Patents by Inventor Brenda Cucci

Brenda Cucci has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9151089
    Abstract: In a vehicle door assembly, controllers processes signals from an extension force sensor and a retraction force sensor to control a door handle. As a motor retracts the handle, a swing arm in the vehicle door presses against the retraction force sensor causing the handle controller to stop the motor. Pushing on the retracted handle presses the swing arm against the retraction force sensor a second time causing the controllers to operate the motor and extend the handle. As the handle extends, the swing arm presses against the extension force sensor and the handle controller stops the motor as the handle is fully extended. Subsequently, a hand pulling on the door handle presses the swing arm against the extension force sensor a second time causing the controllers to unlatch a latch holding the vehicle door shut, and thereby allow the vehicle door to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven
  • Patent number: 9080352
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a door handle operated using a controller and sensors. In the door interior, an upper portion of a swing arm connects to a first post and a second post portion of the door handle. The lower portion of the swing arm, rotably attached to a shaft on the inner door, pivots between an extended and retracted position. When an extension force sensor contacts the upper portion of the arm, the extension force sensor on the inner door surface generates an extension force response signal. A retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm generates a retraction force response signal when the retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm contacts a flush adjuster rod. Both extension and retraction force response signals are used by the controller to operate the door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven, David Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20150035296
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a door handle operated using a controller and sensors. In the door interior, an upper portion of a swing arm connects to a first post and a second post portion of the door handle. The lower portion of the swing arm, rotably attached to a shaft on the inner door, pivots between an extended and retracted position. When an extension force sensor contacts the upper portion of the arm, the extension force sensor on the inner door surface generates an extension force response signal. A retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm generates a retraction force response signal when the retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm contacts a flush adjuster rod. Both extension and retraction force response signals are used by the controller to operate the door handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven, David Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20150039180
    Abstract: In a vehicle door assembly, controllers processes signals from an extension force sensor and a retraction force sensor to control a door handle. As a motor retracts the handle, a swing arm in the vehicle door presses against the retraction force sensor causing the handle controller to stop the motor. Pushing on the retracted handle presses the swing arm against the retraction force sensor a second time causing the controllers to operate the motor and extend the handle. As the handle extends, the swing arm presses against the extension force sensor and the handle controller stops the motor as the handle is fully extended. Subsequently, a hand pulling on the door handle presses the swing arm against the extension force sensor a second time causing the controllers to unlatch a latch holding the vehicle door shut, and thereby allow the vehicle door to open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven
  • Patent number: 8935053
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for controlling a hood latch using an electrically actuated primary hood latch and an electrically actuated secondary hood latch. To open the hood of the vehicle, a person presses a hood release button. Before attempting to release either the primary hood latch or secondary hood latch, a determination is made whether a vehicle speed of the vehicle is below a minimum vehicle speed threshold. If the vehicle speed is below this threshold, both the primary electrical actuator for the primary hood latch and the secondary electrical actuator for the secondary hood latch are triggered, thereby releasing hood from a closed position into an open position. When the vehicle speed is above this vehicle speed threshold, only the primary electrical actuator for primary hood latch is triggered; leaving the hood in a partially open position held in place by the secondary hood latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Brenda Cucci, Adam S. Kilgore, Dan Adams, Robert B. Mooney
  • Patent number: 8807807
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a door handle assembly used in a vehicle door having an illumination module and illumination source that directs light in a first direction and a second direction using a pair of light pipes. The door handle from the door handle assembly includes a first illumination aperture oriented in the first direction and a second illumination aperture oriented in the second direction. As the illumination source generates light, the first light pipe receives a first portion of light and directs it toward a first illumination surface and the first illumination aperture in the first direction. By molding the second light pipe around the first light pipe, remaining light is captured from the illumination source as a second portion of light. The second portion of light reflects along the interior surfaces of the second light pipe towards the second illumination surface oriented in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Brenda Cucci, Adam S. Kilgore, Daryl Zalan
  • Publication number: 20140088826
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for controlling a hood latch using an electrically actuated primary hood latch and an electrically actuated secondary hood latch. To open the hood of the vehicle, a person presses a hood release button. Before attempting to release either the primary hood latch or secondary hood latch, a determination is made whether a vehicle speed of the vehicle is below a minimum vehicle speed threshold. If the vehicle speed is below this threshold, both the primary electrical actuator for the primary hood latch and the secondary electrical actuator for the secondary hood latch are triggered, thereby releasing hood from a closed position into an open position. When the vehicle speed is above this vehicle speed threshold, only the primary electrical actuator for primary hood latch is triggered; leaving the hood in a partially open position held in place by the secondary hood latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Brenda Cucci, Adam S. Kilgore, Dan Adams, Robert B. Mooney
  • Publication number: 20140022811
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a door handle assembly used in a vehicle door having an illumination module and illumination source that directs light in a first direction and a second direction using a pair of light pipes. The door handle from the door handle assembly includes a first illumination aperture oriented in the first direction and a second illumination aperture oriented in the second direction. As the illumination source generates light, the first light pipe receives a first portion of light and directs it toward a first illumination surface and the first illumination aperture in the first direction. By molding the second light pipe around the first light pipe, remaining light is captured from the illumination source as a second portion of light. The second portion of light reflects along the interior surfaces of the second light pipe towards the second illumination surface oriented in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Brenda Cucci, Adam S. Kilgore, Daryl Zalan
  • Publication number: 20130079984
    Abstract: In a vehicle door assembly, controllers processes signals from an extension force sensor and a retraction force sensor to control a door handle. As a motor retracts the handle, a swing arm in the vehicle door presses against the retraction force sensor causing the handle controller to stop the motor. Pushing on the retracted handle presses the swing arm against the retraction force sensor a second time causing the controllers to operate the motor and extend the handle. As the handle extends, the swing arm presses against the extension force sensor and the handle controller stops the motor as the handle is fully extended. Subsequently, a hand pulling on the door handle presses the swing arm against the extension force sensor a second time causing the controllers to unlatch a latch holding the vehicle door shut, and thereby allow the vehicle door to open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven
  • Publication number: 20130076048
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a door handle operated using a controller and sensors. In the door interior, an upper portion of a swing arm connects to a first post and a second post portion of the door handle. The lower portion of the swing arm, rotably attached to a shaft on the inner door, pivots between an extended and retracted position. When an extension force sensor contacts the upper portion of the arm, the extension force sensor on the inner door surface generates an extension force response signal. A retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm generates a retraction force response signal when the retraction force sensor on the lower portion of the arm contacts a flush adjuster rod. Both extension and retraction force response signals are used by the controller to operate the door handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Joris Aerts, Adam S. Kilgore, Brenda Cucci, Ian Craven
  • Publication number: 20080294045
    Abstract: An ultrasonic probe for three dimensional scanning includes a one dimensional array transducer which is mechanically swept back and forth. As the array transducer is swept in one direction the array scans the volumetric region with image planes which are scanned from left to right. As the array transducer is swept in the opposite direction the direction of beam scanning is reverse so that the volumetric region is scanned with image planes which are scanned from right to left. The reversal of the beam scanning direction causes the scanned planes to be substantially aligned, resulting in a reduction in scanning artifacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Becky Ellington, Brenda Cucci, Paul Detmer