Patents by Inventor Paul Widdowson

Paul Widdowson 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).

  • Publication number: 20200111367
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects, wherein the apparatus is arranged to monitor one or more control inputs of the vehicle and to over-ride triggering of the at least one action such that triggering of the at least one action is not performed in the event that a prescribed movement of one or more of the control inputs is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Mark CUND, Simon GILLING, Paul WIDDOWSON
  • Patent number: 10535267
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects, wherein the apparatus is arranged to monitor one or more control inputs of the vehicle and to over-ride triggering of the at least one action such that triggering of the at least one action is not performed in the event that a prescribed movement of one or more of the control inputs is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Simon Gilling, Paul Widdowson
  • Publication number: 20190354123
    Abstract: Apparatus (101) for controlling movement of a vehicle (202), a system (201) and vehicle (202) comprising the apparatus (101), and a method (500, 600) for controlling the movement of a vehicle (202) are disclosed. The apparatus (202) comprises processing means (102) configured to receive first signals from a receiving means (103) arranged to receive transmitted signals from a remote control device (204) indicating a requested motion of the vehicle (202). From the first signals or an additional signal received from a sensing means (104), one or more distance values indicative of a distance from a point on the vehicle (202) to an object is determined, and a maximum speed value for the vehicle (202) is determine in dependence on the one or more distance values. The processing means provides an output signal (106) for controlling speed of the vehicle (202) based on the requested motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Mark CUND, Martyn LATHBURY, Allan HOWLING, Paul WIDDOWSON, Colin TEED, Parvinder DEVGUN, Tony DAVIS
  • Patent number: 10300852
    Abstract: A land-based automotive vehicle comprising an apparatus for estimating the depth of water about the vehicle. The apparatus comprising at least one light source, at least one imaging means such as a camera mounted to the vehicle and a control unit, the apparatus being structured and arranged such that a first light signal is emitted toward a water surface about the vehicle, the at least one camera is configured for imaging the first light signal and the control unit is configured and arranged to compute from the imagery obtained by the at least one camera an estimation of a depth of water about the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Paul Widdowson, Jim O'Donoghue
  • Patent number: 10195980
    Abstract: A system (90) for emitting shaped light (26) from a vehicle (10) and for projecting the shaped light (26) onto a surface (18) external to the vehicle (10), the system comprising a controller, one or more light sources and at least one light emitter, wherein the at least one light emitter is arranged to emit at least a first light signal directed towards said surface (18) external to the vehicle (10), the light emitter comprising a projection head arranged to direct light externally to the vehicle (10) and a beam shaper element, wherein the at least one light emitter is coupled to at least one of said light sources by one or more optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Paul Widdowson, Mark Cund
  • Patent number: 9947225
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide monitoring apparatus for monitoring a target object external to a vehicle. The apparatus is operable to determine whether the target object is a valid target object in dependence on a value of a maximum range Rmax from the vehicle at which the target object has been detected. The apparatus may be operable to pre-arm a braking system and optionally apply a braking system responsive to a determination that a risk of collision exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Paul Widdowson
  • Patent number: 9684072
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus (100) for detecting an erroneous measurement of a range of a target object 20 from a subject object 5. A transmitter transmits a signal (111S) having a first frequency from the subject object (5) to the target object (20). A detector (113) detects a portion of the signal (113S) reflected from the target object (20) back to the subject object (5); a controller is configured to determine the range (202) of the target object (20) from the subject object (5) by reference to a time of flight of the portion of the signal (111S), (113S) from the transmitter (111) to the detector (113); determine the rate of change of the range (203) by reference to a difference between the first frequency and an apparent frequency of the reflected portion of the signal (113S) detected by the detector; and provide an indication (206) that an erroneous measurement of range has been made if the range (202) increases while the rate of change of range (203) is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Widdowson, Mark Cund
  • Publication number: 20160208537
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door protection system (1) for protecting the doors (5A-D) of a vehicle (3). The door protection system (1) includes a processor (7) configured to receive obstruction data identifying the position of one or more obstructions (O) in relation to the vehicle (3). The processor (7) determines the proximity of each vehicle door (5A-D) to the obstruction(s) and outputs a notification signal based on the determined proximity. A door position signal can be received from a door position sensor (29A-D) associated with each door (5A-D). The processor (7) can determine the proximity of each vehicle door (5A-D) to the obstruction(s) based on the door position signal in combination with the obstruction data. In an alternate arrangement, the door protection system (1) is configured to monitor one or more vehicle systems to determine when a vehicle occupant is preparing to open the vehicle door (5A-D).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Ganesh SENGUTTUVAN, Devarshi RATHOD, Carl PICKERING, Paul WIDDOWSON, Mark CUND
  • Publication number: 20160207443
    Abstract: A system (90) for emitting shaped light (26) from a vehicle (10) and for projecting the shaped light (26) onto a surface (18) external to the vehicle (10), the system comprising a controller, one or more light sources and at least one light emitter, wherein the at least one light emitter is arranged to emit at least a first light signal directed towards said surface (18) external to the vehicle (10), the light emitter comprising a projection head arranged to direct light externally to the vehicle (10) and a beam shaper element, wherein the at least one light emitter is coupled to at least one of said light sources by one or more optical fibres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Paul WIDDOWSON, Mark CUND
  • Publication number: 20160196656
    Abstract: A land-based automotive vehicle (10, 110) comprising an apparatus (12a, 12b) for estimating the depth of water (H) about the vehicle. The apparatus comprising at least one light source (70), at least one imaging means such as a camera (30) mounted to the vehicle and a control unit (40), the apparatus being structured and arranged such that a first light signal is emitted toward a water surface (18) about the vehicle, the at least one camera is configured for imaging the first light signal and the control unit is configured and arranged to compute from the imagery obtained by the at least one camera an estimation of a depth of water about the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Mark CUND, Paul WIDDOWSON, Jim O'DONOGHUE
  • Publication number: 20150308823
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide computing apparatus for determining a height of a roof load of a vehicle, the apparatus being operable to: display a captured image of at least a portion a the vehicle and roof load on display means of the apparatus; superimpose a vehicle overlay on the image; and allow a user to manipulate the vehicle overlay thereby to obtain a prescribed correspondence between the overlay and the at least a portion of the vehicle, wherein the apparatus is further operable to calculate a height of the roof load and to provide an output corresponding to the calculated height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventors: Paul WIDDOWSON, Anna GASZCZAK
  • Patent number: 9105192
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor. The apparatus is arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to detection by means of the at least one sensor of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects. The apparatus is arranged to determine a lateral offset value being a distance of the or each target object from an extended axis of the host vehicle and to over-ride triggering of the at least one action such that triggering of the at least one action is not performed in dependence on the lateral offset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Simon Peter Gilling, Paul Widdowson
  • Patent number: 8781706
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects. The apparatus is arranged to determine whether the at least one sensor is correctly aligned with respect to the host vehicle whereby, when the apparatus commences monitoring of the environment, the apparatus is arranged not to trigger the at least one action until the apparatus has determined that the at least one sensor is correctly aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Paul Widdowson, Alain Dunoyer, Adrie Breugelmans
  • Publication number: 20140195132
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor. The apparatus is arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to detection by means of the at least one sensor of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects. The apparatus is arranged to determine a lateral offset value being a distance of the or each target object from an extended axis of the host vehicle and to over-ride triggering of the at least one action such that triggering of the at least one action is not performed in dependence on the lateral offset value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Simon Peter Gilling, Paul Widdowson
  • Publication number: 20140156159
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects, wherein the apparatus is arranged to monitor one or more control inputs of the vehicle and to over-ride triggering of the at least one action such that triggering of the at least one action is not performed in the event that a prescribed movement of one or more of the control inputs is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Simon Gilling, Paul Widdowson
  • Publication number: 20140125473
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide monitoring apparatus for monitoring a target object external to a vehicle. The apparatus is operable to determine whether the target object is a valid target object in dependence on a value of a maximum range Rmax from the vehicle at which the target object has been detected. The apparatus may be operable to pre-arm a braking system and optionally apply a braking system responsive to a determination that a risk of collision exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Paul Widdowson
  • Publication number: 20140002294
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus (100) for detecting an erroneous measurement of a range of a target object 20 from a subject object (5) comprising: wireless transmission means (111) for transmitting a signal (111S) having a first frequency from the subject object (5) to the target object (20); detector means (113) for detecting a portion of the signal (113S) reflected from the target object (20) back to the subject object (5); range determination means (131) for determining the range (202) of the target object (20) from the subject object (5) by reference to a time of flight of said portion of the signal (111S), (113S) from the transmission means (111) to the detector means (113); and rate determination means (131) for determining the rate of change of the range (203) by reference to a difference between the first frequency and an apparent frequency of the reflected portion of the signal (113S) detected by the detector means (113), the apparatus (100) being arranged to provide an indication (20
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Widdowson, Mark Cund
  • Publication number: 20120253549
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects. The apparatus is arranged to determine whether the at least one sensor is correctly aligned with respect to the host vehicle whereby, when the apparatus commences monitoring of the environment, the apparatus is arranged not to trigger the at least one action until the apparatus has determined that the at least one sensor is correctly aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Paul Widdowson, Alain Dunoyer, Adrie Breugelmans