License Plate Patents (Class 382/105)
  • Patent number: 10255804
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a method and a roadside unit for generating a digital record of a vehicle in a road toll system, comprising: capturing an image of the vehicle on a roadway; data-compressing the image depending on at least one of a confidence level obtained from the image for one or more characters therein by means of OCR, and a contrast parameter obtained from the image or a region of interest therein or a section of the latter, to generate the digital record; and sending the digital record from the roadside unit to a data center of the road toll system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Andreas Gärtner, Oliver Nagy, Christian Öhreneder
  • Patent number: 10242284
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive verification for a loan in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10235332
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect, systems and methods for distributed license plate review, at one or more crowd source analysis provider, are provided. In one example, a system for license plate review includes an interface configured to receive at least a roadside image of a vehicle license plate, and at least one processor configured to partition the roadside image of the vehicle license plate into one or more segments, and assign the one or more segments to one or more crowd source analysis provider, the one or more crowd source analysis provider being configured to review and recognize at least one character of the vehicle license plate included within an individual segment of the roadside image. In an example, the crowd source analysis provider may allow a reviewer to interact with the individual segment and recognize the at least one character within that segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VERITOLL, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Silva, Christopher T. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10229588
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of monitoring, and discloses a method and a device for obtaining evidences for illegal parking of a vehicle. In the method for obtaining evidences of the present application, a correspondence relationship between shooting positioning parameters of a first camera and a second camera is preset. The method for obtaining evidences comprises: taking a first photo of an illegally parked vehicle using the first camera and obtaining a current first shooting positioning parameter of the first camera; according to the correspondence relationship, calculating a second shooting positioning parameter of the second camera corresponding to the first shooting positioning parameter and controlling the second camera to take a second photo with the second shooting positioning parameter. Thereby the photos of the head and rear of the illegally parked vehicle are obtained simultaneously as the evidences for illegal parking for penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Che, Chao Wang, Weiwei Cai, Shiliang Pu
  • Patent number: 10229333
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of vehicle operator distractions. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of vehicle operator distractions based on vehicle interior image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mututal Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10192130
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive an estimated value for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BLINKER, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10185886
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a plurality of images that are continuously captured, detecting a first region indicating a feature value corresponding to a license plate, in a region that indicates a feature value corresponding to a vehicle and that is included in a first image among the plurality of images, based on a feature value of each of the plurality of images, determining a second region in the plurality of images, the second region indicating a feature value corresponding to a license plate, at least a part of the second region overlapping the first region in an image different from the first image, and outputting the second region as a license plate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kozo Baba
  • Patent number: 10176531
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive an insurance quote for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10169675
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive a listing corresponding to another vehicle in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10163038
    Abstract: Described herein is a descriptive framework to facilitate error detection in recognition data. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, at least one erroneous record is detected in a first set of recognition data. The framework may determine a correction of a first recognized identifier in the erroneous record by searching a second set of recognition data for a matching record with a second recognized identifier substantially similar to the first recognized identifier. A report may then be generated to present the detected erroneous record and the determined correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ke Wang, Yinling Ni, Ling Chen, Ye Jin, Qiwei Zhang, Jing Liu, Xin Li, Chao Yu
  • Patent number: 10163026
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive a vehicle identification number corresponding to the vehicle license plate image in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10163025
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive a location of a vehicle service center corresponding to the vehicle license plate image in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10147013
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to obtain an image of a vehicle plate. The processor is also configured to determine identification characters present in the image. The processor is further configured to compare the identification characters to a list of sought-vehicle plates and report a match between the identification characters and a plate on the list of sought-vehicle plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10140553
    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: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    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: 10127616
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention relate to a mobile apparatus including an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal. The optical image includes an image of a vehicle license plate. The mobile apparatus includes a license plate detector configured to process the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image. The mobile apparatus includes an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive an insurance quote for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blinker, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, Hans Brandon Wach, David Ching-Chien Chung
  • Patent number: 10108836
    Abstract: A method and system for determining product information from a logo. In one embodiment, an image of a logo may be captured by a portable image capture device. The captured image may be analyzed to recognize the logo. The product may then be identified based on the recognized logo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10057500
    Abstract: An image capturing method with supplemental lighting modulation is applied to a monitoring apparatus having a lighting unit and an image detecting unit. The image capturing method includes dividing a working period of the lighting unit into at least one first sub-period and at least one second sub-period, driving the lighting unit to respectively output supplemental light with different intensity during the first sub-period and the second sub-period, driving the image detecting unit to respectively capture a set of monitoring images with a predetermined amount during the first sub-period and the second sub-period, comparing the monitoring image captured in the first sub-period with ones captured in the second sub-period, analyzing definition of the set of monitoring images, and selecting a corresponding monitoring image having the definition greater than a threshold to execute image recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Li-Shan Shih, Yi-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10044988
    Abstract: Multi-stage vehicle detection systems and methods for side-by-side drive-thru configurations. One or more video cameras (or an image-capturing unit) can be employed for capturing video of a drive-thru of interest in a monitored area. A group of modules can be provided, which define multiple virtual detection loops in the video and sequentially perform classification with respect to each virtual detection loops among the multiple virtual detection loops, starting from a virtual detection loop closest to an order point, and when a vehicle having a car ID is sitting in a drive-thru queue, so as to improve vehicle detection performance in automated post-merge sequencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Orhan Bulan, Aaron M. Burry
  • Patent number: 10043240
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an optimal cropping of a digital image is determined. A machine learning algorithm is used to generate a professionalism score for the digital image, the utilizing a machine learning algorithm comprising a training mode where a plurality of sample images with labeled professionalism scores are used to train a classification function in a model that produces as professionalism score as output; and an analysis mode where the model is used to generate a professionalism score for the digital image. Then, the professionalism score is used as an input to a discrete variable optimization algorithm to determine an optimum cropped version of the digital image from a plurality of possible cropped versions of the digital image using the classification function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Uri Merhav, Dan Shacham
  • Patent number: 9928424
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and processor-readable media for detecting the side window of a vehicle. A spatial probability map can be calculated, which includes data indicative of likely side window locations of a vehicle in an image. A side window detector can be run with respect to the image of the vehicle to determine detection scores. The detection scores can be weighted based on the spatial probability map. A detected region of interest can be extracted from the image as extracted image patch. An image classification can then be performed with respect to the extracted patch to provide a classification that indicates whether or not a passenger is in the vehicle or no-passenger is in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Orhan Bulan, Beilei Xu, Peter Paul
  • Patent number: 9911055
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and processor-readable media for the detection and classification of license plates. In an example embodiment, an image of a vehicle can be captured with an image-capturing unit. A license plate region can then be located in the captured image of the vehicle by extracting a set of candidate regions from the image utilizing a weak classifier. A set of candidate regions can be ranked utilizing a secondary strong classifier. The captured image can then be classified according to a confidence driven classification based on classification criteria determined by the weak classifier and the secondary strong classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Kozitsky, Matthew Shreve, Orhan Bulan
  • Patent number: 9886643
    Abstract: A character recognition device may include an image sensor to acquire image and a data processor configured to segment a character string from the image data. The data processor may be configured to detect positions to segment the characters; set an area to detect a position for segmenting characters; create a first projection of pixel values arranged in the character arrangement direction along which characters are arranged and a second projection of pixel values arranged in an orthogonal to said character arrangement direction; calculate a synthetic threshold value of a first threshold, acquired by applying a discriminant analysis method on said first, X-axis projection, and a second threshold, acquired by applying said discriminant analysis method on said second, Y-axis projection, and take it as a binary threshold for said setting area; and acquire character segmenting positions based on said binary threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9881211
    Abstract: An approach for processing an image is presented. A category specifying characteristics of a shape of a license plate of a vehicle is determined. Based on the category, characteristics of objects in the image are determined match the characteristics of the shape of the license plate. Another category specifying characteristics of a background color of the license plate is determined. Based on the other category, the characteristics of the objects in the image do not match the characteristics of the background color. Based on the characteristics of the objects in the image not matching the characteristics of the background color of the license plate, the image is determined to not include an identifiable license plate. Responsive to determining the image does not include the identifiable license plate, the image is determined to be invalid and a manual character recognition process for determining identifiers in license plates is bypassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Per Olof Johansson
  • Patent number: 9811749
    Abstract: Determining a label from an image is disclosed, including: obtaining an image; determining a first portion of the image associated with a special mark; determining a second portion of the image associated with a label based at least in part on the first portion of the image associated with the special mark; and applying character recognition to the second portion of the image associated with the label to determine a value associated with the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Lun Zhang, Rufeng Chu, Chunhui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9798945
