Patents by Inventor Colm Boran

Colm Boran 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: 11429843
    Abstract: A computer, including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to identify patterns in first high anticipation scenarios based on user identification, wherein high anticipation scenarios include video sequences wherein a first vehicle will be within a specified distance of a first object in a first environment around the first vehicle, wherein user identification is determined by viewing portions of a respective video sequence. A first model including a first deep neural network can be trained to determine second high anticipation scenarios based on the patterns identified in the first high anticipation scenarios and a second model including a second deep neural network can be trained to modify locations and velocities of second objects in the first high anticipation scenarios and output modified high anticipation scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sophia Dancel, Levasseur Tellis, Anthony Mario D'Amato, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20220196801
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a vehicle includes a base, a sensor body mounted to the base and rotatable relative to the base around an axis in a direction of rotation, and a cover. The sensor body includes a sensor window and a wall having heat fins elongated circumferentially relative to the axis. The cover is positioned to cover the heat fins. The cover includes an inlet open in the direction of rotation. The cover defines an airflow path from the inlet through the heat fins. The cover includes an outlet positioned to direction air across the sensor window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, JR., Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Raghuraman Surineedi, Tyler D. Hamilton, Rashaun Phinisee, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20210150309
    Abstract: A computer, including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to identify patterns in first high anticipation scenarios based on user identification, wherein high anticipation scenarios include video sequences wherein a first vehicle will be within a specified distance of a first object in a first environment around the first vehicle, wherein user identification is determined by viewing portions of a respective video sequence. A first model including a first deep neural network can be trained to determine second high anticipation scenarios based on the patterns identified in the first high anticipation scenarios and a second model including a second deep neural network can be trained to modify locations and velocities of second objects in the first high anticipation scenarios and output modified high anticipation scenarios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sophia Dancel, Levasseur Tellis, Anthony Mario D'Amato, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20210065482
    Abstract: A computer can be programmed to determine that an impact to a wheel of a vehicle exceeds an impact severity threshold and transmit a message describing the impact via a vehicle communications network. An electronic controller can be programmed to make an adjustment to monitoring the component based on receiving the message in the electronic controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Smruti Panigrahi, Devon Eyerman, Colm Boran, Dexin Wang
  • Patent number: 10589713
    Abstract: A computer that may be programmed to: in response to receiving an indication that a vehicle is approaching a geofence boundary, retract slack in a webbing associated with a seat in the vehicle by actuating a seatbelt retractor; then receive measurement data from one or more sensors associated with the seat; using the data, determine whether an occupant occupies the seat; and when no occupant occupies the seat, then transmit an instruction to stop the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Mark Crawford, Douglas Scott Rhode
  • Publication number: 20180170307
    Abstract: A computer that may be programmed to: in response to receiving an indication that a vehicle is approaching a geofence boundary, retract slack in a webbing associated with a seat in the vehicle by actuating a seatbelt retractor; then receive measurement data from one or more sensors associated with the seat; using the data, determine whether an occupant occupies the seat; and when no occupant occupies the seat, then transmit an instruction to stop the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Mark Crawford, Douglas Scott Rhode
  • Patent number: 9187070
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining operational states of vehicle remote actuators during failure conditions is described. The system controller determines if the actuator controller is operating properly by monitoring an enable line and initiates a safe mode of operation if the actuator is not operating properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20140277979
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining operational states of vehicle remote actuators during failure conditions is described. The system controller determines if the actuator controller is operating properly by monitoring an enable line and initiates a safe mode of operation if the actuator is not operating properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Colm Boran
  • Patent number: 7930082
    Abstract: A method for disposing of a pyrotechnic safety device includes providing an electronic control unit having a primary control unit and an auxiliary control unit. The auxiliary control unit includes a safing mode and a scrap mode, and operates in the safing mode in an initial state. The auxiliary control unit is switched from the safing mode to the scrap mode when the primary control unit sends a first predetermined signal. The auxiliary control unit is armed only if it receives a second predetermined signal from the primary control unit while the auxiliary control unit is operating in the scrap mode. The primary control unit sends the first and second predetermined signals to the auxiliary control unit based on signals the primary control unit receives from an external source. The primary control unit then disposes of a pyrotechnic safety device (PSD) by sending a deployment signal to the PSD based on another signal received from the external source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David Eiswerth, Ganesh Ram Venkatraman, Jorgen Ingvar Carlsson, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20090292422
    Abstract: A method for disposing of a pyrotechnic safety device includes providing an electronic control unit having a primary control unit and an auxiliary control unit. The auxiliary control unit includes a safing mode and a scrap mode, and operates in the safing mode in an initial state. The auxiliary control unit is switched from the safing mode to the scrap mode when the primary control unit sends a first predetermined signal. The auxiliary control unit is armed only if it receives a second predetermined signal from the primary control unit while the auxiliary control unit is operating in the scrap mode. The primary control unit sends the first and second predetermined signals to the auxiliary control unit based on signals the primary control unit receives from an external source. The primary control unit then disposes of a pyrotechnic safety device (PSD) by sending a deployment signal to the PSD based on another signal received from the external source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: David Eiswerth, Ganesh Ram Venkatraman, Jorgen Ingvar Carlsson, Colm Boran
  • Patent number: 7443310
    Abstract: A multi-sensor network having a plurality of receivers and sensors connected to a common communication line is provided. A controller will activate one of the plurality of receivers, thereby allowing one of the plurality of sensors to transmit data to the communication line. The plurality of sensors each individually have a logic device preventing more than one sensor from transmitting data in a given time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Myron Senyk, David Eiswerth
  • Publication number: 20080173107
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for impact detection for use in a motor vehicle including a housing, a pressure transducer sensitive to pressure, and an accelerometer sensitive to acceleration. The pressure transducer and the accelerometer are each attached to the housing and the housing is attached to a location in the vehicle conducive to measuring pressure and acceleration signals corresponding to an impact event. The sensor assembly is configured to provide two independent signals (one for pressure and one for acceleration) to a control unit. The control unit compares both signals to confirm occurrence of the impact event in order to deploy automatic safety devices to protect vehicle occupants while avoiding inadvertent deployment of the safety devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Marc Leach, Jeremy Tavares, Colm Boran
  • Publication number: 20070198139
    Abstract: A sensor network and method of initializing the sensor network is shown. The network includes a receiver and sensor assemblies each having a first and second pin. The receiver and the sensor assemblies are connected in a daisy chain type configuration. Based on the amount of current passing from the first pin to the second pin of each sensor assembly, the sensor assemblies determine a discrete time signal window to output a current modulated signal to the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Myron Senyk, David Eiswerth, Thomas Kelly
  • Publication number: 20070143064
    Abstract: A system includes a remote sensor and an electronic control unit. The electric control unit determines if the remote sensor is detached from the vehicle structure by analyzing the sensor signal from the remote sensor. The electronic control unit may compare the sensor signal to other signals. For example, from another remote sensor or an on-board sensor contained within the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit identifies features in the sensor signal indicative of the remote sensor being detached from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Oscar Angel, Richard Rakes
  • Publication number: 20070115103
    Abstract: A multi-sensor network having a plurality of receivers and sensors connected to a common communication line is provided. A controller will activate one of the plurality of receivers, thereby allowing one of the plurality of sensors to transmit data to the communication line. The plurality of sensors each individually have a logic device preventing more than one sensor from transmitting data in a given time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Myron Senyk, David Eiswerth