Patents by Inventor William A. Biondo

William A. Biondo 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: 10507844
    Abstract: A system includes an impairment sample module, impairment value calculator module, threshold comparison module, warning alert module, and intervention module. The impairment sample module may be configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running. The impairment value calculator module may be configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample. The threshold comparison module may be configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment. The warning alert module may be configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value. The intervention module may be configured to execute driver intervention protocol if the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20190352934
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a cabinet, an access door, an electromechanical latch mechanically coupled to the cabinet and configured to mechanically engage and disengage the access door, and a switch assembly operable to control the electromechanical latch. The switch assembly includes a lock mechanically coupled to the cabinet and extending into the cabinet, a cam mechanically coupled to a rotatable portion of the lock within the cabinet, and a switching element mounted within the cabinet proximate the cam and configured to be mechanically engaged and actuated by the cam when the cam rotates into contact with the switching element, wherein the switching element is electrically connected to the electromechanical latch and is further configured to control the electromechanical latch in response to actuation by the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Francis Barbour, Dominic S. Biondo, Mark Gerard Surra, Stephen William Shaffer, JR.
  • Patent number: 10442433
    Abstract: An override system of a vehicle includes a command module configured to: receive a concentration of a chemical in a driver's body measured using a chemical measurement device of the vehicle; and when the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, prevent movement of the vehicle. An override module is configured to, in response to receipt of user input indicative of an override request while the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, selectively generate a command to override the prevention of movement of the vehicle. The command module is further configured to, in response to the command, selectively allow movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10366554
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an extended secure idle (SI) for a mobile platform. The SI may be entered and exited responsive to a variety of SI entry and SI exit conditions. SI entry and exit conditions include receiving key fob data from a key fob authenticated with the mobile platform. In addition, various predetermined safeguard conditions for scenarios to monitor may be designated a priori. The described system and method will continually check that the predetermined safeguard conditions are not violated during an extended SI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fred W. Huntzicker, Pratyush Kumar, David T. Proefke, William A. Biondo
  • Publication number: 20190092342
    Abstract: A system includes an impairment sample module, impairment value calculator module, threshold comparison module, warning alert module, and intervention module. The impairment sample module may be configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running. The impairment value calculator module may be configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample. The threshold comparison module may be configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment. The warning alert module may be configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value. The intervention module may be configured to execute driver intervention protocol if the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20180374289
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an extended secure idle (SI) for a mobile platform. The SI may be entered and exited responsive to a variety of SI entry and SI exit conditions. SI entry and exit conditions include receiving key fob data from a key fob authenticated with the mobile platform. In addition, various predetermined safeguard conditions for scenarios to monitor may be designated a priori. The described system and method will continually check that the predetermined safeguard conditions are not violated during an extended SI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: FRED W. HUNTZICKER, PRATYUSH KUMAR, DAVID T. PROEFKE, WILLIAM A. BIONDO
  • Patent number: 10147294
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing reminder of occupant status are provided. The method includes in response to detecting rear passenger door of vehicle has been opened, determining whether vehicle is in first power mode or second power mode; in response to determining that vehicle is in first power mode, setting timer corresponding to time limit for detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode; in response to detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode and timer being unexpired, turning on setting to output reminder of an occupant; in response to determining that vehicle is in second power mode, turning on setting to output reminder of occupant; and in response to detecting transition from second power mode to first power mode, outputting reminder of occupant if setting to output reminder of occupant is turned on. The method may provide reminders of rear seat occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Lisa A. Fallon
  • Publication number: 20180338685
    Abstract: An impairment detection system is provided and includes an emitter, first and second beam selectors, a reference reflector, a sensor and a control module. The emitter is configured to emitter a first light signal. The first beam selector is configured to forward the first light signal to a touch probe. The reference reflector is configured to reflect the first light signal received from the first beam selector to generate a second reflected signal. The second beam selector is configured to receive (i) a first reflected signal from the touch probe based on reflection of the first light signal on an area of a person, and (ii) the second reflected signal. The sensor is configured to receive from the second beam selector the first reflected signal and the second reflected signal. The control module is configured to determine an impairment level of the person based on an output of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. PROEFKE, Thomas M. FOREST
  • Publication number: 20180339706
    Abstract: An override system of a vehicle includes a command module configured to: receive a concentration of a chemical in a driver's body measured using a chemical measurement device of the vehicle; and when the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, prevent movement of the vehicle. An override module is configured to, in response to receipt of user input indicative of an override request while the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, selectively generate a command to override the prevention of movement of the vehicle. The command module is further configured to, in response to the command, selectively allow movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William A. BIONDO, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10124724
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a method of using sequential logic and vehicle sensors to produce a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fred W. Huntzicker, William A. Biondo, Julie A. Kleinert
  • Publication number: 20180322273
