Patents by Inventor Michael Awad Alla

Michael Awad Alla 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: 10989547
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of systems and methods described in this disclosure generally pertain to a ride service that includes an autonomous vehicle configured to execute various functions autonomously for assisting customers. An exemplary autonomous vehicle of the ride service may be configured to autonomously execute one or more functions such as identifying a customer upon arriving at a pick-up location, finding a suitable parking spot close to the customer, guiding the customer (such as a visually impaired customer) to the autonomous vehicle, positioning a particular door of the autonomous vehicle to facilitate entry into the autonomous vehicle by the customer, and/or providing an assigned seat to the customer upon entry into the autonomous vehicle. In at least some cases, the customer may be a physically handicapped individual in need of certain types of assistance offered by the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Hamilton, Michael Awad Alla
  • Publication number: 20210035376
    Abstract: A method including determining a status of a power supply of a first telematics control unit (TCU) as one of active or inactive, the first TCU programmed to communicate with a server via a network, determining a status of a second TCU in communication with the first TCU via a vehicle network, the second TCU is programmed to communicate with the server via the network, and determining a risk condition based on the statuses of the power supply and the second TCU. The risk condition is a measure of severity of an inactive status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: MICHAEL AWAD ALLA, RAY C. SICIAK, TSUNG-HAN TSAI, DHANUNJAY VEJALLA, BO WU
  • Publication number: 20200398671
    Abstract: A system includes at least one load in a vehicle, a battery electrically connected to the load, a power source electrically connected to the load, and a computer communicatively connected to the power source. The computer is programmed to reduce a voltage supplied by the power source to the load so that the battery discharges to supply power to the load, and then, in response to an electrical quantity of the system being outside an electrical-quantity range while the battery is discharging, perform a minimal risk condition or prevent the vehicle from movably operating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: MICHAEL AWAD ALLA, DAVID CELINSKE, MATHEW ALAN BOESCH, SAMI DAGHER, RICHARD DYCHE ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20200124428
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of systems and methods described in this disclosure generally pertain to a ride service that includes an autonomous vehicle configured to execute various functions autonomously for assisting customers. An exemplary autonomous vehicle of the ride service may be configured to autonomously execute one or more functions such as identifying a customer upon arriving at a pick-up location, finding a suitable parking spot close to the customer, guiding the customer (such as a visually impaired customer) to the autonomous vehicle, positioning a particular door of the autonomous vehicle to facilitate entry into the autonomous vehicle by the customer, and/or providing an assigned seat to the customer upon entry into the autonomous vehicle. In at least some cases, the customer may be a physically handicapped individual in need of certain types of assistance offered by the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Hamilton, Michael Awad Alla