Patents by Inventor David T. Proefke

David T. Proefke 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: 20200102926
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to extend an activation command time duration, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to: receive an activation command from a remote entity; in response to the activation command, activate an engine of a vehicle; maintain the engine in an active state for a duration of time; establish a short-range wireless connection (SRWC) with a mobile computing device; and in response to the SRWC being established with the mobile computing device, extend the duration of time the engine is maintained in the active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Kunal Jaggi, Anurag Goyal, David T. Proefke
  • Publication number: 20200026968
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a memory configured to include a program and a processor configured to execute the program, where the program enables the processor to: after a first vehicle ingress/egress event, activate a sensor to capture a reference image of a portion of a vehicle body; after a second vehicle ingress/egress event, activate the sensor to capture a test image of the portion of the vehicle body; determine whether the test image includes one or more objects not found in the reference image; and release the door from the body or produce a notification or prevent vehicle movement or some combination thereof, based on the determination of whether the test image includes one or more objects not found in the reference image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Radhika Ciripanga, Donald K. Grimm, Wei Tong, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 10507844
    Abstract: A system includes an impairment sample module, impairment value calculator module, threshold comparison module, warning alert module, and intervention module. The impairment sample module may be configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running. The impairment value calculator module may be configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample. The threshold comparison module may be configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment. The warning alert module may be configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value. The intervention module may be configured to execute driver intervention protocol if the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10442433
    Abstract: An override system of a vehicle includes a command module configured to: receive a concentration of a chemical in a driver's body measured using a chemical measurement device of the vehicle; and when the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, prevent movement of the vehicle. An override module is configured to, in response to receipt of user input indicative of an override request while the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, selectively generate a command to override the prevention of movement of the vehicle. The command module is further configured to, in response to the command, selectively allow movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10366554
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an extended secure idle (SI) for a mobile platform. The SI may be entered and exited responsive to a variety of SI entry and SI exit conditions. SI entry and exit conditions include receiving key fob data from a key fob authenticated with the mobile platform. In addition, various predetermined safeguard conditions for scenarios to monitor may be designated a priori. The described system and method will continually check that the predetermined safeguard conditions are not violated during an extended SI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fred W. Huntzicker, Pratyush Kumar, David T. Proefke, William A. Biondo
  • Patent number: 10275961
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for handling the response sequence with geometric elimination of a plurality of keyless fobs. The remote fobs are interrogated with a body control module. A first signal is issued from a first set of remote fobs in a first time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. A second signal is issued from a second set of remote fobs in a second time slot in response to the interrogation signal from the body control module. The second time slot differs from the first time slot. A first remote fob is authenticated when the first signal is received by the body control module in a free and clear state. The second remote fob is authenticated when the second signal is received by the body control module in the free and clear state. If neither the first nor second signals are received in the free and clear state, the remote fobs are re-interrogated by the body control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, Thomas E. Utter, Ron Y. Asmar, David T. Proefke
  • Publication number: 20190092342
    Abstract: A system includes an impairment sample module, impairment value calculator module, threshold comparison module, warning alert module, and intervention module. The impairment sample module may be configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running. The impairment value calculator module may be configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample. The threshold comparison module may be configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment. The warning alert module may be configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value. The intervention module may be configured to execute driver intervention protocol if the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20180374289
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an extended secure idle (SI) for a mobile platform. The SI may be entered and exited responsive to a variety of SI entry and SI exit conditions. SI entry and exit conditions include receiving key fob data from a key fob authenticated with the mobile platform. In addition, various predetermined safeguard conditions for scenarios to monitor may be designated a priori. The described system and method will continually check that the predetermined safeguard conditions are not violated during an extended SI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: FRED W. HUNTZICKER, PRATYUSH KUMAR, DAVID T. PROEFKE, WILLIAM A. BIONDO
  • Patent number: 10147253
    Abstract: An access system for a vehicle includes a first vehicle subsystem configured to control access to an interior compartment of the vehicle, an actuator mounted on the vehicle and movable between first and second positions, and a controller coupled to the actuator and configured to: detect a first actuation sequence of the actuator, the first actuation sequence corresponding to an access code; during the first actuation sequence of the actuator, provide an audible, visual, or tactile response from the vehicle, by causing activation of a vehicle system; compare the access code to an authorization code; and generate a first control signal configured to cause the first vehicle subsystem to switch between a first state and a second state when the access code corresponds to the authorization code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Thomas E. Utter, Akhil N. Neti, Luis David Gonzalez Valdez, Rohit Uttam
  • Patent number: 10147294
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing reminder of occupant status are provided. The method includes in response to detecting rear passenger door of vehicle has been opened, determining whether vehicle is in first power mode or second power mode; in response to determining that vehicle is in first power mode, setting timer corresponding to time limit for detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode; in response to detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode and timer being unexpired, turning on setting to output reminder of an occupant; in response to determining that vehicle is in second power mode, turning on setting to output reminder of occupant; and in response to detecting transition from second power mode to first power mode, outputting reminder of occupant if setting to output reminder of occupant is turned on. The method may provide reminders of rear seat occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Lisa A. Fallon
  • Publication number: 20180338685
    Abstract: An impairment detection system is provided and includes an emitter, first and second beam selectors, a reference reflector, a sensor and a control module. The emitter is configured to emitter a first light signal. The first beam selector is configured to forward the first light signal to a touch probe. The reference reflector is configured to reflect the first light signal received from the first beam selector to generate a second reflected signal. The second beam selector is configured to receive (i) a first reflected signal from the touch probe based on reflection of the first light signal on an area of a person, and (ii) the second reflected signal. The sensor is configured to receive from the second beam selector the first reflected signal and the second reflected signal. The control module is configured to determine an impairment level of the person based on an output of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. PROEFKE, Thomas M. FOREST
  • Publication number: 20180339706
    Abstract: An override system of a vehicle includes a command module configured to: receive a concentration of a chemical in a driver's body measured using a chemical measurement device of the vehicle; and when the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, prevent movement of the vehicle. An override module is configured to, in response to receipt of user input indicative of an override request while the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, selectively generate a command to override the prevention of movement of the vehicle. The command module is further configured to, in response to the command, selectively allow movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20180322273
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for limited starting authorization are provided. The method includes: determining whether an authorized wireless device is connected to a vehicle sharing system and whether a first command is received from the authorized wireless device; in response to determining that the authorized wireless device is connected to the vehicle sharing system and that the first command is received from the authorized wireless device, setting a timer to a predetermined value, enabling an authenticating device and notifying of the enabling of the authenticating device; and in response to determining that attempted access to an unauthorized part of the vehicle has occurred, a second command is received from the authorized wireless device, or the timer has expired, disabling the authenticating device and notifying of the disabling of the authenticating device. The method may be used in by vehicle sharing system to limit access and prevent theft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10077583
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock system includes an interior door handle for a rear door. A door release switch is mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A child door lock switch for the rear door is accessible by a driver. A power release door latch for the rear door is electrically connected to the door release switch and mechanically connected to the interior door handle. A mechanical child door lock switch is located on the rear door and that is mechanically connected to the power release door latch. A control module communicates with the child door lock switch, the power release door latch and the door release switch. The control module is configured to electrically actuate the power release door latch when the mechanical child door lock switch is in a locked position, the child door lock switch has an unlocked state and the door release switch is in an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke, Ron Y. Asmar
  • Patent number: 10055919
    Abstract: A relay attack deterrence system includes a mobile platform including a plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and a mobile platform receiver component provided therein. The system further includes a fob device having a fob receiver component, a fob transmitter component, and a motion sensor component configured to produce motion information. The fob device is configured to receive, at the fob receiver component, one or more first signals from at least one of the plurality of mobile platform transmitter components and to selectably transmit, to the mobile platform receiver component, a second signal based on the motion information and position information derived from the one or more first signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ron Y. Asmar, Thomas E. Utter, Thomas M. Forest, Aaron P. Creguer, David T. Proefke
  • Publication number: 20180174419
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing reminder of occupant status are provided. The method includes in response to detecting rear passenger door of vehicle has been opened, determining whether vehicle is in first power mode or second power mode; in response to determining that vehicle is in first power mode, setting timer corresponding to time limit for detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode; in response to detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode and timer being unexpired, turning on setting to output reminder of an occupant; in response to determining that vehicle is in second power mode, turning on setting to output reminder of occupant; and in response to detecting transition from second power mode to first power mode, outputting reminder of occupant if setting to output reminder of occupant is turned on. The method may provide reminders of rear seat occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Lisa A. Fallon
  • Publication number: 20180174486
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for an impairment detection device. The apparatus comprises a feedback device that provides feedback during an impairment test. The feedback is configured to inform the user how to change their behavior to satisfy predetermined conditions during the test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: FRED W. HUNTZICKER, WILLIAM A. BIONDO, DAVID T. PROEFKE
  • Patent number: 9994232
    Abstract: An automated vehicle configuration system for a host vehicle is presented here. The system includes a driver identifier module onboard the host vehicle, and a subsystem onboard the vehicle. The driver identifier module has a database and a processor device to execute processor-executable instructions. The database has database objects, each having a driver identifier, at least one key fob code, and at least one mobile device identifier. The processor device executes the instructions to dynamically populate and update the database objects such that key fob codes are dynamically assigned and reassigned to driver identifiers. The subsystem has user-specific configurable settings associated with the driver identifier objects. Selection of an active driver identifier results in the loading of corresponding settings for the subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sue A. Gould, Douglas C. Martin, Mark J. Glaza, Ron Y. Asmar, David T. Proefke, Charles J. Bongiorno
  • Patent number: 9975552
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting impairment of a vehicle operator are provided. The method includes detecting a first impairment level at a first time; detecting a second impairment level at a second time after the first time; based on the detected first impairment level and the detected second impairment level, determining a third impairment level at a third time after the second time; and inhibiting vehicle operation in response to determining that the third impairment level is greater than an impairment threshold. The apparatus and method may be used in a vehicle or other apparatus to prevent vehicle operator from operating the vehicle while impaired or prior to becoming impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Stephane Vitet
  • Publication number: 20180037228
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting impairment of a vehicle operator are provided. The method includes detecting a first impairment level at a first time; detecting a second impairment level at a second time after the first time; based on the detected first impairment level and the detected second impairment level, determining a third impairment level at a third time after the second time; and inhibiting vehicle operation in response to determining that the third impairment level is greater than an impairment threshold. The apparatus and method may be used in a vehicle or other apparatus to prevent vehicle operator from operating the vehicle while impaired or prior to becoming impaired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Stephane Vitet