Brake Light Patents (Class 340/479)
  • Patent number: 10700782
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for implementing an anti-collision mechanism are described herein. A system for a lead vehicle to provide a visible light communication (VLC) message to a trailing vehicle behind the lead vehicle includes a vehicle controller subsystem of the lead vehicle, to: receive from a sensor array interface, sensor data from a forward-facing sensor incorporated into the lead vehicle; determine, using a processor, from the sensor data that a hazard exists; initiate the application of brakes with a braking force; and initiate, via a light controller, a VLC message to the trailing vehicle, the VLC message including the braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Brady, Ruben Trejo Calle, William Anthony Rafferty, Diarmaid O'Cualain, Jelle Sels, David Relihan, Tommy Grealy, Michael O'Reilly, Keissy Guerra Perez
  • Patent number: 10692380
    Abstract: A method for determining potential collision with another vehicle by a vehicle equipped with a vision system includes providing, at the equipped vehicle, a vision sensor including a camera and at least one non-vision sensor, and determining presence of a leading vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle. A time to collision to the leading vehicle is determined based at least in part on a determined distance to the leading vehicle and a determined relative velocity between the equipped vehicle and the leading vehicle. A braking level of the equipped vehicle is determined to mitigate collision of the equipped vehicle with the leading vehicle. A weighting factor is employed when determining the braking level, and the weighting factor is adjusted responsive at least in part to determining, via processing of image data captured by the camera, that a brake light of the leading vehicle ceases to be illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Dominik Raudszus
  • Patent number: 10343597
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle equipped with a hydraulic brake system and a braking signalling system. The braking signalling system includes detection equipment (2; 3; 4), which include the first radio communication equipment (19) based on Bluetooth Low Energy and a pressure sensor (21) coupled to the hydraulic braking system to detect any pressure changes in the hydraulic braking system. In addition, this brake signalling system also includes a beacon (6) designed to emit a light signal in response to any pressure change detected by the pressure sensor (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Francesco Pavoni
  • Patent number: 10328848
    Abstract: The trailer hitch signaling device is a visual signaling device. The trailer hitch signaling device is configured for use with a vehicle. The vehicle is further defined with a hitch. The trailer hitch signaling device is configured to attach to the hitch. The trailer hitch signaling device physically moves to indicate an action selected from the group consisting of: 1) the vehicle is braking; 2) the vehicle is preparing to turn left; and, 3) the vehicle is preparing to turn right. The trailer hitch signaling device further comprises a lamp. The lamp generates illumination to further signal that the vehicle is braking. The trailer hitch signaling device comprises the puppet and a control circuit. The control system is contained within the puppet. The control system is electrically connected to the vehicle. The control system further moves the limbs of the puppet and illuminates the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Schaufele
  • Patent number: 10267480
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for lighting and/or signaling in a motor vehicle that palliates the disadvantages resulting from the reflection and focusing of solar rays by focusing means of a lighting module for lighting and/or signaling in a motor vehicle onto a mask disposed under a lighting module. The lighting assembly comprises means for emitting and means for focusing one or more light beams, together with a mask, a part of which extends under the focusing means. A part of the mask is transparent to light, so that solar rays reflected and focused by the focusing means onto the mask pass through the transparent part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Puente, Marc Brassier
  • Patent number: 10262212
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) determining, by a computing system at a first time, a first height of a bumper of a leading vehicle relative to a reference height; (ii) determining, by the computing system at a second time that is later than the first time, a second height of the bumper relative to the reference height; (iii) making, by the computing system, a determination that the determined first height and the determined second height lack a threshold extent of similarity based on an established tolerance level; and (iv) responsive at least to making the determination that the determined first height and the determined second height lack the threshold extent of similarity based on the established tolerance level, causing, by the computing system, the light source to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CSAA Insurance Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Donald Eiden
  • Patent number: 10155676
    Abstract: A process for extracting a surfactant from a mixture using a boronic acid modified material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin L Bicker, Robert William Tilford
  • Patent number: 10140531
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining a warning condition on the basis of brake light detection. Image data are received from a front camera of a vehicle. It is determined whether a brake light of a preceding vehicle is active. An initiation threshold is lowered or a confidence value is raised if the brake light is active. An estimated risk value is derived from the image data of the front camera and a warning signal is produced, if the estimated risk value exceeds the initiation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Muhammad Alrefai, Mihai Baneu, Guido Fuchs, Mario Götz, Yasir Mannisseri
