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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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US2019115733A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019115733A1
Publication date: 2019-04-18
Application number: 15/784,780
Filing date: 2017-10-16
Abstract: A wiring-harness retaining device is configured to retain a predetermined-point of a wiring-harness in a predetermined-position. The device includes a substrate and a retention-feature. The substrate defines a surface. The retention-feature is disposed on the surface. The retention-device is configured to retain the wiring-harness to the surface until a removal-force applied to the wiring-harness exceeds a predetermined-threshold. The predetermined-point of the wiring-harness is presented to an assembler in the predetermined-position. A wiring-harness retaining device is configured to retain a predetermined-point of a wiring-harness in a predetermined-position. The device includes a substrate and a retention-feature. The substrate defines a surface. The retention-feature is disposed on the surface. The ...more ...less
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US2019107199A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019107199A1
Publication date: 2019-04-11
Application number: 15/728,056
Filing date: 2017-10-09
Inventor: Dore, Michael Paul  
Abstract: A sealing system includes a first-housing, a second-housing, and a seal. The first-housing defines a mating-surface. The second-housing defines a seal-gland having an inner-wall, a base, and an outer-wall. The second-housing has a perimeter-flange. The seal includes a continuous beam of compliant material compressed within the seal-gland. The seal defines a captured-end disposed within the seal-gland and a free-end extending beyond the second-housing. The seal defines an inner-flange, an outer-flange, a web, and a lip. The lip extends radially outward from and generally perpendicular to the free-end of the outer-flange and is disposed between the perimeter-flange and a portion of the mating-surface. When the second-housing is attached to the first-housing, the inner-flange and the outer-flange forcibly engages the mating-surface of the first-housing, the inner-wall, the base, and the outer-wall of the seal-gland. The lip is compressed between the perimeter-flange and the portion of the mating-surface. A sealing system includes a first-housing, a second-housing, and a seal. The first-housing defines a mating-surface. The second-housing defines a seal-gland having an inner-wall, a base, and an outer-wall. The second-housing has a perimeter-flange. The seal includes a continuous ...more ...less
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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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EP3460917A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3460917A1
Publication date: 2019-03-27
Application number: 17192162.0
Filing date: 2017-09-20
Abstract: An electrical connector for receiving at least one electrical conductor comprises a housing, a bus bar arranged inside the housing, and at least one clamp arranged inside the housing. The at least one clamp comprises a spring arm moveable relative to the bus bar along a first axis between a connecting position and a disconnecting position. The spring arm cooperates with the bus bar to secure an electrical conductor to the bus bar when the spring arm is in the connecting position. The spring arm is positioned at a predetermined distance away from the bus bar when the spring arm is in the disconnecting position, thereby allowing an end section of an electrical conductor to be inserted through an opening of the housing into a gap between the spring arm and the bus bar or to be removed therefrom. The connector further comprises at least one slider extending into the housing and being moveable relative to the housing along a second axis between a closed position and an open position, wherein the slider includes at least one sliding guide cooperating with the spring arm such that a movement of the slider translates into a movement of the spring arm. An electrical connector for receiving at least one electrical conductor comprises a housing, a bus bar arranged inside the housing, and at least one clamp arranged inside the housing. The at least one clamp comprises a spring arm moveable relative to the bus bar along a first ...more ...less
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EP3475976A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3475976A1
Publication date: 2019-05-01
Application number: 17815875.4
Filing date: 2017-05-18
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US2019217428A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019217428A1
Publication date: 2019-07-18
Application number: 16/307,032
Filing date: 2017-06-21
Abstract: An electrical connector includes a connector housing having a housing frame and a housing core. A housing core can be inserted in a housing frame. The housing core includes a latch protruding from the outer wall of the housing core and the housing frame includes locking means. The housing frame includes locking means. The locking means includes first and second guiding ramps. The first guiding ramp is configured to guide the latch upon insertion parallel to the extension direction of the interior wall of the housing frame onto the second guiding ramp. The second guiding ramp is configured to deflect the latch inwardly towards the interior of the housing frame. An electrical connector includes a connector housing having a housing frame and a housing core. A housing core can be inserted in a housing frame. The housing core includes a latch protruding from the outer wall of the housing core and the housing frame includes locking means ...more ...less
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US2019212734A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019212734A1
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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US2019104622A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019104622A1
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
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US2019072955A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019072955A1
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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US2019044267A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019044267A1
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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EP3258256B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3258256B1
Publication date: 2019-01-23
Application number: 17175563.0
Filing date: 2017-06-12
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US2019025835A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019025835A1
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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US2019100167A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019100167A1
Publication date: 2019-04-04
Application number: 15/720,729
Filing date: 2017-09-29
Abstract: An illustrative example embodiment of a detector device includes a sensor portion that is configured to at least emit or receive a first type of radiation. A cover near the sensor portion is transparent to the first type of radiation to allow the first type of radiation to pass through the cover. A radiation source emits a second, different type of radiation. A plurality of reflecting surfaces are transparent to the first type of radiation and at least partially opaque to the second type of radiation to at least partially reflect the second type of radiation into the cover to increase a temperature of at least a portion of the cover. An illustrative example embodiment of a detector device includes a sensor portion that is configured to at least emit or receive a first type of radiation. A cover near the sensor portion is transparent to the first type of radiation to allow the first type of radiation to pass ...more ...less
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US2019004160A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019004160A1
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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EP3452339A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3452339A1
Publication date: 2019-03-13
Application number: 17792994.0
Filing date: 2017-04-19
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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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EP1942557B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP1942557B1
Publication date: 2019-05-22
Application number: 07120978.7
Filing date: 2007-11-19
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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