Patents Assigned to Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Patent number: 11110915
    Abstract: An autonomous parking arrangement for a motor vehicle includes at least one camera associated with the vehicle and capturing images of parking spaces surrounding the vehicle. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the at least one camera and processes the captured images. A touch-sensitive display screen is communicatively coupled to the electronic processor and displays the processed images. The display screen enables a user of the motor vehicle to select a parking space in the processed images by touching the display screen. The display screen indicates to the electronic processor which of the parking spaces has been selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Donald Allen Turner
  • Patent number: 11056168
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to a device, method, and medium storing instructions for execution by a processor for refreshing memory blocks of solid state memory through a temperature compensated refresh rate. Techniques discussed herein include a solid state memory to store data and a temperature sensor to identify a temperature of the solid state memory. The memory device with solid state memory also includes a memory controller that periodically refreshes memory blocks of the solid state memory at an adjustable refresh rate, wherein memory controller is to adjust the adjustable refresh rate based on the temperature of the solid state memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Luc Belcourt, Shivaramraje Nimbalkar, Vishnuchakravarthi Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 11036062
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to a device, method, and medium storing instructions for execution by a processor for displaying multiple images. In an example, a device may include a display to present two images interleaved, where the display includes a vertical axis parallel to a line passing through a center-bottom of the display and a center-top of the display. The device includes a first parallax barrier placed between the display and an intended viewable area, where the first parallax barrier includes a first number of parallax barrier lines, where the first number of parallax barrier lines are opaque and parallel to the vertical axis. The device includes a second parallax barrier placed between the first parallax barrier and the intended viewable area, where the second parallax barrier includes a second number of parallax barrier lines, where the second number of parallax barrier lines are opaque and parallel to the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Nicholas Brian Hansen
  • Patent number: 11016642
    Abstract: A user interface for an infotainment system of a motor vehicle includes a rectangular display screen and a rotatable ring having a central circular viewing window through which the display screen is visible. The rotatable ring includes a plurality of rotational positions relative to the display screen. An optical switch is disposed between the rotatable ring and the display screen and detects the rotational position of the rotatable ring. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the display screen and to the optical switch. The electronic processor controls an image presented on the display screen dependent upon the rotatable position of the rotatable ring as detected by the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Sachiyo Zuehlke
  • Patent number: 10989917
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a head up display module having a picture generation unit emitting a light field. A plurality of linear polarizers are arranged in a stack. A first of the linear polarizers receives the light field from the picture generation unit. A last of the linear polarizers emits the light field. A windshield reflects the light field from the last linear polarizer such that the reflected light field is visible to a human driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Steven Craig Bower
  • Patent number: 10986478
    Abstract: On-hoard 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: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Sameh Willliam Tawadrous, Hans A. Troemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10980104
    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: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Gerald A. Tang-Kong
  • Patent number: 10946740
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a plurality of seats. Each seat receives a respective human occupant of the motor vehicle. A movable driver control interface enables a human occupant to drive the motor vehicle. A positioning mechanism is coupled to the driver control interface and enables a human occupant to move the driver control interface to a position in front of any one of the seats such that any one of the human occupants may use the driver control interface to drive the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Benjamin David Sweet, Padmanaban Kanagaraj
  • Patent number: 10938335
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to a device, method, and medium storing instructions for execution by a processor for estimating motor winding temperature. In an example, a device for estimating motor winding temperature includes a motor shaft and a motor winding. The device may include a current sense resistor to detect the current passing through a common wiring. The device may include a digital to analog converter to convert an input voltage to an analog signal for comparison to the voltage and to generate a differential voltage using the signals received from the current sense resistor and an initial voltage supplied to the motor winding. The device may include a processor to use the differential voltage and a current input value to calculate a resistance of the motor winding from comparison to a temperature conversion curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Gordon Ray Miller
  • Patent number: 10912135
    Abstract: A server device includes a memory and processor. A vehicle identification number (VIN) is stored in the memory. The VIN is associated with connection information for a vehicle associated with the VIN. The processor executes A VIN matcher stored in the memory, and denies a request for connection information in response to a mismatch between a supplied VIN from a connecting device and the VIN stored in memory. The processor executes a network connector stored in the memory, and sends connection information to a connecting device in response to a match between the supplied VIN from the connecting device and the VIN stored in memory. The connection information is sent through the network connection using a first communication protocol and contains information for the connecting device to connect to the vehicle through direct pairing using a second communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Zellen, Matthew Bourdua, Janardhan Thodeti
  • Patent number: 10884249
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement is for a motor vehicle having a human occupant. A light source emits a light field. An infrared camera detects infrared energy. A combiner is positioned and configured to reflect the light field such that the light field can be viewed by the human occupant as a virtual image. The combiner has a region configured to reflect infra-red energy emitted by a face of the occupant such that the infrared energy is received by the infrared camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Patent number: 10836324
    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: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Jin Woo Jung
  • Patent number: 10730450
    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: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    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: 10732420
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a head up display projector producing a light field based upon image data such that the light field is reflected off of a windshield of the motor vehicle and is then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. First means determines locations of physical objects visible to the driver through the windshield. Second means determines locations of eyes of the driver. An electronic processor receives first data indicative of the determined locations of the physical objects, and receives second data indicative of the determined locations of the eyes of the driver. The electronic processor produces the image data dependent upon the first data and the second data such that a symbol in the virtual image appears to be in a predetermined position relative to a selected one of the physical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Patent number: 10735928
    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: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shaheer-Ahmed Shaikh, Annamalai Paramasivam
  • Publication number: 20200142191
    Abstract: A head up display mirror holder arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a picture generation unit producing a light field. A mirror reflects the light field such that the light field is visible to the driver as a virtual image. A mirror holder has two opposite ends and an activation feature. The two opposite ends are aligned alone a rotational axis of the mirror. The mirror holder retains the mirror. Each of two bushings is coupled to a respective opposite end of the mirror holder. A calibration switch has minimum proximity to the activation feature of the mirror holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: FIDELIS ITSEDE, JOHN AUSTIN, DUANE LUCERO
  • Patent number: 10611329
    Abstract: A loudspeaker arrangement in a motor vehicle includes a collision sensor transmitting a collision signal in response to detecting that the motor vehicle has been in a collision. An audio system transmits an audio signal. A loudspeaker includes an air bag connected thereto. The loudspeaker is coupled to the audio system and produces audible sounds based on the audio signal. The air bag is coupled to the collision sensor and is activated in response to the collision sensor transmitting the collision signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Katherine Jennette Freund
  • Patent number: 10596970
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a rearview mirror display system with a visible surface and having a mirror mode and a display mode. The visible surface functions as a mirror in the mirror mode. The visible surface displays an electronically produced image in the display mode. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the rearview mirror display system. The electronic processor detects that the display mode is not operating properly, and, in response to the detecting, automatically switches the rearview mirror display system from the display mode to the mirror mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Padhu Kanagaraj, Stephanie Tuttle, Rachel Anderson
  • Patent number: 10592401
    Abstract: A method of validating a design for a graphical user interface of a motor vehicle includes creating a tentative design, and/or a few drafts or prototype for the graphical user interface. A blurred version of the tentative graphical user interface design is produced. The blurred version of the tentative graphical user interface design is tested for readability and whether the overall GUI design is suited to be perceived at a glance. If it is determined that the blurred version of the tentative graphical user interface design is not readable or understandable, then the graphical user interface is redesigned and the producing and testing steps are repeated for the redesigned graphical user interface. After the blurred graphical user interface design has been determined to be readable, then a higher fidelity graphical user interface is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Sachiko Kobayashi, Patrick Hanslits, David Lyon, Gary L. Braddock, Narayani Mital
  • 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.