Patents by Inventor Rainer Justen

Rainer Justen 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: 8301336
    Abstract: A method and a device for warning following vehicles in a group of several sequential vehicles, including at least a leading vehicle, a middle vehicle and a following vehicle, wherein a warning is transmitted from the middle vehicle to the following vehicle. A total distance and a total relative speed between the leading vehicle and the following vehicle are calculated based on measurements made by the middle vehicle. The total distance and total relative speed are used to determine whether a critical approach of the following vehicle to the leading vehicle is occurring, and if so, an automatic warning is transmitted from the middle vehicle to the following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen
  • Patent number: 8146703
    Abstract: A method for a safety system in a vehicle continuously evaluates data relating to the surroundings from a surroundings sensor system in terms of an imminent collision with an obstacle, and autonomous emergency braking is initiated in the event of an unavoidable collision. The emergency braking is maintained until a predefined event occurs. The predefined event can be the expiration of a time calculated in advance up to the collision or the impact which is actually detected by a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Patent number: 7983819
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with an occupant restraint device, including a control device which produces a triggering signal when a predefined hazard signal is generated as a function of signals of a safety sensor system, and, accordingly, the occupant restraint vehicle acts on a vehicle occupant by at least one impact cushion. The control device generates the hazard signal at least as a function of vehicle acceleration signals and a belt state signal representing the activation or deactivation of a seat belt, deactivating the occupant restraint device at least for a certain period of time and/or activating the occupant restraint device at reduced power if the seat belt is identified as having been deactivated and vehicle acceleration signals are assigned to a critical forward displacement of the occupant if the seat belt is deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Patent number: 7873473
    Abstract: A motor vehicle preventive protection system comprises a plurality of safety devices which are actuated as a function of information from at least one vehicle surroundings detection device. The time remaining prior to a collision is determined when the information from the vehicle surroundings detection device represents an anticipated collision with a collision object. Associated activation times for at least two of the actuators assigned to the safety devices are stored and the time remaining prior to the collision is compared with the activation times. At least one safety device is activated if the time remaining prior to the collision is shorter than or equal to at least one of the activation times of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen
  • Publication number: 20100241311
    Abstract: A method and a device for warning following vehicles in a group of several sequential vehicles, including at least a leading vehicle, a middle vehicle and a following vehicle, wherein a warning is transmitted from the middle vehicle to the following vehicle. A total distance and a total relative speed between the leading vehicle and the following vehicle are calculated based on measurements made by the middle vehicle. The total distance and total relative speed are used to determine whether a critical approach of the following vehicle to the leading vehicle is occurring, and if so, an automatic warning is transmitted from the middle vehicle to the following vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen
  • Patent number: 7653467
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant protection system of a vehicle having a plurality of adaptive protection system components assigned to a seat in the vehicle, is preset using data relating to the individual occupant of the seat. The identity of the occupant is determined for at least one seat, and a stored safety profile which is assigned to the identified person is retrieved. The protection system components which are assigned to the seat are then set using the safety profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Roland Bachmann, Karl-Heinz Baumann, Rainer Justen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Publication number: 20090299576
    Abstract: A motor vehicle preventive protection system comprises a plurality of safety devices which are actuated as a function of information from at least one vehicle surroundings detection device. The time remaining prior to a collision is determined when the information from the vehicle surroundings detection device represents an anticipated collision with a collision object. Associated activation times for at least two of the actuators assigned to the safety devices are stored and the time remaining prior to the collision is compared with the activation times. At least one safety device is activated if the time remaining prior to the collision is shorter than or equal to at least one of the activation times of the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen
  • Patent number: 7597170
    Abstract: In a method for controlling the operation of a reversible belt retractor to release a belt extraction lock of a restraint belt in a motor vehicle, the lock can be activated by an acceleration sensor. After the belt retractor has been triggered as a consequence of a hazardous situation having been detected and after the hazardous situation has been recognized as being over, the operation of the belt retractor is controlled by a release signal at a release time in order to bring about the release of the belt extraction lock to shift it from a blocking state into a comfort-providing state. The release time is determined by a sensor model algorithm based on a model of the acceleration sensor from at least one variable characterizing the running dynamics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Ralf Bogenrieder, Walter Eberle, Rainer Justen, Hans Roehm, Guido Villino, Alfred Wagner, Markus Woldrich
  • Patent number: 7584997
    Abstract: A seatbelt lock includes a preventive tensioning device which moves a seatbelt lock from an operating position into a lowered safety position with respect to the operating position, an energy accumulator, and a drive unit. The seatbelt lock is maintained preloaded in an operating position by means of the energy accumulator, and the drive unit transfers the seatbelt lock from the safety position back into the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Roland Bachmann, Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Nadja Nilgen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Publication number: 20090210114
    Abstract: A method for a safety system in a vehicle continuously evaluates data relating to the surroundings from a surroundings sensor system in terms of an imminent collision with an obstacle, and autonomous emergency braking is initiated in the event of an unavoidable collision. The emergency braking is maintained until a predefined event occurs. The predefined event can be the expiration of a time calculated in advance up to the collision or the impact which is actually detected by a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Patent number: 7567169
    Abstract: In a device for a motor vehicle for providing data relating to an accident, the data relating to an accident includes both position data of the motor vehicle and data relating to the vehicle, which in turn includes recovery-related specification data. Furthermore, a conversion device is for converting an emergency call which is received by such a device, the recovery-related specification data being converted automatically into a reproduction form which is understandable for persons involved in the recovery, and output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Dickmann, Rainer Justen
  • Publication number: 20090008915
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with an occupant restraint device, including a control device which produces a triggering signal when a predefined hazard signal is generated as a function of signals of a safety sensor system, and, accordingly, the occupant restraint vehicle acts on a vehicle occupant by at least one impact cushion. The control device generates the hazard signal at least as a function of vehicle acceleration signals and a belt state signal representing the activation or deactivation of a seat belt, deactivating the occupant restraint device at least for a certain period of time and/or activating the occupant restraint device at reduced power if the seat belt is identified as having been deactivated and vehicle acceleration signals are assigned to a critical forward displacement of the occupant if the seat belt is deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Rodolfo Schoeneburg
  • Publication number: 20080306656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle occupant protection and/or comfort system (1) for a vehicle (10), comprising a plurality of adaptive protection system and comfort components (8.1, 8.2) which are each assigned to a sitting place (SP1 to SPn) and can be adjusted by means of a safety and/or comfort profile (PS, PK) which is related to a vehicle occupant who is occupying the respective sitting place (SP1 to SPn) and can be activated by means of an authentication system (2). The authentication system (2) here comprises a plurality of person identification devices (4.1 to 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Rainer Justen, Martin Lanzerath, Carsten Lorenz
  • Publication number: 20080266167
    Abstract: An object recognition system for a motor vehicle, including at least two object recognition sensors whose recognition ranges partly overlap in the direction of travel, is provided. The system includes a first object recognition sensor with a predetermined first vertical recognition angle concomitantly detects an object and a roadway surface in its recognition range, a second object recognition sensor with a predetermined second vertical recognition angle, which is less than the first vertical recognition angle of the first object recognition sensor, which does not concomitantly detect the roadway surface in the direction of travel in the recognition range of the first object recognition sensor, and an evaluation unit configured to determine the presence of an object in the recognition range of the first object recognition sensor only when both object recognition sensors have recognized the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2005
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen
  • Publication number: 20080265555
    Abstract: A belt tensioner for a safety-belt restraint system in a vehicle, which can be triggered in the event of a collision or the threat of a collision, includes a device for tensioning a safety belt that is restraining an occupant, by displacing part of the safety-belt restraint system. The belt tensioner has a drive for the displacing the part, which drive comprises a repeatedly chargeable spring-energy store, as well as a spring-energy store charging device for repeatably charging of the spring-energy store once it has been discharged. The spring-energy store charging device transmits to the spring-energy store for the purpose of charging it, a tensile force that is applied to the safety belt to unwind it from a belt winding device in the course of a fastening operation by the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2006
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Thomas Blaas, Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Markus Scholz
  • Patent number: 7416213
    Abstract: A safety device for reducing risk of injury to a vehicle occupant in the event of lateral impact accidents, includes at least one cushion element which is arranged on the vehicle, laterally adjacent to an occupant position, and can be moved by an actuating device from a rest position into a deployed position in the direction of the occupant position. The actuating device is driven by a vehicle-mounted drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Michael Fehring, Rainer Justen, Paul Ott, Axel Querengaesser
  • Publication number: 20080157547
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle, a pickup, or other such vehicle has an underprotection device with an impact plate fitted to the underside of the motor vehicle. To provide an improved underprotection device, the impact plate is fitted to the underside in a manner such that it is movable between retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Frank Engels, Michael Fehring, Asa Haerdner, Eckhard Hauer, Rainer Justen, Bengt Larsson, Reinhard Nowack, Bernd Orschiedt, Gerhard Reuber, Stephan Roehner, Thomas Zink
  • Publication number: 20080109137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for actuating a reversible vehicle occupant protection means in a motor vehicle having a driving state sensor system and a reversible vehicle occupant protection means. The reversible vehicle occupant protection means can be triggered before the collision time and as a result moved into an effective position. For this purpose, the driving state data are monitored with respect to a state of emergency braking, and when the state of emergency braking is detected the vehicle occupant protection system is actuated. In addition, a state of oversteering and a state of understeering are determined by the data processing device. The reversible vehicle occupant protection system is actuated when the data processing device detects the state of emergency braking and/or the state of oversteering and/or the state of understeering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Walter EBERLE, Wolfgang HINRICHS, Rainer JUSTEN, Bernd MAMMEL, Hans ROEHM, Guido VILLINO, Markus WOLDRICH
  • Patent number: 7353905
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for actuating a reversible vehicle occupant protection means in a motor vehicle having a driving state sensor system and a reversible vehicle occupant protection means. The reversible vehicle occupant protection means can be triggered before the collision time and as a result moved into an effective position. For this purpose, the driving state data are monitored with respect to a state of emergency braking, and when the state of emergency braking is detected the vehicle occupant protection system is actuated. In addition, a state of oversteering and a state of understeering are determined by the data processing device. The reversible vehicle occupant protection system is actuated when the data processing device detects the state of emergency braking and/or the state of oversteering and/or the state of understeering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Walter Eberle, Wolfgang Hinrichs, Rainer Justen, Bernd Mammel, Hans Roehm, Guido Villino, Markus Woldrich
  • Patent number: 7325831
    Abstract: The invention relates to an active impact protection system (1) for a knee area and/or a lower leg area of a vehicle occupant in a motor vehicle, particularly in a passenger car. The impact protection system (1) comprises an impact element (2) that can be extended toward the vehicle occupant out of a passive position and into an active position by means of a drive device (4). A particularly advantageous design results when the impact element (2) is formed by a lid of a passenger-side glove compartment (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Rainer Justen, Michael Fehring, Axel Ouerengässer, Michael Kreim, Herbert Müller, Edgar Prottengeier, Wolfgang Nagl, Markus Happich