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: 20210025982
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a cylindrical sensor housing extending vertically upward from a sensor-housing bottom, a gutter elongated circumferentially around the sensor-housing bottom, a drain channel extending radially outward from the gutter, at least one air nozzle positioned radially outside the gutter and directed radially inward, and a panel extending above and radially inward from the air nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, JR., Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Sunil Reddy Patil, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Publication number: 20200398765
    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: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Mark Bosca, Raghuraman Surineedi
  • Publication number: 20200391704
    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: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh
  • Publication number: 20200355807
    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: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: RASHAUN PHINISEE, SUNIL REDDY PATIL, VENKATESH KRISHNAN, SEGUNDO BALDOVINO, MICHAEL ROBERTSON, JR., RAGHU RAMAN SURINEEDI
  • Publication number: 20200346255
    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: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: MICHAEL ROBERTSON, JR., ASHWIN ARUNMOZHI, VENKATESH KRISHNAN, SEGUNDO BALDOVINO, RASHAUN PHINISEE
  • Patent number: 10802121
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a LIDAR sensor, a camera having a field of view encompassing a volume directly forward of the LIDAR sensor, a nozzle aimed at least partially upward and positioned forward of the LIDAR sensor, and a computer programmed to increase output from the nozzle upon determining that an object is traveling rearward through the field of view based on data received from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Raghuraman Surineedi, Matthew Dennis Smith Boswell, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10794735
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing including an aperture, a sensor in the housing and having a field of view received through the aperture, a seal sealing a gap between the sensor and the aperture, and a blower positioned to blow into the housing. The seal may be attached to the housing concentrically around the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, James Pizzimenti
  • Publication number: 20200149933
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: MICHAEL ROBERTSON, JR., VENKATESH KRISHNAN, SUNIL PATIL, RASHAUN PHINISEE
  • Publication number: 20200049535
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing including an aperture, a sensor in the housing and having a field of view received through the aperture, a seal sealing a gap between the sensor and the aperture, and a blower positioned to blow into the housing. The seal may be attached to the housing concentrically around the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, James Pizzimenti
  • Patent number: 10516813
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing having an airfoil shape and including a pressure surface and a suction surface, a sensor attached to the housing and disposed on the suction surface, and a nozzle attached to the housing and directed toward the sensor. A vehicle may include an exterior panel, and the sensor assembly may be attached to the exterior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Andre Sykula
  • Patent number: 10514303
    Abstract: A pod includes a base, a plurality of sensor attachment fixtures, and a shell. The base is complementary in shape to a vehicle roof and includes a central opening therethrough. The sensor attachment fixtures are fixed to the base adjacent to an outer periphery of the base. The shell is fixed to and covers the base. The shell defines a cavity enclosing the sensor attachment fixtures and has a plurality of windows aligned with the sensor attachment fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Lobo
  • Publication number: 20190331509
    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: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: JAMES PIZZIMENTI, RASHAUN PHINISEE, VENKATESH KRISHNAN, MANAN SEVAK
  • Publication number: 20190212174
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing defining a cavity that includes a plurality of sensors, a semipermeable fabric covering an opening in the cavity, a fan positioned to direct airflow through the opening, and a controller programmed to activate the fan upon determining that a temperature of at least one sensor is above a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, James Pizzimenti, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Patent number: 10302744
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof and a housing having a bottom surface sealed to the roof. The vehicle includes a base in the housing and having a first surface sealed to the roof, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a duct extending from the first surface to the second surface. The vehicle includes a navigation sensor supported by the second surface. The vehicle includes a wire in electrical communication with the navigation sensor and extending through the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, James Pizzimenti
  • Publication number: 20190068845
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing having an airfoil shape and including a pressure surface and a suction surface, a sensor attached to the housing and disposed on the suction surface, and a nozzle attached to the housing and directed toward the sensor. A vehicle may include an exterior panel, and the sensor assembly may be attached to the exterior panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Andre Sykula
  • Publication number: 20190003895
    Abstract: A pod includes a base, a plurality of sensor attachment fixtures, and a shell. The base is complementary in shape to a vehicle roof and includes a central opening therethrough. The sensor attachment fixtures are fixed to the base adjacent to an outer periphery of the base. The shell is fixed to and covers the base. The shell defines a cavity enclosing the sensor attachment fixtures and has a plurality of windows aligned with the sensor attachment fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Lobo
  • Patent number: 10099630
    Abstract: A sensor mount system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a sensor cover having a plurality of walls defining a cavity, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls comprises a window; and a movable rack, within the cavity, having a platform, wherein, when the rack is in an operative position, a location of the platform corresponds with a location of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Roger Petrey, Harry Lobo