US Pat. No. 9,455,606

WINDING CARRIER FOR USE IN AN ELECTRICAL MACHINE AND WINDING ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A winding carrier (1) for the defined fitting of a coil winding, comprising:
a winding section (2) which is to be placed onto a cylindrical tooth component;

a groove structure (3) which is arranged in at least one region of the winding section in order to receive a winding wire; and

a winding wire (8) in contact with the groove structure (3) of the winding section (2);

wherein the groove structure (3) includes two mutually opposite side faces (7) which are angled relative to one another at a non-zero angle to form a groove therebetween to receive the winding wire (8), wherein the groove has a cross-section that is trapezoidal or triangular, and wherein a diameter of the winding wire (8) is such that within the groove, the winding wire (8) rests against only the two side faces (7) and no other portion of the groove structure (3).

US Pat. No. 9,440,348

HAND TOOL GEARING UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand tool gearing unit, comprising:
a fixed housing;
a pivot housing pivotably mounted relative to the fixed housing about a pivot axis;
a driving gearwheel;
a driven gearwheel mounted in the pivot housing; and
a connecting unit configured to transmit a rotational movement from the driving gearwheel to the driven gearwheel,
wherein the pivot housing is configured to connect the connecting unit and the driven gearwheel to form a preassemblable assembly,
including the pivot housing, the connecting unit and the driven gearwheel, mountable in said fixed housing.

US Pat. No. 9,440,620

WIPING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiping device, comprising a retaining element (10a-10c) which has at least one longitudinal guide channel (18a-18c) for guiding at least one spring element (20a-20c) along a longitudinal direction (22a-22c), characterized in that the retaining element (10a-10c) has at least one mounting code (34a-34c) which is provided to define exactly one explicit mounting position with a wiper blade adapter (12a-12c), wherein the retaining element (10a-10c) comprises at least two fastening recesses (26a-26c, 28a-28c, 30a-30c, 32a-32c) which have contours of different size or shape and are provided to define the exactly one explicit mounting position with
the wiper blade adapter (12a-12c), and wherein the retaining element (10a-10c) is configured asymmetrically to a central plane (88a-88c) extending perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (22a-22c) of the retaining element (10a-10c).

US Pat. No. 9,438,183

AMPLIFIER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AN AMPLIFIER DEVICE OR THE AMPLIFIER UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An amplifier comprising:
an amplifier unit, and
a control device including an input interface for an audio signal, a delay module designed to transmit the audio signal, delayed
by a delay value, to the amplifier unit and to reduce the delay value from a starting value to a final value during an adaptation
phase, and a switch-on module for activating the amplifier unit and the delay module in response to an incoming audio signal
at the input interface when the amplifier unit is in an energy saving mode,

wherein the starting value for the delay of the audio signal is selected to be equally long as or longer than the duration
of an activation process of the amplifier unit so that the delayed audio signal is provided to the amplifier unit after the
amplifier unit is activated and capable of providing an output.

US Pat. No. 9,400,023

DISC BRAKE PAD GUIDEWAY AND DISC BRAKE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A GUIDEWAY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A guideway for a disk brake comprising:
a body having a substantially U-shaped cross section that is configured to be received in a housing, the body including:
a base portion configured to rest against a base of the housing, the base portion including a first end region and a second
end region;

an inner radial portion extending from the first end region of the base, the inner radial portion including a locking tab
configured to rest and hook against a lower surface of the housing;

an inner front portion extending from the inner radial portion and configured to be interposed between and in contact with
the housing and a disk brake pad;

an outer radial portion extending from the first end region of the base portion and configured to rest against a lower surface
of a stud of the housing;

a front support portion extending from the outer radial portion and including a front support surface configured to rest against
a front surface of the stud, the front support portion including two tabs configured to extend from either side of the stud
so as to form a lateral stop for the guideway; and

a damper spring portion formed by a first hairpin leg extending from the front support portion and turning approximately 180
degrees, a damper spring leg extending from the first hairpin leg generally parallel to the front support portion, and a bent
over portion including a guide face defining a contact zone configured to rest elastically against a side of a disk brake
pad above a lug of the disk brake pad to exert a constant elastic force on the disk brake pad;

wherein faces of the guideway configured to contact the housing form a damping face and include an elastic damping element;
wherein the guideway is formed from a metal sheet covered with said elastic damping element on just one face of the metal
sheet;

wherein the bent over portion is configured to contact the disk brake pad at a side of the metal sheet opposite the elastic
damping element.

US Pat. No. 9,399,811

METHOD FOR CARBONITRIDING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT IN A TREATMENT CHAMBER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for carbonitriding at least one component (12) in a treatment chamber (16), comprising introducing a process gas (28; 30) comprising a carbon-donating gas and a process gas comprising a nitrogen-donating gas into the treatment chamber (16), detecting a hydrogen content (44) in an atmosphere (46) developing in said treatment chamber (16) as a by-product from the process gas comprising a carbon-donating gas and/or the process gas comprising a nitrogen-donating
gas and maintaining the hydrogen content in a desired range (55; 57) at least temporarily by influencing the amount of the process gas comprising a carbon-donating gas and/or the amount of
the process gas comprising a nitrogen-donating gas that is fed, wherein at least two chemically different process gases (28, 30) act chemically in succession on the component (12) and wherein an evacuation or purge of the treatment chamber is completed when the detected hydrogen content (44) of the atmosphere (46) undershoots a predefined threshold value (45).

US Pat. No. 9,382,884

VALVE FOR METERING FLUID

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A valve for metering fluid under pressure, comprising:
a valve housing having an inlet opening for supplying fluid and a metering opening for spraying the fluid;
a valve seat formed on the valve housing and surrounding the metering opening, the valve seat including a seat surface pointing
in a spray direction;

a valve needle carrying a closing head;
a valve-closing spring which engages on the valve needle and applies the closing head to the valve seat while closing the
metering opening; and

an electrical actuator applying an outwardly lifting compressive force to the valve needle, lifting the closing head away
from the valve seat to release the metering opening;

wherein the valve-closing spring is a spring disk pushed onto the valve needle and includes an arcuate contact surface that
contacts a radial shoulder support surface, the spring disk being gimbal mounted due to the contact of the arcuate contact
surface with the radial shoulder support surface.

US Pat. No. 9,362,856

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A POWER OUTPUT STAGE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for the operation of a power output stage of an electrical machine, the power output stage including a bridge
circuit having at least one half-bridge, wherein the half-bridge has two series connected power semiconductor switches, the
method comprising:
in a normal operating mode, supplying each power semiconductor switch with an operating control voltage in order to set a
power voltage;

in a short-circuit monitoring mode, detecting the power voltages of each respective power semiconductor switch, and determining
whether a short-circuit condition exists based on the power voltages; and

in a check mode for the power semiconductor switches, setting simultaneously a test control voltage at each of the power semiconductor
switches, which is below the operating control voltage;

wherein the operating control voltage is an operating gate voltage, the test control voltage is a test gate voltage and the
power voltage is a drain-source voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,358,958

WIPER BLADE ADAPTER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade adapter device having a wiper arm adapter (10) and a wiper blade adapter (12), characterized by a pivot bearing unit (14) that rotatably mounts the wiper arm adapter (10) and the wiper blade adapter (12) in an assembly process relative to each other around a vertical axis (16), wherein the wiper arm adapter is configured to be coupled to a wiper arm, wherein the wiper blade adapter (12) includes a lower surface that is configured to be directly coupled to a wiper blade (46), wherein the pivot bearing unit (14) includes a bearing pin (18) disposed above the lower surface on the wiper blade adapter (12), wherein the bearing pin (18) extends from the wiper blade adapter (12) along the vertical axis (16) and in a direction away from the lower surface of the wiper blade adapter (12), and wherein the wiper arm adapter (10) is configured to be moved vertically down onto the bearing pin (18) along the vertical axis (16) and to rotate about the bearing pin (18) relative to the wiper blade adapter (12) during the assembly process, the wiper blade adapter device further comprising a detent unit (48) which is provided to form a latching connection between the wiper arm adapter (10) and the wiper blade adapter (12) in an assembled state, wherein the assembled state is a state in which the wiper arm adapter (10) has been rotated relative to the wiper blade adapter (12) about the vertical axis (16) until the latching connection occurs, wherein the detent unit (48) comprises at least one detent recess (34, 36) and at least one locking means (30, 32), wherein the at least one locking means (30, 32) is disposed in the assembled state in a positive-locking manner within the at least one detent recess (34, 36) to form the latching connection and to prevent rotation of the wiper arm adapter (10) about the vertical axis (16) and out of the assembled state, and wherein the at least one locking means (30, 32) includes an elastically deflectable tab that pivots about an axis parallel to the vertical axis (16).

US Pat. No. 9,344,789

DIGITAL MICROPHONE INTERFACE SUPPORTING MULTIPLE MICROPHONES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microphone interface extension comprising:
a controller outputting a controller clock signal;
a parent microphone receiving the controller clock signal and generating a first data signal; and
a child microphone generating a second data signal and outputting the second data signal to the parent microphone;
wherein the parent microphone receives the second data signal from the child microphone and outputs a combined data signal
to the controller based on the first data signal and the second data signal,

wherein the parent microphone outputs the combined data signal to the controller on a phase of a microphone clock signal derived
from the controller clock signal;

a second parent microphone receiving the controller clock signal and generating a third data signal; and
a second child microphone generating a fourth data signal and outputting the fourth data signal to the second parent microphone,
wherein the second parent microphone receives the fourth data signal from the second child microphone and outputs a second
combined data signal to the controller based on the third data signal and the fourth data signal,

wherein the second parent microphone outputs the second combined data signal to the controller on a second phase of the microphone
clock signal opposite the first phase of the microphone clock signal the first combined data signal is output on.

US Pat. No. 9,311,891

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING A MUTUAL INFLUENCE OF PIXELS OF A PIXEL GROUP

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for reducing a mutual influence of interleaved pixels, the method comprising:
receiving, by processing circuitry, image data that includes pixels of a first image and pixels of a second image, wherein
coordinates of the pixels of the first image and coordinates of the pixels of the second image are interleaved;

modifying, by the processing circuitry, values of the pixels of the received image data such that, for a first one of the
pixels of the first image and a first one of the pixels of the second image that are interleaved at approximately a same coordinate,
a first brightness factor is applied to the first one of the pixels of the first image and a second brightness factor is applied
to the first one of the pixels of the second image according to a condition that there be a greater reduction in brightness
to whichever of (i) the first one of the pixels of the first image and (ii) the first one of the pixels of the second image
is brighter; and

outputting, by the processing circuitry, the modified pixels for display in a display area of a display device so that the
first image is viewable when the display area is observed from a first direction and the second image is viewable when the
display area is observed from a second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,309,111

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component, comprising:
a first substrate having a first front side and a first rear side facing away from the first front side;
a plurality of first printed conductors that are fashioned on the first front side of the first substrate;
a plurality of actuator devices that are fashioned at least one of on and in the first substrate and that are electrically
bonded to the first printed conductors, wherein each actuator device includes:

at least one stator electrode, and
at least one actuator electrode that works together with the at least one stator electrode, each actuator device being fashioned
such that a voltage can be applied between the at least one actuator electrode and the at least one cooperating stator electrode
in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode can be displaced relative to the at least one stator electrode;

a plurality of second printed conductors that are fashioned on the first rear side of the first substrate and are electrically
connected to the first printed conductors; and

at least one control ASIC fastened at least one of to, over, and on the first rear side of the first substrate and electrically
bonded to the second printed conductors in such a way that the voltage that can be applied between the at least one actuator
electrode and the at least one cooperating stator electrode of each actuator device can be controlled by the at least one
control ASIC.

US Pat. No. 9,310,454

DETECTION OF A DIELECTRIC OBJECT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A measuring device for detecting a dielectric object, comprising:
a potential probe configured to determine an electrical potential in an electric field;
a first capacitance device;
a second capacitance device;
a control device configured to supply the first capacitance device and the second capacitance device with alternating voltages,
wherein the control device is configured to amplify the alternating voltages in opposite directions to one another in order
to minimize the magnitude of an alternating voltage component, which is clock-synchronous with the alternating voltages, of
a voltage which is recorded by means of the potential probe, and

wherein the control device is further configured to detect the dielectric object when a ratio of the alternating voltages
does not correspond to a ratio of (i) a first distance of the potential probe from the first capacitance device to (ii) a
second distance of the potential probe from the second capacitance device.

US Pat. No. 9,303,852

HAND-LAMP DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-lamp device, comprising:
a battery-receiving area;
a swiveling mechanism;
a lighting device; and
a coupling device to contact a hand-held machine-tool battery located in the battery-receiving area, and which, in at least
one operating state, is situated between the lighting device and the battery-receiving area, the swiveling mechanism being
situated at least partially in an immediate area of the coupling device,

wherein the swiveling mechanism includes a swivel bearing that has at least one swivel axis situated in a coupling direction
of the coupling device behind the coupling device,

wherein the at least one swivel axis intersects the immediate area of the coupling device,
wherein the coupling device is provided to contact the hand-held machine-tool battery disposed in the battery-receiving area
in a manner able to be disengaged without using a tool.

US Pat. No. 9,267,865

METHOD AND PARTICLE SENSOR FOR DETECTING PARTICLES IN AN EXHAUST GAS STREAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting particles in an exhaust gas stream guided along a duct using a particle sensor that comprises at
least two electrodes arranged in the duct, the method comprising:
applying a first voltage and a second voltage to the at least two electrodes to produce a first electric field and a second
electric field between the at least two electrodes;

determining a first capacitance value that corresponds to the first electrical field and a second capacitance value that corresponds
to the second electrical field of a capacitor that is embodied by the at least two electrodes;

ascertaining from the first capacitance value and the second capacitance value information regarding the particles contained
in the exhaust gas stream; and

comparing the first capacitance value with a first reference value and comparing the second capacitance value with a second
reference value to ascertain information regarding the particles contained in the exhaust gas stream,

wherein the second capacitance value is compared with the second reference value to ascertain information regarding a type
or size of the particles contained in the exhaust gas stream when the second voltage is an alternating current voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,264,595

ARRANGEMENT FOR ADJUSTABLY MOUNTING A CAMERA

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adjustment arrangement for adjusting a camera (12) enclosed by a housing (14), the adjustment arrangement (16) comprising a first turn plate (20), a second turn plate (24), and a gearwheel (22) including a cup having a base, the gearwheel (22) adapted to be placed dependent on a lens (28) used, wherein the gearwheel (22) is adapted to be placed between the first turn plate (20) and the second turn plate (24) in a first position or a second position, wherein in the first position the base is oriented in a first direction relative
to the first and second turn plates (20, 24) and the cup extends beyond the first turn plate (20), and wherein in the second position the base is oriented in a second direction opposite the first direction relative to
the first and second turn plates (20,24) and the cup extends beyond the second turn plate (24).

US Pat. No. 9,239,320

METHOD FOR VERIFYING THE PLAUSIBILITY OF A MEASURING DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF AN AQUEOUS UREA SOLUTION IN A RESERVOIR OF AN SCR CATALYST SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for verifying the plausibility of a measuring device for determining a quality of an aqueous urea solution in
a reservoir (100) of an SCR catalyst system, the method comprising:
determining whether contents of the reservoir relate to an aqueous urea solution,
determining whether a filling of the reservoir has taken place,
detecting an error of the measuring device is present when contents of the reservoir do not relate to an aqueous urea solution
and the reservoir was not filled, and

when the contents of the reservoir relate to an aqueous urea solution, determining whether the quality of the aqueous urea
solution in the reservoir deviates from a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,233,675

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT A STATIONARY HOLDING FUNCTION ON A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a valve for maintaining brake pressure in a specified region of a brake circuit in a motor vehicle,
comprising:
controlling the valve using a first control method;
monitoring the specified region of the brake circuit with respect to an occurrence of a loss of brake pressure;
determining a number of times that the loss of brake pressure had occurred while the controlling the valve using the first
control method; and

if the number is greater than a specified number, controlling the valve using a second control method,
wherein the first control method causes the valve to close, and wherein current pulses used for closing the valve are determined
according to a comfort level of a driver of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,233,424

ADAPTER FOR HOLDING A HOLE SAW ON A POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adapter for holding a hole saw on a power tool comprising:
a driver defining (i) a recess, and (ii) a driver flange having at least one axially protruding driver pin;
a threaded spindle including an end-face threaded portion, the threaded spindle being configured to be inserted in the recess
so as to be rotatable in the recess; and

a connecting bushing configured to couple the threaded spindle and the driver in a direction of rotation, and the connecting
bushing being held so as to be axially displaceable between a release position and a coupling position,

wherein in the coupling position the connecting bushing is connected in a form-fitting manner in a circumferential direction
both to the threaded spindle and to the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,217,480

DISC BRAKE PAD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A disk brake pad comprising:
a plurality of lugs, each of which includes an outer face in which a groove is defined, the groove extending in a longitudinal
direction generally parallel to the outer face, the groove being configured to receive a tongue of a wound spring that extends
into a housing in a brake cover,

wherein each lug of the plurality of lugs, in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, has a mixtilinear generally
rectangular cross-section defining the groove, the groove being defined by a base including a protruding central portion forming
an abutment and defining an abutment plane parallel to the outer face, the base extending from each side of the protruding
central portion to a fillet, which is recessed from the abutment plane and connects the base to a respective side of the groove
at a position behind the abutment plane relative to the outer face.

US Pat. No. 9,211,622

HAND POWER TOOL HAVING A DRUM-TYPE TOOL CHANGE MAGAZINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand power tool comprising:
a tool having an outer polygonal coupling;
a tool housing including a drum-type tool change magazine having at least one tool chamber configured to store the tool;
a tool receiver arranged on the tool housing and which is configured to receive the tool and which has an inner receiver provided,
at least portionally, with a rotary driver profile_corresponding to the outer polygonal coupling, wherein the at least one
tool chamber is configured to be aligned so as to be flush with the tool receiver to enable the tool to slide from the at
least one tool chamber into the inner receiver or from the inner receiver into the at least one tool chamber; and

an alignment element configured to rotate the tool about a longitudinal axis of the tool to rotationally align the outer polygonal
coupling with the rotary driver profile such that the outer polygonal coupling is matingly received on the rotary driver profile
as the tool slides from the at least one tool chamber into the inner receiver to enable the outer polygonal coupling to slide
into the rotary driver profile of the inner receiver, wherein:

the alignment element has a spring element configured to apply an associated spring force to the outer polygonal coupling,
the spring element having at least a first spring arm and a second spring arm connected together via a connecting arm,

the connecting arm is elastically deformable to enable at least the first spring arm and second spring arm to be bent in mutually
opposite directions, and

when the connecting arm is un-deformed, at least the first spring arm and the second spring arm are spaced apart from each
other by a spacing that is at least as large as a spacing between two opposing side faces of the outer polygonal coupling.

US Pat. No. 9,211,910

KS LATERAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM HAVING A MODIFIED CONTROL CHARACTERISTICS WHEN CORNERING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for keeping a vehicle in its lane, comprising:
a steering intervention arrangement to apply a steering torque to a steering system of the vehicle via a steering control
element in the event of a deviation of a path of motion of the vehicle from a setpoint path of motion;

a modifying arrangement to modify, when cornering along a curve and responsive to a determination that the path of motion
of the vehicle deviates from the setpoint path of motion in a direction towards an inside of the curve, a guiding behavior
of the steering intervention arrangement so that lower steering torques are applied to the steering system than in the event
of a corresponding deviation in a direction towards an outside of the curve; and

one of an open-loop control device and a closed-loop control device which includes a characteristic curve which is asymmetrically
widened when cornering, a dead zone being specified for a steering deviation such that responsive to a determination that
the steering deviation falls within the dead zone, small or no steering torques are applied to the steering system;

wherein the size of the dead zone is a function of the course of the curve along which the vehicle is traveling.

US Pat. No. 9,212,962

SELF-POWERED PRESSURE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure sensor assembly comprising:
an accelerometer configured to produce a first current upon movement of the accelerometer;
a capacitor configured to receive the first current thereby charging the capacitor;
a gate element operably connected to the capacitor and configured to discharge a second current from the capacitor upon the
capacitor attaining a threshold voltage;

a pressure sensor configured to receive the discharged current to produce a first signal corresponding to at least one pressure
reading of the pressure sensor; and

a transmitter operably connected to the pressure sensor and configured to transmit a second signal based upon the first signal
to an external device configured to store data corresponding to the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,213,065

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A MALFUNCTION OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE THROUGH THE MODULATION OF VARIABLES INFLUENCING THE TORQUE OF THE MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a malfunction of an electric machine, the method comprising:
modulating a first variable (isq) influencing the torque (M) of the electric machine (1) by superimposing a test signal on the first variable;

modulating a second variable (?p) influencing the torque of the electric machine by superimposing a test signal on the second
variable;

detecting an effect of the first and second variables (?p, isq) on a parameter of the electric machine (1), the parameter being at least one selected from the group consisting of a torque (M), a speed, an electric parameter, and
a magnetic parameter; and

determining a fault condition based on the effect.

US Pat. No. 9,150,199

SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A safety device for a motor vehicle, comprising
a sensor system to locate objects in an area in front of the vehicle and at least in lateral surroundings of the vehicle;
a prediction unit to detect a risk of collision with an object coming from a side of the vehicle;
a detection unit to detect an area clear of potential collision objects in front of the vehicle; and
a control unit configured to suppress braking of the vehicle when a risk of collision with an object coming from the side
is detected, and when the area in front of the vehicle is recognized as being clear, if this would make a collision with the
object coming from the side avoidable.

US Pat. No. 9,149,873

COLLET RETENTION MECHANISM FOR A ROTARY TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An accessory tool retention assembly for a rotary tool comprising:
a collet chuck configured to be coupled to an output shaft of a motor of a rotary tool, the collet chuck including a main
body defining a collet receiving passage and a leading portion defining an opening that leads into the collet receiving passage;

a collet including a cylindrical body defining a collet axis and configured to fit longitudinally within the collet receiving
passage of the collet chuck, the collet having a leading end portion, a trailing end portion, and at least one slot that extends
along a portion of a length of the body through the leading end portion, the at least one slot dividing the collet into a
plurality of flexible segments, each of the plurality of flexible segments including an intermediate portion that is arranged
parallel to the collet axis when the collet is in a relaxed state and an outwardly projecting end portion that projects radially
outwardly from the collet; and

a nose cap positioned on the leading portion of the collet chuck, the nose cap including a front wall portion defining an
insertion opening aligned with the opening and the passage of the collet chuck, the insertion opening having a peripheral
shape that matches a peripheral shape of the collet, the front wall portion including a detent structure that is interposed
in a path of movement of the collet into and out of the collet receiving passage while the collet is in a relaxed state,

wherein the detent structure is positioned in a path of movement of the outwardly projecting end portion of one of the flexible
segments of the collet when the collet is in a relaxed state, and

wherein the flexible segments are configured to be deflected inwardly to provide clearance for the outwardly projecting end
portion of the one of the flexible segments to move past the detent structure.

US Pat. No. 9,115,846

HOLDING ELEMENT AND CONTROL MODULE WITH A HOLDING ELEMENT OF THIS TYPE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A retaining element for a hydraulic unit of a vehicle brake system with traction control, comprising:
a first side wall including (i) a fixed end region, (ii) an opposite free end region, which includes a first mount for positively
interlocking and non-positive retention of the hydraulic unit, (iii) at least one first molded stiffening rib extending substantially
radially relative to the first mount, and (iv) at least one molded second stiffening rib extending substantially coaxially
with respect to the first mount;

a base connected to the fixed end region and arranged in a plane perpendicular to the first side wall, the base including
at least one third stiffening rib extending in a direction toward the first mount and at least one fourth stiffening rib extending
in a direction away from the first mount:

a second side wall arranged in a plane perpendicular to the base and the first side wall; and
at least one fastener configured to fasten the retaining element to a supporting part,
wherein the retaining element is at least substantially integrally formed,
wherein the retaining element is manufactured at least substantially from plastic, and
wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, and the base are connected to one another at a common corner.

US Pat. No. 9,115,703

ADJUSTABLE HYDRAULIC PUMP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adjustable hydraulic pump comprising:
a shuttle valve having a valve body;
an adjustment device configured to be connected via the shuttle valve to a control pressure supply and to a working line,
the working line connected to the hydraulic pump; and

a nozzle configured to continuously connect the working line to the control pressure supply,
wherein the nozzle is in or on the valve body of the shuttle valve.

US Pat. No. 9,108,610

ELECTRICALLY BOOSTED BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A braking system for a vehicle defining a vertical direction, the braking system comprising a brake booster (200) with an electric motor driving a push rod (130) of a piston of a master cylinder (100) via a ball-screw connection and actuated by a control rod (230) connected to a brake pedal, characterized in that in a casing (201) connected to the master cylinder (100), the brake booster (200) comprises an actuator piston (220)
guided in translational movement by at least two guide pins (311) which are parallel to an axis (XX) of the master cylinder (100),

driven in translational movement by a ball screw (222, 225) of which a screw (225) of the ball screw (222, 225), which, when the brake booster (200) is mounted in the vehicle, is offset with respect to a vertical plane that is defined to include the vertical direction
and passes through the axis (XX) of the master cylinder (100), is driven by the motor (210) and collaborates with a nut (222) translationally as one with the actuator piston (220), and

a bore (221) of the actuator piston (220) on the axis (XX) receives a boost piston (250) equipped with a reaction disc (240) and with a plunger piston (232) connected to the control rod (230).

US Pat. No. 9,105,901

BATTERY PACK

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery pack, comprising:
at least one battery module having a plurality of battery cells, the plurality of battery cells being aligned in the same
direction;

a heat dissipation member disposed in alignment with the battery module, the heat dissipation member having a plurality of
heat dissipation fins and a heat dissipation pipe, the heat dissipation pipe being connected with the plurality of heat dissipation
fins;

a heat conducting member connected to the heat dissipation member, wherein the plurality of heat dissipation fins are located
over the at least one battery module in spaced relation thereto and neither the heat dissipation member nor the heat conducting
member is connected to the at least one battery module or the battery cells; and

a fastening member connected to the heat conducting member, the fastening member connecting the heat dissipation pipe and
the heat conducting member.

US Pat. No. 9,082,882

MICROELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND CORRESPONDING PRODUCTION PROCESS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microelectronic component comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a top side and a reverse side;
an elastically movable mass device on the top side of the substrate;
at least one source region located in or on the mass device;
at least one drain region located in or on the mass device; and
at least one gate region suspended on a conductor track arrangement above the at least one source region and the at least
one drain region and spaced apart from the mass device by a gap,

wherein the conductor track arrangement is anchored on the top side of the substrate in a periphery of the mass device, such
that the at least one gate region remains fixed when the mass device has been moved; and

wherein the mass device is connected to the periphery via a spring device integrated within the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,067,578

METHOD FOR OPERATING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND CONTROL UNIT FOR A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

10. A control unit for a regenerative braking system of a vehicle, comprising:
an activation device that outputs:
an at least one generator control signal, which adjusts a generator braking torque, to a generator of the braking system,
and

a brake fluid delivery mechanism control signal to at least one brake fluid delivery mechanism of the braking system to provide
a total setpoint braking torque that is predefined by one of a driver of the vehicle and an adaptive cruise control by:

controlling the braking system into a first braking mode, by providing a first regenerative portion of the generator braking
torque from the generator, and

controlling the braking system out of the first braking mode into a second braking mode by:
providing (i) a second regenerative portion of the generator braking torque from the generator and (ii) an actual brake pressure
having an actual pressure rise which increases over time, and

triggering, by the brake fluid delivery mechanism control signal, an at least one brake fluid delivery mechanism to establish
a setpoint brake pressure having a setpoint pressure rise that has a time derivation increase over time, so that the actual
brake pressure is built up in one of an at least one wheel brake cylinder and an at least one brake circuit;

wherein the second regenerative portion is smaller than the first regenerative portion,
wherein a setpoint delivery output variable is one of established and predefined for the setpoint brake pressure, and the
setpoint delivery output variable is output to the at least one brake fluid delivery mechanism via the brake fluid delivery
mechanism control signal, and

wherein the setpoint pressure rise is implemented by pumping brake fluid from a storage volume of the braking system into
a respective one of the at least one wheel brake cylinder and the at least one brake circuit, through the triggered at least
one brake fluid delivery mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,047,780

COLLISION MITIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING DRIVER ATTENTIVENESS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for mitigating vehicle collisions, the system comprising:
a processor configured to:
set a driver attention level to at least one of an attentive level and an inattentive level based on a driver's interaction
with at least one from the group of a vehicle control device and an entertainment system located within a vehicle,

automatically pre-fill at least one brake line of the vehicle without automatically applying vehicle brakes when the driver
attention level is set to the inattentive level,

automatically perform a brake jerk when the driver attention level is set to the inattentive level and a distance between
the vehicle and a closest object detected around the vehicle is less than a first predetermined distance, and

automatically slow the vehicle when the driver attention level is set to the inattentive level and a distance between the
vehicle and a closest object detected around the vehicle is less than a second predetermined distance,

wherein the processor is configured to set the driver attention level to the attentive level when the driver is not interacting
with an entertainment system located within the vehicle and at least one turn indicator located within the vehicle is active.

US Pat. No. 10,914,390

FLUID VALVE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING VALVE BODY WITH SEAL RETENTION FEATURES

Robert Bosch LLC, Broadv...

1. A fluid valve comprising a valve body and a valve plug disposed in the valve body so as to rotate relative to the valve body about a rotational axis, whereinthe valve body includes:
a base;
a sidewall that protrudes from a peripheral edge of the base in a direction parallel to the rotational axis, the sidewall and the base defining a valve plug chamber; and
valve ports, each valve port intersecting the sidewall at an opening,the valve plug supports an annular seal in such a way that, a) for certain orientations of the valve plug with respect to the valve body, the seal abuts an inner surface of the sidewall and provides a fluid-tight seal between the valve plug and the valve body, and b) during rotation of the valve plug relative to the valve body, the seal is moved relative to the valve body along a circular path,at least one of the valve ports includes a guiding feature that guides the seal along the circular path.

US Pat. No. 10,788,387

COMPONENT HAVING A MICROMECHANICAL SENSOR MODULE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor carrier having a main plane of extension, a first side of the sensor carrier being parallel to the main plane of extension, a second side of the sensor carrier being parallel to the main plane of extension, which is situated opposite the first side, at least one electrical contact surface being situated on the second side, wherein at least one stress-measuring structure is embedded into the sensor carrier,wherein the stress-measuring structure and the electrical contact surface are situated in an al least partially overlapping manner perpendicularly to the main plane of extension.

US Pat. No. 10,758,989

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING CABLE FAULT DETECTION IN A SAW

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A method for detection of a fault in a sensing cable within a saw comprising:generating, with a signal generator, a predetermined excitation signal transmitted through a first conductor and a second conductor in the sensing cable, the first conductor being electrically connected to a plate in the saw and the second conductor being electrically connected to an implement in the saw positioned at a predetermined distance from the plate;
detecting, with a controller, a return signal corresponding to the excitation signal through the first conductor and the second conductor in the sensing cable;
identifying, with the controller, a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the return signal; and
generating, with the controller and a user interface device in the saw, an output indicating a fault in the sensing cable in response to the SNR of the return signal being below a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,747,095

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A PROJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A PROJECTION DEVICE CALIBRATED IN THIS MANNER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for calibrating a projection device for displaying discretely stored image information with the aid of at least two controllable and regulatable light sources, which each transmit a beam component of a scanning beam, and using devices for focusing, aligning and moving the beam components, so that pixels corresponding to the light sources overlap as much as possible on a projection surface and may be moved in a predefined trajectory over the projection surface, the method comprising:a. defining a reference beam for the scanning beam;
b. determining, in each instance, a dewarping function for an x-projector coordinate and for a y-projector coordinate of the reference beam, each dewarping function converting the respective projector coordinate to corresponding image coordinates, which are assigned to the image information;
c. determining, in each instance, an offset function for the x-projector coordinate and the y-projector coordinate for all beam components, each offset function approximating an offset between the respective x- or y-image coordinate of the reference beam and a corresponding x- or y-image coordinate of the respective beam component;
d. providing the dewarping functions for the reference beam; and
e. providing the offset functions for all of the beam components,
wherein the a reference beam is determined by taking an average over optical paths of the beam components.

US Pat. No. 10,686,321

SECONDARY BATTERY MANAGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of managing a battery system, the battery system including at least one battery cell, at least one sensor configured to measure at least one characteristic of the battery cell, and a battery management system including a microprocessor and a memory, the method comprisingestimating, by the battery management system, a state of charge of the at least one battery cell at a first time by applying an electrochemical battery model,
wherein applying the electrochemical battery model includes using differential algebraic equations to estimate the state of charge of the at least one battery cell at the first time based at least in part on a previously determined state of charge and a previously determined value of a slowly varying parameter indicative of physical changes to a chemical composition of battery cell materials of the at least one battery cell
wherein applying the electrochemical battery model provides an estimated value of the slowly varying parameter at the first time;
receiving by the battery management system from the at least one sensor, a measured value of at least one measured characteristic of the battery at the first time;
updating, by the battery management system, the state of charge of the at least one battery cell at the first time based on the at least one measured characteristic of the battery at the first time; and
regulating, by the battery management system, at least one of charging or discharging of the battery based on the updated state of charge of the at least one battery cell.

US Pat. No. 10,668,612

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a tool housing;
a drive shaft provided with a tool holder for holding an assigned insertion tool;
a gear unit provided in the tool housing, wherein the gear unit is drivable by a drive motor for driving the drive shaft;
a torque clutch assigned to the drive shaft;
a manually operable setting device configured to set a predefined maximum torque transferable from the gear unit to the tool holder, wherein the power tool is designed so that, when the predefined maximum torque is reached, the torque clutch is activated thereby generating at least one of oscillations or vibrations;
an acceleration sensor configured to detect the at least one of oscillations or vibrations and output an acceleration signal that represents vibrations transmitted to the tool housing and that has an assigned average amplitude from which the acceleration signal varies in response to the activation of the torque clutch; and
a control unit that is communicatively coupled to the acceleration sensor to obtain the acceleration signal from the acceleration sensor and that is configured to detect the activation of the torque clutch by identifying the varying of the acceleration signal that the control unit obtains from the acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,670,000

HYDROSTATIC POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINE PISTON FOR THE HYDROSTATIC POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINE, AND CYLINDER DRUM FOR THE HYDROSTATIC POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic positive-displacement machine comprising:a longitudinally displaceable piston;
a support portion; and
a cylinder drum having at least one cylinder configured to receive the piston,
wherein the piston is supported directly or indirectly by the support portion on an inclined plane of the positive-displacement machine,
wherein an outer circumferential surface portion of the piston is in bearing contact with an inner circumferential surface portion of the at least one cylinder, and
wherein, in at least one end area of the bearing contact, a weakening is formed in at least one of the piston and the cylinder drum, the weakening configured to reduce a rigidity or a resistance to deformation of a circumferential surface connected to the weakening when subjected to a lateral or radial force,
wherein the weakening is defined as at least one of a recess, groove, and hole extending axially into an axially-facing surface of the at least one of the piston and the cylinder drum.

US Pat. No. 10,665,860

COMPOSITE ANODE FOR A GALVANIC CELL AND A GALVANIC CELL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An anode for a galvanic cell, the anode comprising:an anode material, containing:
a main component which releases lithium ions during a discharge process of the galvanic cell, and
at least one additive,
wherein the at least one additive has an electrochemical potential which is higher, compared with elemental lithium, than an electrochemical potential of the main component, compared with elemental lithium, the at least one additive has a charge capacity and a discharge capacity, and the charge capacity does not deviate from the discharge capacity by more than 10%, wherein the at least one additive contains a mixture of lithium titanate and nickel oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,648,438

MULTIPART INSULATING ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR FOR A FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A multi-part insulating element for a fuel injection apparatus for a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine for direct injection of fuel into a combustion chamber, the fuel injection apparatus comprising:at least one fuel injection valve and one receiving bore for the fuel injection valve; and
an insulating element introduced between a valve housing of the fuel injection valve and a wall of the receiving bore, the insulating element including an inner insulating ring that is circumferentially surrounded by an outer ring and an inner ring, the outer ring being directed toward the fuel injection valve and the inner ring being directed toward the wall of the receiving bore,
wherein abutment of the outer ring and the fuel injection valve occurs with the insulating element, the inner ring, and the wall of the receiving bore in an installed state,
wherein the outer ring is disposed on a top surface of the insulating ring,
wherein the insulating ring is an annular braided, knitted, or woven wire element,
wherein the inner ring includes a first side,
wherein the outer ring includes a second side that faces the first side,
wherein the annular braided, knitted, or woven wire element directly contacts the first side of the inner ring and directly contacts the second side of the outer ring,
wherein an entire length of the first side directly contacts only a material of the annular braided, knitted, or woven wire element, and
wherein an entire length of the second side directly contacts only the material of the annular braided, knitted, or woven wire element.

US Pat. No. 10,639,731

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL HAVING A TOOL RECEIVER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool for driving an exchangeable insert tool having a cutting strand rotating on a guide unit, comprising:a vacuuming-off connecting piece adapted for engagement to an external vacuum cleaning system;
a tool receiver including at least one vacuuming-off channel connected to said vacuuming-off connecting piece and configured to receive the guide unit of the exchangeable insert tool such that the at least one vacuuming-off channel enables removal of dust produced during operation of the exchangeable insert tool with a workpiece; and
a tool housing including at least one drive unit configured to drive the cutting strand of the exchangeable insert tool when the exchangeable insert tool is received in said tool receiver,
wherein the tool receiver further includes a main body and a closure element that is adjustable between an open position in which said main body is open and a closed position in which said main body is closed via the closure element,
wherein said main body includes an opening for exchangeable insertion of the exchangeable insert tool into the tool receiver when the closure element is in said open position and said main body is open,
the vacuuming-off connecting piece is disposed on the tool housing;
wherein said closure element is configured to close said opening in said closed position when said main body is closed, and
further wherein the at least one vacuuming-off channel is formed when the closure element is in said closed position to close the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,643,896

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AT LEAST ONE VIA IN A WAFER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing at least one via in a wafer, the method comprising:providing a wafer, comprising silicon;
producing a conductive region, formed as a conductor track, in the wafer;
producing a hole in the wafer, such that the hole is fluidically at least partly connected to the conductive region and the sidewalls of the hole comprise silicon;
applying a tungsten hexafluoride-resistant protective layer, produced from silicon oxide, in a region of the surface of the hole that is to be produced or has been produced, such that an opening of the hole that is to be produced or has been produced is free of a protective layer, and
applying tungsten hexafluoride to the hole and a region of the opening of the hole by a reducing-agent-free vapor phase deposition process for producing the at least one via.

US Pat. No. 10,615,690

FEED-FORWARD CONTROLLED DC-DC VOLTAGE CONVERTER AND METHOD FOR REGULATING A FEED-FORWARD CONTROLLED DC-DC VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A DC-DC voltage converter (1) for converting a DC input voltage (U_in) to a predetermined DC output voltage (U_out), the DC-DC voltage converter comprising:a comparison device (10) configured to provide a controlled variable (R1) based on a comparison of a value of the DC output voltage (U_out) of the DC-DC voltage converter (1) with a prescribed setpoint voltage value (U_setpoint) for the DC output voltage (U_out),the controlled variable (R1) indicative of which value, between the DC output voltage (U out) value and the prescribed setpoint voltage value (U_setpoint), is greater;
a correction device (11) configured to adjust a value of an input current (I_in) of the DC-DC voltage converter (1) based on a previously determined correction function, and to output a value (I_in,corr) of the adjusted input current;
a regulation device (12) configured to calculate a further controlled variable (R2) using the value (I_in,corr) of the adjusted input current and the prescribed setpoint voltage value (U_setpoint) for the DC output voltage (U_out);
a computation device (13) configured to calculate a regulator value (R3) from the controlled variable (R1) of the comparison device (10) and the further controlled variable (R2) of the regulation device (12); and
a DC-DC voltage transducer (20) configured to convert the DC input voltage (U_in) to the DC output voltage (U_out) using the regulator value (R3) calculated by the computation device (13).

US Pat. No. 10,605,360

ACTUATOR WITH RELEASE AND RETURN MECHANISMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An actuation device comprisingan output shaft that is rotatable about a rotational axis;
a first gear train that connects a first actuator to the output shaft and transmits rotational output of the first actuator to the output shaft, the first gear train including a driver that is driven by the first actuator to rotate about the rotational axis and is configured to be fixed relative to the output shaft via a pin; and
a second gear train that connects a second actuator to a release mechanism and transmits rotational output of the second actuator to the release mechanism,whereinthe release mechanism is moveable between a retracted position in which the pin is engaged with the output shaft such that the output shaft is fixed relative to the driver, and an advanced position in which the pin is translated in a direction parallel to the rotational axis to an extent that the pin is disengaged from the output shaft and the output shaft is permitted to rotate relative to the driver,
in some actuation device operating conditions, the output shaft is driven by the first actuator to rotate via the first gear train, and
in other actuation device operating conditions, the release mechanism is driven by the second actuator to move from the retracted position to the advanced position, whereby the output shaft is disengaged from the first gear train.

US Pat. No. 10,578,212

HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE AND VEHICLE WITH SUCH A HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic traction drive for a vehicle, the hydrostatic traction drive comprising:a hydrostat comprising:
a hydraulic pump that includes an adjustment device configured to adjust a stroke volume of the hydraulic pump; and
a hydraulic motor that is arranged with the hydraulic pump in a hydraulic circuit; and
an electronic control unit configured to control only the hydrostat, and including a CAN protocol interface configured to receive a first target value for a first operating parameter of the hydrostat from a vehicle control unit of the vehicle, the electronic control unit configured operate the adjustment device of the hydrostat based on the first target value,
wherein the first operating parameter is one of an output torque demand of the hydraulic motor, an output speed demand of the hydraulic motor, and a power demand of the hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,576,653

RIP FENCE HAVING MICRO-ADJUSTMENT FOR A POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A guide assembly for aligning a workpiece on a table of a saw device, the saw device having a saw blade for cutting the workpiece and the table providing a work surface for supporting the workpiece, the work surface having a width dimension parallel to the saw blade, the guide assembly comprising:a guide member having a longitudinal axis and a first end and a second end along said longitudinal axis, said guide member having a length along said longitudinal axis between said first end and said second end for spanning said width dimension of said work surface of the table;
a first locking mechanism located at the first end of the guide member and having a locking position operable to secure the first end to the table;
a second locking mechanism located at the second end of the guide member and having a locking position operable to secure the second end to the table; and
an adjustment assembly incorporated into said guide member, said adjustment assembly including:
a side plate movably mounted to said guide member between said first and second ends, said side plate including an elongated planar surface arranged for being disposed between said guide member and the saw blade when the guide member is secured to the table, said planar surface having a length for spanning the width dimension of the work surface for directly contacting and aligning the workpiece on the table of the saw device as the workpiece is moved on the work surface parallel to the blade; and
a movement mechanism for moving said side plate relative to said guide member in a direction perpendicular to said longitudinal axis when said first and second locking mechanisms are in the locking positions, wherein said movement mechanism includes:
at least one wedge element mounted on said side plate, said at least one wedge element including a first sloped surface;
a movable wedge element associated with a corresponding one of said at least one wedge element, wherein said movable wedge element includes only one of (a) an opposed second sloped surface, complementary with and opposed to said first sloped surface in sliding engagement, and (b) an opposed second sloped surface, complementary with and opposed to said first sloped surface, said opposed second sloped surface including a roller element in engagement with said first sloped surface; and
a driving member for moving said movable wedge element relative to said corresponding one wedge element so that one of (a) the sliding engagement between said complementary opposed first and second sloped surfaces, and (b) the rolling element moving along said first sloped surface causes the side plate to move in said perpendicular direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,333

MACHINE-TOOL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A drilling hammer comprising:a drive unit;
a tool socket operably connected to the drive unit and configured to be rotated by the drive unit;
a striking-mechanism device operably connected to the drive unit and configured to drive a striking-impulse element via a drive torque of the drive unit to generate a striking impulse having a periodic acceleration;
an acceleration sensor configured to generate an acceleration signal based on the periodic acceleration; and
at least one control and/or regulation unit operably connected to the drive unit and the acceleration sensor, the control and/or regulation unit configured to (i) control rotation of the drive unit at a set rotational speed, (ii) determine an actual rotational speed of the drive unit from a frequency of the periodic acceleration of the striking-impulse element, (iii) determine a difference between the set rotational speed and the actual rotational speed, and (iv) adapt the actual rotational speed to correspond to the set rotational speed based on the determined difference.

US Pat. No. 10,551,804

TEST APPARATUS FOR CHECKING A BATTERY CONTROL DEVICE OR A BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR TESTING A BATTERY CONTROL DEVICE OR A BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A test apparatus for checking a battery control device or for checking a battery having at least one cell, comprising a battery simulator (18) for simulating a voltage of at least one cell of a simulated battery for specification of the battery control device, characterized in that the battery control device or the battery is connected to an evaluation module (14) via a rail designed as a central bus in order to process and check the voltage of a selected cell, wherein the selected cell of the battery simulator (18) for the battery control device or the selected cell of the battery is selected via an isolating module (24); and wherein a voltage of a selected cell of the battery simulator or the battery is changed via a resistor network (16) having at least one controllable optical field effect transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,548,443

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A DUST STORAGE CONTAINER

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A power tool and dust collection system, comprising:a power tool that includes a dust extraction port via which dust is expelled from the power tool during operation;
a dust storage container that includes:
a tool attachment portion configured to be removably attached to the power tool, the tool attachment portion defining a container opening, the container opening being fluidly connected to the dust extraction port of the power tool when the tool attachment portion is attached to the power tool; and
a cavity fluidically connected to the container opening, and configured to receive the dust expelled via the dust extraction port and the container opening when the tool attachment portion is attached to the power tool; and
a filter that defines at least a portion of the cavity and that enables air to enter and exit the cavity; and
an adapter that includes a body having:
a first end configured to be removably attached to the tool attachment portion of the dust storage container, the first end defining a first adaptor opening that is fluidly connected to the container opening when the first end is attached to the tool attachment portion; and
a second end configured to be removably attached to an operative end of a vacuum source, the second end defining a second adaptor opening that is fluidly connected to the vacuum source when the second end is attached to the operative end;
a passage that fluidly connects the first adaptor opening to the second adaptor opening; and
a one way valve in the passage that is configured to allow dust to enter the cavity via the passage and to prevent dust from escaping the cavity via the passage when the first end of the adapter is attached to the tool attachment portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,544,019

SCISSOR LIFT WITH HYDRAULIC PULLING CYLINDER

Bosch Automotive Service ...

1. A lift device configured to lift an object, comprising:a base for supporting the lift device on a surface;
a support assembly movably coupled to the base and configured to support the object, the support assembly including:
a first arm and a second arm connected by a cross member;
at least one first pad movably supported by the first arm and arranged directly above the first arm;
at least one second pad movably supported by the second arm and arranged directly above the second arm;
at least one first adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a location of the at least one first pad along the first arm; and
at least one second adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a location of the at least one second pad along the first arm;
a lift mechanism configured to raise and lower the support assembly relative to the base, the lift mechanism including a hydraulic cylinder, the hydraulic cylinder coupled to the base and to the support assembly such that drawing a piston of the hydraulic cylinder into a barrel of the hydraulic cylinder moves the support assembly upwardly, and extending the piston out of the barrel moves the support assembly downwardly; and
a lift assembly coupled to the support assembly, the base, and the lift mechanism, the lift assembly including two first legs rotatably coupled to the support assembly and slidably coupled to the base,
wherein the lift mechanism includes a crossbar rotatably coupled to the first two legs in such a way that drawing the piston into the barrel and extending the piston out of the barrel causes rotation of the two first legs relative to the crossbar, and the piston is fixedly coupled directly to the crossbar.

US Pat. No. 10,538,264

INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An intermediate steering shaft for a motor vehicle, comprising:an outer hollow shaft;
an inner hollow shaft arranged at least partially in the outer hollow shaft;
a profiled shaft that is arranged in the outer hollow shaft and connects the outer hollow shaft and the inner hollow shaft to one another, the inner hollow shaft connected to the profiled shaft; and
a plurality of guide arrangements that guide the profiled shaft in the outer hollow shaft and serve for the displacement of the profiled shaft and of the inner hollow shaft-in an axial direction of the outer hollow shaft,
wherein the plurality of guide arrangements has in each case (i) one section of substantially concave form on an inner circumference of the outer hollow shaft, (ii) one guide rail of substantially concave form arranged on a receiving section of the profiled shaft, and (iii) at least one ball arranged between the section and the guide rail,
wherein an elastic element is arranged between the respective guide rail and the receiving section of the profiled shaft, the elastic element configured to provide play compensation of the guide arrangement and to transmit a torque exerted on the guide arrangement by the outer hollow shaft to the profiled shaft, and
wherein the elastic element is formed by a rubber strip that is configured to be installed, by vulcanization, between the respective guide rail and the respective receiving section of the profiled shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,511,748

ELECTROSTATIC LENS CLEANING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An automotive camera with automatic lens cleaning, the automotive camera comprising:a camera housing;
a lens bezel coupled to the camera housing;
a camera lens having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the camera lens coupled to the lens bezel;
a conductive path; and
a conductive accumulator having a pointed end and a base electrically connected to the conductive path, the conductive accumulator configured to
receive an electric charge from the conductive path,
concentrate the electric charge at the pointed end, and
attract water particles to the pointed end based on an amount of the electric charge concentrated at the pointed end.

US Pat. No. 10,508,963

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR KNOCK RECOGNITION OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

10. A processor configured for knock recognition of an internal combustion engine, the processor configured to:Fourier transform, weight in frequency-dependent fashion, and sum a signal of a knock sensor to produce a first knock signal; and
determine, based on a multiplicity of first knock signals considered together, a concentration point of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, and subtract a first offset value from the first knock signal to form a second knock signal, the first offset value being ascertained from the concentration point of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, wherein when the second knock signal has a value below zero, the second knock signal is set to a value of zero, and the device is configured to evaluate the second knock signal as knocking or non-knocking;
wherein each one of the multiplicity of the first knock signals is produced based on a different signal of the knock sensor, the different signal being Fourier-transformed, weighted in frequency dependent fashion, and summed to produce the one of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, and
wherein the concentration point is determined using a best-fit line through measurement points.

US Pat. No. 10,509,502

OPERATING DEVICE

Robert Bosch Gmbh, Stutt...

1. An operating device comprising:a planar operating element including a surface and operable by an operator using an input element; and
a mounting that:
enables a stroke movement of the operating element perpendicular to the surface; and
is designed to set the operating element into rotation during the stroke movement and about an axis that is perpendicular to the surface, wherein the mounting includes levers that connect the operating element to counter bearings, and wherein the levers are tilt levers.

US Pat. No. 10,486,631

METHOD AND TRIGGER CIRCUIT FOR TRIGGERING AN AIRBAG SITUATED IN A STEERING WHEEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for triggering an airbag which is situated in a position-adjustable steering wheel of a motor vehicle, comprising:a) ascertaining a relative spacing between a driver of the motor vehicle and the steering wheel;
b) establishing a triggering event which necessitates the triggering of the airbag in the motor vehicle;
c) establishing at least one of a trigger time for the airbag and a firing strategy for the airbag, the relative spacing ascertained in step a) being taken into account in the establishing of the at least one of the trigger time and the firing strategy; and
d) triggering the airbag at least one of at the established trigger time and by way of the established firing strategy;
wherein at least one of the following measures are taken into account in the ascertainment of the relative spacing between the driver and the steering wheel: (i) tightening a safety belt, triggered by the triggering event, (ii) displacing a seat, triggered by the triggering event, (iii) deforming a seat, triggered by the triggering event, and (iv) collapsing the steering wheel, triggered by the triggering event.

US Pat. No. 10,491,880

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING OBJECTS, IN PARTICULAR THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for identifying three-dimensional objects, the method comprising:generating a plurality of image data records for an object to be identified, each image data record corresponding to a respective image portion of an image of an object to be identified, each respective image portion being different at least with respect to at least one image portion characteristic, the generating of each image data record comprising:
digitally scanning the respective image portion to digitally capture points of the respective image portion of the image, only a subset of all points in the respective image portion being digitally captured; and
combining the digitally captured subset of all points of the respective image portion of the image to form the image data record;
generating a superposition of the plurality of image data records; and
assigning a transparent color value to the digitally captured subset of all points which have a white color value in the superposition of the plurality of image data records.

US Pat. No. 10,471,983

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a power steering system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:superimposing a motor torque applied by an electric motor on a specified manual torque using a superposition unit;
detecting incipient freezing of the power steering system;
preventing the freezing of the power steering system by actuating the electric motor to apply, during a shaking operation, a shaking torque to the power steering system with a maximum torque using an oscillating control signal; and
producing, during the shaking operation, the oscillating control signal with first periods having a first amplitude and second periods having one of a zero amplitude and a second amplitude that is less than the first amplitude, whereby in the first periods the shaking torque is applied with an increased maximum torque without thermal overloading of components of the electric motor and a controller thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,476,339

ARMATURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ARMATURE

MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC., F...

1. An armature for an electric motor or a generator, the armature comprising:a plurality of split cores mutually connected to form an annular core; and
a winding wire wound on each of the split cores,
wherein a connection projection and a connection recess are formed on coupling surfaces located on both ends of each of the split cores in a circumferential direction to mutually connect adjacent ones of the split cores, and
wherein, in a cross sectional plane perpendicular to a center axis line of the annular core:
the connection projection and the connection recess have complementary configurations in which the connection projection and the connection recess are narrowed in width with distance from the coupling surfaces;
each of the connection projection and the connection recess includes a pair of friction surfaces extending in a direction separate from the coupling surfaces;
at least one of the pair of friction surfaces of the connection projection is inclined relative to a virtual normal line that is perpendicular to a line connecting bottom portions of the pair of friction surfaces of the connection projection; and
at least one of the pair of friction surfaces of the connection recess is inclined relative to a virtual normal line that is perpendicular to a line connecting bottom portions of the pair of friction surfaces of the connection recess.

US Pat. No. 10,465,577

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE FOR ENGINE INJECTION AND EXHAUST-GAS AFTER TREATMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel supply device (2) comprisinga controllable fuel delivery pump (4), which is configured to extract fuel (28) from a fuel tank (6) and to output said fuel at elevated pressure through an outlet,
a first fluid port (7), which is configured for the connection of an exhaust-tract dosing apparatus (8), and
a second fluid port (10), which is configured for the connection of an engine injection apparatus (12),
wherein the first fluid port (7) is connected directly or via a fuel filter (9) to the outlet of the fuel delivery pump (4),
wherein a fluid throttle (16) is arranged between the outlet of the fuel delivery pump (4) and the second fluid port (10), and
wherein the fuel supply device (2) is configured to,
during normal operation, set the delivery quantity of the controllable fuel delivery pump (4) such that a provided fuel quantity is sufficient to provide, at the second fluid port (10), a fuel quantity required by the engine injection apparatus (12), and
in response to a regeneration operation, increase a delivery power of the fuel delivery pump (4) and activate the exhaust-tract dosing apparatus (8) connected to the first fluid port (7), in order to inject fuel into the exhaust tract (22).

US Pat. No. 10,468,914

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for powering components in a seat of a vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a power transmitter supported by the vehicle body and operatively connected to a vehicle power supply, the power transmitter including a far-field transmitting antenna configured to generate an electromagnetic field;
the seat supported by the vehicle body;
a first power receiver located in the seat within the electromagnetic field and operatively connected to at least one component in the seat, the first power receiver including a first far-field receiving antenna configured to receive energy from the electromagnetic field, the first power receiver configured to generate electrical power from the energy received by the first far-field receiving antenna and deliver the electrical power to the at least one component; and
a second power receiver located in the seat within the electromagnetic field and operatively connected to at least one additional component in the seat, the second power receiver including a second far-field receiving antenna configured to receive energy from the electromagnetic field, the second power receiver configured to generate additional electrical power from the energy received by the second far-field receiving antenna and deliver the additional electrical power to the at least one additional component.

US Pat. No. 10,462,818

METHOD OF TRANSMITTING DATA BETWEEN NETWORK DEVICES OVER A NON-DETERMINISTIC NETWORK

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of transmitting data between network devices over a non-deterministic network with a multiple channel access method, wherein the non-deterministic network comprises a plurality of network devices, comprising the steps of:synchronising clocks of individual network devices of the plurality of network devices with each other,
dividing time available for transmitting the data into timeslots,
designating respective pairs of consecutive timeslots to the individual network devices of the plurality of network devices, wherein an individual network device transfers data only during the respective pairs of timeslots designated to it, and
evaluating, whether a network device of the plurality of network devices shall retransmit data, which it has already transmitted during a first timeslot of a pair of timeslots, within the second timeslot of the pair of timeslots,
wherein a first clock of a first network device of the plurality of network devices shall be synchronised with a second clock of a second network device of the plurality of network devices,
wherein the first clock of the first network device and the second clock of the second network device differ by an offset and the offset changes over time due to a drift,
wherein synchronising the first clock of the first network device with the second clock of the second network device comprises the steps of:
determining the drift between the first clock of the first network device and the second clock of the second network device in a first step,
compensating for the determined drift between the first clock of the first network device and the second clock of the second network device in a second step, and
determining and compensating for the offset between the first clock of the first network device and the second clock of the second network device in a third step.

US Pat. No. 10,461,305

BATTERY CELL AND BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery cell (2) comprising a prismatically-designed cell housing (3) having a cover surface (31), on which a negative terminal (11) and a positive terminal (12) are arranged projecting outwardly from the cover surface (31), and comprising at least one electrode coil (10) arranged within the cell housing (3), the electrode coil having a cathode (14), which has cathode contact lugs (24), and the electrode coil having an anode (16), which has anode contact lugs (26), wherein the cathode contact lugs (24) and the anode contact lugs (26) extend adjacently from the electrode coil (10) toward precisely one end surface (35, 36) of the cell housing (3), and wherein the end surface (35, 36) is oriented at right-angles to the cover surface (31).

US Pat. No. 10,445,125

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SECURING THE APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE OF A HYPERVISOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for securing an application programming interface of a utility program library, the method comprising:assigning, via a processor, by a configuration of a hypervisor, at least one permissible call of a function, with a first version number, to at least one guest system of the hypervisor, the first version number being in accordance with the configuration of the hypervisor;
generating source code, via the processor, supported by the configuration, for a function prototype of the function, the function prototype being adapted to the guest system, and the function prototype further corresponding to the at, least, one permissible call;
storing the source code for the function prototype in a header file;
adding the header file to a guest-specific source code, the guest-specific source code having the at least one permissible call specific to the guest system, and the header file including a second version number;
translating the guest-specific source code, including the reader file, into an object code;
while performing the translating, securing the application prototype by:
determining whether the guest-specific source code is missing one or more function prototypes of the function;
in response to determining that the guest-specific source code is missing the one or more function prototypes, indicating a first failure representing an otherwise incorrect object code and avoiding production of the incorrect object code;
in response to determining that the guest-specific source code has the one or more function prototypes: comparing the second version number to the first version number;
in response to the second version number not matching the first version number, indicating a second failure of the translation; and
in response to the second version number matching the first version number, allowing the guest system of the hypervisor to perform the at least one permissible call.

US Pat. No. 10,430,677

METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING DRIVER MOVEMENTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for classifying driver movements for ascertaining a degree of driver attentiveness during driving of a motor vehicle, using an interior compartment camera, the method comprising:recording at least a part of the driver;
based on the recording, evaluating a movement quantity representing a head movement of the driver; and
classifying the head movement of the driver as a safety view if the movement quantity corresponds to a defined condition;
wherein the head movement of the driver is classified as the safety view if a lateral head movement is recognized as the movement quantity;
wherein the lateral head movement is recognized if, starting from a first head orientation, a beginning of a head rotation in a first direction is ascertained, a beginning of a head rotation in the first direction being ascertained if a speed of the head rotation in the first direction corresponds to a defined first speed threshold value or exceeds a defined first speed threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,230

DUAL INTERFACE FOR OSCILLATING BLADES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A blade for oscillating tools comprising:lateral edges;
a mounting portion that includes a first mounting configuration that defines a first center and a second mounting configuration that defines a second center, wherein:
the first and second mounting configurations are configured to mount the blade to different respective power tools for driving a same working edge;
the first center is spaced a distance away from the second center in a first direction that is orthogonal to a second direction in which the working edge extends or in which a tangent of a center of curvature of the working edge extends;
each of the first and second mounting configurations includes a respective plurality of peripheral apertures arranged around the respective center of the respective mounting configuration; and
the first and second mounting configurations overlap so that one or both of the following:
(a) each of the first and second mounting configurations includes a respective central aperture, (b) for each of the first and second mounting configurations, the respective plurality of peripheral apertures of the respective mounting configuration is arranged around a perimeter of the respective central aperture of the respective mounting configuration, (c) each of the peripheral apertures defines a respective shape that has a respective exterior edge and a respective interior area of the respective aperture that is interior of the respective exterior edge of the shape defined by the respective aperture, (d) one of the plurality of peripheral apertures of the first mounting configuration overlaps one of the peripheral apertures of the second mounting configuration so that the overlapping peripheral apertures have within them a shared interior area that is part of the respective interior areas of each of the overlapping apertures, and (e) the overlapping peripheral apertures of the first and second mounting configurations each has, extending along a surface of the blade, a respective length and a respective width that is a different size than the respective width; and
the first and second mounting configurations define a common central aperture, the first mounting configuration includes a first edge that is curved and defines the first center within the common central aperture, continual 360° projection of the first curved edge defines an interior of the first mounting configuration that is circumscribed by the projection of the first curved edge, the second mounting configuration includes second and third edges, that are opposite each other and that, by projection of a projected 360° curved edge overlapping with and connecting the second and third edges, define the second center within the common central aperture, the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration defines an interior of the second mounting configuration that is circumscribed by the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration, the common central aperture includes a region that is both within the interior defined by the continual 360° projection of the first curved edge and within the interior defined by the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration, the respective plurality of peripheral apertures of the second mounting configuration are arranged equidistantly around the second center, and the first and second centers are offset from each other; and
the working edge.

US Pat. No. 10,428,826

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO REDUCE TO WEAR ON A BEARING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor vehicle system device, comprising:a drive assembly for a charging device;
a compressor having at least one compressor runner supported using at least two bearings, each of the bearings having a stationary first bearing part situated in a stationary manner and a second bearing part operatively connected to the compressor runner in a torsionally rigid manner; and
a tandem pump including a low air pressure source and an overpressure source;
wherein an overpressure is produced by the overpressure source and provided to the at least two bearings via a bearing gap between the first bearing part and the second bearing part of each of the bearings, wherein the compressor having an outlet in communication with the bearing gap,
wherein the charging device includes an exhaust gas turbocharger device having the compressor and a turbine, wherein exhaust gas of the drive assembly is suppliable to the turbine via a turbine inlet, wherein the exhaust gas flows out of the turbine from a turbine outlet of the drive assembly, wherein there is an operative connection between the compressor and the turbine via a shaft so that the compressor is drive-able using the turbine, wherein the shaft is situated in a rump housing, wherein the rump housing is situated between the compressor and the turbine, so that heating up of fluid supplied to the compressor by heat of the exhaust gas supplied to the turbine is at least reduced, wherein the rump housing accommodates an electrical drive device that is operatively connected or operatively connectable to the shaft, so that the drive of the compressor is not exclusively provided via the turbine,
wherein the at least two bearings includes an axial bearing and a radial bearing,
wherein the axial bearing and the radial bearing are situated in the rump housing, which is used to support the shaft, the radial bearing being configured to take up forces only in a radial direction, and the axial bearing is configured to prevent the shaft from shifting in an axial direction,
wherein the overpressure in the bearing gaps is such that there is only fluid friction between the bearing parts,
wherein the bearings are fluid-dynamic bearings, so that overpressure takes place automatically upon achieving or exceeding a minimum rotational speed by a rotational speed of the shaft, and wherein the second bearing part is a fluid-dynamic bearing and the first bearing part is a fluid-static bearing,
wherein if the rotational speed of the shaft is less than the minimum rotational speed, the overpressure is provided by the overpressure source,
wherein a cross sectional reducing device or a cross sectional adjustment device is provided between the overpressure source for providing the overpressure and the axial bearing and the radial bearing for setting the overpressure produced in the bearing gap of each of the axial bearing and the radial bearing, and
wherein the second bearing part of the axial bearing is a radial projection extending outwardly from the shaft in the radial direction, and which cooperates with the first bearing part of the axial bearing for providing axial fixing of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,422,308

PRESSURE REGULATING VALVE FOR REGULATING PRESSURE IN A HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL ACCUMULATOR FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure regulating valve for regulating pressure in a high-pressure fuel accumulator for an internal combustion engine, the pressure regulating valve comprising a valve piston (5) held axially displaceably in a bore (1) of a valve housing (2) and acting on a valve closing member (3) in a direction of a valve seat (4), said valve piston being connected, at an end facing away from the valve seat (4), to an armature (6) of a magnetic assembly (7) for actuating the pressure regulating valve, wherein the armature (6) is held in an armature chamber (8) and the valve closing member (3) is held in a valve chamber (9), and wherein the valve chamber (9) and the armature chamber (8) are hydraulically connected via at least one groove (10) and/or bore (11) formed in the valve housing (2), valve piston (5) and/or armature (6) and at least one choke point (12), wherein the at least one choke point (12) is formed in the groove (10) and/or bore (11), wherein the groove (10) and/or bore (11) is stepped so as to form the choke point (12), wherein the valve chamber (9) and/or the armature chamber (8) are always connected to a return, and wherein the valve chamber (9) is connected to the return only via the armature chamber (8).

US Pat. No. 10,423,166

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FURNISHING A SIGNAL FOR OPERATING AT LEAST TWO VEHICLES ALONG A FIRST TRAJECTORY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating at least two vehicles along a first trajectory, comprising:ascertaining first environmental data values by way of at least one sensor of the at least two vehicles, the first environmental data values representing a first environment of the at least two vehicles;
ascertaining second environmental data values from an external server, the second environmental data values representing a second environment dependent on the first trajectory of the at least two vehicles, the first environment being encompassed by the second environment;
determining data values on the basis of the first and second environmental data values; and
furnishing a signal, on the basis of the determined data values, for affecting operation of at least one of the at least two vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,408,138

METHOD AND FUNCTIONAL MONITORING APPARATUS FOR FUNCTIONAL MONITORING OF AN APPARATUS FOR VARIABLE SETTING OF A CYLINDER COMPRESSION IN A RECIPROCATING-PISTON INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for functional monitoring of an apparatus for variable setting of a cylinder compression in a reciprocating-piston internal combustion engine, comprising:detecting, using a crankshaft position sensor and a crankshaft position encoder wheel situated on a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine, first positions of the crankshaft over time at a first defined cylinder compression;
comparing, by a computer processor of a functional monitoring apparatus, a course of the detected first positions of the crankshaft over time to (i) a modeled course of crankshaft positions over time for the defined cylinder compression, or (ii) a course detected second positions of the crankshaft over time at a second defined cylinder compression, different than the first defined cylinder compression, the detected second position being detected using the crankshaft position sensor and the crankshaft position encoder; and
determining, depending on a result of the comparison, by the computer processor, whether the apparatus for variable setting of the cylinder compression is functioning correctly.

US Pat. No. 10,408,656

SENSOR FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A FLUID MEDIUM FLOWING THROUGH A MEASURING CHANNEL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor for determining at least one parameter of a fluid medium flowing through a measuring channel, the fluid medium being an intake air mass flow of an internal combustion engine, the sensor comprising:a sensor housing, inserted or insertable into a flow tube, the sensor housing having a channel structure formed therein which includes the measuring channel, and at least one sensor chip being situated in the measuring channel for determining the parameter of the fluid medium, the sensor housing having an inlet into the channel structure, which is oriented away from a main flow direction of the fluid medium, and at least one outlet from the channel structure, the channel structure being delimited by wall sections, wherein the wall sections have electrically insulating properties, areas of the sensor housing adjoining the wall sections having electrically conductive properties, wherein the electrically insulating material is an electrically insulating plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,408,785

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AN INTERNAL RESISTANCE OF A SENSOR ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining an internal resistance of a sensor element for ascertaining a proportion of a gas component from a gas mixture in a measuring gas chamber, the method comprising:a) applying a current pulse to the sensor element, the current pulse inducing a charge transfer in the sensor element, the occurrence of the charge transfer causing an increase in the electrical voltage between a first electrode and a second electrode, the sensor element including at least one cell, the cell having at least the first electrode, at least the second electrode, and at least one solid electrolyte that connects the at least one first electrode and the at least one second electrode, an electrical voltage being present between the first electrode and the second electrode;
b) ascertaining a value for the increase in the electrical voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein b) is performed at least twice at different points in time during the occurrence of the charge transfer, and a value for increasing the electrical voltage is ascertained therefrom at the different points in time; and
c) determining the internal resistance of the sensor element from the values for increasing the electrical voltage that are ascertained at the different points in time during the occurrence of the charge transfer;
wherein a time constant for the occurrence of the charge transfer in the sensor element is determined from the values for increasing the electrical voltage ascertained at the different points in time during the occurrence of the charge transfer; and
wherein a time duration of the current pulse applied to the sensor element is adjusted to exceed a length of the time constant determined for the occurrence of the charge transfer in the sensor element, and wherein the current pulse is followed by a counter pulse.
US Pat. No. 10,411,625

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A SPEED IN A GENERATOR UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a speed of a generator unit which has an electric machine with a rotor winding and a stator winding and a rectifier connected thereto, via which rectifier the electric machine is connected to an electrical system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining the speed based on a plot of an excitation current flowing through the rotor winding of the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,408,854

SENSOR ARRANGEMENT FOR MEASURING THE RATE OF ROTATION OF A ROTATING COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor arrangement for measuring a rotational speed of a rotating component, comprising:a rotary encoder coupled to a rotating component and including a magnetic surface encoding having alternating magnetic north poles and south poles; and
a sensor unit including:
a housing;
a connecting cable;
at least one sensitive measuring element positioned in the sensor unit such that a main detection direction of the at least one sensitive measuring element is at a predetermined angle relative to a main extension direction of the sensor unit; and
a contacting arrangement that electrically connects the at least one sensitive measuring element to the connecting cable inside the housing;
wherein rotational motion of the rotary encoder causes a change in at least one spatial component of a magnetic field generated by the magnetic encoding at the at least one sensitive measuring element; and
wherein the at least one sensitive measuring element has a first secondary detection direction running parallel to the main extension direction of the sensor unit and a second secondary detection direction running perpendicular to the main extension direction of the sensor unit, the sensor unit configured to detect the change in the magnetic field along one of the first and second secondary detection directions to enable ascertaining of a rotational speed of the rotating component.

US Pat. No. 10,404,195

METHOD, DRIVE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling an electric machine (1) having an encoder wheel (2) which has a multiplicity of teeth (3-1-3-n) and at least one reference marking (4), the method comprising:detecting (S1) dynamics of the electric machine (1), wherein the dynamics of the electric machine represent a change of speed in a rotational speed of the electric machine;
detecting (S2) the positions of the teeth (3-1-3-n) on the encoder wheel (2) in relation to the at least one reference marking (4) in response to a detection of low dynamics of the electric machine, wherein the electric machine exhibits low dynamics when the rotational speed of the electric machine is constant;
determining target positions of the teeth based on a number of teeth on the encoder wheel and a detected amount of time for a complete revolution of the encoder wheel;
calculating a deviation between the detected positions of the teeth and the target positions of the teeth;
calculating (S3) a rotational speed of the electric machine (1) on the basis of the detected positions and the deviation; and
controlling (S4) the electric machine (1) on the basis of the calculated rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,380,791

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATION OF SHADOW EFFECTS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHICS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for generating a shadow for a three-dimensional graphics object comprising:identifying data corresponding to a plurality of polygons in a three-dimensional graphical model that depicts an object;
identifying a plurality of coordinates corresponding to vertices in the plurality of polygons in a base of the object;
generating a convex polygon that encompasses the plurality of coordinates;
generating a hard shadow mesh corresponding to the convex polygon, the hard shadow mesh including a plurality of vertices;
generating a soft-shadow mesh including a plurality of polygons that each include at least one vertex in common with the plurality of vertices in the hard shadow mesh, the generation of the soft shadow mesh further comprising:
identifying a first vertex and a second vertex in the convex polygon, the first vertex and the second vertex being co-linear in the convex polygon; and
generating a portion of the soft-shadow mesh including two triangles that form a first rectangle extending outward from the convex polygon, the first rectangle including the first vertex and the second vertex;
applying a predetermined shadow texture to the soft shadow mesh; and
rendering the object and the shadow mesh in the three-dimensional graphical model with a display device to depict the object with a ground shadow effect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,609

SELF-TIGHTENING ROTARY TOOL HOLDING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A rotary power tool comprising:a first collar rotationally fixed with respect to an output shaft of a power tool and including a first shank receiving opening having a longitudinal axis;
a second collar rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis with respect to the output shaft and including at least one inclined outer surface; and
at least one lever pivotably connected to the first collar and rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis relative to the second collar, the at least one lever including a first end portion configured to engage the at least one inclined outer surface and a cam located at a second end portion, the cam extending into the first shank receiving opening such that upon rotation of the output shaft in a first rotational direction, the at least one inclined outer surface is forced against the first end portion thereby forcing the cam toward the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,366,505

METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR PROCESSING AT LEAST ONE IMAGE REPRESENTING A HALATION, AND IMAGE RECORDING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:a processor obtaining signals representing an image via an interface to an image recording device;
the processor ascertaining an intensity distribution in the image signals, the intensity distribution representing a halation in the image;
the processor analyzing the intensity distribution in order to determine that a surface-shaped distribution of particles lying on a surface that is in a region of acquisition of the image recording device is a cause of the halation; and
responsive to the determination, the processor controlling a hardware execution of a physical response action.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,343,531

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a regenerative braking system, comprising:determining at least one preset variable with respect to at least one hydraulic minimum braking torque (Mhwd) to be exerted on at least one wheel, which may be regeneratively braked, of a vehicle equipped with the regenerative braking system in consideration of at least one first variable with respect to a utilized coefficient of friction occurring in each case at the at least one wheel which may be regeneratively braked;
determining at least one setpoint variable in consideration of the at least one established preset variable, the at least one setpoint variable corresponding to at least one setpoint generator braking torque that is to be exerted with the aid of an electric motor of the regenerative braking system on the at least one wheel which may be regeneratively braked; and
outputting a control signal for controlling the electric motor in consideration of the at least one determined setpoint variable.

US Pat. No. 10,338,206

ULTRA-WIDEBAND RADAR WITH NORMALIZED SENSITIVITY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motion detector comprising:a radio frequency (RF) transmission circuit;
an RF reception circuit including an amplifier and a variable attenuator positioned between a reception antenna and the amplifier;
a controller that is electrically coupled to the RF transmission circuit and the RF reception circuit, the controller configured to:
control the RF transmission circuit to generate an RF signal,
control the RF reception circuit to receive a reflected RF signal from a target object in a predetermined time for reception after transmission of the RF signal;
control the RF reception circuit to generate a Doppler signal indicative of a distance between the target object and the motion detection system based on the reflected RF signal;
adjust a sensitivity of the RF reception circuit during the predetermined time for reception by applying a pulse to the variable attenuator; and
activate an indicator based, at least in part, on a magnitude of the Doppler signal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,209

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BATTERY, IN PARTICULAR A LITHIUM ION BATTERY, IN A CONSUMER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery in a consumer, the method comprising:determining (S10) at least one operating parameter which describes the state of the battery or the consumer;
comparing (S20) the at least one determined operating parameter with one reference value in each case in order to recognize whether a predefined state exists;
determining a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit), the specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) being an upper charge state limit below which a thermal runaway of the battery does not occur; and
discharging (S32) the battery until a charge state of the battery is below a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) of the battery if the predefined state exists, wherein by discharging the battery, an energy store is charged by a discharge flow from the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,330,500

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A RESOLVER, AND RESOLVER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus (7) for operating a resolver (1), which has at least one receiver winding (3, 4) and at least one excitation winding (2), which are associated with a rotatably mounted shaft (5), said apparatus comprising:a device (9) that determines an angular position of the shaft (5) as a function of an induced voltage generated by the excitation winding (2) by means of a desired excitation signal (SES) with a predetermined frequency and amplitude and detected by the receiver winding (3, 4), wherein the device is configured to increase the desired excitation signal;
means (10) for limiting an electrical voltage on the excitation winding (2), wherein the means (10) limits the voltage only above a maximum normal voltage in only one current direction; and
an evaluation device associated with the excitation winding, the evaluation device configured to detect the increased desired excitation signal and compare the increased desired excitation signal to an actual excitation signal of the excitation winding in order to recognize correct or incorrect wiring of the resolver.

US Pat. No. 10,326,118

BATTERY MODULE INCLUDING COVER ASSEMBLY

Bosch Battery Systems Gmb...

1. A battery module configured to support an array of electrochemical cells, the module comprising a cover assembly, the cover assembly includingan outer cover,
an inner frame, the inner frame including
an inner plate having an inner plate outward-facing surface that is bordered by an inner plate peripheral edge, the inner plate having access openings formed in the inner plate outward-facing surface that are spaced apart from the inner plate peripheral edge,
a skirt protruding from the inner plate peripheral edge in a direction perpendicular to the inner plate outward-facing surface, the skirt including a skirt inward-facing surface that is joined to the inner plate peripheral edge, and a skirt outward-facing surface that is opposed to the skirt inward-facing surface, and
a foot extending outward from the skirt outward-facing surface, the foot extending in a direction parallel to the inner plate, and
an intermediate frame disposed between the outer cover and the inner frame, the intermediate frame being secured to the inner frame by a first snap-fit connection, and the outer cover being secured to the intermediate frame by a second snap-fit connection.

US Pat. No. 10,315,336

DRILL BIT

Bosch Power Tools (China)...

1. A drill bit comprising:a tool body, including:
a main body formed as a cylinder;
a chip removing structure formed on the main body;
a notch in communication with the chip removing structure; and
a distal end provided with a clamping slot; and
a cutter inlaid in the clamping slot;
wherein the cutter has at least two blade portions arranged circumferentially on the distal end of the tool body so as to extend radially relative to the tool body,
wherein each of the at least two blade portions has a front side, which is arranged along a rotating direction of the drill bit, and a back side, which is arranged against the rotating direction,
wherein the clamping slot covers a back area of the back side of a first blade portion of the at least two blade portions and covers a front area of the front side of the first blade portion, the back area is larger than the front area,
wherein the notch is in a part of the tool body behind the back side of the first blade portion,
wherein the front side of a first adjacent blade portion constitutes a part of the notch, and
wherein, when observed in an axial view of the distal end of the tool body, the notch is located in a region of projection of the cylindrical tool body.

US Pat. No. 10,311,732

CONCEPT FOR CHECKING A SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN OCCUPANCY STATE OF A PARKING SPACE FOR ERRORS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for checking a sensor system for detecting an occupancy state of a parking space for motor vehicles, which is included in a motor vehicle, for errors, the method comprising:providing a reference data set for a parking space ascertained independently of the sensor system to be checked, the reference data set including a reference occupancy state of the parking space, the reference occupancy state being assigned a first detection point in time which indicates when the reference occupancy state was detected;
receiving an occupancy state of the parking space detected with the aid of the sensor system of the motor vehicle via a communication network, the occupancy state being assigned a second detection point in time which indicates when the occupancy state was detected with the aid of the sensor system, the second detection point in time being chronologically after the first detection point in time;
ascertaining a time difference between the first and the second detection points in time;
comparing the ascertained time difference to a predetermined time difference threshold value; and
when the ascertained time difference is less than or less than/equal to the predetermined time difference threshold value, comparing the detected occupancy state of the parking space to the reference occupancy state to check the sensor system for errors.

US Pat. No. 10,303,140

METHOD AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an electrical energy storage system, wherein the electrical energy storage system has a plurality of components (20, 22) which fulfil the same purpose, comprising the following steps:a) acquiring first feature data sets that identify the components (20, 22) in each case unambiguously in the energy storage system;
b) comparing the acquired first feature data sets with second feature data sets stored in a first memory;
c) in the case of a deviation between the first feature data sets and the second feature data sets that is established by the comparison, classifying the deviation;
d) storing a value in a second memory depending on the classification of the deviation; and
e) upon a predefined condition being fulfilled by the stored value, at least partly restricting a functionality of the electrical energy storage system.

US Pat. No. 10,295,068

VALVE HAVING A METAL-BELLOWS/PISTON UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve (1) comprising a valve housing (4) and a closing body (3) arranged in a longitudinally moveable manner in the valve housing (4), wherein at least one inlet channel (5) and at least one outlet channel (6) are arranged in the valve housing (4), wherein the closing body (3) interacts by longitudinal movement with a valve seat (8) formed in the valve housing (4) and thereby opens and closes at least one hydraulic connection between the at least one inlet channel (5) and the at least one outlet channel (6), characterized in that the closing body (3) is drivable by a metal-bellows/cylinder unit (2), wherein the metal-bellows/cylinder unit (2) has a length-variable metal bellows (20), wherein the metal bellows (20) bounds a volume-variable working chamber (23) in a sealing manner, wherein the closing body (3) comprises a first closing cylinder (3a) and a second closing cylinder (3b), wherein the first closing cylinder (3a) interacts with the valve seat (8), and wherein the second closing cylinder (3b) interacts with a further valve seat (8b) formed in the valve housing (4).

US Pat. No. 10,286,909

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE CLOSED-LOOP AND/OR OPEN-LOOP CONTROL OF A LATERAL GUIDANCE OF A VEHICLE WITH THE AID OF A LANE-KEEPING ASSIST, AND LANE-KEEPING ASSIST

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:obtaining from a sensor of a vehicle a signal that indicates whether there is a hands-off driving of the vehicle or a hands-on driving of the vehicle; and
based on the obtained signal, controlling a steering of the vehicle;
wherein:
the controlling is performed by executing an algorithm that defines that the controlling of the steering is a closed-loop control of the steering when the detection signal indicates presence of the hands-off driving and that the controlling of the steering is an open-loop control of the steering when the detection signal indicates presence of the hands-on driving;
the closed-loop control iteratively comparing an actual value of a distance of the vehicle from a center of the vehicle's lane or a boundary of the vehicle's lane to a target value of the distance and controlling the steering to reduce a difference, determined by the comparison, between the actual value and the target value, with the iterations being performed until the difference is reduced to zero; and
the open-loop control includes applying a steering torque at a level set based on a distance of the vehicle from the center or boundary of the vehicle's lane, such that the greater the distance, the greater the applied steering torque.

US Pat. No. 10,260,390

COOLING DEVICE WITH DRAINAGE OPENINGS FOR A METERING VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A metering module (10), the metering module comprising:a metering valve (32);
a surface (34) enclosing the metering valve (32) and partially defining an inner space therebetween; and
a cooling body (18, 20, 22) enclosing the surface (34) and configured such that cooling fluid flows in a cavity between the cooling body and the surface, wherein the cooling body (18, 20, 22) is of a multi-piece design and at least one drainage opening is configured to drain away condensation from the inner space (42), which is not in fluid communication with the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,245,718

PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR A MACHINE TOOL, AT LEAST FOR PROTECTING A WORKPIECE SURFACE AGAINST OVERHEATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A protection apparatus of a machine tool for protecting at least a workpiece surface against overheating, comprising:at least one sensor unit including at least one sensor element that detects at least one characteristic variable of a fluid flow provided for transporting material removed from a workpiece; and
at least one evaluation unit that enables identifying at least one temperature of a workpiece surface of the workpiece to be machined by the machine tool based at least in part upon the at least one characteristic variable detected via the at least one sensor unit,
wherein the at least one sensor unit further includes at least one further sensor element that detects at least one characteristic volumetric flow rate variable of the fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,246,054

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENABLING ACCESS TO A PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR FOR CONVEYING A CONSIGNMENT OF GOODS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:at least one sensor configured to detecting a surroundings of the motor vehicle;a compartment; andan authorization device operatively connected to the at least one sensor and the compartment, the authorization device being configured to:
receive an authorization request transmitted from an automated drone that is outside the motor vehicle;
perform a successful authorization to the compartment in response to the request only in response to detecting that no humans are within a predetermined radius of the motor vehicle based on data corresponding to the surroundings of the motor vehicle received from the at least one sensor; and
open the compartment to receive a consignment of goods from the automated drone only in response to the successful authorization.

US Pat. No. 10,244,394

METHOD AND UPDATE GATEWAY FOR UPDATING AN EMBEDDED CONTROL UNIT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for updating an embedded electronic control unit, comprising:requesting, by an update gateway from a hardware security module, an update request destined for the electronic control unit;
receiving, by the update gateway from the hardware security module, the update request, which is signed by the hardware security module;
creating, by the update gateway, a communication channel, based on a cryptographic identity of the update gateway, to a backend;
sending, by the update gateway, the update request to the backend;
receiving, by the update gateway from the backend via the communication channel, an update ticket which corresponds to the update request and is signed by the backend, in addition to associated update data;
validating, by the update gateway, the update data;
initiating, by the update gateway, a validation of the update ticket;
checking, by the update gateway, a result of the validation;
depending on the result, updating, by the update gateway, the electronic control unit with the update data;
wherein the cryptographic identity includes a secret key which is known only to the hardware security module, a public key associated with the secret key, and a certificate of the public key which is issued by a trusted entity, and which is a function of a system environment of the update gateway;
wherein the update data are received in a container file, together with a cryptographic signature, and the validation of the update data includes a check of the signature with the aid of a certificate of the backend;
wherein the update gateway stores a public key of the update ticket which is signed by the backend, and the validation of the update ticket is carried out by the update gateway with the aid of the public key; and
wherein the initiating of the validation includes an at least partial transfer of the update ticket to the hardware security module, and the update gateway receives the result of the validation from the hardware security module.

US Pat. No. 10,232,728

ELECTROCHEMICAL COMPOSITE STORAGE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrochemical composite storage system comprisingstrings (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6) of electrochemical storage modules (10), which strings are connected in parallel,
wherein each of the storage modules (10) have first connection terminals and a two-pole network, wherein the composite storage system is designed to operate the strings (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6) within the electrochemical composite storage system selectively as a current source or as a voltage source by means of the two-pole network of the storage modules in the string.

US Pat. No. 10,236,874

OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION CIRCUIT FOR A POWER SEMICONDUCTOR AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING A POWER SEMICONDUCTOR FROM OVER-VOLTAGES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An overvoltage protection circuit (5) for a power semiconductor switch (31, 32), comprising:a first resistor (R1) which is disposed between a first terminal point (E) of the overvoltage protection circuit (5) and a node (K),
a second resistor (R2) which is disposed between the node (K) and a second terminal point (A) of the overvoltage protection circuit (5),
a semiconductor switch (Q2) comprising a control terminal, an input and an output, wherein the output is connected to the second terminal point (A) of the overvoltage protection circuit (5), and
an overvoltage detector (22), which is configured to enter an at least partially electrically conductive state if a predefined voltage between two terminals of the overvoltage detector (Z2) is exceeded, wherein the overvoltage detector (Z2) is disposed in a current path between the node (K) and the control terminal of the semiconductor switch (Q2);
wherein the first connection point (E) of the high-voltage protection circuit (5) is connected to one input of the power semiconductor switch (31, 32) and the second connection point (A) of the high-voltage protection circuit (5) is connected to a control connection of the power semiconductor switch (31, 32), and the second resistor (R2) is arranged between the node (K) and the second connection point (A) of the high-voltage protection circuit (5).

US Pat. No. 10,228,076

ELECTRICAL DETERMINING OF CHARACTERISTIC VALUES OF MAGNETIC SWITCH VALVES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a characteristic value of a magnetic switch valve, which can be switched from a first switch state into a second switch state by movement of a rotor by means of a switching magnet to which current is applied, against a conservative restoring force, wherein the first switch state is either a closed switch state or an open switch state and the second switch state is the open switch state when the first switch state is the closed switch state or the closed switch state when the first switch state it the open switch state and wherein the characteristic value belongs to a group, comprising:the time required for switching the switch valve from the first switch state into the second switch state,
the spring constant of the restoring force,
the coefficient of friction effective during the valve actuation, and
the switching path, which the rotor covers when switching between the first and the second state,
characterized in that
during the switching of the switch valve from the second into the first state,
the time course of the current flowing through the switching magnet and/or of the voltage at the switching magnet is measured, and
the characteristic value is determined from this time course, using a temporal attenuation course with which an energy stored in the magnetic circuit formed by the rotor and the switching magnet, in the case of the position of the rotor fixed in the second and/or first state, is dissipated,
wherein the energy stored is evaluated as an integral over the temporal attenuation course for the second state between a first point in time, at which the rotor begins to move by means of the restoring force when switching from the second into the first state, and a second point in time, at which the rotor first strikes the end position thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,227,065

DAMPING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A damping device for damping pressure pulses, comprising:a choke body configured to be moved or deformed against a resistance force and configured to separate a first damper chamber, which has a variable volume, from a second damper chamber;
a choke channel formed on the choke body and arranged between the first damper chamber and the second damper chamber; and
a mechanism configured to limit a pressure-medium receiving volume of the first damper chamber when the choke body is in a base position and to close the choke channel when the choke body is in the base position such that the first damper chamber is sealed off from the second damper chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,223,886

MONITORING INSTALLATION FOR A MONITORING AREA, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A monitoring installation for a monitoring area, the monitoring installation comprising:a plurality of monitoring stations for users of the monitoring installation, the monitoring installation configured to assign a user ID to each of the users of the monitoring installation,
wherein at least two of the plurality of monitoring stations individually include
a collaboration device that is configured to
output collaboration information regarding a first user of a first monitoring station of the plurality of monitoring stations, the collaboration information including a first user ID of the first user and an assigned item of user information of the first user, the assigned item of user information of the first user is information regarding monitoring tasks assigned to the first user,
detect a second user of one of the at least two of the plurality of monitoring stations performing one or more of the monitoring tasks assigned to the first user, the second user being different from the first user, and
update the collaboration information regarding the first user based on the one or more of the monitoring tasks assigned to the first user being performed by the second user; and
a display device that is configured to display a graphical user interface of the monitoring installation, the graphical user interface includes a model of the monitoring area and the collaboration information.

US Pat. No. 10,218,378

ANALOG CONVERTER FOR MOTOR ANGLE SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An analog converter for a motor angle sensor, comprising:at least two Gilbert Cells configured to receive a signal from a motor angle sensor,
an intermediate frequency signal source configured to provide an intermediate frequency signal to the at least two Gilbert Cells, and
a low-pass filter configured to receive an output from the at least two Gilbert Cells and output a converted signal to an electronic controller.

US Pat. No. 10,218,028

ELEVATED TEMPERATURE LI/METAL BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrochemical cell system, comprising:a housing;
at least one electrochemical cell within the housing and including an anode including a form of lithium, and an ionic liquid electrolyte within a cathode, the cathode separated from the anode by a solid separator impervious to the ionic liquid electrolyte;
a temperature sensor within the housing;
an environmental controller at least partially positioned within the housing and configured to maintain a temperature within the housing above 70° C. based upon input from the temperature sensor;
a memory;
program instructions stored within the memory; and
a processor operably connected to the memory, the environmental controller, and the temperature sensor, the processor configured to execute the program instructions to
obtain a signal from the temperature sensor, and
control the environmental controller based upon the signal to maintain the temperature within the housing above 70° C. and below a melting temperature of the form of lithium, wherein the temperature is a temperature of the ionic liquid electrolyte within the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,186

WIPER BLADE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade device having a wiper blade adapter (10; 10a; 10b) which comprises at least two detent means (12; 12a; 12b, 14; 14a; 14b) which are spaced apart from one another along a wiper blade longitudinal direction (16; 16a, 16b) and are also disposed on opposite lateral sides of the wiper blade adapter, the lateral sides being spaced apart from one another along a wiping direction (68) that is perpendicular to the wiper blade longitudinal direction, wherein the wiper blade device further includes at least one spring rail (18; 18a; 18b) which comprises at least two detent recesses (20; 20a; 20b, 22; 22a; 22b) which are spaced apart from one another along the wiper blade longitudinal direction (16; 16a, 16b) and are also disposed on opposite lateral sides of the at least one spring rail, wherein the at least two detent means (12; 12a; 12b, 14; 14a; 14b) are resiliently elastic and are configured to deflect and then engage, in an assembled state, into the at least two detent recesses (20; 20a; 20b, 22; 22a; 22b) of the at least one spring rail (18; 18a; 18b), wherein the at least two detent means each include an elongate arm and a protrusion at an end of the arm, wherein the protrusions are configured to engage into the at least two detent recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,215,777

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE, ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an electric machine (2) that is operated via field-oriented control, the method comprising:detecting an instantaneous relative position (?i) of a rotating field by means of at least one sensor (5),
generating at least one voltage (U?s, U?s) which induces an electric rotor flux corresponding to the position (?i) detected by the sensor, wherein the induced electric rotor flux does not move a rotor of the electric machine,
monitoring the electric machine for a torque generated by the voltage (U?s, U?s), and
determining an absolute position of the rotating field as a function of the generated torque.

US Pat. No. 10,207,681

WIPER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a wiper device (10), the method comprising:providing a control unit (12),
using the control unit to set at least one operating parameter depending on at least one parameter that is different from a vehicle windscreen coverage parameter, wherein the at least one operating parameter that is set comprises at least one maximum torque provided from a torque profile; and a wiping angle limit that controls a quantity of washing water during application of the washing water, and the at least one maximum torque is set depending on a wiper position angle (38) and the parameter of at least one external temperature,
using the control unit to protect the wiper device (10) against overloading in an event of a torque (46) of the wiper device (10) exceeding the at least one maximum torque by either returning a wiper arm of the wiper device to an initial position or retaining the wiper arm in a current position for a defined time, and
activating or deactivating the application of the washing water when a wiper blade of the wiper arm exceeds or falls below said wiping angle limit.

US Pat. No. 10,211,648

METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR ACTIVELY BALANCING CELLS OF AN ELECTRIC ENERGY STORE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An arrangement (10) for balancing the battery cells (11) of a battery string, the arrangement (10) comprising:an inductor (9) for storing electrical energy,
feed-side switching devices (17) connecting the poles of a first battery cell (11) by way of a first connection point (13) and a second connection point (14) to the inductor (9), and
a control device configured to control electrical energy transmitted from an at least one battery cell (11) into the inductor (9) and from the inductor (9) to at least a second battery cell (11),a third connection point (15),a fourth connection point (16), and
two transfer-side switching devices (17),
wherein the inductor (9) is connected by way of the two transfer-side switching devices (17) to the third connection point (15) and the fourth connection point (16) for charge balancing; and
wherein a switching device (17) comprises a parallel connection of a switch (1), (2), (3), (4) and a diode (5), (6), (7), (8).

US Pat. No. 10,186,997

OVERVOLTAGE ARRESTER FOR AN ELECTRICAL DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An overvoltage arrester for an electrical drive, said arrester configured tobe connected to an on-board power supply system of a motor vehicle,
to be connected to a control unit for an electronically-commutated electrical machine, and
to reduce overvoltage produced in the on-board power supply system when a load is switched off, said overvoltage arrester comprising:
an input for an on-board power supply system, the overvoltage arrester configured to
detect when a pre-determined overvoltage value is exceeded and to produce an overvoltage signal depending on whether the overvoltage value is exceeded, wherein the control unit is designed to transition the electrical machine, in response to receiving the overvoltage signal, from an operating mode in which the electrical machine generates power to at least one other mode selected from the group of a partial power-loss mode to dissipate electrical power as heat and a motor operating mode to dissipate electrical power as a mechanical torque,
and wherein the control unit is designed, as a function of the overvoltage signal, to reduce an exciting current through an excitation coil of the electrical machine via a semiconductor component connected to the excitation coil.

US Pat. No. 10,180,494

METHOD FOR ANGLE ESTIMATION AND RADAR SENSOR FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a location angle of a real target relative to a motor vehicle using a radar sensor of the motor vehicle, the method comprising:receiving echo signals at an antenna of the radar sensor, the antenna having a plurality of antenna elements spaced apart from each other;
estimating the location angle of the real target based on an antenna diagram that indicates, for various configurations of radar targets, pertinent amplitudes and/or phase correlations between signals which are obtained for the relevant configuration in multiple evaluation channels of the radar sensor;
modeling mathematically, for the single real target, an occurrence of a number n of apparent targets that are caused by reflection of the echo signals coming from the real target from an elongated object,
determining a correlation between the location angle of the real target and location angles of the apparent targets based on a distance between the radar sensor and the elongated object; and
determining, in estimating the location angle of the real target, a multi-target estimate in an n-dimensional search space and limiting the search to a sub-space that is determined by the correlation.

US Pat. No. 10,179,560

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISCONNECTING AT LEAST ONE IGNITION OUTPUT STAGE FOR A SQUIB OF A PYROTECHNIC PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for disconnecting at least one ignition output stage for a squib for a pyrotechnic protection device for a vehicle, the method comprising:setting an activation signal at an activation level responsive to an amperage of a trigger current for the ignition output stage being at least as high as a predefined current threshold value;
determining a period of time in which the activation signal is set at the activation level; and
supplying a switch signal for disconnecting the ignition output stage in response to the period of time being at least as long as a predefined minimum current flow duration.

US Pat. No. 10,182,400

LOW-POWER WAKE-UP MECHANISM FOR WIRELESS DEVICES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wireless communications system comprising:a first wireless device comprising
a primary wireless transceiver;
a secondary wireless receiver; and
an electronic processor configured to
operate the first wireless device and communicate through the primary wireless transceiver when in an active mode,
monitor the secondary wireless receiver for a wake-up signal when the first wireless device is in a sleep mode, and
transition the first wireless device from the sleep mode to the active mode in response to detecting the wake-up signal through the secondary wireless receiver, and
a second wireless device, wherein
the first wireless electronic device is configured to monitor the secondary wireless receiver for the wake-up signal by monitoring an antenna for a binary high signal at a defined number of intervals according to a first duty cycle, and
wherein the second wireless electronic device is configured to monitor a wireless receiver for a second wake-up signal by monitoring an antenna of the second wireless electronic device for a binary high signal at a second defined number of intervals according to a second duty cycle, the second duty cycle being different from the first duty cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,179,381

INSERTION TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An insertion tool comprising:at least one machining region; and
at least one fastening region configured to couple to at least one tool holding fixture of a handheld machine tool and including at least two fastening elements arranged substantially into a circle around a drive axis,
wherein the at least one fastening region is further configured to be at least substantially free of recesses in a radial direction within the circle; and
wherein the at least one fastening region is further configured to be completely free of fastening recesses within the circle.

US Pat. No. 10,182,229

DEVICE FOR MONITORING A VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for monitoring a vehicle environment, comprising:a first sensor mounted on an outside portion of the vehicle, the first sensor for sensing an environment outside of the vehicle, the first sensor being configured to acquire data from a first sensing region;
a second sensor mounted on an outside portion of the vehicle, the second sensor for sensing the environment outside of the vehicle, the second sensor being situated within the first sensing region; and
an evaluation unit configured to perform a diagnosis of the second sensor, wherein the evaluation unit is configured to diagnose the second sensor based on sensor data acquired by the first sensor;
wherein the sensor data from the first sensor includes an image of at least a portion of the second sensor, the evaluation unit diagnosing the second sensor based on the image of the at least portion of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,177,377

POSITIVE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY, METHOD OF PREPARING SAME AND RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY INCLUDING SAME

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A positive active material for a rechargeable lithium battery, the positive active material comprising:secondary particles including agglomerated primary particles of a nickel-based compound, the primary particles having an average particle diameter ranging from 0.1 ?m to 2.0 ?m,
wherein the positive active material has a specific surface area that is 0.77 m2/g or greater and less than 2.0 m2/g and an average particle diameter ranging from 5.5 ?m to 7.5 ?m;
wherein a metal oxide layer is on at least one surface of the primary particles and the secondary particles, and
wherein the nickel-based compound is represented by the following Chemical Formula 1 or 2:
LixMO2-zLz  [Chemical Formula 1]
wherein, M is M?1-kAk (M? is N1-d-eMndCoe, 0.3?d+e?0.7, 0.1?e?0.4, A is a dopant, and 0?k<0.05);
L is F, S, P, or a combination thereof,
0.95?x?1.05, and
0?z?2,
LixNiyT1-yO2-zLz  [Chemical Formula 2]
wherein, T is Al, Co, Mn, Cr, Fe, Mg, Sr, a rare earth element, or a combination thereof,
L is F, S, P, or a combination thereof,
0.95?x?1.05,
0.3?y?0.7, and
0?z?2.

US Pat. No. 10,177,538

IGNITION UNIT FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An ignition device for a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, comprising:an ignition arrangement, including:
a first electrode;
a second electrode, which is movable with the aid of an actuator, wherein the ignition arrangement is configured to generate a first ignition spark when a contact between the first electrode and the second electrode is interrupted by moving the second electrode away from the first electrode; and
a third electrode, which is spaced apart from the first electrode, wherein a second ignition spark is additionally generated when the second electrode is moved away from the other two electrodes;
wherein the three electrodes are configured so that the two ignition sparks pass through a volume formed between the electrodes in the direction transverse to the longitudinal extension of the ignition sparks in the course of the movement of the second electrode,
wherein the second electrode has a convex surface in a direction of contact points with the first electrode and the third electrode
wherein a position of two mutually associated surface points, which define a smallest possible distance between one of the first and third electrodes and the second electrode at least with respect to a predefined section, is dependent on a present position of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,177,582

METHOD FOR CONNECTING THE CELLS OF A BATTERY, AND ASSOCIATED BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for connecting a plurality of battery cells (21) of a battery (111) designed as an electrochemical energy store, wherein the battery cells (21) are electrically coupled to the battery (111) in each case with a corresponding first probability P1i and are electrically decoupled from the battery (111) in each case with a corresponding second probability P2i, and wherein the battery cells (21) are interconnectable in series, characterized in that a first quality factor G1i is calculated for each battery cell (21) depending on a state of charge LZi and on a state of health AZi of the corresponding battery cell (21), an average first quality factor G1 which corresponds to an average value of the first quality factors G1i of the battery cells (21) is defined and a second quality factor G2i is also calculated for each battery cell (21) as a linear function of a difference between the first quality factor (G1i) of the corresponding battery cell (21) and the average first quality factor G1, wherein the corresponding first probability P1i and the corresponding second probability P2i are defined in each case for each battery cell (21) depending on the calculated second quality factor G2i of the corresponding battery cell (21).

US Pat. No. 10,161,372

HYDROSTATIC DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic drive, comprising:a hydraulic machine with an adjustable swept volume;
a hydraulic adjustment device configured to adjust the swept volume of the hydraulic machine from a maximum positive swept volume via a swept volume of zero to a maximum negative swept volume, the hydraulic machine is operable with positive swept volume as a pump and with negative swept volume as a motor;
at least one high-pressure accumulator from which the hydraulic machine is configured to be supplied with pressure medium via a pressure line for operation as a motor, the pressure line running between a pressure port of the hydraulic machine and the high-pressure accumulator;
an accumulator shut-off valve arranged in the pressure line and having a first position and a second position, a fluidic connection from the high-pressure accumulator to the hydraulic machine is open in the first position of the accumulator shut-off valve and is shut off in the second position of the accumulator shut-off valve; and
an electronic control unit, the accumulator shut-off valve actuable as a function of signals of the electronic control unit,
wherein, in the event of an adjustment of the hydraulic machine from a negative swept volume to a positive swept volume, the electronic control unit transmits a signal for switching the accumulator shut-off valve from the first position into the second position at such a time that the accumulator shut-off valve switches into the second position only in the presence of a swept volume of zero or a positive swept volume of the hydraulic machine.

US Pat. No. 10,151,312

ELECTRIC PUMP SUPPORTED BY JOURNAL BEARINGS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pump unit having a drive shaft (2) and a rotatably arranged rotor (3) which is driven by the drive shaft (2), the drive shaft (2) having, on an end side, an oblique sliding face (4) which causes the rotor (3) with a rotor axis (5) to tumble during rotation of the drive shaft about a drive axis (6) of the drive shaft (2), the drive shaft (2) having a first bearing section (18) and a second bearing section (19) which is farther from the rotor (3) than the first bearing section (18), the first bearing section (18) being arranged in a first plain bearing (20), and the second bearing section (19) being arranged in a second plain bearing (21), characterized in that the diameter of the first bearing section (18) and the diameter of the first plain bearing (20) are respectively greater than the diameter of the second bearing section (19) and the diameter of the second plain bearing (21), wherein an armature section (22) is provided on the drive shaft (2) between the first bearing section (18) and the second bearing section (19), wherein the armature section (22) has, mounted on a circumference of the armature section, permanent magnets (23) that interact with an electric winding (26) of an electric stator (27) which surrounds the armature section (22), wherein the first plain bearing (20) and the second plain bearing (21) are arranged on a circumferential wall (29) of a housing (1) of the pump unit, wherein the stator (27) is arranged in the circumferential wall (29) of the housing (1) between the first plain bearing (20) and the second plain bearing (21) as viewed in the axial direction, and wherein the diameter of the first bearing section is greater than a diameter of any other section of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,145,717

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A FILLING LEVEL OF A FLUID TANK IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a filling level of a fluid tank in a motor vehicle, the method comprising:performing a first calculation of a fluid volume of the fluid tank with a first process, the first process including:
detecting an ascent or a descent of the motor vehicle with multiple pieces of position data ascertained in succession via a position determination system,
ascertaining a grade of an associated route section in each case for the ascertained position data,
selecting at least two route sections having different grades, ascertaining a measuring value of a filling level sensor to be expected for each of them, and obtaining a measured measuring value for each of them from the filling level sensor situated in the fluid tank, and
performing a plausibility check of the measured measuring values of the filling level sensor via a comparison of the measuring values to be expected with the measured measuring values of the filling level sensor, wherein the first calculation of the fluid volume is based on the plausibility check;
displaying on a display device an indication of the filling level to a driver of the motor vehicle based on the calculated fluid volume of the fluid tank; and
preventing a restarting of the motor vehicle based on the calculated fluid volume of the fluid tank;
wherein the fluid tank is a urea-water solution tank.

US Pat. No. 10,125,735

VALVE FOR CONTROLLING A FLUID WITH INCREASED SEALING ACTION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A valve for controlling a fluid, comprising:a closing element;
a valve seat having a sealing region and a valve seat region adjoining the sealing region; and
a guide region for guiding the closing element;
wherein the guide region has a hardness less than the hardness of the closing element;
wherein the guide region has a hardness greater than the hardness of the sealing region;
wherein the closing element seals on the sealing region at an inner surface of the sealing region;
wherein the sealing region and the valve seat region merging with one another directly and without a step at an outer surface of the sealing region;
wherein a hardness of the sealing region is less than a hardness of the closing element;
wherein the sealing region is configured as an annular elastomeric sealing element situated in a groove in the valve seat; and
wherein the annular elastomeric sealing element has a rectangular cross-section, the cross-section being formed by a plane orthogonal to the inner surface and outer surface of the sealing region.

US Pat. No. 10,126,133

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SERVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for providing a driver assistance service, comprising:determining a first distance value for a first measured variable using a first measuring device, the first measuring device being situated onboard a first motor vehicle;
transmitting, with a transmitting device, the first distance value to a second motor vehicle, the transmitting device being situated onboard the first motor vehicle; and
providing, with a processing device, the driver assistance service in the second motor vehicle based on the transmitted first distance value, wherein the first distance value is expressed in terms of a unit of distance measurement, wherein the first distance value measures a distance from the first motor vehicle to a third motor vehicle that is different than the second motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,126,410

DETERMINATION OF AN ELEVATION MISALIGNMENT ANGLE OF A RADAR SENSOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for identifying an elevation misalignment angle of a radar sensor of a vehicle, the method comprising:identifying, via a control and evaluation device and a radar sensor, elevation angles of radar object localizations with reference to a coordinate system of the radar sensor, wherein an elevation angle of a radar object localization is respectively identified based on radar echoes that are obtained with at least two antenna directional characteristics that differ in an elevation direction; and
identifying, via an evaluation device, the elevation misalignment angle based on an occurrence frequency distribution of the elevation angles of at least some of the radar object localizations;
wherein the radar sensor encompasses a multiple-target estimator that is configured to recognize a multiple-target situation and to identify at least two directional angles of a radar echo if the radar echo can be associated with at least two radar objects at different angular positions, and wherein only radar object localizations for which the multiple-target estimator does not recognize a multiple-target situation are used for the occurrence frequency distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,121,344

SMOKE DETECTION DEVICE, METHOD FOR DETECTING AT LEAST ONE SMOKE DETECTION FEATURE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A smoke detection device comprising:a connection configured to be connected to at least one monitoring camera, and
an evaluation device configured to
detect at least one smoke detection feature in a monitoring region for the purpose of smoke detection in images received from the at least one monitoring camera, wherein the at least one smoke detection feature is a change in a contour profile of the acquired light object detected by a comparison of a contour profile of a reference light object with the contour profile of the acquired light object, the contour profile of the reference light object having at least one corner region, wherein the evaluation device detects the at least one smoke detection feature as a rounding of the corner region of the acquired light object,
to acquire at least one light object in the images, and
to detect a change in a light scattering of the at least one acquired light object as the at least one smoke detection feature.

US Pat. No. 10,082,218

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An electromagnetic actuating device for actuating a hydraulic slide valve of an automatic transmission, comprising:a pole body;
an armature element including a first channel which extends axially overall;
an actuating element, which is separate from the armature element, the armature element being guided in the pole body, and a first effective section of the armature element on an end face is at least intermittently in contact with a second effective section of the actuating element on an end face;
wherein the first channel fluidically communicates with a second channel implemented in or on the actuating element when the first and second effective sections are in contact.

US Pat. No. 10,066,568

LEARNING AN INTAKE OXYGEN CONCENTRATION OF AN ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for learning an intake oxygen concentration of an engine, the system comprising:an intake oxygen sensor configured to
measure an oxygen concentration of intake air, and
output a signal indicative of an intake oxygen concentration value; and
an electronic control unit communicatively connected to the intake oxygen sensor and configured to
receive the signal indicative of the intake oxygen concentration value,
determine whether fuel is being injected into the engine,
determine whether the engine is operating in an over-run condition based at least in part on a determination that the fuel is not being injected into the engine,
responsive to determining that the engine is operating in the over-run condition, control a valve to sweep an air pressure of an intake path of the engine across a plurality of air pressures, and
responsive to controlling the valve to sweep the air pressure of the intake path across the plurality of air pressures, store information indicative of intake oxygen concentration values across the plurality of air pressures to learn the intake oxygen concentration of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,070,202

ELECTROMECHANICAL ADAPTER FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN INTERFACES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electromechanical adapter comprising:at least one controller,
at least one first interface for communication with at least one battery-side monitoring unit,
a second interface for communication with a monitoring unit that is connected to a central control unit, and
a third interface for interfacing at least one selected from the group consisting of a sensor and an actuator,
wherein the controller converts signals between the first interface and the second interface based on a sensor signal from the third interface, and
wherein the first interface and second interface have different communication protocols.

US Pat. No. 10,068,736

FUSE HOLDER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuse holder (10) for a high-voltage system comprising:a bottom part (11); and
a unit including a cover (12), an electric fuse link (13) having opposite first and second terminal lugs (131), and first and second fastening screws (14) having respective heads and threaded portions,
wherein the cover (12) and the fuse link (13) are latched together such that the head (141) of the first fastening screw (14) is captured between the first terminal lug (131) and the cover (12) and the head (141) of the second fastening screw (14) is captured between the second terminal lug (131) and the cover (12), such that each of the screw heads (141) is accessible through the cover (12), such that each of the fastening screws (14) is rotatable with respect to the cover (12), such that the threaded portions at least partially project beneath the cover, and such that the unit is configured to be fastened on the bottom part (11) by threading the threaded portions into the bottom part, and
wherein, when the bottom part (11) is fastened to the cover (12), the bottom part (11) and the cover (12) form a housing that accommodates the fuse link (13).

US Pat. No. 10,067,027

TEST METHODOLOGY TO REDUCE FALSE REJECTIONS AND INCREASE NUMBER OF CONTAINERS TESTED FOR TIGHTNESS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of testing a closed container for tightness, the method comprising:connecting the closed container to a gas supply;
filling the closed container with a testing gas from the gas supply;
measuring, by a controller, a first leak rate of the closed container over a first period of time;
when the first leak rate is less than a first threshold, identifying the closed container as compliant;
when the first leak rate is greater than the first threshold,
filling the closed container with the testing gas from the gas supply;
measuring a second leak rate of the closed container over a second period of time;
when the second leak rate is greater than a second threshold, identifying the closed container as noncompliant; and
when the second leak rate is less than the second threshold, identifying the closed container as compliant.

US Pat. No. 10,060,735

CHASSIS MEASUREMENT UNDER AMBIENT LIGHT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for measuring a vehicle, comprising:at least one measuring device including at least one image recording device configured to record images, the recorded images containing an image of at least one mark which has a fixed geometric relationship to a wheel of the vehicle; and
an evaluation unit configured to detect a position of the at least one mark, the evaluation unit being further configured to:
receive a recorded image from the at least one measuring device;
identify a location for at least one mark in the recorded image based on a maximum image intensity peak in the recorded image;
identify a gradient of image intensity data in a background region of the recorded image that is adjacent to the at least one mark; and
use the identified location of the at least one mark to identify a position of the wheel only in response to the gradient in the background region of the recorded image being less than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,029,354

HEND-HELD MACHINE TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a drive spindle that is rotatable about a rotation axis;
a tool receiver that is axially movable relative to the drive spindle, and that is rotationally connected to the drive spindle via a form-fit connection with circumferential play such that the drive spindle and the tool receiver are rotatable about the rotation axis relative to each other over an extent of the circumferential play without rotational engagement; and
at least one active drive unit configured to selectively drive the tool receiver via the drive spindle around the rotation axis based on at least one characteristic quantity of the circumferential play.

US Pat. No. 10,026,316

DETERMINING AN UNOCCUPIED STREET PARKING SPACE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining an unoccupied street parking space for a first motor vehicle, the street parking space being located within a predefined area, the method comprising:scanning environmental data of a second motor vehicle in the predefined area;
determining an item of information regarding an unoccupied street parking space in an area of the second motor vehicle based on the environmental data; and reporting the item of information to a central instance; wherein:
the central instance determines a demand for reports in the area on the basis of received information from a plurality of second motor vehicles; and
suppresses further reports from the second motor vehicle as a function of the demand.

US Pat. No. 10,027,904

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING CAMERA-BASED PARAMETERS WITHOUT A DEDICATED BACK CHANNEL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for transmitting camera-based parameters and a video stream from a video camera disposed for viewing a region of a vehicle to an electronic control unit mounted on the vehicle, comprising:generating a video stream with an image sensor mounted on the vehicle;
transferring camera-based parameters onto the video stream and providing an analog signal carrying the video stream and the camera-based parameters;
transmitting the analog signal to the electronic control unit; and
retrieving the camera-based parameters from the analog signal.

US Pat. No. 10,024,923

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTERFACING A VEHICLE-EXTERNAL TESTING DEVICE TO A BATTERY REMOVED FROM A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for testing a vehicle battery in a state removed from a vehicle, using a vehicle-external testing device, the vehicle-external testing device being fashioned for testing the vehicle battery installed in the vehicle using an on-board diagnostic (OBD) interface of the vehicle, the OBD interface of the vehicle being a female OBD connection port in the vehicle for interfacing with an OBD system of the vehicle, the device comprising:an interface to which a plug of the vehicle-external testing device is connectable, the interface being a female connector having a design which is the same as the female OBD connection port in the vehicle, the plug being fashioned for connection to the on-board diagnostic OBD interface of the vehicle, the plug being a male OBD connection port;
an electrical connecting device by which at least one electrical vehicle battery terminal of the vehicle battery is connectable to the device; and
an adapter device by which signals, received from the at least one electrical vehicle battery terminal of the vehicle battery via the electrical connecting device, are conducted to the interface in such a way that signals present at the interface for the vehicle-external testing device: (i) is testable by the vehicle-external testing device via the plug when the plug is connected to the interface and without use of the OBD system of the vehicle, and (ii) correspond to a configuration of the on-board diagnostic OBD interface of the vehicle;
wherein the device, including the interface, the electrical connecting device, and the adapter device, is vehicle-external.

US Pat. No. 10,018,532

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FURNISHING A FILTERED AIR SYSTEM STATE VARIABLE IN A CONTROL UNIT OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for identifying an averaged sensor value of a state variable of an air system for an internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring and temporarily storing, via a processor, sensor values at a predefined sampling interval during at least one segment duration of the state variable, the segment duration corresponding to one period of a pulsation of the state variable;
determining, via the processor, an average of the sensor values acquired within the at least one segment duration;
correcting, via the processor, the average of the sensor values that has been determined, using a correction variable that depends on a time difference between the at least one segment duration and a multiple of the sampling interval, so as to provide filtered sensor values; and
providing the filtered sensor values to an engine control unit to control the engine so as to provide a desired torque;
wherein the state variable corresponds to one of a gas mass flow and a pressure in the air system of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,013,365

METHOD FOR PROGRAMMING A CONTROL UNIT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for programming a control unit of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:storing in a memory area, which is associated with a second control unit, a previous program code executed in the control unit, wherein the control unit includes a hardware security module;
writing a new program code into the control unit and checking the new program code;
executing the new program code by the control unit if the new program code is successfully verified in the checking; and
writing the previous program code stored in the memory area of the second control unit from the memory area of the second control unit into the control unit and executing the previous program code by the control unit, if the new program code is not successfully verified in the checking;
wherein the previous program code executed in the control unit is encrypted and the encrypted previous program code is stored in the memory area of the second control unit,
wherein a key for at least one of encrypting and decrypting the previous program code is stored in a memory area of the control unit,
wherein the key for at least one of encrypting and decrypting the previous program code is stored in the hardware security module of the control unit,
wherein a memory map file is encrypted using the key to provide an encrypted memory map file, and
wherein the encrypted memory map file is signed with the aid of the key or a second key, so that a cryptographic signature is added to the encrypted memory map file as an authentication feature.

US Pat. No. 10,009,192

SWITCHING DEVICE AND OPERATING PROCEDURE THEREFOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A system, comprising:a first physical interface unit having a first media-independent interface;
a second physical interface unit having a second media-independent interface;
a switching device including a first interface for contacting the first media-independent interface of the first physical interface unit, and a second interface for contacting the second media-independent interface of the second physical interface unit, the switching device being designed to couple the first interface to the second interface; and
a controllable switch including a plurality of media access control modules (MACS) and a circuit switching network;
wherein:
in a first operating state of the switching device: (i) the first physical interface unit is communicatively connected to a first one of the MACs of the controllable switch, and (ii) the second physical interface is communicatively connected to a second one of the MACs of the controllable switch, and
in a second operating state of the switching device: (i) the first physical interface unit is directly communicatively connected to the second physical interface unit via the switching device, (ii) the first physical interface unit is communicatively disconnected from the first one of the MACs of the controllable switch, and (iii) the second physical interface unit is communicatively disconnected from the second one of the MACs of the controllable switch.

US Pat. No. 10,003,586

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A SECRET KEY

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for generating a secret key via a reciprocal communication channel connecting a first communication node and a second communication node, the method comprising:obtaining, by the first communication node, a first sample by a measurement of the communication channel;
performing, by the first communication node, a quantization of the first sample;
performing, by the first communication node, a matching of the quantized sample with the second communication node via the communication channel;
obtaining and quantizing, by the first communication node, a second sample, during the matching, by a second measurement of the communication channel;
obtaining, by the communication nodes, the key from the samples by a privacy amplification;
encoding, by the first communication node, an item of parity information of the respective sample in a first iteration following the quantization;
transmitting, by the first communication node, the parity information to the second communication node via the communication channel;
in a second iteration following the first iteration, decoding, by the second communication node, the parity information of the first sample following the quantization, while the first communication node encodes the parity information of the second sample;
following the decoding, transmitting, by the second communication node, a confirmation via the communication channel to the first communication node; and
in response to the confirmation, transmitting, by the first communication node, the parity information of the second sample via the communication channel to the second communication node.

US Pat. No. 9,994,111

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A JUMP STARTING OPERATION OR A REMOTE CHARGING OPERATION OF VEHICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for performing a jump starting operation or a remote charging operation of a recipient vehicle (28) with a discharged high-voltage traction battery (32) using a donor vehicle (10) having a charged high-voltage traction battery (14), said method comprising the following method steps:a) interrupting (22) a current path (24) from an inverter (16) to an electric drive (12) of a donor vehicle (10), and
b) connecting the inverter (16) of the donor vehicle (10) on an output side to an electric drive (30) of the recipient vehicle (28), operating the inverter (16) of the donor vehicle (10) in a virtual driving operation mode and starting the electric drive (30) of the recipient vehicle (28), or
c) connecting the inverter (16) of the donor vehicle (10) on the output side to an inverter (34) of the recipient vehicle (28), operating the inverter (16) of the donor vehicle (10) in the virtual driving operation mode and operating the inverter (34) of the recipient vehicle (28) in a virtual recuperation operation mode for charging the discharged high-voltage traction battery (32).

US Pat. No. 9,989,934

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ROTATIONAL SPEED OF A MOTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

5. An arithmetic unit comprising processing circuitry, wherein the processing circuitry is configured to:determine a controller output torque of a proportional P-component of a motor speed controller;
determine a deviation between an actual angular velocity of a motor and a setpoint angular velocity;
multiply the determined deviation by a quotient formed from a controller coefficient of the proportional P-component of the motor speed controller and a moment of inertia of the motor to determine a setpoint angular acceleration value of the motor;
compare an actual angular acceleration value and the setpoint angular acceleration value;
determine a controller output torque of an integrating I-component of the motor speed controller based on the comparison of the actual angular acceleration value and the setpoint angular acceleration value;
determine a total controller output torque of the motor speed controller from the controller output torques of the proportional P-component and integrating I-component; and
control a rotational speed of the motor based on the determined total controller output torque.

US Pat. No. 9,985,324

ELASTIC DEVICE FOR THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL OF BATTERY CELLS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Suttg...

1. A device for the temperature control of battery cells of a battery, comprising:a contact surface configured to thermally contact the battery cells with the device, the contact surface being configured such that the battery cells to be temperature-controlled are configured to be arranged on the contact surface; and
elements disposed below the contact surface, the elements being configured to have an elastic restoring action such that, when a pressure load acting orthogonally to the contact surface is applied, the contact surface is lowered in the region of the applied pressure load,
wherein a restoring force acts counter to the pressure load;
wherein the device has a channel system that is configured such that a fluid is configured to be passed through the channel system;
wherein the channel system has a plurality of channels that are arranged parallel to one another and each have a lower wall, two mutually opposite side walls, and an upper wall;
wherein the outer surface of the upper wall at least partially forms the contact surface of the device; and
wherein the side walls of the channels are the elements configured to have the elastic restoring action.

US Pat. No. 9,977,842

METHOD AND CONTROL FOR CALCULATING A DATA-BASED FUNCTION MODEL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for performing a calculation of a data-based function model in a control unit, the method comprising:loading a first part of configuration data, which contain a first part of supporting point data having multiple supporting points, into a model calculation unit, wherein the control unit includes a computing unit and the model calculation unit, which is a separate model calculation unit having a computing core;
starting a calculation in the computing core of the model calculation unit to obtain a model value at a predefined test point, wherein the calculation is started before the first part of the configuration data is completely loaded;
transferring a second part of the configuration data, which contain a second part of the supporting point data having multiple supporting points, into the model calculation unit, prior to a completion of the calculation in the computing core of the model calculation unit;
calculating in the computing unit at least one output variable with an aid of the calculation in the computing core of the model calculation unit; and
operating an internal combustion engine based on the output variable by controlling at least one of an actuator and an injector of the internal combustion engine based on the output variable.

US Pat. No. 9,969,375

BRAKE BOOSTER DEVICE FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BRAKE BOOSTER DEVICE FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A brake booster device for a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:a booster body to which a brake-boosting force is exerted with the aid of an actuator device in such a way that the booster body is adjusted with the aid of the brake-boosting force;
a first piston rod component to which the brake-boosting force is at least partially transmitted via one of (i) a first force-transmitting contact between the first piston rod component which contacts the booster body at a first contact surface or (ii) a first connecting component which contacts the first piston rod component and the first contact surface of the booster body, in such a way that the first piston rod component is at least partially adjusted;
a second piston rod component to which the brake-boosting force is at least partially transmitted via one of (iii) a second force-transmitting contact between the second piston rod component which contacts the booster body at a second contact surface and the booster body or (iv) a second connecting component which contacts the second piston rod component and the second contact surface of the booster body, in such a way that the second piston rod component is adjusted together with the first piston rod component; and
an input rod component on which a brake actuation element is mounted, wherein a driver braking force exerted on the brake actuation element bypasses the booster body and is transmitted to the input rod component, wherein:
the driver braking force is applied to the first piston rod component via the input rod component while the input rod component bypasses the booster body.

US Pat. No. 9,965,915

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DOCUMENT AND ARTICLE AUTHENTICATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for authentication of a translucent article comprising:an optical sensor configured to generate an image of the article; and
a processor operatively connected to the optical sensor, the processor being configured to:
generate an image of the article with the optical sensor, the article being illuminated by an external illumination source that projects light through the article from an opposite side of the article from the optical sensor as the image is generated;
identify a region of interest in the image of the article including a non-cloneable feature, the non-cloneable feature being formed by at least one of fibers and material textures in the article depicted in the region of interest of the image;
generate a first feature vector corresponding to the non-cloneable feature in the region of interest in the image of the article;
receive data corresponding to a second feature vector and a cryptographic signature generated by a sending party;
generate a distance measurement between the first feature vector and the second feature vector;
verify that the cryptographic signature corresponds to the second feature vector; and
generate an output indicating that the article is authentic in response to the distance measurement being less than a predetermined threshold and to verification that the cryptographic signature corresponds to the second feature vector.

US Pat. No. 9,963,129

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control device for a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:an electronic device to control at least one first hydraulic component of the braking system and a second hydraulic component of the braking system so that the braking system is operable in at least one first workable operating mode so that at least the controlled first hydraulic component is usable at a first frequency and/or at a first output and the controlled second hydraulic component at a second frequency and/or at a second output so that a first brake pressure is settable in at least one first wheel brake cylinder of a first brake circuit of the braking system corresponding to a predefined first setpoint brake pressure or setpoint brake pressure profile, and a second brake pressure in at least one second wheel brake cylinder of a second brake circuit of the braking system corresponding to a predefined second setpoint brake pressure or setpoint brake pressure profile;
wherein the electronic device is configured to operate the braking system in at least one second workable operating mode so that at least the controlled first hydraulic component is usable at a frequency lower than the first frequency and/or an output lower than the first output and the controlled second hydraulic component at a frequency higher than the second frequency and/or an output higher than the second output so that the first brake pressure is settable corresponding to the predefined first setpoint brake pressure or setpoint brake pressure profile in the at least one first wheel brake cylinder and the second brake pressure is settable corresponding to the predefined second setpoint brake pressure or setpoint brake pressure profile in the at least one second wheel brake cylinder, and
wherein the electronic device is configured to select an operating mode to be carried out from the at least two workable operating modes based on at least one provided specified variable, and to operate the braking system in the selected operating mode so that the first brake pressure in the at least one first wheel brake cylinder and the second brake pressure in the at least one second wheel brake cylinder are settable.

US Pat. No. 9,967,525

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS WITH DEPTH INFORMATION DETERMINATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A monitoring camera apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a camera for recording a monitoring region with at least one object from a recording position of the camera,
an actuator for changing the recording position of the camera, the actuator including
a main swivel device, the main swivel device having a main swivel axis arranged off-center with respect to the camera, and
an auxiliary swivel device arranged on the main swivel device, the auxiliary swivel device having an auxiliary swivel axis parallel to the main swivel axis and extending through the camera,
a control device, including a first electronic processor, for driving the actuator and the camera, a first image being recordable in a first recording position of the camera, and a second image being recordable in a second recording position of the camera, the first and second images showing at least one identical subsection with the at least one object of the monitoring region as a common subsection, and
an evaluation device, including a second electronic processor, for evaluating the first and second images of the camera, the evaluation device configured to determine depth information concerning the at least one object in the common subsection from the first and second images,
wherein the camera is arranged on the auxiliary swivel device and has a first optical axis when the camera is in the first recording position and a second optical axis parallel to the first optical axis when the camera is in the second recording position.

US Pat. No. 9,964,529

METHOD FOR CHECKING THE FUNCTION OF A SENSOR FOR DETECTING PARTICLES, AND A SENSOR FOR DETECTING PARTICLES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for checking for a fault of a sensor for detecting particles, wherein the sensor includes at least two measuring electrodes which are situated on a substrate made of an electrically insulating material, and a heating element, the method comprising:setting a temperature of the sensor to a first temperature for a predetermined period of time using the heating element to carry out a cleaning operation to burn off the particles from the sensor during the predetermined period of time;
after carrying out the cleaning operation over the predetermined period of time, carrying out a first current-voltage measurement using the at least two measuring electrodes at the first temperature to ascertain a first measured current-voltage variable;
after carrying out the first current-voltage measurement, setting the temperature of the sensor to a second temperature using the heating element;
carrying out a second current-voltage measurement using the at least two measuring electrodes at the second temperature to ascertain a second measured current-voltage variable;
forming a difference between the first measured current-voltage variable and the second measured current-voltage variable;
comparing the formed difference to a predetermined threshold value; and
determining a presence of the fault of the sensor based on the comparing.

US Pat. No. 9,956,933

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR BIKE AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING A SAFETY SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A safety system for a motor bike, comprising:an arithmetic control unit;
at least one sensor; and
an interface;
wherein:
the arithmetic control unit is configured to:
(i) receive, from a plurality of safety components and via the interface, presence signals;
(ii) evaluate the presence signals in order to detect which of the plurality of safety components are currently available;
(iii) receive, from the at least one sensor and via the interface, crash-relevant information;
(iv) by evaluating the crash-relevant information, detect a crash, a plurality of triggering control patterns being usable in response to the crash;
(v) based on the detection of which of the plurality of safety components are currently available, select one of the plurality of triggering control patterns to respond to the detected crash; and
(vi) based on the selected triggering control pattern, trigger, via the interface, one or more of the plurality of safety components that were detected to be currently available; and
for each of at least one of the one or more of the plurality of safety components that is triggered, the respective safety component is triggerable to operate in different ways depending on which of the plurality of triggering control patterns that are usable to respond to the detected crash is selected, so that the safety system is configured for the respective safety component to be operated differently in response to the detected crash depending on which other ones of the plurality of safety components are detected to be currently available.

US Pat. No. 9,952,567

METHOD FOR SETTING UP A FUNCTIONALITY FOR A CONTROL UNIT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for populating a function implemented in a control unit with data, comprising:performing a measurement on a test stand on a system at different measuring points to produce obtained measured values;
setting up a global data-based model on the basis of the obtained measured values;
performing a virtual measurement that simulates a real measurement on the test stand on the global data-based model,
ascertaining an uncertainty for a virtual measured value of the virtual measurement is ascertained from the global data-based model;
taking into account the uncertainty of the virtual measured value when populating the function for the control unit with data;
detecting on the basis of the uncertainty of the virtual measured value whether a quality of the data-based model is insufficient in at least one range of the measuring points for populating the function with data;
if the quality of the data-based model is insufficient in at least the one range of the measuring points, obtaining an improvement of the data-based model on the basis of a supplementary measured value from a supplementary measurement on the test stand;
if the quality of the data-based model offers a required quality for populating the function with data, populating the function implemented in the control unit with data in that a measured values from the virtual measurement is entered into a tool, in which an optimization of a label of the function implemented in the control unit is performed; and
operating a physical process of an engine by causing the control unit to execute the populated function.

US Pat. No. 9,937,929

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT DRIVES OR IS ABLE TO BE DRIVEN IN AN AT LEAST PARTIALLY AUTOMATED MANNER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle which is able to be driven at least partially automatically, the method comprising:detecting a gaze direction of a driver of the motor vehicle;
inferring a distraction of the driver if the detected gaze direction deviates from a setpoint gaze direction by more than a predefined measure;
monitoring the driver for a secondary activity if a distraction of the driver was inferred; and
ascertaining, as a function of at least a detected secondary activity, a time period required for the driver to assume at least a partial control of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,941,381

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING A TRENCH MOS BARRIER SCHOTTKY DIODE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A semiconductor device having a trench MOS barrier Schottky diode, comprising:a semiconductor volume of a first conductivity type, the semiconductor volume (i) having a first side which is covered with a metal layer, and (ii) including at least one trench which extends in the first side and is at least partially filled with at least one of metal and a semiconductor material of a second conductivity type, the trench having at least one wall section which includes an oxide layer, at least in areas;
wherein at least one area, situated next to the trench, of the first side covered with the metal layer has a layer, situated between the metal layer and the semiconductor volume and above a trough area of the trench, made of a first semiconductor material of the second conductivity type,
wherein the semiconductor volume includes at least two trenches,
wherein the at least one area is between the at least two trenches,
wherein the first semiconductor material of the second conductivity type has a layer thickness of approximately 10 nanometers (nm) to approximately 500 nm,
wherein a doping concentration of the first semiconductor material of the second conductivity type is approximately 1016 atoms per cubic centimeter volume to approximately 1017 atoms per cubic centimeter volume, and
wherein a second semiconductor material of the second conductivity type is provided below at least one area of a base of the at least one trench and is connected to the metal layer by one of: (i) an ohmic contact, and (ii) a polycrystalline material.

US Pat. No. 9,938,387

EPDM WIPER RUBBER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper rubber (10) for a windshield wiper, comprising a wiper rubber base (1) with a wiper lip section (2) and with a fixing section (4),wherein the wiper rubber base (1) is formed from ethylene-propylene-diene rubber and/or ethylene-propylene rubber,
wherein the wiper rubber base (1) is uncoated, and
wherein at least in a subregion (2c, 2c?) of the wiper lip section (2) a surface of the wiper rubber base (1) has been treated with ultraviolet radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,927,240

METHOD FOR TESTING THE FUNCTIONALITY OF A ROTATION RATE SENSOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for testing a functionality of a rotation rate sensor, the method comprising:exciting at least one Coriolis element of the rotation rate sensor to at least one oscillation mode by a first drive element and/or by a second drive element, wherein the rotation rate sensor includes a substrate and a micromechanical structure oscillatory with respect to the substrate having the first drive element, the second drive element and the at least one Coriolis element; and
detecting a detection signal as a function of a force action to be detected on the Coriolis element, the rotation rate sensor being operable optionally in a normal mode or in a self-test mode, the first drive element and the second drive element being driven in the normal mode;
wherein in the self-test mode, the first drive element or the second drive element is driven optionally exclusively.

US Pat. No. 9,920,751

HYDRAULIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic axial piston machine, comprising:
a housing;
a drive shaft rotatably mounted in the housing and having a drive shaft axis;
a first swashplate configured to pivot about a first pivot axis to vary a first inclination relative to the drive shaft axis,
the first swashplate defining a central plane extending through a center of the first swashplate perpendicular with respect
to the first pivot axis and extending through the drive shaft axis;

a first actuating piston with a first actuating piston longitudinal axis, the first actuating piston extending at least approximately
parallel to the drive shaft axis with the first actuating piston longitudinal axis spaced apart from the central plane, the
first actuating piston including:

a first longitudinal end engaging the first swashplate so as to adjust the first swashplate; and
a second opposite longitudinal end delimiting a first actuating chamber into which control fluid flows to pivot the first
swashplate in one direction and out of which control fluid is displaced when the first swashplate pivots in the other direction;

a first regulating valve configured to regulate flow of the control fluid into and out from the first actuating chamber;
a first elongate feedback element arranged on the first actuating piston and configured to input a first actual position of
the first actuating piston and a first actual oblique position of the first swashplate into the first regulating valve to
control the first regulating valve;

a second swashplate configured to pivot about a second pivot axis to vary a second inclination relative to the drive shaft
axis, the central plane extending through a center of the second swashplate perpendicular with respect to the second pivot
axis;

a second actuating piston with a second actuating piston longitudinal axis, the second actuating piston extending at least
approximately parallel to the drive shaft axis with the second actuating piston longitudinal axis spaced apart from the central
plane, the second actuating piston including:

a third longitudinal end engaging the second swashplate so as to adjust the second swashplate; and
a fourth opposite longitudinal end delimiting a second actuating chamber into which control fluid flows to pivot the second
swashplate in one direction and out of which control fluid is displaced when the second swashplate pivots in the other direction;

a second regulating valve configured to regulate flow of the control fluid into and out from the second actuating chamber;
and

a second elongate feedback element arranged on the second actuating piston and configured to input a second actual position
of the second actuating piston and a second actual oblique position of the second swashplate into the second regulating valve
to control the second regulating valve, wherein:

the first feedback element has a first feedback element longitudinal axis and is positioned such that the first feedback element
longitudinal axis and the first actuating piston longitudinal axis define a first plane which is not perpendicular to the
first pivot axis of the first swashplate, and

the second feedback element has a second feedback element longitudinal axis and is positioned such that the second feedback
element longitudinal axis and the second actuating piston longitudinal axis define a second plane which is oriented differently
from the first plane.

US Pat. No. 9,921,082

POSITION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM HAVING RECEIVER COILS WHICH ARE DIFFERENTIALLY INTERCONNECTABLE VIA SWITCHING MEANS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A position measurement system comprising:
a material measure having a plurality of markings arranged in a row with respect to a measurement direction; and
a scanning device that is configured to move relative to the material measure in the measurement direction, the scanning device
comprising:

a transmitter winding arrangement having a plurality of transmitter areas arranged in a row with respect to the measurement
direction;

a plurality of receiver coils arranged in a row with respect to the measurement direction, a maximum of one single receiver
coil of the plurality of receiver coils being situated in each of the transmitter areas, an inductive coupling between the
transmitter winding arrangement and the plurality of receiver coils being a function of a position of the scanning device
with respect to the material measure;

a plurality of switching devices configured to differentially interconnect at least two adjacent receiver coils of the plurality
of receiver coils between a first signal line and a second signal line, the plurality of switching devices having a separate
switching device associated with each receiver coil of the plurality of receiver coils; and

a differential amplifier connected to the first signal line and the second signal line,
wherein the plurality of switching devices is configured to alternately connect the receiver coils of the plurality of receiver
coils to the first signal line and the second signal line such that any two directly adjacent receiver coils of the plurality
of receiver coils are connected to a different one of the first signal line and the second signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,921,086

POSITION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM HAVING MATERIAL MEASURE, TRANSMITTER WINDING ARRANGEMENT, AND RECEIVER COILS, AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A position measurement system comprising:
a material measure having a multiplicity of markings arranged in a row along a measurement direction; and
a sampling device that is movable with respect to the material measure along the measurement direction, the sampling device
comprising:

a transmitter winding arrangement having at least one conductor configured to enclose a plurality of transmitter surfaces
arranged in a row along the measurement direction,

a plurality of receiver coils arranged in a row along the measurement direction such that inductive coupling between the transmitter
winding arrangement and the plurality of receiver coils is dependent on a position of the sampling device relative to the
material measure,

at least one operational amplifier having a first input terminal, a second input terminal, a first output terminal, and a
second output terminal, and

a switching device configured to selectively connect individual receiver coils in the plurality of receiver coils between
the first and second input terminals of the operational amplifier and configured to selectively connect pairs of receiver
coils in the plurality of receiver coils between the first and second input terminals of the operational amplifier in a differential
series configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,915,369

SOLENOID VALVE HAVING IMPROVED OPENING AND CLOSING BEHAVIOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A solenoid valve for controlling fluids, comprising:
a closing element which selectively opens and closes at least one outlet opening at a valve seat;
a magnetic circuit having an armature, an internal pole and a magnetic return path; and
a coil;
wherein:
the armature cooperates with the closing element;
the magnetic circuit further includes (i) a nonmagnetic separating element for interrupting the magnetic circuit and (ii)
a magnetic choke device situated to provide a magnetic bridge across the nonmagnetic separating element and selectively closing
the magnetic circuit at the nonmagnetic separating element; and

the magnetic choke device is a separate individual component which is fixed using at least one of a form-locking and a force-locking
connection,

wherein the magnetic choke device is situated radially outside the nonmagnetic separating element, the magnetic choke device
includes a plurality of strip-shaped elements made of magnetic material, and at least one strip-shaped element of the plurality
of strip-shaped elements has a first reshaping at a first end which is in contact with the magnetic return path situated below
the nonmagnetic separating element, and a second reshaping at a second end which is in contact with the internal pole situated
above the nonmagnetic separating element.

US Pat. No. 9,915,656

HAND-HELD MEASURING INSTRUMENT AND PROCEDURE FOR THE DETECTION OF MOLD ATTACK IN INTERIOR SPACES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting hidden mold damage in interior spaces using a hand-held measuring instrument, the method comprising:
collecting an interior space sample;
taking up the sample in a buffer;
concentrating at least one analyte in the sample taken up in the buffer by binding the at least one analyte to analyte-specific
antibodies in a first compartment of the hand-held measuring instrument so as to form antibody-analyte complexes;

transferring the antibody-analyte complexes to a second compartment of the hand-held measuring instrument, wherein the second
compartment comprises immobilized secondary antibodies capable of binding the analyte-specific antibodies so as to immobilize
the antibody-analyte complexes via the immobilized secondary antibodies, and wherein the at least one analyte is at least
one mold spore;

removing unbound constituents;
eluting the analytes from the analyte-specific antibodies;
detecting the eluted analytes using an immunological test within the hand-held measuring instrument;
evaluating the immunological test; and
displaying a result of the evaluated test, thereby detecting hidden mold damage in the interior space.

US Pat. No. 9,915,538

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:
transmitting, from the vehicle to an external server, a location assigned to a driving route of the vehicle;
checking, by the server, whether a zone is assigned to the transmitted location for which navigation data exist for at least
partially automated vehicle driving within the zone; and

transmitting, via the server, the navigation data from the server to the vehicle when such a zone is assigned to the transmitted
location; and

operating, based on the transmitted data, the vehicle in at least a partially autonomous manner in the zone without the vehicle
previously having completed a training drive in the zone, wherein if the zone is not present and/or no corresponding navigation
data for the location exists, a notification or a message is sent to the vehicle that the zone is not present and/or that
no corresponding navigation data for the location exists;

wherein when planning a driving route, a driver of the vehicle obtains information on whether the zone is present at a planned
destination, and if necessary, the driver is able to change the destination so as to save at least one of driving time, an
unnecessary detour, fuel in the case of an internal combustion engine, and electric energy in the case of an electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,909,551

METHOD OF ENGINE CONTROL FOR ELIMINATING KNOCKING COMBUSTION DUE TO A MISFIRE FOR SPARK-IGNITED ENGINES EQUIPPED WITH EXTERNAL EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of reducing knocking combustion in a spark-ignited internal combustion engine having exhaust gas recirculation
by controlling ignition timing, the method comprising:
detecting a misfire in an engine cylinder;
determining a number of combustion cycles indicative of an amount of time that will pass before misfire gas from the detected
misfire will be recirculated to a combustion chamber of any cylinder of the internal combustion engine; and

reducing or preventing knocking combustion by adjusting the ignition timing of at least one subsequent combustion cycle, the
at least one subsequent combustion cycle occurring after the determined number of combustion cycles have occurred since the
misfire was detected.

US Pat. No. 9,908,416

METHOD FOR BLENDING A GENERATOR BRAKING TORQUE OF A GENERATOR OF A RECUPERATIVE BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING TWO BRAKE CIRCUITS, AND A CONTROL DEVICE FOR A RECUPERATIVE BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING TWO BRAKE CIRCUITS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for blending a generator braking torque of a generator of a recuperative brake system having two brake circuits,
the method involving an execution by a control device of code stored in a non-transitory recording medium, the method comprising:
controlling one of the at least two brake circuits of the brake system in a blending mode, a first hydraulic connection between
a master brake cylinder of the brake system and a storage volume of the brake circuit being controlled in the blending mode
being at least temporarily enabled when a brake actuating element is actuated by a driver, so that brake fluid is transferred
from the master brake cylinder into the storage volume of the brake circuit controlled in the blending mode; and

controlling another of the at least two brake circuits in a non-blending mode, a second hydraulic connection between the master
brake cylinder and a storage volume of the brake circuit being controlled in the non-blending mode being interrupted during
the non-blending mode;

wherein if a generator braking torque greater than a specified minimum generator braking torque is exerted by the controlled
generator and an ascertained braking intensity variable is between a specified, second braking intensity value and a specified,
third braking intensity value, the first brake circuit and the second brake circuit are controlled in the blending mode,

wherein at a time when the blending mode of the one of the at least two brake circuits and the non-blending mode of the other
of the at least two brake circuits are implemented:

a simultaneous enablement of the first and second hydraulic connections is prevented, and
as between the first and second hydraulic connections, only the first hydraulic connection is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,879,788

VALVE THAT CAN BE ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATED

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electromagnetically actuatable valve comprising:
a seat body defining a valve seat, at least one fluid-delivering inlet port, and at least one fluid-discharging outlet port;
and

a shut-off element configured to interrupt a hydraulic short-circuit between the inlet port and the outlet port, the shut-off
element including a flow-directing mechanism,

wherein the shut-off element is of a bolt-shaped configuration and comprises a fixing portion together with the flow-directing
mechanism, the flow-directing mechanism including a flow-directing portion of reduced outside dimensions compared to the fixing
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,876,457

ELECTRIC MOTOR COMPRISING A DEVICE FOR GENERATING A SEQUENCE OF SIGNALS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electric motor (1) comprising a device (5) for generating a sequence (3) of signals, said sequence (3) of signals comprising a plurality of signal blocks (22) and said signal blocks (22) comprising a plurality of signals (19) having a specific signal duration (20), characterized in that the signal duration (20) of the individual signals (19) varies; wherein the signal duration (20) of the signals (19) of the second signal group are calculated such that the defined duration of a signal block (23) and the sum of the signal duration (20) of all the signals (19) of a signal block (22) are substantially the same.

US Pat. No. 9,874,186

CYLINDER HEAD BLANK, CYLINDER HEAD AND HIGH-PRESSURE PUMP FOR FUEL INJECTION SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A cylinder head blank (9) for a high-pressure pump (1), comprising a base (10) on which a high-pressure outlet (16) and a plurality of low-pressure connecting points (13-15) are closed in a raw state, and each of the low-pressure connecting points (13-15) being configured to have fitted thereto a low-pressure connection (11).

US Pat. No. 9,876,399

STATOR FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A stator for an electric machine, comprising a laminate stack (2), including a plurality of stator laminations (11) positioned one on top of the other, wherein the laminate stack (2) is delimited at end sides by covering laminations (6) and an insulating lamination (3) is arranged on at least one covering lamination (6) of the laminate stack (2), characterized in that the insulating lamination (3) is connected at least to the covering lamination (6) which is directly adjacent,
wherein at least one fixing bolt, which protrudes into an assigned cutout in the covering lamination, is arranged on the insulating
lamination,

wherein the fixing bolt protrudes into a cutout in at least one further stator lamination which follows the covering lamination,
and

wherein the cutout is open at a circumference of the at least one further stator lamination.

US Pat. No. 9,869,285

CIRCUIT CONFIGURATION FOR STARTING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD OF A STARTER CONTROL

Robert Bosch GMBH, Stutt...

1. A circuit configuration for starting an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a starter including a starter motor, an engaging relay, a switching relay, and a control relay able to be controlled by an
ignition switch, the engaging relay being able to be controlled by the control relay and a current path of the starter motor
being able to be switched using the switching relay;

wherein the switching relay is able to be controlled as a function of an occurrence of a specified event, at least in a switching-off
process of the starter;

wherein a winding of the switching relay is situated in a current path that is able to be switched by the control relay,
wherein the current path is a conductive line,
wherein a first end of the conductive line is connected directly to the winding of the switching relay,
wherein a second end of the conductive line is connected directly to a switch controlled by the control relay, and
wherein the current path is closed when a switch controlled by the engaging relay is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,857,496

POSITIONING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A locating device, comprising:
an AC voltage locating apparatus including:
a first receiving apparatus configured to receive a first coupling signal from a locatable object;
a second receiving apparatus configured to receive at least a second coupling signal from the locatable object;
a first amplifier circuit having a first input operably connected to receive the first coupling signal from the first receiving
apparatus and a second input operably connected to receive a reference signal, the first amplifier circuit being configured
to amplify a difference between the first coupling signal and the reference signal in at least one operating state; and

a second amplifier circuit having a first input operably connected to receive the first coupling signal from the first receiving
apparatus and a second input operably connected to receive the second coupling signal from the second receiving apparatus,
the second amplifier circuit being configured to amplify a difference between the first coupling signal and the second coupling
signal in at least one operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,849,546

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HYDRAULIC DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for manufacturing a hydraulic device, in which at least one hydraulic channel and at least one connection are
at least one of manufactured and hydraulically connected to one another, the hydraulic device including at least one of: a
hydraulic module of a transmission, or a valve module for filling and emptying a hydraulic accumulator; the method comprising:
forming at least two plates with the aid of a process including at least one of: cold forming, deep drawing, or punching;
situating at least one intermediate plate between the at least two plates, wherein the at least one hydraulic channel is formed
in the at least one intermediate plate to allow an exchange of fluid between cavities provided in the hydraulic device; and

forming a plurality of deformations in the at least one intermediate plate and the at least two plates along edge sections,
to permanently connect and hydraulically seal the at least two plates and the at least one intermediate plate to one another
at the edge sections, using at least one of: punch riveting, or clinching;

wherein at least punching and punch riveting processes are carried out in the same work step.

US Pat. No. 9,845,086

BRAKE BOOSTER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE BOOSTER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A brake booster, comprising:
an input element which is actuatable by a driver,
an actuator for generating a support force,
an output element, to which an input force or the support force may be applied by the input element and/or the actuator and
via which an actuating force may be applied to a piston of a brake master cylinder, and

a force transmission unit having elastic properties, which is situated between the input element and the actuator on one end
and the output element on an other end and which transmits the input force and/or the support force to the output element,

wherein a target air gap corresponding to a desired air gap at a beginning of a braking operation is provided between the
input element and the force transmission element by actuation of the actuator to generate the support force one of (i) prior
to a braking intent to be anticipated or (ii) immediately after detection of a braking intent by the driver, wherein an air
gap between the input element and the force transmission element in idle mode is one of smaller or larger than the target
air gap corresponding to the desired air gap at the beginning of the braking operation, wherein the support force is generated
independently of a movement of the input element, wherein the brake booster has a preload unit, which acts on the force transmission
unit such that it applies a force couple to the force transmission unit when the brake booster is in the idle mode.

US Pat. No. 9,846,138

BROADBAND LAMBDA PROBE AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR A BROADBAND LAMBDA PROBE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A broadband lambda probe comprising:
a substrate structure that defines a measurement hollow space;
an oxygen pump cell incorporated into the substrate structure and including:
an outer pump electrode; and
an inner pump electrode, the outer pump electrode and the inner pump electrode configured to enable the transfer of oxygen
from the measurement hollow space to an external environment of the broadband lambda probe;

a Nernst concentration cell incorporated into the substrate structure and including:
a Nernst electrode; and
a reference electrode; and
at least one capacitive sensor device incorporated into the substrate structure so as to be exposed to an atmosphere in the
measurement hollow space, the at least one capacitive sensor device having a capacitance that varies with a change of a concentration
of at least one substance in the measurement hollow space.

US Pat. No. 9,840,209

BATTERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery comprising:
a voltage-measuring apparatus configured to determine a battery voltage;
at least one reversible disconnection apparatus configured to electrically disconnect the battery from an electrical supply
system, such that the disconnection can be cancelled again, for charging or discharging the battery;

a circuit including electronic components, the circuit being configured to open the at least one reversible disconnection
apparatus in the event of at least one of (i) a deep discharge, and (ii) an overvoltage of the battery; and

a holding apparatus configured to be activated and, when activated, configured to deactivate an effect of the circuit by actively
holding the at least one reversible disconnection apparatus closed, wherein the circuit further includes a receiving apparatus
configured to receive an activation signal to activate the holding apparatus for at least a duration of the activation signal.

US Pat. No. 9,843,320

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A circuit arrangement (1) comprising a high-voltage semiconductor bridge circuit (2) having a low-side semiconductor switch (4), a high-side semiconductor switch (3), and a logic unit (7), wherein a high-side gate driver (5) is assigned to the high-side semiconductor switch (3) and a low-side gate driver (6) is assigned to the low-side semiconductor switch (4), characterized in that a high-side flyback converter (8) is connected upstream of the high-side gate driver and a low-side flyback converter (9) is connected upstream of the low-side gate driver (6), and the logic unit (7) is connected to at least one of the flyback converters (8, 9), wherein at least one of the flyback converters (7, 8, 9) is a high-voltage flyback converter; and wherein a supply voltage for the logic unit (7) comes from at least one of the connected flyback converters (8, 9).

US Pat. No. 9,836,656

DEVICE FOR THE EXPANDED REPRESENTATION OF A SURROUNDING REGION OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for an expanded display of a rear surrounding region of a vehicle, comprising:
an imaging component including one of a rear-view mirror and a camera having a display, the imaging component providing an
actual view of the rear surrounding region, wherein information from a road model is superimposable on the actual view of
the rear surrounding region, wherein the information superimposed on the actual view of the rear surrounding image includes
road-lane markings of a multi-lane road on which the vehicle is traveling.

US Pat. No. 9,822,724

METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR CALIBRATING A DRIVE OF A THROTTLE VALVE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for calibrating a drive of a throttle valve of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, a rotor position
of the drive and an output voltage of a throttle valve angle transducer having a characteristic correlation, the method comprising:
detecting whether the internal combustion engine is running;
in response to detecting that the internal combustion engine is running, (i) commanding the drive to displace the throttle
valve into at least one first target position according to driver throttle commands, and (ii) calibrating the characteristic
correlation based on the commanded at least one first target position and the corresponding output voltage of the throttle
valve angle transducer; and

in response to detecting that the internal combustion engine is not running, (i) commanding the drive to displace the throttle
valve into at least one second target position, which is independent of driver throttle commands, and (ii) calibrating the
characteristic correlation based on the commanded at least one second target position and the output voltage of the throttle
valve angle transducer.

US Pat. No. 9,825,571

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for operating an electric machine (2), including
an inverter (1) which is designed to provide an AC voltage at the terminals of the electric machine (2) in a regulated operating mode, to electrically disconnect the terminals of the electric machine from each other in a freewheeling
mode (2),

wherein the inverter (1) is designed to set the amplitude of the AC voltage provided at the terminals of the electric machine (2) to a predetermined value during a transition from the regulated operating mode to the freewheeling mode, and

wherein the inverter is configured to electrically disconnect the terminals of the electric machine from each other only after
the amplitude of the AC voltage provided at the terminals of the electric machine is set to the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,821,744

ACCELERATION SENSING OF FAST ROLL AND SLOW ROLL FOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

9. A method of operating at least one restraint device in a vehicle during a fast roll event or a slow roll event, the method
comprising:
sensing an angular rate determined about a longitudinal axis of the vehicle with an angular rate sensor;
sensing a vertical acceleration of the vehicle with a vertical acceleration sensor;
sensing a lateral acceleration of the vehicle with a lateral acceleration sensor;
integrating the lateral acceleration to obtain a roll rate velocity;
predicting vehicle rollover from the angular rate and the vertical acceleration;
when the lateral acceleration is greater than a fast lateral acceleration threshold and the roll rate velocity is greater
than a fast roll rate velocity threshold, providing a fast roll event output;

when the lateral acceleration is less than the fast lateral acceleration threshold and greater than a slow lateral acceleration
threshold, and the roll rate velocity is greater than a slow roll rate velocity threshold, providing a slow roll event output;

when vehicle rollover is predicted, operating the at least one restraint device in response to either the fast roll event
or the slow roll event; and

providing a plausibility error when the lateral acceleration and the roll rate velocity do not result in either the fast roll
event or the slow roll event, and vehicle rollover is predicted.

US Pat. No. 9,821,776

BRAKE ACTUATION SENSOR DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING A BRAKE ACTUATION SENSOR DEVICE ON A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A brake actuation sensor device for a brake system of a vehicle, comprising:
a strain and/or compression gage arranged so that the strain and/or compression gage is reversibly variable in its extension
along at least one specified spatial direction, whereby at least one electrical property of the strain and/or compression
gage is changeable; and

an evaluation device, by which at least one electrical variable is ascertainable with respect to an electrical property that
is changeable by a variation of the extension of the strain and/or compression gage along the at least one specified spatial
direction, wherein:

by taking into account the at least one ascertained electrical variable, an evaluation variable is able to be determined with
respect to a brake actuating force exerted on a brake actuating element of the brake system, and

the strain and/or compression gage is able to be situated in direct or indirect contact with a brake booster housing device
in such a way that a force exerted on the brake booster housing device causes a mechanical stress in the strain and/or compression
gage.

US Pat. No. 9,815,458

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A HYBRID VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method (110) of operation of a hybrid vehicle (20), wherein the hybrid vehicle (20) has a first (30) and a second (40) drive assembly,
wherein the drive assemblies (30, 40) in each case drive the hybrid vehicle (20), alone or jointly in a hybrid type of operation,

wherein the first drive assembly (30) is operated with fuel from a fuel tank (50) and an amount of fuel in the fuel tank (50) is monitored (120, 160),

wherein a safety operation (130) of the hybrid vehicle is activated if the amount of fuel is smaller than a specifiable value (150, 170),

characterized in that
the output of the second drive assembly (40) is reduced during the safety operation (130) when a type of operation is being used in which the torque of the second drive assembly (40) is directed oppositely to the torque of the first drive assembly (30).