US Pat. No. 9,121,745

MULTICHAMBER ULTRASONIC SENSOR FOR DETERMINING A LIQUID LEVEL

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A fluid level measuring apparatus for measuring a fluid level of a fluid surface of a fluid, comprising
a measuring chamber enclosed within a measuring chamber wall;
at least one additional chamber, which is adapted to remove bubbles from the fluid therein, enclosed within a respective additional
chamber wall, and arranged at least partially or entirely outwardly around the measuring chamber wall;

a respective flow opening respectively provided in the measuring chamber wall and in each respective additional chamber wall,
wherein the chamber walls and the flow openings are configured and arranged to provide flow communication of the fluid constrained
to flow along a fluid flow path from outside of the apparatus successively into and through the at least one additional chamber
and from there into the measuring chamber such that a fluid level of a fluid surface of the fluid is the same in the measuring
chamber and the at least one additional chamber and outside of the apparatus;

an ultrasound transducer inside or outside of the measuring chamber on a chamber floor bounding a bottom of the measuring
chamber, wherein the ultrasound transducer is arranged and adapted to emit a sound signal that travels through the fluid in
the measuring chamber, reflects from the fluid surface of the fluid in the measuring chamber and is then received back by
the ultrasound transducer within a signal transit time, such that the fluid level can be determined from the signal transit
time; and

a first separation device that is impermeable by the fluid and is arranged in a first additional chamber among the at least
one additional chamber so as to fluid-impermeably divide and separate an inlet end of the first additional chamber from an
outlet end of the first additional chamber respectively on opposite first and second sides of the first separation device;

wherein the respective flow opening along the fluid flow path entering the first additional chamber is located in the inlet
end of the first additional chamber on the first side of the first separation device, and the respective flow opening along
the fluid flow path leaving the first additional chamber toward the measuring chamber is located in the outlet end of the
first additional chamber on the second side of the first separation device.

US Pat. No. 9,330,552

DETECTION OF ICE ON A VEHICLE WINDOW BY MEANS OF AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE SENSOR

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for adapting a signal processing of at least one sensor device that is arranged behind a windowpane in a motor
vehicle, wherein the adaptation of the signal processing comprises:
providing a temperature signal from at least one temperature sensor integrated in the sensor device,
determining that a probability of ice on the windowpane is detected on the basis of the temperature signal, and
changing at least one detection threshold of a vehicle obstacle detection system if the probability of ice on the window pane
is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,126,481

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE IN TRAILING THROTTLE MODE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, comprising:
detecting by a control device during a drive of the vehicle whether the vehicle moves in trailing throttle mode;
when the vehicle moves in trailing throttle mode, decreasing a rotational speed of a shaft driven by a drive of the motor
vehicle by automatically setting a regulating variable and

causing an intermediate device, which couples the shaft with ground contact elements of the motor vehicle via a transmission,
to assume one of multiple intermediate states between being disengaged and being fully engaged, said intermediate state being
commensurate with the regulating variable, and transferring a torque between the drive and the intermediate device as a function
of the intermediate state, wherein the rotational speed of the shaft and a rotational speed of the intermediate device differ
from each other in the intermediate state resulting in a clutch slip;

and after lowering the rotational speed of the shaft, reducing the clutch slip by lowering a rotational speed of an input
shaft of the transmission through a change of gears.

US Pat. No. 9,743,563

CONTROL APPLIANCE FOR USING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT OR IN THE TRANSMISSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND COOLING SYSTEM FOR SUCH A CONTROL APPLIANCE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A control unit for use in the engine compartment or in the transmission of a motor vehicle comprising:
a line section for an engine or transmission fluid;
a circuit carrier;
a base plate;
a base body mounted on the base plate, whereby the circuit carrier is arranged between the base body and the base plate, and
the base body comprises a plurality of parallel channels each having a respective outlet, at least one of the plurality of
parallel channels forming a portion of the line section; and

a separate cover mounted on the base body, the cover having a single inlet coupled to the plurality of parallel channels,
wherein the cover is, other than only the inlet, directly connected to the base body in a fluid-tight manner by at least one
of welding, caulking, or screwing the cover to the base body, and the inlet is the only fluid passage through the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,177,212

METHOD FOR COMBINING A ROAD SIGN RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND A LANE DETECTION SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for combining a road sign recognition system and a lane detection system of a subject motor vehicle driving along
a subject vehicle's lane of a road, comprising the steps:
a) generating sensor data from a camera-based or video-based sensor system,
b) providing the sensor data to the road sign recognition system and to the lane detection system,
c) with the road sign recognition system, generating road sign information regarding a road sign detected in an environment
of the road from the sensor data,

d) with the lane detection system, generating lane course information regarding the subject vehicle's lane from the sensor
data,

e) with the lane detection system, generating first cross-over data from the lane course information,
f) providing the first cross-over data to the road sign recognition system, and using the first cross-over data to check the
plausibility of and/or to interpret the road sign information in the road sign recognition system to thereby select or deselect
the road sign information as plausible and/or recognized road sign information,

g) with the road sign recognition system, generating second cross-over data from the road sign information, and
h) providing the second cross-over data to the lane detection system, and using the second cross-over data to check the plausibility
of and/or to interpret the lane course information in the lane detection system to thereby select or deselect the lane course
information as plausible and/or recognized lane course information.

US Pat. No. 9,283,958

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSISTING IN RETURNING A VEHICLE AFTER LEAVING A ROADWAY

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating a driver assistance system of a vehicle for assisting in returning the vehicle (10) to a roadway after the vehicle has at least partially left the roadway (12) and is driving at least partially on a roadway periphery (18) laterally adjacent to the roadway, wherein the driver assistance system comprises an analyzation unit, and wherein the method
comprises the following steps performed by the driver assistance system:
receiving data from one or more driving environment sensors (14) of the vehicle that monitor a region ahead of the vehicle (S10),

in the analyzation unit, analyzing the data to detect a transition (16) between the roadway and the roadway periphery (18; S12),

analyzing the data to detect a free space (20) ahead of the vehicle (S14),

checking whether the transition is suitable for returning the vehicle to the roadway, which includes checking whether a detected
height difference or a detected width of the transition is smaller than a respective pre-defined threshold value, and issuing
a corresponding first signal (22; S16),

checking whether the free space is sufficient for returning the vehicle to the roadway, and checking whether obstacles (28b) are present on the roadway periphery (18) or on the transition (16), and issuing a corresponding second signal (24; S18), and

generating a feedback signal (26) if the first signal indicates that the transition is suitable and the second signal indicates that the free space is sufficient,
or if the second signal indicates that obstacles (28b) are present on the roadway periphery (18) or on the transition (S20).

US Pat. No. 9,606,184

METHOD AND CIRCUIT UNIT FOR DETERMINING FAULT STATES IN A HALF-BRIDGE CIRCUIT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

10. A circuit unit for determining fault states in a half-bridge circuit comprising:
a first semiconductor switch;
a second semiconductor switch;
wherein the first semiconductor switch and the second semiconductor switch are connected to one another in a series circuit,
and wherein each of the first semiconductor switch and the second semiconductor switch is switchable between an open switching
state and a closed switching state;

a first determination unit configured to determine an actual switching state of the first semiconductor switch and to control
the first semiconductor switch;

a second determination unit configured to determine an actual switching state of the second semiconductor switch and to control
the second semiconductor switch;

a central control unit configured to determine a reference switching state of the first semiconductor switch and a reference
switching state of the second semiconductor switch, and to control each of the first semiconductor switch and the second semiconductor
switch by a control signal; and

a fault determination unit configured to detect a bridge short circuit in the half-bridge circuit in response to determining
that (a) the actual switching state of the first semiconductor switch is different from the reference switching state of the
first semiconductor switch and (b) the actual switching state of the second semiconductor switch is different from the reference
switching state of the second semiconductor switch;

wherein the actual switching state of the first semiconductor switch is transmittable by a first signal via a first signal
line from the first circuit arrangement to the central control unit,

wherein the actual switching state of the second semiconductor switch is transmittable by a second signal via a second signal
line from the second circuit arrangement to the central control unit, and

the central control unit comprises the fault determination unit and is configured to detect the bridge short circuit based
on the first and second signals.

US Pat. No. 9,497,875

CONTROL DEVICE WITH A GETTER LAYER FOR USE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A control device in a motor vehicle, having
a housing consisting of a housing cover and a housing base,
a sealing device between the housing cover and the housing base,
at least one circuit carrier having electrically conductive tracks, and at least one electronic component disposed on the
circuit carrier,

at least one conductor structure extending out of an interior of the housing, and
at least one electrically conductive connecting line which connects the electronic component to the conductor structure,
characterised in that
a getter layer is thermally sprayed on an inner face of the housing and is configured and adapted to protect the circuit carrier,
the electronic component, the conductor structure and the connecting line against sulfur-containing gases by gettering the
sulfur-containing gases,

wherein due to being thermally sprayed the getter layer has a particularly high specific surface area in comparison to galvanically
applied getter layers, and

wherein the getter layer is made of a metal selected from aluminum, copper, silver, silver-palladium alloy or steel.

US Pat. No. 9,187,051

METHOD FOR DETECTING AN IMMINENT ROLLOVER OF A VEHICLE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A method for detecting an imminent rollover of a vehicle, comprising:
a) taking a series of stereo images of the surroundings of the vehicle with a stereo camera that includes two cameras,
b) determining and tracking, by an image processor, point features in the series of stereo images,
c) eliminating, by the image processor, point features which are located on objects that move relative to the stationary surroundings
of the vehicle,

d) computing, by the image processor, rotational parameters of the stereo camera movement (roll rate (??), pitch rate (??)
and yaw rate (??)) taking into account the remaining point features,

e) estimating, by the image processor, a roll angle (?) separately for each of the two cameras based on the roll rate (??)
of the stereo camera, and

f) comparing, by the image processor, the roll angle (?) for each of the two cameras to a threshold to detect the imminent
rollover.

US Pat. No. 9,418,303

METHOD FOR TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of traffic sign recognition that analyzes and classifies image data provided by a sensor in an information processing
unit, wherein
an initial image detail that sufficiently probably contains an image of an entire actual traffic sign belonging to a particular
class of traffic signs is determined from results of an analysis of the image data,

a class-specific feature of the entire actual traffic sign is identified in the initial image detail at a location away from
a geometric center of the entire actual traffic sign relative to an outer border of the entire actual traffic sign that extends
around an outer perimeter of the entire actual traffic sign,

the initial image detail is modified by shifting the class-specific feature so as to thereby produce a modified image detail
that contains an image of an entire modified traffic sign, which corresponds to the image of the entire actual traffic sign
except that the class-specific feature has been shifted to a geometric center of the entire modified traffic sign relative
to the outer border thereof in the modified image detail and thereby replaces what is at the geometric center of the entire
actual traffic sign in the initial image detail, and except that at least one adjacent image region is padded with filler
pixels, wherein the at least one adjacent image region is adjacent to the class-specific feature in the entire modified traffic
sign in the modified image detail, and

the modified image detail is submitted to a classificator which evaluates the image of the entire modified traffic sign with
the class-specific feature at the geometric center of the entire modified traffic sign in the modified image detail by a learning-based
algorithm to recognize the entire modified traffic sign.

US Pat. No. 9,520,870

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PULSE WIDTH MODULATED CONTROL OF A SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCH

Semiconductor Components ...

1. A pulse width modulated controller system for a semiconductor switch, the system comprising:
a microcontroller coupled with a memory;
a switch controller coupled with the microcontroller; and
a calibration unit, the calibration unit comprising:
at least two comparators, one or more passive electrical components, and an encoder logic all operatively coupled together
and coupled with the microcontroller and with the switch controller;

wherein the microcontroller is configured to send a calibration trigger signal to the encoder logic of the calibration unit,
and, in response, the calibration unit is configured to:

using a first one of the at least two comparators, generate a first comparator output for a switching-on operation of the
semiconductor switch;

using a second one of the at least two comparators, generate a second comparator output for a switching-off operation of the
semiconductor switch;

generate a status signal using the encoder logic using one of the first comparator output, the second comparator output, and
both the first comparator output and the second comparator output; and

send the status signal to the microcontroller;
wherein the one or more comparators and the one or more passive electrical components are electrically coupled with a supply
voltage to the semiconductor switch and with an output voltage from the semiconductor switch;

wherein the memory coupled to the microcontroller comprises a digitally stored model comprising one or more control parameters
for generating a control signal for the semiconductor switch; and

wherein the microcontroller is configured to receive one or more operating condition parameters, and, using one or more operating
condition parameters and the digitally stored model, to generate control parameters for generating the control signal for
the semiconductor switch.

US Pat. No. 9,276,822

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING MESSAGES IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method for transmitting messages in a communication network having at least communication nodes, comprising:
maintaining at least one of the communication nodes always in an active state;
transforming at least one of the communication nodes from the active state to a quiescent state while it is not required for
communication;

informing, an active communication node, of a change in a particular communication node from the active state to the quiescent
state by a sleep event and of a change in the particular communication node from the quiescent state back to the active state
by a wakeup event;

storing messages or copies of messages from the particular communication node in an internal data memory of the active communication
node;

the active communication node sends the stored messages or copies of messages in response to being informed of a change in
the particular communication node from the active state to the quiescent state;

the active communication node transmitting, from the internal data memory to an internal hardware data memory, messages or
copies of messages to be sent, and the active communication node stops sending the stored messages or copies of messages and
erasing from the hardware memory or copies of messages to be sent in response to being informed of a change in the particular
communication node form the quiescent state back to the active state.

US Pat. No. 9,159,235

METHOD OF OPERATING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle, said system having at least one surroundings sensor,
a processing circuit, an output device connected to said processing circuit and configured to produce an output perceivable
by the driver of said motor vehicle, and an input device connected to said processing circuit and configured to register an
input from a driver of said motor vehicle, wherein said method comprises the steps:
a) using said at least one surroundings sensor, detecting objects in a surrounding environment of said motor vehicle and producing
sensor signals indicative of said detected objects;

b) in said processing circuit, evaluating said sensor signals and producing a respective object information including an identification
and/or an object characteristic of at least one respective target object among said detected objects;

c) in said processing circuit, determining a respective confidence value representing a probability of accuracy for said identification
and/or said object characteristic of said at least one target object respectively;

d) in said processing circuit, comparing said respective confidence value to a prescribed threshold;
e) if said respective confidence value in said step d) falls below said prescribed threshold then producing as said output
from said output device a driver information comprising said respective object information; and

f) after said step e), using said processing circuit, checking an input status of said input device, and if said input status
indicates confirmation of said respective object information by the driver then performing or continuing to perform a driver
assistance function of said driver assistance system based on said respective object information.

US Pat. No. 9,068,527

MONITORING COMPUTER IN A CONTROL DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A monitoring computer for monitoring a processor, on which processor a computing element is executed,
wherein the processor essentially comprises a functional computer apart from the monitoring computer,
wherein the computing element comprises a functional module, a safety module and a monitoring module, all modules can be executed
on the functional computer and the monitoring computer communicates with at least the monitoring module on the functional
computer by a dialog method via an interface,

wherein the functional computer and the monitoring computer are physically independent of each other and the monitoring computer
comprises a first monitoring unit and a second monitoring unit that are independent of each other,

wherein for monitoring the proper processing of the program instructions of the functional computer, one check each can be
performed in the functional computer by each monitoring unit by a corresponding monitoring element, and wherein a first check
can be performed in the safety module of the computing element by the first monitoring unit via the corresponding monitoring
element in the corresponding test path and a second check can be performed in the monitoring module of the computing element
by the second monitoring unit via the corresponding monitoring element in the corresponding test path.

US Pat. No. 9,208,388

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE INCLUDING A CAMERA FOR DETECTING ROADWAY MARKINGS

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle including a camera for detecting roadway markings, comprising:
a device, located in the vehicle, for detecting a parking or stopping mode of the vehicle; and
a control device, located in the vehicle, configured to:
1) receive digital map data indicating a location of the vehicle, the location used to determine types of roadway markings
associated with a specific place,

2) receive image data of surroundings of the vehicle from the camera in the parking or stopping mode,
3) specify analysis parameters of said image data based on the types of roadway markings associated with the specific place
as indicated by the map data, and

4) analyze said image data based on the specified analysis parameters to detect roadway markings which indicate i) a no-parking
spot where parking is not permitted by law of the specific place, or a no-stopping spot where stopping is not permitted by
law of the specific place, and ii) a parking spot where parking is permitted by law of the specific place, or a stopping spot
where stopping is permitted by law of the specific place,

wherein the control device, located in the vehicle, controls a signaling device, located in the vehicle based the analysis,
such that the signaling device:

outputs a warning message to a driver of the vehicle in the event that a roadway marking indicating a no-parking spot or a
no-stopping spot is detected in the surroundings of the stopping or parking vehicle, and

outputs another message to the driver of the vehicle in the event that a roadway marking indicating a parking spot or a stopping
spot is detected in the surroundings of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,048,772

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method of operating an electric motor, comprising:
generating and transferring a motor drive signal to the motor or to a motor driver;
operating the motor based on the motor drive signal, wherein the motor operation generates a vibration having a frequency
spectra defining a plurality of vibration amplitude spikes at a plurality of discrete frequencies,

providing a controlled compensation of interference noise generated by the motor by:
generating an auxiliary signal for antinoise, the auxiliary signal including a plurality of amplitude spikes at a plurality
of discrete, separated frequencies, each corresponding to the frequency of a respective one of the plurality of vibration
amplitude spikes; and

superimposing the auxiliary signal for antinoise on the motor drive signal during the transfer of the motor drive signal to
the motor or to the motor driver.

US Pat. No. 9,652,982

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LEARNING TRAFFIC EVENTS, AND USE OF THE SYSTEM

1. A method for learning traffic events, in which the traffic events are transmitted by vehicle-to-X communication to a data
network, the method comprising:
detecting, by a vehicle, the traffic events,
assigning, by the vehicle, position data and time data to the traffic events,
transmitting, by the vehicle, the traffic events to network elements of the data network located along a traffic route at
a distance from the vehicle,

storing electronically, by the data network, the traffic events,
defining, by the data network, an individual retention period for each of the traffic events,
prolonging, by the data network, the retention period for each of the respective traffic events when the respective traffic
events are re-transmitted to the data network, and

deleting, by the data network, each of the respective traffic events when the respective retention period expires.

US Pat. No. 9,628,000

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR USING PULSE WIDTH MODULATION (PWM)

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

11. A controller for an electric motor, comprising:
a quartz crystal or resonator to generate a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal to power the motor, the PWM signal having
a PWM frequency;

a device to measure one or more currently set carrier frequencies of a radio transmitter; and
a prescaler to trim the PWM frequency to a select carrier frequency of the one or more currently set carrier frequencies,
so that an integer multiple of the PWM frequency coincides with the select carrier frequency, or when there are at least two
currently set carrier frequencies, so that an integer multiple of the PWM frequency lies in a middle between the two currently
set carrier frequencies,

wherein
the select carrier frequency corresponds to a radio signal currently broadcast by the radio transmitter,
when there are at least two currently set carrier frequencies at least one other integer multiple of the PWM frequency coincides
with at least one of the two currently set carrier frequencies, and

a currently set carrier frequency among the at least two currently set carrier frequencies which coincides with an integer
multiple of the PWM frequency corresponds to a radio signal currently broadcast by the radio transmitter.

US Pat. No. 9,592,764

REDUNDANT OBJECT DETECTION FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A device for redundant object detection comprising:
a stereo camera that comprises first and second image sensors configured and arranged to respectively produce, at outputs
of the first and second image sensors, first and second mono image data of a scene including objects viewed by the image sensors,

a stereo image processor that is connected to the outputs of the first and second image sensors, and that is configured to
detect the objects by a stereo image evaluation of stereo image data represented by a combination of the first and second
mono image data from the outputs of the first and second image sensors, and that is configured to provide object data regarding
the detected objects at an output of the stereo image processor, and

a mono image processor that has an object data input connected to the output of the stereo image processor, and that has at
least one of a first image input connected to the output of the first image sensor and/or a second image input connected to
the output of the second image sensor, and that is configured to classify the detected objects represented in the object data
received at the object data input, by performing a redundant detection and a

classification of the objects by a mono image evaluation of at least one of the first mono image data from the output of the
first image sensor or the second mono image data from the output of the second image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,434,379

SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT AND METHOD IN A SAFETY CONCEPT FOR USE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A semiconductor circuit for an electronic control device for a system in a motor vehicle, said system not being mechanically
intrinsically safe, comprising
a functional computer (FR) configured for controlling a normal operation of the motor vehicle by executing at least functionalities
of a functional layer and of a function monitoring layer of a three-layer monitoring concept,

at least one monitoring unit (MU) configured for executing at least a functionality of a computer monitoring layer of the
three-layer monitoring concept,

a monitoring computer (UR) on which at least one dialog procedure (FAV) with the functional computer (FR) can be performed,
a first power supply that is connected to and configured to supply power to the functional computer, and
a second power supply that is separate from the first power supply, and that is connected to and configured to supply power
to the monitoring computer,

wherein:
the functional computer (FR), the monitoring unit (MU) and the monitoring computer (UR) are each physically independent of
each other,

a full function or a restricted function of the semiconductor circuit is ensured by the functional computer (FR) if the monitoring
computer (UR) fails, and

the full function or the restricted function of the semiconductor circuit is ensured by the monitoring computer (UR) if the
functional computer (FR) fails.

US Pat. No. 9,274,213

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A PLURALITY OF ENVIRONMENT SENSORS IN A VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of calibrating a plurality of environment sensors in a vehicle, comprising
performing detection and identification of a traffic light signal that is relevant for the vehicle by electronically processing
data provided by at least one electronic environment sensor or by a vehicle communication unit,

evaluating the data to determine whether the traffic light signal has turned red, and
performing an automatic electronic calibration of a plurality of environment sensors in response to it having been determined
that the traffic light signal relevant for the vehicle has turned red.

US Pat. No. 9,594,356

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT HAVING A FAIL-SILENT FUNCTION

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A circuit arrangement for a control device for implementing a fail-silent and/or fail-safe function, comprising:
a microcontroller comprising a hardware-realized monitoring device that is configured to detect faults in individual modules
of the microcontroller and that has at least one output configured to provide a signal voltage to inform external components
of detected faults, and

a bus driver that is configured to provide a bus communication of the control device with a bus network,
wherein:
the signal voltage is configured and adapted to control the bus driver so that the bus communication of the control device
is interrupted when the monitoring device detects a fault,

a GPIO pin of the microcontroller is connected to an STB and/or EN pin of a host interface of the bus driver via an electronic
switch,

the output of the monitoring device is connected to a control input of the electronic switch, and
in the event of the fault, a voltage level of the GPIO pin will be overridden by a suitable voltage level of the signal voltage
applied from the output of the monitoring device to the control input of the electronic switch, whereby the STB and/or EN
pin will be controlled such that the bus driver will interrupt the bus communication of the control device.

US Pat. No. 9,496,862

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR ACTUATING A SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCHING ELEMENT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

11. A power converter, comprising:
a circuit arrangement for actuating a first voltage-control led semiconductor switching element comprising a first electrode,
a second electrode, and a control electrode, the circuit arrangement comprising:

a Pulse generator configured to generate a control voltage input signal for actuating the first semiconductor switching element,
wherein the control voltage input signals contain a switch-on voltage signal for switching on the first semiconductor switching
element and a switch-off voltage for switching off the first semiconductor switching element,

a bias capacitor electrically connected to the pulse generator such that the bias capacitor is configured to vary an amplitude
of a switch-off voltage signal to the control electrode,

a first electrical resistor connected electrically in series with the bias capacitor in an electrical path between a first
connection of the pulse generator and a second connection of the pulse generator, wherein the control electrode is electrically
connected to a first connection of the bias capacitor and to a first connection of the first electrical resistor, and wherein
the first electrode is electrically connected to a second connection of the pulse generator and to a second connection of
the first electrical resistor, and

a further capacitor connected electrically in series with the first electrical resistor and the bias capacitor in the electrical
path between the first connection of the pulse generator and the second connection of the pulse generator.

US Pat. No. 9,462,735

LC MODULE FOR INSTALLATION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. An LC module for installation in a housing of a motor vehicle control device, the LC module comprising:
a carrier plate formed with first and second chambers that are spatially separated from one another;
at least one electrolytic capacitor disposed in said first chamber;
a coil disposed in said second chamber;
said electrolytic capacitor and said coil being at least in part surrounded by casting compound in said chambers; and
said carrier plate having a connecting piece between said first and second chambers, said carrier plate being configured to
be connected, at least in a region of said connecting piece, to the housing of the control device with a positive-locking
connection or a non-positive-locking connection.

US Pat. No. 9,182,476

RADAR SYSTEM HAVING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR THE DECOUPLING OF TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING SIGNALS AND FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF INTERFERENCE RADIATION

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating a radar system in a motor vehicle, wherein said radar system comprises a high frequency oscillator,
at least one transmitting antenna, at least one receiving antenna, a mixer and a signal processing arrangement, and wherein
said method comprises the steps:
a) with said oscillator, producing a high frequency signal comprising a succession of individual signal pulses;
b) with said at least one transmitting antenna, transmitting said succession of individual signal pulses as transmitted signal
pulses into an environment outside said motor vehicle;

c) with said at least one receiving antenna, receiving received signal pulses formed by reflections of said transmitted signal
pulses from at least one object in said environment, and producing a received signal comprising said received signal pulses;

d) providing a high frequency secondary signal from said oscillator to said mixer, providing said received signal to said
mixer, and with said mixer mixing said received signal and said high frequency secondary signal and thereby producing a low
frequency mixed signal comprising low frequency pulses representing said received signal pulses;

e) imposing a phase angle variation on a phase angle of at least some of said low frequency pulses in said low frequency mixed
signal by at least one of: a substep e1) of varying a phase angle of at least some of said individual signal pulses of said high frequency signal before said transmitting,
a substep e2) of varying a phase angle of said high frequency secondary signal before said providing thereof to said mixer, and a substep
e3) of varying said phase angle of said at least some of said low frequency pulses directly in said low frequency mixed signal
after said producing of said low frequency mixed signal;

f) processing said low frequency mixed signal in said signal processing arrangement, comprising performing at least one Fourier
transformation on said low frequency mixed signal, including a first Fourier transformation to determine a distance of said
at least one object relative to said motor vehicle, or including first and second Fourier transformations to determine a relative
velocity of said at least one object relative to said motor vehicle; and

g) during said processing, at least partially eliminating or suppressing an interference component that is further included
in said low frequency mixed signal, based on said interference component not exhibiting said phase angle variation that was
imposed on said phase angle of at least some of said low frequency pulses in said low frequency mixed signal, wherein said
at least partial eliminating or suppressing of said interference component comprises reversing said phase angle variation
imposed on said phase angle of at least some of said low frequency pulses by imposing, after said first Fourier transformation,
a reverse phase angle variation on said phase angle of those of said low frequency pulses onto which said phase angle variation
had been imposed.

US Pat. No. 9,802,518

PNEUMATIC ADJUSTMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic adjustment arrangement for a vehicle seat, comprising:
at least one chamber, which can be filled with a pressure medium, as an adjustment element;
a fluid line extending from the at least one chamber to a pressure medium source for filling and/or emptying the at least
one chamber;

a valve device which is provided in the fluid line inline between the pressure source and the at least one chamber and configured
for volume flow regulation of the pressure medium from the pressure source to the at least one chamber; and

a sound absorber which is also arranged in the fluid line in order to absorb sound occurring in the fluid line;
wherein the sound absorber is arranged in the fluid line, between the valve device and the at least one chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,577,568

DETECTION OF A WIRE-BREAK FAULT DURING THE OPERATION OF A BRUSHLESS D.C. MOTOR

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A method for detecting a wire-break fault during an operation of a brushless D.C. motor having a three-phase stator winding
and controlled by pulse width modulation, which comprises the steps of:
recording at least one stator winding phase of a stator winding during each pulse width modulation cycle period, a switch-on
delay interval for a transition of an electrical phase potentials applied to the stator winding phase from a switch-off potential
to a switch-on potential and a switch-off delay interval for a transition of a phase potential from the switch-on potential
to the switch-off potential;

defining a lower deviation limit for a deviation of recorded switch-off delay intervals from recorded switch-on delay intervals;
and

deducing the wire-break fault if deviations of the recorded switch-off delay intervals from the recorded switch-on delay intervals
fall below the lower deviation limit.

US Pat. No. 9,481,374

METHOD FOR A DRIVER ASSISTANCE APPLICATION

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for a driver assistance system, said method comprising:
with at least one sensor unit, detecting surroundings and producing corresponding sensor data;
with a first control unit, calculating a surroundings model based on the sensor data, calculating a first control variable
for a first driver assistance application, and transmitting a first control signal in accordance with the first control variable;

with a second control unit, calculating a second control variable for a reduced second driver assistance application and a
second control signal based on the sensor data;

with the second control unit, determining a third control signal when a current value of the first control signal is not available,
wherein a value of the second control signal is used for the third control signal, or the third control signal is calculated
based on the second control signal and a last transmitted value of the first control signal, or the surroundings model is
transmitted to the second control unit and the third control signal is calculated based on the surroundings model; and

actuating an actuator of the driver assistance system dependent on the first control signal when the current value of the
first control signal is available, and actuating the actuator dependent on the third control signal when the current value
of the first control signal is not available.

US Pat. No. 9,212,936

SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor assembly
including a metal carrier plate,
including a sensor housing that is made of a plastic housing material and that contains at least one sensor element,
wherein the sensor housing is connected to the carrier plate by at least one screw that extends through a through hole of
the carrier plate, and

wherein a screwing channel to receive the screw engaged therein is defined in the plastic housing material.

US Pat. No. 9,660,476

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR DISCHARGING AN ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORE AND POWER CONVERTER COMPRISING SUCH A CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A circuit arrangement for discharging an electrical energy store, the circuit arrangement comprising:
a first discharge current path from a first, positive electrical connection of the energy store to a second, negative electrical
connection of the energy store, the first discharge current path comprising:

a voltage limiter for uncontrolled, passive discharge of the energy store and for keeping a charging voltage of the energy
store at least at a voltage threshold; and

a first current limiter for limiting a first discharge current in the first discharge current path in the case of passive
discharge of the energy store;

wherein the voltage limiter has a first electrical connection connected to the positive electrical connection of the energy
store and a second electrical connection connected to the negative electrical connection of the energy store;

a second discharge current path from the positive electrical connection of the energy store to the negative electrical connection
of the energy store in parallel with the first discharge current path, the second discharge path comprising a semiconductor
switch with an actuation connection and controllable via the actuation connection for controlled, active discharge of the
energy store;

wherein the semiconductor switch has a first electrical connection connected to the positive electrical connection of the
energy store and a second electrical connection connected to the negative electrical connection of the energy store;

a first control path between the first electrical connection of the voltage limiter and the actuation connection of the semiconductor
switch providing a first control signal from the first electrical connection of the voltage limiter to the actuation connection
of the semiconductor switch for actuating the semiconductor switch; and

an overcharging identification unit for identifying overcharging of the energy store;
a first signal path and a second signal path between the overcharging identification unit and the first current limiter for
measuring a first discharge voltage at the first current limiter;

wherein the overcharging identification unit is designed to identify overcharging of the energy store on the basis of the
first discharge voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,428,081

FILTER ELEMENT FOR A PNEUMATIC ADJUSTING ARRANGEMENT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A filter element for a pneumatic adjusting arrangement of a vehicle seat, the filter element comprising:
a filter chamber that is fillable with a pressure medium and includes at least a first flexible film and a second flexible
film connected together along a connecting seam to define the filter chamber;

a filter medium arranged in the filter chamber and separating the filter chamber into a first chamber portion and a second
chamber portion, the filter medium being configured to remove particles from the pressure medium;

a pressure medium inlet line for introducing the pressure medium into the first chamber portion;
wherein the second chamber portion is configured to receive the pressure medium from the first chamber portion via the filter
medium; and

at least one pressure medium outlet line for removing the pressure medium out of the second chamber portion.

US Pat. No. 9,335,264

DETECTION OF RAINDROPS ON A PANE BY MEANS OF A CAMERA AND LIGHTING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A device for detecting rain (4) on an outer surface of a pane, comprising
a camera disposed behind an inner surface of the pane (2), wherein the camera (1) is focused onto a far range that lies in front of the outer surface of the pane (2), and

a lighting source (3) adapted to generate a source light beam and configured and arranged to direct the source light beam (h; n) through air onto
the inner surface of the pane (2) so as to cause a resultant transmitted beam that is transmitted in the pane and impinges on the outer surface within the
pane and is partially reflected from the outer surface (2.2) within the pane (2) to cause a partially reflected beam (r2; r2?) that impinges on the camera (1); and

wherein the camera is configured and adapted to measure a light quantity of the partially reflected beam (r2; r2?) impinging on the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,536,157

METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A PROJECTED SYMBOL ON A STREET IN A VEHICLE, APPARATUS AND VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for a subject vehicle driving on a road, the method comprising steps of:
with a camera of the subject vehicle, capturing an image of a part of the road that has thereon an intangible symbol that
is projected as light onto the part of the road by a road user other than the subject vehicle;

with a computing unit of the subject vehicle, detecting, in the image, the intangible symbol on the part of the road;
with the computing unit, identifying the intangible symbol detected in the image; and
with the computing unit, generating a signal based on the identified intangible symbol in order to bring about a measure in
the subject vehicle in response to and dependent on the identified intangible symbol.

US Pat. No. 9,493,145

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PREVENTING AQUAPLANING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of automatically preventing or reducing a risk of an occurrence of aquaplaning during driving operation of a motor
vehicle on a route, comprising the steps:
a) with a camera, acquiring a camera image of a road sign on a section of the route, and performing a road sign recognition
of the road sign in the camera image to determine whether the road sign is an aquaplaning warning sign that indicates a risk
of aquaplaning on the section of the route,

b) with at least one sensor device, determining whether there is a wet pavement on the section of the route, and
c) with a driver assistance system or an active safety system of the motor vehicle, carrying out a driving assistance function
that helps proactively prevent or reduce the risk of the occurrence of aquaplaning of the motor vehicle before aquaplaning
has already begun or is immediately imminent, automatically in response to the road sign recognition having determined that
the road sign is an aquaplaning warning sign that indicates there is the risk of aquaplaning on the section of the route and
the wet pavement having been determined to exist on the section of the route, without regard to actual vehicle dynamics of
the motor vehicle and without regard to any condition of the vehicle itself.

US Pat. No. 9,409,571

METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A TRAFFIC-LIGHT-SEQUENCE ASSISTANT OF A VEHICLE, SAID ASSISTANT DETECTING TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Conti Temic microelectron...

16. A method of automatically evaluating a phase of a traffic light comprising steps:
a) with a camera of a subject vehicle that is driving on a road, capturing camera images of a traffic light;
b) in an image analysis unit of the vehicle, evaluating the camera images to detect the traffic light and a signal phase thereof;
c) when the signal phase is detected as a red light phase, further evaluating the camera images and in consideration thereof,
with a control unit of the vehicle determining a maximum travel distance or a farthest stopping point along the road at which
the vehicle would have to stop to ensure that the traffic light will remain in view of the camera;

d) with the control unit, producing a control signal dependent on and indicative of the maximum travel distance or the farthest
stopping point; and

e) in response to the control signal, either outputting a warning to a driver of the vehicle with an indicating device of
the vehicle, or controlling a braking assistance system or an autonomous brake control system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,260,288

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FILLING AND EMPTYING A SEAT CUSHION

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A method for filling at least one seat cushion of a seat with a fluid, and emptying same of a fluid, comprising:
during a filling or emptying operation, a first pressure value (pin) which is determined upstream of a throttle point through which the fluid flows and a second pressure value (pout) which is determined downstream of the throttle point are detected as a function of a switched state of an actuating element
which is designed for filling or emptying the at least one seat cushion, the actuating element at a location of the throttle
point, and

determining an estimated value (m_EST) of a mass of the fluid which is fed to or removed from the at least one seat cushion
determined as a function of the first pressure value (pin) and the second pressure value (pout),

wherein a setpoint value (m_SP) of the mass of the fluid which is to be fed to or removed from the at least one seat cushion
is predefined, and the actuating element which is designed for filling or emptying the at least one seat cushion opened as
a function of the setpoint value (m_SP) of the mass of the fluid which is to be fed to or removed from the seat cushion and
the estimated value (m_EST) of the mass of the fluid which is fed to or removed from the at least one seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 9,184,506

WAVEGUIDE ANTENNA FOR A RADAR ANTENNA ARRAY

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A waveguide antenna for a radar antenna array comprising:
a metal waveguide extending in an x direction and having a longitudinal axis, said waveguide delimiting an inner space,
wherein a radar wave of a first mode propagates in the inner space in the x direction with a first waveguide wavelength,
wherein said waveguide has a plurality of structural elements which are arranged in the x direction and extend into the inner
space,

wherein adjacent structural elements have a distance in the x direction which is larger than half of the first waveguide wavelength
of the radar wave of the first mode such that the first mode is converted to a second mode of the radar wave which propagates
with a second waveguide wavelength in a direction transverse to the x direction such that the second mode is different from
the first mode and is coupled out of the waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,748,875

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating a three-phase brushless DC motor with a pulse-width-modulation-controlled electronic commutation
in an event of a malfunction, the method comprising:
predefining a maximum number (a) of commutation steps, a direction of rotation of the motor, and at least two possible operating
end states that can be selected in the event of the malfunction, wherein the at least two possible operating end states of
the brushless DC motor include a braking state of the brushless DC motor and a freewheeling state of the brushless DC motor
in which a converter for the brushless DC motor has a maximum impedance state;

selecting one of the at least two possible operating end states as a selected operating end state in the event of the malfunction:
upon an indication of the malfunction, rotating a rotor of the brushless DC motor by the predefined maximum number (a) of
commutation steps in the predefined direction of rotation of the motor, and then setting the brushless DC motor to the selected
operating end state;

when a first operating end state of the at least two possible operating end states is selected, using a control unit to put
the converter in the maximum impedance state causing the brushless DC motor to be in a freewheeling state; and

when a second operating end state of the at least two possible operating end states is selected, using the control unit to
put the converter in a state causing the brushless DC motor to be in a braking state.

US Pat. No. 9,508,015

METHOD FOR EVALUATING IMAGE DATA OF A VEHICLE CAMERA TAKING INTO ACCOUNT INFORMATION ABOUT RAIN

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method comprising steps:
a) with a camera in a vehicle, producing first image data representing an object in outside surroundings of the vehicle and
second image data representing precipitation particles on an area of a windshield of the vehicle;

b) evaluating the second image data to determine precipitation particle information including a number and/or a size of the
precipitation particles on the area of the windshield; and

c) evaluating the first image data by applying at least one evaluation algorithm comprising an edge detection algorithm with
at least one evaluation parameter to detect and classify the object, wherein the evaluation parameter comprises an edge detection
threshold value for determining which ones of image transitions in the first image data are regarded as edges, and selecting
or changing the edge detection threshold value in response to and dependent on the precipitation particle information.

US Pat. No. 9,490,688

METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR SWITCHING A SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCH

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method for switching a semiconductor switch from a first steady-state switching state to a second steady-state switching
state by controlling a control connection of the semiconductor switch the method comprising:
in a first switching stage, applying, in a controlled manner, at least one first, predetermined actuation current at the control
connection of the semiconductor switch to provide current-controlled switching of the semiconductor switch starting from the
first steady-state switching state in a first switching phase, and

in a second switching phase following the first switching phase, applying, in a controlled manner, at least one first, predetermined
actuation voltage at the control connection of the semiconductor switch to provide voltage-controlled switching of the semiconductor
switch until the second steady-state switching state has been reached

either (a) the first steady-state switching state is an open switching state of the semiconductor switch, and the second steady-state
switching state is a closed switching state of the semiconductor switch, or (b) the first steady-state switching state is
a closed switching state of the semiconductor switch and the second steady-state switching state is an open switching state
of the semiconductor switch, and

the semiconductor switch is on in the closed switching state, and the semiconductor switch is off in the open switching state.

US Pat. No. 9,132,837

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING THE NUMBER OF LANES AND/OR THE LANE WIDTH ON A ROADWAY

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for a driver assistance system for a subject vehicle that drives on a roadway and that is equipped with a sensor
system arranged to monitor a detection area along the roadway, wherein the method comprises the steps:
a) in a processing circuit of the driver assistance system, obtaining a lane width value of a lane width of a lane of the
roadway;

b) in the processing circuit, evaluating sensor data from the sensor system and thereby attempting to recognize, from the
sensor data, at least one roadway edge of the roadway; and

if the step b) recognizes the at least one roadway edge, then further performing the following steps in the processing circuit:
c) determining an edge distance of the at least one roadway edge;
d) comparing the edge distance with the lane width value to produce a comparison result; and
e) from the comparison result, determining an estimated number of lanes on the roadway.

US Pat. No. 9,128,813

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSISTING A DRIVER WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE BY DETECTING WEATHER-RELATED VISIBILITY LIMITATIONS

Conti Temic Microelectron...

10. A device for assisting a driver in driving a vehicle by detecting weather-related visibility limitations, including:
a camera directed toward a windshield of the vehicle for generating an image data of the surroundings of the vehicle and of
the windshield, the camera comprises a bifocal optical element so that the camera is focused on the windshield in a first
image region and focused on the surroundings of the vehicle in a second image region; and

a control device that activates the camera in such a manner that at least one image of the windshield and of the surroundings
of the vehicle is generated, wherein the image data of the first image region of the at least one image are evaluated by an
image processing system in order to generate a first evaluation signal that indicates wetting of at least one of the inner
and outer surface of the windshield with moisture and/or condensate and wherein the image data of the second image region
of the at least one image are evaluated by the image processing system in order to generate a second evaluation signal that
indicates the visibility limitation;

the control device is configured to:
1) activate a windshield wiper of the vehicle to wipe the windshield in response to the first evaluation signal and the second
evaluation signal both being generated, and then activate a windshield heater of the vehicle in response to the first evaluation
signal and the second evaluation signal both still being generated after the wiper wipes the windshield,

2) activate a fog lamp of the vehicle and/or a driver warning device of the vehicle in response to only the second evaluation
signal being generated.

US Pat. No. 9,607,229

METHOD FOR REPRESENTING THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of mapping surroundings of a vehicle into a model of the surroundings of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle comprises a sensor system for monitoring the surroundings, and further comprises at least one driver assistance
system;

wherein the model of the surroundings has at least two levels of resolution including a higher resolution level and a lower
resolution level, the model is configured as a probability grid having a plurality of grid cells including higher-level grid
cells in the higher resolution level and lower-level grid cells in the lower resolution level, the model includes data values
from the sensor system stored in at least two of the higher-level grid cells, and one of the lower-level grid cells is associated
with the at least two higher-level grid cells; and

wherein the method comprises:
selecting a single selected data value among the data values stored in the at least two higher-level grid cells, and
writing the selected data value into the lower-level grid cell that is associated with the at least two higher-level grid
cells.

US Pat. No. 9,802,483

ACCELERATOR FORCE FEEDBACK PEDAL (AFFP) AS ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR DISTANCE CONTROL IN TRAFFIC

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating an accelerator device in a subject vehicle, wherein a driver of the subject vehicle applies a driver's
actuation force to the accelerator device to deflect the accelerator device to a deflected position, and the accelerator device
outputs a control signal that is dependent on the deflected position and is used to control a drive power, a drive torque
or a drive speed of a drive motor of the subject vehicle, wherein the method comprises:
a) with two or more sensors, determining an actual speed of the subject vehicle, a relative speed of the subject vehicle relative
to a leading vehicle ahead of the subject vehicle, and an actual distance between the subject vehicle and the leading vehicle;

b) obtaining a specified distance value;
c) with a deflection sensor, determining an actual deflection of the accelerator device in the deflected position thereof;
d) with at least one electronic controller, producing a control difference as a difference between the actual distance and
the specified distance value, weighting the control difference to produce a weighted control difference, producing a first
control contribution based on the actual speed, the relative speed and the weighted control difference, producing a second
control contribution based on the control difference, and determining a specified deflection value for the accelerator device
by summing at least the first control contribution and the second control contribution;

e) determining a deflection difference between the actual deflection and the specified deflection value; and
f) with an actuator arrangement, applying to the accelerator device a restoring force directed opposite the actuation force,
and modulating the restoring force as a function of the deflection difference.

US Pat. No. 9,509,172

CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING THE ENERGY STORE OF A PORTABLE ELECTRIC DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A charging device for charging an energy storage device of a portable electrical device, the charging device comprising:
at least one load cell having a controllable resonant circuit for inductively transferring energy;
said at least one load cell having a parallel resonant circuit with a first coil and a second coil and two controllable switching
elements for self-oscillation of said parallel resonant circuit, wherein said parallel resonant circuit is supplied with a
controllable supply voltage;

controllable switch-off elements for connecting control connections of said two controllable switching elements to each other,
wherein the self-oscillation is interruptible in a targeted manner in order to modulate an amplitude of an electromagnetic
field generated by said first coil and said second coil; and

a demodulator connected to an output of said parallel resonant circuit, said output being formed by a coil end of said first
coil, wherein said coil end is not connected to a coil end of said second coil and wherein said output forms an output of
said at least one load cell.

US Pat. No. 9,436,879

METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING TRAFFIC SIGNS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of traffic sign recognition in a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle, said method comprising the step:
a) using a camera, recording image data of at least one image of a vehicle environment outside of the motor vehicle driving
along a road;
and further comprising the following steps in an automatic machine interpretation process performed by said driver assistance
system:
b) from the image data, recognizing the presence and class of at least one main sign present in the vehicle environment;
c) from the image data, recognizing the presence of at least one additional sign assigned to the main sign;
d) classifying the additional sign using a pattern recognition method to an extent possible;
e) reading and interpreting and thereby recognizing text of the additional sign using a text recognition method; and
f) in a relevance assessment unit of the driver assistance system, automatically assessing a relevance of the main sign in
an automatic machine-based relevance assessment, in which the recognized text of the additional sign is compared to situational
information regarding the motor vehicle, a current operation of the motor vehicle, or a condition of the vehicle environment.

US Pat. No. 10,010,017

POTENTIAL EQUALIZATION IN A CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. An arrangement for potential equalization in a control device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a carrier structure;
a circuit carrier disposed on said carrier structure;
at least one electrical component disposed on said circuit carrier; and
at least one contact-making element protruding at least partially into said carrier structure;
said at least one contact-making element connecting said circuit carrier to said carrier structure electrically conductively by way of a connecting element in order to establish potential equalization; and
a bondable surface coating disposed on said contact-making element between said contact-making element and said connecting element.

US Pat. No. 9,517,719

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC DIRECTION INDICATION

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for automatic direction indication for a vehicle, comprising the following steps:
measuring a torque magnitude of a driver's manual torque acting upon a steering wheel of the vehicle,
comparing the measured torque magnitude with a predetermined torque value,
detecting a vehicle position of the vehicle by a Lane Keeping System and/or a Lane Departure Warning System of the vehicle,
and

only when the comparing determines that the measured torque magnitude exceeds the predetermined torque value, then automatically
activating or deactivating a direction indicator of the vehicle in response to and dependent on the detected vehicle position.

US Pat. No. 9,783,201

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AN OVERTAKING ASSISTANT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for an overtaking assistance system of a driver assistance system of a subject vehicle driving on a subject vehicle's
lane of a roadway, comprising the following steps performed by the overtaking assistance system:
receiving sensor data from an environment sensor system of the subject vehicle;
evaluating the sensor data to determine whether at least a first other vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane that is adjacent
to the subject vehicle's lane of the roadway; and

initiating an autonomous cutting of the subject vehicle out of the subject vehicle's lane and into the adjacent lane only
when at least the first other vehicle is detected in the adjacent lane, and not initiating the autonomous cutting of the subject
vehicle out of the subject vehicle's lane and into the adjacent lane when at least the first other vehicle is not detected
in the adjacent lane.

US Pat. No. 9,257,045

METHOD FOR DETECTING A TRAFFIC LANE BY MEANS OF A CAMERA

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for traffic lane detection in a driver assistance system of a vehicle, comprising the following steps performed
in the driver assistance system:
with a camera, acquiring at least one image of surroundings of the vehicle;
detecting a driving corridor from the at least one image;
performing structure detection in the at least one image while taking the detected driving corridor into consideration to
detect a roadway edge and to determine a course of the roadway edge from the at least one image; and

based on the determined course of the roadway edge, estimating a position of a traffic lane to perform the traffic lane detection.

US Pat. No. 9,182,774

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ACCELERATOR PEDAL UNIT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for operating an accelerator pedal unit for motor vehicles, wherein a change in position of a pedal plate, which
is brought about by a corresponding activation force, with respect to the starting position of said pedal plate counter to
a restoring force (Fres) of a pedal restoring spring brings about an increase in the driving force of the drive motor of the motor vehicle, and when
the activation force diminishes the restoring force of the pedal restoring spring moves the pedal plate back in the direction
of its starting position, wherein an electromechanical actuator which can be actuated externally is arranged in such a way
that an additional restoring force (Fadd) acting on the pedal plate can be set, wherein a calibration process is carried out, with the result that a linear relationship
is implemented between the setpoint current request (Isetp) to the electromechanical actuator and the additional restoring force (Fadd) over the entire pedal stroke (S).

US Pat. No. 9,485,400

CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A camera module comprising:
an objective lens housing with an optical system,
an image sensor chip with wire bonding connections, and
a printed circuit board for contacting the image sensor chip,wherein
the printed circuit board has wire bonding areas to which the wire bonding connections of the image sensor chip are connected,and
an assembly comprising the image sensor chip arranged on a chip support and the printed circuit board, wherein the assembly
is designed in such a manner that the image sensor chip is focus-adjusted to the optical system by changing the position of
the image sensor chip and chip support relative to the printed circuit board taking advantage of the flexibility of the wire
bonding connections of the image sensor chip, and
wherein a support plate is provided, which has a recess adapted to a contour of the chip support and is arranged on the printed
circuit board while the chip support is received within the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,807,895

SEAL FOR A HOUSING OF AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A housing for an electronic circuit configuration, the housing comprising:
an inner housing wall, an outer housing wall and a housing interior;
a housing seal disposed on said inner housing wall and connected in an integrally bonded manner to said outer housing wall,
said housing seal being formed of an elastomer manufactured from a liquid silicone;

an electrical connecting element guided out of said housing from said housing interior through said at least one outer housing
wall;

said inner housing wall having an extension extending towards said outer housing wall, said outer housing wall having an extension
extending towards said inner housing wall, said electrical connecting element extending through said extension of said inner
housing wall and said extension of said outer housing wall, and said housing seal surrounding said extension of said inner
housing wall and said extension of said outer housing wall; and

said outer housing wall and said electrical connecting element forming a gap therebetween being sealed by said housing seal.

US Pat. No. 9,792,511

METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF AN ASSISTANCE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AS WELL AS ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of operating a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle for detecting a rectangular traffic sign bounded by
four edges in an environment outside of the motor vehicle, comprising steps:
with a camera of the driver assistance system, acquiring an image of the traffic sign;
with a computing unit of the driver assistance system, analyzing only a portion of the image which comprises two vertically
longitudinally extending rectangular areas that are arranged parallel and spaced apart relative to one another, and one horizontally
longitudinally extending rectangular area that is arranged perpendicular to and in a spacing distance between the two vertically
longitudinally extending rectangular areas, and thereby determining exactly three first line segments in the portion of the
image of the traffic sign by detecting at least one substantially horizontal second line segment that exists in the horizontally
longitudinally extending rectangular area in the image, detecting substantially vertical second line segments that exist in
the vertically longitudinally extending rectangular areas in the image, and determining the three first line segments by selecting
as the first line segments, a respective one of the second line segments that best satisfies at least one prescribed criterion
in each one of the rectangular areas; and

with the computing unit, identifying a reproduction of the traffic sign based on and dependent on the three first line segments
that were determined.

US Pat. No. 9,568,095

CONTROLLING A HYDRAULIC PRESSURE OF A FLUID TRANSMISSION

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A control device for controlling a hydraulic pressure of a fluid transmission, the control device comprising:
a pressure sensor for detecting actual pressure values of the hydraulic pressure;
an electronic sensor circuit associated with said pressure sensor for controlling said pressure sensor and processing a pressure
signal;

an electronic control unit having a direct electrical connection to said pressure sensor for generating a control signal as
a function of the actual pressure values detected by said pressure sensor and of a reference pressure signal being fed to
said control unit;

a power switch having a direct electrical connection to said electronic control unit and being controlled by said control
signal;

a circuit board on which said electronic sensor circuit, said electronic control unit and said power switch are disposed;
and

a solenoid valve being actuated by said power switch for generating the hydraulic pressure;
said pressure sensor, said electronic sensor circuit, said electronic control unit, said power switch and said solenoid valve
being embodied as a compact electromagnetic unit with electrical connections for an electrical power supply and signal communication
and hydraulic connections to the fluid transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,495,603

METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A VEHICLE CAN PASS THROUGH AN OBJECT BY MEANS OF A 3-D CAMERA

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of determining whether a vehicle can pass through or pass under an object, while the vehicle is driving on a roadway,
wherein the roadway is part of a ground, said method comprising steps:
with a 3-D camera, recording at least one image of surroundings ahead of the vehicle, to provide image data;
ascertaining at least one trajectory along which the vehicle is likely to move;
from at least the image data of the 3-D camera, detecting an object that includes an upper portion located above the trajectory,
from at least the image data of the 3-D camera, detecting whether the object includes at least one connection portion that
connects the upper portion to the ground, from at least the image data of the 3-D camera, determining dimensions and a shape
of a 2-dimensional entry area that is bounded vertically between the upper portion of the object and the roadway, and that
is bounded laterally by any said connection portion that has been detected, and

determining whether it is possible for the vehicle driving along the trajectory to pass through the 2-dimensional entry area
by fitting vertically and laterally in the 2-dimensional entry area.

US Pat. No. 10,548,229

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOIL ARRANGEMENT AND CORRESPONDING FOIL ARRANGEMENT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A foil configuration, comprising:a carrier foil having a carrier foil top side;
a conductive foil applied to said carrier foil top side and having a structuring and a conductive foil top side;
a protective layer applied to said conductive foil top side and having a protective layer top side;
a cover foil laminated onto said carrier foil top side at a location in which said protective layer is not between said cover foil and said carrier foil top side, said cover foil laminated onto said protective layer top side at another location; and
a connection pin extending through a hole formed in said carrier foil, said conductive foil, and said protective layer, said connection pin connected to said conductive foil;
said hole formed in said carrier foil, said conductive foil, and said protective layer having only one conductive element extending completely therethrough;
said conductive element being said connection pin; and
said protective layer top side facing away from said carrier foil, said protective layer top side including a portion adjacent said connection pin, and said portion of said protective layer top side adjacent said connection pin being not covered by said cover foil.

US Pat. No. 9,787,910

METHOD FOR DETECTING LIGHT SOURCES OPERATED IN PULSED MODE

Conti Temic microelectron...

16. A method of operating a motor vehicle's driver assistance system to acquire images of a scene that includes a pulsed light
source or includes an illuminated object that is illuminated by a pulsed light source, said method comprising the steps:
a) with a camera of the driver assistance system, recording plural successive individual images of the scene during respective
successive exposure phases, wherein respective time intervals exist between the successive exposure phases; and

b) while performing the recording, with a camera control unit of the driver assistance system varying the respective time
intervals between the successive exposure phases, without using any information regarding a frequency, a pulse rate and/or
a duty cycle of the pulsed light source.

US Pat. No. 9,716,337

CONNECTING DEVICE HAVING A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARD WITH ELECTRICAL LINES CONNECTED TO ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A connecting device for electrically connecting electrical lines to electrical contacts, the connecting device comprising:
a cover;
a base support on which the electrical contacts are disposed; and
a flexible circuit board on which the electrical lines are disposed, said flexible circuit board being disposed between said
base support and said cover, and said flexible circuit board having a contact-making region in which at least one of the electrical
lines is electrically connected to at least one of the electrical contacts;

said base support and said cover forming a sealed housing for said contact-making region; and
said flexible circuit board having a slot-shaped opening surrounding at least three sides of said contact-making region.

US Pat. No. 9,702,818

DETECTION OF RAINDROPS ON A WINDOWPANE BY MEANS OF CAMERA AND LIGHT

1. A method for detecting rain or precipitation on an outer side of a windowpane, comprising:
arranging a camera behind the windowpane and focusing the camera on a far range in front of the windowpane;
producing, by a light source, for producing at least one light beam (h) which is directed to the windowpane, wherein the light
source directs the at least one light beam (h) to the windowpane in such a manner that:

1) at least one beam (r2; r2?) is reflected by the outer side of the windowpane and is incident on the camera, and

2) a beam (r1) is reflected by the inner side of the window pane and is incident on the camera, where the beam (r1) is spatially separated from beams (r2; r2?);

recording, by the camera an image of the at least one beam (r2; r2?) reflected by the outer side of the windowpane and the beam (r1) reflected by the inner side of the windowpane; and

comparing, by an image processing means, the structure of the image of the at least one beam (r2; r2?) reflected by the outer side of the windowpane the structure of an image of the at least one beam (r1) reflected by the inner side of the windowpane in order to classify the type of rain or precipitation on the outer side of
the windowpane.

US Pat. No. 9,671,336

ILLUMINATION FOR DETECTING RAINDROPS ON A PANE BY MEANS OF A CAMERA

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A device for detecting rain on a pane, comprising
a camera, and
an electrically drivable film that actively emits light,
wherein the light emitted by the film emerges as a light sheet, and
wherein the camera and the film are configured and arranged so that the camera can detect a signal from the light which is
emitted by the film, impinges on the pane and is reflected by the pane, wherein the camera can detect a first mirror image
of the light sheet reflected at an inner face of the pane and a second mirror image of the light sheet reflected at an outer
face of the pane.

US Pat. No. 9,531,348

METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR ACTUATING A SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCH

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method for actuating a controllable semiconductor switch using a control signal by controlled, stepwise switching-on
and switching-off, the method comprising:
starting a time measurement at a beginning of at least one step of the stepwise switching-on and switching off to determine
a duration, wherein the time measurement is continued until a beginning of step following the at least one step of the stepwise
switching-on and switching off,

comparing the determined duration with a preset maximum duration, and
in response to determining that the determined duration exceeds the preset maximum duration, actuating the semiconductor switch
such that the semiconductor switch is switched into a preset operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,720,132

ILLUMINATION FOR THE DETECTION OF RAINDROPS ON A WINDOW BY MEANS OF A CAMERA

1. A device for detecting rain on a window of a vehicle, the device comprising:
a camera;
a lighting source for emitting visible light in an illumination direction onto a window of the vehicle; and
a shutter device having a grille with a plurality of slats between the lighting source and the window, the slats directing
the visible light in the illumination direction onto the window while blocking or attenuating the visible light in directions
other than the illumination direction,

wherein the camera and the lighting source are configured and arranged in such a way that the camera can detect the visible
light which the lighting source emits onto the window.

US Pat. No. 9,839,150

MULTI-STAGE SEALING SYSTEM FOR USE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE CONTROL UNIT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. In a motor vehicle control unit including:
a housing having an interior, a first housing part and at least one further housing part,
at least one electronic component disposed in the interior of the housing, and
at least one conductor structure leading out of the interior of the housing between the housing parts for electrically conductively
connecting the electronic component in the interior of the housing to components outside the housing,

an electrically conductive connection electrically connecting said conductor structure to the electronic component in the
interior of the housing;

a multi-part sealing system for the housing, the multi-part sealing system comprising:
at least one device disposed in at least one of the housing parts for accommodating at least part of the multi-part sealing
system;

a first part of the multi-part sealing system being specifically suitable for preventing liquid noxious substances from penetrating
into the interior of the housing; and

further parts of the multi-part sealing system being specifically suitable for preventing gaseous noxious substances from
penetrating into the interior of the housing;

said further parts of the multi-part sealing system being completely displaced away from said electrically conductive connection
so that there is no physical contact between said electrically conductive connection and said further parts of the multi-part
sealing system.

US Pat. No. 9,748,213

CIRCUIT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A circuit device, comprising:
a base plate having a first outer side and a second outer side opposite said first outer side;
a first substrate disposed on said first outer side of said base plate;
a second substrate disposed on said second outer side of said base plate;
at least one electrical connection element electrically connecting said first substrate and said second substrate;
at least one electronic component disposed on or in said first substrate;
at least one electronic component disposed on or in said second substrate;
a mold package molded around said first and second substrates and said electronic components arranged thereon;
said mold package, in a region of said first substrate, being formed of a first material having a thermal expansion coefficient
equal or substantially equal to a thermal expansion coefficient of said first substrate, and, in a region of said second substrate,
being formed of a second material having a thermal expansion coefficient equal or substantially equal to a thermal expansion
coefficient of said second substrate;

the thermal expansion coefficient of said first material being different from the thermal expansion coefficient of said second
material; and

at least one contacting element for electrically contacting one or both of said first and second substrates, said at least
one contacting element being electrically conductively connected to one or both of said first and second substrates and passing
out of said mold package.

US Pat. No. 9,559,666

METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR ACTUATING A SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCH

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method for actuating a controllable semiconductor switch using a control signal by controlled, stepwise switching-on
and switching-off, the method comprising:
starting a time measurement at a beginning of at least one step of the stepwise switching-on and switching off to determine
a duration, wherein the time measurement is continued until a beginning of step following the at least one step of the stepwise
switching-on and switching off,

comparing the determined duration with a preset maximum duration, and
in response to determining that the determined duration exceeds the preset maximum duration, actuating the semiconductor switch
such that the semiconductor switch is switched into a preset operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,697,430

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING ROAD SIGNS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of recognizing a road sign (Hz, Zz) by a camera from a traveling vehicle, comprising steps:
acquiring at least one image of surroundings of the vehicle by the camera,
determining that at least one road sign (Hz, Zz) is present in the at least one image of the surroundings of the vehicle,
determining a motion blur in the at least one image in an image segment thereof in which the road sign (Hz, Zz) is situated,
subtracting out at least some of the motion blur in the image segment, which results in a sharpened image segment, and
recognizing the road sign (Hz, Zz) while taking account of the sharpened image segment.

US Pat. No. 9,576,137

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING INTEGRITY OF ENCRYPTED DATA IN ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method for improving the functional safety and increasing the availability of an electronic closed-loop control system,
for a motor vehicle control system, comprising:
executing, by a processor, at least one basic software component,
executing, by the processor, at least one runtime environment, and
executing, by the processor, at least two levels of application software including:
1) a first software level executing control functions for controlling the vehicle,
2) a second software level executing a function monitor for monitoring the control functions and detecting an error in the
control functions, and

executing, by the processor, a first software component that manages encrypted data communicated from at least one peripheral
hardware component in the vehicle over at least one communication channel to the processor,

wherein the at least one peripheral hardware component executes at least one of data encryption and data signature to produce
the encrypted data communicated from the at least one peripheral hardware component over the at least one communication channel
to the first software component executed by the processor, and

wherein the first software component manages the encrypted data communicated from the at least one peripheral hardware component
by analyzing integrity, including plausibility, correctness and currentness of the encrypted data,

1) wherein at least one of unencrypted and unsigned information data is provided to the at least one of the first and the
second software level in response to the analysis verifying the integrity of at least one of the encrypted data and signed
data, or

2) wherein at least one of the encrypted data and the signed data is provided to at least one of the first and the second
software level in response to the analysis verifying the integrity of at least one of the encrypted data and the signed data,

wherein the first software component generates an error code which is processed by the at least one of the first and the second
software level, when the integrity of at least one of the encrypted and the signed data is not existent, and

wherein at least one of the unencrypted and the unsigned information data are not provided for the application software, or
are provided together with the error code, or the unencrypted information data are assigned an implausible value.

US Pat. No. 9,690,993

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANALYZING TRAFFICABILITY

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for a driver assistance system of a subject vehicle, comprising the steps:
with a sensor system of the subject vehicle, producing image data comprising plural image pixels and three-dimensional position
data respectively associated with each one of the image pixels, wherein the image pixels represent at least one image of an
external environment in front of the subject vehicle;

with a processor arrangement of the subject vehicle, analyzing the image data including the three-dimensional position data
to calculate respective spatial positions of the image pixels in three-dimensional space, and from the spatial positions of
the image pixels determining an estimated ground plane in the at least one image;

with the processor arrangement, classifying the image pixels into ground plane pixels and other pixels based on the three-dimensional
position data, wherein the ground plane pixels belong to the estimated ground plane and the other pixels do not belong to
the estimated ground plane in the at least one image;

with the processor arrangement, analyzing only the ground plane pixels and not the other pixels to segment the estimated ground
plane into ground plane zones that are distinguished from one another in the at least one image based on respective characteristic
features of the ground plane pixels of the ground plane zones in the image data;

with the processor arrangement, analyzing the image data to determine and assign, respectively to the ground plane zones,
respective trafficability values that indicate whether the subject vehicle can safely drive in the respective areas of the
external environment represented by the respective ground plane zones in the at least one image; and

with the driver assistance system, outputting an information to a driver of the subject vehicle or autonomously actuating
a vehicle control of the subject vehicle based and dependent on the trafficability values.

US Pat. No. 10,070,544

ARRANGEMENT FOR COMPENSATING PRESSURE IN A HOUSING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A configuration for compensating for pressure in a housing, the configuration comprising:at least one housing wall with a pressure compensation opening formed therein;
a semi-permeable membrane closing said pressure compensation opening and having a circumference and a thickness, said semi-permeable membrane being fixed, at least in a materially bonded way, on said housing wall;
a protective element covering said semi-permeable membrane; and
said housing wall having in a region of said pressure compensation opening, an indentation and/or recess formed therein, said indentation and/or recess receiving said semi-permeable membrane, said indentation and/or recess having a given circumference corresponding to said circumference of said semi-permeable membrane and a height corresponding at least to said thickness of said semi-permeable membrane;
said protective element being a self-adhesive protective sticker having at least one ventilation opening formed therein;
said protective element arranged on said housing wall and spaced away from said semi-permeable membrane;
said housing wall having an additional indentation and/or recess formed therein for receiving said protective element, dimensions of said additional indentation and/or recess corresponding to dimensions of said protective element;
said additional indentation and/or recess having at least one channel-shaped depression; and
wherein said at least one ventilation opening in said self-adhesive protective sticker is disposed in a region of said at least one channel-shaped depression in a state of said self-adhesive protective sticker in which it is disposed on said housing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,390,467

HOUSING, CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT, DRIVE ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A housing for a circuit arrangement, the housing comprising:a housing interior;
a separating wall impermeable to electromagnetic radiation and which divides the housing interior spatially into a first housing interior subregion and a second housing interior subregion, wherein the first housing interior subregion is configured to accommodate a first electrical component comprising a filter component, and the second housing interior subregion is configured to accommodate a second electrical component;
a gap defined by the separating wall providing access to a labyrinthine path for a cable running from the first housing interior subregion to the second housing interior subregion;
a covering plate impermeable to electromagnetic radiation; and
a housing section impermeable to electromagnetic radiation and which directly adjoins the first housing interior subregion;
wherein the separating wall, the covering plate, and the housing section surround the first housing interior subregion three-dimensionally to thereby provide complete electromagnetic shielding of the first housing interior subregion from the second housing interior subregion.

US Pat. No. 9,704,253

METHOD FOR DETERMINING DEPTH MAPS FROM STEREO IMAGES WITH IMPROVED DEPTH RESOLUTION IN A RANGE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for determining a depth map from a stereo image pair, wherein a disparity for a pixel is determined from a discrete
quantity of predefined disparity values, the predefined disparity values are distributed over an entire predefined disparity
value range in a distribution that has at least two different values of distances between respective adjacent disparity values
among the predefined disparity values, and the distances between the respective adjacent disparity values are smaller in a
far range and larger in a close range.

US Pat. No. 9,828,000

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle, the method comprising:
sensing the presence of a switch-off signal indicative of a command to switch off an ignition of a drive assembly of the vehicle,
measuring a voltage value of an on-board power system voltage in an on-board power system of the vehicle in response to sensing
the switch-off signal,

comparing the measured voltage value to a predetermined voltage threshold value,
switching an assistance system of the vehicle into an emergency operating state if the measured voltage value exceeds the
predetermined voltage threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,821,704

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HEADLAMP OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle,
wherein the driver assistance system comprises:
at least one vehicle camera for detecting the vehicle surroundings; and
a control device having an image data processing unit which is provided for evaluating image data supplied by the vehicle
camera in order to recognize a plurality of different objects along a road being driven on by the motor vehicle,

wherein the control device determines priority values assigned to each of the recognized objects, and controls at least one
headlamp of the motor vehicle as a function of the recognized objects and their respective priority values in order to illuminate
the vehicle surroundings.

US Pat. No. 10,097,172

METHOD FOR PROTECTING A CONTROLLABLE SEMICONDUCTOR SWITCH FROM OVERLOAD AND SHORT-CIRCUITING IN A LOAD CIRCUIT

8. A protective circuit for a controllable semiconductor switch against overload and short-circuiting in a load circuit, the protective circuit comprising:a monitoring circuit for detecting an input voltage of the semiconductor switch and detecting an output voltage of the semiconductor switch;
at least one comparator for computing a difference between the detected output voltage and the detected input voltage; and
a controller for:
comparing, by a comparison circuit including an AND logic gate, the difference to a predicted switching progress that indicates a predicted output voltage at a specified time based on a predetermined characteristic curve of the semiconductor switch,
triggering a control signal to activate the semiconductor switch in response to the AND logic gate indicating that the difference accords with the predicted switching progress, and
triggering the control signal to deactivate the semiconductor switch in response to the AND logic gate indicating that the difference does not accord with the predicted switching progress.

US Pat. No. 9,947,227

METHOD OF WARNING A DRIVER OF BLIND ANGLES AND A DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for warning a driver of a first vehicle when the first vehicle is located in a calculated area of a blind angle of a second vehicle in an area surrounding the first vehicle, the method comprising:recording the surrounding area in front of and alongside the first vehicle using a sensor,
classifying objects in the recorded surrounding area,
determining a relative position of an object classified as a second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle using the sensor,
calculating the area of the blind angle on the basis of the determined relative position of the object in relation to the first vehicle,
checking whether the first vehicle is located in the calculated area of the blind angle, and
generating a warning signal for the driver of the first vehicle when the first vehicle is located in the calculated area of the blind angle;
wherein determining the relative position of an object classified as the second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle using the sensor comprises:
determining whether the object is located in the vehicle lane of the first vehicle or in a lane to the right or left alongside the first vehicle,
determining a side distance between the object and the first vehicle, and
determining a longitudinal distance between the object and the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,918

ARRANGEMENT OF A SENSOR FOR MEASURING THE TEMPERATURE OF A MEDIUM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor arrangement for measuring a temperature of a medium in a motor vehicle, the arrangement comprising:a sensor having a sensor body and two connecting wires, including a first connecting wire and a second connecting wire;
said first connecting wire and a majority of said sensor body being disposed in direct contact with the medium and said second connecting wire being completely insulated from the medium.

US Pat. No. 9,735,529

PLUG-IN MODULE FOR A MOTOR UNIT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A plug-in module for a motor unit comprising:
a plug which can be inserted into a housing of the motor unit along a mounting direction;
the plug comprising a carrier element with:
at least one recess defined in part by a lower surface and sidewalls extending from the lower surface,
and a respective electrical plug element for engagement with a corresponding plug connector of the motor unit for electrical
contacting, which is arranged in the at least one recess, the respective electrical plug element including a fixing zone,
the fixing zone comprising a fixing portion extending in a first direction from the respective electrical plug element and
a contacting portion extending in the first direction from the fixing portion, the contacting portion having a diameter smaller
than a diameter of the fixing portion;

the at least one recess comprises:
an opening above the lower surface through which the respective electrical plug element can be introduced into the recess,
and

a holding portion below the lower surface into which the fixing portion of the respective electrical plug element can be pressed
such that the fixing portion extends below the lower surface and the holding portion surrounds and contacts the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,031,030

TEMPERATURE SENSOR ARRANGEMENT WITH AN ELECTRICALLY AND THERMALLY INSULATING COVERING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor configuration, comprising:a sensor body and two connection wires, for measuring a temperature of a medium in a motor vehicle, said sensor body being in thermally conductive contact with the medium through said connection wires;
a covering completely surrounding said sensor body and electrically and thermally insulating said sensor body from the medium;
a contact base from which a sensor signal can be tapped off; and
separate connection contacts each electrically conductively connecting a respective one of said connection wires to said contact base, at least one part of at least one of said connection contacts having a contact surface to be exposed to the medium, said contact surface not being surrounded by said covering and therefore being in direct thermally conductive contact with the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,046,804

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SAFELY PARKING A VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of parking a vehicle, comprising:during a parking maneuver of the vehicle, with detection equipment of the vehicle monitoring an actual distance of the vehicle from a road edge fixture relative to a specified distance value; and
upon completion of the parking maneuver, automatically controlling at least two wheels of the vehicle to turn the wheels toward the road edge fixture in a direction of travel, wherein the automatic controlling of the wheels comprises turning the wheels to a lesser extent when the actual distance is finally less than the specified distance value and turning the wheels to a greater extent when the actual distance is finally greater than or equal to the specified distance value.

US Pat. No. 10,106,126

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING PRECIPITATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. An apparatus for detecting precipitation on a windscreen of a motor vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a camera device configured to record a first image and thereafter a second image;
a comparison device configured to produce a first comparison image by comparing the first image with the second image; and
an image detection device configured to detect objects in the first comparison image, and to determine a respective apparent motion and a respective apparent motion direction of moving objects among the detected objects, and to classify some of the moving objects respectively as being either precipitation drops on the windscreen or non-precipitation objects in an outside environment of the motor vehicle based on consideration of at least the respective motion direction thereof;
wherein the moving objects include first moving objects of which the respective motion direction includes a lateral or horizontal motion component, and second moving objects of which the respective motion direction does not include a lateral or horizontal motion component, and
wherein the image detection device is further configured so that the classifying of the moving objects based on consideration of the respective motion direction thereof comprises ignoring or filtering-out the first moving objects and further classifying only the second moving objects as being either the precipitation drops or the non-precipitation objects.

US Pat. No. 10,139,443

CIRCUIT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A STATE OF AN INTERLOCK LOOP

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A circuit apparatus for detecting a state of an electrical interlock loop monitoring at least one high-voltage component, the apparatus comprising:a power connection to a voltage source;
a ground connection to an electrical ground;
a positive connection to a line end of the electrical interlock loop;
a negative connection to a second line end of the interlock loop;
a measuring arrangement for a voltage potential at the negative connection when two mutually different currents flow from the power connection via the negative connection to the ground connection; and
a detector arrangement, including a comparison unit for comparing the two potential measurement of the voltage potential measured at the two respective currents with two predefined potential reference values and configured to ascertain, based on the comparison results of the comparison unit, whether the negative connection is electrically short-circuited with the positive connection, the power connection, or the ground connection, or with none of these connections.

US Pat. No. 10,093,233

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE, AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for displaying surroundings of a vehicle the method comprising:detecting of the surroundings of the vehicle with at least one sensor and producing sensor data for the surroundings of the vehicle,
conditioning the sensor data to produce raw image data,
processing the raw image data to produce object information using a grid model of the surroundings of the vehicle, wherein a 3D grid model is used as a grid model, wherein cells of the grid model enclosing the vehicle are defined, and wherein identified object heights, extent, position and speed can be assigned to the cells of the grid model, to condition the raw image data to produce image object data, wherein the raw image data is projected onto the 3D grid model using a projection algorithm, and
displaying the image object data.

US Pat. No. 9,971,025

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE DISTANCE OF AN OBJECT BY MEANS OF A POLARIZATION-MODULATED TRANSMISSION LIGHT BEAM

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of determining a distance of an object, comprising:generating a polarization-modulated transmission light beam by at least two light sources which respectively emit differently polarized light beams that are included in the transmission light beam, wherein the light sources are each operated respectively with a respective defined mark-space pattern,
receiving, with a polarization analyzer, a reception light beam caused as a reflection of the transmission light beam from the object, wherein the polarization analyzer is embodied with a number of polarization filters corresponding at least to a number of the light sources, and wherein a polarization plane of each one of said polarization filters is respectively correspondingly adapted to a respective polarization plane of the respective light beams, and
feeding an output signal of the polarization analyzer to an evaluation unit which determines the distance of the object depending on the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,829,575

METHOD FOR REPRESENTING A VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT WITH POSITION POINTS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A driver assistance method for a vehicle, comprising the steps:
a) with a sensor system of the vehicle, detecting zero or more detected objects in a detection area in an environment outside
of the vehicle, and producing corresponding sensor data representative of the zero or more detected objects;

b) in a data structure in a memory of a driver assistance system of the vehicle, populating the data structure with a predetermined
fixed number of position points, wherein the predetermined fixed number is independent and regardless of a number of the zero
or more detected objects that are detected in the detection area;

c) in the data structure in the memory of the driver assistance system, forming an environment model representative of the
detection area in the environment by distributing the predetermined fixed number of the position points in the data structure
dependent on the sensor data; and

d) with the driver assistance system of the vehicle, controlling a driver assistance function dependent on the environment
model.

US Pat. No. 10,188,005

CONTROL UNIT DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A DEVICE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A control unit device for a motor vehicle, the control unit device comprising:a circuit board having conductor tracks;
a plurality of electronic components disposed on said circuit board, said electronic components being electrically coupled to one another by said conductor tracks of said circuit board;
a substantially gas impermeable cover connected to said circuit board in a materially joined manner, causing said cover and said circuit board to form a closed cavity containing said electronic components and said conductor tracks associated with said electronic components;
a plug connector disposed on said circuit board and electrically coupled to said circuit board, said cover mechanically securing said plug connector to said circuit board outside said closed cavity by connecting said cover to said circuit board; and
wherein said circuit board includes a metal layer, and said materially joined connection between said cover and said circuit board is a soldered connection between said metal layer and said cover.

US Pat. No. 10,088,369

ARRANGEMENT OF A TEMPERATURE SENSOR WITH AN ELECTRICALLY INSULATING COVERING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor arrangement for measuring a temperature of a medium in a motor vehicle, the sensor arrangement comprising:a sensor body and two connection wires connected to said sensor body;
a covering electrically insulating said sensor from the medium, said covering completely surrounding said sensor body;
said sensor body being in thermally conductive contact with the medium by way of said connection wires and said surrounding covering;
a contact base electrically conductively connected to each connection wire by way of a separate connection contact, said contact base being configured to carry a sensor signal; and
wherein at least a part of one said connection contact is not surrounded by said covering, and is therefore in direct thermally conductive contact with the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,060,945

DEVICE FOR CORRECTING A SPACING VALUE AND/OR FOR CORRECTING A RELATIVE SPEED VALUE, VEHICLE, AND METHOD

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A device for correcting a distance value and/or for correcting a relative-velocity value for a vehicle, the device comprising:a first arithmetic processor of the vehicle configured to:
correct a distance value of the vehicle relative to an object present in a surroundings of the vehicle and/or to correct a relative-velocity value v1 of the vehicle relative to the object:
1) by determining the corrected distance value and/or the corrected relative-velocity value v1 from camera images captured by a camera of the vehicle only when a time period during which the distance value and/or the relative-velocity value v1 are to be corrected is greater than or equal to a time period required to perform the correction by the camera images, and
2) by determining the corrected distance value and/or the corrected relative-velocity value v1 from a proper-acceleration value a of the vehicle measured by an acceleration sensor only when the time period during which the distance value and/or the relative-velocity value v1 are to be corrected is less than the period required to perform the correction by the camera images, and
control a physical system of the vehicle based on the corrected distance value and/or the corrected relative-velocity value v1.

US Pat. No. 10,020,769

APPARATUS FOR ACTUATING AND/OR MONITORING A BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR

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1. An apparatus for at least one of actuating or monitoring a brushless DC motor by using a converter circuit, the apparatus comprising:a driver circuit acting on the converter circuit;
a switching-off apparatus acting on said driver circuit; and
a testable diagnosis unit configured for monitoring at least one parameter of at least one component selected from the group consisting of the switching-off apparatus and the brushless DC motor;
said testable diagnosis unit being configured to respond to a test command by ascertaining and outputting a fault state describing a malfunction of said testable diagnosis unit.

US Pat. No. 9,991,691

COMPONENT WITH AT LEAST ONE OPENING

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10. A component, comprising:a component part being a cover element having a wall formed with at least one opening;
at least one electrical and/or electronic contact element guided outwardly through said at least one opening;
a closed volume formed in said wall in a region of said contact element and delimited at least on one side by said cover element;
a permanently elastic sealing material disposed in said closed volume and completely surrounding said at least one contact element at least in certain sections and sealing said at least one contact element against a penetration of environmental media; and
said cover element and/or said wall including guiding elements for stipulating a direction of flow of said sealing material during an introduction of said sealing material into said volume.

US Pat. No. 9,969,330

MIRROR SUBSTITUTE DEVICE AND VEHICLE

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1. A mirror substitute device for a vehicle, comprising:at least one camera configured and arranged to monitor at least a part of surroundings of a vehicle and to provide a corresponding initial image signal;
an image processing device coupled to the at least one camera and configured to process the initial image signal and to output a processed image signal,
wherein the image processing device has a selection device configured to automatically select and/or mark a first image detail as a portion from the initial image signal in response to a trigger condition, and to output the first image detail as the processed image signal,
wherein the trigger condition is that the vehicle is moving backward at a speed below a first speed threshold value,
wherein the first image detail shows the ground and/or the curbstone in the surroundings behind the vehicle, and
wherein the image processing device is configured to obtain motion data about a forward or backward motion of the vehicle and about the speed of the vehicle to determine the trigger condition by determining whether the vehicle is moving backward and whether the speed of the vehicle is below the first speed threshold value;andat least one display device configured and arranged to display the first image detail from the processed image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,205,382

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REGULATING A DEAD TIME IN SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY UNITS

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1. A method of adjusting a dead time between a start of opening a first switching element and a start of closing a second switching element that is connected in series with the first switching element in a switching power supply unit, the method comprising:measuring a measuring voltage across the second switching element, wherein the step of measuring the voltage includes measuring a first overvoltage value of the measuring voltage and a second overvoltage value of the measuring voltage;
comparing the second overvoltage value of the measuring voltage with the first overvoltage value of the measuring voltage and in response to the comparison, varying the dead time to thereby minimize or limit a measured measuring voltage control deviation relative to a measuring voltage target value; and
controlling the first and second switching elements with the dead time thus determined.

US Pat. No. 9,870,513

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING OBJECTS FROM DEPTH-RESOLVED IMAGE DATA

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1. An object recognition method for a driver assistance system of a vehicle, comprising the step:
a) with a camera system of the vehicle, producing a 2D image and a 3D image of a scene outside of the vehicle;
and further comprising the following steps performed with the driver assistance system:
b) from the 3D image, forming a three-dimensionally coherent apparent object;
c) performing image evaluation of an image portion of the 2D image that corresponds to the apparent object formed from the
3D image, and thereby detecting one or more detected objects in the image portion of the 2D image;

d) performing classification of the one or more detected objects respectively into one or more pre-defined object classes;
e) assigning respective class-specific 3D dimensions respectively to the one or more detected objects based on the respective
object class into which each of the one or more detected objects was classified;

f) from the 3D image, determining apparent 3D dimensions of the apparent object;
g) comparing the apparent 3D dimensions of the apparent object with the respective class-specific 3D dimensions assigned respectively
to the one or more detected objects; and

h) when the comparing in the step g) indicates that the apparent object is larger than the class-specific 3D dimensions respectively
assigned to the one or more detected objects, then dividing the apparent object into at least two three-dimensional objects.

US Pat. No. 10,027,094

POWER MODULE, POWER CONVERTER AND DRIVE ARRANGEMENT WITH A POWER MODULE

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A power converter configured to supply at least one phase current for an electrical machine, the power converter comprising:a power module comprising:
a first busbar having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
a free end of the first busbar electrically connected to a positive power supply line as a first current terminal;
a second busbar, a third busbar, and a fourth busbar, each having a respective first surface;
wherein the second busbar and the fourth busbar are electrically connected to each other at respective free ends to form a second current terminal for the power module;
a first semiconductor component mounted on the first surface of the first busbar, wherein said first semiconductor component comprises a first surface with a first electrical surface contact terminal, and wherein said first semiconductor component is connected in an electrically conductive, flat and mechanical manner via the first surface contact terminal to the first surface of the first busbar; and
a second semiconductor component mounted on the second surface of the first busbar, wherein said second semiconductor component comprises a first surface with a first electrical surface contact terminal, and wherein said second semiconductor component is connected in an electrically conductive, flat and mechanical manner via the first surface contact terminal of the second semiconductor component to the second surface of the first busbar;
wherein the first semiconductor component comprises a second surface opposite the first surface with a second electrical surface contact terminal and a third electrical surface contact terminal on the second surface;
the first semiconductor component is connected in an electrically conductive, flat and mechanical manner via the second surface contact terminal to the first surface of the second busbar and the first semiconductor component is connected to the first surface of the third busbar in an electrically conductive, flat and mechanical manner via the third electrical surface contact terminal;
a free end of the third busbar forms a signal terminal of the power module; and
the second semiconductor component comprises a second surface opposite the first surface with a second electrical surface contact terminal and the second semiconductor component is connected to the first surface of the fourth busbar in an electrically conductive, flat and mechanical manner via the second electrical surface contact terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,997,874

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

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1. An electrical connection for a housing having a housing wall, the electrical connection comprising:a plug disposed outside the housing, said plug including a remote end having an end face directed toward the housing wall and a plurality of plug contacts protruding through an opening in the housing wall in order to establish the electrical connection, said opening having a cross-sectional area being smaller than said end face of said plug, and said end face of said plug completely covering said opening; and
a circuit carrier disposed within the housing, said circuit carrier including a plurality of receptacles electrically contacting said plurality of plug contacts of said plug and receiving said plurality of plug contacts of said plug when said plug is connected to said circuit carrier, and said circuit carrier at least partially covering said opening.

US Pat. No. 9,992,892

CONNECTING DEVICE FOR CONNECTING ELECTRICAL LINES TO ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

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1. A connecting device for electrically connecting electrical lines to electrical contacts, the connecting device comprising:a cover;
a base support on which the electrical contacts are disposed;
a flexible circuit board on which the electrical lines are disposed, said flexible circuit board being disposed between said base support and said cover, said flexible circuit board having a contact-making region in which at least one of the electrical lines is electrically connected to at least one of the electrical contacts;
said base support and said cover forming a sealed housing for said contact-making region;
said flexible circuit board and said cover having substantially identical physical material properties and each being composed of a flexible material; and
said flexible circuit board having a connecting region cohesively connected to said cover.

US Pat. No. 9,975,471

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

1. A method for a driver assistance system for controlling a high beam, the driver assistance system comprising i) a radar sensor system or a lidar sensor system, and ii) a camera sensor system for detecting the environment in front of a vehicle, the method comprising:generating a control signal for a high beam controller or a warning device when the high beam is active and a potentially dazzled object is:
1) simultaneously detected by i) the radar sensor system or the lidar sensor system, and ii) the camera sensor system, or
2) detected by the radar or lidar sensor system, and not detected by the camera sensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,251,276

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND A METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

1. A printed circuit board for an electronic component, the printed circuit board comprising:an unpopulated circuit board;
an electrically insulating substrate;
a foil comprising an anti-adhesion coating, the foil arranged within the electrically insulating substrate;
a number of electrically conductive conductor tracks; and
at least one sensor dome having:
a sensor head arranged within the electrically insulating substrate, wherein the sensor head is arranged above the foil in relation to a vertical axis relative to a surface side of the electrically insulating substrate; and
a carrier body supporting the sensor head, the carrier body formed integrally with the electrically insulating substrate, the carrier body is cut out with a predefined contour encompassing a section surrounding the sensor head from the electrically insulating substrate, at least a part of the carrier body remains integrally connected to the electrically insulating substrate,
wherein the cut-out carrier body with the sensor head is positioned in a direction of the vertical axis,
wherein the sensor dome is positioned such that the cut-out carrier body with the sensor head is moved in the direction of the vertical axis relative to the surface side; and
a cover encapsulating the sensor dome.

US Pat. No. 10,137,842

CAMERA SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

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1. A camera system for a vehicle, which is to be arranged inside the vehicle behind a windshield of the vehicle, said camera system comprising:a housing,
a first camera module including an objective and an image recording element, wherein the first camera module has a first optical axis and a first field of view oriented through the windshield, and is focused on, and configured and arranged to detect, an outside area ahead of the vehicle in the first field of view of the first camera module,
a second camera module that is focused on at least a focused portion of, and configured and arranged to detect, a detected area of the windshield covered by a second field of view of the second camera module, and
at least one lens hood for the first camera module, which lens hood is configured and arranged to avoid reflections into the first camera module of laterally incident light on the camera system and on the windshield,
wherein the second camera module is integrated in the lens hood or arranged with a second optical axis of the second camera module oriented through the lens hood toward the windshield, and
wherein the first and second camera modules are configured and arranged so that when the housing is mounted behind the windshield, the first optical axis is oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, the second optical axis is oriented substantially upwardly, the first optical axis and the second optical axis cross one another in a space between the housing and the windshield at an angle greater than 45° and less than 90° facing toward the windshield, and the detected area of the windshield covered by the second field of view of the second camera module at least partially overlaps a first area of the windshield covered by the first field of view of the first camera module.

US Pat. No. 10,176,385

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD

1. A control device for a vehicle with a light, which is designed to illuminate an area in front of the vehicle, comprising:an image capturing device in the vehicle, to capture image data for an area in front of the vehicle which is illuminated by the light in a switched-on state; and
a calculation device in the vehicle which is coupled to the image capturing device and calculates from the image data a light colour that the light emits, and
wherein the calculation device calculates a deviation between an average intensity of the reflecting surfaces and/or reflecting objects in predefined areas of the image data and between predefined intensities, and the control device controls the vehicle when the deviation is above a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,340,633

PLUG-IN MODULE FOR A MOTOR UNIT

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1. A plug-in module for a motor unit, having the following features:a plug for insertion into a housing of the motor unit along a mounting direction, which plug has a carrier element which has an axis parallel to the mounting direction and which comprises recesses in which are positioned electrical plug elements for positioned to engage with a corresponding plug connector of the motor unit;
an attachment body connected to the plug and having a multiplicity of through-recesses which reach from a first side face to an opposite second side face of the attachment body, in order to receive electrical contact pins therein, the carrier element mounted on the second side face such that no portion of the carrier element overlaps with a center of the second side face;
a multiplicity of electrical contact pins which are inserted from the first side face through the attachment body and are pressed therein for fixing;
wherein an axis of the through-recesses has a predetermined angle of less than 180° with respect to the mounting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,147,002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A ROAD CONDITION

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1. A method of determining a road condition of a road surface of a road on which a subject vehicle is traveling, comprising:with a camera of the subject vehicle, acquiring successive camera images including the road surface, wherein the successive camera images include an earlier image acquired at an earlier time and a later image acquired at a later time after the earlier time;
in the later image, determining a first image area including a first surface area on the road surface;
in the earlier image, determining a second image area including a second surface area on the road surface;
performing image processing including classification of the first image area in the later image to classify the first surface area on the road surface at the later time into a first class among plural pre-determined classes respectively representing different road conditions;
performing image processing including classification of the second image area in the earlier image to classify the second surface area on the road surface at the earlier time into a second class among the plural pre-determined classes respectively representing different road conditions;
performing merging or plausibility-checking, wherein the merging comprises merging the classification of the first surface area on the road surface at the later time in the first class with the classification of the second surface area on the road surface at the earlier time in the second class to produce merged information regarding the road condition, and wherein the plausibility-checking comprises checking a plausibility of the classification of the first surface area on the road surface at the later time in the first class relative to the classification of the second surface area on the road surface at the earlier time in the second class to produce plausibility-checked information regarding the road condition; and
outputting the merged information or the plausibility-checked information as output information.

US Pat. No. 10,334,234

STEREO CAMERA FOR VEHICLES

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1. A stereo camera arrangement for a vehicle, comprising a first camera and a second camera, wherein:the first camera comprises a first image sensor, a first lens optical unit that images a first portion of a scene within a first field of vision onto the first image sensor, and a first evaluation unit;
the second camera comprises a second image sensor, a second lens optical unit that images a second portion of the scene within a second field of vision onto the second image sensor, and a second evaluation unit;
the first image sensor and the second image sensor each respectively have image sensor pixels arranged in successive linear groups of pixels;
the first field of vision is defined by a first opening angle, and the second field of vision is defined by a second opening angle that is greater than the first opening angle in at least one selected direction;
the first lens optical unit and the second lens optical unit each respectively have a respective angular resolution that is higher in a respective central region of the respective field of vision lying in a respective central angular range around a respective optical axis of the respective lens optical unit than in a respective other region outside of the respective central region;
the first and second cameras are arranged relative to one another so that the first and second fields of vision overlap one another; and
the first evaluation unit is configured to control an exposing and reading out of the first image sensor and the second evaluation unit is configured to control an exposing and reading out of the second image sensor, in relation to one another, comprising exposing and reading out the linear groups of pixels of the second image sensor group-by-group beginning with a first linear group of pixels and proceeding to subsequent linear groups of pixels of the second image sensor one after another, and exposing and reading out the linear groups of pixels of the first image sensor group-by-group beginning with a first linear group of pixels and proceeding to subsequent linear groups of pixels of the first image sensor one after another, wherein the exposing and reading out of the linear groups of pixels of the first image sensor begins with the first linear group of pixels of the first image sensor after the exposing and reading out of the linear groups of pixels of the second image sensor has begun and has progressed to one of the subsequent linear groups of pixels of the second image sensor on which is imaged a linear portion of the scene that is also imaged on the first linear group of pixels of the first image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,243,496

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

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7. A device for controlling an operation of an electric motor, the device comprising:at least one detection unit;
a power supply unit for a controlled output of electric voltages on electrical phases of the electric motor, said power supply unit is coupled to said least one detection unit for detecting a rotor position of the electric motor;
at least one speed controller, disposed in a control loop, for an execution of a set point/actual comparison of a speed of the electric motor;
a current regulator being subordinate to said speed controller for the execution of the set point/actual comparison of a total current measured on said power supply unit; and
a multiplier disposed on an output of said speed controller, by means of which a set point value on an input of said current regulator is obtained by multiplying a present duty factor for modulation with a first manipulated variable on said output of said speed controller, output such that the first manipulated variable of said speed controller, by means of multiplication with the present duty factor in said current regulator, becomes an equivalent phase current root mean square value of the electric motor, the first manipulated variable being limited prior to multiplication with the present duty factor for modulation.

US Pat. No. 10,209,480

CAMERA SYSTEM IN OR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

1. A camera arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:at least one objective with in each case at least one lens,
a temperature measurement device configured to measure the temperature of the objective and/or of the environment of the objective,
a temperature adjustment device thermally coupled to the at least one objective and configured to adjust the temperature of the objective as a function of the measured temperature,
wherein the temperature adjustment device includes a heating device configured to heat the objective,
wherein the temperature adjustment device includes an interface, via which the heating device can be coupled to a heating wire of a windshield heater and via which a heat flow can be tapped for heating the objective.

US Pat. No. 10,140,531

DETECTION OF BRAKE LIGHTS OF PRECEDING VEHICLES FOR ADAPTATION OF AN INITIATION OF ACTIVE SAFETY MECHANISMS

1. A method for determining a warning condition on the basis of brake light detection, the method comprising:receiving image data from a front camera of a present vehicle, the image data comprising image frames;
determining a first detection area in the image frames of the front camera, the first detection area comprising a position of a left brake light and of a right brake light of a preceding vehicle;
determining positions of the left brake light and of the right brake light within the detection area;
determining whether at least one of the left brake light and the right brake light is active by evaluating an intensity distribution in the detection area;
lowering a first initiation threshold, if it is established that at least one of the left brake light and the right brake light of the preceding vehicle is active;
determining a second detection area in the image frames of the front camera, the second detection area comprising a position of an upper brake light of the preceding vehicle;
detecting the position of the upper brake light within the second detection area;
detecting a status of the upper brake light;
lowering the first initiation threshold if it is detected that the upper brake light is activated;
deriving an estimated risk value from the image data of the front camera wherein the estimated risk value is derived from a distance from the preceding vehicle, a relative speed of the preceding vehicle and deceleration of the preceding vehicle; and
if the estimated risk value exceeds the first initiation threshold:
producing a warning signal; and
initiating an active safety function, the active safety function being selected from a collision warning, a brake prefill, a hydraulic brake assistance and an active emergency braking.

US Pat. No. 10,351,034

PRESSURE MEDIUM DISTRIBUTOR, PNUEMATIC ADJUSTMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, VEHICLE SEAT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PRESSURE MEDIUM DISTRIBUTOR FOR A PNEUMATIC ADJUSTMENT ARRANGEMENT

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1. A pressure medium distributor for a pneumatic adjustment arrangement of a vehicle seat, comprising:a distribution element which comprises at least one first film and one second film which are connected to one another along a connection seam in order to form a first pressure medium chamber and at least one second pressure medium chamber;
a first pressure medium inlet line for letting the pressure medium into the first pressure medium chamber, and at least one second pressure medium inlet line for letting the pressure medium into the at least one second pressure medium chamber; and
two or more first pressure medium outlet lines for letting the pressure medium out of the first pressure medium chamber, and two or more second pressure medium outlet lines for letting the pressure medium out of the second pressure medium chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,330,718

CLASSIFICATION OF ELECTRIC CONTACTING BETWEEN TWO CONNECTING ELEMENTS

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1. An apparatus for classifying an electrical contact connection between a voltage terminal of a battery and a connection element directly or indirectly connected to an electrical load, the apparatus comprising:a temperature sensor disposed for sensing a temperature of one or both of the voltage terminal or of the connection element; and
a control device coupled to said temperature sensor and configured to take a sensed signal from the temperature sensor as a basis for determining a contact resistance of the electrical contact connection between the voltage terminal and the connection element.

US Pat. No. 10,227,042

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION DATA WITH RESPECT TO AN OBJECT OF A VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT CONTAINED IN A VIDEO IMAGE STREAM

1. A camera surround view system for a vehicle comprising at least one vehicle camera, which provides camera images, which are processed by a data processing unit in order to produce a live video image stream, which is displayed on a display unit,wherein the camera surround view system loads local cloud information data regarding an object shown in the live video image stream from a data network and displays the obtained local cloud information data as an overlay in the displayed live video image stream,
wherein the data processing unit calculates a pointer from camera coordinates of the selected object, shown in the live video image stream, to GPS coordinates and sends a request via a wireless connection, in order to receive the cloud information data associated with the object from a database of the data network, and
a data memory temporarily stores the local cloud information downloaded over a wireless interface.

US Pat. No. 10,154,184

CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. A camera module comprising:a circuit carrier,
an image sensor chip arranged on the circuit carrier, and
an optics module with an optics housing accommodating a lens, wherein
the optics housing is embodied with at least three press-fit pins,
the optics housing is connected to the circuit carrier by way of the at least three press-fit pins with a predetermined distance from the circuit carrier, wherein the circuit carrier is embodied with at least three press-fit holes for establishing a press-fit connection with the press-fit pin, and
wherein the at least three press-fit pins are embodied flexibly in such a manner that the optics housing is adjusted to the image sensor chip by utilizing the flexibility of the press-fit pins as a result of a relative change in position produced by an adjusting machine with respect to the circuit carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,349,004

METHOD FOR SAVING IMAGE DATA OF A CAMERA IN AN ACCIDENT DATA RECORDER OF A VEHICLE

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1. A method of saving data in an accident data recorder of a vehicle, comprising the following method steps:a) obtaining, from a camera of the vehicle, camera image data of a scene of surroundings of the vehicle,
b) performing object recognition on the camera image data to identify objects in the surroundings from the camera image data and to produce object data of the objects that have been identified,
c) compressing the camera image data by a lossy compression method to produce compressed image data,
d) saving saved data, including odometric data and position data of the vehicle as well as the compressed image data and the object data, in a predefined storage structure in a storage unit,
e) overwriting the saved data in the storage unit after reaching a predefined volume of the saved data in the storage unit,
f) statically saving the saved data in response to a trigger signal, and
g) reading out the object data, the odometric data and the position data that has been statically saved, and performing synthetic image generation based on at least the object data, the odometric data and the position data that has been read out, to generate synthesized images of the identified objects in a reconstructed scenario representing the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,336,324

CALCULATION OF THE TIME TO COLLISION FOR A VEHICLE

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1. A method for an egovehicle for determining a first collision time with a preceding vehicle comprising:establishing a distance from the preceding vehicle;
establishing a relative speed of the preceding vehicle with respect to the egovehicle;
establishing a deceleration of the preceding vehicle;
assuming a duration of the deceleration of the preceding vehicle such that the assumed duration of the deceleration is less than a period of time for which the deceleration of the preceding vehicle would need to continue in order to cause the preceding vehicle to come to a halt;
determining the first collision time with the preceding vehicle from the relative speed, the distance, the deceleration and the assumed duration of the deceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,455

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A BRAKING MANEUVER USING A VEHICLE BRAKING ASSISTANT

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1. A method of performing a braking maneuver using a braking assistant in a motor vehicle, wherein:the braking assistant initiates an automatic braking maneuver when a distance between the motor vehicle and an object located ahead of the motor vehicle is less than a predetermined minimum distance,
an acceleration of the motor vehicle during the automatic braking maneuver is ascertained, wherein the acceleration is defined as positive for an increasing speed in a forward travel direction of the motor vehicle and for a decreasing speed in a backward travel direction of the motor vehicle,
a current change in speed of the motor vehicle is ascertained by integration of the acceleration using an acceleration integrator,
excluding determining a direction of travel of the motor vehicle other than as indicated indirectly by the ascertained acceleration being positive or negative, and
when the ascertained acceleration is positive, in response thereto the automatic braking maneuver is automatically interrupted.

US Pat. No. 10,097,083

FILTER ASSEMBLY, VOLTAGE CONVERTER HAVING A FILTER ASSEMBLY

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A filter assembly comprising:a current conductor with a curved profile for conducting a current, the current conductor including one or more integrally formed protrusions;
a first ferrite body;
a second ferrite body; and
a recess with a curved profile defined in at least one of the first ferrite body and the second ferrite body;
wherein the first ferrite body and the second ferrite body combine to surround the current conductor;
the current conductor extends along the recess;
and the one or more integrally formed protrusions from the current conductor protrude through corresponding recesses in one of the two ferrite bodies to provide respective electrically conductive connection points to the current conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,991,618

CONTACT ELEMENT FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A contact element for an electrical connection, the contact element comprising:a first contact region of a first copper material for electrically connecting to a first circuit component; and
a second contact region of a second copper material having a shape of a press-fit pin for a press-fit electrical connection to a second circuit component;
an electron beam welded joint providing mechanical and electrical connection between the first contact region and the second contact region;
wherein the first contact region and the second contact region each have a different material hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,339,803

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ASSISTANCE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

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1. A method for operating an assistance system of a motor vehicle comprisingdetecting an image with a camera of the assistance system;
determining a traffic sign within the detected image;
determining an alignment of the determined traffic sign with respect to the motor vehicle, wherein the alignment indicates an angle formed between a straight line parallel to a longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle and a plane parallel to the traffic sign, and
triggering a signal device of the assistance system as a function of the alignment, wherein the signal device is triggered if the alignment of the traffic sign with respect to the motor vehicle is within a determined angular range;
wherein alignment of the determined traffic sign is determined by dividing an image of a traffic sign within a detected image, into a number of areas and, assigning a particular value to each area depending on at least one of: a brightness and a color of an area,
wherein a gradient line extends between two of said areas that differ from each other by a determined value and that are above a predetermined threshold, the gradient line representing an edge and thus an angle of the traffic sign relative to the straight line parallel to the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,286,811

DEVICE FOR PNEUMATICALLY ADJUSTING A SEAT IN A TRANSPORT MEANS, IN PARTICULAR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An apparatus for pneumatic adjustment of a contour of a seat in a transportation means, having one or more adjustment devices, each comprising a movable flap which forms a part of the contour of the seat, a pneumatic actuating device comprising a first air bladder which presses against the movable flap and moves the movable flap by way of pneumatic generation of pressure, and a triggering device by way of which the actuating device is, during an operation of the apparatus, transferred from a standby state into an activated state in response to a triggering signal, wherein the first air bladder of the pneumatic actuating device moves the movable flap to effect the adjustment of the contour of the seat when in the activated state,wherein the pneumatic actuating device is designed such that it is mechanically preloaded in the standby state, and the mechanical preload is released in the activated state in order to thereby effect the adjustment of the contour of the seat,
wherein the movable flap is held in a static position when the pneumatic actuating device is in the standby state, and
wherein the first air bladder can be filled by way of a compressed-air supply, wherein, when the pneumatic actuating device is in the standby state, the flap is arrested, and in response to the triggering signal, the arresting of the flap is released, which effects the expansion of the first air bladder and, as a result, movement of the flap for the adjustment of the contour of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,295,652

VEHICLE RADAR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE SURROUNDINGS

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1. A vehicle radar system for detecting surroundings of the vehicle, which radar system comprises:a circuit board including a substrate layer that has an upper face and a lower face,
a strip conductor that is disposed on said upper face and that surrounds a shielding region,
a shielding housing that covers said shielding region and that extends along and is connected to said strip conductor in an electrically conductive manner, and
at least one waveguide arranged in said substrate layer,
wherein said waveguide has and is delimited by a lateral waveguide wall as well as an upper waveguide surface and a lower waveguide surface, wherein said upper waveguide surface is defined by a section of said strip conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,266,117

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT VIEW FOR A VEHICLE

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1. A device for providing a vehicle environment view for a vehicle comprising:a plurality of vehicle cameras configured to provide camera images of a vehicle environment of the vehicle;
a detection unit configured to detect a movement space of at least one vehicle component of the vehicle; and
an image data processing unit configured, based on the detected movement space of the at least one vehicle component of the vehicle, to adapt a projection surface onto which the camera images provided by the vehicle cameras are projected to generate the vehicle environment view,
wherein the at least one vehicle component of the vehicle comprises at least one controllable, movable actuator, and
wherein the detection unit is configured to detect the movement space of the at least one vehicle component of the vehicle according to control data which are used to control the at least one controllable, movable actuator of the at least one vehicle component.

US Pat. No. 10,207,634

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF A DIRECTION OF TRAVEL INDICATOR OF A VEHICLE

1. A method for automatically controlling a direction of travel indicator of a vehicle activated for signaling a lane change for a limited time, the method comprising:receiving a signal for a chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator,
performing chronologically limited activating of the direction of travel indicator after reception of the signal for the chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator,
starting a timer for a measurement interval after reception of the signal for the chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator,
checking a steering angle measurement signal indicating a steering movement during the measurement interval, and
generating a deactivation signal and deactivating the direction of travel indicator as a function of the deactivation signal in response to the steering angle measurement signal indicating that the steering movement is opposite to the direction indicated by the direction of travel indicator,
generating the deactivation signal and deactivating the direction of travel indicator as a function of the deactivation signal in response to the steering angle measurement signal indicating that a lane change of the vehicle is aborted, and
generating the deactivation signal and deactivating the direction of travel indicator as a function of the deactivation signal in response the steering angle measurement signal indicating no corresponding steering movement during the measurement interval.

US Pat. No. 10,351,105

ILLUMINATION FOR DETECTING RAINDROPS ON A PANE BY MEANS OF A CAMERA

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1. A device for detecting raindrops on an outer face of a pane, comprising:a camera,
an electronic circuit arrangement,
a lighting source configured to emit light, and
a diffusion element configured and arranged spaced apart from an inner face of the pane with a gap therebetween, so that the light emitted by the lighting source impinges on and diffuses through the diffusion element and emerges from the diffusion element as a diffuse light sheet that projects through the gap onto the inner face of the pane,
wherein the camera, the lighting source and the diffusion element are configured and arranged so that the camera can detect a first mirror image of the diffuse light sheet reflected from the inner face of the pane and a second mirror image of the diffuse light sheet reflected from the outer face of the pane, and
wherein the electronic circuit arrangement is connected to the camera and configured to detect the raindrops on the outer face of the pane based on signals output by the camera dependent on and in response to detecting the first mirror image and the second mirror image of the diffuse light sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,311,310

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING INCREASED OBSTACLE VISIBILITY

1. A surround view system comprising:at least one camera pair formed by two cameras with overlapping fields of view adapted to generate camera images with an overlapping area; and
a processing unit configured to compute surround view images including overlapping areas with respect to each camera and to extract at least one edge from the computed surround view images resulting in a pair of binary images for each overlapping area, wherein each edge is represented in each binary image with a logical binary value of 1;
wherein priority in visualization is given to the camera image of the overlapping area, generated by the camera of the respective camera pair where a calculated sum of the binary values within the resulting binary image is highest of the calculated sums of binary values of the pair of binary images.

US Pat. No. 10,312,179

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT, AND CURRENT TRANSFORMER

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1. A circuit arrangement comprising:a carrier part including a circuit carrier;
a power component connected mechanically and electrically to the carrier part;
a cooling channel for conveying a cooling agent;
a busbar connecting to a planar surface of the circuit carrier to conduct a current to the power component from the circuit carrier, the busbar having a region projecting away from the carrier part into the cooling channel; and
an insulating layer encapsulating and fully sealing the busbar and the power component to the planar surface of the circuit carrier, electrically isolating the cooling agent in the cooling channel;
wherein the power component is arranged on a first surface of the region and connected to the region in an electrically conductive and mechanical manner.

US Pat. No. 10,638,027

LOW-IMPEDANCE COAXIAL CONNECTION DEVICE WITH HOUSING FOR A CAMERA MODULE

1. A connection device for connecting a coaxial cable to a camera module, comprising:an electrically conductive connector housing defining an opening;
a connection element configured to connect an inner conductor of the coaxial cable to a first electrical connection of the connection element and an outer conductor of the coaxial cable to a second connection of the connection element, and wherein the connection element is disposed in the opening of the connector housing; and
a contact plate having a first connection region electrically connected to the first connection of the connection element and a second connection region electrically connected to the second connection of the connection element,
wherein the second connection of the connection element includes a further contact sleeve via which an entire circumference of the outer conductor of the coaxial cable may be connected,
wherein the further contact sleeve is electrically connected to the electrically conductive connector housing using an electrically conductive adhesive such that a low-impedance electrical connection between the connector housing and the further contact sleeve is attained, and
wherein the connector housing encloses a side facing the opening of the connector housing and side regions of the contact plate and wherein the connector housing and the second connection are comprehensively electrically connected to one another with a low impedance.

US Pat. No. 10,417,507

FREESPACE DETECTION APPARATUS AND FREESPACE DETECTION METHOD

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1. A freespace detection apparatus, comprising:a camera that comprises plural image capturing devices respectively oriented in different directions and configured to capture individual image data respectively in the different directions, wherein said camera is configured to combine said individual image data from said plural image capturing devices to form combined first image data captured at a first time and to form combined second image data captured at a second time different from said first time;
a motion detector configured and arranged to detect motion of said camera, determine a motion vector corresponding to the detected motion of said camera, and assign the determined motion vector to said combined first image data provided by said camera;
a transformation device configured and arranged to transform said combined first image data and said combined second image data to a configurable preset image plane, and to produce transformed first image data and transformed second image data;
a motion compensation device configured and arranged to generate motion-compensated transformed first image data based on said transformed first image data, said motion vector assigned to said combined first image data and a time difference between said first time and said second time;
a computing device configured and arranged to produce computed difference image data by computing a difference between said motion-compensated transformed first image data and said transformed second image data; and
a segmentation device configured and arranged to analyze said computed difference image data to identify an object in said computed difference image data when the difference exceeds a predetermined threshold,
wherein said configurable preset image plane is selected out of a set of possible image planes, wherein the set of possible image planes comprises a ground plane, a plane parallel to the ground plane, an image plane inclined with respect to the ground plane and/or a plane inclined with respect to a plane orthogonal to the detected motion vector of the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,347,590

LEADFRAME FOR A SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT

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1. A lead frame for a semiconductor component, the lead frame comprising:a frame having a recess;
an insulating element arranged in the recess, the insulating element including a cavity;
an electrically conductive insertion element arranged in the cavity of the insulating element and insulated from the lead frame by the insulating element, the electrically conductive insertion element having a cavity;
an electrically conductive connecting element arranged in and extending longitudinally out from the cavity of the electrically conductive insertion element; and
a wire bond attached to a surface of the electrically conductive insertion element and to the semiconductor component.

US Pat. No. 10,308,179

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VEHICLE SURROUND VIEW

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1. A device for providing a vehicle surround view for a vehicle, comprising:vehicle cameras which provide camera images of a vehicle environment of the vehicle;
a location-detection unit which detects a change in location of at least one vehicle camera relative to a normal driving or standing plane of the vehicle; and
an image data processing unit which projects the camera images provided by the vehicle cameras onto a projection surface to generate the vehicle surround view, which projection surface is adapted according to the detected change in location of the vehicle camera,
wherein the image data processing unit is operable to at least one of (i) rotate the projection surface about one or more axes of rotation relative to the normal driving or standing plane and (ii) shift said projection surface in a translational manner relative to a coordinate system origin, according to the detected change in location of the at least one vehicle camera.

US Pat. No. 10,263,586

FILTER ARRANGEMENT FOR FILTERING PARASITIC INDUCTION CURRENTS, AND VOLTAGE CONVERTER COMPRISING A FILTER ARRANGEMENT

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A voltage converter comprising:a power element; and
a filter arrangement comprising:
an electrically conductive housing part that at least partially defines a boundary;
an electrical ground connection on the housing part, the electrical ground connection configured to form an electrical connection to electrical ground;
a busbar disposed within the boundary; and
a filter element electrically connected between the busbar and the housing part, the filter element mechanically fastened to the housing part and to the busbar;
wherein the busbar of the filter arrangement is connected in an electrically conductive manner to the power element;
the filter element comprises an SMD element having a first electrical base contact surface and a second electrical base contact surface, and
the filter element is mechanically and electrically connected to the housing part via the first base contact surface and connected to the busbar via the second base contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,434,945

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE OF THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE COMBINATION

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1. A method for displaying an image of the surroundings of a vehicle combination, comprising:providing first image data sensed by a first vehicle sensor unit arranged on a first vehicle;
providing second image data sensed by a second vehicle sensor unit arranged on a second vehicle;
establishing a three-dimensional position of the second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle;
combining the first image data and the second image data using the established three-dimensional position of the second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle in order to obtain an image of the surroundings;
obtaining a graphical representation of the second vehicle;
displaying the obtained image of the surroundings on a vehicle display; and
selectively inserting the obtained graphical representation of the second vehicle into the display image as a function of the detection of at least one of predetermined driving situations and driving maneuvers such that an object that may be at least partially obscured by the second vehicle from the first vehicle sensor may be seen in concert with the graphical representation of second vehicle in displayed obtained image on the vehicle display.

US Pat. No. 10,683,048

ELECTRIC BICYCLE, IMMOBILIZER FOR AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE

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1. An electric bicycle, comprising:an electric motor;
an electrical energy store for supplying power to said electric motor;
a display and operator control unit;
control devices each having a key code and including a first control device coupled to said electric motor and configured to store a first key code, a second control device coupled to said electrical energy store and configured to store a second key code and a third control device coupled to said display and operator control unit and configured to store a third key code, said control devices configured to be inoperable when said display and operator control unit is removed;
a data transmission system connected to said first, second and third control devices; and
said first, second and third control devices configured such that at least one of said first, second and third control devices functions as a determined control device having the key code of the other two of said control devices transmitted to said determined control device by said other two control devices, said determined control device being configured to use prescribed criteria to detect whether said key code of said determined control device matches the key code of each of said other two control devices that have been transmitted to said determined control device.

US Pat. No. 10,477,102

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING CONCEALED REGIONS IN THE VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT OF A VEHICLE

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1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, comprising:environment sensors including optical environment sensors, configured to sense a vehicle environment of the vehicle; and
a data processing unit, configured to evaluate sensor data of the environment sensors in order to detect obstacles in the vehicle environment;
wherein the data processing unit is further configured to determine, from the sensor data, concealed regions in the vehicle environment dependent on the detected obstacles, which concealed regions are concealed from a respective view of at least a respective one of the optical environment sensors by the detected obstacles and restrict a respective field of view of the respective optical environment sensor, wherein the determining of the concealed regions comprises respectively determining, from the sensor data, at least one of a size, an extent and a contour of each respective one of the detected obstacles, and then calculating each respective one of the concealed regions from the respective determined size, extent and/or contour of the respective detected obstacle that conceals the respective concealed region.

US Pat. No. 10,412,359

METHOD FOR GENERATING A VIRTUAL IMAGE OF VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS

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1. A method for generating a virtual image of vehicle surroundings, said method comprising:recording real images of the vehicle surroundings utilizing one or more cameras positioned on the vehicle; and
projecting individual pixels from the real images captured by the one or more cameras onto projection points (Pi) in a three-dimensional surroundings model of the vehicle surroundings,
wherein
the projection points (Pi) are positioned equidistant to one another in a first spatial direction (x) and a second spatial direction (y) which is orthogonal to the first spatial direction, and
the position (zPi) of the projection points (Pi) in a third spatial direction (z) is defined as a function of a distance (dPi) from the vehicle in the surroundings model.

US Pat. No. 10,315,548

DEVICE FOR PNEUMATICALLY ADJUSTING A SEAT IN A MEANS OF TRANSPORT

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1. A device for pneumatic adjustment of a seat in a transport, the transport comprising one or more cushions which can be filled with air and which are connected via one or more valves to a compressed-air supply, the device comprising:the one or more valves and
a control device configured to actuate the one or more valves to change a filling state of the one or more cushions, wherein
a respective valve of at least some of the one or more valves comprises one or more actuation elements comprised of an electroactive polymer, to which an electrical voltage can be applied, wherein, by application of the electrical voltage, a respective actuation element is deformed, so that one or more passage openings via which an exchange of compressed air with at least one cushion takes place is or are opened or shut off;
wherein the one or more actuation elements of the at least one valve is or are each formed from a wound dielectric elastomer foil, the wound dielectric elastomer foil being a cylinder wherein application of the electrical voltage causes a diameter of the cylinder to be reduced and thus open the one or more passage openings.

US Pat. No. 10,554,951

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE AUTOCALIBRATION OF A VEHICLE CAMERA SYSTEM

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1. A method of autocalibration of a vehicle camera comprising the steps:a) from the vehicle camera, acquiring a series of images of a region of surroundings in front of the vehicle,
b) detecting a cornering maneuver of the vehicle suitable for autocalibration, when a curve radius described by the vehicle during the cornering maneuver is less than or equal to a maximum radius and a curve angle traversed by the vehicle during the cornering maneuver is greater than or equal to a minimum angle, and
c) performing autocalibration, when at least one said cornering maneuver suitable for autocalibration has been detected, wherein the autocalibration takes account of movement of stationary objects in the surroundings of the vehicle in one or more of the series of images acquired during one or more of the cornering maneuvers suitable for autocalibration.

US Pat. No. 10,439,523

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

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1. A method for controlling an operation of an electric motor, the method comprising:in a modulation, generating electric voltages which are applied to electric phases of the electric motor and outputting the electric voltages in a controlled fashion as a function of a rotor position of the electric motor and as a function of a setpoint/actual comparison of at least one first variable that characterizes a load of the electric motor or of an actual rotational speed of the electric motor;
determining that a field-weakening range of the electric motor has been reached when an upper limit of a degree of modulation which characterizes a predefined maximum amplitude of a motor voltage and/or a motor current is reached;
in response to determining that the field-weakening range of the electric motor is reached, adding a predefined pilot-control angle and a further regulated pilot-control angle component to a rotor position angle, which characterizes a rotor position, to form a composite angle;
in response to determining that the field-weakening range is reached, using the composite angle to characterize the rotor position in the modulation;
determining the pilot-control angle as a function of an actual rotational speed and of at least one second variable, which characterizes a load of the electric motor, from a pilot-control angle characteristic diagram, and adding the further regulated pilot-control angle component to the pilot-control angle;
using at least one of a currently requested motor voltage, a current direct current, a phase current which is determined from the direct current and a pulse duty factor, a measured phase current and/or a torque as the at least one second variable that characterizes the load of the electric motor; and
when the field-weakening range is reached, defining the degree of modulation at its upper limit, and carrying out the modulation of the electric voltages by regulating the pilot-control angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,180

METHOD FOR MONITORING THE PRESSURE IN A DEVICE FOR PNEUMATICALLY ADJUSTING A SEAT IN A TRANSPORTATION MEANS

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1. A method for monitoring the pressure in a device for the pneumatic adjustment of a seat in a transportation means, wherein the device comprises a plurality of cushions configured to be filled with air and coupled via respective valves to a common preliminary pressure volume, wherein a pressure sensor is provided for measuring the pressure in the preliminary pressure volume and the preliminary pressure volume is coupled to a compressor for supplying compressed air without a non-return valve being connected therebetween, the method comprising the following steps:a) setting a predefined pressure in the preliminary pressure volume using at least one of the operation of the compressor and air discharge from the preliminary pressure volume via at least one leak, with the valve closed between the respective cushion and the preliminary pressure volume, wherein first, the compressor is operated to set a pressure in the preliminary pressure volume above the predefined pressure, and subsequently, with the compressor switched off, the predefined pressure is set by air discharge via the at least one leak and wherein size of the leak is not able to be controlled, wherein the predefined pressure deviates from a target pressure in the respective cushion by at most at least one of 10% of the target pressure and 50 hPa;
b) after setting of the predefined pressure, opening the valve between the respective cushion and the preliminary pressure volume and measuring the pressure in the preliminary pressure volume via the pressure sensor;
c) if the measured pressure deviates from the target pressure, setting the measured pressure to the target pressure by at least one of the operation of the compressor and air discharge from the preliminary pressure volume via the at least one leak.

US Pat. No. 10,522,278

PNEUMATIC SOLENOID VALVE

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1. A pneumatic solenoid valve comprising:an air chamber on which a plurality of air connectors which are switchable by way of a plurality of switching positions of the solenoid valve, with the interconnection of the air chamber, are provided, wherein the solenoid valve comprises a magnet coil, a yoke from a soft magnetic material that is disposed on the magnet coil, and an armature from a soft magnetic material that is movable relative to the yoke, wherein the magnet coil, the yoke, and the armature are disposed within the air chamber; and
wherein the armature in relation to the yoke is disposed in such a manner that said armature, when the magnet coil is energized, by means of the magnetic force generated on account thereof rotates counter to a restoring force about a single rotation axis until the magnetic force corresponds to the restoring force, wherein the size of at least one overlap region between the yoke and the armature changes in the rotation of the armature, and an air gap is configured between the yoke and the armature in the at least one overlap region, wherein the spacing that is formed by the air gap between the yoke and the armature remains substantially constant in the direction of the rotation of the armature.

US Pat. No. 10,618,515

ANTICIPATORY CONTROL SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

10. A device for controlling an ego-vehicle, comprising:an environment detection system configured to capture information regarding surroundings of the ego-vehicle;
a recognition unit for recognizing a driving strategy of a vehicle driving in front;
a control unit for controlling the ego-vehicle, said control unit comprising instructions to:
determine an ego driving strategy as a function of the surroundings;
compare the ego driving strategy with the driving strategy of the vehicle driving in front;
adopt the driving strategy of the vehicle driving in front in the event of a deviation of the ego driving strategy from the driving strategy of the vehicle driving in front;
perform the hazard evaluation of the driving strategy of the vehicle driving in front;
modify the adopted driving strategy if the vehicle driving in front makes an avoiding maneuver onto the other lane and the hazard evaluation is unreliable, wherein
the ego-vehicle speed is reduced,
the hazard evaluation of the adopted and modified driving strategy is performed again, and
the ego-vehicle is controlled as a function of the hazard evaluation in accordance with the modified driving strategy or an emergency strategy.

US Pat. No. 10,539,963

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A SPACE IN WHICH A VEHICLE CAN DRIVE, CORRESPONDING METHOD, AND VEHICLE

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1. A parking assistance device for determining a space in which a vehicle can drive, comprising:at least one sensing unit for sensing spatial coordinates of at least one object in an environment of the vehicle; and
a determining unit configured to determine the space in which the vehicle can drive on the basis of the spatial coordinates of the at least one object sensed by the sensing unit and on the basis of specified dimensions of the vehicle,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to create a three-dimensional map of at least a part of the environment of the vehicle;
wherein the three-dimensional map comprises positions of the at least one object and of the drivable space; and
wherein the determining unit calculates on the basis of the space in which the vehicle can drive at least one target position possibility for the vehicle, in the event that the at least one target position possibility can be reached via a travel trajectory of the vehicle, located in the space in which the vehicle can drive.

US Pat. No. 10,435,029

ENVIRONMENT DETECTION DEVICE AND VEHICLE WITH SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT DETECTION DEVICE

1. An environment detection device for a vehicle, comprising:a sensor unit for determining environment information of a surrounding area of the vehicle itself;
a temperature measurement unit configured to measure at least one state temperature of the sensor unit; and
a controller configured to reduce an output of at least one of the sensor unit and an electronic sub-assembly of the sensor unit without a shutdown of the sensor unit to reduce the state temperature in response to the state temperature exceeding a prescribed temperature warning value.

US Pat. No. 10,634,526

SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SENSOR MODULE

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1. A sensor module, comprising:a sensor unit having a sensor surface and a base surface;
a sensor cover covering said sensor surface and at least a portion of said base surface;
a main body, said sensor cover being connected to said base surface by a first fused connection, and said main body being connected at least to said base surface of said sensor unit by a second fused connection with a selectable relative position in relation to said sensor cover; and
a gap located radially outside said sensor cover and separating said sensor cover from said main body;
said sensor cover not resting on top of said main body.

US Pat. No. 10,620,308

APPARATUS WITH A SENSOR ASSEMBLY AND A STRAY LIGHT BAFFLE

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12. An apparatus comprising a sensor assembly and a stray light baffle,wherein the apparatus is mountable inside of a vehicle on a pane,
wherein the sensor assembly includes a first sensor and a second sensor,
wherein the stray light baffle is arranged substantially in front of the first sensor in a capture direction of the sensors at the sensor assembly,
wherein the stray light baffle has a first side wall and a second side wall,
wherein the first side wall is made of a plastics material and the second side wall is a frame with a fabric covering,
wherein the second side wall is arranged in front of the second sensor, and
wherein the frame forms only a periphery of the second side wall, the fabric covering spans the frame to cover a central area bounded by the frame around the periphery of the second side wall, and the central area of the second side wall consists of only the fabric covering.

US Pat. No. 10,609,260

ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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19. A camera for use with a motor vehicle comprising:a camera housing having a first cooling body with a first plurality of cooling fins extending therefrom, wherein each of the first plurality of cooling fins have a first and a second heat transfer surface;
a cap covering the camera housing having a second cooling body with a second plurality of cooling fins extending therefrom, wherein each of the second plurality of cooling fins have a first and a second heat transfer surface; and
wherein the second plurality cooling fins are arranged such that each of the second plurality of cooling fins are alternately at least partially between each of the first plurality of cooling fins such that first and second heat transfer surfaces of the first plurality of cooling fins are facing the first and second heat transfer surfaces of the second plurality of cooling fins.

US Pat. No. 10,711,911

PRESSURE DISTRIBUTOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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1. A pressure distributor for a motor vehicle, in particular for pneumatic actuators in seats, comprising:a pressure generator and a plurality of pneumatic actuators configured to be connectable to the pressure distributor, wherein each actuator is assigned at least one electrically controllable valve, which by way of a respective outlet, in a controlled manner, transmits to the actuator assigned to the at least one electrically controllable valve a pressure that is generated by the pressure generator, wherein a plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve, in operation of the pressure distributor, is provided with compressed air from the pressure generator by way of a common supply air line via a respective inlet,
wherein the common supply air line, as a separate component, is connected to the plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve by way of a releasable connection,
wherein the plurality of the at least one electrically controllable valve are solenoid valves comprising an air chamber on which an outlet, an inlet that opens into a port, and at least one further air connector are provided, the outlet, inlet and further air connector being switchable by way of a plurality of switching positions of the solenoid valve with interconnection of the air chamber, wherein the solenoid valve comprises a magnet coil, a yoke composed of soft magnetic material that is disposed on the magnet coil, and an armature composed of soft magnetic material that is movable relative to the yoke, wherein
the magnet coil, the yoke, and the armature are disposed within the air chamber;
the armature in relation to the yoke is disposed in such a manner that the armature, when the magnet coil is energized, by magnetic force generated on account thereof rotates counter to a restoring force about a single rotation axis until the magnetic force corresponds to the restoring force, wherein size of at least one overlap region between the yoke and the armature changes during rotation of the armature, and an air gap is configured between the yoke and the armature in the at least one overlap region, wherein spacing that is formed by the air gap between the yoke and the armature in direction of the rotation of the armature remains substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 10,547,827

METHOD FOR ALIGNING TWO IMAGE RECORDING ELEMENTS OF A STEREO CAMERA SYSTEM

1. A method for aligning at least two image recording elements of two camera modules of a stereo camera system, comprising:arranging the image recording elements on mounting plates of the camera modules with a surface of each image recording element facing a surface of the respective mounting plate, the surface of the respective mounting plate bounded on one or more sides by at least one outer reference edge, wherein the image recording elements are each aligned with the respective at least one outer reference edge of the respective mounting plates;
arranging the camera modules within the stereo camera system, wherein the outer reference edges of the mounting plates are positioned in direct contact with a common reference edge of an auxiliary device or against multiple reference edges of the auxiliary device that are aligned with one another, the mounting plates formed separately from the auxiliary device; and
removing the auxiliary device after completing the arrangement of the camera modules within the stereo camera system.
US Pat. No. 10,223,600

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECOGNIZING TRAFFIC SIGNS FOR A VEHICLE

1. A method for recognizing traffic signs by a sensor system for recording the surrounding environment for a vehicle, which comprises a processor in the vehicle, at least one camera sensor in the vehicle and one radar sensor or LiDAR sensor in the vehicle, the method comprising:detecting, by the at least one radar sensor or LiDAR sensor, at least one of the following:
a) the presence of a traffic sign,
b) the size of a traffic sign,
c) position of a traffic sign,
d) distance and/or orientation of a traffic sign,
e) bridge-like structure,
f) position or type of the vehicle ahead,
g) position of lane delimiting structures;
allocating, by the processor, a probability to the presence of a traffic sign detected by the at least one radar sensor or LiDAR sensor, the probability being determined by correlating at least one of a)-g) with roadway location information provided by a navigation system;
capturing, by the at least one camera sensor, an image of the traffic sign;
determining, by the processor, plausibility of the traffic sign captured in the image being relevant to a roadway that the vehicle is traveling on based on the allocated probability of the information detected by the at least one radar sensor or LiDAR sensor;
determining a roadway to which the traffic sign belongs;
using, by the processor, the traffic sign when controlling the vehicle, when the processor determines that the roadway that the vehicle is traveling is the same as the roadway to which the traffic sign belongs; and
disregarding, by the processor, the traffic sign when controlling the vehicle, when the processor determines that the roadway that the vehicle is traveling is different from the roadway to which the traffic sign belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,223,802

METHOD FOR DETERMINING DEPTH MAPS FROM STEREO IMAGES WITH IMPROVED DEPTH RESOLUTION IN A RANGE

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1. A method of determining a depth map from stereo image pairs, wherein a respective disparity for at least one respective pixel of one of the stereo image pairs is determined from a discrete quantity of predefined disparity values that are distributed over an entire predefined disparity value range with a distribution that has at least two different intervals between different adjacent ones of the disparity values.

US Pat. No. 10,798,319

CAMERA DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING A SURROUNDING REGION OF A VEHICLE IN A SITUATION-ADAPTED MANNER

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1. A camera device for capturing a surrounding region of a vehicle, the camera device comprising:an optronics system and an image capture control unit, which are configured to acquire a sequence of images of the surrounding region,
wherein:
the optronics system comprises a wide-angle optical system and a high-resolution image acquisition sensor, and
the optronics system and the image capture control unit are configured:
to produce, respectively for each individual image of the sequence of images, either a reduced-resolution image as a binned image, which has a reduced resolution that is reduced by pixel binning, of an entire capture region of the optronics system, or a high-resolution image as an unbinned image with a maximum resolution of a subregion of the capture region of the optronics system, depending on a current traffic and/or surrounding situation, wherein an image height and an image width of the subregion in the high-resolution image are set depending on the current traffic and/or surrounding situation, and wherein a size of the subregion is set such that a pixel count of the high-resolution image of the subregion is no greater than a pixel count of the reduced-resolution image of the entire capture region of the optronics system; and
to control the image height and/or the image width of the subregion in a current image of the sequence of images in response to a recognized content that is recognized in at least one previous image of the sequence of images.

US Pat. No. 10,771,346

METHOD FOR MONITORING A NETWORK FOR ANOMALIES

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1. A method for monitoring a network for anomalies, the network provided for data transmission and having a plurality of devices connected to one another overfixedly prescribed signal transmission paths, which comprises the steps of:assigning one of the devices to be a master device having a counter and a trigger apparatus, and by said master device a prescribed signal feature of a signal transmitted via the network is acquired;
reading, upon acquisition of the prescribed signal feature, a master counter state of the counter of the master device, corresponding to a time of the acquisition;
determining via an evaluation apparatus, under predetermined anomaly-free conditions, a setpoint value of at least one network-specific parameter defined by a physical property of the network, wherein a frequency difference between a frequency of a clock generator of an actual source device, from which the signal was transmitted, and a clock generator of the master device, coupled to the counter of the master device, forms the network-specific parameter;
determining a respective actual value of the at least one network-specific parameter by the evaluation apparatus from a difference between a read master counter state and a further counter state;
indicating an anomaly if a predetermined deviation criterion between the respective actual value and the setpoint value is met;
additionally acquiring a second prescribed signal feature of the signal by the trigger apparatus of the master device;
reading a second master counter state, corresponding to a time of an acquisition of the second prescribed signal feature, wherein the actual value of the frequency difference is determined on a basis of a difference between the master counter state and the second master counter state and taking into account a prescribed data transmission rate and/or network clock frequency used in the network and/or a communication protocol used in the network and/or a type of modulation used in the network;
calculating a relative frequency deviation as
?frel=?CX/?CXMM,
wherein
?CX indicates a number of cycles awaited by the actual source device between the transmission of the first and second prescribed signal features; and
?CXMM indicates the difference between the master counter state and the second master counter state.

US Pat. No. 10,757,330

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE IMAGE RESOLUTION

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1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, the driver assistance system comprising:a camera that has a variable or dynamic sensor resolution, and that is configured to record images of a vehicle environment;
wherein the camera is configured to record images of a first type of the vehicle environment in a first recording mode;
wherein the camera is configured to record images of a second type of a section of the vehicle environment in a second recording mode, wherein the section of the vehicle environment recorded in the images of the second type is of a smaller area of the vehicle environment compared to a larger area of the vehicle environment recorded in the images of the first type;
wherein the images of the second type are recorded at a higher resolution than the images of the first type, wherein the images of the first type are binned images and the images of the second type are non-binned images;
wherein the camera is configured to automatically switch between the first recording mode and the second recording mode, wherein the camera is configured to iteratively record the images of the first type and the images of the second type according to predetermined intervals;
wherein the driver assistance system is configured to analyze at least one of the images of the first type to determine the section of the vehicle environment;
wherein the driver assistance system is configured to determine a distant area around a vanishing point of the vehicle environment in the at least one of the images of the first type, wherein the distant area is at a far-range of the vehicle environment, and wherein the driver assistance system is configured to locate the section of the vehicle environment around the vanishing point; and
wherein the vanishing point is determined through a determination of a crossing point of an extrapolated border of a road with a horizon recorded by the camera in the at least one of the images of the first type.

US Pat. No. 10,745,026

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

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1. A control device for a driver assistance system of a vehicle,comprising a signal processor configured and disposed to process image data from a plurality of vehicle cameras including a first vehicle camera and a second vehicle camera,
wherein the first vehicle camera or the second vehicle camera is a surround view camera system, and
wherein the signal processor is particularly configured and disposed to receive operating state data indicative of a current operating state of the vehicle, to process selectively either only the image data from the first vehicle camera or only the image data from the second vehicle camera at a given time dependent on and in response to the current operating state of the vehicle, and to process only the image data from the surround view camera system only when the current operating state of the vehicle comprises reverse or forward motion of the vehicle at a slow non-zero speed below a speed threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,742,907

CAMERA DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A SURROUNDING AREA OF A DRIVER'S OWN VEHICLE

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1. A camera device for detecting a surrounding area of a subject vehicle,comprising optoelectronics including a high-resolution image capturing sensor and a wide-angle optical system,
wherein the optoelectronics are configured to output an image sequence periodically changing between high-resolution images and resolution-reduced images of the surrounding area,
wherein each one of the images respectively includes a central image portion and a peripheral image portion adjoining the central image portion,
wherein the peripheral image portion has a first resolution, and at least a part of the central image portion has a second resolution that is at least double the first resolution, and
wherein the central image portion has a horizontal viewing angle of at most +/?25 degrees and/or the peripheral image portion has a horizontal viewing angle of at least +/?50 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,752,173

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A TOWING PROCESS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM FOR RECOGNIZING A TOWING PROCESS, AS WELL AS MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A CAMERA SYSTEM

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of performing a towing process by a towing vehicle, comprising the steps:using a reversing camera of the towing vehicle, detecting a region located behind the towing vehicle and generating corresponding image data;
in the image data, recognizing a tow rope that is slack and/or moving;
in response to the recognizing of the tow rope that is slack and/or moving, activating a towing mode; and
after the activating of the towing mode, automatically adapting a vehicle speed of the towing vehicle to a specified towing speed.

US Pat. No. 10,750,085

CAMERA DEVICE FOR CAPTURING A SURROUNDING AREA OF A DRIVER'S OWN VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE FUNCTION

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1. A camera device for capturing a surrounding area of a subject vehicle,comprising optoelectronics including a high-resolution image capturing sensor and a wide-angle optical system configured to capture at least one initial image of the surrounding area,
wherein:
the image capturing sensor has a homogeneous resolution,
each said initial image includes a central image portion located around an optical axis of the optical system, and a peripheral image portion adjoining the central image portion,
in each said initial image, the peripheral image portion has a first resolution, and at least a part of the central image portion has a second resolution that is at least double the first resolution,
the optoelectronics are configured to generate, from an associated one of the at least one initial image, a processed output image, and
the processed output image has, compared to the associated initial image, at least one non-modified image section, and a resolution-reduced remainder image region bordering on the at least one non-modified image section.

US Pat. No. 11,116,076

FLEXIBLE CONDUCTOR TRACK FOR CONNECTING ELECTRONIC MODULES, PARTICULARLY MODULES OF A CAMERA TO BE INSTALLED IN A VEHICLE

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1. A flexible conductor track for connecting first and second electronic modules, wherein the second electronic module includes a circuit board, and wherein the flexible conductor track comprises:conductor track structures,
first and second connecting regions configured to electrically connect the conductor track structures to corresponding conductor tracks of the first and second electronic modules, wherein the conductor track structures extend from the first connecting region to the second connecting region,
at least one long slit disposed in a region in the flexible conductor track located between the first and second connecting regions, and
an optical alignment inspection window disposed in the second connecting region,
wherein the second connecting region is configured to be connected to a connecting area of the second electronic module by anisotropic conductive film adhesive bonding, and
wherein the optical alignment inspection window is configured and located to cooperate and align with a via of the circuit board of the second electronic module to optically align the second connecting region with the connecting area of the second electronic module.

US Pat. No. 10,808,853

PNEUMATIC VALVE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic valve, comprising:an air chamber having a supply connector for supplying compressed air to the air chamber;
one or more discharge connectors for discharging compressed air from the air chamber;
there being provided in the pneumatic valve an actuator with a unitary closure element which, i) when the actuator is activated, is arranged in a blocking position in which the supply of compressed air via the supply connector is blocked by the unitary closure element, and ii) when the actuator is deactivated, is arranged in a free position in which the supply of compressed air via the supply connector is not blocked by the unitary closure element; and
a check valve with an elastic means arranged at the supply connector, the check valve comprising a separate closure component which is different from the unitary closure element and on which an elastic force of the elastic means acts;
wherein the elastic force of the elastic means in the free position of the unitary closure element acts on the separate closure component of the check valve to cause the separate closure component to block back-flow of compressed air from the air chamber into the supply connector when there is no supply of compressed air at the supply connector, and
wherein on deactivation of the actuator, a restoring force of the elastic means moves the unitary closure element into the free position.

US Pat. No. 10,752,145

PNEUMATIC DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic device for varying a contour of a seat bearing surface of a vehicle seat, comprising:a carrier foil composed of a first foil ply and a second foil ply arranged adjacent to one another;
a first bladder for varying the contour of the seat bearing surface, comprising a bladder chamber configured to be filled with a pressure medium;
a first pressure medium line connected to the first bladder and formed by connection of the first and second foil plies along a first line-side connection seam in order to create a pressure medium connection to the bladder chamber of the first bladder, wherein one foil ply of the first and second foil plies has, in a region of the first bladder, an opening in order to form a pressure medium channel to a further bladder, the further bladder configured to be filled with the pressure medium and connected to one of the foil plies.

US Pat. No. 10,752,219

CLEANING DEVICE FOR CLEANING A TRANSPARENT CAMERA COVER

CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRON...

1. A cleaning device for cleaning a transparent cover of a camera, the cleaning device comprising:at least one cleaning agent feed line;
at least two cleaning agent spraying elements;
at least two bores, wherein each one of the at least two cleaning agent spraying elements is arranged on one of the at least two bores; and
an annular channel connected to the cleaning agent feed line and on which the at least two bores are arranged connecting the annular channel to the cleaning agent spraying elements, the annular channel includes an annular channel lid on which the cleaning agent spraying elements are arranged and a lower half directly linked to the at least one cleaning agent feed line.

US Pat. No. 10,692,284

METHOD AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING IMAGES OF A SURROUNDINGS MODEL, AND CORRESPONDING VEHICLE

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1. A method of generating continuous images of a stored three-dimensional surroundings model of a vehicle, comprising steps:generation of at least one camera image by a camera device of the vehicle;
projection of the camera image onto a projection surface in the stored three-dimensional surroundings model of the vehicle;
generation of continuous images of the projection surface by a mobile virtual camera; and
output of the continuous images;
wherein the mobile virtual camera, for each respective current configuration of the mobile virtual camera, respectively has a current set of camera parameters, including a respective camera position of the mobile virtual camera and a respective optical axis of the mobile virtual camera in the respective current configuration of the mobile virtual camera;
wherein, along a first motion path in the stored three-dimensional surroundings model, the current set of camera parameters is interpolated continuously between a predetermined first set of camera parameters and a second set of camera parameters and, along a second motion path in the stored three-dimensional surroundings model, the current set of camera parameters is interpolated continuously between the second set of camera parameters and a predetermined third set of camera parameters; and
wherein an optical axis of the mobile virtual camera included in the second set of camera parameters runs through a predetermined axis point which lies on a connecting line between a first reference point and a second reference point, wherein the first reference point is a predetermined point on an optical axis of the mobile virtual camera included in the first set of camera parameters and the second reference point is a predetermined point on an optical axis of the mobile virtual camera included in the third set of camera parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,670,658

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AN ELECTRICAL LINE INTERRUPTION DURING OPERATION OF A DRIVE SYSTEM

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1. An arrangement for identifying an electrical line interruption during operation of a drive system, comprising:two parallel-connected DC motors, which are mechanically coupled to one another by a part that is to be driven;
a driver for driving the two parallel-connected DC motors; and
a measuring device for detecting different electrical variables of the drive system;
the measuring device comprising:
a rotational speed determination apparatus for determining rotational speed of the two DC motors, wherein the rotational speed determination apparatus is configured to supply a piece of rotational speed information representing the rotational speed to a computation unit;
a current measuring apparatus for determining a summation current flowing into the two DC motors, wherein the current measuring apparatus is configured to supply a piece of current information representing the summation current to the computation unit; and
a voltage determination apparatus configured to determine terminal voltage of the two DC motors, wherein the voltage determination apparatus is configured to supply a piece of voltage information representing the terminal voltage to the computation unit;
the computation unit is configured to ascertain a motor parameter k? for the drive system from the voltage information, the current information and the rotational speed information and to compare said motor parameter with a setpoint value k?_set of the motor parameter k?, wherein presence of the electrical line interruption to one of the two DC motors can be inferred from a result of the comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,984,263

DETECTION AND VALIDATION OF OBJECTS FROM SEQUENTIAL IMAGES OF A CAMERA BY USING HOMOGRAPHIES

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1. A method of detecting objects, comprising the steps:a) with a camera of a vehicle, capturing a series of images including a first image at a first time and a second image at a second time after the first time;
b) determining a plurality of corresponding feature pairs, wherein each one of the corresponding feature pairs respectively consists of corresponding first and second features in the first and second images;
c) establishing a plurality of spatial planes, wherein each respective spatial plane of the plurality of the spatial planes is established respectively by associating, with the respective spatial plane, a plurality of adjacent feature pairs among the corresponding feature pairs, wherein the plurality of the spatial planes includes at least one back plane extending normal to a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and/or at least one ground plane extending horizontally, and wherein the plurality of the spatial planes may optionally additionally include at least one side plane extending vertically and along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and
d) detecting objects in the series of images, taking into account and dependent on the spatial planes that have been established.

US Pat. No. 10,766,391

PNEUMATIC DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic device for variation of a contour of a seat bearing surface of a vehicle seat, comprising:a first foil portion;
a second foil portion connected to the first foil portion along at least one connecting seam such that a bladder for the variation of the contour of the seat bearing surface, having a bladder chamber configured to be filled with pressure medium and having an inflow opening for inflow of the pressure medium into the bladder chamber, is formed; and
a throttle element arranged in an interior of the bladder chamber and designed to throttle, within the bladder chamber, a pressure medium flow flowing in through the inflow opening.

US Pat. No. 10,753,494

PNEUMATIC VALVE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic valve, comprising:an air chamber with a supply port for the supply of compressed air into the air chamber and with one or more discharge ports for the discharge of compressed air out of the air chamber;
an actuator with a movable closing element and with an SMA element composed of a shape memory alloy are provided in the valve,
wherein the SMA element deforms as a result of a supply of electrical heating current and effects an activation of the actuator by movement of the closing element,
wherein, when the actuator is in an activated state, the closing element is disposed in a blocking setting in which the supply of compressed air via the supply port is blocked, and wherein, when the actuator is in a deactivated state, the closing element is disposed in a free setting, in which the supply of compressed air via the supply port is enabled, and
wherein the actuator is configured such that, upon deactivation of the actuator, the closing element is moved by a restoring force into the free setting; and
a check valve with an elastic means, the closing element of the actuator forming a portion of the check valve,
wherein an elastic force of the elastic means, in the free setting of the closing element, prevents a backflow of compressed air from the air chamber into the supply port in the absence of a supply of compressed air at the supply port, and
wherein the restoring force for the movement of the closing element into the free setting is generated by the elastic means.

US Pat. No. 10,724,629

TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT

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1. A transmission arrangement, comprising:a transmission housing;
a bus system;
a component group directly connected to said bus system, said component group being disposed in a first area within said transmission housing, said component group having at least one sensor element and/or at least one actuator;
an in-situ control device directly connected to said bus system; and
said bus system enabling a signal exchange between in-situ control device and said component group, and forming a direct physical connection between said in-situ control device and said component group.

US Pat. No. 11,062,478

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A CAMERA SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

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1. An apparatus for initially calibrating an as-yet-uncalibrated camera system of a vehicle, comprising a calibration device that comprises:a first receiving unit configured to receive first image data comprising images of a factory environment recorded by the camera system from a plurality of first recording positions or a plurality of first recording directions, wherein the factory environment is a site at which the vehicle is being manufactured or serviced, and the camera system has not yet been calibrated and is to be initially calibrated,
a first extraction unit configured to extract image features from the first image data,
a first association unit configured to associate the image features extracted from the first image data with environment features of the factory environment provided from a database that stores the environment features of the factory environment and accompanying position information of the environment features, and
a calibrating unit configured to estimate extrinsic and intrinsic parameters of the camera system based on the first image data and the position information accompanying the environment features to which the image features have been associated, and to perform an initial calibration of the camera system based on the extrinsic and intrinsic parameters, and to update the database based on the image features extracted from the first image data, wherein the updating of the database comprises at least one of: adding an additional one of the environment features to the database, removing a rejected one of the environment features from the database, adding an additional item of the position information to the database, removing a rejected item of the position information from the database, and/or updating a value of an item of the position information in the database.

US Pat. No. 11,025,834

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING CAMERA IMAGES FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of computationally removing brightening caused by scattered light from an image of a vehicle camera, the method comprising the method steps:capturing a captured image of an external environment of a vehicle by a vehicle camera arranged in or on the vehicle, and
by a processor unit:
determining a curve of a total intensity within the captured image, wherein the total intensity includes a desired light intensity of desired light and a scattered light intensity of scattered light which reach an image capture coverage area of the vehicle camera and are included in the captured image,
estimating an approximation function of a lower limit of the scattered light intensity,
subtracting the estimated approximation function of the lower limit of the scattered light intensity from the determined curve of the total intensity to produce a corrected intensity curve,
producing a modified image with corrected scattered light based on the corrected intensity curve, and
providing the modified image with corrected scattered light.

US Pat. No. 10,984,264

DETECTION AND VALIDATION OF OBJECTS FROM SEQUENTIAL IMAGES OF A CAMERA

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of detecting and validating objects, comprising the steps:a) with a camera of a vehicle, capturing a series of images including a first image at a first time and a second image at a second time after the first time;
b) detecting a potential collision object in at least one of the images;
c) determining feature pairs of corresponding first and second features in an image region of the potential collision object respectively in the first and second images;
d) associating a plurality of the feature pairs with a spatial plane selected from the group consisting of a ground plane normal to a Y-axis, a back plane normal to a Z-axis, and a side plane normal to an X-axis, wherein the Z-axis extends in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the X-axis extends horizontally and laterally relative to the Z-axis, and the Y-axis extends vertically; and
e) validating the potential collision object as a validated collision object only when the spatial plane to which the plurality of feature pairs has been associated is the back plane or the side plane, which indicates that the validated collision object is an elevated object that is elevated above the ground plane.

US Pat. No. 10,955,854

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A VEHICLE

1. A method for determining the position of a vehicle, comprising:recording sensor data from the ground over which the vehicle travels;
extracting ground characteristics of the ground over which the vehicle travels from one of the recorded sensor data and from occupancy grids, wherein the occupancy grids are calculated on the basis of the sensor data; and
determining the current position of the vehicle on the basis of the extracted ground characteristics using a characteristic map.

US Pat. No. 10,776,634

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE COURSE OF THE ROAD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of determining a course of a driving lane along a road ahead of a vehicle that is driving on the driving lane, comprising steps:a) providing a lane model, which models the driving lane, and which includes at least one lane course parameter that models the course of the driving lane;
b) with at least one sensor system of the vehicle, acquiring sensor data regarding surroundings ahead of the vehicle;
c) evaluating at least a portion of the sensor data, comprising:
detecting, from the sensor data, plural candidate structures in the surroundings ahead of the vehicle,
for each respective one of the candidate structures, determining a respective tangent line that is a straight line tangent to the respective candidate structure at a selected point thereon, and
among the plural candidate structures, selecting a pair of structures of which the respective tangent lines are parallel to one another;
d) determining an orientation value of the tangent lines of the pair of structures;
e) determining a respective updated value of the at least one lane course parameter and updating the lane model with the respective updated value by adopting the determined orientation value of the tangent lines of the pair of structures as a predicted orientation value of the course of the lane at a point at a first distance in an x-direction ahead of the vehicle; and
f) using the lane model with the respective updated value of the at least one lane course parameter to predictively determine the course of the driving lane, and operating a driver assistance system of the vehicle dependent thereon and in response thereto, to assist in a driving operation of the vehicle;wherein the steps d) and e) are performed without use of a lateral distance, transversely to the x-direction, of the pair of structures from the course of the driving lane.

US Pat. No. 10,749,521

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A CORRECT OPERATION OF AN ELECTRICAL SWITCHING UNIT, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR EXECUTING SUCH A METHOD, AND FULL BRIDGE CIRCUIT WITH A CONTROL DEVICE FOR EXECUTING SUCH A METHOD

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A method for identifying a correct operation of an electrical switching unit, which has a full bridge circuit and an inductive load operated by the full bridge circuit, the full bridge circuit comprising a first semiconductor switching element connected to the inductive load and configured to supply the inductive load with a first supply voltage potential and a second semiconductor switching element connected to the inductive load and configured to supply the inductive load with a second supply voltage potential which has a lower value than the first supply voltage potential, wherein the first semiconductor switching element and the second semiconductor switching element each have a respective diode, wherein a controller is connected to the inductive load, connected to the first supply voltage potential and connected to the second supply voltage potential, and wherein the method comprises:determining, by the controller, that the first semiconductor switching element changes from an activated state into a deactivated state;
in response to the determined change from the activated state to the deactivated state:
measuring, by the controller, a voltage applied to the second semiconductor switching element at the connection to the inductive load;
comparing, by the controller, the measured voltage to a predefined first threshold value less than the second supply voltage potential; and
identifying, by the controller, that, the electrical switching unit is operating correctly, when the measured voltage on the second semiconductor switching element falls below the second supply voltage potential by the predefined first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 11,073,379

3-D ENVIRONMENT SENSING BY MEANS OF PROJECTOR AND CAMERA MODULES

Conti Temic Microelectron...


1. A camera device for a vehicle, comprising:at least two camera modules having at least partly overlapping sensing ranges;
a camera control unit;
an evaluation unit; and
a point light projector,
the point light projector being arranged and configured in such a way that the point light projector projects a light pattern of measurement light points into an environment of the vehicle,
the at least two camera modules being arranged and configured in such a way that at least part of the projected light pattern is imaged in the overlapping sensing range,
the evaluation unit being configured to determine a 3-D position of measurement light points in the vehicle environment from image data captured with the at least two camera modules, and
the point light projector being configured to produce a series of “pseudo-noise patterns”, which are projected into the vehicle environment in temporal succession, as the light pattern,
wherein the point light projector is configured to produce the series of “pseudo-noise patterns” in the temporal succession such that each environmental position located in the overlapping sensing range is illuminated at least once by one of the measurement light points of the light pattern within a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,989,323

PNEUMATIC SOLENOID VALVE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A pneumatic solenoid valve, comprising:an electromagnetic actuator and an air chamber on which multiple air connectors are provided which are interconnectable, with interposition of the air chamber, by means of multiple switching positions of the magnetic actuator, wherein
the electromagnetic actuator is configured to assume three different switching positions by unipolar electrical energization of the actuator with three different electrical current intensities, wherein, in a first switching position, a first sealing element closes a first air connector and a second sealing element opens up a second air connector, wherein, in a second switching position, the first sealing element closes the first air connector and the second sealing element closes the second air connector, and wherein, in a third switching position, the first sealing element opens up the first air connector and the second sealing element closes the second air connector;
for closing and opening of the first and second air connectors, the first and second sealing elements are movable by the electromagnetic actuator by an actuation mechanism, wherein the actuation mechanism is designed such that, upon change between the first and second switching positions and upon the change between the second and third switching positions, in each case only one out of the first and second sealing elements is moved; and
wherein the first air connector and the second air connector are situated opposite one another and the actuation mechanism comprises a first limb with a first sealing element arranged thereon and a second limb with a second sealing element arranged thereon, wherein the first and second limbs are arranged between the first and second air connectors and can be tilted by the electromagnetic actuator, wherein the first and second limbs are mechanically coupled to one another such that,
in the first switching position, the first sealing element closes the first air connector by an elastic force acting on the first limb, whereas the second sealing element opens up the second air connector;
in the second switching position, the first sealing element closes the first air connector by an elastic force acting on the first limb, and the second sealing element closes the second air connector by an elastic force acting on the second limb; and
in the third switching position, the first sealing element opens up the first air connector, whereas the second sealing element closes the second air connector by an elastic force acting on the second limb.

US Pat. No. 10,963,710

DETECTION AND VALIDATION OF OBJECTS FROM SEQUENTIAL IMAGES OF A CAMERA BY USING HOMOGRAPHIES

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of detecting objects, comprising the steps:a) with a camera of a vehicle, capturing a series of images including a first image at a first time and a second image at a second time after the first time;
b) determining a plurality of corresponding feature pairs, wherein each one of the corresponding feature pairs respectively consists of corresponding first and second features in the first and second images;
c) establishing a plurality of spatial planes, wherein each respective spatial plane of the plurality of the spatial planes is established respectively by associating, with the respective spatial plane, a plurality of adjacent feature pairs among the corresponding feature pairs, wherein the plurality of the spatial planes includes at least one back plane extending normal to a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and/or at least one ground plane extending horizontally, and wherein the plurality of the spatial planes may optionally additionally include at least one side plane extending vertically and along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and
d) detecting objects in the series of images, taking into account and dependent on the spatial planes that have been established.

US Pat. No. 10,926,767

METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT A LANE CHANGE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method for carrying out a lane change in a motor vehicle, wherein a change from a lane which is currently being travelled on by the motor vehicle in question at a predefined speed to an adjacent lane is carried out autonomously if a recommendation to change the lane is output by a control device, the recommendation to change from a relatively fast lane to a slower lane is output by the control device if:a lane change is possible without putting at risk the motor vehicle in question and/or a motor vehicle travelling on the slower lane,
on the lane which is currently being travelled on, the motor vehicle in question is not being prevented from travelling at the predefined speed by another motor vehicle travelling ahead, and
on the slower lane, no motor vehicle travelling at a higher speed than the predefined speed of the motor vehicle in question is detected at a specific distance behind the motor vehicle in question.

US Pat. No. 10,902,622

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A VIEW AROUND A VEHICLE FOR A VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method comprising the steps:a) with cameras mounted on a vehicle body of a vehicle, capturing camera images of a vehicle environment that includes a visible region of a ground surface outside the vehicle, wherein the visible region of the ground surface is visible to the cameras and is represented in the camera images;
b) processing the camera images, and based thereon generating an initial vehicle environment view that represents the vehicle environment including the visible region of the ground surface and not including a non-visible region of the ground surface, wherein the non-visible region of the ground surface is located under the vehicle body, is not visible to the cameras, and is not represented in the camera images;
c) based on the initial vehicle environment view, performing a local color prediction to calculate a color prediction matrix, and performing a movement-compensated texture prediction to calculate a texture prediction matrix;
d) generating a synthesized texture of the non-visible region of the ground surface from the texture prediction matrix and the color prediction matrix; and
e) generating a final vehicle environment view that represents the vehicle environment including the visible region of the ground surface as represented in the initial vehicle environment view, and that represents the non-visible region of the ground surface with the synthesized texture.