US Pat. No. 10,212,816

HEAT DISSIPATION DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

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1. An electronic device (10) for a motor vehicle comprising:a tubular casing (12) formed of metal, said tubular casing extending longitudinally with openings at each of two ends (24, 26) of the tubular casing, the tubular casing (12) comprising a wall (31) having a curved profile comprising cooling fins (34) on an outer surface (32) of the tubular casing;
an assembly of printed circuit boards (18) comprising a first plurality of printed circuit boards characterized as flexible, said first plurality of printed circuit boards comprising heat-generating electronic components (19), the printed circuit boards of the assembly being connected together by flexible conductive elements (92, 94);
a first heat sink (14) arranged inside the tubular casing (12) comprising a curved wall (108) generally extending parallel to the wall (31) of the tubular casing (12);
the first plurality of printed circuit boards being interposed between a curved inner surface (48) of the wall (31) of the casing (12) and the curved wall (108) of the first heat sink (14) so as to be able to dissipate the heat through the first heat sink (14) and through the curved wall (31) equipped with cooling fins (34) of the tubular casing (12); and
the assembly of printed circuit boards (18) comprising a flat printed circuit board (82) distinct from the first plurality of printed circuit boards, a first face (138) of said flat printed circuit board (82) being arranged against a flat wall (114) of the first heat sink (14).

US Pat. No. 10,349,539

VEHICLE ELECTRICAL CENTER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

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1. An electrical center configured to distribute electrical power to an electrical system of a vehicle, said electrical center comprising:a printed circuit board structure having a first printed circuit board (PCB) section angularly arranged with respect to a second PCB section and having a flexible connection element integrally formed with the first and second PCB sections and forming a printed circuit extending from the first PCB section to the second PCB section;
a first plurality of electrical terminals extending perpendicularly from a first major surface of the first PCB section;
a second plurality of electrical terminals extending perpendicularly from a second major surface of the second PCB section;
a housing in which the printed circuit board structure is disposed, wherein the first major surface is angularly arranged at about a ninety degree angle relative to the second major surface; and
a shroud configured to receive the electrical connector, wherein the shroud defines a plurality of apertures in which the second plurality of electrical terminals are received and through which the second plurality of electrical terminals extend and wherein the housing defines a pair of opposed parallel grooves in which opposed edges of the shroud are received.

US Pat. No. 10,177,493

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED LEVER LOCKING SYSTEM

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1. An electrical connector assembly: comprising:a connector housing;
a cap;
a mate assist mechanism;
a lever pivotably arranged on the cap, wherein the lever is movable from a transport position to a preliminary mating position and further movable to a fully mated position;
a first holding means configured to releasably hold the lever in the transport position; and
a second holding means configured to releasably hold the lever in the preliminary mating position, wherein the first holding means comprises a locking arm arranged on the lever and a corresponding latching projection arranged on the cap, thereby latching the locking arm when the lever is in the transport position, wherein the connector housing has a wall extending opposite a mating direction towards the cap and is configured to release the locking arm from the latching projection and move the lever towards the preliminary mating position, wherein the second holding means comprises a locking protrusion and a corresponding locking reception receiving the locking protrusion when the lever is in the preliminary mating position, wherein the locking protrusion is arranged on the connector housing, wherein the locking reception is arranged on the lever, and wherein the mating connector displaces the locking protrusion to release the lever upon mating with a corresponding mating connector.

US Pat. No. 10,145,951

OBJECT DETECTION USING RADAR AND VISION DEFINED IMAGE DETECTION ZONE

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10. An object-detection system, said system comprising:a radar-sensor used to detect a radar-signal reflected by an object in a radar-field-of-view, said radar-signal indicative of a range and a direction to the object relative to the radar-sensor;
a camera used to capture an image of a camera-field-of-view that overlaps the radar-field-of-view; and
a controller in communication with the radar-sensor and the camera, said controller configured to determine a range-map for the image based on the range and the direction, define a detection-zone in the image based on the range-map, and process only the detection-zone of the image to determine an identity of the object, wherein the radar-signal is also indicative of a RDU range-rate of the object, and the controller is further configured to determine the identity of the object as one of a nearby-object and an occluded-object based on the RDU range and the RDU range-rate.

US Pat. No. 10,236,629

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH RETRACTABLE TERMINAL-STABILIZER

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1. An electrical connector assembly comprising:a connector having a plurality of electrical-terminals, said connector having an outer-surface that includes a plurality of retraction-fins;
a corresponding mating-connector having a plurality of mating-electrical-terminals, said mating-connector releasably connected to the connector along a mating-axis such that the plurality of electrical-terminals mate with the plurality of mating-electrical-terminals when the connector is moved from an unmated-position to a mated-position, said mating-connector including a connector-shroud having side walls defining a shroud-cavity configured to receive the connector therein and a base; and
a terminal-stabilizer slideably disposed within the shroud-cavity including a plurality of retraction-locks that engage the plurality of retraction-fins on the connector and defining a plurality of terminal-apertures that slideably engage the plurality of mating-electrical-terminals, said terminal-stabilizer moveable from a prestaged-position when the connector and the mating-connector are in the unmated-position to a seated-position when the connector is moved to the mated-position, thereby retracting the terminal-stabilizer from the seated-position to the prestaged-position when the connector is moved from the mated-position to the unmated-position, wherein the plurality of retraction-locks define a retraction-slot that slideably retain the plurality of retraction-fins, whereby the plurality of retraction-locks return to a neutral flex-position having no deflection perpendicular to the mating-axis when the plurality of retraction-locks retain the plurality of retraction-fins, wherein the connector also includes a plurality of release-ramps, and wherein the base also includes a plurality of beam-locks configured to retain the terminal-stabilizer in the prestaged-position and prevent a movement of the terminal-stabilizer until the plurality of release-ramps displace the plurality of beam-locks in an outward direction perpendicular to the mating-axis and enable the terminal-stabilizer to move to the seated-position when the connector is moved from the unmated-position to the mated-position.

US Pat. No. 10,237,966

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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1. An electronic assembly comprising:a cooling device comprising a cooling plate equipped, on its upper face, with a plurality of pin-fins; and
a first printed circuit board including at least one heat-generating zone bearing against a lower face of the cooling plate, wherein each pin-fin includes a blowing means comprising a hub equipped with blades, the blades being arranged axially along each pin-fin so as to be able to rotate about the pin-fin to create a flow of air for cooling the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,270,981

METHOD FOR PROCESSING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) DATA FROM A NONLINEAR CAMERA

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1. A method for processing High Dynamic Range (HDR) data from a nonlinear camera, the method comprising:generating an input image with the camera, the input image comprising a plurality of pixels, each pixel having an initial pixel value, wherein the initial pixel values are generated using a camera transition curve;
generating a first lookup table representing a combination of an inverse function and a re-compression function, the first lookup table having input values and output values, wherein
each input value is linked to one output value,
the inverse function is the inverse of the camera transition curve,
the re-compression function is a smooth and continuous function having a slope at each input value which is greater than or equal to a corresponding slope of the camera transition curve,
the first lookup table is generated such that the inverse function precedes the re-compression function; and
generating a first image by converting the initial pixel values using the first lookup table,
wherein the camera is a red/clear imager (RCCC imager), wherein one of the input image and the first image comprise red and grey pixels, wherein a second image is extracted from the first image, wherein the second image comprises the red pixels of the first image, and a third image is generated from the first image, wherein the red pixels of the first image are replaced by interpolating the values of neighboring grey pixels of the first image, and
a white balance factor is calculated based on the function

wherein wb is the white balance factor, f is ?, p is a pixel count, r is the value of a red pixel of the first image, and g is the value of a grey pixel of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,186,851

CABLE-ASSEMBLY FOR ROBOTIC INSTALLATION

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1. A cable-retaining-device configured to use with a robotic actuator, comprising:a generally cylindrically shaped body defining a longitudinal-axis, wherein a mesial-portion of the body defines a passage configured to receive a cable extending longitudinally along an entire length of the body, wherein a distal-portion of the body defines a slot extending radially about the longitudinal-axis; and
a cable-retaining-band disposed within the slot configured to radially encircle the cable-retaining-device, wherein the cable-retaining-band is a cable-tie having a head and an elongate tail extending therefrom, said head configured to receive a portion of the tail, wherein the head is integral to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,179,584

PARKING-ASSIST SYSTEM

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1. A parking-assist system suitable for use on an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a radar-sensor that detects a first-vehicle and a second-vehicle adjacent to a travel-path of a host-vehicle, wherein a distance between the first-vehicle and the second-vehicle defines a parking-space; and
a controller in communication with the radar-sensor, wherein the controller determines the distance before the host-vehicle enters a zone of the travel-path adjacent to the parking-space, said zone having a length determined by the distance, and wherein the controller determines when the parking-space is large enough to accommodate the host-vehicle based on the distance.

US Pat. No. 10,151,176

HEATER AND SUPPORTING STRUCTURE THEREOF

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1. A heater comprising:a heater housing extending along a heater axis;
a fuel cell stack assembly disposed within said heater housing and having a fuel cell manifold supporting a plurality of fuel cells which convert chemical energy from a fuel into heat and electricity through a chemical reaction with an oxidizing agent;
a first medium conduit fixed relative to said heater housing and in fluid communication with said fuel cell stack assembly, said first medium conduit including a first medium conduit shelf extending laterally from said first medium conduit and facing upward, said first medium conduit shelf controlling an inlet flow of a first medium into said fuel cell manifold;
a second medium conduit fixed relative to said heater housing and in fluid communication with said fuel cell stack assembly, said second medium conduit including a second medium conduit shelf extending laterally from said second medium conduit and facing upward, said second medium conduit shelf controlling an inlet flow of a second medium into said fuel cell manifold;
wherein said fuel cell manifold is supported on said first medium conduit shelf and said second medium conduit shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,270,498

MIMO DETECTOR DEVICE USEFUL FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES

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1. A detector device, comprising:at least one receiver configured to receive radiation comprising a plurality of codes, each of the codes being associated with one of a plurality of transmissions, each of the codes being distinct from the other codes; and
a processor that is configured to
obtain information corresponding to a predetermined phase code spectrum for the codes;
determine a demodulated signal spectrum of radiation received by the at least one receiver;
determine at least one preselected characteristic of the determined demodulated signal spectrum, wherein the at least one preselected characteristic of the determined demodulated signal spectrum is determined by determining at least a frequency value corresponding to a location of at least one peak in the determined demodulated signal spectrum of the received radiation;
adjust the predetermined phase code spectrum based on the determined characteristic to generate an adjusted phase code spectrum; and
refine the determined demodulated signal spectrum based on the adjusted phase code spectrum to generate a refined demodulated signal spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,207,643

CAMERA BASED TRAILER DETECTION AND TRACKING

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1. A trailer-detection system configured to determine a presence of a trailer towed by a host-vehicle, said system comprising:a camera used to capture an image of an area directly behind a host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the camera, said controller configured to detect a position of edges in the image and determine that the edges are associated with a front of a trailer towed by the host-vehicle when the position of the edges moves less than a movement-threshold, wherein the movement-threshold corresponds to a predetermined pixel-count, the system includes an angle-detector used to determine a trailer-angle, in accordance with the determination that the edges are associated with the front of the trailer, the controller is further configured to adjust the movement-threshold for the tracked edges based on the trailer-angle so that the tracked edges are determined by the controller to remain associated with the front of the trailer, wherein the controller is further configured to determine a trailer-height based the position of the edges associated with the front of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,198,007

AUTOMATED VEHICLE SYSTEM TO AVOID TRAJECTORY DEFLECTION CAUSED BY RIDGE IN ROADWAY

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1. A system for operating an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a perception-sensor configured to detect a ridge in a travel-surface traveled by a host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the perception-sensor, said controller configured to operate the host-vehicle to avoid a trajectory-deflection of the host-vehicle when a tire of the host-vehicle encounters the ridge, wherein, when the ridge is oriented at a grazing-angle to a travel-direction of the host-vehicle, the controller is configured to veer the host-vehicle to cross the ridge at a crossing-angle characterized as between a right-angle and the grazing-angle.

US Pat. No. 10,177,085

POWER COMMUTATION MODULE

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1. A power commutation module, comprising:a printed circuit board;
a plate-shaped first bus bar; and
a first plurality of power switches each including a plurality of connection pins which are connected on an upper face of the printed circuit board and a metal base plate which is applied against the first bus bar,
wherein the first plurality of power switches is mounted on the first bus bar, the first plurality of power switches being generally aligned along a longitudinal edge of the first bus bar, in that said longitudinal edge of the first bus bar is arranged along a first longitudinal edge of the printed circuit board, and in that a portion of the first bus bar on which the first plurality of power switches are mounted is arranged next to the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,276,049

CAMERA BASED TRAILER IDENTIFICATION AND BLIND ZONE ADJUSTMENT

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1. A trailer-identification system configured to identify a trailer towed by a host-vehicle, said system comprising:a camera used to capture an image of a trailer towed by a host-vehicle;
a radar-sensor configured to detect an other-vehicle present in a blind-zone proximate to the host-vehicle, said blind-zone extending a distance perpendicular to a left-side and a right-side of the host-vehicle and extending a distance beyond a rear of the trailer;
a database that associates the character in the image with the trailer-model, the database including dimensions of the trailer related to the trailer-model; and
a controller in communication with the camera, the radar-sensor, and the database, said controller configured to detect a character on the trailer, identify a trailer-model of the trailer based on the character, and adjust the blind-zone proximate to the host-vehicle based on the trailer-model, wherein inboard-boundaries of the adjusted blind-zone are collinear with sides of the trailer, and wherein a trailer-boundary is excluded from the blind-zone.

US Pat. No. 10,207,644

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A LOCATION OF A VEHICLE FEATURE

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1. A method for determining a location of a vehicle feature (14) of a vehicle (10) relative to an environmental feature (20) located in an environmental zone of the vehicle feature (14), the method comprising the steps:arranging a camera (12) at the vehicle (10) with a fixed orientation relative to the vehicle (10) such that the vehicle feature (14) and an environmental zone of the vehicle feature (14) are disposed in the field of view of the camera (12);
generating an index (25) in the environmental zone of the vehicle feature (14) for determining the location of the vehicle feature (14) relative to an environmental feature (20) located in the environmental zone;
taking at least one measurement image (30) during the travel of the vehicle by means of the camera (12) or generating at least one measurement image (30) from an image taken by the camera (12), wherein the measurement image (30) includes the vehicle feature (14), the index (25) and an environmental feature (20) located in the environmental zone of the vehicle feature (14); and
determining the location of the vehicle feature (14) relative to the environmental feature (20) with reference to the position of the environmental feature (20) relative to the index (25) in the measurement image (30), wherein the generating of the index (25) and the generating of the measurement image (30) comprise the steps:
placing a measuring scale (24) at the vehicle feature with a stationary vehicle (10);
taking a source image (22) by the camera including the vehicle feature (14) and the measuring scale (24);
removing the measuring scale (24) from the vehicle feature (14);
taking at least one intermediate image (28) by the camera (12) during a travel of the vehicle (10), wherein the intermediate image (28) includes the vehicle feature (14) and an environmental feature (20) located in the environmental zone of the vehicle feature (14); and
at least partly superposing the source image (22) and the intermediate image (28) on the measurement image (30) such that the measuring scale (24) is visible in the measurement image (30) at that point at which it was taken in the source image (22) and the environmental feature (20) taken with the intermediate image (28) is visible in the measurement image (30).

US Pat. No. 10,205,337

WIRELESS BATTERY CHARGER WITH WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. An electrical charging system configured to wirelessly charge an energy storage device, comprising:an electrical power supply configured to source electrical power having an alternating output current and an alternating output voltage;
an output current sensor configured to determine an output current value (io) based on an output current and an output voltage sensor configured to determine an output voltage value (vo) based on the output voltage;
a source coil in electrical communication with the electrical power supply and configured to generate an alternating magnetic field;
a capture coil configured to be magnetically coupled to said source coil, thereby inducing the capture coil to capture the electrical power;
a rectifier electrically coupled to the capture coil and the energy storage device and configured to provide captured electrical power having a direct voltage and a direct current;
a battery charging controller configured to determine a current command value (ic);
a direct current sensor configured to determine a direct current value (id) based on the direct current and a direct voltage sensor configured to determine a direct voltage value (vd) based on the direct voltage;
a transmitter configured to transmit a sampled current command value (ics), a sampled direct voltage value (vds), and a sampled direct current value (ids) at a transmission rate, wherein the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and direct current value (ids) are sampled from the current command value (ic), direct voltage value (vd), and the direct current value (id) respectively;
a receiver configured to wirelessly receive the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and the sampled direct current value (ids) from the transmitter; and
a system controller in electrical communication with the receiver and the electrical power supply and configured to determine a voltage command value (vc) based on the output current value (io), the output voltage value (vo), the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and the sampled direct current value (ids), wherein the electrical power supply is configured to adjust the output voltage value (vo) based on the voltage command value (vc), wherein a rate at which the voltage command value (vc) is determined by the system controller is greater than the transmission rate of the transmitter, wherein the system controller determines the voltage command value (vc) based on a difference between the sampled current command value (ics) and a predicted current value (ip) according to the Laplace transform formula: vc=(ics?ip)*(KP2+KI2/S), wherein a value of KP2 is a proportional constant and a value of KI2 is an integral constant, wherein the predicted current value (ip) is determined, via the system controller, according to an adaptive model formula: ip=((K1*vo*io)?K0)/vds, wherein a value of K0 is determined, via the system controller, based on the formula K0=(ids?ip)*(KP3+KI3/S), wherein a value of KP3 is a proportional constant and a value of KI3 is an integral constant, wherein K0 is variable within a first predetermined range, wherein a value of K1 is determined, via the system controller, based on the formula K1=(ids?ip-1)*(KP1+KI1/S), wherein a value of KP1 is a proportional constant and a value of KI1 is an integral constant, and wherein K1 is variable within a second predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,205,266

CONNECTOR WIRE DRESS COVER FOR ROBOTIC INSTALLATION

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1. A wiring-harness, comprising:a wire cable;
a connector attached to a portion of the wire cable, the connector having a terminal-face and a wire-cable-face with a body therebetween; and
a dress cover attached to a connector-position-assurance attachment feature formed in the body, said dress cover having a locking-tab and surrounding beams that engage the body, wherein an extension of the dress cover overlays the wire-cable-face, the extension configured to guide the wire cable in a predetermined direction, the extension further configured to be releasably retained by a robotic assembler and inhibit the wire cable from contacting an end-effector of the robotic assembler, wherein the dress cover is further configured to transmit an insertion-force from the robotic assembler to the connector when the terminal-face is inserted into a mating-connector.

US Pat. No. 10,199,707

BALL-GRID-ARRAY RADIO-FREQUENCY INTEGRATED-CIRCUIT PRINTED-CIRCUIT-BOARD ASSEMBLY FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES

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1. A ball-grid-array attached radio-frequency integrated-circuit printed-circuit-board assembly configured to propagate a radio-frequency signal and suitable for use in an automated vehicle, said assembly comprising:a die that includes a signal-out-pad and a plurality of ground-pads arranged about the signal-out-pad,
said die operable to output a signal via the signal-out-pad, said signal characterized by a frequency;
a plurality of solder-balls used to attach the die;
a substrate that defines a plane and includes a plurality of vias oriented normal to the plane and extending from a top-side of the substrate to a bottom-side of the substrate, wherein the plurality of vias are characterized by a via-height that corresponds to a thickness of the substrate;
a top-metal layer attached to the top-side of the substrate, said top-metal layer configured to provide solder-pads for the plurality of solder-balls to attach the die to the top-metal layer; and
a bottom-metal layer attached to the bottom-side of the substrate, wherein the top-metal layer, the plurality of vias through the substrate, and the bottom-metal layer cooperate to form a substrate-integrated-waveguide suitable to propagate the signal in a direction parallel to the plane of the substrate, wherein the top-metal layer is configured to define a U-shaped-slot between a signal-portion of the top-metal layer that is surrounded by the U-shaped slot, said signal-portion is aligned with and connected to the signal-out-pad by one of the plurality of solder-balls, said signal-portion is aligned with the substrate-integrated-waveguide, and define a ground-portion of the top-metal layer outside of the U-shaped slot that is aligned with the plurality of ground-pads, said U-shaped-slot characterized by a slot-length that is selected based on the frequency of the signal, and a slot-width that is selected based on the via-height such that the signal generates an electric field directed across the U-shaped-slot whereby the signal is propagated from the signal-portion of the top-metal layer into the substrate-integrated-waveguide, wherein a ratio defined by the via-height divided by the slot-width is greater than three (3).

