Condition Responsive (e.g., Position) Patents (Class 362/464)
  • Patent number: 11091087
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp system includes a vehicle supported power and control system including a data bus. A sensor module can be connected to the data bus to provide information related to environmental conditions or information relating to presence and position of other vehicles and pedestrians. A separate headlamp controller can be connected to the vehicle supported power and control system and the sensor module through the bus. The headlamp controller can include an image frame buffer that can refresh held images at greater than 30 Hz speed. An active LED pixel array can be connected to the headlamp controller to project light according to a pattern and intensity defined by the image held in the image frame buffer and a standby image buffer can be connected to the image frame buffer to hold a default image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Bonne, Jyoti Kiron Bhardwaj
  • Patent number: 11079085
    Abstract: A lighting module and a headlamp for vehicle lighting are provided. The lighting module includes a dynamic bending light module; and a lens that is situated in operative relationship with the dynamic bending light module; wherein the lens has a thin aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gavin Warner
  • Patent number: 11046238
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp system includes a vehicle supported power and control system including a data bus. A sensor module can be connected to the data bus to provide information related to environmental conditions or information relating to presence and position of other vehicles and pedestrians. A separate headlamp controller can be connected to the vehicle supported power and control system and the sensor module through the bus. The headlamp controller can include an image frame buffer that can refresh held images at greater than 30 Hz speed. An active LED pixel array can be connected to the headlamp controller to project light according to a pattern and intensity defined by the image held in the image frame buffer and a standby image buffer can be connected to the image frame buffer to hold a default image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Bonne, Jyoti Kiron Bhardwaj
  • Patent number: 11040750
    Abstract: A detection device includes sensor device configured to obtain environmental information about surroundings of a small vehicle, an output unit outputting the environmental information to a control device of the small vehicle, and a mount configured to be attached to a rider of the small vehicle so as to hold the sensor device and the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 10864845
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp system includes a vehicle supported power and control system including a data bus. A sensor module can be connected to the data bus to provide information related to environmental conditions or information relating to presence and position of other vehicles and pedestrians. A separate headlamp controller can be connected to the vehicle supported power and control system and the sensor module through the bus. The headlamp controller can include an image frame buffer that can refresh held images at greater than 30 Hz speed. An active LED pixel array can be connected to the headlamp controller to project light according to a pattern and intensity defined by the image held in the image frame buffer and a standby image buffer can be connected to the image frame buffer to hold a default image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Bonne, Jyoti Kiron Bhardwaj
  • Patent number: 10857934
    Abstract: First lighting bodies are provided to the outer surface of a vehicle body, and second lighting bodies are provided to the outer surface of a trunk lid, which can open/close a trunk. While the trunk lid is closed, a first mode is executed in which the second lighting bodies are lit and the lighting is maintained, and then the first lighting bodies are lit and the lighting is maintained for a prescribed period. When the trunk lid is open, a second mode is executed in which at least the former among the first lighting bodies and the second lighting bodies is lit and the lighting time thereof is set longer than the lighting time of the first lighting bodies in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Tsuchiya, Ikuo Koyama
  • Patent number: 10766409
    Abstract: A vehicle taillight assembly is provided that includes a housing having a light transmissive lens, a brake light located in the housing, a strobe light located in the housing and a controller activating the strobe light to strobe when the brake light is activated. The strobe light may also be activated when a turn signal light or reverse light is activated. The strobe light has a light source illuminating light onto a light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stephen Kenneth Helwig, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10741083
    Abstract: In this invention, letters that can be seen by a pedestrian (101) are drawn on an intersection (103). A mark (MM2) that can be seen by the driver of the host vehicle (C) is drawn on the road (104) between the intersection (103) and the host-vehicle (C). The shapes of the letters (MO4) are corrected in accordance with the positional relationship between the pedestrian (101) and the intersection (103). The shape of the mark (MM2) is corrected in accordance with the positional relationship between the driver of the host-vehicle (C) and the road (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Masuda, Michihiko Hayakawa, Yuichi Shibata, Takayuki Yagi, Misako Nakazawa, Toshiaki Tsuda, Hidetada Tanaka, Satoshi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10715738
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for capturing images of one or more moving vehicles (i.e., a target vehicle) from another moving vehicle (i.e., subject vehicle). The disclosed system dynamically adjusts illumination power, exposure times, and/or other settings to optimize image capture that takes into account distance and speed. By optimizing for distances and moving vehicles, the disclosed system improves the probability of capturing a legible, usable photographic image. In one example, the disclosed system may be incorporated into an asymmetric license plate reading (ALPR) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventor: Juha Alakarhu
  • Patent number: 10576873
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a laser light source that is able to emit laser light and emits laser light generated by the laser light source forward from an emission end, and an optical mechanism that performs scanning with the laser light and depicts a figure in an irradiation destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ichikawa, Toshiaki Tsuda, Noriko Sato, Masanobu Mizuno, Osamu Kuboyama, Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 10538195
    Abstract: An adaptive lighting system of an off-road utility vehicle includes an illumination device controllable with respect to its emission characteristic or light intensity, and a control unit in communication with the illumination device. The control unit is configured to adapt the emission characteristic or light intensity level by controlling the illumination device based upon a determined gaze direction of a vehicle operator, an identified extraneous light effects, a determined relative position of an external off-road utility vehicle, or cartographic location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Norbert Fritz, Jürgen Hollstein
  • Patent number: 10502381
    Abstract: A light-emitting module includes a light source unit including light-emitting elements horizontally aligned; a projection lens receiving light emitted from the light source unit, and projecting the light through a light exiting surface of the projection lens in a radiation direction; and a frame body holding the light source unit and the projection lens at predetermined positions. The projection lens comprise a first and second lenses each having the same focal length and curvature, and being disposed adjacently in a vertical direction or as an integrated body. A vertical division ratio of lower one of the first and second lenses to the other one is larger than 1. Optical axes of the first and second lenses differ in the vertical direction. A value in the vertical direction of a horizontal-to-vertical ratio for a light-emitting area of light-emitting elements is smaller than a value in the horizontal direction of a horizontal-to-vertical ratio for the light projected from the projection lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Miyairi
  • Patent number: 10493900
    Abstract: In an approach for determining the illumination necessary along a vehicle's planned trajectory, a processor receives information relevant to the trajectory of a vehicle. A processor estimates the position of the vehicle at the particular time on the trajectory of the vehicle, using the data from the sensors. A processor estimates an illumination of the trajectory of the vehicle, using the model of the illumination of the road network and the data from the sensors, wherein a threshold is employed. A processor determines the threshold is exceeded. A processor changes a setting of the at least one headlight on the vehicle. A processor determines the threshold is exceeded. A processor alerts the user of the vehicle when adjustments to the at least one headlight that are necessary to illuminate the trajectory of the vehicle exceed physical limitations of the at least one headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Epperlein, Claudio Gambella, Yassine Lassoued, Jakub Marecek, Martin Mevissen, Julien Monteil, Giovanni Russo, Robert Shorten, Wynita M. Griggs, Rodrigo H. Ordonez-Hurtado
  • Patent number: 10449895
    Abstract: In embodiments, an illumination system includes a plurality of light sources and a plurality of fixed communicators disposed within the passenger cabin. The plurality of fixed communicators can be configured to send signals to or receive signals from a mobile communicator coupled to or carried by an object. The illumination system further includes a controller in communication with the plurality of light sources and the plurality of fixed communicators and/or the mobile communicator. The controller is configured to determine a location of the object within the passenger cabin based on signals communicated between the plurality of fixed communicators and the mobile communicator. The controller is further configured to selectively activate one or more of the light sources based on the determined location of the object to illuminate a portion of the passenger cabin in proximity to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Pozzi, Francis Xavier L. Garing
  • Patent number: 10427590
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the apparatus for controlling high lamp in a vehicle includes a camera photographing a subject in front of the vehicle, a brightness measurer measuring brightness from an image of the subject in front of the vehicle photographed by the camera, and a controller controlling the high lamp using a brightness data measured by the brightness measurer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yeongsun Jeon
  • Patent number: 10414335
    Abstract: A vehicle taillight assembly is provided that includes a housing having a light transmissive lens, a brake light located in the housing, a strobe light located in the housing and a controller activating the strobe light to strobe when the brake light is activated. The strobe light may also be activated when a turn signal light or reverse light is activated. The strobe light has a light source illuminating light onto a light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stephen Kenneth Helwig, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10396679
    Abstract: A rectifying circuit is provided, which includes a first channel circuit, a comparator circuit, and a second channel circuit. The first channel circuit rectifies a first input signal using a transistor that is coupled between an input of the first channel circuit and a node. The comparator circuit is coupled with the transistor and controls it based on a difference between a representative voltage of the first input signal and a representative voltage of the node. The second channel circuit rectifies a second input signal using a diode coupled between an input of the second channel circuit and the node. The transistor may be a first MOSFET and the comparator circuit may be coupled with the first MOSFET by way of a second MOSFET. The second MOSFET controls the first MOSFET and is itself controlled by the comparator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventor: George Zhanqi Du
  • Patent number: 10371336
    Abstract: A headlamp apparatus may include: a light source configured to emit light; a reflector having a reflecting surface with different curvatures in first and second directions crossing each other, and configured to reflect the light emitted from the light source; and a lens configured to receive the light through the reflector, and change the magnification of the light so as to guide the light to the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10343592
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices and methods for vehicle headlight control. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving image data from a front facing camera of the vehicle and detecting at least one object in the image data. An illumination level of the at least one object in the image data is detected and a control setting is determined to modify illumination of at least one lighting element of the vehicle, wherein the control setting is determined to increase an illumination level for the at least one object. The method also includes controlling the at least one lighting element of the vehicle in response to the control setting. Vehicle systems and devices are provided with a front facing camera and a control unit for a plurality of lighting elements wherein control settings may be modified based on objects detected in image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajesh Biswal, Srinivas Sai, Pratyush Sahay
  • Patent number: 10253958
    Abstract: A lamp unit comprising a plurality of light sources; a plurality of supporting portions to support the light sources; a connector connected between two adjacent supporting portions; and an optical member disposed on the light sources and comprising a plurality of patterns disposed on a surface of the optical member, wherein the plurality of patterns is disposed on the surface corresponding to the supporting portions having an angle between a perpendicular line passing through a point on a surface of each supporting portions facing a corresponding one of the light sources and a reference line facing a predetermined reference direction of 0 to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nam Seok Oh
  • Patent number: 10227033
    Abstract: The invention describes a lighting assembly (10, 10?, 20, 20?) for use in a lighting arrangement (2) of a vehicle (1), comprising a projection lens (11, 21) and an array (12, 22) of light sources (S11, . . . , S26), wherein the projection lens (11, 21) and the light source array (12, 22) are arranged according to an asymmetry displacement (?i, ?2, di, d2) of the optical axis (X1, X2) of the projection lens (11, 21), and wherein the light sources (S11, . . . , S26) of the light source array (12, 22) of the lighting assembly (10, 10?, 20, 20?) are individually controllable to adjust a swivel angle (?1, ?2) of a light beam (BL, BH) generated by that lighting assembly (10, 10?, 20, 20?). The invention further describes a controller (3) for controlling the light sources (S11, . . . , S26) of such a lighting assembly (10, 10?, 20, 20?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Marten Sikkens, Marcel De Jong, Silvia Maria Booij, Martinus Petrus Creusen
  • Patent number: 10222453
    Abstract: In a radar device mounted in a host vehicle, a radar transmitting unit transmits a radar signal; a light detection unit detects ON or OFF of a light of another vehicle in which the radar device is mounted; and a timing control unit sets a transmission timing of the radar signal and a light ON timing of a light of the host vehicle, the light ON timing is synchronized with the transmission timing on basis of detected ON or OFF of the light of the other vehicle. The set transmission timing is different from a transmission timing of a radar signal of the radar device mounted in the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekuni Yomo, Hirohito Mukai, Tomohiro Yui, Yoshito Hirai
  • Patent number: 10183614
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices and methods for vehicle headlight control. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving image data from a front facing camera of the vehicle and detecting at least one object in the image data. An illumination level of the at least one object in the image data is detected and a control setting is determined to modify illumination of at least one lighting element of the vehicle, wherein the control setting is determined to increase an illumination level for the at least one object. The method also includes controlling the at least one lighting element of the vehicle in response to the control setting. Vehicle systems and devices are provided with a front facing camera and a control unit for a plurality of lighting elements wherein control settings may be modified based on objects detected in image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajesh Biswal, Srinivas Sai, Pratyush Sahay
  • Patent number: 10111567
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner that includes: a suction part that is configured to receive dust; and a cleaner body that is coupled to the suction part, that is configured to collect dust from the suction part based on suction force, and that includes: a main body, a suction motor that is configured to generate suction force, a wheel that is coupled to a first surface of the main body and that is configured to rotate about an axis to move the main body, a driving unit that is configured to generate driving force to move the wheel, a display unit that is coupled to the wheel and that is configured to display operation state information of the vacuum cleaner, and a controller that is configured to control the driving unit and the display unit is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungkyu Son, Bohyun Nam, Jaeyong Park, Sehwan Bae
  • Patent number: 10023100
    Abstract: A vehicle trim assembly is disclosed herein. The vehicle trim assembly includes a member having a transmissive member portion therein. A light source is configured to emit light through the light transmissive portion. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the member. A second photoluminescent structure is separated from the member and operably coupled with the light source. The first and second photoluminescent structures are configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Pietro Buttolo, Dragos Maciuca
  • Patent number: 10015411
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a driver including obtaining images from the first and second camera unit, checking whether a brightness of the image obtained from the first camera unit is equal to or greater than a reference value or whether the driver is detected from the image obtained from the second camera unit, if the brightness of the image obtained from the first camera unit is not equal to or greater than the reference value or the driver is not detected from the image obtained from the second camera unit, obtaining a first comparative image from the first camera unit by turning off the second illumination unit and a second comparative image from the first camera unit by turning on the second illumination unit, checking whether a difference value between a brightness of the obtained first comparative image and a brightness of the obtained second comparative image is equal to or greater than a reference difference value, and if the difference value between the brightness of the obtained f comparative image and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kwanhyung Kim, Youngman Kwon
  • Patent number: 9987974
    Abstract: A lighting system is provided herein. The lighting system includes a spotlight is mounted to a vehicle, a controller for operating the spotlight, and a pointer device for specifying an intended target. The controller aims the spotlight in the direction of the intended target based on input provided by the pointer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Christopher Anthony Danowski, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9964275
    Abstract: A head lamp includes a plate-shaped base supported in a housing. A first light source is disposed on an upper surface of the base. A second light source is disposed on a lower surface of the base. An upper reflector extends from the upper surface of the base and is configured to reflect incident light emitted from the first light source in a forward direction. A lower reflector extends from the lower surface of the base and is configured to reflect light emitted from the second light source in the forward direction. A shield main body extends from an end of the base and is configured to: block a portion of light reflected from the upper reflector and the lower reflector, and form a beam pattern. A shield protrusion protrudes from the shield main body and is configured to block another portion of the light reflected by the lower reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyuk Min Lee, Hyun Soo Lee, In Heum Park
  • Patent number: 9927086
    Abstract: A low-beam headlight assembly includes a transparent outer lens, an optical reflector housing, and first and second lighting sources. The reflector housing has a reflective inner surface configured to reflect incident light through the transparent outer lens. The lighting sources collectively generate the incident light. The optical reflector housing reflects the incident light from the second lighting source through a designated region of the transparent outer lens to enhance a hot spot adjacent to a beam cut-off zone of a low-beam lighting pattern from the first lighting source. The low-beam headlight assembly may have a vertical height of less than about 20 mm, or about 10 mm and 15 mm. The first lighting source may include light-emitting diodes, while the second lighting source may include a laser device such as a laser diode. A vehicle includes a body and a headlight assembly that includes the low-beam headlight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Zawacki
  • Patent number: 9902308
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system comprised at least a pair of two-dimensional image forming devices whose shining areas are each divided into a plurality of elements and which are each configured to form an optical image of an arbitrary shape by changing the elements arbitrarily. The shining area of at least one of the two-dimensional image forming devices differs from the shining area of the other of the two-dimensional image forming areas. According to the vehicle lighting system, the light distribution patterns can be formed easily and accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Yagi
  • Patent number: 9751455
    Abstract: A headlight controller and a vehicle headlight system including an ADB can include a headlight controller and an optical unit. The headlight controller can include a system controller, a vehicle detector and a camera photographing forward vehicles located in a travelling direction of a subject vehicle, and the system controller can be configured to output a light-emitting control signal to provide favorable light distribution patterns by using vehicle data output from the vehicle detector in accordance with image data output from the camera. The optical unit can be configured to provide the favorable light distribution patterns using lights emitted from a right and left light-emitting device in accordance with the light-emitting control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 9746151
    Abstract: A light source assembly with default safety function includes a laser source, an optical splitter, a fluorescent layer, an optical-electrical converter, and a voltage controller. The optical splitter has first solid portion, a second solid portion, and an optical transition. The fluorescent layer can absorb a laser and convert it into visible light. The optical-electrical converter receives a portion of the visible light and converts it into an electrical signal. The voltage controller applies a voltage to the optical splitter when no electrical signal converted from visible light is received. Refractive indexes of the first and second solid portions are equal when no voltage is applied to the optical splitter but refractive index of the first solid portion increases when voltage is applied to the optical splitter, thereby causing total reflection of the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Jen Su
  • Patent number: 9679477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle, which senses a speed of the vehicle using a speed sensor unit and also senses a vehicle-to-vehicle distance between the vehicle and a first vehicle immediately ahead of the vehicle using a distance sensor unit and then determines a state of the vehicle based on the speed of the vehicle and the vehicle-to-vehicle distance. In this case, when the vehicle is in a first state, the vehicle displays a first image captured by a first camera unit on a first display unit. In addition, when the vehicle is in a second state, the vehicle displays a second image captured by a second camera unit on the first display unit. Here, the second camera unit is a camera unit stalled in a second vehicle, and the second vehicle being any one of one or more vehicles ahead of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunhyung Cho, Jongho Kim, Doyoung Lee, Jihwan Kim, Sinae Chun
  • Patent number: 9649973
    Abstract: A method and system for correcting an inclination of headlights of a motor vehicle based on measurements of accelerations of the vehicle supplied by a sensor borne by the motor vehicle. The method and system comprises a step of computing a variation of inclination of the vehicle between a first distinct instant and a second distinct instant defining a duration during which the motor vehicle registers a single stoppage followed by a restart, as a function of the measurements of accelerations, and a step of controlling the inclination of the headlights as a function of a computed variation of inclination of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventor: Caroline Robert-Landry
  • Patent number: 9649877
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a surface of a first component of a vehicle wheel assembly. The illumination apparatus further includes a light source located proximate the first component. The light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength directed toward the photoluminescent portion. The photoluminescent portion is configured to convert the first wavelength to at least a second wavelength to illuminate the wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9610890
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling illumination of a road profile, wherein the headlamp at least one light-emitting element, wherein the at least one light-emitting element is individually drivable in order to generate an individual luminous flux, wherein the light emitted by the at least one light-emitting element has a light distribution, wherein the lateral adaptation of the light distribution is performed depending on a determined road profile, in particular as a function of the distance from the headlamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: HELLA KGAA HUECK & CO.
