Automatically Adjustable In Response To Vehicle Position, Control, Or Indicator Patents (Class 359/843)
  • Patent number: 10315571
    Abstract: A mirror replacement system for a vehicle. At least one image capturing unit adapted to be mounted around the exterior of the vehicle and capture images of at a field of view, an image display unit adapted to be visibly mounted for a driver, at least one driver sensor adapted for detecting information input from the driver, an operation controller adapted for controlling reformatting parameters based on driver parameters received from the at least one driver sensor, and an image capturing unit controller adapted for reformatting video data received from the at least one image capturing unit according to the reformatting parameters and for forwarding the reformatted video data to the at least one image display unit for displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Frederick Moulton, Werner Lang
  • Patent number: 10227043
    Abstract: An in-out motor changes a field of view of vehicle surroundings for a vehicle occupant. When a predetermined condition is satisfied before a predetermined change condition for changing the field of view is satisfied, an ECU controls the in-out motor via a mirror surface operation driver so as to change the field of view to a predetermined preparatory field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Juntaro Kondo, Takashi Nagao, Shinichi Miyazaki, Fumikazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10212342
    Abstract: Forward oblique blind spots of a vehicle, generated by the vehicle's front windshield pillars, are eliminated by provision of a panoramic windshield viewer system, thus allowing the driver to operate the vehicle without having his view impaired by visual obstructions that would otherwise be caused by the windshield pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Agamemnon Varonos
  • Patent number: 10202078
    Abstract: A rear-view device for a motor vehicle with vibration damping, includes at least one rear-view element which is mounted in a housing in an adjustable manner relative to the housing via an adjusting drive, where the adjusting drive includes at least one motor which can be adjusted via a control or regulating device in order to adjust the field of view, and the control or regulating device controls or regulates the motor via the energizing process of the motor depending on at least one variable, which is selected from a first detected variable and/or at least one second stored variable, during a driving process in order to counteract movements of the at least one rear-view element relative to the housing by adjusting the motor, said movements being caused in particular by the movements of the motor vehicle during the driving process of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Bernd Sülzle
  • Patent number: 9522677
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. The trailer backup assist system also includes a steering input device that provides a backing path of the trailer. Further, the trailer backup assist system includes a controller that generates a steering command for the vehicle based on the hitch angle and the backing path. The controller generates a countermeasure for operating the vehicle when the steering input device fails to provide the desired backing path fails or the controller otherwise fails to sense the input signal from the steering input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9308865
    Abstract: A vehicle side rear-view mirror assembly that has a structure for exposing a blind spot. The assembly includes a mirror housing mounted on a vehicle; a support frame fixedly mounted on the vehicle; a backing plate movably connected to the support frame; a mirror glass; connecting rods which connect the mirror glass to the backing plate wherein the mirror glass is pivoted on the connecting rods about a rotating axis defined by the connecting rods; and a motion actuator mounted on the backing plate for rotating the mirror glass about the rotating axis. The assembly further includes a two-motor powered adjustment structure for adjusting an orientation of the backing plate in which the two-motor powered adjustment structure is fixedly mounted on the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Oscar Yonghwan Choi
  • Patent number: 9296338
    Abstract: Technologies for mirror adjustment include an in-vehicle computing system of a vehicle to determine a position of a feature of a face of a driver of the vehicle in an image captured by a camera of the vehicle. The in-vehicle computing system determines a position of the feature of the face of the driver relative to a mirror of the vehicle based on configuration data of the vehicle and the captured image. The in-vehicle computing system further determines an angle between the feature of the face of the driver, the mirror, and an ideal normal of the mirror. The configuration data identifies a location of the camera relative to the mirror, and the ideal normal is an imaginary line normal to the mirror and extending therefrom when the mirror is positioned in a reference position. The in-vehicle computing system adjusts an orientation of the mirror based on the determined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David Kaplan, Tomer Rider, Aviv Ron, Shahar Taite
  • Patent number: 9242605
    Abstract: A vehicle side rear-view mirror assembly having a means for exposing a blind spot includes a mirror housing, a support frame, a backing plate, a mirror glass; a connecting means which connects the mirror glass to the backing plate such that the mirror glass is pivoted on the connecting means about a rotating axis. A motion actuator rotates the mirror glass about the rotating axis. The assembly further includes adjustment means to adjust the predetermined position of the mirror glass, which includes a motion height adjustment means to adjust the height of the motion actuator, and a rotating axis defining member which can be rotated by a rotating means independently of the backing plate and the mirror glass. A switch is installed on a steering wheel to activate the motion actuator, the switch having two conductive wires which can be connected by a conductive metal piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Oscar Yonghwan Choi
  • Patent number: 9189692
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting an attention of an occupant of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes calculating, by a processor, a first gaze vector in a three-dimensional space based on a first vehicle location, a first vehicle orientation, and a first gaze direction; calculating, by the processor, a second gaze vector in the three-dimensional space based on a second vehicle location, a second vehicle orientation, and a second gaze direction; and determining the attention of the occupant based on the first gaze vector and the second gaze vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Amir Konigsberg, Eviatar Tron, Gil Golan
  • Patent number: 9102281
    Abstract: It comprises a main mirror (G1) having a first field of view and a spotter mirror (G2) having a second field of view, placed at different levels and connected by a step or partition (St) and a first indicator light (Li1) in association with a light source (30), said indicator light issuing at least a light beam directed towards a driver eyes (Dv) intended to highlight or demarcate said spotter mirror (G2) making it easier the driver to focus on it in response of an action of the driver, detection of an approaching vehicle or a vehicle advancing, or in response to a turning maneuver without turning signalization and a second indicator light (Li2) activated in response to a light turn signal activator. The indicator lights (Li1) and (Li2) are located in said step of the spotter mirror, or near the frame of the mirror, in a shadow area (18a, 18b) so that the incident daylight (Ob1) or incident external light does not disturb the perception of said indicator lights (Li1), (Li2) by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Alejandro Rodriguez Barros
  • Patent number: 9073493
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a method for adjusting a view mirror in a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a first angle of the view mirror, capturing an image of a head of a driver, determining, from the captured image, a viewing distance and a perpendicular distance between a location in the head and the view mirror, calculating a view angle based on the viewing distance and the perpendicular distance, wherein the view angle is an angle between a direction orthogonal to the view mirror and a view direction associated with the location in the head and the view mirror, determining a second angle of the view mirror based on the first angle and the view angle, and adjusting the view mirror from the first angle to the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sungrack Yun, Kang Kim, Seungwoo Yoo
  • Patent number: 9046652
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure, a mirror assembly, a controller, and a position sensor. The mirror assembly includes a mirror housing, housing motor, and mirror. The housing motor is operably coupled with the mirror housing and the body structure and is configured to facilitate movement of the mirror housing relative to the body structure. The controller is in electrical communication with the housing motor. The position sensor is in electrical communication with the controller. The controller is configured to detect a position of a rider of the vehicle and to facilitate selective operation of the housing motor to result in movement of the mirror housing to correspond with the detected position of the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph P. W. Whinnery, Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Publication number: 20150131176
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling side-view mirrors are provided. The method includes determining, by a controller, whether a turn signal is input from vehicle information collected while a vehicle is traveling and detecting a traveling speed when a turn signal is input to determine a control mode of side-view mirrors based on the traveling speed of the vehicle. A position of a left or right side-view mirror is then adjusted based on the turn signal when the control mode of the side-view mirrors is set to a lane change mode the position of the left or right side-view mirror is adjusted when the control mode of the side-view mirrors is set to a vehicle turn mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Yong Seok Soh
  • Patent number: 9010946
    Abstract: A control system for mirror in a vehicle as well as a method for controlling the side minors of a vehicle are disclosed. The control system may include a processor module and a memory module as well as a control console. The control console may include a minor toggle switch, a minor control switch, and two sets of memory recall switches. The first set of memory recall switches may be associated with set side mirror positions in a first operation state of the vehicle, which could for instance occur when the vehicle is operating in a drive gear. The second set of memory recall switches may be associated with set side minor positions in a second operation state of the vehicle, which could for instance occur when the vehicle is operating in a reverse gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Seymour Setnor
    Inventor: Seymour Setnor
  • Patent number: 8996258
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatically adjusting the angle of a rotatable side view mirror of an articulated tractor and trailer includes transducers attached to the tractor for transmitting signals toward the trailer and for receiving signals reflected by the trailer. The transducers have a substantially symmetrical arrangement about a centerline of a linear transducer bar attached to the tractor and each has an angular orientation substantially dissimilar to adjacent transducers on a same side of the centerline. A control circuit sequentially activates ones of the transducers such that only a single transducer transmits signals at any given time. Thereafter, the control circuit only processes reflected signals received by the emitting transducer. The control circuit calculates an angle between the tractor and trailer and causes the mirrors to rotate. Transducer calibration and mirror adjustment relative to a zero position set by a driver are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Full-View-Matic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongwei Liu, Barry Davignon
  • Patent number: 8935105
    Abstract: A system and method for processing sensor signals is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor array, a multiplexer, a converter, a selection module and a combination module. The sensor array measures a physical parameter in a first dimension on a seat and generates a first set of sensor signals. The sensor array measures the physical parameter in a second dimension on the seat and generates a second set of sensor signals. The multiplexer multiplexes the first set of sensor signals into a first signal stream and the second set of sensor signals into a second signal stream. The converter converts the first signal stream to a first set of digital signals and the second signal stream to a second set of digital signals. The selection module determines a set of first-dimension data and a set of second-dimension data. The combination module forms a set of two-dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Bessho, Makoto Honda
  • Patent number: 8926105
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system of automatically adjusting a mirror (14, 16, 18) in a vehicle (10) to provide a driver (1) with an optimized rear view. A camera (24, 26, 28) is provided that is directed at the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18). A camera capture area (60) is defined in the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18), and the mirror (14, 16, 18) is automatically adjusted until the eyes (50) of the driver (1) are captured by the camera (24, 26, 28) within the capture area (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Karl Frans Mario Verheyden
  • Publication number: 20140268379
    Abstract: A mirror bracket supports a mirror. A mirror bracket includes a base and an attachment member for attaching the base to a vehicle. A member moves relative to the base. The member is movable in a rotational or linear direction. The member is urged opposite to the rotational or linear direction. The member includes a mirror receiver where the mirror is coupled to the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUADRATEC, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas N. KELLY
  • Publication number: 20140240860
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having an external rearview mirror includes a mirror drive assigned to the external rearview mirror, by which the external rearview mirror can be moved into a first mirror position or into a second mirror position, at least one display unit that can be viewed by the driver of the motor vehicle, and a camera directed at the rearward vehicle surroundings, which camera supplies an image signal on which an image of the surroundings is based that can be displayed by the display unit. A vehicle speed sensor and a control unit are provided by which the mirror drive can be controlled as a function of the driving speed such that the external rearview mirror is moved from the first mirror position into the second mirror position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin ENDERS
  • Patent number: 8783881
    Abstract: A display in the mirror glass is proposed, which is established in a simple way by a light module and a structured mirror surface. A process is employed that engraves the icon, which is to be shown, into the glass mirror layer with a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Andreas Kliem
  • Patent number: 8775031
    Abstract: A rearview mirror control system for a vehicle that changes the rear viewing angle of an interior rearview mirror to eliminate blind spots. The control system receives inputs from a vehicle steering angle sensor, a vehicle yaw rate sensor, a vehicle speed sensor, a turn signal sensor, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver and map information and the vehicle operator's use of a switch housed on the vehicle's steering wheel apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Dietrich Bankhead
  • Publication number: 20140118855
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure, a mirror assembly, a controller, and a position sensor. The mirror assembly includes a mirror housing, housing motor, and mirror. The housing motor is operably coupled with the mirror housing and the body structure and is configured to facilitate movement of the mirror housing relative to the body structure. The controller is in electrical communication with the housing motor. The position sensor is in electrical communication with the controller. The controller is configured to detect a position of a rider of the vehicle and to facilitate selective operation of the housing motor to result in movement of the mirror housing to correspond with the detected position of the rider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joseph P. W. Whinnery, Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 8702250
    Abstract: An automatically adjusting mirror system including a mirror assembly, a head position sensor configured and arranged to detect a pose of a head of a driver of a vehicle, and a master controller in communication with the mirror assembly and head position sensor. The master controller is configured to receive input from the mirror assembly and head position sensor, and adjust the mirror assembly based on the input from the mirror assembly and the input from the head position sensor to maintain a line of sight for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Guy Raz, Ran Y Gazit
  • Patent number: 8662685
    Abstract: A system of a side mirror of a vehicle includes: a driving motor which is driven by input electric power and supplies a driving force for rotating the side mirror from a folding position to an unfolding position or rotating the side mirror from the unfolding position to the folding position; a switch selecting unfolding or folding of the side mirror; an electric power source supplying electric power to the driving motor; and a mirror driving unit supplying electric power to the driving motor from the electric power source according to a signal of the switch, and performing a blocking cancellation operation of reversing a rotation direction of the side mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Young Seok Sim
  • Patent number: 8620523
    Abstract: A rearview assembly configured for use with a vehicle and method are provided, wherein the rearview assembly includes a first light sensor generally facing forward with respect to an forward driving orientation of the vehicle and configured to detect ambient light, a second light sensor generally facing forward with respect to a forward driving orientation of the vehicle and configured to detect ambient light, a rearview component configured to display an image rearward of the vehicle, and a processor communicatively connected to the first light sensor, the second light sensor, and the rearview component, wherein the processor is configured to control the rearview component based upon light detected by at least one of the first and second light sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Barry K. Nelson, David J. Schmidt, Neil J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 8599037
    Abstract: The door mirror for an automobile including a light diffusing section disposed between the side object detection symbols and the first and second LEDs. Relative dispositions between the side object detection symbols and the first and second LEDs are such that the optical axis of the first LED intersects with a host vehicle display section and the optical axis of the second LED intersects with an other vehicle display section. The relative dispositions enable uniform illumination of the side object detection symbols using the two LEDs. Furthermore, the optical axis of the first LED intersects with a light non-transmissive portion of the host vehicle display section and the optical axis of the second LED intersects with a light non-transmissive portion of the other vehicle display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Shinya Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 8583329
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20130279033
    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: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20130258512
    Abstract: An automatically adjusting mirror system including a mirror assembly, a head position sensor configured and arranged to detect a pose of a head of a driver of a vehicle, and a master controller in communication with the mirror assembly and head position sensor. The master controller is configured to receive input from the mirror assembly and head position sensor, and adjust the mirror assembly based on the input from the mirror assembly and the input from the head position sensor to maintain a line of sight for the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Guy RAZ, Ran Y. GAZIT
  • Patent number: 8506097
    Abstract: A vehicular integrated mirror system is provided that is supported on a vehicle body that includes a door, and has an outside mirror disposed outside a vehicle compartment and an interior mirror disposed within the vehicle compartment at a position in the proximity of the outside mirror so that, in cooperation with the outside mirror, a vehicle rear field of vision is obtained, wherein a mirror holder retaining the outside mirror and the inside mirror is swingably supported on mirror support means mounted on the vehicle body in order to change the reflection angle of the two mirror relative to a vehicle driver, and the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror is changed by remote drive means that makes the mirror holder swing by remote operation. This enables the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror to be remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kukita, Mitsuo Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20130155534
    Abstract: A system for enabling a driver of a vehicle to visibly observe objects located in a blind spot includes, but is not limited to, a rear view viewing device that is mounted to the vehicle and configured to be electronically adjustable. The system further includes a sensor that is associated with the vehicle and that is configured to detect a location of an object with respect to the vehicle and to generate a first signal indicative of the location of the object. The system further includes a processor that is communicatively coupled with the sensor and that is operatively coupled with the rear view viewing device. The processor is configured to obtain the first signal from the sensor and to command the rear view viewing device to adjust such that the object is visibly observable to the driver when the processor receives the first signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: DOREL M. SALA, JIHAN RYU, JAN H. AASE
  • Publication number: 20120275039
    Abstract: An automatically adjusting side mirror assembly for a vehicle having an eye gaze detection system has a mirror subassembly, a support bracket, an actuator mechanism and a biasing mechanism. The mirror subassembly has a first and second position. The second position aligns the mirror subassembly generally parallel to the vehicle in order to provide better aerodynamics. The support bracket connects to the vehicle. The mirror subassembly is connected to the support bracket. The actuator mechanism and the biasing mechanism each connects to the mirror subassembly. The actuator mechanism has a first and second position corresponding to the first and second position of the mirror subassembly. The actuator mechanism is in electrical communication with the eye gaze detection system to position the mirror subassembly to the first position in response to an output of the eye gaze detection system. The biasing mechanism biases the mirror subassembly to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC.
    Inventor: Gerald W. Askew
  • Patent number: 8297763
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically adjusting the viewing angle of both side rear-view mirrors on a vehicle when the vehicle is traveling on a hill. The system estimates the slope of the hill, and uses the estimated slope to determine a corrected viewing angle of the rear-view mirrors. Depending on whether the vehicle is traveling uphill or down-hill, would depend on which direction the rear-view mirrors will be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Lee, Jihan Ryu, Kwang-Keun Shin, Bakhtiar Brian Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 8287141
    Abstract: An automobile side mirror includes a reflective portion having a front mirror that is incompletely silvered and a rear mirror angularly offset from the front mirror, the rear mirror being fixed relative to the front mirror. The mirror includes a bracket hingedly coupled to the reflective portion and a solenoid hingedly coupled to the reflective portion to selectively move the reflective portion from a first configuration to a second configuration. The mirror includes a return element to return the reflective portion from the second configuration to the first configuration. A light sensor is positioned to detect an amount of light directed toward the reflective portion. A processor is in communication with the light sensor and in communication with the solenoid, the processor including programming to actuate the solenoid upon detection of a predetermined amount of light directed at the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: John M. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 8282225
    Abstract: A system and method to polarize a reflective layer on a vehicle mirror to reveal a convex mirror to view objects in a vehicle blindspot includes a primary mirror having first and second surfaces, an electrically polarizable reflective coating on at least a portion of the first surface reflective in a depolarized state and clear when polarized by an applied electric current, a blind zone viewing convex mirror adjacent to the second surface and proximal to the polarizable coating of the first surface; and a blind spot detection system electrically connected to the primary mirror and a power source to automatically apply current to the first surface when an object is detected in a blind spot and change the reflectivity polarizable coating on the first surface and expose the concave mirror and discontinuing current to the reflective coating once an object has passed out of the blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Michael Kohlstrand
  • Publication number: 20120162798
    Abstract: When a mirror angle is automatically displaced toward a target position, if the movement is mechanically locked before reaching the target position, power supply to a motor can promptly be halt, and in the case of a low temperature and a low voltage where the operating speed is slow, the mirror angle can also reach the target position. If time during which no change in the mirror angle is detected after the start of power supply exceeds a long-term determination period, the power supply to the motor is halted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriyuki TAKEMASA
  • Publication number: 20120162797
    Abstract: A system for adjusting one or more mirror in a vehicle based on an estimated location of the driver's head in both a vertical and horizontal plane. A controller receives a linear position signal indicating a linear position of an adjustable driver's seat and an angular position signal indicating an angular position of the back-rest of the driver's seat. The controller calculates an estimated location of the driver's head in both the vertical and horizontal plane based at least in part on the linear position and angular position. The controller then changes the orientation of at least one of the three mirrors of the vehicle based on an intersection of the estimated location of the driver's head in the vertical and horizontal planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Yun Luo, Dieter Hoetzer
  • Patent number: 8192036
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically correcting the viewing angle of a rear-view mirror on a vehicle towing a trailer when the vehicle is traveling around a curve. If the dimensions of the trailer are unknown, then the corrected viewing angle is the same as the hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. If the dimensions of the trailer are known, then trigonometry is used to determine the corrected viewing angle. Depending on whether the road is curving to the right or to the left will determine whether the left side rear-view mirror or the right side rear-view mirror is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Lee, Jihan Ryu, Kwang-Keun Shin, Bakhtiar Brian Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 8190355
    Abstract: A data processing method for alerting a first vehicle when entering and/or residing in a blind spot of at least one second vehicle and a system and a computer program implementing such a method. A method in accordance with an embodiment includes: determining and dynamically updating the position of second vehicle, the blind spot of the second vehicle, and the time for the first vehicle to enter the blind spot. An alarm signal is generated when the first vehicle is entering or residing in a blind spot of the second vehicle. The method also includes steps to generate direction for the first vehicle to avoid entering in or to leave the blind spot of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ossama Emam, Dimitri Kanevsky
  • Patent number: 8167444
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically correcting the viewing angle of a rear-view mirror on a vehicle when the vehicle is traveling around a curve. The system estimates the curvature of the road using only vehicle speed and vehicle steering angle information. The road curvature estimation is used to determine the radius of curvature of the road, which can then be used to determine the corrected viewing angle of the rear-view mirror. Depending on whether the road is curving to the right or to the left will determine whether the left side rear-view mirror or the right side rear-view mirror will be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Lee, Kwang-Keun Shin, Jihan Ryu, Bakhtiar Brian Litkouhi
  • Publication number: 20120069462
    Abstract: An outside mirror apparatus mounted to a sidewall of a vehicle to provide a driver's rear view, may include a front glass layer, a transmissivity variation unit attached to a rear surface of the front glass layer, the transmissivity variation unit selectively transmitting light or interrupting light transmission according to an electric signal, a rear glass layer attached to a rear surface of the transmissivity variation unit, and a control unit applying the electric signal to the transmissivity variation unit, wherein the front glass layer and the second glass layer have a different refractive index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Byung Seob YU
  • Patent number: 8087791
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an outside mirror of a vehicle includes providing at least one seat position sensor, a driver position detector and a mirror actuator. The position of the driver's seat is determined with the at least one seat position sensor. An angular orientation of the outside mirror is adjusted with the mirror actuator based on the determined position of the driver's seat such that a rear of the vehicle is visible in the outside mirror. Thereafter, a location of a driver's head may be determined with the driver position detector when the driver is seated in the driver's seat. The angular orientation of the outside mirror is readjusted with the mirror actuator based on the detected position of the driver's head such that a rear of the vehicle is visible in the outside mirror when the driver is seated in the driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Masato Okuda, Norm Kerr
  • Publication number: 20110299182
    Abstract: An exterior rear view mirror housing, which consists of at least a first housing part and a second housing part, and which comprises an opening on its rear side for a mirror glass, whereby the second housing part contains the walls surrounding the opening. The first housing part and at least one of the walls of the second housing part surrounding the opening comprise inner surfaces which face each other oppositely. On at least one of the inner surfaces which face each other oppositely, at least one ridge is arranged, which runs parallel to the rear side and extends from the one inner surface up to a remaining clearance to the opposing inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Arne Schmierer, Raimund Negel, Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Patent number: 8073594
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle includes acquiring position information including an azimuth angle between a non-contacting sensor and a wheeled axle of an attached trailer, determining a trailer tongue length correlated to the position information, determining a track width of the attached trailer correlated to the position information, and calculating a trailer hitch articulation angle corresponding to the trailer tongue length and the track width of the attached trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yong H. Lee, Alexander Kade
  • Patent number: 8044789
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system for improving the monitoring of the external environment of a motor vehicle. According to the invention, the vehicle comprises a built-in system for detecting objects with which it is likely to collide, within a monitored area covering a blind spot, comprising a capturing device for acquiring images that are representative of one or more objects located within said area and an electronic system for processing and analysing input signals. The inventive method comprises the automatic activation of an infrared light source in the direction of the monitored area when the images acquired cannot be processed and analysed in order to provide a result that would reliably detect a determined object and the automatic deactivation of said infrared light source when the acquired images produce the correct result without the need for infrared light. In addition, the system comprises a model with an infrared light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Fico Mirrors, S.A.
    Inventors: Francesc Daura Luna, Lorenzo Servera Serapio
  • Publication number: 20110157730
    Abstract: A peripheral vision amplifying posterior, lateral, external rear-view mirror (back-up minor system 100) for automobile vehicles typically located on the rear quarter panels of automobile vehicles that allows automobile operators to see an image of approaching objects, including, but not limited to, pedestrians and other approaching car(s) 30 approaching the automobile vehicle 10 perpendicular or normal to the automobile vehicle 10 sides and to prevent a collision with said approaching car(s) 30 by viewing their image in the adjustable back-up minor assembly via a conventional rear-view minor 11 and 12 located on the sides of the automobile vehicle 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: MICHAEL HEATH LEWIS
  • Patent number: 7967455
    Abstract: A method for controlling a rearview mirror, in particular for motor vehicles, provided with a reflection part with variable reflectance, includes supplying a control unit assigned to the reflection part with a nominal value for the reflectance. To provide a nominal value which is particularly favorable for the respective driving situation, the nominal value is specified by taking into consideration a first characteristic value characteristic of the sensitivity which adjusts in the viewer's eye due to the light situation, and/or a second characteristic value characteristic of the kind of ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Flabeg GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bengt Martensson, Klaus Lange, Stefan Hiemer, Klaus Hoegerl, Matthias Schiller
  • Publication number: 20110141593
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for avoidance of a possible collision of an object with a first vehicle door of a stationary vehicle. The method includes, but is not limited to determining at least one first parameter of the vehicle, with the first parameter characterizing the stationary state of the vehicle. In addition, a first outside mirror of the vehicle is displaced from a first position into a second position. The first outside mirror in the second position makes a first dead angle region of the vehicle substantially visible for a first vehicle occupant. The first outside mirror is disposed on the same vehicle side as the first vehicle door. Furthermore, at least one second parameter of the vehicle is determined and the first outside mirror is displaced from the second position into the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Torsten KANNING, Justus ILLIUM
  • Publication number: 20110122520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system of automatically adjusting a mirror (14, 16, 18) in a vehicle (10) to provide a driver (1) with an optimized rear view. A camera (24, 26, 28) is provided that is directed at the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18). A camera capture area (60) is defined in the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18), and the mirror (14, 16, 18) is automatically adjusted until the eyes (50) of the driver (1) are captured by the camera (24, 26, 28) within the capture area (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Karl Frans Mario Verheyden
  • Publication number: 20110085255
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for adjusting side mirrors of an automobile, in which a film mirror of a side mirror is manipulated to be convex simultaneously with the blinking of a turn signal lamp when a driver turns directions during road traveling. This allows the driver to conveniently recognize the situations of the road behind, thereby preventing accidents caused by a blind spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Hee Kwan KOO