US Pat. No. 10,320,187

APPARATUS TO PROVIDE REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION

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1. An apparatus configured to protect one or more system components from damage due to reversed polarity connection of a power supply, said apparatus comprising:a relay located between said power supply and said one or more system components, and configured to detect the reversed polarity connection to the power supply and configured to consequently open the relay to isolate said power supply from said one or more system components, wherein said relay includes a SET coil and a RESET coil each connected to the power supply; and
a first switch connecting the power supply to the SET and RESET coils, said first switch being connected to a detection device for detecting the reversed polarity connection, said first switch configured to be switched on to drive current through the SET and RESET coils to open the relay on detection of the reversed polarity connection; and
wherein the SET and RESET coils are arranged in parallel and connected to said first switch such that the current is driven through the SET and RESET coils in opposite directions so that said SET and RESET coils both act in synergy to open the relay when said reversed polarity connection is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,290,972

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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1. An electrical connector assembly, comprising;a first connector having an elongated housing aligned along a longitudinal axis, a first connection face oriented generally parallel to a mating axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis; and
a second connector having a second connection face surrounded at least partly by a shroud oriented generally parallel to the mating axis towards the first connection face, wherein said first connector comprises a first locking means configured to lock the first connector to the second connector and second locking means that prevent the first locking means from releasing, wherein the shroud comprises a third locking means that cooperates with the first locking means to lock the first connector to the second connector when mated along the mating axis, wherein a length of the electrical connector assembly along the mating axis, is smaller than a width along the longitudinal axis and also smaller than a height along a transverse axis arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and the mating axis, when mated.

US Pat. No. 10,290,976

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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2. An electrical connector comprising;an elongated housing aligned on a longitudinal axis, surrounding an elongated terminal having a contact surface; and
a terminal support device, attached on the elongated housing and movable longitudinally along the elongated housing from an open position to a support position, wherein the terminal support device increases a contact pressure of the contact surface, to a counter-contact element, when the electrical connector is mated to a counter-connector and the terminal support device is in the support position, wherein the elongated housing comprises a locking opening, arranged in a flexible tong and the terminal support device comprises a first locking protrusion and a second locking protrusion protruding outward the elongated housing, wherein the first locking protrusion is located in the locking opening when the terminal support device is in the open position and wherein the first locking protrusion and the second locking protrusion are located in the locking opening when the terminal support device is in the support position.

US Pat. No. 10,230,191

HIGH-CURRENT ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH MULTI-POINT CONTACT SPRING

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1. A high-current electrical connector, comprising:a female electrical-terminal configured to receive a male electrical-terminal, said female electrical-terminal formed of a single piece of electrically conductive material, said female electrical-terminal having a first-sidewall and a second-sidewall connected by a web, said second-sidewall defining a distal-end, a proximal-end, and a medial-zone disposed therebetween, wherein the first-sidewall is opposite and parallel to the distal-end of the second-sidewall, and wherein the female electrical-terminal defines an open distal-end and a channel opposite the web to receive the male electrical-terminal;
a contact-spring formed of a single piece of electrically conductive material disposed intermediate to the first-sidewall and the second-sidewall, said contact-spring defines a plurality of opposed-pair contact-beams, wherein each of the plurality of opposed-pair contact-beams have a plurality of outer-contact-points and have a plurality of inner-contact-points, wherein the plurality of outer-contact-points are in electrical and physical contact with the female electrical-terminal, and wherein the plurality of inner-contact-points are in electrical and physical contact with opposed sides of the male electrical-terminal such that a electrical and physical contact is formed between the contact beam, the female electrical-terminal, and the male electrical-terminal in at least four separate locations;
the male electrical-terminal, wherein the male electrical-terminal includes a planar blade-shaped portion formed of an electrically conductive material having two exposed-edges of the planar blade-shaped portion formed of a dielectric material, wherein the dielectric material is integrally formed with a header-wall and a base of a male-connector.

US Pat. No. 10,205,268

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING CABLE SEALS PROVIDING ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING

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1. An electrical connector assembly, comprising:a shielded wire cable having an inner core, an inner insulator surrounding the inner core, a cable shield surrounding the inner insulator, and an outer insulator surrounding the cable shield;
a terminal attached to the inner core;
a terminal shield surrounding the terminal;
a cable seal formed of an electrically conductive resilient material, wherein a first portion of the cable seal is in compressive contact with portions of the cable shield and the terminal shield, thereby providing an electrically conductive path between the cable shield and the terminal shield; and
a housing in which the terminal is disposed, wherein a second portion of the cable seal is in compressive contact with a portion of the outer insulator and an inner wall of the housing, thereby inhibiting intrusion of contaminants into the housing and wherein a first outer surface of the first portion in compressive contact with the terminal shield has a generally flat profile and a second outer surface of the second portion in compressive contact with the inner wall has an undulating profile.

US Pat. No. 10,186,894

WIRELESS BATTERY CHARGER WITH WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. An electrical charging system configured to wirelessly charge an energy storage device, comprising:an electrical power supply configured to source electrical power having an alternating output current and an alternating output voltage;
an output current sensor configured to determine an output current value (io) based on an output current and an output voltage sensor configured to determine an output voltage value (vo) based on an output voltage;
a source coil in electrical communication with the electrical power supply and configured to generate an alternating magnetic field;
a capture coil configured to be magnetically coupled to said source coil, thereby inducing the capture coil to capture the electrical power;
a rectifier electrically coupled to the capture coil and the energy storage device and configured to provide captured electrical power having a direct voltage and a direct current;
a battery charging controller configured to determine a current command value (ic);
a direct current sensor configured to determine a direct current value (id) based on the direct current and a direct voltage sensor configured to determine a direct voltage value (vd) based on the direct voltage;
a transmitter configured to transmit a sampled current command value (ics), a sampled direct voltage value (vds), and a sampled direct current value (ids) at a transmission rate, wherein the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and direct current value (ids) are sampled from the current command value (ic), direct voltage value (vd), and the direct current value (id) respectively;
a receiver configured to wirelessly receive the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and the sampled direct current value (ids) from the transmitter; and
a system controller in electrical communication with the receiver and the electrical power supply and configured to determine a voltage command value (vc) based on the output current value (io), the output voltage value (vo), the sampled current command value (ics), the sampled direct voltage value (vds), and the sampled direct current value (ids), wherein the electrical power supply is configured to adjust the output voltage value (vo) based on the voltage command value (vc), and wherein a rate at which the voltage command value (vc) is determined by the system controller is greater than the transmission rate of the transmitter, wherein the system controller determines the voltage command value (vc) based on a difference between the sampled current command value (ics) and a predicted current value (ip) according to the Laplace transform formula: vc=(ics?ip)*(KP2+KI2/S), wherein values of KP1 and KP2 are proportional constants and values of KI1 and KI2 are integral constants, wherein the predicted current value (ip) is determined according to an adaptive model formula: ip=((K1*vo*io)?K0)/vds, wherein a rate of change of the value of K0 increases and a rate of change of the value of K1 decreases as an output power (po=io*vo) increases.

US Pat. No. 10,179,607

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN WIND CONDITIONS USING VEHICLE ROLL

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1. A lane keeping system for a vehicle comprising:a first roll angle sensor configured to provide a first signal indicative of dynamic vehicle body roll;
a second roll angle sensor configured to provide a second signal indicative of an angle between vehicle sprung and unsprung masses; and
a lane keeping system (LKS) controller in communication with the first and second roll angle sensors, the LKS controller configured to discern a vehicle roll angle in response to the first and second signals based upon effects of a lateral wind force on the vehicle, the LKS controller configured to produce a correction in response to the determined lateral wind force effects to maintain the vehicle along a desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,289,115

AUTOMATED VEHICLE MAP LOCALIZATION BASED ON OBSERVED GEOMETRIES OF ROADWAYS

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1. A map-localization system for navigating an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a path-detector that detects observed-geometries of a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle, wherein the observed-geometries include road-heading, road-curvature, road-width, intersection-headings, intersection-spacing, cul-de-sac-length, and cul-de-sac-heading;
a digital-map that indicates mapped-geometries of roadways available for travel by the host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the path-detector and the digital-map, said controller configured to determine a location of the host-vehicle on the digital-map based on a comparison of the observed-geometries to the mapped-geometries.

US Pat. No. 10,235,875

VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR CLOUD-HOSTING SENSOR-DATA

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1. A vehicle communication system for cloud-hosting sensor-data from a plurality of vehicles, wherein each of the vehicles is equipped with one or more sensors used to detect objects proximate to each of the vehicles, said system comprising:a transceiver used to communicate sensor-data from a first-sensor on a first-vehicle and from a second-sensor on a second-vehicle; and
a controller configured to receive, via the transceiver, first-data from the first-sensor and second-data from the second-sensor, determine when the first-data and the second-data are both indicative of an object proximate to the first-vehicle and the second-vehicle, wherein the first-data is characterized by a first-confidence and the second-data is characterized by a second-confidence, and the controller is configured to prevent communication of the second-data to the first-vehicle when the first-confidence is greater than the second-confidence.

US Pat. No. 10,209,717

AUTONOMOUS GUIDANCE SYSTEM

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1. An autonomous guidance system that operates a vehicle in an autonomous mode, said system comprising:a camera module that outputs an image signal indicative of an image of an object in an area about a vehicle;
a radar module that outputs a reflection signal indicative of a reflected signal reflected by the object; and
a controller that determines an object-location of the object on a predetermined map of roadways proximate to the area based on a vehicle-location of the vehicle on the predetermined map, the image signal, and the reflection signal, wherein the controller classifies the object as small when a magnitude of the reflection signal associated with the object is less than a signal-threshold, and the object is not indicated on the predetermined map.

US Pat. No. 10,177,517

FERRULE CRIMPING TOOL

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1. A tool configured to form four evenly spaced indentations having an indentation radius and four evenly spaced projections about a circumference of a generally cylindrical seamless ferrule having a ferrule radius, each projection of the four projections having a projection height equal to or less than a height threshold, said tool comprising:four moveable crimping dies, each moveable crimping die of the four moveable crimping dies defining a concave crimping surface having the indentation radius; and
four fixed limiting dies, each fixed limiting die located intermediate two adjacent crimping dies of the four moveable crimping dies and defining a limiting surface configured to limit a height of each projection to the height threshold, wherein each fixed limiting die is fixed at a limiting distance from the longitudinal axis of the ferrule, and wherein the four fixed limiting dies remain at the limiting distance as the four crimping dies move relative to the longitudinal axis of the ferrule and the four fixed limiting dies.

US Pat. No. 10,283,905

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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1. An electrical connector assembly, comprising;a plug with a plug body comprising a contact holder portion;
an annular locking ring movable about a plug-in axis, attached to the plug body, and concentrically surrounding the contact holder portion, wherein an elastic element holds the locking ring in a rest position and wherein the locking ring has a first recess at a first end extending opposite a direction of insertion diagonally to the plug-in axis, wherein it creates a guide surface; and
a mating connector having a plug-receiving portion configured to receive the contact holder portion of the plug, wherein the plug-receiving portion is surrounded by a collar, on the outside of which a projection is provided, which, when mating the plug and the mating connector, engages the guide surface and rotates the locking ring against a spring force of the elastic element about the plug-in axis in a first direction, wherein the locking ring has a second recess at a second end, wherein the projection and the second recess are in a plane perpendicular to the plug-in axis in fully assembled state, wherein the spring force rotates the locking ring against the first direction, so that the projection is received in the second recess and locks the plug body with the plug-receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,234,858

AUTOMATED VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle-control system suitable for use on an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a human-machine-interface that accepts an input from an operator of a host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the human-machine-interface, wherein the controller drives the host-vehicle in accordance with rules governing an operation of vehicles proximate to an emergency-vehicle stopped alongside a roadway traveled by the host-vehicle when the operator inputs a notification to the human-machine-interface indicating that the operator detects a circumstance that suggests a presence of the emergency-vehicle on the roadway ahead of the host-vehicle that has not been detected by the system, wherein the controller determines when a lane-change is allowed, wherein when the host-vehicle is in a travel-lane adjacent to the emergency-vehicle the controller drives the host-vehicle into an adjacent-lane while the lane-change is allowed, and when the lane-change is not allowed the controller reduces a host-vehicle-speed in accordance with the rules governing the operation of vehicles proximate to the emergency-vehicle stopped alongside the roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,317,220

ALIGNMENT OF MULTIPLE DIGITAL MAPS USED IN AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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1. A navigation system for an automated vehicle, said system comprising:an object-detector that indicates relative-positions of a plurality of objects proximate to the host-vehicle;
a first-map that indicates a first-object and a second-object detected by the object-detector;
a second-map different from the first-map, said second-map indicates the first-object and the second-object; and
a controller in communication with the object-detector, the first-map, and the second-map, said controller configured to
determine a first-coordinate of the host-vehicle on the first-map based on the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object,
determine a second-coordinate of the host-vehicle on the second-map based on the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object, and
align the first-map and the second-map based on the first-coordinate, the second-coordinate, and the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object.

US Pat. No. 10,286,916

TRAILER ESTIMATION AND BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

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1. A blind-spot detection system configured to detect objects proximate to a blind-spot of an operator of a vehicle, said system comprising:an angle-detector used to determine a trailer-angle relative to a host-vehicle of a trailer being towed by the host-vehicle;
a radar-sensor used to detect an other-vehicle present in a blind-zone proximate to the host-vehicle;
a controller in communication with the angle-detector and the radar-sensor, said controller configured to adjust a sensing-boundary that defines the blind-zone based on the trailer-angle.

US Pat. No. 10,207,654

RETENTION SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A CAMERA IN AN INSIDE COMPARTMENT OF A VEHICLE

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1. A retention system on a mounting structure for a generally cylindrical component, the retention system comprising:a U-shaped spring clip that includes a base and a pair of resilient retainer arms extending from the base along a main axis and defining an inlet passage; and
a holding member for holding said U-shaped spring clip,
wherein said retainer arms are adapted to engage with a first side of the component facing the inlet passage, and said holding member includes a rigid retention wall extending inside the spring clip and which are adapted to engage with a second side of the component opposite the first side, said second side located at a distance from the spring clip base in working position.

US Pat. No. 10,211,546

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SYSTEM FOR SHIELDED WIRE CABLE

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1. An electrical connection system, comprising:a first shielded cable having a first electrical conductor and a second electrical conductor surrounded by a first shield conductor which is surrounded by a first insulating jacket;
a second shielded cable having a third electrical conductor and a fourth electrical conductor surrounded by a second shield conductor which is surrounded by a second insulating jacket;
a plug connector having a first plug terminal and a second plug terminal;
a receptacle connector configured to mate with said plug connector having a first receptacle terminal and a second receptacle terminal configured to receive the first and second plug terminals respectively;
a plug shield longitudinally surrounding the plug connector and electrically isolated from the plug terminals having an upper plug shield and a lower plug shield, wherein the lower plug shield is attached to the first shield conductor by a first pair of shield crimp wings, wherein an extreme end of the first pair of shield crimp wings is collocated with an extreme end of the first shield conductor, wherein the upper plug shield defines a first tab in direct and compressive contact with an outer surface of the first pair of shield crimp wings of the lower plug shield, and wherein the first pair of shield crimp wings is intermediate the first tab and the first shield conductor; and
a receptacle shield longitudinally surrounding the receptacle connector and electrically isolated from the receptacle terminals having an upper receptacle shield and a lower receptacle shield, wherein the lower receptacle shield is attached to the second shield conductor by a second pair of shield crimp wings, wherein an extreme end of the second pair of shield crimp wings is collocated with an extreme end of the second shield conductor, wherein the upper receptacle shield defines a second tab in direct and compressive contact with an outer surface of the second pair of shield crimp wings of the lower receptacle shield, and wherein the second pair of shield crimp wings is intermediate the second tab and the second shield conductor;
wherein the upper plug shield defines a first pair of opposed tabs in direct and compressive contact with the first pair of shield crimp wings of the lower plug shield, wherein the first pair of shield crimp wings is intermediate the first pair of opposed tabs and the first shield conductor, wherein the upper receptacle shield defines a second pair of opposed tabs in direct and compressive contact with the second pair of shield crimp wings of the lower receptacle shield, and wherein the second pair of shield crimp wings is intermediate the second pair of opposed tabs and the second shield conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,345,107

AUTOMATED VEHICLE SENSOR SELECTION BASED ON MAP DATA DENSITY AND NAVIGATION FEATURE DENSITY

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1. A navigation system suitable for use by an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a first sensor used to determine a first relative-position of a first navigation-feature relative to a host-vehicle, said first sensor characterized as based on a first sensor-technology;
a second sensor used to determine a second relative-position of a second navigation-feature relative to the host-vehicle, said second sensor characterized as based on a second sensor-technology different from the first sensor-technology;
a digital-map that includes a first data-group composed of navigation-features characterized as preferentially detected by the first sensor-technology, and a second data-group composed of navigation-features characterized as preferentially detected by the second sensor-technology; and
a controller in communication with the first sensor, the second sensor, and the digital-map, said controller configured to
determine a first location of the host-vehicle on the digital-map based on the first relative-position of the first navigation-feature indicated by the first sensor, wherein the first data-group of the digital-map proximate to the first location is characterized by a first data-density,
determine a second location of the host-vehicle on the digital-map based on the second relative-position of the second navigation-feature indicated by the second sensor, wherein the second data-group on the digital-map proximate to the second location is characterized by a second data-density, and
select one of the first location and the second location for use to navigate the host-vehicle based on a comparison of the first data-density and the second data-density.

US Pat. No. 10,320,107

HEADER CONNECTOR COMPRISING AN INTERIOR UNDERCUT SPACE

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1. A header connector configured to mechanically and electrically connect to a counterpart connector, comprising:a frame comprising a top surface, the top surface comprising at least two recesses for receiving an interface portion; and
at least two interface portions each respectively received in the at least two recesses, each interface portion comprising a bottom wall and side walls protruding perpendicular away from the top surface and the bottom wall, the side walls and the bottom wall defining a receptacle with an opening for receiving the counterpart connector, a mating direction of the header connector being parallel with the side walls and pointing away from the bottom wall towards the opening, wherein each interface portion comprises a side wall portion that protrudes inwards into the frame opposite to the mating direction, the side wall portion having an outer side wall surface and an opposing inner side wall surface, wherein a lock protrusion transversely protrudes away from the outer side wall surface into the frame perpendicular to the mating direction and wherein the frame comprises an interior undercut space at least partly defined by the bottom wall and an inner side wall surface, and wherein each interface portion comprises a seal protrusion that protrudes from the bottom wall into the interior undercut space.

US Pat. No. 10,281,564

REFRACTIVE BEAM STEERING DEVICE USEFUL FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE LIDAR

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1. A device for steering a beam of radiation, the device comprising:at least one compressible optic component including at least one lens and a compressible optic material adjacent the at least one lens; and
an actuator that controls an orientation of the at least one lens by selectively applying pressure on the compressible optic material, wherein
the at least one compressible optic component comprises a plurality of compressible optic components respectively including at least one lens and compressible optic material; and
the actuator selectively controls an orientation of the lenses, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,351,146

TRAILER ESTIMATION IMPROVEMENT

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1. A trailer-detection system configured to detect a trailer towed by a host-vehicle, said system comprising:a radar-sensor used to detect a radar-signal indicative of an object proximate to the host-vehicle;
an angle-detector used to determine a trailer-angle relative to the host-vehicle of a trailer towed by the host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the angle-detector and the radar-sensor, said controller configured to determine a trailer-presence of the trailer based on the radar-signal and the trailer-angle;
determine a sensing-boundary that defines a blind-zone of an operator of the host-vehicle;
determine a trailer-boundary within the sensing-boundary based on the radar-signal;
adjust the sensing-boundary based on the trailer-angle when the host-vehicle is turning;
adjust the trailer-boundary based on the adjusted sensing-boundary; and
adjust the blind-zone based on the adjusted trailer-boundary to maintain the blind-zone proximate to the trailer-boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,290,979

