Patents Assigned to General Motors LLC
  • Patent number: 11150641
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method to initiate remote control of a vehicle, the method including: receiving, via a processor, an indication that a manual drive sequence should be initiated by a remotely located data center; and based on the indication, via the processor, initiating the manual drive sequence such that the data center can remotely control the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Alexander X. Cermak, Esteban Camacho, Dexter C. Lowe, Ryan Olejniczak
  • Publication number: 20210256846
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems of an edge server communicating with vehicles by continuously receiving messages which include data of state transitions of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) contained in each vehicle; monitoring in real-time the streamed message data from each vehicle for detection of updates of data about state transitions of ECUs used in the vehicular operations; crowdsourcing in real-time the state transition data of the ECUs during the vehicular operations to group together state transition data having commonality as crowdsource transition data; processing, using a machine learning model, the crowdsource transition data, to classify the crowdsource transition data of an anomaly event; and transmit in advance to an identified vehicle an alert of the anomaly event in order for a driver or ADAS to execute a response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Donal McErlean, Joon Hwang, Geoffrey Wakefield, Mason D. Gemar, Scott E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11087571
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring a vehicle during a peer-to-peer (P2P) reservation of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle is a part of a P2P vehicle sharing network, the method including: establishing a vehicle reservation between a vehicle renter and a vehicle manager; sending an indication to the vehicle of the vehicle reservation; after sending the indication to the vehicle of the vehicle reservation, receiving vehicle monitoring information that includes information used to determine a quality of care of the vehicle renter during the vehicle reservation; and generating reporting information based on the vehicle monitoring information, wherein the reporting information reflects the quality of care of the vehicle renter during the reservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Peter B. Kosak
  • Patent number: 11074539
    Abstract: A method and system for use in performing a vehicle usage assessment for a first driver of a vehicle participating in a car sharing service based on a vehicle condition assessment of the vehicle by a second, subsequent driver. The method carried out by the system includes the steps of providing a user assessment interface that enables the second driver to provide one or more quantified assessments for one or more corresponding characteristics of the vehicle; receiving the one or more quantified assessments; associating the one or more quantified assessments with an immediately preceding first driver of the vehicle; and generating an overall assessment for the first driver using at least one of the one or more quantified assessments. The overall assessment may be used to rank the first driver relative to other drivers participating in the car sharing service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventor: Robert E. Tiderington
  • Patent number: 11029164
    Abstract: Vehicle navigation systems and methods may generally provide navigation instructions in a vehicle. A navigation guidance session to a destination may be initiated at a telematics unit installed to the vehicle. Upon determination that the vehicle has been parked, example methods and systems may facilitate continuing the navigation guidance session when a park time duration is less than a pedestrian travel time associated with pedestrian travel from the vehicle parking location to the destination. Alternatively, terminating the navigation guidance session may be facilitated when the park time duration is at least equal to the pedestrian travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Dexter C. Lowe, Ryan Olejniczak, Esteban Camacho
  • Patent number: 10845628
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to tint at least a portion of a vehicle window, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to: monitor ambient light in a surrounding vehicle environment; and based on the ambient light, dim at least a portion of an OLED window located at a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Alexander X. Cermak, Ryan Olejniczak, Dexter C. Lowe, Esteban Camacho
  • Publication number: 20200334920
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, vehicle systems, and communication systems are provided, that include: obtaining location data for a vehicle while the vehicle is travelling, via a positioning system built into the vehicle; determining when the vehicle has entered a geo-fence associated with a regulated roadway, via a processor built into the vehicle; monitoring the vehicle, using the processor along with the positioning system, one or more sensors built into the vehicle, or both, generating vehicle data, while the vehicle is within the geo-fence, the vehicle data pertaining to a vehicle's usage of, compliance with, or both, of the regulated roadway; determining when the vehicle has exited the geo-fence, via the processor disposed onboard the vehicle; and transmitting the vehicle data, for use in determining a fee associated with the vehicle's travel along the regulated roadway, after the vehicle has exited the geo-fence, via a transceiver disposed onboard the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M. London, Alexander X. Cermak, Anvesh Singireddy, Brian N. Hoglund, Thomas Gregg DeMaria
  • Publication number: 20200193737
    Abstract: In an example, a system is disclosed. The system includes an event classification module that is configured to determine whether a vehicle event is an emergency event or a non-emergency event based on vehicle sensor data. The system also includes a determination module that is configured to determine a driving mode of a vehicle at the time of the vehicle event in response to a determination that the vehicle event is the emergency event. The determination module is configured to determine the driving mode by comparing a driving mode timestamp to an emergency timestamp corresponding to the vehicle event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Ravikiran DHULLIPALA CHENCHU, Aqueel HUSAIN, David A. ADAMS, Suchinder K. GOVINDAN, Mirna NEVES
  • Patent number: 10685240
    Abstract: A method for capturing video and/or images for a mapping system includes, in a vehicle, wirelessly receiving a request from a remote server for videos and/or images. The request specifies a location and a heading for the videos and/or images. The method includes comparing a vehicle location and a vehicle heading to the location and heading of the request. If a match occurs, recording a video and/or an image corresponding to the location and heading and uploading the video and/or image to the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Paul H. Pebbles
  • Patent number: 10679420
    Abstract: A system and method of providing augmented reality (AR) remote assistance to a vehicle user of a vehicle. The method includes: sending live video data to a remote assistant application at a remote computer from a portable wireless device (PWD) that is local to the vehicle; receiving the annotation information at the mobile device from the remote assistant application, wherein the annotation information includes annotation graphic information and annotation location information, wherein the annotation graphic information identifies an annotation graphic; and displaying on the electronic display an AR video that includes the annotation graphic located at the annotation display location and over a portion of the live video data, wherein the AR video is updated as the field of view of the electronic camera changes so that the annotation graphic as displayed within the AR video appears fixed to a location within the field of view of the electronic camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Rudman, Keith A. Fry
  • Patent number: 10654447
    Abstract: A system for authorizing temporary access and operation of a vehicle via a mobile computing device, the system includes a processor and a memory device. The system also includes a SRWC module configured to communicate with the mobile computing device; and a CNG module being in communication with the SRWC module, the CNG module includes a NAD, configured to communicate with one or more remote entities over a wireless carrier system; a GPS module, configured to generate vehicle position information and communicate that position data to the one or more remote entities; a CGM, configured to monitor and control incoming communications from the SRWC module, NAD, and GPS module. The CGM further configured to establish communications across a CAN; and a CMS, configured to encrypt the communications established by CGM as well as store the communications in the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Robert Miles, Hrushit B. Raval, Paul H. Pebbles
  • Patent number: 10638309
    Abstract: A system to alter a phone number assigned to a telematics unit in which a server of a data center retrieves a phone call log that includes the call transmissions of a telematics unit made over a time period. Moreover, upon retrieval, the server will extract certain criteria from the phone call log, compile the extracted criteria, and then determine whether or not to alter the phone number based on the compiled criteria. When it is determined to do so, the server may alter the phone number by changing the phone number's area code or exchanging the phone number assigned to the telematics unit with another phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Esteban Camacho, Ali H. Fawaz, Ryan Olejniczak, Alexander X. Cermak
  • Patent number: 10628906
    Abstract: A system and method for producing vision data that is embedded with a blockchain hash stored on a blockchain, the method including: detecting a vehicle event at a vehicle using vehicle electronics included in the vehicle; sending a vehicle event report message to a blockchain domain server in response to the detected vehicle event, the vehicle event report message including information pertaining to the detected vehicle event, and wherein the blockchain domain server is configured to record the detected vehicle event as a part of a blockchain based on the vehicle event report message; receiving a blockchain hash at the vehicle from the blockchain domain server; and embedding the blockchain hash within vision data at the vehicle using the vehicle electronics, wherein the vision data is captured by a vision sensor that is mounted on the vehicle and included as a part of the vehicle electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher L. Zachary
  • Publication number: 20200097737
    Abstract: A method for capturing video and/or images for a mapping system includes, in a vehicle, wirelessly receiving a request from a remote server for videos and/or images. The request specifies a location and a heading for the videos and/or images. The method includes comparing a vehicle location and a vehicle heading to the location and heading of the request. If a match occurs, recording a video and/or an image corresponding to the location and heading and uploading the video and/or image to the remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. OESTERLING, Paul H. PEBBLES
  • Patent number: 10599140
    Abstract: At least one transceiver is configured to wirelessly receive data from a source node that is external to a vehicle, the data including a unique identifier (ID) of the source node and at least one of: a first location of the source node; a first heading of the source node; a first speed of the source node; and a first object type of the source node. At least one of a camera and a sensor is configured to identify objects located around the vehicle. An anomaly module is configured to selectively indicate that an anomaly is present in the data. A distributed ledger includes a list of unique IDs associated with not-trusted source nodes. A ledger management module is configured to, in response to an indication that an anomaly is present in the data received from the source node, add the unique ID of the source node to the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Avery, David H. Clifford
  • Patent number: 10589717
    Abstract: A system and method of method of operating a vehicle using wireless communications, the method including: receiving a remote vehicle ignition start request via a wireless signal, wherein the remote vehicle ignition start request is a request to start an ignition of the vehicle; when the remote vehicle ignition start request is received, obtaining vehicle state information including a vehicle operating state and/or a vehicle environmental state; in response to receiving the remote vehicle ignition start request, selecting one or more remote start operating parameters based at least partly on the obtained vehicle state information; and after determining the one or more operating parameters, carrying out the remote command request according to the one or more selected remote start operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Alexander X. Cermak, Esteban Camacho, Ryan Olejniczak, Jeffrey J. Haase
  • Patent number: 10595182
    Abstract: A system and method of managing short-range wireless communications (SRWC) at a vehicle, the method being carried out by vehicle electronics of the vehicle, wherein the method includes: detecting a vehicle SRWC initiation event; in response to the detection of the vehicle SRWC initiation event, sending a user data stream availability request to a remote facility; receiving a user data stream availability response from the remote facility; during a time between the detecting and receiving steps, operating a wireless communication device in an initial mode that suspends or forgoes transmission of SRWC connection message(s) pursuant to a SRWC service; determining whether to enable or disable use of the SRWC service at the wireless communications device based on the user data stream availability response; and when it is determined to enable use of the SRWC service at the wireless communications device, transmitting a SRWC connection message pursuant to the SRWC service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventor: Dexter C. Lowe
  • Patent number: 10514465
    Abstract: A system and method of setting a clock at a vehicle, including: operating a vehicle clock installed in a vehicle; receiving an external time signal via wireless communications, wherein the external time signal is a wireless communications signal that includes a time value; determining whether a predetermined amount of time has passed since a most-recent clock update; when it is determined that a predetermined amount of time has passed since the most-recent vehicle clock update, then carrying out the following steps: (i) calculating a measured drift and a drift limit; (ii) determining whether the measured drift is less than the drift limit; and (iii) when it is determined that the measured drift is less than the drift limit, then setting the vehicle clock to the time value included in the received external time signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Pavan K. Namineni, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10515535
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to provide a misplacement notification, the system including: a memory configured to include a program and a processor configured to execute the program, where the program enables the processor to, after a vehicle ingress event, cause a sensor to capture a reference image of a portion of a vehicle interior; after a vehicle egress event, cause the sensor to capture a test image of the portion of the vehicle interior; determine whether the test image includes one or more objects not found in the reference image; and generate a notification, based on the determination of whether the test image includes one or more objects not found in the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Ravikiran Dhullipala Chenchu, Anil Kumar Nichenametla
  • Publication number: 20190377336
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods and systems are provided for vehicles for utilizing distributed ledger technology communications for vehicles. In certain embodiments, one or more sensors are disposed onboard the vehicle and are configured to provide sensor data pertaining to operation of the vehicle. A transceiver is disposed onboard the vehicle, and is configured to receive, using distributed ledger technology (DLT), peer network data from a peer network having, as actors, the vehicle as well as a plurality of other actors that are disposed remote from the vehicle, and that together form the peer network. The processor is disposed onboard the vehicle, and is configured to provide instructions for taking a vehicle action for the vehicle using the peer network data and the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Avery, Yehenew G. Mengistu, David H. Clifford