Patents by Inventor Allan Lewis

Allan Lewis 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: 10358089
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for triggering a hitch view are provided. The method includes: determining whether a hitch of a vehicle will be coupling with a trailer coupler of a trailer, in response to determining that the hitch of the vehicle will be coupling with the trailer coupler, detecting a position of the trailer coupler, and displaying a view of the trailer coupler corresponding to the detected position of the trailer coupler from among a plurality of views. The method may assist an operator of a vehicle in aligning the vehicle hitch with a trailer coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10354368
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining ground clearance of a structure are provided. The method includes removing reflection points caused by noise from first reflection point information based on temporal persistency and generating second reflection point information, extracting visual features from an image of a camera based on convolutional neural network, projecting the second reflection point information onto the image, generating region proposals based on the projected second reflection point information and the image, the region proposals indicating potential horizontal structures above a path, detecting stationary horizontal structure above a path based on the generated region proposals, and determining distance between ground and the detected stationary horizontal structure based on the projected reflection point information and the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Shuqing Zeng, Allan Lewis
  • Patent number: 10346705
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for trailer recognition are provided. The method includes detecting a face of a trailer in a first and second image, taken at first and second distances respectively, generating a bounding box around the face of the trailer in the first and second images, determining a first and second set of feature points in the bounding boxes of the first and second images, determining a correspondence between the first set of feature points and the second set of feature points and a correspondence between corners of the bounding boxes and estimating at least one dimension of the trailer by performing a least squares analysis to solve for three-dimensional real world coordinates of the first and second set of features points and the corners of the bounding boxes. The method may assist an operator of a vehicle in aligning the vehicle hitch with a trailer coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Shuqing Zeng, Allan Lewis
  • Patent number: 10304210
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a camera are provided. The method includes: detecting at least one edge of fixed object in image received from a camera, determining at least one horizontal midpoint of the at least one edge, calculating a first pixel distance between the determined at least one horizontal midpoint and a pre-stored at least one horizontal midpoint, calculating second pixel distances between a plurality of points on the detected at least one edge of the fixed object and a pre-stored plurality of points of the at least one edge of the fixed object, determining whether to recalibrate the camera based on the first pixel distance and the second pixel distances, and recalibrating the camera if the determining determines to recalibrate the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10293700
    Abstract: A method includes: detecting a position of a moving, wireless charging-capable vehicle which travels over a primary coil of a wireless charging system operable to wirelessly charge the vehicle via a secondary coil installed in the vehicle; controlling the plurality of cross-coil junction units such that electric current flows through one or both of the top coil and the bottom coil in a manner which produces a first angle of magnetic flux for optimally wirelessly charging the vehicle given a position of the primary coil in relation to the detected position of the vehicle; and when a switching time occurs, controlling the plurality of cross-coil junction units to change the flow of electric current through one or both of the top coil and the bottom coil in a manner which produces a second angle of magnetic flux for optimally wirelessly charging the vehicle given the position of the primary coil in relation to an updated position of the vehicle as the vehicle traverses the primary coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bilal Javaid, Allan Lewis, John Robb, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10197104
    Abstract: A constant-velocity joint includes an outer race, inner race, end cap, and seal. The outer race defines a cavity, an opening to the cavity, and a through hole configured to receive a fastener. The inner race is disposed within the cavity and is rotatably connected to the outer race via a plurality of ball bearings. The end cap is secured to the outer race and covers the opening. The seal is disposed between the outer race and the end cap. The seal defines a channel that is in fluid communication with the cavity and the through hole. The channel is configured to vent air between the cavity and through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Peter Nicholas, Bradley W. Doner, Rakesh Sharma, Duane Allan Lewis, Brian John Brown
  • Publication number: 20190035057
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining ground clearance of a structure are provided. The method includes removing reflection points caused by noise from first reflection point information based on temporal persistency and generating second reflection point information, extracting visual features from an image of a camera based on convolutional neural network, projecting the second reflection point information onto the image, generating region proposals based on the projected second reflection point information and the image, the region proposals indicating potential horizontal structures above a path, detecting stationary horizontal structure above a path based on the generated region proposals, and determining distance between ground and the detected stationary horizontal structure based on the projected reflection point information and the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Shuqing Zeng, Allan Lewis
  • Publication number: 20180365509
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for trailer recognition are provided. The method includes detecting a face of a trailer in a first and second image, taken at first and second distances respectively, generating a bounding box around the face of the trailer in the first and second images, determining a first and second set of feature points in the bounding boxes of the first and second images, determining a correspondence between the first set of feature points and the second set of feature points and a correspondence between corners of the bounding boxes and estimating at least one dimension of the trailer by performing a least squares analysis to solve for three-dimensional real world coordinates of the first and second set of features points and the corners of the bounding boxes. The method may assist an operator of a vehicle in aligning the vehicle hitch with a trailer coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Shuqing Zeng, Allan Lewis
  • Patent number: 10150375
    Abstract: A method for pairing a wireless charging system to a vehicle, includes: determining location coordinates of a target position of a vehicle parking space within a parking lot; storing the location coordinates of a center of the parking space; receiving a signal including location coordinates of the vehicle; and determining a location match using the location coordinates of the center of the parking space and the location coordinates of the vehicle to pair the wireless charging system to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Allan Lewis
  • Publication number: 20180342082
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a camera are provided. The method includes: detecting at least one edge of fixed object in image received from a camera, determining at least one horizontal midpoint of the at least one edge, calculating a first pixel distance between the determined at least one horizontal midpoint and a pre-stored at least one horizontal midpoint, calculating second pixel distances between a plurality of points on the detected at least one edge of the fixed object and a pre-stored plurality of points of the at least one edge of the fixed object, determining whether to recalibrate the camera based on the first pixel distance and the second pixel distances, and recalibrating the camera if the determining determines to recalibrate the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10128698
    Abstract: An assembly and method are provided for detecting an object within a wireless charging region of an electric vehicle. The method includes applying by a controller, a voltage to the wireless charging region to generate a capacitance value and measuring by the controller, the capacitance value of an electromagnetic shield disposed on the underside of the vehicle. Further, the controller monitors the capacitance value of the electromagnetic shield; and the controller detects a change in the capacitance value when the object enters the wireless charging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Bilal Javaid
  • Patent number: 10112595
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving, at a host vehicle, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) messages transmitted using V2V communication from one or more remote vehicles; identifying at least one vehicle of the one or more remote vehicles that is ahead of the host vehicle based on information included in the received V2V messages; selecting V2V messages among the received V2V messages that were received from the at least one identified vehicle; and controlling a powertrain system of the host vehicle based on information included in the selected V2V messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Allan Lewis
  • Publication number: 20180281679
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for triggering a hitch view are provided. The method includes: determining whether a hitch of a vehicle will be coupling with a trailer coupler of a trailer, in response to determining that the hitch of the vehicle will be coupling with the trailer coupler, detecting a position of the trailer coupler, and displaying a view of the trailer coupler corresponding to the detected position of the trailer coupler from among a plurality of views. The method may assist an operator of a vehicle in aligning the vehicle hitch with a trailer coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10086715
    Abstract: A method includes detecting that a wireless charging-capable vehicle is in a charging position proximate a primary coil of a wireless charging system that is operable to wirelessly charge the vehicle via a secondary coil installed in the vehicle. The primary coil includes a top coil and a bottom coil that are substantially parallel to one another, the top coil and the bottom coil coupled to one another via a plurality of cross-coil junction units each including a switching element that routes electric current through at least a portion of one or more of the top coil and the bottom coil. The method further includes setting the switching elements such that current flowing through the primary coil produces an optimal angle of magnetic flux for wirelessly charging the vehicle given a position of the primary coil with respect to a position of the secondary coil, and causing electric current to flow through the primary coil according to the set switching elements to wirelessly charge the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Bilal Javaid, John Robb, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10077046
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing a collision with a gate of a vehicle are provided. The method includes: determining whether a hitch in a vehicle bed will be coupling with a trailer; determining whether a gate of the vehicle bed is in a closed position; and performing at least one from among displaying a warning of a potential collision and opening the gate of the vehicle bed, if it is determined that the hitch in the vehicle bed will be coupling with the trailer and the gate of the vehicle bed is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Caroline Chung, Michael Chaney, Jr., Mohammad Naserian
  • Publication number: 20180220082
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for augmenting a rear view display are provided. The method includes detecting a condition for augmenting a rear view display, in response to detecting the condition for augmenting the rear view display, combining a first image of a first camera facing a first area behind a vehicle and a second image of a second camera facing a second area behind a vehicle, and displaying the combined image on the rear view display. The method may be used to augment rear view displays to provide a wider field of view of an area behind a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Publication number: 20180216395
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling movement of a liftgate are provided. The method includes: capturing an image of a pattern on a surface; determining a distance between the liftgate and the surface based on the image of the pattern; and controlling a movement of the liftgate based on the determined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Allan Lewis, Shuqing Zeng
  • Publication number: 20180220081
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for augmenting a rear view display are provided. The method includes: detecting a condition for augmenting a rear view display; and in response to detecting the condition for augmenting the rear view display, receiving a first image from a first camera facing an first area behind a vehicle and displaying the received first image on the rear view display. The method may be used to augment rear view displays to provide an unobstructed view when a view displayed on the rear view display is obstructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Mohammad Naserian, Michael Chaney, JR.
  • Patent number: 10036428
    Abstract: A driveshaft includes a shaft defining a passageway and a constant velocity joint defining an interior and having a cover defining a hole. A grommet is disposed in the hole and defines a fluid passage into the interior. The CV joint is coupled to the shaft such that the shaft is disposed against the grommet with the passageway and the fluid passage in fluid communication to vent air from the interior into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley W. Doner, Chris Peter Nicholas, Duane Allan Lewis, Rakesh Sharma, Brian John Brown
  • Publication number: 20180208187
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing a collision with a gate of a vehicle are provided. The method includes: determining whether a hitch in a vehicle bed will be coupling with a trailer; determining whether a gate of the vehicle bed is in a closed position; and performing at least one from among displaying a warning of a potential collision and opening the gate of the vehicle bed, if it is determined that the hitch in the vehicle bed will be coupling with the trailer and the gate of the vehicle bed is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Allan Lewis, Caroline Chung, Michael Chaney, JR., Mohammad Naserian