Patents Assigned to Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11457295
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a front panel, a speaker disposed within the front panel for generating sounds and a cover disposed over the speaker. The cover includes a plurality of openings for the transmission of sound and a corresponding plurality of blockers at each of the plurality of openings. Each of the plurality of blockers includes a front face that is spaced apart forward of a corresponding one of the plurality of openings for blocking water intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Marron Baez, Irving Morales Rodriguez, Enrique Chavez Luna
  • Patent number: 11427157
    Abstract: A vehicle access system includes an identification device with a first transceiver, a short-range transceiver and a processor configured to control the first transceiver and the short-range transceiver to activate the first transceiver only when a distance measurement between the identification device and a vehicle is within a predefined range as determined utilizing the short-range transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Djordje Preradovic, Aaron Adler, David Reimus, Akshay Choudhari
  • Publication number: 20220260679
    Abstract: A system includes a lidar system having a light emitter and a light detector and a computer having a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to demodulate modulated light received by the light detector to extract data from the modulated light. The lidar system receives data both by illuminating a field of view (FOV) of the lidar system and detecting returned light reflected by objects in the field of view FOV and by demodulating the modulated light that is received by the lidar system. The lidar system may combine data from both of these sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Vranjes, Luis Villalobos
  • Publication number: 20220260682
    Abstract: A lidar assembly includes a light emitter, a light detector, and a lens positioned to project light from the light emitter. The lens is polycarbonate. The lens has a light-absorbing dye in the polycarbonate that absorbs light having a first wavelength and transmits light at wavelengths greater than and/or less than the first wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad S Wang, Pushkar P Pandit
  • Patent number: 11409285
    Abstract: A method and system for navigating traffic for an autonomously controllable vehicle operates by detecting at least one target vehicle within a traffic environment with at least one sensor disposed on a primary vehicle. The system obtains information with a plurality of sensors disposed on the primary vehicle of the traffic environment and the at least target vehicle and predicts a maneuver of the at least one target vehicle with a controller disposed on the primary vehicle for a future time based on the information obtained relating to the traffic environment and the at least one target vehicle. The system further generates a recommended path for the primary vehicle with the controller that avoids conflicts with a future position of the at least one target vehicle based on predicted maneuvers of the at least one target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Xian Zhang
  • Patent number: 11401994
    Abstract: An assembly for an air spring includes an outer gaiter defined in part by an interior portion, an inner gaiter defined in part by an exterior portion, at least one floating ring extending from a first floating ring end to a second floating ring end, the first floating ring end coupled with the inner gaiter and the second floating ring end is coupled with the outer gaiter, where the at least one floating ring allows the outer gaiter to move relative to the inner gaiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunny Makkar, Joseph Jerisk, Garrett Mark Pniewski
  • Patent number: 11400953
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a method or product for alerting or refocusing an inattentive driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Clinton L. Schumann
  • Publication number: 20220234598
    Abstract: A method of calculation a vehicle load comprising 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: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix Hägele, Matthew Letizio, Joseph Cholag, Daniel Gregory Goodrich, Harald Schaumburg, Frank Wolters, Klaus Wenger
  • Publication number: 20220230655
    Abstract: A method of detecting a signal with a sensor. The method includes obtaining a plurality of signals with a sensor. A correlation is performed to determine if any of the plurality of signals correlate to at least one predefined signal. The at least one predefined signal corresponds to identifying the occurrence of a specific event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Peter Stählin
  • Patent number: 11386871
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a display that generates an image indicative of a vehicle operating parameter, a first sensor disposed proximate the display that senses a position of an operator relative to the display and a controller that modifies the image responsive to the sensed position of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Irving Morales Rodriguez, Hermes Ivan Rodriguez-Apodaca, Alvaro Ivan Ontiveros, Kevin Arrunategui Mojica, Tobias Regner
  • Publication number: 20220212603
    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: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aranza Hinojosa Castro Hinojosa Castro, Ibro Muharemovic, Alexandru Mihu, Ravikanth Uppara
  • Publication number: 20220198200
    Abstract: A system is provided for a vehicle having a front, a rear, a right side and a left side. The system includes an infrared detecting device mounted on the front of the vehicle. The infrared detecting device is constructed and arranged to 1) detect variations in road temperature and 2) detect heat tracks left on a road lane by preceding vehicles. A control unit is mounted in the vehicle and is connected to the infrared detecting device so as to process signals received from the infrared detecting device, the control unit being constructed and arranged 1) to predict road conditions based on the variations in road temperature detected by the infrared detecting device or 2) to predict road lane location, based on a path defined by the heat tracks detected by the infrared detecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Andrew LaPonse
  • Publication number: 20220194468
    Abstract: A vehicle trailer assist system is configured to display a plurality of target areas to a vehicle operator for the vehicle operator to select. The vehicle operator selects a target area on a trailer for tracking and using in determining a relative orientation with the vehicle. The system records selected target area and determines a relative orientation between a trailer and a tow vehicle based on a relative position between the features in the selected target area on the trailer and the tow vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nizar Ahamed, Abdulwahab Alkeilani, Luis Enrique Guerra Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20220198702
    Abstract: A method determining an angle of a trailer relative to a vehicle. The method includes generating a projection on a trailer with a projector. An image is obtained of the projection on the trailer with a camera. An angle of the trailer relative to a vehicle is determined by comparing the image of the projection with a known pattern of the projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Julien Ip, Kyle P Carpenter, Xin Yu
  • Publication number: 20220187425
    Abstract: A vehicle lidar assembly includes a casing having a front cover and a back cover connected to the front cover defining a casing cavity between the front cover and the back cover. The front cover has an attachment feature designed to directly connect to a vehicle. The back cover is supported by the front cover and has fins designed to dissipate heat. The assembly includes a laser module disposed in the casing cavity. The laser module includes a housing having a hermetically-sealed cavity. The housing includes a base that is connected to the back cover. The laser module includes a laser disposed in the hermetically-sealed cavity 30 and supported by the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Goran Vuletici, Madeline Dippel, James Robert Massie, Chad S. Wang
  • Publication number: 20220185254
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuji Nakayasu
  • Publication number: 20220187447
    Abstract: A detection device is equipped with a system to deliver pressurized fluid or compressed air or both to a lens or other optical surface to prevent or mitigate damage caused by the impact of debris. The detection device uses its own image detection function to track the trajectory of an object that might strike and impact the detection device. The detection device activates a burst of pressurized fluid or compressed air or both to shield or mitigate damage from impact. The detection device includes a housing, at least one surface mounted to the housing, and a spray device mounted to the housing. A medium, such as a liquid, gas, or compressed air, is selectively sprayed by the spray device. The spray device is activated to spray the medium when an object is approaching the surface, such that the trajectory of the object is altered when the object contacts the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Vranjes
  • Publication number: 20220185241
    Abstract: A sensor cleaning system, having a pump, a tank containing a fluid, the tank in fluid communication with the pump, a nozzle, at least one valve in fluid communication with the pump and the nozzle, and a sensor unit which controls the pump. During a first mode of operation, the valve is placed in a first configuration, and the pump transfers fluid from the tank, through the sensor unit, and back to the tank. During a second mode of operation, the valve is placed in a second configuration, and the pump transfers fluid from the tank, through the sensor unit, to the nozzle. During both modes of operation, heat is transferred from the sensor unit to the fluid as the fluid passes through the sensor unit, increasing the temperature of the fluid. The heated fluid sprayed from the nozzle is used to clean a detection component, such as a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Vranjes
  • Patent number: 11361597
    Abstract: A method and system of diagnosing the integrity of a sealed air tube of a pedestrian protection system of a vehicle is provided. The method provides the sealed air tube having a pressure sensor connected at each end of the air tube. The air tube is constructed and arranged to be located in front fascia of a vehicle. A processor circuit is electrically connected with the pressure sensors and the processor circuit has a Fast Fourier Transform element. Natural frequencies of a frequency spectrum of the air tube are obtained when no leak is known to be present in in the air tube. Signals from the pressure sensors are transformed into the frequency domain with the Fast Fourier Transform element. A leak is determined to be present in the air tube if frequencies other than the natural frequencies exist in the frequency spectrum of the air tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Leopoldo Wario Vazquez, Diego Preciado
  • Publication number: 20220179429
    Abstract: A method of determining a tow hitch position. The method includes obtaining a two-dimensional image of a tow hitch in a three-dimensional scene. A model tow hitch is obtained in three dimensions. A three-dimensional rendering of a scene is generated that includes the model tow hitch. The model tow hitch in the three-dimensional rendering is positioned in an orientation corresponding with an orientation of the tow hitch in the three-dimensional scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Jose Ramirez Llanos, Xin Yu, Matthew Berkemeier