Patents Assigned to Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
  • Patent number: 10175055
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation method and to a navigation device. In the navigation method, the actual movement of the navigation device and thus of the user of the navigation device is detected. In order for a prescribed destination to be reached, navigation instructions are output by the navigation device. Signals that reflect the actual geometry of the surroundings can be transmitted to the navigation device by a device for detecting the surroundings. If it is recognized that output navigation instructions have not been followed, then the signals that reflect the geometry of the surroundings are detected. Based on the difference between the actual movement and the movement prescribed by the instructions, alternative navigation instructions are determined. In comparison to the originally suggested navigation instructions, the alternative navigation instructions constitute a confirmation in the direction of movement suggested by the original navigation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Mayrhofer, Florian Bartels, Heinz Grotter
  • Patent number: 10086758
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus for use by a driver of a motor vehicle is provided. The apparatus comprises a communication device which is configured to communicate with a complementary communication device of the motor vehicle. The apparatus further comprises a display device and a processor device. The processor device is configured to receive, via the communication device, sensor-acquired data regarding an environment of the motor vehicle from the complementary communication device of the motor vehicle and to control the display device to display the received environment data or environment data derived therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Duckstein
  • Patent number: 10088847
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for the automatic stopping of a vehicle in a target area. A method aspect of the disclosure comprises providing map data in which potential target areas for stopping of vehicles are defined by at least one attribute of map elements detecting an event that necessitates an automatic stopping of the vehicle determining a target area on the basis of the current position of the vehicle and the potential target areas defined in the map data, and triggering, on detection of the event, an automatic stopping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Reichel, Stefan Pruisken
  • Patent number: 10017111
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for avoiding collisions between vehicles, comprising receiving data that represent a first travel path of a vehicle, the first travel path being a most probable path of the first vehicle, receiving data that represent at least one second travel path of at least one further vehicle, the second travel path being a most probable path of one of the further vehicles, determining whether the first travel path collides with the second travel path and, upon determination of a travel path collision, initiating generation of a signal to warn a driver of at least one of the vehicles of a possible collision with another vehicle. Additionally disclosed is a similar method for avoiding collisions between vehicles, which is executed by a device in a first vehicle. In this method, additionally, a current position of the first vehicle can be detected, and the travel path of the first vehicle is determined on the basis of the detected current position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Kunkel
  • Patent number: 9989367
    Abstract: A technique is described for providing travel information for route segments repeatedly covered by a vehicle, wherein the travel information is indicative of map data changes extractable from map data update information. A method aspect comprises the steps of determining whether the vehicle is likely to travel along repeatedly covered route segments; selecting map data changes that are associated with the repeatedly covered route segments the vehicle is likely to travel; and generating travel information on basis of the selected map data changes and providing the travel information to a driver. Provided are also a computer program product and a device implementing the described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Bartels, Thomas Mayrhofer
  • Patent number: 9816826
    Abstract: A technique is described for correcting digitized map data stored in a map database of a navigation device, wherein the map data comprises routing data in the form of route links and shape points, and wherein each route link is associated with a sequence of shape points representing a course of a road segment that is displayable on a navigation screen. A method aspect comprises the steps of detecting a first user input operation indicative of a selection of a road segment displayed on the screen, detecting at least one second user input operation indicative of a graphical manipulation of the course of the selected road segment on the screen, generating on basis of the detected second user input operation corrected routing data reflecting the manipulated course of the selected road segments and storing the corrected routing data in the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Sigrid Renz
  • Patent number: 9679557
    Abstract: An adaptive dialogue system and also a computer-implemented method for semantic training of a dialogue system are disclosed. In this connection, semantic annotations are generated automatically on the basis of received speech inputs, the semantic annotations being intended for controlling instruments or for communication with a user. For this purpose, at least one speech input is received in the course of an interaction with a user. A sense content of the speech input is registered and appraised, by the speech input being classified on the basis of a trainable semantic model, in order to make a semantic annotation available for the speech input. Further user information connected with the speech input is taken into account if the registered sense content is appraised erroneously, incompletely and/or as untrustworthy. The sense content of the speech input is learned automatically on the basis of the additional user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Weilhammer, Silke Goronzy-Thomae
  • Patent number: 9671235
    Abstract: A method for operating a navigation device. The navigation device carries out a position determination on the basis of received signals. In parallel, another position determination is carried out on the basis of signals from inertial sensors. These two determined positions are compared. If these two determined positions differ by more than a predetermined amount, which has been defined by a predetermined limit value, an error value is recognized. If an impermissible deviation is recognized, then especially the direction of movement, the speed differences and the position changes are taken into account. When the error value is recognized, shaded areas in the surroundings of the vehicle are determined and associated with the determined momentary position, as a result of which an association with a lane level is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Bartels
  • Patent number: 9638527
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a technique for controlling the signalling of incoming telephone calls during a route guidance by means of a navigation device. A method aspect includes the steps of detecting an incoming telephone call, determining a distance to a forthcoming maneuver instruction or route reference point on a predetermined route in response to the detected telephone call, and delaying the incoming telephone call until a maneuver instruction has been output if the determined distance to the forthcoming maneuver instruction or route reference point falls short of a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Iaccarino
  • Patent number: 9507515
    Abstract: A data selection system and a method for data selection by means of a touch-sensitive surface are disclosed. The method comprises sensing a first touch position on the touch-sensitive surface and tracking a movement from the first touch position to a second touch position. The method additionally comprises calculating at least one geometric parameter from the first touch position, the second touch position and a reference position, and effecting a data selection within a data range in dependence on the geometric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fleischmann, Bernd Haberstumpf
  • Patent number: 9507808
    Abstract: A technique for structuring a navigation data base in order to support incremental data updates is provided. A method implementation of the technique includes the steps of providing at least two data levels, wherein a first data level is associated with route links representing road segments of regional distance roads, partitioning the first data level into local tiles, wherein each local tile is associated with route links representing road segments of regional distance roads for a specific local geographic area, and interlinking those route links of neighboring local tiles that represent road segment portions of a regional distance road extending over neighboring local tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Fischer, Holger Dormann
  • Publication number: 20160332570
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for avoiding collisions between vehicles, comprising receiving data that represent a first travel path of a vehicle, the first travel path being a most probable path of the first vehicle, receiving data that represent at least one second travel path of at least one further vehicle, the second travel path being a most probable path of one of the further vehicles, determining whether the first travel path collides with the second travel path and, upon determination of a travel path collision, initiating generation of a signal to warn a driver of at least one of the vehicles of a possible collision with another vehicle. Additionally disclosed is a similar method for avoiding collisions between vehicles, which is executed by a device in a first vehicle. In this method, additionally, a current position of the first vehicle can be detected, and the travel path of the first vehicle is determined on the basis of the detected current position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Kunkel
  • Patent number: 9483872
    Abstract: A technical solution is provided for graphical representation of road segments by employing hardware tessellation, wherein cartographic data that describe at least one two-dimensional or three-dimensional road contour of the road segment are assigned to each road segment. One method aspect comprises the steps of piecewise partitioning the parametrization of the road segment into mutually independent curve segments, of providing at least one tessellation factor for each curve segment, the at least one tessellation factor specifying into how many subsegments each curve segment is to be subdivided in the direction of the road contour, of generating a tessellation pattern for each curve segment based on the at least one tessellation factor, and of generating primitives, capable of being represented on a screen, on the basis of the generated tessellation pattern and on the basis of the parametrized road contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Quirin Meyer, Mario Poerner
  • Publication number: 20160223346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation method and to a navigation device. In the navigation method, the actual movement of the navigation device and thus of the user of the navigation device is detected. In order for a prescribed destination to be reached, navigation instructions are output by the navigation device. Signals that reflect the actual geometry of the surroundings can be transmitted to the navigation device by a device for detecting the surroundings. If it is recognized that output navigation instructions have not been followed, then the signals that reflect the geometry of the surroundings are detected. Based on the difference between the actual movement and the movement prescribed by the instructions, alternative navigation instructions are determined. In comparison to the originally suggested navigation instructions, the alternative navigation instructions constitute a confirmation in the direction of movement suggested by the original navigation instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: THOMAS MAYRHOFER, FLORIAN BARTELS, HEINZ GROTTER
  • Publication number: 20160202072
    Abstract: An electronic device for outputting a location reference using an attribute value which is assigned to a location to be referenced is provided, wherein the device comprises a memory, a processor system and a data transmission unit. The memory serves for storing and providing a list with attribute values for location referencing, the list consisting of a subset of all attribute values depending on a frequency of the individual attribute values. The processor system is adapted to receive an indication of a location, to determine at least one attribute value which is suitable for location referencing of the location, and for reading out, from the memory, an index value which is assigned to the determined attribute value in the list. The data transmission unit serves for outputting the read-out index value to a further device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Kunkel, Christian Otto
  • Publication number: 20160152185
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus for use by a driver of a motor vehicle is provided. The apparatus comprises a communication device which is configured to communicate with a complementary communication device of the motor vehicle. The apparatus further comprises a display device and a processor device. The processor device is configured to receive, via the communication device, sensor-acquired data regarding an environment of the motor vehicle from the complementary communication device of the motor vehicle and to control the display device to display the received environment data or environment data derived therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Duckstein
  • Patent number: 9341491
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a technique for searching points of interest, or POIs, along a calculated route to be travelled. A method implementation thereof comprises the steps of providing an initial search corridor of predetermined size, wherein the corridor is indicative of a geographic area covering at least portions of the route to be travelled, performing a POI search within the provided search corridor, and adjusting the corridor size for a subsequent POI search based on a number of POI hits found during the POI search in the currently provided search corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Mellert
  • Patent number: 9285219
    Abstract: A technique for determining location data from a database is presented. A method implementation of that technique comprises receiving a first user input defining an extension of a search corridor relative to a map visualized on a display unit. The search corridor extends from a first map area to a second map area spaced apart from the first map area. In response to a second user input defining one or more characters, location data are determined of at least one location associated with the one or more characters and lying within the search corridor. The technique may be used for searching for an intermediate or target location in connection with calculating a route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Iaccarino
  • Patent number: 9280567
    Abstract: A technique of structuring a navigation database is provided, wherein the navigation database includes at least route link data for a predetermined geographic area. A method implementation of the technique includes organizing route link data associated with the predetermined geographic area into at least one routing cluster; providing the at least one routing cluster with a cluster identifier; and storing the at least one routing cluster together with the cluster identifier in the navigation database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Fischer, Holger Dormann
  • Patent number: 9273966
    Abstract: A technique for calibrating sensor data used for dead reckoning positioning comprises the steps of simultaneously recording sensor data of at least one dead reckoning positioning sensor and position data of a position sensor during travel, comparing a first travel path derived from the position data with a second travel path derived from the sensor data, and calibrating the sensor data based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Bartels