Patents by Inventor Michael Alan McNees

Michael Alan McNees 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).

  • Publication number: 20240034407
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for automatically detecting internally blocked rear and side view mirrors. An example method to detect an obstruction may include detecting via sensors in the vehicle an obstruction preventing a driver from viewing a region of interest associated with a mirror, determining a permanence associated with the obstruction, and switching to a camera mode in lieu of the mirror when the obstruction has a permanence beyond a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Patent number: 11881108
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for virtual parking lot space allocation. An example method may include receiving, by a processor and from a first vehicle, sensor data relating to a first location. The example method may also include generating, by the processor and based on the sensor data, a first virtual parking space of a virtual parking location within the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20230410100
    Abstract: A vehicle includes determines that vehicle computing resources will not be fully utilized during an upcoming time period and that exhaustible vehicle power reserves will not be exhausted beyond a threshold based on use of the reserves to power computing using unused computing resources during at least a portion of the time period, those resources suitable for cryptocurrency mining based at least on resource computing capability and a predicted availability of a given resource during the upcoming time period. The vehicle additionally determines a cryptocurrency to mine based on present value of the at least one cryptocurrency producing a positive yield relative to an expense of power used to mine the cryptocurrency using the vehicle computing resources determined to be suitable for cryptocurrency mining and automatically mines the at least one cryptocurrency using the vehicle computing resource determined to be suitable for cryptocurrency mining during the upcoming time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Matthew Penne, Jonathan Hair, Lorne Forsythe, Keith Weston, Jennifer Bloedow, Pramita Mitra
  • Publication number: 20230410528
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to determine the load of a vehicle via camera-based height measurement are disclosed herein. An example vehicle described herein includes a suspension assembly associated with a wheel, a first feature, a first camera, and a processor to execute instructions to capture, via the first camera, a first image including the first feature and a second feature, the first feature and a second feature having a first spatial relationship in the first image, capture, via the first camera, a second image including the first feature and the second feature, the first feature and the second feature having a second spatial relationship in the second image, and determine, based on a difference between the first spatial relationship and the second spatial relationship, a deflection of the suspension assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Michael Alan McNees, Lorne Forsythe, Andrew Niedert, Francis Aroyehun
  • Patent number: 11845431
    Abstract: Terrain characteristics of an off-road area are determined based on a map. The terrain characteristics include a terrain type, a terrain grade, and a presence or an absence of an obstacle. Vehicle characteristics are determined including a ground clearance and a breakover angle. Based on a user level, vehicle parameters for the off-road area are determined based on the terrain characteristics, the vehicle characteristics, and the user input. The vehicle parameters include a speed and a transmission gear. The vehicle parameters for the off-road area are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Brendan F. Diamond, Jordan Barrett, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Publication number: 20230398978
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an off-road feature of a vehicle includes determining that the vehicle is in an off-road area based upon a location of the vehicle and sensed terrain characteristics at the location. Upon determining that the vehicle is in the off-road area, the vehicle monitors parameters for enablement of the off-road feature of the vehicle. The off-road feature is enabled in response to the parameters being within a predetermined range based upon a number of transitions between an enabled state and a disabled state within a predetermined time being less than a transition threshold. Parameter monitoring for enablement of the off-road feature is ceased upon determining that the vehicle has moved from the off-road area to an on-road area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Keith Weston, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan McNees
  • Patent number: 11840241
    Abstract: A system and method for providing calibration data for driver assist systems based on a changed ride height includes receiving sensor data from at least one of a camera, RADAR sensor, ultrasonic sensor, and/or LiDAR sensor of the vehicle, determining that a ride height of the vehicle has changed based on the sensor data, retrieving calibration data for at least one driver assist system based upon the changed ride height; and operating the at least one driver assist system using the retrieved calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Keith Weston, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Matthew Johnson
  • Publication number: 20230391338
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to determine that a vehicle is attempting to enter an area designated for off-road travel. The processors are also configured to access use-restrictions stored in a database and associated with the area, the use-restrictions defining at least one vehicle constraint required for the vehicle to travel over one or more locations that are part of the area, the use restrictions defining at least one of vehicle control limiting or vehicle weight maximums. The processors are further configured to determine whether the vehicle meets the use-restrictions based on an assessment of vehicle characteristics compared to the use-restrictions and responsive to determining that the vehicle meets the restrictions, providing the vehicle with a digital access pass to the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Michael Alan McNees, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett
  • Patent number: 11835008
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an engine, a transmission, an exhaust system, an adjustable valve, a sensor, and a controller. The engine is configured to propel a vehicle. The transmission is configured to transfer power from the engine to at least one drive wheel. The exhaust system is configured to route exhaust away from the engine. The exhaust system has a catalyst and an outlet. The adjustable valve is disposed within the exhaust system proximate to the outlet. The sensor is configured to observe human gestures. The controller is programmed to receive signals from the sensor indicative of the human gestures while the transmission is in a parked gear. The controller is further programmed to, in response to the sensor observing a first human gesture, increase an operating speed of the engine or adjust the valve to increase a noise output from the outlet of the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Brendan F. Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Victor Martinez
  • Publication number: 20230373486
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, in response to a vehicle towing a trailer being in reverse, determine a relative orientation of the trailer to the vehicle; while the vehicle is in reverse, in response to the relative orientation exceeding a threshold, brake the vehicle; and then, upon receiving an operator input, permit the vehicle to travel in reverse with the relative orientation exceeding the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Francis Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Patent number: 11753860
    Abstract: A vehicle having a powered tailgate is provided. The vehicle includes a body, a powered tailgate pivotally connected to the body, an actuator operatively coupled to the tailgate to move the tailgate between open and closed positions, and sensors configured to sense an object in a swing path of the tailgate. The vehicle also includes a controller for processing signals output from the sensor and identifying and classifying the object, and controlling the actuator to move the tailgate between the open and closed positions based on the classified object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Jordan Barrett
  • Patent number: 11745559
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for isolating an interior of a motor vehicle from poor outdoor air quality. More particularly, this disclosure relates to a system and method configured to identify conditions associated with poor outdoor air quality and to respond to those conditions by isolating the interior of the motor vehicle from the outdoor environment. An example system includes a selector configured to permit a user to select a drive mode of the motor vehicle, a location system configured to detect a location of the motor vehicle, and a controller configured to issue one or more commands to isolate an interior of the motor vehicle from an environment outside the motor vehicle based on either a selected drive mode or a detected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan McNees
  • Publication number: 20230262430
    Abstract: A system receives indication of a request for a vehicle characteristic from a requesting party. The system determines candidate gathering vehicles for processing the request, based at least in part on one or more characteristics of the requesting party. The system sends instructions to the candidate gathering vehicles to search for the vehicle characteristic using onboard sensors. Further, the system receives sensor data from the candidate gathering vehicles and analyze the sensor data to determine sensor data indicating the vehicle characteristic. The system saves instances of the sensor data as candidate locations for a vehicle having the vehicle characteristic, along with location data included with the instances of the sensor data when the sensor data was received. The system determines a locality of the vehicle based on the saved location data saved with the instances and provides the locality to the requesting party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Jordan Barrett, Andrew Denis Lewansowski, Keith Weston, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Publication number: 20230260295
    Abstract: A system receives identification of an item to be loaded into a vehicle and determines dimensions of the item. The system adds the item to a total load for an identified vehicle and, based on known dimensions of available space in the identified vehicle, determines one or more candidate placement options for each of one or more items comprising the total load, within available space within the vehicle, wherein candidate placement options for each item are determined so as not to overlap with placement options for another of the one or more items within a given configuration representing placement options for all of the one or more items comprising the total load. Additionally, the system presents a visual rendering of at least one given configuration that successfully allows the total load to fit within the available space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Brendan F. Diamond, Michael Alan McNees, Jordan Barrett, Andrew Denis Lewandowski
  • Publication number: 20230249746
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control a vehicle trailer using torque vectoring are disclosed. An example apparatus to control a trailer of a vehicle includes condition determination circuitry to determine, based on data from sensors on at least one of the trailer or the vehicle, whether a condition associated with the vehicle is satisfied, and torque control circuitry to adjust, in response to the condition being satisfied, a first torque of a first motor and a second torque of a second motor, the first motor operatively coupled to a first wheel of the trailer, the second motor operatively coupled to a second wheel of the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Lorne Forsythe, Brendan Diamond, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Michael Alan McNees, Jordan Barrett
  • Publication number: 20230222912
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for virtual parking lot space allocation. An example method may include receiving, by a processor and from a first vehicle, sensor data relating to a first location. The example method may also include generating, by the processor and based on the sensor data, a first virtual parking space of a virtual parking location within the first location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20230196304
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for nonvehicle based repair and maintenance identification by a vehicle including receiving, by the vehicle having one or more sensors including at least a camera, an image of a region of interest captured by the one or more sensors, identifying one or more maintenance and/or repair metrics associated with the region of interest, identifying a portion of the image associated with one or more maintenance and/or repair metrics, determining that a first metric of the one or more maintenance and repair metrics is exceeded by a feature included in the portion of the image, and transmitting data indicative of a location associated with the region of interest and the first metric, the region of interest requiring maintenance and/or repair associated with the metrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan Diamond, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Keith Weston, Michael Alan Mcnees
  • Publication number: 20230182700
    Abstract: A vehicle includes wheels, brakes, and a controller. The wheels are configured to propel the vehicle. The brakes are configured to generate a braking torque at the wheels. The controller is programed to, in response to (i) a commanded braking torque and (ii) a relative jounce between two of the wheels exceeding a threshold, operate the brakes to increase the braking torque to less than the commanded braking torque. The controller is further programed to, in response to (i) the commanded braking torque and (ii) a droop of at least one of the wheels exceeding a threshold, operate the brakes to increase the braking torque to less than the commanded braking torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Filip Tomik, Brendan F. Diamond, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Michael Alan Mcnees, Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 11654922
    Abstract: Driver attention and hand placement systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example method includes providing warning messages to a driver of a vehicle based on steering wheel input or hand-wheel contact by the driver. The warning messages are provided according to a first scheme when the steering wheel input is above a threshold value and according to a second scheme when the steering wheel input is below a threshold value and images obtained by a camera in the vehicle indicate that at least one hand of the driver is on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Michael Alan Mcnees, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Brendan Diamond, Jordan Barrett
  • Publication number: 20230150490
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods to protect a side-view mirror of a vehicle. An example method executed by a processor includes obtaining a first dimensional parameter associated with a body portion of a vehicle (for example, a width or a length of the vehicle) and a second dimensional parameter associated with a side-view mirror attached to the vehicle (for example, a protrusion distance of the side-view mirror). A turning path characteristic associated with a movement of the vehicle may then be determined, followed by determining a probability of a collision between the side-view mirror and an object located outside the vehicle. Determining the probability may be based on the first dimensional parameter, the second dimensional parameter, and the turning path characteristic. If the probability of the collision exceeds a threshold value, an alert may be issued, or a preventive maneuver executed in order to prevent the collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Brendan Diamond, Michael Alan Mcnees