US Patent No. 10,561,044


Patent No. 10,561,044
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title Fluid Management For Autonomous Vehicle Sensors
Inventorship David Schmidt, Dearborn, MI (US)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,561,044

1. An autonomous vehicle comprising:an autonomous-driving system having at least one autonomous vehicle component disposed at a roof panel of the autonomous vehicle;
a thermal management system adapted to transmit a coolant in thermal communication with the autonomous vehicle component; and
a fluid management system having
a catch basin secured to the roof panel below the autonomous vehicle component and defining a cavity adapted to receive the at least one autonomous vehicle component and a continuous bottom on which the autonomous vehicle component is installed, and
a drain tube secured to the catch basin to receive coolant collected in the catch basin.