Patents by Inventor Stephen J. Buckley

Stephen J. Buckley 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: 20160092771
    Abstract: In a method for analyzing social media messages, the method includes one or more processors analyzing social media messages utilizing a set of topics and keywords associated with a brand. The method further includes one or more processors identifying social media messages that include information relating to the brand utilizing the analysis of social media messages utilizing the set of topics and keywords. The method further includes one or more processors determining relevancy scores for the identified social media messages that provide an indication of the percentage likelihood that a social media message is related to the brand. The method further includes one or more processors determining one or more recommendations of social media users associated with social media messages based on the determined relevancy scores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Markus R. Ettl, Matthias O. Frey, Prateek Jain, Ronny Luss, Marek Petrik, Rajesh Kumar Ravi, Chitra Venkatramani
  • Patent number: 9266536
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing personalized driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and forward collision warning. The methods and systems collect specific vehicle data and then calculate values that populate a histogram representing driver habits and tendencies regarding following and stopping distances in relation to objects ahead of the vehicle. The methods and systems utilize the histogram data to provide the driver with a personalized driver assistance features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Loria, Michael J Bliss, Stephen J Buckley, Douglas D Wellman, Adam C Chiapetta
  • Patent number: 9137856
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for unfreezing a window from a window seal are disclosed. According to some embodiments of the present disclosure, the apparatus includes a vehicle door assembly including a vehicle door and a window. The apparatus further includes a window seal that receives an upper edge of the window and a heating element coupled to the upper edge or the window seal. The system further includes a power source that provides an electrical current to the heating element and a control module configured to receive a remote unlock signal from a remote device, obtain a temperature signal indicating a temperature in response to the remote unlock signal, compare the temperature indicated by the temperature signal to a temperature threshold, and cause the power source to provide the electrical current to the heating element when the temperature is less than the temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Eric R Thompson, Stephen J Buckley, Jason L Vincent
  • Publication number: 20150203108
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing personalized driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and forward collision warning. The methods and systems collect specific vehicle data and then calculate values that populate a histogram representing driver habits and tendencies regarding following and stopping distances in relation to objects ahead of the vehicle. The methods and systems utilize the histogram data to provide the driver with a personalized driver assistance features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan Loria, Michael J. Bliss, Stephen J. Buckley, Douglas D. Wellman, Adam C. Chiapetta
  • Publication number: 20140138369
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for unfreezing a window from a window seal are disclosed. According to some embodiments of the present disclosure, the apparatus includes a vehicle door assembly including a vehicle door and a window. The apparatus further includes a window seal that receives an upper edge of the window and a heating element coupled to the upper edge or the window seal. The system further includes a power source that provides an electrical current to the heating element and a control module configured to receive a remote unlock signal from a remote device, obtain a temperature signal indicating a temperature in response to the remote unlock signal, compare the temperature indicated by the temperature signal to a temperature threshold, and cause the power source to provide the electrical current to the heating element when the temperature is less than the temperature threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Eric R. Thompson, Stephen J. Buckley, Jason L. Vincent
  • Patent number: 7898387
    Abstract: A vehicle function switch and a controller electrically are connected together. The controller has a passive mode of operation in which the controller is not responsive to activation of the vehicle function switch to transmit a vehicle function signal. The controller also has an active mode of operation in which the controller is responsive to activation of the vehicle function switch to transmit a vehicle function signal. A mode switch is associated with the controller and adapted to cause the controller to change from the passive mode of operation to the active mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Nashat K Abdel Jalil, Grigory Yezersky, Gerald Cilibraise, Stephen J Buckley
  • Patent number: 7830243
    Abstract: A proximity sensor system for a vehicle in reverse includes a zone detection module. The zone detection module switches a first remote sensor from a first mode corresponding to a near zone rearward of the vehicle to a second mode corresponding to a far zone rearward of the vehicle. The near zone includes an area of coverage wider and shorter in range than an area of coverage of the far zone. A response module responds to first objects in the near zone and selectively responds to second objects in the far zone when the second objects are in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Michael Bassier, Paul Zoratti
  • Patent number: 7786849
    Abstract: A proximity sensor system for a vehicle includes a first remote sensor that senses objects in a rearward area relative to the vehicle. A trailer detection module determines that one of the objects is a trailer that is attached to the vehicle based on a repeating pattern of signals from the first remote sensor. A response module selectively responds to the objects other than the trailer based on the objects outside of a predetermined distance threshold. An indicator responds to response module signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Buckley
  • Publication number: 20080315050
    Abstract: A structure for retaining a sensor and a body fascia panel entails a bracket, framework, or solid material that defines a receptacle or pocket for a sensor, such as a radar sensor, and a dip or slot such that a body fascia panel may he securely held in place. Additionally, a body fascia panel may exhibit an auxiliary structure that retains the sensor, and a fastener retainer, such as a circular fastener retainer. The structure may be molded directly into the body fascia panel as may the fastener retainer. The slot to retain the body fascia panel may run along the entire length, such as at an upper area, of a bracket, framework or solid material to hold the panel. To protect a sensor, such as a radar sensor, from road debris, water and other elements, a sealant may surround the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Steve L. Ford
  • Publication number: 20080218381
    Abstract: A proximity sensor system for a vehicle that is parked includes a first remote sensor that senses objects in a rearward area relative to the vehicle. A park determination module determines the vehicle is parked. A door condition module determines a status of a door of the vehicle. A response module selectively responds to the objects based on door condition module signals and park determination module signals. An indicator responds to response module signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Ted Selker
  • Publication number: 20080211644
    Abstract: A proximity sensor system for a vehicle in reverse includes a zone detection module. The zone detection module switches a first remote sensor from a first mode corresponding to a near zone rearward of the vehicle to a second mode corresponding to a far zone rearward of the vehicle. The near zone includes an area of coverage wider and shorter in range than an area of coverage of the far zone. A response module responds to first objects in the near zone and selectively responds to second objects in the far zone when the second objects are in motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Michael Bassier, Paul Zoratti
  • Publication number: 20080186204
    Abstract: A proximity sensor system for a vehicle includes a first remote sensor that senses objects in a rearward area relative to the vehicle. A trailer detection module determines that one of the objects is a trailer that is attached to the vehicle based on a repeating pattern of signals from the first remote sensor. A response module selectively responds to the objects other than the trailer based on the objects outside of a predetermined distance threshold. An indicator responds to response module signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen J. Buckley
  • Patent number: 7202775
    Abstract: A remote control system for a vehicle. The system has a fob with a microphone for receiving audible commands and a radio frequency transmitter for transmitting the commands at a radio frequency via a fob antenna. A receiver for positioning in the vehicle has an antenna for receiving the commands at the radio frequency, a demodulator for recovering the commands, a processor for decoding the recovered commands according to vehicle configuration information, and a network interface for controlling a vehicle system in accordance with the recovered commands and the vehicle configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Grigory Yezersky, Gerald Cilibraise, Stephen J Buckley, Nashat K Abdel Jalil
  • Publication number: 20040222899
    Abstract: A remote control system for a vehicle. The system has a fob with a microphone for receiving audible commands and a radio frequency transmitter for transmitting the commands at a radio frequency via a fob antenna. A receiver for positioning in the vehicle has an antenna for receiving the commands at the radio frequency, a demodulator for recovering the commands, a processor for decoding the recovered commands according to vehicle configuration information, and a network interface for controlling a vehicle system in accordance with the recovered commands and the vehicle configuration information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Grigory Yezersky, Gerald Cilibraise, Stephen J. Buckley, Nashat K. Abdel Jalil
  • Publication number: 20040140883
    Abstract: A vehicle function switch and a controller electrically are connected together. The controller has a passive mode of operation in which the controller is not responsive to activation of the vehicle function switch to transmit a vehicle function signal. The controller also has an active mode of operation in which the controller is responsive to activation of the vehicle function switch to transmit a vehicle function signal. A mode switch is associated with the controller and adapted to cause the controller to change from the passive mode of operation to the active mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Nashat K. Abdel Jalil, Grigory Yezersky, Gerald Cilibraise, Stephen J. Buckley
  • Patent number: 6366840
    Abstract: A system for enabling wireless communication among a removable stand-alone computer, a built-in vehicular display, and an electrical system of a vehicle. A wireless communications medium couples a third wireless communication interface to a second wireless communication interface, the first wireless communication interface to a third wireless communication interface, and a second wireless communication interface to the third wireless communication interface. The removable stand-alone computer incorporates trip computer functions via the wireless communications medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J Buckley
  • Patent number: 6285937
    Abstract: A seatbelt drive interlock system for adjusting airbag deployment power based on occupant presence and seatbelt usage enables communication between a plug-and-play stand-alone computer and numerous vehicular electrical systems. Airbag power deployment mode is determined by seatbelt compliance. In addition, seatbelt compliance determines whether the vehicle may enter a drive (forward) position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J Buckley
  • Patent number: 6246935
    Abstract: A communication system includes a removable computer which is information-coupled to a built-in computer system of a vehicle. The computer is removably resident in a predetermined location within the vehicle and communicates with a vehicle computer system either wirelessly or via a connectorized bus. Additionally, the removable computer is video-linked to a driver information display mounted in the instrument panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Buckley
  • Patent number: 6106121
    Abstract: A rear view mirror includes a transparent front glass that covers a matrix display, for example an LCD display. The matrix display is translucent when activated and transparent when inactive, and behind the matrix display is a mirror-backed rear glass. Thus, light can pass through the matrix display and reflect back off the mirror-backed rear glass. Consequently, the rear view mirror can assume its conventional function of presenting images of objects that are behind the vehicle, while the pixels of the matrix display can be activated to superimpose alpha-numeric characters on the images. The characters can represent vehicle speed, time, radio station data, or other vehicle control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignees: Chrysler Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Stephen J. Buckley, Betty L. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 6032089
    Abstract: A communication system includes a miniaturized palmtop computer which is information-coupled to a programmable node positioned in an instrument panel of a vehicle. The computer is removably resident in a pod or pocket of the instrument panel and communicates with a node either wirelessly or via a connectorized bus. Redundant radio and HVAC displays form at least one surface of the pod for use by vehicle operators not using the computer option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Buckley