US Pat. No. 10,086,760

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND ON-VEHICLE APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An image processing device comprising a processor, the processor programmed to:generate an image viewed from a first viewpoint position based on a captured image of an image capturing unit including an image sensor;
synthesize the generated image and an image for synthesis corresponding to the first viewpoint position so as to generate a synthesized image;
when a virtual viewpoint moves from the first viewpoint position to a second viewpoint position, generate one or more images viewed from one or more virtual viewpoint positions between the first and second viewpoint positions;
decrease visibility of one or more images for synthesis to be synthesized with the one or more images, the one or more images for synthesis corresponding to the one or more virtual viewpoint positions; and
synthesize the one or more images and the one or more images for synthesis to generate synthesized images.

US Pat. No. 10,645,823

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a circuit board;
a case within which the circuit board is provided and which has a plurality of first contact parts to contact with the circuit board;
a cover which has a plurality of second contact parts to contact with the circuit board;
a hook part which is provided to one of the case and the cover; and
a receiving part which is provided to other of the case and the cover and which corresponds to the hook part,
wherein the hook part engages with the receiving part, whereby the cover is fitted onto the case and the plurality of first contact parts of the case and the plurality of second contact parts of the cover hold and fix the circuit board interposed therebetween,
wherein a clearance for preventing interference between the case and the cover from occurring when the hook part engages with the receiving part is provided between the case and the cover over an entire circumference of the electronic device, and
wherein a shortest distance between the hook part and one of the plurality of first contact parts closest to the hook part is smaller than a dimension of the closest first contact part.

US Pat. No. 9,925,918

ON-VEHICLE APPARATUS AND ON-VEHICLE SYSTEM

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. An on-vehicle apparatus comprising:a communication unit that communicates with another on-vehicle apparatus; and
a controller that is communicatively coupled to the other on-vehicle apparatus through the communication unit and performs an operation mode in which the controller controls a control target when a supply voltage value is equal to or larger than a first threshold, wherein
the controller does not control the control target and is able to communicate with the other on-vehicle apparatus through the communication unit when the supply voltage value is smaller than the first threshold and is equal to or larger than a second threshold which is smaller than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,902,273

POWER GENERATION AMOUNT OUTPUT DEVICE AND SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power generation amount output device, configured to output a power generation amount of a photovoltaic panel to a display
unit, the photovoltaic panel being installed in a vehicle, wherein said power generation amount output device comprises:
a power generation amount obtainment unit configured to obtain the power generation amount of the photovoltaic panel;
a fluctuation reduction unit configured to reduce a fluctuation of the power generation amount to be output by the display
unit, depending on a vehicle state of the vehicle; and

a power generation amount output unit configured to output the power generation amount having the fluctuation reduced by the
fluctuation reduction unit to the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,798,835

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

5. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a connector that has a protrusion on an outer surface;
a case that has top, bottom and side walls that extend in a longitudinal direction of the case, the case further having an opening at a front side of the case, the case housing the connector within the case;
a lid for the opening that is attached to the front side of the case such that at least part of the connector including the protrusion is seen from an outside of the case, the lid including a back wall that extends in a direction that crosses the longitudinal direction of the case, the back wall of the lid further including a gap through which the protrusion of the connector passes when the lid is attached to the case, the back wall being arranged on the lid so that after the lid is attached to the front side of the case, the protrusion is not located within the gap; and
a storage that is formed in the case rearward of the back wall of the lid and adjacent to a position of the gap in the state in which the lid is attached to the case, the storage being configured to hold a foreign object that has entered the case through the gap of the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,638,605

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD STRUCTURE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A method for designing a circuit board comprising,judging, by a circuit board design device, whether or not the circuit board has a pair of via holes which are adjacent within a solder bridge formation distance within which a solder bridge can be formed;
when the circuit board design device judges that the circuit board has the pair of via holes, the circuit board design device judging whether or not that each of the pair of via holes is electrically connected in parallel to other via hole with a land not coated with solder resist;
when the circuit board design device judges that at least one of the pair of via holes is electrically connected in parallel to the other via hole with a land not coated with solder resist, the circuit board design device determining the at least one of the pair of via holes which is electrically connected in parallel to the other via hole with a land not coated with solder resist as a coated via hole with a land coated with solder resist.

US Pat. No. 10,181,750

CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A charge controller configured to charge an electric storage device with an electric power generated by a solar cell, the charge controller comprising:at least one processor configured to:
activate the at least one processor itself from a sleep state at an activation timing occurring at or after a predetermined time interval to acquire an electric power generation index, which indicates a magnitude of a generated electric power output of the solar cell;
start a charge operation for charging the electric storage device when the acquired electric power generation index satisfies a charge start condition;
prohibit starting the charge operation for charging the electric storage device and returning the at least one processor to the sleep state when the electric power generation index does not satisfy the charge start condition; and
increase the predetermined time interval for the next activation timing to activate the at least one processor itself from the sleep state, the predetermined time interval increasing in duration in accordance with an increase of a number of consecutive prohibitions of starting the charge operation.

US Pat. No. 10,263,653

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE AND NOISE REDUCTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A noise reduction device, comprising:a detection unit that detects frequency components of a plurality of noise signals that are included in a received signal, based on a frequency spectrum of the received signal;
a calculation unit that calculates a coefficient, based on the frequency components that are detected by the detection unit; and
a reduction unit that reduces n noise signals that are at least a part of the plurality of noise signals from the received signal, depending on the coefficient that is calculated by the calculation unit, where n is a positive number that is greater than or equal to 2,
wherein
the detection unit detects signal levels of the n noise signals;
the calculation unit includes
a coefficient calculation unit that calculates the coefficient in a frequency domain, based on the frequency components and the signal levels that are detected by the detection unit, and
a transformation unit that transforms the coefficient in a frequency domain that is calculated by the coefficient calculation unit into the coefficient in a time domain; and
the reduction unit reduces the n noise signals from the received signal, in a time domain, depending on the coefficient in a time domain that the transformation unit transforms the coefficient in a frequency domain into.

US Pat. No. 10,145,323

STARTING CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A starting control device for an engine that starts a direct-injection engine by performing fuel injection and ignition in at least a cylinder in an expansion stroke when a restarting condition is satisfied immediately before the direct-injection engine stops, comprising an ECU configured to:i) execute an autonomous starting control in which the ECU injects fuel into the cylinder from a fuel injection valve after a crank shaft rotates reversely before the crank shaft stops its rotation and then ignites an air-fuel mixture using an ignition plug to start the engine without using a starter motor;
ii) determine whether a pressure in the cylinder increasing due to the reverse rotation is equal to or greater than a predetermined pressure at a time point of firing of the air-fuel mixture by the ignition; and
iii) prohibit starting of the engine under the autonomous starting control when the ECU determines that the pressure in the cylinder is not equal to or greater than the predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,343,603

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:a processor configured to:
acquire a captured image where an image of an environment of a vehicle is captured by an image-capturing device including an image sensor;
acquire positional information regarding a detected position of an obstacle that exists in the environment of the vehicle;
generate a virtual viewpoint image where the environment of the vehicle is viewed from a virtual viewpoint, based on the captured image;
composite a notification image that provides notification of existence of the obstacle at the detected position with the virtual viewpoint image;
control a display format of the notification image that is composited with the virtual viewpoint image, based on the positional information;
determine that the obstacle exists at a position higher than a around surface, in a case where a display position of the obstacle on the virtual viewpoint image is different from the detected position;
acquire the positional information from a detection device that detects the obstacle;
divide, in accordance with a distance from the vehicle, a range image indicating a detection range of the detection device into a plurality of regions;
generate the notification image to be displayed in a region of the plurality of regions that is corresponding to the detected position of the obstacle, and when the obstacle is determined to exist at the position higher than the ground surface, change a display format of the notification image into an emphatic display; and
composite together with the range image, one of the notification image and a notification image whose display format is changed into the emphatic display with the virtual viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,340,605

PLANAR ANTENNA DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A planar antenna device having a first antenna and a second antenna arranged on a front surface of a substrate to be set in parallel to an up and down direction, wherein:each of the first antenna and the second antenna comprises:
a transmission line part configured to have one end electrically connected to a connection part provided on the front surface of the substrate and be able to transmit electric waves; and
antenna elements connected to a side of a straight line part which is a part of the transmission line part and extends in the up and down direction,
the first antenna and the second antenna are arranged such that the magnitude of the difference between the lengths of predetermined sections of the transmission line parts becomes one of a positive odd multiple of a half wavelength of the guide wavelength of electric waves which can be transmitted in the transmission line parts and a positive even multiple of a half wavelength of the guide wavelength, and
the predetermined sections are provided in sections from the connection parts to the antenna elements.

US Pat. No. 10,328,856

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND ON-VEHICLE APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image processing device comprising a processor, the processor programmed to:generate an image viewed from a first viewpoint position based on a captured image of an image capturing unit including an image sensor;
synthesize the generated image and an image for synthesis corresponding to the first viewpoint position so as to generate a synthesized image;
when a virtual viewpoint moves from the first viewpoint position to a second viewpoint position with respect to a captured image of the image capturing unit, the second viewpoint position being different from the first viewpoint position, generate one or more images viewed from one or more virtual viewpoint positions between the first and second viewpoint positions;
decrease visibility of one or more images for synthesis to be synthesized with the one or more images, the one or more images for synthesis corresponding to the one or more virtual viewpoint positions; and
synthesize the one or more images and the one or more images for synthesis to generate synthesized images.

US Pat. No. 10,239,453

PERIPHERY IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A periphery image display control device including a display control unit for displaying an image photographed by a camera which photographs a periphery area around an own vehicle on a display unit comprising:a prediction unit for predicting a travel path area which a vehicle-body of the own vehicle will pass through when the own vehicle travels along a predicted travel path;
an obstacle detection unit for obtaining obstacle information including locations of obstacle points which are included in at least one of obstacles present in the travel path area and whose heights become higher as the obstacle points are farther from the own vehicle, and heights of the obstacle points in relation to the own vehicle; and
a determination unit configured to:
determine whether or not a first ratio is greater than a threshold, the first ratio being a ratio of a subtraction value obtained by subtracting a height of a first obstacle point which is nearer from the own vehicle between two of the obstacle points which are adjacent to each other in a direction of the predicted travel path from a height of a second obstacle point which is farther from the own vehicle between the two of the obstacle points, to a distance between the first obstacle point and the second obstacle point along the predicted travel path, and the threshold being a value which is preset based on a second ratio of a height between a ground point of a front wheel of the own vehicle and a bottom end at a front end of the vehicle-body of the own vehicle to a distance between the front end and the ground point in a horizontal direction of the vehicle-body; and
determine that the obstacle including the second obstacle point is an alert obstacle, when the first ratio is determined to be greater than the threshold, and
wherein the display control unit is configured to display an alert screen for causing the driver to pay attention to the alert obstacle on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,558,876

AUTOMATIC DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND AUTOMATIC DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An automatic driving assistance device comprising:an information acquirer configured to acquire information on a state of a cabin of a vehicle capable of automatic driving; and
a modifier configured to modify traveling characteristics in automatic driving according to the state of the cabin of the vehicle,
wherein the modifier modifies a parameter corresponding to an amount of operation that is varied by a driving operation by a driver in manual driving.

US Pat. No. 10,491,976

ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An electronic control apparatus comprising:a first circuit board;
a holder provided to an upper side of the first circuit board;
a loudspeaker mounted on the holder;
a cushioning member that is elastic and is mounted on an upper side of the loudspeaker;
a case that is in contact with the cushioning member, and that houses the first circuit board, the holder and the loudspeaker;
a metal plate member that is provided between the first circuit board and the holder in the up-down direction, and that is in contact with the first circuit board and the holder; and
a heat releasing member that is provided between the holder and the case in the up-down direction, and that is in contact with the holder and the case to transmit heat from the holder to the case.

US Pat. No. 10,171,191

BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A broadcast receiving apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
receive a signal of an analog broadcast and a signal of a digital broadcast having a same broadcast content;
perform, when an output of the broadcast receiving apparatus is switched into the analog broadcast from the digital broadcast, a switching control of switching into an acoustic characteristic of the analog broadcast from an acoustic characteristic of the digital broadcast so that the acoustic characteristic of the output digital broadcast gradually approaches the acoustic characteristic of the analog broadcast based on a reception intensity of the received signal of the analog broadcast; and
determine, after the switching control is started and in a middle of gradual switching from the acoustic characteristic of the digital broadcast to the acoustic characteristic of the analog broadcast, whether or not the started switching control is to be continued, based on a reception state of the received signal of the digital broadcast.

US Pat. No. 10,605,616

IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An image reproducing device comprising:at least one processor programmed to:
acquire images acquired by imaging the surroundings of a vehicle during running of the vehicle with a plurality of cameras, and information on the imaging location of the images;
convert the images into projection images by projecting the images onto a virtual projection plane;
generate a virtual viewpoint image according to a virtual viewpoint on the basis of the plurality of projection images;
control a display device such that the display device displays a map image including a travel history route of the vehicle, a vehicle location mark representing the imaging location on the map image, and a plurality of indexes for selecting a virtual viewpoint direction for a virtual viewpoint image in the vicinity of the vehicle location mark on the map image; and
set a reproduction start position according to a position on the travel history route selected by a first user operation,
wherein if an index is selected by a second user operation, the processor is further programmed to generate a virtual viewpoint image according to a virtual viewpoint direction corresponding to the selected index, as a reproduction image reproduced based on an image that was previously acquired at the reproduction start position.

US Pat. No. 10,581,258

CHARGING SUPPORT DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A charging support device used in charging a battery of a vehicle having a power reception unit on a bottom surface of the vehicle with power supplied from a power transmission device located outside the vehicle, the charging support device comprising:a controller that generates an overhead view image that displays a vehicle image of the vehicle and an image of a surrounding area of the vehicle captured by a camera, the controller detecting a position of the power transmission device based on the image captured by the camera, calculating the position of the power transmission device based on a moving direction and a moving distance of the vehicle after the power transmission device is hidden under the vehicle, displaying, in the overhead view image, (i) a first mark indicating a position of the power reception unit and (ii) a second mark indicating the position of the power transmission device, and varying a color or a size of at least one of the first and second marks in the overhead view image in a case where the power reception unit is positioned in a predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,499,014

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image generation apparatus that is used in a vehicle, the image generation apparatus comprising:an image generator circuit that temporally continuously generates a plurality of virtual viewpoint images showing a vicinity of the vehicle viewed from a virtual viewpoint, using a plurality of captured images acquired by a plurality of cameras; and
a microcomputer configured to control the image generator circuit to:
(i) temporally continuously change a position of a center point of the virtual viewpoint around the vehicle so that each of the plurality of virtual viewpoint images is from a different virtual viewpoint around the vehicle and the plurality of virtual viewpoint images appear to be a moving image showing the vicinity of the vehicle in such a way as to go around the vicinity of the vehicle;
(ii) acquire a detection result from a detector that detects an object existing in the vicinity of the vehicle; and
(iii) based on an object position of the object detected by the detector, determine a rotation direction of the center point of the virtual viewpoint around the vehicle to be either a clockwise direction or a counter-clockwise direction depending on which of the clockwise and counterclockwise directions causes the center point of the virtual viewpoint to approach the object position of the object detected by the detector in a quicker manner.

US Pat. No. 10,461,551

CHARGING SUPPORT DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

7. A vehicle system comprising:a power receiver located on a bottom surface of a vehicle, the power receiver configured to be supplied with power in a non-contact manner from a power transmitter located outside the vehicle, so as to charge a battery of the vehicle;
a display; and
a charging support device including a controller that:
generates an overhead image that is supplied to the display, the overhead image displaying a vehicle image of the vehicle and an image of a surrounding area of the vehicle captured by a camera installed on the vehicle;
calculates a position of the power transmitter based on an image captured by the camera before the power transmitter becomes at least partially hidden under the vehicle;
displays, in the generated overhead image, the power transmitter overlaid on the vehicle image at the calculated position of the power transmitter once the power transmitter starts becoming hidden under the vehicle;
acquires information of a speed and a steering angle of the vehicle;
calculates a movement direction and a movement distance of the vehicle from the acquired information; and
displays, in the generated overhead image, a positional relationship between the vehicle and the power transmitter in a state in which the power transmitter is hidden under the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,454,160

ANTENNA DEVICE AND RADAR APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An antenna device shaped as a sheet, the antenna device comprising:an antenna portion provided on one surface of the sheet to implement at least one of transmission of a transmission wave and reception of a reflected wave from a target, and
an absorption unit provided on the other surface of the sheet to absorb spurious.

US Pat. No. 10,427,524

PANEL APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A panel apparatus comprising:a base; and
a panel that is removably installed to the base, the panel including a claw having (i) a base end that protrudes from a back surface of the panel in a different direction from an installation direction of the panel to the base, and (ii) an insertion member that protrudes from the base end in the installation direction, the installation direction being a direction in which the panel is moved when the panel is installed to the base, wherein:
the base includes an insertion hole into which the insertion member of the panel is inserted, and a protrusion located adjacent to the insertion hole, and
when the insertion member and the base end of the claw are inserted into the insertion hole to install the panel to the base, the protrusion of the base is sandwiched and positioned between the insertion member and the back surface of the panel, the protrusion of the base abuts the back surface of the panel and the base end of the claw is locked in the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,359,881

CONTROL DEVICE, INPUT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A control device comprising:a computer configured to:
detect an operation of a user on an operation surface of a panel; and
drive a vibrating element attached to the panel, thereby vibrating the panel, such that if the operation is detected, the vibrating element is driven while switching between a first vibration mode and a second mode that are different in at least some vibration frequencies, thereby sequentially providing different types of vibration, different in at least some frequencies, to the panel,
wherein the first vibration mode is a mode of vibrating the panel at a frequency in an ultrasonic frequency band, and
the second vibration mode is a mode of providing vibration which is a composite vibration of vibration at the frequency in the ultrasonic frequency band and vibration in a frequency band lower than the ultrasonic frequency band.

US Pat. No. 10,657,654

ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE AND ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An abnormality detection device, comprising:an estimator configured to estimate an amount of movement of a mobile body based on an image taken by a camera mounted on the mobile body; and
a determiner configured to determine an abnormality in the camera by obtaining
estimated information on the amount of movement of the mobile body as obtained in the estimator and
actually observed information on movement of the mobile body as detected by an external sensor, other than the camera, mounted on the mobile body.

US Pat. No. 10,572,217

CONTENT PLAYBACK APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A content playback apparatus that plays back a content of a plurality of contents stored in an external apparatus, the content playback apparatus comprising:a controller that causes content information of a playback target content among the plurality of contents to be displayed on a screen of the content playback apparatus; and
a memory that stores information, wherein
the controller:
performs a process of storing, as history information into the memory, a history of a narrowing operation performed to select the playback target content;
performs a process of displaying, on the screen of the content playback apparatus, a narrowing condition on which the playback target content is selected by the narrowing operation;
determines, based on the history information stored in the memory and the content information of currently selected content of the plurality of contents stored in the external apparatus, whether or not to cause the narrowing condition to be displayed again on the screen of the content playback apparatus, when the playback content apparatus changes from a state in which the content playback apparatus fails to recognize the external apparatus to a state in which the content playback apparatus recognizes the external apparatus;
causes the narrowing condition to be displayed again on the screen of the content playback apparatus when the currently selected content of the external apparatus is included in a group of the playback target contents narrowed by the narrowing operation in accordance with the history information; and
causes the narrowing condition to not be displayed on the screen of the content playback apparatus when the currently selected content of the external apparatus is not included in a group of the playback target contents narrowed by the narrowing operation in accordance with the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,528,467

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An information processing device comprising:a memory that includes:
memory use areas that are allocated to respective tasks; and
an identification-information area that memorizes a plurality of identification information for identifying the respective tasks; and
a mediation unit that mediates writing and reading, requested by one of the tasks, into and from one of the memory use areas allocated to the one task, the mediation unit being configured to:
when accepting a request for the writing and reading from the one task and one identification information corresponding to the one task, write, into the identification-information area, the one identification information corresponding to the one task,
execute the writing and reading requested by the one task into and from the one memory use area,
read, at a predetermined timing within a time interval from a first time when the one identification information corresponding to the one task is written into the identification-information area to a second time when identification information of an other task to be executed next to the one task is written into the identification-information area, information memorized in the identification-information area into which the one identification information of the one task has been written,
compare the one identification information accepted from the one task with the information read out, from the identification-information area, at the predetermined timing, and
detect an abnormality in the memory when the read information differs from the one identification information accepted from the one task.

US Pat. No. 10,440,317

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A video processing device that generates a display video signal to be supplied to a liquid crystal display unit that is driven by a frame inversion scheme, the video processing device comprising:a controller that (a) receives an interlace video signal in which a field and a display invalid section including a vertical synchronizing signal alternately appear from outside the video processing device, and (b) controls the vertical synchronizing signal so that a length of the display invalid section is set so as to include a predetermined number of the fields; and
a video signal processor that i) generates the display video signal based on the interlace video signal in which the length of the display invalid section has been set by control of the vertical synchronizing signal and ii) outputs the display video signal to the liquid crystal display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,656,716

CONTROL DEVICE, INPUT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A control device comprising:a processor programmed to:
detect a pressing operation onto an operation surface of a panel, the panel including the operation surface;
drive a vibrator attached to the panel to vibrate the panel;
when detecting that the pressing operation is a continuous pressing operation in which a contact position on the operation surface continues to be at a same position, drive the vibrator to generate an initial vibration having a lower frequency than a frequency of a main vibration in advance of the main vibration; and
drive the vibrator to generate, after the main vibration, a subsequent vibration having a higher frequency than the frequency of the main vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,627,484

RADAR APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A radar apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
perform a detection processing of detecting a target iteratively at a predetermined cycle;
derive a speed of the target detected in a current iteration of the detection processing;
set a prediction region where a target having temporal continuity with and being identical to the target detected in the current iteration of the detection processing is expected to be detected in a next iteration of the detection processing, while changing at least one of a size and a shape of the prediction region according to the derived speed, such that:
in a case where a new target is detected in the current detection processing and a speed of the new target is lower than a threshold value, an inside of a predetermined region having a center at a detection position of the new target is set as the prediction region; and
in a case where the speed of the new target is equal to or higher than the threshold value, the prediction region is set at an outside of the predetermined region; and
determine whether the target detected in the next iteration of the detection processing in the set prediction region has the temporal continuity with and is identical to target detected in the current iteration of the detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,608,332

MICROSTRIP ANTENNA

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A microstrip antenna comprising:a plurality of stacked dielectric layers;
an antenna including a plurality of radiation elements disposed parallel to each other and symmetrically connected to a power feeding line,
wherein the radiation elements are provided on an uppermost dielectric layer of the plurality of dielectric layers;
the power feeding line being configured to feed high-frequency power to each radiation element; and
first and second conductor ground layers respectively provided on lower surfaces of the dielectric layers and disposed symmetrically to each other, and are not electrically connected with the antenna, the conductor ground layers having different dimensions in a plane direction thereof so that electromagnetic waves to be radiated from end portions of the conductor ground layers become antiphases with respect to each other and the electromagnetic waves to be radiated are cancelled with each other, thereby suppressing bad influence on the directionality of the antenna;
wherein the dimension of the second conductor ground layer provided on the lower surface of one of the dielectric layers in the plane direction thereof, is smaller than the dimension of the first conductor ground layer, which is provided on a lower surface of another one of the dielectric layers, the another one of the dielectric layers being provided above the one of the dielectric layers in the plane direction thereof, and
wherein the microstrip antenna has a planar shape and is connected to an MMIC (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit).

US Pat. No. 10,580,456

DRIVING INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A driving information recording apparatus that records driving information of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a memory having a plurality of recording areas that form a capacity of the memory; and
a processor operatively coupled to the memory, the processor being programmed to:
associate information related to a driving condition of the vehicle together with a driving mode of the vehicle at a time at which the driving condition occurred, the driving mode including an autonomous driving mode and a non-autonomous driving mode,
generate a first data file that includes the associated information,
record the first data file in the memory, and
in a case where the storage capacity of the memory has become full, preferentially select a first recording area storing a second data file associated with the autonomous driving mode to be overwritten with the first data file rather than a second recording area storing a third data file associated with the non-autonomous driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,541,547

CHARGING SUPPORT DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A charging support device comprising:a controller that (A) acquires (i) an image which is captured by an imaging unit which captures a surrounding area of a vehicle so as to include a power transmission device which supplies a power to the vehicle in a non-contact manner, and (ii) a movement direction and a movement distance of the vehicle, (B) detects a position of the power transmission device based on the image, the movement direction, and the movement distance, (C) calculates a charging efficiency based on a distance between (1) a position of a power reception unit which is included in the vehicle and that is configured to receive the power from the power transmission device and (2) the position of the power transmission device, and (D) outputs a notification based on the calculated charging efficiency to an output unit,
wherein the notification includes changing a color or a size of an image of the power transmission device that is displayed as part of an overhead view image in which the image of the power transmission device is overlaid with an image of the vehicle, based on the charging efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,516,944

SOUND OUTPUT APPARATUS AND SOUND OUTPUT METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

10. A sound output method that uses a touchscreen, the sound output method comprising the steps of:producing sound by causing vibration of the touchscreen based on a sound signal;
performing a predetermined control of the sound signal while contact of an operation body with the touchscreen is being detected by the touchscreen; and
not performing the predetermined control of the sound signal while contact of an operation body with the touchscreen is not detected by the touchscreen, wherein
the predetermined control: (i) lowers at least a first band of the sound signal, or (ii) amplifies at least a second band of the sound signal.

US Pat. No. 10,461,521

DRIVING CIRCUIT, CONTROL DEVICE, AND PROTECTION METHOD FOR DRIVING CIRCUIT

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A driving circuit comprising:a driving unit that supplies a driving current from a power source to a load to drive the load based on a control signal input from a controller;
a first temperature detecting unit that detects a temperature and outputs a signal of a level according to the detected temperature;
an overheat protecting unit that causes the driving unit to block supply of the driving current to the load when the level of the signal output from the first temperature detecting unit is not less than a temperature threshold;
a second temperature detecting unit that detects a temperature and outputs a signal of a level according to the detected temperature to the controller; and
a failure-for-overheat diagnosing unit that performs a failure diagnosis on the first temperature detecting unit, and when it is determined that the first temperature detecting unit breaks down, causes the driving unit to block supply of the driving current to the load and causes the second temperature detecting unit to output a signal of a level corresponding to a temperature out of a temperature range detectable by the second temperature detecting unit to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,448,131

SOUND OUTPUT APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A sound output apparatus that outputs sound from a side of the apparatus on which a display is located, the display displaying an image, the sound output apparatus comprising:a display element that includes the display;
a driven element that is driven in accordance with a drive signal;
a transmission panel that transmits vibrations of the driven element to the side of the apparatus on which the display of the display element is located, the transmission panel being placed between the display element and the driven element; and
a cover panel that is placed on an opposite side of the display element than the driven element, the cover panel having a periphery region that extends around an outer periphery of the cover panel as viewed from the side of the apparatus on which the display is located, wherein
the transmission panel is joined at least to a portion of the periphery region of the cover panel.

US Pat. No. 10,431,087

IN-VEHICLE DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An in-vehicle device that is mounted on a host vehicle, the in-vehicle device comprising:a receiver that receives an exit instruction; and
an electronic control unit that is configured to: (a) determine whether or not at least one other vehicle exists on an exit travel route from a current parking position of the host vehicle to a getting-on area when the exit instruction has been received by the receiver; (b) request the at least one other vehicle existing on the exit travel route to move out of the exit travel route using vehicle-to-vehicle communication in a case where the electronic control unit determines that the at least one other vehicle exists on the exit travel route, wherein the at least one other vehicle is configured to accept or reject the request to move out of the exit travel route, the at least one other vehicle rejecting the request when a residual fuel amount of the at least one other vehicle is below a threshold; and (c) move the host vehicle on the exit travel route in a case that the at least one other vehicle accepts the request.

US Pat. No. 10,419,164

CONTROL DEVICE, MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHECKING SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF COMMUNICATION

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A control device configured to be periodically monitored by a monitoring device, which is connected in communication with the control device, through the communication, the control device comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a monitoring result of the monitoring device corresponding to the period;
a determination unit configured to determine success or failure of the communication with the monitoring device, based on a change in the monitoring result acquired by the acquisition unit, and
a retransmission unit that, when it is determined by the determination unit that the communication has not been established, retransmits a recent transmission content transmitted to the monitoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,659,878

SPEAKER DEVICE AND SOUND OUTPUT METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A speaker device, comprising:a panel;
a vibrator that vibrates the panel; and
a driver that applies, to the vibrator, a driving signal to form a striped vibration region on the panel where a carrier wave in an ultrasonic wave band is modulated by a sound signal in an audible wave band, the striped vibration region including a plurality of line-shaped vibration regions caused by a standing wave generated on the panel, wherein
a plurality of first ultrasonic waves and a plurality of second ultrasonic waves are generated by interference between ultrasonic waves generated from the plurality of line-shaped vibration regions, each of the first ultrasonic waves radiating from a corresponding line-shaped vibration region in a first direction, and each of the second ultrasonic waves radiating from the corresponding line-shaped vibration region in a second direction, which is different from the first direction, and
the panel is arranged in such a manner that the each of the first ultrasonic waves and the each of the second ultrasonic waves that are radiating from the corresponding line-shaped vibration region travel toward respective users positioned in different locations.

US Pat. No. 10,615,586

OVERCURRENT PROTECTION DEVICE AND VEHICULAR ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An overcurrent protection device configured to protect a load from an overcurrent, the overcurrent protection device comprising:a first overcurrent detector configured to detect the overcurrent, based on a value of a current flowing through the load, time for which the current flows through the load, and an overcurrent cutoff characteristic upon non-operation of the load, the overcurrent cutoff characteristic being a characteristic whereby a noise to be input to the load upon non-operation of the load and a rush current to temporarily flow upon connection of the load to a regular power supply are allowed, and the overcurrent upon non-operation to the load is cut off, and
an overcurrent breaker that cuts off the overcurrent to the load when the first overcurrent detector detects the overcurrent,
wherein the first overcurrent detector detects the overcurrent when time for which the value of the current flowing through the load upon operation of the load is larger than a first threshold value is greater than a second threshold value, and the first threshold value and the second threshold value are determined by the overcurrent cutoff characteristic upon the non-operation of the load.

US Pat. No. 10,611,308

IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An image generation device for use with a vehicle having a camera, the image generation device comprising:a processor or integrated circuit configured to:
receive a taken image that is taken by the camera that is provided on the vehicle;
detect an object that is located behind a wall that is in front of the vehicle or parallel to the vehicle based on the taken image;
synthesize an overview image for a virtual viewpoint that is provided in an inside of the vehicle that looks in a direction of a travel of the vehicle so as to include: (i) at least a portion of a side of the vehicle, and (ii) the object that is located behind the wall by making the wall transparent in the synthesized overview image, based on the taken image; and
superimpose a plane image that indicates a two-dimensional shape of the vehicle and an appearance of the vehicle where the vehicle has been caused to be planar, at a position of the vehicle on a road surface, on the synthesized overview image.

US Pat. No. 10,591,884

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL PROGRAM UPDATING METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. A controller comprising:a main processing unit that executes a control program; and
a monitoring unit that switches a monitoring method between a first monitoring method and a second monitoring method to monitor the main processing unit where the monitoring unit transmits, in the first monitoring method, a question to evaluate an answer from the main processing unit in response to the question, and monitors, in the second monitoring method, a watchdog signal periodically transmitted from the main processing unit, wherein
the monitoring unit monitors the main processing unit in the first monitoring method during execution of the control program, and
when the main processing unit receives an updating request of the control program, the monitoring unit switches a monitoring method from the first monitoring method into the second monitoring method to monitor the main processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,586,363

OUTPUT PROCESSING DEVICE AND OUTPUT PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An output processing device that mediates among output requests for information with respect to a plurality of output regions, the device comprising:an accepter configured to accept the output requests for the information, the output requests respectively including:
parameters concerning priority of output of the information and
parameters concerning the output regions for the information;
a mediator configured to mediate, on accepting the output requests for a plurality of items of information, the output regions for the plurality of items of information respectively and output modes of the plurality of items of information respectively based on the parameters concerning priority and the parameters concerning output regions, wherein
the plurality of output requests each have a single item of information to output,
the parameters concerning the output regions include ranks of preference with respect to the plurality of output regions, and
the mediator is configured to assign, in decreasing order of priority among the plurality of output requests, an output request with higher priority an output region of a higher rank of preference and, if the output region overlaps, to assign an output request with lower priority an output region of a lower rank of preference.

US Pat. No. 10,524,043

SPEAKER APPARATUS INCLUDING A PANEL AND VIBRATION ELEMENTS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A speaker apparatus comprising:a panel;
one or more vibration elements that vibrate the panel;
a drive unit that applies a driving signal to the one or more vibration elements to form a striped vibration region on the panel, the driving signal being obtained by modulating a carrier wave of an ultrasonic band by a sound signal of an audible frequency band,
the striped vibration region including a plurality of line-shaped vibration regions that are antinodes of a standing wave generated on the panel,
a group of first ultrasonic waves and a group of second ultrasonic waves being generated by interference between a plurality of ultrasonic waves generated from the plurality of line-shaped regions,
the group of first ultrasonic waves respectively radiating from the plurality of line-shaped vibration regions in a first direction, and
the group of second ultrasonic waves respectively radiating from the plurality of line-shaped vibration regions in a second direction that is different from the first direction; and
a reflection part that reflects the group of second ultrasonic waves to cause the group of second ultrasonic waves to advance in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,713,942

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. A display control device comprising:a first processing unit configured to select an image, which is to be displayed on a display device, of images to be supplied from a plurality of supply sources, based on a vehicle signal indicative of a shift position of a vehicle;
a second processing unit configured to generate additional information to be displayed with being superimposed on the image in response to the shift position of the vehicle being switched to a reverse position from another position, the second processing unit being provided separately from the first processing unit; and
a display controller configured to superimpose the additional information, which is output from the second processing unit, on the image selected by the first processing unit and to display both of the image and the additional information on the display device,
wherein, in a case in which the shift position of the vehicle is changed in a short period of time and the shift position is not the reverse position when the additional information generated by the second processing unit becomes ready for output but before the additional information is superimposed on the image on the display device, at least one of an output of the additional information by the second processing unit and a superimposition of the additional information on the image by the display controller is prohibited, and
when the vehicle signal indicates the reverse position, the first processing unit selects an image obtained by capturing a surrounding of the vehicle, as an image to be displayed on the display device, and the second processing unit generates a guide line indicative of a traveling direction of the vehicle, as the additional information.

US Pat. No. 10,712,428

RADAR DEVICE AND TARGET DETECTING METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A radar device for detecting a target based on a frequency-modulated transmission wave and reflected waves of the transmission wave from the target, comprising:a processor programmed to:
extract peaks corresponding to the target based on beat signals which are differential waves between the transmission wave and the reflected waves;
generate instantaneous values corresponding to the peaks based on the extracted peaks; and
generate a target data item corresponding to the instantaneous values by performing chronological filtering on the generated instantaneous values, by assigning a plurality of instantaneous values to an assignment range corresponding to one target data item based on individual elements included in the instantaneous values.

US Pat. No. 10,703,275

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image generation apparatus for use with a user in a host vehicle, the image generation apparatus comprising:a memory storing a location of at least one virtual viewpoint within a virtual viewpoint region and a location of at least one gaze object within a gaze object region, which are respectively set by an operation of the user in the host vehicle via an input to a navigation or touch screen, the operation including: (a) setting an angle of a line between the at least one virtual viewpoint and the at least one gaze object, (b) setting a distance between the at least one virtual viewpoint and the at least one gaze object, and (c) setting a height of the at least one virtual viewpoint from a road surface;
an image processor configured to:
generate a composite image viewed from the location of the at least one virtual viewpoint and oriented towards the location of the at least one gaze object of the host vehicle, based on captured images captured by a plurality of image capturing apparatus mounted on the host vehicle, and
output the generated composite image to a display; and
a detector that detects an indication of a driver intention to drive the host vehicle to a right or to a left relative to a travelling direction of the host vehicle, based on a drive operation with the host vehicle, wherein
in a case where the indication of the driver intention has been detected by the detector, the image processor generates the composite image viewed from a virtual viewpoint located in front of a center of the host vehicle in the travelling direction, the composite image showing a lateral surface of the host vehicle on a side corresponding to the detected indication of the driver intention viewed in a direction having a component that is opposite to the travelling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,630,023

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SHUNT RESISTOR FIXING STRUCTURE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a connector that is configured to be electrically connected to a shunt resistor;
a circuit board electrically connected to the connector; and
a case within which the circuit board is provided, an outer side of the case having:
a base on which the shunt resistor is to be mounted; and
a protruding part provided apart from the base, a leading end of the protruding part having a first protrusion,
wherein the base and the protruding part are configured to hold the shunt resistor interposed therebetween with the shunt resistor in direct contact with the base, and the first protrusion is configured to engage with the shunt resistor, whereby the shunt resistor is to be fixed in a state where the shunt resistor is connected to the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,609,337

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to:
acquire a plurality of captured images captured by a plurality of cameras installed on a vehicle;
generate a composite image showing a vicinity of the vehicle on all sides of the vehicle viewed from a virtual viewpoint, using the plurality of captured images;
acquire information relating to a traveling state of the vehicle;
generate a vicinity image by superimposing a distance indicator on the composite image, the distance indicator encompassing a periphery of the vehicle in the composite image; and
output the vicinity image to a display to cause the vicinity image to be displayed on the display, wherein
in a first mode, the vicinity image is displayed as the composite image generated using the plurality of captured images showing the vicinity of the vehicle on all sides of the vehicle from the virtual viewpoint and superimposed with the distance indicator that encompasses an entire periphery of the vehicle, and in a second mode, the vicinity image is displayed as the composite image generated using the plurality of captured images showing the vicinity of the vehicle on all sides of the vehicle from the virtual viewpoint and superimposed with the distance indicator that encompasses only a part of the periphery of the vehicle, the first mode or the second mode being selected depending on the traveling state of the vehicle, the distance indicator displayed in the first mode being different from the distance indicator displayed in the second mode, and
the distance indicator includes a plurality of distance lines showing different distances from the vehicle and intervals between the plurality of distance lines are varied by the image processor depending on the traveling state of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,576,732

PRINTER AND PRINTING METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. A printer comprising:a holding part that holds a print substrate having a curved surface in a state where the print substrate is pressed and elastically deformed so that a curvature of the curved surface is small; and
a printing part that performs silkscreen printing on a print surface of the print substrate held by the holding part,
wherein the holding part includes:
a fixed part on which the print substrate is mounted, and
a plurality of movable parts that has claw parts, the claw parts pressing a periphery of the print substrate that is mounted on the fixed part,
the fixed part includes an insertion hole into which a protruding part is inserted, the protruding part being formed on an reverse surface of the print surface, and
the movable parts press the print substrate in an order from a part in which the protruding part is formed to a part in which the reverse surface thereof is flat.

US Pat. No. 10,714,972

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A power supply control apparatus that controls a power supply, the power supply control apparatus comprising a microcomputer configured to:acquire switching information for switching a power supply pathway supplying power to a load between (i) a first pathway supplying power from a first battery to the load and (ii) a second pathway supplying power from a second battery to the load; the first pathway including a plurality of switches, at least one of the plurality of switches being a semiconductor relay having a body diode and a switching element, the second pathway including a voltage converter; and
based on the switching information, switch the power supply pathway between the first pathway and the second pathway by controlling the plurality of switches, and the voltage converter, wherein
when the microcomputer switches the power supply pathway between the first pathway and the second pathway, the microcomputer activates or deactivates the voltage converter while turning off the semiconductor relay so that power is supplied to the load through the first pathway via the body diode during a time period in which the voltage converter completes an activation process or a deactivation process.

US Pat. No. 10,715,266

BROADCAST RECEIVER

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A broadcast receiver comprising a processor and an associated memory configured to:control a tuner to scan a predetermined frequency band and search for a receivable broadcast station in the predetermined frequency band; and
create a list including at least the receivable broadcast station by acquiring information of the receivable broadcast station, wherein:
when there is a second receivable digital broadcast station at a frequency corresponding to a first digital broadcast station that already exists in the list when scanning, the processor omits acquisition of broadcast station information of the second digital broadcast station and uses broadcast station information of the first digital broadcast station that exists in the list as information of the second digital broadcast station, and
even when there is the second receivable digital broadcast station at the frequency corresponding to the first digital broadcast station, the processor does not omit the acquisition of the broadcast station information of the second digital broadcast station when an elapsed time from a time at which the broadcast station information of the first digital broadcast station has been acquired exceeds a second predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,715,086

AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An amplifier circuit comprising:a first transistor that amplifies an external signal that is input from outside the amplifier circuit;
a second transistor that amplifies a detection signal that detects a level of the external signal;
a first pathway that is connected between a collector of the first transistor and a base of the second transistor to supply the detection signal that is output from the collector of the first transistor to the base of the second transistor;
a second pathway that is connected between an emitter of the first transistor and the base of the second transistor to supply a bias voltage from the emitter of the first transistor to the base of the second transistor; and
a choke coil that is located in the second pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,640,127

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an adjusting unit that executes an adjustment on pieces of notification information in accordance with priorities; and
a driving-situation detecting unit that acquires drive controlling information, the drive controlling information being information for identifying whether driving control of a moving body is manual driving or autonomous driving, wherein
when notification timings of the plurality of pieces of notification information are overlapped with each other, the adjusting unit executes the adjustment that decides a notification order of the pieces of notification information, in accordance with the priorities that are different depending on the drive controlling information acquired by the driving-situation detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,484,580

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a camera unit that is a second case at least a portion of an outer surface of which is convex, the camera unit including:
an image capturing lens;
an image sensor; and
a plurality of antenna modules each of which has a communication antenna, the plurality of antenna modules including:
a GPS antenna module having a GPS antenna, the GPS antenna module being located on the camera unit so that an antenna surface of the GPS antenna module faces vertically upward; and
a wireless LAN antenna module having a wireless LAN antenna, the wireless LAN antenna module being located on the camera unit so that an antenna surface of the wireless LAN antenna module faces a direction opposite to an image capturing direction of the camera unit; and
a main unit that includes a first case that is box-shaped, an outer surface of the first case of the main unit being configured to be installed on a window glass of a vehicle inside a cabin of the vehicle, the main unit rotatably supporting the second case, which is the camera unit, inside the first case of the main unit so that the second case rotates within and relative to the first case and so that the image capturing direction is (i) directed toward an outside of the vehicle, (ii) directed toward a front of the vehicle, and (iii) rotatable in an up-down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,713,829

ACCIDENT REPORT DEVICE AND ACCIDENT REPORT METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An accident report device for reporting accident information to a predetermined report destination when a vehicle is involved in an accident, the accident report device comprising:a processor programmed to:
acquire an image acquired by at least one vehicle-mounted camera mounted on the vehicle;
acquire seat occupant information of an occupant of the vehicle;
acquire information related to the vehicle; and
control a terminal of the report destination such that the terminal displays a synthetic image generated based on the acquired image, the synthetic image showing an area surrounding the vehicle and an external appearance of the vehicle as viewed from a virtual viewpoint, and the synthetic image includes an image of the vehicle and a seat position mark indicating a seat position of the occupant of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,647,255

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND ON-VEHICLE APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An image processing device comprising a processor, the processor programmed to:generate, based on an image captured by an image capturing unit including an image sensor, an image viewed from a virtual viewpoint; and
synthesize a guidance image for drive assist with the image viewed from the virtual viewpoint, wherein
the processor is further programmed to:
when the virtual viewpoint is moving with respect to a captured image of the image capturing unit, synthesize a first guidance image with the image viewed from the virtual viewpoint; and
when the virtual viewpoint has moved with respect to the captured image of the image capturing unit, synthesize a second guidance image with the image viewed from the virtual viewpoint, the second guidance image having a visibility that is different from a visibility of the first guidance image.

US Pat. No. 10,636,595

OPERATION DEVICE

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. An operation device comprising:an operation knob rotatable on an axial line, configured to include:
a cylindrical base member extending in an axial direction;
a cylindrical outer member disposed on an outer side in a radial direction of the base member; and
an inner member disposed on an inner side in the radial direction of the base member,
wherein the cylindrical outer member has protruding parts extending inward in the radial direction and abutting on the inner member via through-holes formed through the base member in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,587,142

CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A charge control device comprising a switching regulator configured to charge a capacitor with electricity supplied from a power supply, the switching regulator including:an error amplifier configured to output an error signal based on a differential voltage between a feedback-input control amount and a reference voltage; and
a control unit configured to control a charge current supplied to the capacitor based on the error signal,
the charge control device being configured to feedback-input the error signal output by the error amplifier, into the error amplifier as the control amount.

US Pat. No. 10,759,392

CAMERA UNIT

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A camera unit, comprising:a camera;
a supporting part that supports the camera on a front surface side thereof, is provided with a back surface side that is fixed on a body for placement thereof, and has a through-hole that penetrates through the front surface side and the back surface side;
a nozzle that is provided with a proximal end part that is inserted into the through-hole from the front surface side and a distal end part that is arranged to be capable of discharging a fluid toward a lens of the camera; and
a hose that passes through an opening of the through-hole on the back surface side and is connected to the proximal end part of the nozzle in the through-hole to supply the fluid to the nozzle, wherein:
the supporting part has a pressing part that protrudes in a radial direction thereof in the through-hole and presses an outer circumference of the hose;
the pressing part presses a whole circumference of the hose;
the hose is of a cylindrical shape; and
the through-hole has the pressing part where a diameter of the opening on the back surface side is less than an outer diameter of the hose.

US Pat. No. 10,673,196

IN-VEHICLE FIXATION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-vehicle fixation structure for fixing an information device in a vehicle, comprising:a detection sensor that detects whether the information device is placed on a mounting stage in the vehicle;
a fixation guide for fixing the information device onto the mounting stage, the fixation guide includes a pair of fixation guides, each having a cross section in a substantially inverted L-shape; and
a controller, wherein the controller comprises
a guide controller that, in response to the detection of the information device by the detection sensor, controls and moves the fixation guide so as to press and hold at least two opposite side surfaces and an upper surface of the information device in a direction toward center, and
a connection controller that, after the information device is pressed and held by the fixation guide, connects the information device to an external device by moving a connector of the external device toward a connector of the information device and engaging the connectors with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,759,445

DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A driving assistance device for supporting driving of a vehicle equipped with the driving assistance device such that if a driver starts a driving-related operation in the course of self-driving, switching from self-driving to manual driving is performed, comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire conditions of the driver; and
a determining unit configured to determine to invalidate switching to manual driving in the case where the conditions of the driver acquired when the operation was started represents a non-waking state, and determine to continue the invalidation for a predetermined period if the driver changes from the non-waking state to a waking state when the invalidation is being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,750,093

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An image processing device comprising a processor programmed to:acquire a captured image where an image of an environment of a vehicle is captured by an image-capturing device mounted on the vehicle, the image-capturing device including an image sensor;
acquire, from a detection device mounted on the vehicle, information regarding a detected position of an obstacle that exists in an environment of the vehicle;
generate a virtual viewpoint image where an environment of the vehicle is viewed from a virtual viewpoint, based on the acquired captured image;
composite a notification image that provides notification of existence of the obstacle at the detected position with the virtual viewpoint image and composite a vehicle image with the virtual viewpoint image; and
composite the vehicle image with the virtual viewpoint image composited with the notification image, while overlapping the vehicle image and the notification image with each other, to form a composited vehicle image, where (i) at least a part of an overlapped part in the composited vehicle image between the vehicle and the obstacle is transparent, (ii) the vehicle and the notification overlap each other in the composited vehicle image, and (iii) in the overlapped part of the composited vehicle image, the vehicle image is transparent in order to not hide the notification image so that the notification image is viewed through the transparent vehicle image,
wherein acquiring the information regarding the detected position of the obstacle that exists in the environment of the vehicle includes (i) segmenting a detection range in the environment into a plurality of regions defined by intersecting longitudinal areas and latitudinal areas, (ii) determining the longitudinal area where the obstacle exists in the detection range, (iii) determining the latitudinal area where the obstacle exists in the detection range, and (iv) identifying a target region where the obstacle exists in the detection range based on where the determined longitudinal area and the determined latitudinal area intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,650,562

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A display control device that displays an image, the display control device comprising:a controller including a processor and a memory, the controller being configured to:
acquire layer information that defines (i) an individual layer having a display region corresponding to a display device of each of a plurality of display devices, and (ii) a common layer including a plurality of display regions corresponding to all of the plurality of display devices, as layers of images each constituted by a plurality of layers;
generate first combination images to be displayed so as to move among the plurality of display devices in the common layer, and generate second combination images to be independently displayed by each of the plurality of display devices in the individual layers, based on the acquired layer information;
when one of the first combination images moves from a first display device to a second display device of the plurality of display devices, set display timings of the plurality of display devices by determining a movement speed of the one of the first combination images between the first and second display devices based on a distance between the first display device and the second display device, which is included in the acquired layer information; and
combine the first combination images generated in the common layer with the second combination images generated in the corresponding individual layers.

US Pat. No. 10,664,056

CONTROL DEVICE, INPUT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. A control device comprising:an operation detection unit configured to detect an operation of a user on an operation surface of a panel, and
a driving unit configured to drive a vibration element attached to the panel to generate a vibration for the panel,
wherein when the operation is detected by the operation detection unit, the driving unit drives the vibration element to generate a first vibration for the panel only for a first time period and then to generate a second vibration only for a second time period, the second vibration having an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the first vibration for the panel, the second time period being shorter than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,764,662

SPEAKER SYSTEM AND ENCLOSURE STRUCTURE OF SPEAKER SYSTEM

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A speaker system comprising:a hollow framework member extending in a front-back direction of a vehicle and having an internal cavity;
at least one partition member attached within the internal cavity of the framework member, the at least one partition member forming a first longitudinal end of an internal space within the framework member, the internal space extending between the first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end and having a volume smaller than a volume of the internal cavity; and
a speaker unit attached to the framework member so that a space behind the speaker unit communicates with the internal space of the framework member so that the internal space is usable as a back cavity of the speaker system, wherein
the space behind the speaker unit is communicated with a central portion of the internal space of the framework member relative to the front-back direction of the vehicle so that spatial path lengths from the central portion of the internal space at which the speaker unit is communicated with the internal space to both the first and second longitudinal ends of the internal space relative to the front-back direction of the vehicle are substantially the same.

US Pat. No. 10,750,166

ABNORMALITY DETECTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. An abnormality detection apparatus for detecting an abnormality of a camera to be mounted on a mobile body, the apparatus comprising a processor and associated memory configured to:perform a determination process of determining a presence or absence of the abnormality of the camera based on a temporal change of a position of a feature point that is extracted from a frame image photographed by the camera; and
suppress a gain change in an Automatic Gain Control (“AGC”) circuit of the camera when the determination process is performed, wherein:
the processor controls an update cycle of a gain and determines the presence or absence of the abnormality of the camera using the frame image acquired in a period in which the gain of the AGC circuit is constant;
the processor is configured to select either (i) a normal update cycle, which is used as the update cycle when the determination process is not performed, or (ii) an update cycle for the determination process, which is used as the update cycle when the determination process is performed and is longer than the normal update cycle; and
when a feedback control amount, which is a gain control amount in the AGC circuit, becomes equal to or greater than a predetermined amount while the processor selects the update cycle for the determination process, the processor forcibly switches setting of the update cycle to the normal update cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,734,734

ANTENNA DEVICE AND RADIO-WAVE RADIATING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An antenna device comprising:a main line including (i) a base end to which electric power is supplied and (ii) a leading end;
a plurality of radiating elements that are arranged along the main line and radiate radio waves, the plurality of radiating elements being connected to the main line in parallel with each other; and
a plurality of feed lines, each of which is branched from the main line to connect the main line and a corresponding radiating element of the radiating elements, wherein
the feed lines are inserted into the respective radiating elements by inserted lengths so that an electrical coupling degree between one of the feed lines and corresponding one of the radiating elements is larger as the one feed line is located closer to the leading end than the base end of the main line.

US Pat. No. 10,748,028

EXTRANEOUS-MATTER DETECTING APPARATUS AND EXTRANEOUS-MATTER DETECTING METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. An extraneous-matter detecting apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
divide a captured image into a plurality of regions, the captured image being output from an image capturing device including an image sensor;
detect luminance values of pixels included in each of the plurality of divided regions, and compute, for each of target regions, an average value or a standard deviation of luminance values of the detected luminance values, the corresponding target region corresponding to one or more regions of the plurality of regions;
extract target regions having the computed average values or the computed standard deviations of the luminance values, which are within a predetermined range, and detect, when the extracted target regions are adjacent to each other, the adjacent target regions as an extraneous-matter region, the extraneous-matter region being a region of the image capturing device to which an extraneous matter is adhered; and
set each of the target regions for computing the standard deviations to be larger than each of the target regions for computing the average values.

US Pat. No. 10,752,127

BATTERY CONTROLLER AND METHOD OF BATTERY CONTROL

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A battery controller, comprising:an auxiliary battery that is a lithium ion secondary battery and is connectable to or disconnectable from an auxiliary power line of a vehicle;
a connection control unit that disconnects the battery from the auxiliary power line under a certain condition of the vehicle;
a calculating unit that calculates a state of charge of the battery when the battery is disconnected by the connection control unit; and
a balancing control unit that executes balancing control to equalize an amount of charge of a plurality of cells of the battery when the battery is disconnected by the connection control unit,
wherein, when an ignition of the vehicle is in an on state and a travel speed of the vehicle is zero, the connection control unit disconnects the battery from the auxiliary power line and causes the calculating unit to calculate the state of charge and causes the balancing control unit to execute balancing control to equalize the amounts of charge of the plurality of cells.

US Pat. No. 10,739,906

OPERATION INPUT DEVICE AND TOUCH PANEL

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe-...

1. An operation input device comprising:a substrate that vibrates at an ultrasound frequency, and that receives a touch input operation;
a protection film that is disposed on the substrate on a side of an operation surface; and
an adhesive agent that is provided at a plurality of locations, the plurality of locations being separate from each other, between the substrate and the protection film while leaving an air gap between the plurality of locations, and by which the protection film is bonded to the substrate,
wherein the adhesive agent and the plurality of locations are interspersed on the substrate in a plane direction of the substrate, and, in a top view of the operation input device, the adhesive agent is surrounded by the air gap at each of the plurality of locations.

US Pat. No. 10,738,883

CONTROLLER OF POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller of a power transmission system for a vehicle, the power transmission system including a continuously variable transmission, a continuously variable transmission connecting and disconnecting device, an electromagnetic control valve for a secondary pulley, and a hydraulic pressure sensor, the continuously variable transmission having a primary pulley, the secondary pulley, and a transmission element looped around the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, the continuously variable transmission being provided in a first power transmission path through which power of a drive power source is transmitted to an output shaft, the continuously variable transmission connecting and disconnecting device being provided in the first power transmission path and configured to connect and disconnect the first power transmission path, the electromagnetic control valve for the secondary pulley being configured to control a secondary pressure supplied to the secondary pulley, by use of a command pressure, the hydraulic pressure sensor being configured to determine an actual pressure supplied to the secondary pulley,the controller comprising an electronic control unit, wherein
when a difference between the secondary pressure set by use of the command pressure of the electromagnetic control valve for the secondary pulley, and the actual pressure obtained by the hydraulic pressure sensor, is larger than a predetermined pressure difference, during traveling using the first power transmission path, the electronic control unit causes the continuously variable transmission connecting and disconnecting device to disconnect the first power transmission path, and sets a primary pressure supplied to the primary pulley and the secondary pressure supplied to the secondary pulley, by use of respective command pressures determined such that a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission becomes substantially equal to a maximum value, and
the electronic control unit determines that there is an abnormality that an output pressure of the electromagnetic control valve for the secondary pulley is low, when the speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission is smaller than a predetermined first determination value, and determines that there is an abnormality in the hydraulic pressure sensor, when the speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission is larger than a predetermined second determination value.

