Patents Assigned to Continental Automotive GmbH
  • Patent number: 11953716
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a spacer for an assembly of a backlight of a display. The disclosure additionally relates to an assembly for a backlight of a display having such a spacer, and to a display having a backlight having such an assembly. The spacer comprises at least one crosspiece. The crosspiece in this case has attachment surfaces for attachment of a first light guide and a second light guide and a receptacle for a sheet stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sait Kalender, Jörg Thomas, Oliver Jakoby, Nils Arnold
  • Publication number: 20240103348
    Abstract: A device for securing an optical device on a windshield of a vehicle is described. The device comprises a box-shaped bracket in which a holder for the optical device is mounted so as to be pivotable and fixable. It is thereby possible to set various angular positions of the holder relative to the bracket, taking into account different curvatures of the respective windshield. In this way, it is possible to use a single type of securing device to attach optical devices to windshields having different curvatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Granzow, Oliver Griese
  • Publication number: 20240103589
    Abstract: A frame for electro-optical displays comprising rigid elements in a longitudinal direction, wherein the longitudinal direction is parallel to a surface of the electro-optical display is provided. Elastic elements in the longitudinal direction are arranged between the rigid elements in the longitudinal direction. An electro-optical display having a frame is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Gökay Albayrak, Florian Haas
  • Patent number: 11938906
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus, optimized for cleaning optical and optoelectronic sensor devices in motor vehicles, comprising a housing, and a reciprocating piston movable in a pressure-controlled manner in the housing and movable from a retracted position into a deployed position along an actuation axis is disclosed. The reciprocating piston has an inner channel to transport a cleaning fluid through the reciprocating piston to a spray nozzle. A miniaturized, easily and inexpensively producible cleaning apparatus which makes possible exact and precise orientation of the cleaning jet, quick operational readiness, reduced tendency for follow-up flow of the cleaning fluid, and improved adaptability to different installation positions, is also disclosed. In an embodiment at least the cleaning apparatus has at least one guide to prevent rotation of the reciprocating piston about the actuation axis during its entire stroke, the at least one guide means arranged at least regionally in the inner channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Ringler, Stefan Schäckel, Reiner Krauße, Ilja Prygunkov
  • Patent number: 11933026
    Abstract: A camera system for a vehicle comprises a holding device that can be fastened removably to the outside of the vehicle and that comprises an accumulator, a camera that can be fastened removably to the holding device, wherein electrical energy can be transferred to the camera from the accumulator to operate the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Smits
  • Patent number: 11922701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for creating a semantic representation of the environment of a vehicle, having the following steps: acquiring (S1) sensor measuring data by means of at least one first (2a) and/or second environment detection sensor (2b) of the vehicle, detecting (S2) objects and free spaces in the environment of the vehicle, creating (S3) a grid map having occupied and free grid cells based on the detected objects and free spaces; determining (S4) height information by means of the at least one first (2a) and/or second environment detection sensor (2b); adding (S5) the height information to each grid cell; allocating (S6) semantic information to the grid cells based on the height information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Kirstein
  • Patent number: 11919018
    Abstract: An apparatus for volume-controlled portioning of cleaning fluid, having a housing and having a piston unit which is arranged displaceably in the housing and which displaces a cleaning fluid from a chamber into an outflow channel. In order to provide an improved apparatus, which permits exact portioning with reduced temperature dependency and in a cleaning sequence which is as quick as possible. It is proposed that the piston unit includes a piston body and at least one valve device which is arranged on the piston body and which ensures that the chamber is filled with the cleaning fluid during the reverse movement of the piston unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Torsten Hahn
  • Patent number: 11908205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for increasing the safety of driving functions in a partially automated or fully autonomous vehicle, including the following steps: capturing (S1) an environment image or a sequence of environment images by means of at least one surroundings detection sensor (2), detecting (S2) driving lane boundaries in the environment image or the sequence of environment images, determining (S3) a driving lane course based on the detected driving lane boundaries; retrieving (S4) a further driving lane course from a data source; checking the plausibility (S5) of the determined driving lane course by verifying a matching of the driving lane courses; identifying (S6) a degree of matching; setting (S7) a confidence value based on the degree of matching; deciding (S8) whether the determined driving lane course is provided to a driving function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Kai Alexander Wittkampf, Sandro Syguda
  • Publication number: 20240053161
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a method for operating a vehicle based on a future speed curve along a predetermined travel route up to a specific preview horizon. The method may include: generating a prediction model; supplying data to the model; using an algorithm to generate a predicted speed profile; selecting a datum for the second input data group depending on a situation analysis using predetermined criteria; and using a controller to: implement operating strategies for a vehicle, control exhaust aftertreatment systems, increase an accuracy of navigation algorithms, and/or predict operating states depending on the speed forecast. The input data include a first input data group containing geocoordinates of the travel route and a second input data group containing at least one datum selected from the group consisting of: location information for a digital map, average traffic flow data along the travel route, and speed profiles of networked vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Grubwinkler, Hans Bauer, Friedrich Graf
  • Patent number: 11899091
    Abstract: A method for estimating the distance between a vehicle and an authentication device, the vehicle including a computer and a plurality of communication modules capable of communicating with the device over a wireless communication link, each communication module including an electronic clock that defines the sampling frequency of the signals received from the device. The method includes in particular the steps of addition of noise to a response signal received from the device, of sampling of the noisy response signal, of detection, at a second instant, of the noisy response signal when the amplitude of the noisy response signal exceeds a predetermined detection threshold, of calculation of the time that has elapsed between a first instant and the second instant, and of estimation of the distance between the vehicle and the device based on the calculated time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Sylvain Godet, Dawid Durka, Rachid Benbouhout
  • Patent number: 11899076
    Abstract: A computer including a hardware interface wherein the hardware interface includes a first resistor with a first first resistor pin and a second first resistor pin, a second resistor with a first second resistor pin and a second second resistor pin, a transistor, a comparator; the first first resistor pin being coupled on the one hand to the first hardware interface pin and on the other hand to a first transistor pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Yannick Leroy, Jacques Rocher
  • Patent number: 11902048
    Abstract: A control unit architecture and a method in which a communication connection takes place between at least two control units, in particular in a vehicle. The method includes receiving the data packet by the first interface controller; determining, by a data analyzer, a transmission strategy for the data packet, the transmission strategy including at least one of the following actions: rejecting the data packet, and/or sending the data packet to at least one of the second interface controllers, and/or sending the data packet to at least one of the buffer stores, and/or fragmenting the data packet and sending it to at least one of the buffer stores, and/or sending the content of the at least one buffer store to at least one of the second interface controllers; implementing the transmission strategy for the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Helge Zinner
  • Patent number: 11892302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for generating dynamic indications relating to a modification of a route guidance. Original navigational directions are generated along an original route between a starting point and a destination. Due to modified traffic conditions, it can happen that an alternative route is preferable. Therefore an alternative route is provided which is different from the original route. According to the invention, when a vehicle is located at a current location on the original route, an alternative route to the destination is determined, comprising the location of the deviation between the original route and the alternative route. The method also comprises the generation of an acoustic indication relating to a modification of the route guidance in accordance with the zoom level of a map section, represented on a display, in respect to the location of the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Lindemann, Jonas Hellhund
  • Patent number: 11879983
    Abstract: Locating a vehicle to be located (VP), which has at least a GNSS receiver, via a location system including at least a computer by: receiving a message that includes at least a GNSS signal and that is transmitted by the vehicle to be located (VP), receiving a message that is transmitted by at least one located vehicle (VL), which has a GNSS receiver, the message including a location of the vehicle, the location being associated with a high confidence level, and a GNSS signal generated by the GNSS receiver of the vehicle, determining a location of the vehicle to be located, on the basis of the location of at least one located vehicle (VL), the GNSS signal from the located vehicle, and the GNSS signal from the vehicle to be located, and transmitting the determined location to the vehicle to be located (VP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Nabil Kbayer, Willy Vigneau
  • Patent number: 11865983
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reducing the start-up time of a driver information system in a vehicle comprising providing a driver information system having an operating mode, a standby mode, and a hibernation mode. The driver information system is operated with operating power in the operating mode, is not supplied with operating power in the hibernation mode, and is operated with reduced operating power in the standby mode. A seat occupancy detection device is provided for detecting seat occupancy of at least one vehicle seat. An activation system is provided for activating and operating the driver information system in the operating mode at least when the activation system is active; and changing the driver information system from the operating mode to the standby mode when the activation system is switched off and when seat occupancy is detected at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Kabatek, Martin Stamm, Gerhard Müller, Axel König, Boris Bach
  • Patent number: 11842512
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus for determining an angle of a trailer with respect to a vehicle. A camera captures first, second, and third images when the trailer is at a first, second, third orientations respectively with respect to the vehicle. A processing unit determines at least one image location of at least one feature of the trailer in the first image, the second image, and the third image. The processing unit determines a rotational angle of the trailer about the tow ball for the trailer in the third orientation with respect to the first orientation comprising utilization of the at least one 3D location of the at least one feature of the trailer when the trailer was in the first orientation and the 3D location of the one feature of the trailer when the trailer was in the third orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Matteo Taiana, Peter Bone
  • Patent number: 11840873
    Abstract: A closing device for opening and closing an opening in a vehicle is disclosed. The closing device comprises a closing system, having a closing body (SK) that is fitted on the vehicle (FZ) in a movable manner and is configured to open and close the opening (O), a drive device (AV) that is operatively connected to the closing body (SK) and is configured to move the closing body (SK), and a transmission system (US) that is arranged between the closing body (SK) and the drive device (AV) and is configured to transmit a drive force generated by the drive device (AV) to the closing body (SK). The closing system (SLS) has a closing system spring rate (FRSLS) that characterizes an overall elasticity of the closing body (SLS), of the drive device (AV) and of the transmission system (US). The closing device (SV) also comprises a force transmission spring unit (KUFE) that is configured to pick up the drive force transmitted from the drive device (AV) to the closing body (SK).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Gubesch, Andreas Egger, Stefan Ehrlich, Roland Enzlmüller
  • Patent number: 11840294
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a regulating device for regulating the steering angle for a vehicle, comprising a first controller unit with a controller superposed thereon, the controller having a feedback path and a prefilter. The feedback path provides a first adjustment variable based on actual steering angle information which is provided by the first controller unit as an output variable and the prefilter provides a second adjustment variable based on nominal steering angle information. The controller is configured to form input information for the first controller unit based on the first and the second adjustment variables, wherein the feedback path has a first correction element, the transfer behavior of which can be adjusted. The prefilter has a second correction element, the transfer behavior of which can be adjusted. The controller is configured such that at least the controller gain of the first controller unit can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Keßler, Stefan Feick, Michael Simon
  • Patent number: 11840255
    Abstract: A method for partially or fully autonomously guiding a motor vehicle includes setting a target steering angle for guiding along a target trajectory. It is checked whether a zero point shift exists between a current position of the motor vehicle with respect to the target trajectory. The set target steering angle is adjusted on the basis of a correction constant in the event that a determined zero point shift exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Ketan Babar, Stefan Feick
  • Patent number: 11844196
    Abstract: An electronic housing element intended to be fastened to a circuit board having a component to be cooled, including: a frame made of plastics material having a rigid surround and an upper wall, and a radiator intended to cool the component, having: a gripping portion protruding from the upper wall of the frame and designed so as to engage with gripping claws of a gripping device, and a holding portion engaging with the upper wall of the frame. The upper wall of the frame is formed from a material that has a deflection temperature under load and is designed to deform in order to allow the orientation of the radiator to be adjusted when the upper wall reaches the deflection temperature under load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Bekaert