Porsche Automobil Holding has patented a system for decontaminating vehicle cabins with passengers present. The system uses IR sensors and UV emitters to target contaminated areas while avoiding non-contaminated areas and passengers. The technology ensures safe and effective decontamination within the vehicle cabin. GlobalData’s report on Porsche Automobil Holding gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Porsche Automobil Holding, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Porsche Automobil Holding's grant share as of April 2024 was 52%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Vehicle cabin decontamination system using uv light

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Porsche Automobil Holding SE

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11969513B2) discloses a system designed for decontaminating vehicle cabins using targeted UV light. The system comprises at least one infrared sensor, at least one ultraviolet emitter with a beam steering module, data storage, and a processor. The processor executes computer program instructions to track contaminated areas in the cabin using IR sensor data, determine direct line of sight for UV emission, generate a UV illumination mask to target contaminated areas, and configure the UV emitter for precise illumination. An image sensor can also be integrated to track contaminated areas using image data, enhancing the system's effectiveness.

Furthermore, the system includes features such as initializing cabin decontamination, updating contamination maps based on identified areas, tracking passenger poses to correlate contaminated areas, and estimating material types for effective decontamination. The UV illumination mask is generated based on the contamination map, ensuring targeted decontamination. The system also allows for updating the contamination map by marking decontaminated areas and adjusting UV emitter activation duration based on material types. The system's components, including the IR sensor and UV emitter, are strategically located in the vehicle cabin for optimal performance, with the beam steering module utilizing various technologies for precise targeting. Overall, the patented system offers a comprehensive solution for efficient and targeted decontamination of vehicle cabins, enhancing passenger safety and comfort.

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