Patents by Inventor AKRAM M. ABDEL-RAHMAN

AKRAM M. ABDEL-RAHMAN 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).

  • Publication number: 20200406820
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes a housing. The assembly additionally includes a reflective body secured to the housing and having a rigid portion and a flexible portion. The assembly also includes an actuator operably coupled to the flexible portion. The actuator is configured to move the flexible portion between a first curvature relative to the rigid portion and a second curvature relative to the rigid portion. The assembly further includes a controller in communication with the actuator. The controller is configured to, in response to an operating condition being satisfied, control the actuator to move the flexible portion from the first curvature to the second curvature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Alaeddin Bani Milhim, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Charles R. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20200391562
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a trailer includes a detection device configured to monitor a connection between a coupler attached to the trailer and a trailer hitch attached to a vehicle and generate data related to the connection, and a processing device configured to receive the data from the detection device, and analyze the data to detect whether a partial detachment condition is present. Based on detecting the partial detachment condition, the processing device is configured to generate a notification to a driver to alert the driver of the partial detachment condition and/or control operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Shiv G. Patel, Ephraim C. Yuen, Kibrom Yohannes
  • Patent number: 10800412
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes at least one actuator configured to control vehicle steering, at least one sensor configured to detect a profile of a driving surface proximate the vehicle, and at least one controller in communication with the actuator and the sensor. The controller is configured to identify a plurality of potential paths within a driveable lane, determine at least one road profile parameter for each respective potential path, identify a desired path based on a comparison of the respective road profile parameters for the plurality of potential paths, and control the actuator to steer the vehicle according to the desired path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Roddi L. MacInnes, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Rana M. Dastgir, Paul R Williams
  • Publication number: 20200114912
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes at least one actuator configured to control vehicle steering, at least one sensor configured to detect a profile of a driving surface proximate the vehicle, and at least one controller in communication with the actuator and the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Roddi L. MacInnes, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Rana M. Dastgir, Paul R Williams
  • Publication number: 20190322317
    Abstract: A hitch angle module determines a hitch angle based on an input from at least one of a vehicle rear camera and a hitch angle sensor. The hitch angle is an angle between a longitudinal centerline of a trailer and a longitudinal centerline of a vehicle. A trailer load sensor measures a load on a trailer hitch of the vehicle. A trailer wheel speed sensor measures a wheel speed of the trailer. A trailer dimension module determines at least one of a width of the trailer, a mass of the trailer, a drawbar length of the trailer, a height of the trailer, and a trailer hitching length of the vehicle based on at least one of the hitch angle, the trailer load, and the trailer wheel speed. The trailer hitching length is a distance from a rear axle of the vehicle to a distal end of the trailer hitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sepehr POURREZAEI KHALIGH, Hasan Alper HEPGUVENDIK, Akram M. ABDEL-RAHMAN, Azadeh FARAZANDEH, Sanjay K. SHAKYAVER
  • Publication number: 20190276078
    Abstract: A vehicle, system and method for steering a trailer attached to a vehicle via a hitch along a selected path. A display of the vehicle shows a view behind the trailer. A processor projects a predicted path of the trailer and an instantaneous path of the trailer onto the display. The predicted path is affected by a steering angle at the vehicle and a hitch angle and the instantaneous path is affected by the hitch angle. A steering system is used to change the steering angle at the vehicle to adjust the predicted path, wherein an effect of the predicted path on the instantaneous path brings the instantaneous path of the trailer into alignment with the selected path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Sepehr Pourrezaei Khaligh, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman
  • Patent number: 10384675
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically controlling a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes an actuator configured to control one or more vehicle driving characteristics, at least one vehicle sensor configured to measure a vehicle characteristic, a remote assistant in communication with the vehicle, and a controller in communication with the actuator, the at least one vehicle sensor, and the remote assistant, the controller being programmed with an automated driving system control algorithm and configured to determine whether a failsafe condition has occurred based on sensor data from the at least one vehicle sensor, receive a control signal from the remote assistant, and automatically control the actuator based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Alarcon, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Grant L. Meade, Sigrid C. Wagner, Jeremy A. Salinger
  • Patent number: 10380897
    Abstract: A vehicle system to assist a driver during a potential passing event of a passing vehicle includes a transceiver and a display. A passing assist module in communication with the transceiver and the display is configured to cause the transceiver to establish a wireless connection with a remote transceiver of a target vehicle and to receive a remote video signal from a camera and the remote transceiver associated with the target vehicle and cause the display of the passing vehicle to output at least one of a video signal and an image based on the remote video signal from the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shiv G. Patel, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Ephraim C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 10230877
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a sensor unit, a body, a camera, a display, and a controller. The sensor unit obtains sensor data pertaining to conditions pertaining to the vehicle. The camera is mounted on the body, and includes a lens. The display is disposed within the body, and provides images from the camera. The controller is configured to at least facilitate rotating the lens, based at least in part on the one or more conditions, between a first position and a second position. When in the first position, the lens has a first focal length, resulting in images for the display with a first field of view. When in the second position, the lens has a second focal length that is shorter than the first focal length, resulting in images for the display with a second field of view that is wider than the first field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ephraim C. Yuen, Shiv G. Patel, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman
  • Patent number: 10218753
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for transmitting video data from a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment, a vehicle processor receives a video transmission command that has been generated in response to a user selection of a video transmission input device, and the vehicle processor transmits video data captured by one or more vehicle cameras in response to the received video transmission command, wherein transmission of video data is at least partly over a telecommunications network to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Baker, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Mohannad Murad, Gerard R. Kreiner, Joseph Machak, Daniel C. McGarry, Samer Zakhem, Matt C. Videtich
  • Patent number: 10195994
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automation of a side mirror of a vehicle. In one example, a side mirror is disposed on a side of the vehicle, and a camera is mounted on the side mirror. A processor is configured to at least facilitate determining whether a condition has been satisfied with respect to a vehicle having a side mirror, and providing instructions for automatic movement of the side mirror from a first position to a second position, when it is determined that the condition has been satisfied. An actuator is coupled to the processor, and is configured to move the side mirror from the first position to the second position based on the instructions provided by the processor when it is determined that the condition has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Mohannad Murad
  • Patent number: 10173722
    Abstract: A system according to the present disclosure includes an estimated hitch angle module, a measured hitch angle module, a corrected hitch angle module, and at least one of a driver assist module and an actuator control module. The estimated hitch angle module estimates a hitch angle, which is an angle between a longitudinal axis of a vehicle and a longitudinal axis of a trailer that is attached to the vehicle. The measured hitch angle module determines a measured hitch angle based on an input from a sensor. The corrected hitch angle module determines a corrected hitch angle based on the estimated and measured hitch angles. The driver assist module controls a user interface device to assist a driver of the vehicle based on the corrected hitch angle. The actuator control module controls an actuator of at least one of the vehicle and the trailer based on the corrected hitch angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sepehr Pourrezaei Khaligh, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Anston Emmanuel, Grant L. Meade
  • Publication number: 20180290594
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automation of a side mirror of a vehicle. In one example, a side mirror is disposed on a side of the vehicle, and a camera is mounted on the side mirror. A processor is configured to at least facilitate determining whether a condition has been satisfied with respect to a vehicle having a side mirror, and providing instructions for automatic movement of the side mirror from a first position to a second position, when it is determined that the condition has been satisfied. An actuator is coupled to the processor, and is configured to move the side mirror from the first position to the second position based on the instructions provided by the processor when it is determined that the condition has been satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: AKRAM M. ABDEL-RAHMAN, MOHANNAD MURAD
  • Publication number: 20180127024
    Abstract: A system according to the present disclosure includes an estimated hitch angle module, a measured hitch angle module, a corrected hitch angle module, and at least one of a driver assist module and an actuator control module. The estimated hitch angle module estimates a hitch angle, which is an angle between a longitudinal axis of a vehicle and a longitudinal axis of a trailer that is attached to the vehicle. The measured hitch angle module determines a measured hitch angle based on an input from a sensor. The corrected hitch angle module determines a corrected hitch angle based on the estimated and measured hitch angles. The driver assist module controls a user interface device to assist a driver of the vehicle based on the corrected hitch angle. The actuator control module controls an actuator of at least one of the vehicle and the trailer based on the corrected hitch angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Sepehr POURREZAEI KHALIGH, Akram M. ABDEL-RAHMAN, Anston EMMANUEL, Grent L. MEADE
  • Publication number: 20180115687
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a sensor unit, a body, a camera, a display, and a controller. The sensor unit obtains sensor data pertaining to conditions pertaining to the vehicle. The camera is mounted on the body, and includes a lens. The display is disposed within the body, and provides images from the camera. The controller is configured to at least facilitate rotating the lens, based at least in part on the one or more conditions, between a first position and a second position. When in the first position, the lens has a first focal length, resulting in images for the display with a first field of view. When in the second position, the lens has a second focal length that is shorter than the first focal length, resulting in images for the display with a second field of view that is wider than the first field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: EPHRAIM C. YUEN, SHIV G. PATEL, AKRAM M. ABDEL-RAHMAN
  • Publication number: 20180105165
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically controlling a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes an actuator configured to control one or more vehicle driving characteristics, at least one vehicle sensor configured to measure a vehicle characteristic, a remote assistant in communication with the vehicle, and a controller in communication with the actuator, the at least one vehicle sensor, and the remote assistant, the controller being programmed with an automated driving system control algorithm and configured to determine whether a failsafe condition has occurred based on sensor data from the at least one vehicle sensor, receive a control signal from the remote assistant, and automatically control the actuator based on the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Michael D. Alarcon, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Grant L. Meade, Siqrid C. Wagner, Jeremy A. Salinger
  • Patent number: 9904146
    Abstract: A product may include a lens and a shade. A field of view may be defined through the lens. An actuator may selectively position the shade within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: gm global technology operations llc
    Inventors: Ephraim C. Yuen, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Shiv G. Patel
  • Patent number: 9902355
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for transmitting video data associated with a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment, a vehicle processor determines a vehicle safety event based on one or more safety sensors, activates one or more vehicle cameras that capture video data in response to the determined vehicle safety event, records the video data in a vehicle data storage device, and, if the vehicle processor determines that a suitable connection to a telecommunications network is available when the video data is being captured, then transmits the video data over the telecommunications network in substantially real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Baker, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Mohannad Murad, Gerard R. Kreiner, Joseph Machak, Daniel C McGarry, Samer Zakhem, Matt C Videtich
  • Publication number: 20170349213
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes an expected trajectory module and an electronic display. The expected trajectory module determines an expected forward drive trajectory of a vehicle and determines an expected forward drive trajectory of a trailer being towed by the vehicle. The electronic display displays the expected forward drive trajectories of the vehicle and the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Akram M. ABDEL-RAHMAN, Ephraim C. YUEN, Grant L. MEADE, Caroline CHUNG, Sepehr Pourrezaei Khaligh
  • Publication number: 20170346878
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for transmitting video data from a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment, a vehicle processor receives a video transmission command that has been generated in response to a user selection of a video transmission input device, and the vehicle processor transmits video data captured by one or more vehicle cameras in response to the received video transmission command, wherein transmission of video data is at least partly over a telecommunications network to a remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: CHARLES R. BAKER, AKRAM M. ABDEL-RAHMAN, MOHANNAD MURAD, GERARD R. KREINER, JOSEPH MACHAK, DANIEL C. MCGARRY, SAMER ZAKHEM, MATT C. VIDETICH