an area adjacent to an automobile and also receives second image data from a second image capture device of the adjacent area. The circuitry combines the first image data with the second image data to form composite image data of a junction region of the at least a portion of the adjacent area. The circuitry changes over time respective image areas taken from the first image capture device and second image capture device to form the composite image data of the junction region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Ken Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 10140528
    Abstract: A lane detection apparatus that detects a lane along which a vehicle travels includes: a side detection portion that detects a side lane division existing on a side of the vehicle; a front detection portion that detects a front lane division existing in front of the vehicle; a traveling speed detection portion that detects a traveling speed of the vehicle; a position correction portion that corrects a position of the front lane division based on a time lag of imaging timing between the side vehicle onboard camera and the front vehicle onboard camera, and the traveling speed; a checkup portion that compares a position of the side lane division and a corrected position of the front lane division; and an output portion that outputs the position of the side lane division as a detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Okano
  • Patent number: 10131270
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp device includes headlamps, which are structured so as to be able to project or irradiate given patterns and given shapes without distortion on a given virtual surface in front of a vehicle from a left headlight and a right headlight, respectively, a camera that captures an image of the area in front of the vehicle, and a state detecting portion configured to detect distortion of the given patterns, which are projected or irradiated on an irradiated surface in front of the vehicle, relative to the given patterns projected or irradiated on the given virtual surface in front of the vehicle, based on the captured image, and also detect a state of the irradiated surface based on the distortion, and a correcting portion configured to correct a relative optical axis deviation between the left headlight and the right headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Asaoka, Nobuyuki Shiraki, Shigeyoshi Hiratsuka, Shin-ichi Kojima, Toshihiko Tsukada, Keiichi Shimaoka, Kazunori Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10130039
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester for harvesting a crop on a field. The harvester includes a chopping assembly configured to chop a crop residue of the harvested crop. The chopping assembly includes an inlet for receiving the crop residue, a rotor provided with one or more cutting tools and configured to chop the crop residue, a drive assembly configured to drive the rotor, and an outlet for outputting the chopped crop residue onto the field. The harvester further includes an image based sensor configured to generate a signal comprising an image of the chopped crop residue and a processing unit configured to receive the signal from the image based sensor, process the signal to derive a geometric parameter indicative of a geometry of the chopped crop residue, and determine a control signal for the drive assembly based on the geometric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Mahieu, Bart M. A. Missotten, Bart Lenaerts, Frederik Tallir, Pieter Van Overschelde, Tom N. N. Somers
  • Patent number: 10131362
    Abstract: A method includes receiving sensor data from a sensor associated with a vehicle and determining a likelihood that the vehicle is experiencing an emergency condition based on the sensor data. The method also includes sending an alert indicative of the likelihood, the alert comprising at least a portion of the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Jess Gingrich, Heather Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10126116
    Abstract: A dimensional measuring device includes an overview camera and a triangulation scanner. A six-DOF tracking device tracks the dimensional measuring device as the triangulation scanner measures three-dimensional (3D) coordinates on an exterior of the object. Cardinal points identified by the overview camera are used to register in a common frame of reference 3D coordinates measured by the triangulation scanner on the interior and exterior of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Robert E. Bridges, Ariane Stiebeiner, Rolf Heidemann, Matthias Wolke
  • Patent number: 10127460
    Abstract: In a lane boundary line information acquiring device, a detection unit detects lane boundary lines. A driving environment acquiring unit acquires a driving environment. A probability information acquiring unit acquires probability information containing a probability of presence of a lane boundary line, etc. based on the detected lane boundary lines and the acquired driving environment. A position information acquiring unit acquires position information of the own vehicle. A memory unit associates the probability information with the position information of the own vehicle. Where the position information is acquired by the position information acquiring unit at a time when the probability information acquiring unit acquires the probability information, and stores the probability information associated with the position information into the memory unit. A readout unit reads out the probability information associated with the position information at a location in front of the own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Okada, Naoki Kawasaki, Yusuke Ueda, Masao Oooka, Shotaro Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10126722
