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).

  • Publication number: 20220306123
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driver presence and position detection are disclosed herein. A method can include determining a presence and a position of a driver in a sensing zone of a vehicle using a sensor platform integrated into the vehicle, determining when the position of the driver indicates that the driver is not in a fully-seated position relative to a driver's seat of the vehicle, and selectively adjusting a vehicle parameter of the vehicle based on the driver not being in a fully-seated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Edwin Hanson, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220297516
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body that defines an aperture. A closure panel is coupled to the body and is movable between an open position and a closed position. The closure panel covers the aperture when the closure panel is in the closed position. A support member has a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to the body. The second end is coupled to the closure panel. The support member is operable between a compressed position and an extended position. The extended position of the support member corresponds with the open position of the closure panel. A collapsible member is coupled to the body and the support member. The collapsible member is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The collapsible member includes a first section and a second section. The collapsible member also includes a fluid drainage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Peter Phung, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220289093
    Abstract: A load ramp for a vehicle includes a corrugated layer that has a first surface and a second surface. A first layer is positioned adjacent to the first surface of the corrugated layer. A second layer is positioned adjacent to the second surface of the corrugated layer such that the corrugated layer is positioned between the first and second layers, A thickness of the load ramp can be in the range of about 10 mm to about 30 mm. A load capacity of the load ramp can be at least about 100 kg, A method of manufacturing the load ramp is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Peter Phung, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220289136
    Abstract: Upon identifying an authorized user approaching a vehicle, vehicle locks are controlled to permit the authorized user to access an authorized area based on a user authorization. Permitted vehicle features within the authorized area for the authorized user are identified based on the user authorization. Upon receiving a user input selecting one permitted vehicle feature, the selected permitted vehicle feature is actuated based on determining that a state of charge of a battery is above a charge threshold. Upon determining that the state of charge of the battery decreases below the charge threshold, actuation of the selected permitted vehicle feature is stopped. Then an engine is controlled to charge the battery based on the user authorization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Sam Harris, Tarik Safir, Donald Paul Bilger
  • Publication number: 20220292388
    Abstract: A machine-learning localization scheme is provided. Calibration data is received from a plurality of vehicles, the calibration data including wireless data indicative of locations of mobile devices within the plurality of vehicles, ground truth data with respect to the locations of the mobile devices, and contextual information with respect to one or more of operating system versions of the mobile devices or battery levels of the mobile devices. A machine-learning model is trained using the wireless data and the contextual information as inputs and the ground truth data as output. Responsive to an error rate for the machine-learning model being within an error target, the machine-learning model is provided to the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Vivekanandh ELANGOVAN, Ali HASSANI, Hemanth Yadav ARADHYULA, Hamid M. GOLGIRI, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH
  • Publication number: 20220294245
    Abstract: A charge level of a sensor battery providing power to a sensor in a vehicle is determined. A charge depletion of the sensor battery is determined based on the charge level. A recharge rate to recharge the sensor battery is determined based on a time elapsed on a previously traveled path, a current charge level, and the charge depletion. Upon activation of the vehicle, one or both of a propulsion or a vehicle battery is actuated to recharge the sensor battery at the recharge rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Donald Paul Bilger, Tarik Safir, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Zeljko Deljevic, Sam Harris
  • Publication number: 20220291334
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive radar data from a radar sensor of a vehicle; demarcate a zone of coverage of the radar sensor, the zone of coverage having an area based on a number of objects indicated by the radar data; and after demarcating the zone of coverage, in response to detecting a newly present object in the zone of coverage, adjust a scanning rate of the radar sensor based on a distance of the newly present object from the radar sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Donald Paul Bilger, Tarik Safir, Sam Harris
  • Publication number: 20220289143
    Abstract: While a vehicle is in a minimal power state, a first sensor is activated based on a location of the vehicle within a monitored area. The vehicle is transitioned to an on state based on detecting an object via data from the first sensor. Then the vehicle is operated to block an exit from the monitored area based on identifying the object as an unauthorized object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Sam Harris, Tarik Safir, Donald Paul Bilger, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Todd Ansbacher
  • Patent number: 11425493
    Abstract: A remote-assist system programmed for vehicle parking assist or other remote vehicle operation features includes a selective ultrasonic beamforming Amplitude Modulated (AM) system configured and/or programmed to transmit audible alerts to a primary user via ultrasonic beamforming AM. The system localizes a mobile device that is being used by the primary user to initiate the system. The system localizes the primary user, and others in the vicinity, and determines others that may be associated with the vehicle and primary user. The system defines and reshapes a target zone to include only those associated with the primary user and the vehicle. The system electronically or mechanically steers a transducer array to steer an ultrasonic beam with an AM audio alert to the target zone, where the message is audible only to those within the target zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Publication number: 20220258695
    Abstract: A distributed biometric vehicle entry system is configured to provide personalized biometric authentication for vehicle entry. The system utilizes an authentication token private key challenge generated a biometric wireless vehicle entry keypad, or a passive device such as a smartphone or fob, such that it would be insufficient for an intruder to simply jump the circuit with an external battery. The biometric authentication may be localized to an embedded system within the biometric vehicle entry keypad, and may be self-contained from all other vehicle systems with a wireless vehicle interface and independent power supply. The vehicle may grant access responsive to receiving the authentication token (and only the authentication token) whenever a valid biometric signature is recognized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani
  • Patent number: 11407284
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive first input to sanitize a vehicle passenger cabin via a passenger cabin heater, output one or more candidate initiation times at which to begin actuation of the heater, and, then, actuate the heater to a temperature above a specified sanitization threshold according to the initiation time identified in a second input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11404061
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive sensor data of an occupant of a vehicle, identify a type of mask worn by the occupant based on the sensor data, select a sound filter according to the type of mask from a plurality of sound filters stored in the memory, receive sound data, apply the selected sound filter to the sound data, and perform an operation using the filtered sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Joshua Wheeler, Pietro Buttolo, Brian Bennie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220236101
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body, an aperture defined by the body, a closure panel, and a load sensor. The closure panel is movable between an open position and a closed position. The closure panel covers at least a portion of the aperture when the closure panel is in the closed position. The load sensor is coupled to the closure panel. The load sensor senses a load that is applied to the closure panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Peter Phung, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220236363
    Abstract: A method for localizing a user device using a Time-of-Flight (ToF) antenna array disposed on a vehicle, the method includes determining via a ToF localization controller, that a user device is positioned at a front region of a vehicle, calculating a distance to the user device from a combination of two ToF antennae of the ToF antenna array, and performing a 2-dimensional (2D) trilateration calculation. The method further includes evaluating a confidence metric value, determining a position of the user device based on the confidence metric value, and generating an unlock signal that unlocks a vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Vaccariello, Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220237965
    Abstract: A method for localizing a user device using a Time of Flight (ToF) antenna array disposed on a vehicle, the method includes determining, via a ToF localization controller, that the user device is less than a threshold distance from the vehicle, determining an angle of arrival via the ToF localization controller and the ToF antenna array, and generating an unlock signal that unlocks a vehicle door responsive to determining that the user device is less than the threshold distance from the vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Vaccariello, Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220227356
    Abstract: This disclosure details cargo management systems for monitoring the regulatory compliance of cargo positioned on a vehicle. Exemplary cargo management systems may be configured to estimate a distance an item of cargo extends beyond a perimeter of the vehicle and then compare the estimated distance with a cargo-related regulation to confirm compliance of the item of cargo with the cargo-related regulation. The cargo management system may further be configured to detect positional changes of the item of cargo to ensure continued compliance of the item of cargo with the cargo-related regulation during vehicle operation. The cargo management system may issue an alert when the item of cargo is determined to be non-compliant with the cargo-related regulation or when the item of cargo shifts during vehicle operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Aaron GOULD, Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman
  • Publication number: 20220229432
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle using a mobile device includes receiving, via a user interface of the mobile device, a user input selection of a visual representation of the vehicle. The method further includes establishing a wireless connection with the vehicle for tethering with the vehicle based on the user input, determining that the mobile device is within a threshold distance limit from the vehicle, performing a line of sight verification indicative that the user is viewing an image of the vehicle via the mobile device, and causing the vehicle, via the wireless connection, to perform a remote vehicle movement control action while the mobile device is less than the threshold tethering distance from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Publication number: 20220222466
    Abstract: A computer, including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to acquire a first image by illuminating a first object with a first light beam, segment the first image of the first object to determine regions that correspond to a first surface material and determine a first measure of pixel values in regions of the first image that correspond to the first surface material. The instructions include further instructions to perform a comparison of the first measure of pixel values to a second measure of pixel values determined from a second image of a second object, wherein the second image is previously acquired by illuminating the second object with a second light beam and when the comparison determines that the first measure is equal to the second measure of pixel values within a tolerance, determine that the first object and the second object are a same object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Jonathan Diedrich, Hamid M. Golgiri, Hemanth Yadav Aradhyula, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220222988
    Abstract: Interference-avoiding distance measurement is provided. A controller of a first wireless device is configured for wireless communication over a first transmission protocol with a second wireless device. One or more occupied channels of a second transmission protocol are identified, the first and second transmission protocols having overlapping frequency spectrums. A channel plan is constructed according to the occupied channels, the channel plan using a set of channels of the first transmission protocol that do not overlap in frequency with the one or more occupied channels of the second transmission protocol. Phase-based ranging is performed using data scanned via the channel plan. A distance measurement is indicated based on the phase-based ranging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Vivekanandh ELANGOVAN, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH
  • Publication number: 20220219643
    Abstract: A vehicle for improved user authentication is provided. The vehicle includes a biometric sensor; and a controller programmed to initiate a biometric authentication of a user within a vicinity of a vehicle using data received from the biometric sensor, and responsive to occurrence of a secondary trigger condition initiated by the user to gain access to the vehicle, complete the authentication to grant or deny access to the user. A system for remote management of lockout states for a vehicle is provided. A server is programmed to receive a lockout notification from the vehicle, responsive to occurrence of a failed access attempt using an access modality, the lockout notification including contextual information with respect to the occurrence of the failed access attempt; and send, responsive to the lockout notification, an indication of an administrative action to be performed by the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Ryan Edwin HANSON, Ali HASSANI, Hemanth Yadav ARADHYULA, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH, Hamid GOLGIRI