Patents by Inventor Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen 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: 11430197
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to enable the creation of user interfaces that may adapt to different environments and may be automatically created. User interfaces may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional and may be used in virtual reality or augmented reality applications. An interface creator may create or receive digital assets associated with a content item, define virtual planes and associated digital asset templates, associate the digital assets with the virtual planes, and enable display of the virtual planes with associated digital assets to a user for user interaction. Digital assets may be automatically edited to meet the specifications of the templates associated with the virtual planes. Virtual planes and templates may also be standardized and aggregated so that a completed user interface may be easily delivered and presented with other content items in a uniform manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Zankowski, Jesse Mullen, Matthew Luther, Michael Garzarelli, Thomas Loretan
  • Patent number: 11267440
    Abstract: Example user identification systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method determines a first step pulse associated with a user carrying a key fob and detects a user device proximate the key fob. The method further identifies a second step pulse measured by the user device and determines whether the first and second step pulses match. If the step pulses match, the user carrying the key fob is identified as the owner of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary David Nelson, Shane Elwart, Bibhrajit Halder, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Scott Vincent Myers, Tory Smith, Walter Joseph Talamonti
  • Patent number: 11221225
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to routing with U-turn inhibition. A method may include receiving, by a computing device, geographic information of a destination and geographic information of a current location of a vehicle and evaluating feasibility of a U-turn along a path between the current location and the destination using the geographic information. The computing device may further calculate a U-turn cost parameter associated with the U-turn representative of the feasibility, and determine a feasible route between the current location and the destination based on the U-turn cost parameter using a routing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh Schein, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Publication number: 20210197763
    Abstract: Example user identification systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method determines a first step pulse associated with a user carrying a key fob and detects a user device proximate the key fob. The method further identifies a second step pulse measured by the user device and determines whether the first and second step pulses match. If the step pulses match, the user carrying the key fob is identified as the owner of the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary David NELSON, Shane ELWART, Bibhrajit HALDER, Jonathan Thomas MULLEN, Scott Vincent MYERS, Tory SMITH, Walter Joseph TALAMONTI
  • Publication number: 20210080273
    Abstract: A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on roadway section information for two or more potential driving routes for a vehicle, a first route along which a driver assistance feature or an automated driving feature will not be available and a second route along which the driver assistance feature or the automated driving feature will be available. The method further includes providing navigation instructions for the second route to a driver or control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Shane Elwart
  • Publication number: 20210041255
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to routing with U-turn inhibition. A method may include receiving, by a computing device, geographic information of a destination and geographic information of a current location of a vehicle and evaluating feasibility of a U-turn along a path between the current location and the destination using the geographic information. The computing device may further calculate a U-turn cost parameter associated with the U-turn representative of the feasibility, and determine a feasible route between the current location and the destination based on the U-turn cost parameter using a routing algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh SCHEIN, Jonathan Thomas MULLEN
  • Patent number: 10889294
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to U-turn assistance. The method may include detecting an intention of an operator of a vehicle of rendering a U-turn at a location. A computing device may obtain geographic information associated with the U-turn, and assess feasibility of the U-turn at the location based on the geographic information. Further, the computing device may provide a notification to the operator based on the feasibility of the U-turn to assist the operator to operate the U-turn of the vehicle at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh Schein, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10859388
    Abstract: A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on roadway section information for two or more potential driving routes for a vehicle, a first route along which a driver assistance feature or an automated driving feature will not be available and a second route along which the driver assistance feature or the automated driving feature will be available. The method further includes providing navigation instructions for the second route to a driver or control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Shane Elwart
  • Patent number: 10807595
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to U-turn assistance. The method may include obtaining, by a computing device, geographic obtaining of a location designated for an operation of a U-turn. The computing device may further obtain vehicle information of a vehicle performing the U-turn, and collect user information of an operator of the vehicle. Based on the geographic information, the vehicle information and the user information, the computing device may determine a level of difficulty of the U-turn and assist the operator with the operation of the U-turn based on the level of difficulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh Schein, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10690507
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for network-based storage of vehicle and infrastructure data for vehicle optimization are disclosed. A method includes receiving sensor data from a vehicle sensor, uploading the sensor data to a network, and storing the sensor data in a vehicle map database. The method includes downloading aggregated drive data from the network and storing the aggregated drive data in the vehicle map database. The method includes optimizing a vehicle route based on route costs for a plurality of potential driving routes based on a reliability of an automated driving feature or driver assistance feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Shane Elwart
  • Publication number: 20190289255
    Abstract: A method for post-processing to synchronize audio data with vehicle data includes generating an artificial sound data based on time-series vehicle data. The method includes determining an offset that maximizes cross-correlation between the artificial sound data and recorded audio data. The method also includes shifting one or more of the time-series data and the recorded audio data relative to each other in time based on the offset. The shift may be used to generate or render a synchronized set of time-series data and recorded audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190278698
    Abstract: A method for providing simulation testing. The method may include receiving a customer request to generate a virtual environment for testing a robot of the customer. The virtual environment may be automatically generated by a service provider in accordance with the request. The customer may interface with the virtual environment of the service provider to iteratively test the robot in the virtual environment. This testing may generate simulation results that reflect interactions between the robot and the virtual environment. The simulation results may be communicated from the service provider to the customer. A corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Warren Ahner, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190277644
    Abstract: A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on roadway section information for two or more potential driving routes for a vehicle, a first route along which a driver assistance feature or an automated driving feature will not be available and a second route along which the driver assistance feature or the automated driving feature will be available. The method further includes providing navigation instructions for the second route to a driver or control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Shane Elwart
  • Publication number: 20190271614
    Abstract: A method for generating high-value test scenarios for autonomous vehicles. The method includes identifying multiple scenarios, each associated with a location on a road network. An injury value may be determined for each of the scenarios, and the scenarios and their associated injury values may be stored in a database. A desired location for testing an autonomous vehicle may be selected. At least one of the scenarios associated with the desired location and having an associated injury value that exceeds a predetermined threshold may be identified in the database. A virtual reality test environment may then be generated for the autonomous vehicle based on the at least one scenario. A corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Warren Ahner, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10397516
    Abstract: A method for post-processing to synchronize audio data with vehicle data includes generating an artificial sound data based on time-series vehicle data. The method includes determining an offset that maximizes cross-correlation between the artificial sound data and recorded audio data. The method also includes shifting one or more of the time-series data and the recorded audio data relative to each other in time based on the offset. The shift may be used to generate or render a synchronized set of time-series data and recorded audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10345111
    Abstract: A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on roadway section information for two or more potential driving routes for a vehicle, a first route along which a driver assistance feature or an automated driving feature will not be available and a second route along which the driver assistance feature or the automated driving feature will be available. The method further includes providing navigation instructions for the second route to a driver or control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Shane Elwart
  • Patent number: 10275664
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for estimating a speed limit are disclosed herein. A system for estimating a speed limit includes one or more perception sensors, an arbitrated speed component, an attribute component, an estimator component, and a notification component. The one or more perception sensors are configured to generate perception data about a region near a vehicle. The arbitrated speed component is configured to determine that a high confidence or arbitrated speed limit is not available. The attribute component is configured to detect one or more environmental attributes based on the perception data. The estimator component is configured to determine an estimated speed limit based on the environmental attributes. The notification component is configured to provide the estimated speed limit to an automated driving system or driver assistance system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10208854
    Abstract: A vehicle implements a method of selecting gear ratios that utilizes two shift schedules, one for flat terrain and one for hilly terrain. Initially, the vehicle switches between the shift schedules based on estimation of the road gradient of a recently traversed route. When the vehicle switched between the shift schedules, the vehicle stores location information associated with the switch. When stored information about previous shift schedule switches is available, the information is utilized, in combination with navigation system data, to switch shift schedules at more appropriate times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas Mullen, Markian Oleh Diakiw
  • Publication number: 20190009778
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to U-turn assistance. The method may include obtaining, by a computing device, geographic obtaining of a location designated for an operation of a U-turn. The computing device may further obtain vehicle information of a vehicle performing the U-turn, and collect user information of an operator of the vehicle. Based on the geographic information, the vehicle information and the user information, the computing device may determine a level of difficulty of the U-turn and assist the operator with the operation of the U-turn based on the level of difficulty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh SCHEIN, Jonathan Thomas MULLEN
  • Publication number: 20180370532
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to U-turn assistance. The method may include detecting an intention of an operator of a vehicle of rendering a U-turn at a location. A computing device may obtain geographic information associated with the U-turn, and assess feasibility of the U-turn at the location based on the geographic information. Further, the computing device may provide a notification to the operator based on the feasibility of the U-turn to assist the operator to operate the U-turn of the vehicle at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh SCHEIN, Jonathan Thomas MULLEN