Patents by Inventor Mark A. Cuddihy

Mark A. Cuddihy 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: 11117546
    Abstract: Locating systems and methods for wireless seat belt monitoring in vehicles with removable or reconfigurable seats are provided herein. An example device includes a first transceiver associated with a seat belt buckle, the first transceiver having a processor and memory for storing instructions that include a first unique code identifying the first transceiver and a first orientation value of the seat belt buckle to a vehicle receiver, the first orientation value indicating a location of the seat belt buckle on a seat, the processor executes the instructions to transmit the first unique code and the first orientation value to a vehicle receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Cuddihy, Dilip Patel, Mark Andre Zielinski, Karthikeyan Sadatsharan
  • Publication number: 20210239786
    Abstract: Locating systems and methods for wireless seat belt monitoring in vehicles with removable or reconfigurable seats are provided herein. An example remote transceiver can be centrally located on a seat that is configured to be rearranged within a vehicle. The remote transceiver can include a processor and memory for storing instructions that include a unique code identifying the remote transceiver. The processor executes the instructions to receive low power signals from transmitters within an interior of the vehicle, determine received signal strength values of the low power signals. The received signal strength values are used by the vehicle receiver to determine a location of the remote transceiver within the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Cuddihy, Dilip Patel, Mark Andre Zielinski, Karthikeyan Sadatsharan
  • Publication number: 20210237681
    Abstract: Locating systems and methods for wireless seat belt monitoring in vehicles with removable or reconfigurable seats are provided herein. An example device includes a first transceiver associated with a seat belt buckle, the first transceiver having a processor and memory for storing instructions that include a first unique code identifying the first transceiver and a first orientation value of the seat belt buckle to a vehicle receiver, the first orientation value indicating a location of the seat belt buckle on a seat, the processor executes the instructions to transmit the first unique code and the first orientation value to a vehicle receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Cuddihy, Dilip Patel, Mark Andre Zielinski, Karthikeyan Sadatsharan
  • Publication number: 20210192861
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect an operating condition of a first vehicle based on at least one sensor of a second vehicle in communication with the processor. The processor is also configured to wirelessly broadcast the operating condition or associated alert including any vehicle identifying traits of the first vehicle as detected by the second-vehicle sensor or other detection systems of the second vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. RAO, Kwaku O. PRAKAH-ASANTE, Mark A. CUDDIHY
  • Patent number: 11001215
    Abstract: A seatbelt payout measuring device with a rewind spring having a first end connected to a center spool and a second end connected to a rewind spring housing. A dielectric material layered immediately adjacent to the rewind spring forming a first layer and an electrolytic coil with dielectric material layered on both sides forming a second layer, isolating the rewind spring from the electrolytic coil. A capacitive measuring device having a first lead connected to the first end of the rewind spring and a second lead connected to a first end of the electrolytic coil. The capacitive measuring device measuring capacitance with belt pullout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Mark A. Cuddihy, Mark Allan Lippman, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10953875
    Abstract: A railway prediction system may include a memory configured to maintain at least one driver profile having driver specific factors, a controller coupled to the memory and programmed to receive route factors indicative of a route and a railway crossing along the route, and instruct an alert in response to the presence of the railway crossing, a threshold according to the driver-specific factors, and an indication of a lack of deceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku Prakah-Asante, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10953771
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a base and a seat rotatable relative to the base. The vehicle includes a helical ramp fixed relative to one of the base and the seat. The vehicle includes a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) including a housing fixed relative to the other of the base and the seat and a plunger moveably supported by the housing. The plunger contacts the helical ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mark A. Cuddihy, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10919474
    Abstract: A system includes a rail including a capacitive transmitter, a computer programmed to send an actuation identifier code along the capacitive transmitter, and a plurality of seats supported by the rail, each seat including a seat controller communicatively connected to the capacitive transmitter. Each seat controller is programmed to actuate a safety device when a device identifier code corresponding to the safety device matches the actuation identifier code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Mark A. Cuddihy, Derek Board, Jimmy Moua, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20200398776
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a rail-mounted component and a restraint monitoring system. The rail-mounted component can include one or more restraints. The restraint monitoring system includes a restraint control module, an encoder-decoder module, and a rail-mounted component control module. The rail-mounted component control module can include a restraint deployment loop and a restraint diagnostic loop. The restraint deployment loop can include a deployment signal amplifier. The restraint diagnostic loop can include a diagnostic signal amplifier. In examples that include both the deployment signal amplifier and the diagnostic signal amplifier, the deployment signal amplifier and the diagnostic signal amplifier may be wired in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: David James Tippy, Alan George Dry, Mark A. Cuddihy, Derek Board, Jimmy Moua, Galen Keith Thomas, Ajeya Gupta, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10808436
    Abstract: A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism comprises a striker, a primary hood latch, and a secondary hood latch. A remote secondary hood latch release device actuates the secondary hood latch only after a primary hood latch switch provides a signal to the controller indicating that the primary hood latch is in the disengaged position. A hood sensor provides a signal when the hood has been lifted to the open condition. The controller actuates the secondary hood latch to the disengaged position for a prescribed period of time upon actuation of a vehicle system input device, and thereafter the controller actuates the secondary hood latch to the engaged position upon the earlier of expiration of the prescribed time or the hood sensor providing the signal to the controller that the hood has been lifted to the open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Hubert Szawarski, Tyler Glenn, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Publication number: 20200324721
    Abstract: A system includes a rail including a capacitive transmitter, a computer programmed to send an actuation identifier code along the capacitive transmitter, and a plurality of seats supported by the rail, each seat including a seat controller communicatively connected to the capacitive transmitter. Each seat controller is programmed to actuate a safety device when a device identifier code corresponding to the safety device matches the actuation identifier code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ALAN GEORGE DRY, MARK A. CUDDIHY, DEREK BOARD, JIMMY MOUA, JOHNATHAN ANDREW LINE
  • Publication number: 20200307418
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a base and a seat rotatable relative to the base. The vehicle includes a helical ramp fixed relative to one of the base and the seat. The vehicle includes a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) including a housing fixed relative to the other of the base and the seat and a plunger moveably supported by the housing. The plunger contacts the helical ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: MOHAMMAD OMAR FARUQUE, S. M. ISKANDER FAROOQ, MARK A. CUDDIHY, DEAN M. JARADI
  • Patent number: 10788122
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to shift a transmission of the vehicle from a gear into park upon receiving a first signal from a first active sensor beyond a signal threshold and then, within a time threshold, receiving a second signal from a second active sensor beyond the signal threshold. The signals are correlated with distances from the respective active sensor to a detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, William M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10593335
    Abstract: A vehicle voice processor includes a processing device and a data storage medium. The processing device is programmed to receive identification information from a wearable device, identify a speaker from the identification information, identify a dialect associated with the speaker from the identification information, select a predetermined acoustic model, and adjust the predetermined acoustic model based at least in part on the dialect identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Gary Steven Strumolo, Pramita Mitra, David Melcher, Mark A. Cuddihy, Craig John Simonds
  • Patent number: 10522141
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device including a memory and a processor. The processor receives a verbal input for a vehicle from a user. The processor interprets the verbal input to locate in the memory at least one datum predetermined to be interpretable by the vehicle computer. The processor generates a message corresponding to the verbal input including the at least one datum, and sends the message to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Pramita Mitra, Craig John Simonds, Gary Steven Strumolo, Ali Hassani, Mark A. Cuddihy, David Melcher
  • Patent number: 10501041
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a seat back having a first location and a second location spaced from the first location. The airbag system includes a housing pivotally supported by the seat back at the first location. The airbag system includes a linear actuator including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is fixed to the seat back at the second location. The second end is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10493941
    Abstract: An airbag includes folds with each fold having an apex and limbs. The limbs extend from the apex to the limbs of an adjacent fold. A fastener is fixed to the folds and releasably connects the folds to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hubert Szawarski, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10434975
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a seatbelt, a conductive sensing conductor and a conductive shield. The seatbelt has a lap band. The conductive sensing conductor is fixed to a first side of the lap band. The conductive shield is fixed to a second side of the lap band and is substantially aligned with and substantially overlaps the sensing conductor. An insulating layer is disposed between the sensing conductor and the conductive shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Srinivasan Sundararajan
  • Publication number: 20190293171
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to shift a transmission of the vehicle from a gear into park upon receiving a first signal from a first active sensor beyond a signal threshold and then, within a time threshold, receiving a second signal from a second active sensor beyond the signal threshold. The signals are correlated with distances from the respective active sensor to a detected object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, William M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10403139
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon receiving a first message including a map, a vehicle location, and a first location, navigate the vehicle to the first location, and then, after stopping the vehicle at the first location, navigate the vehicle to a second location upon receiving a second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mark A. Cuddihy, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi