Patents Represented by Attorney Ralph E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8346502
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for determining vehicle speed. The system has a sensor mounted on a wheel rotatably mounted on the vehicle for sensing centripetal acceleration of said wheel. The sensor generates a signal indicative of the sensed centripetal acceleration, and is arranged to wirelessly transmit the signal. The system additionally has an electronic control unit mounted on the vehicle. The electronic control unit is arranged to receive the signal and determine the speed of the vehicle based on the sensed centripetal acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: James J. Hoeffel, Kaylene Schreiber-Young
  • Patent number: 8342922
    Abstract: A blower assembly for an automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system includes a housing having an opening and a blower wheel supported by the housing that directs air through the opening of the housing. A plurality of ribs are disposed within the opening of the housing and define a plurality of channels for directing air through the opening of the housing and toward the blower wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Deneau, Tushar A. Desai, Chad H. Morrison, William J. Elliott
  • Patent number: 8342145
    Abstract: A lifter retainer including a central body portion connected to both a left bank of lifter retaining arms and a right bank of lifter retaining arms. The lifter retainer may be adapted to engage a key portion of one or more lifters to prevent the lifters from rotating during engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: James R. Klotz
  • Patent number: 8340949
    Abstract: A vehicle test system includes an occupant positioning module that receives a virtual vehicle and a virtual dummy. The occupant positioning module generates a first set of parameters based on the virtual vehicle, the virtual dummy and a first adapted vehicle standard. N groups receive the first set of parameters. N is an integer greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Vinayakumar Kasimsetty, Gunasekar Tj, Yun Lu
  • Patent number: 8328237
    Abstract: A damper for a steering column assembly includes a housing attached to and extending along an axis of the steering column assembly. A mass is attached to a distal end of the housing with a resilient member being disposed between the housing and the mass that permits movement of the mass along an axis that is substantially parallel to the axis of the steering column assembly relative to the housing to absorb vibrational forces exerted on the steering column assembly along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Jaehak Woo, Changil Lee
  • Patent number: 8307737
    Abstract: A steering wheel has an internal structural component formed by an armature made of a relatively rigid material such as magnesium or aluminum, or an alloy of magnesium or aluminum, and an external component made of a compressible material such as polyurethane. The armature has a hub, a rim surrounding the hub, and radial spokes extending between the hub and the rim. The external component includes an over-lay providing a rim cover for the rim and a spoke cover for each of the two spokes. The external component also includes one or more parts extending radially inwardly from the rim cover to provide an additional spoke or spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Roger Cortina, Georgina Leary
  • Patent number: 8311722
    Abstract: The technology described herein provides an active driver control system. Additionally, in various example embodiments, this technology provides methods for optimizing fuel economy (or energy consumption) through active compensation of driver controlled inputs. The active compensation functionality is used to moderate ‘sweet spot’ vehicle response with driver desired performance. In particular, the active compensation functionality can be used to smooth the vehicle response and attenuate undesired frequency content from the driver input. One of the benefits to this technology is that it assists all drivers in achieving better fuel economy in real world driving. Another benefit is that active compensation of driver controlled inputs can mitigate some of the negative effects of more aggressive driving styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mengyang Zhang, Jayanthi Iyengar
  • Patent number: 8301335
    Abstract: A system for controlling air-conditioning of a vehicle includes an input, an offset generator module, and an evaporator temperature control module. The input receives an input temperature. The offset generator module receives a psychrometric parameter of air inside the vehicle and generates offsets based on the input temperature and the psychrometric parameter. The evaporator temperature control module generates a target evaporator temperature based on the offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Chrysler Group LLC, Daimler AG
    Inventors: Mark A. Hill, Alfred Jeckel, Curt O'Donnell, Mark Bigler, Lance Tagliapietra
  • Patent number: 8254869
    Abstract: A communication system is provided and may include a receiver that receives an analog signal, a processor in communication with the receiver that converts the analog signal to a digital signal, a control unit that receives the digital signal and communicates an executable command to a vehicle system, and a communication medium in communication with the processor and the control unit and facilitates communication of the digital signal therebetween. The receiver and the processor may be integrated into an antenna module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Stephen L. Hyde, Nikolai Alexandrov, Basim Alkhateeb
  • Patent number: 8253062
    Abstract: A method for welding includes providing a pair of substrates with no gap between them. The welding process uses lasers that are movable through a locus of points relative to the substrates and each other to weld the substrate together. The movable lasers assist in controlling a formation of a weld keyhole that assists in expelling gases that develop during the welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mariana G. Forrest, Lu Feng
  • Patent number: 8248543
    Abstract: A vehicle having an overhead video display screen system includes a rear video screen that is swivelable between a rearward facing and a forward facing configuration. The vehicle further includes a second row of seats that can be swiveled to view the rear video screen when it is facing forward. The vehicle may further include a forward video screen configured to block a driver's rearview of the rear screen when in the forward facing configuration. A driver distraction interlock system is provided in communication with the rear screen and the forward screen to prevent video from being displayed on the rear screen if the rear screen is viewable by the driver in his or her rearview mirror. In a preferred method, video can be displayed on a front facing rear screen when the forward screen is deployed thereby obstructing the driver from being able to see the rear screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: David J. Jaworski, Sennan S. Alkarawi, Stephen Muench-Casanova
  • Patent number: 8249770
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) employing a hybrid system using both an internal combustion engine and a second motor/generator as a propelling power source for vehicle propulsion, and also employing a first generator driven by the engine for power generation, an integrated HEV control system is provided to control the engine, and the first and second motor/generators. The integrated HEV control system is also operable for detecting the presence of system failures and thereafter selecting at least one remedial action responsive to the system failures such that the system failures are corrected or minimized. The selected remedial action is also verified as being appropriate, monitored and thereafter executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bennewitz
  • Patent number: 8231164
    Abstract: A removable in-floor storage device for a vehicle floorpan well, including a lid assembly have a frame mounted on a floorpan surface about the periphery of the floorpan well so as to define a frame opening, and a lid pivotally mounted on the frame to move from a closed position to an open position allowing access to the frame opening. The storage device further includes a removable storage bin adapted to be received within the frame opening and supported within the frame opening by the frame, to thereby define a storage chamber within the vehicle generally beneath the floorpan surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: James D. Schubring, Werner H. Schneider, Eugene Bowerman
  • Patent number: 8234039
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided that has a deployable occupant protection device, a controller that manages deployment activity, and a sensor located in a forward portion of the vehicle that produces a forward crash signal in response to crash stimulus. The forward crash signal varies between positive and negative values over time. At least some of the negative values are converted to positive values, defining a conditioned crash signal which is processed with an integrating algorithm, defining a conserved energy crash metric value that supplements processing of a central crash signal while evaluating a potential crash event(s). The conserved energy crash metric value can be used as a confirmatory factor, influencing whether to deploy the deployable occupant protection device. Or, for deployable occupant protection devices having multiple deployment stages, the conserved energy crash metric value can be used in determining whether to initiate one or more of the deployment stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Beverly M. Katz, Wei-Te Chiang
  • Patent number: 8217776
    Abstract: A sensor location identification system may include a plurality of front and rear sensors, a transmitter, and a receiver module. The plurality of front sensors may be connected to a plurality of front tires and may generate first wireless signals indicative of a rotational direction of a corresponding one of said plurality of front tires. The plurality of rear sensors may be connected to a plurality of rear tires and may generate second wireless signals indicative of a rotational direction of a corresponding one of the plurality of rear tires. The transmitter may transmit a location signal received by the plurality of rear sensors. The receiver module may receive the first and second wireless signals and may determine a location of each of the plurality of front and rear tires based on the first and second wireless signals. The second wireless signals may indicate receipt of the location signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Stephen L. Hyde
  • Patent number: D663244
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Steve Won, Joel Baccus, Steve Holmes, Dennis Friedenstab, Rick North, Steve Sowinski
  • Patent number: D666131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Lou Gasevski, Dennis Friedenstab, Steve Holmes, Rick North, Steve Sowinski
  • Patent number: D669394
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Hall, Mark C. Trostle, Michael H. Nicholas, Lou Gasevski
  • Patent number: D669819
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Hall, Mark C. Trostle, Michael H. Nicholas, Los Gasevski
  • Patent number: D671464
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Joel Baccus, Dennis Friedenstab, Rick North, Steve Sowinski