Patents by Inventor James Michael WEINFURTHER

James Michael WEINFURTHER 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: 10834199
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller, programmed to responsive to receiving a command from a non-customer party, send an authorization request based on the command and a predefined vehicle parameter to a server; and responsive to receiving a signed command from the server, execute the signed command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karl Nathan Clark, Jason Michael Miller, Xin Ye, James Michael Weinfurther, Vijayababu Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 10798154
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a control module and a plurality of vehicle control modules in networked communication with the control module. The control module may be configured to receive an indication from a user interface to transition the vehicle into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, instruct the plurality of vehicle control modules to perform operations to reduce their respective key-off loads on the vehicle. A cloud service may be configured to receive, over a wide-area network responsive to user input to a mobile device, an indication to transition a vehicle associated with the mobile device into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, provide a message over the network to the vehicle to instruct the vehicle to perform operations to reduce key-off loads of a plurality of vehicle control modules of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Lovett, Andrew Eugene Burt, James Michael Weinfurther, Zeljko Deljevic
  • Publication number: 20200092375
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller, programmed to responsive to receiving a command from a non-customer party, send an authorization request based on the command and a predefined vehicle parameter to a server; and responsive to receiving a signed command from the server, execute the signed command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Karl Nathan Clark, Jason Michael Miller, Xin Ye, James Michael Weinfurther, Vijayababu Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 10266134
    Abstract: System and method are disclosed for vehicle accessory power management. An example vehicle includes an engine configured to operate in a start-stop mode, and a power management system. The power management system is configured to receive an input requesting use of a vehicle accessory in an accessory mode, and responsive to the input, reduce an electrical load, disable the start-stop mode, and enable use of the accessory mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, James Michael Weinfurther, Hanyang B Chen, David J Dainelis, Michael J Irby
  • Patent number: 10166993
    Abstract: An access assessment tool is described for providing a technical solution for selectively controlling access to restricted information and/or implementation of restricted functionalities based on a current vehicle mode and/or validated credentials. The access assessment tool described herein controls the validation of a user or diagnostic tool requesting access to restricted information or implementation of a restricted function before allowing access to the restricted information or allowing implementation of the restricted function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Therese Boran, Kevin Thomas Hille, Aldi Caushi, James Michael Weinfurther
  • Publication number: 20180345887
    Abstract: System and method are disclosed for vehicle accessory power management. An example vehicle includes an engine configured to operate in a start-stop mode, and a power management system. The power management system is configured to receive an input requesting use of a vehicle accessory in an accessory mode, and responsive to the input, reduce an electrical load, disable the start-stop mode, and enable use of the accessory mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, James Michael Weinfurther, Hanyang B. Chen, David J. Dainelis, Michael J. Irby
  • Publication number: 20180326993
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a control module and a plurality of vehicle control modules in networked communication with the control module. The control module may be configured to receive an indication from a user interface to transition the vehicle into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, instruct the plurality of vehicle control modules to perform operations to reduce their respective key-off loads on the vehicle. A cloud service may be configured to receive, over a wide-area network responsive to user input to a mobile device, an indication to transition a vehicle associated with the mobile device into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, provide a message over the network to the vehicle to instruct the vehicle to perform operations to reduce key-off loads of a plurality of vehicle control modules of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Karin LOVETT, Andrew Eugene BURT, James Michael WEINFURTHER, Zeljko DELJEVIC
  • Patent number: 10118592
    Abstract: A body controller may monitor a vehicle bus for diagnostic requests received from a scan device connected to a diagnostic port when a vehicle perimeter alarm of a body controller is armed. The body controller may reset a predetermined lockout timeout responsive to receipt of a session request from the scan device. Upon expiration of the lockout timeout, the body controller may request to establish the session with the body controller from the scan device for a predetermined access timeout. When the session is established, the body controller may allow a user to program entry devices to the body controller and/or download software updates to the body controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Therese Boran, Brunilda B. Caushi, Simon John William Hurr, James Michael Weinfurther
  • Patent number: 10093197
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a body controller programmed to limit operation of at least one vehicle feature to reduce battery consumption during transit of the vehicle in response to a vehicle flag indicating a transport status, and to enable operation of the at least one vehicle feature during manufacturing in response to the vehicle flag indicating a factory status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zeljko Deljevic, James Michael Weinfurther, Karl William Wojcik
  • Publication number: 20180222489
    Abstract: An access assessment tool is described for providing a technical solution for selectively controlling access to restricted information and/or implementation of restricted functionalities based on a current vehicle mode and/or validated credentials. The access assessment tool described herein controls the validation of a user or diagnostic tool requesting access to restricted information or implementation of a restricted function before allowing access to the restricted information or allowing implementation of the restricted function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Lisa Therese Boran, Kevin Thomas Hille, Aldi Caushi, James Michael Weinfurther
  • Patent number: 10035517
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a control module and a plurality of vehicle control modules in networked communication with the control module. The control module may be configured to receive an indication from a user interface to transition the vehicle into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, instruct the plurality of vehicle control modules to perform operations to reduce their respective key-off loads on the vehicle. A cloud service may be configured to receive, over a wide-area network responsive to user input to a mobile device, an indication to transition a vehicle associated with the mobile device into an extended park mode, and responsive to the indication, provide a message over the network to the vehicle to instruct the vehicle to perform operations to reduce key-off loads of a plurality of vehicle control modules of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Lovett, Andrew Eugene Burt, James Michael Weinfurther, Zeljko Deljevic
  • Patent number: 9827950
    Abstract: An exemplary locking assembly includes, among other things, a lock that transitions between a first state that prevents disengaging electric vehicle supply equipment from a charge port and a second state that permits the disengaging. A control module is configured to command the lock to transition from the first to the second state in response to a user interaction with a selector device and an authentication of the user interaction. An exemplary securing method includes, among other things, receiving a request to disengage electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) from a charge port of a vehicle, permitting a disengaging if the request can be authenticated, and preventing the disengaging if the request cannot be authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Lovett, Ray C. Siciak, James Michael Weinfurther, Ahmet Cinar
  • Publication number: 20170259785
    Abstract: An exemplary locking assembly includes, among other things, a lock that transitions between a first state that prevents disengaging electric vehicle supply equipment from a charge port and a second state that permits the disengaging. A control module is configured to command the lock to transition from the first to the second state in response to a user interaction with a selector device and an authentication of the user interaction. An exemplary securing method includes, among other things, receiving a request to disengage electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) from a charge port of a vehicle, permitting a disengaging if the request can be authenticated, and preventing the disengaging if the request cannot be authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Karin Lovett, Ray C. Siciak, James Michael Weinfurther, Ahmet Cinar
  • Patent number: 9694768
    Abstract: A vehicle system with a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and determine a vehicle speed and then send a control signal to enable power for at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Aaron Acuna
  • Publication number: 20170174157
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a body controller programmed to limit operation of at least one vehicle feature to reduce battery consumption during transit of the vehicle in response to a vehicle flag indicating a transport status, and to enable operation of the at least one vehicle feature during manufacturing in response to the vehicle flag indicating a factory status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Zeljko Deljevic, James Michael Weinfurther, Karl William Wojcik
  • Patent number: 9682669
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and a vehicle speed. The processing device powers at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold. The processing device may disable the vehicle subsystem when the vehicle speed falls below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Acuna, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Barb LeMaigre
  • Publication number: 20170036645
    Abstract: A body controller may monitor a vehicle bus for diagnostic requests received from a scan device connected to a diagnostic port when a vehicle perimeter alarm of a body controller is armed. The body controller may reset a predetermined lockout timeout responsive to receipt of a session request from the scan device. Upon expiration of the lockout timeout, the body controller may request to establish the session with the body controller from the scan device for a predetermined access timeout. When the session is established, the body controller may allow a user to program entry devices to the body controller and/or download software updates to the body controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Lisa Therese BORAN, Brunilda B. CAUSHI, Simon John William HURR, James Michael WEINFURTHER
  • Publication number: 20160311385
    Abstract: A vehicle system with a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and determine a vehicle speed and then send a control signal to enable power for at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Aaron Acuna
  • Publication number: 20160311384
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and a vehicle speed. The processing device powers at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold. The processing device may disable the vehicle subsystem when the vehicle speed falls below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Acuna, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Barb LeMaigre
  • Patent number: 9457805
    Abstract: An electronic control unit may include input channels configured to receive signals indicative of a power to a steering system and signals indicative of an operating mode of the vehicle, and output channels configured to provide a command to redistribute current from an electrical load to the steering system. The electronic control unit may further include control logic configured to, in response to the power falling below a threshold value and the operating mode being of a pre-defined type, generate the command to increase the power to the steering system to meet the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, James Michael Weinfurther, David J. Dainelis, Michael J. Irby