Patents by Inventor Lenja SOROKIN

Lenja SOROKIN 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: 11267398
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle configured to drive on a roadway is a control unit that is configured to detect a road user on the roadway, ascertain a portion of the roadway in which the road user can move, and prompt a communication unit of the vehicle to generate an optical output, where via the optical output the road user is indicated the portion of the roadway in which the road user can move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 11238737
    Abstract: A motor vehicle including a lighting module that generates a set of symbols on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle and a control device that controls the operation of the lighting module. The control device is designed such that it predicts the movement of a road user present in the surroundings of the motor vehicle based on information relating to the road user, and that it automatically adapts the set of symbols depending on the predicted movement of the road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Abdelmalek Hanafi, Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 11208035
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a motor vehicle has a lighting module. The lighting module includes a laser light source for generating laser light. The laser light source has one or more laser diodes. The lighting module also includes an optical device on which the laser light is incident and which is designed to generate a defined symbol in the surroundings of the motor vehicle. The optical apparatus includes one or more holographically optical elements which are substantially non-absorbent to the laser light and which are designed to produce an interference of the laser light by phase modulation thereof in order to generate the defined symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Erdl, Abdelmalek Hanafi, Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 11046245
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a lighting module that generates a symbol on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle, a surrounding sensor system that detects sensor information in a region in the surroundings of the motor vehicle, and a controller designed to control the lighting module depending on the sensor information such that the symbol is generated automatically by the lighting module in a ground region between the motor vehicle and another road user as soon as the distance between the motor vehicle and the other road user falls below a specified threshold according to the sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Erdl, Abdelmalek Hanafi, Thomas Hausmann, Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 10974572
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device permit an at least partially computer-controlled and/or autonomous vehicle to communicate with its surroundings, in particular with a road user such as a person in its surroundings. A control unit for a vehicle is configured to receive surroundings data from one or more surroundings sensors of the vehicle and to detect at least one road user in the surroundings of the vehicle on the basis of the surroundings data. The control unit is configured to determine on the basis of the surroundings data whether there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle. The control unit is configured, if it has been determined that there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle, to actuate an adaptation system of the vehicle and/or one or more visual communication system in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lenja Sorokin, Gunnar Franz
  • Patent number: 10946787
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided that includes a lighting module configured that generates a set of symbols on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle and a control device that controls operation of the lighting module. The control device automatically adapts the relative position of the set of symbols (SY) to the motor vehicle such that at least part of the set of symbols is fixed in a predetermined location on the ground ahead of the motor vehicle when the distance of the motor vehicle to the predetermined location, on its way to the predetermined location, is less than a predetermined distance. The control device controls the operation of the lighting module such that the set of symbols is already generated before the distance of the motor vehicle to the predetermined location, on its way to the predetermined location, is less than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 10906456
    Abstract: A method communicates an intention of an automated vehicle to at least one road user. For a planned maneuver that may adversely impact the other road user, an intention in relation to the carrying out of the maneuver is associated with the planned maneuver and the intention is communicated to the other road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lenja Sorokin
  • Publication number: 20190389373
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a lighting module that generates a symbol on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle, a surrounding sensor system that detects sensor information in a region in the surroundings of the motor vehicle, and a controller designed to control the lighting module depending on the sensor information such that the symbol is generated automatically by the lighting module in a ground region between the motor vehicle and another road user as soon as the distance between the motor vehicle and the other road user falls below a specified threshold according to the sensor information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Helmut ERDL, Abdelmalek HANAFI, Thomas HAUSMANN, Lenja SOROKIN
  • Publication number: 20190389366
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided that includes a lighting module configured that generates a set of symbols on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle and a control device that controls operation of the lighting module. The control device automatically adapts the relative position of the set of symbols (SY) to the motor vehicle such that at least part of the set of symbols is fixed in a predetermined location on the ground ahead of the motor vehicle when the distance of the motor vehicle to the predetermined location, on its way to the predetermined location, is less than a predetermined distance. The control device controls the operation of the lighting module such that the set of symbols is already generated before the distance of the motor vehicle to the predetermined location, on its way to the predetermined location, is less than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventor: Lenja SOROKIN
  • Publication number: 20190392711
    Abstract: A motor vehicle including a lighting module that generates a set of symbols on the ground in the surroundings of the motor vehicle and a control device that controls the operation of the lighting module. The control device is designed such that it predicts the movement of a road user present in the surroundings of the motor vehicle based on information relating to the road user, and that it automatically adapts the set of symbols depending on the predicted movement of the road user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Abdelmalek HANAFI, Lenja SOROKIN
  • Publication number: 20190337442
    Abstract: A method is provided for showing a target vehicle opening fore zone for a potential, future vehicle user (220) of an automated vehicle (200) by a control device, wherein the potential, future vehicle user of the automated vehicle is detected outside of the automated vehicle, and the automated vehicle marks the target vehicle opening fore zone for the potential, future vehicle user during the travel to the potential, future vehicle user before a stopping position (250) is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventor: Lenja SOROKIN
  • Publication number: 20190283666
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a motor vehicle has a lighting module. The lighting module includes a laser light source for generating laser light. The laser light source has one or more laser diodes. The lighting module also includes an optical device on which the laser light is incident and which is designed to generate a defined symbol in the surroundings of the motor vehicle. The optical apparatus includes one or more holographically optical elements which are substantially non-absorbent to the laser light and which are designed to produce an interference of the laser light by phase modulation thereof in order to generate the defined symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Helmut Erdl, Abdelmalek Hanafi, Lenja Sorokin
  • Publication number: 20190225057
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device permit an at least partially computer-controlled and/or autonomous vehicle to communicate with its surroundings, in particular with a road user such as a person in its surroundings. A control unit for a vehicle is configured to receive surroundings data from one or more surroundings sensors of the vehicle and to detect at least one road user in the surroundings of the vehicle on the basis of the surroundings data. The control unit is configured to determine on the basis of the surroundings data whether there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle. The control unit is configured, if it has been determined that there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle, to actuate an adaptation system of the vehicle and/or one or more visual communication system in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Lenja SOROKIN, Gunnar FRANZ
  • Publication number: 20190184893
    Abstract: A method communicates an intention of an automated vehicle to at least one road user. For a planned maneuver that may adversely impact the other road user, an intention in relation to the carrying out of the maneuver is associated with the planned maneuver and the intention is communicated to the other road user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventor: Lenja SOROKIN
  • Patent number: 10286757
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device permit an at least partially computer-controlled and/or autonomous vehicle to communicate with its surroundings, in particular with a road user such as a person in its surroundings. A control unit for a vehicle is configured to receive surroundings data from one or more surroundings sensors of the vehicle and to detect at least one road user in the surroundings of the vehicle on the basis of the surroundings data. The control unit is configured to determine on the basis of the surroundings data whether there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle. The control unit is configured, if it has been determined that there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle, to actuate an adaptation system of the vehicle and/or one or more visual communication system in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lenja Sorokin, Gunnar Franz
  • Publication number: 20180361919
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle configured to drive on a roadway is a control unit that is configured to detect a road user on the roadway, ascertain a portion of the roadway in which the road user can move, and prompt a communication unit of the vehicle to generate an optical output, where via the optical output the road user is indicated the portion of the roadway in which the road user can move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventor: Lenja Sorokin
  • Publication number: 20180093553
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device permit an at least partially computer-controlled and/or autonomous vehicle to communicate with its surroundings, in particular with a road user such as a person in its surroundings. A control unit for a vehicle is configured to receive surroundings data from one or more surroundings sensors of the vehicle and to detect at least one road user in the surroundings of the vehicle on the basis of the surroundings data. The control unit is configured to determine on the basis of the surroundings data whether there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle. The control unit is configured, if it has been determined that there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle, to actuate an adaptation system of the vehicle and/or one or more visual communication system in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Lenja Sorokin, Gunnar Franz
  • Patent number: 9855826
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device permit an at least partially computer-controlled and/or autonomous vehicle to communicate with its surroundings, in particular with a road user such as a person in its surroundings. A control unit for a vehicle is configured to receive surroundings data from one or more surroundings sensors of the vehicle and to detect at least one road user in the surroundings of the vehicle on the basis of the surroundings data. The control unit is configured to determine on the basis of the surroundings data whether there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle. The control unit is configured, if it has been determined that there is a need for communication between the road user and the vehicle, to actuate an adaptation system of the vehicle and/or one or more visual communication system in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lenja Sorokin, Gunnar Franz
  • Publication number: 20170335949
    Abstract: A vehicle has an automatic transmission and a manually actuatable selector element which is provided for selecting a group of operating modes of the automatic operation. The selector element is additionally provided to switch the vehicle from a vehicle operating mode of non-highly automated driving into a vehicle operating mode of highly automated driving, or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher ROELLE, Lenja SOROKIN, Gunnar FRANZ
  • Patent number: 9783106
    Abstract: A control unit for a vehicle is set up to receive environment data from one or more ambient sensors of the vehicle. The control unit is additionally set up to take the environment data as a basis for detecting at least one road user in an environment of the vehicle, and to take the environment data and a driving strategy as a basis for determining whether there is a need for communication between road user and vehicle and what content needs to be communicated in what way. The control unit is set up, when it has been determined that there is a need for communication between road user and vehicle, to prompt one or more acoustic communication devices of the vehicle to generate an acoustic output in order to communicate with the road user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Emar Vegt, Lenja Sorokin