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: 20180297471
    Abstract: The disclosure related to a system to support handling of an object located within a passenger interior of a motor vehicle and not connected to the motor vehicle. The system has a sensor unit to detect a distance of the object to a storage area available within the passenger interior. An evaluation unit receives and processes sensor signals generated by the sensor unit. A signaling unit that can be controlled using the evaluation unit to emit optic, acoustic and/or haptic signals within the passenger interior to determine if a hand of the driver moves towards the storage area and activate the signaling unit if the hand moves towards the storage area and if the hand is located, for a predetermined period of time, within the storage area of a predetermined size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Christoph ARNDT
  • Publication number: 20180299545
    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: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN, Frederic STEFAN
  • Publication number: 20180297506
    Abstract: A driving assistance system for a vehicle has a longer-distance sensor device for determining longer-distance information between a vehicle and an obstacle, and a shorter-distance sensor device for determining shorter-distance information between the vehicle and the obstacle. A dual-mode light emitting diode (LED module) can selectively emit both visible light and infrared light, and is part of the vehicle's driving-lights system, such as a headlight and/or a reversing light. The LED module emits infrared light when operating as part of the shorter-distance sensor device and an infrared receiver detects the reflected infrared light for distance determination. The longer-distance sensor device uses ultrasonic waves to determine distance information, and when it indicates that the distance has fallen below a threshold distance (below which the longer-distance sensing device is not reliable), a controller activates the shorter-distance sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN
  • Publication number: 20180279453
    Abstract: Infrastructure lighting is controlled from a vehicle. Wireless communication exists between the vehicle and at least one light source of the infrastructure lighting. At least one device of the vehicle is functionally linked to the infrastructure lighting. Switching on a light source of the infrastructure lighting is performed via wirelessly transmitting a first control command to the light source. Switching off the light source is performed via transmitting a second control command to the light source. A blinker is functionally linked to the light source such that activation of the blinker triggers the transmitting of the first control command to light source when vehicle headlights are switched on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN, Frederic STEFAN, Frank PETRI
  • Patent number: 10065013
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to systems and methods for selectively amplifying an acoustic signal in a closed environment. In an implementation, a plurality of acoustic signals may be received from within the closed environment. Frequency ranges corresponding to each acoustic signal may be obtained and compared to determine presence of at least one individual in the closed environment. Acoustic signals pertaining to the at least one individual may be analysed to detect occurrence of a physiological event. Based on the analysis, the acoustic signal may be recognized as a target signal, and the target signal may be amplified in the closed environment. Further, an interfering signal may be generated to cancel other acoustic signals within the closed environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10062289
    Abstract: A device and method for assisting a driver when parking his vehicle in a parking installation and removing his vehicle therefrom is provided. The vehicle is equipped with a driving assistance system which permits remote-controlled movement and steering. The device has a parking management and monitoring apparatus which is configured to determine, at the start of a parking phase, a first route for a vehicle, which has been left behind by the driver in an entry region of the parking installation, to a currently available free parking space within the parking installation, and transmit corresponding movement instructions to the driving assistance system of the vehicle, and determine, at the end of the parking phase, a second route for the vehicle from this parking space to an exit region of the parking installation, and transmit corresponding movement instructions to the driving assistance system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10053055
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for preventing thefts of motor vehicles. The method includes detecting motor vehicles within a predetermined neighborhood of a motor vehicle to be monitored. The method further includes sending a query data record from the motor vehicle to be monitored to the detected motor vehicles. The method also includes monitoring of the motor vehicle to be monitored by the detected motor vehicles on reception of the query data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10029535
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a method for estimating extent of wear of a suspension system in a vehicle using a computing device. The baseline operational parameters of the suspension system are received, and motion parameters of vehicle are detected. Actual operational parameters of the suspension system are estimated based on the detected motion parameters. An alert to indicate the extent of wear of the suspension system is generated based on determining a deviation of the actual operational parameters from the actual operational parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10023198
    Abstract: A method for determining an incline in a road that is some distance ahead of a motor vehicle relative to the section of road that is currently being driven on by the motor vehicle, wherein images of the road that is ahead of the motor vehicle are recorded by a camera, road path lines are identified ahead of the motor vehicle in the recorded images and the relative incline is calculated with reference to the differences in the courses of the road path lines at different distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen, Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20180194324
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operation of a motor vehicle with a portable control device. The portable control device is designed to generate control signals to control the motor vehicle. The portable device is also designed to transmit the control signals to the motor vehicle. For authentication, a server generates a token, the token is transmitted to the portable control device, and the token, which is stored temporarily on the portable control device, is transmitted to, and verified by the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Georg NEUGEBAUER, Uwe GUSSEN, Erik ALPMAN, Kai SKOLIK
  • Publication number: 20180194227
    Abstract: A vehicle has multiple alternative driving positions, with one or more visual displays assigned to each driving position for depicting content required to drive the vehicle. A selection device identifies a vehicle occupant as a driver, determines a location of the driver within the vehicle, and designates as the active driving position whichever of the alternative driving positions the driver occupies. A processing unit transfers video relevant to vehicle operation to one or more of the displays visible from the active driving position and enables control of the vehicle from the active driving position. The selection device may also check whether the vehicle occupant meets one or more conditions required to be designated as the vehicle driver, and may determine an identity associated with the driver so that the displayed video is customized or personalized in accordance with that identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20180194287
    Abstract: A mirror device includes at least one planar mirror arrangement which is constructed as a mirror element. The mirror element is resiliently bendable at least about axes parallel or tangential to a mirror element surface or is reversibly foldable about at least one fold line in the mirror element surface. The mirror element is coupled to at least one actuator, which is designed and constructed to effect a resilient bending or a reversible folding of the mirror element upon actuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20180194383
    Abstract: A motorized shopping trolley has a frame and two wheels which are driven by a drivetrain. A handle for pulling and/or pushing the trolley is provided with a force sensor which detects a force acting on the handle when being pulled or pushed. An inclination sensor detects a slope of the traveling surface and generates a slope signal. A load sensor detects a load weight of the trolley and generates a load signal. A step-detection sensor detects a step in a path of the trolley and generates a corresponding signal. A controller receives all pertinent signal from the sensors and generates a control signal for actuating the drivetrain such that the drivetrain produces a driving force corresponding to the force applied to the handle by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20180194345
    Abstract: A method is proposed that uses sensors of a mobile terminal device with a vehicle. The method includes deploying a mobile terminal with sensors, deploying a vehicle having positioning facilities for the mobile terminal device in or on the vehicle and a processing unit. The method connects the processing unit to the mobile terminal device, and identifies the mobile terminal device through the processing unit. The processing unit proposes positioning facilities for the mobile terminal device in or on the vehicle, as well as sensors that can be used depending on the mobile terminal device identified through the processing unit. The method also includes processing the transmitted measurements through the processing unit to execute a parking maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN
  • Patent number: 10011176
    Abstract: The physical and/or mental condition of a vehicle occupant can be recognized on the basis of a BCG (ballistocardiograph) signal, which is obtained by means of a BCG sensor. The BCG sensor is an MEM sensor; a cross-correlation of the BCG signal with heartbeat parameters is carried out in an optimum filter, which heartbeat parameters are varied within predefined limits to find a maximum of the cross-correlation function; and probable peaks are located in a cross-correlation function found in this manner and the heart rate is calculated therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Frederic Stefan
  • Publication number: 20180095034
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Christoph ARNDT, Frank PETRI
  • Publication number: 20180050675
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus configured to reduce a speed of a motor vehicle to a predetermined value at a predetermined position. The apparatus includes a position-capture device configured to establish the predetermined position by evaluating map data relating to a planned route of the motor vehicle, and a target-setting device for establishing the predetermined value at the predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Christoph ARNDT
  • Publication number: 20180050449
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobility system. The mobility system has at least one driven exoskeleton for a person. The at least one driven exoskeleton has at least one electronic unit that controls and/or regulates an operating state of the exoskeleton. At least one vehicle has a passenger compartment and at least one mechanical coupling station, which is arranged in the passenger compartment. The exoskeleton can be mechanically coupled to the mechanical coupling station. The vehicle has at least one electronic device, wherein the electronic unit is connectable, via at least one communication connection, to the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Frank PETRI
  • Publication number: 20180050740
    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. A method for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions, and a vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri