Vehicle instrument panel with pointer presence detection

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9568344
APP PUB NO 20160231149A1
SERIAL NO

14616943

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A vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a light source, a pointer, and a sensor. The light source is configured to emit light from a display surface of the assembly. The pointer overlies the display surface and is movable about an axis to an angle to point to indicia on the display surface. The pointer defines a hub portion and a needle portion that extends from the hub portion. The hub portion overlies the light source and includes a light-guide that guides light from the light source into the needle portion whereby the needle portion is illuminated. The sensor is located proximate to the hub portion. The sensor is configured to detect that the pointer is present regardless of the angle of the pointer.

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APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITEDERIN COURT BISHOP'S COURT HILL ST MICHAEL BB14004 BB14004

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blackmer, Stephen C Millington, US 15 15
Liburdi, Steven A Grosse Pointe Farms, US 12 12

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