Patents by Inventor Michael Darms

Michael Darms 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: 10429854
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically controlling at least one following vehicle, where a scout trajectory is produced for a scout vehicle and the scout vehicle is guided along the scout trajectory. Scout environmental data are captured by scout sensors and a desired trajectory is produced for the following vehicle. Following vehicle environmental data are captured by following vehicle sensors. Reference trajectory data are produced based on the scout trajectory and reference environmental data are produced based on the scout environmental data. The reference trajectory data and the reference environmental data are transmitted to the following vehicle. A trajectory similarity is determined by a trajectory comparison of the desired trajectory produced and the transmitted reference trajectory data, an environment similarity is determined by an environmental data comparison of the captured following vehicle environmental data and the transmitted reference environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Michael Darms, Marc-Michael Meinecke, Arne Bartels, Lutz Junge
  • Patent number: 10173675
    Abstract: A method for the automated driving of a motor vehicle which provides environment data, detects objects in the environment data, selects a current scenario by a scenario-interpretation apparatus on the basis of the detected objects, wherein a scenario has at least one elementary situation which is assigned at least one monitoring region and an enable criterion as attributes, and in addition successively for each of the elementary situations of the current scenario, estimates a destination point, plans a trajectory to the destination point by a maneuver-planning apparatus, interrogates information about a monitoring region from the environment-perception apparatus by the scenario-interpretation apparatus, checks for the presence of the at least one enable criterion by the scenario-interpretation apparatus, and if the at least one enable criterion is satisfied, automated driving along the trajectory as far as the destination point by a controller. Also disclosed is an associated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: David Perdomo Lopez, Christian Jördens, Lutz Junge, Michael Darms
  • Patent number: 9874877
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically controlling at least one following vehicle where a scout trajectory is produced for a scout vehicle and the scout vehicle is guided along an actual trajectory, the actual trajectory of the scout vehicle and scout environmental data is captured by scout sensors. A desired trajectory is produced for the following vehicle and following vehicle environmental data are captured by following vehicle sensors. A scout trajectory similarity is determined based on the scout trajectory produced and the captured actual trajectory, reference trajectory data are produced and reference environmental data are produced based on the scout environmental data. The reference trajectory data and the reference environmental data are transmitted to the following vehicle and a trajectory similarity is determined by a trajectory comparison based on the desired trajectory produced and the transmitted reference trajectory data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Marc-Michael Meinecke, Arne Bartels, Lutz Junge, Michael Darms
  • Publication number: 20170168505
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically controlling at least one following vehicle where a scout trajectory is produced for a scout vehicle and the scout vehicle is guided along an actual trajectory, the actual trajectory of the scout vehicle and scout environmental data is captured by scout sensors. A desired trajectory is produced for the following vehicle and following vehicle environmental data are captured by following vehicle sensors. A scout trajectory similarity is determined based on the scout trajectory produced and the captured actual trajectory, reference trajectory data are produced and reference environmental data are produced based on the scout environmental data. The reference trajectory data and the reference environmental data are transmitted to the following vehicle and a trajectory similarity is determined by a trajectory comparison based on the desired trajectory produced and the transmitted reference trajectory data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Marc-Michael MEINECKE, Arne BARTELS, Lutz JUNGE, Michael DARMS
  • Publication number: 20170166207
    Abstract: A method for automatically controlling a following vehicle. A leading vehicle is guided along an actual trajectory, and a desired trajectory is produced for the following vehicle. The actual trajectory of the leading vehicle is captured by the following vehicle, and a trajectory similarity is determined by comparing the captured actual trajectory of the leading vehicle and the produced desired trajectory of the following vehicle. Automatic control of the following vehicle along the desired trajectory is activated if the trajectory similarity exceeds a particular value. Also disclosed is a system for automatically controlling a following vehicle using a leading vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Michael DARMS, Marc-Michael MEINECKE, Arne BARTELS, Lutz JUNGE
  • Publication number: 20170168504
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically controlling at least one following vehicle, where a scout trajectory is produced for a scout vehicle and the scout vehicle is guided along the scout trajectory. Scout environmental data are captured by scout sensors and a desired trajectory is produced for the following vehicle. Following vehicle environmental data are captured by following vehicle sensors. Reference trajectory data are produced based on the scout trajectory and reference environmental data are produced based on the scout environmental data. The reference trajectory data and the reference environmental data are transmitted to the following vehicle. A trajectory similarity is determined by a trajectory comparison of the desired trajectory produced and the transmitted reference trajectory data, an environment similarity is determined by an environmental data comparison of the captured following vehicle environmental data and the transmitted reference environmental data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Michael DARMS, Marc-Michael MEINECKE, Arne BARTELS, Lutz JUNGE
  • Publication number: 20170158193
    Abstract: A method for the automated driving of a motor vehicle which provides environment data, detects objects in the environment data, selects a current scenario by a scenario-interpretation apparatus on the basis of the detected objects, wherein a scenario has at least one elementary situation which is assigned at least one monitoring region and an enable criterion as attributes, and in addition successively for each of the elementary situations of the current scenario, estimates a destination point, plans a trajectory to the destination point by a maneuver-planning apparatus, interrogates information about a monitoring region from the environment-perception apparatus by the scenario-interpretation apparatus, checks for the presence of the at least one enable criterion by the scenario-interpretation apparatus, and if the at least one enable criterion is satisfied, automated driving along the trajectory as far as the destination point by a controller. Also disclosed is an associated device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: David Perdomo LOPEZ, Christian JÖRDENS, Lutz JUNGE, Michael DARMS
  • Patent number: 9239380
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for avoiding collisions of a vehicle with pedestrians, the system including a camera sensor and/or a beam sensor. When an object moving at a given speed on a pedestrian crossing is detected, the object is detected as being a pedestrian with a probability that is sufficiently high to output a warning to the driver, reducing the likelihood of a potential collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Hegemann, Akitsugu Yoda, Rolf Adomat, Michael Darms, Raksincharoensak Pongsathorn, Masao Nagai, Ikuko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8812193
    Abstract: A method for assisting a vehicle driver, wherein a sensor for covering the surroundings covers a pavement in front of the vehicle in order to determine a virtual vehicle corridor for a road vehicle in a complex traffic situation and the virtual vehicle corridor is determined depending on identified traffic lines and raised pavement boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignees: Conti-Temic Microelectronic GmbH, Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Stefan Lüke, Dirk Waldbauer, Michael Darms, Thomas Berthold, Matthias Komar
  • Publication number: 20130197804
    Abstract: A method for assisting a vehicle driver, wherein a sensor for covering the surroundings covers a pavement in front of the vehicle in order to determine a virtual vehicle corridor for a road vehicle in a complex traffic situation and the virtual vehicle corridor is determined depending on identified traffic lines and raised pavement boundaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicants: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG, CONTI TEMIC MICROELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Lüke, Dirk Waldbauer, Michael Darms, Thomas Berthold, Matthias Komar
  • Publication number: 20110184617
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for avoiding collisions of a vehicle with pedestrians, the system including a camera sensor and/or a beam sensor. When an object moving at a given speed on a pedestrian crossing is detected, the object is detected as being a pedestrian with a probability that is sufficiently high to output a warning to the driver, reducing the likelihood of a potential collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: ADC AUTOMOTIVE DISTANCE CONTROL SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Hegemann, Akitsugu Yoda, Rolf Adomat, Michael Darms, Raksincharoensak Pongsathorn, Masao Nagai, Ikuko Shimizu