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Patent Issued for Passenger Wake-Up Apparatus (USPTO 10,363,870): Subaru Corporation

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08/14/2019 | 04:53pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Business Daily -- A patent by the inventor Nagasawa, Isamu (Tokyo, Japan), filed on May 30, 2018, was published online on August 12, 2019, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx correspondents.

Patent number 10,363,870 is assigned to Subaru Corporation (Tokyo, Japan).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The present invention relates to a passenger wake-up apparatus, more specifically to a passenger wake-up apparatus capable of reliably wakening a passenger with a simpler configuration than ever.

“There is disclosed an apparatus capable of determining an inattentive state of a passenger, for example, in Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication (JP-A) No. 2011-115450. This apparatus can determine whether the passenger inattentively drives based on the direction of the eye movement of the passenger. There is also disclosed a doze warning apparatus that gives a warning to a passenger who is driving inattentively or driving with a decrease in the level of wakefulness, for example, in JP-A No. 2008-197821. This apparatus promotes the wakefulness of the passenger by moving a seat or rotating a steering by the vehicle side.”

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent: “An aspect of the present invention provides a passenger wake-up apparatus for use in a vehicle including a detector configured to detect a state of a passenger and being capable of automated driving control or driving support control based on a result of detection by the detector. The passenger wake-up apparatus includes a rest on which the passenger can put a foot, and a driving unit configured to be able to move the rest. When determining that there is a decrease in a level of wakefulness of the passenger on a basis of a result of the detection by the detector, the driving unit moves the rest to push the foot of the passenger, while the automated driving control or the driving support control of the vehicle is performed.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“The invention claimed is:

“1. A passenger wake-up apparatus for use in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a detector configured to detect a state of a passenger, and the vehicle being capable of automated driving control or driving support control based on a result of detection by the detector, the passenger wake-up apparatus comprising: a rest on which the passenger can put a foot; and a driving unit configured to be able to move the rest, wherein when determining that there is a decrease in a level of wakefulness of the passenger on a basis of a result of the detection by the detector, the driving unit moves the rest to push the foot of the passenger, while the automated driving control or the driving support control of the vehicle is performed.

“2. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the driving unit moves the rest to push both feet of the passenger.

“3. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the driving unit moves the rest in a direction in which at least one of an angle of an ankle and an angle of a knee of the passenger is reduced.

“4. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the driving unit moves the rest in a direction in which at least one of an angle of an ankle and an angle of a knee of the passenger is reduced.

“5. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 1, wherein: the rest comprises a first rest part and a second rest part, the first rest part being capable of contacting a bottom of the feet of the passenger from a position under an ankle bone to a toe side, and the second rest part being capable of contacting the bottom of the feet on a heel side; and the driving unit moves the rest such that a moving distance and a moving direction of the first rest part are approximately the same as those of the second rest part, or such that the moving direction of the first rest part is approximately the same as that of the second rest part but the moving distance of the first rest part is greater than that of the second rest part.

“6. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 2, wherein: the rest comprises a first rest part and a second rest part, the first rest part being capable of contacting a bottom of the feet of the passenger from a position under an ankle bone to a toe side, and the second rest part being capable of contacting the bottom of the feet on a heel side; and the driving unit moves the rest such that a moving distance and a moving direction of the first rest part are approximately the same as those of the second rest part, or such that the moving direction of the first rest part is approximately the same as that of the second rest part but the moving distance of the first rest part is greater than that of the second rest part.

“7. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 3, wherein: the rest comprises a first rest part and a second rest part, the first rest part being capable of contacting a bottom of the feet of the passenger from a position under an ankle bone to a toe side, and the second rest part being capable of contacting the bottom of the feet on a heel side; and the driving unit moves the rest such that a moving distance and a moving direction of the first rest part are approximately the same as those of the second rest part, or such that the moving direction of the first rest part is approximately the same as that of the second rest part but the moving distance of the first rest part is greater than that of the second rest part.

“8. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 4, wherein: the rest comprises a first rest part and a second rest part, the first rest part being capable of contacting a bottom of the feet of the passenger from a position under an ankle bone to a toe side, and the second rest part being capable of contacting the bottom of the feet on a heel side; and the driving unit moves the rest such that a moving distance and a moving direction of the first rest part are approximately the same as those of the second rest part, or such that the moving direction of the first rest part is approximately the same as that of the second rest part but the moving distance of the first rest part is greater than that of the second rest part.

“9. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“10. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 2, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“11. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 3, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“12. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 4, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“13. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 5, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“14. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 6, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“15. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 7, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.

“16. The passenger wake-up apparatus according to claim 8, further comprising an adjustor configured to adjust at least one of a sound and a visual indication provided to the passenger, wherein the adjustor adjusts at least one of the sound and the visual indication to promote the wakefulness of the passenger when or after the driving unit moves the rest.”

URL and more information on this patent, see: Nagasawa, Isamu. Passenger Wake-Up Apparatus. U.S. Patent Number 10,363,870, filed May 30, 2018, and published online on August 12, 2019. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=10,363,870.PN.&OS=PN/10,363,870RS=PN/10,363,870

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