Patents Examined by Robert J May
  • Patent number: 11898715
    Abstract: A lamp for vehicle includes a light emitting unit including a plurality of light source modules arranged in a vehicle's width direction, and an optical unit disposed in front of the light emitting unit, for transmitting light generated from at least one of the plurality of light source modules to form a beam pattern that includes at least one pattern region, and including a plurality of lenses corresponding respectively to the plurality of light source modules and integrally formed to be arranged in the vehicle's width direction. Each of the plurality of light source modules includes a light source that generates the light, a reflector configured to reflect the light of the light source forward, and a shield configured to block a portion of the light reflected by the reflector and proceeding toward the optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventor: Hyo Jin Han
  • Patent number: 11898714
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp optical assembly includes a primary optical unit having a plurality of primary optical units arranged side by side. The primary optical unit has a light entrance portion and a light guide portion. The light guide portion has a light entrance portion mounting surface and a primary light emission surface. The light entrance portion mounting surface has at least one light entrance portion. The light entrance portion is configured to enable incident light to be converged and emitted to the light guide portion, and the light guide portion is configured to guide the incident light to be emitted from the primary light emission surface; and a secondary optical unit. The secondary optical unit has a secondary light emission surface and a secondary light entrance surface corresponding to the primary light emission surface. The secondary light emission surface is a narrow and long smooth curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HASCO VISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meng Li, Xiangqian Chen, Zhaoyu Chen, Ying Li
  • Patent number: 11885474
    Abstract: An LED module is described herein. The LED module includes a heatsink with an LED mounting area and a referencing part that is separate from the heatsink. The referencing part is fixed to the heatsink and includes an LED alignment feature and an optical component alignment feature. At least one LED is provided on the LED mounting area of the heatsink and aligned with the LED alignment feature of the referencing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Marc Droegeler, Wim Boogaard
  • Patent number: 11885473
    Abstract: A lamp module includes a light source unit that generates light, an optical unit that forms a predetermined beam pattern by transmitting the light generated by the light source unit therethrough, and a reflection unit that reflects the light generated by the light source unit to be incident upon the optical unit. In particular, the light source unit includes a light source chip, which is spaced apart laterally from an optical axis of the optical unit, and the light source chip is disposed to allow a central line that passes through middle of both sides of a light-emitting surface formed by at least one light source to be tilted with respect to the optical axis of the optical unit by an angle that is different from an angle that a central axis of the reflection unit forms with respect to the optical axis of the optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Dae Gon Kim, Hyung Ho Ko, Dong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11884204
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for modulating headlight characteristics according to a calculated probability of future unplanned disengagement of advanced driver-assistance systems or automated driving systems, collectively referred to as driving automation systems. In particular, some embodiments aim to alert drivers of both a likelihood of unplanned disengagement, as well as a source of unplanned disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: WOVEN BY TOYOTA, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Ludwig Kuehner, Hiroshi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11879613
    Abstract: An optical lens system for vehicle lighting includes a light guide with optical elements arranged as indentations in a light impacting surface of the lens body. The optical elements are configured with a truncated cone section arranged within the lens body in connection to the light impacting surface, and a rounded cap section arranged within the lens body in connection to the truncated cone section. A base surface of the rounded cap section is coincident with a top surface of the truncated cone section. The truncated cone section has an outer surface and a base surface, and the rounded cap section includes an outer surface. A cross-sectional transition between the outer surface of the truncated cone section and the outer surface of the rounded cap section is non-linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEV. CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Joel Hake
  • Patent number: 11873964
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes: a lamp housing; a lamp cover covering an opening of the lamp housing; an illumination unit disposed in a lamp chamber formed by the lamp housing and the lamp cover; a radar configured to acquire radar data indicating surroundings of a vehicle by emitting an electromagnetic wave outside the vehicle; and a concealing part that faces the radar to conceal the radar from the outside of the vehicle and is configured to let the electromagnetic wave emitted from the radar through. The concealing part is formed integrally with the lamp cover. A boundary between the concealing part and the lamp cover is out of a field of view of the radar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Maruyama, Yoshihiro Katsurada, Yuichi Watano, Osamu Kuboyama
  • Patent number: 11873986
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a fan lamp, relates to the technical field of lighting lamp. The fan lamp includes a ceiling suction assembly, a hanger rod, a blade assembly, a light source assembly, and a driver, the ceiling suction assembly is connected with the blade assembly through the hanger rod, the light source assembly is connected with the blade assembly, and the light source assembly is located on a side of the blade assembly facing away from the ceiling suction assembly, the driver is mounted in the ceiling suction assembly or the light source assembly, and the driver is electrically connected with at least one of the blade assembly and the light source assembly, the light source assembly includes a chassis and a directional lighting module, and the directional lighting module is mounted on the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignees: SUZHOU OPPLE LIGHTING CO., LTD., OPPLE LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yaohai Wang, Wangbosheng Wu, Hui Han, Xin Sun
  • Patent number: 11865965
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to communicating alerts about a recommended speed by adapting headlight color. In one embodiment, a method includes computing a recommended speed using an automated driving system (ADS) during an operator controlling a vehicle while the ADS is disengaged. The method also includes, responsive to determining that a vehicle speed satisfies a threshold associated with the recommended speed and an offset value set according to a driving environment, adapting an alert color projected by headlights of the vehicle according to the vehicle speed and the alert color is corrected for operator perception of visible colors associated with the driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yasuda, Manuel Ludwig Kuehner, Guillermo Pita Gil
  • Patent number: 11859810
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a lighting body and an illumination adjusting element which is arranged on the lighting body and is capable of being switched between an opaque mode and a transparent mode by means of electrical control, so that the lighting fixture is able to provide different illumination patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Yong Bao, Jiaozhen Xia
  • Patent number: 11858412
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a grill lighting lamp system and includes a grill part provided in a vehicle and an optical device configured to irradiate light to the grill part. The grill part includes a plurality of reflection portions configured to reflect the light irradiated from the optical device toward the outside of the vehicle and an invalid portion provided in a stepped shape between the plurality of reflection portions and configured to absorb glare light not reflected forward among light incident on the reflection portion from the optical device. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to minimize damage to the optical device in the event of a front collision of the vehicle and suppress a glare phenomenon from occurring upon grill lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seung-Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 11850995
    Abstract: Two headlights are spaced apart from each other in the transverse direction of a vehicle in which they are installed. When the headlights are in position to simultaneously provide light patterns, a first light pattern is located at least partially above a second light pattern in the vertical direction with respect to the installation position of the headlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Carsten Funke, Thomas Haug, Tilman Armbruster, Michael Hamm
  • Patent number: 11850994
    Abstract: A leveling apparatus for a vehicle headlamp includes: a housing disposed at a front side of a vehicle; a light source module disposed in the housing to emit light; a tilting sensor disposed in the housing to detect an inclination degree of a road; a tilting means to tilt the light source module and the tilting sensor together; and a controller. The controller receives a signal detected by the tilting sensor and controls the tilting means based on the inclination degree of the road to adjust a light emission angle of the light source module. In addition, the tilting sensor operates until a sensed output of the tilting sensor reaches a normal range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joon Bo Shim, Seung Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 11846398
    Abstract: A lighting device for a motor vehicle includes a housing having a front lighting surface, a substantially planar plate and at least one lighting module mounted on the plate. The plate has a general plane of extension that is horizontal when the housing is mounted in the vehicle, and has a surface referred to as a lower surface and a surface referred to as an upper surface. The plate includes a first control system which comprises a first male element and is arranged to cause translation of the first male element in an axis parallel to the plate, the plate being provided with a first recess receiving the first male element, and a second control system that includes a second male element and is arranged to cause translation of the second male element in an axis perpendicular to the plate, the plate being provided with a second recess on its upper or lower surface that receives the second male element. The housing thus takes up less space above the modules, which can easily be raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Jerome Chiron, Jean-Marc Gressot
  • Patent number: 11840170
    Abstract: The vehicle lamp includes a first lamp unit and a second lamp unit each including a first light source configured to emit an emission beam (visible light), a second light source configured to emit infrared light for sensing having a peak wavelength different from that of the first light source, and a light receiving unit configured to detect an intensity of reflected light of the infrared light emitted from the second light source. The light distribution control is performed on the light emitted from the first light source in accordance with the intensity of the reflected light detected by the light receiving unit, and the peak wavelength of the light emitted from the second light source of the first lamp unit and the peak wavelength of the light emitted from the second light source of the second lamp unit are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 11841122
    Abstract: A light module of a motor vehicle lighting device. The light module includes a light source intended to perform at least one photometric function, and an electrochromic device including at least one portion arranged downstream of the light source and capable of optionally having a diffusing appearance or a transparent appearance. A controller is arranged to receive an emission instruction from the photometric function and to control, in accordance with the instruction, the emission of light by the light source and the appearance of the electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Matthieu Syre, Stephane Winterstein, Blaise Jars, Gavin Warner, Sylvain Giraud
  • Patent number: 11829060
    Abstract: An illumination device includes: a plurality of light source assemblies; and a plate-shaped optical unit on which light source light beams from the plurality of light source assemblies are incident from mutually different directions, and the plate-shaped optical unit is sectioned into a reflection surface and a transmission surface in accordance with an incident light intensity distribution of each of the light source light beams. Then, transmitted light having passed through the plate-shaped optical unit among the light source light beams and reflected light having been reflected by the plate-shaped optical unit among the light source light beams are emitted with directions aligned, and a boundary between the transmission surface and the reflection surface in the plate-shaped optical unit is formed at a position where incident light intensities of the light source light beams individually from the plurality of light source assemblies have substantially equal values to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Ohkawa, Gen Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 11828429
    Abstract: A light source module for a motor vehicle, comprising a substrate, multiple light sources, and temperature sensors, wherein the light sources and the temperature sensors are arranged on the substrate, wherein the substrate has a central region and a peripheral region, and wherein the number of temperature sensors per unit area is greater in the central region than in the peripheral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Boris Kubitza, Martin Pluempe
  • Patent number: 11821598
    Abstract: A light masking system for a vehicle includes: a printed circuit board (PCB); at least one infrared (IR) light source disposed on a first surface of the PCB and configured to emit a first predetermined wavelength range of light; at least one masking light source disposed on the first surface of the PCB proximal to the IR light source and configured to emit a second predetermined wavelength range of light, wherein a portion of the emitted first predetermined wavelength range of light of the IR light source includes visible light; and the emitted second predetermined wavelength range of light of the at least one masking light source masks the emitted visible light from the first predetermined wavelength range of the at least one IR light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Stein, Jonathan Beauchamp, Brant Potter, Nathan Montgomery, John Orisich
  • Patent number: 11815241
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle, in particular a headlight, including a light source, from which light emerges in operation of the lighting device, a collimation optical system having an incident face and an emergent face, which the light emerging from the light source passes through, a projection optical system having a first array of lenses and a second array of lenses, wherein the light emerging from the collimation optical system first passes through the first array of lenses and after that through the second array of lenses, as well as a diaphragm, which the light passes through, wherein the diaphragm is arranged in front of the first array of lenses, so that in operation of the lighting device the light does not strike the first array of lenses until after passing through the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Bernd Fischer, Benjamin Willeke