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Semiconductor device with stacked terminals

A semiconductor device includes housing, a substrate, a first semiconductor die, a second semiconductor die, a first terminal, and a second terminal. The first terminal in a first terminal plane couples to the first semiconductor die. ... Tesla Inc

Infotainment system with air-vent control

An air vent assembly includes a cover member having an inlet for allowing a flow of air to enter the cover member. The cover member also has a vent extending from the inlet for allowing a flow of air to exit the cover member. ... Tesla Inc

Automatic stator wire lead routing

An apparatus for automatically routing a wire lead of a stator from a first position to a second position includes a base assembly to receive the stator. A clamp assembly is mounted on the base assembly to hold the wire lead in the first position. ... Tesla Inc

System and methods for achieving a micro louver effect in a photovoltaic cell

Building integrated photovoltaic (bipv) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing and appear seamless to an observer. Micro louvered structures can be incorporated into photovoltaic (pv) stacks, such that light entering a pv stack that is reflected off of embedded solar cells is not directed out at angles at which a typical observer would normally view the pv stack or roof on which a solar array is installed. ... Tesla Inc

Building integrated photovoltaic system with glass photovoltaic tiles

Building integrated photovoltaic (bipv) systems provide for solar panel arrays with improved aesthetics and efficiency that can replace a conventional roof surface structure. These bipv systems can utilize photovoltaic pv roof tiles defined as glass tiles having photovoltaic elements embedded or incorporated into the body of the roof tile. ... Tesla Inc

Obscuring, color matching, and camouflaging solar panels

A solar panel includes a backsheet layer, a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent the backsheet layer, a plurality of photovoltaic cells adjacent the bottom encapsulant layer, a top encapsulant layer adjacent the plurality of photovoltaic cells having a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a top layer adjacent the top encapsulant layer.. . ... Tesla Inc

Passive air bleed for improved cooling systems

An electric vehicle drive unit includes an inverter, a gear box, an electric motor coupled to the inverter and to the gear box, a cooling jacket, and coupled to the gear box, a main coolant inlet, a coolant outlet, and an external passive air bleed device. The cooling jacket has a cooling chamber and surrounds at least a portion of the electric motor. ... Tesla Inc

Hvac system with positive temperature coefficient varying along length of heat rod

In a first aspect, a vehicle hvac system includes: a housing that defines at least first and second air conduits to a vehicle interior compartment; and at least first and second heat rods that each traverses the first and second air conduits, wherein a first positive temperature coefficient along a length of the first heat rod is greater at the first air conduit than at the second air conduit, and wherein a second positive temperature coefficient along a length of the second heat rod is greater at the second air conduit than at the first air conduit.. . ... Tesla Inc

Vehicle air suspension control system

A method of automatically adjusting the ride height of a vehicle each time the vehicle is in a particular location is provided, where the automatic ride height adjustment is based on location and ride height information previously gathered from a user.. . ... Tesla Inc

Electric motor heating/cooling system

An electric motor includes a case, a stator that includes a stator laminaiton and end-windings, a rotor coupled to the case via at least one rotor bearing. The rotor includes a hollow cylindrical body, a first shaft portion, and a second shaft portion. ... Tesla Inc

Electric motor rotor discharge protection

An electric motor includes a case, a stator having stator windings, a rotor having a rotor shaft, and at least one main rotor bearing coupling the rotor shaft to the case. Common mode charge builds up on the rotor due to imbalances of the stator. ... Tesla Inc

Electric motor waste heat mode to heat battery

An electric motor includes a case, a stator that includes end-windings, a rotor coupled to the case via at least one rotor bearing, at least one drive motor fluid pump, and drive motor electronics. The rotor includes a hollow cylindrical body, a first shaft portion, and a second shaft portion, a fluid feed tube having a fluid receive end and a fluid feed end, the fluid feed end extending into the hollow cylindrical body, and a plurality of fluid exit ports. ... Tesla Inc

Closed-loop thermal servicing of solvent-refining columns

A method of thermally servicing a solvent-refining column comprises: running a closed-loop water-steam system past a top and bottom of a first column, the first column containing at least a solvent and impurities; boiling pressurized water in the closed-loop water-steam system to steam using first heat from the top of the first column; compressing the steam in the closed-loop water-steam system to a higher temperature; and providing second heat to the first column by condensing the steam at the bottom of the first column after compression.. . ... Tesla Inc

Combined systems for utilization of waste heat

A combined gas-compressor and dehumidifier system composed of a gas compressor for compressing a first gas, a dehumidifier for dehumidifying a second gas, and a cooling system. The gas compressor is composed of (a) one or more compression stages and (b) one or more intercoolers, wherein the one or more intercoolers are connected to a cooling system. ... Tesla Inc

02/08/18 / #20180038984

Rotating magnetic field range finder and its measurement method for relative separation between drilling wells

A rotating magnetic field rangefinder for measuring relative distance in drilling, comprising a permanent magnet steel drill collar (1), an underground detector (2) and a ground interface box (3). The permanent magnet steel drill collar (1) is fixed to the rear part of a drill bit and rotates together with the drill bit to generate a rotating magnetic field to provide a magnetic field signal source. ... Tesla Inc

02/08/18 / #20180038148

Vehicle front door power opening system

A system for a vehicle includes: a door; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the door; a push-open actuator mounted at a rear of the door, the push-open actuator configured for pushing against a body of the vehicle; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle. A system for a vehicle includes: a front door; a rear door behind the front door, the rear door having a dual-hinge design that opens and closes in a substantially vertical direction; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the front door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the front door; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle.. ... Tesla Inc

02/01/18 / #20180029132

Deposition of metal dies for part fabrication

A method for synthesizing parts using a die comprising: providing a three-dimensional model; converting the three-dimensional model into g-code; executing the g-code to deposit a metal die; determining whether one or more dimensions of the metal die are within predetermined tolerance levels; based on the determination, milling the die if the one or more dimensions are not within predetermined tolerance levels or depositing additional metal if the one or more dimensions are not within predetermined tolerance levels; and synthesizing a part using the metal die.. . ... Tesla Inc

12/28/17 / #20170373359

Integrated coolant bottle assembly

An integrated coolant bottle assembly includes a reservoir configured for use in a thermal system. Examples of such thermal systems include a cooling/heating system of a battery powered electric vehicle, electric power generators (e.g., motor-based systems), other physical plant installations, etc. ... Tesla Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365895

Energy storage system with heat pipe thermal management

An energy storage system includes multiple cells, a heat pipe, a first heat transfer channel, and a second heat transfer channel. Each cell has a first end with anode and cathode terminals and a second end opposite the first end with the multiple cells arranged so that the second ends are aligned. ... Tesla Inc

12/07/17 / #20170349440

Functionalized graphitic materials

One or more techniques are disclosed for a method of functionalizing graphitic material, comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) cutting the graphitic material; 3) providing a catalyst comprising at least one catalyst of a metal atom, metal cation, metal alcoholates, metal alkanoates, metal sulfonates, and metal powder; 4) providing a reagent; 5) binding the catalyst to the reagent; 6) binding the reagent to the graphitic material; and 7) recovering the catalyst. Also disclosed is a composition prepared from the methods described herein.. ... Tesla Inc

11/09/17 / #20170321066

Tunable materials

One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein the third group is a different group from the first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.. ... Tesla Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294652

Drying procedure in manufacturing process for cathode material

A method of manufacturing a cathode material for a lithium ion cell comprises: generating a lithium nickel composite oxide material in a manufacturing process, wherein the manufacturing process results in residual lithium being present in the lithium nickel composite oxide material; washing the lithium nickel composite oxide material to remove at least part of the residual lithium, wherein the washing provides the lithium nickel composite oxide material with a moisture content; and drying the lithium nickel composite oxide material to remove at least part of the moisture content, the drying performed in an environment of substantially only an inert gas or air essentially free of carbon dioxide.. . ... Tesla Inc

10/12/17 / #20170291482

Integrated electric motor assembly

An electric vehicle includes an energy storage system, an integrated drive system assembly having a gearbox, a power inverter, and an electric motor, wherein the gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter are assembled into a single unit with a multi-piece housing. The electric vehicle may also include two half shafts for respective wheels of the electric vehicle. ... Tesla Inc

