Patents by Inventor David Anthony Hatton

David Anthony Hatton 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: 10562495
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a horn, a plurality of exterior lights, and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to grant vehicle system access to a nomadic device paired to the vehicle, and in response to receiving a message that contains data identifying a source of the message while the vehicle is in a key-off state from a nomadic device not paired to the vehicle, activate the horn and exterior lights according to respective patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Geir Kristinsson, David Anthony Hatton, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Thomas Nelson, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad
  • Patent number: 10437244
    Abstract: A system includes a mobile computer programmed to receive, from a vehicle computer, an instruction to proceed to a location and vehicle operation data from an in-vehicle communications network. The mobile computer is programmed to determine that a vehicle is ready to proceed to the location based on the operation data. The mobile computer is programmed to receive user input approving transitioning from a boarding state to a driving state. The mobile computer is programmed to then instruct the vehicle computer to actuate vehicle components to proceed to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Yizhou Hu, David Anthony Hatton, Stefan Bankowski
  • Patent number: 10391958
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor in communication with a nomadic device and programmed to receive calendar information from the nomadic device, parse the calendar information for a calendar entry based on a predefined time window, and adjust, by the processor, a vehicle setting for a vehicle feature associated with one or more categorized items correlated with the calendar entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Nelson, David Anthony Hatton, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Thomas E. Apczynski
  • Publication number: 20190143937
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes in-vehicle controller(s) coupled to an external network transceiver, and configured to register a key fob and/or a mobile device configured as a key fob, which include an authentication code, and which enable remote control of the vehicle. The transceiver is configured to communicate autonomously with remote servers to respond to a key fob signal received from the server, which includes the authentication code and a remote control command generated by the key fob and/or mobile device configured as the key fob. In further variations, the key fob is also configured to be paired and/or registered by an external mobile device, by the authentication code, and to generate the remote control command via the mobile device. In response to the key fob signal, the controller(s) autonomously adjust vehicle systems, such as locking or unlocking, arming and disarming a security system, adjusting cabin and/or seat temperature and configuration preferences, as well as other driver vehicle preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: David Anthony HATTON, David Marvin GERSABECK, Thomas NELSON, Michael Andrew SIMONS, Ziad ALHIHI, Ryan CONROY
  • Patent number: 10284709
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus including a controller that is electrically coupled to a plurality of transceivers within a vehicle for enabling bi-directional wireless communication via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) between the controller and an occupant communication device (OCD). The controller is further configured to: transmit an advertisement signal indicative of the vehicle being in motion from each transceiver to the OCD via BLE and to receive, at each transceiver, a scan request signal from the OCD via BLE at a first power level. The controller is further configured to determine the location of the OCD in the vehicle in response to receiving the scan request signal at each transceiver at the first power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Eric L. Reed, Doron M. Elliott, Bridget Chechak, David Anthony Hatton
  • Patent number: 10249123
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes one or more vehicle processors programmed to: provide a user interface to program a first wireless device as a new vehicle key and to delete a second wireless device as an existing vehicle key. The one or more vehicle processors may be further programmed to wirelessly transmit vehicle key security codes from the vehicle to the first device to program the first device. The one or more vehicle processors may be further programmed to display one or more programmed devices including the second device via a user interface for user selection to delete the second device as an existing vehicle key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Hatton
  • Publication number: 20190092283
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a horn, a plurality of exterior lights, and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to grant vehicle system access to a nomadic device paired to the vehicle, and in response to receiving a message that contains data identifying a source of the message while the vehicle is in a key-off state from a nomadic device not paired to the vehicle, activate the horn and exterior lights according to respective patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Johannes Geir KRISTINSSON, David Anthony HATTON, Hussein F. NASRALLAH, Thomas NELSON, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh PRASAD
  • Publication number: 20190047512
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly communicate with a mobile device application. The processor is further configured to receive a vehicle-command from the mobile device application and send a wireless instruction to a vehicle instructing an action corresponding to and responsive to the received vehicle command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: David Martin GERSABECK, David Anthony HATTON, Ziad ALHIHI, Michael Andrew SIMONS, Thomas NELSON, Ryan CONROY
  • Publication number: 20190025814
    Abstract: A system includes a mobile computer programmed to receive, from a vehicle computer, an instruction to proceed to a location and vehicle operation data from an in-vehicle communications network. The mobile computer is programmed to determine that a vehicle is ready to proceed to the location based on the operation data. The mobile computer is programmed to receive user input approving transitioning from a boarding state to a driving state. The mobile computer is programmed to then instruct the vehicle computer to actuate vehicle components to proceed to the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Yizhou Hu, David Anthony Hatton, Stefan Bankowski
  • Patent number: 10145960
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a vehicle system comprising a vehicle communication module is provided. The vehicle communication module is configured to receive first global positioning system (GPS) data indicative of a location of a vehicle and to receive a first signal indicative of the vehicle being in a drive state. The vehicle communication module is further configured to transmit the first GPS data to an occupant communication device (OCD) in response to the first signal to restrict at least a portion of the operation of the OCD and to reduce power consumption of the OCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Brian Bennie, David Anthony Hatton, Doron M. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10104203
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive data, gathered by a vehicle, for use by a mobile application. The processor is further configured to receive instructions from the application interacting with the vehicle, for continuing usage in the extra-vehicular environment, utilizing the received data. Also, the processor is configured to determine that a mobile device, containing the processor, has left the vehicle. Additionally, the processor is configured to execute the instructions to continue application functionality while the mobile device remains out of contact with the vehicle in the extra-vehicular environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Hatton
  • Publication number: 20180286150
    Abstract: A device that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the device is programmed to identify a wearable device and a set of vehicle data from a vehicle. The user device sends a human machine interface (HMI) message to the wearable device. The HMI message is based at least in part on the set of vehicle data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: YIFAN CHEN, PADMA AISWARYA KOLISETTY, BASAVARAJ TONSHAL, KWAKU O. PRAKAH-ASANTE, HSIN-HSIANG YANG, DAVID ANTHONY HATTON, JOHANNES GEIR KRISTINSSON, KRISHNASWAMY VENKATESH PRASAD, HUSSEIN F. NASRALLAH, TOM NELSON
  • Patent number: 9975481
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect a wireless signature indicating an animal presence within a predefined proximity to a vehicle. The processor is also configured to issue an alert to vehicle occupants responsive to the wireless signature detection, the alert varying based on detected signal strength. The wireless signature may be transmitted from a BLE or RFID device provided to an animal affixed to a collar, for example, or from an RFID chip embedded in an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Hatton, Thomas Nelson, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad
  • Publication number: 20180089460
    Abstract: A mobile device stores medical credentials for one or more occupants of a vehicle. Responsive to receipt of an indication of an emergency event at the vehicle, the mobile device sends the credentials, an authentication code, and vehicle information to a cloud server to cause the cloud server to construct web content including the vehicle information and medical information accessible using the credentials. The mobile device also sends a link to the cloud server including the authentication code to an emergency dispatch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Austin S. KIRK, Hussein F. NASRALLAH, David Anthony HATTON, Fuyi WANG, Nicholas FRISCH, Robert A. KELLER, Stephen BARTOL
  • Publication number: 20170334354
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect a wireless signature indicating an animal presence within a predefined proximity to a vehicle. The processor is also configured to issue an alert to vehicle occupants responsive to the wireless signature detection, the alert varying based on detected signal strength. The wireless signature may be transmitted from a BLE or RFID device provided to an animal affixed to a collar, for example, or from an RFID chip embedded in an animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: David Anthony HATTON, Thomas NELSON, Hussein F. NASRALLAH, Johannes Geir KRISTINSSON, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh PRASAD
  • Publication number: 20170297518
    Abstract: A computer-implemented remote starting method includes instructing the remote start of a vehicle using a wireless device. The method also includes inputting, to the wireless device, a desired vehicle interior temperature. The method further includes sending a remote start instruction to a vehicle from the wireless device, including at least the desired temperature and monitoring a current temperature of the vehicle. The method additionally includes outputting, on the wireless device, the current vehicle temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: David Anthony Hatton, Anthony Gerald King
  • Publication number: 20170210341
    Abstract: A smartwatch having at least one controller in communication with an user interface and a transceiver. The transceiver configured to communicate with a nomadic device. The at least one controller configured to, in response to a wireless signal having a unique user identifier received at the nomadic device, receive a control function from an application corresponding to the unique user identifier. The at least one controller may be further configured to configure the user interface based on the control function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas NELSON, David Anthony HATTON, Hussein F. NASRALLAH
  • Patent number: 9690387
    Abstract: A vehicle computing system comprising at least one controller configured to communicate with a wearable device. The at least one controller may be configured to receive data defining a first gesture made using the wearable wireless device. The controller may be further configured to determine a first predefined command, for controlling a vehicle system, previously stored in association with the first gesture. The controller may be further configured to control the vehicle system in accordance with the first predefined command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Hatton
  • Patent number: 9674683
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system includes one or more processors configured to output a computer generated speech signal for at least a portion of vehicle parameter data based on at least one condition detection signal. The one or more processors are further configured to output the speech signal to a call center over a voice channel via a wireless communication. The one or more processors are further configured to receive a geographic location of a vehicle so that the speech signal is in a selected language based on a language associated with the geographic location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Hatton
  • Patent number: 9656633
    Abstract: A smartwatch having at least one controller in communication with an user interface and a transceiver. The transceiver configured to communicate with a nomadic device. The at least one controller configured to, in response to a wireless signal having a unique user identifier received at the nomadic device, receive a control function from an application corresponding to the unique user identifier. The at least one controller may be further configured to configure the user interface based on the control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Nelson, David Anthony Hatton, Hussein F. Nasrallah