Patents Assigned to Veoneer US, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20240118534
    Abstract: An example system includes a movable optical element configured to direct light along an optical path, a flat surface along the optical path, where the light from the movable optical element passes through the flat surface to an external environment, and a light-transmissive fluid that is present along the optical path. The light-transmissive fluid and the flat surface have a substantially same optical index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2022
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: Veoneer US, INC.
    Inventor: Bernard de Mersseman
  • Patent number: 11750931
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a memory and a processor. The memory may comprise first parameters for an image sensor and second parameters for a LED. The processor may be configured to receive a first temperature from the image sensor, receive a second temperature from the LED, present a first adjustment to the image sensor and present a second adjustment to the LED. The first adjustment may be configured to scale the first parameters based on a difference between the first temperature and the predetermined temperature. The second adjustment may be configured to scale the second parameters based on a difference between the second temperature and the predetermined temperature. The processor may scale the first parameters and the second parameters in order to compensate for performance degradation of the image sensor caused by changes in the first temperature and the LED caused by changes in the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventor: Mehmet Fatih Yilmaz
  • Publication number: 20230192098
    Abstract: A system includes: a first camera configured to capture first images of a driver on a driver's seat within a passenger cabin of the vehicle; a second camera configured to capture second images in front of the vehicle; a driver module configured to determine a driver and a present rank of the driver; a module configured to detect a condition based on at least one of (a) a first image, (b) a second image, and (c) a parameter measured by a sensor; a reinforcement module configured to: display the present rank within the passenger cabin; generate an output within the passenger cabin in response to the detection of the condition; when no conditions are detected, increment a rank period of the driver; selectively increase the present rank of the driver; and generate an alert within the passenger cabin in response to the increasing of the present rank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher CORRAL, Caroline CHUNG, Alexandru ORBAN, Trinten PATTEN
  • Publication number: 20230196794
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting seatbelt positioning includes capturing, by a camera, a near infrared source image of an occupant in a vehicle, determining a position of a head of the occupant in the source image, determining a region of interest for a seatbelt based on the position of the head; determining an oversaturation condition in the region of interest for the seatbelt, adjusting the source image to form an adjusted image compensating the oversaturation condition in the region of interest for the seatbelt, converting the adjusted image to a black-and-white image, and detecting the seatbelt within the black-and-white image. Adjusting the source image to compensate the oversaturation condition may include adjusting an exposure level of the source image based on a contrast ratio in the region of interest and/or based on detecting a predetermined pattern of the seatbelt within the region of interest for the seatbelt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Caroline Chung, Mitchell Pleune, Afrah Naik
  • Publication number: 20230196798
    Abstract: A method for detecting seatbelt positioning comprises: capturing, by a camera, a source image including a plurality of pixels each having a corresponding brightness level; determining a range of brightness levels of a group of the plurality of pixels located within at least one region of the source image; generating an adjusted image by adjusting the corresponding brightness levels of the group of the pixels located within the region of the source image based on the range of the brightness levels of the group of the plurality of pixels located within the at least one region of the source image; converting the adjusted image to a black-and-white image; and scanning across the black-and-white image to detect a plurality of transitions between black and white segments corresponding to a predetermined pattern of the seatbelt, and using detections of the plurality of transitions to indicate a detection of the seatbelt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Mitchell Pleune, Caroline Chung, Afrah Naik
  • Publication number: 20230196795
    Abstract: A method for detecting an object having a known pattern with a boundary of a shadow overlying the known pattern includes: capturing, by a camera, a source image of the object; detecting a plurality of transitions between dark and bright regions of the source image and corresponding to the known pattern; determining an expected transition within the source image based on the known pattern and the detected transitions; determining an absence of the expected transition due to the boundary of the shadow overlying the known pattern; and determining a location in the source image corresponding to the expected transition based on a rate of change of brightness in the source image. A system including a camera and a controller configured to detect an object having a known pattern with a boundary of a shadow overlying the known pattern is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Afrah Naik, Caroline Chung, Mitchell Pleune
  • Publication number: 20230196796
    Abstract: A method for detecting a position of a seatbelt in a vehicle includes: capturing, by a camera, a source image of an occupant in the vehicle; determining a pose of the occupant based on the source image; determining an occupant shadow based on the pose of the occupant; determining, based on the occupant shadow, a shadow overlying a region of interest (ROI) in the source image; and detecting, based on the shadow overlying the ROI, the seatbelt within the ROI. A system for detecting a position of a seatbelt is also provided. The system includes a camera and controller in communication with the camera and configured to: determine a pose of the occupant; determine an occupant shadow based on the pose of the occupant; determine, based on the occupant shadow, a shadow overlying the ROI; and detect, based on the shadow overlying the ROI, the seatbelt within the ROI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Afrah Naik, Caroline Chung, Mitchell Pleune
  • Publication number: 20230105712
    Abstract: An optical sensor assembly is provided. The optical sensor includes a sensor and a lens assembly. The sensor may be configured to sense a light signal. The lens assembly may be configured to direct the light signal onto the sensor. The lens assembly may include a lens formed of a plastic material such that a thermal variation is introduced into a focal length of the lens based on temperature. The lens includes a thermal compensation spacer configured to induce a thermal correction in an opposite direction of the thermal variation to correct the focal length of the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Publication date: April 6, 2023
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: ILYA FEDAROVICH, PAUL LEONELLI, SAMANTHA CHALUT, NOAH JANKE
  • Publication number: 20220398404
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting seatbelt positioning includes capturing, by a camera, a near infrared (NIR) image of an occupant, applying a median filter to the NIR image to remove glints; converting the NIR image to a black-and-white image, scanning across the black-and-white (B/W) image to detect a plurality of transitions between black and white segments corresponding to stripes extending lengthwise along a length of the seatbelt, and using detections of the plurality of transitions to indicate a detection of the seatbelt. Converting the NIR image to the black-and-white image may include using a localized binary threshold to determine whether a given pixel in the B/W image should be black or white based on whether a corresponding source pixel within the NIR image is brighter than an average of nearby pixels within a predetermined distance of the corresponding source pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Publication date: December 15, 2022
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: CAROLINE CHUNG, FRANK JUDGE, THOMAS HERBERT, MITCHELL PLEUNE
  • Publication number: 20220319354
    Abstract: A system for evaluating performance of a driver of a vehicle with an electronic control unit is provided. The system includes an evaluation processor configured to access driving dynamics data regarding operation of the vehicle, and a driver monitoring sensor in communication with the evaluation processor to generate driver status data that relates to a position, orientation, or condition of the driver. One or more external monitoring sensors are in communication with the evaluation processor to generate external interaction data relating to interaction of the driver with an external environment. The evaluation processor is configured to generate a driver rating based upon the driving dynamics data and the driver status data and the external interaction data. A method for evaluating performance of a driver of a vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Caroline Chung, Thomas J. Herbert, Francis J. Judge
  • Publication number: 20220315024
    Abstract: A system for comparing driver intent and a gear setting of a vehicle comprises a driver monitoring system including at least one driver monitoring sensor configured to capture attributes of the driver indicative of driver intent regarding an intended direction of travel. The system also comprises an evaluation processor configured to access driver data from the driver monitoring system. The evaluation processor is also configured to generate a mismatch signal in response to determining a mismatch between the driver intent and a gear setting of the vehicle. The evaluation processor may also be configured to control braking and/or acceleration of the vehicle in response to determining a mismatch between the driver intent and a gear setting of the vehicle. The system may also use data regarding an object within a threshold distance from a front or a rear of the vehicle, and/or a requested acceleration above a threshold amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Pusheck, Joshua Forwerck, Kristie Hargreaves
  • Publication number: 20220258771
    Abstract: A monitoring system for determining driver readiness for takeover of vehicle control from an autonomous driving system is provided. The monitoring system may include an evaluation processor and a driver monitoring system. The evaluation processor may access driver data from the driver monitoring system. The driver monitoring system may include one or more driver monitoring sensors that capture attributes of the driver indicative of driver ability to take over vehicle control. The evaluation processor may prompt the driver for an affirmative confirmation of takeover in response to a takeover request from an autonomous driving system and the sensed attributes of the driver indicative of the driver being ready to take over vehicle control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Caroline Chung, Thomas J. Herbert, Francis J. Judge
  • Publication number: 20220250570
    Abstract: A method and system for determining whether a seatbelt of a vehicle is fastened is provided. The system may be configured to detect markers on a seatbelt, engage seatbelt tensioners, and determine whether the markers have moved. The system may then be configured to determine whether the seatbelt is fastened based on movement of the markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventor: MEHMET FATIH YILMAZ
  • Publication number: 20220221559
    Abstract: A LiDAR system and method of detecting objects using same includes a plurality of coaxially arranged LiDAR transmitters and detectors. A movable optical element redirects optical signals between the LiDAR transmitters and an external region and reference optical element. The detectors receive returning optical signals after they have deflected off objects in the surrounding environment to generate an electrical signal. A reference signal is generated from the optical signals directed towards the reference optical element. The system determines the position of an object in the external region by adjusting the electrical signal using the reference signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard DeMersseman, Afrah Naik, Winston Li, Olov Von Hofsten
  • Publication number: 20220219621
    Abstract: A camera assembly adapted for mounting to an interior of a motor vehicle on an upper surface of the steering column assembly. The camera assembly has mounting features interacting with a mounting structure that cause the camera assembly to separate from the mounting structure upon the occurrence of a collision with an object or through inertial forces acting on the camera assembly. The separation in such conditions is provided in a controlled manner through the use of cam or ramp surfaces provided in the camera assembly or mounting structure. A cable or tether may be attached to the camera assembly and mounted to the vehicle to further control movement of the camera assembly after separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: CHAKRAVARTHI MALLIKARJUN NAGOLU, FRANCIS JOSEPH JUDGE
  • Patent number: 11378683
    Abstract: RADAR sensor assemblies/modules, particularly those for vehicles. In some embodiments, the assembly may comprise a plurality of waveguides, each waveguide of the plurality of waveguides being defined by a waveguide groove. A slot may be positioned to extend along an axis of each of the plurality of waveguide grooves. Each of the waveguides may be further defined, at least in part, by a periodic feature that extends back and forth in a periodic manner along at least a portion of its respective waveguide and a plurality of periodic signal confinement structures, a first periodic signal confinement structure of which may extend adjacent to a first side of each of the plurality of waveguides, and a second periodic signal confinement structure which may extend along a second side of each of the plurality of waveguides opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelos Alexanian, Scott B. Doyle, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Arnold Mobius
  • Patent number: 11374321
    Abstract: A differential antenna includes a substrate formed of non-radio-frequency material and a pair of conductive microstrip lines formed on the substrate. A metallic sheet is supported and spaced apart from the pair of conductive microstrip lines by a plurality of support elements to form an air gap. The metallic sheet is patterned to include a plurality of differential radiating gaps disposed along the longitudinal axis of the antenna and above a gap between the pair of conductive microstrip lines. Multiple rows of metallic vias are formed in the substrate disposed and spaced apart laterally with respect to the gap between the pair of conductive microstrip lines to define two propagation air cavities in which radiation can propagate. The differential antenna is configured such that the radiation is differential-mode, second-order radiation, which is emitted from the differential antenna at the differential radiating gaps in the metallic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Majid Ahmadloo, Arnold Mobius
  • Patent number: 11349203
    Abstract: RADAR or other sensor assemblies/modules, particularly those for vehicles, along with related manufacturing/assembly methods. In some embodiments, the assembly may comprise a housing and a printed circuit board. The printed circuit board may comprise a first side and a second side opposite the first side and may further comprise one or more integrated circuits positioned on the first side of the printed circuit board. One or more antennas may be operably coupled with the integrated circuit. A flexible radome, such as a thermoplastic wrapper, may enclose the assembly and may provide the means for binding the printed circuit board to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Majid Ahmadloo, Robert J. Sletten
  • Patent number: 11349220
    Abstract: Waveguide and/or antenna structures for use in RADAR sensor assemblies and the like. In some embodiments, the assembly may comprise a waveguide groove extending along an elongated axis. An antenna structure may be operably coupled with the waveguide groove and may comprise one or more slots extending within the waveguide groove along the elongated axis. The antenna structure may be positioned and configured to deliver electromagnetic radiation from the waveguide groove therethrough. The waveguide groove and/or the slot(s) of the antenna structure may intermittently oscillate on opposite sides of the elongated axis, in some embodiments in a periodic manner, along at least a portion of the elongated axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelos Alexanian, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Arnold Mobius
  • Publication number: 20220163631
    Abstract: A radar sensor includes a memory storing a model defining a relationship between a condition of the radar sensor and a plurality of features of radar detections, the model being generated by a machine learning approach and storing values of the plurality of features associated with the known states of the condition of the radar sensor. A radar detector transmits radar signals into a region, detects reflected returning radar signals from the region, and converts the reflected returning radar signals into digital data signals. A processor receives the digital data signals and processes the digital data signals to generate actual radar detections, each characterized by a plurality of the features of radar detections. The processor applies values of the features of the actual radar detections to the model to determine the state of the condition of the radar sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicant: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Fetterman, Jifeng Ru, Aret Carlsen, Yifan Zuo