Patents by Inventor Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20130228994
    Abstract: A single-wheel suspension of a non-steerable driven wheel of a two-track vehicle is provided. The suspension includes two longitudinal control arms that pivot in a vertical plane. The first control arm is supported by a vertical pendulum support and supports a wheel bearing. The second control arm is supported with one rotational degree of freedom on the vehicle and is connected to the first control arm with one rotation degree of freedom by a connecting member between the wheel bearing and the pendulum support. At least a section of the first control arm between the wheel bearing and the connecting member is located inside the wheel rim space. A gear mechanism at least partially inside the wheel rim includes two transmission stages laterally offset from one another. The rotational axes of a connection shaft connecting first and second transmission stages and the connection element between the two control arms coincide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130222212
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a device for influencing the viewing direction of the driver has a hazard detection and warning output device and a display unit for displaying information contents and/or entertainment contents. The display unit is arranged essentially centrally in the dashboard of the motor vehicle. The passenger compartment of the motor vehicle has a lighting device that is suitable for outputting a dynamic light animation and extends essentially from the display unit to the driver's field of vision on the windshield of the motor vehicle. A light animation that constitutes a movement of light in the direction of the driver's field of vision can be outputted, in order to output a warning about a hazard that relates to or could relate to what is happening on the road in front of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130223568
    Abstract: A receiving arrangement of a motor vehicle has a first antenna array disposed at or on the body of the motor vehicle, and having a second antenna array disposed on a window pane of the motor vehicle. The antenna arrays are coupled to a receiving unit for further processing, in particular, for the demodulation and/or decoding of a respective received signal of the antenna arrays. The receiving unit is directly connected with the first and the second antenna array. The receiving unit, during operation, causes a conversion of a respective received analog signal of the antenna arrays to a respective loss-free transportable digital signal, which the receiving unit provides to a control unit of the receiving unit for further processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130221647
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a safety device for protecting pedestrians or bicyclists that collide with the motor vehicle includes an airbag which, in the non-activated basic state, is arranged folded together on an automotive body and, in the activated deployed state, at least partially covers a frame around the windshield. In the activated state, the airbag stretches out a windshield cover in front of the windshield. The cover has a region in which a plurality of energy dissipators are distributed on the side of the cover facing the windshield. During an impact with a person's head, the region is pressed against the windshield. The energy dissipators cause prior damage to the windshield, such that the rigidity of the windshield in this region is reduced. The windshield thus yields upon impact of the head in the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130212858
    Abstract: A method for connecting components includes the acts of providing a first component, fixing the first component in a space, where the exact position of the first component in a space does not have to be known or is unknown, determining the exact position of the first component in a space by a position recognition device, which generates the position data that correspond to the position of the first component, attaching or producing at least one first fixing element on the first component by an electronically controlled device, which attaches or produces the at least one first fixing element in a specified position relative to the first component using the determined position data, and fixing a second component on the first component, where a second fixing element, which is provided on the second component, forms a detachable connection with the first fixing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130199507
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a ventilation bore in a thrust bearing of a crankcase of a reciprocating internal combustion engine by milling. The milling cutter is an angled-head milling cutter, which is introduced into the crankcase in the direction of a cylinder longitudinal axis and is moved in the direction of a crankcase longitudinal axis until the thrust bearing is perforated. Subsequently, the angled-head milling cutter is moved back in the direction of the crankcase longitudinal axis and removed from the crankcase by moving the angled-head milling cutter in the direction of the cylinder longitudinal axis. Internal stresses in the crankcase are avoided by the production of the ventilation bore, as a result of which the strength of the crankcase is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130204505
    Abstract: A motor vehicle speed control system having a distance sensor operates in a first mode when the vehicle is traveling on a clear stretch of road in which a predetermined desired vehicle speed is set. In a second mode when the vehicle is following another vehicle, a predetermined minimum distance from a selected target object is set. The target object is selected by a first selection process that screens out stationary objects. When a defined condition prevails, the first mode switches into a third mode in the form of deceleration, wherein a second selection process is started which also evaluates stationary target objects. Until a target object is selected, the vehicle travels on a clear road with deceleration initiated which is reduced relative to following another vehicle. If a target object is selected by the second selection process, the system switches over without delay from the third mode into the second mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130205258
    Abstract: A method for selecting a list element from a list displayable on a motor vehicle display unit. The list is displayed on a first display unit. First upwards/downwards commands are received upon actuation of an operating element by a user and, corresponding to the first upwards/downwards commands received, a first preselection region, which highlights a plurality of list elements, is moved upwards/downwards within the displayed list. A first selection command is received upon an actuation of the operating element and then a sublist, which exclusively comprises the list elements highlighted by the first preselection region is displayed on a second display unit. Second upwards/downwards commands are received and, corresponding thereto, a second preselection region, which highlights a single list element in the sublist, is moved upwards/downwards within the displayed sublist. A second selection command selects the list element highlighted by the second preselection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130196074
    Abstract: A thermal coating method for applying a functional layer to a workpiece surface, particularly for applying a running surface coating to a cylinder running surface of a crankcase of an internal-combustion engine, includes the steps of: melting a coating material by use of a melting device, applying coating material droplets to the workpiece surface by use of a gas jet aimed at the workpiece surface, which gas jet blows coating material droplets from a melting location of the melting device onto the workpiece surface, and cooling or rapidly freezing the coating material droplets during their transport from the melting location to the workpiece surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130192546
    Abstract: A coolant jacket is provided for a liquid-cooled cylinder head for an internal combustion engine having a crankcase. The cylinder head has a gas exchange intake side having two gas exchange intake valves and a gas exchange exhaust side having two gas exchange exhaust valves. A fuel injection valve is provided on the intake side and an ignition device is provided on the exhaust side between the gas exchange valves. The coolant jacket extends as a first partial coolant jacket on the exhaust side, coming from the crankcase, between the gas exchange exhaust valves and then radially outside around the ignition device and the fuel injection valve and further in the direction of the intake side and the crankcase. Optimal cooling of the ignition device and the fuel injection valve is achieved which enables high specific powers and pressures leading to fuel consumption and cost advantages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130185916
    Abstract: A component connection includes a first vehicle component which has a male fixing element projecting from the first vehicle component, and a second vehicle component, which has a female fixing element that is intended for receiving the male fixing element. The male fixing element is inserted into the female fixing element in an insertion direction. The male fixing element has a functional head, which has partially or completely the shape of a sphere or partially or completely a shape similar to a sphere, and the male fixing element has a foot region, which is connected to the second component in a positive locking manner. The functional head has an excessive dimension in relation to the female fixing element in essence transversely to the insertion direction, so that the two vehicle components can be clamped together in a detachable manner at the fixing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130191025
    Abstract: A navigation system has an interface for accessing a memory unit, in which an electronic road map is stored with a large number of road sections, each of which has at least one first cost element assigned thereto, and has a computer unit, which is designed such that at least one second cost element is assigned or will be assigned to at least some of the road sections. In order to compute a route, a cost value is assigned or will be assigned to each of the road sections, wherein the computation of the cost value for the first road sections is based in each case on the first and the second cost element and for the second road sections is based in each case on the first and not on the second cost elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130175990
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an electric machine, a generator generating a first AC output current, an internal combustion engine driving the generator, and a first electric plug-in charging device. When the engine is started, the generator supplies the battery with charging power. The first plug-in charging device is geometrically configured to be connectable with single phase AC power mains to supply the battery with charging power in a vehicle deactivated state. The first plug-in charging device is configured for a maximum electric power voltage load of 240 volts and a maximum current strength of 32 amperes. A second electric plug-in charging device is integrated into the vehicle. A DC charging station is connectable to the second charging device in the deactivated state so the DC charging station is usable either exclusively or simultaneously with the single phase AC power mains for charging the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130175849
    Abstract: A wheel assembly configured for suspending the wheel of a motor vehicle on one side and includes a brake disc, which is part of a disc brake and which is fixed, when viewed in the radial direction, to a wheel disc on the outer circumference of the wheel assembly in close vicinity to a wheel rim. A brake caliper of the disc brake surrounds the brake disc over the inner circumference of the brake disc and is fixed to a wheel carrier that supports a stationary ring of a wheel bearing, which has a rotating ring that supports a wheel hub that is connected to the wheel disc in a rotationally and axially fixed manner. The connection of the wheel disc to the wheel hub is formed by a press fit connection or by a spur toothing connection, in particular a Voith Hirth coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130167682
    Abstract: A shift device with an over-shift lock for a multi-speed transmission of a motor vehicle, in which individual gears are shifted incrementally, is provided. The shift device has a pivotable shifting element which is composed of an activation element and a driver element displaceably held thereon. Both elements have mutually aligned oblong holes which are penetrated by a shifting shaft leading to the transmission. A shifting process is limited by the striking of the shifting shaft against the end sides of the oblong holes. In this position, the alternating influencing of the shifting shaft and the contours of the oblong holes prevents a further rotation of the shifting shaft and thereby an over-shifting of the transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130169024
    Abstract: A wheel assembly is configured for suspending the wheel of a motor vehicle on one side and includes a brake disc, which is part of a disc brake and which is fixed, when viewed in the radial direction, to a wheel disc on the outer circumference of the wheel assembly in close vicinity to a wheel rim. The brake caliper of the disc brake surrounds the brake disc over the inner circumference of the brake disc and is fixed to a wheel carrier that supports a stationary ring of a wheel bearing, which has a rotating ring that supports a wheel hub that in turn is connected to the wheel disc. The invention brake disc is fastened to the wheel disc in a floating manner and/or in an elastically flexible manner in the radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130173085
    Abstract: A method detects a lack of driver activity at the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. A moment imparted by hand to the steering wheel by the driver is repeatedly measured, and if in a plurality of successive measurements the magnitude of a value of the moment imparted by hand does not exceed a threshold value, a lack of driver activity is inferred. The magnitude of the threshold value is dependent on the surface condition, in particular on the degree of unevenness, of the roadway being traveled upon. The degree of unevenness of the roadway may be derived from a measured vertical acceleration in the wheel suspension of the vehicle or from deceleration and/or acceleration signals of at least one wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130160731
    Abstract: A vehicle drive, having an internal-combustion engine, includes a first a second starting system for starting the internal-combustion engine, where neither the first nor the second starting system is provided for generating vehicle propulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130161982
    Abstract: A tilt-and-slide vehicle sunroof has a cover that closes a roof opening in which a central beam is arranged. The rear edge of the cover is moveable upwards out of the roof opening and backwards. The sunroof has a central beam guide in the central beam, which runs approximately in the vehicle longitudinal direction and in which a sliding element is guided. The sliding element is connected to a laterally central front lower region of the cover directly or via at least one intermediate part in a fixed, pivotable, and/or height adjustable manner. A guide part arranged in a laterally central region of the vehicle at a distance behind the sliding element is guided in the central beam guide or in a roof longitudinal guide and is connectable to the cover directly or via a connecting part in a longitudinally displaceable, pivotable, and/or height adjustable manner relative to the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130148219
    Abstract: An exterior mirror of a motor vehicle includes a mirror casing attached to a vehicle body wall via a mirror base and connected to an air guide ring by webs. The air guide ring surrounds a region of the mirror casing to form an air gap therebetween. The rear edge of the air guide ring is arranged at a distance behind the rear edge of the mirror casing. The air guide ring and the mirror base are firmly connected to one another or are at least fixed to one another. The mirror base can be arranged largely accurately in respect of position on the vehicle body wall by way of a position finding device and can be attached to the vehicle body wall by at least one attachment element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT