Patents by Inventor Matthew D. McIntyre

Matthew D. McIntyre 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: 10359331
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods, system and devices for monitoring tire pressure data of vehicle wheel units. In an example a method of monitoring and expressing tire pressure data information is provided. The method includes selecting a first threshold pressure value for a tire to establish a first pressure range and a second pressure range. The method also includes monitoring pressure of the tire and generating signals indicative of tire pressure. The method further includes that in the first pressure range the signals are converted to digital signals according to a first conversion variable and in the second pressure range the signals are converted according to a second conversion variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad
  • Patent number: 10220660
    Abstract: In a vehicle tire pressure sensor, a wireless, low frequency (LF) receiver identifies a particular type of signal protocol that was used to form a first message that is sent to the sensor by the vehicle. Using the identification of the protocol used to form the first message, the sensor determines a type of signal protocol to be used to transmit information to the vehicle, such as an identifier for the tire pressure sensor in a second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Patent number: 10150456
    Abstract: The dynamic footprint of a tire is received and the dynamic footprint is determined by and received from a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) sensor. A weight or load of the secondary vehicle attached to the primary vehicle is calculated based at least in part on the footprint. Instructions to alter the operation of the braking system of the secondary vehicle based on the calculated weight or load are transmitted to the secondary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 9905067
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for controlling the actuation of a movable structure, the moveable structure configured to open and close an aperture in a vehicle, is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a sequence containing a request to at least one of open and close the aperture, interpreting the sequence as a request to one of enable and disable the actuation of the moveable structure, and in response to the interpretation, one of enabling and disabling the actuation of the moveable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Christin L. Broski, Yasser Gad
  • Patent number: 9586448
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring system includes a plurality of tire pressure monitoring sensors including low frequency wireless receivers and high frequency wireless transmitters. The system further includes a plurality of low frequency transmitters each being disposed proximate one of the plurality of tire pressure monitoring sensors. The system further includes a control module in communication with the plurality of tire pressure monitoring sensors through the plurality of low frequency transmitters. In a first phase of operation the control module causes the low frequency transmitters to transmit low frequency wireless signals to the tire pressure monitoring sensors causing the tire pressure monitoring sensors to transmit data to the control module at a rate. In a second phase or operation the tire pressure monitoring sensors transmit data to the control module at a second rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian J. Farrell, Yasser Gad
  • Patent number: 9579938
    Abstract: A TPM sensor measures the pressure of a tire and determines whether the measured pressure is greater than a predetermined threshold. When the measured pressure is greater than the predetermined threshold, an adjustment to the sensitivity is determined by the sensor. The adjustment to the sensitivity is applied to the sensor to yield an adjusted sensitivity. The TPM sensor is operated to make receptions according to the adjusted sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Publication number: 20170036499
    Abstract: In a vehicle tire pressure sensor, a wireless, low frequency (LF) receiver identifies a particular type of signal protocol that was used to form a first message that is sent to the sensor by the vehicle. Using the identification of the protocol used to form the first message, the sensor determines a type of signal protocol to be used to transmit information to the vehicle, such as an identifier for the tire pressure sensor in a second message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Patent number: 9522579
    Abstract: A TPM sensor is programmed. The TPM sensor is configured with a TPM identifier and makes transmissions according to a current transmission protocol or protocols. A low frequency (LF) signal is received and the LF signal was transmitted according to a predetermined transmission protocol or language. An identity of the predetermined transmission protocol or language associated with the LF signal is determined. Based upon the identity of the predetermined transmission protocol or language, at least one of the TPM identifier or the current transmission protocol or protocols are adjusted, and the TPM sensor subsequently makes transmissions according to the predetermined transmission protocol associated with the LF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Patent number: 9517664
    Abstract: In some aspects, a plurality of frames to be transmitted is assembled. The averaging factor is determined for each frame. Each frame is transmitted with the averaging power determined for each frame and not with the worst case averaging power from the plurality of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad
  • Publication number: 20160355063
    Abstract: A TPM sensor is programmed. The TPM sensor is configured with a TPM identifier and makes transmissions according to a current transmission protocol or protocols. A low frequency (LF) signal is received and the LF signal was transmitted according to a predetermined transmission protocol or language. An identity of the predetermined transmission protocol or language associated with the LF signal is determined. Based upon the identity of the predetermined transmission protocol or language, at least one of the TPM identifier or the current transmission protocol or protocols are adjusted, and the TPM sensor subsequently makes transmissions according to the predetermined transmission protocol associated with the LF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Publication number: 20160347133
    Abstract: A TPM sensor measures the pressure of a tire and determines whether the measured pressure is greater than a predetermined threshold. When the measured pressure is greater than the predetermined threshold, an adjustment to the sensitivity is determined by the sensor. The adjustment to the sensitivity is applied to the sensor to yield an adjusted sensitivity. The TPM sensor is operated to make receptions according to the adjusted sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad, Dhivya Vijayan
  • Patent number: 9499016
    Abstract: A valve stem for coupling a TPMS wheel unit to a wheel rim, TPMS wheel unit and valve stem assembly and installation thereof are disclosed. The valve stem comprises a bulb, an inner tubular member, and an outer tubular member; the inner tubular member and the outer tubular member being fixedly attached to the bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Deniau, Martin Jankowski, Matthew D McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9487054
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods and devices for the integration of tire pressure monitoring sensors to a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of integrating a tire pressure monitoring sensor with a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. The method includes the step of selecting with a computer a program software for a tire pressure monitoring sensor of a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. The method further includes transmitting the selected program software from the computer to a configuration tool for a tire pressure monitoring sensor. The method further includes utilizing the selected program software to integrate the tire pressure monitoring sensor with the tire pressure monitoring system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 9469166
    Abstract: Localization of a tire pressure monitor is achieved. The tire pressure monitor is disposed at one of the tires on a vehicle equipped with dualies. A message is received from a tire pressure monitor and the message has an associated received signal strength. The message includes information indicating a direction of rotation of a tire and a tire identifier from the tire pressure monitor sensor. The tire pressure monitor is disposed at one of the tires of a vehicle equipped with dualies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell
  • Publication number: 20160243905
    Abstract: In some aspects, a plurality of frames to be transmitted is assembled. The averaging factor is determined for each frame. Each frame is transmitted with the averaging power determined for each frame and not with the worst case averaging power from the plurality of frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew D. McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad
  • Publication number: 20160176245
    Abstract: The air pressure of a tire of a vehicle is sensed. The operational mode of the tire is determined. Based upon the operational mode of the tire, the size of a message preamble is selected. A message to be transmitted to an electronic control unit (ECU) in the vehicle is formed. The message includes the preamble and a payload portion, and the payload portion includes the sensed air pressure. The message is transmitted to the ECU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Brian Farrell, Yasser Gad
  • Patent number: 9296267
    Abstract: The present invention relates to recording and storing identification information of tire pressure monitoring sensors and transmission of the stored identification information to a tire pressure monitoring system. In a first aspect, the present invention provides a method of integrating one or more tire pressure monitoring sensors with a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. The method includes programming and/or configuring a tire pressure monitoring sensor with a suitable program software for a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. The method also includes utilizing a configuration tool to cause the tire pressure monitoring sensor to generate a signal including an identifier. The method further includes recording the identifier on a memory device of the configuration tool. The method further includes transmitting the recorded identifier from the configuration tool to a memory device of a vehicle when the vehicle enters a learning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean-Chrstophe Deniau, Brian J Farrell
  • Patent number: 9248706
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling a TPMS wheel unit and a valve stem into an assembly, the assembly and the installation method therefore are disclosed. The apparatus comprises an elastic member configured to counteract in response to mechanical communication between a bulb and a wall, wherein the wall is comprised in the TPMS wheel unit and the bulb is comprised in the valve stem; and a fastening mechanism configured to couple the TPMS wheel unit, the valve stem and the elastic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Jankowski, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Matthew D McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9122423
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, systems and tools for programming tire pressure monitoring sensors based upon ascertained vehicle identification numbers. In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of programming a tire pressure monitoring sensor of a vehicle wheel unit. The method includes obtaining identification information of a vehicle with a programming tool for a tire pressure monitoring sensor. The method further includes comparing the identification information with a database of identification information to determine a program software that is compatible with the vehicle. The method further includes programming the tire pressure monitoring sensor with the program software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D McIntyre, Jean Christophe Deniau, Brian J Farrell
  • Patent number: 9120357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, systems and devices for integration of tire pressure monitoring sensors with a tire pressure monitoring system utilizing a telecommunication device. In one exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides a method of integrating a tire pressure monitoring sensor with a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle. The method includes the step of establishing a communication link between a telecommunication device and a tire pressure monitoring sensor, the communication link including a low frequency transmission device. The method further includes transmitting a signal through the communication link to cause the tire pressure monitoring sensor to communicate with a tire pressure monitoring system of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Christophe Deniau, Brian J Farrell, Matthew D McIntyre