    Abstract: Various embodiments involve dynamically controlling parameters for processing sensor data, including rates at which vehicle sensors are sampled and analyzed, based on the vehicle's speed and direction. Data or sampling rates of sensors useful for collision avoidance and/or path planning may be adjusted to emphasize data from sensors having a field of view encompassing the travel direction, while limiting processing of data from sensors less likely to provide useful data for such purposes. In some embodiments, the rate at which data from a particular sensor is sampled and/or processed may depend on a vehicle's direction and speed of travel as well as the sensor's field of view. Processing demands may be reduced by focusing processing on data from sensors viewing the direction of travel while reducing processing of data from sensors viewing other directions. In some embodiments, sensor data sampling or processing rates may vary based on collision risk probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Patent number: 10121083
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition apparatus includes a computer configured to serve as a vehicle identifier, a candidate identifier, a shift amount deriving unit, a candidate remover, and a lamp determiner. The vehicle identifier identifies, from respective captured images, a preceding vehicle and a vehicle region occupied by the preceding vehicle. The candidate identifier identifies, as a light-emission source candidate, a candidate determinable as a light-emission source in the identified vehicle region. The shift amount deriving unit derives a shift amount in a predetermined period of the light-emission source candidate in the vehicle region. The candidate remover removes, from the light-emission source candidate identified by the candidate identifier, the light-emission source candidate in which the shift amount is equal to or greater than a predetermined shift amount threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seisuke Kasaoki
  • Patent number: 10114375
    Abstract: An object-classification system for an automated vehicle includes an object-detector and a controller. The object-detector may be a camera, radar, lidar or any combination thereof. The object-detector detects an object proximate to a host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the object-detector. The controller is configured to determine a density of the object based on a motion-characteristic of the object caused by air-movement proximate to the object, and operate the host-vehicle to avoid striking the object with the host-vehicle when the density of the object is classified as dense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Junqing Wei, Wenda Xu
  • Patent number: 10115307
    Abstract: The parking space availability system is configured for use with a parking facility that further comprises a plurality of parking spaces. Each parking space contained within the plurality of parking spaces comprises an occupancy status selected from the group consisting of an open parking space and an occupied parking space. The parking space availability system comprises a surveillance device, one or more mapping devices and a wireless communication facility. The wireless communication facility wirelessly connects each of the one or more mapping devices to the surveillance device. The surveillance device forwards the location of each identified open parking space to the one or more mapping devices using the wireless communication facility. Each of the one or more mapping devices is used by a user to locate the identified open parking spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Sherece Upton, Michael Upton, Duncan Waruingi
  • Patent number: 10115026
    Abstract: A method for lane detection for a camera-based driver assistance system includes the following steps: image regions in images that are recorded by a camera are identified as detected lane markings if the image regions meet a specified detection criterion. At least two detected lane markings are subjected to a tracking process as lane markings to be tracked. By means of a recursive state estimator, separate progressions are estimated for at least two of the lane markings to be tracked. Furthermore, for each of a plurality of the detected lane markings, a particular offset value is determined, which indicates a transverse offset of the detected lane marking in relation to a reference axis. By means of an additional estimation method, the determined offset values are each associated with one of the separate progressions of the lane markings to be tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mirko Mueter, Kun Zhao, Lech J. Szumilas, Dennis Mueller, Christian Nunn
  • Patent number: 10111029
    Abstract: A user recommendation method is described. First location information sent by an aircraft is received, where the first location information indicating a first location of a first user. A first user identifier and the first location information are sent to a server. A second user identifier is found by the server and received, where a location associated with the second user is within a range of the first location. A user recommendation list is generated according to the second user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kaifeng Li
  • Patent number: 10109199
    Abstract: A prevention safety device in course change of small-sized vehicle includes a rear vehicle detector, a detection state determining unit, and a vehicle's own information transmitting unit. The rear vehicle detector is configured to detect a rear vehicle travelling at a rear of one's own vehicle. The detection state determining unit is configured to determine whether the rear vehicle detects one's own vehicle or not when the rear vehicle detected by the rear vehicle detector is an autonomous vehicle. The vehicle's own information transmitting unit is configured to transmit vehicle's own information to the rear vehicle immediately before one's own vehicle changes a course when the detection state determining unit determines that the rear vehicle does not detect one's own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Shimizu, Koji Kurata
  • Patent number: 10110860
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a forward viewing camera that views forward through the vehicle windshield and a control including a processor that processes image data captured by the camera. Responsive at least in part to processing of captured image data, (i) at least one road characteristic of a road along which the vehicle is traveling is detected, (ii) other vehicles exterior the vehicle are detected, and (iii) road curvature of the road along which the vehicle is traveling is determined. Data derived at least in part from captured image data and that is at least in part relevant to a current geographic location of the vehicle is wirelessly communicated from the vehicle to a remote data receiver located remote from the vehicle for processing to determine information relevant to the vehicle. Speed of the vehicle is controlled based at least in part on image data processed by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10102614
    Abstract: To allow fog removal even in a densely foggy image. A fog density calculating unit 11 calculates the fog density of an input image given, by using a separated illumination light component. A reflectance component fog removing unit 13 performs fog removal on a reflectance component calculated by a reflectance calculating unit. An illumination light component fog removing unit 14 performs fog removal on the separated illumination light component. Here, the degree of fog removal by the reflectance component fog removing unit 13 is higher than the degree of fog removal by the illumination light component fog removing unit 14. Thereby, the degree of fog removal of the reflectance component can be raised without significantly raising the level of fog removal of the illumination light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EIZO Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nakamae
  • Patent number: 10094919
    Abstract: A method of determining velocity of a target and a fusion system on a moving platform to determine the velocity of the target are described. The method includes obtaining, using a radar system, position and radial velocity of the target relative to the moving platform, obtaining, using a vision system, optical flow vectors based on motion of the target relative to the moving platform, and estimating a dominant motion vector of the target based on the optical flow vectors. The method also includes processing the position, the radial velocity, and the dominant motion vector and determining the velocity of the target in two dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dan Levi, Shuqing Zeng, Igal Bilik
  • Patent number: 10086747
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at and viewing forwardly through a windshield of the equipped vehicle and operable to capture image data. A control operable to process captured image data utilizing algorithmic decision-making, which uses an edge detection algorithm. The control is operable to process captured image data to detect a pedestrian present in the field of view of the camera. The control is operable to process captured image data to detect an oncoming headlight or a leading taillight of another vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle. Responsive to pedestrian detection, the control is operable to generate an alert to a driver of the equipped vehicle. Responsive to detection of an oncoming headlight or a leading taillight of another vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle, a light beam of a headlight of the equipped vehicle is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Higgins-Luthman, Yuesheng Lu, William C. Ince
  • Patent number: 10082798
    Abstract: A system for autonomously navigating a vehicle may include at least one processor. The processor may be programmed to receive a first navigational map associated with a first road segment and a second navigational map, different from the first navigational map, associated with a second road segment. The first road segment and the second road segment may overlap one another at an overlap segment. The processor may be programmed to determine at least a first autonomous navigational response for the vehicle along the first road segment based on analysis of the first navigational map; at least a second autonomous navigational response for the vehicle along the second road segment based on analysis of the second navigational map; and at least a third autonomous navigational response for the vehicle in the overlap segment based on at least one of the first navigational map and the second navigational map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Amnon Shashua, Yoram Gdalyahu, Ofer Springer, Aran Reisman, Daniel Braunstein
  • Patent number: 10078788
    Abstract: Driver assistance systems for detecting a structural barrier extending along a road. The driver assistance system may be mountable in a host vehicle. The camera may capture multiple image frames in the forward field of view of the camera. A processor may process motion of images of the barrier in the image frames. The camera may be a single camera. The motion of the images may be responsive to forward motion of the host vehicle and/or the motion of the images may be responsive to lateral motion of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon P. Stein