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A network connector assembly, comprising:a header housing having two pins forming a pin pair, wherein a first pin end portion of each of the two pins are configured to be connected to a counter-connector along a mating axis, wherein a second pin end portion of each of the two pins is configured to be connected to a printed circuit board (PCB), and wherein the second pin end portions extend perpendicularly to the mating axis;
a first electrically conductive shielding member arranged laterally to the pin pair, thereby shielding the pin pair on one side; and
a second electrically conductive shielding member arranged intermediate the two pins, thereby shielding the two pins from each other, wherein the second pin end portions form a press fit connector configured to connect to the printed circuit board, wherein the second pin end portions comprise a press protrusion, protruding perpendicularly from the second pin end portions configured to cooperate with a press tool while being pressed in a PCB-opening of the printed circuit board, wherein the second electrically conductive shielding member comprises a tool opening, and wherein the tool opening is arranged at a position that allows movement of the press tool through the tool opening along a tool axis to access the press protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,279,786

AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEM

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1. A braking-system suitable for use on an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a ranging-sensor used to detect an object proximate to a host-vehicle when the object resides in a field-of-view of the ranging-sensor, wherein the field-of-view defines an edge of the field-of-view and a boundary of a conflict-zone, whereby the object in the conflict-zone and the host-vehicle will collide as the host-vehicle moves toward the object, said boundary extending from a left-side and a right-side of the host-vehicle and terminating at the edge of the field-of-view, said boundary corresponding to a portion of the edge, said edge defining a line where a ranging-sensor-signal impinges on the ground such that the object in the conflict-zone is not detected by the ranging-sensor;
a braking-actuator used to control movement of the host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the ranging-sensor and the braking-actuator, wherein the controller determines a height of the object, determines a distance to the object, determines a range-rate of the object when the object is in the field-of-view, and activates the braking-actuator when an estimated-distance to the object is less than a distance-threshold, the height of the object is greater than a height-threshold, and the object has crossed the boundary and thereby enters the conflict-zone;
wherein while the host-vehicle is moving the controller determines the estimated-distance to the object based on both a last-known-distance and the range-rate determined when the object crossed the boundary into the conflict-zone and is thereby undetected by the ranging-sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,373,501

AUTOMATED VEHICLE CONTROL STRATEGY FOR PEDESTRIAN CROWDS

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1. A system for operating an automated vehicle in a crowd of pedestrians, said system comprising:an object-detector that detects pedestrians proximate to a host-vehicle; and
a controller in control of movement of the host-vehicle and in communication with the object-detector, said controller operates the host-vehicle to stop the host-vehicle when pedestrians pass in front of the host-vehicle, and operates the host-vehicle to creep-forward after a wait-interval when the pedestrians continue to pass in front of the host-vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,366,294

TRANSPARENCY-CHARACTERISTIC BASED OBJECT CLASSIFICATION FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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1. An object classification system for an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a lidar mounted on a host-vehicle, said lidar determines spot-distances indicated by light-beams that were emitted by the lidar and reflected toward the lidar from an area proximate to the host-vehicle;
a controller in communication with the lidar, wherein the controller
determines a lidar-outline of an object in the area based on spot-distances,
determines an object-distance to the object based on spot-distances within the lidar-outline of the object,
determines a backdrop-distance to a backdrop based on spot-distances outside of the lidar-outline of the object,
determines a transparency-characteristic of the object based on instances of spot-distances from within the lidar-outline of the object that correspond to the backdrop-distance, and
operates the host-vehicle to avoid the object when the transparency-characteristic is less than a transparency-threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,351,103

LIDAR DEVICE WITH HEATED COVER USEFUL FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES

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1. A detector device, comprising:a sensor portion that is configured to at least emit or receive a first type of radiation;
a cover near the sensor portion, the cover is transparent to the first type of radiation to allow the first type of radiation to pass through the cover;
a radiation source that emits a second type of radiation into the cover, the second type of radiation is different than the first type of radiation; and
a plurality of reflecting surfaces that 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 in the cover to increase a temperature of at least a portion of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,384,660

SLOW SPEED AUTOMATED VEHICLE BRAKE PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. A brake control system for operating brakes of an automated vehicle, the brake control system comprising:a motion-detector that detects relative-movement of a host-vehicle relative to a stationary-feature located apart from the host-vehicle, wherein the host-vehicle includes a wheel-speed-sensor, brakes, and vehicle controls for operating the brakes; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the motion-detector, the wheel-speed-sensor, and the vehicle controls of the host-vehicle, the controller configured to operate the brakes by using the vehicle controls of the host-vehicle when the host-vehicle is operated in an automated-mode, wherein the controller determines a vehicle-speed of the host-vehicle based on the relative-movement detected by the motion-detector when the vehicle-speed is less than a speed-threshold, and regulates brake-pressure of the brakes based on the vehicle-speed.

US Pat. No. 10,393,862

TRAILER ESTIMATION WITH ELEVATION ENHANCED SENSING

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1. A trailer-detection system configured to determine a size of a trailer towed by a host-vehicle, said system comprising:a radar-sensor used to determine a range, an azimuth-angle, and an elevation-angle of a radar-signal reflected by targets associated with a trailer towed by a host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the radar-sensor, said controller configured to determine a size of the trailer towed by the host-vehicle based on the range, the azimuth-angle, and the elevation-angle of the radar-signal;
the controller further configured to determine a trailer-type based on the radar-signal; wherein
the trailer-type includes an enclosed-trailer, a utility-trailer, a utility-trailer-loaded, and a travel-trailer;
the controller further configured to define a three-dimensional trailer-boundary characterized as occupied by the trailer and thereby exclude the trailer from the zone proximate to the host-vehicle where objects are detected.

US Pat. No. 10,377,386

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE PHYSICAL STATE OF A VEHICLE OCCUPANT

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1. A system configured to determine a physical state of a vehicle occupant within a vehicle, comprising:an electrode containing nano-scale metal fibers, wherein the electrode is in contact with the vehicle occupant; and
a controller connected to the electrode configured to determine the physical state of the vehicle occupant based on an output of the electrode and further configured initiate a countermeasure based on the physical state of the vehicle occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,366,310

ENHANCED CAMERA OBJECT DETECTION FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES

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1. An object detection system, comprising:a camera having a field of view, the camera providing an output comprising information regarding potential objects within the field of view; and
a processor that is configured to select a portion of the camera output based on information from at least one other type of detector that indicates a potential object in the selected portion, the processor being configured to ignore other portions of the camera output that, based on the information from the at least one other type of detector, do not include a potential object, the processor determining an Objectness of the selected portion based on information in the camera output regarding the selected portion.

US Pat. No. 10,492,342

SYSTEM FOR COOLING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

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9. A method of assembling an electronic device (10), said method comprising:fan-folding (100) at least one metal strip (72) so as to form cooling fins (18), each extending transversely to the strip (72), and spaces (74) between fins forming contact zones (76) between fins;
arranging (110) the contact zones (76) between fins of the folded metal strip (72) on a metal cover (14) of the electronic device (10);
brazing (200) the contact zones (76) between fins to the metal cover (14) of the electronic device (10);
arranging (170) on a casing (12) of the electronic device (10) means (20) adapted to generate a flow of air (46) between the fins (18) of a first group (32) of fins (18) of the metal strip (72) in a first direction (D1) transverse to the strip (72);
arranging (180) an air deflector (22) on the casing (12) so as to be able to orient the flow of air (46) between the fins (18) of a second group (34) of fins (18) of the metal strip (72) in a second direction (D2) transverse to the strip (72) and opposite the first direction (D1).

US Pat. No. 10,401,484

LIDAR SENSOR ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

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1. A Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor alignment system comprising:an imaging device configured to output an image signal associated with a first scene including an object;
a LiDAR sensor configured to output a LiDAR signal associated with a second scene;
a mount device attached to the LiDAR sensor and constructed and arranged to align the LiDAR sensor; and
a controller configured to:
receive the image signal and LiDAR signals;
use the image signal to classify the object from the first scene using a database including preprogrammed information associated with the object and applied by the controller for classification of the object;
use the classified object and the LiDAR signals to confirm the classified object is at least partially within the second scene; and
in accordance with the classified object not being at least partially within the second scene, initiating an action.

US Pat. No. 10,396,520

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A MOUNTING DEVICE

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1. A method for calibrating a mounting-device;said mounting-device used for automatically mounting a contact-part into a connector-housing;
said contact-part attached to an electrical line;
said connector-housing defining a cavity into which the contact-part is inserted;
said method comprising the steps of:
providing the mounting-device which comprises:
a holder for the connector-housing;
the holder having a marking-carrier attached thereto,
a positioning-device that includes a moveable-gripper;
the movable-gripper including a marking-device;
the movable-gripper configured to insert the contact-part into the connector-housing;
a camera configured to capture an image of a portion of the holder; and
a control unit in communication with the positioning-device, the camera, and the moveable-gripper, said control unit configured to:
determine a position of the cavity based on the image; and
control the positioning-device such that the moveable-gripper inserts the contact-part into the cavity;
marking a plurality of marking-points on the marking-carrier using the marking-device, wherein the moveable-gripper is sequentially positioned based on predetermined coordinates stored in the control unit;
capturing the image of the plurality of the marking-points using the camera;
determining positions of the plurality of the marking-points based on the image using the control unit;
said positions indicative of an actual insertion-position of the contact-part into the connector-housing by the moveable-gripper; and
storing the positions of the plurality of the marking-points in a memory of the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,409

LOCAL TRAFFIC CUSTOMS LEARNING SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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1. A system comprising:a location-detector that determines a location of an automated vehicle;
an object-detector that detects a lane-marking and one or more other-vehicles proximate to the automated vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the location-detector and the object-detector, the controller configured to:
determine whether the lane-marking indicates a keep-out zone that precedes a turn-lane adjacent to a travel-lane of the automated vehicle;
determine whether at least one of the one or more other-vehicles has traveled over the keep-out zone; and
in accordance with determining that the lane-marking indicates the keep-out zone that precedes the turn-lane adjacent to the travel-lane of the automated vehicle, and that the at least one of the one or more other-vehicles has traveled over the keep-out zone,
record the location of the automated vehicle and an indication that a lane-rule is violated at the location; and
operate the automated vehicle to travel over the keep-out zone in violation of the lane-rule.

