Tesla Laser-Focused on Cleaning Windows and Solar Panels
Tesla has filed a patent for electromagnetic, rail-based wiper system. It is also called Pulsed Laser Cleaning of Debris Accumulated on Glass Articles in Vehicles and Photovoltaic Assemblies which means it could also be used to clean solar panels. Solar panels have to remain clean to work therefore the patent could clean solar panels too.
“A cleaning system for a vehicle includes a beam optics assembly that emits a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article of the vehicle, debris detection circuitry that detects debris accumulated over the region, and control circuitry. The control circuitry calibrates a set of parameters associated with the laser beam emitted from the beam optics assembly based on detection of the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article, controls an exposure level of the laser beam on the debris accumulated based on calibration of the set of parameters associated with the laser beam, wherein the exposure level is controlled based on pulsing the laser beam at a calibrated rate that limits penetration of the laser beam to a depth that is less than a thickness of the glass article, and removes the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article using the laser beam.”
The big question if the laser will scrape off bugs. The laser wipers were in the news however there are several autonomous driving system patents that were also filed and pending.
Volvo Licenses Avanci
Avanci announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Volvo Cars, increasing the total number of auto brands licensed through the Avanci marketplace to 14. By signing an agreement with Avanci, Volvo Cars receives licenses to the 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents of the 36 patent owners that participate in the marketplace today, as well as patent owners that join Avanci in the future.
Avanci’s one-stop marketplace simplifies the way automotive companies provide connectivity by including license rights to the vast majority of cellular standard essential patents in a single agreement. By streamlining the process, Avanci is accelerating the growth of the Internet of Things by providing manufacturers of IoT products with an efficient and transparent way to access the wireless technology needed to bring their products and services to customers worldwide.
Ford Patents Battery Packs in Frame to Make Frame Lighter
According to a patent filed by Ford (15/980,910) power storage modules are inside the frames of a truck. While the diagram shows two electric motors but text indicates up use up to four motors to power each each wheel.