Patents by Inventor Robert A. Hrabak

Robert A. Hrabak 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: 20190359173
    Abstract: A system and method of managing virtual vehicle keys includes: receiving at a central facility a request to use a vehicle; receiving an identifier of a handheld wireless device at the central facility; generating at the central facility a virtual vehicle key that permits vehicle access using the handheld wireless device; and wirelessly transmitting the virtual vehicle key to the handheld wireless device and a vehicle the handheld wireless device has authorization to access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Nikola J. Pudar, Robert A. Hrabak, Amanda J. Kalhous
  • Patent number: 10430603
    Abstract: A gateway apparatus for managing local-device access to vehicle data, including an input/output component for receiving requests for vehicle data from a local device and sending vehicle data to the local device. The apparatus also includes a tangible processing unit in communication with the input/output component and the input/output component, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage device. An access unit of the apparatus has access-unit code that receives, by way of the input/output component, a request for the vehicle data from a local device and determines whether the gateway apparatus may satisfy the request. A control unit has control-unit code that, when executed by the processing unit, determines what vehicle data will be provided. A data unit has data-unit code that prepares the vehicle data to be provided to the local device, and sends the vehicle data to the local device by way of the input/output component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Fan Bai, Jinzhu Chen, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10419984
    Abstract: A system and method of managing short-range wireless communication connections at a vehicle, the method including: receiving a wireless signal from a personal mobile device at the vehicle, wherein the wireless signal is received using a first short-range wireless communication (SRWC) technology; determining whether to perform a connection handover based on the received wireless signal; when it is determined that the connection handover is to be performed, then carrying out the connection handover that includes establishing an alternative carrier connection between a wireless communications device and the personal mobile device using a second SRWC technology, wherein the wireless communications device is installed in the vehicle; and when it is determined that the connection handover is not to be performed, then setting the wireless communications device to operate in a discovery mode, wherein the discovery mode includes sending an inquiry message indicating availability of a connection to the wireless communi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, John Sergakis, Nikhil N. Neti
  • Patent number: 10384644
    Abstract: A system and method of managing virtual vehicle keys includes: receiving at a central facility a request to use a vehicle; receiving an identifier of a handheld wireless device at the central facility; generating at the central facility a virtual vehicle key that permits vehicle access using the handheld wireless device; and wirelessly transmitting the virtual vehicle key to the handheld wireless device and a vehicle the handheld wireless device has authorization to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikola J. Pudar, Robert A. Hrabak, Amanda J. Kalhous
  • Patent number: 10384643
    Abstract: A system and method of managing virtual vehicle keys includes: receiving at a central facility a request to use a vehicle; receiving an identifier of a handheld wireless device at the central facility; generating at the central facility a virtual vehicle key that permits vehicle access using the handheld wireless device; and wirelessly transmitting the virtual vehicle key to the handheld wireless device and a vehicle the handheld wireless device has authorization to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikola J. Pudar, Robert A. Hrabak, Amanda J. Kalhous
  • Patent number: 10368291
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling use of vehicular Wi-Fi hotspots by a handheld wireless device includes: detecting that the handheld wireless device is communicating via a Wi-Fi hotspot; determining at the handheld wireless device that that the Wi-Fi hotspot is provided by a vehicle; and enabling one or more default prohibitions against transmitting low-priority data from the handheld wireless device via a cellular wireless carrier system while the handheld wireless device communicates with the Wi-Fi hotspot provided by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Hrabak
  • Publication number: 20190158629
    Abstract: A portable system, for use in projecting proprietary host-data-based output utilizing a dual-layer proprietary-data arrangement including the portable system, a remote proprietary-data server, and a host device. The system having a first-layer arrangement component communicating with the server by way of a long-range channel, and a second-layer arrangement component communicating with the host device by wired or a short-range communication. The system also includes a portable-system application that generates, based on proprietary host data, proprietary-host-data-based app output. The first-layer includes a remote-server-communications client sub-module that receives the proprietary host data from the server. The application generates, based on the proprietary host data, proprietary host data-based app output data, for use in presentation via the host device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Fan Bai, Dan Shan, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10291763
    Abstract: A multi-modal projection system, such as a smartphone, a wearable, or a generic universal-serial-bus-class (generic USB-class), for use in projecting device output via a host apparatus, such as a transportation vehicle. The system includes a hardware-based processing unit (processor), and a base data-processing resource needed by each of a plurality of interface components to generate the output to be projected via the host apparatus. The system includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage component having the interface components that, when executed by the processing unit, generate the output to be projected via the host apparatus. The storage component further includes a plurality of virtual data-processing components being virtual representations of the base data-processing resource. The storage component further includes a mapping module that, when executed, controls access for the interface components to the base data-processing component by way of the virtual data-processing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dan Shan, Fan Bai, Robert A. Hrabak, Nikhil N. Neti
  • Publication number: 20190123952
    Abstract: In one aspect, the technology includes a portable system, for providing add-on resources to a host device, such as a vehicle host device. The portable system includes a portable-system resource, which in various embodiments is at least partially a part of a portable-system data storage. The data storage includes at least one companion application that, when executed, provides, based on operation of the portable-system resource, host-device output for use at the host device, wherein the host-device output is output that the host device could not produce on its own or is supplemental to output that the host device can produce on its own. Example portable-system resources include a central-processing unit, a graphics processor, an application shop, an app-refresh program, security or hardware accelerators, and a speech recognition or three-dimensional rendering program. The technology in various embodiments also includes the host device described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Donald K. Grimm, Fan Bai, Dan Shan, Leonard C. Nieman, Karen Juzswik
  • Publication number: 20190116255
    Abstract: A portable system, for use in projecting proprietary host-data-based output to a host device using a dual-layer proprietary-data-provision arrangement including the host device and portable system. A storage component includes one or more first-layer components, of the dual-layer proprietary-data-provision arrangement, that, when executed by a hardware-based processing unit, communicates with the host device by a first wired communication channel or a first short-range wireless communication channel to receive the proprietary host data from the host device. The storage also includes a portable-system application that, when executed, generates, based on the proprietary host data, proprietary host-data-based app output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Fan Bai, Dan Shan, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10264399
    Abstract: A system and method of wireless communication between a location-based wireless communications device and a vehicle, the method including the steps of: detecting when the vehicle is within an operating range of the location-based wireless communications device; establishing a short-range wireless communication (SRWC) connection between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle, wherein the SRWC connection is carried out over at least a first frequency band that enables a multi-Gbps data transfer rate; and transferring data between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle over the SRWC connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, John Sergakis, Nadav Lavi, Thomas M. Forest
  • Publication number: 20190075423
    Abstract: A system and method of wireless communication between a location-based wireless communications device and a vehicle, the method including the steps of: detecting when the vehicle is within an operating range of the location-based wireless communications device; establishing a short-range wireless communication (SRWC) connection between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle, wherein the SRWC connection is carried out over at least a first frequency band that enables a multi-Gbps data transfer rate; and transferring data between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle over the SRWC connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, John Sergakis, Nadav Lavi, Thomas M. Forest
  • Publication number: 20180368030
    Abstract: A system and method of managing short-range wireless communication connections at a vehicle, the method including: receiving a wireless signal from a personal mobile device at the vehicle, wherein the wireless signal is received using a first short-range wireless communication (SRWC) technology; determining whether to perform a connection handover based on the received wireless signal; when it is determined that the connection handover is to be performed, then carrying out the connection handover that includes establishing an alternative carrier connection between a wireless communications device and the personal mobile device using a second SRWC technology, wherein the wireless communications device is installed in the vehicle; and when it is determined that the connection handover is not to be performed, then setting the wireless communications device to operate in a discovery mode, wherein the discovery mode includes sending an inquiry message indicating availability of a connection to the wireless communi
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, John Sergakis, Nikhil N. Neti
  • Patent number: 10159044
    Abstract: A first Bluetooth-enabled device includes an interface controller that determines proximity between a first Bluetooth module and a second Bluetooth module of a second Bluetooth-enabled device, and controls transitions, based on the proximity between the first Bluetooth module and the second Bluetooth module, between a first set of operating states of a classical Bluetooth interface of the first Bluetooth module that include an enabled state and a disabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Hrabak
  • Publication number: 20180278738
    Abstract: A multi-modal projection system, such as a smartphone, a wearable, or a generic universal-serial-bus-class (generic USB-class), for use in projecting device output via a host apparatus, such as a transportation vehicle. The system includes a hardware-based processing unit (processor), and a base data-processing resource needed by each of a plurality of interface components to generate the output to be projected via the host apparatus. The system includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage component having the interface components that, when executed by the processing unit, generate the output to be projected via the host apparatus. The storage component further includes a plurality of virtual data-processing components being virtual representations of the base data-processing resource. The storage component further includes a mapping module that, when executed, controls access for the interface components to the base data-processing component by way of the virtual data-processing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Dan Shan, Fan Bai, Robert A. Hrabak, Nikhil N. Neti
  • Publication number: 20180247067
    Abstract: A gateway apparatus for managing local-device access to vehicle data, including an input/output component for receiving requests for vehicle data from a local device and sending vehicle data to the local device. The apparatus also includes a tangible processing unit in communication with the input/output component and the input/output component, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage device. An access unit of the apparatus has access-unit code that receives, by way of the input/output component, a request for the vehicle data from a local device and determines whether the gateway apparatus may satisfy the request. A control unit has control-unit code that, when executed by the processing unit, determines what vehicle data will be provided. A data unit has data-unit code that prepares the vehicle data to be provided to the local device, and sends the vehicle data to the local device by way of the input/output component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Fan Bai, Jinzhu Chen, Donald K. Grimm
  • Publication number: 20180152880
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling use of vehicular Wi-Fi hotspots by a handheld wireless device includes: detecting that the handheld wireless device is communicating via a Wi-Fi hotspot; determining at the handheld wireless device that that the Wi-Fi hotspot is provided by a vehicle; and enabling one or more default prohibitions against transmitting low-priority data from the handheld wireless device via a cellular wireless carrier system while the handheld wireless device communicates with the Wi-Fi hotspot provided by the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventor: Robert A. Hrabak
  • Patent number: 9955331
    Abstract: Methods for prioritizing and routing audio signals between consumer electronic devices using wireless communication standards are provided. In one embodiment, a method for prioritizing and routing audio signals between consumer electronic devices includes receiving a device prioritization designation for at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices. The prioritization designation designates a first of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices as having a higher priority than another of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices. The method further includes connecting with each of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices and providing an audio signal to the first of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A Hrabak, Matthew G. Przybylski, Paula J. Vandermuss
  • Patent number: 9949303
    Abstract: A short range wireless communication (SRWC) system for a vehicle and a method of using the SRWC system. The system includes a first SRWC node in the vehicle having a SRWC receiver and a SRWC transmitter, and a second SRWC node in the vehicle adapted to send and receive SRWC data. The first and second SRWC nodes are configured so that when the first and second SRWC nodes are operable, an SRWC object device perceives the first and second SRWC nodes as a single SRWC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wen Gu, David P. Pop, Amanda J. Kalhous, Robert A. Hrabak
  • Patent number: 9948762
    Abstract: A system and method for providing wireless communication between a handheld mobile device and an embedded vehicle system of a motor vehicle. The system includes a communication module that utilizes at least two different short range wireless communication technologies to facilitate communication and/or pairing of an occupant's smartphone or other mobile device with an embedded vehicle system such as a vehicle infotainment system. This includes the use of a very short range communication technology, such as Near Field Communication (NFC), to communicate between the mobile device and an embedded vehicle system that is located outside of the operational range of the NFC or other very short range communication technology used by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Karen Juzswik, Robert A. Hrabak, Wen Gu