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: 20100033342
    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: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Steven C. Tengler
  • Publication number: 20090326806
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Christine E. Meissner
  • Patent number: 7599690
    Abstract: A pre-connection readiness system employs a telematics unit and a telematics call center. The telematics unit receives and stores pre-connection user information prior to a connection between the telematics unit and the telematics call center. The telematics unit and the telematics call center exchange the pre-connection user information subsequent to the connection between the telematics unit and the telematics call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim S. Veliu, Brad T. Reeser
  • Patent number: 7599680
    Abstract: A method of tracking short-range wireless communication in a vehicle. The method includes tracking a total usage time of a short-range wireless connection between a telematics unit and a portable wireless communication device, sending the tracked total usage time from the telematics unit to a call center via a wireless connection and generating a usage bill at the call center based on the total usage time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Company
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Hitan S. Kamdar
  • Patent number: 7561950
    Abstract: A method for providing entertainment in a vehicle, including monitoring entertainment selections at a telematics unit, determining at least one user entertainment selection profile based on the monitoring and activating entertainment units based on the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Patty Valerio Kogowski, Brad T. Reeser, Julianne Petschke
  • Publication number: 20090150167
    Abstract: A method for organizing data presented to a user in a vehicle includes monitoring, at a call center, a routine of the user. Monitoring takes into account a then-current day, a then-current time of day, a then-current vehicle location, and a point of interest associated with the routine. At least one point of interest parameter, a time of day parameter, a day parameter, and a vehicle location boundary is generated based on the user's routine. The method further includes recognizing that the user is outside the vehicle location boundary on a day associated with the day parameter and at a time associated with the time of day parameter. The call center generates at least one datum based on the at least one point of interest parameter and a then-current location of the vehicle, and transmits the at least one datum to a telematics unit operatively disposed in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 7483772
    Abstract: A method for remotely operating vehicle functions including receiving at least one wireless key fob signal at a kiosk system, receiving a vehicle function request at the kiosk system, and sending the wireless key fob signal from the kiosk system to a vehicle based on the vehicle function request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Shpetim S. Veliu, Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Brad T. Reeser, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 7480546
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, a computer usable medium including a program, and a system for providing language translation in a vehicle telematics device. The method includes providing data in a first language format to the vehicle telematics device. The data in the first language format is transmitted from the vehicle telematics device to a call center. The data is translated at the call center from the first language format to a second language format. The data in the second language format is transmitted from the call center to the vehicle telematics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim S. Veliu, Brad T. Reeser
  • Patent number: 7474942
    Abstract: A method of enabling vehicle communications includes receiving a mode change trigger at a telematics unit; receiving a signal at the telematics unit responsive to a trigger event; modifying a wake up mode of the telematics unit based on the signal; and energizing the telematics unit based on the modified wake up mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7454352
    Abstract: A method and system for eliminating redundant voice recognition feedback includes receiving a voice command input at a command processor and determining a feedback requirement. The method further provides a voice command feedback based on the feedback requirement. A computer usable medium with suitable computer program code is provided for eliminating redundant voice recognition feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bicego, Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7420467
    Abstract: A method for inventorying and monitoring an asset located in an vehicle asset management area. The method involves an inventorying of a presence of an asset within an vehicle asset management area based on a detection of a RFID tag associated with the asset within the vehicle asset management area, and a monitoring of the inventoried presence of the asset within the vehicle asset management area based on the RFID tag associated with the asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 7358851
    Abstract: A method for dynamically demonstrating vehicle features and vehicle promotions. The method involves a telematics unit receiving a broadcast over a wireless channel wherein the broadcast includes commercial information associated with at least one of the vehicle features and the vehicle promotions, filtering the broadcast to yield demonstration information which is at least a portion of the commercial information, and presenting the filtered demonstration information in an audio format and/or a video format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Shpetim S. Veliu
  • Patent number: 7340212
    Abstract: A method and system for location-specific delivery of digital satellite broadcast data comprising determining a current service location, selecting a satellite radio band based on the determination, monitoring the selected satellite radio band for a data package, and initiating reception of the data package at the mobile device using the determined satellite radio band. A computer usable medium with suitable computer program code is employed for location-specific delivery of digital satellite broadcast data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim S. Veliu, Brad T. Reeser, Mingheng Wang
  • Patent number: 7254398
    Abstract: A method for providing wireless connection capability for a telematics unit including determining a connection failure between the telematics unit and a call center, providing the telematics unit with an alternative cellular identifier pair at the telematics unit based on the determination and attempting to establish a connection between the telematics unit and the call center using the alternative cellular identifier pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7248860
    Abstract: A method of customizing hold-time content in a mobile vehicle communication system includes gathering preference information from the mobile vehicle, determining hold-time content from the preference information and playing the determined hold-time content while the call is on hold. Systems and programs for customizing hold-time content are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Brad T. Reeser, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Publication number: 20070136069
    Abstract: A method of customizing speech recognition in a mobile vehicle communication system is provided. A speech input is received at a telematics unit in communication with a call center, the speech input associated with a failure mode notification. The speech input is recorded at the telematics unit then forwarded to the call center via a wireless network based on the failure mode notification. At least one user-specific voice-recognition set is then received from the call center in response to the failure mode notification, wherein the user-specific voice-recognition set has been updated with the speech input. Systems and programs of customizing speech recognition in a mobile vehicle communication system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventors: Shpetim Veliu, Hitan Kamdar, Anthony Sumcad, Russell Patenaude, Brad Reeser, Rathinavelu Chengalvarayan, Scott Pennock, Timothy Grost
  • Publication number: 20070087733
    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: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: Jonathan Gerlach, Ernest Rennells, Russell Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20070035397
    Abstract: A method for inventorying and monitoring an asset located in an vehicle asset management area The method involves an inventorying of a presence of an asset within an vehicle asset management area based on a detection of a RFID tag associated with the asset within the vehicle asset management area, and a monitoring of the inventoried presence of the asset within the vehicle asset management area based on the RFID tag associated with the asset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventors: Russell Patenaude, Anthony Sumcad
  • Publication number: 20070027614
    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: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: Brad Reeser, Russell Patenaude, Shpetim Veliu, Anthony Sumcad
  • Publication number: 20070027625
    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: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: Hitan Kamdar, Anthony Sumcad, Russell Patenaude, Shpetim Veliu