Patents by Inventor Jan Becker

Jan Becker 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: 20180141563
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to classifying weather conditions using cameras and/or other sensors on a vehicle. The system can detect one or more weather conditions, such as a sunny sky, a cloudy sky, rain, lighting, thunderstorms, hail, snow, windy conditions, and darkness. The vehicle can account for the one or more weather conditions by dynamically and/or automatically modifying the vehicle's route, vehicle's mode(s) of operation, or a combination thereof. In some embodiments, the vehicle can automatically seek or suggest an alternate route; move the sun visor, sunroof, or window blind(s); change the temperature of a portion of the interior compartment; suggest a place to stop; automatically change the headlight intensity; activate fog lights and/or turn off high beams, change the distance from other vehicles; activate the electronic stability program, windshield wipers, and/or defroster; change the dynamics of driving; and/or change one or more thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20180143029
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system for vehicles that detects and gathers information about of a vehicle to determine a route that accounts for charging a vehicle. The system is configured to obtain remaining charge of a battery, identify present occupants of the vehicle, obtain characteristics of the occupants, identify charging stations located between present location of the vehicle and the specified destination, obtain characteristics of the charging stations, and determining a route for the vehicle to the specified destination based on the remaining charge of the battery, the characteristics of the present occupants, and the characteristics of the charging stations. The system can also determine routes without a specified destination. This includes alerting for low charge and providing range estimates so that the vehicle remains within range of a charging station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Serge Nikulin, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20180144636
    Abstract: A system that performs a method is disclosed. The system determines information about the area surrounding a vehicle, which includes information about other vehicles and other drivers. Using this information, the system determines whether there is a distracted driver around the vehicle. In accordance with a determination that there is a distracted driver around the vehicle, the system performs a precautionary action. In accordance with a determination that there is a distracted driver around the vehicle, the system foregoes performing the precautionary action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20180017969
    Abstract: Systems and methods of controlling an autonomous driving mode in an autonomous vehicle. The system includes a first selection point (130), a second selection point (135), and an electronic controller. The first selection (130) and the second selection point (135) are disposed on a steering wheel (200) of the autonomous vehicle. The first selection point (130) includes a first button. The second selection point (135) includes a second button. The electronic controller is electrically coupled to the first selection point (130) and the second selection point (135). The electronic controller is configured to detect when the first button is selected and when the second button is selected. The electronic controller is also configured to activate the autonomous driving mode when both the first button and the second button are selected for more than a first predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Shetty Rajaram, Jeorg Vetter, Tatiana Mamaeva, Christian Kremer, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20180001903
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for an adaptive user interface system for a vehicle with an automatic vehicle system. The adaptive user interface system includes a display and an electronic controller. The controller is configured to generate a graphical user interface indicative of operation of the automatic vehicle system, output the graphical user interface on the display, monitor an indicia of a driver's comfort level, and determine, based on the monitored indicia, when the driver is not comfortable with the operation of the automatic vehicle system. In response to determining that the driver is not comfortable with the operation of the automatic vehicle system, the electronic controller modifies the graphical user interface to provide an increased level of detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Jan Becker, Moritz Achim Florian Dechant
  • Publication number: 20170371333
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling multiple autonomous vehicles. One exemplary system includes a server including an electronic processor configured to receive, from a source device, a connected mode trip request including a first starting point, a destination, a first departure time, and a participant request. The electronic processor is further configured to receive a second starting point and to determine a first route including a destination arrival time. The electronic processor is further configured to determine a second route and a second departure time based on the second route and the destination arrival time. The electronic processor is further configured to send, to a recipient device, an invitation, including the second route and the second departure time. The electronic processor is further configured to receive, from the recipient device, a response to the invitation and send a notification based on the response to the source device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Shetty Rajaram, Jeorg Vetter, Tatiana Mamaeva, Christian Kremer, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20170370740
    Abstract: A navigation system is described for a vehicle equipped with an autonomous driving system. The navigation system includes a human-machine interface with a display and a user control, and an electronic controller. The controller is configured to calculate a plurality of travel routes from a determined starting point to a defined destination point. The controller determines which portions of each travel route will utilized automated driving operation and which portions will utilized manual driving operation. Based on an input received from the user control, the controller defines an automatic-manual driving preference ratio indicating a driver preference for an amount of manual driving operation relative to an amount of automatic driving operation. The controller automatically selects a route from the plurality of travel routes that most closely matches the defined automatic-manual driving preference ratio and outputs the selected route on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20170371334
    Abstract: A system and method for indicating the drive state of an autonomous vehicle. The system includes a human machine interface and an electronic controller electrically coupled to the human machine interface and which is configured to display a drive state indicator. The drive state indicator includes a mode indicator based on a current operating mode for the autonomous vehicle, a duration indicator based on a duration for the current operating mode and a descriptor based on the duration. The electronic controller is further configured to update the duration indicator and the descriptor based on a remainder of the duration. In an alternative embodiment, the electronic controller is further configured to determine whether a second operating mode is available and display a second mode indicator based on the second operating mode when a second operating mode is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20170369052
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an autonomous vehicle. One method includes receiving, with an electronic processor of the autonomous vehicle, a profile selection. The method further includes receiving, with the electronic processor, a driver profile including a plurality of settings based on the profile selection. The method further includes, when the autonomous vehicle is operating in an autonomous driving mode, controlling, with the electronic processor, at least one vehicle control system of the autonomous vehicle based on at least one of the plurality of settings. The method further includes operating, with the electronic processor, the autonomous vehicle in a manual driving mode. The method further includes receiving, with the electronic processor, data from at least one sensor while the autonomous vehicle operates in the manual driving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Jan Becker, Shetty Rajaram, Jeorg Vetter, Christian Kremer, Tatiana Mamaeva, Shilpa Gulati
  • Publication number: 20170361853
    Abstract: Systems and methods of operating an autonomous vehicle to perform an autonomous maneuver. One system includes a human machine interface and an electronic controller electrically coupled to the human machine interface. The electronic controller includes an electronic processor configured to detect at least one driving condition and determine the autonomous maneuver based on the at least one driving condition. The electronic processor is also configured to display, via the human machine interface, a maneuver notification before performing the autonomous maneuver. The electronic processor is further configured to control the autonomous vehicle to perform the autonomous maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Shetty Rajaram, Jeorg Vetter, Tatiana Mamaeva, Christian Kremer, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20170249839
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method of safely and automatically navigating in the presence of emergency vehicles. A first vehicle may receive, via communication hardware, a message indicating presence of the emergency vehicle. Such a message may originate from the emergency vehicle itself and/or from infrastructure such as a smart traffic light that can sense the presence of the emergency vehicle. The first vehicle may then determine the relative location of the emergency vehicle and automatically respond appropriately by determining a safe trajectory and navigating according to that trajectory until the emergency vehicle is out of range. In some examples, the first vehicle may detect the presence of an emergency vehicle using on-board sensors such as distance measuring sensors, depth sensors, and cameras, in addition to receiving a message via communication hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Veera Ganesh Yalla, Chongyu Wang, Bibhrajit Halder
  • Patent number: 9562778
    Abstract: A localization system within a vehicle in one embodiment includes a global position system (GPS) receiver, a radar sensor, a data storage device including program instructions stored therein, a symbolic map stored within the data storage device, and a controller operatively coupled to the data storage device, the GPS receiver, and the radar sensor, the controller configured to execute the program instructions to analyze data from the GPS receiver, data from the radar sensor, and data from the stored symbolic map, and determine a probabilistic vehicle location based upon the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Benjamin Pitzer
  • Patent number: 9227631
    Abstract: In a method for safely parking a vehicle, it is checked whether an emergency situation is present, and the vehicle is driven by the driver assistance system to a road shoulder upon recognition of an emergency situation. In controlling the driving operation, information is requested from an external database and taken into account by the driver assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Soeren Kammel, Jan Becker, Werner Poechmueller, Stefan Nordbruch, Gunther Schaaf, Peter Busch, Kurt Eckert
  • Patent number: 9194949
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a vehicle. The method includes steps of acquiring a plurality of sensor data from a radar sensor associated with the vehicle; obtaining an approximate location of the vehicle using a GPS unit; comparing the sensor data to a database of geo-referenced sensor data; and based on the comparison, determining a location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Oliver Schwindt, Soeren Kammel
  • Patent number: 8935055
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an adaptive external vehicle lighting system includes a vehicle communication network, a memory including program instructions for generating a model of a vehicle and the environment outside of the vehicle, identifying an object of interest based upon the generated model, analyzing rendering criteria associated with the identified object of interest, and rendering object of interest data based upon the analysis, a processor operably connected to the vehicle communication network and to the memory for executing the program instructions, and at least one rendering system operably connected to the processor through the vehicle communication network for rendering the object of interest data using an associated external lighting system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Badri Raghunathan, Enylton M. Coelho, Jan Becker
  • Publication number: 20150006012
    Abstract: In a method for safely parking a vehicle, it is checked whether an emergency situation is present, and the vehicle is driven by the driver assistance system to a road shoulder upon recognition of an emergency situation. In controlling the driving operation, information is requested from an external database and taken into account by the driver assistance system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Soeren Kammel, Jan Becker, Werner Poechmueller, Stefan Nordbruch, Gunther Schaaf, Peter Busch, Kurt Eckert
  • Patent number: 8630805
    Abstract: A method of mapping a space using a combination of radar scanning and optical imaging. The method includes steps of providing a measurement vehicle having a radar system and an image acquisition system attached thereto; aligning a field of view of the radar system with a field of view of the image acquisition system; obtaining at least one radar scan of a space using the radar scanning system; obtaining at least one image of the space using the image acquisition system; and combining the at least one radar scan with the at least one image to construct a map of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 8473187
    Abstract: A mapping method includes using a first mobile unit to map two-dimensional features while the first mobile unit traverses a surface. Three-dimensional positions of the features are sensed during the mapping. A three-dimensional map is created including associations between the three-dimensional positions of the features and the map of the two-dimensional features. The three-dimensional map is provided from the first mobile unit to a second mobile unit. The second mobile unit is used to map the two-dimensional features while the second mobile unit traverses the surface. Three-dimensional positions of the two-dimensional features mapped by the second mobile unit are determined within the second mobile unit and by using the three-dimensional map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Soeren Kammel, Benjamin Pitzer, Jan Becker, Charles DuHadway
  • Publication number: 20130103298
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a vehicle. The method includes steps of acquiring a plurality of sensor data from a radar sensor associated with the vehicle; obtaining an approximate location of the vehicle using a GPS unit; comparing the sensor data to a database of geo-referenced sensor data; and based on the comparison, determining a location of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Oliver Schwindt, Soeren Kammel
  • Publication number: 20130103305
    Abstract: A system for identifying a route to be traveled by an oversized vehicle. The system includes a measurement vehicle having at least one sensor attached thereto, wherein the measurement vehicle travels one or more potential routes on a roadway, and a controller in communication with the at least one sensor. The controller is configured to collect data from the at least one sensor, the data providing information regarding at least one of a location, height, shape, and classification of each of a plurality of objects on or adjacent to the roadway and generate a map of the one or more potential routes traveled by the measurement vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Becker, Oliver Schwindt