Patents by Inventor DOUGLAS A. SRAIL

DOUGLAS A. SRAIL 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: 20210048884
    Abstract: A method includes detecting, with a sensor, a gaze of an occupant of a vehicle. The gaze is directed to at least one vehicle displays. The method also includes determining, with a controller circuit in communication with the sensor, whether one or more features presented on the at vehicle displays are partially obstructed from a view of the occupant. When the one or more features presented on vehicle displays are partially obstructed from the view of the occupant, the controller circuit adjusts a presentation of at least one partially obstructed features to be viewable by the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Heather L. Beineke, Douglas A. Srail, Mark A. Kady
  • Patent number: 10852822
    Abstract: A method includes detecting, with a sensor, a gaze of an occupant of a vehicle. The gaze is directed to at least one vehicle displays. The method also includes determining, with a controller circuit in communication with the sensor, whether one or more features presented on the at vehicle displays are partially obstructed from a view of the occupant. When the one or more features presented on vehicle displays are partially obstructed from the view of the occupant, the controller circuit adjusts a presentation of at least one partially obstructed features to be viewable by the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Heather L. Beineke, Douglas A. Srail, Mark A. Kady
  • Publication number: 20200348751
    Abstract: A method includes detecting, with a sensor, a gaze of an occupant of a vehicle. The gaze is directed to at least one vehicle displays. The method also includes determining, with a controller circuit in communication with the sensor, whether one or more features presented on the at vehicle displays are partially obstructed from a view of the occupant. When the one or more features presented on vehicle displays are partially obstructed from the view of the occupant, the controller circuit adjusts a presentation of at least one partially obstructed features to be viewable by the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Heather L. Beineke, Douglas A. Srail, Mark A. Kady
  • Patent number: 9841813
    Abstract: A human-machine interface (HMI) system used to indicate a vehicle-feature based on glance-direction of an occupant of the vehicle includes a camera and a controller. The camera is used to capture a sequence-of-images of an occupant of a vehicle. The controller is configured to determine a plurality of glance-directions from the sequence-of-images, define a plurality of glance-zones based on the plurality of glance-directions, one glance-zone for each glance-direction, define an intersection-zone based on an intersection of two or more of the glance-zones, determine an outlier-count based on how many of the plurality of glance-zones do not intersect with the intersection-zone, and select a vehicle-feature in the vehicle indicated by the occupant, said vehicle-feature located at a location inside the vehicle that corresponds to the intersection-zone, said vehicle-feature indicated by the operator when the outlier-count during the pause-interval is less than a paused-threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Srail
  • Publication number: 20170177076
    Abstract: A human-machine interface (HMI) system used to indicate a vehicle-feature based on glance-direction of an occupant of the vehicle includes a camera and a controller. The camera is used to capture a sequence-of-images of an occupant of a vehicle. The controller is configured to determine a plurality of glance-directions from the sequence-of-images, define a plurality of glance-zones based on the plurality of glance-directions, one glance-zone for each glance-direction, define an intersection-zone based on an intersection of two or more of the glance-zones, determine an outlier-count based on how many of the plurality of glance-zones do not intersect with the intersection-zone, and select a vehicle-feature in the vehicle indicated by the occupant, said vehicle-feature located at a location inside the vehicle that corresponds to the intersection-zone, said vehicle-feature indicated by the operator when the outlier-count during the pause-interval is less than a paused-threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventor: DOUGLAS A. SRAIL
  • Patent number: 9508344
    Abstract: An entertainment system suitable for use in a vehicle and configured to control an output volume of the system includes a microphone and a processor. The microphone is configured to detect sound in a cabin of the vehicle, and output a microphone signal indicative of the sound. The processor is configured to determine a difference signal based on a difference between the microphone signal and an output signal corresponding to sound being output by the system, determine if the difference signal corresponds to human speech, and decrease the output volume of the system when the difference signal corresponds to human speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Srail
  • Publication number: 20160111087
    Abstract: An entertainment system suitable for use in a vehicle and configured to control an output volume of the system includes a microphone and a processor. The microphone is configured to detect sound in a cabin of the vehicle, and output a microphone signal indicative of the sound. The processor is configured to determine a difference signal based on a difference between the microphone signal and an output signal corresponding to sound being output by the system, determine if the difference signal corresponds to human speech, and decrease the output volume of the system when the difference signal corresponds to human speech.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventor: DOUGLAS A. SRAIL
  • Publication number: 20070238409
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for locating media preferred by a listener among a numerous selection of stations from radio broadcasting, satellite radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and media storage devices. An algorithm tracks time and number of timed occurrences that a station having media is listened to by a listener, and establishes a predetermined number of stations favored by the listener. A memory device stores and continuously updates the favored stations. A seeking function presents the favored stations to the listener, enabling the listener to select a preferred station from the presented favored stations. In an aspect, the favored stations are presented to the listener in an order from most listened station to least listened station. In an aspect, the favored stations are categorized according to subject such as news, traffic, weather, sports and music. In an aspect, favored stations are stored for more than one listener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventor: Douglas Srail