Patents by Inventor Nathaniel H. WILLIAMS

Nathaniel H. WILLIAMS 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: 10538220
    Abstract: A system and method of activating and using an auxiliary key fob with a vehicle, including the steps of: pairing the auxiliary key fob and the vehicle; receiving an activation request at the vehicle, the activation request indicating to the vehicle to activate the auxiliary key fob for use with the vehicle; activating the auxiliary key fob in a particular access mode for use with the vehicle; receiving a SRWC credentials signal from the auxiliary key fob at a SRWC passive entry passive start (PEPS) module installed in the vehicle; after receiving the SRWC credentials signal, sending information included in or derived from the SRWC credentials signal to the VSM of the vehicle; determining that the auxiliary key fob is authorized at the VSM based at least in part on the information sent to the VSM; and carrying out a vehicle access function in response to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anuj Tyagi, Mukesh Gupta, Vijay Vardhan, Nikola J. Pudar, Amanda J. Kalhous, Dwayne A. Crocker, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Patent number: 10529104
    Abstract: A system and method of enabling an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) device to augment image or video data using a virtual vehicle skin, wherein the method is carried out by vehicle electronics included within a vehicle, the method including: establishing a connection to the AR/VR device using a wireless communications device included in the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; and sending a virtual vehicle skin response to the AR/VR device via the established connection, wherein the AR/VR device is configured to obtain background video and to display the virtual vehicle skin over the obtained background video so that the virtual vehicle skin overlays a portion of the vehicle, and wherein the virtual vehicle skin response includes the virtual vehicle skin or virtual vehicle skin access information that can be used by the AR/VR device to derive or obtain the virtual vehicle skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190286126
    Abstract: A method and system for autonomously navigating a vehicle toward a passenger route endpoint using a telematics unit installed in the vehicle. The method carried out by the system includes the steps of determining that the vehicle is approaching the passenger route endpoint and remotely navigating the vehicle by identifying a passenger endpoint location near the passenger route endpoint using at least a remote facility separate from the vehicle. The passenger endpoint location may be determined from at least a current or real-time status of a passenger endpoint condition at the passenger route endpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco T. Carnevale, James N. Nickolaou, Edgar J. Dietrich
  • Patent number: 10410426
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a vehicle using virtual vehicle controls, wherein the method includes: capturing image or video data from an area within an interior of the vehicle; sending a virtual vehicle control graphics request to a vehicle; receiving virtual vehicle control graphics response from the vehicle, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics response includes virtual vehicle control graphics; and presenting the captured image or video data and the virtual vehicle control graphics on a display of the AR/VR device such that the virtual vehicle control graphics are presented over the captured image or video data, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics includes one or more vehicle-user interface components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams, Richard Elswick
  • Patent number: 10393881
    Abstract: A system and method to obtain vehicle positional information as it is traveling. The method of generating a vehicle path includes obtaining a first position of a vehicle; monitoring an occurrence of a positional trigger event; after the occurrence of the positional trigger event, obtaining a second position of the vehicle; and transmitting the first and second positions to a storage device wherein the first and second positions form the path. The disclosure also provides for a system to generate the path of the vehicle. The system includes a vehicle system module configured to perform the various steps described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco T. Carnevale, Michael P. Marchione, Billy L. Holbird, II
  • Publication number: 20190188912
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a vehicle using virtual vehicle controls, wherein the method includes: capturing image or video data from an area within an interior of the vehicle; sending a virtual vehicle control graphics request to a vehicle; receiving virtual vehicle control graphics response from the vehicle, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics response includes virtual vehicle control graphics; and presenting the captured image or video data and the virtual vehicle control graphics on a display of the AR/VR device such that the virtual vehicle control graphics are presented over the captured image or video data, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics includes one or more vehicle-user interface components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams, Richard Elswick
  • Publication number: 20190188891
    Abstract: A system and method of enabling an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) device to augment image or video data using a virtual vehicle skin, wherein the method is carried out by vehicle electronics included within a vehicle, the method including: establishing a connection to the AR/VR device using a wireless communications device included in the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; and sending a virtual vehicle skin response to the AR/VR device via the established connection, wherein the AR/VR device is configured to obtain background video and to display the virtual vehicle skin over the obtained background video so that the virtual vehicle skin overlays a portion of the vehicle, and wherein the virtual vehicle skin response includes the virtual vehicle skin or virtual vehicle skin access information that can be used by the AR/VR device to derive or obtain the virtual vehicle skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190184919
    Abstract: A system and method of providing an immersive media experience to a user through utilizing one or more vehicle system modules (VSMs) included in a vehicle, wherein the method includes: establishing a connection with a media control device, wherein the media control device includes a display; determining whether the media control device is authorized to control the one or more VSMs as a part of the immersive media experience; receiving an immersive media control request from the media control device, wherein the immersive media control request includes a request from the media control device to perform one or more vehicle functions using the VSMs during playback of immersive media content, and wherein the playback of the immersive media content includes visually perceptible media content that is displayed using the display of the media control device; and controlling the one or more VSMs according to the received VSM control requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Patent number: 10266131
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a Universal Serial Bus Type-C (USB) port configured to receive a plug of a wired connection to an external system for the transfer of at least one of power or data. The system further includes a processor coupled to the USB port and configured to at least facilitate the transfer of the at least one of power or data between the vehicle and the external system via the USB port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Russ M. Eling, Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco T. Carnevale
  • Patent number: 10269246
    Abstract: A system and method of presenting vehicle information to a user at a handheld mobile device, the method including: receiving a request from a user for vehicle information; sending a vehicle information request to a remote server, wherein the vehicle information request includes a location associated with the user; receiving a vehicle information response at the handheld mobile device, wherein the vehicle information response includes information pertaining to one or more vehicles within a predetermined distance of the location associated with the user; displaying a camera feed on a visual display of the handheld mobile device; based on the information pertaining to the one or more vehicles, generating one or more graphics representing at least part of the information pertaining to the one or more vehicles; and displaying the one or more graphics over the camera feed on the visual display of the handheld mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Christopher L. Oesterling, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20180357898
    Abstract: A system and method of presenting vehicle information to a user at a handheld mobile device, the method including: receiving a request from a user for vehicle information; sending a vehicle information request to a remote server, wherein the vehicle information request includes a location associated with the user; receiving a vehicle information response at the handheld mobile device, wherein the vehicle information response includes information pertaining to one or more vehicles within a predetermined distance of the location associated with the user; displaying a camera feed on a visual display of the handheld mobile device; based on the information pertaining to the one or more vehicles, generating one or more graphics representing at least part of the information pertaining to the one or more vehicles; and displaying the one or more graphics over the camera feed on the visual display of the handheld mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Christopher L. Oesterling, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Patent number: 10134286
    Abstract: A system and method of enabling a user to select a location for vehicle pickup, wherein the method is carried out by a handheld mobile device, and wherein the method includes: obtaining vehicle reservation information pertaining to a vehicle reservation, wherein the vehicle reservation information includes a reservation start location; displaying a camera feed on a visual display of the mobile device, wherein the camera feed is video data that is obtained by a camera included on the mobile device; receiving a vehicle pickup selection from a user, wherein the vehicle pickup selection is generated by a user selecting an area for pickup that is within a field of view of the camera; and sending a vehicle pickup selection message to the remote server, wherein the vehicle pickup selection message includes the vehicle pickup selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard Elswick, Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20180326947
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a key fob for use in a car sharing vehicle access system, including the steps of: authenticating the key fob for use with a specific vehicle; receiving a key fob activation command; obtaining an authorization to control, using the vehicle commands, at least some vehicle functions on the vehicle; in response to obtaining the authorization, enabling transmissions of any one or more of the vehicle commands from the key fob; receiving a user input requesting that one of the vehicle commands be sent to the vehicle; sending the requested one of the vehicle commands to the vehicle; and subsequently removing the authorization such that the key fob is disabled from further controlling the vehicle functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Dwayne A. Crocker, Robert Miles, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20180292540
    Abstract: A system and method to obtain vehicle positional information as it is traveling. The method of generating a vehicle path includes obtaining a first position of a vehicle; monitoring an occurrence of a positional trigger event; after the occurrence of the positional trigger event, obtaining a second position of the vehicle; and transmitting the first and second positions to a storage device wherein the first and second positions form the path. The disclosure also provides for a system to generate the path of the vehicle. The system includes a vehicle system module configured to perform the various steps described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco T. Carnevale, Michael P. Marchione, Billy L. Holbird, II
  • Patent number: 9998869
    Abstract: A method for determining vehicle location via a mobile computing device includes: determining, by an application of the mobile computing device, a first signal strength corresponding to a communications component of a vehicle and a first mobile device location corresponding to the first signal strength; detecting, by the application, a signal drop event corresponding to a loss of the signal corresponding to the communications component of the vehicle; determining, by the application, in response to detecting the signal drop event, the first mobile device location corresponding to the first signal strength as the vehicle location based on the first mobile device location being the most recent location at which a recorded signal strength was at a highest level; and providing, by the application, a notification indicating the vehicle location to a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Hassan Elnajjar, Steven P. Schwinke, Dwayne A. Crocker, Nathaniel H. Williams, Aditya S. Kamini
  • Patent number: 9949267
    Abstract: A system and method of performing vehicle navigation services in coordination with a handheld wireless device that involves determining a vehicle location at a vehicle using a vehicle telematics unit of the vehicle; identifying a plurality of points-of-interest (POIs) within a predetermined range of the vehicle location; detecting a vehicle occupant has exited the vehicle; sending an instruction from the vehicle that directs a handheld wireless device associated with the vehicle occupant or the vehicle to begin generating location data; and receiving the location data from the handheld wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Marco T. Carnevale, Nathaniel H. Williams, Swee Meng Yong, Yue Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20180077712
    Abstract: A system and method of performing vehicle navigation services in coordination with a handheld wireless device that involves determining a vehicle location at a vehicle using a vehicle telematics unit of the vehicle; identifying a plurality of points-of-interest (POIs) within a predetermined range of the vehicle location; detecting a vehicle occupant has exited the vehicle; sending an instruction from the vehicle that directs a handheld wireless device associated with the vehicle occupant or the vehicle to begin generating location data; and receiving the location data from the handheld wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Marco T. Carnevale, Nathaniel H. Williams, Swee Meng Yong, Yue Zhuang
  • Patent number: 9867050
    Abstract: A system and method of regulating access to a short-range wireless communications network using an ultrasonic audible signal includes: receiving a handheld wireless device identifier at a short-range wireless network from a handheld wireless device that is within a communication range of the short-range wireless network; determining that the handheld wireless device is authorized to access the short-range wireless network using the handheld wireless device identifier; and broadcasting an audio signal at an ultrasonic frequency through an audio system, wherein the audio signal includes information used by the handheld wireless device for authentication to the short-range wireless communications network in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Hassan Elnajjar, Nathaniel H. Williams, Marco Carnevale, Dwayne Crocker
  • Publication number: 20170297512
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a Universal Serial Bus Type-C (USB) port configured to receive a plug of a wired connection to an external system for the transfer of at least one of power or data. The system further includes a processor coupled to the USB port and configured to at least facilitate the transfer of the at least one of power or data between the vehicle and the external system via the USB port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: RUSS M. ELING, NATHANIEL H. WILLIAMS, MARCO T. CARNEVALE
  • Publication number: 20170213164
    Abstract: Methods, autonomous vehicles, and servers for passenger service in an autonomous vehicle are provided. A method includes receiving at least one signal indicating a status of at least one passenger of the autonomous vehicle. The method further includes processing the at least one signal to determine whether the at least one passenger has taken action consistent with completion of the passenger service reservation in the absence of an action that is inconsistent with completion of the passenger service reservation. The method yet further includes completing the reservation based on the processing the at least one signal. A server includes a processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions that configure the server for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: JIM K. RAINBOLT, NATHANIEL H. WILLIAMS, DWAYNE A. CROCKER, JANET S. GOINGS, MARY E. DECALUWE