US Pat. No. 10,488,497

SCANNING LIDAR FOR AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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1. A scanning lidar, said lidar comprising:a laser that generates a pulsed laser beam;
a beam-steering means that steers the pulsed laser beam to scan a field-of-view of the lidar;
a controller in communication with the laser and the beam-steering means, wherein the controller coordinates operation of the laser and the beam-steering means such that the lidar has an angular-resolution, and the controller operates the beam-steering means in accordance with a first rectangular spiral pattern formed of a predetermined series of alternating possible instances of vertical and horizontal scan-segments, each possible instance of scan-segment comprising two or more beam-spots aligned in either a vertical or horizontal direction, wherein spacing between beam-spots and possible instances of scan-segments is equal to the angular-resolution, said first rectangular pattern has an aspect-ratio that corresponds to the field-of-view, wherein the controller is configured to operate the beam-steering means to cause at least one possible instance of scan-segment of the first rectangular spiral pattern to be skipped during a present-scan of the field-of-view, whereby the field-of-view is not scanned entirely at the angular-resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,424,849

CRIMP CONNECTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL CABLES COMPRISING A FASTENING SLEEVE

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1. A crimp connection system for electrical cables, comprising:an electrical cable having a stripped cable end;
a fastening sleeve, wherein the stripped cable end is arranged at least partially within the fastening sleeve, wherein the fastening sleeve comprises a plurality of fastening protrusions extending from an interior surface and an outer surface of the fastening sleeve, wherein the plurality of fastening protrusions of the fastening sleeve is formed as an embossment, a louver, or a combination thereof and wherein the plurality of fastening protrusions are distributed over the interior surface and the outer surface of the fastening sleeve; and
a contact terminal comprising a crimp portion, wherein the fastening sleeve is arranged at least partially within the crimp portion.

US Pat. No. 10,481,255

TRAILER DIMENSION ESTIMATION WITH TWO DIMENSIONAL RADAR AND CAMERA

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1. A trailer-detection system configured to determine a dimension of a trailer towed by a host-vehicle, said system comprising:a radar-sensor used to determine a range and an azimuth-angle of a radar-signal reflected by a feature of a trailer towed by a host-vehicle;
a camera used to capture an image of the trailer towed by the host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the radar-sensor and the camera, said controller configured to:
determine a position in the image of at least a first viewable-feature and a second viewable-feature of a front of the trailer towed by the host-vehicle; wherein the first viewable-feature comprises a top-horizontal-edge of the front of the trailer and the second viewable-feature comprises a bottom-horizontal-edge of the front of the trailer; and
determine a trailer-height of the trailer based on the position and a range and azimuth-angle to the first viewable-feature and the second viewable-feature indicated by the radar-sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,473,218

PERIMETER SEAL

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1. A sealing system, comprising:a first housing that defines a mating surface;
a second housing that defines a seal gland having an inner wall, a base, and an outer wall, said second housing having a perimeter flange extending perpendicular to the outer wall of the seal gland and overlying a portion of the mating surface; and
a seal that includes a continuous beam of compliant material compressed within the seal gland, said continuous beam characterized as having a generally H-shaped cross-section, said seal defines a captured end disposed within the seal gland and a free end extending beyond the second housing, said seal defines an inner flange, an outer flange, a web disposed therebetween, and a lip, said lip extends radially outward from and generally perpendicular to the free end of the outer flange and is disposed between the perimeter flange and the portion of the mating surface, wherein 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 and the lip is compressed between the perimeter flange and the portion of the mating surface;
wherein a cross-section of the lip is increased in thickness at a distal end of the lip relative to a midsection of the lip.

US Pat. No. 10,416,680

ANGLE FINDING FOR A DETECTOR HAVING A PAIRED STAGGERED ARRAY

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1. A detector device, comprising:an array of detectors arranged in one dimension, the array including a plurality of first detectors and a plurality of second detectors, the first detectors respectively having one of the second detectors between the first detector and an adjacent one of the first detectors, the first detectors respectively being spaced from the one of the second detectors by a first distance d1, the one of the second detectors respectively being spaced from the adjacent one of the first detectors by a second distance d2 that is larger than the first distance, the first detectors being spaced from each other by a third distance d1+d2 that is a sum of the first and second distance, the second detectors being spaced from each other by the third distance; and
a processor that determines an angle of detection of the device, the processor being configured to:
treat the array of detectors as a multiple-dimensional array wherein
the first detectors are in a first dimension with the third distance between the first detectors,
the second detectors are in a second dimension with the third distance between the second detectors,
and the first dimension is spaced from the second dimension by the first distance;
determine a plurality of first detection angle estimates in the first dimension;
determine a plurality of second detection angle estimates in the second dimension; and
determine the angle of detection from at least one of the first detection angle estimates that corresponds to at least one of the second detection angle estimates.

US Pat. No. 10,417,508

OBJECT HEIGHT DETERMINATION FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. A steering-system for an automated vehicle, said system comprising:an object-detector that indicates a peak height of an object approached by a host-vehicle; and
a controller, in communication with the object detector, configured to:
determine that the peak height of the object is less than a first ground clearance of a first portion of the undercarriage of the host vehicle and more than a second ground clearance of a second portion of the undercarriage of the host vehicle;
steer the host-vehicle so that the first portion of the undercarriage of the host-vehicle passes over the object based on the determination that the peak height of the object is less than the first ground-clearance of the first portion of the host-vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,497,261

TRAFFIC BLOCKING AVOIDANCE SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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1. A system for semi-autonomous or autonomous operation of a host vehicle comprising:at least one object detector configured to output a vehicle signal indicative of a location of a leading vehicle; and
a controller of the host vehicle configured to receive the vehicle signal and associate the vehicle signal relative to intersection location data to prevent the host vehicle from entering a roadway intersection until the leading vehicle has at least traveled beyond the roadway intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,493,675

METHOD FOR MOLDING A RESILIENT MATERIAL AROUND A RIGID WORK PIECE

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1. A method of forming a resilient seal, comprising the steps of:providing a work piece defining a rib circumferentially protruding from an outer surface about a longitudinal axis of the work piece, wherein the work piece is an electrical connector body;
providing a mold, said mold defining:
a first cavity configured to receive the work piece,
a second cavity circumferentially extending about the longitudinal axis of the work piece and in communication with the first cavity, and
a port in communication with the second cavity;
inserting the work piece within the first cavity such the rib is circumferentially in contact with an inner surface of the first cavity; and
introducing a curable resilient material into the port, thereby filling the second cavity with the resilient material;
curing the resilient material; and
removing the work piece from the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,466,706

AUTOMATED GUIDANCE SYSTEM

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1. A guidance system, said system comprising:a camera that detects a lane-marking on a roadway and detects a lead-vehicle traveling ahead of a host-vehicle;
a vehicle-to-vehicle transceiver that receives a future-route from the lead-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the camera and the vehicle-to-vehicle transceiver, the controller;
determines whether a lane-marking is detected based on the camera;
in accordance with the determination that the lane-marking is detected, the controller;
determines a projected-path for the host-vehicle based on the lane-marking;
in accordance with the determination that the lane-marking is not detected, the controller;
determines a lead-path of the lead-vehicle based on the camera; and
determines whether the future-route corresponds to the projected-path;
in accordance with the determination that the future-route corresponds to the projected-path, the controller;
steers the host-vehicle according to the lead-path; and
in accordance with the determination that the future-route does not correspond to the projected-path, the controller;
steers the host-vehicle according to the projected-path.

US Pat. No. 10,452,999

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR GENERATING A CONFIDENCE MEASURE FOR AN ESTIMATION DERIVED FROM IMAGES CAPTURED BY A CAMERA MOUNTED ON A VEHICLE

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1. A method of generating a confidence measure for an estimation derived from images captured by a camera mounted on a vehicle, the method comprising:capturing consecutive training images by the camera while the vehicle is moving;
determining ground-truth data for the training images;
computing optical flow vectors from the training images;
estimating a first output signal based on the optical flow vectors for each of the training images, the first output signal indicating an orientation of the camera;
classifying the first output signal for each of the training images as a correct signal or a false signal, wherein the first output signal for each of the training images is classified as a correct signal in response to a determination that the first output signal differs from the ground-truth data by less than a threshold belt, wherein the threshold belt is defined by a constant distance from the ground-truth data;
determining optical flow field properties for each of the training images derived from the training images; and
generating a separation function that separates the optical flow field properties into two classes based on the classification of the first output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,980

METHOD TO PROVIDE A VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT CONTOUR POLYLINE FROM DETECTION DATA

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1. A method of generating a polyline representing a contour of one or more objects of a vehicle environment, said polyline comprising a series of one or more segments of straight lines, said method comprising:a) formulating a series of spatially ordered points in 2-dimensional space, each representing a point detection with respect to one or more objects in said environment determined by a vehicle on-board detection system;
b) connecting the end points of said series of ordered points with a first straight line segment, and determining a shortest distance between intermediate points and the first straight line segment;
c) determining from step b) a threshold based on a measure of the dispersion of the intermediate points around said first straight line segment;
d) for each side of said first straight line segment determining, for any points that lie on that respective side, which point is furthest from said first straight line segment;
e) determining any of the points found in step d) which are further from the first straight line segment than said threshold;
f) formulating a 2-dimensional polyline comprising plurality of straight line segments connecting the end points via any of said points determined from step e); and
determining an uncertainty region based on distance between the segment and the point furthest from the segment.

US Pat. No. 10,479,357

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN WIND CONDITIONS

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1. A lane keeping system for a vehicle comprising:a pressure sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a pressure;
a safety restraint system (SRS) controller in communication with the pressure sensor, the SRS controller configured to determine a collision event in response to the signal and activate a safety restraint component in response to the determined collision event; and
a lane keeping system (LKS) controller in communication with the pressure sensor, the LKS controller configured to determine a lateral wind force on the vehicle in response to the signal, the LKS controller configured to determine a correction in response to the determined lateral wind force to maintain the vehicle along a desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,481,243

AUTOMATED VEHICLE RADAR SYSTEM WITH SELF-CALIBRATION

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1. A radar system comprising:an antenna mounted on a host-vehicle, wherein the antenna is used to broadcast a radar-signal and detect a reflected-signal arising from a reflection of the radar-signal by an object;
a transceiver in communication with the antenna, wherein the transceiver determines a distance, an angle, and a range-rate of the object relative to the antenna based on the radar-signal and the reflected-signal; and
a controller in communication with the transceiver, wherein the controller is configured to
determine a speed of the host-vehicle;
determine that the object is stationary based on the speed, the angle, and the range-rate;
store in a memory a plurality of detections that correspond to multiple instances of the distance, the angle, and the range-rate as the host-vehicle travels by the object;
select an ideal-response of angle versus range-rate based on the speed;
determine, in response to a determination that the object is stationary, a calibration-matrix of the system for a plurality of angles of arrival to the antenna, said calibration-matrix based on a difference between the plurality of detections and the ideal-response; and
adjust an indicated-angle to a subsequent-object in accordance with the calibration-matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,476,184

DEVICE FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AND COOLING THEREOF

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1. An electrical connection shunt assembly, comprising:an electrically conductive terminal configured to be coupled with a first electrical contact terminal connector having a shunt conduit configured to have a coolant flow therethrough and extending through a central portion of the terminal, wherein a first end of the shunt conduit is terminated by a first shunt interconnection means and a second end is terminated by a cavity having a diameter larger than the shunt conduit;
an electrically conductive coupling element in direct contact with the terminal; and
an electrically insulating housing in which the coupling element is disposed, said housing comprising a hollow piece defining a terminal connector conduit configured to have the coolant flow therethrough and extending through a central portion of the hollow piece, wherein the hollow piece is received within the cavity of the terminal, and wherein a first end of the terminal connector conduit is in fluid communication with the shunt conduit and a first end of the terminal connector conduit is terminated by a first shunt interconnection means.

US Pat. No. 10,476,201

SEALED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

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1. A sealed electrical connector, comprising:a connector housing, having a wire inlet portion and defining an internal cavity that is located central inside the connector housing;
a connector position assurance holder portion;
an interface portion, wherein the internal cavity extends into the interface portion, wherein an electrical terminal is located and electrically connected to an electrical wire inside the internal cavity and the electrical wire extends outside the connector housing by passing through the wire inlet portion that is located between the internal cavity and the outside of the connector housing;
a flexible sealing member configured to seal the internal cavity when the sealed electrical connector is electrically connected to a mating counter connector and when a connector position assurance device is activated in a connector position assurance holder portion to mechanically lock the sealed electrical connector to the mating counter connector, wherein the flexible sealing member is made in one piece, wherein the interface portion includes a sleeve shaped interface shroud extending from the connector housing, wherein a part of the flexible sealing member is arranged on an interface inner surface of the sleeve shaped interface shroud, wherein the connector position assurance holder portion includes a sleeve shaped connector position assurance holder shroud extending from the connector housing, wherein the part of the flexible sealing member is arranged on an inner connector position assurance holder surface of the sleeve shaped connector position assurance holder shroud, wherein the wire inlet portion includes an inlet cavity located inside the connector housing, wherein the part of the flexible sealing member fills the inlet cavity, thereby sealingly surrounding a portion of the electrical wire passing the inlet cavity, wherein the connector housing includes a channel that connects the interface portion, the connector position assurance holder portion and the wire inlet portion, and wherein the part of the flexible sealing member extends through the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,476,207

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLY

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1. An electrical distribution assembly, comprising:a junction box including a box housing having a plug portion configured to receive an electrical connector, wherein the electrical connector includes a connector housing comprising a plurality of cavities, wherein each cavity is configured to receive and hold a terminal, wherein the plug portion comprises a plurality of first blocking means protruding along a mating axis outwards the box housing, wherein each cavity comprises a second blocking means extending along the mating axis along the cavity, and wherein each of the first blocking means blocks the corresponding second blocking means in a blocked position when the corresponding cavity is empty, thereby preventing movement of the connector housing along the mating axis towards the box housing, wherein the terminal is movable from an outward position to an inserted position, and wherein the terminal, when inserted in the cavity, relocates the corresponding first blocking means or the corresponding second blocking means to release the blocking, thereby allowing movement of the connector housing towards the box housing, along the mating axis.

US Pat. No. 10,476,217

ELECTRICAL BUS BAR

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1. An electrical bus bar, comprising:a first mounting portion configured to be connected to a first counter connector;
a second mounting portion configured to be connected to a second counter connector;
a flexible section between the first and second mounting portions;
a first flat part; and
a second flat part, wherein the first flat part and the second flat part each extend from the first mounting portion to the second mounting portion and are arranged in a stacked configuration, wherein the first flat part and the second flat part are made of sheet metal, wherein a first strip of the sheet metal extends from a body edge of the first flat part to a body edge of the second flat part forming a first link, wherein the first link is dimensioned to keep a first contact surface of the first flat part and a second contact surface of the second flat part in intimate contact, wherein the first flat part comprises an arm protruding from the first contact surface located in the flexible section, wherein the second flat part comprises an opening located in the flexible section, and wherein the arm is formed to protrude into the opening, thereby limiting movement of the first flat part in relation to the second flat part.

US Pat. No. 10,468,738

SIGNALING DEVICE INCLUDING A SUBSTRATE INTEGRATED WAVEGUIDE COUPLED TO A SIGNAL GENERATOR THROUGH A BALL GRID ARRAY

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1. An electronic device, comprising:a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) comprising a substrate and a plurality of conductive members in the substrate;
an antenna member situated at least partially in the substrate in a vicinity of at least some of the plurality of conductive members;
a signal generator having a conductive output electrically coupled with the antenna member, wherein the antenna member radiates a signal into the SIW based on operation of the signal generator, wherein the signal generator comprises a ball grid array including a plurality of solder balls and the conductive output comprises at least one of the plurality of solder balls;
a solder pad on the substrate; and
at least one via establishing an electrically conductive connection between the solder pad and the antenna member;and whereinat least some of a material of the at least one of the plurality of solder balls is reflowed to connect the solder pad by to the at least one solder ball.

US Pat. No. 10,467,484

DRIVER FATIGUE WARNING SYSTEM

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1. A driver-fatigue warning system suitable for use in an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a camera that renders an image of a lane-marking and of an object proximate to a host-vehicle;
an alert-device operable to alert an operator of the host-vehicle of driver-fatigue; and
a controller in communication with the camera and the alert-device, said controller determines:
a vehicle-offset of the host-vehicle relative to the lane-marking based on the image;
an offset-position of the object relative to the lane-marking based on the image; and
occurrences of a lane-departure when the vehicle-offset is less than a deviation-threshold;
in accordance with the determination that the lane-departure has occurred, the controller:
increments a count of occurrences of lane-departures when the offset-position of the object is greater than an offset-threshold;
does not increment the count of occurrences of lane-departures when the offset-position of the object is less than the offset-threshold and when the lane-departure of the host-vehicle occurs on an opposite side of the travel-lane relative to the object; and
activates the alert-device when the count of the occurrences of lane-departures exceeds a crossing-threshold indicative of driver-fatigue.

US Pat. No. 10,462,380

CAMERA SYSTEM WITH LIGHT-SHIELD

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1. A camera system, said system comprising:an imager used to detect an image of a field-of-view of the system;
a light-shield operable to block a portion of the image from being received by the imager, the light-shield including an absorber configured to block light-rays of a bright-spot in the field-of-view; and
a controller in communication with the imager and the light-shield, said controller configured to:
detect a bright-spot based on a position of the bright-spot on the imager;
the position of the bright-spot determined by light intensity signals received from the imager;
track the bright-spot across the field-of-view based on the light intensity signals;
position the absorber in a line-of-sight between the bright-spot and the imager such that the absorber blocks all of the light-rays from the bright-spot in the field-of-view from reaching the imager while allowing light-rays from an image-area around an absorber-blocked-image section of the field-of-view to reach the imager;
wherein the absorber is a liquid crystal filter configured to match a geometry of the bright-spot;
and wherein the absorber is comprised of a plurality of concentric circles, wherein each subsequent concentric circle toward an outer diameter of the absorber is less opaque than the previous concentric circle.

US Pat. No. 10,468,736

RADAR ASSEMBLY WITH ULTRA WIDE BAND WAVEGUIDE TO SUBSTRATE INTEGRATED WAVEGUIDE TRANSITION

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1. An assembly comprising:a rectangular-waveguide (RWG) that propagates electromagnetic energy in a transverse electric mode TE10 and in a first direction; and
a printed-circuit-board that includes a plurality of conductor-layers oriented parallel to each other, said printed-circuit-board defines a substrate-integrated-waveguide (SIW) that propagates electromagnetic energy in a transverse electric mode TE10 and in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and defines a transition that propagates the electromagnetic energy between the rectangular-wave-guide and the substrate-integrated-waveguide, wherein the transition includes apertures defined by at least three of the plurality of conductor-layers.

US Pat. No. 10,525,903

MOVING TRAFFIC-LIGHT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE

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8. A traffic-light-detection system that visually determines a light-state of a traffic-light proximate to an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a camera on a host-vehicle, said camera renders a series-of-images of a traffic-light proximate to a host-vehicle;
a radar on the host-vehicle, said radar detects radar-returns from the traffic-light; and
a controller in communication with the camera and the radar, wherein the controller is configured to determine a motion-pattern of the traffic-light based on the radar-returns, select a preferred-image from the series-of-images based on the motion-pattern, wherein the preferred-image shows a light-source of the traffic-light characterized as being most directed at the camera when the motion-pattern indicates that the traffic-light is moving, determine a light-state of the traffic-light based on the preferred-image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,646

HEAD LAMP LIGHTING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

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1. A head lamp lighting system (10) of a vehicle (12), said system comprising:a DC/DC boost converter (22) configured to provide a common boosted output voltage (24) from a battery voltage (20);
a plurality of DC/DC buck converters (36, 38, 40), each of the plurality of DC/DC buck converters (36, 38, 40) configured to provide an adjusted buck output current (42, 44, 46) from the common boosted output voltage (24);
a plurality of strings (26, 28, 30) of Light-Emitting Diodes (32, 34); each string (26, 28, 30) of Light-Emitting Diodes (32, 34) being electrically connected to the adjusted buck output current (42, 44, 46) of one of the plurality of DC/DC buck converters (36, 38, 40);
a main controller (16) electrically connected to the DC/DC boost converter (22) and configured to provide a boost switching frequency value to the DC/DC boost converter (22);
a battery voltage supervisor (56) electrically connected to the main controller (16) and electrically connected to the battery voltage (20), said battery voltage supervisor (56) being configured to provide the battery voltage value to the main controller (16); the main controller (16) being configured to determine the boost switching frequency value according to the battery voltage value.

US Pat. No. 10,355,528

DUAL COIL WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTER

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1. A transmit coil assembly configured to transmit two different alternating magnetic fields having different frequencies, said assembly comprising:a first transmit coil set configured to resonate within a first frequency range;
a second transmit coil set configured to resonate within a second frequency range which is outside the first frequency range and at least ten times higher or lower than the first frequency range;
a ferrite element;
a housing formed of a conductive material in which the first transmit coil set, the second transmit coil set, and the ferrite element are disposed, wherein the ferrite element is disposed intermediate the first transmit coil set and the housing and is configured to provide magnetic shielding substantially for the first transmit coil set; and
a spacer element disposed intermediate the second transmit coil set and the housing, wherein the first coil set is spaced less than 1 millimeter from the housing and wherein the second transmit coil set is spaced at least 3 millimeters from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,541,490

HIGH-CURRENT ELECTRICAL TERMINAL

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1. An electrical-terminal, comprising:a planar blade-shaped isolator formed of a dielectric material;
the planar blade-shaped isolator having a spine, a tip, and a web;
the web defining a slot extending in a lateral direction from and normal to the spine; and
a conductor formed of a single piece of electrically conductive-material, wherein the conductor includes a gap and a conductive stand-off located intermediate within a first-side and a second-side of the conductor;
wherein the conductive stand-off is disposed within the slot of the web such that the first-side and the second-side are in further electrical contact through the conductive stand-off;
wherein the spine extends along a longitudinal-axis and connects to the tip and the web.

US Pat. No. 10,525,901

AUTOMATED VEHICLE PROTECTED AND AERODYNAMICALLY LOCATED SENSORS

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1. In a vehicle having a generally curved front perimeter body surface that is generally symmetrically defined about a longitudinal body axis, and a side mounted sensor having a generally planar, outwardly facing front surface defined between leading and trailing corner edges, a sensor mounting arrangement comprising,said leading sensor edge being mounted to said vehicle with said leading corner edge outboard of, and said trailing corner edge inboard of, said perimeter surface, and a substantially transparent cover mounted to said vehicle so as to cover said sensor in a weather tight fashion and so as to blend aerodynamically into said front perimeter surface.

US Pat. No. 10,525,943

AUTOMATED VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE BRAKE-PEDAL SELECTED DISENGAGEMENT MODES

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1. A control system with multiple brake-pedal selected disengagement-modes for an automated vehicle, said system comprising:a brake-pedal operated by a human-operator of a host-vehicle by pressing on the brake-pedal to indicate one of a plurality of disengagement-modes, said brake-pedal used to detect a plurality of pedal-action-classifications, each of the plurality of pedal-action-classifications corresponding to one of the plurality of disengagement-modes and based on one of pedal-force, depression-duration, and a combination of pedal-force and depression-duration;
a controller in communication with the brake-pedal, wherein the controller operates the system into a first-mode in response to the brake-pedal being operated in accordance with a first-action-classification, and into a second-mode different from the first-mode in response to the brake-pedal being operated in accordance with a second-action-classification different from the first-action-classification.

US Pat. No. 10,518,717

VIDEO-CAMERA DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

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1. A video-camera device comprising:a motherboard characterized as rectangular;
a daughterboard comprising a video-camera module the optical axis of which is perpendicular to a main plane of the daughterboard;
the motherboard including a main segment characterized as rigid, said main segment comprising image-processing electronic components;
the motherboard including a secondary segment that is made of the same material as, and integrally formed with, the main segment;characterized in thatthe secondary segment is partially surrounded by a void;the secondary segment has a rectilinear border defining the junction between the main segment and the secondary segment, the rectilinear border defining a pivot axis of the secondary segment;the secondary segment comprises an intermediate segment and a connecting segment;
the intermediate segment extending between the rectilinear border and the connecting segment;
the intermediate segment having a reduced thickness with respect to the thickness of the main segment;
the daughterboard is mounted perpendicularly on the secondary segment in such a way that the secondary segment is inclinable relatively to the surface of the main segment about the pivot axis in order to allow the angle of inclination between the optical axis of the video-camera module and the main segment to be adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,520,603

TUNNEL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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1. A tunnel detection system for a motor vehicle comprising:a radiofrequency signal receiver that receives a radiofrequency signal coming from a source external to the vehicle;
a controller communicating with the radiofrequency signal receiver, the controller configured to detect at least one amplitude variation in the radiofrequency signal received by the receiver;
at least one sensor for sensing at least one weather condition;
the controller is configured to determine at least one correspondence level representative of the difference between the detected amplitude variation in the radiofrequency signal and at least one predetermined reference signal amplitude variation representative of the amplitude variation in a signal received by the receiver when the receiver travels into a tunnel;
the controller is configured to compare the determined correspondence level with a predetermined minimum correspondence threshold;
the controller is configured to detect the tunnel being travelled through by the detection system when the determined correspondence level is greater than or equal to the predetermined minimum correspondence threshold;
the controller is configured to detect at least one weather condition variation;
the controller is configured to adjust the predetermined minimum correspondence threshold in accordance with the detected weather condition variation.

US Pat. No. 10,522,940

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEALED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

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1. A method for manufacturing a sealed electrical wire harness, comprising the steps of:a) providing an equipped connector housing with electrical terminals inserted within the equipped connector housing and with electrical wires attached and electrically connected to the electrical terminals;
b) providing an injection molding tool suitable for injecting sealing material, wherein the injection molding tool includes a heating protrusion configured to extend inside the equipped connector housing through a connector housing opening;
c) placing the equipped connector housing into the injection molding tool;
d) closing the injection molding tool, thereby covering the equipped connector housing tightly, wherein the heating protrusion protrudes inside the equipped connector housing;
e) filling the equipped connector housing with the sealing material, thereby distributing the sealing material inside the equipped connector housing to a wire inlet portion, a connector position assurance holder portion, and an interface portion, wherein the heating protrusion is flowed by the sealing material; and
f) removing the sealed electrical wire harness from the injection molding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,515,746

GROMMET, ELECTRONIC MEMBER AND METHOD OF FORMING SAID GROMMET

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1. A grommet configured to provide support for a cable exiting of a housing, said grommet having a generally elongate shape extending along a longitudinal axis, said grommet comprising:a sealing part configured to interact with an inner wall of an exit point of the housing;
a sleeve arranged around the longitudinal axis and configured to be arranged outside of the housing to act as a cable relief on the outside of the housing,
wherein a first material forming the sealing part and the sleeve is softer than a second material forming the one or more reinforcement members;
one or more reinforcement members provided in a transition region between the sealing part and the sleeve; and
a skeleton,
wherein the skeleton comprises one of the one or more reinforcement members configured as a peripherally extending ring projecting from the skeleton and through the sealing part,
wherein the skeleton comprises a body portion arranged between the attachment part and said one of the one or more reinforcement members,
wherein the body portion defines a plurality of apertures,
wherein the skeleton is at least partly over-molded to form at least one of the sealing part and the sleeve,
and wherein over-molded material of the at least one of the sealing part and the sleeve is disposed within the apertures and on two sides of the body portion,
thereby fixedly attaching the at least one of the sealing part and the sleeve to the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,203

CAMERA ASSEMBLY METHOD WITH ADHESIVE SHRINK OFFSET BASED ON INDIVIDUAL LENS CHARACTERISTIC

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1. A method of assembling a camera, said method comprising:determining a focused-position of a lens relative to an imager where an image is focused on the imager;
determining a first-factor indicative of focus quality at a central-portion of the imager;
determining a second-factor indicative of focus quality at an outer-portion of the imager, wherein the outer-portion is characterized as displaced radially outward from the central-portion;
determining an actual-ratio of the first-factor and the second-factor;
determining an offset-position of the lens relative to the imager based on the focused-position, a ratio-difference between the actual-ratio and a desired-ratio, and an expansion-characteristic of an adhesive used to fixedly couple the lens to the imager; and
applying the adhesive to fixedly couple the lens to the imager while the lens is in the offset-position.

US Pat. No. 10,355,409

WIRING-HARNESS WITH CONNECTOR STAGING DEVICE

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1. A wiring-harness assembly, comprising:a wire-cable having at least one electrical-connector; and
a staging-device defining at least one cavity, said staging-device comprising at least one flexible-member disposed within the at least one cavity in compressive contact with the at least one electrical-connector;
said at least one flexible-member configured to removably retain the at least one electrical-connector within the at least one cavity;
said staging-device locates the at least one electrical-connector in a predetermined-position within the at least one cavity, such that the at least one electrical-connector is presented to an assembler in the predetermined-position;
said staging-device is configured to release the at least one electrical-connector from the predetermined-position to the assembler; wherein
the at least one electrical-connector is located with a true-position of less than 2.0 millimeters relative to the predetermined-position.

US Pat. No. 10,222,803

DETERMINING OBJECTS OF INTEREST FOR ACTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

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1. An object-detection system suitable for use on an autonomous vehicle, said system comprising:a camera that detects a travel-lane of a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle;
a radar-sensor that detects targets in a field-of-view of the radar-sensor, said field-of-view including the roadway, wherein the roadway defines a boundary of the roadway detected by the radar-sensor; and
a controller in communication with the camera and the radar-sensor, wherein the controller determines that a collection of targets is a stationary-object that defines a line, classifies the stationary-object as an overpass when the line extends beyond the boundary of the roadway, and classifies the stationary-object as an impediment when the line overlays a portion of the travel-lane traveled by the host-vehicle and does not extend beyond the boundary of the roadway, wherein the impediment is an other-vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,223,912

VIRTUAL BARRIER SYSTEM

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1. A virtual-barrier system that defines a keep-out-zone for vehicles to avoid, said system comprising:a transmitter, said transmitter configured to broadcast information regarding a keep-out-zone on a roadway traveled by other-vehicles;
a location-detector, said location-detector configured to indicate a location of the transmitter; and
a controller in communication with the transmitter and the location-detector, said controller configured to determine boundaries of the keep-out-zone in accordance with the location, and operate the transmitter to broadcast coordinates of the boundaries of the keep-out-zone to the other-vehicles on the roadway, wherein the system includes a proximity-detector, said proximity-detector configured to indicate that an object has approached an edge of the keep-out-zone, and the controller is configured to adjust the boundaries of the keep-out-zone in accordance with a determination that the object has approached the edge of the keep-out-zone.