Patents by Inventor Charles A. Massoll

Charles A. Massoll 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: 9794983
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for a vehicle and a method of using the antenna assembly with a vehicle communication system. The assembly includes a substrate and an antenna array. The substrate may be sized for a radio frequency-friendly (RF-friendly) region in the vehicle, and the antenna array carried by the substrate. The antenna array includes two or more antennas configured for communication in different RF bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, David Heiden, Duane S. Carper, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 9780879
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system may include a first vehicle node, a second vehicle node, and a fiber optic node connection. The first vehicle node includes an electronic processing unit coupled to a first communication circuit that includes a plurality of self-configuring optical cells. The fiber optic node connection couples the first vehicle node to the second vehicle node using at least some of the self-configuring optical cells. In response to a trigger event, the electronic processing unit is adapted to configure the plurality of self-configuring optical cells to enable communication between the first and second vehicle nodes via the fiber optic node connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Publication number: 20170170900
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system may include a first vehicle node, a second vehicle node, and a fiber optic node connection. The first vehicle node includes an electronic processing unit coupled to a first communication circuit that includes a plurality of self-configuring optical cells. The fiber optic node connection couples the first vehicle node to the second vehicle node using at least some of the self-configuring optical cells. In response to a trigger event, the electronic processing unit is adapted to configure the plurality of self-configuring optical cells to enable communication between the first and second vehicle nodes via the fiber optic node connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9621952
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring video content provided to a vehicle. In one embodiment a method includes: receiving video content at the vehicle; monitoring the video content based on guidelines data stored in a datastore; and selectively modifying the video content based on the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLP
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Douglas C. Martin, Charles A. Massoll
  • Patent number: 9612997
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system that includes a plurality of functional system modules (FSMs) and a master system module (MSM) coupled to the FSMs. The MSM includes a multi-core processing unit that includes multiple functioning core assemblies (FCAs) and a managing core assembly (MCA). Each FCA includes a substrate carrying a core CPU and an optical interface circuit carried by a first edge of the substrate. The MCA includes a substrate having a first and second major surfaces—the first major surface includes a plurality of rows of electrical connections, each of which are adapted to couple with one of the FCAs to enable communication between the core CPU (of MCA) and the core CPUs (of the FCAs). Each of the FCAs may have a second edge that abuts the first major surface at one of the plurality of rows of electrical connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9614741
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system that includes an antenna system for a vehicle and a method of determining a connectivity status of the antenna system. The antenna system includes a test antenna for transmitting a wireless diagnostic signal with a signature waveform and a primary antenna that receives the wireless diagnostic signal and provides a corresponding wired diagnostic signal to a diagnostic circuit. The diagnostic circuit is configured to determine a connectivity status of the antenna system based on the presence or absence of the signature waveform in the wired diagnostic signal received from the primary antenna. It is possible for the diagnostic circuit to include a finite state machine (FSM) for carrying out the connectivity status determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Publication number: 20170034021
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system that includes an antenna system for a vehicle and a method of determining a connectivity status of the antenna system. The antenna system includes a test antenna for transmitting a wireless diagnostic signal with a signature waveform and a primary antenna that receives the wireless diagnostic signal and provides a corresponding wired diagnostic signal to a diagnostic circuit. The diagnostic circuit is configured to determine a connectivity status of the antenna system based on the presence or absence of the signature waveform in the wired diagnostic signal received from the primary antenna. It is possible for the diagnostic circuit to include a finite state machine (FSM) for carrying out the connectivity status determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9509339
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for the high-speed transfer of data within a vehicle. The method includes the steps of: receiving at a high-speed transmitter non-video parallel data from a plurality of data sources in the vehicle; sampling the parallel data received from the plurality of data sources; serializing at the high-speed transmitter the parallel data from the plurality of data sources; and then transmitting via a low voltage differential signaling (LVDS) the parallel data to a high-speed receiver in the vehicle for deserialization while performing a sample and hold function as new parallel data is received at the high-speed transmitter during transmission, wherein the high-speed transmitter is configured to provide video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, David Heiden, Duane S. Carper
  • Publication number: 20160277208
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system and a corresponding method that is representative of a new type of communication architecture for vehicles, provides many improvements over traditional vehicle buses. The vehicle communication system includes at least one central node manager and a number of local nodes that are located throughout the vehicle and that are connected to the central node manager via dedicated node connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9383217
    Abstract: A method for displaying content items of a navigation system for a vehicle includes the steps of obtaining a scrolling input from a user, determining a value pertaining to the input, and displaying the content items at a first scrolling rate if the value is greater than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jamison C. Schroeder, Charles A. Massoll, John P. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20160064805
