Angel A. Penilla 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).
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. One method is providing access to systems of a vehicle from an application. The method includes encoding, by an application, an application programming interface (API) call to the vehicle. The encoding provides for secure communication of the API call to an API subsystem of the vehicle. The API subsystem of the vehicle is configured to decode the encoding. Sending the API call to the vehicle using the encoding. The API call is configured to provide an instruction to obtain information from a subsystem of the vehicle or send an instruction to the subsystem of the vehicle. The sending of the API call to the vehicle is via the application that operates as a third party application that is programmed for communicating with the vehicle via the API call. The method includes receiving, via the third party application, vehicle data sent encoded via the API subsystem of the vehicle responsive to the API call to obtain information.
Abstract: A vehicle configured to communicate with a server of a cloud system to enable access to use the vehicle via one or more electronic keys is provided. The vehicle includes electronics and a subsystem of the vehicle for enabling unlocking of the vehicle. The subsystem is interfaced with the electronics and a subsystem of the vehicle for enabling starting of the vehicle for use of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes communications circuitry that is interfaced with electronics of the vehicle. The communications circuitry is programmable to communicate with the server of the cloud system and communicate with a mobile device. The communications circuitry of the vehicle is configured to receive a request from the mobile device for unlocking of the vehicle. The request from the mobile device includes a unique access code obtained by the mobile device from the server to enable sending the request to the vehicle. The unique access code is associated with privileges for use of the vehicle.
Abstract: Methods, systems, charge units, computer readable media, and combinations thereof are provided. One example method includes receiving data, at a server, indicative that a user account has accessed a charging unit for charging an electric vehicle. The charging unit has an indicator that identifies an active charging status while the electric vehicle is connected to the charging unit for charging a battery of the electric vehicle using the charging unit. The charging unit is configured to identify a complete charging status when the electric vehicle is finished charging said battery using the charging unit. The method includes receiving data, at the server, indicative of a status of charge of the electric vehicle during the charging. Sending a notification to a device having access to the user account, regarding said status of charge during the charging of the electric vehicle.
Abstract: A method for operating an aspect of a vehicle is provided. One example method includes providing an option for setting operations modes of the vehicle via display screen of the vehicle. The operational modes including a restricted use mode that is settable using credentials associated with a user account. The user account has the vehicle pre-associated to a user profile associated with the user account. The method includes receiving selection of the restricted use mode, the selection sets the vehicle to be operation without credentials associated with the user account. The restricted use mode includes limits that restrict access to a plurality of vehicle inputs and restricts access to a geographical zone. The method includes monitoring use data of the vehicle while in the restricted use mode. The use data is communicated to a server of a connected services provider. The use data including one or more violations detected during use of the vehicle in the restricted user mode.
Abstract: Systems and methods of a vehicle for sharing vehicle controls are provided. One example method includes sharing vehicle system control of a vehicle with a passenger. The vehicle has an on-board computer and communications circuitry integrated with the on-board computer. The communications circuitry is configured to interface with a wireless network for accessing the Internet. The on-board computer is configured to enable the communications circuitry to provide a wireless connection to portable devices that enter and pair with the vehicle. The on-board computer is interfaced with one or more vehicle systems. The method includes providing a portable device access to at least one graphical user interface via the wireless connection. The graphical user interface includes input options that enable control of settings or functions of one or more of said vehicle systems.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. One example method is for interfacing a mobile device with a vehicle. The method includes providing a connection to the Internet for the vehicle via wireless connection circuitry associated with an on-board computer of the vehicle. The connection used to communicate with a server of a cloud service provider for the vehicle. The cloud service provider is configured to manage user accounts to enable one or more vehicles to connect with the cloud service provider. A user account is assigned to a user and the user account is associated with custom settings of the user. The method includes enabling communication, by the on-board computer, with a mobile device proximate to the vehicle. The communication provides for pairing the mobile device with the on-board computer using credentials saved by the on-board computer from a previous paring or pairing the mobile device with the on-board computer via a pairing routine processed between the on-board computer and the mobile device.
Abstract: A computer implemented method is provided. The method includes detecting, by a computer of a charging unit (CU), a connection of a charging connector of the CU to a vehicle charge port of an electric vehicle (EV). The detecting of the connection includes processing a data exchange between electronics of the EV and the computer of the CU. The method includes receiving, by the computer of the CU, charge status of the EV while the charging connector is connected to the CU. The received charge status of the EV changes as charge is provided from the CU to a battery of the EV. The method includes sending a notification by server to a user account that was used to obtain charge for the EV at the CU. The notification provides data for a graphical user interface that shows the charge status of the EV.
