Patents Assigned to Tesla, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10956755
    Abstract: A system is comprised of one or more processors coupled to memory. The one or more processors are configured to receive image data based on an image captured using a camera of a vehicle and to utilize the image data as a basis of an input to a trained machine learning model to at least in part identify a distance of an object from the vehicle. The trained machine learning model has been trained using a training image and a correlated output of an emitting distance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: James Anthony Musk, Swupnil Kumar Sahai, Ashok Kumar Elluswamy
  • Patent number: 10937915
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a backsheet layer, a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent the backsheet layer, a plurality of photovoltaic cells adjacent the bottom encapsulant layer, a top encapsulant layer adjacent the plurality of photovoltaic cells having a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a top layer adjacent the top encapsulant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Christos Gougoussis, Michael M. Laurin, Scott Tandoi, Javier Verdura, Franz Von Holzhausen, Caroline Park, Radu Muntean, Kate Kuzina, Dante Lamastra
  • Patent number: 10938280
    Abstract: An electric motor includes: a stator; a shaft; a rotor mounted on the shaft, the rotor having an end ring that is concentric with the shaft; and a flux shield around the shaft inside the end ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Laskaris, Andrew D. Baglino, Chad Furey, David F. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10921849
    Abstract: A System-on-a-Chip includes a plurality of processing systems and channel circuitry servicing the plurality of processing systems. The channel circuitry includes a clock sprinkler circuit, a clock source, first direction data path circuitry and second direction data path circuitry. A clock sprinkler is a clock signal that propagates in a first direction only, from a source to all destinations. The first direction data path circuitry includes a plurality of first direction data flip flops and first direction combinational logic that service data flow in the first direction. The second direction data path circuitry includes a plurality of second direction data flip flops and second direction combinational logic that service data flow in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel William Bailey
  • Publication number: 20210044250
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic roof tile. The photovoltaic roof tile can include a transparent front cover, a transparent back cover, and a plurality of polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structures positioned between the front cover and the back cover. A respective polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structure has a front surface facing the front cover and a back surface facing the back cover. The photovoltaic roof tile can further include a paint layer positioned on a back surface of the back cover facing away from the front cover. A color of the paint layer substantially matches a color of the front surface of the respective polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: John Liu, Yangsen Kang, Anh N. Duong, Yongkee Chae, Milan Padilla, Chen Wang, Remy D. Labesque
  • Patent number: 10915179
    Abstract: A method of automatically adjusting the ride height of a vehicle each time the vehicle is in a particular location is provided, where the automatic ride height adjustment is based on location and ride height information previously gathered from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Myggen, Miriam Vu, Ted Merendino
  • Patent number: 10901515
    Abstract: A vehicular interface system for providing application-based access to a plurality of vehicular subsystems is disclosed. The vehicular interface system includes a display for displaying a graphical user interface (GUI). A taskbar is displayed in a first portion of the GUI, the taskbar including a plurality of icons, each of icons representing a corresponding application. A plurality of windows is displayed in a second portion of the GUI. When determining that a user-selected icon is being dragged from an initial location on the taskbar, a semi-transparent overlay, corresponding to the application to be launched, is displayed on a window of the GUI as the selected icon is being dragged within the window. When determining that the selected icon is released within a selected window, the corresponding application is launched in the selected window. In general, the application provides control options or monitoring information relating to a subsystem of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan Boblett, Nalinichandra Penke, Roy Goldman, Michael Fairman, Kevin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10889267
    Abstract: An electromagnetic wiper system for a windshield of a vehicle includes a linear actuator, a wiper-arrangement, and control circuitry. The linear actuator includes at least one guide rail having permanent magnets and an electromagnetic moving block. The electromagnetic moving block includes at least one perforation that surrounds the at least one guide rail and at least one electromagnetic coil that surrounds the at least one perforation. The wiper-arrangement includes a wiper arm and a wiper blade, wherein at least the wiper arm is coupled to the electromagnetic moving block. The control circuitry controls a linear motion of the electromagnetic moving block along the at least one guide rail to steer the wiper arm that is coupled to the electromagnetic moving block back and forth across a length of the windshield to the windshield, wherein the electromagnetic moving block induces minimal friction during the linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Clift, Maithreya Kedambadi Prasanna, Gonzalo Espinoza Graham
  • Patent number: 10892621
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic are disclosed that provide distributed, autonomous control of a multitude of sites in an energy system using abstraction and aggregation techniques. A hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic is provided that includes multiple control modules arranged in a hierarchy. Each control module can implement a same energy optimization scheme logic to directly control site energy resources and possibly energy resources of sites associated with control modules existing below it in the hierarchy. Each control module can act autonomously through use a similar set of input values to the common optimization scheme logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10889262
    Abstract: A system for detecting improper usage of a seatbelt of a vehicle includes a vehicle seat having a seat cushion and a seat back. A shoulder belt and a lap belt are intended to restrain an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat. The system includes a sensor module associated with the shoulder belt and the lap belt. The sensor module generates signals indicative of at least one parameter associated with the vehicle seat, the shoulder belt, and the lap belt when the occupant is sitting on the vehicle seat. The system also includes a controller that receives the signals indicative of the at least one parameter associated with the seat back, the shoulder belt, and the lap belt. The controller analyzes the received one or more signals, and determines whether the seatbelt is being used improperly by the occupant, based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Forrest Wen Liau
  • Patent number: 10887982
    Abstract: A high-power Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) includes a housing having side walls, an upper opening, and a lower opening, a VRM circuit board oriented within the housing, a plane of the VRM circuit board oriented in parallel to at least one of the side walls of the housing, an upper Printed Circuit Board (PCB) coupled to the upper opening of the housing, a lower panel coupled to the lower opening of the housing, a coolant inlet port formed in the lower panel, and a coolant outlet port formed in the lower panel. The high power VRM may include a coolant inlet adapter coupled to the coolant inlet port and a coolant outlet adapter coupled to the coolant outlet port. The coolant inlet adapter and the coolant outlet adapter may provide support for the VRM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed Nasr, Aydin Nabovati, Jin Zhao
  • Patent number: 10877532
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian C. Dimen
  • Patent number: 10879637
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a first cable and a second cable that is arranged co-axial to the first cable. Proximal ends of the first and second cables are provided with a connector assembly. The connector assembly from each proximal end is adapted to connect with one another, or a pair of receptacle ports located within a PCB, the PCB being disposed alongside the co-axially arranged first and second cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: In Jae Chung, Zheng Gao, Ron Rosenberg, Joel Torres Diaz, Adnan Esmail, Satyan Chandra
  • Patent number: 10872251
    Abstract: An annotation system provides various tools for facilitating training data annotation. The annotation tools include a bidirectional annotation model that generates annotations for an image sequence based on both forward information and backward information in an image sequence. The annotation system also facilitates annotation processes by automatically suggesting annotations to the human operator based on a set of annotation predictions and locations of interactions of the human operator on the image. This way, the annotation system provides an accelerated way to generate high-quality annotations that take into account input from a human operator by using the predictions as a guide when it appears that an estimated annotation is consistent with the judgement of the human operator. The annotation system also updates annotations for an overlapping set of objects based on input from human operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Anting Shen, Forrest Nelson Iandola
  • Patent number: D906196
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Franz von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D909939
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Franz Von Holzhausen, David Tadashi Imai, Wootak Kim
  • Patent number: D911891
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Blades-Nixon
  • Patent number: D912588
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Franz Von Holzhausen, David Tadashi Imai, Randy Rodriguez
  • Patent number: D913296
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Kevin Fine, Radu Muntean, Javier Verdura, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D913887
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Franz von Holzhausen