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).

  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120286950
    Abstract: Various examples of a method and a system for detecting theft of an item are disclosed herein. The method includes at least detecting with an aftermarket telematics unit a loss of electrical power being supplied to the aftermarket telematics unit and switching the aftermarket telematics unit to an alternate source of electrical power. The aftermarket telematics unit detects an occurrence of a second condition subsequent to detecting the loss of electrical power. The second condition may be a movement of the aftermarket telematics unit above a predetermined speed, or a diminution of strength of a wireless signal received from a component of the vehicle to below a predetermined threshold. The unit transmits a report containing information that is indicative of a theft event to a third party when the loss of electrical power and the occurrence of the second condition are detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. PEARISO, Russell A. PATENAUDE, Jeffrey P. CHRISTENSEN
  • Publication number: 20120274456
    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: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. PATENAUDE, Nicholas J. PEARISO
  • Publication number: 20120191291
    Abstract: A method for controlling a communicatively paired device for use with a vehicle (“ATU”) includes, but is not limited to, the steps of detecting a first power state of the vehicle using a vehicle communication interface (“VCI”) that is communicatively coupled to a communication bus on the vehicle, transmitting a wireless signal corresponding to the first power state from the VCI to the communicatively paired device, and altering a second power state of the communicatively paired device to correspond with the first power state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN R. KRAUSE, RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE, DANIEL C. McGARRY, KEVIN W. OWENS, NICHOLAS J. PEARISO
  • Patent number: 8195428
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for providing automated vehicle diagnostic function within a mobile vehicle communication system. The method includes configuring a primary diagnostic script for a telematics equipped mobile vehicle, providing the primary diagnostic script to the mobile vehicle, executing the primary diagnostic script, and collecting diagnostic data based on the executed primary diagnostic script. The primary diagnostic script may recreate known problem sequences when executed or may trigger data capture when specific conditions exist. The step of configuring the primary diagnostic script may include determining at least one diagnostic script based on diagnostic options and retrieving the at least one determined diagnostic script. One or more diagnostic scripts may be combined into the primary diagnostic script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim Veliu, Brad T. Reeser
  • Patent number: 8188837
    Abstract: A method of finding a key to a mobile vehicle includes receiving a call, at a call center, indicating that the key is lost and requesting, via the call center, a telematics unit on-board the mobile vehicle to establish communication with a remote access key fob that is associated with the key, the remote access key fob having an alarm integrated therewith. The method further includes requesting, via the call center, the telematics unit to activate the alarm of the remote access key fob and activating, via the telematics unit, the alarm of the remote access key fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Steven C. Tengler
  • Patent number: 8170468
    Abstract: A method of presenting channels to the user of a multi-channel wireless media service is provided. A user input is received in a mobile unit, wherein the user input has an associated category. At least one channel of the multi-channel wireless media service responsive to the user input is determined based upon a relationship of the channel to the associated category. Access to the channel is provided to the user. Alternative methods as well as systems and programs for accomplishing the method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Walter A. Dorfstatter, Russell A. Patenaude, Brad T. Resser
  • Publication number: 20120089298
    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: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: NICHOLAS J. PEARISO, RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE
  • Publication number: 20120083970
    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: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN W. OWENS, RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE, DANIEL C. McGARRY, MATT C. VIDETICH, CHRISTOPHER L. OESTERLING
  • Publication number: 20120026010
    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: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Daniel C. McGarry, Nicholas J. Peariso, Kevin R. Krause, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20120028617
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Sethu K. Madhavan, Ki Hak Yi, David A. Adams, Russell A. Patenaude, Kevin R. Krause, Andrew J. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8082095
    Abstract: A system is provided for facilitating passenger pickup via telematic routing. The system includes a call center for receiving a plurality of data feeds indicative of passenger arrival time and location, a vehicle telematics unit for receiving vehicle routing instructions from the call center based at least in part on the passenger arrival time and location, the vehicle routing instructions directed to guiding a vehicle to a passenger meeting location. The system further includes a mobile device associated with the passenger, the mobile device in communication with the call center via one or more wireless networks for receiving an indicator of the passenger meeting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 8005467
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telematics readiness mode including receiving a first readiness mode input at a telematics unit, initiating a readiness mode responsive to the received first readiness mode input, receiving a second readiness mode input at the telematics unit while in the readiness mode, and determining a readiness action based on the received second readiness mode input. A computer usable medium with suitable computer program code is employed for providing a telematics readiness mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gerlach, Ernest B. Rennells, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7894982
    Abstract: A method of navigating a plurality of vehicles includes receiving vehicle identifications from the plurality of vehicles at a central location. A travel group is formed based on the received vehicle identifications. Global positioning information is received from at least one vehicle associated with the travel group at the central location. The received global positioning information is transmitted from the central location to at least one vehicle associated with the travel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Brad T. Reeser, Russell A. Patenaude, Shpetim S. Veliu, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 7890259
    Abstract: A method of demonstrating navigation in a vehicle includes receiving a navigation demonstration mode request and global positioning information at a call center. A destination prompt is transmitted from the call center to the vehicle. A point-of-interest category is received at a call center. A point-of-interest destination is determined based on the point-of-interest category. A route is determined based on the received global positioning information and the point-of-interest destination. The route is transmitted from the call center to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude, Shpetim S. Veliu
  • Patent number: 7877176
    Abstract: A system and method for telltale reset from a remote processing center. A method includes receiving a telltale indication 200, establishing communication with the remote processing center through a telematics device 202, and resetting the telltale indication from the remote processing center through the telematics device 204.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Brad T. Reeser, Thomas A. Gawlik, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20100082245
    Abstract: A system and method for individually updating a location-based geometric boundary of a subscriber vehicle that is one of many subscriber vehicles are disclosed herein. The method includes obtaining a garage address of the subscriber vehicle, and determining a location-based geometric boundary of the subscriber vehicle from at least the garage address. The method further includes monitoring at least one of a service event including at least a vehicle registration event, a driving distance, or a driving speed to determine a driving pattern of the subscriber vehicle. The location-based geometric boundary of the subscriber vehicle is dynamically updated based at least on the driving pattern of the subscriber vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: RUSSELL A. PATENAUDE, CHRISTINE E. MEISSNER, GARY A. WATKINS
  • Publication number: 20100082559
    Abstract: A method of managing the updating of a vehicle software configuration includes establishing a temporal period, identifying a software package, determining if that vehicle does not have the identified software package, wirelessly sending the software package from a central facility to the vehicle during the temporal period, and storing the software package at the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7689423
    Abstract: A method of repeating a computer recognized string in a telematics unit in a vehicle, including receiving a user utterance at the telematics unit from a user, the user utterance including a plurality of words and a plurality of user pauses between the words, parsing the user utterance into a plurality of phonemes, forming a data string in which each user pause is associated with a phoneme adjacent to the user pause, and playing back the data string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: James E. Bicego, Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20100070168
    Abstract: A system is provided for facilitating passenger pickup via telematic routing. The system includes a call center for receiving a plurality of data feeds indicative of passenger arrival time and location, a vehicle telematics unit for receiving vehicle routing instructions from the call center based at least in part on the passenger arrival time and location, the vehicle routing instructions directed to guiding a vehicle to a passenger meeting location. The system further includes a mobile device associated with the passenger, the mobile device in communication with the call center via one or more wireless networks for receiving an indicator of the passenger meeting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude