Auxiliary Signal Permanently Attached To Vehicle Patents (Class 340/472)
  • Patent number: 10337707
    Abstract: Described is a method for controlling the movement of LED devices in luminaires, specifically to a method relating to allowing both synchronized and independent pan and tilt movement of LED light modules in a light curtain. The LEDs may be mounted in a plurality of modules. The modules may be in a linear arrangement. The LEDs may be mounted in a plurality of modules that are arrayed in a two dimensional array. The modules in the linear arrangement or in the two dimensional array may be mounted in groups forming modular group assemblies where modular group assembly are independently articulated to pan and/or tilt the modules mounted thereon independent of other modular group assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Robe Lighting s.r.o.
    Inventors: Pavel Jurik, Josef Valchar
  • Patent number: 10259381
    Abstract: An LED light bar is provided, comprising an LED light bar body, a cover, and a light shut-off switch. The cover has a closing surface portion and a rear surface portion and is connected to the LED light bar body through hinges at the two side portions for closing and opening the first LED lights on the front portion, and the cover has at least two stable deploying positions including a closing position and an opening position. The light shut-off switch is provided on the first portion of the LED light bar body for turning off the first LED lights while the cover is in the closing position. The LED light bar may further comprise second LED lights disposed on the closing surface portion of the cover, and the light shut-off switch is further configured for turning off the second LED lights while the cover is in the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kwang J. Oh, Heidi Oh, Loren Oh, Austin Oh
  • Patent number: 10189395
    Abstract: A light bar for a motor vehicle has a plurality of lights mounted to an elongated support member is rotatably connected to opposing end walls of a rectangular frame. An offset cam is connected to the support member and moved by an actuating mechanism between a first and second position which cause the support member and lights to rotate about an axis to corresponding first and second positions. When the support frame and lights are in a first position they are shielded by and substantially enclosed by the sides and ends of the rectangular frame, and when in a second position the lights extend above and generally parallel to the rectangular frame to shine above and forward of the rectangular frame. A power switch energizes the actuating mechanism to move the lights and support member between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Iddea California, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wymore
  • Patent number: 10168025
    Abstract: There is provided a beacon assembly (10) including an integral cast metal mounting base (11) having a mounting flange (12) bounded by a ventilated side wall portion (16) and an upper wall portion (17) combining to support integral cooling fins (20). The side wall portion (16), transparent housing (23) and mounting base (11) form an upper chamber (24). An integrally formed motor housing portion (32) supports a synchronous DC motor (36) driving an input spur gear (44) meshed with a carrier (53) and gear belt (58) assembly supporting a metallized polymer parabolic reflector (56). The thermal mount (30) mounts an LED Array (60) using thermal paste at the reflector (56) focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Marc McNicol, Zhiqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 10150855
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method for making a thermoplastic composition, comprising: melt polymerizing a polycarbonate, extruding and melt filtering the polycarbonate to form a melt filtered polycarbonate; forming the thermoplastic composition comprising the melt filtered polycarbonate, 0.03 to 0.05 wt % of a triacylglyceride release agent; and 0.10 to 0.14 wt % of a UV stabilizer; wherein the weight percentages are based on the total weight of the composition; and extruding the thermoplastic composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Marco Roncaglia, Ignacio Vic Fernandez, Rein Mollerus Faber, Christianus Johannes Jacobus Maas, Cornelis Jan Maria Rijken
  • Patent number: 10115164
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for generating data representative of an individual's insurance risk based on actual driving behaviors and driving environment. The systems and methods may include collecting data from personal electronic device sensors, vehicle sensors, driver inputs, environment sensors and interactions of the vehicle, the driver and the environment. The systems and methods may further include analyzing the data to generate data representative of an individual insurance risk. The systems and methods may further include presenting the data representative of the individual insurance risk to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Andrea Lee Rhoades
  • Patent number: 10102782
    Abstract: The road side vehicle distress sign is adapted for use with a vehicle. The road side vehicle distress sign attaches to the vehicle. The road side vehicle distress sign is a sign that presents a sentiment indicating that the vehicle requires assistance. The sentiment presented by the road side vehicle distress sign is selected from a plurality of sentiments such that a selected sentiment informs passing vehicles of the type of assistance the vehicle requires. The road side vehicle distress sign attaches to the vehicle. The selected sentiment presented by the road side vehicle distress sign is illuminated such that the selected sentiment is readily visible to passing vehicles. The road side vehicle distress sign comprises a housing and a placard device. The placard device is contained within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Roman Konshin
  • Patent number: 10008057
    Abstract: Communications over short-range connections are used to facilitate whether access to resources is to be granted. For example, upon device discovery of one of an electronic user device and an electronic client device by the other device over a Bluetooth Low Energy connection, an access-enabling code associated with a user device or account can be evaluated for validity and applicability with respect to one or more particular resource specifications. User identity can be verified by comparing the user against previously obtained biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ives-Halperin, Harry C. Evans, III, David Johnson, Scott Wall, David Lilly, Ajay Pondicherry
  • Patent number: 9840187
    Abstract: A light bar cover for covering a light bar is provided, which comprises a cover portion, hinges, cover handles, hook rings, and one or more hooks. The cover portion is configured for covering a front portion of the light bar. The hinges are installed between the cover portion and the light bar, so as to open and close the cover portion about the hinges. Each of the cover handles is disposed on an exterior surface of the cover portion. Each of the hook rings is disposed on an exterior surface of the light bar. The hooks are configured for holding each of the cover handles and a corresponding hook ring, so as to hold securely the cover portion in an open position or a close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Kwang J. Oh, Loren Oh, Austin Oh, Heidi Oh
  • Patent number: 9783108
    Abstract: A mesh lighting system for emergency vehicles and method for retrofitting a vehicle with emergency lights is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of independent signalling light sources each supplied by a dedicated source of energy, a control module, and a low powered wireless network connecting said control module with the plurality of light sources. The plurality of independent signalling light sources emit at least one light flash in response to a control signal received from the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: 9609385 CANADA INC.
    Inventor: Timothy D. F. Ford
  • Patent number: 9709233
    Abstract: A vehicle light device comprising an element made up of a plurality of portions each having a functional surface, at least two consecutive portions being linked together by an articulation. The main feature of a light device according to the invention is that each articulation allows the displacement of the two consecutive portions until their functional surfaces come into continuity with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision Belgique
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Delourme, Marianne Gons
  • Patent number: 9291324
    Abstract: A center high mounted stop light assembly for use in a vehicle includes a stop light housing movable in a passage located center high on a rear end of the vehicle between a first closed position and a second extended position in which utility lights coupled to the stop light housing are deployable and operable to illuminate an area near the rear end of the vehicle. A position sensor detects and signals the position of the stop light housing within the passage. The stop light housing may be manually operated between the open and closed position or may use an automated device for push button operation including of the utility lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Artur Sakarian, Kristin Ann Hellman, Ryan Welch, Gerald Douglas Neely, Josh Greiner
  • Patent number: 9228713
    Abstract: The present application relates to a light beacon, light beacon assembly, and methods of its construction. In one aspect, a light beacon assembly includes a housing including a base and a lens cooperating to enclose an interior volume, the lens having a generally cylindrical shape. The assembly also includes a plurality of circuit boards positioned within the interior volume, where each of the plurality of circuit boards having a conductive tab extending from a first side, a conductive tab receiver near a second side, and a light emitting diode mounted thereon. The plurality of circuit boards are each positioned within the interior volume and extend perpendicularly from the base such that the tab of each circuit board is received at the tab receiver of an adjacent circuit board. The plurality of circuit boards are interconnected to form a structure having light emitting diodes oriented outwardly toward the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Skertich, Jr., Duane P. Belitz, Robert R. March, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9010976
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicular sign is provided including a vehicle and luminescent planar sheet. The luminescent planar sheet is constructed to provide illuminated alpha-numeric characters which are mounted to the horizontal planar surfaces of a vehicle. The alpha-numeric characters are mounted substantially horizontally so as to be seen from the air such as by helicopters or planes. The illuminated vehicle sign includes a switching system electrically connected to the luminescent planar panels for selectively controlling the transfer of power from said power source to the luminescent planar panels. The switching system including one or more adjustable variable resistors electrically connected to the luminescent planar panels for allowing one to selectively adjust the wattage provided to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 8988212
    Abstract: An electric vehicle pedestrian warning system includes an encapsulating container disposed in a location of an electric vehicle (EV) that is exterior to a cabin of the EV. The warning system also includes a speaker affixed to an interior portion of the container, an amplifier coupled to the speaker, a computer processor communicatively coupled to the amplifier, and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to transmit a sound file to the speaker through the amplifier over a vehicle network upon activation of the EV. The sound file includes a pedestrian warning sound. A first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is output by the speaker and amplified using acoustical properties of the encapsulating container. The first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is amplified in a low frequency range capable of being cancelled by an active noise cancellation system that is located in the interior cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Susan T. Carruthers
  • Patent number: 8981918
    Abstract: A warning system for a vehicle having an air suspension system can include an indicator, an event data recorder, and a controller. The controller can be configured to determine a load on a front axle and a rear axle when the vehicle is in a static condition and compare the determined load on the front and rear axles to a predetermined load threshold for each of the front and rear axles. A warning signal can be provided to the indicator indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined load threshold upon the controller determining one of the determined loads exceeds the corresponding predetermined load threshold. Data indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined threshold can be communicated to the event data recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Satish Panse
  • Patent number: 8967840
    Abstract: A vehicle auxiliary lighting system (VALS 10) having attached to the side of a vehicle a set of side lights that automatically illuminate in synchrony with a corresponding set of vehicle lights are activated by a vehicle driver. The side lights are attached to four moisture-resistant enclosures namely: a left front light enclosure (12), a right front light enclosure (28), a left rear light enclosure (38) and a right rear light enclosure (54). The enclosures, which are attached to a structure adjacent a set of disk brakes and a set of drum brakes, are viewed through openings on a set of spoked vehicle wheels. The side lights, which correspond to the vehicle's front facing lights, produce an amber light; the side lights that correspond to the vehicle's rear facing lights produce a red light; and the side light that corresponds to a vehicle's reverse light produces a white light. By utilizing the VALS (10) the margin of safety for both pedestrians and other motorists is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Curtis J. Haney
  • Publication number: 20150054643
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted warning light system comprises a housing containing a central light surrounded by several sets of outer lights. A controller is programmed to light the central first, and then each set of outer lights in sequence, while at the same time increasing the intensity of the lights, so that the system appears to an observer to be a single light that is getting bigger and brighter. This creates the illusion that the vehicle is travelling toward the observer faster than it actually is, thus prompting the observer to quickly yield right-of-way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 8960988
    Abstract: An LED light device with special effects utilizes persistence of vision theory to cause an LED(s) or LED array to change faster than the human eye response time of 1/16 to 1/24 second to display a special message, time, drawing, light patterns, or color changes. In addition, the light device may be provided with a sealed-unit arranged to receive a variety of eye-catching shades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8947223
    Abstract: A lighting system for use with an emergency vehicle comprises at least one elongated lighting bar mounted to an exterior surface of the emergency vehicle, the lighting bar comprises a plurality of lighting elements operable to emit light, the at least one lighting bar operable to be placed in a first substantially horizontal lowered position and a second substantially vertical raised position, and a controller electrically coupled to the at least one lighting bar and configured to receive user input and controllably place the at least one lighting bar in one of a raised and lowered positions in response to the user input, the controller further configurable to operate the plurality of lighting elements in a predetermined repeating on/off sequence involving increasing number of lit lighting elements and increasing light intensity over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 8933817
    Abstract: A removable vehicle directional light unit for use on a police or emergency vehicle which will be highly visible from a long distance for directing traffic to one or more specified lanes to reduce congestion and avoid accidents, particularly accidents involving police and emergency vehicles parked in the vicinity. The device is removably installed onto the rear window, mounted on the rear deck, or mounted on the trunk or top of the vehicle when in use and has a plurality of highly visible flashing lights configured in the shape of an arrow pointing in the direction leading away from a traffic blockage. The vehicle directional light unit includes a control box with a selector switch and flasher units to cause light groupings to flash in a selected pattern indicating the intended lane or lanes which approaching traffic should use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Bobby Caudill
  • Patent number: 8922388
    Abstract: A lighting system for the exterior of a vehicle that includes a housing, a sensor, a lamp assembly, and a controller. The sensor is carried by the housing and detects the presence of a hazard in a predetermined region on the ground adjacent to the vehicle. The lamp assembly is carried by the housing and has a light source for projecting light onto at least a portion of the region. The controller is coupled to the sensor and the lamp assembly. The controller has a light activation input and, upon receipt of a light activation command at the input, it controls the lamp assembly to project light from the lamp assembly of a first color or other visible characteristic when no hazard is detected by the sensor and of a second color or other visible characteristic when the hazard is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventor: Todd Nykerk
  • Patent number: 8912921
    Abstract: A warning system for vehicles that comprises a transmitter and a receiver for respectively transmitting a signal to an approaching vehicle or receiving a signal from an approaching vehicle. A light actuated upon receiving a signal from another vehicle and visible to the other vehicle indicates to the other vehicle that it is approaching a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: James A. Reavell
  • Publication number: 20140340214
    Abstract: A lighting system for use with an emergency vehicle comprises at least one elongated lighting bar mounted to an exterior surface of the emergency vehicle, the lighting bar comprises a plurality of lighting elements operable to emit light, the at least one lighting bar operable to be placed in a first substantially horizontal lowered position and a second substantially vertical raised position, and a controller electrically coupled to the at least one lighting bar and configured to receive user input and controllably place the at least one lighting bar in one of a raised and lowered positions in response to the user input, the controller further configurable to operate the plurality of lighting elements in a predetermined repeating on/off sequence involving increasing number of lit lighting elements and increasing light intensity over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 8833993
    Abstract: A warning light assembly includes a frame with integral fastener anchors. The frame aligns and supports the anchors with openings in a vehicle body or other support surface. Fasteners pass through a warning light housing to spread retention legs behind the support surface. The anchors are connected by the frame and cannot rotate relative to the vehicle body or warning light. The frame defines a central opening for warning lights requiring additional depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon H. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8796931
    Abstract: A current regulating LED strobe drive circuit is disclosed for efficiently producing a LED strobe that is consistent in both intensity and color. The circuit may include an inrush control for limiting an amount of current that is allowed to flow through the drive circuit upon activation, an energy storage component for storing and supplying power for flashing a LED, a current regulator electrically coupled to the energy storage component for sensing and regulating a current supplied by the energy storage element, a LED electrically coupled to the current regulator, and a flash control element electrically coupled to the current regulator for communicating a flash pulse signal that provides a pulsed pattern with which current is allowed to flow from the current regulator to the LED. The circuit may further include an output control having an operator interface for allowing an operator to define a desired light output level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Savage, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8786423
    Abstract: A system comprising a power supply, an emergency warning light and a speaker, in combination with a control head. One or more processors controls operation of the system in response to received user input and provides system status for display. Storage media encoded with emergency warning light system instructions for execution by one or more of the processors controls the actuation of the emergency warning light system and controls light patterns generated by the emergency warning light system. The storage media is further encoded with siren system instructions for execution by one or more of the processors for controlling the actuation of the siren system and for controlling audible sounds generated by the siren system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Miller, Roger L. Miller, Daniel S. Pursley, John C. Davis
  • Patent number: 8779937
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate. The back plate has an indicator mounting portion. An aperture is established through the back plate generally at the indicator mounting portion. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the back plate. The heater pad has a light transmitting portion generally aligned with the aperture of the back plate. A self-contained substantially sealed indicator is mounted at the indicator mounting portion and has a light source that is activatable to emit light. When an equipped exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at a side of a vehicle and with the light source activated, light emitted by the light source transmits through the aperture of the back plate and the light transmitting portion of the heater pad and exits the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8766815
    Abstract: A light signaling device including a tubular body having an outer surface to which LEDs are mechanically connected. An inner surface of the body defines a channel inside the tubular body and has a heat dissipation unit through which the heat generated by the LEDs is dissipated. The light signaling device also comprises a lower air conveyor mechanically connected to the lower edge of the tubular body, partially closing the lower opening of the inner channel of the tubular body and is provided with separate conveyance channels, each of which extended between an inlet section thereof and an outlet section thereof according to a trajectory which has at least one component radial with respect to the main extension axis. Each of the conveyance channels is in communication with the light signaling device exterior via the inlet section and with the lower opening of the inner channel via the outlet section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Vincenzo Di Giovine
  • Patent number: 8742916
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an LED light bar that provides off axis lighting. The warning light system includes lights that do not need reflectors that rotate to provide good light effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard Burke, Vincent Fleszewski, Charles Meyer, Christopher Radzik, George Frank, Sigmund Urbanski, Paul Gergets
  • Patent number: 8698610
    Abstract: An elevated stop indicator light system for vehicles such as school buses comprises a translucent or transparent tubular housing having a strip of light emitting diodes extending therethrough, the housing being secured to a drip rail extending along and above side and/or rear windows of the vehicle by clips fastened to the vehicle. Operation of the elevated light system is coordinated with conventional warning devices, such as a fold-out stop sign and flashing red lights of the bus. The elevation of the stop indicator light system provides a highly visible warning system for surrounding traffic when the view of the conventional warning sign on the side of the bus is obscured by traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: John Adam Krugh, IV
  • Patent number: 8698647
    Abstract: A warning lamp has a base, a luminous module, a lampshade, and a reflector. The luminous module is mounted in the base and is located in a center segment of the base. The lampshade is combined with the base and has a lucent portion that is formed on a sidewall of the lampshade. The reflector is mounted in the lampshade and has a cone portion protruding toward the luminous module, a first surface facing the lucent portion, and a reflective portion formed on the first surface. The light emitted from the luminous module irradiates the reflective portion. The reflective portion reflects the light emitted from the luminous module to pass through the lucent portion. Accordingly, the warning lamp has a luminous effect in a circular form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chun-Ming Huang
  • Publication number: 20140085072
    Abstract: A strobe light includes a base, a mounting post, a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) lights, a control system, and a lens. The mounting post extends vertically from the base. The plurality of LED lights are mounted around a periphery of the mounting post. The control system is coupled to the plurality of LED lights and operable to independently control each LED light to produce at least one of a 360° strobe light pattern and a rotating beacon light pattern. The lens is connected to the base and covers the plurality of LED lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Clifford, Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 8653957
    Abstract: A visual indicator assembly and adaptor for a trailer includes an control circuit, an input lamp plug electrically coupled to the control circuit, an output lamp plug electrically coupled to the control circuit, and an identification lamp plug electrically coupled to the control circuit. The input lamp plug is connectable to a trailer lamp plug of a lamp wiring harness of the trailer. The output lamp plug is connectable to a stop lamp of the trailer. The identification lamp plug is connectable to a corresponding identification lamp plug of the lamp wiring harness. The control circuit is configured to supply a first voltage signal to a plurality of lamps of the trailer in response to a power signal and supply a second voltage signal to the plurality of lamps in response to a brake signal. The second voltage signal is greater than the first voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Rodney Ehrlich, David Pickup
  • Patent number: 8638209
    Abstract: A traffic control board assembly as a self-contained unit is provided for mounting in an emergency response vehicle in a manner that accommodates deployment of a traffic control board above the top surface of the emergency response vehicle in any desired angular orientation about a vertical axis for visibility from any direction in relation to the emergency response vehicle. When docked, the top cover on the traffic board provides a weatherproof cover. Manual input and programmed control of a liftable rotation assembly on which the traffic board is mounted facilitate convenient and simple operation. A motion signal indicative of the emergency response vehicle moving can prevent deployment of the traffic control board and/or initiate returning it to a docked or stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Super Vacuum Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Oskroba, Ervin Weinmeister
  • Patent number: 8604940
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system including a communications link and optionally a vehicle position indicator provided at a medical facility. A visual indicator is provided that is temporarily attachable to or usable in a non-official passenger vehicle to alert other road users that a vehicle is traveling in an emergency situation. A communications link and optionally a vehicle position locator are also temporarily attachable to or usable in a non-official passenger vehicle to communicate with the medical facility to alert the medical facility that the vehicle is traveling to the medical facility in an emergency situation. The visual indicator may be a flashing light, or a lighted warning message or symbol, and may be a one-time use light or may be operable only after receipt of an activation code from the medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Tremonti
  • Patent number: 8604922
    Abstract: A motor vehicle taillight comprising a frame configured to be removably mounted to a vehicle, a housing coupled to the frame, a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) positioned along the frame, and a programmable electronic system configured to received an input signal and to selectively provide power to the at least one sets of LED arrays based on a program selected by a user and received input signal. The programmable electronic system is also configured to be selectively placed into a program mode upon activation of a switch, and when in the program mode, to select one of the plurality of programs based on at least one of a turn signal or brake signal of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Glen Harris
  • Patent number: 8585263
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicular sign is provided including a vehicle and luminescent planar sheet. The luminescent planar sheet is constructed to provide illuminated alpha-numeric characters which are mounted to the horizontal planar surfaces of a vehicle. The alpha-numeric characters are mounted substantially horizontally so as to be seen from the air such as by helicopters or planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 8581719
    Abstract: An exemplary sunroof for mounting in a vehicle roof is provided. The sunroof includes a panel and a warning apparatus. The sunroof includes a first bottom surface for facing toward an inside of the vehicle. The warning apparatus includes a PCB attached to the panel, and a warning unit mounted on the first bottom surface and electrically connected to the PCB. The warning unit is configured to send an emergency alert signal when the panel is raised up to be substantially perpendicular to the vehicle roof. A vehicle includes the sunroof is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Lung Kuo, Hou-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 8547219
    Abstract: An automotive brake light system producing a graduated display according to the level of vehicle deceleration as sensed by an onboard piezoelectric accelerometer. Taillight assemblies are divided into segments which are illuminated in sequence to produce a graduated display. The vehicle anti-lock brake system may be connected into the system to provide a special lighting effect such as blinking the taillights during a panic stop condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony J. Kisiel
  • Patent number: 8536997
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for operating a lighting system of the type including one or more lighting devices disposed on an off-highway vehicle. The apparatus includes: one or more input devices, operable to detect an operating condition of the off-highway vehicle and to generate a signal thereof; and a lighting controller operatively coupled to the input devices and to the lighting devices. The lighting controller is programmed to selectively power the lighting devices from an electrical power source of the off-highway vehicle based on predetermined responses to the signals from the input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Joseph De Sanzo
  • Patent number: 8525697
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and a blind spot indicator. The mirror back plate has a generally planar portion and an indicator mounting portion. The indicator mounting portion of the mirror back plate is angled relative to the generally planar portion, and an aperture is established through the mirror back plate generally at the indicator mounting portion. A heater pad is disposed at the rear of the mirror reflective element, and a light transmitting portion of the heater pad is generally aligned with the aperture of the mirror back plate. With the light source of the blind spot indicator activated, light emitted by the light source transmits through an indicia element, the aperture and the light transmitting portion and exits the mirror reflective element at an angle relative to the generally planar portion of the mirror back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8525659
    Abstract: A tail lamp system for a vehicle includes a dynamic signal unit, a control unit, a set of input lines electrically connecting the dynamic signal unit with the control unit, an LED display board, and a set of output lines electrically connecting the LED display board with the control unit. The dynamic signal unit provides a plurality of dynamic signals relating to various instant driving information of the vehicle. The control unit receives each of the dynamic signals of the dynamic signal unit and outputs a corresponding control signal. The LED display board receives the control signal from the control unit and displays a corresponding pattern according to the received control signal to indicate instant driving information of the vehicle, for example, turning, braking, temporary stop and breakdown of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Yao Lin, Sheng-Jung Yu
  • Publication number: 20130194090
    Abstract: A lighting system for use with an emergency vehicle comprising at least one lighting bar mounted to an exterior surface of the emergency vehicle, the lighting bar comprises a plurality of lighting elements operable to emit light, the at least one lighting bar operable to be placed in a first substantially horizontal lowered position and a second substantially vertical raised position, and a controller electrically coupled to the at least one lighting bar and configured to receive user input and controllably place the at least one lighting bar in one of a raised and lowered positions in response to the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: ROM ACQUISITION CORPORATION
    Inventor: ROM ACQUISITION CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8471716
    Abstract: Signaling methods and apparatuses are described for preventing flood irrigation water from overflowing in a trench, field, or other area. Signaling devices may include indicators such as a reflector, a flag, a light, or a sound device provided on an end of an elongate member having its opposite end engaged with the ground. A stake is driven into the ground near the elongate member in the trench or other area where water will flow. A breakaway link such as a strip of paper is engaged to either the indicator or the elongate member and also to the stake, causing the elongate member to be bent downward, with the breakaway link located in the trench where water will flow. When exposed to the flow of water, the breakaway link weakens and eventually tears such that the elongate member springs upward carrying the indicator with it, signaling an operator that water has reached that location in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Hansen
  • Patent number: 8466633
    Abstract: An illumination controlling device for a vehicle includes a controlling portion to change a luminance phase of a meter based on operation of an operating portion and to maintain a luminance phase of a lighting while the lighting is extinguished. The controlling portion changes the luminance phase of the meter based on the operation of the operating portion and changes the luminance phase of the lighting to correspond to the luminance phase of the meter if the operating portion is operated in a state that the luminance phase is different between the meter and the lighting while the lighting is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Sugiura, Takaaki Muramatsu, Atsushi Nishiyama, Ryuji Suzuki, Shinji Suganuma
  • Patent number: 8393750
    Abstract: The extendable strobe light device (1) comprises a telescoping light mount (10) bearing a strobe light (11). By manual operation or by power to an antenna drive motor (23) the telescoping light mount (10) is extended or retracted. An insulated electrical conductor (28) provides power to the strobe light (11). The insulated electrical conductor (28) is wound on a negator reel (46). A negator spring reel assembly (32) contains a negator spring (400) retracts the insulated electrical conductor (28) when the telescoping light mount (10) is retracted. An electrical brush assembly (43) comprises a brush assembly insulated housing (52) composed of a rigid material including metals and plastics. The brush assembly insulated housing (52) is affixed to the case by screws or bolts (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Parley A. Clement
  • Patent number: 8390475
    Abstract: A method comprising creating configured display information; detecting if a display is moving; presenting, via the display, the configured display information if the display is detected to be stationary; identifying, if the display is detected to be moving, whether the configured display information includes moving image display information; presenting, via the display, the configured display information if the display is detected to be moving, and the configured display information does not include moving image display information; identifying, if the display is detected to be moving, the configured display information includes moving image display information, whether the moving image display information includes emergency information or traffic information; presenting, via the display, the configured display information, excluding the moving image display information, if the moving image display information does not include emergency information or traffic information; and presenting, via the display, the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Feroldi
  • Patent number: 8368560
    Abstract: There is provided an automated warning system which includes a receiver/controller, an actuator, one or more relays electrically connected to both the receiver and the linear actuator, a flag holder and a mechanical linkage connecting the linear actuator to the flag holder such that movement of the linear actuator causes the flag holder to move between raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Dea McDonald
  • Patent number: 8354942
    Abstract: A hazard warning unit for a vehicle for detecting hazards and for warning about hazards is disclosed, which hazard warning unit has a plurality of sensing units for sensing measured values, and an analysis unit for analyzing the measured values. If a hazard is detected, a hazard message is transferred to a central server which can then communicate said hazard message to other vehicles. The hazard information can also be buffered by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin