Patents by Inventor Andrew Niedert

Andrew Niedert 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: 20210318189
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for a load-sensing hitch utilizing a system of strain gauges. An example apparatus includes a hitch including a first support including a first end, a second end, and a mid-portion located between the first end and the second end, the mid-portion having a cross-sectional area smaller than the cross-sectional area of the first end or the cross-sectional area of the second end, a strain gauge located at the mid-portion of the first support, a frame attachment to couple the hitch to a frame of a vehicle, the support coupled to the frame attachment, and a load manager to determine a load condition based on sensor data from the strain gauge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin Stanton Giaier, Bryce Reinert, Andrew Niedert, Joshua Norwood, Jorge Rivas, Peter Kowalow, Rebecca Giaier
  • Patent number: 11097580
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for a modular double pin load sensor coupled to a hitch receiver. An example disclosed apparatus to be coupled to a receiver tube includes a crossbar interface to be coupled to a crossbar of a hitch, a pin adapter coupled to the crossbar interface, a first load-sensing pin disposed within the pin adapter, and a second load-sensing pin disposed within the pin adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Christopher Eric Allard, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Chad Reed, Johannes Gießibl
  • Publication number: 20210256262
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate an augmented environment including a weight indicator for a vehicle. An example disclosed apparatus includes a sensor interface to receive load data associated with a vehicle, and receive live video data from a camera, the live video data including a location of an object in the vehicle, a load mapper to generate a map of loads on the vehicle based on the load data, an object-to-weight correlator to correlate a load of the map of loads with the object, and an augmented reality generator to generate an augmented environment identifying the location of the object and the load correlated with the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Anton Rogness, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Joshua Rajasingh, Andrew Niedert, Elliott Pearson
  • Patent number: 11066081
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to modify vehicle function based on loading conditions. An example apparatus includes a vehicle load condition manager programmed to modify a feature of a vehicle when a load condition of the vehicle satisfies a threshold, wherein at least one of the feature or the threshold is based upon a profile of a user of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Joshua Rajasingh
  • Patent number: 11014609
    Abstract: An assembly includes a suspension link, an arm, an actuator, and a lock. The arm is connected to the suspension link. The arm includes a plurality of holes. The actuator is connected to the arm. The lock includes a pin releasably engageable with the plurality of holes of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Anthony Quatrano, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Jay Bains, Andrew Niedert, Matthew Malenfant
  • Patent number: 11008014
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine vehicle weight information based on ride height are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a weight calculator to determine a relationship between ride height information and weight of a vehicle and a compensation calculator to adjust the relationship based on compensation factors and calculate vehicle weight information for the vehicle based on the adjusted relationship, the compensation factors based on vehicle sensor data. The example apparatus further includes a calculation adjustor to adjust the vehicle weight information calculation of the weight calculator or the compensation calculator based on driver behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Elliot Pearson, Anton Rogness, Andrew Niedert, Joshua Rajasingh
  • Patent number: 10990822
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate an augmented environment including a weight indicator for a vehicle. An example disclosed apparatus includes a sensor interface to receive load data associated with a vehicle, and receive live video data from a camera, the live video data including a location of an object in the vehicle, a load mapper to generate a map of loads on the vehicle based on the load data, an object-to-weight correlator to correlate a load of the map of loads with the object, and an augmented reality generator to generate an augmented environment identifying the location of the object and the load correlated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anton Rogness, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Joshua Rajasingh, Andrew Niedert, Elliott Pearson
  • Patent number: 10933824
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for categorization of vehicle loading and display thereof. An example method includes comparing a summation of first load data and second load data to a threshold, the first or second load data associated with input from a vehicle sensor or a user interface, sorting the first and second load data into one or more categories, each of the categories based on input associated with the first load data or the second load data, the load data including vehicle load data or external vehicle load data, and displaying the sorted load data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Joshua Rajasingh
  • Publication number: 20210053622
    Abstract: An assembly includes a suspension link, an arm, an actuator, and a lock. The arm is connected to the suspension link. The arm includes a plurality of holes. The actuator is connected to the arm. The lock includes a pin releasably engageable with the plurality of holes of the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: NICHOLAS ANTHONY QUATRANO, KEVIN STANTON GIAIER, JAY BAINS, ANDREW NIEDERT, MATTHEW MALENFANT
  • Publication number: 20210053406
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a hitch including multiple pins coupled to an outboard frame are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein include a hitch including a first pin, a second pin parallel to the first pin, a third pin orthogonal to the first pin, and a fourth pin parallel to the third pin, wherein the first pin, the second pin, the third pin and the fourth pin are to couple the hitch to a frame of a vehicle. The example apparatus includes a load manager to determine a load condition based on sensor data from at least one of the first pin, the second pin, the third pin, or the fourth pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Bryce Reinert, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Andrew Niedert, Carl Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20210039457
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a dual reacting, single load sensing element coupled to a hitch receiver are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a hitch configured to be coupled to a vehicle, the hitch including a crossbar, a receiver tube, and a pin housing coupled to the receiver tube. The pin housing includes a first pin including a load sensor, the first pin reacting loads in a first direction and a second direction and a second pin, the second pin reacting loads in the first direction, the first pin and the second pin acting as the only load path between the receiver tube and the crossbar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Elliott Pearson, Anton Rogness
  • Patent number: 10908607
    Abstract: Acceleration data is received for each of a plurality of times t1 . . . tn, from one or more components in a host vehicle. A traffic jam assist (TJA) system is based on the acceleration data, thereby actuating one or more of steering, braking, and propulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rinku Patel, Christopher Melgar, Andrew Niedert, Phil Lenius
  • Patent number: 10899183
    Abstract: Systems and methods for magnetoelastic hitch receiver force detection are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a chassis, a trailer hitch receiver configured to receive a trailer hitch arm along an axis, a first pin having a first magnetic field, the first pin disposed above and perpendicular to the axis, a second pin, the first pin and the second pin coupling the trailer hitch receiver to the chassis and a first sensor configured to detect changes in the first magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Rinku Patel, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Chad Reed, Johannes Gießibl
  • Publication number: 20200384818
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for payload estimation and fault detection using hitch integrated sensors. An example apparatus includes a pin orientation determiner to determine a first orientation of a first pin and a second orientation of a second pin, the first pin and the second pin disposed within a hitch and calculate a relative orientation of the first pin and the second pin based on the first orientation and the second orientation. The example apparatus further includes a hitch condition detector to determine if a physical change has occurred in the hitch by comparing the relative orientation to an installation orientation of the first pin and the second pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Stanton Giaier, Andrew Niedert, Elliott Pearson, Anton Rogness
  • Publication number: 20200317212
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to determine vehicle trailer weight. An example apparatus includes a first sensor disposed on a hitch coupled to a vehicle to measure a first rate of change of a weight of the vehicle. The example apparatus also includes a second sensor disposed on a chassis of the vehicle to measure a second rate of change of the weight of the vehicle. The example apparatus also includes a controller to monitor the first rate of change and the second rate of change to determine if the vehicle is improperly loaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Anton Rogness, Joshua Rajasingh, Andrew Niedert, Elliott Pearson
  • Patent number: 10723383
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed herein that determine a vehicle backup position for launching and loading a boat using trailer hitch load. An example apparatus includes a data analyzer to determine, based on a trailer hitch load of a vehicle coupled to a trailer, a vehicle backup position for launching the boat at which a boat coupled to the trailer is floating on a body of water and an instruction generator to instruct a braking system of the vehicle to stop the vehicle at the vehicle backup position for launching the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth G. Owen, Andrew Niedert, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Peter Simeon Lazarevski
  • Patent number: 10703345
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for automatically calibrating electronic trailer brake gain. An example apparatus includes a trailer brake gain calibrator programmed to modulate a trailer brake gain value based upon a derivative of a trailer hitch force and apply a pressure to a brake of a trailer based on the gain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Joshua Rajasingh
  • Publication number: 20200207294
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for categorization of vehicle loading and display thereof. An example method includes comparing a summation of first load data and second load data to a threshold, the first or second load data associated with input from a vehicle sensor or a user interface, sorting the first and second load data into one or more categories, each of the categories based on input associated with the first load data or the second load data, the load data including vehicle load data or external vehicle load data, and displaying the sorted load data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Joshua Rajasingh
  • Publication number: 20200198422
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for a modular double pin load sensor coupled to a hitch receiver. An example disclosed apparatus to be coupled to a receiver tube includes a crossbar interface to be coupled to a crossbar of a hitch, a pin adapter coupled to the crossbar interface, a first load-sensing pin disposed within the pin adapter, and a second load-sensing pin disposed within the pin adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Christopher Eric Allard, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Kevin Stanton Giaier
  • Publication number: 20200180371
    Abstract: Systems and methods for magnetoelastic hitch receiver force detection are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a chassis, a trailer hitch receiver configured to receive a trailer hitch arm along an axis, a first pin having a first magnetic field, the first pin disposed above and perpendicular to the axis, a second pin, the first pin and the second pin coupling the trailer hitch receiver to the chassis and a first sensor configured to detect changes in the first magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Rinku Patel, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson