Patents by Inventor John Robert Van Wiemeersch

John Robert Van Wiemeersch 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: 10562379
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling window tint levels to protect the interior cabin of an autonomous vehicle. An example vehicle includes photochromic windows and a processor. The processor determines a sun profile based on images of an area external to the vehicle captured by a camera. The processor also determines a protection mode to reduce a current sun projection on an interior of the vehicle based on the sun profile. The processor also individually sets tint levels on the photochromic windows based on the determined protection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10562539
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for transferring control of one or more vehicle functions from a driver HUD to a passenger HUD. An example vehicle includes a driver HUD, a passenger HUD, and a processor. The processor is configured for enabling control of one or more vehicle functions via the driver HUD responsive to determining that the vehicle speed is below a threshold. The processor is also configured for transitioning control of the one or more vehicle functions from the driver HUD to the passenger HUD responsive to determining that the vehicle speed has increased above the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alyssa Chatten, Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani, Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10562540
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to place a vehicle into a valet mode, restricting vehicle usage. The processor is also configured to determine that a valet lag, having a wireless connection to the vehicle, is in motion, while the vehicle is in valet mode and activate an external indicator usable to find the vehicle, responsive to the tag motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Aaron DeLong, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Brian Wilkerson
  • Publication number: 20200017122
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for transferring control of one or more vehicle functions from a driver HUD to a passenger HUD. An example vehicle includes a driver HUD, a passenger HUD, and a processor. The processor is configured for enabling control of one or more vehicle functions via the driver HUD responsive to determining that the vehicle speed is below a threshold. The processor is also configured for transitioning control of the one or more vehicle functions from the driver HUD to the passenger HUD responsive to determining that the vehicle speed has increased above the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Alyssa Chatten, Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani, Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Publication number: 20200018976
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for passenger heads-up displays for vehicles. An example vehicle includes a passenger seat, a passenger heads-up display (HUD) to present a virtual interface in front of the passenger seat, and a controller. The controller is to identify a mode selection for the passenger HUD and determine, based on the mode selection, the virtual interface and an apparent distance of the virtual interface for a passenger. The controller also is to present, via the passenger HUD, the virtual interface at the apparent distance for the passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Erick Michael Lavoie, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Alyssa Chatten
  • Patent number: 10536815
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for tracking a wireless device using a seamless handoff between a vehicle and a mobile device. An example vehicle includes internal and external antennas, a sensor, and an infotainment head unit with a display. The infotainment head unit tracks, using the external antenna, a wireless-enabled object exterior to the vehicle. The infotainment head unit also determines a location of the mobile device associated with the vehicle based on the sensor and the internal and external antennas. Additionally, when the mobile device exits the vehicle, the infotainment head unit automatically transitions tracking information to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David McNabb, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10507868
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for tire pressure monitoring for vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes tires, pressure sensors, and a controller. The controller is to identify a target position within a parking spot for park-assist, determine a tire index based on tire pressure measurements, and identify whether the tire index is within a low range, a caution range, or a normal operating range. The controller also is to adjust, responsive to the tire index being within the caution range, the target position to facilitate access to one of the tires having low pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20190367036
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a processor programmed to confirm an identity of a limited user prior to permitting the limited user to enter an autonomous host vehicle, monitor autonomous operation of the host vehicle, and transmit a status update to a primary mobile device associated with a supervisor user of the host vehicle during autonomous operation of the autonomous host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick BROMBACH, Daniel M. KING, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH
  • Patent number: 10493981
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for input signal management for vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes an autonomy unit, a communication module, and a controller. The controller is to perform, via the autonomy unit, remote parking upon receiving, via the communication module, a remote parking signal from a mobile device. The controller also is to receive an unlock request during the remote parking from a first key fob, determine a number of key fobs within a tethering range, and prevent processing of the unlock request when the number of key fobs is one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Ali Hassani, Alyssa Chatten, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10486476
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a TPMS sensor of a vehicle tire. An example vehicle includes a communication module, a tire, and a TPMS sensor corresponding to the tire. The TPMS sensor is configured to receive a target pressure from the communication module, determine a modified target pressure based on vehicle data determined by a vehicle sensor, and, responsive to determining that a measured pressure differs from the modified target pressure by a threshold amount, transmit an alert to the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. Patel, Ali Hassani, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20190351872
    Abstract: A prompt is presented on a display of a wearable device upon detecting an event indicating a user leaving a vehicle. An input responding to the prompt is received. A vehicle door lock is instructed to move to a locked position upon receipt of the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Mark PHILLIPS, Yifan CHEN, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH
  • Patent number: 10475267
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for a vehicle finder card with a thin film battery. An example includes a finder card and a vehicle. The finder card includes a thin film battery, a mechanical button flush with a surface of the finder card, a passive near field communication module and an active wireless module. The active wireless module broadcasts a wireless message with a command based on a pattern of the button being pressed. The vehicle provides a plurality of audiovisuals alert based on the command in the wireless message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew DeLong, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Vivekanandh Elangovan
  • Publication number: 20190308613
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for input signal management for vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes a door, an autonomy unit, a communication module, a vehicle speed sensor for monitoring a vehicle speed, and a controller. The controller is to cause the autonomy unit to perform remote parking upon receiving, via the communication module, a remote parking signal. The controller also is to receive an unlock request during performance of the remote parking and prevent unlocking of the door responsive to determining the vehicle speed is greater than a threshold speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Ali Hassani, Alyssa Chatten, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20190308612
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for input signal management for vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes an autonomy unit for remote parking, a communication module, a sensor, and a controller. The controller is to designate a mobile device responsive to determining the remote parking is inactive and receiving an activation request from the mobile device. When the mobile device is designated, the controller also is to process remote parking signals of the mobile device, stop the remote parking when the sensor detects engagement of a door handle, and prevent processing of other nonemergency requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Ali Hassani, Alyssa Chatten, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20190308614
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for input signal management for vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes an autonomy unit, a communication module, and a controller. The controller is to perform, via the autonomy unit, remote parking upon receiving, via the communication module, a remote parking signal from a mobile device. The controller also is to receive an unlock request during the remote parking from a first key fob, determine a number of key fobs within a tethering range, and prevent processing of the unlock request when the number of key fobs is one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Ali Hassani, Alyssa Chatten, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10433984
    Abstract: An apparatus that allows a glove wearer or the wearer of a prosthetic limb to operate a device having a capacitive touchscreen is disclosed. There are three solutions provided in the disclosed invention. The first embodiment of the disclosed invention is directed to a conductive finger sock that can be applied to a digit of a non-conductive artificial limb. The finger sock may cover the whole digit of the artificial limb or may cover only the tip. The second embodiment is an adhesive element having a conductive material such as a conductive thread or a conductive sponge material. The adhesive element can be attached to a glove or to a prosthetic limb or may be used as an actual bandage. The third embodiment of the disclosed invention is directed to a factory integrated conductive tip that is part of a digit of a non-conductive artificial limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10410450
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for wireless backscatter with time-of-flight for vehicle communication. An example vehicle includes a communication module for Wi-Fi communication and a controller. The controller is to send a signal via the communication module upon identifying a passive-entry passive-start (PEPS) request and receive a backscatter signal from an electronic device. The backscatter signal is a reflection of the signal. The controller also is to determine a distance to the electronic device based upon the backscatter signal and perform the PEPS request upon determining the distance corresponds with the PEPS request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew DeLong, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Ali Hassani, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10407023
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for remote starting of engines via vehicle keypads. An example vehicle includes a keypad, a communication module to communicate with a mobile device designated as a wireless key, and a vehicle activator. The vehicle activator is to remote start an engine in response to receiving a first code entered via the keypad when a battery of the mobile device is discharged and authorize control of the engine in response to the communication module establishing communication with the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Daniel M. King, Timothy Thivierge, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10407970
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for initiation of vehicle liftgate actuation. An example vehicle includes a liftgate, a proximity sensor for monitoring an activation area of the liftgate, a camera to capture an image of the activation area upon the proximity sensor detecting an object within the activation area, and a liftgate controller. The liftgate controller is to determine, based on the image, whether the object is a leg of a user and actuate the liftgate responsive to determining that the object is the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, William McRoy, Eric L. Reed, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Adil Nizam Siddiqui
  • Publication number: 20190265719
    Abstract: Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. Refueling stations can be equipped to refuel autonomous vehicles without occupant assistance. Refueling stations can be equipped with a fueling control computer that communicates with vehicles via wireless networks to move vehicles between waiting zones, service zones and served zones. Refueling stations can include liquid fuel, compressed gas and electric charging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Shiqi QIU, Oliver LEI, Jayanthi RAO, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH