Patents Assigned to Visteon Global Technologies Inc.
  • Patent number: 11353919
    Abstract: A compliant display assembly employing a glass outer screen is configured to permit bending of the glass outer screen without buckling or cracking. The compliant display assembly includes a planar glass sheet, a first planar housing, a second planar housing, and a hinge, wherein the first planar housing is pivotably coupled to the second planar housing via the hinge. The planar glass sheet is attached to the first and second planar housings. The first planar housing is arranged to pivot relative to the second planar housing via the hinge. The hinge is arranged to limit the pivot angle between the first planar housing and the second planar housing to a maximum pivot angle. The hinge is arranged to secure the first planar housing in relation to the second planar housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathias Stegemann, Manfred Süss, Emil Volodiev Tsanin, Shenol Ilyaz Hasan, Aleksandar Georgiev Lukanov
  • Publication number: 20220155635
    Abstract: A display system includes a backlight. A first display unit is disposed proximate the backlight. The first display unit may include a plurality of pixels. Around each pixel, the display system may include a matrix structure. A reflective polarizer may cooperate with a substrate of the first display unit. A second display unit is disposed proximate the first display unit. A microcontroller may be coupled to one or more of the backlight, the first display unit and the second display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf
  • Publication number: 20220157264
    Abstract: A local-dimming display generally includes a light source configured to generate a backlight, a first display aligned with the light source and having multiple first pixels, wherein each first pixel is configured to selectively pass and block the backlight, and a second display aligned with the first display and having multiple second pixels. A particular pixel is controlled to pass the backlight. The particular pixel corresponds with an aligned pixel and multiple parallax pixels of the first pixels controlled at a first transmit level, and multiple neighboring pixels of the first pixels controlled at one or more second transmit levels. The one or more second transmit levels are less than or equal to the first transmit level. The first pixels cooperating at the first transmit level and the second transmit levels selectively presents the backlight to the second display with a declining intensity pattern in the neighboring pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf
  • Publication number: 20220155639
    Abstract: A power reduced display includes a light source having an available space and configured to generate a backlight, a first display having multiple first pixels, wherein each first pixel is configured to selectively pass and block the backlight, a second display having multiple second pixels. The light source includes a first number of first packages each having a single light-emitting diode. The first number is a largest number of the first packages that fit in the available space of the light source. The first number of the first packages is configured to consume a first power to produce a particular luminance. A second number of second packages each having two light-emitting diodes alternatively fit in the available space and is configured to consume a second power to produce the particular luminance. The first number is greater than the second number. The first power is less than the second power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Hayden, Andrew F. Rice, Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf
  • Publication number: 20220155638
    Abstract: A high dynamic range display includes a light source, a first display and a second display. The light source is configured to generate a backlight. The first display is aligned with the light source and has multiple first pixels. Each first pixel is configured to selectively pass and block the backlight. The second display is aligned with the first display and has multiple second pixels. A particular pixel is controlled to pass the backlight at a first transmit level. The particular pixel corresponds with an aligned pixel of the first pixels controlled to pass the backlight at a second transmit level and a multiple parallax pixels controlled to pass the backlight. The second transmit level is based on the first transmit level. The second transmit level offsets leakage of the backlight through the second display at the first transmit level to produce a high dynamic range final image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf
  • Patent number: 11300765
    Abstract: A display system includes at least one display unit, and a mirror array plate. The mirror array plate reflects light emitted from the display unit along a viewing path, and focuses the reflected light at a floating viewing plane positioned between the mirror array plate and a viewing location. The display system may include a micro-louver film disposed adjacent to the display unit that controls light dispersion of the emitted light from the display unit. The display system may include multiple display units arranged relative to the mirror array plate to present respective images on respective floating viewing planes to provide a three dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Weindorf
  • Patent number: 11285966
    Abstract: An apparatus for an autonomous vehicle may include a controller. The controller may monitor one or more components or systems of the autonomous vehicle. The controller may determine a fault condition of the autonomous vehicle, such as for a component or a system of the autonomous vehicle. The apparatus may include a human-machine interface for a user, such as an occupant of the autonomous vehicle. The apparatus may communicate, via the human-machine interface, an alert based on the fault condition. This may be in accordance with a profile associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Whikehart, Michael K. Ingrody
  • Publication number: 20220090939
    Abstract: A method for providing vehicle information includes: receiving first vehicle data encoded according to a first protocol and corresponding to an environment external to a vehicle; receiving high definition mapping data corresponding to objects in the environment external to the vehicle; generating position information for objects indicated in the high definition mapping data by correlating locations of objects indicated by the high definition mapping data with objects in the environment external to the vehicle detected by at least one sensor; generating second vehicle data by correlating the high definition mapping data, the position information, and the first vehicle data; and encoding the second vehicle data according to a second protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Pfeifle, Hendrik Bock, Mathias Otto, Markus Schaefer, Sebastian Ammann, Nikola Karamanov, Markus Mainberger
  • Patent number: 11256135
    Abstract: A display system includes a backlight configured to project light including a housing and one or more light emitting elements received in the housing and one or more reflective portions disposed on the housing. A first display unit is disposed proximate the backlight includes a liquid crystal layer and at least one reflective polarizer. A second display unit is disposed proximate the first display unit. The second display unit includes a TFT display layer and at least one linear polarizer. At least one microcontroller is in communication with one or more of the backlight, the first display unit and the second display unit. The at least one microcontroller executes instructions to adjust the liquid crystal layer of the first display unit between a first transmissive state and a second transmissive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf, David M. Whitton
  • Patent number: 11256117
    Abstract: An electro-optical system includes a voltage supply device, an active polarizing layer, a retarding layer, and a reflective layer. The active polarizing layer is electrically coupled to the voltage supply device. The active polarizing layer is configured to switch back and forth between a non-polarized state and a polarized state as the voltage supply device supplies varying levels of voltage. The retarding layer is configured to alter the polarization state of light traveling through it. The reflective layer is positioned adjacent to the retarding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Frederick Luther Weindorf, Qais Sharif, Brian Hayden, Elijah Louis Auger
  • Patent number: 11238319
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle includes determining a region of interest based on environment sensor data corresponding an environment of the vehicle and a machine-learned predictor configured to identify, within the environment sensor data, a region as the region of interest that at least statistically coincides with a line of sight of an occupant of the vehicle. The method also includes classifying a detected object within the determined region of interest using an object detection algorithm. The method also includes operating the vehicle in based on at least one of the detected object and the determined region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Pfeifle, Niclas Zeller, Markus Mainberger
  • Publication number: 20210358496
    Abstract: A method of operating a voice assistant system (30) of a vehicle (20) includes inputting (104) a voice input (200) into a computing device (28), and converting (106) the voice input into a natural language input text data file (224) with a speech-to-text converter (50). The natural language input text data file is analyzed (108) to determine a requested action (108). An action identifier (44) determines if the requested action is a cloud-based action (112) or an on-board based action (122). When the requested action is determined to be the cloud-based action, the computing device communicates (114) the text data file to a cloud-based service provider (226). When the requested action is determined to be the on-board based action, then the computing device executes (126) the requested action with a skill (46) operable on the computing device to perform the requested action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ranjeeth Kumar Sukumar
  • Patent number: 11131884
    Abstract: A display with local dimming backlight and an active privacy mode. The display may include a backlight source, lenses, a passive diffuser, an active diffuser and a transmissive display. The backlight source may define a two-dimensional matrix of light sources configured to generate an initial light. The lenses may be mounted adjacent to the backlight source, aligned with the light sources, and configured to generate a collimated light. The passive diffuser may be mounted adjacent to the lenses and configured to spatially spread the collimated light. The active diffuser may be mounted adjacent to the passive diffuser, configured to generate an intermediate light in response to the collimated light, and configured to change a diffusive property of the intermediate light in response to a scattering signal. The transmissive display may be mounted adjacent to the active diffuser and configured to generate multiple visible images by modulating the intermediate light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pawel Murzyn, Steven Purcell, Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf
  • Patent number: 11124129
    Abstract: A display module for use as a front dashboard, a center console, a passenger entertainment display, or an instrument panel is described. The display module includes a display assembly that is joined to a cover lens via an optically clear adhesive layer. The display assembly is arranged as a flat planar device, and the cover lens is arranged as a curved planar surface that includes an inner laminate sheet that is joined to an outer laminate sheet via a second adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ho-Hsun Chi, Yu-Hsien Wu, Yi-Tseng Chiang, Tsang-Chi Li, Chung-Yao Hsu, Cheng-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 11044792
    Abstract: A system includes a switch-mode power supply for drawing low and constant current from a power source. The switch-mode power supply may charge an energy storage element with low and constant current. In a normal condition, a current driver may cause the illuminator to emit electromagnetic radiation as a plurality of flashes. In the normal condition, the system may include an average power that is less than or equal to a threshold value associated with the illuminator. In a fault condition, the illuminator may continuously emit electromagnetic radiation, at low current. In the fault condition, the switch-mode power supply may supply low and constant current to the illuminator. Similarly, in the fault condition, the system may include an average power that is less than or equal to a threshold value associated with the illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Spurr, Mike Lees
  • Patent number: 11003262
    Abstract: An input knob for use with a touch screen device includes stationary and moveable members. The stationary member adheres to a touch screen of the device. The moveable member moves relative to the stationary member, and is secured to the surface via the stationary member. The moveable member produces touch events on the touch surface as bits of data in response to movement of the moveable member. The moveable member may include a rotary encoder. The stationary member may include conductive pads in contact with the surface and in selective contact with a conductive mass of the moveable member. The moveable member may be ring-shaped, removeable and repositionable with respect to the surface, and/or constructed of or coated by dielectric materials. The knob may lack a direct hardwired electrical connection to or through the surface. A display system includes the touch screen device and knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Allen Pfau, Rhodri Elliott, David Michael Whitton
  • Publication number: 20210089076
    Abstract: A compliant display assembly employing a glass outer screen is configured to permit bending of the glass outer screen without buckling or cracking. The compliant display assembly includes a planar glass sheet, a first planar housing, a second planar housing, and a hinge, wherein the first planar housing is pivotably coupled to the second planar housing via the hinge. The planar glass sheet is attached to the first and second planar housings. The first planar housing is arranged to pivot relative to the second planar housing via the hinge. The hinge is arranged to limit the pivot angle between the first planar housing and the second planar housing to a maximum pivot angle. The hinge is arranged to secure the first planar housing in relation to the second planar housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mathias Stegemann, Manfred Süss, Emil Volodiev Tsanin, Shenol Ilyaz Hasan, Aleksandar Georgiev Lukanov
  • Patent number: 10942379
    Abstract: A bi-modal dimming mirror includes a display and a switchable mirror configured to vary in transmissivity in response to a dimming control signal, which includes one or more of an LCD voltage, a rotator control signal, and/or a polarizer control signal. The bi-modal dimming mirror includes a visible segment overlying the display panel and a sample segment for calibrating the transmissivity or the reflectivity of the switchable mirror. A light source projects a light beam through the sample segment, which is measured by a light sensor. A liquid crystal cell changes polarization of light passing therethrough in response to application of an LCD voltage. In some embodiments, an active absorptive polarizer varies in absorption of polarized light in response to a polarizer control signal. An active polarization rotator varies rotation of polarized light in response to a rotator control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Weindorf
  • Patent number: 10901952
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a second file in a target using a first file and a difference file is provided. The system also provides for a method of transferring a difference file from a source device to the target device in a two or more partial blocks which may be transferred independently and which do not all need to be stored in the target device at any given time. The partial blocks of the subject system each include a plurality of segments, which may each function as a difference instruction to instruct the target device to generate a corresponding portion of the second file. Each of these segments may include a reference to source data within the first data or a reference to new plain data that is provided within the partial block. In this way, the second file may be accurately constructed while minimizing the data transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thorsten Wilmer
  • Patent number: 10901249
    Abstract: A dimmable display lens system and method is provided which includes a display element configured to emit light. The system and method also includes a dimmable lens disposed in the direction of light emission of the display element and configured to increase the transmission of light emitted by the display through the dimmable lens. The dimmable lens also includes a control system configured to increase the transmission of light emitted by the display according to a plurality of light transmission incremental steps. The control system includes a feedback control system configured to adjust the transmission of light through the dimmable lens based at least on the measured values of an ambient light sensor and a forward looking light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf, Qais Sharif