Patents by Inventor Alan C. Davis

Alan C. Davis 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: 7680574
    Abstract: An information system for a vehicle includes a computer for handling informational data corresponding to operation of the vehicle. A primary display is connected to the computer in a position to be viewed by a driver of the vehicle for presenting the informational data in multiple, sequential, interactive menu screens. A manual controller mounted on the steering wheel allows input to the computer and manipulation of the primary display through the menu screens. The controller includes a scroll wheel which is oriented so that its rotational axis is parallel to the steering axis. The controller includes a central push button for activating a particular selection highlighted on the primary display. A plurality of category selector buttons operate as mode switches for activating various vehicle system subjects through the information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Berg, Timothy J. Bennett, Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Timothy M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7593792
    Abstract: An information system for a vehicle includes a computer for handling informational data. This information data includes vehicle data corresponding to operation of the vehicle and external data such as internet web pages and email. A primary display is connected to the computer and in a position to be viewed by a driver of the vehicle. A primary input device allows input to the computer and manipulation of the primary display. A plurality of remote communicators are also operatively connected to the computer and movable about the vehicle. Each of the remote communicators includes a secondary display and a secondary input device for sending input to the computer and manipulating the secondary display. The secondary input device is also programmed to control the primary display for manipulating the informational data that is displayed to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Berg, Timothy J. Bennett, Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Timothy M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7407190
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for operating a vehicle packages mechanical components and electrical devices normally found in or around the steering column of the vehicle into a single unit. An on-board processor accepts signals from the electrical devices, which may include motor actuators for steering column adjustments and/or pedal position adjustments. The on-board processor connects to a vehicle communications bus to communicate data received from the electrical devices to various systems throughout the vehicle. The on-board processor also receives data from the various systems. The steering column assembly also includes a display connected to the on-board processor. The display and on-board processor moves with the steering column as it is adjusted for telescope and/or tilt position. The operator receives information about the operation of the vehicle from the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Berg, Timothy J. Bennett, Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Timothy M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7280046
    Abstract: A steering column assembly (18) of the type for controlling one or more steerable wheels in a motor vehicle includes a steering wheel (14) interface secured to the free end of a steering column (20). The steering column assembly (18) includes powered telescope adjust and tilt adjust features which a driver (16) uses to adjust the position of the steering wheel (14) for maximum comfort. One or more condition sensors (48) monitor numerous parameters about the vehicle. When an emergency condition is detected, such as the seat belt warning, a door that is ajar, various engine conditions, or erratic driving activity, a haptic controller (50) rapidly vibrates the steering wheel (14) through the telescoping and tilt adjusting motors (32, 40) as a means of alerting the driver (16) to the emergency condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Berg, Timothy J. Bennett, Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Timothy M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7255366
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for operating a vehicle packages mechanical components and electrical devices normally found in or around the steering column of the vehicle into a single unit. An on-board processor accepts signals from the electrical devices, which may include a steering sensor, an acceleration pedal sensor, a brake pedal sensor, a turn signal switch, a cruise control switch, a windshield wiper switch, etc. The on-board processor connects to a vehicle communications bus to communicate data received from the electrical devices to various systems throughout the vehicle. The on-board processor also receives data from the various systems. The steering column assembly also includes a display connected to the on-board processor. The operator receives information about the operation of the vehicle from the display. All components, including the on-board processor, are operatively connected to a column support, allowing the steering column assembly to be installed as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Frederick J. Berg, Paul E. Balius, Ronald H. Dybalski
  • Patent number: 7185918
    Abstract: A collapsible steering assembly features a steering mechanism and a pedal assemble united and supported together by a support structure as a unitized module for shipping and attachment to a vehicle. The support structure supports the pedal assembly for movement beyond the fully depressed position of one of the pedal therein in response to a predetermined collapse force on the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard K. Riefe, Bruce M. Collier, Richard P. Nash, Minoo J. Shah, Alan C. Davis, Frederick J. Berg, Ronald H. Dybalski
  • Patent number: 7174795
    Abstract: An integrated torque and position sensor is set forth for measuring the relative rotational movement between an input and an output shaft and for measuring the final angle position of the output shaft. The integrated sensor includes a wheel that rotates with the shaft. An incremental sensing mechanism detects the incremental rotation of the shaft. In response to the shaft rotating to a predetermined angle, an actuation mechanism engages the wheel with a change gear for every new revolution in which the shaft passes. A segment sensing mechanism detects the segment in which the shaft is disposed. A method is set forth to calibrate and compensate the electrical outputs generated by the integrated torque and position sensor. The method produces common amplitudes and establishes a common angle with an expected phase angle shift for the electrical outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sainan Feng, Mohammad Islam, Matthew W. Mielke, Christian Ross, Tomy Sebastian, Eric Pattok, Ryan Pavlawk, Samuel El-Nashef, Alan C. Davis, Harley D. Burkhard
  • Patent number: 7128342
    Abstract: A collapsible steering assembly features a guide bracket for attachment to a vehicle. A steering mechanism is interconnected with the guide bracket by a steering mechanism support. A plurality of guide rods are arranged about a common collapse axis and extend in non-parallel relationship to a longitudinal axis of the steering mechanism. The guide rods support the steering mechanism for axial movement along the collapse axis in response to a predetermined collapse force on the steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Frederick J. Berg, Bruce M. Collier, Richard P. Nash, Minoo J. Shah, Jason R. Ridgway, Paul E. Balius
  • Patent number: 7063354
    Abstract: A collapsible steering assembly features a guide bracket for attachment to a vehicle. A steering mechanism is interconnected with the guide bracket by a steering mechanism support. A plurality of guide rods are arranged about a common collapse axis and extend in non-parallel relationship to a longitudinal axis of the steering mechanism. The guide rods support the steering mechanism for axial movement along the collapse axis in response to a predetermined collapse force on the steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard K. Riefe, Bruce M. Collier, Richard P. Nash, Minoo J. Shah, Alan C. Davis, Frederick J. Berg, Ronald H. Dybalski, Jason R. Ridgway, Paul E. Balius
  • Publication number: 20040239090
    Abstract: A collapsible steering assembly features a guide bracket for attachment to a vehicle. A steering mechanism is interconnected with the guide bracket by a steering mechanism support. A plurality of guide rods are arranged about a common collapse axis and extend in non-parallel relationship to a longitudinal axis of the steering mechanism. The guide rods support the steering mechanism for axial movement along the collapse axis in response to a predetermined collapse force on the steering mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Richard K. Riefe, Bruce M. Collier, Richard P. Nash, Minoo J. Shah, Alan C. Davis, Frederick J. Berg, Ronald H. Dybalski, Jason R. Ridgway, Paul E. Balius
  • Publication number: 20040227339
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for operating a vehicle packages mechanical components and electrical devices normally found in or around the steering column of the vehicle into a single unit. An on-board processor accepts signals from the electrical devices, which may include a steering sensor, an acceleration pedal sensor, a brake pedal sensor, a turn signal switch, a cruise control switch, a windshield wiper switch, etc. The on-board processor connects to a vehicle communications bus to communicate data received from the electrical devices to various systems throughout the vehicle. The on-board processor also receives data from the various systems. The steering column assembly also includes a display connected to the on-board processor. The operator receives information about the operation of the vehicle from the display. All components, including the on-board processor, are operatively connected to a column support, allowing the steering column assembly to be installed as a unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Frederick J. Berg, Paul E. Balius, Ronald H. Dybalski
  • Patent number: 3955431
    Abstract: A valve actuator comprising a toggle mechanism and push rod operable to effect opening and closing of the valve by repeatedly pushing the push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1976
    Assignee: Beatrice Foods Company
    Inventors: Alan C. Davis, Domenic Di Persio
  • Patent number: D564974
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Berg, Timothy J. Bennett, Alan C. Davis, Richard K. Riefe, Ronald H. Dybalski, Timothy M. Phillips