Patents by Inventor Gerhard Fichtinger

Gerhard Fichtinger 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: 10875480
    Abstract: A bumper arrangement of a passenger car has an upper and a lower load path. A spring element is provided on the transverse support of the lower load path, which, in the event of a collision of a pedestrian with the passenger car, exerts an additional force on the lower leg of the pedestrian, so as to support the movement of the pedestrian in the direction of the front hood of the passenger car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Fichtinger, Martin Gross, Mazdak Novine, Tim Rudolph
  • Patent number: 10752217
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a container for receiving liquids arranged in a motor compartment of the motor vehicle in a space-saving manner. The two front end sections of the two front axle supports are connected together by two transverse supports, which are arranged at a distance from each other in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and the container for receiving liquids is arranged in the intermediate space between the two front axle supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wilhelm Riedl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Arne Koehler
  • Patent number: 10710529
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, in particular for a front part of the motor vehicle, includes a bumper crossbeam and a deformation element arranged in front of the bumper crossbeam. The deformation element has a bending section, the end of which is in contact with a surface or which comes into contact with the surface in the event of a collision, in particular a front collision of the motor vehicle. The end of the bending section is designed such that it can move along the surface as a result of the collision, wherein the surface has an engaging device with which the end of the bending section can be, in particular, engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10696331
    Abstract: A vehicle body has an inner body structure and an outer body skin, wherein the body structure has, in the region of a vehicle front end, a left supporting carrier and a right supporting carrier and a left suspension strut cup and a right suspension strut cup for accommodating respective suspension struts belonging to the chassis of the vehicle. Each suspension strut cup lies on the side of the associated supporting carrier facing the longitudinal center plane of the vehicle. The body skin has, in the region of the vehicle front end, a left front body side part, a right front body side part, and a front hood arranged between said front body side parts. The left front body side part covers the left suspension strut cup. The right front body side part covers the right suspension strut cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Akteingesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Haas, Gerhard Fichtinger
  • Patent number: 10576921
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle includes a bumper crossmember and a deformation element which is arranged on the bumper crossmember and which has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to each other in the event of a collision of the motor vehicle, and a mechanical locking mechanism. The locking mechanism has a movable locking element which is pretensionable or is pretensioned with a spring device and which is arranged on the first element or on the second element, and with a depression or step to which the other of the first element and the second element can be latched in a form-fitting manner. In the event of a high displacement speed which is greater than or equal to a predetermined second displacement speed, the locking mechanism prevents displacement of the first element relative to the second element by means of self-locking of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Hiermaier, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10525918
    Abstract: A deformation structure has at least a first layer and a second layer, which are spaced apart from each other and displaceable relative to each other in the deformation direction or load direction. The first layer and the second layer have complementary protrusions and recesses, which are designed in such a way that the protrusions of the first layer can plunge into the recesses of the second layer and the protrusions of the second layer can plunge into the recesses of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Simon Konrad Naderer, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl, Oeztzan Akif
  • Patent number: 10501037
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, for example for a motor vehicle front end or a motor vehicle rear end, has a bumper crossmember with a deformation element arranged on the outer side thereof, i.e. the side directed towards the front. In particular, the deformation element is arranged between a bumper skin and the bumper crossmember. The deformation element has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to one another in the event of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Publication number: 20190308577
    Abstract: A bumper arrangement of a passenger car has an upper and a lower load path. A spring element is provided on the transverse support of the lower load path, which, in the event of a collision of a pedestrian with the passenger car, exerts an additional force on the lower leg of the pedestrian, so as to support the movement of the pedestrian in the direction of the front hood of the passenger car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Gerhard FICHTINGER, Martin GROSS, Mazdak NOVINE, Tim RUDOLPH
  • Publication number: 20190308578
    Abstract: A bumper arrangement of a passenger car has an upper and a lower load path. A spring element is provided on the transverse support of the lower load path, which, in the event of a collision of a pedestrian with the passenger car, exerts an additional force on the lower leg of the pedestrian, so as to support the movement of the pedestrian in the direction of the front hood of the passenger car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Gerhard FICHTINGER, Martin GROSS, Mazdak NOVINE, Tim RUDOLPH
  • Patent number: 10369958
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a head-on collision, a deformation element is provided and includes a crossmember holder for mounting to a crossmember and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a centrifugal force-operated release element for adjusting and locking the distance of the crossmember holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the crossmember holder. A first distance of the bumper plate from the crossmember holder, starting from a normal position, is greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10358101
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a fronted collision, a deformation element is provided and has a cross-beam holder for mounting to a cross-beam and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a friction device for adjusting and fixing the distance of the cross-beam holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the cross-beam holder, a first distance of the bumper plate from the cross-beam holder, starting from a normal position, being greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10328975
    Abstract: A front end assembly for a motor vehicle has improved load absorption for forces acting on the front of the front end assembly. The front end assembly has at least one impact-absorbing crossbeam; at least one support beam which can be arranged vertically on the motor vehicle and towards the rear of the impact absorbing crossbeam, can be secured to a motor longitudinal support of the motor vehicle, and has at least one upper end portion that can be arranged at least partly above the motor longitudinal support. At least one support strut extends rearwards and downwards from the impact-absorbing crossbeam and via which the forces acting on the front of the impact-absorbing crossbeam can be partly transmitted to a front axle support of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Wilhelm Riedl, Gerhard Fichtinger
  • Patent number: 10315597
    Abstract: A deformation structure, which is an energy absorption structure, has a series of deformation elements arranged one behind the other in a deformation direction, i.e. the direction in which a load acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Publication number: 20190016295
    Abstract: A deformation structure has at least a first layer and a second layer, which are spaced apart from each other and displaceable relative to each other in the deformation direction or load direction. The first layer and the second layer have complementary protrusions and recesses, which are designed in such a way that the protrusions of the first layer can plunge into the recesses of the second layer and the protrusions of the second layer can plunge into the recesses of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Konrad NADERER, Gerhard FICHTINGER, Wilhelm RIEDL, Oeztzan AKIF
  • Publication number: 20180362095
    Abstract: A vehicle body has an inner body structure and an outer body skin, wherein the body structure has, in the region of a vehicle front end, a left supporting carrier and a right supporting carrier and a left suspension strut cup and a right suspension strut cup for accommodating respective suspension struts belonging to the chassis of the vehicle. Each suspension strut cup lies on the side of the associated supporting carrier facing the longitudinal center plane of the vehicle. The body skin has, in the region of the vehicle front end, a left front body side part, a right front body side part, and a front hood arranged between said front body side parts. The left front body side part covers the left suspension strut cup. The right front body side part covers the right suspension strut cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Thorsten HAAS, Gerhard FICHTINGER
  • Publication number: 20180339679
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a container for receiving liquids arranged in a motor compartment of the motor vehicle in a space-saving manner. The two front end sections of the two front axle supports are connected together by two transverse supports, which are arranged at a distance from each other in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and the container for receiving liquids is arranged in the intermediate space between the two front axle supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Wilhelm RIEDL, Oeztzan AKIF, Gerhard FICHTINGER, Arne KOEHLER
  • Patent number: 10112562
    Abstract: A deformation element arrangement is provided for a motor vehicle, having a deformation element and a vibration-generating device. The vibration-generating device is arranged and designed in such a way that the deformation element, when required, can be set in vibration so that a deformation behavior and/or a flow behavior of the deformation element is/can be varied in accordance with a request condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Publication number: 20180281713
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, in particular for a front part of the motor vehicle, includes a bumper crossbeam and a deformation element arranged in front of the bumper crossbeam. The deformation element has a bending section, the end of which is in contact with a surface or which comes into contact with the surface in the event of a collision, in particular a front collision of the motor vehicle. The end of the bending section is designed such that it can move along the surface as a result of the collision, wherein the surface has an engaging device with which the end of the bending section can be, in particular, engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Oeztzan AKIF, Gerhard FICHTINGER, Wilhelm RIEDL
  • Publication number: 20180281712
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle includes a bumper crossmember and a deformation element which is arranged on the bumper crossmember and which has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to each other in the event of a collision of the motor vehicle, and a mechanical locking mechanism. The locking mechanism has a movable locking element which is pretensionable or is pretensioned with a spring device and which is arranged on the first element or on the second element, and with a depression or step to which the other of the first element and the second element can be latched in a form-fitting manner. In the event of a high displacement speed which is greater than or equal to a predetermined second displacement speed, the locking mechanism prevents displacement of the first element relative to the second element by means of self-locking of the locking element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Stefan HIERMAIER, Oeztzan AKIF, Gerhard FICHTINGER, Wilhelm RIEDL
  • Patent number: 10035546
    Abstract: A support device for a front end of a passenger motor vehicle includes at least one vehicle body component extending in the vehicle vertical direction, by which respective longitudinal support elements, which are associated on the sides, of respective longitudinal support planes are connected to each other. A transverse support of a front end module is retained on the body of the passenger motor vehicle. At least a first support element is provided on the body component on a side facing outwardly in relation to the transverse direction of the vehicle and has a receptacle. At least a second support element is arranged outside of the body component in relation to the transverse direction of the vehicle, provided on the transverse support and extends rearwardly from the transverse support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Schuster, Wilhelm Riedl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger