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: 20240151833
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing defining a chamber and having an air inlet. A blower is disposed in the chamber and is in fluid communication with the air inlet. The blower is positioned to direct air in a flow direction. A sensor is disposed in the chamber and has a lens. The sensor is spaced from the blower. An air nozzle is aimed to direct air across the lens. A duct is disposed in the chamber and is coupled to the blower and the air nozzle. The duct extends from the blower in a departure direction oblique to the flow direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Sunil Reddy Patil, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Anthony Michael Regalbuto, Kunal Chaudhari, Mallikarjun Sukumar
  • Publication number: 20240149834
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fluid reservoir having a fluid outlet. The assembly includes a piston slidably supported in the fluid reservoir. The assembly includes a spring urging the piston toward an end of the fluid reservoir. The piston and the fluid reservoir define a working chamber in fluid communication with the fluid outlet. The assembly includes a nozzle in fluid communication with the working chamber via the fluid outlet. The assembly includes a valve between the nozzle and the fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Sivaprasad Karnati, T Hariharan, Raghuraman Surineedi, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh
  • Publication number: 20240151854
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing, a sensor unit attached to the housing, and a gutter fixed relative to the housing. The sensor unit includes a cylindrical shell defining a vertical axis. The cylindrical shell extends above a highest point of the housing. The cylindrical shell is rotatable around the axis relative to the housing. The cylindrical shell includes a lower edge and extending upward along the axis from the lower edge. The gutter is elongated along the lower edge and positioned directly below the lower edge relative to the axis. The gutter defines an airflow outlet from the housing radially inside the gutter relative to the axis. The sensor unit defines an airflow inlet radially inside the lower edge relative to the axis and positioned to receive airflow from the airflow outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, JR., Rashaun Phinisee, Tyler D. Hamilton, Alexander Petniunas, Subba Reddy Boggu
  • Patent number: 11975599
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing. The assembly includes a sensor supported by the housing. The assembly includes a shell enclosing the sensor and rotatable relative to the housing in a first direction, the shell defining a window. The assembly includes a deflector extending radially outward from the shell at a leading edge of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Segundo Baldovino, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, Jr., Vahan Kazandjian, Venkatesh Krishnan, Navvab Khajehosseini
  • Patent number: 11976945
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing defining a pressurized chamber. The assembly includes a sensor supported by the housing. The assembly includes a shell enclosing the sensor and rotatable relative to the housing, the shell enclosing a second chamber in fluid communication the pressurized chamber, the housing and the shell defining a gap therebetween. The assembly includes a ring supported by the housing, the ring defining an internal passage having an exhaust vent at the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Subba Reddy Boggu, Vahan Kazandjian, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11976946
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing and a sensor supported by the housing. The assembly includes a deflector supported by the housing forward of the sensor. The deflector and the sensor define a spacing therebetween. The spacing is open to an ambient environment external of the housing. The deflector includes transparent material that permits light to pass through the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Navvab Khajehosseini, Rashaun Phinisee, Segundo Baldovino, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20240139783
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a sensor window including a substrate and a plurality of electrodes applied to the substrate, a sensing device movable relative to the sensor window and having a field of view through the sensor window in at least one position, and a computer communicatively coupled to the sensing device and the electrodes. The computer is programmed to activate the electrodes in a sequence that electrostatically moves a droplet on the sensor window, and the sequence is coordinated with movement of the sensing device relative to the sensor window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raghuraman Surineedi, Segundo Baldovino, Venkatesh Krishnan, Giridharan Nammalwar
  • Publication number: 20240126530
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of identifying, via a hybrid environment, components which are included in a software program within the hybrid environment, generating a software bill of materials (SBOM) for the software program which comprises names of the identified components, detecting that the software program does not comply with a predefined policy based on the names of the identified components within the SBOM, and displaying a notification via a user interface based on the detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Sudheesh S. Kairali, Rambabu Parvatina, Venkatesh Krishnan, Shanmukha Sai Ram Paran Parvathina, Nataraj Nagaratnam
  • Publication number: 20240123946
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a blower, a sensor, an air nozzle positioned to receive airflow from the blower and eject the airflow onto the sensor, an air pump positioned to eject airflow onto the sensor, and a heater mounted to the air pump and positioned to heat airflow passing through the air pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Michael Robertson, JR., Segundo Baldovino, LaRon Michelle Brown
  • Patent number: 11947011
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis and a ring fixed relative to the sensor window and centered around the axis. The ring includes a liquid chamber, at least one nozzle, and an air chamber. The liquid chamber is elongated circumferentially around the axis. The at least one nozzle is fluidly connected to the liquid chamber and has a direction of discharge aimed at the sensor window. The air chamber is elongated circumferentially around the axis alongside the liquid chamber. The air chamber lacks inlets and outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Venkatesh Krishnan, Darshan Arun Nayak, Kunal Singh
