Patents by Inventor Jonathan L. Gerlach

Jonathan L. Gerlach 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: 9576474
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing vehicle services to at least one communication device located at a vehicle via a vehicle telematics unit. The method carried out by the system includes the steps of: receiving a request at the vehicle telematics unit for first vehicle services from a first communication device located at a vehicle; associating a first identifier with the first communication device; and providing the first vehicle services to the first communication device, wherein the vehicle services are provided according to at least one services parameter associated with the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J Macdonald, Jonathan L Gerlach, Dipankar Pal, David George
  • Patent number: 9467179
    Abstract: A system and a method using that system that provides multi-tainment services in a vehicle. The method includes the steps of providing a vehicle telematics unit having wireless hotspot functionality; connecting the telematics unit via short range wireless communication (SRWC) to a vehicle multi-tainment unit (VMU) and at least one mobile device; identifying the VMU connection at the telematics unit; and providing the VMU with wireless hotspot data priority over the at least one mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignees: General Motor LLC, GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dipankar Pal, Lakshmi Thanayankizil, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Muhammad Fahad Alam
  • Patent number: 9418489
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing vehicle data services to communication devices located at a remote vehicle. The method includes the steps of: establishing data communication between a telematics backend system and one of a plurality of communication devices located at the remote vehicle; determining at the telematics backend system an access point name (APN) for at least one of the plurality of communication devices, a type of vehicle services data for the at least one of the plurality of communication devices, or both; and based on the determined APN, the type of vehicle services data, or both, transmitting from or receiving at the telematics backend the vehicle services data according to a network traffic shaping scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Macdonald, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal, David George
  • Patent number: 9113288
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating using a vehicle telematics unit and an in-vehicle audio system includes detecting a vehicle event at the vehicle telematics unit; terminating any existing short-range wireless connections between the vehicle telematics unit and wireless devices carried by a vehicle occupant; establishing a short-range wireless connection between the vehicle telematics unit and the in-vehicle audio system; and providing communications between the vehicle occupant and a central facility using the short-range wireless connection established between the vehicle telematics unit and the in-vehicle audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Steven S. Sauerbrey, Kier M. Mathieson, Jonathan L. Gerlach
  • Publication number: 20150223273
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing vehicle services to at least one communication device located at a vehicle via a vehicle telematics unit. The method carried out by the system includes the steps of: receiving a request at the vehicle telematics unit for first vehicle services from a first communication device located at a vehicle; associating a first identifier with the first communication device; and providing the first vehicle services to the first communication device, wherein the vehicle services are provided according to at least one services parameter associated with the first identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Macdonald, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal, David George
  • Publication number: 20150222553
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing vehicle data services to communication devices located at a remote vehicle. The method includes the steps of: establishing data communication between a telematics backend system and one of a plurality of communication devices located at the remote vehicle; determining at the telematics backend system an access point name (APN) for at least one of the plurality of communication devices, a type of vehicle services data for the at least one of the plurality of communication devices, or both; and based on the determined APN, the type of vehicle services data, or both, transmitting from or receiving at the telematics backend the vehicle services data according to a network traffic shaping scheme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew J. Macdonald, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal, David George
  • Patent number: 9098957
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wireless hotspot at a vehicle includes receiving one or more Wi-Fi control variables along with a vehicle identity at a central facility; authenticating the received Wi-Fi control variables at the central facility using the vehicle identity; establishing a cellular connection between the central facility and a vehicle providing the Wi-Fi hotspot identified by the transmitted vehicle identity; and transmitting a command to change the Wi-Fi control variables from the central facility to the vehicle when the Wi-Fi control variables have been authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Fahad Alam, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal
  • Publication number: 20150215954
    Abstract: A system and a method using that system that provides multi-tainment services in a vehicle. The method includes the steps of providing a vehicle telematics unit having wireless hotspot hotspot functionality; connecting the telematics unit via short range wireless communication (SRWC) to a vehicle multi-tainment unit (VMU) and at least one mobile device; identifying the VMU connection at the telematics unit; and providing the VMU with wireless hotspot data priority over the at least one mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicants: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Dipankar Pal, Lakshmi Thanayankizil, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Muhammad Fahad Alam
  • Publication number: 20150199855
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wireless hotspot at a vehicle includes receiving one or more Wi-Fi control variables along with a vehicle identity at a central facility; authenticating the received Wi-Fi control variables at the central facility using the vehicle identity; establishing a cellular connection between the central facility and a vehicle providing the Wi-Fi hotspot identified by the transmitted vehicle identity; and transmitting a command to change the Wi-Fi control variables from the central facility to the vehicle when the Wi-Fi control variables have been authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicants: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Fahad Alam, Jonathan L. Gerlach, Dipankar Pal
  • Publication number: 20150201297
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating using a vehicle telematics unit and an in-vehicle audio system includes detecting a vehicle event at the vehicle telematics unit; terminating any existing short-range wireless connections between the vehicle telematics unit and wireless devices carried by a vehicle occupant; establishing a short-range wireless connection between the vehicle telematics unit and the in-vehicle audio system; and providing communications between the vehicle occupant and a central facility using the short-range wireless connection established between the vehicle telematics unit and the in-vehicle audio system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Steven S. Sauerbrey, Kier M. Mathieson, Jonathan L. Gerlach
  • Patent number: 9078125
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for vehicle data communications. The system includes a vehicle communication component configured to receive data, encode the data to be transmitted, and transmit the encoded data wirelessly. A data delivery unit is configured to receive the encoded data, decode the encoded data, and present data in at least one format. A wired communication link couples the vehicle communication component and the data delivery unit. The wired communication link is configured to relay decoding information from the vehicle communication component to the data delivery unit such that the data delivery unit may decode the encoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nadav Lavi, Jonathan L. Gerlach
  • Publication number: 20140380296
    Abstract: A system and method of re-programming one or more modules at a vehicle includes deciding to re-program an infotainment head unit (IHU) or one or more vehicle system modules on a vehicle; accessing a Wi-Fi signal using the IHU; receiving software at the IHU from a remotely-located computer via the Wi-Fi signal; and re-programming the one or more vehicle system modules or the IHU with the received software using the IHU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Dipankar Pal, Jonathan L. Gerlach
  • Publication number: 20140273952
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for vehicle data communications. The system includes a vehicle communication component configured to receive data, encode the data to be transmitted, and transmit the encoded data wirelessly. A data delivery unit is configured to receive the encoded data, decode the encoded data, and present data in at least one format. A wired communication link couples the vehicle communication component and the data delivery unit. The wired communication link is configured to relay decoding information from the vehicle communication component to the data delivery unit such that the data delivery unit may decode the encoded data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: NADAV LAVI, JONATHAN L. GERLACH
  • Patent number: 8050419
    Abstract: A vehicle audio system such as a vehicle radio is integrated with a vehicle speech system so that outputted speech by the vehicle speech system is played through the audio system. When a speech session begins, the audio system mutes any entertainment audio being played and outputs audio speech received from the vehicle speech system at an initial volume that is constrained to be between minimum and maximum initial volume settings. These initial volume settings are automatically adjusted by the audio system if it detects that the user has a tendency to repeatedly adjust the volume past one of these settings each time a speech session is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Gerlach
  • Patent number: 8005467
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telematics readiness mode including receiving a first readiness mode input at a telematics unit, initiating a readiness mode responsive to the received first readiness mode input, receiving a second readiness mode input at the telematics unit while in the readiness mode, and determining a readiness action based on the received second readiness mode input. A computer usable medium with suitable computer program code is employed for providing a telematics readiness mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gerlach, Ernest B. Rennells, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20090245533
    Abstract: A vehicle audio system such as a vehicle radio is integrated with a vehicle speech system so that outputted speech by the vehicle speech system is played through the audio system. When a speech session begins, the audio system mutes any entertainment audio being played and outputs audio speech received from the vehicle speech system at an initial volume that is constrained to be between minimum and maximum initial volume settings. These initial volume settings are automatically adjusted by the audio system if it detects that the user has a tendency to repeatedly adjust the volume past one of these settings each time a speech session is carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Gerlach