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Willes H Weber, Timothy Potter, Aric Shaffer: Active night vision with adaptive imaging. Ford Global Technologies, Frank A MacKenzie, November 22, 2005: US06967569 (67 worldwide citation)

A vision system for a vehicle includes a light source generating an illumination beam, a receiver having a pixel array for capturing an image in response to at least a reflected portion of the illumination beam, the image corresponding to a first horizontal field of view (FOV) angle, and a controlle ...


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Timothy Fohl, Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Willes H Weber: Thin-sheet collimation optics for diode laser illumination systems for use in night vision and exterior lighting applications. Ford Global Technologies, Jennifer Stec, July 23, 2002: US06422713 (22 worldwide citation)

An optical element, a lighting system utilizing the optical element and a method of manipulating light from a source to provide an illumination pattern suitable for use in a night vision system and exterior lighting applications is disclosed. The optical element has an input surface and an output su ...


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Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Willes H Weber: Active night vision system for vehicles employing short-pulse laser illumination and a gated camera for image capture. Ford Global Technologies, Frank A MacKenzie, May 4, 2004: US06730913 (20 worldwide citation)

A method of detecting objects with a night vision system is provided. The night vision system includes a light source and a camera. The method includes activating the light source as a sequence of light pulses wherein each light pulse is increasing in intensity for a predetermined number of pulses t ...


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Willes H Weber, Jeffrey T Remillard, John M Ginder: Electrophoretic switch for a light pipe. Ford Motor Company, Mark L Mollon, Roger L May, May 31, 1994: US05317667 (18 worldwide citation)

An electrophoretic light switch is provided for controlling light in a light pipe having a transparent inner conductor, an outer conductor and a solution containing charged particles. Light is absorbed by the solution when the particles are attracted to the inner conductor causing the light intensit ...


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John M Ginder, Jeffrey T Remillard, Willes H Weber: Ferrofluid switch for a light pipe. Ford Motor Company, Mark L Mollon, Roger L May, Kevin G Mierzwa, September 27, 1994: US05351319 (16 worldwide citation)

A ferrofluid controlled switch for a light pipe has a light pipe having a first index of refraction, a fluid responsive to a magnetic field having a second index of refraction, and an enclosure concentrically located around at least a portion of the light pipe for retaining the fluid such that the f ...


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Willes H Weber, Bennie D Poindexter, Jeffrey T Remillard: On-board gas composition sensor for internal combustion engine exhaust gases. Ford Motor Company, Lorraine S Melotik, Roger L May, February 13, 1996: US05490490 (15 worldwide citation)

An on-board gas composition sensor is disclosed for monitoring oxygen content levels in the exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine. The gas composition sensor includes a light source for generating excitation light, e.g. in the 350-525 nm wavelength range. A sensor body of porous high-temperat ...


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Lajos Rimai, Richard M Ager, Willes H Weber: Preparation of crystallographically aligned films of silicon carbide by laser deposition of carbon onto silicon. Ford Motor Company, Lorraine S Melotik, Roger L May, April 18, 1995: US05406906 (10 worldwide citation)

A crystalline silicon carbide film is grown on a heated crystalline silicon substrate by laser ablation of a pure carbon target. For substrate temperatures during deposition above 1000.degree. C. and single crystal silicon substrates the resulting SiC film is expitaxially oriented with respect to th ...


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Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Willes H Weber, Allan J Lippa: System and method for determining a distance of an object using emitted light pulses. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Bir Law, May 24, 2005: US06897465 (8 worldwide citation)

A system and method for determining a distance of an object is provided. The method includes transmitting a light pulse to a polymeric light reflector at a first time. The method further includes reflecting the light pulse from the reflector. The method further includes receiving a portion of the li ...