Vehicle Patents (Class 315/77)
  • Patent number: 11560085
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a light assembly and an electric control module. The light assembly is assembled to an underbody of the vehicle. The light assembly has a light bar and an image projector. The light bar has a plurality of first light sources. The image projector has a housing that is fitted to a longitudinal end of the light bar. The housing has a circuit board and an emitting portion that houses a second light source. The circuit board is electrically connected to the second light source to regulate electric current to the light source. The electric control module is electrically connected to the light bar and the circuit board to provide electrical power to both the light bar and the image projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: William Weber, Dale Butterworth
  • Patent number: 11502608
    Abstract: This light-emitting element drive control device (100) comprises: a drive logic unit (113) which performs a drive control of a switch output stage (N1, D1, L1) for dropping an input voltage (VIN) to an output voltage (VOUT) and supplying a light-emitting element therewith; a charge-pump power supply unit (a) which generates a step-up voltage (CP) higher than the input voltage (VIN); and a current detecting comparator (114) which receives a supply of the step-up voltage (CP) and the output voltage (VOUT) as power supply voltages, and generates control signals (SET, RST) for the drive logic unit (113) by directly comparing a current detection signal (Vsns) corresponding to an inductor current (IL) of the switch output stage with a peak detection value (Vsns_pk) and a bottom detection value (Vsns_bt).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Aoki, Ryo Takagi
  • Patent number: 11475572
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying pixel groups representing objects in an image include using images having multiple groups of pixels, grouped such that each pixel group represents a zone of interest and determining a pixel value for pixels within each pixel group based on a comparison of pixel values for each individual pixel within the group. A probability heat map is derived from the pixel group values using a first neural network using the pixel group values as input and produces the heat map having a set of graded values indicative of the probability that the respective pixel group includes an object of interest. A zone of interest is identified based on whether the groups of graded values meet a determined probability threshold objects of interest are identified within the at least one zone of interest by way of a second neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Xailient
    Inventors: Shivanthan Yohanandan, Lars Oleson
  • Patent number: 11453391
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method for performing off road adaptive cruise control in a host vehicle including controlling a vehicle speed at a first speed according to an adaptive cruise control algorithm, detecting an obstacle, using a sensor, within a host vehicle path, reducing the vehicle speed to a reduced speed in response to the detection of the obstacle, detecting a vehicle contact with the obstacle in response to a first inertial measurement unit measurement, applying a brake friction force and increasing an engine torque in response to detecting the vehicle contact with the obstacle, determining a traverse of the obstacle in response to a second inertial measurement unit measurement, and resuming the control of the vehicle speed at the first speed in response to the traverse of the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mahnken, Jeffrey Louis Brown, Brent T. Deep
  • Patent number: 11452191
    Abstract: A warning light control method includes the steps of: accepting multiple warning lights to receive a start command to set up Flash Mode and numbering each warning light sequentially starting from 1, and using Flash Mode number to synchronously set ID Number of each warning light; setting the ID Number of a predetermined warning light as Starter and the remaining ID Numbers as Receivers; the warning light of Starter receiving Start Command from Control Bus through cable, and sending Data, Clock Pulse and ID Information from Data Bus, and selecting one for flashing by Flash Mode; warning lights of Receivers get Data, Clock Pulse and ID Information from Data Bus through cables thereof, and warning lights of Receivers and Starter are flashing synchronously or asynchronously; whether Control Bus of Starter and Receivers has received Change ID Command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: ESUSE AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting-Fang Lee, Wen-Chung Han
  • Patent number: 11441751
    Abstract: A vehicle grille includes: a grille panel; a lens panel disposed at a rear side of the grille panel, formed in a same shape as some or entire area of the grille panel, and, when a light is incident, configured to allow some of the light to propagate in the lens panel and emit some of the light to an outside of the lens panel; and a housing disposed on a rear surface of the lens panel, formed in a same shape as the lens panel, and including a coupling provision end portion configured to allow a front surface of the lens panel to be coupled to a rear surface of the grille panel at a front side of the lens panel, wherein the rear surface of the lens panel and a front surface of the housing are coupled at the front side of the lens panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION, SL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Byoung Suk Ahn, Jung Wook Lim, Ki Hong Lee, Seung Sik Han, Dong Hyun Go, Jung Hee Seo, Kyeong Jin Ahn