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for a vehicle and a method of using the antenna assembly with a vehicle communication system. The assembly includes a substrate and an antenna array. The substrate may be sized for a radio frequency-friendly (RF-friendly) region in the vehicle, and the antenna array carried by the substrate. The antenna array includes two or more antennas configured for communication in different RF bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, David Heiden, Duane S. Carper, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 9263091
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a video playback control system for a vehicle having a front cabin and a rear cabin. The apparatus can include at least one first display located in the front cabin, and at least one second display located in the rear cabin. The apparatus can also include a source of video data for display on the at least one first display and the at least one second display. The apparatus can include a control module that outputs a single still video frame or series of still video frames from a continuous video stream provided by the source of video data for display on the at least one first display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Douglas C. Martin, Charles A. Massoll, Mark P. Friedrich, Charlene A. Goike
  • Publication number: 20150343966
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for the high-speed transfer of data within a vehicle. The method includes the steps of: receiving at a high-speed transmitter non-video parallel data from a plurality of data sources in the vehicle; sampling the parallel data received from the plurality of data sources; serializing at the high-speed transmitter the parallel data from the plurality of data sources; and then transmitting via a low voltage differential signaling (LVDS) the parallel data to a high-speed receiver in the vehicle for deserialization while performing a sample and hold function as new parallel data is received at the high-speed transmitter during transmission, wherein the high-speed transmitter is configured to provide video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, David Heiden, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9087348
    Abstract: Mobile network services for a vehicle are provided via a computer processing device, and a digital communications module executable by the computer processing device. The digital communications module identifies a content channel selection for content presented on a device in the vehicle, continuously receives information indicating a location of the vehicle, and monitors signal strength of the content as the vehicle moves among location. Upon determining a threshold signal strength is reached, the digital communications module determines an action to be taken, and performs the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Anna Saadatjoo
  • Patent number: 9008955
    Abstract: A navigation system includes a user-operable input device configured to receive a desired destination. A storage medium stores a map database that describes a road network comprising route segments. The map database includes, for each of the route segments, a respective attribute value and a respective energy cost. A processor is configured to analyze the route segments in the database in accordance with a predetermined optimization algorithm that considers both the attribute values and the energy costs of the route segments in order to select a combination of route segments from the database that interconnects a starting location and the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Tate, Jr., Charles A. Massoll
  • Patent number: 9008853
    Abstract: A system for implementing customized vehicle services includes a vehicle control system including a computer processor, and logic executable by the computer processor, the logic configured to implement a method. The method includes receiving user-selected settings for distributing a communication, the user-selected settings input to the computer processor by a user of a vehicle. The method also includes monitoring vehicle components for a condition specified in the user-selected settings, and distributing the communication pursuant to the user-selected settings when the condition is met in response to the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski
  • Publication number: 20140341545
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a video playback control system for a vehicle. The method can include receiving a source of video data and accessing a data store for a run script associated with the playback of the video data. The method can also include if no run script exists in the data store, generating a log of user input received for the playback of the video data. The method can include storing the log in the data store as a run script associated with the playback of the video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Douglas C. Martin, Charles A. Massoll, Mark P. Friedrich, Charlene A. Goike
  • Publication number: 20140341535
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a video playback control system for a vehicle having a front cabin and a rear cabin. The apparatus can include at least one first display located in the front cabin, and at least one second display located in the rear cabin. The apparatus can also include a source of video data for display on the at least one first display and the at least one second display. The apparatus can include a control module that outputs a single still video frame or series of still video frames from a continuous video stream provided by the source of video data for display on the at least one first display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Douglas C. Martin, Charles A. Massoll, Mark P. Friedrich, Charlene A. Goike
  • Publication number: 20140317648
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring video content provided to a vehicle. In one embodiment a method includes: receiving video content at the vehicle; monitoring the video content based on guidelines data stored in a datastore; and selectively modifying the video content based on the monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Douglas C. MARTIN, Charles A. MASSOLL
  • Publication number: 20140018006
    Abstract: Providing content services for a vehicle include receiving a signal quality indicator value indicative of a signal quality of a radio station that is transmitting radio frequency-based content over-the-air. The content services also include searching, via a wireless interface, a network for an identifier of the radio station. Upon determining the signal quality indicator value has fallen below a threshold, and responsive to finding the identifier of the radio station from the searching, the content services include transitioning from transmission of the content broadcast via radio frequency-based signals, through a radio of the vehicle, to transmission of content associated with the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski