Patents by Inventor Uwe Gussen

Uwe Gussen 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: 20210237577
    Abstract: Method and system for controlling motor vehicle functions with tracking of passenger positions and body orientations as well as movements, including of the limbs, and projection of a virtual user interface display onto any free surface within the vehicle cabin, wherein the user interface is used by a passenger to change vehicle functions, and with evaluation of passenger positions and body orientations as well as movements of the limbs in relation to the virtual user interface display to control the motor vehicle functions assigned to the virtual user interface display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt Dr Habil, Uwe Gussen, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10976435
    Abstract: The invention relates to an active parking assist system (4) for a motor vehicle (2), wherein the parking assist system (4) comprises a plurality of capacitive ultrasonic converters (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g, 6h, 6i, 6j, 6k, 6l, 6m, 6n, 6o) which are essentially spaced evenly in a horizontally circumferential manner outside the motor vehicle (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10831194
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and to a device that recognizes road users in an environment of a vehicle. The vehicle includes at least one camera-based sensor that acquires images of the vehicle environment, wherein the device implements the method to process the images. The method includes acquiring at each of a plurality of different times, an image of an object located in the vehicle environment, performing image analyses on the images acquired at different times, and deciding, based on a result of the image analyses performed, whether the object shall be interpreted as a road user or as an inanimate entity. The device implements the method to control an autonomous driving system to control vehicle movements based on the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10823844
    Abstract: A method to analyze of a vehicle's surroundings is specified. The method includes: arranging a first sensor group with at least two radar sensors on a vehicle, emitting radar waves using the radar sensors into the vehicle environment, reflecting the emitted radar waves at objects in the vehicle's environment, receiving the reflected radar waves using the radar sensors, identifying information about the vehicle's environment from the received radar waves and outputting the radar information. In order to improve the analysis of the carriageway environment, the radar sensors are arranged on the vehicle such that the emitted and received radar waves interfere. Radar information is obtained by taking account of the resulting interference data. In addition, a vehicle apparatus to analyze a vehicle's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10800425
    Abstract: Parameters that characterize a current driving situation of the motor vehicle are acquired. On the basis of the acquired parameters a current level of monotony is determined as a characterization of a monotony of the current driving situation. Whether the calculated current level of monotony exceeds a predetermined threshold is checked, and an exercise for the driver to increase concentration on driving the motor vehicle is performed when the threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10789787
    Abstract: A system and method for demand-activated remote monitoring and/or control of motor vehicles via a radio data communication link with a coordination unit. The coordination unit is configured for conveying requests for remote monitoring and/or remote control of a motor vehicle and offers for performing the remote control from control terminals located remotely from the coordination unit. After acceptance of an offer by the vehicle, the coordination unit provides a data communication link between the motor vehicle and the control terminal over which the remote control and/or monitoring is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Rainer Busch
  • Publication number: 20200282843
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle having a high-voltage source, such as a traction battery, includes at least one self-destructing or otherwise irreversibly disabling integrated circuit (IC) that may be activated by a controller in response to vehicle sensor data indicative of a situation that may expose rescue or recovery personnel to a possibility of electric shock. The IC(s) may be internal to a traction battery to disconnect or disable groups of cells from one another, and/or external to the traction battery to disconnect the high-voltage source from the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN
  • Publication number: 20200284929
    Abstract: An arrangement (202) of microelectromechanical systems for signal conversion in a vehicle interior is provided, which has a plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100), which each have at least one signal conversion unit (101) and a communication unit (102). The arrangement (202) furthermore comprises a control device (205) and the plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100) are configured to communicate signals to the control device (202). Provision is made for the plurality of microelectromechanical systems (100) to be arranged in a vehicle interior (201) and for the signals to relate to at least one state parameter of the vehicle interior (201). In addition, a vehicle (200) having a vehicle interior (201), which vehicle has such an arrangement (202), is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10739258
    Abstract: In order to obtain information about a salt-state of a road independently of drivers, a method that generates information about the salt-state of a road is specified that includes a determination of salt-state-dependent measurement values, processing of the measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road and outputting of the information about the salt-state of the road. A corresponding device that generates information about the salt-state of a road comprises sensors that determine of salt-state-dependent measurement values, a processing unit that is configured to process determined measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road, and output the information about the salt-state of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10710577
    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 parking assistance system enters an operating mode wherein a setpoint speed of the vehicle during the maneuver is decreased to operate the engine with a greater torque reserve 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: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10697226
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a method for the remote-controlled operation of a tailgate of a motor vehicle. A sensor arrangement of the motor vehicle detects environmental data of the motor vehicle. A control apparatus of the motor vehicle triggers the opening of the tailgate on receiving a wireless opening signal from an operator and triggers the closing of the tailgate on receiving a wireless closing signal from an operator. The control apparatus checks for the presence of at least one closure condition of the tailgate that is independent of the wireless closing signal based on the environmental data detected by the sensor arrangement during opening of the tailgate, and if the closure condition is present, the control apparatus triggers the closing of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20200070776
    Abstract: Method for the encrypted exchange of data between a vehicle and an infrastructure or a further vehicle using headlamp light of the vehicle, wherein the data are encrypted and modulated onto the headlamp light in order to identify the user and/or the vehicle, wherein the key for encrypting the data is generated by user-controlled transformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen
  • Publication number: 20200072976
    Abstract: The invention relates to an active parking assist system (4) for a motor vehicle (2), wherein the parking assist system (4) comprises a plurality of capacitive ultrasonic converters (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g, 6h, 6i, 6j, 6k, 6l, 6m, 6n, 6o) which are essentially spaced evenly in a horizontally circumferential manner outside the motor vehicle (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20200072684
    Abstract: The invention relates to a means of transport having a vehicle seat (2), wherein the vehicle seat (2) has a sensor network (8) comprising a plurality of sensor elements (12) arranged in a two-dimensional manner, wherein the plurality of sensor elements (12) are designed to wirelessly interchange data with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri, Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10479273
    Abstract: A method for avoiding or reducing damage to a parked vehicle caused by a collision with an approaching vehicle performing a parking operation included determining, by the parked vehicle, a risk of collision, transmitting a warning signal if the risk of collision is sufficiently high, monitoring whether the approaching vehicle reacts to the warning signal, and performing a maneuver by the parked vehicle to avoid or reduce collision damage if there is no reaction. The maneuver may permit a controlled contact between the parked vehicle and the approaching vehicle to minimize the force of the contact. After such a controlled contact, a braking torque exerted by the parked vehicle is increased. Following completion of the damage avoidance maneuver, an estimate of the extent of the completed damage prevention is made and provided to the owner of the parked vehicle (including information about potential saved repair costs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Goetz-Philipp Wegner
  • Publication number: 20190283686
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes at least one mounting attachment for attaching the device to any component of the vehicle and includes a communication device that receives data from a couplable device and includes at least one display area for the visual output of any information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Frank Petri, Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10363960
    Abstract: A maneuvering process of a motor vehicle is assisted in at least partially automated fashion from a present position into a target position. A multiplicity of possible trajectories from the present position into the target position are determined. One of said trajectories is defined as the trajectory to be followed by the vehicle during the maneuvering process on the basis of a predefined criterion. The definition is performed repeatedly during the execution of the maneuvering process, with the trajectory to be followed being updated in each case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10363959
    Abstract: A method for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, and a parking assistance device are provided. In a method for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, wherein longitudinal and lateral control of the movement of the motor vehicle is carried out on the basis of predefined setpoint values of the direction of travel, speed or steering angle in order to automatically carry out the maneuvering process, at least some of these setpoint values and the chronological sequence in which the setpoint values are predefined during the maneuvering process are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10358173
    Abstract: A device for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions, comprising a number of deformable walls and a drive unit for moving the walls between an open position, in which the walls do not subdivide the cab and/or the storage space, and a closure position, in which the walls subdivide the cab and/or the storage space into the sub-portions. The walls become deformed during movement between the closure position and the open position. Also included is a method for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions and a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20190202358
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring the blind spot of a motor vehicle has a mirror assembly with at least one mirror element that can be moved using an actuator, and a microphone assembly. The microphone assembly is designed to determine the sound direction, and the movable mirror element is in the form of a sound reflector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN, Frederic STEFAN