Patents by Inventor Frederic Stefan

Frederic Stefan 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).

  • Patent number: 11062437
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to instruct image capture of a vehicle from a plurality of predefined perspectives, the perspectives defined to result in images providing a 360 degree capture of a vehicle surface. The processor is also configured to receive a plurality of images, at least one from each perspective, of a vehicle from a mobile device camera. The processor is further configured to build a 3-D model of the vehicle surface from the images and compare the 3-D model to a stored reference model of the vehicle surface in order to recognize damage to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20210142801
    Abstract: A determination of a controller for a controlled system includes reading in a data record representative of a task of the controller, selecting a controller type for the controller from a group of archived controller type data records by evaluating the data record using machine learning, selecting a control quality data record including archived values for a control quality of the selected controller type using the machine learning, and outputting an output data record that includes the controller type and the control quality data record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10988145
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Erik Alpman, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10976435
    Abstract: The invention relates to an active parking assist system (4) for a motor vehicle (2), wherein the parking assist system (4) comprises a plurality of capacitive ultrasonic converters (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g, 6h, 6i, 6j, 6k, 6l, 6m, 6n, 6o) which are essentially spaced evenly in a horizontally circumferential manner outside the motor vehicle (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20210097710
    Abstract: A request signal that indicates a quality for a determination of an orientation of a road user is received. The orientation of the road user is determined based on a) image data when the request signal indicates the quality is below a predetermined quality for the determination of the orientation of the road user, or b) on LIDAR data and image data when the request signal indicates the quality is the predetermined quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Turgay Isik Aslandere, Evangelos Bitsanis, Michael Marbaix, Alain Marie Roger Chevalier, Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20210097769
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to generate physics data representing operation of a virtual vehicle with a physics simulator processor, collect movement data of a user with a tracking processor, and provide, from a virtual reality processor, one or more images to a virtual reality display of the user based on the physics data sets and the collected movement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Turgay Isik Aslandere, Evangelos Bitsanis, Michael Marbaix, Frederic Stefan, Alain Marie Roger Chevalier
  • Publication number: 20210086793
    Abstract: An intention of a road user to traverse a passage between a first vehicle and a second vehicle is determined. A required width of the passage is determined based on a nature of the road user. A current width of the passage is determined. Upon determining the current width of the passage is less than the required width of the passage, a drive of at least one of the first vehicle or the second vehicle is actuated to increase the current width of the passage at least to the required width of the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20210061264
    Abstract: A method for performing automatic valet parking, which includes selecting a road scenario applicable to a roadway; notifying a driver to release manual control elements of a motor vehicle and to leave the motor vehicle; checking whether the control elements have been released and the driver has left the motor vehicle and, in this case, entering an EXPLORE mode in which the motor vehicle is slowly driven autonomously and searches for a free car space or a parking space using the vehicle's own environmental sensors, before the motor vehicle is placed in a parking position; and then to change from the EXPLORE mode to a PARKING mode in which the motor vehicle is parked in the car space or in the parking space from the parking position by means of the longitudinal and lateral controllers and using the environmental data previously obtained from the environmental sensors in the EXPLORE mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Michael Marbaix, Evangelos Bitsanis, Turgay Aslandere, Alain Chevalier
  • Publication number: 20200372463
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for delivering and/or collecting an object at a place of destination (2) by means of a vehicle (3), with automatic determining by an electronic control device (4) on-board the vehicle whether the vehicle (3) has reached a predetermined local area (8) of the place of destination (2), whereupon a notification is automatically generated at the place of destination (2) relating to the arrival of the vehicle (3) by means of a communication device (7) at the place of destination. It is characterized in that the vehicle (3) is stopped in the local area (8) of the place of destination (2) and the object to be delivered and/or collected is handed over from and/or into the vehicle (3). The disclosure further relates to a system (1) for delivering and/or collecting an object at a place of destination (2) by means of a vehicle (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10831194
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and to a device that recognizes road users in an environment of a vehicle. The vehicle includes at least one camera-based sensor that acquires images of the vehicle environment, wherein the device implements the method to process the images. The method includes acquiring at each of a plurality of different times, an image of an object located in the vehicle environment, performing image analyses on the images acquired at different times, and deciding, based on a result of the image analyses performed, whether the object shall be interpreted as a road user or as an inanimate entity. The device implements the method to control an autonomous driving system to control vehicle movements based on the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen
  • Publication number: 20200349307
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for performing a method for performing computer-aided simulations. The system loads an input dataset which is based on user interactions of a user indicating a manipulation of a representation of a component, provides a tracking dataset indicating changes in the representation through the manipulations by evaluating the input dataset, provides an output dataset which is based on evaluation of the tracking dataset by means of machine learning, where the output dataset assigns a model to the representation, and outputs the output dataset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Turgay Isik Aslandere, Evangelos Bitsanis, Michael Marbaix, Frederic Stefan, Alain Marie Roger Chevalier
  • Patent number: 10823844
    Abstract: A method to analyze of a vehicle's surroundings is specified. The method includes: arranging a first sensor group with at least two radar sensors on a vehicle, emitting radar waves using the radar sensors into the vehicle environment, reflecting the emitted radar waves at objects in the vehicle's environment, receiving the reflected radar waves using the radar sensors, identifying information about the vehicle's environment from the received radar waves and outputting the radar information. In order to improve the analysis of the carriageway environment, the radar sensors are arranged on the vehicle such that the emitted and received radar waves interfere. Radar information is obtained by taking account of the resulting interference data. In addition, a vehicle apparatus to analyze a vehicle's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10800425
    Abstract: Parameters that characterize a current driving situation of the motor vehicle are acquired. On the basis of the acquired parameters a current level of monotony is determined as a characterization of a monotony of the current driving situation. Whether the calculated current level of monotony exceeds a predetermined threshold is checked, and an exercise for the driver to increase concentration on driving the motor vehicle is performed when the threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10789787
    Abstract: A system and method for demand-activated remote monitoring and/or control of motor vehicles via a radio data communication link with a coordination unit. The coordination unit is configured for conveying requests for remote monitoring and/or remote control of a motor vehicle and offers for performing the remote control from control terminals located remotely from the coordination unit. After acceptance of an offer by the vehicle, the coordination unit provides a data communication link between the motor vehicle and the control terminal over which the remote control and/or monitoring is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20200282843
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle having a high-voltage source, such as a traction battery, includes at least one self-destructing or otherwise irreversibly disabling integrated circuit (IC) that may be activated by a controller in response to vehicle sensor data indicative of a situation that may expose rescue or recovery personnel to a possibility of electric shock. The IC(s) may be internal to a traction battery to disconnect or disable groups of cells from one another, and/or external to the traction battery to disconnect the high-voltage source from the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN
  • Publication number: 20200284929
    Abstract: An arrangement (202) of microelectromechanical systems for signal conversion in a vehicle interior is provided, which has a plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100), which each have at least one signal conversion unit (101) and a communication unit (102). The arrangement (202) furthermore comprises a control device (205) and the plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100) are configured to communicate signals to the control device (202). Provision is made for the plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100) to be arranged in a vehicle interior (201) and for the signals to relate to at least one state parameter of the vehicle interior (201). In addition, a vehicle (200) having a vehicle interior (201), which vehicle has such an arrangement (202), is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10739258
    Abstract: In order to obtain information about a salt-state of a road independently of drivers, a method that generates information about the salt-state of a road is specified that includes a determination of salt-state-dependent measurement values, processing of the measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road and outputting of the information about the salt-state of the road. A corresponding device that generates information about the salt-state of a road comprises sensors that determine of salt-state-dependent measurement values, a processing unit that is configured to process determined measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road, and output the information about the salt-state of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10710577
    Abstract: A method of performing an autonomous parking maneuver of a vehicle begins with a human vehicle operator/driver issuing a command to a parking assistance system that the parking maneuver requires at least one vehicle wheel to encounter a vertical obstruction (such as a curb) undetected by a sensor providing information to the system. In reaction to the command, the parking assistance system enters an operating mode wherein a setpoint speed of the vehicle during the maneuver is decreased to operate the engine with a greater torque reserve so that it is better adapted to deal with the vertical obstruction. A brake system condition may also be changed when in the operating mode, such as decreasing a brake disk/pad distance. The command may be issued by a vehicle operator standing outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10703412
    Abstract: A method is described for parking a vehicle in a parking space. In the method, a parking aid device having a function that parks in a parking space on an oncoming lane is activated. An available parking space on the oncoming lane is located via sensors. A starting position of the vehicle on the oncoming lane for automatic parking in the parking space is established such that upon moving the vehicle on the oncoming lane into the established starting position, and the parking aid device automatically parks the vehicle in the parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10697226
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a method for the remote-controlled operation of a tailgate of a motor vehicle. A sensor arrangement of the motor vehicle detects environmental data of the motor vehicle. A control apparatus of the motor vehicle triggers the opening of the tailgate on receiving a wireless opening signal from an operator and triggers the closing of the tailgate on receiving a wireless closing signal from an operator. The control apparatus checks for the presence of at least one closure condition of the tailgate that is independent of the wireless closing signal based on the environmental data detected by the sensor arrangement during opening of the tailgate, and if the closure condition is present, the control apparatus triggers the closing of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan