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Stacked spray disc assembly for a fluid injector, and methods for constructing and utilizing same

A spray disc arrangement for a fluid injector includes a first disc having a dimple with an orifice defined through the dimple. A second disc includes a dimple and a plurality of orifices defined through the dimple. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Pi source inverter-converter for hybrid electric vehicles

A system for reducing a resonant oscillation on a direct current bus of a power inverter/converter for an electric machine having a variable frequency drive is disclosed. The system includes a battery, a first capacitor connected in parallel with the battery; an inductor connected in series with the first capacitor; a first diode connected in series with the inductor; a second diode connected in parallel with the inductor and the first diode; a second capacitor connected in series with the first diode; and a starter-generator connected to the second capacitor. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Flexible connector system for connecting a high current motor to a pcb of an integrated electronics system of a vehicle

An integrated electronics system for a vehicle includes a housing, a circuit board mounted to the housing, at least one circuit board electrical terminal fixed to the circuit board and extending therefrom and an electric motor having windings. At least one motor electrical terminal is connected to the circuit board electrical terminal. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Combiner heads-up display

A combiner head up display can be manually lowered into a vehicle's dash board by a spring-loaded retractable lock attached to a support plate. The lock is located near the end of a slot in the support plate and provides a bias force to a locating pin that keeps the pin and mirror up until the latch portion of the lock is manually pushed back into the lock.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Integer division circuit and method of performing integer division in hardware

An integer division circuit includes a first bit-shifting circuit configured to shift the bits of a dividend to produce a normalized dividend. The circuit also includes a second bit-shifting circuit configured to shift the bits of a divisor to produce a normalized divisor. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Autonomous trailer hitching using neural network

A method of maneuvering a vehicle in reverse for attachment to a trailer is disclosed. The method includes receiving one or more images from one or more cameras positioned on a back portion of the vehicle and identifying one or more trailers within the one or more images. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Connected energy management and autonomous driving strategy for engine cylinder deactivation

The present invention is a connected energy management (cem) strategy for controlling the activation of a plurality of engine cylinders in the engine of a vehicle. A powertrain controller is operable for controlling the operation of the engine, and a second controller is in electrical communication with the powertrain controller. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Thin film fuse

A thin film fuse is formed by two substantially planar conductors, separated from each other by a thin gap. The conductors and gap are over-coated with a thin, conductive material having a surface tension when melted, great enough to pull the conductive material out of the gap.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

In-line blade fuse system

A vertically-oriented blade fuse system requires less surface area on a printed circuit board, provides improved heat dissipation, is less expensive to manufacture and assemble and is more reliable. It comprises a fuse having two connection plates that extend away from each other in opposite directions. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

A method, apparatus and system for automatic detection of rim diameter

A wheel parameter resolving system, apparatus and method are disclosed and described. The wheel parameter resolving system comprises a wheel unit configured to sense radial acceleration in a wheel, the wheel comprising a rim and a tire, the rim having a diameter, and a transmitter configured to transmit a transmit signal indicative of sensed radial acceleration, a controller configured to resolve a rotation parameter indicative of the rim diameter in response to the sensed radial acceleration, and a receiver configured to receive a receive signal based on a transmit signal indicative of sensed radial acceleration, the receiver communicatively coupled to the controller. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

External light dimming system and method

A dimming system for a vehicle includes a sensor to sense a field of view and a liquid crystal display (“lcd”) having a plurality of liquid crystals. A processor in communication with the sensor and the lcd receives a position of an eye of the occupant and determines a position of an external light source in the field of view. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Trailer mode blind spot sensor

A sensing system of a vehicle includes a rear view mirror coupled to a body of the vehicle and movable between a first position and a second position. The system also includes a proximity sensor coupled to the vehicle. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Combiner head-up display

A combiner head-up display (hud) system is provided. The combiner hud system includes a combiner mirror, a combiner holder configured to support the combiner mirror, a combiner housing configured to house the combiner holder, and a linear slide rail supported by the combiner housing. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

Cloud-based fuel quality recording and fuel station selection system, and method of utilizing same

A system and method for selecting a fueling station for vehicle refueling, including receiving fuel information from a remote device corresponding to one or more fueling stations near a vehicle; upon the vehicle travelling to a selected one of the one or more fueling stations, setting a flag to a value based upon a fuel grade of fuel used to refuel the vehicle at the selected one of the one or more fueling stations; and capturing location information for at least one of the vehicle and the selected one of the one or more fueling stations. Subsequent to refueling at the selected one of the one or more fueling stations, the method further includes determining fuel information of the fuel used to refuel the vehicle; and sending the flag, the fuel information of the fuel used to refuel the vehicle, and the captured location information to the remote device.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172992

Motion transfer mechanism for a combiner heads up display including double locking pin

A combiner heads-up (hud) display assembly having a motion transfer mechanism, where the combiner hud assembly includes a housing, a plurality of linkage members disposed in the housing, an actuator disposed in the housing and connected to one of the plurality of linkage members, and a bracket connected to one of the plurality of linkage members. A display device, such as a combiner mirror, is connected to the bracket. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172553

Dew point activation method for exhuast gas sensors

An emission control system, such as an emission control system for a diesel engine, which includes both a nox sensor and an electrostatic particulate matter (epm) sensor, and uses the signal from the epm sensor to determine when it is safe to activate and heat up the nox sensor after engine ignition. This is performed as soon as moisture clears the exhaust, without having to wait any additional time as a safety factor to maximize the reliability of the nox sensor against damage from water thermal shock. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171888

High pressure gas phase injector

An injector, including: a moveable armature having a bore and upper and lower control surfaces; a lower housing including a bore and upper and lower stationary control surfaces; and a flow geometry defined along an exterior of the armature. The armature includes a transverse flow path fluidly coupled with the armature bore and the flow geometry. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170382

Predictive powertrain limits strategy for autonomous/automated driving vehicle

An expanded powertrain interface and strategy for an autonomous driving controller to control powertrain torque (or vehicle acceleration/deceleration) capability at the current operating point, in addition to capability for subsequent operating points at a future time based on predictive assessment of powertrain energy management, subsystem contraints/limits, and capability in the future. The powertrain interface and strategy applies to a vehicle with electrified powertrain control (hybrid electric vehicle (hev) or pure battery electric vehicle (bev)) with an autonomous driving (ad) capability (either full or semi-automated driving). ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158335

Enhanced sound generation for quiet vehicles with vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities

Two or more quiet vehicles traveling together sense each other and communicate to each other the condition of the respective drivers of the vehicles and announce their presence to pedestrians and other motorists using noise sounds. The characteristics of the emitted sounds are selected according to a level of threat presented by the quiet vehicles.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/07/18 / #20180154725

Air spring hanging piston bearing

An air spring assembly for a vehicle having a damper body which is decoupled from a piston, allowing the damper to rotate freely without inducing torsion into the piston. The air spring assembly includes a damper body, and a decoupling mechanism connected to the damper body, where a portion of the decoupling mechanism surrounds the damper body. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/07/18 / #20180154724

Air spring standing piston bearing

An air spring assembly for a vehicle having a damper body decoupled from a piston, allowing the damper to rotate freely without inducing torsion into the piston. The air spring assembly includes a damper body, where part of the damper body is disposed in a piston, and a decoupling mechanism connected to the damper body. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150776

Generating predictive information associated with vehicle products/services

Methods and systems include receiving vehicle data that is associated, at least in part, with one or more vehicle-related products/services. One or more predictions that are associated with the one or more vehicle-related products/services are determined. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/24/18 / #20180142598

Injector corrosion isolation seal

A fluid injector includes a valve assembly constructed and arranged to control flow of fluid from an inlet to an outlet of the injector. A metal housing surrounds at least a portion of the valve assembly. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/10/18 / #20180128222

Frequency to voltage converter using gate voltage sampling of power oscillator

A frequency-to-voltage (f2v) conversion module includes a pulse shaping module that generates a square wave signal based on an oscillator signal, an edge to pulse conversion module that generates a pulse train based on corresponding rising and falling edges of the square wave signal, and an integrator module that generates an output voltage based on the pulse train. The output voltage is based on a frequency of the oscillator signal.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/19/18 / #20180106180

Diesel exhaust fluid cooled reductant delivery unit for selective catalytic reduction systems

A reductant delivery unit (rdu) for a selective catalytic reduction system, including a housing; a fluid inlet disposed at an upper portion of the housing; a fluid return outlet; a fluid nozzle outlet disposed at a lower portion of the housing; an injector disposed within the housing and configured to receive fluid from the fluid inlet and selectively discharge the fluid from the fluid nozzle outlet; and at least one fluid passageway disposed within or around the housing. The fluid passageway provides fluid communication along a first fluid path between the fluid inlet and the fluid nozzle outlet and along a second fluid path between the fluid inlet and the fluid return outlet so that the same fluid discharged by the injector is also used as a coolant for the rdu.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/19/18 / #20180105006

Reservoir for airspring applications

An air spring assembly for a vehicle having a reservoir which is adaptable to meet different packaging requirements. The air spring assembly includes a damper body, at least one piston connected to the damper body, and a bellow connected to the piston, the bellow having a cavity. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/12/18 / #20180099694

Redundant steering controls for automated driving

A steering system which is capable of being controlled by a redundant brake system, which includes a primary brake control module, a secondary brake control module, and a plurality of brake units controlled by the primary brake control module or the secondary brake control module. There is at least one hydraulic motor connected to a component of the steering system, and the fluid pressure in the hydraulic motor is controlled by the secondary brake control module. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/05/18 / #20180093881

Cavity with silicon on insulator mems pressure sensing device with an extended shallow polygon cavity

An improved microelectromechanical system (mems) pressure sensing device has an extended shallow polygon cavity on a top side of a silicon supporting substrate. A buried silicon dioxide layer is formed between the top side of the supporting substrate and a bottom side of a device layer. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090963

Timer-based thermal protection for power components of a switch mode power supply

The maximum time that external components of a switch mode power supply over-conduct is determined by an actual ambient temperature at which the devices are operating before they are turned on. Their operation time is thus extended when temperatures are low and decreased when temperatures are high.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/29/18 / #20180086291

Door contact-preventing sensors with door braking system

Contact damage to vehicle doors is prevented by detecting objects in the door's pathway and applying a braking force to the door before the door strikes the object.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083293

Key fob battery fretting corrosion inhibitor

Battery fretting or corrosion in a key fob is reduced or even eliminated by firmly holding the fob's battery against electrical contacts and holding the battery away from key fob components that are subject to deformation or deflection. Reduced battery movement relative to electrical contacts thus reduces or eliminates abrasion of the battery's electrically conductive surfaces.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079451

Vehicle trailer control system with speed control

A method of controlling a reverse speed of a vehicle includes receiving a command from an operator to begin an autonomous backup of the vehicle. The method also includes automatically controlling a powertrain and/or a brake system of the vehicle to regulate the vehicle to travel at a predetermined speed in reverse in response receiving the command from the operator.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/15/18 / #20180076541

Connecting system using lateral press-fit pins

L-shaped connector pins are press-fit into through-holes located near the edge of a circuit board. One leg of a pin extends into the through-hole; the other leg extends horizontally over the circuit board and past the circuit board's edge where it can be attached to a mating receptacle connector. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075859

Robust noise estimation for speech enhancement in variable noise conditions

Speech in a motor vehicle is improved by suppressing transient, “non-stationary” noise using pattern matching. Pre-stored sets of linear predictive coefficients are compared to lpc coefficients of a noise signal. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075836

Dynamically increased noise suppression based on input noise characteristics

A maximum noise suppression level (gmin) is not a single constant value for an entire frequency range, but is allowed to vary across frequencies. The amount of variation is dynamically computed based on the input noise characteristics. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/15/18 / #20180072123

Vehicle axle suspension arrangement

A suspension arrangement for passenger car, an suv or light truck is provided. The suspension arrangement includes a frame for said vehicle and an axle with rotatably mounted wheels. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068672

In-car communication howling prevention

Howling or oscillation in an in-vehicle communications system is prevented when the speaker gain or microphone gain is detected as giving rise to a loop gain equal to or greater than one for a particular frequency or band of frequencies or when the rate of gain of a frequency or band of frequencies increases at a rate that indicating howling will occur. Howling is prevented and not just stopped or suppressed, by adjusting the gain of all frequencies prior to the howling actually starting.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/01/18 / #20180058291

Heat dissipation elements for reductant delivery unit for automotive selective catalytic reduction system

An injector having at least one heat dissipation element used for providing a highly conductive path for transferring heat away from a valve portion of an injector. In one embodiment, the heat dissipation element is a cylindrical element, or conductive plug, in contact with the injector valve body and the injector housing. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/22/18 / #20180051613

Reductant dosing unit compact side feed inlet port

A side feed inlet port for an injector, which makes use of stamped parts to form a compact, high strength three-piece inlet port at a significantly reduced cost. By using an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve, injector sealing is accomplished using the interior sleeve, creating a sealing point, while allowing for inlet conduit attachment to the outer sleeve at, above, or below the sealing point of the def injector. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/08/18 / #20180042128

Compliant pcb-to-housing fastener

A fastener is provided for fastening a printed circuit and an electronics housing. The fastener has a lead-in feature extending from the fastener and at least one pin extending the fastener. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/08/18 / #20180038329

High pressure gasoline injector seat to reduce particle emissions

A fuel injector has a seat and at least one seat passage. The seat includes an outer tip surface through which the seat passage extends. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035567

Electronic controller with laser weld sealed housing

An electronic controller having a housing, and a lower sub-assembly connected to a housing through the use of a laser weld, eliminating the use of a gasket and fasteners. The laser weld provides a sealed connection between the housing and the lower sub-assembly, preventing debris, moisture, oils, atf, and chemicals from entering the housing, which protects the electrical components located inside the housing. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026624

Half-bridge driver fault diagnostic system and method

An apparatus for controlling the application of electrical power to a load includes a controller, a controllable high side driver electrically connected to a first electrical terminal of the load, and a controllable low side driver electrically connected to a second electrical terminal of the load. The apparatus also includes a diagnostic circuit configured to sense and identify an open load fault condition, a high-side short circuit to battery fault condition, a low-side short circuit to ground fault condition, a high-side short circuit to ground fault condition, a low-side short circuit to battery fault condition, and a short circuited load fault condition. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/25/18 / #20180023438

Diesel exhuast fluid injector calibration freeze protection insert

An injector which incorporates the use of an insert to compensate for the change in volume of diesel exhaust fluid as the diesel exhaust fluid freezes, reducing or eliminating the effects on the calibration of the injector. The calibration freeze protection insert is located adjacent a calibration sleeve in the injector, where the insert is welded to an inlet tube. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011314

Side head up display

A side head-up display system is provided. The side head-up display system has an image generator configured to emit a generated image to create a virtual image for viewing by a vehicle occupant. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009283

Vehicle air strut with twist lock closure cover

A pneumatic spring strut for a vehicle is provided including a hydraulic cylinder having a lower end for connection with a suspension system of the vehicle; a hydraulic piston slidably mounted within the hydraulic cylinder; a piston rod connected with the hydraulic piston; a pneumatic spring mount body connected with the hydraulic cylinder; a pneumatic spring bellows having a lower in connected with the pneumatic spring mount body; a top cap encircling the piston rod and being connected with a top end of the spring bellows, and a closing cover twist lock connected with the top cap.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365167

Position determining device and operating method thereof

A position determining device and an operating method thereof are disclosed. According to the present invention, a position of a neighboring vehicle is determined by using the differences of the receiving time and strengths between two sensing signals received from two ultrasound sensors installed in a vehicle. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358387

Engine control system and method for controlling actuation of solenoid valves

An engine control system and method utilizes a processor and a valve controller in communication with the processor. A valve having a solenoid is in communication with the valve controller. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

11/30/17 / #20170341630

Brake architecture for automated driving

A braking system operable independent of driver input, where the braking system includes a primary brake system, a secondary brake system, a primary controller controlling fluid pressure in the primary brake system, and a secondary controller controlling fluid pressure in the secondary brake system independently of the primary controller. There is also an actuator which is part of the primary brake system, where the actuator is controlled by the primary controller. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

11/16/17 / #20170328797

Pressure sensor device with anchors for die shrinkage and high sensitivity

The voltage output span and sensitivity from a mems pressure sensor are increased and pressure nonlinearity is reduced by thinning a diaphragm and forming the diaphragm to include anchors that are not connected to or joined to diaphragm-stiffening beams or thickened regions of the diaphragm.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

11/16/17 / #20170326487

Oil separator for reducing residue deposits

A pressure sensor includes a pressure sensing-element in fluid communication with a port and an oil separator in the port. The oil separator is configured to reduce an amount of oil-vapor residue that reaches the pressure sensing element by elongating a path of fluid from an opening of the port to the pressure sensing element and by creating additional surface area within the port upon which oil-vapor residue -may be deposited. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310099

Non-intrusive short-circuit protection for power supply devices

Non-ideal diodes have a non-zero resistance across a pn junction when the junction is forward biased. When a diode comprising a power supply has a voltage drop across the junction that exceeds a predetermined threshold, the threshold-exceeding voltage drop trips a comparator, the output of which controls a switch between a power supply and a load.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307081

Internal electronic park actuator

A parking pawl module includes a first actuator, a gearbox including at least one gear carrier where the at least one gear carrier supports a hub configured to rotate when the first actuator rotates, and a disconnect module. The disconnect module includes: an output coupler having a first surface and a second surface; an actuation feature disposed on the first surface; and a torsion spring having a first end connected to the output coupler and a second end connected to the hub or the at least one gear carrier. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

10/26/17 / #20170305358

Integrated fastener for plastic automotive components

An integrated fastener comprises a component portion including a component housing surrounding a component, a linking platform molded extending from the component portion. A securing means is capable of being received within a receptacle defined by the linking platform and is designed to be received within an aperture defined by an automotive component. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279103

Decoupled alignment shroud for variable connector routing

A shroud configured to connect a leadframe to a battery system for a hybrid motor vehicle is provided. The shroud is removably attachable to the leadframe. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265303

Electrolytic capacitor retention device

A retention structure which provides both soldering and vibration stabilization of a capacitor as the capacitor is mounted to a printed circuit board (pcb) of an electronic module. An aperture is part of the pcb to stabilize and prevent the capacitor from rolling during manufacturing. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

08/10/17 / #20170225950

Embedded structures for high glass strength and robust packaging

A sensor device is constructed to maintain a high glass strength to avoid the glass failure at low burst pressure, resulting from the sawing defects located in the critical high stress area of the glass pedestal as one of the materials used for construction of the sensor. This is achieved by forming polished recess structures in the critical high stress areas of the sawing street area. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

08/03/17 / #20170217273

Bonded guide tube and bellow assembly for air spring

An air spring includes a bellow at least partially delimiting at least one working chamber that is constructed and arranged to be filled with compressed air. A guide tube surrounds at least a portion of the bellow. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/20/17 / #20170204791

Bearing seal assembly for electronic throttle control valve

The present invention is a throttle body assembly which is adaptable for both gasoline and diesel applications, and may also be used for applications to meter fluid, such as for a water cooling valve. The throttle body assembly includes at least one bearing assembly and at least one seal which is used to configure the bearing assembly to withstand a high-pressure environment.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/06/17 / #20170194118

Button with flexible light conductor

A button assembly configured to be illuminated is provided. The button assembly includes a movable button having a viewing surface and a back side. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192531

Phantom dials for instrument cluster

An instrument cluster assembly includes a dial face having a plurality of first indicia disposed thereon. A pointer is configured to selectively point to the plurality of first indicia disposed on the dial face. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/06/17 / #20170191400

Orifice plate flow path stabilizer

An orifice plate for an injector is provided, which includes a base portion disposed along a base plane. An offset portion is unitarily formed with the base portion. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/06/17 / #20170190288

Child video monitoring device

An apparatus, system, controller, and method for displaying imagery within a vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a front seat image collecting device disposed in a front area of the vehicle and configured to collect a front seat image of a front seat occupant. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

07/06/17 / #20170190287

Baby on board reminder

An instrument panel interaction system for an automotive vehicle is provided that includes an alerting device configured to produce an alert. A controller is controllably coupled to the alerting device, the controller being operable to activate the alerting device to produce the alert. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181264

Sliding thermal shield

An assembly for providing electromagnetic interference (emi) shielding and for dissipating heat from electronic components. The assembly including: a metallic frame including a wall extending upwardly from a circuit board; an emi shield having a top with holes and having sidewalls that surround the top, extend downwardly, and are attachable to the wall of the frame in a first latched position and in a second, un-latched position; a layer of thermally-conductive, viscous heat sink grease on the top of the emi shield and filling holes in the top of the emi shield, heat sink grease in the holes being in direct physical contact with the top surface of the at least one electronic component when the emi shield is in the second, un-latched position; and a heat sink on top of and in direct physical contact with the heat sink grease on top of the emi shield.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176591

Motorcycle blind spot detection system and rear collision alert using mechanically aligned radar

A blind spot detection system for a motorcycle, which includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a detection device for detecting the presence of a vehicle in at least one blind spot. The accelerometer detects a gravity force vector, and the gyroscope detects the position of the motorcycle relative to the gravity force vector such that a lean angle of the motorcycle is calculated. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176278

Stress-isolated absolute pressure sensor

Suspending a microelectromechanical system (mems) pressure sensing element inside a cavity using spring-like corrugations or serpentine crenellations, reduces thermally-mismatched mechanical stress on the sensing element. Overlaying the spring-like structures and the sensing element with a gel further reduces thermally-mismatched stress and vibrational dynamic stress.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176224

High light efficiency pointer illumination

A pointer for an instrument cluster assembly of a motor vehicle is provided. The pointer includes a pointer arm and a light distributor formed of light conducting material. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170174256

Arrangment and method for preventing false detection of electronic stability control primary circuit loss

A method of detecting for primary circuit loss of an electronic stability control system for a vehicle comprises checking that a lateral acceleration sensor is installed and working properly, a yaw sensor is installed and working properly, and a steering wheel angle sensor is installed and working properly. An absolute value of the lateral acceleration sensor is compared with a first pre-defined threshold, an absolute value of the yaw sensor is compared with a second pre-defined threshold, and an absolute value of the steering wheel angle sensor is compared with a third pre-defined threshold. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/22/17 / #20170174078

Brake system dig feature

A dig system which allows for a vehicle to perform a dig maneuver, without sacrificing drivability. An actuator places the dig system in one of four different modes of operation, where the front wheels are placed in either a first configuration or a second configuration, where the front wheels are positioned at a desired steering angle, and one of the front or rear wheels is braked and prevented from rotating. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169636

Vehicle garage door opener security

The integrated garage door opener controller in a vehicle, i.e., a garage door controller embedded in a vehicle, is prevented from operating pending receipt of a personal identification number (pin) into a display device. In an alternate embodiment, the embedded garage door controller is enabled by information from occupant sensors, which indicate whether a driver or other person in the vehicle previously used the vehicle. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/15/17 / #20170166054

Using biosensors to prevent impaired driving

A biosensor is configured to detect an impaired-driving condition of a driver of a vehicle; a biosensor reader, in the vehicle, is configured to wirelessly receive information from the biosensor regarding whether the driver of the vehicle is in an impaired-driving condition; an ignition system of the vehicle is configured to be disabled in response to the biosensor reader receiving information from the biosensor indicating that the driver of the vehicle is in an impaired driving condition; and a telematics unit is configured to wirelessly notify a remotely located third party that the driver is impaired.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164490

Automotive electronic device having a cover with fins to reduce gel vibration

An automotive electronic device includes a pocket, which houses electronic components, bond wires connecting the electronic components, and a protective gel to encapsulate the electronic components and bond wires. A pocket cover has fins that protrude into the gel to reduce vibration of the gel and reduce vibration fatigue failure of the bond wires. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/08/17 / #20170158234

Differential control user interface for reversing vehicle and trailer system

A disclosed method of maneuvering a vehicle-trailer unit in reverse travel with a backing system includes, among other things, determining that the vehicle-trailer unit is backing up with an electronic control unit for the backing system. A current hitch angle is determined, which represents the relative angle between the vehicle and the trailer with the electronic control unit. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/08/17 / #20170158233

Maximum hitch angle control for reversing a vehicle and trailer system

A backing system for a vehicle-trailer unit includes an input device for providing a input used to determine a first and second requested hitch angle. The first hitch angle is disposed within a standard range of motion of the input device while the second hitch angle is disposed within a maximum range of motion, different from the standard range of motion. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/08/17 / #20170158016

Air suspension indvidual corner control to optimize traction

An air suspension system for a vehicle comprises four corner assemblies, wherein one corner assembly is located at a suspension position corresponding to each of the wheel corners for the vehicle. An air supply unit including a compressor, and an ecu are connected to the corner assemblies. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153718

Position-based reconfigurable control knob

An apparatus includes a knob that is repositionable into a first position and a second position. The knob may be configured to control a first set of parameters in the first position and a second set of parameters in the second position. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153374

Light guide assembly

An assembly includes a light guide having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end has a light-emitting diode package coupled thereto. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

06/01/17 / #20170151874

Mold and fold vehicle display assembly

A display assembly for displaying vehicle operating information to an operator of a vehicle is provided. The display assembly includes at least two housing parts selected from the following: a mask, a light housing, and a back cover. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/18/17 / #20170140647

Traffic law indicator for vehicle

An indicator used to alert a driver that turning right is impermissible when a traffic light is illuminated red, where the indicator is part of a component in the vehicle, such as the instrument cluster, radio, lamp, or the like. The information regarding the local traffic law directed to turning right when the traffic signal is illuminated red is obtained through a detection device, such as the vehicle's gps system, a camera, or the like. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/18/17 / #20170138239

Gas introduction for urea solution freeze protection

A selective catalytic reduction solution having urea, water and gas bubbles contained within the solution. In particular, the solution has a urea content that is present in an amount greater than 31% (m/m) mass fraction of material and gas bubbles in the solution in an amount between about 7% to about 9% of the volume of solution when the solution is at a pressure of about 1 bar absolute. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/18/17 / #20170136969

Vehicle infotainment and connectivity system

An infotainment and connectivity system for a vehicle includes a control module, a first plurality of input devices, and a plurality of output devices. The control module includes a first control logic sequence, a plurality of software based programs, and a memory module. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135195

Laser ablation for wirebonding surface on as-cast surface

A method of removing material from a surface, which includes the steps of providing a base layer, at least one layer attached to the base layer, an intermediate finish surface, and a bonding interface surface. The intermediate finish surface is formed by removing the at least one layer and a portion of the base layer during a material removal process. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/11/17 / #20170129398

Enhanced sound generation for quiet vehicles with vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities

Two or more quiet vehicles traveling together sense each other and communicate to each other the condition of the respective drivers of the vehicles and announce their presence to pedestrians and other motorists using noise sounds. The characteristics of the emitted sounds are selected according to a level of threat presented by the quiet vehicles.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/11/17 / #20170129397

Enhanced sound generation for quiet vehicles

The presence of an electrically-powered quiet vehicle is accomplished by determining a state of mind or physical state of the driver, determining the presence and proximity of humans and other objects, how the vehicle is being operated and generating a noise correlative to the threat posed by the vehicle to humans and other objects.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

05/04/17 / #20170123205

Misuse detection for display combiner

A head-up display positioning device includes a combiner configured to reflect a generated image to create a virtual image for viewing by an occupant of a vehicle. A housing is provided for stowing the combiner. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/27/17 / #20170115177

Humidity resistant sensors and methods of making same

A pressure sensor device which uses appropriate passivation materials/patterns to make the device more robust and resistant to a hot and humid environment. The pressure sensor device uses moisture resistant passivation material(s) covering exposed glass areas, including sidewalls, and bonding interfaces to avoid the glass and bonding interfaces absorbing and reacting with moisture, thus maintaining the integrity of the device output after exposure in a humid/hot environment. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/27/17 / #20170113607

On vehicle overweight system detector

A disclosed vehicle information system includes a controller configured to receive information indicative of a weight of at least a portion of a vehicle and a communication device disposed within the vehicle cabin for communicating a recommended limit of a vehicle operating parameter based on weight of at least a portion of the vehicle. The system provides for communicating a determined range of vehicle operating parameters to an operator within the vehicle cabin with a communication device such that the operator understands the modified limits of the vehicle based on the current measured vehicle weight.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/20/17 / #20170107953

Latching solenoid exhaust gas recirculation valve assembly

A valve assembly for an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system which provides emission control, regulates flow of exhaust gases, and is suitable for gasoline or diesel applications. The egr valve assembly is a latching valve assembly which reduces power consumption (i.e., continuous electric draw) from the battery while the valve is either being held open or closed, and reduces electrical interference inherent with integrated position sensors. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

04/06/17 / #20170097381

Apparatus and method for determining a resonant frequency of an lc circuit in situ, by comparing voltage and current polarity changes

The resonant frequency of a reactive circuit is determined in situ by determining phase angle differences between an a.c. Driving voltage applied to a transformer primary winding and an induced alternating current in the transformer secondary winding. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/23/17 / #20170080807

Discrete under voltage/over voltage monitoring circuit

Health status signals generated by components of a power supply system, including health status signals generated by a control processor, are logically combined together using discrete electronic components and which provide a single, highly-reliable enable/disable signal to a master switch. The master switch connects and disconnects the power supply to and from electrical loads.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/09/17 / #20170069337

Speech probability presence modifier improving log-mmse based noise suppression performance

Acoustic noise in an audio signal is reduced by calculating a speech probability presence (spp) factor using minimum mean square error (mmse). The spp factor, which has a value typically ranging between zero and one, is modified or warped responsive to a value obtained from the evaluation of a sigmoid function, the shape of which is determined by a signal-to-noise ratio (snr), which is obtained by an evaluation of the signal energy and noise energy output from a microphone over time.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064663

Enhancement for power-down sequence

When a cellular telephone is powered down, it sends a power-down message to a network it was previously registered with. If the network does not send, or if the cellular telephone does not receive, an acknowledgement of the power-down message from the network, a status bit referred to as a flag is set (or reset) in a non-volatile memory device in the cellular telephone. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060146

Thermostatic valve having anti-siphon feature

A thermostatic valve, which includes a main body portion, a cavity formed as part of a main body portion, and an inner wall integrally formed with the main body portion adjacent the cavity. A circumferential flange is integrally formed with the inner wall, such that the circumferential flange surrounds a valve cavity. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057517

Behavior trainable adaptive cruise control

An electronic control unit for adaptive cruise control of a vehicle, comprises an interface operable to receive data from a plurality of sensors and a training module operable to analyze the data and determine a first set of parameters for a first performance mode of the adaptive cruise control system. The first set of parameters is learned based upon the received data. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057481

System and method for reducing brake noise in a vehicle using electronic brake system

A vehicle brake system has front and rear wheel brakes with each brake including a caliper associated with a rotor. A master cylinder is activated by a brake pedal to which the wheel brakes are connected. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057413

Vehicle blind spot system operation with trailer tow

This disclosure generally relates to a vehicle blind spot detection system, method, and module for adjusting parameters of a vehicle blind spot detection algorithm based on a trailer being attached to the back of the vehicle. More specifically, based on a determination that a trailer is attached to the vehicle and the reception of trailer information corresponding to the attached trailer, an adjust to the parameters of a blind spot detection area is disclosed for ensuring the continued operation of the blind spot detection feature will take into account the attached trailer.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/16/17 / #20170043806

Gesture control from a remote position for reversing a vehicle and a vehicle-trailer system

A backing system for a vehicle comprises a camera for recording a video image of a user performing a gesture and an electronic control unit for the backing system, wherein the electronic control device includes instructions for: determining that the vehicle is backing up; interpreting a gesture with the electronic control unit to determine the meaning of the gesture; calculating a steering angle based upon the meaning of the gesture; and sending a request to a steering system to provide the steering angle.. . ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/16/17 / #20170043632

Automatic activation of warning signal upon occurrence of unsafe condition detected by tire pressure monitoring system

A vehicle warning includes a tire pressure monitoring device disposed in each tire of the vehicle. Each tire pressure monitoring device obtains information regarding pressure within the associated tire and communicated the tire pressure information in a wireless manner. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/09/17 / #20170037808

Pressure control by phase current and initial adjustment at car line

A closed loop control system for a fuel pump based on characteristics of speed, pressure, and current. The pressure generated by the pump system is increased at the point in time when the pump system is working against a dead head system (i.e., coasting) to a level that a calibration valve is opened to a determined working point. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

02/09/17 / #20170036499

Apparatus, system and method for configuring a tire information sensor with a transmission protocol based on vehicle trigger characteristics

In a vehicle tire pressure sensor, a wireless, low frequency (lf) receiver identifies a particular type of signal protocol that was used to form a first message that is sent to the sensor by the vehicle. Using the identification of the protocol used to form the first message, the sensor determines a type of signal protocol to be used to transmit information to the vehicle, such as an identifier for the tire pressure sensor in a second message.. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/26/17 / #20170023387

Cluster illumination by piezoelectric material

An instrument cluster for a motor vehicle includes a dial surface having a plurality of indicia located thereon. A pointer contacts the dial surface and is configured to rotate with respect to the dial surface. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/12/17 / #20170011628

Traffic light replicator in a bus or truck

A traffic light replicator which includes a display unit on the back of a large vehicle, such as a bus or truck, which displays the mode of operation of an upcoming stoplight such that a vehicle located behind the large vehicle may be made aware of the mode of operation of the stoplight when the stoplight has been obstructed from the view of the smaller vehicle. The traffic light replicator includes a control unit, a camera, and a display unit having multiple display lights. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/12/17 / #20170011563

Low cost tire bubble fault diagnosis

A discloses system and method utilizes sensed oscillatory characteristics of a vehicle to detect a defect within a tire. The system utilizes information from sensors that are not disposed within a vehicle tire to detect tire defects. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/05/17 / #20170004843

Externally estimated snr based modifiers for internal mmse calculations

Acoustic noise in an audio signal is reduced by calculating a speech probability presence (spp) factor using minimum mean square error (mmse). The spp factor, which has a value typically ranging between zero and one, is modified or warped responsive to a value obtained from the evaluation of a sigmoid function, the shape of which is determined by a signal-to-noise ratio (snr), which is obtained by an evaluation of the signal energy and noise energy output from a microphone over time. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc

01/05/17 / #20170004842

Accurate forward snr estimation based on mmse speech probability presence

Acoustic noise in an audio signal is reduced by calculating a speech probability presence (spp) factor using minimum mean square error (mmse). The spp factor, which has a value typically ranging between zero and one, is modified or warped responsive to a value obtained from the evaluation of a sigmoid function, the shape of which is determined by a signal-to-noise ratio (snr), which is obtained by an evaluation of the signal energy and noise energy output from a microphone over time. ... Continental Automotive Systems Inc








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