Patent Number: 6,253,154

Title: Method and apparatus for navigating with correction of angular speed using azimuth detection sensor

Abstract: An apparatus and method for more accurately determining the position of a moving object by using an azimuth detector distinct from an angular speed detector to correct the gain error and the offset error of the angular speed detector. The position of the moving body is determined using the offset error- and gain error-corrected angular speed. The correction of the offset error includes checking the azimuth and movement of the moving object for three predetermined periods of time; then checking whether the moving object was moving in a straight line each of the three predetermined periods of time. If the object was moving in a straight line each of the three predetermined periods of time, then an offset error correction value is computed using data from the second of the three predetermined periods of time. The correction of the gain error includes determining the movement of the moving object as straight; then determining the movement of the moving object as a turn; then determining the movement of the moving object as straight again. If the turn was a left turn, a left gain error correction value is computed. Similarly, if the turn was a right turn, a right gain error correction value is computed.

Inventors: Oshizawa; Hidekazu (Cupertino, CA), Sakakibara; Toshikazu (Cupertino, CA), Taniguchi; Noboru (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Visteon Technologies, LLC

International Classification: G01C 21/28 (20060101); G06F 165/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018