Patents by Inventor Stephen Nicholls

Stephen Nicholls 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: 10196037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle access system (1) having a tracking means (11; 23, 25, 27) for tracking a positional movement pattern of a user (D) relative to a vehicle (3). A controller (9) is provided for controlling the opening and/or closing of a vehicle opening (5). The controller (9) communicates with a storage device (15) and the tracking means (11; 23, 25, 27). The controller (9) has a comparator (17) for comparing the positional movement pattern with one or more pre-defined movement maps stored in the storage device (15). The controller is configured to open the vehicle opening when the comparator (17) determines that the positional movement pattern corresponds to a first of the pre-defined movement maps. Alternatively, or in addition the controller can be configured to close the vehicle opening when the comparator (17) determines that the positional movement pattern corresponds to a second of said pre-defined movement maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Nicholls, Christopher Meredith, Immad Mir, Kevin Cockings, Dirk Parker, Damian Ward, Urmila Mistry, Hadric Khanu
  • Patent number: 10147519
    Abstract: A fire and heat resistant sock for an internal cable of a vehicle traction battery protects both the cable and the exit aperture of the cable. By this means the effect of a fire within the battery casing can be addressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Publication number: 20180323413
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a barrier between modules of a battery in a vehicle wherein the apparatus comprises: a thermally insulating material; and an intumescent material overlaying the thermally insulating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen NICHOLLS
  • Publication number: 20180301668
    Abstract: An apparatus (101, 101B, 101C, 101D, 101E), an electrical system (706), a vehicle (701) and a method (800) are disclosed. The apparatus (101) comprises a plurality of battery cells (102), each of the battery cells (102) comprising a layer of positive electrode material (103), a layer of electrolyte material (104) and a layer of negative electrode material (105). The apparatus also comprises a container means for containing battery cells (106, 106B, 106D, 6E) formed of an electrically conductive material and having a plurality of cavities (107). Each of the cavities contains at least a respective one of the battery cells (102), and the container means (106, 106B, 106D, 106E) is in direct contact with at least one of the positive electrode material (103) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102) or alternatively at least one of the negative electrode material (105) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen NICHOLLS
  • Publication number: 20180154754
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a battery in a vehicle wherein the apparatus (3) comprises: a floor section (5) comprising a plurality of internal coolant channels for receiving coolant; and at least one side member (7) comprising at least one internal supply channel for supplying coolant to the internal channels of the floor section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Mark ROWLEY, Stephen NICHOLLS, Mark WHITE
  • Patent number: 9971943
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Publication number: 20170331142
    Abstract: A rechargeable cell having an outer casing and a roll including layers of active and insulator material disposed within the outer casing. The rechargeable cell additionally includes an externally accessible hollow core which enables central cooling of the rechargeable cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen NICHOLLS
  • Patent number: 9723367
    Abstract: Implementations disclose identifying content appropriate for children. A method includes selecting a list of candidate channels from a plurality of channels based on an automatically generated rating of each of the plurality of channels, filtering the list of candidate channels based on feedback received from a first group of reviewers with respect to appropriateness of content of each candidate channel for children, selecting a list of candidate videos based on an automatically generated rating of each video from every channel in the filtered list of candidate channels, and upon receiving, via a graphical user interface, a confirmation that a candidate video from the list of candidate videos is appropriate for children, setting a confirmation indicator of the candidate video to enable presentation of the candidate video to children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eileen Margaret Peters Long, Shirley Connie Gaw, Sertan Girgin, Geethmala Sridaran, Stephen Nicholls, Bosun Adeoti
  • Publication number: 20170083773
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Patent number: 9566911
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Patent number: 9334877
    Abstract: A fan arrangement (1), in particular for cooling an engine system, comprising: an impeller (10) having one or more blades (4) which in operation convey a medium in the direction of an axis of rotation of the impeller (10) from an inlet side (E) to an outlet side (A); a housing shroud (6) having a base part (61) which extends in the direction of the axis of rotation and surrounds the impeller (10) completely or partially, wherein, on an end of the base part (61) oriented towards the outlet side (A) of the impeller (10), there is provided a discharge flow element (63) which extends radially outwards from the end of the base part (61).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephen Nicholls, Sebastian Hansen, Michael Burkart
  • Publication number: 20160001705
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Publication number: 20150291126
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle access system (1) having a tracking means (11; 23, 25, 27) for tracking a positional movement pattern of a user (D) relative to a vehicle (3). A controller (9) is provided for controlling the opening and/or closing of a vehicle opening (5). The controller (9) communicates with a storage device (15) and the tracking means (11; 23, 25, 27). The controller (9) has a comparator (17) for comparing the positional movement pattern with one or more pre-defined movement maps stored in the storage device (15). The controller is configured to open the vehicle opening when the comparator (17) determines that the positional movement pattern corresponds to a first of the pre-defined movement maps. Alternatively, or in addition the controller can be configured to close the vehicle opening when the comparator (17) determines that the positional movement pattern corresponds to a second of said pre-defined movement maps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Nicholls, Christopher Meredith, Immad Mir, Kevin Cockings, Dirk Parker, Damian Ward, Urmila Mistry
  • Patent number: 9156496
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Publication number: 20150179304
    Abstract: A fire and heat resistant sock for an internal cable of a vehicle traction battery protects both the cable and the exit aperture of the cable. By this means the effect of a fire within the battery casing can be addressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Publication number: 20150140366
    Abstract: A system for controlling the temperature of a rechargeable electric battery pack for a vehicle. The battery pack comprises a plurality of rechargeable electrochemical storage cells disposed in rows of one or more cells each. The system comprises two heat exchanger plates for each of said rows of one or more cells. Each heat exchanger plate may be structured and arranged to allow heat transfer fluid to flow internally thereof and a first of two heat exchanger plates for one of said rows is configured and arranged to allow heat transfer fluid to flow in a first general direction. A second of the two heat exchanger plates for said row is configured and arranged to allow heat transfer fluid to flow in a second general direction. And the first and second general directions are substantially different to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Patent number: 8386109
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fuel burning actuator operable to burn fuel to drive generator means to generate charge to recharge an energy storage means. The apparatus is operable to motor the fuel burning actuator by means of motoring means comprising an electric machine, the fuel burning actuator being operable to pump gas when motored. Brake means comprising a second electric machine is operable to generate charge in a regenerative braking operation in order to recharge the energy storage device. The apparatus is operable automatically to motor the fuel burning actuator by means of the motoring means when the fuel burning actuator is not burning fuel responsive to at least one operating parameter associated with the energy storage means, the apparatus being operable automatically to restrict by means of restrictor means an amount of gas pumped by the fuel burning actuator thereby to increase an amount of work done by the motoring means when the fuel burning actuator is motored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Publication number: 20120200706
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Publication number: 20120158230
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fuel burning actuator operable to burn fuel to drive generator means to generate charge to recharge an energy storage means. The apparatus is operable to motor the fuel burning actuator by means of motoring means comprising an electric machine, the fuel burning actuator being operable to pump gas when motored. Brake means comprising a second electric machine is operable to generate charge in a regenerative braking operation in order to recharge the energy storage device. The apparatus is operable automatically to motor the fuel burning actuator by means of the motoring means when the fuel burning actuator is not burning fuel responsive to at least one operating parameter associated with the energy storage means, the apparatus being operable automatically to restrict by means of restrictor means an amount of gas pumped by the fuel burning actuator thereby to increase an amount of work done by the motoring means when the fuel burning actuator is motored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Publication number: 20080231701
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford