Patents by Inventor Danilo A. Oliveira

Danilo A. Oliveira 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: 10875588
    Abstract: A vehicle having a vehicle sensor configured to detect a vehicle state; an actuatable spoiler moveable into a deployed position and a stowed position; an actuator operable to move the actuatable spoiler into the deployed position and the stowed position; and a controller configured to selectively instruct the actuator to actively cycle the actuatable spoiler between the deployed position and the stowed position based on the detected vehicle state. The actuatable spoiler is retained in the deployed position for a longer length of time than in the stowed position. The vehicle also includes a human machine interface selectively actuated by an operator of the vehicle to retain the actuatable spoiler in the stowed position for a predetermined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Welty, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20200290452
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a method and apparatus for providing an active heat exchanger with dynamic positioning to improve vehicle aerodynamics. More specifically, aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems, methods and devices for a vehicle fascia having multiple airflow openings, at least one of having an active shutter system and wherein the active heat exchanger is positioned to respond to closing of one or more of the airflow openings when active aerodynamics are deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Danilo A. Oliveira, Jacob Wright
  • Patent number: 10744859
    Abstract: A method of mitigating rear end contamination of a vehicle while driving using an active spoiler system includes providing an active rear spoiler to a square back vehicle. Next, determinations are if the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, if the rear end of the vehicle is contaminated, and if the vehicle wipers are on. The method then moves to deploying the active rear spoiler when the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, the rear end is contaminated, and the vehicle wipers are on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20200223498
    Abstract: A vehicle having a vehicle sensor configured to detect a vehicle state; an actuatable spoiler moveable into a deployed position and a stowed position; an actuator operable to move the actuatable spoiler into the deployed position and the stowed position; and a controller configured to selectively instruct the actuator to actively cycle the actuatable spoiler between the deployed position and the stowed position based on the detected vehicle state. The actuatable spoiler is retained in the deployed position for a longer length of time than in the stowed position. The vehicle also includes a human machine interface selectively actuated by an operator of the vehicle to retain the actuatable spoiler in the stowed position for a predetermined length of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Mark A. Welty, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10589804
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a fore portion, an aft portion, and an underbody portion. The vehicle additionally includes a panel pivotably coupled to the underbody portion proximate the aft portion of the body. The panel has a fore edge and an aft edge and is pivotable about the fore edge. The panel is pivotable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position the aft edge is spaced a first distance from a driving surface and in the deployed position the aft edge is spaced a second distance from the driving surface. The second distanced is less than the first distance. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator configured to move the panel between the stowed position and the deployed position in response to satisfaction of an operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, John H. Bednarchik, Suzanne M. Cody-Gump, Donnell B. Johnson, Darren T. Luke, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20190351746
    Abstract: A method of mitigating rear end contamination of a vehicle while driving using an active spoiler system includes providing an active rear spoiler to a square back vehicle. Next, determinations are if the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, if the rear end of the vehicle is contaminated, and if the vehicle wipers are on. The method then moves to deploying the active rear spoiler when the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, the rear end is contaminated, and the vehicle wipers are on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20190337577
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a fore portion, an aft portion, and an underbody portion. The vehicle additionally includes a panel pivotably coupled to the underbody portion proximate the aft portion of the body. The panel has a fore edge and an aft edge and is pivotable about the fore edge. The panel is pivotable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position the aft edge is spaced a first distance from a driving surface and in the deployed position the aft edge is spaced a second distance from the driving surface. The second distanced is less than the first distance. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator configured to move the panel between the stowed position and the deployed position in response to satisfaction of an operating condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, John H. Bednarchik, Suzanne M. Cody-Gump, Donnell B. Johnson, Darren T. Luke, Danilo A. Oliveira