  • Patent number: 10131272
    Abstract: A warning light system that is provided for a motor vehicle includes a warning light assembly and a heating element carried on a windshield of the motor vehicle, vehicle forward of the warning light assembly. The heating element is dedicated to providing a clear sight path to the warning light and thereby increasing its effectiveness. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Steven Ban, Jr., Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Patent number: 9981658
    Abstract: An autonomous driving vehicle system includes: a surrounding information detection unit that is configured to detect surrounding information on a vehicle; and at least one electronic control unit including: a travel plan generation unit configured to generate a travel plan along a pre-set target route based on the surrounding information and map information; a traveling control unit configured to autonomously control a traveling of the vehicle based on the travel plan; and a warning light control unit configured to turn on a warning light earlier than a start time of a braking of the vehicle in the travel plan, the warning light informing a following vehicle about the braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Ichikawa, Toshiki Kindo, Katsuhiro Sakai, Masahiro Harada, Hiromitsu Urano
  • Patent number: 9827956
    Abstract: A method for detecting a braking situation of a vehicle located on a traffic route, which has a task of ascertaining a red component of at least one image area of an image which depicts at least one section of the traffic route, and includes a task of determining the braking situation based on the red component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Johannes Foltin
  • Patent number: 9818241
    Abstract: An output limiting control is carried out for limiting an output of a driving source when an acceleration pedal as well as a brake pedal is operated at the same time. An acceleration opening degree for a malfunction diagnosis is set based on a detected acceleration opening degree. A required output value for the malfunction diagnosis is calculated based on the acceleration opening degree for the malfunction diagnosis. A malfunction determining threshold is set in accordance with the required output value. An estimated output value of the driving source is compared with the malfunction determining threshold in order to determine whether there is a malfunction in a control system for the driving source. The acceleration opening degree for the malfunction diagnosis is limited to a predetermined limiting value, when the acceleration and brake pedal are operated at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Murakami, Toshifumi Hayami
  • Patent number: 9809160
    Abstract: An illumination system for a vehicle includes a truck bed defining a cargo space, a bumper positioned vehicle rearward of the truck bed, and a tailgate defining a recessed surface and rotatable between substantially open and substantially closed positions. A first optically interactive portion is positioned on the truck bed and a second optically interactive portion is positioned on the tailgate. A light source is positioned on the recessed surface of the tailgate. The light source and the first and second optically interactive surfaces are configured to illuminate the cargo space when the tailgate is in the substantially open position and illuminate the bumper when the tailgate is in the substantially closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9649975
    Abstract: A visual indicator assembly and adaptor for a trailer includes a control circuit electrically coupled to a plurality of lamps positioned in a rear header of the trailer. The control circuit is configured to supply a first voltage signal to the plurality of lamps 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: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Rodney Ehrlich, David Pickup
  • Patent number: 9592769
    Abstract: A tow package cargo support for providing a structural support for items which extend beyond the back edge of a vehicle cargo bed and includes a support body which provides a substantially U shaped frame, an attachment beam which allows for the attachment of the support body to a vehicle tow package, and two vertical side extensions which extend up vertically from opposing sides of the support body. The support body additionally includes a vertical body extension which connects the cargo support and attachment beam. In one embodiment, the tow package cargo support may be employed with an auxiliary bed sized and shaped to be placed with one end resting on the cargo bed of a vehicle and the other end on the support body, providing an extended, contiguous bed surface in conjunction with to the cargo bed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: James Oliver
  • Patent number: 9475424
    Abstract: An electronics device is configured for installation in the brake light circuitry of a vehicle braking system. The electronics device is particularly configured to provide a flashing or pulsing appearance for a brake light, such as an automobile CHMSL. The pulsing is accomplished in a precise manner and that provides additional operational safety features than standard automotive brake lights. The electronics device is configured to avoid over-triggering of the pulsating lights due to multiple application of the automobile's brakes in a short time frame. The electronics device is further configured to function correctly even if the automobile is equipped with sophisticated computer systems that analyze the brake light circuitry, and is configured to avoid detection as a problem by the vehicle's diagnostic systems. At the same time, the electronics device will still allow the vehicle's diagnostic scans to detect any actual problems with the brake light system without hindrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: KINETECH LLC
    Inventors: Mark Olson, Todd Utley, David Seal
  • Patent number: 9441832
    Abstract: A compact lighting assembly includes a circuit board having a battery, a light, a switching circuit and a push button switch selectively powering the light with the battery via the switching circuit. The operating life of the compact lighting assembly is increased by using a rechargeable battery charged by a photovoltaic device such as a solar cell. Even greater operating life is achieved with the use of a light-actuated switch, such as a photocell or photodiode, which limits or cuts off battery draw and illumination of the light in daylight or lighted ambient conditions and enables illumination of the light in dark ambient conditions such as nighttime and low light environments. An indicator such as a visible light is provided for identifying whether or not an infrared light is on and drawing power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Glenn Bushee
  • Patent number: 9352685
    Abstract: The illuminated license plate frame is a frame adapted to receive a license plate and to mount the license plate on vehicles. The illuminated license plate frame further comprises a safety device formed from a first LED string and a second LED string. The first LED string is wired to illuminate when the left turn signal or the brake light is illuminated. The second LED string is wired to illuminate when the right turn signal or the brake light is illuminated. The illuminated license plate frame comprises a frame, a first LED string, a second LED string, a plurality of protective covers, and an electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Mel Abramowitz
  • Patent number: 9305460
    Abstract: A warning light detector and system to alert a motorist of warning lights is provided. The warning light detector includes a camera that takes digital images of a field of view in front of the automobile, and a detection program to detect any warning lights analyzes these digital images. A control system of the detector activates an alert feature, such as a sound and/or light, to alert the motorist of a warning light when one has been detected by the detection program. An alert feature may be a sound emitted from a speaker or light that flashes and the alert feature may be configured on the detector or be transmitted through the automobile's stereo, warning, or navigational system, for example. A detector may be a mobile device, such as a mobile phone and a warning light detector application program may be downloaded to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: John Justine Aza
  • Patent number: 9272663
    Abstract: A tow vehicle operating system is provided for wirelessly connecting a first lighting system of a towing vehicle to a second lighting system of a towed vehicle. A wireless transmitter on the towing vehicle broadcasts a linking signal having an identification code and an associated data indicating a present status of lights of the towing vehicle based on an illumination signal from the towing vehicle, over a selected one of a plurality of distinct channels or frequencies. A wireless receiver on the towed vehicle receives the linking signal and verifies the identification code, and transmits an acknowledgement signal to the transmitter, thereby locking in the selected channel or frequency for a wireless communication between the first and second lighting systems. Lights of the towed vehicle are operated in response to the associated data of the linking signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Tiger Accessory Group, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. Smith, Roger Latimer
  • Patent number: 9260057
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp using a fluid lens and a control method of the vehicle lamp are provided. The vehicle lamp notifies the driving status of a vehicle to the drivers of following vehicles via a tail lamp. In particular the vehicle lamp includes a light source and a fluid lens that changes a curvature shape of the fluid lens based on an input current and generates a light emission image that corresponds to a driving status of a vehicle to the exterior of the vehicle lamp. Additionally, the input current varies based on the driving status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventor: Seon Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 9242595
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the taillight of a vehicle are disclosed. The apparatus includes a visible light wireless communication data generation unit, a brightness control unit, a variable pulse position modulation (VPPM) signal generation unit, and a light source. The visible light wireless communication data generation unit generates information about the operation of a vehicle. The brightness control unit generates a brightness control value that is used to control the brightness of a light source installed at the tail of the vehicle. The variable pulse position modulation (VPPM) signal generation unit controls a pulse position and a pulse width within a unit pulse section of a pulse that controls the light source based on the information about the operation of the vehicle and the brightness control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Sangkyu Lim, Myungsoon Kim, Ilsoon Jang, Jindoo Jeong, Taegyu Kang
  • Patent number: 9227676
    Abstract: A rear spoiler arrangement (2) for a vehicle has at least one rear spoiler (6), that can be moved in the vertical direction of the vehicle between a rest position and a functional position. The rear spoiler arrangement (2) is placed on a rear spoiler support (5) and substantially follows the shape profile in the rear area of the vehicle body when the rear spoiler arrangement (2) is in the rest position. Rear light units (4) of the vehicle are integrated into lateral end regions (3) of the rear spoiler support (5) and/or of the rear spoiler (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Malte Moessner
  • Publication number: 20150137965
    Abstract: Vehicular Sequential LED Ring Warning System is disclosed. This system improves upon existing taillight configurations by providing operators with distinct LED rings that sequential illuminate based upon the vehicle operator's braking intensity. This system will provide all drivers with a significantly more effective method of determining braking intensity. Using a simple and consistent sequence of three LED rings, the Sequential Warning System has the capacity to revolutionize existing brake light warning system design concepts by providing driver's with a decisive illumination pattern that simply replaces the vehicle's brake lights rather than adding a separate set of LED or light bulb arrays, which only increase driver confusion when simultaneously interpreting separate brake light signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Aaron Lanham, David Louis Edelen
  • Publication number: 20150130607
    Abstract: An improved vehicle brake light system is provided, in which a transmitter and receiver is used to determine the distance and closing velocity of a trailing vehicle relative to a lead vehicle. The distance and closing velocity are used to determine whether a trailing vehicle may cause a risk of collision upon application of the lead vehicle brakes. If the distance between the trailing vehicle and lead vehicle is deemed below a minimum threshold at a given vehicle speed, the rear brake lights are illuminated. If the closing velocity is a trailing vehicle is deemed above a threshold maximum, the system pulses the rear brake lights of the lead vehicle. This improves communication between a lead vehicle and a trailing vehicle, whereby the trailing vehicle is alerted to cease tailgating activity or alternatively to apply the brakes in order to avoid a potential rear-end collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: David MacArthur
  • Publication number: 20150123781
    Abstract: A system for detection of braking of a vehicle may include a device provided in a first vehicle. The device may be in communication with a detector mounted to the first vehicle to monitor an area in front of the first vehicle. The detector may detect light emitted by the rear lights of a second vehicle when the second vehicle is ahead of the first vehicle in the monitored area. The device may acquire data from the detector and analyze the acquired data in order to detect an optical signal emitted by the rear lights of the second vehicle. The optical signal may encode information indicative of a braking procedure being performed by the second vehicle. The device may evaluate the detected optical signal in order to derive the information indicative of the braking procedure of the second vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Mauderer, Klaus Hubner
  • 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: 8957772
    Abstract: A system for detection of braking of a vehicle may include a device provided in a first vehicle. The device may be in communication with a detector mounted to the first vehicle to monitor an area in front of the first vehicle. The detector may detect light emitted by the rear lights of a second vehicle when the second vehicle is ahead of the first vehicle in the monitored area. The device may acquire data from the detector and analyze the acquired data in order to detect an optical signal emitted by the rear lights of the second vehicle. The optical signal may encode information indicative of a braking procedure being performed by the second vehicle. The device may evaluate the detected optical signal in order to derive the information indicative of the braking procedure of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Mauderer, Klaus Hübner
  • Patent number: 8942661
    Abstract: A method and a device for triggering an emergency call in a vehicle equipped with an airbag. The device can be retrofitted in a vehicle equipped with an airbag to provide an emergency system which, in the event of an airbag being triggered, sends an emergency call (Ecall) to a suitable emergency call center in order to initiate auxiliary measures as may be necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Peter E. Rieth, Jürgen Diebold, Marc Menzel, Andreas Schirling, Michael Feser
  • Patent number: 8928475
    Abstract: A progressive braking indicator system includes a brake light assembly having multiple lights, a brake pedal for the vehicle, a sensor connected to the brake pedal for measuring a distance the brake pedal has moved and an amount of pressure applied to the brake pedal by a driver of the vehicle, and a brake control processor connected to the sensor and the at least one brake light assembly. The brake control processor is configured to: a) receive the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, b) generate a signal based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, wherein the signal is configured to illuminate a varying subset of the plurality of lights based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor. A power source connected to the at least one brake light assembly, the sensor, and the brake control processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Bement
  • Publication number: 20140375448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a variable brake light in which a lighting unit can be illuminated in a variety of shapes according to a vehicle operating state or the selection of a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jun Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 8907780
    Abstract: A vehicle brake light system includes a proximity sensing device disposed proximate a rearward region of a vehicle for determining whether an object is located within a predetermined distance of the rearward region of the vehicle. Also included is at least one brake light disposed proximate the rearward region of the vehicle, wherein the at least one brake light is configured to be in an illuminated state or a non-illuminated state. Further included is a controller in operable communication with the proximity sensing device, wherein the controller is configured to receive a proximity sensing device signal when the object is within the predetermined distance and configured to send an alert signal to the at least one brake light to enact the illuminated state upon receiving the proximity sensing device signal from the proximity sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Andrew P. Rohr
  • Patent number: 8902058
    Abstract: There are provided a brake pedal sensor and a stop lamp lighting device in a vehicle, which are capable of controlling blinking of a stop lamp in a simple configuration. The brake pedal sensor includes: a stop lamp switching section which outputs a switch signal; a brake position sensor section which outputs a brake position signal; and a logic circuit section for receiving the switch signal and a blinking signal generated by the brake position signal are inputted, and which outputs a control signal for controlling lighting and blinking of the stop lamp. Using this brake pedal sensor allows configuration of the stop lamp lighting device in a simpler manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Hirose
  • Publication number: 20140333429
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a front and side viewable brake indicator system for a vehicle. The brake indicator system may include a pair of front mounted brake lights mounted on a vehicle, the first front mounted brake light mounted to a position proximate to a passenger side front corner of the vehicle, and the second front mounted brake light mounted to a position proximate to a driver side front corner of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the system also includes a top mounted brake light mounted on an exterior surface of a roof of the vehicle. Each of the brake lights may be configured to be viewed at a position in front of and to a side of the vehicle and may be configured to illuminate when a driver presses on a brake pedal in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: PABLITO ARRIOLA DE LA ROSA, DARLENE HUANG SAMMON, JESSE HUANG DE LA ROSA, MICHAEL HUANG DE LA ROSA
  • Publication number: 20140320279
    Abstract: A signaling system allows a front vehicle to give advance notifications of signaling intentions to a rear vehicle by activating an intent signal on a vehicle when an object, such as a foot, is in proximity to, and/or moving towards, a signal actuator. A detector portion emits a motion signal, such as a plurality of optical beams that form a grid on a planar surface of the brake pedal. An interruption in the grid actuates a radio frequency signal from the detector positioned in proximity to the brake pedal, to an indicator portion, positioned in a rear visible area of the vehicle. The indicator includes a light emitting diode strip that is visible from the car and may tilt and orient for variable viewing angles. The illumination from the indicator differs from the brake illumination to differentiate between intent to brake and actual braking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Roy V. Stuart
  • Patent number: 8841999
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing deceleration rate information of a user operating a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes a unit including an accelerometer, a processor, and a lighting mechanism. The processor receives from the accelerometer deceleration info of the vehicle and variably adjusts at least one aspect of the lighting mechanism, thereby quantitatively signaling the deceleration rate to a driver of a following vehicle. The unit may be mounted on an article of clothing, a bag, or the vehicle itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Vectolabs, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Faizal Ali, Randall Jay Redding
  • Publication number: 20140266667
    Abstract: A brake lamp module for a vehicle, wherein the module includes a housing, lamp device, sensor, and electronic control unit (ECU). The lamp device, sensor and ECU are carried by the housing. The ECU is configured based at least in part on data received from the sensor to provide a power signal that causes illumination of the lamp device. In at least some embodiments, this arrangement permits actuation of the brake lamp or other lamp device in response to detection of a hazard event, such as rapid deceleration of the vehicle. And, in at least some embodiments, this may be done independently of actuation of the brake pedal by the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ralf Meyer-Wendt, Stephen Kowalchik
  • Publication number: 20140253315
    Abstract: A progressive braking indicator system includes a brake light assembly having multiple lights, a brake pedal for the vehicle, a sensor connected to the brake pedal for measuring a distance the brake pedal has moved and an amount of pressure applied to the brake pedal by a driver of the vehicle, and a brake control processor connected to the sensor and the at least one brake light assembly. The brake control processor is configured to: a) receive the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, b) generate a signal based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, wherein the signal is configured to illuminate a varying subset of the plurality of lights based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor. A power source connected to the at least one brake light assembly, the sensor, and the brake control processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Bement
  • Patent number: 8803711
    Abstract: An indicator device on a marine vessel is configured to display motion. A controller operates the indicator device according to at least a first mode wherein the indicator device displays motion and a second mode wherein the indicator device does not display motion. The controller operates the indicator device based upon an operational characteristic of the marine vessel to thereby inform a swimmer located proximate to the marine vessel of the operational characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Gonring
  • Publication number: 20140218190
    Abstract: A braking display system attached to an automobile is provided. The automobile includes a braking system for stopping the automobile while the automobile is in motion. The braking system includes a brake pedal that is used to initiate the braking system. A user may apply a plurality of different intensity levels to the braking system using the brake pedal. An indicator is used to project a level of intensity that is applied to the braking system from the rear of the automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Roy Prenger
  • Patent number: 8788187
    Abstract: A method and system for providing taxiway navigational information to a crewmember of an airplane taxiing at an airport. An airport taxiway navigation system (“ATNS”) that executes on an onboard computer system that displays a map of the taxiways of an airport, receives the name of each taxiway of the taxi route specified by the taxi clearance, and highlights the taxiways on a displayed map to provide a visual indication of the cleared taxi route for the crewmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jauglias, Matthew T. Majka
  • Patent number: 8766798
    Abstract: A sensor module generates sensor data in response to an impact to protective headgear, wherein the sensor module includes an accelerometer and a gyroscope and wherein the sensor data includes linear acceleration data and rotational velocity data. A device processing module generates event data in response to the sensor data. A device interface sends the event data to a monitoring device when the device interface is coupled to the monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Publication number: 20140139333
    Abstract: The invention specifies a sensor arrangement for a brake system for braking a wheel in a vehicle, which brake system includes a travel sensor for detecting a position of a brake pedal of the brake system, wherein the travel sensor is provided for detecting operation of the brake pedal based on the position of the brake pedal and for outputting a signal which indicates operation of the brake pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CONTINETAL TEVES AG & CO., OHG
    Inventors: Christian Burgdorf, Ralf Hartmann, Sören Lehmann, Josko Kurbasa
  • Patent number: 8717155
    Abstract: A brake warning device and method includes acquiring acceleration data of a bicycle, and calculating a specific parameter according to the acceleration data acquired within a preset interval using a preset calculation method. The bicycle is determined to be decelerating if the specific parameter is less than a preset threshold value. A brake light of the brake warning device is turned on to warn that the bicycle is braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-I Lin
  • Publication number: 20140091921
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting apparatus with functions of break warning and directional indication, comprising a break sensor unit, a control unit, at least one display unit and a direction sensor unit. The break sensor unit detects a reduced speed of a vehicle during its break and outputs a break signal correspondingly; the control unit is eclectically connected to the break sensor unit and outputs a break actuation signal correspondingly; the display unit is symmetrically provided on two lateral sides of the vehicle rear and displays different colors of warning lights based on the break actuation signal. The control unit is connected to a direction sensor unit for detecting a turning direction of the vehicle and outputting a direction signal such that the control unit outputs a direction actuation signal based on the direction signal and the display unit displays an indication light based on the direction actuation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: PEI-HSUN CHENG
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140035740
    Abstract: A pedestrian warning device for a vehicle (1), especially a vehicle which is intended to be driven on public roads, includes a programmable unit, such as a CPU (3), and a brake pedal (5). The device includes further at least one front brake lamp (2, 13, 15) mounted at the front portion of the vehicle (1). The front brake lamp can be lightened up by the programmable unit (3) when certain predetermined conditions are met. Moreover, the device includes an awareness signal apparatus (10) provided with at least one awareness lamp (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Concrde Invest AB
    Inventors: Richard Lettström, Peter Kylin, Bo Svensson
  • Publication number: 20140015666
    Abstract: A vehicle brake light system includes a proximity sensing device disposed proximate a rearward region of a vehicle for determining whether an object is located within a predetermined distance of the rearward region of the vehicle. Also included is at least one brake light disposed proximate the rearward region of the vehicle, wherein the at least one brake light is configured to be in an illuminated state or a non-illuminated state. Further included is a controller in operable communication with the proximity sensing device, wherein the controller is configured to receive a proximity sensing device signal when the object is within the predetermined distance and configured to send an alert signal to the at least one brake light to enact the illuminated state upon receiving the proximity sensing device signal from the proximity sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Andrew P. Rohr
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130321143
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brightening and dimming a brake light of automotive vehicle for enhanced display indication of braking includes a pulse width modulation unit to be electrically connected to a brake lamp for sequentially modulating the supply energy to the lamp to generate a brightening and dimming of the lamp. A time extent of the modulation is detected so that the modulation can be stopped after a preselected time period and the light will be continually on as in a conventional braking operation. After the brake is released by the operator, a second preselected time period for locking out the sequential interrupting is timed down, for avoiding repetitive flashing during stop-and-go traffic. A sensor detects a hard-braking occurrence and disables the lockout timer to enable the sequential modulating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Clyde H. Boyer