Patents by Inventor Ray C. Siciak

Ray C. Siciak 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10910680
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a coolant subsystem configured to cool the battery pack, and a thermoelectric device disposed within the coolant subsystem and selectively activated to augment cooling of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Fleming, Erik J. Christen, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10773668
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to identify a failure in one of a first, second, or third vehicle power networks and to instruct one of a first display controller connected to the first vehicle power network or a second display controller connected to the second vehicle power network to provide a message to displays respectively connected to the first vehicle power network or the second vehicle power network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dhanunjay Vejalla, Tsung-Han Tsai, Michael Adel Awad Alla, David A. Symanow, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10752116
    Abstract: An electrical power system for a vehicle includes an interface electrically connected to a node and a battery electrically connected to the interface. The interface includes circuit elements that permit current flow between the battery and the node when and only when the voltage of the node is below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Symanow, Ray C. Siciak, Michael Adel Awad Alla, Sami Dagher
  • Patent number: 10726645
    Abstract: A system includes means for identifying a risk condition based on a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) and an operating condition in a vehicle, means for determining an instruction for the vehicle based on the identified risk condition, and means for navigating the vehicle based on the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Khalifeh, Amy Beth Cronin, Scott J. Lauffer, Rashmi Hegde, Beni Tang, Ray C. Siciak
  • Publication number: 20200223383
    Abstract: A vehicle power network includes a bus providing power to an automotive safety integrity level (ASIL)-rated load and an auxiliary-rated load. The ASIL-rated load includes a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include, to, in response to determining a minimal risk condition (MRC), selectively terminate power to the auxiliary-rated load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Adel AWAD ALLA, Sami DAGHER, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10703373
    Abstract: A first vehicle velocity target is determined based on a velocity of a proximate second vehicle and at least one of a curvature of a road, a gradient of the road, a bank angle of the road, visibility, and a coefficient of friction on a surface of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raveen Fernando, Barnabas Joseph Nemec, Michael Adel Awad Alla, Tsung-Han Tsai, Kathryn Hamilton, Ray C. Siciak
  • Publication number: 20200098201
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle is programmed to receive sensor data about a vehicle occupant, select a category of behavior of the occupant based on the sensor data, and navigate to a predetermined location based on the selected category. The vehicle may be an autonomous vehicle that can be operated by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Michael E. REIBLING, Steven Michael CYR, Ray C. SICIAK
  • Publication number: 20200062255
    Abstract: A first vehicle velocity target is determined based on a velocity of a proximate second vehicle and at least one of a curvature of a road, a gradient of the road, a bank angle of the road, visibility, and a coefficient of friction on a surface of the road.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: RAVEEN FERNANDO, BARNABAS JOSEPH NEMEC, MICHAEL ADEL AWAD ALLA, TSUNG-HAN TSAI, KATHRYN HAMILTON, RAY C. SICIAK
  • Publication number: 20200047624
    Abstract: A system includes a first power net in a vehicle electrically coupled to a first control unit. The first control unit controls first lights included in a second light set when the first power net is operational. a second power net in the vehicle is electrically coupled to the second light set and a second control unit. The second control unit controls the first lights when the first power net includes a fault condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: TSUNG-HAN TSAI, RAY C. SICIAK
  • Patent number: 10525915
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a high voltage power supply. An example vehicle includes first and second power supply buses, a high voltage power supply coupled to the first and second power supply buses, and a high voltage controller. The high voltage controller is configured to control the high voltage power supply, detect a short circuit on the first power supply bus, and responsively change a power source of the high voltage controller by activating an opto-isolator and one or more smart FETs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Sturza, Masahiro Kimoto, Tsung-Han Tsai, David Anthony Symanow, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10479328
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes interior sensors including a camera, IR camera, electro-chemical sensor, humidity sensor, and temperature sensor. Initial and final outputs of these sensors are captured for a trip conveying one or more passengers. If changes in the outputs of the sensors are detected, whether the final outputs of the sensors are acceptable may be evaluated. In some embodiments, an aggregation of the outputs is evaluated and found unacceptable even where individual outputs are acceptable. Outputs may be presented to a dispatcher to confirm that the outputs are unacceptable. If the outputs are found to be unacceptable, the vehicle may be autonomously driven to a cleaning station. Personal items may be identified in camera outputs and alerts generated in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E Reibling, Ramzi Ahmad Chraim, Steven Michael Cyr, Ray C. Siciak
  • Publication number: 20190291712
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to prevent a traction battery from providing power to a vehicle powertrain below a charge threshold, and then, upon one of (a) receiving an acceleration demand above an acceleration threshold and (b) predicting that a planned maneuver classified as high acceleration will occur within a time threshold, permit the traction battery to provide power to the vehicle powertrain below the charge threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: DAVID ANTHONY SYMANOW, PRASAD VENKITESWARAN, RAY C. SICIAK
  • Publication number: 20190283609
    Abstract: An electrical power system for a vehicle includes an interface electrically connected to a node and a battery electrically connected to the interface. The interface includes circuit elements that permit current flow between the battery and the node when and only when the voltage of the node is below a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: DAVID ANTHONY SYMANOW, RAY C. SICIAK, MICHAEL ADEL AWAD ALLA, SAMI DAGHER
  • Publication number: 20190259226
    Abstract: A system includes means for identifying a risk condition based on a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) and an operating condition in a vehicle, means for determining an instruction for the vehicle based on the identified risk condition, and means for navigating the vehicle based on the instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Khalifeh, Amy Beth Cronin, Scott J. Lauffer, Rashmi Hegde, Beni Tang, Ray C. Siciak
  • Publication number: 20190135206
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a high voltage power supply. An example vehicle includes first and second power supply buses, a high voltage power supply coupled to the first and second power supply buses, and a high voltage controller. The high voltage controller is configured to control the high voltage power supply, detect a short circuit on the first power supply bus, and responsively change a power source of the high voltage controller by activating an opto-isolator and one or more smart FETs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: John Sturza, Masahiro Kimoto, Tsung-Han Tsai, David Anthony Symanow, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10272917
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to establish communication between a first vehicle and a second vehicle, identify one of the vehicles as a towing vehicle and the other as a towed vehicle, and limit operation of the towing vehicle according to constraints associated with the towed vehicle. In some implementations, the vehicle system detects that the towing vehicle is flat-towing the towed vehicle and that the towed vehicle is not operating in a neutral tow mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric David Bramson, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10230231
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide an alternative high voltage cutoff technique for disconnecting a high voltage battery from an electrical network of a vehicle in the event of a fault condition. Embodiments include a vehicle system comprising an electrical bus and a battery module coupled to the electrical bus via a contactor and a disconnector. The vehicle system further includes a controller configured to switch the contactor to an open state, upon receiving a fault condition signal, and if the contactor failed to open, activating the disconnector to break electrical connection between the battery module and the electrical bus. In some embodiments, the fault condition signal is generated upon detecting a vehicular impact. In some embodiments, the disconnector is a pyrotechnic device powered by a vehicle battery included in the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ray C. Siciak, David Crist Gabriel, Bo Wu, Derek Hartl
  • Publication number: 20190025836
    Abstract: A first landmark of a target vehicle is identified. A host vehicle is moved laterally adjacent to the target vehicle such that a second landmark of the host vehicle is a specified longitudinal distance from the first landmark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Desjarlais, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10185322
    Abstract: A first landmark of a target vehicle is identified. A host vehicle is moved laterally adjacent to the target vehicle such that a second landmark of the host vehicle is a specified longitudinal distance from the first landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Desjarlais, Ray C. Siciak