Patents by Inventor Eric T. HOSEY

Eric T. HOSEY 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: 10917764
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to responsively send vehicle information to a data center, 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 carry out the steps of: receiving vehicle identification information; sending the vehicle identification information to the data center; capturing an image of one or more third-party-vehicle identifying features in response to a request from the data center; and sending the image to the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20200351631
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to responsively send vehicle information to a data center, 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 carry out the steps of: receiving vehicle identification information; sending the vehicle identification information to the data center; capturing an image of one or more third-party-vehicle identifying features in response to a request from the data center; and sending the image to the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20200220962
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method to prompt a user for information upon being in proximity to a vehicle, the method including: realizing a user account requires vehicle information from the user; determining whether the user is within proximity of the vehicle; and prompting the user to provide the vehicle information based on the determination of whether the user is within proximity of the vehicle. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding computer systems, apparatus, and computer programs recorded on one or more computer storage devices, each configured to perform the actions of the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew C. Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20200180559
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and vehicles are provided. In certain embodiments, a vehicle includes a sensor and a processor. The sensor is configured to at least facilitate detecting when a user is disposed within the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the sensor, and is configured to at least facilitate: identifying the user; retrieving, from a memory, a sequence of inputs that is associated with the identified user as a trigger for a customized silent alarm feature for the user; monitoring for the sequence of inputs while the user is disposed within the vehicle; and providing instructions for taking an action when the sequence of inputs is detected while the user is disposed within the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: MATTHEW E. GILBERT-EYRES, Matthew C. Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim
  • Publication number: 20200039469
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automobile vehicle remote-start operation includes linking a personal communication device of a user to an automobile vehicle. Data directed to initiation of an automobile vehicle remote start operation is collected on the personal communication device. The data is compared to a predetermined threshold. If the predetermined threshold is met, a screen prompt is generated and displayed on the personal communication device of the user requesting the user to initiate the remote-start operation. The remote-start operation is initiated by the user from the personal communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert L. Cowing, Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 10525934
    Abstract: A system and method for triggering a silent alarm notification in the event the vehicle occupant comes under attack and needs to discretely signal for help. The system includes an integrated silent vehicle alarm that is triggered by the vehicle occupant by entering a pre-programmed silent alarm sequence. The silent alarm sequence is entered using OEM-installed manually actuatable devices such as door or steering wheel switches located within the vehicle. These manually actuatable devices have dual functions: a primary vehicle related function (such as opening/closing a window) and a secondary function as input devices for the silent alarm sequence. In this way the silent alarm signal utilizes devices already present in the vehicle and requires no new installation or placement of new devices. The silent alarm notification is wirelessly sent to a remote facility for vehicle tracking and emergency response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim
  • Patent number: 10507799
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state. The method includes: obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle; detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Russell A. Patenaude, Eric T. Hosey
  • Patent number: 10434986
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method of activating vehicle operations, the method including: (a) receiving, via a controller, a sequence of input signals from a plurality of device interfaces to define an activation attempt, where each device interface is configured to control operation of a corresponding vehicle aspect; (b) determining, via the controller, if the activation attempt matches an activation sequence key; and (c) activating vehicle operations, via the controller, when it is determined the activation attempt matches the activation sequence key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim
  • Patent number: 10363904
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a telematics unit including: a memory configured to include a program and a processor configured to execute the program, where the program enables the processor to: sense a disconnection event; in response to the disconnection event being sensed, gather telematics unit location data, transmit the location data to a remote facility, and transmit a theft alert to a remote facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Huong T. Chim, Matt Neely, Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Eric T. Hosey
  • Patent number: 10178709
    Abstract: A method of connecting a vehicle telematics unit with a public safety access point (PSAP) includes wirelessly calling a central facility using the vehicle telematics unit that generates a reason to contact the PSAP; determining a reason to contact the PSAP during the wireless call; and receiving a computer-readable command at the vehicle telematics unit from the central facility that directs the vehicle telematics unit to end the wireless call and locally place an emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David A. Holt
  • Patent number: 10037683
    Abstract: A vehicle telematics device for a vehicle that includes an electronic processor, a wireless chipset for wireless communication to and from the vehicle, and a bus interface for receiving bus messages from a communications bus in the vehicle. The vehicle telematics device includes computer readable memory storing program code that, upon execution by the processor, causes the vehicle telematics device to: (a) monitor for messages received by the bus interface from the communications bus; (b) detect a communication failure of the communication bus based on the monitoring; (c) determine a vehicle movement that is indicative of a vehicle crash; and (d) initiate a communication with a remote facility in response to both the detection of the communication failure and the determination of the vehicle movement that is indicative of a crash a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Andrew J. MacDonald, Curtis L. Hay, Steven R. Croyle
  • Publication number: 20180103413
    Abstract: A system and method of dynamically selecting regional network settings at a wireless device includes: determining a geographic location or a wireless carrier system identifier at the wireless device; accessing, at the wireless device, a database of regional network settings associated with geographic locations or wireless carrier system identifiers; selecting one or more regional network settings at the wireless device based on the determined geographic location or wireless carrier system identifier via a search of the database of regional network settings; and wirelessly transmitting the selected regional network setting(s) to a cell tower of a wireless carrier system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David M. George
  • Publication number: 20180043903
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating user-controlled vehicle settings with a remote location includes: detecting a change to one or more vehicle preference settings made by a vehicle user at a vehicle; wirelessly transmitting the vehicle preference setting(s) from the vehicle to a remote location; altering one or more default services provided to the vehicle user based on the change to the vehicle preference setting(s) made by the vehicle user; and providing the altered default service(s) to the vehicle user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Eric T. HOSEY, Russell A. PATENAUDE, Ryan M. EDWARDS
  • Patent number: 9820124
    Abstract: A system to access an emergency contact during a critical event is presented herein. The system includes a memory, controller, display, and sensor. The memory includes one or more executable instructions. The controller is configured to read and execute the executable instructions. The display is configured to exhibit information. The sensor the configured to send at least one critical event signal. Moreover, the executable instructions enable the controller to: receive an emergency contact; store the emergency contact in the memory; receive (from the sensor) a critical event signal; determine the status of a critical event; transmit the emergency contact from the memory to the display; and command the display to exhibit the emergency contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Matthew C. Neely, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 9393920
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting low vehicle battery charge and responding appropriately to prevent complete vehicle battery drainage. One method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and providing, by the telematics unit, a notification to a telematics subscriber that the vehicle battery has low charge. Another method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and in response to determining that the low battery charge threshold has been reached, disabling at least one load draining the vehicle battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Joshua M. Sine, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Publication number: 20150163832
    Abstract: A method of connecting a vehicle telematics unit with a public safety access point (PSAP) includes wirelessly calling a central facility using the vehicle telematics unit that generates a reason to contact the PSAP; determining a reason to contact the PSAP during the wireless call; and receiving a computer-readable command at the vehicle telematics unit from the central facility that directs the vehicle telematics unit to end the wireless call and locally place an emergency call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David A. Holt
  • Patent number: 8983720
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an engine kill device that can automatically stop the engine. The vehicle has components for determining the engine may have been errantly left running, in which case the vehicle sends a notice to the user. The vehicle is capable of receiving a response from the user with instructions to leave the engine running. If no response is received, the vehicle can activate the engine kill device and stop the engine, or the vehicle can leave the engine running if a response is received from the user indicating the engine should remain running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Joshua M. Sine, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 8941506
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting a power line of a telematics unit is incorrectly wired. In one example, a system includes a first module that evaluates at least one of a validity of a global positioning system and a powered on status of the telematics unit. A second module determines that the power line of the telematics unit is incorrectly wired based on the at least one of the validity of a global positioning system and the powered on status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Joshua M. Sine
  • Publication number: 20140343831
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting low vehicle battery charge and responding appropriately to prevent complete vehicle battery drainage. One method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and providing, by the telematics unit, a notification to a telematics subscriber that the vehicle battery has low charge. Another method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and in response to determining that the low battery charge threshold has been reached, disabling at least one load draining the vehicle battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Joshua M. Sine, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Publication number: 20140343788
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an engine kill device that can automatically stop the engine. The vehicle has components for determining the engine may have been errantly left running, in which case the vehicle sends a notice to the user. The vehicle is capable of receiving a response from the user with instructions to leave the engine running. If no response is received, the vehicle can activate the engine kill device and stop the engine, or the vehicle can leave the engine running if a response is received from the user indicating the engine should remain running.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. HOSEY, JOSHUA M. SINE, KEVIN W. OWENS, DANIEL C. MCGARRY