Abstract: A cloud system that includes one or more servers for communicating with vehicles and processing information received from vehicles and processing information sent to vehicles is disclosed. One method includes receiving data from a computing device associated with a vehicle. The data is for a user account, and the data is received over one or more sessions. The user account has a user profile with a plurality of settings and metadata captured from use of the vehicle. Processing, by a learning engine, the metadata captured from use of the vehicle during the one or more sessions of use of the vehicle to identify learned patterns sensed from the vehicle. Sending a recommendation to the user account associated with the vehicle. The recommendation is based in part on the learned patterns from the vehicle. The recommendation is configured to identify a setting or action for the vehicle.
Abstract: Methods and vehicle interfaces are provided. One example method includes receiving, by a cloud processing service, data from a vehicle over a wireless network. The data includes information usable to identify a user account. The user account is accessible by one or more processing entities of the cloud processing service to identify a profile of a user. The profile of the user includes preferences of the user for the vehicle and learned behavior data of the user for the vehicle. Confirming, by one or more of said process entities, an identity of the user. Identifying, by one or more of said process entities, the preferences of the user responsive to confirming said identity of the user. Sending, by one or more of said process entities, the preferences of the user for the vehicle to electronics of the vehicle. The preferences including an assignment of control functions and associated display interface data to be rendered on display screen of a plurality of dials of a control interface of the vehicle.
Abstract: A method and system for diagnosing and providing access to a vehicle for servicing the vehicle are provided. One method is provided for accessing the vehicle for servicing the vehicle. The method includes receiving, by a server, vehicle data that is used for diagnostics of the vehicle. Recommending, via the server, a service job needed for the vehicle based on the diagnostics. Receiving, by the server, approval from a user account associated with the vehicle to process the service job on the vehicle. The approval includes approval of a service provider to perform the service job on the vehicle. Generating an electronic key by the server for the vehicle for performing the service job on the vehicle by the service provider. The electronic key has a set of restrictions that limit types of access and use of the vehicle for when the service provider performs the service job on the vehicle. The method then includes sending the electronic key to the service provider.
Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating with a server of a cloud system used to interface with vehicles are provided. One method includes receiving, by the server, a request from electronics of a vehicle to automatically access a profile for a user account. The request includes biometric data captured of a user for use of a vehicle. Processing, by the server, at least part of the biometric data to verify the user against the profile. The profile having a plurality of settings of the user for the vehicle, and at least part of the settings for the profile are stored on storage accessible to the cloud services system. Transferring, by the server, upon verification of the user using at least part of the biometrics, one or more settings of the plurality of settings to the vehicle. The transferring is configured to automatically instruct said electronics of the vehicle to apply said one or more settings to the vehicle for customizing said one or more settings on the vehicle while the user is verified.
Abstract: A method for navigating a vehicle automatically from a current location to a destination location without a human operator is disclosed. The method includes identifying a vehicle location using global positioning system (GPS) data regarding the vehicle. Also included is identifying that the vehicle location is near or at a parking location. Then, using mapping data defined for the parking location. The mapping data at least in part is used to find a path at the parking location to avoid a collision of the vehicle with at least one physical structure when the vehicle is automatically moved at the parking location. The method includes instructing the electronics of the vehicle to proceed with controlling the vehicle to automatically move from the current location to the destination location at the parking location. The electronics use as input at least part of the mapping data and sensor data collected from around the vehicle by at least two vehicle sensors.
Abstract: A vehicle having logic for processing a valet mode of the vehicle. An example of the vehicle includes a display screen of the vehicle. The display screen is configured to render information regarding operational modes of the vehicle, where one of the operational modes includes a valet mode. The vehicle includes an on-board computer including a processor for enabling the valet mode in response to input instructions received during a privileged access for a user account to enable the valet mode. The valet mode is configured to set restrictions upon systems and operation of the vehicle. The systems of the vehicle including functional inputs of the vehicle and the operation of the vehicle including at least a speed restriction. The processor is further configured to cause a notification to be rendered on the display screen to indicate that a recording of use of the vehicle will be made while the vehicle is in the valet mode.
Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for a vehicle and for associated methods for handling contact detection of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a computer and a communications system. The communications system is configured to provide the computer of the vehicle with wireless communication with a cloud services system that includes a database that stores a user account that identifies the vehicles as registered with the cloud services system. The user account identifies settings for the vehicle and information for notifying a user of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a plurality of sensors associated to sides of the vehicle, such that contact with a specific side of the vehicle is identified using a sensor of the plurality of sensors. The vehicle further includes a plurality of cameras integrated in the vehicle to enable capturing of image data of an area around the vehicle.
Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for managing personal security of a user of a vehicle. The vehicle has a plurality of active sensors. The active sensors include one or more of a first type of sensors that collect data and one or more of a second type of sensors that produce actions. The method includes receiving a first remote request at the vehicle to activate a first level of security. The first remote request is an override signal to actively inform said vehicle to set said first level of security for approaching said vehicle by said user. The method includes recording an area proximate to the vehicle using one of said first type of sensors and illuminating said area proximate to the vehicle using one of said second type of sensors in response to activating the first level of security and the recording producing a media file. The method includes transmitting the media file to Internet storage associated with an account of the user of the vehicle.
Abstract: Systems of a vehicle for sharing vehicle controls are provided. One example system includes an on-board computer that is part of the vehicle and communications circuitry of the vehicle usable by the on-board computer. The communications circuitry is configured to make connections with a wireless network for accessing a server. The on-board computer is configured to execute instructions for enabling portable devices that enter the vehicle to make a wireless connection with the vehicle. Vehicle electronics are interfaced with one or more vehicle systems and the on-board computer. The on-board computer is configured to provide access to at least one graphical user interface viewable via the portable device using the wireless connection. The at least one graphical user interface includes input options that enable control for features of said vehicle systems of the vehicle. A location for the portable device within the vehicle is identified.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided, for sharing mobile device applications with a vehicle computer. One example method includes detecting a mobile device present in a vehicle, by a vehicle computer of the vehicle and generating a user interface on a display screen of the vehicle, as instructed by the vehicle computer. The method further includes identifying by the vehicle computer, a plurality of native applications of the vehicle for the user interface and identifying a plurality of mobile device applications from the mobile device for the user interface, while the mobile devices is present in the vehicle. The method enables system controls, using the vehicle computer, to enable access to the plurality of native applications and the plurality of mobile device applications, the system controls including one or more of button inputs of the vehicle, touch screen inputs via the user interface of the display screen of the vehicle, and voice input via microphones of the vehicle.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. One method includes receiving a request, at a server, to establish an advisor account for a vehicle associated with a user account. The request identifies a service entity and a vehicle service to be assigned to the service entity. The service entity is configured to receive said diagnostics data of the vehicle. The advisor account is associated to the service entity. Programming data is sent to the vehicle for use by a computer of the vehicle to identify select diagnostics data that relates to the vehicle service and to make accessible said select diagnostics data to the advisor account. The advisor account is made accessible to the service entity subsequent to establishing of the advisor account. The server receives select diagnostics data from the vehicle regarding the vehicle service, and the select diagnostics data is accessible for viewing and/or processing by a device of the service entity.
Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and servers for processing collision avoidance feedback to vehicles using vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication, are provided. One method includes detecting proximity separation between a first vehicle and a second vehicle (e.g., and other vehicles within the proximity separation). At least one of the sensors of the first vehicle or the second vehicle determines that a proximity separation is less than a threshold distance. A pairing algorithm is triggered between electronics of the first and second vehicle to enable direct communication for data exchange between the first and second vehicles. The method includes triggering a warning to one or both of the first and second vehicles if the data exchange determines that a probability exists that a heading of the first or second vehicles will result in a collision between the first and second vehicles.
Abstract: An electric vehicle having an electric motor is provided. The electric vehicle having a receptacle slot integrated in the electric vehicle. The receptacle slot provides an electrical connection for providing power to the electric motor. A battery having an elongated form factor, where a first end of the elongated form factor includes a handle and a second end of the elongated form factor includes a connection for interfacing with the electrical connection of the receptacle slot of the vehicle, when the battery is slid into the receptacle slot for electrical engagement. The battery is configured to store and supply charge to power the electric motor of the electric vehicle and the battery is replaceable by sliding the battery out of the receptacle slot and sliding in another battery into the receptacle slot to further supply charge to power the electric motor of the electric vehicle with said another battery.