Patents by Inventor David R. Petrucci

David R. Petrucci 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: 10793091
    Abstract: A system and method to perform dynamic bandwidth adjustment among two or more vehicle sensors includes receiving input. The input includes data from each of the two or more vehicle sensors. The two or more vehicle sensors include a camera, an audio detector, a radar system, or a lidar system. The method also includes determining a bandwidth at which each of the two or more vehicle sensors should provide the data, and providing a control signal to each of the two or more vehicle sensors to adjust the bandwidth based on the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yasen Hu, Shuqing Zeng, Wei Tong, Mohannad Murad, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Patent number: 10668845
    Abstract: A moisture detection and regulation system is disclosed for a vehicle interior component having a section of material with a moisture absorbent material structure. The system includes a sensing device configured to detect a level of moisture in the section of material. The system also includes a moisture removal element configured to dissipate moisture from the section of material. The system additionally includes an electronic controller fixed to the vehicle structure and in operative communication with each of the sensing device and the moisture removal element. The controller is configured to receive a signal from the sensing device indicative of the detected level of moisture in the section of material and activate the moisture removal element when the detected level of moisture is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold level of moisture. A vehicle having such a moisture detection and regulation system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kausalya Singuru, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Xiujie Gao, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10611125
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an article comprising a first metal layer; a second metal layer that is chemically different from the first metal layer; and a third metal layer disposed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer and contacting both the first metal layer and the second metal layer; where the third metal layer is chemically similar to either the first metal layer or the second metal layer; where at least two metal layers that are chemically similar are welded together through a clearance opening located in a metal layer that is not chemically similar to the at least two metal layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Robert N. Saje, William A. Schumacher, Matthew P. Simonin
  • Patent number: 10592784
    Abstract: A system and method to perform detection based on sensor fusion includes obtaining data from two or more sensors of different types. The method also includes extracting features from the data from the two or more sensors and processing the features to obtain a vector associated with each of the two or more sensors. The method further includes concatenating the two or more vectors obtained from the two or more sensors to obtain a fused vector, and performing the detection based on the fused vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, Wei Tong, Yasen Hu, Mohannad Murad, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Patent number: 10525880
    Abstract: A method includes determining, with an on-board vehicle hardware system, if a hearing assistance device is in use within a vehicle. The method also includes providing a notification, through a vehicle infotainment system, when the hearing assistance device is in use. The notification provides a vehicle operator with a prompt for activating an external environment amplification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Gregg R. Kittinger, David R. Petrucci
  • Publication number: 20190331624
    Abstract: A moisture detection and regulation system is disclosed for a vehicle interior component having a section of material with a moisture absorbent material structure. The system includes a sensing device configured to detect a level of moisture in the section of material. The system also includes a moisture removal element configured to dissipate moisture from the section of material. The system additionally includes an electronic controller fixed to the vehicle structure and in operative communication with each of the sensing device and the moisture removal element. The controller is configured to receive a signal from the sensing device indicative of the detected level of moisture in the section of material and activate the moisture removal element when the detected level of moisture is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold level of moisture. A vehicle having such a moisture detection and regulation system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kausalya Singuru, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Xiujie Gao, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Publication number: 20190258894
    Abstract: A system and method to perform detection based on sensor fusion includes obtaining data from two or more sensors of different types. The method also includes extracting features from the data from the two or more sensors and processing the features to obtain a vector associated with each of the two or more sensors. The method further includes concatenating the two or more vectors obtained from the two or more sensors to obtain a fused vector, and performing the detection based on the fused vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, Wei Tong, Yasen Hu, Mohannad Murad, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Publication number: 20190244136
    Abstract: A system and method to perform inter-sensor learning obtains a detection of a target based on a first sensor. The method also includes determining whether a second sensor with an overlapping detection range with the first sensor also detects the target, and performing learning to update a detection algorithm used with the second sensor based on the second sensor failing to detect the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Yasen Hu, Shuqing Zeng, Wei Tong, Mohannad Murad, Gregg R. Kittinger, David R. Petrucci
  • Publication number: 20190232898
    Abstract: A system and method to perform dynamic bandwidth adjustment among two or more vehicle sensors includes receiving input. The input includes data from each of the two or more vehicle sensors. The two or more vehicle sensors include a camera, an audio detector, a radar system, or a lidar system. The method also includes determining a bandwidth at which each of the two or more vehicle sensors should provide the data, and providing a control signal to each of the two or more vehicle sensors to adjust the bandwidth based on the determining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Yasen Hu, Shuqing Zeng, Wei Tong, Mohannad Murad, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Publication number: 20190106056
    Abstract: A method includes determining, with an on-board vehicle hardware system, if a hearing assistance device is in use within a vehicle. The method also includes providing a notification, through a vehicle infotainment system, when the hearing assistance device is in use. The notification provides a vehicle operator with a prompt for activating an external environment amplification system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Gregg R. Kittinger, David R. Petrucci
  • Publication number: 20190068025
    Abstract: An actuator assembly includes a driver element, a driven element, and a panel disposed between the driver element and the driven element. The driver element has a first magnetic field generator configured to generate a rotating magnetic field. The driven element has a second magnetic field generator disposed thereon. The panel physically separating the driver element and the driven element, such that in response to the rotating magnetic field, the driven element is rotated relative to the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David T. Renke, Dorel M. Sala
  • Patent number: 10140838
    Abstract: A method for generating and transmitting a reminder message includes obtaining a unique user profile. The user profile includes a user identification (ID) indicative of a unique user, an object ID indicative of a unique object, and a device ID indicative of a unique mobile device. The processor is configured to predict a spatial relationship between the user, the object, and the mobile device. The prediction is based, in part, on the user ID, the object ID, and the device ID, where the prediction includes a geographic location for the user, the object, and/or the mobile device. The processor compares a location of at least two of the user, the object and the mobile device with the prediction of the user's spatial relationship with the object and the mobile device. The processor transmits a reminder message when the prediction of the spatial relationship exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald K. Grimm, Wen Gu
  • Publication number: 20180338025
    Abstract: A method includes determining, with an on-board vehicle hardware system, if an active cellular phone call is occurring. The method also includes determining, with a vehicle infotainment system, if a hands-free call system is in use when an active cellular phone call is established. A notification is then provided, through the vehicle infotainment system, when it is determined that the hands-free call system is not in use. The notification provides a vehicle operator with instruction for activating the hands-free call system for a future usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy J. TALTY, Gregg R. KITTINGER, David R. PETRUCCI
  • Publication number: 20180276974
    Abstract: A method for generating and transmitting a reminder message includes obtaining a unique user profile. The user profile includes a user identification (ID) indicative of a unique user, an object ID indicative of a unique object, and a device ID indicative of a unique mobile device. The processor is configured to predict a spatial relationship between the user, the object, and the mobile device. The prediction is based, in part, on the user ID, the object ID, and the device ID, where the prediction includes a geographic location for the user, the object, and/or the mobile device. The processor compares a location of at least two of the user, the object and the mobile device with the prediction of the user's spatial relationship with the object and the mobile device. The processor transmits a reminder message when the prediction of the spatial relationship exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald K. Grimm, Wen Gu
  • Publication number: 20180222150
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an article comprising a first metal layer; a second metal layer that is chemically different from the first metal layer; and a third metal layer disposed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer and contacting both the first metal layer and the second metal layer; where the third metal layer is chemically similar to either the first metal layer or the second metal layer; where at least two metal layers that are chemically similar are welded together through a clearance opening located in a metal layer that is not chemically similar to the at least two metal layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Robert N. Saje, William A. Schumacher, Matthew P. Simonin
  • Patent number: 9818502
    Abstract: A grounding element is provided. The grounding element includes a first portion including a first metal; a second portion including a second metal other than the first metal; and a fastening portion configured to receive a fastener to attach the grounding element to a body. The grounding element may be welded to a body of a vehicle and used to ground a vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R Petrucci, Harpal Singh, Louis Meli, Ahmed Khan, William A Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9794983
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for a vehicle and a method of using the antenna assembly with a vehicle communication system. The assembly includes a substrate and an antenna array. The substrate may be sized for a radio frequency-friendly (RF-friendly) region in the vehicle, and the antenna array carried by the substrate. The antenna array includes two or more antennas configured for communication in different RF bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, David Heiden, Duane S. Carper, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 9780879
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system may include a first vehicle node, a second vehicle node, and a fiber optic node connection. The first vehicle node includes an electronic processing unit coupled to a first communication circuit that includes a plurality of self-configuring optical cells. The fiber optic node connection couples the first vehicle node to the second vehicle node using at least some of the self-configuring optical cells. In response to a trigger event, the electronic processing unit is adapted to configure the plurality of self-configuring optical cells to enable communication between the first and second vehicle nodes via the fiber optic node connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Publication number: 20170170900
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system may include a first vehicle node, a second vehicle node, and a fiber optic node connection. The first vehicle node includes an electronic processing unit coupled to a first communication circuit that includes a plurality of self-configuring optical cells. The fiber optic node connection couples the first vehicle node to the second vehicle node using at least some of the self-configuring optical cells. In response to a trigger event, the electronic processing unit is adapted to configure the plurality of self-configuring optical cells to enable communication between the first and second vehicle nodes via the fiber optic node connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, David Heiden, Charles A. Massoll, Duane S. Carper
  • Patent number: 9621952
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring video content provided to a vehicle. In one embodiment a method includes: receiving video content at the vehicle; monitoring the video content based on guidelines data stored in a datastore; and selectively modifying the video content based on the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLP
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Douglas C. Martin, Charles A. Massoll