Patents by Inventor Walter Joseph Nill

Walter Joseph Nill 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: 20220072998
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a rearview camera capturing images of a scene behind the motor vehicle. An electronic processor receives the images captured by the camera. A virtual image projection arrangement is communicatively coupled to the electronic processor and presents a virtual image dependent upon the images captured by the camera. The virtual image is visible by a driver of the vehicle after being reflected by a windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: EDO OMANOVIC, DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL, GERALD ANTHONY TANG-KONG, PETER CLARENCE SOHLDEN
  • Patent number: 11215839
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement is for a motor vehicle having a human occupant. A light source emits a light field. An infrared camera detects infrared energy. A combiner is positioned and configured to reflect the light field such that the light field can be viewed by the human occupant as a virtual image. The combiner has a region configured to reflect infra-red energy emitted by a face of the occupant such that the infrared energy is received by the infrared camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Patent number: 11203295
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a rearview camera capturing images of a scene behind the motor vehicle. An electronic processor receives the images captured by the camera. A virtual image projection arrangement is communicatively coupled to the electronic processor and presents a virtual image dependent upon the images captured by the camera. The virtual image is visible by a driver of the vehicle after being reflected by a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Svstems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Edo Omanovic, David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill, Gerald Anthony Tang-Kong, Peter Clarence Sohlden
  • Publication number: 20210080735
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement is for a motor vehicle having a human occupant. A light source emits a light field. An infrared camera detects infrared energy. A combiner is positioned and configured to reflect the light field such that the light field can be viewed by the human occupant as a virtual image. The combiner has a region configured to reflect infra-red energy emitted by a face of the occupant such that the infrared energy is received by the infrared camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Patent number: 10884249
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement is for a motor vehicle having a human occupant. A light source emits a light field. An infrared camera detects infrared energy. A combiner is positioned and configured to reflect the light field such that the light field can be viewed by the human occupant as a virtual image. The combiner has a region configured to reflect infra-red energy emitted by a face of the occupant such that the infrared energy is received by the infrared camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Patent number: 10732420
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a head up display projector producing a light field based upon image data such that the light field is reflected off of a windshield of the motor vehicle and is then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. First means determines locations of physical objects visible to the driver through the windshield. Second means determines locations of eyes of the driver. An electronic processor receives first data indicative of the determined locations of the physical objects, and receives second data indicative of the determined locations of the eyes of the driver. The electronic processor produces the image data dependent upon the first data and the second data such that a symbol in the virtual image appears to be in a predetermined position relative to a selected one of the physical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Publication number: 20200124862
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement is for a motor vehicle having a human occupant. A light source emits a light field. An infrared camera detects infrared energy. A combiner is positioned and configured to reflect the light field such that the light field can be viewed by the human occupant as a virtual image. The combiner has a region configured to reflect infra-red energy emitted by a face of the occupant such that the infrared energy is received by the infrared camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Patent number: 10416447
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a head up display projector including a lens with a polarizer. The head up display projector emits a linearly polarized light field via the lens. A windshield reflects the light field such that the reflected light field is visible to a human driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. The windshield includes an outer plastic layer sandwiched between a half-wave plate and an outer glass layer. An inner plastic layer is sandwiched between the half-wave plate and an inner glass layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: David Kay Lambert, Walter Joseph Nill
  • Publication number: 20180321490
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a windshield having a plastic layer sandwiched between two glass layers. The plastic layer has a partially reflective element therein. The partially reflective element passes a first portion of light received from a first direction and reflects a remainder of the light in a second direction. A projection arrangement projects a light field onto the partially reflective element such that a reflected portion of the light field is visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL, PETER CLARENCE SOHLDEN
  • Publication number: 20180297522
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a rearview camera capturing images of a scene behind the motor vehicle. An electronic processor receives the images captured by the camera. A virtual image projection arrangement is communicatively coupled to the electronic processor and presents a virtual image dependent upon the images captured by the camera. The virtual image is visible by a driver of the vehicle after being reflected by a windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: EDO OMANOVIC, DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL, GERALD ANTHONY TANG-KONG, PETER CLARENCE SOHLDEN
  • Publication number: 20180172993
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes an A-pillar disposed between a side view window and a windshield. A virtual image projection arrangement presents a virtual image that is visible by a driver of the vehicle in a direction adjacent to the A-pillar and appearing to the driver to be at least two meters away from the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: WALTER JOSEPH NILL, DAVID KAY LAMBERT, STEPHANIE TUTTLE
  • Publication number: 20180160087
    Abstract: A head up display calibration arrangement includes a substrate associated with a windshield. The substrate has a test pattern. A head up display module projects a test display in association with the windshield. The test display at least partially overlaps the test pattern. The test display is projected dependent upon at least one projection parameter value. A camera captures an image of the test display and the test pattern, and transmits an image signal dependent upon the captured image. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to each of the camera and the head up display module. The processor receives the image signal and determines from the image signal a positional relationship between the test display and the test pattern within the captured image. The processor modifies the projection parameter value dependent upon the determined positional relationship between the test display and the test pattern within the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: WALTER JOSEPH NILL, DAVID K. LAMBERT, DEREK DIDIER
  • Publication number: 20180101009
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a head up display projector including a lens with a polarizer. The head up display projector emits a linearly polarized light field via the lens. A windshield reflects the light field such that the reflected light field is visible to a human driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. The windshield includes an outer plastic layer sandwiched between a half-wave plate and an outer glass layer. An inner plastic layer is sandwiched between the half-wave plate and an inner glass layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Publication number: 20180101010
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a head up display projector producing a light field such that the light field is reflected off of a windshield of the motor vehicle and is then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. A sensor measures an effect of vibration on the motor vehicle and transmits a sensor signal dependent upon the measured effect. An actuator is coupled to the head up display projector and moves a component of the head up display projector such that a position and/or orientation of the virtual image as perceived by the driver is changed. An electronic processor is communicatively coupled to each of the head up display projector, the sensor and the actuator. The electronic processor receives the sensor signal and controls the actuator dependent upon the sensor signal such that the virtual image appears to be unaffected by the vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: WALTER JOSEPH NILL, DAVID KAY LAMBERT, PETER CLARENCE SOHLDEN
  • Publication number: 20180088326
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a head up display projector emitting a light field. A windshield includes an outer layer of glass, an inner layer of glass, and a plastic layer sandwiched between the outer layer of glass and the inner layer of glass. The light field is reflected toward eyes of a driver of the motor vehicle by a reflective material added to one of an inner surface of the plastic layer, an outer surface of the plastic layer, an inner surface of the outer layer of glass, and an outer surface of the inner layer of glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Publication number: 20180081181
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a head up display projector producing a light field based upon image data such that the light field is reflected off of a windshield of the motor vehicle and is then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as a virtual image. First means determines locations of physical objects visible to the driver through the windshield. Second means determines locations of eyes of the driver. An electronic processor receives first data indicative of the determined locations of the physical objects, and receives second data indicative of the determined locations of the eyes of the driver. The electronic processor produces the image data dependent upon the first data and the second data such that a symbol in the virtual image appears to be in a predetermined position relative to a selected one of the physical objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Publication number: 20180039080
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an image source emitting a light field. A first freeform mirror is positioned to provide a first reflection of the light field. A generally concave second freeform mirror is positioned to receive the first reflection and provide a second reflection of the light field. The second reflection is reflected off of a windshield of the vehicle so as to be visible to a driver of the vehicle. An arcuate section of a surface of the generally concave second freeform mirror receives the first reflection and provides the second reflection. An angle between the first freeform mirror and an imaginary line that is tangent to a midpoint of the arcuate section of the surface of the generally concave second freeform mirror is approximately between thirty degrees and sixty degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Publication number: 20170307882
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an image source providing an illuminated image. A first concave mirror is positioned to provide a first reflection of the illuminated image. A second concave mirror is positioned to receive the first reflection and provide a second reflection of the illuminated image. A windshield is positioned to receive the second reflection and provide a third reflection of the illuminated image such that the third reflection is visible to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: DAVID KAY LAMBERT, WALTER JOSEPH NILL
  • Patent number: 6574048
    Abstract: A head-up display (HUD) uses reduced reflectivity projection optics to reduce the harmful effects of intense solar radiation on HUD components. In a HUD generally having a display, a mirror, and a combiner, an image is projected from the display to the combiner via the mirror. The reflectance of the mirror is reduced to prevent high thermal stress on HUD components. The light source is brighter than a conventional backlight, and thus compensates for the reduction in the reflectance of the mirror. Reduced mirror reflectance translates into a reduced thermal load on the display, lens, case, electronics, or wherever the solar radiation is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Joseph Nill
  • Publication number: 20020118462
    Abstract: A head-up display (HUD) uses reduced reflectivity projection optics to reduce the harmful effects of intense solar radiation on HUD components. In a HUD generally comprising a display, a mirror, and a combiner, an image is projected from the display to the combiner via the mirror. The reflectance of the mirror is reduced to prevent high thermal stress on HUD components. The light source is brighter than a conventional backlight, and thus compensates for the reduction in the reflectance of the mirror. Reduced mirror reflectance translates into a reduced thermal load on the display, lens, case, electronics, or wherever the solar radiation is directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Walter Joseph Nill