Patents by Inventor Thomas Lich

Thomas Lich 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: 10369977
    Abstract: A method for determining the lean angle of a two-wheeler in which the axle load on at least one wheel is ascertained and the lean angle is calculated as a function of the axle load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D' Addetta, Thomas Lich
  • Publication number: 20190001969
    Abstract: A safety device for a vehicle includes a sensor system and an evaluation and control unit that is coupled to the sensor system via an interface and that evaluates information from the sensor system in order to detect objects in the area ahead of the vehicle, calculates, on the basis of the information from the sensor system, a likely impact point of a detected object and/or a likely amount of overlap of the detected object and the vehicle, brings the vehicle into a defined slide-off position by way of a targeted intervention into the vehicle dynamics when the calculated likely impact point and/or the calculated amount of overlap satisfies at least one predefined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Joerg Moennich, Thomas Lich
  • Publication number: 20180265059
    Abstract: A method for determining the lean angle of a two-wheeler in which the axle load on at least one wheel is ascertained and the lean angle is calculated as a function of the axle load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D' Addetta, Thomas Lich
  • Publication number: 20170166086
    Abstract: A method for generating a signal representing an occupation of a vehicle seat of a vehicle including the steps: detecting a signal of a sensor system for detecting a dynamic parameter with respect to the vehicle seat; evaluating the signal, in particular, a progression of the signal; generating a seat occupancy signal as a function of the evaluation of the signal, the seat occupancy signal being suited for indicating whether the vehicle seat is occupied by a person or by an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Joerg Moennich, Thomas Lich
  • Patent number: 9569677
    Abstract: A device for directing radiation in the direction of an optical element of an image sensing device of a vehicle. The device includes a central area for directing at least one portion of a first incident radiation onto the optical element. The device also includes at least one border area for directing at least one portion of at least one second incident radiation onto the optical element. The at least one second incident radiation runs in the opposite direction or at an obtuse angle with respect to the first incident radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Thomas Lich, Thomas Friedrich
  • Patent number: 9221466
    Abstract: In a method for automatically correcting a state variable of a vehicle, in the event of the vehicle having departed from the predefined lane a vehicle control system is re-parameterized in such a way that an intervention predefined by the driver is converted in a reduced manner into a change in a vehicle state variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Stephan Stabrey, Andreas Georgi
  • Patent number: 9168889
    Abstract: A method for releasing a restraint device for a rider on a vehicle, the restraint device having a connecting element by which the rider is detachably connected to the vehicle, includes: ascertaining an inclination angle and/or a slope angle of the vehicle; ascertaining a rotational rate about a longitudinal axis of the vehicle and/or a transverse axis of the vehicle; comparing each ascertained rotational rate with an associated critical rotational rate which is a function of the inclination angle and/or the slope angle; and releasing the connecting element if the ascertained rotational rate is at least equal to the associated critical rotational rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Andreas Georgi
  • Patent number: 9156421
    Abstract: A method is described for controlling an occupant protection arrangement which has at least two levels of protection for an occupant of a vehicle. The method has a step of selecting one of the at least two levels of protection of the occupant protection means as the level of protection to be used in the event of an impact of the vehicle using a yaw direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Marielle Cuvillier, Thomas Lich, Christian Korn, Stephan Rittler, Josef Kolatschek
  • Publication number: 20150232091
    Abstract: A method for avoiding an accident or for reducing the effects of an accident for a rider of a vehicle, especially a two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicle, includes a first method step in which information is ascertained by a first accident-preventing system and/or a first system for mitigating the effects of an accident; a second method step in which the information is transmitted to a second accident-preventing system and/or a second system for mitigating the effects of an accident; and a third method step in which the second accident-preventing system and/or the second system for mitigating the effects of an accident are/is preconditioned on the basis of the information. The first and second accident-preventing systems differ from each other, and the first and second systems for mitigating the effects of an accident differ from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Andreas Georgi
  • Patent number: 9085286
    Abstract: In a triggering method for activating a lateral velocity estimating system for occupant protection devices, one or more vehicle-dynamics variables are sensed and evaluated. Based on the sensed vehicle-dynamics variables an oversteer and understeer detection procedure and a road condition detection procedure are performed, which are evaluated for activation of the lateral velocity estimating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Michael Schmid
  • Publication number: 20150091287
    Abstract: A method for releasing a restraint device for a rider on a vehicle, the restraint device having a connecting element by which the rider is detachably connected to the vehicle, includes: ascertaining an inclination angle and/or a slope angle of the vehicle; ascertaining a rotational rate about a longitudinal axis of the vehicle and/or a transverse axis of the vehicle; comparing each ascertained rotational rate with an associated critical rotational rate which is a function of the inclination angle and/or the slope angle; and releasing the connecting element if the ascertained rotational rate is at least equal to the associated critical rotational rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Andreas Georgi
  • Publication number: 20140350797
    Abstract: A method is described for controlling an occupant protection arrangement which has at least two levels of protection for an occupant of a vehicle. The method has a step of selecting one of the at least two levels of protection of the occupant protection means as the level of protection to be used in the event of an impact of the vehicle using a yaw direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GMBH
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Marielle Cuvillier, Thomas Lich, Christian Korn, Stephan Rittler, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 8820830
    Abstract: A vehicle seat arrangement includes a seat body that includes a seat and a seat back at a rear of the seat. The vehicle seat arrangement also includes displaceable seat components which produce a lateral bracing as a function of accelerations in the direction of a transverse vehicle axis. The displaceable seat components are at least partly extendable in a necessitating situation. In a retracted state, the displaceable seat component is situated entirely within the seat back. In an actuated state, the displaceable seat component extends forward from an interior of the seat back, thereby forming an interior sidewall of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Marc Zimmermann, Gian Antonio D'Addetta
  • Patent number: 8515624
    Abstract: A method for detecting a dangerous driving condition of a vehicle located on a roadway is provided, which includes a step of receiving a first damping signal (310) via an interface, the first damping signal being suitable for representing a temporal progression of a vertical movement of a first wheel of the vehicle, a step of evaluating (312) the first damping signal in accordance with an evaluation rule, in order to obtain from the first damping signal a first probability value (314) for a departure of the first wheel from a roadway, and a step of providing an evaluation signal (316), the evaluation signal being designed to indicate a departure of the vehicle from the roadway, as a function of the first probability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Josef Kolatschek
  • Publication number: 20130184952
    Abstract: In a method for setting characteristic variables of a brake system in a motor vehicle, driver type identification is performed first and the identified driver type is classified into an assigned driver type class. Brake system characteristic variables of this class of driver type are then activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Frank Ewerhart, Reiner Marchthaler, Stephan Stabrey, Andreas Georgi
  • Publication number: 20120259515
    Abstract: A method for activating and/or controlling at least one reversible restraining device as a function of a danger situation that is detected ahead of time, the danger situation being detected ahead of time by evaluating sensor signals that are provided by at least one sensor unit, and an evaluation-control unit for implementing the method and an occupant protection system having such an evaluation and control unit. Such a danger situation is detected if an evaluation of the sensor signals determines that the vehicle has departed from the roadway, a directional angle being ascertained at which the vehicle has departed from the roadway, and the at least one reversible restraining device being activated and/or controlled as a function of the ascertained directional angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Thomas Lich, Gian Antonio D'Addetta
  • Publication number: 20120221211
    Abstract: A method is described for detecting a width of an impact area of an object in the front-end section of a vehicle, which has a step of receiving a first deformation element signal, which represents a change in the distance of components of a first deformation element from one another, that is mounted in the left front-end section of the vehicle. Furthermore, the method includes a step of receiving a second deformation element signal, which represents a change in the distance of components of a second deformation element from one another, that is mounted in the right front-end section of the vehicle. Finally, the method includes detection step of an offset collision with a small width of an impact area of the object on the vehicle, if the first deformation element signal differs by more than a predefined threshold value level from the second deformation element signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Gian Antonio D'Addetta
  • Publication number: 20120200704
    Abstract: A device for directing radiation in the direction of an optical element of an image sensing device of a vehicle. The device includes a central area for directing at least one portion of a first incident radiation onto the optical element. The device also includes at least one border area for directing at least one portion of at least one second incident radiation onto the optical element. The at least one second incident radiation runs in the opposite direction or at an obtuse angle with respect to the first incident radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Gian Antonio D'Addetta, Thomas Lich, Thomas Friedrich
  • Patent number: 8185273
    Abstract: In a method for deactivating a safety function in a motor vehicle after being activated, the safety function may be deactivated by the driver only after a dead time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lich, Frank Ewerhart, Reiner Marchthaler, Stephan Stabrey, Andreas Georgi
  • Patent number: 8150575
    Abstract: A method for plausibilizing sensor signals of a vehicle system, the sensor signals being monitored with regard to compliance with one plausibility criterion or a plurality of plausibility criteria with the aid of a plausibilization algorithm. The function of the vehicle system is able to be maintained even in critical driving situations, in particular following a collision, if the driving status of the vehicle is monitored with regard to a collision and the plausibilization algorithm is modified if a collision was detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Ewerhart, Reiner Marchthaler, Thomas Lich, Mario Kroeninger, Stephan Stabrey