Patents by Inventor Rashaun Phinisee

Rashaun Phinisee 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: 20220268892
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing defining a chamber. The sensor assembly includes a sensor supported by the housing. The sensor assembly includes a duct extending from a first end to a second end, the first end of the duct being open to an environment external to the chamber and the second end being fluidly connected to the chamber. The duct includes a first portion at the first end, a second portion at the second end, and a middle portion between the first portion and the second portion. The middle portion extends downward from the first portion, and the second portion extends upward to the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Whitney, Victoria Bos, Luis Angel Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11408984
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis oriented vertically, at least one air nozzle positioned below the sensor window and aimed upward, and a cap positioned above the sensor window and including a topside and an underside. The topside and the underside are disposed radially outward from the sensor window. The underside includes a first groove having a cross-section elongated circumferentially around the axis, and the cross-section of the first groove curves from a lower end upwardly and outwardly to an upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Sunil Reddy Patil, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Michael Robertson, Jr., Raghu Raman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20220236382
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a base, a housing mounted to the base and rotatable relative to the base around an axis in a direction of rotation, a sensing apparatus inside the housing and rotatable with the housing, and a sensor window extending from a point on the housing in a direction that is radially outward and circumferential relative to the axis. The sensor window is flat. The sensing apparatus has a field of view through the sensor window. An exterior surface of the sensor window faces in a direction that is radially outward and circumferentially in the direction of rotation relative to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Raghuraman Surineedi, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Segundo Baldovino
  • Publication number: 20220236380
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a base mounted to a vehicle defining a forward direction, a housing mounted to the base and rotatable relative to the base around an axis in a direction of rotation, a sensing apparatus inside the housing and rotatable with the housing, a sensor window fixed to and rotatable with the housing, and a nozzle fixed relative to the base. The sensor window is flat. The sensing apparatus has a field of view through the sensor window. The nozzle is positioned to be aimed at the sensor window when the sensor window is at a first rotational position that is more than 0° and less than 90° from the forward direction relative to the axis in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Tyler D. Hamilton, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, JR., Raghuraman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20220236084
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a base, a sensor body mounted to the base and rotatable around an axis relative to the base, a sensor window fixed relative to the sensor body, a sensing apparatus inside the sensor body and having a field of view through the sensor window, a vapor chamber fixed relative to the sensor body, and a heat pipe extending from the sensor body to the vapor chamber. The vapor chamber is spaced radially outward from the sensor body relative to the axis and has a curved shape extending circumferentially around the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Segundo Baldovino
  • Publication number: 20220196801
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a vehicle includes a base, a sensor body mounted to the base and rotatable relative to the base around an axis in a direction of rotation, and a cover. The sensor body includes a sensor window and a wall having heat fins elongated circumferentially relative to the axis. The cover is positioned to cover the heat fins. The cover includes an inlet open in the direction of rotation. The cover defines an airflow path from the inlet through the heat fins. The cover includes an outlet positioned to direction air across the sensor window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, JR., Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Raghuraman Surineedi, Tyler D. Hamilton, Rashaun Phinisee, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20220196807
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a base and a sensor housing mounted to the base. The sensor housing is rotatable relative to the base about an axis. The sensor housing includes a top panel having an exterior surface. A plurality of fins are disposed on the exterior surface and are fixed relative to the sensor housing. The fins extend radially outward relative to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, JR., Tyler D. Hamilton, Segundo Baldovino
  • Publication number: 20220176917
    Abstract: Data about operating parameters external to a vehicle can be input to a neural network that outputs at least one profile defining at least one of a cleaning protocol or a cooling protocol for a vehicle sensor, wherein the operating parameters include one or more of current weather conditions, future weather conditions, images indicative of a current weather condition, city infrastructure, duration of a route to be traversed, a time period to traverse the route, and vehicle location. Operation of at least one of a cleaning device or a cooling device can be initiated according to the at least one of the cleaning protocol or the cooling protocol when the operating parameters to the at least one profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11318916
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to identify a sensor of a vehicle with a robotic arm, capture a plurality of images of the sensor with an unmanned aerial vehicle, and actuate the robotic arm to perform maintenance on the sensor upon inputting the plurality of images to an image recognition program and obtaining output that the sensor requires maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh
  • Publication number: 20220099802
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis and an air nozzle positioned at one end of the sensor window and shaped to direct airflow in a direction parallel to the axis across the sensor window. The air nozzle extends circumferentially relative to the axis around the sensor window. The nozzle is formed of an inner edge and an outer edge each extending circumferentially relative to the axis around the sensor window. The inner edge is circular with a radius at least as great as an outer radius of the sensor window. The outer edge includes a first portion with a semicircular shape with a radius smaller than the outer radius of the sensor window and a second portion that extends circumferentially relative to the axis around the sensor window from the first portion to the first portion at a constant radial distance from the inner edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Taneshia Turner, Michael Robertson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20220089129
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base. The assembly includes an object detection sensor. The assembly includes a deflector extending upward from the base in front of the object detection sensor. The deflector is configured to direct ram air away from the object detection sensor. The assembly includes a nozzle supported by the deflector and aimed at the object detection sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh, Raghuraman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20220050180
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis oriented vertically and a ramp. The sensor window includes an exterior surface facing radially outward relative to the axis. The ramp is on the exterior surface of the sensor window. The ramp includes a leading surface and a trailing surface. The leading surface and the trailing surface are elongated parallel to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Navvab Khajehosseini, Rashaun Phinisee, Vigidharan Ramanathan, Sunil Reddy Patil
  • Publication number: 20220041138
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing attachable to a vehicle and including a panel, a sensor window, a liquid nozzle fixed relative to the housing, and a tunnel. The panel includes a port. The sensor window is positioned in the port. The liquid nozzle is aimed at the sensor window. The liquid nozzle is positioned in a first horizontal direction from the port along the panel. The tunnel extends along the panel and is positioned in a second horizontal direction from the port, the second horizontal direction being opposite the first horizontal direction. The tunnel terminates at an opening positioned to receive fluid outputted by the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler D. Hamilton, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh, Venkatesh Krishnan, Raghuraman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20220043120
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis oriented vertically, and a sensor-housing top mounted on the sensor window. The sensor-housing top includes a top surface and a wall. The axis intersects the top surface. The wall extends upward from the top surface and is elongated circumferentially partially around the top surface. The top surface includes a plurality of parallel ridges elongated from the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Matthew Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20220041139
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis, and a plurality of at least three tubular segments fixed relative to the sensor window. Each tubular segment is elongated circumferentially relative to the axis. The tubular segments collectively form a ring substantially centered around the axis. Each tubular segment includes a plurality of nozzles. Each nozzle includes a first opening and a second opening. Each of the first openings has a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a first angle with the axis, and each of the second openings has a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a second angle with the axis. The second angle is different than the first angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raghuraman Surineedi, Kunal Singh, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee
  • Publication number: 20220034690
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a sensor, a heat pipe, and a cover. The sensor includes a sensor housing. The sensor housing includes a sensor window oriented generally vertically and a top surface fixed relative to the sensor window above the sensor window and oriented generally horizontally. The heat pipe is fixed relative to the sensor, wherein the heat pipe is elongated from a first end to a second end, the first end is contacting the top surface, and the second end is spaced from the top surface. The cover covers the top surface and the heat pipe, and the cover is shaped to define a vertical gap between the top surface and the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raghuraman Surineedi, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Sunil Reddy Patil
  • Patent number: 11237028
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a sensor, a heat pipe, and a cover. The sensor includes a sensor housing. The sensor housing includes a sensor window oriented generally vertically and a top surface fixed relative to the sensor window above the sensor window and oriented generally horizontally. The heat pipe is fixed relative to the sensor, wherein the heat pipe is elongated from a first end to a second end, the first end is contacting the top surface, and the second end is spaced from the top surface. The cover covers the top surface and the heat pipe, and the cover is shaped to define a vertical gap between the top surface and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raghuraman Surineedi, Michael Robertson, Jr., Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Sunil Reddy Patil
  • Patent number: 11224902
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor window, a sensor having a field of view through the sensor window, a piezoelectric vibrator positioned to impart vibrations to the sensor window, and a computer communicatively coupled to the sensor and the piezoelectric vibrator. The computer is programmed to identify a type for an obstruction of the sensor window based on data from the sensor, and instruct the piezoelectric vibrator to vibrate the sensor window with vibrations having a vibration profile. The vibration profile has at least one of frequency or phase velocity chosen according to the identified type of obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Patent number: 11221240
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing, an air inlet tube through the housing and including a drain, and a sensor in the path of air flowing through the air inlet tube. The sensor assembly may further include a heater thermally connected to the drain. A controller may be communicatively coupled to the heater and programmed to activate the heater upon detecting an ambient temperature below a temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Pizzimenti, Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Manan Sevak
  • Publication number: 20210400179
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a camera including a lens, a casing extending around the lens, at least three heating elements embedded in the casing and arranged circumferentially around the lens, and a computer communicatively coupled to the camera and to the heating elements. The computer is programmed to, upon detecting ice at a location on the lens, select a first subset of the heating elements based on the location of the ice; activate the first subset of the heating elements to a first heating level; determine a second heating level based on an ambient temperature and a lens temperature; and activate a second subset of the heating elements to the second heating level, the second subset including the heating elements not in the first subset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: LaRon Michelle Brown, Rashaun Phinisee, Prashant Dubey, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino