Patents Assigned to Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20240119911
    Abstract: A method of providing full array local dimming to a display comprises performing an image processing algorithm with a processor having instructions for: determining a new pixel value for each of a plurality of pixels of the image, mapping the new pixel value to a prior pixel value for each of the plurality of pixels, scaling the image of the zone bilinearly, repeating the determining mapping and scaling until an approximation value is reached, compiling the repeated results into a data set. The method also includes dividing an image for the display having into a plurality of zones each having at least one LED associate therewith and making an illumination decision from the data set, where the illumination decision is for the at least one LED associated with one of the plurality of zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Cashen, Sebastian Wolfarth, Ulrich Kabatek, Thomas Knieps, Rodrigo Ramos Cruz
  • Patent number: 11955724
    Abstract: A remote signal communication system includes a first antenna that transmits first frequency bands and a second antenna that transmits second frequency bands that are higher than the first frequency bands. A first dual matching network is provided for the first frequency bands and a second dual matching network is provided for the second frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hazael Alejandro Mendoza-Tellez, Jesus Enrique Saavedra Balbi, Eric Ponce
  • Publication number: 20240109656
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aerial delivery of a package dropped from an elevated location. The apparatus includes a main body having an internal compartment for receiving a package to be delivered. A controllable component is detachably mounted along an exterior surface of the main body. A control unit is mounted within the main body for deploying and/or controlling the at least one controllable component during a descent of the aerial delivery apparatus. A portable power supply is mounted within the main body and connected to the control unit for powering same. The main body is dimensioned to receive the controllable component within the main body when detached therefrom and to serve as a return shipping container for return mail shipment following the descent of the aerial delivery apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Stege
  • Publication number: 20240112471
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for identifying a trailer or trailer coupler in an image. The method includes obtaining a database of descriptor clusters. Each descriptor cluster has at least one label assigned thereto. Each at least one label is a label for a trailer or trailer coupler, or for a background. Image data pertaining to an image is received. Features and descriptors are determined in the received image data. For each determined descriptor, the method includes matching the determined descriptor with a descriptor cluster in the database and assigning the label corresponding to the matched descriptor cluster to the determined descriptor. Based upon the determined descriptors having the assigned label corresponding to one of a trailer or a trailer coupler, the method includes determining a convex hull of a representation of the one of the trailer or trailer coupler in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Jose Ramirez Llanos, Julien Ip
  • Patent number: 11947038
    Abstract: A LIDAR system includes a transmitter unit constructed and arranged to generate light and a photodetector structure for detecting received, reflected light. An actively tunable narrow band optical filter structure is located upstream of the photodetector structure to filter out wavelengths of light associated with sunlight prior to being received by the photodetector structure. The filter structure is constructed and arranged to change optical filtering thereof so as to change wavelengths of light permitted to pass there-through. A photodiode detects light passing through the filter structure. A control unit is associated with the photodiode and the filter structure and is constructed and arranged such that based on the light detected by the photodiode, the control unit can cause the filter structure to change the optical filtering thereof by heating or rotating the filter structure so as to compensate for drifting or broadening of a wavelength of the transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Smith, Heiko Leppin
  • Patent number: 11920869
    Abstract: An energy-moving device (EMD) transfers heat between a low-temperature-rated device (LTRD) and a high-temperature-rated device (HTRD), wherein the LTRD is thermally separated from the HTRD such that the LTRD is not stacked above the HTRD. A temperature-controlling device (TCD) actively transfers heat between the LTRD and the EMD. An air-moving device (AMD) generates an air stream for transferring heat from the EMD to ambient air. A controller receives temperature information about the ambient air, the LTRD, and the HTRD; determines when heat should be removed from the LTRD, when heat should be added to the LTRD, and when no heat needs to be transferred to or from the LTRD; and determines a first voltage for the TCD and a second voltage for the AMD based on the received temperature information. And a neural network updates the voltage values based on how effectively the voltage values have performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Pozdal, Tony Asghari, Casey Szewc, Israel Cruz, Thomas Brey, James Snider
  • Publication number: 20240056625
    Abstract: A data transmission method to transmit data contained in k independent data streams to k receivers with a data transmission device, wherein specific data stream identifiers are attached to the independent data streams and then multiplexed into I multiplexed data streams. The multiplexed data streams are then transmitted via I UARTs to k microcontrollers which demultiplex the multiplexed data streams and select one of the contained independent data streams via an allocation protocol. The allocation protocol is identical on all microcontrollers and utilizes the specific data stream identifiers to allocate the k independent data streams to exactly one of the k receivers. The microcontrollers then send their selected independent data stream to an allocated receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicants: Continental Automotive Technologies GmbH, Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Goldmann, Heath D Zietz
  • Patent number: 11897453
    Abstract: An automated parking system for a vehicle includes a camera configured to obtain images of objects proximate the vehicle, and a controller configured to review the obtained images of objects proximate the vehicle to classify an environment proximate the vehicle, determine a type of parking lot associated with the classified location and initiate an automated parking function of the vehicle corresponding to the determined type of parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Julien Ip, Eduardo Jose Ramirez Llanos, Xin Yu, Kyle Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11884215
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a driver assistance system for a vehicle. The driver assistance system also includes a camera system having at least one rear camera constructed and arranged to obtain an image of an area behind a rear of the vehicle; a tailgate position determining system constructed and arranged to determine a position of a tailgate of the vehicle, and where the image provided by the camera system of the rear of the vehicle is selected based upon the position of the tailgate of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aranza Hinojosa Castro, Ibro Muharemovic, Alexandru Mihu, Ravikanth Uppara
  • Patent number: 11880258
    Abstract: A method for reducing processing power of a data processing hardware executing one or more applications is provided. The method includes receiving communication messages and identifying a first application outputting a first message based on at least one communication message. The first application is associated with a first priority value. The method includes determining a group of high-priority applications where each application has a priority value being higher than or equal to the first priority value and determining a group of low-priority applications where each application has a priority value being lower than the first priority value. The method includes discarding one or more communication messages that are not relied on by the group of high-priority applications for a predefined period of time. The method may also include sending, to the group of low-priority applications, instructions causing the one or more applications of the low-priority group to stop executing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11866058
    Abstract: The assumption that every participating vehicle control unit (VCU) or engine control unit (ECU) in a V2X network is synchronized to GNSS time or GPS time (or some other time base) is discarded. An error is assumed for every time entry. For all messages received from a dedicated communication node, a time compensation offset is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Publication number: 20230422012
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-everything (V2X) emergency message transmission system for transmitting a V2X emergency message, which is received at intelligent infrastructure from a vehicle by V2X communication, to emergency services. The V2X emergency message may be transmitted from the intelligent infrastructure to provide redundancy to a cellular emergency call service and modified by the intelligent infrastructure to include additional information, which is able to be detected or provided by the intelligent infrastructure and unable to be detected by sensors of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Marlett, Ulrich Stählin, Mitchell E. Clelland, Paul D. Bingham
  • Patent number: 11827232
    Abstract: A method of calculation a vehicle load comprising calculating a first vehicle load value based at least on air pressures in air springs and height data of suspension of a vehicle axle, determining a second vehicle load value based on a change of track width of the vehicle axle, and calculating the vehicle load based on the first vehicle load value and the second vehicle load value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix Hägele, Matthew Letizio, Joseph Cholag, Daniel Gregory Goodrich, Harald Schaumburg, Frank Wolters, Klaus Wenger
  • Patent number: 11828937
    Abstract: A head up display assembly includes an optical system (52) and a transmissive display. A light source is configured to projected a light through the transmissive display. A diffuser (64) is located between the optical system and the transmissive display (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Cashen, Andreas H Buechel, George E Kachouh, Eugen Vetsch
  • Patent number: 11820377
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a system including brake-to-steer algorithms may achieve lateral control of a vehicle without longitudinal compensation but may also force a vehicle to slow down too rapidly before appropriate lateral movement can be achieved and may deliver an unnatural driving experience for vehicle occupants. A more natural feeling deceleration may be achieved by optimally selecting appropriate transmission shifts to allow for optimal engine speed or electric motor speed and torque based on current vehicle speed thereby reducing undesirably longitudinal disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. LaBarbera, Michael S. Wyciechowski, Clinton L. Schumann, Emmanuel Garcia, Scott T. Sanford, Gregory J. Katch
  • Publication number: 20230349441
    Abstract: An air spring assembly including an internal snapping gaiter. The internal snapping gaiter includes a free end having a flange that is snap fit to a retainment tab of a free end of a guide tube of the air spring assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph G Jerisk, Garrett Mark Pniewski
  • Patent number: 11770000
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a microcontroller. The microcontroller includes a power supply pin configured to receive power and at least one input/output (I/O) pin. A voltage regulator includes a power input configured to connect to a power source and to a regulated power output connected to the power supply pin via an I/O fault protection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Haggerty
  • Patent number: 11767003
    Abstract: A brake system for a motor vehicle comprises a normally closed circuit separation valve such that the system is configured to operate in 1) in a by-wire mode when the circuit separation valve is open, such that pressure only from a pressure chamber of a linear actuator is delivered to both first and second pairs of wheel brakes, and 2) in a circuit separation mode with the circuit separation valve in the normally closed position, such that pressure from a tandem master cylinder is delivered only to the first pair of wheel brakes, and such that pressure from the pressure chamber of the linear actuator is concurrently delivered only to the second pair of wheel brakes. The system can provide braking pressure even in the event of a by-wire braking module leak that causes inoperability of an ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuji Nakayasu
  • Publication number: 20230290248
    Abstract: A method of investigation traffic flow includes receiving sensor data from at least one sensor describing a surface area within a field of view of at least one sensor. A current heat map is generated based on the sensor data. The current heat map is compared with a preexisting heat map of the surface area within the field of view. A MAP message is updated based on the comparison of the current heat map with the preexisting heat map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivian Swan, Ganesh Adireddy
  • Publication number: 20230282107
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a traffic disturbance in a first lane of a road with a plurality of lanes. The traffic disturbance is categorized into a category. Movement characteristics of a plurality of vehicles in the proximity of the traffic disturbance are sensed. A traffic alleviation strategy is developed based on the category of the traffic disturbance and the movement characteristics. At least one traffic command is sent to a processor of at least one vehicle based on the traffic alleviation strategy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rujiao Yan, Xian Zhang, Matthew Donald Berkemeier