Patents Assigned to Volkswagen of America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8751145
    Abstract: A voice recognition method that is used for finding a street uses a database including information about a plurality of streets. The streets are characterized by respective street names and street types. A user provides a voice input for the street that the user tries to find. The voice input includes a street name and a street type. The street type is recognized by processing the voice input. Streets having the recognized street type are then selected from the database and a street name of at least one of the streets selected from the database is recognized by processing the voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Volkswagen of America, Inc., Audi AG
    Inventors: Ramon Eduardo Prieto, Carsten Bergmann, William B. Lathrop, M. Kashif Imam, Gerd Gruchalski, Markus Möhrle
  • Patent number: 8284995
    Abstract: A method for updating a geographic database containing image data and road vector data to be used in vehicle navigation systems includes determining whether a vehicle is in an on-road position based on information provided by the vehicle navigation system. A geographically coded image is generated with a vehicle-mounted camera if the vehicle is not in an on-road position according to the information provided by the vehicle navigation system. The geographically coded image generated by the vehicle-mounted camera is analyzed in order to determine whether the geographic database requires updating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Sampedro Diaz, Daniel Rosario, Daniel Held
  • Patent number: 8214219
    Abstract: A speech communications system for a vehicle includes a microphone system provided in the vehicle interior in order to detect audio information. An interaction manager provides grammar information to a speech recognizer. The speech recognizer provides speech recognition results to the interaction manager. An acoustic echo canceller eliminates portions of the audio information detected by the microphone system. A sound localizer determines a sound source location in the vehicle interior. A method of operating a speech communications system in a vehicle is also provided. An interruptible text-to-speech operation provides a speech output to a user. Voice information is requested from the user for a maximum number of times if insufficient voice information or no voice information is provided in response to the speech output provided by the interruptible text-to-speech operation. The dialog context of an unfinished speech interaction is saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramon Prieto, Rohit Mishra
  • Patent number: 8121780
    Abstract: A method for offering a user reward based on a chosen navigation route includes calculating alternative routes from a starting location to a destination location by taking into consideration route segments including public transportation route segments and road network route segments. The alternative routes are presented to a user. A reward is offered for choosing a respective one of the routes. A navigation system that performs the route calculation preferably queries a network database for public transportation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Arati Gerdes, Daniel Rosario, Jonathan Lee
  • Patent number: 7873517
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a speech interface for an acoustic input of commands for operating the motor vehicle or a module of the motor vehicle. The speech interface includes a speech recognition database in which a substantial portion of commands or command components, which can be input, are stored in a version according to a pronunciation in a first language and in a version according to a pronunciation in at least a second language, and a speech recognition engine for automatically comparing an acoustic command to commands and/or command components, which are stored in the speech recognition database, in a version according to the pronunciation in the first language and to commands and/or command components, which are stored in the speech recognition database, in a version according to the pronunciation in the second language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramon Prieto, M. Kashif Imam, Carsten Bergmann, Wai Yin Cheung, Carly Williams
  • Publication number: 20100014712
    Abstract: A method for updating a geographic database containing image data and road vector data to be used in vehicle navigation systems includes determining whether a vehicle is in an on-road position based on information provided by the vehicle navigation system. A geographically coded image is generated with a vehicle-mounted camera if the vehicle is not in an on-road position according to the information provided by the vehicle navigation system. The geographically coded image generated by the vehicle-mounted camera is analyzed in order to determine whether the geographic database requires updating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Luis Sampedro Diaz, Daniel Rosario, Daniel Held
  • Patent number: 7639019
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a battery includes the steps of activating a power conservation mode of an electrical system of a motor vehicle, measuring a duration of activation of the power conservation mode of the electrical system, and measuring a quiescent voltage of a vehicle battery of the motor vehicle. A battery status is determined based on the duration of activation of the power conservation mode and based on the quiescent voltage of the vehicle battery. Information indicative of the battery status is provided such that the information is perceivable outside the motor vehicle. A flashing pattern of a light emitting diode may for example indicate the battery status. A motor vehicle having a battery monitoring configuration is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolf Bosse, Guy Cleymans, Mark Kado
  • Publication number: 20090298482
    Abstract: A method for managing an ongoing telephone call in a vehicle includes the steps of monitoring signals provided by vehicle systems and monitoring conversational cognitive load indicators for a driver during the telephone call. A current driving situation is assessed by evaluating the signals provided by the vehicle systems and by evaluating the conversational cognitive load indicators. A semantic cue is provided during the telephone call, wherein the semantic cue is indicative of the current driving situation and wherein the semantic cue is audible at least for a caller calling the driver. Methods for managing incoming telephone calls and assisting the driver with outgoing telephone calls are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Corina Yen, Brian Finn, Jo Ann Sison
  • Publication number: 20090287408
    Abstract: A method for offering a user reward based on a chosen navigation route includes calculating alternative routes from a starting location to a destination location by taking into consideration route segments including public transportation route segments and road network route segments. The alternative routes are presented to a user. A reward is offered for choosing a respective one of the routes. A navigation system that performs the route calculation preferably queries a network database for public transportation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Arati Gerdes, Daniel Rosario, Jonathan Lee
  • Publication number: 20090271106
    Abstract: A navigation configuration includes a microphone, disposed in a motor vehicle, for acoustically inputting a location designation. A server, disposed outside the motor vehicle, performs a speech recognition of an acoustically input location designation and converts the acoustically input location designation into a location designation of a database. A communication system transmits the acoustically input location designation from the motor vehicle to the server and transmits the location designation of the database from the server to the motor vehicle. A navigation system, disposed in the motor vehicle, determines a route from a location of the motor vehicle to a destination as a function of the location designation of the database. A motor vehicle having a navigation system for determining a route and a method for determining a route from a location of the motor vehicle to a destination are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rohit Mishra, Edward Kim, Zhaoxia Zhang, Arati Gerdes
  • Publication number: 20090234529
    Abstract: A method for processing data includes providing statistical data on user interactions with input devices, which are for example provided in a vehicle, and performing real-time measurements of user movements. A user intent is predicted by evaluating the real-time measurements of the user movements and the statistical data on the user interactions with the input devices. Data required for an imminent output are pre-processed, for example pre-cached, in dependence of the user intent predicted by evaluating the statistical data and the real-time measurements. The method for processing data is advantageous when data must be provided within a short period of time after a user interacts with an input device. For example, map data of an in-vehicle navigation system must be presented on a display screen immediately after a driver requests the map data by actuating an input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Luis Sampedro Diaz, Ganymed Stanek
  • Publication number: 20090143967
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a wheel-view camera with a wide-angle lens and an image sensor. The wheel-view camera is mounted in the housing of a side view mirror and points in a downward direction such that the wheel-view camera captures a front wheel. An image processing unit is operatively connected to the wheel-view camera unit for receiving image data from the wheel-view camera. The image processing unit is configured to process the image data such that the image processing unit performs a wide-angle lens correction, an image rotation and a viewpoint conversion. A display unit is operatively connected to the image processing unit. The display unit receives processed image data from the image processing unit and displays an image of the front wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lee, Arne Stoschek
  • Publication number: 20090079828
    Abstract: A camera system for a vehicle includes a camera unit mounted on the vehicle for viewing an area outside the vehicle. A image processing unit receives image data from the camera unit. A control unit receives vehicle operation data including vehicle speed data. A display unit is configured to transition between a screen image defined by a first viewing angle and a screen image defined by a second viewing angle. The first viewing angle and the second viewing angle extend substantially in a vertical plane, and the first viewing angle is greater than the second viewing angle. The display unit further displays supplemental information based on the vehicle operation data, the supplemental information includes vehicle speed information and information indicating a transition behavior of the display unit configured to transition between the first viewing angle and the second viewing angle. A method for controlling a camera system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lee, Marcial Hernandez, Arne Stoschek
  • Publication number: 20080319589
    Abstract: A method for determining a tilt angle of a vehicle includes measuring accelerations of a vehicle in directions along a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and a vertical axis of the vehicle. A current tilt angle of the vehicle is calculated as a function of the measured accelerations. A magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, and of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations. A gyroscopically stabilized magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations, and of a change in the tilt angle over a given time period calculated from angular rate data provided by a gyroscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicants: Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lee, Daniel Rosario, Arne Stoschek, Knut Sanny
  • Patent number: 7463953
    Abstract: A method for determining a tilt angle of a vehicle includes measuring accelerations of a vehicle in directions along a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and a vertical axis of the vehicle. A current tilt angle of the vehicle is calculated as a function of the measured accelerations. A magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, and of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations. A gyroscopically stabilized magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations, and of a change in the tilt angle over a given time period calculated from angular rate data provided by a gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lee, Daniel Rosario, Arne Stoschek, Knut Sanny
  • Publication number: 20080246488
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a battery includes the steps of activating a power conservation mode of an electrical system of a motor vehicle, measuring a duration of activation of the power conservation mode of the electrical system, and measuring a quiescent voltage of a vehicle battery of the motor vehicle. A battery status is determined based on the duration of activation of the power conservation mode and based on the quiescent voltage of the vehicle battery. Information indicative of the battery status is provided such that the information is perceivable outside the motor vehicle. A flashing pattern of a light emitting diode may for example indicate the battery status. A motor vehicle having a battery monitoring configuration is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolf Bosse, Guy Cleymans, Mark Kado
  • Publication number: 20080210474
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a touch screen, which is disposed in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle, for outputting a position signal. The position signal is dependent on the touch screen being touched. An actuator is provided for deflecting the touch screen. A control configuration evaluates the position signal for the purpose of recognizing a handwriting and for controlling the actuator in order to generate a haptic feedback for an operator of the touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackie Lai, Zhaoxia Zhang, Brian Finn
  • Patent number: 7410202
    Abstract: A substantially flat control element for controlling a vehicle component has touch-sensitive regions and is configured to generate control signals for moving the vehicle component into respective end positions in response to a first and a third one of the touch-sensitive regions of the control element being touched. A second region of the control element has subregions for allowing a variable adjustment of the vehicle component into intermediate positions between the end positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kai Christen Rose, Arne Stoschek
  • Publication number: 20080147304
    Abstract: A key for a motor vehicle includes an access module for unlocking or opening a door of the motor vehicle or for starting the motor vehicle. The key has a memory module for storing user data and a data transfer module for a wireless access to the memory module. The memory module is a rewritable memory module which can be removed by a user. A data transfer system for a motor vehicle and a method for transferring data to or from a motor vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Pai, Carsten Bergmann, Chu Hee Lee, Philippe Alessandrini
  • Publication number: 20080111342
    Abstract: A bicycle includes an electric motor for driving a hydraulic actuator for a brake caliper of a brake disc of the front wheel of the bicycle. An electronic control unit receives wheel speed information from a wheel speed sensor, input pressure information from an input pressure sensor connected to a brake lever, and hydraulic pressure information from a hydraulic pressure sensor, which measures the hydraulic pressure for the brake caliper. The electronic control unit controls the hydraulic actuator based on the wheel speed information, the input pressure information from the input pressure sensor, and the hydraulic pressure information from the hydraulic pressure sensor such that the hydraulic pressure for the brake caliper is adjusted to prevent the bicycle front wheel from locking up when input pressure is provided via the brake lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicants: Volkswagen of America, Inc., Audi AG
    Inventors: Johannes Van Niekerk, Philip Schlesinger