  • Patent number: 11438983
    Abstract: A lighting device circuit comprising: a reference LED string, a mirror LED string coupled in parallel to the reference LED string, an operational amplifier based current mirror circuit coupled to the reference LED string and to the mirror LED string, and a window comparator circuit that includes only a single input that is coupled to a fault sense node. The fault sense node directly connects to a drain node of a transistor within the operational amplifier based current mirror and a LED within the mirror LED string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Garrett Warren Satterfield, Collin Philip Wells
  • Patent number: 11415276
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flexible light strip made of fluorescent material, including a substrate integrated with a plurality of flip-chips or LEDs arranged in parallel, wherein a phosphor outer layer is wrapped around the substrate, and a cross section of the phosphor outer layer is rectangular or arc-shaped, etc. In the present application, the substrate is wrapped with a flexible phosphor outer layer to achieve its own target color temperature, which simplifies the processing technology and brings the advantage of uniform light emission at the same time. The distance between the light sources, the number of arrangements, and the thickness of the wrapping fluorescent material are controlled, so as to achieve the purpose of uniform light emission. Compared with the existing conventional uniform light emission schemes, the processing technology links are reduced, and the cost is effectively saved, thus the invention has good popularization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Qianglong Yu, Chao Deng, Guangyu Fu
  • Patent number: 11378242
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light device for a motor vehicle, comprising a matrix light source having a matrix of elementary light sources with an electroluminescent semiconductor element. Each elementary light source has an emitting surface that is less than or equal to 0.2 mm2. The measures proposed by the invention allow such a matrix light source to be powered without any risk of damage due to overheating of the semiconductive junctions of the elementary light sources that make up the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Samuel Daroussin, Zdravko Zojceski
  • Patent number: 11334098
    Abstract: A light-emitting component is disclosed. In an embodiment a light-emitting component includes at least four light sources configured to emit light of different wavelength ranges in pairs and a control device configured to operate the light sources independently of one another in such a way that light from at least two of the light sources is mixed to form a mixed light and adjust an mv,mel,D65 value of the mixed light, wherein the at least four light sources include a first light source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation with a dominant wavelength of at most 450 nm, a second light source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation with a dominant wavelength of at least 480 nm and at most 520 nm or a dominant wavelength of at least 455 nm and at most 470 nm, a third light source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation in a spectral range of green light, and a fourth light source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation in a spectral range of yellow and/or amber light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Stigler, Uli Hiller, Martin Moritz
  • Patent number: 11320741
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to adjusting a light intensity distribution on an irradiation target surface into a desired distribution with use of a light source apparatus including a light emitting diode (LED) array. A light source apparatus includes an LED array including a plurality of LED chips, and a controller configured to control the plurality of LED chips. A light intensity distribution acquired from each of the plurality of LED chips is superimposed on a light intensity distribution oriented in a different direction from each other on a predetermined surface. The controller controls an output of at least one of the plurality of LED chips, thereby changing the light intensity distribution that the plurality of LED chips forms on the predetermined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noboru Osaka
  • Patent number: 11287100
    Abstract: A light system comprising: (a) a plurality of light sources configured to be located on a vehicle and project light outboard of a width of a vehicle; (b) one or more reflectors that are angled in a first direction relative to the plurality of light sources; and (c) one or more static bending light reflectors that are angled in a second direction relative to the plurality of light sources and the one or more reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Vision SAS
    Inventor: Brant Potter
  • Patent number: 11284212
    Abstract: A method for producing an audio signal from a panel audio loudspeaker in a mobile device includes receiving information about a status of the mobile device from one or more sensors of the mobile device. The method further includes driving, with a first drive signal, a first actuator coupled to a display panel of the panel audio loudspeaker at a first location and simultaneously driving, with a second drive signal, a second actuator coupled to the display panel at a second location different from the first location. The method also includes varying a relative timing of the first and second drive signals based on the information about the status of the mobile device to vary a direction of an audio signal and/or a source location of the audio signal on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chad Georges Seguin, James East, Andrew Phillis
  • Patent number: 11162657
    Abstract: A light module, notably of a vehicle, including a semiconductor light source including a plurality of light-emitting units of submillimetric dimensions distributed in different selectively activatable light zones, at least one optic, capable of receiving the light rays emitted by the selectively activatable light zones and of deflecting them out of the light module, the shaping optic being arranged in such a way as to form an image of the light source including a plurality of pixels, the light source and the optic being arranged in such a way that these pixels exhibit an angular aperture of at most 0.4° in at least one given direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Pierre Albou, Vanesa Sanchez, Marine Courcier
  • Patent number: 11161625
    Abstract: An exterior lamp for an aircraft may comprise a housing, a navigation light disposed within the housing, and a brake light disposed within the housing, wherein the brake light is configured to illuminate in response to a brake signal. The exterior lamp may include a controller disposed within the housing, and a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the controller, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the controller, cause the controller to perform operations comprising receiving a brake signal and illuminating the brake light in response to a brake signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Rebecca Stoner, Andre Hessling von Heimendahl, Todd Knight
  • Patent number: 11149932
    Abstract: An illuminating pendant that includes a housing unit, one or more layers of translucent material connected to the housing unit, and control circuitry secured to the housing unit and electrically connected to one or more LEDs and to a power source. The control circuitry includes a receiver and a proximity detection device and detects a first signal location proximate to a first proximity beacon and illuminates one or more LEDs in a pattern associated with the first signal location. In one embodiment the illuminating pendant is affixed to a wearable band. In another embodiment, the illuminating pendant is magnetically secured to a user's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: LIGHTUPTOYS.COM LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Kelly, Joshua C. Kelly, Max Armendariz Lalama, Ariel Macaulay Bruton
  • Patent number: 11148591
    Abstract: An apparatus for interior ambient mood lighting, the apparatus includes a wire harness; one or more pin terminals integral with the wire harness and to engage with and obtain power from a vehicle electrical control unit; and one or more lighting devices electrically connected to the wire harness and to receive power from the one or more pin terminals via wire; the wire harness and the one or more pin terminals is vehicle specific, thereby being able to engage with a specific vehicle make and model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Ryan Brown
  • Patent number: 11148583
    Abstract: A vehicular forward viewing image capture system includes an accessory module configured for attachment at an in-cabin side of a windshield of a vehicle, whereby the imaging sensor views through the windshield forward of the equipped vehicle. With the accessory module attached at the in-cabin side of the windshield, and while the vehicle is traveling along a road, a control processes captured image data to determine (i) presence of an object of interest viewed by the imaging sensor and (ii) location and/or movement of the object of interest viewed by the imaging sensor. The control, responsive to the processing of captured image data and responsive to vehicle data received via a vehicle communication bus, at least in part provides at least one selected from the group consisting of (a) traffic sign recognition, (b) traffic light status detection, (c) adaptive cruise control and (d) pedestrian detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 11102858
    Abstract: A variable geometry light source and related method for illumination comprises a dense array of micro light emitting diodes (LED) incorporated within a printed circuit board and controlled by an incorporated microcontroller. The microcontroller receives user input and causes the dense array to illuminate according to the input. A tunable lens operates to focus the LED illumination toward one or more specific target subjects creating a variable geometry light projection. The microcontroller is configured with instructions which cause the dense array to produce a variety of shapes, intensities, and color temperatures tailored to the individual installation. The microcontroller causes the dense array to create a light projection suitable for illumination of a subject as well as a dynamic projection animated for a communication to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Johannessen
  • Patent number: 10981498
    Abstract: An LED lighting assembly (1) comprising a cassette (2), a lens, a printed circuit board, PCB, (6) having at least one LED light source mounted thereon, the lighting assembly comprising an LED driver circuit arranged to maintain conduction in the circuit, the PCB using a first amount of power and wherein the LED driver circuit is arranged to simulate use of a second amount of power, the second amount being lower than the first amount. The LED lighting assembly comprises a capacitor arranged to be activated when a voltage across the LED driver circuit is below a first predetermined level. A resistor or resistor/capacitor combination is connectable to a trickle sensor in a passenger service unit (PSU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Sean O'Kell, Robert Trundle
  • Patent number: 10920955
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for a vehicle includes a housing, an outer lens partially covering the housing to define an enclosure between the housing and lens, a light emitting diode (LED) light source arranged in the enclosure, and a light guide forming part of the housing. The light guide may include a light receiving surface within the enclosure and a light emitting surface outside the enclosure so that light emitted from the LED light source is received by the light receiving surface of the light guide and directed toward the light emitting surface of the light guide and light is output from the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Simon Belcher, Jay Dickson
  • Patent number: 10913386
    Abstract: A front module (3) is disposed in a front portion of a vehicle (2). An upper module (5) is disposed on a ceiling surface (22) of the vehicle (2). The front module (3) includes a front light source (31) and a front sensor (32). The upper module (5) includes an upper light source (51) and an upper sensor (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Hori, Teruaki Yamamoto, Yusuke Kasaba
  • Patent number: 10893716
    Abstract: An advanced warning light system in a motorcycle has a brake light comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED) wherein each LED is configured to illuminate a first color when a motorcycle brake is depressed and wherein only a subset of LEDs are configured to illuminate when the motorcycle is decelerating not in response to the brake being depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Kinney ASWD Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Wayne Kinney
  • Patent number: 10887966
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to reduce a coupling effect in a light emitting diode (LED) display are disclosed. An example LED display includes an array of LEDs, and a line controller to select a line of LEDs of the array of LEDs for illumination. The example LED display wall includes a column controller to control illumination of at least two of the LEDs of the line of LEDs. The column controller is to cause, when the first brightness value is less than a threshold, a first LED to be illuminated during a first time period and a second LED to be illuminated during a second time period. The second period is distinct from the first time period. The first LED is a different color than the second LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jun Ma, Shuxiao Xu, Minwen Shi
  • Patent number: 10880970
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement for a vehicle for detecting a short circuit in a lighting unit with a plurality of light emitting diodes connected in series, comprising a shunt regulator, a setting unit for setting the shunt regulator to a reference voltage, a voltage determination unit for determining a string voltage of the series-connected light emitting diodes and the correspondingly set reference voltage of the shunt regulator, and a detection unit for detecting a short circuit in the lighting unit on the basis of the string voltage and the reference voltage. Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding method for detecting a short circuit, a computer program, a memory and a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Michael Feldgen
  • Patent number: 10870385
    Abstract: A lighting device has a master control apparatus and at least one slave control apparatus connected to the master control apparatus via a bus system. The slave control apparatus is designed to execute application software for actuating a headlight system component. The master control apparatus is designed to upload the application software onto the slave control apparatus and/or to actuate and/or diagnose the slave control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Viktor Rack, Mario Werkstetter, Thomas Trumpp
  • Patent number: 10861331
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a processing device (10) which includes a sound collection unit (11) that collects an environmental sound outside a vehicle, a filter unit (14) that performs filtering for emphasizing a sound characterizing a current position of the vehicle of which the environmental sound is collected, from the environmental sound collected by the sound collection unit (11), and a processing unit (12) that causes the environmental sound including the filtered sound to be output to the inside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Kawauchi, Akimitsu Fujiyoshi, Yoichi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10851985
    Abstract: An LED module that includes a light source unit which includes one or more LEDs mounted on one surface of a circuit board, a heat sink which includes a base substrate configured to support the light source unit and radiate heat generated from the light source unit and an insulating heat radiation coating layer applied on an outer surface of the base substrate, a protective cover which includes a convex portion formed in a region corresponding to the LED and is coupled to one surface of the heat sink to protect the light source unit from an external environment, an air flow space formed between the light source unit and the protective cover and provides a space through which air can flows, and one or more air vents which perform a function as a passage through which the air is moved to the outside from the air flow space and balance internal pressure of the air flow space with pressure of outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Amosense Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyu-Weon Shin, Sang-Ho Ma
  • Patent number: 10849203
    Abstract: A lighting device circuit comprising: a reference LED string, a mirror LED string coupled in parallel to the reference LED string, an operational amplifier based current mirror circuit coupled to the reference LED string and to the mirror LED string, and a window comparator circuit that includes only a single input that is coupled to a fault sense node. The fault sense node directly connects to a drain node of a transistor within the operational amplifier based current mirror and a LED within the mirror LED string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Garrett Warren Satterfield, Collin Philip Wells
  • Patent number: 10800327
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system for enhanced accent lighting within a vehicle interior, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to carry out the following steps: capturing an image of a user; and producing accent lighting in the vehicle interior based on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Claywell, Erwan R. Gautier, Maqsood Rizwan Ali Khan
  • Patent number: 10794486
    Abstract: A gear indicator illumination unit for a vehicle, particularly for an automatic vehicle, is shown. The gear indicator illumination unit provides basic lighting and individual spot lighting from a plurality of different lighting devices, particularly in the form of LEDs. The gear indicator illumination unit has a plurality of lighting devices for indicating the gear and a memory for saving parameters and/or characteristic curves of the lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernhard Bley, Andreas Löhner, Henning Wöhl-Bruhn, Oliver Von Sehlen
  • Patent number: 10797698
    Abstract: An example circuit includes a plurality of light emitters connected in parallel between a first node and a second node. The circuit also includes a plurality of capacitors, with each capacitor corresponding to one of the light emitters, and a plurality of discharge-control switches, with each discharge-control switches corresponding to one of the capacitors. The circuit further includes a pulse-control switch connected to the plurality of light emitters. During a first period, the pulse-control switch restricts current flow, and each of the plurality of capacitors is charged via the first node. During a second period, one or more of the plurality of discharge-control switches allows current flow that discharges one or more corresponding capacitors. During a third period, the pulse-control switch allows current flow that discharges one or more undischarged capacitors of the plurality of capacitors through one or more corresponding light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-yves Droz, Augusto Tazzoli, Michael Marx
  • Patent number: 10788196
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a converter device is provided. The device includes a phosphor element for converting a pump radiation into a conversion radiation and an excitation coil for producing an alternating magnetic field in which the phosphor element is arranged. The phosphor element has a conductor loop forming a coupling coil that is inductively coupled to the excitation coil such that the coupling coil and hence the phosphor element can be monitored by way of the inductive coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM Beteiligungsverwaltung GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Massmann, Jens Richter, Peter Vogt, Jan Oliver Drumm
  • Patent number: 10787114
    Abstract: A headlamp control apparatus may include: an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a forward image of a vehicle; a driving information acquisition unit configured to acquire driving information including one or more of driving environment information and driving state information of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to decide a shadow area for a position of a forward vehicle, which is recognized based on the forward image acquired by the image acquisition unit, and control light emission of a headlamp according to the decided shadow area, wherein the control unit controls the light emission of the headlamp by variably adjusting the shadow area based on the driving information acquired by the driving information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Young Sung
  • Patent number: 10780818
    Abstract: A tri-state electronic vehicle system control circuit comprises a plurality of 3-position switches, each of which is coupled to a dedicated pin on a wiring harness for coupling multiple portions of a combination vehicle such as a tractor-trailer combination. Each switch controls a device (e.g., brake lights, turn signal, etc.) and a data link that can be selectively toggled in a manner that permits data transmission without perceptibly affecting device function. Alternatively, two devices controlled by a given switch can be enabled by a single pin on the wiring harness. The tri-state switching circuitry thus doubles the capacity of the wiring harness to which it is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERICAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Rick Foster
