Dashboard Patents (Class 362/489)
  • Patent number: 10344943
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an illumination feature for an electronic device. A light cone is used to direct light from a light emitter to an interior surface of a housing of an electronic device in one of a variety of geometric, alphabetic, or numerical designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLINK INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Huang, Eric Wang
  • Patent number: 10330856
    Abstract: The backlight module includes: a light guide plate, having a light incident side; a fiber bundle, disposed on an edge of the light incident side of the light guide plate and having a light guide section and a light emitting section; a light source project light into the fiber bundle; and a light collection reflector, configured to reflect light from the fiber bundle toward the light incident side of the light guide plate. A liquid crystal display panel, configured to display an image, is arranged to receive light from the backlight module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, CHONGQING HKC OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10269330
    Abstract: Vehicle interior equipment that includes a structure having a window surrounded by an edge area, and an electronic display screen placed in the window. In a standby condition of the screen, the screen displays a decorative image coordinated with the decoration of the edge area so that at least the peripheral area of the screen and the edge area coincide visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Zakaria Benchikhi
  • Patent number: 10203084
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an illumination feature for an electronic device. A light cone is used to direct light from a light emitter to an interior surface of a housing of an electronic device in one of a variety of geometric, alphabetic, or numerical designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLINK INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Huang, Eric Wang
  • Patent number: 9661775
    Abstract: A wiring device for wiring an electronic apparatus including an interface, a conductor track and a component fitting island that is connected to the interface via the conductor track that is set up to carry an electronic component and to make electrical contact with the interface via the electrical conductor track, wherein the component fitting island is free of a web element that is set up to hold the component fitting island on a support element during a housing process housing the component fitting island.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Jakob Schillinger, Dietmar Huber, Lothar Biebricher, Manfred Goll, Matthias Viering
  • Patent number: 9604541
    Abstract: A method and system are presented for configuring a vehicle operating environment. An initial VOE configuration file and a VOE components file are provided to a VOE configuring application. A user employs the application to modify the VOE configuration file. The modified VOE configuration file is provided to a vehicle, where the vehicle uses the modified VOE configuration file to configure an operating environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nuri Gokhan Anter
  • Patent number: 9373922
    Abstract: An illumination device comprises a support plate 22 having a front surface 22a and a back surface 22b facing each other in a plate thickness direction and an opening 22d passing through in the plate thickness direction; a light source module 23 placed on the front surface of the support plate; a drive circuit portion 33 for driving the light source module; and a connector 27 connecting the drive circuit portion to the light source module. The connector is inserted through the opening of the support plate and brought into contact with the back surface of the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Kenichi Shimoji, Takaaki Kudo
  • Patent number: 9360350
    Abstract: An example instrument cluster includes a light guide having a first end portion and a display located adjacent the first end portion of the light guide for emitting light into the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Curt Ollila, Taochuan Wang, Kevin Dyer
  • Patent number: 9241390
    Abstract: A switch image control system includes at least one first switch having a first image viewable when a backlighting is applied to the at least one first switch. The system also includes at least one second switch having a second image viewable when the backlighting is applied to the at least one second switch. The backlighting is independently applicable to either or both of the at least one first switch and the at least one second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rody Hardy, Natarajan S. Manakkal
  • Patent number: 9139092
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly mounts within a vehicle dashboard. An opening is defined within the dashboard provides for mounting of an instrument cluster assembly. The example instrument cluster assembly includes a top surface that corresponds with the top surface of the dashboard to provide a completed top visible surface when in a completed assembled condition. The instrument cluster assembly includes a first gauge and a second gauge separated by an open space therebetween. A bi-vision display is mounted in the open space between the first and second gauges. The bi-vision display generates a virtual image that is viewed by the operator between the first and second gauges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Werner Eckardt, Arthur S. Brown, Jeremy Rooney, Robert Drury
  • Patent number: 9081227
    Abstract: A lighting device includes LEDs, a reflecting sheet that reflects light emitted from the LEDs, and connectors electrically connected to the LEDs. The reflecting sheet has integrated superposed portions on which the connectors are superposed, and the connector surface on the reflecting sheet side thereof serves as a sheet pressing surface for pressing down the superposed portions of the reflecting sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keitaro Matsui
  • Patent number: 8998432
    Abstract: An instrument includes a substrate; first and second light-emitting parts provided on the substrate; a light guide plate having a first illumination part that is illuminated by first light of the first light-emitting part, and that guides the first light of the first light-emitting part incident thereinto to the first illumination part, which is separated from the first light-emitting part; and a design plate having a second illumination part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Fukutani
  • Patent number: 8992033
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display element for the display unit of a vehicle. The display element can be backlit by means of at least one light source. The display element contains a film with identifying elements, and further contains a polarizing film. The films are arranged one above the other and are pressed against each other in the edge regions of the films via elastic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Manfred Suess
  • Patent number: 8967839
    Abstract: An instrument cluster includes a housing that provides a chamber. A light source is in communication with the chamber. A non-opaque display element is in communication with the chamber and has an exterior surface. An indicium is etched interiorly of the exterior surface without the indicium providing a portion of the exterior surface. The light source is configured to illuminate the indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Heath D. Zietz
  • Patent number: 8953244
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a front face cover that covers a front face of a display section for displaying information of the vehicle, and an antireflection film provided on a surface of the front face cover. The surface of the front face cover has a curved face which is formed so that an observation color of the curved face viewed from an eye range of a person sitting on a seat of the vehicle differs depending on an observation position in the eye range due to a difference in an interference wavelength of reflection light reflected by the antireflection film, the reflection light advancing toward the eye range from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Ishibashi
  • Publication number: 20150023035
    Abstract: An automotive safety device, specifically, an automobile safety device that assists drivers to remain in their proper driving lane when driving a moving vehicle. One embodiment of the present invention can include a flat planar body member, a plurality of light emitting members connected to the planar body member, wherein the light emitting members are configured in a predetermined arrangement, a power source electronically connected to the light emitting members, and a selectively engageable dimmer switch electronically connected to the power source and the light emitting members. The plurality of light emitting members can be configured in an angled position such that when the planar body member is positioned on the dashboard of a motor vehicle, between a steering wheel and a windshield of the motor vehicle, the reflection of the light emitting members appears to project outwardly in a straight line in front of the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Wood, Alejandro Casado
  • Patent number: 8931909
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a vehicle and a method for producing the display apparatus are described. The display apparatus comprises a transparent plastic plate having a front side, a rear side, and an edge surface surrounding the plastic plate. The display apparatus has a switchable light source of visible light directed onto the edge surface of the plastic plate. The plastic plate has transparent display elements that are disposed as limited zones inside the plastic plate and have light-sensitive dopant particles. When the light source is switched on, the dopant particles scatter the light so that the display elements become visible from the front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Dino Demma
  • Patent number: 8882317
    Abstract: A display switch unit is provided for a vehicle and a method for producing the display switch unit. The display switch unit has at least one transparent front plastic region and a rear plastic region. Plastic switch symbols are disposed in the transparent front plastic region of the plastic body. Sensor structures of proximity sensors are each disposed behind one of the plastic switch symbols in the rear plastic region. The material of the plastic switch symbols includes, but is not limited to light-sensitive invisible particles, which are disposed in such a manner that under irradiation, colored illuminated switch symbols are visible in the surrounding transparent front plastic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Dino Demma
  • Patent number: 8845135
    Abstract: An electric wire holding and waterproofing structure includes a circuit board connected to an electric wire, a housing that accommodates the circuit board, a holder having a through hole for leading out the electric wire to the outside of the housing, a packing provided on an outer circumference of the holder so as to be brought into intimately contact with an inner circumference of the housing, a rubber plug attached to the electric wire so as to seal the through hole of the holder, and a cover fitted into the housing. When the cover is fitted into the housing, the holder and the cover hold the electric wire in a state that the electric wire has a bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8841995
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for controlling illumination in a vehicle passenger compartment are disclosed. In one aspect, a display system for a motor vehicle passenger compartment, comprises: at least one indicia visible to an operator of the vehicle and configured to indicate a vehicle operating condition; an indicia light configured to illuminate the indicia; a display device visible to an operator of the vehicle; and a controller, in communication with the indicia light and the display device, programmed to: operate the display system in a first mode wherein the indicia light is activated to illuminate the indicia, and in response to a first control signal indicative of a change from the first mode to a second mode, reduce illumination of the indicia by the indicia light and control the display device to output information indicative of the vehicle operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishnu Jayamohan, John Curl
  • Patent number: 8840287
    Abstract: An illuminating apparatus and method for an interior passenger compartment of a vehicle including, in combination, a panel, a manual operation element mounted to the panel, and a hidden light source mounted behind the panel providing indirect light directed along a path extending downwardly across a visible surface of the panel through an aperture in the panel. A bezel can be associated with the manual operation element. The bezel can define an edge with a reflective surface. The bezel is located on the visible surface of the panel within the path of indirect light. The edge reflects indirect light from the hidden light source to be visible to occupants of the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chae An, Jonathan Quijano
  • Patent number: 8789989
    Abstract: A display switch unit is provided for a vehicle comprising at least one first and one second light guide plate with first and second light sources disposed at the edges. The light guide plates have switch symbols and proximity sensors having sensor structures. The first light guide plate and the second light guide plate are disposed on one another. Respectively one sensor structure is assigned two switch symbols in both light guide plates. The material of the switch symbols is a plastic with light-sensitive nanoparticles, which is arranged distributed in the light guide plates in such a manner that under edge-side irradiation the switch symbols are visible illuminated in color and three-dimensionally in the light guide plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Dino Demma
  • Patent number: 8783922
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device capable of achieving a decorative effect by utilizing a color filter at the front of a light-emitting display unit. Also disclosed is a meter device using the display device. Specifically disclosed is a display device comprising a light-emitting display unit and a color filter, which is arranged at the front of the light-emitting display unit. A light-emitting element for decoration is provided on the outside of the light-emitting display unit. The color filter is provided with a light-discharging surface for discharging the light from the light-emitting element for a decorative appearance in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha, Yazaki Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ichihara, Masaharu Kinoshita, Yoshifumi Tatsuta, Takahiro Shimada, Koji Nomura, Masato Minakata, Koji Aikawa
  • Patent number: 8777466
    Abstract: A panel includes at least one icon area (8), the area (8) being illuminated by a light source (10) placed under the ornament panel, the ornament panel (1) including a translucent skin (2) forming the outer surface (6) of the ornament panel and a substrate layer (4) placed against the skin (2), the substrate layer (4) including an opening (14) placed at least between the light source (10) and the icon area (8). A light-transmitting material (18) is placed in at least part of the opening (14), the material (18) being placed in a translucent substrate element (20) placed in the opening (14) between the material (18) and the light source (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Oeuvrard, Godefroy Beau
  • Patent number: 8757824
    Abstract: A system includes a layer, a shaftless stepper motor, a lighting element, an input magnet, an output magnet, and a pointer. The layer includes first and second opposed sides. The shaftless stepper motor is disposed on the first opposed side of the layer. The lighting element is disposed on the first opposed side of the layer. The input magnet is disposed on the first opposed side of the layer and is connected to the shaftless stepper motor. The output magnet is disposed on the second opposed side of the layer. The pointer is connected to the output magnet. The input magnet connected to the shaftless stepper motor moves, through magnetism, the output magnet and the connected pointer, and the lighting element transmits lights to light the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark James Arthur Baker
  • Patent number: 8740426
    Abstract: A display includes a display surface and a bezel. The bezel includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The bezel and bottom surface of the bezel covers a first area of display surface around the perimeter of the display, thereby leaving a second area of the display surface, inside the bezel, uncovered. At least one graphical indicator is disposed at or in the bezel. The display is configured and arranged to produce and emit light from one or more selected portions of the first area of the display surface, which are below the bottom surface of the bezel such that the emitted light passes through the bezel and is effective to illuminate the graphical indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Jones, Dirk Dudenbostel
  • Publication number: 20140078712
    Abstract: A dashboard for automobiles includes at least one display area including a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is located in a first extension plane while the second portion is located in a second extension plane. The second extension plane is parallel to the first extension plane and is offset relative to the first extension plane in the direction of the user of the dashboard such that the second portion forms a diaphragm opening at least partially around the first portion, and the first portion is located in a central area of the dashboard. The dashboard includes a light source, and the display area comprises a frame member for defining the first portion, wherein the light source comprises a first portion for backlighting the first portion, as well as a second portion in which the light source extends beyond the first portion of the display area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS SAS
    Inventors: Fabrice Henon, Benoit Box
  • Patent number: 8662722
    Abstract: An interior trim component for a vehicle includes a trim panel. The trim panel includes a substrate layer, a protective layer, and an organic light emitting diode portion disposed between the substrate layer and the protective layer for displaying one or more surface appearances on the trim panel within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. A method for forming and operating an interior trim component is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8662689
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pointer-type meter with good uniformity of illumination of a display section even when there are few light sources, and with little or no displacement of each member when positioning is performed. A circuit board provided in the pointer-type meter comprises a first light-emitting element (332a) that emits light in a direction towards a first rotary shaft (3110). The pointer-type meter comprises: a first reflecting unit (321) positioned between the circuit board and a display plate (31) and that surrounds part of the circumference of the rotary shaft (3110) and reflects light towards the outer edge of a speed display unit (311); and a second reflecting unit (322) positioned between the circuit board and the display plate (31) and that reflects the light reflected by the first reflecting unit (321) to illuminate the speed display unit (311).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8618558
    Abstract: Disclosed are a light emitting device package and a light emitting apparatus. The light emitting device package comprises a package body comprising a light emitting surface inclined at an oblique angle with respect to a bottom surface, a plurality of lead electrodes in the package body, and at least one light emitting device electrically connected to the lead electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Min Kong
  • Patent number: 8616740
    Abstract: The lighting assembly (20) includes a light guide (22) formed of a resin material propagating light through internal reflection. A housing (28) surrounds the light guide (22) and maintains the light guide (22) in a predetermined position. A light transmissive coating (24), such as a vacuum metalized coating, is disposed on the light guide (22) and faces outwardly of the housing (28). The light transmissive coating (24) disguises the resin light guide (22) so that the light guide (22) appears to be a metallic trim. A non-light transmissive coating (26), such as a paint, appearing to be the same material as the light transmissive coating (24), may be disposed on the light guide (22) adjacent the light transmissive coating (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, Alexis Antonio Silva Perez
  • Patent number: 8596803
    Abstract: A vehicle interior assembly includes a light guide and a light source configured to illuminate the light guide. The vehicle interior assembly also includes an interior trim component at least partially disposed about a display. The interior trim component includes a light transmissive material configured to receive light from the light guide, and to emit light into a vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Steve G. Schultz, Brook Rodney Burg, Timothy J. Borgeson, Jonathan M. Frens
  • Patent number: 8579448
    Abstract: Instrument cluster and pointing device for a car or other vehicle, the pointing device being mounted rotatable about a rotation axis and having a shaft element in the vicinity of the rotation axis, the pointing device further comprising at least one of a light guide element or a mirror element in the region of the shaft element and comprising one of an image forming element or an aperture, wherein the one of the image forming element or the aperture and the one of the light guide element or the mirror element are able to be rotated about the rotational axis with the shaft element, and wherein light incident to the shaft element is directed from the one of the light guide element or the mirror element to the image forming element or aperture and projecting to a visible surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Frens
  • Patent number: 8579449
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pointer type measuring instrument of a novel look, in which an indication portion detours the outer circumference of a display portion and can be visually confirmed as if the indication portion is floating above the display portion. The pointer type measuring instrument (M) comprises a display means (1), a drive body (2) mounted on the back side of the display means (1), an arm portion (3) mounted on the output shaft (26) of the drive body (2) and detouring the outer circumference of the display means (1), an indicating portion (5) extending from the arm portion (3) toward the center of the display means (1) and indicating an indicator portion (4) disposed on the display means (1), and a first light source (7) mounted on the arm portion (3) or the indicating portion (5) and causing the indicating portion (5) to glow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Obata
  • Patent number: 8562058
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment is provided having a housing defining an outer casing and an inner storage space and a shelf disposed within the inner storage space such that the storage space is effectively divided into multiple storage compartments. A light source is operably coupled to the outer casing at an aperture opening into the storage space. The light source is divided by the shelf assembly and positioned to provide light illumination to the multiple storage compartments, as the light source is partially disposed in each of the multiple storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8506101
    Abstract: A switch panel having a panel member and at least one switch member, wherein the panel member has a first appearance when front lit, and at least one second appearance when at least a portion thereof is back lit by illumination means controlled by the at least one switch member. The at least one switch member is provided on a reverse side of the panel member and is controlled by a user from an obverse side of the panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: John McGavigan Limited
    Inventors: Stephen John Mathers, Michael Thaniotis
  • Patent number: 8497770
    Abstract: The presented invention is a low profile light bar tachometer display which includes a plurality of RGB LEDs or similar RGB color model light-emitting devices organized and arrayed in a segmented, flexible tachometer case that can be manipulated and contoured to conform to the top of the dash assembly of an automobile or any surface deemed suitable for the needs of the driver of an automobile. The lights provide a highly visible, illuminated, color changing display, so the driver can immediately assess the engine's RPM, power band, redline, or maximum torque from the change in light color or light position. The light array provides a repeatable, reliable and adjustable indication of the usable range of the engine's rpm, but does not indicate actual rpm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Stevens Staffanou
  • Patent number: 8485582
    Abstract: A storage device for a vehicle includes a storage section which has a space and has an engagement hole provided on the back side in a mounting direction and in which an article is put in and taken out through an opening portion, and a detachable separator which partitions the space in the storage section, is formed in a substantially L shape having two plate sections intersecting one another when viewed from the mounting direction into the storage section, has a projecting portion which protrudes toward the front in the mounting direction and is engaged with the engagement hole, and is mounted in the engagement hole at a partitioning position to divide the space into two compartments and a compartment expanding position to form a single compartment larger than either of the two compartments in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sakai, Yuji Saitoh, Junpei Okuno
  • Patent number: 8490005
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed subject matter are directed to a graphical display that provides a visual enhancement in conveying a vehicle reading. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided that causes the graphical display to render a border of an instrument with a distinguishing visual attribute. More specifically, the method includes assigning a priority level to an instrument used to convey a vehicle reading. When an abnormal condition is identified, the instrument is assigned an enhanced priority level that corresponds to the abnormal condition. Then, the method causes the graphical display to render the instrument, wherein that border of the instrument is depicted with an enhanced visual attribute indicative of the abnormal condition. In this regard, the enhanced visual attribute distinguishes the instrument from one or more other instruments depicted on the graphical display that are not assigned an enhanced priority level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Christopher Tarte
  • Patent number: 8439418
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment is provided having a housing defining a storage space and a shelf disposed within the housing such that the compartment is divided. The shelf includes translucent material coated with flock and has non-flock areas. A light source is operatively coupled to the shelf to provide light illumination through the translucent material such that light illumination is illuminated into the compartment through the non-flock areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Megan Lovejoy, Irene Shu, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Patent number: 8427407
    Abstract: An on-vehicle display apparatus with an increased flat display size. The on-vehicle display apparatus includes a flat display capable of displaying various types of information, a light-transmitting substrate provided on a front-face side of the flat display, a pointer provided in the light-transmitting substrate, and a pointer drive means provided on a back-face side of the flat display. The pointer drive means rotates the pointer. The apparatus further includes a movement mechanism for moving the light-transmitting substrate to the outside of a display range. A first magnet is provided for the pointer, and a second magnet is provided for the pointer drive means and is configured to be opposite to first magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Masuda, Tatsuki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8425093
    Abstract: In a lighting device provided on a ceiling of an interior of a vehicle, the lighting device has: a map lamp including: a case; a first light guide plate accommodated in the case, and having a light incident area on an end face and a light radiation area on a flat plate surface of the interior side of the vehicle; a first light source part having a plurality of LED lamps, the LED lamps being opposed to the light incident area and arranged in an array; and a prism lens provided in the light radiation area side of the first light guide plate. The map lamp allows the light of the first light source part to be incident on the first light guide plate from the light incident area, radiates the light from the light radiation area to convert the light into a planar light, and then converts the light into a light advancing in a prescribed direction to light a prescribed area in the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihito Kino, Satoshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8419245
    Abstract: There is provided an on-board interior illumination unit which is so strong as to withstand vibration, high temperatures and low temperatures, and tensile load, to thereby be superior in contact reliability and which can be made small in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Nagai, Ryohei Ochiai
  • Patent number: 8382348
    Abstract: A display device includes a generally annular display (10) and a light source (3a) disposed to oppose a rear surface of the display (10). The display (10) is indicated by a rotatable pointer (4) and includes an indicator portion (12) disposed along a trace of displacement of a tip end portion (4a) of the pointer (4), and a transparent member (20) having a light incidence surface (a light incidence portion) (21) on which light from the light source (3a) is incident. The transparent member (20) is disposed on a front side of the indicator portion (12) and spaced from a front surface of the indicator portion (12) with a clearance (K) therebetween, and extends toward a center axis of the pointer (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 8376596
    Abstract: This piece includes a rigid support frame (12) and an external skin (14) of soft appearance. The skin (14) has an exterior surface (24) intended to be placed opposite an occupant of the motor vehicle. The piece includes a foam layer (16) inserted between the support frame (12) and the exterior skin (14) and an assembly (18) for displaying at least one light signal on the exterior surface (24) of the skin. The display assembly (18) includes a device (30) for illuminating, through the skin, from the interior surface (26) of the skin, a chosen region (48) of the exterior surface (24). The illuminating device (30) is flexible so that it deforms when touched. It is fastened on the interior surface (26) the skin. A region (40) of the foam layer (16) is inserted between the support frame (12) and the illuminating device (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Godefroy Beau, Jean-Francois Oeuvrard
  • Patent number: 8366303
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automotive interior lamp assembly mounted to an automotive headliner further including a curtain side airbag mounted about the headliner. As the curtain side airbag quickly deploys and forces through the vehicle headliner, the lamp assembly can be forcibly detached from the headliner at a high rate of speed. The present invention provides an improved retainer to better attach the light assembly to the headliner thereby preventing detachment of the lamp assembly from the headliner. The lamp assembly includes a lamp housing having a lamp receiving configured to accept a lamp. The housing further includes a retainer receiving side configured to accept a retainer. The retainer attached to the housing by means of a plurality of attachment members provided on the retainer, and at least one snap member also provided on the retainer. The housing has a plurality of attachment member receiving cavities and at least one snap member receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Michael Ludwig, Jeff Charles Hills, Jim Scheerhorn
  • Patent number: 8308311
    Abstract: Provided are several reconfigurable instrument clusters for instrument panels in an automotive vehicle. Instrument cluster comprises a value indicia configured to indicate a value of a plurality of vehicle data and an appliqué comprising first and second indicia. A control circuit is configured to receive first and second vehicle data from different data sources and further configured to control the value indicia and first indicia to indicate the first vehicle data and, in response to a signal, to control the value indicia and second indicia to indicate the second vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Roger W. Eich
  • Publication number: 20120281423
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an illuminated indicator display apparatus for use in an automotive vehicle display or dashboard. The illuminated indicator includes a light source, at least one baffle disposed adjacent the light source, a first panel disposed opposite the light source and connected to the at least one baffle, and a second panel spaced apart at a predetermined distance and positioned parallel to the first panel. The first panel or the second panel further including printed or painted graphics (such as low fuel indicator, seatbelt warning, etc.) viewable to the operator of an automotive vehicle. The baffle is made of an opaque material operable to block light from the light source. The second panel is tinted dark operable only to allow a portion of the light from a light source to pass through the second panel thereby further dimming the light able to pass through the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Anthony Wippler
  • Patent number: 8205999
    Abstract: A multi view display comprising a light emitting element having an optical cavity formed by a first and a second reflecting layer, at least said second reflecting layer being semi-transparent, and a light emitting layer arranged between said reflecting layers, wherein said optical cavity is designed so that light emitted in at least two preferred viewing directions has a higher intensity than light emitted in other directions. The invention is based on interference phenomena in the optical cavity, making it possible to realize a light emitting element that intrinsically emits more light in the preferential viewing directions than in other directions. This emission profile makes the light emitting element very useful in a multi view display, reducing the problems of cross talk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Gerardus Petrus Karman, Marc Wilhelmus Gijsbert Ponjee, Frank Anton Van Abeelen
  • Publication number: 20120140499
    Abstract: A display is provided that includes a display surface and a bezel. The bezel includes a top surface and a bottom surface and the bottom surface of the bezel covers a first area of display surface leaving a second area of the display surface uncovered. At least one graphical indicator is disposed at the bezel. The display is configured and arranged to produce and emit light from one or more selected portions of the first area of the display surface such that the emitted light passes through the bezel and is effective to illuminate the at least one graphical indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS US, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Jones, Dirk Dudenbostel