Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Douglas D. Fekete
  • Patent number: 7639171
    Abstract: A radar system and method is provided, in which the radar system includes a first transmitting portion of antenna elements, a second transmitting portion of antenna elements, and a receiving portion of antenna elements, such that the receiving antenna elements form a plurality of subarrays that represent real and synthetic antenna elements. The radar system further includes a transceiving device having a switching matrix. At least first and second switching transmit antenna elements are configured and time-multiplexed, wherein a receive aperture of the receiving antenna elements is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Alland, James F. Searcy
  • Patent number: 7635103
    Abstract: The invention is related to a seatbelt webbing lock preventing apparatus enables a flywheel constituted as an inertia mass means to prevent a rotating lock of a lock mechanism followed by the webbing acceleration and deceleration of a seatbelt in any case of withdrawing the seatbelt from a retractor and rewinding it therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Jong-Kak Kim, Do-Shik Kim
  • Patent number: 7623950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems for determining the position and the type of an occupant in a vehicle. More specifically, the present invention provides an occupant position and type classification system including an occupant detection module, a processor in communication with the occupant detection module, and memory accessible by the processor and storing program instructions executable by the processor to perform the steps of categorizing the occupant into one of a plurality of static categories, each of the static categories including at least one class indicative of the occupant's type or position in the vehicle, and classifying the occupant into one of the classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongzhi Kong, William A. Bauson, Qin Sun
  • Patent number: 7618057
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle, the inflatable cushion, comprising: a primary cushion chamber inflatable to a first position, the primary cushion chamber having an upper edge portion, a lower edge portion, a first end portion and a second end portion; and a secondary cushion chamber inflatable to a second position, the secondary cushion chamber having a first section and a second section, the first section extending between the upper edge portion and the lower edge portion and the second section extending from the first section towards either the first end portion or the second end portion or towards both the first end portion or the second end portion and a portion of the second section being located below the lower edge portion when the secondary cushion chamber is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan T. Pinsenschaum, Douglas S. Weston, Mark T. Winters, Mike F. Fink, William Abney, III, Jeffrey A. Welch, Dayne B. Hassett
  • Patent number: 7607685
    Abstract: Provided is an automobile side airbag guide plate including support brackets disposed at both sides of a center pillar, fixed to an inner panel between a roof panel and a head liner, and supporting a lower part of an airbag module, wherein each of the support brackets includes a vertical part fixed to the inner panel between the roof panel and the head liner, and a horizontal support part extending from the vertical part to support the lower part of the airbag module fixed to the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Myung-ryun Jang, Byoung-sun Yoo, Tae-woo Kim, Dong-jun Lee, Eun-hwan Oh, Kyun-soon Choi, Jung-han Kim
  • Patent number: 7600786
    Abstract: A guide anchor for a seat belt, and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. The guide anchor comprises a guide plate having a latching hole and a slide guide hole formed therein, a guide piece engaged with a lower circumference of the slide guide hole, and a first molded part for coupling the guide plate and the guide piece. The guide piece comprises a cover, and a second molded part injected into a lower surface of the cover. The second molded part has a recess formed in a longitudinal direction at a lower surface. The cover has cover eaves extending from a lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Korea Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung-Gae You
  • Patent number: 7594676
    Abstract: An inflation device for inflating an inflatable cushion of all airbag module, the inflation device having: a first chamber having a first volume of inflation gas; a second chamber having a second volume of inflation gas; a first inflation opening for allowing the first volume of inflation gas to pass therethrough and a first sealing member, the first sealing member sealing the first inflation opening; a second inflation opening for allowing the second volume of inflation gas to pass therethrough and a mechanically activateable pyrotechnic squib sealing the second inflation opening; a diffuser tube in fluid communication with the first inflation opening, the second inflation opening and the inflatable cushion; an initiator for removing a portion of the first sealing member from the first inflation opening; a projectile moveably disposed within the diffuser tube, the projectile further comprising a tip portion configured to activate the pyrotechnic squib when the projectile is moved from a first position to a s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J Gibbons
  • Patent number: 7594555
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving a portion of a vehicle hood away from a portion of the vehicle, the apparatus comprising: a first portion; a second portion, comprising; a fixed portion and a slidable portion slidably mounted to the first portion for movement between a first position and a second position, the fixed portion comprising a first opening at one end and an elongated opening, the slidable portion comprising a second opening juxtaposed to the first opening when the slidable portion is in the first position; a first connecting member being pivotally secured to the first portion at one end and releaseably secured to the second portion at another end by a pivot pin that is rotatably secured within the first opening and the second opening when the slidable portion is in the first position; a second connecting member being pivotally secured to the first portion at one end and slidably secured to the second portion at another end by a pin that is slidably received within the elongated opening of the fixe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Lutter, Daniel Hahn, Minoo J. Shah, James L. Webber
  • Patent number: 7591512
    Abstract: A guide anchor for a seat belt, and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. The guide anchor comprises a guide plate having a latching hole and a slide guide hole formed therein, a guide piece engaged with a lower circumference of the slide guide hole, and a first molded part for coupling the guide plate and the guide piece. The guide piece comprises a cover, and a second molded part injected into a lower surface of the cover. The second molded part has a recess formed in a longitudinal direction at a lower surface. The cover has cover eaves extending from a lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Korea Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung-Gae You
  • Patent number: 7578525
    Abstract: A guide anchor for a seat belt, and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. The guide anchor comprises a guide plate having a latching hole and a slide guide hole formed therein, a guide piece engaged with a lower circumference of the slide guide hole, and a first molded part for coupling the guide plate and the guide piece. The guide piece comprises a cover, and a second molded part injected into a lower surface of the cover. The second molded part has a recess formed in a longitudinal direction at a lower surface. The cover has cover eaves extending from a lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Korea Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung-Gae You
  • Patent number: 7575274
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a an actuation unit having a triggering device for the moving of a headrest into a predetermined position, with the triggering device comprising a pyrotechnic gas generator and a triggering member which is movable from a blocking position into a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harald Frank, Josef Storath, Uwe Albrecht
  • Patent number: 7574892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for checking and/or calibrating a passenger recognition device arranged in a vehicle seat, in the case of which device a child's seat can be pressed against a vehicle seat and in the case of which method a vehicle seat is loaded with a child's seat and a corresponding reaction from the passenger recognition device in the vehicle seat is evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Fischer
  • Patent number: 7566074
    Abstract: An air bag module, comprising: a housing having at least one vent opening; an inflatable cushion being stored in an un-deployed position in the housing; an inflator for inflating the inflatable cushion, the inflator being in fluid communication with the inflatable cushion and having a plurality of inflation openings for allowing an inflation gas to pass therethrough, at least one of the plurality of inflation openings being in fluid communication with the at least one vent opening; a deployable member being secured to an interior surface of the inflatable cushion at one end and a portion of the airbag module at the other end; wherein the deployable member is configured to allow venting through the at least one vent opening when the inflatable cushion is in the un-deployed position and the at least one vent opening is covered by the deployable member when the inflatable cushion inflates towards a fully deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura A. Hawthorn, Mark T. Winters, Jason W. Brown, Ryan T. Pinsenschaum, James L. Webber
  • Patent number: 7557688
    Abstract: A pyromechanical disconnecting device that includes a housing having a receiving space for an ignition element and a supporting floor. A disconnecting tool is disposed in the housing and movable along a path toward a disconnecting point of a current conductor rail. Also disposed in the housing is an ignition element adapted to propel the disconnecting tool along the path to sever the current conductor rail. The ignition element includes an end having a conical flank facing the supporting floor of the housing. An elastic sealing element is arranged about the conical flank and the supporting floor to act as an axial tolerance compensator between the ignition element and the supporting floor of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignees: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Diedrich Von Behr, Uwe Brede, Gerhard Kordel, Juergen Neuser, Wolfgang Seitz, Juergen Knauss
  • Patent number: 7552792
    Abstract: A pedestrian impact sensor system includes a first plate and a second plate both connected to an outer surface of a vehicle such that a capacitance between the first plate and the second plate is dependent upon whether a body proximate the vehicle is animate. A crush sensor senses a force exerted by the body on the vehicle. A monitoring circuit monitors the capacitance between the first plate and the second plate and an output signal of the crush sensor. The monitoring circuit issues a safety countermeasure signal dependent upon the capacitance between the first plate and the second plate and the output signal of the crush sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hawes, William W. Fultz, Morgan D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7552518
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle, comprising: a frame portion; a release button slidably mounted to the frame portion for movement between a first position and a second position; an inertia locking device rotatably mounted to the frame portion for movement between a blocking position and an unblocking position, the inertia locking device being configured to make contact with a cam surface of the release button when the inertia locking device is in the blocking position and slidable movement of the release button with respect to the frame portion is prevented when the inertia locking device is in the blocking position and the inertia locking device contacts the cam surface of the release button; and a biasing member for providing a biasing force for biasing the inertia locking device into the unblocking position, the inertia locking device being rotated into the blocking position when the biasing force of the biasing member is overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Webber, David G. Hlavaty
  • Patent number: 7543848
    Abstract: A system for controlling an inflation output in an inflatable cushion of an air bag module, comprising: a first sensing device, the first sensing device being an electronic sensing device configured to detect the presence of an object proximate to the air bag module, when the inflatable cushion is in an un-inflated state, the first sensing device providing a suppression signal when an object is detected within an area proximate to the air bag module; a second sensing device, the second sensing device being a mechanical sensing device configured to detect whether a leading edge of the inflatable cushion has made contact with an object prior to the leading edge reaching a predetermined distance from the air bag module during inflation of the inflatable cushion, the second sensing device being disposed within the inflatable cushion and is configured to cause the inflation output provided to the inflatable cushion to be varied when the leading edge of the inflatable cushion has made contact with an object prior t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Webber, Mark T. Winters, Laura A. Hawthorn, Ryan T. Pinsenschaum
  • Patent number: 7543363
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for use with a tongue of a seat belt, the seat belt buckle comprising: a frame portion; a latch being movably mounted to the frame portion for movement between a first position and a second position, the latch being configured to engage a portion of the tongue as the latch moves from the first position to the second position; an ejector being slidably mounted to the frame portion for movement between a locking position and a release position, wherein movement toward the release position causes an opening force to be applied to the latch in order to move the latch from the second position towards the first position, wherein movement of the ejector towards the release position is caused by movement of a release button movably mounted to the seat belt buckle; an inertia locking device rotatably mounted to the release button for movement between a blocking position and an unblocking position, the inertia locking device being configured for rotation in a plane substantially parallel to a plane o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Webber, David G. Hlavaty
  • Patent number: 7532484
    Abstract: An electronic component assembly includes an electrical component assembled to a base and mounted to a support. The component electrical leads protrude through holes, along a channel, and make contact with connectors on the base. The base is formed of a polymeric material and contains protrusions for mechanically supporting the electrical component. When the base is mounted to the support, the connectors complete the electrical connection between the electrical component and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Sailor, Hugh R. Hunkeler, Lee R. Hinze
  • Patent number: 7528731
    Abstract: A system for mitigating driver distraction and/or drowsiness for a vehicle having a steering wheel and windshield comprises an arm that is adapted for attachment to the vehicle so that the arm is juxtaposed an exterior surface of the windshield and so that it sweeps a portion of the exterior surface of the windshield in front of the steering wheel to provide a motion signal. The system includes a driver distraction and/or drowsiness monitor and a control device responsive to the driver monitor, for operating the arm. The arm preferably is part of a windshield wiper assembly and preferably includes a visual signal and/or an auditory signal. A method for refocusing the attention of a distracted driver uses elements of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Zhang, Gregory K. Scharenbroch