Patents by Inventor David Michael Herman

David Michael Herman 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: 20230054134
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive optical data from an optical sensor of a vehicle, adjust the optical data using an adjustment model, measure a first value from the optical data over a duration, predict a second value from the optical data over the duration based on the first value, measure the second value from the optical data over the duration, and modify the adjustment model using the predicted second value and the measured second value. The first value and the second value are time-varying and aggregated from the optical data per time step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Venkatesh Krishnan, Catherine Marie Amodeo, Maher Ghneim
  • Publication number: 20230048410
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for generating illumination-invariant images are disclosed. A method may include activating, by a device, a camera to capture first image data; while the camera is capturing the first image data, activating of a first, light source; receiving the first image data, the first image data having pixels having first color values; identifying first light generated by the first light source while the camera is capturing the first image data; identifying, based on the first image data, second light generated by a second light source; generating, based on the first light and the second light, second image data that are illumination-invariant; and presenting the second image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Publication date: February 16, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Akshay Vaidya, Larry Sanders
  • Publication number: 20230043536
    Abstract: An image is received from a camera built into a cabin of a vehicle. The image is demosaiced and its noise is reduced. A segmentation algorithm is applied to the image. A global illumination for the image is solved. Based on the segmentation of the image and the global illumination, a bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) for color and/or reflectance information of material in the cabin area of the vehicle is solved for. A white balance matrix and a color correction matrix for the image are computed based on the BRDF. The white balance matrix and the color correction matrix are applied to the image, which is then displayed or stored for addition image processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Publication date: February 9, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Larry Sanders
  • Patent number: 11572731
    Abstract: A method includes predicting an environmental condition at a location to which a vehicle is travelling, the environmental condition including at least one of water, dust, and pollution, determining that an object within the vehicle is at a distance greater than a threshold distance from an unobstructed window of the vehicle, and then actuating the unobstructed window to a closed position based on the environmental condition and the object being at the distance from the window greater than the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Michael Robertson, Jr., Tyler D. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11555728
    Abstract: A system includes a computer having a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to determine a first temperature of a fluid stored by a fluid storage device and then actuate a fluid heating device to add heat energy to the fluid. The instructions include instructions to determine an amount of the heat energy added to the fluid. The instructions include instructions to determine a second temperature of the fluid stored by the fluid storage device after adding the heat energy to the fluid. The instructions include instructions to determine a quantity of the fluid stored by the fluid storage device based on the amount of the heat energy added to the fluid by the fluid heating device and a difference between the first temperature and the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11524647
    Abstract: A computer comprises a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon detecting an airbag deployment in a vehicle, determine an airbag inflation state based on vehicle sensor data, to adjust a calibration parameter of a vehicle radar sensor based on the determined airbag inflation state, to operate the vehicle radar sensor based on the adjusted calibration parameter, and to update an output characteristic of the radar sensor for operating the vehicle based on the determined airbag inflation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Brian Quinn Kettlewell
  • Patent number: 11519840
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to actuate a component upon determining that a hydrophobic coating of a surface is degraded based on a comparison of a characteristic of a liquid droplet with a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Sunil Reddy Patil
  • Publication number: 20220382903
    Abstract: Removal of PII is provided. Sensor data is captured using sensors of a vehicle. Object detection is performed on the sensor data to create a sematic labeling of objects in the sensor data. A model is utilized to classify regions of the sensor data with a public or private labeling according to the sematic labeling and a PII filter corresponding to a jurisdiction of a current location of the vehicle. The sensor data is utilized in accordance with the public or private labeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: David Michael HERMAN, Gregg William BYRNE, Akshay VAIDYA
  • Patent number: 11507113
    Abstract: Aerial vehicle sensor calibration systems and methods are provided herein. An example method includes determining a jarring event, determining when a drone is level relative to an aerial vehicle platform of a vehicle, the vehicle having a calibration controller, determining when the vehicle is level relative to a subordinate surface, and transmitting a signal to a drone controller by the calibration controller to calibrate a gyroscope or an accelerometer of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Daniel Makled, David Michael Herman
  • Patent number: 11509875
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for enhancing color consistency in images are disclosed. A method may include activating, by a device, a camera to capture first image data; while the camera is capturing the first image data, activating of a first light source; receiving the first image data, the first image data having pixels having first color values; identifying first light generated by the first light source while the camera is capturing the first image data; identifying, based on the first image data, second light generated by a second light source; generating, based on the first light, the second light, and a distance between the camera and the vehicle light, second color values for the pixels of the first image data; generating second image data based on the second color values; and presenting the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Larry D. Sanders, Jr., Akshay Vaidya
  • Publication number: 20220366082
    Abstract: Use of embedded metadata for data privacy compliance is provided. In a data store, self-managed data is maintained including metadata specifying retention policy data. Responsive to a self-update to scrub PII from the self-managed data being indicated by the retention policy data, the PII is removed from the self-managed data maintained by the data store. Responsive to a self-update to delete the self-managed data from the self-managed data being indicated by the retention policy data, the self-managed data is removed from the data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: David Michael HERMAN, Jon SPEIGLE, Brian TAMM
  • Patent number: 11499516
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for selectively inhibiting a stop-start controller of a vehicle based on a predicted anxiety of a driver of the vehicle on a road segment that includes one or more road attributes associated with increased levels of anxiety. In one example, selectively inhibiting a stop-start controller of a vehicle based on a predicted anxiety of a driver of the vehicle includes determining a driver classification for a driver operating the vehicle; predicting an anxiety level of the driver at an upcoming traffic condition, based on the driver classification; and selectively inhibiting an upcoming engine idle-stop event based on the predicted anxiety level of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Alfred Ostrowski, Sanjay Abhyankar, Leopoldo Urbina, Sheida Malekpour, Christopher Leon Jones, David Michael Herman
  • Publication number: 20220335153
    Abstract: Handling personally identifiable information (PII) in data streams is provided. Processed sensor data is received, from a plurality of vehicles including sensors capturing raw sensor data, the raw sensor data including captured PII and non-PII. The processed sensor data includes simulated PII created based on the captured PII and one or more layers of the captured PII corresponding to the simulated PII. A request is received from a client device for a portion of the processed sensor data. Access keys corresponding to the request are identified. A result is constructed according to the access keys using the processed sensor data. The constructed result is sent to the client device responsive to the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Inventors: David Michael HERMAN, Jon SPEIGLE, Brian TAMM, Yashanshu JAIN, Yogendra SINGH
  • Publication number: 20220318425
    Abstract: Ensuring privacy consent for handling of occupant vehicle data is provided. A feature identification vector indicative of an identity of a vehicle occupant of a vehicle is identified. The feature identification vector is used to identify whether consent for use of vehicle data was provided by the vehicle occupant. The consent is requested responsive to the identity of the vehicle occupant not having consented to data collection. Responsive to the consent being given by the vehicle occupant, the consent and the feature identification vector of the vehicle occupant is stored in a storage of the vehicle. The vehicle data is uploaded in accordance with whether the consent was granted for the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: David Michael HERMAN, Yashanshu JAIN
  • Patent number: 11450116
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for sharing a video feed of a camera among multiple image processing components in a vehicle. A first priority may be applied to a first image processing component that performs a first image processing function. A second priority that is lower than the first priority, is applied to a second image processing component that performs a second image processing function. The first function may be deemed more important than the second function due to various reasons. Consequently, the first image processing component is offered priority to apply a first set of camera settings on the camera. The second image processing component may prefer to apply a different set of camera settings for executing the second image processing function. An access arbitrator allows the second image processing component to do so when the first image processing component relinquishes control of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Akshay Vaidya, David Michael Herman, Yashanshu Jain, Brian Quinn Kettlewell, Kyle Sorensen, Ali Husain
  • Patent number: 11410545
    Abstract: A vehicle may determine that it is stopped and detect a perimeter-modification event predefined as correlating to a changed vehicle perimeter. The vehicle may further, responsive to the perimeter-modification event, define an expanded vehicle perimeter, larger than a perimeter predefined as representing the vehicle in travel. The perimeter expansion may be done in accordance with a predefined modification associated with the detected perimeter modification event. The vehicle may additionally wirelessly share the expanded vehicle perimeter with at least one other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Herman
  • Patent number: 11397913
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for automated multimodal delivery. Example methods may include determining information associated with the delivery; determining, based on at least a first portion of the information, that a first confidence level indicative of a delivery capability using a first vehicle is above a first threshold; and determining, based on at least a second portion of the information, a second confidence level indicative of a delivery preference for delivery using the first vehicle relative to a second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Colella, Andrea Chowanic, David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11367292
    Abstract: A processing system comprises a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to receive a polarimetric image from a polarimetric camera sensor, and to identify a road surface in the received image based on a vehicle location, an orientation of the camera sensor, and a vehicle pose. The memory stores instructions, upon identifying, in the polarimetric image, polarized light reflections from the identified road surface based on a polarization direction and a polarization degree determined from the polarimetric image, to remove the identified polarized light reflections from the polarimetric image, thereby generating an updated polarimetric image including generating a de-mosaicked imaged based on the identified polarized light reflections, wherein the identified polarized light reflections are ignored at de-mosaicking, and to identify a road feature including a lane marking based on the updated polarimetric image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jon Speigle, David Michael Herman, Kyle B. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 11361599
    Abstract: A damage quantifier for a vehicle component formed of composite material is determined based on vehicle sensor data. The vehicle is operated based on a mission determined according to determined damage quantifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Antonios Koumpias
  • Publication number: 20220180722
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for detecting distracted driving. In an example method, a light source identification procedure may be executed for detecting a first device present inside a vehicle and outside a field of view of a driver monitoring camera (such as upon a dashboard). The procedure can include evaluating an image data sample obtained from the driver monitoring camera so as to identify various devices that may be emitting light incident upon the face of the driver. The incident light may include a first pulse pattern corresponding to light emitted by the first device and a second pulse pattern corresponding to light emitted by a second device. The first device can be detected in various ways such as by evaluating a phase relationship between the first pulse pattern and the second pulse pattern and/or by evaluating spectral content present in the image data sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Yashanshu Jain