Patents by Inventor Rainer Busch

Rainer Busch 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: 20200111754
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a structured interlayer on a substrate, a structured power metallization on the structured interlayer, and a barrier on the structured power metallization. The barrier is configured to prevent diffusion of at least one of water, water ions, sodium ions, potassium ions, chloride ions, fluoride ions, and sulphur ions towards the structured power metallization. A first defined edge of the structured interlayer faces the same direction as a first defined edge of the structured power metallization and extends beyond the first defined edge of the structured power metallization by at least 0.5 microns. The structured interlayer has a compressive residual stress at room temperature and the structured power metallization generates a tensile stress at room temperature that is at least partly counteracted by the compressive residual stress of the structured interlayer. The first defined edge of the structured power metallization has a sidewall which slopes inward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Johann Gatterbauer, Katrin Albers, Joerg Busch, Klaus Goller, Norbert Mais, Marianne Kolitsch, Michael Nelhiebel, Rainer Pelzer, Bernhard Weidgans
  • Patent number: 10576995
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Erik Alpman, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20190300019
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Erik Alpman, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10394704
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for testing a software program. The method of the present disclosure simulates, in a simulation process, a predetermined scenario on a test platform in a test scenario. The test platform in this simulation process generates output values based on input stimuli, and a dynamic adaption of the test scenario takes place during the simulation process based on the current state of the simulation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Norbert Wiechowski, Norman Hansen, Alexander Kugler, Stefan Kowalewski, Thomas Rambow, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10300927
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Erik Alpman, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10126871
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device via a touchscreen, wherein the operation is carried out on the basis of a position signal generated by an input movement touching the touchscreen, includes carrying out a filtering of the position signal in such a way that at least one movement component of the input movement is at least partially suppressed, wherein a filtered position signal is obtained, and actuating the electronic device on the basis of this filtered position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Alpman, Christoph Arndt, Rainer Busch, Urs Christen
  • Patent number: 10128780
    Abstract: A method of and a system for controlling the regenerative braking of a vehicle includes initiating a regenerative braking mode in response to an initiating control input to an accelerator of the vehicle, the initiating control input comprising a reduction in the degree of actuation of the accelerator of the vehicle, modifying a level of regenerative braking in the regenerative braking mode in response to at least one of a further reduction in the degree of actuation of the accelerator, application of a brake of the vehicle, application of a clutch of the vehicle, and a change of gear of the vehicle, and maintaining a modified level of regenerative braking after the additional control input has been terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Dashwood Crisp, Anthemios Philemon Petridis, Rainer Busch, Urs Christen
  • Patent number: 10024926
    Abstract: A method for monitoring at least one traction battery of a motor vehicle includes the steps of determining basic data for the prediction of a deeply discharged state of the at least one traction battery by a battery monitoring system associated with the motor vehicle, transmitting the basic data to an external computer via a first communications link, determining an expected point in time of the deep discharge by the external computer, and transmitting a first warning signal to a first monitoring instantiation of the motor vehicle that can be specified if the determined point in time of the deep discharge is reached apart from an early warning time. A device for monitoring at least one traction battery of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Thomas Rambow, Goetz-Philipp Wegner, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20180101472
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for testing a software program. The method of the present disclosure simulates, in a simulation process, a predetermined scenario on a test platform in a test scenario. The test platform in this simulation process generates output values based on input stimuli, and a dynamic adaption of the test scenario takes place during the simulation process based on the current state of the simulation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Norbert Wiechowski, Norman Hansen, Alexander Kugler, Stefan Kowalewski, Thomas Rambow, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20180101503
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for assessing signals that may be measurement signals as the result of a measurement which was previously carried out or of calculated values. In a method for assessing signals, the assessment is carried out based on whether the signals are in a determined tolerance range over a predefined period. The tolerance range is determined using at least one predefined geometric figure. The geometric figure is shifted along a desired curve, which describes the time-dependent profile of a desired value for the relevant signals, for the purpose of at least partially determining the tolerance range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Norman Hansen, Norbert Wiechowski, Alexander Kugler, Stefan Kowalewski, Rainer Busch, Thomas Rambow
  • Patent number: 9926902
    Abstract: A system and method for starting/stopping an engine in a moving vehicle include stopping the engine, by a controller, in response to a time needed to start the engine from a stopped state and attain an engine speed corresponding to a driveshaft speed when stopping the engine being less than a target time, and starting the engine in response to the time needed reaching the target time. A start/stop vehicle having an engine includes a driveshaft speed sensor and a controller configured to stop the engine while the vehicle is moving with a vehicle speed below a threshold speed in response to a time associated with starting the engine and powering a driveshaft to attain a driveshaft speed measured by the driveshaft speed sensor and stored from a previous engine stopping event being less than a threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Dashwood Crisp, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 9921589
    Abstract: A method and a device for automatically deactivating a coasting operating mode in a motor vehicle with an internal combustion engine is disclosed. An activated coasting operating mode is deactivated if the current vehicle speed exceeds a threshold value. The threshold value is set as the sum of a minimum vehicle speed and of a maximum permissible increase in speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Goetz-Philipp Wegner, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch, Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20170118023
    Abstract: A software package is stored on an electronic data memory of the motor vehicle. A near field communication is established between a local communication apparatus and a mobile apparatus. The software package is at least partially updated responsive to a successful authorization performed over the established near field communication between the local communication apparatus and the mobile apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe GUSSEN, Georg NEUGEBAUER, Goetz-Philipp WEGNER, Rainer BUSCH
  • Publication number: 20170107964
    Abstract: A system and method for starting/stopping an engine in a moving vehicle include stopping the engine, by a controller, in response to a time needed to start the engine from a stopped state and attain an engine speed corresponding to a driveshaft speed when stopping the engine being less than a target time, and starting the engine in response to the time needed reaching the target time. A start/stop vehicle having an engine includes a driveshaft speed sensor and a controller configured to stop the engine while the vehicle is moving with a vehicle speed below a threshold speed in response to a time associated with starting the engine and powering a driveshaft to attain a driveshaft speed measured by the driveshaft speed sensor and stored from a previous engine stopping event being less than a threshold time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Dashwood CRISP, Rainer BUSCH
  • Patent number: 9499153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for changing from a coasting or free-rolling mode of a motor vehicle with an internal combustion engine and an automatic clutch, which is disengaged during the coasting or free-rolling mode, to a fuel cut-off mode, in which the clutch is engaged, wherein before engagement of the clutch the internal combustion engine is brought to a revolution rate at which the engagement of the clutch induces no or only small changes in revolution rate in the drive train, and whereby the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine is reduced following engagement of the clutch. Under one or more predetermined conditions the increase of the drag torque of the internal combustion engine acting on the motor vehicle during the changeover from coasting or free-rolling mode to fuel cut-off mode takes place so slowly that the change is not usually noticed by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Urs Christen, Ian Oldknow, Erik Alpman, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20160207528
    Abstract: A method of performing an autonomous parking maneuver of a vehicle begins with a human vehicle operator/driver issuing a command to a parking assistance system that the parking maneuver requires at least one vehicle wheel to encounter a vertical obstruction (such as a curb) undetected by a sensor providing information to the system. In reaction to the command, the paring assistance system entering an operating mode wherein a setpoint speed of the vehicle during the maneuver is increased so that it is better adapted to deal with the vertical obstruction. A brake system condition may also be changed when in the operating mode, such as decreasing a brake disk/pad distance. The command may be issued by a vehicle operator standing outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Christoph ARNDT, Rainer BUSCH
  • Publication number: 20160188113
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device via a touchscreen, wherein the operation is carried out on the basis of a position signal generated by an input movement touching the touchscreen, includes carrying out a filtering of the position signal in such a way that at least one movement component of the input movement is at least partially suppressed, wherein a filtered position signal is obtained, and actuating the electronic device on the basis of this filtered position signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Erik ALPMAN, Christoph ARNDT, Rainer BUSCH, Urs CHRISTEN
  • Publication number: 20160114796
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Erik ALPMAN, Urs CHRISTEN, Rainer BUSCH
  • Patent number: 9261065
    Abstract: A method for operating an automatic stop/start system in a motor vehicle with an internal combustion engine, a manually operated gearbox and a pedal-operated clutch, wherein the internal combustion engine is automatically stopped or restarted under predetermined conditions even with a gear engaged. The conditions under which the internal combustion engine is automatically restarted include two indicators that indicate that an automatic restart of the internal combustion engine is safe and desired, namely an indicator that indicates that a restart is safe and an indicator that indicates that the driver wants a restart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Urs Christen, Rainer Busch, Anthemios P. Petridis, David Hesketh, Armin Mueller-Lerwe
  • Patent number: 9208127
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle powertrain, includes: sensing a vehicle speed; selecting a plurality of control strategies; activating one of the plurality of control strategies, the control strategy including: (i) operating the vehicle in a stationary start-stop mode when the vehicle speed is below a first threshold; and (ii) operating the vehicle in a rolling stationary start-stop mode when the vehicle speed is above the first threshold but below a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ingo Lenz, Chris Connelly, Chris Edward Pedlar, Rainer Busch, Urs Christen, Baekhyun (“Harry”) Cho