Patents by Inventor Andrew Denis Lewandowski

Andrew Denis Lewandowski 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: 20240067179
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a front axle having left and right front wheels and a rear axle having left and right rear wheels. A steering-wheel assembly is used to control at least the front wheels. Left and right driver-actuatable inputs are supported by the steering wheel assembly. A vehicle controller is programmed to, responsive to actuation of the driver-actuatable inputs, place the vehicle in one or more operating modes such as tank turn, trail turn assist, or diagonal driving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2022
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Lars Niklas Pettersson, Lorne Forsythe, Jordan Barrett
  • Publication number: 20240059284
    Abstract: A vehicle can operate on a roadway for which a default lane is defined. Upon determining that the vehicle is currently operating on the roadway for which the default lane is defined, a lane override command to select a target lane other than the default lane can be determined based on prior lane selections in the vehicle. A vehicle component can be actuated based on the target lane override command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Brendan Francis Diamond, Jordan Barrett, Keith Weston, Anthony Maraldo
  • Publication number: 20240043063
    Abstract: Orientations of a vehicle with an attached trailer can be specified for obtaining respective images of the trailer. Respective images of the trailer captured by a vehicle camera at the specified orientations can then be received. The images can be input to a machine learning program trained to output trailer size metrics. The vehicle can then be controlled according to the trailer size metrics output from the machine learning program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2022
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Keith Weston
  • Publication number: 20240034407
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for automatically detecting internally blocked rear and side view mirrors. An example method to detect an obstruction may include detecting via sensors in the vehicle an obstruction preventing a driver from viewing a region of interest associated with a mirror, determining a permanence associated with the obstruction, and switching to a camera mode in lieu of the mirror when the obstruction has a permanence beyond a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Patent number: 11881108
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for virtual parking lot space allocation. An example method may include receiving, by a processor and from a first vehicle, sensor data relating to a first location. The example method may also include generating, by the processor and based on the sensor data, a first virtual parking space of a virtual parking location within the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11845431
    Abstract: Terrain characteristics of an off-road area are determined based on a map. The terrain characteristics include a terrain type, a terrain grade, and a presence or an absence of an obstacle. Vehicle characteristics are determined including a ground clearance and a breakover angle. Based on a user level, vehicle parameters for the off-road area are determined based on the terrain characteristics, the vehicle characteristics, and the user input. The vehicle parameters include a speed and a transmission gear. The vehicle parameters for the off-road area are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Brendan F. Diamond, Jordan Barrett, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Publication number: 20230398978
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an off-road feature of a vehicle includes determining that the vehicle is in an off-road area based upon a location of the vehicle and sensed terrain characteristics at the location. Upon determining that the vehicle is in the off-road area, the vehicle monitors parameters for enablement of the off-road feature of the vehicle. The off-road feature is enabled in response to the parameters being within a predetermined range based upon a number of transitions between an enabled state and a disabled state within a predetermined time being less than a transition threshold. Parameter monitoring for enablement of the off-road feature is ceased upon determining that the vehicle has moved from the off-road area to an on-road area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan McNees
  • Publication number: 20230398988
    Abstract: A system and method to a vehicle control assist system of a vehicle to an operator of the vehicle includes: retrieving stored driver assistance settings of an identified operator for the vehicle control assist system of the vehicle; collecting operating behavior data about the identified operator during vehicle operation; and selecting a driver assistance setting of a vehicle control assist system based on inputting the operating behavior data of the identified operator to a machine learning program that has been trained with operating behavior data of a plurality of other operators collected during operation of a plurality of respective vehicles, wherein metadata about the other operators have values in common with the metadata of the identified operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Brendan Francis Diamond
  • Publication number: 20230400318
    Abstract: A system examines a current route to determine if one or more instances of off-road travel exist providing an alternative path for reaching a route destination. The system determines that characteristics of a vehicle meet parameters associated with at least one of the instances of off-road travel. Also, the system, responsive to the determining that the characteristics meet the parameters, provides a driver with indication of an alternative route across the instance of off-road travel, including any payment necessary to use the instance of off-road travel. The system, responsive to driver selection of the instance of off-road travel, negotiates payment for usage of the instance of off-road travel and, responsive to negotiating payment, changes the current route to include the instance of off-road travel. The system also provides digital permissions for the vehicle to travel on the instance of off-road travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Inventors: Anthony Maraldo, Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski
  • Patent number: 11840241
    Abstract: A system and method for providing calibration data for driver assist systems based on a changed ride height includes receiving sensor data from at least one of a camera, RADAR sensor, ultrasonic sensor, and/or LiDAR sensor of the vehicle, determining that a ride height of the vehicle has changed based on the sensor data, retrieving calibration data for at least one driver assist system based upon the changed ride height; and operating the at least one driver assist system using the retrieved calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Keith Weston, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Matthew Johnson
  • Publication number: 20230391338
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to determine that a vehicle is attempting to enter an area designated for off-road travel. The processors are also configured to access use-restrictions stored in a database and associated with the area, the use-restrictions defining at least one vehicle constraint required for the vehicle to travel over one or more locations that are part of the area, the use restrictions defining at least one of vehicle control limiting or vehicle weight maximums. The processors are further configured to determine whether the vehicle meets the use-restrictions based on an assessment of vehicle characteristics compared to the use-restrictions and responsive to determining that the vehicle meets the restrictions, providing the vehicle with a digital access pass to the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Michael Alan McNees, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett
  • Publication number: 20230373478
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to receive an input indicating a destination; determine a route for a vehicle from a current location of the vehicle to the destination; activate a navigation feature to output guidance instructing an operator to follow the route; and, in response to the navigation feature being active for the route, prompt the operator to activate a driver-assist feature of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Keith Weston, Anthony Maraldo
  • Publication number: 20230373504
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a vehicle to mitigate vision obstructions includes collecting data on potential vision obstructions in a sightline of an operator of a vehicle, determining, based on the data, that a vision obstruction has occurred or is about to occur, and actuating a corrective measure in the vehicle. Collected data may include camera data from inside the vehicle and estimated environmental conditions, and the collected data may be used to disable the ADAS based on a detected or impending vision obstruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan Francis Diamond, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, David Michael Russell, Lars Niklas Pettersson
  • Publication number: 20230373486
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, in response to a vehicle towing a trailer being in reverse, determine a relative orientation of the trailer to the vehicle; while the vehicle is in reverse, in response to the relative orientation exceeding a threshold, brake the vehicle; and then, upon receiving an operator input, permit the vehicle to travel in reverse with the relative orientation exceeding the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Publication number: 20230373479
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to determine that a vehicle is carrying a load; in response to an activation of an adaptive cruise control while the vehicle is carrying the load, operate the adaptive cruise control according to a set of parameters, the parameters being based on the load; while the adaptive cruise control is inactive and the vehicle is carrying the load, determine an expected operation of the adaptive cruise control, the expected operation being how the adaptive cruise control would operate according to the set of the parameters if active; and adjust at least one of the parameters based on a comparison of the expected operation with an actual operation performed by an operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Keith Weston
  • Patent number: 11813982
    Abstract: A target vehicle can be identified for sound recording. A microphone on the host vehicle is activated to record sounds emanating from the target vehicle. A host vehicle assist feature is operated to maintain a sound recording proximity to the target vehicle. Then the sounds emanating from the target vehicle are recorded while the host vehicle is within the sound recording proximity of the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Jennifer Bloedow
  • Publication number: 20230356707
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle having an electrically powered trailer towed thereto. The vehicle has a vehicle powertrain, and the trailer has a trailer powertrain. A controller, in order to propel the vehicle with the trailer towed thereto, operates the vehicle powertrain and the trailer powertrain according to a combined efficiency map based on (i) an efficiency map associated with the vehicle powertrain and (ii) an efficiency map associated with the trailer powertrain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, David Guglielmo, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Shehan Haputhanthri, Brendan F. Diamond
  • Publication number: 20230339369
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for automatic adjustment of a seat in a vehicle. In an example method, a processor may evaluate a detector signal to determine an occupancy status of a second seat located behind a first seat in a vehicle. The processor may then execute a seat movement operation of the first seat based on the occupancy status of the second seat. The seat movement operation may involve either moving the first seat backwards over a first distance based on the second seat being unoccupied or moving the first seat backwards over a second distance that is smaller than the first distance based on the second seat being occupied. The first seat may be moved backwards at either a first speed of movement or a second speed of movement based on factors such as an available separation distance between the first seat and the second seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan Diamond, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Andrew Denis Lewandowski
  • Publication number: 20230339455
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control stability of a vehicle and trailer are disclosed. An example apparatus to control stability of a vehicle and trailer includes stability monitoring circuitry to determine, based on sensor data from one or more sensors of the vehicle, whether a vehicle stability condition associated with the vehicle is satisfied, and stability control circuitry to, in response to the vehicle stability condition not being satisfied, adjust a load distribution on front wheels and rear wheels of the vehicle by adjusting a vehicle pitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Matthew Johnson, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Brendan Diamond
  • Publication number: 20230325168
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for connected vehicle enhancements. An example method may include causing to present, based on a first factor, an offer to install a first software update to a vehicle for a first period of time. The example method may also include receiving a request to install the first software update for the first period of time. The example method may also include causing to install the first software update on the vehicle at a first time. The example method may also include causing to disable, based on a determination that the first period of time has elapsed, the first software update on the vehicle. The example method may also include receiving a request to permanently install the software update on the vehicle. The example method may also include causing to permanently install the first software update on the vehicle at a second time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett