Patents by Inventor Russell Patenaude

Russell Patenaude 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: 20200351631
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to responsively send vehicle information to a data center, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to carry out the steps of: receiving vehicle identification information; sending the vehicle identification information to the data center; capturing an image of one or more third-party-vehicle identifying features in response to a request from the data center; and sending the image to the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20200220962
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method to prompt a user for information upon being in proximity to a vehicle, the method including: realizing a user account requires vehicle information from the user; determining whether the user is within proximity of the vehicle; and prompting the user to provide the vehicle information based on the determination of whether the user is within proximity of the vehicle. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding computer systems, apparatus, and computer programs recorded on one or more computer storage devices, each configured to perform the actions of the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew C. Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20200039469
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automobile vehicle remote-start operation includes linking a personal communication device of a user to an automobile vehicle. Data directed to initiation of an automobile vehicle remote start operation is collected on the personal communication device. The data is compared to a predetermined threshold. If the predetermined threshold is met, a screen prompt is generated and displayed on the personal communication device of the user requesting the user to initiate the remote-start operation. The remote-start operation is initiated by the user from the personal communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert L. Cowing, Matt Neely, Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 10507799
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state. The method includes: obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle; detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Russell A. Patenaude, Eric T. Hosey
  • Patent number: 10300888
    Abstract: A system and method for performing remote vehicle commands such as opening and closing doors and windows. The method is carried out by the system and includes the steps of: receiving a first signal at a vehicle from a remote application via a wireless communication device installed in the vehicle as a part of the vehicle electronics; in response to receiving the first signal, transmitting a camera feed from one or more vehicle cameras on the vehicle to the remote application; receiving a remote command signal at the vehicle from the remote application; in response to receiving the remote command signal, performing one or more vehicle commands at the vehicle while continuing to transmit the camera feed from the vehicle to the remote application; and ending the transmission of the camera feed from the vehicle to the remote application after completing the one or more remote vehicle commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Huong T. Chim, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 10178709
    Abstract: A method of connecting a vehicle telematics unit with a public safety access point (PSAP) includes wirelessly calling a central facility using the vehicle telematics unit that generates a reason to contact the PSAP; determining a reason to contact the PSAP during the wireless call; and receiving a computer-readable command at the vehicle telematics unit from the central facility that directs the vehicle telematics unit to end the wireless call and locally place an emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David A. Holt
  • Publication number: 20180103413
    Abstract: A system and method of dynamically selecting regional network settings at a wireless device includes: determining a geographic location or a wireless carrier system identifier at the wireless device; accessing, at the wireless device, a database of regional network settings associated with geographic locations or wireless carrier system identifiers; selecting one or more regional network settings at the wireless device based on the determined geographic location or wireless carrier system identifier via a search of the database of regional network settings; and wirelessly transmitting the selected regional network setting(s) to a cell tower of a wireless carrier system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David M. George
  • Publication number: 20180043903
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating user-controlled vehicle settings with a remote location includes: detecting a change to one or more vehicle preference settings made by a vehicle user at a vehicle; wirelessly transmitting the vehicle preference setting(s) from the vehicle to a remote location; altering one or more default services provided to the vehicle user based on the change to the vehicle preference setting(s) made by the vehicle user; and providing the altered default service(s) to the vehicle user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Eric T. HOSEY, Russell A. PATENAUDE, Ryan M. EDWARDS
  • Patent number: 9820124
    Abstract: A system to access an emergency contact during a critical event is presented herein. The system includes a memory, controller, display, and sensor. The memory includes one or more executable instructions. The controller is configured to read and execute the executable instructions. The display is configured to exhibit information. The sensor the configured to send at least one critical event signal. Moreover, the executable instructions enable the controller to: receive an emergency contact; store the emergency contact in the memory; receive (from the sensor) a critical event signal; determine the status of a critical event; transmit the emergency contact from the memory to the display; and command the display to exhibit the emergency contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Matthew C. Neely, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 9332397
    Abstract: A method of establishing an alternate communication channel between a telematics unit and a central facility that includes determining that a vehicle telematics unit is unable to communicate data over a voice call using a voice channel; initiating a data call from the vehicle telematics unit to a central facility based on that determination; sending information identifying the vehicle telematics unit to the central facility over the data call; establishing a voice call from the central facility to verbally communicate with the vehicle telematics unit based on the information identifying the vehicle telematics unit; and communicating data between the central facility and vehicle telematics unit via short messaging services (SMS) messages using the voice call from the central facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Sethu K. Madhavan, Ki Hak Yi, David A. Adams, Russell A. Patenaude, Kevin R. Krause, Andrew J. MacDonald
  • Publication number: 20150301819
    Abstract: A system and method of managing a vehicle software configuration includes: receiving from a user both a software package identifier for a software package that will be loaded onto a vehicle during a temporal period that is selected by the user and a vehicle identifier; identifying the software package associated with the software package identifier; wirelessly sending the software package from a central facility to the vehicle associated with the vehicle identifier for use during the user-selected temporal period; and storing the software package at the vehicle during the user-selected temporal period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 9116008
    Abstract: A method of providing route guidance to a vehicle user via a telematics unit comprises reading geo-coded route data from a removable medium at the telematics unit, the geo-coded data comprising a list of location and events associated with respective actions. The system senses the vehicle location and event status during the course of a trip. If the vehicle location matches a vehicle location listed in the geo-coded route data, the system executes an action associated in the list with that location and if a sensed event status indicates the occurrence of an event listed in the geo-coded route data, the system executes an action associated in the list with that event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Christine E. Meissner
  • Publication number: 20150163832
    Abstract: A method of connecting a vehicle telematics unit with a public safety access point (PSAP) includes wirelessly calling a central facility using the vehicle telematics unit that generates a reason to contact the PSAP; determining a reason to contact the PSAP during the wireless call; and receiving a computer-readable command at the vehicle telematics unit from the central facility that directs the vehicle telematics unit to end the wireless call and locally place an emergency call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Russell A. Patenaude, David A. Holt
  • Patent number: 9055025
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for confirming the accuracy and consistency of cellular device provisioning parameters such as telematics station identifiers (TSTIDs) stored at multiple locations. One implementation consists of a method for ensuring accuracy and consistency of parameters stored at multiple locations. The method involves storing parameters on a computer readable medium, connecting to a mobile station corresponding to a first stored parameter, and requesting the mobile station with which a connection has been established report parameters stored at the mobile station. The method further involves establishing an API call with a carrier network operator who provides services to the mobile station, transmitting a second stored parameter to the carrier network operator and requesting the carrier network operator report parameters corresponding to the second stored parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, James E. Bicego, Jr., David A. Holt
  • Publication number: 20140162639
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for confirming the accuracy and consistency of cellular device provisioning parameters such as telematics station identifiers (TSTIDs) stored at multiple locations. One implementation consists of a method for ensuring accuracy and consistency of parameters stored at multiple locations. The method involves storing parameters on a computer readable medium, connecting to a mobile station corresponding to a first stored parameter, and requesting the mobile station with which a connection has been established report parameters stored at the mobile station. The method further involves establishing an API call with a carrier network operator who provides services to the mobile station, transmitting a second stored parameter to the carrier network operator and requesting the carrier network operator report parameters corresponding to the second stored parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: General Motors LLC and GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, James E. Bicego, JR., David A. Holt
  • Patent number: 8653954
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting an error in the installation of an electrical component in a vehicle having a vehicle bus is disclosed herein. The system includes, but is not limited to a vehicle communication interface that is configured to be communicatively coupled with the vehicle bus and to detect a first power state of the vehicle. The system further includes an aftermarket telematics unit that is configured to be electrically connected to the vehicle and to wirelessly communicate with the vehicle communication interface. The vehicle communication interface is further configured to detect a second power state of the aftermarket telematics unit, to compare the first power state with the second power state, and to alert a third party when the first power state and the second power state do not correspond with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Nicholas J. Peariso
  • Patent number: 8604937
    Abstract: A telematics unit is provided for a vehicle having a power unit, along with a method for controlling a telematics unit for a vehicle. The telematics unit includes a voltage sensor, a global positioning system unit, and a processor. The voltage sensor senses a measure of a voltage of the power unit. The global positioning system unit obtains position data as to a position of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the voltage sensor and the global positioning system unit. The processor is configured to determine whether the voltage for the power unit has decreased using the sensed measure of the voltage, determine whether the vehicle is moving using the position data, and command the telematics unit to an off mode if the voltage has decreased and the vehicle is not moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 8543289
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics system for use with a vehicle having a vehicle bus is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics system includes, but is not limited to, an aftermarket telematics unit that is configured to be mounted to the vehicle, to communicate with the vehicle bus, and to detect when the vehicle has been turned off. The aftermarket telematics system also includes a vehicle communication interface device configured to connect to the vehicle bus, to be communicatively coupled with the aftermarket telematics unit, and to facilitate communication between the aftermarket telematics unit and the vehicle bus. The aftermarket telematics unit is further configured to send a sleep command to the vehicle communication interface device when the aftermarket telematics unit detects that the vehicle has been turned off. The vehicle communication interface device is configured to sleep in accordance with the sleep command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Genreal Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Russell A. Patenaude, Daniel C. McGarry, Matt C. Videtich, Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Patent number: 8463494
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit (“ATU”) for use with a telematics service system having a call center is disclosed herein. The ATU is adapted for mounting to a vehicle and is configured for operation in an on-mode, a standby-mode, and an off-mode. The aftermarket telematics unit includes, but is not limited to, a memory unit and a processor that is operatively connected to the memory unit. The processor is configured to send a first notification to the call center when a number of transitions from the off-mode to the on-mode experienced by the ATU exceeds a predetermined number during a first predetermined length of time. The processor is further configured to send a second notification to the call center when the ATU has been continuously operating in the on-mode for greater than a second predetermined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Peariso, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 8368549
    Abstract: A telematics unit is provided for a vehicle having a power unit, along with a method for controlling a telematics unit for a vehicle. The telematics unit includes a voltage sensor, a global positioning system unit, and a processor. The voltage sensor senses a measure of a voltage of the power unit. The global positioning system unit obtains position data as to a position of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the voltage sensor and the global positioning system unit. The processor is configured to determine whether the voltage for the power unit has decreased using the sensed measure of the voltage, determine whether the vehicle is moving using the position data, and command the telematics unit to an off mode if the voltage has decreased and the vehicle is not moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude