PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA (Torrance, CA)

A method for determining is getting first information to indicate the shapes and positions of the objects that are identified by a first detector, and second information about the shapes and positions of one or more objects detected by a second detection device determined in advance as a reference detection device; extracting a reference object which is a common object from the various objects detected by the first detection device as well as the one or more objects identified by the second device based upon the first information and the second information, the common object being detected by the detection devices using a time difference within a specified range and comparing the position of the reference object identified by the first data to the location of the object in the reference that is indicated by the second information; and determining if the first detection device is operating normally.

1. Technical Field

This disclosure is about the method and device that can determine if a detection device operates normally.

2. Description of Related Art

It is possible to carry out processing on the basis of the findings of detection performed by an instrument for detection. (See, e.g. Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication Number. 2017-78709).

If it isn’t operating properly, a detection device may output erroneous detection results.

The present disclosure addresses this problem by providing a method and a device to determine whether a detection device functions normally.

A determination method according to an aspect of the present disclosure comprises: getting first information that indicates positions and shapes of one or more objects identified by a primary detector, and second information that indicates the shapes and positions of one or more objects identified by a second detection device determined beforehand as a reference detection device; the extraction of a reference object that is an ordinary object from the one or more objects that are detected by the first detection device and the various objects detected by the second detection device based on the first and second information, the common object being detected by the first detection device and by the second detection device, with a time differencewithin a predetermined interval; comparing the position of the object referenced by the first information to the position of the object that is referenced by the second information; and determining if the first detection device is operating normally.

A determination device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: an obtainer that obtains first information indicating positions and shapes of one or more objects detected by a first detection device, and second informationindicating positions and shapes of one or more objects detected by a second detection device determined in advance as a reference detection device; an extractor that extracts a reference object that is a common object from the one or more objectsdetected by the first detection device and the one or more objects detected by the second detection device based on the first information and the second information, the common object being detected by the first detection device and the second detectiondevice with a time difference within a predetermined range; and a comparator that compares a position of the reference object indicated by the first information to the position of the reference object indicated by the second information to determinewhether the first detection device is operating normally.

The method of determination and the device for determining in accordance with the scope of the present disclosure permits determination on whether the detection device is operating normal.

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