Patents by Inventor Kevin W. Owens

Kevin W. Owens 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: 10455076
    Abstract: A system and method of carrying out a teletypewriter (TTY) call at a vehicle, the method being carried out by vehicle electronics of the vehicle, wherein the method includes: receiving a TTY configuration request at the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; configuring the vehicle to operate based on the TTY configuration request, wherein the configuring includes storing TTY configuration data at the vehicle; receiving a telephone call initiation request at the vehicle, the telephone call initiation request corresponding to a telephone call with an end user; determining whether TTY functionality is enabled or disabled at the vehicle, wherein the determination of whether the TTY functionality is enabled or disabled at the vehicle includes inspecting the TTY configuration data; and when it is determined that the TTY functionality is enabled at the vehicle, carrying out a TTY call at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Vinay Kapadia, David D. Malkan, Amy Brogan Shiemke, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 9393920
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting low vehicle battery charge and responding appropriately to prevent complete vehicle battery drainage. One method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and providing, by the telematics unit, a notification to a telematics subscriber that the vehicle battery has low charge. Another method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and in response to determining that the low battery charge threshold has been reached, disabling at least one load draining the vehicle battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Joshua M. Sine, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 8983720
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an engine kill device that can automatically stop the engine. The vehicle has components for determining the engine may have been errantly left running, in which case the vehicle sends a notice to the user. The vehicle is capable of receiving a response from the user with instructions to leave the engine running. If no response is received, the vehicle can activate the engine kill device and stop the engine, or the vehicle can leave the engine running if a response is received from the user indicating the engine should remain running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Joshua M. Sine, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 8942691
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics unit includes, but is not limited to a housing that is configured to be mounted to an internal surface of a vehicle. The aftermarket telematics unit further includes an angle detection unit that is associated with the housing and that is configured to detect a mounting angle of the housing. The aftermarket telematics unit still further includes a processor that is associated with the housing. The processor is configured to perform an initial configuration procedure and is further configured to discontinue the initial configuration procedure when the mounting angle is out of a target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Steven S. Sauerbrey, Matt C. Videtich
  • Patent number: 8941506
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting a power line of a telematics unit is incorrectly wired. In one example, a system includes a first module that evaluates at least one of a validity of a global positioning system and a powered on status of the telematics unit. A second module determines that the power line of the telematics unit is incorrectly wired based on the at least one of the validity of a global positioning system and the powered on status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Joshua M. Sine
  • Publication number: 20140343788
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an engine kill device that can automatically stop the engine. The vehicle has components for determining the engine may have been errantly left running, in which case the vehicle sends a notice to the user. The vehicle is capable of receiving a response from the user with instructions to leave the engine running. If no response is received, the vehicle can activate the engine kill device and stop the engine, or the vehicle can leave the engine running if a response is received from the user indicating the engine should remain running.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. HOSEY, JOSHUA M. SINE, KEVIN W. OWENS, DANIEL C. MCGARRY
  • Publication number: 20140343831
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting low vehicle battery charge and responding appropriately to prevent complete vehicle battery drainage. One method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and providing, by the telematics unit, a notification to a telematics subscriber that the vehicle battery has low charge. Another method includes: monitoring the charge of the vehicle battery; determining, by a telematics unit, that the charge of the vehicle battery has reached a low battery charge threshold while the vehicle engine is off; and in response to determining that the low battery charge threshold has been reached, disabling at least one load draining the vehicle battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Kevin W. Owens, Joshua M. Sine, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Publication number: 20140269466
    Abstract: A method of controlling a Wi-Fi service provided by a vehicle includes detecting at the vehicle that an ignition switch of the vehicle is turned off; wirelessly receiving at the vehicle a message that controls the operation of the Wi-Fi service while the ignition switch of the vehicle is turned off; and activating or deactivating the Wi-Fi service provided by the vehicle in response to the wirelessly-received message while the ignition switch of the vehicle is turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Eric T. Hosey, Joshua M. Sine
  • Publication number: 20140097959
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting a power line of a telematics unit is incorrectly wired. In one example, a system includes a first module that evaluates at least one of a validity of a global positioning system and a powered on status of the telematics unit. A second module determines that the power line of the telematics unit is incorrectly wired based on the at least one of the validity of a global positioning system and the powered on status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. HOSEY, Kevin W. OWENS, Daniel C. McGARRY, Joshua M. SINE
  • Patent number: 8604937
    Abstract: A telematics unit is provided for a vehicle having a power unit, along with a method for controlling a telematics unit for a vehicle. The telematics unit includes a voltage sensor, a global positioning system unit, and a processor. The voltage sensor senses a measure of a voltage of the power unit. The global positioning system unit obtains position data as to a position of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the voltage sensor and the global positioning system unit. The processor is configured to determine whether the voltage for the power unit has decreased using the sensed measure of the voltage, determine whether the vehicle is moving using the position data, and command the telematics unit to an off mode if the voltage has decreased and the vehicle is not moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 8543289
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics system for use with a vehicle having a vehicle bus is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics system includes, but is not limited to, an aftermarket telematics unit that is configured to be mounted to the vehicle, to communicate with the vehicle bus, and to detect when the vehicle has been turned off. The aftermarket telematics system also includes a vehicle communication interface device configured to connect to the vehicle bus, to be communicatively coupled with the aftermarket telematics unit, and to facilitate communication between the aftermarket telematics unit and the vehicle bus. The aftermarket telematics unit is further configured to send a sleep command to the vehicle communication interface device when the aftermarket telematics unit detects that the vehicle has been turned off. The vehicle communication interface device is configured to sleep in accordance with the sleep command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Genreal Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Russell A. Patenaude, Daniel C. McGarry, Matt C. Videtich, Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Publication number: 20130115933
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics unit includes, but is not limited to a housing that is configured to be mounted to an internal surface of a vehicle. The aftermarket telematics unit further includes an angle detection unit that is associated with the housing and that is configured to detect a mounting angle of the housing. The aftermarket telematics unit still further includes a processor that is associated with the housing. The processor is configured to perform an initial configuration procedure and is further configured to discontinue the initial configuration procedure when the mounting angle is out of a target range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN W. OWENS, STEVEN S. SAUERBREY, MATT C. VIDETICH
  • Patent number: 8368549
    Abstract: A telematics unit is provided for a vehicle having a power unit, along with a method for controlling a telematics unit for a vehicle. The telematics unit includes a voltage sensor, a global positioning system unit, and a processor. The voltage sensor senses a measure of a voltage of the power unit. The global positioning system unit obtains position data as to a position of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the voltage sensor and the global positioning system unit. The processor is configured to determine whether the voltage for the power unit has decreased using the sensed measure of the voltage, determine whether the vehicle is moving using the position data, and command the telematics unit to an off mode if the voltage has decreased and the vehicle is not moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20120271503
    Abstract: An automated system and method for detecting and responding to bulb outages on a vehicle. The method carried out by the system utilizes a telematics unit installed onboard the vehicle and includes the steps of: (a) receiving bulb status information at the telematics unit indicating the failure of a bulb on the vehicle and providing the telematics unit with bulb data for identifying the bulb; (b) obtaining bulb replacement information using the bulb data; and (c) providing the bulb replacement information to a recipient associated with the vehicle. The bulb replacement information can be emailed or otherwise sent electronically to the recipient and can include a replacement part number or other ordering and installation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicants: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC, GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Kurt J. Reichert
  • Publication number: 20120191291
    Abstract: A method for controlling a communicatively paired device for use with a vehicle (“ATU”) includes, but is not limited to, the steps of detecting a first power state of the vehicle using a vehicle communication interface (“VCI”) that is communicatively coupled to a communication bus on the vehicle, transmitting a wireless signal corresponding to the first power state from the VCI to the communicatively paired device, and altering a second power state of the communicatively paired device to correspond with the first power state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN R. KRAUSE, RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE, DANIEL C. McGARRY, KEVIN W. OWENS, NICHOLAS J. PEARISO
  • Publication number: 20120083970
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics system for use with a vehicle having a vehicle bus is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics system includes, but is not limited to, an aftermarket telematics unit that is configured to be mounted to the vehicle, to communicate with the vehicle bus, and to detect when the vehicle has been turned off. The aftermarket telematics system also includes a vehicle communication interface device configured to connect to the vehicle bus, to be communicatively coupled with the aftermarket telematics unit, and to facilitate communication between the aftermarket telematics unit and the vehicle bus. The aftermarket telematics unit is further configured to send a sleep command to the vehicle communication interface device when the aftermarket telematics unit detects that the vehicle has been turned off. The vehicle communication interface device is configured to sleep in accordance with the sleep command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN W. OWENS, RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE, DANIEL C. McGARRY, MATT C. VIDETICH, CHRISTOPHER L. OESTERLING
  • Publication number: 20120026010
    Abstract: A telematics unit is provided for a vehicle having a power unit, along with a method for controlling a telematics unit for a vehicle. The telematics unit includes a voltage sensor, a global positioning system unit, and a processor. The voltage sensor senses a measure of a voltage of the power unit. The global positioning system unit obtains position data as to a position of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the voltage sensor and the global positioning system unit. The processor is configured to determine whether the voltage for the power unit has decreased using the sensed measure of the voltage, determine whether the vehicle is moving using the position data, and command the telematics unit to an off mode if the voltage has decreased and the vehicle is not moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20110202229
    Abstract: In-vehicle tire gauge system and methods are disclosed herein. The in-vehicle tire gauge system includes a user activated system operatively positioned in a vehicle. The user activated system includes at least one of preset voice prompts or audible tones for guiding a tire pressure check routine, a monitoring system for detecting a tire filling event, and a module for converting tire pressure data into audible feedback. At least one tire pressure monitoring sensor is operatively positioned at each tire of the vehicle and is configured to collect the tire pressure data and transmit such data to the module. An audio system is in operative communication with the user activated system, and is configured to output, via in-vehicle speakers associated with the audio system, the at least one of preset voice prompts or audible tones, the audible feedback, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Kevin R. Krause
  • Publication number: 20100036666
    Abstract: A method for providing meta data for a work includes designating a file for uploading data associated therewith to a telematics unit operatively connected to a vehicle; and using meta data associated with the designed file, obtaining phonetic meta data for the designed file from an on-line service. The method further includes creating a phonetic meta data file associated with the designed file and including the obtained phonetic meta data, and transferring the phonetic metal data file to the telematics unit. Also disclosed herein is a system for providing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Ampunan, Timothy J. Grost, Kevin W. Owens
  • Patent number: 5356354
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to a system of various parts that are assembled to produce modular play equipment units of a variety of sizes and configurations, all with impact attenuating play surfaces for infant and toddler age children. The pans consist of vertical support posts removably attached by threaded, cam-operated fasteners to frames that contain either play activity elements or hand grips to facilitate passage of a child between segments of finished equipment constructions. Frame pieces support horizontal deck pieces at various levels above the ground plane, as well as shade canopy elements and flags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Kevin W. Owens