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: 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
  • Publication number: 20210331651
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a sensor window; a first nozzle adjacent to the sensor window and oriented to blow across the sensor window, the first nozzle positioned below the sensor window and in a first horizontal direction away from the sensor window, the first nozzle being slot-shaped with a first length and a first thickness; and a second nozzle adjacent to the first nozzle and oriented to blow across the sensor window, the second nozzle positioned below the sensor window and in the first horizontal direction away from the sensor window, the second nozzle being slot-shaped with a second length and a second thickness. The second nozzle is farther from the sensor window in the first horizontal direction than the first nozzle, and the first length of the first nozzle is greater than the second length of the second nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Venkatesh Krishnan, Sunil Reddy Patil, Raghuraman Surineedi, Rashaun Phinisee, Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11156485
    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, a sensor window fixed relative to the housing, and a duct on an exterior of the housing. The sensing apparatus has a field of view through the sensor window. The duct includes an inlet open toward the direction of rotation and an outlet aimed across the sensor window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Michael Robertson, Jr., Tyler D. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20210278504
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis oriented substantially vertically, an air nozzle positioned below the sensor window and aimed upward, and a sensor-housing-top cap positioned above the sensor window and including a sensor-housing top and a circumferential cap. The sensor-housing-top cap is a single piece. The circumferential cap includes a topside and an underside. The topside and the underside are disposed radially outward from the sensor window. The underside includes a groove having a cross-section elongated circumferentially around the axis. The cross-section of the groove curves from a lower end upwardly and outwardly to an upper end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Daniel Klevorn, Vijay Gunasekaran
  • Patent number: 11099039
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base having an inlet and an outlet. The assembly includes a deflector supported by the base rearward of the inlet. The assembly includes a sensor supported by the base and in fluid communication with the outlet. The base defines a channel extending between a first end and a second end, the inlet at the first end and the deflector at the second end. The outlet is forward of the deflector and outside the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Manan Sevak, James Pizzimenti
  • Publication number: 20210227104
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an exterior body panel and a sensor assembly supported by the exterior body panel. The sensor assembly includes an image sensor and a cover being moveable to an assembled position at least partially enclosing the image sensor. A pressure sensor is activated by the cover in the assembled position. A lock releasably connects the cover to the exterior body panel and is actuatable framed on the pressure sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Publication number: 20210146406
    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 at least one first nozzle and at least one second nozzle. The first nozzles and second nozzles are arranged in an alternating pattern around the ring. The first nozzles each have a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a first angle with the axis, and the second nozzles each have a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a second angle with the axis, the second angle being different than the first angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Sykula, Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Kunal Singh, Raghuraman Surineedi, Michael Whitney, David Franco, Robin Moulart, William Terrasse
  • Patent number: 10981518
    Abstract: An assembly includes a liftgate and an autonomous navigation sensor assembly supported by the liftgate. The autonomous navigation sensor assembly has a plurality of sensors and a vent facing across a field-of-view of one of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Anthony Michael Regalbuto, Rashaun Phinisee, Tamika Donaldson
  • Publication number: 20210101539
    Abstract: An assembly includes a liftgate and an autonomous navigation sensor assembly supported by the liftgate. The autonomous navigation sensor assembly has a plurality of sensors and a vent facing across a field-of-view of one of the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Anthony Michael Regalbuto, Rashaun Phinisee, Tamika Donaldson
  • Patent number: 10953809
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle sensor, a shield panel that is positioned upstream of the vehicle sensor and that is pivotable, and a computer communicatively coupled to the shield panel. The computer is programmed to pivot the shield panel based on data representing a wind speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Mark Bosca, Raghuraman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20210063210
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base having an inlet and an outlet. The assembly includes a deflector supported by the base rearward of the inlet. The assembly includes a sensor supported by the base and in fluid communication with the outlet. The base defines a channel extending between a first end and a second end, the inlet at the first end and the deflector at the second end. The outlet is forward of the deflector and outside the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: VENKATESH KRISHNAN, RASHAUN PHINISEE, MANAN SEVAK, JAMES PIZZIMENTI
  • Publication number: 20210061237
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a first sensor including a first cylindrical sensor window defining an axis; an annular member substantially centered around the axis, fixed relative to the first sensor, and supporting the first sensor; a second sensor fixed relative to the annular member and suspended from the annular member, the second sensor including a second cylindrical sensor window defining the axis; a first tubular ring fixed relative to the annular member and substantially centered around the axis, the first tubular ring including a plurality of first nozzles aimed at the first cylindrical sensor window; a second tubular ring fixed relative to the annular member and substantially centered around the axis, the second tubular ring including a plurality of second nozzles aimed at the second cylindrical sensor window; and two legs extending downward from the annular member and supporting the annular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Ashley Lucas, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Patent number: 10928225
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing defining a chamber. The assembly includes a sensor supported by the housing. The assembly includes a deflector forward of the sensor and having a front surface designed to direct air upward and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The housing has a vent in fluid communication with the chamber and aimed at the rear surface of the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Raghu Raman Surineedi, Matthew Dennis Smith Boswell, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20210031732
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes an inlet duct having an elongated inlet segment and an elongated second segment extending upwardly from the elongated inlet segment, a water separator in the elongated second segment, a water drain in the inlet duct below the water separator, and an elbow between the elongated inlet segment and the elongated second segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: SAMI A. ALKHARABSHEH, ASHLEY LUCAS, RASHAUN PHINISEE, JENNIFER A. HERR-RATHKE, VENKATESH KRISHNAN, RAGHU RAMAN SURINEEDI
  • Patent number: 10908002
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing defining a chamber and including a panel including an aperture, a sensor fixed inside the chamber and having a field of view through a lens and the aperture, and an annular disc attached to the sensor concentrically around the lens and including a radially outer edge contactlessly exposed to the chamber. An annular slot is defined by the disc. The slot extends at least 180° around the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Venkatesh Krishnan, Sunil Patil, Rashaun Phinisee