Patents by Inventor Ulf Wilhelm

Ulf Wilhelm 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: 10481613
    Abstract: A vehicle is operable in a first operating mode in which the vehicle travels autonomously inside the traffic lane based on a detection of lane markings of a traffic lane and in a second operating mode in which the vehicle autonomously follows a vehicle driving in front while ignoring lane markings, and a method of its operation includes operating the vehicle in a first of the two operating modes, detecting a vehicle environment, and switching from the first operating mode to the other of the two operating modes as a function of the detected vehicle environment. A device can execute the method and a computer program can be executed by a device for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Schroeder, Oliver Pink, Stefan Nordbruch, Svetlana Rau, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10427677
    Abstract: A method includes steps of detecting an object in an environment of a motor vehicle; in a first phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a first movement model of the motor vehicle; detecting a collision of the motor vehicle with an obstacle; and in a second phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a second movement model of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sybille Eisele, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10249108
    Abstract: A highly automated driving function for controlling a motor vehicle includes a plurality of function components. A method for controlling the motor vehicle includes steps of executing the driving function using a first function component, comparing the behavior of the first function component to a specified behavior, ascertaining that the behavior of the first function component deviates from the specified behavior, ascertaining a first accident risk if the driving function continues to be executed with the aid of the first function component, ascertaining a second accident risk if the execution of the driving function continues with the aid of a second function component, and executing the driving function with the aid of the particular function component whose allocated accident risk is the lowest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Schroeder, Oliver Pink, Stefan Nordbruch, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10240933
    Abstract: A method for guiding a vehicle, at least one parameter of the surroundings of the vehicle being detected by at least one sensor; a travel corridor being ascertained based on the parameter; a trajectory being ascertained as a function of at least one other parameter within the travel corridor; and the guidance of the vehicle being adapted as a function of the ascertained trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Charlotte Grinenval, Ulf Wilhelm, Wolfgang Schroeder, Michael Knoop, Tobias Rentschler
  • Publication number: 20180043889
    Abstract: A method includes steps of detecting an object in an environment of a motor vehicle; in a first phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a first movement model of the motor vehicle; detecting a collision of the motor vehicle with an obstacle; and in a second phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a second movement model of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Sybille Eisele, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Publication number: 20180011497
    Abstract: A vehicle is operable in a first operating mode in which the vehicle travels autonomously inside the traffic lane based on a detection of lane markings of a traffic lane and in a second operating mode in which the vehicle autonomously follows a vehicle driving in front while ignoring lane markings, and a method of its operation includes operating the vehicle in a first of the two operating modes, detecting a vehicle environment, and switching from the first operating mode to the other of the two operating modes as a function of the detected vehicle environment. A device can execute the method and a computer program can be executed by a device for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Christoph Schroeder, Oliver Pink, Stefan Nordbruch, Svetlana Rau, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9764719
    Abstract: A method and a device for avoiding a possible subsequent collision and for reducing the accident consequences of a collision, in which after a first collision of the vehicle with a further road user has taken place, an automatic braking intervention by a vehicle safety system is released according to a braking model by ascertaining vehicle data from the handling of the host vehicle, buffering the vehicle data ascertained in a memory, inferring the category of the road being traveled on at the moment from the buffered vehicle data, determining an initial distance as a function of the road category determined, and ascertaining the condition for releasing the brake using this initial distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulf Wilhelm, Sybille Eisele
  • Publication number: 20170169628
    Abstract: A highly automated driving function for controlling a motor vehicle includes a plurality of function components. A method for controlling the motor vehicle includes steps of executing the driving function using a first function component, comparing the behavior of the first function component to a specified behavior, ascertaining that the behavior of the first function component deviates from the specified behavior, ascertaining a first accident risk if the driving function continues to be executed with the aid of the first function component, ascertaining a second accident risk if the execution of the driving function continues with the aid of a second function component, and executing the driving function with the aid of the particular function component whose allocated accident risk is the lowest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Christoph SCHROEDER, Oliver PINK, Stefan NORDBRUCH, Ulf WILHELM
  • Publication number: 20160137177
    Abstract: A method and a device for avoiding a possible subsequent collision and for reducing the accident consequences of a collision, in which after a first collision of the vehicle with a further road user has taken place, an automatic braking intervention by a vehicle safety system is released according to a braking model by ascertaining vehicle data from the handling of the host vehicle, buffering the vehicle data ascertained in a memory, inferring the category of the road being traveled on at the moment from the buffered vehicle data, determining an initial distance as a function of the road category determined, and ascertaining the condition for releasing the brake using this initial distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Ulf WILHELM, Sybille Eisele
  • Publication number: 20160001775
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining at least one emergency trajectory of an ego-vehicle using an assistance system, in particular a driver assistance system of the ego-vehicle, and/or an automatic driving function, upon detection of an imminent collision of the ego-vehicle, at least one emergency trajectory of the ego-vehicle being ascertained by the assistance system or the automatic driving function under consideration of at least one other trajectory of at least one other object which is different from the ego-vehicle. Also described is a computer program or a computer program product, a computer unit or a processing unit, and a safety device, in particular having an assistance system and/or an automatic driving function for a vehicle, including a motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Ulf Wilhelm, Sybille Eisele, Carsten Hasberg, Oliver Pink, Michael Helmle
  • Publication number: 20150105936
    Abstract: A method for guiding a vehicle, at least one parameter of the surroundings of the vehicle being detected by at least one sensor; a travel corridor being ascertained based on the parameter; a trajectory being ascertained as a function of at least one other parameter within the travel corridor; and the guidance of the vehicle being adapted as a function of the ascertained trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Charlotte Grinenval, Ulf Wilhelm, Wolfgang Schroeder, Michael Knoop, Tobias Rentschler
  • Patent number: 8483906
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for motor vehicles has a sensor device for measuring data about the environment of the vehicle, at least two assistance functions, and a data processing device, which analyzes the measured data and generates at least one specific environmental hypothesis for each assistance function, which provides output data in a form prepared for the corresponding assistance function, at least one environmental hypothesis which has a structure divided into a plurality of partial hypotheses being predefined in the data processing device, and the partial hypotheses having such a logical relationship with one another that output data of one partial hypothesis flow into the generation of the other partial hypothesis, and at least two assistance functions directly or indirectly use a shared partial hypothesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Lucas, Ulf Wilhelm, Martin Randler
  • Patent number: 8180531
    Abstract: A safety device for motor vehicles includes an impact detection system and a triggering device for triggering a braking operation as a function of a signal of the impact detection system characterized in that the triggering device is designed for the purpose of triggering the braking operation when the impact detection system indicates the beginning of an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Lucas, Dirk Meister, Ulrike Ahlrichs, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 7975798
    Abstract: A method and a device for controlling automatic emergency braking of a motor vehicle to reduce the severity of a collision of a vehicle with an object, the position and/or speed of the object with respect to the host vehicle being determined via an object detection device, and this information being sent to a collision detection device which ascertains whether a collision with an object is imminent and, on detecting a collision, triggers emergency braking and ascertains a collision instant, emergency braking being terminated after the period of time until the determined collision instant has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Lucas, Martin Heinebrodt, Dirk Meister, Fred Oechsle, Ulf Wilhelm, Martin Randler, Paco Haffmans, Wolfgang Branz
  • Patent number: 7840354
    Abstract: A method and a device for automatic triggering of deceleration of a vehicle for preventing a collision, which is accomplished by the fact that a variable, which represents a probability of collision with another vehicle, must exceed a predefinable threshold value, and the threshold value is variable as a function of the driver's response, the current driving situation, or the ambient situation. To determine the change in the threshold value, signals from a steering angle sensor, a brake pedal sensor, an accelerator pedal sensor, a device for determining the speed of the vehicle, a device for determining the uphill or downhill slope of the road, a device for determining the vehicle yaw rate, a device for determining the vehicle float angle or a device for detecting stationary and moving objects in the vicinity of the vehicle, in particular in the area in front of the vehicle, are analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Knoop, Goetz Braeuchle, Hermann Winner, Michael Weilkes, Martin Heinebrodt, Werner Uhler, Joachim Thiele, Martin Staempfle, Fred Oechsle, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 7831897
    Abstract: Described is a data transmission path including a device for checking the data integrity of data transmitted from the sender side to the receiver side of the data transmission path, in a motor vehicle in particular, having a first data modification device on the sender side and a second data modification device on the receiver side which each have the same transmission function and a comparator for comparing the output data of the data modification devices. Input data are modified into output data on the sender side and transmitted to the receiver side, and identical input data are transmitted to the receiver side and modified there into output data. Moreover, a method for checking the data integrity is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Heinebrodt, Ulf Wilhelm, Paco Haffmans
  • Patent number: 7830242
    Abstract: A driver assistance system includes a position finding system (12) for locating objects in the surroundings of a vehicle and at least one assistance function, as well as a device for recognizing special situations by recognizing a characteristic signature in at least one distribution of position finding data in a set of located objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Meister, Fred Oechsle, Ulf Wilhelm, Martin Randler, Stephanie Arramon
  • Patent number: 7729841
    Abstract: In a method and a device for predicting movement trajectories of a vehicle to prevent or reduce the consequences of an imminent collision, in which for predicting the movement trajectories, only those trajectories are considered for which, because of a combination of steering intervention and braking intervention, the forces occurring at the wheels of the vehicle are within the range corresponding to the maximum force transferable from the wheel to the road. Particularly for systems which provide an automatic braking and/or steering intervention for avoiding a collision or reducing the severity of a crash with another object, an automatic braking and/or steering intervention is carried out as a function of the pre-calculated movement trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Knoop, Goetz Braeuchle, Hermann Winner, Michael Weilkes, Martin Heinebrodt, Werner Uhler, Wolfgang Hermsen, Joachim Thiele, Martin Staempfle, Fred Oechsle, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 7696863
    Abstract: A method and a device for warning the driver of a motor vehicle. An object detector is provided, which detects preceding vehicles and ascertains their distance and relative velocity with respect to the host vehicle and supplies these to an evaluation device. The evaluation device assumes that the preceding vehicle would perform a deceleration and ascertains as a further function of the variables measured by the object detector and the driver's reaction time and the host vehicle's maximum possible deceleration whether a collision with the preceding vehicle would be avoidable. If an unavoidability of a collision is recognized, then a driver warning device is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Lucas, Martin Heinebrodt, Dirk Meister, Ulrike Ahlrichs, Ulf Wilhelm, Paco Haffmans
  • Publication number: 20090299578
    Abstract: A safety device for motor vehicles includes an impact detection system and a triggering device for triggering a braking operation as a function of a signal of the impact detection system characterized in that the triggering device is designed for the purpose of triggering the braking operation when the impact detection system indicates the beginning of an impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Bernhard Lucas, Dirk Meister, Ulrike Ahlrichs, Ulf Wilhelm