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Interesting Patent Applications

Discussion in 'Future Vehicles' started by omgwtfbyobbq, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. omgwtfbyobbq

    omgwtfbyobbq Active Member

    Aug 24, 2013
    Southern California
    Tesla had some more patent applications pop up on the USPTO website, and three of those in particular seemed interesting enough to share.

    The first appears to be for a sunroof with electrochromic tint and user configurable LEDs that direct light to scattering centers embedded in the glass that direct the light down into the cabin. I'm hoping this makes it into the S/X and 3 eventually, especially when there's a redesigned.

    United States Patent Application: 0190106055

    The second is for an efficient heat pump system. I'm guessing the S, X, and Y will get this, but I'm not sure if the 3 will have enough room for it.

    United States Patent Application: 0190070924

    Last but not least is a patent on managing Tesla PV panels and powerwalls in different residences that are directly connected together and connected to the grid.

    United States Patent Application: 0190097427

    This in particular seems interesting because it would allow both households to get the benefits of both devices even if each household only had a single type of device installed.
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  2. Kuhz

    Kuhz Active Member

    Oct 25, 2017
    That sunroof system sounds nice
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  3. Barklikeadog

    Barklikeadog Banned

    Jul 13, 2016
    1. *don't overengineer a part that can break easily and you already have an issue repairing in a decent amount of time.
    2. *stop overengineering! stick with what works
    3. ok
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  4. StealthP3D

    StealthP3D Active Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    Maple Falls, WA
    That's ridiculous advice.

    Tesla would not be where there are today if they didn't push the boundaries of what's possible. And electrically tinted glass is solid state and very reliable. Being able to vary the tint would be a big benefit and the flexibility to direct the lighting from the optimal spot, without obstructing the view through the skylight, is a great idea. The products of the future will be highly engineered to perform at a high level and be very reliable. Tesla seems to get this. Produced in volume, none of this adds significant expense to the vehicle.
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