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. 10,212,816

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. 10,145,951

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. 10,237,966

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. 10,198,007

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. 10,207,644

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. 10,199,707

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. 10,179,584

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. 10,270,981

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. 10,207,643

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. 10,205,337

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. 10,186,851

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. 10,179,607

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. 10,276,049

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. 10,270,498

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. 10,235,875

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. 10,230,191

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. 10,205,266

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. 10,186,894

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. 10,177,493

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. 10,177,085

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. 10,290,972

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. 10,236,629

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. 10,207,654

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. 10,209,717

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. 10,211,546

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. 10,205,268

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. 10,177,517

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. 10,320,187

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. 10,290,976

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. 10,290,979

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. 10,286,916

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. 10,279,786

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. 10,283,905

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. 10,345,107

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. 10,317,220

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. 10,289,115

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. 10,281,564

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. 10,234,858

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. 10,320,107

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. 10,373,501

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. 10,366,310

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. 10,351,103

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. 10,351,146

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. 10,393,862

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. 10,384,660

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. 10,377,386

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. 10,401,484

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.