With Vehicle Patents (Class 343/711)
  • Patent number: 10320053
    Abstract: A thin, flexible antenna that has particular application to be mounted to a dielectric structure on a vehicle, such as vehicle glass, where the antenna has a wideband antenna geometry for various communications applications, and where the conductive portion of the antenna can employ transparent conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hyok Jae Song, Timothy J. Talty, James H. Schaffner, Keerti S. Kona, Amit M. Patel, Duane S. Carper, Eray Yasan
  • Patent number: 10312577
    Abstract: An antenna attachment structure attaches a plurality of antennas to a dump truck including a chassis and a dump body rotatably provided on the chassis, the dump body covering the chassis across an entire length and entire width thereof in a plan view. The antenna attachment structure includes: an antenna attachment portion to which the plurality of antennas are attached and rotatably attached to each of lateral surfaces of the dump body; and a parallel link mechanism including the antenna attachment portion and a rotation center of the dump body and configured to keep a constant posture of the antenna attachment portion when the dump body is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Daichi Yui, Shunsuke Mori
  • Patent number: 10297912
    Abstract: A composite sheet metal component for an automobile comprises an inner metal sheet, an outer metal sheet and an intermediate polymer sheet arranged between the inner and the outer metal sheet. The intermediate polymer sheet comprises a semiconductor device and the outer metal sheet comprises at least one functional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir Supik, Carsten Hoefer, Volker Prescher, Michael Schreiber, George Bedenian, Stefan Lessmann, Judith Hirsch, Manfredo Agresti, Pawel Kwasniak
  • Patent number: 10263362
    Abstract: According to aspects of the present disclosure, a method of environmentally sealing an electrical joint formed between an electrical connection element and an electrical conductor disposed on a transparent pane is described. The method includes adhering a mechanically protective enclosure to the transparent pane to define an internal volume therebetween and filling at least a portion of the internal volume with a sealing material that inhibits ingress of liquid into the volume and provides a fluidic environmental barrier about the electrical joint. The electrical joint is disposed within the internal volume and spaced from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Imeson, William C. Schuch
  • Patent number: 10256890
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adaptive management of antennas in a communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., a network of moving things, which may be a vehicle network, a network of or including autonomous vehicles, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: VENIAM, INC.
    Inventors: Filipe Manuel Almeida Neves, Francisco José Antunes Marques Esteves
  • Patent number: 10203452
    Abstract: A transmission circuit includes an array of subarrays of emitters with quasi-periodic spacing. A first subarray of emitters emits a source signal, and a second subarray of emitters emits the source signal. The first and second subarrays are separated by a subarray spacing that quasi-periodic, wherein the spacing between different subarrays is different. The quasi-periodic subarray spacing is to cause constructive interference of a main lobe of the emissions from the subarrays, and to cause non-constructive interference of sidelobes of the emissions. The spacing between emitters in the subarrays can vary from one subarray to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jie Sun, Haisheng Rong, Jonathan K. Doylend
  • Patent number: 10186774
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a core, a bobbin member having a partition, and a coil provided around the bobbin member. The coil is configured with a tight winding portion and a loose winding portion. The tight winding portion is provided between one bobbin side and the partition. The loose winding portion is provided between the other bobbin side and the partition. The loose winding portion is configured with a first winding layer and a second winding layer. A wire winding direction of the first winding layer is opposite to a wire winding direction of the second winding layer so that the wire of the first winding layer and the wire of the second winding layer cross and overlap to each other along part of the bobbin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUMIDA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Tanaka, Shuichi Kikuchi, Takanobu Rokuka
  • Patent number: 10171133
    Abstract: A transponder arrangement includes a substrate, an RF transponder, and first, second, and third antenna elements. The substrate has a first surface and an opposing second surface. The RF transponder is disposed on the first surface of the substrate and has a first connection pad and a second connection pad. The first antenna element is disposed on the first surface of the substrate and is connected to the first connection pad. The second antenna element is disposed on the first surface of the substrate and is connected to the second connection pad. The third antenna element is disposed on the second surface of the substrate and is inductively coupled to the first and second antenna elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Automated Assembly Corporation
    Inventor: Kimmo Kyllonen
  • Patent number: 9966659
    Abstract: A one-piece antenna module, has at least one outside receiving and/or transmitting antenna element under an outer cover. The one-piece antenna module has an antenna box, which has no or few inside internal antennas and which surrounds the electronic circuits that interact with the antenna elements. The outer cover is detachably fastened to the antenna box and can be attached so as to protrude from an opening in the vehicle roof. The antenna box is closed on all sides and can be attached below the vehicle roof by a metal top side. The metal closed top side has feed-throughs for the outside antenna elements. The outside antenna elements in the outer cover are electrically coupled to the circuits inside the antenna box closed on all sides by the feed-throughs. Thus, a compact installation part is obtained, which provides complete shielding between an antenna part and a transceiver part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: Continental Automotive GmbH, Kathrein-Werke KG
    Inventors: Guy-Aymar Chakam, Gerald Schillmeier, Frank Mierke, Gerhard Vogt
  • Patent number: 9954284
    Abstract: A dielectric artificial impedance surface antenna (DAISA) including a first dielectric with a thickness, the first dielectric thickness varying to provide a modulated impedance to a signal traversing the first dielectric, the first dielectric having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, and a transparent conductive material coating the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Carson R. White, Daniel J. Gregoire
  • Patent number: 9899730
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle broadband antenna that is an antenna for LTE & V2X installed in the vicinity of a crash pad of a vehicle. The crash pad broadband antenna is installed in the vicinity of a vehicle crash pad and includes a main PCB, an LTE low-band antenna pattern formed on the main PCB to transmit and receive an LTE low-band signal, a first sub-PCB having LTE high-band antenna patterns configured to transmit and receive an LTE high-band signal, the first sub-PCB being vertically coupled to the main PCB, and a first terminal connected to an external communication module for transmitting and receiving the signals to/from the LTE low-band antenna pattern and the LTE high-band antenna patterns. It is possible to overcome existing spatial limitations by applying the broadband antenna to the vehicle, and to significantly reduce the time required to manufacture and develop an existing mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: INFAC ELECS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Hoon Yang, Sung Min Cho, Sang A Ju, Byeong Chan Yu, Sang Hoon Lim, Jin Kyu Hwang
  • Patent number: 9843089
    Abstract: A portable antenna for wireless communication, the portable antenna comprising: an electromagnetically reflective material; a first mechanical structure supporting preferred shape of the electromagnetically reflective material when in deployed position; a second mechanical structure attached to at least one point on the preferred shape and adjustable to hold a mobile wireless communication device at a preferred position relative to the preferred shape, is claimed. Additionally disclosed is a system comprising the portable antenna wherein the second mechanical structure is adapted to hold a feed instead of a mobile device and a cover for a mobile wireless communication device, comprising a signal coupling mechanism, and a signal routing means, and wherein the a signal routing means is coupled to the feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BLUFLUX RF TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Russell Wilmhoff, Gary Andrew Rayner, Aaron Rogers Finch, Andrew David Rowser
  • Patent number: 9834155
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are vehicle emblems, automobiles with vehicle emblems, and methods of manufacturing vehicle emblems. A vehicle emblem for an automobile includes a bezel for mounting the emblem to the automobile's vehicle structure, such as the front grille, engine hood, or outer fascia panel. A rigid backing is seated within and attached to the bezel. The rigid backing includes one or more depressions and/or one or more ribs. A cover sheet lays against and is attached to the front-surface of the backing. The cover sheet includes a transparent layer or film with a multi-color print. The cover sheet includes one or more depressions and/or one or more ribs that are formed in the transparent layer. Each of the cover sheet's depressions is seated inside one of the rigid backing's depressions, while each of the rigid backing's ribs is seated inside one of the cover sheet's ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Kitty L. Gong
  • Patent number: 9751497
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a first communicator that has a communication range outside a vehicle and communicates with a portable communication terminal by a predetermined first wireless communication system; a second communicator that has a communication range in a vehicle compartment of the vehicle and communicates with the portable communication terminal by a second wireless communication system; a first authenticator that receives identification information from the portable communication terminal; a second authenticator that receives identification information from the portable communication terminal; a determinator that determines that the portable communication terminal exists within a predetermined range outside the vehicle, and determines that the portable communication terminal exists in the vehicle compartment of the vehicle; and a controller that permits or causes an electronic control device controlling an action of the vehicle to perform a predetermined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Sanji, Tatuya Katoh, Noritaka Hirao, Suguru Matsushita, Koji Nakao
  • Patent number: 9728025
    Abstract: A communication system includes: a vehicle-mounted communication device and a portable device. The communication device includes: a vehicle transmission unit which transmits a plurality of first signals to the portable device, and a vehicle reception unit which receives a second signal transmitted from the portable device. The portable device includes: a portable device reception unit which receives the first signals, a portable device controller which detects signal intensities of the received first signals, and which compares the signal intensities of the first signals, and a portable device transmission unit which transmits the second signal according to control of the portable device controller. The portable device controller sets an output value of the second signal to a predetermined value when a difference between the compared signal intensities of the first signals is equal to or less than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Hamada, Takahiro Inaguma, Yosuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 9673534
    Abstract: An electrically conductive coating of an automotive heatable windshield having a frequency selective surface area that facilitates the transmission of radio frequency signals. The FSS area may be a high-pass filter such that RF signals at any polarization can pass through the glazing over a wide frequency band. The FSS area is defined by a pattern in the conductive coating such that, when the conductive coating is used to heat the windshield, electrical current flows through the FSS area to mitigate hot and cold spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC
    Inventors: David Dai, Peter T. Dishart, Kaushal Mehta
  • Patent number: 9647323
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic device including an antenna with a ring-type structure is disclosed. The electronic device includes a metal bracket and the antenna. The antenna includes a first metal ring surrounding the metal bracket, where the first metal ring has at least two sections separated by at least one gap. At least one section may operate as a radiator through radio frequency (RF) feeding at least at one portion thereof. A second metal ring may be electrically connected, at least at one point thereof, to a ground of the electronic device or to the first metal ring. At least one section of the first metal ring may operate as a monopole antenna, as a PIFA antenna, or as a loop antenna, via suitable feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-Sup Lee, Gyu-Sub Kim, Yeon-Woo Kim, Jung-Sik Park
  • Patent number: 9599984
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a vehicle-mounted device mounted to a vehicle and a portable device portable by a user, and performs a control to the vehicle corresponding to a collation result performed based on a wireless communication established between the vehicle-mounted device and the portable device. The vehicle-mounted device includes a vehicle-mounted transmission unit which simultaneously transmits radio waves having a predetermined phase difference using at least two transmission antennas disposed orthogonal to each other. The portable device includes a triaxial reception antenna receiving the at least two radio waves, and a magnetic field strength detection unit detecting a magnetic field strength on each of three axes of the triaxial reception antenna. One of the vehicle-mounted device or the portable device includes an illicitness determination unit determining, based on the detected magnetic field strength, whether the wireless communication is established through an illicit repeater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, NIPPON SOKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Munenori Matsumoto, Koji Sakamoto, Kenji Katou, Yuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 9595753
    Abstract: An interior antenna of a vehicle communication apparatus for performing wireless communication with a portable terminal device present inside a cabin is disposed in the cabin. The interior antenna includes left and right leaky coaxial cables that can transmit high-frequency band radio waves into the cabin. The left and right leaky coaxial cables are positioned under the cabin and inside left and right door inner panels in a vehicle with direction, either above left and right side sills or at end portions in the vehicle width direction above a floor panel, and extend in a vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motohisa Hirose
  • Patent number: 9461363
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a reader/writer, a communication terminal, and a wireless IC tag. The communication terminal includes an electric field-type first antenna unit, a magnetic field-type second antenna unit, and a connection unit electrically connecting the first and second antenna units and to each other, and is housed within a pen housing. The first antenna unit is coupled to an antenna of the reader/writer through an electric field, and the second antenna unit is coupled to the wireless IC tag through a magnetic field. By causing the second antenna unit to be adjacent to the wireless IC tag, the reader/writer and the wireless IC tag communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuo Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 9437927
    Abstract: A bar antenna comprises: a bar core configured to connect at least two of core pieces in series, a bobbin covering at least a portion of the bar core, a winding wound in a predetermined range of the bobbin, and a case having the bar core and the bobbin disposed therein, wherein the bar core and the bobbin are sealed by filling in the case with a potting material, and the bar core is configured to be bendable with respect to a predetermined external force at a connection portion of the at least two of core pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TOKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Koga, Shin Murakami, Kuniyoshi Sakurada
  • Patent number: 9391360
    Abstract: Disclosed is an antenna system and method to optimize the design of an antenna using resistive sheets. The system and method are operative to design a topology of a resistive sheet to mitigate the adverse effects caused by the inherent losses of resistive sheets while operating as antennas. The system is designed to reduce a plurality of radiofrequency current “hot spots” and “pinch points,” associated with the flow of a current on a resistive sheet, by a sufficient extent so as to enable radiation of electromagnetic waves at substantially higher radiation efficiency as compared with antennas designed using traditional design techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: PANERATECH, INC.
    Inventors: Yakup Bayram, Wladimiro Villarroel, Alexander Ruege, Eric Walton
  • Patent number: 9240629
    Abstract: An antenna for a vehicle is provided which includes a first printed circuit board coupled to an upper part of the base, in which at least one ground feeding point is formed and a second printed circuit board coupled to the first printed circuit board in a vertical direction on the upper part of the first printed circuit board. A monopole antenna is coupled to a first side of the second printed circuit board and a first pattern radiates a coupled signal by being coupled to the ground feeding point electrically on the first side of the second printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9035834
    Abstract: An RF antenna system is provided for mounting on a window of a vehicle comprising exterior and interior window mountable portions. The first and second portions include an RF coupling section (4) to inductively couple an RF signal received from antenna (20) and a power coupling section (6) for providing external power to an external amplification portion 52 for amplifying received RF signals. The system includes a further electrical connection (16) to a metallic shim (18) which is magnetically fixed to the roof of the vehicle and electrically connected thereto, whereby the roof provides a ground plane for the antenna, by capacitive coupling of the metallic shim to the vehicle roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Carl French, David H. Griffiths, Weiming Fu
  • Patent number: 9024829
    Abstract: A CB antenna arrangement for use in a raised roof of a truck cab enables the CB antenna to be hidden from view while maintaining good performance. An LC circuit is mounted in the space between the headliner and the raised dielectric roof and is connected to one of the metallic pillars of the truck cab. A CB antenna is connected to the LC circuit, and is mounted to and extends along the inside surface parallel to the driver's side or the passenger's side. The LC circuit is configured to block signals outside the CB frequency range, and the metallic pillar provides a ground plane for the CB antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: R.A. Miller Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Jeremy Churchill Platt, Paul E. Miller
  • Patent number: 8995956
    Abstract: One or more vehicle communication systems associated with one or more vehicles may be activated. The one or more vehicles may, for example, include a gateway vehicle. A backhaul connection between a vehicle communication system associated with the gateway vehicle and a cellular infrastructure may be established. Signals from the cellular infrastructure may be received at the vehicle communication system associated with gateway vehicle. Using the vehicle communication system associated with the gateway vehicle, the signals received from the cellular infrastructure may be transmitted. Signals from one or more mobile devices may be received using the vehicle communication system associated with the gateway vehicle. The signals received from the one or more mobile devices may be transmitted to the cellular infrastructure using the vehicle communication system associated with the gateway vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nadav Lavi, Ron Rotstein, Kobi Jacob Scheim
  • Patent number: 8970442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an antenna device (10) for executing several functions, particularly a transmitting function, a receiving function, and an energy transmitting function, comprising a rod core (20) made from a material that can be magnetized, extending along a rod core axis (22) and at least one rod core winding (24) about the rod core axis (22), a charged core (30) from a material that can be magnetized, extending along a charged core axis (32), and at least one charged core winding (34) about the charged core axis (32), with the charged core axis (32) and the rod core axis (22) being arranged angular in reference to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hella KGAA
    Inventors: Daniel Siekmanmn, Lars Hanschmann
  • Patent number: 8947307
    Abstract: A car antenna assembly includes an outer cover, an antenna unit, a fixing seat, a locking bar, a control board, and a base. The antenna unit is made of a metallic strip which is bent freely to form a plurality of antenna elements which are connected successively. The outer cover covers the antenna unit and the fixing seat. Thus, the height of the antenna elements is increased gradually from the front end toward the rear end of the antenna unit, while the antenna elements have a constant spacing so that the bandwidth of the antenna elements is increased so as to increase the receiving effect of the AM and FM signals. The car antenna assembly has a shark fin shape to reduce the air drag and air shear noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jebsee Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shan-Gow Lo
  • Patent number: 8918062
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for allowing a transmitter (Tx) to perform antenna selection independently of a receiver (Rx) in a transceiver supporting both transmit diversity and receive diversity. Certain aspects may utilize a cross switch, which may be used in a parallel or cross configuration, to provide for the independent antenna selection, such that the Rx may maintain the ability to operate on the same antenna as the Tx, on another antenna, or on both antennas for enhanced receive diversity. Furthermore, certain aspects may employ additional switching in the baseband domain in an effort to avoid, or at least reduce, switching glitches in the Rx caused by changing the cross switch configuration. In this manner, the Rx need not re-converge upon antenna switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Christos Komninakis, Daniel F. Filipovic, Chengjin Zhang
  • Patent number: 8903335
    Abstract: An electronic component (encoder) including an operation body is mounted on a circuit board. The electronic component causes a controller to perform processing in accordance with an operation input by the operation body. The mounting board includes a power-feeding leg piece connected to a wireless communication processor so that high frequency communication is allowed, a first short-circuiting leg piece that is adjacent to the power-feeding leg piece via a cut-out portion, and a second short-circuiting leg piece separated from the power-feeding leg piece. The short-circuiting leg pieces are connected to grounded portions. The impedance is adjusted by appropriately selecting the width or the depth of the cut-out portion. The resonance frequency is adjusted by appropriately selecting the size or the position of the short-circuiting leg piece. Thus, the mounting board operates as an inverted-F antenna in which the power-feeding leg piece functions as a power feeding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xi Li, Tomotaka Suzuki, Makoto Sato, Hideharu Otake
  • Patent number: 8896496
    Abstract: A configurable antenna element comprises a conductor encased in a foam substrate with a pressure sensitive adhesive applied to a surface of the foam substrate for application of the configurable antenna to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140333492
    Abstract: The electronic assembly is intended for installation in a tyre. It comprises an electronic device (12) having an electronic member (16) and at least one antenna (14) fixed to a support (18) of the electronic member (16). The antenna (14) comprises a part (26) which is free with respect to the support (18), joined to a part (24) for fixing the antenna (14) to the support (20). The assembly comprises a transition layer, including a composition comprising 9 to 13 parts of sulphur per hundred parts by weight of elastomer, and coating at least the junction (28) between the free (26) and the fixing (24) parts of the antenna (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Claudio Battocchio
  • Publication number: 20140327301
    Abstract: A resonant wireless energy transfer system comprises first and second antennas made up of dual parallel wire helixes wherein the wires are terminated by short wires. Voltage controlled variable capacitors are connected into the antennas to permit progressive variation between folded dipole and normal dipole operating modes such that optimum energy transfer can be achieved between the antennas over a wide range of antenna separation distances. A vehicle battery charging system using the above-described antennas is provided including an installation which allows purchase of battery charging power by members of the general public. In-vehicle energy transfer for sensors, computers, cell phones and the like is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: HIDEO IIZUKA, JAE SEUNG LEE, PAUL DONALD SCHMALENBERG, BRIAN JOSEPH ROBERT
  • Patent number: 8866681
    Abstract: The present invention is generally related to an antenna assembly, and in particular to a rear-view mirror antenna assembly for motor vehicles. The antenna assembly comprises a mirror attached to a casing (11) defining an outer perimeter (4), the assembly further comprising an antenna element (1) having a radiating element, wherein said radiating element is housed within said mirror and said casing and it is located substantially along said outer perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Automotive Antennas, S.L.
    Inventor: Edouard Jean Louis Rozan
  • Patent number: 8842052
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus that can suppress sensitivity degradation as much as possible to receive AM broadcasts and FM broadcasts even if an antenna height is decreased to 70 mm or less. An antenna board is vertically mounted on a planar antenna base, and a top portion is disposed to stride over the antenna board. An antenna element includes the top portion and an antenna pattern formed on the antenna board. A distance between the antenna base and a lower edge of the top portion is not less than 10 mm, and the lower edge of the top portion is bent downward. The top portion is configured such that an antenna capacitance of the antenna element becomes about 3 pF or more. A received signal from the antenna element is guided to an amplifier board through a connecting wire and amplified. An antenna case is fitted in the antenna base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Harada Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Wakui, Akio Kamiya, Nobuo Arayama
  • Patent number: 8836590
    Abstract: An antenna array for a body panel of a locomotive is described having a base support including at least a pair of elongated parallel structures forming a channel on the body panel of the locomotive cab. A plurality of removable plates are affixed to the elongated parallel structures for mounting an antenna on each of the removable plates, thereby allowing wiring from each antenna to extend from its respective removable plate through the channel formed by the base support. A junction box situated near the base support forms an enclosure about an aperture formed in the body panel of the locomotive. The junction box includes a plurality of interconnects for connecting wiring of each antenna to wiring of a device in the locomotive. In one embodiment, the junction box is integral to the base support. The integral junction box, base support arrangement may further include a lip formed about its periphery in which a cover mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy C. Marten, Ryan McKenna, Scott Swenson, Frank I. Meler
  • Patent number: 8816918
    Abstract: An antenna array for a motor vehicle has at least one seal which is composed of a nonconductive material and has an antenna which is mounted in the region of a sealing face of the seal and has the purpose of receiving radio signals. A convertible roof or sun roof or some other metallic vehicle part which is part of the antenna array can be positioned against the sealing face during the operation of the antenna and removed again. The antenna forms, with the metallic vehicle part which bears against the seal, the slot antenna which is effective between at least two metal faces. On the other hand, in the state in which no vehicle part bears against the seal, the antenna forms a flat electrical reception monopole which extends at a distance from a metal face which forms the antenna ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Markus Jeschke, Christoph Ullrich, Eckhard Gerlemann, Mareen Koehler
  • Patent number: 8814127
    Abstract: A fixing device of an antenna device includes a base member, a fixing member, a bolt and a guide which guides the base member to a fixing opening. The fixing device takes a main fixed state in which the mounting surface is clamped between the fixing member and the base member after inserting the fixing member into the fixing opening and rotating the fixing member at a predetermined angle, and an initial fixed state in which the fixing device is fixed before the fixing member is rotated at the predetermined angle. The guide is arranged at a position to surround the fixing member in the initial fixed state, and includes guide portions which have greater height than that of a lower end of the fixing member in the initial fixed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyuichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8803748
    Abstract: A low-profile antenna is provided. A laminated substrate is formed into a structure in which a plurality of substrates having different permittivities are stacked, and a radiator consists of a plurality of unit patches disposed on an upper surface of the laminated substrate and generates an electric field perpendicular to the upper surface of the laminated substrate. Ground vias are formed from the respective unit patches to a ground plane disposed on a lower surface of the laminated substrate through the substrates constituting the laminated substrate. In the low-profile antenna, the radiator consisting of the plurality of patches is disposed on the upper surface of the laminated substrate having a structure in which the plurality of substrates are stacked to generate a magnetic loop around the patches, so that vertical polarized signals can be received due to a magnetic field perpendicular to the upper surface of the laminated substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Chung-Ang University Industry-Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Sungjoon Lim, Seunghee Baek, Yong Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 8803747
    Abstract: Two harness engagement grooves are provided at each end in the longitudinal direction of a rod-shaped antenna component, on one side thereof, and midway in the longitudinal direction, on one side thereof, a uniting groove is provided, having a width, which is smaller than the outermost width of the two harness engagement grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Parts Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsushi Yashima
  • Patent number: 8780011
    Abstract: An antenna device receives broadcast waves with a sufficiently wide frequency band and sufficient gain by connecting wire material. The antenna device includes a power supply cord which can transmit power, a connecting portion, a high-frequency signal cable for extracting a high-frequency signal from the connecting portion, and a high-frequency blocking portion disposed in two places in the length direction of the power supply cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Yoshino, Koichi Mukai, Chisato Komori, Satoru Tsuboi
  • Publication number: 20140168018
    Abstract: A lightning protection system for a radome, the system comprising at least one lightning protection strip positioned on an inner wall of the radome, wherein the lightning protection strip defines, on the inner wall of the radome, a curve that is substantially perpendicular, at all points thereof, to the polarization direction of the electrical field vector radiated by an antenna across from the inner wall of the radome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Charlotte Jeanneau, Christophe Bernus, Thony Dupas
  • Publication number: 20140159968
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting for a data conductor on a conductor strand of a conductor line. The invention further relates to an energy transmission system for transmitting electrical energy between a conductor line and an electrical consumer that can be moved along the conductor line and has at least one data conductor guided along the conductor line and at least one antenna arranged on the consumer, and to a data transmission system for contactless local data transmission between at least one data conductor guided along a conductor line and at least one antenna arranged on an electrical consumer that can be moved along the conductor line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: CONDUCTIX-WAMPFLER GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Maier, Frank Pietschmann
  • Patent number: 8730123
    Abstract: A wireless communication module is arranged such that a radio frequency circuit board stands vertically on a first earth plate. The radio frequency circuit board includes first and second radio frequency transmission and reception circuits at both end portions, respectively. The radio frequency circuit board includes a second earth plate serving as a grounding electric potential of the radio frequency transmission and reception circuits. Feed lines from the radio frequency transmission and reception circuits are connected to the first earth plate, respectively. Ground lines of the feed from the radio frequency transmission and reception circuits, respectively, are connected to the second earth plate. Thus, vertical exciting currents flow at both end portions of the second earth plane, enabling transmission and reception of vertical polarization waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Sugimoto, Tadao Suzuki, Ryohei Kataoka, Miyuki Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 8692726
    Abstract: To provide a sensitive antenna with simple pattern, there is provided an antenna comprising: a core-side element connected to a core-side feed point; and a ground-side element connected to a ground-side feed point, wherein: the core-side element extends from the core-side feed point in a predetermined direction; the ground-side element includes: a first element which is connected to the ground-side feed point and extends in parallel to the core-side element; and a second element which is connected to the ground-side feed point and extends in parallel to the first element; and the first element is located close to a body flange to capacitively couple with the body flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Central Glass Company Limited.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mukai, Masanori Kaihatsu
  • Patent number: 8692725
    Abstract: Provided is an in-vehicle patch antenna device which has a reduced size and multiple functions while improving performance. An in-vehicle patch antenna device includes a substrate (10), a ground conductor (20) provided on the substrate (10), an antenna element section (30) and a reporting circuit section (40). The antenna element section (30) has a feeding section (31) and is provided on a surface of the substrate (10) opposite to a surface on which the ground conductor (20) is provided. The reporting circuit section (40) is provided on the substrate (10) and connected around an area in a periphery of the antenna element section (30) at which current distribution is minimal other than the peripheral area thereof where the feeding section (31) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Harada Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Ilno, Seiichi Wada, Ryuichi Taira
  • Patent number: 8686906
    Abstract: A microwave antenna assembly includes a first dielectric layer, a second dielectric layer, a conductive layer, a first conductive patch, and a second conductive patch. The conductive layer is disposed in an inner region between the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer. The conductive layer includes a slot. A first conductive patch is surrounded by the slot. The second conductive patch is disposed against the second dielectric layer outside the inner region, and is electromagnetically coupled to the first conductive patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Carson R. White, Hyok Jae Song, Eray Yasan
  • Patent number: 8648753
    Abstract: Disclosed is an antenna device including a base having an internal thread for an external thread, a first antenna element, a first circuit board which is arranged on the base, electrically connected to the first antenna element, and amplifies a signal output from the first antenna element, a shielding case arranged on the first circuit board, the shielding case having a top board, a second antenna element arranged on the top board of the shielding case and a second circuit board which is electrically connected to the second antenna element and amplifies a signal output from the second antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignees: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd., Mitsumi Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Nobuo Tamura
  • Patent number: 8644790
    Abstract: Antenna amplifiers and automobile top antenna devices are provided. The antenna amplifier includes an AM frequency selection circuit, an AM signal amplification circuit, an FM frequency selection circuit, an FM signal amplification circuit, and a power circuit. The antenna amplifier is further provided with a trap circuit that has an end connected to the ground terminal of the antenna amplifier, and another end connected to a metal mounting base for an antenna on the automobile top. The antenna device includes a shark-fin antenna case, a metal mounting base, an antenna support and a radio receiving antenna. The antenna case is mounted on the metal mounting base to form an internal accommodation space in which the antenna support, the radio receiving antenna and a circuit board with an antenna amplifier are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Taizhou Suzhong Antenna Group Co.
    Inventor: Xiaoping Jiang
  • Patent number: 8614645
    Abstract: An antenna module for a motor vehicle has a first antenna device having at least one antenna 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 for the exterior of the motor vehicle, which antenna is arranged in the external area of the motor vehicle, and a second antenna device having at least one antenna 25, 27, 29, 31 for the interior of the motor vehicle, which antenna is arranged in the interior of the motor vehicle, the first antenna device and second antenna device being electrically coupled to each other for the purpose of supplying electricity to the antenna devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Guy-Aymar Chakam, Christian Schneider