Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche has been granted a patent for a method to operate an actuator in a motor vehicle. The actuator’s drive is controlled by a setpoint value and a threshold value, ensuring the actuator stays within its operating range. This innovation enhances vehicle performance and safety. GlobalData’s report on Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche's grant share as of February 2024 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for operating actuator in motor vehicle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919586B2) discloses a method for operating an actuator in a motor vehicle. The actuator, equipped with an actuating drive and a signal input, functions based on a setpoint value received via the signal input and a threshold value stored within the actuator. The threshold value is adjusted to match the setpoint value when the actuator moves out of its defined operating range. Additionally, the actuating speed of the actuator decreases as the distance between the actual value and the threshold value reduces, ensuring precise control.

Moreover, the patent details the use of an actuator for rear-axle steering in a motor vehicle, showcasing its versatility in different automotive applications. The actuator is designed to compare identifiers received via the signal input with stored identifiers, resetting the threshold value to an initial value if discrepancies are detected. Furthermore, the patent also covers the operation of an arrangement comprising an actuator and a control unit, emphasizing the coordination between the two components for efficient motor vehicle control. The method involves storing a maximum setpoint value in the control unit and adjusting the threshold value in the actuator accordingly, ensuring optimal performance within a specified value range.

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