Patents Assigned to General Motors LLC
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10492234
    Abstract: A vehicle backend system and a method of using the backend system to determine availability of a cellular connection between the backend system and a vehicle prior to the backend system attempting to establish the cellular connection. The method includes: determining at the backend system that a vehicle service is to be provided to the vehicle; based on the determination, transmitting from the backend system to a wireless service provider (WSP) or a WSP server a query associated with the connection status of the vehicle; in response to transmitting the query, receiving at the backend system a response to the query, wherein the response indicates that the vehicle is either in a connected state or an un-connected state; and when the vehicle is in the connected state: attempting to establish the cellular connection between the backend system and the vehicle; and when the cellular connection is established, providing the vehicle service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Esteban Camacho, Alexander X. Cermak, Matthew R. Waldner, Ryan Olejniczak
  • Patent number: 10455076
    Abstract: A system and method of carrying out a teletypewriter (TTY) call at a vehicle, the method being carried out by vehicle electronics of the vehicle, wherein the method includes: receiving a TTY configuration request at the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; configuring the vehicle to operate based on the TTY configuration request, wherein the configuring includes storing TTY configuration data at the vehicle; receiving a telephone call initiation request at the vehicle, the telephone call initiation request corresponding to a telephone call with an end user; determining whether TTY functionality is enabled or disabled at the vehicle, wherein the determination of whether the TTY functionality is enabled or disabled at the vehicle includes inspecting the TTY configuration data; and when it is determined that the TTY functionality is enabled at the vehicle, carrying out a TTY call at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Vinay Kapadia, David D. Malkan, Amy Brogan Shiemke, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 10447773
    Abstract: A private computer network associated with a vehicle data service center and a method of aggregating vehicle data using the private computer network. The method includes the steps of: receiving from a first subscriber vehicle one or more upload messages at a load balancing computer (LBC), wherein each of the one or more upload messages comprise unencrypted data; based on the unencrypted data, selecting at the LBC at least one telematics server of a telematics server farm to send the one or more upload messages; and providing the one or more upload messages to the at least one telematics server for upload message aggregation, wherein the LBC and the telematics server farm are associated with the private computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Rejani D. Syamala, Rajesh S. Paul
  • Patent number: 10393881
    Abstract: A system and method to obtain vehicle positional information as it is traveling. The method of generating a vehicle path includes obtaining a first position of a vehicle; monitoring an occurrence of a positional trigger event; after the occurrence of the positional trigger event, obtaining a second position of the vehicle; and transmitting the first and second positions to a storage device wherein the first and second positions form the path. The disclosure also provides for a system to generate the path of the vehicle. The system includes a vehicle system module configured to perform the various steps described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco T. Carnevale, Michael P. Marchione, Billy L. Holbird, II
  • Publication number: 20190258242
    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: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. AVERY, David H. Clifford