Patents by Inventor Brian K. Lickfelt

Brian K. Lickfelt 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: 11080952
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method also include determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle and determining if the portable device is located outside of at least one door area zone of the vehicle, wherein the at least one door area zone of the vehicle includes a space that is occupied by the at least one vehicle door. The system and method supplying an amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to open or close the at least one vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10855113
    Abstract: A keyless entry device and method for powering the keyless entry system, such as a key fob, are disclosed. The keyless entry device has a charging battery, a rechargeable battery, at least one long range function button for a long range function, and at least one short range function button for a short range function. The method includes charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery, wherein the rechargeable battery has a larger burst current delivery capacity than the charging battery. The method further includes sending a short range transmission from the keyless entry device using at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one short range function button is actuated, sending a long range transmission from the keyless entry device at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one long range function button is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Continental
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kentaro Yoshimura, Michael Spannbauer, Dirk Groeger, Ulrich Stetter
  • Patent number: 10851578
    Abstract: A system and method for determining at least one zone associated with automatic control of a barrier that include determining a traveling direction of a vehicle with respect to the barrier. The system and method also include determining at least one dynamic status zone associated with the barrier based on the traveling direction of the vehicle. The system and method additionally include determining at least one barrier control zone associated with the barrier based on the at least one dynamic status zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10815717
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method also include determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle. The system and method further include supplying an amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to open or close the at least one vehicle door if it is determined that the portable device is stationary for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10740993
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include receiving at least one polling response signal that is sent by a portable device and analyzing the at least one polling response signal to determine a signal strength of the at least one polling response signal. The system and method additionally include determining if the portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle based on a comparison of the signal strength of the at least one polling response signal to at least one local area threshold value that is specifically associated with at least one transceiver of the vehicle that receives the at least one polling response signal with a highest signal strength and determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10557299
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier that include determining at least one zone associated with the barrier. The system and method also include determining a current state of the barrier. The system and method additionally include sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on remotely controlling the movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Publication number: 20200021141
    Abstract: A keyless entry device and method for powering the keyless entry system, such as a key fob, are disclosed. The keyless entry device has a charging battery, a rechargeable battery, at least one long range function button for a long range function, and at least one short range function button for a short range function. The method includes charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery, wherein the rechargeable battery has a larger burst current delivery capacity than the charging battery. The method further includes sending a short range transmission from the keyless entry device using at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one short range function button is actuated, sending a long range transmission from the keyless entry device at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one long range function button is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kentaro Yoshimura, Michael Spannbauer, Dirk Groeger, Ulrich Stetter
  • Patent number: 10515499
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located outside of at least one door area zone and determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within at least one local area polling zone. The system and method also include supplying a first amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to initiate powered closure of the at least one vehicle door. The system and method further include determining if the portable device is being moved towards and is located at a predetermined distance of the at least one door area zone and supplying a second amount of power to the motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to stop powered closure of the at least one vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10510200
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method additionally include determining if the portable device is stationary for a first period of a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle and providing a notification of a remaining duration of the predetermined period of time to instruct an individual carrying the portable device to remain in a stationary position to allow the portable device to remain stationary for the remaining duration of the predetermined period of time. The system and method further include supplying an amount of power to open or close the at least one vehicle door if it is determined that the portable device remains stationary for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10494854
    Abstract: A system and method for managing autonomous operation of a plurality of barriers that include sending at least one barrier control signal from a vehicle to a barrier controller associated with a first barrier of the plurality of barriers to traverse the first barrier. The system and method also include sending at least one barrier control signal from the vehicle to a barrier controller associated with a second barrier of the plurality of barriers to traverse the second barrier. The system and method additionally include sending at least one barrier status update request signal to the barrier controller associated with the first barrier to determine an updated state of the first barrier. The system and method further include sending at least one barrier status update request signal to the barrier controller associated with the second barrier to determine an updated state of the second barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10490007
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier that include determining at least one zone associated with the barrier. The system and method also include determining a current state of the barrier. The system and method additionally include sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on remotely controlling the movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10482699
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating with a portable device that include sending a predetermined number of LF polling signals from a vehicle to reach an entirety of a predetermined proximity of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining if at least one of the LF polling signals is received by the portable device located within the predetermined proximity of the vehicle. The system and method further include sending a wireless communication signal from the vehicle to reach the entirety of the predetermined proximity of the vehicle upon determining that the at least one of the LF polling signals is not received by the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 10454315
    Abstract: A keyless entry device and method for powering the keyless entry system, such as a key fob, are disclosed. The keyless entry device has a charging battery, a rechargeable battery, at least one long range function button for a long range function, and at least one short range function button for a short range function. The method includes charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery, wherein the rechargeable battery has a larger burst current delivery capacity than the charging battery. The method further includes sending a short range transmission from the keyless entry device using at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one short range function button is actuated. The method further includes sending a long range transmission from the keyless entry device at least one of: the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery, when the at least one long range function button is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kentaro Yoshimura, Michael Spannbauer, Dirk Groeger, Ulrich Stetter
  • Publication number: 20190295349
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located outside of at least one door area zone and determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within at least one local area polling zone. The system and method also include supplying a first amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to initiate powered closure of the at least one vehicle door. The system and method further include determining if the portable device is being moved towards and is located at a predetermined distance of the at least one door area zone and supplying a second amount of power to the motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to stop powered closure of the at least one vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190295347
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method additionally include determining if the portable device is stationary for a first period of a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle and providing a notification of a remaining duration of the predetermined period of time to instruct an individual carrying the portable device to remain in a stationary position to allow the portable device to remain stationary for the remaining duration of the predetermined period of time. The system and method further include supplying an amount of power to open or close the at least one vehicle door if it is determined that the portable device remains stationary for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190292839
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method also include determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle. The system and method further include supplying an amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to open or close the at least one vehicle door if it is determined that the portable device is stationary for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190295346
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include receiving at least one polling response signal that is sent by a portable device and analyzing the at least one polling response signal to determine a signal strength of the at least one polling response signal. The system and method additionally include determining if the portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle based on a comparison of the signal strength of the at least one polling response signal to at least one local area threshold value that is specifically associated with at least one transceiver of the vehicle that receives the at least one polling response signal with a highest signal strength and determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190295348
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The system and method also include determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle and determining if the portable device is located outside of at least one door area zone of the vehicle, wherein the at least one door area zone of the vehicle includes a space that is occupied by the at least one vehicle door. The system and method supplying an amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to open or close the at least one vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10410448
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a countdown notification relating to a movement of a barrier that include measuring a duration of the movement of the barrier. The system and method also include determining a current state of the barrier and sending at least one barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the countdown notification relating to the movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10380817
    Abstract: A method and system for providing hands free operation of at least one vehicle door is provided that include determining if a portable device is located within at least one local area polling zone of a vehicle. The method and system also include determining if the portable device is stationary for a predetermined period of time within the at least one local area polling zone of the vehicle. The method and system further include supplying an amount of power to a motor associated with the at least one vehicle door to open or close the at least one vehicle door if it is determined that the portable device is stationary for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Kim, Brian K. Lickfelt, Douglas R. Reed, Emanuel Ulises Perez Zenteno, Tyler J. Rupp, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y. Muh, Spencer A. Kennedy, Tomonori Watanabe