US 11,655,893 B1
Efficient automatic gear shift using computer vision
Shimon Pertsel, Mountain View, CA (US)
Assigned to Ambarella International LP, Santa Clara, CA (US)
Filed by Ambarella International LP, Santa Clara, CA (US)
Filed on Oct. 25, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/509,666.
Int. Cl. F16H 61/02 (2006.01); G06T 7/20 (2017.01); F16H 59/44 (2006.01); F16H 59/74 (2006.01); F16H 59/14 (2006.01); F16H 59/66 (2006.01); G06V 10/94 (2022.01); G06V 20/58 (2022.01); G06V 20/56 (2022.01); G06F 18/25 (2023.01); B60L 15/20 (2006.01); F16H 61/16 (2006.01); F16H 59/36 (2006.01)
CPC F16H 61/0204 (2013.01) [F16H 59/14 (2013.01); F16H 59/44 (2013.01); F16H 59/66 (2013.01); F16H 59/74 (2013.01); G06F 18/25 (2023.01); G06T 7/20 (2013.01); G06V 10/95 (2022.01); G06V 20/582 (2022.01); G06V 20/584 (2022.01); G06V 20/588 (2022.01); B60L 15/2054 (2013.01); B60L 2240/12 (2013.01); B60L 2240/421 (2013.01); B60L 2240/423 (2013.01); B60L 2240/647 (2013.01); B60L 2240/68 (2013.01); F16H 2059/366 (2013.01); F16H 2059/663 (2013.01); F16H 2061/161 (2013.01); G06T 2207/30252 (2013.01); G06V 2201/08 (2022.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to receive pixel data of an exterior environment of a vehicle; and
a processor configured to (i) process said pixel data arranged as video frames, (ii) perform computer vision operations to detect objects in said video frames, (iii) extract characteristics about said objects detected, (iv) determine driving conditions in response to an analysis of said characteristics and (v) generate a control signal, wherein
(a) said control signal is configured to perform a gear shift,
(b) said driving conditions are used to predict a future drivetrain configuration of said vehicle,
(c) said gear shift is performed if a comparison of said future drivetrain configuration with a current drivetrain configuration of said vehicle meets a threshold condition, and
(d) said gear shift is not performed if said comparison does not meet said threshold condition.