Tesla Motors Patents

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles, and operates a network of charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles. Tesla also sells electric vehicle powertrain components to other vehicle manufacturers, as well as battery systems for homes, commercial sites and utilities.

Tesla Motors Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20170214008
    Abstract: A heat exchanger integrated into an electric vehicle's battery pack enclosure is provided, where the heat exchanger conduits are mechanically and thermally coupled to the inside surface of the enclosure base plate and where the battery pack enclosure is mounted such that ambient air flows over the outside surface of the enclosure base plate during vehicle motion. A thermal management system is coupled to, and controls operation of, the integrated battery pack heat exchanger such that in a first operational mode the heat exchanger is thermally coupled to the batteries within the battery pack, and in a second operational mode the heat exchanger is thermally decoupled from the batteries within the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Paul Yeomans
  • Patent number: 9701210
    Abstract: A charging system for an electric vehicle includes: a power supply; a cable having first and second ends, the first end attached to the power supply, the cable comprising a charging conductor and a cooling conduit, each of which extends from the first end to the second end; and a connector attached to the second end of the cable, the connector having a form factor corresponding to a charge port of the electric vehicle; wherein the cooling conduit is adapted to convey a fluid that cools the charging conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Yee Shan Woo, Christopher H. Van Dyke, Joseph Mardall, Christopher Newport, Joshua Willard Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9694699
    Abstract: An automated charge preparation method periodically determines critical parameters for the set of relevant operating conditions, determines whether fast charging is possible, applies fast charging when possible, otherwise applies a dynamically scaled charging rate that is optimized based upon current critical parameters (while optionally heating the individual battery cells as long as fast charging is not available) to reduce/eliminate a risk of lithium-plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt R. Kelty, Clay H. Kishiyama, Sarah G. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20170184345
    Abstract: A heat-recovering oven system based on temperature gradient comprises: multiple chambers arranged in a sequence, the chambers configured for operating at various temperatures according to a temperature gradient arrangement that spans the sequence; a conveyor configured for transporting product through the multiple chambers in the sequence for heat treatment according to the temperature gradient arrangement; and multiple temperature-segregated heat exchanger systems, each heat exchanger system including a heat exchanger, a conduit to at least one of the chambers based on its temperature in the temperature gradient arrangement, and a return conduit from the at least one chamber to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Gandhi Van Dyke, Turner Boris Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9687769
    Abstract: An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a vehicle includes a HEPA filter for filtering air from an air inlet into filtered air, the HEPA filter including a fine particulate filter and a gas filter, and air passageways formed in the vehicle and configured to convey the air from the air inlet to the HEPA filter, and to convey the filtered air from the HEPA filter to the passenger compartment
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Adam Maser
  • Patent number: 9688164
    Abstract: A freestanding vehicle seat assembly includes: a seat having a seat portion connected to a back portion; a monopost attached at a bottom of the seat portion such that the seat rests only on the monopost; and a track assembly attached at a bottom of the monopost, the track assembly configured for providing fore and aft movement of the freestanding vehicle seat assembly. The freestanding vehicle seat assembly can have a pitch mechanism on the monopost configured for pitching at least part of the seat forward and rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: P Thomas Vikstrom, Tony Paschos, Jan Just, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: 9692038
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes: a cell can; electrolyte and an active-material roll in the cell can; and a cap that closes at least one opening of the cell can, the cap comprising: a substantially flat member that covers the opening, the substantially flat member having a separation portion defined therein; and a diaphragm that covers the separation portion on an inside of the substantially flat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Kunio Tsuruta, Kenjin Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9692277
    Abstract: An integrated drive system assembly is provided that combines an electric motor, a power inverter assembly and a gearbox into a single, multi-piece enclosure. Combining these components into a single enclosure reduces weight, reduces drive system complexity, reduces system volume, simplifies assembly integration into an electric vehicle, reduces manufacturing cost, allows the flexible and lengthy electrical cables between the power inverter and the electric motor to be replaced with short, low loss, rigid bus bars, and simplifies component cooling by allowing the use of a common thermal management system. The common thermal management system includes a liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter assembly and the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 9688252
    Abstract: A method of exchanging an electrical energy storage system (EESS) in an electric vehicle includes: positioning an electric vehicle in x and y directions on an EESS exchange station; after positioning, raising the electric vehicle to a predetermined height using a first lift; after raising the electric vehicle, raising an EESS lift toward the electric vehicle until the EESS lift is correctly positioned relative to a first EESS; after raising the EESS lift, removing fasteners that secure a first EESS to the electric vehicle; placing an EESS conveyor underneath the EESS lift; after placing the EESS conveyor, lowering the first EESS onto the EESS conveyor using the EESS lift; after lowering the first EESS, removing the first EESS and instead placing a second EESS underneath the electric vehicle; after placing the second EESS underneath the electric vehicle, raising the second EESS toward the electric vehicle using the EESS lift until the second EESS is correctly positioned relative to the electric vehicle; after
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Orlando Gaffoglio, Alan Clarke, Matthew Lee Brown
  • Patent number: 9691531
    Abstract: A magnet apparatus which comprises a first vacuum chamber, a second vacuum chamber, a first magnet disposed within the first vacuum chamber such that the first magnet can be thermally isolated from the exterior of the first vacuum chamber, and a load connector extending from the first vacuum chamber into the second vacuum chamber so that a load on the first magnet can be transferred to the second vacuum chamber, wherein the load connector is in thermal contact with the first magnet and can be thermally isolated from the exterior of the first vacuum chamber and the exterior of the second vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventors: Frederick Thomas David Goldie, Patrick Brian Clayton
  • Patent number: 9692025
    Abstract: A battery cell design is disclosed that provides a predictable pathway through a portion of the cell (e.g., the cell cap assembly) for the efficient release of the thermal energy that occurs during thermal runaway, thereby reducing the chances of a rupture in an undesirable location. Furthermore the disclosed design maintains the functionality of the cell cap as the positive terminal of the cell, thereby having minimal impact on the manufacturability of the cell as well as its use in a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Francisco LePort, Scott I. Kohn, Orion A. King, Alex Prilutsky
  • Publication number: 20170177048
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes: a host; energy storage modules; a plurality of nodes, each implemented at a corresponding one of the energy storage modules and configured to monitor and control that energy storage module; a communications and data transmission medium forming a loop from a first portion of the host and sequentially through the nodes to a second portion of the host; and in each of the nodes, first and second devices configured to perform at least partially redundant communication and data transmission functions using the communications and data transmission medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian C. Dimen
  • Patent number: 9676420
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a vehicle structure without a continuous roof rail; a B-pillar attached to the vehicle structure, the B-pillar having a first initiator; and a header attached to the B-pillar and extending at least partly across the vehicle, the header having a second initiator, wherein the first and second initiators are configured to provide a B-pillar deformation mode upon side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Sekhar R B Reddy, Andy Kung, Dan Moll, Ash Williams
  • Publication number: 20170162922
    Abstract: An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. The energy storage pack may further include a coolant inlet opening located on the coolant inlet manifold and a coolant outlet opening located on the coolant outlet manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Sumpf, JR., Ernest Matthew Villanueva, David Elias Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Ramanarayan Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Bruce Phillip Edwards, Peter Thomas Tennessen, Jayesh Bharat Gorasia, Hugh Burnett Ross
  • Patent number: 9669734
    Abstract: A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: P Thomas Vikstrom, Jan Just, Olav Sadoo, Anthony Paschos, Hussein Sanaknaki, Wayne Watson, Jason Daddy
  • Publication number: 20170152957
    Abstract: A multi-port, multi-mode valve includes: a valve housing; multiple ports on the valve housing, a spacing between first and second ports being smaller than a spacing between third and fourth ports; and a stemshell positioned at least partly inside the valve housing, the stemshell having at least two channels configured for selectively coupling one or more of the ports to a selected at least other one of the ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Albert Roche, Joseph Stratford Maxwell Mardall, Jan Kopitz, Curt Raymond O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20170144717
    Abstract: A method for constructing an integrated end structure for a vehicle includes placing a center module for an integrated end structure for a vehicle in a fixture separate from the vehicle, attaching a side bracket to the center module in the fixture to form an assembly, the side bracket configured for holding a light unit of the vehicle, mounting the assembly onto at least a bracket in the vehicle that provides adjustability of the assembly in at least a z-direction, and, after mounting the assembly, mounting a storage compartment module onto the center module and the side bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bellis, P Thomas Vikstrom
  • Publication number: 20170133316
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a housing; a substrate inside the housing; first and second semiconductor circuits on the substrate; and first and second planar terminals electrically connected to the first and second semiconductor circuits, respectively, the first and second planar terminals stacked on top of each other, wherein each of the first and second planar terminals extends away from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Robert James Ramm, Colin Kenneth Campbell
  • Publication number: 20170130495
    Abstract: A closure system for a vehicle comprises: a dual-hinge closure comprising a first portion hinged to the vehicle by a first hinge, and a second portion hinged to the first portion by a second hinge; a frame that at least in part surrounds an opening in the vehicle; an adjustable bump stop subassembly mounted to the first portion, wherein the adjustable bump stop subassembly rests on the frame when the first portion is in a closed position; and a latch system comprising a latch configured to engage a horizontal striker, the latch system configured so that an end of the second portion opposite the second hinge latches to and unlatches from a distal portion of the frame by essentially horizontal motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Steve Klotz, Ian Sadowski, Nermin Mujcinovic, Noam Goldberg, Robert Coleman Skelton, Andy Warburton, Adnan Esmail, Joshua Liu, Andy Wong, Padmanabhan Kumar, Jon Bennett, John Hughes, Hemant Sikaria, Jacob Warman, Chris Satkoski, Nicolas Altenburger
  • Publication number: 20170125760
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating the effects of a thermal event within a non-metal-air battery pack is provided in which the hot gas and material generated during the event is directed into the metal-air cells of a metal-air battery pack. The metal-air cells provide a large thermal mass for absorbing at least a portion of the thermal energy generated during the event before it is released to the ambient environment. As a result, the risks to vehicle passengers, bystanders, first responders and property are limited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Weston Arthur Hermann
  • Patent number: 9642276
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing an electronic device a transistor having respective input, output and control leads extending parallel to each other is positioned; first and second busbar layers are placed relative to the transistor so that a first tab extending from the first opening aligns with and contacts one of the input and output leads, and so that a second tab extending from the second opening aligns with and contacts another one of the input and output leads; the first tab and one of the input and output leads are welded; a circuit board is placed parallel to the busbar layers so that the control lead and the first and second tabs extend through corresponding openings in the circuit board; and the control lead and the at least one of the first and second tabs are soldered to one or more circuits on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Ramm, Dino Sasaridis, Colin Campbell, Wenjun Liu
  • Patent number: 9637020
    Abstract: A method for automatically charging the battery pack of an electric vehicle in accordance with a set of location sensitive charging instructions is provided. Exemplary location sensitive charging instructions include preset charging schedules and preset charge level limits. Different charging schedules and different charge level limits may be preset for different charging stations and locations, thus allowing the user to preset the charging instructions for each of multiple locations where the user routinely charges their car. Default charging instructions are used at those charging stations and locations where a set of location sensitive charging instructions has not been preset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan Boblett, Nalinichandra Penke, Miriam Vu, Kevin Hsieh, Roy Goldman, Thorsten Hayer, Scott Ira Kohn
  • Publication number: 20170096073
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an energy storage configured to store electric energy for at least propulsion of the vehicle, an energy storage thermal system configured to provide thermal conditioning of the energy storage, and a coupling configured to receive thermal conditioning of the energy storage from a thermal system external to the vehicle. The coupling provides thermal conditioning of the energy storage while charging when available from the thermal system external to the vehicle. The energy storage thermal system provides thermal conditioning of the energy storage while charging when the thermal system external to the vehicle is not available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Christopher H. Van Dyke
  • Patent number: 9614383
    Abstract: A system and method for providing energy management and maintenance of a high energy battery pack through use self-discharge features and processes. A battery pack is configured with self-discharger enabled-components that selectively discharge energy from the battery pack without the battery pack providing operational power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Stuart Boggs, Joseph Michael Darragh, Anil Paryani, Chuen Chou
  • Publication number: 20170093157
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes: a number of cells; and a dual-active-bridge converter connected to the cells, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The energy storage device can be included in an energy storage system that includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one DC/AC converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Pierquet, Mehmet Ozbek, Andrew David Baglino
  • Publication number: 20170093156
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one DC/AC converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The multiple pods may be organized into packs, with a pack including a thermal management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehmet Ozbek, Brandon Pierquet, Andrew David Baglino
  • Publication number: 20170074918
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for identifying a presence of a short circuit in a battery pack. A fault-detection apparatus for a charging system that rapidly charges a collection of interconnected lithium ion battery cells, the safety system includes a data-acquisition system for receiving a set of data parameters from the collection while the charging system is actively charging the collection; a monitoring system evaluating the set of data parameters to identify a set of anomalous conditions; and a controller comparing the set of anomalous conditions against a set of predetermined profiles indicative of an internal short in one or more cells of the collection, the controller establishing an internal-short state for the collection when the comparing has a predetermined relationship to the set of predetermined profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah G. Stewart, Christopher Dangler, Clay H. Kishiyama, Weston A. Hermann, Scott I. Kohn, Kurt R. Kelty
  • Publication number: 20170059697
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor assembly is placed against an inside surface of a panel for sensing objects on an opposite side of the panel and includes an ultrasonic sensor, a preload structure, a coupling element, and a damping material. The preload structure applies a preload on the ultrasonic sensor toward the inside surface of the panel. The coupling element interfaces between the ultrasonic sensor and the inside surface of the panel. The damping material is placed against the inside surface but not where the coupling element interfaces between the ultrasonic sensor and the inside surface. The coupling element may include a matrix material that is reinforced with a filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Esmail
  • Publication number: 20170062778
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes a can configured to serve as one electric contact of the electrochemical cell, the can containing active materials, a diaphragm configured to serve as an opposite electric contact of the electrochemical cell, and a gasket that is initially of generally cylindrical shape, the diaphragm positioned inside the gasket in an opening of the can wherein an outer edge of the can is crimped onto the gasket, the gasket having an inner periphery inside the can and an outer periphery outside the can, the outer periphery comprising leaves that after crimping extend along an outer surface of the diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Mille, Kunio Tsuruta, Kenjin Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9577227
    Abstract: A method includes: assembling a thermal-exchange tube in a module housing for an energy storage pack; assembling cells in the module housing, wherein the thermal-exchange tube runs between rows of the cells; applying an adhesive that affixes the cells and the thermal-exchange tube to the module housing; curing a first portion of the adhesive by radiation, wherein a second portion of the adhesive is shielded from the radiation by the cells or the thermal-exchange tube; and curing at least the second portion of the adhesive by a chemical cure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Sumpf, Ernest Villanueva, David E. Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott I. Kohn, Bruce P. Edwards, Peter Tennessen
  • Patent number: 9568534
    Abstract: A system and method for low-cost, fault tolerant, EMI robust data communications, particularly for an EV environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel B. Martin, Ian C. Dimen, S. Douglas Crowder
  • Publication number: 20170030728
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving information corresponding at least to (i) a state of charge of an energy storage of a vehicle, (ii) route information corresponding to a planned driving route for the vehicle, and (iii) a predicted driver characteristic; determining using the received information, and presenting to a driver of the vehicle, a first energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route; receiving a user input indicating a proposed change in at least the driver characteristics, and determining using the received information and the user input, and presenting to the driver, a second energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route that takes into account the proposed change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Baglino, Thorsten Hayer, Brennan Boblett, Matthew Fox, Vineet H. Mehta, Keijiro Ikebe, Kevin Hsieh, Craig B. Carlson, Jeffrey B. Straubel
  • Patent number: 9559532
    Abstract: A method for charging a metal-air battery pack at the maximum possible rate while maintaining an ambient oxygen concentration below a preset concentration is provided, thereby minimizing the risks associated with generating oxygen during the charging cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Jeffrey Brian Straubel, David G. Beck
  • Patent number: 9548616
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating the effects of a thermal event within a non-metal-air battery pack is provided in which the hot gas and material generated during the event is directed into the metal-air cells of a metal-air battery pack. The metal-air cells provide a large thermal mass for absorbing at least a portion of the thermal energy generated during the event before it is released to the ambient environment. As a result, the risks to vehicle passengers, bystanders, first responders and property are limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventor: Weston Arthur Hermann
  • Publication number: 20170011255
    Abstract: A system that determines an invariant magnetic-resonance (MR) signature of a biological sample is disclosed. During operation, the system determines a magnetic-resonance (MR) model of voxels in a biological sample based on differences between MR signals associated with the voxels in multiple scans and simulated MR signals. The MR signals are measured or captured by an MR scanner in the system during multiple MR scans, and based on scanning instructions, and the simulated MR signals for the biological sample are generated using the MR model and the scanning instructions. Moreover, the system iteratively modifies the scanning instructions (including a magnetic-field strength and/or a pulse sequence) in the MR scans based on the differences until a convergence criterion is achieved. Then, the system stores, in memory, an identifier of the biological sample and a magnetic-field-strength-invariant MR signature of the biological sample that is associated with the MR model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Health, Inc
    Inventors: Jeffrey Howard Kaditz, Andrew Gettings Stevens
  • Publication number: 20170007148
    Abstract: During operation, a system iteratively captures MR signals of one or more types of nuclei in one or more portions of a biological lifeform based on scanning instructions that correspond to a dynamic scan plan. The MR signals in a given iteration may be associated with voxels having associated sizes at three-dimensional (3D) positions in at least a corresponding portion of the biological lifeform. If the system detects a potential anomaly when analyzing the MR signals from the given iteration, the system dynamically modifies the scan plan based on the detected potential anomaly, a medical history and/or an MR-scan history. Subsequent measurements of MR signals may be associated with the same or different: types of nuclei, portions of the biological lifeform, voxels sizes and/or 3D positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Health, Inc
    Inventors: Jeffrey Howard Kaditz, Andrew Gettings Stevens
  • Patent number: 9527450
    Abstract: An integrated end structure for a vehicle comprises: a storage compartment module that comprises a shell forming a storage compartment therein, the storage compartment module configured to sit onto a frame rail of the vehicle; and a vehicle end module configured to be mounted onto a bracket in the vehicle that provides adjustability of the vehicle end module in a z-direction, the vehicle end module configured for holding a light unit of the vehicle. The storage compartment module is mounted onto the vehicle end module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: James Bellis, P Thomas Vikstrom
  • Patent number: 9529048
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying and responding to exceptional charge events of series-connected energy storage elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Francisco LePort, Scott Ira Kohn
  • Patent number: 9527403
    Abstract: A method of thermally conditioning an energy storage of a vehicle while charging includes: receiving, at a charging station, thermal information about the energy storage; supplying, by the charging station, electric energy to the energy storage in a charging session; and providing, by the charging station and based on the thermal information, thermal conditioning of the energy storage during at least part of the charging session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Christopher H. Van Dyke
  • Patent number: D777663
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Franz Von Holzhausen, Radu I Muntean, Javier Verdura
  • Patent number: D780653
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Julien Bilodeau, Franz Von Holzhausen, David T Imai
  • Patent number: D786154
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodrigo Castaman, Sahm Jafari, Ivan Lampkin, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D786161
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Joonas Vartola, Franz Von Holzhausen, David T Imai
  • Patent number: D788671
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Joonas Vartola, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D788672
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D789860
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D790742
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen, Bernard Lee
  • Patent number: D791025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Franz Von Holzhausen, David T Imai
  • Patent number: D791377
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Julien Bilodeau, Franz Von Holzhausen, Bernard Lee, David T Imai
  • Patent number: D791378
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Joonas Vartola, David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen