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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.
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.
3 US10802149B2
LADAR enabled impact mitigation system
Publication/Patent Number: US10802149B2 Publication Date: 2020-10-13 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: B60G17/018 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.
4 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.
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.
6 US202025895A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US202025895A1 Publication Date: 2020-01-23 Application Number: 20/191,638 Filing Date: 2019-04-10 Inventor: Gilliland patrick   Stettner, Roger   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC.   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.
7 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.
8 US10732264B2
Personal ladar sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10732264B2 Publication Date: 2020-08-04 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: G01C3/08 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.
9 US10732283B2
Ladar sensor for landing, docking and approach
Publication/Patent Number: US10732283B2 Publication Date: 2020-08-04 Application Number: 15/848,253 Filing Date: 2017-12-20 Inventor: Gilliland patrick   Koseluck, Robert W   Penniman, Steve   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01C3/08 Abstract: A system for landing or docking a mobile platform is enabled by a flash LADAR sensor having an adaptive controller with Automatic Gain Control (AGC). Range gating in the LADAR sensor penetrates through diffuse reflectors. The LADAR sensor adapted for landing/approach comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, transmit optics, receive optics, a focal plane array of detectors, a readout integrated circuit, camera support electronics and image processor, an image analysis and bias calculation processor, and a detector array bias control circuit. The system is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view.
10 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.
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.
12 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.
13 WO2019084445A1
LIDAR SENSOR ASSEMBLY WITH DETECTOR GAP
Publication/Patent Number: WO2019084445A1 Publication Date: 2019-05-02 Application Number: 2018057772 Filing Date: 2018-10-26 Inventor: Masur, Jan Michael   Gilliland patrick b   Leppin, Heiko   Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.   IPC: H01L25/16 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 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.
19 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
20 WO2019204438A1
CROSSTALK MITIGATION CIRCUIT FOR LIDAR PIXEL RECEIVERS
Publication/Patent Number: WO2019204438A1 Publication Date: 2019-10-24 Application Number: 2019027870 Filing Date: 2019-04-17 Inventor: Gilliland patrick b   Musa, Osman   Goldstein, Barton M   Denham, Martin   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 (204) and voltage switch (201) coupled into a detector bias network to virtually isolate a detector diode (302) from a common cathode power plane (301) while simultaneously 'powering' the diode (302) for image acquisition, e.g., photo current detection. A method includes a timing sequence wherein during non-acquisition time intervals, the capacitor (204) is charged through the voltage switch (201) by turning the switch on to allow charge to flow into the capacitor (204) from a common supply plane (301). The method further includes disconnecting the capacitor (204) before an acquisition time interval such that during the acquisition time interval, the current through the detector diode (302), caused by incident flux, comes from the capacitor (204) and not from the common cathode power plane (301). The switch (201) may be a PMOS transistor. The capacitor (204) is of reasonable size to bias the diode (302) for an acquisition event.