US Pat. No. 10,608,105

MOS FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

11. A motor vehicle, comprising:a power switch that includes a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor, the transistor including:
an n-doped epitaxial drift zone;
a p?-doped epitaxial first layer disposed on the drift zone;
a heavily n-doped second layer disposed on the first layer;
a terminal, formed by p+ implantation, with which the first layer is in electrical contact; and
a trench, in which an oxide layer and thereupon a gate electrode are disposed so that the first layer is disposed laterally between the trench and the terminal, the trench being formed in the first layer, in the second layer, and in the drift zone, so that a vertical channel region can be formed in the first layer, wherein:
an implantation depth of the p+ implantation is at least as great as a depth of the trench,
the terminal is formed in the first layer and in the drift zone,
the entire terminal formed by the p+ implantation is formed in a region of the first layer in which the first layer is not covered by the second layer,
the first layer is partly removed in the region, so that a trough is produced,
the terminal is situated in a region laterally separated from the trench by the first layer,
the drift zone is defined by a top surface of the n-doped epitaxial drift zone and a bottom surface of the n-doped epitaxial drift zone,
the first layer is defined by a top surface of the p?- doped epitaxial first layer and a bottom surface of the p?- doped epitaxial first layer,
the top surface of the drift zone directly and physically contacts the bottom surface of the p?-doped epitaxial layer, and
a region extending in a vertical direction beneath the trench includes only the n-doped epitaxial drift zone.

US Pat. No. 10,586,979

SULFUR-CARBON COMPOSITE COMPRISING A HIGHLY GRAPHITIC CARBON MATERIAL FOR LITHIUM-SULFUR BATTERIES AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING THE SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A process for preparing a sulfur-carbon composite, wherein the sulfur-carbon composite comprises a highly graphitic carbon material and sulfur, wherein the highly graphitic carbon material has a porous structure and a high graphitization degree characterized by a ratio of the intensity of G band to the intensity of D band in Raman spectrum being more than 1.0, said material being a core-shell material with a conductive core coated by a graphitic microporous carbon layer, and wherein sulfur is encapsulated into the porous structure of the highly graphitic carbon material,the process comprising:
mixing an aqueous suspension of the conductive core with an aqueous solution of transition metal-containing salt, keeping at 60-120° C. for 2-12 h, carrying out a hydrothermal reaction by adding carbon source to the obtained product, followed by centrifuging, washing and drying; or alternatively, mixing an aqueous suspension of the conductive core with an aqueous solution of transition metal-containing salt and carbon source at the same time, then carrying out a hydrothermal reaction, followed by centrifuging, washing and drying,
pyrolyzing the obtained material at a temperature of 500-900° C. for 1-12 h;
removing the transition metal oxide by an acid solution; and
loading of sulfur.

US Pat. No. 10,566,832

DEVICE FOR OPERATING A CHARGING UNIT, CHARGING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for operating a charging unit, comprising:a control unit; and
at least one sensor connected to the control unit to measure at least one of: a supply voltage of a supply network, or a supply current of the supply network, wherein the supply network is a vehicle electrical system within a motor vehicle, and wherein the vehicle electrical system is supplied with energy by a vehicle rechargeable energy store of the motor vehicle, and wherein the vehicle rechargeable energy store is situated within the motor vehicle;
wherein the control unit is connectable to a control input of the charging unit, the charging unit being connectable to the supply network and to a rechargeable energy store to charge the energy store via the at least one of the supply voltage of the supply network or the supply current of the supply network, the control unit configured to: (i) switch on the charging unit to charge the energy store via the at least one of the supply voltage of the supply network or the supply current of the supply network, and (ii) switch off, as a function of at least one measured value of the at least one sensor indicating an energy level of the supply network has fallen below a predetermined energy level, the charging unit to interrupt an electrical connection between the supply network and the energy store so that the at least one of the supply voltage of the supply network or the supply current of the supply network can no longer charge the energy store to protect the vehicle rechargeable energy store of the motor vehicle; and
wherein the vehicle rechargeable energy store is separate from the energy store.

US Pat. No. 10,507,812

PEDAL TRAVEL SIMULATOR AND HYDRAULIC BLOCK INCLUDING A PEDAL TRAVEL SIMULATOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

10. A hydraulic block for a hydraulic power vehicle braking system, comprising:a pedal travel simulator for a hydraulic power vehicle braking system, including:
a cylinder,
a piston displaceable in the cylinder,
a hollow cylinder cover which closes the cylinder on a rear side of the piston,
a piston spring which is accommodated in the hollow cylinder cover and pushes against the rear side of the piston,
an orifice disk as a stroke limiter of the piston, which rests axially against an annular step in the cylinder and is held there axially by the cylinder cover and through which the piston extends and against which an annular step of the piston strikes when the piston carries out a maximum stroke,
a hydraulic connection on the cylinder for a master brake cylinder on a front side of the piston situated opposite the rear side,
a circumferential groove inside the cylinder at a height of the orifice disk which forms the stroke limiter for the piston and which on the rear side of the piston is inwardly open into the cylinder, and a return opening into the groove;
wherein the cylinder of the pedal travel simulator is designed as a hole in the hydraulic block.

US Pat. No. 10,493,579

DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR A ROTARY POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A dust collection system for a rotary power tool having a flexible shaft connected to an elongated handpiece, said flexible shaft transmitting rotation from an output shaft of a motor of the rotary power tool to a bit holder of said handpiece, the dust collection system comprising:a vacuum blower configured to generate a negative pressure;
a flexible connecting hose defining a first void region fluidly connected to the blower and which has the negative pressure, the connecting hose being configured to connect to and extend along a first length of the flexible shaft in such a way that the connecting hose remains connected to and extending along the first length when the flexible shaft is flexed; and
a nozzle portion defining a second void region fluidly connected to the first void region and which has the negative pressure, the nozzle portion being configured to extend along and around a first length of the handpiece, said connecting hose being connected to the nozzle portion at a second end of the handpiece that is opposite a first end of the handpiece at which the bit holder is located,
wherein the connecting hose radially surrounds the first length of the flexible shaft in such a way that cross-sections of an outer surface of the flexible shaft taken perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the flexible shaft are entirely surrounded by the connecting hose, and the first void region is defined between the outer surface of the flexible shaft and an inner surface of the connecting hose.

US Pat. No. 10,437,250

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:autonomously guiding the vehicle, parked at a parking position in a parking facility, from the parking position to a loading station; and
autonomously parking the vehicle at the loading station, so that the vehicle is able to be loaded at the loading station;
wherein the vehicle is guided autonomously from a starting position in the parking facility to the parking position and parked there autonomously, before it is guided autonomously from the parking position to the loading station.

US Pat. No. 10,312,547

CROSS-WOVEN ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY

Robert Bosch Battery Syst...

1. An electrode assembly comprisinga positive electrode, and
a negative electrode,whereinthe positive electrode comprises a first substrate formed of a first electrically-conductive material, the positive electrode having a first active material disposed on both sides of the first substrate,
the negative electrode comprises a second substrate formed of a second electrically-conductive material, the negative electrode having a second active material disposed on both sides of the second substrate,
one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode is disposed between a first separator and a second separator to form an alpha electrode, and the other one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode forms a beta electrode,
opposed lengthwise edges of each of the alpha electrode and the beta electrode are periodically notched and tabs are formed along the lengthwise edges between adjacent notches, and for each of the alpha electrode and the beta electrode, the notches on one lengthwise edge are offset along the length direction from the notches of an opposed lengthwise edge, and the tabs are electrically conductive and free of active material,
the alpha electrode is arranged in a series of z folds in which the alpha electrode is folded in a first direction about an axis parallel to a first fold axis so that a second portion of the alpha electrode overlies a first portion of the alpha electrode, and folded in a second direction about another axis parallel to the first fold axis so that a third portion of the alpha electrode overlies the first portion of the alpha electrode, the first direction being opposed to the second direction, and the first portion of the alpha electrode, the second portion of the alpha electrode, and the third portion of the alpha electrode being arranged in a stacked configuration defining a stack axis,
the beta electrode is arranged in a series of z folds in which the beta electrode is folded in a third direction about an axis parallel to a second fold axis so that a second portion of the beta electrode overlies a first portion of the beta electrode, and folded in a fourth direction about another axis parallel to the second fold axis so that a third portion of the beta electrode overlies the first portion of the beta electrode, the third direction being opposed to the fourth direction, and the second fold axis being perpendicular to the first fold axis and the stack axis, and
the z folds of the alpha electrode are woven with the z folds of the beta electrode such that the first, second and third portions of the beta electrode are stacked along the stack axis so as to alternate with the first, second and third portions of the alpha electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,207,345

MITER SAW HAVING AN ANGLED GLIDE HINGE

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A motorized saw assembly comprising:a base assembly including a workpiece support surface which defines a workpiece surface plane;
an upper support assembly configured to support a saw blade;
a hinge assembly including a first linkage assembly and a second linkage assembly, the first linkage assembly including a first rear linkage having a first rear linkage body portion and a first front linkage having a first front linkage body portion, the first front linkage pivotably connected to the first rear linkage, and the second linkage assembly including a second rear linkage having a second rear linkage body portion and a second front linkage having a second front linkage body portion, the second front linkage pivotably connected to the second rear linkage,
wherein the upper support assembly is configured to move between a first position, whereat the first linkage assembly and the second linkage assembly extend substantially perpendicular to the workpiece surface plane, and a second position, whereat the first linkage assembly and the second linkage assembly extend over the workpiece support surface,
wherein, in the first position, the first rear linkage body portion and the second rear linkage body portion extend in a first plane that is perpendicular to the workpiece surface plane, and the first front linkage body portion and the second front linkage body portion extend in a second plane that is perpendicular to the workpiece surface plane,
wherein the first front linkage and the first rear linkage pivot in a third plane that is transverse to the workpiece surface plane, the first front linkage having a first longitudinal axis extending centrally from a first end of the first front linkage to a second opposite end of the first front linkage at which the first front linkage connects to the first rear linkage, the first rear linkage having a second longitudinal axis extending centrally from a first end of the first rear linkage, at which the first rear linkage connects to the first front linkage, to a second opposite end of the first rear linkage, and both the first and second longitudinal axes are entirely in the third plane, and
wherein the second front linkage and the second rear linkage pivot in a fourth plane that is transverse to the workpiece surface plane, the second front linkage having a third longitudinal axis extending centrally from a first end of the second front linkage to a second opposite end of the second front linkage at which the second front linkage connects to the second rear linkage, the second rear linkage having a fourth longitudinal axis extending centrally from a first end of the second rear linkage, at which the second rear linkage connects to the second front linkage, to a second opposite end of the second rear linkage, and both the third and fourth longitudinal axes are entirely in the fourth plane.

US Pat. No. 10,186,861

ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE COMPRISING A DC VOLTAGE SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A DC VOLTAGE FROM AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system (200; 300; 400) comprising an energy storage device (1) and a DC voltage supply circuit (8), wherein the energy storage device (1) has at least two energy supply branches (Z) which are each coupled, at a first output, to at least one output connection (1a, 1b) of the energy storage device (1) for generating an AC voltage at the at least one output connections (1a, 1b) and, at a second output, to a common busbar (2c), wherein each of the at least two energy supply branches (Z) has a multiplicity of energy storage modules (3) connected in series, which each comprise:an energy storage cell module (5), which has at least one energy storage cell (5a, 5k); and
a coupling device (7) comprising a coupling bridge circuit comprising coupling elements (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d), wherein the coupling elements (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d) are designed to switch the energy storage cell module (5) selectively into the corresponding of at least two energy supply branches (Z) or to bypass said energy storage cell module in the at least two energy supply branches (Z), and wherein the DC voltage supply circuit (8) has:
a bridge circuit (9) comprising a multiplicity of first feed connections (8a, 8b, 8c), which are each coupled to one of the at least one output connections (1a, 1b) of the energy storage device (1);
two feed nodes (14a, 14b), of which at least one is coupled to the bridge circuit (9); and
a module tap circuit (6), which has at least two module switching branches (A) comprising a commutation diode (16), wherein one of the at least two module switching branches (A) connects a first input connection (3c) of the energy storage cell module (5) of at least one energy storage module (3) of one of the at least two energy supply branches (Z) switchably to a first of the two feed nodes (14a), and another of the module switching branches (A) connects a second input connection (3d) of the energy storage cell module (5) of the at least one energy storage module (3) switchably to a second of the two feed nodes (14b).

US Pat. No. 10,185,682

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BUS SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a bus system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:receiving messages of the bus system;
detecting whether a party of the bus system sending the messages is a party logging on to the bus system; and
initiating measures to deactivate the sending party as a function of the result of the detection.

US Pat. No. 10,175,473

MICROMIRROR ARRAY AND METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE THEREOF

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromirror array, comprising:a mirror membrane;
at least one first supporting element, wherein for each first supporting element, a first coupling element that is located between the mirror membrane and the first supporting element is formed to mechanically couple the first supporting element to the mirror membrane;
at least one second supporting element mechanically coupled to at least one first supporting element; and
a second coupling element for each second supporting element, the second coupling element located on a side of the second supporting element facing away from the mirror membrane and formed to be mechanically contacted,
wherein the first coupling element defines a first distance between the mirror membrane and the at least one first supporting element, and defines a second distance between the mirror membrane and the at least one second supporting element, wherein the first distance is equal to the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,161,566

POWER TOOL WITH CAPACITIVE INJURY MITIGATION SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A power tool comprising:a cutting assembly;
a sensor system proximate to the cutting assembly, the sensor system comprising:
a capacitive sensing chip configured to generate a signal that is transmitted from a first component in the power tool; and
a plurality of receivers arranged in a plurality of predetermined positions in the power tool that are separate from the first component and configured to detect the transmitted signal;
a reaction system operably connected to the cutting assembly;
a memory;
program instructions stored within the memory;
and
a processor operably connected to the reaction system, the sensor system, and the memory, the processor configured to execute the program instructions to:
establish a location of a human body part within a detection zone relative to the cutting assembly based upon relative signal strength levels detected by at least two receivers in the plurality of receivers, the relative signal strength levels corresponding to proximity of the human body part to the at least two receivers, and
activate the reaction system in response to detection of the location of the body part being within a predetermined danger zone around the cutting assembly, the predetermined danger zone being within the detection zone.

US Pat. No. 10,154,058

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VALIDATING A TIMESTAMP OF A DATA TRANSMISSION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for validating a timestamp of a data transmission, comprising:receiving, by a receiver of a control unit, a first data packet, including first useful data, from a first transmitter;
receiving, by the receiver, a second data packet, including a first timestamp associated with the first useful data;
comparing, by the control unit, the first timestamp to a predefined second timestamp which is associated with the first useful data, to determine a first validated timestamp, which is associated with the first useful data;
receiving, by the receiver, a third data packet, including second useful data, from a second transmitter, which is different from the first transmitter;
receiving, by the receiver, a fourth data packet, including a third timestamp associated with the second useful data;
comparing, by the control unit, the third timestamp to a predefined fourth timestamp which is associated with the second useful data, to determine a second validated timestamp, which is associated with the second useful data; and
comparing, by the control unit, the first validated timestamp to the second validated timestamp; and
discarding, by the control unit, at least one of the first useful data and the second useful data based on results of the comparing of the first validated timestamp to the second validated timestamp,
wherein the predefined second timestamp characterizes a reception point in time of the first data packet and the first timestamp characterizes one of: i) a transmission point in time of the first data packet, ii) a point in time immediately before the transmission of the first data packet, or iii) a generation point in time of the first useful data contained in the first data packet.

US Pat. No. 10,146,725

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHECKING THE CORRECT FUNCTIONING OF A SERIAL DATA TRANSMISSION

ROBERT BOSCH GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for checking a correct functioning of a serial data transmission in a bus system having at least two bus users, comprising:connecting the bus users to a bus via a bus connection unit;
exchanging messages via the bus;
granting a sending access to the bus for each message to a bus user via an arbitration process according to CAN standard ISO 11898-1, the bus user becoming a sender for the message, each message having a logic structure according to the CAN standard, the logic structure including a start of frame bit, arbitration field, control field, data field, CRC field, acknowledge field, and end of frame field; and
checking, by the sender, a correct functioning of the data transmission during a transmission to send the message by comparing one of a transmission signal sent to the bus connection unit for transmission on the bus and a delayed transmission signal to a reception signal received by the bus connection unit from the bus, wherein the delayed transmission signal is delayed compared to the transmission signal by a delay time and held in the sender, the one of the transmission signal and the delayed transmission signal being used for checking the correct functioning of the data transmission as a function of a switchover between using the transmission signal and using the delayed transmission signal, the switchover occurring during the transmission to send the message.

US Pat. No. 10,145,345

FLUID CONVEYANCE SYSTEM FOR A FLUID

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fluid conveyance system for a fluid, comprising a low-pressure conveyance system with a low-pressure pump (2) and a high-pressure conveyance system with a high-pressure pump (8) which are connected via a connecting line, wherein fluid flows in the connecting line in a downstream direction, and wherein the fluid conveyance system has a pressure damper (19), characterized in that the pressure damper (19) is arranged in the low-pressure conveyance system and is a hydraulic pressure damper (19), wherein the hydraulic pressure damper (19) has a piston (21) arranged in a cylinder (20) and subjected to a force of a compression spring (23), wherein the compression spring (23) is arranged in a compression spring chamber (22) and a damper chamber (24) lies opposite the compression spring chamber (22) on an opposite side of the piston, wherein the damper chamber (24) is connected via a damper supply line (25) to the connecting line at a branch point (26), wherein the compression spring chamber (22) is connected by a compression spring chamber line (28) directly or indirectly to the connecting line at a point downstream of the branch point (26), and wherein the compression spring chamber line (28) has at least one of a choke (31) and a check valve (29) closing toward the compression spring chamber (22), such that, upon movement of the piston (21) in a direction of the damper chamber (24), vapor occurs by separation out of the fluid in the compression spring chamber (22) due to expansion in the compression spring chamber (22).

US Pat. No. 10,148,204

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE IN A SHORT-CIRCUIT MODE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an electrical machine (24) in a short-circuit operation mode, characterized by the steps of:detecting at least a first and a second phase current (Iu, Iv) of the electrical machine (24),
comparing the detected phase currents with in each case at least one reference value (110, 118) determined as a function of a rotational speed (N) of a rotor (63) of the electrical machine (24) and a temperature (?RTemp) of the electrical machine (24), and
outputting an error message (58) if at least one of the phase currents does not match the respective reference value (110, 118).

US Pat. No. 10,141,754

INTEGRATION OF BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND BATTERY CHARGER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A battery module, comprising:at least one battery unit for providing a power supply electrical current;
a transistor unit for serving as a switch for the at least one battery unit; and
a battery management unit that includes a processor, a first electrical current sensor resistor port, and a second electrical current sensor resistor port;
wherein:
the transistor unit includes a switch gate node, a first switch current node, and a second switch current node; and
the transistor unit is provided such that:
the power supply electrical current passes through the first switch current node and the second switch current node when a predetermined transistor on-state voltage is applied to the switch gate node; and
the power supply electrical current is blocked from passing through the first switch current node and the second switch current node when a predetermined transistor off-state voltage is applied to the switch gate node; and
the processor is connected to the switch gate node;
the transistor unit further serves as an electrical current sensor;
the first electrical current sensor resistor port is connected to the first switch current node;
the second electrical current sensor resistor port is connected to the second switch current node; and
the processor is adapted to:
measure an electrical current according to a potential difference between the first electrical current sensor resistor port and the second electrical current sensor resistor port;
compare the measured electrical current with a predetermined over-current value; and
send the predetermined transistor off-state voltage to the switch gate node in response to a result of the comparison being that there is a deviation of the electrical current from the predetermined over-current value.

US Pat. No. 10,107,099

HYDROSTATIC RADIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic radial piston machine, comprising:a rotatable housing in which a cylinder block is arranged, cylinder block pistons displaceably arranged in the cylinder block, the pistons supportable on a housing-secured cam ring and each piston bounding a cylinder space in the cylinder block,
wherein the cylinder spaces are connectable to a first and second main port via a housing-secured distributor configured to supply pressure medium,
wherein a core element is inserted into the distributor and is configured to connect the distributor to the first and second main ports, the core element configured for rotation relative to the distributor, and
wherein at least one of a flushing valve, a pressure-maintaining valve, and a nonreturn valve for the first main port is arranged in the distributor, and
wherein a nonreturn valve for the second main port is arranged in the distributor.

US Pat. No. 10,086,507

HAND-HELD MACHINE TOOL HAVING AUTOMATIC SHAFT LOCKING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held machine tool device, comprising:a gear housing;
a drive motor;
a planetary gear unit including a planet carrier;
a power take-off unit including an output shaft;
a locking device for locking the power take-off unit, the locking device including at least one locking rolling element; and
a rotational bearing device configured to rotationally support the power take-off unit,
wherein at least part of the locking device and the rotational bearing device is formed in one piece,
wherein the locking device further includes a clamping ring which has a radially internal bearing surface and an outer circumferential surface which forms a bearing surface for direct and rotatably fixed support in the gear housing,
wherein the planet carrier of the planetary gear unit has at least one positioning element for positioning the at least one locking rolling element in its release position when the drive motor drives the planet carrier to transmit torque to the output shaft,
wherein the at least one locking rolling element is clamped between the power take-off unit and the clamping ring when the drive motor is switched off and torque is transmitted from the output shaft to the planet carrier,
wherein a radial gap between the radially internal bearing surface of the clamping ring and a radially external bearing surface of the power take-off unit is formed, and the at least one locking rolling element is disposed in the radial gap with an accurately fit bearing seat such that the at least one locking rolling element forms a rolling contact bearing element.

US Pat. No. 10,088,405

METHOD FOR OPERATING A PARTICLE SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

12. An electronic control unit which includes a non-transitory electronic storage medium on which is stored a computer program for determining soot in exhaust gases of a burner or internal combustion engine with the aid of a sensor element which includes at least two measuring electrodes exposed to the exhaust gas and one heating element, the computer program, when executed by the electronic control unit, causing the electronic control unit to perform:applying a voltage to the at least two measuring electrodes during a measuring phase;
determining a current flow or electrical resistance occurring between the measuring electrodes;
outputting the determined current flow or electrical resistance as a measure for a particle concentration or a particle mass flow; and
during the measuring phase, while applying the voltage, monitoring a temperature of the sensor element and heating the sensor element using the heating element if the temperature of the sensor element falls below a limiting temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,075,094

BATTERY SYSTEM COMPRISING A HYBRID BATTERY AND AN NPC INVERTER WHICH IS CONNECTED AT THE INPUT END TO THE BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN NPC INVERTER WHICH IS CONNECTED AT THE INPUT END TO A HYBRID BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system (10; 100) having a hybrid battery (20), which comprises a first energy storage source (30) having first energy storage cells (35) and a second energy storage source (40) which is connected in series with the first energy storage source (30) and has a plurality of second energy storage cells (45) which are different from the first energy cells (35), and an inverter (50; 150) which is connected at the input end to the battery (20) and configured to convert a DC voltage (GS1, GS2, GS3) applied to the input end into an AC voltage applied to the output end, characterized bya control unit configured to operate the inverter (50; 150) in a first functional mode, in which the inverter converts a DC voltage (GS1) applied to the input end and provided by the first energy storage source (30) into the AC voltage applied to the output end, and to operate the inverter (50; 150) in a second functional mode, in which it converts a DC voltage (GS2) applied to the input end and provided by the second energy storage source (40) into the AC voltage applied to the output end, and to operate the inverter (50; 150) in a third functional mode, in which it converts a DC voltage (GS3) applied to the input end and provided by a series circuit of the first energy storage source (30) and the second energy storage source (40) into the AC voltage applied to the output end, by controlling a plurality of semiconductor switches (M1, . . . , M12; T1, . . . , T12, M1, . . . , M12) of the inverter (50; 150); and
wherein, if an electric motor (60) is connected at the output end to the inverter (50; 150), the electric motor (60) provides a torque (M), the torque values of which are between zero and a maximum torque value (Mm), and the electric motor (60) c is operated at a speed (N), the speed values of which are between zero and a maximum speed value (Nm), wherein, in the first functional mode, the torque values assumed by the torque (M) are in a range of torque values between a positive first torque limit value (M1) and the maximum torque value (Mm) and the speed values assumed by the speed (N) are in a range of speed values between zero and a positive first speed limit value (N1), and, in the second functional mode, the torque values assumed by the torque (M) are in a range of torque values between zero and a positive second torque limit value (M2) and the speed values assumed by the speed (N) are in a range of speed values between zero and a positive second speed limit value (N2), and, in a third functional mode, the torque values assumed by the torque (M) are in a range of torque values between zero and the maximum torque value (Mm) and the speed values assumed by the speed (N) are in a range of speed values between a positive third speed limit value (N3) and the maximum speed value (Nm).

US Pat. No. 10,059,332

CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a motor vehicle, the method comprising:scanning, vi a sensor arrangement, an environment of the motor vehicle;
controlling, via a processor, the motor vehicle as a function of the scanned information;
ascertaining, via the processor, a driving situation of the motor vehicle;
one of activating, deactivating, and parameterizing, via the processor, a protective function of the motor vehicle as a function of the ascertained driving situation;
determining whether there is a failure of a protective function of the motor vehicle before the ascertained driving situation occurs; and
performing, if there is a failure of the protective function, a countermeasure or activating a different protective function.

US Pat. No. 10,017,186

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING VEHICLE SETTINGS

Bosch Automotive Service ...

1. A method of optimizing vehicle settings of a vehicle using an optimization system, the optimization system including a dongle and a wireless device, and the vehicle including an engine, a diagnostic port, and an electronic control unit (ECU) electrically connected to the diagnostic port and including a memory storing vehicle setting data, the method comprising:establishing a wired communication link between the ECU and the dongle by connecting the dongle to the diagnostic port;
establishing a wireless communication link between the ECU and the wireless device via the connected dongle;
determining location data representative of a location of the vehicle by wirelessly receiving signals representative of a location of the wireless device using the wireless device;
determining environmental condition data at the location of the vehicle using the wireless device, the environmental condition data including at least one of temperature data, altitude data, atmospheric pressure data, and relative humidity data;
sending the vehicle setting data from the ECU to the wireless device via the connected dongle by the wireless communication link;
generating optimized vehicle setting data with the wireless device using at least the sent vehicle setting data and the determined environmental condition data, the generated optimized vehicle setting data stored only in a memory of the wireless device;
sending the generated optimized vehicle setting data from the wireless device to the ECU via the connected dongle; and
changing the vehicle setting data stored in the memory of the vehicle to the sent optimized vehicle setting data with the ECU, such that the engine of the vehicle is operated with the sent optimized vehicle setting data,
wherein generating the optimized vehicle setting data comprises (i) processing the vehicle setting data with OBD software stored in a memory of the wireless device using a processor of the wireless device to determine at least one of engine timing setting data and fuel injector setting data, and (ii) optimizing at least one of the engine timing setting data and the fuel injector setting data,
wherein operating the ECU according to the optimized vehicle setting data comprises (i) controlling an ignition timing system of the engine of the vehicle according to the optimized engine timing setting data, and (ii) controlling at least one fuel injector of the engine according to the optimized fuel injector setting data, and
wherein prior to sending the generated optimized vehicle setting data from the wireless device to the ECU via the connected dongle, the generated optimized vehicle setting data are not stored in the memory of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,997,938

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR CHARGING A DC LINK CAPACITOR, AS WELL AS A BATTERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH A CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A circuit arrangement for charging a DC link capacitor with electrical energy from a battery, the circuit arrangement comprising:a first switching element connected between a first connection contact of the battery and a first connection contact of the DC link capacitor; and
a series circuit connected in parallel with the first switching element between the first connection contact of the battery and the first connection contact of the DC link capacitor, the series circuit including a series connection of a pre-charging resistor, an electromechanical switch, and an electronic switch, the series circuit being separate from the battery,
wherein, during a pre-charging operation, the series circuit conducts a pre-charging current between the first connection contact of the battery and the first connection contact of the DC link capacitor,
wherein a battery control unit is operably connected to control the first switching element, the electromechanical switch, and the electronic switch, the battery control unit being configured to:
close the electromechanical switch at a beginning of the pre-charging operation;
close the electronic switch at the beginning of the pre-charging operation and after the closing of the electromechanical switch;
open the electronic switch at an end of the pre-charging operation; and
open the electromechanical switch at the end of the pre-charging operation and after the opening of the electronic switch.

US Pat. No. 9,998,840

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALL ELECTRICAL NOISE TESTING OF MEMS MICROPHONES IN PRODUCTION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphone system, the system comprising:a MEMS microphone including a first and second MEMS sensor, a first and second MEMS biasing network, a differential preamplifier; and
a processor configured to
activate a test mode upon receiving a signal to enter the test mode, the test mode including
placing the first and second MEMS biasing networks into a reset mode by switching the first and second MEMS biasing networks to a low impedance state,
adjusting a first bias voltage for the first MEMS sensor such that a first polarity the first bias voltage matches a second polarity of a second bias voltage of the second MEMS sensor,
waiting for a settling time,
placing the first and second MEMS biasing networks into a sense mode by switching the first and second MEMS biasing networks to a high impedance state,
measuring an output of the differential preamplifier to obtain a total self-noise value for the MEMS microphone system, and
exiting the test mode upon receiving a signal to exit the test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,995,776

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING AN INSULATION RESISTANCE, AND HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY SYSTEM HAVING A DEVICE OF THIS TYPE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for ascertaining an insulation resistance (2) of a test object (3) that is to be examined, the method comprising: connecting a decoupling capacitor (4) having a first capacitance and a measuring capacitor (5) having a second capacitance to the test object (3) to form a series circuit in such a way that the decoupling capacitor (4) and the measuring capacitor (5), together with the insulation resistance (2) of the test object (3), form a low-pass filter, applying a predetermined voltage (9) to the series circuit, measuring a voltage drop (8) across the measuring capacitor, and determining the insulation resistance (2) of the test object (3) by means of an evaluation unit (7), taking account of the first capacitance, the second capacitance and the measured voltage drop (8).

US Pat. No. 9,938,947

DECOUPLING ELEMENT FOR A FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A decoupling element for a fuel injection device for a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, the fuel injection device including at least one fuel injector and a receiving bore for the fuel injector, comprising:a structure introduced between a valve housing of the fuel injector and a wall of the receiving bore, the structure of the decoupling element including a decoupling system that includes:
(a) a spring ring, wherein:
an upper portion of the spring ring is a seat (i) against which a portion of the housing is configured to be seated and (ii) that is non-parallel to, and at a non-perpendicular angle to, a central longitudinal axis of the receiving bore; and
the spring ring defines an interior space surrounded by an inner wall of the spring ring; and
(b) a conical washer, wherein:
the conical washer is partially positioned below the spring ring and extends upward from below the spring ring into the interior space so that:
a first portion of the conical washer is (i) at a lower position than a lowest point of the spring ring, (ii) not within the inner wall of the spring ring, and (iii) not circumferentially surrounded by the inner wall of the spring ring; and
a second portion of the conical washer is within and circumferentially surrounded by the inner wall of the spring ring;
an interior surface of the conical washer tapers radially outward from (i) a first axial position that is occupied by the second portion of the conical washer and at which the interior surface forms a first interior circumferential edge of a first diameter to (ii) a second axial position occupied by the first portion of the conical washer that is lower than the first axial position and at which the conical washer forms a second interior circumferential edge of a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, the interior surface thereby forming a conical interior hollow space between the first and second axial positions; and
an exterior surface of the conical washer tapers radially outward from the first axial position to the second axial position with a bottom edge of the spring ring contacting the tapered exterior surface of the conical washer at a contact point between the first and second axial positions.

US Pat. No. 9,932,088

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC DRIVE OF A VEHICLE WHICH IS OPERABLE BY MUSCULAR ENERGY AND/OR MOTOR POWER, AND VEHICLE OF THIS KIND

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling an electric drive of a vehicle, the vehicle being configured to be selectably powered by at least one of human muscular energy and the electric drive, the vehicle including a crank gear, and the electric drive being situated at the crank gear, the method comprising:ascertaining, by a control unit of the vehicle, a target driving situation for which the electric drive is to be used for powering the vehicle;
in the target driving situation, initially running up the electric drive at a first gradient, and subsequently running up the electric drive at a second gradient, wherein the first gradient is greater than the second gradient; and
coupling the electric drive into the crank gear using the second rotational frequency gradient;
wherein the control unit is configured for accelerating at the first gradient, which is a high gradient, to a rotational frequency just below minimum rotational speed of the gearshift mechanism of the vehicle and for then accelerating to a desired rotational frequency at the second gradient, which is a smaller gradient than the first gradient.

US Pat. No. 9,908,770

MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical structure, comprising:
at least one elastically deformable first area that includes a defined piezoelectrically doped second area, at least in sections;
at least one fourth area, into which electrical charges generated in the piezoelectrically doped second area may be conducted;
and

at least one third area connected electrically to the second and fourth areas, and in which an electrical current flowing
therethrough is convertible into thermal energy,

wherein the second, third, and fourth areas are at least partially overlapping.

US Pat. No. 9,892,085

CONTROL DEVICE FOR I2C SLAVE DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

7. A control device for controlling an I2C slave device, comprising:
a control arrangement, including:
a feed from a data line of an I2C bus;

a feed from a clock line of the I2C bus;

wherein the control arrangement is configured to assign states in a state diagram to states on the data line and on the clock
line, and

wherein control signals for the I2C slave device are generatable from the states in the state diagram,
wherein:
the data line is connected to an input of a first inverter, to an inverted clock input of a second D flip-flop, and to a clock
input of a fourth D flip-flop;

an output of the first inverter is connected to a second input of an OR gate;
the clock line is connected to an input of the second D flip-flop, to a reset input of the second D flip-flop, to a clock
input of a first D flip-flop, to a data input of the fourth D flip-flop, and to a clock input of a third D flip-flop;

an output of the second D flip-flop is connected to an input of a second inverter, to an input of the third D flip-flop, and
to a first input of a NOR gate;

an output of the second inverter is connected to a reset input of the first D flip-flop;
an output of the fourth D flip-flop is connected to a second input of the NOR gate;
an output of the third D flip-flop is connected to a first control line of the I2C slave device, to a first input of an OR gate, and to an input of a third inverter;

an output of the third inverter is connected to a reset input of the fourth D flip-flop;
an output of the OR gate is connected to an input of the first D flip-flop;
an output of the first D flip-flop is connected to an input of a fourth inverter;
an output of the fourth inverter is connected to a reset input of the third D flip-flop; and
an output of the NOR gate is connected to a second control line for the I2C slave device.

US Pat. No. 9,894,311

ADAPTIVE METHODS FOR WIRELESS CAMERA COMMUNICATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of operating an in-vehicle video monitoring system comprising:
generating with a camera in a vehicle a first image frame of an environment exterior to the vehicle, the first image frame
having a first resolution and first image quality level;

transmitting with a transmitter operatively connected to the camera the first image frame to a receiver through a wireless
channel;

generating with the camera in the vehicle a second image frame of the environment exterior to the vehicle, the second image
frame having the first resolution and first image quality level, the second image being generated after generation of the
first image frame and after the transmitter beings transmitting the first image frame to the receiver;

transmitting with the transmitter operatively connected to the camera the second image frame to the receiver through the wireless
channel after the first image frame is transmitted to the receiver;

displaying with a display device in the vehicle the first image frame and the second image frame received by the receiver,
the second image frame being displayed after the first image frame;

identifying with a controller operatively connected to the receiver a plurality of channel quality indicators, corresponding
to:

an average frame rate corresponding to the received transmissions of the first and second images;
a first ratio corresponding to an average frame transmission time for the first image frame and the second image frame to
a constant time interval for frame transmission corresponding to a first selected rate of frame transmission from the transmitter;

a second ratio corresponding to a sum of the average frame transmission time with an average channel access delay for the
first image frame and the second image frame to the constant time interval for frame transmission;

generating with the controller a command to reduce at least one of a frame transmission rate, frame resolution, and frame
quality level for a subsequent frame from the camera in response to at least one of the plurality of channel quality indicators
being beneath a predetermined quality threshold;

transmitting with the receiver the command to the transmitter and the camera; and
transmitting with the transmitter a third image frame from the camera a second selected frame rate that is less than the first
selected frame rate in response to the command.

US Pat. No. 9,862,363

METHOD FOR SETTING A PARKING BRAKE IN A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for setting a parking brake that has an electromechanical brake device having an electrical brake motor for producing
an electromechanical clamping force, the method comprising:
determining a release time duration for displacing the electrical brake motor in a release direction from a closing time duration
in which the electrical brake motor was previously displaced in a closing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,840,148

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AT LEAST ONE ELECTRIC MOTOR, USABLE AS A GENERATOR, OF A VEHICLE; AND BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control system for at least one electric motor usable as a generator of a vehicle, comprising:
a first control device configured to define, in consideration of at least one furnished first specification signal with regard
to one of a driver-requested or autonomously requested braking input, at least one target braking torque variable with regard
to at least one generator braking torque to be exerted by way of the at least one electric motor on at least one of (i) at
least one wheel of the vehicle and (ii) at least one axle of the vehicle; and the first control device is further configured
to output at least one output signal corresponding to the at least one target braking torque variable to at least one of (i)
the at least one electric motor and (ii) at least one electronic control system of the at least one electric motor; and

a second control device configured to define, at least in the case of a functional failure of the first control device, the
at least one target braking torque variable in consideration of at least one of the at least one furnished first specification
signal and at least one furnished second specification signal with regard to one of the driver-requested or autonomously requested
braking input, and to output the at least one corresponding output signal to at least one of (i) the at least one electric
motor, and (ii) the at least one electronic control system of the at least one electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,816,478

METHOD FOR REGULATING OR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE OF A SHEATHED-ELEMENT GLOW PLUG

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for regulating or controlling a temperature of a sheathed-element glow plug in a heating phase of the sheathed-element
glow plug, comprising:
determining a temperature value as a function of a resistance of the sheathed element glow plug, the heating phase following
upon a preheating phase;

when the sheathed-element glow plug is cold, applying a heating voltage to the cold sheathed-element glow plug during the
preheating phase, thereby producing a transient thermal response within the sheathed-element glow plug, wherein:

the heating voltage is greater than an operating voltage provided for the sheathed-element glow plug,
the temperature value is determined as a function of a measured resistance and a calculated resistance value,
the calculated resistance used for determining the temperature value during the transient thermal response within the sheathed
element glow plug is calculated with the aid of a physical model,

the temperature value is determined in a plurality of time intervals, and
the calculated resistance value changes as a function of preceding time intervals;
initializing a first instance of the calculated resistance value by a start value, wherein the start value is determined from
a difference between a resistance that is uniquely determined starting from a homogeneous temperature distribution in the
sheathed-element glow plug and a measured resistance reached upon completion of the preheating phase; and

determining the calculated resistance value as a function of a decreasing exponential function, wherein:
exponents of the exponential function are formed by a thermal relaxation time and a time constant, and
the time constant is uniquely determined for the sheathed element glow plug.

US Pat. No. 9,802,577

WIPER BLADE FOR CLEANING PANES IN PARTICULAR OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade for wiping windows, comprising a supporting element (12) receiving a wiper strip (14), which supporting element has two spring rails (28, 30) which are separated from one another via a gap (32) and to which a connection device (20) is fastened in a central section of the supporting element, the connection device (20) directly, pivotally coupled to a wiper arm (16), which connection device has a wiper blade-side part (15) with claw-like receptacles (34, 36) which engage around the supporting element (12) at least in certain regions, characterized in that the receptacles (34, 36) each have an inner width (42) which expands in a direction toward the gap (32), wherein each of the spring rails (28, 30) includes a top surface and an oppositely-facing bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface extends entirely from a first
vertical edge to a second vertical edge of the spring rail (28, 30) and faces toward the wiper strip (14), wherein each of the receptacles (34, 36) contacts a greater portion of the bottom surface than the top surface, wherein the receptacles (34, 36) include lower portions that extend laterally inwardly toward one another, the lower portions each including an upper surface
and a lower surface, wherein the upper surfaces contact the bottom surfaces of the spring rails (28, 30), and wherein the upper surfaces are spaced laterally apart from one another a distance that is smaller than a lateral distance
between the lower surfaces, wherein the wiper blade extends along a longitudinal direction of elongation, and the spring rails
(28, 30) each extend out of opposite ends of the connection device (20) along the longitudinal direction of elongation, and wherein the lower surface is planar and extends from an outermost edge
of the lower portion to an innermost edge of the lower portion, the innermost edge being inclined at an oblique angle relative
to the planar lower surface.

US Pat. No. 9,746,526

BATTERY CELL UNIT AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A COMPLEX IMPEDANCE OF A BATTERY CELL ARRANGED IN A BATTERY CELL UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery cell unit comprising:
a battery cell having positive and negative battery cell poles;
a sensor device configured to detect measurement currents of the battery cell and a measurement voltages of the battery cell;
an actuator device comprising at least one power semiconductor switch connected between the positive and negative battery
cell poles of the battery cell; and

a monitoring device programmed to, in an impedance spectroscopy mode, (i) operate the at least one power semiconductor switch
of the actuator device in a linear region to apply impedance spectroscopy currents to the battery cell, the impedance spectroscopy
currents including at least a first alternating current at a first frequency and a second alternating current at a second
frequency, the second frequency being different than the first frequency, and (ii) determine a complex impedance of the battery
cell based on the measurement currents and the measurement voltages provided by the sensor device that arise in response to
the application of the impedance spectroscopy currents.

US Pat. No. 9,742,584

CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK WITH FLEXIBLE DATA-RATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

6. A serial communication system, comprising:
at least one transmitting node and at least one receiving node connected by a bus system and exchanging data frames;
wherein:
transmitter and receiver roles are assigned to respective nodes of the at least one transmitting node and the at least one
receiving node for each data frame by an arbitration procedure defined in the Controller Area Network (CAN) Standard ISO 11898-1;

the exchanged data frames have a logical structure according to the CAN-Standard ISO 11898-1;
the data frames are composed of a sequence of bits;
the logical structure of the data frames includes a Start-Of-Frame-Bit, an Arbitration Field, a Control Field, a Data Field,
a CRC Field, an Acknowledge Field and an End-Of-Frame Field;

each bit of the data frames has a bit time;
each bit time is divided into multiple Time Segments; and
in response to a predefined value of a specific bit within the Control Field of the exchanged data frames, (i) a first node
belonging to a first group of nodes of the at least one transmitting node and the at least one receiving node restarts its
protocol decoding state machine and waits until the first node has synchronized itself to the bus activity, and (ii) a second
node belonging to a second group of nodes of the at least one transmitting node and the at least one receiving node communicates
using the communication protocol according to CAN with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) Specification.

US Pat. No. 9,660,288

BATTERY SUBUNIT HAVING MULTIPLE BATTERY MODULES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER IN A PARALLEL AND/OR SERIES MANNER, BATTERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A BATTERY SUBUNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery subunit, comprising:
a plurality of battery modules that are connected in at least one of a parallel configuration and a series configuration,
wherein each of the plurality of battery modules includes a plurality of battery cells;

a thermal management system that contacts each of the plurality of battery modules, and is configured to dissipate operational
heat of the plurality of battery modules; and

a carrier unit that includes at least one carrier plate positioned on a side of the thermal management system that is remote
from the plurality of battery modules, the carrier plate defining (i) at least two grooves arranged respectively at opposite
lateral edges of the carrier plate and (ii) at least one profiled beading that extends between the grooves,

wherein a portion of the thermal management system laterally overlaps a portion of the grooves,
wherein the profiled beading has a first height gradient that laterally directs at least one of fluids situated in the carrier
plate, condensation from the thermal management system, and leakage from the thermal management system towards at least one
of the grooves, and

wherein the grooves have a second height gradient that longitudinally directs the at least one of the fluids, the condensation,
and the leakage along the grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,660,312

METAL/AIR BATTERY WITH GAS SEPARATION NANOSTRUCTURE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A metal/air battery comprising:
a negative electrode;
a positive electrode;
an oxygen supply; and
a closed oxygen conducting membrane less than about 50 microns thick located between the oxygen supply and the positive electrode,
wherein the closed oxygen conducting membrane is functionally adjacent to the positive electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,660,392

ELECTRICAL PLUG AND ENERGY TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrical plug having:
a connection unit which can be coupled to an electrical line in order to transmit electrical energy,
at least one electrical contact pin which has a plug section and a coupling Section, wherein the coupling section is electrically
coupled to the connection unit, and wherein the plug section is designed to provide a releasable plug connection to an associated
contact socket in order to electrically couple the electrical contact pin to the associated contact socket, and

a detection unit which is designed to detect a tensile force which is exerted on the electrical contact pin or a movement
of the electrical contact pin, or both, relative to the associated contact socket, and to provide a disconnection signal for
interrupting an electrical energy transmission process.

US Pat. No. 9,659,373

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING A BLIND AREA OF A CAMERA

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a blind area of a camera, the method comprising:
forming a first signal curve of a plurality of gradients, which have been determined as a function of gray values of adjacent
image points of a first image section of a first image recorded by the camera;

forming a second signal curve of a plurality of gradients, which have been determined as a function of gray values of adjacent
image points of a first image section of a second image recorded co-located with the first image section of the first image,
the second image having been recorded by the camera with a time lag relative to the first image; and

detecting the blind area, if a comparison of the first signal curve with the second signal curve shows that at least one section
of the first signal curve is identical to a corresponding section of the second signal curve within a tolerance range;

wherein in the forming, a third signal curve of a plurality of gradients, which have been determined as a function of gray
values of adjacent image points of a second image section of the first image, is formed, and a fourth signal curve of a plurality
of gradients, which have been determined as a function of gray values of adjacent image points of a second section of the
second image co-located with the second image section of the first image, is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,686,452

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA WITH INTEGRAL LARGE-DOMAIN SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A surveillance camera arrangement comprising:
A PTZ camera configured to:
perform panning movements about a pan axis; and
perform tilting movements within a plane of tilting motion, such that a range of possible tilt positions is captured by the
plane of tilting motion, the plane of tilting motion being offset from, and substantially parallel to and non-coincident with,
the pan axis, and

a large domain sensor substantially aligned with the pan axis, the large domain sensor having a wider field of view than the
PTZ camera,

wherein the PTZ camera is mechanically coupled to the large domain sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,651,016

IGNITION SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An ignition system, comprising:
at least one high voltage generator having a primary side and a secondary side;
an electrical energy source configured to be selectably connected to the primary side; and
a spark gap configured to guide a current transferred by the high voltage generator to the secondary side, wherein the high
voltage generator includes a bypass for transferring electrical energy directly to a terminal of the secondary side bypassing
the primary side, and wherein the bypass is configured to transfer electrical energy in series or in parallel directly to
the terminal of the secondary side and bypass the primary side of the high voltage generator for maintaining an ignition spark
as an electrical voltage in a form of a pulse sequence within a kilo-hertz range.

US Pat. No. 9,638,757

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING THE VOLTAGE ON ELECTRICAL STORAGE UNITS, BATTERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING SUCH A BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a voltage on at least one electrical storage unit, comprising:
measuring a measured voltage on the at least one electrical storage unit;
determining an open circuit voltage of the at least one electrical storage unit based on the measured voltage by eliminating
a current-dependent portion of the measured voltage; and

determining, based on the open circuit voltage, at least one of (i) an overvoltage of the at least one electrical storage
unit and (ii) an undervoltage of the at least one electrical storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,673,487

BATTERY WITH A MONITORING CIRCUIT AND FOR USE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery, comprising:
at least one battery cell including:
an electrode; and
an electrically conductive battery cell housing; and
a housing cover that is mountable on the battery cell housing, and that includes a monitoring circuit having a switching mechanism,
wherein:

the monitoring circuit is configured such that, when the housing cover is mounted on the at least one battery cell, the switching
mechanism is electrically conductively connected to the battery cell housing, and is also electrically conductively connected
to the electrode; and

the monitoring circuit is further configured to open the switching mechanism in response to receiving a malfunction signal
indicating that a value of a current flowing through the switching mechanism has exceeded a current strength limit value,
the switching mechanism being configured so as to be closed during normal operation.

US Pat. No. 9,610,961

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING SPEED IN A VEHICLE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE WHEELS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining the speed of a vehicle, comprising:
detecting at least one object located in the environment of the vehicle and measuring a relative speed of the detected object
in relation to the vehicle;

comparing the relative speed of the detected object with a reference speed; and
using the relative speed of the detected object as the speed of the vehicle only if the relative speed corresponds to the
reference speed;

wherein the speed of the vehicle is determined in recurring manner, with the relative speed that is used as the speed of the
vehicle being used as a subsequent reference speed in a subsequent performance of the comparing step.

US Pat. No. 9,602,921

INDEPENDENTLY CHARGE PUMPS FOR DIFFERENTIAL MICROPHONE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microphone system comprising:
a positive adjustable charge pump configured to generate a positive bias voltage;
a positive sense-capacitor configured to
receive acoustic pressure from a first direction,
receive the positive bias voltage, and
generate a positive sense voltage based on the acoustic pressure and the positive bias voltage;
a negative adjustable charge pump configured to generate a negative bias voltage;
a negative sense-capacitor configured to
receive the acoustic pressure from the first direction,
receive the negative bias voltage, and
generate a negative sense voltage based on the acoustic pressure and the negative bias voltage; and
a differential amplifier configured to
receive the positive sense voltage,
receive the negative sense voltage, and
generate a differential voltage based on the positive sense voltage and the negative sense voltage;
wherein a magnitude of the positive bias voltage is different than a magnitude of the negative bias voltage; and
wherein the positive adjustable charge pump includes
a plurality of positive stages coupled in a series configuration and configured to generate the positive bias voltage based
on a positive reference voltage and a positive input voltage, and

a positive clock circuit configured to apply the positive reference voltage to the plurality of positive stages in a clocked
manner based on a first frequency; and

wherein the negative adjustable charge pump includes
a plurality of negative stages coupled in a series configuration and configured to generate the negative bias voltage based
on a negative reference voltage and a negative input voltage, and

a negative clock circuit configured to apply the negative reference voltage to the plurality of negative stages in a clocked
manner based on a second frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,599,453

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING SIGNALS WHICH REPRESENT AN ANGULAR POSITION OF A MOTOR SHAFT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus for processing signals representing an angular position of a shaft of a motor, comprising:
an evaluating arrangement to evaluate a rotation direction datum of the shaft;
a non-transitory storage device configured to perform the following:
store arrival times of the signals in memory locations of a memory (a) in a first sequence in the event of a rotation of the
shaft in a first direction, and (b) in a second sequence opposite to the first sequence in the event of a rotation of the
shaft in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and

a processing arrangement to perform a calculation using an arrival time stored most recently in the sequence and an arrival
time stored previously in the sequence, and to select the previously stored time one of: (i) in the event of a rotation of
the shaft in the first direction, a time required for the calculation, proceeding from the time stored most recently in the
first sequence, oppositely to the first sequence; and (ii) in the event of a rotation of the shaft in the second direction,
a time required for the calculation, proceeding from the time stored most recently in the second sequence, oppositely to the
second sequence;

wherein the storage device includes at least one address pointer which points to one of the memory location of the most recently
stored time or the next free memory location, and wherein the first sequence occurs in the case of the rotation of shaft in
the first direction by incrementing the address pointer, and wherein the second sequence occurs in the case of the rotation
of the shaft in the second direction by decrementing the address pointer.

US Pat. No. 9,600,749

METHOD FOR PRINTING AT LEAST ONE CARRIER ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for printing a carrier element including at least one printing operation, comprising:
sensing a position of the carrier element by determining a position of at least one reference element of the carrier element;
orienting at least one piece of information on the basis of the sensed positon of the carrier element at least substantially
based on the determined position of the at least one reference element; and printing the oriented at least one piece of information
onto the carrier element.

US Pat. No. 9,587,652

HYDROSTATIC DRIVE, IN PARTICULAR HYDROSTATIC FAN DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic drive, comprising:
a closed circuit including a variable-displacement pump with a swept volume configured to be adjusted by an adjustment device,
the variable-displacement pump being configured to be connected via two working lines to a motor; and

an adjustment pressure supply configured to supply the adjustment device with adjustment pressure medium, the adjustment pressure
supply having a pressure cut-off valve by which the maximum adjustment pressure is configured to be set as a function of a
high pressure in one of the working lines,

whereby the swept volume of the variable-displacement pump is configured to be reduced,
wherein the pressure cut-off valve is pilot-controlled and has a high-pressure port connected to at least one of the working
lines, an adjustment pressure port, and a leakage port,

wherein a pressure cut-off valve body of the pressure cut-off valve is loaded via the high-pressure port in a direction for
opening a connection from the adjustment pressure port to the leakage port,

wherein a spring loads the pressure cut-off valve body in a closing direction,
wherein the pressure cut-off valve has a control pressure port via which the pressure cut-off valve body is configured to
be loaded in an opening direction or in a closing direction, and

wherein the control pressure port is configured to be charged with control pressure medium via a pressure regulating valve.

US Pat. No. 9,590,230

METAL/AIR FLOW BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system, comprising:
a negative electrode;
a separator adjacent to the negative electrode;
a positive electrode separated from the negative electrode by the separator, the positive electrode including an electrode
inlet and an electrode outlet;

an electrolyte including LiOH located within the positive electrode;
a reservoir having a reservoir inlet configured to receive the electrolyte from the positive electrode, a first reservoir
outlet, and a second reservoir outlet, the second reservoir outlet located lower than the first reservoir outlet such that
an unattached solid proximate the first reservoir outlet is forced by gravity toward the second reservoir outlet;

a first pump having a first pump inlet configured to take a suction on the first reservoir outlet and discharge a first effluent
through a first pump outlet to the electrode inlet and controlled such that the first pump receives the electrolyte from the
reservoir inlet and discharges the first effluent to the electrode inlet during both charge and discharge of the battery system;
and

a second pump having a second pump inlet configured to take a suction on the second reservoir outlet and a second pump outlet
configured to discharge a second effluent to the electrode inlet, the system controlled such that the first effluent is not
mixed with the second effluent during discharging of the battery system, and such that the first effluent is mixed with the
second effluent during charging discharging of the battery system.

US Pat. No. 9,557,515

CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CAMERA MODULE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A camera module for a vehicle, comprising:
an objective mount;
an objective held in the objective mount and including a lens holder and at least one lens secured in the lens holder, wherein
the objective is fixed in position in the objective mount by a frictional connection between an outer surface of the lens
holder and an inner surface of the objective mount, and wherein the objective mount is elastically deformable; and

a plurality of frictional connection devices spaced apart in a circumferential direction and formed at least one of on the
outer surface of the lens holder and on the inner surface of the objective mount, in order to form the frictional connection,

wherein the outer surface of the lens holder and the inner surface of the objective mount are only in contact with one another
via the frictional connection devices, and wherein contact-free intermediate regions are formed at least one of on the outer
surface of the lens holder and on the inner surface of the objective mount, between the frictional connection devices.

US Pat. No. 9,555,783

WHEEL SPEED ESTIMATION USING A DRIVETRAIN MODEL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A controller for a wheel speed detection system, the controller comprising:
a processor configured to receive the speed of a first driven wheel from a wheel speed sensor at a first update speed and
the speed of a drive shaft from a drive shaft sensor at a second update speed different from the first update speed; and

a non-transitory computer readable medium including program instructions executed by the processor for determining a speed
of a second driven wheel based on a plurality of detected speeds of the first driven wheel and detected speeds of the drive
shaft over time;

wherein the controller compensates for a difference in the first update speed and the second update speed, and compensates
for delays in receiving the speed of the first driven wheel and the speed of the drive shaft such that an error between the
determined speed of the second driven wheel and an actual speed of the second driven wheel is reduced to about zero.

US Pat. No. 9,555,812

METHOD FOR DETECTING A ROADWAY AND CORRESPONDING DETECTION SYSTEMS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a roadway of a vehicle, comprising:
generating a light signal having light structures;
emitting the light signal onto the roadway;
receiving reflected radiation of the light signal off at least the roadway;
generating a light pattern as a function of the received reflected radiation;
evaluating the light pattern;
during the evaluating, detecting pattern characteristics of the light pattern that correspond to at least some of the light
structures of the light signal;

analyzing a geometry of the detected pattern characteristics; and
inferring a surface of the roadway based at least on the analyzing.

US Pat. No. 9,556,859

PISTON PUMP FOR DELIVERING FLUIDS, AND CORRESPONDING ASSEMBLY PROCESS FOR A PISTON PUMP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A piston pump for delivering fluids, comprising:
a cylinder;
a pressure chamber closed by a cover; and
a throttle element disposed in a fluid flow downstream of an outlet valve, the throttle element being configured to throttle
the fluid flow,

wherein at least two pressing lugs are formed on the cover,
wherein the cylinder is pressed against the at least two pressing lugs in a pressing-in direction,
wherein at least one recess is formed between the at least two pressing lugs, the at least one recess acting as a discharge
channel for the fluid flow,

wherein the throttle element is configured as a resilient disk inserted in the cover, the cover including a centering mechanism
configured to pre-center the throttle element,

wherein the centering mechanism includes at least one chamfer arranged on each pressing lug of the at least two pressing lugs,
the at least one chamfer arranged rearwardly in the pressing-in direction, and

wherein the throttle element is deformable between a first configuration, wherein a portion of the throttle element contacts
the cover, and a second configuration, wherein the portion of the throttle element does not contact the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,551,289

METHOD FOR PLAUSIBILIZING A RAIL PRESSURE SENSOR VALUE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for plausibilizing a rail pressure sensor value that is output by a rail pressure sensor of an internal combustion
engine, the internal combustion engine being part of a common rail system that includes a fuel high-pressure piston delivery
pump and a common rail, the method comprising:
obtaining, by processing circuitry, an indication of when conveyance of fuel by the piston delivery pump into the common rail
begins;

calculating, by the processing circuitry, a pressure in the common rail based on the obtained indication; and
plausibilizing, by the processing circuitry, the rail pressure sensor value that is output by the rail pressure sensor by
comparing the rail pressure sensor value to the calculated rail pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,553,372

ELECTRIC DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A locating device, comprising:
a guide unit configured to move the locating device in a direction of movement relative to a surface; and
an LCR (large current radiator) antenna apparatus operably associated and moveable with said guide unit, said apparatus including
a ground plane element and an antenna unit mounted thereon having a first polarization direction and configured to transmit
and/or receive a measurement signal having the first polarization direction,

wherein the antenna unit has at least one different second polarization direction for transmitting and/or receiving the measurement
signal, the first and second polarization directions defined in a common plane that is parallel to the ground plane element

wherein the LCR antenna apparatus has a sheath at least partially formed of an electrically conductive material and configured
to surround the antenna unit in at least one polarization direction and to form a cavity surrounding the antenna unit; and

wherein the LCR antenna apparatus is arranged relative to the guide unit so that the first and second polarization directions
of the antenna unit are each at an angle of approximately 45° with respect to the direction of movement.

US Pat. No. 9,551,391

LOCK-EQUIPPED MEMBER FOR GUIDING A DISC BRAKE PAD AND DISC BRAKE PROVIDED WITH SUCH GUIDING MEMBERS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A guiding member for a disk brake pad in a cap that has at least one arm, the at least one arm having at respective two
ends thereof an axial housing which has a substantially rectangular cross section and which has a base, a lower surface and
an upper surface, the housing being surmounted by a stud, the guiding member comprising:
a body which has a substantially U-shaped cross section that is substantially rectangular, such that the body is configured
to be positioned in the housing;

an external radial surface configured to abut the upper surface of the housing;
a base that abuts the base of the housing;
an internal radial surface that includes a locking tongue configured to press against and engage the lower surface of the
housing;

an external abutment surface configured to abut a front face of the stud;
two tongues extending directly from the external abutment surface and configured to form lateral stops which extend on each
side of the stud along an axial direction, the locking tongue located between the two tongues along the axial direction; and

an internal abutment surface that abuts a front internal surface of the at least one arm, and which is configured to receive
a front lower surface of the disk brake pad under a corresponding lug of the disk brake pad;

wherein the guiding member is formed by a folded spring steel band that is configured to be fixed to the stud; and
wherein the guiding member is further configured to:
receive in an axially sliding manner the corresponding lug of the disk brake pad and;
guide and press the corresponding lug into the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,541,163

TRANSMISSION, IN PARTICULAR FOR AN ADJUSTMENT DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A gear mechanism (1) comprising
a housing (2),

a driveable worm shaft (3) which is rotatably mounted in the housing (2),

a worm gear (4) which is rotatably mounted in the housing (2) and which meshes with the worm shaft (3),

an encircling first wedge surface (5) which is formed on the worm gear (4) or fixedly connected to the worm gear (4), and

a brake element (6) which is rotationally fixed with respect to the housing (2) and which has a second wedge surface (7),

wherein the first wedge surface (5) lies circumferentially against the second wedge surface (7).

US Pat. No. 9,539,990

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system for a vehicle, comprising:
a master brake cylinder;
a brake circuit with two wheel brake calipers, two wheel outlet valves, an accumulator chamber, a high-pressure switching
valve, and a pump, wherein an intake side of the pump is hydraulically connected via a first branching line to the two wheel
output valves, and the high-pressure switching valve is hydraulically connected via a second line to a branching point which
is formed in the first line;

a control device for a brake system of a vehicle, comprising:
a valve control device adapted to control, while taking into account a provided information signal relating to a currently
carried out or to be carried out generator braking torque of a generator, the high-pressure switching valve into an at least
partially opened state such that a brake fluid volume is shifted from the master brake cylinder into the accumulator chamber
via the at least one high-pressure switching valve that has been controlled into the at least partially opened state;

wherein the accumulator chamber is a low-pressure accumulator chamber which is connected to the first line, the first line
being without a check valve, and the low-pressure accumulator chamber being connected to the first line in such a way that
the brake fluid volume is transferred into the low-pressure accumulator chamber by bypassing the two wheel brake calipers.

US Pat. No. 9,528,627

DRIVE HAVING AN EMERGENCY CLOSING FUNCTION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic drive comprising:
a movable coupling device comprising an emergency spring braced between a movable driving-side spring abutment and a movable
driven-side spring abutment; and

a locking device configured to fix a spacing of the driving-side spring abutment and the driven-side spring abutment in a
normal operating mode of the drive, the locking device being at least one of hydraulic, pneumatic, and magnetic,

a valve having a valve body operably connected to the driven-side spring abutment;
an adjustment drive configured to generate a translatory driving-side movement which is transmitted via the coupling device
into a translatory driven-side movement of the valve body;

a cylinder that is positionally fixed in the hydraulic drive and defines a driven-side annular chamber; and
a driven-side piston positioned in the driven-side annular chamber and fixedly connected via a driven-side piston rod to the
driven-side spring abutment,

wherein the locking device and the emergency spring are configured such that, when the hydraulic drive is in an emergency
mode, the locking device is released and the emergency spring is relaxed, and

wherein, when the locking device is released, the emergency spring biases the valve body in a closing direction so as to close
the valve.

US Pat. No. 9,517,734

CAMERA FOR A VEHICLE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE CAMERA

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A camera system, comprising:
a camera for positioning inside a vehicle with the aid of a camera mounting support and being provided to image a coverage
region situated outside of the vehicle, through a window of the vehicle, the camera including an image sensor, a camera lens
system for imaging a coverage region on the image sensor, the camera lens system having at least one lens, the camera lens
system and the image sensor determining an optical axis of the camera, and wherein the camera lens system further includes
a nonplanar reflector element, which deflects the optical axis of the camera;

wherein a beam waist or an inversion point being formed in the optical path between the camera and the vehicle window or in
the vehicle window, wherein the optical axis of the camera is subdivided by the reflector element of the camera into a first
and second partial axes situated at an angle not equal to 180°, of which the second partial axis runs through the windshield,
the beam waist being formed in the second partial axis.

US Pat. No. 9,518,877

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT FOR A CAPACITIVE SENSOR DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT FOR A CAPACITIVE SENSOR DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component for a capacitive sensor device, comprising:
a first electrode at least partially formed from a layer of at least one of a semiconductor material and a metal; and
a second electrode that includes:
a first layer, an inner side of which faces the first electrode and which is formed from a layer of at least one of a semiconductor
material and a metal; and

a second layer above the first layer;
wherein:
the second electrode is suspended above, and at a distance from, the first electrode so that a cavity is present between the
first electrode and the second electrode;

recesses (a) are structured into the first layer of the second electrode, and (b) are sealed off by a closure layer;
the second layer of the second electrode:
is a reinforcing layer that increases rigidity of the second electrode;
is formed from a layer of epi-polysilicon material; and
covers at least one subarea of the closure layer; and
the layer of epi-polysilicon material additionally forms at least:
a first contact element that is electrically connected to, and covers a respective surface of, one of (i) the first electrode,
(ii) a first printed conductor composed of the same layer of the at least one of the semiconductor material and the metal
as that of which the first electrode is made, and (iii) a conductive substrate area that is in a layer below the layer of
the at least one of the semiconductor material and the metal of which the first electrode is made; and

a second contact element that is electrically connected to, and covers a respective surface of, one of (i) the first layer
of the second electrode and (ii) a second printed conductor composed of the same layer of the at least one of the semiconductor
material and the metal as that of which the first layer of the second electrode is made.

US Pat. No. 9,513,102

ANGLE SENSOR, GEAR WHEEL FOR AN ANGLE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A GEAR WHEEL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A toothed wheel for an angle sensor, comprising:
a wheel body; and
a plurality of teeth extending from a periphery of the wheel body,
wherein the wheel body and the plurality of teeth are embodied completely from a magnetizable material, and
wherein at least a portion of the magnetizable material of the wheel body is magnetized and defines a level of magnetization,
and

wherein the level of magnetization is greater at a central region of the wheel body than at the periphery of the wheel body.

US Pat. No. 9,511,747

WIPER BLADE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade (12) having an elongate, spring-elastic carrying element (36), which is pre-curved in a concave fashion with respect to a vehicle window (22) and has two spring rails (52, 66) which run parallel to one another in a plane, and having a wiper strip (24) which is held with a web (34) of a head strip (30) between the spring rails (52, 66) via the carrying element (36), said spring rails being inserted in longitudinal grooves (32) on both sides of the web (34), wherein the wiper strip (24) has ends and is secured in the longitudinal direction (20) relative to the carrying element (36) at least close to one of the ends of said wiper strip, characterized in that the spring rails (52, 66) have, at inner longitudinal sides facing one another in end regions, clips (60, 74) with cutters (62, 76), which, in a mounted state, cut into adjoining walls of the longitudinal grooves (32), wherein the two spring rails (52, 66) include recesses (54, 68) along outer longitudinal sides of the spring rails (52, 66), the recesses (54, 58) being exposed laterally outwardly along the longitudinal sides such that the recesses are not fully enclosed by the spring
rails (52, 66), wherein the wiper blade (12) further includes a bracket (116) with a planar top portion that extends between the two spring rails (52, 66), wherein the bracket (116) includes two claws (120) that extend from opposite ends of the planar top portion, wherein the two claws (120) press and hold the spring rails (52, 66) together, wherein the two claws (120) extend into the recesses (54, 68) in the spring rails (52, 66) and interlock with the spring rails (52, 66), and wherein portions (122) of the claws (120) extend underneath the spring rails (52, 66) and directly contact lower surfaces of the spring rails (52, 66).

US Pat. No. 9,505,394

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHANGING THE MECHANICAL COUPLING OF A DRIVE UNIT TO A POWER TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, WHOSE POWER TRAIN IS EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST TWO DRIVE UNITS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transmission control unit, which activates a transmission including at least one clutch for shifting a mechanical coupling
of a first drive unit, comprising:
an arrangement configured to output a request signal for setting a first or a second operating mode, or to change between
the first and second operating modes, wherein the first operating mode causes a slower torque operating point change with
respect to time of a torque produced by the first drive unit and the second operating mode causes a faster torque operating
point change with respect to time of the torque produced by the first drive unit, wherein the arrangement is configured to
output a defined duration for setting the first or second operating mode with the request signal within which a torque influence
or a load-free condition of the first drive unit must take place completely, wherein each of the first and second torque operating
point changes corresponds to reducing the torque produced by the first drive unit until the first drive unit is in a load-free
condition.

US Pat. No. 9,500,745

RADAR SENSOR FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A radar sensor for motor vehicles, comprising:
an antenna system that is controllable by a control device such that it has a temporally varying directional characteristic;
and

an evaluation device to evaluate radar echoes received by the antenna system and to locate objects using angular resolution;
wherein the antenna system has at least two groups of antenna elements that differ in elevation in their effective direction,
wherein the control device is configured to activate and deactivate the at least two groups in periodically alternating fashion,
wherein the evaluation device is configured to estimate an elevation angle of the objects based on a contrast K between the
radar echoes, and

wherein the evaluation device is configured to calculate for each object a power parameter that forms a measure of a strength
of a received radar echo, further comprising:

a contrast calculating unit, appertaining to the evaluation device, to calculate, from a power P1 received during a period
in which a radar signal is sent by a group of the antenna elements, and from a power P2 received during a period in which
a radar signal is sent by a different group of the antenna elements, the contrast K according to an equation K=(P1?P2)/(P1+P2),
and

an elevation angle estimating unit configured to determine the elevation angle of the object based on the contrast K.

US Pat. No. 9,496,810

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling an electric machine by means of an inverter, wherein the inverter has a plurality of controllable
power switches which are configured to convert a direct voltage of a voltage source, coupled to the plurality of controllable
power switches, into an alternating voltage for supplying the electric machine with electrical energy, the method comprising:
switching, by a control unit, the electric machine into an open-circuit mode, wherein in the open-circuit mode all of the
plurality of controllable power switches of the inverter are opened;

detecting a phase current of the electric machine;
comparing one of the phase current or a first variable derived from the phase current to a first reference value;
switching over, by the control unit, the electric machine from the open-circuit mode into a short-circuit mode based on the
comparison of the one of the phase current or the first variable derived from the phase current to the first reference value,
wherein in the short-circuit mode a portion of the plurality of controllable power switches that are assigned to a first potential
of the voltage source are closed, and wherein a second portion of the plurality of controllable power switches that are assigned
to a second potential of the voltage source are opened;

comparing one of the phase current or a second variable derived from the phase current to a second reference value; and
switching over, by the control unit, the electric machine from the short-circuit mode into the open-circuit mode based on
the comparison of the one of the phase current or the second variable derived from the phase current to the second reference
value.

US Pat. No. 9,496,829

AMPLIFIER ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING A LOW-PASS FILTER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An amplifier arrangement for amplifying an audio input signal, the amplifier arrangement comprising:
a PWM module for converting the audio input signal into a pulse-width-modulated intermediate signal; and
a wiring arrangement with a full-bridge configuration including a first and a second half-bridge;
wherein the first and second half-bridges are arranged in parallel with one another between a first supply line and a second
supply line of a voltage supply, wherein the first half-bridge has first and second switching devices and the second half-bridge
has first and second switching devices, which are connected in series between the first and second supply lines,

wherein a first load output point is formed between the switching devices of the first half-bridge, and a second load output
point is formed between the switching devices of the second half-bridge,

wherein the switching devices of the first and second half-bridges are actuated via the pulse-width-modulated intermediate
signal in such a way that, in a first state, in each case one switching device of the half-bridges is switched on so that
the first load output point is conductively connected to the first supply line and the second load output point is conductively
connected to the second supply line, and, in a second state, the respective other switching devices are switched on so that
the first load output point is conductively connected to the second supply line, and the second load output point is conductively
connected to the first supply line, and

wherein the load output points are passed or can be passed via a low-pass filter device to a load, wherein the low-pass filter
device has a first inductor, a second inductor, and a capacitor, wherein the first inductor is arranged between the first
load output point and the load, and the second inductor is arranged between the second load output point and the load, wherein
the first and second inductors are coupled to one another so that the total inductance of the two inductors is greater than
the sum of the individual inductances of the two inductors and also less than or equal to 1.95 times the sum of the individual
inductances of the two inductors.

US Pat. No. 9,482,291

PRIME MOVER ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING A FLUID-ACTUATED CLUTCH ARRANGEMENT AND A MULTI-DISK CLUTCH

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A prime mover arrangement comprising an internal combustion engine (1) for driving a first shaft (2) and a steam engine (4) for driving a second shaft (5), wherein a clutch arrangement (3) is arranged between the first shaft (2) and the second shaft (5) in order to transmit a rotary movement of the second shaft (5) to the first shaft (2) in a first operating mode and to allow a freewheel between the first shaft (2) and the second shaft (5) in a second operating mode, characterized in that the clutch arrangement (3) is configured to be operated with positive pressure or negative pressure, wherein the clutch arrangement (3) is configured to be shifted by a fluid to transmit torque between the first shaft (2) and the second shaft (5), wherein the clutch arrangement (3) includes a multi-disk clutch (6) having at least two clutch linings (7) that are toothed on an outer periphery and at least one intermediate plate (8) that is disposed axially between the at least two clutch linings (7) and is toothed on an inner periphery, wherein the multi-disk clutch is configured to be compressed in order to connect the
first shaft (2) and the second shaft (5) to one another in a frictionally engaged or positively engaged manner, wherein a counter ring (9) that is configured to be fitted onto the second shaft (5) and a ring cylinder (10) that is located axially between the counter ring (9) and a shaft shoulder of the second shaft (5) and is configured to be fitted onto the second shaft (5) are axially and rotatably fastened to an end face of the shaft shoulder of the second shaft (5), thus enabling the rotary movement of the second shaft (5) to be transmitted to the counter ring (9) and the ring cylinder (10), and wherein one end face of a thrust ring (12) is disposed adjacent an end face of one of the at least two clutch linings (7), wherein the thrust ring (12) is configured to be displaced by a piston (13) resting against an opposite end face of said thrust ring (12) in a direction of the at least two clutch linings (7), wherein an axial displacement of said thrust ring (12) is configured to be carried out by a fluid of a channel (14) introduced into the ring cylinder (10).

US Pat. No. 9,484,643

CONTACT ELEMENT FOR CONNECTING TO A CIRCUIT BOARD, CONTACT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A contact element (8, 9, 40) for connecting to a circuit board (3) having at least one substrate layer (4, 4a) and having at least one electrically conductive layer (5, 6, 7) which is connected to the substrate layer (4, 4a), the contact element (8, 9, 40) being configured to connect to the electrically conductive layer (5, 6, 7), characterized in that the contact element (8, 9, 40) is configured to be pushed onto a circuit board edge of the circuit board (3) and to reach over the circuit board edge, wherein the contact element (8, 9, 40) has at least one cutting blade with a cutting edge (10, 12, 42, 44, 61), the cutting edge (10, 12, 42, 44, 61) having a harder metal in an area of a severing section (23, 24, 46, 48, 67) than in an adjoining contact section (21, 22, 44, 45, 62) alongside the cutting edge (10, 12, 42, 44, 61), and said cutting edge (10, 12, 42, 44, 61) being configured to cut through the substrate layer (4, 4a) with the severing section (23, 24, 46, 48, 67) when pushed onto the circuit board edge and to contact the electrically conductive layer (5, 6, 7) electrically with the contact section (21, 22, 44, 45, 62).

US Pat. No. 9,485,481

LASER MODULE HAVING A DUOCHROMATIC LASER DIODE FOR A PORTABLE IMAGE PROJECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A laser module for an image projection system, comprising:
a duochromatic laser diode for generating a first beam bundle having laser light of a first wavelength and laser light of
a second wavelength;

a first collimating optics system for collimating the first beam bundle;
at least one first monochromatic laser diode for generating a second beam bundle having laser light of a third wavelength;
a second collimating optics system for collimating the second beam bundle;
a first optical combination device for combining the first and second beam bundles to form an output beam bundle of the laser
module;

a second monochromatic laser diode for generating a third beam bundle having laser light of a fourth wavelength;
a third collimating optics system for collimating the third beam bundle; and
a second optical combination device for combining the first, second, and third beam bundles to form the output beam bundle
of the laser module, wherein the first, third, and fourth wavelengths lie in a visible optical range, and the second wavelength
lies in an infrared range.

US Pat. No. 9,465,087

HALL EFFECT SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hall effect sensor (10) for recording the direction of a magnetic field (B), the Hall effect sensor (10) comprising:
a plurality of Hall effect sensor elements (10a, 10b) arranged in pairs (22a, 22b, 22c, 22d), wherein each pair comprises a first Hall effect sensor element (10a) and a second Hall effect sensor element (10b) which are arranged parallel to one another;

wherein the Hall effect sensor (10) has a first switch (34) for disconnecting the first Hall effect sensor element (10a) from a power supply (24), and

wherein, during a normal operation, the direction of a magnetic field (B), to which the Hall effect sensor (10) is exposed, is ascertained from Hall voltages (Ua, Ub, Uc, Ud) at the pairs (22a, 22b, 22c, 22d) which in each case represent the sum of the individual Hall voltages of the Hall sensor elements (10a, 10b).

US Pat. No. 9,464,644

FOUR-CHAMBER CYLINDER FOR A HYDRAULIC ACTUATING DEVICE WITH EMERGENCY FUNCTION AND HYDRAULIC ACTUATING DEVICE HAVING THIS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A four-chamber cylinder, comprising:
a first piston device including a first piston and a first piston rod, the first piston delimiting a first chamber and a second
chamber;

a second piston device including a second piston and a second piston rod aligned with the first piston rod, the second piston
delimiting a third chamber and a fourth chamber; and

a compressive-elastic emergency element,
wherein the second chamber is configured to act in an opposing manner to the first chamber;
wherein the third chamber is configured to act in an opposing manner to the fourth chamber;
wherein the first piston rod, at least in sections, is movably positioned in a guide recess of the second piston rod; and
wherein the first piston device, via the first chamber, and the second piston device, via the fourth chamber, are configured
to move towards each other and held with each other to tension the compressive-elastic emergency element.

US Pat. No. 9,428,169

ELECTRIC BRAKE BOOSTER

Bosch Automotive Products...

1. An electric brake booster for a vehicle brake system, comprising:
a push bar configured to be driven by a brake pedal to move forwards in an axial direction;
a brake force outputting element configured to be pushed forwards by the push bar to output a brake force from the brake pedal;
a booster force outputting element configured to output a booster force;
a motor configured to drive the booster force outputting element to create the booster force;
a poppet configured to be pushed forwards in the axial direction by the push bar with a spring force, wherein the poppet forms
a boost switch, through which an electrical current is configured to pass, with the brake force outputting element and forms
a release switch, through which another electrical current is configured to pass, with the booster force outputting element;
and

an electronic control unit configured to control the operation of the motor in response to the on-off states of the boost
switch and the release switch.

US Pat. No. 9,432,289

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SERIAL DATA TRANSMISSION WHICH IS ADAPTED TO MEMORY SIZES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for serial data transmission in a bus system having at least two participating data processing units that exchange
messages via the bus, sent messages having a logical structure in accordance with a CAN standard ISO 11898-1 as of Apr. 26,
2012, the logical structure including a start-of-frame bit, an arbitration field, a control field, a data field, a CRC field,
an acknowledge field, and an end-of-frame sequence, the control field including a data length code that contains an item of
information about the length of the data field, wherein, deviating from the CAN standard ISO 11898-1, the data field of at
least some transmitted messages includes more than eight bytes, at least one buffer memory being provided for forwarding of
data between the data field and application software, the method comprising:
interpreting a value of the data length code of a message received via the bus at least partly in a manner deviating from
the CAN standard ISO 11898-1 to determine a size of the data field of the message received; and

if the size of the data field of the message received differs from a size of the buffer memory, adapting the data to be forwarded
to the application software in a manner at least corresponding to a difference in size between the data field of the message
received and the buffer memory, by selecting a quantity of data corresponding to the size of the buffer memory from the data
field of the message received if the size of the data field of the message received is greater than the size of the buffer
memory and forwarding the quantity of data to the buffer memory.

US Pat. No. 9,429,245

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SOLENOID VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A solenoid valve, comprising:
a valve needle which is movably guided in an axial direction;
a magnet core; and
an armature situated axially diametrically opposed to the magnet core, and the armature includes two surfaces perpendicular
to the axial direction: 1) a first surface facing the magnet core, and 2) a second surface facing away from the magnetic core;

wherein:
the armature situated is on the valve needle and includes a first base material and a first reinforcing element;
the magnet core includes a second base material and a second reinforcing element;
at least one of: i) the first reinforcing element is applied to the first base material with the aid of one of molten bath
spraying or cold gas spraying, and ii) the second reinforcing element is applied to the second base material with the aid
of one of molten bath spraying or cold spraying; and

the first reinforcing element is situated on both the first and second surfaces of the armature.

US Pat. No. 9,418,857

SENSOR COMPONENT FOR A GAS AND/OR LIQUID SENSOR, PRODUCTION METHOD FOR A SENSOR COMPONENT FOR A GAS AND/OR LIQUID SENSOR, AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AT LEAST ONE MATERIAL IN A GASEOUS AND/OR LIQUID MEDIUM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor component for a sensor that senses at least one of a gas and a liquid, comprising:
a substrate including at least one first printed conductor and a second printed conductor that are fashioned in such a way
that a voltage can be applied between the first printed conductor and the second printed conductor;

at least one sensitive semiconductor material present between a first contact segment of the first printed conductor and a
first contact segment of the second printed conductor; and

at least one trench arranged on a side of the substrate, the trench including at least one trench wall and at least one trench
floor made of at least one electrically insulating material, wherein:

the first contact segment of the first printed conductor and the first contact segment of the second printed conductor are
situated on two inner side surfaces, at a distance from one another, of the at least one trench wall, and

the at least one sensitive semiconductor material, in the form of at least one of a particle, a grain, and a crystal, being
filled into the at least one trench at least between the first contact segment of the first printed conductor and the first
contact segment of the second printed conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,415,776

ENHANCED LANE DEPARTURE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lane departure monitoring system comprising:
a first sensor positionable on a host vehicle with a field of view that includes a plurality of lane markings;
a second sensor positionable on the host vehicle with a field of view that includes at least a portion of a side blind-spot
of the host vehicle; and

a control system including at least one processor and one memory, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the
processor, cause the control system to

receive a first signal from the first sensor indicative of a position of the lane markings relative to the host vehicle,
determine, based at least in part on the first signal, whether the host vehicle is likely to cross a lane boundary,
determine based on a second signal from the second sensor, whether a second vehicle is present in a lane adjacent to the host
vehicle,

determine whether the second vehicle is a fast approaching vehicle based at least in part on the second signal,
output an action signal at a first time when the host vehicle is likely to cross a lane boundary and the second vehicle is
determined to be a fast approaching vehicle,

output the action signal at a later time when the control system determines that the host vehicle is likely to cross a lane
boundary and the second vehicle is determined to not be a fast approaching vehicle,

wherein the action signal generates a lane departure warning for a user by generating an audible, visual, or haptic alert.

US Pat. No. 9,410,640

VALVE OF A STORAGE DEVICE HAVING A SPRING ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve of an accumulator device formed by an accumulator cylinder and an accumulator piston guided therein, the valve
comprising:
a valve sealing body configured to selectively open and close a valve opening at a valve seat defined by said accumulator
cylinder; and

an opening mechanism configured to selectively raise the valve sealing body from the valve seat,
wherein the opening mechanism is held in the valve seat by a spring element,
wherein the spring element includes a disk defining a reference plane within the plane of the disk and a radially directed
arm punched from the disk and bent relative to the disk out of the reference plane, and

wherein the spring element is fastened to the accumulator cylinder and arranged so that the radially directed arm can be contacted
by movement of the accumulator piston toward the valve sealing body.

US Pat. No. 9,414,381

DATA AGGREGATION METHOD AND NETWORK ARCHITECTURE FOR ROBUST REAL-TIME WIRELESS INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of operating a wireless communication system comprising:
transmitting with a transceiver in a first slave wireless node a first message to a master wireless node during a first predetermined
time slot;

transmitting with a transceiver in a second slave wireless node a second message to a first intermediate slave wireless node
during the first predetermined time slot;

transmitting with a transceiver in the first intermediate slave wireless node a third message including the second message
to the master wireless node during a second predetermined time slot, the second predetermined time slot being longer than
the first predetermined time slot;

transmitting with a transceiver in a third slave wireless node a fourth message to a second intermediate slave wireless node
during the first predetermined time slot;

transmitting with a transceiver in a fourth slave wireless node a fifth message to a third intermediate slave wireless node
during the first predetermined time slot;

transmitting with a transceiver in the second intermediate slave wireless node a sixth message including the fourth message
to the third intermediate slave wireless node during the second predetermined time slot; and

transmitting with a transceiver in the third intermediate slave wireless node a seventh message including the sixth message
and the fifth message to the master wireless node during third predetermined time slot, the third predetermined time slot
being longer than the second predetermined time slot.

US Pat. No. 9,399,214

CARTRIDGE, CENTRIFUGE AND METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A cartridge, comprising:
a first drum defining a first chamber;
a displacement device which is configured to rotate the first drum about a central axis of the first drum so as to connect
the first chamber to a second chamber defined in the cartridge to enable conduction of at least one of liquids, gases, and
particles between the first chamber and the second chamber; and

an electric switch configured to be actuated by the displacement device between a closed switching state and an open switching
state, the electric switch including a first contact element and a second contact element, the first contact element contacting
the second contact element in the closed switching state and the first contact element being spaced apart from the second
contact element in the open switching state.

US Pat. No. 9,387,570

POWER TOOL BRAKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool braking device of a portable power tool, comprising:
at least one braking unit configured to brake one or more of a spindle and a machining tool in at least one braking position
of the braking unit; and

at least one spindle fixing unit configured to fix the spindle in at least one fixing position of the spindle fixing unit,
wherein the braking unit and the spindle fixing unit include at least one common activating element configured, in at least
one operating state, to activate a transfer of the braking unit into the braking position and to activate a transfer of the
spindle fixing unit into the fixing position.

US Pat. No. 9,388,865

GEARING MECHANISM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A gearing mechanism (1) comprising a housing component (9) and a shaft (2) which is mounted in the housing component (9) and is configured to be driven in rotation in relation to the housing component (9) about a rotational axis (8) in a first rotational direction (11) and in a second rotational direction (12) which is opposed to the first rotational direction (11), wherein a wrap-around body (15) is provided which wraps around the shaft (2), the wrap-around body (15) is configured as a spring-elastic wrap-around body (15), a radially inwardly oriented friction face (31) is provided on the housing component (9) at an axial end of the wrap-around body, and the wrap-around body (15) is arranged, for the purpose of frictional interaction with the radially inwardly oriented friction face (31), at least in certain sections within the inwardly oriented friction face (31), wherein the wrap-around body (15) includes a first section (34) having a larger diameter than a second section (33), and wherein the second section (33) wraps at least once around the shaft (2), and further wherein the wrap-around body (15) serves as a slip clutch to provide differing braking torques as a function of the first rotational direction (11) and the second rotational direction (12).

US Pat. No. 9,391,429

SPARK PLUG

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A spark plug for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a center electrode having a first noble metal pin of a first diameter mounted on the center electrode; and
a ground electrode having a second noble metal pin of a second diameter mounted on the ground electrode;
wherein:
an end face of the noble metal pin of the center electrode oppose an end face of the ground electrode mutually oppose;
the first diameter of the first noble metal pin of the center electrode is larger than the second diameter of the second noble
metal pin of the ground electrode by a ratio V; and

V?1.5.

US Pat. No. 9,381,852

METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR TRANSMITTING DATA ON A CURRENT VEHICLE ENVIRONMENT TO A HEADLIGHT CONTROL UNIT OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:
taking, by a camera, an image of an environment of a vehicle;
classifying objects in the image;
based on at least two different parameters of the image, forming an object group including at least two of the classified
objects;

reading in object data representing information about the at least two classified objects;
forming object group data from the read-in object data of the at least two classified objects; and
transmitting the object group data as vehicle environment data to a headlight control unit of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,384,576

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMPUTING A CHANGE IN AN IMAGE SCALE OF AN OBJECT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for computing a change in an image scale of an object, comprising:
recognizing image coordinates of characteristic image areas in an instantaneous image, the characteristic image areas depicting
object features at least of the one object in the instantaneous image;

providing a model, wherein model coordinates of the model represent a selection of positions of recognized object features
of the object in a preceding image;

scaling the model in order to obtain a scaled model, at least a portion of the model coordinates being correlated with the
image coordinates recognized in the step of recognizing, and the model and the scaled model differing from one another by
a model scaling factor;

ascertaining an image scaling factor using the image coordinates of at least two recognized characteristic image areas, and
image coordinates of the two image areas recognized in the preceding image; and

combining the model scaling factor with the image scaling factor in order to obtain the change in the image scale.

US Pat. No. 9,368,769

BATTERY PACK

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A battery pack comprising:
a plurality of battery cells stacked together;
a frame comprising a supporting member covering the battery cells and a reinforcement member within and directly contacting
the supporting member, wherein the frame extends continuously along a length of all of the battery cells; and

an end plate on the battery cells and coupled to the frame,wherein the supporting member comprises:
a bottom portion covering one side of each of the plurality of battery cells; and
a sidewall portion bent and extending from at least two sides of the bottom portion and covering two sides of each of the
battery cells, wherein a part of the reinforcement member is entirely within the sidewall portion and extends along an entire
length of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,369,809

MEMS COMPONENT FOR GENERATING PRESSURE PULSES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A MEMS component for generating pressure pulses, comprising:
a micromechanical structure including at least three function levels, wherein:
a first function level includes at least one stationary trench structure,
a second function level is implemented above the first function level and includes at least one triggerable displacement element
and through-openings as pressure outlet openings, the displacement element protruding into the trench structure and being
movable in parallel with the function levels, whereby positive and negative pressure pulses are generated, and

a third function level is implemented above the second function level and includes at least one triggerable cover element
for at least one part of the pressure outlet openings in the second function level; and

a trigger arrangement, wherein the trigger arrangement and a suspension of the displacement element in the second function
level permit one of a translatory movement and a rotatory movement in parallel to the function levels.

US Pat. No. 9,366,165

LIQUID REMOVAL MODULE FOR REMOVING LIQUID FROM A LIQUID TANK, AND LIQUID TANK

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A liquid removal module (1) for removing liquid from a liquid tank (18), comprising a main body (2) which can be arranged in and/or on the liquid tank (18) and has a liquid removal device (36) with at least one removal opening (7) which can be associated with the tank interior (27) and bears at least one filter element (9) associated with the removal opening (7), wherein the filter element (9) which is elastically deformable at least in regions is arranged/formed such that it has at least one bulge (17) oriented opposite the removal flow direction (26), wherein for introduction of the liquid removal module (1) into the liquid tank (18), the main body (2) comprises a flange part (3) for closing a tank opening (20) of the liquid tank (18) and a removal part (4) protruding into the tank interior (27), wherein the filter element (9) comprises a filter carrier (30), and wherein at least one of the filter carrier and the removal part (4) is formed as a heating element (11).

US Pat. No. 9,355,271

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC, NON-INTERACTIVE, AND PARALLELIZABLE SEARCHABLE SYMMETRIC ENCRYPTION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

8. A method of updating an encrypted search table comprising:
identifying with a client computing device a plurality of search terms in a file stored in a memory of the client computing
device;

generating with the client computing device a plurality of encrypted search terms from the plurality of search terms using
a first cryptographic key;

generating with the client computing device a plurality of search index identifiers corresponding to each search term in the
plurality of encrypted search terms using a predetermined hash function, each search index identifier in the plurality of
search index identifiers corresponding to a set of entries in an encrypted search table;

generating with the client computing device a plain-text set of data corresponding to a plurality of entries for the file
in the search table, the set of entries including a first plurality of entries corresponding to the search index identifiers
having a first value indicating that a corresponding search term is present in the file and a second plurality of entries
having a second value indicating that a corresponding search term is not present in the file;

generating with the client computing device an encrypted set of data from the plain-text set of data corresponding to entries
for the file in the search table, the generating of the encrypted set of data further comprising:

generating with the client computing device an encrypted file identifier of the file with reference to a plain-text file identifier
of the file;

generating with the client computing device a file index identifier for the file with reference to the encrypted file identifier
and the predetermined hash function;

incrementing with the client computing device a counter associated with the file;
generating with the client computing device an output of a random oracle from an input comprising a first single use cryptographic
key associated with a search index identifier of one entry in the plain-text set of data, the file index identifier, and the
counter; and

generating with the client computing device an encrypted entry corresponding to the one entry with reference to a plain-text
value of the one entry exclusive-ored by the output of the random oracle;

encrypting with the client computing device contents of the file using a file encryption/decryption key stored only in a memory
associated with the client computing device;

encrypting with the client computing device a file identifier of the file;
transmitting with the client computing device the encrypted set of data, the encrypted file identifier, and the encrypted
file to a server computing device;

updating with the server computing device the search table with the encrypted set of data in a memory associated with the
server computing device; and

storing with the server computing device the encrypted file in the memory associated with the server computing device.

US Pat. No. 9,347,421

LASER IGNITION DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A laser ignition device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
an ignition laser having a combustion chamber window, wherein until startup of the laser ignition device, the combustion chamber
window is equipped with a protective layer,

wherein the protective layer combusts upon startup of the laser ignition device.

US Pat. No. 9,327,724

SEPARATION CONTROLLER FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A separation controller for motor vehicles, comprising:
a localization device to measure separations from preceding vehicles;
an actuator system to intervene in the longitudinal guidance of the own vehicle; and
an electronic control device to apply control to the actuator system and to regulate to a target separation the separation
from a preceding vehicle in the own lane, wherein the control device includes an adjacent-lane mode in which the target separation
between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle in the own lane is modified as a function of a measured separation of the
own vehicle in the direction of travel of the own vehicle from a vehicle driving in an adjacent lane, wherein the target separation
is increased, with respect to a target separation applicable in a normal mode, when the difference between (i) the separation
of the own vehicle from the preceding vehicle in the own lane and (ii) the separation of the own vehicle in the direction
of travel of the own vehicle from the vehicle driving in the adjacent lane, is less than a defined value.

US Pat. No. 9,321,439

METHOD, REGULATING AND CONTROL APPLIANCE, AND PARKING BRAKE COMPRISING SUCH A REGULATING AND CONTROL APPLIANCE, FOR ADJUSTING A CLAMPING FORCE EXERTED BY A PARKING BRAKE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for adjusting a clamping force exerted by a parking brake, which force is applied by an electric-motor braking
apparatus that encompasses an electric braking motor, power-supply, control units, and an additional braking apparatus, the
method comprising:
ascertaining a total resistance in the electric-motor braking apparatus from a sum of equivalent motor resistance and an equivalent
control device resistance, the equivalent control device resistance referring to a resistance in the power-supply and control
units of the braking motor, and being ascertained from parameters of the electric-motor braking apparatus; and

using the total resistance as a basis for at least one of ascertaining a maximum generatable clamping force, and ascertaining
a motor current required for a target clamping force, an additional braking force being applied by the additional braking
apparatus for a case in which the maximum generatable clamping force falls below an associated threshold value or the motor
current required for the target clamping force exceeds an associated threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,318,772

ADDITIVES FOR LITHIUM-ION ACCUMULATORS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A lithium-ion accumulator, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
a separator; and
an electrolyte in contact with the anode and the cathode, the electrolyte including:
at least one lithium salt as a first electrolyte salt;
a solvent solubilizing the lithium salt, the solubilized electrolyte salt reacting with water to form at least one hydrogenous
acid; and

at least one additive which reacts with the at least one hydrogenous acid to form a compound acting as a second electrolyte
salt; wherein the additive is a compound of the form MXYZ, M being a complex including an element selected from the group
consisting of elements of main group III, and X, Y, and Z each being selected from the group consisting of:

(a) a halogen selected from the group consisting of bromine and iodine;
(b) a cyano group;
(c) a carbonyl group; and
(d) an amine of the form NR1R2R3, and each of R1, R2, and R3 being selected from the group consisting of:

(i) hydrogen;
(ii) at least one of branched and unbranched alkyl chains with C1-C18; and

(iii) at least one of branched and unbranched alkyl, mono- or polyunsaturated with C1-C18, wherein the C1-C18 residual includes at least one of a cyclical structure and an ether group.

US Pat. No. 9,276,146

INFRARED SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN INFRARED SENSOR DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An infrared sensor device, comprising:
at least one sensor element formed in a semiconductor substrate, the at least one sensor element substantially U-shaped and
including:

two vertically extending portions separated by a vertically extending portion of oxide material; and
a horizontally extending portion at a lower end of the at least one sensor element that connects the two vertically extending
portions;

a gap outwardly of the at least one sensor element and encircling the at least one sensor element;
a cavity beneath the sensor element and in fluid communication with the gap such that the gap and the cavity thermally insulate
the at least one sensor element; and

a suspension unit configured to suspend the at least one sensor element above the cavity, the at least one sensor element
arranged substantially below the suspension unit.

US Pat. No. 9,276,427

METHOD FOR STARTING UP A BATTERY SYSTEM HAVING A DC VOLTAGE INTERMEDIATE CIRCUIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for starting up a battery system having a battery, a DC voltage intermediate circuit that is connected to the
battery, and a drive system that is connected to the DC voltage intermediate circuit, the battery having a plurality of battery
modules connected in series, each battery module having a first input, a second input, a coupling unit, and at least one battery
cell, the coupling unit being configured to (i) in a first state, connect the at least one battery cell between the first
input and the second input, and to (ii) in a second state, bridge the at least one battery cell by connecting the first input
to the second input, the plurality of battery modules including a first battery module having a first number of battery cells
and at least one second battery module having a second number of battery cells, the second number of battery cells being greater
than the first number of battery cells, the method comprising:
a) operating the coupling units of all of the plurality of battery modules in the second state to bridge the at least one
battery cell of each of the battery modules

b) operating the coupling unit of the first battery module in the first state to couple the at least one battery cell of the
first battery module between the first input and the second input of the first battery module;

c) operating the coupling unit of a second battery module of the at least one second battery module in the first state to
couple the at least one battery cell of the second battery module of the at least one second battery module between the first
input the second input of the second battery module of the at least one second battery module;

d) simultaneously with step c) operating the coupling unit of the first battery module in the second state to bridge the at
least one battery cell of the first battery module; and

e) repeating steps b) to d) provided that a further second battery module of the at least one second battery module has a
coupling unit still in the second state such that the at least one battery cell of the further second battery module is bridged,
each repetition of step d) using the further second battery module.

US Pat. No. 9,273,784

VALVE FOR METERING FLUID

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A valve for metering fluid, comprising:
a piezoelectric actuator for the metering control, wherein the piezoelectric actuator includes (i) two electrical connection
elements for applying an electrical control voltage, and (ii) a discharge resistor integrated into the actuator and bridging
the two connection elements.

US Pat. No. 9,266,434

MODULAR BATTERY DISCONNECT UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system comprising:
a battery disconnect unit (BDU) that includes a first positive terminal, a first negative terminal, a second positive terminal,
a second negative terminal, a first current path between the first positive terminal and the second positive terminal, a second
current path between the first negative terminal and the second negative terminal, a first switch disposed in the first current
path, a second switch disposed in the second current path, and a BDU housing including a slide member; and

a first cartridge that includes a first terminal, a second terminal, a current path between the first terminal and the second
terminal and a cartridge housing including a slide path corresponding to the slide member,

wherein the first terminal is configured to connect to one of the terminals on the BDU, and
wherein the slide member and the slide path are configured such that the slide path engages the slide member so as to guide
the first cartridge to connect the first terminal to the one of the terminals on the BDU.

US Pat. No. 9,266,721

EUTECTIC BONDING OF THIN CHIPS ON A CARRIER SUBSTRATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing a semiconductor component (166), comprising the following steps:
a) producing a semiconductor chip (110) on a starting substrate (112), wherein the semiconductor chip (110) is connected to the starting substrate (112) in at least one supporting location (116), wherein the semiconductor chip (110) has a front side (130) facing away from the starting substrate (112) and a rear side (132) facing the starting substrate (112),

b) in at least one through-plating step, applying at least one through-contact filling material (142) to the semiconductor chip (110), wherein at least one partial region (140) of the rear side (132) is coated with the through-contact filling material (142),

c) separating the semiconductor chip (110) from the starting substrate (112), and

d) applying the semiconductor chip (110) to at least one carrier substrate (150), wherein that partial region (140) of the rear side (132) of the semiconductor chip (110) which is coated with the through-contact filling material (142) is connected to at least one bonding pad (152) on the carrier substrate (150),

wherein, in the through-plating step, at least one sidewall (136) of the semiconductor chip (110) is coated simultaneously with the through-contact filling material (142).

US Pat. No. 9,266,280

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing a microfluidic device, comprising:
arranging a thermoplastic elastomer film between a base substrate and a cover substrate, at least one of the base substrate
and the cover substrate having at least one depression configured to form a microfluidic chamber, the at least one depression
having a depression opening formed on a side of the at least one substrate that is facing the thermoplastic elastomer film;

subjecting the arrangement to a pressing pressure to compress the thermoplastic elastomer film between the base substrate
and the cover substrate so as to reduce a thickness of the thermoplastic elastomer film,

forming by laser welding at least one weld connecting the thermoplastic elastomer film, the base substrate and the cover substrate,
wherein the at least one weld is formed at a distance from the depression opening, and the distance between the at least one
weld and the depression opening is in a ratio to the thickness of the thermoplastic elastomer film in an uncompressed state
in a range from 2:1 to 30:1; and

removing the pressing pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,255,783

SENSOR ARRANGEMENT FOR CAPTURING A TORQUE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor arrangement for capturing a torque which acts on a shaft having a combination of a sensor unit with a sleeve on
which at least one sliding element and at least a first magnetic-field-sensitive sensor are arranged, and a magnetic flux
unit with two magnetic-flux-conducting rings wherein the sensor unit and the magnetic flux unit are rotated relative to one
another when the shaft rotates, and wherein the at least one magnetic-field-sensitive sensor captures a magnetic flux which
is conducted by the rings, wherein, with the at least one magnetic-field-sensitive sensor, a magnetic field which changes
during a rotational movement is detected and is converted into a signal which is dependent on the torque, wherein the at least
one sliding element made of plastic is arranged between the magnetic-flux-conducting rings and slides radially between the
magnetic-flux-conducting rings.

US Pat. No. 9,249,894

SOLENOID VALVE, BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A solenoid valve, comprising:
a valve sleeve;
a pole core fixed in the valve sleeve;
an armature arranged so that it is axially displaceable in the valve sleeve, the armature including at least one longitudinal
groove in an outer shell surface thereof, and

a disk spring configured to be braced between the armature and the pole core,
wherein an end face of the armature facing the pole core is of at least substantially convex design and an end face of the
pole core facing the armature is of at least substantially concave design,

wherein the end face of the pole core comprises at least one axial projection as an axial stop for the armature,
wherein the end face of the armature defines an opening, and
wherein the inside diameter of the opening in the end face of the armature is smaller than the outside diameter of the axial
projection,

wherein the axial projection makes contacts with the end face of the armature.

US Pat. No. 9,252,619

METHOD FOR THE RESISTIVE CELL EQUALIZATION OF BATTERY CELLS OF A BATTERY, A BATTERY WHICH IS CONTROLLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHOD, AND A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for resistive charge equalization of battery cells of a battery, comprising:
measuring a state of charge of the battery cells;
identifying the battery cells in which the state of charge exceeds a first predefined state of charge value and which are
associated with a first mask, the first mask representing a spatial arrangement of a first predefined portion of all the battery
cells that undergo charge equalization together;

performing a first resistive charge equalization for the battery cells in which the state of charge exceeds the first predefined
state of charge value and which are associated with the first mask by discharging through corresponding balancing resistors;

identifying the battery cells in which the state of charge exceeds a second predefined state of charge value and which are
associated with a second mask, the second mask representing a spatial arrangement of a second predefined portion of all the
battery cells that undergo charge equalization together, the second mask differing from the first mask; and

performing a second resistive charge equalization for the battery cells in which the state of charge exceeds the second predefined
state of charge value and which are associated with the second mask by discharging through corresponding balancing resistors.

US Pat. No. 9,219,261

BATTERY PACK

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A battery pack comprising:
a plurality of secondary batteries, each comprising an electrode terminal having a pillar shape and protruding through a cap
plate of the secondary battery and having a cooling groove formed in a top surface thereof, the top surface generally parallel
to and opposite the cap plate;

a cooling pipe configured to pass a heat transfer medium therethrough, the cooling pipe being received in the cooling groove
of the electrode terminal of each of the plurality of secondary batteries, the cooling pipe covering a protruded portion of
the electrode terminal; wherein the protruded portion protrudes through the cap plate of the secondary battery; and

a bus bar bonded to and electrically connecting the electrode terminals of adjacent secondary batteries of the plurality of
secondary batteries at the respective top surfaces of the electrode terminals having the cooling grooves and covering the
cooling pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,202,370

METHOD FOR ROBUST WIRELESS MONITORING AND TRACKING OF SOLAR TRACKERS IN COMMERCIAL SOLAR POWER PLANTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of wireless communication, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a final destination data collector;
providing a plurality of trackers disposed to one side of the final destination data collector, the trackers being arranged
in a sequential data path such that each of said plurality of trackers is configured to pass data to the final destination
data collector or to another of said plurality of trackers that is closer to the final destination data collector;

dividing the sequential data path into a plurality of sectors, each of said plurality of sectors including a subset of the
plurality of trackers, each of said plurality of sectors including a far end and a close end, the far end being farther from
the final destination data collector than is the close end;

simultaneously beginning transmission of the data from the far end of each of said plurality of sectors towards the close
end of each of said plurality of sectors along the sequential data path;

continuing the transmission of the data along the sequential data path such that each of said plurality of trackers transmits
its own data in addition to data received from an immediately preceding tracker of said plurality of trackers, the transmission
continuing until the data from a first of said plurality of sectors that is closest to the final destination data collector
has been transmitted to the final destination data collector;

transmitting the data from a second of said plurality of sectors that is second closest to the final destination data collector
to the first of said plurality of sectors; and

passing the data from the second of said plurality of sectors along trackers in the first of said plurality of sectors to
the final destination data collector, the trackers in the first of said plurality of sectors refraining from adding their
data to the data from the second of said plurality of sectors during the passing.

US Pat. No. 9,200,604

FUEL INJECTOR HAVING PRESS-FITTING STRUCTURES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

8. A fuel injector for a fuel-injection system of an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a valve having a longitudinal valve axis;
an excitable actuator to actuate a valve-closure element of the valve, which cooperates with a valve-seat surface provided
on a valve-seat body, and having at least one spray-discharge opening; and

metallic components firmly connected to one another using pressure, thereby forming a firm press-fitted connection of at least
two of said metallic components,

wherein at least one of the at least two metallic components satisfies at least one of the following:
(i) a press-fitting region of the at least one metallic component includes a structure with score marks, and
(ii) the press-fitting region has a rounded intake in at least one transition to an adjoining component section,
wherein, beginning in the press-fitting region of the at least one metallic component, a recessed region adjoins first and
is followed by a press lip that radially projects further toward an outside at an outer contour of the at least one metallic
component, thereby forming an enclosed cavity bounded by the press-fitting region of the at least one metallic component,
the recessed region, the press lip, and a press-fitting region of another of the at least two metallic components;

wherein a first component of the at least two metallic components includes the structure with score marks in the press-fitting
region, and a second component of the at least two metallic components includes the rounded intake in at least one transition
to the adjoining component section in the press-fitting region, wherein the press-fitting region of the first component projects
radially further than adjoining component sections, and the rounded intake of the second component includes a radius which
corresponds to an angularity of 0.5° to 1.2°.

US Pat. No. 9,199,838

THERMALLY SHORTED BOLOMETER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A MEMS sensor assembly comprising:
a substrate;
a first sensor supported by the substrate and including a first absorber spaced apart from the substrate; and
a second sensor supported by the substrate and including (i) a second absorber spaced apart from the substrate, (ii) two support
posts supporting the absorber above the substrate and in electrical communication with the absorber, and (iii) at least one
thermal shorting portion integrally formed with the second absorber, the at least one thermal shorting portion extending downwardly
from the second absorber toward the substrate at a location between the two support posts and configured to thermally short
the second absorber to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,203,337

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MULTIPHASE MACHINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a multiphase machine connected to a direct current voltage source, the multiphase machine having
a DC link provided with a DC link capacitor, phase windings, and a high side switch and a low side switch for each phase,
the switches associated with the individual phases being acted on by control signals from a control unit, the method comprising:
in order to reduce a DC link current, causing the control unit to provide block-shaped control signals for the switches associated
with the individual phases in such a way that one of trapezoidal phase currents and pulsed phase currents are predefined;

connecting at least one phase current at any point in time in each control cycle; and
selecting a value of an amplitude ratio of the predefined phase currents in such a way that the phase currents connected at
that moment correspond to an instantaneous current of the direct current voltage source.

US Pat. No. 9,197,076

ARRANGEMENT OF A BATTERY SYSTEM USING DC/DC CONVERTERS FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system comprising:
a first output and a second output;
a plurality of groups of series-connected battery cells, the groups being connected in series and each of the groups having
a first pole and a second pole;

a plurality of DC/DC converters, each of the DC/DC converters including an input side and an output side, the input side of
each of the DC/DC converters being connected between the first pole and the second pole of one of the groups of battery cells,
and the output side of each of the DC/DC converters being connected in series between the first output and the second output;
and

a first switch connected in a first current path between the first pole of a first group of battery cells and the first output
that bypasses the DC/DC converters, the first group of battery cells being located at one end of the plurality of groups,
and the first switch being configured to connect the first pole of the first group to the first output in response to a first
control signal from a controller,

wherein the DC/DC converters are configured to output a first output power,
wherein the battery cells are configured to output a second output power, the second output power being greater than the first
output power, and

wherein the controller is configured to output the first control signal to the first switch such that the second output power
is supplied to the first output when a demanded total output power of the battery system is higher than the first output power.

US Pat. No. 9,188,439

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING DISTANCES ON A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining distances for measuring a chassis of a vehicle having a body and at least one wheel comprising:
projecting a structured light pattern at least onto the wheel;
recording a light pattern reflected by the wheel with an imaging sensor system;
determining a 3-D cloud diagram from the reflected light pattern;
determining a center of rotation of the wheel by:
adapting a parametric surface model of the wheel to the 3-D cloud diagram for various rotational positions of the wheel;
calculating the wheel normal vector for the respective rotational position of the wheel; and
calculating the rotational axis and therefore the center of rotation of the wheel from the spatial movement of the wheel normal
vector;

determining a point on the body by:
illuminating the vehicle with unstructured illumination;
driving the illuminated vehicle past an arrangement with at least two imaging sensors;
recording a number of grayscale images while the vehicle is driving past the imaging sensors;
determining the point on a lower edge of a wheelhouse in the body by evaluating the grayscale images, the evaluation of the
grayscale images further comprising:

performing edge detection to identify a plurality of edges in the 3-D contours;
performing stereo correspondence assignment of the plurality of edges; and
performing 3-D triangulation and classification of the lower edge of the wheelhouse with reference to the stereo correspondence
assignment of the plurality of edges; and

determining a ride height as a vertical distance between the center of rotation of the wheel and the point on the lower edge
of the wheelhouse in the body.

US Pat. No. 9,175,652

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injection device for injecting fuel into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, the device comprising:
an end (6) remote from the combustion chamber, which end (6) has at least one electrical connection (33) and at least one return connection (40), the return connection (40) and the electrical connection (33) being integrated into a common connection body (60); and

a housing body (20) coupled to the common connection body (60), the common connection body (60) comprised of plastic material (62), with the end (6) of the fuel injection device (1) remote from the combustion chamber (6) being encapsulated in the common connection body (60), and

the at least one return connection (40) runs through a support plate (30) which defines a connection on the end (6) of the fuel injection device (1) remote from the combustion chamber, wherein the support plate 30 is disposed in the housing body (20), wherein at least one return duct (40, 41) extends through the support plate (30), wherein a return chamber 24 is disposed axially from the support plate (30) along a direction extending from the support plate (30) toward the combustion chamber, the return chamber (24) disposed axially between the support plate (30) and a magnet actuator (25) such that at all times, the magnet actuator (25) is spaced at all points axially from the support plate (30), and wherein the return chamber (24) disposed entirely in the housing body (20).

US Pat. No. 9,164,123

MICROMECHANICAL ROTARY ACCELERATION SENSOR AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A ROTARY ACCELERATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical rotary acceleration sensor, comprising:
a substrate with at least one anchoring device; and
at least three flywheel masses, at least one of the flywheel masses being connected to at least one anchoring device by means
of a first coupling element,

wherein the at least one anchoring device is designed in such a manner that the at least three flywheel masses are elastically
deflectable and rotatable from a respective rest position about at least one axis of rotation, and

wherein the at least three flywheel masses are designed in such a manner that they have different rotational natural frequencies.

US Pat. No. 9,156,430

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACTIVATING AT LEAST ONE TRIGGERING ELEMENT FOR A PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling at least one triggering element for a passenger protection unit, comprising:
establishing, by a high-side control circuit, a first connection from an energy source to the at least one triggering element;
establishing, by a low-side control circuit, a second connection from the at least one triggering element to ground;
regulating, by a regulating device, a firing current for the at least one triggering element;
selecting, by an evaluation and control unit, one of a plurality of firing modes as a function of the at least one triggering
element, such that a first firing mode that provides a first firing current is selected for an essentially ohmic triggering
element, and a second firing mode that provides a second firing current is selected for an essentially inductive triggering
element, wherein a time characteristic of the first firing current is different than a time characteristic of the second firing
current; and

performing, by the evaluation and control unit, a current monitoring function which generates at least one control signal
that limits the output firing currents in time as a function of the instantaneous firing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,153,991

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST CHARGING OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES WITH IMPROVED SAFETY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrochemical battery system, comprising:
at least one electrochemical cell;
a memory in which command instructions are stored; and
a controller operably connected to the memory and a current source, the controller configured to execute the command instructions
to:

generate a prediction of at least one state parameter corresponding to an internal state of the at least one electrochemical
cell after a first input current is applied to the at least one electrochemical cell for a predetermined time based upon a
present state of the at least one state parameter in the electrochemical cell;

determine a second input current based on the prediction and at least one predetermined state parameter constraint, wherein
the controller determines that the second input current is greater than the first input current in response to the prediction
satisfying the at least one predetermined state parameter constraint, and the controller determines that the second input
current is less than the first input current in response to the prediction failing to satisfy the at least one predetermined
state parameter constraint; and

control the current source to apply the second input current to the at least one electrochemical cell.

US Pat. No. 9,123,974

LI-ION BATTERY WITH LOAD LEVELER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrochemical cell, comprising:
a negative electrode including a form of lithium;
a positive electrode spaced apart from the negative electrode;
a separator positioned between the negative electrode and the positive electrode; and
an electrolyte including a load leveling agent exhibiting bulk diffusion controlled adsorption onto the negative electrode
during each charge of the cell, the amount of the load leveling agent in the electrolyte selected to be between 1.5 to about
20 wt % of the electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,121,488

HUB NUT FOR A PLANETARY TRANSMISSION AND PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A planetary transmission, comprising:
an annulus;
a supporting axle;
a main bearing unit supporting the annulus on the supporting axle; and
a hub nut having a body configured to secure against unscrewing and to seal the planetary transmission,
wherein the body engages the annulus;
wherein the body is arranged on the main bearing unit to axially fix the main bearing unit; and
wherein the body and annulus each have corresponding threads configured to mount the body to the annulus.

US Pat. No. 9,091,256

HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic axial piston machine, comprising:
a housing;
an adjustable swash plate mounted in the housing such that it the adjustable swash plate is configured to be pivoted via a
pivot cradle; and

an actuating apparatus having a cylinder/piston unit and an actuating spring, the actuating apparatus being configured to
set a pivoting angle of the pivot cradle,

wherein the cylinder/piston unit includes an actuating cylinder and an actuating piston guided in the actuating cylinder,
the actuating piston being configured to pivot the pivot cradle in a first direction,

wherein the actuating spring is configured to pivot the pivot cradle in a second direction opposite to the first direction,
wherein at least an axial section of the actuating cylinder is encompassed by the actuating spring, and
wherein the actuating spring has a first end section and a second end section, the first end section being connected via a
drawing mechanism to the pivot cradle and the second end section resting against a radial shoulder of the actuating cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,094,386

SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITHIN A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for reprogramming a node of an electronic communication system, the method comprising the steps of:
transmitting a signal from a first node to a second node, the signal requesting that the second node be reprogrammed, the
signal including an identification of the first node;

using the second node to broadcast the identification of the first node to other nodes in the communication system;
reprogramming the second node only if a predetermined quantity of the other nodes confirm, based on the identification, that
the first node is legitimate;

using the second node to wirelessly broadcast the identification of the second node to the other nodes in the communication
system;

determining whether the second node is in an abnormal state based on a behavior of the second node; and
if the second node is determined to be in an abnormal state, then determining that the first node is an illegitimate node.

US Pat. No. 9,073,134

POWER TOOL, PARTICULARLY A HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a hand-held power tool having a working region for a power tool (7) for processing a work piece (5), and comprising an auxiliary device for guiding the power tool (1) in a manner oriented toward a specified path (23), wherein the auxiliary device comprises a sensor system (27) having a detection area (31; 43) situated around the working region (9), and means in the viewing field (10) of the user for visualizing the detection area (31; 43) and the position thereof relative to the specified path (23), wherein mechanical means are provided for displaying the position of the detection area (31, 43) relative to the specified path (23), and wherein the mechanical display means are formed by parts of the power tool (1), comprising steps of:
guiding the tool (7) using an auxiliary device, oriented to a specified path (23), for processing the work piece (5), wherein the tool (7) is guided using a sensor system (27) which is oriented toward a detection area (31, 43), the position of which is oriented relative to the working region (9) of the tool (7), and the position of the detection area (31, 43) relative to the specified path (23) is signalled.

US Pat. No. 9,067,778

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HYBRID INTEGRATED COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for manufacturing hybrid integrated components each having at least two MEMS elements, at least one ASIC element
being assigned to each MEMS element, the method comprising:
initially creating two MEMS/ASIC wafer stacks independently of one another, by performing the following:
processing two ASIC substrates independently of one another;
mounting a semiconductor substrate on the processed surface of each of the two ASIC substrates; and
subsequently creating a micromechanical structure in each of the two semiconductor substrates;
mounting the two MEMS/ASIC wafer stacks on top of each other, MEMS on MEMS; and
subsequently separating the components.

US Pat. No. 9,065,351

DC/DC CONVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A DC/DC converter for providing an output voltage, comprising:
a connected DC voltage transformer;
a DC supply voltage input configured to provide the DC voltage transformer with a first supply potential and a second supply
potential, wherein the second supply potential is a supply ground potential of a power supply, and wherein a DC input voltage
is represented by a difference between the first supply potential and the second supply potential;

a potential point which is (i) on a converter ground potential line and (ii) selectably connectable to the second supply potential
as a function of an activation state of the DC voltage transformer, wherein the potential point is selectably connected to
the supply ground potential of the power supply only when the DC voltage transformer is in an activated state;

an output capacitor connected to an output connection and to the potential point, wherein the output capacitor is configured
to be selectably charged to the output voltage by activation of the DC voltage transformer, and wherein an output potential
is selectively tapped at the output capacitor, the output voltage being provided between the output potential and the second
supply potential.

US Pat. No. 9,056,598

METHOD FOR SETTING THE ACTUATING FORCE APPLIED BY A PARKING BRAKE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for setting a clamping force applied by a parking brake of a brake system, which clamping force is at least partially
generated by an electromechanical brake device that includes an electric actuator and additionally by a hydraulic brake device
as needed, a hydraulic pressure being supportively active at a brake piston when the hydraulic brake device is actuated, the
brake piston being adjusted by a total clamping force composed of an electromechanical clamping force generated by the electric
actuator and a hydraulic clamping force generated by the hydraulic brake device, the method comprising:
ascertaining, by a control unit of the brake system, the hydraulic pressure; and
assigning, to the hydraulic pressure and by the control unit, a pressure reference path which is compared with an actuator
path ascertained from a motor state variable of the actuator, the total clamping force being provided with aid of the electromechanical
clamping force in an event that the pressure reference path and the actuator path deviate significantly from each other;

wherein the actuator path corresponds to a free travel between a reference point, which coincides with a stopping point of
the actuator in a retracted out-of-operation state, and a force increase point of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,052,510

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component, comprising:
a holding device; and
an adjustable component connected to the holding device via at least one spring, wherein the adjustable component is configured
to be adjustable with respect to the holding device at least from a first position into a second position;

wherein the at least one spring includes an internal spring and an external spring, wherein the internal spring extends along
a first axis of rotation with respect to the holding device and connects the adjustable component to a connecting part, and
the external spring extends along a second axis of rotation with respect to the holding device and connects the connecting
part to the holding device,

wherein at least one silicide-containing conductive line segment is situated on the internal spring, the silicide-containing
conductive line segment being a compound of silicon and a metal.

US Pat. No. 9,050,955

HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM, VEHICLE HAVING SUCH A BRAKING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

13. A method for operating a hydraulic vehicle brake system that includes (I) a master brake cylinder, which is actuable by
a brake pedal, (II) a storage chamber, (Ill) a hydraulic pump, (IV) at least one wheel brake unit, (V) a control unit, and
(VI) a brake circuit in which a pedal travel simulator is disposed, wherein (1) the pedal travel simulator includes (a) a
primary chamber, which is fluidically connected to the master brake cylinder, and (b) a secondary chamber, which is fluidically
connected to the storage chamber, (2) the primary and secondary chambers are separated by a displaceable piston, (3) an intake
side of the hydraulic pump is connected to the storage chamber, (4) the control unit is configured to control the hydraulic
pump for a generation of a wheel brake torque via the at least one wheel brake unit, and (5) the storage chamber has no direct
fluidic connection to the master brake cylinder, the method comprising:
determining a setpoint brake torque from a brake pedal position;
determining a supplementary brake torque generated by a supplementary braking device; and
actuating the hydraulic pump so that the wheel brake torque generated via the at least one wheel brake unit is calculated
from a difference between the setpoint brake torque and the supplementary brake torque.

US Pat. No. 10,635,103

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle being operatable in a first operating state in which the vehicle is controlled by a driver with regards to its movement, and is operatable in a second operating state in which the vehicle is guided autonomously or at least in an automated manner without intervention by the driver of the vehicle with regard to its movement, comprising:a driver observation device to detect an ability of the driver to drive, and when an inability of the driver to drive is recognized, to automatically change over the controlling of the vehicle from the first operating state to the second operating state;
an input circuit for inputting vehicle control quantities, wherein inputs supplied to the input circuit for vehicle control quantities are a function of vehicle actuators for at least one of a vehicle acceleration, a vehicle deceleration, and/or a vehicle steering;
a further input circuit for inputting driving ability quantities, including output quantities of a brake pedal sensor, an accelerator pedal sensor, and a steering angle sensor, wherein through evaluation of one of a deflection amplitude, a deflection speed, and a frequency of actuation it is determined whether the driver is following driving events attentively or is inattentive;
wherein the driver observation device includes a measurement value sensor that acquires at least one of: (i) a vehicle longitudinal speed, (ii) a vehicle transverse speed, (iii) a vehicle longitudinal acceleration, and (iv) a vehicle transverse acceleration, (v) a rate of rotation about a vehicle yaw axis, (vi) a rate of rotation about a vehicle roll axis, (vii) a rate of rotation about a vehicle pitch axis, and (viii) detects objects in an environment surrounding the vehicle and provides relative coordinates of the objects.

US Pat. No. 10,490,850

POLY(KETONE)-BASED POLYMER ELECTROLYTES FOR HIGH VOLTAGE LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

SEEO. INC, Hayward, CA (...

1. A polymer, comprising:a ketone-based polymer structure described by:

a is an integer that ranges from 1 to 10;
b is an integer that ranges from 1 to 10;
n is an integer that ranges from 1 to 1000;
each Z and Z1 is selected independently from the group consisting of:

wherein c is an integer that ranges from 0 to 10;
each R1 is selected independently from the group consisting of hydrogen, methyl, ethyl, propyl, and isopropyl groups; and
each R is selected independently from the group consisting of:

wherein d, e, and f are integers, and each integer ranges independently from 0 to 10; and
each X is selected independently from the group consisting of hydrogen, fluorine, methyl, ethyl, isopropyl, and trifluoromethyl groups.

US Pat. No. 10,486,249

MITER SAW INCLUDING FRONT ACCESSIBLE BEVEL LOCK SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A power tool, comprising:a table having a support surface configured to support a workpiece;
a bevel post connected to the support surface such that the bevel post is pivotable about a first pivot axis;
a work tool connected to the bevel post; and
a locking mechanism that includes:
a locking assembly movably attached to the power tool at a first location so as to move with respect to the bevel post between a locked and an unlocked position, the locking assembly including a clamping arm pivotably attached to the bevel post and configured to move between a first clamping arm position corresponding to the locked position of the locking assembly and a second clamping arm position corresponding to the unlocked position of the locking assembly, the locking assembly configured to:
retain the bevel post at any one of a plurality of angular positions with respect to the first pivot axis between and including the first and second angular positions when in the locked position; and
enable the bevel post to pivot with respect to the first pivot axis when in the unlocked position; and
an actuator assembly that includes:
an activation member movably attached to the table at a second location for movement between a first and second position, the second location located on a front side of the table opposite a third location at which the bevel post is attached to the table; and
an activated member movably attached to the table proximate the first location, the activated member engaging the clamping arm,
a connecting member including a cable operatively connected to the activation member, the connecting member extending between the first location and the second location, and connecting the activation member and the activated member such that movement of the activation member to the first position causes the locking assembly to move to the locked position, and movement of the activation member to the second position causes the activation member to pull the cable so as to move the locking assembly to the unlocked position,
wherein the clamping arm includes an extending portion configured to move relative to the activated member about the first pivot axis, the extending portion staying in operative engagement with the activated member at any one of the plurality of angular positions with respect to the first pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,444,401

LOCATING SYSTEM COMPRISING A HAND-HELD LOCATING DEVICE, AND LOCATING METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A locating system having at least two selectable modes of operation including a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation, the locating system comprising:a hand-held locating apparatus configured to capture locating data in relation to objects concealed under an examination surface;
a position sensor configured to capture position data of the locating apparatus in relation to the examination surface;
a display; and
an evaluation apparatus configured to:
determine locating information items based on the locating data, the determined locating information items being:
while in the first mode of operation, at least one of direction-resolved and spatially-resolved with respect to the locating apparatus and determined based on the locating data without repositioning the locating apparatus in relation to the examination surface; and
while in the second mode of operation, at least three-dimensional, position-resolved with respect to the examination surface, and determined based on the locating data and the position data by assigning the locating data to the position data;
determine a two-dimensional map information item based on the locating information items; and
operate the display to depict the two-dimensional map information items, at least one of (i) a scaling of the two-dimensional map information item and (ii) a displayed portion of the two-dimensional map information item being varied depending on whether the locating system is operating in the first mode of operation or the second mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,421,438

FIN RAY-TYPE WIPER COMPRISING A FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE OPTIMIZED FOR DEMOLDING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device for wiping a windshield (4) of a vehicle, the device comprising a wiper arm (1) with a wiper blade head (70) and a wiper blade (2) which comprises:an elongate upper part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongate lower part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable, and
a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2) and are attached to the upper part (10) and/or to the lower part (12) by means of a rotary joint (20),wherein the connecting elements (18) each extend along a longitudinal axis (24) of the connecting element (18), which longitudinal axis runs from the upper part (10) to the lower part (12), and each extend along a transverse axis (25) running perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis (24), wherein the transverse axes (25) of at least two connecting elements (18) which are adjacent along the longitudinal extent (8) enclose a demolding angle (?) of at least 0.5° with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,374,210

TERMINAL ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC CELL

Robert Bosch Battery Syst...

1. A terminal assembly for an electrochemical cell, the terminal assembly comprisinga lid plate that closes one end of a cell housing of the electrochemical cell, the lid plate including an opening,
a terminal including a terminal plate and a boss that protrudes from an outward facing surface of the terminal plate, and
an adhesive layer disposed between the lid plate and the terminal,whereinthe terminal is assembled with the lid plate such that the outward facing surface faces an inner surface of the lid plate and the boss extends through the opening,
one of the outward facing surface of the terminal plate and the inner surface of the lid plate comprises a first region and a second region,
the first region is spaced apart from the boss,
the second region is disposed between the first region and the boss,
the first region has first surface properties,
the second region has second surface properties that are different than the first surface properties, and
an outer boundary of the adhesive layer resides in an area corresponding to the first region when the terminal assembly is viewed in top plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,286,463

BEVEL LOCKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A bevel locking system configured to provide an unclamped state and a clamped state to a table assembly relative to a bevel post, the table assembly including (a) a table portion with a work surface and (b) a hub portion with a first clamping surface, the bevel post including a second clamping surface, the bevel locking system comprising:a bevel pin pivotally connecting the bevel post to the hub portion;
a spring configured to bias a movement of the bevel pin;
a locking arm configured to (i) disengage the spring such that the bevel pin releases the table assembly from the bevel post in a first direction and (ii) engage the spring such that the bevel pin moves the table assembly towards the bevel post in a second direction; and
a lever movable between an unlocked position and a locked position,
wherein:
the hub portion includes a first post that is configured to receive a portion of the bevel pin and enable the bevel pin to move in the first direction and the second direction;
the bevel post includes a second post that is configured to receive a portion of the bevel pin and enable the bevel pin to move in the first direction and the second direction;
the first post of the hub portion is aligned with the second post of the bevel post;
when the lever is in the unlocked position, the first clamping surface of the hub portion is in an unclamped state with the second clamping surface of the bevel post; and
when the lever is in the locked position, the first clamping surface of the hub portion is in a clamped state with the second clamping surface of the bevel post.

US Pat. No. 10,245,663

AIRFLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A table saw comprising:a lower guard assembly including a dust exhaust chute, the lower guard assembly being configured to at least partially enclose a lower portion of a saw blade;
a first airflow fan positioned in the lower guard assembly and configured and arranged to produce a first airflow directed through the lower guard assembly toward the dust exhaust chute;
a second airflow fan positioned in the lower guard assembly and configured to produce a second airflow directed through the lower guard assembly toward the dust exhaust chute, the first and second airflows forming a combined airflow directed toward the dust exhaust chute;
a motor configured to rotationally drive an output shaft; and
a drivetrain system connecting the output shaft to the first airflow fan and the saw blade to enable the motor to rotationally drive the first airflow fan, the second airflow fan, and the saw blade simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,224,531

SWITCHING DEVICE FOR A BATTERY, AND BATTERY COMPRISING SAID SWITCHING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A switching device (1) for a battery (2), wherein the switching device (1) is configured to be operated by an acoustic resonance effect in order to interrupt an electrical line of the battery (2) to a device located outside of the battery, wherein the switching device (1) has at least one container (12) which is prestressed by a spring element (11) and is configured to be destroyed by acoustic resonance.

US Pat. No. 10,189,098

DIAGNOSTIC AND MAINTENANCE OPERATION FOR A SAW

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A method for monitoring brush wear in a motor of a saw comprising:generating, with a sensor connected to a brush in a motor of the saw, a first signal corresponding to a level of wear in the brush, the generating of the first signal further comprising:
generating, with a current source in the motor, an electrical signal that passes through the brush; and
identifying, with a controller, a level of electrical resistance through the brush with reference to the first signal from the sensor;
identifying, with the controller, a level of wear for the brush with reference to the first signal, the identifying of the level of wear for the brush further comprising:
identifying, with the controller, that the level of wear in the brush exceeds a predetermined threshold in response to the level of electrical resistance being below a predetermined threshold; and
generating, with the controller and a user interface device, an output requesting replacement of the brush in response to the identified level of wear exceeding the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,183,391

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a gearbox assemblage;
a hammer impact mechanism; and
a tool spindle including a tool mounting device;
wherein the hammer impact mechanism includes a linearly moveable striker that at least partly surrounds the tool spindle in at least one plane,
wherein in at least one operating state, the striker impacts the tool spindle linearly,
wherein in at least one operating state, the striker impacts a transfer element of the tool spindle linearly, wherein the transfer element is arranged as a thickening of the tool spindle,
wherein the hammer impact mechanism has a drive rotation element having a rotation axis that is disposed coaxially with at least a part of the tool spindle,
wherein the drive rotation element is arranged as an impact mechanism shaft that encases at least a region of the tool spindle and transfers a rotary motion to the striker to generate an impact.

US Pat. No. 10,174,934

ROTARY POWER TOOL LIGHTING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A rotary power tool comprising:a tool housing comprising a main body portion and a nose portion including a nose cap; and
a lighting system comprising:
a lighting system housing mounted on the tool housing and defining a battery compartment;
a light source; and
at least one battery disposed in the battery compartment, the at least one battery being operably connected to the light source to supply electrical current to the light source,wherein:the lighting system includes a mounting portion that is clamped by and between the nose cap and the main body portion of the tool housing;
the nose cap includes an outer surface; and
the lighting system housing includes a lower surface that is complementary to a portion of the outer surface, the lower surface being configured to slide along the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,166,692

PRECISION ADJUSTABLE MITER GAUGE FOR A TABLE SAW

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. An adjustable guide for a miter gauge configured to be received in a slot formed in a working surface, the slot having a first side wall and a second side wall arranged opposite and parallel to one another, the guide comprising:a main body having a first edge surface extending substantially parallel to the first and second side walls when the adjustable guide is received in the slot, the first edge surface facing toward a first direction;
an adjustable body having a first side surface extending substantially parallel to the first edge surface and facing toward the first direction, the adjustable body slidably coupled to the main body so as to be slidable between a first position wherein the first side surface is substantially coplanar with the first edge surface and a second position wherein the first side surface is not substantially coplanar with the first edge surface; and
a deformable biasing member arranged between the main body and the adjustable body and configured such that deformation of the deformable biasing member causes the deformable biasing member to bias the adjustable body toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,146,248

MODEL CALCULATION UNIT, CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A DATA-BASED FUNCTION MODEL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A model calculation unit for calculating a data-based function model in a control unit, comprising:at least one processor core which includes:
a multiplication unit for carrying out a multiplication in hardware;
an addition unit for carrying out an addition in hardware;
an exponential function unit for calculating, in hardware, exclusively only an exponential function;
a memory in the form of a configuration register for storing hyperparameters and node data of the data-based function model to be calculated; and
a logic circuit for controlling, in hardware, a calculation sequence in the multiplication unit, the addition unit, the exponential function unit and the memory in order to calculate the data-based function model;
wherein the function model assigns a model value to multiple input variables, and wherein the logic circuit is configured to control, in hardware, the calculation sequence to (i) carry out a multiplication and an addition for a calculation of an input standardization of the input variables, and (ii) carry out a multiplication and an addition for a calculation of an output standardization of the output variable.

US Pat. No. 10,141,609

ELECTRODE COIL FOR A GALVANIC ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrode coil (2) for a galvanic element (1), the electrode coil comprising a first electrode (4), a second electrode (6), a separator (30) and a reference electrode (8), the first electrode (4) and the second electrode (6) being insulated from one another by the separator (30), and the reference electrode (8) being arranged between the first electrode (4) and the second electrode (6), characterized in that the reference electrode (8) includes a reference current collector (16), wherein the reference electrode (8) is adhesively bonded onto the second electrode (6) such that the reference current collector (16) projects past an edge of the second electrode (6), wherein the first electrode (4) includes a first current collector (12), wherein the first current collector (12) includes two regions that are separated by an open gap (18), and wherein the reference current collector (16) is disposed within the open gap (18).

US Pat. No. 10,126,368

INDUCTIVE CHARGING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An inductive charging device for a handheld machine tool storage battery device, comprising:a primary inductive charging unit; and
at least one foreign-object detection unit which includes (i) at least one operating time counter and (ii) at least one compensating unit provided to at least one of set, adapt and calculate at least one foreign-object detection parameter of the foreign-object detection unit as a function of an operating time,
wherein the primary inductive charging unit has an electronic charging unit which includes at least one oscillator circuit for direct energy transmission,
wherein the foreign-object detection unit compares a predefined setpoint quality QS to an actual quality QI of the oscillator circuit,
wherein the at least one foreign-object detection unit is configured to detect foreign objects that have an adverse effect on a charging process in a charging operation,
wherein the at least one foreign-object detection unit is situated in a contact region between the inductive charging device and the storage battery device.

US Pat. No. 10,108,203

PRESSURE SENSOR AND SYSTEM FOR REGULATING A VENTILATION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor, comprising:a first detection device that:
is positioned at a first region of a building;
ascertains data corresponding to an air pressure and a temperature at the first region;
includes a computing unit and a wireless interface; and
receives, via the wireless interface and from a second detection device that is positioned at a second region of the building that is non-proximal to the first region, data corresponding to an air pressure and a temperature at the second region;
wherein:
the computing unit determines a flow speed of air within a spatial zone of the building based on the ascertained data corresponding to the air pressure and the temperature at the first region and the received data corresponding to the air pressure and the temperature at the second region; and
the sensor causes a modification to a ventilation state within the spatial zone by outputting the determined flow speed via the wireless interface to a control device to which the sensor is communicatively coupled and that responds to the determined flow speed from the sensor by controlling, as a function of the determined flow speed, elements of a ventilation device.

US Pat. No. 10,090,788

OPTIMAL TORQUE RIPPLE REDUCTION THROUGH CURRENT SHAPING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor drive system for controlling an electric motor comprising:a plurality of phase lines switchably connected to the electric motor;
a plurality of controllable switches each connected between the electric motor and one of the plurality of phase lines;
a rotor sensor;
a controller having an electronic processor and a memory, the controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of controllable switches and configured to
receive a signal indicative of a rotor position from the rotor sensor,
calculate a value expressing a back-electromotive force (back-EMF) as a function of the rotor position with respect to a frame of reference aligned with the rotor position,
determine a plurality of perturbation currents with respect to the frame of reference aligned with the rotor position that set a torque ripple of the electric motor to approximately zero,
select one set from the plurality of perturbation currents, the one set having a smallest norm,
determine a plurality of phase currents that reduce the torque ripple of the electric motor based on both the value and the rotor position, and
actuate the controllable switches to supply the electric motor with the plurality of phase currents.

US Pat. No. 10,071,414

TOOL AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A WORKPIECE WITH A TOOL ELEMENT OF A TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A tool, comprising:a tool element configured to receive a fixing element for processing a workpiece; and
a control device configured to
(i) evaluate a rotation angle, which is detected by a detection device, and with which the tool is arranged in space,
(ii) after a processing operation of the workpiece with the fixing element has been carried out by the tool element and before another fixing element is received in the tool element for a subsequent processing operation, prevent operation of the tool element while the rotation angle detected by the detection device is less than a predetermined rotation angle,
(iii) allow operation of the tool element after the rotation angle detected by the detection device reaches the predetermined rotation angle, and
(iv) after a processing operation of the workpiece with the fixing element has been carried out by the tool element and before the rotation angle detected by the detection device has reached the predetermined rotation angle, generate a warning signal if the rotation angle indicates that the tool is tilted forwardly to such a degree that a used portion of a fixing element retained in the tool element can slide out of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,066,628

FAN UNIT WITH HEAT TRANSFERRING CONNECTION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fan unit (1), comprising an electric motor (2) for driving a fan wheel (3), an electronic device (7) which generates waste heat and provides electrical current to the electric motor (2) and a fan housing (6), wherein the fan wheel (3) is disposed together with said electric motor (2) in an air guiding region (5) delimited by the fan housing (6), wherein the electronic device (7) is fastened to a side of the fan housing (6) facing away from the air guiding region (5) in a heat transferring manner so that a heat transfer connection is formed between said electronic device (7) and said air guiding region (5), and further wherein a plurality of electrical contact elements is provided between the electronic device and the electric motor, each electrical contact element passing through a fastening element extending into the air guiding region, wherein the fastening elements are configured to fasten the electric motor to the fan housing and concurrently electrically contact the electric motor and the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,063,096

SYSTEM HAVING A HAND TOOL CASE, LATENT HEAT STORAGE UNIT, AND A HAND TOOL BATTERY PROVIDED FOR INDUCTIVE CHARGING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A system, comprising:a hand tool battery, wherein the hand tool battery is removable;
a hand tool;
a hand tool case which is adapted to store the hand tool and which includes a carrying handle provided for transporting the hand tool case and which has at least two inductive charge receiving areas that are separated from each other for storing the hand tool battery which is insertable into the inductive charge receiving areas at least partially in close proximity to at least one wall of the hand tool case; and
at least one latent heat storage unit to influence at least a temperature of the hand tool battery,
wherein the latent heat storage unit has at least one latent heat storage element that:
is situated external to the hand tool battery;
forms at least a portion of a housing of the hand tool battery and is permanently joined to at least a portion of the hand tool case; and
is situated at least partially in close proximity at least partially around the at least two inductive charge receiving areas and which is configured to at least partially delimit the at least two inductive charge receiving areas.

US Pat. No. 10,053,063

CONTROL DEVICE FOR AN AUTONOMOUS POWER BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AUTONOMOUS POWER BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control device for an autonomous power braking system of a vehicle, comprising:an activation unit configured to:
output at least one pump control signal to at least one pump of the braking system, taking into consideration a supplied presetting signal with respect to an autonomous braking pressure buildup to be carried out in at least one wheel brake cylinder of the braking system, in such a way that a braking pressure in the at least one wheel brake cylinder, which produces a corresponding braking force on at least one wheel of the vehicle, is increased with the aid of the at least one pump activated by the at least one pump control signal; and
output at least one brake booster control signal to an active brake booster of the braking system, taking the presetting signal into consideration, in such a way that a boosting force is exerted on at least one adjustable piston of a master brake cylinder of the braking system with the aid of the active brake booster activated by the at least one brake booster control signal in such a way that the braking pressure in the at least one wheel brake cylinder, which produces the corresponding braking force on the at least one wheel of the vehicle, is increased with the aid of an internal pressure in the master brake cylinder which is increased as a result of the at least one adjustable piston,
wherein the activation unit is configured to operate the active brake booster and the at least one pump consecutively in such a way that the braking pressure in the at least one wheel brake cylinder, which produces the corresponding braking force on the at least one wheel of the vehicle, is first increased from a starting pressure to an intermediate pressure exclusively with the aid of the active brake booster activated by the at least one brake booster control signal, and then from the intermediate pressure to a higher pressure exclusively with the aid of the at least one pump activated by the at least one pump control signal, and
wherein the consecutive operation of the active brake booster and the at least one pump to increase the corresponding braking force on the at least one wheel of the vehicle is performed by the activation unit autonomously.

US Pat. No. 10,046,748

VEHICLE HAVING BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle comprising:a master cylinder having an input side coupled to a brake pedal and an output side configured to provide a master cylinder output via a first outlet and a second outlet,
a first braking circuit having at least one wheel cylinder coupled to the first master cylinder outlet via a first normally-open isolation valve and a first normally-open inlet valve;
a second braking circuit having at least one wheel cylinder coupled to the second master cylinder outlet via a second normally-open isolation valve and a second normally-open inlet valve;
a brake pressure generator separate from the brake pedal;
a simulator circuit including a pedal feel simulator coupled to the first master cylinder outlet through a switchable simulator valve, the simulator circuit being isolated from the first braking circuit when the first isolation valve is in a closed position, wherein the pedal feel simulator provides a reaction force to the brake pedal when the switchable simulator valve is in an open position;
a pressure sensor positioned in the first braking circuit between the first isolation valve and an output of the brake pressure generator; and
a controller programmed to, at a designated diagnostic time when the brake pedal is depressed to generate a brake pedal input while the vehicle is locked out from being driven by one or both of a parking brake and a transmission parking gear, open the simulator valve without closing the first isolation valve to place the pedal feel simulator in fluid communication with the pressure sensor of the first braking circuit, and to observe with the pressure sensor an increase in brake fluid pressure resulting from the brake pedal input,
wherein the controller is further programmed to check whether the relationship between the observed brake fluid pressure increase and the brake pedal input is within a predetermined acceptable range for continued operation of a brake-by-wire vehicle braking mode in which the master cylinder is coupled to the simulator circuit and decoupled from the first and second braking circuits, while brake fluid pressure to the wheel cylinders of the first and second braking circuits is provided solely by the brake pressure generator.

US Pat. No. 10,023,164

VALIDATING AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY FUNCTIONS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of operating a vehicle safety system of a vehicle having a vehicle controller, and one or more vehicle actuators, the method comprising:running a plurality of computer-executable, vehicle safety function software programs on the vehicle controller in parallel without delivering at least one vehicle actuator output of the vehicle controller generated in response to an activation of the at least one computer-implemented safety function by one or more of the plurality of computer-executable, vehicle safety function software programs, wherein each computer-executable vehicle safety function software program is configured to generate the activation of the at least one computer-implemented safety function in response to detected conditions based on one or more vehicle sensors;
recording in a data logger activations of each of the plurality of computer-executable vehicle safety function software programs, where the at least one computer-controlled safety function would have activated a vehicle actuator had the at least one vehicle actuator output of the vehicle controller been delivered to the one or more vehicle actuators;
selecting one computer-executable vehicle safety function software program of the plurality of computer-executable vehicle safety function software programs based on the recorded activations in the data logger;
subsequently running the selected computer-executable vehicle safety function software program on the vehicle controller, wherein running the selected computer-executable vehicle safety function software program on the vehicle controller includes
detecting one or more vehicle conditions based on outputs from one or more vehicle sensors, and
generating an activation of the at least one computer-implemented safety function in response to detecting the one or more vehicle conditions; and
controlling the vehicle safety system in response to a subsequent activation of the at least one computer-implemented safety function by the selected computer-executable vehicle safety function software program by delivering the at least one vehicle actuator output of the vehicle controller to the one or more vehicle actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,008,707

BATTERY MODULE

Robert Bosch Battery Syst...

1. A battery module, comprising:a housing;
a cell disposed in the housing, the cell electrically coupled to a bus member and including a positive electrode and a negative electrode spaced by a separator,
the negative electrode including:
an active material portion having a first height along a first direction and a first length along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a flange portion extending upwardly directly from the active material in the first direction and having a second height along the first direction and a second length along the second direction; and
a tab portion extending upwardly from the flange material in the first direction and having a third height along the first direction and a third length along the second direction, wherein:
the first length is greater than the second length and the second length is greater than the third length such that the greater length of the flange minimizes voltage drops and evenly distributes current across the negative electrode;
the second length is at least about twice as long as the third length;
the tab portion includes a transition portion, the transition portion including
a first end portion having a fourth length similar to the third length, and
a second end portion directly connected to the flange portion and having a fifth length, the fifth length greater than the fourth length and lesser than the second length;
the positive electrode includes an upwardly extending positive electrode tab; and
the bus member is located upwardly of the negative electrode tab portion and the positive electrode tab.

US Pat. No. 9,988,031

HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic braking system, comprising:at least one wheel brake cylinder;
a primary brake pressure generator disconnectably hydraulically coupled to the at least one wheel brake cylinder and that impinges upon the at least one wheel brake cylinder with pressure by a hydraulic fluid;
a brake master cylinder having at least one first pressure chamber and to which at least one wheel brake cylinder is hydraulically coupled;
a secondary brake pressure generator having an output that is hydraulically coupled to an input of the first pressure chamber and that impinges upon the first pressure chamber of the brake master cylinder with pressure, wherein the secondary brake pressure generator is controllable independently of the primary brake pressure generator; and
a hydraulic fluid reservoir hydraulically coupled via a first hydraulic connection to the first pressure chamber of the brake master cylinder, and coupled via a second hydraulic connection to an input of the secondary brake pressure generator,
wherein the second hydraulic connection includes a line directly connecting the hydraulic fluid reservoir to the primary brake pressure generator.

US Pat. No. 9,985,598

FREQUENCY COMPENSATED OSCILLATOR DESIGN FOR PROCESS TOLERANCES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method of forming a resonator, comprising:subjecting a spring-mass mechanism, with an effective mechanical mass and stiffness and including at least one of a void and an indentation in a first section of the spring-mass mechanism, to a single fabrication process, wherein:
the single fabrication process is at least one of a planar process, a surface micromachining process, a gas flow process, and an etching process;
the subjecting of the spring-mass mechanism to the single fabrication process includes simultaneously subjecting indiscriminately as a whole to the single fabrication process both (a) a first section at least partially defined by the at least one of the void and the indentation and (b) a second separate section of the spring-mass mechanism;
due to the simultaneous indiscriminate subjection to the single fabrication process of both the first and second sections as a whole, the single fabrication process acts on exposed surface area of the first section and on exposed surface area of the second section of the spring-mass mechanism to simultaneously remove material from both the first section and the second section;
due to a first ratio of (a) the exposed surface area of the first section to (b) the exposed surface area of the second section, the removal of the material from the first section by the subjection to the single fabrication process is automatically at a greater rate than the removal of the material from the second section by the subjection to the single fabrication process; and
the automatic greater rate of removal of the material from the first section than the rate of removal of the material from the second section is automatically at a second ratio due to which, the single fabrication process maintains a third ratio between the effective mechanical stiffness to the effective mechanical mass from prior to the subjecting of the spring-mass mechanism to the process until after completion of the process.

US Pat. No. 9,972,836

SIOX/SI/C COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND PROCESS OF PRODUCING THEREOF, AND ANODE FOR LITHIUM ION BATTERY COMPRISING SAID COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A process for producing a SiOx/Si/C composite material, wherein 0 totally removing the oxidation product of said metal reductant to obtain SiOx/Si composite particles; and
coating said SiOx/Si composite particles with carbon to obtain said SiOx/Si/C composite material.

US Pat. No. 9,969,371

SLIP-CONTROLLABLE VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle brake system with wheel slip control, comprising:a drivable pressure generator configured to supply at least one wheel brake with fluid,
wherein the pressure generator is connected by a suction side of the pressure generator to a return from the wheel brake controlled by a pressure reduction valve and by a delivery side of the pressure generator to an inlet of the wheel brake controlled by a pressure build-up valve and connected to an actuatable brake master cylinder of the vehicle brake system,
wherein the pressure generator includes at least one pump inlet valve and at least one pump discharge valve to control the fluid rate of flow, and
wherein a mechanism is provided downstream of the pump discharge valve to prevent the pressure of the brake master cylinder acting on the delivery side of the pressure generator.

US Pat. No. 9,956,930

FIXING DEVICE FOR A LINE IN A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fastening device for a line in a vehicle, comprising:a carrier configured to enclose the line and including a multi-part base body having at least two partial base bodies and defining an inner region, the at least two partial base bodies being adjustable between:
a premounted state, in which the at least two partial base bodies are disengaged from each other so as to enable placement of the inner region of the multi-part base body around the line; and
a mounted state, in which the at least two partial base bodies are engaged with each other such that the multi-part base body of the carrier fully annularly encloses the line;
a fixing structure formed on the inner region of the multi-part base body and configured such that, in the mounted state of the at least two partial base bodies, the fixing structure axially fixes the carrier on the line; and
a fastening element including a fastening structure and a holder that connects the fastening element to the carrier in such a way that, in the mounted state of the at least two partial base bodies, the fastening element is detachable from the carrier and is radially movable relative to the carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,955,269

MICROPHONE SYSTEM WITH DRIVEN ELECTRODES

ROBERT BOSCH GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microphone system comprising:a MEMS microphone including
a movable electrode configured such that acoustic pressure acting on the movable electrode causes movement of the movable electrode,
a stationary electrode positioned on a first side of the movable electrode, and
a driven electrode positioned on the first side of the movable electrode and configured to alter a parameter of the MEMS microphone based on a control signal; and
a controller coupled to the stationary electrode and the driven electrode, the controller configured to
apply a first bias voltage to the stationary electrode,
apply a second bias voltage to the driven electrode,
determine the voltage difference between the movable electrode and the stationary electrode based in part on the first bias voltage and the second bias voltage, and
generate the control signal based in part on the voltage difference.

US Pat. No. 9,946,937

METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR RECOGNIZING A WEATHER CONDITION IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for recognizing a weather condition in surroundings of a vehicle, comprising:emitting a light bundle from a headlight of the vehicle;
capturing, by an image capture device of the vehicle, a plurality of images of a surroundings of the vehicle;
ascertaining, by a processing device of the vehicle in the images of the surroundings, light spots that are produced in response to the emitted light bundle, and a height and a width of the light spots, the height representing an apparent vertical size of the light spot and the width representing an apparent horizontal size of the light spot, the light spots including reflections of the emitted light bundle from at least one of: a road in front of the vehicle, or a space above the road in front of the vehicle;
determining, by the processing device, weather information for characterizing the weather condition based on a comparison of the ascertained height of the light spots to a plurality of different expected height value ranges and of the ascertained width of the light spots to a plurality of different expected width value ranges; and
controlling, using a vehicle control system, operation of a vehicle system based on the determined weather information, the vehicle system including at least one of: an anti-lock braking system, an electronic stability program system, or an optical detection system.

US Pat. No. 9,944,195

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle architecture for controlling and regulating an electrical drive of at least one of an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle, the vehicle architecture comprising:power electronics connected to the electrical drive and to a battery system, the power electronics being configured to drive the electrical drive and control a torque of the electrical drive;
a battery management system that is assigned to the battery system, the battery management system configured to monitor the battery system and control a cooling system of the battery system; and
a master control device connected to the power electronics, the battery management system, and a navigation system, the master control device being configured to:
receive information from the navigation system;
operate the battery management system to control the cooling system based on the received information; and
operate the power electronics to reduce the torque of the electrical drive based on the received information.

US Pat. No. 9,945,330

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A FUEL TANK VENT VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method of a fuel tank system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:in response to passage of a predefined time period after a start up of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle, a control unit of the system performing a control to open a fuel tank vent valve arranged between a sub-chamber that includes a fuel tank and an intake manifold;
sensing, by a pressure sensor, a pressure p in the sub-chamber throughout the predefined time period;
producing, by the pressure sensor, output signals corresponding to the sensed pressure p;
determining, by the control unit and based on the signals output by the pressure sensor, that the pressure p dropped during the predefined time period prior to the control to open the fuel tank vent valve; and
outputting, by the control unit, an error signal indicating that the fuel tank vent valve is jammed open in response to the determination that the pressure p dropped during the predefined time period prior to the control to open the fuel tank vent valve.

US Pat. No. 9,941,549

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:an electrode assembly;
a case accommodating the electrode assembly;
a cap assembly sealing the case and comprising a cap plate; and
a short-circuit member comprising a first short-circuit plate coupled to the cap plate and a second short-circuit plate on a surface of the first short-circuit plate facing toward the electrode assembly and coupled to the cap plate,
wherein the first and second short-circuit plates are clad metals,
wherein the first short-circuit plate consists of aluminum and the second short-circuit plate consists of nickel,
wherein the first short-circuit plate comprises an edge portion and a coupling groove at the edge portion,
wherein the second short-circuit plate comprises a coupling protrusion protruding toward and coupled to the coupling groove, and
wherein the short-circuit member is configured to induce a short-circuit by inverting each of the second short-circuit plate and the first short-circuit plate together to be upwardly convex, the coupling protrusion remaining coupled to the coupling groove.

US Pat. No. 9,937,909

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM AND BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a brake system of a motor vehicle, the brake system including at least one hydraulic circuit that has a hydraulic pump and at least two wheel brakes, at least one actuatable inlet valve being allocated to each wheel brake, in which, for an automatic braking intervention, a pressure is produced in the hydraulic circuit by the hydraulic pump and the inlet valve of a first of the wheel brakes is opened and the inlet valve of a second of the wheel brakes of the same hydraulic circuit is closed, the method comprising:monitoring the brake system during the automatic braking intervention in order to detect if a driver's braking request is initiated during the automatic braking intervention, wherein to detect the driver's braking request, performing:
acquiring during the automatic braking intervention a first wheel behavior of at least one wheel allocated to one of the wheel brakes; and
upon determining that the first wheel behavior is unexpected:
implementing a temporary interruption of the automatic braking intervention,
during the temporary interruption of the automatic braking intervention, acquiring a second wheel behavior of the wheel,
during the temporary interruption of the automatic braking intervention,
comparing the second wheel behavior to the first wheel behavior of the wheel, and
if the comparison indicates that the driver's braking request has not been implemented, restoring the automatic braking intervention after ending the temporary interruption.

US Pat. No. 9,932,030

HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A hybrid drive system for a motor vehicle, comprising:at least one internal combustion engine configured to drive at least one wheel of the vehicle;
at least one electric motor configured to drive at least one wheel of the motor vehicle;
a first multispeed transmission configured to couple the at least one internal combustion engine to the at least one wheel to be driven by the at least one internal combustion engine; and
a second multispeed transmission configured to couple the at least one electric motor to the at least one wheel to be driven by the at least one electric motor,
wherein the at least one internal combustion engine and the at least one electric motor are coupled to the at least one wheel on different axles,
wherein at least one of the first and second multispeed transmissions is configured as a multistage transmission,
wherein at least one of:
(i) when the internal combustion engine is at a standstill, the internal combustion engine is started before a shifting operation of the second multispeed transmission; and
(ii) when the internal combustion engine is running, shut-off of the internal combustion engine is delayed until a shifting operation of the second multispeed transmission is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,932,023

BRAKING DEVICE FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A braking device for a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:a master brake cylinder including at least one first pressure chamber that is subdivided into a first partial volume and a second partial volume, wherein:
the first partial volume is limited by a first piston wall of at least one displaceable rod piston in such a way that a first volume of the first partial volume is variable by a shifting of the first piston wall, and
the second partial volume is limited by a second piston wall of the at least one displaceable rod piston in such a way that a second volume of the second partial volume is variable by a shifting of the second piston wall;
a brake fluid reservoir to which the first partial volume and the second partial volume are one of hydraulically connectable and hydraulically connected;
a first brake circuit one of hydraulically connectable and hydraulically connected to the first partial volume; and
a valve device including a check valve as a subcomponent via which the second partial volume is one of connectable and connected at least to the first brake circuit, the valve device being mechanically designed in such a way that in the second partial volume, a pressure is increased up to a maximum of a limit pressure that is mechanically specified at the valve device by shifting the second piston wall, wherein:
brake fluid is transferred from the second partial volume at least into the first brake circuit via at least the check valve of the valve device when the pressure in the second partial volume reaches or exceeds the limit pressure that is mechanically specified at the valve, and
despite a further shifting of the second piston wall, an exceeding of the limit pressure in the second partial volume is prevented.

US Pat. No. 9,925,965

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRAKING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a braking system of a motor vehicle having at least one front axle and one rear axle, the method comprising:generating a hydraulic free travel with the aid of a system of valves and a corresponding control of the valves with the aid of a control unit coupled to the valves, a hydraulic pressure build-up for decelerating a wheel speed of respective wheels being prevented by the generation of the free travel during an actuation of a brake input element by a driver; and
generating a regenerative braking torque on the respective wheels for decelerating the wheel speed of the respective wheels, based on the driver's braking input;
wherein the braking system includes:
a brake booster having the brake input element to be actuated by the driver of the motor vehicle, which is coupled to an actuating travel sensor for providing a signal corresponding to a driver's braking input;
a brake master cylinder coupled to the brake booster which is coupled to a brake medium reservoir; and
fluid lines, which are in fluidic communication with the brake master cylinder and the brake medium reservoir, and are in fluidic communication with the braking devices on the wheels of the axles via the system of valves, each of the wheels, in addition to the braking devices, being coupled to generators generating a braking torque, wherein inlet valves of the braking devices remain opened, so that in all driving situations at least the wheels, in addition to regenerative deceleration, are also hydraulically decelerate-able and by constraining a piston in the brake master cylinder identical pressures result on the front and rear axles.

US Pat. No. 9,893,334

FRAME DEVICE FOR ACCOMMODATING STORAGE CELLS OF AN ENERGY STORAGE MODULE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A frame device (18) for accommodating storage cells (12) of an energy storage module (10), comprising
two plate-like closure elements (20) which form two ends (22, 24) of the frame device (18) that are opposite one another along an axis (14), and

connection elements (30) which are arranged on mutually opposite sides (26, 28) of the frame device (18) and which extend from one end (22) to an other end (24) of the frame device (18) and mechanically connect the two closure elements (20) over a distance; characterized in that for connection to the two closure elements (20), each of the connection elements (30) has a pin (42) which is oriented transversely to the axis (14) and which respectively engages in a cutout (40) in one of the closure elements (20) and is releasably fixed there by means of a respective latch-type securing element (32).

US Pat. No. 9,891,340

POSITIONING DEVICE FOR DETERMINING OBJECT DEPTH

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A positioning device for determining a depth of an object comprising:
a magnetic sensor configured to generate a magnetic field in a region around the object;
a radar sensor configured to emit radio waves that are reflected from the object;
a computation unit operatively connected to the magnetic sensor and the radar sensor, the computation unit being configured
to:

identify a first depth measurement of the object based on a change in the magnetic field produced by the object detected by
the magnetic sensor;

identify a second depth measurement of the object based on reflected radio waves from the object detected by the radar sensor;
generate a first output indicating the depth of the object in response to a difference between the first depth measurement
and the second depth measurement being less than a predetermined threshold; and

generate a second output indicating the depth of the object based on the second depth measurement and a tolerance range indicating
measurement error in response to a difference between the first depth measurement and the second depth measurement being greater
than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,851,432

SENSOR HOLDER FOR A SENSOR FOR OBJECT DETECTION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor holder for a sensor for object detection, comprising:
an installation unit for the sensor;
a holding frame on which the installation unit is pivotably held; and
an adjustment shaft mounted on the holding frame, the adjustment shaft being aligned transversely to a pivot axis of the of
the installation unit and parallel to a principal radiating direction of the sensor, the adjustment shaft having a guidance
contour which proceeds helically around the adjustment shaft and is in engagement with a guidance element of the installation
unit,

wherein the installation unit is held on the holding frame via pegs disposed on and aligned parallel to the pivot axis of
the installation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,843,075

INTERNAL ENERGY SUPPLY OF ENERGY STORAGE MODULES FOR AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, AND ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE WITH SUCH AN INTERNAL ENERGY SUPPLY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An energy storage module for an energy storage device, the energy storage module comprising:
an energy storage cell module, the energy storage cell module having a storage cell series circuit of at least two energy
storage cells;

a coupling device, the coupling device having a plurality of coupling elements and configured to selectively connect the energy
storage cell module into an energy supply line of the energy storage device or to bypass said energy storage cell module in
an energy supply line; and

a driver module configured to generate drive signals for the plurality of coupling elements, wherein the driver module has
a first energy supply connection and a second energy supply connection, the first energy supply connection being connected
to a first end connection of the energy storage cell module via a first supply line and to a first node point between two
energy storage cells of the storage cell series circuit via a second supply line, the second energy supply connection being
connected to a second end connection of the energy supply cell module via a third supply line and to a second node point between
two energy storage cells of the storage cell series circuit via a fourth supply line, and wherein the second node point lies
between the first node point and the first end connection.

US Pat. No. 9,812,792

PRESSING ELEMENT, ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrical/electronic component comprising,
a housing;
at least one electrical structural element, including at least one electrically conductive touch contact, and
a pressing element associated with a side of the at least one electrical structural element averted from the at least one
electrically conductive touch contact, the pressing element held in the housing so as to be prestressed against the at least
one electrical structural element,

wherein:
the pressing element includes an annular pressing surface configured to contact the at least one electrical structural element,
an outer contour of the annular pressing surface is larger than an outer contour of the at least one electrical structural
element, and

the annular pressing surface has an annular raised portion configured as a bearing surface for the at least one electrical
structural element;

the housing has at least two housing parts;
the at least one electrical structural element is held in a prestressed manner between the at least two housing parts via
interposition of the pressing element; and

one of the at least two housing parts includes a mating touch contact against which the at least one electrical structural
element is pushed by way of the at least one electrically conductive touch contact by the pressing element.

US Pat. No. 9,806,545

BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MOTOR VEHICLE AND BATTERY MODULE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

6. A motor vehicle comprising:
a battery module including at least one battery cell having a voltage source and a fuse arranged in series; and
a battery management system including:
a switch connected between poles of the battery module; and
an apparatus configured to (i) identify a tripping of the fuse of the at least one battery cell and (ii) provide a tripping
signal in response to the identifying of the tripping,

wherein the battery management system is configured to close the switch to provide a current path between the poles of the
battery module in response to tripping signal, the current path being configured to prevent or terminate an arc in the fuse
of the at least one battery cell after the fuse has been tripped.

US Pat. No. 9,806,309

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE SAFETY DURING THE USE OF BATTERY SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lithium-ion battery system comprising:
a discharge line (AL) including an end with an opening for discharging substances produced in the battery system to the surroundings
of the battery system, wherein the end is at a boundary between an interior of the discharge line (AL) and the exterior of
the battery system; and

a closure (V) including a closing component (K, RD) attached at the end of the discharge line (AL) and, when in a closed position,
closes the opening of the discharge line (AL) in a sealed manner, and

wherein the closing component (K, RD) opens uni-directionally and is biased toward the closed position by an element of the
closure (V) arranged in the interior of the discharge line (AL).

US Pat. No. 9,806,884

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEY IDENTIFICATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical sensor (MEMS) system comprising:
a substrate;
a MEMS device formed on the substrate and configured to generate an output signal indicative of a sensed parameter, the MEMS
device including at least one via; and

a key generating device formed on the substrate and configured to generate a cryptographic key based on a distance of the
at least one via from at least one predetermined location of the MEMS device.

US Pat. No. 9,791,275

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING YAW RATE SENSORS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for calibrating a production yaw rate sensor selected from a plurality of yaw rate sensors, the plurality of yaw
rate sensors including a substrate having a main plane of extent, a seismic mass movable in relation to the substrate, a drive
device for deflecting the seismic mass in a drive direction, a detection device for detecting a force action of the seismic
mass in a detection direction perpendicular to the drive direction, and a test device for deflecting the seismic mass parallel
to the detection direction, the method comprising:
measuring a production drive frequency on the drive device of the production yaw rate sensor;
measuring a production detection frequency on the detection device of the production yaw rate sensor;
applying a yaw rate about an axis of rotation to a first sampling yaw rate sensor designated from the plurality of yaw rate
sensors for measuring a first sample yaw rate sensitivity, and measuring an output voltage on the detection device of the
first sampling yaw rate sensor as a function of the yaw rate;

applying a test signal to the test device of the production yaw rate sensor for measuring a test signal sensitivity of the
production yaw rate sensor, and measuring a detection voltage on the detection device of the production yaw rate sensor as
a function of the test signal applied to the test device of the production yaw rate sensor, wherein the test signal is applied
to the test device of the production yaw rate sensor to generate the force action on the seismic mass in a detection direction;

calculating a production yaw rate sensitivity for the production yaw rate sensor from the measured production test signal
sensitivity of the production yaw rate sensor and a scaling function, wherein the scaling function is determined from the
measured first sample yaw rate sensitivity and from a measured first sample test signal sensitivity of the first sampling
yaw rate sensor; and

calibrating the production yaw rate sensor with the production yaw rate sensitivity;
wherein a quadrature signal is used as the test signal for measuring the production test signal sensitivity, and
wherein the test device generates the force action on the seismic mass modulated in the detection direction using a drive
movement of the seismic mass.

US Pat. No. 9,742,052

DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING BETWEEN A MICROSTRIP ON A CIRCUIT BOARD AND A WAVEGUIDE USING A SIGNAL LINE DISPOSED WITHIN A HOUSING THAT IS SOLDERED TO THE CIRCUIT BOARD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

10. A device for transmitting a millimeter-wave signal, comprising:
a housing encapsulating a signal line, the signal line suitable for transmitting the millimeter-wave signal, the housing including
a plurality of solder contacts on a first surface for surface mounting the housing on a circuit board, the signal line situated
in the housing so that the signal line connects to a microstrip on the circuit board when the housing is mounted on the circuit
board; and

a first waveguide in the housing and coupled to the signal line, the waveguide designed to inject or decouple the millimeter-wave
signal through a second surface of the housing, the second surface being opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,753,090

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE INTERNAL OHMIC RESISTANCE OF A BATTERY MODULE, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining an impedance of a first battery module of at least two battery modules in a battery module string,
the method comprising:
performing repeated connection and disconnection of the first battery module to and from a second battery module of the at
least two battery modules in the battery module string while the battery module string is under a load current, each repeated
connection and disconnection of the first battery module taking place with a predetermined time period between successive
connections and a varying time period between a connection and a subsequent disconnection;

measuring voltage intensities of the first battery module (i) prior to the connection of the first battery module to the second
battery module and (ii) after the disconnection of the first battery module to the second battery module;

determining changes in the measured voltage intensities; and
determine an impedance the first battery module based on the changes.