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US10240984B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10240984B2
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Application number: 13/432,123
Filing date: 2012-03-28
Abstract: A method for determining the temperature of a sensor that comprises a heater is provided. The method includes the steps of applying a voltage to the heater and measuring the voltage applied to the heater and the current through the heater during a first time interval, and removing the applied voltage from the heater and leaving the heater unpowered for a second time interval. The method further includes the steps of calculating the resistance of the heater using the measured voltage and current, and determining the temperature of the sensor from the resistance using a predetermined relationship. The first time interval is selected to be sufficiently short in duration and the second time interval is selected to be sufficiently long so as to not significantly raise the temperature of the heater. The sensor temperature so determined can be used to perform diagnostic functions for a system that includes the sensor. A method for determining the temperature of a sensor that comprises a heater is provided. The method includes the steps of applying a voltage to the heater and measuring the voltage applied to the heater and the current through the heater during a first time interval, and ...more ...less
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US20190072955A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190072955A1
Publication date: 2019-03-07
Application number: 15/695,552
Filing date: 2017-09-05
Abstract: A driver-alert system for an automated vehicle includes a display, and attention-detector, a hazard-detector, and a controller. The display is viewable by an operator of a host-vehicle. The attention-detector indicates when an operator is attentive to the display. The hazard-detector indicates when a hazard is present proximate to a travel-path of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the attention-detector, the display, and the hazard-detector. The controller operates the display to warn the operator of the hazard only when the attention-detector indicates that the operator is attentive to the display. A driver-alert system for an automated vehicle includes a display, and attention-detector, a hazard-detector, and a controller. The display is viewable by an operator of a host-vehicle. The attention-detector indicates when an operator is attentive to the display. The ...more ...less
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US20190044267A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190044267A1
Publication date: 2019-02-07
Application number: 15/724,682
Filing date: 2017-10-04
Abstract: A high-current electrical connector includes a female electrical-terminal and a contact-spring. The female electrical-terminal is configured to receive a male electrical-terminal and is formed of a single piece of electrically conductive material. The female electrical-terminal has a first-sidewall and a second-sidewall. The second-sidewall defines a distal-end, a proximal-end, and a medial-zone. The first-sidewall is opposite and parallel to the distal-end of the second-sidewall. The contact-spring is formed of a single piece of electrically conductive material disposed intermediate to the first-sidewall and the second-sidewall. The contact-spring defines a plurality of opposed-pair contact-beams. Each of the opposed-pair contact-beams have a plurality of outer-contact-points and a plurality of inner-contact-points. The plurality of outer-contact-points are in contact with the female electrical-terminal, and the plurality of inner-contact-points contact opposed sides of the male electrical-terminal. Contact is formed between the contact-beam, the female electrical-terminal, and the male electrical-terminal in at least four separate locations. A high-current electrical connector includes a female electrical-terminal and a contact-spring. The female electrical-terminal is configured to receive a male electrical-terminal and is formed of a single piece of electrically conductive material. The female electrical-terminal ...more ...less
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EP3436312A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3436312A1
Publication date: 2019-02-06
Application number: 17776079.0
Filing date: 2017-02-02
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EP3258256B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3258256B1
Publication date: 2019-01-23
Application number: 17175563.0
Filing date: 2017-06-12
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EP3460918A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3460918A1
Publication date: 2019-03-27
Application number: 17192169.5
Filing date: 2017-09-20
Abstract: An electrical connector for receiving at least one electrical conductor comprises a bus bar and at least one clamp, wherein the at least one clamp comprises a spring arm moveable relative to the bus bar. The spring arm cooperates with the bus bar to secure an electrical conductor to the bus bar when the spring arm is in a connecting position. The at least one clamp is directly mounted to the bus bar. An electrical connector for receiving at least one electrical conductor comprises a bus bar and at least one clamp, wherein the at least one clamp comprises a spring arm moveable relative to the bus bar. The spring arm cooperates with the bus bar to secure an electrical ...more ...less
