Patents by Inventor William H. Jones, Jr.

William H. Jones, Jr. 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: 20160034146
    Abstract: An interface/electronics module for reading information from a vehicle data bus and controlling functions available through the vehicle data bus. A graphical user interface is provided. The interface may include a stand-alone tablet computer or may be part of an integrated and permanently-mounted display. The interface/electronics module may include the functionality of the factory audio system (such as a radio tuner, power amplifier, etc.). In addition, the interface/electronics module is able to transmit commands via the vehicle's CAN bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Charles D. Daly, JR., William H. Jones, JR.
  • Patent number: 8825289
    Abstract: An interface and corresponding method, where the interface is connected via a first connection to a factory data bus of a vehicle which transports signals according to a first data format, and further connected via a second connection to a data channel of the aftermarket component which transports signals according to a second data format. The interface identifies a factory data bus type corresponding to the factory data bus, out of a plurality of potential factory data bus types. The interface receives digital signals from the aftermarket component via the second connection, the digital signals being in the second data format which corresponds to the aftermarket component. The interface translates the digital signals into the first data format which corresponds to the identified factory bus type. The interface transmits the translated digital signals in the first data format to the vehicle via the first connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8527147
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Circuit Works, Inc., Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H Jones, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130197753
    Abstract: An interface and corresponding method, where the interface is connected via a first connection to a factory data bus of a vehicle which transports signals according to a first data format, and further connected via a second connection to a data channel of the aftermarket component which transports signals according to a second data format. The interface identifies a factory data bus type corresponding to the factory data bus, out of a plurality of potential factory data bus types. The interface receives digital signals from the aftermarket component via the second connection, the digital signals being in the second data format which corresponds to the aftermarket component. The interface translates the digital signals into the first data format which corresponds to the identified factory bus type. The interface transmits the translated digital signals in the first data format to the vehicle via the first connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicants: Metra Electronics Corporation, Circuit Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120271485
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicants: METRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, CIRCUIT WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, JR.
  • Patent number: 8285446
    Abstract: An aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing that includes a user-operable switch and a control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the user-operable switch has been operated, generate a data frame corresponding to a control signal for operating a vehicle component, and transmit the data frame to a receiver of a control signal interface. Another aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing with a user-operable switch and a circuit with an output line. The output line is connected to the switch and further connected to a control signal interface. Operation of the user-operable switch changes a resistance on the at least one output line, and the control signal interface is configured to convert the resistance to a control signal for operating a vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignees: Circuit Works, Inc., Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8214105
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignees: Metra Electronics Corporation, Circuit Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110295463
    Abstract: An aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing that includes a user-operable switch and a control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the user-operable switch has been operated, generate a data frame corresponding to a control signal for operating a vehicle component, and transmit the data frame to a receiver of a control signal interface. Another aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing with a user-operable switch and a circuit with an output line. The output line is connected to the switch and further connected to a control signal interface. Operation of the user-operable switch changes a resistance on the at least one output line, and the control signal interface is configured to convert the resistance to a control signal for operating a vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicants: METRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, CIRCUIT WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, JR.
  • Patent number: 8014920
    Abstract: An aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing that includes a user-operable switch and a control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the user-operable switch has been operated, generate a data frame corresponding to a control signal for operating a vehicle component, and transmit the data frame to a receiver of a control signal interface. Another aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing with a user-operable switch and a circuit with an output line. The output line is connected to the switch and further connected to a control signal interface. Operation of the user-operable switch changes a resistance on the at least one output line, and the control signal interface is configured to convert the resistance to a control signal for operating a vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110046788
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: METRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, CIRCUIT WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110046816
    Abstract: An aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing that includes a user-operable switch and a control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the user-operable switch has been operated, generate a data frame corresponding to a control signal for operating a vehicle component, and transmit the data frame to a receiver of a control signal interface. Another aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing with a user-operable switch and a circuit with an output line. The output line is connected to the switch and further connected to a control signal interface. Operation of the user-operable switch changes a resistance on the at least one output line, and the control signal interface is configured to convert the resistance to a control signal for operating a vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: CIRCUIT WORKS, INC., METRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles David Daly, William H. Jones, JR.
  • Patent number: 6531657
    Abstract: An interchangeable, two piece, adapter wire harness for installing different aftermarket autosound components in different vehicles, characterized by a fixed wiring scheme at an intermediate interconnect. A first piece of the interconnect is coupled by a first set of wires permanently to an autosound component-specific connector and a second piece of the interconnect is coupled by a second set of wires permanently to a vehicle wiring harness-specific connector. The set of possible separate autosound circuit functions is determined by those terminals corresponding to each circuit which are present at corresponding locations in both mated pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Jones, Jr., David D. Schaefer, John J. LeLasher, III, William E. Lauer
  • Patent number: D473787
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Jones, Jr., Robert Roth
  • Patent number: D401591
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Jones, Jr., R. Spencer Quilling, II
  • Patent number: D418838
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Jones, Jr., R. Spencer Quilling, II
  • Patent number: D775751
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Metra Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: William H Jones, Jr.