Turn Signal Patents (Class 340/475)
  • Patent number: 10271589
    Abstract: A smart safety garment with signal lights includes a basic garment, at least a pair of turn signal lights embedded on the external surface of the basic garment, and an electronic assembly for the control. The management and monitoring of the smart safety garment includes a control unit, the at least a pair of turn signal lights being connected or connectable to the control unit. The electronic assembly further includes a braking sensor connected or connectable to the control unit and adapted to perceive a deceleration and to generate a corresponding braking signal intended to the control unit. The control unit is configured to power up at least a pair of turn signal lights according to the braking signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CLARA SWISS TECH SAGL
    Inventors: Marco Dal Lago, Paolo Cunzolo, Gianluca Costante, Gian Mattia Pettinato
  • Patent number: 10155558
    Abstract: A rider's apparel assembly for indicating turns includes a jacket that is configured to position over a torso and arms of a user. A power module and a plurality of first lights are coupled to the jacket. The first lights are positioned on and distributed between sleeves of the jacket. Each of a pair of controllers is positioned below an end of a respective sleeve proximate to a respective hand of the user. The controller is coupled to the power module and the first lights that are positioned on the respective sleeve. The controller is positioned to selectively couple the first lights to the power module to indicate the user's intent to execute a turn corresponding to the respective sleeve. A second light is reversibly couplable to the jacket and is operationally couplable to the power module. The second light is configured to render the user visible to others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Bambi Thompson Alvey, Franklin Alvey
  • Patent number: 10144346
    Abstract: A control system is operable within a host vehicle to control the operation of signaling apparatus indicative of a driver intent to execute right, left or U-turn actions. The control system includes a voice recognition circuit for activating turn signal devices within the vehicle. In some embodiments, a wireless link facilitates aftermarket applications while in other embodiments original equipment manufacturer is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jewel L. Dohan
  • Patent number: 10137828
    Abstract: The vehicular notification device comprises luminescent devices provided on the roof of a vehicle and a notification control device configured to control the luminescent devices to emit light when a person existing around the vehicle is detected. The luminescent devices are provided so as to extend in the vehicle's front-back direction on both sides in the vehicle's width direction of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Takae, Nariaki Etori, Akira Morimoto, Takahiro Yano, Tatsuya Shino
  • Patent number: 10118542
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a front, a rear, a first side, and a second side; a first light capable of emitting light from the first side; a controller in communication with the first light; an exterior sensor that provides data to the controller, which determines whether an object is approaching the first side of the vehicle; and the controller causes the first light to emit light from the first side, when the controller determines that an object is approaching the first side. The first light is capable of emitting flashing light in a first color; and the controller causes the first light to emit flashing light in the first color, when the controller determines that an object is approaching the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10088533
    Abstract: An integrated magnetic field sensor includes a magnetic field sensing circuit and a power driving circuit disposed upon or within a common substrate. A method of powering on and off a load uses the above integrated magnetic field sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Rivas, Gerardo A. Monreal, Christine M. Graham, Eric G. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10060594
    Abstract: A light guiding device for an illumination device, especially for a motor vehicle or an indicator device in a rearview device of a motor vehicle includes a light coupling side for incoupling light from a light source, a reflection side having a reflection layer; and a light outcoupling side, which is disposed generally opposite the reflection side. A clearance between the reflection side and the light outcoupling side generally decreases as the distance from the light incoupling side increases. The reflection side having the reflection layer is configured so that light arriving from the light incoupling side is deflected to the light outcoupling side. The reflection layer may be a paint or lacquer layer that is imprinted or evaporation-coated on the reflection side; and the having a white sheet on or next to the rejection side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Norbert Kürschner, Daniel Fritz, Eugen Meier, Volker Erhart, Andrew Brian Little, Harry Welfare, Stephen Edney
  • Patent number: 10062221
    Abstract: A system is configured to produce an alarm when wheel misalignment of a vehicle occurs. The system includes: a navigation device; a lane change detector configured to detect lane change frequency information of the vehicle; a driving information detector configured to detect vehicle speed information and brake frequency information; a steering wheel rotation angle detector configured to detect a rotation angle of a steering wheel; and a controller deriving a criterion based on the rotation angle, for determining whether or not the vehicle travels straight by receiving from the navigation device, the lane change detector, the driving information detector, and the steering wheel rotation angle detector, information necessary to determine whether or not the vehicle travels straight, the controller transmitting an alarm signal to a driver when a current rotation angle of the steering wheel detected by the steering wheel rotation angle detector fails to satisfy the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Tae Young Yu
  • Patent number: 9969326
    Abstract: An intention signaling system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can monitor sensor information indicating a situational environment of the AV, and detect an external entity based, at least in part, on the sensor data. The intention signaling system can generate an output to signal one of an intent of the AV or an acquiescence of the AV to the external entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Payne Ross, Chenggang Liu
  • Patent number: 9944226
    Abstract: A light assembly includes a housing adapted for mounting on a vehicle, wherein the housing includes a brake light input coupled to the light source and a marker light input coupled to the light source. An electrical circuit is configured to energize the light source at a brightness suitable for an identification lamp when at least one headlight of the vehicle is illuminated and also is configured to energize the light source at a brightness suitable for a stop lamp when the vehicle brake is applied, whether or not the identification lamp is energized. In this configuration, the can function as an identification light and as a center high mount stop light (CHMSL).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: U-Haul International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A Dolan
  • Patent number: 9878665
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with multiple object-detecting devices, such as cameras and radar devices, that are configured to detect approaching vehicles from the rear. The object-detecting devices sense the relative distance and speed of the approaching vehicles relative to the vehicle. Based on the relative distance and speed, at least one controller is programmed to determine an anticipated collision time, indicating how long it would take for the upcoming vehicles to potentially collide with the vehicle. The controller can be programmed to illuminate a colored display on a rear-view mirror at a location where an approaching vehicle appears on the mirror, and change a color of the colored display based on the relative distance and relative speed of the approaching vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Mar Orellana, Oscar Anaya, Jose Ramon Molina
  • Patent number: 9873427
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprising at least one driver assistance system (2) to pre-calculate future driving situations of the motor vehicle (1) for a specified time interval by evaluating ego data related to the motor vehicle (1) and environmental data related to the motor vehicle environment, wherein the motor vehicle (1) is controllable by a driver in a first operating mode of the driver assistance system (2), wherein the driver assistance system (2) is designed, upon fulfillment of one switchover condition dependent at least upon future driving situations, to be temporarily switched over into a second operating mode in which the motor vehicle (1) is autonomously controlled by the driver assistance system (2) without the possibility of intervention by the driver, wherein driving is continued in the second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Martin Danzl, Sabine Wüst, Torsten Gollewski, Georg Kienzl, Franz-Michael Hagemann, Karl-Heinz Siedersberger, Thomas Miehling, Peter Kunsch
  • Patent number: 9786179
    Abstract: A method for assisting a driver of a vehicle during a lane change, in which for this purpose, an activation signal which represents an activation of a turn signal of the vehicle, which faces a setpoint direction of travel, and a sensor signal which is provided by at least one sensor of the vehicle and which represents a steering movement for steering the vehicle and/or a change in position of the vehicle within a lane are read in. Using the activation signal and the sensor signal, a control signal for controlling a steering system of the vehicle is provided if the steering movement is counter to the setpoint direction of travel and/or the change in position represents a movement of the vehicle in a direction counter to the setpoint direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Chengxuan Fu
  • Patent number: 9701239
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods may be configured to implement actively-controlled light emission from a robotic vehicle. A light emitter(s) of the robotic vehicle may be configurable to indicate a direction of travel of the robotic vehicle and/or display information (e.g., a greeting, a notice, a message, a graphic, passenger/customer/client content, vehicle livery, customized livery) using one or more colors of emitted light (e.g., orange for a first direction and purple for a second direction), one or more sequences of emitted light (e.g., a moving image/graphic), or positions of light emitter(s) on the robotic vehicle (e.g., symmetrically positioned light emitters). The robotic vehicle may not have a front or a back (e.g., a trunk/a hood) and may be configured to travel bi-directionally, in a first direction or a second direction (e.g., opposite the first direction), with the direction of travel being indicated by one or more of the light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: 9696000
    Abstract: An outer housing with a cover having a PVD coating; a lens; and an illumination device such as LEDs, light guides, light emitting surfaces and/or blinkers. The lens has a first area internal to the cover, and a second, transparent area extending to one side of the outer housing. The cover has a first cover element external to the lens and of a nature such that the illumination device is visible from the exterior when it is on and not visible from the exterior when it is off. The cover has a substantially opaque second cover element having an overlapping portion between the first area of the lens and the first cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FICO MIRRORS, S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Hellin Navarro, Nestor Ruiz Ortega, Maria Luisa Novella, Carles Montero Foix, Josep Pujadas Beltran, Robert Lopez Galera, Jose Manuel Espinosa
  • Patent number: 9586520
    Abstract: A directional indicator system includes a directional indicator that includes a plurality of LED series circuits each connected in parallel to another of the LED series circuits. Each LED series circuit includes LEDs connected in series. A driver is configured to control driving of the directional indicator. The driver includes LED drivers that are each configured to drive a corresponding one of the LED series circuits. The driver also includes a plurality of current detectors that are each configured to measure a value of a current in a corresponding one of the LED series circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takao Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9566902
    Abstract: A control circuit is provided for controlling the warning lights on a vehicle having first and second composite brake/turn lights. The control circuit receives two composite input signals from the vehicle generated by operation of the vehicle's brake and turn signal controls. The control circuit jointly processes the composite input signals to separate the brake and turn indications in order to determine the operational state of the vehicle and generates composite output signals to control the composite brake/turn signals. In one embodiment, a braking pattern is applied to both composite brake/turn signals when the vehicle is braking only. When the vehicle is braking and turning simultaneously, a turn signal pattern is applied to one of the composite brake/turn lights and the other composite brake/turn light is turned on without modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Custom Dynamics LLC
    Inventor: Dave Pribula
  • Patent number: 9563010
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical wave guide structure (1) comprising at least one optical wave guide (2, 2?; 11, 12) and at least two light input positions (A . . . E), each of which is associated with a light source (3, 3?; 4, 4?, 4?; 22a . . . e), the optical wave guide being designed to guide the input light and to emit light based on irregularities (6) embodied on the optical wave guide, and the light sources (3, 3?; 4, 4?, 4?; 22a . . . e) being associated with an actuating circuit (9), which is designed to control the brightness levels of the light sources according to predefinable dimming curves as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Reinprecht, Thomas Graf, Anton Faffelberger
  • Patent number: 9527431
    Abstract: A light system for a motor vehicle includes an exterior mirror head housing at least one lighting module having a plurality of LEDs arranged in sectors to provide different lighting functionalities. At least one LED of at least one light sector is activated in response to the speed of the vehicle, and other vehicle parameters such as steering angle, turn-signal blinker activation, and running lights activation. The LEDs of the lighting module may also function as marker lights or turn-signal blinker lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Daniel Fritz
  • Patent number: 9434298
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a direction indicator circuit for controlling a direction indicator in a vehicle is provided. The direction indicator circuit may include: a first terminal for connecting to a supply voltage; a second terminal for connecting to a direction indicator switch and a lighting means; a third terminal for connecting to a capacitor; and a switch for providing a current, wherein the switch is connected to the first terminal and to the second terminal; wherein the direction indicator circuit is designed to provide the lighting means with a current during an on state using the switch and with no current during an off state; wherein during the on state the direction indicator circuit checks the provided current at least once and goes into the off state if the check detects a current which is lower than a predefined current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Gebhart Dippold, Stephane Fraisse, Robert Illing, Albino Pidutti
  • Patent number: 9321397
    Abstract: A full-screen display device of automobile taillights relates to a light-emitting display technology for automobile taillights, including left and right taillights, a linked switch and a light-emitting display controlling circuit. The left and the right taillights are divided into three light-emitting zones (I, II, and III), wherein light-emitting diodes (LEDs), respectively for displaying red, yellow and white light, are arranged in each light-emitting zone. The light-emitting display controlling circuit includes a signal inputting circuit, a single-chip microcomputer controlling circuit, a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOS FET) switching constant-current source circuit, a light-emitting executive circuit and a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Zhanping Lu
  • Patent number: 9272724
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system which integrates motor vehicle component operation into actuators located in the rim of a motor vehicle steering wheel. The two actuators of the system of the present invention are located in an arc segment of the steering wheel defined by the three o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the right-hand actuator and the nine o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the left-hand actuator. The actuators may operate in parallel with a conventional stalk switch or controls associated with an on board computer and only operate a motor vehicle component when activated and subsequently depressed. The integrated vehicle control system and apparatus of the present invention further provides for vehicle component operation which does not require a driver to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Golomb Mercantile Company LLC
    Inventor: Adam Simon Golomb
  • Patent number: 9242597
    Abstract: An acceleration communication system may communicate acceleration information about a transportation apparatus to one or more persons. A lighting system may be attached to the transportation apparatus. An acceleration detector may detect the direction of lateral acceleration of the transportation apparatus. A light controller may cause the lighting system to illuminate in a manner that indicates the direction of the lateral acceleration detected by the acceleration detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: FORCELIGHTS, LLC
    Inventors: Sunny P. Smith, Gene Y. Fridman
  • Patent number: 9168862
    Abstract: A helmet apparatus for automated vehicle heading alert includes a carrier detachable from headwear of a driver, a plurality of light emitting elements, a gyroscopic device, a signal processing and decision-making (SPDM) processor, and a power device. The light emitting elements are installed on the carrier and include left and right light emitting elements. The gyroscopic device is installed on the carrier and includes a gyroscope for detecting an operation of a vehicle and outputting gyroscope signals corresponding to the operation. The SPDM processor receives the gyroscope signals to form operation signals, processes the operation signals, performs a discriminant decision-making procedure, generates consecutively discriminant signals corresponding to the operation signals, and drives accordingly at least one of the light emitting elements to turn on, turn off, or flashing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIPEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Chan-Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 9150149
    Abstract: To provide a direction indicating apparatus that does not detect a break occurring in an indicator but can detect a break occurring in a direction indicating lamp incorporating an LED element with reliability. The direction indicating apparatus includes a pulse signal generating part, a first switching element, a direction indicating switch, first and second direction indicating lamp units, a break detecting part, a lighting state detecting part, an indicator part and an indicator driving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Ohki
  • Patent number: 9132771
    Abstract: A turn signal canceling device for a motorcycle includes a straight-ahead travel or turn determining unit for determining whether the motorcycle is travelling straight ahead or is turning and a turn signal cancellation controller which automatically cancels turn signal operation. When a vehicle speed is not greater than a predetermined speed and a driving force is at least a predetermined driving force at a time the straight-ahead travel or turn determining unit determines that the motorcycle is turning, the turn signal cancellation controller enters a standby state. When the straight-ahead travel or turn determining unit determines that the motorcycle is travelling straight ahead during the standby state, the turn signal cancellation controller automatically deactivates a turn signal. When the driving force becomes smaller than the predetermined driving force or turn signal becomes manually deactivated during the standby state, the turn signal cancellation controller returns to the normal operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Tetsuka, Takashi Hotei
  • Patent number: 9096174
    Abstract: A motorcycle jacket includes a left-turning light provided on an upper-left back portion of the jacket; a right-turning light provided on an upper-right back portion of the jacket, a first sensor provided on a left-side torso portion of the jacket, and a second sensor provided on a right-side torso portion of the jacket. Actuation of the first sensor causes the left-turning light to turn ON. Actuation of the second sensor causes the right-turning light to turn ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Daryl L Banks
  • Patent number: 9054743
    Abstract: A method of auto-pairing a receiver/transmitter system for use with a vehicle having an operator portion and a transporting portion, the method including the steps of initiating, searching and sending. The initiating step initiates the transmitter into a pairing mode by way of an electrical power sequencing of the transmitter. The searching step searches for the transmitter to be in the pairing mode by the receiver. The sending step sends a signal to the transmitter that the transmitter is paired to the receiver upon the receiver finding the transmitter to be in the pairing mode in the searching step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ASA Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Maffetone
  • Publication number: 20150145668
    Abstract: A vehicle tire pressure indicator and tire illumination assembly is provided. The assembly includes a light source located on the body of a vehicle near the wheel well and oriented to direct light onto a wheel assembly having a tire. A tire pressure indicator detects air inflation pressure of the tire. The light source illuminates the wheel assembly with a desired color to indicate a tire pressure status based on the detected tire pressure. In addition, the light source may be illuminated to provide puddle lamp and area lighting and turn signal indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Ali Ammar
  • Patent number: 9041526
    Abstract: A directional indicator includes a momentary type turn signal lever supported to undergo a swing operation and automatically returning to a neutral position after the swing operation, a turn switch operated by the swing operation of the turn signal lever in a first zone for generating a turn signal for informing a driving direction of a vehicle and for setting an auto turn cancel mode for automatically canceling the turn signal, a manual switch operated by the swing operation of the turn signal lever in a second zone for setting a manual mode for manually canceling the turn signal, and a turn signal control section for controlling cancellation of the turn signal based on an operating state of the turn switch and the manual switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Kozo Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9035754
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror reflective element that is fixedly attached at a mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes an indicator structure that has a passageway that extends from the back plate at an angle relative to the portion of the back plate. At least one baffle is disposed within the passageway and is angled at the angle relative to the portion of the back plate. An indicator is mounted at an end portion of the passageway, and light emitted by the indicator passes through the passageway and through the mirror reflective element via an opening in the back plate. When the indicator is activated, light passing through the passageway and emanating from the mirror reflective element is at least partially shielded from direct view by the driver of the vehicle by the at least one baffle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9002580
    Abstract: A system and a method for controlling an electrically-powered steering apparatus of a vehicle may include a selection switch adapted to select any of a plurality of steering modes, a control switch adapted to change a current for controlling the steering force, a control portion adapted to determine the current according to a signal received from at least one of the selection switch and the control switch and to transmit a control signal according to the determined current, and a drive portion adapted to control the steering force according to the control signal received from the control portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Nam Young Kim, Yoon Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8994524
    Abstract: An indication unit for vehicles is suggested, which comprises at least one LED and at least one electrical circuit in a housing. The indication unit is connected to a first control, which is arranged in the vehicle, and connected to an LED driver circuit. A second control circuit, which is arranged in or on the housing of the indication unit, operates the LED with pulse-width modulated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Daniel Fritz, Soenke Goldschmidt
  • Publication number: 20150070162
    Abstract: This invention relates to electronic wearable articles such as clothing. The invention is an integrated wearable article (e.g. an electronic glove) that allows a user to signal to others the user intent for direction. The electronic glove includes a glove, a chevron-shaped light integrated with the glove that points away from the user when glove is on the hand of the user to indicate intended direction, and an electronic circuit including a switch mechanism with a first contact assembly on the thumb and a second contact assembly on the index finger of the glove, wherein the electronic circuit detects when the first contact assembly touches the second contact assembly to actuate the light, and a battery to power the electronic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Zachary James Vorhies, Murat Ozkan, Roger Fred Challender
  • Patent number: 8963706
    Abstract: To provide a direction indicating apparatus that is less susceptible to a change of a power supply voltage and can reduce the difference in brightness of a direction indicating lamp using an LED element between a direction indicating operation and a hazard operation. A direction indicating apparatus includes a pulse signal generating part, a first switching element, a variable resistor circuit, a direction indicating switch, a hazard switch, first and second direction indicating lamps, a voltage detecting part and a lighting status detecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Ohki
  • Patent number: 8933800
    Abstract: The third brake light accessory for use with a classic car includes a housing that resembles the front end or grille of a classic car, and which is placed against an inner surface of a rear window to operate as a third brake light. The third brake light accessory may further include turn signal lights that work in conjunction with the turn signal lights of the respective vehicle. The third brake light accessory is ideally designed for use with a particular make and model of a classic car, and which has a housing resembling the front portion of or grille of the respective vehicle, while acting as a third brake light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Tommy Rex Biles
  • Publication number: 20140368330
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided in a mobile object, and is capable of providing turn collision prevention support, so as to prevent a collision with another mobile object at a risk of collision when the mobile object turns. The mobile communication device includes: a communication unit for receiving information that includes information indicating a signal indication of a traffic signal; and a control unit for determining a notification mode to provide a predetermined notification to draw an attention via a notification unit when turning. The control unit determines the notification mode regardless of whether or not the another mobile object is present when the signal indication of the traffic signal for the traveling direction of the mobile object is an advance-prohibited signal indication with turning-permitted signal indication. Thus the device achieves smooth traffic and preventing excessive support through turn collision prevention support depending on a signal indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SANYO Electric C., Ltd,
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Watanabe, Takahiro Ishida
  • Publication number: 20140333428
    Abstract: A lighting system is provided with a plurality of devices that are disposed within a lamp assembly and configured to emit light in response to receiving electrical power from a power source. The detector is coupled to the plurality of devices and is configured to monitor an electrical characteristic associated with the plurality of devices. The detector is also configured to generate an output signal that is indicative of a discontinuity within the plurality of devices in response to the electrical characteristic being less than a threshold value. The lighting system also includes a controller that is coupled to the detector. The controller is configured to receive input indicative of a turn signal status and a rear closure position and to enable the detector in response to the rear closure position being closed and the turn signal status being on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: North American Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Markell
  • Patent number: 8866386
    Abstract: A direction indication lamp control device includes: a current control element including an end which outputs a drive current having a magnitude corresponding to amplitude of a pulse signal; a current clamp unit which limits the drive current to a current upper limit value; a voltage clamp unit which limits a reference voltage to a voltage upper limit value; and a wire disconnection detection unit which outputs a wire disconnection detection signal in a case where the drive current corresponding to the pulse wave of the pulse signal is equal to or less than a wire disconnection detection value, or in a case where the reference voltage is equal to the voltage upper limit value. The current upper limit value is smaller than the drive current flowing through a direction indication lamp when the reference voltage is the voltage upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kubota, Hideyuki Ono
  • Publication number: 20140266666
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element having at least one glass substrate and a mirror reflector established at a surface of said at least one glass substrate. The mirror assembly includes a display element disposed at the rear of the mirror reflective element and operable to emit light that is viewable through the mirror reflective element. The display element includes a printable light emitting diode. The mirror assembly may include at least one of (a) a printable electrically conductive layer at a surface of the at least one glass substrate, (b) a printable heater pad established at a rear surface of the at least one glass substrate, (c) a printable touch sensor and (d) a moldable light emitting diode element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hamid Habibi
  • Patent number: 8830082
    Abstract: A wide-angle LED warning apparatus has a heat sink base, a circuit board, multiple pillars, multiple LED devices and a transparent cover. The circuit board is mounted in the heat sink base. The pillars are formed in the heat sink base and each pillar respectively has an oblique surface, the oblique surfaces facing toward two opposite sides of the heat sink base. The LED devices mounted on a front surface of the circuit board and the oblique surfaces of the pillars. The transparent cover is mounted on the heat sink base. Hence, the LED warning apparatus of the invention can widely emit light due to the LED devices mounted on the oblique surfaces of the pillars to provide enhanced warning effect and security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Kuo Ku
  • Patent number: 8823265
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus (12) for use with a vehicle (10) includes a lighting system (14) and a controller (16). The lighting system (14) includes at least three light engines (18). The controller (16) is configured to simultaneously illuminate at least two of the light engines (18) while simultaneously not illuminating at least one of the light engines (18) upon activation of the illumination apparatus. The controller (16) is further configured to alternate which of the light engines (18) are not illuminated and which two of the light engines (18) are simultaneously illuminated such that at least two light engines (18) are simultaneously illuminated during the entire illumination sequence. As such, at least two light engines (18) are illuminated upon activation of the illumination apparatus (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Rice, Thomas Tessnow, Howard Eng
  • Publication number: 20140225727
    Abstract: Turn signals for moving vehicles along both sides of the vehicle are reported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. NIAZI
  • Patent number: 8803674
    Abstract: A turn signal system for a bicycle comprises a left and right front and rear turn signal and a rear alert signal that has multi-mode operation. The system is battery powered and can be adapted to an electric bicycle having a variety of power voltages. The system includes a controller and a multi-axis accelerometer to actuate the alert signal in the event of sudden deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Damon Langlois
  • 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: 8773028
    Abstract: A direction indication lamp control device includes: a pulse signal generation unit that generates a pulse signal; a current control element having one end to which power supply voltage is supplied, a control terminal to which the pulse signal is supplied, and the other end which outputs a drive current, the other end of the current control element being connected to one end of an external direction indication switch, and the other end of the direction indication switch being connected to a direction indication lamp; and a leak detection unit that causes the pulse signal generation unit to decrease the amplitude of the pulse signal in a case where the drive current corresponding to a pulse wave of the pulse signal is equal to or less than a leak detection current value during a leak detection period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kenichi Kubota, Hideyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 8749371
    Abstract: Signaling device designed to be arranged on the reflective element forming a mirror of a rear-view device comprising at least an illumination unit and at least an optical device, characterized by the fact that the optical device includes a symbol generation unit which is provided with at least a diffraction grating designed to form an illuminated image corresponding to a first illuminated symbol, the symbol generation unit being generally transparent and the diffraction grating being formed on the surface of the symbol generation unit without affecting its transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Delphi Technologies, Inc., Universite de Strasbourg
    Inventors: Hassan Moussa, Idriss El Hafidi, Laurent Tupinier
  • Patent number: 8700258
    Abstract: A park assist system for providing guidance to park a vehicle into a parking area is disclosed. The park assist system includes an imaging device, at least one indicator, and a control module. The imaging device acquires image data representative of a field of view (FOV). The indicator provides feedback to guide the vehicle into the parking area. The control module is in communication with the imaging device and the at least one indicator. The control module includes control logic for monitoring image data representative of the viewable area. The control module includes control logic for determining if a specific predetermined object is located within the FOV. The specific predetermined object indicates the presence of the parking area. The control module includes control logic for activating the at least one indicator to provide feedback regarding the parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Tate, Jr., Alan G. Holmes, Hsiu-Pang Chan, Donald Eng, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20140091920
    Abstract: A U-turn signaling system and method. The U-turn signaling system signals an intent to orient a vehicle in a substantially opposite direction. The U-turn signal might have an inverted U shape. The signaling system also includes a control circuitry for controlling the U-turn output signal responsive to user actuation of a U-turn signal switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Ervin Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140085075
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a direction indicator circuit for controlling a direction indicator in a vehicle is provided. The direction indicator circuit may include: a first terminal for connecting to a supply voltage; a second terminal for connecting to a direction indicator switch and a lighting means; a third terminal for connecting to a capacitor; and a switch for providing a current, wherein the switch is connected to the first terminal and to the second terminal; wherein the direction indicator circuit is designed to provide the lighting means with a current during an on state using the switch and with no current during an off state; wherein during the on state the direction indicator circuit checks the provided current at least once and goes into the off state if the check detects a current which is lower than a predefined current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Gebhart Dippold, Stephane Fraisse, Robert Illing, Albino Pidutti