Patents by Inventor Oliver Schwindt

Oliver Schwindt 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: 10377381
    Abstract: A method and system for operating an autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, at an electronic processor, a limit for a forward velocity setpoint of the autonomous vehicle based a range of a forward facing sensor and detecting whether a preceding vehicle is in a field of view of the forward facing sensor. The method includes determining a speed of the preceding vehicle, and when the preceding vehicle is in the field of view of the autonomous vehicle, adjusting the limit based on the speed of the preceding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 10217364
    Abstract: A lane assistance system of a host vehicle for reacting to fast and extremely fast approaching vehicles includes a rear radar sensing unit having a sensor and an electronic controller. The electronic controller determines the distance and relative velocity of the fast approaching vehicle to the host vehicle. Further, depending on the closeness of the approaching vehicle, the lane of the approaching vehicle is determined from angular resolution of the radar signal. When the vehicle is approaching at an extremely fast rate and the angular resolution of the radar signal is not capable of determining an exact relative lane of the approaching vehicle due to the vehicle being too far away, the assistance system warns against or prevents lane changes by the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Kevin Buckner, Bhavana Chakraborty, Raphael Hellinger, Thomas Voorheis
  • Publication number: 20180281783
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying an object as a potential collision hazard for a vehicle. The system performs a method that includes sensing an object in a forward direction of travel of the vehicle with a sensor and determining a location of the vehicle. The method includes estimating an amount of curvature of a road segment associated with the location based on predetermined map data and generating, via an electronic processor, a reaction area based on the amount of curvature of the road segment. The method also includes identifying the object as a potential collision hazard when the object is located within the reaction area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 10053065
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention provides a method for controlling a vehicle brake system while the vehicle is in reverse. The method includes prefilling the brake system upon detecting an object in the vehicle's path. If the vehicle continues to move toward the detected object and a first threshold is reached, light braking is applied. If the vehicle continues to move toward the detected object and a second threshold is reached, heavier braking up to full braking is applied to prevent the vehicle from colliding with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Brad Ignaczak, Oliver Schwindt, James Kim, Michael Neumeyer
  • Publication number: 20180181120
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring an area underneath an autonomous vehicle. The method includes capturing a first topography of a ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle with a sensor when the autonomous vehicle is stationary; storing the topography of the ground surface in a memory prior to the autonomous vehicle being switched off; capturing a second topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle with the sensor before the autonomous vehicle begins moving; and comparing, with an electronic processor, the first topography with the second topography. The method includes enabling autonomous driving of the autonomous vehicle when the first topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle and the second topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20180178794
    Abstract: A method and system for operating an autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining, at an electronic processor, a limit for a forward velocity setpoint of the autonomous vehicle based a range of a forward facing sensor and detecting whether a preceding vehicle is in a field of view of the forward facing sensor. The method includes determining a speed of the preceding vehicle, and when the preceding vehicle is in the field of view of the autonomous vehicle, adjusting the limit based on the speed of the preceding vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 10007262
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring an area underneath an autonomous vehicle. The method includes capturing a first topography of a ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle with a sensor when the autonomous vehicle is stationary; storing the topography of the ground surface in a memory prior to the autonomous vehicle being switched off; capturing a second topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle with the sensor before the autonomous vehicle begins moving; and comparing, with an electronic processor, the first topography with the second topography. The method includes enabling autonomous driving of the autonomous vehicle when the first topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle and the second topography of the ground surface underneath the autonomous vehicle match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20180025645
    Abstract: A lane assistance system of a host vehicle for reacting to fast and extremely fast approaching vehicles includes a rear radar sensing unit having a sensor and an electronic controller. The electronic controller determines the distance and relative velocity of the fast approaching vehicle to the host vehicle. Further, depending on the closeness of the approaching vehicle, the lane of the approaching vehicle is determined from angular resolution of the radar signal. When the vehicle is approaching at an extremely fast rate and the angular resolution of the radar signal is not capable of determining an exact relative lane of the approaching vehicle due to the vehicle being too far away, the assistance system warns against or prevents lane changes by the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver SCHWINDT, Kevin BUCKNER, Bhavana CHAKRABORTY, Raphael HELLINGER, Thomas VOORHEIS
  • Patent number: 9586584
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a host vehicle to mitigate rear-end collisions. One method includes automatically maintaining the host vehicle at least a predetermined following distance from a front vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle. The method also includes detecting a rear vehicle traveling behind the host vehicle and determining when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle. In addition, the method includes automatically, by a controller, increasing a speed of the host vehicle when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle, and automatically reducing the predetermined following distance to decrease a distance between the host vehicle and the front vehicle and increase a distance between the host vehicle and the rear vehicle when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sameer J. Parikh, Oliver Schwindt
  • Patent number: 9552732
    Abstract: A driver assistance system senses and provides an indication of an approaching vehicle located sidewardly and rearwardly within an immediately adjacent driving lane to a host vehicle. The system includes left and right rear sensor units proximate rear corners of the host vehicle. The rear sensor units sense vehicles on respective sides and rearwardly of the host vehicle. When either rear sensor unit detects an approaching vehicle within the adjacent lane on the opposite side of the host vehicle therefrom, the rear sensor unit provides an opposite-lane warning signal to the other rear sensor unit. The system includes providing host vehicle driving path information to the rear sensor units for determining the path of the adjacent lanes adjacent to and rearward of the host vehicle. The path information accounts for curves in a roadway. Further, the rear sensor units detect the speed of a closing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Bhavana Chakraborty, Kevin Buckner, James Kim
  • Publication number: 20160320480
    Abstract: Detection systems for detecting adjacent vehicles and objects around a vehicle including two faces and configured to be secured to a corner of a vehicle. A first antenna face associated with a first antenna is supported by a housing. A second antenna face associated with a second antenna is supported by the housing. An external side of the second antenna face is positioned at a reflex angle with respect to an external side of the first antenna face. The first antenna and the second antenna can be controlled by an electronic control unit that transmits adjacent vehicle and object information detected by the first antenna and the second antenna to other control systems in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Kevin Buckner
  • Patent number: 9428188
    Abstract: A system is provided for supporting lane assist functions for a vehicle towing a trailer. The system includes performing lane departure warning and lane centering assist functions that operate differently when the presence of a trailer is detected. The system warns the driver if either the vehicle or trailer will depart the lane, using different warnings for the vehicle and trailer. The system further provides lane centering assist functions that operate to center the vehicle and trailer together. Corresponding methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Xavier Zhu
  • Patent number: 9415776
    Abstract: A lane departure monitoring system uses a forward sensor to determine a lane position of a host vehicle and to detect oncoming vehicles. Rear side sensors monitor the side blind-spots of the host vehicle as well as vehicles in the adjacent lanes that are approaching from the rear. A control system combines the information provided by these sensors and runs integrated programs to carry out a method for providing lane keeping assist and lane departure warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, James Kim, Bhavana Chakraborty, Kevin Buckner, Brad Ignaczak
  • Publication number: 20160223649
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting vertical misalignment of a radar sensor mounted on a vehicle. One system includes a controller. The controller is configured to receive, from the radar sensor, a plurality of reflected radar signals from a target as one of the vehicle and the target moves and determine a plurality of data points, each of the plurality of data points corresponding to one of the plurality of reflected radar signals. The controller is also configured to determine a curve based on the plurality of data points, and determine a vertical alignment angle of the radar sensor by matching the curve to one of a plurality of pre-recorded curves and setting the vertical alignment angle of the radar sensor to an angle associated with the one of the plurality of pre-recorded curves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Kevin Buckner, Bhavana Chakraborty
  • Publication number: 20160200318
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a host vehicle to mitigate rear-end collisions. One method includes automatically maintaining the host vehicle at least a predetermined following distance from a front vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle. The method also includes detecting a rear vehicle traveling behind the host vehicle and determining when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle. In addition, the method includes automatically, by a controller, increasing a speed of the host vehicle when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle, and automatically reducing the predetermined following distance to decrease a distance between the host vehicle and the front vehicle and increase a distance between the host vehicle and the rear vehicle when the rear vehicle poses a rear-end collision risk with the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Sameer J. Parikh, Oliver Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20160167651
    Abstract: A system is provided for supporting lane assist functions for a vehicle towing a trailer. The system includes performing lane departure warning and lane centering assist functions that operate differently when the presence of a trailer is detected. The system warns the driver if either the vehicle or trailer will depart the lane, using different warnings for the vehicle and trailer. The system further provides lane centering assist functions that operate to center the vehicle and trailer together. Corresponding methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Xavier Zhu
  • Patent number: 9212616
    Abstract: Methods and systems for disabling a fuel shut-off state of a vehicle. One method includes counting, by a controller, a number of transitions of an engine included in the vehicle between a fuel shut-off state and a fuel state, determining, by the controller, whether the number exceeds a predetermined threshold, and issuing a disable command, by the controller, to the engine included in the vehicle. The disable command causes the engine to exit a current fuel shut-off state. Another system includes a controller configured to determine whether acceleration is requested while an engine included in the vehicle is in a fuel shut-off state. When acceleration is requested while the vehicle is in a fuel shut-off state, the controller is configured to issue a disable command to the engine prior to issuing an acceleration command. The disable command causes the engine to exit the fuel shut-off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150325126
    Abstract: A method for detecting the presence of a trailer connected to a host vehicle includes a rearward sensor secured on a vehicle that detects the presence of a trailer. An ESC unit determines the velocity of the host vehicle. A rearward sensor determines the velocity of an object and the distance of the object therefrom. When the host vehicle is moving above a minimum velocity, the velocity of the host vehicle is the same as the velocity of the object, and the distance of the object remains essentially the same, a trailer detecting unit determines that the detected object is a trailer attached to the vehicle. Further, when the distance of the object from the rearward sensor is greater than a defined value, the trailer detecting unit determines that a trailer is not attached to the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventor: Oliver Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20150287324
    Abstract: A driver assistance system senses and provides an indication of an approaching vehicle located sidewardly and rearwardly within an immediately adjacent driving lane to a host vehicle. The system includes left and right rear sensor units proximate rear corners of the host vehicle. The rear sensor units sense vehicles on respective sides and rearwardly of the host vehicle. When either rear sensor unit detects an approaching vehicle within the adjacent lane on the opposite side of the host vehicle therefrom, the rear sensor unit provides an opposite-lane warning signal to the other rear sensor unit. The system includes providing host vehicle driving path information to the rear sensor units for determining the path of the adjacent lanes adjacent to and rearward of the host vehicle. The path information accounts for curves in a roadway. Further, the rear sensor units detect the speed of a closing vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Bhavana Chakraborty, Kevin Buckner, James Kim