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).

  • Publication number: 20140057501
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical fastener includes a fastener body having a connection portion materially integrally formed with at least one mounting member. The at least one mounting member has a thickness that is no more than three-times greater than a thickness of a substrate to which the electro-mechanical fastener is joined. The at least one mounting member is configured and disposed to be joined to the substrate through a welded connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Edward D. Moss, Sheng-hong Shih, Louis Meli, Richard E. MacCleery
  • Publication number: 20140055307
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting whether at least one of an antenna mast and a detection mechanism is installed to an antenna. In one embodiment, a method includes monitoring at least one of amplitude modulation (AM) band data and direct current (DC) power data of the antenna; and selectively determining whether at least one of the antenna mast and the detection mechanism is installed based on the at least one of the AM band data and the DC power data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20140055320
    Abstract: An antenna is provided. The antenna includes an antenna base; and a detection mechanism removably coupled to the antenna base that generates a detection signal for detecting whether an antenna mast is coupled to the antenna base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN, Laurence G. EKSTROM
  • Publication number: 20140055306
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting whether an antenna mast is coupled to an antenna. In one embodiment, a method of monitoring an antenna having a removable detection mechanism is provided. The method includes: monitoring voltage standing wave radio (VSWR) measurement data of the antenna; and selectively determining whether at least one of the detection mechanism and an antenna mast is installed based on the VSWR measurement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20140018006
    Abstract: Providing content services for a vehicle include receiving a signal quality indicator value indicative of a signal quality of a radio station that is transmitting radio frequency-based content over-the-air. The content services also include searching, via a wireless interface, a network for an identifier of the radio station. Upon determining the signal quality indicator value has fallen below a threshold, and responsive to finding the identifier of the radio station from the searching, the content services include transitioning from transmission of the content broadcast via radio frequency-based signals, through a radio of the vehicle, to transmission of content associated with the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski
  • Patent number: 8606178
    Abstract: An electronic control module assembly includes antenna elements and a PCB. Each antenna element communicates an RF signal in a direction that corresponds with an outer face of a housing of the assembly. The PCB is received in a cavity of the housing and has RF-energy-transfer circuits and a baseband RF device, which demodulates the signal. Each RF-energy-transfer circuit receives the signal. At least two RF-energy-transfer circuits receive the signal from the antenna elements, and at least one RF-energy-transfer circuit does not receive the signal from one of the antenna elements and is a placeholder circuit. The baseband RF device is in communication with at least two of the RF-energy-transfer circuits receiving the signal. A connector provides a connection between each of the antenna elements and the PCB and is received by an aperture of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Mark A. Wisnewski, Charles A. Massoll
  • Patent number: 8600345
    Abstract: A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, Kenneth L. Peirce, David J. Trzcinski, Charles A. Massoll, David R. Petrucci, Thiep T. Nguyen, Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 8525746
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes an exterior antenna, an interior antenna, and a data transmission line. The vehicle has a wall including an outer surface and an inner surface that generally opposes the outer surface, where the inner surface and the outer surface cooperate together to create an aperture. The wall defines an exterior environment and an interior cabin. The exterior antenna is located within the exterior environment and is connectable to the vehicle. The interior antenna is located within the interior cabin defined. The data transmission line transmits RF signals and is in communication with both the exterior antenna and the interior antenna. The transmission line passes through the aperture located in the plate between the exterior antenna and the interior antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 8508419
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes a primary antenna, a primary data transmission line, a secondary antenna, a secondary data transmission line, and an RF device. The primary antenna is connected to the vehicle and is located in an exterior environment. The secondary antenna is connected to the vehicle and is located in one of the exterior environment and an interior cabin of the vehicle. The primary data transmission line transmits a first RF signal and is in communication with the primary antenna. The secondary data transmission line transmits a secondary RF signal and is in communication with the secondary antenna. The fixed RF device is connected to the vehicle and is in communication with the primary data transmission line and the secondary data transmission line to provide an output RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., Nathan C. Callaghan, Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Steven P. Schwinke
  • Publication number: 20130151027
    Abstract: A system for implementing customized vehicle services includes a vehicle control system including a computer processor, and logic executable by the computer processor, the logic configured to implement a method. The method includes receiving user-selected settings for distributing a communication, the user-selected settings input to the computer processor by a user of a vehicle. The method also includes monitoring vehicle components for a condition specified in the user-selected settings, and distributing the communication pursuant to the user-selected settings when the condition is met in response to the monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski
  • Publication number: 20130041580
    Abstract: Mobile network services for a vehicle are provided via a computer processing device, and a digital communications module executable by the computer processing device. The digital communications module identifies a content channel selection for content presented on a device in the vehicle, continuously receives information indicating a location of the vehicle, and monitors signal strength of the content as the vehicle moves among location. Upon determining a threshold signal strength is reached, the digital communications module determines an action to be taken, and performs the action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Thiep T. Nguyen, Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Anna Saadatjoo
  • Publication number: 20120302202
    Abstract: A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, Kenneth L. Peirce, David J. Trzcinski, Charles A. Massoll, David R. Petrucci, Thiep T. Nguyen, Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 8289217
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes an exterior antenna and an interior antenna. The vehicle has a wall including an outer surface and an inner surface generally opposing the outer surface. The inner surface and the outer surface cooperate together to create an aperture. The wall defines an exterior environment and an interior cabin of the vehicle. The exterior antenna is disposed on the outer surface of the wall, where the exterior antenna transmits and receives RF signals to and from an external RF device that is located in the exterior environment. The interior antenna is located within the interior cabin defined by the inner surface of the wall. The interior antenna receives and transmits RF signals to and from an interior RF device located within the interior cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Publication number: 20120231754
    Abstract: An electronic control module assembly includes a plurality of antenna elements and a printed circuit board (PCB). Each antenna element communicates a radio frequency (RF) signal. The PCB has a plurality of radio frequency (RF) energy transfer circuits and a baseband RF device. The plurality of RF energy transfer circuits are each configured to receive the RF signal. At least two of the RF energy transfer circuits receive the RF signal from the plurality of antenna elements. The baseband RF device is in communication with the at least two of the plurality of RF energy transfer circuits which receive the RF signal. The baseband processor is configured for demodulating the RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Mark A. Wisnewski, Charles A. Massoll
  • Publication number: 20120223810
    Abstract: A remote keyless system (RKS) includes a remote control device configured to create a signal having at least a component at a first frequency and an antenna assembly coupled to a vehicle that includes a first antenna tuned to receive a signal in a frequency band. The RKS also includes a first filter coupled to the first antenna and configured to pass the first frequency and a second filter coupled to the first antenna and configured to pass the frequency band. The RKS also includes a remote keyless system controller coupled to the first filter that, upon receipt of a predetermined signal, causes the vehicle to perform an action. The first frequency is an integer multiple of a frequency in the frequency band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Ron Yousif Asmar, Mark A. Wisnewski
  • Patent number: 8238872
    Abstract: A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, Kenneth L. Peirce, David J. Trzcinski, Charles A. Massoll, David R. Petrucci, Thiep T. Nguyen, Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Publication number: 20120098717
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes a primary antenna, a primary data transmission line, a secondary antenna, a secondary data transmission line, and an RF device. The primary antenna is connected to the vehicle and is located in an exterior environment. The secondary antenna is connected to the vehicle and is located in one of the exterior environment and an interior cabin of the vehicle. The primary data transmission line transmits a first RF signal and is in communication with the primary antenna. The secondary data transmission line transmits a secondary RF signal and is in communication with the secondary antenna. The fixed RF device is connected to the vehicle and is in communication with the primary data transmission line and the secondary data transmission line to provide an output RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATONS, INC. @@ GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Nathan C. Callaghan, Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Steven P. Schwinke
  • Publication number: 20120094630
    Abstract: A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.@@GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, Kenneth L. Peirce, David J. Trzcinski, Charles A. Massoll, David R. Petrucci, Thiep T. Nguyen, Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Publication number: 20110298677
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes an exterior antenna and an interior antenna. The vehicle has a wall including an outer surface and an inner surface generally opposing the outer surface. The inner surface and the outer surface cooperate together to create an aperture. The wall defines an exterior environment and an interior cabin of the vehicle. The exterior antenna is disposed on the outer surface of the wall, where the exterior antenna transmits and receives RF signals to and from an external RF device that is located in the exterior environment. The interior antenna is located within the interior cabin defined by the inner surface of the wall. The interior antenna receives and transmits RF signals to and from an interior RF device located within the interior cabin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Nathan C. Callaghan
  • Publication number: 20110298678
    Abstract: An antenna system connectable to a vehicle includes an exterior antenna, an interior antenna, and a data transmission line. The vehicle has a wall including an outer surface and an inner surface that generally opposes the outer surface, where the inner surface and the outer surface cooperate together to create an aperture. The wall defines an exterior environment and an interior cabin. The exterior antenna is located within the exterior environment and is connectable to the vehicle. The interior antenna is located within the interior cabin defined. The data transmission line transmits RF signals and is in communication with both the exterior antenna and the interior antenna. The transmission line passes through the aperture located in the plate between the exterior antenna and the interior antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Charles A. Massoll, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Nathan C. Callaghan