Patents by Inventor Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam

Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam 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: 11510612
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to systems and methods for detecting alertness of a driver of a vehicle. In one exemplary method, a driver alertness detection system determines whether a driver of a vehicle is susceptible to lagophthalmos. If the driver is susceptible to lagophthalmos, the driver alertness detection system may evaluate an alertness state of the driver by disregarding an eyelid status of the driver and monitoring biometrics of the driver such as, a heart rate and/or a breathing pattern. Alternatively, the driver alertness detection system may evaluate an alertness state of the driver by placing a higher priority on the biometrics of the driver than on the eyelid status. However, if the driver is not susceptible to lagophthalmos, the driver alertness detection system evaluates the alertness state by placing a higher priority on the eyelid status than on the biometrics of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Adil Nizam Siddiqui, Justin Bennie
  • Patent number: 11514273
    Abstract: A vehicle computer comprises a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to detect debris flying above a roadway, to input vehicle sensor data to a first classifier that outputs a source of the debris, and based on the source of the debris, to compare sensor data representing the debris to stored reference data to determine a type of physical material included in the debris. The memory stores instruction to input the type of physical material and an environmental condition to a second classifier that outputs a risk assessment, and to actuate the vehicle based on the risk assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar, Brian Bennie
  • Publication number: 20220363209
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for management of electrical resources for electric vehicles. A method may include receiving, by a vehicle, sensor data indicative of a first luminosity of a location, and determining that the first luminosity of the location exceeds a luminosity threshold. The method may include determining, based on the first luminosity exceeding the luminosity threshold, a second luminosity to apply to lights of the vehicle while the vehicle is at the location, the second luminosity greater than zero. The method may include applying the second luminosity to the lights while the vehicle is at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Rajarshi Roychowdhury, Mark Eifert
  • Patent number: 11458801
    Abstract: Heating and/or cooling a vehicle interior, and in particular a steering wheel, may include receiving a heating/cooling request, automatically directing heated/cooled air from an HVAC duct through louvers adjacent to a steering wheel into a passenger compartment, and automatically rotating the steering wheel back-and-forth to change the location where the heated/cooled air is blown onto the steering wheel. This may include automatically telescoping and automatically tilting the steering wheel as well. Moreover, an infrared camera may be employed to determine where best to rotate the steering wheel for heating/cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20220309307
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to an RFID system that includes a hybrid RFID tag offering a functionality of a passive RFID tag and an active RFID tag. When operating as a passive RFID tag, an RF signal received from an RFID reader is harvested to produce a DC voltage for powering the hybrid RFID tag. The harvested DC voltage is coupled into a capacitor at a slow-charging rate so as to avoid a capacitor inrush current causing an abrupt power supply voltage drop. A controller chip in the hybrid RFID tag can execute some RFID functions at this time, thereby speeding up a response to the RFID reader. The capacitor is then charged at a fast-charging rate for storing a reserve charge. The hybrid RFID tag can subsequently use the reserve charge to operate as an active RFID tag without waiting for an RF signal from the RFID reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Mark A. Cuddihy, Prem Chahal, Saikat Mondal
  • Patent number: 11454979
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon determining that a first fluid level in a vehicle container is below a threshold based on fluid level sensor data, determine a second fluid level based on a fluid consumption signal and the fluid level sensor, and to navigate the vehicle based on the determined second fluid level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brandon Hicks, Venkatesh Krishnan, David J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20220256123
    Abstract: A two-dimensional image of a vehicle occupant in a vehicle is collected. The collected two-dimensional image is input to a machine learning program trained to output one or more reference points of the vehicle occupant, each reference point being a landmark of the vehicle occupant. One or more reference points of the vehicle occupant in the two-dimensional image is output from the machine learning program. A location of the vehicle occupant in an interior of the vehicle is determined based on the one or more reference points. A vehicle component is actuated based on the determined location. For each of the one or more reference points, a similarity measure is determined between the reference point and a three-dimensional reference point, the similarity measure based on a distance between the reference point and the three-dimensional reference point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Robert Parenti, Adil Siddiqui, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Yasodekshna Boddeti
  • Publication number: 20220221575
    Abstract: Low-power vehicle sentinel systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example method includes obtaining electromagnetic signals in a target area surrounding a vehicle. The electromagnetic signals can be obtained from electromagnetic elements mounted to the vehicle. The method can include determining attributes or behaviors of an object in the target area based on the electromagnetic signals and executing a response measure based on the attributes or behaviors of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sai Prasanth Velusamy, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20220194402
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for providing driver alerts inside a neighborhood. In an example embodiment, a neighborhood area network of computers is used to convey to a driver in the neighborhood, a driver alert about a driving impediment present on a road outside a residence. The driving impediment, which may be, for example, a vehicle, a trash receptacle, or an individual, is detected by a detection device (a camera, for example). The detection device informs a computer located in the residence of the driving impediment. The computer then communicates via the neighborhood area network with a computer in the vehicle to alert the driver. In some implementations, information pertaining to driving impediments in the neighborhood may be entered into a distributed ledger by using a blockchain mode of operation. The computer in the vehicle can access the distributed ledger to obtain this information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie
  • Publication number: 20220176779
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for protecting the health of occupants of a vehicle. In an example method, a health monitoring apparatus in a vehicle evaluates an individual and detects a symptom of a contagious disease. The individual may be already seated in a first seat in the vehicle or intends to enter the vehicle. The health monitoring apparatus identifies a second seat that has a pre-defined spatial separation distance from the first seat. The pre-defined spatial separation distance can exceed a threshold spatial separation distance selected to provide health protection against the contagious disease. The health monitoring apparatus issues an advisory to the individual to occupy the second seat. In another example method, the health monitoring apparatus may adjust an airflow pattern in the vehicle so as to provide directional airflows to protect various occupants of the vehicle against an airborne contagious disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 11351961
    Abstract: Proximity-based vehicle security systems and methods are provided herein. An example method includes determining a napping event of a vehicle occupant within a vehicle, determining, based on signals of external sensors of the vehicle, when an object has entered one of a plurality of distance-based zones during the napping event, each of the distance-based zones being associated with a unique security response, and invoking the unique security response of the one of a plurality of distance-based zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie
  • Patent number: 11348456
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for detecting wrong way travel of a vehicle. In one example method, a smart device is provided in a vehicle. The smart device may be, for example, a smartphone of an occupant of the vehicle. A GPS system can be used to identify sequential location coordinates of the vehicle as the vehicle travels on a road, such as for example, a multi-lane road. The sequential location coordinates can be used to determine a direction of travel of the vehicle. The smartphone may access a database in order to obtain road rules pertaining to the multi-lane road. The road rules provide information regarding a legitimate direction of travel for vehicles in each of multiple lanes and can be used by the smartphone to determine whether the vehicle is traveling in a wrong direction on the multi-lane road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20220155756
    Abstract: A system and method are described herein for tracking and instructing assembly of flexible modular products on a single assembly line. The systems enable methods for tracking components and procedures as well as tools used in the assembly of components using various sensors and devices along the line. The systems also enable methods for instructing and tracking usage of tools for procedures. Data from various sensors, stations, nodes, and relating to each particular assembly item are stored in a distributed ledger that is verified and secured for use as a production log including each action taken on the assembly item which may later be used for audit purposes as well as to increase confidence in the assembly of product variations on the assembly line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20220141017
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to, among other things, distributed ledger systems for modular vehicles. The disclosure may involve receiving, at a first ledger associated with a first node, information regarding an interaction between the first node and a second node. The same transaction information may also be received at a second ledger associated with the second node, as well as ledgers associated with any other number of nodes. The first node, second node, and any other number of nodes may be modular vehicle components. Additionally, the first ledger, second ledger, and any other number of ledgers include a set of the same information. The first node, second node, and third node may be nodes on a distributed ledger network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20220105944
    Abstract: Chionophobia intervention systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example method includes detecting snowfall from a vehicle sensor of a vehicle or a service provider, displaying a prompt on a human machine interface (HMI) to query a user regarding additional assistance in response to the detection of the snowfall, activating a first stage response after detecting the snowfall, determining when the first stage response is insufficient based on feedback received from the user, and activating a second stage response when the feedback received from the user indicates that the first stage response is insufficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Rajarshi Roychowdhury, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Brian Bennie
  • Publication number: 20220108605
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for detecting wrong way travel of a vehicle. In one example method, a smart device is provided in a vehicle. The smart device may be, for example, a smartphone of an occupant of the vehicle. A GPS system can be used to identify sequential location coordinates of the vehicle as the vehicle travels on a road, such as for example, a multi-lane road. The sequential location coordinates can be used to determine a direction of travel of the vehicle. The smartphone may access a database in order to obtain road rules pertaining to the multi-lane road. The road rules provide information regarding a legitimate direction of travel for vehicles in each of multiple lanes and can be used by the smartphone to determine whether the vehicle is traveling in a wrong direction on the multi-lane road.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20220107183
    Abstract: Dead reckoning correction utilizing patterned light projection is provided herein. An example method can include navigating a drone along a pattern using dead reckoning, the pattern having a plurality of lines, detecting one of the plurality of lines using an optical sensor of the drone, determining when a line of travel of the drone is not aligned with the one of the plurality of lines, and realigning the line of travel of the drone so as to be aligned with the one of the plurality of lines to compensate for drift that occurs during navigation using dead reckoning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Mayberry, David Berels, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Rajarshi Roychowdhury
  • Publication number: 20220097317
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying individual tapes in layers onto a substrate includes a plurality of reels, applicators, and a guide member. A first reel holds a first tape and a second reel holds a second tape. A first applicator includes a first pressure surface that receives the first tape from the first reel and presses the first tape in a direction toward the substrate to apply the first tape to the substrate. The second applicator includes a second pressure surface that receives the second tape from the second reel. The second pressure surface is aligned to dispense the second tape over a section of the first tape applied to the substrate and to press the second tape toward the substrate to apply the second tape over the first tape. The guide member is disposed between the reels and the applicators and aligns the first and second tapes during application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Jeffeory Berels, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Rajarshi Roychowdhury, Scott Mayberry
  • Publication number: 20220066469
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for platooning vehicles or other types of nodes. The platooning may involve receiving a request from a vehicle to initiate a platoon. In response to the request, another vehicle may indicate a desire to form the platoon with the requesting vehicle. Before the platoon is formed, a verification process may be performed to determine the eligibility of the vehicle to join a platoon, which may be based on a rating associated with the vehicle. Once the vehicle is verified, the platoon may be established. Upon establishment, the vehicles may proceed to coordinate actions, and a lead vehicle may be identified for the platoon. Vehicles may request to join and leave the platoon throughout the lifetime of the platoon. The platoon may eventually be dismissed, for example if the lead vehicle leaves the platoon and no one vehicle is willing and/or able to serve as lead vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie, Pramita Mitra
  • Patent number: 11260867
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to detect a potential hydroplaning area of a roadway based on topographic data and based on vehicle sensor data, and to actuate a component of a vehicle based on a location of the potential hydroplaning area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Somak Datta Gupta, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie