Patents Assigned to Continental Automotive GmbH
  • Publication number: 20220191616
    Abstract: A processing unit for an audio system of a vehicle comprises a first processing node, a second processing node and a program memory. The program memory may be overwritten by the first processing node and by the second processing node. After the processing unit has started up the first processing node may compute and write to the program memory an audio output. The processing unit may also perform a handover of the computing of the audio output from the first processing node to the second processing node when the first processing node has overwritten the program memory up to a predefined point and when the second processing node is operational. The second processing node is designed to compute the audio output after the handover, and to write this audio output to the program memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Dochow, Thomas Göhring, Meinrad Niemöller
  • Patent number: 11359560
    Abstract: A method for measuring pressure of a gaseous fuel compressed in a feed system of an engine equipping a motor vehicle, by a pressure measuring device having an infrared quality sensor and an electronic control unit, the measuring method being characterized in that it consists in determining a corrected absorbance value of the fuel based on absorbance measurements performed by infrared analysis, at preset wavelengths, and in comparing the value to a nominal absorbance value, determined beforehand based on absorbance measurements performed at a nominal pressure after a pressure stabilization phase of the fuel and at the same said wavelengths, in order to determine the fuel pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Wladia Waszak, Hervé Richard, Franck D'Araujo
  • Patent number: 11358419
    Abstract: A method for detecting wheel units mounted at wheels of a vehicle and for detecting wheel mounting positions belonging to each of the wheel units is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: positioning a mobile communication device at a predetermined start position with respect to the vehicle, moving the mobile communication device from the start position along a path around the vehicle, receiving RF signals from the wheel units and measuring the RF signal strengths thereof by the mobile communication device when moving along the path around the vehicle, performing an analysis of variations of the measured RF signal strengths of the received RF signals depending on the position of the mobile communication device along the path, identifying the wheel units and identifying the wheel mounting positions based on a result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kretschmann, Parthiv Dharamshi, Michael Löffler, Jean-Philippe Boisset
  • Publication number: 20220176893
    Abstract: A camera arm device for a mirror replacement system for a motor vehicle having a boom element, which has at least one camera (30) of the mirror replacement system is provided. A. housing, which cooperates with an end portion of the boom element in order to hold the boom element. There is arranged in the housing a guide groove through which the boom element extends and along which the boom element is movably mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Lukas Pape
  • Publication number: 20220172318
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for capturing and processing a digital panoramic image. The method involves projecting a panorama (1) onto an image sensor (4) by means of a panoramic objective lens (3) to obtain a raw image (6). Then, a set (7) of N output images (8) is created based on the raw image (6). N is greater than or equal to two and each output image (8) represents a gnomonic projection of the panorama (1) with a given focal length. The output images (8) have a common predetermined resolution, the focal length of the first output image (8.1) has a predetermined focal length value, and the focal length of each other output image (8.2; 8.3) is shorter than that of the previous output image (8.1; 8.2). The invention further relates to a digital panoramic camera system (2), comprising a panoramic objective lens (3), an image sensor (4) and image processing electronics (5). The image processing electronics (5) are adapted to perform the method according to the above description.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Görmer, Aless Lasaruk, Sumukha Manjunatha
  • Patent number: 11345136
    Abstract: A resin molded article is equipped with a resin base material layer, a cover layer, and a design layer. The design layer is provided on a design side end surface of the resin base material layer, whereas the cover layer is provided on a cover side end surface which is a rear surface of the design side end surface. Further, the cover layer includes a first end surface facing toward the cover side end surface, and a second end surface which is a rear surface of the first end surface. The first end surface is covered by a first coating layer, and the second end surface is covered by a second coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., Continental Automotive GmbH, SUNARROW LTD
    Inventors: Seonghun Lee, Ryo Sato, Tomoomi Kiyomiya, YoungJin Hyun, Takezo Takahata
  • Patent number: 11338631
    Abstract: A valve with elastic deformation and having a tubular core adapted to form an internal air passage from an external longitudinal end of the valve to an internal longitudinal end, the tubular core being at least partially surrounded by a sleeve of elastically deformable material and having a bulb shape widening in proximity to the internal longitudinal end of the valve and ending in an internal longitudinal bulb end. A cup made of rigid material includes a first portion facing an internal longitudinal bulb end face and at least one second portion curved away from the internal longitudinal end of the valve, the cup serving as a way of limiting deformation of the bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jérémy Mieyan, Gilles Capdepon, Pascal Petitjean
  • Patent number: 11338772
    Abstract: Computer systems for training a machine learning model for preventing relay attacks. Including portable electronic devices capable of controlling the opening or closing, contactlessly, of an access to a road vehicle on the basis of a pretrained machine learning model. The general principle is based on the use of smartphones as a digital key for accessing a road vehicle. Machine learning is used to train a learning model capable of predicting the movement of a smartphone of this type as it approaches or moves away from the road vehicle. Subsequently, access to the road vehicle is authorized only when same receives the information on the movement of the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jonathan Bonnet, Nicolas Renard
  • Patent number: 11343076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a propagation delay and/or a distance between a plurality of transceivers, in particular between transceivers outside and/or as part of a motor vehicle, wherein the transceivers are each designed: to generate identical codes in a plurality of these transceivers, using a calculation method known to them, from at least one starting value transmitted, in particular, from one of the transceivers to the further transceivers, to transmit one or more messages from at least one of the transceivers to one or more further ones of the transceivers, which messages each contain at least one of the codes, to determine at least one propagation delay and/or at least one distance between at least two of the transceivers, in particular from the propagation delay and/or transmission times of the one or more messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Reisinger, Ulrich Emmerling, Maximilian Treindl, Ewald Altmann, Stefan Haller, Franz Plattner
  • Patent number: 11341753
    Abstract: A method for detecting the presence of an emergency vehicle includes receiving a plurality of image frames over a period of time, determining an EV colour component for each image frame based on the ratio of a first colour relative to the total colour in each pixel and assigning to a pixel a first value if the EV colour component exceeds a predefined threshold value and a second value if the EV colour component does not, and determining for an EV colour value for the first colour based on the sum of all of the first values for each image frame. The method also includes generating a time domain representation, converting the time domain representation for the plurality of image frames to a frequency spectrum, and determining if any flashing light sources of the first colour associated with one or more types of emergency vehicles is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Vishnu Vardhana Asvatha Narayanan, Sreekanth Velladath, Sriram Natarajan, Sri Hari Bhupala Haribhakta, Elias Strigel, Martin Pfitzer
  • Patent number: 11341678
    Abstract: A device for calculating a vehicle trailer pose using a camera is disclosed, including: a camera arranged offset from a tow bar position of the vehicle and configured to capture an image of the trailer; a memory which is configured to provide data at least one intrinsic parameter of the camera; at least one extrinsic parameter of the camera; at least one predefined tow bar position; and a first image from the camera showing the vehicle trailer at a first pose wherein the camera captures a second image showing the trailer at a pose to be determined; a processor configured to provide image analysis and determine at least one feature correspondence between the first image and the second image and calculate a change in the trailer pose between a first pose of the first image and a second pose of the second image based on the determined correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Yonggang Jin
  • Publication number: 20220153342
    Abstract: A controller device for controlling an effective value of an electric load current at a time-variant load is provided. The controller device provides at the time-variant load a voltage pulse sequence having a duty cycle in at least one pulse phase of the voltage pulse sequence. A sample value of the electric load current is acquired at the time-variant load, to determine an actual effective value of the electric load current using a dependency stored in the controller device. The actual effective value is assigned to the sample value of the electric load current. A difference value between the actual effective value of the electric load current and a setpoint effective value of the electric load current is determined, and adapted duty cycle of the voltage pulse sequence is determined from the difference value, and provides at the time-variant load an adapted voltage pulse sequence having the adapted duty cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Thilo Grill
  • Patent number: 11332010
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, an apparatus fora vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a support structure adapted to support a display panel, a drive assembly capable of selectively driving the support structure to rotate about a first axis and to rotate about a second axis, the first axis being different from the second axis, and a sensor arrangement located at a first predetermined position along a path of the rotation about the first axis and at a second predetermined position along a path of the rotation about the second axis, the sensor arrangement being configured to directly detect the support structure selectively at the first and second predetermined positions. According to further embodiments of the present invention, a display for a vehicle and a method for controlling an apparatus for a vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Chin Tak Ng, Adrian Ii Macasaquit, Kevindran Pillay Mauree
  • Patent number: 11333784
    Abstract: A presence detection device including a sensor connected to a microcontroller, the sensor including a first detection capacitor arranged in a first detection area, and a second detection capacitor arranged in a second detection area. The microcontroller is configured to recurrently repeat a phase of measuring a measurement signal by charging/discharging the first detection capacitor from/into the second detection capacitor, and to detect a presence of a user in the first detection area and/or the second detection area according to the measurement signal. Also disclosed are a motor vehicle including a detection device and a detection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Gabriel Spick, Yannis Escalante, Olivier Gerardiere
  • Patent number: 11336332
    Abstract: A device for a handle of a motor vehicle door. The device includes, integrated into the door, a primary module that supplies power by inductive coupling to a secondary module integrated into the handle. The primary module includes a primary coil and the secondary module having a secondary coil positioned facing the primary coil. The secondary coil also serves as a repeater for contactless communication between the primary module and a terminal. If the handle is retractable, the device also allows the position of the handle during its movement between a deployed position and a retracted position to be estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Gabriel Spick, Olivier Gérardière, Yannis Escalante
  • Patent number: 11326375
    Abstract: A handle for a motor vehicle opening, equipped with an ultra-high-frequency antenna having a device for transmitting and receiving a signal at a predetermined wavelength, with a device for detecting the approach of and/or contact by a user, with a printed circuit board and with at least one connecting cable intended for electrically connecting the printed circuit board to an electronic control unit. The at least one connecting cable has a section either projecting from the remainder of the at least one connecting cable or surrounded by an electromagnetically insulating coating coaxial with the at least one connecting cable, a length of the projecting section or a length of the coaxial coating being equal to one quarter of said predetermined wavelength with a tolerance of +/?20%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Grégory Siguier
  • Patent number: 11325433
    Abstract: A method for reconfiguring a device for monitoring a tire, incorporating a pressure sensor and a communication module. The device may receive and store configuration data intrinsic to the tire. Based on pressure measurements and the configuration data, the device generates and stores advanced data relating to use of the tire over time. Following reception of new configuration data, the method includes: detecting a tire change based on the previously stored configuration data and the newly received configuration data, if a tire change is detected: erasing the advanced data from the memory means of the device, if not, retaining the advanced data in the memory of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Davy Ribreau, Jean-Philippe Boisset, Michael Löffler
  • Patent number: 11318884
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a method for providing an image using a camera monitor system for a motor vehicle with a trailer, wherein the camera monitor system has a rear camera assigned to a rear side of the trailer, a side camera assigned to a longitudinal side of the motor vehicle, and a monitor for presenting images of the cameras. The method may include: capturing a first image with the rear camera; capturing a second image with the side camera; constructing a composite image comprising the first image and the second image based at least in part on an ascertained trajectory of the motor vehicle; and displaying the composite image on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Smits
  • Patent number: 11316604
    Abstract: A node may determine the topology of a computation system. The computation system is a network of nodes and multiple nodes are capable of being a grandmaster clock source. The method includes starting a best clock selection process, announcing clock information, and if the node is not acting grand master then receiving messages announcing clock information from other nodes of the network. Topology information is extracted from the messages, and if the node is acting grandmaster then retiring from the position of grandmaster. The best clock selection process steps are repeated until no node of the network becomes acting grandmaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Helge Zinner, Julian Brand
  • Patent number: 11314247
    Abstract: A method of remotely controlling a vehicle involves creating an exterior situation image for the vehicle (1) using a sensor system (2) for detecting the surroundings of the vehicle. A trajectory of the vehicle is specified by a driver assistance system (3) of the vehicle. The exterior situation image and the trajectory are transmitted wirelessly to a remote control (7) that is arranged spatially separately from the vehicle. The vehicle is controlled by the remote control based on the trajectory and the exterior situation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Biehler, Bardo Peters, Mario Geigenfeind