10/05/17 / #20170282697

Moveable panel system for non-parallel tracks

A moveable panel system for a vehicle comprises: non-parallel tracks on a body of the vehicle, the body having an opening; a panel sized to cover the opening; a transverse guide member on the panel; and compensation drive mechanisms that couple the panel to the respective non-parallel tracks, each of the compensation drive mechanisms moveable along the transverse guide member and moveable in one of the non-parallel tracks.. . ... Tesla Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277274

Method of selecting an application target window in a user interface

A method for controlling application windows is provided for use with a graphical user interface (gui) display which is divided into at least first and second application windows. Various software applications may be launched in the first and second application windows. ... Tesla Inc

09/28/17 / #20170275930

Angle-detecting door handle assembly

An angle-detecting door handle assembly comprises: a handle member; a four-bar link configured to move the handle member between at least retracted and presented positions relative to a door surface; a motor configured to actuate the four-bar link; a rotary sensor configured to detect an angle of the four-bar link throughout actuation and generate a signal corresponding to the detected angle; and a controller configured to control the motor based on the signal from the rotary sensor.. . ... Tesla Inc

09/21/17 / #20170267123

Monopost for free-standing vehicle seat

A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.. . ... Tesla Inc

09/14/17 / #20170260402

Tunable materials

One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein the third group is a different group from the first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.. ... Tesla Inc

09/14/17 / #20170260401

Tunable materials

One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein said third group is a different group from said first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.. ... Tesla Inc

09/14/17 / #20170260034

Prying tool for high-voltage battery pack

A prying tool comprises: a pry bar comprising a load tip at a distal end and a handle at a proximate end, the pry bar having a pair of pins extending on opposing sides thereof; a body through which the pry bar extends, the body forming a pair of pivot points for the respective pins, and a slot extending away from each of the pivot points; and a clamp that is attached to the body and configured for securing the prying tool by clamping a base of the body to a surface.. . ... Tesla Inc

09/14/17 / #20170259675

Battery swapping system and techniques

A system for exchanging an electrical energy storage system (eess) of an electric vehicle includes. An eess station is configured to position an electric vehicle in x and y directions. ... Tesla Inc

09/14/17 / #20170259200

Vehicle air system with high efficiency filter

Systems and methods for use in a vehicle can involve determining that a plurality of closures of a vehicle have been closed, running an hvac system in a fresh air mode after determining that the plurality of closures have been closed, and thereafter recirculating air while adding newly filtered air to maintain a positive air pressure level in a passenger cabin of the vehicle. The determining can occur after one or more people enter the vehicle and being driving, and the recirculating and adding can involve activating a recirculation mode and a fresh air mode simultaneously. ... Tesla Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253143

Control system for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle

Electric vehicles and, more particularly, a control system for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle.. . ... Tesla Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253107

Thermal system with high aspect ratio vent

A thermal system with high aspect ratio vents for a vehicle. The thermal system comprises: at least one hvac unit; a first vent with a first high aspect ratio, the first vent coupled to the hvac unit and configured to generate a first plane of air in a passenger compartment of the vehicle; and a second vent coupled to the hvac unit and configured to generate a second plane of air in the passenger compartment, the second vent positioned so that the second plane of air intersects the first plane of air.. ... Tesla Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237323

Rotor design for an electric motor having brazed structure for connecting rotor bars

A rotor assembly is provided in which a solid rotor ring is formed at either end of a stack of laminated discs, the solid rotor rings yielding improved electrical and mechanical characteristics in a low weight assembly. The solid rotor rings are fabricated by brazing slugs between the end portions of the rotor bars, the braze joints contacting a large percentage (at least 90%) of the rotor bar end portions.. ... Tesla Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236773

Device with top-side base plate

A device includes an integrated circuit (ic) die, a top-side base plate to which the ic die is mounted, and a body attached to the top-side base plate such that the ic die is inside the body, the body configured for attachment to a printed circuit board (pcb) such that the top-side base plate faces away from the pcb. The device may or may not include legs that abut the pcb upon installation.. ... Tesla Inc

08/17/17 / #20170234482

Attachment bracket with adjustment mechanisms and pivot

An adjustable bracket includes a body of quadrilateral shape that defines an attachment plane for a device, which includes a first adjustment mechanism located adjacent a first corner of the quadrilateral shape, a second adjustment mechanism located adjacent a second corner of the quadrilateral shape, and a pivot. The first adjustment mechanism includes a first passage transverse to the attachment plane, a second passage parallel to the attachment plane and leading to the first passage, and a first moveable member extending in the first passage. ... Tesla Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229268

Pyrotechnic disconnect with arc splitter plates

A pyrotechnic disconnect comprises: a housing with at least a combustion chamber therein; a pyrotechnic charge in the combustion chamber; a busbar covering an opening of the combustion chamber, the busbar configured to be severed by activation of the pyrotechnic charge; and arc splitter plates arranged in the housing on an opposite side of the busbar from the combustion chamber.. . ... Tesla Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229266

Arc-suppressing gas blast in pyrotechnic disconnect

A pyrotechnic disconnect comprises: a housing with at least a combustion chamber therein; a pyrotechnic charge in the combustion chamber; a busbar covering an opening of the combustion chamber, the busbar configured to be severed by activation of the pyrotechnic charge; and an exhaust port from the housing, the exhaust port configured to allow gas from the activation of the pyrotechnic charge to help suppress an electric arc formed by the severing of the busbar.. . ... Tesla Inc

07/13/17 / #20170197574

Load limiter configuration using multidimensional model

A method includes: determining first and second row seat values using seat sensors; generating relative position data for the seats using the values; selecting a load limiter setting value using the relative position data and a multidimensional load limiter model including at least i) body impact values as a function of at least load limiter setting values and as a function of relative position values, and ii) restraint interaction values as a function of at least the load limiter setting values and as a function of the relative position values, the load limiter setting value selected so that the load limiter setting value is outside a first value avoidance zone defined for the body impact values, and outside a second value avoidance zone for the restraint interaction values; and configuring a second row restraint system in the vehicle with the selected load limiter setting value.. . ... Tesla Inc

06/29/17 / #20170184345

Heat-recovering temperature-gradient based oven system

A heat-recovering oven system based on temperature gradient comprises: multiple chambers arranged in a sequence, the chambers configured for operating at various temperatures according to a temperature gradient arrangement that spans the sequence; a conveyor configured for transporting product through the multiple chambers in the sequence for heat treatment according to the temperature gradient arrangement; and multiple temperature-segregated heat exchanger systems, each heat exchanger system including a heat exchanger, a conduit to at least one of the chambers based on its temperature in the temperature gradient arrangement, and a return conduit from the at least one chamber to the heat exchanger.. . ... Tesla Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177048

Functional redundancy of communications and data transmission in energy storage system

An energy storage system includes: a host; energy storage modules; a plurality of nodes, each implemented at a corresponding one of the energy storage modules and configured to monitor and control that energy storage module; a communications and data transmission medium forming a loop from a first portion of the host and sequentially through the nodes to a second portion of the host; and in each of the nodes, first and second devices configured to perform at least partially redundant communication and data transmission functions using the communications and data transmission medium.. . ... Tesla Inc

06/08/17 / #20170162922

Energy storage pack

An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. ... Tesla Inc

06/01/17 / #20170152957

Multi-port valve with multiple operation modes

A multi-port, multi-mode valve includes: a valve housing; multiple ports on the valve housing, a spacing between first and second ports being smaller than a spacing between third and fourth ports; and a stemshell positioned at least partly inside the valve housing, the stemshell having at least two channels configured for selectively coupling one or more of the ports to a selected at least other one of the ports.. . ... Tesla Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133316

Semiconductor device with stacked terminals

A semiconductor device includes: a housing; a substrate inside the housing; first and second semiconductor circuits on the substrate; and first and second planar terminals electrically connected to the first and second semiconductor circuits, respectively, the first and second planar terminals stacked on top of each other, wherein each of the first and second planar terminals extends away from the housing.. . ... Tesla Inc

05/11/17 / #20170130495

Dual-hinge closure with latching in horizontal direction

A closure system for a vehicle comprises: a dual-hinge closure comprising a first portion hinged to the vehicle by a first hinge, and a second portion hinged to the first portion by a second hinge; a frame that at least in part surrounds an opening in the vehicle; an adjustable bump stop subassembly mounted to the first portion, wherein the adjustable bump stop subassembly rests on the frame when the first portion is in a closed position; and a latch system comprising a latch configured to engage a horizontal striker, the latch system configured so that an end of the second portion opposite the second hinge latches to and unlatches from a distal portion of the frame by essentially horizontal motion.. . ... Tesla Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125760

Hazard mitigation through gas flow communication between battery packs

A system and method for mitigating the effects of a thermal event within a non-metal-air battery pack is provided in which the hot gas and material generated during the event is directed into the metal-air cells of a metal-air battery pack. The metal-air cells provide a large thermal mass for absorbing at least a portion of the thermal energy generated during the event before it is released to the ambient environment. ... Tesla Inc

04/06/17 / #20170096073

Charging station providing thermal conditioning of electric vehicle during charging session

A vehicle includes an energy storage configured to store electric energy for at least propulsion of the vehicle, an energy storage thermal system configured to provide thermal conditioning of the energy storage, and a coupling configured to receive thermal conditioning of the energy storage from a thermal system external to the vehicle. The coupling provides thermal conditioning of the energy storage while charging when available from the thermal system external to the vehicle. ... Tesla Inc

03/30/17 / #20170093157

Energy storage system with dual-active-bridge converter

An energy storage device includes: a number of cells; and a dual-active-bridge converter connected to the cells, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The energy storage device can be included in an energy storage system that includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one dc/ac converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom.. ... Tesla Inc

03/30/17 / #20170093156

Scalable and flexible cell-based energy storage system

An energy storage system includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one dc/ac converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The multiple pods may be organized into packs, with a pack including a thermal management system.. ... Tesla Inc

03/30/17 / #20170087617

High speed blow forming processes

A method of forming a part includes: inserting a blank into a die, the die comprising a mold mounted above a sealing counterpart; clamping the blank between the mold and the sealing counterpart; applying first pressure on the blank from the sealing counterpart so the blank is pressed upward to form a shaped part corresponding to the mold; applying a vacuum to the shaped part to hold it against the mold also after separating the mold and the sealing counterpart, the vacuum applied through at least one opening in the mold located in a corner of the mold that the blank does not reach when the first pressure is applied; and discontinuing the vacuum to allow the shaped part to be released from the mold.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/30/17 / #20170087605

Closed-loop thermal servicing of solvent-refining columns

A method of thermally servicing a solvent-refining column comprises: running a closed-loop water-steam system past a top and bottom of a first column, the first column containing at least a solvent and impurities; boiling pressurized water in the closed-loop water-steam system to steam using first heat from the top of the first column; compressing the steam in the closed-loop water-steam system to a higher temperature; and providing second heat to the first column by condensing the steam at the bottom of the first column after compression.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/16/17 / #20170074918

Methodology for charging batteries safely

An apparatus and method for identifying a presence of a short circuit in a battery pack. A fault-detection apparatus for a charging system that rapidly charges a collection of interconnected lithium ion battery cells, the safety system includes a data-acquisition system for receiving a set of data parameters from the collection while the charging system is actively charging the collection; a monitoring system evaluating the set of data parameters to identify a set of anomalous conditions; and a controller comparing the set of anomalous conditions against a set of predetermined profiles indicative of an internal short in one or more cells of the collection, the controller establishing an internal-short state for the collection when the comparing has a predetermined relationship to the set of predetermined profiles.. ... Tesla Inc

03/16/17 / #20170073010

Structural beam member with dual side reinforcement ribbing

A structural beam component for a vehicle comprises: a beam body that has an i-section for at least part of its length, the beam body having first and second sides opposite each other, wherein the i-section extends at least partially along the first and second sides; a crash rail attachment at one end of the beam body, the crash rail attachment providing a fore-aft backup structure for a crash rail in the vehicle; another attachment at an opposite end of the beam body, the other attachment connecting the structural beam component to a side sill of the vehicle; and first and second ribbing on the first and second sides, respectively.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170062778

Gasket and diaphragm for electrochemical cell

An electrochemical cell includes a can configured to serve as one electric contact of the electrochemical cell, the can containing active materials, a diaphragm configured to serve as an opposite electric contact of the electrochemical cell, and a gasket that is initially of generally cylindrical shape, the diaphragm positioned inside the gasket in an opening of the can wherein an outer edge of the can is crimped onto the gasket, the gasket having an inner periphery inside the can and an outer periphery outside the can, the outer periphery comprising leaves that after crimping extend along an outer surface of the diaphragm.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170059697

Hidden ultrasonic sensor assembly

An ultrasonic sensor assembly is placed against an inside surface of a panel for sensing objects on an opposite side of the panel and includes an ultrasonic sensor, a preload structure, a coupling element, and a damping material. The preload structure applies a preload on the ultrasonic sensor toward the inside surface of the panel. ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170058588

Vehicle front door power opening system

A system for a vehicle includes: a door; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the door; a push-open actuator mounted at a rear of the door, the push-open actuator configured for pushing against a body of the vehicle; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle. A system for a vehicle includes: a front door; a rear door behind the front door, the rear door having a dual-hinge design that opens and closes in a substantially vertical direction; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the front door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the front door; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle.. ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057552

B-pillar deformation mode

A vehicle comprises: a vehicle structure without a continuous roof rail; a b-pillar attached to the vehicle structure, the b-pillar having a first initiator; and a header attached to the b-pillar and extending at least partly across the vehicle, the header having a second initiator, wherein the first and second initiators are configured to provide a b-pillar deformation mode upon side impact.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057388

Monopost for free-standing vehicle seat

A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.. . ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057380

Movable vehicle seat with monopost

A freestanding vehicle seat assembly includes: a seat having a seat portion connected to a back portion; a monopost attached at a bottom of the seat portion such that the seat rests only on the monopost; and a track assembly attached at a bottom of the monopost, the track assembly configured for providing fore and aft movement of the freestanding vehicle seat assembly. The freestanding vehicle seat assembly can have a pitch mechanism on the monopost configured for pitching at least part of the seat forward and rearward.. ... Tesla Inc

03/02/17 / #20170056806

Vehicle air system with high efficiency filter

An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a vehicle comprises: a hepa filter for filtering air from an air inlet into filtered air, the hepa filter comprising a fine particulate filter and a gas filter; and air passageways formed in the vehicle and configured to convey the air from the air inlet to the hepa filter, and to convey the filtered air from the hepa filter to the passenger compartment. . ... Tesla Inc

02/02/17 / #20170030728

Trip planning with energy constraint

A method includes: receiving information corresponding at least to (i) a state of charge of an energy storage of a vehicle, (ii) route information corresponding to a planned driving route for the vehicle, and (iii) a predicted driver characteristic; determining using the received information, and presenting to a driver of the vehicle, a first energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route; receiving a user input indicating a proposed change in at least the driver characteristics, and determining using the received information and the user input, and presenting to the driver, a second energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route that takes into account the proposed change.. . ... Tesla Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021703

Visor for continuously extended windshield

A vehicle includes: a front windshield that continuously extends along an a-pillar so as to form a partial roof of the vehicle above a driver area; a visor having a proximate end hinged to the a-pillar so as to assume a stowed position along the a-pillar; and on the front windshield, an attachment configured to selectively engage a distal end of the visor in a deployed position.. . ... Tesla Inc

01/12/17 / #20170011255

Field-invariant quantitative magnetic-resonance signatures

A system that determines an invariant magnetic-resonance (mr) signature of a biological sample is disclosed. During operation, the system determines a magnetic-resonance (mr) model of voxels in a biological sample based on differences between mr signals associated with the voxels in multiple scans and simulated mr signals. ... Tesla Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007148

Fast scaning based on magnetic resonance history

During operation, a system iteratively captures mr signals of one or more types of nuclei in one or more portions of a biological lifeform based on scanning instructions that correspond to a dynamic scan plan. The mr signals in a given iteration may be associated with voxels having associated sizes at three-dimensional (3d) positions in at least a corresponding portion of the biological lifeform. ... Tesla Inc








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