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Silviu Palalau, Timothy J Bomya: Driver control interface system. Niro Scavone Haller & Niro, April 16, 2002: US06373472 (140 worldwide citation)

A driver control interface controls the values of a plurality of features in a vehicle and displays information from the vehicle to the driver. A plurality of feature group switches are located on the steering wheel of the vehicle. Each of the vehicle features is associated with a feature group. Eac ...


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Daniel Toffolo, William Rogers, Silviu Palalau: Prioritization of vehicle display features. United Technologies Automotive, Howard & Howard, May 26, 1998: US05757268 (56 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for controlling information to be displayed on a vehicle reconfigurable display includes the steps of prioritizing information. The control identifies each of the items which are desirably displayed and determines the space necessary to display all of those items. If the neces ...


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Silviu Palalau: Voltage control for adjusting the brightness of a screen display. Lear Automotive Dearborn, Niro Scavone Haller & Niro, August 7, 2001: US06271813 (42 worldwide citation)

A method of controlling the brightness level of a screen display having a matrix of pixels that each have a brightness level controlled by a first and second voltage includes maintaining the first voltage of each pixel at a preselected voltage level. The second voltage level is controlled and adjust ...


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Silviu Palalau, Daniel Toffolo, Marian Borzea, William Rogers: Proximity indicator display. Lear Automotive Dearborn, Niro Scavone Haller & Niro, September 14, 1999: US05951621 (42 worldwide citation)

A display system for use with a route guidance system includes a display displaying a proximity indicator. The proximity indicator generally comprises a bar graph which is reduced in size as the vehicle approaches the next maneuver recommended by the route guidance system. Later, the reduced bar gra ...


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Daniel Toffolo, Silviu Palalau: Display system with automatic and manual brightness control. UT Automotive Dearborn, Timothy J Haller, Niro Scavone Haller & Niro, January 8, 2002: US06337675 (33 worldwide citation)

A display system provides automatic and manual brightness control. A brightness controller varies the luminance of the display based upon ambient light as sensed by an ambient light sensor. The brightness control varies the luminance of the display between the minimum luminance at a minimum illumina ...


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Daniel J Toffolo, Silviu Palalau, Richard Chutorash: Gauge with mechanical indicator and reconfigurable gauge display. UT Automotive Dearborn, Howard & Howard, July 6, 1999: US05920256 (26 worldwide citation)

A vehicle gauge comprises a mechanical indicator moveable relative to a reconfigurable gauge display. A transparent electroluminescent display selectively provides one of a plurality of gauge displays. A mechanical indicator positioned behind the display moves relative to the gauge display based upo ...


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Daniel Toffolo, Silviu Palalau, William Rogers, Masazumi Sone: Display system with latent image reduction. Lear Automotive Dearborn, MacMillan Sobanski & Todd, September 30, 2003: US06628247 (16 worldwide citation)

A display system reduces latent image formation by shifting an image between a first position and a second position, displaced only a few pixels from the first position. Preferably, the image is displayed briefly simultaneously at the first and second positions and then displayed only in the second ...


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Silviu Palalau, Daniel Toffolo: Power consumption control for a visual screen display by utilizing a total number of pixels to be energized in the image to determine an order of pixel energization in a manner that conserves power. Lear Automotive Dearborn, Niro Scavone Haller & Niro, December 12, 2000: US06160541 (15 worldwide citation)

A method of controlling the brightness levels on a screen includes determining a total number of screen pixels that must be energized to realize various brightness levels throughout the display. The display preferably is generated in a sequence of frames that are subdivided into energization states. ...


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Daniel Toffolo, Silviu Palalau: Dual use display. UT Automotive Dearborn, Howard & Howard, February 2, 1999: US05867133 (13 worldwide citation)

A dual use heads-up display panel for a vehicle may be orientated in a first orientation wherein it displays information onto the window of a vehicle. The display panel may be selectively moved to a facing-forward position wherein it directs information towards the operator of the vehicle. The contr ...


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Silviu Palalau, Daniel Toffolo: Digital switch with analog feel. UT Automobile Dearborn, Howard & Howard, June 30, 1998: US05774075 (13 worldwide citation)

A manually controllable switch provides a user with an "analog feeling" for controlling digital electronics. A plurality of first electrical conducting portions are alternately arranged with a plurality of second electrical conducting portions. Physical spacing between electrical conducting portions ...