  • Patent number: 10731814
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle includes an array module including a plurality of micro Light Emitting Diode (LED) chips. The array module has a shape that is concave in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventors: Shinwoo Yoon, Juhwan Seol, Yongkyo Kim
  • Patent number: 10723258
    Abstract: A lamp assembly is provided herein. The lamp assembly includes first and second light sources operably coupled to an exterior portion of a vehicle. The first light source illuminates a front door and the second light source illuminates a rear door. A controller is configured to activate the first and second light sources to selectively illuminate the front or rear doors to indicate a predefined door of entry into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10727386
    Abstract: A radiation-emitting component includes a radiation source including at least one semiconductor layer sequence that generates radiation; an optical waveguide device disposed downstream of the radiation source; and a conversion element for radiation conversion disposed downstream of the optical waveguide device, wherein radiation is emittable from the radiation source via an emission surface and couplable into the optical waveguide device, radiation is couplable from the optical waveguide device into the conversion element via an input surface, and the emission surface of the radiation source is larger than the input surface of the conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Grötsch
  • Patent number: 10670204
    Abstract: The present invention provides a LED light strip, wherein the light strip comprises an outer casing, an inner casing disposed in the outer casing and a light-emitting component placed in the inner casing, the light-emitting component comprises a substrate and some LED illuminant modules set on the substrate, the inner casing is provided with a light exit through which the light of the LED illuminant directly passes, cut marks are arranged in a position between the light exits corresponding to a interval of LED illuminant modules connected in parallel, and a wall of the outer casing facing the LED illuminant is transparent. The cut mark of the present invention is easily seen and a user can see the cut mark trough the transparent wall directly thus facilitating the cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OML TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoping Li
  • Patent number: 10660167
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) lighting apparatus includes an LED driver that outputs a driving current, a switch circuit that selects at least one division terminal among a first division terminal to a fourth division terminal and electrically connects the selected at least one division terminal with a driving current terminal receiving the driving current, a first resistor circuit that is connected with the first and second division terminals, a second resistor circuit that is connected with the third and fourth division terminals, a first LED light source that is electrically connected with the first resistor circuit and emits a first light having a first color temperature, and a second LED light source that is electrically connected with the second resistor circuit and emits a second light having a second color temperature higher than the first color temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Deok Hee Han
  • Patent number: 10604136
    Abstract: Circuits for providing to an operator warning interfaced system of a transportation vehicle a conductive path to ground or voltage source are described herein. The operator warning interface system, when provided a conductive path to ground or voltage source, may generate an audio and/or visual alert that indicates that the parking brake of the transportation vehicle is disengaged. The circuits may include at least one switch that when integrated into a safety and warning system of a transportation vehicle and when closed provides a conductive path to ground or voltage source to an operator warning interface system of the transportation vehicle, where the switch closes when the parking brake of the transportation vehicle is disengaged. In some implementations, the circuits may further include a second switch that must be closed in order to provide the conductive path to ground or voltage source. The second switch may close when the vehicle ignition is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SBS, Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank Williams, Bannion Frank Allen
  • Patent number: 10562440
    Abstract: A directional lighting system may include a plurality of lights positioned on a singular planar surface. A plurality of stationary reflectors may also be provided, each reflector positioned adjacent to each of the plurality of lights. The stationary reflectors may be positioned on the single planar surface in an orientation so as to provide directional illumination of one of the plurality of lights in a different direction relative to another of the plurality of lights. The single planar surface may define a surface of a printed circuit board (PCB) to which the plurality of lights are mounted. The directional lighting system may further include a controller in communication with the plurality of lights. The controller may include one or more preset lighting functions, whereby a user may select one of the one or more preset buttons to illuminate specific lights of the plurality of lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Danial Julian, Zhongren Zhang
  • Patent number: 10525878
    Abstract: A pedestrian warning system for an eco-friendly vehicle may include a warning sound controller including an alarm sound controller and a virtual engine sound system configured to inform a pedestrian of a behavior of the vehicle; and an alarm sound output device including not only an amplifier for amplifying a pedestrian alarm sound and a virtual engine sound, but also a directional speaker for outputting the amplified pedestrian alarm sound and the amplified virtual engine sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Keun You, Mun Hwan Cho, Jin Mo Lee
  • Patent number: 10502772
    Abstract: A device outage detector, comprising: a microcontroller; a plurality of shunt resistors, each connected to at least one of a plurality of vehicle elements; a current sensor configured to measure a plurality of instantaneous currents passing through the plurality of shunt resistors, respectively; and a voltage sensor configured to measure a plurality of instantaneous voltages across the plurality of shunt resistors, respectively, wherein the microcontroller is configured to issue a warning for a given shunt resistor if its corresponding instantaneous current is below the first threshold value and its instantaneous voltage is zero, or if its corresponding instantaneous current is above a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Broadbent Slade
  • Patent number: 10492259
    Abstract: A dimming signal conversion method can include: converting a dimming voltage to a PWM signal; adjusting a corresponding relationship between the dimming voltage and a duty cycle of the PWM signal according to brightness requirements of a LED light source; and generating a drive current of an LED driver based on the corresponding relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Longqi Wang, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 10464475
    Abstract: A lighting device for a motor vehicle, the lighting device being designed to emit at least one light beam, at least one characteristic of which relates to the type of propulsion of the motor vehicle, the device being arranged to emit the light beam at least when the motor vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Christophe Dubosc, Denis Manceau, Remi Mathieu, Edmond Pilla
  • Patent number: 10421390
    Abstract: A lamp device mounted on a vehicle includes a housing, a first translucent member defining a housing space together with the housing, a lamp unit housed in the housing space and including a light source, a sensor housed in the housing space and configured to detect information outside the vehicle based on invisible light, and a second translucent member housed in the housing space and covering the sensor. The second translucent member has transmittance of visible light lower than that of the first translucent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hara, Kazuhito Osada, Nobuyuki Horikawa
  • Patent number: 10412797
    Abstract: A driver coupled to a configurable load includes a first switch coupled between an intermediate node of the load and a converter supply voltage and a second switch coupled between the converter supply voltage and a reference potential. A slew rate control circuit is responsive to a command input signal and to a feedback voltage across the first and second switches and is configured to generate switch control signals with a controllable slew rate for coupling to control terminals of the first and second switches. In an embodiment, the command input signal includes a load configuration command and a converter mode command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventor: Nai-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 10390405
    Abstract: The disclosed systems and methods emphasize driving LEDs in series and in parallel with the same LED driver chip and a single inductor. For creating overlap, the systems and methods of LED color overlap disclosed herein take advantage of the fact that green and blue LEDs have the same voltage. Thus, green and blue LEDs can be driven in parallel as needed. LED suppliers can screen parts for sufficiently close voltage matching between green and blue LEDs. This is especially true when using green LED die based on a blue die with a green phosphor. Cyan may be produced by driving a green LED and a blue LED in parallel. White may produced by driving a green LED and a blue LED in parallel and a red LED in series with this green and blue parallel pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Dan Morgan, Paulo Pinheiro
  • Patent number: 10351053
    Abstract: The auxiliary turn light for a tractor-trailer is an illumination system. The tractor-trailer further comprises a left turn control signal and a right turn control signal. The left turn control signal and the right turn control signal generates an electrical signal that operates the left turn signal and the right turn signal respectively. The auxiliary turn light for a tractor-trailer comprises a left illumination circuit and a right illumination circuit. The left illumination circuit operates a left lamp that generates a field of illumination on the left side of the tractor. The right illumination circuit operates a right lamp that generates a field of illumination on the right side of the tractor. The operation of the left illumination circuit is initiated by the left turn control signal. The operation of the right illumination circuit is initiated by the right turn control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Derek Salinas