External Signal Light System Patents (Class 340/468)
  • Patent number: 10773642
    Abstract: A driver nudge system is operated within a vehicle to indicate a warning to a driver of the vehicle. The system includes a steering wheel, a vehicle sensor monitoring an operating environment of the vehicle, and an electric motor connected to the steering wheel configured to nudge the steering wheel in an opposite direction to a threat diagnosed according to data from the vehicle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Frazier Cunningham, III, Cindita D. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10718481
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular illumination device capable of increasing a degree of design freedom in designing a vehicle having enhanced design. An illumination device is provided on a front portion of a vehicle. The illumination device includes a headlight, a light guide, and an outer glass. The light guide has an annular shape in such a way as to surround a periphery of the headlight. The outer glass includes a front surface portion for covering a front surface of the headlight, and a perimeter portion for covering a periphery of the headlight. The light guide is disposed along an imaginary plane inclined with respect to a tubular axis of the perimeter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10688910
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided in a vehicle capable of traveling in an automated driving mode. The vehicle lighting system includes an automated driving system (ADS) lamp configured to emit light toward an outside of the vehicle to visually present information relating to automated driving of the vehicle, and a lighting control unit configured to determine brightness of the ADS lamp according to at least one of a distance between an object outside the vehicle and the vehicle, an attribute of the object, and a road surface condition around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10686998
    Abstract: A system includes a storage device storing a set of instructions and at least one processor in communication with the storage device. When executing the instructions, the at least one processor is configured to cause the system to obtain a first operation mode of the optical filter and determine a brightness value of visible light of ambient light. The at least one processor may also cause the system to obtain a brightness threshold related to the first operation mode, compare the brightness value of the visible light of the ambient light with the brightness threshold, and determine whether a switching condition is satisfied based on the comparison result. Upon the determination that the switching condition is satisfied, the at least one processor may further cause the system to switch the first operation mode of the optical filter to a second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tingniao Wang
  • Patent number: 10679253
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a ride share signage device and method of using the ride share signage device. In certain embodiments, ride share signage device includes: a border display element for displaying initials of ride share companies, an LED dot-matrix display element for displaying one or more advertisements and rider welcome messages in different languages. Signage controller includes a display driver to manage displays, an input module and a processing element. The input module receives information about one or more riders through a ride request and the advertisements. The processing element includes a processor and a non-volatile memory storing computer executable instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: David Quan He, Ming Jiang
  • Patent number: 10645778
    Abstract: A method of selecting a color in a multiple color LED lamp with only two external wires leading to the LED lamp. The LED lamp receives power and control signals through a power lead of the lamp. By detecting a power pulse sequence on the power lead in a first pattern, a microcontroller within the lamp controls the lamp to illuminate a first color. By detecting a power pulse sequence on the power lead in a second pattern, the microcontroller controls the lamp to illuminate a second color. The pattern detected indicates the desired color for the lamp to the microcontroller. Other patterns indicate other control instructions for the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Tomar Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. Sikora
  • Patent number: 10632904
    Abstract: A system for detecting a surrounding condition relative to a body is provided. The system comprises a light-emitter, a sensor for detecting the surrounding condition, and a controller for changing a state of the light-emitter when the sensor detects a change of a condition at a position forward of the body. This system forcibly changes the state of at least one of a plurality of lighting devices (change from an unlit state to a lighting state or a blinking state, change in the emission color, or change in the luminance) installed inside the moving body, if an object to which attention must be paid during traveling of the moving body is detected in the surroundings of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10632903
    Abstract: A system for detecting a surrounding condition relative to a body is provided. The system comprises a light-emitter, a sensor for detecting the surrounding condition, and a controller for changing a state of the light-emitter when the sensor detects a change of a condition at a position forward of the body. This system forcibly changes the state of at least one of a plurality of lighting devices (change from an unlit state to a lighting state or a blinking state, change in the emission color, or change in the luminance) installed inside the moving body, if an object to which attention must be paid during traveling of the moving body is detected in the surroundings of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10556537
    Abstract: A vehicle messaging system for efficiently messaging other vehicle drivers. The vehicle messaging system generally includes a transparent member attached to a surface of a window of a motorized vehicle, a message attached to the transparent member, a light unit attached to the motorized vehicle and a control unit in communication with the light unit and a turn signal controller of the motorized vehicle. The control unit is programmed to automatically activate the light unit after the turn signal controller transitions from having a turn signal activated to having a turn signal deactivated. The light unit illuminates the message when the light unit is activated so that the message is viewable by a person outside of the motorized vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Curtis R. John
  • Patent number: 10504365
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present application provide a navigation method, device and system. The method is applied to a server. The method includes: receiving current position feature information sent by a mobile terminal, determining a position of an area matching the current position feature information based on the current position feature information and a database stored in the server, and taking the position as an initial position; determining a position of one empty area of the areas as a target position based on position information corresponding to respective areas and correspondence relationship between identification information of the respective areas and the respective feature information currently stored in the database; and determining a first route from the initial position to the target position and displaying the first route on an electronic map of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shiliang Pu, Jianxin Meng, Jiang Zhu, Linjie Shen, Hai Yu
  • Patent number: 10480747
    Abstract: A rear lamp apparatus of a vehicle is provided. The rear lamp apparatus includes a light source configured to irradiate beams, a hologram lens configured to generate a specific image when the beams irradiated from the light source are incident thereto and a reflector disposed to position the beams of the light source incident thereto and reflect the beams irradiated from the light source to transmit the beams to the hologram lens. A shield is disposed between the light source and the hologram lens to block the beams irradiated from the light source to prevent the beams from being incident to the hologram lens. Accordingly, the rear lamp apparatus resolves distortion when a hologram image is formed and is advantageous in a layout by reducing a reproduction distance when a recording distance of the hologram image is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SL Corporation
    Inventors: Byoung Suk Ahn, Jik Soo Shin, Jung Wook Lim, Ki Hong Lee, Sung Wook Yoon, Ji Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10449893
    Abstract: An auxiliary third brake light which is installed on a removable or collapsible truck bed enclosure or frame is disclosed. The auxiliary third brake light is preferably not physically secured by adhesive or mechanical fastener to the truck bed, cab or body or any part of the truck. Rather, the parts of the auxiliary third brake light that are mounted to the truck bed cover and contact the truck bed, cab or body is pressed into contact. In this way, when the truck bed cover is collapsed or removed, the user can have full use of the truck bed. The parts of the auxiliary third brake light that contact the truck bed, cab or body are pulled off therefrom. When the truck bed cover is deployed to the erected position or put back on the truck bed, the parts of the third brake light that contact the truck bed, cab or body are properly repositioned back into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10352719
    Abstract: A parking space navigation method is provided. The method includes obtaining and displaying a parking space distribution map of a parking lot by using a mobile terminal; querying current existing vacant parking spaces of the parking lot from a server; marking the current existing vacant parking spaces on the parking space distribution map; determining a target vacant parking space from the marked current existing vacant parking spaces; obtaining, from the server, a first position of a terminal node associated with the mobile terminal when the terminal node is placed on a vehicle; and drawing, on the parking space distribution map, a navigation route from the first position to the target vacant parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: CHONGQING UNIVERSITY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jianjun Lei, Yuan He, Mingwei Xiao, Shengwen Luo, Huaming Wang
  • Patent number: 10311770
    Abstract: Provided is a display system for a vehicle. The display system includes a display device installed to be visually recognizable from the outside of a vehicle, and a control device configured to cause the display device to display state information of the vehicle. The control device receives a signal from a sensor that senses a distance from the vehicle to an object around the vehicle, and the control device changes display of the display device based on the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Ishizuka, Kazuhisa Inoue, Yosuke Ohashi, Tomoaki Harada, Yasuaki Tsutsumi, Yoshiro Ito, Yoshinori Shibata, Takeshi Iwasaki, Yasutaka Sasaki, Honami Fujii
  • Patent number: 10293740
    Abstract: A motor vehicle headlight and method for operating the headlight is disclosed, wherein the headlight is operated in a main beam mode or in a partial main beam node. A light distribution of the main beam of the headlight is adapted as a function of a course of a road which is being traveled along by the motor vehicle. In addition, a motor vehicle headlight is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank Langkabel, Rouven Haberkorn, Philipp Roeckl, Thomas Feid, Justus Illium, Michael Rabe, Ingolf Schneider, Isabell Woelfelschneider
  • Patent number: 10278267
    Abstract: A lighting system comprises a plurality of lighting devices interconnected with one another in a communication network, preferably a wireless communication network; the lighting devices define respective equivalent nodes of the network and are configured so that any one of said lighting devices of the lighting system selectively acts as a master, if an initial control input is received directly by that lighting device; and as a slave, if the initial control input is received by another lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ARTEMIDE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carlotta Francesca Isolina Maria De Bevilacqua, Andrea Gallucci
  • Patent number: 10252603
    Abstract: A rear lift gate can be hingedly coupled to a truck cap body and movable between a lowered closed position and a raised open position. The rear lift gate can include a lower margin having a convex shape generally corresponding to an outward or rearward convex upper margin of the tailgate. The rear lift gate can further include a seal strip mounted to an interior side of the lower margin of the rear lift gate. The convex lower margin of the rear lift gate can overlay the convex upper margin of the exterior side of the tailgate with the seal strip of the interior side of the lower margin of the rear lift gate sealing against the exterior side of the convex upper margin of the tailgate when the rear lift gate is in the lowered closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: A.R.E. Accessories, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew N. Rohr
  • Patent number: 10253946
    Abstract: Techniques to reduce light dissipation (e.g., light bleed) for electronic device assemblies. According to one embodiment, the techniques include forming a housing for a device from a plastic material. The housing defines an area of permissible light transmission from an interior portion of the housing through an exterior portion of the housing to provide one or more visual notifications for the device. The techniques further include forming a light dissipation layer from the plastic material proximate the area of permissible light transmission to inhibit light propagation through the housing outside the area of permissible light transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Spiel, Matthew Cho
  • Patent number: 10252665
    Abstract: A method for operating illumination of a motorized transportation vehicle wherein a light appearance is produced, which extends over at least a large portion of a width of the motorized transportation vehicle. The light appearance becomes visible at least for a transportation vehicle driver when the motorized transportation vehicle is switched on and is subsequently changed to display a driving readiness of the motorized transportation vehicle. In this way, a very pronounced, brand-individualizing visualization of the driving readiness becomes possible, which is easily perceived by the transportation vehicle driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Sandra Sturmat
  • Patent number: 10240747
    Abstract: A first lamp assembly has a first side surface with a first light passage and a hollow interior with a first light dispersing member disposed therein. The first light dispersing member is positioned to receive light emitted through the first light passage and emit light received via the first light passage. The second lamp assembly has a hollow interior with a first lighting device disposed therein, and a second side surface with a second light passage. The first lighting device is positioned to emit light through the second light passage, such that when the second light passage and the first light passage are adjacent to one another with the first and second light passages being aligned, and with the first lighting device operating, the first lighting device emits light through the second light passage into the second light passage illuminating the first light dispersing member within the first lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Happy
  • Patent number: 10173592
    Abstract: A safe opening system is mounted on an automobile which contains a body, at least one automobile door, and the driving device. The body includes at least one peripheral frame, each of which has a locker with a fixing groove. Each automobile door includes a front fringe and a rear fringe which has an accommodation chamber, wherein the decoration plate has a door bar and an orifice. The driving device includes an actuation sheet and a spring, wherein the actuation sheet has a hook, a connection stem perpendicular to the actuation sheet, and a rotary shaft. The spring is fitted on the rotary shaft, and the driving device is accommodated in the accommodation chamber. The connection stem is inserted into each automobile door and a distal end of the connection stem is inserted through and partially extends out of the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Ming-Long Shieh
  • Patent number: 10118538
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rack includes a first side-rail and a second side-rail. Each of the rails define a first groove and a second groove. The second is defined below the first groove. A plurality of lights are positioned within the second groove. A cross-rail extends between the first and second side rails and is positioned within the first grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Mehran Niksimaee, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 10121375
    Abstract: A method for controlling a parking lot sensor, which includes a sensor for scanning a predetermined measuring area, includes steps of determining an expected fluctuation of vehicles in the measuring area, of determining a scanning frequency on the basis of the expected fluctuation and of controlling, as a function of the scanning frequency, the sensor respectively for carrying out a scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Nils Larcher, Martin Werner, Wolf-Bastian Poettner
  • Patent number: 10112540
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly having a mount operably coupled to a vehicle interior. The mount includes one of a ball and a socket extending forwardly therefrom. An engagement plate is pivotally coupled with the mount via the other of a ball and a socket extending rearwardly from the engagement plate. The engagement plate includes a first support member and a second support member pivotally coupled to the first support member. A carrier plate is operably coupled with the engagement plate. The carrier plate supports a rear housing on a rear portion thereof. A glass element is operably coupled with the carrier plate. A display module is configured to be turned to an on state and an off state. An actuator device is disposed on a bottom surface of the housing and is operably coupled with the glass element. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Richard T. Fish, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Michael F. Lisowski, Jason D. Hallack
  • Patent number: 9994164
    Abstract: A display system that temporarily but securely displays a variety of large-sized interchangeable display objects atop vehicle rooftops for eye-catching public broadcast. The display system comprises a display object and a common, reusable base. The display object combines an art ornament with a display object connection assembly that matingly connects to a base connection assembly without the use of tools. The base is releasably secured to vehicle rooftops using an array of magnets. Intended for personal use, the display system is designed to be more convenient and aesthetic than commercial displays allowing users to display a variety of interchangeable display objects with associated art ornaments, communicating different messages based on changes in the seasons, their activities and interests, their mood, or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Murphy, Peter Penn
  • Patent number: 9937852
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a curved lighting fixture that is symmetric about a longitudinal axis of the curved lighting fixture. The curved lighting fixture includes end caps that are parallel to the longitudinal axis. Each end cap includes two mounting studs that secure the lighting fixture to mounting brackets, where a first mounting stud provides an axis of rotation for the lighting fixture and a second mounting stud facilitates the rotation. The two mounting studs do not enter into an interior portion of the lighting fixture so as to facilitate externally serviceable hardware. A bushing provides an external retention mechanism to retain the two mounting studs within each end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: JST Performance, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Adams, Pete D. Sibitzky
  • Patent number: 9864916
    Abstract: In a method for triggering a driver assistance function of a subject vehicle, image data of surroundings in front of the vehicle is generated by a camera and supplied to an analyzing unit. A driver assistance function is triggered upon detection of a brake light of an other vehicle in the image data. A geometric region of the detected other vehicle is determined as exhibiting the highest pixel brightness values and the color red. The geometric region is detected as a raised brake light of the other vehicle if the geometric region is positioned essentially in the middle of the horizontal structure of the other vehicle, or at least a predetermined height above the roadway, or at least a predetermined distance below a rear window of the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Botusescu, Radu Ciucur, Nicolae Pahontu, Sabin Catana, Valentin Vintila
  • Patent number: 9853693
    Abstract: In an example of a method for locating a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna, an indication of an imminent use of the NFC antenna is received. In response to receiving the indication, a light is caused to illuminate a location of the NFC antenna, a logo of the NFC antenna, or an area within proximity of the location of the NFC antenna in a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dustin H. Smith, John Sergakis, Wen Gu
  • Patent number: 9838602
    Abstract: A method for controlling a camera mode is executed at a camera including a controller, a sensor array, an IR filter, and a lens assembly. The camera is operated in a night mode. While in the night mode the IR filter is not interposed between the lens assembly and the sensor array, the camera receives at the sensor array ambient light that is not filtered by the IR filter, determines whether the received ambient light is due to a light source other than an IR light source, and detects a light level of the received ambient light. The camera switches the operation of the camera from the night mode to a day mode when it is determined the received ambient light is due to a light source other than an IR light source and that the light level of the received ambient light exceeds a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Bill Duran, Adrian Mircea Proca
  • Patent number: 9827905
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide methods, systems, and computer program products for monitoring a landscape surrounding an object such as a vehicle and signaling neighboring objects, such as other vehicles or pedestrians, as to whether it is safe or not to move around the object. Specifically, a portion of landscape surrounding an object is monitored using a network of object recognition devices that are capable of recognizing objects against the portion of landscape. A first object is detected by one of the devices and a determination is made as to whether the first object is at a distance to allow a second object to move safely around the object and avoid the first object. Upon determining the first object is not at such a distance, a message is displayed that can be viewed by the second object conveying to the second object not to move around the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Tiffany Nicole Jones
  • Patent number: 9809157
    Abstract: A system is disclosed to communicate in vehicular traffic an intention of a driver of a vehicle to execute a parallel parking maneuver. The system includes a display generating a signal to indicate to other drivers the intention to execute the parallel parking maneuver to either a left side of the vehicle or a right side of the vehicle. The signal is distinct from and in addition to a turn signal for the vehicle indicating an intended left turn or right turn. Embodiments of the disclosed system include an illuminated word parallel, arrows pointing both right and left and forward and backward, a determination to a particular open space based upon an orientation of a head of the driver, and a laser emitter providing a second indication to onlookers to a parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Frazier Cunningham, III, Cindita D. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9791614
    Abstract: Problem: To provide a vehicle lamp fitting in which regularity of the strength or weakness of the emitted light is maintained and deterioration of appearance is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nishihata, Genta Matsumura, Hideyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9785042
    Abstract: A vehicular lighting apparatus is provided with: a detector configured to detect a movable body around a self-vehicle; a deteminator configured to determine whether or not the movable body is an object whose attention is to be called; and a projector configured to project predetermined visual information by using illumination light in a predetermined range around the object if it is determined by the determinator that the movable body is the object. The predetermined visual information includes first information to be presented to a driver of the self-vehicle and second information to be presented to the object. The predetermined visual information is visualized as the first information by the driver of the self-vehicle and is visualized as the second information by the object, depending on a viewpoint difference between the driver of the self-vehicle and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Fujita, Shinya Kawamata, Shinichi Nagata, Minami Sato
  • Patent number: 9784424
    Abstract: An automotive lamp includes: a first lamp unit that has a first projection lens whose vertical length is longer than the horizontal length thereof when viewed from the front of the lamp and that is used for forming a low beam light distribution pattern; and a second lamp unit that has a second projection lens whose horizontal length is longer than the vertical length thereof when viewed from the front of the lamp and that is used for forming a low beam light distribution pattern. The first lamp unit and the second lamp unit are arranged such that one end of the first projection lens and one end of the second projection lens are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Sakashita, Yuji Noritake
  • Patent number: 9771020
    Abstract: An emergency turn signal system for vehicles having brake lights with a rear central brake light, and having left and right turn signals, and having a hazard flasher light control operable to cut out the turn signal control, and cause the turn signal lights to flash on and off, and having left and right rear emergency turn signals and an emergency turn signal switch, connected to a power source independently of said hazard flasher, and having right and left wiring connected to the emergency turn signal switch; right and left turn signal light modules along side the rear central brake light having respective right and left bulbs connected to respective right and left wiring from the emergency turn signal switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Jian Jiang Zhao
  • Patent number: 9769369
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus that communicate with an external apparatus through a network includes an imaging optical system; an imaging unit that captures an image of an object by the imaging optical system; an optical filter; an inserting and removing unit that inserts and removes the optical filter into and from an optical path of the imaging optical system; a receiving unit that receives an adjustment command from the external apparatus through the network, the command including individual adjustment values respectively for insertion and removal of the optical filter into and form the optical path; an automatically determining unit that, based on one of the adjustment values, automatically determines the other adjustment value in the adjustment command; and a control unit that controls the inserting and removing unit based on the one adjustment value received by the receiving unit and the other adjustment value determined by the automatically determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yutaka Suzuki, Kentaro Kogure
  • Patent number: 9712244
    Abstract: A two-way optical communication apparatus includes a transmit element, a receive element and a transceive processor. The transmit and receive elements are coupled to a light pipe, and configured to transmit a first optical signal and receive a second optical signal, respectively. The transceive processor is configured to direct the transmit element to suspend transmitting the first optical signal during reception periods, and direct the receive element to sample for the second optical signal during sampling intervals within the reception periods. Each reception period lasts for a respective duration of time, and occurs in the first optical signal at a respective duty cycle. The receive element is configured to sense an ambient light level of the surrounding environment during the reception periods, and the transceive processor is configured to adjust the durations of time and the duty cycles of the reception periods according to the sensed ambient light level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Mathews, Jonathan S. Bruneau, Lee R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9682647
    Abstract: A module forms a bodywork element for a motor vehicle and contributes to the exterior aesthetics of the vehicle. It is intended to fitted to a body of the vehicle. It includes interior lighting electrical means, intended to light the interior of a passenger compartment of the vehicle, and means for connecting the interior lighting means to an electrical power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventor: Vincent Godbillon
  • Patent number: 9679207
    Abstract: A traffic light detecting device includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of surroundings of a vehicle and a traffic light detecting unit configured to detect a traffic light from the image. The traffic light detecting unit extracts a synchronized pixel with a luminance which varies in synchronization with an alternating current cycle of electric power supplied to the traffic light, and sets a predetermined range including the synchronized pixel as a pixel group. The traffic light detecting unit, then, judges from the synchronized pixel whether or not the traffic light is present when the synchronized pixel is continuously extracted from the pixel group for a predetermined determination period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Oki, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9671081
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a first optical system includes a first light source and emits a first illumination light. A second optical system includes a second light source and emits a second illumination light. A controller controls turning-on/off of the first light source and the second light source. The first optical system and the second optical system are configured such that a first illumination standard is satisfied by the first illumination light and the second illumination light. The first optical system is configured such that a second illumination standard is satisfied by the first illumination light. The controller allows the turning-on of the first light source when the turning-on of the second light source is disabled, and prohibits the turning-on of the second light source when the turning-on of the first light source is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitake Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9511799
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system, according to one embodiment, includes a steering input device for inputting a desired backing path of a trailer. The trailer backup assist system also includes a first sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and the trailer. Further, the trailer backup assist system includes a second sensor that senses a proximity of an object in a perimeter field of at least one of the vehicle and the trailer. A controller of the trailer backup assist system generates an available set of backing paths for the trailer based on the proximity of the object and the hitch angle. The available set of backing paths does not include backing paths that cross a space occupied by the object or that cause a jackknife condition between the vehicle and the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9513133
    Abstract: A system for selective opening of a vehicle includes: a first communications module establishing, via a communications network, a communication link to a service provider of authorization data; a first identification routine for unambiguous identification of the service provider; a second communications module establishing a wireless communication network link to a control device for access arrangement of a vehicle; a second identification routine unambiguously identifying the system by the access arrangement; and a third communications module receiving update request information from the driver and an authorization data update routine. By the second communications module, the control device receives a profiled control signal that causes a selective opening of the vehicle via the control device if valid authorization data is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Akos Semsey
  • Patent number: 9500336
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle may include a hologram reproducing apparatus reproducing a written image to an outside when light is input, a light source provided to one end side of the hologram reproducing apparatus, and a reflecting apparatus provided to another end side of the hologram reproducing apparatus and reflecting light of the light source to the hologram reproducing apparatus at a same incident angle as an incident angle when an image is written on the hologram reproducing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, SL Corporation
    Inventors: Jeong Gyu Yang, Sun Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 9487127
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a step portion and a first light source. The first light source is configured to excite the photoluminescent portion in a back-lit configuration. The illumination apparatus further comprises a lighting controller in communication with the first light source. The lighting controller is configured to activate the first light source to illuminate the photoluminescent portion by exciting a photoluminescent material by emitting a first wavelength of light. In response to receiving the first wavelength, the photoluminescent material is configured to become excited to illuminate at least a portion of the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9458979
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle is provided and includes a signal lamp that displays a predetermined image of repetition on an exterior mirror of a vehicle. The lamp further includes a mirror housing into which a mirror is installed and a signal lamp disposed on one surface of the mirror housing. The signal lamp includes a reflection unit, a lens unit disposed at a predetermined distance apart from the reflection unit and having a half mirror installed on at least one surface thereof, and a first light source unit disposed between the reflection unit and the lens unit and is about the same distance apart from the reflection unit and the lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Do-Yoon Song, Yong-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9428108
    Abstract: A vehicle environment monitoring system is disclosed which includes a people detection unit for detecting the presence of people in the environment of a vehicle and a danger signaler for generating danger signals of at least one first kind. A decision unit for deciding on the generation of a danger signal of the first kind when detecting a person by means of the people detection unit in dependence of the visibility of the person for the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Huth, Gerald Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9421902
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a plurality of lights serving to illuminate the area surrounding the vehicle to the side or rear, wherein one or more sensors are provided to detect the position of a person relative to the vehicle. The lights, of which several are installed in the region of a vehicle side or the vehicle rear and illuminate the different surrounding area regions, can be activated separately depending on the detected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Stefan Kowatzki
  • Patent number: 9418553
    Abstract: A driver uses a mobile phone application to transmit a request to a central processor for information on available parking spaces, accommodating a specific size car, close to her present location or a future location. An image processor processes real time images from linked cameras overlooking parking spaces, comparing them with reference images of unoccupied parking spaces, vehicles including automobiles, bicycles and motorcycles, a no parking sign sandwich board and a traffic cone. The image processor sends the information on available parking spaces to the central processor. The central processor saves image processor information and information on available parking spaces, parking fee and advertising promotions from parking facilities on a database and transmits a response to the driver's request. The mobile phone application displays and audio broadcasts the response. The driver pays a fee and reserves an available parking space to exclude it from responses to other requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Omid B. Nakhjavani
  • Patent number: 9413463
    Abstract: An two-way optical communication apparatus, including a transmit element, a receive element, and a transceive processor. The transmit element is coupled to a light pipe, and transmits a first signal. The receive element is coupled to the light pipe, and receives a second signal. The transceive processor directs the transmit element to pause and then resume transmitting the first signal during first intervals, and directs the receive element to sample for the second signal during one or more second intervals within each of the first intervals, where the each of the first intervals is less than a first value and the first intervals occur at a duty cycle no greater than a second value, and where the first and second values are controlled by the transceive processor such that a user perceives the first optical signal as having a constant state for a third interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Mathews, Jonathan S. Bruneau, Lee R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9404763
    Abstract: A departure/destination location extraction apparatus includes a travel history accumulation unit configured to store a travel history of a vehicle, including a plurality of parking positions of the vehicle; and a position extraction unit configured to extract, among the parking positions stored in the travel history accumulation unit, one or more pairs of the parking positions where a distance between the parking positions in each of the pairs of the parking positions is less than or equal to a predetermined first threshold, each of the pairs being treated as a set of candidate points, and to extract an area including the candidate points that would be connected as a whole if the parking positions in each of the sets were connected with each other, as at least one of a departure location and a destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Inoue