Patents by Inventor Gregg R. Kittinger

Gregg R. Kittinger 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10200786
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method of remote volume adjustment through a telematics unit of a vehicle, the method including: establishing a short-range wireless connection (SRWC), via the telematics unit, with a wireless device present within the interior of the vehicle; receiving, via the telematics unit, one or more commands to set a maximum volume level for the wireless device; and limiting, via the telematics unit, the audio output directed to the wireless device to the maximum volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark P. Friedrich, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10057545
    Abstract: A rear view video system for a vehicle includes a display and a rear view camera that generates a raw video signal. A video modification module receives the raw video signal and generates a modified video signal based thereon. A video analysis module analyzes whether the modified video signal is valid or invalid. A switch outputs the modified video signal to the display when the vehicle is in reverse and the modified video signal is valid and outputs the raw video signal to the display when the vehicle is in reverse and the modified video signal is invalid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Brian V. Sychta, Gregg R. Kittinger, Reno V. Ramsey, Manish Khadtare
  • Publication number: 20170339375
    Abstract: A rear view video system for a vehicle includes a display and a rear view camera that generates a raw video signal. A video modification module receives the raw video signal and generates a modified video signal based thereon. A video analysis module analyzes whether the modified video signal is valid or invalid. A switch outputs the modified video signal to the display when the vehicle is in reverse and the modified video signal is valid and outputs the raw video signal to the display when the vehicle is in reverse and the modified video signal is invalid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Brian V. SYCHTA, Gregg R. Kittinger, Reno V. Ramsey, Manish Khadtare
  • Patent number: 9515753
    Abstract: An AM/FM radio system for a vehicle that is selectively impedance matched to the particular tuned frequency of interest so that noise received by other frequencies does not affect the received signal. The radio system includes an HMI allowing a user to select an AM or FM radio station and a radio tuner responsive to a signal from the HMI identifying the selected radio station. The tuner tunes the radio system to the radio station, and provides a signal to the HMI identifying the radio station. The HMI places a message on a vehicle bus identifying the radio station that the radio tuner is tuned to. An antenna controller receives the message from the vehicle bus to selectively control an impedance matrix to provide impedance matching for the selected radio station frequency. The antenna controller also selectively tunes antenna radiating elements to the particular tuned frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, KATHREIN AUTOMOTIVE NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Gregg R. Kittinger, Andreas Fuchs, Elias Ghafari
  • Patent number: 9502755
    Abstract: A method and system for increasing the performance of an automotive plate antenna system are provided. A carbon loaded material is used to enhance performance of the plate antenna. The method and resulting systems have a first metallic plate of the antenna arranged and secured on a planar surface of the carbon loaded material. The method realizes an antenna system with reduced size and weight without a reduction in performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., Gregg R. Kittinger, David J. Trzcinski
  • Patent number: 9329218
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Duane S. Carper, Douglas C. Martin
  • Patent number: 9297844
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Duane S. Carper, Douglas C. Martin
  • Patent number: 9274156
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Duane S. Carper, Douglas C. Martin, Laurence G. Ekstrom