Patents Assigned to Tesla, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10696149
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an energy storage system, an integrated drive system assembly having a gearbox, a power inverter, and an electric motor, wherein the gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter are assembled into a single unit with a multi-piece housing. The electric vehicle may also include two half shafts for respective wheels of the electric vehicle. The gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter may be oriented such that the gearbox extends along a center line of the electric vehicle and the electric motor and the power inverter extend from the gearbox in opposite directions. The electric vehicle may also include a mutual thermal management system coupled to the integrated drive system assembly and having at least one liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter, the gearbox, a cooling system, a refrigeration system, and an HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 10678244
    Abstract: An autonomous control system generates synthetic data that reflect simulated environments. Specifically, the synthetic data is a representation of sensor data of the simulated environment from the perspective of one or more sensors. The system generates synthetic data by introducing one or more simulated modifications to sensor data captured by the sensors or by simulating the sensor data for a virtual environment. The autonomous control system uses the synthetic data to train computer models for various detection and control algorithms. In general, this allows autonomous control systems to augment training data to improve performance of computer models, simulate scenarios that are not included in existing training data, and/or train computer models that remove unwanted effects or occlusions from sensor data of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Nelson Iandola, Donald Benton MacMillen, Anting Shen, Harsimran Singh Sidhu, Paras Jagdish Jain
  • Patent number: 10670448
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to detect and/or classify a vehicle occupant, such as a passenger seated within the cockpit of a vehicle. An occupant classification system includes an occupant weight sensor, an occupant presence sensor, and a logic device configured to communicate with the occupant sensors. The occupant weight sensor includes at least first and second conductive electrodes separated by a dielectric layer, top and bottom protective plastic layers configured to support the respective first and second conductive electrodes, and adhesive layers disposed between the plastic layers and the conductive electrodes and between the conductive electrodes and the dielectric layer. The top protective plastic layer is longer and/or wider than the first conductive electrode and the bottom protective plastic layer is longer and/or wider than the second conductive electrode to provide edge protection against electrical shorts for the first and second conductive electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Akin Aina, Markell Baldwin, Bronson Aden, Zach Stuart
  • Patent number: 10673033
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes a can configured to serve as one electric contact of the electrochemical cell, the can containing active materials, a diaphragm configured to serve as an opposite electric contact of the electrochemical cell, and a gasket that is initially of generally cylindrical shape, the diaphragm positioned inside the gasket in an opening of the can wherein an outer edge of the can is crimped onto the gasket, the gasket having an inner periphery inside the can and an outer periphery outside the can, the outer periphery comprising leaves that after crimping extend along an outer surface of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Mille, Kunio Tsuruta, Kenjin Masumoto
  • Patent number: 10668836
    Abstract: A vehicle seatback includes: a first panel; a second panel coupled to the first panel so that a welding stitching pattern is exposed, each welding stitch of the welding stitching pattern accessible from a common direction; and a bracket, wherein at least one welding stitch included in the welding stitch pattern connects the bracket to one of the first or second panels. A vehicle latch system includes: a housing at a first edge of a movable vehicle seatback with a handle to assume an extended position outside the housing in which a flag on the handle is presented, and a retracted position inside the housing in which the flag is not presented; a latch configured for placement at a second edge of the movable vehicle seatback, the second edge opposite the first edge; and a cable connecting the handle and the latch to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Di Giusto, Matthew Nayna, Michael Y. Liu, Alejandro Valle Camillo
  • Patent number: 10671349
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the disclosure relate to an accelerated mathematical engine. In certain embodiments, the accelerated mathematical engine is applied to image processing such that convolution of an image is accelerated by using a two-dimensional matrix processor comprising sub-circuits that include an ALU, output register and shadow register. This architecture supports a clocked, two-dimensional architecture in which image data and weights are multiplied in a synchronized manner to allow a large number of mathematical operations to be performed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Bannon, Kevin Altair Hurd, Emil Talpes
  • Patent number: 10668884
    Abstract: A vehicle seat restraint system includes a control system and a second-row restraint system. The control system receives a first-row seat value and a second-row seat value from seat sensors. The control system generates relative position data for a first-row seat and a second-row seat based upon the first-row seat value and the second-row seat value. The control system selects a load limiter setting value using a multidimensional load limiter model based upon body impact values as a function of load limiter setting values and the relative position data, a selected load limiter setting value outside a value avoidance zone for the body impact values. The second-row restraint system is configured by the control system with the selected load limiter setting value. The control system may also determine an occupant weight value and select the load limiter setting value using the occupant weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cooper, Madan Gopal, Bruno A. Luz, Honglu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10672919
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a solar module. The solar module can include one or more moisture-resistant photovoltaic structures. A respective photovoltaic structure can include a base layer, an emitter layer positioned on a first side of the base layer, and a moisture barrier layer positioned on a first side of the emitter layer, thereby reducing the amount of moisture that reaches a junction between the base layer and the emitter layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Yangsen Kang, Zhigang Xie, Jianhua Hu
  • Patent number: 10665908
    Abstract: An integrated coolant bottle assembly includes a reservoir configured for use in a thermal system. Examples of such thermal systems include a cooling/heating system of a battery powered electric vehicle, electric power generators (e.g., motor-based systems), other physical plant installations, etc. Such a reservoir includes a first section and a second section. The second section is joined to the first section at a reservoir interface thereby forming the reservoir that is configured for storage and/or flow of a liquid medium. The first section may include an integrated channel that provides a pathway for the flow of the liquid medium. The reservoir may also include a component interface configured to facilitate connection of a component thereto (e.g., a pump, a battery pump, a powertrain pump, a chiller, a heater, a filter, an aerator, a valve, a connector, a fan, or a radiator).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Thomas Krull, Prem Mark Pinto
  • Patent number: 10658276
    Abstract: A device includes an integrated circuit (IC) die, a top-side base plate to which the IC die is mounted, and a body attached to the top-side base plate such that the IC die is inside the body, the body configured for attachment to a printed circuit board (PCB) such that the top-side base plate faces away from the PCB. The device may or may not include legs that abut the PCB upon installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas Chi, Mehmet Ozbek, Satish Thuta
  • Patent number: 10641552
    Abstract: A heat-recovering oven system based on temperature gradient comprises: multiple chambers arranged in a sequence, the chambers configured for operating at various temperatures according to a temperature gradient arrangement that spans the sequence; a conveyor configured for transporting product through the multiple chambers in the sequence for heat treatment according to the temperature gradient arrangement; and multiple temperature-segregated heat exchanger systems, each heat exchanger system including a heat exchanger, a conduit to at least one of the chambers based on its temperature in the temperature gradient arrangement, and a return conduit from the at least one chamber to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Gandhi Van Dyke, Turner Boris Caldwell
  • Patent number: 10606678
    Abstract: A system for handling errors in a neural network includes a neural network processor for executing a neural network associated with use of a vehicle. The neural network processor includes an error detector configured to detect a data error associated with execution of the neural network and a neural network controller configured to receive a report of the data error from the error detector. In response to receiving the report, the neural network controller is further configured to signal that a pending result of the neural network is tainted without terminating execution of the neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hsiong, Emil Talpes, Debjit Das Sarma, Peter Bannon, Kevin Hurd, Benjamin Floering
  • Patent number: 10601234
    Abstract: A battery pack for an energy generation system includes a cell array of conductively interconnected power cells configured to store and discharge energy, a direct current (DC)-to-DC converter coupled to the cell array and configured to receive power from the cell array during discharging of the cell array or to output power to the cell array during charging of the cell array, a pair of output terminals coupled to the DC-to-DC converter for coupling with an external device; and an arc fault detection system coupled between the DC-to-DC converter and the pair of output terminals. The arc fault detection system includes a first sensor for measuring power transmitted between the DC-to-DC converter and the pair of output terminals and a controller coupled to the first sensor and configured to disable the battery pack based on a measurement of the power transmitted between the DC-to-DC converter and the output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandeep Narla
  • Publication number: 20200091857
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic roof tile. The photovoltaic roof tile can include a front glass cover, a back glass cover, a plurality of photovoltaic structures positioned between the front and back glass covers, and a single encapsulant layer positioned between the front glass cover and the photovoltaic structures. A surface of the photovoltaic structures is in direct contact with the back glass cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: TESLA, INC.
    Inventor: Bhavananda R. Nadimpally
  • Patent number: 10586632
    Abstract: A structural cable comprising a first conductor, a structural element, and a body with proximal and distal ends that is formed around the first conductor and the structural element, wherein the body is made of a non-conducting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Esmail, In Jae Chung, Lukas Josef Pankau, Balraj Singh, Maxwell Pfeiffer, Satyan Chandra
  • Patent number: 10587162
    Abstract: An electric motor includes a case, a stator that includes end-windings, a rotor coupled to the case via at least one rotor bearing, at least one drive motor fluid pump, and drive motor electronics. The rotor includes a hollow cylindrical body, a first shaft portion, and a second shaft portion, a fluid feed tube having a fluid receive end and a fluid feed end, the fluid feed end extending into the hollow cylindrical body, and a plurality of fluid exit ports. The drive motor electronics power the stator with or without causing rotation of the rotor. The drive motor fluid pump pumps fluid into the hollow cylindrical body via the fluid feed tube, pumps the fluid out of the plurality of fluid ports, and onto the stator end-windings to collect heat from the rotor and the stator. The heated fluid may be used for heating a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bozhi Yang, Tomas Vianna Martins, Scott Michael Graves, Ethan Swint, Eric Bellemare, Lev Fedoseyev, Benjamin Dellal, Leif E. Olsen, Alexander Hain
  • Publication number: 20200076352
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic roof tile module. The photovoltaic roof tile module can include a photovoltaic roof tile module. The photovoltaic roof tile module can include at least: a first photovoltaic roof tile and a second photovoltaic roof tile positioned adjacent to each other, and a spacer coupled to and positioned between the first and second photovoltaic roof tiles. A respective photovoltaic roof tile can include front and back glass covers, and multiple cascaded strings encapsulated between the front and back glass covers. A respective cascaded string can include a plurality of photovoltaic structures electrically coupled to each other in series, and the multiple cascaded strings can be electrically coupled to each other in parallel. The first and second photovoltaic roof tiles can be electrically coupled to each other in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Bhavananda R. Nadimpally, Peter P. Nguyen, Mykola O. Pashkevych, Bobby Yang
  • Patent number: D884597
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Kevin Fine, Radu Muntean, Javier Verdura, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D887039
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard G. Lee, David Tadashi Imai, Franz von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D887040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard G. Lee, David Tadashi Imai, Franz von Holzhausen