US Pat. No. 11,071,230

HEAT DISSIPATION STRUCTURE OF HEAT GENERATING COMPONENT

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A heat dissipation structure of a heat generating component that is mounted on a wiring substrate housed in an interior of a chassis of an electronic equipment, the heat dissipation structure comprising:a heat conductive plate arranged in the interior of the chassis, the heat conductive plate including a heat receiving connecting part thermally connected to the heat generating component and a heat dissipation connecting part thermally connected to the chassis; and
an air cooling fan that generates cooling air for cooling the heat conductive plate in the interior of the chassis, wherein
the heat conductive plate further includes (i) a first heat dissipation area from which heat is dissipated by flowing the cooling air generated by the air cooling fan along a surface of the heat conductive plate and (ii) a second heat dissipation area that is bent and extends from the first heat dissipation area so as to cross an advancing direction of the cooling air that flows along the surface of the heat conductive plate at the first heat dissipation area, and from which heat is dissipated by receiving the cooling air that has flown along the surface of the heat conductive plate at the first heat dissipation area,
the heat conductive plate includes a first end located adjacent to an air outlet of the chassis, and a second end located adjacent to the air cooling fan,
the heat conductive plate forms part of a duct passage through which the cooling air flows in the advancing direction from the second end toward the first end before being exhausted through the air outlet of the chassis,
the duct passage has a width in a direction that crosses the advancing direction of the cooling air,
the second heat dissipation area is located adjacent to the first end of the heat conductive plate and is thermally connected to the chassis, and
a first portion of the cooling air that has flown along the surface of the heat conductive plate at the first heat dissipation area collides with the second heat dissipation area and a second portion of the cooling air that has flown along the surface of the heat conductive plate at the first heat dissipation area bypasses the second heat dissipation area before exiting the chassis through the air outlet of the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,882,450

VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle periphery monitoring apparatus comprising:a camera configured to image an external environment of a vehicle periphery of a host vehicle;
an electronic control unit comprising a processor and associated memory; and
a display provided within the host vehicle and configured to display a display image,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to
generate the display image of the external environment based on image information received from the camera such that the display image includes a first display image from a first predetermined viewpoint that is located to one of right and left sides of the host vehicle and from which a corresponding one of right and left side surfaces of the host vehicle and a rear portion or a front portion of the host vehicle are obliquely seen from above,
generate and output the display image including the first display image in at least a first traveling status of the host vehicle that includes a steering state in which a magnitude of a steering angle from a neutral position is equal to or greater than a predetermined angle, the predetermined angle being separated from the neutral position by a range of magnitudes of the steering angle,
the first traveling status further includes a vehicle speed state in which a vehicle speed of the host vehicle is equal to or less than a predetermined vehicle speed,
the predetermined angle is a first predetermined angle and the predetermined vehicle speed is a first predetermined vehicle speed; and
the electronic control unit is further configured to discontinue the generation and output of the display image including the first display image if (i) the vehicle speed of the host vehicle is greater than or equal to a second predetermined vehicle speed and (ii) the magnitude of the steering angle from the neutral position is less than or equal to a second predetermined angle that is different from the first predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,883,503

GAS EJECTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A gas ejection apparatus comprising:a cylinder having an axis;
a rotating member that rotates within the cylinder to cause gas to be compressed inside the cylinder and to be ejected from the cylinder;
a motor having a rotational axis and coupled to the rotating member to rotate the rotating member;
a control circuit board that controls the motor and extends in a planar direction that is perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder and the rotational axis of the motor; and
a case in which the cylinder, the motor and the control circuit board are disposed and having side surfaces, wherein:
the motor and the cylinder are arranged side-by-side in the planar direction;
the control circuit board is adjacent to and substantially parallel to one of the side surfaces of the case; and
the control circuit board overlaps the motor and the cylinder in a direction orthogonal to the planar direction.

US Pat. No. 10,780,879

PARKING CONTROLLER, PARKING CONTROL SYSTEM, AND PARKING CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A parking controller comprising:a processor configured to execute a process that includes:
acquiring, from data acquired at least in part using a sensor on an own vehicle, information indicating a specific parking frame, the specific parking frame being a parking frame that is specified by an external device among from a plurality of parking frames in a parking lot;
setting the specific parking frame as a target parking frame, the target parking frame being a parking frame to be a target;
detecting a vacant parking frame while the own vehicle is travelling to the target parking frame, the vacant parking frame being a parking frame in a vacant state,
wherein the setting includes changing, when the vacant parking frame is detected in the detecting, the set target parking frame into the vacant parking frame, and
wherein the own vehicle is controlled by an autonomous control system, and the changing the set target parking frame into the vacant parking frame occurs automatically upon detection of the vacant parking frame.

US Pat. No. 10,762,361

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a delimiting line detection unit configured to detect a delimiting line candidate based on image data obtained by capturing a surrounding of a vehicle, the delimiting line candidate being a candidate of a delimiting line for delimiting a parking space; and
an exclusion determination unit configured to determine whether or not to exclude the delimiting line candidate detected by the delimiting line detection unit from the candidate of the delimiting line,
wherein, in a case where
at least one white delimiting line candidate which is detected from a delimiting line having luminance higher than luminance of a road surface, and at least one black delimiting line candidate which is detected from a delimiting line having luminance lower than the luminance of the road surface are detected, and
one of the at least one white delimiting line candidate and the at least one black delimiting line candidate is set as at least one first delimiting line candidate, and other of the at least one white delimiting line candidate and the at least one black delimiting line candidate is set as at least one second delimiting line candidate while the at least one first delimiting line candidate includes a pair of first delimiting line candidates between which the at least one second delimiting line candidate is arranged and a distance between the first delimiting line candidates of the pair of first delimiting candidates is equal to or smaller than a predetermined threshold value,
the exclusion determination unit excludes the at least one second delimiting line candidate from the candidate of the delimiting line.

US Pat. No. 10,735,667

VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS MONITORING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle surroundings monitoring apparatus comprising:a right side camera to photograph a right side area of a vehicle to obtain right side image data;
a left side camera to photograph a left side area of said vehicle to obtain left side image data;
a display device configured to be capable of displaying an image;
a display control device to cause said display device to display a peripheral image indicative of surroundings of said vehicle based on at least any one of said right side image data and said left side image data;
a right projector configured to be capable of radiating invisible light to a right radiation range including a part overlapping with said right side area;
a left projector configured to be capable of radiating invisible light to a left radiation range including a part overlapping with said left side area; and
a projector control device to set each of said right projector and said left projector to any one of a radiation OFF state so as not to radiate said invisible light and a radiation ON state so as to radiate said invisible light,
wherein,
said projector control device is configured:
to set at least said right projector to said radiation ON state when a right final radiation ON condition becomes satisfied in a case where said right projector has been set to said radiation OFF state, said right final radiation ON condition requiring that a right luminance check area satisfies a right provisional radiation ON condition in order for said right final radiation ON condition to be satisfied, said right luminance check area corresponding to said right radiation range within a right side image represented by said right side image data, said right provisional radiation ON condition being a condition to be satisfied when a ratio of the number of pixels included in said right luminance check area and having a luminance equal to or smaller than a first threshold luminance to the number of all pixels included in said right luminance check area is equal to or larger than a first threshold value;
to set at least said left projector to said radiation ON state when a left final radiation ON condition becomes satisfied in a case where said left projector has been set to said radiation OFF state, said left final radiation ON condition requiring that a left luminance check area satisfies a left provisional radiation ON condition in order for said left final radiation ON condition to be satisfied, said left luminance check area corresponding to said left radiation range within a left side image represented by said left side image data, said left provisional radiation ON condition being a condition to be satisfied when a ratio of the number of pixels included in said left luminance check area and having a luminance equal to or smaller than said first threshold luminance to the number of all pixels included in said left luminance check area is equal to or larger than said first threshold value; and
to set each of said right projector and said left projector to said radiation OFF state, when a final radiation OFF condition becomes satisfied in a case where at least any one of said right projector and said left projector has been set to said radiation ON state, said final radiation OFF condition requiring that said right luminance check area satisfies a right provisional radiation OFF condition and said left luminance check area satisfies a left provisional radiation OFF condition in order for said final radiation OFF condition to be satisfied, said right provisional radiation OFF condition being a condition to be satisfied when a ratio of the number of pixels included in said right luminance check area and having a luminance equal to or larger than a second threshold luminance which is larger than said first threshold luminance to the number of all pixels included in said right luminance check area is equal to or larger than a second threshold value which is larger than said first threshold value, said left provisional radiation OFF condition being a condition to be satisfied when a ratio of the number of pixels included in said left luminance check area and having a luminance equal to or larger than said second threshold luminance to the number of all pixels included in said left luminance check area is equal to or larger than said second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,999,095

COMMUNICATION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A communication method for a transmission-side node and a reception-side node performing transmission and reception via a communication line that connects the transmission-side node and the reception-side node, in a predetermined cycle, the communication method comprising:causing the transmission-side node to transmit transmission-side identification information indicating a status of an event of transmission of object data to the communication line in the predetermined cycle;
when a new event of transmission of the object data occurs, causing the transmission-side node to update a value of the transmission-side identification information and transmit the updated transmission-side identification information together with the object data associated with the new event to the communication line in the predetermined cycle; and
causing the reception-side node to receive the object data associated with the new event and the updated transmission-side identification information, and upon completion of reception of the object data associated with the new event, update a value of reception-side identification information to be identical to the value of the updated transmission-side identification information and transmit the updated reception-side identification information to the communication line in the predetermined cycle,
wherein the transmission-side node continues to transmit the updated transmission-side identification information and the object data until the transmission-side node receives the updated reception-side identification information from the reception-side node, and the transmission-side node subsequently terminates the transmission of the object data associated with the new event, and
the transmission-side node is an in-vehicle equipment device, the reception-side node is another in-vehicle equipment device, and the communication line is an in-vehicle network.

US Pat. No. 10,984,273

ATTACHABLE MATTER DETECTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An attachable matter detection apparatus comprising a controller configured to function as:an extractor that extracts edge information of each pixel contained in a photographic image photographed by an imaging device; and
a detector that detects a candidate area estimated to have a water droplet out of the photographic image based on a matching result between (i) each of the pixels converted into a predetermined data format based on the edge information extracted by the extractor and (ii) a template representing a water droplet and having the data format, wherein
the detector calculates a matching frequency with the template for a predetermined area along a contour of the candidate area, arid excludes the candidate area when the candidate area satisfies a predetermined exclusion condition based on the matching frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,962,007

GAS EJECTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A gas ejection apparatus that ejects gas using a compressor that compresses the gas by a rotating body inside a cylinder, the gas ejection apparatus comprising:a detector that detects a position of the rotating body inside the cylinder based on positions of gears which are coupled to the rotating body; and
a microcomputer that controls intake and exhaust of the compressor according to detection results of the detector when receiving an ejection instruction,
wherein the microcomputer is configured to cause the compressor to wait in an intake completion state upon completion of ejection of the gas that was performed in response to the ejection instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,957,981

ANTENNA DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An antenna device for transmitting and receiving radio waves by an antenna element formed as a conductive pattern on a substrate, wherein:the antenna element comprises:
a first element part which is electrically connected to a power supply line; and
two second element parts which are electrically connected to the first element part via connection lines, the connection lines being different from the power supply line,
wherein an area of the first element part is larger than an area of each of the two second element parts,
each of the first element part and the second element parts has a rectangular shape in which a length in a direction of electric field of the radio waves is larger than a length in a direction perpendicular to the electric field, and
the lengths of the first element part and the second element parts in the direction of the electric field are same with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,750,275

SPEAKER DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR A SPEAKER DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A speaker device, comprising:a panel;
a first vibration element and a second vibration element that vibrate the panel; and
a driving unit that applies, to the first vibration element, a first driving signal that includes a modulated wave provided in such a manner that a carrier wave in an ultrasonic wave band is modulated by a sound signal in an audible wave band and applies, to the second vibration element, a second driving signal that includes the carrier wave and is different from the first driving signal, so that a plurality of band-shaped vibrational regions are formed on the panel,
wherein an audible sound wave that has directivity in a specific direction is generated as a result of interference of ultrasonic waves that are emitted from the plurality of band-shaped vibrational regions.

US Pat. No. 11,057,985

PRINTED WIRING BOARD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A printed wiring board comprising:a wiring board body;
a first connection part that has a higher heat conductivity than a heat conductivity of the wiring board body, and connects the wiring board body and a first element; and
a second connection part that has a higher heat conductivity than the heat conductivity of the wiring board body, and connects the wiring board body and a second element, wherein
the first connection part includes: (i) a heat-receiving front surface that is a first land formed on a front surface of the wiring board body; (ii) a heat-receiving back surface formed on a back surface of the wiring board body; (iii) a main-heat conducting part that is a through-hole into which a terminal of the first element is inserted, and which inter-connects the heat-receiving front surface and the heat-receiving back surface; and (iv) a sub-heat conducting part that inter-connects the heat-receiving front surface and the heat-receiving back surface,
the second connection part includes a second land that is formed on one of the front and back surfaces of the wiring board body, and is not connected to any conductor pattern formed on an opposite one of the front and back surfaces of the wiring board body,
the heat-receiving front surface includes: (i) a shielded area that is hidden by the first element when the terminal of the first element is connected to the first connection part, and is connected to an end of the main-heat conducting part; and (ii) an exposed area that is exposed when the first element is connected to the first connection part, and is connected to an end of the sub-heat conducting part, an area of the exposed area is larger than an area of the shielded area, and
the first connection part further includes an inner heat conducting part that is formed in an interior of the wiring board body and inter-connects the main-heat conducting part and the sub-heat conducting part, the inner heat conducting part being located between first and second layers of the wiring board body, the first layer located between the heat-receiving front surface and the inner heat conducting part, and the second layer located between the heat-receiving back surface and the inner heat conducting part.

US Pat. No. 10,999,662

SPEAKER DEVICE

Onkyo Corporation, Osaka...

1. A speaker device comprising:a speaker unit that includes an acoustic radiation portion and a vibration portion which vibrates the acoustic radiation portion;
a speaker box that has an opening and is configured to form an enclosure of the speaker device by containing the speaker unit inserted from the opening;
a support member that is attached to the opening of the speaker box and pushes the speaker unit against a back wall in the speaker box, thereby supporting the speaker unit, wherein at least a part of the support member extends into the enclosure of the speaker device toward the back wall of the speaker box from a point at which the support member is attached to the opening of the speaker box;
a flexible front cushion compressed and contacted between the speaker unit and the support member, and that is configured to suppress propagation of a vibration from the speaker unit to the speaker box; and
a flexible rear cushion compressed and contacted between the speaker unit and the back wall in the speaker box, and that is configured to suppress propagation of a vibration from the speaker unit to the speaker box wherein
the speaker unit is pushed and supported by the support member and the back wall of the speaker box through the front cushion and the rear cushion;
the speaker unit and the support member do not contact each other and are connected to each other via the flexible front cushion; and
the part of the support member extending into the enclosure engages the flexible front cushion within the enclosure of the speaker device to push the speaker unit against the back wall of the speaker box.

US Pat. No. 10,970,585

ADHERING SUBSTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS AND ADHERING SUBSTANCE DETECTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

20. An adhering substance detection method comprising:for each cell of a plurality of cells of a captured image, each of the cells being composed of a predetermined number of pixels in the captured image, (i) calculating an edge feature value that is based on edge vectors calculated for the pixels and (ii) classifying an edge orientation, which is included in the calculated edge feature value, to an angle class using two types of angle classifications; and
determining a condition of an adhering substance adhering to an image capturing apparatus that captured the captured image, based on a transition count representing a number of transitions of the angle class within a unit region, which is a predetermined region composed of a predetermined number of the cells.

US Pat. No. 10,942,254

RADAR DEVICE AND ADJUSTING METHOD OF RADAR DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A radar device comprising:a transmitter configured to transmit a transmission wave of a modulation wave whose frequency changes cyclically;
a receiver configured to receive a reflected wave which is the transmission wave reflected by a target; and
at least one processor programmed to:
control the transmitter such that a diagnosis transmission wave corresponding to a reflected wave which would be reflected by a target if the target was present at a known position is generated and such that the diagnosis transmission wave is sent to the receiver,
detect the target based on the diagnosis transmission wave received by the receiver, and
adjust a modulation waveform of the transmission wave to be transmitted from the transmitter such that the target is detected at the known position and such that the target is not detected at positions other than the known position.

US Pat. No. 10,941,756

COMPRESSOR

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A compressor comprising:a case;
a piston that is housed in the case, and that moves along an axis direction;
an elastic member that is housed in the case, and that applies a force to the piston to move the piston in the axis direction toward a first side of the case; and
a drive that causes the piston to move in the axis direction toward a second side of the case, the second side being opposite the first side; wherein:
the piston includes a rack that extends in the axis direction;
the drive includes:
a motor; and
a pinion that rotates in accordance with a rotary motion of the motor, and that is engaged with the rack;
the pinion includes:
a first toothed region and a second toothed region each on which a pinion tooth is formed; and
first and second flat regions on which no pinion tooth is formed, the first and second flat regions being provided between the first and second toothed regions; and
a number of the pinion teeth that are formed on the first toothed region is greater than a number of the pinion teeth that are formed on the second toothed region;
the pinion and the rack are configured so that when the piston approaches an end portion of the case on the first side in the axis direction, a first rack tooth first contacts the pinion, the first rack tooth being located furthest on the second side in the axis direction among rack teeth that are formed on the rack, and
a tooth thickness in the axis direction of the first rack tooth is greatest among the rack teeth of the rack.

US Pat. No. 10,877,598

CONTROLLER, CONTROL METHOD, AND INPUT APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

16. The controller according to claim 1, wherein the one or more vibrators are attached to the operation surface but not to the holding part.

US Pat. No. 11,017,796

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A noise-reduction apparatus comprising:an equalizer that amplifies a component of an input sound signal in a predetermined amplification frequency band so as to generate an adjustment signal;
a noise estimator that estimates an acoustic noise signal included in the adjustment signal generated by the equalizer;
a noise level adjuster that adjusts a level of the acoustic noise signal estimated by the noise estimator, in a predetermined adjustment frequency band, so as to generate an adjusted acoustic noise signal; and
a noise reducer that reduces the acoustic noise signal included in the adjustment signal generated by the equalizer, utilizing the adjusted acoustic noise signal generated by the noise level adjuster, wherein
the noise level adjuster:
(i) divides the acoustic noise signal into a plurality of divided acoustic noise signals each having a different frequency band, and
(ii) individually adjusts the level of each of the divided acoustic noise signals to generate the adjusted acoustic noise signal.

US Pat. No. 10,997,743

ATTACHABLE MATTER DETECTION APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An attachable matter detection apparatus comprising a controller configured to function as:a decision part that decides a representative edge direction using a predetermined angle range as a unit for each pixel area of a plurality of pixel areas of a photographic image photographed by a camera, the representative edge direction being determined for each of the pixel areas based on an edge angle of each pixel contained in the pixel area;
an extractor that extracts two of the pixel areas that are adjacent to each other as a pair area among the pixel areas of the photographic image, when the two pixel areas that are adjacent to each other have opposite representative edge directions; and
a determination part that determines whether or not there is an attachable matter on a lens of the camera based on at least one of (1) a number of the pair areas extracted by the extractor and (2) a total sum of edge intensities of the pixel areas contained in the pair areas.

US Pat. No. 10,970,592

ADHERING SUBSTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS AND ADHERING SUBSTANCE DETECTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Hyogo...

1. An adhering substance detection apparatus comprising:a calculating unit that calculates a variation in a feature value related to luminance in past and current captured images captured by an image capturing device, based on the luminance of pixels included in the captured images;
a first detecting unit that detects a first region in which the variation calculated by the calculating unit falls within a predetermined threshold range, and in which the feature value in the current captured image falls within a predetermined threshold range;
a second detecting unit that detects a second region in which an irregularity in a distribution of the luminance of the pixels included in the captured image satisfies a predetermined irregularity condition; and
a generating unit that generates a sum region. that is a sum of the first region detected by the first detecting unit, and the second region detected by the second detecting unit, as an adhering substance region corresponding to an adhering substance adhering to the image capturing device.

US Pat. No. 10,949,686

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a computer including a hardware processor configured to function as an extraction unit, a detection unit and a determining unit, wherein
the extraction unit extracts a horizontal edge line in which edge points are arranged consecutively in a horizontal direction from a taken image that contains an image of a parking frame;
the detection unit detects, when an edge length of a series edge line in which a plurality of the horizontal edge lines are arranged in the horizontal direction like a broken line is longer than or equal to a prescribed threshold value among a plurality of the horizontal edge lines extracted by the extraction unit, the series edge line as corresponding to a deep-side boundary line of the parking frame;
the determining unit determines a stop position in the parking frame based on the deep-side boundary line detected by the detection unit;
the detection unit detects the horizontal edge line which is a single line having an edge length that is longer than or equal to the prescribed threshold value to be the deep-side boundary line based on the single horizontal edge line; and
the detection unit detects, as a boundary region, a region that is located under the single horizontal edge line and detects the series edge line included in the boundary region as corresponding to the deep-side boundary line.

US Pat. No. 10,921,425

RADAR DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF RADAR DEVICE

DENSO TEN LIMITED, Kobe ...

1. A radar device comprising:a transmitter that transmits a transmission wave based on a transmission signal of which frequency is modulated;
a receiver that receives a reflected wave reflected by a target to acquire a reception signal based on the reflected wave, and which outputs a beat signal based on the transmission signal and the reception signal; and
at least one processor configured to control an output timing at which the beat signal is outputted by the receiver in accordance with a predetermined timing at which a frequency of the transmission signal becomes a predetermined frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,838,678

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

10. The display control device according to claim 1, wherein the preliminary set particular screen of the plurality of screens is a screen on a seat side of a driver of a vehicle among two screens of the plurality of screens that are arranged on right and left sides.

US Pat. No. 10,802,590

INPUT DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An input device comprising:an operation panel that has an operation surface;
a vibrator that is mounted on a peripheral region of the operation panel and vibrates the operation panel in a plurality of modes having different vibration frequencies;
a support panel that is disposed to face a back surface of the operation panel that is opposite to the operation surface of the operation panel and supports the operation panel; and
an adhesive portion that adheres the operation panel and the support panel to each other,
wherein the adhesive portion includes
a first adhesive portion that adheres the operation panel and the support panel to each other, a distance from a centroid of the first adhesive portion to a centroid of the vibrator being a first distance, and
a second adhesive portion that has a higher hardness than a hardness of the first adhesive portion and adheres the operation panel and the support panel to each other, a distance from a centroid of the second adhesive portion to the centroid of the vibrator being a second distance, the second distance being longer than the first distance,
wherein a plurality of the vibrators are mounted in a region outside the operation surface, adjacent to opposite ends of the operation surface, and
wherein a boundary between the first adhesive portion and the second adhesive portion is flush with opposing side surfaces of the plurality of vibrators.

US Pat. No. 10,796,172

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a delimiting line detection unit configured to detect a delimiting line candidate based on image data obtained by capturing a surrounding of a vehicle, the delimiting line candidate being a candidate of a delimiting line for delimiting a parking space; and
an exclusion determination unit configured to determine whether or not to exclude the delimiting line candidate detected by the delimiting line detection unit from the candidate of the delimiting line,
wherein, in a case where
at least one white delimiting line candidate which is detected from a delimiting line having luminance higher than luminance of a road surface, and at least one black delimiting line candidate which is detected from a delimiting line having luminance lower than the luminance of the road surface are detected, and
one of the at least one white delimiting line candidate and the at least one black delimiting line candidate is set as at least one first delimiting line candidate, and other of the at least one white delimiting line candidate and the at least one black delimiting line candidate is set as at least one second delimiting line candidate while the at least one first delimiting line candidate includes a pair of first delimiting line candidates between which the at least one second delimiting line candidate is arranged and a distance between the first delimiting line candidates of the pair of first delimiting candidates is equal to or smaller than a predetermined threshold value,
the exclusion determination unit excludes the at least one second delimiting line candidate from the candidate of the delimiting line.

US Pat. No. 11,076,223

SPEAKER DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A speaker device, comprising:a panel; and
an actuator disposed on the panel, the actuator including:a diaphragm;
a piezoelectric element disposed on one of principal surfaces of the diaphragm, the piezoelectric element having: a longitudinal direction in a plan view of the panel, a transverse direction in the plan view perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and a central portion in the longitudinal direction; and
a vibration transmission portion disposed on the one of the principal surfaces of the diaphragm and abutting the panel without making contact with the piezoelectric element, the vibration transmission portion contacting the diaphragm at a location separated from the piezoelectric element and aligned in the transverse direction with the central portion of the piezoelectric element.


US Pat. No. 11,067,598

INSPECTION DATA OUTPUT DEVICE, DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND INSPECTION DATA OUTPUT METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. An inspection data output device, comprising:an input unit into which information on a portion to be inspected in an actual circuit board is supplied;
a generation unit that generates emphasis data in which an output signal path is emphasized more than another signal path, the output signal path being a signal path on the circuit board, and being a signal path capable of detecting an output signal of the portion to be inspected; and
an output unit that outputs the emphasis data to a display device, wherein
the output signal path is emphasized on an image of the circuit board, and
a position and shape of the signal path on the image of the circuit board are substantially matched with a position and shape of the signal path of the actual circuit board.

US Pat. No. 11,069,987

RADAR DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A radar device comprising:reception array antennas each comprising virtual antennas constructed from plural transmission antennas and plural reception antennas; and
a transmission control unit which controls transmission waves transmitted from the transmission antennas, wherein:
the plural transmission antennas comprise:a first transmission antenna group having at least two of the transmission antennas that are spaced from each other by a prescribed first interval; and
a second transmission antenna group having at least one of the transmission antenna that is spaced, by a prescribed second interval, from a synthesized antenna that is the first transmission antenna group as regarded as a single antenna; and

the transmission control unit is capable of switching between:a first mode in which to control the transmission antennas of the first transmission antenna group independently of each other; and
a second mode in which to control the synthesized antenna and the second transmission antenna group independently of each other.


US Pat. No. 11,069,993

MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF CONNECTOR SHIELD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A mounting structure of a connector shield mounted on a wiring board and configured to cover a connector including a port for a mating connector in a front surface of the connector, wherein:the connector shield comprises:an upper plate that covers an upper surface of the connector,
a pair of side plates that (i) cover side surfaces of the connector and (ii) extend downward from opposite side ends of the upper plate,
a mounting portion, provided on a lower edge side of each of the pair of side plates, to mount each side plate to the wiring board,
a rear plate that covers a rear surface of the connector, and
a screw fixing portion provided on the rear plate and screwed to the wiring board;

the wiring board includes slit through holes, each of which is configured to position and fix the mounting portion of one of the pair of side plates;
an earth spring is interposed between the connector shield and the connector;
the mounting portion of each of the pair of side plates comprises:a retainer that is insertable into a corresponding one of the slit through holes and that includes (i) a foot protruding downward from a first position of a lower edge of the side plate and (ii) a locking hook protruding forward or rearward from the foot in a first direction, and
a positioning protrusion (i) that protrudes downward from a second position of the lower edge of the side plate shifted from the first position in a second direction opposite to the first direction and (ii) that is insertable into the corresponding slit through hole;

each of the mounting portions is positioned and fixed to a corresponding one of the slit through holes by way of the locking hook of that mounting portion being inserted into the corresponding slit through hole and locked in an edge portion of the corresponding slit through hole, the positioning protrusion and the foot of the inserted mounting portion being inserted into the corresponding slit through hole and engaging with a hole wall surface of the corresponding slit through hole; and
in the lower edge side of each of the pair of side plates, a first height dimension from the upper plate in a first lower edge region located on a side of the first direction from the first position is smaller than a second height dimension from the upper plate to a lower surface of the screw fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 11,061,130

RADAR APPARATUS AND TARGET DETECTING METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...


1. A radar apparatus comprising:a detection portion that transmits a radio wave to a target and receives a radio wave reflected on the target so as to detect instantaneous data; and
an allocation portion that allocates the instantaneous data to prediction data of the target so as to take continuity of the target; wherein:
the allocation portion corrects velocity of the instantaneous data and velocity of the prediction data respectively as velocities made in line with a predetermined direction set as a reference, so as to allocate the instantaneous data to the prediction data based on at least magnitudes of the respectively corrected velocities.

US Pat. No. 11,037,266

ATTACHED SUBSTANCE DETECTION DEVICE AND ATTACHED SUBSTANCE DETECTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. An attached substance detection device comprising:a processor programmed to:
calculate a score of each of a plurality of divided regions that are obtained by dividing a target region of an image that is captured by an image-capturing device into the plurality of divided regions, each of the divided regions having at least one pixel region, the score being calculated based on an edge intensity of the pixel regions in the divided regions; and
determine whether or not the target region is an attached substance region where a substance is attached to a lens of the image-capturing device, based on the score that has been calculated,
wherein the edge intensity of each of the pixel regions is determined from intensities in two perpendicular directions of edges of a pixel in the pixel region.

US Pat. No. 11,035,932

RADAR DEVICE AND TRANSMISSION PROCESSING METHOD OF RADAR DEVICE

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A radar device comprising:a signal generator configured to generate a transmission signal;
a transmitter configured to output a transmission wave based on the transmission signal, at each of predetermined angles in a horizontal direction;
a receiver configured to receive reflected waves of the transmission wave from targets; and
at least one processor configured to derive information on the targets based on reception signals related to the reflected waves, wherein
the signal generator generates a first transmission signal including at least one modulated signal as the transmission signal related to the transmission wave to be output at a first angle in the horizontal direction, a plurality of times, at predetermined time intervals, and generates a second transmission signal including at least one modulated signal, as the transmission signal related to the transmission wave to be output at each of second angles in the horizontal direction different from the first angle, during each of the predetermined time intervals, and
the transmitter includes a plurality of antenna elements that point in different directions, a first one of the plurality of antenna elements outputting the transmission wave at the first angle based on the first transmission signal, and a second one of the plurality of antenna elements outputting the transmission wave at the second angle based on the second transmission signal.

US Pat. No. 11,032,141

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PARAMETER SETTING METHOD FOR THE APPARATUS

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:a microcomputer that includes:
a first memory that stores a single setting file including: a common portion that holds at least one common parameter that is used in common for a plurality of functions performed by the signal processing apparatus; a plurality of individual portions that each individually hold parameters for one of the plurality of functions; a work area; and a changer that holds change information to change the at least one common parameter in the common portion separate from the at least one common parameter;
a controller; and
a library; and
a signal processor that processes a communication signal and includes a second memory;
wherein the controller is configured to (a) implement sending of the common portion, the plurality of individual portions, the work area and the changer from the first memory to the library, (b) implement sending of the common portion, the plurality of individual portions and the work area from the library to the second memory, (c) select a selected function of the plurality of functions, (d) implement copying of the individual portion that holds the parameters for the selected function to a work area of the second memory, (e) implement, in the second memory, change of at least one parameter in the common portion based on the change information held by the changer, and (f) instruct the signal processor to process the communication signal using i) the individual portion copied to the work area of the second memory and ii) the at least one common parameter of the common portion that has been changed based on the change information from the changer.

US Pat. No. 11,009,603

RADAR DEVICE AND RADAR DEVICE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe ...

1. A radar device comprising:a microcomputer having a hardware processor configured to function as a deriving unit, an acquiring unit and a determining unit, wherein
the deriving unit is configured to derive a sequence of detection distances of a target existing in an area near a vehicle equipped with the radar device, based on reception signals acquired over time by transmitting a radar transmission wave to the area near the vehicle and receiving a reflected wave from the target;
the acquiring unit is configured to acquire, from among the sequence of detection distances derived by the deriving unit, a first distance at which a maximum value of reception powers was detected, and a second distance at which a minimum value of the reception powers was detected; and
the determining unit is configured to determine whether the target is an upper object which will not collide with the vehicle, based on the first and second distances acquired by the acquiring unit, wherein
the determining unit determines that the target is the upper object in a case that at least one of the following conditions is satisfied:
(i) the first distance at which the maximum value of the reception powers was detected is equal to or longer than a first threshold for the distance,
(ii) the second distance at which the minimum value of the reception powers was detected is equal to or shorter than a second threshold for the distance, and
(iii) a difference between the first distance at which the maximum value of the reception powers was detected and the second distance at which the minimum value of the reception powers was detected is equal to or larger than a third threshold for the difference.

US Pat. No. 11,007,897

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a motor configured to generate vehicle driving power by consuming electric power, the motor being configured to perform an electric power generation with the engine being operated to perform a regenerative power generation involved in traveling of the hybrid vehicle;
a secondary battery configured to exchange electric power with the motor; and
a controller configured to calculate an evaluation value indicating a degree of progress of deterioration of the secondary battery, the deterioration being caused by an imbalance in a salt concentration in the secondary battery, the controller being configured to execute a deterioration suppressing control that raises a target SOC (State of Charge) of the secondary battery when the secondary battery is evaluated to be deteriorated in accordance with the evaluation value, wherein
the controller is configured to also raise the target SOC when an actual SOC of the secondary battery is increased due to the electric power generation by the motor during the execution of the deterioration suppressing control, and
the raised target SOC is lower than the increased actual SOC.

US Pat. No. 10,994,627

CHARGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A charge management system comprising:a vehicle; and
an external charging facility including a connector, the connector including a power line to which a predetermined voltage is applied, a facility-side ground wire grounding the external charging facility, and a first resistor connecting the power line to the facility-side ground wire; and
the vehicle including an electric storage device, a charging inlet configured to supply the electric storage device with electric power from the external charging facility in a state where the connector of the external charging facility is connected to the charging inlet, and a charge management device configured to manage a status of predetermined charging that is performed in a state where the connector of the external charging facility is connected to the charging inlet, the predetermined charging being charging of the electric, storage device with electric power from the external charging facility,
the charging inlet including a grounding terminal, a first terminal, and a second terminal, the grounding terminal connecting the facility-side ground wire to a vehicle-side ground wire grounding a body of the vehicle in the state where the connector is connected to the charging inlet, the first terminal connecting the vehicle-side ground wire to the power line in the state where the connector is connected to the charging inlet, and the second terminal connected to the facility-side ground wire in the state where the connector is connected to the charging inlet,
the charge management device including a second resistor, a voltage regulating circuit, and an electronic control unit, a first end of the second resistor is connected to the second terminal, the voltage regulating circuit configured to adjust a voltage between a second end of the second resistor and the vehicle-side ground wire, and the electronic control unit configured to control the voltage regulating circuit,
the electronic control unit being configured to, in any one of a first state and a second state, determine that there is a failure in the grounding terminal and the grounding terminal fails to connect the vehicle-side ground wire to the facility-side ground wire,
the first state being a state where the electronic control unit is controlling the voltage regulating circuit such that the second end of the second resistor is at high impedance and a voltage difference obtained by subtracting a voltage of the vehicle-side ground wire from a voltage of the second terminal is a negative predetermined value,
the second state being a state where the electronic control unit is controlling the voltage regulating circuit such that a voltage between the second end of the second resistor and the vehicle-side ground wire is a value of zero and the voltage difference is the negative predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,802,140

RADAR DEVICE AND VEHICLE VELOCITY CORRECTION METHOD

DENSO TEN Limited, Kobe-...

1. A radar device comprising:a detection vehicle velocity acquiring unit configured to acquire a detection vehicle velocity detected on the basis of rotation of a wheel;
a relative velocity calculating unit configured to calculate the relative velocity of a still object on the basis of the frequencies of the reflected waves of a transmission wave from targets in each of an FM-CW mode for transmitting a transmission wave to targets, which is applied frequency modulation and a CW mode for transmitting a transmission wave to targets, which is not applied the frequency modulation;
a correction value calculating unit configured to calculate a first correction value on the basis of the detection vehicle velocity and the relative velocity of the still object obtained in the CW mode and calculate a second correction value on the basis of the detection vehicle velocity and the relative velocity of the still object obtained in the FM-CW modes wherein the calculated second correction value is obtained by dividing the relative velocity of the still object calculated in the FM-CW mode by the detection vehicle velocity, and
wherein the correction value calculating unit reads out a moving average value of a plurality of previously obtained second correction values and updates second correction value information with a moving average value reflecting the calculated second correction value; and
a vehicle velocity correcting unit configured to correct the detection vehicle velocity, wherein the vehicle velocity correcting unit performs a second correcting process of correcting the detection vehicle velocity using the second correction value after performing a first correcting process of correcting the detection vehicle velocity using the first correction value.