Patents by Inventor Venkatesh Krishnan

Venkatesh Krishnan 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: 20220307619
    Abstract: An assembly includes an inlet tube and an outlet tube. The assembly includes a solenoid assembly having a plunger movable between an open position in which fluid is permitted to flow from the inlet tube to the outlet tube and a closed position in which fluid is inhibited from flowing from the inlet tube to the outlet tube, the solenoid assembly having an induction coil surrounding the plunger. The assembly includes a Hall effect sensor that detects a magnetic field of the solenoid assembly. The assembly includes a computer in communication with the Hall effect sensor, the computer having a processor and memory that stores instructions executable by the processor to identify a resistance of the induction coil based on data from the Hall effect sensor, and to determine whether the plunger is at the closed position based on the identified resistance of the induction coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Venkatesh Krishnan, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Charles Prain, Michael Whitney, William S. Smith, Theophile Jullien, Denis Thebault, Jean Baptiste Lahilaire
  • Publication number: 20220306047
    Abstract: An assembly includes an inlet tube and an outlet tube. The assembly includes a solenoid assembly having a plunger movable between an open position in which fluid is permitted to flow from the inlet tube to the outlet tube and a closed position in which fluid is inhibited from flowing from the inlet tube to the outlet tube. The solenoid assembly has a spring urging the plunger to the closed position. The assembly includes a first pressure sensor positioned to be compressed when the plunger is moved toward the open position. Pressure detected by the first pressure sensor indicates whether the plunger is at the open position. The assembly includes a second pressure sensor positioned to be compressed when the plunger is moved toward the closed position. Pressure detected by the second pressure sensor indicates whether the plunger is at the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Charles Prain, Michael Whitney, William S. Smith, Theophile Jullien, Denis Thebault, Jean Baptiste Lahilaire
  • Publication number: 20220306048
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a sensor including a sensor lens, a casing mounted to the sensor, and a fluid nozzle mounted to the casing. The casing at least partially defines a duct positioned to outlet airflow across the sensor lens, and the duct defines a direction of airflow. The fluid nozzle is aimed through the duct in the direction of airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Regalbuto, Raghuraman Surineedi, Kunal Singh, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Whitney, Jose Alberto Gomez Ramirez, Benjamin Graham, Yifu Xiao
  • Publication number: 20220307622
    Abstract: An assembly includes an inlet tube. The assembly includes a first outlet tube. The assembly includes a solenoid assembly having a plunger movable between an open position in which fluid is permitted to flow from the inlet tube to the outlet tube and a closed position in which fluid is inhibited from flowing from the inlet tube to the outlet tube. The solenoid assembly has a spring urging the plunger to the closed position. The solenoid assembly has a strain gage fixed to the spring. A strain detected by the strain gage indicates whether the plunger is at the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Charles Prain, Michael Whitney, William S. Smith, Theophile Jullien, Denis Thebault, Jean Baptiste Lahilaire
  • Patent number: 11454979
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon determining that a first fluid level in a vehicle container is below a threshold based on fluid level sensor data, determine a second fluid level based on a fluid consumption signal and the fluid level sensor, and to navigate the vehicle based on the determined second fluid level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brandon Hicks, Venkatesh Krishnan, David J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11434675
    Abstract: A vehicle storage assembly of the vehicle is provided. The vehicle storage assembly if the vehicle includes a storage compartment comprising an opening to permit access to the compartment, a door proximate the opening and movable between an open position and a closed position, a latching mechanism comprising a residual magnet for latching a door in the closed position in a first magnetic state and for releasing the door to open to the open position in a second magnetic state, and a proximity switch for activating the latching mechanism to allow the door to move to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Prashant Dubey, Matthew Dennis Smith Boswell, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • 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: 11356617
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to input strain data measuring mechanical strain on a vehicle camera and operation data of a vehicle component, the operation data describing at least one of an output or a state of the vehicle component, to a machine learning program that outputs a displacement of the vehicle camera from a neutral position based on the strain data and the operation data. The instructions further include instructions to identify a transformation matrix that transforms data from the vehicle camera to a coordinate system of the vehicle camera in the neutral position based on the output displacement of the vehicle camera, to apply the transformation matrix to data collected by the vehicle camera to generate transformed data, and to actuate one of the vehicle component or a second vehicle component based on the transformed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Aaron Lesky, Ronald Beras, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11318914
    Abstract: A fluid apparatus includes a straight pipe; an inlet fluidly connected to the pipe; a first cylindrical tube, a second cylindrical tube, and a third cylindrical tube each fluidly connected to and elongated from the pipe; a first solenoid valve controlling flow through the first cylindrical tube; a second solenoid valve controlling flow through the second cylindrical tube; a third solenoid valve controlling flow through the third cylindrical tube; a first outlet fluidly connected only to the first solenoid valve; and a second outlet fluidly connected only to the second solenoid valve and the third solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino
  • Patent number: 11312338
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a sensor window, a nozzle head coupled to the sensor window and including a first orifice and a second orifice, and a deflector fixed relative to the sensor window. The first orifice is shaped to discharge onto a first region of the sensor window. The second orifice is shaped to discharge onto a second region of the sensor window. The deflector is positioned to deflect at least some of the discharge from the second orifice onto a third region of the sensor window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Raghuraman Surineedi, Kunal Singh, Tyler D. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11312372
    Abstract: A system, comprising a computer that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to input second vehicle sensor data received via one or more of vehicle-to-vehicle (V-to-V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V-to-I) networking into a generative query neural network (GQN) trained to generate second vehicle viewpoint data and predict a path for a second vehicle based on the second vehicle viewpoint data with a reinforcement learning deep neural network (RLDNN). The computer can be further programmed to obtain a confidence for the predicted second vehicle path from a Bayesian framework applied to the RLDNN and determine a first vehicle path based on the predicted second vehicle path and the confidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • 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.