Aisin has patented a parking assist apparatus for vehicles. The system sets a movement path to a target position, provides movement assist information, and stops the vehicle if the occupant performs a specific operation before reaching the target. The apparatus includes sensors, an electronic control unit, and various controls for steering, driving force, and braking. GlobalData’s report on Aisin gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Aisin, Hybrid powertrains was a key innovation area identified from patents. Aisin's grant share as of January 2024 was 31%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Parking assist apparatus for vehicle with pause processing feature

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Aisin Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884262B2) discloses a parking assist apparatus for vehicles that includes a sensor to acquire vehicle peripheral information and an electronic control unit to assist in parking maneuvers. The apparatus sets a target position for the vehicle based on the acquired information, determines a movement path, and provides movement assist information such as steering angle changes. The control unit can execute parking assist control, including steering angle, driving force, and braking force control. Additionally, the apparatus is designed to respond to occupant actions, such as applying braking force when a specific operation is performed, and executing pause processing to maintain movement assist information until a predetermined time before reaching the target position.

Furthermore, the patent details the functionality of the electronic control unit in response to occupant actions during the parking process. It includes features such as notifying the occupant of a resume operation to resume parking assist control, erasing movement assist information if the resume operation is not performed within a specified time, and terminating the parking assist control based on the occupant's actions. The apparatus is designed to differentiate between predetermined first and second operations performed by the occupant at specific time periods, allowing for precise control and assistance during the parking process. Overall, the parking assist apparatus aims to enhance the parking experience by providing automated assistance while also considering the occupant's input and actions during the maneuver.

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