Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Barber

Christopher J. Barber 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: 20210123770
    Abstract: A display system of an aircraft includes a display device defining a display area, a vision system for generating an image of an operating environment of the aircraft on the display area, data processors operatively coupled to the display device and the vision system, and non-transitory machine-readable memory operatively coupled to the one or more data processors and storing instructions executable by the one or more processors and configured to cause the one or more processors to, when a condition of the aircraft is met, cause an alteration of a display of flight information on the display area to declutter a cutout region in the image generated by the vision system, the cutout region devoid of imaging generated by the vision system and displaying an Approach Lighting System (ALS) of a runway of intended landing for the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Christian MARTIN, Christopher MARTIN, Jason NAIPAUL, Nami BAE, Mark SCHLEGEL, William Murray COLQUHOUN, Anthony J. BARBER, Natalie WONG
  • Patent number: 10992136
    Abstract: A method for determining when a connection of a power system to a grid has been disconnected. The method includes the power system supplying a first amount of reactive power to the grid to which the power system is connected, and the power system determining if there is a frequency change within the grid. This includes if the frequency change does not exceed a predetermined threshold, the power system supplying a second amount of reactive power to the grid, and if the frequency exceeds a predetermined threshold, the power system supplying a first amount of reactive power to the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Donald J. Lucas, Christopher L. Barber, Xiaorong Xia
  • Patent number: 10442427
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first error module that determines a first yaw error based on a difference between a yaw rate of the vehicle and a target yaw rate. A second error module determines a second yaw error based on the first yaw error and a target yaw error. A target yaw error module sets the target yaw error based on a skill level of a driver of the vehicle. An adjustment module selectively one of increases and decreases a target adjustment when the second yaw error is greater than a first predetermined threshold. An actuator control module, in response to the increase in the target adjustment, actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Petrucci, Christopher J. Barber, Alexander J. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10124807
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a skill level module that determines a skill level of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. A handling module determines a handling type based on a rate of change of a steering wheel angle. An actuator control module, based on the skill level of the driver and the handling type, selectively actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Petrucci, Alexander J. MacDonald, Christopher J. Barber
  • Patent number: 10035548
    Abstract: An active spoiler system for a vehicle includes a spoiler body having an airfoil shape in a cross-sectional view. The vehicle includes a vehicle body arranged along a longitudinal body axis and having a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow and an opposing second vehicle body end. The spoiler body is configured to be moveably mounted between the first vehicle body end and the second vehicle body end to generate an aerodynamic downforce on the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion. The spoiler system also includes a first mechanism configured to selectively translate the spoiler body along the longitudinal body axis to thereby adjust along the longitudinal body axis a location of the aerodynamic downforce generated by the spoiler body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Barber
  • Publication number: 20180208206
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a skill level module that determines a skill level of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. A handling module determines a handling type based on a rate of change of a steering wheel angle. An actuator control module, based on the skill level of the driver and the handling type, selectively actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Michael G. PETRUCCI, Alexander J. MacDonald, Christopher J. Barber
  • Publication number: 20180208205
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a function that relates (i) pairs of lateral and longitudinal acceleration values to (ii) skill values. A skill module: receives both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle; and, using the function, determines a skill value of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) the lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) the longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. A skill level module determines a skill level of the driver of the vehicle based on the skill value. An actuator control module, based on the skill level of the driver, selectively actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander J. MACDONALD, Christopher J. BARBER, Stephen A. PADILLA, Michael G. PETRUCCI
  • Publication number: 20180208182
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first error module that determines a first yaw error based on a difference between a yaw rate of the vehicle and a target yaw rate. A second error module determines a second yaw error based on the first yaw error and a target yaw error. A target yaw error module sets the target yaw error based on a skill level of a driver of the vehicle. An adjustment module selectively one of increases and decreases a target adjustment when the second yaw error is greater than a first predetermined threshold. An actuator control module, in response to the increase in the target adjustment, actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Michael G. PETRUCCI, Christopher J. Barber, Alexander J. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10029697
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a function that relates (i) pairs of lateral and longitudinal acceleration values to (ii) skill values. A skill module: receives both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle; and, using the function, determines a skill value of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) the lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) the longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. A skill level module determines a skill level of the driver of the vehicle based on the skill value. An actuator control module, based on the skill level of the driver, selectively actuates a dynamics actuator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. MacDonald, Christopher J. Barber, Stephen A. Padilla, Michael G. Petrucci
  • Publication number: 20180170331
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle has a first axle with a first road wheel arranged proximate a first vehicle end, and a second axle with a second road wheel arranged proximate a second vehicle end. The braking system includes a first brake assembly configured to apply a braking force to the first road wheel and a second brake assembly configured to apply a braking force to the second road wheel. The braking system additionally includes a controller for regulating the braking force of each of the first and second brake assemblies. Furthermore, the braking system includes a switch for communicating a request to the controller to apply the braking force via the first brake assembly when the vehicle is in motion, but not via the second brake assembly. The request from the switch is intended to stop rotation and generate a slide of the first road wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Barber, Michael F. Tung
  • Publication number: 20180043946
    Abstract: An active spoiler system for a vehicle includes a spoiler body having an airfoil shape in a cross-sectional view. The vehicle includes a vehicle body arranged along a longitudinal body axis and having a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow and an opposing second vehicle body end. The spoiler body is configured to be moveably mounted between the first vehicle body end and the second vehicle body end to generate an aerodynamic downforce on the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion. The spoiler system also includes a first mechanism configured to selectively translate the spoiler body along the longitudinal body axis to thereby adjust along the longitudinal body axis a location of the aerodynamic downforce generated by the spoiler body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Barber
  • Publication number: 20170349167
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a steering system and a steering wheel configured to control the steering system. The vehicle additionally includes a dynamic vehicle balance control system configured to modify a yaw rate of the vehicle during a drive cycle to modify understeer behavior. The vehicle also includes a sensor configured to detect an operator force applied to the steering wheel. The vehicle further includes a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a detected operator force applied to the steering wheel, command the dynamic vehicle balance control system to modify the yaw rate of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jason D. Fahland, Joshua R. Auden, Christopher J. Barber