Patents Assigned to Denso International America, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20210101596
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a controller that is to be provided in a subject vehicle. The controller is configured to acquire data regarding an identified object ahead of the subject vehicle, determine whether the identified object is a stop-go object based on the acquired data, and output a stop-go control in response to the identified object being the stop-go object. The data includes information indicative of a classification of the identified object, and the stop-go control generates a dynamic profile that defines a deceleration and an acceleration of the subject vehicle for automatically performing a stop-go operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu YAN, Hiroshi INOU, Brandon BURNETT, Minglei HUANG
  • Patent number: 10969582
    Abstract: A heads-up display (HUD) system is disclosed in various embodiments. The HUD system includes a window plate defining an opening to enable light emitting from HUD components to pass therethrough. The window plate includes an inner trough wall and an outer trough wall that cooperate to define a trough therebetween that at least partially surrounds the opening. A transparent cover is attached to the window plate and covers the opening. The cover has a perimeter and an overhang portion located along at least a portion of the perimeter. The opening has a center and the overhang portion extends further from the center than the inner trough wall to facilitate liquid traveling across the cover to enter the trough and inhibit the liquid from entering an interface between the cover and the window plate. The outer trough wall can have a raised profile relative to the cover to protect the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Dominic Degiulio, Roger Yang, Yusuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 10967836
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an in-vehicle device for a phone as a key (PAK) system of a vehicle are provided. The in-vehicle device includes a control module that determines an age of a latest obtained certificate, including license information, and determines whether the latest certificate is outdated. If the latest certificate is outdated, the control module transmits an instruction signal from the vehicle to a mobile device to obtain an updated certificate. If the certificate is not outdated, the control module determines whether the license information is accurate. Based on whether the license information is accurate, the control module determines an accuracy level of the local time or the date. Based on the accuracy level, the control module adjusts an access tolerance time, permits the user to access the vehicle, or transmits the instruction signal from the vehicle to the mobile device to obtain the updated certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyle Golsch
  • Patent number: 10967711
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) airflow distribution module with an outlet closing mechanism for a vehicle including a driver face airflow outlet defined by an HVAC module. A passenger face airflow outlet defined by the HVAC module having a center portion and a side portion. An adaptor including a door driving mechanism to control a telescoping door sub-assembly, which is mounted at the passenger face airflow outlet and is movable between a retracted position at which the telescoping door sub-assembly does not obstruct the airflow through the passenger face airflow outlet by being packaged away from outlets, and any one of a plurality of extended positions at which the telescoping door sub-assembly obstructs the side portion or both the side and center portions of the passenger face airflow outlet at different blocking levels when no passenger is present to save energy, improve fuel economy, and/or increase battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Siyue Chen, Brian Belanger, Kai Zhang, Greg Thompson
  • Patent number: 10969176
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a header, a plurality of tubes, and a reinforcement member. The header has a face plate that defines a plurality of orifices, a top plate that extends away from an end of the face plate, and a projection that extends outward from the top plate. Each of the plurality of tubes extend into a respective one of the plurality of orifices. The reinforcement member has a backing plate that is secured to the top plate, a brace that extends from the backing plate and is secured to a first of the plurality of tubes, and a protrusion that extends outward from the backing plate. The protrusion engages the projection to restrict movement of the reinforcement member in a longitudinal direction relative to the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Yilin Tian
  • Patent number: 10967833
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring a group of vehicles for suspicious activity. The method includes grouping a plurality of vehicles in communication with a network to collectively monitor and detect evidence of theft or unauthorized intrusion using existing theft detection sensors located in the plurality of vehicles. One of the plurality of vehicles is designated as a master vehicle responsible for managing at least one control feature, and is operably coupled to the network and at least one processor. At least one input from at least one theft detection sensor of the plurality of vehicles is obtained and analyzed for suspicious information. The method includes determining that the input represents or contains evidence indicative of a theft or unauthorized intrusion. A communication is then provided to at least one of another vehicle, a vehicle owner, and the network indicating a potential theft or unauthorized intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Nagao, Yohsuke Satoh, Masashi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10967823
    Abstract: An engine cooling module having a radiator and a stone guard. The stone guard protects a core of the radiator from potential damage by foreign objects, such as stones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wojdyla, Michael Lacey, Shane Harte
  • Patent number: 10962100
    Abstract: Pulley-movement detection within an alternator or integrated starter/generator (ISG) for a vehicle is provided. The alternator or ISG includes a housing, a stator fixed within the housing, a rotor configured to rotate relative to the stator about an axis, and a shaft coupled to the rotor for rotation about the axis. The alternator or ISG also includes pulley coupled to the shaft at an interface, and configured to engage with a chain or belt to transfer movement between the shaft and the chain or belt. An electrical switch located at the interface is configured to be in a first state when the pulley is axially secured to the shaft, and a second state when the pulley is axially displaced away from the shaft. This can enable signals or warnings to be output in response to the electrical switch changing states, indicating an improper connection at the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Denso International .America, Inc.
    Inventor: Trevor Rowe
  • Patent number: 10961930
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a variable displacement engine and a controller. The variable displacement engine has a plurality of cylinders and is configured to operate at a commanded air-fuel ratio. The controller is programmed to, in response to a command to perform a diagnostic test, operate the engine such that each of the cylinders is shut down for a portion of the diagnostic test while one or more of the remainder of the cylinders remain operating. The controller is further programmed to, in response to a deviation from the commanded air-fuel ratio exceeding a threshold while a first of the cylinders is shut down during the diagnostic test and a subsequent command to decrease the number of operating cylinders, shut down one or more of the plurality of cylinders other than the first of the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Edward Szczepanski
  • Patent number: 10960931
    Abstract: An attachment is configured to connect a first connecting plate of a vehicle component to a second connecting plate of a vehicle body. The attachment includes a body, first, second and third flanges, and a press-fit insert. The attachment is of an elastically deformable material and is configured to be inserted into first and second through holes of the first and second connecting plates. The flanges engage the connecting plates when the attachment is inserted into the through holes. The body includes a hole extending longitudinally within the body to accommodate the press-fit insert. The press-fit insert has a diameter greater than the diameter of the hole to form a snug connection between the press-fit insert and the hole. The insertion of the press-fit insert into the hole elastically deforms the attachment to urge the body radially against the connecting plates to provide a robust connection between the connecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vandermeer, Jacob Wright, Teodor Bogdan
  • Publication number: 20210091956
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a controller that is configured to include a memory, a verification module, and a software control module. The memory includes a software version repository to store a public address and one or more software hashes associated with the public address. The verification module is configured to verify a software upload request that a recommended software program to be uploaded. The verification module is configured to determine whether a contingent software hash that is indicative of the recommended software program matches a current software hash. The software control module is configured to acquire the recommended software program in response to the contingent software hash matching the current software hash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicants: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reilly Patrick MULLETT
  • Patent number: 10956343
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed and include a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a nontransitory computer-readable medium. The instructions include generating first message authentication code (MAC) bytes based on a shared secret key. The instructions include generating first nonce bytes and an authenticated packet based on the first MAC bytes, the first nonce bytes, and a message byte. The instructions include generating a de-whitened tone byte based on the shared secret key. The instructions include generating a message packet that includes the authenticated packet and the de-whitened tone byte. Generating the message packet includes pseudo-randomly identifying a first location of the authenticated packet and inserting the de-whitened tone byte at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raymond Michael Stitt, Thomas Peterson, Karl Jager, Kyle Golsch
  • Publication number: 20210078536
    Abstract: A reader includes a transceiver and a control module. The transceiver is configured to, during a current connection event, monitor notification messages transmitted from a portable access device to a phone-as-a-key (PaaK) system of a vehicle, where the notification messages are transmitted to establish a communication link between the portable access device and the PaaK system. The control module is configured to: perform an in-phase and quadrature phase capture of the notification messages based on fields in one or more of the notification messages, where the fields include a mobile de-whitened section including two or more series of consecutive bits, where the consecutive bits in each of the one or more series are all zeros or all ones; based on the in-phase and quadrature phase capture, determine an angle-of-arrival of the notification messages, and indicate the angle-of-arrival to the PaaK system for permitted access determined by the PaaK system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicants: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Raymond Michael STITT
  • Publication number: 20210078534
    Abstract: A portable access device for wirelessly gaining access to a vehicle includes a transceiver, receive and transmit queues, and a control module. The transceiver, during a current connection event, receives first notification messages from a PaaK system of the vehicle and in response thereto transmits second notification messages to the PaaK system. The first notification messages and the second notification message are transmitted to establish a communication link between the portable access device and the PaaK system. The receive queue receives the first notification messages. The transmit queue stores the second notification messages. The control module, based on a first one of the first notification messages, determines what data was transmitted during a last connection event prior to the current connection event and generates one or more of the second notification messages to include data not previously received during the last connection event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicants: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Raymond Michael STITT
  • Patent number: 10948911
    Abstract: A system for monitoring vehicle drive states and transitioning between human drive control and autonomous drive control based on the vehicle drive states. The system includes a human/autonomous drive status and transition module. The module is configured to: receive data from an autonomous drive module and determine a drive state of the autonomous drive module based on the data received from the autonomous drive module; receive data from a driver status monitor (DSM) to determine a drive state of a human driver; and transition between human drive control and autonomous drive control by the autonomous drive module, and vice-versa, based on the determined drive states of the human driver and the autonomous drive module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vikas Upmanue, Yu Zhang, Bilal Alasry, Doua Vang, Te-Ping Kang, Scott Walenty
  • Patent number: 10948776
    Abstract: A head-up display including a display element illuminated by a plurality of light emitting elements. A lenslet is between a TIR lens array and the display element. The lenslet includes a first side facing the display element and a second side facing the TIR lens array. At least one of the first side and the second side includes a plurality of horizontal lenses or a plurality of vertical lenses configured to evenly distribute light from the TIR lens array across an eyebox generated by the head-up display and balance luminous uniformity and luminous intensity across the eyebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Olga Adeyshvili, Kelly Farner
  • Patent number: 10943417
    Abstract: A system for includes master and sniffer devices. The master device includes: first antennas with different polarized axes; a transmitter transmitting a challenge signal via the first antennas from the vehicle to a slave device, where the slave device is a portable access device; and a receiver receiving a response signal in response to the challenge signal from the slave device. The sniffer device includes: second antennas with different polarized axes; and a receiver receiving, via the second antennas, the challenge signal from the transmitter and the response signal from the slave device. The sniffer device measures when the challenge signal and the response signal arrive at the sniffer device to provide arrival times. The master or sniffer device estimates at least one of a distance from the vehicle to the slave device or a location of the slave device relative to the vehicle based on the arrival times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raymond Michael Stitt, Yuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10940855
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to providing auto-parking for a vehicle according to the presence of a passenger. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to receiving a request for the vehicle to auto-park and to determining the passenger is present within the vehicle, analyzing sensor data about the passenger to generate passenger characteristics that indicate at least an age group for the passenger. The method includes determining whether the age group for the passenger satisfies an auto-park threshold that is based, at least in part, on regulations of a locality in which the vehicle is presently located. The method includes selectively executing auto-parking of the vehicle according to whether the age group of the passenger satisfies the auto-park threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Mueller
  • Patent number: 10934984
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for an engine includes a fuel rail, a fuel injector, and a clip. The fuel rail has a cup that defines an opening. The fuel injector has an upper end that is disposed within the opening such that the cup and fuel injector are axially aligned. The clip is secured to the fuel injector and engages the cup to orient the fuel injector radially relative to the cup. The clip has a tab that extends outward relative to the fuel injector. The tab defines a central orifice that is configured to receive a fastener. The fastener is configured to mount a wire harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Roseborsky, Garrett Stewart
  • Patent number: 10936889
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed and include obtaining image data from at least one camera located within a vehicle. The method also includes determining a behavior of an occupant based on the image data. The method also includes determining whether the behavior corresponds to a predetermined condition, which is associated with at least one of inhaling smoke, inhaling vapor, eating, and drinking. The method also includes generating, in response to the behavior corresponding to the predetermined condition, an alert corresponding to the predetermined condition. The method also includes transmitting the alert to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Wunsche, III, Mustafa Mahmoud, Thomas Newman, Feng Xue