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to obtain an image of a vehicle plate. The processor is also configured to determine identification characters present in the image. The processor is further configured to compare the identification characters to a list of sought-vehicle plates and report a match between the identification characters and a plate on the list of sought-vehicle plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 9760789
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-usable tangible storage device for robustly cropping and accurately recognizing license plates to account for noise sources and interfering artifacts are disclosed. License plate images and sub-images can be tightly cropped utilizing an image-based classifier and gradient-based cropping. An image-based classifier can identify the location of valid characters within the image. Because of a number of noise sources, such as, for example, residual plate rotation and shear in the characters within the image, the image-based classifier performs a “rough” identification of the image boundaries. An additional processing step utilizing gradient-based cropping is performed to fine-tune the license plate image boundaries. Gradient-based cropping eliminates unwanted border artifacts that could substantially impact the segmentation and license plate character recognition results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Burry, Claude Fillion, Vladimir Kozitsky, Raja Bala, Zhigang Fan
  • Patent number: 9734560
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for selectively enhancing regions in an image. In one embodiment, a digital image is read from an image source and is converted into a desired image model. One or more regions in the image having intensity values of pixels falling outside a pre-determined optimal intensity range are determined. The one or more regions in the image are then enhanced using a modeled light source of an optimal intensity such that the intensity value of pixels corresponding to the one or more regions in the image fall within the pre-determined optimal intensity range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KPIT TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Vinay Govind Vaidya, Sanjyot Gindi
  • Patent number: 9721186
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that include obtaining a vocabulary including a set of content indices that reference corresponding cells in a descriptor space based on an input set of descriptors. A plurality of local features of an image are identified based on the vocabulary, the local features being represented by a plurality of local descriptors. An associated visual word in the vocabulary is determined for each of the plurality of local descriptors. A plurality of global signatures for the image are generated based on the associated visual words, wherein some of the plurality of global signatures are generated using local descriptors corresponding to different cropped versions of the image, two or more of the different cropped versions of the image being centered at a same pixel location of the image, and an image recognition search is facilitated using the plurality of global signatures to search a document image dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Bing Song
  • Patent number: 9710975
    Abstract: An apparatus and operational method are disclosed that use a control module installed in a vehicle to enable a remote computing system to wirelessly communicate with the vehicle. The control module includes a processor configured to interface with a wireless network and the vehicle through, respectively, a wireless network interface and a vehicle interface. A plurality of CAN (control area network) bus transceivers may exist within the vehicle interface operable to allow the processor to interface with multiple vehicle types. The processor may then be configured to automatically detect an identifier for the vehicle though the vehicle interface and automatically select a CAN bus transceiver from the plurality of CAN bus transceivers based on the detected identifier. The processor can then communicate with the vehicle's CAN bus via the selected CAN bus transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Jefferies, Rod W. DeMay, Gurgen L. Lachinyan
  • Patent number: 9704060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technical field of traffic monitoring, and more particularly to a method for detecting traffic violation. The present invention includes firstly localizing vehicle salient parts through salient features including vehicle license numbers and vehicle rear lights, and representing a vehicle with the vehicle salient parts, then tracking the vehicle with a Kalman filter based on the vehicle salient parts, and finally detecting vehicle violation through moving trajectory analysis and setting violating detecting areas. The present invention solves vehicle violation detection problems in complex engineering application conditions such as illumination change and detection noise, and is suitable for city traffic management under complex conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: CLOUD COMPUTING CENTER CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Feiyue Wang, Bin Tian, Ye Li, Bo Li, Kunfeng Wang, Gang Xiong, Fenghua Zhu, Bin Hu
  • Patent number: 9626763
    Abstract: A system for pothole detection comprises an input interface configured to receive sensor data and a pothole detector configured to determine a pothole based at least in part on the sensor data; and store pothole data associated with the pothole, wherein the pothole data comprises a pothole video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Hoye, Stephen Krotosky
  • Patent number: 9607217
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems of generating preference indices for contiguous portions of digital images are disclosed. For one embodiment, as an example, parameters of a neural network may be developed to generate object labels for digital images. The developed parameters may be transferred to a neural network utilized to generate signal sample value levels corresponding to preference indices for contiguous portions of digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Suleyman Cetintas, Kuang-chih Lee, Jia Li
  • Patent number: 9594984
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a method includes training a deep neural network using training images and data identifying one or more business storefront locations in the training images. The deep neural network outputs tight bounding boxes on each image. At the deep neural network, a first image may be received. The first image may be evaluated using the deep neural network. Bounding boxes may then be generated identifying business storefront locations in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Qian Yu, Liron Yatziv, Martin Christian Stumpe, Vinay Damodar Shet, Christian Szegedy, Dumitru Erhan, Sacha Christophe Arnoud
  • Patent number: 9547800
    Abstract: A stand-alone computer-camera system capable of extracting car-plate information. This is achieved by using an on-board computer in order to analyze the video stream recorded by the camera sensor, and can be used with any type of camera sensor. The system features specific characteristics making it extremely fast and able to catch plates of cars moving at high-speed. The special algorithms incorporated in this system, are specially implemented, in order to be able to be ported on an embedded computer system, which has usually lower capabilities in terms of processing power and memory than a general-purpose computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: IRIDA LABS S.A.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Besiris, Nikos Fragoulis
  • Patent number: 9536315
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recognizing a license plate character. Synthetic license plate character images are generated for a target jurisdiction. A limited set of license plate images can be captured for a target jurisdiction utilizing an image-capturing unit. The license plate images are then segmented into license plate character images for the target jurisdiction. The license plate character images collected for the target jurisdiction can be manually labeled. A domain adaptation technique can be utilized to reduce the divergence between synthetically generated and manually labeled target jurisdiction image sets. Additionally, OCR classifiers are trained utilizing the images after the domain adaptation method has been applied. One or more input license plate character images can then be received from the target jurisdiction. Finally, the trained OCR classifier can be employed to determine the most likely labeling for the character image and a confidence associated with the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Orhan Bulan, Vladimir Kozitsky, Aaron M. Burry
  • Patent number: 9530121
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying out a set of vehicle inspections including, but not limited to, wheel alignment measurement, brake testing, tire tread depth measurement, tire pressure monitoring, vehicle battery testing, and a review of vehicle diagnostic trouble codes in an efficient manner using a multi-function vehicle service system and a single vehicle service bay or inspection lane. Results of the vehicle inspections are incorporated into customized reports generated for a customer or for a technician, and which may be utilized to obtain approval from the customer to conduct necessary repairs and/or provide beneficial vehicle services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hunter Engineering Company
    Inventors: Blackford F. Brauer, Timothy A. Larson, Jason Smith
  • Patent number: 9495869
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product of using cameras in a plurality of vehicles within a geographic area to aid in identifying a location of a vehicle of interest for authorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9436886
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for automatically recognizing building numbers in street level images. In one aspect, a processor selects a street level image that is likely to be near an address of interest. The processor identifies those portions of the image that are visually similar to street numbers, and then extracts the numeric values of the characters displayed in such portions. If an extracted value corresponds with the building number of the address of interest such as being substantially equal to the address of interest, the extracted value and the image portion are displayed to a human operator. The human operator confirms, by looking at the image portion, whether the image portion appears to be a building number that matches the extracted value. If so, the processor stores a value that associates that building number with the street level image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Alessandro Bissacco, Raymond W. Smith, Kong Man Cheung, Andrea Frome, Shlomo Urbach
  • Patent number: 9412031
    Abstract: A method for recognition of an identifier such as a license plate includes storing first visual signatures, each extracted from a first image of a respective object, such as a vehicle, captured at a first location, and first information associated with the first captured image, such as a time stamp. A second visual signature is extracted from a second image of a second object captured at a second location and second information associated with the second captured image is acquired. A measure of similarity is computed between the second visual signature and at least some of the first visual signatures to identify a matching one. A test is performed, which is a function of the first and the second information associated with the matching signatures. Only when it is confirmed that the test has been met, identifier recognition is performed to identify the identifier of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Serrano, Florent C. Perronnin, Herve Poirier, Frederic Roulland, Victor Ciriza
  • Patent number: 9405985
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing the accuracy of license plate state identification in an ALPR (Automated License Plate Recognition) system. This is accomplished through use of individual character-by-character image-based classifiers that are trained to distinguish between the fonts for different states. At runtime, the OCR result for the license plate code can be used to determine which character in the plate would provide the highest discriminatory power for arbitrating between candidate state results. This classifier is then applied to the individual character image to provide a final selection of the estimated state/jurisdiction for the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Burry, Vladimir Kozitsky
  • Patent number: 9336444
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting occupancy of live objects, using differential image sensing and optical markers is provided. The system includes a live object(s) or a human, a stationary object(s), an image capturing device, an imaging system, a network, and an occupancy determination and parsing server. The image capturing device may capture the image sequences from a physical location which may be within the camera viewing area. The image capturing device may also be configured to track motions of the live objects. The imaging system may be connected to the occupancy determination and parsing server through the network. The occupancy determination and parsing server based on the information received from the imaging system may determine whether the physical location is occupied with the live objects or the stationary objects. The occupancy determination module and parsing server may be connected with at least one the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Urjagreen Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventor: Satya Kishore Gontina
  • Patent number: 9324002
    Abstract: A system and method for user identification and personalization based on automotive identifiers are described. Image data of a vehicle is received from an image capture device. Vehicle identification information is extracted from the image data. A data record associated with a user is retrieved using the vehicle identification information. A personalized communication for the user is generated based on the retrieved data record. The personalized communication may be transmitted to a device. The personalized communication may comprise a recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Ryan, Christopher Dennis Boncimino
  • Patent number: 9286533
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for image recombination of a plurality of images and image identification and a system for image acquiring and identification. Features with respect to the plurality of images are recombined and enhanced so as to form a recombined image. After that, the recombined image is processed to emphasize the features of the recombined image so that the recombined image is capable of being identified easily. Furthermore, the present provides a system to perform the foregoing method, whereby reducing unidentified problems caused due to low quality image of the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ya-Hui Tsai, Kuo-Tang Huang, Chun-Lung Chang, Lai-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9245203
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods and systems for collecting information relating to identity parameters of a vehicle. According to the invention an image of the vehicle is obtained. A sub-image within the image is identified, interest points within the sub-image are detected and the sub-image is processed so as to obtain descriptors representing the interest points. The descriptors are matched to predetermined descriptors representing interest points in previously obtained images respective of known identity parameters and the information is stored in a record representing an identity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoram Hofman, Shai Levy, Shay Weissman
  • Patent number: 9224058
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and processor-readable media for data augmentation utilized in an automatic license plate recognition engine. A machine-readable code can be associated with an automatic license plate recognition engine. The machine-readable code can be configured to define parameters that drive processing within the automatic license plate recognition engine to produce recognition results thereof and enhance a machine readability of a license plate recognized and analyzed via the automatic license plate recognition engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Paul, Vladimir Kozitsky, Aaron Michael Burry, Martin Edward Hoover, Mark Cantelli
  • Patent number: 9177211
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for identifying motor vehicles for monitoring traffic. The identification is carried out by image-evaluation and includes determining the size ratios of a license-plate contour in a perspectively distorted image on the basis of stored standardized license-plate formats, determining the size of the perspective distortion of the license-plate contour on the basis of the associated standardized license-plate format, establishing a calculation rule for the perspective rectification on the basis of the ascertained distortion of the license-plate contour with respect to the associated license-plate format, rectifying the extracted license-plate-containing motor-vehicle view, and comparing the rectified image with reference images of front views of motor vehicles stored in a database in order to assign the image with greatest correspondence to a group of classified motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Robot GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Lehning
  • Patent number: 9145098
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the formation of high contrast, wavelength independent retroreflective sheeting made by including a light scattering material on at least a portion of the retroreflective sheeting. The light scattering material reduces the brightness of the retroreflective sheeting without substantially changing the appearance of the retroreflective sheeting when viewed under scattered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Patrick R. Fleming, Thomas J. Dahlin, Thomas V. Kusilek, Robert L. W. Smithson
  • Patent number: 9143741
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus comprising an antenna module and a control module. The antenna module may be configured to connect and send data to a local network and a mobile handheld device through a wireless connection. The control module may be configured to provide (i) a physical connection to the antenna module, (ii) a power source to an external device, and (iii) a camera sensor to capture still and motion pictures and sounds of a surrounding environment of the apparatus. The pictures may be sent as the data through the wireless connection or through a mobile handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kuna Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Haomiao Huang
  • Patent number: 9104939
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for monitoring and reporting road violations of vehicles sharing roads with responding emergency vehicles. According to an exemplary method video is captured from a forward and/or rear facing camera mounted to an emergency vehicle, and the video is processed to identify any vehicles in violation within a prescribed distance from the emergency vehicle. A license plate id of a vehicle determined to be in violation is identified and communicated to the appropriate authorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Seyfried, Aaron Michael Burry, Vladimir Kozitsky
  • Patent number: 9092979
    Abstract: An automated license plate recognition (ALPR) system and method using a human-in-the-loop based adaptive learning approach. One or more images with respect to an automotive vehicle can be segmented in order to determine a license plate of the automotive vehicle within a scene. An optical character recognition (OCR) engine loaded with an OCR algorithm can be further adapted to determine a character sequence of the license plate based on a training data set. A confidence level with respect to the images can be generated in order to route a low confidence image to an operator for obtaining a human interpreted image. The parameters with respect to the OCR algorithm can be adjusted based on the human interpreted image and the actual image of the license plate. A license plate design can be then incorporated into the OCR engine in order to automate the process of recognizing the license plate with respect to the automotive vehicle in a wide range of transportation related applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Burry, Peter Paul