Patents by Inventor Michael Hrecznyj

Michael Hrecznyj 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: 20220305154
    Abstract: A vehicle apparatus charges and sanitizes a mobile device. The mobile device has an inductive power receiver coil for wireless charging. A storage bin in the vehicle (such as a center console or a glove compartment) has a movable lid. A tray of the charging/sanitizing apparatus is adapted to receive a side surface of the mobile device so that a majority of the side surface is suspended from the tray by a gap. A first wireless power link is configured to inductively charge the mobile device from the tray to the power receiver coil. A plurality of ultraviolet emitters are disposed at a plurality of locations inside the storage bin to illuminate an exterior of the mobile device when the movable lid is closed. At least some of the ultraviolet emitters are also inductively powered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Hrecznyj, John Van Wiemeersch, Vivekanandh Elangovan
  • Publication number: 20220201389
    Abstract: A remote-assist system programmed for vehicle parking assist or other remote vehicle operation features includes a selective ultrasonic beamforming Amplitude Modulated (AM) system configured and/or programmed to transmit audible alerts to a primary user via ultrasonic beamforming AM. The system localizes a mobile device that is being used by the primary user to initiate the system. The system localizes the primary user, and others in the vicinity, and determines others that may be associated with the vehicle and primary user. The system defines and reshapes a target zone to include only those associated with the primary user and the vehicle. The system electronically or mechanically steers a transducer array to steer an ultrasonic beam with an AM audio alert to the target zone, where the message is audible only to those within the target zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Publication number: 20210308317
    Abstract: A treatment apparatus for a vehicle comprises: a housing with at least one wall and a floor forming a treatment chamber; a source of ultraviolet light configured to emit ultraviolet light into the treatment chamber; and a door connected to the housing, the door having (i) an open position providing access to the treatment chamber and (ii) a closed position denying access to the treatment chamber and, together with the housing, preventing emitted ultraviolet light from irradiating beyond the treatment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Z. Chen, Anthony Ligi, JR., John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj, Clay Wesley Maranville, Amy Ellen Langhorst, Rick H. Wykoff
  • Publication number: 20210290809
    Abstract: Sanitizing devices and control strategies based on wavelength are provided herein. An example device includes an enclosure for receiving an object, a first cleaning element that emits radiation at a first wavelength adapted to sanitize or sterilize contaminants on the object, a contaminant exposing element that emits radiation at a second wavelength that illuminates the contaminants on the object, a notification element that emits visible light within the enclosure, the visible light having a selected hue, and a controller for executing a cleaning cycle that includes illuminating contaminants present on the object using the contaminant exposing element prior to sanitizing or sterilizing the contaminants present on the object using the first cleaning element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20210246693
    Abstract: A system for passive locking and unlocking a vehicle is described that includes a memory for storing executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions to unlock the vehicle using a time of flight to transmit the trigger request between the vehicle and the first key fob. The processor receives, from a first key fob, a trigger request to unlock the vehicle, and determines, based key fob identifiers that identify the first key fob and a second key fob that is also near the vehicle, that the first and second key fobs are associated with a vehicle. The processor selects the first key fob based on a key fob characteristic. The processor evaluates the time of flight using the first key fob, and unlocks the vehicle based on the time of flight satisfying a threshold for signal transmission flight time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, Michael Hrecznyj, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ryan Edwin Hanson
  • Publication number: 20210123407
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an input device configured to send an activation signal responsive to an input to start the vehicle. The system further includes a vehicle body controller, programmed to, responsive to the input and a lack of presence of a phone operating as a key, send an activation signal to activate a power source within a cabin of the vehicle for up to a predefined time period since a last vehicle start.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel M. KING, Michael HRECZNYJ, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH, Timothy THIVIERGE, JR., Zeljko DELJEVIC, Jason MYSLINSKI
  • Patent number: 10895235
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an input device configured to send an activation signal responsive to an input to start the vehicle. The system further includes a vehicle body controller, programmed to, responsive to the input and a lack of presence of a phone operating as a key, send an activation signal to activate a power source within a cabin of the vehicle for up to a predefined time period since a last vehicle start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. King, Michael Hrecznyj, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Zeljko Deljevic, Jason Myslinski
  • Publication number: 20190163203
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a tether activation instruction, including a range. The processor is also configured to wirelessly communicate with a mobile wireless module, responsive to the activation instruction. The processor is further configured to track the mobile wireless module as the module travels and issue an alert when the tracking reveals that the mobile wireless module has reached an outer edge of the range, measured from a processor-location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Hamid M. GOLGIRI, Michael HRECZNYJ, Vivekanandh ELANGOVAN, Albert BOEHNLEIN, Erick LAVOIE, John VAN WIEMEERSCH, Thomas HERMANN
  • Patent number: 10301855
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch configured to selectively retain the door in a closed position when the powered latch is latched, and permits the door to be opened when the powered latch is unlatched. The vehicle door further includes an exterior door handle having an outer side that faces away from the door structure, and an inner side that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the door to define a gap. A force sensor on the exterior door handle detects impact forces on the handle. The door also includes an unlatch switch that can be actuated by a user to request unlatching of the powered latch. A controller is configured to deny an unlatch request generated by actuation of the unlatch switch if the force sensor detects an impact on the exterior handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Kosta Papanikolaou, Robert Bruce Kleve, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Publication number: 20190120195
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an input device configured to send an activation signal responsive to an input to start the vehicle. The system further includes a vehicle body controller, programmed to, responsive to the input and a lack of presence of a phone operating as a key, send an activation signal to activate a power source within a cabin of the vehicle for up to a predefined time period since a last vehicle start.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel M. KING, Michael HRECZNYJ, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH, Timothy THIVIERGE, JR., Zeljko DELJEVIC, Jason MYSLINSKI
  • Publication number: 20190088036
    Abstract: A vehicle rental administrative system comprising a computer system configured to manage vehicle rental transactions between vehicle owners and potential Temporary Users. The system allows an owner to develop a customer profile with information related to a rentable vehicle. The customer profile may include, but not limited to, the model year of the vehicle, engine specifications, and the rental rate. The potential Temporary User may request a certain vehicle to rent, and the system may provide a list of one or more vehicles matching the request. Once the Temporary User selects a vehicle, the system may notify customer that his vehicle has been selected. The customer may either approve or deny permission to rent vehicle. If the customer approves, a rental agreement is signed and the system sends a code to both vehicle and Temporary User's mobile device for a predetermined rental period to allow keyless drive-away of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH, Robert Bruce KLEVE, Michael HRECZNYJ, Thomas Joseph HERMANN
  • Patent number: 10106080
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for providing discrete autonomous notifications to a passenger of a vehicle. An example vehicle includes a plurality of seats, a plurality of audio transducers, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine a passenger seat corresponding to a passenger having a predetermined destination, determine a notification based on the predetermined destination, and transmit, via one or more of the plurality of audio transducers, a notification to the passenger based on a determined passenger head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Michael Hrecznyj, Erick Michael Lavoie, Alyssa Chatten, Thomas Joseph Hermann, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10061013
    Abstract: A first computer is configured to receive, from at least one second computer in a first vehicle, data relating to a gunshot. The computer is configured to then determine a location of the gunshot from the data, and to transmit a message, including the gunshot location, to at least one third computer in a second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Hermann, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Patrick Kevin Holub, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Publication number: 20180051498
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch configured to selectively retain the door in a closed position when the powered latch is latched, and permits the door to be opened when the powered latch is unlatched. The vehicle door further includes an exterior door handle having an outer side that faces away from the door structure, and an inner side that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the door to define a gap. A force sensor on the exterior door handle detects impact forces on the handle. The door also includes an unlatch switch that can be actuated by a user to request unlatching of the powered latch. A controller is configured to deny an unlatch request generated by actuation of the unlatch switch if the force sensor detects an impact on the exterior handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Kosta Papanikolaou, Robert Bruce Kleve, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Patent number: 9836717
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a passive entry system that unlocks the vehicle upon authenticating a fob in a vicinity of the vehicle. The passive entry system further recognizes the vehicle is approaching a restrictive geographic location within which at least one proscribed item is prohibited, receives item data indicative of items located within the vehicle, and provides output indicating whether any of the items is a proscribed item for the restrictive geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj, David Paul Kaminski, Robert Bruce Kleve
  • Patent number: 9834964
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch configured to selectively retain the door in a closed position when the powered latch is latched, and permits the door to be opened when the powered latch is unlatched. The vehicle door further includes an exterior door handle having an outer side that faces away from the door structure, and an inner side that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the door to define a gap. A force sensor on the exterior door handle detects impact forces on the handle. The door also includes an unlatch switch that can be actuated by a user to request unlatching of the powered latch. A controller is configured to deny an unlatch request generated by actuation of the unlatch switch if the force sensor detects an impact on the exterior handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Kosta Papanikolaou, Robert Bruce Kleve, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Publication number: 20160365746
    Abstract: A receiver device configured to charge a chargeable device is provided that includes an inductive region including at least one receiver coil for receiving magnetic flux from an inductive charging system and a conductive region including contacts for receiving electric power from a conductive charging system. The conductive region includes a first and a second plurality of contacts and a connector for transferring the electric power received from the inductive or conductive charging system to the chargeable device to charge the chargeable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Patent number: 9472963
    Abstract: A receiver device configured to connect to a chargeable device, including an inductive region including at least one receiver coil for receiving magnetic flux from an inductive charging system. Additionally the receiver device includes a conductive region having contacts for receiving wireless electric power from a conductive charging system. In addition, the receiver device includes a connector for transferring wireless power received from the inductive or conductive charging system to the chargeable device in order to charge the chargeable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Patent number: 9455596
    Abstract: A method for reducing interference in an inductive charging system is provided. The method includes steps of inductively charging a chargeable device with an inductive charger, detecting the operation of a receiver in an AM band, and adjusting at least one of a frequency band employed by the charger and an amount of power provided to the chargeable device by the charger based on the operation of the receiver in the AM band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis David Gonzalez Valdez, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Patent number: 9255810
    Abstract: A vehicle inventory interface system may include a user interface configured to present a plurality of vehicle icons each representing a vehicle in a fleet, present at least one list icon associated with each vehicle icon, receive a selection of one of the list icons, and display, in response to the selection, an inventory list associated with the selected list icon and indicating whether items specified by the inventory list are present within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Robert Bruce Kleve, Patrick Kevin Holub, Michael Hrecznyj