US Patent No. 9,292,952

TASK MANAGER AND METHOD FOR MANAGING TASKS OF AN INFORMATION SYSTEM


Patent No. 9,292,952
Issue Date March 22, 2015
Title Task Manager And Method For Managing Tasks Of An Information System
Inventorship Thomas J Giuli, Ann Arbor, MI (US)
Basavaraj Tonshal, Livonia, MI (US)
Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, West Bloomfield, MI (US)
Perry Robinson MacNeille, Lathrup Village, MI (US)
Yifan Chen, Ann Arbor, MI (US)
Dimitar Petrov Filev, Novi, MI (US)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,292,952

1. A task manager for an information system of a vehicle comprising:
a computer configured to
receive at least one of (i) input representing a query or command to the information system and (ii) input representing an
operating state of the vehicle;

generate two or more audio output tasks to be played by an audio output based on the input, each of the audio output tasks
including data representing at least one spoken word, an event after which to play the audio output task and a priority parameter;

schedule the audio output tasks for play based on the events and priority parameters; and
play the audio output tasks based on an occurrence of the events and a comparison of at least some of the priority parameters.