Patents by Inventor Cornel Lewis Gardner

Cornel Lewis Gardner 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: 9758090
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat assembly having a seatback and a seat base. A side marker is positioned on the seat base. A light assembly is configured to emit light toward the side marker. The side marker emits light to an exterior of the vehicle when the vehicle is in a doors off configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20170210281
    Abstract: A vehicle is presented that includes a lift gate operably connected to a body and operable between open and closed positions. A taillight is positioned at a rear end of the body. A cargo lamp is positioned on an inboard surface of the taillight such that the cargo lamp is concealed when the lift gate is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9694741
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat having a base including peripheral side ledges disposed on first and second sides of the seat. A seat cushion is disposed on the base and includes first and second independent thigh supports that extend forwardly over the base and define a forward ledge. A seatback is operably coupled to the seat and includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion includes a seatback cushion and a seatback support. A peripheral seatback cavity is located on first and second sides of the lower portion between the seatback cushion and the seatback support. At least one light source is disposed proximate the peripheral side ledges, the forward ledge, and the peripheral seatback cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9688192
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a cabin defining a cargo space, and a tailgate operable between a substantially open position and a substantially closed position. The tailgate defines a license plate area on an exterior surface thereof. An illumination system is positioned within the tailgate, such that the illumination system illuminates at least one of the cargo space and the license plate area when the tailgate is in the closed position and illuminates a ground area behind the vehicle when the tailgate is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 9688186
    Abstract: A decal for a vehicle is provided herein. The decal includes a plurality of light sources and a photoluminescent structure configured to luminesce in response to excitation by at least a portion of the light sources. A decorative layer has a pattern that is at least partially illuminated by the photoluminescent structure when the photoluminescent structure is in luminescent state is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Michael A. Musleh, James J. Surman
  • Publication number: 20170174124
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a panel. The panel includes a substrate defining a first surface and a second surface disposed on opposite sides thereof, a phosphorescent structure positioned on the first surface of the substrate, and a photoluminescent structure positioned on the second surface of the substrate. A light-producing assembly is positioned to illuminate the second surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Peter Joseph Bejin
  • Patent number: 9663967
    Abstract: An illuminated latch system for a vehicle is disclosed herein. The illuminated latch system includes an engine compartment having a latch configured to open the compartment. A light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength and is disposed between the compartment and latch. A light guide is optically coupled to the light source and configured to direct light towards the latch and the compartment. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the light guide and configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source. A second photoluminescent structure is disposed within the compartment that luminesces in response to the light at the first wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristin Ann Hellman
  • Patent number: 9660644
    Abstract: A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity switches each having a proximity sensor providing a sense activation field and control circuitry processing the activation field of each proximity switch to sense activation. The control circuitry monitors the signal responsive to the activation field and determines a differential change in generated signal, and further generates an activation output when the differential signal exceeds a threshold. The control circuitry further distinguishes an activation from an exploration of the plurality of switches and may determine activation upon detection of a stable signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James Stewart Rankin, Matthew Majkowski
  • Patent number: 9649877
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a surface of a first component of a vehicle wheel assembly. The illumination apparatus further includes a light source located proximate the first component. The light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength directed toward the photoluminescent portion. The photoluminescent portion is configured to convert the first wavelength to at least a second wavelength to illuminate the wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20170120811
    Abstract: A storage system for a vehicle cargo area includes at least one floor-mounted storage compartment including an interior photoluminescent material that luminesces in response to a light emitted by an overlying light source. The system further includes at least one cooperating deployable shelf or bin carrying the overlying light source and configured to deploy from the at least one storage compartment. At least one other deployable shelf or bin may be included carrying a light source. The light sources may be disposed behind a front edge of the at least one cooperating deployable shelf or bin and/or the at least one other deployable shelf or bin to emit light above and below the deployable shelfs or bins. A controller is provided to control an intensity and/or a color of light emitted by the light sources according to one or more inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 9642223
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel illumination assembly is provided. The assembly includes a light source located on the body of a vehicle near the wheel well and oriented to direct light onto a wheel assembly having a tire. A tire pressure indicator detects tire pressure of the tire. The light source illuminates the wheel assembly with a desired color to indicate a tire pressure status based on the detected tire pressure. A sensor senses a person near the wheel assembly and a controller activates the light source to illuminate the wheel assembly based on the sensed person to enable servicing of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9625115
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a surface comprising a first photoluminescent graphic comprising a first absorption range and a second photoluminescent graphic comprising a second absorption range. The illumination apparatus further comprises at least one light source configured to emit a first emission at a first wavelength. The first wavelength is substantially aligned with the first absorption range to generate a higher level of fluorescence from the photoluminescent first graphic than the second photoluminescent graphic. In this way, the illumination apparatus is operable to selectively illuminate the first photoluminescent graphic and the second photoluminescent graphic substantially independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9610892
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a vehicle storage compartment is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a sensor configured to generate a detection signal and a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller is configured to interpret a detection signal and activate a first lighting mode in response to the detection signal communicating a closure of the storage compartment being open. The controller is further configured to activate a second lighting mode in response to the detection signal communicating that an object is proximate in opening of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristopher Kotenko
  • Publication number: 20170088043
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a vehicle storage compartment is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a sensor configured to generate a detection signal and a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller is configured to interpret a detection signal and activate a first lighting mode in response to the detection signal communicating a closure of the storage compartment being open. The controller is further configured to activate a second lighting mode in response to the detection signal communicating that an object is proximate in opening of the storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristopher Kotenko
  • Patent number: 9607534
    Abstract: A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a housing having a viewable portion. A light source is disposed inside the housing and is configured to direct light toward the viewable portion. Light emitted from the light source illuminates in a plurality of colors which may create a prismatic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Michael A. Musleh, Brian Siler
  • Publication number: 20170081875
    Abstract: A retractable cover assembly is provided for a vehicle to cover a latching component such as the striker of a trunk door. The assembly includes a retractable cover and a support structure for supporting the cover at a position to cover the striker. The assembly further includes an arrangement for actuating the cover between an open position exposing the striker and a closed position covering the striker. A first light source may illuminate the cover and a second light source may illuminate an interior of the vehicle when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Cornel Lewis Gardner, Megan Lovejoy, Inshirah Hillawi, Stuart C. Salter, Steven J. Antilla, Patrick Berryman, Scott H. Dunham
  • Patent number: 9598632
    Abstract: A method of depositing a photoluminescent material into a surface of the polymeric material is disclosed. The method comprises dissolving the photoluminescent material in water to create a solution. The temperature of the solution is then controlled at a predetermined temperature. The surface is contacted by the solution at the predetermined temperature for a predetermined time, thereby infusing the surface with the photoluminescent material. Following the predetermined time, the solution is removed from the surface by rinsing the surface with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Talat Karmo, Arsen Terjimanian
  • Publication number: 20170072767
    Abstract: A floor mat is provided for a motor vehicle. That floor mat includes a body and a controller carried on the body and configured to dry the floor mat. Further, the floor mat includes a moisture sensor carried on the body and adapted to provide floor mat moisture data to the controller. Finally, an associated method for drying the floor mat is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20170072848
    Abstract: An illuminated latch system for a vehicle is disclosed herein. The illuminated latch system includes an engine compartment having a latch configured to open the compartment. A light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength and is disposed between the compartment and latch. A light guide is optically coupled to the light source and configured to direct light towards the latch and the compartment. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the light guide and configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source. A second photoluminescent structure is disposed within the compartment that luminesces in response to the light at the first wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristin Ann Hellman
  • Publication number: 20170072772
    Abstract: A vehicle having an air distribution system for moving air into a passenger compartment includes a front row of seats including a driver seat and a passenger seat, a second row of seats, and a console positioned therebetween. The console includes rearward facing vents and ducting directs air from the air distribution system through the vents and into the passenger compartment. An auxiliary duct has first and second telescoping portions. The first telescoping portion is pivotally attached to the console at a proximal end and in fluid communication with the ducting, and the second telescoping portion includes a vent positioned at a distal end. The auxiliary duct is positioned for pivotal movement within a plane defined by the console and a front row seat. A stop engages the auxiliary duct and limits a range of pivot between a stowed position and an active position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jim J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Annette Lynn Huebner