    Inventor: Ingo Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9573513
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure is to provide a vehicular headlamp having good mountability onto a vehicle body by forming a vehicular headlamp in conformity with a mounting space for the vehicular headlamp formed in a vehicle body. The vehicular headlamp includes a lamp unit provided with a light source and configured to be pivotable in a predetermined direction; an actuator configured to pivot the lamp unit to adjust an irradiation direction of light emitted from the light source; and a connecting mechanism configured to connect the lamp unit and the actuator to transmit a driving force of the actuator to the lamp unit. The actuator is disposed in front of or behind the lamp unit. Therefore, the vehicular headlamp is formed in conformity with a mounting space for the vehicular headlamp formed in a vehicle body, and thus, good mountability onto a vehicle body may be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Takii
  • Patent number: 9562662
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight and control system for a bus or large vehicle includes a headlight fixture with a center or low beam light source and side illumination light source operated independently. The side illumination light source may be activated when the vehicle is turning, as detected by the vehicle speed and steering shaft turn angle, to provide supplemental illumination. Both right and left side illumination sources may be provided, and may comprise LED light elements. The system may also include an audible sound generator to alert pedestrians when the vehicle is turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: I/O Controls Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Lin, Yongchang Wang, Ren-Cheng Chao, Chin-Tin Hsiao, Chih-Li Wang
  • Patent number: 9500334
    Abstract: The invention is provided with a lens and a semiconductor-type light source. The lens comprises a main lens part and an auxiliary lens par. The auxiliary lens part comprises a light entry surface, a reflection surface, a light exit surface, and a first connection surface. A light processing part for dispersing light from the semiconductor-type light source is provided to the first connection surface. As a result, this invention is able to process upwardly emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9440518
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle is provided. The lighting system includes a sensor module, a control mode, a shutter glass, and a headlamp module. The sensor module senses light entering from outside of the vehicle to generate a sensing signal. The control module generates shutter and lighting operation signals based on the sensing signal. The shutter glass is opened and closed according to the shutter operation signal. The headlamp module has a light source unit that alternately emits a first light having a first luminance and a second light having a second luminance according to the lighting operation signal. The control module controls the shutter and lighting operation signals to enable the light source unit to alternately emit the first and second lights in synchronization with the opening and closing operations of the shutter glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Bin Song
  • Patent number: 9421904
    Abstract: A vehicle fog lamp set adopted for use on a vehicle includes a left fog lamp module, a right fog lamp module and a control drive module. The left fog lamp module includes a left fog lamp substrate, a left main fog lamp unit located in the center of the left fog lamp substrate and a left side fog lamp unit. The right fog lamp module includes a right fog lamp substrate, a right main fog lamp unit located in the center of the right fog lamp substrate and a right side fog lamp unit. The control drive module includes a central control unit and a turning detection unit to detect turning of the vehicle and activate the left side fog lamp unit and the right side fog lamp unit to reduce visual blind spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Chun-Hsien Kuo
  • Patent number: 9403479
    Abstract: A vehicle having seat belt system is provided. The vehicle includes a D-ring having a light source, a belt strap passing through the D-ring, a tongue connected to the belt strap, a buckle, and a controller programmed to illuminate the light source in response to a detected trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Bill Pappas, Abraham G. Philip, Helinda Ho
  • Patent number: 9293932
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a lamp for illuminating a charging connector is provided in a charging port, and lighting and extinction of the lamp are controlled by a light emission controller. The light emission controller causes the lamp to emit light when an outer door is opened. Further, the lamp is extinguished after detecting that the outer door has been closed, the vehicle is traveling at a predetermined speed, an ignition switch has been switched ON, a door locking operation has been performed, or charging has begun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Ohtomo
  • Patent number: 9283819
    Abstract: A vehicle tire pressure indicator and tire illumination assembly is provided. The assembly includes a light source located on the body of a vehicle near the wheel well and oriented to direct light onto a wheel assembly having a tire. A tire pressure indicator detects air inflation pressure of the tire. The light source illuminates the wheel assembly with a desired color to indicate a tire pressure status based on the detected tire pressure. In addition, the light source may be illuminated to provide puddle lamp and area lighting and turn signal indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Ali Ammar
  • Patent number: 9269330
    Abstract: A head mounted display apparatus and a backlight adjustment method thereof are disclosed. The head mounted display apparatus comprises a display module, a backlight module, an application processor, an eye image capture apparatus, an infrared (IR) light emitting diode (LED) and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The backlight module provides a backlight to the display module. The eye image capture apparatus captures an eye image. The IR LED provides an auxiliary light source to the eye image capture apparatus. The ASIC calculates a current pupil size according to the eye image. The application processor adjusts the backlight intensity of the backlight module according to the current pupil size in an adjustment mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Wen-Chu Yang
  • Patent number: 9254784
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a head lamp apparatus of an automobile and a method of controlling the same, and the head lamp apparatus of the automobile includes: left and right static bend lights (SBL) for lighting to a left or right side of a driving direction of the automobile; an automobile speed sensing sensor; a global positioning system (GPS); and a controller configured to turn on at least one of the left SBL and the right SBL when the driving speed of the automobile sensed by the automobile speed sensing sensor is equal to or smaller than a reference speed when the driving position of the automobile unit is a predetermined position to enter a crossroad so that a time at which the SBL is turned on is controlled by reflecting the reference speed when the automobile enters the crossroad, thereby improving visibility of a driver at the crossroad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Tae won Lee
  • Patent number: 9194553
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle lamp includes a laser lighting source for emitting a laser beam, a rotor, and a reflector having a reflecting surface. The laser lighting source is mounted on the rotor. The laser beam function as a spot light and illuminates each time a part of the reflecting surface. The laser lighting source rotates rapidly with the rotor to change the illuminated part of the reflecting surface. Human eyes have visual lag. The laser lighting source rotates fast enough to have the laser beam illuminates sequentially every parts of the reflecting surface rapidly. The laser beam is reflected to form a surface illumination recognized by the human eyes to illuminate a front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Zhong Sheu
  • Patent number: 9150142
    Abstract: In a method of controlling different lighting functions in a vehicle, activation of another one of the lighting functions is dependent on an actual speed of the vehicle, when manually switching from a currently activated one of the lighting functions to the other one of the lighting functions. In particular, when a low beam is automatically activated and a predefined speed is exceeded, activation of a parking light is barred while the low beam remains activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hartmann, Andreas Stüber, Patrick Sassmannshausen
  • Patent number: 9108568
    Abstract: A light-projecting device according to the present invention includes a plurality of light source units including (i) a light emitting section that emits light upon receiving a laser beam and (ii) a reflector. Each of the light source units project light to a corresponding one of light-projected spots which is a region to which light is projected in an illuminated region in a partitioning manner, and the illuminated region is formed by combining a plurality of the light-projected spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Takahira, Yosuke Maemura, Koji Takahashi, Kensei Toyota
  • Patent number: 9102262
    Abstract: In a method of controlling different lighting functions in a vehicle, activation of another one of the lighting functions is dependent on an actual speed of the vehicle, when manually switching from a currently activated one of the lighting functions to the other one of the lighting functions. In particular, when a low beam is automatically activated and a predefined speed is exceeded, activation of a parking light is barred while the low beam remains activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hartmann, Andreas Stüber, Patrick Sassmannshausen