US Patent No. 10,560,983


Patent No. 10,560,983
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title Self-defrosting Sensor
Inventorship Christopher Michael Seubert, New Hudson, MI (US)
Kenneth Edward Nietering, Dearborn, MI (US)
Mark Edward Nichols, Saline, MI (US)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,560,983

1. A system, comprising a computer, the computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the computer is programmed to:modify an electrical property of a sensor cover window of a sensor and thereby adjust an opacity of the sensor cover window upon determining that a vehicle including the sensor is at least one of operating in a non-autonomous mode and in a non-moving state; and
actuate an excitation source that emits electro-magnetic beams toward the sensor cover window to operate in a defrost mode.