Vehicle Patents (Class 315/77)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10336244
    Abstract: An arrangement for producing a glare-free high-beam for vehicles is disclosed with headlights, which have a plurality of LEDs controllable by an ADB control and regulating unit and that a front camera is provided which is connected with the ADB control and regulating unit and which is designed to transmit information about oncoming and/or preceding vehicles to the ADB control unit, the arrangement being characterized in that the headlights are designed to generate an ADB illumination area asymmetrically only for an area of the own lane and that the headlights are designed to generate for an area of the oncoming lane only a low-beam area and a high-beam area. A method for producing an asymmetrical, glare-free high-beam is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Varroc Lighting Systems, s.r.o.
    Inventors: Rainer Neumann, Vladimír Kub{hacek over (e)}na
  • Patent number: 10306719
    Abstract: A first LED is connected to a power line to emit a first light in a first color toward a screen when applied with a power-line voltage of the power line. A second LED is connected to the power line to emit a second light in a second color toward the screen when applied with the power-line voltage. The first color is complementary to the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael Wiegand
  • Patent number: 10292231
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device and a method which make it possible to manage the light fluxes emitted respectively by fixed and mobile parts of a light device for a motor vehicle. It is noteworthy that the management of the light fluxes takes into account the relative position between the different parts of the light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventor: Mathieu Gaborieau
  • Patent number: 10272821
    Abstract: A connection device for electrical connection of a lighting means of a vehicle headlight, includes a vehicle connection for connection to the vehicle headlight connection of the vehicle, a lighting means connection for the electrical coupling of the at least one lighting means of the vehicle headlight, an on-board power supply system connection for connection to an electrical on-board power supply system of the vehicle, a lighting means simulation unit connected to the vehicle connection and to the on-board power supply system connection to detect the electrical quantity and to simulate a predefinable lighting means taking account of the detected electrical quantity on the vehicle connection, and a control unit connected to the lighting means connection and to the on-board power supply system connection to determine a control signal depending on the detected electrical quantity and to control the lighting means depending on the determined control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Benjamin Kreisz, Manuel Maresch, Sammr Nasrallah-Goldberg, Marc Schwenkbeck
  • Patent number: 10271399
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a lighting system for a rear of a motor vehicle and a corresponding method. In particular, an example lighting system includes a first rear combination lamp and a second rear combination lamp, the first and second rear combination lamps each including a first lighting section configured to illuminate a first color and a second lighting section configured to illuminate one of an second color and a third color. The system further includes a controller configured to selectively illuminate each of the first and second lighting sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Albert Ekladyous, Ghassan E. Mady, Lisa Hohmann, Arun Kumar, Kevin Woycik, Kelley Maria Adams-Campos
  • Patent number: 10240728
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a motor vehicle component having a receiver and a portable utility light that is releasably held in that receiver. The portable utility light includes a housing having a lens and an external reflector and a light source held in the housing. A method of providing a motor vehicle with a multi function light source is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Yun Shin Lee, Daniel Howard Weckstein, Robert Ralph Armitage, Jr., Todd Jared Konet
  • Patent number: 10236426
    Abstract: An optoelectronic semiconductor component and a method for producing an optoelectronic semiconductor component are disclosed. In an embodiment, the component includes a carrier, a multi-pixel semiconductor chip that emits electromagnetic radiation during operation, wherein the semiconductor chip is arranged on the carrier, and wherein the semiconductor chip has a plurality of individually activatable pixels capable of generating primary radiation and a wavelength conversion element for at least partially converting the primary radiation emitted from the semiconductor chip into electromagnetic secondary radiation, wherein an active zone of the multi-pixel semiconductor chip extends continuously over the plurality of pixels, and wherein the wavelength conversion element is implemented in one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventors: Britta Göötz, Wolfgang Mönch, Norwin von Malm
  • Patent number: 10231312
    Abstract: In a lighting device, when determining that both of a first measuring value and a second measuring value are not an abnormal value, a controller is configured to control an output of a power converter based on the first and second measuring values. The first measuring value is a temperature inside a main body of the lighting device, sensed by a first temperature sensor. The second measuring value is a temperature of a light source, sensed by a second temperature sensor. When determining that at least one of the first and second measuring values is the abnormal value, the controller is configured to control the output of the power converter to another value that is different from a value of the output set based on the first and second measuring values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Kato, Toshiaki Nakamura, Akihiro Kishimoto, Kenichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10220780
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lighting module for a vehicle, the lighting module comprising: a light emitting device; and a control unit configured to control a lighting state of the lighting device, wherein the lighting module is adapted for arrangement in a first location of at least two spatially separated locations of the vehicle; wherein the control unit of the lighting module comprises a connection port, wherein the control unit is configured to receive a voltage status via the connection port, the voltage status being indicative of that the lighting module is configured to be arranged in the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christopher Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 10173576
    Abstract: A first lamp assembly has a first attachment surface, a first transparent surface, a first side surface extending from the first transparent surface to the first attachment surface, and a first lighting member positioned to emit light through a portion of the first side surface. A second lamp assembly has a second attachment surface, a second transparent surface opposite the second attachment surface and a second side surface extending from the second transparent surface to the second attachment surface. The second side surface has a first projection extending therefrom that defines a first light deflecting surface such that when the second side surface and the first side surface are adjacent to one another with the light deflecting surface and first lighting member being aligned, the first light deflecting surface reflects and disperses light in a first area between the first lamp assembly and the second lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Happy, Thomas Cho
  • Patent number: 10121934
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing a semiconductor light emitting device package including steps of disposing a plurality of light emitting structures on a support substrate, each light emitting structure including a first conductivity-type semiconductor layer, an active layer, and a second conductivity-type semiconductor layer, shaping a mixture containing a wavelength conversion material and a glass composition on the plurality of light emitting structures, sintering the mixture to form a wavelength conversion part, removing the support substrate, and cutting the plurality of light emitting structures into individual device units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Sup Song
  • Patent number: 10113338
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock status system is provided. That system includes a door lock actuator, a door lock status indicator for indicating lock status of the multiple motor vehicle doors, and a controller. The controller is connected to the door lock actuator and the door lock status indicator. Further, the controller is configured to provide a door open signal, an all doors closed and locked signal and a failure to lock signal. A related method of indicating door lock status of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr., Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Pawan Gupta, John Thomas Ricks, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10086748
    Abstract: A method and headlight system is disclosed for operating a headlamp arrangement of a motor vehicle. At least one sensor monitors an area in the traveling direction in front of the motor vehicle. The system acquires an object and calculates object data relative to the motor vehicle, which include a distance of the object, a horizontal location angle of the object as well as an angular velocity of the object. Latency between the object acquisition and change in light distribution for the headlight system is known. A light distribution of the headlamp arrangement is modified as a function of the object data and latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Carsten Neitzke