Patents by Inventor Aaron P. Creguer

Aaron P. Creguer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10472867
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a door locking system includes a controller and at least one locking mechanism operatively connected to each of a plurality of doors. At least one lock switch connected to the controller selectively locks the at least one locking mechanism based at least partially on actuation of the at least one lock switch. At least one sensor array connected to the controller detects a vehicle condition from at least one of a first vehicle state and a second vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lange, Jeffrey L. Konchan, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Publication number: 20190217866
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining fuel economy are provided. The method includes determining whether a trailer is connected to a vehicle and trailer profile information of the trailer connected to the vehicle, calculating a first fuel economy according to a first calculation for determining fuel economy if the determining determines that the trailer is not connected to the vehicle, calculating a second fuel economy according to a second calculation for determining fuel economy if the determining determines that the trailer is connected to the vehicle. The calculating the fuel economy according to the second calculation is performed based on the trailer profile including at least one from among trailer identification information, trailer weight information, trailer aerodynamic information, and trailer fuel economy offset information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventor: Aaron P. Creguer
  • Patent number: 10275961
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for handling the response sequence with geometric elimination of a plurality of keyless fobs. The remote fobs are interrogated with a body control module. A first signal is issued from a first set of remote fobs in a first time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. A second signal is issued from a second set of remote fobs in a second time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. The second time slot differs from the first time slot. A first remote fob is authenticated when the first signal is received by the body control module in a free and clear state. The second remote fob is authenticated when the second signal is received by the body control module in the free and clear state. If neither the first nor second signals are received in the free and clear state, the remote fobs are re-interrogated by the body control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, Thomas E. Utter, Ron Y. Asmar, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 10077583
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock system includes an interior door handle for a rear door. A door release switch is mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A child door lock switch for the rear door is accessible by a driver. A power release door latch for the rear door is electrically connected to the door release switch and mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A mechanical child door lock switch is located on the rear door and that is mechanically connected to the power release door latch. A control module communicates with the child door lock switch, the power release door latch and the door release switch. The control module is configured to electrically actuate the power release door latch when the mechanical child door lock switch is in a locked position, the child door lock switch has an unlocked state and the door release switch is in an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke, Ron Y. Asmar
  • Patent number: 10055919
    Abstract: A relay attack deterrence system includes a mobile platform including a plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and a mobile platform receiver component provided therein. The system further includes a fob device having a fob receiver component, a fob transmitter component, and a motion sensor component configured to produce motion information. The fob device is configured to receive, at the fob receiver component, one or more first signals from at least one of the plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and to selectably transmit, to the mobile platform receiver component, a second signal based on the motion information and position information derived from the one or more first signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ron Y. Asmar, Thomas E. Utter, Thomas M. Forest, Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke
  • Publication number: 20180171683
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a door locking system includes a controller and at least one locking mechanism operatively connected to each of a plurality of doors. At least one lock switch connected to the controller selectively locks the at least one locking mechanism based at least partially on actuation of the at least one lock switch. At least one sensor array connected to the controller detects a vehicle condition from at least one of a first vehicle state and a second vehicle state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lange, Jeffrey L. Konchan, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Publication number: 20170352211
    Abstract: A relay attack deterrence system includes a mobile platform including a plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and a mobile platform receiver component provided therein. The system further includes a fob device having a fob receiver component, a fob transmitter component, and a motion sensor component configured to produce motion information. The fob device is configured to receive, at the fob receiver component, one or more first signals from at least one of the plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and to selectably transmit, to the mobile platform receiver component, a second signal based on the motion information and position information derived from the one or more first signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: RON Y. ASMAR, THOMAS E. UTTER, THOMAS M. FOREST, AARON P. CREGUER, DAVID T. PROEFKE
  • Publication number: 20170350168
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock system includes an interior door handle for a rear door. A door release switch is mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A child door lock switch for the rear door is accessible by a driver. A power release door latch for the rear door is electrically connected to the door release switch and mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A mechanical child door lock switch is located on the rear door and that is mechanically connected to the power release door latch. A control module communicates with the child door lock switch, the power release door latch and the door release switch. The control module is configured to electrically actuate the power release door latch when the mechanical child door lock switch is in a locked position, the child door lock switch has an unlocked state and the door release switch is in an active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Aaron P. CREGUER, David T. Proefke, Ron Y. Asmar
  • Patent number: 9728018
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided to dynamically configure a passive entry, passive start system to issue passive and active commands upon authentication of a remote keyless fob with a body control module in a given vehicle selected from a fleet of vehicles. In particular, a UID secret key data field is generated in the FOB data store using a fleet secret key data field and a vehicle secret key field retrieved from the BCM data store. A wakeup pattern data field stored in the FOB data store is generated with a fleet wakeup pattern data field and a master wakeup pattern data field retrieved from the BCM data store such that an approach wakeup pattern data field stored in the BCM data field is written to an approach wakeup pattern data field in the FOB data store when the remote fob is authenticated with the body control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Ron Y. Asmar, Thomas E. Utter, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Patent number: 9710983
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for authenticating a vehicle equipped with a passive keyless system. The method includes sending one or more initial challenge signal(s) from a vehicle module to a portable keyfob in response to a passive keyless start attempt of the vehicle, the initial challenge signal(s) being sent before a successful passive keyless start of the vehicle; sending one or more secondary challenge signal(s) from the vehicle module to the portable keyfob in response to at least one trigger event and after a successful passive keyless start of the vehicle; initiating an active authentication to confirm the presence of an authorized driver in the vehicle if a valid response to the secondary challenge signal(s) is not received by the vehicle module; and performing one or more remedial action(s) if a valid response to the active authentication is not received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ron Y. Asmar, David T. Proefke, Charles J. Bongiorno, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Patent number: 9633499
    Abstract: A method for detecting presence of one or more security token comprises a host device transmitting a wake-up message for receipt by the security token. Based on the wake-up message and a condition of the one or more security token, the security token either awakens or returns to an inactive state. The wake-up message comprises a security code that is unique to a host device and an instruction code that is configured to selectively instruct at least one of the one or more security tokens associated with the vehicle to awaken. A system for detecting presence of a user includes a host device configured for transmitting a wake-up message to be received by a security token. The wake-up message comprises a unique security code and an instruction code that is configured to instruct security tokens associated with the vehicle to awaken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 9478087
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are provided for communications between a vehicle and a remote device using a first vehicle communications module that communicates via a first communication channel. One exemplary method involves transmitting, by a second vehicle communications module via a second communication channel, an indication of an operating state of the first communications module, receiving, by the first communications module via the first communication channel, an acknowledgment responsive to the indication from the remote device, and changing the operating state of the first communications module in response to receiving the acknowledgment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Patent number: 9434350
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for interference reduction during keyless authentication. The apparatus includes a control system having a controller configured to detect an authentication event and deactivate at least one device within the vehicle. The control system is also configured to transmit an authentication command and to reactive the at least one device within the vehicle in response to receiving a valid authentication signal. The method includes an authentication method for a user to operate a vehicle wherein an authentication event is detected and at least one device within the vehicle is deactivated. An authentication command is transmitted and the at least one device within the vehicle is reactivated in response to receiving a valid authentication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Bongiorno, Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke
  • Publication number: 20160225203
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for authenticating a vehicle equipped with a passive keyless system. The method includes sending one or more initial challenge signal(s) from a vehicle module to a portable keyfob in response to a passive keyless start attempt of the vehicle, the initial challenge signal(s) being sent before a successful passive keyless start of the vehicle; sending one or more secondary challenge signal(s) from the vehicle module to the portable keyfob in response to at least one trigger event and after a successful passive keyless start of the vehicle; initiating an active authentication to confirm the presence of an authorized driver in the vehicle if a valid response to the secondary challenge signal(s) is not received by the vehicle module; and performing one or more remedial action(s) if a valid response to the active authentication is not received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Ron Y. Asmar, David T. Proefke, Charles J. Bongiorno, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Patent number: 9303442
    Abstract: Passive verification of operator presence in handling requests for vehicle includes initiating activation of a power-operated vehicle component that is subject to a supervised control mechanism. The activation is initiated in response to a request from an operator-controlled device. The passive verification also includes verifying a presence of the operator-controlled device indicative of a presence of an operator of a vehicle, transmitting intermittent signals to the operator-controlled device, monitoring response signals received in response to the intermittent signals, and continuing activation of the power-operated vehicle component until the activation is complete so long as the response signals are received responsive to the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Charles J. Bongiorno, Ron Y. Asmar, Aaron P. Creguer
  • Publication number: 20150235494
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for handling the response sequence with geometric elimination of a plurality of keyless fobs. The remote fobs are interrogated with a body control module. A first signal is issued from a first set of remote fobs in a first time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. A second signal is issued from a second set of remote fobs in a second time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. The second time slot differs from the first time slot. A first remote fob is authenticated when the first signal is received by the body control module in a free and clear state. The second remote fob is authenticated when the second signal is received by the body control module in the free and clear state. If neither the first nor second signals are received in the free and clear state, the remote fobs are re-interrogated by the body control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: AARON P. CREGUER, THOMAS E. UTTER, RON Y. ASMAR, DAVID T. PROEFKE
  • Publication number: 20150235487
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for configuration a single remote fob to be fully operational with different vehicles such as more than one vehicle within a vehicle fleet. In particular, the method and apparatus implements functional transmitter identification and synchronization to allow for dynamic authentication and configuration of the key fob with the last vehicle with which it was successfully passively authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: DAVID T. PROEFKE, RON Y. ASMAR, THOMAS E. UTTER, AARON P. CREGUER
  • Publication number: 20150235488
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided to dynamically configure a passive entry, passive start system to issue passive and active commands upon authentication of a remote keyless fob with a body control module in a given vehicle selected from a fleet of vehicles. In particular, a UID secret key data field is generated in the FOB data store using a fleet secret key data field and a vehicle secret key field retrieved from the BCM data store. A wakeup pattern data field stored in the FOB data store is generated with a fleet wakeup pattern date field and a master wakeup pattern data field retrieved from the BCM data store such that an approach wakeup pattern data field stored in the BCM data field is written to an approach wakeup pattern data field in the FOB data store when the remote fob is authenticated with the body control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: DAVID T. PROEFKE, RON Y. ASMAR, THOMAS E. UTTER, AARON P. CREGUER
  • Patent number: 9102299
    Abstract: A driver identification system for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has a driver's side front door. The driver identification system includes at least one remote device, and a control module. The remote device is activated to send an authentication signal. The control module is in selective communication with the at least one remote device. The control module receives a signal indicating that the driver's side front door of the vehicle is opened. The control module includes control logic for sending an inquiry signal if the signal indicating the driver's side front door is opened is received by the control module. The inquiry signal is configured for activating the at least one remote device to send the authentication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke, Roy Y. Asmar, Thomas E. Utter
  • Publication number: 20150077225
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are provided for communications between a vehicle and a remote device using a first vehicle communications module that communicates via a first communication channel. One exemplary method involves transmitting, by a second vehicle communications module via a second communication channel, an indication of an operating state of the first communications module, receiving, by the first communications module via the first communication channel, an acknowledgment responsive to the indication from the remote device, and changing the operating state of the first communications module in response to receiving the acknowledgment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: DAVID T. PROEFKE, AARON P. CREGUER