  • Publication number: 20240092278
    Abstract: An assembly includes a liftgate having a frame and a body panel supported by the frame, the body panel defining a plurality of openings, the openings providing access to the frame. The assembly includes a first cover covering the plurality of openings of the body panel. The assembly includes a second cover supported by the first cover and defining a chamber therebetween. The assembly includes a sensor assembly supported within the chamber between the first cover and the second cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler D. Hamilton, Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, JR., Moura Renato da Rosa Borges, Henrico Quinelato
  • Patent number: 11935305
    Abstract: An applique is mounted over one or both B-pillars of an autonomous vehicle and includes a display, speaker, touch input, and microphone. The applique may include a curved cover mounted over a printed circuit board (PCB) having LED arrays mounted thereto. A diffuser defines windows for the LED arrays and has a planar surface interfacing with the PCB and a curved surface interfacing with the curved cover. A controller of the vehicle detects proximity to a passenger to be picked up and displays the passenger's name at a first proximity, outputs a spoken message at a second, closer, proximity, and outputs a visible and audible prompt to enter an access code at a third proximity closer than the second proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Prashant Dubey, Segundo Baldovino, LaRon Brown, Venkatesh Krishnan, Mohan Kamath
  • Publication number: 20240083392
    Abstract: A sensor-cleaning system includes a sensor of a vehicle, an electrode, and a computer communicatively coupled to the electrode. The sensor includes a lens. The electrode is positioned to draw dust from the lens when the electrode is energized. The computer is programmed to energize the electrode in response to the vehicle moving and deenergize the electrode in response to the vehicle being stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lorne Forsythe, Lars Niklas Pettersson, Venkatesh Krishnan, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11927319
    Abstract: A lighting system may include a lamp assembly including a lens assembly, wherein the lens assembly includes a first section and a second section, wherein the first and second sections each include a material having variable light transmissivity in response to an applied voltage, and wherein the light transmissivity of the first section is adjustable independent of the light transmissivity of the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Tyler Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11921208
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a first sensing device, a sensor housing, a bracket, a second sensor, and a channel plate. The sensor housing includes a first sensor window and a top panel, and the first sensing device has a field of view through the first sensor window. The bracket is mounted on top of the top plate. The second sensor is held by the bracket and includes a second sensor window. The channel plate is fixed to the bracket. The bracket includes a first nozzle aimed at the first sensor window and a second nozzle aimed at the second sensor window. The bracket includes a channel fluidly connected to the first nozzle and the second nozzle. The channel plate covers the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Raghuraman Surineedi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Tyler D. Hamilton, Kunal Singh, Shibu Koyadan Chathoth
  • Patent number: 11913852
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a pump, a valve supplied from the pump, a sensor fixed relative to the pump, a nozzle supplied from the valve and aimed at the sensor, and a computer communicatively coupled to the pump, the valve, and the sensor. The computer is programmed to instruct the pump to operate; while the pump is operating, instruct the valve to close; receive data from the sensor while the pump is operating and the valve is instructed to be closed; and set a flag upon determining, based on the data received from the sensor, that the nozzle is outputting fluid onto the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Kunal Singh
  • Publication number: 20240051476
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a bracket fixed to a frame of a vehicle, two environmental sensors fixed to the bracket, and an insulating plate positioned between the environmental sensors and an inside of the vehicle. The sensor assembly may enhance the operation of the environmental sensors. Mounting both environmental sensors to the same bracket can permit more stringent position tolerances to be met by the environmental sensors compared to independently mounting the environmental sensors to the frame of the vehicle. Moreover, the bracket can provide a reference for locating the insulating plate. Additionally, the insulating plate can isolate the environmental sensors from heat generated by the vehicle, permitting the environmental sensors to more easily be kept within a temperature range for reliable operation. Finally, the same insulating plate can be used for both environmental sensors, in part due to the common position from the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler D. Hamilton, Michael Robertson, Jr., Venkatesh Krishnan, Camila Silva
  • Patent number: 11892564
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rashaun Phinisee, Raghuraman Surineedi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Taneshia Turner, Michael Robertson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11883935
    Abstract: A method for assembling a sensor assembly, the sensor assembly including a cylindrical sensor and a housing, includes inserting the sensor through a circular port in the housing, fixing a concentric gap between the port and the sensor by placing a partially annular tool in the concentric gap, affixing the housing while the tool is in place, and removing the tool after affixing the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 11851032
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: 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