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1 US2020200883A1
METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TESTING BONDING OF A SENSOR ASSEMBLY
Publication/Patent Number: US2020200883A1 Publication Date: 2020-06-25 Application Number: 16/225,838 Filing Date: 2018-12-19 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick B   Leppin, Heiko   Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/497 Abstract: A lidar sensor assembly includes a detector array having a plurality of photodetectors. An integrated circuit is bonded to the detector array via a plurality of connection bumps. A reference trace is defined by conductive material on at least one of the integrated circuit and the detector array. A test trace is defined by conductive material on the detector array, at least two of the connection bumps, and conductive material on the integrated circuit. A resistance measuring device is configured to independently measure a reference resistance along the reference trace and a test resistance along the test trace. The assembly also includes a processor in communication with the resistance measuring device. The processor is configured to receive the reference resistance and the test resistance, subtract the reference resistance from the test resistance to produce a bond resistance, and compare the bond resistance to a predetermined resistance value. A lidar sensor assembly includes a detector array having a plurality of photodetectors. An integrated circuit is bonded to the detector array via a plurality of connection bumps. A reference trace is defined by conductive material on at least one of the integrated circuit and ...More Less
2 US2020217932A1
LADAR PACKAGING FOR VEHICLE RANGE SENSORS
Publication/Patent Number: US2020217932A1 Publication Date: 2020-07-09 Application Number: 16/240,311 Filing Date: 2019-01-04 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick B.   Leppin, Heiko   Anvick, Kate   Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/481 Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes multiple LADAR sensors. Each of the LADAR sensors is configured to detect range within a corresponding field of view and to communicate the detected range to a vehicle systems controller. Each of the LADAR sensors includes a detector array electrically connected to a readout integrated circuit via multiple of metallic bumps. A glass screen is disposed outward of the detector array. A ceramic substrate includes a first indention and a conductive solderable surface mount layer, and one of the readout integrated circuit and the detector array is received in the first indention such that an electrical connection between the detector array and the readout integrated circuit is at least approximately level with the conductive solderable surface mount layer. A vehicle sensor system includes multiple LADAR sensors. Each of the LADAR sensors is configured to detect range within a corresponding field of view and to communicate the detected range to a vehicle systems controller. Each of the LADAR sensors includes a detector array ...More Less
3 EP3663793A1
LADAR ENABLED IMPACT MITIGATION SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: EP3663793A1 Publication Date: 2020-06-10 Application Number: 19204079.8 Filing Date: 2014-03-04 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Duerner, Andrew   Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A collision mitigation system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with secondary vehicles, and a number of external airbags deployable under the control of an airbag control unit, to reduce the forces of impact on the host vehicle, secondary vehicles, and bipeds and quadrupeds wandering into the roadway. A suspension modification system makes use of headlight mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to characterize the road surface, identify road hazards, and make adaptations to a number of active suspension components, each with the ability to absorb shock, elevate or lower the vehicle, and adjust the spring rate of the individual wheel suspensions. A collision mitigation system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with ...More Less
4 US2020025895A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2020025895A1 Publication Date: 2020-01-23 Application Number: 16/380,697 Filing Date: 2019-04-10 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The ...More Less
5 US10557926B2
Modular ladar sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10557926B2 Publication Date: 2020-02-11 Application Number: 15/720,310 Filing Date: 2017-09-29 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The ...More Less
6 US2019101626A1
BEAM STEERING LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2019101626A1 Publication Date: 2019-04-04 Application Number: 16/151,067 Filing Date: 2018-10-03 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick B.   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/481 Abstract: In one embodiment, a ladar system includes a laser transmitter with at least one semiconductor laser having a pulsed laser light output. A laser drive circuit is connected to said at least one semiconductor laser and adapted to electrically drive said at least one semiconductor laser in a predetermined sequence. A laser beam steering mechanism is adapted to scan the pulsed laser light output sequentially through the field of view. In one embodiment, a ladar system includes a laser transmitter with at least one semiconductor laser having a pulsed laser light output. A laser drive circuit is connected to said at least one semiconductor laser and adapted to electrically drive said at least one semiconductor ...More Less
7 US2019129013A1
LIDAR SENSOR ASSEMBLY WITH DETECTOR GAP
Publication/Patent Number: US2019129013A1 Publication Date: 2019-05-02 Application Number: 15/794,548 Filing Date: 2017-10-26 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick B.   Masur, Jan Michael   Leppin, Heiko   Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A lidar sensor assembly includes a first detector array having a plurality of light sensitive detectors each configured to receive light reflected from an object and produce an electrical signal in response to receiving the light. The lidar sensor assembly also includes a second detector array having a plurality of detectors configured to receive light reflected from an object and produce an electrical signal in response to receiving the light. A readout integrated circuit (“ROIC”) is bonded to the first detector array and the second detector array. A gap is formed between the first detector array and the second detector array. A lidar sensor assembly includes a first detector array having a plurality of light sensitive detectors each configured to receive light reflected from an object and produce an electrical signal in response to receiving the light. The lidar sensor assembly also includes a second ...More Less
8 US10377373B2
Automotive auxiliary LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10377373B2 Publication Date: 2019-08-13 Application Number: 15/797,405 Filing Date: 2017-10-30 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick B   Duerner, Andrew   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: B62D15/02 Abstract: A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is developed which can be easily mounted within a body panel cutout of a vehicle, and which connects to the vehicle electrical and computer systems through the vehicle wiring harness. The vehicle has a digital processor which interprets 3D data received from the ladar sensor assembly, and which is in control of the vehicle subsystems for steering, braking, acceleration, and suspension. The digital processor onboard the vehicle makes use of the 3D data and the vehicle control subsystems to avoid collisions and steer a best path. A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is ...More Less
9 US2019322272A1
AUTOMOTIVE AUXILIARY LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2019322272A1 Publication Date: 2019-10-24 Application Number: 16/460,165 Filing Date: 2019-07-02 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick B   Duerner, Andrew   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: B60W30/08 Abstract: A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is developed which can be easily mounted within a body panel cutout of a vehicle, and which connects to the vehicle electrical and computer systems through the vehicle wiring harness. The vehicle has a digital processor which interprets 3D data received from the ladar sensor assembly, and which is in control of the vehicle subsystems for steering, braking, acceleration, and suspension. The digital processor onboard the vehicle makes use of the 3D data and the vehicle control subsystems to avoid collisions and steer a best path. A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is ...More Less
10 US2019196021A1
LADAR ENABLED IMPACT MITIGATION SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019196021A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-27 Application Number: 16/289,087 Filing Date: 2019-02-28 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Duerner, Andrew   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S17/93 Abstract: A collision mitigation system makes use of ladar sensors to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with secondary vehicles, and a number of external airbags deployable under the control of an airbag control unit, to reduce the forces of impact on the host vehicle, secondary vehicles, and bipeds and quadrupeds wandering into the roadway. A suspension modification system makes use of ladar sensors to identify road hazards, and make adaptations to a number of active suspension components, each with the ability to absorb shock, elevate or lower the vehicle, and adjust the spring rate of the individual wheel suspensions. A collision mitigation system makes use of ladar sensors to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with secondary vehicles, and a number of external airbags deployable under the control of an airbag control ...More Less
11 US10295670B2
LADAR enabled impact mitigation system
Publication/Patent Number: US10295670B2 Publication Date: 2019-05-21 Application Number: 14/813,591 Filing Date: 2015-07-30 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Duerner, Andrew   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: B60R22/00 Abstract: A collision mitigation system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with secondary vehicles, and a number of external airbags deployable under the control of an airbag control unit, to reduce the forces of impact on the host vehicle, secondary vehicles, and bipeds and quadrupeds wandering into the roadway. A suspension modification system makes use of headlight mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to characterize the road surface, identify road hazards, and make adaptations to a number of active suspension components, each with the ability to absorb shock, elevate or lower the vehicle, and adjust the spring rate of the individual wheel suspensions. A collision mitigation system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to predict unavoidable collisions therewith, and a duplex radio link in communication with ...More Less
12 US10372138B2
Flash ladar collision avoidance system
Publication/Patent Number: US10372138B2 Publication Date: 2019-08-06 Application Number: 15/669,090 Filing Date: 2017-08-04 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Stettner, Roger   Heuhebaert, Laurent   Goldstein, Bart M   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G05D1/02 Abstract: A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention is capable of developing a 3-D scene, and object data for targets within the scene, from multiple ladar sensor units coupled to centralized LADAR-based Collision Avoidance System (CAS). Key LADAR elements are embedded within standard headlamp and taillight assemblies. Articulating LADAR sensors cover terrain coming into view around a curve, at the crest of a hill, or at the bottom of a dip. A central laser transmitter may be split into multiple optical outputs and guided through fibers to illuminate portions of the 360° field of view surrounding the vehicle. These fibers may also serve as amplifiers to increase the optical intensity provided by a single master laser. A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention ...More Less
13 EP2759848B1
Modular LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: EP2759848B1 Publication Date: 2019-10-02 Application Number: 14152212.8 Filing Date: 2014-01-22 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S17/89
14 US2019174076A1
3-DIMENSIONAL HYBRID CAMERA AND PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019174076A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-06 Application Number: 16/272,511 Filing Date: 2019-02-11 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Short, Bradley   Gilliland, Patrick   Laux, Thomas   Heughebaert, Laurent   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: H04N5/33 Abstract: A three-dimensional imaging system includes a ladar sensor with a first field of view adapted to produce a three-dimensional image. The system also includes a visible light camera with a second field of view overlapping the first field of view and adapted to produce a two-dimensional image output. At least one digital processor is connected to the ladar sensor and the visible light camera and adapted to merge the three-dimensional image output with the two-dimensional image output into a three-dimensional point cloud output. A three-dimensional imaging system includes a ladar sensor with a first field of view adapted to produce a three-dimensional image. The system also includes a visible light camera with a second field of view overlapping the first field of view and adapted to produce a ...More Less
15 US2019324461A1
FLASH LADAR COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019324461A1 Publication Date: 2019-10-24 Application Number: 16/453,412 Filing Date: 2019-06-26 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Stettner, Roger   Heuhebaert, Laurent   Goldstein, Bart M.   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC.   IPC: G05D1/02 Abstract: A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention is capable of developing a 3-D scene, and object data for targets within the scene, from multiple ladar sensor units coupled to centralized LADAR-based Collision Avoidance System (CAS). Key LADAR elements are embedded within standard headlamp and taillight assemblies. Articulating LADAR sensors cover terrain coming into view around a curve, at the crest of a hill, or at the bottom of a dip. A central laser transmitter may be split into multiple optical outputs and guided through fibers to illuminate portions of the 360° field of view surrounding the vehicle. These fibers may also serve as amplifiers to increase the optical intensity provided by a single master laser. A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention ...More Less
16 US10244187B2
3-dimensional hybrid camera and production system
Publication/Patent Number: US10244187B2 Publication Date: 2019-03-26 Application Number: 14/253,558 Filing Date: 2014-04-15 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Short, Brad   Gilliland, Patrick   Laux, Thomas   Heughebaet, Laurent   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.   IPC: H04N5/33 Abstract: A hybrid three dimensional imaging camera comprises a 2-D video camera utilizing a focal plane array visible light detector and a 3-D flash laser radar utilizing an infrared focal plane array detector. The device is capable of capturing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. A production system combining multiple hybrid 3-D cameras around a subject provides 3-D solid models of an object or scene in the common field of view. A hybrid three dimensional imaging camera comprises a 2-D video camera utilizing a focal plane array visible light detector and a 3-D flash laser radar utilizing an infrared focal plane array detector. The device is capable of capturing a complete 3-D scene from a single point ...More Less
17 US2019317196A1
CROSSTALK MITIGATION CIRCUIT FOR LIDAR PIXEL RECEIVERS
Publication/Patent Number: US2019317196A1 Publication Date: 2019-10-17 Application Number: 16/386,792 Filing Date: 2019-04-17 Inventor: Denham, Martin   Gilliland, Patrick B.   Goldstein, Barton M.   Musa, Osman   Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: An apparatus for reducing crosstalk between cathodes of detector diodes of an imager detector array includes a capacitor and voltage switch coupled into a detector bias network to virtually isolate a detector diode from a common cathode power plane while simultaneously ‘powering’ the diode for image acquisition, e.g., photo current detection. A method includes a timing sequence wherein during non-acquisition time intervals, the capacitor is charged through the voltage switch by turning the switch on to allow charge to flow into the capacitor from a common supply plane. The method further includes disconnecting the capacitor before an acquisition timer interval such that during the acquisition time interval, the current through the detector diode, caused by incident flux, comes from the capacitor and not from the common cathode power plane. An apparatus for reducing crosstalk between cathodes of detector diodes of an imager detector array includes a capacitor and voltage switch coupled into a detector bias network to virtually isolate a detector diode from a common cathode power plane while simultaneously ...More Less
18 US10241196B2
Personal LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10241196B2 Publication Date: 2019-03-26 Application Number: 15/888,220 Filing Date: 2018-02-05 Inventor: Bailey, Howard   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Heughebaert, Laurent   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.   IPC: G01C3/08 Abstract: A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of light sensitive detectors are configured to receive the modulated laser light received by the lens. The assembly further includes at least one piezoelectric actuator operatively connected to the lens for dynamically positioning a focal plane of the received modulated laser light on the array of light sensitive detectors. A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of ...More Less
19 US2019170859A1
PERSONAL LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2019170859A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-06 Application Number: 16/271,096 Filing Date: 2019-02-08 Inventor: Bailey, Howard   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Heughebaert, Laurent   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/481 Abstract: A dual mode ladar system includes a laser transmitter having a wavelength of operation and a modulator connected thereto to impose a modulation thereon. The modulator is configured to impose amplitude modulation and/or frequency modulation. Diffusing optics illuminate a field of view and an array of light sensitive detectors each produce an electrical response signal from a reflected portion of the laser light output. A dual mode ladar system includes a laser transmitter having a wavelength of operation and a modulator connected thereto to impose a modulation thereon. The modulator is configured to impose amplitude modulation and/or frequency modulation. Diffusing optics illuminate a field of ...More Less
20 US201856993A1
AUTOMOTIVE AUXILIARY LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US201856993A1 Publication Date: 2018-03-01 Application Number: 20/171,579 Filing Date: 2017-10-30 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick B   Stettner, Roger   Gilliland, Patrick   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/489 Abstract: A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is developed which can be easily mounted within a body panel cutout of a vehicle, and which connects to the vehicle electrical and computer systems through the vehicle wiring harness. The vehicle has a digital processor which interprets 3D data received from the ladar sensor assembly, and which is in control of the vehicle subsystems for steering, braking, acceleration, and suspension. The digital processor onboard the vehicle makes use of the 3D data and the vehicle control subsystems to avoid collisions and steer a best path. A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is ...More Less