US Pat. No. 10,114,513

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRINTING SENSOR CIRCUITS ON A SENSOR MAT FOR A STEERING WHEEL

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1. A sensor mat configured for being disposed around a steering wheel frame, the sensor mat comprising:a base substrate supporting at least one shielding circuit, at least one sensing circuit, and a plurality of layers of insulating material, wherein the layers of insulating material define a plurality of surfaces in the sensor mat, and wherein the layers are stacked about an axis extending from the base substrate and through the plurality of surfaces;
one or more of the sensing circuits printed with conductive ink onto one of the plurality of surfaces of the insulating material;
one or more shielding circuits printed with the conductive ink onto another of the surfaces of insulating material within the sensor mat,
wherein the shielding circuits and the sensing circuits are configured in corresponding pairs of one shielding circuit and one sensing circuit, wherein the shielding circuits overlap at least one area within the plurality of surfaces of the insulating material on which a respective sensing circuit is printed and such that the shielding circuits and the sensing circuits are separated by at least one of the layers of the insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,059,250

STEERING WHEEL LIGHT BAR

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1. A steering apparatus for a vehicle comprising: a steering grip for being gripped to facilitate control of the vehicle; a light element electrically coupled with a PCB (printed circuit board); the PCB mounted to the steering grip and the light element is disposed along a portion of a perimeter of the steering grip;a processor electrically coupled with the PCB, the processor directing operation of the light element in response to data received from the vehicle and the steering apparatus,
wherein the data received from the vehicle is indicative of operation of the vehicle, and wherein the data received from the steering apparatus is indicative of operation of the steering apparatus, including data indicative of a position of a user received from at least one of an on-board sensor and a camera-based driver monitoring system.

US Pat. No. 10,046,786

OCCUPANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. An illumination system for use with an occupant monitoring system (OMS) for monitoring at least one occupant in a vehicle, the vehicle having a steering wheel assembly configure to rotate relative to a steering column, the illumination system comprising:an infrared light source coupled to a central portion of the steering wheel assembly, the infrared light source directing infrared light within an imaging area of an occupant monitoring system (OMS), wherein the central portion of the steering wheel assembly comprises a hub and spokes, wherein the spokes extend between the hub and a rim of the steering wheel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,145,393

LINEAR ACTUATOR

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1. A hood lifting mechanism comprising:a housing comprising an outer tube having a distal end, the distal end of the outer tube defining at least one opening; and
a piston axially movable within the opening from a stored position to an extended position, the piston having an engagement area adjacent an outer surface of the piston;
wherein at least a portion of a surface of the opening that is adjacent the distal end of the outer tube comprises a mating surface, the mating surface faces the engagement area of the piston in the stored position, the mating surface and the engagement area forming an interference fit that prevents lateral, rotation, and axial movement of the piston in the stored position and allows the piston to move axially away from the mating surface to the extended position in response to the piston receiving a threshold actuating force.

US Pat. No. 10,046,062

RETRACTOR

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1. A retractor assembly for a seatbelt system having a webbing for restraining a secured occupant, the retractor comprising:a spool configured to wind and unwind the webbing;
a locking base including a shoulder engaging a cavity of the spool, wherein the locking base is configured to selectively lock the spool; and
an energy absorbing member having a first end directly connected to the locking base, such that the first end is fixed relative to the locking base, and a second end directly connected to the spool, such that the second end is fixed relative to the spool;
wherein the energy absorbing member provides a progressive level of load resistance upon relative rotation between the spool and the locking base.

US Pat. No. 10,124,823

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHIELDING A HAND SENSOR SYSTEM IN A STEERING WHEEL

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1. A system for shielding a hand sensor system in a steering wheel comprising:a power source in communication with the hand sensor system;
a sensor mat comprising one or more capacitive sensing loops having respectively separate connections to the power source wherein each of the sensing loops receives, from the power source, a respective sensing voltage signal that defines a respective sensing zone in the sensor mat, and wherein the sensor mat transmits at least one presence signal from at least one of the sensor loops back to the power source to indicate a presence of an input in at least one of the sensing zones;
a heater mat disposed between a steering wheel frame and the sensor mat, the heater mat comprising one or more heating conductive loops connected to the power source, wherein the power source transmits a heating current to at least one of the heating conductive loops upon receiving the presence signal;
a shielding mat positioned between the heater mat and the sensor mat, the shielding mat comprising one or more shielding conductive loops having respectively separate connections to the power source wherein each of the shielding conductive loops receives a discrete shielding voltage signal from the power source, wherein the shielding conductive loops define respective shielding zones in the shielding mat,
wherein at least one of the sensing zones and at least one of the shielding zones occupy corresponding positions along the steering wheel, and the shielding zones shield the sensing zones from interference.

US Pat. No. 10,083,361

PATH SENSING USING STRUCTURED LIGHTING

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1. A method of sensing a physical feature of or along a path of a vehicle, comprising:a. projecting a structured light pattern from a vehicle onto a path upon which said vehicle may travel, so as to generate a plurality of light spots on said path, wherein at least two of said plurality of light spots are at different world-space down-range locations relative to said vehicle;
b. capturing from said vehicle at least one image of said plurality of light spots using at least one camera;
c. determining at least two image-space locations in said at least one image of a corresponding said at least two of said plurality of lights spots at said different world space down-range locations;
d. determining a pitch angle of said vehicle responsive to said at least two of said plurality of light spots;
e. determining corresponding world-space elevations of at least a portion of said plurality of light spots responsive to said pitch angle of said vehicle; and
f. determining said pitch angle of said vehicle responsive to at least one image-space separation of at least one pair of said plurality of light spots.

US Pat. No. 10,000,177

AIRBAG MODULE

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1. An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle comprising:an airbag;
an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag; and
a diffuser positioned in the airbag and configured to direct the flow of inflation gas into the airbag, wherein
the diffuser includes a main panel and a deflector panel connected together;
the deflector panel overlies the main panel and the main panel is folded along a fold line and two symmetrical portions of the main panel are separated by the fold line;
the two symmetrical portions are connected together and to the deflector panel so that the deflector panel is located within the connected symmetrical portions;
an extending portion of the deflector panel extends beyond the folded main panel; and
wherein the deflector panel is folded along the fold line thereby dividing the deflector panel into two symmetrical portions; and
wherein the symmetrical portions of the deflector panel include unconnected edges extending along the fold line so that the unconnected edges provide an opening for gas to exit the diffuser into the cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,361

VEHICLE ACCESSORY CONTROL CIRCUIT

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1. A vehicle accessory control circuit, comprising:a processor electrically connected to a power source and a memory, the processor executing computer readable instructions stored on the memory to configure the accessory control circuit and an accessory control output;
at least one capacitive touch assembly coupled to a steering mechanism of the vehicle, the capacitive touch assembly comprising:
a polymer layer;
an electrically conductive conduit at least partially encased within the polymer layer and connected at opposite ends to the power source and the processor such that said conduit transmits a capacitance input data signal to the processor to adjust the accessory control output.

US Pat. No. 10,214,460

BOOSTER COMPOSITION

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1. A composition comprising:a boron-containing compound selected from the group consisting of boron carbide, a metal boride, or a mixture thereof;
an oxidizer selected from the group consisting of at least one metal nitrate, metal nitrite, metal perchlorate, metal chlorate, metal oxide, and mixtures thereof; and
a secondary fuel, wherein said secondary fuel is selected from the group consisting of tetrazoles, triazoles, carboxylic acids, hydrazides, triazines, urea derivatives, guanidines, salts thereof or mixtures thereof; wherein the composition is free of ammonium nitrate and ammonium perchlorate.

US Pat. No. 10,118,584

AIRBAG INFLATOR PAD

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1. A gas generator comprising:a gas generating composition; and
an auto-igniting pad comprising:
a fuel;
an oxidizer; and
an elastomeric polymer in an amount from about 30-70 weight percent relative to the total weight of the auto-igniting pad.

US Pat. No. 10,532,659

OCCUPANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. An occupant monitoring system (OMS) for monitoring at least one occupant in a vehicle, the vehicle having a steering wheel assembly configured to rotate relative to a steering column, the OMS comprising:a mounting bracket including two mounting tabs that extend from a bottom surface of the mounting bracket for coupling the mounting bracket to the steering wheel assembly on opposite sides of a central axis of the steering column, the mounting tabs for coupling the mounting bracket to a rotatable portion of the steering wheel assembly such that the mounting bracket extends upwardly from the steering wheel assembly adjacent a central portion thereof, where the mounting tabs are spaced apart along the bottom surface of the mounting bracket, the facing surfaces of the mounting tabs and a portion of the bottom surface between the mounting tabs define a U-shaped surface, where the portion of the bottom surface between the mounting tabs is spaced apart from and defines an opening between the steering wheel assembly and the mounting bracket when the mounting tabs are coupled to the steering wheel assembly such that an electrical connection is extendable through the opening;
a housing coupled to the mounting bracket, the housing having a back surface that is disposed adjacent a back cover of the steering wheel assembly;
at least one imaging unit coupled to a front surface of the mounting bracket and disposed within the housing, the imaging unit having a field of view inside of the vehicle and being configured to capture an image signal corresponding to an imaging area in the vehicle, the imaging area being within the field of view; and
at least one lens disposed adjacent the housing and the imaging unit, the lens having a front surface configured for allowing light to pass therethrough to the imaging unit, the front surface of the lens facing an expected position of at least one occupant in the vehicle,
wherein the mounting bracket includes a top surface opposite and spaced apart the bottom surface, a back surface opposite and spaced apart from the front surface, and side surfaces that extend between the front and back and top and bottom surfaces, and the housing extends around the top and side surfaces of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,179,541

STEERING WHEEL LIGHT BAR

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1. A light bar system for a steering wheel comprising:at least one light source disposed adjacent a portion of an armature of the steering wheel; and
a light diffusing layer having an inner surface and an outer surface,
wherein light is diffused as it passes through the light diffusing layer from the inner surface to the outer surface, the inner surface of the light diffusing layer is disposed adjacent the light source, and the light exiting the outer surface appears as a continuous stream of light across the outer surface of the light diffusing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,994,188

GAS GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A gas generating system comprising:a first housing having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an outer wall extending between the first and second ends, wherein the first housing is an outermost housing of the gas generating system;
an igniter assembly positioned within the first housing;
a second housing positioned within the first housing in direct contact with the first housing such that an end of the second housing is unsupported, wherein the second housing is secured to the first housing by an interference fit formed by the direct contact between the first and second housings, wherein the interference fit is formed along the wall; and
a gas generant material positioned within the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,600,302

SEATBELT AND CHILD SEAT ANCHOR BASED OCCUPANCY DETECTION SYSTEM

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1. A system for detecting the presence of an occupant in a child seat intended to be placed in a seat of a vehicle, the system comprising:a first sensor module and second sensor module positioned to detect acceleration of the child seat; and
wherein the child seat is secured to an anchor mounted to the vehicle by a strap directly connected to the anchor; and
wherein the child seat, the strap, and the anchor are mechanically linked such that the acceleration of the child seat is transferred to the strap, the first sensor module includes an accelerometer that detects a measure of the force in the strap as a representative measure of the acceleration of the child seat, and wherein the measure of force in the strap is taken at the anchor;
signals representative of the acceleration of the child seat detected at the first and second sensor modules are provided to a controller; and
the controller includes signal processing circuitry for processing the signals representative of the acceleration of the child seat to classify patterns of human physiological motion in response to determination that the signals representative of the acceleration of the child seat corresponds to non-uniform acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,434,974

HOOD LIFTING ASSEMBLY

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1. A hood lifting assembly comprising:a first plate having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite and spaced apart from the first surface, the first plate defining at least one keyhole slot, wherein the keyhole slot comprises a keyhole opening and an elongated slot extending from the keyhole opening along an axis, the elongated slot having a proximal end adjacent the keyhole opening and a distal end spaced apart from the keyhole opening along the axis;
a second plate having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite and spaced apart from the first surface of the second plate;
at least one pin extending through the second plate along an axis orthogonal to the first and second surfaces of the second plate, the pin comprising a head, a stop surface, and a body extending between the head and the stop surface, wherein the head of the pin has a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the keyhole opening and larger than a width of the elongated slot; and
a spring disposed between the stop surface and the second surface of the second plate, the spring urging the head toward the first surface of the second plate,
wherein:
the pin slidably couples the first and second plates such that the first surface of the second plate faces and is slidably moveable relative to the second surface of the first plate, and the first plate is disposed between the head and the second plate, and
the second plate is slidable relative to the first plate from an initial position to a deployed position and from the deployed position to a reset position, wherein the head of the pin is spaced apart from the keyhole opening and the body of the pin is disposed through the keyhole slot adjacent a proximal end of the elongated slot in the initial position, the body of the pin is adjacent the distal end of the elongated slot in the deployed position, and the head of the pin is disposed within the keyhole opening in the reset position.

US Pat. No. 10,118,581

AIRBAG MODULE

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1. An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat comprising:an inflatable cushion including a first inflatable chamber fluidly connected to a forward inflatable chamber, the inflatable cushion being configured to inflate into a position inboard of the vehicle seat
an inflator for providing inflation gas for the inflatable cushion; and
a tether connected to a perimeter of the forward inflatable chamber, wherein
the tether is connected to both an inboard side and an outboard side of the inflatable cushion;
the inflatable cushion is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy relating to movement of the occupant in an oblique direction;
the occupant's movement includes components in directions both lateral and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle;
the first inflatable chamber is in a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction lateral to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and
the forward inflatable chamber is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,576

SEATBELT RETRACTOR

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1. A refractor assembly for a seatbelt system having a webbing for restraining a secured occupant, the retractor comprising:a spool configured to wind and unwind the webbing about an axis of rotation, the spool includes a side with an opening therein;
a collar including an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface configured to engage the opening;
a locking base configured to operatively engage the inner surface; and
an energy absorbing member configured to provide a progressive level of load resistance via compression of the energy absorbing member in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation upon relative rotation between the spool and the locking base.

US Pat. No. 10,609,263

COMPACT CAMERA MODULE FOR OCCUPANT MONITORING SYSTEM

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1. A camera module for an occupant monitoring system (OMS), the camera module comprising:a housing defining a chamber and an aperture on a surface of the housing, the aperture allowing light to enter the chamber;
an image sensor positioned within the chamber and aligned with the aperture, wherein the image sensor and the aperture define an optical axis;
a lens positioned along the optical axis between the image sensor and the aperture, the lens focusing light entering the aperture onto the image sensor;
a planar reflector, extending over the aperture from the surface of the housing, that reflects light into the aperture from a field of view that is not along the optical axis; and
a reflector mount mechanically coupled to the surface of the housing that supports and positions the planar reflector at an angle with respect to the optical axis, wherein the angle is greater than zero degrees and less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,493,945

PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG

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1. An airbag comprising:a main panel and first and second side panels defining an interior of the airbag, the side panels extending from opposite and spaced apart edges of the main panel, the panels defining an interior surface and an exterior surface, and the main panel comprising an occupant contact portion configured to face an occupant;
a divider positioned in the interior so as to divide the interior into an upper chamber and a lower chamber, at least a portion of the divider being attached to the interior surface of the side panels, wherein at least a portion of the leading edge of the divider is not attached to the interior surface of the occupant contact portion before and after inflation of the airbag, the leading edge of the divider and the interior surface of the occupant contact portion of the main panel defining a gas flow passage therebetween; and
at least one tether positioned within the upper chamber, the at least one tether being attached to the divider and to the interior surface of an upper portion of the main panel so as to restrict movement of a portion of the divider in a direction toward the lower chamber during inflation of the airbag, wherein the upper portion of the main panel is disposed above the divider,
wherein upon actuation of said airbag, said upper chamber is oriented to substantially align with a head and/or neck of the occupant prior to contact therewith, and said lower chamber is oriented to substantially align with a thorax of the occupant prior to contact therewith,
wherein the airbag is structured such that the gas flow passage is at least partially closable to restrict a flow of gases from the lower chamber to the upper chamber, responsive to pressure exerted on the exterior surface of the occupant contact portion of the main panel by the occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,330,813

OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A sensing mat for use in a capacitive sensing system comprising:a first conductor;
a second conductor;
wherein the conductors are separated by a spacer;
a sensing circuit operatively coupled to the first and second conductors and configured to sense the presence of an object using a measure of the capacitance between the first and second conductors;
and wherein the spacer includes a plurality of disconnected nodes of dielectric material, and wherein each of the nodes are separated from each of the other nodes to provide for space that allows the distance between at least a portion of the first and second conductors to decrease;
and wherein the nodes comprise ink and are printed onto a first base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,352,336

VENTED LINEAR ACTUATOR

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A linear actuator comprising:a piston comprising a piston rod, the piston rod comprising a distal end surface, a proximal end surface, and an outer peripheral surface extending between the distal end surface and the proximal end surface, wherein the proximal end surface of the piston rod defines an opening, and the piston rod defines a cavity having an inner wall, the cavity extending axially from the opening through a portion of the piston rod, and
a housing having a proximal end, a distal end, and a channel extending between the proximal end and the distal end, the channel defined by an inner wall of the housing, and the distal end of the housing defining an axial opening to the channel,
wherein:
the piston rod is slidably disposed within the channel of the housing, wherein the outer peripheral surface of the piston rod and the inner wall of the channel of the housing define a space therebetween, and
the piston rod further defines at least one radial channel that extends radially between the inner wall of the cavity and the outer peripheral surface of the piston rod, the radial channel being in fluid communication with the cavity of the piston rod, the channel of the housing, and the axial opening to the channel of the housing during at least a portion of an upward stroke of the piston rod through the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,036,843

STEERING WHEEL LIGHT BAR

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1. A light bar system for a steering wheel of a vehicle, the display system comprising:a light guide having an outer surface and an inner surface that extend between a first end and a second end of the light guide, the outer and inner surfaces of the light guide being arcuate-shaped between the ends of the light guide and spaced apart and opposite each other relative to a plane that extends through the first and second ends of the light guide and is parallel to the outer and inner surfaces of the light guide;
at least one light source disposed adjacent the first end of the light guide, the light source configured for emitting light into the first end of the light guide, wherein the light guide is configured for transmitting light from the light source through at least a portion of the outer surface of the light guide
an outer lens having an outer surface and an inner surface that extend between a first end and a second end of the outer lens, the outer and inner surfaces of the outer lens being arcuate-shaped between the ends of the outer lens and spaced apart and opposite each other relative to a plane that extends through the first and second ends of the outer lens and is parallel to the outer and inner surfaces of the outer lens, wherein the inner surface of the outer lens is disposed adjacent the outer surface of the light guide; and
a liquid crystal display (LCD) having an outer surface and an inner surface that extend between a first end and a second end of the LCD, the outer and inner surfaces of the LCD being arcuate-shaped between the ends of the LCD and spaced apart and opposite each other relative to a plane that extends through the first and second ends of the LCD and is parallel to the outer and inner surfaces of the LCD, wherein the LCD is disposed between the outer surface of the light guide and the inner surface of the outer lens.

US Pat. No. 10,421,428

ACTIVE PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION SYSTEM

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1. A method for cushioning a pedestrian during contact with a moving vehicle, comprising steps of:providing a pedestrian interface that is disposable within an associated cavity defined by an A-pillar of the vehicle, the pedestrian interface cushioning the pedestrian during contact with the vehicle,
providing an interface deployment mechanism, the pedestrian interface being operatively coupled to the interface deployment mechanism, the interface deployment mechanism for moving the pedestrian interface between a stowed position and a deployed position,
moving the pedestrian interface to the deployed position when the vehicle is moving at or above a first predetermined speed, and
moving the pedestrian interface to the stowed position when the vehicle is moving below the first predetermined speed,
wherein at least a portion of the pedestrian interface is within the cavity in the stowed position and is outside the cavity in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,285

AIRBAG MODULE WITH ACTIVE VENT ROTATION COUNTERMEASURE

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1. An airbag module comprisinga gas bag including a vent opening through which gas can escape from the gas bag,
an inflator for providing gas for inflating the gas bag,
a movable vent cover that restricts gas from escaping from the gas bag through the vent opening,
an inflatable gas duct, wherein a first end of the inflatable gas duct is located near the inflator and a second end of the inflatable gas duct is connected to the vent cover, wherein the inflatable gas duct includes a tab that is proximate to the first end of the inflatable gas duct, wherein the tab is anchored near the inflator to restrict rotational movement of the inflatable gas duct relative to the inflator, and wherein the inflatable gas duct is configured so that upon inflation of the gas duct the vent cover moves out of a position blocking the vent opening to thereby allow gas to escape from the gas bag through the vent opening.

US Pat. No. 10,486,635

REAR SEAT AIRBAG MODULE

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1. A rear vehicle seat airbag module configured to be mounted to a portion of a seat back of a front vehicle seat comprising:an inflator;
an inflatable cushion comprising a lower portion, an upper portion and a first external tether connecting the lower portion and the upper portion, wherein
the inflator provides inflation gas to the inflatable cushion,
the inflatable cushion is configured to deploy forward of an occupant seated in a rear vehicle seat such that the occupant loads the upper portion and the lower portion of the inflatable cushion during a frontal collision of a vehicle, and
the first external tether is configured to control a trajectory of deployment of the inflatable cushion by restraining the upper portion from deploying away from the lower portion so that when the cushion is inflated the cushion is configured in a curved shape wherein the upper portion is located above the lower portion, and
a second external tether being connected between an inflation point of the lower portion and a point of the lower portion proximate to the inflation point, wherein the second external tether breaks once the lower portion is inflated.

US Pat. No. 10,241,579

FORCE BASED TOUCH INTERFACE WITH INTEGRATED MULTI-SENSORY FEEDBACK

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1. A force-based haptic switch panel, comprising:a touch plate having first and second surfaces, the first surface comprising a touch surface and the second surface opposing the first surface;
a circuit board having a plurality of force sensors electrically coupled thereto, the force sensors disposed between the circuit board and the second surface of the touch plate, wherein each force sensor generates an electrical signal that is proportional to a magnitude of a respective portion of a force received by each force sensor in response to the force being applied to the touch surface of the touch plate;
a processor, electrically coupled to the circuit board, wherein the processor is configured to determine a position of the force applied to the touch surface based on the electrical signals generated by the force sensors; and
an actuator disposed proximate a central portion of a second surface of the touch plate to generate one or both of a haptic output and an audible output responsive to the force applied to the touch surface, wherein the central portion of the second surface is spaced apart from a perimeter of the touch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,180,723

FORCE SENSOR WITH HAPTIC FEEDBACK

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8. A method comprising:determining a touch value based on a touch applied to a touch-sensitive sensor;
determining an amount that the touch value initially exceeds a first threshold value, the first threshold value being associated with a push event;
setting a second threshold value of the touch-sensitive sensor based on the amount, the second threshold value associated with a release event;
selecting a haptic feedback response based on the amount;
generating an output signal indicative of the haptic feedback response.

US Pat. No. 10,131,312

CENTER SIDE AIRBAG MODULE

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1. An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat comprising:an inflatable cushion; and
an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion, wherein
the inflator and the cushion are configured to be mounted to an inboard side of a second vehicle seat located adjacent to the vehicle seat containing the occupant;
the cushion is configured to inflate into a position inboard of the vehicle seat and the second vehicle seat and includes a forward inflatable chamber fluidly connected to a rearward inflatable chamber;
the forward inflatable chamber is a larger volume than the rearward inflatable chamber and extends vertically from an area adjacent to a bottom of the vehicle seat to an area adjacent to a top of a headrest of the vehicle seat to protect the head of the occupant in the event of a far-side crash event;
the rearward inflatable chamber is configured to deploy into a position inboard of the vehicle seat and second vehicle seat; and
the forward and rearward inflatable chambers are separated by a cleft that opens toward the vehicle seat.

US Pat. No. 10,748,542

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CORRELATING MOUTH IMAGES TO INPUT COMMANDS

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1. A system for monitoring an area within a vehicle comprising:computer memory;
a processor executing imaging software and audio processing software;
an imaging device transmitting to said imaging software a plurality of frames of pixel data from an image acquired from a field of view within the vehicle and associated with the imaging device;
a speech input device transmitting to said audio processing software an audio data stream of audio samples derived from at least one speech input;
wherein the processor is configured to identify a source of the audio data stream from the frames of pixel data and the audio samples;
wherein said imaging software isolates, from said frames a subset of digital pixel data representing a physical source of the audio data stream;
wherein said memory comprises a translator dictionary matching a sequence of mouth movements represented by subsets of said digital pixel data to spoken utterances represented by portions of said audio samples;
wherein said processor calculates a virtual position of the mouth relative to a set position of said speech input device in the vehicle to determine a direction of the audio data stream.

US Pat. No. 10,730,431

ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS FOR A STEERING ASSEMBLY

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1. An illuminated emblem assembly for a steering wheel assembly comprising:a conductive plate having a generally U-shape and formed from an electrically conductive material, the conductive plate sized and configured to couple with a frame of the steering wheel assembly and including a connector for electrically coupling the conductive plate to a vehicle control system;
a light source coupled to a PCB, where the PCB is electrically coupled to the conductive plate such that an electrical signal is provided to the light source from the vehicle control system via the PCB;
a base disposed on a top surface of the conductive plate and having a generally U-shape, the base including an opening adjacent the light source for directing light emitted from the light source towards a U-shaped volume defined by a top surface of the base; and
an outer cap through which light is transmitted from the light source towards the user, the outer cap being disposed over the base and defining a volume between an inside surface of the outer cap and the base.

US Pat. No. 10,730,465

3D TIME OF FLIGHT ACTIVE REFLECTING SENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A system for classifying objects within a space, comprising:an electro-optical sensor in communication with a processor and computerized memory storing computer-implemented software thereon;
a surface of non-uniform reflectivity reflecting a plurality of optical signals back to the electro-optical sensor over a time period, wherein the optical signals comprise image data that is non-uniform in the spatial domain over the time period;
wherein the surface of non-uniform reflectivity is entirely within a first line of sight originating from the electro-optical sensor;
wherein the surface is positioned relative to an identified volume of space such that a second line of sight originating from the surface encompasses at least a portion of the identified volume of space;
wherein the optical signals reflected from the surface back to the electro-optical sensor comprise image data transmitted by an entirety of the surface via the second line of sight into the identified volume;
wherein the electro-optical sensor identifies movement data corresponding to the objects within the identified volume on a pixel by pixel basis via the software.

US Pat. No. 10,707,034

SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE

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1. A switch assembly comprising:a housing having one or more walls that define a chamber;
a first printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the chamber, the first PCB having a first planar surface that faces in a first axial direction and a second planar surface that faces in a second axial direction, the second axial direction being opposite from the first axial direction;
a second PCB disposed adjacent the first PCB, the second PCB having a first planar surface that faces in the first axial direction toward the second planar surface of the first PCB and a second planar surface that faces in the second axial direction, the second PCB comprising one or more force sensors disposed on the second planar surface;
at least one support surface facing in the second axial direction, the support surface being fixedly coupled to the housing, the support surface being disposed axially between the second planar surface of the first PCB and the first planar surface of the second PCB;
a flexible membrane, the flexible membrane having a first surface that faces in the first axial direction toward the second surface of the second PCB; and
a touch overlay plate, the touch overlay plate having a first surface facing the first axial direction and a second surface facing the second axial direction, wherein the first surface of the touch overlay plate is coupled to a second surface of the flexible membrane, the second surface of the flexible membrane faces the second axial direction,
wherein at least a portion of the first planar surface of the second PCB engages the support surface, and the first PCB and the second PCB are electrically coupled together.

US Pat. No. 10,696,186

OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM

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1. A system for detecting the presence of an occupant of a seat, comprising:a sensing mat configured to be located in the seat, the mat including an upper conducting layer and a lower conducting layer, wherein at least one of the conducting layers comprises a printed electronic circuit separated into conductive zones by at least one resistive zone;
wherein the mat includes a plurality of sensing zones and each of the sensing zones include a conductive zone from the upper conducting layer and a conductive zone from the lower conducting layer, and
wherein each of the two conducting layers are connected to a controller configured to detect a change in capacitance of each of the sensing zones resulting from a change in distance between the upper conducting layer and the lower conducting layer; and
wherein the controller is connected to a vehicle network and is configured to provide data to the network and wherein the data indicates the absence or presence of the occupant in the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,466,826

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ILLUMINATING A TRACK PAD SYSTEM

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1. A track pad system comprising:a two-dimensional array of force sensors arranged to have a length and a width, the two-dimensional array of force sensors being disposed on a first surface of a circuit board;
a touch interface plate at least partially comprised of a transparent or a translucent material disposed over the two-dimensional array of force sensors, the touch interface plate comprising a lower surface disposed facing the two-dimensional array of force sensors and an upper surface opposite the lower surface, wherein the touch interface plate passes touch forces incident on the upper surface through to at least two of the force sensors of the two-dimensional array of force sensors, and wherein the lower surface of the touch interface plate is spaced apart from the first surface of the circuit board;
at least one light source disposed adjacent a side edge of the touch interface plate, the side edge extending between the lower surface and the upper surface of the touch interface plate and said side edge relatively orthogonal to said first surface of the circuit board, the light source directing light toward the side edge of the touch interface plate; and
a feedback generator connected to the circuit board and coupled to the lower surface of the touch interface plate, wherein the feedback generator is aligned orthogonally to the touch interface plate in plan view and extends between the lower surface of the touch interface plate and at least the first surface of the circuit board and is disposed between and parallel to at least two of the force sensors of the two-dimensional array of the force sensors in the plan view, wherein the feedback generator generates at least one of a tactile or audible feedback that is amplified by-the touch interface plate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,163

OCCUPANT DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

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1. A system for classifying an occupant of a vehicle seat comprising:a sensing electrode located in in the seat;
a sensing circuit configured to provide a current to the sensing electrode;
wherein the sensing circuit is configured to measure a quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode;
a controller that is configured to detect and classify the occupant by comparing a measure of the quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode to a threshold; and
wherein the measure of the quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode is adjusted by an offset value that varies based on a value of a non-volatile counter, and wherein the value of the non-volatile counter is based on the number of times that an occupant is detected to be sitting in the vehicle seat.

US Pat. No. 10,399,540

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR WITH ENERGY ABSORBING MECHANISM

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1. A seatbelt retractor for a seat belt device in a vehicle, the retractor comprising: a frame;a spool configured to be fixed to one end of a webbing so that the webbing may be wound around the spool, the spool being rotatably mounted at both ends to the frame and configured to rotate in a webbing extraction direction and a webbing retraction direction;
a primary torsion bar positioned in the spool, a first end of the primary torsion bar being coupled to a torsion bar cam and a second end of the primary torsion bar being connected to a pinion, wherein the torsion bar cam is configured to engage the spool;
a pretensioner coupled to the second end of the primary torsion bar via the pinion, the pretensioner configured to rotate the pinion in a webbing retraction direction when the pretensioner activates in response to an acceleration of the vehicle greater than a predetermined high acceleration;
a secondary torsion bar positioned in the spool, a first end of the secondary torsion bar being connected to the torsion bar cam and a second end of the torsion bar being engaged with a locking mechanism mounted to the frame;
wherein the primary and secondary torsion bars are configured to be locked at the second ends and the first ends are configured to rotate relative to the second ends so that the primary and secondary torsion bars deform to absorb force.

US Pat. No. 10,252,640

SEATBELT AND CHILD SEAT ANCHOR BASED OCCUPANCY DETECTION SYSTEM

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1. An apparatus for detecting a status of a child restraint system, the apparatus comprising:a sensor module including a sensor, the sensor measuring sensor data associated with a coupling between an attachment portion of a child restraint system and a vehicle, the child restraint system comprising a child seat separate from a vehicle seat and the attachment portion for coupling the child seat to the vehicle; and
a processor in electrical communication with the sensor module and a memory, wherein the processor executes computer-readable instructions stored on the memory, the instructions causing the processor to:
receive the sensor data,
determine a status of the child restraint system based on the received sensor data, and
communicate status data corresponding to the determined status of the child restraint system,
wherein the sensor data is associated with a force, pressure, acceleration, and/or detection of a latching clip measured at the sensor,
wherein the sensor data corresponds to movement of the child restraint system and includes spatially distributed reaction force data associated with the movement of the child restraint system.

US Pat. No. 10,952,322

INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR A STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle steering wheel assembly comprising:a steering wheel structural frame having a rim and a hub plate located centrally to the rim, the hub plate having a first surface facing a rear of the vehicle and a second surface facing a front of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit having a first surface facing the rear of the vehicle, wherein the first surface of the electronic control unit is located in a plane that is disposed between a second plane that includes the second surface of the hub plate and the front of the vehicle,
wherein an electrical connector extends from the first surface of the electronic control unit towards the first surface of the hub plate.

US Pat. No. 10,611,330

SMART INITIATOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle pyrotechnic initiator assembly comprising:an initiator comprising at least one electrode pin; and
a validation device in electrical communication with the at least one electrode pin, wherein the validation device provides validation information about at least a portion of the initiator assembly,
wherein the initiator comprises at least two electrode pins and an initiating circuit electrically coupled to the at least two electrode pins, the at least two electrode pins being physically coupled to a first housing, the first housing further comprising the initiating circuit, and the validation device is disposed within a second housing, the second housing defining at least two openings, each opening sized to receive one of the electrode pins therethrough, the second housing being separate from the first housing and a safety device in which the initiator is configured for being disposed, and the electrode pins being electrically coupled to the validation device in the second housing via at least an annular portion of a surface of the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,358,393

GAS GENERATING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THEREOF

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1. A gas generating composition, comprising:from 45 to 55% by weight of a metal nitrate;
from 25 to 30% by weight of melamine nitrate; and
from 5 to 15% by weight of a nitrogen containing organic compound chosen from guanidine, nitroguanidine, guanidine nitrate, aminoguanidine, aminoguanidine nitrate, and aminoguanidine hydrogen carbonate.

US Pat. No. 10,260,535

MULTI-PURPOSE AND TUNABLE PRESSURE CHAMBER FOR PYROTECHNIC ACTUATOR

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1. A pressurized gas-powered actuator comprising:a housing;
a piston assembly movably positioned within the housing, the piston assembly comprising a piston and a piston rod, the piston defining a drive pocket formed therein;
a gas generator positioned exterior of the piston and in fluid communication with the drive pocket; and
the piston rod efining an expansion cavity extending from an end of the drive pocket and extending through at least a portion of the piston rod, the expansion cavity having a constant volume;
wherein a radial outermost dimension of the expansion cavity is greater than a radial outermost dimension of the drive pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,723,307

AIRBAG MODULE

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1. An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle comprising:an inflatable airbag; and
an inflator configured to provide gas to inflate the airbag;
wherein the airbag includes an inflatable chamber formed by a main panel positioned to deploy into a position to contact the occupant and wherein the inflatable chamber includes an inflator opening for receiving gas provided by the inflator;
wherein the airbag includes a internal tether connected to the main panel at one end and wherein the other end of the internal tether is fixed adjacent to the inflator opening; and
wherein the tether is connected to the main panel at a location that ensures when the tether is fully extended due to the deployment of the airbag the main panel includes a tucked portion that is not tensioned, and wherein the tether includes a weakened portion that is configured to tear so that the tether separates during the deployment of the airbag so that the one end of the tether is no longer connected to the other end of the tether thereby allowing the airbag to fully deploy eliminating the tucked portion.

US Pat. No. 10,696,221

FORCE SENSING HORN SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle horn actuation system comprising:a driver air bag module comprising base plate and a cover, wherein a driver air bag and inflator are disposed centrally on the base plate, the base plate is statically coupled to a steering interface of a vehicle, and the cover is axially translatable relative to the base plate;
a plurality of force sensors mounted on the base plate peripherally of the driver air bag and inflator, wherein each of the plurality of force sensors has a corresponding actuator that includes a plunger that is biased away from the force sensor by a spring, wherein the actuator is disposed on the cover, the actuator and the force sensor being axially aligned such that the plunger of the actuator moves axially toward the force sensor in response to an axial force being applied to the cover; and
a processor in communication with a memory, wherein the processor executes computer-readable instructions stored on the memory, said instructions cause the processor to:
receive a force signal from one or more of the plurality of force sensors, said force signal caused by the plunger of the actuator contacting the force sensor in response to the axial force being applied to the cover; and
select a control message to communicate to a horn system, wherein the control message is selected from a plurality of control messages depending upon the force signal.

US Pat. No. 10,618,495

FOAM-IN-PLACE PYROTECHNIC SYSTEM

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1. A gas generator containing:a housing having a first end and a second end, the housing defining a plurality of inflation apertures extending from an exterior of the housing to an interior of the housing;
a combustion chamber disposed within the interior of the housing;
a gas generating composition comprising a plurality of propellant grains, tablets, wafers, or a combination thereof, contained within the combustion chamber of the housing, ignitable upon activation of the gas generator;
a propellant cushion comprising a polyurethane foam and oxidant; and
a plenum in fluid communication with the combustion chamber and the plurality of inflation apertures such that gases generated upon ignition of the gas generating composition flow from the combustion chamber, through the plenum, and through the plurality of inflation apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,525,910

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MOVEMENT OF AN OCCUPANT SEATED IN A VEHICLE

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1. A system for controlling a component of a control module of a vehicle operated by a driver and configured for operation in semi-autonomous and autonomous driving modes, comprising:an electrode located within a steering wheel of the vehicle and configured to transmit a control signal representative of a current in the electrode through the driver of the vehicle via a body area network; and
a receiver coupled to an antenna located proximate to the component, the receiver being configured to detect the transmitted control signal and determine the presence of the driver proximate to the component based on detection information indicating a proximity between an appendage of the driver and the antenna; wherein the determination of the presence of the driver is provided to a controller and
wherein the controller is configured to
determine whether the driver may control the component based on a driving mode of the vehicle and contact between the driver and the steering wheel,
prohibit, based on the determination of whether the driver may control the component, the driver from controlling the component by disabling touched based control of the component when the vehicle is in a manual driving mode and the driver is in contact with the steering wheel, and
generate a prompt indicating the touched based control of the component is disabled; and
wherein the controller is configured to permit the driver to control the component when the vehicle is in one of the semi-autonomous driving mode and the autonomous driving mode and the driver is in contact with the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,373,788

BATTERY DISCONNECT DEVICE

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1. A battery disconnect device comprising:a breaker having a pivot portion and an actuation portion, the actuation portion having an actuation face, the pivot portion having an axis of rotation about which the breaker is pivotable;
a housing defining a chamber, the chamber being in fluid communication with a gas generator via an inlet defined by an inlet wall of the housing; and
a bus bar extending through the housing and the chamber,
wherein the breaker is disposed within the chamber in a first position in which the actuation face is adjacent the inlet and inlet wall and combustion gas from the gas generator pushes on the actuation face to cause the breaker to pivot about the axis of rotation of the pivot portion to a second position, wherein in the second position, the actuation face is spaced apart from the inlet and inlet wall, and the pivoting movement of the pivot portion causes the breaker to break the bus bar, and
wherein the bus bar extends through a groove defined in the pivot portion of the breaker, and the pivoting movement of the pivot portion causes the pivot portion to break the bus bar at a first recessed portion and a second recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,953,791

VEHICLE ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. An illumination system a driver assistance system of a vehicle, the illumination system comprising:a steering assembly comprising a steering grip and a hub, the steering grip and the hub being fixedly coupled together and rotationally movable about a steering axis to facilitate control of the vehicle;
a housing having a ceiling and a window that faces a driver of the vehicle, wherein the housing is fixedly coupled to a back cover of the hub of the steering assembly;
a light guide having a first surface and a second surface that extend between a first end surface and a second end surface of the light guide, the light guide further comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface and outer surface being spaced apart from each other and extending between the first and second end surfaces and the first and second surfaces, the outer surface extending in a plane transverse to each of the first and second end surfaces and the first and second surfaces; and
at least one light source disposed adjacent the first end surface of the light guide, the light source emitting light into the first end surface of the light guide,
wherein at least a first portion of the first surface of the light guide is disposed adjacent a surface of a base, and wherein the base is coupled to the housing such that the light guide is disposed within the housing and such that at least a portion of the outer surface of the light guide is adjacent to the window and the light guide transmits light from the light source through the light guide and out the portion of the outer surface of the light guide and the window.

US Pat. No. 10,940,828

DETECTION AND MONITORING OF OCCUPANT SEAT BELT

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1. A system of evaluating seat belt assemblies installed in a vehicle, comprising:at least one camera connected to a computer system and at least one light source that illuminates regions of interest within a vehicle, wherein at least one region of interest is within the at least one camera's field of view;
at least one seat belt assembly installed in the vehicle and positioned within the at least one camera field of view, said seat belt assembly comprising fixed components that are stationary in the vehicle and dynamic components that move within the vehicle, said fixed and dynamic components comprising respective patterns that each have a predetermined reflectivity,
wherein the computer system comprises at least one processor connected to memory having computer implemented instructions thereon, the computer implemented instructions configured to:
use the camera to generate at least one image of the at least one region of interest in the vehicle;
identify at least one fixed component of the at least one seat belt assembly as a reference component within the image of the region of interest;
calculate at least one reference measurement as the distance between the camera and an identified pattern in the image as reflected from the reference component;
calculate respective spatial measurements of dynamic components of the seat belt assembly as captured in the image, wherein the respective spatial measurements of the dynamic components comprise distances between selected patterns reflected from the dynamic components as shown in the image and other structures within the vehicle also shown in the image; and
compare the spatial measurements of the dynamic components of the seat belt assembly relative to the reference measurement to evaluate the seat belt assembly in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,818

AUTO-IGNITION COMPOSITION

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1. An auto-ignition composition consisting of:a nonmetal perchlorate as a first oxidizer;
a secondary oxidizer selected from the group consisting of metal oxides, alkali metal nitrates, alkaline earth metal nitrates, and mixtures thereof, provided at about 12.5-30 weight percent of the total composition;
a first fuel selected from the group consisting of maleic hydrazide and salts thereof, and mixtures thereof, said first fuel provided at about 5-15 weight percent of the total composition; and
a second nitrogen-containing fuel selected from the group consisting of acidic tetrazoles, acidic triazoles, guanidine, nitroguanidines, guanidine salts, guanidine derivatives, and mixtures thereof,
wherein the composition has an auto-ignition temperature of 200° C. or less.

US Pat. No. 10,785,624

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED NETWORK PAIRING USING ELECTRIC FIELD COUPLING

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1. A system to electronically couple an electronic device, located in proximity to an occupant of a vehicle, to a vehicle communications network located in the vehicle, the system comprising:a sensing electrode located in the vehicle proximate to the occupant; and
support electronics located in the vehicle and including a sensor circuit configured to provide a signal having a particular frequency and power to the sensing electrode to thereby create an electric field proximate to the person, wherein the signal contains particular information;
wherein the electronic device is configured to detect the presence of the signal provided to the sensing electrode and conducted through the occupant;
wherein the electronic device is configured to electronically couple to the vehicle communications network upon detecting the signal; and
wherein the electronic device is configured to electrically couple to the vehicle communications network via a wireless signal and after completion of a security process required by the vehicle communications network that includes using the particular information contained within the signal to satisfy an identification process that ensures that the electronic device is authorized to be connected to the vehicle communications network.

US Pat. No. 10,836,347

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

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1. A seatbelt retractor for a seat belt device in a vehicle, the retractor comprising:a frame;
a spool configured to be fixed to one end of a webbing so that the webbing may be wound around the spool, the spool being rotatably mounted at both ends to the frame and configured to rotate in a webbing extraction direction and a webbing retraction direction;
a primary torsion bar positioned in the spool having a first end coupled to the spool and a second end configured to be locked; and
a secondary torsion bar positioned in the spool, a first end of the secondary torsion bar being coupled to the spool and a second end of the secondary torsion bar being engaged with a locking mechanism mounted to the frame;
a pretensioner configured to rotate the spool in a webbing retraction direction when the pretensioner activates in response to an acceleration of the vehicle greater than a predetermined high acceleration;
wherein the secondary torsion bar is configured to be locked at the second end and the first end being configured to rotate relative to the second end so that the secondary torsion bar deforms to absorb force; and
wherein the locking mechanism includes a lock base and a locking hub, wherein the lock base is locked to the frame when the vehicle experiences an acceleration greater than a predetermined value, and wherein the locking hub is mounted to the second end of the secondary torsion bar and is releasably connected to the lock base to prevent the second end of the secondary torsion bar from rotating when the lock base is locked;
wherein the locking hub is configured to be released and rotate relative to the lock base in response to a predetermined condition to thereby permit rotation of the second end of the secondary torsion bar with the first end of the secondary torsion bar and the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,817,061

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL TRACKPAD

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8. A system for selecting and controlling a vehicle system selected from a plurality of vehicle systems using a track pad, the system comprising:the track pad integrated into a steering mechanism of a vehicle and comprised of a two-dimensional array of force sensors arranged to have a width and a length and a touch interface positioned over the array, wherein the touch interface passes touch forces through to one or more force sensors of the array of force sensors and said track pad is not associated with a display;
a processor in communication with the array of force sensors and with a memory, wherein the processor executes computer-readable instructions stored on the memory, said instructions cause the processor to:
receive force information from the array of force sensors from a touch force, wherein said touch force is caused by a first touch with the touch interface of the track pad to control the vehicle system from among the plurality of systems of the vehicle;
determine a force position of the first touch along the width and length and a force magnitude of the first touch;
select, based on the first touch, the vehicle system to control from among the plurality of systems of the vehicle, wherein each of the plurality of vehicle systems has a corresponding force threshold such that the vehicle system is selected from among the plurality of systems of the vehicle based on the force magnitude of the first touch and the force position of the first touch along the width and the length;
select a control message from among a plurality of control messages to send to the selected system based on one or more of a time the touch force of the first touch is applied to the track pad at the force position, a change of the touch force from the first position to a second location on the track pad, a rate of change of the touch force from the first position to the second location on the track pad, a direction of the change of the touch force from the first position to the second location on the track pad, a length from the first position to the second location of the touch force, a change in the force magnitude of the touch force, and a rate of change of the force magnitude of the touch force; and
send the selected control message to the selected system.

US Pat. No. 10,788,059

MULTI-PURPOSE AND TUNABLE PRESSURE CHAMBER FOR PYROTECHNIC ACTUATOR

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1. A method of forming an actuator, the method comprising the steps of:providing a hollow tube;
inserting at least one core within the tube so as to define an annular plenum between the tube and the core;
positioning a filler material within the annular plenum, thereby forming a sleeve of filler material defining a chamber therein; and
removing the core from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,738,805

VENTED PRESSURIZED GAS-POWERED ACTUATOR

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1. A vented pressurized gas-powered actuator comprising:a housing having a central longitudinal axis and an inner surface integrally formed on said housing;
a piston slidably positioned within the housing and engaging the inner surface for traveling a stroke length within the housing along the central longitudinal axis;
at least one vent groove defined by and extending from the inner surface in a direction away from the axis, the at least one vent groove intersecting a first end of the stroke length and a second end of the stroke length,
wherein ventilation occurs through the at least one vent groove and directly to the atmosphere as the piston travels the entire stroke length.

US Pat. No. 10,466,121

FORCE-BASED DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A position sensor system that senses a relative position between a reference physical object and a sensed physical object wherein the sensed physical object has a varying surface, the position sensor system comprising:at least one force sensor supported by the reference physical object and positioned adjacent to and in communication with the varying surface;
a spring medium, wherein the spring medium bridges a space between the force sensor and the varying surface and the at least one force sensor is in communication with the varying surface through the spring medium, and wherein movement of the sensed physical object having the varying surface causes a varying application of force to the at least one force sensor through the spring medium,
wherein the at least one force sensor generates a force signal related to the varying application of force applied to the at least one force sensor by the varying surface; and
a computer processor in electrical communication with the at least one force sensor, wherein the processor receives the force signal, determines, using the force signal, the position of the sensed physical object relative to the force sensor, and controls a system of a vehicle using the determined position.

US Pat. No. 11,031,012

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CORRELATING MOUTH IMAGES TO INPUT COMMANDS

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1. A system for monitoring an area within a vehicle comprising: computer memory; a processor executing imaging software and audio processing software; an imaging device transmitting to said imaging software a plurality of frames of pixel data from an image acquired from a field of view within the vehicle and associated with the imaging device; a speech input device transmitting to said audio processing software an audio data stream of audio samples derived from at least one speech input; command processing software configured to (i) track said audio samples in a time domain; iii) track said frames of pixel data in said time domain and utilize said processor and said computer memory to group, in said time domain, said frames of pixel data with correspondingly timed audio samples; wherein the processor is configured to identify a source of the audio data stream from the frames of pixel data and the audio samples and to identify at least one command issued by the source; and a database of authorization data for matching said at least one command to the authorization data to determine whether the source of the audio data stream has permission to issue the command.

US Pat. No. 11,032,875

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HEATING AND SENSING PROXIMITY TO VEHICLE COMPONENTS

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1. A vehicle component heating system comprising:a computer controlling an electrical power source defining a duty cycle for an electrical power signal, the electrical power signal comprising a heating signal, a sensing signal, and an idle period within the duty cycle during which neither a heating signal nor a sensing signal is generated;
at least one electrode connected to the electrical power source and disposed within a sensing zone of a vehicle component, the electrode for generating heat for a surface of the vehicle component within the sensing zone in response to receiving the heating signal and for sensing proximity of a vehicle occupant to the sensing zone in response to receiving the sensing signal, wherein the at least one electrode is a first electrode and the system further comprises a second electrode disposed between the first electrode and a portion of the vehicle component, the second electrode receiving a shielding signal for reducing parasitic capacitance between the first electrode and the portion of the vehicle component;
a processor connected to the computer and in electrical communication with a memory, the memory storing instructions for controlling the processor, the instructions causing the processor and the electrical power source to control the duty cycle of the electrical power signal, wherein the processor performs the following steps with the instructions;
receive at least one input signal from the at least one vehicle control system;
based on the at least one input signal from the at least one vehicle control system, select a heating percentage of the duty cycle for generating the heating signal, a sensing percentage of the duty cycle for generating and measuring the sensing signal and reporting the sensing signal measured, and an idle percentage of the duty cycle during which no heating signal or sensing signal is generated, wherein a sum of the heating, sensing, and idle percentages is 100%; and
generate the heating signal and/or generate and measure the sensing signal and report the sensing signal measured based on the selected percentages; and
applying the electrical signal to the second electrode as the shielding signal, the electrical signal having the respective heating percentage, sensing percentage, and idle percentage of the duty cycle.

US Pat. No. 11,014,529

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

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1. A seatbelt retractor for a seat belt device in a vehicle, the retractor comprising:a frame;
a spool configured to be fixed to one end of a seat belt webbing so that the webbing may be wound around the spool, the spool being rotatably mounted at both ends to the frame and configured to rotate in a webbing extraction direction and a webbing retraction direction;
a staged torsion bar configured to be selectively fixed along the length of the torsion bar in order to dampen at least two different loads, wherein the staged torsion bar is positioned in the spool parallel to an axis of rotation of the spool;
a shift assembly configured to selectively engage the staged torsion bar
a load nut configured to disengage from the staged torsion bar; and
a shift link adjacent to the load nut, the shift link configured to selectively engage the load nut to the staged torsion bar.

US Pat. No. 10,990,838

OCCUPANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A vehicle occupant imaging system disposed within a vehicle, the vehicle occupant imaging system comprising:an automotive clock spring disposed within a steering wheel assembly, the automotive clock spring comprising a rotor to which a rotatable portion of the steering wheel assembly is coupled,
a stator disposed radially adjacent the rotor and statically coupled within the steering column of the steering assembly, and
at least one set of electrical wires coupled between the rotor and the stator, the system further comprising:
at least one imaging unit configured for being coupled to the rotatable portion of the steering wheel assembly, the imaging unit having a field of view extending toward one or more vehicle occupants;
a first processing unit and a second processing unit;
wherein the first processing unit is disposed within the rotor of the automotive clock spring and receives image signals captured by the imaging unit and selects at least a portion of the image signals for communicating to the second processing unit, the second processing unit disposed outside of the rotor and within the steering column in the vehicle and electrically coupled to the set of electrical wires via the stator, wherein the selected image signals are electrically communicated through the set of electrical wires.

US Pat. No. 10,967,829

DRIVER SIDE AIRBAG MODULE

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1. An airbag module comprising:a cushion, wherein the cushion comprises a lower panel, an upper panel, and an extension panel;
wherein the extension panel is located between the lower panel and the upper panel, and is connected to the perimeter of the lower panel and the perimeter of the upper panel; and
an inflator configured to provide inflation gas to the cushion; and
a lateral tether connected to the extension panel at first and second lateral sides of the extension panel, wherein the lateral tether is configured to restrain the extension panel in the lateral direction at the first and second lateral sides when the inflator inflates the cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,963,053

DISPLAY-BASED SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE

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1. A switch assembly comprising:a housing having one or more walls that define a chamber;
a first printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the chamber, the first PCB having a first planar surface that faces in a first axial direction and a second planar surface that faces in a second axial direction, the second axial direction being opposite from the first axial direction;
a second PCB disposed adjacent the first PCB, the second PCB having a first planar surface that faces in the first axial direction toward the second planar surface of the first PCB and a second planar surface that faces in the second axial direction, the second PCB comprising one or more force sensors disposed on the second planar surface; and
at least one support surface facing in the second axial direction, the support surface being fixedly coupled to the housing, the support surface being disposed axially between the second planar surface of the first PCB and the first planar surface of the second PCB,
wherein:
at least a portion of the first planar surface of the second PCB engages the support surface, and
the first PCB and the second PCB are electrically coupled together.

US Pat. No. 10,926,662

OCCUPANT DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

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1. A system for classifying an occupant in a vehicle comprising:at least one pair of occupant classification sensors, each occupant classification sensor having a sensing electrode mountable in a seat bottom of a vehicle seat and a shield electrode located in the vehicle seat opposite the sensing electrode;
a respective sensing circuit operatively coupled to the respective sensing electrode and shield electrode for each occupant classification sensor in the at least one pair;
a controller comprising computer memory operatively coupled to a normalization circuit and the respective sensing circuits,
a switch between the normalization circuit and the respective sensing circuits, wherein the switch isolates the normalization circuit from the sensing circuits to measure system impedance independently of the sensing circuit;
wherein the controller operates to configure the respective sensing circuits into a plurality of circuit configurations comprising a plurality of shield electrodes driven by at least one input voltage from the controller;
wherein in the circuit configurations the sensing electrode and the shield electrode are electrically coupled to the sensing circuit, wherein the controller sends a control signal to the sensing circuit, and measures a plurality of sensing current measurements, each sensing current measurement corresponding to one of the circuit configurations, wherein the sensing circuit is further configured to detect a change in at least one current characteristic of sensing current on at least one pair of sensing electrodes due to the presence of the object located on the vehicle seat,
wherein the sensing circuits corresponding to the at least one pair of sensing electrodes provide, to the controller, a respective output signal corresponding to a respective change in the sensing current on the respective sensing electrodes,
wherein the memory stores threshold data establishing occupant classifications according to threshold boundaries, and
wherein the controller uses the respective output signals as a coordinate pair to identify a respective occupant classification for the coordinate pair relative to the threshold boundaries.

US Pat. No. 10,829,085

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A seat belt retractor comprising:a spool for winding and unwinding a seat belt webbing;
a measurement mechanism for determining a measure of the amount of seat belt webbing unwound from the spool, the measurement mechanism including
a rotating cycloidal gear including a plurality of openings and wherein the rotation of the cycloidal gear is driven by rotation of the spool;
a rotating secondary gear, wherein the secondary gear includes a plurality of pins and wherein each of the pins is located within one of the plurality of openings in the cycloidal gear and wherein rotation of the secondary gear is driven by rotation of the cycloidal gear;
a rotating sensing gear, wherein the sensing gear is engaged with the secondary gear, and wherein rotation of the sensing gear is driven by the secondary gear;
a magnet mounted to the sensing gear; and
a sensor for detecting movement of the magnet, and wherein the sensor is configured to provided a signal to a controller for determining a measure indicating the amount of rotation of the spool and the amount of webbing withdrawal based on the movement of the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,807,558

SIDE IMPACT AIRBAG MODULE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. An inflatable curtain airbag assembly for a vehicle comprising:an inflatable cushion configured to be stored proximate to a roof rail of the vehicle when folded and inflate into a curtain configuration along an interior side of a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
an inflator that supplies gas into the cushion to inflate the cushion; and
a ramp positioned only at one end of the cushion and extending longitudinally only a distance to cover a trim located over a vehicle pillar located proximate to the one end of the cushion and being configured to prevent the cushion from interfering with the trim during deployment of the cushion, wherein
the ramp has at least a first slot and a second slot, the ramp including a base layer of non-woven fabric;
the cushion includes a first flexible tab and a second flexible tab;
the first flexible tab and the second flexible tab extend through the first slot and the second slot, respectively, to thereby couple the ramp to the inflatable cushion; and
an end of the first flexible tab and an end of the second flexible tab are configured to be connected to an interior of a vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,800,288

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MOVEMENT OF AN OCCUPANT SEATED IN A VEHICLE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A proximity detection system for detecting motion and proximity of an occupant seated in a vehicle, comprising:a sensing electrode located proximate to the occupant and configured to transmit a signal representative of a current in the sensing electrode; and
a receiver including a controller and coupled to an antenna, the receiver configured to detect a change in the transmitted signal received by the antenna based on the proximity of the occupant,
wherein the receiver is configured to determine the proximity of the occupant based on the amplitude of the signal received by the antenna and the rate change of the amplitude of the signal received by the antenna, and
wherein the receiver is configured to generate a control signal in order to change a state of a vehicle component when at least one of the amplitude and the rate of change of the amplitude exceeds a predetermined threshold, and
wherein the receiver generates the control signal in order to wake-up a vehicle component from a power saving condition.

US Pat. No. 10,787,189

OCCUPANT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. An occupant monitoring system (OMS) for monitoring at least one occupant in a vehicle, the vehicle having a steering wheel assembly configured to rotate relative to a steering column, the OMS comprising:an imaging unit coupled to a steering wheel assembly having a field of view inside of the vehicle configured to capture an image signal corresponding to an imaging area in the vehicle;
a processing unit including a processor and a memory operably coupled to the processor, the memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive the image signal from the imaging unit;
analyze the image signal to determine an occupant state; and
output a signal based on the determined occupant state, where the output signal is outputted to another vehicle system to provide information about the occupant state to the other vehicle system, wherein the output signal includes instructions for at least one of the OMS and the other vehicle system to adjust a vehicle parameter based on the occupant state, and an adjusted vehicle parameter is used to warn the occupant;
wherein the adjusted vehicle parameter includes at least one of operation of a light source, operation of a cabin audio system, sensitivity of a steering wheel of the steering wheel assembly to user input, sensitivity of a braking system to user input, sensitivity of a vehicle accelerator to user input, operation of an interior light, a temperature of a vehicle cabin, a scent provided to an occupant cabin of the vehicle, output of a vehicle communication system, an operation of an autonomous driving state of the vehicle, and a tactile feedback to the occupant via a haptic feedback device; and
wherein the tactile feedback is provided to the steering wheel assembly and includes at least one of vibration, heat, and cooling effect.

US Pat. No. 10,780,896

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF PROVIDING HAPTIC FEEDBACK

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A haptic communication system comprising:an actuator having an output surface, the output surface being coupled to a seat or a steering assembly of a vehicle; and
a processor in electrical communication with the actuator, a memory, and a vehicle communication system that is separate from the haptic communication system, the memory storing instructions for execution by the processor, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
receive a message from the vehicle communication system;
identify a vibrational output signal associated with the message; and
communicate the vibrational output signal to the actuator, the vibrational output signal causing the actuator to propagate an inaudible pressure wave from the output surface against a surface of the seat or steering assembly, respectively, and
the pressure wave causing tactilely-perceptible vibration of the seat or steering assembly, respectively;
wherein the actuator is a first actuator and the haptic communication system comprises a second actuator coupled to the seat or steering assembly, the second actuator being spaced apart from the first actuator; and
wherein the processor is in electrical communication with the second actuator, the vibrational output signal is a first vibrational output signal, and the instructions further cause the processor to identify a second vibrational output signal associated with the message and communicate the second vibrational output signal to the second actuator, the second vibrational output signal causing the actuator to propagate a second inaudible pressure wave from a respective output surface of the second actuator against a different surface of the seat or steering assembly, respectively, to which the second actuator is coupled, the second inaudible pressure wave causing additional tactilely-perceptible vibration of the seat or steering assembly, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,780,908

STEERING GRIP LIGHT BAR SYSTEMS

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A light bar system for a steering wheel comprising:at least one light source disposed adjacent a portion of an armature of a steering wheel, the light source comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED);
an outer lens;
a carrier defining a light optimizing channel extending from the light source towards the outer lens;
a light diffusing layer disposed between a distal end of the light optimizing channel and the outer lens, the light diffusing layer being configured for diffusing light as it passes therethrough, the light diffusing layer comprising at least one light diffusing film disposed between the distal end of the light optimizing channel and an inner surface of the outer lens; and
a printed circuit board (PCB) on which the at least one LED is disposed, the PCB having an arcuate shape corresponding to an arcuate shape of a front surface of the steering wheel, the PCB located between the carrier and the armature of the steering wheel and secured to at least one of the carrier and the armature by at least one of a friction fit, a mechanical fastener, a chemical fastener, and heat staking.