Patents by Inventor Zeljko Deljevic

Zeljko Deljevic 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: 11537973
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are directed to an autonomous vehicle food locker system that may include environmentally controlled storage compartments for storing and/or transporting perishable food items to be delivered to end consumers. The storage compartments may provide ultraviolet light controls and surfaces that provide sanitized food storage areas for a delivery vehicle. Computing processor(s) may be configured for determining a sanitization procedure for sanitizing the interior portion of the food storage locker based on sensor information received from internal and external sensors, video feeds, photographs, and other information. The processor(s) may determine one or more sanitation characteristics that can indicate or inform cleanliness of the interior portion of the food storage locker, and perform automated sanitization procedures that can include activating a chemical layer disposed on the interior portion of the food storage locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Kendra White, Kristopher Karl Brown, Zeljko Deljevic, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 11530673
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an input device configured to send an activation signal responsive to an input to start the vehicle. The system further includes a vehicle body controller, programmed to, responsive to the input and a lack of presence of a phone operating as a key, send an activation signal to activate a power source within a cabin of the vehicle for up to a predefined time period since a last vehicle start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. King, Michael Hrecznyj, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Zeljko Deljevic, Jason Myslinski
  • Patent number: 11505143
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to supercapacitor systems for supporting relatively high power transient electrical loads within vehicles. An exemplary supercapacitor system includes a mounting assembly and a supercapacitor housed within the mounting assembly. The mounting assembly may be employed to mount the supercapacitor system within a vehicle, such as within a cowl assembly or cargo space of the vehicle. The mounting assembly may include multiple panels. At least one of the multiple panels may be made of a thermally conductive polymer, and at least one other panel of the multiple panels may be made of a polymer that is reinforced by a structural foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Zeljko Deljevic, John Budaj
  • Publication number: 20220320845
    Abstract: A vehicle terminal holder assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an electronic latch configured to hold a closure assembly in a latched position, and a vehicle body structure. The terminal holder assembly further includes a terminal holder that can be accessed through an aperture in the vehicle body structure and moved to a disengaged position relative to the vehicle body structure through the aperture. At least one terminal is held by the terminal holder. The at least one terminal is operatively coupled to the electronic latch when the terminal holder is in the disengaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Zeljko Deljevic, Michael John Huddy, Karen A. Stanhope, Robert Vitali
  • Patent number: 11458914
    Abstract: An AC inverter in a vehicle operates using a 24 V input when a vehicle powertrain is in a parked/idling state. A first 12 V battery is connected with a first bus segment. A second 12 V battery is connected with a second bus segment. A switch module selectably interconnects the first and second bus segments. In a nominal 12 V state, the batteries are connected in parallel from the bus segments to ground. In a dual voltage state, the batteries are connected in series so the first bus segment is at 12 V and the second bus segment is at 24 V. A first alternator driven by the powertrain provides a regulated voltage to the second bus segment, wherein the regulated voltage corresponds to 12 V when the switch module is in the nominal state and corresponds to 24 V when the switch module is in the dual voltage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Phillip M. Marine, Daniel J. Martin, William C. Taylor, Hanyang B. Chen
  • Publication number: 20220299261
    Abstract: A vehicle including a refrigerated compartment having a chamber and a cooling system for cooling the chamber and methods of controlling the cooling system is provided. The vehicle includes a controller that controls a supply of power from a battery of the vehicle to the cooling system based on at least one output signal received from a vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Stephen Neal Jacobsen, Peter Phung
  • Publication number: 20220294245
    Abstract: A charge level of a sensor battery providing power to a sensor in a vehicle is determined. A charge depletion of the sensor battery is determined based on the charge level. A recharge rate to recharge the sensor battery is determined based on a time elapsed on a previously traveled path, a current charge level, and the charge depletion. Upon activation of the vehicle, one or both of a propulsion or a vehicle battery is actuated to recharge the sensor battery at the recharge rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Donald Paul Bilger, Tarik Safir, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Zeljko Deljevic, Sam Harris
  • Publication number: 20220289136
    Abstract: Upon identifying an authorized user approaching a vehicle, vehicle locks are controlled to permit the authorized user to access an authorized area based on a user authorization. Permitted vehicle features within the authorized area for the authorized user are identified based on the user authorization. Upon receiving a user input selecting one permitted vehicle feature, the selected permitted vehicle feature is actuated based on determining that a state of charge of a battery is above a charge threshold. Upon determining that the state of charge of the battery decreases below the charge threshold, actuation of the selected permitted vehicle feature is stopped. Then an engine is controlled to charge the battery based on the user authorization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Sam Harris, Tarik Safir, Donald Paul Bilger
  • Publication number: 20220274582
    Abstract: Onboard engine control for vehicles is disclosed herein. An example method includes determining a moving average of duty cycle periods for a power component of a vehicle for recent power load events, each of the duty cycle periods having both on-time portions and off-time portions; and when the on-time portions of the moving average are above a predetermined percentage, an engine of the vehicle remains in an on-state condition, further wherein when a current off-time period of the power component exceeds a value equal to a predetermined multiplier applied to the off-time portions, the engine is placed in an off-state condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Anthony Spoto, Michael Irby, Ben Chen
  • Patent number: 11420616
    Abstract: Onboard engine control for vehicles is disclosed herein. An example method includes determining a moving average of duty cycle periods for a power component of a vehicle for recent power load events, each of the duty cycle periods having both on-time portions and off-time portions; and when the on-time portions of the moving average are above a predetermined percentage, an engine of the vehicle remains in an on-state condition, further wherein when a current off-time period of the power component exceeds a value equal to a predetermined multiplier applied to the off-time portions, the engine is placed in an off-state condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Anthony Spoto, Michael Irby, Ben Chen
  • Patent number: 11362454
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus that includes a vehicle battery terminal having a first terminal and a second terminal. The apparatus also includes a bracket having a first region aligned with the first terminal and a second terminal region aligned with the second terminal. The first and second regions space apart the first terminal and the second terminal. The apparatus also includes a post and a shield. The post extends from the bracket to partially surround the first terminal. The shield has a cover plate and a frame extending outwardly from the cover plate. The frame is provided to protect the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Michael John Huddy, David Brian Glickman, Lizardo Amador
  • Publication number: 20220153212
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to instruct a first sensor to run at a scanning rate; in response to a trigger event, reduce the scanning rate; in response to receiving data from the first sensor indicating a newly present object, turn on a second sensor; and then record data from the second sensor. The second sensor has a higher power draw than the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Justin Carroll, Donald Paul Bilger, Zeljko Deljevic, Hussein H. Berry
  • Publication number: 20220118881
    Abstract: A front end structure of a vehicle is disclosed and includes a housing having a fluid reservoir portion, a fan shroud portion, a back face, a bolster portion, a first air passage communicating airflow to an air intake system, and a second air passage in communication with a higher pressure airflow. A fan assembly is mounted within the fan shroud portion and a radiator mounted to the back face of the housing. A battery compartment is in communication with airflow from the second air passage for maintain battery temperature within a predefined range. A headlight also receives an airflow to actively remove moisture from an inner cavity. A method of assembling a front end structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Sean Terence Coghlan, James Alan Acre, Darshan Arun Nayak, Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, David A. Brown, Alan George Dry
  • Publication number: 20220021149
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus that includes a vehicle battery terminal having a first terminal and a second terminal. The apparatus also includes a bracket having a first region aligned with the first terminal and a second terminal region aligned with the second terminal. The first and second regions space apart the first terminal and the second terminal. The apparatus also includes a post and a shield. The post extends from the bracket to partially surround the first terminal. The shield has a cover plate and a frame extending outwardly from the cover plate. The frame is provided to protect the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Michael John Huddy, David Brian Glickman, Lizardo Amador
  • Patent number: 11186180
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle including remote terminals connected to battery so as to prevent electronic tampering, and a corresponding method. An example vehicle includes a battery with battery terminals. The vehicle further includes remote terminals electronically connected to the battery terminals so as to prevent electronic tampering with the battery via the remote terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Peter Phung, Zeljko Deljevic
  • Patent number: 11091949
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a liftgate system with a vertically-opening liftgate and a power actuator responsive to a user opening command for opening the liftgate to a variable opening height. The vehicle has an active sensor adapted to detect objects and their respective distances within a detection zone and a camera adapted to capture a search image with a field-of-view showing objects in the detection zone. In response to the user opening command, a controller 1) performs facial recognition on the search image to detect image locations containing a face of each respective person visible in the search image, 2) identifies distances for each respective person according to coincidence with the detected objects, 3) determines a user height according to the respective image location and distance of at least one respective person visible in the search image, and 4) sets the variable opening height in response to the user height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock, Zeljko Deljevic, Aaron M. Halonen
  • Patent number: 11077798
    Abstract: A vehicle side-view mirror assembly includes an anchor element mountable to a vehicle exterior, and a foldable housing, including a first surface directed in a forward direction when the foldable housing is in an unfolded position, a first capacitive cover and a first electric ground path attached to the first surface, a second surface that is a lateral side surface facing away from the anchor element, a second capacitive cover and a second electric ground path attached to the second surface, a third surface that is a hinged side surface hingedly connected to the anchor element, and a third capacitive cover and a third electric ground path attached to the third surface. Each of the capacitive covers are electrically insulated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Zeljko Deljevic
  • Publication number: 20210197745
    Abstract: An AC inverter in a vehicle operates using a 24V input when a vehicle powertrain is in a parked/idling state. A first 12V battery is connected with a first bus segment. A second 12V battery is connected with a second bus segment. A switch module selectably interconnects the first and second bus segments. In a nominal 12V state, the batteries are connected in parallel from the bus segments to ground. In a dual voltage state, the batteries are connected in series so the first bus segment is at 12V and the second bus segment is at 24V. A first alternator driven by the powertrain provides a regulated voltage to the second bus segment, wherein the regulated voltage corresponds to 12V when the switch module is in the nominal state and corresponds to 24V when the switch module is in the dual voltage state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, Phillip M. Marine, Daniel J. Martin, William C. Taylor, Hanyang B. Chen
  • Publication number: 20210176092
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system includes a first vehicle gateway controller that selects a first subset of signals generated using a first protocol by a first plurality of vehicle controllers. The first vehicle gateway controller also translates the first subset of signals from the first protocol to a second protocol indecipherable by the first plurality of vehicle controllers, and sends the translated first subset of signals to a second vehicle gateway controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Frischmuth, D. David Cantrell, JR., Zeljko Deljevic, Brij Datta, Lawrence Queener, John Budaj
  • Publication number: 20210138908
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle including remote terminals connected to battery so as to prevent electronic tampering, and a corresponding method. An example vehicle includes a battery with battery terminals. The vehicle further includes remote terminals electronically connected to the battery terminals so as to prevent electronic tampering with the battery via the remote terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Peter Phung, Zeljko Deljevic