Patents by Inventor Cindy Anne Peters

Cindy Anne Peters 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: 11331893
    Abstract: A film-application apparatus includes a body including a first body half, a second body half, and a hinge coupling the body halves; and a squeegee blade movable from a first position relative to the body to a second position relative to the body. The second body half is rotatable about the hinge relative to the first body half to a closed position. When the second body half is in the closed position, the body includes a top ring and a bottom ring both centered on an axis and defining an axial gap therebetween. When the second body half is in the closed position and the body is enclosing a sensor having a cylindrical sensor window, the axial gap exposes the cylindrical sensor window, and moving the squeegee blade from the first position to the second position covers substantially an entire surface area of the cylindrical sensor window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20220018994
    Abstract: An assembly includes a sensor lens, a polymer film adhered to the sensor lens, a hydrophilic coating applied to the sensor lens, and a fluid layer between the sensor lens and the polymer film, wherein the fluid layer is disposed on the hydrophilic coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, JR., Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters
  • Publication number: 20210268785
    Abstract: A film-application apparatus includes a body including a first body half, a second body half, and a hinge coupling the body halves; and a squeegee blade movable from a first position relative to the body to a second position relative to the body. The second body half is rotatable about the hinge relative to the first body half to a closed position. When the second body half is in the closed position, the body includes a top ring and a bottom ring both centered on an axis and defining an axial gap therebetween. When the second body half is in the closed position and the body is enclosing a sensor having a cylindrical sensor window, the axial gap exposes the cylindrical sensor window, and moving the squeegee blade from the first position to the second position covers substantially an entire surface area of the cylindrical sensor window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Michael Robertson, JR.
  • Patent number: 10518751
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include comparing a captured image of a predetermined object to a target image of the predetermined object to quantify a first noise characteristic of the captured image, comparing the first noise characteristic to a first predetermined threshold, and detecting debris on an image sensor that outputs the captured image as a result of comparing the first noise characteristic to the first predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Patent number: 10488494
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing, a LIDAR sensor attached to the housing, a window attached to the housing, and a film covering the window and removable from the window. The window may be cylindrical. The film may be a first film, and the sensor apparatus may include a second film covering the first film and removable from the first film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Patent number: 10338198
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing, a LIDAR sensor attached to the housing, and a window releasably coupled to the housing. The window may be cylindrical. The housing may be a first housing, and the sensor apparatus may include a second housing. The window may be releasably coupled to the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Publication number: 20190084526
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include comparing a captured image of a predetermined object to a target image of the predetermined object to quantify a first noise characteristic of the captured image, comparing the first noise characteristic to a first predetermined threshold, and detecting debris on an image sensor that outputs the captured image as a result of comparing the first noise characteristic to the first predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Patent number: 10209709
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to receive sensor signals from a LIDAR sensor. The processor estimates frost accumulation on the LIDAR sensor from the sensor signals and compares the estimated frost accumulation to a predetermined threshold. The processor further prevents a host vehicle from operating in an autonomous mode if the estimated frost accumulation exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin, Elyssa Kayser
  • Publication number: 20180284233
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing, a LIDAR sensor attached to the housing, a window attached to the housing, and a film covering the window and removable from the window. The window may be cylindrical. The film may be a first film, and the sensor apparatus may include a second film covering the first film and removable from the first film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Publication number: 20180284232
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing, a LIDAR sensor attached to the housing, and a window releasably coupled to the housing. The window may be cylindrical. The housing may be a first housing, and the sensor apparatus may include a second housing. The window may be releasably coupled to the second housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Publication number: 20180046183
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to receive sensor signals from a LIDAR sensor. The processor estimates frost accumulation on the LIDAR sensor from the sensor signals and compares the estimated frost accumulation to a predetermined threshold. The processor further prevents a host vehicle from operating in an autonomous mode if the estimated frost accumulation exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin, Elyssa Kayser