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for limited starting authorization are provided. The method includes: determining whether an authorized wireless device is connected to a vehicle sharing system and whether a first command is received from the authorized wireless device; in response to determining that the authorized wireless device is connected to the vehicle sharing system and that the first command is received from the authorized wireless device, setting a timer to a predetermined value, enabling an authenticating device and notifying of the enabling of the authenticating device; and in response to determining that attempted access to an unauthorized part of the vehicle has occurred, a second command is received from the authorized wireless device, or the timer has expired, disabling the authenticating device and notifying of the disabling of the authenticating device. The method may be used in by vehicle sharing system to limit access and prevent theft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Publication number: 20180174486
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for an impairment detection device. The apparatus comprises a feedback device that provides feedback during an impairment test. The feedback is configured to inform the user how to change their behavior to satisfy predetermined conditions during the test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: FRED W. HUNTZICKER, WILLIAM A. BIONDO, DAVID T. PROEFKE
  • Publication number: 20180174419
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing reminder of occupant status are provided. The method includes in response to detecting rear passenger door of vehicle has been opened, determining whether vehicle is in first power mode or second power mode; in response to determining that vehicle is in first power mode, setting timer corresponding to time limit for detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode; in response to detecting transition from first power mode to second power mode and timer being unexpired, turning on setting to output reminder of an occupant; in response to determining that vehicle is in second power mode, turning on setting to output reminder of occupant; and in response to detecting transition from second power mode to first power mode, outputting reminder of occupant if setting to output reminder of occupant is turned on. The method may provide reminders of rear seat occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Lisa A. Fallon
  • Patent number: 9975552
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting impairment of a vehicle operator are provided. The method includes detecting a first impairment level at a first time; detecting a second impairment level at a second time after the first time; based on the detected first impairment level and the detected second impairment level, determining a third impairment level at a third time after the second time; and inhibiting vehicle operation in response to determining that the third impairment level is greater than an impairment threshold. The apparatus and method may be used in a vehicle or other apparatus to prevent vehicle operator from operating the vehicle while impaired or prior to becoming impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Stephane Vitet
  • Publication number: 20180037228
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting impairment of a vehicle operator are provided. The method includes detecting a first impairment level at a first time; detecting a second impairment level at a second time after the first time; based on the detected first impairment level and the detected second impairment level, determining a third impairment level at a third time after the second time; and inhibiting vehicle operation in response to determining that the third impairment level is greater than an impairment threshold. The apparatus and method may be used in a vehicle or other apparatus to prevent vehicle operator from operating the vehicle while impaired or prior to becoming impaired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker, Stephane Vitet
  • Patent number: 9855918
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to a vehicle function includes communicating, between a vehicle controller and a portable controller, a plurality of signals. The plurality of signals include an authentication signal and a location signal. The method also includes processing, by at least one of the vehicle controller and the portable controller, the authentication signal during an authentication confirmation process to determine authentication of the portable device. The method further includes processing, by at least one of the vehicle controller and the portable controller, the location signal during a proximity confirmation process to determine whether the portable device is within a predetermined proximity of the vehicle. Additionally, the method includes providing access to the vehicle function of the component when the portable device is authenticated and the portable device is within the predetermined proximity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Melaragni, William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 9824610
    Abstract: A vehicle identification number (VIN) label is provided. The label includes an adhesive layer; a self-destruct layer positioned on the adhesive layer; a first facestock layer positioned on the self-destruct layer; a second facestock layer positioned on the first facestock layer and defining a first window relative to the first facestock layer; and an indicia layer with a first vehicle identification number (VIN) within the first window of the second facestock layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Denis L. Mazini, Zachary A. Romme, D. Lucia Klose, William A. Biondo, Frankie K. Thomas, Kevin W. Snider
  • Patent number: 9797881
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a passive driver impairment detection system in a vehicle are provided. The method and system detect states of vehicle component operating systems and/or vehicle occupant monitoring systems and control activation and deactivation of the impairment detection system in response. The methods and systems enable a proactive transition from an inactive state to an active state by detecting the presence of an individual within or approaching the vehicle or an intent of the individual to approach the vehicle in order to overcome a significant functional latency in the impairment detection system. The methods and system further enable a transition from the active state to the inactive state by using multiple systems to corroborate the absence of the individual within or approaching the vehicle and the lack of intent of the individual to approach the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 9764688
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a method of using vehicle sensors to produce an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, Julie A. Kleinert, Fred W. Huntzicker, Tricia E. Morrow
  • Patent number: 9707889
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle includes sensing movement of an interior door handle of the vehicle with a sensing device, such as a door lock switch. A position of a door of the vehicle is sensed with a door position sensor, after movement of the interior door handle is sensed, to determine if the door remains in an unopened position after movement of the interior door handle is sensed, or if the door moves into an opened position after movement of the interior door handle is sensed. When movement of the interior door handle is sensed and the door remains in the unopened position after movement of the interior door handle, instructions are provided with an audio or video device related to the proper procedure for unlocking and opening the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Frank J. Arabia, Jr., Thomas E. Utter