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: 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
  • Publication number: 20200027341
    Abstract: A device and method for triggering an automatic response of a motor vehicle to an imminent accident situation by using data in a processing unit to create a traffic situation model of the existing traffic situation, analyzing a traffic situation and ascertaining response options, determining sequences to be expected beyond the primary accident incorporating subsequent movements of the road users and objects involved leading to secondary accidents or further subsequent accidents or potentially arising further hazardous situations, computing a probability distribution and/or an extent of injuries to persons and/or damage to objects of the road users and objects involved as a function of the response options, selecting that response option that is expected to have the smallest total degree of probability or the smallest extent of injury to persons and/or damage to objects overall for all road users and objects, and outputting control signals to initiate the selected response option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Florian Drews, Heiko Freienstein, Jochen Wieland, Joram Berger
  • Publication number: 20200023799
    Abstract: An apparatus for ascertaining the surroundings for a vehicle includes a housing configured to receive a device for ascertaining the surroundings of the vehicle and a movement device. The movement device is connected to the housing and is coupled to a structural element of the vehicle. The movement device is configured to move the housing relative to the structural element in response to a triggering signal in order to initiate a protective function in a case of an impact effect that is acting upon the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Mustafa Kamil
  • Patent number: 10493935
    Abstract: A method for controlling an occupant protection system of a vehicle includes reading in at least one vehicle acceleration value representing an acceleration of the vehicle and at least one model parameter of an occupant model by which a vehicle occupant is represented by at least two, in particular three, mass points. The vehicle acceleration value and the model parameter are processed in order to determine at least one motion parameter relating to the two, in particular three, mass points. Using the motion parameter, a control signal for controlling the occupant protection system is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Heiko Freienstein, Henning Hoepfner, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10479303
    Abstract: A pre-crash system has at least one dummy actuator and an adaptive pre-trigger function that is implemented with different parameter sets as a function of a current degree of validation, and evaluates the acquired physical quantities for pre-crash recognition in order to recognize an unavoidable crash, a first parameter set, which limits the pre-trigger function to a dummy operating mode in which the pre-trigger function produces at least one trigger signal for the dummy actuator if the evaluation of the physical quantities permits the inference of an unavoidable crash, being implemented until the current degree of validation satisfies a specified condition, the pre-trigger function comparing the triggering of the dummy actuator with the behavior of the evaluation and control unit, and, as a function of the comparison, rating the triggering of the dummy actuator as “correct” or as a “false positive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Koehler, Heiko Freienstein
  • Publication number: 20190344739
    Abstract: A method for identifying the type and/or the severity of a collision of a vehicle of a first mass with a collision object of a second mass in an early phase to trigger safety measures, including: detecting surroundings data of the vehicle; identifying the collision object from the surroundings data; extracting a reference feature, not lying in a direct collision area, of the collision object; repeated successive ascertainment of an instantaneous speed of the vehicle and determining a change of the speed of the vehicle; repeated successive determination of an instantaneous relative speed between the vehicle and the reference feature and determining a change of the speed of the collision object; estimating a mass ratio, effective during the collision, between the mass of the vehicle and the mass of the collision object from the ascertained changes of the speeds of the vehicle and of the collision object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Jochen Wieland, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10430675
    Abstract: A method for providing a piece of occupant information for a safety unit for a vehicle includes reading in image data representing an occupant of the vehicle via an interface to an image recording unit of the vehicle, reading in plausibility check data representing a person via an interface to a mobile device, a step of determining occupant data characterizing the occupant using the image data and the plausibility check data, and a step of providing the occupant data to an interface to the safety unit for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10391962
    Abstract: A method for activating a passenger protection device of a vehicle. A relative velocity value, which represents a relative velocity between the vehicle and an object, and at least one correction value are read in. In a further step, a velocity reduction value, which represents a decrease of a velocity of the vehicle when the vehicle collides with the object, is ascertained using the relative velocity value and the correction value. Finally, an activation signal for activating the passenger protection device is generated using the velocity reduction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Gunther Lang, Josef Kolatschek
  • Publication number: 20190248315
    Abstract: A pre-collision system for an occupant protection system of a vehicle, includes a predictive sensor system, a vehicle seat, a restraint system, and an evaluation and control unit that evaluates output signals of the predictive sensor system and activates a belt tensioning function of the restraint system if the evaluation of the output signals indicates an imminent collision, where the belt tensioning function generates a tensile force in the belt, which presses a corresponding occupant into the vehicle seat, with a resulting kinetic energy of the occupant that releases a pre-trigger mechanism, which is integrated into a mounting of the vehicle seat, and that enables a blocked degree of freedom of the vehicle seat so that the entire vehicle seat tilts about a defined tilt axis in the direction of an expected impact force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Florian Oesterle, Gian Antonio D' Addetta, Heiko Freienstein, Henning Hoepfner, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10377331
    Abstract: A method for actuating restraint means for a vehicle, the method having the following steps: detecting, at a first instant, at least one first value that represents an acceleration; ascertaining a value that represents a force acting on the vehicle from the detected at least one first value that is representative of an acceleration; actuating the restraint means as a function of the ascertained value and/or a value that is derived from the ascertained value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek, Stephan Noessner, Gunther Lang
  • Patent number: 10354181
    Abstract: An identification module for mobile objects, in particular hand-held power tools, includes a housing, a transponder, and a stored energy source. The housing has a mechanism configured to arrange and/or fasten the identification module to a mobile device. The transponder has a data memory and a radio module. The memory is configured to store identification data, and the radio module is configured to send the identification data. The stored energy source is configured to power the transponder. The housing has a chamber, an opening into the chamber, and a lid configured to close the opening. The opening is configured so as to enable the stored energy source to be removably arranged in the chamber via the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Benjamin Visel, Christoph Steurer, Joerg Moennich, Tobias Herr, Anja Koenig
  • Publication number: 20190126911
    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: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    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