Patents Assigned to Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Patent number: 10569658
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a bi-directional inverter of a vehicle. The bi-directional inverter may include an alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) inverter configured to receive AC power from a power grid and generate DC power on a DC bus operatively coupled to a vehicle battery. The bi-directional inverter may also include a DC to AC inverter configured to receive DC power from the DC bus and generate AC power delivered to the power grid. The bi-directional inverter may also include an energy management system operatively coupled to the AC to DC inverter and the DC to AC inverter and configured to selectively operate the bi-directional inverter in a charging mode or a generation mode. Additionally, the bi-directional inverter may include a power line communications (PLC) coupler configured to transfer electronic data between the energy management system and a power plant network through the power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North of America
    Inventor: Jesus Manotas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10575151
    Abstract: On-board equipment in a motor vehicle includes a C-V2X communication device receiving a first signal from road side equipment having a known position. The C-V2X communication device transmits a second signal having content that is dependent upon a length of time in which the first signal traveled from the road side equipment to the C-V2X communication device. A GPS device is communicatively coupled to the C-V2X communication device and receives the second signal from the C-V2X communication device. The GPS device estimates a position of the vehicle. The estimating is dependent upon the second signal from the C-V2X communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Sameh William Tawadrous, Hans A. Troemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10501018
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a left side view camera attached to the left lateral side of the body and having a field of view in a rearward direction. A right side view camera is attached to the right lateral side of the body and has a field of view in a rearward direction. There is a right back up camera and a left back up camera. An optics module receives resulting video signals and produces light fields such that the light fields are reflected off of windows of the motor vehicle and are then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as virtual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Benjamin David Sweet
  • Patent number: 10505453
    Abstract: An AC capable power amplifier arrangement is realized that includes a buck converter with a power inductor, two buck switches, and alternately a buck-boost converter using four switches, each driving an output polarity steering set of four switches. The polarity steering switches convey the converter output current to output terminals that connect to a load with a capacitor connected in parallel. A differential receiver is connected to the output terminals to provide negative feedback. A mixer receives an input voltage signal, an output of the differential receiver, and output from a triangle wave generator. A set of two comparators for buck amplifier conversion, or four comparators for buck-boost amplifier conversion, each receives an output of the mixer. Each of the comparators produces a respective output for driving the converter switches through simple steering logic interfaces between the comparators, the converter components and a polarity steering output stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Richard Dennis Fay, Jerry Alan Rathje
  • Patent number: 10455686
    Abstract: A power amplifier arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a printed circuit board disposed between a housing on a first side of the printed circuit board and a heat sink on a second side of the printed circuit board. A power amplifier is mounted on the second side of the printed circuit board. A bracket is supported by the housing. A clamping spring is supported by the bracket such that the clamping spring is in biased engagement with the first side of the printed circuit board, and such that the power amplifier is pressed into engagement with the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Gerald A. Tang-Kong
  • Patent number: 10427618
    Abstract: A docking system is for docking an electronic device in a motor vehicle. The docking system includes a cradle having a pivotable arm with an internal channel carrying first electrical conductors electrically connected to the electronic device. The cradle securely retains the electronic device. A dock housing includes a recess receiving the arm of the cradle such that the first electrical conductors may be electrically connected to second electrical conductors in the motor vehicle. A latch releasably latches the arm of the cradle within the recess of the dock housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: J. Scott Siegel, Patrick Hanslits, Andrew Bianchi
  • Patent number: 10421359
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes at least one camera capturing images of an environment outside of the motor vehicle. A proximity sensor detects an object disposed adjacent to the motor vehicle. An electronic processor receives the images captured by the at least one camera, and receives a proximity signal from the proximity sensor. The proximity signal is indicative of whether an object is disposed adjacent to the motor vehicle. The electronic processor determines, based upon the images captured by the at least one camera and the proximity signal, whether the motor vehicle is disposed within an enclosure. The electronic processor receives an engine start request signal that has been wirelessly transmitted by a user. In response to receiving the engine start request signal, the electronic processor causes the engine start system to start an engine of the motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is not disposed within an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Padmanaban Kanagaraj, Katherine Freund
  • Patent number: 10419906
    Abstract: A wireless connectivity arrangement for an infotainment system of a motor vehicle includes a user profile manager storing associations between users of the motor vehicle and respective personal electronic devices. A wireless connection manager is communicatively coupled to the user profile manager. The wireless connection manager detects that a personal electronic device is in a vicinity of the vehicle, and refers to the user profile manager to determine whether the personal electronic device is a primary personal electronic device of a current user of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shaheer-Ahmed Shaikh, Annamalai Paramasivam
  • Patent number: 10414347
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a camera capturing an image of a road sign associated with a road that the vehicle is traveling on. A first processing device is communicatively coupled to the camera and recognizes text characters in the captured image. A second processing device is communicatively coupled to the first processing device and converts the recognized text characters into an electronic speech signal. A loudspeaker is communicatively coupled to the second processing device and converts the electronic speech signal into audible speech that can be heard by the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Katherine Wilbert, Maria Rohrer, Garrett Laskowski, John Qiu, Padmanaban Kanagaraj
  • Patent number: 10416447
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a head up display projector including a lens with a polarizer. The head up display projector emits a linearly polarized light field via the lens. A windshield reflects the light field such that the reflected light field is visible to a human driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. The windshield includes an outer plastic layer sandwiched between a half-wave plate and an outer glass layer. An inner plastic layer is sandwiched between the half-wave plate and an inner glass layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Patent number: 10387979
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes an automatic driver and vehicle information reporting arrangement. The arrangement includes a memory device storing information about a human driver of the motor vehicle and registration information associated with the motor vehicle. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the memory device and responds to a prompt by transmitting a signal indicative of the information about the human driver of the motor vehicle and about registration information associated with the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Benjamin David Sweet
  • Patent number: 10390461
    Abstract: A heat sink is for a heat source including an electronic component. The heat sink includes a base having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first surface has a middle portion engaging the heat source. A plurality of elongate fins project from the second surface of the base and extend in directions perpendicular to the second surface. Middle ones of the fins are disposed opposite the middle portion of the first surface and have a greater height than other ones of the fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Gerald Anthony Tang-Kong
  • Patent number: 10380990
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine and/or powertrain producing noise that is audible in a passenger compartment of the vehicle when the engine and/or powertrain is running. An active noise control arrangement includes a first loudspeaker disposed within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. A digital signal processor receives audio data and transmits an audio signal to the first loudspeaker dependent upon the audio data. A microphone is disposed within the passenger compartment and converts the sound from the first loudspeaker and the noise within the passenger compartment into a microphone signal. The microphone signal is transmitted to the digital signal processor, and the digital signal processor modifies the audio signal such that the audio signal attenuates the noise in the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Benjamin David Sweet, Richard Lawrence Cooper
  • Patent number: 10362402
    Abstract: A method of operating an audio system having first and second sources includes outputting a first audio signal from the first source on first and second speakers. In response to a listener input, the first audio signal and a second audio signal from the second source are output simultaneously on the first and second speakers. The first signal is output from each of the first and second speakers such that the first signal is perceived by a listener to originate from a first direction toward the listener. The second signal is output from each of the first and second speakers such that the second signal is perceived by the listener to originate from a second direction toward the listener. The second direction is offset at least ninety degrees from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shree Jaisimha, Mohammed Reza Kanji, Li Lian Lay, John Morris, James P. Reefe
  • Patent number: 10328865
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a window and a body having a storage space with an opening facing toward the window. A flexible electronic display is movable from a first position overlying the window and a second position within the storage space. The window may be a windshield, and the storage space may be within a roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Jin Woo Jung
  • Patent number: 10328867
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a horizontally oriented bed. A tailgate is pivotably attached to the bed. The tailgate is pivotable between an upright position and a horizontal position. A camera is pivotably attached to the tailgate. The camera has a field of view. An orientation sensor detects an orientation of the tailgate and/or the camera. An actuator pivots the camera relative to the tailgate. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the orientation sensor and to the actuator. The electronic processor receives a sensor signal from the orientation sensor. The electronic processor causes the actuator to pivot the camera dependent upon the sensor signal such that a field of view of the camera remains in a horizontal orientation throughout pivoting of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Alex Robert Green
  • Patent number: 10331964
    Abstract: A trunk inventory detection arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a camera positioned to capture images of objects within a trunk of the motor vehicle. A weight detection device is positioned to detect a weight of the objects in the trunk. An electronic processing device is communicatively coupled to each of the camera and the weight detection device. The electronic processing device causes a user of the vehicle to be informed of the objects in the trunk based on signals received from the camera and the weight detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Padmanaban Kanagaraj, Katherine J. Freund
  • Patent number: 10289921
    Abstract: A method of operating an in-vehicle camera includes providing a database of geographic locations of points of interest. It is detected that the vehicle has arrived at one of the geographic locations of the points of interest. In response to the detecting step, capturing of images with the camera is automatically begun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Hakan Kostepen
  • Patent number: 10274726
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an image source providing illuminated images. At least one mirror is positioned to provide a first reflection of the illuminated images. A windshield is positioned to receive the first reflection and provide a second reflection of the illuminated image such that the second reflection is visible to a driver of the vehicle who has at least one eye within an eyebox defined by the second reflection. An image capturing device captures images of a head of a driver of the motor vehicle. An electronic processor adjusts, based on the captured images of the driver's head, the illuminated images and/or a position of the at least one mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Dallas Dwight Hickerson, Thomas Ray Burns
  • Patent number: 10267656
    Abstract: A human machine interface includes a capacitive sensor disposed on an interior side of a face plate. A control device is rotatably coupled to the face plate and is disposed on an exterior side of the face plate. The control device includes at least one electrically conductive element. The control device rotates about an axis substantially perpendicular to the face plate such that the at least one electrically conductive element follows the rotation of the control device. The capacitive sensor senses a rotational position of the at least one electrically conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Gerald A. Tang-Kong