Patents Assigned to BMW
  • Patent number: 10069216
    Abstract: The invention relates to a grounding device (10) for a battery (100) of a vehicle, comprising a connection section (20) for connecting electric wiring (110) to the battery (100), a grounding section (30) for connecting to a ground (120) of the vehicle, and a contact section (40) for connecting to an external power source, characterized in that the contact section (40) is embodied at least sectionally by way of folding over the material of the grounding device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: Intercable GmbH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Bayrische Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW)
    Inventors: Marco Unterhalt, Waldemar Ziebarth
  • Publication number: 20170328273
    Abstract: A turbocharger system can include a housing that includes a through bore, a plurality of lubricant bores, a plurality of lubricant bore to through bore openings and a recessed compressor-side surface that defines in part a passage that fluidly couples at least two of the lubricant bores; a rolling element bearing unit disposed at least in part in the through bore of the housing; and, a plate that covers at least a portion of the recessed compressor-side surface of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicants: Honeywell International Inc., BMW AG
    Inventors: Raphaël Hettinger, Fréderic Daguin, Raphaël Boileau, Magali Capelli, Pascal Simon, Nicolas Gaineton, Erich Blumenschein, Raphael Hofer, Michael Reichhart, Georg Risch, Lorenz Steinwender, Florian Grün, István Gódor
  • Publication number: 20170143057
    Abstract: The present invention is clothing with foldable portions to provide access to the wearer with the wearer not having to stand from a chair or bed. The present invention includes at least one releasable seam that may be placed in a secured or opened position, so that when the releasable seam is placed in the open position, the clothing material may be folded in a manner to allow access to the wearer without the need to remove the clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: BMW Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Brenda Carol Morris-Wilton
  • Patent number: 9460628
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a motor vehicle includes: monitoring whether a speed of the motor vehicle indicates a stopping condition of the motor vehicle; detecting whether at least one vehicle operating condition indicating an imminent unintentional acceleration of the vehicle exists; and triggering a fault response if (i) the vehicle is in the stopping condition and (ii) the at least one vehicle operating condition indicating an imminent unintentional acceleration of the vehicle exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, BMW AG
    Inventors: Magnus Oppelland, Matthias Schueler, Juergen Binder, Florian Oesterreicher, Dalibor Kovac
  • Publication number: 20150025765
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a motor vehicle includes: monitoring whether a speed of the motor vehicle indicates a stopping condition of the motor vehicle; detecting whether at least one vehicle operating condition indicating an imminent unintentional acceleration of the vehicle exists; and triggering a fault response if (i) the vehicle is in the stopping condition and (ii) the at least one vehicle operating condition indicating an imminent unintentional acceleration of the vehicle exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, BMW AG
    Inventors: Magnus OPPELLAND, Matthias SCHUELER, Juergen BINDER, Florian OESTERREICHER, Dalibor KOVAC
  • Patent number: 8022677
    Abstract: An electrical device having a generator, e.g., for use in the vehicle electrical system of a motor vehicle, includes a controller for controlling the generator voltage. In the device, an area is provided in which a voltage control is carried out, and other areas are provided in which a torque control is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Daimler Chrysler AG, BMW AG
    Inventors: Xaver Laufenberg, Dominique Eynius, Helmut Suelzle, Stephan Usbeck, Matthias Spaeth, Miriam Neuser-Hoffmann, Christian Myrzik, Manfred Schmid, Franz Nietfeld, Alexander Thiel, Harald Braun, Norbert Ebner
  • Publication number: 20090000865
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sound-absorbing coating for an elastic structure (1) made of at least two polymers, comprising at least one coating layer (2) closer to the elastic structure (1) and made of at least one polymer A and at least one coating layer (3) farther from the elastic structure (1) and made of at least one polymer B, the latter coating layer (3) being applied immediately on said at least one polymer A so as to form an integral composite effecting a loss factor in the range of from 0.01 to 0.6 in a temperature range of from ?20° C. to +80° C. The invention also relates to a process for preparing such a coating and the use of such a coating for making sound-absorbing coatings, for example on automotive vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicants: BMW AG, SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Peter Zisch, Peter Merz, Norman Blank
  • Publication number: 20070252560
    Abstract: An electrical device having a generator, e.g., for use in the vehicle electrical system of a motor vehicle, includes a controller for controlling the generator voltage. In the device, an area is provided in which a voltage control is carried out, and other areas are provided in which a torque control is carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicants: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, DAIMLER CHRYSLER AG, BMW AG
    Inventors: Xaver Laufenberg, Dominique Eynius, Helmut Suelzle, Stephan Usbeck, Matthias Spaeth, Miriam Neuser-Hoffmann, Christian Myrzik, Manfred Schmid, Franz Nietfeld, Alexander Thiel, Harald Braun, Norbert Ebner
  • Publication number: 20070213905
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for motor vehicles having two operating modes is described. In each operating mode different partial functions of the driver assistance system are activated. The driver assistance system also has a control element for activating an operating mode of the driver assistance system, so that an operating mode activated by the control element is activated for the duration of the operation of the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: BMW Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kilian Funk, Matthias Kopf
  • Publication number: 20070119197
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air conditioning device for the passenger compartment of a vehicle, said device comprising a first closed loop (BF) which contains an evaporator (BF5), through which an air stream (F) may flow, and in which a first coolant may flow such as to transfer cold to said air stream in the evaporator. According to said invention, the device comprises a second closed loop (BS) in which a second coolant may flow between the evaporator (BF5) and a tank (BS2), such as to receive cold from the first coolant in the evaporator for storing the same in the tank and returning to the air stream in the evaporator, according to the cooling capacity, produced by the first loop and to the air conditioning needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicants: VALEO CLIMATISATION, BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (BMW)
    Inventors: Régine Haller, Didier Loup, Loic Lepetit
  • Patent number: 7134683
    Abstract: An occupant protection device having an inflatable airbag for protecting a vehicle occupant in the rear compartment of a vehicle. The airbag being designed is fastened in the roof region of the vehicle so that, when inflated, the airbag at least partially covers both the side wall and/or the side window of the vehicle and also the rear window and/or the rear wall of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignees: Takata-Petri AG, BMW AG
    Inventors: Udo Bendig, Manuela Boin, Georg Rasch, Heinrich Einsiedel, Julius Schluppkotten
  • Patent number: 7121964
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for dropping a hockey puck (collectively the “system”). The system can facilitate or simulate hockey face-offs. Various embodiments of the system can be configured to provide convenience, portability, stability, and/or consistency for dropping a hockey puck to facilitate a hockey face-off. A frame can support a puck housing and a feed mechanism. The feed mechanism may be configured to feed the hockey puck from the puck housing to a feed chute. A release mechanism can receive the hockey puck from the feed chute. The release mechanism may be configured to release the hockey puck according to a predefined release rate. A power source can be carried by the frame and be configured to power the feed and the release of the hockey puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Erhard BMW
    Inventors: Winifred Dahm, Randy Merrifield, John Dobrzelewski
  • Publication number: 20060065579
    Abstract: In accordance with the principles of the invention, an automatic shut-off valve is provided for use with a fluid utilization device. The valve automatically cuts off water to the utilization device should the utilization device develop a leak. In an illustrative embodiment of the invention, the valve includes a valve assembly having a valve body, an inlet port, an outlet port, and a valve member movable between first and second positions, and an element biasing the valve member to the second position. An actuator is coupled to the valve. The actuator comprises a fluid responsive member coupled to the element to maintain the valve member in the first position in the absence of fluid. The fluid responsive member becomes weakened in the presence of the fluid such that the fluid responsive member is severed thereby releasing the actuator such that the valve member automatically moves to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Applicant: BMW PARKWAY LLC
    Inventor: Warren Thomson
  • Publication number: 20050146207
    Abstract: A linked brake system for motorcycles includes front and rear wheel brakes, an actuating device by which the front and rear wheel brakes can be operated simultaneously, a control system for controlling brake pressures at the front and rear wheel brakes, and wheel rotational speed sensors for measuring the wheel rotational speeds of the front and rear wheels as well as for determining a reference deceleration approaching the actual vehicle deceleration and for detecting running conditions in which a lock-up tendency exists at at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel. The wheel rotational speed sensors is connected to the control system. Upon an operation of the actuating device, the control system operates the front and rear wheel brakes with a set brake pressure ratio, provided the reference deceleration is less than a set deceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Applicant: BMW AG
    Inventor: Hans-Albert Wagner
  • Publication number: 20050140114
    Abstract: A motorcycle chassis component, such as a fork bridge of a front wheel fork, is provided with an integrated partial section of a fluid system circuit, such as a hydraulic brake circuit. By providing a partial section of the fluid system in the chassis component, the chassis component functions as a portion of the fluid system, thereby simplifying the fluid system, lowering manufacturing and component costs, and reducing fluid system vulnerability to damage from external impacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Applicant: BMW AG
    Inventor: Markus Lederer
  • Publication number: 20040181317
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the mass of a motor vehicle while taking different driving situations into consideration, involving an evaluation of the respective vehicle acceleration, wherein apart from the driving force of a vehicle drive unit the respective resistance forces resulting from rotational forces, from the air resistance, from the rolling resistance and the slope descending force, are taken into consideration and wherein in the same approach additionally the respective braking force is taken into consideration so that a multitude of different driving situations is evaluated, wherein the individual results are stored and combined suitably into a collective mass value. Hereby different driving situations can be weighted differently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: BMW AG.
    Inventors: Horst Flechtner, Axel Pauly
  • Patent number: 6624531
    Abstract: A voltage regulating control system for vehicle systems which includes a power supply providing electrical power to the system and having a predefined maximum voltage. A controller controls an actuator performing a vehicle system function and the electrical load in the system wherein the controller has a first predefined minimum operating voltage. A voltage regulator communicates with the controller and the power supply and senses a system input voltage in the system. In response to a sensed voltage dip in excess of a predetermined value, the regulator changes an effective electrical impedance of the system to maintain the system voltage at a predefined minimum voltage greater than the first predefined minimum operating voltage required by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignees: Delphi Technologies, Inc., BMW Group
    Inventors: Robert John Disser, Juergen Guldner, Detlef Krukenkamp, Carsten Krukenkamp, Jeff A. Foust, David Wayne Graber, Patrick A. Mescher
  • Patent number: 6290464
    Abstract: This invention relates to a blade of a turbomachine, more particularly an axial-flow high-pressure turbine, having at least one integrated cooling air duct issuing at the downstream back of the blade root when viewed in the direction of the working gas conducted by the blade. This invention also relates to a rotor disk of a turbomachine having several blades designed in accordance with the present invention. The cooling air duct in accordance with this invention branches off from a cooling air chamber provided in the blade root, from which chamber a cooling air duct issuing at the surface of the blade conducting the working gas is supplied with cooling air, where the cooling air duct issuing at the back of the blade root deflects the cooling air flow through it and provides an essentially continuous passage. The cooling air-duct is preferably made to converge in the direction from the cooling air chamber toward its outlet port and is shaped in accordance with design rules for axial-flow reaction turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH
    Inventors: Dimitrie Negulescu, Michael Lötzerich
  • Patent number: 6173566
    Abstract: A casing construction is provided on a gas turbine having a fan downstream of which a precompressor is situated, the precompressor casing being detachably connected with the casing of the compressor which follows the precompressor—viewed in the flow direction. An upstream end section of the precompressor casing is additionally linked to the compressor casing by at least two tension-rod-type tension devices which are situated essentially diametrically opposite one another with respect to the longitudinal axis of the gas turbine. Steel cables are preferably used as the tension devices and are fastened at least on one of the two casings by means of a tension-nut-type end piece. As a result, the precompressor casing can be constructed of a non-high-strength material and, in addition, can be linked by means of several pairs of tension-rod type tension devices to the casing of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Boeck
  • Patent number: 6088638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety system having electrical consumers (18a, 18b) which are supplied with electrical energy in normal operation from an electrical energy source (2, 4, 6). The safety system includes an electrical energy store (14a, 14b) which supplies the electrical consumers (18a, 18b) with electrical energy when the instantaneous operating voltage at the energy source (2, 4, 6) drops below a limit value. The rated voltage of the energy store (14a, 14b) is less than the rated voltage of the electrical energy source (2, 4, 6) and the electrical energy store (14a, 14b) is connected to the electrical energy source (2, 4, 6) via a switchover element (16a, 16b) which assumes the function of a diode. The switchover element (16a, 16b) ensures that a switchover from normal operation to an emergency operation takes place automatically and that, during normal operation, the electrical energy store (14a, 14b) is not charged unintentionally by the electrical energy source (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignees: Continental AG, BMW AG
    Inventors: Holger Behrends, Thomas Dieckmann, Rainer Giese, Michael Graf, Ricky Hudi
  • Patent number: 5066541
    Abstract: High thermal stabilities are achievable in linear or multidimensional sulfone, solvent resistant oligomers by incorporating oxazole, thiazole, or imidazole linkages into the oligomer backbone. Blended oligomers of crosslinking oligomers and noncrosslinking compatible polymers are also described. The oligomers include residues of four-functional compounds of the formula: ##STR1## (or isomers thereof) wherein M=--CO--, --S--, --O--, --SO.sub.2 -- or --(CF.sub.3).sub.2 C--; andY=--OH, --SH, or --NH.sub.2.In an improved method, the reactants are condensed at or below ambient temperature in the presence of pyridine in a suitable solvent such as N,N'-dimethylacetamide (DMAC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hyman R. Lubowitz, Clyde H. Sheppard, Ronald R. Stephenson