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EP3452351A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3452351A1
Publication date: 2019-03-13
Application number: 17792995.7
Filing date: 2017-04-19
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US20190212734A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190212734A1
Publication date: 2019-07-11
Application number: 16/099,169
Filing date: 2017-04-19
Abstract: A driving-rule system (10) suitable to operate an automated includes a vehicle-detector (16) and a controller (20). The vehicle-detector (16) is suitable for use on a host-vehicle (12). The vehicle-detector (16) is used to detect movement of an other-vehicle (14) proximate to the host-vehicle (12). The controller (20) is in communication with the vehicle-detector (16). The controller (20) is configured to operate the host-vehicle (12) in accordance with a driving-rule (22), detect an observed-deviation (24) of the driving-rule (22) by the other-vehicle (14), and modify the driving-rule (22) based on the observed-deviation (24). A driving-rule system (10) suitable to operate an automated includes a vehicle-detector (16) and a controller (20). The vehicle-detector (16) is suitable for use on a host-vehicle (12). The vehicle-detector (16) is used to detect movement of an other-vehicle (14) proximate to ...more ...less
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US20190025835A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190025835A1
Publication date: 2019-01-24
Application number: 16/137,495
Filing date: 2018-09-20
Abstract: A scenario aware perception system (10) suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes a traffic-scenario detector (14), an object-detection device (24), and a controller (32). The traffic-scenario detector (14) is used to detect a present-scenario (16) experienced by a host-vehicle (12). The object-detection device (24) is used to detect an object (26) proximate to the host-vehicle (12). The controller (32) is in communication with the traffic-scenario detector (14) and the object-detection device (24). The controller (32) configured to determine a preferred-algorithm (36) used to identify the object (26). The preferred-algorithm (36) is determined based on the present-scenario (16). A scenario aware perception system (10) suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes a traffic-scenario detector (14), an object-detection device (24), and a controller (32). The traffic-scenario detector (14) is used to detect a present-scenario (16) experienced by a ...more ...less
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US20190004159A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190004159A1
Publication date: 2019-01-03
Application number: 15/638,538
Filing date: 2017-06-30
Abstract: A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor alignment system includes an imaging device, a LiDAR sensor, a mount device, and a controller. The imaging device is configured to output an image signal associated with a first scene that includes an object. The LiDAR sensor is configured to output a LiDAR signal associated with a second scene. The mount device is attached to the LiDAR sensor and adapted to align the LiDAR sensor. The controller is configured to receive the image and LiDAR signals, classify the object from the first scene, and confirm the object is properly oriented within the second scene. If the object is not properly orientated within the second scene, the controller initiates an action. A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor alignment system includes an imaging device, a LiDAR sensor, a mount device, and a controller. The imaging device is configured to output an image signal associated with a first scene that includes an object. The LiDAR sensor is ...more ...less
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US20190004160A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190004160A1
Publication date: 2019-01-03
Application number: 15/638,577
Filing date: 2017-06-30
Abstract: A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor alignment system includes first and second LiDAR sensors, and a controller. The first and second LiDAR sensors are each configured to monitor respective first and second regions and output respective first and second LiDAR signals associated with the regions. The controller is configured to receive the signals, recognize a target detected by both the first and second LiDAR sensors, utilize a first coordinate map associated with the first region to determine a first mapped location of the target, utilize a second coordinate map associated with the second region to determine a second mapped location of the target, and associate the first and second mapped locations to determine if the first and second LiDAR sensors are aligned. A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor alignment system includes first and second LiDAR sensors, and a controller. The first and second LiDAR sensors are each configured to monitor respective first and second regions and output respective first and second LiDAR signals ...more ...less
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US20190054735A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190054735A1
Publication date: 2019-02-21
Application number: 15/677,375
Filing date: 2017-08-15
Inventor: Detrick, Jeffrey M.  
Abstract: A transfer printing system includes an ink-jet printer, a transfer-surface, and a transfer-mechanism. The ink-jet printer dispenses jettable-material in a pattern. The transfer-surface accumulates the pattern which is subsequently transferred to a substrate. The substrate is characterized by a non-uniform surface. The transfer-mechanism moves the transfer-surface containing the pattern of jettable-material into contact with the substrate whereby the pattern of jettable-material is transferred from the transfer-surface to the substrate. A transfer printing system includes an ink-jet printer, a transfer-surface, and a transfer-mechanism. The ink-jet printer dispenses jettable-material in a pattern. The transfer-surface accumulates the pattern which is subsequently transferred to a substrate. The substrate is ...more ...less
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EP3436324A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3436324A1
Publication date: 2019-02-06
Application number: 17776121.0
Filing date: 2017-02-16
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EP3433845A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3433845A1
Publication date: 2019-01-30
Application number: 17770750.2
Filing date: 2017-02-02
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EP3043472B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3043472B1
Publication date: 2019-02-20
Application number: 15199542.0
Filing date: 2015-12-11
Abstract: A controller (10) includes a high-side circuit (14), a low-side circuit (16), a level-shift circuit (28), and a data-validation circuit (32). The high-side circuit (14) is referenced to an offset-voltage reference that is offset voltage-wise relative to a ground reference of the controller (10). The low-side circuit (16) is operable to output a control signal (24) for the high-side circuit (14). The control signal (24) is referenced to the ground reference. The level-shift circuit (28) is configured to output a shifted signal (30) to the high-side circuit (14) that is referenced to the offset-voltage reference and based on the control signal (24). The data-validation circuit (32) is configured to receive the shifted signal (30), determine a first value (34) of the shifted signal (30) at a first instant, determine a second value (38) of the shifted signal (30) at a second instant different in time from the first instant, and validate the shifted signal (30) based on a determination that the first value (34) and the second value (38) correspond. A controller (10) includes a high-side circuit (14), a low-side circuit (16), a level-shift circuit (28), and a data-validation circuit (32). The high-side circuit (14) is referenced to an offset-voltage reference that is offset voltage-wise relative to a ground reference of the ...more ...less
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EP1942557B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP1942557B1
Publication date: 2019-05-22
Application number: 07120978.7
Filing date: 2007-11-19
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EP3494444A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3494444A1
Publication date: 2019-06-12
Application number: 17837376.7
Filing date: 2017-07-13
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EP3484248A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3484248A1
Publication date: 2019-05-15
Application number: 17201435.9
Filing date: 2017-11-13
Abstract: A backlight unit (10) for a vehicle (60) comprises a backlight module (12) comprising at least a first string (18) of a plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26), the plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26) being ranked 1 to N from a first LED (22) to a last LED (26) in series; a power supply unit (14) configured to provide an operating output voltage (34) to the backlight module (12) from a battery voltage (36); the operating output voltage (34) being electrically connected to the first LED (22, 28) of each string (18, 20); a first dimming control unit (16) electrically connected to the last LED (26) of each string (18) of the plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26) and configured to control the illumination of the plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26) of each string (18) representative to received first dimming levels; a backlight controller (42) electrically connected to the first dimming control unit (16) and configured to provide first dimming levels between 0% of illumination and 100% of illumination to the first diming control unit (16); and a second dimming control unit (52) electrically connected between the first LED (22) and the second LED (24) of each string (18) and configured to control the illumination of only the first LED (22) of each string (18) representative to received second dimming levels; the backlight controller (42) being electrically connected to the second dimming control unit (52) and configured to provide second dimming levels between 0% illumination and 100% illumination to the second diming control unit (52). A backlight unit (10) for a vehicle (60) comprises a backlight module (12) comprising at least a first string (18) of a plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26), the plurality of serials LEDs (22, 24, 26) being ranked 1 to N from a first LED (22) to a last LED (26) in series; a ...more ...less
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US20190104622A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190104622A1
Publication date: 2019-04-04
Application number: 15/723,245
Filing date: 2017-10-03
Abstract: An electrical center for distributing electrical power to an electrical system of a vehicle and a method of manufacture the same is described herein. The electrical center includes a printed circuit board structure having a first printed circuit board (PCB) section angularly arranged with respect to a second PCB section. The printed circuit board structure includes a flexible connection element integrally formed with the first and second PCB sections forming a printed circuit extending from the first to second PCB section. The electrical center also includes a first plurality of electrical terminals extending perpendicularly from a first major surface of the first PCB section and a second plurality of electrical terminals extending perpendicularly from a second major surface of the second PCB section. The first major surface is angularly arranged at about a ninety degree angle relative to the second major surface. An electrical center for distributing electrical power to an electrical system of a vehicle and a method of manufacture the same is described herein. The electrical center includes a printed circuit board structure having a first printed circuit board (PCB) section angularly ...more ...less