Patents by Inventor Heiko Freienstein

Heiko Freienstein 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: 11214212
    Abstract: A method for triggering at least two safety functions from a predefined plurality of safety functions in a motor vehicle, including a) recognizing a trigger signal for one first safety function, and b) generating a trigger signal for at least one second safety function, if according to step a) the trigger signal for the first safety function has been recognized, the first safety function being of a first function type and at least one of the second safety functions being of a second function type differing from the first function type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Oesterle, Heiko Freienstein, Joerg Moennich
  • Patent number: 11208066
    Abstract: A device for triggering at least one external protection function for a motor vehicle for the protection of external road users in particular need of protection, in particular for the protection of pedestrians, includes a control unit for evaluating sensor data from a first sensor system for sensing collision objects and for outputting a first trigger signal for the at least one external protection function, as well as an auxiliary control unit for evaluating sensor data from a second sensor system for sensing collision objects and for directly outputting a second trigger signal for the at least one external protection function if a collision object was detected, the auxiliary control unit being adapted such that the control unit is bypassed when the second trigger signal is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek
  • Publication number: 20210370801
    Abstract: A method for determining an adjustment of a vehicle seat in a vehicle having at least one occupant-protection arrangement, in which an occupant type of an occupant is ascertained when the occupant enters the vehicle, and an adjustment of the vehicle seat is determined as a function of the ascertained occupant type, so that the determined occupant type is optimally aligned with respect to the at least one occupant-protection arrangement of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Schulz, Willy Klier, Armin Koehler, Heiko Freienstein
  • Patent number: 11186243
    Abstract: Triggering personal protection devices for a vehicle with the aid of a sensor having a local sensor time set with respect to a common system time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Oesterle, Heiko Freienstein
  • Publication number: 20210237622
    Abstract: A pre-crash seat actuator system for moving a vehicle seat includes an occupant protection control system that determines a collision is imminent and provides a trigger signal and an enable signal. A vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and determines a moving the vehicle seat to a desired position to mitigate severity of a collision. In response to the trigger signal, the vehicle seat controller provides a fast mode voltage for moving the vehicle seat in a fast mode. A smart control adapter determines whether the fast mode voltage and the enable signal are both received, to provide the fast mode voltage to a vehicle seat electric drive. In another embodiment, the vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and a collision signal to provide fast mode voltage, and the seat is returned to an original position when a crash does not occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, George Marutz, II, Kevin Orava
  • Patent number: 11046208
    Abstract: A pre-crash seat actuator system for moving a vehicle seat includes an occupant protection control system that determines a collision is imminent and provides a trigger signal and an enable signal. A vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and determines a moving the vehicle seat to a desired position to mitigate severity of a collision. In response to the trigger signal, the vehicle seat controller provides a fast mode voltage for moving the vehicle seat in a fast mode. A smart control adapter determines whether the fast mode voltage and the enable signal are both received, to provide the fast mode voltage to a vehicle seat electric drive. In another embodiment, the vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and a collision signal to provide fast mode voltage, and the seat is returned to an original position when a crash does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, George Marutz, II, Kevin Orava
  • Patent number: 11007959
    Abstract: In a method for correcting at least one collision parameter determined by an anticipatory environment-sensor system of a vehicle and in a corresponding integrated safety system of the vehicle, a common time basis is established in the vehicle, a signal age and/or a latency time of at least one collision parameter is ascertained based on the common time base and on a time stamp that is output together with the at least one collision parameter, the at least one collision parameter is corrected based on the ascertained signal age and/or ascertained latency time, and the corrected parameter is output to at least one precrash function prior to an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Sybille Eisele
  • Publication number: 20210138986
    Abstract: A device for triggering at least one external protection function for a motor vehicle for the protection of external road users in particular need of protection, in particular for the protection of pedestrians, includes a control unit for evaluating sensor data from a first sensor system for sensing collision objects and for outputting a first trigger signal for the at least one external protection function, as well as an auxiliary control unit for evaluating sensor data from a second sensor system for sensing collision objects and for directly outputting a second trigger signal for the at least one external protection function if a collision object was detected, the auxiliary control unit being adapted such that the control unit is bypassed when the second trigger signal is output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10913450
    Abstract: A method for detecting a committed rule infringement and/or an atypical vehicle state of a vehicle. The method includes: receiving environmental data acquired with the aid of an environmental sensor system; ascertaining a vehicle behavior and/or a vehicle state of a vehicle based on the environmental data; detecting a committed rule infringement and/or an atypical vehicle state of the vehicle based on the ascertained vehicle behavior and/or vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Florian Oesterle, Joerg Moennich
  • Patent number: 10899347
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle, by which it is determined whether a further vehicle located in the surroundings of the vehicle is operated in an at least semi-automated manner. The method includes detecting at least one parameter of the further vehicle and determining, on the basis of the at least one parameter, whether the further vehicle is operated in an at least semi-automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Oesterle, Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Heiko Freienstein, Joerg Moennich
  • Patent number: 10829110
    Abstract: A method for adapting a driving behavior of a semi, highly or fully automated vehicle and includes the following steps: receiving passenger compartment data; ascertaining a safety state of at least one vehicle occupant which in particular represents an injury probability of the vehicle occupant in the event of an accident, based on the passenger compartment data; and adapting the driving behavior of the vehicle based on the safety state of the at least one vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Nienhueser, Heiko Freienstein, Holger Andreas Banzhaf, Joachim Boerger, Johannes Foltin, Markus Koehler, Markus Schuetz, Markus Mazzola, Miriam Schreiber, Nandor Nagy, Steffen Knoop, Steffen Waeldele, Thomas Schamm, Thomas Kiess, Hans-Christian Swoboda
  • Patent number: 10752195
    Abstract: A method for providing an activation signal activating a vehicle occupant protection device includes reading in passenger compartment data from a passenger compartment detection unit and seat belt data from a seat belt sensor. The passenger compartment data represent a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The seat belt data represent a seat belt fastening angle of a seat belt of the vehicle at a belt reversing point relative to a reference axis of the vehicle. The method also includes determining, based on the passenger compartment data, a piece of seat position information representing an occupancy state of a vehicle seat by an occupant and a relative position of the seat relative to the vehicle; ascertaining an occupant class, representing a physical characteristic of the occupant, using the seat position information seat belt data; and generating the activation signal using the seat position information and the occupant class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Sybille Eisele
  • Publication number: 20200255035
    Abstract: A method for limiting an accident risk. The method initially includes a step of identifying, in which an increased accident risk is identified due to a changed situation in the interior of a vehicle and/or a changed traffic situation in the surroundings of the vehicle. The method also includes a step of providing, in which a control signal is provided for activating the vehicle to change a driving style and/or a travel route and/or an interior parameter in response to the identified change of the situation in the of the vehicle and/or traffic situation in the surroundings of the vehicle, in order to limit the accident risk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Erich Sonntag, Hans-Christian Swoboda, Heiko Freienstein, Johannes Ludwig Foltin, Joram Berger
  • Patent number: 10723010
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool, in particular an electric hand tool, includes an identification module and a housing. The identification module includes a transponder having at least one data store configured to store identification information and a radio module configured to transmit the identification data. The identification module is integrated into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Benjamin Visel, Christoph Steurer, Joerg Moennich, Tobias Herr, Anja Koenig
  • Publication number: 20200218267
    Abstract: A method for controlling an ego vehicle during a collision of the vehicle with another vehicle includes an ascertainment of a driving direction of the other vehicle, a determination of a steering signal for aligning a driving direction of the ego vehicle with the driving direction of the other vehicle and a provision of the steering signal to an interface of a steering unit for steering the ego vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Publication number: 20200130707
    Abstract: A method is described for changing a route and/or a driving style in a vehicle as a function of an interior situation. The method includes a step of identifying the interior situation in an interior space of the vehicle, and a step of outputting (510) a control command for controlling a vehicle in order to change the driving style and/or a route of the vehicle in response to the identified interior situation, and/or the outputting of an alarm signal in order to initiate an assumption of the vehicle control by the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Erich Sonntag, Hans-Christian Swoboda, Heiko Freienstein, Johannes Ludwig Foltin, Joram Berger
  • Publication number: 20200070761
    Abstract: Triggering personal protection devices for a vehicle with the aid of a sensor having a local sensor time set with respect to a common system time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Florian Oesterle, Heiko Freienstein
  • Publication number: 20200062146
    Abstract: A pre-crash seat actuator system for moving a vehicle seat includes an occupant protection control system that determines a collision is imminent and provides a trigger signal and an enable signal. A vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and determines a moving the vehicle seat to a desired position to mitigate severity of a collision. In response to the trigger signal, the vehicle seat controller provides a fast mode voltage for moving the vehicle seat in a fast mode. A smart control adapter determines whether the fast mode voltage and the enable signal are both received, to provide the fast mode voltage to a vehicle seat electric drive. In another embodiment, the vehicle seat controller receives the trigger signal and a collision signal to provide fast mode voltage, and the seat is returned to an original position when a crash does not occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, George Marutz, II, Kevin Orava
  • Patent number: 10560895
    Abstract: A method for operating a mobile device with a communication module and an accumulator, in particular a hand-held power tool, includes powering the communication module via electricity from the accumulator. The communication module enables wireless communication, and is powered only temporarily at least for transmitting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Benjamin Visel, Joerg Moennich, Anna Heszler, Anja Koenig, Jan Ondratschek, Christoph Steurer
  • Publication number: 20200023798
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for a vehicle. The device comprises a component for the vehicle and an explosive module. The explosive module is configured so as in response to a trigger signal to cause the component to fragment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Mustafa Kamil