Patents by Inventor Perry Robinson MacNeille

Perry Robinson MacNeille 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: 11436694
    Abstract: A system includes a computer remote from a vehicle. The computer is programmed to store a label of an odor associated with a user, instruct the vehicle to pick up the user, receive data from an environmental sensor in the vehicle, and output a message upon determining that the data indicate that a level of the odor exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brian Yeung, Perry Robinson Macneille, Omar Makke, Patrick Lawrence Jackson Van Hoecke, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Yimin Liu
  • Publication number: 20220277597
    Abstract: A vehicle may receive a request for use of a vehicle resource from a remote source. The vehicle may determine if the vehicle is capable of fulfilling the request based a state of the resource. The may also determine and send a cost for using the resource, to the remote source, in response to determining the vehicle is capable of fulfilling the request and provide use of the resource in accordance with a use-term defined in conjunction with the cost, in response to receiving agreement from the remote source to pay the cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brian Yeung, Ayush Chandrakanth Shah, Sandeep Sasidharan, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 11422913
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a display cleaning system are provided. The system may include a touchscreen device having a display operatively coupled to a cleaning apparatus. The touchscreen device may include an algorithm for detecting when and how often to clean the display. For example, the algorithm may be executed to monitor touch events on the display, such that when a certain number of touch events are detected, it will determine that the screen needs to be cleaned. Thresholds for cleaning may be adjusted based on user input. The touchscreen device may be integrated, for example, in an autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sena Hermiz, Erick Lavoie, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 11417157
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor. The processor is programmed to generate, upon detecting a vehicle entry device, a first data block including a hash of identification data for the entry device. The processor is further programmed, upon detecting a trip event, to generate a second data block including a hash of trip event data and a hash linking the second data block to the first data block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson Macneille, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 11368284
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that may comprise: one or more processors of a center node, wherein the center node is a vehicle computer; and memory of the center node, wherein the memory stores instructions executable by the one or more processors, the instructions comprising to: determine a first network comprising the center node and a plurality of member nodes based on a mesh network of the center node and the plurality of member nodes; add at least one virtual node to the first network; and using the first network, exchange cryptographic data between the at least one virtual node, the center node, and the plurality of member nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, John Michael Galan Ferrer, Prashant Rao, Taylor Hawley, Joseph Wisniewski, Fling Finn Tseng
  • Publication number: 20220179767
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a display cleaning system are provided. The system may include a touchscreen device having a display operatively coupled to a cleaning apparatus. The touchscreen device may include an algorithm for detecting when and how often to clean the display. For example, the algorithm may be executed to monitor touch events on the display, such that when a certain number of touch events are detected, it will determine that the screen needs to be cleaned. Thresholds for cleaning may be adjusted based on user input. The touchscreen device may be integrated, for example, in an autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Sena Hermiz, Erick Lavoie, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 11350239
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a millimeter wave (mmWave) antenna, including a millimeter wave (mmWave) antenna, including a plurality of light elements and a plurality of active antenna elements in a predefined configuration surrounding a lensless camera element. The vehicle further includes an antenna controller configured to receive an image of a second mmWave antenna of a second vehicle via the lensless camera of the mmWave antenna, identify a scale and angle of rotation between the mmWave antenna and the second mmWave antenna based on the image, compute phase angles for the active antenna elements of the mmWave antenna according to the scale and angle of rotation, and transmit data using the active antenna elements to the second vehicle, according to the computed phase angles, to form a beam targeted at the second mmWave antenna of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Sandeep Sasidharan
  • Publication number: 20220126457
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gas detection within vehicles are disclosed herein. An example method includes monitoring background gas concentrations in a vehicle using a robot having a gas module having a non-selective sensor and a selective sensor, determining a concern index based on output of the gas module, determining when the concern index exceeds a threshold which indicates presence of a non-atmospheric gas, causing the robot to traverse an operating area when the concern index exceeds the threshold to search for a source of the non-atmospheric gas by measuring gas concentration gradients, classifying the non-atmospheric gas using the selective sensor of the gas module and identifying a location of the source of the non-atmospheric gas in the vehicle based on the gas concentration gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 11214119
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for vehicle HVAC control are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a portable device interface of a vehicle, the portable device interface to be communicatively coupled with a portable device, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control system of the vehicle, where the HVAC control system is to be communicatively coupled to the portable device interface. The example apparatus also includes a processor to control the HVAC control system based on signals received at the portable device interface from the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Jeffrey Yeung, Yimin Liu, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Omar Makke
  • Patent number: 11190267
    Abstract: A drone communication system is described. Using the system, a method may be executed that includes: when a recipient vehicle is out of wireless range, transmitting a message, from a sending vehicle, to a plurality of drones that are focusing antenna beams on the sending vehicle so that the plurality then may transmit the message to the recipient vehicle by focusing antenna beams thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Jeffrey Anthony Hamel, John Jeffrey Pfeiffer, Doug Moore
  • Patent number: 11136730
    Abstract: A method includes positioning one or more roadway sensors and a plurality of a networked array of light emitting diode (LED) raised pavement markers on a road. Sensors proximate the road are associated with a network of road marking controllers that cooperate to control the LEDs as vehicles drive on the road. The LEDs operate as a networked array of roadway lane marking lights. The road marking controller(s) determine a distance between a vehicle on the road and the roadway sensor, determine a dynamic condition associated with the vehicle that changes with respect to time, and lights the plurality of LEDs based at least in part on the distance between the vehicle and the roadway sensor and the dynamic condition associated with the vehicle. Dynamic conditions for operating the LED lighting scheme can include vehicle velocity, a date, a time, a weather condition proximate the vehicle, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ayush Shah, Oliver Lei, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 11125566
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive image data gathered by a vehicle camera, relating to a fixed environmental feature. The processor is also configured to determine a vehicle position relative to the fixed environmental feature and determine a vehicle lane-level location on a digital map, based on the vehicle position relative to the fixed environmental feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dehua Cui, David A. Herman, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Perry Robinson MacNeille, David Allen Kowalski, Omar Makke
  • Publication number: 20210215491
    Abstract: A system and method for vehicle sharing include a vehicle having sensors, a vehicle computing system (VCS) including a processor and a memory communicating with the sensor and programmed to store sensor data associated with a vehicle sharing trip, and a human-machine interface (HMI) communicating with the VCS and displaying a vehicle sharing trip cost using the sensor data associated with vehicle and/or vehicle component wear and tear incurred during the trip, trip cost savings based on the pricing method, and presenting related coupons. Vehicle sharing cost may be determined for a vehicle use, driver, route, road conditions, parking behavior, weather, etc. based on data from vehicle sensors and external sensors to detect ambient and operating conditions. Sensor data may be communicated to cloud-based networks for processing, analysis, and cost determination using models associating sensor data with component wear, driver's characteristics, historical behavior, and related maintenance and repair cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Yimin LIU, Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Erica KLAMPFL, Kevin COOPER
  • Publication number: 20210188051
    Abstract: A method for mitigating odor includes detecting a known smell using on one or more odor sensors in a vehicle. The method includes determining whether the known smell is agreeable to one or more passengers of the vehicle. The method includes mitigating the known smell using one or more odor control devices if the known smell is not agreeable to the one or more passengers of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Victoria Leigh SCHEIN, Jeffrey Brian YEUNG, Clay Wesley MARANVILLE, Kerrie Kathleen GATH, Daniel BOCCUCCIA
  • Publication number: 20210133810
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for billboard interface for display of vehicle. An example method for generating a billboard interface for a vehicle display includes obtaining, via a camera, an image of a billboard and identifying, via a processor, a segment of the image. The example method also includes determining an event associated with the segment and generating a billboard interface to include a hyperlink of the segment that initiates the event. The example method also includes communicating, via a communication module, the billboard interface to a vehicle display for presentation to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Bo WU
  • Publication number: 20210126703
    Abstract: A drone communication system is described. Using the system, a method may be executed that includes: when a recipient vehicle is out of wireless range, transmitting a message, from a sending vehicle, to a plurality of drones that are focusing antenna beams on the sending vehicle so that the plurality then may transmit the message to the recipient vehicle by focusing antenna beams thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Jeffrey Anthony HAMEL, John Jeffrey PFEIFFER, Doug MOORE
  • Publication number: 20210125226
    Abstract: An advertising method for a shuttle comprises by a controller, responsive to identifying a drop-off location and a business paying to influence a route traveled by the shuttle, selecting one of a plurality of routes to the drop-off location according to a priming estimate indicating that points of interest along the one share more characteristics with the business relative to others of the plurality; and commanding the shuttle to travel the one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Yimin LIU
  • Publication number: 20210091927
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that may comprise: one or more processors of a center node, wherein the center node is a vehicle computer; and memory of the center node, wherein the memory stores instructions executable by the one or more processors, the instructions comprising to: determine a first network comprising the center node and a plurality of member nodes based on a mesh network of the center node and the plurality of member nodes; add at least one virtual node to the first network; and using the first network, exchange cryptographic data between the at least one virtual node, the center node, and the plurality of member nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, John Michael Galan Ferrer, Prashant Rao, Taylor Hawley, Joseph Wisniewski, Fling Finn Tseng
  • Publication number: 20210087756
    Abstract: A method includes positioning one or more roadway sensors and a plurality of a networked array of light emitting diode (LED) raised pavement markers on a road. Sensors proximate the road are associated with a network of road marking controllers that cooperate to control the LEDs as vehicles drive on the road. The LEDs operate as a networked array of roadway lane marking lights. The road marking controller(s) determine a distance between a vehicle on the road and the roadway sensor, determine a dynamic condition associated with the vehicle that changes with respect to time, and lights the plurality of LEDs based at least in part on the distance between the vehicle and the roadway sensor and the dynamic condition associated with the vehicle. Dynamic conditions for operating the LED lighting scheme can include vehicle velocity, a date, a time, a weather condition proximate the vehicle, and other factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ayush Shah, Oliver Lei, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 10952054
    Abstract: An infotainment system in a vehicle includes at least one processor configured to, in response to occurrence of a trigger condition defined by an invitation from a source remote from the vehicle and identifying media content and to acceptance of the invitation, select a medium carrying the media content to play the media content. The trigger condition may be a current location of the vehicle matching a specified location, a weather condition at a current location of the vehicle matching a specified weather condition, a current speed of the vehicle exceeding a specified speed, a current date matching a specified date, or a current time of day matching a specified time of day. Alternatively, the trigger condition may be a signal indicating presence of a passenger or presence of a connection with a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manpreet Singh Bajwa, Omar Makke, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin